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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 15, 1987, New Braunfels, Texas Herald-.Zoitung, New Braunfels, Texas Thursday, January 15,1987 Page 3 LI SLI I KI II WALDT/staff PSKUfWn Dan Fox and Tammy Mitchell won seats in the All-State Choir Test scores improve for minorities AUSTIN (AF* State Education Commissioner W N Kirby reported earlier this week that test scores for high school mathematics and language students are on the rise Kirby distributed to the State Board of Education test results by lith graders on the TEAMS, or Texas Educational Assessment of Minimum Skills, comparing October 1985, to October 1986 “What I am very pleased to report to you is that across the board for all different categories . improvement is being made from one year to the next on our lith grade students " he said. He called particular attention to the “tremendous increase" in minority scores “The districts that have the greatest percentage of minorities are increasing the most, ’ ’ he said. For example, the combined math-language score by blacks in two districts with a black enrollment of 75 percent or greater showed a gain of 59, compared with a gain of 29 in 695 districts that have a black enrollment of under IO percent The overall score for the two predominantly black districts was 1,418, compared with 1,557 for the districts with under IO percent black enrollment Kirby also told the board he had been asked about back orders on books by board member Katherine Raines of Cleburne. A list he distributed Saturday showed there is a back order of 22,511 books “With 32 million students and every student having five or six books, that may be a pretty small percentage in total books But it is my position that if we have any student out there without a single book, we have a problem," Kirby said Class explores Mexico in crisis SEGUIN — Texas Lutheran College is offering a three-week course which will give students a true taste of Mexico as they travel and explore the country's current economic crisis and its human impact “Mexico: A People in Crisis” will be taught May ll 29 by TLT professor of theology Tom WH kens The course is part of TLC’s new May Study program and u» open to all college students and non-college students 21 years old or older. Participants will study the Mexican economic crisis, its social and political impact and the role of Christian organizations in dealing with the crisis. Visits with families from all levels of Mexican society and a variety of cultural events are planned as part of the course Students will be based in Mexico City and Cuernavaca and will visit surrounding rural areas as the course progresses WH kens, who recently spent a sabbatical In Mexico and Central America, will use the resources of the Center for Global Service and Education, and Augabug Chill facility in Cuernavaca. A fee of S825 includes transportation. room and board, and applicable lam. Those taking the course for three hours of college credit will pay an additional 8240 tuition and those enduing the course will pay a HO fee. A m deposit is due by Fob. 2. For tether information, contact WUkens at TLO, 379-4111. XBI.S.I). NBHS singers earn state honors Two New Braunfels High School juniors, Dan Fox and Tammy Mitchell, were selected as members of the All-State Choir Saturday during auditions in Corpus Christi. Mitchell competed in the Alto I section and received third chair. Fox auditioned in the Tenor II section and earned fifth chair. “In order to earn a spot in this honor choir, students must successfully pass auditions at the district, region, area and state levels," said NBHS choir director Stephen Bedford. “A tremendous amount of work went into learning the difficult music for this audition and both students are to be commended for this high achievement." As members of the All-State Choir, Fox and Mitchell will attend the Texas Music Educators convention Feb. 12-14 for rehearsals and a concert In the 256-voice choir. The concert will be in the Theatre for the Performing Arts in San Antonio Feb. 14. The concert is free and open to the public. Also, the All-State Choir was invited this year to sing at the American Choral Directors Association Convention in March.Lone Star honors 'starshine' students Twenty students at Lone Star Primary participated in an honors luncheon Jan. 8. These students dined with principal Evelyn Farmer at a special table on the cafeteria’s stage. These students were chosen by their teacher. The purpose of this program is to boost students’ morale and self-concept, as well as to give the students a chance to visit with the principal. Students who participated in this luncheon were: Brent Boatwell, Ly-dianne Nelson, Sonia Ortiz, William Davis, Odessa Robinson, Moctezuma Rodriguez, Diana Kalich, Christopher Garza, Christopher Cantu, Rosalinda Zurita, Jason Lagunas, Chonese Conyers, Brittney Williford, Rebecca Allen, Blanche Molina, Mario DeLeon, Robin Gonzales, Arturo Gonzalez, Roxanne Blue and Michele Taylor.Teacher nominated to lead music division Carl Schurz Elementary music teacher Jane Haas has been nominated for vice president of the elementary division of the Texas Music Educators Association. "If elected, I will serve for two years in that position," Haas said. "My main jobs would include setting up and organizing the yearly convention and serving on the state board of TMEA." She holds a bachelor of arts degree from Pan American University and is working toward her masters degree. She has 13 years of experience in music education. “This is my seventh year of teaching elementary music in the New Braunfels ISD at Carl Schurz Elementary," Haas said. “Besides general music classes, I teach a third and fourth grade training choir and a fifth grade performing choir." She previously has served as TMEA’s region XII elementary division chairman, region V elementary division chairman and region XV elementary division chairman. Haas is a member of the board of directors of Circle Arts Theatre and has worked as a volunteer for the Comal County Fair and the Greater New Braunfels Arts Council. She has been on the executive board of the New Braunfels Independent School District PT A She also has served as the accompanist for the New Braunfels High School band for solo and ensemble contest. Women's forum tackles real life issues “Today’s Woman: Way to Grow!,” a one-day forum designed for the needs and interests of today's women, is scheduled for Feb 28 at New Braunfels High School. The forum will feature sessions of interest to women of all ages Possible topics include successful women, starting a business, home-based businesses, legal planning, financial planning, stress, life stages, time-management, job loss, pre menstrual syndrome, changing careers, retirement planning, understanding insurance, interviewing, alcoholism, divorce and separation and going back to school The day s events will be broken into several segments Television and radio personality Mary Denman will be the keynote speaker. Participants then will be able to attend two sessions during the morning. Lunch will be included in the price of admission and will include a style and hair show Immediately after lunch, participants may attend two more sessions of their choice. New Braunfels exercise instructor Sally Kingsbury then will be available to advise women on the importance of stretching and exercising. In addition, participants will have the opportunity to visit and browse through commercial displays, a display of women artists and a special display entitled, “Remember Mama.” A similar event was held in 1979 and in 1980 Demographic data from the 1980 forum show the 'majority of participants were 31-60 years of age and employed For more information on the event, please contact the New Braunfels Independent School District Community Education office at 625-2356. 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