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Auto Tech Students Presented With Scholarships
Mr. Jackie Miller from United Technical Institute presented three Comanche High School Automotive students with scholarships for their accomplishments at the District 10 Skills USA Competition. Garrett Cumba was presented with a $500.00 scholarship and has enrolled in UTI and will start school there in the summer. Garrett will be studying collision repair. Bryan Shelton was presented with a $500.00 scholarship for his third place finish in the Diesel Equipment Technology Competition. Alan Helm was awarded a $500.00 scholarship for his second place finish in the Diesel Equipment Technology Competition.
Key Club Leaders Attend DECON In Dallas
Cinnamon Kiser and Kaylee Storey (center) participate in the Key Club District Convention in Dallas.
Comanche Key Club President Cinnamon Kiser, Junior Representative Kaylee Storey and advisor Kelly Baker attended the 64th Annual Texas-Oklahoma (T-O) Key Club District Convention (or DECON) this past weekend in Dallas.  Thanks to the support of the Comanche Kiwanis Club both these students and Mrs. Baker were able to take part in this years convention.

While at the convention the Comanche Key Club was awarded four patches to adorn the club banner. 
  1. 1.  Texas-Oklahoma District ELIMINATE Maternal/Neonatal Tetanus (MNT) Project Participant Patch - Key Club members raised $250.00 during Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF. This amount of money will save 139 because the cure to MNT is a $1.80 vaccine.  1 child dies every 9 minutes from MNT. 
  2. Distinguished Web Site Patch - The Key Club web site is a work in progress maintained by the Web Master officer.  The site is required to have a number of elements to qualify for this award.
  3. Membership Growth Award Patch - Comanche Key Club has grown by almost 75%. 
  4. UNICEF Patch - For raising $250 during Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF.
Participation in contests, training forms, regional caucuses, and voting delegate sessions consumed most of the three day event.  The Leadership Luncheon spotlighted outstanding club officers from the Texas-Oklahoma District and the formal Awards Banquet recognized clubs for their achievements along with talent entertainment and a Quiz Bowl competition between Texas and Oklahoma.  There was a Governor's Ball on Saturday evening in which students danced to a local DJ.

During the Farewell Breakfast Luke Broussard, a junior at Early High School was named the Texas-Oklahoma Governor for Key Club.  Elected by delegates from 40 different divisions, this is the highest position in the T-O District.  Broussard made a number of visits to CHS Key Club meetings and events this year.  The Comanche Key Club wishes him much success during his reign as governor.
OAP Advances Past Zone to District
For the first time ever Comanche High School’s One Act Play has advanced past Zone to District Competition, with “Anatomy of Gray”, by Jim Leonard, published by Samuel French, Inc.

In Zone Competition held Wednesday, March 20th, at Clyde, Comanche beat out Hawley and Merkel. Honors of All Star Cast went to Michael Foix as Homer, Kandace Donald as June Muldoon, Kenzie Garcia as Rebekah Muldoon, Honorable Mention Cast Lane Walker as Pastor Phineas Wingfield, Zac Christian as Galen Gray and All Star Crew Rustin Collins, who ran sound.

The play is about June, whose father has just died, prays for a healer to come to the small town of Gray, Indiana, so that no one will have to suffer again. The next thing she knows there is a tornado that blows a man in a balloon into town. He claims to be a doctor, curing everything and anything, but soon a mysterious plague spreads through the town. Set in the 1800’s, the play deals with death, love, loss, and healing in a unique coming of age story.

CHS OAP will compete again this Wednesday, March 27 at Clyde. Other schools in the District competition include Clyde, Cisco, and Breckenridge.
Hernandez Recognized For Presentation In McAllen
The Region 14 Migrant Division would like to recognize Laura Hernandez for the great job she did at the 25th Annual Interstate Secondary Credit Accrual Workshop in McAllen, TX. The  photo is of Laura presenting during the BCLI: Youth Leadership in Action Session. Laura shared Comanche ISD’s experience with the Bert Corona Leadership Institute (BCLI) and the great benefits that the program offered to Comanche ISD students. She represented Comanche ISD and Region 14 ESC very well. A big “KUDOS” to Laura! You would have been proud of her polished presentation. Thank you from the Migrant Division at Region 14 ESC for allowing Laura to attend the workshop with us.

Hansmire Qualifies For State Powerlifting Meet
The CHS Girls' Powerlifting Team qualified Kailee Hansmire for state and Sandra Schwartz as an alternate.  Hansmire who finished 3rd in her class lifted 575 lbs which automatically qualified her in the 105 lb weight class. State Alternate Sandra Schwartz went from 5th place to 3rd in her weight class after an outstanding last lift of the day, a 285 lb dead lift, for a total of 645 lbs for the day.  Freshman Peyton Allen is a Regional Medalist winning 4th Place in the 97 lb class with a regional total of 465 lbs.  Allen tried a state qualifying total on her last lift. Senior Carolina Ibarra ended the year with a career high 545 lbs finishing in 6th place in her class (114 lbs).
New Tennis Courts Completed As Season Practice Begins
A handicapped accessible ramp was added to the entry of the tennis courts. The tennis team makes their way into practice.
Existing light poles were used but new fixtures with efficient lighting were added. New tennis equipment such as posts, nets and certer anchors were installed, along with fencing that includes a wind screen.
The tennis courts were completely rebuilt including base materials that allow for soil stabilization.

Comanche ISD Partnering with School Connect to Launch FREE Mobile App
Comanche Independent School District announced today that it is working with School Connect, an Oklahoma-based, mobile application developer for K12 school systems and institutions, to launch a free mobile app for the district on November 15.

The app will be available for download in both the Apple and Android app stores. School Connect’s app development and hosting services are free to the school district and there will be no download charges for mobile users. The company has received much attention since launching its first app in October 2011 for Norman Public Schools (Okla.). That app was a Top 25 free education app at the Apple store within 24 hours of its launch.

Superintendent Marshall Harrison said the school district is excited about the School Connect partnership and that it will enhance school-to-parent and school-to-community communications.  The superintendent added that the app will be financially supported by school-friendly sponsors and that it will feature:
  • Push messaging from both the district and school site levels,
  • GPS mapping and navigation,
  • Google calendars to which parents can subscribe,
  • Online gradebook access,
  • Tap screens for email and phone for district staff and board of education members,
  • Multiple language options, including Spanish,
  • Lunch menus, athletic information, and much more.
Dr. Nick Migliorino, School Connect's president, said the company is excited about working with the local school district and its other partners across the nation to transform school communications.

“People rely on their mobile devices for everything - contact, news, messaging, scheduling - so schools serious about community engagement are serious about robust mobile platforms,” Migliorino said, noting that robust platforms are typically cost-prohibitive for school entities to develop and maintain. “This makes the free School Connect app high value to its partners and we are proud to partner with this local district. Together, we are taking school communication, transparency and accountability to a much higher level.”
For more information about School Connect, visit www.schoolconnectapps.com.

Watch the YouTube Video on School Connect

CHS Students Compete At Nationals In Indiana
The Farm Business Management team placed 19th at the FFA National Competition, in Indiana on October 26th, receiving a silver plaque.  They competed against 40 other teams from across the United States.  Taylor Stephens was the top performer for Comanche, receiving a gold honor and missing the top ten performers by 4 points.  Taylor scored a 232 out of a possible 300 points.  Colten Jones, Tyler Payne, and BJ Reichmann all received silver placings.  There are only 12 students who can receive gold, 14 can receive silver, and 14 can receive bronze.  There were a total of 160 students competing on the national level.

"Our kids performed extremely well and we are very proud of them," said advisor Vinnie Heller.  They also attended several sessions of the National FFA Convention.

Comanche FFA students. Colten Jones, B.J. Reichman, Taylor Stephens, Tyler Payne, and advisor Vinnie Heller.

New Safe Playground Added For Elementary Students
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High school teachers Jesse Speer, playing 85 year old Stella Smith, a widow living on social security, and Heather Cuellar a 50 year old limited English grandmother raising two grandchildren, stop by the bank to cash their social security checks.
Poverty Strikes CISD Faculty
About 100 faculty and staff members from Comanche ISD experienced the virtual realities of poverty in a unique poverty simulation conducted Monday, October 15, 2012 during the teacher workday.

The Community Action Poverty Simulation (CAPS) was designed to help people better understand the realities of poverty.  “The program helps people understand the complexities and frustrations of living in poverty day to day,” said Marshall Harrison, CISD Superintendent of Schools. “With a greater awareness of its impact, we can more effectively address the poverty issues in our community.”

Using a simulation kit, participants role-played the lives of low-income families.  Some were TANF recipients, some were disabled, and others were senior citizens on Social Security.  They had the stressful task of providing for basic necessities and shelter on a limited budget during the course of four 15-minute “weeks”.  They interacted with human service agencies, grocers, pawnbrokers, bill collectors, job interviewers, police officers and others.

More than four million Texans are estimated to be living at or below federal poverty level, according to the 2010 census.  Comanche County has 22% of the population living at or below the poverty level and 68% of the districts students are classified as economically disadvantaged.

“This is the everyday reality of thousands of Texans.  Understanding that reality will help us change it,” said Harrison.
CAPS enables participants to look at poverty from a variety of angles and then to recognize and discuss the potential for change within their local communities, said Elaine West, executive director of the Missouri Association for Community Action, which made the simulation available nationwide.

The simulation was designed to sensitize those who frequently deal with low-income families as well as to create a broader awareness of poverty among policymakers, community leaders and others.  Members of Region 14 Education Service Center assisted with the event, leading the CISD teachers in their roles.  

The Missouri Association for Community Action is a network of community action agencies throughout the state that provide a variety of services to low-income individuals and families.  Please visit their website at www.communitation.org to find out more about the poverty simulation.

Frazier and Stewart Win Rodeo Titles
This last weekend at the PRCA Rodeo in Stephenville Kayden Frazier won ‘Miss Cowboy Capital of the World Rodeo Queen’ and Lizzy Stewart won ‘Jr. Miss’. These two young ladies beat out the competition in horsemanship, interview skills, essay contests, public speaking, and rodeo history/ knowledge test. Congratulations to  these outstanding Comanche students. They did an awesome job representing their school and community.

Middle School Awarded Technology Lending Program Grant
Comanche Middle School will get a technology boost this year after being award a grant of almost $50,000 to purchase computing devices for all the 6th grade students.

The 82nd Texas Legislature in Senate Bill 6, Section 32.201, established a program to fund district technology lending program grants. The grant program was created to award funds to school districts and open-enrollment charter schools to implement or enhance an existing technology lending program to loan students the equipment necessary to access and use electronic instructional materials. The goal of the program is to ensure that all students, including economically disadvantaged students, have dedicated access to a personal technology device.

With the current Comanche One-to-One (COTO) Program in place at the districts high school and junior high, this grant will extend the program to the 6th grade students.  The original COTO plan included purchasing devices for  middle school and elementary students in the 2011-12 school year.  It was put on hold due to the current state funding crisis. " I am excited that we can now move forward on including additional students as part of the COTO Program," said Kelly Baker, Director of Instructional Technology.

Comanche ISD qualified for the grant due to the districts percentage of economically disadvantaged students and our current experience with a technology lending program through COTO.

Read more about the districts COTO Program.
CISD Names New Superintendent
The Comanche ISD Board of Trustees named Marshall Harrison of Big Lake, Texas, as the lone finalist for the position of CISD Superintendent. Due to a 21-day waiting period, Harrison can not be officially hired by the board until August 13, 2012.

Read more about Harrison in the Comanche Chief News.
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