Power Lifting and Basketball

The boys and girls power lifting teams are off to a great start this season. In their first meet of the year in Fairfield, the girls placed 2nd and the boys placed 4th. Last week in the meet at Van, the girls placed 1st and the boys placed 2nd! Both power lifting teams travel to Malakoff Saturday for their third meet of the year.

High School basketball hosts Troup today. The JV games start at 5:00.

Girls Power Lifting Team places 1st at Van Meet.
Girls Power Lifting Team places 1st at Van Meet.

I hope everyone has a great weekend.

Powerlifting: Girls and Boys take home 1st & 2nd Place Team Awards

Congratulations to the boys and girls powerlifting teams for their hard work at the meet on Saturday at Van High School. The Girls team took home the 1st Place Team award and the boys took home the 2nd Place Team award.

In addition to the team awards, there were several individual awards that should be recognized:

Sunni Goodell – 1st
Jessica Miller – 3rd
Raini Goodell – 2nd
Jana Peters – 6th
Marshella Padgett – 2nd
kelsie Richmond – 2nd
Anna Gaddis – 4th
JoGail Holcombe – 8th
Marissa Mayes – 1st
alexis Ramsey – 2nd
Elizabeth Ramsey – 3rd
jaycee Ballow  – 6th

Sunni Goodell won Best lifter award
The Girls team finished 1st place

Juan Garcia – 8th
Micheal Roch – 9th
Quentin Parks – 1st
Justin Griffin – 2nd
Cameron Rogers – 5th
Marcus Staggs – 8th
Clay Hinkle – 4th
Ethan Hoops – 1st

Boys team finished 2nd place

Next meet is Malakoff Saturday, January 31, 2015
begins 8 am.

Film Qualifies for Round 2 of U.I.L. Youngfilmakers Festival

Congratulations to Junior, Nic Caldwell on his film submission “The Monster’s Within” starring Senior, Delaney Worth. The State Film festival is scheduled for February 18th at the Paramount Theater in Austin. Admission is free.

Caldwell’s film, “Beyond Words” was a state participant last year. His abilities and talents have grown even more this year with his stunning cinematography and unique storytelling.

Participants will compete in Round 2 and then Semifinals and Finals. Congratulations to Nic Caldwell and Delaney Worth! Good Luck on Round 2!

Here is the link to the Round 2 qualifiers for 2015.



Board Meeting Last Night

Last night, the Eustace ISD Board of Trustees held their regular monthly meeting. Before the meeting, the Board was honored with a dinner in recognition of School Board Appreciation Month. All of the campuses participated in honoring our Board members. The Intermediate provided the main course of taco soup, the Primary provided a selection of desserts, the Middle School provided the decorations for the tables, and the High School provided each Board member with a “goody” bag of various items. The Board members were also presented with a certificate honoring their work and dedication to the students, staff, and community.

During the meeting, the Board took the following actions:

  • Approved the minutes of previous meetings.
  • Approved the financial reports as presented.
  • Approved a resolution calling for a School Board Election on May 9, 2015.
  • Approved a contract with the City of Eustace for the School Trustee General Election.
  • Accepted the Resignation of Robyn Culp.
  • Employed Brandi Burleson as a night custodian at the Intermediate and Sandra Adcock as a cook at the Primary Cafeteria.
  • Approved the sub list as presented.
  • Approved the student transfer list as presented.
  • Extended the superintendent’s contract by one year.
  • Appointed Jimmy Kirkhart to the Board to fill the vacant Place 5 position.
  • Adjourned.


This Week and Board Meeting Tonight

First, congratulations to our power lifting teams on their performance in their first meet of the season. The girls team finished 2nd and the boys team finished 4th!

This Week

The 1st grade will be having reading and literacy assessments this week.

Tuesday – HS Basketball at Mildred – 5:00; School Board Meeting – 7:00 PM – HS Library

Thursday – MS Girls Basketball v. Frankston; MS Boys Basketball at Frankston – 5:00

Friday – All Region Clinic at Canton; HS Basketball at Arp – 5:00

Saturday – Region Clinic at Canton; Power Lifting at Van – 8:00 AM

Board Meeting Tonight

Tonight the EISD Board of Trustees will meet for their regular monthly meeting. The meeting will start at 7:00 PM and be held in the HS library. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend. The Board will hear the following reports:

  • RevTrak Report
  • TVCC Costs – Fall 2014
  • Employee Appreciation Banquet Date – April 27
  • Notice of Sale
  • Update on Ag Science Building Expansion
  • Update on Enrollment and Attendance

The Board will consider action on the following items:

  • Minutes from Previous Meetings
  • Financial Reports
  • Application for the Texas Comptroller’s State Energy Conservation Office Small School HVAC Loan Program
  • Filling Place 5 Vacancy
  • Resolution calling for a School Board Election on May 9 , 2015
  • Contract with City of Eustace for the School Trustee General Election
  • The Board will enter closed session to discuss personnel and staffing, substitutes, student transfers, and superintendent evaluation. Any action on closed session items will be made in open session.



Legislative Session

As the 84th Legislative Session gets underway, you can be assured that there will be a number of bills filed that will have a direct impact on education. As always, I will try to keep everyone up to date with information on the most important bills.

There have already been some bills filed that should get the attention of everyone. HB 654 has been filed by Representative Jimmie Don Aycock. Although Representative Aycock acknowledges that his bill is a very rough first draft, it is still quite interesting. The bill deals with a way of leveling the amount of funding per student that is received by districts. The bill would authorize the creation of at least 30 “school finance districts.” These districts would basically be the consolidated property wealth of one or more districts. It would not involve the consolidation of the districts, just their property wealth. Voters in each district would have to approve such mergers. Again, please keep in mind that this is a very rough draft and according to Representative Aycock is very much subject to change.

HB 719 and HB 720 would eliminate the “penalty” for small and mid-sized schools in the Texas school finance system.

HB 724 would prohibit school districts from providing instruction in odd-numbered years on the uniform election day in November. It would also prohibit a school district from providing instruction in even-numbered years on the general election day for state and county offices. The bill states that a district could hold a school holiday on these dates or provide a staff workday.

HB 722 would offer a tax credit to a taxable entity for offering an internship of at least 6 weeks to a student that is enrolled in a career and technology course in high school.

There will be plenty of other updates in the future.

Technology: Gone to the Dogs

via Technology Tidbits by Twyla Felty

This is my “grand-dog”, Jaxon. He is SO smart! Why, he can get right on that iPad and just go! He knows exactly what to do, and he’s not even afraid of using it!

Sound somewhat familiar?
When are adults going to get over the thrill of seeing young children (dogs or frogs) pegging away on digital devices? Reacting to or even interacting with a device does not a genius make. I would actually equate a child’s interaction with a device as being similar to babies playing with their own reflection in a mirror. It’s new to them and it’s adorable! But it certainly isn’t atypical.

What makes technology unique is that there is the opportunity for a progression of mental processes as children develop. The challenges and apps should grow as the child grows. Unfortunately, this is not always the case. Many children and adults are only using technology at a level in which they are “reactive” in the most basic level—like a dog chasing a digital puppy across a glowing screen.

Up the ante! Choose to challenge. Challenge your children, your students, and yourself!
Use apps that cause you to think hard, work hard, solve problems, and create, create, create!
Grow dendrites!

I still believe that my grand-dog is smart, but not because he can play “Game for Dogs” on the iPad.
In fact his use of the iPad tells me less about him and more about the fact that Zagg make a totally awesome military grade screen protector!

This Week

Second grade students will be involved in Reading and Literacy assessments throughout the week.

Monday – Honor Roll Trip – MS

Tuesday – HS Girls & Boys Basketball at Malakoff – 5:00

Wednesday – Basketball Pictures – MS; Skating Party – IS;

Thursday – 1st Semester Awards – IS; MS Girls BB at Arp; MS Boys BB v. Arp – 5:00

Friday – Early Childhood to Cedar Creek Library; HS Girls and Boys BB v. West Rusk – 5:00

Saturday – Power Lifting Meet at Fairfield

I hope everyone has a great week!


Coach Adrienne McDonald Named to SEC's 2015 Women's Legends Class

Congratulations to our head boys and girls golf coach, Adrienne McDonald, on being named to the 2015 SEC’s Women’s Legend Class!!! This is a great and prestigious honor for Coach McDonald! Press release on this announcement is below:

Jan. 7, 2015

Adrienne Gautreaux-McDonald Named to SEC’s 2015 Women’s Legends Class

COLUMBIA, S.C. – Former South Carolina golfer Adrienne Gautreaux-McDonald has been named a member of the Southeastern Conference 2015 Class of Women’s Legends, the league announced today.

A letterwinner from 2001-04, Gautreaux-McDonald saw success early in her South Carolina career as a contributor to the program’s only SEC championship team in the spring of 2002. A two-time All-SEC honoree, she garnered a first-team nod after recording the 12th-best season scoring average in program history at 74.44 in 2004. Her off the course efforts were also recognized in 2004, as the Gamecock earned first-team CoSIDA Academic All-America honors and was named an NGCA All-American Scholar. Over the course of her career, Gautreaux-McDonald posted 20 top-20 finishes including eight in the top 10 and four in the top five.

In 2004, Gautreaux-McDonald became the first of two Gamecocks to win the LPGA Foundation Dinah Shore Trophy. One of the most prestigious honors in golf, the Dinah Shore Trophy recognizes female collegiate golfers who excel in both academics (3.2 on a 4.0 scale) and athletics – playing in at least 50 percent of the team’s scheduled events – while maintaining a 78.00 or less scoring average. In addition, nominees must demonstrate outstanding leadership skills and community service.

The class will be honored at the 2015 SEC Women’s Basketball Tournament, March 4-8 in Little Rock, Ark.  Each legend will be honored during half-time of their team’s first game of the tournament, all 14 individuals will also be honored as a group, as well as participate in an autograph session during the tournament.  Complimentary posters of the Legends will be available at the session.

The conference is announcing the legends from its Eastern Division schools today while the Western Division schools will be announced on January 8.  Each legend will then be celebrated individually on each Sunday and Thursday between January 11 and February 26.

Below is the list of the 2015 SEC Women’s Legends representing Eastern Division institutions:

FLORIDA – LaTonya McGhee, Basketball, 1989-93 GEORGIA – Saudia Roundtree, Basketball, 1994-96 KENTUCKY – Victoria Dunlap, Basketball, 2008-11 MISSOURI – Dr. Joann Rutherford, Basketball (Coach), 1975-1998 SOUTH CAROLINA – Adrienne Gautreaux-McDonald, Golf, 2001-04 TENNESSEE – Mary Ostrowski, Basketball, 1980-84 (Posthumous) VANDERBILT – Julie Ditty, Tennis, 1998-2001

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