Victories Abound

by Stan Sowers.  

What a Friday night for the Bulldogs!  It began with the volleyball team remaining undefeated in district play by winning 3 out of 4 games against the Lady Eagles.  The Lady Bulldogs are now 7 – 0 with three games remaining against Van, Kemp, and Mineola.  Finish strong ladies.  The Bulldog football team concluded the night on the  gridiron with an incredible shootout with the Eagles.  The game was exciting and intense up to the last second with the defense coming up with just enough stops and the offense completing their scoring with a fake punt.  In one of the highest scoring games in 11 man football history the Eustace Bulldogs held on to win 68 to 53.  Wow!  The most impressive part of the game to me was the execution of the offense with very few miscues or penalties.  The Bulldogs could be one win away from the playoffs, but have their sights on even more.  Congrats to all coaches of the voleyball and football teams.


Bulldog Proud

Tonight's Activities

by Coy Holcombe.  

Tonight our volleyball teams and varsity football teams will be traveling to Canton. The order of the volleyball games has been changed for tonight. The varsity volleyball game will be played first at 4:30. This game will be followed by the freshman and JV games. The change in order is due to homecoming activities in Canton tonight.

The football game is scheduled to start at 7:30. Fans traveling to Canton tonight need to be aware that the parking area closest to the football field is paid parking only. You will have to pay $5.00 to park in this area. The areas further away from the football field are free parking; however, these areas will fill up fast (and tonight is Canton’s homecoming). If you are going to the volleyball games, I would advise parking around the gym and walking to the football field after the volleyball games are over.

I encourage everyone to get to Canton early to support our volleyball teams and then plan on staying to see our football team, band, and cheerleaders perform. If you cannot make it to Canton tonight, check our homepage for Twitter updates on the scores.

Also, on Saturday, Eustace will be hosting a cross country meet at the 4 Pines Ranch. What started as a small warm-up meet for district has grown into a full-sized meet. Around 14 teams will be competing at our cross country meet on Saturday.

I hope everyone has a great weekend.

Revised Attendance Numbers

by Coy Holcombe.  

Yesterday, we looked at the attendance numbers for the first six weeks. I mentioned that the CATE numbers were surprisingly low. Through the efforts of Michelle Bass and Karen Thompson, we found several in which CATE classes and/or students were not being coded correctly in our attendance and accounting system Karen corrected these coding problems and we ran our attendance numbers again. Below are the revised attendance numbers:
                                                              Actual          Budget     Difference
ADA 1384.7414 1415 -30.2586
High School ADA 421.7931 424.6 -2.8069
SE FTE 44.5497 52.466 -7.9163
Mainstream ADA 51.66 50.272 1.388
CATE 74.2759 79.437 -5.1611
GT Students 65 81.67 -16.67
Comp 1023.2 1007 16.2
Bilingual 9.79 10.1 -0.3069

As you can see, the CATE numbers increase a great deal. All of the other numbers are basically the same.

A reminder that our 7th and 8th grade football teams will be traveling to Canton this evening. The 7th grade game will start at 5:00. Also, our JV football team will host Canton today. Starting time for the JV game is 5:30 (this is a change from the scheduled starting time).


Volleyball Posts Big Win and Attendance Numbers

by Coy Holcombe.  

The Eustace varsity volleyball team posted a big win on the road last night in Wills Point. The Lady Bulldogs beat the hosting Wills Point Tigers 3-1 to keep their district record perfect. The Lady Bulldogs are now 6-0 in district play. The freshman and JV volleyball teams both lost hard fought matches to Wills Point. The volleyball teams are in action again on Friday in Canton.

Below are the attendance numbers from the first six weeks.

  Earned (Est.) Budget Earned v. Budget
ADA 1384.7414 1415 -30.2586
High School ADA 421.7931 424.6 -2.8069
SE FTE 44.5497 52.466 -7.9163
Mainstream ADA 51.66 50.272 1.388
CATE 64.9023 79.437 -14.5347
GT Students 65 81.67 -16.67
Comp 1023.2 1007 16.2
Bilingual 9.79 10.1 -0.3069

A couple of notes:

  • The budget numbers were derived from last year’s actual attendance.
  • We had an above average number of students out the first six weeks due to illness.
  • While our special education numbers are down slightly from last year, this will have a large impact on our special education funding.
  • Our CATE are significantly lower than last year’s.
  • The special education and CATE numbers will have a significant impact on our state funding.
  • While our ADA is over 30 lower than was budgeted, this will not have as much of an impact on our state funding as the special education numbers and our CATE numbers.
  • Our compensatory numbers are up slightly from what was budgeted.

CATE – Career and Technology Education – This corresponds to our ag classes, home economics classes, etc.

Compensatory Education – Based on the number of students receiving free or reduced meals. This number is derived from the average of the six best months of the previous year.

ADA – Average Daily Attendance

During the first six weeks, we had an above average number of students out with illness.

Big Friday Night and This Week's Activities

by Coy Holcombe.  

Friday night was a good night for Bulldog fans. Our volleyball teams swept Mineola and our football team won an important district game. The volleyball team is now 5-0 in district. They will start the second half of district play on Tuesday when they travel to Wills Point for an important district match up. The football team is 1-0 in district after a 58-28 win over Mineola. The varsity football team will be traveling to Canton on Friday for another important district game.

Also, congratulations to the band for their performance at the Mabank Marching Festival. The band has been working hard in preparation for the UIL marching contest on the 21st.

This week’s activities:

This week is Team Read Week. It is also Career Week at the Primary.

Monday – District FFA Meeting; Band practice from 7-9; MS volleyball at Canton

Tuesday – Volleyball at Wills Point

Thursday – 7th and 8th football at Canton; JV football vs. Canton

Friday – Volleyball at Canton; Football at Canton

Saturday – Eustace Cross Country Meet

Friday Update

by Coy Holcombe.  

First, a look at the absences from Thursday: HS – 16, MS – 9, IS -12, PS – 25. Our High School absences continue to decrease while the absences at the Primary are showing a slight increase. Overall, Thursday was a good attendance day. We had an attendance rate of 96.1%. This is the highest attendance rate that we have had in some time.

I want to remind everyone that our volleyball and football teams are hosting Mineola tonight. The volleyball games will start at 5:00 and the football game will start at 7:30.

Tomorrow, the Mighty Bulldog Marching Band will be competing in the Mabank Marching Festival. Also, our cross country teams will be traveling to Jacksonville for their weekly meet.

I encourage everyone to come out tonight and support our volleyball teams and football teams. You will also get an opportunity to see our cheerleaders perform and our band perform its contest show.

I hope everyone has a great weekend.

Flu Update and FFA Awards

by Coy Holcombe.  

Congratulations to the Eustace FFA program on their recent accomplishments and awards. At the Texas State Fair, Ethan Grimes, Billy Crocker, Austin Pogue, and Michael James were awarded a blue ribbon for best in class based on a point scale for their 24′ gooseneck lowboy trailer. On a scale of 1-100, these students received a 98 points for their trailer. 

Flu Update: While we continue to have confirmed cases of flu in our district, the absences for this week are down compared to last week. Yesterday, absences were as follows: HS – 20, MS – 22, IS – 7, PS – 23. The absences at the High School are down significantly from last week. Overall, we had 72 absences yesterday and an attendance rate of 95.1%. Usually, we have an attendance rate around 96%. Each campus is carefully monitoring not only the number absent, but the reason for the absences. Updates will continue to be posted to my Twitter account daily. These updates will be posted on the EISD homepage.

Activities Today:

  • Report cards go home.
  • MS Volleyball vs. Wills Point – 4:30
  • 7th and 8th Football v. Mineola 5:00 PM
  • JV Football at Mineola – 6:30

Congratulations VB Teams

by Coy Holcombe.  

Congratulations to all three volleyball teams on their sweep of Kemp last night. The win puts the varsity team at 4-0 in district play. All three volleyball teams are in action again this Friday against MIneola.

We are still working on finalizing attendance data for the first six weeks. I hope to have this data by tomorrow.

This Week

by Coy Holcombe.  

Congratulations to the varsity volleyball team on their win last Friday against Van. That win puts the Lady Bulldogs at 3-0 in district play. Also, the Mighty Bulldog Marching Band had a successful competition this past weekend in Mesquite.

This weeks activities include:

Today – Start of 2nd six weeks; Volleyball at Kemp – 4:30 – Another important district match-up for the Lady Bulldogs. I encourage everyone to make the short drive to Kemp to support our volleyball teams.

Thursday – Report cards go home; MS will have their report card pick up night; MS volleyball vs Wills Point – 4:30; MS football vs. Mineola – 5:00; JV football at Mineola – 6:30

Friday – Volleyball vs Mineola – 5:00; Football vs. Mineola – 7:30

The Intermediate School has started their cookie dough fund raiser. See any 3rd, 4th, or 5th grade student if you are interested in these products.

I hope everyone has a great week!

End of the First Six Weeks

by Coy Holcombe.  

Today marks the final day in the first six weeks. As we did last year, next week we will look at the attendance numbers for the first six weeks and how those numbers affect our state funding. One component of state funding is compensatory education funding. The amount of funding that we receive from compensatory is based on the number of students on free or reduced meals. At the end of September, EISD had 1,068 students on free or reduced meals. We have about 1,475 students currently enrolled. That would mean that we would have about 72% of our students receiving free or reduced meals. That is a significant increase over the past few years. This increase will mean that we see an increase in our state compensatory allotment. It is not too late for families to apply for free or reduced meals. If you would like an application, or if you have questions about the free or reduced price meal program, please contact Tracy at 425-5150.

A reminder that Monday, October 5, is a school holiday. I would also like to remind everyone that our volleyball teams will be competing tonight against Van. This is another very important district game. I encourage everyone to come out and support the Lady Bulldogs. Also, our High School cross country teams are traveling to Lindale for their weekly meet.

Our varsity football team has an open date tonight. Next week, the Bulldogs start district play against Mineola.

Tomorrow, our Mighty Bulldog Marching Band will be competing in the Mesquite Marching festival.

I hope everyone has a great weekend and a great holiday on Monday!