Students in art teacher Charis Taylor’s fifth-grade classroom not only got to learn two-point perspective but also were able to draw the tree house of their dreams in the process. “One of the reasons I teach the two-point perspective lesson is, not only to hit the element of art-space, but also to have students use math skills and a ruler to draw the actual tree house,” Taylor said. “We do this two times to make sure that we all get the steps and concepts correct. It also gives them a chance to look at something from a different point of view and then draw it.” From there, the students were able to use their imaginations and choose a theme for their tree house. They were able to use iPads to explore their theme a bit more to help with visuals to add to their tree house. A couple of the more interesting tree house themes were The Wizard of Oz and Pokémon. To finish their works of art, students had their choice of a multitude of media including, pencils, sharpies, colored pencils and paint. “I love art class because it’s so much fun,” said student Victoria Beck. “You can always be as creative as you want to be.” Students in Taylor’s classroom recently completed a project painting Winter Birch Trees, and later this semester will work with string art and clay.
Students in Jennifer Klar’s G/T classes at Rahe Bulverde Elementary held a Kindness Campaign in preparation for Election Day. The third-grade class platforms were Sock
it to the Cold, gathering donated socks for the homeless for winter, and Pennies for Patients, collecting change for kids in the fight against Leukemia and Lymphoma. By a large margin, all of the students at Rahe Bulverde voted to participate in Pennies for Patients. From November 30 to December 14, students in every class on campus brought back many small boxes of change from their own allowances and piggy banks. They brought in amounts ranging from pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters, up to $35. Together they managed to raise $1,184.48, which was donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. “I was so impressed with effort of all of students at Rahe Bulverde,” said Klar. “It’s amazing how they came together as one big family for such wonderful cause during the holidays to help those in need.” Pictured are students in Klar’s third-grade G/T class: Top row (l-r) Liam Magee, Carter Majors, Hudson Chilton, Kyle Bierman, Brenden Hinojosa, Kosta Kastis, Logan Norman, Cruz Morales, Austen Young and Owen Truss. Bottom row: Charis Singleton, Kricket Bridges, Grace Cramer, Scarlett Micheli and Layla Alvarez during the Pennies for Patients drive.
Wendy and David Galvan and little brother Luke, and Smithson Valley High School head baseball coach Chad Koehl, were all smiles as SVHS senior Cade Galvan signed a national letter of intent to continue his playing career at Odessa College. Galvan played varsity since his sophomore year with the Rangers, and has been a valuable utility man for Koehl’s squad, playing second base, outfield and designated hitter. Galvan was named honorable mention All-District after his junior year, where be batted .319 and scored 23 runs during the season. Coach Koehl said Galvan should also see some time on the pitcher’s mound during his senior season at SVHS. Another SVHS baseball player, senior pitcher and first baseman, Garrett Egli also signed a national letter of intent to play at Midland College. Egli was limited by injuries during his junior season, but SVHS head coach Chad Koehl expects big things from him this spring. “He should be one of our top two or three pitchers this year,” Koehl said. “We need him to throw a bunch of innings for us. If he stays healthy, I think he has a chance to have a really good college career.”