A reminder that today is an early out day for EISD. Classes will be dismissed 2 hours early. Also, next week is EISD’s spring break. I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable break!
Last night the Eustace ISD Board of Trustees held their regular monthly meeting. The meeting started at 7:00 PM and was held in the High School library. After the meeting was called to order, the Board was treated by a piano performance from Eustace High School junior, Dane McAfee. Dane recently qualified for state in piano solo. This is the second year that Dane has qualified for state. There is a picture at the bottom of this post of Dane performing.
Actions taken during last night’s Board meeting included:
- Approved minutes of previous meetings.
- Approved the financial reports as presented.
- Approved a budget figure of $50,000 for Dual-Credit and Career and Technology classes offered through TVCC for the 2014-2015 school year.
- Approved the addition of an inclusion teacher to be split between the Intermediate and Primary and the addition of a full time assistant principal at the Primary for the 2014-2015 school year.
- Approved the purchase of Guided Reading Materials for the 2014-2015 for grades K – 4.
- Approved the audit agreement with Smith, Lambright, and Associates for the fiscal year ending August 31, 2014.
- Approved additions to the substitute list as presented.
- Approved student transfers as presented.
- Approved the list of teacher and other professionals as presented.
Dane McAfee performing at the March School Board Meeting
Tonight, the Eustace ISD Board of Trustees will hold their regular meeting for the month of March. The meeting will start at 7:00 PM and will be held in the High School Library. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend.
The Board will here the following reports:
- Budget v. Earned Financial Report
- RevTrak Update
- Region VII Board of Directors Election Report
- Enrollment and Attendance
The Board will consider action on the following items:
- Approve minutes from previous meetings.
- Financial Reports
- Consider Certification Classes and Dual Credit Classes for 2014-2015.
- Consider New Positions for 2014-2015: a) Inclusion Teacher at the Intermediate and Primary; 2) Assistant Principal at the Primary
- Consider Purchase of Guiding Reading Materials for 2014-2015
- Consider Agreement with Smith, Lambright, and Associates for audit services for the fiscal year ending August 31, 2014.
- Consider Approval of Instructional Materials Allotment and TEKS Certification.
- The Board will enter closed session to consider personnel and staffing, substitutes, and student transfers. Any action taken on closed session items will be made in open session.
Yesterday, Eustace High School hosted the annual Masonic Luncheon in the High School library. During the luncheon the local Masonic Lodge honored two Eustace High School seniors: Chelsea Oliver and Ridge Smith. Both students were presented with a certificate and a Mirabeau B. Lamar Medal. In addition, both students received a $500 scholarship from the Masons.
Beth Williamson, a special needs teacher at the High School, was the faculty member honored this year by the Masons.
The Masons in attendance yesterday were Keith Haynes and Greg Swain. On behalf of Eustace ISD, I would like to thank Mr. Haynes, Mr. Swain, and all of the area Masons for making these awards and scholarships available to our students. Below are some pictures of the ceremony.
Beth Williamson receiving certificate from Mason Greg Swain
Chelsea Oliver receiving certificate from Mason Greg Swain
Ridge Smith receiving certificate from Mason Greg Swain.
It’s not very often that we have to worry about winter weather when we get into March. Usually, the greatest threat of winter weather occurs from December to February. Since we missed Monday and Tuesday, we will have to utilize the bad weather days that are built into our calendar. The first bad weather day will be April 18. This was originally a holiday, but will become a class day. The second bad weather day will be at the end of the year on June 5. This will become the last day of the 2013-2014 school year.
Wednesday – TAKS Exit Level Retests; Masonic Luncheon
Thursday – TAKS Exit Level Retests; Kemp Baseball Tournament; JV Baseball at Malakoff Tournament; High School Track at Wills Point; School Board Meeting – 7:00 PM HS Library
Friday – Early Out; Softball at Red Oak Life – 6:00; Varsity Baseball at Kemp Tournament; JV Baseball at Malakoff Tournament
Saturday – Varsity Baseball at Kemp Tournament; JV Baseball at Malakoff Tournament
Spring Break – March 10 – 14
Classes resume at regular times on March 17.
I hope everyone has a great week!
Yesterday, the Eustace Bulldog Band competed in the UIL Concert and Sight Reading Contest at Canton. In the concert contest, the band plays three musical selections and is rated by a judge on overall performance. In the sight reading section, a band receives a piece of music that they have never before played. The director has a certain amount of time to go over the selection with the band, and then the band plays the selection for a judge.
In both the concert and sight reading section, the EHS band received a Division II rating. This is the second highest rating that a band may receive. I want to thank our band directors, Todd Felty and Crystal Heidel and all the members of the band for all of their hard work in preparing for this contest. A video of the concert portion of the contest is on the Eustace ISD YouTube page: http://www.youtube.com/user/EustaceISD.
Yesterday was also the annual Bulldog Relays. There were four divisions in the meet: JV Girls, JV Boys, Varsity Girls, and Varsity Boys. In the JV Girls Division, Eustace won with meet with a total point count of 232. The JV Boys finished second behind Mineola by 1.5 points. The Varsity Girls won their division by scoring a total of 147.5 points. The varsity boys finished second behind Mineola with a total point count of 125 points.
Congratulations to all the participants on their strong showing in yesterday’s meet. A special thank you to all the workers and volunteers that helped make the track meet a great success. A copy of the entire results package is attached at the end of this post.
I hope everyone has a great weekend!
Bulldog Relays 2014
via Technology Tidbits by Twyla Felty
While the state and the nation continue to challenge teachers to promote higher level thinking, use project-based learning, and integrate technology into instruction, the mandated tests for measuring student achievement remained unchanged. So, the challenge for teachers is double-edged: make all these great changes to our instructional methodology without causing a ripple in the testing continuum! ARGH!!!
So, here is a great idea from a high school Algebra teacher to keep the fun in this fill-in-the-dot world!
She created STAAR warm-up questions and inserted QR codes that contain hints or definitions to help the students along. These codes not only help students with content, but they add an element of technology fun to this usually mundane format at the same time. Way to go for creative thinking, Ms. Traughber!!
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via Technology Tidbits by Twyla Felty
Need a new way for students to experience and learn vocabulary words? Let the students think in pictures! There are many apps that can do the job, but here are two great work samples from 1st graders created in Pic Collage
using Google search. “A picture is worth a thousand words!”
We had a great turn out to the annual FFA Booster Club Chili Supper and Auction on Saturday. There was plenty of great food and numerous items to bid on in the auction. There are some pictures of the event attached at the end of today’s post.
There were 16 pots of chili entered in the Chili Cook Off, Sherri Purselley placed 3rd, Thomas and Sunny Goodell placed 2nd, and Adam Davis placed first. Each of the top three winners received a very nice apron.
I want to thank Danny Davis and all of the officers and members of the Eustace FFA Booster Club for their hard work and preparation to make this such a success for our FFA program. Your sacrifice is greatly appreciated!!
Monday – MS Track at Eustace – 3:45; JV and V Baseball at Athens – 4:30; Boys and Girls Golf at Cedar Creek Country Club
Tuesday – Varsity Softball at Scurry – 6:00
Thursday – 1st Grade Family Reading Night; Report Cards; UIL Concert Contest – 2:30 Canton; Bulldog Relays at Eustace; Softball at Mildred Tournament; Varsity Baseball at Grand Saline Tournament; JV Baseball at Athens Tournament
Friday – High School Career Day; Varsity Baseball at Grand Saline Tournament; JV Baseball at Athens Tournament
Saturday – Varsity Softball at Mildred Tournament; Varsity Baseball at Grand Saline Tournament; JV Baseball at Athens Tournament
I hope everyone has a great week!
Sherri Purselley - Third Place in Chili Cook Off
Sunny Goodell - 2nd Place Chili Cook Off
- Some of the desserts available at the Chili Supper
via Technology Tidbits by Twyla Felty
There is a new dress code for all 21st century educators: Pants are now required!
In short…there is no more “flying by the seat of your pants”. Please keep them on at all times!
Yes, this may be a little tongue-in-cheek, but you know what I am talking about. We all have either known, currently work with, or may even describe ourselves as this kind of educator. There are many expressions that these educators use when describing their approach to teaching:
- flying by the seat of my pants
- spur of the moment
- winging it
- off the cuff
- playing it by ear
- off the top of my head
- thinking on my feet
This philosophy or strategy for educating our 21st century learners can no longer fly! This doesn’t mean that great things can’t happen this way, but there is now much more room for failure when this is an educator’s primary modus operandi.
For example, even if a teacher uses technology only at the substitution level in their classroom, the following issues may arise:
- is the technology/equipment available?
- have websites been tested on the school’s filter on a student access level?
- has the material been vetted for school viewing?
- is the app even on the device to be used?
- are any updates needed to run the specific site or app (Java anyone?)?
- does the tech support team know of a more appropriate/better tool or site to use
Now, let’s say that we moved past substitution and actually delved into the deeper, processing layers of instruction. This demands even more from educators:
- what TEKS will be covered in this PBL unit?
- what is the driving question? (Wow, these things can be really difficult to write!)
- what elements should be included in the rubric?
This deeper instructional process demands preparation, but it is a front-loaded process. Once the prep work is done a great teacher then magically turns into facilitator, and the students propel the learning process forward from that point.
We no longer live in a textbook world where we simply turn the page, move onto the next unit, and consider the year’s curriculum complete if we make it to the right chapter of the book. Life and classrooms have enough surprises even when well-managed and well-planned. So, leave “flying by the seat of your pants” for life’s surprises and for the unexpected discoveries that students will make when involved in a channeled learning environment. Great teaching requires thought, planning, and preparation, so we all need to follow the dress code, and “keep your pants on”!
Love to fly by the seat of your pants but think you are a totally awesome teacher???
I have a question for you:
If you don’t know what you really want to do, what you really want the kids to take away, what your primary objective is for the day, and how that will be measured…..then how do you measure success?
Of course class was “successful”! After all, you survived and “pulled it off”. Congratulations!
Try planning for a change. It is much more difficult to claim success when you have lofty plans! There is suddenly a “teacher rubric” to meet.
If you are awesome now, try planning and be “awesomer”!! Your students will thank you for it!