The Quarterly of the Texas State Historical Association, Volume 6, July 1902 - April, 1903 Page: 55
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Educational Eforts in San Fernando.
as synodals;1 he indicating to them the matters in which they may
examine the participants, any one else in attendance being free to
examine them also.
The contest being concluded, the Director associated with the
synodals, after previous information which he shall give them con-
cerning the progress of the Children who have participated in it,
shall proceed to the grading, which shall be done in three degrees-
Superlative, Comparative, and Positive, or especially good, very
good, and good; there being next drawn up a record, which shall
be filed at the School, indicating those who have been accredited
to the first, to the 2nd, and to the 3rd grade, signed by the synodals
and the Teacher; then they shall proceed to distribute among those
of the 1st and 2nd places badges of distinction, which they shall
wear placed upon the left arm, as will be shown in the first instance
Concerning the internal management of the School.
This shall commence its work promptly every day in the Summer
from six to eleven, and from seven to twelve in the Winter for
the mornings, and for the afternoon, in each season, from two
until six. The period of Summer shall be reckoned from the 1st
of April to the last of September, and the six remaining months
for the Winter.
At the said hours, with the number of Children that are present,
the Teacher shall begin School with a devout prayer dedicated to
the Supreme Being (which shall also be repeated at the closing);
assigning next the distinct occupations with which the pupils are
to employ themselves.
Of all these there shall be formed two parties, or Bands (Rome
and Carthage), and in each one there shall be a President, six Cap-
tains and six corporals; which positions for the first time shall be
filled by the Teacher, according to the experience of the Children,
and afterwards they shall have the option of them who in the public
and private Disputations are most distinguished for their advance-
ment and application. The captains and corporals shall be denom-
inated in numerical order from 1st to 6th, according to which they
shall take position, whenever they form, at the head of their bands.
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