Today

Our HS volleyball teams and varsity football team travels to Kemp today. The varsity volleyball game will start at 4:30. Following the varsity, the JV and 9th grade volleyball teams will also play.

The varsity football team opens district play tonight against Kemp. Kickoff is set for 7:30. Along with the volleyball and football, fans traveling to Kemp will get to see the Mighty Bulldog Marching Band and the varsity cheerleaders. I encourage everyone to come out and support all of our Bulldogs.

A reminder that not only is next week homecoming week, it is also the end of the first six weeks.

I hope everyone has a great weekend.

Fund Raiser

Tonight, the MS and JV football teams will be in action against Kemp at Bulldog Stadium. The games will start at 5:00 PM. As you know, two students at Kemp High School lost their lives in a traffic accident this past Sunday and another student was critically injured. While our thoughts and prayers have been with those affected by this tragedy, there are financial needs that will require help from us all.  To help with these needs, our Athletic Booster Club is hosting a bake sale tonight at the games. Please, while you are at the games tonight, show your support for our neighbors by purchasing one or two items from the bake sale. If you just want to donate without buying anything, that would be fine.

FIRST

EISD was recently notified by the Texas Education Agency that the district had received a rating of “Superior Achievement”  on the 2010-2011 Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas.This report examines various indicators of a district’s financial situation and issues a numeric grade based on how well the district met the indicators.

The first 6 indicators are graded on a yes/no basis: either the district met the standard or they did not. A “no” on any of the first four indicators or a “no” on indicators 5 & 6 automatically means that a district receives the rating of “Substandard Achievement”. EISD received a score of “Yes” on each of the first 6 indicators.

The next 14 indicators are scored on a scale of  0 – 5. A perfect score for a district on these indicators would be 70. EISD scored 68. The only indicator that EISD did not receive a 5 on was indicator 9: “Were Debt Related Expenditures Less Than $350.00 Per Student?” On this indicator, EISD received a 3.

To view the FIRST report for EISD, or any other district, you may follow this link: http://tuna.tea.state.tx.us/First/forms/main.aspx. The report for EISD can be found on page 9.

I want to thank all of the people that worked to make this achievement possible: first, the EISD Board of Trustees for their leadership and guidance; second, the personnel in our business office that handles the financial transactions of the district – Carol Warren, business manager; Debra Meyners, payroll; and, Kara Weaver, accounts payable; third, our district’s PEIMS coordinator (and my assistant), Karen Thompson; finally, the secretaries at each of the campuses: Ranee Snow, HS; Ginger Plunk, MS; Kathy Jones, IS; and, Kim McClaskey, PS. All of these play a pivotal role in ensuring that our data is accurate and that it is entered into the PEIMS system accurately.

This Week

Congratulations to the volleyball teams on their victories over Palmer Friday. The varsity won 3-0 and the JV won 2-0. Friday’s game marked the halfway point in district play for the Lady Bulldogs. The volleyball teams will have an open date on Tuesday and start the second half of district on Friday at Kemp.

The Bulldogs varsity football team lost a hard fought game to Fort Worth Castleberry on Friday. The Bulldogs open district play this Friday at Kemp.

The Mighty Bulldog Marching Band is completing work on their halftime show. Each week the band is getting their show to be more precise. The UIL marching contest is October 24. By that time, the band will definitely be competing for the top honors.

The cheerleaders are continuing their nonstop support of the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs. These young ladies work hard to support all sports. We appreciate everything that they do for our schools.

A reminder that our after school program, Bulldog Extra, is open from 4 – 6 PM. Bulldog Extra is for students in grades 6-12 that need some extra help on assignments, that need to access our technology resources, or just need a place to work on projects or assignments. Bulldog Extra is held Monday – Thursday in the HS library.

Monday – Bulldog Extra – 4:00 – 6:00; Band practice 6:30 – 9:00; MS volleyball at Scurry-Rosser

Tuesday – Bulldog Extra – 4:00 – 6:00; 2nd Grade Family Reading Night; HS VB – Open

Wednesday – Bulldog Extra – 4:00 – 6:00

Thursday – Bulldog Extra – 4:00 – 6:00; MS football v. Kemp – 5:00; JV football v. Kemp – 7:00

Friday – HS volleyball at Kemp – 4:30; Varsity football at Kemp – 7:30

Fun English Games

via Engaging the Digital Natives by Jerri Davis

Over the last two days I have inroduced you to Science for Kids and Kids Math Games. Today, I would like to introduce you to Fun English Games.

Fun English Games is a site that offers just what it implies in the name. You can find teaching resources beneficial to students who are learning English and/or ESL classes. Fun English Games offers interactive games, classroom activies, and printable resources. Fun English Games also offers funny tongue twisters, jokes and riddles to support idioms, palindromes, and other fun stuff!

Fun English Games is worth checking out!

Math for Kids…

via Engaging the Digital Natives by Jerri Davis

I blogged about Science for Kids yesterday, well today I would like to introduce you to Kids Math Games.

Kids Math Games offers a variety of interactive games and learning activities, videos, printable resources, puzzles and many other fun filled activities. Kids Math Games offers engaging opportunities for students to learn mathematics.

Kids Math Games could be a fabulous resource for you math class!

Board Meeting Last Night

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

  • Approved minutes of previous meetings.
  • Approved financial reports as presented.
  • Approved class-size waivers for kindergarten classes.
  • Nominated Don McAfee for Henderson County Appraisal District Board of Directors, Place 3.
  • Requested an update on the bond refinancing in November.
  • Approved the substitute list as presented.
  • Approved the student transfers as presented.
  • Adjourned.

The next regular board meeting is scheduled for October 16, 2012.

The varsity volleyball team lost a hard fought match to Life Oak Cliff 3-1 last night. The Lady Bulldogs will travel to Palmer on Friday for another important district contest.

A reminder that our after-school program, Bulldog Extra, is now underway. Students in grades 6-12 may attend. Bulldog Extra is open Monday-Thursday from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Bulldog Extra meets in the HS library. No sign-up is required to attend. Students in grades 6-12 may just show up if they need extra help, need access to our technology, or just need a place to work on their assignments or projects.

Science Bob

via Engaging the Digital Natives by Jerri Davis

Science Bob was created by “Science Bob” Pflugfelder. He has appeared on TV, been featured in several magazines, and teaches science to many young actors. “Science Bob” is known for encouraging “Random Acts of Science” with the site Science Bob.

Science Bob offers science fair help, experiments, videos, and even a science Q&A. The experiments offered by Science Bob are out of the ordinary and fun for students. The experiments include topics such as Chicken Sounds from a Cup, Exploding Lunch Bag, Make Lava in a Cup, and many, many others. Science Bob also encourages students to send him questions to which he can reply.

Science Bob is a fun little site that is worth taking a look at and possibly you will find a new classroom resource.