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   New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 18, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas                                6A O Herald2eimag a Thursday September Education NBISD NBHS senior tries out Cornell University v Most high school seniors cannot wait to graduate and go on to college New Braunfels High School senior Adrian Resales didnt wait Instead he attended Cornell Universitys summer program for high school students During the sixweek program Adrian took college philosophy and English classes and attended a seminar based on his intended major of biology and health Guest speakers included an orthopedic surgeon plastic surgeon and a dentist From June 28Aug 12 he lived in a dorm had access to the university facilities and had all the freedoms of a college student with one exception high school curfews However the program gave him a taste of what college would be like He learned valuable lessons outside the classroom as well The friendships I made will always be a lasting memory in my said Adrian The diverse group of high school students included those from countries such as Columbia Spain Turkey and Canada and ranged across the United States from California to New York Although there were six to seven students from Texas Adrian was the only one from central Texas He plans to stay in contact with the friends he made and said the experience made him aware of what is out He said it was very very exciting and very intriguing as well as reassuring to find that there are people out there who strive for the same things you do and achieve I would definitely encourage others to go through programs like said Adrian Not only did he feel it gives him an advantage over other students but it also gave him more time to adjust to college and learn about Cornell in particular Initially he wanted to enroll at Cornell After his six weeks there he instead will look at Rice Stanford Brown and Harvard He plans to major in orthopedics or cardiology Students should not make cost an obstacle he said It is worth much more than what you Many of the college programs offer scholarships and financial aid Adrian attended the Cornell program on a full academic scholarship Apply to every single program you he advises He credits his mother Mari Ortiz and his grandpar ents Liborio and Augustina Resales for their support and encouragement New Braunfels High School senior Adrian Resales above advises other students to at tend as many college programs as they can His invitation to apply to the Cornell program came through his involvement with National Hispanic Insti tute It placed him on mailing lists for colleges across the United States Recently he participated in Boys State and this year he is the president of the NBHS National Honor Society and is a member of the Spanish Club and Mu Alpha Theta In preparation for his major he is enrolled in Anatomy and Physiology Advanced Placement Literature AP Calculus AP Government and Honors Spanish III NBISD tax year benefits district and patrons New Braunfels ISD is unique in many ways It has the only high school in the state and perhaps the country to have the Unicorn as its mascot it is the oldest taxsupported public school district in Texas and it has a tax year that begins July 1 and ends June 30 This tax year benefits both the school district and its patrons Origi nally the year was set up to coincide with the citys tax cycle The NBISD tax office which began collecting taxes for the city in 1967 is able to send tax notices out together for most years This combined mailing saves money for both the city and school district Prior to 1958 the city collected taxes for both entities To plan a budget for the upcoming year the school district looks at its estimated state revenues and by us ing previous years values its local revenue Using previous years values in stead of the current year is a break for taxpayers because any increase in their values does not affect taxes until the next year Another plus of the July tax year is that NBISD is able to collect most of its taxes by August This allows the school district to begin the school year with money in the bank and enables NBISD 10 make payroll and school year startup costs without bor rowing money Rather than paying interest on a loan NBISD is able to earn interest and pays its bills without borrowing money On Tuesday Sept 16 the NBISD school board passed a tax rate of Of this will fund the districts maintenance and operation while 2625 will go towards interest and sinking to retire the debt service The tax office will be sending out notices this week or by Monday Sept 22 Patrons should receive their state ment shortly after that School taxes are due upon receipt to the tax office The last day to pay without penalty and interest is Oct 31 On Nov 1 unpaid taxes become delinquent For questions contact the NBISD Tax Office at 6256714 Mew BraunfeblSD Calendar of Events 19 Fit Sept 26 Sept 27 Sun Sept 28 New Braunfels High School varsity football team plays at Alamo Heights New Braunfels High School volleyball teams play Madison at home Fresh men play at 5 and 6 junior varsity at 7 and varsity at End of the First SixWeek Grading Period Student Holiday for the Comal County Development Day New Braunfels High School volleyball teams play MacArthur at home Freshmen play at 5 and 6 the junior varsity takes to the court at 7 and the varsity plays at 5 New Braunfels High School junior varsity football team plays Lee at home New Braunfels High School varsity football team plays Lee at Blossom Athletic Center in San Antonio at New Braunfels High School freshmen football teams play at Lee High School at and New Braunfels High School junior varsity volleyball team plays in the Smithson Valley J V Tournament National Good Neighbor Day For NBISD Info Daily Lunch Menus Call the Hotline 6200200 Weekdays 24 Hours a Day Weekends volunteers for education council Parents the community and New Braunfels ISD form a strong partner ship to benefit children A new educa tional council will strengthen those bonds even further When the New Braunfels ISD school board adopted Policy BQA Local Sept 16 it created the Dis trictwide Education Improvement Council The DEIC is an updated and revised version of the Instructional Goals and Objectives committee Su perintendent Ron Reaves will chair the 23member council The main focus of the council will be said Reaves It will be a very active working According to policy the council will establish and review the districts educational goals objectives and major districtwide classroom instruc tional programs The council will meet at least twice a year and the meetings will be held outside of the regular school day The committee will serve exclusively in an advisory role except for approving staff development of a districtwide nature and performing all other statutorily mandated dudes as may be required The council will consist of four parents two community members two business people 10 teachers four nonteaching campuslevel staff and one districtlevel employee District representatives will be elected by their peers However the community parentand business rep resentatives will be selected ran domly Names will be collected by the districts public information of fice and the superintendents office through 5 on Tuesday Sept 30 The names in each category will then be drawn at random To submit your name in any or all categories for which you are eligible send a brief letter stating your desire to serve on the council and in what capacity or ca pacities you would like to be consid ered According to state mandates some categories require additional information All letters must be received by the NBISD public information office or the superintendents office Both are located at The Education Center at 430 W Mill Street Information may also be faxed to 8306209005 The requirements are listed be low Parents The committee will include four parents of students cur rently enrolled within the district To represent the grade levels fairly one parent will be chosen for each of the following grade groupings prekin dergarten through second grade third through fifth grade sixth through eighth grade and ninth through 12th grade Please indicate in your letter in which your child or children are enrolled Community Members The committee will include two commu nity members in a process that allows adequate representation of the citys diversity All community representa tives must reside in New Braunfels ISD To ensure that proper commu nity diversity is achieved community members are asked to include their ethnicity in their letter in addition to their address The committee will include two business people who also represent the communitys diversity Business members need not reside in the school district or operate a business in NBISD Again to ensure that diver sity is achieved business members are asked to include their ethnicity in their letter At the time of the drawing an additional name will be drawn in each category to select an alternate in the event that a member becomes unable to serve The council will gather broad based community parent and staff input and in turn keep them informed through a variety of methods Peri odic meetings to receive and provide information will be scheduled These meetings will be publicized through district publications and the media The committees work will be fea tured in district publications and in news releases sent to local media Reports of the councils work will also be sent to principals who can post the information NBHS yearbook deadline approaching Parents can buy ads to send message to grads If you have a senior at New Braunfels High School there are some deadlines quickly approaching dealing with the 1998 editiorlof the yearbbok For the fourth year at NBHS the yearbook staff will be selling parent advertisements for the 199798 Unicorn Yearbook The parent ads have become very popular with families Each year we add additional pages so we will have enough space for these special said yearbook sponsor Stephanie Ferguson A parent advertisement consists of a picture and message that parents personally address to their graduat ing senior All advertisements wjll be printed in Jhe The advertisements this year will all be the same size The cost is All you need is a photograph of your senior at any and a written message the yearbook staff will design the ad Photos will be returned if submitted with a self addressed and stamped envelope Submissions will be accepted until Oct 1 For more information please contact the Journalism Department at 6256271 Meet the Teachers Mena Brown Throughout the school year Meet the Teachers features educators who are new to New Braunfels Independent School District Mena Brown who was featured last week was shown with an incorrect photo Her bio and correct picture are included this week Mena Brown earned her bachelors degree in Special Education with a minor in Elementary Education from Southwest Texas State University A beginning teacher she student taught in New Braunfels ISD and San Marcos ISD Mena teaches youngsters at Lamar Primary in the Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities Greatest pleasure in teaching I think the greatest pleasure I get when I teach children is to see them succeed and feel good about themselves as learners and individuals I get excited when I see children getting excited about Philosophy of education My philosophy of education is that ALL children can learn it does not matter what difference the child may have I believe it is the teachers job to find the best strategies for the child to learn I strive to develop each of my students full Kristy Castilleja earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Advertising from Southern Methodist University She earned her teaching certification in English from East Texas State University With five years of teaching experi ence she is an English teacher at New Braunfels High School Greatest pleasure in teaching The greatest pleasure teaching provides me is the constant interaction I have with the students They are the reason I love my and I receive great joy watching a student grasp a concept and take it to the next Philosophy of education I strongly feel that education is the foundation of our society today Without education the human race cannot grow The future depends on our younger generation As a teacher I want to feed our future as much as I can with welleducated and wellprepared students to carry our society into the next century and Lisa Cauble earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Communi cations from the University of Texas She earned her teaching certification from Southwest Texas State University With two years of teaching experience she is a Carl Schurz Elementary fifthgrade educator Greatest pleasure in teaching Some of my greatest pleasures come from the daily sights and SoQnds of my classroom The chatter of students trying to get that last word in before the bell the smiles that greet me every morning and the unexpected hugs hat come at the perfect time In addition I enjoy seeing the personal gad academic growth of my students from the beginning of the year to the end of the year Philosophy of education I believe the classroom should provide a safe and supportive environment for all students Teachers must set high expectations value everyone and treat all adults as copartners in the education of our Kristy Castilleja Lisa Cauble fhe Neib Braunfels HeraldZeitung provides an Education page to local public school Independent School Dtsti ids page is published on Thmsdays and is compiled by NBISD Public Leslie Kneualdt To submit i Of call oJOdUu to keep patrons   

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