Before long the Kirby Middle School band will need to get its own show manager. The students have been in demand lately playing at some big public events. Recently, they played the National Anthem before the San Antonio Rampage game against Ontario (March 6th) and shortly after that, they were engaged to entertain the crowd at the Spurs game against the Chicago Bulls (March 10th) at the AT&T Center They performed in the foyer to entertain fans as they rolled in for the big game. Congratulations and keep up the good work!
Getting families...especially parents involved in their child's education is probably the single most important ingredient to helping a student be successful. Judson ISD is answering that call in a number of ways and there is a big event that is hoped to make parents and families aware of what is available to them and how they can make that connection. It's called the Family Engagement Extravaganza. It will be held Saturday April 2, 2016 at Judson High School from 10 am- 2 pm. There will plenty activities for kids young and not so young and some very interesting and relevant topics that can really help students and families alike. Take a look at the flyer below for more details and come on out to see the tools available for student success.
Teresa Pena is one of the reasons Judson ISD is producing excellence in so many ways. She was selected as the JISD Distinguished Educator of the Year recently and now is being honored by KENS5 with the ExCEL Award for the quality of instruction she gives her students each day. The TV crew came out and shot video of Ms. Pena in action with her students, interviewed her and even talked with some of her students to get their perspective of why she is so good. She also received a check from San Antonio Credit Union for $1,000. We congratulate her for this achievement. The story about her and her work at the Judson Secondary Alternative School campus will air Thursday, March 24th at 6pm on KENS 5. After it airs on their newscast you can see the video story about her by clicking below.
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The Judson Middle School Orchestra just continues to produce excellence time after time. This year the group went to UIL Orchestra Contest and the Jaguar Varsity Orchestra played their way to straight "Ones" from all six judges that listened to their performance. With all six judges awarding "Ones," that means "Sweepstakes!" And it wasn't just performing prepared music either. You may know that there is a Sight-reading component to the contest...meaning the group gets to look over a musical piece they've never seen before only for a few minutes and then play it. The Judson Middle School Orchestra did a fantastic job. Congratulations to them and their director Amy Rabago. She wanted to thank the following music teachers at the elementary level that have given her such musically developed students. June Tilton - Converse Elem., Crystal Perez - Millers Point Elem., Amanda Hampton - Salinas Elem, Katherine Murdock - Copperfield Elem.
Several years ago the Judson ISD won a huge competitive grant from the Department of Defense (DoDEA) that concentrated on producing excellence in technology education...especially those that are military connected. We have several schools that have high military student enrollments and those campuses have benefitted from some very ambitious tech programs that are really getting some attention. At the recent annual conference of the International Technology and Engineering Educator Association, the DoDEA grant program that JISD created was one of only 24 such programs WORLDWIDE to earn the prestigious Program Excellence Award. This award is one of the highest honors a STEM education program can achieve at any public education level.
A big congratulations goes out to Deborah Rice who is the DoDEA STEM Grant Project Manager.