HB 5, Graduation Requirements, and TSI Information

We have talked about the impact that HB 5 will have on graduation requirements and  college readiness. The TEA and Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board are still working out some of the details involved with all of the changes brought forth from HB 5. The Region 7 Education Service Center has provided a webpage devoted to this information. While much of this information is geared toward educators, I believe that it is a valuable resource for all. To access this webpage, go to http://esc7.net/default.aspx?name=HB5.homepage.

This webpage will provide up to date information regarding all aspects of HB 5. It will also link you to other sources of information regarding HB 5. As things becoming clearer regarding HB 5 implementation, I will continue to provide updates.


No Registration Needed…

via Engaging the Digital Natives by Jerri Davis

As teachers we are always looking for great Web 2.0 tools for our students, however required registration becomes a problem especially for those of use who work with younger students.  Well lucky for all of us,  Nathan Hall  has done the work and complied a list of of tools that require no registration!  In the posting, Web Tools: No Registration Needed For Students ,  Nathan Hall  has complied a list of tools including QR Codes, poll and survey tools, online whiteboards and cork boards, word clouds, maps and charts, photo editing and the list goes on and on.

Web Tools: No Registration Needed For Students  lists many tools that are new to me and I can’t wait to check out some of them.  I recommend taking a look at the list, I bet you find something that becomes one of your favorite tools.

Intermediate Wins UIL Academic Meet and This Week

Eustace Intermediate School won the Elementary UIL Academic Meet this past week. Eustace Intermediate scored a total of 485 points in the meet to edge out Malakoff at 451 points. Last year the Intermediate placed second in the meet. Congratulations to all of the participants, their coaches, and parents and friends for contributing to this achievement. Below are the Eustace students that placed in each event:

3rd Grade Ready Writing 
2nd place Chloe Hinkle – Eustace
5th place Kyleigh Hemmingway – Eustace

3rd grade Storytelling
1st place – Navan Sanchez – Eustace
4th place –  Jaden Breedlove – Eustace

4th grade Ready Writing
1 – Cooper Reeve – Eustace
2 – Abigail Myers – Eustace
6 – Abby Woodland – Eustace

4th grade Music Memory
5th place – Dylan Worth – Eustace

3rd – Eustace

4th Grade Oral Reading
1st place – Madison Kulsa – Eustace
2nd place – Faith Merchant – Eustace

4th Grade Number Sense
1st place – Jace Milner – Eustace
2ndplace – Cooper Reeve – Eustace
5th place – Cooper Walker – Eustace

1st place – Eustace

4th Grade Art
5th place – Scottie Neepers – Eustace
6th place – Landon Carroll – Eustace

2ndplace – Eustace

4th Grade Spelling
2nd place – Ryan Garsee – Eustace

4th place –  Faith Merchant – Eustace
6th place – Abigail Myers – Eustace

1st place – Eustace

5th grade ready writing
1 – Ella Taylor – Eustace
2 – Madison Hutto – Eustace
4 – Elaine Hendrickson – Eustace

5th Social Studies
6th place – Emily Morton – Eustace

5th Grade Dictionary
3rd place – Sebastian Urteaga – Eustace
5th place – Bobbi Dunlap – Eustace
6th place – Paxton Schwartz – Eustace

2nd place – Eustace

5th Grade Number Sense
1st place – Lupita Garcia – Eustace
3rd place – Richard Phillips – Eustace

1st Place – Eustace

5th Grade Listening
1st place – Paige Hill – Eustace
2nd place – Ella Taylor – Eustace
4th place – Danny Stout – Eustace

1st place Eustace

5th Grade Oral Reading
2nd place – Ella Taylor – Eustace
3rd place – Rubi Bailey – Eustace
5th place – Naveah Sanchez – Eustace

5th Grade Music Memory
2nd place – Elaine Hendrickson – Eustace
4th place – Georgia Utz – Eustace

3rd place – Eustace

 5th Grade Maps
1st place – Paxton Schwartz – Eustace
4th place – Clay Carpenter – Eustace

1st place – Eustace

5th grade Art
4th place – Samuel Clarke – Eustace
5th place – Ella Taylor – Eustace

2nd  place – Eustace

5th Grade Spelling
1st place – Joseph Hunter – Eustace
2nd place – Aden Cardenas – Eustace
3rd place – Austin Adams – Eustace

1st place – Eustace


This Week

Red Oak Life is not in school today. The Middle School basketball games scheduled against Red Oak Life have been cancelled for today. We will try to reschedule these games at a later date.

Monday – HS All Region Auditions – Kemp

Tuesday – HS Boys Basketball at Mineola; HS Girls District Basketball v. Faith Family

Thursday – Middle School UIL Academic Contest; Varsity Boys Basketball at Fruitvale Tournament; Christmas Concert – 7:00 PM – HS Auditorium

Friday – HS Girls District Basketball at Palmer; HS Boys Basketball at Fruitvale Tournament

Saturday – Christmas on the Square

I hope everyone has a great week!

Winter Weather Information

As the threat of winter weather looms this week, I would like to take a few minutes and review the winter weather procedures for EISD. Any morning where there is a threat of winter weather, Henry Carter, EISD director of transportation, and myself will be out early to check road conditions. We will try to make a decision known to our parents as soon as possible about delays or cancellations. In coming to a final decision regarding a delay or cancellation, the safety of our students, parents, and staff will always be the overriding consideration.

The decision to delay or cancel school will be made as quickly as possible. We will let our local radio station, KCKL, and Dallas TV stations know about our decision as soon as it is made. I will also send out a message to the district’s Celly group as soon as possible. For information about joining our Celly group, please go to the EISD homepage, www.eustaceisd.net, and look for the Celly information below our Twitter feed.

The type of winter weather that we receive also is a factor in determining our ultimate decision. There is a greater chance of school proceeding if we are experiencing light snow rather than light freezing rain. I do not want anyone to have to try to drive in icy conditions.

Sometimes, we have to make the decision to dismiss school early because of winter weather. In this case, parents will be notified before school is dismissed. Again, our Celly group provides a great way for parents to stay informed about early dismissals.

Above all, the safety of the students will be foremost in our minds. If you ever have questions regarding weather situations, please do not hesitate to contact me at cholcombe@eustaceisd.net.