Judson ISD

Entries for month: November 2015

Spring Meadows ES Asks, What Career Fits You?

Getting kids to begin thinking about what they would want to do when they grow up is a healthy exercise that's been going on for a long time.  That time honored step for our students was carried out at Spring Meadows Elementary school during their Career Day.  It was a big one too.  Presenters included parents, community members and even some students.  They included JHS Radiology, Agriculture and Animation students, a pilot, various chefs and restaurant owners. There were also a number of local businesses that were represented too like Home Depot, Yellow Cab, JISD and San Antonio Police Departments, Olive Garden, and Firstmark Credit Union.  The event also included an entrepreneur, a Coast Guard member, a pharmacist and an engineer.  Thank you to everyone for making this possible. 







Kitty Hawk Hosts Workshop For Student Planning

Author and Speaker Mychal Wynn talks a lot about the importance about identifying one's gifts, talents and passions...he calls it developing your "hook."  That "hook" is how each student maps out their pathway to college and/or their career.  It takes some self examination and thought, but, hey...it's your future, right?  He emphasized that at Kitty Hawk Middle School recently speaking to 8th grade students about turning those abilities and passions into a doorway to successfully paying for all or part of their college expenses or finding a high paying career that they can jump into right away.  We appreciate Mr. Wynn calling these students attention to thinking, comtemplating and planning their future now.



Board Recognitions 11-19-15

These are the individuals who were part of the 11-19-15 Board Recognitions:

Elizabeth Diaz…is a 5th grader from Ms. Stowell’s class at Spring Meadows Elementary. Elizabeth has been involved in patrols, choir, and art. Elizabeth loves reading, animals and helping people. 

Isaac Marrero from Ms. Lewis’ class at Spring Meadows Elementary.  He is quite a leader, always looking out for his classmates and ways that he can be helpful. Isaac enjoys sports – especially basketball, and is involved in the afterschool basketball club. 

The student representatives attending this meeting:

1.    Our first board recognition comes from Coronado Village Elementary.  After the Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation received some 4,500 initial nominations from across the U.S. for their Music Educator Award, the list of 25 semi-finalists has been selected and Coronado Village Elementary School Music Teacher Bonnie Anderson is on that list.    

The ten finalists will be announced in December and will all receive a $1,000 honorarium complete with matching grants for the schools.  The big winner will attend the Grammy Awards ceremony and receive a $10,000 prize. 
Congratulations to Ms. Anderson for getting this far and good luck the rest of the way through the selection process.

2.    Our next recognition comes from the JISD Energy Management Department.  Mr. David Oehler and The Energy Management department are being presented with rebate checks from Mr. Joe Jones from CPS Energy. 
This first check consists of a combined total of funds back to the district for six energy saving solutions the district completed.

Total check: $160,513.00 
Copperfield Indoor Lighting
Copperfield Outdoor Lighting
Copperfield Chillers
Park Village Chiller
PAC band practice Lighting
Kitty Hawk Locker Room Lighting 

The second check is for their participation in the CPS Energy’s Demand Response Program. The Demand Response Program is when the utility Grid is at a peak usage and CPS requests their customers to reduce usage where they can. 

This year the district saw a 45% cut from last year’s use. So CPS is presenting a total Demand Response check amount of $203,397.00. 

3.    Our next recognition comes from Crestview Elementary School.  Reward Schools are identified from accountability test results in two categories…High Performance and High Progress.  Crestview Elementary received both distinctions for their 2014-2015 academic achievement. Crestview Principal Yvonne Munoz is here to represent her staff and students and to receive a recognition of achievement …Congratulations!

4.    Our next recognition comes from the Transportation Department. Mr. Blas Rodriguez, Jr has been recognized by the Texas Association for Pupil Transportation and awarded the designation of certified Pupil Transportation Trainer. (Mr. Davenport – Director of Transportation – is going to present a framed certificate).  Mr. Rodriguez had to complete a specific number of classes presented by TAPT and complete the “Train the Trainer” program. Mr. Rodriguez is the first individual in the Judson ISD Transportation Department to be awarded this certification.    Congratulations.

5. United Way Champions



6.    This recognition is not really a recognition, but is a show and tell item.  We have Judson High School student Jerry Villarreal who is a veteran marching band member to show you what a member of the future Patriot Band program might look like.  Although this is connected with an agenda item further down the list, we wanted to be considerate of the student’s time tonight and show it to you now.  This is the prototype uniform created by Fred J. Miller, Inc….the same company that designed band uniforms for Judson and Wagner.  The design was a product of the combined efforts of Mr. Keith Witt and Christina Clark and is based on the color palette chosen by the school board.  This is being submitted for board approval so the uniforms can be ready for the beginning of the 2016-2017 school year. 


JISD Job Fair: Opportunity Awaits

If you're looking to make a difference in the lives of JISD students, then your chance is coming up soon.  The Judson ISD Human Resources Department is hosting a job fair Saturday, December 5th from 8:30 am to 3:00 pm at Wagner High School for a wide range of positions.  Positions that are to be filled include Child Nutrition workers, paraprofessionals, clerical, maintenance, after school child care, bus drivers, bus monitors, custodians and even teachers.

These are real opportunities for which you may be asked to interview on the spot, so bring a resume if you have one and be ready to tell our HR staff what you can bring to the table and they can tell you all about the job. If you have questions, just call Judson ISD Human Resources at 945-5101.

Judson And SV...This Time It's The Playoffs!

Judson's roll continues step by step in the high school football playoffs.  The Rockets can't afford to take Smithson Valley lightly just because they beat them in the regular season. Everyone is dialing it up in the playoffs.  This time the matchup will take place at a neutral location...Alamo Stadium.  Let's pack the seats at the "Rockpile" and help our kids take it to the next level!

Note:  Judson is Home Team....SV is Visiting Team