New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - September 24, 1995, New Braunfels, Texas
10 A o Herald-Zeitung □ Sunday, September 241995_Education
Frazier Elementary teachers blend many subjects into student ‘trip’ to Hawaii
Frazier Elementary School fifth ences," Zech, said. together," Zech added.
grade students "travelled" to Hawaii “Students created three dimen- Joom agreed,
during a recently completed five sional maps of the Hawaiian Islands. “Students learned a lot from their *eek unit of study. They worked in cooperative groups research reports. They began by
The school used a team teaching and had to determine the appropriate brainstorming to gather ideas about approach and cooperative student scale for the map as well as positions what they knew and what the wanted group activities to combine a wide and names of the islands," Zech said, to know about Hawaii. variety ctf academic subjects into the “Maps provided groups the oppor- “Each group had to select three
Ha-a; urn unit. t unity to do a lot of problem solving," topics for their two-page research pa-
Coqperatjve groups typically con- Jonas added. per, write their paper, then present it
tamed five students and provided a Students also created “active" vol- to the class. Students were required to
setting where they learned social canoes. have an activity and a visual object,
skills and how to work together to ‘They learned about the types and like a map or photograph, in their solve problems. parts of volcanoes and combined vin- presentation," Jonas said.
We discussed Hawaiian culture in egar and baking soda to make the The culminating event for the unit
our class and students learned Hawai* volcanoes ‘erupt,’" Jonas said. on Hawaii was a student luau.
tan music, dance, and art in other “I think the most important lesson “Parents sent Hawaiian foods, like
classes,” Dawn Jonas, Frazier El- that students learned from the unit coconuts, to class with their student CISD photo by Don Clark
ementary fifth grade teacher, said. was the significance of the multi-cul- and many parents came to class to Katherine Bradshaw pays Barbara Miller. Comal Elementary principal, for spaghetti dinners for her fourth The other half of Jonas’ fifth grade tural aspect in Hawaiian culture and help serve the luau.” Zech said. grade daughter, Mary Clair (R), and Ericka (L), an eight grade Canyon Middle School student. Comal
team is Lucy Zech. society," Zech said. Students performed Hawaiian Elementary School celebrated the grand opening of their renovated cafeteria with a special spaghetti dinner
Our unit included social studies, “Hawaii is a good example of many dances and many wore “Hawaiian sponsored by the school PTA for students and parents. The Comal Elementary cafeteria renovation project language arts, geography, and the sci- different people living and working clothes." to one seven funded by the 1994 school bond election. Goodwin Primary and Bulverde Primary Schools
are next to receive cafeteria renovations. "New serving lines were added and the kitchen was completely remodeled and modem equipment installed,1* Beth Wallace, CISD Food Service Coordinator, said. These improvements will greatly improve kitchen efficiency and increase the quality of food served to students, according to Wallace. “With the proper equipment, we can continually, through the lunch period, make fresh batches of food for serving instead of preparing all of the food in advance and trying to keep it fresh and warm until it’s needed," Wallace said.
Add these important events to your calendar!
4 Canyon High School will host its annual Open House, Monday September 25,1995. The program and class visits will begin at 7 p.m.
4 Sep. 26. Bulverde Elementary School PTA Open House (4th and 5lh grades), 7:30 p.m.
4 Sep. 26. Smithson Valley Middle School Bond Information Meeting, 7 p.m.
4 Sep. 26. Bill Brown Elementary School Bond Information Meeting, 7 p.m.
4 New Braunfels area and Smithson Valley High School students are invited to attend the Canyon High School College Night scheduled to begin at 7 p.m., September 27,1995. Featured will be approximately 50 representatives from colleges, universities, arni military academies. Recruiting personnel from the military services will also attend. Financial aid information will be provided by a counselor from South West Texas State University.
4 Oct. 3. Bulverde Primary School Open House, 6:30 p.m. ■
4 Oct. 3. Smithson Valley High School Bond Information Meeting, 7 p.m. I
. ( w ________ ,, wwt 4 Oct. 3. Comal Elementary School Bond Information Meeting, 7 p.m I
I Jacobson, Felicia Thompson; second row, Stephen Ayala, Justin Aguilar, Joseph VanNoy, Kyle Bowers I * Oct IO. Mountain Valley Elementary School PTA Meeting and Bond Presentation, 7 p.m. I
- Vest, Brandon Taylor, Victoria Cate; standing, Sham Mendez, Angelica Morales, KeMy Kohlenburg, Jenni I * Od. IO. Canyon Middle School Bond Information Meeting, 7 p.m. |
Brietzke, Amber Bruenig, Natalie Coldewey, and Rebecca Anderson.
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CISD photo by Don Clark
in their "Hawaiian" clothes are Frazier Elementary School students from Dawn Jonas' and Lucy 5th Grade Claeses (L-R) front row. Lucas Hutchison Katharine Wellman. Nick Hidalno Justin
Comal Elementary opens new cafeteria
NBISDCIS director believes in program’s goals
During his 32 years in public education, whether he has been a teacher, an administrator or a superintendent, Jack Harris has worked to help students find success.
As the executive director of the Greater New Braunfels Communities in Schools, he continues in the role of benefitting children. “All the action is out there, at the campuses, ” said Harris. "My job is to assist the program directors so that they can have a successful day and a successful program.”
Contributing to the success of educational programs is not new tor Harris. He was an original organizer and founder of the Texas Community Education Association. In 1974, through theTCEA, he helped secure state funding for GED programs for the first time ever. Prior to his efforts, Basic Opportunity Grants only funded reading, writing and math education for grades kindergarten through eight.
When he retired to New Braunfels a couple of years ago, he had planned to stay active in education. "This is an opportunity to continue in education,” said Harris. “I was looking for something of this nature and I pursued it because I believe in education very strongly.” He affirmed his support for the CIS saying, “I really like the concept of CIS and of taking this service to the parents.”
CIS is a multi-service, multi-sponsored program that brings together in partnership local, state, and federal government agencies, as well as private organizations, corporate enterprise and the educational institutions in the community. The philosophy of the Greater New Braunfels CIS is based on the idea that to successfully keep students in school, they must treat all of the problems that cause the child to consider dropping out.
In its third year, the CIS program serves 11 schools, six at New Braunfels ISD and five at Comal 1SD. This year, programs were added at Memorial Elementary and Canyon High. CIS also absorbed the program at New Braunfels Middle School. Eventually, Harris would like every school in each district to have a CIS program. For field trips and other transportation needs, the program purchased a minivan this year and plpns to buy another in October. Acquiring audiovisual equipment and computers with plans for tutoring youngsters also has been implemented this year.
Although housed at The Education Center, Harris and his staff are employees of CIS. Harris said, “CIS has an excellent staff. They are very child-oriented and they have a good attitude towards our objective, that of assisting students at-risk.”
This year, the CIS staff is concentrating on student attendance. The project directors at each campus have identified 50 students who had the poorest attendance last year and they are working with parents and students to keep youngsters in school. They call the homes when children do not show up for school, they offer rides when transportation is a problem and, more importantly, they work to change parents’ attitudes towards school and attendance.
“A lot of it all has to do with parent attitudes,” said Harris. “It is so important for young students to have that perception set at an early age. To accomplish that, parents need to be reminded that attendance is the key to success in school.” According to Harris, the single common denominator of those in penal institutions is not ethnicity, wealth.
Jack Harris, Greater New Braunfels Communities in Schools executive director.
or upbringing, but poor school attendance.
“I won’t be satisfied until we have perfect attendance at every school,” said Harris. While he realizes that may be a stretch, he said, “If we don’t shoot high, we won’t even come close to it.”
To that end, CIS provides parenting programs to meet various parent schedules, project directors bring the program to parents as much as possible, and parents are asked to sign a contract with CIS. “This is not just a give-away program,” said Harris. “If the parent has the child in school every day, though, we will do the rest.” “The rest” can include everything from helping youngsters get shoes on their feet to getting the electricity turned on in their house.
Harris believes in the African proverb that “It takes an entire village to raise a child." He said the support the CIS program has received from the community has been commendable and he hopes to see it continue. For example, many local service organizations and businesses have made contributions to the program. He also commended the CIS executive board and its acting president, Jan Kennady, for their hard work.
Harris hopes the community will continue to feel such a strong responsibility for the education of its youngsters. “If anyone sees a child who is not attending school or getting the educational assistance he needs, we would sure like to be notified. Every child needs an equal opportunity, every child can learn and they deserve a chance to learn and succeed.”
He and his wife, Jean, are two-year residents of New Braunfels and were attracted to the area by its reputation, size, beauty and the friendliness of its people.
ve/SO photos Dy LESLIE KRIEWALDT
4 Friday, Sept. 29: Comal County Fair Holiday 4 Saturday, Sept. 30:
Regional Jazz Band Auditions at Roosevelt High School Regional Choir Auditions at Madison High School NBHS Junior Varsity Volleyball team at Lanier Tournament NBHS Varsity Football team plays Austin LBJ High School, there, at 7:30 p.m.
4 Tuesday, Oct. 3: School Board Study Session. 7 p.m. in the hoard room of The Education Center d* friday, Oct. 13: End of 1st Nine-Week Grading Period for New Braunfels
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• *(DakRun ignites an interest in fire safety
Tikis year, OakRun School sixth graders got an early start on Fire Safety Month, observed in October. Firemen from the New Braunfels Fire Department demonstrated that fires need three items to ignite: fuel, oxygen and temperature. The sixth graders learned that heat causes wood arid other fuels to decompose arid give off flammable gases.
Tbe officers concentrated their lesson on gasoline and its extremely flammable vapors. Students were told that gas should be stored properly and not in plastic or glass containers. At right, Firefighter Bob Reed and Assistant Fire Chief Elroy Fciesenhahn show how the vapors from a rag soaked in gasoline travel down a clear tube to a small burner at the base of the tube. At right, below, students watch as the vapors ignited at the burner and then raced back up to the source of the vapors.
The firemen stressed that gasoline has only one use, as fuel for combustion engines. They also demonstrated the flammability of —rosot cane and created a small explosion with just three drops of gasoline. The students made a verbal contract with Friesenhahn promising they would not attempt the demonstrations.