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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 24, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas                                10 A b O Sunday September 241995 Education NBISD director believes in program goals coming events Sept 29 Comal County Fair Holiday rt Saturday Sept 30 Regional Jazz Band Auditions at Roosevelt High School Regional Choir Auditions at Madison High School NBHS Junior Varsity Volleyball team at Lanicr Tournament NBHS Varsity Football team plays Austin LBJ High School there at 4 Tuesday Oct 3 School Board Study Session 7 in the board room of The Education Center 4TPftday Oct 13 End of 1st NineWeek Grading Period for New Braunfcls High School 4 ignites an interest in fire safety Ttjis year OakRun School sixth gtjaders got an early start on Fire Safety Month observed in Octo bir Firemen from the New Bteunfels Fire Department dem odstrated that fires need three to ignite fuel oxygen and tejnperature The sixth graders learned that heat causes wood arid other fuels to decompose add give off flammable gases Tfie officers concentrated their lefeson on gasoline and its ex tremely flammable vapors Stu dents were told that gas should stored properly and not in plastic or glass containers At right Firefighter Bob Reed and Assistant Fire Chief Elroy Fjliesenhahn show how the va p6rs from a rag soaked in gaso line travel down a clear tube to a sihall burner at the base of the tube At right below students watch as the vapors ignited at tKe burner and then raced back up to the source of the vapors Trie firemen stressed that gaso line has only one use as fuel for combustion engines They also demonstrated the flammability oVeefosol cans and created a small explosion with just three drops of gasoline The students a verbal contract with Friesenhahn promising they would not attempt the demon strations NBISD photos by LESLIE KRIEWALDT JFrazier Elementary teachers blend many fleets into student trip to Hawaii jFrazier Elementary School fifth Zech said Zech added grade students travelled to Hawaii Students created three dimen Jonas agreed during a recently completed five sional maps of the Hawaiian Islands Students learned a lot from their week unit of study They worked in cooperative groups research reports They began by j The school used a team teaching and had to determine the appropriate brainstorming to gather ideas about Approach and cooperative student scale for the map as well as positions what they knew and what the wanted activities to combine a wide and names of the Zech said to know about Hawaii lyariety of academic subjects into the Maps provided groups the oppor Each group had to select three Hawaiian tmu tunity to do a lot of problem topics for their twopage research pa CoGperative groups typically con Jonas added per write their paper then present it tamed five students and provided a Students also created active vol setting where they learned social canoes have an activity and a visual object Skills and bow to work together to They learned about the types and like a map or photograph in their problems parts of volcanoes and combined vin Jonas said ij We discussed Hawaiian culture in egar and baking soda to make the 1 purclassandstudentslearnedHawai volcanoes Jonas said fan music dance and art in other I think the most important lesson Dawn Jonas Frazier El that students learned from the unit teacher said was the significance of the multicul i The other half of Jonas fifth grade team is Lucy Zech j unit included social studies language arts geography and the sci tural aspect in Hawaiian culture and Zech said Hawaii is a good example of many different people living and working The culminating event for the unit on Hawaii was a student luau Parents sent Hawaiian foods like coconuts to class with their student and many parents came to class to help serve the Zech said Students performed Hawaiian dances and many wore Hawaiian During his 32 years in public education whether he has been a teacher an administrator or a superintendent Jack Harris has worked to help students find success As the executive director of the Greater New Braunfcls Communities in Schools he continues in the role of benefitting children All the action is out there at the campuses said Harris My job is to assist the program directors so that they can have a successful day and a successful Contributing to the success of educational programs is not new for Harris He was an original organizer and founder of the Texas Community Education Association In 1974 through the TCEA he helped secure slate funding for GED programs for the first time ever Prior to his efforts Basic Opportunity Grants only funded reading writing and math education for grades kindergarten through eight When he retired to New Braunfels a couple of years ago he had planned to stay active in education This is an opportunity to continue in said Harris I was looking for something of this nature and I pursued it because I believe in education very He affirmed his support for the CIS saying I really like the concept of CIS and of taking this service to the CIS is a multiservice multisponsored program that brings together in partnership local state and federal government agencies as well as private organizations corporate enterprise and the educational institutions in the community The philosophy of the Greater New Braunfels CIS is based on the idea that to successfully keep students in school they must treat all of the problems that cause the child to consider dropping out In its third year the CIS program serves 11 schools six at New Braunfels ISO and five at Comal ISO This year programs were added at Memorial Elementary and Can yon High CIS also absorbed the program atNew Braunfels Middle School Eventually Harris would like every school in each district to have a CIS program For field trips and other transportation needs the program purchased a mini van this year and plpns to buy another in October Acquir ing audiovisual equipment and computers with plans for tutoring youngsters also has been implemented this year Although housed at The Education Center Harris and his staff are employees of CIS Harris said CIS has an excellent staff They are very childoriented and they have a good attitude towards our objective that of assisting students This year the CIS staff is concentrating on student attendance The project directors at each campus have identified 50 students who had the poorest attendance last year and they are working with parents and students to keep youngsters in school They call the homes when children do not show up for school they offer rides when transpor tation is a problem and more importantly tfiey work to change parents attitudes towards school and attendance A lot of it all has to do with parent said Harris It is so important for young students to have that perception set at an early age To accomplish that parents need to be reminded that attendance is the key to success in According to Harris the single common denomi nator of those in penal institutions is not ethnicity wealth Jack Harris Greater New Braunfels Communities in Schools executive director or upbringing but poor school attendance I wont be satisfied until we have perfect attendance at every said Harris While he realizes that may be a stretch he said If we dont shoot high we wont even come close to To that end CIS provides parenting programs to meet various parent schedules project directors bring the pro gram to parents as much as possible and parents are asked to sign a contract with CIS This is not just a giveaway said Harris If the parent has the child in school every day though we will do the The rest can include everything from helping youngsters get shoes on their feet to getting the electricity turned on in their house Harris believes in the African proverb that It takes an entire village to raise a He said the support the CIS program has received from the community has been com mendable and he hopes to see it continue For example many local service organizations and businesses have made contributions to the program He also commended the CIS executive board and its acting president Jan Kennady for their hard work Harris hopes the community will continue to feel such a strong responsibility for the education of its youngsters If anyone sees a child who is not attending school or getting the educational assistance he needs we would sure like to be notified Every child needs an equal opportunity every child can learn and they deserve a chance to learn and He and his wife Jean are twoyear residents of New Braunfels and were attracted to the area by its reputation size beauty and the friendliness of its people Comal Elementary opens new cafeteria CISD photo by Don Clark In their Hawaiian clothes are Frazjer Elementary School students from Dawn Jonas and Lucy 5th Grade classes LR tronj row Lucas Hutchison Katherine Wiliman Nick Hidatao Justin n FeHcJa Thompson second row Stephen Ayaia Justin Aguilar Joseph VanNoy Kyle Bowers WK iiandpn Taylor VfcMte Muting ShanaMendez Angelica Morales Kelly Kohtenbwrg Jenni Brietzke Ambff irusnjg Natalie esWeway and Rebecca Anderson CISD photo by Don Clark Katherine Bradshaw pays Barbara Miller Comal Elementary principal for spaghetti dinners for her fourth grade daughter Mary Clair and Ericka an eight grade Canyon Middle School student Comal Elementary School celebrated the grand opening of their renovated cafeteria with a special spaghetti dinner sponsored by the school PTA for students and parents The Comal Elementary cafeteria renovation project is one seven funded by the 1994 school bond election Goodwin Primary and Bulverde Primary Schools are next to receive cafeteria renovations New serving lines were added and the kitchen was completely remodeled and modern equipment Beth Wallace CISD Food Service Coordinator said These improvements will greatly improve kitchen efficiency and increase the quality of food served to students according to Wallace With the proper equipment we can continually through the lunch period make fresh batches of food for serving instead of preparing all of the food in advance and trying to keep it fresh and warm until its Wallace said Add these important events to your calendar 4 Canyon High School will host its annual Open House Monday September The program and class visits will begin at 7 4 Sep 26 Bulverde Elementary School PTA Open House 4th and 5th 4 Sep 26 Smithson Valley Middle School Bond Information Meeting 7 fl Sep 26 Bill Brown Elementary School Bond Information Meeting 7 ft New Braunfels area and Smithson Valley High School students are invited to attend the Canyon High School College Night scheduled to begin at 7 September Featured will be approximately 50 representatives from colleges universities and military academies Recruiting personnel from the military services will also attend Financial aid information will be provided by a counselor from South West Texas State University fl Oct 3 Bulverde Primary School Open House fl Oct 3 Smithson Valley High School Bond Information Meeting 7 fl Oct 3 Comal Elementary School Bond Information Meeting 7 f Oct 10 Mountain Valley Elementary School PTA Meeting and Bond Presentation 7 p m fl Oct 10 Canyon Middle School Bond Information Meeting 7   

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