Even More HCLS Awards

In addition to our High School students, we had several students in lower grades participate in the Henderson County Livestock Show. Olivia Dailey won numerous Horse Show Awards:

Speed Events
Cloverleaf barrels-1st
Straight Away Barrels-1st
Flag Race-3rd
Pole Bending-2nd
Flying W-5th

Overall high point buckle winner for junior division speed events.

Horse Show Events
Halter class –Geldings 5 and over -1st
Yearling class-2nd
Showmanship at Halter-1st
Hunter Under Saddle-3rd
Hunt Seat Equitation-1st
Western Pleasure-3rd
Stock Horse Pleasure-3rd
Western Horsemanship-2nd

Over all high point buckle winner for junior division performance events.

Other students that participated in the Henderson County Livestock Show include:
Maggie Groom, David Cathey, Olivia Herring, Ryan Caldwell, Calie Spivey


Henderson County Livestock Show

Below are the results from the Henderson County Livestock Show. The young men and young ladies from Eustace certainly represented our district well. Congratulations to each one for their hard work and dedication to their project. Also a big thank you to our Ag Science Teachers, Theresa Tindel and Steve Stegall.  Finally, a huge thank you to the Ag Booster Club and all the people that support our Ag Science program!

Overall, students earned over $37,000.00 at the Henderson County Show alone.  Two other steers sold at the major shows that increased the overall total to right at $50,000.00!

2015 Henderson County Livestock Show  Results


Champion Sr. Project Show- Jodi Costlow kitchen Play set  sold for $900.00

Champion Commercial Heifers- Emma Bell – $5,200.00

Class Champion Mkt. Goat- Chad Tindel – $1,600.00

Class Champion Mkt. Goat- Whitney Boerner – $1,100.00

Class Champion Mkt. Goat- Abby Cates – $1,100.00

Sr. Champion Mkt. Goat Showmanship- Chad Tindel

Division Champion Gates- Travis Goodson, Mike Marshall, Santos Umana

Class Champion Hay Forks- Jude Bonner

Class Champion Hay Trailer- Chad Tindel, Daniel Hester, Zach Dultmeier

Class Champion small trailer- Caleb Clark, Ethen Hoops

Class Champion Heifer- Jordyn Costlow

Class Champion  Western Pleasure – Bo Bohannon

Class Champion Stock Horse Pleasure- Bo Bohannon

Division Champion Turkey- Santos Umana

Reserve Champion Breeding Poultry- Lane Smith

Reserve Champion Breeding Rabbits- Calie Spivey


The Day Google Classroom Went Down

via Technology Tidbits by Twyla Felty

On April 2, 2015, Google Classroom “went down”.

Students were the first to notice of course, and, as teachers started trouble-shooting, the tension started to rise in the Middle School building. Soon, we realized we had a total catastrophe! Panic ensued. How would we access the shared resources and turn in student work? What is our back-up plan? As the tech integration person, I could hear the echo of this outage coming back to haunt me for years to come: “Remember the day that Google Classroom went down? That’s why I don’t use technology!”

Quickly I raced to open the link to check the Apps Status Dashboard……but there was nothing there. I called our tech support team….but they knew of no issues either. So, I screamed into social media, “Help! Google Classroom is down! Anyone else out there having issues?”

In the end, the glitch in Google Classroom was really just a “service disruption”, but, ultimately, it proved to be a learning experience for everyone involved.

Teachers found that Google is extremely reliable. We were soon up and running within minutes….not hours, not days.

Students and teachers found that they could still work on their products and share information the “old-fashioned way” since Google Drive was just fine. Who would have thought that using Google Drive would be considered the “old way”? This is how far we have come and how quickly Google Classroom has been embraced by teachers as an effective conduit for learning.

We discovered which teachers were really integrating technology at the highest levels. After several years of talking about SAMR and speculating about “substitution”versus “modification” or “redefinition”, the level of student engagement through technology became readily apparent within seconds after the disruption. After assessing our access to Drive and other web tools, teachers and students regrouped and moved on, but there was the sudden realization that not one teacher using Google Classroom had a plan that translated to paperwork. Our teaching and learning were technology dependent.

I found that connections in Google+ communities and Twitter are invaluable. While it took the Apps Status Dashboard a little while to show the disruption, social media was awash with an affirmation to the “crisis” within seconds of my posts. Sympathetic voices answered back, mirroring my own concerns. Yes, it was down for everyone. Not just us. And misery loves company!

The most valuable lesson for me, however, came from the paradigm shift that seemed almost palpable. When Classroom was smoothly working again, there were sighs of relief and whispers of “thank goodness” as teachers went back to their business and students back to their learning. Through the years, I had grown accustomed to technology naysayers quipping their “Why I Don’t Use Technology” litany. This time, not one word! Technology integration had indeed arrived at Eustace Middle School !

Yes, I know there are still teachers lurking behind lecterns, preaching from Power Points, and commanding the copying of volumes of notes. There will always be those who will make an excuse not to try, not to learn, not to change, not to grow. Their voices and reasoning, however, are fading into the background. We are moving forward.

Yes, Google Classroom went “down” on April 2, 2015, but, in that moment, as brief as it may have been, I learned a great deal!

UIL Academic Meet and This Week

Last week, EHS participated in the District UIL Academic Meet. Several individuals and teams qualified to move on to the Regional Academic Meet. Below are the results for EHS:

Current Issues – 1st Kevin Richmond; 2nd – Dane McAfee; 3rd – Eli Newbury-Kimball

Headline Writing – 1st Sarah Loftis

Informative Speaking – 5th Chyannia Bailey; 6th Justin Griffin

Lincoln Douglas Debate – 1st Angel Baker; 2nd Temple Hendrickson; 3rd Ben Warren

Literary Criticism – 1st Grace Holcombe; 3rd Emma Lopez; 6th Dane McAfee

Mathematics – 5th Rusty Rogers; 6th Juan Garcia

Number Sense – 2nd Rusty Rogers

News Writing – 6th Makenzie Abbott

Persuasive Speaking – 2nd Angel Baker

Poetry Interpretation – 4th Keairra Hargest; 6th Veronica Wheat

Ready Writing – 6th Ashley Blaylock

Science – 6th Brandon Hall

Social Studies – 6th Kevin Richmond

Spelling and Vocabulary – Veronica Wheat

Current Issues Team – 1st

Literary Criticism Team – 1st

Number Sense Team – 1st

Social Studies Team – 2nd

Speech Team – 2nd

Overall, EHS placed 3rd in the Academic Competition. Congratulations to all the contestants on their success! Also, I want to congratulate the sponsors and coaches of the events for their time and effort.

This Week

The Middle School and Primary School are having Book Fairs all week.

Monday – Softball v. West Rusk – 5:00

Tuesday – Pre-K and Kindergarten Round Up – 12:00 – 6:00; Graduation Options Presentation for Parents of 8th Graders – 5:30 – HS Auditorium; JV and Varsity Softball at Mildred – 5:00; Baseball at Mildred

Wednesday – District Track Meet – Field Events and Prelims

Thursday – 2nd Grade Field Trip to Dallas World Aquarium; Graduation Options Presentation for Parents of 8th Graders – 8:30 AM – HS Auditorium; District Track Meet – Running Finals – 6:00

Friday – End 5th 6 Weeks; Softball v. Frankston – 6:00; JV & V Baseball v Frankston – 6:00

I hope everyone has a great week!

EHS Film Team Wins First in TxDot Regional Competition

A team of students from Eustace High School has placed 1st in the Texas Department of Transportation regional competition for a public service announcement on traffic safety. The team put together a 60 second PSA about the importance of wearing seat belts. The regional competition consisted of an 8 county area around Tyler. The video may be viewed by following this link: https://youtu.be/frq3QbDCERo

Team members on the film are:

Producer/Film Maker – Nic Caldwell

Creator – Kelsey Max

Actress – Emma Brashear

Narrator – Delaney Worth

Team Sponsor – Tammy Beaty

With their first place finish, the team earned a $1,000 award for EHS to use toward this year’s Project Graduation.

Congratulations to all the team members for a great film and for representing Eustace ISD with Bulldog Pride!