Nothing delights audiences more than a fun, familiar, feel-good musical like The Little Mermaid. March 23 and 24, Judson International School presented this Disney musical at Porticos Theater, directed by Maren Plog. Judson's show had a cast of twenty-one students ranging from 6th to 12th grade. All show played to sold-out crowds. Director Maren Plog said of the show, "Ariel's story can remind us the forgiveness, redemption, and good triumphing over evil are possible." This show was Judson's fourth musical and part of a very successful musical theater. Principal Diana Bjoraker commented, "This show is a fine example of the excellent quality and breadth of education offered by Judson International School."
Judson School's production of Little Mermaid delighted sold-out crowds this past weekend.
Did you miss last week's State of the School address? Here are the highlights from the address.
Judson's annual State of the School Address 2018 was well attended. For those of you who were unable to attend here are a few highlights:
Judson International School is succeeding in its vision:
· We are providing an excellent education, valuing spiritual formation and character development.
· All the Judson faculty and staff are devoted to what they do, love your children, are committed to a relationship with Jesus and appreciate the family type of community that has been created.
Judson International School is thriving and is positioning itself to be around for another 25 years.
Positive Enrollment Trends:
· We have had an increase in enrollment of 65 students since May.
· We have more than doubled the size of our Kindergarten class since August.
· Enrollment for 2018-19 has begun. Please respond to the 2018-19 registrations email you received.
· We have implemented successful budget strategies which have paid off and we will be on the positive side of the ledger at the end of this academic year.
· As of January 12, 2018 Judson is now its own 501 (c) 3 corporation. This independence allows us to better shape the direction of our school.
· This positive financial trend will enable Judson to make decisions that will benefit the school such as hiring credentialed science teachers and bringing other programs such as music, language and computer.
· We are planning to improve facilities: upgrade science lab, upgrade classroom technology
· We have added a middle school English Language Development teacher
· We are pursuing A-G approval for high school courses to meet University of California/California State admissions requirements.
· We added a photography elective this semester and are planning to increase the number and variety of electives offered.
· We are planning to hire a part-time college counselor for our high school.
· We are continuing to develop a program of dual credit with PCC (on-going) for students interested in higher level subject areas eg. Spanish III, microbiology
· Our goal is to increase high school enrollment to 125-150 students, with at least 50% being local (on-going)
· We had a year-end fundraising campaign. The goal for the year-end campaign was to raise $10,000 and we exceeded our goal and raised $13,000. Thanks to many of you that made contributions.
· We are moving ahead with planning for our second Gala fundraising event. Last year's event was very encouraging and we are looking forward to a great celebration this year. Mark your calendars for May 12th. You will be getting more details soon from our Gala committee: Erika Walton, Jelayne Haight and Christie Thomas.
· Judson is in need of a strong philanthropy program. The year-end giving programs along with the Gala and other fundraising efforts will move us towards achieving the ultimate goal of a $100,000 annual fund.
· Judson has a lease for this campus through the 2018/2019 academic year. Being on this campus beyond that will be determined by the buyer once a sale is finalized.
· Judson's desire is to stay on this campus, establishing a long term lease arrangement and then beginning a capital campaign to fund the remodeling which will upgrade and enhance our school facilities and provide a high level of security. Our plan is to remodel Carmichael and Zwemer, and also to build a new multipurpose indoor facility.
· Judson will be also be looking at other campus options. PUSD is making $15 million cuts from its budget and will be looking for renters of their open campuses.
· While there is uncertainty about location of Judson beyond the 2018-2019 academic year, there is absolutely no uncertainty about the existence of Judson school for the next 25 years. We are strategically planning, operating and building our future now.
Our Science Night was a big success. Students at all grade levels displayed their science projects to family, friends, and guests.
Judson Science Night was an opportunity for our students to show what one of the best Christian schools in Pasadena is focusing on for STEM. All students, grades K-12, displayed their projects for families, friends, and guests. As always, we welcomed alumni who came back to see their alma mater for this fun night. Projects were creative and interesting. The kindergartners gave guests an opportunity to stick their hands in "blubber" to see how it protected them from cold. First and second graders wrote, directed, produced and acted in their own movie entitled Spiderific which is all about spiders. Third and fourth graders created aquatic creatures which floated down from their classroom ceiling. Fifth and sixth graders, dressed as doctors, presented a journey through the human body. Our junior high students presented their science research projects on a variety of topics from augmented and virtual reality to quantum computing to fracking. High school biology students demonstrated worm dissection, DNA testing, and blood typing. High school physics students had to make bridges using only paper that would hold a hardback textbook. The record bridge held 17 textbooks. The creativity and love for learning that Judson is known for were evident in abundance in their STEM projects on Science Night.
At 6 pm we will have our annual State of the School address for Judson families and an Admissions Meeting for prospective families. At 7 pm is our Science Night for everyone.
Judson Families are all invited to join us for our annual State of the School address. This is a chance to hear from principal Diana Bjoarker and Vice Principal Chuck Field about Judson's goals and objective and our progress on our Five Year Plan. Please plan on joining us.
This event will be followed by Science Night at 7 pm at which all our K-12 classrooms will be open and students will be displaying their science projects. Feel free to visit any classroom you wish. It's a great time to see what's happening around our school.
Prospective Families are invited to join us at 6 pm for a meeting with Admissions Director, Kim Aasland, who will give an overview of our school and explain the admissions. Please invite interested friends to join us. Prospective families are encouraged to stay for Science Night to visit classrooms and meet our Judson community.
Come support our performing arts program and enjoy this fun Valentines-themed show!
We are thankful for the freedom to have choices in education in our country. This week we are reflecting on why we love Judson.
Judson is celebrating National School Choice Week January 22-26! NSCW is a nonpartisan, nonpolitical public awareness effort that was begun in 2011. As a private Christian school, Judson is very thankful to have the freedom to provide a unique, creative, internationally focused Christian education to our Pasadena community and beyond. We went around and asked our students why they loved Judson. Students had so many great responses such as field trips, science, friends, teachers, family nights, Christian focus, friendly atmosphere and more. Our Judson students put their thoughts on paper and we have posted these around school for you to enjoy. We also thought you would enjoy this gallery of their responses.
We also made a video of their responses entitled Lots of Reasons and posted it on out Judson YouTube channel. Check it out!
Our students and staff have been busy with a variety of Christmas outreaches and activities.
"For to us a child is born, to us a son is given"
Our annual Christmas Tree Lighting Service will be this Thursday, December 7 from 5:30 - 6:30 pm. Join us for carols, a live nativity and hot cocoa and treats! We will also be having our annual Christmas Chapel on Wednesday, December 20 at 1 pm in our auditorium. Parents and friends are welcome!
Christmas is a time for giving and celebrating at Judson School. Our students and staff have already been involved in a variety of outreaches to our community and beyond.
Judson students collected Operation Christmas Child boxes, a ministry of Samaritan's Purse. Each shoebox is filled with toys and surprises which are sent to needy children around the world. Judson also served as a drop off spot for shoeboxes for the wider Pasadena community.
Judson students also made Christmas cards for Desmond who is the child from Sierra Leona that we have sponsored through World Vision for the past six years. These will be sent to him also with a financial gift.
Judson School also made a generous donation to the Cure JM Foundation. Juvenile Myositis (JM) is a group of rare and life-threatening autoimmune disease in which the body's immune system attacks its own cells and tissues. Chris Graves who serves as an aide in our 5th/6th grade classroom is a survivor of this serious but rare disease. His mother, Joyce Graves, also works at Judson as our Director of International Student Services.
For the first time ever, we are holding a Christmas Door Decorating contest in Zwemer by homeroom. Above are the pics of the doors. May the best door win!
Our Spring Musical this year will be The Little Mermaid! Auditions are on December 11 and callbacks are on December 13.
We are pleased to announce that our Spring Musical will be The Little Mermaid. The show will be directed and produced by Miss Maren Plog, Judson's musical theater director. Miss Plog is offering a workshop prior to the auditions to help prepare. The cost is $25 and can be purchased using the button below. Auditions are open to junior high and high school students.
Please consider supporting Judson with an end of the year gift. Our goal is that 100% of our parents, staff and school board participate in giving to our Annual Fund. All gifts are appreciated, no matter how large or small. Together, we support our wonderful school.
The only K-12 program of its kind in Pasadena, with doors open to the world beyond, Judson International School creates servant leaders with problem solving skills. Our goal is to have 100% of our staff, parents, and board participate in giving to our Annual Fund, becoming a Friend of Judson School. We believe that everything a student possesses is a blessing from God. Please join us in making Judson a top philanthropic priority and a part of your ongoing benevolence and support. Your donation is tax deductible and your support now will help Judson create servant leaders for years to come.
We are proud to announce that our junior high boys flag football team won the Foothill Sports League Championship.
Congratulations to our junior high boys flag football team for winning Foothill Sports League Championship on November 16. After an undefeated season, the Judson Eagles went on to a decisive victory against Sequoyah on November 16, winning the game 12-0. We are so proud of our team. A big thank you to our coaches Chuck Fields and Blake Bailey. Go Judson Eagles!