New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - January 18, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
8A M Wednesday, Jan. 18,1995 ■ Herald-Zeitung
Calendar for the Remainer of 1994-95
Friday. Feb. 17
End of 4th Six Week Gracing Period Early Release for Staff Development (secondary campuses release at 11:30 am; primary and elementary schools release at 12:30 pm)
Student HoHday/Staff Development Student/Staff youth Show Holiday Spring Break
End of 5th Six Week Grading Period Student/Staff Holidays Student/Staff Holiday NBHS Baccalaureate Last Day of School and Graduation Teacher Work Day
Monday. Feb. 20 Friday. March 17 March 27-31 Thursday. April 13 April 14 6 17 Friday. May 5 Sunday. May 21 Friday, May 26 Monday, May 29
May 30-June 1 Staff Development Days
Bad weather days, if needed, have been scheduled for Apn 17 and May 5. lf weather conditions or other factors threater the normal operation of schools, the superintendent will decide which plan should be followed m the case school closings are necessar y At that time. parents would be advised to listen tc radio station KGNB 1420 AM or KJMBT 92.1 FM for further directions.
Throughout the school year, “Meet the Teachers " features educators who are new to New Braunfels Independent School District.
6 Craig Hejtmancik graduated from Southwest Texas Slate University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Communication Disorders. He is alsoclose to completing his master’s degree in Special Education from Southwest. A new educator, he teaches Special Education students at New Braunfels High School.
Greatest pleasure in teaching: ’’Seeing a student succeed during or after their educational experience.”
Philosophy of education: ’’As a teacher, I believe in promoting student success by offering a curriculum that will prepare them for career or academic achievement.”
6 Cheri Horkman earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in English with a minor in History from the University of Texas. She leaches English classes at New Braunfels High School.
Greatest pleasure in teaching: “The best part of teaching is working with students. I enjoy the relationships that develop between myself and students. There is also and excitement and awe in watching students learn and in knowing that I have taught them
Philosophy of education: “Make every single lesson I teach useful education. Show students how literature, writing and grammar are relevant to their Ii ves. Respect students’ personal and academic needs. Challenge students to think independently and critically.
Always be willing to try new things to find methods that work.”
Craig HejtmancikCHS All-Region, All-District band members
Pictured are the Canyon High School All-Region and All-District band members. (L-R) front row. Kimberly Hall. Percussion, All-District; Kathy Campos, E-flat Clarinet, All-District, First Chair All-Region; Misty McLaughlin, Flute, All-District; Kristina Guillen, Flute, All-District; second row, Brian Brown, B-flat Clarinet, All-District, All-Region; Jeff Etzler, B-flat Clarinet, All-District. All-Region, Logan Wostal, Alto Saxophone, All-District, All-Region, Pre-Area; Kevin Carpenter, French Horn. All-District, All-Region, Pre-Area; and Wayne Kraft, Tenor Saxophone, All-Region, First Chair All-District, Pre-Area. CISO photo by Don ClarkEducation
####Meet the Teachers
Health science technology courses provide valuable career knowledge and job training
The district's health science technology courses provide valuable insight into health careers and the necessary training for successful completion of the state's nurse’s aide certification.
“It’s exciting. I really like it,” Robin Best, a CHS student at her McKenna Memorial hospital clinical rotation, said.
“I wasn't really interested in health and didn’t know what I wanted to do after high school. Now I have direction. I love it,” she added.
Students can begin by enrolling in Health Care Science. This course provides basic information about many health care professions.
This course also satisfies the district’s required student health credit requirement
Clinical Rotation One and Clinical Rotation Two are the next health care science courses that can be taken by students.
Students in Clinical Rotation One spend two to four weeks at each of six different health care locations. These include Kirkwood Manor nursing home, McKenna Memorial Hospital, and dentist medical doctor, ophthalmologist and veterinarian offices. A two week rotation consists of five, three hour hands-on learning experiences.
During these visits, students learn about the basics of that health career.
Clinical Rotation Two provides students the opportunity to gain indepth knowledge in one or two health career areas, such as nursing tx physical therapy.
Students can take the state nurses’ aide certification exam at the conclusion of Clinical Rotation One. Certification requires a minimum of 40 hours of classroom instruction and 20 hours of clinical experiences as well as successful completion of the state exam.
Maria Ross, at SVHS, and Janet
Zeravica, at CHS, are course instructors.
“Health science technology courses can provide students insight into what career they may want to follow. Completion of the certification program gives them a skill, an opportunity to have a job when they graduate,” Ross, also a registered nurse, said.
“This was the way I worked my way through college,” she added.
“These basic courses provide a broad education that remains valuable to the students for their whole life, even if they are not interested in a related career,” Zeravica said.
“For example, learning how to take vital signs requires a lot of experience. This course provides that experience, something very valuable to any student thinking about entering a health profession,” she said.
Zeravica also has 12 years experience as a registered laboratory technician and x-ray technician.
Elizabeth Otto, Rebecca Middour, Rebeccalee Coventry, Ginger Lake, and Erica Moore, SVHS students in
their four week Kirkwood Manor rotation, agreed.
“I want to be a medical doctor and this will help me get connected into the medical field,” Middour said.
Otto and Moore stated they were taking the course because they want to become registered nurses, while Lake stated she is interested in occupational therapy.
“I have taken care of family members my whole life. This gives me more experience,” Coventry said.
Abby Saunders, at her two-week McKenna Memorial Hospital rotation, was also enthusiastic.
“I liked assisting in the operating room,” Saunders said.
“I took the course (Clinical Rotation) because I wanted to see if I was interested in a health career and what department I liked,” she added.
Students can also join Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA). Local students compete each year for scholarships at the area, state, and national level, according to Zeravica. The next area competition will be Feb. 17-19, in McAllen.
Abby Saunders and Robin Best receive information on bandages from Todd Curtis. McKenna Memorial Hospital staff physical therapist. Best and Saunders are CHS students participating in one of their six required clinical rotations. cisd photo by Don claik
Community Education classes offer , fun
With the New Year comes a new batch of community education classes offered through New Braunfels ISD.
Students are encouraged to register as soon as possible. Classes usually have a minimum enrollment that must be met before the class will be offered. Likewise, maximum class sizes limit the number of students per class. Call NBISD Community Education at 620-6200 to sign up soon and ensure a place in the class of your choice.
“WordPerfect 5.1," offered earlier this month, is scheduled to begin at a new time and day. So, if you thought you missed your chance to take the class creating, formatting and editing documents, think again. The class begins Jan. 30 and meets on Mondays and Thursdays from 7-9 p.m. in Room C-54 of New Braunfels High School. Instructor Loretta Henk will teach only if the 12 student minimum is meet so sign up now. Tuition is $30 with a $33 lab and materials fee.
“Defensive Driving,” offered in cooperation with the National Safety Council, will be taught several different days this month. Week day classes include a Monday/ Wednesday class on Jan. 23 and 25 from 6-9 p.m. A Saturday class is offered Jan. 28 from 8 a.m.-2:30 p.m. All sessions are taught by Bill Hightower at The Education Center. Tuition is $20.
“Human Resources in the 90’s, Part I,” begins Jan. 19 and meets on Thursdays through Feb. 16. From 6-7 p.m.. Bob Ristau covers techniques on managing employees. Class meets at The Education Center; tuition is $50.
SVHS students, enrolled in Clinical Rotation One, learn how to correctly take blood pressure readings, (L-R) seated, Ginger Lake, Erica Moore; standing, Elizabeth Otto, Rebeccalee Coventry, and Maria Ross, SVHS health occupation course instructor and registered nurse. The students are on location at Kirkwood Manor Nursing Home, one of their six required health profession rotations. cisd photo by Don clark
Parenting program avoids terrible two’s with successful second year
“Basic Quilting,” taught by Sarah Wctz, begins Jan. 19 and meets on Thursdays through Feb. 16. The class is offered from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the VEH classroom of The Education Center. Tuition is $63. A supply list will be provided at preregistration.
The art of telling tales will be shared in “Storytelling Made Easy,” taught by Joe Moore. The class, which begins Jan. 25 and continues through March I on Wednesdays, includes a minimum of lectures, a variety of audio and video examples and lots of class participation. Taught from 6:30-9 p.m., the class is $10.
Also starting on the 25th is “Beginning Sign Language,” taught by Linda Schrank, a licensed interpreter. Using the textbook “American Sign Language Phrase Book,” the class is taught in two sessions. The first session meets from Jan. 25 through March 22 and session ll is taught from April 5-May 31. Both classes meet on Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at The Education Center. The $45 tuition must be prepaid and a $20 textbook must be purchased at the first class.
“Introduction to Aikido," taught by Mike Porter, begins Thursday, Jan. 26 and continues through March 9. Meeting on Thursdays from 6:30-7:30 p.m., the class develops self-defense skills based on a student’s calmness of mind and not age. Cost is $35 and the first meeting includes the “Martial Arts and the Inner Self’ seminar taught Jan. 17 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Memorial Primary cafeteria.
The Education Center is located at 430 W. Mill Street.
Students and teachers in the Very Important Parent (VIP) program at the New Braunfels High School has been busy this year with several different projects to benefit both the students parents and the community.
One specific goal of the VIP program is to educate other students about teenage pregnancies and the difficulties involved. To achieve this goal the students have been working on a poster campaign aimed at New Braunfels Middle School youngsters. The posters included some very effective messages that described some of the problems associated with teen parenting.
The campaign included the New Braunfels High School. The students taped two-minute commercials shown every Wednesday during the morning announcements on the Channel One broadcast.
Also important to the program is continuing education. Thanks lo a vocational grant for $56,000, the program is working towards computer training for the students. VIP is looking for volunteers to (each the students some of the basic computer skills The program’s students have been active with several projects that allow the teen parents to give back to the
community. One such project was the March of Dimes “Blue Jeans for Babies” campaign. The parents solicited teachers to donate $3 and, in return, the teachers were able to wear jeans one day. The parents also set up a pair of jeans at the high school and allowed the students to donate as well. The campaign raised almost $300 dollars for the March of Dimes.
In addition to the March of Dimes drive, the parents also worked to refurbish old dolls to donate to local ambulance services and hospitals. The Children’s Museum has also played a large part in the lives of these parents. Once a month the parents take a field trip to the museum and learn different methods of how to play with their children and create quality time despite busy schedules. The parents are deciding on a project lo benefit the museum in return for a free years membership to the museum
Earlier this year, Joanie Garza and Sue Hayworth, teachers in the VIP program attended the Parenting Education Program in Austin and the Texas Association Concerned with School-Aged Parents convention in El Paso. According to Hayworth the trips were extremely successful.
“We now realize this problem is not isolated to New Braunfels and that there is a state wide effort to help these parents,” she said.
Some of the ideas generated through the conventions included student field trips to dentists and other health care facilities for information on care for their babies, as well as themselves.
KLRN’s Lorraine Olssen spoke with the VIP parents about the effects of television on children and how to monitor what they watch. Olssen mentioned programs like reading rainbow. Sesame Street, and Barney as just a few examples of some of the quality programs available to children.
The VIP program is continuing to grow and as it does, it needs your help. The program is always looking for volunteers and donations. Some vol unteer activities include making house calls, working on a newsletter, and seeking donations from various areas If interested call Sue Hayworth or Joanie Garza at 625-6271.
The Very Important Parent pro gram began in 1993 on a Parenting Education Program (PEP) grant. The program currently serves 44 parents.
Meet the Teacher hosted at NBHS
Thurs., Jan. 26
With block scheduling at New Braunfels High School, students complete a year’s worth of classes in one-half the time.
So, while students in the lower grades are beginning the second semester of school, high school students are just starting four new classes.
A “Meet the Teacher” night is planned for Thursday, Jan. 26. The evening begins with a welcome at 7 p.m. in the cafetorium. Parents will then follow a short version of their child’s class schedule and visit with teachers.
The NBHS administration, staff and PTA in vites high school parents to attend and get to know their teen's routine and teachers.