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March 2017

2017 JISD Bond…What’s It All About?

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Judson ISD ‘s Board of Trustees called for a laser-focused bond to be decided by voters on the May 2017 ballot. It only addresses future construction at Veterans Memorial High School based on projected enrollment numbers expected in the coming years at the school.   If you can’t make it to one of the Public Bond Forums, this video gives a general overview of what this $60 million bond involves and its impact.
March 31,  1 pm
Blue Ribbon Celebration
Crestview Elementary

April 5,  6:30 - 7:30 pm
Bond Forum
Woodlake Hills MS

April 8,  9 am - 1 pm
Wagner HS

February 16,  6 - 7:30 pm
JISD Career Expo
Wagner HS

How About Reading A Story…To A Dog?

Many of us know about the transporting power of reading a good book…even reading out loud to someone else can have a soothing effect on the listener.  Well, Woodlake Elementary National Honor Society students took that concept to a different level with Literacy On A Leash.  As a part of a community service project they decided to conduct a donation drive for San Antonio Pets Alive and Alamo City Pit Bull Rescue and Rehabilitation (ACPBRR).  Woodlake’s TAG Teacher Kirstin Caldwell and RTI Teacher Rachelle Diaz worked with ACPBRR sponsors Traci Bell, Jolie Zook and Izzy Norwood to create the school’s first ever Literacy On A Leash project.
But here’s the kicker…the power of reading out loud was unleashed by the students as they read to rescued puppies and an adult dog sponsored by the ACPBRR.  It may leave some people scratching their head, but the activity follows the concept that as the students open their books and verbally walk through each story with the dogs, they get a greater sense of empathy and practice reading fluency, while soothing the canines with friendly human voices. That helps prepare them for their forever home…in the end making them more adoptable.
The honor society kids received more than 80 donations for the ACPBRR…from blankets to food and toys.  In return, the organization later presented the students with goodie bags and literature on locations for low cost spay and neutering, microchipping and their website.  They say, music can soothe the beast…but reading can also calm the spirit…man or beast!

She Sang Inspiration Into Her Students

From 1998 to 2016 Kathryn (Kay) Sherrill encouraged, inspired and opened creative doors to students as the Judson High School Choir Director.  Her impact can only be measured by all the students that attribute their success in music and in life to her influence.  Because of that wide scope of influence, the school decided to dedicate the choir hall to her and her contributions as a first class musician and teacher.  It is now known as the Kathryn Sherrill Choir Hall.
Kay Sherrill built a family of students each year in her choral program.  No matter what their talent or where they were developmentally in their pursuit of music, she treated them as a vital part of the ensemble.  During her service to her students, Judson High School choirs thrived garnering both state and national recognition and she became a high profile ambassador for the school and what it stood for.  The dedication of the Kathryn Sherrill Choir Hall is a testimony to her dedication to her musicianship and her students. Thank you.
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A Science Smorgasbord At Miller’s Point

Science nights at elementary schools can be a lot of fun, especially when you get the community involved like Miller’s Point Elementary does.  More than 400 parents and students showed up for this and with good reason.  With activities like STEM catapults, Mini-Lava Lamps and Gak to put their hands on and explore the possibilities, it was an evening of fun.
The event also enlisted a lot of community members as well.  The Converse Fire and Police Departments along with the city’s Animal Control Department were also on hand to share the science behind their jobs.  Mayor Al Suarez and City Manager Lanny Lambert also attended to join the fun and show their support.
There was also a nature part of the Science Night too.  The Live Oak Village Garden Club demonstrated the proper way of planting seeds for the highest chance for success, Tom Kinsey from Learn Nature was there to talk to students about the elements of natural science and then there was Reptile Man! He brought a huge assortment of spectacular reptiles that included an albino python going by the name Marmalade.  What a night!  What an event orchestrated by the Miller’s Point Elementary staff.

Good nutrition can be as easy as one-two-three!

Making a few changes in your meal and snack choices is a good place to start. Try these tips:
  • Consume at least one low-fat dairy product each day such as a cup of yogurt or an eight-ounce glass of skim milk. Make sugar free instant pudding with skim milk for a delicious treat.
  • Add two servings of fruits and vegetables to your meals.
  • Add three servings of whole-grain foods to your daily diet.

Park Village Readers Show Reading Can Be A Blast!

Encouraging reading, especially among young students, is so important to academic success through the years.  Finding out what they enjoy reading can be a real hook for them…it may be magazines, biographies or just a good story.
Another factor can also be out-loud readers that can make a story come alive to kids and keep them engaged and show them how fun and transporting reading can be.  That’s what Park Village Elementary School does each year. Guest Reader Day is a huge deal at this campus and staff each year construct a great list of guest readers to come in and spend a few minutes reading to students in a range of grades.  Readers could share a favorite book of theirs or read from a huge selection from the school library.

JISD Board Member Richard LaFoille is one of the guest readers that comes out each year.  As you can see by his special “reading derby” Mr. LaFoille really gets into character for his time with the kids…and they seem to love it.  He and his wife Janice are regular volunteers at the school and have been a part of the Park Village community for years. Also pictured are Dr. Milton Fields III, Assistant Superintendent of Operations and Dr. Nellie Cantu, Assistant Superintendent of Post-Secondary Education & Career Readiness.
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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