Lots of Changes for NEISD

The new year brings new changes, especially for our campus. Very recently, Justin Oxley received a promotion and left his position as Principal of Churchill High School. As a result, Principal Bloomer took his place. Bloomer isn’t exactly new to our campus though. Before becoming Churchill’s Principal, he was the principal at Bradley, and even before that he was an AP at Churchill. Many of the students at Churchill now remember him from when they attended Bradley, so in that way, there is already a sense of familiarity, which is great when changes like this occur.

Additionally, Dr. Brian G. Gottardy is retiring from his position as Superintendent of NEISD. He has served as Superintendent for eight years now, and he has certainly left a lasting impact on NEISD as a whole. When Gottardy retires on June 30 of this year, NEISD will start to look for a replacement.

This year, though it just started, has proven to bring so many changes to our campus and our school district as a whole. Changes can be scary sometimes. They’re different, unexpected, and often make us feel uncertain about the future. With that said, changes are necessary and most of the time, extremely beneficial. As Winston Churchill himself would say, “To improve is to change; to be perfect is to change often.”

 

Get Out the Vote!

Early voting has finally started! Although it is too late to register to vote, students who have already registered should take this election seriously and visit the polls. This year, the seats that are up for grabs in our government include the House of Representatives, our junior senator, our governor, attorney general, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals Presiding Judge, various state commissioners, and our Texas Congress. All of these will be voted during this year’s midterm elections. It is important to know that early voting is happening until November 2nd. With early voting, you can stop by any polling location until 6 P.M. During election day on November 6th, you must go to your assigned polling area, which varies by where you live. You can find this location by a quick Google search. The Bexar County website also provides this information. At a time like this, students should be using their vote. According to the Pew Research Center, Americans 65 or older was reported to have the highest voter turnout, with 70.9%, compared to ages 18 to 29 with the lowest at 46.1%. However, it is important that we don’t let older generations decide our future, which is why we can only change it if we get out and vote. Before students go out to vote, make sure to do some research on candidates. It does take a while, but it is extremely worth it, because you will be more educated on who your future representatives are. Don’t forget, the young people will win.

Strings and Songs

Orchestra’s Pre-U.I.L. concert will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 13

Orchestra will have their Pre-U.I.L. concert tomorrow, Tuesday, Feb. 13 at 7 p.m. in the auditorium to show off their strings and full orchestra songs before competing at U.I.L.

“I feel pretty good,” orchestra member junior Jenna Kurburski said. “I love all the music we’re playing, both in full and string orchestra.”

The U.I.L. competition for orchestra will be from March 5 to March 7. Full orchestra is on March 5.

“We hope to get sweepstakes,” Kurburski said. “I don’t wanna jinx anything, but we’ve always done pretty good. We wanna do better in sight-reading than last year, though.” By Mariel Garcia

Retiring from High School Choiring

Head Choir director Kenneth Turner retires at the end of the 2016-2017 school year

Head Choir director Kenneth Turner will be retiring his position at the end of the school year to become the full time choir director at his local church.
“It was a very difficult decision,” Turner said. “I really didn’t decide until just a few years ago, but it is time. I am getting ready to turn 60, and I’ve been teaching for 24 years.”
After teaching students how to sing for 24 years, Turner feels privileged about the opportunity he had to work with this program.

“When I first came, I always felt very excited about being at Churchill,” Turner said. “It’s such a great school with such great kids, and the program has just gotten better and better from year to year.”
Retirement is an option Turner has been considering for a while, but he did not decide until recently.
“I’ve been thinking about it for about a year, but I really didn’t decide until just about four weeks ago,” Turner said.
Many of his students are sad to see Turner go, but are excited to see what lies ahead in the future of choir.
“He was a really good teacher,” freshman Choir student Katelyn Cardenas said. “He ‘clicked’ with us, and he knew how to understand all of the students.”
There will be interviews in the near future to find a new head choir director after Turner retires.
“The future that choir has in store is just the next step and a new beginning to see where the choir will go,” Assistant Choir director Bonnie Smith said. “It’s going to be an exciting journey.
Turner will definitely miss his students and emotional connections he has made over the years through music.
“My favorite memories are all of our musical experiences on stage,” Turner said. “The program has just gotten better and better from year to year.” By Mariel Garcia

ONE LAST HOORAH: Head Choir director Kenneth Turner dances at choir banquet on Friday, May 26 to celebrate the end of the year with his students. “Even though I am going to love and miss my students, I’m not going to miss the extra hours that happen on a daily basis.” he said. PHOTO BY MARIEL GARCIA