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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 29, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas                                A Wednesday March Education Comal Elementary students contribute 300 to American Heart Associaton Comal Elementary School third fourth and fifth grade students raised for the American Heart Asso ofktion by participating in the Associations Jump Rope for Heart Program took part in a fourweek unit on jump rope learning over 50 individual partner and Double Eftitch rope skills f school gymnasium was divided ijjfto the four chambers of the heart and students circulated through the car diovascular system of the heart and lungs according to Joe McElroy school physical education teacher prepared individual port folios containing drawings puzzles ajJd worksheets for the unit on jump rope Teachers in science and other classes taught subjects related to the jump rope unit valuable knowledge students learned through their participation and portfolios will help them realize that both proper diet andaerobic exer cise are important factors in develop ing and maintaining a healthy McElroy said Comal students began their jump rope unit by watching then partici pating in a demonstration of jump fjbpe routines by Rattle your an awardwinning San Marcos jump team coached by Dawn firiehan fThe San Marcos Coach Briehan and her students provided some one CISD photo by Don Clark Austin Powell Comal Elementary fourth grade student receives jump rope instrutuction from Dawn Briehan coach of the San Marcos Rattle Your Heart jump rope deomonstration team Derrick Lenz far L and Joe McElroy Comal Elementary physical education teacher L ob serve onone instruction to Comal students following the jump rope demonstra tion Allyson Farrimond was our won derful fundraising chairperson She took care of all of the contributions and ordered and distributed the prizes for the Sandra Schendel physical education assistant said Students received prizes based on the amount of contributions they ob tained All of the students are com mended for their hard work determi nation to raise money for the Heart Association and learn many difficult jump rope McElroy con cluded Trustees to consider adoption of textbooks CISD administrators will present recommended textbooks to the Board oTTrustees at their regularly scheduled meeting March 30 at the districtscentral offices located at 1421 Highway 81 East in New Braunfels Proposed textbooks were reviewed by the districts textbook committee Books were carefully reviewed by members of the district textbook com mittee and staff personnel from each department that would use the books Subject areas in the textbook adop tion include prekindergarten and kin dergarten elementary and middle school science earth science and gen eral music High school subjects include ac counting economics art debate envi ronmental science psychology soci ology and health education Other agenda items include a special presentation to the district by the Can yon High School Music Booster Club Smithson Valley Middle School stu dents and teachers from the mediation team will present a short demonstra tion and Academic De cathlon teams coaches and parents will be recognized by the Board CISD CMS captures fourth place in the Texas Thinking Cap Quiz Bowl w L CISD photo by Don Clark Pictured are the seventh grade CMS Thinking Cap Quiz Bowl team members LR front row John Kennedy Jeff Baker Eric Albright Laurien McCaw Bethany Schwartz Kelly Sharp second row Jacob Borchers Kristin Jones Yesenia McNett Stephanie Barry Lauren Wilke back row Brandon Rose Curt Cpyington Kenny Brunette Hermes Brice Kornegay and Lori Henze Not pictured Eddie Dahl Jim flrttimann Sean Courtney Travis Wilbracht Derek Wohlfahrt Matt Ptoch Canyon Middle School seventh grade students captured fourth place in the Texas Thinking Cap Quiz Bowl The CMS team com peted against 68 other schools for top honors The computerbased competition place at schools arourd the State on the designated Thinking Cap Quiz Bowl test day 7 Schools are sent computer disks containing test questions Students lender the watchful eye of the School sponsor then complete the 1100 question multiple choice test Students cannot study for the test in advance They must use knowledge they have learned from their normal Staci Seelhammer CMS reading teacher and team sponsor said Its a reaK test of how well the school prepares students on a daily basis rather than through a special study she added Questions covered topics such as literature history geography mathematics grammar world and state capitals and sports Sponsors are responsible for en suring that only the student answers the questions and that no outside aids are used After the team competed the exam a score and code were re corded by the sponsor and sent to the state test headquarters This years Quiz Bowl test day was marked by a host of problems that included the breakdown of the test computer We had to totally restart from scratch find new equipment call the test headquarters to learn how to back out of the test then learn how to reboot the Quiz program It was Seelhammer said Because of equipment prob lems the team would not have been able to take the test without the assistance of Nell Clendennen the school librarian and Kathy Hickey CMS computer literacy teacher They really helped us a Seelhammer said I am so very very proud of the students They did so well in spite of all the interruptions and equip ment Seelhammer con cluded Kids in Touch Progam builds selfesteem in Touch is to allow children to feel each led by a SVHS student to talk that they are capable about different aspects of the Each child completes a different Parent volunteers serve as class facili project depending on their grade level tators and monitor the entire process I Projects are then displayed in the Its a lot of fun and just exhausting u Its really fun to get to know the Gwen Reed a parent volunteer said SVHS students learn a lot according to Patsy Wotipka SVHS child devel Smithson Valley High School stu dents and parent volunteers work to gether to help build the self esteem of Bill Brown Elementary School The Kids in Touch KIT Pro gram was developed by Dr Denise Kem Bill Brown Elementary coun selor The overall thrust of the pro gram is to enhance the selfesteem of both the young and old Kem said We help students feel loved by spending time with them listening and discussing issues with them that they think are Kern said The second major objective of Kids school Students gain a sense of accom plishment and pride in what they were able to create SVHS students and par ent volunteers help and encourage younger students Sixth grade students opment teacher SVHS KIT students are paired with kindergarten students are in Wotipkas class They learn thai In another part of the program they really are role models that chil classes watch a short film on a common dren copy what they do They also learn issue like getting along with other how important patience and under people Following the film Bill Brown standing is when you work with chil students form small discussion groups she said Ashley Caurthon makes a weaving Kids in Touch parent volunteers LR front row Denise Kern Bill Brown Elementary Kathy Matone La Vonne Dyste Pat Haecker second row Gwen Reed Barbara Reeves third row Mike Dyste Anita Main Libby Cogswell Sara Bonugli and Michelle Stell SVHS Shena Windsor helps Emma Blackburn CISD photos by Don Clark Bill Brown Elementary reading program motivates students teaches computer skills CISD photo by Don Clark Shown are Bill Brown Elementary School Principals for a LR Garlyn Schwartzlose Shelly Thompson Zane Schwarzlose Veronica Reed and Steven Troutman Students read books in the schools Accelated Reading Progam then took a computerized test to obtain the number of points needed to become the Principal for a Bill Brown Elementary is one of several CISD elementary schools that has the computerbased Accel erated Reading testing and evalua tion program The major objectives of the Ac celerated Reading Program are to motivate students to read and at the same time teach them com puterrelated Betty Jones Bill Brown librarian said Continued practice in reading helps students in all of their classes and can also help improve TAAS test scores according to Jones To obtain a variety of prizes stu dents are challenged to read books on the Accelerated Reading Pro gram list Students then take a com puterized lest on the book Points are given based on their test scores Bill Brown students must have 200 points to be eligible for the honor of becoming Princi pal for the according to Jones Bill Brown students read hun dreds of books to obtain the coveted position as Principal for the During this day students make the daily announcements monitor classroom activity perform a vari ety of supervisory duties and with a friend are guests of the school principal at lunch Zane Schwarzlose a second grade student read to accumulate a sufficient number of points I like fiction and history books and thought it would be fun to be come the he said Schwarzlose added that he did not think the principals job was very easy Fourth grade student Steven Troutman tested on 64 books for his points The books were mostly mystery stories according to Troutman Veronica Reed a sixth grade stu dent read 53 books My favorites are science fiction she said I thought it would be a fun thing to do something I could look back on and Reed said Shelly Thompson had more than the required number of points after she tested on 121 books I preferred mystery books and thought it would be fun to be the principal and get taken out to lunch by the real she said Thompson is in the fourth grade Garlyn Schwartzlose also a fourth grade student thought it would be fun to bethe principal I liked books by Beverly Cleary her family she said I have been a librarian for 30 years and I have never seen stu dents read like this And I know they are reading and comprehend ing because of the testing pro Jones concluded   

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