Comal ISD Fine Arts Newsletter

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Fine Arts Events for the Week of April 27-May 1

April 27, 2015

SBMS One Act Play Performance@7:00pm in the SBMS Cafetorium

Early Voting in the Bond election runs from April 27-May 5 with Election Day on May 9th.

For more information on Bond 2015, go to the CISD website at

April 28, 2015

2C UIL MS Choir Competition @ Madison High School (CHMS 4:40pm)

CHS/CMS/CHMS Night of Percussion Concert @ 7:00pm at the CHS PAC

SVMS One Act Play Performance@ 7:00pm in the SVMS Cafetorium

SBMS One Act Play Performance@7:00pm in the SBMS Cafetorium

ISES Creativity Night K-2 5:30-7:30pm

CSES Fine Arts Night@6:30pm

BBES-Spring Musical@ 6pm

April 29, 2015

2C UIL MS Choir Competition @ Madison High School

CLHS Art and Tech Showcase@ CLHS 6:00pm

SBMS One Act Play Performance@5:00pm in the SBMS Cafetorium

ISES Creativity Night 3-5 5:30-7:30pm

April 30, 2015

Middle School One Act Play Festival @ CLHS in the CLHS PAC

TPES 3rd/4th grade combined performance and violin performance@ 6:00pm

KRES 3rd grade Spring Concert @6:30pm

GFES Specials Showcase (Art, Music, PE, GT) 5:30-6:30pm

May 1, 2015

CMS One Act Play Company Presents: Anatomy of Gray @7:30pm at the Canyon High School PAC

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Fine Arts Quote of the Week

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Did You Know?

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Clear Spring Elementary Fine Arts Night

Clear Spring Elementary will have their annual Fine Arts Night Tuesday, April 28th at 6:30 PM. Each child will have art work displayed throughout the school. There are class bottle cap mosaics art projects that will be hanging and clay sculptures on display. The Kindergardeners will perform Eric Carles book, The Honeybee and the Robber. The 4th and 5th grades will perform musical selections on their recorders.

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Comal ISD Technology, Art and Learning Showcases: April 29 (CLHS), May 6 (SVHS), May 13 (CHS)

SVHS senior Rene Harter has aspirations to one day design video game graphics. Her career is off to a promising start as she beat out hundreds of Comal ISD students from grades K-12 in Comal ISD’s Technology, Art and Learning Showcase Logo Contest.

Her logo will now be featured on T-Shirts, programs, brochures, banners, print and social media outlets, and website advertisements for the Showcases, which will be held April 29 (Canyon Lake High), May 6 (Smithson Valley High), and May 13 (Canyon High). Each Showcase will run from 6-8 p.m.

This year’s Comal ISD Technology, Art and Learning Showcase theme is “Design 2 Learn.”

“When we saw the logo, the committee said, ‘That’s it,’ we knew we had our winner,” said Sharon Spinks, instructional coordinator for technology. “The detail Rene put into the images of this year’s theme ‘Design 2 Learn’ really made it stand out.”

Harter was surprised when members of Comal ISD’s technology team snuck into her Advanced Graphics Design class at SVHS and announced she was the grand prize logo winner. She was presented with a Samsung Galaxy Tablet.

“Wow, I didn’t even know there was a prize,” Harter said. “I’m a little bit overwhelmed knowing my entry beat out so many others. This definitely gives me confidence in my ability as I head to college. I want to major in Computer Science and eventually go into video game design, and graphic design is a big part of that.”

Harter’s SVHS teacher Chris Nisley said he thought Harter had a chance to win when he initially saw her design.

“When I saw her entry I thought it was fantastic,” Nisley said. “Rene is very talented and always does great work.”

Last year, more than 3,000 students, parents, faculty and community members attended the three Comal ISD Technology, Art and Learning Showcases.

In addition to viewing technology and art displays from the elementary to high school level, great door prizes were given away to some lucky attendees.

LCD HDTV, laptop computers, and Schlitterbahn passes were among many prizes given away last year.

Comal ISD’s Technology, Art and Learning Showcases will also feature a visit from the “Geek Bus,” which includes many cutting-edge features such as robotics, video game design, 3D printing, and the newest innovations in renewable energy.

“I think our technology showcases always challenge our students to raise the critical thinking bar,” Spinks said. “Our current generation of students will address future world challenges using some of these technologies.”

Creative designs will be on display in the art gallery area at each Showcase featuring artistic mediums such as pottery, oil paintings, pen and ink drawings, watercolor paintings, and 3-D Art.

Students in grades K-12 have been working on artistic creations for the Showcase since the fall semester.

“Every student in grades K-5 take art,” said Mandy Epley, Comal ISD Director of Fine Arts. “Art gives students creative ways to express an idea, which will not only serve them well if they decide to continue in art, but are vital skills needed in a variety of academic subjects and career fields.”

At the art portion of the Showcases, one of the new areas on display will be “Make and Take Art Projects,” in which students work collaboratively with parents and community members to help them create art on the spot that the Showcase visitors can take home with them that night.

“I think the students are very proud of what they produce,” said Indian Springs Elementary art teacher Edyta Ellison, a former Comal ISD Elementary Teacher of the Year. “They love the new and innovative ideas they get to take on each year. I know personally I love seeing the progression my former students have made as they continue on to middle and high school. My elementary students also like to look at the secondary-level art so they know what they have to look forward to in the future.”

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Comal ISD Bands Shine at 6A UIL Concert and Sight-Reading Contest

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CHS Band Celebrates Success at UIL Concert and Sight-reading

The CHS Band students represented themselves, Canyon HS, and Comal ISD with great pride during UIL Concert & Sight Reading contest this past week!! All groups performed very well, and several outstanding results were awarded. Bands are rated on a 1 – 5 scale (1 being the highest)

1st Division Ratings are considered “Superior” and 2nd Division Ratings are considered “Excellent.”

Freshmen A Band: 1st Division Concert; 1st Division Sight-Reading;

Symphonic Band: 1st Division Concert; 1st Division Sight-Reading;

Symphonic Winds: 1st Division Concert; 1st Division Sight-Reading

Wind Ensemble: 2nd Division Concert; 1st Division Sight-Reading

The Marching Band in the fall earned a 1st Division Rating, so this combined with a spring semester Concert & Sight-Reading 1st Division rating means the CHS Band Program earned 3 UIL Sweepstakes Awards this year!!! Congratulations to all CHS Band students on a successful contest year!!- Jason Adam

CHS Non Varsity Concert Band
Bob Whipkey

Arsenal (Van Der Roost)
Discover the Wild (Fuchs/ )
Voices of the Sky (Hazo/ )

CHS Sub Non-Varsity Concert Band
Directed by:
Jason Adam


Variations on Scarborough Fair (Custer)

O Mio Babbino Caro (Puccini/Vinson)
Foiled Again! (The Villain's Galop) (Wilds)

CHS Sub Non-Varsity A Concert Band
Directed by:
Jaime Alvarez-Calderon


In The Shining Of The Stars (Sheldon)
Butterfly's Ball (Fraley)
Circus Days (King/Schissel)

CHS Varsity Concert Band
Directed by:
Jason Adam


Symphonic March (Kitty Hawk) (Cheetham)
Sheltering Sky (Mackey)
Armenian Dances, Set I (Reed)

Congratulations to the students and directors on a job well done!

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Concert and Sight-Reading Excellence for SVHS Bands

We are very proud of all three concert bands that competed at UIL Concert & Sight-Reading Contest last week! Not only did each band earn 1st Division ratings, but each band did so performing programs which were an entire grade level more difficult than last year, and before an exceptionally tough panel of judges. This to me is great evidence of continuous improvement, always our first and most important goal in the Ranger Band! The students really came through with exceptional performances!- Matt Boening

SVHS Sub Non-Varsity Concert Band earned a 1 in Concert and a 1 in Sight-reading
Directed by:
Samuel Woodfield


Marche Diabolique (Balmages)
Kinder Legende (Schumann/Foster)
Exuberance (Karrick)

Non- Varsity Concert Band earned a 1 in Concert and a 1 in Sight-reading
Directed by:
Dain Vereen, Matt Boening, Sam Woodfield, Jeff Yates


The Belle of Chicago (Sousa/Byrne)
Rhosymedre (Vaughan Williams/Beeler)
Polka from "The Bartered Bride" (Smetana/Parks)

SVHS Varsity Concert Band earned a 1 in Concert and a 1 in Sight-reading
Directed by:
Matt Boening


Symphonic March (Cheetham)
La Procession du Rocio (Turina/Reed)
Second Suite in F for Military Band (Holst/Matthews)

Congratulations to the students and directors on a job well done!

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Seven Year Old GRES Art Student Takes 1st Place at TxDoT Aviation Conference 2015

Second grader, Ava S., won first place in the 2015 International Aviation Art Contest for the State of Texas. She was honored and was presented with her award at the 33rd Annual Aviation Conference and Banquet. Her artwork is on display in the Garden Ridge Elementary School campus trophy case. Congratulations Ava!

Her art teacher is Tasha Miller.

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Comal ISD Fine Arts Calendar

The 2014-15 Comal ISD Fine Arts Calendar can be found at the Comal ISD website.

Check with campuses to confirm events as dates and times are subject to change.

Area Summer Arts Programs

Several summer opportunities exist for students to continue their arts studies over the break. Some of those opportunities are listed below:

Southwest School of Art and Craft: June 8-Aug 10. One to 2 week long art classes for kids age 5-18. Tuition starts at $150/week.

Camp Artpace: June 15-19 for ages 6-8, June 22-26 for ages 9-12. 9am to 3 pm. Cost $200. Deadline to apply is May 29th.

Magik Theatre: Camp Showbiz: June 8-Aug 21. One to four week sessions. All day classes (9-3) for ages 5 and up with extended care available. See website for pricing. Has 2 locations this year.

Rose Theatre Youth Camps: June 8-Aug 21. Each one week session costs $225. Ages 5-16.

Performing Arts San Antonio (at UTSA): June 8-July 31 for kids age 6-18. $250-$350 per one week session.

Woodlawn Theater Summer Camp: June 8-Aug 7. Ages 5-17. Two week sessions cost $215-$315.

Youth Orchestra of San Antonio Summer Symphony Camps: July 6-18. Any child age 8-18 with one year experience on violin, viola, cello or bass, or age 13-18 with 2 years’ experience on woodwind, percussion, or brass is eligible. $444, with need-based scholarships available.

Performing Arts Camp at UTSA: June 8-19. 3rd through 8th grade, $350. Check website for audition times, etc.

Carver Community Cultural Center Summer Camps: 3 week drama camp for ages 6-18, June 8-26, $175. 2 week dance camp for ages 8-18, July 13-24, $175. (Sorry, this was all full as of 4/5, but they have a waiting list.)

UTSA Middle School Band Camp: June 22-26. Audition required. Day camp only. For students entering 6-9th grade with at least one year of experience. $299.

UTSA Summer Music Institute: July 20-24. Ages 13-18. String or piano students. Audition required. $380 for commuter students, $595 to stay on campus.

UTSA Flute Camp: June 15-19. For middle and high school students with at least one year experience. $200, or $450 for high school students who want to stay on campus.

Texas State Strings Camp: June 21-27.

UT Middle School String Orchestra Camp: June 14-20.

Baylor Summer Music Camp, Middle School: June 21-27.

Texas Lutheran University Summer Music Academy: July 5-10.

Comal ISD is not affiliated with any listed summer programs or camps.

Comal ISD Ovations!

"Ovations" is a way to showcase and thank those teachers, students, administrators, community members, families, etc. that go above and beyond to support Comal ISD Fine Arts. Please email Mandy Epley at to submit your "Ovation"!


The CISD Band Directors who work diligently to inspire their students, prepare them for concert and sight-reading and help them to showcase their talents. Bravo!

Elementary Art, Music and GT teachers who work with their students to prepare engaging Fine Arts and Creativity Nights across the district. Thank you for your dedication and effort to interact with the community and develop opportunities for students to share their knowledge and skills.

Canyon Lake feeder pattern art teachers for preparing student work and make and take learning stations for the CLHS Feeder Pattern Art, Tech and Learning Showcase! Your hard work and planning makes the event a special night for students, parents and the community!

Community Connections

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The Arts In Action Committee is putting together a directory of community members and businesses that are interested in partnering with the arts in Comal ISD. If you are interested in speaking with fine arts classes at all levels about how the arts impact you and how arts skills benefit you in your profession, or if you have a business that is interested in hosting student performances, please contact Mandy Epley, Director of Fine Arts at

Comal ISD Fine Arts

If you have news, events, or celebrations you wish to have shared in this newsletter, please send an email to Mandy Epley, Director of Fine Arts at
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