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February 2016

Random Acts of Kindess At JISD

Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union has declared February 15th -19th Random Acts of Kindness in Judson ISD.  If you are a teacher, you know that many times supplies for your classroom come out of your own pocket.  Well RBFCU knows that and they are giving randomly selected teachers at randomly selected campuses in the district the chance at their crazy Money Vault. With money flying all around you, the mission is to grab as many bills as possible without picking them up off the floor. Park Village Elementary School was the first school on the kindness parade and four teachers and  Assistant Principal Kristin Saunders stepped inside the vault. Along with the money from the vault, each teacher got a big gift card. Their next stop will be the Judson High School campus.

A BIG thank you to RBFCU who gave to:

Park Village Elementary
• Denise Gonzalez – 1st grade - $20 in cash vault 
• Leanne Hewitt TAG – 4th grade - $22 in cash vault
• Heather Canales – 5th grade - $14 in cash vault
• Tanya Rivera-Casares – 4th grade - $23 in cash vault
Awarded each teacher a $100 RBFCU gift card to buy supplies for their classroom 
Asst. Principal Saunders jumped in the cash vault. She collected $6, but RBFCU decided to donate $600 to the entire school for their use.


Metzger Middle School
• Jamie Coggins - Science    
• Karl Long - History and Special Education
• Ebony Douglas - English Language    
• Eloy Pina - Math
Each of the teachers received a $100 RBFCU gift card and Metzger received a $600 donation.
February 18, 7 pm
Board Meeting
ERC Board Room

February 26, 9:30 - 11 am
Freedom Riders
JHS Performing Arts Center

March 5, 2-3 pm
Dist. Honor Choir Concert
JHS Performing Arts Center

Distinguished Educator Awards 2015-16


Judson ISD has so many great teachers, it's not hard to find quality, but what is hard is the task to pick one, above all others from a campus, to be honored by the district for instructional excellence.  The Distinguished Educators Awards Ceremony is an event that the Human Resources Department hosts each year to honor those individuals who go the extra mile with students in helping them reach their potential.  That takes a special person who cares and who doesn't give up on people. Below is a look at this prestigious group. The big winner of the evening was Teresa Pena of Judson Secondary Alternative School who was selected as the Judson ISD Distinguished Educator of the Year. She was congratulated by Superintendent Dr. Carl A. Montoya, JISD Board Secretary Renee Paschall and Board Member Arnoldo Salinas. Congratulations to Ms. Pena and all the honorees.

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD)


GERD is a chronic digestive disease and occurs when stomach acid flows back into your esophagus. It’s not uncommon for people to get heartburn every now and then, but individuals with GERD experiences heartburn more frequently.

Here are some tips to help reduce symptoms:
  • Schedule an earlier meal. It’s best to not eat late at night.
  • Stay active. Stick with your exercise routine. Weight management may alleviate GERD symptoms.
  • Don’t smoke. Nicotine weakens muscles within your food pipe that prevent back flow (reflux) of stomach contents.
  • Slow down. Eat slower and don’t be active right after a meal. Stay awake and try to avoid lying down within 2-3 hours of eating.                

Apply for our JEF Teacher Grant


Judson ISD Teachers – You can apply for an innovative teacher grant to enrich learning in your classroom. You can get up to $2,500 to fund your great idea! Last year, we funded over $38,000 in teacher grants.

Online applications are due no later than midnight on March 24, 2016.
 

ThunderRockets Roll To Gold And More


2,500 Special Olympic athletes recently gathered in Austin from across the state to compete in the 2016 Winter Games/Bowling Competition. 41 Judson ISD ThunderRockets hit the bowling alleys and showed some great skill and perseverance in knocking down those pins.  JISD's team walked away with a dozen Gold Medals, nine Silver and five Bronze. The rest of the team played very well and ended up placing too.  With an event featuring 2,000 volunteers and some 5,000 spectators you know this was a big event and our kids did very well. Way to go team!!

All State Choir and Band Members From Judson ISD

Each year the Texas Music Educators Association picks the top musicians across the state in Band, Choir, Orchestra and Jazz Bands. The process starts out with some 64,000 students auditioning from across the state. Through several tryouts, the numbers are whittled down to the best of the best. Congratulations to these three talented students from the Judson Independent School District.

Nathalie Vela, oboe TMEA All-State Band/Orchestra

Nathalie Graciela Vela is a senior at Karen Wagner High School. In 2015, Nathalie became a member of the Texas All-State Band through a rigorous audition process. Last week at the Texas Music Educators Association Conference, Nathalie participated for the second time as a Texas All-State Band & Orchestra Member. She would not have been able to achieve these things without the amazing support of her Band Director Mr. Jeremy Chapman, her parents Dennis and Jo Ann Vela, and her younger Brother Christian Vela.

Scott Rogers, vocalist TMEA All-State Choir

Paula Wilson, flute TMEA All-State Band

Scott Rogers from Judson High School was selected for the second time to perform with the All-State Choir and if you've ever heard him perform on the keys, you know he plays a pretty mean piano too.  He is the son of Richard and Patty Rogers. He is also the private voice student of Richard Novak and sings under the direction of Judson High School Choir Director Kay Sherrill.
Judson High School Junior Paula Wilson was selected to perform with the All-State Band...this is also her second time to be selected. She plays the flute and is a student of Kay Southerland. She plays in the Judson High School Band under the direction of Jeffrey Keyes. Paula is the daughter of Joe and Margaret Wilson.
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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