Orchestra performs Peter and the Wolf

The music department has been buzzing with activity. While the band shows off its marching show every football game, people shouldn’t overlook what the orchestra has accomplished.

As in years past in November, the orchestra performs Peter and the Wolffor elementary school children as a way to get them interested in strings. Select orchestra members dress up and act out the parts of the story, and others play the music to go along with the play. Coker, Oak Meadow, Larksburg, and Huebner elementary schools came to watch this charming interpretation.

The group was also very successful at Regionals.  

“Mr. Thibodeaux pretty much expects most of orchestra three and four to make region chairs,” Erik Van Dyke, junior, said.  And for the first time, the orchestra entered the State Honors Orchestra competition. The competition involved orchestras all over Texas. The orchestra planned to submit a tape of their best recordings for entry.

“We’ve been preparing since the first day of school,” Sophia Nikas, junior, said.

Their tape included Mahler’s ‘Adagietto’ and Tchaikovsky’s ‘Serenade for Stings’ among other notable pieces.

“If we make top ten it would be really, really good,” Van Dyke said.

With high hopes and even higher expectations, the orchestra prepares for another great year of competitive and performing musical arts.

Boys Varsity Basketball ready for the Spring Season

Doc1The varsity boy’s basketball team looks to be off to a great start as they kick off their season. Practices have required the utmost amount of energy from each player as the team begins to set its mind on future games.

Junior and player Scott Mammel is part of this grueling preparation. “Our team is getting better every day by hard work and dedication,” Mammel said. “This year will be the best team the school has had in years.”

The team also consists of a group of six senior leaders, which includes Doug Slattery, Clark Lammert, Jacob Woods, Derek Salas, Evan Barnes, and Johnathon Clark.

Slattery, in particular, has shown enthusiasm for the upcoming season, which began November 15.“We are a relentless massive force,” Slattery said. “I’m really excited to see what we can do.”

The official schedule for the spring season sport can be found on the NEISD athletics web page.

“We are striving for success,” Slattery said, “and we won’t stop until we achieve it.”

Reagan Graduate Converted

Ms. Armer, a graduate of Reagan High School, is a new teacher gradually reworking her once negative impression of Churchill.

“In high school, we hated you guys. But things are pretty much the same here as they were there,” she said. After nine weeks of school, she has found that everyone is “very nice and courteous.”

Ms. Armer was born in Denver, Colorado but moved to San Antonio when she was in fourth grade. She likes the heat of San Antonio better than the cold climate and high altitude of Denver.

“San Antonio is just a nice city to live in. The people are so nice and cordial,” she said.

Though she does not remember much from living in Denver, she does remember watching the Denver Broncos play football. She and her family used to watch the football games every Sunday.

“It was a fun family activity,” Armer said.

Before deciding to teach math, she considered being a veterinarian or a chemical engineer like her older brother. She stuck with math, however, and is now teaching Algebra II Pre-AP. In high school, her Junior year Pre-Calculus teacher helped her realize that she wanted to become a math teacher.

“I like math because there’s always a right answer and the calculator does a lot of the work for you,” Armer said.

She attended Texas State University, which is in San Marcos, because it had the best teaching program. After graduating from TSU, she taught as an Undergraduate Instructional Assistant and Classroom Manager for Precalculus, Calculus 1 and Calculus 2 courses.  She taught at San Marcos High School for two years before moving to San Antonio and getting a job here. Her college experience overall was fun.

“I got a dog,” Armer said.

She still has her dog, Niko, and enjoys going to the dog park with him in her free time. She also enjoys hiking, camping, biking, climbing and painting.

She wants to complete the Secondary Master’s Degree program from the University of Texas and is currently in the application process. In the future, she would like to become a dean with this further education.

One more interesting fact?

“I’m afraid of geese,” she said.

Girls Soccer Starts Preparing for New Season

The girl’s soccer team has been working hard to get ready for their new season. Like several other extra extracurricular activities, they have had to make adjustments in order to fit the new schedule.

In preparation for the upcoming season, they have been hitting the weight room hard doing a lot of running and intense strength conditioning. They’re working on new strategies with 11 vs 11  scrimmages and many practices.

“I’m really looking forward to just watching them progress and get better and hopefully make it further in playoffs,” Coach Aguilar said.

The schedule change has had a huge effect on when the practices are held, which is causing the team to adapt in new ways. They are  now being held in eighth period and after school which makes the players feel rushed to get changed on time. Players are also having to deal with the e heat that comes with the afternoon compared to when they practiced in the cool early morning last year. In addition, there is no period for study hall.

“Even though we have a lot of returning players, I feel they are much more experienced and have improved from last year,” Coach Aguilar said.

In the past when it came to choosing a captain the combined vote of all the girls and the coach determined the winner. But with a new head Coach things will be a little different. Since there aren’t very many seniors this year Aguilar might have both a junior and senior representative as captain.

“When choosing a captain we look for leadership potential. It’s not based on skill,” Coach Aguilar said.

The season starts in January, but tryouts were held at the beginning of the year. If there are people who are interested in being a part of the team, additional tryouts will be open to anyone November 29-30 after school.