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Wed
18
Nov

District studies pros, cons of dual language

By Richard Zowie

 

Could a “dual language” program, where elementary school students receive instruction in both English and Spanish, become an option someday for Fredericksburg Independent School District students?

Celina Estrada-Thomas, FISD assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction, discussed a recent field trip to study dual language programs with the trustees during their Nov. 9 regular meeting.

Estrada-Thomas, Supt. Dr. Eric Wright, Fredericksburg Middle School Principal Monica Ward and FISD Director of Special Programs Ronda Tomplait visited Kendall Elementary School in Boerne ISD on Oct. 29 to look at the school’s dual language program.

Offered kindergarten through fifth grade, the program offers classroom instruction in both English and Spanish.

Wed
18
Nov

Hunting fans take aim at Wild Game Dinner

The Gillespie County Wild Game Dinner is back for its ninth year at the Gillespie County Fair Grounds on Saturday, Nov. 21.

Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and food will be served until 8:30 p.m. 

Advance tickets are available for $20 (same price at the gate) at the following locations: Arrowhead Bank, Stroeher and Olfers and Lochte Feed and General Store, and   in Stonewall at Allied Ag Services.

This year’s dinner will feature an enlarged seating area, food court and added tents for exhibits and dining.

“Overflow crowds these last couple of years forced us to get creative with larger accommodations,” said Lester Meier, event chairman. “Of course, when you add more room, it just seems logical to add more prizes, more food, more exhibits and more fun. Our ticket prices haven’t gone up in nine years. We just keep adding great prizes and the word keeps spreading.”

Tue
10
Nov

Commissioners OK 13th hire at dispatch center

By Scott Allen —

Gillespie County Commissioners on Monday approved the hiring of a dispatcher for the Gillespie County Communications Center. 

The dispatcher, Rebecca Goff, will start work on Monday, Nov. 23.

“After this new hire, we will have a total of 13 dispatchers,” said Les Metzler, director of dispatch for the communications center. “We plan to hopefully have two more dispatchers soon to bring us to full capacity.”

Metzler said advertisement for the position is on the county’s website, listed under employment opportunities.

Commissioners also approved the nomination of Tony Klein to the Gillespie Central Appraisal District Board of Directors. Klein is one of five members on the board, having served for the past six years. Other members are Tim Dooley (chairman), Donald Davis, Wayne Harrell and Jim McAfee.

Purchases for the sheriff’s office

Tue
10
Nov

Whitetail season underway in county

Gillespie County hunters appear to be off and running with the season, which began Saturday, Nov. 7.

“It was a good opening weekend,” said Texas Parks and Wildlife Department Game Warden Clayton Pipkin. “The overcast weather on opening day enhanced the hunt. It was good and cold and kind of drizzly, so hunters stayed in the stands longer. The deer kept moving.”

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Tue
10
Nov

Bisson to lead veterans event

Brig. Gen. James J. Bisson (U.S. Army, ret.) is keynote speaker.

All those who have served or currently serve in the U.S. armed forces will be the guests of honor at the National Museum of the Pacific War on Veterans Day.

At 11 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 11, the museum will host a Veterans Day ceremony. Free and open to the public, the ceremony will be in the Memorial Courtyard.

Guest speaker for this year will be Brig. Gen. James J. Bisson (U.S. Army, ret.).

Bisson, who serves as commander of Fredericksburg’s Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 7105, began his military career when he was drafted in February 1967. He served as an infantryman with the 25th Infantry Division in Vietnam from July 1967 to July 1968.

He entered the Army National Guard in February 1971 and was direct commissioned in Armor as a second lieutenant in November 1971.

Bisson retired from the Army as a brigadier general in April 2005 after more than 35 years of service.

Tue
10
Nov

D.A. curry to retire after current term

Longtime 216th District Attorney E. Bruce Curry has announced he will retire when his current term ends in late 2016.

Curry is the longest-serving active district attorney in the state of Texas, encompassing 254 counties and over 450 judicial districts.

Curry has served as district attorney for the past 31 years, representing the State of Texas in Gillespie, Kerr, Kendall and Bandera counties.

“It has been an honor and privilege to serve as district attorney over the past three decades,” Curry said. “There obviously have been many changes within the district, as well as the criminal justice system itself during this period of time. However, the underlying responsibility of prosecuting felony cases in the district has remained constant.”

Tue
10
Nov

Decking the halls

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Tue
10
Nov

'Ocean's Eleven' teachers learn education ropes

During a meeting in Fredericksburg Independent School District’s new teacher mentoring program, designed to get new teachers acclimated with their jobs, Michelle Willis and Jason Younts roll play in a skit. Willis (the parent) explains to Younts (the band teacher) how her daughter would like to quit band. Younts explains his side, as new teachers learn how to conduct a “win-win” parent conference. Observing are (background, from left) Jordan Berry, Deanna Voltin and Michael Langford. — Standard-Radio Post/Richard Zowie

By Richard Zowie —

When Deanna Voltin was in second grade, she adored her teacher.

“I loved her,” Voltin said. “She was amazing. She was a first-year teacher. I came home one day and said I was going to become a teacher, and since I was eight years old, I’ve wanted to be a teacher.”

Voltin, now a first grade self-contained teacher (she teaches all subjects) at Fredericksburg Elementary School, is one of 11 first-year teachers in Fredericksburg Independent School District’s new teacher mentoring program.

Dubbed “Ocean’s Eleven” due to their size and number that corresponds with the Frank Sinatra and George Clooney casino heist movies, these new teachers have met three times this semester and will meet three more times in the spring.

This is the second year for the new teacher mentoring program.

Tue
10
Nov

Gifts from around the globe

Karen Wall, of Comfort, takes purchases from Memorial Presbyterian Church volunteer Cheryl Moore at Saturday’s Alternative Gift Market. – Standard-Radio Post/Ken Esten Cooke

Memorial Presbyterian Church reaches out in its missions around the globe by bringing a world of crafts to Fredericksburg.

The church, located at 601 N. Milam St., held its annual Alternative Gift Market on Saturday.

Shoppers braved wet weather to find treasures not found in the average retail store. Handmade gifts, including clothing, metal works and jewelry, graced the fellowship hall.

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Tue
10
Nov

Die Künstler to host 23rd annual art exhibit

Die Künstler (the artists) von Fredericksburg donated $500 to the Fredericksburg Middle School (FMS) art department and an etching press was purchased with the funds.

“We wanted to help kids at the middle school level get involved in art,” Donna Lafferty, Die Künstler von Fredericksburg president said. “We believe in the preservation of education opportunities to the city.”

The press is a Blick Econo Etch Model II. The machine weighs in at 67 pounds and was manufactured in Brazil.

FMS art teacher Paige Conn said her art III (eighth grade) students have been using the press to design art that will be used for cards for the Fredericksburg Dog Park Association (FDPA).

The press is currently free-moving, but Conn says they plan to bolt it to a table.

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