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March 2016

2016 JISD Bond - A Quick View

In the February regular meeting of the Judson ISD School Board, trustees approved the call for the 2016 Bond for the May election. This bond includes four options which total out to approximately $265 million. In the coming days and weeks you will be hearing a lot about this bond so that every voter can be informed of its impact and what each option involves. The flyer below gives a general overview of the bond and the link below will take you to a more detailed look at what the bond will mean to individual campuses.
View Bond Flyer                                                              View Campus Impact
March 24, 7 pm
Board Meeting
ERC Board Room

April 2, 10 am - 2 pm
Family Extravaganza
Judson High School

April 20, 4 - 6:30 pm
Employee Service Awards

 JISD 2016 Bond Video

Judson ISD has called for a $265 million dollar bond. But what is in it and what is the impact on schools and the tax rate? This video helps answer many of those questions with an overview of what the 2016 Bond is proposing so you as a voter can make your decision. Click above to view video.

KENS 5 JISD Teacher Of Year Honored

Teresa Pena is one of the reasons Judson ISD is producing excellence in so many ways.  She was selected as the JISD Distinguished Educator of the Year recently and now is being honored by KENS5 with the ExCEL Award for the quality of instruction she gives her students each day. The TV crew came out and shot video of Ms. Pena in action with her students, interviewed her and even talked with some of her students to get their perspective of why she is so good.  She also received a check from San Antonio Credit Union for $1,000.  We congratulate her for this achievement.  The story about her and her work at the Judson Secondary Alternative School campus will air Thursday, March 24th at 6pm on KENS 5.  After it airs on their newscast you can see the video story about her by clicking below. 

Focus on Fiber

March is Colon Cancer awareness month. Did you know that colon cancer is the second leading cause of cancer deaths in the U.S. — among men and women? According to the American Institute for Cancer Research, about 45 percent of colorectal cancers are preventable through lifestyle changes like healthy diet, physical activity, and reduction in risky behaviors.

Tip: Getting the recommended daily dose of fiber can reduce your risk of developing colon cancer. Some studies show that for every 10 grams consumed, the risk drops by 10 percent. Get started today but be sure to add fiber slowly. Try fruits, beans, whole grains, and nuts to add variety!

Family Engagement Extravaganza

Getting families...especially parents involved in their child's education is probably the single most important ingredient to helping a student be successful.  Judson ISD is answering that call in a number of ways and there is a big event that is hoped to make parents and families aware of what is available to them and how they can make that connection.  It's called the Family Engagement Extravaganza.  It will be held Saturday April 2, 2016 at Judson High School from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. There will plenty activities for kids young and not so young and some very interesting and relevant topics that can really help students and families alike.  Take a look at the flyer below for more details and come on out to see the tools available for student success.

Judson Student's Artwork Talk Of Rodeo Auction

Judges and art lovers alike were talking about a piece of artwork that one Judson High School student created and entered into the Western Art Auction. Shane Tilton was chosen as one of the Top 25 Finalists in the 2016 Western Art Competition hosted by the San Antonio Livestock Exposition. Shane's work "Iron Horse" was entered into the LIVE Auction along with the other 24 exhibits. After his work went to auction it went on display at the Briscoe Museum of Western Art near downtown San Antonio.  

Shane's art work is unique and a first in a number of ways for the Western Art Competition. It was the first all metal sculpture, it was made entirely of horseshoes and it was the first piece ever to have a "call-in" buyer from out of state. In the end, Shane's work earned him $13,100 with "add-on" bids that trickled in through the rest of the rodeo. Congratulations. 

JISD's Tech Grant Program Wins Global Award

Several years ago the Judson ISD won a huge competitive grant from the Department of Defense (DoDEA) that concentrated on producing excellence in technology education...especially those that are military connected. We have several schools that have high military student enrollments and those campuses have benefitted from some very ambitious tech programs that are really getting some attention. At the recent annual conference of the International Technology and Engineering Educator Association, the DoDEA grant program that JISD created was one of only 24 such programs WORLDWIDE to earn the prestigious Program Excellence Award. This award is one of the highest honors a STEM education program can achieve at any public education level.  A big congratulations goes out to Deborah Rice who is the DoDEA STEM Grant Project Manager.

Join The JISD All-Star Teaching Team!

The Judson ISD Human Resources Department will be hosting a job fair specifically for teaching professionals.  We have a lot of great educators...many of whom have been recognized not just by JISD, but also as top teachers in the city and the nation.  We want to continue that tradition in excellence among our teaching staff by hiring the best educators possible.  This job fair will be Saturday, April 30, 2016 at Wagner High School from 8 a.m. - 3 p.m. Please bring your resume and be ready to interview because our HR staff is ready to talk to you.  If you're looking for a change to a dynamic career that makes a difference in the lives of students that will form the future, this event is for you.
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.
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