Backup with Google Drive

via Technology Tidbits by Twyla Felty

It’s that time of year again! In this last week of school, teachers will pack away their classrooms for the summer and say good-bye to students for a much needed summer break.
But wait…..!
Did you remember to backup your documents?

Teachers now have years of digital products, representing hours of hard work, all saved somewhere in the school’s servers or, heaven forbid, on the local C drive of their classroom computer. It is up to each individual teacher to ensure that these are safely backed-up. Since we are a GAFE school, Google Drive is the perfect solution.

The New Google Drive has made this even easier this year since all of your documents can be uploaded in their existing form and opened in Google Drive without ever being converted from their Office format. This means that you can access your school documents in their original Office format from any computer at any time from anywhere!  So let’s get started:

Step 1:
Make certain that you are using the new Google Drive
Make certain that “Convert Uploads” is NOT checked in settings

Step 2:
Create a new folder in your Google Drive to house your school documents. 
Since our teacher documents are housed in each person’s H drive, this was the file name in this sample. 

Step 3:
Upload your folders to Google Drive!

There are two ways to upload files and folders to Google Drive.
A. Drag and Drop directly into the Google drive folder
B. Browse and select the files and folders by selecting “New”>”File Upload”

If you have time, carefully selecting folders and files to upload can help you clean out your “digital closets”, and you can delete from your H drive as you go.

Now your school documents are safely backed-up, and you can access them from anywhere on any device at any time in their original Office format!!

There are a few things you will want to know about working with Office documents in your Google drive, so tomorrow’s post will have information on opening, sharing and converting these files.

Senior Breakfast & Baccalaureate

The senior class had a busy day yesterday! They started the day at 8:00 AM at the First Baptist Church with the annual senior breakfast. I want to thank all the parents that helped make this breakfast possible by volunteering to decorate, cook, and clean up. Your time and effort was greatly appreciated!! I also want to thank Brother Paul McKinney and the First Baptist Church for the use of their facilities.

Senior Breakfast
Senior Breakfast

The seniors went back to the schools and had the opportunity to hear former Dallas Cowboy Michael Irvin give a presentation and award to fellow senior Taylor Peebles.

Next the seniors donned their cap and gowns for the annual senior picture. Following this, the seniors visited with Primary and Intermediate campuses and received congratulation “high fives” from all the students. A special thank you to Mr. Reeve and Mrs. Shaffer for working with the High School to arrange this special time.

Finally, the seniors concluded the day with the annual Baccalaureate Service at the First Baptist Church in Eustace. The service started with Brandon Hall offering the Invocation. Grace Holcombe then read a bible verse, which was followed by the principal’s address. Jerry Johnson provided the Baccalaureate address and Zach Hughes ended the service with the benediction. Afterwards, the First Baptist Church hosted a reception for all the seniors and their guests in the fellowship hall.

Again, I want to thank everyone that was involved in making this a special day for our seniors!













FFA Banquet and This Week

I hope everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend! We are coming to the end of this school year. We have four days this week and then five days next week. Thursday and Friday of next week will be early release days. The seniors have lots of different activities scheduled for this week.

The FFA Banquet was held last Friday. For the 2014-2015 school year, Eustace FFA had a total of 81 members. After a great barbeque dinner, there were numerous awards and recognitions presented to students. Chad Tindel, Thomas Hyde, and Santos Umana all received the FFA Bob Goin Scholarship. The 2015-2016 FFA Officers were also introduced: Jordyn Costlow, President; Lane Smith, Vice President; Jessica Miller, Secretary; Cameron Rogers, Treasurer; Jodi Costlow, Reporter; Bucky Womble, Sentinel; and, Whitney Boerner, Advisor. Congratulations to these students and to all the students that participated in FFA this year. A special thank you to the FFA sponsors, Theresa Tindel and Steve Stegall. A very special thank you to all the parents, relatives, and friends that have supported FFA this year!

This Week

Wednesday – Baccalaureate Service – 7:00 PM – First Baptist Church in Eustace

Thursday – Early Childhood Graduation

Friday – 2nd Grade Math Blast – Purtis Creek; End of Year Trip – Middle School

Saturday – Graduation – 10:00 AM – E. L. Kirk Gymnasium – Doors will open at 9:00 AM

I hope everyone has a great week!

Board Meeting Last Night

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

Certificates of Election were presented to Board Members Cotton Walker, Bobby Karl Ashton, Steven Bell, and Jimmy Kirkhart. These Board Members also took the oath of office.

In the next part of the meeting, numerous students were recognized from throughout the District for various accomplishments. There was a standing room only crowd during the recognition portion. I want to thank all the parents, grandparents, and other relatives and friends for coming out to support our students. I also want to congratulate and thank all of the students that earned recognition for their hard work and accomplishments.

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

  • Approved financial reports as presented.
  • Approved the hiring of additional summer help as presented.
  • Approved the Breakfast and Lunch prices for the 2015-2016 school year. The only change will be that Middle School and High School lunches will increase from $2.25 to $2.50.
  • Approved a waiver request for missed instructional days.
  • Approved the resolution to create a police force at Eustace ISD.
  • Approved the local Policy and Procedures Manual for the Police Department at EISD.
  • Approved Local Policy CKE regarding police policy in the District.
  • Approved the list of Region 7 Education Service Center contracts for 2015-2016.
  • Approved Local Policy Update 102
  • Approved the re-employment of Auxiliary Staff as presented.
  • Approved transfer recommendations as presented.
  • Adjourned

District Lockdown

I wanted to let everyone know that we did, out of an overabundance of caution, go to a district-wide lockdown today. That lockdown has since been lifted. There was an event at our Primary Campus that was resolved without incident. No children were ever in danger.

I want to thank all the parents that were involved for their patience and cooperation. I will say that our security plan worked as needed. Our security personnel responded quickly, as well as local and county law enforcement. Again, I appreciate everyone’s cooperation during the lockdown.

Top Ten Banquet

Last night, Eustace High School held its 11th Annual Top Ten Banquet to honor the top ten graduates of the Class of 2015. At the banquet, each of the students in the top ten get to pick an educator at EISD that has made a lasting impression in their lives. The student then reads a letter to that educator and presents them with a framed copy of the letter. Each student also receives a certificate and medal for graduating in the top ten. The educator receives a certificate and plaque for being chosen by the student. The 2015 Top Ten Students and the educators they honored are given below:

  • Taylor Peebles – Adrienne McDonald – MS Teacher and HS & MS Golf Coach
  • Dane McAfee – Bill Mohon – HS US History Teacher
  • Troy Saunders – Suzanne Pharmakis – PS Teacher
  • Mark Zimmerer – Josh Sypert – IS PE Teacher and Cross Country Coach
  • Solomon Jackson – Brent Ragland – HS Art Teacher
  • Clay McKinney – Lisa Bynum – HS Spanish Teacher
  • Brandon Hall – Craig Peek – HS Science Teacher
  • Noa Taylor – Heather Holloway – HS Math Teacher
  • Grace Holcombe – Coy Holcombe
  • Carly Copeland – Gwen Orr – HS Academic Advisor

Below are pictures from the event:

Troy and Mrs. Pharmakis
Troy and Mrs. Pharmakis
Taylor and Coach McDonald
Taylor and Coach McDonald
Solomon and Mr. Ragland
Solomon and Mr. Ragland
Noa and Mrs. Holloway
Noa and Mrs. Holloway
Mark and Coach Sypert
Mark and Coach Sypert
2015 Top Ten
2015 Top Ten
Dane & Mr. Mohon
Dane & Mr. Mohon
Clay and Mrs. Bynum
Clay and Mrs. Bynum
Carly & Mrs. Orr
Carly & Mrs. Orr
Brandon & Mr. Peek
Brandon & Mr. Peek


State Track Meet and This Week

Congratulations to Chanda Westbrook and Whitney Boerner on their performances at the state track meet! Whitney placed 8th in pole vault and Chanda placed 4th in the 3200m and 4th in the 1600m. Chanda also set a school record in the 3200m with a time of 11:40.91! Both of these young ladies spent many, many hours in preparation to make it to the state meet. They definitely represented EISD with Pride, Poise, Discipline, and Class!

This Week

Monday – Top Ten Banquet – Vetoni’s – 7:00 PM

Tuesday – High School Daytime Awards; School Board Meeting at 7:00 PM in HS Library

Wednesday – Primary AR Field Trip to Whatz Up

Thursday – Middle School Awards Night and High School Awards Night

Saturday – State Solo & Ensemble Contest

I hope everyone has a great week!

Called Board Meeting Last Night

Last night the Eustace ISD Board of Trustees held a called board meeting. The meeting started at 6:00 PM and was held in the High School library. The Board interviewed four seniors for the EISD School Board Scholarship. The Board selected Noa Taylor to be the 2015 recipient of the Board Scholarship. The Board took the following actions:

  • Accepted resignations of High School teachers Mandy Rolison and Anna Rhea.
  • Approved the employment of Josh Truitt as High School teacher and coach, Vickie Goodell as High School teacher, and Laura Cheek as High School teacher.
  • The Board met with David Gurley of DG Construction about the proposed new Ag Science building. After discussing the overall project, the Board approved proceeding to the next phase of the construction process.
  • The Board met with the District’s current security officer, Richard Gaddis, and discussed the process of implementing a district police department. The Board reviewed the proposed policy and procedure manual for a new police department developed by Mr. Gaddis.
  • The Board adjourned the meeting at 8:25 PM.


Called Board Meeting Tonight

Tonight the EISD Board of Trustees will hold a special called board meeting. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend. The agenda for tonight’s meeting is below:

  • Closed Session – Students and Staffing – Any actions on closed session items will be made in open session.
  • Meet with David Gurley to discuss new Ag Science Building
  • Meet with Richard Gaddis to discuss formation of District Police Department
  • Consider Action on Closes Session Items

Sports Banquet and This Week

This past Saturday, the Eustace Athletic Booster Club hosted the annual Sports Banquet at the First Baptist Church in Eustace. There were numerous award presented to numerous athletes. A brief overview of these awards is given below (awards are listed in the order presented):

TVVOA Scholarship – Taylor Peebles

Boys Offseason Award – Justin Griffin

Girls Offseason Award – Jaci Warner

Volleyball Academic All-State – Taylor Peebles and Grace Holcombe

Newcomer of the Year in Volleyball – Kasey Lopez

Volleyball MVPs – Taylor Peebles and Grace Holcombe

Boys Cross Country Newcomer of the Year – Ericson Goodjohnson

Boys Cross Country Hear Award – Preston Schwartz

Boys Cross Country MVP – Mark Zimmerer

Girls Cross Country Newcomer of the Year – Molly McAtee

Girls Cross Country Heart Award – Shelby White and Chanda Westbrook

Girls Cross Country MVP – Skye Burns

Varsity Football 11-Strong Award – Shane Braddy & DJ Wisdom

Football Defensive Player of the Year – Zach Hughes

Football Offensive Player of the Year – Keenan Hargest

Football MVP – Zach Hughes

Girls Basketball Offensive Player of the Year – Taylor Peebles

Girls Basketball Defensive Player of the Year – Kelsie Contreras

Girls Basketball Newcomer of the Year – Zoie Bailey

Girls Basketball MVP – Gabi Corder

Girls Basketball Heart Award – Carly Copeland

Boys Basketball Hustle Award – Cody Duncan

Boys Basketball Defensive Player of the Year – Chad Tindel

Boys Basketball Offensive Player of the Year – Hudson Mahaffey

Boys Basketball MVP – Hayden Plunk

Boys Power Lifting Most Improved – Marcus Staggs

Boys Power Lifting MVP – Zach Hughes

Girls Power Lifting Most Improved – Rainni Goodell

Girls Power Lifting MVP – Marshalla Padgett and Sunni Goodell

Softball Newcomer of the Year – Jaci Gray and Olivia Herring

Softball Most Improved – Rachel Cook

Softball Leadership Award – Abra Roberts

Softball MVP – Megan Sawyer

Baseball MVP – Gannon Kirkhart

Baseball Pitcher of the Yea – Cody Strawn

Baseball Offensive MVP – Cody Strawn and Hayden Shaddox

Baseball Heart Award – Bradley Fiscus

Golf Heart Award – Rylan McKlaskey

Golf MVP – Brandon Morgan

Golf Most Improved – Kristina Woodruff

Girls Track Academic All-State – Carly Copeland, Taylor Peebles, and Grace Holcombe

Girls Track Heart Award – Jaci Warner

Girls Track Newcomer of the Year – Samantha Richardson

Girls Track Thrower of the Year – Grace Holcombe

Girls Track MVP – Chanda Westbrook

Boys Track Academic All-State – Preston Schwartz and Mark Zimmerer

Boys Track Newcomer of the Year – Tate Pace

Boys Track Heart Award  – Preston Schwartz

Boys Track MVP – Mark Zimmerer

2015 Team of the Year – Girls Cross Country – Back to Back State Champions

2015 Female Athlete of the Year – Taylor Peebles and Grace Holcombe

2015 Male Athlete of the Year – Mark Zimmerer and Zach Hughes

2015 Booster Club Scholarship – Grace Holcombe

Congratulations to all these athletes, their parents, and their coaches. A special thank you to our Booster Club President Gayle De Alva and the rest of the Booster Club officers for all the work they put in to making this banquet a very special occasion!!

This Week

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

Tuesday – STAAR Testing; Called Board Meeting – 6:00 PM – HS Library

Friday – State Track Meet

Saturday – State Track Meet

I hope everyone has a great week!