Comal ISD Fine Arts Newsletter

March 20-26, 2016

Morningside Elementary 1st Grade Program

Tuesday, March 22nd, 6pm

3855 Morningside Drive

New Braunfels, TX

4A Bi-District One Act Play Competition

Wednesday, March 23rd, 12pm

8555 Farm to Market 32

Fischer, TX

6A District One Act Play competition

Wednesday, March 23rd, 1pm

1404 Interstate 35

New Braunfels, TX

1:00 Canyon

6:00 SV

SVHS Dance Parent Meeting - Information for 2016-2017

Wednesday, March 23rd, 6pm

14001 Texas 46

Spring Branch, TX

UIL 2C MS Choir Concert and Sight-Reading

Thursday, March 24th, 11:30am

1514 West Cesar E. Chavez Boulevard

San Antonio, TX

11:30 am - CHMS

1:00 pm - MVMS

Why Arts Education is Important!

Arts education is crucial to developing skills needed in the 21st century workforce. Creative industries are a large part of the job market today. Students need to be adequately prepared to step into these jobs.

Arts education helps prepare students for the globally competitive workforce by developing the ability to innovate, communicate and collaborate. Arts education in schools increases test scores across every subject area, lowers dropout rates and helps close the achievement gap regardless of socioeconomic status.

A 2005 Harris Poll showed 93% of Americans consider the arts to be vital to providing a well-rounded education for children and a critical link to learning and success.

Perhaps most relevant as we look at the immediate academic success of our students, Dr. Shirley Brice Heath at Stanford University discovered that young people who participate in the arts for at least three hours on three days each week through at least one full year are:

  • 4 times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement
  • 4 times more likely to participate in a math and science fair
  • 3 times more likely to win an award for school attendance
  • 4 times more likely to win an award for writing an essay or poem

Simply put, the arts are a vital part of public education. The arts fuel our local economy, and we have evidence that arts education helps students excel in school.

Middle School UIL Choir Competition!

CHMS Orchestra, First CISD Orchestra to compete in Concert and Sightreading, directed by Richard Helsley.

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CHS Aristocats: 14 Time National Grand Champions!

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Congratulations Team and Coach Megan Nebgen!

Overall top scoring team of the day

Division II medium team national champion

Judges award

1st place medium ensemble

Best in class jazz, lyrical, hip hop, contemporary

Showmanship award

Choreography award

Technique award

Best in category - lyrical, hip hop, contemporary

Highest scoring routine of the competition with team contemporary scoring a 299 out of 300

Champions cup award of excellence

Sammi Neel 4th place soloist

Natalie York and Hannah Mullenix top ten solo semi finalist

NATIONAL CHAMPION CLHS Dance Teams! Congratulations Team and Coach Kara Endsley!

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Emerald Dancers Officers

1st place for all 3 dances

1st place and NATIONAL CHAMPS for the Small Team category

Awards for- showmanship and technique

Emerald Dancers

1st place for all 4 dances

1st place and NATIONAL CHAMPS for the Small Team category

Awards for- showmanship, choreography, and technique

First Class Ballroom

1st place for all 3 dances

1st place and NATIONAL CHAMPS for the Co-Ed division

Awards for- technique, showmanship, and choreography



Team II Ballroom

2nd place for both dances

2nd place for the Co-Ed category

Awards for- technique, choreography, and showmanship


Dakota Pearson received a “judges awards” for his solo!

All 3 Teams

voted-on award (by the other teams in the competition) for the “Most Congenial”

Canyon High School Theatre Department Production directed by Jenna Stephenson

SVHS Color Guard directed by Samuel Woodfield WINS!

The SVHS Color Guard competed at the Winter Guard International Tulsa, Oklahoma Regional this past weekend with Color Guards from North Texas, Arkansas, Missouri, Illinois, Mississippi and Oklahoma. The Smithson Valley Color Guard representing the Texas Educational Color Guard Circuit, South Texas and the San Antonio Region won both Preliminary and FINALS competition. The Smithson Valley Color Guard also posted the highest score at the competition that day with an 83.8 winning their class division by 8 points In both the preliminaries and finals rounds.

The next competition for these young ladies and gentleman is the TECA State Championships on April 2 at Canyon High School.

Bill Brown Music Class Rehearsing!

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The CHS Dance Team directed by Megan Nebgen win second!

The Aristocats faced some tough competition at The American Dance & Drill Team Galveston Island Festival and came home with the following awards:

2nd place medium team

5th overall team sizes out of 28 teams

Outstanding Sportsmanship Award voted on by other teams

Academic Champions for medium team division with an overall team GPA of 3.63

1st runner up medium ensemble

Team sweepstakes and Gussie Nell Davis Award

Team Judges awards for : Jazz, Hip Hop, Lyrical and contemporary

Outstanding Technique

Outstanding Choreography

Outstanding Presentation

Solo finalist: Hannah Mullenix & Sammi Neel tied for 2nd runner up

Lydia Dawkins & Natalie York tied for 4th runner-up

Art Show with Interactive Fun!