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Mountaineer Quilt

A Mountaineer Ex-student is making a Mountaineer quilt out of old SA t-shirts, to be raffled next spring. If you have any old t-shirts you no longer wear please bring them to Mr. Guthrie.

Santa Anna ISD High School Principal


Mrs. Laurie Hunter is Santa Anna High School’s new principal. She has been in the educational field for twenty years. This marks her second year as principal for the Santa Anna school district. Mrs. Hunter began her career as a middle school math teacher. Since the beginning of her career she has served as a school counselor, elementary principal and currently the principal of Santa Anna High School.

Mrs. Hunter received a Bachelor of Science in education from Lubbock Christian University, a Master’s Degree in school counseling from Sul Ross State University, a Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership from Texas Tech University and is currently working on her PhD in Curriculum & Instruction and Teacher Education from Texas Tech University.

When asked what it is like being a principal at Santa Anna High School, Mrs. Hunter replied, “It is definitely very challenging. Each day is different and filled with uncertainty. It is the coolest, hardest, most emotionally demanding job, but no doubt the most rewarding. Santa Anna High School is a great place for students to learn and grow. The staff is amazing and work extremely hard each and every day to provide students with the best education. We have great kids at SAHS and I am lucky to get to work with them every day.”

Future goals for Santa Anna High School include developing positive relationships with students, parents, and teachers while ensuring the highest quality education possible. Mrs. Hunter stated, “I feel fortunate to serve as the principal of such a warm and welcoming school.

I have the opportunity to nurture and support a learning community that works collaboratively to strengthen the academic and social achievement of students and the relationship between home, school and community.

Santa Anna ISD Elementary Principal


Joining the Santa Anna Elementary as their principal is Mrs. Aletha Patterson. She has worked in the educational field for nineteen years. Prior to working at Santa Anna ISD, Mrs. Patterson was the elementary principal at Early ISD for eight years. Santa Anna’s new principal graduated from high school in Sydney, Texas, and proceeded to earn her degree in English/Language Arts at Tarleton University.

When asked what it is like to be a principal at Santa Anna Elementary, Mrs. Patterson said, “I just love it. The kids have such great manners and are usually so respectful.” A typical day on the job is “…usually busy. There’s no such thing as a typical day. Each day provides new and exciting experiences.”

In addition to her principal responsibilities, Mrs. Patterson also works with the ACE Program ensuring that students have ample opportunities to engage in extra homework time and enrichment activities. She is hands-on with the program and tries to help many students realize their learning potential.

ACE Journalism reporters, Emily and Lohn, asked Mrs. Patterson to describe her future goals for Santa Anna Elementary. She stated, “I want to start some different programs to help the kids that are struggling. I was very impressed by what programs were already in place, but I just want to fill in the gaps; make equal opportunities for everyone. I am honored to work here with the kids. They’re so great.”

Santa Anna ISD Game Report

The Mountaineer football season came to a close last Saturday night, losing the bi-district game to Rochelle.

We are so proud of the Mountaineer team, band and cheerleaders and all their hard work / efforts.

Mountaineers will continue to do great things as the year progresses.

Thanks to the fans and community for all the support.


1. SALA will be taking orders for TAMALES, $10.00 Dz. Will be ready for pickup Monday 23rd. Please place all orders with Coach Guerrero.
2. Thanksgiving Community Service 11-22-15 at 11:00 am Service in the High School Auditorium, meal following in the cafeteria. Charge for the meal is by donation, this is the Ministerial Alliance Fundraiser. All are welcome to attend.

Mountaineer Band Plays for Vets

The Santa Anna Mountaineer Band performed at a dinner last Wednesday night honoring the veterans and their families. With near 300 guests the band performed patriotic music including, The Star Spangled Banner, Taps, You’re A Grand Old Flag, Marches of the Armed Forces and The Civil War which included Johnny Comes Marching Home and Battle Hymn of the Republic.

The dinner was held at the Ben Franklin Center in Coleman and was sponsored by the Mens Downtown Sunday School Class. Mr. Lotspeich commented “It was an honor to be asked to perform for the veterans and the band did very well. There were many positive comments from those attending.” “It’s a privilege to be a part of a tradition honoring those that have served our country. By their service we get to enjoy the freedom we have today.”

The band received a $300.00 donation from the MDSSC that will go into the band activity fund.

Way to Go, Mountaineers

Spinning Wheel Display at Santa Anna Visitor's Center

Photos by Tex Wright (HCIT)
If you have never been around a spinning wheel and the ladies (and men) who operate them, you missed a fantastic program.

Five fascinating ladies sat around working and explaining their craft to visitors at the center on Saturday Nov 14.

They showed the art of spinning, combing, working and drying all sorts of fibers. Wool from sheep, Llamas, Alpaca and other wool bearing animals, hair from goats (angora) and even dog. Yes, they had a large ball of dog hair from a red chow dog. I do believe they could have worked the dust bunnies from under my desk, although I did clean last year and they might not have had enough to knit a sweater.

Some of the equipment on display with the 6 different Spinning Wheels were a modern wool cord ( combs on a hand turned wheel), older sets of hand combs (cords) for both cotton and wool, racks for drying and stretching wool after it was spun. One of the most interesting racks was a device to hold your spun wool after spinning. It was made to measure so the spinner knew how much yarn she had.

One of the odd items was a batch of soy fiber. The ladies explained how it was gathered and prepared. Items made with this should be very soft and from the amount of labor involved, probably expensive.

The ladies and their wheels are left to right - Mrs. Beimer, Mrs. Moore (sitting on the floor winding yarn), Mrs. Schulze, Mrs. Hensley, and Mrs. Morris

Linda Morris of Whon, Texas

Martha Beimer

Margaret Schulze of Rockwood, Texas

Mary Ellen Moore

Peggy Hensley of Santa Anna

SAHS Cheer Leaders

Contributed by Tex Wright (HCIT)
While I was at the Visitors center, I happened to find the SAHS Cheer Leaders outside practicing for their show at Saturdays game against Rochelle in May, Texas.

The girls work very hard to get their routines down to the point that they can perform the acts with precision and most of all -Safety.

Congrats to the Mountaineers for advancing to the playoffs and the Cheer Leaders for the many shows that they have entertained us with.

The girls are (in no particular order):
Stormy Holster
Jaylie Jones
Taylor Guerrero
Delaynee Absher
Kloey Guerrero
Marin Guthrie
Alexis Washington-mascot
Betsy Jones-Instructor and Adult Leader

2015 Santa Anna Veterans Day Program

Contributed Article was written by Jennifer Brown (Art Teacher)
Photos by Tex Wright (HCIT)
Santa Anna ISD welcomed Veterans on Wednesday, November 11, in the High School Auditorium. The program featured archived interviews with Santa Anna Veterans, Albert E. Potter and Thomas E. Potter. Father and son, respectively, recounted their military experiences. Albert E. Potter is a Korean War Veteran and Thomas E. Potter is a Cold War Veteran.

The program opened with the Santa Anna Mountaineer Band, under the direction of Mr. Jesse Lotspeich, playing the “Star Spangled Banner.” ACE Program second graders delivered the Pledge of Allegiance in American Sign Language under the direction of their teacher, Mrs. Johanna Lara. Sixth graders, Silas and Makayla then led the audience in the Pledge of Allegiance. Opening prayer was led by Jacob Gibson, Senior Class President.

Following the opening prayer, the Mountaineer Band played “Grand Old Flag.” Ashley Beauchamp recited “A Soldier Speaks,” which was submitted by Carl Langford for the day’s program. Emily Hart sang acapela “Scarlet Tide” and “Amazing Grace.” Seventh grader, Lily led the audience in “U.S. Air Force.” Seventh graders, Brooklyn, Coy and sixth grader Serinity sang “Love Can Build a Bridge.” Ethan Mendoza lit candles for a tribute to the Veterans.

Roll Call was then read by high school teacher, Jennifer K. Brown. Audience members stood as their Veterans names were recognized. Mr. Carl Langford recognized the Santa Anna High School students who placed American on Veterans’ graves at the Santa Anna Cemetery.

The Mountaineer Band concluded the 2015 Veterans Day program with “Civil War” and “TAPS.”

Additional SAISD students who contributed to the production of the program were Jaymee, Lohn, Angel, Lexie, ABriana, Maria, Laci and Aimee.

Mr. Tex Wright, himself a Veteran, of Have Camera in Texas and his wife, Patsy, photographed the attending Veterans in front of the ACE constructed American Flag.

The flag was hand made by students in the Elementary ACE program

The picture of the veterans is but a few who hung around to pose for the picture.

A Special Thank You to Mr. David Robinett, Mrs. Laurie Hunter, Mrs. Aletha Patterson and the entire SAISD faculty and staff. An additional Thank You to ACE Coordinators, Brandi McIver and Jennifer Rutherford, for printing the programs, for providing time for ACE students to create the fabulous American Flag stage prop in construction paper ringlets and for allowing the second graders to learn the Pledge of Allegiance in American Sign Language.

Friday Night Lights

No Friday Night Lights for the Mountaineers this Friday because they play on Saturday November 14th at 7:30 PM vs Rochelle at May Tiger Stadium. Santa Anna wil lbe visitor and cost is $6 adults/$4 students.

But there will be some lights on this Friday at Mountaineer Stadium as the Zephyr Bulldogs take on the Paint Rock Indians in a Bi-District game starting at 7:30.

Saturday Night Lights

The Mountaineers will face the Rochelle Hornets in May this Friday November 14th in a Bi-District Playoff Game.

The 9-1 Rochelle Hornets are ranked 6th in Six-man Division I and 10th overall and the 7-3 Mountaineers dropped 2 more spots to 39th this week in Division I and 6 spots to 83rd overall despite the win over Evant last week. The Hornets are picked by 45 points according to but I think it might be a closer game than that.

Who the Hornets have played:
Lost to Richland Springs 34-70
Beat Strawn 54-8
Beat Mullin 66-20 (Santa Anna beat Mullin 108-96 in Week 2)
Beat Santa Anna 68-20
Beat Lohn 1-0 (Forfeit)
Beat Fredericksburg Heritage 80-30
Beat Veribest 50-0
Beat Medina 64-0
Beat Paint Rock 64-14
Beat Eden 54-6 (Santa Anna lost to Eden 37-36 in Week 6)

Here are some of my favorites of the over 1000 game photos I took Friday of the Evant game:

See the photo album on the Sports page for the rest.

Santa Anna ISD Game Reports

Jr high. 46-0 loss

Jr. High traveled to Evant Thursday night for the final game of the season. Evant scored on the opening drive and never looked back from there. The mountaineer offense was limited to just a few first down rushes by Cody Robertson and Jaxson Diggs. The game came to an early end with a 46-0 loss to the Evant Elks.

Varsity 58-50 Win

The Varsity played Evant for the conclusion of district play in a must win for each team. With each team having one district loss each, the winner of the game earned a spot in the playoffs. Both teams played with the urgency to win but Santa Anna wanted it a bit more, beating the Elks in a nail biter 58-50. Enriquez led the offense with a passing td and earned key first down in critical situations. The defense held up when it had to, led by key rushing and pressure from Mattes, Gibson, and Armstrong. The game came down to Evant’s final attempt to get a first down with a minute left in the game but was tackled in the backfield by a host of mountaineers. The game ended with a turn over on downs and a victory kneel for Santa Anna. They will have a rematch with Rochelle for first round in May November 14 at 7:30.

Santa Anna ISD

Sweetheart and Beau For Band and jr high and high school Football.

Band-Beau Colton Enriquez, Sweetheart-Breanna Fox

Football- Beau Shane Myers, Sweetheart Breanna Fox

Jh Football- Beau-Cody Robertson, Sweetheart-Maribel Padilla.

Mountaineers vs. Hornets

Playoff game set:
November 14
In May
Santa Anna vs Rochelle
Visitor. Home
7:30 p.m start
$6 adults $4 students

Friday Night Lights

The Mountaineers lost a tough one last week to the Zephyr Bulldogs after a lightning delayed start on Friday night with just under 4 minutes left in the first half the Mountaineers lead the Bulldogs 56-54 when the game was postponed again to Saturday. The Mountaineers never scored Saturday and lost standout player Jacob Herrod to a broken collarbone early. The Bulldogs went on to win 104-56.

The Mountaineers will face the Evant Elks in Santa Anna this Friday November 6th in the third and last District Game of the year and probably for second place in the District. The other matchup in District 11 is the Zephyr Bulldogs and Lometa Hornets.

The (7-2) Evant Elks are ranked 41st in Six-man Division I and 88th overall and the 6-3 Mountaineers dropped 5 more spots to 37th this week in Division I and 17 spots to 77th overall. The Mountaineers are picked by 2 points according to and it might be a closer game than that if possible.

Who the Elks have played:
Beat Cranfills Gap 73-22
Beat Kopperl 63-18
Beat Granbury North Central Texas Academy 88-60
Beat Cedar Park Summit 80-74
Beat Morgan 64-14
Lost to Rising Star 28-58
Beat Medina 72-22
Lost to Zephyr 0-1 (Forfeit, which I have heard that this might prevent them advancing)
Beat Lometa 79-32 (Santa Anna beat Lometa 64-18)

Last home game of the year so get your black and gold on and head over to Mountaineer Stadium.

Here are some of my favorites of the over 1000 game photos I took Friday and Saturday:

See the photo album on the Sports page for the rest.

SAISD November Lunch Menu


Santa Anna FFA Officers for 2015-16


Santa Anna FFA officers for 2015-16
President- Jacob Gibson
Vice President- Shelbie Murray
Secretary-Jacob Herrod
Treasurer- Branson Keeney
Reporter- Katelynne Craig
Sentinel- Carson Keeney

SAISD November Calendar


ACE Gobble Wobble 5K Color Run

We are excited to announce this year’s ACE 5K Color Run has been set for Saturday, November 21st. Please find registration form attached. You may register online or submit completed form directly to ACE via options listed on form. ACE has planned a fun day for the entire family with our Fall Festivities leading up to our afternoon run. There will be food booths, games, Pumpkin Chunkin’, arts and crafts, fundraisers, and much more. If you would like to have a booth during the fair or volunteer to assist during the run please let me know by November 6th. Look forward to seeing you all there. Thank you for your continued support of ACE and our students’ success!!!!!

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4-H Junior Leadership Retreat slated Nov. 13-15 near Brownwood

By: Paul Schattenberg
Retreat focuses on 4-H members 9-14 years old BROWNWOOD – Younger 4-H members, ages 9-14, will have an opportunity to hone their skills in several program areas during the Junior Leadership Retreat set for Nov. 13-15 at the Texas 4-H Conference Center at Lake Brownwood.

The 4-H Junior Leadership Retreat offers younger 4-H members the opportunity to develop skills and knowledge in different project areas while also having fun. (Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service photo)

“The Junior Leadership Retreat features Texas 4-H Council members conducting hands-on educational workshops with younger 4-H members,” said Mark Carroll, center program director.

“This year’s program will focus on increasing knowledge and skills in five 4-H project areas – a livestock skill-a-thon, international and global education, leather crafting, share-the-fun and judging.”

The retreat starts with registration at 7:30 p.m. Nov. 13, followed by general orientation at 9 p.m., then adult chaperone orientation at 9:30 p.m. Carroll stressed that each county sending 4-H youth to the retreat must provide adult chaperones for the weekend.

Nov. 14 activities start at 7:30 a.m., followed by a flag ceremony and breakfast, with the first of the day’s three general assemblies beginning at 8:30 a.m. The remainder of the day will have concurrent sessions on the five programming areas to be emphasized. Evening activities will start at 6:15 p.m. with a flag lowering ceremony and dinner, followed by a 7:30 p.m. presentation on state and national opportunities for 4-H youth and a costumed theme dance.

Adjournment is set for 11 a.m. Nov. 15.

“While this is a learning retreat, the main ingredient for the whole weekend is a sense of fun,” Carroll said. “The State 4-H Council members take pride in showcasing their creativity, which will become apparent at the Saturday Night Theme Dance. The theme for this year’s costume dance is ‘Welcome to the Jungle.’”

After the Saturday evening dance, campers will gather at the Texas Star for the closing ceremony and to reflect on the day’s activities. At that time, campers will be allowed to place a rock from their hometown into the commemorative site.

Individual registration is $115 for youth and $85 for adult chaperones. The fees include two-nights lodging, four meals, snacks and program fees. Online registration is currently available at

For more information, contact Carroll at 325-784-5482,

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