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January 2016

Senior Prom

You may not realize it, but Prom Season is right around the corner and even our senior citizens have an event to go to now. The JISD Senior Citizens Prom. The theme for this inaugural event is "An Evening On The Red Carpet." This unique segment of the JISD Community is sometimes not given the credit for its support in educating students in the district...even the volunteering they do. It's set for Saturday, February 6, 2016 at Judson Early College Academy from 3 pm to 6 pm. It's a free event, but it's geared toward senior citizens 65 or older. A Prom King and Queen will be crowned and the musical cloud that everyone will dance on will be provided by the Judson High School Jazz Band. Come with a similar aged friend, on your own or with a group.  It's all about having fun. Contact Yvette Reyna for more information 945-5412.

What: Senior Citizens Prom "An Evening On The Red Carpet"
When: February 6, 2016 from 3 pm to 6 pm
Where: Judson Early College Academy (8230 Palisades Dr. Live Oak, TX 78148)
February 6, 3pm - 6pm
Senior Citizen Prom

February 8, 5:30pm 
Distinguished Ed Awards

February 11, 6pm
Special Board Meeting
ERC Building

The Judson Education Foundation Gala

Each year it is the biggest fundraiser for the Judson Education Foundation and it just gets better each year. This year’s Denim and Diamonds Gala featured musical performances by the Judson High School Choir and the Coronado Village ES Marimba group…both under the direction of Ms. Sherrill and Ms. Anderson. Some of the great traditions were still there like “Vote With Your Feet” and “Heads or Tails.” And of course the silent and live auctions were great with some value added packages for everyone to bid on…including not one but two adorable Labrador puppies, one chocolate and one blonde. The Hall of Honor made everyone swell with pride knowing what alumni are doing and the impact they’re having on our world. Congratulations to Kayone Hankins Carter, Derwin Gray and Corey Sears on the Athletic side and John Dyer, Dr. Marcus A Nelson and Ivan Miguel Ruiz on the Civic side. Our sincere thanks to our sponsors, donors and those who closed those great bids.
Dreams Within Reach - JEF Video Presented at the Gala

School Board Appreciation Month

The month of January is School Board Appreciation Month. Texas has more than 5 million students in its public schools. That is 5 million young minds from about 5 years old to about 18 years old. For those students to get a quality education, it takes responsible adults to help them reach their potential. Our JISD School Board members are a big part of that.

Board members give their time and talents to ensure that ALL our children have the best public schools we can provide. They sit through meetings, read detailed reports, listen to concerns, and make the hard decisions to benefit the students and the community at large. And make no mistake about it, the whole community benefits from good schools. So as a special gift of appreciation the district’s Mariachi group from Judson High School, Judson Middle School, JECA and Kitty Hawk Middle School performed a couple of songs during the January board meeting. Gifts were also brought from each school to show thanks.

Winter Superfoods

Superfoods are nutrient-rich foods considered to be predominantly beneficial for health.
Try winter superfoods in season when the quality is higher and prices are lower.

Here are some winter superfoods:

•    Beans: High in fiber & protein; also a good source of magnesium & potassium
•    Pumpkin: High in fiber & vitamin A
•    Kale: Low in calories & high in vitamins A, C & K, plus manganese, potassium & fiber
•    Parsnips: High in fiber, vitamin C, folate & manganese
•    Pomegranates: High in flavonoids & tannins, good source of folate, potassium & vitamin K
•    Cranberries: Contain resveratrol & proanthocyanidin
•    Sweet Potatoes: Great source of vitamins A & C, fiber & potassium
•    Winter Squash: High in fiber & a great source of vitamin A & carotenoids


Judson Education Foundation Scholarship Applications

Attention high school seniors and parents of high school seniors! The Judson Education Foundation is now accepting applications for student scholarships. This is your chance to help pay for higher education after getting that diploma. Whether it’s a college, university or technical school, it’s always great to have that help and eliminate as much student loan debt as possible. You can apply on the link below. All applications are due by midnight on March 25, 2016. Good Luck. 

JISD Named Fit Friendly Worksite

Not every place of work is concerned about the physical wellness or health of its employees, but JISD has shown it is promoting it in a positive way. The American Heart Association's nationally recognized "Fit Friendly Worksite" honor was awarded to Judson ISD for providing employees with healthy activities, nutrition and culture as they work each day. The district is a Gold Level recipient.

Studies show that over the long haul, providing a healthy work environment for employees impacts productivity and service to the employer. Be sure to look for more healthy minded events, opportunities and challenges for all JISD staff to promote a healthier lifestyle. A big thanks to Health and Wellness Coordinator Marissa Ryals and Risk Management Director Tracie Moos for putting them together.

Mackey HS Head Football Coach

The Judson ISD Board of Trustees named Richard Mendoza the first Head Football Coach/ Athletic Coordinator for the district’s new Mackey High School. Coach Mendoza will be leaving his post with the Wagner High School Thunderbirds to take the position at Mackey. Mendoza has a long history with the Judson Independent School District. He first began at Judson High School in 2001 coaching primarily football, but has spent most of his coaching experience at Wagner High School making a huge impact as an assistant coach. He was the starting quarterback at Judson High School when the Rockets went to the State Title Game in 1996. He was also a part of the State Championship team that won it all the year before that. He is a 1997 graduate of Judson High School.
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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