Comal ISD Fine Arts Newsletter

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Fine Arts Events for the Week of January 26-31

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

ATSSB MS Region Band Clinic/Concert@ LaVernia HS

Support Services Art Gallery Show and Speaker@ Support Services 5:45-6:45pm

MES 4th grade program@ 6:30pm (Students arrive by 6:00pm)

SBMS Band Spaghetti Dinner- SBMS Cafeteria 5:30-8:00pm

Wednesday, January 28,2015

SVHS Art at the Bulverde Art Center 5:30-8:00pm

Friday January 30, 2015

CHS Musical- Oklahoma@ CHS PAC 7:00pm

Saturday, January 31, 2015

CHS Musical- Oklahoma@ CHS PAC 7:00pm

4A Band UIL Solo and Ensemble

UIL Orchestra Solo/Ensemble@ Johnson HS

Fine Arts Quote of the Week

"The Arts are an essential part of public education. From dance and music to theatre and the visual arts, the arts give children a unique means of expression, capturing their passions and emotions, and allowing them to explore new ideas, subject matter, and cultures. They bring us joy in every aspect of our lives.

Arts education not only enhances students' understanding of the world around them, but it also broadens their perspective on traditional academics. The arts give us the creativity to express ourselves, while challenging our intellect. The arts integrate life and learning for all students and are integral in the development of the whole person.

The Arts communicate and speak to us in ways that teach literacy and enhance our lives. We must continue to find a place for arts programs and partnerships not only for what it teaches students about art, but for what it teaches us all about the world we live in."

--Dr. Terry Bergeson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, Washington State, November 2001

Did You Know?

Arts and culture sector adds nearly $700B to U.S. economy: report

Brett Zongker , The Associated Press

Published Monday, January 12, 2015
WASHINGTON -- Creative industries including Hollywood and broadcasting contribute more to the U.S. economy than previously thought, the government said Monday in its first official analysis of the arts and culture sector's economic value.

The report from the National Endowment for the Arts and U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis shows arts and culture contributed more than $698 billion to the economy -- about 4.32 per cent of U.S. goods and services. The study of the creative sector's contribution to U.S. gross domestic product is based on 2012 data, the most recent figures available, and includes non-profit, for-profit and government-funded programs.

Six industries account for the bulk of arts and culture production, according to the analysis. They include broadcasting, movies and videos, publishing, retail sales, performing arts and advertising. Analysts found 4.7 million workers were employed in arts and culture production. Looking back more than a decade, the creative sector's production hit its peak in 2002.

In 2012, arts and culture surpassed construction by $112 billion, as well as transportation, travel and tourism and agriculture. But the creative sector was smaller than the health care and retail industries when compared with their economic production.

"It's a formidable presence from the economic point of view," said Jane Chu, chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts. "Here is an opportunity to understand how the arts infuse our lives."

The new findings are significantly larger than a preliminary estimate of arts production released in 2013. That estimate showed U.S. creative industries generated about $504 billion. The new analysis adds architectural services, online ticket vendors and more "entertainment originals" in movies, TV and book publishing to the creative industries that were not included in the previous estimate.

Arts and culture also contribute to a trade surplus with more exports than imports from other nations, said Sunil Iyengar, research director for the National Endowment for the Arts.

"A lot of consumption is going on outside our borders of American-made products -- home-grown art, if you will," he said. "So that's about $25 billion of trade surplus, and that's rare for many industries and sectors within the U.S. economy."

Researchers also released the latest national Survey of Public Participation in the Arts results from 37,000 adults interviewed as a supplement to the Census Bureau's 2012 population survey. Slightly more than half of Americans attended a live visual or performing arts activity, according to the survey. There have been declines in attendance since 2002 at art museums and live performances of music, theatre and dance.

States with significantly higher-than-average performing arts attendance included California, Connecticut, Colorado, North Dakota, Kansas, Maryland, Rhode Island and Washington. Four cities with especially high performing arts attendance were Denver, San Francisco, Baltimore and Washington, D.C. At the other end, Georgia, Alabama and Florida had significantly lower performing arts attendance than average.

Researchers found 31 million adults who were interested in an event but did not attend for some reason. Those with young children said lack of time was the biggest barrier. Older adults and those with disabilities said the location was too difficult to reach.

Meanwhile, 71 per cent of Americans were using electronic media to connect with art.

"We're seeing that the ways people are engaged in the arts have expanded," Chu said. "That's a really big deal."

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SVHS Student Art on Display in Local Gallery

SVHS will be displaying student art at the Bulverde Art Center. Opening reception is Friday, January 29, from 5:30-8:00.

The Art Center is located at 2355 Bulverde Road just off 281 south. The exhibit will be up through the month of February.

We appreciate the community and its support of the arts for our SVHS artists.


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SBMS and SVMS Orchestra Students to Perform at Support Services Gallery Show

This year, CISD will continue to showcase student artwork at Support Services. At each showcase, a group of campuses will have 8-10 pieces of work on display from each campus with a viewing time from 5:45-6:00pm and a recognition ceremony, where students are recognized and an artist guest speaker shares their thoughts with the students from 6:00-6:45pm. SVMS and SBMS Orchestra students will play during the art viewing time. The artwork will remain at Support Services on display until the next showcase.

The second Support Services Gallery Show and Speaker is Tuesday, January 27 from 5:45-6:45pm

The young artists featured at this event will be from the following schools: KRES, BBES, RBES, ISES, TPES, SBMS, JRES, SVMS and SVHS

Second Show Speaker- Darryl Patrick

As the only son of a Montana wheat farmer, expectations were that Darryl Patrick would follow in his father's footsteps. An imaginative and creative child, Darryl paid little attention to the expectations of others. After earning an elementary teaching degree from Northern Montana College, nobody expected that with this degree in hand he would go half way around the world to teach in Sicily and spend his holidays touring Europe. And when he got back nobody expected that Darryl, a middling student at best in high school, where he starred in sports and drama, would go back to college and emerge with a PhD in Art History. Darryl Patrick is excited to speak to the artists of Comal ISD at the Support Services Gallery Show.

The third Support Services Gallery Show and Speaker is Tuesday, May 26 from 5:45-6:45pm

The young artists featured at this event will be from the following schools: STZES, RCES, MVES, HLES, MVMS, GFES, CHMS, ACMECHS, CLHS

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MVMS Hawk Band Students Excel at Region Auditions

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Members of the MVMS Hawk Band participated at the ATSSB Region Band Auditions on Tuesday, Jan 20th. The Hawk Band represented MVMS and Comal ISD very well and placed 31 students in the Region Bands. The band had more students audition than any other school in their region and had more students accepted into the Region Bands than any other school in their region.Congratulations to the students and staff for a great job!!!

Band Directors are:

Ed Gonzales and Bobby Delong

Comal ISD Fine Arts Continue To Be Showcased at Rampage Games

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CHMS Choir Sings National Anthem

CHMS Choir performed the National Anthem at the AT&T Center for a San Antonio Rampage game on January 17th.

Choir Director is Melissa Lacy

Bill Brown Music Teacher Performs in Professional Learning Community

The Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) conference is comprised of music teachers of all levels, from elementary through collegiate, general music, band, choir, orchestra, and more. The conference typically garners about 25,000 attendees every year. On Friday, February 13th, Final Point, an ensemble comprised of music educators, will present a performance at the Texas Orff Chapters Meeting/Showcase. This session is an annual meeting that gives all the Orff chapters in Texas an opportunity to share upcoming workshop dates, check in with regional and national leaders, and showcase a performing group.

Final Point has been rehearsing since the beginning of the school year to prepare for this performance. The teachers have given up several of their Saturday mornings for this endeavor in the spirit of continuing to grow professionally and to seek out support and work in a uniquely musical Professional Learning Community.

Carol Murray, music teacher at Bill Brown Elementary, is part of the Final Point ensemble and will perform at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center on Friday the 13th at 10am in room CC 217 ( We are proud of her accomplishments!

Below is a list of the educators who will be featured:

Lorelei Batislaong, Barron Elementary

Brenda Duncan, Storm/Douglass Elementary

Colleen Dunn, Mireles Elementary

Emily Fricke, Woodridge Elementary

Christopher Giles, Mireles Elemementary

Ashley Hagins, Franklin Elementary

Judy Hudson, McDermott Elementary

Donald Kearney, Roosevelt Elementary

Pam McDaniel, Aue Elementary

Carol Murray, Bill Brown Elementary

Bethany Nicely, Michael Elementary

Roxanne Ng, Helotes Elementary

Tracie Quinn, Hardy Oak Elementary

Amy Ramos, Medio Creek Elementary

Kari Redmann, Oak Meadow Elementary

Chelsea Short, Bulverde Creek Elemenetary

Natasha Thurmon, Linton Elementary

Neal Tipton, Retired

Michael Vasquez, Kuentz Elementary

Kimberly Zoeller, Brauchle Elementary

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Dr. Harold Reynolds to conduct Master Class/Clinic at Canyon Lake High School

Mark R. Watley, Band Director, announced that Dr. Harold Reynolds from Ithaca College, Ithaca, N.Y. will be on the Canyon Lake High School campus to conduct a Master Class/Clinic to low brass students from Canyon Lake, Canyon and Smithson Valley. Dr. Reynolds is Professor and Associate Chair, School of Music at Ithaca College, Ithaca, NY

Dr. Reynolds has a D.M.A., M.Ed., Southwest Texas State University; B.M.E., St. Mary’s University. Formerly, faculty, University of North Carolina at Greensboro, University of Texas at San Antonio; teacher, public schools in Texas and New York. Formerly, principal trombone, Tri-Cities Opera Orchestra, Charleston Symphony Orchestra, Greensboro Symphony Orchestra. Recordings for EMI Toshiba, Mercury Records. Contributor, Music Library Association Notes, Band Director’s Guide, Brass Player, ITA Journal.

CLHS Art Students Transform Words Into Works of Art

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Canyon Lake High sophomore Hannah S. is working on an assignment in teacher Claudette Cozzi’s Art II Drawing class. Students had to select a quote about art or a quote by an artist. Students then illustrated that quote in their sketchbooks. Schneider selected the quote “The task of art today is to bring chaos in to order” by Theodor Adorno. Also pictured is freshman Megan B. working on a similar assignment.

Canyon Lake High freshman Nancy H. is diligently working on a color-mixing exercise in teacher Claudette Cozzi’s Art I class. The purpose of the assignment is learning how to make shades, tints and values of colors. She is using tempera paint to complete her assignment.
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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.

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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"!


Jimmy Kritikos, CLHS Choir Director, and his men's choir for their original school board appreciation performance at the January 22 school board meeting! Brilliant performance!

All CISD Art teachers and students who created tribute artwork for the school board. The works are beautiful and creative expressions of the theme "A Work of Heart!".

Virtual Gallery

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2nd grade created painted paper heart collages to the theme “A Work of Heart”.

Kimberly Tucker

Art Educator

Clear Spring Elementary

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Big Artistic "Thank You"

Karen Williams' art students at ASES created a huge mural to thank the school board for their hard work.

Being a school board member is a work of heart!

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First grade Picasso Face Collages

Karen Williams

Art Educator

Arlon Seay Elementary

Calling All Arts Supporters!-Arts In Action Invitation- Next Meeting is February 3, 2015

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

February 3

April 6

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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