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.

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!!!!”  💕 

The Electra Classroom Teachers’ Benefit Was a Huge Hit!!!!

I thoroughly enjoyed the Electra Classroom Teachers’ Benefit last night.  Everyone of you that participated did a fantastic job!  Also Mrs. Bigbie and all of the teachers that helped need to be commended.  It’s not easy to pull off such an event.  The high school royalty looked great.  Our scholarship went to Treyce Cook, and I could not have been prouder.  I know that Treyce will make Electra ISD proud and will represent our district well. 

The Electra Classroom Teachers’ Benefit is a traditional annual community event for our school system.  Mrs. Wright, the lady who was the master of ceremony, was one of the recipients of the scholarships. I can remember being in high school and watching the event.  I also remember my own kids participating in the event.  Now I get to see my grandchildren participating.  Chances are you also have family members that have participated in the benefit.  That’s one of the neat things about living in our small district is that we have traditions that we carry out from generation to generation.  That’s the reason I chose to stay here, and I love this school. That’s also the reason that one of my daughters, Laura, and her husband chose to move back here with her two boys.  She loved our school.  There are benefits to small towns and small schools!!!

I just want to say again…Good job Electra Elementary!  Also Electra High school looked fantastic.  Everyone worked hard and made Electra ISD proud.  The teachers appreciate the community coming and supporting  the students and the benefit. Get ready because Mrs. Bigbie is already writing ideas down for next year!




Enjoy Your Last Days In Elementary

  I know that spring fever has set in.  This time of the year it always does.  I begin to hear students talk about wanting school to end, and how they are worried about the STAAR test.  I know that you feel like you have so much to do and there’s a lot expected of you.  The fact of the matter is, you’re correct.  However, you’re a smart group that can handle anything that comes your way.  So calm down, don’t worry about the tests, and enjoy your last days in elementary.  You will never get to come back to these days again for the rest of your lives.  Hang on and memorize each second.  They will pass by so fast.  One day you will wish you had them back for just one more hour again.  Time begins to fly faster and faster each year.  Today it’s elementary…tomorrow its Jr. High..then High School.  Do you remember the first day that you walked into kindergarten.  I remember walking into Mrs. Hoff’s room with Gabe and Korby was in there. They were both so little.   Seems like yesterday.  Now you’re in 6th grade about to go to Jr. High.   Try to make a few lasting memories before you go.  It’ll be over before you know it, and then elementary will be in you past. 

Electra Elementary – An Adventure in Itself

The students were all geared up for the AR “Read Across America” that Mrs. Bishop had prepared them for.  However Mother Nature once again stepped in this week and decided to take control.  School is being released at 11:30, and the students are frantically trying to read their books and take AR test in order to meet their goal.  Not to mention Mrs. Bishop running around trying to accomplish this feat.  As I saw one of the students write, there is “chaos” going on!  I love it!!!  You never know what the day may bring you when you walk through the doors of Electra Elementary.  That’s what makes it so interesting and keeps me coming.  Each day is an adventure in itself!