It's such a great program for students wanting to get ahead in the pursuit of a college education. So many of these students have made an intentional decision to make a commitment to their academics and this was a day they've been waiting for. This was the ceremony where students from Judson Early College Academy graduated with their associate's degree in their field. That means while being a student in JISD, they have completed two years of college with most getting substantial scholarships to finish out their undergraduate degree and in just a few short days, they will also get their distinguished high school diploma. This year's senior class secured more than $13 million in scholarships. This year 102 qualified to walk the NLC stage. Congratulations to everyone and good luck to all who will go on to finish their degree.
It's widely known that participating in art, in its different forms, helps in brain development and assists in the growth of a well-rounded student. 6th graders at the JSTEM Academy recently spent some time at the McNay Art Museum on a field trip to take in some wonderful exhibits. But it wasn't just slow walking from one display to another...they went on a scavenger hunt to find famous artworks...they brought their sketchbooks along to draw their own sketches and then they enjoyed their lunch on the beautiful McNay grounds. A great break from the classroom to feed the other side of the brain. Thanks to everyone who made it possible.
The Judson Rocket Girls Track Team have repeated as STATE CHAMPS. They sealed the deal while at the same time breaking two greater San Antonio track records and producing three nationally ranked performances. The back to back championships saw the return of standout Mariah Kuykendoll who moved back to the Judson ISD district after moving to Oklahoma last summer. But even before their return, the Judson Girls Track Team was on pace to repeat as champs. Even Mariah was quoted as saying "“If I didn’t come back, they still could have won...everyone on this team has heart." Want to read the Express News article about it? CLICK HERE
College and Career Readiness starts early in Judson ISD. The counselors at the school took 4th and 5th grade Leadership and Book Study groups to tour UTSA Downtown Campus and Cafe' College. For the students, it took preparation this whole school year...going to College and Career Exploration meetings twice a week before school, while other students chose to attend book study meetings. For the tour, everyone decorated a college focused backpack listing their favorite colleges and what they want to study.
When the students got to the campus, they went for a tour, participated in a lecture class like a real college student and interviewed a group of panelists that included Randy Vogel (CPA), Justice Patricia Alvarez (4th Court of Appeals) and Phillip Morales. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this great effort to plant the seeds for success with these students.
Business Professionals of America students from Judson High School hit the road to Anaheim California recently for the Fair Trade Challenge at the BPA National Leadership Conference. The three Judson students, Sarah Megan, Britney Reyes and Megan Mosman are all 9th graders who were competing with close to 20 state teams of upper classmen. But they didn't let that bother them. They saw it as an opportunity and were recognized as one of the best representatives of fair trade practices at the event. A big thank you to CTE Director Renee Lafreniere, Principal Jesse Hernandez and CTE Department Chair Laura Lauinger for all their support. Congratulations to these students!