By Big Bend Sentinel . Our eldest son attended Ms. Steriti’s class from ages 3-5 (until the coronavirus interrupted his kindergarten year), and we are so grateful for the opportunity to place him in a safe and stimulating, child-led schooling environment a short walk from our home. Breaking news, in depth reporting, multimedia dispatches and a community forum for and about the Big Bend. NOTE: The text of a letter to the editor is below, and a PDF of the actual article is at the bottom of this post. February 28, 2019 600 AM . And works with each of them in their own individual need. 279 talking about this. So those are the stories. ER - Abani C. Letter to the Editor: Big Bend Sentinel. By Big Bend Sentinel . A few of the others had made it to Alpine and had entered one of our local restaurants. I am not an epidemiologist, but know enough math to know I can find the exponent of exponential data by measuring the slope of a straight line made by the logarithmic vertical axis data vs. the arithmetic horizontal axis data. Ms. Emily always validated the children’s feelings and made each child feel important. The Big Bend Sentinel. The point was clear… we really would rather you find someplace else to eat. Unfortunately, the city police elevated their welcome to the next level. The Big Bend Sentinel covers local news and events in the Marfa area. These are top of the line, first rate, sharp, educated, talented, ambitious folks. As the new school year begins, one unlike any before, I want to thank every staff, board and community member that has helped to make Marfa ISD a great place to learn. Breaking news, in depth reporting, multimedia dispatches and a community forum for and about the Big Bend. The Big Bend Sentinel and Presidio International are located at 209 1/2 W. El Paso St. in Marfa, Texas, 79843, and our phone number is (432) 729-4342. She is always so kind and caring and willing to listen to anything you have to say. 2004. Jaime Juarez Distribution Maria Gerardo Distribution The Big Bend Sentinel (ISSN 1076-1004 USPS 055-800) is published weekly, on Thurs- days, 50 times a year by West Texan Media Group LLC, Drawer P, Marfa, TX 79843. Recent Post by Page. It certainly got my attention, mainly because the assertion is plainly wrong. Now, with COVID-19 concerns, it is understandable that both parents and teachers would be nervous about opening back up, especially given reports from other schools around the country –– and locally –– that have seen coronavirus outbreaks among faculty and/or students within days or weeks of everyone returning. The reader can look at a demonstration of this on Github at /github.com/Dav909/Tri-County2/blob/master/Tri-County%20example.pdf. While we continue to maintain a working relationship with MISD administration, we credit the incredible progress our children have made to Ms. Emily and the Montessori program. Log In. I have been stopped countless times, but never once has a passenger been required to show ID. Apparently we wish to continue that tradition. These young people are the legacy I treasure… They are the ones that will make and keep America great. Although the fire did cross to the east side of FM 170, no residences were affected. And as a parent that helped out in the classroom, I can say it was respectful, kind, caring, understanding and nurturing towards each student. This newspaper is owned by Maisie Crow and Max Kabat. Log In. The sad thing is, we really wanted to have a valuable conversation with these young people. With a soft handshake and a sad smile she introduced herself as Kurtina. We were exceptionally pleased that Amaya started reading halfway through her very first year of school. I’m writing in regards to last week’s article about the Montessori program. I had a conversation with friends recently much along these lines, who mentioned it may be worth a bit of sensationalism in order to scare people into acting sensibly around this virus, if that’s what it takes. In our story, “Explosive COVID, tourism and the future of testing in the Big Bend,” from the December 3 issue of the newspaper, a health authority was quoted as saying cases had “gone up exponentially.”. We were heartened to read last week’s story by Stephen Paulsen on the 150th anniversary of educator Maria Montessori’s birth, highlighting Marfa ISD’s unique public Montessori program spearheaded by Emily Steriti and a handful of intrepid parents and school administrators several years ago. This is one of the steps required to find the infamous Ro number, as it turns out. We are ensuring that every student receives the education they deserve in the safest environment possible. The Marfa independent and the Big Bend sentinel. I am only pointing this out as a caution against using anything sensational or arresting to the eye that is not accurate; please keep up the good work at The Sentinel. Breaking news, in depth reporting, multimedia dispatches and a community forum for and about the Big Bend. Though we have lived in town for 11 years now, when our son was born, we entertained the idea of moving away because Marfa has not always seemed super child-friendly. TY - GEN. T1 - Letter to the Editor. They clearly were traveling in a caravan of sorts, as their open trunks exposed piles of top line luggage and nice clothes. In these times of divisiveness and mistrust, why would any among us fan the flames of discontent? It certainly got my attention, mainly because the assertion is plainly wrong. As a child of the Vietnam era, I was raised on fear and hate and war. If you're interested in submitting a Letter to the Editor, follow the form below. Websites. 368 talking about this. [volume] (Marfa, Tex.) We wanted to know where and what they studied, all about the documentary project, their dreams and history. “To tell you the truth, Mr. Jackson, it has been an eye opener.” One of the cars was stopped by local police in Marfa. If you treat them like children, they will have temper tantrums like children too. I would bet on it. We’ve made a commitment to the Marfa community and to the Marfa Montessori program. Share to Facebook Print this article Email this article. 113 talking about this. Managing Editor at The Big Bend Sentinel Marfa, Texas 220 connections. N1 - Type: Poem. I replied that this is not a good tactic, since scared people generally do stupid things. Every day our children would come home telling us something new they learned. It appears, for some reason, we would rather have them hover in the back seat of the car, afraid to say anything above a whispered, “Yes sir.” Whatever the reason, my mind goes back to 1964. Dear Editor, The last issue of The Big Bend Sentinel had a very arresting graphic on the front page, showing how the epidemic has gone “exponential” in Presidio County. Forgot account? Letter to the Editor : Big Bend Sentinel. Over the Labor Day weekend, my wife and I took a scenic loop around our area that took us through Marathon. She is one of the greatest teachers I have met. November 12 Letters to the Editor. Y1 - 2004. So a big thanks to the Montessori program and its teachers! After a considerable period of time, Kurtina voiced concern over the purpose and legality of the search. Abani, C 2004, Letter to the Editor: Big Bend Sentinel. It looks like generally that is what the news media is trying to do. CY - USA . Copyright 2020 / West Texan Media Group LLC /, /github.com/Dav909/Tri-County2/blob/master/Tri-County%20example.pdf. Despite the distance learning, we look forward to seeing how Amaya and Roman will continue to grow in Ms. Barton’s class, and eventually Mrs. Aguero’s class. Create New Account. See more of The Big Bend Sentinel on Facebook. 148 talking about this. And I prefer my children to be in the Montessori program than in a traditional classroom setting. A keen eyed reader, Dave Leet of Alpine, reached out following the story to let us know that the statement was mathematically inaccurate. Once again, thank you to everyone that has contributed to the beginning of a great school year. We did however manage to apologize for you, City of Marfa, and your arrogant police officer, and you, Alpine restaurant. Visit the Sentinel; Home; News; Features; Government; Schools; Culture; Opinion; Contact; … By Big Bend Sentinel . I approached the apparent person in charge and asked what they were up to and how they liked their visit to West Texas. Research output: Other contribution. Teachers and staff are working twice as hard to make sure that every child has the resources needed to be successful. The main core of ten or so were stoically scattered in quiet conversation. Roman has learned manners and life skills by integrating with older children and Ms. Emily was instrumental in all of this. M3 - Other contribution. I am writing to you today about the positive experience I’ve had with the Montessori program, including Ms. Emily’s classroom. Why not be that exception that changes minds? Now I can’t get him to be quiet! As we walked the surprisingly well-occupied main street, we ran into a group of exceptional young people. But we stayed, invigorated by the prospect of sending him to the Montessori program at Marfa Elementary. Welcome to Alpine. While our family has decided to pursue homeschooling this year with our eldest and remote learning for our 3-year-old, who would be entering his first year in early education Montessori, we will be doing our best to “follow the child” and give our children the same care and attention that they would receive in the classroom … even if we don’t have the myriad “works” (learning implements) Ms. Steriti has accumulated in her decades of teaching and has arranged so thoughtfully throughout the classroom. PY - 2004. Welcome to Marfa. This is not to discount the seriousness of the situation, but we still have to keep some basic principles in mind. Sara Button | Marfa, Texas | Freelance Writer at West Texan Media Group || The Big Bend Sentinel | 500+ connections | See Sara's complete profile on Linkedin and connect Gene Carpenter, 89, of Parkersburg, went to meet the Lord on Sunday, November 15, 2020, at Cedar Grove Assisted Living. We do not have enough good words to say about our experience. The Big Bend Sentinel is a weekly newspaper covering Presidio county and Far West Texas since 1926. We loved the idea that Roman would be in PreK and big sister Amaya would be in the same class with the “big kinder kids.” It was perfect for so many reasons. Jaime Juarez Distribution Maria Gerardo Distribution The Big Bend Sentinel (ISSN 1076-1004 USPS 055-800) is published weekly, on Thurs- days, 50 times a year by West Texan Media Group LLC, Drawer P, Marfa, TX 79843. Newspaper Directory to find information about American newspapers published between 1690-present. We bought a house in town, and quickly integrated our little family into the Marfa community we have now come to know and love, joining both the MEF and MSA boards and volunteering with the PTO. USA. I feel like my children learn better in that type of environment. Dear Editor, As an instructor of rock climbing and rappelling for 22 years, one of my personal safety rules has been, “If there is a simple thing that we can do to make it safer, do it.” Often there are simple steps that require very little effort, that may not normally be necessary, but that can make a BIG difference if things go wrong. His speech was delayed and didn’t talk much. They will accomplish, remain proud, make our society better. This is just the nature of it, that Tversky and Kahneman famously (and humorously) labeled the Law of Small Numbers when they saw this principle ignored repeatedly by participants in their experiments, even by the statistically savvy. The quickest way to reach us is by submitting a message down below. November 25 Letters to the Editor. We carefully weighed all of our options. Breaking news, in depth reporting, multimedia dispatches and a community forum for and about the Big Bend. You had a chance to make a difference but instead you reinforced a fear. The Big Bend Sentinel. Member Travis Drenner shared they are a group of facial hair enthusiasts who do volunteer work in the Bend Area and raise money for local charities. I have been truly blessed to have Ms. Emily as my son’s teacher. She has been nothing but supportive with my child and my child loved going to her classroom. If you do this with the Presidio data, you will immediately see it is not exponential. Copyright 2020 / West Texan Media Group LLC /, New drop off and pick up procedures to allow for social distancing, Hallway flow of traffic plans for social distancing, Seating arrangements that allow for social distancing, Face masks required by all staff, visitors, and students, Cleaning out all air filters for better air circulation, Purchasing of sanitation machines to better sanitize all areas throughout the day, Bus drivers are sanitizing the bus before and after each use, Hallway doors left open to limit touching of door handles, Playground equipment is off limits to stop frequent touching, Eating lunch in classroom to eliminate large gatherings. The Big Bend Sentinel’s pages are pasted up with major issues of the day (the death of Antonin Scalia, the Supreme Court justice, on a nearby luxury … The second point is our small population in the tri-county area naturally provides more variability than the larger populations people are accustomed to seeing data on, like COVID-19 infections and deaths in the U.S. or in Texas, for example. 298 talking about this. November 19 Letters to the Editor. 1984-1992 [volume] (Marfa, Tex.) Ariele Gentiles is the copyeditor for The Big Bend Sentinel. Christopher Gill to Editor of Big Bend Sentinel on Elk Removals by Texas Parks and Wildlife Department I felt that several comments made by TPWD Executive Director, Carter Smith, defending elk removals, needed rebuttal. AU - Abani, Chris. In July 2019, La Frontera Publications, Inc sold the Sentinel to Maisie Crow and Max Kabat. Not Now. T2 - Big Bend Sentinel. Being in the program has made a big impact on his transformation. Circulation estimate: 2,576. Breaking news, in depth reporting, multimedia dispatches and a community forum for and about the Big Bend. 1984-1992 Search America's historic newspaper pages from 1789-1963 or use the U.S. As of May this year, a new local group has formed called the Big Bend Beardsmen. The King's College. We are and will continue to work with the local health advisors and adjust our plans as needed. She then related this story, not in shock or anger, just sadness and disappointment. Opening the trunk, checking under the vehicle, requiring all occupants to stand outside the car where they were required to show ID. Dear editor, The brush fires that were burning Friday evening near Alamito Creek and Loma Pelona were contained. We certainly never aim to mislead our readers and apologize for using the quote without checking the case-rise’s exponentiality or, in this case, lack thereof. Create New Account. See more of The Big Bend Sentinel on Facebook. or. We are here to be part of the solution, whatever the Montessori program needs, we’re here to roll up our sleeves and make it happen. He is learning more and making friends. After agreeing to a 30-minute wait, they quietly took a seat and a while later were informed the wait might be considerably longer. Managing Editor at The Big Bend Sentinel See all employees Updates West Texan Media Group || The Big Bend Sentinel 4w. We lost all that. Ariele Gentiles is the copyeditor for The Big Bend Sentinel. The group was in West Texas to film a documentary. Managing Editor . The Big Bend Sentinel is a weekly newspaper covering Presidio county and Far West Texas since 1926. There is a 400-word limit for all letters. Leet, a mechanical engineer, offered some data to us and our readership that hopefully will give a more in depth view of the stats behind the COVID-19 numbers in the area. Just type that string into the URL field on your browser and it will come right up. One thing for certain, we moved to Marfa because of the Montessori program. MARFA — For years, Marfa has been an art town without art supplies. Founded in 1926, it is the region's oldest news source. The Big Bend Sentinel is a weekly newspaper covering Presidio county and Far West Texas since 1926. My perception of people is generally spot on. The last issue of The Big Bend Sentinel had a very arresting graphic on the front page, showing how the epidemic has gone “exponential” in Presidio County. The Big Bend Sentinel is a weekly newspaper covering Presidio county and Far West Texas since 1926. Judging by my perception of the tellers, I deem them to be pretty accurate. The search and indignities then ended. Join to Connect West Texan Media Group || The Big Bend Sentinel. Here are a few of the things that we are doing: While this is not an exhaustive list, Marfa ISD is continuing to research and implement ways of keeping our school community as safe as possible. or. The driver didn’t complain as she freely admitted exceeding the limit by 5 mph or so. Maisie Crow, Editor-in-Chief & Max Kabat, Publisher The Big Bend Sentinel & Presidio International The Big Bend Sentinel & Presidio International - COVID-19 Local News Fund is a program administered by Local Media Foundation, tax ID #36‐4427750, a Section 501 (c) (3) charitable trust affiliated with Local Media Association. Maybe we should just post a sign: “DON’T STOP IN THIS TOWN.”. We had options: homeschool, Presidio, Alpine, Fort Davis or Marfa. 2004. Both our children started in Ms. Emily’s class in their first official year of school. Today at 8:13 AM. By Big Bend Sentinel . Big Bend Sentinel newspaper website Big Bend Sentinel on Twitter All local news media in Marfa, Texas . The first one is if you want to show something as being exponential, you really need to plot its data on a semi-log scale. Editor’s note: This year is not the first time Confederate namesakes have entered the public conversation. We applaud Ms. Barton, Ms. Aguero and Ms. Steriti for being honest about the challenges they are facing, especially concerning remote Montessori education, which ordinarily focuses on hands-on experiential and sensory learning. USA. Email * We wish every parent and guardian the best this year; hopefully we can navigate it together as a community that savors nuance, respects differences of opinion and puts our children first. Breaking news, in depth reporting, multimedia dispatches and a community forum for and about the Big Bend. The Big Bend Sentinel is a weekly newspaper covering Presidio, Brewster and Jeff Davis counties. Our mailing address is The Big Bend Sentinel, Drawer P, Marfa, Texas, 79843. After meeting with Superintendent Oscar Augero, who gave us a lengthy tour of the school and introduced us to two of the three Montessori teachers, we knew we found the perfect fit for our children. / Abani, Chris. Whether or not to send one’s child back to school is a difficult decision to make for some and an impossible catch-22 for others. Thank you for reading. 521 talking about this. Living in Casa Piedra for the last 10 years, and raising our children in the Big Bend region for five of those 10 years, we knew we had a big choice to make when it came to their education. Most of us are well aware of the Marfa speed traps, which often leave a lasting impression on visitors. What this means for us is more dramatic jumps in data. Ms. Emily believes in each of her students. The line, first rate, sharp, educated, talented, ambitious folks her classroom she freely admitted the. Presidio, Brewster and Jeff Davis counties others had made it to Alpine and had entered of. 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