January 17, 2020

Monday, January 20, 2020, is a student holiday! See you on Tuesday. Have a great three-day weekend.

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It's an exciting time to live and learn in BISD!

Bandera ISD values choices in learning because we believe choice cultivates personal growth and individual pride. As we work to expand the choices available to our students, we are asking students, parents, employees, and community members to share their preferences.The survey will be open through January 31. Thank you in advance for letting your voice be heard. The survey is also posted on the BISD website.
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BHS Theater Production students present a murder mystery dinner theater.

On January 4, eight BHS Theater Production students had the unique opportunity to present a murder mystery dinner theatre. The Mardi Gras-themed dinner, sponsored by the local Eastern Star chapter, allowed the students to meet and interact with community members, as well as eat a delicious dinner produced by Mrs Neuenschwander.
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Check out the talented artists on display at BHS.

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Congratulations, BHS Academic Decathlon!

The Bandera High School Academic Decathlon team travelled to Corpus Christi at Carroll High School last weekend and competed against 5A and 6A schools, earning a 2nd Overall team score.

Team Captain, Hannah Bates, who received recognition with a 3rd overall scholastic score, stated, “It is nice to have a team that works well together. Our team has demonstrated that it can compete head-to-head against large schools”. In addition to Bates, three newcomers to decathlon received recognition as high scoring individuals, varsity - Cyrus Mendez, honors -Christian McKnelly, and varsity -Samuel Nimmrichter received a 3rd overall, a 3rd overall and a 1st overall respectively.

Team members also participated in the super quiz competition. This is the only part of the competition that is open to the public. Bandera team members outscored the other schools and received gold medals for their 1st place win.

Individual medals are as follows:

Social Science – Hannah Bates, bronze; Cyrus Mendez, silver; Samuel Nimmrichter, gold.

Mathematics – Samantha Rubalcava, Bronze; Cyrus Mendez, bronze; Samuel Nimrichter, bronze.

Art - Christian McKnelly, bronze; Megan Mize, bronze; Catherine Molina, silver; Samuel Nimmrichter, gold; Hannah Bates, gold

Economics – Hannah Bates, bronze; Christian McKnelly,silver; Samuel Nimmrichter, gold;

Music – Cyrus Mendez, silver; Christian McKnelly, gold.

Science – Cyrus Mendez, silver; Samuel Nimmrichter, gold; Hannah Bates, gold.

Literature – Samuel Nimmrichter, bronze; Catherine Molina, gold; Hannah Bates, gold

Speech- Catherine Molina, bronze

In addition to the medals, ribbons for 4th 5th, and 6th place were awarded. Bandera students also earned a total of 16 - 4th, 5th and 6th place ribbons.

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BHS Academics, Speech, and Debate Team results from the Medina Valley Invitational. Way to go, Bulldogs!

-Duggan Persyn 3rd Number Sense

-Robert Rittiman 5th Novice Computer Science

-Ryan Molnar 6th Novice Computer Science

-Griffin Morsi 6th Advanced Computer Science

-Alena Swan 1st Poetry

-Belle Hoover 3rd Poetry

-Ethan Molnar 3rd Prose

-Aidan Prater 1st LD Debate, 1st Persuasive Speaking, and Top Speaker in Lincoln Douglas.

-The Varsity team of Devlyn Cadena and Adisyn Utter and the Freshmen team of Katelyn Mendez and Elijah Sarazua both qualified to Quarter Finals in CX Debate

-Gunnar Winkler went 2-1 in Cross-Examination Debate as a maverick, which was very impressive

-All together, BHS won Second Place speech team with only 9 students competing.

Principles of Construction students build a house with specific dimensions but limited supplies.

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Congratulations, BHS Choir Students!

Congratulations to Ethan Ellingson and Rebecca Ellingson who participated in the All Area Choir Competition this past weekend held at Cuero High School. Both students placed in the top 10 of their categories. Ethan placed 9th out of 24 participants in the Bass category, and Rebecca placed 10th out of 24 participants in the Soprano category. We are very proud of these two outstanding choir students!

TWO Brand New FFA teams formed at BMS.

This week Ms. Fullen started training two brand new FFA teams for 8th graders! These nine students are going to be learning all about Agronomy and Entomology. They dedicate their time outside of school to practice and study these awesome skills needed for careers once they graduate! Ms. Fullen said, "We can’t wait to watch them grow as individuals and as teams with the FFA!"
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Bulldog Athletics

Lady Bulldog Basketball by Coach Dumont

The Bandera Lady Bulldogs closed out preseason play with an exceptional win Tuesday January 7th in Pearsall. The Lady Bulldogs came out ready to play and got off to a great start. Exceptional team defense led by Liz MacNeil with 4 steals in just the first half alone allowed the Lady Bulldogs to jump out and lead Pearsall the whole first half. Along with exceptional defense the Lady Bulldogs knocked down 13 of 21 free throws in the first half. Kristin Salas, Chelsey Graves, Breanna Stimmell, Katie Dibrell, Summer Haby, and Anna Guajrado all made free throws to put the Lady Bulldogs up 21-11 at the half. Although they were down Pearsall came out in the second half fired up and tried to make a come back. Even though Pearsall scored 10 in the 3rd the Lady Bulldogs were able to hold on to their lead going into the 4th quarter.

Although Pearsall outscored us in the third the Lady Bulldogs were not willing to hand them the game. To close out the game, the Lady Bulldogs applied great full court pressure allowing Breanna Stimmell to capitalize on several Pearsall turnovers. Stimmell scored 7 in the 4th quarter. Along with steals and layups the Lady Bulldogs were able to earn several trips to the free throw line. With less than a minute left in the game Kristin Salas earned two trips to the free throw line. Salas stepped up to the free throw line with ice in her veins both times making all 4 free throws putting Pearsall away for good. The Lady Bulldogs beat Pearsall 38-34 to finish off pre-season play. This game was a great team win for the Lady Bulldogs as we moved towards district play.


Katie Dibrell: 1 point, 2 rebounds

Chelsey Graves: 1 point, 6 rebounds, 1 assist

Liz MacNeil: 2 points, 5 rebounds

Madi Leal: 2 points, 1 rebound

Summer Haby: 2 points, 2 rebounds

Avery Ouellette: 3 points, 3 rebounds,

Anna Guajardo: 4 points, 2 assists, 11 rebounds

Breanna Stimmell: 11 points, 4 assists, 8 rebounds

Kristin Salas: 12 points, 4 assists, 8 rebounds

Thursday January 9th the Lady Bulldogs took on Boerne for their District 28-AAAA opener at home. Although Boerne came out firing away and hitting more shots than the Lady Bulldogs in the first quarter the Lady Bulldogs never backed down on their home floor. After a big run the Lady Bulldogs regrouped and hit some shots. Liz MacNeil led the Lady Bulldogs and sparked the offense with a three pointer and then hitting a free throw later. Kristin Salas (2) and Madi Leal (1) also scored in the first quarter. Although the Lady Bulldogs were down (7-27) after the first they did not give up and continued to battle back. In the second quarter, Liz MacNeil continued to provide a spark scoring 5 from the field. Breanna Stimmell also scored in the second. Along with scoring from the field, the Lady Bulldogs rebounded exceptionally well on the defensive end causing Boerne to foul. This allowed multiple Lady Bulldogs to go shoot at the free throw line late in the second quarter. Kristin Salas (2), Chelsey Graves (2), and Anna Guajardo (2) all cut into the Boerne lead from the free throw line. To finish the half Hannah Edwards (1) earned a trip to the free throw line after catching a pass at half court and being fouled. The Lady Bulldogs were down (21-35) going into the half, but it was a ball game, something many did not expect to see.

After half time Boerne started out firing and making many shots again. But, several Lady Bulldogs (Breanna Stimmell-3, Liz MacNeil-3, Chelsey Graves-2, and Summer Haby-2) scored in the third quarter trying to keep Boerne within reach. At the end of the third quarter and throughout the fourth it seemed that each time the Lady Bulldogs were able to pull within 15 or so points they were faced with adversity over and over again. It did not matter how frustrating it became, the Lady Bulldogs never gave up. The Lady Bulldogs continued to play defense and taking good calculated shots. Breanna Stimmell (5), Chelsey Graves (2), Madi Leal (2) and Anna Guajardo (1) continued to score late in the game. Ultimately the Lady Bulldogs fell to Boerne 41-68.


Liz MacNeil: 12 points, 5 rebounds

Breanna Stimmell: 12 points, 1 assist, 3 rebounds

Chelsey Graves: 4 points, 2 assists, 1 rebound

Kristin Salas: 4 points, 2 assists, 4 rebounds

Anna Guajardo: 3 points, 3 assists, 11 rebounds

Summer Haby: 2 points, 3 assists

Hannah Edwards: 1 point, 1 assist, 1 rebound

JV Lady Bulldog Basketball Report by Coach Torrey

The JV Lady Bulldogs travelled to Harper to take on the very tough Lady Longhorns on New

Years Eve. The Lady Dogs were ready for the challenge. Starting things off with a 3 from

Abigail Danour, the Longhorns were in a fight the entire game. Down 17-14 at half, the Lady

Dogs struggled to score in the 3rd quarter allowing the Lady Longhorns to extend their lead.

The Lady Bulldogs continued to fight the entire 4th quarter. Final Score: 38-28 Harper.

Bandera was led by Abigail Danour with 8 points and Sam Kennedy chipped in 5. Lauren

Benedict (4), Brianna Herman (4) Estella Calderon (3), Alexis Isbell (2), and Savannah Cruz (2)

rounded out the scoring.

The JV Lady Dogs travelled to Comfort on January 3rd to face off against the Lady Deer. In a

low scoring affair, the Lady Bulldogs found themselves down 12-16 with 3 minutes to go. 2

huge three pointers by Abigail Danour allowed the Lady Dogs to take the lead 18-17 in the final

minute and they held on for the hard fought victory.

On January 7, the Lady Dogs travelled to Pearsall. The Lady Bulldogs scored the first 4 points

and never relinquished the lead. The Lady Bulldogs had a tremendous defensive effort and

pulled out the 20-15 victory. The Lady Bulldogs were led by Brianna Herman, Sam Kennedy,

Alexis Isbell, and Estella Calderon with 4 points each. Abigail Danour and Kate Guadajaro

scored 2 each.

The Lady Dogs begin district play against the Boerne Greyhounds on January 9th. The game

did not start out well for the home team. Down 20-3 after the first quarter, the Lady Dogs did not

quit. Picking up their defensive intensity, the Lady Dogs battled the rest of the half. Down 25-9,

the Lady dogs couldn't get any offense going against an aggressive Greyhound defense. Final

Score: 44-13 Boerne.

On Tuesday January, 14th, The JV Lady Bulldogs travelled to Llano and came away with the

victory, 23-22. Estella Calderon scored 5, Kate Guadajaro, Brianna Herman, and Alexis Isbell

scored 4, and Mackie Williams and Alexis Isbell scored 3.

Overall Record: 8-9 District Record: 1-1

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