New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - March 30, 1999, New Braunfels, Texas
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By Heather Todd Staff Writer
BULVERDE - Innovative programs at Rahe Primary School are raising some eyebrows at the Texas Education Agency’s Region 13 offices.
The regional office, which covers 59 school districts in 16 counties, chose the primary school campus as a model school for early childhood education.
As part of the campus’s distinction, several teachers and administrators from Region 13 have visited the campus to learn about its educational programs.
Principal Barbara Doep-penschmidt said visitors were getting a first-hand look at the multi-age program, the integrated early childhood and pre-kindergarten class and its “Function Junction” program.
“Region 13 representatives came to look at our integrated Pre-kindergarten Program for Children with Disabilities and then saw the other things we’re (bing here,” Doeppenschmidt said. “I’m very proud of our staff for this recognition.”
Inside the school’s PPCD/ pre-kindergarten classroom, special educa-
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Second-grade student Courtney Johnson focuses on a “ring of hoops" exercise at Rahe Primary School’s “Function Junction" program.
tion students work together with classmates to decorate Easter eggs.
Pat Etter, a pre-kindergarten teacher, said PPCD, or Stars program, has proven to be beneficial to both children with special needs and those without.
“We just did a survey with regular education parents, and one of the things we’ve found out is that the parents are so excited because their children have shown more openness to
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Firefighter files assault complaint against city manager
By Chris Crews
A New Braunfels firefighter filed an assault complaint against New Braunfels City Manager Mike Shantis this past week over an incident related to this past October’s flood relief effort.
Lt. Stacie Zercher, an 11-year veteran of the New Braunfels Fire Department, reported Friday that Shantis assaulted her on Oct. 25 while she was performing flood relief duties at First Baptist Church, 733 Cross St. The alleged incident occurred eight days after the Oct. 17 flood.
Shands, city manager since 1994, said the
days after the flood were very stressful, but he did not assault Zercher.
“We have very different recollections of what happened,” Shands said. “If this is the route she wants to go, I have no option but to honor that.”
Zercher and her husband Donald, a battalion chief with the fire department, were
out of town attending a training class and not available for comment.
According to the report, Zercher said Shands called her about 5:45 p.m. at the church regarding distribution of some blankets for the flood relief effort. Zercher said a heated discussion followed. She said the discussion continued later when Shands
appeared at the church and began yelling and cursing at her.
Zercher told police she became upset over the situation, especially since her 14-year-old daughter was present. She claimed Shands continued to curse at her when sheSee COMPLAINT/3
State taps Rahe as model school
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Corporate chiefs don tuxedos to sweep Fantastic Sams
By Heather Todd
Employees of Fantastic Sams hair salon at 651 S. Walnut in New Braunfels celebrated their status as the country’s hair top selling salon in style Monday.
While men dressed in tuxedos answered phones, swept floors and served them lunch, the salon’s nine stylists and two receptionists cashed in on a $2,000 prize from the franchise’s national office.
The cash award, which will be split among the store’s 11 employees, and day of servitude were part of the salon’s award for winning the Fantastic Sams international sales contest.
The contest involved sales of FS Duets, a combination package of Fantastic Sams Hair Care System shampoo and conditioner.
The New Braunfels salon store sold 1,633 duets and beat out 12,000 stylists at more than 1,250 salons throughout the country.
“The closest figure behind our store’s sales was in the 900s, so you can see what a hard-working staff they are. We’re very proud of our staff here,” said Richard Bielecki, Fantastic Sams New Braunfels salon owner.
Jim Davis, chief marketing officer of Fantastic Sams, credited the energy of the salon’s stylists and staff to its big win.
“They have established a great salon team here, and they are committed to selling products,” he said. “They have a lot of energy, and that always helps too.”
Bielecki and his wife Sara own nine other Fantastic Sams salons in San Antonio. He said the smalltown salon’s sales proved bigger didn’t always mean better.
“Everybody here just worked as a team,” receptionist Beth Storch said. “We know the product really well, and many of our customers already use it and they saw a good deal.”
Salon manager Kari Sawyer said, “We wanted to put New Braunfels on the map — on the salon celebrity map.”
Hair stylist Ester Mendoza won a
Jim Davis, chief marketing officer, left, and Raj Shah, regional owner of the Texas region, of Fantastic Sams report for duty to sweep and clean at the local hair salon Monday.
trip to New York City as the top selling stylist nationwide.
“The purpose of the trip was so I could attend an international hair show in New York,” she said. “I got to take my husband, and we were both very excited when we found out I had won.”
In addition to the money and the vacations, local employees also got the satisfaction of watching the “head honchos” do all the grunt work.
Davis, along with Raj Shah, regional owner for the Texas region, spent their Monday afternoon cleaning bathrooms, handling clients and sweeping floors in black tuxedos.
“We let the employees pick what they hated to do the most, like washing windows, cleaning the bathrooms or shoveling snow, and we told them we would do it if they won,” Davis said.
The attire was the employees’ idea, he said.
“We’ve run this contest every holiday season for the past three years,
Jim Davis scours a sink at Fantastic Sams.
and last year we had to wear overalls,” he said.
Last year’s winner was a hair salon in Detroit, and a small-town salon in South Carolina won the first year.
Davis said it wasn’t surprising that a salon in a small town won the contest.
“The winners of many of our contests are salons in small cities. I think it has a lot to do with the energy among the employees,” he said.
Sara Bielecki said four employees also won a cruise to the Bahamas through a sales contest sponsored by the owners at all San Antonio area salons.Canyon, Smithson Valley dance teams find success at national competitionsAristocats get title
The Canyon High School Aristocats ended their competitive season this year on top of the world.
The Aristocats won the national title in the novelty division for their tap routine this past weekend at the National Dance Team Championship at Sea World in San Antonio.
The 22-member team competed against more than 150 teams from throughout the country and ranked third in both the jazz and lyrical categories.
Allison Demasco-Zipp is director of the Aristocats.faut-1-
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The Canyon High School Aristocats received the national title in novelty division at a national competition.Spurs kick up heels
The Smithson Valley High School Silver Spurs are celebrating the end of another successful competitive season.
The 28-member dance team placed third in the novelty division at the National Cheerleading Assocation Danz national championships on March 12-14 at Sea World in San Diego, Calif.
The team ranked seventh in team per-formancee.
Team members competed against 20 to 25 teams in their division.
Sherry Caparelli-Bettersworth is the Spurs dance instructor.
The Smithson Valley High School Silver Spurs perform at Bobcat Stadium in December.