Flex Days

by Coy Holcombe.  

For the past several years, EISD has participated in the Optional Flexible Year Program. This program is designed to provide intense remediation to students that either have not passed the TAKS test or are having problems in some of their current classes. Students that have passed their TAKS tests, are doing well in their current classes, and have no attendance issues are not required to come to school during flex days.

The flex days are usually built in around the end of the six weeks. Some campuses participate in all flex days and other campuses only participate in selected flex days. It is up to the campuses to determine eligibility for flex days. Students that might qualify for a flex day one six weeks do not automatically qualify for the next flex days. Students received letters from their campuses stating whether they have qualified for a flex day or whether they must attend school on a flex day.

The district firmly believes that the flex days have been a major factor into raising our accountability rating to Exemplary. Flex days allow teachers to work with students in small groups or even one-on-one to close any learning gaps that may exist.

If you have any questions regarding flex days, please contact me at cholcombe@eustaceisd.net.

Volleyball, FFA, and MADD Walk

by Coy Holcombe.  

Congratulations to the varsity volleyball team on a sweep against Teague last night. The Lady Bulldogs are now 5-0 in district and have their final game of the first half of district play this Friday against Leon. The game will be played in Eustace and is set to start at 4:30. There will be no admission costs for this game. Instead, donations will be accepted for the fight against breast cancer.

Congratulations also go out to the FFA members that placed in the East Texas State Fair. Below is a summary of how our students did:

 1st place Brahman heifer – Billy Crocker

1st place Brahman heifer – Lane Smith (8th grade)

3rd place Simmental heifer – Mallory Mobly

4th place Brahman heifer – Ethan Grimes

5th place out of 14 teams in the Plant Identification contest – Al Shewmaker, James York, Dillon Gragsone, Kristen Wilson

Showmanship winners – Mallory Mobly & Billy Crocker

From Mandy Rolison, HS Student Council Sponsor:

 EHS Student Council would like to invite and encourage you to participate in the MADD Family Fun Walk on October 9th, 2010 in Gun Barrel City.  Mother’s Against Drunk Driving is on a mission to help eliminate and bring awareness to the problem of drunk driving in our community.  Please see attachments for a flyer and where/how to register.  Also, Ride Like MADD is a memorial run scheduled same day and place if you would rather run! 

The attachments are included at the top of this post.

NHS, Cross Country, Volleyball

by Coy Holcombe.  

From Diane Chambers, National Honor Society sponsor:

Congratulations to the following new National Honor Society members:   Stephen Ashton, Natalie Bonner, Monica Faz, Catania Grant, Nathan Cason, Gavin Kirkhart, Chelsea Oldham, Dakota Parrent, Trey Russell, Kourtney Stine, and Josh Vance.  Returning members are Caden Anthony, Amalie Arambula, Owen Babcock, Taylor Brown, Allie Cass, Ashley Cravey, Samantha Iiams, Vanessa Lopez, Mallory Mobly, Nancy Murff, Alex Pharmakis, Colton Ryals, Bradley Sawicki, Shelley Temple, Allison Bradbury, Amber Cowan, Ashley Crow, Timothy Gassman, Amber Henderson, Benjamin Huddleston, Jacob Johnson, Lauren McKenzie, Halie Northcutt, Taylor Patrick, Megan Renteria, Randal Roberts, Jasmine Sanchez, Shelby Stegent, Michael Yates, and Kara Zimmerer.

From Josh Sypert, cross country coach:

 The Eustace Cross Country teams competed in Ennis Saturday on a cloudy but nice day.

The Varsity Girls placed 5th out of 7 teams and 60 individuals. The girls were led by freshman Meagan Gunter and Senior Nancy Murff who ran 13:58 and 13:59 and placed 16th and 17th. Crystal Garza, Tarrah Herrera, and Kara Zimmerer followed with 14:44, 14:45, and 14:48 and placed 28th, 29th, and 30th.

The Varsity Boys placed 1st out of 9 teams and 60 individuals. The boys were lead by sophomore Evan Arambula who ran a 17:19 and placed 3rd Overall. Caleb Caldwell followed with a 18:13 and placed 6th, Michael Yates ran a 18:29 and placed 7th, Gavin Kirkhart ran a 18:47 and placed 9th, and Shawn Boulware ran a 20:12 and placed 25th.

 The JV girls ran Shelby Milton, Skyler Burks, and Shelby Stegent who placed 31st, 61st, and 90th out of 130 individuals.

 The JV Boys race had 160 individuals and did not report any team results. They were lead by Trey Russell who placed 21st and ran a 19:59, Ryan Brown placed 23rd and ran a 20:09, Dakota Parrent placed 59th and ran a 21:40, Tim Gassman placed 89th and ran a 22:57, Stephen Ashton placed 92nd and ran a 22:59, and Brad Sawicki placed 114th and ran a 24:48.

 The HS volleyball teams are in action against Teague tonight. The games are scheduled to start at 5:00. The games will be played in the E. L. Kirk Gym.

On Friday, the volleyball teams will be hosting Leon. There will be no entry fees to this game for anyone.  Instead, donation boxes will be set up for Breast Cancer Awareness. People attending this game are encouraged, but not required, to donate their entry fees to help fight breast cancer.  

This Week

by Coy Holcombe.  

First, congratulations to the varsity volleyball team on their win against Blooming Grove on Friday. The Lady Bulldogs are undefeated in district. This is a big week in volleyball. The Lady Bulldogs take on Teague on Tuesday and Leon on Friday. Both of the games will be in Eustace. Please make plans to come out and support our Lady Bulldogs this week.

The varsity football team lost a hard fought game against Ferris on Friday. They now have a week off before starting district play.

The varsity boys cross country team won first at the Ennis meet on Saturday!

This week's events:

The Primary is sponsoring a book fair all week. Contact Debbie McConathy at dmcconathy@eustaceisd.net for more information.

Monday – MS volleyball v. Mildred – 4:30; Band practice – 6:30 – 9:00

Tuesday – District volleyball v. Teague – 5:00

Thursday – MS football v. Kemp 5:00; Cookie dough fund raiser at Intermediate begins

Friday – End of 1st six weeks; District volleyball v Leon – 4:30; Cross Country at Lindale

Saturday – Mesquite Marching Festival

I hope everyone has a great week!

Friday and Saturday Events

by Coy Holcombe.  

Tonight our High School volleyball teams travel to Blooming Grove for a district match. The games are scheduled to start at 4:30. The varsity football team will be traveling to Ferris tonight. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30. The Bulldog cheerleaders and the Mighty Bulldog Marching Band will also be performing at Ferris tonight.

The cross country teams will be traveling to Ennis on Saturday for their meet.

There will be a Middle School volleyball tournament Saturday in Eustace. Please check with the Middle School for game times. 

I hope everyone has a great weekend.

Board Meeting Last Night

by Coy Holcombe.  

The EISD Board of Trustees held a public hearing and their regular monthly meeting last night. In the public hearing, the board reviewed the FIRST rating and other financial documents as required by state law.

During the regular meeting, the board took action on the following items:

  • Approved minutes of the previous meetings.
  • Approved the financial reports as presented.
  • Approved permission for the senior band students' trip. Further information will be furnished to the board in future meetings.
  • Approved the District Wide Education Improvement Plan for 10-11.
  • Approved a 5 year contract with Dr. Pepper to provide vending services to the district.
  • Reviewed Update 88 – first reading
  • Approved a class size waiver for kindergarten.
  • Nominated Don McAfee for Henderson County Appraisal District Board of Directors.
  • Approved additional pre-k class pending verification of students.
  • Employed Leslie Jones as an instructional aide at the Intermediate.
  • Employed Amy Godair as a pre-k teacher at the Primary.
  • Approved the sub list as presented.
  • Approved the student transfers as presented.
  • Adjourned.

Public Hearing and Board Meeting Tonight

by Coy Holcombe.  

The Eustace ISD Board of Trustees will hold a public hearing at 6:45 this evening to review the Financial  Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST) results. The meeting will be held in the High School library. EISD received a "Superior Achievement" rating on FIRST for the 08-09 school year. The FIRST ratings are a year removed because the financial audit must be completed before the FIRST ratings can be computed. EISD has received a "Superior Achievement rating (the highest possible) each year that the FIRST rating system has been in place. A special thank you to Carol Warren, EISD business manager, for all her hard work and dedication in this area. Also, special thanks goes out to the men and women serving on the EISD school board. Without their leadership, these types of ratings would not be possible.

At 7:00 PM, the EISD Board of Trustees will hold their regular monthly meeting. Agenda items include:

  • Approve minutes of previous meetings.
  • Financial reports
  • General reports

    • 2009 Data Validation on Student Assessment
    • Performance Based Monitoring Analysis System Report
    • AP Award for May 2009
    • PaySchools Report
    • Certified Payments Summary Report 09-10
    • 10-11 Van Zandt County Appraisal District Final Budget
    • Evaluation of the 09-10 District Improvement Plan
  • Committee Reports
  • Consider band trip for graduating seniors
  • Consider approval of the District Improvement Plan for 2010-2011
  • Consider Options for District Vending
  • Policy Update 88 – First reading
  • Consider approval of class size waiver for kindergarten
  • Consider nomination for Henderson County Appraisal District Board of Directors
  • Consider tentative approval of additional pre-k class
  • Update on enrollment
  • Closed Meeting

    • Personnel
    • Student Transfers
  • Action on closed session items
  • Adjourn

Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend tonight's meeting.

Great Friday Night and This Week

by Coy Holcombe.  

Our varsity volleyball team and varsity football team each posted victories Friday. The volleyball team swept Buffalo 3 – 0. This win has the volleyball team 2-0 in district. Congratulations, Lady Bulldogs!

The football team had a dramatic come from behind victory over Quitman. In a game that featured a little of everything (including a 45 minute weather delay) the Bulldogs came out on top 39-38 for their first win of the season. Congratulations to the Bulldogs!

The band also had a great performance. They now have almost all of their contest show in place and will be working to perfect their show before their contests start.

Activities this week:

Monday – MS volleyball at Teague – 4:30; Band practice – 6:30 – 9:00

Tuesday – HS district volleyball v. Malakoff; FIRST – Public Hearing – 6:45; School Board Meeting – 7:00

Thursday – MS football at Ferris – 5:00; JV football v. Ferris – 6:00;

Friday – HS district volleyball at Blooming Grove; Varsity football at Ferris – 7:30

Saturday – Cross country meet at Ennis

Thursday Night Football and Tonight

by Coy Holcombe.  

Congratulations to the JV football team on their 28-0 win last night against Quitman. The 7th and 8th grade had hard fought games against Quitman also. The 7th grade lost 23-6 and the 8th grade came up just short 22-20.

Tonight, our volleyball teams travel to Buffalo for their second district contest. The games are scheduled to start at 4:30. The varsity football team will travel to Quitman tonight. Kickoff is set for 7:30.

Thanks to everyone that attended the 9th Annual Celebrate Freedom Parade this morning. The Primary classes did a great job in preparing for the parade.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Congratulations to the Volleyball Teams

by Coy Holcombe.  

The EHS 9th, JV, and varsity volleyball teams all posted district wins over Mildred last night. The 9th and JV both won their matches 2 – 1. The varsity swept their match 3-0. This was the first district game of the season for all teams. The Lady Bulldogs travel to Buffalo on Friday to continue district play. 

I want to remind everyone that this Friday is our annual Freedom Parade. The parade will be held at the Intermediate bus loop and will begin at 8:30 AM. Everyone is invited to attend!