National Honor Society Banquet

Last night, the National Honor Society hosted its annual banquet to honor new members and recognize returning members. In the NHS Induction Ceremony, this year’s officers talked about each of the qualities associated with membership in NHS: Character (Brandon Hall), Scholarship (Taylor Peebles), Leadership (Grace Holcombe), and Service (Chad Thomasson).

To be considered for members to NHS, students have to be a sophomore, junior, or senior, demonstrate the qualities of Leadership, Character, and Service, and maintain an 85 or greater cumulative average.

Sophomore members of NHS include: Temple Hendrickson, Matthew Melton, Kyla Morris, Gabe Purselley, Brooke Reynolds, Kelsie Richmond, Michelle Sanchez, Calie Spivey, Casie Spivey, Veronica Wheat, and Shelby White.

Junior Members of NHS include: Caitlynn Almond, Whitney Boerner, Libby Calvin, Kasey Lopez, Stormy Lucky, Jonathan Martin, Chloe Moore, Brittney Neitzel, Abra Roberts, Brittany Westbrook, and Kristina Woodruff.

Senior Members of NHS include: Makenzie Abbott, Carly Copeland, Savannah Hairl, Brandon Hall, Grace Holcombe, Solomon Jackson, Dane McAfee, Kelsey Ortiz, Taylor Peebles, Troy Saunders, Preston Schwartz, Chad Thomasson, Delaney Worth, and Mark Zimmerer.

New members of the National Honor Society were recognized (see picture below)

2015 New NHS Members
2015 New NHS Members

The NHS Seniors received their NHS Collars to be worn at graduation. Below is a picture of the seniors:

2015 NHS Seniors
2015 NHS Seniors

The Outstanding Junior Award went to Brittney Neitzel.

The Outstanding Senior Award went to Troy Saunders.

The NHS Student of Year Award went to Dan McAfee.

The final portion of the banquet introduced the 2015-2016 officers. The new officers include Brittney Neitzel, Kasey Lopez, Abra Roberts, and Kristina Woodruff (see picture below).

2015-2016 NHS Officers
2015-2016 NHS Officers

The NHS Faculty Council includes: Phyllis Bice, Jeff Brown, Lisa Bynum, Vikki GoDair, Gwen Orr, Chuck Powers, and Mandy Rolison. The NHS Sponsor, and the one that plans and oversees the banquet, is Diane Chambers,

I want to congratulate all the members of the National Honor Society for their dedication to all the principles represented by NHS.



































Employee Appreciation Banquet

Last night, the Eustace ISD Board of Trustees hosted the 2015 Employee Appreciation Banquet. The Banquet was held at the First Baptist Church in Eustace. The staff and their guests were treated to a barbeque dinner catered by Danny’s. Everyone also got to participate in the annual Prize Drawing, which was made possible by the generosity of many local merchants.

In addition, several employees received service pins for years of service to the District. Below is the complete list of recipients:

5 Year Pins
Diane Buchanan
Tiffani Chastant
D J Dean
Amy GoDair
Leslie Jones
Craig Peek
Brent Ragland
Wallace Rediker
Mack Saxon
Amy Smith
Sonya Smith
Amy Strange
Molly Taylor
Clint Thompson
Tracie West

10 Year Pins
Peggy Andrews
Kim McClaskey
Lisa Roberts

15 Year Pins
Kathleen Buie
Todd Felty
Twyla Felty
Julie Gray
Sylvia Lopez
Pam Martin
Janis Rediker
Markie Saye
Ranee Snow

20 Year Pins
Kathy Clardy
Tami Dailey

25 Year Pins
Pam Dowell
Mary Bell

30 Year Pin
Jan Walker

A special recognition was given to Nancy Hall who will be retiring after 22 years with EISD.

I want to extend a very special thank you to Mary Bell and Faye Barnett for all their work in organizing the Banquet. Mary and Faye are the ones responsible for all the great prizes that are available to our employees. They have both been doing this for years and each year they some how manage to do more than the previous year!! Thank you ladies for all your hard work in putting this Banquet together!


Art Shows

Below is information about EHS students in the Henderson County Art Show and the Cedar Creek Library Art Show. The information is provided by Brent Ragland, our High School Art Teacher. I encourage everyone to take a few minutes and view the YouTube video.

EHS has been well represented with art show entries this Spring.  Our students came away with 28 total awards for their impressive artwork.  EHS had the best body of student work at the Henderson county show by far.

Here is a link to a slideshow that includes all the entries –

Also, here is a list of all the results.

6th Annual Cedar Creek Library Art Show

-2nd Place 2D Art – Calie Spivey

-3rd Place 2D Art – Destiny Stout

-2nd Place 2D Art – Alejandro Macias

87th Annual Henderson County Fine Art Show & Sale

-1st Place 2D Art – Calie Spivey

-2nd Place 2D Art – Calie Spivey, Sarina Boss

-3rd Place 2D Art – Calie Spivey, Chance Abrahamson

-Honorable Mention 2D Art – Destiny Stout, Samantha Tiner

-Honorable Mention 3D Art – Jennifer Luther

-Excellence in Art Award – Delaney Worth (2 ribbons), Calie Spivey (3 ribbons), Ariel Ashton, BillyDon McCawley (2 ribbons), Heather Burroughs, Chance Abrahamson

-Merchant Awards – Samantha Phillips, Ariel Ashton, BillyDon McCawley, Heather Burroughs, Sarina Boss

Henderson County Livestock Show Project Show

-Best of Show & Best of Section – Calie Spivey

Congratulations to all that earned awards and all that participated!


This Week

This week, April 27 – May 1, is Teacher Appreciation Week. To help celebrate this week, EISD will be hosting its annual Employee Banquet tonight at 7:00 PM. Look for more information on our Employee Banquet in tomorrow’s post.

We had several High School students compete this past weekend at the Regional UIL Academic Contest in Brenham. While we did not have any advance to the state meet, our students represented EISD with pride. Congratulations to the students and their sponsors for their achievements in UIL Academics this year!

This Week

Monday – Employee Appreciation Banquet – 7:00 PM

Tuesday – National Honor Society Banquet – 7:00 PM; Baseball v. Arp – 6:30

Friday – 2nd Grade Science Fair; PPCD/LID Field Trip to Tyler Zoo; Soundpost Festival – Canton; Regional Track Meet at Baylor

Saturday – Regional Track Meet at Baylor

I hope everyone has a great week!

Area Track Meet Results

Yesterday, the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs competed in the Area Track meet at West Rusk. The Area Meet combines two districts together to determine the athletes that will advance to the Regional Meet. In order to qualify for the Area Meet, participants had to finish in the top four at their District Meets. For our Area Meet, our district, 18-3A, was combined with District 17-3A. The results for EHS are listed below. In order to qualify for the Regional Meet, participants have to finish in the top four at Area.

Girls Results

Shot Put – Hana Abuhatab – 5th

Discus – Grace Holcombe – 2nd; Gabi Corder – 4th

Pole Vault – Whitney Boerner – 2nd; Lexi Ramsey – 7th

3200m Run – Chanda Westbrook – 1st; Cara Henson – 2nd; Skye Burns – 3rd

800m Run – Cara Henson – 3rd; Chloe Moore – 7th; Jacelyn Warner – 8th

800m Relay – Eustace – 8th

300m Hurdles – Marshella Padgett – 1st; Whitney Boerner – 5th

1600m Run – Chanda Westbrook – 1st; Skye Burns – 2nd; Chloe Moore – 4th

1600m Relay – Eustace 3rd

Overall finish for Girls – 2nd

Boys Results

Shot – Zach Hughes – 8th

Discus – Zach Hughes – 8th

Pole Vault – Cody Duncan – 5th

3200m Run – Mark Zimmerer – 1st; Ericson Goodjohnson – 2nd; Brandon Richardson – 6th

800m Run – Cade Yates – 2nd; Preston Schwartz – 4th; Zane Arambula – 5th

110m Hurdles – Colton Summerall – 8th

400m Run – Micah Stone – 1st; David Summerall – 6th

1600m Run – Mark Zimmerer – 1st; Ericson Goodjohnson – 5th; Zane Arambula – 8th

1600m Relay – Eustace – 1st

Overall finish for Boys – 3rd

Congratulations to all of the athletes for their hard work and dedication this track season. Also, congratulations to all the coaches for their work in preparing these athletes to do their best. Finally, I want to say a big thank you to all the parents, grandparents, other relatives, and friends that showed up to support our students. Even though the track meet was in West Rusk, I believe we had the most fan support of any school there!

The Regional Meet will be next Friday and Saturday at the Baylor Track Complex. A full schedule will be provided next week.

A reminder that our baseball and softball teams travel to Troup tonight.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Board Meeting Last Night

Last night the Eustace ISD Board of Trustees met in regular session. The meeting started at 7:00 PM and was held in the HS library.

The Board took the following actions at last night’s meeting:

The Board presented Commendations to two EHS students. Brittney Neitzel received a Commendation for being nominated to attend the 2015 Future Scientist and Technologist Conference that will be held this summer. Sunni Goodell received a Commendation for being the Regional Champion in Power Lifting and for placing 2nd at the State Power Lifting Meet. There is a picture of these two ladies at the end of this post.

  • Approved the Minutes from Previous Meetings.
  • Approved Financial Reports as Presented.
  • Approved the Bond Refinancing Proposal as Presented.
  • Approved the Instructional Materials Allotment and TEKS Certification for 2015-2016.
  • Approved the Sale of Property in Log Cabin Estates.
  • Received Copies of the Proposed EISD Policies and Procedures Manual
  • Reviewed Local Policy CKE- First Reading
  • Named Robyn Wheeler of The Monitor to the TASB Media Honor Roll
  • Reviewed the bid for the Ag Science Building and set a Called Meeting for May 12 to meet with DG Construction.
  • Accepted the Resignations of Patricia Frazier, Craig Peek, Gail Griffis, Karey Smith, & Cody Smith.
  • Approved the employment of Teara Akin, HS Evening Custodian; Jake Griffin, PPCD/Life Skills Instructor; Debbie McDonald, Kindergarten Teacher; Jeff Brown, DAEP/REACH Administrator.
  • Approved the Substitute List as Presented.
  • Approved Transfer List as Presented.
  • Approved the Employment of Auxiliary Directors and Paraprofessionals as Presented.
  • Adjourned.
Brittney Neitzel and Sunni Goodell
Brittney Neitzel and Sunni Goodell

Google Classroom Touts Four Improvements!

via Technology Tidbits by Twyla Felty

 Google Classroom has a reward for all those hard working Texas teachers during this week of STAAR testing! When we get back to the business of teaching and learning, there are four great, new improvements in our Google Classrooms!

1. We can now add other teachers to our Google Classrooms! Just go to your “About” tab in your Google Classrooms and invite your co-teachers.

Once invited, these teachers can:

  • Create assignments or announcements
  • View and grade student work that is submitted
  • Post comments
  • Invite students
  • Get email notifications 
  • (They can’t delete your class)

I think this is a wonderful addition for our teachers needing to work with others to fully support our inclusion students successfully in the classroom.

2. Assignments and announcements can now be saved as drafts

This means that we can now “pre-load” assignments or announcements and then easily assign on the date needed. Because we can now add other teachers, all teachers involved can collaboratively work on the draft of the assignment or announcement right there in the Google Classroom!

3. Grades are now automatically saved

Grade your student submissions as they are turned in, but wait to return the graded assignments all at the same time! No more waiting on those last minute students to get your grading done.

4. Notifications improved

Teachers and students will receive email notifications when private comments are posted on assignments.

Google is promising even more changes before the end of the school year, so, for anyone out there who hasn’t yet opened their first Google Classroom., get in there and get on-board.
Google will keep growing and changing this great tool, so it will never get any easier…..just better!

For more specific details, visit Google for Education.

Board Meeting Tonight

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

The Board will hear the following reports:

  • RevTrak Report
  • Henderson County Appraisal District Audit
  • Van Zandt County Appraisal District Audit
  • Local District Tax Information
  • 2013-2014 Local Determination Process
  • Annual Financial Compliance Report
  • Changes in Accountability System
  • Enrollment

The Board may consider action on the following items:

  • Minutes of previous meetings.
  • Financial Reports
  • Bond Refunding Program
  • Instructional Materials Allotment and TEKS Certification
  • Sale of Property in Log Cabin Estates
  • The Board will receive copies of Proposed EISD Police Department Policies and Procedures.
  • Addition of Local Policy CKE
  • Consider naming Robyn Wheeler of The Monitor to the TASB Media Honor Roll
  • Consider Bids for and/or other actions for the Agricultural Science Building
  • Consider Resolutions to be included in the 2014-2016 Advocacy Agenda

The Board will enter closed session to discuss personnel matters that include accepting resignations, employing personnel, updating substitute list, and reviewing the evaluations of Auxiliary Directors, Professional Employees, & Paraprofessional Employees. The Board will also consider student transfers. Any action taken on a closed session item will be done in open session.


This Week

A couple of things before we get to this week’s events: First, I want to say thank you to all the 8th grade parents and students that attended the Graduation Options in EISD presentation last week. We had presentations on Tuesday and Thursday and we were able to get a lot of information out to parents and students, as well as answer some questions.

Second, I want to congratulate all of the track teams on their great performances at the District Track meet on Wednesday and Friday. The Eustace JV girls, JV boys, and varsity girls are all district champs!. The varsity boys placed second overall in district. The top four finishers in each event will get to travel to West Rusk this Thursday to compete in the Area Track Meet.

I also want to say a big thank you to our maintenance department for their work in getting the grounds ready for hosting the district meet (no small task since they were working against the weather as well) and our technology team (Robert Cook, Roy Jones, and Gene Myers) that helped with the software and finish camera.

Third, congratulations to the varsity baseball team on defeating Frankston 6-2 last Friday.

Today is the start of the 6th Six Weeks. According to my count, we have 34 days of school left in the 2014-2015 school year.

This Week

Monday – Start of 6th 6 Weeks; STAAR Testing – 5th & 8th Grade Math

Tuesday – STAAR Testing – 3rd & 4th Math and 6th & 7th Math; JV & V Softball v. Rice – 5:00; JV & V Baseball v. Rice – 5:00; Board Meeting – 7:00 PM

Wednesday – STAAR Testing 3rd & 4th Reading; 6th & 7th Reading; 5th Grade Science

Thursday – STAAR Testing – 8th Grade Social Studies; Report Cards Issued; Perfect Attendance Treats – Intermediate; Area Track Meet at West Rusk

Friday – STAAR Testing – 8th Grade Science; UIL Regional Academic Meet; Right Choice Drawings & Money-Aire – Intermediate; JV & V Softball at Troup – 5:00; Varsity Baseball at Troup – 6:30

Saturday – UIL Regional Academic Meet

I hope everyone has a great week!