By the Numbers, 2nd Six Weeks

by Coy Holcombe.  

Below are the attendance numbers through the end of the 2nd six weeks: 

Budget vs. Earned – Through 2nd Six Weeks

  Earned Budget Earned v. Budget
ADA 1385.1624 1415 -29.8376
High School ADA 419.44 424.6 -5.16
SE FTE 45.3066 52.466 -7.1594
Mainstream ADA 48.29 50.272 -1.982
CATE 74.6761 79.437 -4.7609
GT Students 65 81.67 -16.67
Comp 1023.2 1007 16.2
Bilingual 10.63 10.1 0.53

Notes: HS ADA – used to calculate the High School Allotment – based on the ADA of students in grades 9-12.

SE FTE – special education FTEs. This number has steadily decreased over the last several years.

Mainstream ADA – Special education students that are served in regular classes throughout the school day. This number has dramatically increased over the last several years.

CATE – Career and Technology FTEs – Generated by students in agricultural science classes, technology classes, and consumer science classes.

Comp – Compensatory Education Numbers – Based on the average number of students on free or reduced priced meals.

Bilingual – ADA of students that are enrolled in our ESL program. 

As is evident by the numbers for ADA, we are still significantly lower than the budgeted numbers. The budget numbers were used to make projections on state funding. With the numbers being this much lower, we will be earning less than what was budgeted. We will look at our impact these numbers are having on our state aid tomorrow.

Looking at the overall numbers, we are in good shape with the other categories of attendance. To help with our ADA numbers, the Board of Trustees recently approved suspending the transfer fees for student outside our district. By doing this, the goal is to bring in more students to help increase our overall ADA. Right now, our attendance percentage is very good. It is not a matter of students missing a lot of days: it is a matter of not having enough students enrolled to earn the state aid that was budgeted.

As in years past, the ending numbers from 08-09 were used to estimate the attendance numbers for 09-10. We anticipated having a slight rebound in overall ADA and used a fairly conservative estimate of 1415. This is the lowest ADA we have used for budgeting in at least five years. However, right now, we are not close to earning this ADA. With the funding system currently in place, the only way for a school district to earn additional money is to have additional ADA (outside of a tax rate election). So, for EISD to earn the amount that was budgeted for 09-10, we need more students. I encourage everyone to let their friends and neighbors know about the unique opportunity that the school board has made available to parents by suspending the transfer fees.

Thanks for a Great Season!

by Coy Holcombe.  

The Eustace Lady Bulldogs had their season come to an end last night in a tough, competitive regional quarter final game against Pleasant Grove, 3-1. Although Pleasant Grove jumped out to a 2-0 lead, the Lady Bulldogs battled back and took the third game to make it 2-1. In the fourth game, our girls continually battled back and provided a performance full of pride and class. The score of the fourth game was 22-25.


To all the volleyball team, thank you for an exciting season! You represented our district with poise, pride, discipline, and class!

To the coaches, Chuck Powers, Shannon Smith, and Jeremy Taylor, thank you for all your hard work and dedication throughout this volleyball season.

To the managers and scorekeepers, thank you for all the work that many times goes unnoticed, but is a vital part of a successful program.

I want to say a special thank you to all the seniors for their leadership, effort, and devotion.

Finally, a special thanks goes out to all the parents, staff members, students, and fans that supported the volleyball team throughout the season. You also showed a great deal of pride and class by how you supported our team.

Making a Difference in the Community

by Stan Sowers.  

Our own Ms. Theresa Tindel is taking time out of her busy schedule to be a guest lecturer for a  TVCC Ag class.  The topic was "Goat Management and Care".  Ms. Tindel has done an outstanding job with EHS’s Ag/FFA program having had tremendous success in raising goats and helping students raise and show them as well.  We are proud of Ms. Tindel and all that she does for EHS and the community.

Bulldog Proud

Pep Rally and Volleyball

by Coy Holcombe.  

A big thank you to all those that helped with the pep rally last night: Sandy Sowers and the cheerleaders, the booster club, the Mighty Bulldog Marching Band, Shannon Davidson, Coach Wendel, and Mr. Sowers. A special thank you goes to the students and adults that came out last night to show their support for the Bulldogs.

A reminder that our Lady Bulldogs will be traveling to Gladewater tonight to take on Pleasant Grove in the state volleyball playoffs. The Lady Bulldogs have already captured the district championship, the bi-district championship, and the area championship. Tonight’s game will be for the regional quarterfinal championship. I encourage everyone to come out and support the Lady Bulldogs tonight. The game will start at 7:00 PM.



Gold Performance, Jazz Band, and Weekly Activities

by Coy Holcombe.  

TEA recently release the Gold Performance Acknowledgments(GPA) for all districts. EISD and the campuses received several GPA from the state.

  • District – GPA in Attendance, College Readiness, Commended Performance in Social Studies, and Texas Success Initiative Performance in English/Language Arts
  • High School – Attendance, College Readiness, Commended Performance in Social Studies
  • Middle School – Attendance, Commended Performance in Reading
  • Intermediate School – Commended Performance in Math, Commended Performance in Writing, and Commended Performance in Science
  • Primary – Paired with Intermediate School on Commended Performance

Congratulations to the staff members and students for their accomplishments!

Congratulations to Alex Pharmakis for making 4th chair in the Texas All State Jazz Ensemble. The top 2 chairs from each of 20 regions in the state compete by recordings submitted for auditions to a  panel of judges from around the state. Student recordings are placed in order  just like live auditions. Alex placed 4th and will  go to San Antonio on February 10 -13th to rehearse and perform with the State ensemble. Eustace is proud to have one of their own to make such a great accomplishment.

Also, congratulations to the boys and girls cross county teams for the performance at the regional cross country meet on Saturday. The boys placed 8th at regionals and the girls placed 14th.

Weekly Activities:

Monday – Start of 3rd Six Weeks; Community Pep Rally – 6:00 PM, Bulldog Stadium

Tuesday – Regional Quarterfinal Volleyball vs. Pleasant Grove at Gladewater

Thursday – Report Cards

Friday – Primary Awards Assembly; Bi-District Football vs. Famersville at Mesquite Hanby Stadium – 7:30 PM

Volleyball Area Champs!

by Coy Holcombe.  

After falling behinds 1-0 to Liberty-Eylau, the Lady Bulldogs won three hard fought games in a row to capture the area championship in Mt. Pleasant last night. The Lady Bulldogs will now take on the winner of the Famersville/Pleasant Grove game. As soon as we have information on site and time, we will be posting it on our website through Twitter. Congratulations to the players and coaches on a great win last night. Also, thanks to all the fans that made the long drive to Mt. Pleasant last night to support our Lady Bulldogs.

A reminder that tonight is our last regular season football game. We will be celebrating Senior Night tonight. Senior Night activities will get underway at around 7:00 PM. Kickoff for tonight’s game against Van will be at 7:30. I encourage everyone to come out and show your appreciation for our senior athletes. I also encourage everyone to come out and support our Bulldogs as they take on Van. You will also have the opportunity to see and hear our Mighty Bulldog Marching Band and get to see the EHS Cheerleaders (the best cheerleading squad in the area). 

Also, tomorrow is the regional cross-country meet. The meet will be held at Vandergriff Park in Arlington. Both our boys and girls teams will be competing in the meet. Our girls run at 10:25 and our boys run at 10:50. The awards ceremony takes place at 11:50. 

Finally, as hard as it is to believe, today is the end of our 2nd six weeks! Starting Monday, we have 28 days left in the first semester. We  also have the Thanksgiving Break coming up November 25-27.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!


Theater Performance and Volleyball

by Coy Holcombe.  

Attached to this entry is a flier for a theatrical production of Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf. The EHS Drama Department will perform this play on November 16 in the High School Auditorium.Curtain time is scheduled for 6:00 PM. The play will be entertaining for both children and adults. I encourage everyone to make plans to attend this performance. Ticket prices are $4 for adults, and $2 for staff members, children, and students.

I want to remind everyone that the Lady Bulldogs will be in Mount Pleasant tonight competing for the area championship in volleyball. The Lady Bulldogs will be playing Liberty-Eylau. The game is scheduled to start at 7:00 PM. Please make plans to come out and support the Lady Bulldogs tonight!



State Funding and Federal Funding

by Coy Holcombe.  

There have been many changes in the way that our state and federal funding works for the 09-10 school year: some have been for the better, others for the worse. A summary of the good and bad is below:

Overall State Funding – This has increased slightly for our district. Some of the allotments have been increased. However, most of these allotments are all dependent on enrollment and attendance. Our enrollment is basically unchanged. We will see some additional funding, but it will be minimal.

Student Success Initiative – We have received this funding from the state for the past several years. It is based on the number of students in 3rd and 5th grade that are not successful on their TAKS tests. Because of our success rate at the 3rd and 5th grade, we have never received an overwhelming amount of funds in this program. However, historically we have received about $22,000 a year. This money goes directly to help pay for teacher salaries. In late August of this year, we received notification that this funding would no longer automatically flow to districts and that the amount of funding had been reduced. The state finally decided that all eligible districts would continue to receive these funds for the 09-10 school year; however, our allotment was reduced from $22,000 to about $13,000.

NCLB Federal Funds – These are the federal funds that our district normally receives. Our allotments are about the same this year as they were last year.

NCLB Title I ARRA Funds – These are additional funds provided by the federal stimulus bill. Overall. we are receiving a little over $130,000 in funding in this area. This amount may be used for the 09-10 and the 10-11 school year. These funds are being used to provide the resources to start our REACH Program, to bring the READ 180 program to the High School and Middle School, to provide salaries for the teachers in the READ 180 program, and to provide for the Springboard math program at the Middle School and High School. Districts had to apply for this money and have their application approved by TEA.

IDEA ARRA Funds – These are additional funds provided by the federal stimulus bill. These funds are designated to be spent in the area of special education. EISD is receiving a little over $300,000 in additional funding that may be used in the 09-10 school year and in the 10-11 school year. These funds are being used to help pay for the cost of the READ 180 program at the High School and Middle School, to help pay for salaries, to provide a web-based dyslexia program for the entire district, to provide for an inclusion teacher that works at all the campuses, and to provide for technology enhancements in the special education program. Some of this $300.000 will be spent in the 10-11 school year. Our special education co-op did the application for these funds.

Title XIV State Fiscal Stabilization Funds (SFSF) Funds – This is where it gets somewhat confusing. This is not all new or additional money. Instead the state chose to fund some of its funding through the SFSF funds. So, funds that would normally be provided by the state are now flowing through this federal fund. EISD will be receiving about $463,000 through the SFSF program. However, these are not necessarily new funds. While the district will receive a slight increase in funding due to these funds, as mentioned, the majority of these funds simply took the place of funds that were previously provided by the state. Since these are federal funds, districts now must "apply" for these funds through the federal grant process. In addition, since these are no longer state funds, a totally new fund code was created. This had the effect of districts having to move funds coded in local and state funds to this new fund code. Also, since we now had to apply for these funds, our application also had to be approved. Since the approval came after our budget was adopted, EISD, as many other districts have had to do, had to go back and revise their original budgets.

It is fortunate that we have had good people to help with these applications at TEA. They have literally walked us through an extremely tedious and lengthy application process.

District Cross Country Results

by Coy Holcombe.  

Yesterday, we hosted the district cross country meet at the 4 Pines Ranch just outside of Eustace. While some courses claim to be "cross country courses", this course is truly a complete cross country course. Needless to say, because of all the recent rain, the course was somewhat muddy and wet. Regardless, the teams from Eustace fared very well. Below is a breakdown of  the results:

JV Boys – District Champs

Varsity Girls – 3rd Place & Regional Qualifiers

Varsity Boys – 2nd Place & Regional Qualifiers

The regional cross country meet will take place on November 7 in Arlington.

I would like to thank all the workers for making this meet a success and the Athletic Booster Club for providing the concession stand, A special thank you goes to Josh Sypert and Gene Myers, cross country coaches, for their organization of the meet and their hard work in preparing the course. An extra special thank you goes to Roy and Kathy Jones, owners of the 4 Pines Ranch, for allowing us to host the meet on their property.



Regional Cross Country Information

by Coy Holcombe.  

The Regional Cross Country Meet will take place this Saturday in Arlington at Vandergriff Park. Both the EHS boys and girls varsity teams qualified for the regional meet. All five classifications of schools will be participating in this meet. The 3A schools will run at 10:25 (girls) and at 10:50 (boys). The awards ceremony for 3A will be at 11:50.

Attached at the top of this blog is information regarding the meet, a map to the meet site, and maps of the course. I encourage as many people as possible to attend this regional meet and support the Bulldog runners.

A reminder that students will be taking six weeks tests throughout the remainder of this week. You may contact the individual campuses for schedules.