New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 3, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
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Thursday. January 3, 1991
Teacher will ‘follow’ students
‘Molding’ will extendfrom kindergarten through fifth grade
ALDINE, Texas (AP) — Kindergarten teacher Ingrid Sherwood likens her students to bowls of Jell-O.
Gelatinjnust be shaped before it is chilled. And Sherwood wants to reach these disadvantaged children, many of them from low-income families, before they are molded.
To help achieve this goal, Sherwood will teach the same group of Aldine students for seven consecutive years — from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. She wants to bring a measure of stability into their lives.
“The students will have somebody who will make sure their education will be complete,” Sherwood said. * * It will matter to me what they do this year because I’ll have them next year.”
Disappointed with the increasing number of high-school dropouts, Sherwood is resolved to help at least a few children beat the odds. By teaching the same students, she says, she can monitor their progress, develop relationships with their families and provide a nurturing environment.
Sherwood pitched this unusual plan to her Aldine Independent School District supervisors in 1988 with no supporting research or studies. Administrators promptly authorized her to adopt a class of mostly disadvantaged children at Black Elementary School on an experimental basis.
‘‘Ingrid will know from grade zero to grade five what the youngsters need,” said Ed Vines, assistant superintendent for instruction in th northeast Harris County school syst rn.
‘‘You have to know the youngsters,” he said. ‘‘You get to know when a youngster is missing the concept you are trying to teach.”
Some educators argue that students benefit from studying under different teachers from year to year. They cite concerns that students will be stuck with a mediocre teacher for an extended time or become too dependent on a longtime teacher.
Sherwood shoves such doubts aside, calling her new undertaking ‘‘my professional dream come true.” In many low-income families, she said, both parents work and the family
Mid-Texas Symphony Debutantes for 1991 recently were honored with a holiday brunch. Attending were. front row from left, Michelle Spitter and Gina Davis, and, back row from left, Kimberly Durham,
Elizabeth Yourn a cf Ch *' n jel Hostesses at the Durham home were Janis Durham. Molly Young, Linda Wenzel and Lena Davis.
^hree Americans killed hi downing of helicopter
SAN SALVADOR. El Salvador (AP) — Leftist guerrillas say they inadvertently shot down a U.S. military helicopter in eastern San Salvador. killing three Amencan crewmen. The attack came five days after the rebels announced an end to their offensive.
The Salvadoran military confirmed that a Huey helicopter was downed Wednesday and refused to give detail* s. The U.S. Embassy would only say an American helicopter was missing and it was looking for further information.
Washington has been considering sending an additional $42 million to he right-wing government of Presift Alfredo Cristiani as a result ol : six-wcck rebel offensive, in which orc tlian 600 people died and two vcmmcnt planes were shot down.
A broadcast by the rebels* Radio Venccrcmos said a guerrilla unit shof down the Huey helicopter at around 2:10 p m local time near the village of Lolotique, about 75 miles cast of
ll said the guerrillas found three bodies in the wreckage with U.S. military identification on them, along with two-way radio equipment, a Browning pistol and an M-60 machine gun.
In the broadcast, the Farabundo Marti National Liberation Front rebel organization said the guerrillas did not know- they were shooting down a U S helicopter.
“At the time it was a war-craft that was overflying a war zone ... and within this context it was shot down,” a statement by the front, also known asFMLN, said.
The United States has pumped around $4.7 billion in military and economic aid to buttress a succession of government since the civil war began in October 1979. The conflict has claimed more than 73,(XX) lives.
Washington also has stationed a contingent of about 55 non-combat U.S. military advisers to help the Salvadoran military.
Somalian rebels reject premier’s call for truce
NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Rebels fighting in Somalia’s capital to overthrow President Mohamed Siad Barre rejected his plea for a cease-fire today, throwing into doubt an international effort to rescue hundreds of foreigners.
"A cease-fire only for evacuation of foreigners has no meaning,” Abdul Kadir, die foreign secretary of the insurgent United Somali Congress, told The Associated Press in Rome.
“It makes no sense just to stop the fighting and to start again later,” Kadir said. “This just makes it easier for Siad Banc to organize another counter-attack ”
The Somali president, the European Community and President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt all appealed for a cease fire Wednesday. Somali’s prime minister said talks could follow.
Bul Kadir said that while the United Somali Congress is willing lo talk with jthcr opposition factions about a provisional government, it seeks (Hie in which “Siad Barre has no influence at all.”
Tile rebel spokesman said fighting was continuing in Mogadishu, Somalia’s capital of I million people on the Indian Ocean Five days of combat witli loyalist forces have left hundreds dead.
Kadir reiterated opposition to the use of Italian or other foreign military units for evacuations. He said they should be carried out by the Interna lional Redcross.
Government sources in Bonn said Germany, France and Italy were trying to arrange a halt to the fighting in an attempt to get their nationals out of the country.
The State Department said iii Washington it was ordering the evacuation of all U.S. citizens and diplomats in Somalia, numbering about 85,
Small Texas companies benefiting from collider
DALLAS (AP) — With a current $8 billion price tag, the Superconducting Super Collider has a lot of spending to do and small businesses in Texas are eager to receive the government’s business.
Texas companies ranked first among businesses nationwide which have received some of the millions oi dollars Super Collider officials have spent so far on puny purchases for the world’s largest scientific instrument.
One such Texas business is A-Plus Rubber Stamps of Duncanville which has sold the government two rubber stamps for $27.40, according to Super Collider project records.
“We feel great about it,” said company owner Bob Collins. “We’d like to have more of their business. It’s going to be a big project.”
But some Texas companies may feel slighted by less than what they would expect from the huge government project in their state.
Ed Rose, vice president of marketing and sales for Horizon Office Pro
ducts and Furniture in Waxahachie, said he’s been disappointed that his firm and others in Ellis County haven’t seen more government dollars.
Horizon has provided S39.2SO worth of projects to the project, inc! *• ig $42.33 for push pins, $91.94 for key tags and SI 10.49 for a typewriter table.
“Thirty-nine thousand is better than zero,” Rose said. “But it could be a little better. I see us lose a lot to out-of-state companies. The impact on Ellis County should be more than it is.”
A report by the North Texas Commission said that even though the collider is being built near Waxahachie in Ellis County, Dallas County has received the greatest economic impact from the project: $146 million, compared with $18 million for Ellis County.
While at the top of the list, Texas hasn’t mono| olized Super Collider spending.
Flight crew negligence upheld in 1985 Delta crash at D-FW
but did not yet have any concrete plans on how to do it.
All have said a halt in the fighting must precede any evacuation.
The rebels seek to topple what they call the ‘‘cruel, corrupt” government of Siad Barre, a former army commander who has ruled the horn of Africa nation since seizing power in a coup in 1969.
Observes expressed fear the fighting could develop into clan-based warfare.
Siad Barre and most other senior government officials belong to the small Marchan clan. The United Somali Congress gamers much of its support from the large, central Hawiyc clan.
Slate Department spokesman Richard Boucher said in Washington on Wednesday that 37 U.S. diplomats and fewer than 50 private U.S. citizens remain in Somalia and all have been ordered evacuated.
About 500 foreigners in all arc still in the Horn of Africa nation, roughly 350 of them Italians.
Boucher on Wednesday described the situation in Somalia as confused.
“It is impossible to say which side has the upper hand or which forces arc in control of what location,” he said.
Fighting was heaviest near the center of Mogadishu and in its northern and western suburbs, according to about 20 Somalis who flew into Nairobi by commercial plane Wednesday.
They said the fighting was at least three miles from the seaside airport, despite rebel claims earlier of having Siad Barre surrounded in a bunker there One woman said, “It’s heavy, heavy, heavy fighting.”
They said the rebels appeared to have significant popular support among the 8 million people in a coon try with nearly the land area of California and Utah combined
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — The crew of a Delta Air Lines flight was to blame for a 1985 crash that killed 137 people at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, a federal appeals court has ruled.
The ruling Wednesday upheld an earlier ruling by U.S. District Judge David O. Below.
The panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said it could not overrule “the court’s apparent view that, when Right 191 chose to fly into a thunderstorm al a low altitude and speed, it chose to dice with death.”
The flight originated in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., and was bound for Los Angeles after un interim stop ai Dallas.
Of 152 passengers and ll crew members, 128 of the passengers and eight of the crew were killed. It was the worst plane crash in Texas history.
The 5th Circuit’s ruling came in a lawsuit in which Kathleen E. Con
nors, widow of pilot Edwin N. Connors. and Jean R. Nassick, widow of second officer Nick Nassick, sued the United States for alleged negligence by air traffic controllers at the airport.
That suit was in addition to 182 claims that followed the crash, including 115 against Delta Air Lincs.
At a non-jury trial, Bclew found both controllers and the flight crew negligent but absolved controllers of proximate negligence because the plane’s crew knew dangerous weather conditions existed .
“The court’s finding that the crew’s dclibciate decision to land through a known thunderstorm, located at the end of the runway, when they could easily have gone around, was the sole proximate cause of this disaster is not clearly erroneous; and its judgment for the United States must, therefore, be affirmed,” the 5th Circuit said in the opinion by Judge Thomas Gee of Houston.
Landmark Texas restaurant burns
DEER PARK, Texas (AP) — The Monument Inn restaurant, a landmark eating establishment located the past quarter of a century in the shadow of the San Jacinto Monument, has been dcstro)cd by fire.
But owner Ann Laws says the restaurant site and her husband purchased last July for almost $1 million will be rebuilt within six months.
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moves frequently. Sherwood believes she can be a stabilizing force and perhaps persuade families to stay in (me place for an entire school year.
Any students who have personal conflicts with Sherwood may ask to be assigned to another teacher. Sherwood also expects new children to be enrolled in her class as the years progress because she must take her share of the student load.
Sherwood said she does not intend that this pilot project “change the world of education,” but she wants it to work for this class. She envisions more widespread application of a modified version of the concept, wherein teachers instruct the same students for two or three consecutive years
Sherwood developed the idea while she was hospitalized before giving birth to her youngest son. She said she asked a nurse in the room for a pain pill, but minutes later a different nurse attended to something in the room, and a while later yet another nurse was summoned.
Because so many nurses attended
to her, Sherwood said, not one of them became familiar with her needs. She sees the same problem in the schools.
“This program will make people responsible to each other, and people responsible to each other do a better job,” Sherwood said.
Sherwood’s unyielding energy suits her to this task. Her eyes widen when she talks about the children, and the button she wears on her chest reads, “I Love You.”
But because many teachers fear that success of Sherwood’s class might lead to sweeping reforms in the school district, she said, a lot of her colleagues keep their distance from her.
And every year Sherwood moves up a grade with her class, another teacher at Black must be reassigned —making her even more unpopular.
“If the top administration says ‘yes,’ it must be worth doing,” Sherwood said.
“I love my students, and they love me,” she said. “And that helps you get through the day.”
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Mrs. Laws said she was preparing lo leave on a long-awaited family ski trip to New Mexico early Wednesday when she was told that the seafood restaurant was on fire.
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