Dr. Willis Mackey was the JISD Superintendent for some 8 years coming to the district in December of 2007. He has now retired from public education after many years, but he was honored for his contributions to the JISD Community at a recent Converse City Council meeting. Mayor Al Suarez recognized his many achievements as the leader of the district...bringing TAKS and STAAR scores up, passing the 2013 Bond that brought Copperfield Elementary School on line and the new high school that is still being built near Nacogdoches and Evans roads and the creation of Judson Early College Academy and JSTEM. The mayor also brought up the fact that he and the city did not really have much of a connection to the district before Mackey came and now the relationship is vibrant and growing.
JSTEM Academy is a unique school that's dedicated to the immersing of students in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. It's an exciting program, but limited slots are available each year so the district has to determine the incoming enrollment each time through a lottery system. The public lottery event was conducted at the Judson Middle School cafeteria by JSTEM Academic Director Dawn Worley. In the end, names were drawn for 125 openings with a balance of girls and boys and according to feeder schools. It was an exciting event as these students will be embarking on a new path of studies. JISD Superintendent Dr. Carl Montoya is a big fan of STEM and was there for the event and offered his support and encouragement to all the kids and parents attending.
Fiesta is always a fun time at the schools. It typically includes some fun and interesting visits from some of the Fiesta big-wigs...like King Antonio. The Fiesta King and his Court visited Salinas Elementary recently and they had a great time with the kids playing around in a "sword in the stone" dilemma that only a student was able to solve. JISD Superintendent Dr. Carl Montoya was also on hand to present the new Judson Education Foundation Fiesta Medal to the King and he was very impressed.
Delila with her family along with Mr. Hernandez, Coach Meyer, Coach Urbanovsky and Coach Hayes
Delila, Gillespie, wasn't always a Judson Rocket, but she made a huge splash when she came to Judson. She is a two-year softball letterman who signed a letter of intent to play at Texas A&M Kingsville next year.
Delila started her high school softball career at MacArthur High School and played varsity both her freshman and sophomore years. As a sophomore she was a 2nd team All-District selection in the outfield. When she transferred her junior year to Judson High School she was picked as Honorable Mention All-District at 1st base. She is currently starting for the Rockets at centerfield.
In the classroom, she is just as competitive building a 3.6 GPA and a top 25% class standing. Delila will benefit from a scholarship at A&M Kingsville and will be an important part of the Javelina softball program as she pursues her studies in Wildlife and Range.
Little kids get into the Fiesta spirit like no one else. Students at Hartman Elementary School paraded their Fiesta excitement around the school recently complete with their own homemade Fiesta Floats. Take a look!