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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 5, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas 10AO Education Comal ISP Opportunities for a high school education continue with GED classes in the CISD CISD photo by Don Clark Shown are many of the CISD 1997 General Educational Development GED graduates Those receiving their high school equivalency diploma included from Smithson Valley High School Elaina Allen Chris Bandera Josh Cornelius Courtney E Engelke Matthew Felan Amie L Ferguson Michael Galloway Eric W Gates Angie M Gottfried Mark Gottfried Melissa Harmon Bobby P Kritikos Shelly K Lopez Christopher S McDaniel Angela M Miller Karissa S Page David Pesses Greg J Peyer Adam J Pinn Aaron Richter Allison B Sand Joshua A Sharkey Michelle D Solovan Dustin C Williams from Canyon High School Letisha Davidson Amber Forbess Sara Hover Rocky Leal Jason Morris Mindy Page Rich ard Ramos Charles Rodkey Jesse Sellers Stella Weidner Severe thunderstorms kept some of the gradu ates from attending the ceremonies The Comal ISO recently graduated its General Educa tional Development GED class in ceremonies conducted at Canyon High School Honored were 10 graduates from Canyon High School and 24 graduates from Smithson Valley High School Each graduate was presented a certificate by their school principal and Dan Krueger President of the CISD Board of Trustees In just two years we have doubled the number of stu dents in the CISD Helmuth Schlichting CHS GED Coordinator said Larry Schwab is the SVHS GED Coordinator Funding for the graduates caps and gowns was pro vided by several individuals and organizations in the Canyon Lake and New Braunfels areas Parents grandparents families and especially the graduates really appreciated the caps and gowns Those would not have been possible without the donations Each of these graduates had to overcome a lot of ad versity to obtain their education and complete the Schlichting said Students attended classes two hours a day on the high school campus either in the morning or in the afternoon Monday through Friday and remained in the GED course only as long as it took to pass GED requirements Some students completed the requirements in a couple of months while others took as long as 18 months to com plete the achievement Schlichting said Completing the GED provides graduates with a high school equivalency certificate Each student must pass five comprehensive tests in the following core academic subjects social studies science mathematics literature and writing skills The writing skills portion requires a 200 word essay In the CISD students take one test at a time according to Schlichting Tests are not taken until students complete a pretest to determine academic strengths and weaknesses The high school GED Coordinator then works with the student to improve weaker academic areas To be eligible for the program students must be at least 17 years old have their own transportation and pos sess a positive Alicia Parra CISD Instructional Coordinator said Students interested in information about the GED pro gram can call either CHS at 6256251 or SVHS at 904 Canyon Intermediate student mediators are trained to help prevent problems Add these important events to your calendar Sep 6 SVHS Cheer Clinic 9Noon Gym Sep 8 CES Lions Club Kinder Vision Tests Sep 8 Colonel Daniel Presentation Time TBD CMS Sep 8 CMS Open Meeting Sep 911 Metropolitan Achievement Test for Grades Sep 9 SVHS Open House 7 Sep 10 RPS Family Reading Night Time TBD Sep 10 FFA Covered Dish Supper SVHS Commons Sep 11 Board of Trustees Workshop time Central Office Board Room Sep 13 Guadalupe River Cleanup by CHS Student Council Sep 15 Board of Trustees Tax Hearing 7 FES Sep 16 ASIS Fall Open House and PTA Meeting Sep 17 Comal Leadership Open House 8 RSVP requested Sep 17 RPS Family Reading Night Time TBD Sep 19 CMS Back to School Dance 710 Commons Sep 20 SVHS Dance Clinic Gymnasium Sep 22 FES St Judes MathAThon Begins Sep 23 BBS House Book Fair 6 Sep 24 RPS Family Reading Night Time TBD Sep 24 Board of Trustees Adoption Central Office Board Room District hosts teachers from Mexico as part of exchange program CISD photo by Don Clark Teachers from Mexico at the conclusion of their visit to CISD schools presented an overview of the struc ture of education in Mexico Shown at the presentation are teachers Lydia Torratva Jose Luis Marquez Rosario Arellano Libreros New Braunfels Mayor Jan Kennedy CISD Superintendent Dr Jerry Major the Mexican Consulate representative Alberto Puentes and teachers Maricela Dominguez Cristina Cerdan Particia Soils Josefina San Vincente Onelia Argelia The CISD hosted visiting teachers from Mexico as part of an exchange program of teachers from that coun try and the school district Last year Ana PallaresWeissling a Frazier Elementary School teacher and Alicia Parra CISD Educational Coordinator began a pilot program of exchange teachers from Mexico Five educators from Mexico spent two weeks observing and teaching students in summer school The program was so successful that the Mexican Consulate proposed estab lishment of a yearly visit by teachers from Mexico as well as an opportunity for teachers to visit Mexico This year from Aug 13 to Aug 23 eight teachers visited the CISD from Mexico with the plan for five to eight teachers from the district to visit schools in Mexico during June of 1998 Five additional spaces will be available for principals or administra tors Each employee pays their own way with no expenses by the district The exchange program has several important objectives including help ing to increase knowledge about the Mexican culture the sharing of edu cational experiences and helping to improve the quality of education pro vided to students The exchange teachers were very impressed with the efforts taken by our teachers to communicate with parents especially the meet the ac tivities that take place before the start of Parra said Every other day during their visit the teachers from Mexico met with their counterparts at Goodwin Primary or Frazier Elementary Schools to ex change ideas and experiences from earlier in the day Quality of education and schools improved by districts Strategic Plan CISO photo by Don Clark Pictured are the student mediators of Canyon Intermediate School LR front row Brandon Krueger Melisa Sells Jessica Gonzales Jenna Mathis Mary Claire Bradshaw back row Melanie DeBacker Jessica Reyes Bobby Statler Lisa Tays Chad Gregson Andrew Graham Each student received special training lor their role a student mediator A small number of students have taken on the large responsibility of helping other students when things arent going well When kids get in trouble we talk to them instead of a Jessica Reyes said They may feel better talk ing to Melisa Sells added Reyes and Sells are two of Canyon Intermediate Schools twelve peer stu dent mediators This is the fust year for the pro gram at Canyon Intermediate Student mediators have been very successful at other schools like Smithson Valley Middle Karen Krieg school counselor said We began by giving each class a les son on student peer mediation what is and ho wit works Each class ihen nomi nated several students as school media tors Teachers screened the list and the entiie student body voted to select the twelve for this school Krieg said Mediators received special training for their role Counselors and students from four schools met at Mo Ranch for two days of intensive training in me diation programs according to Krieg Students received training in iden tifying and interpreting body language and about different personality types and how to deal with Krieg said The quality of education has un proved in the CISD thanks to the districts Strategic Plan 19962000 This was the message Dr Frances Stetson gave the Board of Trustees on Aug 14 Stetson a consultant from Houston helped the district develop the Strategic Plait over a twoyear pe riod in partnership with community members administrators and faculty members Stetson was asked by the Board to return and evaluate the districts progress in meeting the goals estab lished in the Strategic Plan The plan was created to be a liv ing breathing document an action plan with systems to make sure the critical processes for quality are on going in the areas of curriculum in structional excellence staff develop ment and in making campuses warm and comfortable for parents and stu she told the Board Ten goals to improve education and schools were developed in the Strate gkPlaa Each goal identified the end times resources personnel and steps necessary to accomplish the goal Full implementation of the Plan will take at least three years I am amazed at the attention your staff has given principals and central office staff to identify a core of the very best instructional practices ob serve the extent those practices were in use then decide what staff devel opment is needed for the faculty and staff Thats phenomenal something re ally impressive that Ive not seen else Stetson told the Board The development of the Business and Educator Resource Directory that really does link the community to the These are incredible accomplish ments and yet there is still work to be done There is the need to expand sup port to faculty more time for planning staff development support and the need for mentoring models for in stance she said We didnt ask you here to give us good news but were obviously Dan Krueger Board Presi dent told Stetson Developing the plan was time well spent It was well Krueger said Board members Krueger Robert Loop and John Day were members of the original Strategic Planning Committee I feel the game way Im excited about this school year and these John Clay said
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