The Arts are such an important part of a total education and we have teachers that are going the extra mile to make sure it happens. Each year VH-1 Save The Music Foundation considers competitive submissions for its Keys+Kids Grant. This year they awarded just 18 grants across the country at $10,000 a piece. Wagner High School's Choir Department won one of those grants...the only one in Texas. That grant provided a Casio Celviano Grand HYbrid GP-500 piano and an equipment package that allows music and tracks to recorded and used for a number of different rehearsal purposes.
Wagner Choir Director Antionette Harris applied for the grant and was more than happy to demonstrate how the piano worked and could be employed to student musical rehearsals. We congratulate her and all the choir students that will benefit from this great tool for instruction, practices and even performances. This piano grant was made possible by generous donors like Avnet, Inc. who have been consistently partnering with the VH-1 Save The Music Foundation for years. Avnet is a Fortune 500 company with offices in San Antonio.
Veterans Memorial High School has been open to students since the first day of school, but September 9th was a special day of formally cutting the ribbon on the school. Principal Christina Clark hosted the ceremony that brought in the student body to the gymnasium complete with the Patriot Band and Choir. Brigadier General James P. Wong (Commanding General, ARNG, Army South) Fort Sam Houston, JISD Superintendent Dr. Carl A. Montoya and JISD Board President Steve Salyer addressed the students. Veterans Memorial High School opened this year to approximately 600 freshmen and sophomore students and will be expanding in the coming years to include juniors and seniors. We are proud of Patriot Nation and look for great things from these students and staff over the years. What a tremendous start!
Virtual Reality Technology can be useful in a lot of ways...especially when it comes to instruction. zSpace is a virtual reality program that brought its mobile lab to the JSTEM Academy. It is an all-in-one computer application featuring a unique stylus that adds a fantastic new element to three dimensional learning. It allows students to interact with the object they are studying. You can take a beating heart, for instance, right out of human model and turn it around, bring it up close and even get an inside look at each chamber, artery and valve that makes it go. This also allows for student collaboration while they study and inspect an object. If a student is working on a project that calls for a specific hands-on assignment or mission on an object and it doesn't go well the first time, they can do it again and correct their mistakes. This visit showed students and teachers how STEM can be taken to a different level of virtual reality. A big thanks to JSTEM Principal Dawn Worley and K-12 STEM Specialist Deborah Rice for putting this demonstration together for the students.
Making fruits and vegetables the focal point of every meal will help you meet the recommended amount each day. Fruits and veggies add color, flavor and texture plus vitamins, minerals and fiber to your plate. Make 2 cups of fruit and 2 ½ cups of vegetables your daily goal. Experiment with different types, including fresh, frozen and canned.
Super Family Action Day at Rutledge
Super Family Action Day was an opportunity for JISD families to get up to date on immunizations, flu shots and a whole list of health screenings. The free event was hosted by JISD at Rutledge Stadium on September 19, 2016 and along with the health services, there were a number of local vendors that provided a number of services and even free items and door prizes. We want to thank everyone who set this event up and worked it to provide a service to the community.
The Judson ISD Hall of Honor is a distinct recognition. It honors both individuals who have distinguished themselves athletically while a student in JISD and beyond or through their professional or personal contributions. That's why nominations are open for the JISD Athletic and Civic Hall of Honor Class of 2017. Deadline is end of the business day Friday, October 7, 2016. For a look at the criteria so you can make your nomination please visit the link below.
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.