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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 10, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas HeraldZeitung 0 Sunday September 10 1995 0 9 A 3 Education i BISD order plans more Lone Star family events j Lone Star Primarys new principal hasamain goal for the 199596 school to make each child at her school Merry Corder said I want to know thefh and have them know To that end she has set herself the task of learning the names of each first and second grader on her campus Other goals include continuing to offer students and parents a quality school We have a very wellrun school It is a credit to the staff and to schools former year we will focus on the direction of the curriculum and increase the number of parents who come to Corder wants all of Lone Stars parents to visit the school and volunteer in some way She be lieves every parent has a skill that can be shared and she invites them to be a part of the school community Not only would she like to see parents become more involved with the school she would like the school to help parents be more involved with their children s education To that end Lone Star Parents will see more fam ily nights math nights and other get togethers offered this year I want parents to know that at Lone Star we areconcerned and interested about their children and their education Coming from Carl Schurz Elemen tafjMvhere she taught fourth and fifth NBISD photo by LESLIE KRIEWALDt Lone Star Principal Merry Corder sits with students Jamie Carberry Inocenio Hernandez Victoria Soliz and David Saldania that I worked with a great group at Carl Schurz and I have a great staff here Everybody is very concerned with Leaving the classroom to serve in a campus leadership position Corder said the Lone Star staff has been very helpful and nurturing I hope the tables will turn and I can nurture She sity After working in the Parks Divi sion of Texas Parks and Wildlife she earned herparalegal certification from South west Texas State University and worked in the State Comptrollers Office However it was a stint as a substitute teacher that led to her career in education 13 years total thus far Corder said I realized thats where I MUM A wuii IIUILUIW iiiwiii aaiU i ulal 5 wlicrc 1 graders for the last six years she sees looks forward to getting to know the Once she knew that she similarities between elementary Lone Star staff and feels her recent earned her teaching certification from students There are still experience as a teacher is a plus be Southwest thexame concerns with students con cause it gives her an understanding of certs of them doing well and getting a what being in a classroom is like and gotjcl start of the school year Im still increases her ability to respond to wojjcing to see that the individualized teachers concerns and ideas of students are being met its She earned a bachelor of science a much grander scale degree in agriculture as a park admin similarity she has found is istration major at Texas Tech Uni ver Texas State University where she also received her masters degree in Education and earned her administrative certification It was a necessary life experi she said of her career path It just confirmed I was going in the right direction to educating Upcoming NRTSD Monday Sept 11 New Braunfels Middle School PTA Meeting and Meet the Teacher evening at 7 Sept 11 Lamar Primary PTA meeting and uMeet the Teacher night at 7 Tuesday Sept 12 Memorial Elementary PTA meeting and Meet the Teacher night at 7 tf Monday Sept 18 Lone Star Primary Meet the Teacher evening from Classrooms will be open for visitors from 78 after a meeting at 4 Monday Sept 18 Memorial Primary PTA meeting and Meet the Teacher night at 4 Tuesday Sept 19 Parenting discussion at Carl Schurz Elementary at 7 4 Friday Sept 22 End of 1 st SixWeeks Grading Elementary early release for parent conferences Friday Sept 29 Comal County Fair Holiday CISD Community Forums to discuss district strategic planning goals for 21st century The CISD will hold two Commu The first meeting is scheduled for Forums to provide information Wednesday September ajliput the districts strategic planning in the Canyon High School efforts for education and obtain com library nranity input for the plan The second meeting the Hill Coun CISP photo by Don Clark Francis Stetson longrange planning consultant provides guid ance to Board members administrators and campus principals during try Community Forum will be at September 20 1995 in the Smithson Valley High School library CISD patrons are invited to attend these community meetings Dr Frances Stetson of Stetson and Associates will facilitate the meet ings Stetson is a strategic planning consultant retained by the district to help develop longrange educational goals and objectives TheCISDisconducting these long range planning activities to assure that the services provided to students match the priorities of our communi ties and keep pace with the rapid growth the district is experiencing The district began formulating a longrange strategic plan in 1994 Since that time Dr Stetson has facilitated planning sessions with members of the Board of Trustees administrators campus principals and parents These groups developed nine draft goals to provide a framework for the districts longrange planning Spe cific objectives were then created for each goal Strategies will be developed to implement goals at campus and cen tral administrative office levels This strategic plan should be com pleted in January 1996 diezy seis concert features worldclass soprano Beatriz Aznar SVHS willfaflire Bcajriz Aznarin 14 1995 Aznar ia an die y seis celebration of Mexican Independence Day Aznars perfonnanpe will include y ac and Germany Survey defines expectations for NBISD This is the second in a series of articles reporting the teacher and at thc campus survey results of New Braunfels ISD Braclbcrry was also pleased to see that 89 percent of A school district strives to reflect the goals aspirations and needs of its community To assess NBISDs success in accomplishing that task the district surveyed parents of district students last spring In addition to learning information about parents and how they felt about the schools the dis trict asked them to ranked five educational goals from a list of 11 in order of impor tance This list is the resulting ranking 1 Develop skills in reading writing speaking and listening 2 Gain a general education math sci ence social studies English 3 Develop a desire for learning now and in the future 4 Develop pride in work and a feeling of selfworth rjjr 5 Learn how to examine and use informa 6 Develop good character and selfrespect 7 Learn to respect and get along with people with whom we work and live 8 Develop vocational skills in a specific trade 9 Learn how to be a good citizen 10 Appreciate culture and beauty in the world parents felt they were welcome to visit their childrens classrooms Only did not feel that way Alsosignificant was the fact that percent of parents believed there was an adult at school with whom their child could talk freely Just percent said no while fTJi Percent did not know When asked if they had a problem or concern with school recently almost three fourths said Of the percent who had a concern percent went to take their concern to a school staff Another 86 percent did not share their concern with saying it was not1 applicable to do so Thc problem or concern was dealt with fairly and effectively to the school and parents mutual satisfaction per cent of thc time A little more than one percent said it was solved to their satisfaction only with percent feeling it was solved to the schools satisfaction but not to theirs The majority 47 8 percent felt the question did not apply Parents were also asked how they thought school cials would respond to a concern More than half almost 55 percent thought officials would understand the problem 11 Understand and practice democratic ideas and ideals and do what they could about it The next largest group Parents were also polled in the area of communication Overall the results were good When asked how frequently they had contact last year with school personnel percent of parents said they had quite frequent to occasional contact with teachers with percent having seldom contact with teachers and percent never talking with teachers Counselors were contacted quite frequently per cent occasionally percent seldom percent and never percent School principals were contacted a little more often with percent marking quite percent with occasional contact percent marking and 35 percent with Central office administrators rarely heard from parents with percent marking never while percent indi cated they had seldom contact Another percent occa sionally met with administrators and percent had fre quent contact The numbers for the central office secretaries were similar quite frequently percent occasionally percent seldom percent and never percent Building secretaries heard from parents a little more often quite frequently percent occasionally percent seldom percent and never percent Board members are frequently contacted by almost three percent of parents occasionally by percent sel dom by percent and never by percent These numbers are said Charles Bradberry NBISDs superintendent of schools It means that the primary contact for parents is where it should be with the percent did not know or had no opinion A smaller percent believed officials would listen but try avoid doing anything Only percent thought they would be ignored while another percent thought they might be made to feel as if they should not have complained A resounding percent felt they receive adequate t information about their schools Less than 10 percent disagreed Of the newspapers listed the following are read on regular basis New Braunfels HeraldZeitung cent the Canyon Lake TimesGuardian percent the San Antonio Express news 2 percent For the 51 percent of parents who wished to have more information on the schools these four topics were of primary interest special programs special education percent student achievement percent curriculum percent and policies pertaining to stu dents percent Of less interest were school finances percent and building projects and land acquisitions Parents were then given 16 sources for school informa tion and asked to check their primary sources The admin istration and school board were glad to see that the top three sources my and school were all directly schoolrelated They were followed closely by the newspaper as a source Other frequent sources included friends and neighbors the radio PTA groups school employees and the district annual report Scoring in single digits were other children the office of public information services board and board meetings community groups and the superin tendent Goodwin Primary dedicates magic garden Goodwin Primary School has dedi cated a special garden on the school grounds to Margaret Brazle For several years we have wanted to make that area of the school more useful to Margaret Brazle Goodwin Primary prefirst grade teacher said One of the major objectives of having the garden is to help our chil dren learn about wildlife how to take care of wildlife and what it takes to keep wildlife on our Brazle said The area will eventually become an outdoor area for the study of plants and wildlife an ecological learning center A compost pile is planned for the future Margaret worked with Texas Parks and Wildlife to find out what was needed so the area could be clas sified as a wildlife habitat She then planned and designed the garden and brought many plants from her Marlene Moore Good win principal said There are pear trees ferns shrimp plants and monkey grass around a collection of picnic tables built by CISD photo by Don Clark Pictured is Goodwin Primarys Margaret Brazle in the schools Magic students at Smithson Valley High School The area is animal friendly and we dont use pesticides The children have gotten great joy out of bringing frogs toads and lizards from home to live in the Brazle said Goodwin Primarys faculty chose the name Margarets Magic Gar according to Moore Most of the labor for constructing the garden this summer was provided by atrisk students sponsored through the Job Training Partnership Act Margaret believes in the harmony of nature and children We saw the very positive affect of the garden on those young people and believed that Margarets dream of having a garden that would provide a magical1 expe rience for children had come already come Moore said SVHS band seniors take charge Spajn perfecting her vocal style and learning the art of zarzulea Aznar has performed leading roles in many operas and operettas concerts include appearances in The Netherlands Brazil Venezu ela Jtaly Spain and various loca tions in UK United States Aznaj will be accompanied by CISD photo by Don Clark Pictured are the SVHS band seniors LR front row Shannon Marriott Annie Gonzalez Laurie Gonzales Raquel Gamez Bret Rosen Alyson Backhaus Kena Mayfield second row Stephanie Hubble Wade Amy Bauernfelnd Joey Guyer Rick Simmons Susan Jani Sfeven Engel and Chris Cook Students are wearing their senior band jackets C
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