The Baytown Sun from Baytown, Texas on January 30, 1969 · Page 10
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10 BijtMM ftm Thursday, January 30. 1969 Reaction To School Board's Kindergarten Decision Here Is Varied By JEAN KHONKBERGER Since -the scliool board ha scheduled public school kindergartens to open next fall what will be the future role of Baylown's private and church- supported kindergartens? A growing public demand for pre-school education has caused a proliferation of the latter in recent years. A teacher who attended a city-wide meeting of kindergarten personnel last year reported she met representa lives of eboul 20 separate "pre schools" offering some type of program for five-year-olds. Not all kindergartens are filled lo capacity this year, but some are staffing two classrooms, or maintaining double sessions Current tuition averages about $15 monthly. Some kindergarten teachers and directors have been contacted and asked to comment on the possible effect of free public school kindergartens on their programs. An estimated 1,100 children will be eligible for kindergartens next fall. Among the teachers, reactions lo the school board's decision apparently have been as diverse as I heir educational philosophies, or as the variations in curriculum they offer. In fact, "uniformity" was cited as an advantage of public kindergarten by one private kindergarten teacher. The teacher feels the present un- standardized assortment of programs may leave even some kindergarten "graduates" at a disadvantage upon entering first grade. Other teachers, having developed methods they feel are uniquely theirs, disagree. Many teachers expressed wholehearted approval of the board's decision to make the kindergarten experience available lo all children. Others look FHA Makes Loan To Grazing Association PARIS, Tex. (AP) - The Farmers Home Administration has made a $400,000 loan to the Fullbright Grazing Association. The money will be used to purchase and develop some 2,287 acres eight miles southwest of Clarksville. Eleven Red River Countymen formed the association. The group will pasture about 1,000 cows for nine months of each year on the land. The Associa tion will feed the cattle for the remaining three months. This is the second such opera tion to be financed by FHA in Red River County. The Dimple Grazing Association is already in operation. askance at public school kindergarten programs, plainly regarding them as inferior substitutes to private schooling. Some directors are undecided about future plans; they say they'll have to "wait and see" if there's sufficient demand for their programs before making decisions to continue. Others confidently plan to be in session next fall as usual. HKDKEMEK TO CONTINUE The Rev. Glen Kollmeyer said Redeemer Lutheran Church plans to continue its kindergarten. Today In History By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS Today is Thursday, Jan. 30, ,he 30th day of 1969. There are 335 days left in the year. Today's highlight in history: On this date in 1933, Adolf Hiter came into official power as ic was named chancellor of Germany. On this date: In 1646, King Charles I of England surrendered to Parliament. He was beheaded two years later. In 1835, the first attempt to assassinate an American president was made. A would-be assassin shot twice at Andrew Jackson at the Capitol Building n Washington, but missed. In 1840, New Zealand was incorporated as part of the British mpire. In 1847, the California town of Yerba Buena was renamed San Francisco. In 1948, the Indian nationalist eader, Mohandas K. Gandhi, was assassinated in New Delhi. In 1965, Sir Winston Churchill was buried in a village churchyard at Bladon, England. Ten years ago: The U.N. Security Council met to hear Israel's charges that Syria was carrying out constant border attacks. Five years ago: The ruling military junta in South Vietnam was toppled in a bloodless coup ed by Maj. Gen. Nguyen Khanh. One year ago: U.S. forces crushed a seven-hour Viet Cong suicide attack on the U.S. Embassy in Saigon. "We're not opposed to public school kindergarten; we think that's a fine thing," he said. "But we feel we have a dimension to add — that of the Christian re- igion, and we consider it ex- :remely important." Rev Kollmeyer said he is searching for a qualified teacher to replace Mrs. Roberta Brewer, who is retiring this spring after six years of teaching at the Lutheran kindergarten. She teaches a norning and an afternoon session, with 25 pupils in each. When the church's education )uilding was built seven years igo, an area was especially designed and equipped for the TOURIST BAIT SET MASSERU. Lesotho (AP) — A luxury hotel with an elaborat gambling casino is to be built her« to develop Lesotho's nonexisten lourisl industry. I. \. MACON Macon Named To Senior Research Position By ER&E 1. A. Macon has been named a enior research technician in Esso Research and Engineering Co.'s Bay town Research and Development Division. In the Petroleum Research Laboratory, he is engaged in products research. His major area is theproduction-of new and improved electrical insulating oils. These high quality materials are used in transformers, circuit breakers, and other electricial equipment in the rapidly growing electrical industry. The son of Mr. and Mrs. W. D. Macon, 2518 Elvinta, Macon is a UH4 graduate of Robert E. Lee High School and attended Lee College. His wife, the former Tommie Reid, is the daughter of Mrs. Norma Reid, 700 Gresham; their children are Larry, a senior and Liana a sophomore at Sterling High School. The Macons live at 803 North Road kindergarten. "We feel the responsibility of teaching the Christian way of life is a church responsibility, and the kindergarten is an added agency of giving children the opportunity to learn of God's love in terms they can understand," Rev. Kollmeyer said. The curriculum also includes reading and number readiness, social studies, nature study, health habits, music and art, group work and playing. Til IN IT Y EPISCOPAL One of the two oldest kindergartens in Baylown will also continue at Trinity Episcopal Church. The Rev. P. Walter Henckell says Trinity announced the opening of its kindergarten shortly before the First Baptist Church also announced a kindergarten, and both began in the fall of 1947. Rev. Henckell says he feels "the public schools will not be able* to accommodate everybody," and that parents will continue lo want the type of program offered at Trinity. "Ours has always been geared to preparation for first grade, and we feel we've been very successful," he says. He says Trinity offers learning in a religious atmosphere, but the kindergarten is not used as a medium for formal religious instruction. Mrs. Dora-Lee Love, Trinity's teacher, has 24 pupils in a morning session. BAPTIST KINDERGARTENS Mrs. R. L. Norris, chairman of the kindergarten committee at First Baptist Church, said no decision has been reached about next fall's session. Her committee is meeting this week, and will make a recommendation to be voted upon by the board of frder Of The AITOW Plans Training Meet The Order of The Arrow, Colonneh Lodge, a Boy Scouts of America Organization, will conduct a junior leadership training session for all scouts and scout leaders. These sessions will include such scouting skills as, back packing, cooking, first aid, patrol leadership, and many others. The sessions will be held on Saturday at Saint Marks Methodist Church, 1703 Oklahoma from 8 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. Participants should bring a sack lunch or money for a boxed chicken dinner. Soft drinks will be available at the church. All Scouts and leaders interested in attending, should contact their unit leader. deacons and the congregation. The kindergarten at Memorial Baptist Church is in its first year of operation. The teacher, Mrs. Helen Zimmerman, has 19 children enrolled in a morning session. The Rev. Ed Thiele said, "We consider it very successful, and we hope to be able to continue." Parents in the church are to be polled, he said, and their interest will be the determining factor. Lamar and Alamo Elementary Schools in the Memorial Baptist area will not have kindergar- Vens, he pointed out, adding that parents may be reluctant to have their [five-year-olds bussed to other schools. Rev. Thiele said the Memorial kindergarten uses basically the same materials as public schools, "but we feel we can add a religious dimension the public schools will not be able to offer." ReV. Thiele was among those whojsaid development of a four- year-old day curriculum might be a possible alternative for a church eager to keep its facilities in use throughout the week. The kindergarten comnjittee at Wooster Baptist church will not make its decision until April. However, one of the teachers, Mrs. M. E. Sheats, said the church has a list of parents wanting to register their children for next year. "The decision is up to the kindergarten committee," she said, "but if there is a need, I feel sure we will have kindergarten." Wooster presently has two kindergarten classrooms with 24 children in each class. The children are divided into older and younger groups. Mrs. Sheats said she thought parents of children barely under public school age would want to register them in private kindergartens if they are almost five in September. Wooster also has a nursery school. PRIVATE KINDERGARTENS Mrs. W. G. McClelland, who began a private kindergarten in her home several years ago, said she has a number of students registered for next fall, and that she hopes to be in session then. This year she has 23 students enrolled in a program which includes reading readiness, phonetics and number facts. Mrs. McClelland said she found teaching five-year-olds "a rewarding experience," but added: "I'm thrilled lo death that kindergarten will be available now to every child in Bay town." She and Mrs. G. E. Laughlin were among those who said they have considered teaching four- year-olds if their kindergarten enrollments drop sharply in future years. But both said four- year-olds require "an entirely different approach." Mrs. Laughlin teaches two daily kindergarten sessions in her home, with a total of 70 pupils. Her curriculum includes swimming, reading, numbers, physical exercise, music and creative art. She said her present plans are to continue next year, although her teaching load may be lighter. Mrs. W. F. Colley, who teaches a private first grade class in the morning and a kindergarten group in the afternoon, said she plans to continue both groups next year. Her kindergarten program stresses readiness for first grade. J. S. Johnson Jr. of Johnson's REL Symphonic Band To Attend Festival The Robert E. Lee Symphonic Band has received permission from the school board to attend the Buccaneer Music Festival at Corpus Christi on May 2 and 3. The band will furnish its own transportation to Corpus, but permission was needed from the school board because the trip will involve band members missing a day of classwork. Only Trustee Philip Dignam voted against the trip at the board's meeting Monday night. "For years I've wanted to sit on some board and vote they couldn't get out of class," said Dignam, an English professor at Lee College. But he did not attempt to discourage fellow board members from voting for the trip. Country Day School said, "We plan to go on just as we are." Enrollment may be smaller, he said, but applications are stilt coming in. Johnson's wife is one of three teachers in the school, which has a nursery group and kindergarten in the morning, and private first grade and kindergarten sections in the afternoon. The school features an academic curriculum, in addition to social studies programs, field trips, hikes and nature studies which may include berry- picking, crawfishing, or collecting objects for further study. Bus transportation to and from the school is provided. ST. MARK'S METHODIST Mrs. Louise Maystorovich, teacher at St. Mark's Methodist Church kindergarten, earned her master's degree in preschool education and theology at the University of Chicago. She has 30 years' teaching experience, he and her assistant, Mrs. Sandy Jessee, have 25 pupils with whom they work in small groups. Mrs. Maystorovich said, "We have tried to gear our to what first grade teachers have said they want children to achieve before they come to school. This includes listening to and following directions, work- ing independently, and assimilating reading readiness through games rather than seat work. 5 "We try to broaden a child's experience through community units which give him vocabulary and knowledge for reading readiness. "Our emphasis . is on the uniqueness of .each child, and on the development of his own personal creativity. We try lo postpone as. long as possible his being caught in the wheel of 'mass man.''-" The kindergarten committee at St. Mark's has decided to maintain its kindergarten "as long as the demand continues." Free color TV drawing Friday A lucky nome will fae drown of our Main Office 2 P.M., Friday, January 31. If you haven't done so. register TODAY! You need not be present to win. It makes good cents to save at Pasadena Savings! Pasadena Savings Association Main at Shaw (Pasadena) Pasadena Plaza Market Center Almeda-Genoa Center Phone: 477-3651 Accounts insured by F.S.L.I.C. 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