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Johnson Qualifies for State Academic UIL Meet
CHS junior Meagan Johnson won first place at the UIL Regional Feature Writing Contest in Odessa on April 16. She will now compete at the state contest May 5 at UT Austin. Johnson is one of only 12 students in the entire state to compete at this level. By qualifying for the state meet , Johnson will be eligible for a Texas Interscholastic Foundation Scholarship during her senior year.

Roemisch, Drewes Speak With Texas Commissioner of Education At SXSWedu Conference
Comanche staff members and student Lacey Drewes and her grandmother Claudine Hutchison, visit with the Commissioner of Education.
(left) Leanne Ingram presents at an Epsilen session.
(right) Coach Roemisch and Lacey Drewes speak to Texas educators.

Comanche High School science teacher Jeff Roemisch, and senior student Lacey Drewes, were both invited  by the Texas Education Agency to speak in front of approximately 500 educators and administrators during the “Connected Students, Connected Teachers” session of the South by Southwest Educational Conference (SXSWedu).  Texas Commissioner of Education Robert Scott also spoke during the session.


The conference’s focus was Texas’ new K-12 education portal, “Project Share,” that utilizes an all-in-one web based educational social environment called Epsilen. 


Comanche ISD was one of only a few schools that introduced this new portal during fall professional development and Roemisch integrated it into his science classroom website that hosts web resources, posts class work, tests, and allows him to communicate missed class lectures to absent students or those that just need to review.


During the conference, Roemisch shared a unique situation in which one of his students who missed class because of a JV basketball tournament used their cell phone to watch his class lecture through a screen cast Roemisch had posted. 

“I am sitting in class at my computer and an email pops up of a kid asking about a lecture I had that day that they had missed.  I was able to send an email right back to the student explaining the topic,” said Roemisch.


Drewes, a student of Roemisch, utilizes the Project Share’s Epsilen Environment in both her AP Anatomy and College English classes.  She shared her experience with missing class and being able to stay caught up because of the program and how her teachers use it.


She also uses Epsilen as a single place to do much of her school work.

 “I can look at my Wiki there and if I have to turn something in I can just put it in my drop box, rather than have to go to different web sites,” said Drewes.


Education Commissioner Robert Scott spoke after Roemisch and Drewes on how technologically savey kids are today.  Scott said, “I think the technology skills that kids possess today will be an echo of the technology boom, because they will be able to use their skills to create a productivity in our workplaces that is unparalleled to previous generations.”  Concerns of the school funding crisis were discussed by Scott and he took questions from the attendees regarding the future of educational technology.


Also attending the conference and presenting on the panel of, “The Epsilen Experience, Power Users Share Their Stories,” was Comanche High School English teacher, Leanne Ingram.  Because of her experience integrating technology into her classroom environment, she is considered an expert in the subject and shared her experience with teachers and administrators.


CISD Director of Instructional Technology, Kelly Baker was also in attendance.  Our teachers deserve this recognition for what they are doing in class to prepare our students for college and the working world.  What CISD is doing with technology in the COTO (Comanche One-To-One) Program and TEA’s Project Share will have far reaching effects in how education is delivered from this point forward,” said Baker.


This was the inaugural educational piece of the 25th South by Southwest Music and Film Interactive Conference held in Austin, March 11-20.  SXSWedu was hosted March 8-10 at the AT&T Conference Center.

You may view the full March 9th session with Romeisch and Drewes speaking at http://projectsharetexas.org/SXSWedu_vid.html

Diesel Tech Students Win At District
Weston Easley and Jordan Seider both competed in the diesel equipment technology at the district contest. Each of them received scholarships from two career and technical schools. Easley received $700.00 and Seider received $600.00. A UTI representative came in to present them both with their scholarships. They will compete in Corpus Christy in late March.

Two Qualify For State UIL Choir
The UIL Vocal Solo and Ensemble Contest held, Saturday, Feb. 26, at Cleburne High School had two CHS soloist qualified for State UIL in Choir. Sarah Taylor and Jamie Smith will be performing at State UIL Solo Contest in May in Austin. They both sang pieces in French this year. Both sang in Italian for the last three years, so it was decided to switch to a different European language. Band and choir teacher Mrs. Reedy said "I am sad to say that we received a 2nd division rating on our Madrigal this year, which broke our 10 year record of Madrigals going to State."  This will be Jamie Smith’s fifth year to compete in State UIL, since he was part of the CHS Madrigal as an 8th grader.

CHS Ag Mechanics Places 1st
The Comanche FFA competed at the Agriculture Mechanics Contest at the San Antonio Livestock Show. Andrew Volleman and BJ Reichmann placed first in their class in the ten foot and smaller trailer class. They created a Ten Foot Utility Trailer with a Bi-Fold Ramp. Andrew and BJ learned how to weld four months ago in the Agriculture Mechanics and Metal Fabrication Class taught by Stephen Davis. For their achievement at the San Antonio Agriculture Mechanics Contest they were awarded with approximately $900 in merchandise, which included a wire welder, auto-tint welding hood plus many other items that will assist them on future projects.

Comanche FFA Competes Well at Ft Worth Show
Six members of the Comanche FFA braved the icy cold weather and exhibited their steer projects at the 115th Fort Worth Livestock Show and Rodeo on February 3-5. The weather conditions were not going to stop these students from showing judge Kevin Jensen what they had been working on all year long.

Jaron Conine, started off the show for Comanche by placing 9th in the Angus Show. Taylor Stephens exhibited a 4th place ABC, and Devon Shackelford exhibited the Reserve Champion Polled Hereford Steer (photo). All three members earned places in the Sale of Champions that was held at the conclusion of the show Saturday morning.

Other steer exhibitors were Westin Conine, placing 20th with an AOB, Casey Beaty exhibiting and AOB, and Molly Stephens showing a Shorthorn. All of the members were supervised by their parents Sheila and Rodney Stephens, Angie and Johnny Conine, Greg Beaty, and Roy and Ann Shackelford. Roy was also the supervising Ag. Teacher.

Athletes Sign Letters of Intent
Two senior athletes signed letters of intent to play sports at the collegiate level last week, Feb. 7.  Senior Ty Weaver will attend Tarleton State University on a football scholarship and senior Lacey Drewes received a softball scholarship to Cisco Junior College.

At the 2nd Annual Signing Celebration, held at the high school cafetorium,  both Weaver and Drewes were joined by family members friends and their coaches Jeryl Brixey and Judy Lacy.  Also in attendance was Cisco Junior College softball coach Jennifer Buccola.

CX Debate State Bound For 3rd Year
Kyle Crim and Ivan Victoria placed 1st in the District CX Debate competition held in Early on Friday, Feb. 11. This will be their third year to go to state competition in debate. "This is the first time that I have had a team go three years in a row," said sponsor Lynette Livingston.

Schulte Qualifies for State XC
The Comanche H.S. Maidens and Indians cross country teams competed in the Regional cross country meet held at the Mae Simmons Park in Lubbock on Saturday, November 6.  Macy Schulte finished in 8th place which qualified her for the State Meet.  The State cross country Meet is in Round Rock at Old Settlers Park on Saturday, Nov. 13 and Macy will run at 1:20 pm.  The Maidens finished in 5th place out of 24 teams and the Indians finished in 15th place.

Individual and Team Results

Varsity Girls Results:
                                           Varsity Girls Team Results: (Top 7)

Macy Schulte              12:13   8th                               Spearman                      84 points

Brook Allen                  12:48   17th                             Brady                            43

Chavelle  Moreno        12:55   24th                             Jim Ned                         70                 

Shelby Schulte            13:17   37th                              Ballinger                      132

Monica Maldonado      14:06   82nd                             *Comanche                 167

Cristina Guerrero        14:33   103rd                            Wall                             192

Brooke Wilkerson        14:53   118th                            Harper                         208


Varsity Boys Results:                                               Varsity Boys Team Results: (Top 7)

Kolton Turner             18:30   51st                              Tornillo                          94 points

Jamie Smith                19:04   72nd                              Harper                        115

Eric Akin                      19:32   90th                              Forsan                        126

Luis Calderon              19:32   91st                              Sonora                        161

Israel Moreno             19:47   93rd                              Crane                          179     

John Moerman            19:50   98th                              Comfort                      181                 

Clint Simpson              20:23   115th                            Wall                             242

                                                                              15. *Comanche                 397


Middle School Students Raise over $5000 for Heart Association
Pictured here are students from Comanche Middle School who have  completed their annual Hoops for Heart event. Fourth and fifth grade students collected donations to benefit the American Heart Association, and participated in a faculty basketball game to raise additional money.  Sixth grade students also collected donations and played in a black-out basketball game.   A total of $5,299.00 was raised during the event.  Gift certificates from Movie Visions and Sonic were given during half-time drawings, along with gift cards and basketballs from the American Heart Association.  Comanche Middle School would like to thank the following people for their assistance during the game:  Judy Lacy, Micky Baker, Clint Davis, Rhonda Davis, Zenaida Walton, Ty Weaver, Tyler Rodriguez, Trey Holmsley, Kyler Black, and Blake Bill. Ms. Ferrell and Miss Taylor would also like to thank CISD staff members who played for the “Wild Thangs” faculty team.

Top Award Winner (left)
All Hoops for Heart Participants (below)

Top 10 Hoops for Heart Award Winners

Auto/Diesel Tech Class Begins Recycle Program
The auto/diesel technology class along with the small engine students  have taken on a new recycling program started for school district. They are  collecting cardboard along with office paper and plastic. This program was created out of a necessity for additional equipment. "We need the equipment but we did not want to just have another fundraiser and ask an already overburdened community for cash donations or try to sell something," said Auto Tech Instructor Eddie Parker. Parker and his students feel the program accomplishes several goals. First it will generate the needed funds to help support our growing program. Second, reducing the amount of items put into the school dumpsters and eliminates the need for some of them. This in turn will lower our yearly cost of trash pickup. Third it is just a responsible thing to do. The auto/diesel technology program has a Mack truck and access to dry van trailers. The CISD maintenance staff has access to the trailer and will take the items to it when collected. Students will establish a route that will be run each day to pick up from the different campuses recyclables. We have also contacted many local businesses and they are setting aside their stuff for collection.

In addition to the already mentioned items they are also working on a way to recycle the vast amounts of Styrofoam generated here in our district each year. Parker will keep you informed as to those developments as they happen. "This is a win for all involved so with your help we can get this going and off to a great start. We would like to thank you in advance for helping this be successful," said Parker. If you have boxes in your way at home and need a place to put them bring them up to the auto shop and they will add them to the recycle trailer.

CHS Students Named to Chamber Board
The new Comanche Chamber of Commerce and Agriculture Student Chamber Board has been named. The new Student directors are Cristina Guerrero, Cristal Olalde, Elena Pena, Karla Badillo, Dasire Deards, Alex Castorena, Laurie Smith, Kale Plumlee, Kylie Vestal, Brooke Stewart and Jade Gore. Directors are required to fulfill 40 hours of volunteer work throughout the year and will be attending the Texas Midwest Community Network Annual Leadership Convention in Abilene on October 20, 2010. Each director was selected for their leadership skills, community involvement and school activities from 4 local high schools including Comanche, Gustine, Paradigm and Sidney.
Jones To Serve on Governor's Committee To Study Dyslexia

Dyslexia Coordinator, Becky Jones has been asked by Texas Governor Rick Perry to serve on his Interim Committee to study dyslexia. The committee is now in the process of writing a report to  Perry recommending legislation which Jones hopes will improve the existing dyslexia laws.   Along with Jones, two senators, two representatives, and four movers and shakers in the dyslexia world are  on the committee.

Jones shared her story of dyslexia awarness and the students of Comanche at last months Kiwanis lunch.  She spoke on what dyslexia is, how to spot it in children, how common this learning disability is and what causes it.

She also shared how Comanche ISD's dyslexia program got started, all the support she and the dyslexia teachers has received with the program, and the success's many of her students have achieved.

Enjoy her full speech here and visit the Comanche ISD Dyslexia Program web page.

Comanche ISD Principal Continues Term as District President
Curtis Stahnke, Principal at Comanche Elementary in Comanche ISD, will continue his term as District 14 President for the Texas Elementary Principals and Supervisors Association (TEPSA). Stahnke and his fellow officers from the 20 TEPSA districts across the state were installed at the association's July Leadership Conference.

"District officers play a vital role in communicating TEPSA's mission at the local level. They are committed to supporting and representing members so that Texas PreK-8 students can continue to succeed," said Executive Director Sandi Borden.

Stahnke has worked in Comanche ISD for 13 years; five of those years as principal of Comanche Elementary.

Since 1917, TEPSA has served Texas principals and supervisors. TEPSA has more than 5,800 members. These administrators supervise more than 150,000 teachers who direct the activities of more than 2.4 million PreK-8 school children.

CISD Schools Receive Recognized and Exemplary Ratings
The 2010 state accountability ratings were released by the Texas Education Agency (TEA) on July 30th and Comanche Schools performed well.  Both the Comanche Middle School and Comanche Elementary School received the states highest ranking of Exemplary and H.R. Jefferies Junior High and Comanche High school were award a Recognized Status.

Comanche Elementary School is receiving its first Exemplary rating under the TAKS system.  Previously the school had been Exemplary under the TAAS system. Students from grades 4th-6th of the Comanche Middle School Campus also scored well in the TAKS system earning an Exemplary rating for the new campus.  H.R. Jefferies Junior High is in it's 2nd year of earning a Recognized rating and Comanche High School increased its rating with TEA from Acceptable in 2009 to Recognized this year.

The TEA Accountability Rating System is an important measure of how the schools in districts across Texas are performing on a number of academic indicators as identified in the
2010 Accountability Manual.  The highest rating is an Exemplary status, followed by Recognized, Academically Acceptable and finally Unacceptable .

The students and staff of Comanche ISD can be proud of a District rating of Recognized.
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