Graduation Streaming…It’s Like Being There, Almost
Graduation is a big deal…it’s a milestone…an accomplishment and that event is something that family members should be able to witness. While that’s true, there are still some that can’t make it to the actual event because of time or distance factors, sickness or even military deployment. Don’t let them feel left out…they can still experience it…virtually. For the sixth year Judson ISD is offering live streaming of our high school graduations. It’s live and in high definition for your friends and loved ones to experience every speech, performance and graduate walking the stage. But make sure they know about it. Forward this edition of the Judson Post with the live stream link below.
Judson ISD Superintendent Dr. Carl Montoya returns for one last Montoya Moment. He talks about the wonderful 50 year celebration at Hopkins Elementary, touches on a few JEF surprise events that brought smiles to teachers and students and he has some parting thoughts about his time here at Judson ISD as he heads to the TRS corral.
The Spirit of Judson awards are presented to those employees who demonstrate an attitude and work ethic that breeds excellence. That can be at any position of employment within the district. Judson Early College Academy was the site for this ceremony that highlighted exceptional employees from each campus that were selected by their peers and administrators that work with them each day. It’s a great honor and a tremendous way of acknowledging those who are prime examples of consistency in quality on our campuses with our students.
Judson ISD’s Artistic Feast For The Eyes and Ears
Each year the Judson ISD Art Extravaganza is an awesome display of the visual and performing art talent we have right here in our midst. Hundreds of exhibits of just about any kind of visual art medium you can imagine were on display. The show is hosted each year at Rolling Oaks Mall. The walkways were lined with work from just about every campus…elementary, middle school and high school. Along with the artistic pieces were the musical and dance demonstrations that drew in the fluid beauty of live performances. JISD Director of Fine Arts orchestrates this huge event every year and again pieced together an incredible show.
The arrival of summer means days at the pool, family picnics, baseball and other outdoor activities. Here are some tips to keep your family physically active in the warmer months:
• Hydrate! Drink plenty of water before, during and after physical activity to avoid dehydration. For low-calorie flavor, add slices of your favorite fruits such as melon, oranges, berries or even cucumber or mint to a pitcher of water and refrigerate for two hours.
• Protect your family from the sun: wear wide-brimmed hats, always apply water-resistant sunscreen with at least SPF 15 and reapply sunscreen every 2 hours.
• Heat safety: avoid intense activities between noon and 3 p.m. when the sun is at its strongest.
• Dress for the heat: wear lightweight, light colored clothing, choose light, breathable fabrics such as cotton, and wear sunglasses to protect your eyes.
• Head indoors: when the heat gets unbearable, try indoor activities at your local YMCA or rec center like basketball, swimming, yoga or racquetball.
Campus Connection: What’s Happening At Your Campus?
Ever had something going on at your campus that you thought was really cool, unique or just incredibly effective and few people really knew about it? That’s what Campus Connection is all about. It’s your campus’ chance in the spotlight…show and tell so to speak. Our very first one is from Copperfield Elementary where they’ve developed a special student to student partnership. Take a look as Kayone Hankins Carter shows you what it’s all about.
Remember back when you were first starting out as a teacher? Or when you first stepped on to a campus as the principal? It was no doubt, at the very least, a little scary and probably pretty overwhelming. The learning curve is steep and people expect a lot, even if you’re not very experienced. Judson ISD wanted to acknowledge those who have taken on those challenges fairly recently and have excelled. The Novice Teachers and Principals of the Year are those who have three or less years of experience and have shown to be effective in what they do and who are great examples to others. Congratulations to these employees and we want to support you in always doing your best for our kids.
There are so many employees that have given many productive years of excellence to Judson ISD. Whether they be teachers, custodians, clerks, administrators or a superintendent, retirement is a very big point in life. JISD hosted a special banquet for all those that are retiring at the end of this school year at the Olympia Hills Club House. More than 50 employees are retiring at year’s end and they have filled important roles in the mission of education our students. We thank them for their service and hope they will enjoy and embrace this new chapter in their lives.
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.