Giving is not always in the monetary form. For some people time is even a bigger sacrifice. The Converse Elementary Honor Student Council and their families volunteered at the Kitchen Table in New Braunfels recently. The Kitchen Table is a client choice pantry in partnership with the San Antonio Food Bank. They took time out by volunteering at the facility and taking in donations of food and household items. Thank you for giving back to others.
The Heroes and Heritage Student Educational and Leadership Development Program was hosted at Judson High School to bring together community leaders to talk to students about military and civil service job opportunities. Representatives from the Bexar County Sheriff's Office, U.S. Coast Guard made presentations and answered questions from seniors about a number of different topics. They wanted to know what kind of jobs are out there...both military and civilian. Those questions led to a larger discussion on college preparation, ethics and emotional and physical wellness. Thank you to Mike Davis from the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office for presenting and Mr. Fernando Rey Heroes and Heritage CEO for helping organizing the event. Also thank you to Evy Ramos news anchor from WOAI-TV who served as mistress of ceremonies.
In addition, the Office of the Governor of Texas proclaimed two JISD teachers as Yellow Rose of Texas recipients. Carrie Hill, Laura Rohm and Diana Gonzalez were all presented with the honor. That award is given by the governor's office to recognize women for their significant contributions to their community and the state in the preservation of Texas history. Congratulations.
Because there are only a limited number of slots available, each year the Judson STEM Academy, known as JSTEM Academy conducts a lottery for incoming students. This year, as in the past, the lottery was conducted in the Judson Middle School Cafetorium. The JSTEM Academy is a dynamic and engaging school within a school (Judson Middle School) and is a project based learning environment. It really teaches students to problem solve and to look at challenges in a different light. Superintendent Dr. Carl Montoya opened the ceremony by speaking to parents and students about the importance of the program and how it works. Principal Dawn Worley conducted the lottery and personally welcomed each student as they were called up on the stage. JSTEMMERS were selected through the lottery process from a pool of students who applied and were selected to be in the lottery based on attendance, grades and discipline factors. We congratulate those students who will be in the program. Saddle up for a great ride of discovery in STEM!!
Metzger Middle School will soon receive new musical instruments, thanks to The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation. The Foundation has awarded the Metzger band $30,810 in band instruments.
With many school music programs across the country losing vital funding, the foundation helps under-served schools with minimal budgets by donating new instruments, often replacing some that are more than 30 years old.
An application for support was submitted by band director, John Robertson and the foundation found their program to be a worthwhile investment, allowing more students to be able to play and experience the benefits of music education.
The Mr. Holland's Opus Foundation donates musical instruments to schools in an effort to give youngsters the many benefits of music education, help them to be better students and inspire creativity and expression through playing music. The organization was inspired by the 1995 motion picture Mr. Holland’s Opus and founded by Michael Kamen, who composed the music for the movie and countless others. In the last 20 years, over 20,000 instruments have been donated to over 1,360 schools across the country.
More information can be found at www.mhopus.org.
Bonnie Anderson has been a staple at Coronado Village Elementary School for years building a love for music among students of all grade levels. Her efforts have always been rewarded by the enthusiasm and dedication her students show. Now she's been recognized for her dedication by the Grammy Foundation as one of the top 10 Music Educators in the country. The Grammy entourage was led by Grammy Foundation Vice President Scott Goldman and Theresa Jenkins. Mr. Goldman presented Bonnie a check for $1,000 and the school with another check for $1,000. Students from all grades squeezed into the cafeteria for the presentation and everyone showed their love and appreciation to Bonnie. Congratulations to Bonnie with many more songs to play.