Bonnie Anderson has been a staple at Coronado Village Elementary School for years building a love for music among students of all grade levels. Her efforts have always been rewarded by the enthusiasm and dedication her students show. Now she's been recognized for her dedication by the Grammy Foundation as one of the top 10 Music Educators in the country. The Grammy entourage was led by Grammy Foundation Vice President Scott Goldman and Theresa Jenkins. Mr. Goldman presented Bonnie a check for $1,000 and the school with another check for $1,000. Students from all grades squeezed into the cafeteria for the presentation and everyone showed their love and appreciation to Bonnie. Congratulations to Bonnie with many more songs to play.
Representatives from RBFCU surprised Matthew Hill, a junior at Judson High School with a $750 scholarship for his hard-work, commitment and dedication to the Youth Advisory Council. Randolph-Brooks Federal Credit Union created the Youth Advisory Council to fulfill the worldwide credit union philosophy of "People Helping People." The Council provides youth an opportunity to learn how a financial institution operates, participate in community service activities and a chance to earn educational scholarships. Council members are expected to attend monthly meetings to learn valuable personal financial education, training on life and career skills, and volunteer in RBFCU sponsored community service events. Scholarships are awarded based on attendance at meetings and volunteer hours. Congratulations to Matthew Hill for winning this year's scholarship.
Both Judson and Wagner High Schools have a great tradition in the ROTC programs. They are active and win numerous awards each year. Both ROTC programs participated in the Wing Parade at Rutledge Stadium and later the awards ceremony at the Performing Arts Center. Close to 40 awards and scholarships were formally presented during the gathering at the PAC. We congratulate all these students on a successful year and continued support in years to come.
Recently Crestview Elementary School was chosen as an example of what a Title I school can do academically. In coordination with the Texas Education Agency, Region 10 came out to the Crestview campus to conduct interviews and shoot video of what this Title I school was doing to be recognized by TEA for High Performance and High Progress. All Title I schools that were recognized in this way were invited to apply for the opportunity to be featured as a Title I Focus School. Crestview was chosen to demonstrate how best to Increase Learning Time and how to foster a positive School Climate/Culture. A big thank you to Ms. Toni Garrett and Mr. Mark McGahan who came out for the video shoot. The video will be featured on TEA's website...we'll let you know when it's posted so everyone can see it.
With Fiesta going on, there are all sorts of events cooking and JISD's Mariachi Juvenil has been called on to perform at a number of them. The Ford Mariachi Festival is a big one...lasting a whole week. Mariachi Juvenil was selected to perform for the opening ceremonies along with Grammy Award winning Campanas de America, Tejano start and Grammy winner Little Joe and La Voz Kids singing sensation Isabel Sanchez. Our students did a fantastic job performing. After that performance, they continued their travels by hopping on a river barge to play to folks along the Riverwalk. JISD's Mariachi Juvenil Sinfonico was started in 2010 and currently includes students from Judson Middle School, Judson High School, Judson Early College Academy and Kitty Hawk Middle School. Their instructor is Amy Rabago, the orchestra director at Judson Middle School.
Mariachi Juvenil with Juan Ortiz of Campanas de America
With Mr. Ortiz, Little Joe and La Voz Kids contestant Isabel Sanchez
On the Riverwalk