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BRA550SPOBT FACTS BmosporUnd Bruwfo (Bounty, Texas, Sunday, August 23,1959 "S ' i I, Early School Relived In Papers I ''--• NEW MODERN SCHOOL SEEMS PART OF TERRAIN ' ~~ In Background, Old Building Holds M emeries of City'i Firit High School' ON RAISING CHILDREN: Guide Helps Parents Do Lessons For Kids »T PATRICIA. MeCORMACK ": United PrMi iDUrnatlonal :;.N1W.YPRK (UPI) — It's al- motrtlm* to start pitching in wttE.-the children's homework •gain, :.: Tlj^re's more to it than dusting oft your memory cells and boning up on the "3-R's" — as they.. were taught in your day. tet'frlace it. Much has changed •iric* '.you 'went to school. .. JBufc you needn't feel like a dunct about being behind the timeK One reason you needn't li-a;new book, "How to Help Your Child in Reading, Writ- tog and Arithmetic" (Random House). ; Frieda E. Van Atta, the au- Stw the BEST in ... "-• WaU-Xo-Wall Carpet* • Taokleu installation by made Drapes .Installed Complete tnclud- jtajrhardware - • -.interior Decorator •-. :;_~ Service thor, is a mother who after an absence of several years returned to teaching in Spring Valley, N.Y. So much had changed while she'd been away, however, that she retired three years ago .to write a .book for parents of children from kindergarten to the eighth grade. Many . parents, she found when she had gone back to teaching, were anxious to help the children with schoolwork, but, like one, blushed, hesitated and said: "To be perfectly honest, Mrs. Van Atta, I've forgotten every .rule of grammar I ever knew. I Isn't there a book I could buy ' to use as a guide." It wai> that way in reading and arithmetic, too. But there wasn't the kind of a book Mrs. Van Atta and the parents had in mind. So Mrs. Van Atta wrote one of her own. It has a section on each "R" — by grade. Each section commences with an "aside" to parents, telling all about the particular grade. Each section also has reading lists and workbooks for the child. The main aim of the book, according to the author, is to help the parent help the child master the principles involved in home-work problems. Mrs. Van Atta acknowledges that some modern educators don't think parents should try to assist their children too much with then- 'homework But she herself has "never subscribed to this theory.", For guidance in preparing the book, Mrs. Van Atta cohferrec with experts in the state edu cation departments of New York, Michigan, Illinois, Call fomia, Texas, New Jersey Pennsylvania and Minnesota. Also with experts in the city School systems of Chicago, New York, Grand Rapids, Los Ange les, St. Paul, Philadelphia, At lanta, Houston, Cleveland am Nyack, N.Y. "The book does not propose to answer every problem in elementary education," Mrs. Van Atta cautions, adding: "And it's not to be used as a check against a teacher or her teaching methods. ' "As a parent you can have but one purpose in purchasinf this book: you are interested in your child's progress in schoo and you want to help him. The best way to do this, or course, is through intelligent co-operation with his teachers. 1 ' • By MAT TIEtEB JORDAN . Faeis Mewiwrliet Sweeny High School will swing wide its doors to receive students on Aug. 28 which will mark the 20th year of the organization of the high school. And who, better than * high school teacher who joined the faculty when the school was in its infancy could tell one about the very early events in the history of the school?. ' Miss Kathleen Darnell, the school's first English teacher, often refreshes her merriory on the early happenings of the school by reading those events as they were recorded In the "Barker," the student .newspaper that she has carefully tucked away for safe-keeping. She retired from her teaching some years ago in favor of operating a downtdwn Hobby Shop, arid some of her best customers are the teenage boys and girls whose patents she taught back in the early 1940s. Miss Darnell was kind enough o loan this reporter her copies of the school paper from which we intended to compile a story on the progress of the school lince its beginning. v\ • But the reporter got side- Tacked and lost her train of thought. Like A Visit We became so engrossed in the yellowed pages of the 20 year-old newspapers, which almost seemed like history repeating itself. It recalled to mind so many events and happenings that we simply had forgotten about, that we endec the evening feeling like we |hid had » visit with long-tlma ] friends. We came to one conclusion, though. The school then provided the best education it could with finances and facilities available, which compares it favorably with today's school. Back in those days the PTA olayed a large part in financing programs that are Included in the school budget now. They gave barbecue suppers to raise funds to give the football and junior - senior banquets. They bought rythrrt band suits, fed and clothed children when assistance was needed, purchased extra equipment that the school was unable tb finance. All this besides carrying out the program set by the •itate organization. Only New Sourc* Too, in those days the school newsnaper, .Issued once each month, was the only source of local news so it also contained a "Social Column." Our memory traveled back as we read an account In the very first Issue of the paper—"Mrs J. B. Jordan entertained.*ith a party honoring her two-year- old son, James, on Tuesday." Anothe^ item — "Mrs. Amos Augsburger .ente,jtaJned v «Jt'iie Civic Club m her Home f$Ted ; nesday afternoon where plans were made to serve Thanksgiving dinner in the new school building." — and —.The PTA save a reception In the gymnasium of the school on Friday night honoring the eight new teachers of tha high school faculty." - - Now to the more Important aspects 'of the news Issued by the student publication. Volume 1, Sept. 20, 1939, The Barker was compiled by these staff members: Merle Mlnshew, Mary Frances Arrington, Bobby Chenault, Robert Eades, Qurant Canfield, Ruth O'- Qulnn and Flora Mae Butler, the latter two were grade <»iiool reporters. Anil-Panic Bar The prldeful editorial telling of the new high school building went into details about the safety measures of the building. The new modern structure had "anil-panic bar locks on all outside doors, safety locking devices that meets all the state requirements, and the heating unit is thermostatically .controlled." Among the teachers mentioned in that first issue was H. A. Thomas, now Brazorla County's Tax Assessor - Collector. According to the item "Mr. Thomas came to us from Wallas a year ago. He is principal of the grammar school and Is homeroom teacher for the slxih grade." Hril Bulldog Game Sports news Jells us that the Sweeny Bulldogs played their first high school game against Markham and were defeated 13-6. "The most put- standing player of the Sweeny team was Lee Roy Stockman. The rest of the team did well although they had only'two weeks of practice before game time," the Item said.. Other members making up the team were David Hammond BOOKS When Night Life Palls Try No Need To Clown Around... YOU'LL SAVE with a BANK AUTO LOAN By Catherine Munion Toiler ' August is a good month foe reading. We have an authority for this statement in no less a. personage than Bill Roberts,! late Of the Houston Press whose colUhiti of the sometimes slightly, raffish doings of the cafe am! lounge society of our sister city to the North now adorns the more sedate pages of the Houston Post. To oiir mind it fits somewhat uncertainly into its new surroundings, but that is merely our opinion and shouldn't be given undue importance. However, with the statement that August is a good month to read, we agree wholeheartedly — even enthusiastically. The fact is, it is our -feeling that any month is a good month, to read. We're proud of our new-car loan service... proud of the opportunity it gives us to aid you to live better with a brand now car. : ' * When you need cash for that new automobile, see us, Our auto loans are low cost... our service prompt and cooperative. 41/2% Finance Rote On New Cars— 30Mos. To Pay BANK OF COURTESY REEPORT MTIONAL BAHK 103 CHERRY ST. The slump in "night life" activities that our authority reports is general in August has nothing to do with our agreement with the initial premise. Our night life, consists for the most part in indulging ourselves in the pastime (mentioned in a book review by Philip Wylie and pointed out to us by our ever - on - her - toes Lake Jackson Librarian Sally Ross) as librocubiculating. Now we are -sure that Mr. Wylle (with tongue as usual In ch<>ek> made up that word. It is not in any dictionary, but taken apart and reduced to its essentials, it results in a delightful one-word description of something we have been doing as long as we !»n remember. Libro—book. Cubicular — of or pertaining to a sleeping place. Librocubiculating—read- in* in bed Recommended for August Libroeublculators: CALIFORNIA STREET by Niven Biisch. A story in which a town (San FrancUco) seems more real and alive than the characters portrayed, Mr. Busch write* well.and if the motivation for the behavior of his people seems a bit thin, perhaps that is because' we never get to know them very well. Interesting, in spit of this, and • at times even touching. IMAGE OF AMERICA by H. L. Bruckberger. Here's a switch that's as heart warming as it is unique — a European who likes us. Once chaplain general of the Resistance in fiance, now a scholar and priest of the Dominican order, R.-L. Bruckberger presents an engaging, original, and sympathetic picture of America. THE LIGHT INFANTRY BALL by Hamilton Basso. Mr. Basso takes us back to the Pompey's Head of^ his recent best-seller and the result is a pretty good Civil War yarn. If hero John Bottomlay at times seems a bit of a stuffed shirt, it may be just a personal bias against anyone who is always so right about everything. We would like to read a story of what was always referred to in our family simply as The War, in which the hero ig a wrong-headed guy who believes that slavery is a fine institution, that the South has a right to secede,'that the South will whip the Yankees in a month, that the Cause is sacred, and that Lincoln it a heel. Believe me,'the author who would dare would be striking a blow for realism! .STATION WAGON IN SPAIN by Frances- Parkinson Keyes. A novel of suspense in which the suspense is-mostly Illusory. The background material is. excellent, however, and if you are p'lannig a trip to Spain, you couldn't do better. James Hodgen, Johnnie Bass, George Baugh, Joe Allen Ballard, Durant Canfield And Jamie Chenault. . , Also, accerdlng to the Barker, Lee Roy Stockman was the "big man on the campus," who was keeping his eye on Mnry Frances Arrington, chosen the most popular girl in school. But another "quip" also lad one to believe that he had a roving eye that seldom passed the Pep Squad girls — so some consideration was being taken !o see about moving 1 the Pep Squad directly behind the goal post on the football field. Now MM. Stockman It's also Interesting to not(i that Mary Frances Arrington has been Mrs. Lee Stockman for some years now and their teenage son and daughter* who have three younger sisters and brother, are now in junior and senior high school . pn the Sweeny campuses. Another interesting note concerning Stockman was the fact that his ambition was to become a coach. While he has not achieved that goal on a professional basis, it Would be hard to convince any of the young Sweeny boys who hnve come up through Little League play that'their manager was not.a top ranking coach, at least in the amateur field. Along the lines of ambitions —we noticed that' many of the early day students of the Sweeny High School knew exactly what career they wanted to pursue—and they did. Knew What Th«r Wanl«d The Barker noted that Baby Lee Brown wanted to be a first grade teacher, and she was among the first'graduating class. And though she Is listed on the payroll of the' school system as Miss Beulah Lee Brown, .where she has been teaching first grade for many years now, she is still called Baby Lee by all who have known her through her school years. Alfred Orr Jr., who was assistant editor of the Barker in 1942, a member of the football team, whn wa s also among the top rarlklng students grade- wise, wanted to study law. He married before he finished college, worked to' support his family and his education as a law student. It took him a little longer to reach that goal than he-'had anticipated upon graduation, but today he is a practicing attorney and a member of the Sweeny School Board. Ruth O'Qumn was among the many glrlg whose desire it was to be a housewife, and she i». She Is Mrs.'Bob;Barfa of West Columbia. Their "three children' visit. often with • their grandparents here, the E. J. 0'. Qutnns. •• • ,By, the way, O'Qutnn was a member of the school board when the new high school was organized. While the Barker doesn't say anything about the terrific Job the school board had at that time — • our memory dOes. The development of the oil field had Just begun, and, though the student .body. was small in comparison to today's enrollment, the influx of pupils exceeded the financial structure of the taxing system of the school at that time. There was a faction that didn't believe Sweeny was large enough to support a high school, so the board had their work cut out for them. J. A. Wiles was superintendent at that time end other members of the board were Johnnie Brown, Amos Augs burger, R. H. Stevenson,' am I Charles Bnllard. ! Judging the student body*?•-'' the printed words on those ye!.' lowed pages of the newspan we would think that they wci then as they are now, full o;ambition, vigor and vitality serious and studioe->at time's, and dead set on having a "ball" ,nt other times. fWe Piddle Around" , For instance, a 1942 Barker revealed that the eighth grade class had organized a new club —the W. P. A. Club, Not in Anyway to be confused with the Work's Project Administration, the initials standing for "We Piddle Around."' Officer* of the club wer« CM! Daly, president; Joe Jordan, vice president; Vera Jean Pool*, secretary; Ma* O'Bannon, treasurer; and Pat Ellis, re- potter. , As responsible adults in today's society—that little group are career-wise — a petroleum engineer, an Air Force officer, the wife of a peroleum engineer, a high school teacher and a professional in Boy Scout work. \ I LEE'S CREDIT JEWELERS Freepert Scon's SCRAP BOOK By R. J. SCOT! 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