Lessons from Summer 2014

via Technology Tidbits by Twyla Felty

Everyone is a life-long learner….whether they admit to it or not. Each day we have experiences which can be internalized as life lessons, saved as priceless memories, or pushed to the side as obstacles or distractions from our “real lives”. These experience–whether great or small–are added to our core beliefs, affect future decisions and experiences and makes us “who we really are”.  This summer I learned things both great and small, silly and (to me) profound:

1. Never wear a tight black dress to the Chama Gaucha Brazilian Steakhouse. It won’t really fit when you walk out the door! Choose something that has elastic…or at least room to expand!

2. The best time to take a picture of the Alamo is between sunrise and 7:00 a.m. Your only competition will be morning joggers (who ate too much at the Chama Gaucha Steakhouse the night before!).

3. Teachers that spend time in the summer preparing and planning are actually more psychologically and physically prepared for the beginning of the new school year!
Notice there’s no picture???

This summer I was blessed to present several workshops around the state and kept meeting great teachers from all grade levels, school sizes and backgrounds that had one thing in common: they planned and organized during the summer for the upcoming school year. This preparation wasn’t done for “comp days” or forced professional development. These teachers just have an internal drive, a personal “back-channel” that continually plans, creates and thinks about the classroom. This isn’t just about decorating or choosing a new theme either but involves those critical structures that affect functionality and instruction in the classroom. Yes, these teachers DO have personal lives. Teaching, however, is more than just a job to them. It is part of who they are. They just can’t help themselves! So, they are the ones first back to the classroom with a new theme or decor, but also with new lessons and ideas for instruction. Newness incites and excites! It energizes! These teachers are prepared and ready to return.

So, I don’t have a picture of this–a way to capture this lesson, but measuring a teacher’s readiness has long been elusive. The MET Project spent zillions of dollars and still can’t really define what makes a great teacher great or even begin to imbue into others this secret power.

Still, just as I know not to wear a tight dress to a Brazilian Steakhouse, I  know that teachers who prepare and plan during the summer, teachers with this deep-seated personal drive, are far more prepared and energized to meet the new year.
Deep down, you believe it too!
After all, who would you want teaching your child??

Interested in Performing in the Fall Play?

Parents and students are invited to attend a meet and greet. Join us for information regarding this school year’s upcoming season and how you can become a part of the Eustace Middle School and Eustace High School Theater Arts after school program.

When: Monday – August 19, 2014

Where: Auditorium Р High School Campus РSouth end of the campus across from administration.

Time: 3:00 p.m.

Join Us! It is going to be a Great year!


Middle School Cheerleaders Win Awards

The Eustace Middle School cheerleaders recently attended their summer cheer camp. They earned several awards for their hard work and expertise. Below are comments from the Middle School cheerleader coach, Kim Purselley:

They earned:
Game Time Top Team Trophy
Spirit Award( this is voted on by all teams at camp) Technical Excellence in Stunts

The following girls were nominated for All American: Sierra Castillo, Abbie Cates, Sadie Cates, Madison Fisher, Destani Thomasson, and Yasmine Washington.

This group represented Eustace Middle School with pride, poise, and discipline. I am very proud of them!

2014-2015 Eustace Middle School Cheerleaders
Emily Bishop
Stephanie Carlson
Sierra Castillo
Abbie Cates
Sadie Cates
Colton Gordon
Madison Fisher
Bailey Holbert
Madison Lilley
Destani Thomasson
Yasmine Washington

Congratulations to all of our Middle School cheerleaders on a great camp!


2014-2015 Middle School Cheerleaders