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Monday, January 7, 2002

Education program given by school teacher

The Modern Study Club met recently for an Educational Department program in the home of Bobbi and Ron Lang, 1301 Iowa. The program was planned by Education Chairman Juracy Ray and presented by Alice Wein, Outstanding Elementary Teacher of the year for 2002 from Region 18 of the Texas State Teacher's Association.

Paula Fuller, a longtime Pecos school teacher, introduced Mrs. Wein, who is the mother of three children, two of which are also teachers. Mrs. Wein holds a Bachelor of arts degree from the University of Texas Permian Basin.

She has enjoyed teaching Pecos children since 1972, first as an aide for eight years and then as a fourth or fifth grade teacher up to the current time. Wein hopes to contine teaching for several more years.

Wein's topic was teaching fourth grade students how to be successful writers. She began by telling how much she enjoys teaching and how cooperative the parents are and how loving the students are. She read a poem by Hyme Geno about the importance of a teacher and stated that this was her belief.

She then discussed the "text" of fourth grade writing which is based on the essential skills of the TAAS. The TAAS tests writing skills for the first time in fourth grade. Mastery of the TAAS essential skills is a requirement to graduate from high school. These essential skills include grammar, spelling and the principal of writing. It has been said "that we just teach to the TAAS but as you can see the TAAS essential elements are basic principals of writing."

She told that the needs were so great and the time element so short that the Bessie Haynes teachers started a team effort to cover all the material in a school year. The first six weeks each teacher teaches grammar and punctuation. The second six weeks all the students meet in the cafeteria and the lead teacher writes, demonstrating a style of writing beginning with brainstorming about the topic, writing an introduction and step by step demonstrates how to write. Each class is sitting with their teacher who assists the lead teacher.

The second week the students help the lead teacher with each step, brainstorming, writing the introduction, etc.

The third week the students write with the help of the teachers and the fourth week the students are in their classrooms writing.

Mrs. Wein continued telling that each six weeks the students are introduced to a new mode of writing, always with correct grammar, punctuation and spelling being reinforced. She announced that Bessie Haynes Elementary has been a recognized school for the past six years, where last year 79 students passed the TAAS, out of the 81 tested.

The program was concluded by the teacher reading a story written by a student in her class who received a four which is the highest possible score.

The speaker was presented a gift and a card of congratulations signed by members in attendance.

Catherine Travland, club president, presided during the meeting. During opening ceremonies Bobbi Lang led the Club Collect and Joyce Morton led the pledges to the United States of America and Texas flags, with all attendees repeating with them in unison.

Mrs. Lang, treasurer, presented a statement of club finances and Mrs. Morton, secretary, read the minutes of the previous meeting.

Correspondence was read from Mary Vongsavath, of Alpine, first vice-president of Western District of TFWC, concerning a new member contest and a letter concerning liability insurance from GFWC.

During committee reports, ways and means, community improvement projects and reports on programs and projects to Western District of TFWC, were discussed.

Lena Harpham, Federation Counselor, reported on the Mentor Training Program being created to compliment and support the officers and staff of the General Federation of Women's Clubs throughout the United States. The need for mentors has arisen due to fall in membership and other problems GFWC faces today. The mentors will serve as consultants available to individuals GFWC members, clubs, districts and states.

The Modern Study Club voted to give a memorial donation to the Alma Van Sickle Scholarship Fund to honor longtime members and President Martha "Sis" Slack, who served from 1982 through 1984.

Roll call was answered by naming one's favorite writer.

Projects emphasized for this monthly meeting was contributions to the Count Your Blessings Fund and to contribute to the Western District Alma Van Sickle Scholarship Fund. Plans were also finalized for the Christmas gifts to be presented to lodgers of the Pecos Nursing Home.

Paula Fuller, Doris Moorman and Dorothy Barton joined Mrs. Lang with hostess duties.

New artist and song search planned

Embassy Music of Nashville, Tenn., is conducting its New Artist and Song Search. Now in its 8th year, the Ultimate Talent Search and Seminars will offer over $50,000 in prizes, which includes a single song publishing contract for the grand-prize winning song. The grand-prize winning artist will have a single recorded and distributed to nationwide Christian radio.

Judges and panelists include Kent Coley, Forefront Records. Credits include Rebecca St. James and dc Talk. Darwin Moody, Embassy Music. Credits include Bruce Carroll and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. Rendy Lovelady, Rendy Lovelady Management Credits include Carmen and Jars of Clay. Jill Wright, Mike Atkins Management. Credits include Point of Grace and Jaci Velasquez.

Entry forms are now available. All entries must be received no later than Friday, Feb. 8.

To receive additional information, visit , or call the Ultimate Helpline at 615-345-2500.

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