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JDA E-News

Thursday, June 1, 2017


Juan Diego Academy is a Christ-centered, Catholic learning community forming young men and women to answer the call to lead and be active participants in their Church and community.


As a Catholic regional high school, Juan Diego Academy: 

  • Offers a quality, comprehensive academic curriculum
  • Utilizes the latest in technology and innovation
  • Educates the whole person: mind, body, and spirit
  • Instills a sense of Christian responsibility and service to others
  • Trains leaders to meet the current and future challenges of society 


In the Spotlight:


Maria Del Castillo

The JDA junior has been awarded a full scholarship ($11,000) for a 3-Week Immersion Program at Columbia University in New York for exceptional students.  Congratulations Marie!

So many of our students and families will be participating in exciting service, immersion, and educational experience throughout our country and beyond this summer.  We’re so proud of them & we know they are proud to represent our school, so we are once again asking you to…


Send Us Your Summer Pics!

Take along your favorite JDA shirt or hat & send us a picture from wherever you’re at wearing the green & white!  Text or e-mail your pictures to me (956-789-2462/bschmidt@cdobcs.org) & we’ll share them on social media as we celebrate the good things our students are doing this summer.  The best pictures will receive a prize when we return to school in August.



CYRP Adult Volunteers Needed!

The Catholic Youth Renovation Project (CYRP) is still in need of chaperones (especially female chaperones) to support the work of our youth teams the week of June 26-30.

No building experience is necessary to participate in CYRP.  In fact, female chaperones have as their primary ministry the safety and well-being of our students.  They make sure our youth are properly dressed, hydrated, and see to any special needs they might have.  

If you can give some of your time this summer to volunteering for CYRP, our youth and adult volunteers would be extremely grateful.  Please contact me at the school office if you can help us out: 956-583-2752/bschmidt@cdobcs.orgWe would like to provide every one of our students who signed up for CYRP the opportunity to participate this summer but we cannot do that without your help.  Thank you.


Brick Project Summer Order Deadline Extended: June 9

Looking for that once-in-a-lifetime way to commemorate graduation, a loved one, or some other special event?  Why not add your distinctive mark to our Flagpole Memorial Area by purchasing a commemorative brick!  There is a size and shape for every budget and your special someone or something will forever become a part of our school’s landscape.  Bricks may be ordered/personalized online at:


or by calling Sandra Bitner at the school office: 956-583-2752.  We are accepting orders now through Friday, June 9 for the next shipment of bricks to arrive and be installed over the summer.


Summer Office Hours: Monday, June 12 through Monday, July 31:

Monday through Thursday, 9 AM to 4 PM; Closed Fridays

Please note that the office will be closed Monday & Tuesday, July 3 & 4 for the Independence Day Holiday.  Have a great summer!


Summer Reminders:

Reading Projects—all grade levels

Complete summer reading projects for all grade levels are posted on our web site:


Click on the Academics tab at the top of the home page & follow the links to the grade level you need.

All summer reading/projects are due the second week of classes in August.

Students who are registered for next year can purchase their summer reading books electronically through EdTech by logging onto their bookshelf through the school’s web site & following the prompts.

Mr. Moore’s Summer SAT Prep Workshops

See the attachments for information about Mr. Moore’s June and July workshops.

Girls Conference

Please see the attachment for registration information on “My Sweet Lord,” a summer conference for young women sponsored by the Diocese of Brownsville.

Parker Uniform Fair Monday, July 31: 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM

An annual back-to-school tradition, our uniform fair gives parents and students an opportunity to purchase uniform items including Parker School uniform apparel, the Duratex green and white polos and fleece, and PE/athletics uniforms.  The brand new JDA water bottles will be there as well (a requirement to carry beverages in next year).  Members of the administrative team will be on hand to answer questions about the new school year.  Refreshments will be available.  It all takes place in our gym.  We look forward to seeing you to start a great new year after the coming summer break.




Reminder: Extra Yearbooks for Sale


We hope you’ve had the opportunity to view your son’s/daughter’s 2017 Lion Yearbook.  We have a limited number of extra copies for sale in the main office ($50/each).  Extra copies will be available for sale while they last.




Finally…Thank You


As year six comes to an end at JDA, I’d like to thank each of our parents for partnering with us this year in the Catholic education of your child.  Our school community is just that—a Christian community—because of your “yes” to being part of us.  We’re humbled and grateful to you all, and honored to minister to you.  Please join me in praying for a safe, relaxing, and educational summer for all of our students and all of you.  Looking forward to a great 2017-2018 school year.  The best is yet to come.



The E-News will be published periodically throughout the months of June and July.  We’ll return on a weekly basis beginning August 2nd.



Upcoming Events


Monday, June 12—Summer Office Hours Begin (Monday through Thursday 9 to 4; closed Fridays)


Monday, July 3 & Tuesday, July 4—Office Closed (Independence Day Holiday)


Monday, July 31, 10 AM to 2 PM—School Uniform and Supply Fair (gym)


Monday, August 14—Classes Resume: Fall Semester


Thursday, August 17, 5 PM—Chili’s Give Back Day (11 to 11); 5 PM: Senior Parent Meeting (gym); 6-8 PM: Back to School Night (gym and classrooms)


Please see the upcoming events calendar on our web site for additional event dates & times




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The JDA E-News is our weekly (periodically during the summer) school newsletter updating you on what’s happening within our JDA school community.  We try as much as possible to contact you by this medium (as well as by text or phone) to save on paper, postage, and printing costs, as well as promote good stewardship of our environment and resources.  We welcome your comments and suggestions.  Enjoy keeping up to date on JDA through the E-News, as well as on our web site and social media, which are updated continuously with dates, events, and school information.


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