2,500 Special Olympic athletes recently gathered in Austin from across the state to compete in the 2016 Winter Games/Bowling Competition. 41 Judson ISD ThunderRockets hit the bowling alleys and showed some great skill and perserverence in knocking down those pins. JISD's team walked away with a dozen Gold Medals, nine Silver and five Bronze. The rest of the team played very well and ended up placing too. With an event featuring 2,000 volunteers and some 5,000 spectators you know this was a big event and our kids did very well. Way to go team!!
Judson ISD has so many great teachers, it's not hard to find quality, but what is hard is the task to pick one, above all others from a campus, to be honored by the district for instructional excellence. The Distinguished Educators Awards Ceremony is an event that the Human Resources Department hosts each year to honor those individuals who go the extra mile with students in helping them reach their potential. That takes a special person who cares and who doesn't give up on people. Below is a look at this prestigious group. The big winner of the evening was Teresa Pena of Judson Secondary Alternative School who was selected as the Judson ISD Distinguished Educator of the Year. She was congratulated by Superintendent Dr. Carl A. Montoya, JISD Board Secretary Renee Paschall and Board Member Arnoldo Salinas. Congratulations to Ms. Pena and all the honorees.
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It was the first ever Senior Citizen Prom hosted by the Judson ISD and judging by the success of this inaugural event, it won't be the last. The event was the idea of JISD Superintendent Carl Montoya and carried out by the Communications Department. About 80 senior citizens filed into the Judson Early College Academy to listen and even dance to music from the 40s, 50s and even into the 60s. The Judson High School Jazz Band provided the tunes to dust off some jitterbug steps or just to travel down a sentimental journey.
Each hour Business Partnerships Director Yvette Reyna gave out door prizes. The wonderful folks at Palo Alto College brought some of their cosmetology students to help the ladies touching up their makeup, hair and nails and multi-media specialist David Rhoads was busy taking prom pictures of guests dancing and in front of the JISD background. One of the highlights of the prom was the crowning of the King and Queen. That honor went to Andrea and Fernando Balleza. Turns out, they were each other's Junior and Senior Prom dates back in the day. Congratulations! A big thank you to all the sponsors Retama Ranch Apartments, Palo Alto College, Bartlett-Cocke Contractors and Stantec Engineers. Also Yvette Reyna, David Rhoads and Lexie Greathouse of the Communications Department for piecing this all together.
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The Judson ISD Energy Management Department conducted a district wide energy reduction incentive program the first half of this school year. Energy bills from September 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015 were compared to energy consumption from last year during the same time frame. The incentive program takes a portion of the money saved through energy reduction to go back to the schools making the biggest energy cuts. Park Village Elementary School saw the biggest change so it got back $1794.00. Congratulations!
Converse 3.2% $211.00
Copperfield 7.3% $481.00
Hartman 0.35% $23.00
Kitty Hawk 1.88% $123.00
Park Village 27.5% $1794.00
Spring Meadows 2.5% $166.00
Woodlake Elem.1.4 $93.00
The Judson ISD Elementary Science Fair just seems to get bigger every year. This year saw 190 students spread among 3 grade levels bring 168 projects for judges to scrutinize. It was a wonderful display of the many varied subjects and concepts these kids are learning and in turn putting together to show their understanding. The big winners of the event were Analise Furrow, a 4th grader from Converse Elementary as Science Fair Grand Champion with her project "Extreme Rollercoaster". Kaila Sifuentes, 4th grader from Hopkins Elementary was the Grand Champion Runner-Up with "What's The Dough?" Congratulations to all the category winners as well.
Analise Furrow, Science Fair Grand Champion
Kaila Sifuentes, Grand Champion Runner-Up
Category Winning Results