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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 13, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas Education Herald-Zeitung O Wednesday, December 13,1995 □ 9 A CISD_ SVMS Science Fair winners excel in research and problem solving Suggestions needed for new school names Three committees, one for the Mountain Valley area 5th/6th grade campus, one for the New Braunfels area 5th/ 6th grade campus, and one committee for both Smithson Valley area 5th/6th grade and 7th/8th/9th campuses, have been established to select school names. Anyone in the CISD community can recommend names for consideration. “We encourage our patrons to take an active role in this process and suggest names for their new schools," Jerry Major, CISD Superintendent, said. Students at CISD schools are also participating in the search for names. The Board of Trustees has provided these general guidelines for the committees to use in selecting school names. Suggested names should be in one of the following topics: Geographic location, pioneer families who contributed to the settlement of the community, individuals who were influential in the establishment of the Comal ISD, distinguished former Comal ISD educators, district patrons who have contributed significantly to the betterment of the district, and outstanding Texans/Americans. School name suggestions can be forwarded to the CIS D Office of Public Information. Names selected by the committees will be provided to the Board for approval in Feb., 1996. Bill Brown student reads books to become ‘Principal for the Day* Garlyn Schwarzlose, fifth grade CISD photo by Don Clark Garlyn Schwarzlose (center) became “Principal for a Day" at Bill Brown Elementary School by reading books in the school s Accelerated Reader Program. With Schwarzlose are Betty Jones (L), school librarian, and Tripp Presley, Bill Brown's principal. Creating a project for a science fair requires the student to learn many valuable skills. Twenty Smithson Valley Middle School students proved to the judges that their projects were the best in the school and won awards in the recently concluded SVMS Science Fair. "Students learned how to solve a problem through research and experimentation," Debra Hartman, SVMS science teacher, said. Most of the projects took two and a half months to complete and students were required to keep detailed records and daily logs of their observations during the science project "The problem solving technique they learned is something they will use the test of their life," Hartman said. Over ninety percent of the school’s 780 seventh and eighth grade students participated in the science fair. "We really appreciate the support that parents gave the students during this part of their science class," Hartman said. Parents provided numerous trips to the library so the student could do research, purchased materials for the project, and supervised the student during the experiment, according to Hartman. The following are the winners in the Smithson Valley Middle School Science Fair. 7th Grade: Ribbon Category: 1st Place, Natalie Gomez, Science of Baking; 2nd Place, Rachel Steil, Soil Erosion; 3rd Place, Melanie Boehm, Keep the Beat; 4th Place, Ryan Beyer, Absorption Rates; 5th Place, Kim Mecke, Seeping Deeper, 6th Place, Darrell Tindall, The Way the Ball Bounces. Trophy Category: 1st Place, C J. Estrada, The River Runs Wild; 2nd Place, Veronica Reed, White Smile; 3rd Place, Melanie Winn, Natural Reflectivity; 4th Place, Nikki Parker, B unc ha Bacteria. 8th Grade: Ribbon Category: 1st Place, Tristen Shutt, Water World; 2nd Place, Kathryn Lowe, Fertilizer: Friend or Foe; 3rd Place, Matt Breen, To Bounce or Not to Bounce; 4th Place, Troy Vaughn, Mr. Sandman; 5th Place, Robin Tabor, Insulation; 6th Place, Erin Smith, Miracle Medicine. Trophy Category: 1st Place, Eric Rust, Blades Ratio Power, 2nd Place, Scott Stevens, Jumping RC Style; 3rd Place, Morgen Cuming, Popping Popcorn; 4th Place, Paul Smith, Coating. student at Bill Brown Elementary School, was the school’s first "Principal for the Day" for the school year. She selected this as one way to spend some of her points gained in the Accelerated Reader testing and evaluation program. To obtain a variety of prizes, students are challenged to read books on the Accelerated Reader Program list Students then take a computerized test on the book. Points are given based on their test scores and students can become "Principal for the Day" or items from the school’s Accelerated Reader “store." Bill Brown students must have 250 points to be eligible for the honor of becoming "Principal for the Day," according to Betty Jones, Bill Brown librarian. "I like all kinds of fiction books," Schwarzlose said. During this day, students make the daily announcements, monitor classroom activity, perform a variety of "supervisory" duties, and, with a friend, are guests of the school principal at lunch. ’Principal for the Day,*" she added. Bill Brown Elementary is one of several CISD elementary schools that has the computer-based Accelerated Reader testing and evaluation program. "The major objective of the Accelerated Reader Program is to motivate students to read good literature. "The students love it and are reading better literature because of the program," Jones said. Continued practice in reading helps students in all of their classes and can also help improve TAAS test scores, according to Jones. "I have been a librarian for over 25 years and I have never seen students ' read like this. And I know they are reading and comprehending because of the testing program," Jones concluded. Y i * /» CISD photo by Don Clark Shewn are the 1995-96 SVMS Science Fair winners (L-RF Front Ro*: CTJ ’Esfrada, 'Kim Mecke, Rachel Ste!!, Natalie Gomez, Morgen Cuming, Matt Breen; Second Row: Veronica Reed, Ryan Beyer, Robin Tabor, DarreR Tindall, Melanie Winn, NMO Parker, Melanie Boehm; Back Row: Erie Rust, Troy Vaughn, Erin Smith, Kathryn Lowe, Scott Stevens. Paul Smith. Not shown, Tristen Shutt. "I watch the different way teachers teach. I think that’s important because I think I want to be a teacher when I grow up," Schwarzlose said. ' * ' "I can also give ocher students tips on how they can work harder to improve, so maybe they can become NBISDCarl Schurz sales successfully conclude 4444Meet the Teachers4444 Throughout the school year, “Meet the Teachers "features educators who are new to New Braunfels Independent School District. NBISD photo by LESLIE KRIEWALDT 6 Wednesday, Dec. 13s New Braunfels Middle School Science Club Christmas Party at Cancun Cafe from 6-8 p.m. I Thursday, Dec. 14s * New Braunfels High School Holiday Band Concert, 7:30 p.m. in the cafetorium. *    • OakRun PTA Program, "A Fine Arts Christmas,’* at 7 p.m. in the school cafeteria. • Lamar Primary kindergarten program at 7 p.m. in the multipurpose building. 6 Friday, Dec. IS: New Braunfels Middle School Student Council Holiday Dance from 7-10 p.m. in the OakRun Cafeteria, i 4 Monday, Dec. Mi OakRun Christmas Band Conceit, NBMS Gym, al 7 p.m. j 4 To-day, Due. 19: End of 3rd Six Week. 4 WwtnMday, Dee. 20-Tuacday, Jan. 2: NBISD students and staff off for winter holidays. 4 Wadaasdny, Jan. 3t Student Holiday/NBISD Staff Development Day " -       -  — - -       .......... NBISD: Home of a 1995 State Honor School Board, Two State Recognized Schools - Memorial Primary & Elementary schools State Girls Cross Country Tean and First-Place Individual Winner, State Volleyball Semifinalists - National JROTC Honor Unit, d Brenda Smith earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary Education with a minor in Reading from Southwest Texas State University. With lour years experience, two of those being in New Braunfels ISD. she teaches fourth graders at Seele Elementary School. Greatest pleasure in teaching: “The most precious aspect of teaching is, without a doubt, the children themselves. Then comes the pleasure in watching them grow and mature, both academically and socially. It is very exciting to know that I have made a difference in the world because I had at one time touched the lite of a child. Philosophy of education: “I believe formal education is only one aspect of a person’s total body, mind and soul. Through the process of formal education, one acquires knowledge, but through the process of living one s life to his/her fullest potential, one gains wisdom. To hold wisdom in one’s mind and heart, is to hold the most complete form of education possible.’’ d Jos£ Valdez earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Education, majoring in Spanish and minoring in General Sciences from Northwest Missouri Stale University. With three years experience, he teaches Spanish at New Braunfels High School, Greatest pleasure in teaching: “Great pleasure is mine when I sec the transformation of students who enter not knowing the target language, but become prof icient enough to communicate with a native speaker." Philosophy of education: “Education is the total physical, mental, social and emotional development of a student. This development takes place as the student has been given the tools to become an independent learner ” Upcoming events Jose Valdez _J Brenda Smith Enjoy ‘A Christmas Carol9 at NBHS Sometimes its takes a while for people to get into the Christmas spirit. For others, it takes some Christmas spirits themselves to do the trick. Take Edwin Rubel, for example. As the Scrooge-like character in an updated production of Dicken’s "A Christmas Carol," he changes his tune from “Bah, humbug!” to “Merry Christmas.” The transformation only comes after he learns some hard lessons about himself and others taught by the spirits of Christmas Past, Present and Future. The New Braunfels High School Theatre ’N Talent actors perform Wednesday and Friday, Dec. 13 and 15, at 7 p.m. in the NBHS Cafetorium. The Saturday, Dec. 16, performance begins at 2 p.m. Tickets are $2 for adults and $ I for youngsters under six-years old. Bringing their talents to the NBHS stage are Kent Davidson (Edwin Rubel), Hunter Weilbacher (Fred), Autumn Wray (Fred’s Wife), Michael Baker (Robin Albright), Erin Boyd (Tiny Tim), Jamie Fulkerson (Mrs. Albright), Marissa Escobedo (Martha Albright), Blanca Vasquez (Peter Albright), Joy Laifaitte (Emily Albright), Shauna Smith and Keri Chapman (Campfire Girls), Darlene Delgado and Kristen Brown (Housekeepers), Jaime Aleman (Topper/Dick Wilkins), Robert Weller (Peter Greenlaw), Jennifer Blackstock (Belinda Albright), Dan Mauldin Carl Schurz Elamantary students ended their Thanksgiving holiday candy aa las recently. Aa a result, two students earned more than the satisfaction off a job well done. rifin-flraCI®! UOTSK rWimi, WTI, and fourth-grader Aarin Koch, right, receive checks from PTA President Sandra Shine for being the top student ee(F ere. First-place winner Aarin received HOO for selling $328 in candy. Derek, for selling $287 worth of treats, earned $75. The top-selling classes were Schmidt’s homeroom with $850and Lee’s room with $780. The funds raised will be put toward Cultural Arts programs and weekly classroom news magazines. NBISD photo by LESLIE KRIEWALDT Modem day "Scrooge’’ Edwin Rubel, played by Kent Davidson, gets a lesson in the holiday spirit by the Spirit of Christmas Present, played by Kelly Koksma. (Jacob Flint), Mike Rushton (Spirit of #2), Teresa Wylie (Gossiper #3), Jeff Christmas Past), Kelly Koksma (Spirit Sager (Joe), Rim Latrasse (Mrs. of Christmas Present), Travis Faust Gooley), Kimberly Traill, Marina (Spirit of Christmas Future), Lydianne Martinez, Shelly Miller and Valyn Nelson (Betty), Josh Boothe (School- Lindsay (Sprites), and Pam Villarreal, master/Fezziwig), Kristen Brown Virginia Carden, Shauna Smith, Rob-(Mrs. Emma Fezziwig and Mrs. ert Weller, Keri Chapman, Stephanie Dilber),EliseWaltman(WendyChris- Redding, Melissa Scharnhorst and topher), Stephanie Redding (Gossiper Teresa Wylie (Christma Guests). The #1), Melissa Scharnhorst (Gossiper play is directed by Kathy Stockstill. ;