We want to say congratulations to a wonderful group of student athletes who will be taking their talent and skill to the college level next year. It's a great way to continue to participate in the sport they love and in many cases pay for all or part of their education...can't beat that. Congratulations to these guys.
Angelo Gordon-Track Scholarship to Kansas State
Ta'Shuan Hunter- Track, Tarleton State
Raymond Gonzales-Track, Texas A&M
Jamar Dean- Football, Sul Ross State
Nick Stewart- Football, Sul Ross State
The Spirit of Judson Award has evolved over the past year. In past years, the award was strictly to recognize teachers, but this year it has been expanded to include anyone in the district that consistently goes the extra mile to produce excellence not just in the classroom, but in their department whatever that might be. That means a winner could come from the JISD Police Department...maybe an Assistant Principal, Counselor, someone from Child Nutrition or the Maintenance Department or just about any other position. We appreciate the work they do. JISD has a lot of moving parts and it takes everyone to make it work well. Thank you.
Being a new teacher can be a real adventure. First of all you're starting a career that involves being a leader in the classroom and guiding students through a journey of discovery and application. That can be a little daunting. While there are definitely challenges that go along with it, it can also be one of the most rewarding experiences a person can imagine. In its Inaugural year, the JISD Novice Teacher of the Year Award recognizes excellence in JISD classrooms among those teachers with between one and three years of experience. Despite that lack of significant experience, they've shown professionalism and a knack beyond their years. Each one has an obvious talent working with students and engaging them in real learning that excites them and makes them grow. The overall Novice Teacher of the Year...Evelyn Stephens from Rolling Meadows Elementary School. We congratulate her and all these teachers and thank them for their incredible work.
Recently at Dr. Montoya's Leaders Meeting, members of the District Attendance Office came by to award the best attendance for the school year. Attendance is so important at every school not just because of funding, but the most important reason...a child can't benefit from school instruction if they aren't in class. There were awards for best attendance at the elementary level, secondary level and the most improved attendance. See below who the big winners were. Congratulations to these principals and their campuses.
Highest Elementary Attendance: Coronado Village ES at 96.15% Cynthia Davis Principal
Highest Secondary Attendance: Judson STEM Academy at 97.6% Dawn Worley Principal
Most Improved Attendance: Judson Alternative School up from 91% to 94% Aida Nava Principal
We have so many students that graduate from Judson ISD that make an impact here and way beyond the district boundaries. Recent Judson Learning Academy graduate Brad Kessler has been pursuing his dream of entering the world of politics and learning the legislative and legal process. In doing that he's been attending numerous debates, inaugurations and various other political events trying to pick the brains of some of the most prominent figures in the arena. We wish him well and you may see his name on a ballot in the near future.