Taking a stand against bullying is a great step, but making that something that’s proactive and a mindset is taking it to the next level. Students at Kirby Middle School dialed up their stand against bullying with a school-wide Anti-Bullying Pep Rally. Mr. Epi Quiroga and staff showed students what being proactive against bullying looks like and then took it a step further. Take a look at this video to see what happened next.
January 27, 6 pm
Hilton Garden Inn
January 28, 8 am - 1 pm
Elementary Science Fair
February 16, 7 pm
ERC Board Room
JISD Board Members Are All-Stars!
The month of January is School Board Appreciation Month. That’s a great time to let these dedicated individuals know that their extra time and efforts aren’t going unnoticed. They are a listening ear to the students, community and employees that keep a finger on the pulse of their district and stakeholders in general.
All the campuses came up with unique ways to show their appreciation. The recognition had an All-Star theme with tokens of appreciation like tasty goodies, huge posters, cards and even All-Star baseball jerseys complete with their names on the back just like MLB pros.
When you see a JISD School Board Member, let them know you appreciate what they do, the tough decisions they make and the dedication they show each day to help students be as successful as possible.
Distinguished Educators of Judson ISD
Judson ISD has some of the finest educators you could find anywhere and they deserved to be recognized. The JISD Human Resources Department recently hosted the Distinguished Educators Award Ceremony in the Commons at Judson Early College Academy. Each campus was represented by not only their Distinguished Educator, but also its administration. We know that these are not all of the best educators in the district, but are certainly representative of the quality of teachers that are supporting student success academically and socially for the whole person.
Out of that group, one Distinguished Educator of the Year was chosen. That was Wagner Math Teacher Paul Fenoglio. His introduction even included a personal recollection from a former student who related how Fenoglio never gives up on his students and is willing to go way past the extra mile to help kids whether they are in his class or not. Congratulations to Mr. Fenoglio and all the JISD Distinguished Educators.
They helped change the way society viewed individual rights and human respect. But it was not an easy journey. Some of the original Freedom Riders, both black and white…male and female, were the ones who to a stand to end segregation in interstate transportation across the south. In their historic road trip they challenged the use of racially separate restrooms, waiting rooms and lunch counters.
These history makers returned to Judson ISD for an inspiring and stimulating discussion of their individual experiences. They gathered at the Performing Arts Center and shared their journey about the social climate of the ‘50s and ‘60s and what happened to them as they took steps to live as equals to all other people. The event incorporated a type of question and answer panel with each Freedom Rider guest telling their story and allowing the high school students in the audience ask questions.
It’s important to remember history, so we don’t repeat it to others…regardless of what they look like or where they come from. These individuals are walking time capsules that remind us of the importance of human dignity.
Choosing a weight-loss program can be a difficult task. That’s why it is important that you talk with your doctor and agree on a plan that is best suited for you. Questions to ask your doctor include:
• Do I need to lose weight? Or, should I just avoid gaining more?
• Is my weight affecting my health?
• What should my weight-loss goal be?
• What kinds of physical activity are best for me?
• Could my excess weight be caused by a medical condition or by a medicine I am taking?
Kirby’s Freedom Parade Rolls On
The City of Kirby is the host of a growing MLK Parade each year. It winds down one of the main streets in town along Seguin Road and ends up at Friendship Park where everyone enjoys the community celebration with food and music.
Judson ISD Superintendent Dr. Carl Montoya was the parade’s Grand Marshal. JISD’s presence was also seen in the Wagner High School Band, the Wagner ROTC, Metzger Middle School Band and the Kirby Middle School Band members.
The Freedom Riders who made appearances at Judson IDS’s Performing Arts Center rode through the parade as well in a Greyhound bus on their way to the end of the route block party.
(Pictured - PE Dept Head-Theresa Urbanovsky; Cafeteria Manager-Cathy Estrada; Holly Stojanik-Fuel Up to Play 60 School Wellness Consultant; Principal Hernandez; PE Teachers Christina Holland & Nia Torru; Missing JISD Dietician - Carlie Rauschuber)
Grant Gives Judson Students Food Options
The Physical Education Department at Judson High School decided to apply for a special grant to give students some options when it came to getting a nutritious start to the day. And they got it! The Fuel Up To Play 60 Grant, worth $4,000, offers students a quicker way to get a hot breakfast without waiting in a line. The alternative will be a kiosk available to students that will provide food on the run so that more kids will be fueled up to function better as they hit the classroom.
The grant will also provide funds to the PE program to buy equipment for classes. The school PE Department, the district dietician and cafeteria director all want this to be just the beginning. They hope in the future to put in place more kiosks at the school so that more students can get fueled up before a day of learning…it makes a big difference.
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.