This Week

I hope everyone had a great Easter weekend! Last Thursday, both the varsity baseball team and the varsity softball team earned district wins against Troup! Congratulations to both teams!

This week is the first state testing week of the year. Several grade levels will be involved throughout the week in testing. Please see below for a full schedule.

Monday – District Golf

Tuesday – STAAR End of Course Test – English I; STAAR Writing Test – Grades 4 & 7; STAAR Math Test – Grades 5 & 8; 1st Grade Family Reading Night; Varsity Softball v. Rice 6:00; JV & V Baseball v Rice 5:00

Wednesday – STAAR Writing Test – Grades 4 & 7; STAAR Reading Test – Grades 5 & 8

Thursday – STAAR End of Course Test – English II; High School Track at Kemp

Friday – High School UIL Academic Meet at TVCC; Varsity Softball v. Arp – 6:00; Varsity Baseball v. Arp – 6:30

Saturday – Bi-District One Act Play at Arp; Boys State Powerlifting Meet in Abilene

I hope everyone has a great week!

 

Board Meeting Last Night

The Eustace ISD Board of Trustees met in regular session last night. The Board took the following actions:

  • Approved minutes of previous meetings.
  • Approved the financial reports as presented.
  • Approved an agreement with Smith, Lambright, & Associates for audit services for the 2015-2016 school year.
  • Approved the Instructional Materials Allotment and TEKS certification for the 2016-2017 school year.
  • Certified the superintendent to the Regional Advisory Committee for Region 7.
  • Approved the acceptance of donations for an upgrade to the scoreboard in the Kirk Gym.
  • Accepted the resignations of Cheryl Cooper, Jan Walker, Stephanie O’Conner, Briana Grammer, Jana Hyde, Morgan McEntire, Judi Versace, Wanda Andrews, and Janis Rediker.
  • Approved the employment of Savannah Allred as night custodian at the High School.
  • Approved updates to the substitute list.
  • Approved student transfers as presented.
  • Adjourned

Powerlifting, This Week, and Board Meeting Tonight

Congratulations to Sunni Goodell on winning the Girls Powerlifting State Championship in her class!! Sunni lifted a total of 1,040 pounds at the state meet! Congratulations also go out to Marshalla Padgett on placing 3rd in her class at the Girls Powerlifting State Championship! Raini Goodell and Ashley Purselley also participated in the state meet. Raini placed 8th in the state in her class and Ashley placed 11th in state in her class. Overall, just an outstanding performance by these young ladies!! See pictures below:

Sunni Goodell(middle) State Champion!!
Sunni Goodell(middle) State Champion!!
Marshalla Padgett (2nd from left) 3rd Place in State!
Marshalla Padgett (2nd from left) 3rd Place in State!
Coach Nick Shutak, Raini, Sunni, Marshalla, and Ashley
Coach Nick Shutak, Raini, Sunni, Marshalla, and Ashley

 

Congratulations also go out to the Bulldog Baseball Team on their district win against Frankston on Friday. The Bulldogs won 9-8.

The varsity boys track team placed 1st at the Avon Rice track meet in Rains last Thursday. The varsity boys scored 140 points in a very competitive meet that ended with a fantastic finish in the 4 x 400 meter relay. The JV boys finished in 2nd place overall and the JV girls finished in 2nd place as well.

This Week

A reminder that this is a four day week. School will be out Friday in observance of the Good Friday Holiday.

Monday – Dual Track Meet with Malakoff in Eustace – 4:30; Board Meeting 7:00 PM – High School Library

Tuesday – Kindergarten Family Reading Night; JV & V District Softball at Mildred – 5:00; JV & V Baseball at Mildred 5:00

Wednesday – Middle School Concert Contest at Canton; NHS Secret Pal Luncheon

Thursday – JV & V Softball at Troup – 5:00; Varsity Baseball at Troup – 6:30; High School Track at Sunnyvale

Friday – Good Friday Holiday

Board Meeting

The Eustace ISD Board of Trustees will hold its regular monthly meeting tonight at 7:00 PM in the HS library. The Board will hear the following reports:

  • RevTrak Report
  • 2015-2016 Tax Rates of Area Schools
  • Notification of the Cancellation of Region 7 Board of Directors Election
  • Enrollment and Attendance Reports
  • The Board will also tour the greenhouses at the High School and hear reports from Chuck Powers and students on the greenhouses.

The Board will consider possible action on the following items:

  • Minutes of Previous Meetings
  • Financial Reports
  • Certification and dual credit classes for 2016-2017
  • Agreement with Smith, Lambright, & Associates for the 2015-2016 audit.
  • Approval of the Instructional Materials Allotment and TEKS Certification for 2016-2017.
  • Certifying Superintendent for Regional Advisory Committee for Region 7
  • Addition of Scoreboard Upgrade at Kirk Gym from donors.
  • Policy Update 104
  • The Board will enter Close Session to consider personnel and staffing, evaluations of teachers, counselors, librarians, nurses, assistant principals, technology integration specialists, and student transfers. Any action taken on closed session items will be done in open session.

I hope everyone has a great week!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Power Lifting, One Act Play, and This Week

I hope everyone had a great spring break!! We had lots of events happen right before we got out for spring break and during spring break.

Congratulations to boys and girls powerlifters that qualified for the state meets. The Lady Bulldogs powerlifting team placed second at the Regional Meet. Sunni Goodell and Marshalla Padgett placed 1st in their classes, Raini Goodell placed 3rd in her class, and Ashley Purselley placed 5th in her class. All four lifters qualified for the State Powerlifting Meet. The girls state meet will be held this Saturday in Corpus Christi.

At the boys regional meet, Justin Griffin placed second in his class and qualified for the State Powerlifting Meet. The boys state meet will be Saturday, April 2 in Abilene.

Congratulations also go out to the EHS One Act Play cast and crew on placing second at the district competition. Now, the OAP will compete in bi-district competition. Dates and sites will be announced when information becomes available.

Please check our YouTube Channel later today for a video of the 5th grade Wax Museum. The Wax Museum was held on Friday, March 4. The students, teachers, and parents put a lot of work into this project. Please take a few minutes and check out their great costumes and poster boards.

Congratulations to the Middle School Cheerleaders for 2016-2017. The Middle School Cheerleaders are as follows:

Rubi Bailey, Co-Captain
Keidria Hurd, Co-Captain
Kelsey Brooks
Lauren Herring
Gracie Herron
Landry Hipp
Kami Johnston
Brooke McCord
Kaylee McGee
Natalie Smith
Madi Sutton
Faith Sweet
Lindsey Uptmor
Lenzie Morris, Mascot

Congratulations to the EHS Varsity Cheerleaders for 2016 – 2017!

Captain: Payton Schwartz
Co-Captain: Anna Gaddis
Zoie Bailey
Myia Bullard
Brooke Caldwell
Stephanie Carlson
Abbie Cates
Sadie Cates
Destanie Culpepper
Dylan Evans
Madison Fisher
Erica Hoops
Madison Lilley
Molly McAtee
Jessica Plunk
Haley Purselley
Douglas Ramsey
Layne Scott
Mascots: Colton Corder, Tate Pace

Congratulations to the following students on being named to the Junior Varsity Cheer Team:
Captain: Lily Sorrells
Samantha Dockins
Bailey Holbert
Jaedyn Munoz
Madyson Wilson
Cheyenne Walters
Mascot: Stephanie Perez

This Week:

Monday – Varsity Boys Golf at Van Zandt Country Club in Canton

Tuesday – Varsity Girls Golf at Van Zandt Country Club in Athens; Middle School Track at Van; Varsity District Softball v. Malakoff – 6:00; Baseball v. Malakoff – 5:00

Wednesday – District Softball Makeup Game at Arp – 4:30

Thursday – High School Track at Rains

Friday – Varsity District Softball v. Frankston – 6:00; JV and V District Baseball v. Frankston – 5:00

Saturday – Girls State Powerlifting Meet in Corpus Christi

I hope everyone has a great week!

 

Over the River and Through the Woods Advances to Bi-District by placing 2nd at District

Eustace Theater Arts students win 2nd Place Advancing One Act Play at District 183A contest today! Emma Lopez won the Best Actress award, Olvia Grose won an All Star Cast Award, Caleb Caswell won an All Star Cast Honorable Mention and Macy Wilson won a Technical Achievement Award! Their play “Over the River and Through the Woods” by Joe Dipietro advances to the Bi-District Contest on April 2nd at Arp High School. Performances begin at 2:00 p.m. and run back to back. Eustace is scheduled to perform at 3:00 p.m. Please arrive at least 30 minutes prior to scheduled times. Directions can be found by putting the following address in your GPS: 101 School St. Arp, TX 75750. All family and friends are invited to attend! Bulldog Proud!

Over the River and Through The Woods

Don’t forget the District One Act Play contest will be held this Saturday, March 12th at TVCC. Eustace performs at 3:00 p.m. and all performances start at 1:00 p.m. and run back to back. Bring your family and friends! Admission is FREE! If you miss contest, join us on one of the two nights listed below!

Over the River

"..a Kiddle eat ivy too, wouldn't you?"

via Technology Tidbits by Twyla Felty

Last week the new kid-friendly search engine, Kiddle, launched,  and the news was quickly tweeted, blogged, and  “Facebooked” to the computers of parents and educators, hungry for a safe internet experience for the little people they love.

Unfortunately, in the excitement, many of these first reports led to some misinformation. There was also some controversy involving keywords being blocked by Kiddle. In light of the questions I have received, I did a little reading to try and clarify these concerns for our parents and teachers.

First and foremost, Kiddle is NOT owned by Google.
It is powered by Google safe search.

Kiddle does offer a bold statement of safety:

They also offer a link for parents to request keyword blocking as well as site blocking.

When I tried Kiddle for myself, I was please with the filtering. The search engine even seemed to interpret some pretty severe “kid spellings”, yielding appropriate search results.  For example, I typed “liyns”, a common Kinder spelling for “lions”, and I got……lions!!  I am thrilled by this! It is the perfect tool our teachers need to facilitate independent research in the lower grade levels!

One opinion piece had suggested that searches can allow access to inappropriate materials if words are misspelled or extra spaces added. I did try to replicate this but was blocked with an,”Oops, try again!”, message.

So, what else does Kiddle proclaim?

  • Editors are involved in the selection of resources for searches
  • Kiddle collects no personal information and clears logs every 24 hours.
  • The Kiddle searches are “ranked”:

As for the Kiddle controversy, there seem to be concerns surrounding the blocking of some key words. The BBC reports that “sex education”, “LGBT”, “lesbian”, “gay” and “transgender” are blocked by Kiddle, disappointing some groups who deem this information valuable.

I myself am not concerned that the keywords included in this list will limit access to critical information desperately needed by children. There is always Google search out there, so Kiddle is just one more great tool in the technology toolbox for parents and educators.

Personally, I enjoyed my Kiddle experience! I loved the thumbnail images that accompany search results, the larger print (since I do wear bifocals) and the extra safety-net it might provide for the little people in my world!  However, I would remind everyone that, despite its heady promises, nothing can replace the watchful eyes of parents and teachers. So, be sure to keep up the good work of monitoring while enjoying Kiddle in your home or classroom!

And for those too young to know…….“..a Kiddle eat ivy too, wouldn’t you?”