New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - November 13, 1991, New Braunfels, Texas
Canyon Middle School faculty hosts second neighborhood meeting
Members of the Canyon Middle School faculty and staff will sponsor their second in a scries of neighborhood block parties on Thursday at 6:30 p.m. at the Hill Country RV & Mobile Home Park.
For more information about the meeting, call Principal Rusty Brockman at 625-7355.Page 10 Herald-Zt/fisng, New Braunfels, Texas Wednesday, November 13 1991NBISP_NBISD honors its outstanding teachers
NBHS band stays busy
Before a crowd of hundreds of local parents, students and their peers, Sandra Haynes and Genelle Parra, shown above, were each presented a plaque by Board of School Trustees President Jean Ward, right, and a bouquet of roses by Superintendent Charles Bradberry, left Haynes represents the district's outstanding elementary teachers, while Parra stands for NBISD’s exemplary secondary teachers. (NBISD photo)
Seen every week on the football field, the New Braunfels High School Band stays as busy off the field as it
; Six band members attended the A ll-Region Jazz auditions early in die school year. Auditioning were Brandon Dictcrt, Tom Hayden, Matt Hoffman, Charlie Alvarez, Jason
Moore and Scott Stratcmann.
The 30-mcmbcr Polka Band was visible and definitely audible ai the Student Wurslfesl where they had visiting students doing die Chicken Dance.
Band members are currently preparing for upcoming contests and fundraising efforts.
Appreciative of all the excellent I educators in the New Braunfels Independent School District, the district traditionally recognizes an outstand ing teacher each year. In 1988, NBISD began honoring both an cie mcntary and a secondary teacher.
This year Sandra Havncs was named Outstanding Elementary Teachcrof the Year and Genelle Parra was named Outstanding Secondary Teacher of the Year. During half-time ! at the Friday night New Braunfels/ Seguin football game, these exemplary teachers were presented plaques and (lowers by Sch<x>l Board President Jean Ward and Superintendent Charles Bradberry.
A teacher of five years, Haynes began leaching in the New Braunfels district in 1989 at Lone Star Primary, where she leaches first grade. Parra completed her 24th year of leaching last year at New Braunfels Middle School, where she is now a counselor.
Descended from a long line of teachers, Haynes believes learning happens when a leacher has created a supportive learning environment which encompasses trust, respect, support, and high expectations for students. Even making mistakes is part of the learning process. “We celebrate our forward movements, our sucesses and even the better part . of our mistakes,” said Haynes. “A part of a negative can have a positive. We encourage each oilier and ourselves.”
As a first grade teacher, the Lone Suit educator has modeled much of her leaching on a literacy, or whole language, program “Whole language respects the idea dial all language (listening, speaking, reading and writing, including spelling and handwriting) is learned naturally when learned in context with natural events, not in little separate paris, bul as a whole,” feels Haynes. A strong believer in reading, Haynes says she surrounds her students with good quality books and has al least 300 book tides available in her room.
The Lone Star educator enjoys leaching most when die students are interested, curious and just plain delighted with what they are doing. “Nothing brings a lump lo my throat
faster than watching a child’s chest swell widi pride in die accomplishment of somcdiing he or she has just learned to do...my real rewards revolve around my student’s self rewards and self pride as their rccog nizc dieir own growth and success.”
Active iii each school system in which she lias lived, Haynes strives lo “soak up” all the best things about each school system and “add it to my own inner knowledge.” 'Ibis past summer she taught a workshop on implementing whole language in the classroom.
As a teacher of 24 years, Parra has many years of experience helping guide students through their middle school years. As a middle school cixi rise lor, Parra feels her new role wtdiin the school still allows her to help students grow and learn.
Seeing the potential in each stu
dent is key lo Parra’s educational beliefs. “My students’ pain is my pain and their joy is my joy. I was the product and producer of my environment and I believe that every student can be, too.”
Said Parra,“My personal teaching style is motivated by the idea of ‘learning to learn.’...For me, ‘learning lo learn’ involves my students developing healthy attitudes towards themselves, their peers, their leachers and, of course, the subject matter lobe learned.”
Parra currently serves on the district's 1991-92 Instructional Goals and Objectives Committee. This fall she conducted Teacher Induction and Mentor training for NBISD leachers and, since 1989, she has been an adjunct lecturer at Southwest Texas State University.
New Braunfels ISO also con
gratulates this year’s two finalists. Joyce Miller, last year a third-teacher at Memorial Elementary and currently teaching sixth-grade at Oakrun School, was the finalist for the elementary teacher award. Sarah Wetz, the VFH teacher at New Braunfels High School, was the finalist for die secondary leacher honor.
All four teachers will be recognized at the school board meeting Tuesday, Nov. 19, in the board room of The Education Center. During National Teacher Appreciation Week in May, a districtwide reception will be held to honor them.
“New Braunfels 1SD and its students arc very privileged to have so many outstanding teachers,” said Bradberry. ‘The award process is our way of publicly commending them and raising the public’s awareness of NBISD’s quality educators.”
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Not masking their pleasure
Students in Debbie Crenwelge's first grade class at Lone Star Primary recently made masks Shown above are some of the students posing vfith their creations Sitting, left to right, are Johnny Carson and David Reeves Behind them are Blake Robins, Debra Badillo and Adrianna Espinoza Onthe back row are Sarah Turpin, Laura Vasquez and Claire Buck In keeping with their festive projects, the class ate Wurstfest related food such as pretzels, cheese, apple streudel, pumpernickel bread and root beer. (NBISD photo)
Smithson Valley High School inducts
23 into National Honor Society
Weird Hairdo Day
Weird Hairdo Day brought out some playful spirits at Frazier E'ementary School, such as teachers Mary Whalin (left) and Susan Bird, and Principal Sid Ridgway (CISD photo).
named at Comal Elementary
The Smithson Valley High School > chapter of the National Honor Society has 23 new members who were formally inducted in ceremonies held Nov. 5 in the school commons.
.> New members arc Shannon !• Bridges, Travis Brite, Mike Dwyer, Blake Outlaw, Heather Boss, Joseph Collins, Aminda Cooper, Karen Engel, Noel Gabriel, Shay Gamey,
* John Kemp, Erie Lee, Ben Matulich, I Russell Moore, Michael Prciss, Jason
Roberts, Brandi Sclsor, Nikki Smith, ‘ Brad Slaats, Melissa Stone, Tony Urbick, Kristin Wertz and James
Officers of the Smithson Valley I chapter for the 1991-92 school year are Tara Smith, president; Matt ; Gawlik, vice-president; Danielle Barr, secretary; Lisa Osteen, treasurer; Greg Slavin, parliamentarian. Their sponsor is Kathryn Dierksen. Members of the NHS Faculty Council are Jeanne Fetner, Annette Hanley, Ann Sparks, Mary McCord and Joe Vicars.
Guest speaker for the induction was Comal 1SD Superintendent Joe
Rogers, who is the former principal at the high school.
‘Students of month’ named at Smithson Valley Middle
Smithson Valley Middle School’s “students of the month” for October were honored in with a breakfast Oct. 25 in the school commons.
They arc eighth graders Jason Padier, Kristie Acker, Christine Cole, Tandalce Leo, Jerry Barbee, Georgia Bratton, Leslie Fisher, Erie Brennan, Bradley Moore, Mayra Leal, Omid Ornelas, Harish Varanasi, Jason Rodriguez, Kristen Growcock, Mike McCoy, Frank Painter, Kelly Poindexter, Jesse Woodward, Joey Outlaw, Jeremy Harper, Susan Jani and Richard Martinez.
Seventh grade honorees include David Craig, Rose Eaheart, Sandra Snow, Macgin Anderson, Alisha Matthews, Leslie Soulier, Jennifer Howard, Brandy Slone, Dory Bandy, Andy Good, Suzanne Mammcn, Sarah Mammcn, Cambry Clark, Kristin Hamilton, Sara Martin, Lee Gcttys,
Jessica Loughlin, Damon Braune, Jennifer Secger and Jay Schleicher.
In the sixth grade, honorees are Randy Dehay, Donald Staton, Ginger Rohrbaeh, LcAnn Lloyd, Justin Davis, Sandra Golsch, Roxanne Cardenas, Angela Orta, Marie Ordcan, Jill Rust, Phillip Henderson, Chris Scott, Stephanie Dercs, Daniel Pruskc, Christy Melrose and Steven Gomez.
Chosen on the basis of their classroom leadership, performance in the classroom and citizenship efforts, the honorees were guests of Dr. Patrick Hollis, principal, at an awards breakfast lo which their parents were invited. Counselor Thomas Dunn presented awards. Comal ISD Superintendent Joe Rogers was a special guest.
Year-round meeting set
Year-round schooling will be the topic for a community meeting to be sponsored by the CISD at 7 p.m. on Nov. 18 at Canyon Middle School.
For more information, call Assistant Superintendent Carol Hallat625-8081 or 885-7674.
November “good citizens” have been named at Comal Elementary School. They are Ben Glisc/inski, Mary Claire Bradshaw, Ashleigh Amen, Amanda Albrecht, Gordon Ward, Shannon Lehman, Sasha Lanier, Derrick Lcnz, Nichole Koehler, Shelley Dunlap, Melissa Young, Shana Sheetrock, Regan Har
ris, Kde Holster, B.J. Hermes, Andria Amen, Matt Schulz, Cathy Flores, Tracy Rouse, Araccly Salazar, Josh Zimmerman and Lauren Dean.
“Good citizens” are chosen from each grade level monthly. Selection is made on the basis of good behavior, good study and work hah:*. consistent performance to the best of the
student’s ability, helpfulness without being asked, fair play, qualities of leadership appropriate to age, respect for rights and properties of others, and display of patriotism.
The winners for the month of November receive a certificate and enjoy lunch with Principal Barbara Miller.
S VHS quiz team takes first place
during district FFA competition
Members of the Smithson Valley High School Future Farmers of America Quiz Team t<x>k first place in district competition held Oct 30 at Southwest Texas Stale University in San Marcos.
Advancing lo arca competition arc Angela Jcnschke, Shanna Hcnk, Jessica Nix, Jay Morris, Richard Roll, Dustin Kramer, Brian Asher, Ryan Drcibrodt and Ryan Morrison.
The Farm Radio Team took fourth place in district. Members arc Shcllie Ronshauscn, Rita Gass and Erica Morris.
FTA sponsor at Smithson Valley High School is Darrell Moeller.
Teaching Comal Elementary School students about the Edwards Aquifer through the play, 'The Big Splash’ are ( in photo on left) Ian Gallaner as W C. Fieldspoiler, and Heidi Busch as Paula Purewater (CISD photos).