Stories and Treats at Annual Trunk and Read Event
Stories and Treats at Annual Trunk and Read Event

Joy James Academy of Leadership has done it AGAIN—even with the rain! The 5th Annual Truck and Read event was a huge success.

JJA parent volunteers, CISD Administrators and numerous community leaders and organizations all took time out of their schedule to read with our students. There is always time to read a good story! Each volunteer decorated their area to match a festive Fall or Halloween children’s book, read their stories and passed out special treats donated by our fabulous parents.

Thank you to the following volunteers for making this event such a success: 13 Joy James Academy Families, CISD TLI Departments, CISD Admin, Sansom Park Police, Sansom Park Fire, and Sansom Park City Hall.

This event combined fun, academics, community involvement, and the love of reading all together in one “SPOOKTACULAR” event! Proof that we are BETTER TOGETHER!

Executive Director, Lacey Padgette reading to JJA studentsStudents in costume at Trunk and Read event

Welcome Back
Welcome Back from Principal Turner
On behalf of our staff, I am happy welcome you to the 2022-2023 school year! We emerge this year as a Leadership Academy…that title sounds good doesn’t it? Our student leaders have worked hard to earn the privilege of carrying this title. This will be our fourth year as a Stephen Covey “Leader In Me” school. We are all leaders and can’t wait to see what develops in your child’s life this year. The foundations we build now will last a lifetime! 
Teacher of the Year
JJE Teacher of the Year
Congratulations to Mr. John Bribiesca for being named the 2021-2022 Joy James Elementary Teacher of the Year! Mr. Bribiesca is in his 6th year of teaching, and has been with Joy James Elementary for all of them. Known as “Mr. B”, he is a bilingual 5th grade teacher who is always going the extra mile for his students, as well as his fellow teachers and coworkers! 
Joy James Academy of Leadership
It’s official!! Joy James Elementary is being recognized as an Academy of Leadership beginning in 2022-2023! We are a Stephen Covey, Leader in Me School which is one of a select group of only 4,000 other schools throughout the world. Connecting to an internationally renowned leadership organization gives our teachers and students exposure to something much bigger than most elementaries–we are part of an elite organization. 
Bullying Prevention Month
Bullying Prevention
"Dude! Don't Be Rude!" assembly helped JJE students kick off bullying prevention month. 
Red Ribbon Week October 25-29
Red Ribbon Week Oct 25-29, 2021
Red Ribbon Week is an annual event that aims to raise awareness about the dangers of using drugs. 
JJE Students Spark a New Year of Board Recognitions
JJE Students Spark a New Year of Board Recognitions
Joy James Elementary is Castleberry ISD’s Board of Education spotlight campus for the month of October. Instead of the traditional format of the campus principal presenting student and staff recognitions, administration empowered its student leaders to make the presentation.  
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Pace Summer Learning Program
Castleberry ISD is holding our PACE for Learning Summer Program this year for students in grades PK-12th grade. 
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Leader in Me Parent Survey Now Available
Two years ago, Joy James began implementing a transformational process called the Leader In Me. It is based on life skills and creates a culture that EVERY child can be a leader.  
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Pre-K and Kinder Pre-Registration
Beginning April 1, 2021, parents may pre-register both Pre-K and Kindergarten students who are new to CISD for the 2021-2022 school year. This pre-registration is very important for new students and is the beginning of the registration process. Registrations will be finalized in July 2021, before the school year begins. 
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Virtual Open House
Take a virtual tour of JJE! See where our leaders lead, learn, and grow! 
3rd Grade dressed as their future for Career Day
Begin with the End in Mind: Rise Up with Career Day
JJE Leaders dressed in their dreams for Career ​Day! Mrs. Hammond, JJE’s Counselor, offered students opportunities to explore ALL possibilities while visiting with guests virtually and in-person.  
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ASDY Support Program Begins
The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted our lives in ways we could not have imagined. The way we educate children has had to shift rapidly in order to ensure that every child has the same opportunity to learn and doesn’t fall behind or miss opportunities to excel. Despite heroic efforts from both parents and educators, some children are still struggling to succeed in the tumultuous and stressful times we are living in. In an effort to lend a helping hand and combat learning loss, Castleberry ISD is proud to announce the Additional Days School Year support program. As part of the Additional Days School Year support program, or ADSY, our dedicated team of educators and administrators at each campus are stepping up and opening schools for in-person instruction from 8:00 AM to 12:00 Noon on Saturdays 
Rise Up
Welcome to the 2020-2021 School Year
Welcome letter from the Principal, Ms. Turner 
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