Part of getting to know the district and the individual campuses when you first arrive at Judson ISD is making visits to the individual schools. That is exactly what Dr. Montoya is doing. But his traveling reading tour has a dual purpose. It's also a way of kicking off his summer reading initiative which we'll all hear more about in the next few weeks. In the meantime, it's enjoyable to Dr. Montoya and it's a great way of introducing himself to students, teachers and staff, so be looking for him.
Dr. Montoya at Park Village ES
...and at Spring Meadows ES
...and at Woodlake ES
The Go Public campaign orchestrated a huge county wide event that showed everyone the health-wise activities and programs that are available to students in public education. Each district participating, including Judson ISD, designated a media campus where photos and video could be shot for news purposes. JISD's media campus was Miller's Point Elementary School and they had a lot going on.
Activities included gymnastics (River City Gymnastics) , cheerleading from Judson High School, and ParkourSA brought a great personal agility demonstration to the kids. Some of the exercising and moving was led by our own JISD Police Department and Gold's Gym made an appearance to talk about personal fitness for a healthy body. There was even a special appearance by "Captain Health ".
Go Public is a Bexar County Public Education initiative that heightens public awareness of the positive aspects of public education that are unique, fun and beneficial to kids.
A big thank you to all our sponsors and to Ms. Smejkal and her staff...especially Reading Teacher Nicole Reich who planned and made this happen.
Theresa Beitel was named KENS 5 Teacher of the Year for Judson ISD. She was presented with the KENS 5/SACU ExCEL Award in her Kitty Hawk Middle School classroom with her students looking on. Along with the honor, Ms. Beitel received a check for $1000 for her classroom to enhance what she does with her students each day.
Theresa Beitel or Terri, as she likes to be called, has been the Behavior Teacher at Kitty Hawk Middle School since 2011 and done some remarkable work. She started in education first as a volunteer at her son's school in Virginia. From there she took steps working in the library and as secretary to the principal. When she came to Kitty Hawk, she first served as a paraprofessional and a substitute teacher before getting her degree from UTSA and later becoming the go-to teacher to help students adjust to difficult circumstances and help establish positive attitudes and outcomes. While she has a special niche in what she does, she is qualified and does teach all core curriculums and social skills.
Aside from her teaching duties, Terri also serves on the Site Based Committee, the Behavior Committee as well as the Restorative Discipline Committee...a new approach to redirecting students behavior that the district is piloting.
She says she found her talent for working in her field after helping her son through some rough spots in his life. He is now a college student doing well academically after graduating from the Judson ISD.
Congratulations Ms. Beitel and thank you for what you do for our students.
Converse Elementary School recently hosted a presentation called “Learning That Moves You” for the morning Pre-K – 2nd Grade students. Ballet San Antonio’s free, interactive, arts education/outreach program brought professional ballet dancers to the school for a demonstration of their warm-up routines, basic dance steps, and a short performance of “Sleeping Beauty”. Some students were invited on stage to dance with the troupe members and try out their dancing skills. The kids really enjoyed the performance and some even tried the dance steps at recess. Many positive comments were heard after the performance including; “Wow, did you see that!”, “That was the most engaging presentation I have seen.”, “Where did the ballet dancers go? and "I want to see them again!” Thanks go out to Ms. Campbell and Ballet San Antonio for this outstanding experience. We hope to have the group return next year.
Recently, Converse Elementary was chosen as the only elementary school and only one of three schools total in San Antonio to participate in a forum for graduate students at The University of Texas at San Antonio. Mary Kay Tyson, Principal, Aimee Bailey, Professional School Counselor, and Noel Wille, Licensed Specialist in School Psychology attended "Principals, Counselors, and School Psychologists: Collaborating for Student Success!" The event brought together UTSA graduate students in the educational leadership, school counseling, and school psychology programs to learn about experiences of professionals working in the respective fields and also how the three roles collaborate in a public school setting. The College of Education and Human Development presented the Converse team with a plaque to commemorate honor and to proudly display on their campus.