New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - February 18, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas
Wednesday, February 18,1987
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rayoCHS Future Homemakers
Canyon High School Future Homemakers of America officers are (front, from left) Angie Laffery, secretary; Debbi Gleitz, first vice president; Kathy Brasuell, second vice president; (back, from left) Ila Patel,
assistant historian; Peggy Preiss, historian; and Celeste Mills, reporter. Not pictured are Lisa Garret, president, and Lori Jessen, treasurer.
CHS Future Farmers
Canyon High School Future Farmers of America officers are (front, from left) Allison Horton, secretary; Laura Mathis, president; Ryan Richter, vice
president; (back, from left) Brian Syamken, sentinel;
Shawn Soechting, reporter; and Clay Mathis, treasurer.
CISD information officer wins honors
Sandra Jackson, Comal ISO's public information officer, brought home six awards from the winter workshop of the Texas School Public Relations Association, last week iii Austin.
An "Award of Excellence" was earned by Jackson for her Cist) Back-to-School Update, which w as published in August. Update contains information about new personnel, bus routes, school supply lists, school times, sports schedules, medication policy and other data parents need to
know before sending their children to school.
Approximately 14,500 copies of the tabloid were distributed to residents of the district.
Other awards won by Jackson include five “Awards of Merit" for: “30 Years of Excellence” anniversary button. “Golden Opportunities" newstip sheet, “Vocational Education A Choice with a Future” poster, "Congratulations — We’re Proud of You" folder and a “Comal ISI)"
The inservice folder and the vocational education poster were produced in cooperation with Carol Hall and Ann Sparks of the Division of Instruction at CISD.
Jackson was hired by the district two years ago as a part-time consultant to gather and disseminate information about the district to parents, taxpayers, patrons and employees. This is the second year she has distinguished herself by winning recognition from TSPRA.
Hotline helps college-bound students seeking aid
Parents of college-bound students who are looking for fincial aid now may use an added service.
The Texas Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators, hoping to alleviate the confusion and frustration (rf the financial aid picture, is providing a toll free financial aid hotline.
The hotline will operate from IO
a.m. to 6 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday. The special toll free number established to serve all callers is: 1-800-253-8989.
The hotline will be staffed with financial aid administrators and admission officers will assist as well.
“We hope parents will call with their questions," said Dick Rector, counselor at Smithson Valley High School.
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Schools gear up for 21st century
The “Class of 2000” is no longer a figment of the imagination.
Students who enter Comal ISD kindergartens this September will graduate from Smithson Valley and Canyon high schools in the year 2000.
This special class will be unique from the beginning of their school years to the end, and CISD teachers plan to treat them that way.
“We plan some extra-ordinary activities for this group of students — who will lead us into the next century,” said Arlen Tieken, CISD administrator spearheading the project.
Plans include a "Class of 2000” T-shirt for each kindergarten student who registers in September. Financed by donations, the shirt can be worn throughout the kindergarten year, and it will probably be saved by most parents as momentoes for their children, school officials said.
Teachers also hope to provide this class with special school supplies and information to help parents get their kindergarten student off to a good start.
A special emphasis will be given by
teachers to teach these children what they will need to be leaders of the 21st century. Write to Read computer labs already are installed in some CISD elementary and primary schools, giving very young children a chance to learn reading skills on a computer.
High tech vocational courses will be offered to these students later in their school career, as well as first class college-preparatory courses that will allow students to compete for places in top colleges and universities.
In addition, Superintendent Bill Brown said he has dedicated himself to the speedy completion of facilities now under construciton as a result of a $19.9 million bond issue passed in 1985. His future plans are to continue a progressive building program that will keep up with the needs of this fast-growing school district.
“The uniqueness of this class justifies the extra work and time of our staff,” Tieken said. “And we are confident in our ability to provide a quality education for our current and future students.”CISD aims for record attendance
Officials in the Comal ISD are hoping that more than 96 percent of their 5,400 students will attend school every day during the spring attendance period.
The five weeks from Feb. 16 to March 20, with the exception of March 9-13 spring break, will mark the state’s official spring attendance accounting period, which determines state funding for school districts.
"Last fall, our attendance during this time was in the 96 percent range," said Abel Campos, CISD’s business manager. "We would like to see 96 to 97 percent — at least — in this spring’s accounting period,” he said.
State funding to school districts is based on average daily attendance figures, as determined by this accounting. During this time, each absence costs CISI) $73.55.
Parents are urged not to take their children out of school for any reason except an emergency or a serious illness. Doctor and dentist appointment should be made after school or Saturdays.
NBHS senior picked as finalist for National Merit Scholarship
New Braunfels High School senior Robert C. Smith has been named as a finalist in the 1987 competition for National Merit Scholarships.
By being named as a finalist, Smith is now in a very select group of students representing fewer than half of I percent of American high school seniors.
The selection of about 6,000 Merit Scholars from among the approximately 13,500 finalists is now in progress. In April and early May, NMSC will announce the names of Merit Scholars.
Each finalist is being considered for one of 1,800 National Merit $2,000 Scholarships. Approximately 4,200 other Merit Scholarships will be offered, but only finalists who meet an award grantor’s preferential criteria will be considered. These grantors include corporate
organizations, colleges and universities.
Language, music talents place in literary meet
Eight New Braunfels High School students earned nine awards at the UIL literary Practice meet Feb. 7 in San Antonio.
Jason Connor took first place in Spanish II (non-native) while Joaquin Perusquiua earned first place in Spanish III (native) and Elva Valdez took top honors in Spanish III (special).
In addition, Albert Aguilar and Connor earned first place iii the talent contest for their musical Coke bottles.
Jodi Sparks took second place in French IV. Shana Merrell earned fourth place in French III and Yvonne Cantu took fifth place in
Spanish II (special).
Clarissa Garcia placed ninth in French I and Aguilar took ninth place in Spanish II (special).
Speech students take top honors at contest
Several New Braunfels High School students took top honors in speech events at the UIL Practice Meet Feb. 6-7 at Smithson Valley Highschool.
Gayle Cerrato earned third place in persuasive speaking. Jason Geistweidt and Darren Boamet won two out of three debates with Boarnet earning first speaker in those rounds.
Also, all six speech students advanced to the semifinals in their respective events.
NBHS’s speech team is sponsored by Jennifer Sangermano.
Parents and students may find it helpful to write down their questions and have them ready when they call. If lines are busy, callers are asked to keep trying until they reach a financial aid specialist.
The hotline project is part of Financial Aid Awareness Week. Bilingual assistance is available to callers.
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