To celebrate the start of an awesome school year, Miller’s Point Elementary hosted a back to school SUPERHERO Assembly! Special guests included the Mayor of Converse, Al Suarez, along with our JISD police officers! The purpose of this back to school rally was to remind our students that they all possess super hero qualities, such as, helping a friend in need and doing their best. Students and staff members are looking forward to making this the most SUPER year ever! Special thanks to Spiderman, Batman, Superman, Michaelangelo the Ninja Turtle, and Wonder Woman for showing their support for our Miller’s Point students, too.
Mallori Johnson, Samantha Obuch and Sutton Horner show everyone their ribbons
While many students were using the summer to regroup a bit, Judson FFA students were busy receiving awards and recognition at the 88th Annual Texas FFA Convention. They took a road trip to Dallas for the event and they didn't come back empty handed.
First, Samantha Obuch had an outstanding entry in the Food Processing category, division II and was awarded first place with her project called "Bad To The Buns: Extending the Shelf Life of Baked Bread Using Preservatives."
Samantha with her ribbon at the state convention
Then Mallori Johnson and Sutton Horner also participated in the Food Processing category division IV and took first place with her project "The Effectiveness of Natural Versus Artificial Preservatives in Creating Shelf Stable Snack Sticks."
Besides both entries winning first place in their divisions, they also advanced to the national level and were selected in the top fifteen to compete at the National FFA Agriscience Fair in Indianapolis in October. Congratulations to these students
In addition, the Judson FFA Chapter also received the prestigious Gold Emblem rating. The Gold Emblem rating is only for the top 10 percent FFA chapters in the state. The Judson Chapter will go on to the National FFA Chapter Contest to compete.
Finally, twelve Judson FFA members were awarded the Lone Star FFA degree. That is the highest degree that a student can earn from the Texas FFA. Congratulations to Ashley Chandler, Alexandra Covarrubias, Renae Hill, Jocelynn Hodgson, Haley Klar, Jenna Lehman, Machayla Longfoot, Kelsey Shumake, Regan Stanton, Sarah Stautzenberger, JB Trees, and Morgan Wintermeier.
Lone Star FFA Degree recipients
(L-R)Peggy Carnahan of Our Lady of the Lake University, director of Project ACORN and co-founder, Liz Rameriz, Live Oak Parks and Recreation council member, Dr. Judy Garber, U.S. State Dept. and Augustine Frkuska, Crestview Elementary, co-founder Project ACORN
You know your campus is leading the crowd when it is involved in a project that gets the attention of the feds. Dr. Judy Garber, Acting Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Oceans and International Environmental and Scientific Affairs rearranged her schedule to come out to San Antonio to take a look at something called Project ACORN. Project ACORN (Area Children Organized to Replant Natives) is an environmental initiative developed by Our Lady of the Lake University as well as teachers from NISD and Judson ISD. It brings together scientists, professionals, educators and community members to create ways to renew and rejuvenate our natural surroundings in a way that also educates students scientifically with the great outdoors as the laboratory.
Augustine Frkuska of Crestview Elementary and Elizabeth Ramirez of Live Oak Parks and Recreation shared the process and how they worked together to make it happen with Dr. Garber. This is a long term community project that will keep giving in educational value. This includes some new native trees and additional vegetation that compliments the whole landscape that were planted by Crestview students, community members and Live Oak personnel last November.
Crestview students working on ACORN related project
Judson Learning Academy is a unique high school environment that has helped so many students overcome personal challenges to get their high school diploma. The school had an open house at their campus in Rolling Oaks Mall recently to give students and parents a good feel for what the learning atmosphere and resources are like. This campus is garnering nationwide attention through the Simon Youth Foundation network of schools that service these students. It's become an education model of sorts for other Simon Youth schools for bringing youth back to the classroom and finishing that diploma that means so much. We wish JLA and Principal La Tanya Baker the best this school year in all they do.
Recently the Spanish Honor students and Spanish AP students from Wagner High School created their own pop-up books for children. After this fun project, they took their creations and shared them with dual language and bilingual classes at Candlewood, Hopkins and Hartman Elementary Schools. It gave them a chance to see how the younger kids responded to the books and get some feedback. Some of the high school students even expressed thoughts of becoming teachers one day--just from sharing something they made with someone younger. Those are educational moments. Thanks to Ms. Ochoa at Wagner for this effort.