New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 12, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
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Fitsko to present at SERA conference
Mike Fitsko, the assistant superintendent of curriculum and instruction for New Braunfels ISD, has been invited to co-chair a presentation for the 1994 .Southwest Educational Research Association Annual Meeting. The conference will be held in San Antonio Jan. 29.
The SERA organization is made up of university professors and researchers who explore all areas of higher educational research.
Fitsko will co-chair the meeting with Dr. Bruce Thompson from the College of Education at Texas A & M University. Their program, “Multiple •Approaches in Program Evaluation,” [twill include reports on dropouts, special education and evaluating the
Texas Academics Skills Program.
“I am honored to be invited to participate in this meeting which emphasizes the latest in university educational research,” said Fitsko.
Speech students earn honors in Round Rock
A number of New Braunfels High School Speech students competed in the Round Rock Invitational Tournament last month.
Sergio Vargas won third place in the Lincoln Douglas Debate.
In the Oratory event, Jeff Schultz took third with Lindsey Blankensce earning fifth place.
Persuasive Speaking was a suc
cessful category for John Peters, who won sixth, and for Bert Guzenski, who placed eighth.
The students are coached by Jennifer Balmanno.
Students have a holiday next Monday
New Braunfels ESD students have a holiday Jan. 17. The day is one of the district's state-mandated staff development days which must be available to teachers. Feb. 21 is an additional student holiday/stall development day.
Both students and staff w ill have a holiday Feb. 14and March IS Spiing break is from March 2X-Apnl 4.
Lieke details life in Poland for NBHS class
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NBISD photo by LESLIE KRIEWALDT
Last semester, Brian Lieke, the vice consul to the United States embassy in Poland, spoke to the Economics class of Sally Kingsbury at New Braunfels High School. Lieke, shown left, gave a fascinating talk to the students in which he explained his job and answered questions. Lieke, an NBHS graduate, said his job primarily involved interviewing people who wished to become U.S. citizens and investigating visa fraud. He gave a brief history of Poland and described what living in Warsaw was like. The economics students asked a variety of questions and discovered that American companies are opening businesses in Poland and a light snowfall can cause electricity losses. The results of Poland s dependence on coal can be seen in lower life expectancies ("60 is considered to be very, very old...") and in severe pollution. Lieke also detailed the process for entering the foreign service.
Board of Trustees approves Preparation for the Real World - Family Living and Small Business Management courses
The Board of Trustees, at their Monday, January IO meeting, approved two new high school courses. The courses arc Preparation for the Real World-Family Living, offered through home economics departments, and Small Business Management, from the office education departments.
Courses will be offered by both high schools beginning with the 1994-1995 school year.
Preparation for the Real World-Family Living will be a one semester course offered to sophomores, juniors, and seniors interested in acquiring family living skills.
"We believe students need more comprehensive knowledge about independent living. This course expands upon the essential elements of a course currently offered by home e-wnomics departments, Individual and Family Living, and will empha size personal development, relation ships, wellness, citizenship, and resource management," Wesley Odell, District Career and Technology Coordinator said.
A variety of concepts and skills will >c incorporated into the course. Chese include the following: personal md interpersonal devckipincnt skills self-esteem, peer and family rela
tionships, decision-making, employment skills); citizenship skills (voting, jury duties, community leadership, misdemeanors and felonies); n lone y n lanage mcnl (credit, bank i ng, budgeting/purchasing, insurance, cost of living, bankruptcy); and life’s crises (spouse abuse, major illness, alcoholism, divorce, single parenting, the aged, coping with death).
Hic Small Business Management course will be a one-year course offered to juniors or seniors interested in a career in small business management or management in general.
"The emergence and growth of the small business plays a very important role in die American Economic System," Odell said.
"Cunrendy the only business management course offered in carcer and technology is in the agricultural department. We believe we can better meet the needs of students interested in an office carcer if the distric t also offers a course in the office education department," Odell added.
This course will provide students with many opportunities lo study varied concepts and skills associated with small business management. This includes understanding basic steps involved in starting a new busi
ness and financial resources required; developing skills needed to manage human resources; developing skills needed to plan lor the new business aid die development of marketing, management and financial plans; developing a basic understanding of legal issues; understanding the advantages and disadvantages of owning one’s own business; and government regulations in>i>oriant to the small business owner.
Students can develop a sequence of courses fix specialization in an office career. This sequence would include Microcomputer Applications, Business Computer Applications, Office Administration and/or Small Business Management.
NBISD photo by LESLIE KRIEWALDT
A class of Cat I Schurz Elementary students watch guest craftswoman Audrey Cobb. She and fellow quilter Edna Serold took time to demonstrate the art of quilting for fourth and fifth graders in the school library. Cobb said she has been quilting since 1984. Serold has been a quilter for 11 years. They and other craft artisans were recently invited by librarian Gloria Kolacek to show the students a number of aits. Tomorrow, the library will be the site of a reception honoring retired Carl Schurz staff members and the members of the school s first first-grade class. A display of the school's past has been set up in the display cases of the library. Those who have contributed items or their expertise to the display were also invited to the reception. The event begins at 10 a.m.
PRIDE offered at various times and days
Training program seeks to help parents
New Braunfels ISI) implemented the BRIDE:, or Parent Resource Institute for Drug Education, program in IPD PH I DF. provides training for area parents who, in turn, train theii peers. A vat iely of times and dates are odored to accomodate parents' sched ides.
A Monday class, taught by Carol Robison, meets at 7 p.m. at Lone Star Primary School, 2344 W San Antonio.
Barry Moore's classes, formerly scheduled for Tuesdays, will meet Wednesdays al 7 p rn. at Seek* Fie
mentaly School, 540 Howard. His first class begins tonight.
Starting tins morning are classes taught by Jeanninc Biggers at 9 a.m. at Seek* Elementary She will show tapes Cmd 4 on Jan 19, tapirs 5 and 6 on Jan 26 and tapes 7 and X on Feb. 2.
Another Tuesday class begins Jan IX. I aught by Camla Davis, the course meets at 7 p.m. at New Braunfels High School. Tapes I and 2 will be viewed Jan IX, with tapes 3 and 4 shown fan. 25, tapes 5 and 6 on Feb. I, and tapes 7 and X on Fob. X.
(tit Jan 20, another Thursday class
begins. Taught by Carol Robison, Pat Rasor and Martha Ellis, the class will meet from 7-9 p.m. at the Guadalupe Valley Telephone Company. Tapes I and 2 will be covered the first night, wit!) la|K*s 3 and 4 on Jan. 27, tapes 5 anti 6 on Feb. 3, and ta|x*s 7 arui X on Feb. IO.
Additional classes begin in February and March.
This concept of training and mobilizing parents has seen the successful training of thousandsof parents across the country since it was formed in 1977.
Students attend Greater Houston Athletic Trainer Workshop
Five Canyon High and Canyon Middle School students attended Ok* 1994 Greater Houston Student Athletic Trainer Workshop.
CHS was represented by Brr Hike Fletcher, Jennifer Smith, and Craig Caddcll.
CMS attendees were Greg Bowers-Vest and Brandon Grabill.
"This is the first year we have attended this workshop. It was a valuable learning experience because students were able participate iii hands-on activities," Tom Falan, CHS Athletic Trainer said.
Over K(X) students from across the state participated iii tile student-ori entcd, day-long workshop. Licensed Athletic Trainers and medical socialists presented IK learning labo-
latories and lectures. They included tho following: Body Injury Evaluation, Basics of Splinting and Bandaging, Basic Taping Techniques, and Professional Advancement of Athletic Health Care.
"Students gained a tremendous awareness aln nit suite wide athletic trainer activities in addition to possible cai eer opportunities. College scholarships are available and recruiters were at die Workshop with a variety of information," Falan added.
The next planner] trip is to the Alamo Athletic Trainer Workshop in February.
" Die Houston workshop certainly sparked student enthusiasm. Several even practiced taping techniques on die way home," Falan concluded.
Comal I.S.D. Facts
Canyon High School and Canyon Middle School saved over $56,517 in energy costs for school year 1992-1993, as corn pared to expenditures for school year 1989-1990.
Smithson Valley Middle School All-Region Choir members
Pictured are (front row, L to R) Stephanie Langenberg, Catherine Scholl, Melana Ross, and Lindsey Ratliff Back row (L to R): Amy Philips, Valarie Roberts, Michael O’Brien, Chester Stork and Chris Pittman. These students also participated in the All-Region Clinic and Concert. Schools from the North East, Seguin®, New Braunfels, and Comal ISDs were represented at the event held at Wood Middle School in San Antonio In all, approximately 500 students from fifteen middle school choirs participated in auditions to determine members of three All Region Choirs. 7th grade, 8th grade, and Mens
We salute these outstanding professionals.
Suzzette Perry. Perry teaches 5th grade at Bill Brown Elementary
She is a graduate of Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. This is her second year teaching.
Her goal is to obtain her master's degree in educational administration in the next three years. "All of my teaching experiences are my favorite," Perry said.
When not at school she enjoys sports, especially volleyball and softball.
Estella Wiley. Wiley is the Food Service Manager at Mountain Valley Elementary School.
She has been with the school for 17 years. "I really enjoy being with the children," Wiley said. Spending lime with her family is what she enjoys most when not at school.
(Wiley is known for her wonderful, award winning, cinnamon rolls and for her "Children come first" attitude. She also developed the elementary school sack lunch program. These nutritional lunches are prepared by Food Service personnel for students as an alternative lo the hot lunch program also offered by the cafeteria.)
Agnes Mary Klar. The school counselor at Bulverde Primary and Elementary Schools, Klar has 26 years of experience in teaching and education.
She is a graduate of Our Lady of die I .ake University, with several advanced degrees to include clinical counseling.
Her goal is to enhance the selfesteem and coping skills of all of her students and lo meet their special needs and problems.
"If life gives you lemons, make lemonade," is Klar’s favorite quote. Her favorite pastimes are reading and cooking.