Dr. Carl A. Montoya, Judson ISD Superintendent of Schools is back with a new message to start off the new year. He touches on Board Appreciation Month, the JISD Hall of Honor and some of the latest STEM successes!
February 6, 6 - 8 pm
Bonds & Facilities Meeting
Kirby MS Cafeteria
February 8, 6 - 7:30 pm
College Readiness Extravaganza
Judson High School
February 15, 7 pm
JSTEM Students Rethink “Old”
You may have heard the expression about aging that 60 is now the new 30. Well teams from JSTEM Academy were asked to identify an age related challenge in today’s urban environment and to find two innovative solutions that would allow senior citizens to remain active and contributing members of society. The teams researched city wide aging issues unique to San Antonio and authored an essay with their discoveries and solutions. They coupled that with a tabletop scale model of the city built out of recycled materials costing no more than $100. The top three teams from the school event went to the regional competition in Houston at NASA to see how they stacked up. All three teams did really well and one came away with a top award.
The three teams were: Future Thinkers: Destinee Turner, Fidel Cortez, Calob Allen Ercanbrack and Christopher Fabela. Increditopia: Ana Valdez, Jania Whittington, Christopher Cruse, and Leilani Cheverez. Utopian City: Courtney Toppen, Trinity Thompson, Gabriela Chapa, and Joshua Cash Mosmeyer
Utopian City walked away with the People’s Choice Award that was selected by all the students attending the event. Congratulations to all of them and the two 8th grade teachers Melissa Martinez and Angel Watkins who accompanied and sponsored them.
January has been Board Appreciation Month and campuses all across the district have been showing their appreciation for the work the board has been doing to benefit our students. Their impact has been immense on such accomplishments such as recent bond elections, new school construction as well as the upgrading of existing campuses and finding a way to continue to offer students a cost effective way to earn college credit while still in high school. So Hats-Off to the Judson ISD Board of Trustees!
The 2018 Judson Education Foundation hosted its annual Gala at the Hilton Garden Inn in Live Oak and once again it was a wonderful evening with some very generous sponsors who made it very successful. This year took on a different theme…it was a Black Tie Gala and the ballroom and the guests were dressed to the hilt for this one. Take a look at the impact this and other JEF events have made on our student and teacher success.
Hall Of Honor Winners
One of the big moments of the Judson Education Foundation each year is the formal induction of the members of the Judson ISD Hall of Honor. There are two ways a person can enter the Hall…as a member of the Civic Hall or Athletic Hall. In 2018 we saw two inductees each go into both of these honored groups.
Going into the Civic Hall of Honor in 2018 were:
Sonny Peter Merrell: A volunteer at heart in many ways, Mr. Merrell has seemingly served on just about every committee or organization in the district that needed a volunteer or member to serve. From Site Based Committees to Campus Improvement and Bond Oversight committees he has done it. He has also been a VITAS Hospice Volunteer of the Year multiple times. He also serves as the point man for his church’s food pantry serving more than 400 families a month. He’s retired U.S. Army and still active in JISD!
Police Chief Teresa Ramon: She has made it a life-long mission to keep students and staff at our campuses safe. She is respected across the state and the nation as a knowledgeable expert in the field of law enforcement especially as it relates to schools. She has been a recipient of the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Texas School Districts Police Chiefs Association as well as an Outstanding Hispanic Women Role Model selection and Governor Rick Perry awarded her the “Yellow Rose of Texas” for her impact on her local community. She was a 2007 JISD Employee of the Year winner and leads the “Canned Yam Drive” each year that benefits the Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner.
Going Into the Athletic Hall of Honor in 2018 were:
Coach Frank Arnold: His coaching career spanned 20 years…the last 4 of those in Judson ISD. He built a record at Judson High School of 42-9 and a State UIL 5-A State Football Championship in 1983. Shortly afterwards, he took the helm as the district’s Athletic Director for the next 21 years serving with distinction. He’s been inducted into the Texas High School Coaches Association’s Hall of Fame as a coach and as an athletic director and into the San Antonio Sports Foundation’s Hall of Fame. Most recently he was selected as a member of the Texas High School Football Hall of Fame. The district’s athletic complex adjacent to Rutledge Stadium is named after him.
Coach Pete Gibbens: His coaching career spanned more than 2 decades…all at Judson High School. After playing his college football at Southwest Texas State University he started his time with Judson ISD at Kirby Middle School, but soon afterwards went to Judson High School where he spent the next 23 years as Assistant Coach and Defensive Coordinator. He played a critical part in forging a formidable defensive system under coaches Arnold, Rutledge and Rackley that won championships. In fact, he is the only coach in Judson history to be a part of all six State Championship teams. He became Head Football Coach at Wagner in 2005 when it opened where he took them to the playoffs 6 of his 8 years there. He retired in 2013.
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Freedom Riders: A Living History Lesson
They have come a long way from the days of civil rights marches, sit-ins and civil disobedience demonstrations of the 1960s, but they are still around and willing to tell their story. Each year, the Judson ISD hosts a visit from some of the original Freedom Riders who made history just by riding a bus. Panelists MacArthur Cotton, Fred Anderson, Kredelle Petway, and Barbara Bowie gathered at the JISD Performing Arts Center for a roundtable discussion and question and answer forum. The original Freedom Ride in 1961 took off from Washington D.C. and was scheduled to arrive in New Orleans, Louisiana. It galvanized federal law that was deemed constitutional by the Supreme Court in 1960, but was not really enforced. These individuals boarded interstate buses and rode through a number of southern states that had ignored the federal rulings. These historic passengers told their unique experiences of the danger, tension and deliverance from those difficult and uncertain times.
The Freedom Rider guests gave their take on what happened to them and what they saw. After each panelist spoke and responded to questions from moderator Lisa Jackson, the floor was opened up for questions from history and social studies students from the JISD high schools. To many of these students, it’s hard to imagine some of the dangerous and difficult circumstances people of color endured just because of their race during this time period. Events like this remind all of us that knowing history helps to prevent the mistakes of the past.
JEF & JISD Fiesta Medal Sale
Judson Education Foundation and the Judson ISD have again cooperated in offering a medal for sale in preparation for this spring’s Fiesta season. This year’s medal is the result of a student art contest among secondary students and Judson High School’s Chloe Bayani was the bigger winner. The medals are for sale now for $7.00, but after January 31st the price goes up to $8.00. Proceeds benefit the Judson Education Foundation so show your medals this Fiesta season!
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.