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Rotarians hear EHS finished renovations
By Barbara Gartman
Monitor Staff Writer

GUN BARREL CITY–The members and guests of the Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake were updated on happenings at Eustace Independent School District at Friday’s luncheon.
A trio of speakers beginning with Janice Beasley, covered two special subjects.
Beasley began with an up date on the bond issue.
“The high school renovations are complete,” she reported and listed new carpeting, painting and furnishings as the results.
Work has begun on the addition of 14 classrooms for the primary school, eight classrooms at the intermediate school, and the new science lab for the high school, she added.
Technology director Gene Myers ran the slide presentation for a new “Infinity Project” added to the curriculum at EHS.
Math teacher Chris Corona presented the information accompanying the projections.
He talked about the upcoming scarcity of engineers.
“We are about to be left engineerless,” he said, adding that 80 percent of today’s engineers are getting ready to retire.
The Infinity Project was designed at Southern Methodist University with help from Texas Instruments to interest students in engineering courses.
“It has already been approved by the Texas Education Agency,” Corona said.
The significance of the program is tied to the fact the state legislature just recently passed a law requiring four years of science and math and this course can fit either requirement, he said.
The best thing is both students and teachers are enthusiastic about the course.
“It’s a blast!” Corona said.
The cost per student is minimal and the overall cost for a classroom is also comparatively inexpensive, he explained.
School districts can find out about Infinity Project by going to www.Infinity–Project.org.
 

KISD teacher of year honored at Ranger game
Kemp Intermediate’s Misti Moore cited for HEART
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer

KEMP–Kemp Intermediate sixth-grade teacher Misti Moore was honored during the Texas Rangers Friday night game.
She, along with other honorees from Region 10 and their counterparts in Region 11, were lauded for their excellence as teachers of the year on the Ameriquest Field in Arlington prior to the evening’s baseball game.
Moore began her teaching career in 2001, and this year teaches world history.
What makes her stand out among her peers, and is the reason her colleagues have named her teacher of the year, is the second-mile service she brings to her students.
Last year, Moore taught math, and challenged her students to achieve 80 percent passing on the TAKS test.
To sweeten the deal, she promised to kiss a pig if they reached the goal, a suggestion her class proposed would motivate them.
Well, they not only reached the goal, they surpassed it, and Moore, along with her co-math teachers, kissed a pig in front of the whole student body.
Every year, Moore also involves her students in a number of community service projects, so they can learn by experience that every person can make a difference.
“Involving the students in service projects reveals her passion for education,” Kemp Intermediate Principal Teresa Angeles said. “She really cares, and it shows. She is an excellent teacher.”
Some of the projects she is planning for this year include a trash pickup day in downtown Kemp in preparation for homecoming events.
“This is one way to show pride in where we live,” Moore said.
An ongoing project is collecting old and used cell phones for the Athens Crisis Center. Her students have already collected 20 phones, she said.
The Gun Barrel City resident is also arranging a pen pal program with the Kemp Nursing Home, so kids can gain from the experience of their elders, while practicing their writing skills.
Kemp’s sixth graders have had a long tradition of singing Christmas carols at the home, led by all the sixth grade teachers, she added.
Students will also be involved in raising funds for worthy causes, as they take cues from the news.
“I want them to see they count. They can count for good in their community. If they realize they can make a difference, they will more likely grow up to become voters, and continue to contribute to their communities,” Moore said.
Moore, who is a mother of three boys, 6, 8, and 10 years old, also leads Kemp Intermediate’s HEART program – a program promoting right behavior at school.
HEART stands for Helping Everyone Achieve Responsibility Together.
“It’s a very good program,” she said. She credits the program with greatly reducing the number of office referrals for poor behavior.
She feels this has directly impacted the rise in TAKS scores.
“Now that kids spend more time in the classroom and less time in the office, they are able to perform better on their tests,” Moore pointed out.
Office referrals have been reduced by up to 75 percent.
Last year’s sixth grade class of gifted and talented students, under Moore’s direction, made a video demonstrating what following the BEAT rules looks like in the common areas and in the classrooms.
“The kids did everything, from writing the script, acting and videotaping to complete the project,” she said.
BEAT stands for:
• Be responsible.
• Encourage everyone.
• Always be safe, and
• Treat everyone with respect.
Incoming fourth graders view the video as part of their orientation to Kemp Intermediate, she said.
When students are “caught” demonstrating the right behavior, they are cited with a “heart stopper.”
At the end of the week “heart stoppers” become tickets for a drawing.
The names of four students from each grade level and one teacher is drawn from the collection to receive a special treat. They are honored in the Kemp Intermediate Newsletter, and their photos are displayed at the school.
If Kemp Intermediate’s motto is: “The school with a heart,” then as the HEART coordinator, Moore is certainly the teacher with heart.