When we started this school year with CSCOPE for the first time, one of the “scary” new changes was that the curriculum was opened the year with a unit on POETRY!!

Poetry, a subject that often immediately strikes fear or dread into the hearts of many, can be fun, and Poets.org is one website to get started with when planning your poetry unit. Poets.org has a page specifically for educators containing links for curriculum units and lesson plans, tips for teaching poetry, and a teacher resource area.

Needing to research a poem or poet? There is an advanced search that will allow you to search using keywords, forms or themes. Poets.org also has a “Poetry map” where you can find featured poets, poems and programs in a specific state. This site also has audio and video recordings of poets reading their own works, proving to students that poetry is still a “living” part of our language today.

re-posted from Technology Tidbits http://technotidbits.blogspot.com/2011/10/poetsorg.html

This Week

We have a busy week coming up:

This is Red Ribbon Week.

Monday – District cross country at Malakoff. Order of races is as follows: VG – 1:30; VB – 2:00; JVG – 2:30; JVB – 3:00; MSG – 3:00; MSB – 3:30; MS volleyball at Blooming Grove – 4:30

Tuesday – HS volleyball v. Buffalo – 5:00

Thursday – Fall sports pictures – MS; MS football at Maypearl – 5:00; JV football v. Maypearl – 6:00

Friday – PTO Pumpkin Patch; Varsity football at Maypearl – 7:30

 I hope everyone has a great week!


Walk Like MADD – Tomorrow

A reminder that there will be a 5K family fun walk tomorrow in support of MADD. The walk will start at 8:30 AM and take place at the Gun Barrel City Park. You can register online at http://www.walklikemadd.com. Registration is only $20 and will guarantee you a t-shirt and goodie bag. Registration is only $15 for persons 21 and under. You can also register on site beginning at 7:30 AM tomorrow morning. The purpose of the walk is to “..raise money and awareness to support the life saving mission of MADD and its campaign to Eliminate Drunk Driving in OUR communities.” For more information, contact Deanna Browning at 903-675-6100 or Diane Russ at 903-675-6112.


UIL Marching Contest

Yesterday, the Mighty Bulldog Marching Band competed at the Region 3 Marching Contest in Mesquite. The Bulldog Band performed at 5:00. The band earned a Division II rating from the judges. I want to congratulate all the band members and the directors, Todd Felty and Jim Taylor. The band has been working since the first of August on their show. They have spent many hours in preparation for the marching contest. I also want to thank all the parents and other supporters for all the help they have provided to the band during this marching season. You will have a chance to see the halftime show tomorrow during the varsity football game. A video of the marching contest performance has been uploaded to our YouTube channel, http://www.youtube.com/user/EustaceISD .


Board Meeting Last Night

First, congratulations to the JV and Varsity volleyball teams on their wins against Mildred last night!

The EISD Board of Trustees held their regular monthly meeting last night. The meeting started at 7:00 PM and was held in the HS library. Actions taken last night included: 

  • Approved the minutes of previous board meetings.
  • Approved the financial reports as presented.
  • Approved the Campus Improvement Plans as presented by the principals.
  • Approved the option of moving board elections to odd-numbered years and extending terms as necessary pending a formal resolution from the school’s attorney.
  • Approved selling properties valued at under $1,600 in the Cherokee Shores subdivision for $200 per lot.
  • Approved the Attendance Committees as presented.
  • Approved the School Health Advisory Committee as presented.
  • Approved the Concussion Oversight Team as presented.
  • Approved the employment of Teara Aiken, food service, and Windy Lambert, custodian.
  • Approved the substitute list as presented.
  • Approved the transfer list as presented.
  • Adjourned.

The next regular board meeting will be held November 15, 2011.


All is Well at EHS

If I have to inform you of just how well things are going at EHS you must have been out of the country. Football, volleyball, and cross country have been the talk of the town. Football with a 7 & 0 record is bidding for the District Championship for the 1st time in over a decade. Volleyball has only 1 loss in district and is looking to extend their streak of post season play. Cross Country boys have continued their dominance while the girls have put together their best team in years.

It’s been a great Fall for EHS and we’re looking to ride this wave throughout the entire year. Students are taking care of business in the classroom as well with the fewest failures we have seen in the first six weeks and a solid attendance rate.

Board Meeting Tonight

The EISD Board of Trustees will hold their regular monthly meeting tonight. The meeting will start at 7:00 PM and be held in the HS library. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend tonight’s meeting.

Reports that will be presented at the meeting:

  • PaySchools Report
  • Evaluations of 2010-2011 Campus Improvement Plans
  • Cash Flow Report for 2010-2011
  • TELPAS Results

Action Items for meeting include:

  • Approve minutes from previous meetings.
  • Financial Reports
  • Consider approval of Campus Improvement Plans for 2011-2012.
  • Consider options regarding SB 100.
  • Consider options and resolution for selling properties in Cherokee Shores.
  • Consider attendance committees for 2011-2012.
  • Consider School Health Advisory Committee.
  • Consider Concussion Oversight Team for Eustace ISD.
  • Policy Update 91 – First Reading
  • Update on Enrollment and Attendance
  • Closed Session – Personnel and Student Transfers
  • Possible action on closed session items.
  • Adjourn

A reminder that the HS volleyball teams will be in action tonight against Mildred. The games will be played in the E. L. Kirk Gym.