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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 19, 1996, New Braunfels, Texas Herald-Zeitung □ Thursday, December 19, 1996 O 5EducationNBISD wishes you a safe and happy holiday season. The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitungprovides the "Education page to local public school districts. New Braunfels Independent School District s page is published on Thursdays and is compiled by NBISD Administrative Assistant for Public Information L es!ie Kriewaldt. To submit information or for questions. please call620-6200. NBISD strives to keep patrons informed about district events and dates, student and staff achievements, and other NBISD news. Although this is the last page of 1996. the NBISD 'Education" page will resume after the holidays on Thursday. Jan. 9. New Braunfels ISD Calendar of Events Dec. 20 Dec. 23-Jan. 3 Mon., Jan. 6 Tues., Jan. 7 Tues., Jan. 21 Feb. 13-14 Fit, Feb. 14 Mon., Feb. 17 Fit, March 14 March 24-31 Fri., April 11 Fit, April 18 Mon., April 21 Sun., May 25 Wed., May 28 Thurs., May 29 • End of the I st Semester/Term • Winter Holidays • Student Holiday/Staff Development Day • Students return to school    v    :    I • School Board Meeting, 7 p.m. in the Board Room of The Education Center • School Board Meeting, 7 p.m. in the Board Room of The Education Center • Student Holidays/Staff Development Days • End of Fourth Six-Week Grading Period • Student/Staff Holiday • Youth Show Holiday for Students/Staff • Spring Break • End of Fifth Six-Week Grading Period • Student/Staff Holiday • Student Holiday/ Staff Devebpment Day • Baccalaureate •Last Day of School • Graduation/Teacher Work Day NBISD Meet the Teachers Throughout the school year, Meet the Teachers features educators w ho on1 new to New Braunfels Independent School District C lins J. Smith earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Geography with a minor in History trout Southwest Texas State University- A beginning educator, he teaches Academic Decathlon preparatory classes at New Braunfels High School Greatest pleasure in teaching: “The little things. Examples could he - the look in their eyes when they finally get it or the students who will hopefully come hack and say I did made a difference.” PhiJiHtophy of education “Education is a lifelong adventure As a teacher. I w ill try to create a positive learning environment that will allow my students to discover the benefits of being lifelong learners." Patly Smithers holds a Bachelor of Arts degree iii Commercial Art with a minor in Art Advertising from Southwest Texas Stale University. An educator with I I years of full time teaching and two years of part-time teaching experience, all in New Braunfels ISI), she teaches fine arts at OakKun School. Greatest pleasure in education: "Observing a student mature into a skilled and talented artist is very rewarding to me. Also witnessing a positive change in a student’s attitude and selfesteem makes me feel a sense of pleasure and accomplishment." Philosophy of education: "I feel education is a constant quest for know ledge, not only iii the subject matter, but iii all areas of life. It is our job as teachers to give out students our best through our knowledge and experiences, so they may progress towards that quest " Board turns its attention to district goals With the hiring of Interim Superintendent Thomas E. Moseley, New Braunfels ISD School Board members can turn their attention to beginning the search process for a new superintendent of schools. NBISD’s educational leader of almost 14 years, Charles Bradberry, begins 1997 as the superintendent of Keller ISD. In determining what qualities they want the district’s next superintendent to have, the board adopted six two-year goals at the Dec. 17 meeting. The goals will guide NBISD staff in planning and give candidates for the superintendency a clear idea of the hoard’s priorities for the district. In making her motion to adopt the goals. Trustee Anne Miller said the next seven high-ranked goals could he added after a superintendent is hired. Adopted unanimously by the board were the following goals in order of priority: I) Develop a plan to address TAAS scores with special emphasis on nar rowing the gap between identified sub-groups in an effort to have all campuses rated “recognized” by the Texas Education Agency. 2) Develop a five-year plan to upgrade and maintain technological equipment in classrooms to include a computer in each teacher’s classroom, networking computers for electronic correspondence within the school, and adequate technology training for staff. 3) Formalize a school-parent part nership agreement that holds parents 'responsible and accountable for being active participants in their child's education. This agreement, similar to the Discipline Management Plan, would outline the district s and school’s commitment to academic excellence and their responsibilities towards student achievement, as well as parents’ responsibilities toward supporting their child’s school responsibilities. 4) Develop a plan to implement an appropriate bond program to maintain building renovation and remodeling, as well as new construction, to meet anticipated student growth in NBISD. 5) Reconstruct the Reading/Language Arts curriculum in the elementary grades to provide consistency across grade levels. 6) Develop, implement and fund a comprehensive afterschool program for children that includes academic assistance such as homework help and tutorials, intramural activities, and special interest classes. NBISD & city taxes paid after Dec. 31 incur fees New Braunfels ISD school and offices will be closed for the holidays from Dec. 23-Jan. 3. Students will continue to be off Monday, Jan. 6, while NBISD personnel have a staff development day. Youngsters return to class on Tuesday, Jan. 7.The second semester ends May 28. The NBISD Tax Office, which collects taxes for both the school district and the city of New Braunfels, will be closed Dec. 23-27 and Wednesday, Jan. I. The office, located at 407 W. Mill Street, is open from 8 a.rn.-5 p.m. Payments presented or post office marked by Dec. 31 will be accepted as December payment amounts. Pay ments made on current, or 1995, taxes, will have an additional 15 percent of the tax, penalty and interest added for attorneys’ fees if payment is received or post office marked after Dec. 31, 1996. Students are off Feb. 13 and 14 while employees have staff development. Feb. 17 is a holiday for both students and staff. In March, students and staff are off on the 14th for the Youth Show, and during 24-31 for spring break Students and staff have a holiday April 18. Y oungsters are also off April 21 while staff development is scheduled Baccalaureate is planned for May 25, with graduation on the 29th. NBISD photo by LESLIE KRIEWALDT NJHS helps society with honorable project The intelligent members of the New Braunfels Middle School chapter of the National Junior Honor Society know it is better to give than to receive. As they do scholastically, the club members have excelled in their most recent service project as well. The students participated in a scavengers’ hunt and each canvassed 20 homes to collect food donations for the Community Service Center. Above, club officers stand with Susie Gonzales, community service center director. The officers are, left to right, Elizabeth Barney, secretary; Jeff McCrary, president; Stacy Parker, vice president; and Lindsay Leifeste, treasurer. The center divided the hundreds of food items to help many families celebrate a bountiful Thanksgiving. The NJHS takes on two major service projects annually to benefit some facet of the commuity. Each full-year member must give 20 individual hours of service to their school, neighborhood and community. The club is led by Barbara Holden, advisor. Chris J. Smith Patty Smithers JWe’re Looking For A Few Good Local Heroes.i~Help us find them by Jan IO, 1997. We all know someone who has done something to make their community a better place to live. The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung would like to recognize those deserving people in its annual Horizons edition, March 16-23, 1997. Nominations are being accepted through January IO, 1997 for the Comal County Unsung Heroes. Unsung Heroes are people who have made a significant volunteer contribution to their communities but who do not receive recognition for their work. To nominate someone for this special honor, send a letter describing the nominee and why he or she should be chosen. Be sure to inc hide information on how to contact the nominee as well as the nominator, or use the form below. Send letters or fax to: Managing Editor Doug Loveday, The New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung, 707 banda St., New Braunfels, Texas 78130. (210) 625-9144. Unsung Heroes and their nominators will be recognized ar a special reception on March 21, 1997. Nominator: Address: Phone Number:. I am nominating because:_ New Braunfels Herald-Zeitung Working to be an indispensable part of your day. ;