New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 6, 2004, New Braunfels, Texas
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ZeitungIndictment alleges woman stole from PIA
By Dylan Jim6nez and Ron Maloney
A former Memorial Primary School PTA treasurer who allegedly stole money school children raised was indicted Wednesday on a felony theft charge.
Assistant District Attorney
Joe Soane said the Comal County grand jury indicted Angela Bielke, 30, on a charge of theft between $1,500 and $20,000.
lf convicted, the allegation is punishable by six months to two years in a state jail and a $10,000 fine.
New Braunfels Police Det.
Mike Penshom said the thefts, totaling about $9,000, occurred in 2003 and were reported after school began this past fall.
The theft was discovered in an audit when this year’s PTA officers took over, Penshom said.
Penshom said the majority
of the missing money came from childrens’ fund-raisers.
Bielke cooperated in the investigation and paid back half the money, he said.
The PTA is a parent-teacher organization that raises money to help educate children. At Memorial Primary, PTA-generated funds bought the
school’s reading materials this year.
New Braunfels Independent School District spokeswoman Stephanie Ferguson said the district nor the school would comment on the incident.
“We support what they do, and they support us through fund-raising, but it’s not the
same entity,’’ Ferguson said.
Memorial Primary PTA President Jana Evola said she could not comment on the incident, although she did confirm it involved last year’s PTA and not this year’s officers.
Texas PTA officials did not return calls for comment Thursday.
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Grade 4, Spanish writing
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Grades 10 & 11,
* March 3
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Grades 3-8 and 11, math
Grade 10, social studies
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Grades 4-8. reading
Grades 4-6, Spanish reading
Grade 10, math
Grade 11, science
Grades 3-8, reading
Grade 3, reading retest
Grade 3. Spanish reading retest
■ April 29
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Grade 5. science
Grade 5, Spanish science
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PARENTS TAKE THE TAKS
Want to know how
tough the TAKS is?
• Sample tests from 2003 are downloadable on the Texas Education Agency Web site. tea state.tx.us/, under the TAKS Released Tests* link.
* Take the test at any grade level and check the answers.
By Dylan Jimtnaz
Misty Klein's second grade class at Lone Star Elementary is learning essential test-taking skills.
They are learning to estimate the weight, length and diameter of classroom objects.
By learning to estimate, they learn to identify and eliminate unreasonable multiple-choice answers on the Texas Assessment of Knowl
edge and Skills test.
“That’s a big deal on the test because, if they come up with an answer that’s not even close to what they should be looking for, they need to know that,” Klein said.
Critical-thinking skills like judging the “reasonableness” of answers will help her students next year when they take the I AKS the first time.
School districts across Texas are preparing for the
second year of TAKS testing, which begins later this month. The test is said to be a more rigorous assessment, and educators are preparing accordingly.
Passing standards were to be phased in over two years and fully implemented by the 2004-05 school year, so test scores are more important this year.
Last year, third-graders had to pass their TAKS reading sections to be promoted to
Although relatively young, Bulverde Baptist grew fast
By Leigh Jones
For Baptists living in Bulverde, there was a problem.
“In 1973, there were only Lutheran and Catholic churches in Bulverde,” recalled Gay Morgan.
The solution? Start a new church.
“That summer," Morgan said, "Bonnie Cejka held a vacation Bible school in her home for the children in her neighborhood.”
The children filled every room in Cej-ka’s home, spilling out to the back porch for activities. Encouraged by the positive response, congregants of Dellview Baptist Church in San Antonio, where Cejka and Morgan were members, decided to sponsor a mission church in Bulverde.
Eventually, Bulverde Baptist Church grew enough to stand on its own.
Their first meetings were held in Morgan’s home until the chapel at Singing
Hill Ranch was offered. In 1975, they moved into their current location off Bulverde Road.
Children, the impetus for starting the church, are still an important focus of activities. The most popular children’s program is also the most successful community outreach.
The Upward Basketball league, which consists of 32 teams of 311 first- through sixth-graders, is popular among members and also provides a fun activity for friends who do not attend church. After practicing one night every week, the teams play in all-day Saturday competitions. IWo basketball camps continue play through the summer months.
The Youth Group is also active in outreach mission work. Once a month, members have a collection drive to support a food bank in San Antonio. Periodic trips to Mexican border towns allow
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the fourth grade. In 2004-05, fifth-graders will have to pass the reading and math tests to be promoted.
This year, I lth-graders will have to pass all four assessment areas to graduate.
“This is the first group of students who will have to pass TAKS rather than TAAS,” said Vicki Pursch, CISD executive director of instruction and curriculum.
Taking the TAKS each year
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With studies out of the way, county progresses on flood control dam projects.
Bulverde Community Rahe Primary Center
E Amman Road
Fridays, the Herald-Zeitung will feature a different house of worship.
BULVERDE BAPTIST CHURCH
■ Pastor Dick Loser
• Mission Statement To lead people to faith in Christ and growth in Christlikeness
4 Denominational affiliation: Baptist
• Current attendance 250
9 Meeting times: Sundays — 9:30 am Sunday School. 10:45 a m.
worship. 6 p m. Break Out (for youth) and adult fellowship
• Location: 1331 Bulverde Road
■ Phone (830) 980-7577
• Web Site
www bulverdebap-tist com
■ Worship style Contemporary to blended
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Meghan McCarthy, left, and James Felle use different kinds of dried beans and a scale to learn about weight and mass in their second grade class at Lone Star Elementary. Learning reasoning skills will help them on the TAKS test.TARS, TAKE TWOStakes are higher in second year of state-mandated test
Drew Garrison, Canyon High School junior, has another week to make sure his hog is well-fed and well-behaved for the San Antonio Stock Show and Rodeo.
“He’s looking pretty good,” Garrison said.
Garrison will show a lamb and a hog representing CHS Future Farmers of America in the livestock judging contest.
Although Garrison already has participated in area shows this year, for many agriculture students, the San Antonio show will be the beginning of the showing season and their chance to show and sell their animals before the Comal County lunior Livestock Show later this month.
“This is really the one that gets us going,” Garrison said.
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■ 55th Annual San Antonio Stock Show & Rodeo
>■ Opens Friday and continues through Feb. 22
■ SBC Center, San Antonio
■ Tickets: Call 1-877-637-6336 or log onto the Web. ticketmaster.com
Bulverde Baptist Church Pastor Dick Loser.