The Normal Star (San Marcos, Tex.), Vol. 8, No. 25, Ed. 1 Saturday, April 17, 1920 Page: 2 of 4
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THE NORMAL STAR
EXECUTIVE STAFF *
ROY CROUCH .....
WALTER GOERS . .
JACK HAYS .......
. Business Manager
. Science Reporter
..... H. E. Reporter
. . History Reporter
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ARE YOU SURPRISED WHAT PENNIES ARE GOOD FOR
We are receiving daily new and charming dresses for
mid-season wear and are offering them at a 20 per cent
fom the original price. Quality, Style and Price are
always guaranteed at this store.
In this edition of the STAR,
Training School is represented from
the kindergarten thru the ninth
grade. Good, interesting material
has not been lacking, and one of the
hardest jobs of the editor is to de-
cide which of any two good articles
must be excluded.
All .he higher grades have been
unuc-.-ily prompt in getting up their
part of the work., Westover Train-
ing School also has turned in some
good material. It is now an estab-
lished fact that the Training Schools,'
both of them, can work together
with perfect team work.
We hope you will enjoy all the
articles that appear and that “The
Star” make this special edition an
The First and Second grades were
unable to write their own articles so
they resorted -to the business man’s
method and used their teacher as a
stenographer. Each grade selected a
project and the compositions appear-
ing below represent their organization
and wording of the subject matter.
The Second Graders were able to
copy theirs and Joe Hormachea’s
copy was .the one selected to go to
* * 3s
OUR TRUCK FARM
We made a little garden down in
Miss Matula’s yard. We put a rock
fence :around it. Then we put a'
little house and barn in one corner.
We planted flowers near the house.
In the other, part of the garden we
planted vegetables, corn, cane, cotton,
and watermelons. We called the
garden a truck farm.
* * * *
We made a Utile sewing basket
for our mothers Easter present.
We used matting straw to make it.
We unraveled the matting then
soaked the straw to make it soft
enough to sew. We sewed the straw
round and round till the basket was
made. Then we made a little pin
cushion and a thimble holder for it
and the basket was finished.
* * * *
Whenever a crowd assembles, the
question, “Where did they come
from?” arises. We have investigatd
the pupils who have assembled this
year at the Training School, and have
found that 87 1-2 per cent of them
are natives of Texas. Of tin's num-
ber, 33 1-3 per cent are natives of
San Marcos. 3 2-3 per cent of the
students are foreign born children,
and 6 5-7 per cent are boarding here
in order to go to the Training School.
It may also be interesting to know
that only three teachers of this school
are native-born Texans. Of this
number one is a native of San Mar-
cos and has always been connected
with the San Marcos schools, with
the exception of 18 months service
None of the teachers are foreign-
born, two are natives of Louisiana,
one is from Virginia, one from South
Dakota, and one from Tennessee.
While singing in the Auditorium
the other day, Miss Allison acciden-
tally dropped her handkerchief. Willie
Watkins’ spirit of modern chivalry
got the best of him and he gallantly
remarked: “Miss Allison, you dropped
Do you know what pennies are
good for? The Normal Training
Scnool stJkdenrs have already proven
what iney are good for.
In February 1919 the students of
the High School Department or-
ganized “The Penny Club.” The
object of this club is to support and
penny dues in buying new books and
increase our library, so we use our
replacing the worn ones. There are
seventy-one active members and ten
associate members. The dues are
paid weekly, each member giving
one or more pennies. Every other
Thursday the club, composed of the
three grades, meets and have a good
program which is usually interesting
In 1917 when our library was
started we had only a few old books
that the Normal could not use. We
now have two hundred and twenty
books on our shelves and most of
them have been bought with pennies.
On March 27, “The Penny Club”
gave a box supper in the gymnasium
room. Each girl carried a very at-
tractive box filled with good things
to eat. After many games were en-
joyed, the boxes were auctioned off.
This caused a- great deal of merri-
ment. From this our club realized
Just now we have $38.86 in our
treasury. Each Dollar is made up of
Pennies. —JANIE IVEY.
* * ^ *
The auditorium of the Education
Building was a busy place on Friday,
April 16, when the District Meet was
held to decide the victors in the De-
claiming, Debating, and Spelling con-
tests. Evans Field furnished an ad-
mirable field for the track events.
We are fortunate in having a build-
ing grounds which we can put at the
disposal of visitors.
DECLAMATION CONTEST CLOSES
A Declamation Contest was ' held
in Chapel Saturday, April 3, to decide
the yearly championship in declama-
tion in the High School.
All of the pupils learned a selection
and each grade chose the three best
declaimers to represent them in the
final contest. The program was
opened with two numbers by the
newly organized S. S. Sextette com-
posed of ninth grade girls. The
declamations were then given. The
judges were: Mrs. Wilhelm, Mrs.
____ly field, Mrs. Harry, and Mr.
Harrison. They assigned Roy Crouch
first place, Dove Brack second place,
and Louise Nitsche third place.
The contestants were as follows:
From the ninth grade, Dove Brack,
“A Besetting Sin”—Cock; Fannie
Woodson, “The Cremation of Sam
McGee”—Service; Walter Coers,
“Things That Have Never Been Done
From the eighth grade, Louise
Nitsche, “At the Concert”—Cook;
Maxine Jones, “Leedle Yacob Straus;”
Roy Crouch, “A Thorough Rest”—
From the seventh grade, Jack Hays,
“The Bull Frog’s Serenade”—Lincoln;
Rudolph Gary, “The Difference;”
Minnie Hoffling, “He Worried About
Bright pupil to science teacher:
“Mr. Smith, what will ammonia do
if it kills you?”
UPS AND DOWNS OF BEING
A SEVENTH GRADER
“Life is full of ups and downs,”
and as sevenfn graders, we have our
All of us had visions of the time
when we would be High School stu-
dents, “Being as big as anybody.”
We thought some teachers were go-
ing to be snaps; some hard, but all
of us had ideas that as High School
students we would have a charm, a
passport to ease and popularity.
We thought if we smiled as High
School students should smile, we would
get by—and it worked for once or
twice. We thought that if we raised
our hands and looked wise, as High
School students should, we would get
by—and it worked for once or twice.
Our visions failed us, our charms
refused to work. We found that even
as High School students we would
have to* work to enjoy our privileges.
One privilege of being in the High
School is in having the use of the
Library. This is not as easy as we
imagined it to be, because we have
to read enough books to get a cer-
tain number of points. But we en-
joy it just the same.
Another one of our privileges is
to be members of the Penny Club.
The Penny Club is an organization
to which we contribute money from
a penny to a nickel a week, that we
may have new books for the Library.
One of our advantages as High
School students is in having the De-
partmental plan for recitations.
Our chief disadvantages come from
the fact that we are the “Babv
Grade,” and everybody picks on us.
So far our pecks have not injured
us seriously, and we expect to arrive
eventually as the strongest Freshman
class at the Normal.
THE THIRD GRADE
The third grade has been studying
spring flowers. See if you can guess
what flowers are represented in these
I am a wild flower and I grow on
a little bush. My color is blue and
I have little bonnets on. When you
push the right piece of the flower
down you see a thing like a snake’s
tongue. My leaevs are long and
narrow. What am I?
I am a wild flower. My color is
puiple, I am a round flower and
many little flowers make me. My
little flowers have five petals. My
leaves are lacy. I grow in the field
and by the side of the road. Can you
guess what I am?
I am a flower that grows wild.
My color is yellow. Many little
flowers make me one big flower.
The little flowers are shaped like
little slippers. My leaves are lacy.
I grow about one foot high. Some
times I am larger. Guess what I am.
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