Every Christmas it seems there is always someone who is really hard when it comes to finding a good holiday gift for them. They either have everything they need or they just didn’t give you a very good list to work with. Jingle Bell Jamboree to the rescue!
This event is a real blessing in a lot of ways. First, there are tons of gifts and gift ideas for shoppers and the vendors are all right there to ask questions and allowing you to buy on the spot…the gifts are unique and there’s no waiting for delivery, you walk out with your item in hand. Typically, this event draws roughly 40 vendors, so variety is also a plus. The best part is that this shoppers’ paradise benefits the Judson Education Foundation for student scholarships as well as teacher and principal grants.
Along with the shopping, there are a number of school choirs that perform throughout the day to dial up the Christmas spirit while you search for the perfect gift. It’s this Saturday, December 3, 2016 at Judson High School from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Ho-Ho Hoooo!
December 3, 10 am - 4 pm
Jingle Bell Jamboree
December 15, 7 pm
ERC Board Room
December 22 - January 3
January 27, 6 pm - 9 pm
Hilton Garden Inn
A Feast Of Thankfulness
We all have our ways of being thankful, don't we? There are so many things by which we are blessed that it's hard to count them all, but it's a good practice. Judson ISD knows that it has a wonderful partner in the communities it serves.
Each year in a spirit of thankfulness, the district hosts a Thanksgiving Community Feast that also showcases the campuses that serve our students and even features many of the services that are available for kids and parents. But of course, the favorites of the event every year are the food and the wonderful music that is performed by the student orchestras. Some 2,000 people from the Judson community came together to enjoy the festive music, the turkey and dressing and all the traditional sides…but if you’re not crazy about turkey, there was another bird that was available that ended up being pretty popular too…chicken nuggets. And don’t think it was just the kids eating them.
Here is a look back at this year’s wonderful event…it’s a way of giving back and saying thank you to working together for the good of our students and our community.
The Agriscience students at Judson High School became the teachers recently when they were paid a visit by kids from Crestview Elementary School. Many of these younger kids have never been around real farm animals before. Oh, they may have read about them in a book or seen pictures, but a living, breathing cow or goat? It was awesome to hear what cattle really sound like or even what they smell like.
It may not be learning something from a book, but class was definitely in session here. The Ag students were so good with the kids and were great to answer questions too. Not only was this a great learning experience, but this event probably recruited a good number of future Ag students in the coming years.
When it comes to our military veterans, they know what it’s like to serve. Their families do too. Some 10 percent of Judson ISD’s enrollment is military connected, so this day means a lot to everyone. Veterans Memorial High School had a special ceremony on November 10th since the district closed its offices and campuses on the actual day.
Students, faculty, administrators, board members and community members gathered at the school gym for the ceremony that was hosted by Principal Christina Clark and featured the VMHS Patriot Choir led by Director Leticia Rodriguez. It was history, the first ever Veterans Memorial High School Veterans Day Ceremony. A time to pause and give thanks with a full heart in recognition of those who have served our country in so many ways.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke, diabetes, and cancer, account for some of the most common health problems in the United States. Eating healthy foods, getting enough exercise, and refraining from tobacco use can help reduce risk.
Student musicians are some of the hardest working people you’ll ever know. Why is that? Well, because aside from the classes and homework they must do, they find time for what seems to be an endless number of rehearsals, concerts, individual practice sessions and possibly even private lessons to master their instrument. Then you put that with marching at the same time for the high school students and that’s work!
The Judson ISD Band Extravaganza was hosted again this hear at Rutledge Stadium with all the high school marching bands, including Veterans Memorial’s Mighty Patriot Band for the first time, and all the middle schools showing off all the work they’ve done. The result was a musical masterpiece of effort and precision. The fine arts are alive and well in JISD and these students are living proof!
Judson ISD has really emphasized over the years of preparing students to effectively make that choice…for college or career. And then, where do they want to go after they make that first choice? The Judson ISD Postsecondary Fair gives students and family members a cross-section of what the possibilities are for the future. More than 100 representatives from colleges and universities from across the nation, the military and even local businesses were there to share their options.
There was also great information about recruiting, visiting colleges and the benefits to serving in the armed services or jumping right into the business world. The Judson ISD Guidance and Counseling Department puts this together and works hard to provide a good sampling of what a student can do after graduation. Giving students and their families the information they need to make big decisions is the best tool for shaping their future.
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.