Congratulations to the following students at EHS on their auditions and being cast in the 2015-2016 U.I.L. One Act Play.

“Over the River and Through the Woods” by Joe DiPietro

Cast & Crew

Frank…….Zac Martin

Nunzio……Caleb Caswell

Frank & Nunzio…. (1)UIL Official Alternate….John Hardy

Nick……Ben Warren

Nick….UIL Official Alternate….(2)Cullen Huffman

Emma…….Emma Lopez

Emma….(3)Official UIL Alternate…..Shannon Whatley

Caitlin……..Jorgan Holgerson

Aida……..Olivia Grose

Aida….(4)UIL Official Alternate….Marissa Ballenger


Amy Green

Michael Guard

LLia Guevara

Hailey Wammack

Macy Wilson

Students are expected to be completely off book with their lines fully memorized by January 5th.


Deadlines/Important Dates:

Rehearsals will begin January 5th at the beginning of 9th period and run until 5:00 p.m. Monday- Friday.

Line Memorization – January 5th

Blocking/Movement Complete – January 15th

Dress Rehearsal for Critique at Van High School – February 26th

UIL One Act Play District Contest Dates(during spring break)- March 11th & 12th

Public Performances – March 19th & 20th

UIL One Act Play Bi District – April 2nd

UIL One Act Play AREA Contest – April 9th

UIL One Act Play Regional Contest- April 22nd

UIL One Act Play State Contest – May 23rd

Congratulations! Hard work pays off! So remember to work hard over the break! Go Bulldogs!

Why? Ask SciShow Kids!

via Engaging the Digital Natives by Jerri Davis
After I found Crash Course Kids, this YouTube channel, SciShow Kids, was in the suggestion list so I decided to check it out.

The SciShow Kids channel answers the many questions of “Why”. The SciShow Kids channel is  filled with science videos, hosted by a “scientist” and her side-kick robot. Together they explain difficult science concepts so that elementary age kids can understand.  New videos are uploaded to the SciShow Kids channel on Monday and Wednesday.

The videos offered by the  SciShow Kids  channel fall in to categories such as, Awesome Animals, Let’s Go To Space, Science on the Playground, Watch it Grow, and various other categories.  The information contained in the SciShow Kids videos is presented in a kid-friendly way.

Here is a a video found on the SciShow Kids channel in the Science on the Playground category.

SciShow Kids could be a great resource for your science classroom.  I definitely suggest checking it out.

Public Hearing and Board Meeting Last Night

Last night, the Eustace ISD Board of Trustees held a public hearing to discuss the Texas Academic Performance Report (TAPR). The hearing started at 6:45 and was held in the High School library. The Board went through the report that consisted of the district TAPR, the campuses TAPR, the campus improvement plans, a report on violent or criminal incidents in 2014-2015, a report on the postsecondary attendance by graduates, and a glossary of terms.

Following the hearing, the Board held its regular monthly meeting. The Board took the following actions at the meeting:

  • Approved the minutes of previous meetings.
  • Recognized the boys and girls cross country teams for their accomplishments this year.
  • Heard and approved the 2015 audit report.
  • Approved the proposal for work on the interior of the new Ag Science building.
  • Approved the financial reports as presented.
  • Approved changing the date of the January Board Meeting to Thursday, January 14.
  • Approved a planned band trip to Branson, Missouri.
  • Accepted the resignation of D J Dean.
  • Approved the employment of Jamie Evans, Aide at Primary; Shari Harwell, VI Teacher; and, Christina Ridgle, Aide at Primary.
  • Approved the student transfers as presented.
  • Adjourned.

Crash Course Kids

via Engaging the Digital Natives by Jerri Davis

I came across this YouTube channel the other day – Crash Course Kids.

Crash Course Kids is a channel that is dedicated to elementary science with a focus on 5th grade science.  Crash Course Kids videos offer lessons in Earth Science, Physical Science, and Life Science.  On the Crash Course Kids channel, you will find videos on the Earth, habitats, space, chemical reactions and even engineering.  The subjects are introduced by a young host who brings humor to the topic with a combination of animated features.  The Crash Course Kids channel has created videos that will appeal to the younger viewers.

Here is a video from the Crash Course Kids channel…

Every Tuesday and Thursday, Crash Course Kids uploads new videos for all to enjoy. Not every video may be beneficial to you but I bet you will find more useful one than you think.  You can subscribe to Crash Course Kids YouTube Channel or follow them on Twitter – @crashcoursekids to keep up to date with new uploads their Crash Course Kids channel.

Eustace Middle School wins 1st Place at U.I.L. One Act Play Contest


Eustace Middle School hosted the U.I.L. District 18 3A One Act Play Contest on Saturday. Eustace Middle School received the 1st Place Trophy for their performance of  “The Diviners” by Jim Leonard, Jr.

Mildred Middle School received the 2nd place trophy and Arp Middle School received the 3rd Place trophy. Eustace Middle School student, Trey Oakley received the Best Actor Award. Maggie Groom and Joey Grose received All Star Cast awards. Jaedyn Munoz received an All Star Cast Honorable Mention award and Carly Hunt received a Technical Achievement award.

Way to go Bulldogs! We are proud of you.

This Week and Board Meeting Tonight

Congratulations to the Middle School for winning the UIL Academic Contest for the fourth year in a row. Not only did EMS win the contest, they scored over 1,000 points on the way to defending their title. To top it off, the EMS one act play placed first in the competition held at the EHS auditorium this past Saturday. Congratulations to all the students and staff on this great achievement!

As hard as it is to believe, we are in the final week of the first semester. Even with two early out days, there are many events and activities throughout the week.

The Primary will have its AR store opened from Monday – Wednesday.

Monday – MS Basketball – Boys at Malakoff, Girls v. Malakoff – 5:00; Public Hearing on Texas Academic Performance Report – 6:45 – HS Library; Board Meeting – 7:00 – HS Library

Tuesday – HS Boys Basketball at Elkhart; Girls District Basketball v. West Rusk – 5:00

Wednesday – 1st Grade Santa’s Workshop; 2nd Grade Christmas Around the World

Thursday – Early Release – Buses will run two hours early; Primary – Campus Wide Pajama & Movie Day

Friday – End of 3rd 6 Weeks; End of 1st Semester; Early Release Day – Buses will run two hours early; Intermediate – 1st Semester Drawings & Money-Aire; Primary – Campus Wide Christmas Parties; High School Girls District Basketball at Arp – 5:00

Christmas Holidays – December 21 – January 1, 2016.

High School Boys and Girls District Basketball v. Troup – 2:00 PM

Staff Workday – January 4 – No school for students.

Classes resume at regular times on January 5.

Board Meeting and Public Hearing Tonight

At 6:45 PM, the Eustace ISD Board of Trustees will hold a public hearing on this year’s Texas Academic Performance Reports. The meeting will be held in the HS library. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend. Copies of the reports that the Board will review are on the District’s homepage. The reports are located right below the virtual tour of the District.

At 7:00 PM, the Eustace ISD Board of Trustees will hold their regular monthly meeting.

The Board will Recognize Students for Achievements.

During the meeting the Board will hear the following reports:

  • RevTrak Report
  • TVCC Welding Certification Classes
  • Framework for School Board Development
  • Instrument for Superintendent’s Evaluation
  • Enrollment

The Board will consider possible action on the following items:

  • Approve Minutes of Previous Meetings
  • 2015 Audit Report
  • Report by E3 Energy
  • Work on Administration Building Roof
  • Proposal for Interior Work at New Ag Science Building
  • Financial Reports
  • Change of Date for January Board Meeting
  • Design of Possible Additional Marquee
  • EHS Band Trip to Branson, Missouri.

The Board will enter into closed session to consider personnel and student transfers. Any action taken on closed session items will be made in open session.

I hope everyone has a great week and a great Christmas Break!

Band Concert

All three of the EISD bands turned in great performances last night! To make it even better, all three bands got to perform to a standing room only crowd! Special thanks to all the family and friends who came out to support our bands!

If you were not able to attend last night’s concert, videos of all three performances will be on the district’s YouTube channel later today. You can access the district’s YouTube account at the following link:

Congratulations to members of all three bands for their performances last night and for all the work and preparation that went into the Christmas Concert. Congratulations also to our band directors, Todd Felty and Crystal Heidle, for their hard work and dedication!

I hope everyone has a great weekend!


E.M.S. will host District One Act Play Contest on December 12th


The Middle School One Act Play will perform their play for the district competition on December 12th in Eustace. The plays will begin at 12:30 PM and run back to back. Each play will last approximately 40 minutes. Everyone is invited to come out and watch one or all of the plays. There is no admission charge for the district competition. The Diviners is a story of a disturbed young man and his friendship with a disenchanted preacher in southern Indiana in the early 1930’s. When the boy was young he almost drowned. The trauma and loss of his mother in the same accident has left him deathly afraid of water. The preacher, set on breaking away from a long line of Kentucky family preachers, is determined not to do what he does best. He works as a mechanic for the boy’s father. The town doesn’t have a preacher and the women try to persuade him to preach while he tries to persuade the boy to wash. When the preacher finally gets the boy in the river and is washing him, the townspeople mistake the scene for a baptism and the story ends in a tragic unexpected turn of events.

The last public performance will be on Sunday, December 13th at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for children and will be sold at the door. Bring your church, your family and your friends to see this touching story of an surprising and unexpected friendship.
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This Week

First, I would like to congratulate the varsity girls and both JV girls basketball teams on their performances in the Eustace Tournament this past weekend. All three team faced some very good basketball teams and did well throughout the tournament. Also, I want to thank everyone who helped out during the tournament. A tournament of this size could not  happen without all the people taking time to keep books, run the clock, take money, and work in the concession stand.

This Week

End of course make up tests will be given at the High School throughout the week. Please check with Mrs. Bice for a complete schedule.

The Middle School Toy Drive continues this week.

Monday – MS Boys Basketball  v. West Rusk; MS Girls Basketball at West Rusk – 5:00

Tuesday – HS Girls Basketball v. Mineola – 5:00; HS Boys Basketball at Grand Saline – 5:30

Thursday – Primary AR Store Opened; Beginning, Middle School, and High School Christmas Concert – 7:00 PM HS Auditorium

Friday – Primary AR Store Opened; High School Boys Basketball at Fruitvale Tournament

Saturday – Middle School One Act Play Contest at EHS Auditorium – 1:00; Christmas on the Square

I hope everyone has a great week!

Flubaroo Now Shares Grades Through Google Drive!

via Technology Tidbits by Twyla Felty

Just when you think Google Classroom and Flubaroo can’t get any better, the integration improves! Now teachers have the option of sharing their Flubaroo grades directly to student Google Drives. Through the magic of Google, a folder will automatically be created in your teacher Drive called, “Flubaroo-Shared Grades”. Each student will receive a Google doc that will have their grade, allow comments, and include the questions and answer key if selected. This Google doc will be located under “Shared with me” in their Google Drive.

This new feature opens up the ability for teachers to share grades with students even if student email is not activated within the district or for lower grade levels. The Google docs with questions and answers make great review sheets which can be easily moved and organized within the student Google drive.

For full instructions on this easy process, see “Share Grades via Drive” in the “Help Center” of Flubaroo.