Judson ISD

Entries for month: January 2015

MLK Parade At Spring Meadows

Many schools across the JISD have been honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in a number of ways. Spring Meadows Elementary School organized a march near their school complete with some banners and posters they worked very hard on.  While they marched, many of the students sang to honor the man whose nonviolent ways of change, still makes an impact today.




Paschall Preps For District Science Fair

It's always interesting to see what kind of ideas kids come up with when it comes to science fairs.  Paschall Elementary School hosted its school science fair in preparation for the district wide fair later this year.  Ms. Standifer, Ms. Gardner and Mr. Molina spent extra time after school to help students prepare for the school event.  A great big thank you for their time and efforts. The winners of the school science fair...

Jacob Rodriguez- First Place, Phoenix Jones Second Place and Mirka Bravo Third Place.  These students will move on to the District Science Fair on Saturday, January 31st. 

Judson ISD Libraries Connect With BiblioTech

Judson ISD is partnering with the new Bexar County Bibliotech to provide a massive world of digital content for JISD students, parents and staff.  You may remember that BiblioTech opened for public use in September 2013 and it is adding more resources and users all the time. Students at all five JISD middle schools have been attending presentations by BiblioTech librarians to learn about what this huge pool of resources is all about.  It provides access to digital books, graphic novels, audio books, movies, music, magazines as well as tutorials in computer skills and languages. 

Students under 16 are encouraged to fill out a library card application that should be signed by their parents and turned in to their school librarians. They'll then get their library cards from their librarian after they are processed. Those 16 and older can go to the BiblioTech website and fill out an application and get a login code immediately. It's open 24/7 and each new account will be open for five years. 

Freedom Riders: Q & A With Living History

It's not often you get to speak face to face with living history.  That's what U.S. History students from both Judson and Wagner High School got a chance to do at the JISD Performing Arts Center.  The panel consisted of civil rights activist and UTSA Professor Mario Salas, Freedom Rider MacArther Cotton and civil rights supporter Kenneth Carlson.  All three had different perspectives from inside the civil rights movement in the 1960s that grew from their personal experiences.  That's what they were there to share with the students...many of whom had no idea what life was like for a black person on a daily basis...much less if you were actively trying to change the system.  The event at the PAC also featured a skype hookup with Niagara Falls, New York where other Freedom Rider members were conducting a similar discussion.  That location was selected because of its historic place as the beginning of the more active civil rights push in July of 1905. 

Students were obviously drawn in by the personal stories about events that they've only read about in history books.  They also had a number of questions. Their curiosity had them lining up to inquire about how the complexion of civil rights has changed over the years...even today.  Bringing people in to tell about what actually happened to them and to others not only brings it to life, but also helps another generation to understand that respect for one another is the key for a country that is home to so many different people.


Wagner and Judson Musicians Make State

As a student musician, there is no higher honor than to be selected to the TMEA All-State Band or Choir. Five students from Judson ISD accomplished just that and will be performing soon here in San Antonio.  Paula Wilson (Judson), Scott Roger (Judson), Carlton Graves (Wagner), Natalie Vela (Wagner) and Otoniel Rodriguez (Wagner) were selected for either the All-State Band or All-State Choir. To put this in perspective, only .01% of the musicians around the state are chosen for this select group. Auditions started in November with students advancing through the district and region levels and concluded in January for state.  This achievement is not just a pat on the back for personal pride either, but will also help them garner scholarship money with which to go to college.  They will be performing on February 14, 2015 at the Lila Cockrell Auditorium as part of the TMEA State Convention being hosted here in San Antonio.  Congratulations to these students. 

Paula Wilson - 10th Grade Flute, Judson High School Band, Director – Jeff Keyes

Scott Roger – 10th Grade, Tenor 1 – Judson High School Choir, Director Kay Sherrill

Carlton Graves – 10th Grade, Baritone Saxophone – Wagner High School Band, Director – Mark LeGault
Natalie Vela – 11th Grade, Oboe – Wagner High Band, Director – Mark LeGault

Otoniel Rodriguez – 12th Grade, Bass 1 – Wagner High School Choir, Director - Antionette Harris
This is Wagner HS Choir first TMEA All State student.