New Braunfels Herald Zeitung, July 29, 2000, Page 9

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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - July 29, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas Saturday, July 29, 2000 — Herald-Zeiti NG — Page 9. \ Comal Independent School District 2000-2001 Back to School Information Campus Principal Registration Dates Meet the Teacher Night Back to School Night/Open House Bill Brown Elementary Jackie Sundt, 438-3045 July 31 - Aug. 4, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Sat., Aug. 12, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. (Meet the Teacher) Tuesday, Sept. 12, 6:30 p.m. (Open House) Bulverde Elementary Linda Swanson, 438-2235 Aug. 2 - 4, 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10 (Meet the Teacher) 3rd grade: 5:45 - 6:30 p.m./4th grade: 6:45-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 21, 6 - 7 p.m. (Open House) Comal Elementary Mike McFalls, 625-9514 July 31 - Aug. 4, 9 a.m -12 p.m., 1 - 3 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, 5 - 6:30 p.m. (Meet the Teacher) Frazier Elementary Sid Ridgway, 625-7701 Aug. 1 & 2, 8:30 - 11:30 a.m., 1 - 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3, 1 - 7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10, 6 p.m. (Meet the Teacher) Goodwin Primary Marlene Moore, 625-2822 Aug. 2 - 4 , 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:30 - 3: 30 p.m. Aug. 10 or 11, 6 - 8 p.m. (Family Fun Night) Mountain Valley Elem. Brenda Fielder,907-3755 Early Registration, Aug. 1-4, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m. Thurs., Aug. 10, 5 - 7 p.m. (Back to School Night) Rahe Primary B. Doeppenschmidt 438-2800 July 31 - Aug. 4, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 1, 8 a.m. - 7 p.m. Fit, Aug. 11, 7:30 - 10:30 a.m. (Meet the Teacher) Arlon Seay Intermediate Frances Penland 438-4155 July 31 - Aug. 4, 8 am -11:30 a.m. 12:30-3:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9, 6 - 7 p.m. (Back to School) Thursday, Sept. 14, 6:30 - 8 p.m. (Open House) Canyon Intermediate Maggie Hanna, 625-1295 New Student Reg., July 31 - Aug. 3 8:30 am -12 p.m. and 1 - 3 p.m. Thurs., Aug. 10, 5:30 - 6 :30 p.m. (Back to School) Mountain Valley Inter. Sarah Yowler, 907-2301 Wednesday, Aug. 2, 7:45 -11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 11,1-3 p.m.(Open House/Meet the Teacher) Thursday, Aug. 3, 1 - 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11, 12-4 p.m. Tues., Aug. 15, 6:30 - 8 p.m. (Parents as Students Night) Canyon Middle Janet Peden, 625-7355 7th Grade: Tuesday, Aug. 1,4-8 p.m. 8th Grade: Thursday, Aug. 3, 4 - 8 p.m. Smithson Valley Middle Fernando Palos, 904-7000 Tuesday, Aug. 1, 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3, 10 a.m. - 7 p.m. Spring Branch Middle Sandy Hancock, 438-2681 Thurs., Aug. 3, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., 3-7 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 12, 7 p.m. (Open House) Canyon High Bob Wiegand, 625-6251 Returning students pick-up packets July 24 - 28, 8 - 11:30 a.m., 1 - 4 p.m. Returning Students register on: Seniors, Monday, July 31 Juniors, Tuesday, Aug. 1 Sophomores,Wednesday, Aug. 2 Freshmen, Thurs., Aug. 3 Catch All, Friday, Aug. 4 New Students, Aug. 7 & 8 (registration is from 8 -11:30 a.m. and 1 - Friday, Aug. 4, 1:30-4 p.m. (Fish Camp) 4 p.m. each day) Smithson Valley High Brad Williams, 904-7273 New Students, Aug. 2 - 4 Seniors, Monday, Aug. 7 Juniors, Tuesday, Aug. 8 Thursday, Aug. 10, 12 - 4 p.m. (Fish Camp) Monday, Aug. 21, 6:30 - 8 p.m. (Open House) Effort afoot to save recess By the Associated Press BRONXVILLE, N.Y. (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 academics and highly structured free time, and that’s bad news, says Jan Drucker, director of the Child Development Institute at Sarah Lawrence College. “If play is removed or prevented too early, there will be a toll on the deep cognitive processes, the underpinning of what everybody wants children to develop: the ability to think, the ability to use language productively, the ability to use symbol systems,” 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 eliminated,’ 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 make-believe develop the ability to think hypothetically, to imagine what’s 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 see.” Drucker says the change from play to formal learning isn’t and shouldn’t be an abrupt switch for children. “They continue to need to be inventive, to find ways of representing their grow ing knowledge of the world through many different activities like play, not just through formal learning tasks,” she says. Her colleague, Margery Franklin of the college’s psychology faculty, notes disagreement 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 numbers. On the other side, we find a grow ing group of educators and psychologists engaged in articulating and theorizing the significance of play beyond the preschool years.” Market forces are fueling the demand for structured products such as computer games and high-tech toys, Drucker says. But overuse of these may limit creative thinking. “It’s a matter of not playing in one’s own imagination, but rather in the imagination of the toy or computer game’s designer The Sarah Lawrence group emphasizes that pretend-play is self-initiated, self-directed, and self-fulfilled. Simple, inexpensive 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 essential,” says Drucker. New Braunfels Independent School District 2000-2001 Back to School Information New Braunfels High School All students attending New Braunfels High School in the fall were to pick up registration 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, 8:30-11:30 a.m. - 1:30-3:30 p.m. Aug. 4 - Juniors will register, 8:30-11:30 a.m. - 1:30-3:30 p.m. Aug. 7 - Freshmen will register, 8:30-11:30 a.m. - 1:30-3:30 p.m. Aug. 8 - Sophomores will register, 8:30-11:30 a.m. - 1:30-3:30 p.m. Aug. 9. 10, 11 - New and returning students not enrolled at NBHS or NBMS on June 1, 2000 will register at NBHS, 8:30-11:30 a.m. - 1:30-3:30 p.m. Aug. 14 - Late registration, 8:30-11:30 a.m. - 1:30-3:30 p.m. Aug. 15 - Late registration, 8:30-11:30 a.m. - 1:30-3:30 p.m. New Braunfels Middle School All students attending New Braunfels Middle School in the fall can pick up registration packets at the school, located at 659 S. Guenther, on Aug. 4 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Registration will begin for middle school students the second week of August. Aug. 8 - 7th graders will register, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. Aug. 9 - 8th graders will register, 8 a.m.-3 p.m. OakRun 6th Grade Center All students attending OakRun 6th Grade Center in the fall can pick up registration packets at the school, located at 415 Timber Hollow, on Aug. 9 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Registration will be on one day, Aug. 10 from 8 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. New students to the district    . New students to the New Braunfels Independent School Distnct in grades Pre-K through fifth grade will register on Aug. 9 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at all elementary campuses. Get immunizations up to date Beginning Aug. I, 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 w ill work) before enrolling your child in school. In addition, students bom on or after Sept. 2, 1988, but before Sept. 2, 1992, will have to have three doses of hepatitis B completed by their 12th birthday. This series is already required ot students bom after Sept. 2, 1992. The following is a complete list of immunizations for kindergarten students; • Polio: 3 doses, last one after 4th birthday • DTP DTaP: 4 doses, last one after 4th birthday • Measles, Rubella, and Mumps: 2 doses • Tuberculosis: within last 12 months (pre-kindergarten, kindergarten and transfer students) • Hepatitis B: 3 doses • HibCV: 3-4 doses for prekindergarten students only • Varicella (Chickenpox): I dose or documentation of dis- Learn about world in books By The Associated Press It’s a big world out there. Here’s a selection of new books to help youngsters learn about it: — It can be a more understandable place to a child just learning to read w ith the “National Geographic Beginner s World Atlas” (National Geographic Society, $17.95 hardcover, October), aimed at the 5-to-8 crowd. Clear, basic text and maps, illustrated with color pictures, introduce the continents and their peoples to young readers. — There’s more complexity, appropriate to children 8 to 12. in “National Geographic United States Atlas for Young Explorers” (National Geographic Society, $24.95 hardcover. October), which focuses on states and regions. — If your youngster (probably along w ith the grow nups) is trying to make sense of events in the Western Balkans, he can t iud basic background about the w arring countries of Yugoslavia in “Eyew itness Atlas of the World (DK Publishing, $24.95 hardcov er). This reference looks at the world regionally, showing how countries and their neighbors interact. — The earth — whose name derives from an Anglo-Saxon word for “land” — is part of the universe, and this larger entity is explored in “Reader’s Digest Pathfinders: Space” (Reader s Digest Books, $16.99 hardcover). Naturally, there’s information about the exploration of space by humans in our own time, but there’s also explanation and description of the moon, stars, planets, galaxies, black holes, nebulae and other space phenol n ena. — “DK Guide to Space” (DK Publishing, $19.95 hardcover), by Peter Bond, looks at space photographically, w ith pictures made from instruments such as the Hubble space telescope and space probes. The Viking lander and Pathfinder probe, for example, get up close and personal with Mars, with on-site pictures of the Red Planet’s 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 stars. — Mankind has explored deeper into space than into the region which is, figuratively speaking, under our noses: earth. The maximum depth humans have gone is 2.5 miles, and they’ve dug a hole of about 9 miles, point out the editors of “Journey to the Center of the Earth” ( Reader's Digest Books, $14.99 hardcover). Because of the unimaginable heat and pressure, it’s unlikely you'll ever be able to make a personal tour of the 4,000-mile depths, but you can do it vicariously through the book’s ingenious layered cutout maps. Trawl from the atmosphere through the earth’s surface, soil, surface rocks, crust, upper mantle, lower mantle, the hot liquid (to 10.000F) outer core, and Finally to the solid iron-nickel inner core (to 13.500F). — Slightl) more accessible but still remote is the lost world of prehistoric animals, explored in “Reader’s Digest Pathfinders: Dinosaurs" (Reader's Digest Books, $16.99 hardcover). Meanwhile, there are plent\ of existing things to learn about In “Richard Orr’s Nature C Toss Sections” (DK Publishing, $17.95 hardcover), with illustra dons by Richard Orr and text by Moira Butterfield, you can find out fascinating things about what goes on in a rain forest, riverbank, woodland free, tidal pool, desert, and other places. ____ ;

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