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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 10, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas J NEW FELS 2627 DH El PRGO IX 79903 TTTTTVTI01 l 1 UiNvj Vol 148 No 188 12 pages in 1 section August 10 1999 Serving Comal County since 1853 50 cents Meet the teacher Educator says parents should get involved BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer For many parents a visit with their childs teacher during Meet the Teacher Night lasts only long enough for a handshake and a brief introduction But many educators said the first visit between teachers and parents can be an excellent opportunity for parents to learn about what their child will be expected to accomplish It also can help parents make that first step to becoming part ners in their childrens education Many Comal Independent School District campuses are sponsoring Meet the Teacher nights this week in preparation for the first day of classes on Monday New Braunfels Independent School District campuses are also sponsoring teacher nights later this month NBISD schools begin Aug 25 John Moore chairman of the departrnent of education at Trin itytiniversify in San Ajtfonio said There are three things that go into education A good school parent involvement and a supportive community and you have two of them together on those Rosalyn Bratcher assistant superintendent for instructional services for NBISD said parents needed to attend information nights School officials will proba bly address many questions par ents have hi presentations and in material they make available to she said Educators also urged parents to interact more with teachers beyond just putting a name with a face Moore said Parents are con stantly trying to assess how good the school is and what education their child is getting The school works better when parents are Educators suggested parents ask about the teachers home work policy A lot of kids dont come clean with that They say they dont have any or they did it in school This way parents can know what to Moore said Bratcher also suggested ask ing about the teachers personal expectations for academic per formance and expectations on See HEATHER Bulverde Elementary School thirdgrade teachers Lorie Balcar above and Michelle Grell below prepare their classrooms for the first day of school Bulverde Elementary will have its Meet the Teacher Night on Wednesday The annual event gives parents an opportunity to find out more about their childrens classroom environment THIS WEEKS SCHEDULE The following Comal ISO cam puses will have Meet the Teacher nights this week Parents are encouraged to attend and find out more about their childrens class room environment this year Bulverde Elementary 6 to Wednesday third 7 to fourth grade Comal Elementary to 7 Thursday Goodwin Primary 6 to 7 Thursday Frazier Elementary to Thursday Rahe Primary to Thursday Bill Brown Elementary to Thursday Mountain Valley Elementary 5 to 7 Thursday Canyon Intermediate to Friday Canyon Middle to 7 Friday WHAT TO ASK MeettheTeacher Night can be a good opportunity to get to know your childs teacher and leam about his or her expectations and teaching philosophy Educators suggest parents ask these questions at the start of a new school year What is the teachers homework policy How much home work will the child be expected to do this semester What are the academic expectations for my child What can I as a parent do at home to help and support my childs education in the class room Does my child have all the necessary school supplies for this particular class Is there a specific day when the teacher likes to schedule major exams What are the major projects in my childs class this semester and when are they due Is there a homework hotline I can call after hours Is my child on a sixweek or nineweek reporting period If your child is attending a new school ask about the schools discipline and attendance policies What procedures are in place to maximize my childs safety Is there a safe school plan How will I be notified if anything happens Do I need to leave emergency numbers with my childs teachers Also communicate with your childs teacher about whether you want to be called or notified regarding discipline issues CISD reviewing transportation plan BY HEATHER TODD Staff Writer With less than a week before school starts Comal Independent School District officials are work ing to iron out differences in plans to transport more than students CISD trustees are scheduled to review a new transportation policy when they meet at 6 Thursday at Canyon Intermediate School 1275 North Business 35 Trustee Lester W Jonas developed die new transportation system as a more costeffective way to transport district students within 600 square miles Parts of the new policy including changes to bus routes and ride times will not be effective until the spring 2000 semester But bus driver pay raises and changes to driver proce dures will become effective imme The policy was adopted by a nar row 43 vote Aug 12 after trustees debated adopting Jonas changes as a plan rather man district policy Several trustees including board president Dan Krueger said the plan had too many unknowns to be adopt ed as Trustee John Bertelsen said he was bringing the issue back because of concerns from trustees and bus dri vers that part of the new policy would not work and actually would create more problems If there is anything the drivers believe is not workable in the plan weve asked them to provide us with information so we can address he said See INSIDE Key code 76 Burn ban is back on in Comal Outdoor burning prohibited because of dry conditions for third time this year BY CHRIS CREWS Staff Writer Citing dry conditions Comal County Judge Danny Scheel ordered a ban Monday on outdoor burning in the unincorporated areas of the county The ban prohibits burning outside vessels that can con tain all sparks and flames from the fire Violation of the burn ban is a Class B misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to up to 180 days in jail New Braunfels Fire and Rescue spokesman Gib Watt said his agency extinguished a grass fire about 2 Sat urday in the 1300 block of Buffalo Springs Watt said the fire was a controlled bum that got out of control due to the dry conditions We need to get the word out on the burn ban to prevent situations like Watt said County Fire Marshall Lin Manford recommended the burn ban after reviewing statistics from the Texas Forest Service indicating a high danger of wildfire and conditions that would allow for a quick spread of a wildfire Manford said Hays County implemented a ban on Fri day and Guadalupe County commissioners would consider a ban today The summer heat Combined with a paucity of rainfall to create the current dry conditions Officials at the National Weather Service said less than inches of rain fell on Aug 4 the only significant rainfall since early July The San Antonio area received inches of rain from May through July That is well above the inches during the same period last year but below the inch historical average Mondays action was the third time Scheel had ordered a prohibition this year The first ban was ordered on March 1 and lasted 19 days The second ban was ordered on June 10 and lifted two days later after a heavy rainfall Im trying that approach Scheel said County residents can take brush and limbs to the Rur al Recycling Center at 4755 Texas 46 West Lumber building materials and products from com mercial lawn and tree services will not be accepted at the Recycling Center said center manager Billy Bob Weath erly Weatherly said he usually received 25 to 30 loads of brush per week during a burn ban Rain was not included in any National Weather Service forecasts for this week DONT BURN County residents can take their brush and limbs to the County Rural Recycling Center at 4755 Texas 46 West The Recycling Center is open from to 3 Monday through Friday The center will not accept brush from commercial entities The prohibition on outdoor burning allows county residents to bum only in containers that could con tain all flames and sparks Outdoor burning is not allowed in New Braunfels city limits Violation of the bum ban is a Class B misde meanor punishable by a fine of up to up to 180 days in jail Full contact AMANDA Canyon football players work on blocking during Mondays practice their first workout in full pads
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