Judson ISD

Entries for month: July 2018

Welcoming New Principals At JISD Campuses

The 2018-19 school year for Judson ISD will see some new faces around some of our campuses.  In its regular meeting, the JISD Board of Trustees formally hired the following Principals to lead their respective campuses.  These individuals are very qualified and experienced administrators that have a lot to offer students and staff in their year of upcoming academics.  We want to do all we can to support these and all our principals as they lead each of our campuses to excellence.  

Greg Brauer, Principal at Veterans Memorial High School:

Mr. Brauer has been with JISD since 2007 as a teacher and an administrator and has served on numerous committees and teams to improve instruction and safety.  Most of his time with the district has been with Karen Wagner High School but he's coming to Patriot Nation from Judson Middle School. He will bring a wealth of experience know-how to Veterans Memorial as they graduate their first senior class.  

Sharon Balderas, Principal at Park Village Elementary School:

Ms. Balderas is a veteran teacher who has a mixture of administrative work too.  Most of her years as a teacher in JISD have been at Converse Elementary School where she began in the classroom in 2002.  She's served as an administrator at campuses such as Ed Franz, Judson High School and at Woodlake Elementary School before she was tapped to lead Park Village Elementary. 

Andrea Johnson, Principal at Candlewood Elementary School:

Ms. Johnson has been with Judson ISD since 2011. Hired first as a teacher at Judson High School, she went on to serve as an At-Risk Coordinator at Wagner High School and later the Summer School Principal in 2016.  She has jumped in and worked with several other campuses during her experience in JISD, including Assistant Principal at Kitty Hawk Middle School, Judson Evening High School, Wagner High School for several years and most recently at Masters Elementary before being selected for Candlewood's leadership.   

Linda Cruz, Principal at Crestview Elementary School:

Ms. Cruz has been with JISD for 3 years...all at Crestview Elementary School.  During that time she has been part of the system that brought National Blue Ribbon recognition to the campus as the Assistant Principal.  Seeing how that success happens and working with an experienced staff we know she'll be a great leader in her own right.  

Loretta Davidson, Principal at Coronado Village Elementary:

Ms. Davidson is a 21-year veteran of JISD. She served as a teacher for eight years at Miller's Point Elementary School before moving to administration.  Along with teaching, her experience includes work in Special Education and as Academic Dean at Metzger Middle School before moving on to Wagner, JECA, and later Veterans Memorial as an Assistant Principal.  We wish her and her staff and students every success with this new start.  

Josephine Juarez, Ed. D., J.D., Principal at Judson Early College Academy:

Dr. Juarez has been involved in education for 18 years and has served Judson ISD a good portion of that time. She has worked as an elementary school teacher as well as a secondary math teacher and later as a math instructional coach. She has most recently served as an Academic Dean and Assistant Principal at Judson High School and JECA before being tapped to be Principal at Veterans Memorial High School. Congratulations to her as she begins this new assignment at Judson Early College Academy. 



Rising 9th Graders Prep For Future

The Department of Special Programs hosted the Judson ISD “Rising 9th Grade” 2018 Summer College Planning Boot Camp at Metzger Middle School. Author, educator, college planning expert and motivational speaker, Mr. Mychal Wynn returned to Judson ISD to provide expert college admission and scholarship guidance over the course of a knowledge-intensive 5-day boot camp for students from Kirby, Judson, JSTEM, Metzger, Woodlake Hills and Kitty Hawk middle schools. 

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This comprehensive bridge program enabled the students with their personal outlook about high school including the most important, academics. These JISD Rising 9th graders left with a vast knowledge of expert college admission and scholarship guidance with an actionable and comprehensive 4-year plan to guide them throughout high school career. Throughout the action-filled 5 day camp the participants learned: 

• Why colleges and coaches are looking for leaders who are making a difference 
• How to build a resume’ that will get you into college and qualify you for thousands of dollars in college scholarships 
• How to develop middle-through-high school leadership pathways that reflect their gifts and talents 
• Why you must begin each school year with a set of academic, leadership, and community service goals 
• Why you must become team captains, club officers and qualify for academic awards 
• Why being an athlete is good, being a “scholar-athlete” is better, and being a “scholar-athlete” who is team captain will get you into the best colleges on a full scholarship 


The JISD “Rising 9th Graders” concluded camp with a formal parent presentation night. They shared their college & career aspirations, high school goals and their 4-year high school academic plans. A special thanks to the coordinator of the camp, JISD Military Family & College Readiness Specialist, Sylvia Greenwood, their guest speakers, Wagner High School Athletic Coordinator, Charles Bruce, Veterans Memorial High School Teacher & Coach, Bryan Johnson, Converse Mayor, Al Suarez, Judson High School graduate and academic scholarship recipient, Jose A. Gonzalez, 2016 JISD Boot camp participants Victoria Mata and Jose M. Gonzalez and JECA High School Senior, Kamali Jack. A huge thanks to volunteers, Ian Fernandes from Karen Wagner High School and Tech Skills on Wheels CEO and Executive Directors, David and Keely Collier that came each day to assist. Congratulations to 2018 Judson ISD “Rising 9th Graders” Summer College Planning Boot Camp participants. The future is yours!

JISD Military Connected Partner With SA Futbol Club

JISD Military-Connected students and families have been chosen as the Military City USA Partnership with the San Antonio Current Professional Soccer team. The San Antonio
Current is also known as the “San Antonio Futbol Club” is owned and operated by the San Antonio Spurs Organization. The Judson Independent School District within the Military Family & College Readiness Program students are first time participants of the San Antonio Futbol Club Mentoring Buddy Program. Their goal is to align the concept with the community through community service and to create a mentoring/buddy relationship between each professional player and child while providing family involvement activities. The San Antonio Futbol Club is passionate about the JISD. Their driving force is to impact is to expand, build and help the military community of San Antonio. There are currently 22 students participating in the mentoring program that have one or both parents currently deployed, wounded warriors, battling from PTSD, etc. All 22 students enrolled have been matched with 22 professional players. Activities will be focused on mentoring, buddy systems, family involvement activities due to one or both parent’s disability.

The first kick-off was on May 21, 2018. The students & parents met their mentors, participated in games, bonding time and were provided dinner at the Toyota Field. Our next event “Military Family Night” was held on June 16, 2018. The JISD military-connected students & their buddies kicked off the evening match with the San Antonio FC vs. Sacramento Republic FC at the Toyota Field of San Antonio. The military-connected students & families were provided VIP seating in the “Sky Suites”, and a “Fan Tunnel” experience, high fiving the players as well as walking out and carrying the American Flag on the field for the National Anthem. Judson ISD honors the service and sacrifices of our veterans. More importantly, JISD salutes & commends our military-connected students, because they serve too.

Many thanks from Executive Director of Special Programs, Debbie Grady, Military Family College Readiness Specialist Sylvia Greenwood, The San Antonio Spurs Social Responsibility Coordinator, Ashley Funkhouser and the San Antonio Current Professional Soccer PR and marketing team in making the event and program a success.

Camp Invention: Continuing Innovation Thinking

The science experts in JISD have been busy putting together some engaging curriculum and activities for this year's Camp Invention. The program focuses on the district's Title 1 schools and gives kids the freedom to work and think with others in an environment that encourages imagination and thinking through challenging projects that are fun. Here are some photos from some of the Camp Invention sites.  As you can tell, they had a great time while they learned and created.

Woodlake Hills MS


Copperfield ES


Elolf ES


Franz ES


Hopkins ES


Board Briefs Regular Meeting 7-19-18

Agenda of Regular Board Meeting

The Board of Trustees

Judson ISD


A Regular Board Meeting of the Board of Trustees of Judson ISD will be held July 19, 2018, beginning at 7:00 PM in the ERC Board Room, 8205 Palisades Dr., Live Oak, Texas.

The subjects to be discussed or considered or upon which any formal action may be taken are listed below. Items do not have to be taken in the same order as shown on this meeting notice. Unless removed from the consent agenda, items identified within the consent agenda will be acted on at one time.
A. Roll Call, Establishment of Quorum, Invocation, Pledge of Allegiance (6 members present, Ms. Rodriguez absent,
The board meeting included Dr. Jeanette Ball as supeintendent)
a. Tom Patterson-Trauma Informed Care
A. Consider and take action regarding approving Minutes from the Special Board Meetings held May 30, June 4, June 5, June 12, June 13 and June 18, 2018
B. Consider and take action regarding approving the Monthly Financial Information as of June 30, 2018
C. Consider and take action regarding approving the Cash Investment Report for all funds as of June 30, 2018
D. Consider and take action regarding approving of Expenditures Equal to or Greater than $50,000
E. Consider and take action regarding approving the Cooperative Purchasing Management Fees Report
F. Consider and take action regarding approving the ranking of the Engineering Firms for services related to the Material Testing Phase of the construction at Kirby Middle School
G. Consider and take action regarding approving the ranking of the submittals for Request for Proposal 18-32 Candlewood Fire Alarm Upgrade
H. Consider and take action regarding approving the ranking of the submittals for the Request for Competitive Sealed Proposal 18-33 Veterans Memorial High School - Athletic Fields
I. Consider and take action regarding approving Request for Proposal 18-35 Excess Workers' Compensation Insurance
J. Consider and take action regarding approving a Texas Education Agency (TEA) Expedited Waiver for Foreign Exchange Student Program
K. Consider and take action regarding approving the Inter-Local Cooperation Contract on Cyber Security Academy and corresponding summer camp(s)
A. Consider and take possible action(s) regarding approval of the Personnel Report and Updates Including New Hires, Resignations and Administrative Appointments
1. Principals (see below section 8 items voted on after closed session)
B. Consider and take possible action regarding approving the new staffing request for an Emergency Management Safety Officer. (PULLED BY ADMINISTRATION)
C. Consider and take possible action regarding reinstating the Judson High School IB program. (PULLED BY ADMINISTRATION, BUT AMENDED TO DISCUSSION ONLY)
D. Consider and take possible action regarding the possible approval of an Employee Retention Incentive to be paid during the 2018-2019 fiscal year (PASSED, 6-0)
A. Superintendent Report
1. Construction Report
B. Update on Comprehensive Study on Students on Grade Level and Above (Macias)
C. Discuss Professional Development Programming, Mentor Programs and PD Surveys (Macias)
D. Update on Board Training, Conferences, Events and Consider Future Agenda Item Requests by Board Members
A. Pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.074, Discussing Personnel, the Personnel Report and Updates Including New Hires, Resignations and Administrative Appointments
1. Principals
B. Pursuant to Texas Government Code Section 551.071, private consultation with the Board’s attorney to discuss retention of Gravely & Pearson, L.L.P., with regard to potential construction defects at Converse Elementary
A. Consider and take possible action(s) regarding the Personnel Report and Updates Including New Hires, Resignations and Administrative Appointments
1. Principals (PASSED, 5-0, vote taken without Ms. Eaton)
B. Consider and take possible action regarding retention of Gravely & Pearson, L.L.P., and approval to initiate contemplated litigation regarding potential construction defects at Converse Elementary (PASSED, 6-0)