Electra Elementary’s ‘Christmas Showcase’ a Success

Last night staff, students, family members and friends filled Electra Elementary for the ‘Christmas Showcase.’  Teachers and students worked hard during the last few weeks to get ready for last night’s big event.  Boy did their work fill the air! The halls were filled with lights, decorations and projects. Classrooms were decorated, and Christmas was all around. The Santa Shop was open for students and parents to come in and get some early Christmas shopping completed.  After touring and making classroom stops, the visitors were then invited into a packed filled auditorium to watch the 2nd and 3rd grade perform Christmas carols.  The performance was spectacular!  Afterwards everyone was invited down to the cafeteria for refreshments.  This was just another great event that was supported by staff, students, family members and community.       

Local Youth Host ‘Tree of Hope’

Cancer knows nor cares about the time of year.  It comes into the lives of its victims when they least expect it.  As it entwines and attacks that victim and begins its path of destruction, it leaves the cancer patient and their love ones hoping and praying for a cure. That’s where two outstanding students from Electra ISD come in.  Deanna Duensing and Sage Buchanan along with the support of Plowing Over Cancer of Electra are hosting the ‘Tree of Hope.’  For every $10 donated, a light bulb will be placed on the ‘Tree of Hope.’  The bulb will be lit in either pink or purple.  Donations can be made in memory of, in honor of, or anyone can just make a donation to support the Relay for Cancer.  December 18, 2015 will be the due date for all donations.  The order form can be found online on the American Cancer Society’s website.  If you would like to see the ‘Tree of Hope, the tree’s location is at 204 W. Cleveland.  For more information watch Deanna and Sage’s interview below with channel 3.  You can also contact Jason Duensing at (940)733-7208 or Dea Buchanan at (940)631-2172.

Whoo Hoo… What About Those Tigers!!!

 

This week Electra’s Athletic Director, Coach Todd Doughty, sent out an email to the district listing the players that have received recognition to the All-District Football Team and the All-Academic Team.  Coach Doughty stated that they were a great group of kids to work with, and I have to agree.  I’ve had many of these wonderful young men in my class. Not only was it a pleasure to have them in class but an honor as well. I just wanted to share list the that Coach Doughty sent out.

                                                2015 ALL DISTRICT FOOTBALL TEAM

                                                                 7-2A DIVISION 2

DISTRICT MVP
Markeis Lee

DEFENSIVE NEWCOMER OF THE YEAR
Montana Hernandez

1ST TEAM OFFENSE                                                                1st TEAM DEFENSE
Tight End – Xavier Waggoner                                                     Defensive Line – Xavier Waggoner
Outside LB – Drake Cooper
Defensive Back – Zairy Hargrove


2nd TEAM OFFENSE                                                             2nd TEAM DEFENSE
Running Back – Drake Cooper                                                  Defensive End – Clayton Holmes
Receiver – Clayton Holmes                                                        Defensive Back – Brady Doss
Offensive Line – Camryn Cato

HONORABLE MENTION                                                       HONORABLE MENTION
Receiver – Zairy Hargrove                                                          Linebacker – Caleb Josefy
Receiver – Brady Doss                                                                Defensive Line – Josh Sosebee
Offensive Line – Bodi Gilbert                                                      Defensive Line – Tim Smith
Offensive Line – Cody Heller                                                      Defensive Back – Jason Hopkins
Defensive Back – Andrew Marsh

ACADEMIC ALL DISTRICT                                                UTILITY PLAYER
Camryn Cato                                                                          Kody Nason
Drake Cooper
Clayton Holmes
Andrew Marsh
Chris Sun

 

Wichita Falls Times Record News Captures the True Heart of Electra

Yesterday we received an email from Scott Hogue, our Superintendent.  He asked us to read an article that was written about our district by Bridget Knight from the Wichita Falls Times Record News.  It was so refreshing to see that Bridget Knight captured our community’s true heart.  Just reading each word and looking at her pictures filled me with excitement and appreciation for our little town.  In the conclusion of the article Mr. Hogue talks of the negative press Electra has had to deal with and how that bothered the citizens.  He went on to say, ‘We value our children.’ That’s what we’re about.”  Rather me telling you about the article, take the time and read it for yourself.  For once we have something positive being said about Electra, and I would like to thank Bridge Knight and the Wichita Falls Times Record News.

(Click the link to go to the story)

http://www.timesrecordnews.com/business/excitement-builds-as-electras-new-high-school-begins-to-rise-from-prairie-25386ccf-025c-2fca-e053-01-357221051.html

 

Thanksgiving – A Time to Be Grateful and to Reflect

This time of year is so busy for students and their family.  It’s a time of joy and a time that memories are made.  It seems like time flies and life just flies with it.  However that’s a sign that life isn’t boring but filled with excitement.  To me it’s kind of like going on vacation.  You’re so excited to go.  On the trip everyone has so much fun.  Then suddenly you realize….it’s ended.  That’s what our small town is like.  A big old vacation that continues to deliver.  We are so lucky to have the dedicate people that continue on with the old traditions and bring in new ones.

This year Dea Buchanan started the 1st annual Turkey Trot. Again the community came together to make sure the event turned out successful. The PTO, Electra Fire Department, Electra Hospital, ACS Debbie Walton with the frozen turkey and the Air Evac helicopter all pitched in to help.  NJHS also came and worked the event.  Electra Grocery Store and the Electra Fire Department gave donations.  Dea also mentioned that Todd Box and Tim Sawyer made sure the track was in shape and all the lights were working.  She said about 90 students attended along with family members.  Students were asked to bring nonperishable food items which were donated to the HELP office.  Just another great start to another long lasting tradition.

Then what about those Tigers!!!!  They traveled to Colorado City to play Iraan for Area.  The Tigers fought an intense battle.  The Tigers ended a winning season with a score of Tigers 20 and Iraan 41.  But there is no rest for the weary!  Those boys will take off their football uniforms and exchange them for basketball uniforms.  Of course I must mention the Lady Tigers!  A great volleyball season for these ladies.  They too are continuing on, without a blink of an eyelash, to basketball!  Then there’s the band marching at contest and competing in UIL solo and ensemble contest.  Jr. High is also right there along with high school competing in all the seasonal sporting events with just as much dedication.  Students at the elementary and Jr. High are also preparing for UIL events.  This on top of academics!

Walking down the halls of elementary I see students’ work line the walls.  Not just bits and pieces but the walls are full.  So much time and effort from staff in our district to ensure the education of each boy and girl.  I went to school here and graduated.  My children went to school here and graduated.  Now my grandchildren are going to school here. I love this school and this district.  Do we have flaws?  Of course we do.  We are human beings trying to do the best that we can.  Also even on that fantastic vacation there are moments that you want to forget.  However looking back and thinking about my blessings I realize that I’m rich.  Not in money but in family, school family, friends, community, and my students.   This is the best vacation that I’ve been on, and I’m not ready for it to end!

May God bless each and every one of you.  I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Electra Elementary Honors Veterans and Active Military

Today was a day of remembrance and thanks at Electra Elementary.  Above all, it was a day that each student was introduced to the reality of what freedom means and its cost.  Veterans came to the elementary as they yearly do.  So much dedication from this group that yearly comes to touch the lives of the students.  So much history bundled together in a few hours.  History that should be held onto and never forgotten.  Because of this, this dedicated group of men and women yearly make the trip to be honored by the students. 

Donna Soender started the day off by bringing and sharing artifacts from World War I and II.  Her father and grandfather Irby served, and she was gracious enough to stay the entire day so that each student could see and learn about each piece.  The students made class projects that were placed along the hallway to honor and welcome Vets as they entered the building.  Wendy Marsh and Nancy Bigbie’s 4th graded then presented an outstanding tribute to the Veterans in a crowded auditorium. Afterwards a reception was held in the cafeteria.

Today is a day that is close to my heart having my son, Steve Easter, who is still active and my son-in-law, Richard Lacher Jr, a Vet himself, serve our country.  Steve, who went in before 911, is a Tech Sargent in the US Airforce and Richard served in the Navy on the USS Nassau for 4 years. Just as many have or have had, military members have touched our lives in roles of fathers, mothers, brothers, sisters, grandmothers, grandfathers, uncles, aunts etc.  Above all their sacrifice will continue to touch the lives of past, present, and future generations. 

The next time you see a Veteran or active military member thank them.  Such a small thing to do for such a gift of freedom.  Above all of this, take the time to talk to one and learn.  Learn and carry that knowledge forward to teach to future generations.  We all must remember that history repeats itself.  Without the dedication of this dying breed, the outcome might be much different.

Thank you to all the Veteran and active military men and women.  I can never pay you back for all of your sacrifices, but I’m grateful that you love America.  May God bless each and every one of you.

Halloween R.I.F. at Elementary

Today Mr. Clark came to the elementary to conduct the fall R.I.F. with the help of Whitney Hernandez and Christina Rodgers.  Students from each grade level gathered around and selected a book that they were allowed to keep.  Each student was then given a Halloween bag filled with goodies.  During the year Mr. Clark makes several trips to the elementary to conduct R.I.F.  This is something he has done faithfully for years going well beyond his retirement.  Through Mr. Clark’s dedication and with the support of the community, over the years countless books have fallen in the hands of students.  Through his dedication, the fundamentals of reading will continue to be an important part in a child’s education.   

Spooktacular Morning with the Tigers and the Cheerleaders at the Elementary

If you walked into Electra Elementary this morning, you most definitely needed to have your best game face on.  There were ghost and goblins around every corner.  Who would have guessed that the elementary was haunted.  However all was well because the Electra Tigers and cheerleaders made their usual Friday visit to the delight of the little elementary ghouls.  Even Mother Nature helped out to supply the ghoulish backdrop with her pouring rain.  The cheerleaders rushed out with umbrellas in hand to each car to escort students up to the door to keep them dry.  Meanwhile the Tigers were walking around the cafeteria and visiting with the elementary students.  So much going was going on and excitement filled the air.  So many memories were being made.  This morning was a small example of what a wonderful district and a wonderful school body we have.  I’m so proud of our Tigers and cheerleaders.  Thank you for all you do.  Also thank you to your sponsors.  All I can say is “What about those Tigers….and those cheerleaders!!!!”  💕 

Electra Cross Country Team goes to Regional and Barrera on to State!

Coach Shawnda Rasco took Electra’s Cross Country Team to race in Regionals at Lynn Creek Park in Grand Prairie.  Coach Rasco posted that the course did change due from the fact that it flooded from all the rain that Grand Prairie received.  However, she did state that the weather was absolutely perfect for running.

Skylerr Patterson finished 72nd out of 158 runners on the girl’s team.  On the boy’s team, out of 133 runners Jonathon Barrera finished 12th with a personal record of 17:56.  Andrew Marsh finished 22nd with a personal record of 18:28.  Brady Doss finished 47th with a personal record of 19:16.54.  Bobby Doss finished 73rd.  Levi Fillmore finished 94th, and Wesley Akers finished 98th.  The boy’s team finished 7th as a team out of 17 total teams.

Jonathon Barrera with his time of 17:56 qualified for State as an individual runner.  Coach Rasco posted that this was the last time someone has qualified for state in Cross Country since 2007.  In her post she stated that “I am very excited that he is going to have the honor of running in the State Meet!”   Jonathon will run at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock on November 7th at 3:10pm.  In her post she asked that “if you see any of these hard-working runners, please give them a good well done and a high-five.”

I want to thank Coach Shawnda Rasco for the information and the pictures.  Techy Tigers also wants to extend our congratulations to all the Electra Cross Country runners.  We are so proud of you.  Best of luck Jonathon.  We will definitely be  rooting for you! 

Red Ribbon Week

 

     This is Red Ribbon Week at Electra Elementary.  For today, the students were asked to wear red, white and blue for Monday’s theme “I Pledge to be Drug Free.”  Along with students supporting the colors of red, white and blue, the students will also come up with a class pledge which will be placed outside of their classroom door.  Below is a list of the themes for the rest of the week. 

    • Themes:  

                    Tuesday – Be a Bright Star – wear neon colors/bright colors

                    Wednesday – Heroes Don’t Do Drugs– superhero attire – socks, shirts, etc.

                    Thursday – Look to the Future – Career Day – what they want to be

                    Friday – Spook out the Drugs – wear your costume