Enrollment Update

by Coy Holcombe.  

As you know, there are so many things that are dependent on the enrollment in EISD. Everything from state funding to our classification in UIL activities is dependent on our enrollment and attendance. Last year, we struggled to meet our projected attendance numbers because of a decrease in our enrollment. Over the past several years, we had projected a slight increase in our enrollment from year to year. Until a couple of years ago, this increase had been realized. The last two years have been different. We have not shown any growth in our enrollment.

While we have always carefully monitored our enrollment and attendance, given the situation over the past two years, this monitoring has become even more important. Currently, our enrollment is as follows:

High School – 438

Middle School – 326

Intermediate – 331

Primary – 379

Total Enrollment – 1,474

While still down from previous years, this enrollment is enough to earn the funds budgeted for the 10-11 school year. We will continue to bring updates on our enrollment throughout the school year. At the end of each six weeks, we will have a detailed analysis of our attendance and the impact that it has on our funding.

This Week

by Coy Holcombe.  

This is Celebrate Freedom Week! Students at all campuses will be participating in various activities throughout the week. The celebration will culminate with the annual Celebrate Freedom Parade at the Intermediate Bus Loop on Friday. The parade is scheduled to start at 8:30. Everyone is invited!

The 2nd grade will be doing their TPRI testing all through the week.

Monday – MS volleyball vs. Malakoff – 4:30; Band practice 6:30 – 9:00

Tuesday – District HS volleyball vs. Mildred

Thursday – Progress Reports; MS & JV football vs. Quitman – 5:00;

Friday – Cross Country Meet at Sky Ranch; District HS volleyball at Buffalo; Varsity football at Quitman – 7:30


by Coy Holcombe.  

Congratulations to the JV football on their 28-26 victory against Edgewood last night! Also, congratulations to the Middle School football teams for their performances last night. The MS games were scrimmages, but there were many positives from both the 7th and 8th grade teams.

Today, we have lots of activities going in throughout the district. At the Primary, the 2nd grade is celebrating Grandparent's Day. The High School will have their first pep rally of the year today. I believe the starting time for the pep rally is around 2:50. The HS volleyball team will be playing Edgewood this evening starting at 4:30. The games will be played in the E. L. Kirk Gymnasium.

At 7:30, the varsity football team kicks off against Edgewood. The cheerleaders and the Mighty Bulldog Marching Band will also be performing at the football game tonight. I encourage everyone to take full advantage of all the activities today.

Tomorrow, the cross country teams travel to Tyler Lee for their meet.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Reasoning Mind

by Coy Holcombe.  

We have talked before about the new math program EISD is using in the 5thand 6thgrades called Reasoning Mind. The program utilizes a combination of computer based instruction and small group instruction. Reasoning Mind also individualizes instruction based on the achievement level of the student. It is entirely possible that each student in a class could be working on something different. This is made possible by the computer based aspect of the program.

Reasoning Mind is different from other computer based programs. It is not a program that just gives a series of multiple choice questions to students. Instead, it works to develop the theory behind the math. Students are required to keep a notebook that contains information about this theory, solutions to problems, vocabulary, and other details.

The idea is that students will not only learn enough math to pass TAKS, they will learn enough math to score at the “Commended Performance” level on TAKS. To receive “Commended Performance”, students can only miss a few problems (usually around three or fewer).  EISD decided that it is not enough for our students to pass TAKS, our students needed to be achieving at the “Commended Performance” level. This is one of the main reasons that we went with the Reasoning Mind program.

Teachers are reporting positive results in terms of student engagement and work habits with Reasoning Mind. One of the major changes that had to be implemented with Reasoning Mind is that our math time had to be increased to at least 70 minutes. This resulted in the time for other core subjects being increased as well.

Students may also access Reasoning Mind at home. Since it is an Internet based program, it is not restricted to just computers at school. Students are encouraged to utilize this program whenever possible. If you ever have any questions about Reasoning Mind, please do not hesitate to contact me at cholcombe@eustaceisd.net

Congratulations to Varsity VB

by Coy Holcombe.  

Congratulations to the varsity volleyball team on winning two hard fought games last night. In the first game, the Lady Bulldogs defeated Palestine Westwood. Our young ladies then turned right around and defeated Mabank. The volleyball teams are in action again this Friday in another dual match. These games will be the last pre-district games. The Lady Bulldogs start district play on Tuesday, September 14, against Mildred.


This Week

by Coy Holcombe.  

I hope everyone had a safe and enjoyable Labor Day weekend. The following activities are scheduled for this week:

Tuesday – 1st Grade TPRI Testing; HS volleyball – Dual Games – 4:30 – E. L. Kirk Gymnasium

Wednesday – 1st Grade TPRI Testing

Thursday – 1st Grade TPRI Testing; MS & JV football at Edgewood; NHS meeting – 8:15 AM

Friday – 1st Grade TPRI Testing; 2nd Grade Grandparents’ Day; HS volleyball at Eustace – 4:30; Varsity football v. Edgewood – 7:30 PM – Bulldog Stadium


Today and Monday

by Coy Holcombe.  

We have several activities going on today.  Our HS girls volleyball team is traveling to Van. Games get underway at 4:30. Our varsity football team will be in action tonight against Tyler Grace. Kickoff is set for 7:30 at Bulldog Stadium. People attending the football game will also get to see our varsity cheerleaders perform and get to see and hear the Might Bulldog Marching Band.

Monday is Labor Day. It is a school holiday. Classes will resume at the regular time on Tuesday. The MS volleyball team travels to Leon on Monday for their match. When the schedule for the MS volleyball came out last spring, we contacted Leon and asked if the game could be moved to another night. Leon told us that their schedule would not permit the game being played on any night but Monday. 

I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable Labor Day weekend! 

Other Revenue Sources

by Coy Holcombe.  

Yesterday, we received notification that EISD qualified for $10,451 for the Student Success Initiative. These funds are used to provide accelerated instruction to students that have not been successful on the TAKS test. This was a pleasant surprise, because we did not anticipated receiving any funds for this program due to budget cuts at the state level. EISD also receives other revenue from state and federal sources for certain programs. Below is a breakdown of the these programs:

                                                                                                                           10-11                     09-10

Safe and Drug Free Schools 204 $0.00 $3,626.00
Headstart 195 $93,571.70 $87,728.93
Title I 211 $237,522.00 $258,832.00
Food Services 240 $739,800.00 $739,793.00
Class Size Reduction 255 $63,969.00 $67,852.00
Title II Part D Technology $0.00 $2,500.00
Title XIV SFSF  $438,075.00 $463,302.00
Innovative 269 $0.00 $0.00
Title I ARRA 285 $34,020.42 $130,962.00
Federal Vocational 331 $0.00 $16,491.00
Advanced Placement 397 $250.00 $250.00
Optional Extended Year 401 $0.00 $4,815.00
Technology 411 $40,748.00 $42,456.00
Pre-k Grant 415 $76,500.00 $76,500.00


As you can see, several of the programs that were funded in 09-10 are no longer being funded in 10-11. A couple of notes:

  • The Title XIV funds have taken the place of some of the district’s state funding. This money was provided to the state as part of the stimulus package and the state used that money to help fund the state’s share of school funding. This money is not expected to extend beyond the 10-11 school year. It should be replaced by state funding in the 11-12 school year.
  • EISD did not qualify for enough federal vocational money in 10-11 to have its own program. As a result, the funds that we receive in this program goes to a consortium run by our Service Center. We must access funds through this consortium.
  • According to the state, this is the last year for the pre-k grant. The pre-k grant allows the district to fund a full-day pre-k program. Currently, the state only provides funds for a half-day pre-k program.
  • We will probably receive a little more Title I money later in the school year.
  • The Technology funds are state funds.
  • Title I ARRA funds are stimulus funds. We received the full allotment last year and saved some of the money to be used in the 10-11 school year.

If you have any questions regarding this special funds, please do not hesitate to contact me at cholcombe@eustaceisd.net.

A reminder that our JV football team will be traveling to Tyler Grace this evening. The game is set to start at 5:30.

The September Update will be published today. You can access the newsletter through our homepage. If you would like to receive it via email, just send me your email address and I will add it to my Update distribution list.


Called Board Meeting & Student Insurance

by Coy Holcombe.  

Last night, the EISD Board of Trustees held a called meeting. The main purpose of this meeting was to act on the final amended budget for the 2009-2010 school year. Actions taken included:

  • Approved renovations at the softball/baseball complex
  • Approved the amended budget as presented.
  • Approved the list of student transfers as presented
  • Approved the substitute list as presented
  • Adjourned

Student Accident Brochures: Your child should have brought home a student accident brochure. This brochure details different insurance plans that you may choose for your child. The coverage can be selected for school only or 24 hour coverage. There are also three different plan levels to choose from. This is purely voluntary coverage offered through the same company that the district has contracted for its student accident insurance. If you did not receive a brochure and would like to review one, please contact your child’s campus.