District Track Meet and Ag Building Expansion

Congratulations to all the track teams on their performances at the district track meet! The district meet was held on Monday and Wednesday of this week. The field events, 3200 m run and running prelims were done on Monday. The finals for the running events took place on Wednesday evening. The final standings for each division are below:

JV Boys – 4th

JV Girls – 1st

Varsity Boys – 2nd

Varsity Girls – 1st

A special thanks goes out to the Booster Club for the concession stand, the maintenance crew for getting the facility ready, and the technology department for their help with the finish camera and overall results.

The expansion of the ag building started this week. This expansion project was approved by the Board a few months ago and will basically double the amount of shop space available for the ag department. The project will move the doors out to a point where the current overhang ends. A new overhang will start and extend out from that point.

Eustace Tracksters Get a Great Jump on Their Opponents

by Stan Sowers.

The District 14-2A track meet got underway Monday at our own Bulldog Stadium.  Both boys and girls are leading after the field events and 3200 meter run.  Several Bulldogs have already been crowned “District Champs.”  On the girls side; Allie Cass – High Jump, Jaci Aiken – Triple Jump, Catania Grant – Long Jump, and Meagan Gunter – 3200m.  On the boys side; Taylor Brown – Discus, and Evan Arambula – 3200m.  Other Regional Qualifires are: Vanessa Lopez – Discus, Alexis Cravey – Pole Vault, Terrah Herrera – 3200m, Ricky Dixon – Shot Put, and Gavin Kirkhart – 3200m.  Finals will begin at 6 pm tonight.

Target Revenue Revisited

We have talked on several occasions about target revenue. While I have made the statement that EISD has one of the lowest target revenues in our area, I have not provided the details. Below is a chart with target revenues from several areas schools. The districts in Henderson County were included as well as districts that EISD competes with in extracurricular activities and districts in surrounding counties.

Two points about this graph: 1) All the districts listed are provided with more revenue for their students than Eustace ISD; 2) By definition, any such system is inherently inequitable to our students and to our taxpayers. While the State of Texas may be facing a budget shortfall, there is no reason for such a funding system to continue. Now is the time for our state leaders to come together to correct such disparities.

This Week

Lots of activities this week. I encourage you to plan to attend one or more activities this week:

This week is National Library Week.

The 2nd grade will be participating in ITBS testing all week long.

Monday: District Track Meet Prelims at Eustace; JV & V Baseball at Sunnyvale – 4:30

Tuesday – Librarian’s Day; Softball at Buffalo – 4:30; District Golf

Wednesday – District Track Finals – 6:00 – Eustace

Thursday – Flex Day

Friday – Flex Day; End of 5th 6 Weeks; Softball v. Mildred – 4:30; Baseball v. Palmer – 4:30

The Crucible – Image Gallery

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If you have some pics to share from the one act play, add them in a comment or new blog post. Check back & watch for video!

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HB 500

HB 500 addresses the transition from TAKS to end-of-course (EOC) exams. The bill also addresses some areas of concern about the EOC assessments. Below is a summary of information from TASB about HB 500:

  • removing the requirement that an EOC exam score count as 15 percent of a final course grade. Instead, districts would adopt local policies that address how scores on EOC exams would be linked with course grades;
  • providing flexibility by allowing recommended and minimum graduation plan students to opt to meet standards established by the commissioner of education on certain EOC exams, in lieu of meeting the current cumulative score requirements;
  • streamlining rules on retaking EOC exams by making EOC retakes optional, but not mandatory if a student fails to meet the passing standard; and
  • allowing 9th grade students in the 2011-12 and 2012-13 cohorts to satisfy graduation requirements by passing the exit-level TAKS or passing the EOC exams required for their particular graduation plans. These two cohorts of students must still take all EOCs, thus data will be available for districts to utilize during the transition period.

 Amendments to the bill would: 

  • allow an ARD committee to determine whether a special education student is required to achieve satisfactory performance on EOC exams to receive a diploma;
  • clarify notice requirements for students entering 8th grade during the 2010-11 school year;
  • prohibit TEA from using a projection measure as a representation of an actual level of annual improvement in student achievement;
  • clarify assessment administration to fifth- and eighth-grade students who are taking classes for which they will receive high school credit;
  • require the commissioner to seek a waiver from federal assessment requirements; and
  • create a pilot program in which certain students in grades three through eight would have reduced assessment requirements.

HB 500 was passed on the third reading. One more vote will be necessary and then the bill will be sent to the senate.

EHS students to attend Dallas Theater Center's "Dividing the Estate" by Horton Foote

EHS students will be attending Dallas Theater Center’s “Dividing the Estate” by Horton Foote on Thursday, April 7, 2o11. $10 will be needed for dinner before the performance. Scheduled to leave campus @3:45 p.m. and will return at 11:30 p.m. Parents may pick their children up in front of the band hall. Contact tbeaty@eustaceisd.net for additional information.

Update on Finance

This past weekend, the Texas House passed its version of a budget for the upcoming biennium. It was a very lean budget that included about $8 billion in budget cuts for public education. The House bill differs dramatically from the Senate budget recommendation that reduced the cuts to public education to $4 billion. The Senate will now take up the House budget in full committee. Senator Ogden, the Finance Committee Chairman, has said he does not have the votes to get the House budget out of the Finance Committee. So senators have been adding more to their proposal — about $10 billion in total. It would appear that the budget bill will end up in a Senate and House conference committee.

UIL Academics Represent Well

by Stan Sowers.  

Congratulations to all who participated in the District UIL Academic Meet in Buffalo.

Whitney Frosch received 2ndplace honors in Ready Writing and advances to Regionals.

Nancy Murff also got 2ndplace in Literary Criticism advancing to Regionals.

Allison Bradbury brought home 3rdplace in Headline Writing also going to Regionals.

Kaitlyn White strutted her stuff in the Prose competition taking 3rdplace and advancing to Regionals.

Jerad Rogers earned 3rdplace and Alex Pharmakis 4thin Current Issues and Events. Jerad advances and Alex serves as alternate. Alex also medaled in the Science competition placing 6th. Nic Hairl received a medal for highest score on the Physics section of the science competition.

Trey Russell medaled in two events: He received 6thplace in Number Sense and Math.

The math team consisting of Chris Almand, Shawna Barrett, Nic Hairl, and Trey Russell received 3rdplace honors in a very tight competition with 8 questions separating the first and third place teams. 

Bulldog Proud

This Week

Activities scheduled for this week:

Monday – TAKS Math Test – 5th & 8th grades; District Golf

Tuesday – TAKS Reading Test – 5th & 8th grades; Softball v. Leon; JV & V baseball at Scurry – 4:30; Called Board Meeting – 6:00 PM HS Library

Friday – Softball v. Teague; Baseball v. Malakoff – 4:30; MS District Track Meet at Leon

I hope everyone has a great week!