Keeping Up with Comm Arts

~ September 25, 2023 ~

Hello Comm Arts Family and Friends!

Fall is officially here. Hopefully, cooler weather will soon follow.

Tuesday, September 26th, is the last day for 10th and 11th graders to sign up for PSAT. The link can be found in the section below. Also, Wednesday, September 27th, is Senior Parent Night and College, Career, and Military Fair from 5:45 to 7:15 pm. Everyone will be meeting in the Taft Auditorium.

UIL Eligibility Check

Please be aware that if your student participates in one of our UIL sports or activities, eligibility for those activities is determined at the 6-week point of the first marking period. Students must pass all classes before October 6th, when grades are uploaded, to ensure their continued participation in those activities. Students, please work with your teachers to ensure you have addressed any grade concerns, and parents, please check your student's progress in HAC. We encourage parents to contact their child's teachers if they have questions.

Comm Arts Grade Guarantee Day - UIL Eligibility Check

Comm Arts implements a Grade Guarantee Day for major grading checkpoints to encourage timely completion of student work and to prevent our teachers from being swamped with late work turned in on the last day of a grading period. The first Grade Guarantee Day will be this Friday, September 29th.

This means that students who have missing assignments must have those assignments turned in by September 29th if they want to guarantee that the teacher will grade them so it can be reflected when grades are uploaded the following Friday, October 6th. A student can still turn in missing assignments after October 6th. Still, a teacher may not have enough time to grade those late submitted assignments in time for them to be reflected on the UIL Eligibility Check.

Next Tuesday, October 3rd, Comm Arts will be hosting an Advanced Academics Night. Come learn more about opportunities to earn college credit through OnRamps, Dual Credit, and, of course, AP programs. We will be meeting in the Taft Auditorium from 6:30-7:30 pm. See you there!

PSAT Updates

Northside ISD is hosting a College Board Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test, or PSAT, on Wednesday, October 11th. The PSAT/NMSQT exam is the route of entry to the National Merit Scholarship Program for 11th-grade students. For more details, click here.

Last chance! The PSAT is optional this year for 10th and 11th graders. Students who do not register will be unable to participate.

Comm Arts students will have a separate registration process from Taft High School. To register, students should click on the following link: Make sure to answer all of the required questions. The student's email is their NISD email provided by the district.

Here are the important dates for the registration process:

  • Tue, Sep 26, 2023, at 11:59 PM - Registration Ends
  • Tue, Sep 26, 2023 - Registrations that have not been paid for will be canceled, and exams will not be ordered.

Please contact Ms. Elizabeth Lewis,, if you have questions or concerns.

PSAT Student Guide

This is a great resource to help prep for the PSAT on October 11th.

Campus Highlights

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Literary Mythology

In Literary Mythology last week, Mrs. Frias's class learned about Egyptian Mythology and the 6 Essential Parts of a Human. One of them is your name, and another is a personality trait. They took some time Friday to create a cartouche with their name in hieroglyphs and a personality trait.

Campus Announcements

School Safety

Students will watch the Active Threat video this September 29th and discuss school safety procedures. Please take a moment to read through the letter attached below. Parents, we recommend that you preview the video; it's available on the Northside Safety site.

Honoring our Military & First Responders

This week, we will be honoring those who serve our country. Students, remember that dress code still applies.
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Helping Hands Northside Threads Clothing Drive

The Helping Hands drive will run through September 28th. A list of items needed can be found to the left. Please tell your students/clubs/organizations that the gently used donations need to adhere to the school dress code. This is not a time to just clean out the closet and donate EVERYTHING. :)

They also need brand-new socks and underwear too! (all sizes because the entire family gets clothing)

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Comm Arts Homecoming Court

Court applications must be turned in by September 27th at 4:30 pm.


All voting will be done through student email addresses.

  • The first round of voting will occur from October 2nd to October 5th.
  • The second round of voting will occur from October 9th to October 12th.
  • 9th, 10th, and 11th grade winners will be announced on the intercom announcements on October 13th.
  • Senior King and Queen will be announced at the football game on Friday, October 20th.

The court will be recognized at halftime during the football game on October 20th. The Homecoming Dance will be held in the Taft cafeteria on October 21st. Ticket information will be shared once it's available.

Common Attendance Codes

Health vs. EADN (Excused Absences - Non-Health -Doctor Note): Health absences do not count against a student's attendance. However, a student must be on campus for part of the school day and bring in a doctor's note. A doctor's note counts as an excused absence if a student is absent for the whole school day.

Excused Absences (EA) vs. Unexcused Absences (UA): All absences count towards the allotted seven absences for the fall semester/10 absences for the spring semester. If a student's attendance case is sent to court, a committee will consider how many absences were excused and unexcused.

Covid: Please note that student remote conferencing, contact tracing, and "COVID" absences are no longer available. Students who miss school due to COVID-19 need to bring a parent note to receive an excused absence. For more information, refer parents to the COVID-19 Information page:

College Visit: Juniors and seniors are allotted two days per year to visit colleges. For these absences to be excused, students need to follow the required procedures. The form can be found below.

Bexar County Youth Voter Fest

A Celebration of Civic Engagement Non-partisan, All-inclusive, and Experiential

Saturday, September 30th from 11 AM to 2 PM @ UTSA's Downtown Campus

Sign Up at this link:

Counselors' Corner

Wise Words from Dr. Rosales & Mrs. Skidmore

Starting September 25th through the 29th, CAHS Counselors will be visiting with 11th-grade students to conference with them one-on-one. CAHS Counselors will advise students about their credits, GPA, Rank, courses, and other graduation requirements. All students will be visited through their US History AP course.

Wednesday, September 27th, is Senior Night at Taft High School. We will begin the evening in the Taft Auditorium. After the presentations, parents and students will have the opportunity to visit with college admissions representatives.

September is Suicide Prevention Month - #BeThe1To is the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline’s message for National Suicide Prevention Month and beyond, which helps spread the word about actions we can all take to prevent suicide. The Lifeline network and its partners are working to change the conversation from suicide to suicide prevention to actions that can promote healing, help, and give hope.

  • Ask - Research shows people who are having thoughts of suicide feel relief when someone asks after them in a caring way. Findings suggest acknowledging and discussing suicide may reduce rather than increase suicidal ideation.
  • Be There - Individuals are more likely to feel less depressed, less suicidal, less overwhelmed, and more hopeful after speaking to someone who listens without judgment.
  • Keep them Safe - A number of studies have indicated that when lethal means are made less available or less deadly, suicide rates by that method decline, and frequently, suicide rates overall decline.
  • Help them Stay Connected -Studies indicate that helping someone at risk create a network of resources and individuals for support and safety can help them take positive action and reduce feelings of hopelessness.
  • Follow-Up - Studies have also shown that brief, low-cost intervention and supportive, ongoing contact may be an important part of suicide prevention, especially for individuals after they have been discharged from hospitals or care services.
CAHS Military Families

Click the button to access the Military Family Newsletter

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Go Center

United States Youth Program

Are you interested in a future in Public Service? Apply to be a part of the United States Youth Program. The United States Senate Youth Program, established in 1962 by U.S. Senate Resolution, is a unique educational experience for outstanding high school students interested in pursuing careers in public service. Two students from each state will be selected to attend the weeklong Government and Education Leadership program in Washington, D.C.; each will receive a $10,000 undergraduate college scholarship. Students must attend the entirety of the program to receive the scholarship.

Texas students must submit the completed application and supporting documentation by October 1st, 2023. The primary purposes of the qualifying leadership position must be a representation of a constituency and service to others. A student who graduates high school at the close of the fall semester/quarter is not eligible to apply for the program. Only one application per school will be accepted. To learn more about the program, see the following website:

Applications will go through a screening process before ONE is decided upon. If you have questions about the application, email Ms.Reynolds- at

If interested, you must submit the following form and information to on or before October 1, 2023.

U.S. Naval Academy Admissions Information Session

Hello from Annapolis, Maryland, home of the United States Naval Academy (USNA)!

Join us for one of our Information Sessions; it's a unique opportunity to meet with your Regional Director of Admissions, Admissions Counselor, and Blue & Gold Officers. We've invited you because you are an ambitious student, and you have the potential to become an exemplary Midshipman (student) at USNA. Learn what it takes for you to apply & succeed!

Please click HERE to pre-register.

Location: Thomas Edison High School

701 Santa Monica St

San Antonio, TX 78212

When: Saturday, October 7, 2023

10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Maybe you have never considered the U.S. Naval Academy, but we think you belong here. Did you know that every student:

  • receives a full scholarship...yes, you read that correctly: FREE TUITION (including room and board and health insurance),
  • is guaranteed employment upon graduating as an officer in the Navy or Marine Corps,
  • receives a Bachelor of Science degree from the #1 public school in the nation (according to U.S. News & World Report).

Real Talk on HBCUs and PWIs

Real Talk is back, a virtual event series hosted by BigFuture (College Board) for Black students and their parents! They're kicking off the season with two nights to help students decide whether an HBCU (Historically Black College and University) or PWI (Predominantly White Institution) is right for them. Learn more about the events on October 3rd and 10th to compare options and make the best college choices. These events allow students to interact directly with admissions reps and current college students!

School Pictures & Yearbooks

Senior Update

Seniors, if you haven't already done so, please call Prestige at (210) 691-1284 or visit our local Prestige website to set up your senior portrait session. Only pictures taken with Prestige will be in the yearbook.

Seniors, If you have not already taken your senior picture either on campus or at the Prestige Studios, please schedule an appointment ASAP at the Prestige Studios by calling (210) 691-1284 or going online at They would be back on campus on November 3rd, for retakes and yearbook-only pictures. Please note that if you wish for your picture to be in the yearbook, it must be taken through Prestige Portraits before Thanksgiving break.

Yearbook 2023-2024

Comm Arts will have its own yearbook this year! Online yearbook sales are now live. The pdfs below have additional information.

College Board

AP Exams

It's a campus expectation that all students take the AP exam for their CAHS course(s). College Board does require a fee if students need to take a late exam.


Students will sign up for the exams during their AP course(s). Northside ISD does cover the majority of the cost of the exam. Exam fees are $98, but NISD students only pay $40 per exam. For those who qualify for Free and Reduces Meals, AP exams are $20/exam. Parents/guardians need to re-apply each school year. See the pdf below for more details of payment.

The deadline to pay for exam(s) is Friday, Oct. 13, 2023.

Freshmen/Sophomores - $40

Juniors - $80

Seniors - $120

**UPDATE: This also includes AP Spanish 4. Students will take the AP Spanish Language and Culture exam on Thursday, May 16th, 2024.**

All other exams will be processed through Taft HS.

Information from Our Nurse

Verification of Enrollment (VOE)

Our Verification of Enrollment (VOE) is available digitally. Use the Google Form to request a copy. All Chromebooks, textbooks, and AP exam fees must be turned in before a VOE is issued.

School Lunch Payments

NISD is now using SchoolCafe for online lunch payments. Click the link for more information and videos on using the new system.

Communications Arts High School

Mission: Our school promotes curiosity while providing rigorous academics in a supportive and collaborative environment.

Vision: Communications Arts H.S. students will be confident, capable, communicative leaders.