Friday Night and Saturday

First, I want to thank everyone for a great first week of school. While it has not been perfect, it has been a smooth week. I appreciate everyone’s patience in the morning and afternoons as we try to make the drop-off and pick-up routines as user friendly as possible. We will continue to look for ways to improve this process.

Right now, our enrollment is at 1,523 students. This is about where we ended the 2015-2016 school year. For the first time in several years, all four grade levels at the High School are over 100 students. Currently, the High School has our largest enrollment, 452 students. Primary is second with 400 students. The Intermediate and Middle School have almost identical enrollments: Intermediate is at 337 and the Middle School is at 334.

In the first official football game of the season, the Bulldog JV football team defeated Scurry 28-8! Congratulations to the players and coaches!

Today is the first varsity football game of the season. The Bulldogs travel to Scurry for a 7:30 PM kickoff. Not only will fans be treated to a good football game, they will also get to see the varsity cheerleaders perform and get to hear and see the Mighty Bulldog Marching Band perform! The football team, cheerleaders, and band have been practicing since August 1. I encourage everyone to make the drive over to Scurry to watch all three groups perform.

The boys and girls cross country teams travel to Union Grove on Saturday to compete in their first official meet of the year. Both the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs return many of the runners that earned both teams a 3rd place medal in the state meet last year.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

New Visitors Policy

As you know,  over the past few years you’ve had to present your driver’s license or official ID when visiting the Intermediate Campus in order to receive a visitor’s pass. Based on recommendations from school safety experts the School Board has decided to add an additional step to that process.

Beginning this school year, when you come to visit our campus, you will need to present your official ID each time you come to campus. The secretaries in the office will hold your ID in the office until you leave campus.  You will then pick it up and leave your visitor’s pass. The intent of this new policy is not to cause you more problems, but to be able  account for everyone present on the campus.  This becomes important in case there is ever an emergency.

We appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we strive to keep everyone safe while at our school.

 

Absences Add Up – Resources and Information

It’s a given that the number of absences a student has directly affects their learning. A new website, developed by multiple organizations, provides information to parents, students, and teachers about the topic of school absences.

I encourage everyone to visit the website http://absencesaddup.org/ to view all the materials and resources that are available. If you have questions, please feel free to contact me at cholcombe@eustaceisd.net.

Addition to Visitor Procedures

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We greatly appreciate everyone’s cooperation over the past few years in presenting your driver’s license or official ID when visiting our campus. Based on recommendations from school safety experts we are adding one more step to that process.

At ALL EISD campuses we will need you to continue to present your official ID when you visit. Starting this year we will hold your ID in the office and you can pick it up when you leave the campus. The purpose of this policy is not to be more invasive, but to be able to quickly and accurately account for everyone present on the campus in the event of an emergency.

We understand it will require some adjustment and we appreciate your understanding and cooperation in our efforts to keep everyone as safe as possible.

The Times They are a Changin’ “

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As I am sure many have noticed, the start and dismissal times have changed a little at  all campuses. There are several reasons for this mostly related to a change in the law that requires Texas schools to attend school for a certain number of minutes per year as opposed to days. This benefits us in several ways. For example, the EISD calendar has enough time built into the schedule that in the event we have to miss a few days for bad weather we will not have to make them up.

At Middle School our start and dismissal times are a little later. Our first bell rings at 8:00 and class starts at 8:05. A student is tardy at 8:05. If your only stop is at the Middle School for pick up or drop off you can avoid some of the traffic congestion by arriving a little later in the morning and afternoon.

Traffic around ANY school gets a little crazy in the mornings and afternoons. We appreciate everyone’s patience to keep ALL of our students safe!

Bulldog Bash

Last night, EHS hosted its annual Bulldog Bash. Bulldog Bash gives parents and fans an opportunity to meet all of the students participating in cross country, volleyball, football, band, cheerleading, and the student training program. All of the High School staff were introduced during the Bash. Afterwards, parents got to meet the High School staff members in the cafeteria and discussed all the different programs and subjects available at the High School.

In addition, the Athletic Booster Club officers were recognized during Bulldog Bash. These people devote hours of work in various activities throughout the year. Anytime that you can help out for just an hour or two is greatly appreciated by the officers.

There are a couple of pictures attached to this post; however, a video of the entire Bulldog Bash will be posted to the district’s YouTube channel later this morning. The district’s YouTube page can be found at https://www.youtube.com/user/EustaceISD.

I want to thank everyone for coming out to support all of our Bulldogs last night!

A packed house for Bulldog Bash!

A packed house for Bulldog Bash!

Mighty Bulldog Marching Band

Mighty Bulldog Marching Band

 

Oh the places you’ll go

Oh the places

The first day of school is always an exciting time full of nerves, smiles, and new beginnings. It has been a great first day at Eustace Middle School. Our purpose at Eustace ISD is to maximize the opportunities our students have in life. Their opportunities are truly endless. Their mountains are waiting. We vow to do all we can to help our students climb those mountains and go beyond.

Lady Bulldogs place 3rd in Eustace Tournament

Congratulations to the Lady Bulldogs on finishing in 3rd place in the Championship Bracket of the Eustace Tournament. Overall, the Lady Bulldogs only lost one game during the tournament. On Thursday, the Ladies went 3-0 for the day with wins over Blooming Grove, Fruitvale, and Jacksonville. On Saturday, the Lady Bulldogs posted wins over Grand Saline and Scurry-Rosser. Their only loss came against Mabank on Saturday.

The Lady Bulldogs will be in action in the Tyler Tournament this weekend.

Eustace Lady Bulldogs -3rd Place

Eustace Lady Bulldogs -3rd Place

 

Welcome Back!

Today is the first day of the 2016-2017 school year. The summer seemed to go by very fast! I want to take this opportunity to welcome all the students, parents, and other family members to Eustace ISD.

This school year is a little different from what we have grown accustomed to in the past. Now, the school year is no longer calculated in days, but in minutes. Each school district in the state is required to ensure that all campuses attend school for at least 75,600 minutes. The 75,600 came from taking a school day of 7 hours, converting that to minutes (420) and multiplying by 180. You may be thinking that this is really not any different that what we have always done. In one sense, that’s correct. If districts kept their school days at exactly 7 hours, they would still have to go 180 days to get the required minutes of instruction. However, most campuses were already going to school a little over 7 hours. That means we could get the required number of minutes in a time less than 180 days.

After much discussion and debate, the campuses were able to set times that will enable us to get all of our required minutes in 175 days. In fact, we are going to have more than the required minutes. This will give us the flexibility of not having to worry about making up days for bad weather. For 2016-2017, we could miss up to five days of school without having to make up any time.

For the most part, the morning start times are similar to what we have used in previous years. The dismissal times are a little bit different. Based on the requests of  the campuses, we are going to try a different dismissal routine in the afternoons. The Intermediate and Primary will still dismiss and load buses first. After that, the buses will load at the High School. This year, the Middle School will be the last campus to load. Please be patient with us as we try to fine tune the afternoon dismissal.

As always, I welcome your comments and feedback on any aspect of the district. You can always reach me at cholcombe@eustaceisd.net.  You can always come by and visit in person as well. For the latest updates on district activities, please follow us on Twitter at @EustaceISD. I look forward to a great school year!

It’s That Time of Year…

It is one of my favorite times of year!  I am so excited to see all the kids come back to school.  Hope that you are all as excited as I am.  Just a couple of things to remember…

1. Registration is currently in progress on the Intermediate Campus.  If you have a child new to the district come see us so that we can complete registration.

2. Meet the Teacher is happening Thursday, August 18th beginning at 4pm.  We will begin in the Intermediate Cafeteria.  Hope that you all come out to meet your child’s teacher.

3. School begins Monday, August 22nd at 7:50am.  All students will gather in the Intermediate School’s gym.

I can’t wait to see you all and get this new school year started.  We have a year of exciting things planned for you!