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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 13, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas Education CISD SVMS Science Fair winners excel in research and problem solving Creating a project for a science fair requires the student to learn many valuable skills Twenty Smithson Valley Middle School students proved to the judges that their projects were the best in the school and won awards in the recently concluded SVMS Science Fair Students learned how to solve a problem through research and experi Debra Hartman SVMS science teacher said Most of the projects took two and a half months to complete and students were required to keep detailed records and daily logs of their obser vations during the science project The problem solving technique they learned is something they will use the rest of their Hartman said Over ninety percent of the schools 780 seventh and eighth grade students participated in the science fair We really appreciate the support that parents gave the students during this part of their science Hartman said Parents provided nu merous trips to the library so the stu dent could do research purchased materials for the project and super vised the student during the experi ment according to Hartman The following are the winners in the Smithson Valley Middle School Science Fain 7th Grade Ribbon Category 1st Place Natalie Gomez Science of Baking 2nd Place Rachel Stell Soil Erosion 3rd Place Melanie Boehm Keep the Beat 4th Place Ryan Beyer Absorp tion Rates 5th Place Kim Mecke Seeping Deeper 6th Place Darrell Tindall The Way the Ball Bounces Trophy Category 1st Place C J Estrada The River Runs Wild 2nd Place Veronica Reed White Smile 3rd Place Melanie Winn Natural Reflectivity 4th Place Nikki Parker Buncha Bacteria 8tb Grade Ribbon Category 1st Place Tristen Shutt Water World 2nd Place Kathryh Lowe Fertilizer Friend or Foe 3rd Place Matt Breen To Bounce or Not to Bounce 4th Place Troy Vaughn Mr Sandman 5th Place Robin Tabor Insulation 6th Place Erin Smith Miracle Medi cine Trophy Category 1st Place Eric Rust Blades Ratio Power 2nd Place Scott Stevens Jumping RC Style 3rd Place Morgen Cuming Popping Popcorn 4thPlace Paul Smith Coat ing iJi CISD photo by Don Clark Rachel Stell Natalie Gomez Morgen Cuming Matt Breen Second Row Veronica Reed Ryan Beyer Robin Tabor Darrell Tindall Melanie Winn Nikki Parker Melanie Boehm Back Row Eric Rust Troy Vaughn Erin Smith Kathryn Lowe Scott Stevens Paul Smith Not shown Tristen Shutt SUGGESTIONS NEEDED FOR STEW SCHOOL NAMES Three committees one for the Mountain Valley area grade campus one for theNew Braunfels area 6th grade campus and one committee for both Smithson Valley area grade and campuses have been established to select school names Anyone in theCISDcommunitycanrecommendnames for consideration We encourage our patrons to take an active rolein this process and suggest names for their new Jerry Major CISD Superintendent said Students at CISD schools are also participating in the search for names The Board of Trustees has provided these general guidelines for the committees to use in selecting school names Suggested names should be in one of the follow ing topics Geographic location pioneer families who contributed to the settlement of the community individuals who were influential in the establishment of the Comal ISD distin guished former Comal ISD educators district patrons who have contributed significantly to the betterment of the district and outstanding School name suggestions can be forwarded to the CISD Office of Public Information Names selected by the committees will be provided to the Board for approval in 1996 Bill Brown student reads books to become Principal for the Day Garlyn Schwarzlose fifth grade student at Bill Brown Elementary School was the schools first Princi pal for the Day for the school year She selected this as one way to spend some of her points gained in the Accelerated Reader testing and evaluation program To obtain a variety of prizes stu dents are challenged to read books on the Accelerated Reader Program list Students then take a computerized test on the book Points are given based on their test scores and students can become Principal for the Day or items from the schools Accelerated Reader Bill Brown students must have 250 points to be eligible for the honor of becoming Principal for the according to Betty Jones Bill Brown librarian I like all kinds of fiction Schwarzlose said During this day students make the daily announcements monitor class room activity perform a variety of supervisory duties and with a friend are guests of the school princi pal at lunch I watch the different way teach ers teach I think thats important because I think I want to be a teacher when I grow CISD photo by Don Clark Garlyn Schwarzlose center became Principal for a Day at Bill Brown Elementary School by reading books in Accelerated Reader Program With Schwarzlose are Betty Jones school librarian and Tripp Presley Bill Browns principal I can also give other students tips on how they can work harder to im prove so maybe they can become Principal far the she added Bill Brown Elementary is one of several CISD elementary schools that has the computerbased Accelerated Reader testing and evaluation pro gram The major objective of the Accel erated Reader Program is to motivate students to read good literature The students love it and are read ing better literature because of the Jones said Continued practice in reading helps students in all of their classes and can also help improve TAAS test scores according to Jones I have been a librarian for over 25 years and I have never seen students read like this And I know they are reading and comprehending because of the testing Jones con cluded NBISD Enjoy A Christmas Carol at NBHS Sometimes its takes a while for people to get into the Christmas spirit For others it takes some Christmas spirits themselves to do the trick Take Edwin Rubel for example As the Scroogelike character in an updated production of Dickens A Christmas he changes his tune from Bah humbug to Merry The transformation only comes after he learns some hard les sons about himself and others taught by the spirits of Christmas Past Present and Future The New Braunfels High School Theatre N Talent actors perform Wednesday and Friday Dec 13 and at 7 in the NBHS Cafetorium The Saturday Dec 16 performance begins at 2 Tickets are for adults and 1 for youngsters under sixyears old Bringing their talents to the NBHS stage are Kent Davidson Edwin Hunter Weilbacher Autumn Wray Fred1 s Michael Baker Robin Erin Bdyd Tiny Jamie Fulkerson Mrs Marissa Escobedo Martha Blanca Vasquez Peter Joy Laifaitte Emily Shauna Smith and Keri Chapman Campfire Darlene Delgado and Kristen Brown House Jaime Aleman Robert Weller Peter Jennifer Blackstock Belinda Dan Mauldin NBISD photo by LESLIE KRIEWALDT Modern day Scrooge Edwin Rubel played by Kent Davidson gets a lesson in the holiday spirit by the Spirit of Christmas Present played by Kelly Koksma Jacob Mike Rushton Spirit of Christmas Kelly Koksma Spirit of Christmas Travis Faust Spirit of Christmas Lydianne Nelson Josh Boothe School Kristen Brown Mrs Emma Fezziwig and Mrs Elise Waltman Wendy Chris Stephanie Redding Gossiper Melissa Scharnhorst Gossiper Teresa Wylie Gossiper Jeff Sager Kim Latrasse Mrs Kimberly Traill Marina Martinez Shelly Miller and Valyn Lindsay and Pam Villarreal Virginia Garden Shauna Smith Rob ert Weller Keri Chapman Stephanie Redding Melissa Scharnhorst and Teresa Wylie Christma The play is directed by Kathy Stockstill Carl Schurz sales successfully conclude Carl Schurz Elementary stu dents ended their Thanksgiv ing holiday candy sales re cently As a result two stu dents earned more than the satisfaction of a job well done Fifthgrader Derek Helms left and fourthgrader Aarin Koch right receive checks from PTA President Sandra Shane for being the top student sell ers Firstplace winner Aarin received for selling in candy Derek for selling worth of treats earned The topselling classes were Schmidts homeroom with and Lees room with The funds raised will be put toward Cultural Arts pro grams and weekly classroom news magazines NBISD photo by LESLIE KRIEWALDT Throughout the schoolyear Meet the Teachers features educators who are new to New Braunfels Independent School District 4 Brenda Smith earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Reading from Southwest Texas State University With four years experience two of those being in New Braunfels ISD she teaches fourth graders at Seele Elementary School Greatest pleasure in teaching The most precious aspect of teaching is without a doubt the children themselves Then comes the pleasure in watching them grow and mature both academically and socially It is very exciting to know that I have made a difference in the world because I had at one time touched the life of a Philosophy of education I believe formal education is only one aspect of a persons total body mind and soul Through the process of formal education one acquires knowledge but through the process of living ones life to fullest potential one gains wisdom To hold wisdom in ones mind and heart is to hold the most complete form of education 4 Valdez earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Education majoring in Spanish and minoring in General Sciences from Northwest Missouri State University With three years experience he teaches Spanish at New Braunfels High School Greatest pleasure in teaching Great pleasure is mine when I see the transforma tion of students who enter not knowing ihe target language but become proficient enough to communicate with a native Philosophy of education Education is the total physical mental social and emotional development of a student This development takes place as the student has been given the tools to become an independent Brenda Smith Jose Valdez NBISD Home of a 1995 State Honor School Board Two State Recognized Schools Memorial Primary Elementary schools State Girls Cross Country Team and FirstPlace Individual winner State Volleyball Semifinalists National JROTC Honor Unit
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