Parent Meeting and Board Meeting

There will be a parent meeting for all students that are involved in athletics in grades 7-12 on Monday, July 27 at 5:30 PM. The meeting will take place in the E. L. Kirk Gym. Workouts for high school students participating in cross country, football, and volleyball will start on August 3.

Board Meeting Tonight

The Eustace ISD School Board will hold their regular monthly meeting tonight at 7:00 PM. The meeting will be held in the HS library. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend. The Board will hear the following reports:

  • Attendance Comparisons
  • Van Zandt County Appraisal District Adopted Budget for 2016
  • Van Zandt County Certified Taxable Value for 2015
  • Eustace High School Spring 2015 Scholarships and Grades
  • School Health Advisory Committee Annual Report

The Board will hear and consider action on the following agenda items:

  • Minutes of previous meetings
  • Financial Reports for June
  • Update on 2015-2016 Preliminary Budget
  • Update on Insurance Claim
  • Bids for School Vehicle
  • New Ag Science Building
  • Proposed Tax Rate for 2015-2016
  • Review Policies on Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Code of Conduct for 2015-2016
  • Student Handbook for 2015-2016
  • DAEP Handbook for 2015-2016
  • Community and Student Engagement Assessment for 2015
  • Food Allergy Management Plan
  • Nomination to the Van Zandt County Appraisal District Board

The Board will enter closed session to discuss personnel matters and to consider student transfers. Any action taken on a closed session item will be made in open session.

Board Meeting Last Night

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.

The Board presented Robyn Wheeler of The Monitor with a certificate for being named to the TASB Media Honor Roll.

The Board heard the following reports:

  • RevTrak Report
  • 2015-2016 Perkins Planning Amounts
  • 2016 Van Zandt CAD Proposed Budget
  • Henderson CAD 2015 Amended Budget
  • Henderson CAD 2016 Proposed Budget
  • Henderson CAD 2015 Preliminary Appraisal Values
  • TVCC Letter Regarding Tuition
  • STAAR/EOC Results
  • TEA Letter Regarding Chapter 41 Status
  • Bond Refunding Summary
  • Update on Attendance and Enrollment

The Board took the following actions at last night’s meeting:

  • Approved the minutes of previous meetings.
  • Approved the financial reports as presented.
  • Extended the Depository Contract with Prosperity Bank through August 31, 2017.
  • Approved the Contract with Henderson County for 2015-2016 Tax Collections
  • Approved changes to FFG(Local) Exhibit as presented.
  • Directed that the Superintendent seek proposals for replacing the Expedition with a similar 2016 model from both Ford and Chevrolet.
  • Approved Texas Kid’s First as the Student Accident Provider for the 2015-2016 school year.
  • Approved the Three Year Proposal Submitted by Texas Schools Cooperative for Liability Insurance, Property Insurance, and Vehicular Insurance.
  • Reviewed Plans for New Ag Science Building and made modifications to be submitted to the District’s architect and engineer.
  • Approved a five year contract with Coca Cola as the vending supplier for the District.
  • Reviewed and Approved the District’s Investment Policy with no changes.
  • Accepted the Resignations of the following personnel: Carolyn Davis, Josh Truitt, and Bill Mohon.
  • Approved the Employment of the following personnel: Sarah Pickett, Primary Aide; Christina Hicks, HS English Teacher; Justin Huff, HS Social Studies Teacher and Coach; Carrie Martin, HS Chemistry Teacher; Samantha Harris, HS Math Teacher and Coach; and, Julie Estes, PS 1st Grade Teacher.
  • Approved the Salary Recommendations for 2015-2016 as presented.
  • Accepted recommendations for transfer approvals and transfer denials as presented.
  • Adjourned



Thanks for a Great Year

It’s hard to believe that we are already in the month of June. It is even harder to believe that today is the last day of the 2014-2015 school year! Our students, from PK to seniors, have enjoyed many successes this year. These successes are not random, but a culmination of hard work and dedication by students, staff members, parents, and community supporters. It absolutely takes everyone working together to ensure the success of our students.

Special recognition goes out to the following people

School Board – The members of the EISD School Board volunteer to spend hours looking after the welfare of our students and our district. Our Board members include: Gary Walsh, President; Ashley McKee, Vice President; Bobby Ashton, Secretary; Cotton Walker, Member; Sonny Hodge, Member; Steven Bell, Member; and, Jimmy Kirkhart, Member.

Staff Members – All of our staff members work to provide our students with a world-class education. It takes everyone from bus drivers, cafeteria workers, custodians, maintenance workers, technology support, aides and office workers, counselors, speech therapists, visual specialists, diagnosticians, administrators, and teachers all working together to make EISD the best it can be.

Parents and Family Members – From getting your children to early morning practices (or picking your children up late at night after a long trip), to reading with your children, to helping your students prepare for a big test, parents and other family members put in countless hours helping their children get the best education possible. We could not do it without you!

Community Members – We are blessed with overwhelming community support for our district. This is shown in many ways – the FFA Auction, scholarships, support at athletic events, and donations of time, money, and materials – are just a few.

As I look back on the 2014-2015 school year, I thank everyone who had a part in making this a great year. I look forward to continued success in the 2015-2016 school year.

I hope everyone has a great summer!

Help! I Can’t Open my Office Documents in Google Drive!

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Yes, unless you own a Chromebook that awesomely and automatically updates, then this can happen to you. Don’t panic! Check the following to make sure you have exactly what you need to open those Office products in your Google drive without changing their format.

1. If you can usually open Office documents in your Google drive without an issue on your computer, make sure you are logged into your Chrome browser so that all of your extensions are ready to go.

2. If this is all new to you, then we probably just need to add the Office Editing for Docs, Sheets & Slides extension to your Chrome browser. Don’t worry! It’s easy, and you should only have to do it once!

  • Click the blue button to “add to Chrome”
  • You will have to give it permission to access all kinds of stuff, but just close your eyes and do it!
  • Once it finishes adding itself to your Chrome browser, try to open your Office document again.
  • Now, the Office document  should open. The extension can clearly be seen in the URL 
  • When you open the Word document, you can also see that the extension is working by clicking on “File” and seeing the words, “Office Compatibility Mode”.

You are good to go!

Converting Office Documents to Google Docs

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You have an Office document safely backed up in your Google Drive, and now you need to share it with your team. But, wait! You can’t share documents saved in their original Office format.
No worries. Let’s  convert that document to a Google doc,. “Convert” really creates a new copy, so you even get to keep your original just the way it is!

To convert:

  • Double-click to open the original Word document in your Google drive that you wish to convert
  • The Word document will open in a new tab, and the tab will have the big “W” for “Word” at the top.
  • Now for the conversion part:
  • Go to “File”  ,”Save as Google Doc” or 
  • Go to “Share”, and the pop-up will  give you the option to convert
  • The Google doc version will now open in a new tab with the Google doc icon at the tab-top
  • Your Google Drive will now have two version of this document: one in the original Office format and one in Google doc format
This process is so simple and easy, that pretty soon you will become a real “convert” and create everything in Google Drive!

Confused by the duplicate documents? Look at the icons!

As you start converting Office documents to Google docs, slides, and sheets (and you will!), you can easily tell the two products apart by their icons. Seems silly, but it helps when the drive gets crowded.

Limitations of Office Documents in Google Drive

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So, you have backed-up your Office documents to Google Drive! Good job! Now you can:
  • Open and view your Office documents
  • Open and do some editing
  • Download your documents from Google Drive

However,  there are a few caveats that you need to be aware of as you work with these Office documents from within your Google Drive.

1. Office documents do not share all the wonderful magic of Google docs, but have three limitations:

  • Editing is somewhat limited
  • They do not save automatically
  • They can not be shared at all. You must convert first!

These limitations are immediately noticeable if you are accustomed to working with Google docs.

2. NEVER insert Office documents from your Google drive into Google Classroom !!

Because the Office format can’t be shared, these Office documents really get messy on the student end if shared for editing or as a template in a Google Classroom assignment.
If you must do this ….insert as “read only”!

Graduation and This Week

Congratulations to the Class of 2015! The graduation ceremony was held this past Saturday at the E. L. Kirk Gym. There was a great crowd on hand in spite of the rain. I want to thank everyone who came out to support this year’s seniors. A special thank you to Alan Sifford, EISD Director of Maintenance, and all of his staff for the great job they did in getting the gym ready for graduation!

It is had to believe that we are starting the last week of the 2014-2015 school year. It’s also hard to believe that this is June 1! A reminder to everyone that we will be having school this Friday because of days missed to bad weather.

Thursday and Friday will be early release days. Buses will run at 1:30 each day. Saturday will be a workday for staff.

Summer school will start Monday, June 8. That will also be the first day of our summer feeding program. Our summer feeding program will be as it has been in the past: anyone 18 years of age or younger may eat breakfast and lunch at no charge. No paperwork is required to participate in this program.  I have attached more information about our summer school program at the bottom of this post.

I hope everyone has a great week!

Summer Feeding Program Information

Summer Feeding Program Information


Backup with Google Drive

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It’s that time of year again! In this last week of school, teachers will pack away their classrooms for the summer and say good-bye to students for a much needed summer break.
But wait…..!
Did you remember to backup your documents?

Teachers now have years of digital products, representing hours of hard work, all saved somewhere in the school’s servers or, heaven forbid, on the local C drive of their classroom computer. It is up to each individual teacher to ensure that these are safely backed-up. Since we are a GAFE school, Google Drive is the perfect solution.

The New Google Drive has made this even easier this year since all of your documents can be uploaded in their existing form and opened in Google Drive without ever being converted from their Office format. This means that you can access your school documents in their original Office format from any computer at any time from anywhere!  So let’s get started:

Step 1:
Make certain that you are using the new Google Drive
Make certain that “Convert Uploads” is NOT checked in settings

Step 2:
Create a new folder in your Google Drive to house your school documents. 
Since our teacher documents are housed in each person’s H drive, this was the file name in this sample. 

Step 3:
Upload your folders to Google Drive!

There are two ways to upload files and folders to Google Drive.
A. Drag and Drop directly into the Google drive folder
B. Browse and select the files and folders by selecting “New”>”File Upload”

If you have time, carefully selecting folders and files to upload can help you clean out your “digital closets”, and you can delete from your H drive as you go.

Now your school documents are safely backed-up, and you can access them from anywhere on any device at any time in their original Office format!!

There are a few things you will want to know about working with Office documents in your Google drive, so tomorrow’s post will have information on opening, sharing and converting these files.

Senior Breakfast & Baccalaureate

The senior class had a busy day yesterday! They started the day at 8:00 AM at the First Baptist Church with the annual senior breakfast. I want to thank all the parents that helped make this breakfast possible by volunteering to decorate, cook, and clean up. Your time and effort was greatly appreciated!! I also want to thank Brother Paul McKinney and the First Baptist Church for the use of their facilities.

Senior Breakfast

Senior Breakfast

The seniors went back to the schools and had the opportunity to hear former Dallas Cowboy Michael Irvin give a presentation and award to fellow senior Taylor Peebles.

Next the seniors donned their cap and gowns for the annual senior picture. Following this, the seniors visited with Primary and Intermediate campuses and received congratulation “high fives” from all the students. A special thank you to Mr. Reeve and Mrs. Shaffer for working with the High School to arrange this special time.

Finally, the seniors concluded the day with the annual Baccalaureate Service at the First Baptist Church in Eustace. The service started with Brandon Hall offering the Invocation. Grace Holcombe then read a bible verse, which was followed by the principal’s address. Jerry Johnson provided the Baccalaureate address and Zach Hughes ended the service with the benediction. Afterwards, the First Baptist Church hosted a reception for all the seniors and their guests in the fellowship hall.

Again, I want to thank everyone that was involved in making this a special day for our seniors!













FFA Banquet and This Week

I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend! We are coming to the end of this school year. We have four days this week and then five days next week. Thursday and Friday of next week will be early release days. The seniors have lots of different activities scheduled for this week.

The FFA Banquet was held last Friday. For the 2014-2015 school year, Eustace FFA had a total of 81 members. After a great barbeque dinner, there were numerous awards and recognitions presented to students. Chad Tindel, Thomas Hyde, and Santos Umana all received the FFA Bob Goin Scholarship. The 2015-2016 FFA Officers were also introduced: Jordyn Costlow, President; Lane Smith, Vice President; Jessica Miller, Secretary; Cameron Rogers, Treasurer; Jodi Costlow, Reporter; Bucky Womble, Sentinel; and, Whitney Boerner, Advisor. Congratulations to these students and to all the students that participated in FFA this year. A special thank you to the FFA sponsors, Theresa Tindel and Steve Stegall. A very special thank you to all the parents, relatives, and friends that have supported FFA this year!

This Week

Wednesday – Baccalaureate Service – 7:00 PM – First Baptist Church in Eustace

Thursday – Early Childhood Graduation

Friday – 2nd Grade Math Blast – Purtis Creek; End of Year Trip – Middle School

Saturday – Graduation – 10:00 AM – E. L. Kirk Gymnasium – Doors will open at 9:00 AM

I hope everyone has a great week!