Educators' day gives teachers new ideas by mfv20130


									Educators’ day gives teachers new ideas
Story and photo by Sandra Wilson                  educational techniques and methods are              “Kids are going to imitate the parents. If
   Teachers gathered at their schools for         evolving every year to meet the needs of        they see you eating high calorie food,” they
a day of Continuous School Progress               the students,” said Margaret Ballinger, one     will too, he said. Stubbs and his assistant
professional    development        Monday.        of the coordinators of the educators’ day.      director demonstrated simple exercises that
Schweinfurt Elementary School was no                 “The general idea is that the teachers       could be done with a classroom chair or
exception and parents were also invited.          learn new techniques and activities that are    against the wall.
   “Education is not a static profession …        already being successfully implemented in           Sure Start students shared early stages
                                                             the classroom,” she said.            of writing through their story notebooks in
                                                                Teachers,       administrators,   a few of the writing sessions.
                                                             and parents joined for a short           “They need to see, hear, and say the
                                                             breakfast and introduction to        words that they will later write,” said Joni
                                                             start the morning off and then       Barker, Sure Start teacher, while showing
                                                             went straight into five mini         off one of the student writer’s notebooks.
                                                             sessions, each featuring a               Some of the reading sessions shared
                                                             different topic.                     about an interactive computer reading
                                                                Subjects focused on writing,      program,, and
                                                             reading, math, wellness, and         its benefits of providing developmentally
                                                             technology.                          appropriate books, lessons and other
                                                                Director of the Kessler Fitness   resources for educators and students.
                                                             Center, Paul Stubbs, offered tips        “I see a lot of improvements in their
                                                             on classroom exercise options        reading because (RAZ-kids) is fun and
Joni Barker (left), Sure Start teacher, helps Ashley Zapata
explain the pictures in her writer’s notebook during
                                                             and general nutrition during a
Monday’s session of the early stages of writing.             wellness session.                                  SES CSP, see page 7

Gates approves plan to end Army’s involuntary extensions
By Jim Garamone                                                          “I would like to get it down to scores, not thousands,” he said.
American Forces Press Service                                               The secretary’s decision will eliminate the use of stop-loss for
    WASHINGTON, March 18, 2009 - The Army will phase out                 deploying Soldiers.
use of the so-called “stop-loss” program between now and January            “Effective this August, the U.S. Army Reserve will no longer
2010, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said today.                         mobilize units under stop-loss,” Gates said. “The Army National
    Since the beginning of his term as defense secretary, Gates          Guard will stop doing so in September, and active Army units will
has called on the services to eliminate their dependence on the          cease employing stop-loss in January.”
controversial program that allows the involuntary extension of              The goal is to cut the number of soldiers remaining in the Army
servicemembers’ active duty past the scheduled end of their term         under stop-loss by 50 percent by June 2010 and to near zero by
of service.                                                              March 2011. “We will retain the authority to use stop-loss under
    The Army currently has 13,000 soldiers whose active duty status      extraordinary circumstances,” Gates said.
was extended through the program so they could deploy with their            The Army will put in place a number of incentives to encourage
units. The Army is the only service using the program.                   Soldiers to voluntarily extend their enlistments to mitigate the
    “We have the legal authority to do                                                             impact the decision will have on unit
it,” Gates said during a Pentagon news                                                             cohesion and strength. Starting this
conference. “But I felt, particularly in                                                           month, the Army will pay stop-lossed
these numbers, that it was breaking faith.                                                         solders $500 a month. The program is
It wasn’t a violation of the enlistment                                                            retroactive to Oct. 1, which was when
contract. But I believe that when                                                                  Congress passed the law permitting the
somebody’s end date of service comes up,                                                           payments.
to hold them against their will, if you will,                                                         While there is some risk, Gates said,
is just not the right thing to do.”                                                                he wants to do everything to make sure
    The secretary said there will always                                                           “Soldiers are not unnecessarily forced to
be the need to hold a few people in the                                                            stay in the Army past their end of service
service, but it should be a small number.                                                          date.”
           Schweinfurt Dispatch                                March 19, 2009                                                      Page 2

Sprechen Sie FUn?                                                                                 Saturday and Sunday:
                                                                                                  Easter Market
Events and activities in the local communities                                                    in the Parish Hall of
                                                                                                  “Maria Hilf” Church, 3
For more inFormation on local activitieS and eventS viSit:
                                                                                                  p.m. – 6 p.m.

Now through July 12:                            Tomorrow:                                         Sunday:
                                                Symphony orchestra of Bamberg                     Stores in downtown Schweinfurt
Exhibition of children books: a
walk through six centuries at Museum            performs at the Schweinfurt theater, Ross-        will be open Sunday.
Otto Schäfer, Judithstrasse 16 in Schwein-      brunnstrasse 2 at 7:30 p.m. for tickets call
furt.                                           09721-51475 or 510.
Tue – Sat: 2 – 5 p.m.                                             “Best of Irish Dance”
Sun: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.                                             at the Scherenberghalle in
                                                                  Gemünden at 8 p.m. For
Altes Rathaus, Bad Kissingen, Marktplatz                          tickets, call 01801-
12 in Bad Kissingen:                                              79-3793.
Mon. – Fri: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Sun: 2 – 5 p.m.                                 Saturday:                                         Ice hockey game Schweinfurt Mighty
                                                                                                  Dogs vs. Peissenberg at the Ice Dome in
                                                Flea markets in Schweinfurt:                      Schweinfurt, 6 p.m.
                                                Wirsingstrasse 13, 7 a.m. – 4
                                                p.m                                               Easter market in Castle Zeilitzheim,
                                                DJK Sportsclub, Josef-Reuss-                      10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
                                                Strasse, 7:15 a.m.
                                                                                                  Sunday and Monday:
                                                Bicycle market at the Protestant com-             “Cinderella” by
                                                munity center in Sennfeld, 11 a.m. – 12:30
                                                                                                  Tchaikovsky performed
                                                                                                  by the ensemble of the
Today through Monday:                                                                             Ukrainian State opera of
Fish Market at the                                                                                Kiew at the Schweinfurt
Schweinfurt Market                                                                                theater, at 7 p.m. For
Square. Today and                                                                                 tickets call 09721-51475.
tomorrow’s hours are:
10 a.m. - 8 p.m.                                                                                  March 26:
Saturday and Sunday:                                                                              The Youth Music Corps of Bad
11 a.m. - 8 p.m.                                                                                  Kissingen performs at Max-Littmann-Saal
Monday: 10 a.m. - 7 p.m.                                                                          in Bad Kissingen at 7:30 p.m.

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             Schweinfurt Dispatch                            March 19, 2009                                                Page 

This week...                                         Register for classes                                 Soccer clinic
                                                    Registration for classes at the                Participate in the Schweinfurt soccer
      Youth baseball                             education center for the upcoming term         clinic at Finney Fitness Center March 25-27
   registration extended                         ends tomorrow. Sign up at University           from 6-8:30 p.m. Clinic is open to all I.D.
                                                 of Maryland University College Europe          card holders age 18 and up but not in high
   The deadline to register for youth            for college math, concepts of biology,         school. A tournament will be held March
baseball is extended to March 30. Cost is        elementary German I, or laboratory biology.    28 from 6-9 p.m. For more information,
$25 for ages three to five and $46 for ages      For more information, call 09721-96-6398.      call Finney gym at 09721-96-8234.
six to 18. All participants must be registered   Central Texas College offers suspension
with Child, Youth and School Services. For       and steering, math and science for early            Information job fair
information, call 09721-96-6414.                 childhood, and child abuse prevention and
                                                 investigation. Call 09721-96-6206. Classes        Army Community Service (ACS)
                                                 meet at the Ledward Education Center.          partners with other Schweinfurt agencies
  Conn east gate closure                                                                        to host a community information job fair
   The Conn East gate will be closed                Learn to manage debt                        tomorrow at the Kessler Fitness Center
                                                                                                from 9 a.m. to noon. Come prepared to
Monday through March 30. Customers are
                                                    Are you in debt and don’t know how          shake hands and distribute resumes. Mock
requested to utilize the Conn main gate for
                                                 to get out? Do you need expert advice          interviews, resume critiques, and career
24 hour access. During this closure, the
                                                 and tips on staying out of debt? Come to       interest assessments and inventories will
operating hours of the Conn Geldersheim
                                                 Army Community Service’s “Seven steps          also be available to strengthen your job-
gate will be extended and open from 5:30
                                                 to getting out of debt” class at Schweinfurt   seeking skills.
a.m. to 9:30 p.m.
                                                 ACS Wednesday from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.
                                                 For more information, or to sign up, call          Join adult book club
       Teens for G.U.T.S.                        09721-96-6933.
                                                                                                   The community is invited to attend the
   Teens newcomers are invited to come                        Bulk trash                        adult book club at Ledward Library on
to Army Community Service’s class                                                               the last Thursday of each month. The next
“G.U.T.S.” at the Schweinfurt Middle                Bulk trash will be picked up from Askren    meeting is March 26 at 5:15 p.m. to discuss
School library Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 2          Manor, Yorktown Village, and government-       the book, “Zookeeper’s Wife,” by Diane
p.m. Take a bus tour through town, learn         leased housing Tuesday. Please put bulk        Ackerman. A copy of the book can be
basic German phrases, and more. Bring            items out prior to 7 a.m. on day of pick-up    picked up at the library’s circulation desk.
euro for lunch. To sign up, call 354-6933.       but no earlier than the day before.            Coffee, tea, and treats will be served.

  Schweinfurt                                       Schweinfurt three-day weather forecast
                                                    A.M.                 P.M.
                                                                    Friday                                       Friday
                                                                    Partly cloudy                                Partly cloudy
                                                                    Lows - C / 27 F                             Highs 4 C / 9 F

 Tonight-      7 p.m.    Doubt (PG-13)                              Saturday                                     Saturday
 Tomorrow-     7 p.m.    Doubt (PG-13)                              Partly cloudy                                Partly cloudy
 Saturday-     4 p.m.                                               Lows - C / 27 F                             Highs 4 C / 9 F
                         Not Easily Broken
               7 p.m.    Street Fighter (R)

 Sunday-       4 p.m.    Not Easily Broken
                                                                    Sunday                                       Sunday
                                                                    Mostly cloudy                                Mostly cloudy, rain
            7 p.m.       Street Fighter (R)                         Lows 1 C / 4 F                              Highs 4 C / 9 F
 Monday-    closed
 Tuesday-   closed
 Wednesday- 7 p.m.       Benjamin Button                                  Source: 21st Operational Weather Squadron
         Schweinfurt Dispatch                        March 19, 2009                                                Page 4

27 MAR        --Asperger’s and Autism support group at ACS 10 a.m. to noon. Call 09721-96-6933.

27-29 MAR --Annual spring bazaar by Schweinfurt Community and Spouses’ Club, Finney Fitness Center.

                                                                                                                    Community 6 week outlook calendar
                      Visit for opening and closing hours.

28 MAR        --Spring festival outside Finney Fitness Center, 11 a.m.-7 p.m. for the whole family.

              --Miss/Mister Schweinfurt pageant at Finney Fitness Center in conjunction with spring bazaar.
                      For more information, call 0151-5161-2690.

30 MAR        --Effective management of volunteers class 10 to 11 a.m., Yellow Ribbon Room. Call 354-6933.

31 MAR        --Volunteer Management Information System (VMIS) training 10 a.m. to noon at ACS.

1 APR         --Daddy Basic Training at ACS 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. For information, call 09721-96-6933.

1-2 APR       --“Christ in the Passover” Protestant Women of the Chapel special program, Ledward Chapel.
                      Community is invited. Wed 9 a.m. & Thu 5:30 p.m. Free watch care on premises.
1-3 APR       --Ledward Library hosts a bookmark contest to honor Month of the Military Child. 354-1740.

3 APR         --Registration deadline for the teen babysitting class at the Abrams Entertainment Center.
                       Class runs 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and is open to teens 13 years and older. Call 354-6517.

3-5 APR       --Fishing license class, Conn Outdoor Rec $65. Call for details at 09721-96-8080.

4 APR         --Easter breakfast at the elementary school starting at 7:30 a.m. $4 for children, $11 for adults.

7 APR         --Bulk trash pick-up in Askren, Yorktown, gov’t-leased housing. Put items out prior to 7 a.m.

              --Sponsorship training at the Education Center 9 a.m. to noon. Call ACS to register at 354-6933.

9 APR         --Automotive support spouse awareness program at the Auto Skills Center on Conn Barracks.
                     Class begins at 6 p.m. with the topic of tires. For information, call 353-8224.

12 APR        --Easter egg hunt at Ledward Andrus Garden, 2:15 p.m. Call 354-6186 for more details.

13-17 APR     --Spring Community Enhancement. Information TBA.

15 APR        --“Gourmet Night” at Finney Fitness Center, 6 p.m. For more information, call 09721-96-8476.

20-24 APR     --Newcomers awareness program, SNAPS, child care available. Call ACS at 09721-96-6933.
21 APR        --Bulk trash pick-up in Askren, Yorktown, gov’t-leased housing. Put items out prior to 7 a.m.

22 APR        --New PWOC small group Bible study begins, Ledward Chapel, 9 a.m. Call 0170-277-8980.

              --Ledward Community Bank closes for cleaning. Normal hours will resume the following day.

25 APR        --Kinderfest for Month of the Military Child, Askren Manor 1 p.m.

27 APR        --ADD & ADHD support group, Army Community Service, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Call 354-6933.

30 APR        --”Lunch Bunch” 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Meet at ACS. For more information, call 09721-96-6933.

              --Job search strategies class at ACS 2 to 4 p.m. For more information, call 09721-96-6933.

              --Library book club meets at the Ledward Library at 5:15 p.m. “In Defense of Food” by
                      by Michael Pollan will be discussed. To join, call 09721-96-1740.

              --Child Development Center (CDC) parade through Askren Manor, 3:45 p.m. Call 354-6822.

2 MAY         --Annual middle school spring flea market, rent a table at

6 MAY         --Daybreak Quartet performs at the Schweinfurt Elementary School 6 p.m. Everyone welcome.
            Schweinfurt Dispatch                             March 19, 2009                                                     Page 

Thrift store offers numerous benefits to community
By Emily Athens                    last full week of each month          looking for is not here, call us    of items that may be consigned
   The thrift store on Ledward     we’re doing 50 percent off on         and keep checking because it        can be found at the thrift store.
Barracks, operated by the          tagged items,” Stanard said.          will come in eventually,” added        Furthermore, the thrift
Schweinfurt         Community         In addition to the helpful         Stanard.                            store poses a great place
and Spouse’s Club (SCSC)           money-saving              bargains,      All store profits go back        for community members to
continues to thrive and            community members can                 into the community in the           volunteer.
maintains its standing as a great  already expect to pay less.           form of welfare grants. These          “Volunteers are always a
                                              Items are priced           welfare grants can assist           good thing … they’re really
                                              based on quality or        agencies with certain costs,        good helpers. Anybody that just
                                              brand and shoppers         provide scholarships for high       gets bored during the day can
                                              should anticipate          school students and spouses         come volunteer here,” Stanard
                                              spending less than         continuing their education, and     said, adding that volunteer
                                              what they would            can even provide assistance for     responsibilities include hanging
                                              anywhere else.             individual needs if approved.       clothes and organizing the
                                                  “One of the               “I think the thrift shop is a    shop.
                                              things I always say        great asset for the community          Stop by the thrift store and
                                              is don’t ever go out       because of what we give,”           take advantage of the countless
                                              and buy anything           said Katy Stafford, thrift store    benefits offered. Shopping
                                              before coming (to          cashier.                            time is limited as the store will
Thrift store manager Alex Stanard (left) and the       thrift shop)         Stafford explained that          close for an extended period of
Katy Stafford, cashier, sort through recently because by the time        consignments serve as another       time in the summer. Hours are
received clothing in preparation for resale. you end up buying           great    community       benefit.   Tuesday, Wednesday, the first
(Photo by Emily Athens)                       it, it’ll come here,”      Individuals can drop off            and third Saturday from 9 a.m.
place for community members                   Stanard said.              items and consign them for          to 3 p.m., and Thursday from
to shop, offering more than just      Items range from baby              a 75 percent profit, with 25        noon to 5 p.m. Donations are
great prices, according to thrift clothing, to adult men’s and           percent going to the store. The     always accepted.
shop manager Alex Stanard.         women’s clothes, to household         consigned party will receive a         For more information, call
   “This is a really great time items, electronics and more.             monthly check based off of their    the thrift store at 09721-96-
to get really good bargains. The      “Come in and if what you’re        earnings from items sold. A list    6723.

   School House Rock performance sells out all six nights
   Story and photo by Sandra Wilson

      Cast members of the “School House Rock
   Live!” production sing “Three is a Magic Num-
   ber” during one of their performances last week.
      The stage was set at the Schweinfurt Abrams
   Entertainment Center March 5-7 and 12-14 for
   an evening of singing and fun directed by Jamie
   Morales, family member of 1st Battalion, 77th Field
      The musical performance with 19 cast members
   animated the stage for nearly two hours each night
   with a packed house.
      Rehearsals began in January for the cast to
   memorize the 21 songs, perhaps familiar to those
   who watched the “School House Rock” cartoon
   shorts in the 1970s.
      The production required the help of many vol-
   unteers and crew members for set construction,
   costume and makeup design, and more.
           Schweinfurt Dispatch                                March 19, 2009                                                     Page 

Swim class hopes to dash infant fear of water
Story and photo                     they have a good feeling with
by Sandra Wilson                    the water,” Gentner said.
    Some would never think to           From 11 a.m. to noon,
take a swim class with their        parents are given ideas and
infant barely out of the womb.      instruction with their babies in
But others believe it to be one     the pool with them. Not only do
of the best steps in getting your   the infants get to splash around,
baby familiar with water and        but parents also see the benefit
interested in swimming later on     of time to bond. Having other
in life.                            parents there taking the class
    “It’s a good preparation if     also supplies creative resources
they want to swim later— it’s       to draw upon.
easier for them to swim,” said          The class is fun, said mother
Andreas Gentner, baby swim          Christina Painter. But it also
instructor at the Schonungen        serves a functional purpose in
indoor swimming pool.               development of comfort levels.
    School of Knowledge,                “Many adults don’t trust
Inspiration, Exploration, and       water and some adults never          Christina Painter pours water over her 10-month-old son, Nathan, in
Skills— better known as             learn to swim. It’s very different   the SKIES baby swim class Wednesday.
SKIES— offers a five-week           if the infants learn early,” said    difference,” said Holly Nichols,    because it gives them something
baby swim class for parents and     Petter Potter, SKIES director.       a mother participant in the class   different to do with their child
their infant between 4 and 18           The indoor pool is extra         with her 14-month-old.              that is out of the daily routine.
months old at the indoor pool in    warm on Wednesday just for               Gentner welcomes parents        Regardless,      Potter    hopes
Schonungen. The drive is only       the baby swim classes and            to try out the class at no charge   parents choose to sign up to
15 minutes from Ledward, but        relaxing music plays in the          for the last two sessions on        discover for themselves.
carpooling from the Abrams          background. Kick boards and          March 25 and April 1. The next         “Baby swim is an idea from
Center is also possible.            toys are provided for each child     full five-week class begins May     America, but most Americans
    “Infants, when they’re in the   while in the pool.                   6 from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m. for a     don’t know about it. In
water they develop a trust with         “I like how he has the music     fee of $50.                         Germany, it’s very popular,”
the water. When they are older,     and the toys. The music makes a          Some parents enjoy it just      Gentner said.

Fire inspectors aim to snuff out barbecue hazards
Story and photo by Mark Heeter                  fire inspector with the USAG Schweinfurt            And the grilling safety does not stop
    While winter might still poke out its       Directorate of Emergency Services.               with the flames or the fluids, according to
head one or two more times this year, the           “When they barbecue, they need to            Metz.
grill-and-barbecue season is on the spring      make sure that they’re at least— now this           “Before you start to grill with a gas grill,
horizon – which marks the time when the         is a minimum— at least six feet away from        make sure that the pipelines between the
USAG Schweinfurt fire department offers         any structure, building, cars, bushes, trees,    grill and the bottle that there’s no leak in
its tips for safe barbecuing.                   anything like that,” he said.                    there,” he said, adding that one can smell
    “In our garrison here, we are not allowed       Another message warns against the            leaking gas, even in open areas.
to do any charcoal or gas barbecues on          dangers of lighting or stoking the fire             “After they finish, they have to
balconies and patios,” said Ralph Metz,         improperly.                                      disconnect the gas bottles from the actual
                                                    “If the flames are not big enough or         grill and store the gas bottle outside of the
                                                hot enough, (some) try to increase it with       building,” Metz said, noting that gas bottles
                                                spraying lighter fluid into the fire. And        should not be stored indoors at any time.
                                                that’s a dangerous, a very dangerous habit,”        Finally, Metz offered a simple reminder
                                                Metz said.                                       that most people have heard since their
                                                    “Or they sometimes try to light it with      early years.
                                                gasoline,” said Frank Drexler another fire          “When I do the in-processing brief with
                                                inspector, who warned of the possibility of      the Soldiers, I tell them, when you have
                                                a dangerous flash.                               kids, treat your cigarette lighters and your
                                                    “The best is to use charcoal that is         matches like your weapon. Lock them up,”
                                                already soaked in lighter fluid,” he said.       he said.
            Schweinfurt Dispatch                               March 19, 2009                                                    Page 7

The Army continues to ‘take care of its own’
By Mark Heeter                      financial readiness program          said Tony Davis, AER manager         emergency, AER will provide
   A widow looking for help         manager.                             for the USAG Schweinfurt,            assistance, even if we have
did not know where to turn. Her        AER came through with the         which ranked second worldwide        to go to bat for you with your
husband, a retired Army veteran,    money and “put a smile on her        in 2008, after receiving nearly      commander. And sometimes
had just passed away. While         face,” said Jones.                   $70,000 in donations.                we have to do that,” Jones said.
she wanted more than anything          “This Soldier probably               Meanwhile, the Schweinfurt           Each unit has an AER
to provide him the dignified        invested money (in AER) many,        program provided more that           representative who is available
burial he surely deserved, she      many years ago, and at the end       $380,000 in loans or grants          to accept donations and guide
was strapped financially.           the program took care of her,”       in 2008, more than five times        Soldiers and their families
   The USAG Schweinfurt             Jones said.                          what they took in, according to      toward financial assistance
Army Emergency Relief (AER)            True story about the Army         Davis.                               when necessary.
office provided her a glimmer       taking care of its own, the             “It’s instilled in us to try to      “Army Emergency Relief
of hope.                            motto of the AER, whose              find a way to say yes,” he said.     adds value not just to the
   “The week before, it was all     annual collection campaign              “The       AER       director’s   Schweinfurt community, but to
uncertainty. She had no idea        runs through May 15.                 guidance to us at the local level    the Army,” Jones said.
where she was going to get the         “We’re still in the business      is find a way to say yes, and           For    information     about
money for a burial,” said Darryl    of taking care of Soldiers and       that’s our charter,” Jones said.     donating, call your unit
Jones, USAG Schweinfurt             family members and retirees,”           “If you have a bona fide          representative or 354-7071.

Middle school students showcase talents                                                            SES CSP
Story and photo by Emily Athens
                                                                                                   interactive … they don’t have anyone
    Four students showcased their talents March 13 in the Schweinfurt Middle School’s              who’s watching them,” and they don’t
(SMS) presentation of Pride Idol. Based off the popular television show, American Idol,            have to compete with the other kids,
students auditioned for a chance to perform their talent in front of the entire school.            said SES teacher Linda Reisinger.
    “Our school’s motto is pride, so we wanted to include that in the event title,” said Fred          Guests from Garmisch Department
Conrad, counselor at SMS who helped the student council plan the event, emphasizing                of Defense Dependent Schools shared
that the school is always encouraging students to build self-pride in all aspects of their         techniques to engage students in math
lives.                                                                                             through math labs with manipulatives.
    “The students enjoy seeing their peers perform, they love that, so this event really was           “Since this is so hands-on, they
well-received,” said Conrad.                                                                       really do remember it,” said Shandra
                               According to Conrad, the student council played a significant       Lankhurst, explaining how the
                            role in putting the event together dedicating months to planning       manipulatives help to cement concepts
                            for the event. The students “learned quite a bit,” said Conrad,        into students’ heads.
                            including organization, event planning, teamwork, public                   “We don’t really have a problem
                            speaking skills, and performing.                                       with them staying on task,” she added.
                               While expressing talents is important, academics remained               Participants in the professional
                            the most essential aspect, explained Troy Purdin, teacher at           development day engaged in various
                            SMS who also helped put together the event.                            other sessions as well before breaking
                               “Students tried out, made it, and were expected to maintain         for lunch. Following the break, teachers
                            their academics,” Purdin said, explaining that a grade point           met with the next grade-level teachers
                            average standard was set to keep kids focused on their                 to communicate information about their
                            schoolwork despite the busyness of rehearsals.                         incoming classes in the fall.
                               Of the performers, Elaine Tagaloguin and T’Erra Felder,                 Overall, the day was considered a
                            both eighth-graders, sang solos, Cailee Hill and Anissa Holland,       success, said Beverly Erdmann, SES
                            both sixth-graders, sang a duet together, and Samantha Gray, a         assistant principal.
                            seventh-grade student, performed a gymnastics routine.                     “It was an exciting day of learning
Eighth-grader        T’Erra    “I’ve been doing gymnastics since I was in preschool and so         filled with a rich variety of information
Felder       demonstrates I wanted to show everyone what I could do,” said Gray about              shared from teacher to teacher on ways
her talent and passion deciding to audition.
                                                                                                   to improve teaching and motivate
for     singing    during
Schweinfurt        Middle
                               “It felt good performing. I had a lot of support. I was a little    students to learn,” said Wilma Holt,
School’s production of      nervous, but you have to take a deep breath and just do it,”           SES principal.
Pride Idol March 13.        added Felder.
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