District Track Meet and Activities This Week

by Coy Holcombe.  

Congratulations to our varsity track teams. Our girls finished third at the district meet and our boys finished second! We have several regional qualifiers from both the boys and girls. I hope to publish a full list somtime this week.

Activities this week:

Monday – JV Baseball at Wills Point

Tuesday – Varsity Baseball and Softball at Wills Point; School Board Meeting, 7:00 PM, High School Library

Wednesday – Secretaries’ Day

Thursday – Eustace Regional Qualifiers Meet

Friday – Primary Awards Assembly

Great Job Intermediate!!

by Coy Holcombe.  

Congratulations and thanks to the Intermediate School for an awesome music program last night! The program was called "The Hero in Us All" and was performed in front of a large crowd at the High School gym. The program featured performances by the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade classes, the Intermediate Select Choir, and the "Rappers." The program also featured a multimedia tribute to heroes from several students, as well as a special recognition to past and present members of the armed forces, firefighters, and law enforcement. A very special thank you goes to Kathy Clardy for all her hard work in preparing the students for this performance. Other people that contributed their time and talents to making this program successful included: Jerri Davis, Gene Myers, Rusty Meyners, Ginger Plunk, Judi Wakefield, and Jack Wallace. Finally, thanks to all the family members and friends that attended this performance last night.

Today is the end of the 5th six weeks. It’s hard to believe that we only have one more six weeks in this school year! Next week, we will look at the attendance numbers and funding numbers through the 5th six weeks.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!!

 

District Track Underway

by Stan Sowers.  

Both boys and girls got off to a good start in the district track meet in Mineola yeterday.  These are some of our already crowned district champs:

  • Cassie Freeman – High Jump
  • Chelsey Truitt – Pole Vault
  • Zach Keeling – High Jump
  • Trevan Johnson – Long Jump

Both boys and girls are setting in 3rd place after the field events with excellent opportunities to move up.  Pictures and video clips will soon be on our website. 

 

Bulldog Proud!

All-District Soccer

by Coy Holcombe.  

Congratulations to the following young ladies for being recognized on the all-district soccer team:

1st Team
Chelsea Grime – Fullback – Sophomore
Kayla Ward – Fullback – Freshman
 
2nd Team
LaShawnda Martin – Midfield – Sophomore
 
Hallie Mathis – Sophomore of the Year
 
Honorable Mention
Arin Rhodes
Chelsea Truitt
Jaqlynn Bless
 

These awards are even more impressive when you remember that we do not compete in a 3A district in soccer: we compete in a 4A district against some much larger schools. Great job ladies!!

I want to remind everyone about the Intermediate music program tonight. It starts at 7:00 PM and will be held in the High School auditorium.

The kindergarten family reading night is tonight from 6:00 – 7:00 at the Primary.

The district track meet continues today in Mineola. The running finals start at 5:00 PM. I know that we have already had several athletes qualify for regional in field events.

 

District Track Meet

by Coy Holcombe.  

Congratulations to the baseball and softball teams on victories against Kemp last night!

The high school district track meet will take place over the next two days in Mineola. Today, the field events will get underway at 10:00 AM. The running preliminaries will start between 2:00 and 3:00. Tomorrow, the finals will begin at 5:00 PM. Good luck to all of our teams!

We are monitoring events in Austin this week as the Texas House holds hearings on House Bill 1555. This bill, and its companion bill in the senate, Senate Bill 982, would benefit school districts throughout the state by further equalizing state funding. I know that our senator, Senator Robert Nichols, has joined the list of co-authors. Further reports will be made when we know more information.  

Update on Games and Construction

by Coy Holcombe.  

The softball and baseball games scheduled for tonight are supposed to be played in Kemp. However, with the rain that we received over the weekend, the games might be moved to Eustace. Right now, we are not sure of the site.

Gym Construction

  • Block work was finished and the store front doors were installed on both sides.
  • Crews are finishing installing sheet rock in the foyer area.
  • The installation crew for the stadium seats arrived yesterday and started drilling the holes for the seats. The seats will arrive later this month. It will take about a week to install all the seats.
  • Locker rooms are being painted.
  • Floors in some areas are being sealed.
  • The AC contractors are continuing work throughout the gym.

 

 

 

 

National Library Week

by Coy Holcombe.  

This week is National Library Week. EISD has libraries at each of its campuses. Each library contains a large assortment of books and magazines that our students and staff may use. Each library also has multimedia computers that can be used for research or to take AR tests.I want to thank our librarians and library aides for all they do for our students and staff:

High School – Diane Chambers
Middle School – Heather Caronna
Intermediate School – Becki Smith
Primary School – Debbie McConathy

Tuesday is National School Librarians’ Day. Please take a few minutes to thank these individuals for their hard work and dedication to the students and staff at EISD.

Other activities this week:

Today – JV baseball vs. Kemp at Eustace. Start time 6:00.

Tuesday – Varsity Baseball vs Kemp at Eustace. Start time 6:30. Varsity softball vs Kemp at Eustace. Start time 6:00.

Thursday – Intermediate Music Program – High School Auditorium – Start time 7:00.

Thursday and Friday are flex days.

Friday – Second grade science fair. End of the 5th six weeks.

Saturday – Varsity baseball at Athens. Start time 12:00. JV baseball at Edgewood. Start time 10:00 AM.

 

 

Update on Stimulus Funds

by Coy Holcombe.  

Yesterday afternoon, TEA released preliminary planning amounts for one portion of the stimulus funds furnished to school districts. EISD’s preliminary amount is about $127,000. While these extra funds will certainly be put to good use in the district, there are also many guidelines on the expenditure of these funds which we must follow. Over the next week or so, our administration team will be meeting to discuss the needs of the district and each campus. This will be the first step in determining how this money will be utilized.

A reminder that we will be hosting a high school track meet this afternoon. The field events will start around 3:45. The running events will start at 5:30.

The one act play will be presenting the play that they performed for competition this evening in the High School auditorium. The performance will start at 6:00. Admission is $4 for adults and $2 for students.

A quick update on the competition gym: the dirt ramp was removed yesterday. The wood for the floor arrived on Tuesday. They should start enclosing the final section of the front of the gym today.

Tomorrow is a school holiday.

I wish everyone a safe and happy Easter.

 

Moodle – step two (part b) "MOODLEFIED"

by Rusty Meyners.

Huggins’ 4th Grade class got “Moodlefied” last Friday when they created their own new Moodle accounts and then held an online forum about their just completed biography projects. The students were so jazzed about this new way of collaborating that they continued exploration of their online classroom space after school and over the weekend. Without prompting some were to shortly find the blog feature and couldn’t wait to try out the new creative outlet. Below is the first example.

 

Also see previous post: Moodle – Step Two

 

Moodle – Step Two

by Rusty Meyners.  

OK, so you’ve created your Moodle course and maybe you’ve posted some information or even videos on it. Oh, you haven’t posted any videos? You haven’t even used it to list assignments or other class information for parents to access, much less as a paperless way to pass out forms, references and other resources?

How are we going to take the next step with Moodle and leverage it for the interactive WEB 2.0 potential we’ve heard all the hype about? We can create, take and grade quizzes or tests in Moodle, but at first glance, that’s intimidating enough for the new Moodle Educator, so just imagine how the students are going to react to that. Digital documents can be not only created in Moodle but turned in as well using the assignment submission feature – once we get the hang of it; but frankly the "fun and engaging" factor we’re looking for in a new learning tool is a little lean when it comes to basic word processing.

Collaboration on documents or other projects is a little more to the point, after all, a simple definition of WEB 2.0 is "the read-write web" or maybe another way to put it, is "the give & take web". I never tire of telling the story about the first time I was involved in introducing Moodle and Google Docs to an 11th grade AP English class in the spring of 2008, where the first reaction was "this is lame" (the word spoken wasn’t actually "lame") but by the end of the class one was heard to exclaim "Wow, Google Docs is like MySpace for English!".

The challenge before me at the moment is how to start getting a 4th grade teacher and class involved with the "give-take" aspects of Moodle. KISS principles seem appropriate, so let’s start with something very simple and next to it put something fun, then push them together and stack something simple & fun on top and call it "constructivist".

So here’s the plan. First, we’re gonna take the 4th graders into the lab and have them register their own account in Moodle and with the time left have them try out the Chat feature. Second, the teacher will create a Forum for a recently finished class assignment (in this case, a major biography project that each student produced and presented); then, either in another lab period or in individual computer sessions, each student will "Add a new topic" to the forum with a paragraph summarizing their biography presentation. Each student will then choose or be assigned to read a few (say 5?) of the other topics to which they will each post a discussion question or comment for the original student to reply to or acknowledge. Or something like that.

Online forums obviously should never replace classroom discussions but the benefits could be substantial. They can be quieter, more organized, and don’t have to take place in real time on a strict schedule, besides which they can be graded more constructively. Students can be promised an A for participation but the teacher will be able to critique and suggest additional tries on underwhelming efforts.

I’m a tech and not a teacher but Dr. Holcombe stresses that we are all Educators; and since I can hardly wait to see how this goes, he must be right! BTW, activities like this in a forum such as Moodle leave a digital record that can be shared and evaluated as appropriate, so I am also looking forward to having this example for other teachers to follow in the near future.

 

Next: Moodle – step two (part b) "MOODLEFIED"