Summer Food Program

As we have the past two summers, Eustace ISD will be providing the National
Summer Nutrition Program. This is a program that offers breakfast and lunch to children ages 18 and under at no charge. Children do not have to register, show proof of age or income, and they do not have to attend Eustace ISD. They simply need to show up during the time meals are being served.  Meals will be served at Eustace High School cafeteria every Monday-Thursday from June 10th-July 3rd. Breakfast will be served from 7:30 AM until 8:30 AM and lunch will be served from 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM. I encourage everyone to take advantage of this program. If you need more information, please contact Tracie at 903-425-5150.

A reminder that tomorrow, EISD will hold graduation ceremonies in the E. L. Kirk Gymnasium. Graduation will start at 10:00 AM.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Congratulations to Dane McAfee and Saxophone Quartet!

Eustace ISD had several students participate in the UIL State Solo and Ensemble competition this past weekend. Dane McAfee performed a piano solo and earned a 1st Division. Dane was awarded a gold medal for his performance. Congratulations, Dane!!

EISD was also represented at the competition by a saxophone quartet consisting of Tyler Barrett, Ruby Espiricueta, Tara Young and Samantha Wogerer. The quartet earned a 2nd  Division at the contest. Congratulations to the saxophone quartet!

Retirement Reception for Mr. Taylor

Yesterday, between 3:00 and 4:00, a reception was held for Jim Taylor in the High School pit area. Mr. Taylor has served as our Middle School band director and High School assistant director for the past several years. Mr. Taylor is retiring at the end of this school year. The band students and parents prepared the reception in his honor. I want to thank Mr. Taylor for his hard work and dedication to the students of EISD. On behalf of EISD, I wish Mr. Taylor a very long and happy retirement.

Senior Breakfast and Baccalaureate Services

The seniors were treated to a breakfast this morning by some of the senior parents at the First Baptist Church. Below are a couple of pictures of the event.

A reminder that tonight is the Baccalaureate Service for seniors. The service will start at 7:00 PM and will be held at the First Baptist Church in Eustace. Following the service, there will be a reception for the seniors in the Fellowship Hall.


This Week and Legislative Update

I hope that everyone had a great Memorial Day weekend! The end of the 2012-2013 school year is fast approaching. We have four days of classes this week and two next week. The two class days next week are both early release days.

This Week

Tuesday – Senior/Faculty Picnic; Bulldog Extra – 3:30 – 5:30

Wednesday – Senior Breakfast; Bulldog Extra – 3:30 – 5:30; Baccalaureate – 7:00 PM – First Baptist Church

Thursday – Bulldog Extra – 3:30 – 5:30; Early Childhood Graduation

Friday – Intermediate -Skating and Money-Aire

Saturday – Graduation – 10:00 AM – E. L. Kirk Gymnasium

Legislative Update

Below is a summary provided by TASB of the major changes in testing and graduation requirements recently passed by the legislature:

Both the House and Senate adopted the conference committee report for HB 5 (Aycock/Patrick, Dan) over the weekend, sending the bill to the governor. HB 5 would, among other things:

  •  Reduce end-of-course exams from 15 to 5: Algebra I, U.S. history, biology, English I and English II (reading and writing would be combined into one exam for both English I and II).
  • Replace the current minimum, recommended and distinguished graduation plans with a foundation graduation plan consisting of four English credits; three      science, social studies and math credits; two foreign language/computer      programming credits; one fine arts credit; one physical education credit; and five elective credits.
  • Create a distinguished achievement and endorsement graduation plans, including  endorsements in STEM, business & industry, public services, multi-disciplinary studies, and arts & humanities.
  • Require four science credits and algebra II for automatic state college admissions under the top 10 percent rule and state financial aid, and allow all      students to be eligible to apply for Texas colleges.
  • Allow districts to administer state-developed Algebra II and English III exams      for diagnostic purposes.
  • Establish an A through F accountability rating system for school districts beginning with the 2016-17 school year, while campuses will remain under the      existing exemplary, recognized, acceptable and unacceptable system.
  • Prohibit schools from pulling students out of class for more than 10 percent of      class time for test preparation or remediation without parental consent.
  • Require the SBOE to adopt at least six advanced CTE courses, including courses in personal financial literacy and statistics, that satisfy the fourth credit in math.
  • Require all students entering grade 9 to select an endorsement, allow students to  change endorsements at any time, and allow students to opt into the      foundation plan with parental consent after grade 10.
  • Prohibits schools from administering more than two benchmark tests per student per subject, not to include college readiness exams such as the SAT or ACT.
  • Require TEA to minimize the effect test administration has on a campus and student instruction.

Awards Night and Top Readers at the High School

Last night the Middle School and the High School held their annual awards night. The Middle School honored 150 students with various awards. At the High School, several area community members presented numerous scholarships to graduating seniors. Congratulations to all the students that received awards last. A special thank you to all the parents, grandparents, and other friends that came out to support and honor our students last night. Finally, a very special thank you to the faculty at the Middle School and High School for their work in planning and organizing last night’s events. At the end of this post are some pictures from the High School awards program.

Recently, the list of the top readers at the High School was released. The following information comes from our High School librarian, Diane Chambers:







I want to remind everyone that Monday, May 27 is the Memorial Day holiday. Classes will resume on Tuesday, May 28 at regular times.

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


1st Annual Theater Camp for Kids

This year Eustace High School will be holding a Theater Camp for kids ages 10-15 sponsored by Tammy Beaty, E.H.S. Theater Arts Teacher & Director along with Mr. Calvin Kennedy, E.H.S. History & Theater Arts Co-Director. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity for your child to explore the world of theater, make new friends and spend their time creatively! June 24th-27th!

Information can be found here:

St. Jude's Math-a-Thon and More Microsoft Certifications

The following information comes from Lindsey Spivey, 6th grade math teacher:

Sixth grade participated in the St. Jude’s Math-A-Thon this year and they raised a total of $1,605.53. I was very proud of their efforts to help others! St. Jude’s told me Eustace hasn’t raised that much since 2002 and so I was very excited.

Congratulations to Mrs. Spivey and all the 6th graders that participated in the Math-a-thon. This is a great fund raiser for a very worthwhile cause.

Microsoft Certification

Information from Region 7 Service Center:

All nine students that took the Microsoft Office Specialist Certification exam in Powerpoint 2010, passed the exam at Region 7 ESC this morning. Congratulations to these students and their teacher Mrs. Deidre Lancaster for this accomplishment.

Congratulations to these EHS students. Ms. Lancaster teaches technology classes at EHS.






Board Meeting Last Night

The Eustace ISD Board of Trustees held their regularly scheduled monthly meeting last night. The meeting started at 7:00 PM and was held in the High School library.  Following the call to order, Certificates of Election were presented to the newly elected board members. These members included: Sonny Hodge, Michael Cates, Ashley McKee, and Steven Bell. The oath of office was then administered to the newly elected board members.

Outgoing president, Diane Russ, and outgoing vice president, Thomas Frazier, were recognized and honored for their years of service. Both board members served 15 years on the EISD Board.

The Board then took up the task of reorganizing the board. Gary Walsh was elected as Board president, Michael Cates was elected vice president, and Ashley McKee was elected secretary.

Reporters from the Monitor, Robyn and Ronald Wheeler, were honored with certificates stating that they had been selected to the 2013 Media Honor roll by the Texas Association of School Boards. The reporters were nominated by the EISD Board of Trustees.

Actions taken by the Board included:

  • Approved minutes of previous meetings.
  • Approved financial reports as presented.
  • Approved the Sale of Property in Pete’s Paradise as presented.
  • Approved a two-year contract with Edmentum for Plato Course Software.
  • Approved the purchase of one special needs bus and one regular route bus.
  • Approved the request for Additional Summer Help as presented.
  • Approved the Region 7 Contracts for the 2013-2014 school year as presented.
  • Accepted the resignations of Hayley Lane, Che Martin, and Debbie Kines.
  • Employed Victor Lemley as head boys basketball coach and social studies teacher, Dallas Cox as PPCD teacher, and Wayne Aiken as maintenance/custodial.
  • Approved the list of Auxiliary Personnel as presented.
  • Approved the list of transfer students for the 2012-2013 school year and approved the student transfer list for 2013-2014 first semester as presented.
  • Adjourned.





Board Meeting Tonight

The Eustace ISD Board of Trustees will hold their regularly scheduled monthly board meeting tonight at 7:00 PM. The meeting will be held in the High School library. Everyone is encouraged to attend.

Following the Call to Order, the Certificate of Election will be presented to newly elected board members. The oath of office will then be administered to newly elected board members. The Board will then take up the business of reorganization of the board.

The Board will hear the following reports:

  • PaySchools Report
  • Preliminary Estimated Tax Values
  • Title I, Part A, Distinguished Schools
  • Henderson County Appraisal District Mass Appraisal Report
  • Henderson County Appraisal District 2012 Financial Audit
  • STAAR Results for 5th and 8th Grades/TAKS Results for 11th Grade
  • U.S. News and World Reports High School Rankings
  • Update on Enrollment and Attendance

The following action items will be considered by the board:

  • Minutes of previous meetings.
  • Financial Reports
  • Sale of Property in Pete’s Paradise.
  • Contract with Edmentum for Plato Course Software.
  • Upgrades to bus fleet.
  • Additional summer help.
  • Region 7 Contracts for 2013-2014.
  • Advocacy Resolutions.
  • Action on Closed Session Items