Keeping Up with Comm Arts

~ August 14, 2023 ~

Hello Comm Arts Family and Friends!

With just two weeks remaining until classes resume, we wanted to share a few exciting tidbits for the year ahead.

Note from Dr. Baker:

Hi parents!

Thanks so much for joining us for Prep Day! It makes your child's start of school so much smoother. It is our hope to reduce those butterflies in their bellies. As I am positive you already perused in the Taft Newsletter, they are still working on the Master Schedule. So, if your child still has gaps on HAC, that is the reason. Know that the two CAHS counselors are working very diligently to enter the corrections (they even did so prior to being on contract!). Please continue to model kindness and patience with them as they have a tough battle ahead. Typically, we are not changing much at this stage of summer. If you have any questions or need to vent, call or email me. I am happy to help explain what is occurring and how the counselors are on top of it once everything is settled. I assure you that the updates will be fixed before we commence school. Thank you so much for your patience!

Lisa Baker, Ph.D.


If you missed our Prep Days on August 3rd and 8th, stop by the Comm Arts front office on August 15th from 1-4 pm.

Transportation information will be available for students and parents on Monday, August 21st.

NISD Safety First

Northside ISD has implemented a few changes for the 23-24 school year. They include:

  • No deliveries for students or faculty/staff members
  • The addition of twenty fully-commissioned police officers to the NISD Police Dept.
  • Access to silent panic alert technology at each school

Additionally, all students, faculty, and staff will need to wear their school IDs while on campus for safety purposes.

Here is the link for more information: Safety First, 2023-2024

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.

Summer Reading Assignments

All Comm Arts students have a summer reading assignment. The pdfs attached below are the instructions for all grade levels. Happy Reading!

School Supplies Lists

Below are the school supplies lists for Comm Arts classes. Students will receive lists for the Taft classes on the first day of school.
Comm Arts Senior Locker Request

Seniors, if you would like a locker, complete this Google form. Lockers are limited, so only request one if you intend to use it.

Campus Announcements

PSAT Updates

Northside ISD is hosting a College Board Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test, or PSAT, on Wednesday, October 11th. The PSAT is optional this year for 10th graders. Sophomores who choose to participate must register in advance to participate and pay a $20 testing fee. Information on registering 10th graders for PSAT will be available on August 28th.

There is a reduced fee of $10 for students who receive free or reduced lunch. All 9th and 11th graders will be registered to take the PSAT.

Comm Arts students will have a separate registration process from Taft High School.

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.

STAAR Results

STAAR EOC final assessment results for 9th graders will be available on August 19th via HAC.

Dress Code Refresher

As back-to-school shopping begins, please keep the NISD district dress code in mind. Students with dress code violations will be required to change.

  1. Shorts of mid-thigh length may be worn at all school levels. Suggestive and/or indecent shorts will be prohibited.
  2. Mid-thigh length skirts, skorts, and dresses may be worn at all levels. There should not be a cut or slit in the clothing that extends above the mid-thigh. Suggestive and/or indecent styles will be prohibited. These requirements also apply to school uniforms.
  3. Appropriate footwear must be worn; footwear which has toes reinforced with steel, hard plastics or similar materials are specifically prohibited.
  4. Hair must be neat and clean. Unconventional hairstyles that distract from teaching and learning will be prohibited.
  5. Any clothes that are suggestive or indecent or which cause a distraction will be prohibited. Specifically, oversized clothing, tank tops, muscle shirts, halter/crop tops, spaghetti straps, exposed backs or midriffs, and see-through garments are prohibited.
  6. Indecent/inappropriate patches, writings, or drawings on clothing are prohibited. Undergarments must not be visible.
  7. All pants are to be worn at the waist (no "sagging") Tight fitting pants (e.g. tights, spandex, bicycle pants, etc.) are also prohibited. Frays or holes above the knees are prohibited.
  8. Body piercing jewelry is prohibited except for rings, studs or other traditional jewelry. Any piercing that distracts the teaching and learning environment will be prohibited.

Because fads in dress and grooming are subject to sudden, and sometimes radical change, a basic rule to remember is that student dress and grooming should not be suggestive or indecent, or so bizarre and unusual as to detract from the classroom environment.

All students attending Communications Arts HS are expected to adhere to the standardized attire requirement.

2023 Varsity Football Season Pass Sales

The 2023 football season ticket sales will begin Monday, August 7 at 8:00 am through Monday, August 21 at 8:00 pm. All tickets are general admission. Tickets can be purchased online only at

School Pictures & Yearbooks

9th-11th Grade Pictures

Did you take your yearbook picture during prep days? Want to order pictures? Click HERE to order your pictures online.

Senior Portraits

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. Please keep these things in mind:

  1. Make sure they have you as a Communications Arts student NOT Taft.
  2. Our yearbook pose is a cap and gown NOT tux and drape. Be sure that the cap and gown you are given is WHITE with a red and white tassel, and for those in NHS, our stole is blue NOT white. The yearbook pose is cap on, and you MUST BE DRESS CODE COMPLIANT. We will NOT be Photoshopping pictures.
  3. Yearbook ONLY sessions are free, but we encourage you to choose a package with a variety of outfits and poses to reflect your personality and interests.
  4. Please consider purchasing a portrait package. A percentage of each sale is returned to our yearbook account to cover the cost of printing the portraits in the yearbook.
  5. Be sure to have your pictures taken by Nov. 15, so you can be included in the yearbook. The sooner the better, so you have time to do retakes if you are unhappy with the first session pictures.
  6. Prestige will be on campus Sept. 12th for those without transportation to their studio or for any yearbook pose retakes. The date is for yearbook pictures ONLY.

Yearbook 2023-2024

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

Congressional App Challenge

The Congressional App Challenge will close on November 1st.

The Congressional App Challenge (CAC) is a nationwide competition intended to engage students’ creativity and encourage their participation in STEM. Launched in 2015, the CAC allows students to compete with their peers by developing software applications (apps) for mobile, tablet, or computer devices. App submissions should demonstrate some level of functionality. However, the app does not need to be finalized, if the students can demonstrate their programming skills and provide a detailed outline explaining the app concept and design. Students may compete as individuals or in teams of up to four, as long as two of the teammates are residents of the Texas 20th Congressional District.

Students interested in participating can register for the competition on the Congressional App Challenge website at The deadline for submissions is November 1, 2023. Participating apps will be judged by a panel of local judges who work within the academic, software, and entrepreneurial fields. The app of the winning student or team will be featured on the U.S. House of Representatives’ website and displayed in an exhibit at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C.

If you have any questions, please contact Emily Tarango-Chavez of my San Antonio Office at (210) 348-8216 or email at

College Board

2023 AP Scores Now Available

Students can now sign in to their College Board account and access their AP scores. Use the link below to log in and access your AP scores.

All AP Exams Have Benefits
Completing an AP course and exam means students took college-level coursework in high school. No matter the score, preparing for and taking an AP Exam sharpens students' skills to transition from high school to college. Research shows that students who take AP courses and exams have better college outcomes than their peers. Whatever the score, taking an AP Exam can keep students on track for college. Most students who score a 1 or 2 on their first AP Exam are likely to improve their score on a future exam. Students who achieve an exam score of 2 do significantly better in introductory college classes. Students who achieve exam scores of 1 or 2 are still more likely to attend college and graduate on time (than academically similar students who don’t take AP).

Helpful Resources:

  • Do you want to understand better what your scores mean? Click HERE.
  • Click HERE to learn more about AP Awards & Recognitions.

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. Please mark your calendars for the following dates.


AP Human Geography - Tuesday, May 7, 2024


AP World History - Wednesday, May 15, 2024


AP US History - Friday, May 10, 2024

AP English Language and Composition - Tuesday, May 14, 2024


AP Government and Politics - Monday, May 6, 2024

AP English Literature and Composition - Wednesday, May 8, 2024

AP Macroeconomics - Friday, May 10, 2024


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 that 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

All other exams will be processed through Taft HS.

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.