Judson Journal Summer 2014_6a5ba8b8 - page 2

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A New School Year
and
New Beginnings
Superintendent’s Message
Dr. Willis Mackey
I hope this summer has provided a much deserved break with a chance to refresh yourself and
your family. As we return to the classrooms across Judson ISD, I am excited about the academic
success we’ve achieved over the past year and I’m looking forward to building on that success
with each and every student. The latest standardized test scores released show noticeable and
substantial gains that continue across the district, especially in middle school Reading and Math
results. Our elementary schools continue to show a positive academic direction and at our high
school level, both Judson and Wagner High Schools
showed good gains in both Science and Math scores.
At the same time, the district’s college and career
readiness efforts are impacting our students in a posi-
tive way. We’ve seen not only the expansion of Career
and Technology Programs and intern partnerships
with our community business members, but the num-
ber of our graduates entering two and four year public colleges and universities continues to rise
at a healthy pace. I can see that while there is still a lot of room for improvement, we are making
steady progress that is both measurable and encouraging.
You may have seen in the news some of the construction results from the 2013 Bond. It author-
ized the building of a new elementary school and a new high school with no tax rate increase. I’m
happy to report that we are opening Copperfield Elementary School in August and monthly ex-
pense reports show we are on budget. Meanwhile, we recently broke ground on the new high
school on Evans Road. That school will open to initially 1,600 students with the option of expan-
sion in the coming years. Opening in August 2016, it will be Judson ISD’s third comprehensive
high school. It will take enrollment pressure off of Judson High School and serve the northern
end of the district’s footprint which will likely see significant development in years to come.
As you know I will be retiring at the end of this year as Superintendent of Judson ISD. I just want
you to know what a pleasure it has been to work with this community and with these students to
raise the standard of excellence as a team with such supportive parents. It’s my mission and my
passion and I look forward to seeing great things in our students this year as we work together
producing excellence.
Copperfield Elementary School,
Judson ISD's newest school, is putting all
the details in place right now. Much of the furniture is in the building, technology infra-
structure is in the works and supplies such as books are coming in too. Much of the
staff will be moving in over the next few days so they can get all the classrooms and
facilities ready for students when they arrive August 25th. The Northeast Herald com-
munity newspaper came out for a tour of the new school and conducted interviews with
Operations Director, Daniel Kershner and Copperfield ES Principal, Gerrie Spellmann.
In case you hadn't heard, input from the students going to the school determined that
the mascot will be the Copperfield Bobcats! So congratulations to all you Bobcats out
there! Enjoy the new school and new school year.
.
..test scores released show
noticeable and substantial gains
continue across the
District.…
FFA Chapter, Students
(cont’d)
In addition, several Judson
High School student FFA
chapter members were hon-
ored for their work in the pro-
gram. Jordan Trees was
named a candidate for the
American FFA Degree…the
highest degree in a four-tier
program that recognizes indi-
vidual achievement in instruc-
tional, practical and leader-
ship efforts.
Also, seven other students
from the Judson High School
FFA were recipients of the
Lone Star FFA degree. Those
students honored were Tyler
Bledsoe, Josh Borg, Jocelyn
Cochran, Rachel Cochran,
Tyler Hill, Renee Perez and
Jason Templeton. The Lone
Star FFA Degree is the high-
est bestowed by the Texas
FFA to a member. Keep in
mind these students achieved
this in the largest and most
competitive FFA organization
in the nation! Congratulations
to these students.
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