Softball, Baseball, Book Fair, & New Gym

by Coy Holcombe.  

First, congratulations to the varsity softball team on their victory over Kemp this last weekend.

The varsity baseball and softball teams are scheduled to play against Wills Point this evening, weather permitting.

The Primary is hosting a book fair this week. The book fair will run through Friday, April 3. The book fair is open each day from 7:45 AM until 3:30 PM.

We will be hosting a class 4A regional quarter final soccer game at Bulldog Stadium tonight: Longview will be playing against Waxahachie.

There have been many changes at the new gym over this last week. Yesterday, crews installed the new scoreboards. There will be a scoreboard at each end of the gym and a main four-sided scoreboard in the middle of the gym.

The lighting for the floor area has also been finished. The speakers for the sound system are being installed and the basketball goals arrived yesterday and installation on those will start today.


This Week

by Coy Holcombe.  

The weather caused some disruptions to scheduled activities on Friday. I do know that the varsity baseball game was finally played on Saturday and that the Bulldogs came out on top against Kemp. Games scheduled for this week:

Monday – JV baseball vs. Mineola in Eustace starting time 6:00.

Tuesday – Baseball and softball will be playing Wills Point in Eustace. Softball will start at 6:00 and baseball at 6:30.

Friday – Softball and baseball travel to Van.

Other news: 8th grader Nathan Cason traveled to Austin over the weekend to be recognized as the 2009 MathCounts T-Shirt Design Competition winner. While he was at the MathCounts competition, Nathan signed almost 200 t-shirts. Nathan also received a $100 gift certificate to Best Buy. Great job Nathan!!


Enrollment, Softball, Baseball, and OAP

by Coy Holcombe.  

I checked our enrollment yesterday and noted that for the first time in several months that we had more than 1500 students enrolled (1,501 to be exact). In February our enrollment was around 1480. So, in the course of a couple of months, we have had over 20 new students enroll in the district.

I want to remind everyone that our softball and baseball teams travel to Kemp tonight. The softball game gets underway at 6:00 and the first pitch of the baseball game is scheduled for 6:30.

Also, on Saturday, our one act play is in district competition at Terrell High School. Eustace will perform the play "The Diviner’s" at 3:00 PM. The one act play is directed by Chad Bentley and Tammy Beaty.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Severe Weather and More TAKS News

by Coy Holcombe.  

With the onset of spring, EISD will be conducting more severe weather drills. Usually these drills are done campus by campus; however, in some instances we will conduct a district wide weather drill for all campuses at the same time. If you happen to be at a campus when a severe weather drill is conducted, please do not be surprised if you are asked to participate in the drill.

Yesterday, I gave the preliminary results of the 3rd, 5th, and 8th grade TAKS scores. The numbers that I gave were the percent of students that passed the test. Today, I want to mention the percent of students that achieved "Commended Performance." Commended Performance is a designation that is awarded to students that only miss a few problems on the whole test (usually less than four).

3rd Grade Reading – 46% Commended Performance

5th Grade Reading – 24% Commended Performance

8th Grade Reading – 49% Commended Performance

As you can see, in the 3rd and 8th grades almost 1 out of every 2 students not only passed the reading portion of the TAKS test, but passed at the highest recognized level.


Cheers for the New Squad

by Stan Sowers.  

Tryouts for the 2009 – 2010 varsity cheerleading squad took place just before Spring Break.  The talent demonstrated leaves little doubt of the tremendous potential this group has for making an outstanding team.

Returning from last years squad are:

  • Ariel Gilbert – Head Cheerleader
  • Shawna Barrett – Co-Head Cheerleader
  • Ashley Cravey
  • Cody Clark
  • Jordan Shewmaker

Newcomers are:

  • Nick Austin – Mascot
  • Amanda Connerly
  • Mallory Keeling
  • Jaci Aiken
  • Alexis Cravey
  • Hope Boykin
  • Chelsea Oldham
  • Alicia Ortiz

These young men and women will be traveling to Corpus Christi this summer for cheer camp.  Congratulations to all.  I’m looking forward to them carrying on the level of excellence this past squad has established.


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Preliminary TAKS Scores

by Coy Holcombe.  

During spring break, we received notification of our preliminary TAKS scores for 3rd, 5th, and 8th grade reading. These are called preliminary scores because these scores include all students, regardless of when the arrived in the district, and because students that did not pass the first time will have two additional opportunities to pass the reading test. If a student is successful on the second attempt, that student’s passing score is figured into our overall passing rate.

3rd Grade Reading – 94%

5th Grade Reading – 88%

8th Grade Reading – 88%

Overall, these are solid scores for each grade level. Currently, any student that was not successful on the first attempt is receiving extra help in during the school day and in after school or before school tutorials. Further information on TAKS scores will be made available when we receive it

School Bell Awarded to Shelley Compton

by Coy Holcombe.  

Last night at the Cedar Creek Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Banquet,  Shelley Compton received the 2009 School Bell Award from Eustace ISD. The School Bell Award is given to an individual each spring that has provided outstanding volunteer work for the school district. Shelley is the president of the Eustace Athletic Booster Club and is involved in numerous activities in the district. Shelley has also worked to involved the community in several different events throughout this school year. Shelley is very deserving of this award and we send our congratulations and thanks to her.


Welcome Back

by Coy Holcombe.  

I hope everyone had a great spring break! It is hard to believe that we only have 51 more school days left in this year. With all the activities that happen in the spring, the days will go by quickly.

Over the break, our new football scoreboard was installed. The new scoreboard is an LED display that will be much easier to read. It will also alleviate the problems that we have been having with the inside components of the scoreboard. We had to replace numerous controllers throughout the football season. 

Our maintenance office has completed their move to their new location. The maintenance office is now located in the brick house next to the bus barn. When the new transportation facility is complete, the rest of the maintenance building will be relocated to the old transportation facility. Also, our maintenance crew has started work on their old office building. Three new classrooms will be constructed in this facility for our Middle School.

Other events happening this week:

Tuesday: Softball v. Canton in Eustace 6:00 PM; Baseball v. Canton in Eustace 6:30 PM

Thursday: Progress reports go home.

Friday: Baseball and softball at Kemp. Softball starts at 6:00 and baseball starts at 6:30.  

Board Meeting and Cancellations

by Coy Holcombe.  

Last night the Eustace ISD Board of Trustees met for their regular monthly meeting. During the meeting, the board:

  • Presented proclamations to the Ag Mechanics Show Team for their success at the San Antonio Show and to Kortni Harris, 4th grade teacher, for being selected as the East Texas State Fair Elementary Teacher of the Year.
  • Approved the minutes from the previous meetings.
  • Heard and approved the financial reports from February.
  • Heard reports on PaySchools, the Optional Flexible Year Program for 09-10, the percent of economically disadvantaged students in area districts, and election costs.
  • Reviewed changes to the Cheerleader Constitution
  • Approved May 7, 2009 as the date for the Annual Employee Appreciation Banquet
  • Heard reports from campus principals on the ISS programs. Additional data will be presented at future board meetings.
  • Voted for Region VII ESC Board Members
  • Heard an update on enrollment and attendance (the enrollment was up for the first time in several months)
  • Approved contracts for teachers and other non-teaching professionals (such as librarians, counselors, and assistant principals)

I want to thank the parents that showed up last night to support the ag mechanics students.


The track meet scheduled for last night was canceled. The baseball and softball tournaments have been completely canceled.

Softball starts district play next Tuesday and baseball starts district next Friday.

Soccer has their last game of the season tonight at Chapel Hill.

I hope everyone has a safe, enjoyable, and restful spring break.


Masonic Lodge of Eustace Honors Outstanding Students and Teacher

by Stan Sowers.  

Wednesday the Masonic Lodge of Eustace hosted their annual awards luncheon at Eustace High School.  After a brief Texas history lesson the lodge awarded scholarships to three of EHS’s finest seniors Camille Rogers, Krysta Lowry, and Cannon Thomsen.  The Masonic Lodge also recognized Lisa Bynum as the Teacher of the Year.  Lisa is an 11 year veteran at the high school teaching Spanish II, III, and IV.  Congratulations to all very deserving recipients.

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