Technology is a growing industry with an impact in virtually every walk of our modern life. Education has certainly been affected and Judson ISD's Technology has proven to be a leader in innovation among not just public education, but in general public sector applications as well. JISD's Tech Department recently was awarded a Best in Texas Technology Award by the Center For Digital Government. It was a selection as "Best In-House Developed Application," for the district's Parent Center. The Parent Center is an application that keeps parents informed about important areas such as grades, assignments, attendance, library books, discipline, lunch accounts and more. And it's all in one place that's accessible from multiple devices.
The popularity of this tool has been growing with usage up across the board for administrators, parents and especially students. All this was developed in house by the innovative folks from the JISD Technology Services Department. They are a "Best In Texas" Selection...Congratulations .
It's interesting to see what individual students do during their summer break. Some like sports and being outdoors, others love the opportunity to read...still others like Kitty Hawk (former 8th grader) Eliana Parada chose to use at least a bit of her summer to develop her leadership skills. She attended the SkillsUSA Summer Leadership Conference at Canyon of the Lakes in Burnet, Texas. It gave her the chance to learn skills such as parliamentary procedures, officer duties, etiquette in social settings, public speaking and how to run a meeting. One of the challenge assignments Eliana was given was presenting a 30 second elevator speech on what SkillsUSA is all about.
Because of her outstanding skills, Eliana was chosen as District Secretary/Treasurer for District 11 and was picked to attend the Washington Leadership and Training Institute in Washington D.C. in September. She was one of the youngest of the 250 attendees at the conference that came from around the state. Also attending the conference was Kitty Hawk Advisor and District 11 Director Julian Acevedo.
The end of the school is filled with a mixed bag of emotions...saying goodbye to a grade level means saying bye to a teacher that was inspirational or it may be just looking forward to a fresh start and new challenges. Olympia Elementary School was one of the many elementary schools that hosted graduations for its students...particularly 5th grade students that will be moving on to the secondary level. Many proud parents, family members and friends looked on as their accomplishments were recognized and celebrated. Olympia Student Council President Kaiden Tompkins gave a farewell address to the 5th grade class. The event concluded with a rousing round of applause as Principal Dr. LeBleu introduced everyone to the school's contribution to JISD's 6th grade class for the 2015-16 school year.
It's great to see teachers whose investment in the JISD community is deep and impactful. The City of Kirby knows that and took the time to honor some of the teachers who have served Kirby area schools within the district. Kirby Mayor Pro Tem Stephanie Jordan Faulkner, Council Member Debra Wilson and Council Member Roger Romens paid a special tribute to three Hopkins Elementary teachers who are retiring. Part of the tribute included personal stories about how these teachers made a difference by caring for students as well as teaching them.
City of Kirby Proclamations were brought to recognize these three teachers/staff members:
Pat Ebner, a Special Education paraprofessional who is a long time Kirby resident and active community member.
Michelle Hungerford, TAG teacher who grew up in Kirby, went to Hopkins ES and taught in JISD for 34 years.
Paul Hambrick, 5th grade teacher who also attended Hopkins (then Kirby ES) and began teaching at Hopkins in 1979.
Judson Learning Academy is a place where students can restart and finish their academic plans that, for a number of reasons, were put on hold. That renews hope and motivation and that is what JLA graduation is all about. Around 100 graduates walked the stage to get their high school diploma, all because they put aside all the reasons not to complete this unfinished business and learned the value of self-application and perseverance. These students are to be commended for this milestone and there were so many parents that packed the Performing Arts Center for the occasion. Principal Cynthia Bose-Colbert led the ceremony with Principal of Judson Evening High School Greg Mihleder introducing special guests. JISD Board Secretary Renee Paschall addressed the graduates, followed by Superintendent Dr. Carl A. Montoya certifying the group of students for graduation. Congratulations to these students for this accomplishment. Below are some pictures from the event as well as the livestreaming statistics.
Others that participated in the ceremony:
National Anthem: JHS Women's Chorale
Pledge to U.S. Flag: Xzavier Smith
Pledge to Texas Flag: Mikayla Schroeder
Invocation/Benediction: Taylor Phillips
Scholarship Recognition:Angela Barber
Graduate Reflections: Rayyah Pryor
Commencement Announcer: Sandra Kunz