Board Meeting Last Night

Last night, the Eustace ISD Board of Trustees held their regular monthly meeting. The Board took the following actions:

  • Approved the minutes of previous meetings.
  • Approved the financial reports as presented.
  • Approved the Resolution to Offer Struck-Off Properties at Sheriff’s Tax Foreclosure Sale as amended.
  • Approved the 2017-2018 District Improvement Plan.
  • Approved the 2017-2018 Campus Improvement Plans.
  • Approved the purchase of up to 4 flat panel interactive screens.
  • Accepted the resignation of Misty Chestnut.
  • Approved the employment of Norma Rueter, cook at the High School; Eric McLeod, custodian at the Middle School; Tiffany Smith, PPCD aide at the Primary; Shelby Stegent, 1st grade teacher.
  • Approved the substitute list as presented.
  • Approved the student transfers as presented.
  • Adjourned.

This Week and Board Meeting Tonight

Congratulations to the varsity volleyball team on their win against Kemp last Friday. The Lady Bulldogs improved to 2-1 in district play.

Congratulations to the varsity football team on their win against Palmer last Friday. The win puts the Bulldogs at 3-0 going into their bye-week.

The EHS Bass Team competed in their first tournament on Saturday. Below is information provided by the Bass Team sponsor, Kenneth Carpenter.

We had four of our six teams competing this weekend at Lake Ray Hubbard. Two teams made it to weigh in. Wesley Kirchenbauer and Clay Carpenter placed 47th overall and Micah and Colby Carpenter placed 76 overall. 181 teams competed and only 98 teams made it to the weigh in trailer. Our other two teams competing were Colton Tumlinson -Luis Garcia and Cade Adair-Ryan Powers. Neither team caught a scorable bass, but fished hard. Overall, it was a lot of fun and the kids really seemed to enjoy it. Next tournament is here at Cedar Creek October 14 at Log Cabin.

The Mighty Bulldog Marching Band is getting more of their contest show ready each week. Their first contest is October 7 at Mesquite.

This Week

The district will be having a district wide evacuation drill Tuesday. The drill will take place around 9:00 AM.

Monday – Middle School Volleyball at Kemp – 5:00; Band Practice 6:30; School Board Meeting – 7:00 – High School Library

Tuesday – JV and Varsity District Volleyball v. Alba-Golden – 4:30

Thursday – Individual Pictures – Intermediate School; Middle School Football v. Dallas Life Oak – 4:30; JV Football – Open

Friday – End of 1st 6 Weeks; JV & Varsity Volleyball at Quitman – 4:30; Varsity Football – Open

Saturday – JV & Varsity Cross Country at Lovejoy

I hope everyone has a great week!

Board Meeting Tonight

The Eustace ISD Board of Trustees will hold their regular monthly meeting tonight. The meeting will start at 7:00 PM and be held in the High School library. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend.

The Board will hear the following reports:

  • RevTrak Report
  • 2016-2017 District and Campus Improvement Plans Evaluation
  • Capital One Rebate
  • ACT/SAT Report
  • July Energy Savings
  • Update on Enrollment
  • The Board will also hear a report from Doug Whitt.

The Board may consider action on the following agenda items:

  • Minutes of Previous Meetings
  • Financial Reports
  • Resolution to Offer Struck Off Properties at Tax Sale
  • TASB Delegate
  • 2017-2018 District Improvement Plan and Campus Improvement Plans
  • Purchase of Interactive Flat Panel Screens

The Board will enter closed session to discuss personnel and staffing and student transfers. Any action taken on closed session items will be made in open session.

 

TSI Testing

There is still room for students to sign up for the TSI for September 22, 2017. I failed to include a deadline to sign up in my last email, but that deadline will be Tuesday, September 19, so that I can coordinate with TVCC.

Excerpt from email sent 8-31-17:
Any student who wants to take TVCC Dual credit classes must first pass the TSI, which is a college entrance exam. TVCC will be at the Eustace High School campus on Friday, September 22 and Thursday, October 26, to administer this exam for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors and seniors who have not taken and passed all 3 sections, and would like to be eligible to take dual credit courses in the future (freshmen will be eligible to take welding in the Fall of 2018). Eustace ISD will pay for two attempts to take the test and pass it- after that the student must pay the $30 test fee. So, if your student has already taken the test at least 2 times, you must pay the test fee before or on the day of the test. Study resources are located at:

www.mometrix.com/academy/tsi-test/
https://secure-media.collegeboard.org/…/accuplacer-texas-success-initiative-assessment
www.tsipracticetest.com/
https://www.testprepreview.com/texas-success-initiative.htm
www.mathhelp.com/tsi-math-test-prep/

Students may sign up for the September test in Ms. Orr’s office. Spaces are limited and will be offered on a first come first serve basis.

 

This Week

Friday, the Lady Bulldogs started district play in volleyball. After dropping the first game to Mineola, the Lady Dogs came back and won the next three to go to 1-0 in district play. The Lady Bulldogs continue district play this week with games at Grand Saline on Tuesday and at home against Kemp on Friday.

The varsity football team went to 2-0 on the year with a 56-7 win over Quitman. This week the Bulldogs travel to Palmer for their last pre-district football game. Kickoff is set for 7:30.

Congratulations go out to the Mighty Bulldog Marching Band and the varsity cheerleaders on great performances last Friday night.

Mighty Bulldog Marching Band

Cheerleaders Warming Up

Also, congratulations to Mady Bragg and being chose to present at the Lincoln-Douglas Debate Performance in Tyler on Saturday. Below is a picture of Mady during her presentation.

Mady Bragg sharing her expertise on the Lincoln-Douglas Debate.

This Week

All during this week, the Primary School will be hosting its annual Fall Book Fair.

Monday –  Middle School Volleyball at Scurry 5:00; Band Practice – 6:30

Tuesday – JV & V District Volleyball at Grand Saline – 4:30

Thursday – Middle School Pep Rally – 2:15; MS & JV Football v. Palmer – 4:30

Friday – Celebrate Freedom Parade – 8:30; JV & V District Volleyball v. Kemp – 4:30; Varsity Football at Palmer – 7:30

Saturday – MS, JV, & V Cross Country at Canton

I hope everyone has a great week!

Family Access – Food Service Alerts

For parents of High School students, you may easily set up an email notification when your child’s food service balance falls below $5.00. After you log into Family Access, look at the top of the page for the link My Account. Click on the My Account link. It open a new page. Scroll down to the bottom of the page. You will see a section called Email Notifications. You have the option of checking a box to receive email notifications for grade alerts and email notifications when your child’s food service balance drops below $5.00. You can choose to receive both types of notifications or just the food service notifications.

I have used this option for several years. It is a great way for parents to know when they need to send more money for meals.

Note: Parents of students in grades PK – 8 do not need to bother with the food service notifications because all students in those grades eat at no cost.

Friday and Saturday

Congratulations to the JV football team on their 57-0 win over Quitman last night! The JV are now 2-0 on the year.

The volleyball teams begin district play today in Mineola. The varsity will play first at 4:30. The JV team will follow.

The varsity football team travels to Quitman today. Kickoff is set for 7:30. Not only will you get to see the football team, you will also get to see the award winning Mighty Bulldog Marching Band and our award winning varsity cheer squad.

Saturday, the JV and varsity cross country teams will be running in the Tyler Lee meet.

A reminder that the Primary School will be hosting its fall Book Fair next week.

Scholarships

October 6, 2017– The annual AES Engineers Scholarship for $500 is now available for application for any high school senior. The basis for winning the scholarship is character, and not just GPA> The scholarship is intended for future leaders across a wide spectrum of fields of study. Students must submit an essay of between 500 and 1,000 words in answer to the following question:

When you look back on your life in 30 years, what would it take for you to consider your life successful? What relationships or accomplishments will be important on this journey?

There is no application packet, and essays may be submitted to scholarships@aesengineers.com. For further information, please visit http://www.aesengineers.com/scholarships.htm.

 

February 16, 2018-The Better Business Bureau Education Foundation of Central East Texas is proud to announce the Kay Robinson Student of Integrity Video Scholarship program. This program recognizes a college-bound Senior who personifies high ethics as demonstrated through their creative talents in creation of a 30 to 60 second video, as well as their overall personal integrity and academic history. The FIRST PLACE WINNER will be awarded a $3,000 scholarship to an accredited college or university. The SECOND PLACE WINNER will be awarded a $2,000 scholarship to an accredited college or university. The THIRD PLACE WINNER will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship to an accredited college or university. The application is available in the counselor’s office.

February 28, 2018– The Cyberbullying Prevention for Teens Scholarship of $1,250 is available for  all high school students to apply. All participants will have to research and submit a 600-1,000 words essay regarding the following topic:

Why and How to Stop Cyberbullying

 For further details and to apply, visit www.parentinn.com/scholarship.

 

 

This Week

I hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend!

Congratulations to the Bulldog varsity football team on their 56-0 victory over Scurry this past Friday. I appreciate everyone’s patience in getting the power restored to the lights and scoreboard. While we got most of the game in, the faulty breaker decided to give out again in the fourth quarter. At this point, the officials stopped the game. I apologize for the inconvenience caused by the electrical malfunction. We are getting all of the electrical systems inside the panel boxes replaced today.

Congratulations go out to the varsity volleyball team for their win against Malakoff on Friday. The volleyball teams open district play this Friday.

The Mighty Bulldog Marching Band had their first performance of the year last Friday. The band is well over half way done in learning their marching show for this year.

As always, the Eustace varsity cheerleaders did an awesome job in Friday’s pep rally and during the game. Video of the pep rally will be uploaded to the district’s YouTube channel later today.

This Week

Tuesday – JV & V volleyball at Mabank – 5:00; Band Practice – 6:30

Thursday – JV football v. Quitman – 6:00

Friday – 2nd Grade Grandparents Day; JV & V district volleyball at Mineola – 4:30; Varsity football at Quitman – 7:30

Saturday – JV & V cross country at Tyler Lee

I hope everyone has a great week!

Scholarships, Mabank College Day, TSI Testing

It is time to start posting SCHOLARSHIPS!

The date listed is the date the scholarship is due.

September 30, 2017- ShipDig.com is the largest and most accurate database of post office locations, mailboxes, shipping drop boxes, and couriers, hours, phone numbers, directions and services provided in the United States, is pleased to announce the “ShipDig.com Scholarship Award” fund.

With rising costs for tuition, room and board, books and other education related expenses, they feel it is their public duty to help others receive a quality education. This scholarship is open to all students enrolled in accredited academic institutions, and high school seniors who are enrolling upon graduation. Students of all majors and intended majors are welcome to participate. Applicants must be residents of the United states. Applicants must be at least 16 years of age. Students who have previously applied but have not been awarded as finalists are urged to reapply. Awards will be sent directly to the financial aid office of the institution of the finalist’s enrollment. For further detail on the essay and how to apply, please visit www.shipdig.com/scholarships/.

October 5, 2017– The Create Real Impact “ Contest is offered by the  Impact Teen Drivers Fund  to promote ongoing commitment to providing awareness and education regarding the dangers of distracted driving and poor decision making, Create Real Impact Contest Awards are open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia between the ages of 14 and 22 years. Entrants must be enrolled as full-time students in an accredited educational institution (secondary [middle/high] school, trade school, college, or university).

REQUIREMENTS:

Create an original work showcasing your idea for a SOLUTION or STRATEGY to fix the very real problem of reckless and distracted driving. Four $500 scholarships will be awarded per category (video, music, art and creative writing)  as well as two additional “special awards”.

For further details and directions to enter, please visit https://createrealimpact.com/contestrules/

 October 25, 2017– The Horatio Alger Scholarship is awarded to eligible students in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. National Scholars receive an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., during the spring of their senior year to participate in the National Scholars Conference. Recipients must attend the National Scholars Conference to receive the award.

To be eligible to apply for the Horatio Alger National Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

A) Be enrolled full time as a high school senior in the United States; be progressing normally toward graduation in spring/summer of 2018 with plans to enter a college in the United States no later than the fall following graduation

B) Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree at an accredited non-profit public or private institution in the United States (students may start their studies at a two-year institution and then transfer to a four-year institution)

C) Demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required)

D) Be involved in co-curricular and community service activities

E) Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity

F) Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0; and

G) Be a United States citizen

To apply, visit https://scholars.horatioalger.org/scholarships.

March 31, 2018-The Swing of Things $500 Scholarship is available to high school seniors who plan to attend an accredited college or university in the fall of 2018. Applicants must submit an essay (500-1000 words) describing what they expect to change going to college and how they will adapt. For further information and rules visit www.swingsetmall.com and scroll down to bottom left side of page for scholarship info.

College Day for juniors will be held at Mabank High School on Thursday, September 21. Permission slips will be sent home on Tuesday, September 12 and they need to be returned by Monday, September 18 to allow time to secure buses and staff for the trip.

Any student who wants to take TVCC Dual credit classes must first pass the TSI, which is a college entrance exam. TVCC will be at the Eustace High School campus on Friday, September 22 and Thursday, October 26, to administer this exam for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors and seniors who have not taken and passed all 3 sections, and would like to be eligible to take dual credit courses in the future (freshmen will be eligible to take welding in the Fall of 2018). Eustace ISD will pay for two attempts to take the test and pass it- after that the student must pay the $30 test fee. So, if your student has already taken the test at least 2 times, you must pay the test fee before or on the day of the test. Study resources are located at:

www.mometrix.com/academy/tsi-test/

https://secure-media.collegeboard.org/…/accuplacer-texas-success-initiative-assessment
www.tsipracticetest.com/

https://www.testprepreview.com/texas-success-initiative.htm
www.mathhelp.com/tsi-math-test-prep/

Students may sign up for the September test in Ms. Orr’s office. Spaces are limited and will be offered on a first come, first serve basis.