New options presented at Johnson Boundary Meeting



NEISD presented two new proposals of enrollment boundaries for Johnson High School at another public meeting held Wednesday night. This brings the total possible scenarios to five, although NEISD Superintendent Dr. Richard Middleton said one of the new proposals will most likely be the final boundary line approved by the Board of Trustees.

Options One though Three, discussed at the Oct.3 public meeting, were good starting points, said Middleton, but “four and five are really listening to what has been said.”

Another suggestion of just splitting 281 with everyone east of the highway attending Johnson and those on the west attending Reagan was readily dismissed by Middleton.

Jerry Comalander inducted to San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame


The San Antonio Sports Foundation has named NEISD's Executive Director of Athletics Jerry Comalander to the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame. Comalander was chosen for his outstanding contribution to the sports community and his accomplishments in the district. He will be honored at the San Antonio Sports Hall of Fame Tribute on February 15, 2008 in the Alamodome.   

Comalander has more than 40 years of experience in education. He was a high school head coach of various sports for 27 years and has been an athletic director for 17 years. He became the head football coach at Churchill High School in 1975, and during his 15 years at the school compiled a 125-28-3 record. His 1976 team went undefeated (15-0) and won the Class 4A, now 5A, State Championship. 

Parents outraged over cancellation of bus route



Parents are expressing their outrage over a decision to eliminate bus service for students living within two miles of Bush Middle School. To date, 491 signatures have been gathered on a petition asking NEISD Board of Trustees to reinstate the school bus route and designate Evans Road, Knights Cross Drive and Las Lomas Boulevard as roads too hazardous for students to walk along.

“I’m not amazed we have that many signatures,” says Tricia Wilson, who began the petition Aug. 16. “I am surprised we had to acquire that many signatures to get the district’s attention…and I’m not even sure we’ve done that.”

Reagan student bikes for a cure


This past Sunday, while most of the community still slept, Reagan High School student Kevin Tyburski was already well into a 60-mile bike ride in support of the Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF).

“It was a hard 60 miles,” the 16-year-old says of the hilly Ride for the Roses race held 20 miles outside of Austin in Dripping Springs. Scheduled in conjunction with Armstrong’s Livestrong challenge, the Ride for the Roses is a special event open to those who meet certain fundraising goals. A family friend asked Tyburski, who has also participated in the MS 150 and the Tour de Cure, to join him in the tandem ride.

Jenna Bush to speak at Reagan H.S. and local bookstore Tuesday


First daughter Jenna Bush will visit the Stone Oak area Tuesday, speaking to students at Reagan High School in the morning and promoting her new book at a nearby Barnes and Noble later that evening.

The visit is the latest stop on her nationwide tour spotlighting her highly-publicized book, Ana’s Story: A Journey of Hope. The non-fiction work chronicles the life of a 17-year-old girl in Panama dealing with AIDS and motherhood. Bush met the young woman through her work there as an intern for UNICEF, an organization dedicated to providing humanitarian assistance to children and mothers in developing countries.

Bush named in TBEC Honor Roll

Bush Middle School made the Texas Business and Education Coalition (TBEC) Honor Roll for 2007. The TBEC Honor Roll award recognizes schools that have demonstrated three years of consistent, high performance in subject areas compared to other schools with similar student populations. Honor Roll schools have the highest percentage of students who perform at the most rigorous standard commended level in all subjects. Less than five percent of the more than 8,000 Texas public schools receive this honor each year.

TBEC will award Bush Middle School at an awards reception on October 22, 2007 at 6 p.m. at the Austin Hilton Hotel, 500 East 4th in Austin. The reception is sponsored by H-E-B, Washington Mutual and IBM.

Canyon Ridge student wins in Kids Philosophy Slam

Canyon Ridge Elementary student Allyson Leigh Atencio won fourth place in the 2007 Kids Philosophy Slam. Atencio was awarded for her essay in which she reveals her philosophical understanding of compassion and violence. The topic question, "Which has more impact on society, violence or compassion?" was answered by students using any creative combination of words, artwork or written essay, short story or poem about the topic. The competition is designed to make philosophy accessible to children of all ages and abilities (kindergarten through high school).  More than 5,000 entries from across the nation were submitted. For more information on the Kids Philosophy Slam, visit its Web site at  Below is the award-winning essay by Allyson Leigh Atencio:

Lopez student named finalist in Young Scientist Challenge


Lopez Middle School student Rohit Kamat has advanced as one of 40 finalists in the 2007 Discovery Channel Young Scientist Challenge. Kamat will compete in the finals from October 20-25, 2007 in Washington, D.C.  He was selected from 75,000 students who entered science fairs nationwide. Kamat then advanced in August as one of 400 semifinalists from 44 states. 

The challenge's environmental theme is "Operation Green." Students will compete for more than $100,000 in scholarships and prizes, as well as the title of "America's Top Young Scientist of the Year." The contest is for fifth- through eighth-graders and encourages students to explore science in middle school.  Kamat will compete with his project Regenerating Hope: Dehydroepiandrosterone (DHES), A Neurosteroid, Promotes Regeneration in Hydra littoralis.

High School football games rebroadcast by Time Warner


North East ISD high school football games will be rebroadcast by Time Warner Cable San Antonio in its High School Game of the Week. Complete coverage of certain games will be rebroadcast on San Antonio On Demand Digital Channel 988. The rebroadcast will be available for viewing the following Tuesday after the game and will include play-by-plays, color commentary, statistics and halftime coverage. The following games will be rebroadcast in the Time Warner Cable San Antonio Game of the Week:

Game Date: September 13 
Game:  Madison vs. Wagner   
Rebroadcast Date: September 18 

When Creating a Bloodbath, Remember Safety First!

Macbeth and Banquo

If you have ever seen one of Shakespeare's plays done in a "stand and deliver" fashion,

where the actors recite the lines, depending on the words to convey all the meaning, then

you haven't seen Shakespeare as old Will meant it to be.and as the Reagan Theatre

Company will present Macbeth, full of action and far from dull! There are battle scenes,

ambushes, and murders involving traditional swordplay and less traditional weapons like

antlers. These scenes have been carefully choreographed by Mark Keith, our technical

director, who is trained in stage combat. Safety first is always his primary concern. There