Judson ISD

Entries for month: January 2014

Masters ES Maverick Dribblers Show Their Skills

The Mighty Mavericks of Masters Elementary School have a special group that gets a lot of opportunities to perform at a number of events each year.  The Maverick Dribble Team and Spirit Squad brought their talents to a recent University of the Incarnate Word vs. Oral Roberts University Basketball game.  The Maverick Dribblers performed at halftime for both the men's and women's games...and they scored big time...the crowd loved them.  This group is something to be proud of thanks to coaches Mr. Bianco, Ms. Casarez, Mrs. Bender, Ms. Buril, Mr. Lugo, Ms. Rodriguez and Ms. Perusquia. 


Wagner Athletes Serving As Role Models

For the past several weeks, seniors from Wagner High School's Football program have been serving as role models at local elementary schools within the district.  It's called the "RESPECT" program and it helps students understand the importance of their school work and how it's connected to being in athletics and club teams.  This is summed up in the "3 Rs" ...respect yourself, respect your teacher and respect your school.  The pictures are from Woodlake Elementary and Paschall Elementary.

Among the Wagner students participating were:

Charles Harris, Xavier Hill, Raymond Sneed, Bryan Ship, Kenny Stewart, Deanthony Lee, Luis Rodriguez, and Henry Reyes. 





Authors Visit Coronado and Crestview

It's always great to get professionals outside the academic world to work with students in just about any subject.  It brings a fresh approach and a different perspective ?to what's being taught.  Authors Sara Holbrook and Michael Salinger both visited with students at Coronado Village and Crestview Elementary Schools to talk about writing...especially poetry.  Ms. Holbrook is a published author of 14 books for children, teachers and adults.  She is also a very experienced presenter at a number of different levels...with 18 years of public presentations.  Michael Salinger has been writing, teaching and performing poetry and fiction for more than 20 years for audiences all over the world. These two took their experience of writing, teaching and performing and unselfishly shared with these students by focusing on vocabulary, and how to use poetry to improve writing and speaking skills. What a treat for students and teachers alike to learn from talented people like this. Thank you

Judson ISD Board Approves Raises For All Employees

The Judson ISD School Board at its regular meeting on January 16, 2014 passed a pay increase for all employees within the district for the 2014-2015 school year.  This is a step to express gratitude to each employee for the recent academic accountability successes and to ensure that the Judson ISD remains a competitive employer.  The Board of Trustees passed the measure after Superintendent Dr. Willis Mackey explained how the proposal would work. The pay raises include a 5% increase for clerical and manual trade workers and a 3% increase for professional educators and administrators. Bus driver will also get 50 cents per hour more. In addition, teachers, counselors and specialists will get a $1,500 raise as part of their annual step.  

The district feels that due to conservative financial practices and using educational resources effectively, it has been able to sustain a healthy fund balance that makes the increases possible. This step will also help in retaining good and effective employees within the district at an important time, as well as attracting new talent. This brings the starting salary for a Judson ISD teacher with no experience to $48,000 a year. 

Converse Spelling "Bee-ers"

Converse students participating in the school spelling bee had a lot of competition.  22 spellers from grades 1 through 5  gutted it out for 18 rounds of spelling words.  After almost an hour, Kayla Jahn (1st grade) won the competition by spelling the words, legacy and joust.  So Kayla Jahn was the champ while Brooklyn Ellis (4th grade) was the runner-up.  Grade level top spellers included 1st grade-Kayla Jahn, 2nd grade-Justin Dehoyos, 3rd grade-Ashley Walker, 4th grade-Brooklyn Ellis, 5th grade-Luis Almanza. Kayla Jahn will go on to compete in the Express-News 61st Annual Regional Spelling Bee on February 8, 2014.