This Week

by Coy Holcombe.  

First, congratulations to the boys basketball team for their victory over Kemp on Friday. It was the boys first district game. The girls lost a hard fought game against Kemp.

Today is a workday for teachers and a holiday for students. The 4th six weeks starts tomorrow and runs through February 27.

Tomorrow, the boys and girls basketball teams will be in action against Wills Point. The games will be played in Eustace. The games begin at 4:30.

On Wednesday, the Middle School will have their report card pick-up night. Parents may pick-up report cards starting at 3:00. Parents may also visit with staff members during this time. The district will release report cards on Thursday.

Also on Thursday, the Middle School basketball teams will be playing Wills Point. The girls will be traveling to Wills Point and the boys will be hosting Wills Point.

On Friday, the Primary and Intermediate will be having their awards day. Friday evening, the basketball teams will be traveling to Van. The games will start at 4:30.



Update on Transportation Facility

by Coy Holcombe.  

The site work has finally been completed and passed inspection on the transportation facility. There will be some surveying done in the coming week and then the foundation work will start. We are hoping to have this facility ready in August.

Work on the new competition gym is proceeding. The construction is still on schedule. There are three pictures below taken this week of the inside of the gym. The pictures were taken standing on what is called the mezzanine in the back of the gym looking out toward the front entrance. The mezzanine will be enclosed and used to house A/C and heating as well as water heaters. It will also serve as a storage area. The bottom two pictures show the home and visitor stands. There are still three rows of bleachers to be added to both sides. Individual chairs will be added to both sides of the bleachers.

A reminder that all of our High School basketball teams will be playing in Kemp tonight. The games will start at 4:30. I hope everyone has a great weekend.





College Website

by Coy Holcombe.  

The website contains a great collection of information about going to college. The information ranges from reasons to consider colleges, to finding a school to suit your needs, to how to pay for college. This website is a great resource for parents, students, and staff.Also, this website is not just for older students or parents of older students: this website contains information geared to answer everyone’s questions about going to college. I encourage everyone to take some time and explore the vast amount of information available at this website.

On another note, both our boys and girls basketball teams will be traveling to Kemp tomorrow for a district game. It will be the boys first district game and the girls third district game. Tip off is scheduled for 4:30.



81st Legislative Session Starts

by Coy Holcombe.  

The 81st Texas legislative session has started. With the report from the comptroller on estimated revenue (see yesterday’s blog), this will be an interesting and challenging session for our senators and representatives. While the consensus seems to be that there will be no major overhaul in the funding system for schools, I am sure that there will be refinements discussed in both the financing and operation of schools. As information becomes available on bills that affect education, I will be passing that information on in this blog. Also,any information that affects property values and/or taxes will be passed on as well. 

If you are curious about certain bills or want to find out what bills have been filed or the status of certain bills, I encourage you to visit the Texas Legislature website at This website has links to the senate and the house and allows you to search for bills by keywords. In addition, it provides links to each senator and representative in the state.

To contact our senator (Robert Nichols (R) from Jacksonville) or our representative (Betty Brown (R)) go to the website above and click on the "Members" link in the left hand column. A list of members will appear for the house and the senate. Then click on the senator or representative that you want to contact. Contact information will be displayed as well as information on bills filed and committees assigned.


State Revenue Estimate

by Coy Holcombe.  

This week, the state comptroller, Susan Combs, released her estimate of the revenue for the state of Texas for the 2010-2011 biennium. The entire report is attached at the top of  this blog. If you have never read or reviewed one of these reports, I encourage you to take a few minutes and at least read the summary letter. The entire report is 98 pages long.  While the details of the report can get a little tedious, it does provide good information for all Texans.

Overall, the comptroller is estimating a 10.5% decrease in the amount of money available for the coming biennium. Comptroller Combs is estimating that there will be approximately $2.1 billion dollars available from the previous biennium. This amount is less than previous estimates. There will be an estimated $77.1 billion available for general spending. Of this amount, 89% will come from tax revenue.

In addition to the state generated revenue, the comptroller is estimating that there will be about $91.0 billion in federal and other revenue. She points out that this revenue is designated for specific purposes and will not be available for general spending.

Comptroller Combs also states that while Texas has registered solid growth in the past two years, that we are in for a downturn because of overall economic conditions. She cautions that for 2009 our growth rate will drop to about 1.8%, improve slightly in 2010 to 1.9%, before rebounding nicely to about 3.8% in 2011. She also estimates that Texas will lose about 111,000 jobs in 2009.

While the news may not the be greatest, Texas is still in much better shape than many other states at this time. Lawmakers may not be able to provide as much additional help to schools as they would like, but I think that they will do what they can.

Sweet Victory

by Stan Sowers.  

Eustace High School hosted it’s 2nd Annual Soccer Tournament this weekend with the Lady Bulldogs taking away top honors.  It was a long, tiresome, hard fought, process, but Coach Taylor and his team prevailed after two overtimes and a shoot out in the championship game late Saturday night against Mabank.  The Lady Bulldogs won the shoot out 2 to 1 with Amanda Herrera scoring the first goal and Kayla Ward scoring the winning goal.  Kayla was also the Keeper, blocking 4 of Mabank’s 5 shots to secure the victory.  Our own Hallie Mathis was chosen as the tournament’s Most Valuable Player.  Other members of the team were:  Chelsea Truitt, Jaqlynn Bless, Amalie Arambula, Arin Rhodes, LaShawnda Martin, Chelsea Grimes, Veronica Maltos, Tiffany Grimes, Brooklyn Duncan, Alex Parrott, Imelda Maltos, and Shelby Stegent. 

Congratulations Coach Cody Taylor and Lady Bulldogs!


Bulldog Proud

Congratulations to the Girls Soccer Team

by Coy Holcombe.  

The girls soccer team won first place in the Second Annual Eustace Soccer Tournament held this past week. The girls went undefeated through the tournament posting wins over Royse City, Mabank, and Ferris in the round robin portion of the tournament. The girls defeated  Mabank  again in the championship game in a shootout 2-1.

The varsity girls basketball team lost a hard fought game against Mineola on Friday. The girls resume district play on Tuesday against Canton. The games will be played in Eustace with a starting time of 5:30. On Friday, both the boys and girls basketball teams will be in district action at Kemp. The games will tipoff at 4:30.

A reminder that this Friday is also the end of the first semester. We will have early release days on Thursday and Friday. School will be dismissed two hours early both days. Also, next Monday, January 19, is a workday for staff and a holiday for students.

1 Down 1 to Go

by Stan Sowers.  

The1st semester is coming to an end and the next one is about to begin.  I can’t thank the students and staff enough for their part in such a smooth and successful 1st half.  Semester exams will begin this coming Wednesday and go through Friday.  The following week we will begin the 2nd semester with "Benchmarks" for the upcoming TAKS tests.  This will let us and the students know where each stands as far as being prepared for the TAKS exam.  This information will be used to modify curriculum, identify tutorial needs, and determine rosters for FLEX days. 

As we all know this next semester will be fast and furious, but we have a lot to look forward.  Ag/FFA never stops.  In sports, we have district play in soccer and basketball, and the seasons will begin shortly in powerlifting, track, golf, baseball and softball.  In the academic and fine arts area, we have UIL academics and OAP, solo and esemble, concert and sight reading, the TAKS exam, just to mention a few, and of course, GRADUATION!  The seniors are excited about getting to graduate in the new competition gym that’s under construction at this time.  Dr. Holcombe assures us the gym will be ready.

Come be a part and support the great students and programs at EHS.


Bulldog Proud

Congratulations to Nathan Cason

by Coy Holcombe.  

Congratulations go out to Nathan Cason, an 8th grader at Eustace Middle School, for submitting the winning design for the 2009 Mathcounts t-shirt design. Nathan’s entry was chosen among all the state as the best design. For his efforts, Nathan will receive a $50.00 gift certificate and an all expense paid trip to Austin for the Mathcounts contest. While in Austin, Nathan will be autographing t-shirts with his design. Nathan’s art teacher is Cheri Spivey. A copy of Nathan’s winning design is below:

A reminder that our girls basketball team will be traveling to Mineola tonight for the first district contest of the season. Tip-off is scheduled for 4:30. Also, our boys basketball team will be in Brownsboro tonight. The boys will start at 5:00. Finally, both the boys and girls soccer teams will be playing against Mabank this evening. The girls game is scheduled to start at 5:20 and the boys will follow at 7:00.



Update on the Soccer Tournament

by Coy Holcombe.  

Yesterday, I mentioned that the boys and girls soccer teams will be hosting a tournament starting today and running through Saturday. The tournament is a round-robin tournament, so other than the final four games, all times and opponents are set. There will be a lot of good soccer played over the next three days at Bulldog Stadium.

Today’s schedule is as follows:

2:00 Ferris v. Mabank (boys)
3:40 Ferris v. Mabank (girls)
5:20 Eustace v. Dallas Prep (boys)
7:00 Eustace v. Royse City (girls)

Friday’s Schedule

2:00 Royse City v. Ferris (girls)
3:40 Dallas Prep v. Ferris (boys)
5:20 Mabank v. Eustace (girls)
7:00 Mabank v. Eustace (boys)

Saturday’s Schedule

8:00 AM Ferris v. Eustace (girls)
9:40 AM Ferris v. Eustace (boys)
11:20 AM Royse City v. Mabank (girls)
1:00 PM Dallas Prep v. Mabank (boys)

30 Minute Break

3:00 Girls Consolation Game
4:40 Boys Consolation Game
6:20 Girls Championship Game
8:00 Boys Championship Game

All games will consist of two 40 minute halves.