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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 18, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas WEDNESDAY 410 MO16 185 S 0 E S T M1G R 0 P U I Si HIM G 2627 E YAM DEL I EL PASO TX 79903 so CENTS COUNTDOWN 309 DAYS NewBrauntels Sesquteentennlal March March New Braunfels Herald 20 Pages In two sections Wednesday May Serving Comal County for more than 142 years Home of TRAVIS HOWARD JR Vol 142 No 134 Inside Letters to the Sports The Stammtiselr Birthday wishes from the HeraldZettung The New Braunfels Herald Zeitung extends the following birthday wishes to Travis Howard April Hoffmann Adam Schwab Norma Schnei der Frank Sauceda Jessica Fernandez Johnny Fernandez Roberta Gonzales Searka Matthew Oakes Gus Menu Norma Schneider Juanita Armstrong Bertha Kelpac Bet ty King Agnes Lehmann Joan SaDaday Frank Streightoff Bobbye Jo Streighoff David McCauley Curtis Nolte Town meeting planned for tonight at Lone Star Elementary cafeteria Mayor Protem Ambrosio Butch Benitez and County Commissioner Cristina Zamora will hold a town meeting tonight at 7 at the Lone Star Ele mentary cafeteria The meeting will feature sever al topics including Eikel Field and its future development Neighborhood Watch and the recent appraisals sent by the county appraisal district The Eikel Field Board is seek ing citizen input on what is need ed to improve Eikel Field Comal County Commissioner Cristina Zamora said she appointed a board to study future use of the field They have worked all year trying to develop Something what were going to she said Cheryl Scott a representative of Safe City will discuss how to set up a Neighborhood Watch program Also invited will be a represen tative of the Comal County Appraisal District to answer ques tions regarding sharp increases in values for residents in the west side Zamora said Home owners have until May 31 to file a protest with the appraisal district Property own ers may protest to the Appraisal Review Board Many taxpayers are able to resolve their case through informal meetings with an appraiser at the district office Hopefully the people will come These are three important said Zamora Angelic Festival planned by IPM May at EUardin The Inner Peace Movement will sponsor an Angelic Festival a psychic fair on Saturday May 28 from 1 to 5 and Sun day May 29 from 1 to 4 at the El Jardin Conference Center 1346 Hueco Springs Loop Road two and onehalf miles from Hwy 46 west of New Braunfels Cost of admission is which included three readings Those in attendance will receive spiritual messages from trained psychics For more information call 625 4361 or 18003368008 The public is welcome The New Braunfels HeraldZeitung invites its readers to submit items to Stammtixh According to the Sophienburg Archives and members of the German commttnity Stammtisch represents a sitting place for members At community to gather and share the toys happenings We invite you to with Improvement seen in NB IMS scores By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer Assistant Superintendent Mike Fitsko reported results of the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills for New Braunfels students taking the exit level which is grade 10 Fitsko showed the New Braunfels Indepen dent School District Board Tuesday night the percentages of mastery by sophomores tested in early March Fitsko said that at least seven seniors have not passed their TAAS exam Although less than one percent of seniors fail to pass the test the NBISD will let them partici pate in graduation ceremonies if they have com NBISD students improve in two of three areas pleted all school credit requirements for gradua tion We feel like in four or five years if a student has completed the credits but has not met the state requirement on the test we will let them walk the said Superintendent Charles Bradberry He said those students could not officially receive a diploma until they have passed the test which most eventually do New Braunfels students taking the exit level tests in 1994 recorded improvement in two of three areas Numbers rose sharply in the reading portion with 80 percent reaching a masters level as opposed to 67 in 1993 Math scores improved from 52 to 56 and writing remained the same at 84 although this was the highest level of mas tery Fitsko said results from other schools would give a statewide average available in early June With that information the district will be able to see how they compare he said The State of Texas has assessed minimum basic skills in mathematics reading and writing for ten years first with the Texas Assessment District goals list released by board District compiles fiveyear plan By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer The New Braunfels Independent School District board released a list of goals for the future at their Tuesday meeting Among the goals are to develop a fiveyear plan for facilities equipment and personnel based on projected stu dent enrollment develop a plan to exceed 96 percent attendance for staff and students and develop and imple ment a plan to increase ACT and SAT results to minimum levels accepted by major public universities Other goals include expanding tech nology programs to include health occupations and to reevaluated voca tional programs to ensure emphasis is placed on world experiences based on problemsolving with more exten sive training and apprenticeships This is the greatest input the board has had from the said Board President Dick Robinett It was a very wise decision on the part of the board to come forth with such high Committees including community members and NBISD staff were asked to compile and rank various goals and needs of the NBISD Top goals were then prioritized through rankings Among several other action items the board authorized the hiring of six new state compensatory teachers for next year funded through the federal and state governments as will three and one halfday position for special education Superintendent Charles Bradberry said four elementarygrade teachers will be needed to meet staterequired teacherstudent ratios He said four other highergrade teacher positions would depend on budget funding for the upcoming school year In higher grades the new block schedule which goes into effect in 199495 will raise graduation require ments for the 96 97 and 98 senior classes Current requirements of a minimum 22 credits will remain for 95 seniors The Class of 96 current sopho mores will need 23 credits the 97 class 25 and the 98 class 26 to grad uate I The district placed these require ments to encourage students to pursue the TEA recommended Enriched Aca of Basic Skills the Texas Educational Assessment of Minimum Skills TEAMS and in October 1990 the introduction of TAAS TEAMS was more of a minimum skills he said The academic skills is higheroriented that involves more problem The TAAS tests have been given to grades 3 8 including the exit level to sophomores Students must pass the test to graduate in Texas one of 17 states to have such a requirement Fitsko said students have the opportunity to retake portions of the test until they have passed all three They lowered it to sophomore level to give more opportunity to retake he said Once they pass a part they dont have to ucuui nugrdin ana nuce advantage of the 32credit opportunity available through the new block scheduling which starts in the 199495 school year SPECIAL TREAT Sieglinde Smith once known as the Living Hummel will Hummel Museums vault where numerous pieces of Hummel artwork Is stored Tour of museum vault to be added attraction for HummelFest 94 By JENNIFER ROMPEL Staff Writer The vault of the Hummel Museum holds a special treat for those people who appreciate the work of Sister Maria Ihnocentia Hummel Artwork that has never been seen by the public is tucked away in the vault During HummelFest which will be held this week end Hummel collectors will have the chance to tour the treasurefilled vault Tours will be led by Sieglinde Smith who as a child posed for Sister Hummel Smith said the tours will feature unframed work by Sister Hummel and anec dotes and stories about the artist Only a small part of the art is seen by the public To be downstairs is a special treat Visitors will be able to see art before it is framed which allows them to see more detail I will give explanations and tell anec dotes and stories about the said Smith Our most special posession is Sister Hummers very own rosary When visitors are in the vault they might get to see it and maybe even hold A portion of the artwork is kept in the vault because it must be held at a certain temperature and humidity People believe the art is in the vault because we dont have space in the museum That is not so The reason we change the exhibit is because it is mostly paper and paper is a very fragile commodity The fibers will weaken when the pictures are hanging After six months the art is taken down and laid said Smith It is like a living thing We have to take care of it because it is she said Smith said the Hummel Museum is special because it holds works of Sister Hummel that show the artists versatility She did not only draw children She also created religious art art that one cannot create figures from That is in this she said She studied all manners of art It is absolutely amazing that she could see a style and use that style in her own said Smith It is mindboggling how really talented the lady was It is to the point of genius the way she did what she did Collectors are not aware of this They are only familiar with the figurines She knew how to capture the essence of a child She discovered that a child in any part of the world would react in the same way That is what she cap tured on said Smith The fact Smith is conducting the tour of the vault will be a special feature to Hummel collectors Smith was featured in at least two of Sister Hummels draw ings and might have been the subject of several more People make a big deal about that I still dont understand why I was fortunate to be where I was at the right said Smith Smith and her family lived just a few miles south of the convent where Sister Hummel lived I dont remember the special ladys face but I do remember something much more special I remem ber her said Smith The more I have learned about the lady and her art the more fascinated I am about it The more I know the more I want to know Her spirit is really here Everything the lady ever thought or felt is represented in her art Her spirit is in her art She will be remembered forever This is her said Smith The vault will hold only 10 people and two tours are planned Cost of the tour is The proceeds will be donated to the Hummel Museum HummelFest will begin Friday May 20 and will cel ebrate Sister Hummels birthday For more information about the event call the Hum mel Museum at 6255636 Tons of food Letter carriers food drive nets many donations By CRAIG HAMMETT Staff Writer Many more Comal County residents will be a little less hungry this season after a massive food drive held by local postal carriers The food drive last Saturday netted pounds of nonperishable food items 7 tons and much more than expected said local postal worker Don McBroom who coordinated the event The local food drive started as a national project by the National Asso ciation of Letter Carriers The local version of the program started in 1992 and netted Ibs After a oneyear hiatus the 1994 version cosponsored by the AFLCIO Postal Service and United Way more than doubled original efforts People just put food out by the mailbox and the carriers picked it up with their normal he said We started unloading at 3 We didnt finish until about McBroom said workers loaded 13 or 14 halfton pickups with goods for the food bank He added that the program would continue next year and hope fully could expand to Canyon Lake and other parts of the county The dri ve this year focused mainly on city routes Its easy All you have to do is drop it by your he said Food donated in the drive remains in Comal County The Food Bank six years old is supported by churches and organizations and staffed mainly by volunteers Betty Drawe secretary for the orga nization said the Food Bank helps families with emergency need of food She said persons must apply and qual ify for the aid Concerts in the Park series to begin tomorrow From staff reports The 10th Annual Concerts in the Park series will get under way tomor row night in Landa Park with Allen Voight Friends performing The concert will begin at p jn at the parks concert shell Alien Voight Friends plays blues music The concert series called the Miller Genuine Draft Concerts in the will be held each Thursday through Sept 1 The concerts are being spon sored by the New Braunfels Herald Zeitung BugAMeister TCI Cable vision the Music Source and KBNB radio The series will be highlighted by a performance on June 16 with local favorites Jay Eric and day Blak er For more information call 629 4457 For or subscription information call 6259144 or Metro 6060846