NHS Banquet

Last night, Eustace High School held its annual National Honor Society Banquet at the First Baptist Church in Eustace. Students and their guest were treated to a barbeque meal provided by Danny’s Barbeque.

After the meal, new members of the NHS were inducted, students receiving awards were recognized, and special awards were presented by NHS sponsor, Diane Chambers.

The 2013-2014 NHS officers provided information about each of the qualities associated with NHS: Character, Scholarship, Leadership, Service. The 13-14 officers are

Harley Dell – President
Bethany Calhoun – Vice President
Hope Rodriguez – Secretary
Mary Hamilton – Treasurer

Senior members received their collar to be worn at the graduation ceremony. This year’s senior National Honor Society members include:

Melody Allen
Wally Baker
Tyler Barrett
Bethany Calhoun
Harley Dell
Karli Gallops
Mary Hamilton
Tarah Herrera
Jonathon House
Caleb Letkiewicz
Chelsea Oliver
Casey Rickert
Hope Rodriguez
Courtney Sandell
Ridge Smith
Ashleigh White
Marcus White
Sydney Willard

Juniors received their NHS patch.

Makenzie Abbott
Carly Copeland
Savannah Hairl
Brandon Hall
Grace Holcombe
Solomon Jackson
Dane McAfee
Kelsey Ortiz
Taylor Peebles
Troy Saunders
Preston Schwartz
Chad Thomasson
Mark Zimmerer

The following sophomores were inducted into the National Honor Society at last night’s banquet:

Whitney Boerner
Kasey Lopez
Brittney Neitzel
Abra Roberts
Kristina Woodruff

The National Honor Society Faculty Council includes:

Diane Chamber – Sponsor
Phyllis Bice
Jeff Brown
Lisa Bynum
Vikki GoDair
Gwen Orr
Chuck Powers
Mandy Rolison

I would like to congratulate the returning members and the new inductees for their hard work and accomplishments. In order to be considered for NHS, a student must exhibit the qualities of leadership, character, and service. Members must also have an 85 cumulative average and be a sophomore, junior, or senior. I want to extend a special recognition to all of the NHS seniors. Your hard work and leadership at NHS over these last four years is greatly appreciated.  

Below are pictures from the banquet:

New Members reciting the NHS Pledge


2013-2014 NHS Seniors


All 13-14 NHS Members


2014-2015 NHS Officers

Employee Banquet

Last night, the Eustace ISD Board of Trustees hosted the annual Employee Banquet at the First Baptist Church in Eustace. Employees and their guests were treated to a catered meal by Danny’s Barbeque. Several employees were honored for their years of service to EISD. At the conclusion of the banquet, door prizes, generously donated by local merchants, were awarded to a number of employees.

The following employees of EISD received service pins at last night’s banquet:

5 Years
Kathyrn Hendrickson
DeDe Lancaster
Hayley Lane
Karey Smith
Lindsay Spivey

10 Years
Darlene Bolton
Rebecca Cantrell
Kortni Harris
Sabrina Kavanaugh
Debra Meyners
Jerri Davis
Charline Harris
Chris Powers

15 Years
Kay Powers
Tish Bennett
Taressa Charlton
Tonnie Hemphill
Susanne Pharmakis

20 Years
Gwen Orr

25 Years
Holly Bailey
Donna Chiles
Sherri Purselley

30 Years
Sandy Sowers
Judy Vestal

Janice Beasley received a service pin and a plaque for 35 years of service to EISD.

Chuck Powers was honored with a service pin and plaque for 45 years of service to EISD.

Haskell Cook was honored with a retirement plaque commemorating his 22 years of service to the staff, students, and community.

Special recognition was given to Mary Bell and Faye Barnett for all of their hard work in planning, decorating, and securing a record setting number of door prizes for the banquet.

Finally, I would like to thank all of the sponsors that donated services and goods for the door prizes. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!!

Madi Allen Qualifies for State Track Meet and This Week

Congratulations to Madi Allen who won the 300m hurdles at the Regional Track Meet held in Stephenville this past week! Madi is a junior at EHS. Madi’s win means that she will get to compete at the state track meet held in Austin on May 9-10. There were also some other great performances by Eustace athletes. I will try to get full results posted by tomorrow. At the end of this post is a picture of Madi on the awards stand.

This Week – This week is Teacher Appreciation Week.

Monday – Employee Banquet – 7:00 PM FBC Eustace

Tuesday –  Spring Pictures – Middle School; National Honor Society Banquet – 7:00 PM FBC Eustace

Thursday – Middle School Art Show – 4:00 – 6:00 PM; Spring Band Concert – 7:00 PM; Regional UIL Academic Meet – Stephenville

Friday – Middle School Sound Post Contest – Canton; Regional UIL Academic Meet – Stephenville

Saturday – Regional UIL Academic Meet – Stephenville

Madi Allen - 1st Place 300m Hurdles - Regional Track Meet

Convert Anything…in the Cloud!

via Technology Tidbits by Twyla Felty

I use converters all the time these days! The biggest issue for me is taking student video and audio that have been created on a wide variety of devices and needing to convert it for use in school projects. After doing this for the past few years, our toolbox has grown, but these tools often need to be downloaded and codecs updated to keep up with the times.

Now, thanks to CloudConvert, this task is a breeze!

  • Go to cloudconvert.org and select or “drag and drop” the file you wish to convert.
  • Select the destination location for the converted file: email or straight to Google Drive or Dropbox. 
  • “Start conversion”!

This couldn’t possibly be easier, and the list of formats is fairly extensive: audio, cad, documents, images, presentations, spreadsheets, vector, video and even ebooks! I may still end up with the occasional upside-down or sideways video or inaudible audio, but Cloud Convert will take care of quite a few housekeeping chores for me!

Microsoft Certification

Thirty-one students from Eustace recently received certification in various components of Microsoft Office software. After learning the software during their technology classes at the High Schools, students are taken to the Region 7 Service Center in Kilgore to attempt the certification tests. The tests are furnished at no cost to the district or students by way of a career and technology consortium in which EISD is a member. Congratulations to the students on their accomplishments and to their teacher, DeDe Lancaster. Below is complete list of the students and their certifications:

The following 22 students passed the Microsoft Office Specialist certification exam in Powerpoint 2010
Abra Roberts
Amanda Rhodes
Brandon Hall
Chase Harper
Courtney Sandell
Della Baker
Destiny Stout
Gannon Kirkhart
Hayden Plunk
James Crow
Jason Nelms
Kaylon Patrick
Dane McAfee
Libby Calvin
Michelle Gomez
Rusty Rogers
Sarina Boss
Savannah Hairl
Skylar Shaddock
Solomon Jackson
Violet Guard
Zala Neeper

The following student passed the Microsoft Office Specialist certification exam in Word 2010
Troy Saunders

The following 3 students passed the Microsoft Office Specialist certification exam in Word 2013
Carly Copeland
Mark Zimmerer
Preston Schwartz

The following 2 students passed the Microsoft Office Specialist certification exam in Excel 2013
Casey Rickert
Marcus White

The following 3 students passed the Microsoft Office Specialist certification exam in Powerpoint 2013
Charles Greenwood
Davis Wammack
Mary Hamilton


Microsoft Certification Students 4-22-2014

It's a Bushel of Fun…

via Engaging the Digital Natives by Jerri Davis

Oh wow! I just discovered The Old Farmer’s Almanac For Kids website!  I must say it is awesome and I can’t believe that I have not found this site before now.  So just in case you’ve not seen it either, this is what I have learned…

The Old Farmer’s Almanac For Kids offers everything the Old Farmer’s Almanac does but with a lot more fun.  The Old Farmer’s Almanac For Kids offers calendar information containing what happened on this day in history, any holidays or celebrations that take place for the month and how they came about, how the month got its name and even a question of the day.

 The Old Farmer’s Almanac For Kids also teaches kids about the phases of the moon, sky events, sunrise and sunset, and even the names of the different full moons (Honestly, I didn’t know they had names).

The Old Farmer’s Almanac For Kids site also includes weather events and vocabulary, history highlights, pet facts, and even information on the great outdoors; as well as including puzzles and activities to enhance the fun!

The Old Farmer’s Almanac For Kids is a fabulous site…makes me wish I had a classroom full of kids to share all the fun, but since I don’t I am going to share with all of you!  Hope you enjoy it as much as I have!

Rotary Club Grant

EISD was informed this week that we had received a grant from the Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake. The grant is in the amount of $4,470 and will be used to supplement the materials for our Guided Reading Program at the Primary and Intermediate. This grant will allow EISD to purchase additional books for the Guided Reading for both campuses. The more books we have, the better we are able to meet the needs of all of our students. This is the second grant that EISD has received from the Rotary Club.

On behalf of the students and staff at EISD, I would like to thank the members of the Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake for this generous grant award.

8th Grade Parent Meetings and This Week

We will be hosting two meetings this week for 8th grade parents. These meetings will provide parents and students information on the new graduation requirements recently approved by the EISD Board of Trustees. The new requirements are the result of House Bill 5, which was passed in the last legislative session. Next year’s 9th graders will be the first class to be fully under these new requirements. There will be two parent meetings next week:

Tuesday – 6:00 PM High School Cafeteria – We will serve a light meal (sandwiches, chips, etc. ) from 6:00 to 6:30. At 6:30 we will start the meeting in the High School auditorium. The meeting should be concluded by 7:30.

Thursday – 8:30 AM High School Cafeteria – We will serve a light breakfast from 8:30 – 9:00. The meeting will start at 9:00 AM in the HS auditorium. The meeting should be concluded by 10:00 AM.

I encourage the parents of all 8th grade students to plan to attend one of these meetings.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at cholcombe@eustaceisd.net.

This Week

Monday – Start 6th 6 Weeks – Today is the start of the final six weeks of this school year. TAKS Exit Level Retests – ELA

Tuesday – STAAR Testing – 8th Grade Social Studies; Grades 3, 4, 6, & 7 – Math; TAKS Exit Level Retest – Math; Baseball at Scurry; 8th Grade Parent Meeting – 6:00 PM – HS Cafeteria

Wednesday – STAAR Testing – Grades 3, 4, 6, & 7 – Reading; Grades 5 & 8 – Science; TAKS Exit Level Retests – Science

Thursday – Report Cards Issued; Kindergarten Field Trip to Arboretum; TAKS Exit Level Retest – Social Studies; 8th Grade Parent Meeting – 8:30 AM – HS Cafeteria

Friday – Early Childhood to Kids Depot; Intermediate – Drawings and Moneyaire; Regional Track Meet in Stephenville

Saturday – Regional Track Meet in Stephenville

I hope everyone has a great week!

Honored at State UIL Young Filmmakers Festival

Congratulations to EHS student filmmaker, Nic Caldwell!

Out of 450 State Semi Finalists and only 37 State Finalists, Eustace High School was 1 of 7  in the Narrative Category of Division I to be honored at a Special Inaugural Awards Ceremony and viewing of the finalist’s films at the historic Paramount Theater in Austin.

You may view the results and watch all 37 finalists here:


Eustace High School is listed as 4th under Division I Narrative for “Beyond Words”.

Area Track Meet Results

Yesterday, the Eustace High School track teams competed in the area track meet in Kemp. The area meet combines two different districts together. The top 4 finishers in the district meet advance to area. The top 4 finishers from area advance to the regional track meet in Stephenville. Below is an unofficial list of all of the Eustace athletes advancing to regional:

3200m Run – Boys – Preston Schwartz and Mark Zimmerer; Girls – Chloe Moore and Skye Burns

Discus – Girls – Grace Holcombe and Kacey Lopez

Pole Vault – Girls – Megan Gunter and Whitney Boerner; Boys – Lance Rogers and Ryan Brown

Shot Put – Girls – Caitlyn Culp

800m Run – Girls – Shelby White; Boys – Cade Yates

100m Hurdles – Madi Allen

300m Hurdles – Girls – Madi Allen

1600m Run – Girls – Chloe Moore and Skye Burns; Boys – Mark Zimmerer and Preston Schwartz

Overall, the girls won 2nd place at the area meet.

Congratulations to all of the athletes advancing to the regional meet! Also, congratulations to all the track athletes and coaches on a great showing at the district and area meets!