In recognition of National Unity Day on October 19th, Miller's Point Elementary School showed their spirit by a "Kindness Begins With Me" kickoff. The whole student body wore their kindness t-shirts to form a giant heart. Daily kindness lessons are a part of the day's instruction and each Thursday students and staff remind each other of the kindness state of mind by wearing their kindness t-shirt. Miller's Point is spreading kindness one action at a time.
Members of the Judson High School Criminal Justice Student Association are training and practicing to compete in the upcoming Texas High School Mock Trial competition. For the last five years, the Judson CJSA members have been participating in this big event and it is a great experience for those interested in how the legal system works and the process of a real court trial.
One of the coolest parts of this program at Judson is the partnership it has with St. Mary's University School of Law. Mr. Sheppard, the Dean of the School of Law, allows our students to use the StMU moot court room every Thursday to practice and get the feel of being in a court room. That will be important experience when they get to attend a Mock Trial clinic in Dallas in November. It'll really count when the Regional Competition comes around in January...That will be held in downtown San Antonio at the Bexar County Court House.
It's great practice and a wonderful opportunity to learn the process of a court room... beyond what we may see in the movies or on TV.
A number of the Key Club members from Judson Early College Academy spent a Saturday recently to make a difference in their corner of the world. They get out and do what they can to twice a month in cleaning up the community. It's called "Adopt A Spot and they joined forces with Psi Alpha Chapter of the Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc., one of the city's leading fraternal nonprofit organizations, to get their "spot" spic and span. As the group fanned out and began their work, they were greeted by local business owners and local residents who were pleased see them out. The JECA Key Club is led by its officers and club sponsor Coach J. Coleman who have decided that one of their goals this school year will be to maintain a positive presence in the community and grow as student leaders.
Key Club is an international student-led organization which provides its members with ways to offer service, build character and develop leadership.
The Iva Dean Cook Educator of the Year award is given to one who demonstrated outstanding commitment and service to the career education and transition of students with disabilities. Teresa Pena of JISD's Judson Care Academy was selected for her work with her students. The DCDT (Division of Career Development and Transition) is part of the Council For Exceptional Children and acknowledges individuals and groups that provide exceptional educational opportunities to students through practice and research.
You may remember that last year Ms. Pena was selected as the JISD Teacher of the Year and the ExCEL Teacher of the Year for Judson ISD. There's not doubt she is a great educator. Congratulations Ms. Pena!!
Ms.Pena getting recognized by KENS 5 during 2016 ExCEL Awards
Students at Salinas Elementary School got a treat when one of the student's parents came and shared the interesting concept of the beginning of art. Mrs. Gunderson visited Ms. Stewart's class recently to do an art project with students. She first read the book "The First Drawing." The book by Mordecai Gerstein along with photos of cave paintings from the Lascaux Cave were the inspiration for students to create their own cave paintings. What a great way to expose students to art and literature. The student work is on display in the school hallways. Parent involvement is great isn't it?