Thanksgiving Break

Eustace ISD will be observing our Thanksgiving Break from November 23 – November 27. Classes will resume at regular times on Monday, November 30.

After we return from Thanksgiving Break, we will have 15 school days before the end of the 1st semester. The 1st semester ends on December 18. December 17 and December 18 are early release days for the district.

I wish everyone a safe and happy Thanksgiving break!

Share to Google Classroom: OpenEd

via Technology Tidbits by Twyla Felty

One of the great additions to Google Classroom this school year has been the “Share to Google Classroom” button. It is popping up in technology tools that teachers already know, use, and love! Clicking this magic button automatically adds  resources right into your existing Google Classrooms with no muss and no fuss
One great resource site that is totally integrated into Google Classroom is OpenEd.
OpenEd added the “Share to Google Classroom” option this year but also allows teachers to import Google Classroom rosters. This makes access easier than ever before. If you are new to OpenEd, it has a huge online collection of lesson plans, videos, assignments and assessments for grades K-12. Though many of these resources can often be found in other places, like Khan Academy, it does provide that easy one-stop-shopping-spot and the Google Classroom integration that makes it SO sweet!
To get started:
  • Create  an OpenEd account using your school account—so you can get to your Google Classrooms!
  • Sign up using your Texas school so you see the TEKS !  Though it is fully aligned with Common Core standards, if you sign in as as Texas school, the Reading and Math TEKS will also be included in your list of standards to choose from. 
  • Start searching through their great resources.
There are two ways to work between Google Classroom and OpenEd:

Look for the “Share to Google Classroom” button in other tech tools that you are currently using!

Pre-AP English Class

Mrs. GoDair’s Pre-AP English class is currently reading To Kill A Mockingbird. As part of their studies, each person has to dress as a character from the book. These “characters” then take part in a meal. Each character must bring a dish for the meal. Pictures of the characters at the meal are posted below:

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Basketball Today and Board Meeting Last Night

The boys and girls basketball teams are both in action today. The girls travel to Kerens and the boys travel to Fruitvale. JV games will start at 5:00.

Last night, the Eustace ISD Board of Trustees held their regular monthly board meeting.The meeting started at 7:00 PM and was held in the High School library.

The Board took the following actions:

  • Approved the minutes of previous meetings.
  • Approved the financial reports as presented.
  • Approved including the auditorium in roof repairs and requested 3 color samples for the administration roof.
  • Approved the fascia work at the Middle School.
  • Approved the purchase of new band uniforms for the 2016-2017 school year.
  • Approved the changes to Policy FFAC(Local)
  • Approved moving the December board meeting from Monday, December 21 to Monday, December 14
  • Approved Update 103 (Second Reading)
  • Approved the employment of Carrie Martin, bus driver; Lisa Graham, aide at Intermediate; and, Amanda Bunting, Cook at Primary Cafeteria.
  • Approved the substitute list as presented.
  • Approved the student transfer list as amended.
  • Adjourned.

Board Meeting Tonight and This Week

Tonight, the Eustace ISD Board of Trustees will hold their regular monthly meeting. The meeting will start at 7:00 PM and be held in the High School library. The Board will hear the following reports:

  • RevTrak Report
  • Initial Compliance Review
  • Annual Highly Qualified Report
  • Notice of Sale
  • Update on Capital Projects
  • Enrollment and Attendance Report

The Board may consider action on the following items:

  • Minutes from previous meetings.
  • Financial reports.
  • Scope of work and color for Administration Building roof.
  • Purchase of band uniforms for the 2016-2017 school year.
  • Sale of property.
  • Changes to Local Policy FFAC(Local)
  • Changing the date of December board meeting from December 21 to December 14.
  • Update 103 (Second Reading)
  • The Board will enter closed session to consider personnel student transfers. Any action taken on closed session items will be made in open session.

Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend tonight’s meeting.

This Week

The Middle School Student Council will be continuing their canned food drive throughout this week.

Monday – Jazz Clinic at Quinlan; Board Meeting – 7:00 PM

Tuesday – Jazz Clinic at Quinlan; 1st Grade Family Reading Night; HS Girls Basketball at Kerens – 5:00 PM

Thursday – HS Girls Varsity and Junior Varsity Basketball at Van Tournament

Friday – HS Girls Varsity and Junior Varsity Basketball at Van Tournament

Saturday – HS Girls Varsity and Junior Varsity Basketball at Van Tournament

A reminder that next week are our Thanksgiving Holidays. There will be no classes from November 23 – November 27. Classes will resume at regular times on Monday, November 30.

I hope everyone has a great week!

Complete Cross Country Results

Thanks to Coach Josh Sypert for providing the following information on the state cross country meet:

The Eustace Cross Country teams competed at the State Championships in Round Rock, TX on November 7, 2015. The race took place in some historic conditions, 40 degree temperature and several inches of rain left the course slippery and muddy. This is what Cross Country is all about, rain or shine, we still race.

 The Boys Team was able to capture a podium spot for the 4th year in a row. They placed 3rd as a team in the class 3A division. They were lead by Junior Ericsen Gudjohnsen who earned All-State honors with his 10th place finish and time of 17:00. Next was Junior Zane Arambula who placed 30th and ran a 17:38, Juniors Andrew Page and Gabe Purselley placed 49th and 50th and ran a 17:59 and 18:01, Senior Brandon Richardson placed 61st and ran a 18:16, Freshman Nicolas Westbrook placed 103rd and ran a 19:03, and Sophomore Ben Warren placed 110th and ran a 19:08.

The Girls Team also earned a podium spot at the awards ceremony. They placed 3rd as a team in a very close race between the top 4 teams represented there. They were lead by Junior Chanda Westbrook who placed 5th overall and ran a 12:21, this finish earned her All-State Honors as well. Next was Junior Skye Burns who placed 25th and ran a 12:58, Senior Chloe Moore placed 35th and ran a 13:10, Junior Cara Henson placed 66th and ran a 13:32, Junior Molly McAtee placed 71st and ran a 13:35, Junior Shelby White placed 94th and ran a 14:00, and Freshman Reece Thorne placed 108th and ran a 14:10.


Senior Night, Football, State Cross Country Meet, and This Week

Last Friday, the seniors that were involved in football, volleyball, cheerleading, and band were recognized prior to the start of the football game. A video of the ceremony will be posted to the district’s YouTube page later today. I want to thank all the seniors for their hard work, dedication, and leadership.

The Eustace Bulldogs varsity football team showed what Pride, Poise, Discipline, and Class was all about Friday night. Down going into the second half, the Bulldogs never gave up and fought back to have a chance to win the game. Although they fell a little short on the scoreboard, they did not in determination and effort. They played with Bulldog Pride!

To say that conditions were absolutely miserable in Round Rock this past Saturday would be a tremendous understatement. The temperature was in the mid-fifties, it was raining, and the wind was blowing; however, in cross country, these conditions are just part of the sport. Both our boys and girls teams did an outstanding job in these conditions. Both teams placed 3rd overall in the state!! Our girls were led by Chanda Westbrook, who finished 5th overall. Skye Burns was 25th overall. Skye was followed by Chloe Moore, Cara Henson, Molly McAtee, Shelby White, and Reece Thorn. The Lady Bulldogs finished the state meet with an overall score of 105. Congratulations to the Lady Bulldogs – 3rd place in Conference 3A!!

The boys also finished as the 3rd best team in Conference 3A. The boys were led by Ericssen Gudjohnsen who finished 10th overall. Zane Arambula was the next Bulldog across the finish line followed by Andrew Page, Gabe Purselley, Brandon Richardson, Nick Westbrook, and Ben Warren. The boys finished with an overall score of 125.

There are some pictures posted at the end of this entry of our girls and boys receiving their medals. In addition, there will be videos posted of the start of each race and the awards ceremony later today.

One additional note: Eustace was the only team in Conference 3A that had the boys and girls team finish in the top 3 in the state! Bulldog Proud!!

I want to congratulate each of our runners for another great cross country season. A special thank you to all the parents for all the time and effort you took to make sure your son or daughter got to school early for practice and for all the early Saturday mornings you had throughout the season. A special thank you to all the fans that braved the conditions in Round Rock to come out and support the Bulldogs! Finally, a huge thank you to Coach Josh Sypert and Coach Kenneth Henderson for all their hard work and dedication throughout the year to make our cross country program the best it can be!

This Week

Today is the start of the 3rd 6 Weeks. Because of our Thanksgiving Holidays, this 6 weeks is really only 5 six weeks. It will go by very fast!

All this week, the Middle School Student Council holding a canned food drive.

Monday – Start of 3rd 6 Weeks

Tuesday – Kindergarten Family Reading Night; HS Girls Basketball at Cross Roads – 5:00

Wednesday – Middle School Picture Retakes

Thursday – Intermediate School Perfect Attendance Treats; Report Cards are issued; 9th grade girls basketball at Mabank Tournament

Friday – Intermediate School Right Choice Rewards

Saturday – 9th grade basketball at Mabank Tournament

I hope everyone has a great week!


Boys team receiving medal

Boys team receiving medal

Chanda receiving medal

Chanda receiving medal

Ericsen receiving medal

Ericsen receiving medal

Girls team receiving medals

Girls team receiving medals


Football, Senior Night, and State Cross Country

The Eustace Bulldogs will play their final game of the season tonight against Malakoff. Kickoff is set for 7:30 at Bulldog Stadium. Before the game, seniors from volleyball, band, cheerleading, and football will be introduced. Senior cross country members are usually introduced on Senior Night as well; however, our senior cross country members will be in Round Rock preparing for the state cross country meet on Saturday.

At the state meet, the 3A girls are scheduled to run at 8:30. The boys will follow at 9:00. If you can’t make it to Round Rock for the state meet, you can keep up with the results by following @EustaceISD on Twitter. A video of the cross country send off will be posted to the district’s YouTube account this morning.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!



Regional Cross Country and This Week

Yesterday, the boys and girls cross country teams competed at the Regional Meet in Huntsville. To say the conditions were less than ideal would be an understatement. The course was so bad that runners were literally losing their shoes in the mud. Nevertheless, both Eustace teams ran well and both are advancing to the state cross country meet!

The girls ran the first race of the day and finished in 2nd place at the regional meet. They were led by Chanda Westbrook who finished 7th overall with a time of 13:55. Skye Burns placed 15th with a time of 14:19; Molly McAtee placed 25th at 14:36; Chloe Moore was 28th at 14:38; Cara Henson was 30th at 14:41; Reece Thorn placed 40th at 14:03; and, Shelby White was 75th at 15:55. Overall, the girls had a team score of 93. This is the second year in a row that the girls have placed 2nd at the regional meet. Last year, they went on to win the state championship.

The boys ran after the girls and finished as regional champs! They were led by Ericsen Gudjohnsen who placed 3rd overall with a time of 18:14. The boys then had a group of three runners finish back to back: Zane Arambulla – 11th 18:57; Andrew Page – 12th 19:10; and, Gabe Purselley – 13th 19:15. Brandon Richardson placed 17th at 19:32. Nicholas Westbrook placed 32nd at 20:13, and Ben Warren placed 49th at 20:51. Overall, the boys team had a score of 50 which was 33 points ahead of 2nd place.

Both teams will run at the state meet on November 7th in Round Rock. The girls will run at 8:30 AM and the boys will follow at 9:00 AM. Congratulations to all the runners for their performance at the regional meet. Also, congratulations to our High School cross country coaches Josh Sypert and Kenneth Henderson. A special thank you to all the parents and other supporters for making the trip to Huntsville!

Videos of parts of the races and the awards ceremonies will be posted to the district’s YouTube channel later today.

Today, the High School volleyball teams will host Rice in the last district game of the season. The JV game will start at 5:00. The varsity game will follow. The varsity team has already secured second place in the district and will face Gladewater Sabine next Tuesday at 6:00 PM at Tyler Junior College for the bi-district championship.

This Week

This week is Red Ribbon Week. There will be activities at the campuses all week long.

Tuesday – TSI Testing – High School; HS District Volleyball v. Rice – 5:00

Wednesday – MS Fall Sports Pictures

Thursday – MS and JV football v. Teague – 5:00

Friday – Varsity District Football at Teague – 7:30

I want to thank everyone for their patience and understanding in dealing with the delays and cancellations from last week’s rain. It is greatly appreciated.

I hope everyone has a great week!