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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 5, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas 10A □ Herald-ZeitungC) Friday, September 5,1997EducationComal ISD Opportunities for a high school education continue with GED classes in the CISD CISG photo by Don Omk Shown are many of the CISD 1997 General Educational Development (GED) graduates. Those receiving their high school equivalency diploma included, from Smithson Valley High School, Elaina Allen, Chris Bandera, Josh Cornelius, Courtney E. Engelke, Matthew Felan, Amie L. Ferguson, Michael Galloway, Erie W. Gates, Angie M. Gottfried, Mark Gottfried, Melissa Harmon, Bobby P. Kritikos, Jr., Shelly K. Lopez, Christopher S. McDaniel, Angela M. Miller, Karissa S. Page, David Posses, Greg J. Peyer, Adam J. Pinn, Aaron Richter, Allison B. Sand, Joshua A. Sharkey, Michelle D. Solovan, Dustin C. Williams; from Canyon High School, Letisha Davidson, Amber Forbess, Sara Hover, Rocky Leal, Jason Morris, Mindy Page, Richard Ramos, Charles Rodkey, Jesse Sellers, Stella Weidner. Severe thunderstorms kept some of the graduates from attending the ceremonies. Add these important events ta your calendar! "* Sep. 6. SVHS Cheer Clinic, 9-Noon, Gym. Sep. 8. CES Lion’s Club Kinder Vision Tests, 8:30 A.M. Sep. 8. Colonel Daniel Presentation, Time TBD (A.M.), CMS Sep. 8. CMS Open House/PTA Meeting, 6:30 P.M. Sep. 9-11. Metropolitan Achievement Test for Grades 2,3,4. Sep. 9. SVHS Open House, 7 P.M. Sep. IO. RPS Family Reading Night, Time TBD. Sep. IO. FFA Covered Dish Supper, 6:30 PM., SVHS Commons. Sep. ll. Board of Trustees Workshop, 7:30 P.M. (time change), Central Office Board Room. Sep. 13. Guadalupe River Qean-up by CHS Student CounciL Sep. 15. Board of Trustees Tax Hearing, 7 P.M., FES. Sep. 16. ASIS Fall Open House and PTA Meeting, 6:30. Sep. 17. Comal Leadership Open House, 8 A.M.-4 P.M. (RS VP requested) Sep. 17. RPS Family Reading Night, Time TBD. Sep. 19. CMS Back to School Dance, 7-10 PM., Commons. Sep. 20. SVHS Dance Clinic, 8:30 AM., Gymnasium. Sep. 22. FES St Jude’s Math-A-Thon Begins. Sep. 23. BES PTA/Open House Sc Book Fair, 6 PM. Sep. 24. RPS Family Reading Night, Time TBD. Sep. 24. Board of Trustees Meeting/Tax Adoption, 7:30 PM., Central Office Board Room.L. ______________________________District hosts teachers from Mexico as part of U.S.-Mexico exchange program The Comal ISD recently graduated its General Educational Development (GED) class in ceremonies conducted at Canyon High School. Honored were IO graduates from Canyon High School and 24 graduates from Smithson Valley High School. Each graduate was presented a certificate by their school principal and Dan Krueger, President of the CISD Board of Trustees. “In just two years, we have doubled the number of students in the CISD program,” Helmuth Schlichling, CHS GED Coordinator, said. Larry Schwab is the SVHS GED Coordinator. Funding for the graduates’ caps and gowns was provided by several individuals and organizations in the Canyon Lake and New Braunfels areas. “Parents, grandparents, families, and especially the graduates, really appreciated the caps and gowns. Those would not have been possible without the donations. “Each of these graduates had to overcome a lot of adversity to obtain their education and complete the course,” Schlichting said. Students attended classes two hours a day on the high school campus, either in the morning or in the afternoon. Monday through Friday, and remained in the GED course only as long as it took to pass GED requirements. “Some students completed the requirements in a couple of months, while others took as long as 18 months to complete the achievement tests,” Schlichting said. Completing the GED provides graduates with a high school equivalency certificate. Each student must pass five comprehensive tests in the following core academic subjects: social studies, science, mathematics, literature, and writing skills. The writing skills portion requires a 200 word essay. In the CISD, students take one test at a time, according to Schlichting. Tests are not taken until students complete a pretest to determine academic strengths and weaknesses. The high school GED Coordinator then works with the student to improve weaker academic areas. “To be eligible for the program, students must be at least 17 years old, have their own transportation, and possess a positive attitude,” Alicia Parra, CISD Instructional Coordinator, said. Students interested in information about the GED program can call either CHS, at 623-6251, or SVHS, at 904-7273/885-7277. Canyon Intermediate student mediators are trained to help prevent problems Quality of education and schools improved by district’s Strategic Plan CISD photo by Don awk eluted are the student mediators of Canyon Intermediate School (L-R) front row, Brandon Krueger, Melisa rite. Jessica Gonzales, Jenna Mathis, Mary Claire Bradshaw; back row, Melanie DeBacker, Jessica Reyes, >bby Slatier, Lisa Tays, Chad Greg son, Andrew Graham. Each student received special training for their Ie a student mediator. “This is the first year for the pro- A small number of students have ken on the large responsibility of riping ocher students when things en’t going well “When get in trouble, we talk > them instead of a teacher," Jessica eyes said. “They may feel better talk-lg to us,” Melisa Sells, added. Reyes and Sells are two of Canyon mermediate School’s twelve peer salient mediators. gram at Canyon Intermediate. Student mediators have been very successful at other schools, like Smithson Valley Middle School," Karen Krieg, school counselor, said. “We began by giving each class a lesson on student peer mediation, what is arx! bowk woika Each class then nominated several students as school mediators. Teachers screened the list and the entire student body voted to select the twelve for this school yew," Krieg said. Mediators received special training for their role. Counselors and ttudents from four schools met at Mo Ranch for two days of intensive training in mediation programs, according to Klieg. “Students received training in identifying and interpreting body language and about different personality types Md how lo deal with them," Krieg laid. The quality of education has improved in the CISD, thanks to the district’s Strategic Plan 1996-2000. This was the message Dr. Frances Stetson gave the Board of Trustees on Aug. 14. Stetson, a rimuiimi horn Houston, helped the district develop the Strategic Plan over a two-year period in partnership with community members, administrators, and faculty members. Stetson was asked by the Board to return and evaluate the district's progreat in meeting the goals established in the Strategic Plan. "The plan was created to be a living, breathing document, an action plan with systems lo make sure die critical processes for quality are ongoing in the areae of curriculum, »-fractional excellence, staff develop* meot and in making campuses warm and comfortable for parents and students," she told the Board. Ten goals id improve education and schools were developed in the Strategic Plan. Each goal identified the start/ end times, resources, personnel, and steps necessary to accomplish the mih ynpifjwnttinn of the Plan will take at learn three years. "I am    at    the    —your gaff has given, principals and central office staff, lo identify a core of die very bast instructional practices, observe the extent those practices were in usa, dies decide what staff development ie needed for the faculty and staff. "Tlut’s phenomenal something really impnarivedrntrue sot seen elsewhere," Stetson told dm Bored. “The development of the M**-Md Bducmof Fffoiifcf Directory that really does link the community lo the schools." “These are incredible accomplishments, and yet there is still work lo be done. There is the need to expand support lo faculty, more time for planning, staff development support, and the for inff*toeing    for    ia- Mance” she “We didn’t aik you base lo giva us good nows, but we’re obviously pleased" Din Krueger, Board Presir dent, told Stetson. “Developing the plan was lima wall spent, b was well done,” Krueger mid. Board members Krueger, Robert Loop, and John Clay were members of the original Strategic Planning "I flml dm alma way. I'm exeitod about this school veer and that# goals*1* John day Mid. OSO photo by Don awk Teachers from Mexico, at tha conclusion of their visit to CISD schools, presented an overview of the structure of education in Mexico. Shown at the presentation ara teachers LydUt Torralva. Jose Luis Marquez. Rosario Arellano Ubreros, New Braunfels Mayor Jan Kennedy. CISD Superintendent Dr. Jerry Major, tha Mexican Consulate representative Alberto Puentes, and teachers Mariceia Dominguez, Cristina Centon, Partita Solis, Joseflna San Vincente. OneUa Argema. The CISD hosted visiting leachers from Mexico as part of an exchange program of teachers from that country and the school district Last year. Ana Pallaree-Weissling, a Frazier Elementary School teacher, and Alicia Parra, CISD Educational Coordinator, began a pilot program of exchange teachers from Mexico. Five educators from Mexico spent two weeks observing and teaching students in summer school The program was so successful that UfiirJn Pnntiil^te pryftfM NtiK- lishmentof a yearly visit by teachere from Mexico as well as rn opportunity for U.S. teachers to visit Mexico. This year, from Aug. 13 to Aug. 23, eight leachers visited dm CISD from Mexico, with the plM for five to eight teachers from the district to visit schools in Mexico during June of 1998. Five additional spaces will be available for principals cr administrators. Each employee pays their own way, with no expenses by the district. The exchange program has several important objectives    help ing lo tocreaaa knowledge Bas the Mexican culture; the charing of edu cational experiences; and    to improve the quality of education pro-vided to students. “The exchange teachers were very ■upreared with the efforts taken by our teechen to communicate with pwents, especially the 'meet die teacher’ activities that take place before the start of school," Pain mid. Every other day during their visit, the teachers from Mexico met with then countetpsitt at Goodwin Primary or Brazier Elementary Schools to exchange ideas and experiences from ember in the day. ;