Jump Rope for Heart, Basketball, Power Lifting, Band, and This Week

We have lots of great things going on throughout the district! Let’s start at the Primary, where they have been participating in the Jump Rope for Heart fund raising program for over a week. If you have been following our Twitter account, you have seen the prize winners from each day. You also got to see a special visitor from Jump Rope for Heart – Super Pup! A special thank you to Tammy Gaddis for coordinating the fund raiser and for sending me a picture of the prize winners each day. Stay tuned to our Twitter account for more information…

We had a very special homecoming this past Friday in the E. L. Kirk Gym. Members of the last girls basketball team that made the playoffs returned to celebrate the Lady Bulldogs returning to the playoffs for the first time in 46 years! We had several members of the 1969 district championship team at the game Friday. We appreciate all of these special ladies taking the time to come out to support today’s Lady Bulldogs! Below is a picture of the ladies. There will also be a video of their introduction posted on the district’s YouTube channel. More information on playoff opponents and playoff sites will be announced as it becomes available.

1969 Lady Bulldogs District Champs - Basketball

1969 Lady Bulldogs District Champs – Basketball

Friday was also the last home game for the girls. That means it was the last home basketball game ever for our seniors. The seniors were recognized before the game and were also treated to cake and punch (supplied by the parents) after the game. Below are the 2016 Lady Bulldog Senior Basketball Players and Managers. There will also be a video of the Senior Night Ceremonies posted on the district’s YouTube page.

Brittany Westbrook, Kelsie Contrerras, Gabi Corder, Stormy Lucky, and Sarah Loftis

Brittany Westbrook, Kelsie Contrerras, Gabi Corder, Stormy Lucky, and Sarah Loftis

The boys and girls power lifting teams enjoyed another successful weekend! The boys placed 1st and the girls placed 2nd at the Wills Point Power Lifting Meet!. We have already had several boys and girls qualify for the regional power lifting meet. Congratulations on a strong start to this power lifting season!!

This Saturday also saw several members of the Mighty Bulldog Band compete in the Regional Solo and Ensemble Contest. Sean Holler earned a Division in his Class II solo. Justin Legel and Ryan Morton both earned Division I ratings and will be advancing to the state solo and ensemble contest! Congratulations to Justin and Ryan on qualifying for state!

This Week

Monday – Softball Scrimmage at Slocum – 4:30; Middle School Boys Basketball at Troup – 5:00; Varsity Boys Golf at Longview

Tuesday – High School Boys and Girls Basketball at Mildred – 5:00

Thursday – Rotary Club Book Give Away – Primary

Friday – Drama Club – 3:30; High School Boys Basketball v. West Rusk

Saturday – MS Boys Basketball Tournament at Malakoff; Power Lifting at Malakoff – 9:00; Softball Scrimmage at Van

I hope everyone has a great week!









Texas Educational Theatre Association Scholarship Auditions

One of the top fears in the world is public speaking or performing in front of people. Anyone that has ever had the experience remembers the jelly legs, rapid heartbeat and the sudden panic that sets in making your forget every word you’d rehearsed over and over again. Even as a Theater Arts teacher I still get nervous stepping in front of an audience. Through experience and learned skills an actor can learn to manage these fears and eventually overcome them.

This past weekend  Eustace High School students attended the Texas Educational Theatre Association convention, workshops and auditions in Dallas. Students attend yearly and are selected to attend based on their dedication to the Theater Arts Program, Interest, Grades, Attendance, Citizenship, participation in Theater Arts and leadership.

Shannon Whatley and Ashleigh Blaylock auditioned on Saturday in front of approximately 100 Colleges and Universities. Shannon received seven callbacks for interviews for scholarship opportunities and Ashley received two. The colleges included were: University of Central Oklahoma, Lamar College, Clarendon College, Angelo State University, McClennan Community College, Southwestern University and Grayson College. Congratulations to both ladies for their hard work and success!

Ashley also performed at the Talent Showcase on Saturday night and did an excellent job representing E.H.S. with pride, beauty and class! Great job Ashley!

Congratulations to both of these ladies! Bulldog Proud.


This Week

Welcome to February 2016! Congratulations to the High School basketball teams on a clean sweep against Troup last Friday. All four teams were victorious! Also, both the boys and girls power lifting teams competed at the Malakoff meet on Saturday. The girls team won the meet and the boys team came in 2nd!!

Today is the day that we find out our new football and basketball districts for the next two years. As soon as we know something, I will put it out on the district’s Twitter account.

I want to give a special recognition to Dr. Mack Saxon. Dr. Saxon retired from his position as special services director. His last day was Friday. Dr. Saxon oversaw our special education department, our dyslexia program, and our 504 program. He had been with EISD since we started running our own special education program. Prior to that, he had also worked with EISD as the director of the Henderson County Shared Services. In all, Dr. Saxon has put in 35 years of service in education. Dr. Saxon will continue to work with the district as a part time diagnostician. I want to thank Dr. Saxon for everything that he has done for the children of EISD. Below is a picture of Dr. Saxon and his wife, Tina, at his reception last Friday.

Mack and Tina Saxon

Mack and Tina Saxon

This Week

Monday – Middle School Basketball – Boys v. Malakoff; Girls at Malakoff – 5:00

Tuesday – High School Basketball at Malakoff – 5:00

Friday – High School Basketball v. Frankston – 5:00

Saturday – Solo and Ensemble at North Garland; Middle School Girls Basketball Tournament at Malakoff; Power Lifting Meet at Wills Point – 9:00 AM; Softball scrimmage at Kerens – 10:00 AM

I hope everyone has a great week!






Top Kids for the First Semester Celebrate…

Last week, I had the honor to spend the day with the Intermediate School’s top students. These twenty kids worked hard to earn Perfect Attendance, All As, and 95 or above in Conduct for the first three 6 Weeks of school. These kids worked hard during class, listened and followed directions, and came to school everyday!

To celebrate their accomplishments these students had the privilege of bringing their favorite electronic devices from home and spent the day playing games, participating in a special art project, extra PE, going to McDonald’s and playing at the park.

This was a great group of kids and I enjoyed spending the day with them. Congratulations to each of you on your accomplishments, I am very proud of each one of you.

 top kids

3rd grade: Madilyn Andrews, Gracie Holland, Evey Lopez, Madie Henderson, Ranger McKee, Brandt Powers, Autumn Pugh, Danika Rolison, Lylus Woods

4th grade: Aiden Douglas, Cannon Kilcrease, Lydia Stogner, Abby Weatherford

5th grade: Brady Griffin, Alec Holland, Lyra Landrum, Thomas Paschall, Avery Reeve, Raige Row, Angel Worth

A VERY Important Ability!!

I believe everyone is blessed with unique abilities. Some have special abilities to understand Math and Science. Some have incredible abilities in Reading and Writing. The ability to get along with others and be a good friend is amazing. Still others display incredible abilities in athletics, raising animals, working with children. The list goes on and on.

All these abilities can be severely limited, however, without one of the most important abilities … dependability!! In school dependability is most clearly expressed in exemplary attendance, being on time, being at every practice and rehearsal, etc…. Students at Eustace Middle School and Eustace ISD in general have very good attendance, but this is without question the most difficult time of the year to maintain exemplary attendance. With cold weather and the post holiday “blahs” it is easy for students to get into the habit of “not wanting to come to school.” Every little ache, pain, or discomfort seems to get magnified for all of us.

Let’s ALL make every effort to maintain excellent attendance during this most challenging time of the year!!!

This Week

I hope everyone had a great three day weekend!

The girls and boys power lifting teams opened the year up with a strong performance at the Van meet. Overall, the Eustace girls team placed 1st and the boys team placed 3rd! Sunni Goodell and Marshella Padgett were best overall lifters in their class. Congratulations to all the lifters on a great start to the season!

This Week

Tuesday – High School Boys and Girls District Basketball v. Mildred – 5:00

Thursday – Middle School Boys and Girls Basketball – Boys v Frankston & Girls at Frankston – 5:00

Friday – All Region Clinic at Canton; High School Boys and Girls District Basketball v. Arp – 5:00

Saturday – Power lifting at Normangee – 9:00

I hope everyone has a great week!

Board Meeting Last Night

Last night, the Eustace ISD Board of Trustees held their regular monthly meeting. The meeting started at 7:00 PM and was held in the High School library. In celebration of School Board Recognition Month, before the meeting started, the Board enjoyed a meal prepared by the Intermediate School, desserts prepared by the Primary School, decorations prepared by the Middle School, and goody bags provided by the High School. During the meeting, each Board Member received a certificate thanking them for their dedication to the students of EISD.

The EISD Board of Trustees:

Gary Walsh, President

Ashley McKee, Vice President

Bobby Ashton, Secretary

Cotton Walker, Member

Sonny Hodge, Member

Steven Bell, Member

Jimmy Kirkhart, Member

During the meeting, the Board heard the following reports:

  • RevTrak Report
  • TVCC Costs for Fall 2015
  • Date of Employee Appreciation Banquet – April 25, 2016
  • Update on Ag Science Building
  • Enrollment & Attendance

The Board took action on the following items:

  • Approved the minutes of previous meetings.
  • Approved the financial reports as presented.
  • Approved the new color for the Administration Building roof.
  • Approved using up to $17,000 of Title I and Title II funds for technology.
  • Approved the design of the new electronic sign and requested estimates and proposals.
  • Approved the changes to FFA(Local)
  • Approved the employment of Christina Galvan, Food Service and Brett Powers, Diagnostician for the 2016-2017 school year.
  • Approved the Substitute List as presented.
  • Approved the Transfer List as presented.
  • Reviewed the evaluation of the superintendent and extended by one year the superintendent’s contract.
  • Adjourned


Cheerleaders Place 6th in State!

In the first year of the UIL Spirit Competition, the Eustace High School Cheerleaders placed 6th in Conference 3A out of over 50 teams. The competition took place yesterday at UT Arlington. The competition consisted of a preliminary round and a finals round. In order to qualify for the finals, all squads had to compete in three events: Crowd Leading, Fight Song, and Band Dance. Based on the scores in the preliminary round, teams were then advanced to the final round. A total of twenty teams advanced to the finals.

According to the UIL website, the EHS Cheerleaders received the following scores in the preliminary round: 52.5 in Band Dance (5th best), 60 in Fight Song (tied for 6th best), and 81.5 in Crowd Leading. This gave the Bulldog squad a total of 194 points in preliminary round. At the time of this writing, the final scores have not been posted on the UIL website.

I want to congratulate all the EHS Cheerleaders on the hard work and dedication they put in for this competition. They spent a lot of early mornings practicing!! Congratulations to the cheerleading sponsors Melanie Tanner and Amanda Planeta on the all the time and effort put in developing and teaching the routines. Finally, a special thank you to all the parents and other relatives and friends who have supported our cheerleaders throughout the practices and at the competition.

EISD is Bulldog Proud of our cheerleaders!!

Intermediate’s UIL Winners Recognized

I want to congratulate our UIL Academics District Winners! We were able to recognize our winners this morning in the gym.  Our winners included:  5th Grade:  Social Studies: 1st Place Brady Griffin; Art:  1st Place Ryan McKee with the team placing 3rd;   Dictionary: 6th Place Jordan Faz with the team placing 3rd; Listening Skills: 4th Place Michael Murphy with the team placing 3rd; Music Memory: 4th Place Andrew Cox; 5th Place Brady Griffin; 6th Place Hayden Koonce with the team placing 2nd; Number Sense: 4th Place Angel Worth with the team placing 3rd; Oral Reading: 6th Place Avery Reeve; Ready Writing: 1st Place Chloe Hinkle; 3rd Place Lyra Landrum; 4th Place Emma Bell; and Spelling: 3rd Place Aiden Wilkinson; 6th Place Ryan McKee with the team placing 2nd;  4th Grade:  Music Memory:  6th Place Trenton Estes with the team placing 3rd; Number Sense: 1st Place Cannon Kilcrease; 6th Place Jadie Milner with the team placing 1st; Oral Reading: 1st Place Abby Weatherford; 3rd Place Destiny Potter; 6th Place Bailey Holley; Ready Writing: 2nd Place Aiden Douglas; 4th Place Abby Weatherford; 6th Place Lawson Thompson; Spelling: 3rd Place Damion Caudle with the team placing 3rd; 3rd Grade:  Music Memory: 1st Place Brandt Powers; 5th Place Payton Miller with the team placing 2nd; Ready Writing: 1st Place Cole Carpenter; Spelling: 4th Place Jordan Smith; 6th Place Ranger McKee with the team placing 3rd; and Storytelling: 3rd Place Cole Carpenter; 4th Place Mattie Patek.

As you can see Eustace Intermediate has many reasons to be proud!  Good job boys and girls! Keep up the good work!


3rd grade

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Basketball, Cheerleading, and This Week

With a 49-37 win against Frankston last Friday, the varsity girls improved to 5-0 in district. Today, the Lady Bulldogs will host Malakoff. The Lady Tigers are also 5-0 in district play. The games were moved from Tuesday to Monday to accommodate the cheerleading competition that will take place on Wednesday. The JV boys will tip off at 5:00 PM today. The varsity girls will follow at approximately 6:15. The varsity boys will play after the girls game is completed.

For the first time ever, the UIL will host Spirit Championships to showcase the talents of cheerleading squads throughout the state. The 3A competition will take place this Wednesday at the College Park Center on the campus of the University of Texas at Arlington. The Eustace squad has been practicing for weeks in preparation for the UIL competition. The Bulldog Cheerleaders are scheduled to perform their Band Dance at 9:42 AM, their Sideline Cheer at 11:57 AM, and their Fight Song routine at 2:39 PM. All the teams are competing for a opportunity to qualify for the finals. Finals are scheduled to start at 4:45 on Wednesday. There will be an admission charge to enter and a parking fee. For one day, the entry fee is $18.75 and the parking fee will be $15. Good luck to the Bulldog Cheerleaders!

This Week

Throughout this week, the 2nd grade will be doing Guided Reading testing.

Monday – High School boys and girls basketball v, Malakoff – 5:00 PM

Wednesday – Intermediate School Skating; Spirit Competition – UT Arlington

Thursday – Intermediate School Semester Awards; MS Boys basketball at Arp – 5:00; MS Girls basketball v. Arp – 5:00; Board Meeting – HS Library – 7:00

Friday – High School boys and girls basketball at West Rusk – 5:00

Saturday – Power Lifting at Van – 9:00 AM

I hope everyone has a great week!