Awards & Distinctions
- Five members of the San Marcos High School Chapter of the Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) competed at the state leadership conference held in Dallas in March 7-10, 2013. Representing SMHS were Kaitlin Shelstead, Kaitlyn Livingston, Laura House, Allison Pratt, and Karina Dominguez-Perez.
The group brought home significant awards, including:
• Laura House: Chapter Who’s Who
• Kaitlyn Livingson: Texas Who’s Who, Area Three Scholarship, Endowment Fund Scholarship, and the Texas Business & Technology Education Association Scholarship
Livingston earned the privilege to advance to the national level and compete for the National Who’s Who Award.
The chapter advisor, D’Ann Matlock was also honored with the Texas FBLA Adviser of the Year Award, and the group was recognized as a 100% contributor to the Endowment Fund.
- Texas Comptroller Leadership Circle Grants SMCISD the 2013 Leadership Circle Gold Award for Transparency.
- San Marcos High School received the 2012 College Readiness Award from the Texas ACT Council for increasing the number of students taking the ACT assessment over the past 5 years while significantly increasing the level of achievement and college readiness. Only 170 Texas high schools accomplished this. SMHS is in the top 9% of all Texas high schools recognized.
- Miller Middle School is piloting the MathWorks Algebra Program for Texas, wherein students will complete Algebra I by 8th grade or earlier.
- The SMHS Speech & Debate team will participate (for the second time) in the Stanford University Invitational Tournament in February 2013.
- In recent years, Speech & Debate has won five UIL District Championships, two Regional Championships, had a UIL State Champion two years, and multiple qualifiers for national tournaments.
- SMCISD Orchestra Director Christopher Hanson is one of 5 national finalists for the 2012 American Prize in Orchestral Conducting.
- Goodnight Middle School’s math team placed 2nd in the nation in the Sumdog online math competition, October 19‐25.
- Fall 2012, a record 22 SMHS students earned chairs in the Central Texas Region choir, with three in the Honors Choir. Over 600 students auditioned from the region.
- Travis Elementary was named National Green Ribbon School for a 2nd year.
- SMHS has 35 Advanced Placement Scholars, four National Hispanic Scholars, a National Merit Semifinalist, and a National Merit Commended student this year.
- Third and fifth graders at two elementary schools have handheld learning devices to supplement curriculum at home and at school.
- San Marcos High School Academies target college and career readiness by graduation.
- The 2011‐2012 Attendance Rate was 95.3%. Currently, we are conducting a campaign to improve this rate at all campus levels.
- Consistently rated “Superior Achievement” for fiscal responsibility.
- In March 2012, refinanced existing debt to take advantage of low interest rates, and saved taxpayers more than $5 million over the next 18 years (annually $284,000).
- From 800 applications submitted, the National Gardening Association picked the San Marcos CISD Child Development Center as one of 50 national winners of the 2012 Healthy Sprouts Award sponsored by Subaru of America. The award included $600 in gardening supplies for the center.
- In December 2012, SMHS junior Monet Moreau took the Gold Medal at the national Junior Modern Pentathlon held in Colorado Springs. This is considered pre-Olympic training, and Monet’s father – fencing Olympian John Moreau—is her coach. The pentathlon includes competing in 5 sports in one day: fencing, swimming, equestrian jumping, pistol marksmanship, and running. Young athletes from North America, Central America, and the Caribbean competed.
- Nine SMHS Rattlers were recently honored as earning Academic All-State status for excellence inside and outside the classroom. The Texas Girls Coaches Association and the Texas High School Coaches Association recognized seven football players and two volleyball players.
- San Marcos High School Choir members –senior Abby Bowers, Soprano 2, junior Konnor Callender, Alto, and junior Isabel White, Soprano 2-- will perform with the Texas All-State Choir in San Antonio, Saturday, February 16, 2013, at the Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center as part of the 2013 Texas Music Educators Association Clinic and Convention. They were chosen for this honor through a competitive process held this year across the state at District, Region and Area levels. The young women are members of their school choir under the direction of Dawn Sheridan-Reinhuber, who is a member of the Texas Music Educators Association, an 11,000+ member organization headquartered in Austin. According to Sheridan-Reinhuber, this is the first time since 1984 that SMHS has had more than two All-State vocalists in same year. Five hundred vocalists statewide are selected to perform with All-State choirs.