Comal ISD Fine Arts Newsletter

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Fine Arts Events for the Week of November 17-November 22

Monday, November 17

MVES Thanksgiving program @6:30pm

SVHS Theatre II/III Presents: An Evening of Shakespeare @ 7:00pm in the SVHS PAC

Tuesday, November 18

BBES-DRUMM and Marimba Madness @6pm

GRES 4th Grade Performance @1:30pm and 6:00pm in the GRES Cafeteria

Wednesday, November 19

CHMS Fall Play- 39 Steps @ 7:00pm

Thursday, November 20

TMEA 6A All District Band Auditions @ Johnson HS

GRES-“I Love the 70’s”@ 6:00pm

KRES 5th grade Marimba Concert @ 6:30pm in the cafeteria

Friday, November 21

CLHS Band and Dance Perform at Playoff Football Game @ the Alamodome @3:30pm CLHS VS. Rockport Fulton

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William Shakespeare, often called the English national poet, is widely considered the greatest dramatist of all time. SVHS theatre students have been studying his plays and preparing their characterizations to share with an audience. The students are meeting the challenge of learning the history and context of the bard's works and are mastering the rhythm of his language and sentence structure. The SVHS Theatre II/III students perform the works of William Shakespeare at "An Evening of Shakespeare" one last time on Monday, November 17. Don't miss your chance to see the performance! Admission is free and the show starts at 7:00pm at the SVHS PAC. Way to go, Rangers, or in the language of Elizabethan England, Bravo, thou rare-honey-tongued true-pennies!
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Fine Arts Quote of the Week

"When we teach a child to sing or play the flute, we teach her how to listen. When we teach her to draw, we teach her to see. When we teach a child to dance, we teach him about his body and about space, and when he acts on a stage, he learns about character and motivation. When we teach a child design, we reveal the geometry of the world. When we teach children about the folk and traditional arts and the great masterpieces of the world, we teach them to celebrate their roots and find their own place in history." - Jane Alexander

Comal ISD Students Use Their Talents to Thank Veterans

With songs like "God Bless America" and "Thank You, Soldier", Comal ISD students from all grade levels sang, performed songs, spoke lines from famous speeches, and danced in ceremonies throughout the district to honor the brave men and women who serve our country. A crowd favorite played by students at many campuses was the "Armed Forces Medley: The Army Goes Rolling Along (Army), Anchors Aweigh [Navy], Semper Paratus (Coast Guard), the U.S. Air Force (a.k.a. the Wild Blue Yonder) [Air Force], and the Marines' Hymn (Marine Corps)". During this medley, veterans stand when their military branch anthem is played. Many veterans shared their singing voices with the crowd by singing along to the medley. It was a great day of celebrating the service of military members and honoring the sacrifices so many of them have made to keep us free. Many people were moved by the ceremonies that allowed Comal ISD students to interact with the community and share their artistic gifts to thank those who do so much for us.
Veterans Day 2014

SVMS TMEA All-Region Band Members

SVMS had 14 kids participate in the TMEA All-Region band contest at Lopez MS. SVMS had 6 students make the band, and one alternate!

Over 650 middle school students auditioned from NEISD, SAISD, Comal, Judson, and other San Antonio area schools for a spot in the MS All-Region Band.

"This is a difficult competition and we are extremely proud of the work our students put in to it.", said James Hargreaves and Paul Dixon, SVMS Band Directors.

We congratulate the following students on their amazing achievement:

Eunice C. (Flute) 3rd out of 56 competing!

Ian W. (Alto Sax) 1st out of 48!

Adam C. (Alto Sax) 2nd out of 48!

Trent R. (Tenor Sax) 2nd out of 16!

Kaley B. (French Horn-alternate) 16 out of 42!

Trevor S. (Percussion) 3 out of 60!

Joe R. (Percussion) 5 out of 60!

Did You Know?

Researchers find that sustained learning in music and theater correlates strongly with higher achievement in both math and reading.

-Americans for the Arts. "SUMMARY OF KEY ADDITIONAL ARTS EDUCATION RESEARCH AND FACTS ." City of Providence. Accessed February 25, 2014,

ACMECHS Art Students Honor Veterans With Tribute Murals

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ACMECHS displays amazing collaborative artwork created by students to honor veterans.

Teacher- Taylor Denison

CLHS and MVMS Bands Collaborate At CLHS Game Night

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On Friday, Nov 7th, the MVMS Symphonic and Honor Bands had the opportunity to experience a typical HS Band “marathon day.” The day started at 8:15am in the main gym of MVMS for a morning pep rally, a 1:30-3:30 rehearsal with the CLHS Band, a 3:30 pep rally at CLHS, a 4-5 rehearsal at the stadium, dinner, football game, and a performance with the CLHS Hawk Band during the halftime show.

Featured songs included Party Rock Anthem, Turbo Rock, Hey Song and Just Dance. Students also had the opportunity to perform in the stands during the duration of the game. It was a great night of fun and fellowship. "We want to send out a huge thank you to the CLHS Hawk Band Directors, Mr. Watley and Mr. DeSantis for their cooperation and organization of this annual event. In addition, a BIG thank you to the CLHS Hawk Band Section Leaders for making this a special night for our students."- MVMS Band Directors Ed Gonzales and Robert Delong

CHS Little Theatre Company Shines With Production of Arthur Miller Classic

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CHS presented the classic Arthur Miller play, The Crucible, November 8-10. The show's story of the Salem witch trials, known for provided Miller with a way of confronting the McCarthy Red scare of the 1950's, was a tremendous learning experience for the students. The students studied the history of the play as well as the lives and situations of the real people referenced in the story. The students not only learned the history of the Salem witch trials and the McCarthy hearings, they also mastered a dramatic interpretation of incredibly challenging characters. The students and directors created a unified world through sets, period costumes and believable portrayals of complex characters in one of America's greatest stories for the stage. Bravo on a job well done!

Directors for CHS Theatre are April Cox and Jenna Stephenson

Comal ISD Middle School Music Programs Receive TMEA Grants

The Texas Music Educators Association Executive Board created a grant program for 2014-2015 to support middle school music programs throughout the state. The TMEA Middle School Music Instructional Support Program Grant provided $500,000 in funding for middle school band, orchestra, and choir teachers (grades 6–8), across Texas, to purchase sheet music for use during this school year.

Congratulations to CHMS, CMS, SVMS, SBMS, and MVMS whose applications have all been approved for grant award funding for music from the Middle School Music Instructional Support Program (MSMISP)! Each campus received a maximum of $3000.00 worth of sheet music for their students to use this year in band, choir and orchestra.

We can't wait to hear the students sing and play their new music!

SBMS Theatre Helps the Community Through Trick or Treat So Kids Can Eat

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Spring Branch Middle School Wrangler Theatre students participated through their drama club for the first time in Trick or Treat So Kids Can Eat. Trick or Treat so Kids Can Eat (TOTS-Eat) is the International Thespian Society’s annual nationwide community service initiative. The students dressed up in costumes and went trick or treating for canned goods and non-perishable food items the day before Halloween. The students who volunteered collected 195 lbs of food for the Provisions Outreach in Bulverde. Their director is Belinda Maddox.
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Canyon Lake High School Emerald Players Bring Blithe Spirit To Life

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When Blithe Spirit originally opened in London in 1941, the playwright, Noel Coward, wasn't sure how audiences would receive his dark comedy. He quickly discovered that he had no need to worry because the show was an instant hit. His classic comedy was revived with energy and humor at Canyon Lake High School November 13-15. With a beautiful set, period costumes, and richly humorous performances from the cast, this hilarious, ghostly comedy kept the audience laughing throughout. The company worked hard to capture the mood of the show and the crew provided great lighting, a student designed pre-show video, and special effects to make sure the story was seamless and entertaining. Fantastic job, Emerald Players! Their director is Rhonda Riali.

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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.

Campus Spotlight

Each newsletter, this section will be used to highlight the fine arts programs happening at CISD campuses. The following narratives were provided by the campus teachers and highlight achievements from the 2013-14 school year.

This newsletter we spotlight: HLES and SES.

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Indian Springs Elementary provides numerous opportunities for students to engage in Fine Arts activities including Choir, Strings, Recorder Club, grade level performances and Creativity Night. Each grade level has an opportunity to present a unique performance to the school and their families. Performances are created in order to include as many students as possible in individual speaking and acting parts. In the fall, 3rd, 4th

and 5th grade students have an opportunity to take part in the school choir. The Indian Springs Choir performs in the community at the Rampage game, school carnival, and also during the holidays at Stone Oak Winter Festival and caroling in the neighborhood. Some of the students are selected to be a part of our Honor Choir that performs at the district level. Primary grade students visited the Magik Theatre. The 2nd and 5th grade students present their Wax Museum characters during the day and in the evening to Indian Springs students and their families. Indian Springs has the largest elementary strings program in the district. Student artwork is showcased in the campus wide art show and district art and tech showcase.

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Oak Creek Elementary continually adds opportunities for Fine Arts learning to expose students to higher levels of thinking. Music students share their skills and talents in grade level performances and events throughout the year. Oak Creek also has a choir that performs at events such as their annual Veterans Day ceremony and Wasselfest. Oak Creek also has an after school strings program where students can learn to play the violin and showcase their skills in concert. Students also showcase their artwork on campus and in the support services and district art and technology showcases.

Virtual Gallery

Specht Elementary artwork on display at the Support Services Art Gallery.

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 talented teachers and students who worked hard to produce inspirational and heartfelt tribute performances for Veterans Day. Comal ISD is unique in the level of commitment to honoring veterans through performances and ceremonies on every campus. By sharing your songs and performances, you used your gifts to honor those who make it possible for us to live in a society that has the freedom to study and celebrate the arts. Thank you for your great work and thank you, veterans!

Arts In Action Invitation

It is not too late to become a member of Arts in Action

Arts in Action provides a forum for parents and community members to discuss goals for our district fine arts programs.

Our goal is to maintain current programs, manage growth, expand offerings, and foster community support to provide our fine arts students the resources they need to be successful. We would love to have you join us!

Meeting Schedule

6:00pm-7:00pm at Support Services Board Room

December 1

February 3

April 6

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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