Kid Friendly Search Engines…

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In the quest for finding safe search engines for our students, I stumbled upon two that are very kid friendly.

The first one is:

Goofram is a combination of Google and Wolfram Alpha.

The second one is:

KidRex offers safe search for kids, by kids.

Though these both have most like been around for awhile, I have just discovered them. I found both Goofram and KidRex to be easy to use and simple in design. Once the searches are generated the page is clean with few distractions.

In my search, I also found Dave Kapuler and his search engine board on Pinterest. There are quite a few on the board and these two are there as well. I can’t wait to checking out all these new search engines. Thanks Dave!

Math Chimp

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Math Chimp is a collection of online math games that I learned about from Richard Byrne, Free Technology for Teachers. The games are engaging and helpful in reinforcing math skills. The games at Math Chimp are organized by grade level and objectives of the common core standards.

Math Chimp offers games for first grade through 5 grade and has recently expanded to 6th grade through 8th grade with an addition of about 30 games. Teachers can easily find games on Math Chimp by selecting the grade they teach and the skill being taught. Teachers can use Math Chimp as a classroom resource or as a suggested practice to reinforce the skill for students.

It's That Time of Year

I was reading this morning about the severe storms that rolled through the middle of the country last night. As spring approaches, we all realize that the threat of severe weather increases. Today, I thought I would talk about how seriously we take these situations and some of the procedures that we have in place.

Lightening – This is not a phenomenon exclusive to severe weather. If there is a threat of lightening in our area, students will not be allowed outside for recess, P. E., athletics, etc. In the past, we have postponed and/or canceled outdoor activities due to lightening. We will not hesitate to do that in the future. Lightening detectors are utilized any time there is a threat. In addition, we will utilize an overabundance of caution. There is absolutely no reason for outside activities to continue when lightening is a threat.

Severe Storms – All campuses, the adminstration building and the special services building are equipped with NOAA radios. In addition, the radars provided by WFAA are monitored in the event of severe weather. Everyday, the weather forecast for our area is checked for the potential of severe weather. All campuses are equipped with two way radios that are monitored continuously if the threat of severe weather exisits. While severe weather can occur without much warning, we do everything that we can do to monitor and be proactive in our approach to severe weather.

If severe weather is approaching the district near the time that school is dismissed for the day, we will hold students in the buildings until the threat has passed. While this may cause some inconveniences, we will always do what we believe is in the best interest of the children. If severe weather is present at the time that school is starting for the day, we may unload all bus riders at one campus in order to get them to shelter.

All campuses practice shelter in place procedures for severe weather. Unless time prohibits it, all students are moved from gyms, auditoriums, and cafeterias.

Anytime that anyone is seeking shelter during the school day, do not hesitate to come to any school. We will make sure that you and your family members have a safe place until the threat passes.

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Follow AppAdvice on Twitter

With so many apps out there, it can be difficult to know what to pick or, sometimes, what is even available. There is help out there, and the newest find for me is This site caught my attention today when Dr. Solis tweeted about something near and dear to my heart: COFFEE!! Actually, coffee apps, but it sent me off to look at this great web site. is an easy to navigate site that has organized apps in a variety of ways. The home page has the latest news on apps. This morning I found out that Garmin is going to be using Google street view in its new Navigon Mobile Navigator App. I really could use that!  It also has AppReviews. After looking at some of the reviews tonight, I added a new word game to my collection by downloading Word Crasher Blitz–slightly addicted to those word games!

In AppGuides  apps have been organized into “highly detailed sub-groups” to help you find the best of everything.Need a drum sequencer app? Of course you do, and there are actually twelve listed in a group and they are ranked as “essential” , “notable”, “decent”, and “other”.

AppCharts lists the top 100 apps for both iPad and iPhone, free and paid, and AppBase quickly finds what is new out there.

AppAdvice also has something called AppLists, “handpicked bundles of apps” related to your interests, hobbies, or habits….which brings me back to what started this whole thing: coffee! The tweet this morning simply mentioned a collection of apps for coffee lovers like me. Perhaps a visit to will feed your habit or hobby as well!

FFA Shows in San Antonio

Eustace FFA participated at the San Antonio Livestock and Ag Mechanics show. Results are as follows:

San Antonio Heifer Show

Brady Tindel – 1st place Brahman heifer and 14th place Brahman heifer.

Chad Tindel — 5th place Charolais heifer

Samantha Crocker – 4th place Brahman heifer

Dillon Gragsone – Participated with his Brahman heifer

San Antonio Ag Mechanics

There were over 420 projects constructed and shown at the San Antonio Livestock show Ag Mechanics project show. The Eustace FFA Ag Mech project show team consisting of Brady Tindel, Cameron Young, Mark Greenwood, Dillon Gragsone, and Seth Purselley placed 4th in a competitive class with their 28’ Gooseneck Lowboy winning a $150 Airgas gift card. Lots of hard work goes into each of these projects. If you see any of these students please take the time to congratulate them personally.



Math Live

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Math Live for 3rd grade to 6th grade classrooms. Math Live offers about 20 lessons that are divided into four categories: Numbers, Patters and Relations, Shape and Space, Statistics and Probability.

The lessons are presented as TV episodes in a cartoon format. Each Math Live lesson is accompanied by a mathematics worksheet that students can completed independently or while watching the lesson. The lessons are divided into segments and those can be replayed or advanced through as needed.

Math Live is a math resource worth checking out.

This Week

There are lots of activities and events scheduled for this week:

Monday – MS track meet at Eustace

Tuesday – Softball at Grand Saline; JV & varsity baseball v. Athens – 4:30

Thursday – UIL Concert and Sight Reading Contest at Canton – Bulldog Band performs at 4:00; Bulldog Relays; Varsity baseball at Grand Saline Tournament; JV baseball at Athens Tournament

Friday – Softball v. Cross Roads – 6:00; Varsity baseball at Grand Saline Tournament; JV baseball at Athens Tournament

Saturday – Varsity baseball at Grand Saline Tournament; JV baseball at Athens Tournament

I hope everyone has a great week!


Preliminary Property Values & Ag Boosters

I recently received the 2011 preliminary property tax report from the Texas Comptroller’s office. In the preliminary report, EISD had a total property value of $502,191,964 in Henderson County and total property value of $2,853,017 in Van Zandt County. These numbers represent the “T2” values. The T2 values are school district taxable values for M & O purposes after the loss ot the additional $10,000 homestead exemption and the tax ceiling reduction. The total preliminary T2 property value for EISD for 2011 is $505,044,981.

For the first time in many years (if ever), the property values in EISD have decreased from the previous year. In 2010, we had a total assigned value of $506,595,832. The overall property value showed a decrease of  about $1.5 million. All of the decrease came in Henderson County. In 2010, Henderson County had a T2 value of $503,803,698. Compared with the 2011 values, Henderson County had an overall loss in property values of about $1.6 million. Van Zandt County values actually increased slightly from 2010 to 2011. In 2010, Van Zandt County had a T2 value of $2,792,134. Comparing this with the preliminary 2011 value shows an increase of about $61,000. Next week, we will look and see how the property values will affect the funding for the 2012-2013 school year.

I want to remind everyone that the Eustace FFA Ag Boosters is holding its annual chili cook off and auction this Saturday. The auction starts at 6:00 PM and will be held in the Primary cafeteria.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

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PBS Interactive Whiteboard Games is, as the name implies, a collection of interactive whiteboard games. The PBS Interactive Whiteboard Games collection contains games for Language Arts, Math, Art, and Social Science. The PBS Interactive Whiteboard Games are fun and engaging and are developed from programs such as Curious George, Sesame Street, and Clifford, basically PBS’s best programs!

The PBS Interactive Whiteboard Games are mostly for the PreK through 2nd grade classes with a few games for the 3rd grade through 5th grade classes. PBS Interactive Whiteboard Games are all age appropriate and approved by educators.

I discovered PBS Interactive Whiteboard Games from Matt Gomez on Pinterest. PBS Interactive Whiteboard Games is a resource worth having for the classroom, so take some time to check it out. Thank you Matt and Pinterest.