New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 11, 2005, New Braunfels, Texas
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The New Braunfels and Canyon golfers struggled during the final round at state Tuesday. Page 6A
I A Seguin man dies after a I rollover accident in Comal I County early Tuesday I morning. Page 2A
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Details . .. . 2BDiscipline report leads to changes at NBMS
By Leigh Jones
The students causing most of the problems at New Braunfels Middle School have two things in common — they are “at risk” and are struggling academically.
Those are the conclusions of Assistant Superintendent Janet Patton’s 61-page analysis of in-school suspension assignments from the beginning of the school year through March 9.
Patton generated the spreadsheet
of information in response to questions and concerns expressed by parents after reports of bullying and discipline problems began to circulate this year.
After initially withholding the information because it contained
student names, identification numbers and tile times and dates for the suspension assignments, the district released the document last week.
Patton said the data collection was driven by her need for something concrete on which to base recom
mendations for change.
“I was trying to answer the need. I sensed that parents wanted us to do something immediately,” she said. “But, I did not want to make a
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A VALIANT EFFORT
Heitkamp chosen as Wurstfest’s master of fun
By Bon Maloney
Photos by DAVID INGRAM/Herald-Zeitung
Unicorn tennis fans cheer on Ashley Turpin, below left, and RJ. Hendrie, below right, Tuesday morning at the Class 4A state tennis finals in Austin. Both players lost in the championship matches.
New Braunfels duo battle for state championships
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Turpin had dozens of fans of New Braunfels JHSBHBHH
tennis cheering them on T uesday during their quest for (Tass 4A state singles cham-pionships at the UIL state tournament. .
In two close matches, both Unicorns ^
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titles against worthy opponents, who I
themselves lost in title games the year
Hendrie fell to Alamo Heights’ Hunter Mills, 7-6, 6-4, while Turpin bowed to Whitehouse’s Jessica Wente, 6-4,6-4.
“I’m disappointed we didn’t win, but I’m not disappointed in the players, who played their tails off,” said New Braunfels tennis coach David Mueller. “I’m very proud of how they played their games today. I knew they would be in some tough matches today.”
The stands at UT-Austin’s Penick-Allison Tennis Center were full of New Braunfels supporters. Parents and coaches with kids in other sports were on hand to see both matches, held simultaneously one court apart.
Hendrie, who defeated Mills 6-4,6-2 for the Region IV championship two weeks
ago, fought back several times before his serve gave way. Mills won the first game in a tiebreaker and came back from a 3-1 deficit to win the second set and match.
“He played tough the whole time,” Hendrie said of Mills. “You can never let down against him because he’s never easy.”
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Young authors show off their work
By Leigh Jones
Alex Lehmann, a 10-year-old fourth-grader at Comal Elementary School, is a published author.
I Ier book, titled “Movie Horses,” might not appear on any bestseller list or be included in Oprah’s book club, but Lehmann is no less proud than Stephen King must have been when he saw his first novel on the bookstore shelves.
Clutching the 12-page hardback to her
chest, Lehmann worked her charm on the crowd of admiring adults packed into Shirley Gerdes’ classroom, reading her book aloud to as many as she could and collecting signatures on the inside back cover as mementos.
Ijehmanris progress was impeded only by 22 other young authors vying to read their own published books to the crowd.
Ijehmann and her classmates were just one group of572 GES students who wrote
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The “Big Man" has been chosen.
And this year’s Wurstfest Grosse Opa is a man of unparalleled stature in the community and of a girth someone would expect of a man whose title translates to “Big Grandpa.”
The Wurst Association has announced that Dennis I ieitkamp will be Grosse Opa of the 45th annual Wurstfest to be conducted Nov. 4 to 13. Jeff Albrecht is president and Randy Haugh is presidentelect.
Wurstfest has named a Grosse Opa every year since 1968 as a sort of ringleader and spokesman for the annual event. Also known as the “spass meister,” or “fun master,” I Ieitkamp’s job is to represent the Wurst Association to the city’s visitors — and to ensure that the anticipated 150,000 visitors who come here for the festival have a very, very good time.
I ieitkamp said he’s ready.
DAVID INGRAM Herald Zeitung
Dennis Heitkamp will be the "Grosse Opa" for the 2005 Wurstfest.
“It’s fun!” I ieitkamp said of Wurstfest and his own association with tile Wurst Association, which goes back decades to after he retired from the U.S. Air Force and returned to his hometown. “It s a lot of fun for us as opas,
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Bane of the County
The third part of a continuing series looking at the impact illegal drugs have on the community.
NBHS recognized for advanced placement work
Comal Elementary second-grader Alyssa Schuetz reads her book to her grandmother, Rita Hill, during the school's "Young Authors" celebration.
By Leigh Jones
New Braunfels i iigh School has been recognized as one of the nation’s top iiigh schcxils by Newsweek magazine.
The ranking, generated by dividing die toted number of Advanced inurement tests given in May by die number of seniors graduating in June, placed the school among the best.
“We’re definitely pleased," said Assistant Principal Elisa Racanelli. “It’s an honor for tile students, but its great for die teachers too because they work so hard.”
The program’s national recognition is even sweeter because it has grown exponentially in the last six years.
In 1999, teachers administered 34 AP tests. Last year, stu
dents took 819 tests.
“iii the last few years, we have seen a huge jump in die number of students taking classes and the test," Racanelli said. "We don’t expect the program to do anything but continue to grow."
Kristy Castilleja, a senior-level AP literatim' teacher, said the school’s ranking was a credit to efforts to get more students into the classes.
“Since I ve been teaching/YR our program has grown so much. It s a credit to all the teachers who work so hard,” she said.
Superintendent Roil Reaves celebrated die honor by looking ahead.
“We’re excited our program has been recognized at tills level,” Reaves said. “This gives us a great platfonn to build from to become even stronger.”