Retirement Reception at Primary

A retirement reception was held this week at Eustace Primary to honor this year’s retirees. Those retiring this year include: Mary Bell, Faye Barnett, Jan Walker, and Cheryl Cooper. In all, these four have accumulated 105 years of experience at EISD!

At the reception, friends and family joined in wishing the retirees a long and happy retirement. Below are pictures from the event.

On behalf of Eustace ISD, I want to thank Mary, Faye, Jan, and Cheryl for their dedication to the students and staff of EISD.

Cheryl Cooper and Family
Cheryl Cooper and Family
Faye Barnett and Family
Faye Barnett and Family
Jan Walker and Family
Jan Walker and Family
Mary Bell and Family
Mary Bell and Family
Mary Bell, Faye Barnett, Jan Walker, & Cheryl Cooper
Mary Bell, Faye Barnett, Jan Walker, & Cheryl Cooper
Retirement Cake
Retirement Cake

Athletic Banquet

Saturday, our annual Athletic Banquet was held at the First Baptist Church in Eustace. The evening started with a barbeque dinner at 5:00. The awards started at 6:00. I want to thank Brother Paul McKinney and the First Baptist Church for allowing us to use their great facility. A special thank you goes out to our Athletic Booster Club officers and members for all their work in preparing for the banquet.

Gayle DeAlva was presented with the School Bell Award for outstanding service to the students of EISD.

Below is a list of awards given out at the banquet. At the end of this post are some pictures of award winners.

Boys Offseason Award – Mike Schulz
Girls Offseason Award – Kelsey Richmond
Volleyball Newcomer of the Year – Reese Thorn
Volleyball MVP – Marshalla Pagdett
Volleyball Heart Award – Kasey Lopez
Girls Cross Country – Newcomer of the Year – Reese Thorn
Girls Cross Country Heart Award – Chloe Moore
Girls Cross Country MVP – Chanda Westbrook
Boys Cross Country Newcomer of the Year – Nicholas Westbrook
Boys Cross Country Heart Award – Zane Arambula
Boys Cross Country MVP – Ericsen Gudjohnsen
Football Offensive Player of the Year – Keenan Hargest
Football Defensive Player of the Year – Justin Griffen
Football Heart Award – Gannon Kirkhart & Caleb Caswell
Football MVP – Keenan Hargest
Cheerleading Leadership Award – Ashley Purselley
Cheerleading Inspiration Award – Samantha Ferrell
Cheerleading Most Improved – Sadie Cates
Cheerleading Most Spirit – Gabi Corder
Cheerleading Best All Around – Madison Lilley
Girls Basketball Defensive Player of the Year – Kelsey Contreras
Girls Basketball Offensive Player of the Year – Gabi Corder
Girls Basketball Heart Award – Zoie Bailey
Girls Basketball MVP – Sydney Winn
Boys Basketball Defensive MVP – Cody Duncan
Boys Basketball Offensive MVP – Hayden Plunk
Boys Basketball MVP – Jaden Vance
Boys Basketball Hustle Award – Gannon Kirkhart
Girls Powerlifting Most Improved – Ashley Purselley & Raini Goodell
Girls Powerlifting MVP – Sunni Goodell
Boys Powerlifting Most Improved – Mikey Marshall
Boys Powerlifting MVP – Justin Griffen
Softball Newcomer of the Year – Nancy Lowe
Softball Defensive Player of the Year – Jaci Gray
Softball Offensive Player of the Year – Olivia Herring
Softball MVP – Abra Roberts
Baseball MVP – Hayden Shaddox and Zach Compton
Baseball Offensive MVP – Cory Strawn
Baseball Pitcher of the Year – Cody Strawn
Baseball Bulldog Award – Gannon Kirkhart, Rusty Rogers, & Roland Bailey
Girls Golf MVP – Kristina Woodruff
Girls Golf Most Improved – Sarah Loftis
Boys Golf MVP – Gabe Purselley
Boys Golf Most Improved – Brendan Washington
Boys Golf Hardest Worker – Ryan McCleskey
Girls Track Newcomer of the Year – Miranda Fontenot
Girls Track Field Event MVP – Whitney Boerner
Girls Track MVP – Chanda Westbrook & Marshalla Padgett
Boys Track Newcomer of the Year – Alejandro Sanchez
Boys Track Fighting Heart Award – Brandon Richardson & Stone Wadsworth
Boys Track MVP – Ericsen Gudjohnsen

Team of the Year – Girls Basketball

Code Purple Award – Roland Bailey

Female Athlete of the Year – Marshalla Padgett

Male Athlete of the Year – Keenan Hargest

Booster Club Scholarships – Ashley Purselley, Gannon Kirkhart, & Kasey Lopez

Booster Club Special Award – Richard Gaddis & Stephanie and Jimmy Kirkhart

Team of the Year - Girls Basketball
Team of the Year – Girls Basketball
School Bell Award - Gayle DeAlva
School Bell Award – Gayle DeAlva
Managers
Managers
Male Athlete of the Year - Keenan Hargest
Male Athlete of the Year – Keenan Hargest
Jimmy & Stephanie Kirkhart
Jimmy & Stephanie Kirkhart
Code Purple Award  - Roland Bailey
Code Purple Award – Roland Bailey
Female Athlete of the Year - Marshalla Padgett
Female Athlete of the Year – Marshalla Padgett

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This Week

There are fewer activities and events this week compared to last week. However, for our seniors, this is their week. There will be various senior activities throughout the week. The two most important senior activities this week are the Baccalaureate Service on Wednesday and graduation activities on Saturday.

Throughout this week, the Primary AR store will be open.

Monday – Retirement Reception – Primary 3:00 – 4:00; Called Board Meeting – 6:30 – HS Library

Wednesday – Middle School Daytime Awards; Baccalaureate Services – 7:00 PM – First Baptist Church of Eustace

Friday – 2nd Grade Math Blast

Saturday – Graduation – 10:00 AM – Kirk Gym

Monday – May 30 – Memorial Day Holiday

I hope everyone has a great week!

FFA Banquet

Last Friday, the Eustace FFA Chapter held its annual end of the year banquet. Following a barbeque dinner, various awards and recognitions were handed out to members. Our FFA members have enjoyed another outstanding year in all areas. Congratulations to all the members for their achievements this past year. A special thank you to our FFA Sponsors: Theresa Tindal and Steve Stegall. A very special thank you to our community for supporting our FFA program. Below are highlights of the banquet and pictures related to the banquet:

2015-2016 FFA Officers
President – Jordyn Costlow
Vice President – Lane Smith
Secretary – Jessica Miller
Treasurer – Cameron Rogers
Reporter – Jodi Costlow
Advisor – Whitney Boerner
Sentinel – Bucky Womble

FFA Star Chapter Farmer Award – Jodi Costlow

FFA Lone Star Degree – Brooke Reynolds

FFA Greenhand Award – Olivia Dailey

Ag Mechanics Top Hand Award – David Cathy

Animal Top Hand Award – Jordyn Costlow

Mechanic and Animal Top Hand Award – Lane Smith

2016 – 2016 FFA Officers
Jodi Costlow – President
Bucky Womble – Vice President
Cameron Rogers – Secretary
Treasurer – Keylan Warren
Reporter – Xavier Robertson
Sentinel – Jaci Gray
Student Advisor – Olivia Herring

15-16 FFA Members
15-16 FFA Members
2015-2016 FFA Officers
2015-2016 FFA Officers
2016-2017 FFA Officers
2016-2017 FFA Officers
Ag Mechanics Top Hand Award - David Cathy
Ag Mechanics Top Hand Award – David Cathy
Animal Top Hand Award - Jordyn Costlow
Animal Top Hand Award – Jordyn Costlow
Chapter Degrees
Chapter Degrees
Top Greenhand Award - Olivia Dailey
Top Greenhand Award – Olivia Dailey
Greenhand Awards
Greenhand Awards
Junior FFA Members
Junior FFA Members
Lone Star Degree - Brooke Reynolds
Lone Star Degree – Brooke Reynolds
Ag Mechanics and Animal Top Award - Lane Smith
Ag Mechanics and Animal Top Award – Lane Smith
Officer Bucky Womble
Officer Bucky Womble
Officer Cameron Rogers
Officer Cameron Rogers

Officer Jessica Miller (1024x768)

Officer Jodi Costlow
Officer Jodi Costlow
Officer Jordyn Costlow
Officer Jordyn Costlow
Officer Lane Smith
Officer Lane Smith
Officer Whitney Boerner
Officer Whitney Boerner
2016 FFA Scholarship Recipients
2016 FFA Scholarship Recipients
FFA Sponsors Steve Stegall and Theresa Tindel
FFA Sponsors Steve Stegall and Theresa Tindel
Star Chapter Farmer Award - Jodi Costlow
Star Chapter Farmer Award – Jodi Costlow

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Top 10 Banquet

Last night, EISD hosted the 12th Annual Top Ten Banquet. The banquet allows the top ten graduating seniors to honor an educator who has made a difference in their life. This years top ten students and the educator they honored are listed below:

10.  Whitney Boerner and 4th Grade Teacher Melanie Bailey

Whitney Boerner and Melanie Bailey
Whitney Boerner and Melanie Bailey

9. Brittney Williams and 2nd Grade Teacher Kari Stephens

Brittney Williams and Kari Stephens
Brittney Williams and Kari Stephens

8. Hayden Plunk and High School Teacher/Coach Virgil Crow

Hayden Plunk and Virgil Crow
Hayden Plunk and Virgil Crow

7. Justin Griffin and Athletic Director Heath Ragle

Justin Griffin and Heath Ragle
Justin Griffin and Heath Ragle

6. Michelle Gomez and High School Teacher/Coach Chuck Powers

Michelle Gomez and Chuck Powers
Michelle Gomez and Chuck Powers

5. Keaira Hargest and High School Assistant Principal Shelby Adams

Keaira Hargest and Shelby Adams
Keaira Hargest and Shelby Adams

4. Jordyn Costlow and High School Teacher Theresa Tindel

Jordyn Costlow and Theresa Tindel
Jordyn Costlow and Theresa Tindel

3. Keenan Hargest and High School Teacher/Coach Tyler Crow

Keenan Hargest and Tyler Crow
Keenan Hargest and Tyler Crow

2. Abra Roberts and High School Teacher/Coach Stephen Tardiff

Abra Roberts and Stephen Tardiff
Abra Roberts and Stephen Tardiff

1. Kasey Lopez and High School Teacher/Coach Cody Taylor

Kasey Lopez and Cody Taylor
Kasey Lopez and Cody Taylor

 

Congratulations to all the students on graduating in the top ten of their class and congratulations to the staff members they chose to honor.

Students and Staff Members - 2016 Top Ten Banquet
Students and Staff Members – 2016 Top Ten Banquet

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

State Track Meet, This Week, and Board Meeting Tonight

Congratulations to Ericsen Gudjohnsen and Colton Summerall on their performances at the state track meet this past weekend. Colton ran a 15.11 in the 110M hurdles and finished 7th. Ericsen ran a 4:27 in the 1600m and finished 5th. Below are pictures from the state meet.

Colton 7th Place 110m Hurdles State Meet
Colton 7th Place 110m Hurdles State Meet
Ericsen 5th Place 1600m State Track Meet
Ericsen 5th Place 1600m State Track Meet
Ericsen finishing the 1600m State Track Meet
Ericsen finishing the 1600m State Track Meet

This Week

There are lots of activities and events happening this week.

Monday – Board Meeting – 6:00 PM HS Library

Tuesday – HS Daytime Awards; Primary Field Day; Top Ten Banquet

Wednesday – Primary AR Field Trip to Whatz Up; Middle School Band performs at Soundpost in Canton

Thursday – Primary Field Day; Middle School Awards Night; High School Awards Night; Beginning Band performs at SoundPost in Canton

Friday – Primary Field Day; FFA Banquet

Saturday – Sports Banquet

Board Meeting Tonight

Tonight, the Eustace ISD Board of Trustees will hold their regular monthly meeting. The meeting will start at 6:00 PM and be held in the HS library.

First on the agenda will be student interviews for the Board Scholarship. The Board will interview 4 students. The interviews will be held in closed session. Following the interviews, the Board will reconvene in open session.

The Board will hear the following reports:

  • RevTrak Report
  • IDEA-B Maintenance of Effort Final Report
  • HCAD 2016 Preliminary Values
  • HCAD 2016 Amended Budget
  • Compensatory Numbers
  • VZCAD Preliminary Estimated Values for 2016
  • VZCAD 2017 Proposed Budget
  • Texas Municipal Report
  • STAAR Results Grades 5 & 8
  • Meal Costs for 2016-2017
  • Attendance and Enrollment

The Board may consider action on the following items:

  • Minutes from previous meetings.
  • Financial Reports
  • Additional Summer Help
  • Update on Greenhouses
  • New Phone System
  • Nomination for TASB Board of Directors Position – Region 7
  • Advocacy Resolutions
  • ESC Services for 2016-2017
  • Sale of Property
  • Update to Local Policies DNA and DNB

The Board will enter closed session to consider resignations, employment,  Auxiliary Staff Evaluations and Re-Employment, Student Transfers. Any action taken on Closed Session items will be made in Open Session.

For the official agenda, please visit the district’s website at www.eustaceisd.net. Click on the Administration tab, and then choose the link to Board Agenda and Minutes.

I hope everyone has a great week!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Collaboration in Slides with Q&A

via Technology Tidbits by Twyla Felty

I have never been a fan of PowerPoint, Slides or any other teacher-dominated presentations in the classroom. These are great tools for certain audiences, and I do use them when presenting at conferences and when speaking as an advocate for Asperger’s Syndrome. However, I have never used the “lecture and present” format as a classroom teacher. In my opinion, this overused, instructional tool destroys classroom dialogue, and the “pre-packaging” of information prevents higher level thinking and reading skills that students need to develop.

That being said, teacher-driven presentations are still the preferred instructional method for many teachers, so I am always on the hunt for ways to make them better for the victims….errrr….students.  So, it is with great delight that I share the good news: Google has added some collaborative elements to Slides!

On “May the 4th be with you day”, Google announced changes to Slides that are definitely a force to be reckoned with. Now the presenter can share a short link that allows the audience to ask questions as the presentation is ongoing. These questions can also be voted on by others, enabling the presenter to hone in on and answer those questions of greatest interest or concern.

WOW! This is a game changer! The back-channeling of questions is now part of the record in Google Slides, the audience is interacting with the ongoing presentation in live-time and the audience members are even interacting with one another by voting on posted questions.

Thank you Google!

Now, teachers, let’s get those classroom presentation in the cloud, convert them to Google Slides, and get busy involving students in the questioning and learning process!

P.S.–if you start using Slides, they have a cool, new laser pointer to use as you present!!

Regional Track Meet, Baseball, and This Week

With victories in their last two games of the regular season, the Eustace Bulldog Baseball Team secured a playoff spot. The Bulldogs will be facing White Oak in the bi-district round. It will be a best of three series. The first game will be played on Friday. The second game and the third game if necessary will be played on Saturday. At present time, we do not have a firm venue for the playoff games. I will pass that along as soon as we know something definite.

At the Regional Track Meet this past weekend, EHS had two runners qualify for the state track meet. Colton Summerall won the 110m hurdles with at time of 15.13! Colton will be accompanied to the state track meet by Ericsen Gudjohsen who placed 2nd in the 1600m run with a time of 4:33! Ericsen also placed 3rd in the 3200m. Congratulations to Ericsen and Colton on making it to the State Track Meet!!

Ericsen Gudjohnson and Zane Armbula
Ericsen Gudjohnson and Zane Armbula
Colton Summerall
Colton Summerall

Other athletes placing at the Regional Track Meet included:

Zane Arambula – 5th Place 1600m

Chanda Westbrook – 4th Place 800m, 5th Place 3200m

Whitney Boerner – 3rd Place Pole Vault

Brandon Richardson – 5th Place 3200m

Congratulations to all the athletes that competed at the Regional Track Meet!

This Week

The first graders will be participating in Guided Reading Testing this week. In addition, 8th grade and High School students will be taking the Algebra I End of Course Test on Tuesday. High School students will also be taking the Biology End of Course Test on Wednesday, followed by the U.S. History End of Course Test on Thursday.

This Friday is the 2nd Grade Science Fair.

Tuesday – Algebra I End of Course Test

Wednesday – Biology End of Course Test

Thursday – U.S. History End of Course Test

Friday – 2nd Grade Science Fair; Bi-District Baseball Playoff Game v. White Oak

Saturday – Bi-District Baseball Playoff Game v. White Oak; Final Performance of One Act Play – 6:00 PM – HS Auditorium – Admission is $3.00

I hope everyone has a great week!