Wednesday, December 21, 2016

Buckholts FFA Cowboy Roping 12-18-16

Man, what a difference 24 hours makes. Sunday, December 18th, never broke 32 degrees at the 3P Arena in Buckholts, in stark comparison to Saturday's high 60's for the team roping events. Most of Sunday afternoon, I couldn't feel my fingers, but roping was at hand.

Cowboy Roping, to benefit the Buckholts FFA, was organized by Chuck Kaiser and Anthony Pina.
Here's the sponsor board:

And the winners are:

High Point Roper - Anthony Pina
Top Team - Ray Batiste & Ron Richmond

L-R: Chuck Kaiser (Event Organizer), Anthony Pina (High Point Roper, Sponsor & Event Organizer), Ron Richmond & Ray Batiste (Top Team Ropers) and Alicia Theriot, Buckholts Ag Science teacher and FFA sponsor)

Below is the link to the Cowboy Roping Photos, but, not all the photos will be finished until after Christmas, so keep checking back here.

Buckholts FFA Team Roping 12-17-16

Last Saturday's Team Roping at the 3P Arena, benefiting the Buckholts FFA chapter was huge success. Organizers Chuck Kaiser and Anthony Pina had everything running smooth.

First, THANKS to the event sponsors:

Jack Hilliard Ranches
Circle V Store
Georgia Pirtle Insurance
3P Cowboy Church
Lorenz Tire
Amazing Grace Thrift Shop
Buckholts Fire Department
Mike & Diana Beadnell
3P Arena

and all the students and volunteers who worked the event.

Jake Wagner was the high point roper and won the saddle donated by Hilliard Ranches.

L to R: Chuck Kaiser (Organizer), Cooper Meinardus (FFA Treasurer) Jake Wagner (#10 Header Buckle + High Point Saddle), Wes Mucha (#10 Heeler Buckle) Jeffrey Arledge-Ruiz (FFA member), Anthony Pina (Organizer & Event Sponsor) and Alicia Theriot (BISD Ag-Science & FFA Sponsor)

#8 Class Champs were Rylie Cosper (Header Buckle Winner) & Wes Lundry (Heeler Buckle Winner)

Saturday's roping photos at this link > >  Buckholts FFA Benefit Team Roping 12-17-16

Monday, December 19, 2016

Buckholts Elementary School Christmas Program 2016

Buckholts Elementary students presented their Christmas Program in the Cafetorium last Thursday, December 15th. 

Here is the link to the program photos > >  BISD Elementary Christmas Program

AND, here is the link to the music  > > BISD Elementary Xmas Music

These are mp3 files. Just click the tracks (TRK) files to play the songs.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Buckholts PTO Forming

A handful of parents and teachers met in the BISD Library Thursday night, December 15th, taking the first steps in establishing a Parent-Teacher Organization.

Preliminary by-laws were adopted, but there's lots be done to make the PTO viable.
Mission/purpose, election of officers, financial setup, non-profit status, etc.

A PTO is formed to support the efforts of the school teachers and administration.

A PTO is organized exclusively for the charitable, scientific, literary or educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue code.

The objectives of a PTO are usually:

      ·    Establish and maintain a working relationship among parents, school and community.
      ·    Support school improvement teams and promote the finest education possible for the students.
      ·    Expand technology and supplement equipment and supplies.
      ·    Increase student safety and security.
      ·    Develop programs and projects that will support or enrich the curriculum.
      ·    Enhance the quality of education by raising funds for school supplies or programs that fall outside the school budget.

Though usually established for the elementary school level, a PTO, especially in smaller districts, may serve K-12. A properly established PTO, run in a professional manner is very important in the success of students.

Typical roles of a PTO are:
  • Support the program and activities of the school, but the PTO does NOT run the school.
  • Encourage parent involvement, but the PTO does NOT force parental participation in PTO or school activities.
  • Give feedback/suggestions for school programs, but the PTO does NOT set school policy.
  • Organize fundraising to support equipment and services not covered by the school budget, but the PTO does NOT control the schools' budget.
  • Help with projects that support and enrich the curriculum, but the PTO does NOT define the curriculum of the school district.
  • Encourage and fund exposure of students to technology, but the PTO does NOT dictate software or technology policy.
  • Support the educational goals of the schools through parent and community volunteerism, but the PTO does NOT set the educational goals, nor testing requirements or compliance factors.
  • Recruit and coordinate volunteer efforts to perform PTO functions and assist with school programs, but the PTO does NOT have an authority over school district administrators, staff, teachers or other school employees
  • BUT, a successful PTO DOES help make successful schools

"It takes a village to raise a child"

Photos from the PTO meeting  > >  PTO Organizational Meeting

Tuesday, December 13, 2016

BISD Students and Teachers Recognized

At the regular monthly BISD Board Meeting, two students and two teachers were recognized for outstanding service.

Jacob Hernandez and Christopher Salomon were recognized for school and civic service, with certificates presented by Principal Kris Shaver.

Principal Shaver also recognized two teachers for going above and beyond in the classroom.

Elementary Teacher Janice Bridges with her certificate. Hannah Noel, also an elementary teacher, was recognized, but is away on family leave. (So that's why Mrs. Noel was given a baby shower a few weeks ago.)

CONGRATULATIONS to the recipients.

And now, about those cell phones.

Improper cell phone use by students in the classroom has risen sharply the last few weeks. Partly because it's easier for students to conceal cell phones in winter clothing. Whatever the reason for students violating student conduct rules, if a student is texting, listening to music or watching videos on their phones in class,they are NOT learning or participating in class. Parents/guardians must emphasize their children are to keep their phones off during school time. Parents/guardians should NOT be texting their children at school during school hours. Without spending thousands of dollars, there is little more the school system can do to electronically control student cell phone use in the classroom.

There are land line phones campus wide in case of emergency. Teachers are allowed to activate their cell phones in case of emergency. (Yep, teachers cell phones are to be off during instructional times,) If a student becomes sick, that student must report to the nurse for evaluation and documentation, instead of texting their parents to come get them. ALL the school computer labs are fully equipped and functional. There is simply no educationally sound reason for students to be accessing their phones in or between classes.

So here it is. If you want your children to succeed, be capable of learning, graduate high school and be employable or college bound, IF you care and want to be the reason Buckholts schools succeed and stay open and accredited, curb your child's cell phone usage at school. Severely limit available talk time. Maybe take it away for a month or more. Put time-of-use restrictions on that phone (check with your carrier for instructions).

Now, some will ask why the big deal? Well, DUH, first the obvious distraction! Secondly, for a recent example, someone on campus has been using a Samsung S7 smart phone as an internet "hotspot" attempting to bypass the school's internet filter (required by Federal and State law, and yes it is a pain). If that Samsung S7 is used enough as an internet hotspot, I likely will be able to identify the perpetrator and subsequent hotspot users.

This hotspot issue, or similar attempts to bypass school internet controls is serious business. For example, were I able to identify a school staff member using their cell phone as a hotspot at school in a subversive or "recreational" manner, I would, with supporting evidence, name that person to the school board with a recommendation that person be fired, on the spot, and criminal charges be filed. Yeah! It's that serious. And ridiculous so much time is spent on cell phone issues at BISD.

Research from  the University of Texas and Louisiana State University shows that test scores increase between 6-14% when cell phones are not allowed in the classroom. Here's the link:   

That 6-14% might keep the schools open. Just sayin' . . .

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Treats Needed !

Buckholts Elementary is hosting an academic UIL event this Wednesday, December 14th. Food, snacks and drinks are needed for the hospitality room for the adults directing events, grading and wrangling kids. If you and/or your organization can donate donuts, finger sandwiches, sodas, bottled water, adult snacks, etc. please contact the school.


Also: FFA benefit roping event next Saturday (12/17) and Sunday afternoon (12/18)

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

Jr High Hoops vs Westphalia

Westphalia's Junior High basketball teams paid a visit to Buckholts gymnasium Monday, December 5th.

The girls were up first:

Followed by the boys:

Links to the game photos are below.

Monday, December 5, 2016

FFA Benefit Team Roping Coming Up

Buckholts FFA benefit teaming roping at 3P arena
December 17th and 18th.

Saturday, December 17 the books open at 9:00 AM with roping starting at 10:00 AM.

          #8/4 cap is $40 per team                                         #10/6 cap is $50 per team

Buckles to Champion Header and Heeler

Saddle to High Money Roper

Sunday, December 18 the books open at 2:00 PM with roping at 3:00 PM.

          3 Man Team with 4 loop limit and steer must be tied, $60 per team

Buckles to First Place Team

3P arena is located at 6722 N Hwy 36 (US190) past the east Buckholts city limit on the north side of US 190/TX 36.

Concessions will be available and kids (supervised) are welcome to enter.

Need details?  Call 254-723-1134 or 432-755-4593.

Support your Buckholts FFA !

Saturday, December 3, 2016

A Near Miss

This one almost slipped by me. 🔺

The Buckholts Senior class of 2017 will host a dinner and (sh!!) silent auction at the Buckholts Community Center this Sunday, December 4th from 11 AM - 2 PM. Dinner (lunch, lupper, etc.)

For $7 (seven bucks) you get 2 (two) chicken fajita tacos with all the trimmings, beans, rice and a drink.

Cheaper than Mickey D's and with a purpose, support your Buckholts' Seniors and bid on stuff to get the Seniors to Dustin, Florida and out of their parents' hair for a few days!

So come and have fun, eat and be merry for The Season.

Friday, December 2, 2016

Orange Santa

The Buckholts Town Council, the Police Department, local businesses and citizens are in allegiance as Orange Santa to assist needy families with Christmas sharing. Orange Santa wishes to express the joy of giving so that ALL Buckholts children have a special Christmas.

Donations of toys will be accepted at Town Hall until December 16th. Families may apply for assistance through December 8th at the town hall.

Thursday, December 1, 2016

Jr Hi Basketball 11-28-16

Buckholts Junior High hosted Oglesby in basketball last Wednesday, 11-28-16.

The ladies were in fine form.

And, the boys saw plenty of action.

Girls photos here  > >  JH Girls Basketball 11-28-16

Boys here   > >  JH Boys Basketball 11-28-16

BISD Early Release, PTO, & Christmas Program

Buckholts Schools will be hosting an Elementary U.I.L. meet Wednesday, December 14th. Activities start at 12:30 PM so students will be released at noon.

Then Thursday, December 15th, the school will present their Christmas Program at 6:30 PM in the Cafetorium. Before the program, a PTO organizational meeting will be held in the Elementaty Library at 5:30 PM.

BISD Job Opening

Buckholts ISD is still looking for a part time crossing guard for U.S. 190/Hwy 36.

Must be RELIABLE and RESPONSIBLE with the ability to work outside in ALL weather conditions EVERY school day. Must pass DPS criminal history check.

editor's note: Probably should not be sensitive to train horns at close distance.

Apply online at

Sunday, November 27, 2016

Varsity Basketball Home Openers

The varsity Badgers and Lady Badgers hosted Granger in Buckholts' first home basketball games of the season last Monday, November 21st.

First up were the Lady Badgers!

Then the Badgers took the court!

Girls' photos here > >  Lady Badgers Home Opener

Boys' photos here > >  Badgers Open At Home

Hope everyone had a wonderful Thanksgiving, now blah, back to the grind.

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Continuing . . .

iPads have been dispersed to the Buckholts Elementary School computer lab,

and the Middle School and High School computer labs are fully functional with Dell workstations.

Plus, it's basketball season!

Buckholts Lady Badgers Varsity

Buckholts Badgers Varsity
Plus crickets?  Meh, no cricket photos. Hopefully cricket season is over.

HS team photos - - > >  HS Team Photos

Thursday, November 17, 2016

iPads + Basketball + Crickets

Huh? Say what? Is that a Cajun recipe?

Bear with me. I'll explain later when I have time.

Meantime, here is a clue.

And, another clue about my day(s) at my designated parking spot.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

SOS Meeting

Wednesday, November 9th, Buckholts ISD held a SOS (Save Our School) meeting. Originally scheduled to be held in the school library meeting room, the event was moved to the cafetorium to accommodate the large gathering of attendees. (That's a good thing!) Parents, students, community leaders, BISD administrators and staff, our TEA conservator and representatives from ESC Region 6 were present.

Dr. Steve Johnson, ESC Region 6 Instructional Services Director and TEA Conservator Marsha Ridlehuber await the start of the SOS meeting.

ESC Region 6's Dr John Conley II greeted meeting attendees.
Buckholts ISD is rated Improvement Required (IR is a nice way of saying "failing"). School year 2016-17 is BISD's fourth year in a row with an IR rating. Buckholts' schools are slated for closing if the student test scores are again insufficient this coming Spring. New Superintendent Nancy Sandlin, Ms. Ridlehuber and ESC Region 6 personnel are running full throttle to avoid the schools' closure. Monday, 11/07/16, in a special meeting, the school board authorized additional short term spending for Ms. Sandlin to hire additional part-time teachers and purchase needed instructional items. Ms. Sandlin has already hired one additional part-time retired teacher and interviewing others.

BISD Superintendent Nancy Sandlin opened the SOS meeting, explaining the schools status and plans to get student test scores to meet State standards. 

Dr. Steve Johnson explained ESC Region 6's involvement in the Buckholts school turnaround plan, at zero cost to the district, to a packed house in the BISD cafetorium.
Though BISD's past administration was not fully transparent to the community on the school system's accountability rating, Ms. Sandlin is keeping the community informed and what is being done to correct the problem. ESC Region 6 will have personnel at BISD weekly for the rest of this school year's instructional period. With an estimated cost of $60,000, ESC Region 6 is providing their instructional assistance for FREE, because, as ESC Region 6 Executive Director Michael Holland told the school board last Monday night, of Ms. Sandlin's passion and commitment to serving the students and staff of BISD.

The Buckholts community turned out for the SOS meeting, leaving standing room only at the back of the facility.
So what is being done? Ms. Sandlin, Ms. Ridlehuber and Region 6 instruction specialists have been evaluating staff and students to remediate State test grades. Before school and lunch time tutorials are in place. Short term specialized teachers are being hired. Teachers are receiving additional training. And, thanks to Region 6's commitment, 30 Dell work stations were deployed in the High School and Middle School computer labs at NO cost to BISD. (That's $40-50K of computer equipment!) Ipads will be re-assigned to the Elementary School computer lab. More instructional and technology improvements are rapidly being prepared and distributed.

What more needs to be done? Parents insisting on their students studying, being polite and non-disruptive in class. Students asking for help with problem study areas. Parents instilling positive behavior and discipline. Volunteering to help at school. Form a PTO. Churches can help reinforce parent/students involvement. Community leaders can be role models for polite intervention. We can ALL support or students and teachers by listening more and talking less. Ask the teachers and students how things are going and encourage the students to want to learn and praise their accomplishments. PUT THE PAST BEHIND.

Yes, it IS late in the game for Buckholts schools. BUT, it is not impossible to turn things around and save our school system. Need proof? Well, against all conventional odds, Donald Trump won the U.S. Presidential election. Who would have thought . . . . . . .

Stay positive. We can do this!

Photos from the meeting here  > >  BISD SOS Meeting

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Last Football Game of 2016

The Buckholts Badgers faced off against Oglesby in the last game, at home, of the 2016 football season. The chain gang was in rare form.

And, it was Senior Night for Buckholts' atheletes.

Closing out football 2016 images > >  Last Football Game of 2016

Monday, November 7, 2016

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· · · – – – · · · (SOS) is the international Morse code distress signal adopted world wide in the early 1900's.

Nowadays, in Buckholts, it stands for

Save Our School 

Buckholts ISD is rated IR (improvement required) and in danger of being closed down by the TEA (Texas Education Agency). The school board, this school year, brought on board a new superintendent skilled in rejuvenating schools. New teachers were hired. An improved technology plan is in place. Tutorials are required for students with low grades. Staff and teachers have been working overtime preparing students for EOC and state testing. BUT, that is NOT enough.

Students, parents, and the community MUST commit to the local learning process. Teachers staying late and kids in tutorials are NOT enough if parents don't encourage their children to be on time, be polite, help each other AND do homework. All the technology in the world is NOT enough if the community does not invest time to encourage our teachers and students to succeed.

This is NOT a case of "bad" kids or low achievers. FAR from it. From what I've seen, BISD students are very capable learners and want to flourish. Our students need to know each other and YOU care about their education. 

Aside from all the test taking and ratings, a High School diploma is very important because it makes you EMPLOYABLE. Ever see all those job postings declaring "high school diploma required"? That requirement is a legal means for employers to disregard you as a job candidate, up front, before you even get a foot in the door. 

Having your local school system shut down by TEA is not a good thing. You wind up with abandoned buildings, loss of jobs, increased costs to parents AND ALL the school's money and assests are transferred to another school district. And you don't get to say jack about it because your local school board will be dissolved!

Back to the IR thing. It didn't happen overnight. BISD (I think) is in it's fourth year of IR status. Not good, but repairable, IF YOU care. Here's a chance for you to have a positive impact on your school system.

SOS - Save Our School Planning meeting on Wednesday, November 9th, 5:30 - 7:30 PM in the Elementary Library.

No excuses, YOU need to attend the meeting. 

Monday, October 31, 2016

Truck or Treat

Hotdogs, cookies and candy at the Truck or Treat at the fire station in downtown Buckholts Halloween night.

Papa Smurf Visits Buckholts

Papa Smurf made an appearance in Buckholts for Halloween. The Badger Witch and Miss Pineapple were also spotted.

More Halloween dress up  > >  Halloween Dress Up

Sunday, October 30, 2016

Badger Varsity Football vs Calvert 10-28-16

The Buckholts varsity football team traveled to Calvert last Friday night in a face-off with the Trojans. The mercy rule was invoked right after half time, with the Trojans leading the Badgers.

It wasn't all bad news. The Badgers didn't go scoreless.

Jacob Hernandez scores the Badger's touch down of the game.
And the cheerleaders had matching pink shoe laces for Breat Cancer Awareness.

No trips to the hospital and everyone got to go home early, with some heading to Corpus Christi for the regional cross country meet.

Check out the photos  > >  Calvert Game Ends Early

The Great Pink Out Pep Rally

For breast cancer awareness, Buckholts schools went pink for last Friday's pep rally. All students were presented a slide show regarding breast cancer statistics and research efforts.

Then it was time to rev up the football team.

Some birthday girls were recognized,

biceps were compared,

and a send off for cross country runners leaving to compete in regional competition in Corpus Christi.

It also appeared some lucky elementary class was to end the school day with some Halloween treats.

Pink Out photo album  > >  The Great Pink Out

3 BISD Runners Compete in Regional Cross Country. 1 Advances to State Meet

Buckholts High School had three runners competing in the Regional cross country meet in Corpus Christi, Saturday, October 29th.

Megan Lopez, Julissa Cordona and Jeffrey Ruiz represented BISD.

Megan and Julissa start their race.

Jeffrey on the last leg of his race.

Jeffrey, with Coach Rinderknecht, at the finish line, moments before learning
Jeffrey qualified for the State meet!

Congratulations to the Buckholts regional cross country racers. Atta-boy's to Jeffrey Ruiz who will compete in the UIL 2016 State Cross Country Meet in Round Rock at the Old Settlers Park, Saturday, November 12.

Race photos  > >  Regional Cross Country