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Members of the Burnet High School football team on Jan. 21 helped two Lake LBJ residents in Kingsland affected by the October flood. Players bagged trash and put debris into burn piles. Courtesy photo

Burnet students put Dr. King’s words into action on service day

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Be the best you can be so you can best help the team. That’s what Burnet High School head football coach Jerod Rye repeated to his players over and over again the past several weeks. It struck him, however, that maybe actions were better than words. (more…)

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Faith Academy of Marble Falls holds its annual gala Saturday, Jan. 26, at Escondido Golf and Lake Club, 9090 FM 2147 in Horseshoe Bay. Individual reservations are $100 per person with several table sponsorships available from $1,500 to $5,000. The event benefits school scholarships and services for students. Courtesy photo

The Gala is ‘financial lifeblood’ of Faith Academy of Marble Falls

FROM STAFF REPORTS With so many great things going on at Faith Academy of Marble Falls, sometimes it’s nice to take time and celebrate the accomplishments as well as gear up for an exciting future. People can do just that during the annual The Gala, the private-parochial school’s biggest fundraiser of the year. (more…)

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Filing starts for spots on Highland Lakes school boards

Filing starts for spots on Highland Lakes school boards

FROM STAFF REPORTS While they don’t always get a lot of appreciation, the Highland Lakes public school board members help guide the educational direction of thousands of students. It’s actually a pretty important role in the community. (more…)

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Marble Falls Middle School Principal Roger Barr addresses students during an assembly Jan. 8. It was a ‘behavior reset’ so the principal could remind the students about three tenets for which the campus strives: be safe, be responsible, and be respectful. Barr and his staff are making an intentional and overt effort to emphasize positive behavior. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Marble Falls Middle School reinforces positive over punishment

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON When disciplining students, schools are well-versed in punishment. Pick up a student handbook from any school across the country, and it will outline the consequences for every infraction. (more…)

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Remi, a visually impaired dog, enjoyed a lot of attention during a stop at Colt Elementary School on Jan. 9. Crystal and Steve Mitchell brought Remi to meet the campus's Colt Student Leadership. The leadership students raised more than $400 to purchase pet supplies for Stray Acres Sanctuary and Animal Rescue, which the Mitchells operate. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Colt students raise more than $400 for Bertram animal rescue

DANIEL CLIFTON • EDITOR Who knew selling 50-cent bags of popcorn could help change the lives of homeless dogs and cats, but it did. (more…)

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Using questions that elicit student responses, the Peace Path helps youth with conflict resolution. School officials have noticed that many students don’t learn basic skills such as conflict resolution at home or don’t see the process enough to understand how to do it themselves. Programs such as the Peace Path, which is a piece of the campus’s overall behavior system, helps students learn how to solve conflicts and issues in meaningful ways. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Colt Elementary School’s Peace Path puts conflict resolution in hands of students

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON Facing each other, Colt Elementary School counselor Christina DeLoach and Marble Falls Independent School District behavioral specialist Ibiine Ogbanga take up their spots on the Peace Path. (more…)

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Llano High School students Laura Garcia (left) and Yasmin Perez came up with the idea of Buddy Benches for Llano Elementary School students. During recess, if a student doesn’t have anyone to play with or feels left out, he or she can sit on one of the two Buddy Benches and other students will invite them to play. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Buddy Benches project to tackle social isolation sits well at Llano Elementary School

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON Llano High School students Yasmin Perez and Laura Garcia hated the idea that an elementary school student could go through the day, or recess, with no one to play with. But what could they do from the high school? (more…)

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Kurt Jones addresses the Bulldogs after a practice during the 2018 season. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Kurt Jones sees opportunity in restructured Burnet CISD role

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO No one knows better than Kurt Jones the challenges of being the head football coach and athletic director at a school where the standard is set high. Being the head football coach at Burnet High School is an everyday job: one that requires watching massive amounts of film, developing offseason training […]

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Burnet sophomore running back Marcus Escamilla looks for running room after taking a handoff from sophomore quarterback Mathew Tippie. The Bulldogs lost 42-28 to Taylor on Nov. 9 to end their season. Photo by Martelle Luedecke/Luedecke Photography

Burnet CISD makes changes at head football coach, other district positions

FROM STAFF REPORTS Burnet Consolidated Independent School District officials unveiled sweeping changes in its administrative department Dec. 10, including at head football coach. (more…)

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Marble Falls High School building trades students place a wooden panel on the outer wall of the water house for Tobeyville resident Billy Inman. The students have been working on the water house for six days and were hours away from finishing Dec. 3. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Tobeyville resident turns to tried-and-true construction crew: Marble Falls students

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Thanks to the Marble Falls High School buildings trade program, Tobeyville resident Billy Inman won’t have to worry about frozen water during the cold winter. (more…)

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Spicewood Elementary School student Gage Goebel works on a model raft he is designing to survive a ride over a waterfall. Though it’s a model, the same rules of design, construction, and engineering for building a full-size raft apply. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Spicewood Elementary School gets creative with education

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON Gage Goebel scrounged around the workbench, pulling out cardboard tubing similar to a paper towel roll but larger in circumference. He then grabbed a couple of thin, wooden sticks about 18 inches long and a bit thicker than a toothpick. (more…)

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Keith McBurnett is the superintendent of the Burnet Consolidated Independent School District.

SUPERINTENDENT’S MESSAGE: BCISD will watch Texas Legislature closely this session

On Tuesday, Jan. 8, the state’s 86th legislative session will begin, and, for 140 days, Texas lawmakers will work to set the state’s budget for the next two years and address policies and laws in areas as diverse as transportation, border security, health care, and education. Even though the session doesn’t kick off until January, […]

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Llano High School seniors signed certificates to celebrate their college, university, or military choices during a ceremony in the campus cafeteria Nov. 28. Staff photo by Jennifer Fierro

Llano High School honors college-bound seniors on signing day

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO Llano High School Principal Jenifer Neatherlin refers to her students as dream chasers. On Nov. 28 during a “signing day,” 23 of her seniors took a step toward realizing their dreams when they announced where they will be attending college. (more…)

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McBurnett is the superintendent of the Burnet Consolidated Independent School District.

SUPERINTENDENT’S MESSAGE: Basing district grades on STAAR test doesn’t add up

There is nothing fair to students or parents about using a one-time multiple-choice test to label schools and districts. I shared this message recently during a community forum. To support my statement, I have included below a math question from the 2018 Third Grade STAAR test that I also shared with community members. (more…)

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Betty Hechler (left), Cindi Evans, and Remi Grace stand with some of the donated items for His Hands Ministry, a program through Weakday Ministries that provides clothing and footwear to Burnet Consolidated Independent School District students in need. His Hands Ministry still needs sponsors for 15 children. Courtesy photo

His Hands Ministry seeking sponsors to purchase warm clothes for BCISD kids in need

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO His Hands Ministry, part of Weakday Ministries, is seeking sponsors to clothe 15 children during the cold part of the year. The primary need is winter clothing, including undergarments, outerwear, and footwear. Most sponsors spend $100-$125. (more…)

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The Marble Falls Mustangs players don red socks during last year’s Brother Max Copeland Night. This year’s event is Friday, Oct. 26, during the game against Leander Glenn. It’s in honor of Max Copeland, who passed away in May 2015. Copeland was found of wearing red socks and suspenders as well as giving back to the community and supporting Marble Falls athletics. During the game, buckets will be passed around to collect money for a scholarship fund in his name. File photo

Brother Max Copeland Night at Mustangs football game to honor community-minded man

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO When the purple-and-gold Marble Falls Mustangs football team puts on red socks and breaks out the red-laced football, it can mean only one thing. (more…)

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BCISD MESSAGE: Have a conversation with your child about vaping and drug use

In September, Burnet Consolidated Independent School District conducted its first round of drug testing, and, out of the 69 students tested, there was only one positive test for marijuana. (more…)

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School shootings put safety front and center at MFISD; $55M bond goes before voters

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON Columbine brought campus safety to the forefront; Sandy Hook forced school officials to take those protocols to a level unlike any seen before. (more…)

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State Sen. Dawn Buckingham commends the Burnet Consolidated Independent School District transportation staff Oct. 11 for their heroic and valiant work during a wildfire in July that forced the evacuation of 50-70 homes, 400 Inks Lakes State Park visitors, and 700 campers and staff at Camp Longhorn Indian Springs. Within an hour of BCISD officials requesting bus drivers to help evacuate Camp Longhorn Indian Springs, 14 drivers and staff responded. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

State leaders recognize BCISD bus drivers for evacuating summer camp during wildfire

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON As 14 Burnet Consolidated Independent School District buses rolled into the Camp Longhorn Indian Springs drive on Sunday, July 29, tears formed in camp director Nan Manning’s eyes. (more…)

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Phoenix Center therapist Erin Givarz (left) and Marble Falls Head Start center director Aletha Laterza know the positive effects the center’s programs have on children. Phoenix Center and Marble Falls Independent School District formed a partnership in 2015 to provide mental health services to students and are expanding those services and programs this year. Go to phoenixtx.org for more information. Courtesy photo

Phoenix Center and Marble Falls ISD expand mental health services on campuses

FROM STAFF REPORTS Since 2015, when Phoenix Center of Marble Falls and Marble Falls Independent School District forged a partnership, the two have served more than 900 students with mental health services. (more…)

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Burnet CISD Superintendent Keith McBurnett

BCISD MESSAGE: Bulldog Spirit, Pride and Honor on display; dangers of drugs and vaping

You have heard me say it over and over: I love the Burnet community and our school district. I was most recently reminded again of why during the homecoming football game — or, should I say, before the football game. (more…)

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The Marble Falls High School homecoming parade route.

Marble Falls homecoming parade route, bonfire site change

FROM STAFF REPORTS The Marble Falls High School homecoming parade and bonfire are on the move. (more…)

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A resident takes images of flooding following a Sept. 21 storm in Sonora. To help relief efforts for the Sonora community, the Burnet Consolidated Independent School District is collecting monetary donations, which will be presented in a check to Sonora school district officials at the Burnet-Sonora football game Friday, Sept. 28. Photo by Kimberley Meyer, The Devil’s River News

Burnet football fans can help flood-devastated Sonora community before the big game

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO BURNET — Before Burnet school district Superintendent Keith McBurnett had a chance to organize a fundraiser for the Sonora Independent School District, he learned a couple of his coaches had already taken the lead.  (more…)

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While Mustang Stadium is typically associated with Marble Falls High School football, the facility actually serves many teams, programs, and events, including the band and commencement ceremonies. After eight years of use, the stadium’s turf and track are showing wear and tear. Marble Falls Independent School District is taking a $55 million bond proposal to voters on Nov. 6 that includes $900,000 for turf and track upgrades. Photo by Martelle Luedecke/Luedecke Photography

New turf at Mustang Stadium part of bond package on ballot; reason is safety, officials say

STAFF WRITER JENNIFER FIERRO MARBLE FALLS — Just before the 2018 football season started, Wade Whiteside and his son, Braidon, were looking at photos of Mustang Stadium from a few years ago. (more…)

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BCISD Superintendent Keith McBurnett

BCISD Message: Homecoming week, Hall of Honor nominations, and district objectives

Every so often, I will see a post on social media that says schools no longer require the Pledge of Allegiance for fear of offending someone. Actually, there are more states than not that require the Pledge of Allegiance be recited each day. (more…)

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Carleen Wray (right) of Sandy Hook Promise presents Burnet Middle School teacher and Interact Club sponsor Sara Te (left) and club members Hayden Brown, Tatum Salinas, MaeSyn Gay, Emily Wagner, Karlie Buckley, Claire Teague, and Elyzabeth Muziak with the Start With Hello Community Reach and Sustainability runner-up award. The honor recognizes the efforts of club members and the entire school’s student body in making the campus more inclusive. Staff photo by Daniel Clifton

Burnet Middle School honored for its Start With Hello efforts to end social isolation

EDITOR DANIEL CLIFTON BURNET — As Burnet Middle School Interact Club sponsor Sara Te stood before the student body, she summed up the efforts of the club and student body to create a more inclusive campus, which began two years ago with the Start With Hello program. (more…)

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