As a Title 1 Reward Campus, Crestview Elementary has had some tremendous success. Overcoming student challenges is a big part of what they do each day and each year. Because of that success Crestview teachers Maggie Pena and Kaylee Roznovsky volunteered to present at Region 20 on achieving student success whatever their background or challenges are. Ms. Pena focused her presentation on using outdoor learning environments to enhance the learning process and Ms. Roznovsky outlined the intervention process, when it's needed and how they can progress. We appreciate these teachers sharing their knowledge and experience with others to help all students succeed.
Going through chemotherapy is no picnic for those walking the journey of cancer recovery. The Judson Special Education Evaluation Staff know that so they spent a Saturday evening recently putting together "Chemo Bags." What would be in a Chemo Bag you might ask? Well those treatments can take some time, so they filled the bags with donated items like playing cards, books, blankets, water bottles among other thoughtful items. Methodist Hospital donated the bags. A big thank you to all who took the time to do this.
(L-R) Vanessa Willie, (Erica Guinn non-JISD employee), Alison Scott, Ethel Rodriguez, Shana Hatnot, (Stephanie Ramos non-JISD employee) and Tina Hickman (not pictured: Monica Ellis)
Each year the City of Kirby organizes a parade honoring the contributions to civil rights by Martin Luther King, Jr. It's the third year for the MLK Parade For Peace and Justice and Judson ISD students will play a big role in the event scheduled for Saturday, January 16, 2016. The Wagner Band will be marching in the parade as well as the school's ROTC members, cheer and dance squads. The parade will also feature the Metzger and Kirby Middle School bands, Metzger Student Council and the Judson High School FFA. The parade will stage at Kirby Middle School at 9 am and will end at Friendship Park for a festival including food, games and entertainment.
The student peer groups that are associated with the military were busy during the Christmas Season. These students along with their families plugged into a couple of community service projects in the area. "Read Me A Story" was an effort that enlisted students to read stories to residents at the Esplanade Gardens Assisted Living-Senior Campus in Converse. The residents that enjoyed these suffer from Alzheimer's disease and someone reading out loud to them helps stimulate and keep their minds active helping to either reduce the risk or slow down the onset of dementia due to aging. The students ended their visit by singing Christmas carols to the residents
The students and their parents ended their day with a Christmas Wrap Party at SAMMinistries Transitional Living Facility for the homeless. There they wrapped more than 500 gifts for children who are residents of the SAMMinistries. A big thank you to these families and to Sylvia Greenwood the JISD Military Family Engagement Specialist who coordinated this.
As a part of the JISD Administrative Christmas Luncheon, staff were encouraged to bring blankets, toys, socks and stuffed animals to give away. They were collected and donated to Methodist Children's Hospital. Thank you to everyone who made a donation.