Homecomings are such a great time for fun and reconnecting with people that we've spent a part of our life with. Judson Early College Academy know that and will be hosting its first ever JECA Homecoming Game and Dance. The game will be a Homecoming Flag Football game between students and faculty kicking off at Kitty Hawk Middle School at 2:30 on October 9th. KHMS is at the corner of Kitty Hawk and Old Cimarron Trail. Then after the game, students are invited to the JECA Homecoming Dance in the JECA Commons from 7:30 pm to 10:00 pm. What a great idea! It'll be a wonderful time to see what your old classmates are doing.
Whenever our students can get an experience of the business world and how their classroom lessons can be practically used, it's a home run! Students from the Judson High School Automotive Collision program took a short trip (just across the street) to Jack's Paint Place to see how a real business does this kind of work. The kids learned a ton and got a professional taste of how automotive body repair and paint experts work at their craft and turn out work that keeps customers coming back. Jack's Paint Place is a part of the district's Program Advisory Committee and is an invaluable business partner to the Career and Technology Education program within JISD. Owners Jeff and John Holbrook are JHS graduates, kids are graduates and their father Jack started the business in 1983. We want to say thank you for your partnership and help in working with our students.
A very coveted award for music teachers has come down to a very short list of instructors from across the country...and two of them have Judson ISD connections. After the Recording Academy and the Grammy Foundation received some 4,500 initial nominations from across the U.S., the list of 25 semi-finalists has been selected and Coronado Village Elementary School Music Teacher Bonnie Anderson is on that list. She has been an awesome teacher for many years at Coronado Village and she has made a huge impact as a music teacher on her students and even fellow teachers and administrators. She is widely known across the district for her unique marimba group program that has taught students at CVE a wonderful sense of musicianship and has produced some great performances over the years and many events.
The only other person on that short list that's from Texas is an Austin area music teacher by the name of Alan Guckian... who is a Judson High School graduate. Currently he is teaching music at Eastside Memorial High School. It's amazing the impact this district has in so many ways. We are proud of both of these individuals and their connection with JISD.
The Music Educator Award was established in 2013 by President/CEO of the Recording Academy and Grammy Foundation Neil Portnow, TV and radio host/producer Ryan Seacrest and nine-time Grammy winner Justin Timberlake to recognize excellence in music education. The ten finalists will all receive a $1,000 honorarium complete with matching grants for the schools and the winner will attend the Grammy Awards ceremony and receive a $10,000 prize.
Congratulations to Ms. Anderson for getting this far and good luck the rest of the way through the selection process.
It's amazing sometimes to see how some people in general seem to have totally missed the basics of social and business courtesies. Those gestures of extending warmth to another person whether in a personal or business setting are becoming more rare. The San Antonio Boys Summit was hosted at Wagner High School recently and sought to re-emphasize some of those ways of putting your best self forward in a habitual way so that meeting new people and forming relationships and partnerships can happen more naturally and genuinely. Things like a firm hand shake, looking at people's eyes when meeting them or how to dress for a professional interview are important if you want a chance at a good job or seal a business opportunity.
For some people, these may seem like common courtesies, but they are not so common anymore and Dr. Ron Kelley knows how to mentor young men about how to conduct one's self that shows respect, consideration for others and an attitude of confidence that wins people over. Learning this and making it genuinely a part of a young man's life can take him places. We thank Dr. Kelley and those who helped in the presentations.
Working and disciplining the body for athletic performance is a good thing, but there are a number of athletes who are showing they are working on the mind and spirit too. Female athletes involved in the M.A.D. (Making A Difference) program are individuals who have decided to get involved in their community. These girls recently walked with Stephanie Crane, a downs syndrome participant who the school has supported for the past 10 years. She is a former student of Coach Urbanovsky's from some 18 years ago. It's great to see time students decide to spend in the support of others. These individuals are growing in body, mind and spirit...giving to others.