This was the first year for the district-wide Christmas Door Contest. The idea of Yvette Reyna, Director of Business Partnerships and JEF, she put the challenge out there to teachers and staff members that had a door they could decorate to send in their submission. In the end, more than 120 entries were considered !! Wow, what a response...there is a lot of Christmas spirit out there.
Our judges were made up of retirees from Randolph Area Retired Teachers, they chose our 1st, 2nd & 3rd place winners. Thank you for all of the beautiful, clever and funny contest entries, it really helped brighten the day for staff, students and families.
~ All decorated doors & hallways will be shared with the community on a slideshow at the Dec. 17, 2015 JISD School Board Meeting. ~
1st place: Kitty Hawk Middle School – Samantha Madrid
2nd place: Hartman Elementary – Staci Vargo
3rd place: Woodlake Elementary – Pamela Arredondo
December 17, 7pm
at ERC Board Room
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Google Expeditions Hits Spring Meadows
The Google Expeditions Pioneer Program visited select schools recently and two of their stops were at Rolling Meadows and Spring Meadows Elementary Schools. The program brings engaging 3-D virtual reality journeys to students...journeys that take them to places like the Great Coral Reef, the moon and ancient Roman ruins. It happens through simple but realistic cardboard virtual reality viewers. It brings a new meaning to a school field trip. We appreciate Google for stopping by and fanning the flames of curiosity and adventure for our kids.
Thunderbird Crew Members Visit With Students
Air Force Thunderbird crew members took a break from their busy training and traveling schedule to drop by their alma mater...Judson High School. Their visit was in conjunction with the Thunderbird show back in November, but they felt it was important to go back to their roots. Both Major Christopher Scheibler and Staff Sergeant Matthew Gips spoke to about 30 members of the JROTC program about what their experience has been and how they got there. Both had some great advice for the students...giving 100 percent of themselves if they really want something...go for it with everything they have. They also talked about some great teachers who pushed them to help them realize abilities they didn't know they had. Both men not only are Judson graduates, but they also went to Olympia Hills and Kitty Hawk Middle School. Scheibler is a flight surgeon for the Thunderbirds while Gips is in the administration end, but also assists in recording the shows for video promotional material. JISD is appreciative of their visit.
Health Benefits of Sleep
Sleep helps keep your mind and body healthy. Although personal needs vary, on average, most adults need 7 to 8 hours of good quality sleep on a regular schedule each night.
Getting enough sleep has many health benefits such as:
• Get sick less often
• Stay at a healthy weight
• Lower your risk of high blood pressure and diabetes
• Reduce stress and improve your mood
• Maintains levels of reasoning, problem-solving and productivity
Sleep can be disrupted by many things such as caffeine and certain medications and exposure to blue light emitted by electronics from TVs, cell phones, and laptops or tablets may be especially so. To find out whether you're sleep deficient, try keeping a diary for a few weeks. Every day, write down how many hours you slept the night before, how feel in the morning, and how sleepy you feel throughout day. Share the information with your physician.
Judson ISD Meets Texas School Safety Bar
Keeping campuses as safe as possible is not only a priority of Judson ISD, but it's an ongoing process as times change. The Texas School Safety Center at San Marcos (Texas State University) has awarded JISD a school safety certificate. That means that the district has met all criteria determined by the TSSC at Texas State University.
Thanksgiving Feast and District Showcase 2015
It was a feast of all kinds for the Judson ISD community. There was the wonderful food that included turkey and dressing and even chicken nuggets for those with less traditional tastes...all served by some generous volunteers. But there was also a musical feast provided by some very talented orchestra students. Along with that, the halls at Wagner High School were lined with tables where one could ask questions about individual campuses and their programs, transportation, employment and even couseling. Here are some pictures and a video of this wonderful event that is now 7 years old. View Photos & Video
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.