New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 9, 1994, New Braunfels, Texas
VMS’s Pain Nairn selected as All American Cheerleader”
Goodwin Primary’s parent volunteer program: Important, Flexible, Rewarding
Pam Naim, member of Smithson dley Middle School's Blue teerleading Squad, has been selfed as an "All American Cheer-ider."
This distinctive honor was hieved at the National leerleader's Association four day mp held at Incarnate Word College. Participants included over SOO high bool and middle school students. Naim was one of only IO cheer-aders chosen for the "All Anterior honor and was the only middle bool student selected.
To achieve this honor, Naim won ichof IO different cheerleading skill sis.
"We are all extremely proud of her ccomplishment, and the entire heerleading squad," Dr. Pat Hollis, VMS Principal, said.
As a result of her accomplishment, laim will receive an invitation to rtarch in the Macy’s New York Thanksgiving Day Parade.
She is the daughter of Tom and )ebra Naim of Bulverde.
CISD photo by Don Clark
Pam Naim was selected as one of only ten "All American Cheerleaders." Over 500 competitors at the National Cheerleader's Association Camp competed for this award. She was the only middle school cheerleader chosen.
CMS students make PTA fundraiser a great success
The top three sales persons for the CMS PTA fund-raiser were Garrett Brunell, first; Wes Michalec, second; and Tabitha Meckel, third. Pictured are (L-R) Bob Rambo, Assistant Principal; Michalec, Brunell, Meckel; and Becky Krueger, CMS PTA President. cisd photo by Don clark
Art sale Sunday to benefit local scholarship
“Art is long, life is short.”
Knowing full well that paintings can out last their creators, Olga Wilson created the Dale Wilson-Susan Wilson-Robertson Art Scholarship Fund. Named for her husband, Dale Wilson, and their daughter, Susan Wilson-Robertson, the scholarship is in its third year. The scholarship, for graduates of New Braunfels, Canyon and Smithson Valley high schools benefits students who wish to become artists.
To help fund the scholarship, Wilson is hosting an open house showing and sale of her husband's works this Sunday, Nov. 13, from 1:30-5 p.m. in her home at 631 Summerwood Drive. The show includes watercolors, oil paintings and pastel drawings completed by her husband during a 30 year period.
Dale Wilson attended the Art Institute and the American Academy of Art, both in Chicago, and the Ecole Des Beaux Arts in France.
His work has been exhibited in many regional and national shows, as well as included in national galleries. His artwork can also be found in many collections across the country.
The art scholarship is in memory of her husband and daughter, both artists, who died of cancer. Dale Wilson firmly believed that drawing ability was the foundation upon which an artist built his or her attempts at self-expression.
NBISD photo by LESLIE KRIEWALDT
Olga Wilton ditplayt "Charity," one of the oil painting for tale.
To that end, qualifying for the scholarship is based on drawing ability. Students will have the opportunity to exhibit their ability in that area in a competition in May. Scholarship applicants are judged on their drawings
of a figure study and a still life. Last year, Smithson Valley student Jason Shaw won the scholarship. New Braunfels High School graduate Katherine Kawazoe was the first scholarship recipient.
MF principal, counselor present at state conference
Several years ago, Memorial Primary Principal Carol DeHaven and Memorial Primary school counselor Noreen Means instituted a system of student behavior at their school. The program, implemented by the campus teachers, adds to the school’s climate of care and respect for children and adults.
In fact, the program has been so successful that DeHaven and Means were invited to share what Memorial Primary has been doing with other schools. They presented their session, “Behavior Management: Helping Children To Say ‘I Am Responsible for Me.’” four times throughout the Kindergarten Teachers of Texas Conference Oct. 21-22 in Austin. Each time they presented their information, they did so to a packed room.
They began their session by showing slides of students and teachers at Memorial Primary. Audience members
CISD photo by Don Clark
Carrie Sparkman, Goodwin Primary School Parent Volunteer Coordinator, with two of her friends, Derrick Walls (L) and Sunni Reimer (R). Sparkman arranges flexible schedules for parent and grandparent volunteers who participate in a wide range of activities to help teachers and students.
Goodwin Primary School needs parent volunteers to assist with a wide variety of activities.
Carrie Sparkman is the Volunteer Coordinator for the “Stars,” the name given to the Goodwin parent and grandparent volunteers.
"Traditionally, the ‘Stars’ program has been very supportive of Goodwin teachers," Marlene Moore, Goodwin Principal, said.
Sparkman added, "Parents at the school help create a sense of belonging among the students, teachers, other employees, and the community."
“There are so many different things that a volunteer can do," Spademan
Volunteers spend 20 to 30 minutes once a week in the school.
"Many activities are not in the classroom.
The 1994-95 New Braunfels Middle School Band is led by two talented drum majors. Performing with the band are a number of twirlers. They are, left to right, drum major Katie O’Neal; twirlers Shanna Smith, Kristie Green, Melissa Halm, Baylea Taylor, Dawn Schneider; and drum major Sarah Ritchie. Kneeling are twirlers Skys Hill and Suzanne Miller. The girls are led by Band Director Mary Ellen Cavin, and assistant directors Anna Zientek and Dolores Ortiz.
NBISD photo by LESLIE KRIEWALDT
"Teachers need help with copying and collating instructional materials or just cutting pictures out of magazines or construction paper in the school workroom," she said.
Goodwin has students in pre-kindergarten through the first grade and working with students is also very important
Volunteers also read stories to one of the kindergarten or first grade classes. Others work with students one-on-one to help develop language or math skills.
“We are really flexible with scheduling .volunteers. We can suggest activities or volunteers can tell us what they would prefer to do," Sparkman said.
"It is very important that students receive positive reinforcement from the parent group; to know that the parents are interested in what happens
in their student’s school.
“The memories of their mother or father coming up to school participating and helping to further their education reinforces the child’s confidence and makes them feel more secure," she said.
Marlene Moore has nothing but praise for the efforts of Sparkman.
"It is just phenomenal what she has done for the school this year," Moore said.
The school currently has 15 parent volunteers.
Parents, and grandparents, are cordially invited to visit the volunteer room from 8 to 9 a.m. any school day or call Sparkman during evenings at 620-1595.
Parent volunteers are needed, and most welcome, at all CISD schools. Those interested can call the school office for further information.
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All but NBHS report cards sent home today
Primary, elementary. OakRun and New Braunfels Middle School students receive their report cards today, Nov. 9.
Report cards go home the first Wednesday following the end of a six-weeks grading period.
The second six-weeks grading period ended Nov. 4. The third six-weeks grading period began Nov. 7 and ends Dec. 16.
New Braunfels High School, which adopted a block
schedule this year, consists of two terms, each divided into* two nine-week grading periods or semesters. The first term began Aug. 17 and ends Dec. 16. The first semester ended | Oct. 14. NBHS students receive three-week reports thaf jj' they are to take home.
Rather than wait for the official nine-week report, the J high school staff chose to add three-week reports to give^J students a belter idea of how they are progressing in their-’1 classes.
described what they saw as genuine happy children and caring adults. DeHaven explained that achieving that school climate was possible with the behavior management program used at Memorial.
In their session, DeHaven and Means covered the goals of student misbehavior, the importance of developed social skills and involving the child in his or her own behavior plan.
“We teach the behavior we want to see in our students,” said DeHaven. She added that the youngsters devise their own plan to do better by drawing a picture of what behavior they will stop doing, what they need to do instead and they complete the following sentence, “I know my plan is working when...’’
The I Uh annual slate KToT conference included exhibits and speakers, as well as breakout sessions.
Throughout the school year, “Meet the Teachers ’’features educators who are new to New Braunfels Independent School District.
ti Kimberly Evins graduated from Southwest Texas Stale University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Early Childhood. With two and a half years of teaching experience, she educates first grade students at Lone Star Primary.
Greatest pleasure in teaching: “My greatest pleasure in teaching comes from seeing students exhibit high self-esteem and pride. I feel I have really made a difference when I hear a student say something sueh as, ‘Look teacher, I really tried hard to tie my shoe!’ Even though it may not be tied ‘technically correct.”’
Philosophy of education: “I believe education should be child-centered. I believe all children can learn and it is our responsibility as leachers to provide developmentally appropriate activities that guide each student to be happy and successful learners.”
ti Tanya Falgout earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree with a minor in Science from the University of Southwestern Louisiana. She has also completed more than 50 hours toward a mathematics education degree from the University of Texas al Austin. Although she is a beginning teacher, she has taught fine arts at the college level. She currently teaches math at New Braunfels Middle School.
Greatest pleasure in leaching: "Witnessing the intellectual growth of a student is like watching a blossom open up. To see the gleam of self-discovery and pride of accomplishment in the smallest success is priceless. A leacher is a life-giver whose pleasure is in giving and knowing the gifts are eternal.”
Philosophy of education: ‘‘Education opens doors and gives us the wings to rise above mere existence to experience the world around us and the world within us. We are truly blessed, those who can give this gift to others.”