New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - October 9, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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superFuller lone finalist for district’s top job
By Dylan Jimdnez
Comal Independent School District trustees Wednesday night named Nancy Fuller as the sole finalist for the district’s superintendent post.
Fuller is currently superintendent of the Dayton Independent School District, which is northeast of I louston.
Board President Dora Gonzales Will enter into contract Negotiations with Fuller, but the board cannot hire Fuller for 21 days because of state law.
The board plans to meet Oct. 30 to approve her contract.
If hired, Fuller would be the district’s first female superintendent.
She will be paid more than $110,000 per year over three years, according to
See FULLER. Page 3AGruenewine fest tuned up for Friday
By Ron Maloney
The Gruene Music and Wine Fest marks its 17th year this weekend with good music, good wine and the opportunity to do good deeds.
"For anybody who loves wine tasting, this is a great opportunity to come taste Texas’ best wines and hear Texas' best music,” said Mattson Rainer, program director for 92.1 KNBT, which sponsors the annual benefit event.
“It’s an opportunity for Texas music fans to gel a whole lot in one location — great music, great wine and great food — but the main reason is to support United Way and I lope I iospice," Rainer said. “The second reason is to have a good time.”
This year’s event is as big as it’s ever been, Rainer said.
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Smithson Valley High School senior Katrina Dykes, left, and freshman Lauren Meadours put beads on junior Steven Nichols. The Rangers celebrate homecoming Friday against San Antonio Highlands.
I and he will have the confidence to find a job, feed his family and make a new life.
Adult ESL lessons fill classroom, lives of those learning English
By Dylan Jimtnez
It’s standing room only two nights a week for the English as a Second Language class at the West Side Community Center.
A group of about 70 crammed into a room there Monday night, filling the chairs and leaning
• against the walls.
Ihe class is taught by Jose Muftoz and Marina Saurez, who attend First Presbyterian Church.
“The reason we are doing this is we’re trying to make God smile on us,” Muftoz said. “We’re trying to make sure we are doing what we are supposed to be doing.”
Jose Muftoz is a teacher by trade and hobby.
I Ie teaches a dual-language class at Memorial Primary by day, a
* weekly introductory Spanish night class at New Braunfels High School, a Sunday school class at First Pres
byterian and die ESL class at the center Mondays and Thursdays.
’ “I feel like God gave me a gift to teach,” Muftoz said.
It’s a gift Muftoz doesn’t want to waste.
Since he started teaching the course in July at the community center, the class has grown by several students each week.
All students are assessed for their English proficiency. Ihe continuous growth has made it impossible to begin the curriculum — workbooks for five levels of English proficiency.
After the last few students wandered in Monday, Munoz began the first exercise.
The group named every English verb they could think of. They listed thirty simple verbs like “go” and “come." Then they counted them in English.
“You sound like gringos,” Munoz told the group in Spanish. “When
you’re thinking in English, you’re there."
I Ie keeps the energy level high and the students laughing.
“They’ve never had anyone tell them ‘That’s right,’ ” he said.
After the lesson, Muftoz gives the class a chance to ask questions about English they can use immediately. The students ask Muftoz how to say practical phrases in lungfish.
One woman asked how to say “I am here to pick up my daughters.” Another asked how to say “We have finished all of the work you have given us. Do you have something more for us to do?”
Most of the students fervently
scribbled the sentences. They will memorize them and use them at schools or work.
One student, Araceli Cruz, was a nurse when she lived in Mexico.
“I cannot be a nurse because I cannot speak English.” Cruz said.
Hie classroom is full of stories like Cruz’s.
Marina Saurez helps Muftoz. She teaches the intermediate Spanish speakers.
A secretary for [.amar Primary, her goal always has been to teach English, she said.
“They’re hungry for it," Saurez said. “ They want to be able to make it in the world, at their jobs, lf they didn’t, wed have a handful.”
SVHS ready for homecoming
By Dylan Jiminez
Smithson Valley High School students might have an unconventional way of celebrating homecoming, but the Rangers don’t lack spirit.
“There’s not really a lot of excitement,” said senior Katrina Dykes. “But we have spirit.”
The school quit hosting a homecoming dance because of lack of student interest.
Students have spirit days all week and a homecoming court is selected at halftime.
The high point of homecoming is the football game and the annual Battle of the Bands, which took the place of the dance four years ago and is now tradition.
“It definitely appeals to more people because not everybody likes to get dressed up," said Jackie Troy, a junior.
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standing room only when it meets. Above left, teacher Jose Munoz gestures as he teaches, and below, a student takes notes with a pencil.
Alicia Lara. left, and Maria Garcia study English words in the English as a Second Language class at West Side Community Center. The class is
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