Jag News

Weekly Updates for Feb 15 - 26

Message from the Principal

Good afternoon Jags!

This past week has been a challenge for everyone as we dealt with power and water outages in many of our Johnson neighborhoods. As we warm back up, we hope everyone is getting back to normal and doing okay.

The 6 week Progress Report will be available in Skyward Student & Family Access on Wednesday. We have two weeks left in the 3rd nine weeks so please continue to keep up with your grades and attendance.

As a reminder, all attendance from last week, 2/15-19, is being waived by the State due to the winter storm. The District is working on correcting everything in Skyward but it will take a few days.

Please be sure to read below regarding the Presidential Volunteer Service Award information and how to pay for AP exams. Counselors are meeting with freshmen students this week through their English classes. At this time counselors will review and advise course selections with each student.


Gary Comalander - Principal

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Social Media connection at CTJ!

Social Media connection to CTJ! Most of the Johnson groups have their own Twitter handles but CTJ as a campus has a Twitter and Facebook account where you can stay connected with all the wonderful things happening at Johnson high school!

Twitter: @CTJohnsonHigh

Facebook: Claudia Taylor “Lady Bird” Johnson High School North East ISD @JohnsonNEISD

Johnson Counseling Social Media info

Here is a great place to go where we will be advertising lots of scholarship information. Our Twitter account is: @CTJcounseling

Counselor’s Corner webpage at www.neisd.net/johnson/counselor features a link for the weekly Counseling Smore.

Johnson HS information

Lawyer by trade, teacher by choice

Great article about one of our CTJ CATE teachers, Mrs. Bianca Edwards! Her classes in Principles of Law, Public Safety, Law Enforcement I and II and Corrections & Security include crime scene reporting, mock jury selections, a clear foundation and application of the law and even how to enter a room while clearing a building. Here is the link to the article.

CTJ Orchestra concert

Please save the date to watch and listen to the CTJ Orchestra and their 2021 Pre-UIL virtual concert! The concert is Tuesday at 6 and 7:30 PM on the Claudia Taylor Johnson High School YouTube Channel!
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Presidential Volunteer Service Awards

Have you heard of the PVSA, Presidential Volunteer Service Awards? Even in this unprecedented year, you can still be awarded for your volunteerism. If you missed the informational meeting, where we talked about logging in hours, deadlines and participation in this year’s awards ceremony in May, then please email Ms. Dixon at ldixon1@neisd.net for questions, or come by A363 during blended learning times.

Johnson PVSA sponsor

AP Exams Payments Extended to 2/26

Advanced Placement Exam Payment Directions

New Process for AP Exams payments to be taken:

February 1st-Feb. 26th.

If a student is choosing to take one or more AP Exams in May 2021, they must complete the registration process by making the payment for the exam(s).

Payment must be made through the “AP Exams Payment” program accessed through the Skyward Student Portal. **must be student account**

If a student is choosing NOT to take one or more AP Exams in May 2021, they need to “Cancel” the exam registration through the same online “AP Exams Payment” program.

If you are wanting to pay cash for your exams, students may make a cash payment only at the Johnson Counselor’s office. We will only take cash payments in the counseling office Monday-Friday between 8:30-10:00am or 3:00-4:00. Please do not come to the counseling office to pay for your AP exams during class periods.

The payment deadline is February 26th by 12 noon.

Symptoms Reminder

Please do not come to campus if you have any of the below symptoms. Remember, all students and employees should self-screen prior to coming to school and stay home if you or someone in your household are experiencing any of the following:

  • Cough or sore throat
  • Shortness of breath
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Chills
  • Diarrhea
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Feeling feverish or temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees Fahrenheit
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Known close contact in the last 14 days with a person who has COVID-19 NEISD is continuing to monitor this situation and will provide additional information as needed.

If you have any of these symptoms at school, you will be sent home and have to quarantine for 10 days, or provide a 'negative' COVID test, or see a doctor for an alternative diagnosis. Please do not come to school if you have any of these symptoms. Thank you

Returning to In-Person Instruction

If you indicated your child will continue to participate in virtual instruction, we realize circumstances can change and you may wish to change from virtual back to in-person learning for your child(ren). The deadlines each month to notify us are as follows:

March 5

April 16

If there is a need to move to virtual instruction please notify your administrator or counselor as needed.

Student Information

JHS PTSA Scholarship 2021

The Claudia Taylor Johnson High School PTSA will award $1,000 scholarships to two graduating JHS Students who are members of the JHS PTSA. (PTSA membership available at www.johnsoptsa.com ) The scholarship will be awarded based on service and volunteerism in our community and school. The application must have a satisfactory scholastic record and plan to attend a college or university by Fall 2021. Application requirements include a completed online application including GPA/rank and a 500 word or less essay.

Deadline to submit your application is March 5, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. Please complete the link below to submit your application:


JPA Senior Scholarship opportunity

The 2021 Jaguar Pride Association (JPA) Senior Scholarship Application for Athletes is now available!

JPA is honored to award one (1) John Albright Heart of the Jaguar Award scholarship of $1500 and four (4) scholarships of $1000. The scholarships are intended to recognize outstanding graduating student athletes at CTJ. We encourage every eligible Senior athlete at Johnson High School to apply!

Download the application and eligibility requirements at our website http://www.JaguarPride.org/jpa-scholarship or use the pdf below. Copies are also available in Coach Soto's office and in the Career Center in the Counseling office. Completed applications are due by 4:30 pm on March 1, 2021.

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Juniors signed up for SAT in March

Students who have signed up to take the SAT in March:

-If you have a Johnson Student ID at all, no matter which year it is from, it will work for SAT testing

-any ID works!

-If you are a virtual student, please make arrangements to stop by the library 9:00-9:50 or 3:25-4:00pm on any day BEFORE the SAT test day. You will not be able to get an ID made the day of the SAT.

Congratulations and Good Luck

CTJ Regional VASE Results!

This weekend several Johnson art students participated in the Visual Arts Scholastic Event. 1588 pieces were entered into this regional event, and a total of 1487 pieces were juried. Of those judged entries, Johnson student works made up a total of 186. While the vast majority of Johnson students medaled for their work, we are especially excited to have a total of 21 pieces moving on to the State VASE competition, setting a new record for the number of Johnson works sent to State! There were a total of 126 pieces selected for this year's State event, meaning Johnson artwork made up about 17% of the awarded works!

While we want to recognize all of our participating students, we wish to especially congratulate those who have had pieces chosen for State.

Ana Mei Quadrato - Doomsday

Anna Escobar - Take Me Back to the Lands of Arizona

Ashley Pham - Time Machine

Asmita Sinha - Talking Birds

Aubrey Warmke - Color of Life

Aubrey Warmke - Girl In Ink

Carmen Lewis - Da Gerb

Daniel Ongmanchi - Let Imagination Soar

Ella Laun - Ugly Words

Jeba Mahapatra - Make A Run For It

Laurel Huff - Dots

Lily Fossum - Dream Garden

Man Nguyen - Internal

Monica Smith - Primative

Pedro Diaz - Cry For Me

Pedro Diaz - Reflection

Samantha Sipes - Takin' A Peek

Samuel Yi - Waiting

Sara Ibrahim - Infinitesimal Portal

Sarah Vick - Amber is the Color of Your Energy

Vivian Whittington - The Face of Bliss

Congrats and Good Luck Jag Artists!

All-State Ensembles include 46 NEISD musicians

Congrats to the 19 CTJ musicians to make TMEA All-State Ensembles this year! Way to represent Johnson HS and NEISD! Here is a link to a great article on the NEISD webpage.

CTJ Swimming Good Luck at State!

Good luck to our Jags swimmers that qualified for the 6A State Swim meet! The Boys meet is this Friday, 2/26, and the Girls meet is Monday, 3/1. Both meets will be at our NEISD Bill Walker swimming pool.

Good luck and GO JAGS!

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Jags Boys Basketball

Good luck to the Jags basketball team as they start their playoff run this week! The boys' team will play Clemens HS on Tuesday, 2/23, at 8 PM in the Paul Taylor Gym on 410/Culebra Rd.

Good luck Jags!

Lady Jags Soccer

Come see the Lady Jags soccer against Brandeis HS this Wednesday at 7 PM and against MacArthur HS this Saturday Night at 2 PM. Both games are at the BAC Soccer Stadium.

Go Lady Jags soccer!

Jags Soccer

This week, our boys will play Brandeis HS on Wednesday with Varsity at 5 PM. The Varsity will play MacArthur on Saturday at 4 PM. Both games are at the BAC Soccer Stadium. Looking to stay on the winning track. Good Luck & Go Jags soccer!

Community Info

CTJ Band Mulch Fundraiser

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CTJ PTSA Membership

It is not too late to be a part of the CTJ PTSA and help everyone at Johnson HS.

Please sign up yourself, spouse, students, grandparents, siblings, aunts and uncles for a PTSA membership. Each membership is only $7 and can be done online in only a few minutes. Unless you choose to attend PTA meetings or volunteer your time (amazing things that are all optional), you have successfully done your part by joining PTSA. The list of folks who care about your student is endless, plus PTA membership also makes a great “thinking of you” gift. It's not too late to join the Johnson PTSA!! Join online at https://www.johnsonptsa.com/store.html

Johnson HS Google calendar

Please go to the Johnson calendar to see all activities. Soon we are hoping that there will be many games, concerts, and events happening every week. There is always valuable information on our calendar for events and deadlines. https://calendar.google.com/calendar/embed?src=isa.neisd.net_1b1jb7tbikidnid7amtotnjk0o%40group.calendar.google.com&ctz=America%2FChicago

Let’s have a great week and Go Jaguars!


Gary Comalander

Pictures of Jags In Action

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