2nd Grade Science Fair

Last Friday, I had the privilege of helping judge the annual 2nd Grade Science Fair. All the entries are gathered in the Primary gym and are judged by classes. Each class winner then presents their project for the overall winner. There were so many good projects this year! I want to congratulate all the teachers and students for all their hard work. A special thank you goes to the parents and other adults that spent time helping students with their project. 

After the final judging, I had time to video all of the projects. This video may be viewed at the EISD YouTube page: http://www.youtube.com/user/EustaceISD. I encourage you to take a few minutes and see all of the great projects that our 2nd graders worked so hard to complete.

Lineman's Challenge, Band & This Week

First, I want to congratulate Coach Chris Powers, Coach Frank Garner and all the Bulldog baseball team for a great year! The Bulldogs were eliminated from the playoffs on Saturday. Thanks for a great year!!

I received the following information from Coach Heath Ragle:

This last Saturday we had 11 young men compete in the Lonestar Lineman Challenge in Mineola.  We had 17 total teams competing and our young men placed 3rd. There were 9 total events that we competed in and all of these events challenged these young men physically and mentally.  We won two different events and have the meet record in the sled push.  In every event we didn’t finish lower than 4th.  Please congratulate our young men if you see them in the hallway.  They represented Eustace High School Saturday in a way that left many coaches and fans impressed with their desire to compete and teamwork. Thanks for your support of our Student-Athletes!!! Coach Ragle

Also thanks to Coach Underwood, Coach Risner, and Coach Herman for volunteering their time to come see our athletes compete.

Participants included:

Tyler Folsom
Zach Hughes
Nathan Denson
Ramon Ramirez
Ridge Smith
Marcus Davis
Abed Abuhatab
Jesus Barcenas
Lionel Garcia
DJ Wisdom
Chad Thomason

 Congratulations to these athletes and coaches!!

The following information comes from Jim Taylor, Middle School Band Director:

The 7th and 8th grade MIDDLE SCHOOL BAND competed at the Sound Post Contest in Canton yesterday. The band made a one (superior), receiving a one from each judge, and they brought home a beautiful trophy. The students then went to the SPLASH KINGDOM WATER PARK and had a great time. Way to go MIDDLE SCHOOL BAND.

Congratulations to Mr. Taylor and the Middle School Band!!

This Week

This week the 2nd grade will be working on their TPRI testing. In addition, the HS will have various classes taking STAAR EOC tests.

Monday – STAAR EOC Algebra I

Wednesday – STAAR EOC Biology

Thursday – STAAR EOC Geometry; Soundpost Music Festival in Canton – 6th Grade Band

Friday – STAAR World Geography; State Track Meet

Saturday – State Track Meet

 I hope everyone has a great week!!


NHS Banquet and Baseball

The annual National Honor Society Banquet was held last night at the First Baptist Church. During the banquet, new members were inducted, the junior members received their NHS patches and the seniors received their NHS collars. A number of special awards were also presented by NHS sponsor, Diane Chambers.

The 2011-2012 officers started ceremony by describing the characteristics expected of NHS members. This year’s officers were:

Kara Zimmerer – President
Allison Bradbury – Vice President
Halie Northcutt – Secretary
Jasmine Sanchez – Treasurer

 Senior Members

Natalie Bonner                       Hallie Northcutt
Allison Bradbury                     Taylor Patrick
Amber Cowan                         Megan Renteria
Monica Faz                         Jasmine Sanchez
Timothy Gassman                     Cali Smith
Catania Grant                        Shelby Stegent
Amber Henderson                     Kaitlyn White    
Hanna Kelley*                        Michael Yates
Lauren McKenzie                     Kara Zimmerer
Randall Roberts

Congratulations to the seniors for their hard work, dedication, and leadership at EHS.

Junior Members

John Bradburn*                        Chelsea Oldham
Casey Bramblitt*                     Dakota Parent
Nathan Cason                         Kyle Purselley*
Alexis Cravey*                        Trey Russell
Mallory Keeling*                     Kourtney Stine
Gavin Kirkhart                        Josh Vance

Sophomore Members

Wally Baker*
Hope Rodriguez*
Sydney Willard*

* New Members

In order to be considered for NHS, a student must be committed to leadership, character and service. In addition, all members must maintain an 85 or higher cumulative average and be classified as a sophomore, junior or senior.

Following the presentations, the officers for the 2012-2013 school year were announced. They include:

Josh Vance – President
Kourtney Stine – Vice President
Chelsea Oldham – Secretary
Trey Russell – Treasurer

The NHS Faculty Council includes:

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

Thanks to Diane Chambers for organizing last night’s banquet. I would like to extend a special thank you to all the parents, relatives, school board members, faculty members and friends that were in attendance to honor these students.


The Bulldog baseball team will be in action this evening against Mildred. The game tonight will be the second game in the best of three series for the bi-district championship. The Bulldogs lost the first game last night 6-3. Tonight’s game will be played in Eustace and will start at 7:30.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!


Eustace ISD Receives Grant from Rotary Club

EISD was informed this week by Mike Moore, President of the Cedar Creek Rotary Club, that we will receive a $1,600 grant from the Rotary Club. EISD submitted a proposal to the Rotary Club that furnished the district with 10 iPad 2s, 1 Mini-Mac computer system, and provided some volume purchasing from Apple for applications. The grant received from the Rotary Club will be combined with federal funds received by EISD through Title I to make the proposal a reality.

I want to thank President Moore and the Cedar Creek Rotary Club for their generous donation to EISD. With these funds, we will be able to secure the purchase of enough equipment to truly make a difference in the classroom. We will be providing our students with cutting edge technology that will enable them to not only access information and content, but to create their own content.

A reminder that the Bulldog baseball team will be playing the first game of a best of three series for the bi-district championship tonight against Mildred. Tonight’s game will be played in Mildred. First pitch is scheduled for 7:30.

Also, the National Honor Society will be hosting its annual banquet tonight at 7:00 PM. The banquet will honor students that have served in the NHS this year with special recognition for graduating seniors. The banquet will be held at the First Baptist Church in Eustace.

Spring Band Concert 2012 High School Band

The EHS Mighty Bulldog Band – Spring Concert 2012 – Apologies for the technical difficulties during the playing of Harry Potter.
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Band Concert & Commissioner Scott

Last night, the Eustace ISD bands performed their annual Spring Concert. All three bands did a great job!! Videos of last night’s performances will be posted to the EISD YouTube page later today: http://www.youtube.com/user/EustaceISD. I want to congratulate our directors, Todd Felty and Jim Taylor, and all the band members on their performances last night. I also want to thank Mr. Felty, Mr. Taylor, the band members, parents, Band Boosters, and other friends and relatives for their support of the band program this year. A special thank you goes to the graduating seniors for all their hard work, dedication and leadership to the Bulldog Band.

We received word yesterday afternoon that the Commissioner of Education, Robert Scott,  has resigned. The resignation will become effective July 2. Commissioner Scott provided great leadership through some challenging times. He will be missed. Below is the press release from TEA about the resignation:

Commissioner Robert Scott announces resignation

AUSTIN -Texas Commissioner of Education Robert Scott announced today that he will resign his office, effective July 2 on the fifth anniversary of his appointment to the state’s highest public education post.

Scott, 43, began his career at the Texas Education Agency in 1994 as an assistant director of governmental relations.

“I’ve been here since Jon was one and Katie was three months old,” he said, referring to his children. “It’s time.” Both children have now graduated from Texas public schools.

Scott, a lawyer, has dedicated his career to education policy matters, whether serving as a congressional aide, education aide to Gov. Rick Perry or through a variety of jobs at TEA, including serving as interim commissioner and deputy commissioner.

As a parent of public school children, Scott could see firsthand how policies he helped craft impacted the classroom. His children’s involvement in the fine arts, for example, convinced him of the importance of this area of study, causing him to be a steadfast advocate for the arts and the important role they play in the schools.

Other highlights of Scott’s career include:

increased emphasis on early childhood and pre-kindergarten education through the development of pre-K curriculum standards and other school readiness initiatives;

the establishment of the Texas High School Project, a public-private partnership that worked to improve college readiness and high school graduation rates;

creation of the Texas Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (T- STEM) initiative, an idea which has now been adopted by many states;

working with the State Board of Education to improve the state’s curriculum standards, which form the backbone of instruction in the public schools. Last month, the SBOE adopted strengthened mathematics standards on a 14-0 vote.

creation of Project Share, a free global online learning community where educators collaborate, share resources and showcase accomplishments. Less than two years old, Project Share already has 900,000 subscribers, including about 600,000 students.

“It’s been a privilege to serve as commissioner. I want to thank Gov. Perry for entrusting me with this job. I also want to thank the State Board of Education for working with me to provide the best public schools possible for our students,” Scott said.

Scott served as interim commissioner of TEA from Aug. 1, 2003 to Jan. 12, 2004 and again from July 2, 2007 to Oct. 15, 2007, before being appointed as commissioner on Oct. 16, 2007.

Scott is the only person to twice serve as interim commissioner and is now the fourth- longest serving commissioner in the agency’s history. No one has had a longer tenure in the past 20 years.

Although there were many new initiatives begun during his tenure, it also fell to Scott to twice oversee drastic downsizings of TEA during a budget crisis. This prompted reorganizations of the agency and the way it operates.

“As someone who has risen through the ranks, I’ve seen firsthand the dedicated service provided by TEA employees. I want to thank them for their unwavering devotion to Texas children,” he said.

“I want to express my sincere thanks to the educators who work tirelessly in our schools.

I can’t thank them enough.


More State Qualifiers & Band Concert Tonight

We found out yesterday that Jaci Aiken has qualified in the 100 m hurdles as a “wildcard” participant. The wildcard is selected from the best times in all the regional meets that did not automatically qualify for state. Congratulations, Jaci!!

We also found out that Nic Hairl has qualified for the state UIL Academic Contest in headline writing. Nic qualified through his performance at the regional academic meet. Congratulations, Nic!!

While the softball team’s season came to and end last night, we are all very proud of their accomplishments this season. The Lady Bulldogs finished second in district and were the first team in the history of Eustace softball to qualify for the playoffs. Congratulations to head coach Dottie Hawthorne, assistant coach Dalinda Cassell, and each and every player for a great year!!

The Eustace ISD bands will be performing in their annual Spring Concert tonight. The concert begins at 7:00 PM and will take place in the HS auditorium. Admission is free. I encourage everyone to come out for a great evening of music!! Some of the selections for tonight’s performance include:

Regency Grand March
Attack of the Cyclops
Old McDonald’s Farm    

7th and 8th
The George M. Cohan March
Eye of the Tiger
Sea Song Trilogy

Bulldog Band
Mars (from The Planets)
Star Wars
The Lion King
Harry Potter