While most students in Judson ISD start their first day of class on Monday, August 24th, folks over at Judson Early College Academy started Wednesday August 19th. That's because JECA is an early college school that is connected with Northeast Lakeview College and they follow the college calendar. Students were excited about the prospects of making more progress on their college pathway. This unique learning environment allows students to take the high school classes they need for a distinguished high school diploma, while at the same time walking to the adjacent NLC campus for college credit classes. It's a terrific arrangement with Alamo Colleges and each year these graduating classes earn millions of dollars in scholarships to universities across the country. This year JECA starts with a new principal in Mike McFalls who comes over from Kitty Hawk Middle School, just a hop, skip and a jump away from JECA and NLC. We want to wish all JECA students and staff the best of luck this year.
The Judson High School Cheerleaders will be conducting a cheer clinic on July 25 from 9:30 am - 12:30 pm at the Judson High School cafeteria. Registration starts at 9 am, performance for parents at 12:30 pm. Price is $25...T-shirts $10. More information and registration form is below.
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Hartman's Camp Invention
It's a week where kids are encouraged to think beyond the conventional...outside the box...from a different angle...whatever your favorite expression is that means approaching problems or challenges with new eyes. That's what goes on at Camp Invention events at a number of elementary and middle schools during the summer. Students spend a week sketching, tinkering and creating. Examples of the kinds of projects kids get to work with...prototyping the next video game craze...Mazeworld. Or, creating a free-style racing kart. It's full of fun and learning that allows students to discover how the world works through dynamic methods. Before the summer is over, close to 600 kids will have participated in Camp Invention weeks at a dozen campuses.
Camp Invention at Hopkins ES
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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.