Friday, November 15, 2019

Hill Country Elementary Students of the Month: Abby Sizemore & Aidan Law

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Hill Country Elementary Teacher of the Month: Katie Bryant

Mrs. Bryant, an art teacher, led the Board of Trustees in making an origami bird on National Origami Day.
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BHS FFA State & National Qualifiers

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A great big Bulldog thank you to Sheriff Dan Butts for protecting BISD students and families as they travel to out of town contests.

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Honoring Our Veterans

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Three BHS Choir Members Advance to Area

Congratulations to Ethan Ellingson (Senior), Zakary Widenor (Senior), and Rebecca Ellingson (Sophomore), for qualifying to advance to the All Area Choir Auditions. These three outstanding choir students competed at the Pre Area Auditions this week held at Boerne HS. They will compete again in January at Cuero HS for the chance to become a member of the 2020 All State Small School Choir.

FFA Revaldina District Leadership Development Results

On Wednesday, November 13th, the Bandera FFA chapter competed in the Revaldina district Leadership Development Events held in Hondo Texas. Placing first was: Broadcasting team consisting of Jayden Coiner, Abby Jones, and Sidney Timmons; Kate Guajardo in the Senior Creed Speaking contest; and Tessa Phillips, Lily Bitzkie, Sarah Guajardo, and in the Junior Quiz contest. Chelsey Graves also competed and placed second in Job Interview. All first and second place finishers will advance to the Area VII competition on Wednesday, November 20th in Blanco.

Also competing at the district contest and placing third was Public Relations, Junior Skills, and Senior Skills. Ag Advocacy placed fourth and Junior Creed speaking placed sixth.

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2019 National FFA Agriscience Fair & Expo

Chelsey Graves and Kate Guajardo members of the Bandera FFA Chapter from Bamdera, Texas were National champions in the 2019 National FFA Agriscience Fair at the 92nd National FFA Convention & Expo in Indianapolis on October 30, 2019. A full list of results from this event can be found here:

The National FFA Agriscience Fair is a competition for FFA members who are interested in the science and technology of agriculture. It is held each year during the National FFA Convention & Expo and sponsored nationally by Cargill, John Deere and Syngenta.

FFA members compete in the national agriscience fair in one of six categories:

 Animal Systems

 Environmental Services/Natural Resource Systems

 Food Products and Processing Systems

 Plant Systems

 Power, Structural and Technical Systems

 Social Science

Chelsey and Kate competed in the Power, Structural and Technical Systems division with their project entitled “Jumping the String: A Comparison Study of the Speed of Sound versus Arrow Flight Time”. To qualify for the National FFA Agriscience Fair, students must be in grades seven through 12, conduct a scientific research project pertaining to the agriculture and food science industries and present their findings to a panel of judges with a display and report. All national participants are selected as the state winner at their state agriscience fairs and earn national competition eligibility after being placed in the top 12 within their respective categories.

Stella Brown and Maci Morrison also competed and placed sixth in the 2019 National FFA Agriscience Fair at the National at the 92nd National FFA Convention & Expo in the Food Products and Processing Systems with their project entitled Methods of Tenderization: An Investigative Study of Cooking Time to Lethality.

The National FFA Organization provides leadership, personal growth and career success training through agricultural education to more than 700,000 student members who belong to one of the more than 8,600 local FFA chapters throughout the U.S., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. The organization is also supported by more than 8 million alumni and supporters throughout the U.S.

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Career Fair at Bandera High School: Students explore careers in aviation, welding, cosmetology, construction, electrical, and more!

BISD Health and Safety by Mr. Tosh

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Howdy Bulldogs!

With all of our cold weather we have experienced this week, it made me really think about how prepared I was to handle the cold snap. I started with my cold weather prep and planning for my home... and that led me to start wondering about how prepared I was to travel those Hill Country icy, curvy roads we love so much! Well, let’s just say that I ended up with a lot more “what if’s” than I did answers...

So this week, I wanted to share a little about making sure we are as prepared as we can be to handle an emergency on the roadways this winter.

Here are some things to consider before you hop into your vehicle and brave the winter roads:

  • Gasoline/Diesel: Does my vehicle have enough fuel in case I need to idle my vehicle for a few hours until help can arrive?

  • Seat Belts: Does my vehicle have them, are they functioning properly, and most of all... am I wearing them!

  • Cell Phone: Did I leave the house with a charged cell phone? Do I have a car charger in my vehicle? Do I have multiple numbers of family/friends saved in my phone in case I cannot reach my intended person? Do I have the numbers for emergency assistance? Do I have my insurance company’s number in my phone?

  • Am I a distracted driver? Do I try to read text messages, or fidget with my phone as I drive? This is never a good idea on Texas Hill Country roads! Do yourself a favor... if you need to read a text, send a text, find that perfect music for the drive, or “Google” something... pull over! Find a wide spot, or a parking lot, and take care of your telephone needs in a safe location... don’t risk driving distracted.

  • Water: Should I be stuck out on the roadway for an extended period of time... do I have a few bottles of water in my vehicle? This can literally be a life saver!

  • Food/Snacks: Do I have anything in my vehicle to eat, should I get stuck out on the roadways? Even that little bag of fruit snacks will taste mighty good if you’ve been sitting in a cold car for a few hours!

  • Blankets: Do I have a blanket or two in my vehicle? A couple of fleece travel blankets will be worth their weight in gold on a cold Hill Country night!

  • Do I pay attention to road signs and markers as I drive... Do I know the last road marker I passed? This comes in super handy when you have to call for assistance, and it can really speed up emergency response.

  • In the event of an accident or a vehicle break-down, do I know what to do? Do I know to turn on my flashers, and get my car off the roadway. Do I know to either stay in my vehicle if it is in a safe location, or to find an alternate, safe location away from my vehicle?

And lLast but not least...

  • Did I share my route of travel with a friend or loved one? It is always a sound idea to let someone know the route you plan to take as you travel the Texas Hill Country.

As a parent, I still drive my own children crazy, because I go over all of this stuff every time they leave the house. I just believe, if you prepare yourself for an emergency, then you will be able to effectively manage a situation should it arise. Bulldogs, please think about these things, and do your best to be as safe and prepared as you can be this winter season.

Bulldog Sports News

2019 UIL State Cross Country Meet by Coach Ashcraft

On Saturday, November 9th, the Bandera Lady Bulldog Cross Country team competed in the

2019 UIL State Cross Country Meet. The meet was held at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock.

16 teams were represented at each classisfication (1A-6A). The ladies ran hard and competed

well in the tough competition. After all of the individual competitors were taken out the results

were as follows:

Morgan Cole 17th

Raelynn Butler 20th

Hannah Edwards 41st

Elexis Pearson 46th

Corinne McMullan 53rd

Jordan Edwards 68th

Caitlyn Thrasher 82nd

As a team the girls placed 6th with 177 points only 8 points from 5th place which was Liberty

Hill. With there being 190 4A schools across the state of Texas, the Bandera Lady Bulldogs are

the 6th best team in the entire state of Texas. That is a big deal! After a long season, our 2019

Cross Country season is now finally complete. I would like to thank our seniors for their

leadership and dedication to the program and to our younger runners for their continued

committment to our Cross Country Family. I would like to thank all of our Cross Country parents

who sacrifice just as much, who help cheer on the girls, travel all over the state of Texas, and

for helping me with whatever is needed. I am very proud of all of the girls and look forward to

see what they will accomplish in the future.

Lady Bulldogs Basketball by Coach Dumont

The Bandera Lady Bulldogs had their season opener on Friday November 8th versus Hondo and came away with a sound victory. After two scrimmages and many days of practice the Lady Dogs were ready to step on the floor and get after it in their first game of the year. The Lady Dogs came out hungry for the ball and fired up, playing great defense holding Hondo to only 5 points in the first quarter. Along with stellar defense the Lady Dogs put up many good shots and had several fall to score 13 points of their own in the first quarter. At halftime the Lady Dogs were up 21-14 but didn’t relax and came out after the break with a strong 3rd quarter. The Lady Dogs only allowed Hondo to score 4 points in the third and had a great quarter on the offensive end where they put up 18 points. To close the game the Lady Dogs continued to play exceptional defense and compete until the last buzzer went off. The Bandera Lady Bulldogs beat Hondo 45-26.

Season Record: 1-0


Breanna Stimmell- 21 points, 4 rebounds, 1 assist, 7 steals

Kristin Salas- 6 points, 5 rebounds, 2 assists, 6 steals

Anna Guajardo- 6 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists

Liz MacNeil- 5 points, 2 rebounds, 3 assists

Madison Leal- 4 points, 6 rebounds, 1 steal

Summer Haby- 3 points, 2 rebounds, 2 steals

Lady Bulldogs JV Basketball by Coach Torrey

The Bandera JV Lady Bulldogs travelled to Hondo this past Friday to open the 2019-2020 Basketball season. The Lady Dogs struggled offensively to start the game, but battled defensively to keep the half time score at 13-3. Showing some grit and toughness, the Lady Dogs turned up the heat defensively in the second half, allowing only 8 points. A late offensive flurry by the Lady Dogs cut the deficit to 3 late in the 4th, but ultimately came up a little short. Final Score was 21-16 Hondo. Bandera was led by Savannah Cruz with 6 points and Lauren Benedict with 4. Estella Calderon, Alyssa Isbell, and Abby Danour chipped in 2 points each. The Lady Bulldogs will host Pleasanton Tuesday, November 12th at 4:30 and travel to Johnson High School for the Hays Consolidated JV Tournament on Thursday, November 14th.

Friday Night Lights by Coach Bagby

The Bandera Bulldogs were at home Friday for the regular season finale. It was senior night and the house was packed with Bandera Blue. The state ranked and undefeated Navarro Panthers would soon be in a battle that few pollsters in the state expected (one poll had us picked to get beat by 35 points). It was a cold clear night and the district championship was on the line. The physicality of this game was much like the great heavyweight boxing matches of the 80’s and 90’ both teams exchanged blows back and forth until the final bell. Bandera would fall 41-38 in this epic battle. If we meet again, I believe it will be a different story (more like Rocky II than Rocky).

The Bulldog defense had 1 interception and 1 huge pass break up (big hit) by Tommy Cardenas (that prevented a TD). The defense gave up zero passing yards but had their hands full with the Panther run game. The defense had two big stops in the red zone that held them to FGs. They also had a HUGE stop on a 4th down and 2...on the 9 yard line (with a big hit by Gunnar Brown). The defense played hard and scrappy all night. The Defensive Players of the Week were Mason Phair and Mason Musick.

Navarro would strike first to go up 7-0. Then the Bulldogs had a red zone stop that resulted in a Panther FG...Navarro was up 10-0 with 3:56 left in the 1st quarter. On the second Bandera possession Tommy Cardenas shifted to QB and hit Solomon MacNeil on a big play action pass for a 34 yard gain (it was an impressive catch by Solomon - who has a cast on his left hand). Then QB Gunnar Brown had a big 20 yard scramble down the left sideline. On a 2nd and 21, Tommy lined up as a slot receiver and Gunnar Brown hit him in stride on a beautiful post route for the 26 yard TD. With 1:33 left in the 1st quarter Bandera was down 10-7.

Navarro would kick another FG to go up 13-7 with 8:24 left in the 2nd quarter. During the next Panther possession, Gunnar Brown was sent on a blitz and hit the QB just as he was throwing the caused the ball to sail high and short and a heads up Will Paul intercepted the pass for the Bulldogs, to set up 1st and 10 on the Panther 13 yard line. Three plays later Blaise Salazar would put the Bulldogs on the board with a 20 yard FG. Bandera was down 13-10 with 5:48 left in the half. Navarro answered to go up 20-10. Then QB Solomon MacNeil hit Gunnar Brown on a big 31 yard play action pass to ignite the offense. Tommy Cardenas punched it in from the 8 yard line with great blocks from Colton Perkins and Brock Johnson. Down 20-17, the Bulldogs went in to regroup at half.

In the 3rd quarter, Navarro got on the board first to give them a 27-17 lead with 7:49 left in the quarter. The Bulldogs would answer with a drive where QB Solomon MacNeil and RB Tommy Cardenas had great runs one after another. This would set up a play action pass from Solomon to TE Mason Phair for a 12 yard TD pass. Bulldogs 24 - Panthers 27 with 4:31 left in the 3rd quarter. Navarro would score again with 1:57 left in the 3rd...34-24 Panthers. Bandera would answer with a big 50 yard pass play from Solomon to WR Trace Decker. Solomon would then take a QB counter from 9 yards out to pay dirt (with great blocks from Mason Musick and Brock Johnson). Bulldogs 31 - Panthers 34...with :59 left in the 3rd.

Early in the 4th quarter, the Bulldog defense had a HUGE stop on 4th down and 2 on the 9 yard line...Navarro would get no points. Bandera took over on the 8 yard line and put together one of the best drives of the year, eating up almost the whole 4th quarter. Solomon MacNeil would finish the drive when he took a QB keeper down the left side line and high stepped to the pylon to give the Bulldogs a 38-34 lead with 1:44 left in the game. Navarro broke a 63 yard rushing TD with a minute to go to take the lead 41-38. It would be the final score as the Bulldogs lost a heartbreaker.

The offensive line paved the way for 398 yards of total offense for the Bulldogs (155 through the air and 243 on the ground). The Offensive Linemen of the Week was Mason Musick. Mason stepped up big with a starter out. He was huge on sealing the edge on zone plays. He had to learn a new position that he hadn’t played all year. Solomon MacNeil had 95 yards passing and a passing TD. He also had 137 yards rushing and two rushing TDs. Tommy Cardenas had 141 all purpose yards and two TDs. Gunnar Brown had 76 all purpose yards. Blaise Salazar was the Special Teams Player of the Week. He was 5 for 5 on extra points and had a 20 yard FG

Your Bandera Bulldogs are 8-2...and they are a scrappy bunch with no quit in their hearts. They bleed Bandera Blue. Now...the 2nd season starts and for all intents and purposes everybody is 0-0, and we are playing our best football at the most critical time.

We travel to Hondo on Friday night at 7:30pm to play the Hondo Owls. This is just right down the road, basically in our backyard. Don’t let them have home field advantage. If you are a Bulldog fan, find a way to be there. Be loud, wear Bandera Blue and come watch us seize the first playoff victory since 2007 (for the community, for this high school, for our fans, for the overall student body, for these Bulldogs and all those Bulldogs of the past)!

No’s playoff time in the great STATE of TEXAS baby...let’s go!!!

Sic ‘em DOGS...I’m fired fired up???

BISD on Twitter this Week

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