Can you survive without technology?

via Technology Tidbits by Twyla Felty

Today is the “National Day of Unplugging”: 24 hours of “digital detox”. From sunset on March 23 until sunset of March 24, participants are encouraged to power down ALL devices in order to slow down your life in this hectic digital world.
This information was first sent to me by a friend who knows my penchant for “family time” and quiet time, and she wanted to know if technology had finally managed to change the rules of my household. In short, had technology changed me and my priorities?
This is a great question for all of us. As educators, is technology changing our classrooms for the better? As parents, is technology enhancing our relationships with our children or driving us apart. Do the friendships we have grow deeper through technology or keep us all functioning at a false level of interaction? In this day of sharing so much information, do we run the risk of diminishing our relevance? 
In looking into this “National Day of Unplugging”, I was very surprised by the technology professionals involved in encouraging weekly sabbaticals from technology use, saying that it “…gives more power in their day-to-day lives”.
So, how will you be participating in this “modern day of rest”? I plan on spending the evening with friends, totally devoid of technology! Can you survive without technology? If not, at least take the time to think on these things. Then, of course, post your thoughts on Twitter, Facebook, a wiki, or a blog  : )
For information on the National Day of Unplugging, visit the Sabbath Manifesto.

Congratulations Varsity Track Teams!

Congratulations to the varsity track teams for a great performance last night at the Crandall Pirate Relays. The Varsity Girls team had a tremendous showing, in a very competitive meet with large 3A and 4A schools competing. Eustace was the only 2A school in attendance, but our girls managed to win the meet by over 30 points.

Additionally, Jaci Aiken and the Varsity 4 x 400 Relay qualified for the Texas Relays in Austin. This is a huge accomplishment for these girls. This is a collegiate track meet at the University of Texas that the best runners and throwers from across the state will be competing in.

The Varsity Boys team finished runner-up to Crandall. A highlight was Evan Arambula winning gold in the 800 m, and 1600 m runs, in a convincing performance. He was also the anchor leg of the 4 x 400 m relay.

The District track meet will be held here at Eustace with Prelims on Monday April 9th and Finals Wednesday April 11th.


Microsoft Office Specialists @HS


Microsoft Office Specialist certification is a valuable credential that recognizes the skills needed to use the full features and functionality of Office 2007 applications. This credential gives our students a competitive advantage in today’s college and career-readiness marketplace.

Congratulations to the following students for passing the Microsoft Office Specialist Certification Exam for Word 2007:  Amber Henson, Angela Jackson, Caleb Letkiewicz, Chelsea Oliver, Courtney Sandell, Hope Rodriguez, Jonathan House, Mary Hamilton, Melody Allen, Ridge Smith, Sydney Willard, Taylor Peebles, Timmie Young, and Wally Baker.

Certification Exam Success!

This information comes from Dee Dee Lancaster, business teacher at the High School:

Congratulations to the following students for passing the Microsoft Office Specialist Certification Exam for Word 2007:

1.    Amber Henson
2.    Angela Jackson
3.    Caleb Letkiewicz
4.    Chelsea Oliver
5.    Courtney Sandell
6.    Hope Rodriguez
7.    Jonathan House
8.    Mary Hamilton
9.    Melody Allen
10.   Ridge Smith
11.   Sydney Willard
12.   Taylor Peebles
13.   Timmie Young
14.   Wally Baker

On behalf of EISD, I extend congratulations to these students and to Ms. Lancaster on this accomplishment. 

There will be a high school track meet in Crandall this afternoon. Field events should start at 2:30.

So Many Questions…Science 24/7

via Engaging the Digital Natives by Jerri Davis

Science 24/7 was created by The Lawrence Hall of Science, University of Berkeley, California. Science 24/7 offers various online activities that allows kids to participate in data collection and recording that data which can be compared it to data recorded by others.

In the interactive lessons offered at Science 24/7 encourages kids use their hands, feet, eyes, ears, brain, and imagination. Science 24/7 designs lessons that require kids to use everyday tools to test and complete experiments, while discovering interesting facts about their world! Science 24/7 puts the fun in science!

Science 24/7 could be a great resource to enhance your curriculum. Worth checking out.

Interactive Sites for Education

via Engaging the Digital Natives by Jerri Davis

Interactive Sites for Education is a site that offers a collection of all the best interactive, educational games. This collection has been generated to benefit the Kindergarten through 5th grade classrooms. Interactive Sites for Education lists interactive sites for all content areas including music, art and, and holidays.. Interactive Sites for Education also offers interactive sites that focus on brainteasers. The activities collected at Interactive Sites for Education will be great to use with your interactive whiteboard and will be effective in supporting whole group and small group instruction.

Interactive Sites for Education is a site definitely worth checking out.

OAP and New Volleyball District

The Eustace High School One Act Play cast and crew will be performing in district competition today. EHS will be performing The Importance of Being Earnest at 1:00 today in Teague. Everyone is invited to attend the performance.

The UIL released the volleyball district alignments for the next two years yesterday. Eustace will be competing in Region 2, District 13 along with the following teams: Dallas Faith Family, Dallas Hampton Prep, Dallas Life Oak Cliff, Kemp, Malakoff, Palmer, Red Oak Life, and Scurry-Rosser.

The baseball and softball games postponed from yesterday are tenatively scheduled to be played today.

Houston Livestock Show, State Power Lifting, & Chamber of Commerce Fund Raiser

The following information was provided by Zach Tappan, ag teacher at Eustace High School:

To many the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo is considered the Super Bowl of all Livestock and Project shows. The Houston Livestock Show was very good to the Eustace FFA!!!! In competing in the Junior Heifer show, Steer show, Ag Mechanics project show, and the calf scramble; every student that participated showed well and placed high. Please take time to congratulate each of the students personally. We appreciate all of your support for the FFA.

HLSR Junior Heifer Show:

Brady Tindel – 1st place and Reserve Calf Grand Champion Brahman Heifer
Lane Smith –    5th place Brahman Heifer
Dillon Gragsone –   9th place Brahman Heifer
Chad Tindel –    4th place Charolais Heifer;

HLSR Junior Steer Show:

Chad Tindel – 11th place AOB steer
Brady Tindel – AOB steer

HLSR Junior Ag Mechanics:

Brady Tindel, Dillon Gragsone, Cody Carpenter, and Logan Grimes – 1st place Gooseneck Lowboy Trailer and 3rd place overall in the trailers division
Josh Dunn, Coby Bostic, and Austin Givan – 3rd place 12’ Hog Dog hunting / utility trailer

HLSR Calf Scramble:

Dillon Gragsone – Winner of $1250 certificate to purchase a registered heifer to exhibit next year at HLSR
Cody Carpenter – Winner of $1250 certificate to purchase a registered heifer to exhibit next year at HLSR
Breanna Fuller – Also participated in the scramble was unsuccessful.

Prior to spring break, I reported that Casey Bramblitt had qualified for the state power lifting meet. During the week of spring break, Casey competed at the state meet in Corpus Christi.  Casey finished 7th in the state with a total of 785 pounds. Congratulations, Casey!!

Finally, I received the information below regarding a fund raising event for the Eustace Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber will use portions of the proceeds to help fund scholarships for graduating seniors:

TIME: 8:00am  –  3:00pm
CONTACT PAT CUPIT@ 903-676-2042 OR


Welcome Back!

I hope everyone had a great spring break! While there were no classes held last week, there were still a lot of activities happening. Our softball team played two district games and is now 2 – 0 in district!! The track teams participated in a tri-meet on Thursday with Kemp and Crandall, and some of our track participants made the long trek Saturday to participate in the Atlanta track meet. The Bulldog baseball team also had several games last week. On Monday, the Bulldogs lost to Kemp 3- 0 and won against Scurry-Rosser 15-7.  Tuesday, the Bulldogs split a double header against Palestine 2-12 & 7-6.

I want to congratulate the Intermediate School on their 2012 Wax Museum. This year’s Wax Museum was held on Friday, March 9. Videos of all participants in the Wax Museum are available on the Eustace ISD YouTube page: Special thanks to all the students for all their hard work in preparing for this event. Everyone did a great job!

We have come down to about 2 1/2 months of school left in the 2011-2012 school year. With all the activities and events at this time of the year, these 2 1/2 months will go by quickly. Be sure to check our homepage for Twitter updates. I hope everyone has a great week!