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New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 18, 2001, New Braunfels, Texas 1A February 2001 HERALDZEITUNG Page 5A Exit Level TAAS Tips TAAS exit level reading tips Before beginning the the student should look over all of the reading A student may want to then start with a reading topic of interest to him or Before reading the the student should be sure skim over the questions and the Look for key concepts and This will better prepare the student for reading the passage because they will have an idea as to what they are As a student he or she may want to highlight key information and Highlighting will actually help a student keep focus as to what they are Dont expect all the answers to be word for word in the Some answers will be sum maries restated in a different way in the When answering the students should use the process of This will help to narrow answer Be able to differentiate between fact and Facts are concrete checkable but not always Opinions are feelings not always Just because it is stated in the pas doesnt mean that it is a TAAS exit level math tips When testing students can create a What I know reference point in the test Write all the key math facts down that have been A student can reference these points as needed while they are A student can prepare his or her mind for the math test by skimming over all of the math prob Students should go back and work out and answer those questions they are sure they This will ease their mind and prepare them for the more difficult Attack the remaining problems Read through the problem Circle the key to do words greatest to Work out the problem on the test Use the process of elimination if needed on the answer If a student is stumped by a move on to the next so that frustration does not ruin his or her test and double check all TAAS exit level writing tips Identify the Students should decide what the prompt is asking him or her to Underline the situation in the prompt have a clear understanding as to the purpose of the Identify the Take a side or A student should determine how he or she feels about the Pick a side and stick to Dont argue both sides in the A student should list the reasons for the posi tion Have three main reasons to use as main idea starters for the three body Brainstorm What would your friends say What would your teachers or parents say List as many life Students should identify the examples they will use in their Which main idea will they support Complete an outline for the When scorers evaluate the writing portion of the they will look for evidence that the student can respond directly to the prompt make the writing thoughtful and inter esting organize ideas so that they are clear organize ideas thoroughly by using appropriate details and precise language stay focused on the purpose for writ ing by making sure that each sentence that is written contributes to the composition as a whole communicate effectively by using cor rect gram and sentence organize ideas so that they are clear and easy to Other tips can be accessed at 1A would seek a second term if he enjoyed the job and was pleased with how he was he Alexan der said there still are some very important issues on which he wants to continue The 1 priority is streets and he Alexander has been push ing for the citys Infrastruc ture and Improvement which oversees a portion of the citys sales tax to tackle some major street and drainage On Wednesday the corpo rations board of directors will consider issuing million in certificates of which are a form of to pay for six major I think were about to see some light at the end of the Alexander Walter a member of the Hotel Occupancy Tax is considering running for Alexanders He already has declared a campaign treasurer with the City Council candidates must live in the district they are running for election Comal Independent School District In the Comal Independent School the terms for District 6 and 7 trustees expire this The filing period for candi dates is from Monday March Applications for a place on the CISD ballot or additional information are available from the CISD central 1421 North Business 35 in New Braunfek Call 6258081 for In District CISD Board President John Clay said he expects to file papers Mon day to seek his three year trustee The CISD board president is elected by the not A lot of great things are going on right Clay Im planning on filing SUPER From 1A Rose said the next nearest food store is seven miles The building that hous es Super S has operated con tinually as a grocery store since it was built in It first was called Poor Boys Then it became Country Boys It has been called Super S since Monday and Im Its a lot of a lot of but I want to continue to work for the tax District 7 runs from the southern Comal ISD bound ary line at 281 in Bexar County east along the and county lines into Guadalupe Coun Then the district follows the of the New Braunfels Independent School District west to Farm toMarket Road to the Cibolo Creek and to 281 south back to its starting Robert who repre sents District hadnt announced his plans con cerning the election by the deadline for this District 6 lies roughly north of District with its northern boundary being Texas 46 east to the Candidates interested in fil ing for the open CISD seats must be registered voters who live and have lived in the dis trict they are filing in for six Garden Ridge and Bulverde In Garden Ridge and Bul city council seats are atlarge which means council members rep resent the entire city and not just Garden Ridge Mayor Jay Feibelman and Council mem bers Bobbie Roberts and James Young all have two year terms that expire this None have publicly announced plans to seek re They and anyone who to against able up election when the filing period Filing continues through March Packets can be picked up from and turned in to Gar den Ridge City Secretary Judy Tokar at City 9357 Schoenthal during business In like Garden City Council seats are at twoyear Council members Warren Alston and Rick Gravens have terms that expire in Neither has announced plans to run City Secretary Phyllis Peterson has candidate pack ets at City in Suite 236 of the Bulverde Market Place at 30070 281 City Hall is open Mondays Wednesdays and Fridays dur ing regular business AFTER HOURS CLINIC DORA Board Certified in Family Practice 20 years experience By Appointment 6240248 Accepting New Patients Blue Cross MonFri to 12K Sat 28 to Sun 9RA2M TRADE on old equipment with the purchase of a NEW BRYANT SYSTEM 8306297319 Whatever ft bryant Heating and Cooling Systems TACLB005713E 32RP2C in In the num ber was 80 percent first time passing a 30 per cent increase in six New Braunfels ISD had 423 lOthgraders take the exit level test in Of 74 students did not pass all for an 83 percent firsttime pass ing In Comal ISD during the same 677 IQth graders took the exit level Of 95 did not pass all sections and required This gave the dis trict an 86 percent first time passing Beginning in 2003 and TAAS requirements will become more demand The result mandated by Senate Bill 103 will be a new version of the test called TAAS The most profound differences will be in the third grade test and the exit level TAAS II will require that all Texas thirdgraders pass the reading section of the test to be advanced to the fourth Those who fail the read ing section will be given intensive Bratcher and two more opportunities to pass the Those who do not pass after three attempts will be forced to repeat the third It is very high Bratcher Carol assistant superintendent of curricu lum at CISD We are taking definite steps to make sure our kindergarten and firstgraders will be Those in first grade now will be the first group of Texas students to be affect ed by the TAAS II third grade The TAAS II exit level test will be administered to llthgraders instead of Eleventhgraders will be required to pass both social studies and a science sec tion in addition to the cur rent requirements of reading and TAAS II will increase in difficulty at all Hall has advice for ensur ing a students success in school and the Parents should be involved with their chil drens education from the Parents should conference with teachers even when there is not a Hall She also recommended that parents provide a qui et place to a balanced diet and make sure the child gets plenty of who passed the exit level TAAS this past gave advice to those taking the test this Dont be The more nervous you the up you Besides you get more than one For information about TAAS log onto the Texas Education Agency Web site at See Texas with the COMAL COUNTY SENIOR CITIZENS Visit Uvalde 212001 John Nance First State Local Guides for Tour Air Restroom Equipped Bus Includes lunch Reservations required BORC2M The Only Satellite TV System You Get The COMMUNICATION SOURCE With FREE Per Month Is All You Pay Get a FREE DISH Network digital satellite TV system Model and FREE basic Professional Installation 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