Medina Valley High School

9/30 - 10/5 Culture of Excellence Newsletter

MVHS Open House

Monday, Sep. 30th, 6-7:30pm

Medina Valley Independent School District High School, Castroville, TX, USA

Castroville, TX

Attendance Percentages

Week of 9/23/19

1. Freshman - 95.9%

2. Seniors - 95.6%

3. Sophomores - 95.4%

4. Juniors - 94.7%

School Wide Attendance - 95.5% - GOAL - Get back to 97%

MVHS Model Citizens of the Week

MVHS Model Citizens of the Week are nominated by students and staff. Selection criteria is based on the American Citizenship Awards for students who:

  • Participate in school and/or community service
  • Show a positive attitude toward classmates, school, and the community
  • Display an understanding and appreciation of civic responsibility
  • Possess strength of character and the courage to do what is right
  • Promote citizenship with their school or community through other activities

The American Citizenship Awards criteria are endorsed by the National Association of Secondary School Principals.

Congratulations to the MVHS Models Citizens of the Week (Pictured L-R):

Senior - Giselle Vialpondo

Junior - Chesney Vogt

Sophomore - Logan Galyon

Freshman - Molly Clamon

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Career & Technology Education Spotlight - Construction Technology

Course Offerings - Principles of Construction, Construction Technology I, Construction Technology II, Practicum in Construction

Teachers - Russell Switzer and Steven Noll

Possible Certifications - NCCER

Students in these classes will gain knowledge and skills needed to enter the workforce as carpenters or building maintenance supervisors or to prepare for a postsecondary degree in construction management, architecture, or engineering. Students will acquire knowledge and skills in safety, tool usage, building materials. codes, and framing.

Speech and Debate Update

This weekend the speech and debate team competed at the MacArthur High School Invitational speech and debate tournament. The team started strong with Elizabeth Gilmore, Levi Taylor, and Sara Beth Beasley all advancing to Semi-finals in extemporaneous speaking. The team followed it up with Kylee Hall moving on to finals of student congressional debate. Jose Rodriguez and Brianna Barclay were also able to advance to the quarter final round of Public Forum debate. The Panthers now have a week of but look to continue their success October 12th at the Hays High School Tournament.

Cross Country Update

On the 28th of September the Running Panthers split squads and competed in the McNeil Invitational and at Comfort.

The Panthers at the McNeil showed great poise leading into late season with the Varsity Boys placing 13th and the Varsity Girls finishing 10th.

The Boys Top 5 finishers were:

Case Henrich 13th

Blake Mulvany 31st

Mathew Fleming 32nd

Cade Mangan 128th

Jackson Lowell 144th

The Girls Top 5 finishers were:

Macy Livingston 12th

Clara Arroyos 36th

Michayla Chaffin 93rd

Danielle Elizondo 104th

Kayleigh Corliss 139th

In Comfort the Varsity Boys placed 5th and Varsity Girls placed 3rd. The Junior Varsity Runners had a great day with the Boys claiming the Meet Championship and the Girls finishing 2nd.

Varsity Boys Top 5 Finishers:

Seth Hernandez 2nd

Justin Alvarado 18th

Joseph Bazan 36th

Jon Paul Buendia 47th

Nolan Wessels 48th

Varsity Girls Top 5 Finishers:

Hannah Huron 35th

Jasmin Salazar 37th

Nadia Reyna 38th

Katelyn Battros 39th

Angelina Pulido 42nd

Junior Varsity Girls Top 5 Finishers:

Alyssa Sanchez 3rd

Alyssa Lopez 18th

Skylin Elliss 21st

Lysette Cruz 24th

Emma Mueller 27th

Junior Varsity Boys Top 5 Finishers:

Orlando Santos 4th

Angelo Remmers 12th

Yael Reyes 15th

Travis Schindler 23rd

Aaron Espinoza 36th

This weekend the Panthers will prime up for their District Meet as they run at Southside. Run Panthers Run!!!!

Volleyball Update


Freshman battled back last night to escape with a win against Florseville in 3 sets 19-25, 25-14, 25-13. After starting the first set with some sloppy errors, we battled back and made corrections to win the next two sets with much better defense and communication.
Brooke Piper 8
Maddie Marsh 2
Karli Clark 4
Kellie Harlow 4
Toni Holzhaus 1
Julia Guzman 7
Rosalee Hernandez 1
Payton Keller 5
Marie Villarreal 2
Payton Keller 1
Julia Guzman 4
Toni Holzhaus 1
Paiten Throwbridge 4
Brooke Piper 4

The JV volleyball girls met Floresville at home last night. They solidly defeated Floresville in two straight sets with scores of 25-17, 25-10. Haylee Hurtado led all hitters with 7 kills while defensively Logan Galyon picked up 9 digs and Samantha Estrada and Gabrielle Cancino both added 8 digs a piece.

It was another great evening for the varsity as they swept the Floresville Jaguars in three sets. 25-21; 25-19; 25-19. The tenacious panther defense kept Floresville off of the board all evening as the offense had another great showing. The stat leaders for the evening were:


Kyla Solis-11

Meghan Haan-8

Hannah Hurtado-6

Spencer McCool-5


Kamryn Griggs-22

Madalynn Sanchez-4


Kyla Solis-2


Kamryn Griggs-13

Madalynn Sanchez-12

Spencer McCool-11


Meghan Haan-3

Kamryn Griggs 2


The Freshman took home a dominating win Friday evening against Southside in two sets 25-7, 25-9. The Freshman team then traveled to Incarnate Word HS for a tournament placing third overall where the only loss of the day came to a tough game against Incarnate Word High School.

On the Friday the panther volleyball teams traveled to Southside to finish the first round of district play. The JV continued their winning streak by putting the Cardinals down in two straight sets. This puts the JV squad solidly in second place in district with a district record of 7-1. Overall the JV carries a season record 19-5. The panthers start the second round of district on Tuesday when the travel to Uvalde to take on the Lobos.

The Varsity volleyball team faced a very scrappy Southside team. The Varsity was able to take the first two sets 25-14, 25-22 but dropped the third set 20-25. The Varsity dug in their heels and rallied back to win the fourth set 25-23. Offensively the panthers were lead by Meghan Haan with 16 kills and 3 aces while Kamryn Griggs had 24 assists. Defensively, the panthers were lead by Hannah Hurtado with 15 digs while Kyla Solis and Kamryn Griggs had 3 blocks each. The girls start the second round of district play tomorrow in Uvalde. Game times are 5/5/6.

Football Update


The Panthers fell to the Champion Chargers on Friday by a score of 34-17. Champion came out with a strong first half, scoring 20 points and keeping the Panthers off the board for a 20-0 halftime lead. Medina Valley came out of halftime determined, and scored 17 unanswered to bring the score within three, 20-17. Unfortunately the second half push wasn’t enough to get the Panthers over the Chargers, as Boerne scored two fourth quarter touchdowns to increase their lead and seal the game at 34-17. Medina Valley showed a lot of heart, and the Panthers look to finish the regular season strong, starting next Friday, October 11th, when they host Kennedy high school for homecoming.


The JV Football team hosted the Champion Chargers last night at Panther Stadium. Your Panthers battled hard and pulled out a one point victory.

The scoring started with a 34 yard field goal by Bobby Peterson. During the first half the offense possessed the ball for 6 out of the 10 minutes. Leading tackler, Alex Luna, and the defense held the Chargers scoreless until 7 seconds remained in the half. At the break Champion held a 7-3 lead.

The second half was a new story. The Panther defense stuffed the Chargers on their first drive. After that the Panther offense went on a nine minute drive that culminated with a 32 yard pass from Nick Rash to Adam Chavez to the one yard line. Nick took it in on the next play.

The Chargers took the lead back in the fourth quarter, but on the ensuing kickoff, Damian Loy rambled for a 62 yard return. Almost immediately Bobby Peterson ran off the right side for a twenty yard TD.

Boerne didn't quit. They drove the field before Damian Loy added an interception on the five yard line. After that the Panthers gained a first down to end the game.


Both Freshman teams traveled to Boerne to face the Champion Chargers. The orange team fought hard but couldn't overcome the early deficit and lost the first game of the night 19-6. The black team came into the night hungry for a win. The offense got the fireworks started with a 12 play drive that ended with a touchdown pass from Asael Moreno to Raef Clendenin. The Chargers battled back and put a score of their own on the board. The second half was a back and forth defensive battle, but the Panthers took back the momentum when free safety Karson Solis intercepted the ball on the goaline. With only minutes left in the game the Panther offense drove down the field, and scored on a touchdown pass from Moreno to Isaian Gonzales, to bring them within one point. The Panthers then went for two to take the lead, and again a completion between Moreno and Clendenin gave the Panthers the lead and the win 15-14. The Panthers will have an off week next week before taking on Kennedy the following week.

Tennis Update

Tennis had a quick match on Thursday against SW Legacy. Winning 11-0, all matches were won with ease. Our toughest match of the season follows us this Thursday, playing Uvalde on their home turf. The JV and Freshmen will also be getting a chance to show what they have learned so far with their first official match. The Panthers are 4-2.

MVHS hosts Region Band Auditions

MVHS hosted the Region Band Auditions this past Saturday. Medina Valley students were outstanding with six students making the region choir and two students advancing to Pre-Area.

Region Choir Members - Abigail Bowen: Soprano I, Avyan Gonzales: Bass II, Ian Brown: Bass II, David Rymers: Tenor II, Jolie Wilson: Alto II, Corina Fox: Alto II

Pre-Area Qualifiers - Kristen Cude: Soprano II, Jordan Moore: Tenor I

Counselor's Corner


Herff Jones will also be here for Open House on Monday, September 30 to answer any questions parents and students may have and to take orders. Additionally, they will do the same during lunches on October 1st and 3rd.


PSAT signups will start the week 9/23. Students can come by the Counseling Center to pick up a form to fill out so they are ready and have it done once registration starts. Tests are reserved on a first come first serve basis. The cost is $17 in the form of check or money order.


The AP test registration process has changed this year. For the 2019-2020 school year students will register and pay for their exam by November 1st, but will still take the actual exam in May 2020. Students will be receiving information in their AP classes the week of September 23-27 on this new process. Just a few things to note:

  • All students taking an AP test will have to create a College Board Account and register to their specific class using a unique code. This code will be handed out to them when they receive registration information in class.

  • All students taking an AP exam will go through the Total Registration website to choose and pay for the test they are taking. If they took an AP test here at MV last school year they already have a Total Registration account.

  • ALL tests have to be chosen and paid for by November 1st.

Please contact Anneke Tschirhart in the MVHS Counseling Center with any questions or concerns. (; 830-931-2243 ext. 1169)


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Senior Parent Information

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Junior Parent Information

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MVHS Hosts Cyber Threat Defender Workshop

On Saturday September 28 MVHS served as session hosts at the SA Youth CodeJam event at ESC-20 where they taught visitors how to play Cyber Threat Defender. Through this fun to play game, the guests learned how to build and defend a network against malware and spoofing/hacking and events like power outages.

Upcoming Events

9/30 - Open House 6-7:30 PM

10/1 - ACT during School Day

Volleyball @ Uvalde 5:00 PM

10/2 -

10/3 -

10/4 -

10/5 - Cross Country @ UIW 8:00 AM

10/16 - PSAT during School Day

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