Bulldog Bash

by Coy Holcombe.  

Congratulations to the varsity volleyball team for taking consolation at the tournament in Tyler this past weekend. Our Lady Bulldogs faced some very tough competition in achieving this feat.

Our Bulldogs lost a tough contest to Grace Community on Saturday, 33-27. Congratulations to the band and cheerleaders on their performances at the game.

I want to remind everyone that tonight is the annual Bulldog Bash. Things will get started at 6:30 in the E. L. Kirk Gymnasium. You will have a chance to meet the football teams, volleyball teams, cross country teams, cheerleaders, and band members. The band and cheerleaders will perform for the audience.  Afterwards, you can meet all the High School teachers and enjoy a hotdog, chips, and drink (just $2.00). I also know that the Booster Club will have its all new Bulldog gear available for sale at the Bash.

The band fundraiser is going on right now: just look for a band member and let them know you would like to participate in the fund raiser. If you don’t know any band members, but would like to support the band with this fundraiser, just contact Todd Felty at tfelty@eustaceisd.net.

 

To My Staff

by Stan Sowers.  

 

Well, we just about have the first week behind us. It has been a long one, but I feel a very productive one. I can’t thank each of you enough for your excitement, energy, and professionalism. It has been extremely gratifying to walk the hallways and see the masses of teachers monitoring during passing period and getting after it in the classroom during the period. I visit with students everyday, not just my own, and it thrills me to hear their excitement about EHS, their teachers, and what they’re learning. Thanks again for just an incredible start. Let’s not let our guard down in the least little bit. In fact, let’s strive to get better as we go. This staff is awesome and I’m so proud to be a part of it. 
 
Continue to give these kids all you have and treat each second like the precious second it is.
 
Bulldog Proud!

Budget and Tax Rate Approved

by Coy Holcombe.  

Last night, in a called meeting, the EISD Board of Trustees adopted a budget and a tax rate for the 09-10 school year. Overall, the 09–10 budget represents a slight decrease from last year’s budget. The tax rate for 09-10 did not change from 08-09. The tax rate will be $1.04 for M & O and $0.218 for I & S. The M & O (maintenance and operations) portion of the tax rate is used to pay for the everyday operation of the district. The I & S (interest and sinking) portion of the tax rate is used to pay for the voter approved bonds issued by the district for construction projects.

A complete summary of the budget will be posted to our homepage. While EISD has been posting budget summaries and charts to their website for several years, the state, in this past legislative session, now requires all districts to post budget information on their website. I will be getting this information to our webmaster, Michelle Cavazos, and it should be posted by this afternoon.

Our varsity volleyball team continues play in a tournament at Tyler today. Also, our varsity football team travels to Tyler All Saints on Saturday to compete against Grace Community.

I want to thank all staff members, parents/guardians, and the students for a great first week. I hope everyone has a great weekend.

Board Meeting and Activities

by Coy Holcombe.  

The EISD Board of Trustees will hold a called meeting tonight to adopt a budget for the 09-10 school year and to adopt a tax rate for the 09-10 school year. The meeting starts at 7:00 PM and be held in the High School library.

Other Activities:

Today our varsity volleyball team travels to Tyler to compete in a tournament.

Tomorrow: Volleyball tournament in Tyler continues.

Saturday: Varsity football travels to Tyler to compete in 4th Annual Tyler Classic at All Saints Episcopal School. The Bulldogs will be playing Grace Community. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:00 PM.

 

Enrollment

by Coy Holcombe.  

While this school year is still very young, I wanted to report on our initial enrollment. As of yesterday afternoon, we had the following enrollment numbers:

Primary – 385
Intermediate – 319
Middle – 293
High School – 439
Total – 1436

The first day, we had a total enrollment of 1410. While the district does not get funded on the number of enrolled students, the number of enrolled students directly impacts our average daily attendance (ADA). EISD, and every other district in the state, receives the bulk of its state funding through ADA. As in the past, we are anticipating adding to our enrollment through Labor Day.

Immunizations and Flu

by Coy Holcombe.  

The Texas Department of Health has issued an emergency rule that will allow students that have not received some of the required vaccinations to attend school on a provisional basis through September 30. The emergency rules apply to the following vaccines: meningoccocal vaccine, tetanus/diphtheria/pertussis for students entering 7th grade and boosters for students entering grades 8-12, and varicella vaccine for students entering kindergarten and grade 7. If you have any questions concerning this emergency rule, please contact Pam Martin at 425-5187 or contact me at cholcombe@eustaceisd.net.

Another health related topic that is generating lots of discussion is the H1N1 flu. Both national and state health departments are taking the threat posed by H1N1 very seriously. In a publication from the Centers for Disease Control, the following advise is given to protect children and families from the flu:

  1. Practice good hand hygiene by washing your hands often with soap and water, especially after coughing or sneezing. Alcohol-based hand cleaners are also effective.
  2. Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. If you don’t have a tissue, cough or sneeze into your elbow or shoulder; not into your hands.
  3. Stay home if you or your child is sick for at least 24 hours after there is no longer a fever or signs of a fever (without the use of fever-reducing medicine).
  4. Get your family vaccinated for seasonal flu and 2009 H1N1 when vaccines are available.

The CDC stresses that the seasonal flu is a completely different strain from the H1N1 and the two should not be confused.

 

 

 

Looking Bright at EHS

by Stan Sowers.  

Here we go again!  Things are shining bright at Eustace High School.  For starters, we get to say for the first time in several years that we are a "Recognized" campus according to TEA.  I’m very proud of the students and staff for all their hard work.  We understand the areas that still need to improve and we’re all on board to see that it gets done.  Secondly, I am extremely excited about my staff this year.  Some important and necessary changes were made over the summer and I couldn’t be more pleased with the initial results.  I’m convinced more than ever that I have a staff that truly care for our students and are committed to seeing them successful.  Last, I’m excited as well, about the direction our athletics are heading.  Both the boy’s and girl’s athletic departments under the leaderships of Coach Doug Wendel and Coach Chuck Powers are dedicated to producing athletes and I do believe we are starting to see results from this philosophy.  The new gymnasium and its weight room has been a great catalyst in this process.

Looking forward to an outstanding 2009 – 2010 school year.

Bulldog Proud!

Welcome Back!!

by Coy Holcombe.  

The 2009-2010 school year officially starts today. I know for some the summer may have dragged by; as for me, it seems like it was barely here at all.

This is going to be a great year. Staff members having been working to prepare for the students for some time now. Students will have new teachers, new classes, or maybe even a new campus to attend this year. It will take a few days for everyone and everything to get into a routine. During this time, we need everyone’s help and suggestions on how to make things work better. By all of us working together, parents, guardians, relatives, friends, and staff members, we can ensure that our children receive a world-class education.

One of the biggest changes for this year is the immunization requirements for some students. This is especially true for 7th graders. Right now, our instructions from the Texas Department of Health are that students without the required shots will not be permitted to attend classes. This is not an EISD rule, but a mandate from the state. There was some discussion yesterday about the state giving a two-week grace period for students to receive the required shots. At the time of this writing, we have not received any official notification from the state concerning this grace period. If we receive any further information from the state on this requirement, we will be passing it on to parents/guardians.

If you have questions, concerns, or comments, please feel free to contact me at cholcombe@eustaceisd.net.

Thanks for a Great Turnout

by Coy Holcombe.  

I want to thank all the parents, grandparents, and other friends and relatives for coming out to meet the teacher night yesterday. All the campuses involved had a great turnout. I also want to thank all the staff members for all the hard work they put in preparing for meet the teacher night. 

The JV and varsity football teams did well in their final scrimmage of the season last night in Elkhart. Next Saturday, the varsity football team kicks-off the 2009 regular season by traveling to All Saints in Tyler to take on Grace Community . The game is scheduled to start at 7:00 PM.

The fans that traveled to Elkhart last night also got a preview of the 2009-2010 varsity cheerleaders. As with past squads, I believe that this year’s squad will be one of the best in this area. 

I want to remind everyone that the Eustace Varsity Volleyball Tournament will continue today. I believe that the Bulldogs will be playing three games today at 3:00, 5:00 and 7:00.

Finally, a very special thank you goes out to Brother Paul and the First Baptist Church for providing all EISD staff members with a fantastic barbecue lunch yesterday. Volunteers from FBC served the food and waited on staff members. Your thoughtfulness is greatly appreciated!

Thursday – Lots of Activities

by Coy Holcombe.  

Today is going to be a busy day. We have lots of activities of all sort going on today. 

  • Our staff members will continue preparing for the new school year.
  • The High School has their Fish Camp for incoming freshman today.
  • The First Baptist Church is graciously providing lunch for all school district employees today.
  • The Eustace Varsity Volleyball Tournament begins today.
  • Meet the Teacher Night is being held this afternoon for the Primary, Intermediate, and Middle School. Primary starts at 3:00 for new parents: returning parents come at 3:30. Intermediate then follows at 4:00 and the Middle School starts at 4:30.
  • The JV and varsity football teams travel to Elkhart for a scrimmage this evening. The JV will start at 6:00 followed by the varsity.

Tomorrow will be the last preparation day before for staff members before students arrive on Monday.