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Weekly Newsletter 10/1/2021

Message to Parents from Dr. Ball

Hello JISD Family,

Happy October 1st! Fall is here, the weather is getting nicer, and the leaves around the district are changing colors. I hope you take a minute to read this week's newsletter. There are lots of things happening around JISD and information that benefits our community members! I hope everyone has a safe weekend!

Judson ISD 2021 Bond Information

Bond Information Meetings

As we are nearing closer to early voting (October 18 -29) and Election Day (November 2), we are encouraging the community to hear more about the upcoming bond ballot for Judson ISD. There are a few remaining Community meetings in the upcoming week. Below is a list of dates and times of their locations:

  • 4-Oct VMHS Athletic Booster community 6:30p Cafeteria

  • 4-Oct Crestview ES community 6:00p Cafeteria
  • 4-Oct Wagner HS community 6:00p Auditorium
  • 5-Oct Judson High School FFA community 6:30p Cafeteria
  • 5-Oct JECA community 5:00p Commons
  • 5-Oct Park Village ES community 6:00p Cafeteria
  • 6-Oct WHS Athletic Booster community 6:30p Cafeteria
  • 6-Oct Judson MS community 6:00p Cafeteria
  • 6-Oct Fine Arts - Wagner Cluster community 6:00p Auditorium
  • 6-Oct Kitty Hawk MS community 6:00p Cafeteria
  • 7-Oct Fine Arts - Veterans Cluster community 6:30p Auditorium
  • 7-Oct Hopkins ES community 5:00p Cafeteria
  • 7-Oct Woodlake ES community 6:00p Cafeteria
  • 7-Oct Spring Meadows ES community 6:00p Cafeteria
  • 7-Oct Franz ES community 6:00p Library
  • 7-Oct Salinas ES community 6:00p Cafeteria
  • 7-Oct Wortham Oaks community 6:00p Cafeteria
  • 12-Oct Judson HS community 6:00p PAC
  • 12-Oct Paschall ES community 5:30p Cafeteria
  • 13-Oct Woodlake Hills MS community 6:00p Cafeteria
  • 13-Oct Judson HS Athletic Booster community 6:30P Cafeteria
  • 13-Oct Fine Arts - Judson Cluster community 6:30p PAC
  • 13-Oct Rolling Meadows ES Community 6:00p Cafeteria
  • 14-Oct Elolf ES Community 5:30p Cafeteria
  • 14-Oct Copperfield ES Community 5:30p Cafeteria

If your schedule permits, please make time to come out and hear about the specifics of the Bond and share your thoughts. Community members may attend any of the scheduled meetings.


Are you curious about the upcoming Bond Election? Want to know more information about how bonds work? Each week we will be providing facts to keep you informed about the bond. Please contact Dr. Fields at if you have any questions. Our goal is for 100 percent of the community to have their voices heard in this election.

What items are included in campus renovations?

The largest portions of the Judson ISD 2021 bond program are focused on significant campus renovations throughout Judson ISD. This bond program will impact every campus in the district.

Every school underwent a comprehensive facilities assessment to determine necessary facility upgrades and enhancements. Campus renovations are specific to each school, but include, as needed: HVAC, gymnasium HVAC, roof replacements, flooring, makerspace labs, site work, energy-efficient lighting, public address systems, playground improvements and shade structures, Career and Technology Education (CTE) programs, drainage improvements, safety, and security, and more.

Why is Judson ISD including a new elementary and middle school in this school bond program?

Judson ISD is still experiencing significant growth in student enrollment. Building a new elementary school (elementary #21) and a new middle school (middle school #6) will address the overcrowding and put the district in a position to accommodate increased student enrollment in the future. Keeping up with growth also enables the district to maintain smaller class sizes.

JISD Celebrates Hispanic Heritage Month

The Judson ISD School Board issued a proclamation designating Sept. 15 through Oct. 15 as Hispanic Heritage Month in the district. Hispanic Heritage Month kicks off with the anniversary of the 1821 Independence Day of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, and Nicaragua. The month also encompasses the independence days for Mexico (Sept. 16) and Chile (Sept. 18).

We celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month to recognize the accomplishments and contributions of Hispanic American champions who have inspired others to achieve success. In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, we would like to share with you all the beautiful ways our campuses are celebrating. We also encourage you to watch a video featuring a few of our Hispanic coaches as they reflect on their culture!

JISD SPOTLIGHTS - Rolling Meadows Elementary

On this week's JISD Spotlights, we would like to introduce someone who always goes above and beyond for our students at Rolling Meadows ES, Gina Ritterhouse. Most of us can agree that it is difficult to measure just how important a school nurse is these days. Yet, she approaches every situation with warmth and an open mind. Whether it is running a wheelchair out to a student on the playground, nursing an injured staff member, or visiting and escorting an ill student back to the clinic, she is always there!

"Our amazing Nurse Ritterhouse is reliable, caring, skilled, and dedicated to her students and school. She is more than just "putting on band-aids" and "holding on ice packs." She keeps our kids safe and heals them with love!" - Teacher, Kristine Adcock.

Rolling Meadows has been incredibly proud to be the home of Gina Ritterhouse since they opened their doors in 2010. She is not only highly knowledgeable and hard-working but is also truly loved by every one of the little wolves at her campus. Her principal, Ms. La Rue, said they wouldn't be able to do what they do without her. Judson ISD appreciates everything our nurses do daily to keep our JISD family safe.

Custodial Appreciation Week

This past week we celebrated National Custodial Appreciation Week, and Judson ISD wanted to thank our hard-working custodians for all they have done and continue to do to make sure we have schools and workplaces that are clean and safe. Below are photos of how our campuses thanked their campus custodians. Be sure to thank the JISD Custodial staff for everything they do make Judson ISD the place to be!

Blood Drive coming to Judson High School

Tuesday, Oct. 5th, 8:30am-2:30pm

9142 Farm to Market Road 78

Converse, TX

If you wish to donate, please register online.

Donors will need to bring a valid ID to the blood drive.

Health Questions – Donors are encouraged to answer their health questions; the MORNING or the DAY of their donation, they will save about 10 to 15 minutes off their donation time.

JISD Spotlights - Salinas Elementary School

On this week's JISD Spotlights, we would like to share with you what is happening inside the walls of Salinas Elementary School. As some of you may know, Mr. Silverman, Principal at Salinas, has a podcast and a blog. He thought it would be a great idea to start a podcast for the students at his campus. The purpose of the blog is to teach his students that they have a voice and that they can use their voices to tell their stories. The student voices can not only be heard locally but across the world.

"The one thing I love about the podcast is editing. Editing can be really hard; thinking about editing and learning about it can help me with the real world." - Breanna Murray, Student Editor for This Ranger Life Podcast

Please take the time to watch this Judson ISD Spotlights and learn more about Salinas' This Ranger Life Podcast. It is available on Spotify, Apple Podcasts, and most places you listen to podcasts.

Ranger Life Podcast at Salinas ES

Judson ISD Special Olympics Fall 2021 Fundraiser

We have officially kicked off our JISD Special Olympics sports with Flag Football practice this week! In an effort to purchase the team's jerseys, help with travel and participation fees while gaining support from our athletes' families, friends and JISD, we have opened up an online Thunder-Rockets Spirit Store. This store is open through Friday, October 15th.

Students begin competitive play on October 23rd and run through December. Basketball will pick up next from January to March, followed by Track & Field and Soccer from February through May.

One of the programs that we are so proud of is our Special Olympics Thunder-Rockets Flag Football team, which is 5-time State Champions. This year we will be on a quest to be 6-time Champions!

We welcome you to help us reach our goal to sell 200 items! Thank you so much for your attention and participation.


If you know of a student who may require G/T services, please submit a referral by December 17th, 2021

To submit a referral to test a student for G/T services, go to or click on the image. For more information, visit

Community Labs COVID Testing

Judson ISD has partnered with Community Labs to provide free COVID-19 screening for JISD students and staff. The screenings happen on a weekly basis, every Monday, to be exact. Students MUST be registered before their first test. Below is a document containing more information about the screenings and how to register your student.

UPDATE: There will be no testing on Columbus Day, Monday, October 11. Testing will be held on Thursday, October 14.

Screenings will be conducted at four different secondary campuses. Parents who have registered their students to test should take their students to one of the locations below on Mondays from 3 pm-5 pm.

  • Judson Middle School
  • Metzger Middle School
  • Veterans Memorial High School
  • Wagner High School

Tell Us Your Story!

Do you have a unique story? An event, student, teacher, or community member you want to highlight? The Judson ISD social media platforms and website are a great way to highlight student and district successes! Every school year, the Judson ISD Communications Team receives hundreds of submissions, and we do our best to post as many district events as possible. Tell us your story! #JudsonISD

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Judson ISD's Multimedia Coordinator, Briana Estrada, at 210-945-5411 or Thank you in advance for your participation.

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