To all military-connected parents in Judson ISD! The UTSA Military Academy for Parent Leadership will be holding information sessions to provide each participant with an in depth introduction to higher education as well as valuable resources to be used engaging with our military family community. The Academy is designed to help parents adjust to high school life and establish skills that will assist them in the transition to higher education. Lunch and child care will be provided by the UTSA Center for Military Children and Families. Click on the flyer below for more details.
Virtual Reality Technology can be useful in a lot of ways...especially when it comes to instruction. zSpace is a virtual reality program that brought its mobile lab to the JSTEM Academy. It is an all-in-one computer application featuring a unique stylus that adds a fantastic new element to three dimensional learning. It allows students to interact with the object they are studying. You can take a beating heart, for instance, right out of human model and turn it around, bring it up close and even get an inside look at each chamber, artery and valve that makes it go. This also allows for student collaboration while they study and inspect an object. If a student is working on a project that calls for a specific hands-on assignment or mission on an object and it doesn't go well the first time, they can do it again and correct their mistakes.
This visit showed students and teachers how STEM can be taken to a different level of virtual reality. A big thanks to JSTEM Principal Dawn Worley and K-12 STEM Specialist Deborah Rice for putting this demonstration together for the students.
The Arts are such an important part of a total education and we have teachers that are going the extra mile to make sure it happens. Each year VH-1 Save The Music Foundation considers competitive submissions for its Keys+Kids Grant. This year they awarded just 18 grants across the country at $10,000 a piece. Wagner High School's Choir Department won one of those grants...the only one in Texas. That grant provided a Casio Celviano Grand HYbrid GP-500 piano and an equipment package that allows music and tracks to recorded and used for a number of different rehearsal purposes.
Wagner Choir Director Antionette Harris applied for the grant and was more than happy to demonstrate how the piano worked and could be employed to student musical rehearsals. We congratulate her and all the choir students that will benefit from this great tool for instruction, practices and even performances.
This piano grant was made possible by generous donors like Avnet, Inc. who have been consistently partnering with the VH-1 Save The Music Foundation for years. Avnet is a Fortune 500 company with offices in San Antonio.
Below Ed Morales of Avnet Inc. and Trell Thomas of VH-1 Save The Music