You’ve heard the saying ‘pay it forward’…meaning taking goodwill or kindness and pay it forward to someone else. So instead of paying someone back, you pay it forward to someone else who’s not expecting it and likely can’t pay it back. That’s a big part of what Samaritan’s Feet is all about. The non-profit organization partnered with volunteers from Walmart and paid a visit to Candlewood Elementary School recently to sit down with students and wash their feet and fit them with a new pair of socks and sneakers. The minutes between the volunteers and the students were precious interactive moments where connections were made. Connections that showed grateful hearts bloom and quiet kids with walls up, take those walls down, show a smile, a thankful word and even a hug for the volunteer that took the time with them.
Some 480 students were served in about two and a half hours in the school gym. The group exemplified the concept of servant leadership that traces its history back more than 2,000 years ago. The basic gift of time, encouraging words and a simple gift can soothe a child down to their core and one day, hopefully, they will pay it forward.
May 1, 6 pm - 7 pm
Spirit of Judson
May 3, 6 pm - 8 pm
Honorary Volunteer Banq.
May 14, 6 pm - 7:30 pm
Novice Teacher of Year
The leaves are back on the trees with spring time here and Dr. Carl A. Montoya is back with his Montoya Moment for April. He looks back on an event that touched a lot of students and volunteers. See what he’s talking about.
Judson ISD has so many great employees…employees that year after year are examples of producing excellence at such a high and consistent level. We want to honor those who have invested a significant amount of their professional career to our students in preparing them for a global society. Those honored have been serving JISD for 5, 10, and even 15 years or longer. We thank you and want to recognize you for your hard work and dedication. You are valued.
STEM Day Hosted At Wagner High School
Not every school district makes such a big deal out of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, but at Judson ISD, STEM is a huge deal. Ever since JISD secured a Department of Defense grant years ago that launched the STEM program at several elementary and middle schools, it has taken off. The STEM Day that the District hosts each year just gets bigger and bigger with more corporate support each time.
Companies and organizations like AT&T, Valero, HEB, Whataburger NuStar Energy, Youth Code Jam, University of Incarnate Word, West Point, and the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office were on hand. These groups brought a variety of hands-on experiments and demonstrations that inspired and stimulated the young minds to think beyond the road well-traveled.
Hundreds of students inside and outside of the JISD footprint came to see the possibilities for their future. In return, the companies participating get their foot in the door with students that may soon be real contributors to their corporate work and interests. From cutting edge ideas in a growing healthcare industry to energy companies that are showing kids concepts that are driving the development of our world’s energy outlook. It’s where the present meets the future. We want to thank Congressman Henry Cuellar and UT OnRamps for supporting this important event for the community.
Judson Rocket Leal Wins Dave Campbell Award
He’s been a force on the Rocket defensive line all football season and has caught the attention of experts from all over. The latest recognition for Judson Defensive Lineman Demarvin Leal is from Dave Campbell’s Texas Football magazine. The longstanding publication picked him as the top Defensive Lineman in the state for the 2017 football season. He most recently committed to playing his college football at Texas A&M University next year. Congratulations to Demarvin in his recognition and his college choice decision…we wish him the best.
Registration Open For Judson ISD Football Camp
Each summer, the Judson Education Foundation teams up with the Judson Youth Sports Foundation to host a two-day football camp. It emphasizes not just the basics, but the older players get a good feel for some of the finer points of the game too. This year, the camp will have a different venue...it will be teed-up at Wagner High School and feature the same great instruction, pace, and safety that parents and players have come to expect. Players will learn from former JISD star football players and other college greats. So join us, June 9th and 10th from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $30 a day per athlete.
Your body is made of mostly water so it’s a no brainer that you need to replenish it to feel your best. While recommendations vary from person to person use these 5 tips to increase your hydration and water intake:
• Have water or a low calorie beverage with every snack and meal.
• Choose beverages you enjoy!
• Eat more fruits and vegetables. Their high water content will add to your hydration!
• Keep a bottle of water with you in your car, at your desk, or in your bag.
• Choose beverages that meet your individual needs. If you're watching calories, go
for non-caloric beverages or water.
To the untrained eye, being a campus principal might look like just a fun job where you keep teachers motivated, organize a few meetings and have nice cozy talks with parents and students…how hard could it be, right? Well so much for the Little House on the Prairie schoolhouse concept.
While there are plenty of great opportunities to make an impact on students, teachers and even families as a principal, there is a lot of tough stuff to plow through too. Not too many people nowadays hold the opinion about principals expressed above, but JISD’s Principal For A Day event helps give business and community leaders a taste of what’s real and productive in education today. Each campus invited someone from the area to be a “pseudo-principal” for half a day. They followed around the real campus principal as they talked with students, conferenced with teachers and parents, performed lunch duty, planned curriculum and analyzed academic data.
Some 30 members of the community participated and after their morning was finished, everyone headed to Judson Early College Academy for a luncheon and a chance to share stories and experiences. Among those who got up to share with the group, were Melissa Jones; Rotary eClub (Franz ES), Gary Whorton; UPS Sales Manager (Spring Meadows ES), Elizabeth Kuhlman; RBFCU (Kitty Hawk MS), and Eric Fidelis Alva; Staff Sergeant U.S. Marines. Thank you to everyone who participated. Now you know…all in a day’s work!
Honors for JECA, JLA Teachers & Former Board Member
Judson ISD teachers were a big part of the honors that were announced at the recent Alamo Area Alliance of Black School Educators Awards at the Frost Bank Plaza Club. The event recognized excellence in education within the San Antonio area. The top two teachers were both from Judson ISD. Judson Learning Academy's Gabriele Simpson was selected as the runner-up to the AAABSEA Teacher of the Year. She teaches all of the math classes at JLA and does a great job with her students.
Teacher of the Year went to Mr. Jermaine Coleman from Judson Early College Academy. He is a Physical Education teacher and is the sponsor of the school's Key Club. Also, rounding out the teachers that were recognized was Ms. Therese Ermer who was selected for her work at Salinas Elementary School.
Along with teachers that were honored, the organization also recognized current and former board members for their contributions to public education over the years. Former JISD Board Member Mr. Johnnie Harris was honored for his work on the board from 1998-2002 and 2005-2011.
The Judson Education Foundation is responsible for thousands of dollars in teacher and principal grants and student scholarships each year. That means a lot of time working on fundraising and volunteers who believe in the JEF mission. Here’s a quick look at how the State of the Judson Education Foundation is looking.
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.