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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 3, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas Wednesday May A I T U N G Education CISD Southern Association report praises staff notes facility limitations CMS program for students features tapestry of cultural diversity CISD schools are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and must remain in compli ance with Association educational standards and criteria to maintain ac creditation The initial evaluation by the Asso ciation was five years ago This was their normal revaluation of the dis trict with another evaluation to fol low in five years CISD schools were recommended for continued accreditation Dr Gary Short and Mr Bill Kays representing the Southern Associa tion of Colleges and Schools pre sented a summary of the Associa tions FiveYear Interim Report to the Board of Trustees at the April 17 1995 workshop Short represented the secondary school evaluation team while Kays represented the elementary team Wecansummarizeourreportswith itwo Short said The staff at each of your schools is professional enthusiastic dedicated and is providing an outstanding edu cation for your students But acceler ated student enrollment is causing fa cility problems across the Short told the Board Short noted the district did have a successful bond election in 1994 This will help some of your shortterm facility he noted The report confirms the outstand ing efforts of our teachers and staff and our facility space Carol Hall Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction said The districts Long Range Plan ning Committee will address possible solutions for the facility requirements noted in the Hall added The following is a very brief over view of the 12 page report Canyon High School and Smithson Valley High School are excellent schools and their staffs sincerely wish to offer high quality educational ser vices to their students and commu nity Limited classroom and storage space at each school will need to be addressed in the very near future Canyon Middle School academic goals were reestablished at higher lev els and selected support services for students were added Plans to reorga nize around extended class periods demonstrate the staffs interest in help ing students Smithson Valley Middle School use of faculty teams with considerable autonomy to schedule and manage their students has become a model of its type Especially noteworthy is the presence on campus on a daily basis of a County Deputy provided by the Alamo Area Gang Task Force and the initiation of a Conflict Mediation Pro gram Growth has caused what the Bul verde Elementary School staff sees as their number one needspace The innovative staff will continue to meet challenges and should be proud of the advances made in test scores and staff development Bulverde Primary School is a rap idly growing school Students work was proudly displayed throughout the school and a feeling of family was shared among the staff Classroom space is cramped and not conducive to good practice Comal Elementary School has a strong instructional program and staff With an exploding population one of the major concerns is space for both students and staff TheFrazier Elementary School staff is positive innovative open to change and reflects interest in the whole child not just academics Moving the sixth grade out and the second grade in poses many curricular and facility challenges Goodwin Primary Schools faculty is totally childoriented and works as a team to meet individual needs and to develop independent learners and problemsolvers Although the build ing is almost 36 years old bright paint and student art work throughout the school assist in creating a warm in viting atmosphere At Mountain Valley Elementary School there is a strong focus on math reading and writing A childcentered curriculum is evident by displays in the halls doorways and individual classrooms Bill Brown Elementary School is completing their initial Southern As sociation evaluation CISD photo by Don Clark Educator Rosa Guerrero during her CMS presentation about our counrtys multicultural tapestry Canyon Middle School held a Cul tural Awareness Day in combination with their annual Jaguar Jamboree Rosa Guerrero was one of the ma jor events of the schools many cul tural awareness activities Guerrero a resident of El Paso is nationally known for her presenta tions on the cultural diversities of the United States Past audiences in cluded President Ronald Regan and thousands of children teachas and parents across the nation Our country is a multicultural tap estry a mosaic of many people Each group that represents our land is unique and Guerrero said Because of our differentness we can all contribute something impor tant to the fabric of American Life Therefore each person is special and she added The parent is the first teacher re gardless of educational she said Hispanic NativeAmerican Afro American Hawaiian FarEastern and European cultures were also fea tured in the days activities Teri Taylor receives cell biology fellowship TAAS testing next week grades 3 through 8 CISD students will be taking the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills TAAS tests next week ac cording to Carol Hall Assistant Su perintendent for Curriculum and In sanction Students in grades three through eight will take the mathematics TAAS test on Tuesday May 9 and the reading test on Wednesday May 10 Hall said Eighth grade students will also take the social studies TAAS test on Thursday May 11 and the science test on Friday May 12 We encourage students to make sure they get a good nights sleep before the TAAS testing day and to get something nutritional to eat the morning of the Hall said This combination helps to ensure each student can obtain his or her best performance on the tests according to Hall Teri Taylor SVHS biology and health teacher received a fel lowship from the American Society forCell Biology ASCB and theRFK Foundation of Austin ASCB awarded only five such fel lowships in the nation She will conduct a tenweek sum mer research project in the laboratory of Dr Joseph Koke a SWTSU cell biology scientist according to Dr Sandra West SWTSU biology pro fessor and liaison with ASCB Receipt of this fellowship is an honor to you and a bonus to the stu dents in your Dr Robert A Bloodgood Chair of the ASCB Education Committee said Taylor will be an active partici pant in research in multiple sclero sis and nerve regesneration using modern techniques including immunochemistry and confocal microscopy Teachers must continually go back and learn what is new in their field I am really excited and cant wait to get Taylor said Teri Taylor biology teacher NBISD NBHS students named among the best nationally Students from New Braunfels High School are able to compete nationally in college and job markets but it is always nice to be reminded of that fact In a recent issue of the NHI Jour nal a newsletter for the National His panic Institute the high school re ceived such a reminder The newsletter singled out 50 top high schools in the United States Among those applauded for sending the institute some of the best students in ihc nation was New Braunfels High School NHI conducts several programs lhat teach collegebound students the ins and outs of college admissions financial aid scoring well on entry tests and acing the interview and es say portions of the admissions pro cess Not only do NBHS students enter the three levels of competitions of fered through NHI but they recently participated in the Collegiate World Series competition hosted by New Braunfels High School and held at OakRun School Car Schurz classes earn Spurs tickets In learning to express their thoughts and opinions some Carl Schurz El ementary students gained a valuable lesson on the power of language The fourth and fifth grade students in Vicki Heads language arts classes responded to a San Antonio Express News essay contest The students were asked to write why they thought Spurs basketball player Dennis Rodman was either a darling or a devil According to Carl Schurz librarian Gloria Kolacek the Spurs organiza tion was so impressed with the stu dents writing that it sent the classes tickets to the Spurs games on March 18 and 20 NBHS names 199596 Monoceras Displaying Unicom pride and spirit through dance next year will be the 199596 Monoceras Leading the dance squad will be Katie Faust colonel Tiffany Fitsko lieutenant colonel and Leigh Ann Cantu Annette Natal Jamie Pace and Shelly Miller captains Earning positions as line members are Maria Tristan Sheryl Hall Jenni fer Carrillo Cerise Santana Brittany Williford Jamie McDonald Jessica Monica Ayala Maria Juarez Leslie Dedek Whitney Gray Kimberly Gibson Donica Thomas Leah Sullens Lacy Roesler Michelle Taylor Krisia Haas Rhiannon Schindler and Natalie Meek Chosen as alternates were Crystal Juarez Randi Decker Ashley Esqui vel and Michele Slater The Monocera sponsor is Debbie Fitsko Throughout the school year Meet the Teachers features educators who are new to New Braunfels Independent School District 4 Leslie Sprague graduated from Southwest Texas State University with a Master of Education degree in counseling and guidance and a minor in psychology She also has a bachelprs degree in Elementary Education from Texas Tech University With nine years of leaching experience and two years as a counselor she is a counselor for Lone Star and Lamar primary schools Greatest pleasure in education Watching students grow and mature through the years is one of my greatest joys Knowing I have played a role in their personal and academic development is a source of greatest Philosophy of education I feel education is a process of continuous growth that touches all aspects of a childs life Education should provide opportunities for all students to develop skills of problemsolving independent thinking and lifelong learn 6 Sarah Slahala received her Bachelor of Arts degree in History with a minor in Government from Texas University A new educator she currently teaches social studies classes at OakRun School Greatest pleasure in teaching The greatest pleasure in the field of teaching is the wonderful and lasting relationship between teacher and student The greatest honor a teacher can receive is to have a student return after many years and say you had a positive influence on that students life Knowing a student will carry the skills learned in your class throughout his or her life is a great Philosophy of education As a teacher one plays a very important role in society A teacher is not only one who instructs and educates young minds but also one who can have a strong and lifelong influence on an individual A teacher has a wonderful opportunity to push students to be all that they can be and live up to their full potential Each student may go through years of schooling but without dedicated teachers to guide the students through those years the value of the education is severely Leslie Sprague Sarah Stahala Summer Driver Ed classes filling fast Hurry but dont speed to sign up for the July summer youth driver edu cation classes The May session is filled but spaces are still available for the June 14July 7 and July 526 ses sions Classes are per session a down pay mentor deposit may he made with the remainder being paid by the first day of class Students need to sign up soon because the courses fill quickly For more information regarding registration call Pat Douglas during May at New Braunfels High School 6256271 After May ask for Instruc tor Waller Schulle NBISD students and staff are off Friday May 5 Lactose lessons Dairyman Don White above and his cow Daisy visited New Braunfels ISD primary campuses recently At right Memorial Primary students watch as White teaches them about cow milking dairy products and the homogenization pro cess Not only did he dem onstrate milking procedure for the classes but he also showed the youngsters how to milk The classes espe cially enjoyed it when he invited teachers up to milk Daisy The mobile dairy classroom gives young sters an idea of where dairy products come from before they arrive at the store NBISD photos by LESLIE KRIEWALDT May dates May promises to he a busy month as school winds down and awards banquets and ceremonies are planned The following is a list of some upcoming dates Thursday May 4 New Bruimlcls High School AllSports Booster Banquet al 6 in the Civic Center Friday May 5 New Bruunfcls ISD holiday Saturday May 6 NBHS Prom in the Civic Center Tuesday May 9 NBISD Teacher Appreciation Reception from in the library of The Education Center Tuesday May 9 OakRun choir musical al 7 in the OakRun cafeteria Thursday May 11 NBHS Academic Awards Banquet at 7 in the NBHS cafetorium Friday May 12 NBHS MCJROTC Awards banquet at 7 in the NBHS Cafclorium
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