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New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 18, 1997, New Braunfels, Texas NBISD NBHS senior tries out Cornell University    see*?N    vo^unteersf^r    education    council »    Parents,    the    commumtv    and    New    cnmmunitv    narenfand    hiKiiwiu    mn.    nitv    m<>tnh(>K    in    a    nmr»cc    that    allnu/c Most high school seniors cannot wait to graduate and go on to college. New Braunfels High School senior Adrian Rosales didn’t wait. Instead he attended Cornell University’s summer program for high school students. During the six-week program, Adrian took college philosophy and English classes and attended a seminar based on his intended major of biology and health. Guest speakers included an orthopedic surgeon, plastic surgeon and a dentist. From June 28-Aug. 12, he lived in a dorm, had access to the university facilities and had all the freedoms of a college student with one exception: high school curfews. . However, the program gave him a taste of what college would be like. He learned valuable lessons outside the classroom as •well. “The friendships I made will always be a lasting memory in my mind,” said Adrian. The diverse group of high school students included those from countries such jas Columbia, Spain, Turkey and Canada and ranged ‘across the United States from California to New York. 'Although there were six to seven students from Texas, ' Adrian was the only one from central Texas. He plans to stay in contact with the friends he made .and said the experience made him “aware of what is ^really out there.” He said it was “very, very exciting and very intriguing” as well as reassuring to find that there are '“other people out there who sti ive for the same things you do and achieve them.” “I would definitely encourage others to go through programs like this,” said Adrian. Not only did he feel it gives him an advantage over other students, but it also gave him more time to adjust to college and learn about Cornell in particular. Initially, he wanted to enroll at . Cornell. After his six weeks there, he instead will look at Rice, Stanford, Brown and Harvard. He plans to major in orthopedics or cardiology. Students should not make cost an obstacle, he said. “It is worth much more than what you pay.” Many of the college programs offer scholarships and financial aid. Adrian attended the Cornell program on a full academic scholarship. “Apply to every single program you can,” he advises. * He credits his mother. Mari Ortiz, and his grandparents, Liborio and Augustina Rosales, for their support and encouragement. New Braunfels High School senior Adrian Rosales, above, advises other students to attend as many college programs as they can. His invitation to apply to the Cornell program came through his involvement with National Hispanic Institute. It placed him on mailing lists for colleges across the United States. Recently he participated in Boys State and this year he is the president of the NBHS National Honor Society, and is a member of the Spanish Club and Mu Alpha Theta. In preparation for his major, he is enrolled in Anatomy and Physiology, Advanced Placement Literature, AP Calculus, AP Government and Honors Spanish III. Parents, the community and New Braunfels ISD form a strong partnership to benefit children. A new educational council will strengthen those bonds even further. When the New Braunfels ISD school board adopted Policy BQA (Local) Sept. 16, it created the Dis-trictwide Education Improvement Council. The DEIC is an updated and revised version of the Instructional Goals and Objectives committee. Superintendent Ron Reaves, Ed.D. will chair the 23-member council. “The main focus of the council will he instructional,” said Reaves. “It will be a very active, working committee.” According to policy, the council will establish and review the district’s educational goals, objectives, and major districtwide classroom instructional programs. The council will meet at least twice a year and the meetings will be held outside of the regular school day. The committee will serve exclusively in an advisory role except for approving staff development of a districtwide nature and performing all other statutorily mandated duties as may be required. The council will consist of four parents, two community members, two business people, IO teachers, four non-teaching campus-level staff and one district-level employee. District representatives will be elected by their peers. However, the NBISD tax year benefits district and patrons New Braunfels ISD is unique in many ways. It has the only high school in the state and perhaps the country to have the Unicorn as its mascot; it is the oldest tax-supported public school district in Texas; and it has a tax year that begins July I and ends June 30. This tax year benefits both the school district and its patrons. Originally the year was set up to coincide with the city’s tax cycle The NBISD tax office, which began collecting taxes for the city in 1967, is able to send tax notices out together for most years. This combined mailing saves money for both the city and school district. Prior to 1958, the city collected taxes for both entities. To plan a budget for the upcoming year, the school district looks at its estimated state revenues and, by us- ing previous year’s values, its local revenue. Using previous year’s values instead of the current year is a break for taxpayers because any increase in their values does not affect taxes until the next year. Another plus of the July tax year is that NBISD is able to collect most of its taxes by August. This allows the school district to begin the school year with money in the bank and enables NBISD to make payroll and New Braunfels I5D Calendar of Events Fit, Sept. 19 Du*, Sept 25 Fit, Sept 26 Sal, Sap! 27 community, parenfand business representatives will be selected randomly. Names will be collected by 4he district’s public information office and the superintendent’s office through 5 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 30. The names in each category will then be drawn at random. To submit your name in any or all categories for which you are eligible, send a brief letter stating your desire to serve on the council and in what capacity or capacities you would like to be considered. According to state mandates, some categories require additional information. All letters must be received by the NBISD public information office or the superintendent’s office. Both are located at The Education Center at 430 W. Mill Street. Information may also be faxed to 830-620-9005. The requirements are listed below. • Parents: The committee will include four parents of students currently enrolled within the district. To represent the grade levels fairly, one parent will be chosen for each of the following grade groupings: prekindergarten through second grade, third through fifth grade, sixth through eighth grade, and ninth through 12th grade. Please indicate in your letter in which grade(s) your child or children are enrolled. • Community Members: The committee will include two commu nity members in a process that allows adequate representation of the city’s diversity. All community representatives must reside in New Braunfels ISD. To ensure that proper community diversity is achieved, community members are asked to include their ethnicity in their letter, in addition to their address. •BusinessRepresentatives: The committee will include two business people who also represent the community’s diversity. Business members need not reside in the school district or operate a business in NBISD. Again, to ensure that diversity is achieved, business members are asked to include their ethnicity in their letter. At the time of the drawing, an additional name will be drawn in each category to select an alternate in the event that a member becomes unable to serve. The council will gather broad-based community, parent and staff input and, in turn, keep them informed through a variety of methods. Periodic meetings to receive and provide information will be scheduled These meetings will be publicized thiough district publications and the njfedia. The committee’s work will be featured in district publications and in news releases sent to local media. Reports of the council’s work will also be sent to principals who can post the information. school year startup costs without borrowing money. Rather than paying interest on a loan, NBISD is able to earn interest and pays its bills without borrowing money. On Tuesday, Sept. 16, the NBISD school board passed a tax rate of $ 1.5075. Of this, $ 1.245 will fund the district's maintenance and operation, while .2625 will go towards interest and sinking to retire the debt service. The tax office will be sending out notices this week or by Monday, Sept. 22. Patrons should receive their statement shortly after that. School taxes are due upon receipt to the tax office. The last day to pay without penalty and interest is Oct. 31. On Nov. I, unpaid taxes become delinquent. For questions, contact the NBISD Tax Office at 625-6714. Sun, Sept 28 For NBISD Info ft* Dally Lunch Menu*, Coll tile Hotline, 620-6200 SJO pJD.-S UL Weekdays 24 Bourn a Boy Weekends NBHS yearbook deadline approaching Parents can buy ads to send message to grads lf you have a senior at New Braunfels High School there are some deadlines quickly approaching pealing with the 1998 edition bf the yearbook. For the fourth year at NBHS the yearbook staff will be selling parent advertisements for the 1997-98 Unicom Yearbook. “The parent ads have become very popular with families. Each year we add additional pages so we will have enough space for these special ads,” said yearbook sponsor Stephanie Ferguson. A parent advertisement consists of a picture and message that parents personally address to their graduat- r ing senior. All advertisement? v$l be printed ilLthe yearbook. The advertisements this year will all be the same size. The cost is $35. All you need is a photograph of your senior (at any age), and a written message; the yearbook staff will design the ad. Photos will be returned if submitted with a self-addressed and stamped envelope. Submissions will be accepted until Oct. I. For more information please contact the Journalism Department at 625-6271. New Braunfels High School varsity football team plays at Alamo Heights, 7:30 pm New Braunfels High School voleybal teams play Madison at home. Freshmen play at 5 and 6p.m., junior varsity at 7p.m. and varsity at &30 pm. • End of the First Six-Week Grading Period Student Hofiday for the Comal County Fair/Staff Development Day • New Braunfels High School voMeybai teams play MacArthur at home. Freshmen play at 5 and 6 pm., the junior varsity takes to the court at 7 and the varsity plays at 5 pm. • New Braunfels High School junior varsity football team plays Lee at home, 5:30 pm. • New Braunfels High School varsity football team plays Lee at Blossom Athletic Center in San Antonio at 7:30 pm. • New Braunfels High School freshmen football teams play at Lee High School at 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. • New Braunfels high School junior varsity voleybal team plays in the Smithson Valley JV Tournament •National Good Neighbor Day Meet the Teachers Mona Brown Throughout the school year, “Meet the Teachers ” features educators who are new to New Braunfels Independent School District. Mena Brown, who was featured last week, was shown with an incorrect photo. Her bio and correct picture are included this week. Mena Brown earned her bachelors degree in Special Education with a minor in Elementary Education from Southwest Texas State University. A beginning teacher, she student taught in New Braunfels ISD and San Marcos ISD. Mena teaches youngsters at Lamar Primary in the Preschool Program for Children with Disabilities. Greatest pleasure in teaching: “I think the greatest pleasure I get, when I teach children, is to see them succeed and feel good about themselves as learners and individuals. I get excited when I see children getting excited about learning.” Philosophy of education: “My philosophy of education is that ALL children can learn; it does not matter what difference the child may have. I believe it is the teacher’s job to find the best strategies for the child to learn. I strive to develop each of my student’s full potential.” Kristy Castilleja earned her Bachelor of Fine Arts degree in Advertising from Southern Methodist University. She earned her teaching certification in English from East Texas State University. With five years of teaching experience, she is an English teacher at New Braunfels High School. Greatest pleasure in teaching: “The greatest pleasure teaching provides me is the constant interaction I have with the students. They are the reason I love my profession and I receive great joy watching a student grasp a concept and take it to the next level.” Philosophy of education: “I strongly feel that education is the foundation of our society today. Without education the human race cannot grow. The future depends on our younger generation. As a teacher, I want to feed our future as much as I can with well-educated and well-prepared students to carry our society into the next century and beyond.” LIm Canble earned her Bachelor of Science degree in Speech Communications from the University of Texas. She earned her teaching certification from Southwest Texas State University. With two years of teaching experience, she is a Carl Schurz Elementary fifth-grade educator. Greatest pleasure in teaching : “Some of my greatest pleasures come from the daily sights and sounds of my classroom. The chatter of students try ing to get that last word in before the bell, the smiles that greet me every morning and the unexpected hup that come at the perfect time. In addition, I enjoy seeing the personal Md academic growth of my students from the beginning of the year to the end of the year!” Philosophy of education: “I believe the classroom should provide a safe and supportive environment for all students. Teachers must set high expectations, value everyone and treat all adults as co-partners in the education of our youth.” Krtety CaatHlaja | A rn Uaa Cnuble ' \ ’ Vt'i: Bf Jw ’ ' s Hcci'd-Zciti :,/\7 Cfd/JCS cc El/i JL I* C*’ ’ c J cc V 'CCJ/ :\J} < r JJC/ .■ v Vc.: E ’ v/s ,/■ y \:cc: Sccjo 0 v' ' > I J, i V1 /> J. J' J 'th? J ' T" El s' ; vCC'"C. c\: VB/$DPi.L' . 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