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Distinguished Educator Awards

(original story published by Communications Department on December 20, 2017 in the Judson Post)


Teaching students…I mean really teaching them and making a difference in their lives is not something that happens all the time.  Some educators get the nuts and bolts of their lessons through to their class and then there are others that engage, motivate and even inspire their students.  This year’s Judson ISD Distinguished Educator of the Year is Anne-Marie Hilton from Wagner High School.  She was chosen from some 30 other great educators that have proven themselves as effective and influential.

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Judson ISD has a tremendous pool of great teachers that are doing some great work with students and are clearly making a difference.  That’s why the JISD Distinguished Educator Awards is such as wonderful and important event, because it honors those educators who are consistently turning lights on in students’ minds and helping them reach their potential.

Each campus nominated a teacher that consistently hits the mark with students and shows the kind of attitude that’s positive and contagious. In effect, the nomination is a campus Educator of the Year that is nominated for the district honor.  With this award, Anne-Marie Hilton will now be JISD’s candidate for the Trinity Prize for Excellence as well as being the district’s ExCEL Award winner that KENS 5 TV profiles each year.  Congratulations to Ms. Hilton.

JISD Namesake, Joseph Hopkins Passes Away

Joseph Howard Hopkins, the principal that Hopkins Elementary is named for, passed away peacefully at his home over the winter break. He taught school and coached at several Texas schools before his final assignment with the Judson Independent School District. After more than 30 years with JISD, 30 of which were served as principal of Kirby Elementary School, the elementary school was renamed in his honor, Joseph H. Hopkins Elementary School.

Visit the following link to learn more about his life: http://obituaries.jacksonvilleprogress.com/obituary/joseph-hopkins-1018479232


Board Recognitions 12-21-17

Pledge reader Jazlynn Phillips is an outstanding 5th grade student at Park Village Elementary. Jazlynn makes A & B’s and science is her favorite subject. She plays Volleyball and wants to play for Kirby Middle School.  She loves to watch Spurs Basketball, enjoys Chinese food and watching spooky movies.  Jazlynn is the oldest sibling and is already being a good role model for her siblings by making good grades and having a positive attitude.

Our first board recognition comes from Judson High School.  When you are a student-athlete, you have to really be disciplined about how you divide up your time.  Giving your undivided attention at the right times to academics and to athletics is crucial to being standout student athletes.  We want to recognized these individuals for demonstrating that balance and for being named Academic All-State Student Athletes.  Please congratulate Colton Gruewals, Brody Stoepler and Remy Borrego.  Also making Academic All-State is Trainer Rebekah Wynn who was not able to attend this evening.

Our next recognition comes from Judson High School.  The Lone Star State School Counselor Association honors school counseling programs around the state that show excellence in results with students. It does that by recognizing select schools at the Bronze, Silver and Gold levels that represent increased levels of rigor. Judson High School’s counseling staff has been named a 2017 LSSSCA Bronze Winner. Staff members are:
JoAnne Cruz (Lead), Destiny Price, Velma Lopez, Hitomi Wilson, Misty Ornelas, Arlene Waldon, Christian Angulo, Mike Frantz, Leslie McClellan, Thomas Jimenez, Michelle Tubilla (At-Risk Counselor), Cynthia Cortez (College Counselor), Tammy Cantu (Career Counselor), Amber Palmer (Parenting Social Worker).

Our final Board Recognition comes from Crestview Elementary School.  I’m sure many of you have heard the recognition Crestview has received from the U.S. Department of Education as a National Blue Ribbon School.  They were one of only two selected in the San Antonio area…only 26 were chosen in the state of Texas.  We want to formally recognize Principal Yvonne Munoz and her staff before the board and get a look at the big plaque from the Education Department. I want to also point out that a good number of other schools chosen for this recognition are special academies or specific focus schools.  Crestview Elementary is a typical school in its structure, but is anything but typical in how it instructs and supports students garnering all possible assessment distinctions last year as a Title 1 campus.

There were over 40 entries from the district. Last night at the Distrct Board Meeting, JEF executive director Ms. Marisa Perez Diaz presented the top three contestants with gift certificates to Best Buy courtesy of Randolph Brooks Federal Credit Union.

3rd Place was Alexis Malone from Judson Middle School

2nd Place was Felix Velasquez from Judson High School

1st Place was Chloe Bayani from Judson High School

The Judson Education Foundation is now accepting pre-orders for the Fiesta Medal for $7.00 until Jan 31st. Starting Feb 1st they will increase to $8.00.

Medals will be mailed out mid March. Place your order here: https://jef.revtrak.net/fiesta-medal/

For more information on the 2018 JEF & JISD Fiesta Medal please contact Marisa Perez Diaz at Mperezdiaz@judsonisd.org or 210-945-5412.



Wagner's Spencer Burford Signs With UTSA

Wagner High School Senior Spencer Burford signed a National Letter of Intent to play football for the University of Texas at San Antonio in the fall of 2018.  Spencer is a three year letterman with many accomplishments during his tenure.  He was selected 1st Team All District for 2016 and 2017. During his senior football season he had 28 pancakes, 88 knockdowns, 10 TD blocks and 14 heads up.  Spencer has received offers from Texas Tech, Texas State, Colorado State, Kansas State, University of Kansas and Bowling Green.  He was selected to participate in the Blue Grey All American Bowl on December 18th at the Dallas Cowboys Stadium and the San Antonio All Star Game on January 6, 2018. Congratulations!

Judson Rocket Defensive Stars Make All-State

Congratulations to Judson Rocket defensive linebackers, Brody Stoepler and Colton Grunewald for being selected as 2nd Team Academic All-State and Remy Borrego on his Honorable Mention for All-State. Team trainer Rebekah Wynn was also chosen as 2nd Team All-State.