Hopkins Elementary celebrated the first Friday of the school year by distributing water to parents at dismissal time. This token of appreciation was the schools way of thanking the parents for their support and patience during the week as the school put their routines and procedures in place for the new year.
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Three year soccer letterman Ryan Lutz signed to take his cleats and play with Schreiner University in Kerrville. Judson's soccer team is coming off a very successful year winning district honors with Ryan serving as team captain and an integral part of that success. In fact, his signing came later in the year because of the team finishing as district champions for the first time in many years. Ryan will be playing soccer for Schreiner, but he also lettered three years in tennis for Judson High School as well. He will be missed at Judson, but we wish him the best of luck in Kerrville.
Ryan Lutz seen here with his former soccer coach Albert Munoz
It's back to New York for Judson ISD student Sebastien De La Cruz. The Salinas Elementary 10-year-old was invited back to the NBC show "America's Got Talent" as a wildcard and he made the most of his opportunity. He took a bit of a chance and veered off from the mariachi music he had successfully performed in the past and belted out an English/Spanish version of "New York, New York." While show judge Howard Stern offered some words of praise and criticism, Howie Mandel and Sharon Osbourne loved what he did and he is through to the semifinals of the show. Believe it or not, with all the traveling he's done, Sebastien came back to San Antonio to perform the National Anthem and a couple of other songs acapella at Judson ISD's convocation. He and mother Stacy are grateful for everyone' support. Keep watching and however far this young goes, we are proud of him for who he is already!
Professional development is one of those terms you hear a lot about this time of year before classes start, but it is pretty important and the teachers at Elolf Elementary school made sure they were ready as students return to class. Instruction this year included new science experiments and ways to get students excited about science. Some of it incorporated so-called "magic tricks" that really are science based. Teachers at Elolf also were also updated on what to look for in potential bully scenarios and how to deal with them among students. It sets the stage for an exciting and productive school year.