New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 29, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
10 A ■ Herald-Zeitung ■ Wednesday, March 29,1995
Comal Elementary students contribute $4,300 to American Heart Associaton
Comal Elementary School third, fourth, and fifth grade students raised $4300 for the American Heart Association by participating in the Association’s “Jump Rope for Heart”
r Students took part in a four-week adit on jump rope, learning over 50 individual, partner, and Double Dutch rope skills.
The school gymnasium was divided into the four chambers of the heart and students “circulated” through the car-(Bovascular system of the heart and kings, according to Joe McElroy, school physical education teacher.
Students prepared individual portfolios containing drawings, puzzles,
Md worksheets for the unit on jump rape. Teachers in science and other classes taught subjects related to the jump rope unit
“The valuable knowledge students learned through their participation and portfolios will help them realize that both proper diet and aerobic exercise are important factors in developing and maintaining a healthy body,”
Comal students began their jump rope unit by watching, then participating in, a demonstration of jump rape routines by “Rattle your Heart,” an award-winning San Marcos jump rope team, coached by Dawn Briehan.
The San Marcos’ Coach Briehan and her students provided some one-
CISD photo by Don dark
Austin Powell, Comal Elementary fourth grade student, receives jump rope instrutuction from Dawn Briehan, coach of the San Marcos "Rattle Your Heart" jump rope deomonstration team. Derrick Lenz (far L) and Joe McElroy, Comal Elementary physical education teacher, (L) observe.
on-one instruction to Comal students following the jump rope demonstration.
“Allyson Farrimond was our wonderful fund-raising chairperson. She took care of all of the contributions, and ordered and distributed the prizes for the students,” Sandra Schendel, physical education assistant, said.
Students received prizes based on the amount of contributions they obtained.
“All of the students are commended for their hard work, determination to raise money for the Heart Association and learn many difficult jump rope skills,** McElroy concluded.
Trustees to consider adoption of textbooks
CISD administrators will present recommended textbooks to the Board of Trustees at their regularly scheduled meeting, 7:30 p.m., March 30, at the district’s central offices located at 1421 Highway 81 East, in New Braunfels.
Proposed textbooks were reviewed by the district’s textbook committee. Books were carefully reviewed by members of the district textbook com
mittee and staff personnel from each department that would use the books.
Subject areas in the textbook adoption include prekindergarten and kindergarten; elementary and middle school science, earth science, and general music.
High school subjects include accounting, economics, art, debate, environmental science, psychology, soci
ology, and health education.
Other agenda items include a special presentation to the district by the Canyon High School Music Booster Club, Smithson Valley Middle School students and teachers from the mediation team will present a short demonstration, and CHS/SVHS Academic Decathlon teams, coaches, and parents will be recognized by the Board.
CMS captures fourth place in the Texas Thinking Cap Quiz Bowl
CISG photo by Don Clark
Pictured are the seventh grade CMS Thinking Cap Quiz Bowl team members (L-R) front row, John Kennedy, Jeff Baker, Erie Albright, Laurien McCaw, Bethany Schwartz, Kelly Sharp; second row, Jacob Bombers, Kristin Jones, Yesenia McNett, Stephanie Barry, Lauren WiBe; back row, Brandon Rose, Curt Covington, Kenny Brunette. B J. Hermes, Brice Kornegay, and Loci Henze. Not pictured: Eddie Dahl, Jim Rittimann, Sean Courtney, Travis Wilbracht, Derek Wohlfahrt, Matt Ploch.
Canyon Middle School seventh grade students captured fourth place in the Texas Thinking Cap Quiz Bowl. The CMS team competed against 68 other schools for lop honors.
The computer-based competition takes place at schools around the state on the designated Thinking Cap Quiz Bowl test day.
Schools are sent computer disks containing test questions. Students, under the watchful eye of the school sponsor, then complete the IOO question multiple choice test.
“Students cannot study for the lest in advance. They must use whatever knowledge they have kirned from their normal classes,” $ tact Seelhammer, CMS reading
teacher and team sponsor, said.
“It’s a real lest of how well the school prepares students on a daily basis, rather than through a special study program,” she added.
Questions covered topics such as literature, history, geography, mathematics, grammar, world and state capitals, and sports.
Sponsors are responsible for ensuring that only the student answers the questions and that no outside aids are used.
After the team competed the exam, a score and code were recorded by the sponsor and sent to the state test headquarters.
This year’s Quiz Bowl lest day was marked by a host of problems that included the breakdown of the
‘Kids in Touch’ Progam builds self-esteem
Smithson Valley High School students and parent volunteers work together to help build die self esteem of Bill Brown Elementary School “kids.” The “Kids in Touch” (KIT) Program was developed by Dr. Denise Kern, Bill Brown Elementary counselor. “The overall thrust of the program is to enhance the self-esteem of both the young and old students,” Kern said.
“We help students feel loved by spending time with them, listening, and discussing issues with them that they think are important,** Kern said.
The second major objective of “Kids
in Touch” is to allow children to feel that they are capable.
Each child completes a different project, depending on their grade level Projects are then displayed in the school. Students gain a sense of accomplishment and pride in what they were able to create. SVHS students and parent volunteers help and encourage younger students. Sixth grade students are paired with kindergarten students.
In another part of the program, classes watch a short film on a common issue, like getting along with other people. Following the film. Bill Brown students form small discussion groups,
each led by a SVHS student, to talk about different aspects of the movie. Parent volunteers serve as class facilitators and monitor the entire process.
“It’s a lot of fun and just exhausting. It’s really fun to get to know the lads,” Gwen Reed, a parent volunteer, said
SVHS students learn a lot, according to Patsy Wotipka, SVHS child development teacher. SVHS KIT students are in Wotipka’s class. “They learn that they really are role models, that children copy what they do. They also learn how important patience and understanding is when you work with children,” she said.
Ashley Caurthon makes a weaving
SVHS’ Shena Windsor helps Emma Blackburn
"Kids in Touch" parent volunteers, (L-R) front row, Denise Kern (Bill Brown Elementary counselor), Kathy Malone, La Vonne Dyste, Pat Haecker; second row, Gwen Reed, Barbara Reeves; third row, Mike Dyste, Anita Main, Libby Cogswell, Sara Bonugli, and Michelle SteU.
CISG photos by Don Clark
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Bill Brown Elementary reading program motivates students, teaches computer skills
CISD photo by Don Clark
Shown are BUI Brown Elementary School "Principals for a Day," (L R) Garlyn Schwartzlose, Shelly Thompson, Zane Schwarzlose, Veronica Reed, and Steven Troutman. Students read books in the school’s Accolated Reading Progam, then took a computerized test to obtain the number of points needed to become the "Principal for a Day."
“We had to totally restart from scratch, find new equipment, call the test headquarters lo learn how to back out of the test then learn how to reboot the Quiz program. It was chaotic,” Seelhammer said.
“Because of equipment problems. the team would not have been able to take the test without the assistance of Nell Clendenin, the school librarian, and Kathy Hickey, CMS computer literacy leacher. They really helped us a lot," Seelhammer said.
“I arn so very, very proud of the students. They did so well in spite of all the interruptions and equipment problems,” Seelhammer concluded.
Bill Brown Elementary is one of several CISD elementary schools that has the computer-based Accelerated Reading testing and evaluation program.
“The major objectives of the Accelerated Reading Program are to motivate students to read, and, at the same time, teach them computer-related skills,” Betty Jones, Bill Brown librarian, said.
Continued practice in reading helps students in all of their classes and can also help improve TAAS test scores, according to Jones.
To obtain a variety of prizes, students are challenged to read books on the Accelerated Reading Program list. Students then take a computerized test on the book.
Points are given based on their test scores. Bill Brown students must have 200 points lo be eligible for the honor of becoming “Principal for the Day,” according to
Bill Brown students read hundreds of books to obtain the coveted position as “Principal for the Day.”
During this day, students make the daily announcements, monitor classroom activity, perform a variety of “supervisory” duties, and, with a friend, are guests of the school principal at lunch.
Zane Schwarzlose, a second grade student, read forty books lo accumulate a sufficient number of points.
“I like fiction and history books and thought it would be fun to become the principal,” he said. Schwarzlose added that he did not think the principal’s job was very easy.
Fourth grade student, Steven Troutman, tested on 64 books for his points. The books were mostly mystery stories, according to Troutman.
Veronica Reed, a sixth grade stu dent, read 53 books. “My favorite! are science fiction books,” she said
“I thought it would be a fun thinf to do, something I could look bael on and remember,” Reed said.
Shelly Thompson had more thai the required number of points aflei she tested on 121 books.
“I preferred mystery books anc thought it would be fun to be the principal and gel taken out lo lune! by the real principal," she said Thompson is in the fourth grade.
Garlyn Schwartzlose, also 1 fourth grade student, thought ii would be fun to belhe principal. “I liked books by Beverly Cleary, hei family stories,” she said.
“I have been a librarian for 3( years and I have never seen stu dents read like this. And I know they are reading and comprehend ing because of the testing pro gram," Jones concluded.