Looking Ahead in Paris ISD

parisisd logoApril 21-30, 2014

Paris High School

4:00 – 5:30 p.m. – Students who wish to audition for positions in next year’s Colorguard attend daily practices in the Band Hall

 

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Paris High School

8:00 a.m. – Noon – Saturday School – Students make up for excessive absences

 

Monday, April 21, 2014

Paris High School

8:35 a.m. – ELA TAKS Retest – For students in grade 12 who have not passed the exit level ELA test

 

Paris Junior High School

Planner Checks

 

Crockett Intermediate School

2:45 p.m. – 6th Grade STAAR Pep Rally

 

Aikin Elementary

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Choir Rehearsal

3:05 – 4:00 p.m. – SLAM Tutorials

 

Justiss Elementary

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Art Club A

 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Paris High School

8:35 a.m. – Math TAKS Retest – For students in grade 12 who have not passed the exit level math test

 

Paris Junior High School

Math STAAR Test – 7th Grade

Social Studies STAAR Test -8th Grade

 

Crockett Intermediate School

STAAR Math Test – 6th Grade

 

Aikin Elementary

3:00 – 4:00 p.m. – Dynamic Drummers

3:05 – 4:00 p.m. – SLAM Tutorials

 

Justiss Elementary

Math STAAR Test

 

Lamar County Head Start

11:30 a.m. – Read With Me – “Making Number Sense” workshop to follow

 

Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Paris High School

Balfour Orders – Balfour will be on campus during lunch to deliver cap & gown and other graduation product orders

8:35 a.m. – Science TAKS Retest – For students in grade 12 who have not passed the exit level science test

 

Paris Junior High School

Reading STAAR Test – 7th Grade

Science STAAR Test -8th Grade

2:00 p.m. – Awesome Bucks Auction

 

Crockett Intermediate School

STAAR Reading Test – 6th Grade

STAAR Science Test – 5th Grade

 

Justiss Elementary

Reading STAAR Test

4:00 – 6:00 p.m. – Family Reading Night – Library

 

Givens Early Childhood Center

Class Picture Day

 

Lamar County Head Start

“Riding the Transition Train”  – Getting Ready for Kindergarten Workshop

 

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Paris High School

8:35 a.m. – Social Studies TAKS Retest – For students in grade 12 who have not passed the exit level social studies test

 

Paris Junior High School

Choice Sheets sent Home – current 7th grade students

Field Trip Scholarship Applications Due

 

Aikin Elementary

3:05 – 4:05 p.m. – SLAM Tutorials

 

Lamar County Head Start

5:00 p.m. – F.I.S.H 101 – Last FISH Workshop – “Tying it all

Together!”

 

Friday, April 25, 2014

Paris High School

Career Fair – Student receive information on various career and occupational options in this annual event in the auxiliary gym

 

Paris Junior High School

Character Education Lesson – Personal Character Reduces

Negative Peer Pressure

 

Crockett Intermediate School

Crockett Band to Sandy Lake

 

Aikin Elementary

7:30 – 8:00 a.m. – School Store

 

Justiss Elementary

Field Day

7:30 a.m. – Spirit Sales in Cafeteria

9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. – Chrysler Test Drive!! – come test

drive a car and Justiss will earn money for each test drive

 

Saturday, April 26, 2014

Paris High School

8:00 a.m. – Noon – Saturday School – Students make up for excessive absences

 

Sunday, April 27, 2014

Paris High School

3:00 p.m. – Spanish National Honor Society Induction – New student members are inducted into the PHS chapter during a ceremony in the cafeteria

 

Monday, April 28, 2014

Paris Junior High School

Planner Checks

Spring Book Fair – PJH Library

3:45 – 4:30 p.m. – SLAM

6:00 p.m. – Informational session for parents of students who

will be in 7th grade for the 2014-2015 school year. Weger Auditorium at PJH

 

Justiss Elementary

3:00-4:00 p.m. – Art Club B

 

Lamar County Head Start

5:30 p.m. – Meet the Principal – Transition Workshop

 

Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Paris Junior High School

Choice Sheets Due  for current 7th Grade Students Outdoor Education Cooking

Spring Book Fair – PJH Library

3:45 – 4:30 p.m. – SLAM

 

Crockett Intermediate School

5:00 – 7:00 p.m. – El Dia del Nino

 

Lamar County Head Start

10:30 a.m. – Read With Me – “Growing Green” workshop to follow

 

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Paris Junior High School

Spring Book Fair – PJH Library

2014-2015 Scheduling – Current 7th Grade students visit computer lab to enter course and elective information in Social Studies

classes.

Justiss Elementary

4:00 – 6:00 p.m. – Family Reading Night – Library

Lamar County Head Start

Noon – Let’s Get Healthy – Fitness and Food Workshop

 

Google’s Project Ara: The Modular Smartphone

ara-apartLast week, Google held their first developer conference for Project Ara, Google’s modular smartphone. The concept of this particular modular phone started off as Phonebloks, an initiative by Dutch designer Dave Hakkens to reduce electronic waste. Google and Motorola adopted the concept into Project Ara, which is headed by Google’s Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) team.

Project Ara aims to create a low-cost smart phone for the 5 billion mobile users out there that have yet to jump from their basic feature phones. The modular phone proposed by Ara is a barebones phone that can be customized with the addition of various modules.

An easy analogy would be a custom-built PC that users can upgrade with a selection of components from various manufacturers, things like memory, video cards and higher capacity storage. Now imagine a phone you can upgrade without junking your old one. Want a better camera phone? With a modular phone, there’s no need to buy a whole new phone for that. Just swap out the old camera for a higher resolution camera.

At Google’s event, someone actually dropped the phone, cracking the screen. Fortunately, the nature of the project turned this incident into a selling point. The idea is you’d simply be able to swap out the broken display for a new one, as nearly every part of this phone is designed to be easily replaced.

Because the hardware can be constantly modified, Ara engineers need to be economical about their designs to make the best use of the limited space available. The result is that Project Ara features some innovative, creative design and just plain cool engineering.

The Modular Design

The base of the phone is called the endoskeleton, or “endo” for short. This metal foundation is divided into a grid of several blocks. There are plans for various phone sizes, each with a different number of blocks. The standard size is 3×6, a large phone would be 4×7, and a small one would be 2×5. Each phone features a vertical spine that further segments the grid to accept external modules made up of a certain number of blocks.

endosizesModules are made up of 1×1, 2×1 and 2×2 block configurations, and fit into the corresponding slots on the endo. The CPU, memory, and other core hardware are located in a single 2×2 primary “Application Processor” module, or “AP.” Theoretically, if you want a faster phone, you could just swap out the AP for a newer one. Google hopes to attract various component manufacturers to develop their own modules for the device, including items like displays, microphones, speakers, batteries, cameras, biometric readers, and more.

Modules don’t have to be dedicated to a single function. Since space is very limited, developers are encouraged to maximize their use of space, meaning larger modules can have multiple functions. For example, module designers could fill any left over space with an extra battery, extending the overall battery life of the device.

Integrating New Mobile Technology

Modules communicate with each other by a high-speed interface protocol called UniPro. This interface technology targets mobile applications, featuring high-bandwidth and low power consumption.

Modules physically connect to the endo through capacitive M-PHY surfaces. The capacitive interface allows for clear connection points, minimizing wear and tear when replacing modules and extending the lifetime of the device. Endoskeletons are expected to last 5 to 6 years.

Electropermanent magnets hold the modules in place. As opposed to electromagnets that need a constant current to keep on, electropermanent magnets only need a current to flip between and on and off state, saving on power and battery.

Thanks to a small battery built into the endo itself, the phone continues to receive power, even if the main battery is removed. This means that you’ll be able to swap in and out most modules without having to power down or reset the phone.

Innovations in 3D Printing

In relation to Project Ara, Google is also taking another initiative in the 3D printing space. Google is working with 3D Systems to develop a new 3D printer that excels at printing in volume, something that existing printers have trouble with. This new printing system lays materials down in an oval track, as opposed to the back and for the construction process of traditional 3D printers.

The faster production will allow for mass-production of module shells, and users will able to print their own custom shells to meet their aesthetic desires. Google is also working on developing conductive ink printing, which would allow 3D printers to build electronics within the module cases.

A second Project Ara developer’s conferences in July will specifically cater to artists and 3D printing companies.

Project Ara In 2015

Development lead Paul Eremenko is taking his team through a new work philosophy, adopted from his previous experiences working for DARPA. The team only has 2 years to go from concept to final product. The small time frame encourages the team to take more risks to meet the deadline, leading to more innovation in the development process.

Project Ara will launch in early 2015. There will be two more developer conferences before the end of this year, and pre-production prototypes are already in the cards for December.

Google says consumers should expect the endoskeleton to cost under $100. They plan to release an endoskeleton package called the “grey phone,” which will include an endoskeleton frame, the display, a battery, the main Application Processor module and a Wi-Fi unit. Google hopes that the module ecosystem will see a number of components from different manufacturers, offering more pricing options for consumers to choose from. The idea is that users will be able to customize their experience, going from a blank “grey” phone to whatever color or flavor of device they desire.

By Alfredo Dizon, eParisExtra

Still time to register for Uncle Jesse’s 28th Annual Big Bass Classic

Kelly Meredith shows off the fish that won the tournament in 2013.

Kelly Meredith shows off the fish that won the tournament in 2013.

It is not too late to enter as team or as an individual for the  Uncle Jesse’s 28th Annual Big Bass Classic.

The Uncle Jesse’s 28th Annual Big Bass Classic was started by Denver Pyle of “Dukes of Hazard” and is  a great opportunity to support the young people of Lamar County through various children’s charities.

The fishing tournament will be Saturday, May 3rd from 6am to 3pm at Pat Mayse Lake, Sanders Cove. There will be lots of prizes and trophies. Fishing begins at 6 a.m., and must be in Weigh-in line by 3 p.m. Tournament proceeds are designated for various children’s charities of Lamar County.

For more information, contact the Lamar County Chamber of Commerce at 903-784-2501 or email judy@paristexas.com

 

Date:

May 3, 2014

Time:

6:00 AM - 3:00 PM

Location:

Pat Mayse Lake, Sanders Cove.

Contact:

Lamar County Chamber of Commerce, (903) 784-2501

Email:

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Ratcliffe: ‘Still chasing,’ but gaining

Congressional candidate John Ratcliffe talks with potential voters during a recent event at Crawford's Hole in the Wall (eParis photo by Jeff Parish)

Congressional candidate John Ratcliffe talks with potential voters during a recent event at Crawford’s Hole in the Wall (eParis photo by Jeff Parish)

John Ratcliffe says he’s still behind in the runoff election against Ralph Hall for the 4th Congressional District of Texas, but is catching up.

“I feel like I’m still chasing, but the exciting thing to me is all my support is grassroots, and the incumbent is getting support from the establishment,” he said. “I’ve got to make up a lot of ground. I’m running against a guy who’s been campaigning in this district for 63 years, and I’ve been campaigning about four months.”

The runoff is set for May 27. Hall won 45 percent in the March primary – short of the majority needed to secure a primary win – which Ratcliffe likes to point out means that 55 percent “voted for someone else.” Ratcliffe garnered 29 percent.

The challenger said his record as a U.S. attorney, chief of Anti-Terrorism and National Security for the Eastern District of Texas and mayor of Heath make him a viable alternative.

He spoke at a meet-and-greet that Gary and Sydney Young, longtime acquaintances of Ratcliffe, hosted at Crawford’s Hole in the Wall earlier this week

“Lamar County has been really good to me,” he said. “I’ve been here a lot. This is my third trip to Paris in the last 11 days.”

Ratcliffe frequently described Hall as a “nice man” who is “well liked,” but said many people feel it’s time for a change.

At 90, Hall is the oldest member of Congress and one of the longest-serving members, having been in office since 1981. His first political office was county judge of Rockwall County, a position he was elected to in 1950.

“I got in this race because I felt a majority of people in this district liked Ralph Hall, but felt it was time for a change,” Ratcliffe said. “He’s had 34 years to fix the problems in Washington, and Washington has never been more broken.”

Recent campaign finance reports show that Hall still had $177,000 on hand while the challenger had $158,000. To date, Ratcliffe has raised $314,000 from individual donors, nearly double Hall’s $176,000.

PAX Gaming Expo Comes to Texas in January 2015

paxasGamers in Texas who want to share their passion with a crowd of like-minded individuals have had a few limiting options to do so in the past. There’s QuakeCon in Dallas, which is mainly focused on PC games. If you’re into pinball and classic arcade games, there’s the Texas Pinball Festival in Frisco. The ScrewAttack Gaming Convention is a little more general, but still relatively low-key, and Austin’s South by Southwest only has a small portion dedicated to gaming. While these events are popular, with attendance in the thousands, they pale in comparison to what folks on the east and west coast have been enjoying for years. Early next year, Texas gamers will finally get to see what they’ve been missing out on with PAX South.

On April 12, during the second day of PAX East in Boston, Massachusetts, Penny Arcade announced that they are bringing their extravagant gaming festival to San Antonio, Texas starting in early 2015.

Many consider PAX to be a gaming mecca, a celebration of all corners of gaming, from video games to tabletop. Fans from all over the world congregate at PAX events to celebrate their love for games by getting together to play video games, roll dice and toss cards in board games, throw down the gauntlet in competitive “e-sports,” demonstrate their creativity with their own independently developed games, and show off their costuming skills in game-themed cosplay.

In addition to the legion of fans in attendance, large game publishers also use PAX as a means of showing off the latest and greatest in the gaming world. Previous events featured showings from big companies like Microsoft, Sony and Nintendo, debuting games that have never been seen before. Industry figures from games media and game development also use PAX as an opportunity to connect personally with their fans through informative and highly entertaining panels and workshops.

PAX South actually marks the fourth iteration of the convention, joining the ranks of PAX Prime in Seattle, PAX East in Boston, and PAX Australia in Melbourne.

In a press release, Penny Arcade president Robert Khoo stated, “Since its launch in 2004, PAX events have doubled in size almost every year, and our Seattle and Boston events represent the two largest gaming festivals in North America. We’ve been hearing for years that those in the south had a tough time making it to the northern corners of the country; PAX South has always been a matter of ‘when’ rather than ‘if.’”

PAX attendance numbers have grown to more than 70,000 attendees at each event. Three-day passes for the recently concluded PAX East 2014 sold out within 3 minutes of going on sale, 154 days before the actual event. For those interested in attending PAX South in January, be on the look out for when tickets go on sale in the coming months, or you might risk missing out on the biggest gaming celebration in Texas.

PAX South will be held next year from January 23rd to the 25th at the Henry B. Gonzales Convention Center in San Antonio.

By Alfredo Dizon, eParisExtra