This Week

First, congratulations to the Class of 2011!! The graduation ceremony on Saturday was great. We had a huge crowd to honor the seniors. The Class of 2011 has earned over $1.3 million in scholarships!! I know that there will be more to come. Great job!!

I also want to thank all the teachers and other staff members that helped with graduation and that were part of the ceremonies. A special thanks goes to Jack Wallace and the maintenance and custodial crews for their work in getting the stage set up and for getting the gym ready to host this event.

Finally, a special thank you to all the parents, grandparents, other relatives, and friends that came out to honor the Class of 2011!

This Week

Tuesday – Right Choice Treats/Perfect Attendance Awards/Perfect Attendance Pizza – IS

Wednesday – Money-Aire and Skating – IS

Thursday – Early Release – School dismissed two hours early; End of Year Awards – PS; Awards Day – IS; Final Exams – HS

Friday – Last Day of School; Early Release – School dismissed two hours early; Money-Aire Championship/Big Prize Give-Away – IS; Final Exams – HS

Saturday – Teacher Workday

I will be posting on the school finance situation tomorrow.

Graduation Tomorrow

Tomorrow, graduation ceremonies will be held in the E. L. Kirk Gymnasium for the Class of 2011. The ceremony will start at 10:30. Doors to the gym will open approximately one hour prior to the start of graduation. Everyone is invited to come out and honor the Class of 2011.

A reminder that we will not have school on Monday, May 30, in observance of Memorial Day. Classes will resume at their normal times on Tuesday, May 31.

I hope everyone has a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day Weekend!

Baccalaureate Services

Last night, the graduating class of 2011 participated in their Baccalaureate Services. The service was held at the First Baptist Church in Eustace. The service included the following:

  • Opening Prayer – Nathan Taft
  • Reading of Scripture – Bradley Sawicki – Ecclesiastes 3: 1-14
  • Principal’s Address – Stan Sowers
  • Special Music – Harmony Allen – Won’t Let Go
  • Baccalaureate Address – Brother Paul McKinney – Pastor First Baptist Church Eustace
  • Closing Prayer – Stephen Ashton

Following the services, a reception was held in honor of the graduates in the Family Life Center. I want to thank everyone that had a part in this special night for our seniors. Also, thanks to everyone who came out to show their support for our seniors.

Top 10 Banquet

Last night, EHS held its annual Top 10 Banquet to honor the top graduating students and educators that have made an impact on their life. The banquet was held at the Cedar Creek Country Club. Following the meal, students read a letter written to an educator that they had chosen to honor. The educator was presented with a framed copy of the letter. Below are the top ten students and the educator they honored:

  1. Allie Cass – Stan Sowers, HS Principal
  2. Alex Pharmakis – Mark Ferrell, HS Social Studies & Bible History Teacher
  3. Nancy Murff – Lisa Bynum, HS Spanish Teacher
  4. Vanessa Lopez – Jeff Brown, HS Government/Economics Teacher and Coach
  5. Amalie Arambula – Shelby Adams, HS Assistant Principal
  6. Shelley Temple – Chuck Powers, HS Science Teacher and Coach
  7. Mallory Mobly – Theresa Tindel, HS Ag Sciences Teacher
  8. Taylor Brown – Cody Taylor, HS SAT/ACT Teacher
  9. Owen Babcock – Amy Huggins, 4th Grade Teacher
  10. Bradley Sawicki – Chris Caronna, HS Math Teacher and Trainer

Congratulations to the students and the educators!

Athletic Banquet and This Week

The annual Sports Banquet was held this past Saturday. People in attendance were treated to a very nice buffet in the HS cafeteria. Following the meal, everyone gathered in the auditorium for recognition and awards. Athletes in all sports were recognized by their coaches. The night ended with the announcement of the male and female athletes of the year and the cutting of the ribbon for senior athletes. The male athlete of the year was Addison Scott. The female athlete of the year was Allie Cass. I want to thank the Athletic Booster Club officers and members for all their work in making the banquet a great success! Below is a picture of the decorated entry way:

Entry Way Stars

This Week

Monday – Top 10 Banquet

Tuesday – Kindergarten Field Day; AR 100 Point Trip; Called Board Meeting – 6:00 PM

Wednesday – 1st Grade Field Day; 4th Grade Field Day; Senior Breakfast; Baccalaureate

Thursday – 2nd Grade Field Day; 5th Grade Field Trip; 7th Grade to Planetarium; Senior Picnic

Friday – Right Choice Skating – PS; AR Dunking Booth – IS; 8th Grade to Planetarium

Saturday – Graduation – 10:30 AM

Monday – Memorial Day Holiday


Awards Night, MS Office Certifications, and Athletic Banquet

Last night the Middle School and High School held their annual awards night. I want to thank all the parents, grandparents, relatives, and friends that attended the ceremonies.  Below is a picture of the Class of 2011 Honor Graduates:

2011 Honor Graduates

Several Eustace High School students recently passed the Microsoft Office Specialist certification exam for PowerPoint 2007 and/or Word 2007 at Region 7 Education Service Center in Kilgore. Congratulations to these students and to their teacher, Dee Dee Lancaster.

Students that passed MS Office Certification Exam

I want to remind everyone that the athletic banquet is tomorrow, May 21. The banquet will start at 5:00 in the High School cafeteria and then move to the auditorium at 6:00. Tickets are $7.00.

I hope everyone has a great weekend.










Board Meeting and HS Art Projects

On Tuesday, May 17, the EISD Board of Trustees held their regular monthly meeting. Reports were heard on the following topics:

  • PaySchools
  • EISD TAKS Compared with State
  • Preliminary Taxable Values in Henderson and Van Zandt Counties
  • 2009-2010 Final Summary of Finance
  • Special Education Contract with HCSSA
  • Letter of Approval from TEA for the Optional Flexible Year Program for 2011-2012
  • Audit Letter from TEA
  • TASB Letter
  • TASB Advocacy Letter
  • Enrollment and Attendance

The Board took action on the following items:

  • Approved the financial reports as presented
  • Approved a preliminary plan to reduce expenditures due to decreased state funding for 2011-2012
  • Approved a resolution to open a corporate account with Capital One
  • Approved bids for milk, ice cream, bread, and pizza for the 2011-2012 school years.
  • Approved the addition of 2 temporary custodial positions and 2 temporary maintenance positions for the summer months
  • Approved the Region 7 Education Service Center contracts for 2011-2012
  • Approved a resolution from the district’s tax attorney
  • Approved two refunds for over payments of taxes
  • Accepted the following resignations from EISD: Shannon Davidson, Jennifer Blake, Molly Taylor, Martha Ray, and Lea Ann Price.
  • Accepted the following resignations from HCSSA: Kathleen Deupree, Jackie Solomon, and Debra Futch
  • Employed the following personnel for the 2011-2012 school year: Molly Taylor, teacher; Adrianne McDonald, teacher/coach; Heath Ragle, teacher/coach
  • Accepted the recommendation for auxilliary personnel as presented.
  • Accepted the student transfer list as presented.

The High School art classes have just completed their first projects in ceramics. Below are some pictures of the projects:

FFA Awards

Last night, the FFA organization held their annual awards ceremony. Presiding over the awards ceremony were this years officers: Mallory Mobly, president; Ethan Grimes, vice president; Brady Tindel, secretary; Halie Northcutt, treasurer; Shelby Stegent, reporter; and Cory Whatley, sentinel.

Current FFA Officers 2010-2011

The officers awarded several types of awards including: Recognition of Participation, Star Greenhand, Star Chapter Farmer, Honorary Chapter Farmer, and Service Awards.

The FFA awarded three scholarships last night. The scholarships went to Mallory Mobly, Ty Browning, and Al Shewmaker.

FFA Scholarship Recipients

Tyler and Tanner Stokes showcased the Talent Team by performing several songs before the awards ceremony and during the awards ceremony.

At the end, the new officers for 2011-2012 were installed. The new officers are Brady Tindel, president; Cory Whatley, vice president; Summer Hinkle, secretary; Breanna Fuller, treasurer; Caitlyn Culp, reporter; Dillon Gransone, sentinel, and Austin Givan, advisor.

New Officers for 2011-2012

Congratulations to all the FFA members for an outstanding year in 2010-2011. A special thank you goes to the FFA sponsors, Theresa Tindel and Zach Tappan. A very special thank you goes out to all the parents, grandparents, other friends and relatives, and the Ag Booster Club for all their support of the FFA program throughout this year.

Baseball, Band, and This Week


Although the varsity baseball team came up a little short in their game against Clifton, the loss cannot take away from a great season. Congratulations to all the players and coaches for a great season! A special thank you goes to the parents, grandparents, and other fans for their support throughout the season.

Middle School Band

The Beginning Band participated in the Sound Post Band Contest Thursday, May 12th.  This was the first competition for the band and they received a rating of Excellent. After the band performed, they spent the day at the Splash Kingdom Water Park. A group of young ladies brought honor to Eustace by their actions. Breanna Hall and Natalie Boyd found a wallet with $82.00 in it and promptly turned it in to the office. Shortly thereafter, Katie Smith, Payton Schwartz and Molly McAtee found a purse with money and turned it in. The actions of these students is worth more than the trophy the band  won. Way to go Eustace Beginning Band. Thanks to band director Jim Taylor for this information.

This Week

Monday – AR Treat – 3rd Grade; Science Guest Speaker – HS; FFA Awards – 7:00 PM;

Tuesday – TAKS 5th Grade Math – Retest; TAKS 8th Grade Math – Retest; Guest Speaker from UT – 11th Grade; Microsoft Office Specialist Certification Exam – Region 7; Board Meeting – 7:00 PM

Wednesday – TAKS 5th Grade Reading – Retest; TAKS 8th Grade Reading – Retest

Thursday – AR Field Trip to Whatz Up – PS; Field Trip to US Mint – IS; Daytime Awards – HS; End of Year Awards – 6:00 PM – MS; 7:00 PM – HS

Friday – Santa Fe University on-site Workshops – HS; Cheerleaders trip to 6 Flags; Field Day – 5th Grade; Daytime Awards and Talent Show – MS

Saturday – Sports Banquet – HS Cafeteria and Auditorium – 6:00 PM

Also, a very happy belated 50th birthday to our HS principal, Stan Sowers. Mr. Sowers celebrated his 50th birthday on Sunday. The HS staff helped him re-celebrate first thing this morning!

I hope everyone has a great week!

National Honor Society Banquet and Baseball Playoffs

Last night, the Eustace High School National Honor Society held its annual banquet. The banquet was held at the Eustace First Baptist Church. During the banquet, new members were inducted and awards were given out by NHS sponsor, Diane Chambers. The current officers, Shelley Temple, Mallory Mobly, Cade Anthony, Nancy Murff, each read about the requirements of NHS: Character, Scholarship, Leadership, and Service. The new inductees received a certificate, junior members received a patch, and the senior members received their honor chords that will be worn at graduation.

New Members

New Members
Stephen Ashton
Natalie Bonner
Monica Faz
Catania Grant
Nathan Cason
Gavin Kirkhart
Chelsea Oldham
Dakota Parrent
Trey Russell
Kourtney Stine
Josh Vance

Junior Members
Natalie Bonner
Allison Bradbury
Amber Cowan
Ashley Crow
Monica Faz
Timothy Gassman
Catania Grant
Amber Henderson
Lauren McKenzie
Halie Northcutt
Taylor Patrick
Megan Renteria
Randal Roberts
Jasmine Sanchez
Cali Smith
Shelby Stegent
Kaitlyn White
Michael Yates
Kara Zimmerer

Senior Members

Senior Members
Caden Anthony
Amalie Arambula
Stephen Ashton
Owen Babcock
Taylor Brown
Allie Cass
Ashley Cravey
Samantha Iiams
Vanessa Lopez
Mallory Mobley
Nancy Murff
Alex Pharmakis
Colton Ryals
Bradley Sawicki
Shelley Temple

NHS Officers for Next Year

NHS Faculty Council
Phyllis Bice
Jeff Brown
Lisa Bynum
Vikki GoDair
Gwen Orr
Chuck Powers
Mandy Rolison

I want to remind everyone that the Bulldog baseball team will be traveling to Midlothian tonight to take on Clifton in the area championship game. The game is set to start at 7:00 PM. Good luck, Bulldogs!!

I hope everyone has a great weekend!