Great Weekend for EISD and This Week

There were lots of good things happening for EISD this weekend. Things got started with the varsity volleyball team winning a hotly contested match against Scurry 3-2. The Lady Bulldogs end their regular season schedule this Tuesday with a match against Edgewood.

Next up, the varsity Bulldog football team posted its first district win of the year, 35-10, over Elkhart. The Bulldogs play Westwood this Friday for Homecoming.

On Saturday, the 7th grade volleyball team placed 2nd at the district tournament. The tournament was played in Eustace. Thanks to Steven Bell for the picture below:

7th Grade Volleyball – 2nd Place in District

Also on Saturday, in their first ever competition, the EHS Robotics Team placed 9th out of almost 100 teams! Their robot was also named “Most Photogenic!” Congratulations to robotics coach and sponsor, Lloyd Mahaffey and all the students that participated in the contest!

This Week

Today is the Regional Cross Country Meet in Grand Prairie. The meet will be held at Lynn Creek Park. The girls run at 1:30 and the boys run at 2:00. Awards take place at 2:45. Good luck to the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs!!

This week is Red Ribbon Week and is also our homecoming week. Various activities will take place at each campus throughout the week.

Thursday will be the tailgate party and bonfire. The tailgate party will start at 6:00 PM and will take place in the parking lot of Bulldog Stadium. The bonfire march will start around 8:00 with the bonfire to follow.

The community wide homecoming pep rally will be Friday morning. The parade will start around 8:15 and the pep rally should start around 9:00 AM. Everyone is invited to come out for the pep rally!

This Week

Monday – Intermediate School fund raiser ends; Regional Cross Country Meet at Lynn Creek Park in Grand Prairie; Girls run at 1:30; boys run at 2:00

Tuesday – Primary School picture day; JV & V volleyball v. Edgewood – 4:30

Thursday – Middle School football v. Malakoff – 5:00; JV football at Westwood – 6:00; Tailgate Party – 6:00; Bonfire – around 8:15

Friday – Homecoming; Pep Rally – 9:00 AM – Bulldog Stadium; Varsity football v. Westwood – 7:30

Saturday – Van Theater Arts Festival and Contests; UIL Area Marching Contest – Denton

I hope everyone has a great week!

Bulldog Band Earns Division I at Region

Yesterday, the Mighty Eustace Bulldog Marching Band earned a  Division I rating at the Region 3 UIL Marching Contest! By earning a Division I, the Bulldog Band qualified to compete in the Area Marching Contest on October 28. The Area Contest will be in Denton.

You can view the entire performance from yesterday below:

Congratulation to the students and directors, Todd Felty and Crystal Heidle. Also, a special thanks to all the people that went to Mesquite to support the Bulldog Band.

The band’s reaction when they learned they had received a Division I:


This Week

Congratulations to all of the EHS cross country teams on placing first at the district cross country meet. The varsity teams will now compete at the Regional Cross Country Meet in Grand Prairie. The Regional Meet will be on Monday, October 23.

The Middle School boys cross country team also placed first and the Middle School girls team placed second.

The varsity volleyball team continued their win streak with wins over Kemp and Alba-Golden last week. The Lady Bulldogs host Quitman on Tuesday and travel to Scurry this Friday.

The Mighty Bulldog Marching Band has competed at the Mesquite Marching Festival and the Cedar Creek Marching Festival in preparation for the UIL Regional Marching Contest. The contest is this Wednesday in Mesquite. The Bulldog Band will perform at 3:45.

This Week

Monday – Band Practice – 6:30; Board Meeting – 7:00

Tuesday – Middle School Fall Pictures; JV & V District Volleyball v. Quitman – 4:30; Tax Sale – High School Auditorium – 6:00

Wednesday – UIL Marching Contest – Mesquite Memorial Stadium – 3:45

Thursday – Middle School Football at Elkhart – 5:00; JV Football v. Elkhart – 6:00

Friday – JV & V Volleyball at Scurry – 4:30; Varsity District Football at Elkhart – 7:30



November 30, 2017- The Guidance Tech Leaders Scholarship is a $1,000 Scholarship available for graduating seniors who can write a 500 word essay on how you see the role of Internet and technology evolving over the next decade. To be eligible, applicants must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0. For further details and to apply, go to


February 5, 2018– The Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Area Go Texan  scholarship application will open in November. Qualifications for applying for this scholarship include:

  • US citizen and Texas resident
  • graduating senior
  • Complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid)
  • Plan to attend an accredited not-for-profit University in the state of Texas
  • Meet the academic standards for class rank and SAT/ACT scores as stated within the application. No one may apply who has not taken the SAT or ACT test and who cannot furnish documentation of scores

To apply, visit and click on Educational Support, then Scholarships. Once the online application is complete, and before it is submitted online, make a copy to submit to the Henderson County Area Go Texan Committee. Paper instructions for this are located in the counselor’s office.


March 1, 2018-The Henderson County Go Texan Academic Scholarship is available for application for graduating seniors who:

  • Attend an accredited public high school in Henderson County
  • Are a resident of the state of Texas and a US citizen
  • Are ranked in the upper third of his/her graduating class
  • Have a minimum of a 950 on the SAT or a 19 on the ACT
  • Plan to enroll in a Texas college or university
  • Have been an active member of a local 4-H or FFA chapter for a minimum of three of the four years in high school
  • Have applied for the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo Area Go Texan Scholarship and deemed eligible by the selection committee

Applications are available in the counselor’s office.


March 1, 2018-The Tommy Barnett Vocational Scholarship, sponsored by the Henderson County Area Go Texan Committee is available for application. To be eligible, the applicant must:

  • Reside in Henderson County
  • Be a graduating senior
  • Have been a member of 4-H or FFA for at least three of their four years in high school
  • Intend to enroll in a vocational educational program through an institute accredited by the SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) located in Texas

Applications are available in the counselor’s office.



Imagine America Foundation; Scholarships

The Imagine America Foundation provides scholarships for career colleges, or trade schools in Texas. They have compiled a list of all the participating career colleges that offer the Imagine America Foundation scholarship, which is worth up to $1,000 toward tuition at these schools. To view the list, visit

October 31, 2017– The Good Sustainability Scholarship is a $1,000 award to graduating seniors who can write a 200-300 word essay about what sustainability, and living a sustainable life means to them. For further information, visit

November 30, 2017- The Andrew Flusche Scholarship Contest requires students to raise awareness about the importance of positive interactions with the police officers and law enforcement. Applicants must create a public service advertisement video (PSA) which portrays the correct way of interacting with a police officer during a traffic stop or any other encounter. Two winners will be chosen each year, 1 per semester, and each winner will receive $500 to put towards higher education.


The following people are eligible for the scholarship:

  • High school seniors who have been accepted into a college, university, or trade school.
  • Students who are currently enrolled in a college, university, or trade school.

For further information and to apply, visit


December 1, 2017– Since 2013, The National Space Club and Foundation has offered the opportunity for a student to give the keynote address at the National Space Club and Foundation’s annual Goddard Memorial Dinner, one of the space industry’s most prestigious gatherings. The student must intend to pursue a career in the Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) fields, be academically strong and excel in public speaking.

In addition to speaking at the Goddard Memorial Dinner, the individual selected will also receive a scholarship, in the amount of $10,000. This scholarship is awarded to a U.S. citizen, and is open to seniors in High School through graduate students studying at an accredited educational institution in the United States, who has definite plans to pursue a career in the STEM fields.

Graduating seniors who intend to pursue a career in the STEM fields and plan to attend an accredited U.S. College or university to follow a course of study to pursue a career in the STEM field, with preference for those with space related interests.

For further information and to apply, go to

December 1, 2017-The Barbara Lotze Scholarships for Future Teachers are for those graduating seniors who plan to pursue a career as a high school physics teacher. Successful applicants will receive an award of up to $2,000, and may be renewed for up to four years. For further information and to apply, visit


FAFSA for Seniors; Career/Interest Inventory websites

October 1 was the first day the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) application for the 2018-19 school year to be open. Seniors who plan to attend college or any vocational education program need to fill this out to get any federal or state grants, or any financial aid from prospective schools. Visit to get detailed information and to access the application. To get the most benefits available, fill out this application as soon as possible.

Students are invited to visit or for interest inventories and career information.


This Week

Congratulations to the varsity volleyball team on closing out the first half of district play with a 3-1 win over Edgewood! The Lady Bulldogs start the second half of district this Tuesday when they host Mineola. First game is set to start at 4:30.

The Bulldogs lost a hard fought district game against Groesbeck, 20-19. The Bulldogs will host Teague this Friday. Kickoff is set for 7:30.

This Week

Monday – Middle School Volleyball -5:00 PM – Eustace; Band Practice – 6:30

Tuesday – JV & V District Volleyball v. Mineola – 4:30

Wednesday – Intermediate School – Fund Raiser Begins

Thursday – MS Football at Malakoff – 5:00; JV District Football at Teague – 6:00

Friday – JV & V District Volleyball v. Grand Saline – 4:30; Varsity District Football v. Teague – 7:30

Saturday – Mesquite Marching Festival

Monday, October 9 – District Holiday; District Cross Country Meet at Mineola

I hope everyone has a great week!

Scholarships; TSI Testing

December 1, 2017-Aperture Education is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a student between the ages of 16-22 who submits a written essay. For further information, visit

January 31, 2018– The Texas Student Housing Authority is offering a scholarship to graduating seniors who will be attending college in Austin, Denton or College Station. This scholarship will be applied to the cost of OFF-CAMPUS housing for one academic year at Town Lake in Austin, The Ridge in Denton, or at The Cambridge in College Station, or at an alternate comparable facility IF designated by the Texas Housing Authority. This scholarship may be renewable if the student maintains established academic and leadership standards and communicates with the TSHA board as required.

Applications are available in the counselor’s office.

February 21, 2018-The Barbara Jordan Historical Essay Competition is open to all students in grades 9-12 attending UIL member schools. In addition to scholarship eligibility, finalists will compete for state awards and will be invited to attend the Academic State Meet in May 2018. For further information and application, visit

February 21, 2018– The Latino History Essay Competition is open to all students in grades 9-12 who attend UIL member schools, and again, finalists will compete for state awards and will be invited to attend the Academic State Meet in May 2018. For further details and application, visit

March 1, 2018- East Texas Professional Credit Union is offering its two annual scholarships to graduating seniors. The McLauchlin Scholarship is a $2,000 award for students who are planning to pursue a degree in education, and the Presidential Scholarship is a $1,000 award for students who wish to pursue a degree in any field. Scholarship applicants or members of their immediate family must have an East Texas Professional Credit Union account in good standing- one may be obtained with a minimum deposit of $5 in a savings account.

Applications are available in the counselor’s office, any East Texas Credit Union office, or downloaded at


TSI testing will be offered at the High School on Thursday, October 26. TSI testing is required for students interested in taking dual credit courses through TVCC. Sophomores, juniors and seniors may sign up to take the test for the first time or to retest portions of the test they may have failed previously. Freshmen may sign up to test, but they will only be eligible to take welding beginning the fall of next school year. Eustace ISD will pay for students to test two times- after that, students must pay the $30 testing fee each time they retest.

Students may sign up in the counselor’s office beginning October 2 through October 23 and spaces are limited,

  TSI Study information:…/accuplacer-texas-success-initiative-assessment

This is also posted on my door for students to refer back to.

Scholarships, Online Dual Credit Student Orientation; Junior and Senior Advising

October 15, 2017-The Parking Solutions Scholarship is a $1,000 award for the student who suggests the most innovative, yet practical parking solution. High school seniors are eligible to apply, and must write a 500 word essay that is original, creative and persuasive on the subject of technology innovation in parking solutions, specifically from the perspective as a student. For more information and to apply, visit


October 18, 2017-Participate in the Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway! Eligible students must be 18 and have a Facebook account that has not been suspended, and must write a 350 word essay on how you will change the world. To enter, visit



October 31, 2017– The Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. With the 29th class in 2017, the Foundation has provided over 5,850 Coca-Cola Scholars with more than $63 million in educational support. 150 Coca-Cola Scholars are selected each year to receive this $20,000 scholarship.

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants must be:

A) Current high school (or home-schooled) seniors attending school in the U.S. (or select DoD schools)

B) U.S. Citizens, U.S. Nationals, U.S. Permanent Residents, Refugees, Asylees, Cuban-Haitian Entrants, or Humanitarian Parolees

C) Anticipating completion of high school diploma at the time of application

D) Planning to pursue a degree at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution
Go to the scholarship application at

November 30, 2017-The Styleman Young Professionals Scholarship of $1,800 is available to students who can write an essay of 1000-1500 words on “How Fashion Industry Changed E-Commerce And Its Impact on Us”. For further details and to apply,  go to


December 1, 2017– Texas Farm Credit will continue to award five Marsha Martin Scholarships in the amount of $2,000 each for graduating seniors who are involved in FFA or 4-H and are pursuing a college degree in an agriculture-related field of study. These five scholarship recipients will be selected from the monthly AgStudent of the Month winners.

Information related to both programs is attached and can also be downloaded from the website at


May 1, 2017– The American College Foundation is offering their annual Visionary Scholarship Program, which will award scholarships which will range in amounts from $1,000 to $5,000.All high school students- Freshmen- Seniors are eligible to apply. Visit to apply.

TVCC has created an online Dual Credit Student Orientation at This is designed to be helpful to those students taking an online dual credit course.


I have 2 designated times each week to visit with juniors and seniors  about planning for college, scholarships, etc., much like the monthly senior meetings I have had in the past. Seniors meet with me every Monday during A block lunch in room 104,and Juniors meet with me as needed in my office every Tuesday during A block lunch. This does not mean that I am not available at other times- I invite students to visit with me anytime at their convenience