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Thursday, October 18, 2018 • • General

We are so thankful to receive a third recognition this year.

 

We are very thankful to receive the Pasadena Weekly Reader Recommended Best Private School 2018 award.  This is the third year in a row that we have been voted to receive this recognition.  We are so thankful for our community's support of our school.  This award is added to several others that Judson has been given this year:  The 2019 Best School Award by K12 Niche and the 2018 Beacon Media Reader Recommended Award in three categories:  Private Coes High School, Middle School and Private Co-ed School.  We are grateful for you vote of confidence in Judson International School's unique approach of Christian education with a global focus, training our students to be leaders in God's kingdom and today's world.

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Tuesday, October 16, 2018 • • General

Did you know that Judson has its own podcast?

Did you know that our Judson Junior High Journalism team produces a regular podcast?  It is full of information including news about how our sports teams are doing, upcoming events and other interesting items?  You can listen to it here:  Eagles' Nest Podcast

 

Our first podcast for the 2018-19 school year came out yesterday.  Take a listen, enjoy and subscribe!

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Monday, September 10, 2018 • • General

We were very honored to be recognized by our community as a "Reader Recommended" School in the 2018 Beacon Media Reader's Choice awards this month in three categories.

 

We were very honored to be recognized by our community as a "Reader Recommended" School in the 2018 Beacon Media Reader's Choice awards this month.  Judson was voted by the community as a 2018 Reader Recommended School in three categories this year:  Reader Recommended Private Co-ed School, Reader Recommended Private Co-ed High School , and Reader Recommended Middle School.  Our WASC and ACSI accredited K-12 Christian school is known in our community for helping students grow in knowledge, wisdom and understanding to become leaders in God's kingdom and today's world.  Our unique International Christian Curriculum emphasizes critical thinking, investigative learning, Christian character development and spiritual growth.

These awards are added to previous recognitions such as NIche's "2019 Best School," Pasadena Weekly's "Reader Recommended Best Private School in Pasadena " (2016, 2017),  Beacon Media's "Best Middle School (2017) and Beacon Media's "Favorite Private Co-ed High School (2016).

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Thursday, September 06, 2018 • • General

We asked our Judson teachers the question "Why do you love teaching at Judson?" and we wanted to share some of their answers.

We asked our Judson teachers the question "Why do you love teaching at Judson?" and we wanted to share some of their wonderful answers.  

 

Mrs. Campadonico, Kindergarten teacher, is in her eighth year at Judson.  She is trilingual (English/Spanish/Indonesian) and has her BA in Early Childhood education.  She and her family served in Indonesia for many years before coming to Judson. She said of her experience at Judson, "My very first class are now 9th graders!  It is such a great honor to see students grow and develop into such wonderful young people."

Miss Castren, 3rd/4th grade teacher, is in her first year at Judson.  She has her BA in K-8 Education from Azusa Pacific University and has experience teaching in a nearby school district.  She loves teaching at Judson "because of the incredibly supportive staff and families."

 

 

Miss Todd, our Junior High and High School  Math teacher, has her BS in Mathematics from Biola University.  One interesting fact about Miss Todd is that she grew up in Hawaiil.  In her 3rd year at Judson, Miss Todd says, "With the mixture of all the different cultural backgrounds represented by the student body and the staff at Judson, there is new culture created here of understanding and learning from each other. It constantly challenges me to get away from the assumptions biases that are ingrained in me and to think about others in different ways.   I can see this environment has taught me to look at others not with judgment but with curiosity and a desire to understand them and connect with them which has really helped me to more fully understand God's grace."  

 

Mrs. Giron is in her fourth year of teaching Junior High and High School English at Judson.  In addition to a B.A. in English with a writing emphasis from Azusa Pacific University, she also studied for one term at Oxford University in England .  Prior to teaching at Judson, Mrs. Giron worked in the Pasadena City College English Department as a writing consultant. Mrs. Giron, a published author, received the 2013 American Christian Fiction Writers Genesis Award  and is a finalist again this year for the same award for her new book. Mrs. Giron says of her experience at Judson, "I love the chance Judson gives, through our diverse student body and faculty and globally-focused curriculum, for young people to develop a worldview  aware of God's heart for all peoples and cultures and His image reflected in them. "


Mr. Marroquin is in his first year of teaching Junior High Bible.  He holds an MDiv from Fuller Seminary and is the Family Ministries Director at New Life Christian Church.   Judson has actually been part of his life for many years since his wife Lynette, registrar at Judson, has been at our school for  five years and his sister Bethany also used to work at Judson. One interesting fact about Lynette is that she has lived in eleven different countries, one month at a time, during an 11 month-long missions trip called The World Race:  Zimbabwe, South Africa, Swaziland, China, The Philippines, India, Romania, Ukraine, Honduras, Nicaragua, and Costa Rica. Mr. Marroquin says he loves teaching at Judson because "Judson students are eager to learn, deep thinkers, and just plain fun. Getting to walk through the greatest story of all time with them in the Bible has been an unbelievable experience already, and the students and I like to challenge each other to think about things in a new way."

Mrs. Graves, English Language Development teacher and Director of International Student Services,  is in her fifth year at Judson . She has her BA from the University of San Diego and has done post-graduate studies at UCLA.  She has lived in England, Switzerland and France. An interesting fact about Mrs. Graves is that she has two sets of twins with one single in the middle.  Her children grew up acting in film and television, including Cheers, ER, Life Goes On, X-Files, Pirates of the Caribbean, Valentines Day, The Terminal.  Mrs. Graves loves teaching at Judson "because of the strong sense of community and the opportunity to learn about other cultures on a daily basis."

Mrs. Aasland,  High school World History teacher and Director of Admissions and Marketing, is in her 7th year at Judson.   She holds a BA in Sociology/Anthropology from Carleton College and an MA in Public Administration from Humphrey Institute at the University of Minnesota.  Prior to working at Judson, she and her family of six lived and served in Kazakhstan for 16 years. Mrs. Aasland also had an international childhood, living in a variety of countries including Turkey, Italy and Nigeria.  An interesting fact about Mrs. Aasland is that she became a Christian at an international school in Nigeria. Mrs. Aasland loves teaching at Judson because "our approach of being both Christian and international  is so unique and special. I get to teach and work with people from around the world who have a big vision of God and His love for the nations."

 

Mr. Dixon, PE teacher and Athletic Director, is in his first year at Judson.  He comes to us with a a BS in Kinesiology and an M. in Kinesiology.  Prior to working at Judson he taught at Cal State LA where he  helped start a number of program, including programs to teach students to become personal trainers and helping student-athletes perform academically.   Mr. Dixon says "I love the people at Judson. The faculty is welcoming, friendly, and helpful, and the students are a joy to work with. I really enjoy the ability to get to know the students more, afforded us by our small class sizes. I couldn't be happier!"

 

Miss Plog, Musical Theater Director, is in her 2nd year at Judson.  She graduated from Azusa Pacific University with a B.A. in Theater Arts. Miss Plog has directed and choreographed numerous shows, including productions with Showlights Theater, Pasadena City College and Judson International School. One interesting thing about Miss Plog is that she performed an original work with a troupe of theater students at the International Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland. Miss Plog says of teaching at Judson " The biggest highlights for me of teaching at Judson have been the community and the emphasis on Christ-centered education.  It is such a gift to work in an atmosphere that is filled with light and love of God. It's a joy to work at a school where I am given the opportunity to integrate spirituality and Biblical values into the performing arts."

 

Mrs. Bjoraker, principal of Judson School, is in her twenty-second year at Judson.   Born in New Zealand, Mrs. Bjoraker served in Israel with her husband and 3 children for eight years.  One interesting fact about Mrs. Bjoraker is that in addition to having an MEd in Educational Leadership, she also is an RN!  Mrs. Bjoraker loves working for Judson because "we have an educational and Biblical worldview that is second to none!"

 

Mr. Hogue is in his first year at Judson.  He has a BS in Physics from Azusa Pacific University and an MS in Physics from UC Riverside.  Prior to coming to Judson Mr. Hogue was an adjunct faculty member at Azusa Pacific University and an MCAT physics instructor for The Princeton Review.  Mr. Hogue loves teaching at Judson because "The students and other staff are like a family and I already feel welcome. I look forward to getting to know everyone better!"

 















 

 

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Monday, August 20, 2018 • • General

We are off to a great start to the new school year. We are happy to welcome so many new and returning students and faculty to our wonderful school.

The 2018-19 academic year is off to a great start at Judson International School!  We are very pleased to have students and faculty from over 20 countries this year including Armenia, Barbados, Belize, China, Egypt, Equatorial Guinea, Ethiopia, France, Germany, Guatemala, Honduras, India, Italy, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, Panama, Philippines, Puerto Rico, Russia and Vietnam.  Our diverse student body is 65% local American students this year and 35% international, earning us a national Niche ranking of one of the top most diverse private schools in the U.S.

 

This year we welcomed 34 new students, in grades K-12, which included 9 new kindergarten students to our growing student body.  We are also pleased to have added some excellent new teaching staff to our well-qualified faculty. We are thrilled to have Tiffany Pendleton as our new 1st and 2nd-grade teacher.  Tiffany comes to us from Kentucky and just married Andrew Pendleton, our high school Bible teacher, this summer. We are also very excited to welcome Paige Castren as our new 3rd and 4th-grade teacher.  Paige is a California native and has experience teaching 3rd grade in the local California public school system. In junior high, we are pleased to welcome Josiah Marroquin, who most of you will know as our registrar Lynette Marroquin's husband.  Josiah has an MDiv from Fuller Seminary and also works as a local youth pastor. In high school, we have strengthened our growing science program, by adding Daniel Hogue, a Colorado native who has an MS in Physics with an emphasis in Astrophysics from UC Riverside and Taahira Major, who is working on her MS in Environmental Engineering from UC Riverside.  Finally, we are excited to have Sean Dixon as our new Athletic Director. Sean grew up in this area and has worked as an instructor and program coordinator at Cal State LA where he is currently almost through with this masters degree in Kinesiology.

 

                        

 

We are also pleased to announce that 10 of our high school courses have now been A-G certified, and we will be working on the next 10 this year.  We are also happy to report that our 2018 AP exam scores are in and we had an 89% pass rate this year.

 

 

Our theme for the 2018-19 school year is "May earth be better and heaven richer because of Judson School."  We are thankful for each and every member of our Judson School community. Please join with us in praying that God will bless, guide and direct us all this school year.

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Thursday, July 19, 2018 • • General

Judson has been ranked a 2018 Best School by Niche, a national school search website.

Judson was recently selected as a Niche 2018 Best School and given a #34 ranking for the Most Diverse Private High School in America out of 5,363 high schools.  Judson was also ranked as #7 Most Diverse Private High School in Los Angeles County out of 149 schools.  We are honored to receive this recognition which fits so well with our mission to partner with parents to educate children who will grow in knowledge, understanding, and wisdom to become leaders in God's Kingdom and today's world. 

 

What makes Judson School unique?  We are a K-12 Christian school with a global focus.  Our student body is 30% international from 20 different countries.  Our faculty have lived and worked overseas. The International Christian Curriculum developed for our school integrates world history across disciplines and teaches children from the earliest age about understanding the world through research and investigation.  Judson students engage in investigative learning through research, writing, projects, experiments, "real books," frequent field trips and opportunities to serve others.  Judson students form lasting friendships across cultures and the most common comment visitors make is "Your students are so happy!"

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Wednesday, May 23, 2018 • • General

Our annual Judson Gala held on May 12 was well-attended and a big success.

 

Judson International School recently hosted its annual gala at CBS Studios.  This year's theme "Judson - A Part of History" was inspired by the school's International Christian Curriculum that integrates world history at all levels of learning.  Over 140 people attended the event which took place at the New York Street outdoor filming location which has been used in numerous popular shows such as Brooklyn Nine-Nine.  The evening, chaired by Jelayne Haight and Christie Thomas, featured a silent auction, a live auctioneer, and comedian Ron McGehee.  This year's gala honoree was Dr. Jim Belcher, president of Providence Christian College, who donated copies of his new book In Search of Deep Faith to all attendees.  Judson International School exceeded the fundraising goal for this gala; the money will go towards student scholarships and school programs.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2018 • • General

Come join us for a magical night at CBS studio center where some of your favorite shows like The Voice, America's Got Talent, Brooklyn Nine 9, The Adams Family, Gilligan Island were filmed.

 

We are very excited about our upcoming Spring Gala entitled "Judson- A Part of His Story". As part of the Judson community and story we want you to be there.

 

 

We are thrilled to be hosting this event at the CBS Studios Radford in Studio City on the iconic New York Street backlot set where filming happens for authentic looking New York scenes. 

 

Our goals for the May 12th event include raising money to support scholarships and school programs. We want to see the Judson community come together for a fun and entertaining evening as we laugh, enjoy delicious food, and hear from our honoree,  Dr. Jim Belcher. We hope that those outside our immediate Judson community will come, also, and see how Judson International School has always been a part of God's ongoing story to the world as it educates and nurtures students in a unique way in the San Gabriel Valley.

 

Our evening together will consist of a silent auction, delicious dinner, entertainment by Ron McGeehee who has been called the world's funniest "Half Korean, Half Irish" comedian. He's preformed all over network television, from Last Comic Standing, Comedy Central, TBN and Daystar. Ron is a Christian comedian who will keep you laughing with his clean comedy. We'll honor Dr. Jim Belcher, president of Providence Christian College, and hear him speak about his book In Search of Deep Faith.

 

Our live auctioneer from last year will be back to help raise the needed funds for Judson's generous scholarship program and other school needs. To top off a memorable evening we'll open up the dance floor and celebrate the unique and wonderful community that we are.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Monday, March 26, 2018 • • General

Judson School's production of Little Mermaid delighted sold-out crowds this past weekend.

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."

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Friday, February 23, 2018 • • General

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.

 

Financial Health:

·      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.

 

Academic Achievements:

Grades K-8

·      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

High school

·      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)

 

Development Goals:

·      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.

Campus Location:

 

·      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.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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