Johnson Jaguars

The 2016 Jaguar Jamboree will be held on the Hilltop at Johnson High School on May 15, 2016. The annual fundraiser will start at 2pm on the 15th and Admission is FREE!

The JPA will be selling tickets for food, Kona Ice, dunking booth, and other fun activities for $1 a ticket. Wristbands will be sold for inflatables & activities provided by sports teams & clubs Purchase in advance for $5 through May 9th ONLINE HERE or for $10 the day of the event.

Confirmed inflatables are Plain Castle Combo, Vertical Rush, Eurobungy, Wipeout Games, & Element Obstacle Course. Get your wristband for the inflatables HERE.

FAMILY – Family friendly event for the entire Johnson Community
FOOD – Hamburgers, Hotdogs, Desserts, Drinks, and KONA ICE
FUN – Inflatables, Activities, and Much More
MUSIC – DJ Albert D Williams will entertain

and last years most popular activity is back
DUNKING BOOTH – Dunk your favorite Jag Coach

For more information Contact Monica Pipes or Stephanie Nemec at JPAJagJam@gmail.com

PURCHASE EARLY BIRD WRISTBANDS ONLINE HERE

Don’t for get Admission is FREE but you will need a Wristband to enjoy the Inflatables and $1 tickets for food and dunking booth.

Put May 15th on your calendar to be on the hilltop for JAG JAM!!

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JPA Spring Fundraiser

CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE ONLINE

$100 Raffle Ticket
2016 Ford F150 XLT 4×4 SuperCrew
Exterior: Bronze Fire Interior: Grey Leather
Fully Loaded
2.7L Ecoboost w/ Auto S/S, 20” Chrome PVD Wheels
Sirius XM Radio, Remote Start System
Towing Package w/ Pro Trailer Backup Assist Class IV Trailer Hitch
Power Sliding Rear Window, Reverse Sensing System, Chrome Step Bars

For more details…email: JPARaffle@gmail.com
Follow Twitter: @JPAGala2015 @jjnation

Drawing is May 15th between 4-6pm at the Jag Jam. Do not have to be present to win.
Min of 425 tickets must be sold for raffle to proceed – if not met prior to drawing, refunds will be issued
Raffle is not affiliated with CTJ or NEISD. JPA is a 501(c)3

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Johnson Jaguars

The Jaguar Pride Association is now accepting applications from Senior Athletes for the 2016 JPA Athletic Scholarships. Each Year the JPA awards scholarships to Johnson Student Athletes to help offset the cost of a College Education.

To be eligible:

Students must have a minimum cumulative high school grade point average of 80.
The Students must exemplify good sportsmanship, including attitude toward team members, coaches, equipment, officials, and spectators.
Student Applicants must be a 12th grade student in good standing at Johnson High School, who has participated as an athlete in at least one high school sport their senior year and must have participated in a sport at least one other year while attending high school.
Students must plan to enroll in an institute of higher learning within one year of graduation from JHS.
Student’s parent/guardian must be a current member of the JPA Athletic Booster Club.

Application must be turned in to their coach by March 21, 2016.

To Download a full Application packet click one of the links below.

JPA Scholarship Form 2016 in Word Document Form (.docx)
JPA Scholarship Form 2016 in PDF Form (.pdf)

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Every Two years Coaches and ADs gather in their Regional offices and wait for 9am when the new UIL Redistricting packets are handed out. This morning the Every Two Year event played out and while on the surface it looks like nothing has changed for Johnson Athletics we will be seeing some new rivalries in Bracket Playoff Sports.

First lets answer the question of why? UIL every two years redistricts all of it’s Athletic and Academic districts. This process takes place for several reasons. The UIL wants to keep larger attendance schools to compete with like size schools and smaller schools to compete with schools their size in what are called called classifications. Currently their are 6 UIL classifications; 1A, 2A, 3A, 4A, 5A and 6A. Johnson is and has always been in the largest classification and is currently a 6A school. That did not change with this redistricting.

The UIL also groups schools into districts. Those districts are drawn with travel as it’s main driving force. UIL does not look at schools records in certain sports and groups schools together in regards to records or playoff appearances. One thing UIL does do is try their best to keep ISDs with multiple High Schools that are in the same classification in the same district. But your ISD district can be different than your UIL District.

For Johnson the Jags have always been in 26-5A, and then for the past two years after the UIL created the 6A classification 26-6A. For Johnson’s first two years of Athletic competition 26-5A consisted of the seven NEISD schools, New Braunfels High Schoool and Smithson Valley High School creating a nine team UIL District. After the first two years Johnson has been apart of 25-5A(or6A) but only with the NEISD schools creating a seven team district. Again nothing has changed about 26-6A the UIL kept it a seven team district all from NEISD schools.

UIL creates 32 districts in each of the 6 classifications and then splits those 32 districts in to four regions. Regions become very important when playing in the playoffs. You must advance through your region in all sports to get to the State Tournament level. Some sports play a bracket single elimination Regional playoff schedule (Football, Volleyball, Basketball, Soccer, Baseball and Softball). Other sports advance from district into a regional Meet or tournament (Golf, Wrestling, Swimming, Cross Country). Team Tennis and Track have added an Area meet between District and Regional Meets as well.

As for this redistricting that happened today the big changes for Johnson came at the Regional level for the next two years. While today the realignments are only for football and basketball. Alignments for other sports come at a later date, but usually stay the same across most other sports. Wrestling is the big difference as not all schools (including all NISD schools) participate in wrestling creating different regions. Swimming is split up into 8 Regions so their path to State is a little different as well.

So What did change and why? Well first of all 25-6A is now 27-6A and 25-6A is now filled with teams that were in Region II and are now in Region IV…… that makes since right?

This is important to Johnson and the NEISD schools because in the playoff brackets the four playoff teams from 26-6A will play their first round playoff games all against 25-6A. This is called the Bi-District round of the playoffs or the first round. 1-6A plays 2-6A, 3-6A plays 4-6A, 5-6A plays 6-6A and so on and so on until you get to 25-6A playing 26-6A in the Bi-District round.

For the past few years 25-6A has been populated by Steele, Clemens, Smithson Valley, New Braunfels, New Braunfels Canyon, Judson and Wagner. These teams should sound familiar in regards to first round playoff opponents in all sports over the last four years. All of those teams and add in East Central High School are now 27-6A meaning they will play their bi-district playoff games vs 28-6A which is a 10 team district of all NISD schools like Brandeis, Brennan, Clark and such.

So why did 25-6A become 27-6A? Well you can blame Corpus Christi ISD…. That’s right this is all because of Corpus. CCISD currently has 3 6A schools but because Corpus built a new High School all of their schools are now 5A schools by their enrollment numbers. Losing those three 6A schools forced the UIL to move East Central, South San And Southwest to other districts as curently they are in a district with the Corpus Schools at 6A. East Central we know about. South San and Southwest both will be in a district with Laredo schools, Del Rio and Eagle Pass.

So by Corpus building a school it left a vacuum and a district had to be filled. UIL decided to move 25-6A to 27-6A so they could pull Austin schools out of region II and into Region IV as the new District 25-6A.

Weeeeeee that was fun to explain.

So Who is 25-6A starting in the fall and will be Johnson’s and the rest of 26-6A Bi-District opponents? 25-6A will consist of Lake Travis, Westlake, Vandegrift, Buda Hays, Cedar Park Vista Ridge, Kyle Lehman and Leander.

Again what was announced today was only for Football and basketball but the other sports should fall right in line with this realignment in weeks to come.

Here is how 26-6A attendance numbers shake out for the next two years.
1. Madison – 3379
2. Reagan – 3340
3. Lee – 3085
4. Churchill – 3038.5
5. Johnson – 3003.5
6. Roosevelt – 2940
7. MacArthur – 2489

Here are the enrollment Numbers for the new 25-6A
1. Hays 2698.5
2. Lake Travis 2697
3. Westlake 2583
4. Kyle Lehman 2478.5
5. Vandergrift 2255
6. CP Vista Ridge 2250
7. Leander 2187

These numbers will become important during Football season as they will be used to determine D1 and D2 status in playoff football. Other sports don’t break into D1 and D2.

With redistricting the football schedules start to take shape for next fall. During this process at 9:00am this morning coaches and Athletic Directors made handshake deals on non-district opponents. Some of these deals fall through after the announcing of the districts leaving some schools scrambling to find opponents. For Johnson sitting in a seven team district means we will again have six district games with a bye week during the district schedule and four non-district games.

During the day you may have seen some schools releasing their non-district schedule for fall football. Understand all schedules right now are tentative and no contracts have been signed. Coach Rittimann and NEISD typically don’t release non-district schedules until later in the spring. So you can ask Coach Rittimann if you see him but don’t expect him to give up to much information at least for the time being.

We will allow you to do your own research into the histories of each school of the new 25-6A in each sport. But if you have any questions and don’t know who to ask about this whole process you can always email me at albright527@me.com

As Always #wearBLUE

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Every two years the University Interscholastic League (UIL) goes through a process of redistricting and reclassification of the UIL competition districts. Every two years that process comes to a head in February when the UIl releases its new districts for 6A, 5A, 4A, 3A, 2A, 1A and six-man sports and academics. This year the release date will be February 1st.

The speculation and rumors that surround redistricting every two years is enough to practically shut down social media sites and twitter is flooded with predictions the days leading up to the release date. Because this happens every two years you have a lot of athletes and parents going through the process for the first time with a lot of questions about how the process works and how it will effect Johnson Athletics.

A typical High School athletic family may only go through a redistricting period once or twice and the Re-districing process happening February 1st will not effect the senior class of 2016 but does impact all of the classes below as well as 8th and 7th grade.

The UIL will release a new arrangement of schools in all classifications that will be used for the next two years starting with the 2016-2017 school year.

This means that each competitive UIL district could change and some will remain the same.

For the past two years all North East high schools, and only NEISD schools, have formed district 26-6A. As schools gain or lose enrollment they can move within the UIL classification system, meaning some school right now at 6A may drop to 5A and some schools that are right now 5A might move to 6A.

This years’ process started back in October when each school across the state had to take a snapshot enrolment number and turn it into the UIL. From there the UIL starts to divide up the schools into the classifications (6A, 5A, 4A, 3A ect) to try and keep the same size schools competing against each other in sports and academics.

Once the classifications are set the UIL committee starts the process of breaking up the classes into 32 districts in each classification. The districts can be any size and in the past the UIL has created districts as small as 4 schools and as large as 10 schools. Typically districts are between 6-8 schools.

The UIL also does all it can to try and keep ISD school in the same UIL district. Currently NEISD has 7 High Schools and they should all be kept in the same UIL district in this redistricting but it is not guaranteed.

All across the state high school coaches and athletic directors will gather on February 1st at Regional offices. San Antonio’s Regional office is the Region-20 office off of IH-35 near Fort Sam Houston. At 9AM the regional chair will start giving out packets with all of the new districts in all of the classifications. Until that happens no one knows what the districts will look like.

Any speculation, rumors and predictions before the release point of 9AM is just that Speculations and Rumors. The UIL does a great job of not leaking their report before the 9AM release and while you can find all kinds of information and predictions on Twitter and Facebook those are just guesses and no one knows what will happen for sure.

As soon as we are told what district Johnson will be in and who else is in the district on February 1st we will update the jjnation twitter feed and JaguarPride Facebook page. We will not update the feed until we have a firm report from Coach Rittimann at the Region-20 offices.

This will be Johnson’s fifth re-districting. In 2008, six months before Johnson opened and while there was still a lot of dirt being moved on the hilltop, Johnson was placing into district 26-5A with the other NEISD schools as well as Smithson Valley and New Braunfels. For the first two years of Johnson athletic competition the Jaguars were in a 9 team district. In February 2010 Johnson went through its second redistricting and the 26-5A UIL District was reduced to just NEISD Schools and the Jags were in a 7 team district. In 2012 the UIL made no changes to 25-6A. In 2014 Johnson’s district stayed the same but the big change was the formation of 6A as the top classification. Johnson entered into the newly formed 26-6A in the 2014-2015 school year.

Below are some Myths, Rumors and Questions that are frequent during this Redistricting process.

1. Does these mean NEISD will be changed?
NO. The UIl districts and ISD districts are total different. Your ISD district is your taxing district and the only way schools are added or removed from your ISD is to build new schools via a Bond Election or close schools. Some ISD have multiple classifications like CISD to our north has has Canyon Lake High School 4A and New Braunfels Canyon and Smithson Valley at 6A currently. Your UIL district might be that same as your ISD (like 26-6A is now) or it might not.

2. I heard School X will be in our district. Is that True?
At this point that statement is purely speculation. Until the official packets are opened at Region-20 no-one knows who will be placed in what district or what school will move from 5A to 6A or vice versa.

3. Has 26-5A always been just NEISD schools?
NO. In fact Johnson’s first two years of varsity competition the Jags were in a 9 team district consisting of the other 6 NEISD schools plus New Braunfels and Smithson Valley. In the 2010 redistricting process New Braunfels was moved to 25-5A and Smithson Valley dropped from 5A to 4A due to enrollment numbers. Both schools are now in 25-6A.

3.If a school is added to our district does that mean our softball and baseball schedules for this spring 2016 will have to be change?
NO. While the redistricting is announced in February the actually start for the new districts is not until August 2016 at the start of the 2016-17 school year. None of the sports this spring will be effected.

4. I heard a school that did not have 6A enrollment numbers was allowed to participate in 6A sports, how does that happen?
This is TRUE. Some schools will petition the UIL to move up or down a Class (6A, 5A, 4A, 3A, ect.) for various reasons. The main reasons are scheduling and travel. The UIL hears each petition individually and rules accordingly with-in three weeks of the redistricting release date.

5. Are the district set in stone on the Release date of February 1st or will their be changes?
NO. Feb 1 is just the announcement date. There is a three week period where schools and ISD districts can lodge a formal request for a change in class or district. The UIL classifiacations and districts will not be confirmed until this time. and changes may or may not effect Johnson’s district.

6. Does this change any of the schedules at the Junior High Level?
NO. Junior High Schools are not regulated by the UIL and are not set into State wide districts. Those schedules are created by junior high schools and ISDs. NEISD sets it’s Junior High Schedules. Current 8th graders and 7th graders will eventually participate at the high school level in the districts announced on February 1st.

7. When will we find out who we will play in Football in our non-district contest.
Tomorrow the Johnson Coaching staff will make some hand-shake deals with area coaches, but none of those non-district opponents can be set until the UIL districts are confirmed in three weeks. NEISD does not release the non-district schedules for Football till around March 15th.

8. What is the best place to find out all of the new districts?
The JJNation twitter feed will be a good source for finding out about the Jags district for the next two years but for a full list the UIL website will be the best place to see all of the districts and classifications.

9. Does the UIL redistricting only apply to Sports?
NO. UIL redistricting effects fine arts like UIL one act play, debate, band and other school competitions. The UIL redistricting will effect all of the Johnson Athletic schedules and opponents for the next two years.

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