New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 14, 2000, New Braunfels, Texas
Page 10A — HERALD-ZEITUNG — Friday, January 14, 2000___Education
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The Herald-Zeitung offers an “Education’’ page to local public school districts. Comal Independent School District’s page is compiled by its public information office. To submit information or for questions, call 625-8081 ext. 203. OSD's web site is www.comalisd.org.
Alice in Wonderland, Katy Gardner, was surrounded by flowers during Arlon Seay Intermediate’s recent threatre production of the Lewis Carroll classic. Denise Stout, theatre teacher, directed the production.
Public invited to theatre shows
Canyon High’s theatre department is presenting “Winnie the Pooh” and Smithson Valley High is presenting “Grease” and the public is invited.
The Pooh bear can be seen Jan. 21 and 22 at 7 p.m. in the school’s new cafeteria, and on Jan. 23 at 2 p.m. Music and dance will fill Smithson Valley’s Commons area on Jan. 20-22 and 27-29 at 7 p.m.
Admission to “Winnie the Pooh” is $2 for adults and $1 for students.
Admission to “Grease” is $5 adults and $3 students 12 and under.
Extended library hours change
Smithson Valley and Spring Branch middle schools are chang-
ing their extended library hours for students and parents. Spring Branch Middle is now open Mondays and Tuesdays from 3:30 to 6 p.m.
Smithson Valley Middle is open Wednesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 to 6 p.m. The libraries will no longer be open on Saturdays due to the low response rate. The extended hours are made possible through a RACE (Reading Academy Collaborative Effort) grant from the Texas Education Agency.
Family literacy night Jan. 25
Families are encouraged to attend Mountain Valley Elementary School’s Family Literacy Night Jan. 25 at 6 p.m. in the school’s cafeteria. The evening will feature storybook theatre. For information, call the school at 907-3755.
College Career Centers help families plan for the future
Brandi House, left, Smithson Valley High sophomore, and Janise Warren, right, Canyon High senior, have been selected to the Southwest Division American Choral Directors Association High School Honor Choir. More than 550 singers auditioned from throughout the Southwest and only 160 were selected by a committee. House and Warren will travel to Oklahoma City, Okla., March 15 -18 to perform in the choir. House’s choir teacher is Perry Dean and Warren’s teacher is Susan Bartos.
BY KARI HUTCHISON
It starts before birth. The worry, the sleepless nights, the dreams. Where will my son or daughter go to college? What kind of person will he/she become, what will he/she do professionally?
While it may not be traumatic, choosing a college and a profession is a serious matter and one that parents and children should make together. The planning needs to start early.
The Comal Independent School District is helping in that process by establishing College Career Centers (CCC) at each high school Canyon and Smithson Valley. Both centers are open to students, staff, parents and the community
“The centers are one-stop family resources for college and career planning,” says Pamela Alderson, the district’s career guidance counselor. “The materials are there, or the centers’ facilitators will get the materials, so families can make sound decisions about high education.”
The CCCs were established in March 1999 through a School to Career grant funded by the Alamo Workforce Development Inc. The centers are funded this year through an Alamo Tech Prep grant.
Students can access universities, colleges, the College Board, and numerous other resources on-line. Hundres of college catalogs and
videotapes also are available in the
Of particular interest to parents is financial aid. Both CCCs can provide aid resources that parents can start accessing early.
“I am here to work for the student and the family,” says Natalie Avalos, facilitator at Canyon High’s CCC. “If I don’t have the information they are looking for I will find it for them.”
Avalos, and the CCC at Smithson Valley, provide interest inventories so students can determine which careers would fit their skills and personalities. The inventory is offered by the Discover software program through the American College Testing (ACT) service.
Once a student knows which careers to focus on, he/she can prioritize the colleges that offer degree programs in those areas.
Adam Hernandez, a junior at Canyon High, says the CCC is a great resource.
“Til be back in here,” he said, after spending an hour exploring law enforcement as a career and the colleges he could attend to earn a degree in that area.
Both CCCs are trying to reach high school students in their freshmen and sophomore years. In their infancy, their primary focus has been to reach all of the seniors and juniors.
For more information, call 625-6251 (Canyon High) or 904-7273 (Smithson Valley High).
Troy Vaughn, a senior at Smithson Valley High, has received the Principal’s Leadership Award and will now compete in the national Principal’s Leadership Award (PLA) scholarship program sponsored by the National Association of Secondary School Principals (NASSP). Vaughn’s selection was based on his leadership skills, service organization participation, academic performance, and employment experience. He is student council president, an Eagle Scout, member of the National Honor Society, and football and track teams.
Smithson Valley High students use the technology available in the school’s College Career Center to determine the colleges that offer the fields they are interested in.
Adam Hernandez, a junior at Canyon High, gets career and college assistance from Natalie Avalos, the school’s College Career Center facilitator.