The Judson ISD Police Department has again teamed up with the JISD Maintenance Department to make this year's Yam Drive happen. It's amazing the generosity that comes out when this drive kicks off. The collection of yams helps out the Raul Jimenez Thanksgiving Dinner each year that helps out so many people. A big thank you goes out to all the students and parents that contributed to this cause. Also appreciation to the JISD Maintenance Department that did a lot of the heavy lifting of collecting all those cans of yams.
When they were collected, members of the San Antonio Fire Department came out to pick them up for delivery. Below are the Yam-pions of this year's Yam Drive!
1. Olympia ES (1,704)
2. Elolf ES (595)
3. Wagner High School ROTC (435)
4. Rolling Meadows ES (415)
5. JECA (225)
From the office of the Operations Division:
In an effort to keep the community informed we would like to give you a brief update on where we are with the 2016 Bond projects. Currently, the Board of Trustees has approved the architect firm for the Escondido North Elementary site school design. A survey to the communities of Rolling Meadows and Copperfield Elementary schools will be sent out by the principals of those campuses to solicit input. We are under current negotiation with the architect to change the design in areas that need improvement based on faculty and community input.
Architectural rankings for selection of the Kirby and Kitty Hawk Middle School renovations and the building of Wortham Oaks elementary site have been completed and will be presented to the Board of Trustees for review and approval in December 2016. Once the board has approved the ranking of the architectural firms for these projects, we can begin negotiations for project designs. After the designs are completed for all of these projects, construction companies will submit proposals, and construction begins afterwards. The estimated completion of construction for the Escondido North and Wortham Oaks elementary sites will be August 2018 - December 2018. Anticipated completion of the Kirby and Kitty Hawk Middle School renovations would be in December 2019 - May 2020.
In addition, construction phases are just about to launch for the security vestibules located at Elolf and Hopkins Elementary Schools and the bidding process has started for the minor renovations planned to the existing Judson High School Agriculture Complex.
Stacy Sosa-Rommel is a great 5th grade student at Mary Lou Hartman Elementary and has been a true Hartman Knight since Kindergarten. Stacy has maintained her status of “A” Honor Roll throughout her years and participated in various TAG projects. She has been an exemplary role model and exhibits true leadership qualities. She is an avid reader and in her spare time enjoys dancing and swimming.
Veterans Memorial High School Junior ROTC presented the colors at our board meeting for the first time in school history. Members are Cadet Jose Allende, Cadet Caraline Mitchell, Cadet Aiden Gomez and Cadet Daniel Demeties. Also pictured is the school's principal Christina Clark and ROTC instructor Derrick Allard.
Our first recognition comes from our own JISD Board of Trustees. Mr. Gilbert Flores who has served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Texas Association of School Boards for the past three years is wrapping up his term of service. He was elected in 2013 to serve a three year term and Dr. Montoya and the JISD Board wanted to recognize him for his leadership in that position. Mr. Flores by serving on the TASB board represented this district and Region 20-D. Thank you and congratulations Mr. Flores.
Our next recognition comes from the Judson ISD’s Energy Management Department. For the last several years the district has participated in the Demand Response Program with CPS Energy. This is a program that CPS started as a way of taking pressure off the power grid during peak usage time like during the summer when everyone’s A/C is humming. Judson ISD participates in the Demand Response Program cutting our energy use through energy efficient presets during those times. This year 17 campuses participated reducing power use by more than 4900 kilowatts. CPS Energy representative Joe Jones presented an incentive check to the district with a large number on it. ($358,719). That is a 76% increase from last years amount.
Our last recognition comes from the Judson CARE Academy. 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. 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. The board wanted to recognize Ms. Teresa Pena for receiving the Iva Dean Cook Award. Congratulations. You may remember Ms. Pena was our JISD Teacher of the Year last year and was recognized by KENS 5 as an ExCEL teacher from our district.
It's a tradition every November...the Thanksgiving Community Feast and District Showcase. This is a wonderful feast of not only food, but a feast for the ears and eyes as student musical groups representing our schools will be performing to the delight of our community members. It is also an opportunity to find out a little more about some of the many programs and events going on at all the other campuses across the district. This feast is a way of Judson ISD giving back to the community in a way that celebrates the holiday season and expresses gratitude to families and individuals who support our students and staff throughout the year.
It will be at Wagner High School this year on Saturday, November 19th from 10 am to 2 pm. Turkey and all the traditional side dishes will be on the menu, plus the ever popular chicken nuggets for kids and other bigger kids who aren't as crazy about turkey. Some 2,000 people are expected to be fed and entertained on this wonderful event.
The Fall 2016 Judson Journal has a lot to offer...including fresh video content of why a school library got a new name. Also...only one school in Texas received one of these fabulous tools and it's in Judson ISD! This along with some great photos of this year's Hammer Bowl and the latest Adult and Community Education classes from JISD. It's all there in the Judson Journal. Take a look!!