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PG.31 Political battles don’t stop

City Hall’s business pitch

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JUDSON ISD CONTINUING EDUCATION New fall class schedule included in this issue


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or above 100 degrees with heat indices climbing near 110 on occasion, create sauna-like effects, which can spur muscle cramps and fatigue; exhaustion from water and salt depletion; and even heatstroke. Thus, football coaches in recent decades have limited practices to early mornings and early evenings. So have other fall-sports coaches, as well as marching-band directors, many holding their drills on school blacktops. How things have changed. In the old days, most kids reported to fall practices without undergoing today’s thorough medical assessments, didn’t get frequent water breaks and were only given tablets to boost body-salt levels. Current coaches are better trained about athletes’ physical conditions and spotting warning signs of heat stress. Yet, more needs to be done. The National Center for Catastrophic Sport Injury Research reported 31 heat-related high school football deaths from 2004 to 2013. The University Interscholastic League, the state’s governing body for public high school sports, has instituted a four-day acclimatization period for incoming players, which reduces practices to a single session. The UIL also limited contact practice times and extended rest periods during the fall. Parents can also do their part and learn preventative steps. Several sources are available to help identify indicators of heat stress, including the UIL, the National Federation of State High School Associations, the National Athletic Trainers’ Association and the U.S. Labor Department’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration.


THREE DECADES of TOUCHING lives and CARING for OUR community. For 30 years, Northeast Methodist Hospital, a campus of Methodist Hospital, has been providing quality care to one of Bexar County’s fastest growing regions. We understand the needs of our patients. This has led us to create better ways to serve our community, such as outstanding 24/7 full-service emergency care, an ER app to give you average wait times, surgical and cardiovascular units, a spacious intensive care unit, and inpatient rehabilitation. You never know what type of treatment you’ll need during or after an emergency, but you can rest assured that Northeast Methodist Hospital is one of the most comprehensive hospitals in the area. We are also designated as an accredited Chest Pain Center, as well as a Joint Commission Certified Stroke Center. Most recently, the hospital was recognized as an accredited Heart Failure Center by the Healthcare Colloquium. Our mission has always been Serving Humanity To Honor God by providing exceptional and cost-effective health care accessible to all. And we’re honored that this focus has provided the community and our military residents with outstanding health care services for 30 years. We look forward to serving you for many years to come.

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Making World Heritage our mission by SUSAN YERKES


n 1892, the celebrated journalist Richard Harding Davis wrote: “San Antonio is the oldest of Texan cities, and possesses historical and picturesque showplaces which in any other country but our own would be visited by innumerable American tourists prepared to fall down and worship. “The citizens of San Antonio do not, as a rule, appreciate the historical values of their city; they are rather tired of them … But the missions which lie just outside of the city are what will bring the Eastern man or woman to San Antonio.”

Davis was ahead of his time. Finally, we’re catching up. The day after the United States celebrated the Fourth of July, San Antonio celebrated a landmark occasion when UNESCO named the Spanish missions — five including the Alamo — a World Heritage Site, putting us up there with the Statue of Liberty, Yellowstone National Park and only 20 more places in the country to earn such a designation. How are we affected? Well, like a Spurs championship, it won’t change gas-pump prices or the cost of fajitas at your local H-E-B, but the immensely attractive effect of World Heritage status is projected to add up to another $125 million or so per year to the Alamo City’s tourist economy by 2025. Moreover, for this All-American city, it’s a great point of pride. Winning World Heritage status took the same kind of dedication and teamwork that makes the Spurs such superstars, and it’s not difficult to suggest some analogies. The quest began back in 2006, with — no surprise — the San Antonio Conservation Society, the same group who championed River Walk visionary Robert Hugman’s dream of an

“American Venice” downtown and kept the waterway from being paved over. The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Antonio and its foundation to support the old missions, known as Las Misiones and led by the Rev. David Garcia, emerged as our team’s center. The nearly $17 million Las Misiones has raised and spent on preserving missions Concepcion, San José, San Juan and Espada in recent years proved a powerful plus for the World Heritage drive. Ditto for Bexar County Judge Nelson Wolff, a one-man power forward in his passionate pursuit of greatness for the once-neglected Mission Reach of the river. Stellar shooting guards include the San Antonio River Authority, the National Park Service, Los Compadres de San Antonio Missions, the Paseo del Rio Association and the city, plus so many others. In the last couple of years, the Texas General Land Office has stepped into the role of Alamo conservator, a position long held by the Daughters of the Republic of Texas. The DRT also deserve some credit for saving the Alamo from being consigned to a gas station in the early 1900s and maintaining it as a national treasure for many years. However, with

bold new plans for remaking Alamo Plaza and conserving more of our great and diverse cultural history, the state’s deeper pockets and greater reach make it a strong point-guard assist man. Plus, while the planners are busy envisioning a super-duper renovated Alamo area, here’s hoping reorganizers of nearby Hemisfair will make ample room to connect to the city’s historic confluence of cultures, including a colonial-era acequia recently unearthed in the park, along with the fun, modern attractions and accommodations they’re bringing. The victorious team that won us World Heritage status is planning a citywide celebration Oct. 16-18. That’s just before Founders Day, Oct. 24, an observance of this enchanting city’s remarkably diverse background begun 12 years ago by the late, fabulous Frank W. Jennings, a dedicated amateur historian and author of “San Antonio: Story of An Enchanted City.” Kudos to our World Heritage players! Let’s all get out there and explore San Antonio’s world-class roots, and what they mean to our part of Texas, and the whole world. Give a shout at syerkes@ salocallowdown.com.



OUR TURN Views and opinions about your community

City-county combo deserves a look


he time has come for San Antonio and Bexar County to unite as a metropolitan government, thereby eliminating duplicate services and creating more efficiency. San Antonio already is the second largest city in Texas, and with plans on the books to annex new territory, more and more of the county is disappearing. Wouldn’t it be sensible to finally combine governments, law enforcement, fire departments, public works, libraries, trash collection and other municipal amenities to provide greater uniformity and productivity? During the last legislative session, state Rep. Lyle Larson tried again to introduce a measure paving the way for a

consolidation of city and county services. It seems wasteful to have the city and the county fund so many parallel jobs and functions, especially at taxpayers’ expense. Larson, a Republican representing state House District 122, says taxpayers could save millions. Though the measure was dropped from the Legislature’s agenda, it would have called for a constitutional amendment that could lead to city-county consolidation. Local leaders, sadly, did not rush to Larson’s banner. As in years past, it seems some public servants worried more about keeping their turf than saving residents money and improving functions. Indeed, city and county workers also have expressed fears about losing their government jobs. However, the measure included a provision to protect the employees of political subdivisions integrated into any new city-county government. Though a lot would still have to be worked out, including elections and representation, the time has come for San Antonio and Bexar County to embrace their destiny and create a single — and better — government for the people.

-The Local Community News editorial board includes Harry Lees, Gregg Rosenfield and Thomas Edwards.


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HELP FOR SERVICEWOMEN VETS The third Tuesday every month, Grace After Fire Women Veteran Resource and Support Group meets from 6-7 p.m. at Hands N Harmony Wellness Center, 2401 Universal City Blvd. in Universal City. Meet other ladies who served in the armed forces, and learn about various activities for female vets. Admission is free; refreshments will be available. For more, call 566-1168.

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SCHERTZ CHAMBER EVENTS The Schertz Chamber of Commerce has the following upcoming activities. For more, call 6191950 or visit www.schertzchamber.org. Chamber offices will be closed for Labor Day on Sept. 7: August’s monthly luncheon, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Aug. 18 at Schertz Civic Center, 1400 Schertz Parkway, will







explore target-marketing with Kelly Smith of LeapFrog Promotions, and details about Texas’s broader open-carry handgun law from state Rep. John Kuempel, R-Seguin. General admission is $28, $18 for Chamber members who registered by Aug. 11. Smith will host an expanded seminar on businessmarketing tools during the Chamber’s BizEd Breakfast, 7:30-9 a.m. Aug. 26 at the Chamber offices, 1700 Schertz Parkway. Seating will be limited to the first 12 responders. General admission is $10; free for Chamber members. The Chamber’s September mixer is 5:30-7 p.m. Sept. 3 at Rockstar’s Place, 1248 FM 78, Suite 101 in Schertz. Admission, featuring networking, refreshments and Chamber Cash Drawing, is $10; free for Chamber members. The September Chamber luncheon, 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sept. 15 at the Civic Center, will feature Craig Krause of Direct Development

Training, who will speak about “Millennials in the Workforce.” General admission is $28, $18 for Chamber members who RSVP before Sept. 8. The Chamber is still accepting silent-auction items and raffle donations for its sixth annual Chamber/ Caterpillar Golf Classic, Oct. 9 at The Bandit Golf Club, 6019 FM 725 in New Braunfels. At least half the proceeds will benefit DECA programs at Clemens and Steele high schools. Contact the Chamber offices to donate funds or auction items. The Schertz Chamber Toastmasters convenes each Monday at 6:45 p.m. at the Comfort Inn & Suites meeting room, 5571 Interstate 35 North in Selma.

KEEPING CONVERSE CLEAN The monthly bulky waste dropoff program called “Converse Community Clean-Up!” is 8 a.m. to noon at St. Monica Catholic Church’s parking lot, 501 North St. in Converse. No electronics, batteries, paint and/or accessories will be accepted, along with hazardous-waste items, motor vehicles, concrete, bricks and other construction debris. Converse denizens are required to show proof of residence and current water bills. Similar events are scheduled the fourth Saturday of the month on Sept. 26 and Oct. 24. For more, call 658-8285 or visit www.conversetx.net.

SOCCER, SNACKS, FUN In North American Soccer League action, Toyota Field, 5106 David Edwards Drive, is the site as the San Antonio Scorpions entertain the Jacksonville Armada at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $10; hot dogs, soft drinks and popcorn are a buck each. Other upcoming home matches also beginning at 7:30 p.m. include Sept. 5 versus the Ottawa Fury FC, Sept. 9 against the Carolina RailHawks, and Sept. 12 opposite the Indy Eleven. For more visit www. sascorpions.com or call 495-8686.

NEISD BACK TO SCHOOL Classes resume in the North East Independent School District. Middle schools start at 8:20 a.m. and release at 3:25 p.m.; high school lessons begin at 8:45 a.m. and end at 4:05 p.m.; elementary schools vary, so contact the specific campus for times.

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ST. PAUL’S CHURCH FREE SUPPER During the first Wednesday of each month, St. Paul Evangelical Church, 108 S. Main St. in Cibolo, hosts a free supper from 6-7:30 p.m. For more, call the church at 658-5874.


Comal Independent School District’s 2015-16 semester. Elementary- and secondary-school start times are 7:45 a.m. and 8:30 a.m., respectively. 2015 ROAMIN’ THE HILLS OF OLYMPIA TOGA RUN Come to the Olympia Hills Golf Course, 12900 Mount Olympus St. in Universal City at 8:30 p.m. for fun in a toga. The 5K Toga Run/Walk is $35; the 8K Olympic Run is $45. All military and first-responder runners receive a $5 discount. In addition to the exercise, partake in a costume contest, mascot interaction, glow necklaces, Greekthemed food, beer, drinks and music. For more, call 619-0721 or www.uctx.gov.

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MORGAN’S WONDERLAND AUG. 28, HOSTS SENIORS From SEPT. 11 April through December, let age work in your favor during “Senior Fridays” at Morgan’s Wonderland, 5223 David Edwards Drive in San Antonio. For $8, folks above age 62 can enjoy fun activities on selected dates. For more, call 495-5888 or visit www.morganswonderland.com.

POOL PARTY Music, food and special giveaways will be available during a Labor Day Luau from 3-6:45 p.m. at the Live Oak Municipal Pool, 7901 Shin Oak Drive. Don’t miss one last day to enjoy a splash before season’s end. For more, visit www.liveoaktx.net.


SCHERTZFEST 2015 The city celebration at Pickrell Park, 703 Oak St. in Schertz, is a family-fun event with live music, carnival rides and food, highlighted by a barbecue contest. The seventh annual cook-off features a $10,000-plus purse, with the grand-prize winner receiving $1,200 and a trophy. Sanctioned by the Texas Gulf Coast BBQ Cookers Association, proceeds benefit the Schertz Parks and Recreation Foundation. For questions and entry forms, call Jake Jacobs at 322-2255, Jutta Jacobs at 619-1153 or Natalie Keaney at 619-1636; or check out www.visitschertz.com.

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2015 WALK TO END ALZHEIMER’S Registration opens at 7:30 a.m., followed by a ceremony at 9 a.m. and then feet get moving at 9:30 a.m. during the 2015 Walk to End Alzheimer’s, sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association. The event kicks off at River City Community Church, the former Verizon Amphitheater, 16765 Lookout Road in Selma. To register, go to www.alz.org/walk. For more, call 8226449 ext. 8107 or email BCraig@alz.org.

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CONVERSE LIBRARY CHILDREN’S STORY TIMES WEEKLY Readings are 10:30-11:30 a.m. each Wednesday at the Converse Public Library, 601 S. Seguin St. The free event gives toddlers an early start to literacy through books, music, and arts and crafts. Parents are urged to arrive promptly; youngsters must be supervised. For more, call 659-4160.

NORTHEAST ROTARY MEETINGS The San Antonio Northeast Rotary Club gathers 6:30 p.m. every Tuesday at The Lion & Rose Pub in The Forum shopping center, 8211 Agora Parkway, Suite 112 in Live Oak. For more, visit www.sanortheastrotary.com.


CIBOLO GRANGE MARKETPLACE The nonprofit agricultural WEEKLY and civic organization hosts a Farmers and Artisans Market each Thursday from 2-6 p.m. at Grange Hall, 413 N. Main St. in Cibolo. Homegrown produce and handcrafted items will be available from local vendors. For more, visit facebook. com/CiboloGrangeFarmersMarket or email hunnisnax@gmail.com or cibolo1541@grange.org. TEXAS TRI-COUNTY MONTHLY CHAMBER OF COMMERCE The Chamber’s mixer is slated for 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Aug. 27 at Noy’s Bistro, 976 Coronado Blvd. in Universal City. The Chamber’s luncheon will take place Sept. 15 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Blue Bonnet Palace, 17630 Lookout Road in Selma. For more sites and times regarding

RANDOLPH METROCOM ROTARY The club meets WEEKLY Wednesdays at noon at the Olympia Hills Golf & Event Center, 12900 Mount Olympus St. in Universal City. For more, visit www. randolphmetrocomrotary.org.

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HAPPENING continues from pg. 09 other events during the year, visit www. txtricountychamber.org or call 658-8322. NEVER TOO OLD TO LEARN Kids don’t have to be the only ones returning to school this fall. The North East Independent School District Community Education department presents a multitude of enriching programs for adults, including mastering new languages and much more. Many classes are taught at NEISD classrooms or the district’s Community Learning Center, 8750 Tesoro Drive in San Antonio. For more, visit https://communityed.neisd.net or call Carrie Smith, NEISD Community Education coordinator, at 401-0140.


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GOODWILL PICKUPS ONGOING Goodwill Industries offers donation pickup services for large amounts of clothing, household items and furniture at Bexar County residences. For more, call 271-8881 or fill out pickup forms available at www. goodwillsa.org/home-pickup-services. METROCOM HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PREVIEW IN THIS EDITION - SEE PAGE 23

ON THE HORIZON LIVE OAK SHIN OAK SHINDIG The Live Oak Parks and Recreation Department’s citywide celebration, rained out May 16, is rescheduled for 4-10 p.m. at Live Oak Park, 8001 Shin Oak Drive. The event will feature live music, food, vendor booths and a wide variety of outdoor, family activities. For more, visit a link at the city’s website, www.liveoaktx.net.

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LIVE OAK NATIONAL NIGHT SEPT. OUT KICKOFF EVENT 27 The Live Oak Police Department is hosting a “Sign-Up and Kickoff ” event for the citywide National Night Out on Oct. 6, from 1-4 p.m. at the Target department store at The Forum at Olympia Parkway shopping center, 8234 Agora Parkway in Selma. The city is registering neighborhoods and residential groups for block parties in conjunction with NNO observances. For more, call 945-1700. SCHERTZ CIBOLO VALLEY AREA GENEALOGISTS WORKSHOP The local group will celebrate National Family History Month, 1-4 p.m. at the Schertz Public Library, 798 Schertz Parkway, with a seminar to aid

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families seeking to preserve their histories through demonstrations of genealogy programs, databases, photos, DNA and other methods. Through October, the association is accepting nonperishable food items for the Randolph Area Christian Assistance Program. Admission is free; door prizes will be awarded. For more, call Donna Peterson at 830-609-9006 or email to donna.jane.peterson@gmail.com.

ELSEWHERE “LIGHTING THE WAY” The seventh annual Weston Wright “Lighting the Way” 5K/10K Run Walk will raise funds for the San Antonio Lighthouse for the Blind. The races are chip-timed; there will be activities for the kids, and food and drinks will be available. Check-in starts at 7 a.m. and runners set off at 8 a.m. Registration costs $25 until Sept. 10; it’s $30 Sept. 11-24 and $35 the day of the event. To register, go to www.salighthouse.org/events/. The event is at the Wheatley Heights Sports Complex, 200 Noblewood Drive in San Antonio.

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(Nacogdoches Road) in buildings 6, 7, 17 and 22 in Bracken Village, is a mercantile which offers vendor locations for artists, antiques and merchandise acquired through auctions, garage and estate sales, and painting classes for beginning artists. Hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday. For more, call 259-5049 or visit www.brackenvillagesa. com/therustywheel or Facebook.com/ TheRustyWheelAntiquesPrimitives. (See story on page 32)

2. NICHA’S COMIDA MEXICANA, 7929 Pat Booker Road in Live Oak, is the latest addition and third in the chain of San Antonio-area restaurants that opened the first location 34 years ago. The venue features a variety of Tex-Mex breakfast and dinner items. Hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. For more, call 655-4420 or visit www. nichas.com. (See story on page 33) 3. HANDS N HARMONY WELLNESS CENTER, 2041 Universal City Blvd. in

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As a physical therapist who went on to get her Doctorate in Physical Therapy, I must express my personal and professional appreciation for this great profession. From skin wound care, burns, scars, strokes, facial paralysis, amputations, cardiopulmonary, musculoskeletal, neurological, orthopedic, oncology, pelvic floor, sports, work or life injuries, lymphatic, any bodily function, physical therapy is the foundation for moving forward. Because I live in a human body, I too have had bodily injuries, second and third degree burns, etc, the last being slammed against hard concrete at high velocity due to water on the floor not being cleaned up at a local grocery store. The damage was more than I expected and the road back to a functioning body was longer and more tedious than I could have ever imagined. I will maybe never be the same, but I am even more aware and knowledgeable than ever of what humans go through to become functional again. I thank my physical therapists, physicians, physicians assistants, nurses and caregivers for getting me this far and last but not least, my wonderful profession which has taught me how to survive amidst physical injuries and keep on functioning! I love my patients, and sharing in their journey forward and I love physical therapy! Regardless of where you choose to go, engage in physical therapy for your health and wellbeing.

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LOWDOWN continues from pg. 11 school, currently under construction at Evans and Nacogdoches roads and slated to open in August 2016. Serving JISD since 2010, Clark has an extensive secondary-education background, with instructing and administrative experience in middle school and high school. Clark previously worked as an English teacher at Highlands High School, an academic dean at Sam Houston High School, and as an instructor in the Edgewood and North East independent school districts. JISD officials said Clark will be instrumental in selecting and naming a school mascot, with red, white and blue colors. JUDSON INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT Superintendent Carl Montoya, a certified Master Peace Officer, was sworn in as a reserve Bexar County sheriff ’s deputy during a recent ceremony. With Bexar County Sheriff Susan Pamerleau officiating, JISD Board President Steve Salyer, a sheriff ’s reserve captain, pinned Montoya’s county badge. The superintendent said becoming a reserve deputy will help enhance relationships with area law-enforcement agencies. In 2013, then-Gov. Rick Perry

appointed Montoya as vice chairman of the Texas School Safety Center Board, which assists school districts on safety and violence-prevention issues. GEORGE RICKS ANNOUNCED HIS RETIREMENT AS A TRUSTEE on the Schertz-Cibolo-Universal City Independent School District board July 23. Ricks said he’d remain until the district adds a special election to fill his seat Nov. 3. “After 16 years of service, it is time to step out of my role,” said Ricks, who also is vice chairman of Methodist Health Care Ministry Board and is slated to become chairman next year. “I didn’t think it would be fair to split (serving two boards) and not do a good job for either.” According to SCUCISD officials, student enrollment during Ricks’ tenure grew from 6,000 students in 1999 to nearly 15,000 in 2015. Superintendent Greg Gibson, Board President Ed Finley, trustee David Peveto and others praised Ricks for his service. DOBIE JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL EIGHTHGRADER ERIC LEAL MORALES returned to the National Spanish Spelling Bee, held July 18 in Albuquerque, New

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sway councilmen Cedric Edwards and Daryl John, who voted against the law. Both said if the ordinance were to be effective, it should cover a variety of distractions. The city now bears the burden of proof, Edwards added. “We’ve put our public lawenforcement officers in a position to defend this ordinance. I’m sure some people will challenge it,” Edwards added. The councilman also fears some will see this as simply a new source of city revenue. Interstate 35, one of the most heavily traveled roads in Texas, runs through Schertz. Casas acknowledged the city has never projected how much in fines it could collect. John said the ordinance doesn’t address the overall distracted-driving problem. “I cannot see the difference between talking on the phone in the car, and talking with another person in the car,” he said. “I tried to push for a more comprehensive distracted-driving ordinance that excludes talking on the phone, but that didn’t happen.” A short video about the law is at www. facebook.com/Schertz.Police.Department.

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have been Judson Independent School District superintendent since March, but already I see some great things going on in this district … especially in the classrooms. Here we are, on the threshold of a new school year, and I’m excited to see how it will unfold while experiencing the traditions, pride and academic excellence that are JISD’s trademark. The district’s most recent accomplishments indicate we are going in the right direction. The latest academic-assessment results show Judson ISD has continued to improve on the number of students who meet or exceed state standards in 11 subject areas. Our students continue to put academic distance between themselves and the statewide passing average by bettering their performances over last year in seven areas. Those included reading in grades six to eight, eighth-grade science, English I, biology and U.S. history. The biggest improvement was in seventh-grade writing, where the passing percentage increased by a whopping 10 percent. Another exciting development is how the new high school is coming along. About 65 percent of the opening

phase is complete. All foundations for campus buildings have been poured, most of the utility lines for water and electricity have been established, and the heating and cooling systems are on-site and ready to be installed. As you may already know, the school’s colors are red, white and blue and we are now getting input from the community on what the school’s name should be. The board will determine the name from the most popular suggestions. From there, Principal Christina Clark will work with her school community and students in determining the school mascot, which should be settled shortly after school starts this year. When the school opens to an initial 1,600 students (in grades nine and 10) in August 2016, we’ll have a great campus that will offer a similar range of programs and activities already available at the district’s other two comprehensive high schools. It will also be a magnet school, featuring an in-house print shop and cosmetology program that emphasize a very hands-on approach. A third magnet program also is being considered. While this new school will open with most of the facilities and offerings you would expect, there remains the task of equalizing all programs offered at schools throughout the district – and hope JISD community voters will support that goal in the near future. I look forward to working together with students, parents, and faculty and staff members in making this an exciting year that will become the next chapter of success for Judson ISD.



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DO I USE NAILS OR SCREWS? There is seemingly nothing complicated about a nail or a screw; many are misused due to improper sizing. Therefore, determining the correct nail and screw sizes is essential for the success of your project. Each student receives a comprehensive written manual to take home along with helpful information and tips. Meets from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. — $20 Sept 23 (W) Nora Chavez, Instructor Judson Middle School-Bldg B TOOLS EVERYONE NEEDS IN THEIR TOOL BOX Sooner or later, you’re going to come across a situation in which you need some type of tool. It’s better to have a tool and not need it, than to need a tool and not have it handy. Each

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Meets from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. — $25 Dec 2 (W) Nora Chavez, Instructor Judson Middle School-Bldg B BASIC ELECTRICAL Light up your life! In this class you will learn what you need to know to safely replace or install receptacles, switches and light fixtures and more. Each student receives a comprehensive written manual to take home along with helpful information and tips. A $10 supply fee is due to the instructor at the beginning of class. Meets from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. — $20 Dec 9 (W) Nora Chavez, Instructor Judson Middle School-Bldg B BASIC PLUMBING In this workshop, you will cover the basics of your home plumbing system focusing on toilets, faucets, tub, showers and drains. After the class you will be able to troubleshoot, repair or replace your toilet, faucets and drains. You will also learn what maintenance tasks are required to keep your plumbing system working smoothly preventing water leaks from damaging your home. Each student receives a comprehensive written manual to take home along with helpful information and tips. A $10 supply fee is due to the instructor at the beginning of class. Meets from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. — $20 Dec 16 (W) Nora Chavez, Instructor Judson Middle School-Bldg B

Judson Learning Academy Rolling Oaks Mall-2nd Level next to Sears 6909 N Loop 1604 E #2010 San Antonio, TX 78247 Kirby Middle School 5441 Seguin Rd. San Antonio, TX 78219 Kitty Hawk Middle School 840 Cimarron Trail Universal City, TX 78148 Masters Elementary 2650 Woodlake Parkway San Antonio, TX 78244 Miller’s Point Elementary 7027 Misty Ridge Converse, TX 78109 Olympia Elementary 8439 Athenian Universal City, TX 78148

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MUSIC MORE MARIMBA FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL AGES Advanced marimba techniques will be taught to students who have previously participated in marimba classes. However, beginning students will be able to attend with the assurance of success in the class. For new students, the marimba keys are usually made of wood and struck with mallets to produce musical tones. The keys are positioned similar to those on a piano. Students will be taught through the use of music composed by Walt Hampton and Doug Edwards. They will learn new techniques to play this melodic percussion instrument. Coronado students that remain on campus until the 4:00 p.m. start of the class must enroll in the Adventure Club After School program to remain on campus if not already enrolled for a weekly drop-in rate of $15. For enrollment information to Adventure Club, call 619-0429. (Min 8/Max 20) Class meets Thurs. 4:00-5:30 p.m. for 6 weeks — $49 Sess 1: Sept 10, 17, 24, Oct 1, 8, & 15 Sess 2: Oct 22, 29, Nov 5, 12, 19, & Dec 3 (no class Nov 26) Bonnie Anderson, Teacher Coronado Village - Music Room

SING ALONG GUITAR LESSONS – BEGINNERS Ages 6 & Up For centuries, the guitar has been the most popular musical instrument of choice. Guitar-like instruments can be found throughout history since ancient times. European settlers coming to the New World brought the instrument with them to America. It has evolved through the years to become one of the most popular instruments. Learn to sing along while you learn to play the guitar. Your teacher, Raquel Castillo, is young at heart & has been teaching for years. She loves to pick a tune and sing along. She will teach you how to tune your guitar. Accompany yourself with chords and learn how to play this popular instrument that has withstood the changing test of time. Bring your guitar and learn to pick a tune with our expert! Students will receive lessons to practice at home to develop their skills. This class is geared for 6 year olds & up. (Min5/max.10) Tuesdays for 6 sessions 5:30-6:30 p.m. — $72 Sess 1: Sept 8, 15, 22, 29, Oct 6, & 13 Sess 2: Oct 20, 27, Nov 3, 10, 17, & Dec 1 Raquel Castillo, Instructor Judson Middle School Bldg B

PIANO LESSONS FOR BEGINNERS LEVEL 1 & 2 Ages 6 - 12 Beautiful melodies played by pianists have entertained many generations. Has your child always wanted to play the piano? Find out if your child can develop the talent and skills to play a modern marvel that has opened the doorway to learning other instruments! Join this fun class to learn how to play a tune by ear and to learn basic music theory. Students will receive lesson handouts to practice at home. For students to develop their skills at playing the piano, it is recommended that they practice at least ½ to 1 hour per day. Students will be advanced from Level 1 to Level 2 by the instructor as their skills improve. In Level 2 students will continue learning more about the treble clef, base clef & advance to sharps & flats. Bring your keyboard to class. (Min5/ max.10) Tuesdays for 6 classes 6:45-7:45 p.m. — $72 Sess 1: Sept 8, 15, 22, 29, Oct 6, & 13 Sess 2: Oct 20, 27, Nov 3, 10, 17, & Dec 1 Raquel Castillo, Instructor Judson Middle School Bldg B

COMPUTER CLASSES PIANO LESSONS FOR BEGINNERS LEVEL 1 & 2 Age 13 – Adults Have you always wanted to play the piano? You are never too old to learn! Find out if you have the talent & learn how to develop your skills to play beautiful melodies! Join this fun class taught by Raquel Castillo. She will teach you how to play a tune by ear and she will also teach basic music theory. Students will receive lesson handouts to practice at home. For students to develop their skills at playing the piano, it is recommended that they practice at least ½ to 1 hour per day. Students will be advanced from Level 1 to Level 2 by the instructor as their skills improve. In Level 2 students will continue learning more about the treble clef, base clef & advance to sharps & flats. Bring your keyboard to class. (Min5/max.10) Tuesdays for 6 classes 8:00 – 9:00 p.m. — $72 Sess 1: Sept 8, 15, 22, 29, Oct 6, & 13 Sess 2: Oct 20, 27, Nov 3, 10, 17, & Dec 1 Raquel Castillo, Instructor Judson Middle School Bldg B

CPR, FIRST AID & AARP DRIVER SAFETY CARDIOPULMONARY RESUSCITATION (CPR) BASIC LIFE SUPPORT FOR HEALTH CARE PROVIDER American Heart Association Save the life of a friend or family member. Course covers: - CPR for adult, child, and infant including two-rescuer - Bag valve mask and pocket mask - Foreign body airway obstruction (conscious and unconscious) - Automatic external defibrillation (AED) Intended for certified or non-certified, licensed or non-licensed healthcare providers, such as: - EMT technicians - Physicians, Dentists, Nurses - Respiratory, Physical and Occupational Therapists - Medical and Nursing Students Certification is offered at completion of course & is recognized by the American Heart Assoc. guidelines. One session, 6:00-10:00 p.m. $40 per person Sept 1 (T), Sept 22 (T), Sept 30 (W) Oct 13 (T), Oct 26 (M) Nov 5 (Th), Nov 17 (T) Dec 3 (Th) Rod Jensen, Instructor Judson Middle School – B Bldg. HEARTSAVER FIRST AID AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION Do you really know how to use that first aid kit in your home or office? Learn how to save the life of a friend or family member. Course covers:

One session, 6:00-9:00 p.m. $30 per person Sept 10 (Th), Sept 24 (Th) Oct 5 (M), Oct 22 (Th) Nov 9 (M) Dec 8 (T) Rod Jensen, Instructor Judson Middle School B Bldg.

- General principles of first aid, medical emergencies, injury emergencies and environmental emergencies. - How to manage illness and injuries during the first few minutes of an emergency until professional help arrives Intended for all individuals who have a duty to respond to a first aid emergency because of job responsibilities or regulatory requirements, including:

- Security and Airline Personnel - Camp Counselors - Police and Firefighters - Teachers and Daycare Workers - Aerobics Instructors/Physical-Fitness Trainers - Other individuals who want or need first aid training All classes use 1 full set of manikins and equipment for every 1-2 students in the class allowing for more hands on time.

AARP DRIVER SAFETY PROGRAM In this refresher course AARP members & non-members, veteran drivers will learn defensive driving techniques, new traffic laws & rules of the road. Drivers learn how to compensate for age-related changes in vision, hearing & reaction time. This is not a ticket dismissal course, but drivers may be able to obtain a 3 year reduction in car insurance upon completion. A supply fee of $15 for AARP members or $20 for nonmembers is payable to the instructor (cash or check to AARP). Bring your Driver’s License & AARP membership card (if a member). Contact AARP membership 1-888-687-2277 if you misplaced your membership card. If you have special needs, please let us know when registering. The building is handicap accessible thru south doors. Online registration is not available for this course. Call 619-0426 to reserve seat. Meets for one session 9:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Oct 21 (W) Roy Ball, Instructor Judson Middle School Bldg B

INTRODUCTION TO MICROSOFT EXCEL 2010 – LEVEL 1 You will become acquainted with the Excel spreadsheet program used on most of the world’s computers. Learn the many labor-saving features of this application to enhance your knowledge of spreadsheets for business & your own personal use. Prerequisite: Computers Basics Plus, have keyboarding skills & familiar with the Windows operating system. Meets for 5 classes from 6-8:00 pm — $129 Level 1: Sept 15, 16, 17, 22, & 23 Ryane Smith, Instructor Judson Middle School, Bldg. B-rear entrance INTRODUCTION TO MICROSOFT EXCEL 2010 – LEVEL 2 This Level 2 class builds on what was covered in Level 1. Students will learn to create tables, charts, & learn how to manage lists of data. Create formulas and use Excel’s many built-in functions to perform complex, reliable calculations on large quantities of data. Meets for 5 classes from 6-8:00 pm — $129 Level 2: Oct 13, 14, 15, 20, & 21 Ryane Smith, Instructor Judson Middle School, Bldg. B-rear entrance

MEDICARE DEMYSTIFICATION MEDICARE MONEY SAVING TIPS This class explains the basics of Medicare but more importantly it answers many common questions about Medicare as well as questions you would never know to ask. A lot of what you learn is not available on the internet, is difficult to find, or requires a serious time commitment to acquire. We will be addressing the following questions and more: When should I apply for Part B? What are the penalties for not taking Part B when it is first available? What are the benefits of not taking Part B when it is first available? What are the penalties for not taking Part D when it is first available? I’m losing my group insurance – what should I do? I have TRS, Tri-Care or VA benefits – is there anything I need to be aware of? What are the lock-in provisions of Part D plans & Medicare Advantage Plans? What are the pros & cons of Medicare Supplements & Medicare Advantage Plans? What are the rating methods used to determine the costs of supplements? What is Medicare assignment? What are loss ratios & how will they affect me? What triggers your “Open Enrollment” period? When is Medicare my primary coverage and when is it not? What are the four different enrollment periods? The choices you make when you first become eligible for Medicare will have a huge impact on your future costs, whether they escalate rapidly or increase gradually. It will also determine the quality of care as well as the choice of where you receive your care tomorrow. This class will be the last piece of information you will need in order to make informed decisions about your Medicare options. (Min2/Max20) Meets from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. $10 per person or $15 per couple Sept 1 (T) JMS, Oct 7 (W) JLA Nov 4 (W) JMS, Dec 3 (Th) JLA John Young, Instructor Judson Learning Academy (JLA) Judson Middle School-Bldg B (JMS)

FA L L 2 0 1 5 G E D, E S L & G E D C O M P U T E R T E S T I N G GED & ESL Classes Meet at 102 School St. Annex Bldg., Converse, TX GED PREPARATION PROGRAM & ESL CLASSES GED (General Educational Development) Preparation Program GED classes assist students in preparing to take the GED exams (Science, Social Studies, Reasoning Through Language Arts & Mathematical Reasoning). Students gain academic skills necessary for the successful completion of their Texas high school equivalency certificate. Classes are structured and led by a teacher. Students must attend mandatory registration & enroll. Eligible students must be 18 years or older. Students that are 17 years old must have withdrawal forms from last school attended & accompanied by a parent or guardian. Students that are16 years old must be accompanied by a parent or guardian, present a copy of the court order & withdrawal documentation from last school attended. No walk-ins after registration. Registration and classes meet at 102 School Street, Converse, TX in the annex building (located next to the Judson ISD Police Station). MORNING GED CLASS REGISTRATION (MANDATORY) Aug 12, 2015 (Wed.) at 8:30 a.m. (Placement testing will take 2-3 hours.) Classes begin Sept 8, 2015 & meet on Tues., Wed., & Thurs. from 9:00 am–12:00 p.m. Classes end Dec. 18, 2015 (Thurs.)

EVENING GED CLASS REGISTRATION (MANDATORY) Aug 13, 2015 (Thurs.) at 6:00 p.m. (Placement testing will take 2-3 hours.) Classes begin Sept 8, 2015 & meet on Tues., Wed., & Thurs. from 6:00 pm – 8:30 p.m. Classes end Dec. 18, 2015 (Thurs.) ESL (ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE) CLASSES The ESL course is for adults who wish to learn or improve their speaking, reading, and writing skills in the English language. The Civics portion provides a basic introduction to U.S. history & government as well as preparation for students applying for citizenship. Registration is first-come, first served; so come early. Bring a form of identification, i.e. driver’s license, state I.D. or social security number. No walk-ins after registration. Registration and classes meet at 102 School Street, Converse, TX in the annex building (located next to the Judson ISD Police Station). MORNING ESL CLASS REGISTRATION (MANDATORY) Aug 10, 2015 (Mon.) at 8:30 a.m. (Placement testing will take 2-3 hours.) Classes begin Sept 8, 2015 & meet on Tues., Wed. & Thurs. from 9:00 am-12:00 p.m. Classes end Dec. 18, 2015 (Thurs.)

AUTO BODY REPAIR & WELDING BEGINNING AUTO BODY REPAIR Does your car’s body need repairs? Does it cost too much? Do it yourself! Take this class taught by Ken Tucker and learn how to do basic auto body repairs & refinishing on your own vehicles. You will learn how to take out dents, basic MIG welding skills, how to use auto body hand & power tools, use different spray guns, paint & polish cars. Different paint systems will be discussed, along with different preparation methods. Students can bring a mail box or fender to class for doing a custom paint job. No individual cars allowed for this class. This is a basic class that will allow you to bring in your vehicle for the Judson High School Advanced Auto Body students to repair & paint. You would need to make arrangements with Mr. Tucker and let him look at the vehicle. Please call Mr. Tucker at Judson High School for more details, or email him at ktucker@judsonisd.org. Class meets Thurs. for 6 classes from 6 – 8:30 pm $259 Sess 1: Sept 10, 17, 24, Oct 1, 8, & 15 Sess 2: Oct 22, 29, Nov 5, 12, 19 & Dec 3 (no class Nov 26) Kenneth Tucker, Teacher Judson High School F Bldg Room F118




WELDING I In this class, you will receive an introduction to oxy-acetylene welding & learn basic welding techniques & safety measures. You will learn welding & cutting as well as MIG:ARC welding. Registration deadline for enrolling in the class is the Wednesday before the class begins on Monday. (Min5/Max10) Meets Mondays for 6 classes from 6:00 – 8:30 pm ‚— $259 Sess 1: Sept 14, 21, 28, Oct 5, 12, & 19 Richard Dawdy, Teacher Wagner High School Shop Building WELDING PLUS The prerequisite for this course is Welding I. You will build on the techniques & skills learned previously. Bring a project or start your own welding project in class. Students will learn different welding techniques & welding layout. Meets Wed for 6 classes from 6:00 – 8:30 pm —$259 Sess 1: Oct 21, 28, Nov 4, 18, (no class Nov 25) Dec 2, & 9 Richard Dawdy, Teacher Wagner High School Shop Building

EVENING ESL CLASS REGISTRATION (MANDATORY) Aug 11, 2015 (Tues.) at 6:00 p.m. (Placement testing will take 2-3 hours.) Classes begin Sept 8, 2015 & meet on Tues., Wed., & Thurs. from 6:00 pm – 8:30 p.m. Classes end Dec. 18, 2015 (Thurs.) For more information visit our website at www.JudsonISD.org

EL PROGRAMA DE PREPARACION PARA GED Y ESL/CIVICS La informacion de registracion para las clases de GED y ESL/Civics en espanol, estaran en el periodo de la Primavera. Los estudiantes se registraran en Enero para las clases de GED y ESL/Civics en espanol por la manana y por la tarde. Para mas informacion visite la pagina electronica www.JudsonISD.org.

GED TESTING CENTER INFORMATION You can register for the GED CBT (Computer Based Test) series at: www.ged.com. Please note that ALL registration, scheduling and payment must be submitted online via a secure portal. The JISD GED Test Center is on the second floor of the Judson Edu-

cation Community Center located at 102 School Street, Converse, TX. The computer based testing (CBT) series is available in English and Spanish. Valid ID required. You may also visit the Test Center’s webpage under the COMMUNITY tab at www.judsonisd. org. Click the GED PROGRAM link.


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Additionally, Ed2Go offers a large variety of interactive online courses led by expert instructors. Courses begin monthly & are 6 weeks in length. Go to http://www.ed2go.com/ judson to view the catalog or search for a specific class of interest to you. You can study at your own pace any time of day or evening. Categories include: Accounting & Finance Business & Professional College Readiness Computer Applications Design and Composition Health Care and Medical Language and Arts Law and Legal Personal Development Teaching and Education Technology Test Preparation (SAT/ACT,GED, GMAT, GRE, LSAT, etc.) Writing and Publishing

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HEALTH & WELLNESS INTRODUCTION TO ESSENTIAL OILS Come learn about the amazing powers of pure, therapeutic grade essential oils, which are the ORIGINAL medicine. This introductory class will help you understand the history of essential oils, what they are, & how they support our bodies’ physical, mental & emotional & even spiritual well-being. Learn how to boost your immune system naturally & to treat minor problems without medications. You will experience some of the most common oils & learn their uses. Only pure, therapeutic grade (nonadulterated) essential oils will be used. However, these statements have not been evaluated by the FDA. Products and techniques mentioned are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure or prevent any disease. Information provided in class is in no way intended to replace proper medical help. Consult with the health authority of your choice. A $5 supply fee to cover cost of oils & materials is payable to the instructor at the beginning of class. This class is led by: Jean Dukes, RN, & Certified Aromatherapist. (min.5/max.15) Meets once from 6:30-9:00 pm — $20 per person Sept 29 (T), Nov 18 (W) Jean Dukes, Instructor, Judson Learning Academy (JLA) GREEN HOUSEKEEPING IS CLEANING MAKING YOU SICK? Would you like to learn how to replace harmful chemical cleaners with safe, effective, naturally antibacterial products (and save money, too)? Learn to make your own non-toxic products such as laundry detergent, all-purpose cleaner, air freshener, and more, using safe, natural ingredients. A $10 supply fee to cover cost of materials is payable to the instructor at the beginning of class. (min.5/max 15) Meets once from 6:30-9:00 pm— $20 per person Oct 22 (Th) Jean Dukes, Instructor, Judson Learning Academy (JLA)

TEXAS ADVANCE DIRECTIVES LIVING WILLS, MEDICAL POWER OF ATTORNEY, OUT OF HOSPITAL DNR, ETC. This class will teach participants about Texas Advance Directives. You will learn documents that may be required in a medical emergency situation for anyone 18 years or older. Come learn about this before the need arises and then it is too late. Students will be able to complete these documents in class & notarization of class documents is included in the cost of the class. At the end of the course, students will be provided with a folder containing their completed original documents. (The instructor is a notary and other documents can be notarized at the end of class fee of $5 payable to instructor for documents brought in by students). Meets 3 times from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m. $89 Sess 1: Oct 8, 15, & 22 (Thur) Instructor: Sabrina Allen, MBA, LCSW, FAPA Judson Middle School – B Bldg.

CRAFTS & HOBBIES SEW YOUR OWN CLOTHES Ages 8 - Adults This class will guide you through measuring, cutting, patterns, & designing an outfit made with a pattern to fit you. Bring to class: thread, scissors, needles, straight pins, pin cushion, tissue paper, ruler, measuring tape, 3 yards material for a pair of pants & portable sewing machine. Additional projects will be completed. For ages 8 & up. Meets Mon for 6 classes 6:30-8:30 p.m. — $74 Sess 1: Sept 14, 21, 28, Oct 5, 12 & 19 Sess 2: Oct 26, Nov 2, 9, 16, 30, & Dec 7 (no class Nov 23) Raquel Castillo, Instructor, Judson Middle School Bldg B




KIDS & TEEN CONNECTIONS KARATE FOR ALL BY HILL COUNTRY KARATE This fun course for children is designed for self-defense purposes emphasizing safety awareness. Self-discipline, rather than aggressiveness, is promoted. A certified black belt instructor teaches various karate/self-defense techniques & forms. Visit a class for a free trial session! You may register on site. Juniors include ages 5-12 and Adults include ages 13 and older. Uniforms are available for $35 (tax included). Nick Smith, Instructor. Ten weeks of classes or equivalent time due to holidays. $50 semester (plus additional $5 registration fee and $5 insurance fee= $60 total fee) Hopkins Elementary Gym - Mondays Sept 14 – Nov 16, 2015 Juniors 6:30-7:30 pm - Adults 7:30-8:30 pm F. Luna, Instructor Masters Elementary Gym - Mondays Sept 14 – Nov 16, 2015 Juniors 6:00-7:00 pm - Adults 7:00-8:00 pm D. Knebel, Instructor Woodlake Hills Middle School Gym Tuesdays - Sept 8 – Nov 17, 2015 Juniors 6:30-7:30 pm - Adults 7:30-8:45 pm B. Breithaupt Converse Elem. Gym - Tuesdays Sept 8 – Nov 17, 2015 Juniors 6:00-7:00 pm - Adults 7:00-7:45 pm D. Fullerton, Instructor Miller’s Point Elem. Gym - Thursdays Sept 10 – Nov 19, 2015 Juniors 6:30-7:30 pm - Adults 7:30-8:30 pm L. Hitchens, Instructor Rolling Meadows Elem. Gym - Thursdays Sept 10 – Nov 19, 2015 Juniors 6 pm-7 pm - Adults 7:00 – 8:00 pm J. Hibbard, Instructor ART STARZ Ages 6-12 Join us for a whole semester of creative FUN as we explore drawing, painting and clay sculpture. Students are taught by a professional artist and will learn basic art principles such as composition, color theory and critical thinking skills. They will paint in watercolor and acrylics; draw with pencils and soft pastels; create a clay sculpture that will be “TEXAS” friendly and will be kiln fired to last a lifetime! Classes meet from 2:45 p.m. to 3:45 p.m. (Min5/Max18) $89.00 per session SESSION ONE: Coronado Elem.– Tues. Sept 8, 15, 22, 29, Oct 6, & 13 Millers Point Elem. – Weds. Sept 9, 16, 23, 30, Oct 7, & 14 Olympia Elem. – Weds. Sept 9, 16, 23, 30, Oct 7, & 14 Copperfield – Thurs. Sept 10, 17, 24, Oct 1, 8, & 15 Rolling Meadows Elem.– Thurs. Sept 10, 17, 24, Oct 1, 8, & 15 SESSION TWO: Coronado Elem.– Tues. Oct 20, 27, Nov 3, 10, 17, & Dec 1 (no class Nov 24) Millers Point Elem. – Weds. Oct 21, 28, Nov 4, 18, Dec 2 & 9 (no class Nov 11 & 25) Olympia Elem. – Weds. Oct 21, 28, Nov 4, 18,

Dec 2 & 9 (no class Nov 11 & 25) Copperfield – Thurs. Oct 22, 29, Nov 5, 12, 19, & Dec 3 (no class Nov 26) Rolling Meadows Elem.– Thurs. Oct 22, 29, Nov 5, 12, 19, & Dec 3 (no class Nov 26) MINECRAFT MACHINERY GRADES 3 TO 5 Bits, Bytes & Bots Explore the amazing world of Minecraft™ while learning about engineering, problem solving, and basic coding. Programming robots to harvest resources introduces basic coding skills. Explore logic circuitry to build complex traps and contraptions using in-game electricity (what the game calls redstone). We harness the power of Minecraft™ to help your kids write their first code. They think they’re playing a game, but you know better! (Min5/Max12) $120 Meets 2:45 – 4:15 p.m. for 6 weeks Copperfield – Weds. Sept 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, & Oct 7 Elolf Elem. – Tues. Sept 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, & Oct 6 Chris Rodriguez, Instructor STOP MOTION MOVIE - GRADES 3 TO 5 Bits, Bytes & Bots Turn dreams into reality using stop-motion animation and digital post-production editing to create movies. Students incorporate special effects enabling them to experience the over-all movie making adventure while reinforcing key writing concepts such as introductions, settings, main ideas, etc. The script is up to their imaginations. Kids work in pairs making this the perfect class to take with a friend. Students will take their movies home to share with friends and family. (Min5/Max12) $120 Meets 2:45 – 4:15 p.m. for 6 weeks Copperfield – Weds. Oct 21, 28, Nov 4, 18 (no class Nov 11 & 25) Dec 2, & 9 Chris Rodriguez, Instructor VIDEO GAME CREATION - GRADES 3 TO 5 Bits, Bytes & Bots Sneaky learning at its best! Capitalize on your kids’ love for video games by letting them build their own. Their imagination is the limit as they use GameMaker Studio™ software to create their unique video games. Your kids will learn programming, apply concepts they’ve learned in math, and have a blast all at once. We use drag and drop programming to create exciting and professional looking games they take home to play with friends & family. (Min5/Max12) $120 Meets 2:45 – 4:15 p.m. for 6 weeks Elolf Elem. – Tues. Oct 20, 27, Nov 3, 10, 17, & Dec 1 (no class Nov 24) Chris Rodriguez, Instructor CHILDREN IN CHARGE Babysitting, Emergencies, CPR This course is designed for children beginning at age 7 & up. They will learn the

steps to take when babysitting, or alone at home when faced with an emergency. Instruction will be given in the following areas: child & infant CPR, clearing an obstructed airway, First Aid training dealing with home emergencies, fire safety, crime prevention, & telephone etiquette. $25 per child Meets 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Rolling Meadows Elem. Sept 24 (Th) Copperfield Elem. Oct 22 (Th) Judson Middle School – Bldg. B Nov 9 (M) Rod Jensen, Instructor A PLACE WHERE YOU CAN BE YOURSELF Drama Kids International (DKI) Drama Kids who take our classes have tons of fun & develop important confidence-building skills that will help them personally & academically. Activities include: improvisations, mini-scripts, speaking skills, character analysis, theater games, creative movement, etc. The fall semester ends with a presentation for parents & family. The spring semester ends with a final Spring Performance for all the family & friends to enjoy! If you want your child to get a jump on achievement & success, enroll them today! The Difference is Dramatic! Drama Kids classes meet after school. Visit www. dramakids.com/tx6 for more information & to enroll or call Sandy Detamore at 830-216-7222. Tuition is based on $13 per week. $50 monthly Coronado Village Elem. – Mon Ages 5-12 Sept 14 to May 23 from 2:45 – 3:45 p.m. Kitty Hawk Middle School – Tues Ages 11-17 Sept 8 to May 24 from 4:15 – 5:15 p.m. Salinas Elem. – Tues Ages 5-12 Sept 8 to May 24 from 2:45 – 3:45 p.m. Copperfield Elem. - Tues Ages 5-12 Sept 8 to May 24 from 2:45 – 3:45 p.m. Masters Elem. – Weds Ages 5-12 Sept 2 to May 25 from 2:45 – 3:45 p.m. Rolling Meadows Elem. – Weds Ages 5-7 Sept 2 to May 25 from 2:45 – 3:45 p.m. Rolling Meadows Elem. – Weds Ages 8-12 Sept 2 to May 25 from 4:00 – 5:00 p.m. Converse Elem.– Thurs Ages 5-12 Sept 3 to May 26 from 2:45 – 3:45 p.m. Olympia Elem. – Fri Ages 5-12 Sept 11 to May 27 from 2:45 – 3:45 p.m. Sandy Detamore, Director FRIDAY NITE LIVE – PLANET KIDZ for Ages 6-12 Parents and Students!! Judson would like to invite you to one of our locations to enjoy a night full of exciting activities and entertainment. Events can include a live DJ, numerous sports, dancing, tournaments, contests, celebrity appearances, crafts, face painting, demonstrations and classes, give-aways and prizes!! Each Friday has a theme with a variety of activities for our kids! Registration forms must be completed on your first visit, of each school year. Parents are required to sign their child in and out. You must bring your Driver’s License to sign them out. Registration forms can be downloaded

from www.planetkidz.org. Concessions are available at an additional cost by purchasing tickets. Opens on Fridays starting Sept 4 Will not meet on: Oct 9, Nov 20 & 27, Dec 18, & 25 Hours: 7:00-10:30 p.m. (Late pick up fee of $5.00) Cost - $12.00 per child (cash or credit cards only) Concession Tickets - $0.25 each Locations: Copperfield, Elolf Rolling Meadows (no FNL Oct 23) TEE IT UP WITH TGA Premier Junior Golf TGA Premier Golf brings the golf course to your school & classes meet immediately after school! Our national, award winning, 5 level program is designed for children & builds upon the educational concepts they learn in the classroom including math & science. Fun & safety come first in every TGA class, but the curriculum focuses on improving motor skills & physical fitness as well as instilling self-confidence & life values through professional golf instruction. Students learn the fundamentals, etiquette & rules of the game in the comfortable environment of their school campus with a low 10:1 student to professional instructor ratio. Equipment and training materials are provided so children of all skill levels have the chance to come out & tee it up with TGA. Meets for 5 weeks - $99 Rolling Meadows Elem. Mon. 2:45 – 3:45 p.m. Sess 1: Sept 28, Oct 5, 12, 19, & 26 Sess 2: Nov 2, 9, 16, 30, & Dec 7 (no class Nov 23) Copperfield Elem – Tues. 2:45 – 3:45 p.m. Sess 1: Sept 29, Oct 6, 13, 20 & 27 Sess 2: Nov 3, 10, 17, Dec 1, & 8 (no class Nov 24) Olympia Elem – Thurs. 2:45 – 3:45 p.m. Sess 1: Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29 Sess 2: Nov 5, 12, 19, Dec 3 & 10 (no class Nov 26) KINDERCOMBO DANCE Grades K – 5 Students experience a beginner – intermediate level combination of Ballet, Tap & Jazz dances. Introducing children to many forms of dance, fitness & movement experiences provides a solid & healthy foundation upon which to grow. Children develop self-confidence, social skills along with learning proper technique & terminology. This class is taught by a professional dance teacher with performance & teaching experience. Meets for 6 weeks - $78 From 2:45 – 3:45 p.m. Copperfield – Mondays Sess 1: Sept 14, 21, 28, Oct 5, 12, & 19 Sess 2: Oct 26, Nov 2, 9, 16, 30, & Dec 7 Franz Elementary – Mondays Sess 1: Sept 14, 21, 28, Oct 5, 12, & 19 Sess 2: Oct 26, Nov 2, 9, 16, 30, & Dec 7 Millers Point Elementary – Mondays Sess 1: Sept 14, 21, 28, Oct 5, 12, & 19 Sess 2: Oct 26, Nov 2, 9, 16, 30, & Dec 7

Olympia Elementary – Tuesdays Sess 1: Sept 15, 22, 29, Oct 6, 13, & 20 Sess 2: Oct 27, Nov 3, 10, 17, Dec 1 & 8 Rolling Meadows Elementary – Tuesdays Sess 1: Sept 15, 22, 29, Oct 6, 13, & 20 Sess 2: Oct 27, Nov 3, 10, 17, Dec 1 & 8 Woodlake Elementary – Tuesdays Sess 1: Sept 15, 22, 29, Oct 6, 13, & 20 Sess 2: Oct 27, Nov 3, 10, 17, Dec 1 & 8 Converse Elementary – Wednesdays Sess 1: Sept 16, 23, 30, Oct 7, 14, & 21 Sess 2: Oct 28, Nov 4, 18, Dec 2, 9, & 16 Coronado Elementary – Wednesdays Sess 1: Sept 16, 23, 30, Oct 7, 14, & 21 Sess 2: Oct 28, Nov 4, 18, Dec 2, 9, & 16 Elolf Elementary – Wednesdays Sess 1: Sept 16, 23, 30, Oct 7, 14, & 21 Sess 2: Oct 28, Nov 4, 18, Dec 2, 9, & 16 Masters Elementary – Thursdays Sess 1: Sept 17, 24, Oct 1, 8, 15, & 22 Sess 2: Oct 29, Nov 5, 12, 19, Dec 3 & 10 Salinas Elementary – Thursdays Sess 1: Sept 17, 24, Oct 1, 8, 15, & 22 Sess 2: Oct 29, Nov 5, 12, 19, Dec 3 & 10 ADVENTURE CLUBS AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM – 2015 FALL Enrichment program for children ages 5-12 Meets Mondays through Fridays Closed School Holidays & Open Early Release Days Open After School to 6:00 p.m. Aug. 24 – Dec. 18, 2015 All fees must be paid in advance $35 Non-refundable Registration Fee for students. After School fee for Non-Title Schools $150.00 per month per child (Copperfield, Coronado, Masters, Olympia, Rolling Meadows, & Salinas) After School Fee for Title I Schools- $140.00 (Converse, Crestview, Elolf, Franz, Hartman, Hopkins, Millers Point, Park Village, Paschall, Spring Meadows, & Woodlake) $10 discount on 2nd sibling JISD Employee discount $10 per month per child Drop-In Rate — $15 per day Early Release Drop — In $20 per child Late fees — $1 per minute per child (payable when child is picked up) Online Payments available at http://judsonisd.revtrak.net Visa, MasterCard or Discover Accepted Or go to www.judsonisd.org and click on Adventure Club link. Parents are responsible for transportation. Students will receive an afternoon snack. The program includes educational academic enrichment activities, homework time, reading/quiet time, mind-stimulating games, character & leadership building activities, behavioral & etiquette skills, storytelling, arts & crafts, etc. A parent handbook will be issued upon enrollment to explain the policies & procedures and describe the program in full. Space is limited so please register with payment early to hold your child’s slot. Registration forms are available at the Judson Adult & Community Education office. CONTINUED ON PAGE 21






The Community Education office is open Monday-Friday, 8:30 -11:30 a.m. & 1:30 - 4:45 p.m. Our office is located Judson Middle School Campus in Building B at 9695 Schaefer Rd., Converse, TX 78109. Please call before coming. Payment for courses can be made by cash, check, credit card, or debit card (VISA, MasterCard or Discover). Checks can be made payable to Judson Adult & Community Education. We appreciate early registration so that we may be able to add new sections or cancel a class that has not met minimum requirements.


Visit our on line web store at http://judsonisd.revtrak.net to enroll in classes and pay on line with VISA, MasterCard or Discover.


Include information on classes you want to attend, along with your credit card payment for the full tuition. Please include credit card number, expiration date, 3 digit VIN (on back of card). You will only be contacted if a class is cancelled or already full.


Companies/organizations enrolling staff for training can call 210-619-0426 to enroll at least 2 business days prior to the class. A company memo or letterhead with a purchase order can be faxed to 210-619-0499 or emailed to dhanz@judsonisd.org. WE TRULY APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT OF THE COMMUNITY EDUCATION COURSES. IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO TEACH A CLASS OR RECOMMEND ONE, PLEASE GIVE US A CALL OR SEND AN EMAIL TO dhanz@judsonisd.org.


• A full refund will be made for classes cancelled by JISD Adult & Community Ed. • A full refund will be made for student requested cancellations made no later than 2 working days before the class is scheduled to begin. • No refunds will be made after the class has begun since funds have been committed to conduct the class.


1. All JISD school holidays listed on the instructional calendar are observed; also every effort is made to offer makeup classes due to inclement weather or unforeseen circumstances. 2. All classes are offered to the community without regard to race, color, sex, ethnic origin, age, or handicap. 3. All classes offered have limits on minimum and maximum enrollment. 4. Classes are confirmed at time of registration. You will be notified only if the class is cancelled or if other changes need to be made to your schedule. 5. The information presented in this brochure is as accurate as possible at the time of print. JISD reserves the right to make any changes at any time. 6. To obtain a refund, reservations must be cancelled two working days before the first class meets. 7. Children interested in Community Ed. classes ages 13-15 must have an adult member of the family enrolled in the same class unless specific age groups are mentioned in the course description. 8. All policies and procedures set forth in the Judson ISD Handbook and Student Code of Conduct endorsed by the Board of Trustees are effective during Adult & Community Education classes and functions.


Labor Day - Sept 7 • Veteran’s Day - Nov. 11 Thanksgiving Holidays - Nov. 23-27 Christmas Holidays Break - Dec. 21 - Jan. 1, 2016

Judson Adult & Community Education Department Judson Middle School, Bldg B 9695 Schaefer Rd., Converse, TX 78109 Phone: 210-619-0426 or 210-619-0425 Fax: 210-619-0499 Webstore: http://judsonisd.revtrak.net or call (210) 619-0425

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ADVENTURE CLUB OFFICE Judson Adult & Community Education Department Judson Middle School – Bldg. B (Rear entrance next to softball diamonds) 9695 Schaefer Road, Converse, TX 78109 Call 210-619-0429 — Fax 210-619-0499 LOCATIONS & PHONE NUMBERS: Converse Elementary 6720 F.M. 1516 Converse, TX 78109 210-383-9038 Copperfield Elementary 7595 E. Loop 1604 N. Converse, TX 78109 Coronado Elementary 213 Amistad Universal City, TX 78148 Crestview Elementary 7710 Narrow Pass Live Oak, TX 78233 210-383-4294 Elolf Elementary 6335 Beech Trail Converse, TX 78109 210-426-6055 Franz Elementary 12301 Welcome Dr. Live Oak 78233 210-383-2151 Hartman Elementary 7203 Woodlake Parkway San Antonio, TX 78218 210-516-2384 Hopkins Elementary 2440 Ackerman Rd. San Antonio, TX 78219 210-383-9018 Masters Elementary 2650 Woodlake Parkway San Antonio, TX 78244 210-563-1347

Miller’s Point Elementary 7027 Misty Ridge Converse, TX 78109 210-516-2410 Olympia Elementary 8439 Athenian Universal City, TX 78148 210-516-2471 Park Village Elementary 5855 Midcrown San Antonio, TX 78218 210-516-2574 Paschall Elementary 6351 Lake View Dr. San Antonio, TX 78244 210-516-2617 Rolling Meadows Elementary 17222 FM 2252 San Antonio, TX 78233 210-347-6879 Salinas Elementary 10560 Cimarron Trail Universal City, TX 78148 210-516-2684 Spring Meadows 71135 Elm Trail San Antonio, TX 78244 210-516-2686 Woodlake Elementary 5501 Lake Bend East San Antonio, TX 78244 210-516-2708

& gratuities. Not included: air fare, pre or post hotel, travel insurance, shore excursions, specialty dining & personal spending. Call Nannette at 619-0426 for additional information & make your reservations early. NEW ENGLAND CRUISE FOR 7 NIGHTS Royal Carribbean Cruise Line Serenade of the Seas Round Trip – Boston, Massachusetts October 9 – 16, 2016 Ports of Call include: Portland, Maine; Bar Harbor, Maine; St. John, New Brunswick; & Halifax, Nova Scotia. Discover the unmistakable charm of New England & Eastern Canada, a distinctive history & natural beauty gives the region an alluring appeal. There’s no better time to visit than the fall. The foliage is brilliant in every imaginable color, lighthouses dot the coastline, and there’s always an authentic lobster bake to be savored. Prices are per person rates based on double occupancy: Inside Cabin - $805 per person; Ocean View - $950 per person; Balcony Cabin - $1275 per

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S E L F - I M P R O V E M E N T, D A N C E & F I T N E S S HATHA YOGA – LEVEL I (BASIC) Hatha Yoga is an ancient form of science that consists of good body posture, deep relaxation, and breath control to revitalize the system & control the mind. Yoga is recognized in the world as a superior form of physical exercise for all ages. Yoga promotes strength, balance, focus, flexibility and relieves stress. Join this class & learn Yoga techniques from George Wood. Please bring a mat. Meets Mon. 6 times 7:00-8:00 p.m. — $49 Sess 1: Sept 14, 21 28, Oct 5, 12, & 19 Sess 2: Oct 26, Nov 2, 9, 16, 30 & Dec 7 (no class Nov 23) George Wood, Instructor JISD District Office HATHA YOGA – LEVEL 2 Take your Hatha Yoga methods to the next level with George Wood. Continue to learn more advanced levels of good body posture, deep relaxation, and breath control to revitalize the system & control the mind. Feel revitalized as George takes you through exercises to further promote your individual strength, balance, focus, and flexibility. Relieve some stress as you work through the movements. Strengthen your yoga methods by learning from our expert, George Wood, who has been teaching these methods for many years. Please bring a mat. Meets Weds. 6 times 7:00-8:00 p.m. — $49 Sess 1: Sept 16, 23, 30, Oct 7, 14, & 21 Sess 2: Oct 28, Nov 4, 18, Dec 2, 9, & 16 (no class Nov 11 or 25) George Wood, Instructor JISD District Office MIDDLE EASTERN DANCE Come have fun while learning the art of Middle Eastern belly dancing. You will learn basic body isolations

and movements to flow together into a fundamental Middle Eastern Dance. These isolations are used to build dance combinations in the last two weeks of the class. Bring your metal coin belt to add Eastern jingle to the ambiance & inspiration while learning the dance. Experience the extraordinary excitement & beauty of the belly dance executed by a skilled professional, while transcending time & culture in an enjoyable form of exercise. Meets Thursdays for 8 weeks from 6:30-7:30 p.m. — $64 Sess 1: Sept 24, Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov 5, & 12 Karen Adkisson, Instructor Judson District Office HEALING HULA DANCE Beginning Steps Healing Hula focuses on the beginning hula student with emphasis on: basic hula steps, history of hula, philosophy of healing with dance & song, learning modern & ancient dances. To the physical eye, Healing Hula is a dance. To the soul, it is a venue to vibrate joy. As the class progresses, you will feel a rhythmic energy evolving. When the student embraces this rhythmic energy, they are able to focus. Combining the ability to focus with the incredible vortex, the students create an opportunity for selfhealing. By the end of the class, the student will be in a better feeling place and be closer to that emotion called joy. This class is an excellent way to relieve stress. Join up today! Your instructor will provide handouts. (Min 3-5/15) Class meets Thurs from 5:30 – 6:15 pm $80 Sept 17, 24, Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, & 29 Call 619-0425 or 619-0427 for directions & registration Or register at http://judsonisd.revtrak.net Location: Expressions Kaipo Park, Teacher

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ONVERSE – There’s a plan taking shape for the city’s future, one blending civic amenities and improvements while wooing and encouraging commercial development.

Having attracted dozens of new enterprises over the past four years, the Economic Development Corp. intends to interest others through a slick public relations campaign touting Converse’s business climate. “We’ve worked so hard to develop this perfect storm,” Mayor Al Suarez said. “It started out with building new roads and cleaning up the city – but we realized we need more.” The effort began through recent EDC successes, which incorporated improvements and award-winning citations for the city’s involvement in the environmentally friendly Build San Antonio Green. The campaign now contains annual Converse Goes Green Day events. Converse reached deals with state authorities on several major road projects including expansion of Loop 1604 between Lower Seguin Road and Interstate 10; a major transformation of FM 1516 to add traffic lanes, reconfigure rail crossings and other amenities; and a future upgrade for the FM 78-Loop 1604 interchange. Putting more businesses on those main corridors is crucial to the hopes of adding quality-of-life services for its 21,000 residents, which spurred Converse’s latest branding campaign created by San Antonio-based Creative Civilization. The publicists fashioned a fresh city logo soon to appear throughout town. Kate Silvas, Converse EDC executive director, said the emerging representation “is intended to enhance our image and (project) Converse as a progressive and vibrant community.” Silvas noted the entire promotional-campaign totaled $80,000, including $10,000 for branding. Silvas said a diverse group of residents, businesses, EDC board members and City Council members worked for

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DISTRICT: 25-6A COACH: Joe Moczygemba (3-7 in second season at school and overall) LAST YEAR: 3-7; 1-5 district (tied for fifth) LOWDOWN: Moczygemba served as Smithson Valley’s defensive coordinator from 1993 to 2013 and succeeded Matt Elliott, who resigned just before 2014 fall drills. The Cougars return only two offensive and three defensive starters who had to adjust to a new offensive scheme. WR Kristian Drake (6-2, 190, Sr.) snared 30 passes for 629 yards and seven touchdowns; he’s the Cougars’ lone returning 2014 all-district firstteam selection. LB Dustin Reidhead (6-2, 190, Sr.), who tallied 66 tackles in 2014, and DE-TE Mason Hawkins (6-3, 220, Sr.) pace the defense. Other top returnees include DB Jordan Holmes (6-1, 205, Sr.), OL Matt Booth (6-1, 250, Jr.), OL-TE Tucker Addington (6-1, 190,


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LAST YEAR: 6-5; 4-2 district (third) LOWDOWN: The Rangers return three offensive and five defensive starters. Leading the offense is QB Josh Adkins (6-2, 210, Jr.), who completed 116 of 209 passes for 1,705 yards and 16 TDs with six interceptions, while outdistancing team rushers (121-348, 9 TDs). WR Derek Housler (6-0, 185, Sr.) led the team in receiving, snatching 35 passes for 822 yards and nine scores. WR Matt Sandoval (5-9, 145, Sr.) contributed six catches for 61 yards. Top O-line veterans include C Justin Bell (5-9, 220, Sr.), OG Davis Perry (6-2, 280, Sr.), OG Christian Cruz (5-9, 225, Sr.) and OG Caleb Kneupper (6-3, 245, Sr.). The premier D-line returnees include LB-DE Josh Ernst (5-8, 180, Sr.; 83 tackles, 9 tackles for loss); linebackers Ben Zeug (5-10, 190, Jr.; 69 tackles; 5 TFL), Jeff Savard (5-10, 185, Sr.; 35 tackles; 5 TFL) and Hayden Altmann (6-0, 185, Sr.; 32 tackles; 6 TFL). Alfonso Bafidis (5-9, 175, Sr.) is a threat at receiver, punt returner (14-302; 21.6-yard average) and safety (31 tackles, 1 INT). Notable: The Rangers entered 2014 posting four consecutive double-digit win seasons, but fell short of a fifth, succumbing to Reagan,


21-14, in the 6A-I bi-district playoffs … Returning 2014 all-district performers include Adkins, Housler and Zeug, who made the 25-6A first-team defense at LB and punter … The Rangers open the season at Midland Lee on Aug. 28.


DISTRICT: 25-6A COACH: Jared Johnston (13-19 in fourth season at school and overall) LAST YEAR: 5-6; 3-3 district (fourth) LOWDOWN: Eight returning starters will fuel the Buffaloes on offense, while five are back on defense. RB Shannon Warren (5-9, 145) sparks the ground game, amassing 714 yards and six scores on 101 carries last season. QB Frank Harris (6-0, 175, Jr.) passed for nearly 1,000 yards and 10 TDs en route to earning all-district honors. Anchoring the defense is DB Mark Westbrook (510, 190), who totaled 74 stops, DE Luke Jennings (6-0, 200; 60 tackles, 8 sacks) and DL William Honaker (6-3, 290), a two-way player who last year supported the O-line with returning veterans Kristian Howard, Tristan Robinson and Jacob Price.

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FOOTBALL continues from pg. 24 Notable: The Buffaloes lost, 21-7, to Johnson in the first round of the 6A-DII playoffs … Honaker and WR Zach Pinkerton also earned 2014 all-district mention … Clemens opens the season Aug. 28 at Laredo United.


DISTRICT: 25-6A COACH: Scott Lehnhoff (25-4 in third season at school and overall) LAST YEAR: 13-2 DII state semifinalist; 6-0 district champion LOWDOWN: With nine returning starters, the Knights appear poised to make another title run. QB Xavier Martin (6-2, 190, Jr.) totaled more than 400 overall passing, rushing and receiving yards, and accounted for six TDs. RB Bryson Denley (5-10, 185, Sr.) ran 160 times for 920 yards and 12 TDs; RB Travell Lumpkin (5-10, 180, Jr.) attained more than 800 yards in rushing and receiving, plus scored seven touchdowns. Sophomore Brendon Brady (6-0, 180) will also figure into the rushing attack. WR Antoine Wesley (6-5, 180, Sr.) caught 29 passes for 531 yards and six scores before a broken collarbone sidelined him for the season’s final six games.

Defending for the Knights will be all-world DE Mark Jackson (6-2, 226, Sr.), who tallied 55 stops, 31 tackles for loss, 11 sacks and forced five fumbles en route to the 25-6A defensive MVP and at least three all-state teams honors. Other top returning defenders include DL Josh Croslen (6-0, 250, Jr.; 36 tackles, 6 sacks); and DB Mark Frankhouser. Notable: The Knights defeated MacArthur, Brennan, Weslaco East and Brandeis before an overtime loss to Katy, 27-20, in the 6A-DII semifinals … In May, Jackson verbally committed to play for Texas A&M after considering Notre Dame, Arizona State, Arkansas and others … Steele’s other 2014 all-district returnees include Lumpkin, Denley and Frankhouser … The Knights open the season hosting Madison on Aug. 28.


DISTRICT: 25-6A COACH: Sean McAuliffe (10-5 in second season at school and overall) Last year: 10-5 DI state semifinalist; 5-1 district runner-up LOWDOWN: With seven starters back on offense and six on defense, the Rockets

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DISTRICT: 25-6A COACH: Charles Bruce (3-7 in second season at school and overall) LAST YEAR: 3-7; 1-5 district (tied for fifth) LOWDOWN: The Thunderbirds are looking to improve by returning six starters on each side of the ball. QB Jordan Batson (6-1, 173, Sr.) completed 67 of 148 passes for 635 yards and five TDs, and also rushed 126 times for 562 yards. Other top offensive players include RB-LB Shaun Butler (5-9, 166, Jr.) and WR-FS Antwoine Ware (5-11, 170, Jr.), who caught 26 passes for 181 yards and a TD. Defensive leaders include DE Ty Rese Audu (6-0, 190, Sr.), who had 47 tackles and five sacks; LB David McKinnies (5-10, 195, Sr.; 48 tackles); DE Tremayne Jenkins (5-8, 250, Sr.) and RB-DB Jemaree Yelton (5-10, 167, Sr.). Notable: Wagner last made the playoffs in 2012, losing to Madison in the 5A-DI bi-district round … The Thunderbirds

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DISTRICT: 25-6A COACH: Glenn Mangold (2-8 in second season at school and overall) LAST YEAR: 2-8; 1-5 district (tied for fifth) LOWDOWN: Last season, the Unicorns missed the playoffs for the first time since 2008. However, Mangold, who succeeded longtime coach Chuck Caniford, is optimistic about this year’s squad, which returns six starters on each side of the ball. Leading the offense are QB prospects Jonathan Bateman (6-1, 180, Sr.) and Trey Martin (6-1, 190, Sr.). RBs Cason Hickingbottom (5-7, 170, Jr.) and Alec Almendarez will contribute. Defensive leaders include CB Brandon Anderson (5-8, 170, Sr.), LB Art Frazier (5-9, 175, Sr.), DL-LB David Smullen (6-2, 230, Sr.), DT Steven Sanchez (5-8, 270, Sr.) and punter Mitchell Feltmann, who earned all-district honors in 2014. Notable: The Unicorns host Alamo Heights in the Aug. 28 season-opener.


COACH: Matt Carroll (3-17 in third season at school; 23-49 in eighth season overall) LAST YEAR: 0-10; 0-6 district (seventh) LOWDOWN: The Rough Riders return six starters on offense and eight on defense – mostly underclassmen who received extensive playing time in 2014. Leading the offense is QB Bryson Carroll (5-9, 170, Jr.), who completed 70 of 163 passes for 878 yards and six TDs, and also rushed 152 times for 953 yards and eight scores. Bolstering the run is RB Josh Morgan (5-9, 160, Jr.), who tallied 602 yards on 112 carries in seven games. Spearheading the defense is LB Stephon Barclift (6-0, 190, Jr.; 139 tackles, 4 sacks), DB Tyler Tupper (5-7, 152, Sr.; 3 INTs) and DB Johnnie Harper (5-11, 165, Jr.). Notable: Roosevelt’s last postseason campaign, in 2012, resulted in a second round 5A-DII loss to Steele … Barclift and Harper are returning 2014 all-district players … Roosevelt hosts Warren in its season-opener on Aug. 28.


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FOOTBALL 2015 28 AUGUST 2015 FOOTBALL continues from pg. 27 LAST YEAR: 6-5; 4-2 district (third) LOWDOWN: Seven offensive and five defensive starters return. Top players include RB-DB Mark Cooper (5-9, 175, Sr.; 170 rushing yards on offense, 3 INTs on defense), OL Tristan DeLeon (6-2, 235, Jr.), OG-LB Andy Velasquez (5-9, 190, Sr.; 84 tackles), QB Cade Anderson, OL Matt Carpenter and OL Brendan Martel. QB Hunter Albrecht (5-10, 145, So.) also figures into the Guardians’ offensive plans this season. Notable: Cooper and Velasquez were named to 2014 all-district teams … JPII lost to Bay Area Christian in the area round of the playoffs … The Guardians open the season against Natalia on Aug. 28.


DISTRICT: 13-3A COACH: Pete Wesp (111-105 in 22nd season at school and overall) LAST YEAR: 4-6; 3-2 district (third) LOWDOWN: This year’s Ro-Hawks will be led by OL-DL Cody Kuhl and DB Eddie Lopez, though more on the team will become available in the weeks leading up to the 2015 season.

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now,” Bontempo said. “We’ve already seen a few regulars coming around.” Nicha’s cooks traditional Tex-Mex food proven to be popular with customers the last three decades, the general manager said. “We serve anything from fajitas to carnitas,” Bontempo said. “They’re all homemade recipes passed on through generations. That’s a big plus with us. We’re not a chain, so to speak, and so everything is made fresh daily.” Excellence is part of every meal, the general manager said. “The quality of the food is good. We use nothing but — and this sounds cliché — the finest products,” Bontempo said. “We pay a little extra, but it’s all about the quality.”

The restaurant also offers a few specials. “We have breakfast weekdays and Saturdays, and Mondays and Tuesdays kids eat free,” Bontempo said. “It’s one child per adult. If there are two adults at the table and there’s three kids, two of the kids will eat free, and the other gets the kids’ menu price, which is $5.99.” Hours are 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Thursday, 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday.

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