Concert, All-Region Band, EASA, and Christmas on the Square

Our bands put on a great Christmas concert last night!! I want to thank all the band members for their hard work in getting ready for the concert. A special thank you goes out to our band directors, Todd Felty and Jim Taylor. Also, I want to thank all the parents and friends that attended the concert last night. Your support is greatly appreciated. Videos of each band’s performance will be posted on the EISD YouTube page

We had two members of our High School band earn All-Region honors:

Congratulations to Kailyn Morton and Ella Agold for achieving a position in the Association of Texas Small Schools All Region Band in Region 3. Ella is 4th Chair in the Concert Band and Kailyn is 1st Chair in the Symphonic Band.

This also qualifies for Kailyn for the Area Band Audition for All State Band in January. The All State Band performs in February at the Texas Music Educators Convention in San Antonio. These girls along with the other students who auditioned from Eustace put in many hours of practice on their own to accomplish this difficult goal. Great job!

Special thanks to Mr. Felty for supplying this information.

I have received information from Casey Herring, EASA football commissioner and coach, about honors that Eustace players have received:

This past weekend the K-2 midget Bulldogs, 3rd/4th Pee-Wee Bulldogs  and the 5th/6th Little League team had 7 representatives from Eustace per team  for the Tri County Football Associations All Star game.  These were picked by coaches  and towns from around the league.

For Midgets (K-2) they were:  Ismael Maltos, Justin Crow, Ryan McKee, Jordan Herring, Brady Griffin, Jaden Hammonds and Cason Long.

For Pee-Wee (3rd/4th) they were:  Jacob Kile, Makiah James, Colby Carpenter, Clay Carpenter, Paxton Schwartz, Davon Mathis and Cooper Walker.

 For Little League (5th/6th) they were:  Alejandro Sanchez, Noah Herring, Marcus Staggs, Jeremy Smitherman, Justin Perez, Kelly Ashton and Zack Compton.

Congratulations to these players, their coaches, and their parents on these honors!

Christmas on the Square will take place this Saturday, December 10. The parade will start at 5:30 and Christmas on the Square will take place from 6:00 – 8:00 PM.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!


Sluggish iPhone or iPad??

via Technology Tidbits by Twyla Felty

I am often a day late and a dollar short when it comes to technology news, so I hadn’t planned on sharing this information. However, after talking to several iPhone/iPad aficionados that were equally surprised, I decided this may be helpful to someone after all.Is your iPhone or iPad running sluggishly or is your “home” button not working consistently or responding more slowly than when your device was new?? It could be that ALL of the apps you EVER have opened are still running in the background….and you don’t even know it.

To see these apps, click the “home” button twice. The lower part of your screen will then display a row of apps in a new, little window. Touch and hold one of these icons (as if you were going to delete it) until a minus sign appears. Then “subtract” them one by one until those apps are gone. Your iPhone/iPad is now free from all those opened and secretly running apps!

You should NOT close down any apps that are pushing notifications—this includes “Words with Friends” (or you will miss your turn), your calendar (or you will forget to move the netbook cart—sorry Alicia!),  Google + apps…etc.

If this is a surprise to you, then you are probably sharing my initial reaction….oh my gosh!!
Enjoy and pass along!


Conference, Concert, and Basketball

I returned yesterday from the Textbook Coordinators Conference in San Marcus. As we have discussed before, one of the major changes for this school year is that districts now receive an allotment called the Instructional Materials Allotment. Districts are now responsible for using these funds to make purchases of textbooks, technology, and other instructional related materials or services. The IMA may also be used to pay for salaires of people involved with utilizing technology in the classroom. Needless to say, the conference focused entirely on this new allotment from the state. In fact, one of the changes that occured at the conference was a change in the name of the statewide organization. The Textbook Coordinators Association of Texas is now officially called the Instructional Materials Coordinators Association of Texas. While this name change may seem insignificant, I believe that it marks a turning point in educational practices in the state of Texas. Textbooks, at least the hardcover variety, will become less and less prevalent in the classrooms across the state. Instead, we will see digital content replacing the conventional textbooks. This transition has already started in some content areas and will continue to others. There are still many questions and obstacles to overcome. My goal is to keep you up to date with the latest information.

Both the JV and varsity girls are involved in tournaments today. The JV girls play in Edgewood at 4:00. The varsity girls play in Fruitvale at 9:00 AM. The varsity boys are playing in the Frankston Tournament today. They will play at 8:00 PM.

Our bands will be presenting their annual Christmas concert tonight at 7:00 PM in the High School auditorium. The 6th grade, Middle School, and High School bands will all be performing. There is no admission and everyone is invited to attend.


via Technology Tidbits by Twyla Felty

OK folks! We just have to learn to use this one. Today was a rough day for the access points, hardware, or iBoss. I really don’t know what the problem may have been, but, on occasion, everyone has to ask the question: is it just me and my computer??? And this site is better than the Magic 8 Ball!

Down-for-everyone-or-just-me is a web site that will do the work of your local TIS, checking to see if that webpage is really down as opposed to being blocked or just loading so slowly that it might as well be a dead link. Also known as, pasting your evasive link in the empty box and hitting return will provide the answer you seek.

Oh….if it doesn’t work, then please call for help!

MS All-Region Band

Just received information from Mr. Taylor about the middle school all-region band selections:

Congratulations to 8th graders Megan Mendoza and Devin Cady, and seventh grader Nathan Carter.  These students competed with more than 500 middle school band members for positions in the All-Region Band. Schools as small as Cayuga and Cross Roads to schools as large at Canton, Mabank, Kaufman and Wills Point were in the competition. Two bands were selected with approximately fifty members each. Devin placed in the trumpet section of the symphonic band and Megan and Nathan both placed in the Concert band with Megan on Bass clarinet and Nathan on Baritone.  Way to go Middle School Bulldog Band members.

Congratulations to Devin, Megan, and Nathan!!

I hope everyone has a great weekend!


via Engaging the Digital Natives by Jerri Davis

Youngzine is an online source of news, sports and entertainment for elementary age kids. Students will find stories that interest them, as well as videos to watch. The news stories provided by Youngzine contain a Google map that placemarks where the story is taking place so that students can place visually place a story on a map. Youngzine offers students the chance to read about current events and news shaping stories written specifically with young kids in mind. The Youngzine material is engaging and interactive.

Youngzine not only offers articles on world and current events but you can also find articles on science, technology, earth, society, and art. Youngzine also offers a students a fun place to play games, watch videos and read funny, engaging comic strips.

Teachers are can register their classes with Youngzine. With class registration not only are student reading the material but they can begin to interact with the materials as well. Students can post comments on articles, rate articles, and participate in class discussions online created by the teacher.

Youngzine is a safe site. The creators work hard to maintian that safe reputation by keeping the material appropriate and on age level. Youngzine can be a great resource to compliment the academic material that you are presenting in your class. It is definitely worth checking out.