Isaac files STAAR challenge

AUSTIN — Rep. Jason Isaac (R-Dripping Springs) today announced the filing of the Teaching Over Testing Act, a bill designed to radically reduce the impact of standardized testing on Texas’ students, educators, and taxpayers. 

“Texas is a diverse state, but if there’s anything people from Amarillo to Brownsville and El Paso to Beaumont and people from both political parties can agree on, it’s that STAAR is a disservice to the students we will one day rely on as our next generation of leaders,” he said.

Hands-on activities are a staple at the annual STEM fair. Held at the high school, it is open to families and children of all ages. PHOTOS COURTESY OF IRIS CAMPBELL/SAN MARCOS CISD

The popular Geek Bus returns to the STEM Fair this year.


San Marcos High School is again the scene of the STEM Fair.


Students try their luck at computer simulations.


Children of all ages find experiments that interest them.


A world of career possibilities

Staff Reports

An educational initiative at the forefront of preparing students for valued careers will take place at San Marcos High School Feb. 11.

From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. that day, SMHS will host its annual STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fair. Now in its fourth year, the fair brings together San Marcos’ school district and chamber of commerce to showcase activities and demonstrations.

This year is expected to be the largest to date.

Funeral homes launch new public safety app

Rachel Willis - Staff Reporter

Pennington Funeral Home and McCurdy Funeral Home are promoting the use of a new In Case of Emergency (ICE) app called Vital ICE that helps first responders to retrieve phone users vital information during emergencies.

The public safety app locally stores medical information, emergency contacts and insurance information and can be easily accessed by EMS and first responders in situations where the user is unable to speak or is otherwise incapacitated. 

Dog involved in infant fatality euthanized at owners’ request

A dog involved in an infant fatality late last month has been euthanized at the owners’ request.

The dog was euthanized Tuesday after the owners submitted surrender paperwork and a request for euthanasia to the San Marcos Police Department. SMPD forwarded the request to San Marcos Animal Control, which carried out the euthanasia based on the results of its own investigation and from information gathered by SMPD.

A San Marcos firefighter assesses the situation after dousing a small grass fire along the West Access Road near Wonder World Drive. Burn bans are in place in Hays and Caldwell counties and officials warn that there is plenty of available “fuel” in dry grass and other vegetation. DAILY RECORD PHOTO BY DENISE CATHEY

Fire danger


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