EHS Students win awards at U.I.L. One Act Play District Competition

EHS performed Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” yesterday at Buffalo High School for this year’s U.I.L. One Act Play District Competition. 

Appearing on stage, in her acting debut as Elizabeth Proctor, Whitney Frosch, a Junior at EHS was honored for her remarkable performance and recieved the award for ALL STAR CAST.  Whitney was 1 of 7 selected from the 77 student actors competing to receive this honor. Great job Whitney! Caleb Caldwell, also a Junior, was honored as well for his remarkable performance as John Proctor by being 1 of 7 out of 77 students that stood out to receive an ALL STAR CAST Honorable Mention Award from the Critic Judge Joy Richmond. Richmond received her PhD from the University of Kansas and her Master degree from Texas A&M University-Commerce in 1999. She is also a member of the Texas Educational Theater Association and have published in the Texas Theatre Journal, New England Theatre Journal, and the Journal of Dramatic Theory and Criticism.

The two schools selected to advance to Area competition were Teague High School with “The Insanity of Mary Girard” by Lanie Robertson and Mildred High School with the play “Stage Six” by HRH Powers. Buffalo High School received alternate with their performance of  “Smash” by Jeffrey Hatcher.

A special thanks to the friends and family that attended yesterday’s performance! We appreciate your supporting EISD’s Theater Program! If you missed yesterday’s performance, you still have a chance to see it on Saturday, April 9, 2011 at 2:00 p.m. or at the evening performance at 6:00 p.m.  Ticket prices $5 adult and $2 student. Come out and show your support  for EHS Theater and enjoy a great show! 

EHS Students win awards at U.I.L. One Act Play District Competition

EHS performed Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible” yesterday at Buffalo High School for their U.I.L. One Act Play District Competition. Appearing on stage in her acting debut as Elizabeth Proctor, Whitney Frosch, a junior at EHS was honored for her remarkable performance and recieved the award for ALL STAR CAST.  Whitney was 1 of 7 selected out of 77 student actors to recieve this honor from all competing schools involved.  Great job Whitney! Caleb Caldwell, also a junior, was also honored for his remarkable performance as John Proctor by being 1 of 7 out of 77 students to recieve and ALL STAR CAST Honorable Mention Award. It was a day and night filled with great performances. The two advancing schools were Teague High School with “The Insanity of Mary Girard” by Lanie Robertson and Mildred High School with the play “Stage Six” by HRH Powers. Buffalo High School received alternate with their performance of  “Smash” by Jeffrey Hatcher. A special thanks to the friends and family that attended yesterday’s performance! We appreciate your supporting EISD’s Theater Program! If you missed yesterday’s performance you’ll still have a chance to attend our public performances here on:

Support Our Schools Rally

Eustace ISD has been invited to participate in the Support our Schools Rally to be held at Bruce Field in Athens. The rally will be Thursday, March 31 and is scheduled to start at 6:00. The rally will bring together schools from across our region to show support for making education a priority. Everyone is invited to attend.

Students will be active participants in the program. Students in grades 3 – 5 may participate in the singing of America the Beautiful and students in grades 6 -12 may participate in a march around the stadium. Our varsity cheerleaders were invited to participate, but most of them will be at a track meet in Kemp on Thursday. So, we have invited all EASA cheerleaders to participate in the event.

In addition to the public schools, TVCC will be participating in the rally. Speakers at the rally include the president of TVCC, Dr. Glendon Forgey; Bobby Rigues, a school board member from Aledo, Texas, and founder of Make Education a Priority; Joe Smith, school finance expert; and Dr. Michael French, superintendent of Quinlan ISD.

I encourage everyone to make plans to attend this rally. I also encourage everyone to wear school colors. I would love to see more purple and gold in the stands than any other colors!! If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at cholcombe@eustaceisd.net.

 

FFA Results from Houston and Henderson County

The following information was forwarded to me by our ag teachers Zach Tappan and Theresa Tindel. Congratulations to the students, parents, ag teachers, and all the many other people that support Eustace FFA:

It has been a great show season with an even better ending……
The results for the Houston and Henderson Co. Livestock Shows are as follows:

Houston Livestock Show

1st place Red Brahman Heifer & Reserve Grand Calf Champion –Lane Smith

2nd place Scramble Brahman heifer & 2nd place Junior heifer calf –Brady Tindel

1st place Scramble Brahman heifer & 8th place Yearling heifer calf –Ethan Grimes

6th place Maine Anjou yearling heifer calf –Chad Tindel

8th place Brangus Junior heifer calf –Samantha Crocker

11th place Brahman Junior heifer calf –Billy Crocker

Henderson County Livestock Show

Rabbits

3rd & 6th place Holland Lop Rabbit–Seyward LeClair

3rd place Holland Lop Rabbit –Ashley Lasiter

5th place Rabbit Showmanship –Summer Hinkle

7th place All other Breeds of Rabbits –Seth Purselley

Poultry

3rd place  Breeding poultry –Amanda Garrett

Project Show

1st place,  1st place, & Reserve Best of Show in Horticulture Project –Al Shewmaker

Goat Show

1st, 3rd, & Grand Champion Market Goat, Reserve Grand Champion Breeding Goat, Champion Breeding Goat Showmanship –Mallory Mobly

1st, 4th, Reserve Grand Champion Market Goat –Chad Tindel

1st, 2nd, Champion Senior Goat Showmanship –Brady Tindel

2nd & 3rd place Market Goat –Kylan Jock

9th place Market Goat –Corey Smitherman

Sheep

1st & 2nd place Market Sheep –Chad Tindel

3rd place Market Sheep –Brady Tindel

Equine

3rd, 4th, 2-5th places, 6thin speed events, 4th place in Halter class, & 6th place in western pleasure – Summer Hinkle

Breeding Beef Heifer

Supreme Champion Heifer of Show, Champion Senior Showmanship, Champion American Breeds Heifer, Champion Brahman Heifer, 1st place Brahman Heifer – Brady Tindel

1st place Brangus heifer & Grand Champion Brangus Heifer –Samantha Crocker

Reserve Grand Champion Scramble Heifer & 1st place Brahman heifer –Ethan Grimes

3rd place Brahman heifer –Lane Smith

1st place Maine Anjou heifer & 4thplace Brahman heifer – Chad Tindel

Market Steers

8th place market steer & 5th place Sr. Showmanship – Brady Tindel

6th place market steer & 4th place Sr. Showmanship – Chad Tindel

9th place market steer – Kade Graham

Market Hogs

4th place Lightweight Hampshire hog – Austin Pogue

Participant – Brody Walsh

Participant  – Ty Browning

High Point Individual / Elsie Rossen Award – Brady Tindel

Herdsman Award for Eustace FFA

Scholarship Recipient of $750.00 – Mallory Mobly

Market Sales total going directly into the pockets of
our FFA members
…………….

Over $14,000.00

Thank you all for
your support!!!

EHS Theater Performs "The Crucible" @ District Meet March 30th 5:00 p.m.

Eustace High School Theater Arts will be performing “The Crucible” by Arthur Miller at the U.I.L. District One Act Play competition on March 30th @ 5:00 p.m. at Buffalo High School in Buffalo, Texas. Admission is FREE! Please join us and show your support for EHS Theater or come and enjoy an entire afternoon of performances if you’d like all beginning @ 1:00 p.m. If you need directions or more information please feel free to email Tammy Beaty at tbeaty@eustaceisd.net.

This Week

Activities and Events for March 28 – April 1

Monday – Primary Book Fair; Eustace MS Track Meet; Varsity golf

Tuesday – Primary Book Fair; Softball at Mildred – 4:30; JV golf; Baseball at Palmer – 4:30

Wednesday – Primary Book Fair

Thursday – Primary Book Fair; HS Track at Kemp; Support Our Schools Rally – 6:00 Athens

Friday – Primary Book Fair; SB v. Blooming Grove – 4:30; Baseball v. Live Oak – 6:00

The Primary Book Fair will be open from 7:30 – 3:30 daily. On Thursday, the Book Fair will stay open until 4:30.

I hope everyone has a great week!

 

Target Revenue

In some recent posts, I have talked about the target revenue used in the calculations of state aid for school districts. Today, I want to talk about the general concept of target revenue and how it got into education finance.

Basically, target revenue came about from the Texas Supreme Court’s decision regarding school finance in 2005. In response to that ruling, the Texas Legislature passed House Bill 1. In this bill, tax rates for maintenance and operations (M & O) were “compressed” to offer relief for property owners. Prior to HB 1, the maximum M & O rate that a school district could adopt was $1.50 (note: the M & O rate does not include the rate necessary to pay for voter approved bonds. This is a separate rate called interest and sinking, or I & S). Following the passage of HB 1, the M & O rate, for most school districts, was compressed down to a maximum rate of $1.00. This happened over a two-year period.

With the compression of the tax rate, came a loss of local revenue in the form of decreased property taxes. To offset this, the state provided a “hold harmless” provision that substituted state aid for the loss in local tax revenue. Theoretically the revisions that the state made to the business tax were supposed to provide this additional state aid.

Target revenue came about in 05-06 to ensure that a school district would not realize a loss in funding due to the decrease in property values. Target revenue looked at several factors in school districts 05-06 funding, such as revenue per student in weighted average daily attendance, salary increases for teachers, and other state funding mechanisms.  Target revenue was designed to be a short term solution until a better model could be developed.  However, target revenue remains as the driving force behind the current state funding model.

Now, how did EISD end up with such a low target revenue? In talking with various experts, all seemed to focus on the fact that EISD has and continues to offer an optional homestead exemption for property owners. This optional homestead exemption is on top of the state exemption of $15,000. In essence, because EISD has been trying to keep property taxes as low as possible by offering the optional homestead exemption, it hurt EISD because the state looked at it as we were not fully utilizing the property taxes of the district. So, EISD has been stuck with a low target revenue based on aid received from the 05-06 school year.

Yet, EISD has achieved the rating of “Exemplary” and our campuses continue to garner other recognitions for academic achievement. Regardless of the situation, we will never make excuses for not providing our children with a “World-Class Education”! I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Huggins' 4th Gr. Google Prezo Sampler

In January 2011, I assisted 4th grade teacher Amy Huggins in introducing her students to Google Presentations and using it collaboratively. The first presentation below is an example of their work which was done in groups of three.

The second presentation is from an individual assignment this week (late March 2010).

As this assignment was nearing completion, at least one of the 4th graders learned how to embed YouTube video into a slide and that student also tutored others in the new skill you can see demonstrated in the third presentation.

Mrs. Huggins plans to display more of this material online, so watch for it!

Update on State Funding

The Senate Subcommittee on Public Education Funding finalized its recommendations on school funding. These recommendations will now be considered by the full Senate Finance Committee. Originally, both the senate and the house had considered cuts exceeding $9 billion to public education. In the subcommittee’s recommendation, this amount has been reduced to $4 billion. While this is certainly good news, there needs to be no misunderstanding that EISD will still be facing a significant loss of revenue during the next biennium.

EISD has one of the lowest target revenues in the state for a district our size. Target revenue is currently the driving force behind the majority of our state funding. Throughout Texas, there is a large variation of target revenue. While EISD has a target revenue of about $4,400 per weighted ADA, other districts in the state have a target revenue exceeding $10,000 per weighted ADA. Needless to say, this difference makes state funding disproportionate by definition.

Instead of bringing down some of the higher target revenues and increasing some of the lower target revenues, which would bring all districts closer to a median target revenue, the senate’s plan lowers all the target revenues throughout the state. EISD will continue to have one of the lowest target revenues in the state. The coming reduction in state aid will be a challenge for EISD.

The subcommittee did add $800 million to a “wish list” that would be used to bring up the revenue of the lowest funded district. However, in order for this to ever be funded, additional revenue must be found at the state level.

As we come closer to the end of this legislative session, I will keep you updated on happenings at the state level.

Board Meeting Last Night

Last night, the Eustace ISD Board of Trustees met in regular session. Items acted on by the board included:

  • Approved minutes of February 15, 2011, regular board meeting.
  • Approved financial reports as presented.
  • Approved agreement with Smith, Lambright & Associates for Audit Services for fiscal year ending August 31, 2011.
  • Approved waiver application for low attendance days at the Primary.
  • Approved the adoption of CSCOPE Curriculum Management System.
  • Approved resolution for Payment of Certified Employees.
  • Approved textbook certification.
  • Approved participation in Optional Flexible Year Program for 2011-2012.
  • Approved agreements to assist a government entity.
  • Accepted resignations.
  • Approved sub-list as presented.
  • Approved the employment of teachers and professional employees as presented.
  • Approved student transfers as presented.
  • Adjourned

A reminder that today is an early release day. I wish everyone a safe and enjoyable spring break!