New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 4, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas
NBISD gets the ‘blues’ this Friday
Schools, students and staff of New Braunfels ISD will be awash in the blues Friday but the mood will be far from down.
Instead the distnctwide display of blue and white will be to show support and encouragement for the Unicorn football team, the district champions, fondly known as the “Heart Attack Kids'* by their fans in the stands, are gearing up for their next appearance in the playoffs.
The football team continues in the Region IV-5A playoffs with a game on Saturday, Dec. 6, at I p.m. at Alamo Stadium in San Antonio.
The stadium is located by driving south on IH 35, and taking Loop 1604 West to U.S. 281 south to Hildebrand Avenue. Turn right on Hildebrand and then a left on Tuleta.
Tickets are on sale at New Braunfels High School on Thursday from 8 a m.-3 p.m. and from 8 a m -1 p.m. on Friday.
Tickets for the reserve section are
$6, general admission tickets are $6 and, student tickets are $2. The price for tickets goes up to $7 at the gate.
The student pep rally for the team begins at 2:30p.m. at the high school.
NBHS officers, groups selected
New Braunfels High School has a plethora of clubs Md groups to meet student interests. These clubs are respresented by die following officers or members.
Serving the German Club are Heather Saathoff-Leifeste. president; Erica Walther, vice president; Nick Wallisch. secretary; and Laela Wilson. treasurer. Club sponsor is German teacher Sharon Zillmann.
The Business Professionals of America are led by Dena Doty, president; Amanda Feltner, vice president; Rosina Flores, secretary; Kara Shea, historian; Serena Vela. parliamentarian; Brad Boucher, social chair; and
Veronica De La Cerda, treasurer. Business Education teacher Elkin Vernon is the club's sponsor.
The NBHS chapter of Distributive Education Clubs of Amerka elected officers. They are Stephanie Billick,president; Kristen Santos, vice president; Stephanie Redding, secretary; Celeste Dombek, treasurer, Kau Bishop, parliamentarian; Theresa Wylie, reporter; and Allison Hernandez, historian. Spor sot for the group is Marketing Education teacher Bob Baker.
Also worthy of note are the 1997-98 members of the Winter Guard. These are color guard members who perform after band marching season has ended. They are Chnstin Brennan. Rebecca Fletcher, Kristin Krejci, Amber McGlochlin. Alice Navarro, Katie O’Neal, Jennifer Quiroz, Joy Sanders, Dawn Schneider, Amanda Strobel. Baylea Taylor and Priscilla Trejo. The girls are led by Assistant Band Director Becky Puckett.
NBJ SO photo by LESLIE KRIEWALDT
OakRun School teacher end “Spotlight on Excellence” award recipient School Board Preekient Bette Spain and NBISD Superintendent Ron
Ramirez, left, Ed.D.
Districts spotlights excellence with award
MBI SO photo by LESLIE KRIEWALDT
Outstanding teachers applauded
At the Nov. IS meeting of the school board, New Braunfels ISO trustees end staff recognized the above teachers ae outstanding examples of th# district’s finest educators. They are, left to right. Outstanding Secondary Teacher of the Year Dean Laird, New Braunfels High School; Outstanding Elemsntery T tether of the Year Mary Ann Fox, Memorial Primary; and Finalists Bob Anderson, New Braunfels High School; Kimberly Brennan, Memorial Primary; end Deva Hesfner, Carl Schurz Elementary. School Boord President Betta Spain presented the teachers with engraved pen sets. Laird and Fox were also recognized at a local football game. All of the leachers win be invited to a reception in their honor In May, during National Teacher Appreciation Week.
New Braunfels I5D Calendar of Events
Thus, Dec 4 RI, Dec 5
Mon, Dees Tues, Dec 9
TTus, Dec 11
This year. under the direction of Supt. Ron Reaves. Ed.D.. the district has begun a monthly award to recognize those who are contributing a high degree of excellence to the New Braunfels school system Any New Braunfels ISD staff member may nominate a person for the “Spotlight on Excellence Award .”
In November, the first-ever “Spotlight on Excellence Award" was presented to Richard Ramirez. OakRun School science teacher
A committee of teachers, paraprofessionals and support personnel determine which nominee will receive the “Spotlight on Excellence A w ard” Awards are presented at the school board meeting each month.
Richard s nomination, written by OakRun School Principal Michael Fitsko. said. “For the past four sears. Richard Ramirez has sponsored the prestigious OakRun Science Society, encouraging approximately 150sixth grade students per year to pursue their interest in science through activities, projects, field trips, explorations and study Richard has sponsored this club outside his regular classroom activities with no compensation whatsoever. Because of Richard’s efforts. the OakRun Science Soc let > has become the largest, most successful club activity in our school
He began his carcer in NBISD as a fourth-grade leacher at Carl Schurz Elementary from 1989-94. The next fall he began leaching science at
He was named NBISD’s 1993-94 Outstanding Secondary Teacher of the Year and in his essays for the award. Richard credited his family. his past teachers and former students w uh his effectiveness as a teacher He said. “I do not teach a class of students. but individuals with their own hopes, dreams and tragedies.”
An outstanding teacher, he feels. is one who can address the needs of each student. “An outstanding teacher identifies the student's potential, no
members, students and community members are eligible for the “Spotlight on Excellence Award.”
2. Nominees must have performed above and beyond the call of duty in the workplace, the schools or in the community
a. Consistent performance and commitment over an extended period of time
b Helping co-workers to learn or progress
c. Performing beyond the normal
matter how well hidden.The student s scope ^f dt*ue* ,ai
Throughout the school year. Independent Sc hool District.
RI, DBC 12
Tim, Obol 16 RI, DBC 19
Memorial Elementary Third-grade musical “Reodn’ RBin,’ and Rockrf 6^5 pm
Lone Star Primary Grondfnends’ Day for second graders
• New Braunfels Mddte School dance of the OakRun School cafeteria from onkRun School, where he is now the
7.10 pm science department head
New Braunfels High School Footbd team plays MacArthur for the Regwn IV-5A title at Alamo Stodwm (not the Aiamodome) at I pm Lamar Primary heyday program at 7 pm
• Memorial Elementary Famiy Christmas at 6:45 pm •New Braunfels ISD School Board Meeting, 7 pm in the board room of The
Education Center, 430 W MB St
• Lamar Primary hoiday program at 7 p m.
• OakRun & New Braunfels Middle School choir concert at 7 pm in the OakRun School cafeteria
• New Braunfels high School Gvts Basketball teams cohost tie River City Classic tournament.
• NBISD appreciation day for administrators NBISD schools hosts Giowfest Baloon Show.
• New Braunfels high School Girls Bosketbal teams cohost the River City Classic tournament.
• New Braunfels high School Boys Varsity Bosketbal team competes in Alamo Heights’tournament
• OakRun Student Cound Dance at OakRun from 7-9:30 pm
• OakRun Bond Concert in the middle school gym, 7 pm New BraunfelsHigh School Choir Hoiday Concert at7pm in twcafetorium
• New Braunfels Klgri School Band Hoidoy Concert, 7 pm in tie cafetorium
• End of the first semester/term
• Santa visits Lone Star •Student Winier Hoidoys
attributes are then used to establish a foundation of self worth and the value that the student can in turn build upon This is a lot to ask of a person who will only be in contact with that student for perhaps five days a week for nine months of their lives; but. this is the challenge of being an outstanding teacher”
Riel lard is the president of the Association of Texas Professional Educators, a position he has held for the last few years He has presented staff development training in the areas of math. social sciences, science and writing Reportedly on 16 committees. he was recently admitted lo the master's program at Southwest Texas State University He is also on the Board for the New Braunfels Christian Academy. A very active member of The First Presbyterian Church of New Braunfels. Richard and his wife have two young sons.
The criteria for the award is as follows:
I AII New Braunfels ISD staff
d. Contributing to innovation Serving on the committee are: Janie Barboza. a teacher at Lamar Primary; Darlene Kjoller, a teacher at Lone Star Primary ; Oraiia Valadez, an instructional aide al Memorial Primary; Tony Perez a PE aide at Carl Schurz Elementary; Jeannie Juarez. an instructional special education aide at Memorial Elementary; Sam Wotipka, a counselor at Seek Elementary; Patty Smithers, a teacher at OakRun School; Mary Gutierrez, Communities-In-Schools project director at New Braunfels Middle School; and Ema Sanchez, the principal's secretary at New Braunfels High School The committee members read the nominations and ranked their choices.
Nominations must be submitted on a form, which is available from the Public Information Office, and each nominee must meet the en ten a outlined above. Completed forms are sent to Leslie Knewaldl, Public Information Officer, at The Education CenterNBISD STudems bare a n
Meet the Teachers
‘Meet the Teachers "features educators w ho are new to New Braunfels
• Randy Leif est* holds a bachelor’s degree in Music Education from Texas Tech University An educator with 18 years of experience, he is an assistant band director at New Braunfels High School.
Greatest pleasure in leaching: “As a band director, the greatest reward of teaching is hearing an individual or ensemble play to their potential and themselves knowing that they have done their best
Philosophy of education “It is my belief thai the needs ot the student come first The instructor’s presence is justified by the students All needs of the student, both academic and personal, should be considered and weighed at all tunes However, the needs of one student should not encroach upon the learning needs of another Part of the instructional job of the teacher is to weigh individual needs and continue pros iding a positive and encouraging learning em ironment in which the student feels comfortable Proper guidance in a structured environment will turn all situations into positive learning experience*
• Jodi Lek earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Texas AAM University An educator of four years, she leaches mads to OttkRun School sixth graders
Greatest pleasure in leaching “I find the whole teaching experience pleasurable However, my greatest pleasure is the self-satisfaction of seeing a dale's face light up with excitement when he or she finally grasps a concept Thai s the moment when a1) of the work really pays off ”
Philosophy of education “Basically. I feel a teacher snout! wort wash community, school system, parents, and students lo provide the hest education possible for each and every student