iPhone Apps

So… cool new apps.

Ever get tired of those old phone apps?  They’re always the same ones and sometimes they get boring.  Since the new iPhone 4 was released  fun new apps have been created.

Apps for Fun and Games

Angry Birds– Trying to get their eggs back from the pigs who stole them.  Swing a bird across the screen to get into the pigs territory while crashing down the blocks that make up the pigs houses.  Use the technique to knock the house down in three tries.

Charadium Pro– A classic game of drawing charades that can be played with friends.  Just draw and guess what the friend drew.  Players can give hints and compare scores with everyone else’s high scores.  Then guess a word of what they’re drawing and go back and forth until a winner.

Harry Potter: Spells– People who like Harry Potter are going to love  going to Hogwart’s School of Whitchcraft and Wizardry.  Players learn spells and draw on their screen to get the spells correct.  Once they’ve mastered the spells they can challenge others.

Apps for Music

Shazam– Listening to a song on the radio?  New song?  Don’t know the name?  Shazam tags the songs and displays the name and artist.  Just hold the phone up to the radio where it can hear it well.  Push tag and it will then tell you the song.

Apps for the cooks

Epicurious Recipes & Shopping List– With more than 25,000 recipes one can just look thru this “cookbook” on their phone to make almost any kind of meal.  They are also professionally tasted recipes.

Apps for the Outdoors

MyNature Animal Tracks– Don’t know what animal those tracks belong to?  This app has pictures and explanations that can help  identify them.

Orange Leaf

Tired of work, school, and stress…need a place to unwind? If so, Orange Leaf is the place to go. It has a soothing environment where one can sit back and relax. It’s a great place to work on homework or take advantage of free Wifi. But the real reason to visit Orange Leaf  is their famous frozen yogurt.They have  forty four flavors, including white chocolate, chocolate, taro, cookies and crème, pomegranate, red velvet, peach, coconut, original tart, confetti cake, cheese cake, passion fruit, lemon and many more.

On a recent visit to Orange Leaf this past weekend I walked into the carefree environment and enjoyed some of this delicious frozen yogurt. Upon entering customers pick up a bucket and serve themselves as much yogurt as they want, mixing any of the flavors they desire. All of the flavors are dairy based except for pineapple which is water based. Next, add any combination of toppings such as fresh fruit, chocolate chips, m&ms,  or skittles.  One of their most famous toppings is called popping boba. It is a Japanese topping which pops in your mouth!  Lastly, an Orange Leaf employee weighs your yogurt by the ounce with each ounce costing forty cents.

People may think “frozen yogurt? How unhealthy…” WRONG! Frozen yogurt is very good for the body.  It prevents constipation, diarrhea, and harmful bacteria growth, plus it helps strengthen the immune system. Orange Leaf is where yummy meets healthy. So stop by Orange Leaf’s delicious and relaxing atmosphere, located on Loop 1604 W in the Vineyard Shopping Center.

Transcontinental Teacher

From here in San Antonio, to college on the east coast, to adventures overseas in Morocco and Saudi Arabia, Mrs. Mann is a new Charger with a unique story.

Mrs. Mann has a gentle, kind demeanor and, after 14 years of being an English teacher, can eloquently make a point. She has chapters of intriguing stories from foreign countries, and the years she has spent discovering life far away reveal her truly adventurous spirit.

Mrs. Mann grew up in San Antonio, graduating from Holmes High School in NISD. She then made a solo adventure across the United States to Wheaton College in Massachusetts. At first, she majored in political science and minored in Russian language. Soon though, she realized that English was the area she really wanted to pursue. She loved being a student and discovering new things, especially through reading.

In high school she played volleyball and basketball. She remained involved in school activities throughout college. In this way, as an English I Pre-AP teacher, she can relate to her freshman students who are learning how to balance activities and schoolwork.

“I want students to be able to talk to me about their schedules,” Mann said. She understands how overwhelming the chaos of high school can be.

To be successful students need to “ask questions, keep up with work, participate, and have fun with it,” she said.

After graduating with a BA in English Literature from Wheaton, she returned to her home town of San Antonio. Teaching presented the perfect opportunity for her to work and continue her education. She earned a teaching certification at UTSA and got a job teaching at Business Careers High School, a magnet school on the Holmes campus.

“It was really interesting. Some of the teachers that had taught me were now my colleagues,” she said.

While she was teaching, she earned a Master’s degree in English from Incarnate Word, where she met her husband. After eight years of teacher at BCHS, she and her husband left the U.S. and taught for four years at the American International School of Jeddah in Saudi Arabia. This school offers education from PK to 12th grade. At the beginning of last year, enrollment totaled 956, a sharp contrast to Churchill’s 3,000. She taught English II Pre-AP, English III regular, English IV AP Literature, and Creative Writing. In addition, she started a mentor program for young women, was the NHS sponsor, coached varsity volleyball and ran the school’s American Idol based talent show.

“Here at Churchill I hope to find a club or organization that needs my help. I miss that extracurricular aspect of the job,” Mann said.

The curriculum she taught in Saudi Arabia was the exact same as in the U.S. For example, she taught To Kill a Mockingbird. At first, she thought that the kids there would have a hard time relating to the books, seeing as they weren’t even American. However, she found they responded very well to the material, and found the whole situation very “eye-opening as a teacher”.

Overall, the people were very “open-minded”, and didn’t look down upon her as a “Westerner”. She was surprised to find that many of the parents of her students seemed extremely eager to prove that they were not hostile people. Tensions were high between the U.S. and Middle East at the time, only years after the terrorist attacks, but she found that the people did not resent her because of where she came from. They were able to make distinctions between American politics and an American person; they knew Mrs. Mann didn’t necessarily represent every viewpoint of the U.S.

During her time teaching in Saudi Arabia, she and her husband traveled through the Middle East, Africa, and Europe. Morocco was her favorite place to visit. She and her husband spent a whole summer there, long enough to become a part of everyday life and avoid just “playing tourist”. Her second favorite place to visit was England, and she would like to do a complete UK tour in the future. Also, she would like to take her two children to some places in our country, such as Washington D.C.

After the birth of their first child in 2007, she and her husband returned to San Antonio. At first she taught at Incarnate Word, but soon realized that she missed teaching teenagers.

“I find teenagers funny. They’re not given enough credit by adults,” she said.

Mrs. Mann said she couldn’t choose a favorite school; they’ve all taught her different things and offered her new experiences, “I am happy to be a Charger. I hope in the coming years students will get to know who I am and look forward to being in my classes.”

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