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March 2018

New Schools, New Names

             ESCONDIDO ELEMENTARY                               WORTHAM OAKS ELEMENTARY

The 2016 Bond work is in full swing and among some of the biggest projects going on are the two new elementary schools that are under construction. Well they now have names. In its March 2018 regular meeting, the JISD Board of Trustees decided to name the campuses after the neighborhood developments where they are located. The northern end campus will be called Wortham Oaks Elementary School and on the south end will be Escondido Elementary School. Escondido is scheduled to open in August of 2018 while Wortham Oaks will open the following January of 2019. 
April 6,  8 am - 2 pm
Principal For A Day
JECA Commons - Lunch

April 7,  9 am - 4 pm
STEM Day
Wagner HS

April 19,  7 pm
Board Meeting
ERC

April 23,  6 - 8 pm
Employee Service Awards
JECA

March Montoya Moment

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He’s back with his take on school safety and some “Senior Fun.”  It’s JISD Superintendent Dr. Carl A. Montoya with a quick look at what’s happening around the district.

Judson Post: An Award Winning Publication

The JISD Communications department is proud to tell you that this publication you are reading, The Judson Post, has received a prestigious award of “Best of Category” for E-Newsletter, Internal  Publications from the Texas School Public Relations Association (TSPRA). The monthly publication was selected at the group’s 2018 meeting in Frisco, Texas. The Judson Post is a subscription publication, but it is free and is also available on the district website under publications. Out of more than 1,331 entries from school districts and foundations across the state, the Communications Department also picked up 9 Gold, 3 Silver and 2 Bronze selections for work in photography, video and advertisement projects. The department is comprised of Director Steve Linscomb, Multimedia Specialist David Rhoads and Communication Specialist Lexie Greathouse.

JISD EXCEL Teacher Is Truly An International Success

She has taught all around the world…places like Canada, Indonesia, Haiti, South Korea and of course the United States.  And she teachers right here at JISD. Anne-Marie Hilton recently received the KENS 5 EXCEL Award for Teaching Excellence for Judson ISD.  The station came out in March to interview her and some of her students about her work as a French teacher at Wagner High School. The segment can be seen by CLICKING HERE.

Ms. Hilton has really packed a lot in to her 18 years of teaching. She has taught Social Studies, AP classes and French here in the U.S., but she spent time also on the island country of Haiti. There she worked with elementary and middle school students, specifically girls, to finish all the way through high school. She says less than 10% of girls there get a diploma. She has also taught and written curriculum in South Korea, Quebec, Canada, and Indonesia. To her, students give her so much value to her way of living.  “Every student has an impact on me,” she says. “They remind me every day to laugh, sing, play, learn, work hard, and sometimes cry.”
As a French teacher at Wagner, she doesn’t just teach a language, she has become part of what engages students. She’s active each year with Prom and Graduation and she coordinates the exchange program for French students to come and stay here with our families to get a taste of life here in San Antonio and JISD. She’s a big believer in creating global citizens, but she has come to love this country so much that in May of 2017 she became a naturalized citizen of the United States. We congratulate here on this award and wish here the best in the selection of the overall EXCEL winner coming up later this spring.

HEB’s Excellence In Education Award

Congratulations to Coronado Village Elementary School Music Teacher Bonnie Anderson who has been selected as a finalist for the HEB Excellence in Education Award.  As a finalist, she received a check for $1,000 as did her school and she is now eligible to be selected as the overall winner in her category. Four other teachers across the state are in the running and the decision will be made in May in Houston. More than 1,300 applications came in from educators and administrators from across the state and Bonnie has made it to the final round. We wish her the best of luck and are proud of her work here at Judson ISD. 

Health Benefits of Avocados


The avocado is a rather unique type of fruit. Avocados contain “good” fats such as monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. When these fats are eaten in moderation they can help lower blood cholesterol and triglycerides, which can help reduce the risk of heart disease.

Avocados are a good source of fiber, plus they are also a nutrient-dense source of potassium; vitamins C, K, E and B6; lutein; magnesium; and folate.

Health benefits of avocados:

•    Nutritious and contain a variety of nutrients, including 20 different vitamins and minerals.
•    Do not contain any cholesterol or sodium, and are low in saturated fat.
•    High in potassium, which support healthy blood pressure levels.
•    High in fiber, which can have benefits for weight loss and metabolic health.
•    High in antioxidants, including Lutein and Zeaxanthin. These nutrients are important for eye   
     health. 

Got Code?  These Kids Do!

The STEM program in Judson ISD continues to get stronger and with that, it’s drawing more and more attention from the technology industry. One of the longtime leaders in the field, Texas Instruments, has noticed and came out in February to conduct a special event called “Coding Day” at the JSTEM Academy. Coding is the language of computers and robotics and the more literate students can get in this skill, the more options they have in our high-tech driven world.

As part of their instruction, T.I. brought out their brand new instructional robot called Rover. It was the tool used to show students how coding techniques can be used to program something like their calculators to control a robot. Our JISD students were among some of the first in the country to learn how it’s done. It shows how the tech industry is noticing our students and what they are capable of doing.

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 $8.  Proceeds benefit the Judson Education Foundation so show your medals this Fiesta season!

Prom Night Revisited, Senior Citizens Invade JECA


Those who attended this prom may be a bit older than their high school counterparts, but many of them likely still had some of the same feelings from all those decades ago when they went to their first prom. Judson ISD hosted the Senior Citizen Prom at the Judson Early College Academy for the third year and it was a shoe tapping… boot-scootin’…groovy success! 
   
There was plenty of classic rock-n-roll, slow easy listening and even Tejano music that got the blood and the feet moving. Some wonderful student volunteers from Veterans Memorial High School’s Cosmetology program were on hand to help some of the ladies touch up their nails, hair and makeup. Once they had that squared away, they took their prom pictures and met up with the gentlemen who were escorting them or meeting up with others who showed up stag.
 
The event also included some nice prizes throughout the evening and it was all topped off by the crowning of the Prom King and Queen. This year it went to Rodolpho and Carmen Perez from Converse. They were great dancers and thoroughly enjoyed themselves. A big thank you to our sponsors who helped us tremendously.

Hunger Takes No Spring Break: JISD Students Volunteer To Help Others

Many students use their spring break for a much needed diversion away from books, tests and just the routine.  But a number of students from Judson ISD spent their break time helping others. The Blessed Angels Community Center Tricentennial Spring Break Food Giveaway saw almost 30 students from our district handing out fresh vegetables to more than 700 families at Alamo United Methodist Church. The students that participated were from the Wagner Tennis and Football teams and the Judson High School Football team.

It was a way of keeping people from going hungry during a time that schools and their kitchens are closed. But it was not just for kids in the school lunch program. Also benefitting were grandparents raising children, senior citizens and veterans.  At a time when students are typically heading to the beach or spring skiing, these folks used their outward thinking to help others…and we thank them. 
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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