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paae 4 April 9 1998 Ouad Ci Herald School Bridgeport Spanish_ class g into Hondurus alfombr(00 [rug] making I)rincipai candidates scheduled to by Cheryl Schweizer, staff writer The study of a foreign language is not only the words, but the cultures that language reflects. Spanish and the Spaniards--like the English and their language-- emigrated from the Old World to the iiii!!:2 ......... be interviewed Three candidates will be interviewed for the job of Brewster Elementary School principal next week, according to an announcement released by district officials. Two of the three already work for the district, said superintendent Jim Kelly. The candidates are Dennis Carlson, math and science teacher for Brewster Junior High; Eric Driessen, resource room teacher at Brewster High School and Michael Kinzler, a teacher at Mountlake Terrace in the Edmonds School DistricL The three men will be interviewed on three consecutive days, Tuesday through Thursday, April 14through 16, Kelly said. Candidates will meet with administrators and board members, elementary teachers and members of an advisory committee which includes district patrons. There is no public session scheduled. Kelly said a candidate for the job will be recommended to the Brewster School Board at its regular meeting Monday, April 27. The new principal will begin work in August. The new principal will replace Edith Sattler, who announced earlier this year that she would retire at the end of the 1997-98 school year. Kelly said eight candidates submitted complete applications, including two from Alaska and two from Idaho. :athy Rogahn resigns school board position Longtime Pateros School Board member Kathy Rogahn has announced her resignation. Rogahn's rest gnation was submitted and regretfully accepted, said district superintendent Robert Nolan, at the regular board meeting Thursday, April 2. "It took everybody by surprise," Nolan said. "She said it was time" to retire from the position, Nolan said. Rogalm was a member of the school board for 16 years, and served as board chairman for a number of years. A replaccmont is being sought. Rogahn repi:e'sented Director District No. 2, which includes the portion of the school district between Indian Dan Canyon and the north bank of the Methow River. It is outside the Pateros city limits. Applicants must live in that district. Letters of interest can be submitted afterApri116; people who want more information can contact Nolan at the district office. In other business, board members discussed the possible implementation of a new summer school program. The summer school program would be designed to enhance the reading skills of four through six year olds, as well as include some community enrichment classes. The two AmeriCorps members working in the district are st udyin g the project; Nolan said they are interested in starting summer education classes for adults as well. The board authorized district officials to pursue the project. Board members voted to eliminate a classified staff position started last fall as part of the district's discipline program. The in-school suspension supervisorhad less students to supervise than anticipated,Nolan said. Because of that the expenditure could not be justified, Nolan said, and he recommended dropping the position. The board voted to rent a bus with a wheelchair lift from the Palisades School District for 25 cents per mile. The rental agreement will last through the rest of the school year. Board members agreed to change the May 7 meeting to May 5 at 6 p.m. The change was made to avoid a conflict with the annual Excellence in Education banquet. DON CROCKER C,ON00RU00IION Ucensed for Septi(Syst(helan Douglas & Okanogan Counlies. P.O. Box 254, Bridgeport Bus. Lie. # DONCRC'066JE New, changing the people it encountered and being changed by them. The modem study of Spanish is a study of old and new Spain and old and new Latin America. Kim Olson, now teaching Spanish- language classes at Bridgeport High School, spent a year in Honduras be fore moving to Bridgeport. The residents of the towns and villages of Honduras, E! Salvador and Guatemala practice an unusual Easter custom, one that originated in Spain. Olson and Spanish teacher Marcy Wallick decided to transplant it to the unused tennis court outside Bridgeport Middle School. Easter week services in Central America include elaborate processions through the town, Olson told her students. The participants dress in elaboratecostumes; they carry elaborate statues and items to the church. Nor is the street neglected. The roads to the church are lined with alfombre, an "Honduran style Easter thing," explained Jeff Wood, carefully examining the bright blue borders his group was adding to their alfombre. Alfombre is the Spanish word for rug; the Honduran villagers--and the Spanish students in Bridgeport--use dyed sawdust to produce a rug-like picture on the ground. "In Honduras they, like, use these carpets to carry statues over," said Jerrod Sheib. Olson had pictures of Honduran alfombres she showed to her students; Honduran families, high school classes, social organizations and service clubs pool their efforts and can spend many hours crafting elaborate designs. "They do pictures of, like, Jesus and all that. I don't think we could do that," Wood said. "Hours to make and 30 minutes to destroy," Sheib said. The sawdust base is squared using a couple of boards, then the picture itself is built on with more sawdust dyed in brilliant crayon colors. The teenagers used cardboard stencils to build their designs, which included the chili peppers, the Easter bunny, the sun. It would seem to be very Building a alfombra is a group effort. Cheryl Schweizer difficult to use such an uncertain medium to produce fine detail, but even inexperienced high school students added chili pepper stems and pupils to the Easter bunny's eyes. "It's hard to combine colors like this," said one student as he built small yellow chili peppers in the corners of the rug. The trick to making everything stay in place is moisture. The kids covered their base designs with plastic and let the condensation dampen them, ,en added details, laid a bomd over the top and stamped them down. "It really.does look like a rug," Wallick said. The Spanish class's alfombre originally were scheduled to be completed before spring vacation, but an accident at the high school delayed completion. They will be finished after the break, and then they will- "So, what are we going to do with them?" Sheib asked Wallick. Their fate is still undecided. Conferences s ,neauled at Bridgeport s,000000ool Bridgeport Middle Schoolteachers for teachers and parents to' discuss that time. Students are urged to attend Children who do that and introduce and administrators will hold parent- teacher conferences Monday, April 13 from 11:15 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the middle school. The conferences are an opportunity igT ) Located at Okanogan Douglas County Hospital in Brewster Call 689.2517 for more information or an appointment I II I I Quad City HeraM 525 Main Street, Brewster (509) 689-2507 Fax (509) 689-2508 | student progress; mid-semester (nine the conference with their parents, said theirparentslotheirteacherswillreceive week) grades will be given to parents at middle school principal Bob Allen. credit for the full school day, Allen said. Ed Van Tassel, D.O. Board Certified Orthopedics. Practicing general orthopedics and sports medicine. Dr. Lynn Quisumbing Board Certified Intemal Medicine. Specializes - Adult Medicine. Sub Special - Hematoiogy/Oncology Dr. Luis Panuncialman Board Certified General Surgeon Jim Lamberton, D.O. Board Certified Orthopedics. 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