Recap of District Meeting

by Coy Holcombe.  

The district football meeting in Maypearl yesterday went very well. We are fortunate to be in a district in which everyone gets along with everyone else. A couple of notes from the meeting:

  • The superintendent at Maypearl was elected district chairman.
  • The district schedule for 2010 was approved (see previous blog for the complete 2010 football schedule).
  • The district rules for football were approved.
  • A resolution was adopted by the District Executive Committee to ask the UIL to consider taking three teams to the playoffs instead of the current arrangement of two. This resolution would place 2A schools on par with other divisions on the number of playoff teams. This situation should be discussed this summer by the UIL. In addition, the resolution will ask that the UIL consider going back to the old format in 2A with 32 districts based more on geographic location than size of the district.

The EHS baseball tournament will continue today. The softball team will be involved in the Kerens tournament today. Soccer will be at Whitehouse tonight.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

District Meeting, Report Cards, and Chili Supper

by Coy Holcombe.  

I will be attending a district football meeting this morning in Maypearl. This meeting is with the new district that EISD will be in next year. We are meeting to approve the rules that will govern our football district for the next two years. These rules will address such issues as officials, tie-breakers, pre-game activities, and other such things. All of the athletic directors in our district have already met and worked out all the details.

A reminder that report cards will be going home today. Also, the Eustace Baseball Tournament will begin today and Eustace will be hosting the annual Bulldog Relays today. The track meet has been condensed to one day this year.

I also want to remind everyone that this Saturday the FFA Booster Club will be hosting the annual chili cook-off and auction. The chili judging will start at 5:30. The chili dinner will start at 6:00, and the auction will begin at 6:30. If you have never attended one of these dinners/auctions, I encourage you to come out Saturday night. It is always a lot of fun.

10-11 Varsity Football Schedule

by Coy Holcombe.  

Below is the varsity football schedule for next year. The district games are in bold print. As in the past few years, we will have an open date before district competition begins.

WEEK                                     DATE                                        OPPONENT                                     SITE                        TIME
  Scrimmage                            8/14                                           Scurry Rosser                                      home                       9:00 a.m.

  Scrimmage                            8/19                                              Elkhart                                              home                       6:00 p.m

          0                                    8/27                                               Kemp                                              away                       7:30

          1                                     9/3                                              Tyler Grace                                       home                       7:30

          2                                     9/10                                             Edgewood                                         home                       7:30

          3                                     9/17                                              Quitman                                           away                       7:30

          4                                     9/24                                                Ferris                                              away                       7:30

          5                                     10/1                                                OPEN

          6                                    10/8                                             Sunnyvale                                        home                       7:30

          7                                    10/15                                              Palmer                                            home                      7:30

          8                                     10/22                                           Grandview                                        away                      7:30

          9                                     10/29                                            Maypearl                                         home                      7:30

         10                                     11/5                                          Dallas Life Oak                                 away                      7:30



by Coy Holcombe.  

The Eustace FFA Chapter has again shown how hard work and dedication pays off. Below is information received from FFA sponsors Zach Tappan and Theresa Tindel on the results of the San Antonio Ag Mechanics Show:

I have got to say that I am thoroughly impressed with the efforts and the outcome of the San Antonio Ag Mechanics Project Show. The professionalism that these young men exhibited was elite. In fact that is what the judges commented on that set them apart from the other competitors in their particular class. Tony Alfaro, Billy Crocker, Ethan Grimes, Michael James, Brady Tindel, and Logan Grimes each did their part in representing Eustace ISD and the Eustace FFA with class.

Having spent countless hours, during and after school, these young men constructed an outstanding project. The competition was tough and the show seemed to last an eternity. After all their time and effort they were awarded Class Champion out of 18 Gooseneck Lowboy trailers, with their 25’ Gooseneck Lowboy.

Not only are the projects judged on craftsmanship. They are judged from the standpoint of documentation of all Material Safety Data Sheets on consumables used, scale drawings of projects, complete pictures from start to finish of the students building the project themselves, knowledge of all TxDOT rules and regulations on trailers, knowledge of project, specific knowledge of the construction processes, creativity, and as said earlier professionalism is presenting their project.

For their efforts, these young men were awarded a prize pack valued at approximately $2000.00. It contained a 230 volt Lincoln MIG/Flux cored welder, Victor Cutting torch set, Miller Elite auto darkening welding helmet, several rolls of welding wire, and a few other small items.

We are very proud of these guys and hope that you feel the same pride in knowing that you were represented well. Please take the time to congratulate them personally.

Thank you for all of your support,

Tappan / Tindel


This Week

by Coy Holcombe.  

Good morning! I hope everyone had a great weekend. We have more winter weather in the forecast for tomorrow. As always, this situation will be monitored closely and any necessary changes to the normal scheduled will be made accordingly. Changes to the normal schedule will be posted to our website, sent via Twitter, and sent to KCKL, Channel 5 in Dallas, and Channel 8 in Dallas.

Activities and events this week include:

Monday – Start of 5th 6 weeks; Band practice 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM; Baseball v. Kaufman 5:00 PM (note: this is a change in schedule)

Tuesday – Soccer at Lindale; Softball v. Scurry – 5:00 PM;

Thursday – Report cards; Eustace Track Meet; Softball tournament at Kerens

Friday – Primary Awards; Eustace Track Meet; Softball tournament at Kerens; Soccer at Whitehouse

Saturday – FFA Chili Supper & Auction – Chili judging – 5:30, Meal – 6:00; Auction – 6:30; Softball tournament at Kerens


Gym Mural

by Coy Holcombe.  

At the February board meeting, the EISD Board of Trustees chose a mural design for the E. L. Kirk Gymnasium. After working with the company Eyeful Art on preliminary ideas, the four designs below were submitted. The one labeled C3 was chosen as the one to be painted in the gym. Although we had originally planned to use the painter that did the murals in the High School, we recently found out that he had passed away in the fall. The process of painting might start as early as the first of March. When the painting starts, I will have further updates with pictures.


Pre-K Grant

by Coy Holcombe.  

In January, we received notification from TEA that we had earned all of our Pre-K grant money for 08-09. In February, we received a fax from TEA stating that we now owed a refund of about $6,000 because we had not earned all the money. A school district "earns" the money by the ADA that is generated in the pre-k grades. Pre-K is still funded by the state on a half-day basis. In other words, we basically get credit for half of the ADA generated in this program. The other half is funded through the Pre-K Grant Program. 

An issue that we are working with TEA on is how the ADA is calculated for this program. It is not obvious from data submitted to TEA how they arrived at the ADA number they used in our reconciliation report. However, after contacting TEA, no one that I have talked with can tell me how the calculations are done. This is disturbing because even a change of .5 ADA could mean the difference between a $6,000 refund and a $4,000 refund. We will continue to work with TEA to fully understand how they arrived at their numbers.


More FFA Accomplishments

by Coy Holcombe.  

Another update from our FFA chapter. Thanks to Zach Tappan and Theresa Tindel for the information.

Another outstanding representation by the members of the Eustace FFA chapter. While at the San Antonio Livestock Show Brady Tindel, Billy Crocker, Ethan Grimes, Mallory Mobly, Chad Tindel, and Samantha Crocker were all shown in great light as they exhibited their animals at a high level. As stated before it is a large accomplishment to have all of the heifers that any FFA chapter hauls to a Major livestock show place in the top 10…… All but one of the heifers exhibited by our members landed in the top 10. It was truly a pleasure and honor to be associated with these fine young men and women as they exhibited their cattle at such a high level. They are the epitome of PRIDE!  Each of these students deserves a huge congratulations personally. Please take the time to offer them a word of praise.

Brady Tindel – 2nd place Braford heifer out of 6 and Reserve Grand Champion Senior Heifer

Chad Tindel – 1st place Braford heifer out of 3

Billy Crocker – 2nd place Brahman heifer out of 20 (2nd behind the Overall Brahman Reserve Grand Champion)

Ethan Grimes – 5th place Brahman heifer out of 20

Mallory Mobly – 7th place Simbrah heifer our of 14 in the Simbrah SuperBowl and 6th place out of 20 in regular class

Samantha Corcker – 14th out of 30 Beefmaster heifer

Board Meeting Tonight

by Coy Holcombe.  

The EISD Board of Trustees will meet in regular session tonight. The meeting will start at 7:00 PM and be held in the High School library. I encourage anyone interested to attend tonight’s meeting. The following items are included on tonight’s agenda:

  • Student Recognition – Kimberly Austin, Erica Sanchez, and Tori Bynum – Academic All-State Volleyball
  • Approve minutes of previous meeting
  • Superintendent Reports
    • Financial Reports
    • General Reports
      • PaySchools
      • NCLB Report Card
      • State Tax Rates
      • Property Tax Values 2009
      • Update on Henderson County Shared Services Arrangement
      • Update on graduation requirements
      • 08-09 Pre-K Expansion Grant Reconciliation
      • Gold Leadership Circle Award
      • Recognition of Intermediate School by Division of NCLB
      • Appraisal Standards Review – HCAD
      • Mathematics Instructional Coaches Pilot Grant Update
      • UIL Realignment
  • Policy Update 87 – First Reading
  • Consider nominating Kerry Yancy to the TASB Media Honor Roll
  • Consider participation in the Optional Flexible Year Program for 10-11 school year
  • Consider agreement with Smith, Lambright & Associates for audit services for the 09-10 fiscal year.
  • Consider contract with Eyefulart for mural in new gym
  • Consider purchase of new buses
  • Consider agreement to assist governmental entity
  • Consider moving date of March regular board meeting from Tuesday, March 16, 2010 to Thursday, March 11, 2010.
  • Consider May 6, 2010 for Employee Appreciation Banquet
  • Update on Enrollment
  • Closed Session items
    • Accept resignations
    • Employ personnel
    • Approve update to 09-10 substitute list
    • Review evaluations and consider contracts for:
      • Assistant superintendent for curriculum and instruction
      • Athletic Director
      • Campus Principals
  • Consider action on closed session items
  • Adjourn


Bad Weather Day, This Week, and TEA Report on AP Tests

by Coy Holcombe.  

I hope everyone had a great extended weekend! The amount of snow was certainly a surprise! While it does not happen often, the countryside around Eustace sure looks pretty covered in snow. The unplanned holiday on Friday will have to be made up by utilizing a bad weather day. We have two bad weather days built into the calendar: April 2 and June 4. We will be meeting to decide which date will be utilized for this makeup day. However, with the way this weather is going, we may not be done with all the winter weather yet.

Activities this Week:
Monday – Band Practice – 7:00 – 9:00
Tuesday – Boys Basketball at Canton; Soccer v. Athens – Here; Softball v. Athens Christian – Here; School Board Meeting – 7:00 – HS Library
Thursday – HS Flex Day; MS Flex Day
Friday – HS, MS, IS, PS Flex Day; Soccer at Chappel Hill; Softball v. Malakoff – Here – 5:00; End 4th 6 Weeks
Saturday – Power Lifting at Mabank
Below is a press release from TEA on statewide AP scores. Overall, Texas did very well in comparison to the rest of the country.

The Texas Education Agency announced Wednesday that Texas has been recognized by the College Board as one of 20 states with the greatest percentage of students earning scores of three or higher on Advanced Placement (AP) exams (Scores range from one to five).

Among students in Texas’ high school graduating class of 2009, 28.7 percent took at least one AP exam during high school, compared to 26.5 percent for the nation. That represents a substantial increase from five years ago when 21.8 percent of the state’s graduating seniors took an AP test sometime during their high school career.

In Texas, 14.9 percent of the graduating Class of 2009 earned a score of three or higher on an AP test, compared to 12.5 percent of the Class of 2004 who did so.

Social sciences tests, which include history, government, economics and psychology, were the most popular tests taken by Texas students. They experienced their greatest success on English AP exams.