JISD Military Connected Families are back on deck for the 2016-2017 school year with the San Antonio Spurs Organization. The military connected-students and their families at Rolling Meadows Elementary School attended the Spurs vs. Jazz basketball game on November 1, 2016. The game was a thriller match up. Utah point guard George Hill used the lessons he learned in his three seasons with the San Antonio Spurs to hand his former team a rare home loss.
JISD Military Family & College Readiness Specialist, Sylvia Greenwood established this partnership with Spurs Association (NBA), San Antonio Rampage Hockey (AHL) and the San Antonio Current Soccer (USL) in the fall of 2015. The military-connected students and families that are enrolled in the peer-support program will have opportunities throughout the basketball, hockey and soccer seasons to attend games with their families. The JISD dads and moms participating in these family involvement activities consist of active duty military, wounded warriors, temporary duty on assignments, retired military, pre-deployments or post-deployments, reservists, and permanent change of station and civil service employees working on a military installation.
In an election where there are early voting records being set and the political conversation is reaching a peak with election day, students at Olympia Elementary decided to get into the action. The 5th graders there became a "Laboratory of Democracy." They've been learning about the election process and took the opportunity to try their hand at it. Just ahead of the national election, these students went to their own polls complete with ballots and ballot boxes.
Guess what, the election turned out an exact tie...go figure! So if anyone was looking for some insight on how the real election was going to go...no such luck. Time will tell, but it was a great practice in the process of elections.
Science Night at Converse Elementary was a smashing success. The school had graduate students from the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio and teachers with the Voelcker Biosciences Teacher Academy facilitating the activities. There were activities for each grade level, live animals, wildlife trunks, and screenings for blood pressure. San Antonio Waste Management, Converse Animal Shelter and a representative from Bat Conversation were also on hand to provide interactive exhibits for students to explore.
The Kitty Hawk History Club took a recent trip the Bob Bullock Museum in Austin Texas. They explored the rich history of Texas…from the Battle of the Alamo to the Independence of Texas, and the honoring of famous Texans such as Barbara Jordan and Lyndon B. Johnson. The trip sponsors were Ms. Cody Ream, Patty Morales and Mr. & Mrs. Matamoros. Everyone had a great time and the students even received several compliments on their respectful behavior while visiting the museum.
It has been an interesting season so far in one of the toughest athletic districts in the entire state. Judson comes off a disappointing loss last week to Smithson Valley and Wagner came up short in a good performance against Steele. Both schools finish out the regular season with Judson hosting New Braunfels Canyon at Rutledge Stadium and Wagner travels to East Central with kickoffs for both games at 7:30 pm. Let's finish strong!