Convert Anything…in the Cloud!

via Technology Tidbits by Twyla Felty

I use converters all the time these days! The biggest issue for me is taking student video and audio that have been created on a wide variety of devices and needing to convert it for use in school projects. After doing this for the past few years, our toolbox has grown, but these tools often need to be downloaded and codecs updated to keep up with the times.

Now, thanks to CloudConvert, this task is a breeze!

  • Go to and select or “drag and drop” the file you wish to convert.
  • Select the destination location for the converted file: email or straight to Google Drive or Dropbox. 
  • “Start conversion”!

This couldn’t possibly be easier, and the list of formats is fairly extensive: audio, cad, documents, images, presentations, spreadsheets, vector, video and even ebooks! I may still end up with the occasional upside-down or sideways video or inaudible audio, but Cloud Convert will take care of quite a few housekeeping chores for me!

Microsoft Certification

Thirty-one students from Eustace recently received certification in various components of Microsoft Office software. After learning the software during their technology classes at the High Schools, students are taken to the Region 7 Service Center in Kilgore to attempt the certification tests. The tests are furnished at no cost to the district or students by way of a career and technology consortium in which EISD is a member. Congratulations to the students on their accomplishments and to their teacher, DeDe Lancaster. Below is complete list of the students and their certifications:

The following 22 students passed the Microsoft Office Specialist certification exam in Powerpoint 2010
Abra Roberts
Amanda Rhodes
Brandon Hall
Chase Harper
Courtney Sandell
Della Baker
Destiny Stout
Gannon Kirkhart
Hayden Plunk
James Crow
Jason Nelms
Kaylon Patrick
Dane McAfee
Libby Calvin
Michelle Gomez
Rusty Rogers
Sarina Boss
Savannah Hairl
Skylar Shaddock
Solomon Jackson
Violet Guard
Zala Neeper

The following student passed the Microsoft Office Specialist certification exam in Word 2010
Troy Saunders

The following 3 students passed the Microsoft Office Specialist certification exam in Word 2013
Carly Copeland
Mark Zimmerer
Preston Schwartz

The following 2 students passed the Microsoft Office Specialist certification exam in Excel 2013
Casey Rickert
Marcus White

The following 3 students passed the Microsoft Office Specialist certification exam in Powerpoint 2013
Charles Greenwood
Davis Wammack
Mary Hamilton


Microsoft Certification Students 4-22-2014

It’s a Bushel of Fun…

via Engaging the Digital Natives by Jerri Davis

Oh wow! I just discovered The Old Farmer’s Almanac For Kids website!  I must say it is awesome and I can’t believe that I have not found this site before now.  So just in case you’ve not seen it either, this is what I have learned…

The Old Farmer’s Almanac For Kids offers everything the Old Farmer’s Almanac does but with a lot more fun.  The Old Farmer’s Almanac For Kids offers calendar information containing what happened on this day in history, any holidays or celebrations that take place for the month and how they came about, how the month got its name and even a question of the day.

 The Old Farmer’s Almanac For Kids also teaches kids about the phases of the moon, sky events, sunrise and sunset, and even the names of the different full moons (Honestly, I didn’t know they had names).

The Old Farmer’s Almanac For Kids site also includes weather events and vocabulary, history highlights, pet facts, and even information on the great outdoors; as well as including puzzles and activities to enhance the fun!

The Old Farmer’s Almanac For Kids is a fabulous site…makes me wish I had a classroom full of kids to share all the fun, but since I don’t I am going to share with all of you!  Hope you enjoy it as much as I have!

Rotary Club Grant

EISD was informed this week that we had received a grant from the Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake. The grant is in the amount of $4,470 and will be used to supplement the materials for our Guided Reading Program at the Primary and Intermediate. This grant will allow EISD to purchase additional books for the Guided Reading for both campuses. The more books we have, the better we are able to meet the needs of all of our students. This is the second grant that EISD has received from the Rotary Club.

On behalf of the students and staff at EISD, I would like to thank the members of the Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake for this generous grant award.

8th Grade Parent Meetings and This Week

We will be hosting two meetings this week for 8th grade parents. These meetings will provide parents and students information on the new graduation requirements recently approved by the EISD Board of Trustees. The new requirements are the result of House Bill 5, which was passed in the last legislative session. Next year’s 9th graders will be the first class to be fully under these new requirements. There will be two parent meetings next week:

Tuesday – 6:00 PM High School Cafeteria – We will serve a light meal (sandwiches, chips, etc. ) from 6:00 to 6:30. At 6:30 we will start the meeting in the High School auditorium. The meeting should be concluded by 7:30.

Thursday – 8:30 AM High School Cafeteria – We will serve a light breakfast from 8:30 – 9:00. The meeting will start at 9:00 AM in the HS auditorium. The meeting should be concluded by 10:00 AM.

I encourage the parents of all 8th grade students to plan to attend one of these meetings.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at

This Week

Monday – Start 6th 6 Weeks – Today is the start of the final six weeks of this school year. TAKS Exit Level Retests – ELA

Tuesday – STAAR Testing – 8th Grade Social Studies; Grades 3, 4, 6, & 7 – Math; TAKS Exit Level Retest – Math; Baseball at Scurry; 8th Grade Parent Meeting – 6:00 PM – HS Cafeteria

Wednesday – STAAR Testing – Grades 3, 4, 6, & 7 – Reading; Grades 5 & 8 – Science; TAKS Exit Level Retests – Science

Thursday – Report Cards Issued; Kindergarten Field Trip to Arboretum; TAKS Exit Level Retest – Social Studies; 8th Grade Parent Meeting – 8:30 AM – HS Cafeteria

Friday – Early Childhood to Kids Depot; Intermediate – Drawings and Moneyaire; Regional Track Meet in Stephenville

Saturday – Regional Track Meet in Stephenville

I hope everyone has a great week!

Honored at State UIL Young Filmmakers Festival

Congratulations to EHS student filmmaker, Nic Caldwell!

Out of 450 State Semi Finalists and only 37 State Finalists, Eustace High School was 1 of 7  in the Narrative Category of Division I to be honored at a Special Inaugural Awards Ceremony and viewing of the finalist’s films at the historic Paramount Theater in Austin.

You may view the results and watch all 37 finalists here:

Eustace High School is listed as 4th under Division I Narrative for “Beyond Words”.

Area Track Meet Results

Yesterday, the Eustace High School track teams competed in the area track meet in Kemp. The area meet combines two different districts together. The top 4 finishers in the district meet advance to area. The top 4 finishers from area advance to the regional track meet in Stephenville. Below is an unofficial list of all of the Eustace athletes advancing to regional:

3200m Run – Boys – Preston Schwartz and Mark Zimmerer; Girls – Chloe Moore and Skye Burns

Discus – Girls – Grace Holcombe and Kacey Lopez

Pole Vault – Girls – Megan Gunter and Whitney Boerner; Boys – Lance Rogers and Ryan Brown

Shot Put – Girls – Caitlyn Culp

800m Run – Girls – Shelby White; Boys – Cade Yates

100m Hurdles – Madi Allen

300m Hurdles – Girls – Madi Allen

1600m Run – Girls – Chloe Moore and Skye Burns; Boys – Mark Zimmerer and Preston Schwartz

Overall, the girls won 2nd place at the area meet.

Congratulations to all of the athletes advancing to the regional meet! Also, congratulations to all the track athletes and coaches on a great showing at the district and area meets!





Board Meeting Last Night

Last night, the Eustace ISD Board of Trustees met in regular session. The meeting started at 7:00 PM and was held in the High School library. After the call to order, the Board honored several High School accomplishments. First, the Board recognized the students involved in UIL Academic District Championship at the High School. Stan Sowers, High School principal, and Vikki GoDair, High School UIL director, spoke about the students’ accomplishments. Several High School UIL coaches were also introduced. A School Board Proclamation was given to Mr. Sowers and he was presented with the UIL Academic District Championship trophy.

Next, the Board recognized the success of the one act play. This year’s play advanced from zone competition and was selected as the district alternate advancing play at the district competition. One act play directors Tammy Beaty and Calvin Kennedy were also introduced and spoke about the play. The Board presented the one act play cast and crew with a proclamation.

Finally, the Board recognized the accomplishments of the cast and crew of the short narrative film, Beyond Words. This film was directed, written, and produced by Eustace High School student, Nicholas Caldwell. It has been selected as a state finalist in the first ever UIL Young Film Makers Festival. It will be shown today, along with all of the other final films, and the top three films will be announced. Delaney Worth, Tammy Beaty, and Calvin Kennedy were also recognized for their work as the film’s cast. The cast and crew of the film received a proclamation from the Board.

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

  • Approved the minutes of previous meetings
  • Approved the financial reports as presented
  • Certified the superintendent as representative to the Regional Advisory Committee for ESC 7
  • Rejected all bids on a property in Cherokee Shores
  • Approved the changes to the graduation requirements as presented
  • Approved changes to policy EIF(Local) as presented
  • Accepted resignations from Lauri Watkins, Primary aide, Taressa Charlton, High School aide, Dottie Hawthorne, Middle School teacher and coach, and Doug Holloway, High School teacher and coach.
  • Approved the employment of the following personnel: Deanna Haynes as assistant principal at the Primary, Lloyd Mahaffey as head girls basketball coach and teacher at the High School, Pat Frazier as High School English teacher, Florence Ferrell as inclusion teacher at the Primary and Intermediate, Jessica Sanchez as custodian at the Middle School, and Christopher Nieves as maintenance worker.
  • Approved the additions to the substitute list as presented
  • Approved the student transfers as presented
  • Approved extending the employment of the Auxiliary Directors, Professional Employees, and Paraprofessional Employees as discussed.
  • Adjourned

Board Meeting Tonight

Tonight, the Eustace ISD Board of Trustees will hold their regular monthly meeting. 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 recognize the following student groups at tonight’s meeting:

  • High School UIL Academic Participants and Regional Qualifiers
  • High School One Act Play Cast and Crew
  • High School Young Film Makers Festival Cast and Crew

The Board will hear the following reports:

  • RevTrak Report
  • Henderson County Appraisal District Audit
  • Property Value Comparison
  • Enrollment Report

The Board will consider action on the following items:

  • Minutes of previous board meetings
  • Financial Reports for March
  • Certifying Superintendent as Representative to Regional Advisory Committee for ESC 7
  • Bids for Property – Lot 201, Section D, Cherokee Shores
  • Advocacy Resolutions
  • Changes in Graduation Requirements Due to HB 5
  • Changes to Local Policy EIF
  • Policy Update 99 (First Reading)

The Board will enter closed session to discuss personnel and staffing, evaluations of personnel, and student transfers. Any action taken by the Board on closed session items will be done in open session.




Henderson County Livestock Show Results

This past week, students from throughout the county competed at the Henderson County Livestock Show. Students from Eustace had a great week bringing home many honors. Congratulations to all the students and to our ag teachers and FFA sponsors, Theresa Tindel and Greg Pruitt. Below are the entire Eustace results from the stock show:

Grand Champion Steer- Jordyn Costlow 8,500.00

Reserve Grand Champion Steer- Chad Tindel  5,500.00

Senior Showmanship Champion- Chad Tindel

Reserve Senior Showmanship- Jordyn Costlow

Brooke Reynolds 3rd place steer- 3,400.00

Lane Smith 7th place steer- 3,150.00

Kade Graham 9th place steer- 3,400.00

Grand Champion Brahman Heifer Chad Tindel

Reserve Grand Champion AOB Heifer- Samantha Crocker

Jordyn Costlow- two 1st place heifers

Lane Smith – 2nd place heifer

Breanna Fuller- 2nd place heifer

Eustace FFA Chapter Herdsman Award Winners 100.00

 Ryan Caldwell- 7th place market hog 1,500.00

 Grand Champion Market Goat Chad Tindel, Class Champion,  Senior Showmanship Champion 3,100.00

Gabe Purselley- Class Champion 1,000.00

Whitney Boerner- Class champion, 4th senior showmanship 1,000.00

Kade Graham- 2nd place, 3rd senior showmanship

Santos Umana- 2nd place- 1,000.00

Skye Burns- 3rd place- 1,000.00

Casie Spivey 3rd place- 500.00

Ethan Hoops 7th place , 5th senior showmanship

Allison McCalister- 8th place

Amanda Rhodes 4th place breeding goat show

 Kade Graham 3rd place market lamb 800.00

Chloe Moore- 6th place

Allison McCalister 8th place

Lane Smith- 7th place

 Grand Champion Game Bird Santos Umana

Champion Large Fowl- Chad Tindel

Helen Bobbitt- 2nd & 4th place

Gabe Purselley- 3rd place

Libby Calvin- 4th place

Lane Smith and Keylan Warren participation

 Reserve Grand Champion Breeding Rabbit / Champion Rex Breed  Casie Spivey

Tyler Cotton 7th place

Caleb Clark 1st place

Libby Calvin 5th place

Calie Spivey 5th place

 Project Show

Best of Show Lane Smith

Best of Show Sunni Goodell

Blue Ribbon Winners: Jessica Miller, Thomas Hyde, Ashley Goodson

 Kade Graham recipient of the Jerrod Rachel Scholarship in the amt of 1,000.00

Elsie Rossen Award winner for  HCLS Champion Showman- Chad Tindel

 Jr. FFA Members:

Maggie Groom- 10thplace market goat

Emma Bell 3rd place Commercial heifers- 3,000.00

Jacob Lobelle- 4th place fryers- 475.00

 The students earned a total of 38,150.00 for their efforts throughout the year. It was a great show for the kids, parents , and the community.