Judson Journal Winter 2014 - page 6

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College Readiness:
JISD, NLC Partnership Preps
Students For Higher Ed.
Inspire Students
JISD HR Director Dr. Willie Black and NLC
President Dr. Craig Follins shake hands after
signing school adoption agreement.
College readiness is a hot topic
these days as more and more schools and
school districts want to prepare students
for the college experience. Northeast
Lakeview College, part of Alamo Col-
leges, took a major step in offering its
support for this kind of academic prepa-
ration by adopting three JISD schools to
help mentor and tutor students.
The collaboration and agreement was
formally signed in a ceremony in front of Salin-
as Elementary School between Dr. Willie Black,
JISD Director of Human Resources and North-
east Lakeview College President Dr. Craig Fol-
lins. The schools adopted are Salinas Elemen-
tary, Spring Meadows Elementary and Kirby
Middle School. The event was hosted by Salinas
ES Principal Jeffrey Large.
The Adopt-a-School program is an
effort to bring the college experience to all stu-
dent levels along the educa-
tional pathway. Not only
will NLC students be visit-
ing JISD campuses, but ele-
mentary and middle school
students will be making vis-
its to NLC as well to get the
feel of the college campus.
Along with Presi-
dent Follins' address, the event was highlighted
by Salinas Elementary School Student Council
members telling the crowd what they wanted to
be after they graduate from college. Judson Ear-
ly College Academy student Simon Gonzalez-
Moreno also spoke about why going to college
is so important to him.
The agreement is hoped to
encourage even more students to
become college bound.
“Getting students in-
terested, informed, and
engaged in college as
early as possible is our
main goal here.”
DR. CRAIG FOLLINS
NLC PRESIDENT
Both Judson and Wagner
High Schools have brand
new Explorer Post groups.
In October both participated
in their very first contest. The
Alamo Area Law Enforce-
ment Explorer Competition
drew Explorer teams from all
over the state including
groups from Dallas, Houston
and the Valley. Among a
field of 60 teams, these two
newly formed Explorer posts
made their presence known.
Wagner took first place in
Hostage Negotiation and
third place in Arrest, Search
and Seizure. Meanwhile,
Judson did well too taking
3rd place in Traffic
Stop. Congratulations to
these students in their first
competition.
The Judson ISD Police Depart-
ment wants to say thank you and congrat-
ulations to everyone who participated in
this year's Canned Yam Drive. It was a
great success and many people benefitted
from that generosity. Olympia Elemen-
tary took first place, Kitty Hawk Middle
School was second and Elolf Elementary
School was third.
These canned yams were used for
the Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner
that feeds thousands of homeless and un-
derserved people at the downtown con-
vention center. JISD Police Department is
in the process of handing out trophies to
each of the campus winners.
Wagner
…Samantha Aguilar,
Trent Hawkins, Dominique
Payne and John Salazar
Judson
...Troy Hernandez,
Laura Lira-Moraniec,
Christopher Joy and
Alyssa Ambriz Ramirez.
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