KSAT-TV has partnered with Go Public to help highlight some of the great things going on in public school districts and during March, Judson ISD is up. While we know there are great things going on at all of our campuses, only three could participate, so those three in the mix are Salinas ES, Olympia ES and Kitty Hawk MS.
Each campus has a special initiative it's kicked off for this year and is using it to highlight its claim to be a JISD Cool School. The winner is decided by the number of votes each school gets by March 8th. It's not a large time window, but at the end of this voting period, the winning school will be featured on KSAT-TV's SA Live. So let the voting begin. Here's the site.
Crestview Elementary School has been nominated as a National Blue Ribbon School. Just the nomination for the award is an honor in itself and one that few schools achieve. This year only 26 public schools in Texas were nominated…Crestview was one of only two in the San Antonio area.
KSAT-TV came out to do a story with Principal Yvonne Munoz, Teacher Robin Ratliff and 5th grade students Mara Rodriguez and Lilly Mauldin about the nomination and the reason for its success.
Crestview has built a reputation through the years as a school that produces excellence in academic and personal achievement among its students and staff. This past year, STAAR assessment tests saw the school receive all possible distinctions from the Texas Education Agency.
WATCH THE KSAT-TV STORY ON CRESTVIEW
Converse Elementary was recently featured in the National Elementary Honor Society's Fall 2016 newsletter. Watson, the adorable furry mascot of the NEHS, visited the school to help the chapter thank the Converse Police Department for their service during National Police Week. CLICK HERE to read more about Watson's visit.
Over the past several years many of you have followed the journey of Damon Billeck...former Olympia and current Kitty Hawk Middle School student. Damon was diagnosed with a tough type of cancer in 4th grade, but through it all he has displayed an uncommon example of courage and perseverance. Recently Damon's latest visit at MD Anderson ended with finishing chemo and his full scans detected no disease. That meant he got to ring the bell at MD Anderson that signifies a patient leaving with "no evidence of disease."
But now, thanks to the San Antonio Fire Department and Chief Hood Damon has his own bell to ring for being cancer free. The firefighters at Station 11 made the bell for him and in a special ringing ceremony at the fire station Damon was able to ring his own bell. Folks from University Hospital, family, friends, media and of course fire department officials including Chief Hood watched the emotional moment that was a milestone.
Damon is keeping it in perspective of course, because the disease has returned before. But he continues to be an inspiration to his fellow students, teachers and beyond for his courage and his outlook on a journey that no one chooses to take. We hope he continues to ring that bell for a long time.
Converse Elementary received a grant from Walmart Neighborhood Market on Toepperwein Road for $1,000. Ms. Berry, a 5th grade teacher wrote the grant. The school will use the money to purchase new playground equipment for their students to enjoy.