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.
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:
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.
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.
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!
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:
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
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.
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.
Eustace High School’s Principal, Stan Sowers along with Sponsors and members of the Theater Arts Department, presented a check to The Grace House of Cedar Creek Lake, a local non profit organization on Wednesday. Each year the Theater Department donates a portion of their fall production’s donations/proceeds as a way of giving back to the community during the holiday season.
The Grace House of Cedar Creek Lake is a faith based ministry which focuses on assisting in the transformation and re-building lives of women at risk. The six month program was established to train, support and give hope to women following incarceration and those in the midst of perilous lifestyles by providing an education, life skills and spiritual training. Teachers and volunteers come into the center to offer training to educate the women. Their facilities can care for up to 12 selected women while providing them with 24/7 supervised living, which includes room, board, hygiene necessities and clothing.
Grace House does not receive government funding at this time and is funded primarily through individual donations and fund-raisers. For more information about Grace House contact Jeff Reynolds at (469) 552-1616.
(Featured in the photo from left to right: Theater Arts Co-Director -Calvin Kennedy, Delaney Worth, Christine Holler, Principal Stan Sowers, Board Member of Grace House- Janice Brock, Shannon Whatley, Emma Lopez and Theater Arts Director -Tammy Beaty.)
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!