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Page 10 The Free Press February 27, 2003 BY BILL PETERSON Editor HAYS CISD-A week ago, we were bragging about how great it is to be in Texas because the February weather is mild enough for baseball. Maybe we'll have better luck with the March weather. Rain, cold winds and icy oads turned the Hays baseball Schedule upside-down in the last week. All the Rebels' garnes were postponed. But the Rebels managed to play a cou- ple, anyway. Following rainouts at last weekend's Fredericksburg Tourn-ament, the Rebels scraped together a three-team triple header with New Branufels and Kerrville Tivy Saturday afternoon at New Braunfels. After the Rebels lost, 10-2, to Tivy, they came back with a 3-2 win against New Braunfels, improving their record to 2-1. The Rebels had hoped they could play the frozen-out Tuesday game against Smithson Valley on Wednesday, but the schools decided to call it off because the Texas Assessment of Knowledge and Skills (TAKS) was to be administered Thursday morning. "We could play here, now" Ragsdale said on the baseball field at Hays High School Wednesday afternoon. It was damp and cold outside, with the icy ground frost melting its way into the field. "The sun will be out in another hour and a half," Ragsdale said. By the way, that didn't hap- pen. "I'm a baseball coach," ; Ragsdale said. "If I don't have optimism " Ragsdale needs it with this scored two in the fifth for a 3-2 young team, which returns only lead. Then, in the sixth, the two players - Jeff Summers and Rebels made an error, they Keith Crabell - from last year's walked another hitter and the outfit. It's a group that will need gates opened up. By the end of to support strong pitching with the day, the Rebels were 10-2 a strong fundamental game. losers. Wednesday afternoon, Ragsdale "Our inexperience just came taught bunting, up and bit us," Ragsdale said. Ragsdale took encourage- However, Ragsdale and the ment from more that half of last players regrouped in a ten- Saturday's game against Tivy, minute chat between games and but was less heartened by the came back out with a stronger result. Tivy, one of the better performance. The Rebels Class 4A teams in Texas, con- scored three in the fifth inning siderablty trumps the Rebels in to take a 3-0 lead, then hung on terms of experience. The differ- behind Crabell for a 3-2 win. ence made itself known in the Next up for the Rebels is late innings, two tournaments. This week- The Rebels held a 2-1 lead end, they will join four other through four innings. Tivy teams for the Converse Judson TAKS Break, from pg. 1 i 'i The TAKS replaces the eleventh grade students will take Texas Assessment of Academic the exam. Fourth graders will Skills (TAAS). Schools don't have all day to finish an essay know what to expect from the on a topic decided by the state. test because this is the first year Seventh graders also will have a of the TAKS. What schools do writing portion as a part of their mentary and middle school stu- know is the new test raises the testing. The second section of dents will be tested on math bar and will cause test scores to testing contains 30-35 questions and reading. High school stu- be lower, dealing with spelling and gram- dents will be tested on math Most schools are raising mar. The high school students and science. The state has a i.heir expectations as opposed to will be tested in language arts policy to hold back third !owering them because of the and social studies, graders unable to achieve possibility of lower test scores. Kyle Elementary Principal acceptable reading levels. "If we set the expectations Elaine Meyer visited the class- A third grader unable to high for the kids, then they'll try rooms of her fourth graders pass the reading portion is laard to meet those expecta- recently to talk with them about afforded three opportunities to /ions" Hall said. "If they don't the stress related to the test. pass. Only the recommendation Xvork their hardest to do their Meyer told her students that of a committee made up of the best right now, they're cheating some stress is good, but the stu- principal, a parent or guardian hemselves." dents should talk about it with and the child's teacher can pass : Not all grades are taking the someone if they are feeling too the student to the fourth grade. iest this go around. Only fourth, much stress. None of the nurses The schools also have eventh, ninth, tenth and for area schools reported a large stricter guidelines from the Winter Storm, from page 1 Tournament, a round robin that will feature a game on Thursday, another on Friday and two games on Saturday. Next weekend, the Rebels are off to the Victoria Tournament, which will be their last chance to tune up for a dis- trict schedule that figures to be challenging. One would guess it will be important for the Rebels to be ready at the beginning their dis- trict schedule, because three of their first four District 25-5A games will be at home. Among those games are the district opener against Bowie (March 11), along with games against San Marcos (March 18) and Austin High (March 21). Building Your Financial Future COOPER INVESTMENTS AND RNANCiAL MANAGEMENT SAM C. COOPER, CPA, CFPTM "1 can help with all your financial n4Nids,w Buda San Marcos 512-295-8180 512-353-0800 Sam C. Cooper, CPA, CFP, Registered Representative and Investment Advisor Representative with and Securities offered through Intarsecurffias, Inc. L~-06/02 Member: NAso/SIPC F , " ~ %',;t". :/ : L increase in stress-related illness- state. Every subgroup in each I es over the past weeks, school must pass the test. The I More TAKS dates are requirement is used to prevent a scheduled for this spring. In school from using its strongest late April and early May, ele- subgroup to cover up its weak- est subgroup. The state defines several subgroups such as white, Hispanic, African- American, economically disad- vantaged, assisted meals, non- assisted meals, etc. Test results will be available to the schools in May. Schools won't be rated by their test scores, since this is the first year of the TAKS test. Hinojosa said her students won't be phased by the new test. '~'his generation is accus- tomed to testing," Hinojosa said. "They've had the TAAS for many years. It's a new name, but it's the same test." ; oads are steeper. Kyle Public Office kept its regular hours and Buda Grocery also opened of fighting the ice. Works Director Jimmy Haverda accepted mail throughout the its doors to travelers brave Monday and Tuesday's tem- said Kyle didn't have a lot of ice day, even though packages enough to slush through the ice. peratures dipped into the lower to deal with and the city only could not be sent out because of One of its employees came to 20's, but were well off the had to use one dump truck of flights being shut down atwork despite the more than two record low for the Buda-Kyle sand to combat the ice. Austin Bergstrom International hour journey from Austin to area. The lowest February tern- Cars slipped off the roads Airport. The office didn'tBuda. perature on record for the Buda- throughout the day Tuesday, but receive any mail from out of No other businesses openedKyle area is a five degree read- there were no major accidents in town until around 3 p.m. their doors on Main Street, butit ingin1951, according to weath- Hays County, according to Hays because of the treacherous con- doesn't seem to have hurt them. County Sheriff's Department ditions in Austin. Post Office Many people hibernated in their No more freezing weather is Spokesman Allen Bridges. employees were sent home at houses on Tuesday and weren't expected this winter. Forecasts Much of Buda shut down for noon because there was no mail outdoors enough to shop down- for the area predict temperatures the day because of the road con- to deliver and the weather made town. 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