Thanksgiving Holidays

EISD will be out next week in observance of the Thanksgiving Holidays. Classes will resume Monday, December 2 at regular times.

A few notes about upcoming events:

Girls Basketball plays at the Teague Tournament today at 9:00 AM.

Boys Basketball plays at Fruitvale tonight.

Middle School boys and girls play Malakoff on Monday, November 25. Boys play home and girls go to Malakoff.

The High School girls and boys play on Tuesday, November 26.

I hope every has a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

Board Meeting Last Night

Last night the Eustace ISD Board of Trustees met in regular session. The meeting was held at the High School library and started at 7:00 PM. At the start of the meeting, the Board recognized the achievements of the Bulldog Band and cross country teams. The band achieved great success during the marching season earning a Division I rating at the Mesquite Marching Festival, placing as the 3rd overall band in the Cedar Creek Marching Festival, earning a Division I in the UIL Regional Marching Contest, and earning a right to compete in the Area Marching Contest. Band directors Todd Felty and Crystal Heidel were in attendance, along with several band members, to receive the award and to talk about the band program.

The Board also honored both the boys and girls cross country teams on their achievements this year. The boys team was district champs, regional champs, and placed 3rd in Conference 2A at the state cross country meet. The girls team was also district and regional champs and were the Conference 2A state champs in cross country. Coaches Josh Sypert and Kenneth Henderson were at the meeting, along with all the cross country runners, to receive the board’s commendation.

Action taken during last night’s meeting included:

  • Approved the minutes of previous meetings.
  • Approved the financial reports as presented.
  • Approved renewing the contract with Life Touch for school portraits through the 2016-2017 school year.
  • Approved additional expenses associated with the Texas Tax Payer and Student Fairness Coalition.
  • Approved upgrades to the district’s computer labs.
  • Approved plans to move and expand the discus and shot put areas.
  • Approved the sale of property as presented.
  • Accepted resignations from the following employees: Dereck White, Courtnie White, and Tami Smallwood.
  • Employed the following personnel: Andrea Williams, ISS Aide at the Middle School; Daria Gillispie, Aide at the Intermediate School; Rebecca McKinness, Aide at Primary School; Stephanie O’Connor, Special Education Teacher at the Middle School; Laurie Watkins, Aide at Primary School; and, Danielle Sirbol, cook at the High School.
  • Approved the substitute list as presented.
  • Approved student transfers as presented.
  • Adjourned.

 

Board Meeting Tonight

Tonight the Eustace ISD Board of Trustees will hold their regular monthly meeting. The meeting will be held in the High School library and will start at 7:00 PM. Everyone is invited to attend tonight’s meeting.

The Board will hear the following reports:

  • PaySchools Report
  • RevTrak Report
  • Texas Success Initiative Exam Report
  • Annual Highly Qualified Report
  • TEA Bank Depository Report
  • Summer Feeding Program Report
  • Initial Compliance Review Report
  • TVCC Meeting Report
  • Enrollment and Attendance Report

The Board will consider action on the following agenda items:

  • Minutes from Previous Board Meetings
  • Financial Reports
  • Contract with Life Touch for School Portraits through 2016-2017 School Year
  • Additional Expenses for Texas Tax Payer and Student Fairness Coalition
  • District Computer Lab Upgrades
  • Plan to Move and Expand Discus Area
  • Bids on Property
  • TASB Board of Directors Nomination
  • Policy Update 98 (First Reading)

The Board will also discuss CATE options and goals for the district.

The Board will also recognize the achievements of the band students and directors and the achievements of the cross country teams and coaches.

The Board will enter closed session to discuss personnel and student transfers. Any action taken on closes session items will be made in open session.

 

Football, Volleyball, FFA, and This Week

The Bulldog’s football season came to an end this past Saturday in the bi-district game against Daingerfield. The Bulldogs had a tremendous effort on Saturday and definitely went out fighting. Thanks to the players and coaches for a great year. Thanks to all the fans that supported the Bulldogs week in and week out. I want to extend a special thank you to all the seniors on the football team. You have represented the Bulldogs with pride, poise, discipline, and class over the last four years.

The 13-2A All-District Teams for volleyball were recently announced. Below is a summary of the honors from Eustace players:

Peyton Dibari was named the Most Valuable Player, Caitlyn Culp was named the Offensive Player of the Year and Crystal Garza was named Most Valuable Setter.

Eustace seniors Karli Gallops and Meagan Gunter were named to the second team.

Eustace coach Chuck Powers was named the Coach of the Year.

Honorable mention selections for Eustace went to Raleigh Smallwood, Grace Holcombe, Taylor Peebles and Mackenzie Abbott.

The Eustace FFA team competed this past Friday at the Leadership & Development Events public speaking contests.  Seven out of the 10 Eustace FFA members advanced to area!  Ag Advocacy placed 1st and consists of Breanna Fuller, Grace Holcombe, Lane Smith, Sunni Goodell and Gabe Purselley.  Chad Tindel placed second in Job Interview and Rusty Rogers placed second in Senior Creed Speaking.  The Radio team placed 7th
and consisted of Jessica Miller, Dj Hocutt and Caitlyn Culp.  Congratulations to these students and their sponsors, Theresa Tindel, and Greg Pruitt, on their accomplishments!

This Week

Monday – Middle School Basketball – Girls at Palmer, Boys v. Palmer – 5:00; High School Girls Basketball at Wills Point – 5:00

Tuesday – Board Meeting, High School Library, 7:00 PM

Thursday – HS Girls Basketball at Teague Tournament

Friday – Thanksgiving Feast – Primary; HS Boys Basketball at Fruitvale; HS Girls Basketball at Teague Tournament

Saturday – HS Girls Basketball at Teague Tournament

A reminder that next week, November 25 – November 29, EISD will be out for Thanksgiving Holidays. Classes resume December 2 at regular times.

I hope everyone has a great week!

Creating Your Own Nearpod Presentation

via Technology Tidbits by Twyla Felty

Nearpod was the featured app during our October’s “Tech Trick and a Treat Tuesday”. For teachers addicted to Power Point, this app is a great tool to transition into a more interactive and exciting format. Existing Power Points or ActivInspire FlipCharts can be converted to pdfs and uploaded to the Nearpod site. Then interactive slides can easily be added: slideshows, polls, quizes, open-ended questions, videos, web links, and even “draw it” questions (where students can draw and submit their answers)!

For those that missed our Tech Trick Tuesday or would like a little refresher on creating a Nearpod presentation from your existing “stuff”, here is my “Over the Shoulder Training On Your Time” presentation on Nearpod….created in Movenote.

It’s my first Movenote—but more about that later!

RevTrak

For the past several years, EISD has utilized PaySchools to process online payments for food service accounts, activity fees, yearbooks, and other various programs. PaySchools has served the district and community well. One of the shortcomings of PaySchools is that it was never designed to interface with our student services software. In order for a payment to be credited to your account, you had to log into PaySchools and submit a payment for an account. PaySchools would then send an email to me specifying the amount of the payment, the activity, and the student. I would then have to forward the email to the appropriate personnel in order of the payment to be credited. Again, PaySchools was an acceptable first step in providing parents with the convenience of utilizing online payments.

With the district’s new student services software, Skyward, we now have the flexibility of utilizing an online service that ties directly into our student services software. This online service is called RevTrak. RevTrak works much like PaySchools. The big difference is that once a parent makes a payment for a student account, that payment will show up almost immediately in that account. There will no longer be a delay. Some parents have already started to use RevTrak. I encourage everyone else to make the transition as soon as possible. On December 2, 2013, PaySchools will no longer accept payments for any activities for the district.

In order to use RevTrak, parents must have a Family Access account. If you do not have an account, or you need help with your account, please contact Karen Thompson at kthompson@eustaceisd.net or by calling (903) 425-5299. I have attached a flyer at the end of this post that details how to use RevTrak.

I know that change is never easy; however, with the new advantages that RevTrak offers, the change will ultimately be better for the users. If you have questions or comments regarding RevTrak, please do not hesitate to contact me at cholcombe@eustaceisd.net.

 

Animal Vision from Sea World Premiers

via Technology Tidbits by Twyla Felty

I’m am addicted to webcams and use them regularly to bring the world into my windowless office. A rainy day can be mirrored on my computer screen or a beautiful view can change my day. 

When I was a classroom teacher, my kindergarten students had two favorite webcams. One showed a  train station, and each time a train whistle sounded and a train came through, the class would erupt with excitement. Their favorite site, however, was the webcam of Shamu stadium. The still, blue aquarium water dominated our classroom screen for endless hours just waiting for “Shamu” to glide past the lens. There are just no words to describe the reaction of a class full of kindergarten students to this, and it happened every single time! Direct teaching can always hold its breath for this kind of experience!  It is pure joy!

Now Sea World is launching Animal Vision on Wednesday, November 13.. This new site can be viewed from any device and includes extras for educators/parents such as downloadable games and educational and conservation information. Live feeds will be featured for viewers to interact, make comments, or ask questions of the expert trainers there at Sea World. Events at posted on Facebook, and you can follow and participate through Twitter @SeaWorldTexas

Bring the real world into your classroom with great webcams! You won’t be disappointed.
To locate the perfect cam for your classroom experience you can start with my favorite site: Traveling Through the Lens, formerly known as WorldCam. They can also be followed on Twitter : @TravelingTTL