Middle School Band and High School Band

by Coy Holcombe.  

From Jim Taylor, assistant band director:


The Seventh and Eighth Band received a rating of one (superior) at the Sandy Lake Band Contest held on March 26 in Carrollton. Each judge gave the band a one and the judges gave many positive remarks about the band on the judge’s comment sheets. The students had a great time at the park enjoying the paddle boats, arcade, miniature golf, rides and food. Mr. Felty and Mr. Taylor are very proud of the band’s success.


From Todd Felty, head band director: 

 The High School Band participated in the UIL Concert and Sight reading competition on March 10th in Canton and Received a 2nd Division Concert Rating and a 1st Division Sight reading rating. On March 11th the band traveled to Disney World to participate in the Magic Music Days events. Besides getting to see all the attractions, the band played for the crowds at Downtown Disney and participated in a special backstage workshop where we recorded a DVD to a video clip of “Aladdin”, much like what professional musicians would do. The band played very well for all audiences during the trip.


Congratulations to the HS and MS bands on their accomplishments. I will have an update tomorrow on how the MS band did at the UIL contest.

FFA – Houston and Henderson County

by Coy Holcombe.  

Results of the Houston Livestock Show:

The Eustace FFA had an outstanding Houston Livestock Show. In addition to the outcome of Brady Tindel placing 2nd in his lightweight AOB class and selling for $6500; the Eustace FFA heifers as well as the Ag Mechanics projects stood high in their categories as well.

As stated earlier this year it is a large accomplishment to get all of a chapter’s projects into the top 10. Eustace FFA is raising the bar. ALL PROJECTS EXHIBITED AT HLSR PLACED IN THE TOP 3 OF THEIR CLASS!!!!!

Billy Crocker – 1st place Brahman heifer out of 25
Ethan Grimes – 2nd place Brahman heifer out of 25
Samantha Crocker – 3rd place Beefmaster heifer out of 21
Ag Mechanics:
Ty Browning, Nick Austin, & Austin Pogue – Blue Ribbon (10’ Tilting Utility trailer)
Logan Grimes – Blue Ribbon (3 Saddle Rack)
Ethan Grimes, Billy Crocker, Tony Alfaro, & Michael James – Blue Ribbon and 2nd in Division (25’ Gooseneck Lowboy trailer)
These students will receive premium money as well as receiving approximately $3000 in prizes.
Results of the Henderson County Livestock Show:

Horse Speed Events:

Shona Laws – Participated

Haltered Horse:
Summer Hinkle – 7th place
Shona Laws – 8th place
Western Pleasure :
Summer Hinkle – 4th place
Shona Laws – 6th place
Breeding Rabbits:
Taylor Rhoades – Reserve Grand Champion Holland Lop, 1st , 2nd
Ashley Lasiter – 4th place Holland Lop
Summer Hinkle – 1st place Holland Lop
Kara Zimmerer – 3rd place Holland Lop
Shelby Stegent – 1st place PolishSeth Purselley – 5th place All other Breeds
Breeding Goats:
Mallory Mobly – Reserve Grand Champion Overall, 1st & 2nd in class, & 2nd overall in Showmanship
Market Goats:
Mallory Mobly – Reserve Grand Champion Overall, 1st & 4th in class, and Senior Showmanship Grand Champion
Brady Tindel – 1st & 3rd in class
Chad Tindel – 2nd & 3rd in class and Junior Showmanship Grand Champion
Cory Smitherman – 1st & 9th in class
Kylan Jock – 6th & 9th in class
Serina Kyle – 3rd in class
Courtney Calvin – 9th in class
Youth Project Show:
Al Ham – 1st place in Preserves & 1st place in Floral Plants
Market Broilers:
Dillion Gragsone – participated
Breeding Poultry:
Chad Tindel – Grand Champion Overall Small Fowl
Brady Tindel – Reserve Grand Champion Large Fowl
Brady Tindel – 6th place in class and 4th place in showmanship
Mallory Mobly – 10th place
Billy Crocker – 2nd place Brahman Heifer, Reserve Grand Champion Brahman, & Senior Showmanship Grand Champion
Ethan Grimes – 1st place Brahman Heifer
Samantha Crocker – 2nd place Beefmaster Heifer, Reserve Grand Champion Beefmanster heifer
Lane Smith – 3rd place Brahman Heifer
Brady Tindel – 2nd place Braford Heifer
Chad Tindel – 1st place Braford Heifer
Cody Roberts – 5th out of 31 Lightweight Market Hampshire
Lane Smith – 4th out of 11 Middleweight Market Duroc
Natalie Bonner – Participated with her Yorkshire
Kade Graham – Participated with his Hampshire
Ag Mechanics:
Billy Crocker, Ethan Grimes, Michael James, & Tony Alfaro – 1st in class of 13 and Grand Champion overall
Nathan Stegent & Harley Feltman – 4th place ornamental gate
Ty Browning, Nick Austin, & Austin Pogue – 6th in class of 13
Logan Grimes – participated with his 3 Saddle Rack

The students of Eustace did an exceptional job in all aspects of the HCLS. In conclusion, total market sales were $12,452, 6 Belt Buckles were won, 8 Rosettes earned, and one Custom Level was won.  For the 4th year Eustace was awarded the Good Herdsman award of $100.

Special thanks to Zach Tappan and Theresa Tindel for supplying this information and for all the work they put into making this a great year in FFA.


This Week

by Coy Holcombe.  

Good morning! It seems impossible, but this week will close out March take us into April 2010. This week has an early out day on Thursday and a holiday on Friday. Below is a summary of activities this week:

Monday – MS track at Kemp; JV baseball vs. Wills Point

Tuesday – Softball and baseball at Wills Point – SB – 6:00, BB – 6:30

Thursday – Early Release – classes will be dismissed 2 hours early, buses will run 2 hours early;  Softball v. Van 6:00

Friday – Good Friday Holiday; Baseball v. Van

I hope everyone has a great week!


SMU Engineering Camp for Girls

by Coy Holcombe.  

 Below is an email that I received recently about a camp specifically for girls in grades 8-12 that may be interested in learning more about engineering careers. There is no cost for the camp. All the camps are multiple day camps so you would have to drive to the SMU campus several times during the week. However, even with the driving, I would encourage anyone interested to follow the links at the bottom of the email for more information.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!





Lyle School of Engineering

Camp for Girls at SMU


Dear Educator:

Do you know a young female student who might be interested in the summer camps being hosted by the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering at SMU?

Registration is now open and girls entering grades 8-12 will be gathering on the campus of Southern Methodist University during the month of June to attend the Lyle School of Engineering Summer Camp for Girls and learn about the world of engineering and their future college life.

This week-long, half-day program is designed to help girls explore engineering through hands-on, interactive projects which show how engineering is related to social concerns, community interest and individual development. Objectives of the camp include:

  • Hands-on engineering experience through team project.
  • Discover careers in engineering from Dallas-based female engineers.
  • Learn leadership skills from a female engineer.
  • Learn about college: applications, entrance essays, financial aid.
  • Make new friends that share your interest in math, science and engineering!

The camp will be hosted at the Lyle School of Engineering on the main campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, TX.

Session Date Times Grade Level
Session 1 June 7-11 9:00 a.m.-noon 8th Grade girls
Session 2 June 7-11 1:00 -4:00 p.m. 9th-10th grade girls
Session 3 June 14-18 9:00 a.m.-noon 9th-10th grade girls
Session 4 June 14-18 1:00 -4:00 p.m. 11th-12th grade girls
Session 5 June 14-18 9:00 a.m.-noon 11th-12th grade girls
Session 6 June 14-18 1:00 -4:00 p.m. 11th-12th grade girls


Free, thanks to a generous grant from the Texas Workforce Commission.

Have your students register by visiting our Web site at or just:






District One Act Play

by Coy Holcombe.  

The Eustace Drama Department will be competing in district competition this Saturday, March 27. The competition will be held at the Terrell Performing Arts Center at Terrell High School. The address is 400 Poetry Road Terrell, Texas. Below is the order of performance on Saturday:

2:15 – 3:15      Van High School

3:15 – 4:15      Canton High School

4:15 – 5:15      Kemp High School

5:15 – 6:15      Eustace High School

6:15 – 7:15      Mineola High School

7:15 – 8:15      Wills Point High School


All are welcome to attend any or all performances for free!

Come and show your support!

 Thanks to Tammy Beaty, HS drama teacher, for furnishing this information.

2010-2011 Cheerleaders

by Coy Holcombe.  

Cheerleading tryouts were held on March 12. The following students will be representing Eustace ISD as varsity cheerleaders for the 2010-2011 school year:

Shawna Barrett-Head-Junior

Mallory Keeling-Co-Head-Sophomore

Ashley Cravey-Senior

Alexis Cravey-Sophomore

Chelsea Oldham-Sophomore

Hope Boykin-Sophomore

Jesyka Redmon-Junior

Shelby Marcom-Freshman

Meagan Gunter-Freshman

Whitney Parrish-Freshman

Kirby Grimes-MascotFreshman

Congratulations to these students!

This Week

by Coy Holcombe.  

I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable spring break!. By my count, we have 52 instructional days left in this school year. Because of all the activities and events, those days will go by fast!

This Week:

The Henderson County Livestock Show goes from Monday – Friday of this week.

Monday – JV baseball vs. Kemp

Tuesday – MS track at Canton; Varsity baseball at Canton; Varsity softball at Canton

Thursday – HS track at Brownsboro

Friday – UIL District Meet; Softball v. Kemp; Baseball vs. Kemp

Saturday – JV baseball vs. Cross Roads


Board Meeting

by Coy Holcombe.  

The EISD Board of Trustees met in regular session last night. The meeting started at 7:00 PM and was held in the HS library. The following items were acted on in last night’s meeting: 

  • Approved minutes from previous meeting as amended.
  • Approved financial reports for February.
  • Approved amendments to the Cheerleading Constitution.
  • Approved a contract with Discovery Learning for professional development at the MS and HS.
  • Approved an agreement with the county to provide service to the parking lots at EISD.
  • Approved the adoption of Policy Update 87 (second reading).
  • Approved the text book certification.
  • Approved the sale of the 1990 Buick Regal and the Austin Western Crane
  • Heard on update on enrollment and attendance
  • Approved the recommendation for Probationary Teachers, Non-Probationary Teachers, Probationary Non-Teaching Staff, and Non-Probationary Non-Teaching Staff as presented.
  • Approved a student transfer request.
  • Adjourned

All the districts in the state were notified recently of their accreditation rating. According to a TEA press release:

"Most of Texas districts and charters achieved full accreditation status. That is because they earned a rating of Academically Acceptable or higher in the state’s academic accountability system and a Superior Achievement or Above Standard Achievement in the state’s financial accountability system, which is called School Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST) for traditional districts."

EISD received a fully accredited rating from TEA. For more information and to view the status of all districts in the state, follow this link: http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/accredstatus/

I hope everyone has a great spring break! Classes will resume on March 22. Also, a reminder that Daylight Savings Time goes into affect this weekend. Remember to "spring forward."


Mason Luncheon

by Coy Holcombe.  

Each year at this time, EISD is honored to host the Annual Mason Luncheon. During this luncheon two seniors are recognized by the local Masonic Lodge for their accomplishments. Also during this time, the Masons remind everyone about the contributions that Maribeau B. Lamar made to Texas education. "Lamar has been called ‘the Father of Texas Education.’ During his administration, he convinced the legislature to set aside 3 leagues of land for each county to equip schools. He also allotted 50 leagues of land for the support of two universities, later Texas A&M University and the University of Texas. Although nothing was implemented during his term, these actions led to the foundation for a statewide public school system."

We always look forward to hosting the Masons at this luncheon and want to extend our gratitude for their recognition of our seniors.    

Volleyball District Released

by Coy Holcombe.  

The UIL has released the volleyball realignment for 2010-2012. EISD will be in the same volleyball and basketball district. District 14-AA Volleyball will be as follows:

Blooming Grove
Corsicana Mildred
Jewett Leon
A reminder that the MS track meet has been moved to today. The track meet will be in Canton.