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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 29, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Saturday July HERALDZEITUNG Page 9A COMAL INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT 20002001 Back to School Information Campus Bill Brown Elementary Bulverde Elementary Comal Elementary Frazier Elementary Goodwin Primary Mountain Valley Elem Rahe Primary Principal Jackie Sundt 4383045 Registration Dates July 31 Aug 4 8 3 Tuesday Aug 1 8 7 Linda Swanson 4382235 Aug 2 4 Meet the Teacher Night Back to School House Aug Meet the Teacher Tuesday Sept 12 Open House Thursday Aug 10 Meet the Teacher 3rd grade grade Thursday Sept 21 6 7 Open House Mike McFalls 6259514 Sid Ridgway 6257701 Marlene Moore 6252822 Brenda B Doeppenschmidt 4382800 July 31 Aug 4 9 12 1 3 Thursday Aug 10 5 Meet the Teacher Aug 1 2 1 4 Aug 24 and 30 Thursday Aug 7 Thursday Aug 10 6 Meet the Teacher Aug 10 or 11 6 8 Family Fun Night Early Registration Aug 14 Aug 10 5 7 Back to School Night Fit Aug 11 Meet the Teacher Arlon Seay Intermediate Frances Penland 4384155 Canyon Intermediate Mountain Valley Inter Teacher Canyon Middle Smithson Valley Middle Spring Branch Middle Canyon High Maggie Hanna 6251295 Sarah Towler 9072301 Janet Peden 6257355 Fernando Palos 9047000 Sandy Hancock 4382681 Bob Wiegand 6256251 July 31 Aug 4 8 3 Tuesday Aug 1 8 7 July 31 Aug 4 8 am New Student July 31 Aug 3 am 12 and 1 3 Wednesday Aug 2 11 Thursday Aug 5 Friday Aug 11 124 7th Grade Tuesday Aug 8th Grade Thursday Aug 3 4 8 Tuesday Aug 1 8 4 Thursday Aug 7 Aug 3 9 37 Wednesday Aug 9 6 7 Back to School Thursday Sept 8 Open House Aug 10 6 30 Back to School Friday Aug the Aug 8 Parents as Students Night Returning students pickup packets July 24 28 8 1 4 Returning Students register on Seniors Monday July 31 Juniors Tuesday Aug 1 Aug 2 Freshmen Aug 3 Catch All Friday Aug 4 New Students Aug 7 8 registration is from 8 and 1 4 each day Tuesday Sept 12 7 Open House Friday Aug Fish Camp Smithson Valley High Brad Williams 9047273 New Students Aug 24 Seniors Monday Aug 7 Juniors Tuesday Aug 8 Thursday Aug 4 Fish Camp Monday Aug 21 8 Open House Effort afoot to save recess BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS BRONXVILLE AP Is recess going the way of the hula hoop Simple playtime is being nudged off the school schedule in favor of more and earlier aca demics and highly structured free time and thats bad news says Jan Drucker director of the Child Development Institute at Sarah Lawrence College If play is removed or prevent ed too early there will be a toll on the deep cognitive processes the underpinning of what every body wants children to develop the ability to think the ability to use language productively the ability to use symbol she says But some schools and even entire school districts around the country have eliminated recess from their school day Open ended work periods and recess in schools are being undervalued and even says Sara Wilford director of the Early Childhood Center at the college She cites research that shows children play less than they did 16 years ago Drucker says children left free to play makebelieve develop the ability to think to imagine whats not there Being able to imagine that which is not is the basis of abstract thinking For example the whole field of computers and cyberspace involves the imagining of what you cannot Drucker says the change from play to formal learning isnt and shouldnt be an abrupt switch for children They continue to need to be inventive to find ways of representing their growing knowledge of the world through many different activities like play not just through formal learning she says Her colleague Margery Franklin of the colleges psy chology faculty notes disagree ment among child development professionals about the issue Some of those who defend the place of play in the preschool curriculum take the view that by the age of six children should put aside such childish activities at least in school and turn to the serious business of learning to read write and manipulate num bers On the other side we find a growing group of educators and psychologists engaged in articulating and theorizing the significance of play beyond the preschool Market forces are fueling the demand for structured products such as computer games and hightech toys Drucker says But overuse of these may limit creative thinking Its a matter of not playing in ones own imagination but rather in the imagination of the toy or com puter games The Sarah Lawrence group emphasizes that pretendplay is selfinitiated selfdirected and selfftjlfilled Simple inexpen sive and readily found materials paint clay blocks sand water allow children to choose what to play and how to play They are constructing their own learning they say Our point of view is that play is not only OK but says Drucker NEW BRAUNFELS INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT 20002001 Back to School Information New Braunfels High School All students attending New Braunfels High School in the fall were to pick up reg istration packets at the school 2551 N Loop 337 on Thursday and Friday Registration will begin for students the first week of August Aug 3 Seniors will register Aug 4 Juniors will register Aug 7 Freshmen will register Aug 8 Sophomores will register Aug New and returning students not enrolled at NBHS or NBMS on June 1 2000 will register at NBHS Aug 14 Late registration Aug 15 Late registration New Braunfels Middle School All students attending New Braunfels Middle School in the fall can pick up regis tration packets at the school located at 659 S Guenther on Aug 4 from 8 to Registration will begin for middle school students the second week of August Aug 8 7th graders will register 8 Aug 9 8th graders will register 8 OakRun 6th Grade Center All students attending OakRun 6th Grade Center in the fall can pick up registra tion packets at the school located at 415 Timber Hollow on Aug 9 from 8 to Registration will be on one day Aug 10 from 8 to New students to the district New students to the New Braunfels Independent School District in grades PreK through fifth grade will register on Aug 9 from 9 to 4 at all elementary cam puses Get immunizations up to date Beginning Aug 1 you must have your child born on or after Sept 2 1988 but before September 1994 immunized against chickenpox or provide documentation that your child has had the disease note from the parent will work before enrolling your child in school In addition students born on or after Sept 2 1988 but before Sept 2 1992 will have to have three doses of hepatitis B com pleted by their 12th birthday This series is already required of students born after Sept 2 1992 The following is a complete list of immunizations for kinder garten students Polio 3 doses last one after 4th birthday t 4 doses last one after 4th birthday Measles Rubella and Mumps 2 doses Tuberculosis within last 12 months prekindergarten kinder garten and transfer students Hepatitis B 3 doses 3 4 doses for pre kindergarten students only Varicella 1 dose or documentation of dis Learn about world in books BY THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Its a big world out there Heres a selection of new books to help youngsters learn about it It can be a more under standable place to a child just learning to read with the National Geographic Beginners World Atlas Geographic Society hard cover aimed at the 5 to8 crowd Clear basic text and maps illustrated with color pic tures introduce the continents and their peoples to young read ers Theres more complexity appropriate to children 8 to in National Geographic United States Atlas for Young Explorers National Geographic Society hardcover which focuses on states and regions If your youngster probably along with the grownups is try ing to make sense of events in the Western Balkans he can find basic background about the war ring countries of Yugoslavia in Eyewitness Atlas of the World DK Publishing hardcov This reference looks at the world regionally showing how countries and their neighbors interact The earth whose name derives from an AngloSaxon word for land is part of the universe and this larger entity is explored in Readers Digest Pathfinders Space Readers Digest Books Naturally theres information about the exploration of space by humans in our own time but theres also explanation and description of the moon stars planets galaxies black holes nebulae and other space phenom ena DK Guide to Space DK Publishing by Peter Bond looks at space photographically with pictures made from instruments such as the Hubble space telescope and space probes The Viking lander and Pathfinder probe for exam ple get up close and personal with Mars with onsite pictures of the Red Planets red soil and rocks Photographs of the Milky Way confirm it as every bit a romantic sight as poets have claimed There also are pictures of the birth and death of Mankind has explored deeper into space than into tho region which is figuratively speaking under our noses earth The maximum depth humans have gone is miles and theyve dug a hole of about 9 miles point out the editors of Journey to the Center of the Earth Readers Digest Books Because of the unimaginable heat and pres sure its unlikely youll ever be able to make a personal tour of the depths but you can do it vicariously through trje books ingenious layered cutout maps Travel from the atmos phere through the earths surface soil surface rocks crust upper mantle lower mantle the hot liq uid to outer core and finally to the solid ironnickel inner core to Slightly more accessible but still remote is the lost world of prehistoric animals explored in Readers Digest Pathfinders Dinosaurs Readers Digest Books Meanwhile there are plenty of existing things to learn about In Richard Orrs Nature Cross Sections DK Publishing with illustra tions by Richard Orr and text by Moira Butterfield you can find out fascinating things about what goes on in a rain forest river bank woodland nee tidal pool desert and other places
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