All Henderson County Basketball and Track Meet

John Bradburn and Kyle Wood were both named 2nd team All Henderson County Basketball. Congratulations to these young men for this honor!

Right now, we are in a wait and see mode regarding today’s district track meet. Field events and running preliminaries are scheduled to take place today. Currently, the track meet is scheduled to start at 12:00. Depending on the weather, adjustments, or a postponement, may be required. Updates will be broadcast on the EISD Twitter feed.

2013-2014 High School Cheerleaders

Recently, tryouts were held for 2013-2014 High School cheerleaders. The varsity cheerleaders for 2013-2014 are

Varsity

Meagan Gunter (12th)– Head Cheerleader

Haley Compton (11th)– Co-Head Cheerleader

Ashley Purselley (10th)

Samantha Crocker (11th)

Kendra Rogers (12th)

Molly McAtee (9th)

Caylie Cardwell (11th)

Payton Schwartz (9th)

Miranda Burks (11th)

Kaelin Henry (11th)

Tarah Herrera (12th)

Whitney Boerner (10th)

Hailey Wommack (9th) – Mascot

The JV cheerleaders for 2013-2014 are

Junior Varsity

Hope Westbrook (12th)

Layne Scott (9th)

Kyla Morris (9th)

Samantha Richardson (9th)

Alyssa Shaddox (9th)

Makayla Mitchell (10th)

There were a total of 28 students tryout for next year’s squads. Congratulations to both the varsity and JV squads.

This Week

There are multiple activities going on throughout this week. The Primary is hosting their spring book fair this week, both the middle school and high school district track meets are this week, and we also have a full schedule of softball and baseball games. Also, the one act play area competition is on Saturday.

Monday – Primary Book Fair – 7:45 – 3:30; Bulldog Extra – 3:30 – 5:30; District Golf Meet; Middle School District Track Meet

Tuesday – Primary Book Fair – 7:45 – 3:30; Bulldog Extra – 3:30 – 5:30; Baseball at Palmer; Softball v. Malakoff

Wednesday – Intermediate Spring Pictures; Middle School Spring Pictures; Primary Book Fair – 7:45 – 3:30; Bulldog Extra – 3:30 – 5:30; High School District Track Prelims – Eustace;

Thursday – Primary Book Fair – 7:45 – 3:30; Bulldog Extra – 3:30 – 5:30; High School District Track – Finals – Eustace

Friday – Primary Book Fair – 7:45 – 3:30; Baseball v. Malakoff; Softball at Palmer

Saturday – Area One Act Play – EHS performs at 1:00 – Princeton High School

I hope everyone has a great week!

A Day in the Life of 6th Grade

via TECH TREK by Twyla Felty

What did you do today at school?

This is the question we hope that students are being asked by supportive parents as they eat dinner together each evening as a family! Right??

Well, this may not be the picture of the modern family, but it is still an important question that someone somewhere should be asking. What would the answer be and what would we hope it to be? Are students spending their time passively or actively learning?

Here is a glimpse into some of the activities that our 6th graders were involved in just last week:

Students in Coach Sutton’s Social Studies classes were collaborating on Google spreadsheets as they researched countries and compared the governments, religions, and economies.

Students in Mrs. Taylor’s Science classes were using iPads to research earthquake activity in our area.

Mrs. Burns’ AP Writing class was videotaping the commercials they had written.

So..what did YOU do at school today??

Who is in charge of "Show and Tell" in your classroom??

via TECH TREK by Twyla Felty

Teachers everywhere are using great technology to encourage student production that fosters independent learning. These awesome educators are no longer running all the learning in their classroom, but instead, students are in charge of a great deal of the “Show and Tell” that takes place at school. This is a hallmark of true engagement and learning.

Unfortunately, these heroes of the classroom often go unnoticed as they are too busy facilitating, planning and experimenting to share or broadcast their own efforts or the endeavors of their students.

Enjoy this student product created on Educreations in Mrs. Taylor’s 6th Grade Science class. This was their first project using this app!

The Asthenosphere   

What have your students created today….
this week….
this school year?

QR Crazy Again!

via Technology Tidbits by Twyla Felty
So, I finally decide to post on this blog again, and, of course, its about QR Codes!! I just love these things!
In fact, I simply adore that fact that technology has come so far that we have all kinds of scanners that change simple print into something new and exciting.  It’s like magic….and students love it too!

Over spring break, I was finally able to share my scanning passion with my daughter, Megan, who just happens to be a kindergarten teacher who happened to be in need of some technology to enhance her grade level PBL ocean unit.

Students were each given an ocean animal to research at home with their parents. Models of their animal were created at school along with a final written report. Each child practiced reading their report in “Reader’s Theater” fashion and recorded in Audacity.

Click to enlarge and scan QR Code to hear Andy’s story.

I helped Megan set up her Google site to host the audio files in a “file cabinet page”, and QR codes were created on QRStuff from those URL links.

End result: parents can now visit the classroom aquarium and hear their children voices.
Megan loved it, the kids loved it, and the end results are, I believe, magical.

To see other great projects by this wonderful teacher (I’m not biased in ANY way!) please see their classroom blog. They would love to hear from you!

Can’t scan Andy’s story? Add a QR code reader, such as I-nigma, to your smart phone

Are you sharing the “magic” of technology with your students each day?

One Act Play Performances, Baseball, Softball, and Legislative Update

The cast and crew of the one act play will present their award winning version of “Daddy’s Dyin’ Who’s Got the Will?” tonight and tomorrow at 7:00 PM in the HS auditorium. Admission is $5.00. Everyone is invited to attend.

Tonight, the baseball and softball teams continue district competition. The baseball team travels to Scurry and softball travels to Red Oak Life.

Below is an update on legislation that was recently discussed in the Texas House and the Texas Senate. With this legislative session having less than 8 weeks left, the pace in both the house and the senate is sure to increase. The information below comes from a summary furnished by TASB:

House Adopts Anti-Voucher Amendment

During debate of the state budget bill, Senate Bill 1, on the House floor on Thursday, state representatives adopted an amendment by Rep. Abel Herrero (D-Robstown) that would prohibit money appropriated to the Texas Education Agency from being used to support school vouchers or scholarships for private primary or secondary education
provided by nonprofit entities using donations received from entities that receive tax credits as a result of the donations. The amendment was adopted on a vote of 103-40.

Senate Education Meets   

The Senate Education Committee met on Thursday to consider the following bills:

SB 1362 (Schwertner) would require the pledges to the state and U.S. flag be
recited daily at each campus of an open-enrollment charter school. Students at a charter school could opt out of the pledge upon their parents’ written request. The bill was voted favorably from committee and sent to the full Senate.

SB 1505 (Schwertner) would require the release of questions and answers from
state assessments every year, as opposed to every third year as stipulated by
current law. The committee substitute would change the first year of release to
the 2014-15 school year from the 2013-14 school year. Sen. Kel Seliger (R-Amarillo) raised the issues of the $2 million fiscal note and possible field test implications of releasing the tests every year. The bill was left pending.

SB 48 (Zaffirini), as substituted, would repeal the requirement that a student seeking to transfer to another school district do so each year. A transfer agreement could authorize the receiving school district to revoke the transfer at any time if the student fails to comply with a condition of the agreement, engages in conduct that requires removal or expulsion, fails to attend school, or fails to pay tuition. A student would be entitled to due process before the transfer approval could be revoked. Upon revocation, the district would be required to refund a pro rata share of the tuition fee, if any. Dr. Paul Clore of Gregory-Portland ISD testified on behalf of several superintendents in support of the bill, noting that districts must have flexibility to send students back to their home districts when severe discipline or attendance issues necessitate the move. Submitted testimony was overwhelmingly in favor of the bill. The bill, as substituted, was voted
favorably from committee and referred to the local and uncontested calendar.

SB 418 (Ellis) would require a school, including an open-enrollment charter school, to provide written notice to parents if the school does not have a full-time nurse assigned to the school for more than 30 consecutive instructional days in a school year. The committee substitute would allow the written notice to be posted on the district’s website. Patty Quinzi of Texas AFT testified in support of the bill. Amy Beneski of the Texas Association of School Administrators was called up to explain the position of TASA, TASB and the Texas School Alliance, which was against the bill. She noted the groups were in opposition to requiring districts to post information on personnel that
they were not required by law to have. Julie Shields of TASB noted that this notice may give parents the false expectation that a nurse would always be available at a campus, even though some districts rotate nurses among campuses. The bill was voted favorably from committee and was referred to the local and uncontested calendar.

SB 1408 (Patrick) would require the commissioner to adopt district and campus
performance ratings of A, B, C, D, or F. The commissioner would determine the
criteria for each letter rating. A rating of A-C would reflect acceptable performance and D or F would reflect unacceptable performance. The committee substitute requires the commissioner to base ratings on student growth, performance and other measures of postsecondary readiness. Senators Leticia Van de Putte (D-San Antonio), Royce West (D-Dallas) and Seliger shared reservations they had with the legislation, primarily that these grades don’t help shed too much more light on district performance and that the commissioner was considering this move against the recommendations of TEA advisory committees that studied this issue. The bill was voted favorably from committee and
referred to the full Senate.

SB 1406 (Patrick, Dan) would clarify that the SBOE shall maintain oversight of
regional education service center services and products concerning student
curriculum. Sen. Donna Campbell (R-New Braunfels) explained that the bill was
brought about after senators held an informational hearing on CSCOPE earlier in
the session and learned that SCOPE had never been under the authority of the
SBOE. The committee substitute would clarify that only CSCOPE would fall under
SBOE oversight because of this bill. An amendment by Sen. Robert Duncan
(R-Lubbock) would provide that CSCOPE lesson plans would be subject to the same
review process as textbooks. Sen. West asked if Chairman Dan Patrick
(R-Houston) would be amendable to sunsetting this process, to which Patrick
expressed his reluctance. The bill was voted favorably from committee and
referred to the full Senate.

SB 1474 (Duncan) would require districts to follow a process that involves
teacher input, a public board meeting and district employee input before
adopting a major curriculum initiative or management system. The bill was voted
favorably from committee and was referred to the local and uncontested
calendar.

SB 17 (Patrick, Dan) would create a school safety training program for employees
of a school district or an open-enrollment charter school who are authorized to
carry a concealed handgun on school premises. The committee substitute would
prevent any district employee from being penalized for or forced to participate
in the school safety program and clarifies confidentiality and liability provisions of the bill. An amendment to the bill would create a special fund in the state treasury for the purpose of collecting donations to help districts send employees to these trainings. An amendment by Sen. Duncan would make provisions for employees carrying weapons during UIL events. The bill was voted favorably from committee and sent to the full Senate.

SB 1556 (Seliger) would create the School Safety Advisory Council that would be responsible for studying best practices for use in school multi-hazard emergency operations planning and reporting them to the Texas School Safety Center. The bill would also create the School Safety Certification Program for districts that enact certain safety and communications measures in case of emergency. An amendment to the bill would change the name of the entity to the School Safety Advisory Task Force because a school safety council already exists. The bill was left pending.

SB 376 (Lucio) would require any school district campus or open-enrollment
charter school to provide a free breakfast during school hours to all students
if the school participates in the national school breakfast program and 80
percent or more of the students qualify for free or reduced-price breakfast.
The committee substitute would allow districts flexibility on when meals may be
provided instead of mandating during regular school hours and would provide an
opt-out provision for districts that simply cannot comply with the law through
an annual waiver. Witnesses delivering testimony and cards submitted were
overwhelmingly in support of the bill. The bill was left pending.

SB 709 (Lucio) would allow a person in an impartial due process hearing
brought under federal disability provisions to be represented by an attorney or
an individual with special knowledge or training relating to children with
disabilities. The committee substitute would grant TEA to make rules for
non-attorney advocate qualifications, including knowledge of due process
hearings and special education laws, and would clarify that TEA will not serve
in any kind of certification capacity. Advocates for families with disabilities
testified in support of the bill, noting that many parents aren’t aware of their rights in these matters and have few recourses when attempting to address issues with districts. An attorney from Walsh Anderson testified against the bill, noting that federal IDEA laws determine many of the procedures districts must go through in these situations and that the lack of guidelines and certification for non-attorney advocates can lead to inconsistencies and problems for families going through due process hearings. Janna Lilly from Texas Council of Administrators of Special Education noted that there are protections families forego when option for non-attorney advocates and that some form of notification may be in order. She added that the process itself should be streamlined and simplified to improve results for everyone. The bill was left pending.

SB 860 (Lucio) would allow junior colleges that partner with school districts to provide dropout recovery programs to partner with public technical institutes to provide career and technology courses that lead to certification as part of the dropout recovery program. The technical institute could receive a negotiated amount from the junior college for each student enrolled in a career and technology course. Texas State Technical College Chancellor Mike Reeser testified in support of the bill, saying that it helps broaden support for students seeking options for the future. The bill was left pending.

Bills on the Move

The following bill continued its path through the legislature on Thursday:

SB 1380 (Patrick, Dan) requires districts to place video monitoring cameras in self-contained classrooms where special education services are provided. Districts must provide written notice of the cameras to parents of students who would be affected. Senate floor amendments to the bill would require cameras to cover all areas of a classroom; require districts to keep recorded video from the cameras for at least one year; and allow districts to solicit and accept gifts and donations to comply with this
legislation. The bill was voted favorably from the Senate and now goes to the
House.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Daddy's Dyin' Who's Got the Will? by Del Shores

 

Eustace High School proudly presents 

  “Daddy’s Dyin’ Who’s Got the Will?”

 by Del Shores

When:   April 5th & 6th 

Time:  7:00 p.m..

Where: Eustace High School Theater 

The General public is welcome to attend.

 Admission is $5.

Tickets are sold at the door.

Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

 Please join us and show your support!

If you miss our public performances don’t forget….

U.I.L. One Act Play Area Competition

When: April 13th

Where:  Princeton High School  Princeton, Tx 

Time: 1:00 p.m.

All performances begin at 10:00 a.m. and run back to back with the last performance starting at 3:00 p.m.

 Awards Ceremony @ 4:30 p.m.

“Daddy’s Dyin’ Who’s Got the Will?” by Del Shores is presented by Special Arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

The video and/or audio recording of the performance by any means whatsover are strictly prohibited. Also, flash photography during performances are not allowed.

 

Severe Weather

In Texas, spring signals the increased threat of severe weather. I would like to take a few minutes and review some of the principles of EISD’s overall severe weather policy. First, we will always err on the side of caution. There will be absolutely no chances taken when it comes to lightning or other weather threats. If this means postponing an event or delaying the dismissal of school, these decisions will be made without hesitation.

Second, the safety of the students, parents/guardians, and staff members will drive decisions regarding severe weather. I ask that parents/guardians understand that if severe weather is imminent, we are not going to put children or staff in danger. I encourage parents/guardians and the community to take advantage of the shelter afforded by our buildings. Do not hesitate to come to the schools to seek shelter.

Third, we will closely monitor all available media outlets to help us make the best decisions possible. We will utilize weather radars, weather radios, and information provided by trained observers in making our decisions.

Finally, we will practice drills that will help prepare our district for weather emergencies. These drills will include reverse evacuation drills and shelter in place drills.

It takes everyone working together to get through severe weather threats. I realize that it can be a frightening experience when parents are separated from their children during severe weather. EISD is committed to doing everything possible to keep our children safe. If you ever have questions regarding our severe weather policies and procedures, please do not hesitate to contact me at cholcombe@eustaceisd.net.

One Act Play Advances and This Week

The EHS One Act Play advanced to the area competition by being chosen as one of the top two plays at district. The area competition will take place on April 13. More information about time and site will follow. This year’s OAP is “Daddy’s Dyin’ Who’s Got the Will?” The cast and crew included:

Cast
Shannon Whatley
Davis Wammack
Kristen Wilson
Delaney Worth
Jason Ballenger
Abra Roberts
Haley Coffey
Nicholas Caldwell

Crew
Thomas Pope
Chelsey Everitt
Casey Rickert
Megan Bell
Chase Harper

The OAP is directed by Tammy Beaty and Calvin Kennedy

Congratulations to all the cast and crew for their hard work and dedication.

This Week

This week has the start of STAAR testing. Various grade levels will test Monday – Thursday. Friday will be a make-up day for tests given Monday – Thursday.

Monday – STAAR Tests – English I Writing and English III Writing; Bulldog Extra – 3:30 – 5:30; Primary Fundraiser Begins

Tuesday – STAAR Tests – Grade 4 Writing Day 1, Grade 7 Writing Day 1, Grade 5 Math, Grade 8, Math, English I Reading, & English III Reading; Bulldog Extra – 3:30 – 5:30

Wednesday – STAAR Testing – Grade 4 Writing Day 2, Grade 7 Writing Day 2, Grade 5 Reading, Grade 8 Reading, English II Writing; Bulldog Extra – 3:30 – 5:30

Thursday – STAAR Testing – English II Reading; Bulldog Extra – 3:30 – 5:30; HS Track at Kemp

Friday – STAAR Testing – Make-up Test Day; Baseball at Scurry; Softball at Red Oak Life; Last Day to Purchase Yearbook

Saturday – JV Baseball at Kemp

I hope everyone has a great week!