When someone mentions the word marimba around Judson ISD folks, it’s likely the first thing they think is Coronado Village Elementary School and Bonnie Anderson. For good reason, she has built a reputation of musical excellence with her student marimba group. They have played all over the district and a number of occasions around the state…and soon out of state. This group of talented students will soon be traveling to New York to play Carnegie Hall! What an incredible experience that will be.
To help pay for the trip’s expenses, the Coronado Village Elementary School Marimbas recently hosted a special performance at Judson Early College Academy called the “MojoRimba Extravaganza.” It included numbers performed by kinder through 3rd grade students who played their marimbas as well as sang Christmas songs to a great audience. 4th and 5th grade students also kept the instruments hot with some great tunes of their own. It was a spirited concert with some terrific motivation for the students, family and friends. How many elementary school kids can say they played Carnegie Hall?
December 21, 7 pm
December 25 - January 8
*Professional Development Jan 8th/Student Holiday*
January 27, 6 - 9 pm
JEF Black Tie Gala
Hilton Garden Inn
Teaching students…I mean really teaching them and making a difference in their lives is not something that happens all the time. Some educators get the nuts and bolts of their lessons through to their class and then there are others that engage, motivate and even inspire their students. This year’s Judson ISD Distinguished Educator of the Year is Anne-Marie Hilton from Wagner High School. She was chosen from some 30 other great educators that have proven themselves as effective and influential.
Judson ISD has a tremendous pool of great teachers that are doing some great work with students and are clearly making a difference. That’s why the JISD Distinguished Educator Awards is such as wonderful and important event, because it honors those educators who are consistently turning lights on in students’ minds and helping them reach their potential.
Each campus nominated a teacher that consistently hits the mark with students and shows the kind of attitude that’s positive and contagious. In effect, the nomination is a campus Educator of the Year that is nominated for the district honor. With this award, Anne-Marie Hilton will now be JISD’s candidate for the Trinity Prize for Excellence as well as being the district’s ExCEL Award winner that KENS 5 TV profiles each year. Congratulations to Ms. Hilton.
Each year the Judson Education Foundation’s Jingle Bell Jamboree is a sure sign of the Christmas season in Judson ISD. It is an incredible buffet of holiday gift ideas, many of which are hand crafted items that are both unique and the kind of quality that won’t disappoint. This year more than 60 vendors set up at Judson High School. It was a festive occasion with student choirs keeping the yuletide spirit light and warm. In the end, the event raised more than $4,000 for the Judson Education Foundation. It provided gifts for family and friends that they’ll love while providing the gift of education for student scholarships and teacher grants…a wonderful exchange for everyone.
Stressful events are a fact of life, but you can take steps to manage the impact these events have on you. You can start by:
• Identifying your stressors
• Learning how to control stress-inducing circumstances
• Taking care of yourself physically and emotionally when you face events you can't control through strategies like exercise, relaxation techniques, healthy nutritional choices, social support networks and professional psychotherapy
State Championship For Special Olympians
Flag Football competition is one of the newest officially recognized sports of the 22 sports offered by Special Olympic competition and it’s growing in Texas. Early in December the San Antonio STAR Soccer Complex hosted the Special Olympics Texas State Flag Football Championship and JISD sent two teams to the competition. Both the Patriots and the Thunder-Rockets came out of the Region 20 competition with silver medals. This time around at the state level they were among 25 teams…including two from Chicago that took the field.
These JISD teams showed they were well coached and disciplined playing well on both sides of the ball. These athletes mowed through the competition, including the invaders from Chicago! They played JISD football and won the Special Olympics Flag Football State Championship. Patriots and Thunder-Rockets one football family, one State Championship! Congratulations to these Special Olympians.
The Coaches would like to thank the following people who helped make our season a huge success: SPRIT SQUAD: Ashlyn Garcia and Cameron Jennings, Wagner & Judson High School Varsity Football Teams for having us as your special guests on the sidelines at the Hammer Bowl, Wagner Jr ROTC for continuing the six year tradition of our annual Flag Football friendly, JISD Maintenance and Grounds, Johnny Cabrera, Jacque Dupree, Kelly Garcia, Gloria Graves, Cassandra Jennings, and Teresa Pena. The team players and coaches are listed below.
To increase accountability within the district, Judson ISD has a Fraud and Abuse Hotline. This is a way of anonymously reporting incidents of wrongly using district resources. A person can report problems two ways. Through a toll free hotline 855-640-6200 (in English) and 800-216-1288 (in Spanish) or you can just REPORT HERE. A third party company called Lighthouse is handling all the reports for credibility purposes and will look at each report on an individual basis. The online form also allows a person to upload supporting documents if they apply. This “report it” link can also take you to a page where crimes and bullying can be reported.