New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - August 23, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
Q_^_Hgrald-Zeitung Cl Wednesday, August 23 ,1995Education
SYMS Pep Squad officers win awards
SVMS Pep Squad officers began the school year early by competing in the Southwest Cheers Cheerleading and Dance Competition held this summer in San Antonio.
They won several significant awards, including an invitation to the national competition, a real honor,” Melody McCallister, SVMS special education teacher and Pep Squad faculty advisor, said.
The officers received a Superior rating for their Home Routine, ac
cording to McCallister.
“The Home Routine was developed by the team before they left for competition and was one of several performances they were required to present to a panel of judges,” McCallister said.
The team received the Gold Circle Award, one of the top awards at the competition.
SVMS Pep Squad officers also won the Showmanship Award. This was presented to teams displaying
significant spirit and pride of accomplishment during their dance performances.
“The Showmanship Award is particularly difficult for a middle school to obtain because it’s the first time many of the team members have participated in this type of competition,” McCallister said.
“The girls have learned a lot and really worked hard. It’s going to be a fun year for all of us,” McCallister concluded.
CISO photo by Don Clark
Shown are the 1995-96 SVMS Pep Squad officers (L-R) front row, Lieutenant Mandi Fisher, Lieutenant Jennifer Villagran, Lieutenant Meranda Ivey, Lieutenant Sophia Alvardo, Colonel Cassidy Conway, Lieutenant Whitney Roberts; back row, Lieutenant Laura Weathersby, Lieutenant Casey Snider, Lieutenant Jessica Sandaval, and Lieutenant Sarah Spiess.
ThSpfeure onthe August 2(0995. Hera Id-Zettung MbcaHmrPage captioned ’tVHS Cheerleaders
build school pride," was of the Smithson Valley Middle School ‘Red’ Cheerleading Squad (L-R), front row, Ellen Bohner, Sabrina Coffman, Micaela Walker, Celeste Acker, Kart Burrer; back row, Brittney Pruitt, Kathryn Welch, Head Cheerleader Tara Jackson, Ashlee Carroll, and Amber Jensen.
OakRun hosts dinner, meeting tomorrow
Inviting parents to become acquainted with their children's leachers and schools, New Braunfels ISI.) scheduled the following “Meet the Teacher” nights:
ti OakKun School. Thursday, Aug 24. The lamily barbecue dinner begins at 6 p.in. with a ITA meeting and open house following ti New Braunfels High School: Tucs-day, Aug. 29 al 7 p.m. Parents will
meet briefly in the cafetorium and then follow a shortened version of their children's class schedules, ti Carl Schurz Elementary: Tuesday, Aug 29 at 7 p.m. in the school cafeteria, ti New Braunfels Middle School: Monday, Sept. 11 at 7 p.m. ti Memorial Elementary: Monday, Sept. 11 al 7 p.m. ti Lamar Primary: Monday, Sept.
milMeetthe Teachers dddd
throughout the school year, “Meet the Teachers features educators who are new to New Hraunfel.s Independent St hoof District.
ti Deborah Biggers graduated from Claremont Mc Kenna College in California with a bachelor’s degree iii Government. She earned her certification in education from Chapman University, also in California. With a year’s worth of classroom experience, she is currently teaching English class at New Braunfels High School. Proficient in Russian and American Sign Language, she has served as a volunteer tutor lo international college pupils and taught English to a Russian emigre family.
(ireatesl pleasure in teaching: “I derive the greatest pleasure from helping ihechildren achieve more than they ever thought possible. When their eyes light up with a revelation ol wisdom, when they experience success on a test, when they are actually enjoying the learning experience, I am beside myself with joy .”
Philosophy of education: “My philosophy ol education is more accurately described as a philosophy ol learning 'Educating’ puts the emphasis on the teacher imparting knowledge, or making the students Iii the curriculum. ‘I .earning,’ on the other hand, puts the emphasis on students internalizing knowledge. In the latter model, the teacher serves as a facilitator molding the curriculum to suit the students.
“This is an important distinction because it communicates lo children that (hey arc engaged in a lifelong process ll is estimated that by the year 2,000, information will double every 34 days, so it is unreasonable lo believe that educators can teach everything that their students will need lo know. Rather, the goal should Iv lo leach children how to access information and to take charge ol their learning in an increasingly dynamic society. That is not to say that I reject the necessity of a firm foundation in basic skills and concepts. However, students must Erst be taught why those skills and concepts are important and how the skills and concepts are relevant lo lifelong learning ii instruction is lo be meaningful.
Facilitating the internalization of knowledge requires that I assess the students’ cognitive, perceptual, and affective domains I am concerned with the whole student, with all factors influencing his/her individual learning. My concern and respect for tire students are communicated in all that I do because, as Henry Adams said, A teacher allects eternity; he can never tell where his influence stops. ””
ti Traci Brace received her bachelor’s degree in Elementary lUJucalion with a minor in Early Childhood I id ileal ion from Southwest Texas Slate University. A new educator, she is leaching second grade at Lone Star Primary School.
(ireatesl pleasure iii leaching: “I think that the greatest pleasure in education is lo see my students succeed and lee! good about themselves as individuals.”
Philosophy ol education: “My philosophy ol education is that my responsibility is to teach the whole child in an exciting and interesting way. Also, lo help die child develop lo his/her lullest potential and lo provide a strong base for future learning."
Artist Travis Ploch wins state award
11 at 7 p.m. ti Lone Star Primary: Monday, Sept. IX from 6:30-8 p.m. Classrooms will be open fur visitors from 7-X p.m. aller a meeting al 6:30. ti Memorial Primary: Monday, Sept. IK al 7:30 p.m. Memorial Primary has also planned volunteer oricnla-tionson Thurday, Sept. 7 from 9:30-10:30 a.rn. and another from 7:30-X:30 p.m.
CISD photo by Don Clark
Travis Ploch won state and local awards for his clown art project.
Travis Ploch won first in district and first in state art awards at the Slavonic Benevolent Order of the State of Texas Youth Achievement Day competition.
Ploch, now a second grade student at Frazier Elementary, competed in the 6 to 8 year-old craft division. He created his award winning clown art work as a first grade class project for Glynda Spears’ Goodwin Primary School art class.
Chosen to display his art work at the Association of Teachers and Professional Educators (ATPE) convention in Austin, Ploch also received an ATPE certificate of achievement
“Students created their own designs and could choose from a variety of colors and textures,” Spears said.
“Class projects challenged students to use skills they learned in previous lessons on shapes, lines, colors, and textures.” Spears said.
“Clowns and the circus were last year’s class theme. I use a different theme each year to develop student interest and excitement," Spears said.
Schools may delay opening due to bad weather
On mornings when possible hazardous conditions exist, school officials will check the roads. Officials can delay the start of school, cancel school, or release students early.
Area radio stations will receive information by 6:00 a.m. if school will be delayed or canceled. When possible, earlier notices will be given the previous day or evening.
Parents and students are asked to listen to one of the following radio stations for information: KGNB -1420 AM, KNBT - 92.1 FM, WOAI -1200 AM, and RTSA - 550 AM.
If school times are delayed, buses will run approximately one hour later than the usual time. Early release times will depend upon weather conditions.
Each bus is equipped with mobile radio communications and can maintain contact with the district's Central Bus Garage.
At any time, supervisors can monitor the safe passage of students from schools, homes, or field trips.
Bad weather may close CISD schools
In case of Bad weather, the Comal ISD may: Delay the start of school ■sr Cancel school
Release students early
On mornings when hazardous conditions exist, these radio stations will be notified by 6 a.m.
KGNB 1420AM KNBT 92.1 FM WOAI 1200AM KTSA 550AM When in doubt, call the appropriate school. Please do not call the bus garage or central office, as there are not enough incoming telephone lines to handle these calls.
JSchool Board named best in Region XIII
Being a schrxil board member often means many meetings, a lot of hard work and equally hard decisions. Doing an often thankless job. trustees are rewarded with the knowledge they are contributing lo the success of future generations.
In July, the New Braunfels ISD school board earned additional kudos when it won the Region XIII
Honoi Board award The board is now in contention for one of live state finalists spots. The live state honor boards will be announced Sept. I and then interviewed Sept. 29 by the Texas Association of School Administrators’ School Board Awards Committee al the TAS A/Texas Association of School Boards Joint Annual Convention.
“This is un exceptional bourd.” said NBISD Superintendent Charles R. Brud-berry. “Although NBlSD’s trustees interests
members are President Leo Chafin, Vice President Jaime Padilla, Secretary Sylvia Sanchez, Treasurer Anne Miller and Trustees Dick Robinett. John Seidel and Belle (Merman Spain.
The New Braunfels ISD Briard of School Trustees meets regularly on the first and third Tuesdays of each 'nu* - month. Special meetings are called when necessary. At least 72 hours before meetings, agendas are posted al the front and rear entrances ol’The Education Center. 430 West Mill Street, and mailed to the Di ti I inger Memorial Library, 373 Magazine Avenue. Media representatives receive this information, as do citizens who have re-^ quested the information. School board meetings are open to the public.
. Parents of NBISD students, the stu
dents themselves, NBISD residents, and
are varied, they never lose sight of the fact that they are there for children."
The board had lo excel in the following IO areas to be considered for the award: the ability to function as a policymaking body; adherence lo adopted board policies; support for educational performance in accordance with stale-established standards; commitment to a code of ethics; public relations efforts, including community awareness; support for educational improvement projects, maintenance of harmonious and supportive relationships among members; provision of financial support for the school system; participation in workshops and other |>crlormancc improvement programs; ami placement ol the welfare ol children served by the school system above personal or political motives.
Currently serving the public as NBISD school In lard
stall members are welcome lo address any
item on the agenda al a school board meeting. They may also address the board during open lot urn, held during study sessions of the school board, typically on the first Tuesday of the month. Beginning at 7 pan., the public forum concludes at 7:30 p. iii. or sooner if there is nocitizcn input. Remarks are limited to live minutes and persons speaking on the same topic are asked lo appoint a spokes |XTson to present their views. Legally, trustees and school officials cannot reply during open forum However all inquiries will be answered by a school official later.
A brochure explaining what occurs at NBISD Board ol School Trustee meetings is available al The Education Center and during school board meetings.
NBISD holds elections for trustee positions on the second Saturday of August each year. I ive trustees repre sent designated voting districts, while two serve al large
Free GED and adult ed classes start soon
bree GED and adult education Loop 337 North, oilers GED classes classes meet Tuesdays and Thursdays
classes are also getting underway. starling Sept. 7 on Tuesdays and Thurs-At Lone Star Primary, 2343 W. days from 7-9 p.m.
San Antonio St., classes begin Sept. 6 Offering continuous classes, the on Mondays and Wednesdays from Community ScrviccCcnlcrholdsGED 7-9 p.m. classes Monday through Thursday
from 7 9 p.m. The center is located al 132 Caddcll. behind Diamond Sham rock on Highway 46.
bor more information or lo register for any of these classes, call NBISD
New Braunfels High School, 2551 from 9 a.m.-noon and I 4 p.m. ESL Community balneation, 620-62(8).
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