Thanksgiving Holidays

Today is the Thanksgiving Feast at the Primary School. We are expecting a large crowd and ask everyone to please arrive early.

EISD will be out next week for the Thanksgiving holidays. Classes will resume at regular times on Monday, December 1.

The High School girls basketball team will be traveling to Teague next Tuesday for games. The first game is scheduled to start at 5:00.

When we come back from the Thanksgiving holidays, we will have 14 school days until we are out for the Christmas holidays. These 14 days will be packed with events and will go by quickly.

I hope everyone has a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

Is It Just You?

via Engaging the Digital Natives by Jerri Davis

You ever wonder if the website you are trying to view is down for everyone or is it just you, doing something wrong? Well there is a handy little site that will answer that question for you….

Down For Everyone or Just Me is a site I was reminded of while reading  Richard Byrne’s blog, Free Technology For Teachers.

Down For Everyone or Just Me is great!  I have to say that it has come in handy in the last month that I have tried it out.  Unfortunately,  the problem seems to usually lie on my end! 🙂 But at least I know where the problem is!

Once you enter the URL you are trying to check in to the Down For Everyone or Just Me site, you press enter and the site will let you know if it is just you. I tried sites that I knew were working just see what happens and the site actually lets you know that it all you…

Down For Everyone or Just Me is definitely a handy little tool, worth checking out…even if it is just to see if it is really just you!

Basketball Update and Board Meeting Last Night

The 9th grade and JV girls basketball teams recorded wins last night against Wills Point while the varsity lost a hard fought game. The 9th grade team won 35-20. The JV team won 45-24. The varsity fell to Wills Point 39-31.

Board Meeting

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. After approving the minutes from previous meetings, the Board recognized the boys and girls cross country teams for their accomplishments this year. Each team was presented with a Board Commendation. Cross country coaches Josh Sypert and Kenneth Henderson both spoke about the teams hard work and dedication. Overall, the boys team was district champions, regional champions, and placed 3rd in Conference 3A at the state meet. The girls were district champions, 2nd at regional, and were Conference 3A state champions for the second year in a row.

Following the recognition ceremony, the Board took the following actions on items:

  • Approved the financial reports as presented.
  • Set a date for a Called Board Meeting (December 9th) to discuss additional renovations and additions at the Ag Science building.
  • Nominated Robyn Wheeler of the Monitor for the TASB Media Honor Roll
  • Accepted the resignation of Lauren Terry.
  • Approved the employment of Jessi Tandarich as a redirection aide at the Primary and approved the employment of Crystal Pool as an instructional aide at the Primary.
  • Approved the substitute list as presented.
  • Accepted the transfer list as presented.
  • Adjourned

Youngsters Coding? Yes They Can!

via Engaging the Digital Natives by Jerri Davis
So after hearing about the Hour of Code event last year, I thought to myself, my 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders can do that! I decided to give it a try this week and used the website code.org.

The site  code.org is a nonprofit site, dedicated to giving every student the opportunity to learn about computer science and experience coding.   Every child has access to coding activities through  code.org
 code.org offers fun activities that are appropriate for our younger students.  This week I have my students experiencing coding with the Angry Birds activity.
This activity teaches students coding and is great for my 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders.  The lesson has short instructional videos that introduces students to each new level of coding and then provides an interactive lesson in which the students choose the code to create the appropriate actions for their angry bird.  After the student has chosen the code they then run the actions and the lesson will give them kudos for a job well done or a hint on how to make the code work.  It is a very positive experience.
The students were engaged and having fun!  They talked about the activity well into the afternoon. They enjoyed the feeling of success and felt that they have created their own gaming system!  The whole experience was a positive one.
This was something new for our students as well as for me.  I went through the lesson and have to say I probably had a harder time than many of my students.  They really took off with it. They required very little to no instructional help.

As a teacher, it was very satisfying to see the students engaged and enjoying the lesson.  I had many students tell me how cool the activity was and asked if they were going to do it again next week.  Loved seeing the kids enjoy computer class so much!

So I am planning on having our students participate in the Hour of Code during the Week of December 8th through the 14th.  The site  code.org has several lessons and activities that teachers can choose from.  The site even offers elementary lessons on coding for grades K-5.  This site is definitely worth checking out.  Don’t think your ready for the Hour of Coding?  That’s okay!  Start small and work your way up but definitely give it a try!

Hope you have fun coding! 🙂

Basketball and Board Meeting Tonight

The Eustace Lady Bulldogs will host Wills Point in basketball starting at 5:00 this afternoon. There will be a 9th, JV, and varsity game.

The Eustace ISD Board of Trustees will hold their regular monthly meeting tonight at 7:00 PM. The meeting will be held in the HS library. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend.

The Board will recognize the boys and girls cross country teams and coaches for their accomplishments this year.

The Board will hear the following reports:

  • RevTrak Report
  • Annual Highly Qualified Report
  • Summer Nutrition Program
  • Local Education Agency Compliance Report
  • Update on Enrollment and Attendance

The Board may consider action on the following items:

  • Minutes from previous meetings
  • Financial Reports
  • Chartwells Food Service Program
  • Renovations to the Agricultural Science Facility
  • Nominations to the TASB Media Honor Roll

The Board will enter closed session to consider personnel issues and student transfers. Any action taken on closed session items will be done in open session.

 

FFA Results

Thanks to Theresa Tindel for supplying the information below:

We had seven areas of competition and three advanced to area and one alternate.  Ag Advocacy placed second and team members are Grace Holcombe, Raine Goodell, Mike Roch, Whitney Boerner, and Jaci Gray. 

Jordyn Costlow placed 2nd in Job Interview. 

The Jr. Skills Team placed second consisting of Matthew Gage, Rylan McClaskey and Gary Lovell. 

Rusty Rogers placed third and is the alternate in Sr. Creed Speaking. 

The Sr. Farm Skills placed fifth consisting of Lane Smith, Cassidy Donaghey and Justin Nelms. 

The Radio Team placed 6th with Lance Rogers, Jessica Miller and Jodie Costlow. 

The Jr. Creed Speaker was Jana Peters who placed 6th

The Greenhand Chapter Conducting Team placed fifth and team consisted of Erica Hoops, Haley Purselley, Olivia Herring, Michael Shultz, David Beasley, McKenzie Skiles, Bucky Womble, and Joey Harris.

Eustace FFA placed 4th overall in team points in Sandyland District consisting of 14 school districts.  Area Competition will be this Saturday at Waco Midway High School.

We also had two members brave the cold weather and compete at Canton Jackpot Livestock Show.  Jordyn Costlow took home two belt buckles and three plaques for winning  championships in the steer, heifer, and both showmanship divisions.  Jodi Costlow placed third with her market goat.

 

This Week

Congratulations to our FFA Team on a successful day in competition last Friday. I will be receiving complete results today and will pass those on when available. Congratulations to the JV girls basketball team on placing 2nd in the Van JV/9th grade tournament.

There are not many activities this week. This is the last week before Thanksgiving Break. We will be out the entire week next week.

Monday – Jazz Clinic – Quinlan

Tuesday – Jazz Clinic – Quinlan; HS Girls Basketball v. Wills Point – 5:00; Board Meeting – 7:00 PM – HS Library

Friday – Early Childhood, PPCD, and Kindergarten Thanksgiving Feast

I hope everyone has a great week!

Pictures of State Cross Country Meet

Due to technical difficulties, I was unable to upload any pictures of the state cross country meet. Below are two pictures of the medal presentations and a picture of the girls team presenting the state championship trophy to Mr. Sowers.

 

2014 Girls Cross Country State ChampionsEHS Boys 3rd Place State Cross CountryState Champions Trophy Presentation

 

EHS Boys 3rd Place State Cross Country

 

State Champions Trophy Presentation