New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - April 24, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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$1.50Students prepare for TAKS’ last go-round
By Will Wright
Erik Ibarra and Jeremy Best are
two Canyon Lake High School students who have a common bond — playing on the Hawks football team.
This week, they’ll join thousands of other stu-
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dents throughout Comal County in trying to excel at a common goal — succeeding on the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills tests in math, science, reading and social studies.
The tests begin TUesday at all public elementary, middle
and high schools in the New Braunfels and Comal school districts. This
will be the final across-the-board assessment for TAKS, which will gradually be phased out and replaced by the State of Texas Assessments of Academic Readiness (STAAR) exams beginning next year.
Ibarra Neither Jeremy nor Erik will have to worry about STAAR, which is supposed to be harder than TAKS. Jeremy, a
junior, is taking his exit-level TAKS this year, while Erik’s grade represents the final class to be gauged under TAKS.
Both students stick to tried and true ways that have produced successful test scores. Administrators always encourage students to get a good night’s rest and eat a hearty breakfast.
“I wake up around 4:30 a.m.,’’ Erik
See TESTING, Page 10A
► FIGHTING CANCER
ACS Relay expecting 120 teams
By Will Wright
Through the years, the annual Relay For Life has served as a cause to celebrate, raise money and remember.
RELAY FOR LIFE
When: 7 p.m. Friday to 7 a.m. Saturday Where: Canyon High School, 15101-35 North
can Cancer Society’s big event will be Friday at Canyon High School’s Cougar Stadium, where runners and walkers will celebrate life by raising funds for the fight against cancer.
Comal County is expecting nearly 1,200 people and 120 teams for its 12-hour Relay, which will begin at 7 p.m. and run through 7 a.m. Saturday. Event chairman Jana Seibert said $111,000 had been raised as of Friday, but it’s not too late to sign up.
“We’re still looking for food donations to serve throughout the night,” she said. “And there’s still time for survivors to sign up — we have enough shirts for them. If they haven’t registered, they’re more than welcome to come out and participate.”
During the event, teams representing individuals or businesses raise money by running or walking around the track throughout the entire night — cancer never
See RELAY, Page 10A
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• Outdoor water features are prohibited. “
EGG HUNTERS FIND HIDDEN TREASURES
Photos by LAURA McKENZIE/Herald-Zeitung
Addison Evans, 8, right, and sisters Brittney, 9, and Emma Etheredge, 6, smile for a photo while hunting for Easter eggs Saturday at Markley Family Farm.
EGGS + BUNNY=FUN
Churches, farm offer their takes on age-old tradition
By Megan Holt
Thousands of brighdy colored Easter eggs and small children decorated church and neighborhood lawns Saturday.
The controlled chaos at Tree of Life Church saw children combing the field and piling newfound eggs in Easter baskets carried by family members.
“We scattered about 33,000 prestuffed eggs today,” said Pastor Don Duncan. “God blessed us with a big property, so we are going to use it for the community.”
Participants were dispatched to the fields for the big hunt in 20-minute increments. Eggs disappeared from the fields within 10 minutes and were opened by their scavengers seconds later, revealing bracelets and rings, stickers and non-chocolate candies.
“I was running around really fast in these,” said Damien Newkirk, 3, pointing to his new sneakers. “I like these eggs because they have candy.”
The Easter bunny made an appearance at Markley Family Farm. While children were ushered into an open field to hunt for eggs, others posed for pictures on the bunny’s lap or next to him in the hay.
Jolie Brantley, 21 months, hunts for Easter eggs while visiting Markley Family Farm.
“Usually, there’s competition to get the eggs,” said Natalie Kirby, 13, holding up her basket full of pink, purple and orange plastic eggs. “But we were only allowed to pick up 15 eggs at a time so everyone could have some. There are treats inside like stickers and candy.”
Markley Farm employees hand-stuffed about 5,000 Easter eggs as a family. They expected about 250 visitors to their hydroponic, you-pickfarm.
Bryan Markley, farm owner, said the family has opened up its farm for a visitor egg hunt for the past two years.
SL John’s Episcopal Church members and friends enjoyed a hot dog lunch after hunting Easter eggs.
Volunteers filled tubs with eggs for children and sorted out prizes for lucky winners.
Participants not only hunted for eggs of all sizes, but also for the giant golden and silver eggs, which acted as a special prize token.
Tierce Zipp, 3, discovered the 3- to 5-year-old group’s golden egg under an orange construction cone. She had to hide her egg from her twin brother, Bowden, who kept trying to put the egg in his basket.
“We’re members of the church, but have been coming to this Easter egg hunt since they were 1 (year old),” said Allyson Zipp, Tierce's mother.
St John’s Episocopal Church family minister Sue Hardaway said the event acted as a community outreach.
“It’s fun to celebrate the eggs and candy, but what I want you to remember about this day is how Jesus loves us,” Hardaway told children. “When you wake up (Sunday), remember to tell Jesus ‘thank you.'”
The testing schedule for Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills examinations this week: TUESDAY Math — grades 3,4,6,7,10 WEDNESDAY Reading -— Qrades 3,4,6,7 Math — Exit level
THURSDAY Science — grades 5,8,10 and exit level Math —- Grade 9
Social Studies — grades 8,10 and exit level
► DRAINAGE. STREETS
Council ponders $18.2M in bonds
Officials also will consider authorizing property tax rate hike of 3.62 cents
By Greg Bowen
Nine projects that would improve drainage, streets, parks and the city airport would be funded if New Braunfels City Council on Monday approves the issuance of $18.2 million in certificates of obligation to finance the work.
Council also will consider authorizing a property tax rate hike of 3.62
When: 4:30 p.m. workshop and 6 p.m. regular meeting, Monday Where: New Braunfels
Municipal Building, 424 S. Castell Ave.
cents beginning fiscal 2011-12 to service the debt associated with the COs, which are bonds issued by a city without voter approval.
Last month, council gave notice of its intent to issue the certificates of obligation.
The nine projects that would be funded are: the North Tributary Flood Control Project, $7.2 million; the Walnut Avenue widening project, a $5.4 million partial payment; the Landa Plaza property acquisition, $2 million: the Gruene Crossing drainage project, $1.2 million; repairs of June 9 flood damage to Landa Dam, $847,000; replacement or repair of bridges in Landa Park that were washed out or damaged by the June 9
See COUNCIL, Page 10A
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