New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - May 14, 2011, New Braunfels, Texas
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NEW BRAUNFELS INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT
Teachers of the Year honored
By Will Wright
OakRun Middle School tear her Shannon Duffy and Lamar Elementary teacher Kathryn Chapman were named as New Braunfels Independent School District’s Secondary Teacher of the Year and Elementary Teacher of the Year during ceremonies at their respective schools on Friday.
Duffy and Chapman were notified of their selections in surprise visits by NBISD administrators.
"It’s one of the highlights of my school year,” NBISD superintendent Handy Moczygemba said. “The teachers are moved by the fact that the great work they do is being acknowledged in that
way. Even more, the students are ecstatic about their teachers being named as teachers of the year.
"It’s a great experience for our teachers and a great experience for our students. It’s a great way to recognize the great job our teachers are doing around the district.”
Since 1988, the district has annually recognized excellence and dedication to the teaching profession by naming the top teachers at its secondary and elementary levels, said Stephanie Ferguson, NBISD public information officer.
"NBISD parents and employees have the opportunity each spring to participate in the Teacher of the Year program by nominating a teacher who has inspired a love of
learning in students of all backgrounds and abilities,’’ Ferguson said.
Finalists from each campus participate in a district-wide competition that includes written responses to questions and separate interviews with a panel of educators.
Other finalists included Mari Sol Padilla (New Braunfels High School); Melinda Kniseley (New Braunfels Middle School); elementary school teachers Melinda Guerrero (Klein Road); Melissa Brown (Walnut Springs); Cathy Hinman (Lone Star); Renee Covington (Seele); Ellen Wilson (County Line); Emily Petree (Memorial) and Lorie Ramirez (Carl Schurz).
All will be honored during the NBISD board meeting Tuesday night.
Board to reveal Silver Unicorns Tuesday
By Will Wright
New Braunfels Independent School District’s board of trustees will discuss extending early-retirement bonuses to 21 employees, and recognize the district’s top teachers and 2011 Silver Unicorn recipients during its monthly meeting on Tuesday night.
Superintendent Randy Moczygemba has recommended the board approve extending $105,000 in payments to those term-contracted employees, who opted to retire following the current school year. The NBISD made the offer as a money-saving measure necessitated by next year’s anticipated $8.4 million budget shortfall.
The number and identities of recipients receiving this year’s Silver Unicorn Awards will be unveiled prior to Tdes-day’s board meeting. The
NEW BRAUNFELS ISD BOARD MEETING
When: 7 p.m. Tuesday Where: Board room of NBISD Education Center, 430 W. Mill St
awards annually go to those who have rendered outstanding service to the children of the NBISD.
The board may approve up to six Silver Unicorn recipients annually. The award-win-ners will be recognized during graduation and at other district end-of-year celebrations.
In other actions Ttiesday the board:
• Will canvass and confirm today’s District 2 trustee’s election results and hold an election to choose a new board president, vice president and secretary. District 4 trustee Joe Hassmann and the District 2 winner will be sworn in for three-year terms.
• Will consider extending
partnerships with Alamc Community College District, Workforce Solutions and Adult Basic Education Cooperative.
• Consider approval of a contractor for the new Transportation Facility, which will be at the new middle school off Klein Road. Fifteen companies submitted proposals for the project, and all of them exceeded the projected cost of $1.995 million. Moczygemba has recommended the board approve a proposal by Harris Road Co., to perform the job at a revised cost of $1,995,500.
• Consider adopting a list of five goals formulated during the May 3 team-building workshop. Those aims focus on academic performance and progress; communication and safety; policies and employee excellence, resource allocation and facilities and technology.
Canyon High JROTC unit receives prestigious award
Saturday, May 14, 2011
Canyon High School’s Air Force Junior ROTC unit has been selected as one of 200 out of 849 nationwide and overseas to earn the 2010-11 Air Force Junior ROTC Distinguished Unit Award with Merit.
T his award recognizes Air Force Junior ROTC units that have performed above and beyond norma! expectations, and that have distinguished themselves through outstanding service to their school and community while meeting the Air Force Junior ROTC mission of producing better citizens for America.
T his is the second time in the school’s history Canyon has earned the award.
"We are proud of our cadets. During the annual inspection, our Corps received the highest rating of‘Exceeds Standards’ in all categories," said Kevin Cregi-er, Canyon JROTC instructor. “I am proud of our cadets, the support I get from fellow JROTC instructor Edward Garcia and the administration. I his has been a banner year for Canyon High JROTC.”
The Junior ROTC program’s goals are to educate
and train high school cadets in citizenship and life skills; promote community service; instill responsibility, character, and self-discipline through character education, and to provide instruction in air and space fundamentals.
Enrollment is open to all young people who are in the ninth grade or higher, physically fit, and are citizens or nationals of the United States.
For information about the program, contact either Cregier or Garcia at (830) 221-2447 or (830) 221-2407.
Law Enforcement Appreciation Week is May 15-21
The Citizen’s Sheriffs Academy Alumni of Comal County (CSAACC) has prepared a week of events in support and thanks for their efforts in protecting and serving the citizens of Comal County.
Following is a schedule of activities:
• Monday — Breakfast will lie served at the Sheriffs Office for all employees. Serving will
begin at 5:30 am, lasting until 9:30 a.m.
• Tuesday — Breakfast will be served at the Commissioners’ Court Building, beginning at 7 a.m. for both Alpha Squads.
• Wednesday — Breakfast will be served at Sattler Substation, beginning at 5:30 a.m., for both Delta Squads. Dinner is at 5:30 p.m.
• Thursday — Soft serve ice cream will be available for all law enforcement officers from 1-3 p.m. at Comal County Senior Center.
• Friday — A barbecue lunch will be at the Sheriff’s Office for all employees from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. During the luncheon, deputies’ names will be drawn for raffle prizes donated by local busine^^
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Front row, from left, are award recipients Anthony McMonagle, Amber De Los Santos, Julisa Sanchez and JoanTuason. Back row: Travis Knight, Joel Thompson, Justin Ganshaw, Cody Nichols and Andres Parra. Not pictured is Jessica Hernandez.