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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 3, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas Education NBISDLactose lessons CI§D    -    CMS    program    for    students    features a—TT 1- 7-tapestry of cultural diversity Southern Association report praises staff, notes facility limitations CISD schools are accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools and must remain in compliance with Association educational standards and criteria to maintain accreditation. The initial evaluation by the Association was five years ago. This was their normal reevaluation of the district, with another evaluation to follow in five years. CISD schools were recommended for continued accreditation. Dr. Gary Short and Mr. Bill Kays, representing the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, presented a summary of the Association’s Five-Year Interim Report to the Board of Trustees at the April 17, 1995, workshop. Short represented the secondary school evaluation team while Kays represented the elementary team. “We can summarize our reports with two statements,” Short said. “The staff at each of your schools is professional, enthusiastic, dedicated, and is providing an outstanding education for your students. But accelerated student enrollment is causing facility problems across the district,” Short told the Board. Short noted the district did have a successful bond election in Sept., 1994. “This will help some of your short-term facility problems,” he noted. “The report confirms the outstanding efforts of our teachers and staff and our facility space problems,” Carol Hall, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, said. “The district's Long Range Planning Committee will address possible solutions for the facility requirements noted in the report,” Hall added. The following is a very brief overview of the 12 page report. Canyon High School and Smithson Valley High School are excellent schools and their staffs sincerely wish to offer high quality educational services to their students and community. Limited classroom and storage space at each school will need to be addressed in the very near future. Canyon Middle School academic goals were reestablished at higher levels, and selected support services for students were added. Plans to reorganize around extended class periods demonstrate the staffs interest in helping students. Smithson Valley Middle School use of faculty teams with considerable autonomy to schedule and manage their students has become a model of its type. Especially noteworthy is the presence on campus, on a daily basis, of a County Deputy provided by the Alamo Area Gang Task Force and the initiation of a Conflict Mediation Program. Growth has caused what the Bulverde Elementary School staff sees as their number one need-space. The innovative staff will continue to meet challenges and should be proud of the advances made in test scores and staff development Bulverde Primary School is a rapidly growing school. Students’ work was proudly displayed throughout the school and a feeling of ’’family” was shared among the staff. Classroom space is cramped and not conducive to good practice. Comal Elementary School has a strong instructional program and staff. With an exploding population, one of the major concerns is space for both students and staff. TheFrazier Elementary School staff is positive, innovative, open to change, and reflects interest in the whole child, not just academics. Moving the sixth grade out, and the second grade in, poses many curricular and facility challenges. Goodwin Primary School’s faculty is totally child-oriented and works as a team to meet individual needs and to develop independent learners and problem-solvers. Although the building is almost 36 years old, bright paint and student art work throughout the school assist in creating a warm, inviting atmosphere. At Mountain Valley Elementary School there is a strong focus on math, reading, and writing. A child-centered curriculum is evident by displays in the halls, doorways, and individual classrooms. Bill Brown Elementary School is completing their initial Southern Association evaluation. TAAS testing next week, grades 3 through 8 CISD students will be taking the Texas Assessment of Academic Skills (TAAS) tests next week, according to Carol Hall, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction. Students in grades three through eight will take the mathematics TAAS test on Tuesday, May 9, and the reading test on Wednesday, May IO, Hall said. Eighth grade students will also take the social studies TAAS test on Thursday, May ll, and the science test on Friday, May 12. “We encourage students to make Educator Rosa Guerrero during her CMS presentation about our county's multicultural tapestry. Canyon Middle School held a Cultural Awareness Day, in combination with their annual Jaguar Jamboree. Rosa Guerrero was one of the major events of the school’s many cultural awareness activities. Guerrero, a resident of El Paso, is nationally known for her presentations on the cultural diversities of the United States. Past audiences in cluded President Ronald Regan and thousands of children, leaches, and parents across the nation. “Our country is a multicultural tapestry, a mosaic of many people. “Each group that represents our land is unique and different,” Guerrero said. “Because of our diffcrentncss, we can all contribute something impor tant to the fabric of American Life. Therefore, each person is special and unequalled,” she added. “The parent is the first teacher, regardless of educational background,”. she said. Hispanic, Native-American, Afro-American, Hawaiian, Far-Eastern, and European cultures were also featured in the day’s activities. Teri Taylor receives cell biology fellowship sure they get a good night's sleep before the TAAS testing day and to get something nutritional to eat the morning of the test,” Hall said. This combination helps to ensure each student can obtain his or her best performance on the tests, according to Hall. Teri Taylor, SVHS biology and health teacher, received a $4,600 fellowship from the American Society forCell Biology (ASCB) and the RFK Foundation of Austin. ASCB awarded only five such fellowships in the nation. She will conduct a ten-week summer research project in the laboratory of Dr. Joseph Koke, a SWTSU cell biology scientist, according to Dr. Sandra West, SWTSU biology professor and liaison with ASCB. “Receipt of this fellowship is an honor to you and a bonus to the students in your comm unity,” Dr. Robert A. Bloodgood, Chair of the ASCB Education Committee, said. Taylor will be an active participant in research in multiple sclerosis and nerve regesneration, using modern techniques including immuno-chemistry and confocal microscopy. ’Teachers must continually go back and learn what is new in their field. I am really excited and can't wait to get started," Taylor said. Teri Taylor, biology teacher. NBHS students named among the best nationally Students from New Braunfels High School are able to compete nationally in college and job markets, but it is always nice to be reminded of that fact. In a recent issue of the NHI Journal, a newsletter for the National Hispanic Institute, the high school received such a reminder. The newsletter singled out 50 top high schools in the United States. Among those applauded for sending the institute some of the best students in the nation was New Braunfels High School. NHI conducts several programs that teach college-bound students the ins and outs of college admissions, financial aid, scoring well on entry tests, and acing the interview and essay portions of the admissions pro cess. Not only do NBHS students enter the three levels of competitions offered through NHI, but they recently participated in the Collegiate World Series competition hosted by New Braunfels High School and held at OakRun School. Carl Schurz classes earn Spurs tickets In learning to express their thoughts and opinions, some Carl Schurz Elementary students gained a valuable lesson on the power of language. The fourth and fifth grade students in Vicki Head’s language arts classes responded to a San Antonio Express-News essay contest. The students were asked to write why they thought Spurs basketball player Dennis Rodman was either a darling or a devil. According to Carl Schurz librarian Gloria Kolacek, the Spurs organization was so impressed with the students’ writing that it sent the classes tickets to the Spurs games on March 18 and 20.NBHS names 1995-96 Monoceras Display ing Unicorn pride and spirit through dance next year will be the 1995-96 Monoceras. Leading the dance squad will be Katie Faust, colonel; Tiffany Fitsko, lieutenant colonel; and Leigh Ann Cantu, Annette Natal, Jamie Pace, and Shelly Miller, captains. Earning positions as line members are: Maria Tristan, Sheryl Hall, Jennifer Carrillo, Cerise Santana, Brittany Williford, Jamie McDonald, Jessica Barlor, Carly Mulhollan,JaninaGar/.a, Monica Ayala, Maria Juarez, Leslie Dedek, Whitney Gray, Kimberly Gibson, Donica Thomas, Leah Sullens, Lacy Roesler, Michelle Taylor, Krista Haas, Rhiannon Schindler and Natalie Meek. Chosen as alternates were Crystal Juarez, Rundi Decker, Ashley Esquivel and Michele Slater. The Monocera sponsor is Debbie Fitsko.Summer Driver Ed classes filling fast Hurry, but don’t speed, to sign up for the July summer youth driver education classes. The May session is filled, but spaces are still available for the June 14-July 7 and July 5-26 sessions. Classes are $145 per session, a down payment or deposit may be made with the remainder being paid by the first day of class. Students need to sign up soon because the courses till quickly. For more information regarding registration, call Pal Douglas during May at New Braunfels High School, 625-6271. After May, ask for Instructor Walter Schulle. NBISD students and staff are off Friday, May 5 the Teachers Throughout the school year, Independent School District. ‘Meet the Teachers" features educators who are new to New Braunfels ll Leslie Sprague graduated from Southwest Texas State University with a Master of Education degree in counseling and guidance and a minor in psychology. She also has a bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education from Texas Tech University. With nine years of teaching experience and two years as a counselor, she is a counselor for Lone Star and Lamar primary schools. Greatest pleasure in education: “Watching students grow and mature through the years is one of my greatest joys. Knowing I have played a role in their personal and academic development is a source of greatest satisfaction.” Philosophy of education: “I feel education is a process of continuous growth that touches all aspects of a child’s life. Education should provide opportunities for all students to develop skills of problem-solving, independent thinking and lifelong learning.” <1 Sarah Stahala received her Bachelor of Arts degree in History with a minor in Government from Texas AAM University. A new educator, she currently teaches social studies classes at OakRun School. Greatest pleasure in teaching: “The greatest pleasure in the field of teaching is the wonderful and lasting relationship between teacher and student. The greatest honor a teacher can receive is to have a student return after many years and say you had a positive influence on that student’s life. Knowing a student will carry the skills learned in your class throughout his or her life is a great reward.” Philosophy of education: “As a teacher, one plays a very important role in society. A leacher is not only one who instructs and educates young minds, bul also one who can have a strong and lifelong influence on an individual. A teacher has a wonderful opportunity to push students to be all that they can be and live up lo their full potential. Each student may go through years of schooling, but without dedicated teachers to guide the students through those years, the value of the education is severely hampered.” Leslie Sprague Sarah Stahala Dairyman Don White, above, and his cow, Daisy, visited New Braunfels ISD primary campuses recently. At right, Memorial Primary students watch as White teaches them about cowl milking, dairy products and the homogenization process. Not only did he demonstrate milking procedure for the classes, but he also showed the youngsters how to milk. The classes especially enjoyed it when he invited teachers up to milk Daisy. The mobile dairy classroom gives young- nbisd photos by Leslie KRIEWALDT stars an idea of where dairy products come from before they arrive at the store.May dates May promises lo be a busy month as school winds down and awards banquets and ceremonies are planned. The following is a list of some upcoming dates. • Thursday, May 4 New Braunfels High School All-Sports Booster Banquet at 6 p.m. in the Civic Center • Friday, May 5 New Braunfels ISD Students/Staff holiday • Saturday, May 6 NBHS Junior/Senior Prom in the Civic Center • Tuesday, May 9 NBISD Teacher Appreciation Reception from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in the library of The Education Center • Tuesday, May 9 OakRun choir musical at 7 p.m. in the OakRun cafeteria •Thursday, May 11 NBHS Academic Awards Banquet at 7 p.m. in the NBHS cafetorium • Friday, May 12 NBHS MCJROTC Awards banquet at 7 p.m. in the NBHS Cafetorium ;