August 10, 2016 ~ Year 9, No. 2


Picture1  Last Monday, the high school football players took the field for their first day of workout for the 2016 football season. The players spent the week practicing without pads, and then hosted the annual Midnight Madness at 12 a.m. on Friday, August 5. It was their first practice in full pads, and parents, friends, and fans were invited to watch.

Since then, the team has been practicing every day, sometimes twice a day, to get ready for their first scrimmage. The Nazareth Swifts will kick off the new season on Friday, August 12, at 10 a.m. with their scrimmage at Swift Field against Follett, White Deer, and Happy.

Come out to support the Swifts as they begin their new road to success in this year’s football season!



Picture2  The Dimmitt Chamber of Commerce awarded the Business of the Month for July to the Spandet Heifer Yard, located near Hart. The yard is owned by a well known family in Nazareth, Laurens and Ilona Schilderink. They previously owned a dairy, but they started the heifer yard last April.

Congratulations to the business for earning this well deserved honor!




44 altar servers of all ages enjoyed a trip to Wonderland Park in Amarillo on Sunday, August, 7, for the yearly appreciation trip.

The group had great fun and made many memories even after a storm caused the day to end earlier than planned. The group relocated to a new, larger covered picnic site to finish the day on a positive note with pizza and fellowship.

Thank you to everyone who made the trip possible including the 12 adult chaperones who helped with the fun and kept everyone safe. A big thanks to the Catholic Life Insurance for making a $200 gift to help fund the event.


Picture5      Sheryl Schulte, who currently works at Plains Memorial Hospital in Dimmitt, recently passed her certified professional coder certification exam a few weeks ago. According to AAPC (American Association of Professional Coders), the CPC is the most recognized certification in the heath care industry.

“Medical coding has to do with billing Medicare and Insurance,” Schulte said. “Diagnosis codes and [procedural] codes have to be submitted in the claim to insurances. If the submission is coded incorrectly, the claims will be rejected. It is very important to make sure to do this process correctly.”
Sheryl worked in the Medical Records department before the test, and she has been coding at the hospital for a year and a half. The certification was not required, but others encouraged her to get it as a way to increase her job opportunities. Since medical coding is one of the fasted growing professions in the United States, it is becoming highly rewarding, and the salary is increased for those who are certified.
Schulte received the “Ettie McDermitt Memorial Scholarship” to help fund her classes and exam. The scholarship is awarded to those interested in pursuing or furthering their education in the health-care field.
Sheryl took the course online through AAPC. She said the 40-hour course is time consuming, and also does not include the work she put in through reading and taking practice exams for the actual test. Schulte finished her course work in June and took her test shortly after.
The test consisted of 150 multiple choice questions that took over five hours to complete. The time offered is 5 hours and 45 minutes because the questions are lengthy and very detailed. The questions give different scenarios that required Schulte to chose the correct code for that situation.
There are many different coding certifications offered. Sheryl currently has her certificate for outpatient coding, but said maybe later on down the road she would consider being certified in interventional radiology or inpatient coding.

Congratulations Sheryl!!


NISD Band will be renewing the “Birthday Calendar” orders in the month of August.

In effort to better facilitate the orders, the band students will be at the following locations to take orders:

-August 13 & 14th – Holy Family Church (following Mass)

-August 18th – 6:00-7:45 – NISD Meet the Swifs/Open House (under Hall awning)

-August 20th & 21st – Holy Family Church (following Mass)

If you prefer to have someone come to your house to order, please call or text Ellen Schilderink 994-0995 or Emily Heitschmidt 946-1505


Nazareth ISD Open House

Welcome Back to School!

Thursday, August 18, 2016

5:00—7:15 p.m.

– See your friends

– Meet the teachers!

– Bring your school supplies!

Taste Testing                                       5:30-6:30

Meet the Teachers/Open House          5-6:30

Parent/Principal Meeting                     6:30-7:15

Hamburger Supper (Peoples Bank)     7:15-8:00

Meet the Swifts & Swiftettes             8:00

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