Judson ISD

Entries for month: July 2017

Fuel Up Grant Paying Off

Back in January 2017 JHS received the Fuel Up to Play 60 grant

You may remember last January a grant that Judson High School received called "Fuel Up to Play 60." It was a $4,000 award that was geared toward getting students to eat better...especially at the beginning of the school day.  Judson Coach Theresa Urbanovsky worked with District Dietician Carlie Rauschuber and Judson High School Cafeteria Manger Cathy Estrada in drawing up a plan to get more students to eat breakfast.  A pivotal part of that plan was to set up a new hot breakfast kiosk located at a part of the campus that sees a lot of student foot traffic in the morning.  

Well the word got out.  According to the campus cafeteria numbers, there was between a 6.5% to 8% increase in students grabbing a hot breakfast in the morning before class. Campus staff and everyone involved in writing the grant and the breakfast plan were so excited about the results.  They hope this is the beginning of helping other students to get that important meal that starts off the day...it can be critical in how they perform in class.  That vision is to locate another grant funded kiosk in the future in another popular part of the campus during those morning hours. 

Wagner Drumline Keeps Beat At Percussion Event

The Wagner High School Drumline recently "rocked the house" at the Drum Corps International's regional event at the Alamodome.  The Wagner percussionists, along with their friends with Let Them Drum got to show their talents in the "Drumline Battle."  This pitted them against Arsenal Drum and Bugle Corps in a friendly competition of rhythm.  

The Wagner students got to kick off the big day with their Kick It In Leadership program, providing some great entertainment to get the event started off in the right way.  A big thanks to John DeNovi at Drum Corps International, Eric Hjellming at Sound Sport/Drumline Battle and Ralph Hicks at Let them Drum for providing this great opportunity. 


Summer Auxiliary Job Fair

With the 2017-2018 school year approaching soon, the JISD Human Resource Department is already preparing with a summer job fair Tuesday, July 25th.  The 2017 JISD Summer Auxiliary Job Fair is being hosted at Judson High School at 9142 FM 78 in Converse from 12:00 pm to 5:00 pm.  Bring your resume with your current contact information and two supervisor references.  Interviews will be held on the spot! Good luck!

Kitty Hawk SkillsUSA Team Takes National Gold, Again!

For the second year in a row, the Kitty Hawk Middle School SkillsUSA Opening and Closing Team took GOLD at the National Conference in Louisville, Kentucky.  The Opening and Closing competition evaluates a team's understanding of the symbolic representation of the colors and assembled parts of the SkillsUSA emblem.  This is the result of hard work and great leadership from instructor Mr. Julian Acevedo...all were part of great chemistry and cooperation to bring the title back to Kitty Hawk and JISD.


While they were there from June 20-24 they also participated in some great activities.  The MakerSpace project enlisted the students in a hands-on project to design and build a box for an egg drop competition.  The object was to construct the box so the egg would stay intact from a 10 foot drop.  They passed with flying colors.


While they were there, they also got busy using their building skills through a Build-A-Table event.  Lowes provided the materials and tools for it all and our Kitty Hawk students built 10 of the 250 tables from the activity...all going to Louisville non-profit organizations, public schools and community parks.  Way to go everyone...congratulations!!

T-STEM Academy Opens Applications

Judson ISD will be opening the TSTEM Academy during the 2017-2018 school year at Wagner High School. The academy is specifically designed to provide students a rigorous course of study focused on STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math). 

The students enrolled will be engaged in advanced coursework within a Pre-AP/AP and dual-enrollment concentration, as well as integrated project-based learning and Makerspace environments. Project Base Learning (PBL) allows students to go through a process of inquiry, research, problem-solving, and challenges based on a driving question while allowing students “voice and choice”. Makerspace is a place where students create, invent, tinker, and explore using a variety of tools and materials. PBL and Maker projects are carefully planned, managed, and assessed to help students learn key academic content and practice 21st century skills (such as collaboration, communication, and critical thinking) to create high quality, authentic products and presentation. 

TSTEM will partner with University of Texas at Austin in order to provide dual-enrollment courses for students enrolled in the program. If your child is interested in taking part in this unique opportunity, you can obtain an application by CLICKING HERE. 

Applications can be returned to Deborah Rice via email, or in person at the Educational Resource Center located at 8205 Palisades Dr. Should you have any questions, please contact Ms. Rice at (210)945-1148.