January 11, 2016~Year 9, No. 22


picture1            At their monthly meeting on Monday January 2, the Knights of Columbus had a special guest in attendance. The district deputy, Dwayne Crawford attended the meeting to present the Nazareth Council #2654 with the Father McGivney membership award. The award noted that the council has continued to grow by adding new members. Alec Braddock, newly-appointed Grand Knight, received the award plaque along with Mitchel Brockman, recording secretary.

At the Monday meeting, Knights also continued planning for this summer’s Suds & Sounds and German Fest, to be held on Saturday, July 8, 2017,  to conclude this year’s German Fest.  Two headliners for Suds N Sounds 2017 will be Shane Smith and Flatland Calvary.

One of the opening performances before the headliners will be Mason Kleman’s Ace of Spades.  For more info on the event go to Facebook and follow “Nazareth German Fest/Suds & Sounds”.



picture2Filled with happy and chatty members, great brunch food, and delightful entertainment, the Christian Mothers of Nazareth held their Epiphany Brunch, Sunday, January 8th, at the Home Merc.  Forty members gathered with their spouses for the event that, according to Mary Beth Gerber, president, honored another year of spiritual and charitable activities carried out by the society.  Homemade brunch delicacies were brought by the participants and the entertainment was provided on the piano by Garrison Kleman, a Nazareth Junior. The festive musical pieces complemented the Christmas season, but the crowd pleasers were Garrison’s signature playing and singing of “Hallelujah” and “Great Balls of Fire”.  Fr. Ken Keller, pastor, and Deacon Bob and Theresa Birkenfeld were honored guests.



Daniel and Dayson Schacher, brothers, travelled to Odessa, Texas, to participate in the annual Sandhills Stock Show and Rodeo on January 6th.

Even with winter weather and temperatures below 20 degrees, the two still found success. Daniel, third grader, placed third and first with his heifers. Dayson, seventh grader, also won first with his heifer.

Congratulations to both of these boys!


Thank a School Board Member

picture3     January is School Board Recognition Month and Nazareth ISD will join other districts across the state to thank these local leaders for their dedication and willingness to serve as advocates for our children and public schools. As elected officials, they are the voice of their communities, serving first and foremost in the best interest of Texas schoolchildren.

“Even though we are making a special effort in January to show appreciation to our board members, we realize their many contributions reflect a year-round commitment. They generously give of themselves to ensure that decisions directly affecting our local schools are made by representatives of this community, people who are close to our schools and know our teachers, parents, and students,” said Glen Waldo, Nazareth ISD superintendent.

“Board members shoulder critical responsibilities and often make difficult choices. Their ultimate goal is always focused on the future success of the children in our district,” Waldo said. “It’s more important than ever before that the public supports our schools so that today’s students are prepared to be productive citizens and the leaders of tomorrow. Our board members provide vision and leadership in their roles as advocates, and they will continue to stand up for public education and guard against anything that takes away from our children,” he said.

The school board recently completed a training session on November 16, 2016. The topic of the training was “Customer Service and the New Reality of Community Relations.” During the course of the three hour session, board members had an opportunity to reflect on issues impacting the District and strengths of the District. Below are some comments from current board members serving Nazareth ISD:

Ricky Backus—“Overall success of the District and buy-in from everyone regarding high expectations (students, parents. staff, and community members).”

Alan Birkenfeld—“The overall team that works together for the betterment of the District.” Always a push to make things better and a team decision working together to fix something if needed.”

Marty Gerber—“All stakeholders keep working hard to be successful and don’t take anything for granted.”

Jennifer Heiman—“You can count on Nazareth kids. Respectable and meeting high expectations with proven results.”

Keith Hoelting—“A challenge will be maintaining student enrollment to maximize funding for overall operations of the District.”

Jody Huseman—“School and community continues to attract young families back to Nazareth

which is so important to maintain student enrollment and a vibrant community.”

Joe Kleman—“Academic and extracurricular successes are very good. Opportunities for all students to participate in many areas with high level of success.”

“Our district benefits from the tireless work and countless hours contributed by these local citizens who work without pay. Serving as a crucial link between the community and classroom, this board is responsible for an annual budget of $ 2.4 million, 225 students, and 34 employees. Please help us thank these dedicated volunteers for their efforts to make a difference and their unfailing commitment to the continued success of our students now and in the future,” he said.


Summer Internship Opportunity

Since 2008, more than a dozen teenagers from Nazareth have participated in a Community Internship, carrying out projects and tasks that help our village.  These interns also gained valuable work experience, professional skills development, network building, and career exploration. Currently, Abby Schmucker is working through her second Community Internship. Holy Family Church and other community partners are seeking internship applicants for the coming summer, who will participate in a structured program conducted by Ogallala Commons. Contact Darryl Birkenfeld (945-2255 or darryl@ogallalacommons.org) in order to obtain an application.  If there are suitable candidates, more than one Community Intern may be selected.  The application period will close January 15th.



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