Volleyball Posts Wins and More on HB 5

The 9th grade, JV, and varsity volleyball teams all posted victories over Dallas Life Oak Cliff last night. All the volleyball teams remain undefeated in district play. The varsity is now 7-0 in district play. The varsity and JV return to action this Saturday against Palmer. Palmer does not have a 9th grade team. The JV game will start at 3:00 PM in the E. L. Kirk Gym.

There is a bonfire pep rally scheduled for 7:30 Thursday. It will be held just south of the football stadium. Everyone is invited to come out and support all of the fall sports, cheerleaders, and band.

I want to continue our discussion of HB 5 this morning. One of the striking differences in HB 5 from current law is that HB 5 again recognizes the importance of career and technology courses. Career and technology include courses such as agricultural science, computer technology, business courses, and health care related courses. In HB 5 the emphasis is placed on career and technology courses that lead to certification or licensure in an area of study.

Another part of HB 5 requires districts to partner with an institute of higher education to develop college preparatory courses. These courses are designed for students that are identified as not being prepared for college level course work. Below is information from a summary of HB 5 related to career and technology courses and the college preparatory courses.

Career and Technology Education Courses Developed through Local Partnerships
Introduces a new career and technology education (CTE) course development option. Allows a district to offer a course or other activity needed to obtain an industry-recognized credential or certificate that is approved by the local school board for credit without obtaining SBOE approval under certain circumstances.

Requires that the courses or activities be developed by the district in partnership
with a public or private institution of higher education and local business, labor, and community leaders.

Requires the courses or activities to allow students to enter a career and technology training program in the district’s region of the state; an institution of higher education without remediation; an apprenticeship training program; or an internship required as part of accreditation toward an industry-recognized credential or certificate. Mandates that a district report such local course offerings to the TEA on an annual basis, and that

District Responsibilities for CTE Courses
Requires a district to encourage to the greatest extent possible that students in CTE programs enroll in dual credit courses that lead to a degree, license, or certification.

College Preparatory Courses
Removes responsibility of the development of college preparatory courses from the TEA and higher education commissioners. Assigns responsibility of college preparatory courses to districts that must partner with at least one institution of higher education to develop and provide college preparatory courses in English language arts and math. Requires that the courses be designed for grade 12 students whose performance on an EOC exam does not meet college readiness standards; or coursework, college entrance exam, or higher education screener (e.g., Accuplacer) indicates the student is not ready for college-ready coursework.

Requires the courses developed be provided on the campus of the high school offering the course, or through distance learning or an online course provided through an institution of higher education with which the district has partnered. Mandates that high school and higher education faculty collaborate to ensure the courses are aligned with college readiness expectations.

Mandates that each district provide notice to district students and their parents or guardians regarding the benefits of enrolling in such a course.

Provides that a student who successfully completes an English language arts (ELA) course can use the credit to satisfy the advanced ELA credit requirement for the foundation school program, and a student who successfully completes a math course can use the credit to satisfy the advanced math credit requirement for the foundation school program.

Allows the college preparatory course to be offered for dual credit at the discretion of the higher education institution.

Requires each district in consultation with their higher education partner to develop or purchase instructional materials for the course, including technology resources using to the extent practical materials already developed. Allows the district’s Instructional Materials Allotment (IMA) to be used in purchasing the materials and the commissioner to adopt rules regarding this use of the IMA. Requires the course and corresponding materials be available to students not later than the 2014–2015 school year.


This Week

The varsity volleyball team posted a 3-0 victory against Malakoff last Friday. The win puts the Lady Bulldogs at 6-0 in district play. Currently, the Lady Bulldogs are a game ahead of Scurry-Rosser (6-1) and Palmer (5-1). The volleyball teams host Life Oak Cliff on Tuesday and Palmer on Saturday.

The varsity football team lost a hard fought contest against Ft. Worth Castleberry 14-7 last Friday. A special thanks to all of those that braved the weather and came out to support the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs host Kemp this Friday in the first district game of the season. It will also be homecoming for the Bulldogs.

This Week

This is homecoming week for Eustace. There will be activities throughout the week. The volleyball teams are also involved in their Dig Pink fundraiser. There will be silent auctions at both the Tuesday game and the Saturday game. Dig Pink t-shirts will also be on sale. While you’re at the volleyball games, I encourage everyone to support the efforts of our young ladies and donate to Dig Pink.

Kindergarten and first grade will be doing TPRI testing throughout this week.

Monday – MS Volleyball v. Scurry – 4:30; Band Practice 6:30 – 9:00

Tuesday – Kindergarten Parent Meeting Night; HS District Volleyball v. Life Oak Cliff – 5:00

Wednesday – Fall Pictures – Middle School

Thursday – MS & JV Football at Kemp – 5:00; Bonfire

Friday – Homecoming; Varsity Football v. Kemp – 7:30

Saturday – Cross Country at Van; High School District Volleyball v. Palmer – 3:00

I hope everyone has a great week!

Friday's Events

Congratulations to the 7th and 8th grade football teams on their wins against Mabank last night. The JV football team lost a hard fought contest against Ft. Worth Castleberry 16-0.

We have several events happening throughout the day. First, Primary is hosting the Celebrate Freedom Parade at 8:30. With the rain, the Parade will be moved inside the Primary building. The students will march around the main corridors of the Primary School.

At 4:30, the varsity volleyball team will be hosting Malakoff in a district game. The JV and freshman will play after the varsity. All of the volleyball teams are undefeated in district play.

Tonight, the varsity football team will play host to Ft. Worth Castleberry. Kickoff is set for 7:30. Depending on the weather situation, the band may be limited in their performance.

Tomorrow, the cross country teams compete at Blooming Grove.

I encourage everyone to come out for all these events. I hope everyone has a great weekend!

School Board Meeting Last Night

Last night, the EISD Board of Trustees held a public hearing on the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas and also held their regular monthly board meeting. The FIRST hearing started at 6:45 PM. The Board reviewed the 2011-2012 FIRST report. The Board also reviewed the district’s 2011-2012 financial management report.

Following the public hearing, the EISD Board met in regular session starting at 7:00 PM. The Board took the following action on items:

  • Approved the minutes of previous meetings.
  • Approved the financial reports as presented.
  • Approved the 2013-2014 Campus Improvement Plans as presented.
  • Accepted the resignation of Traci McPherson.
  • Approved the substitute list as presented.
  • Approved student transfers as presented.
  • Adjourned.


Cross Country, FIRST Hearing and Board Meeting

First, congratulations to the Eustace High School cross country teams on their performance this past weekend in Grand Prairie. Below is the article from the Athens Review:

EUSTACE — The Eustace cross country teams competed at Lynn Creek Park in Grand Prairie which is the new region II site this year. The meet provided a lot of tough competition and a very large turnout. The varsity girls placed ninth out of 24 teams and 204 individuals. They were lead by freshman Skye Burns who placed 36th and ran a 13:26, next was Shelby White who placed 45th, Alyssa Shaddox, Harley Kile, Chloe Moore, Chanda Westbrook, Noa Taylor placed 59th, 62nd, 65th, and 67th respectively and all finished under 14:19.

The varsity boys placed fourth out of 27 teams and 208 individuals. They were lead by Mark Zimmerer who placed 4th and ran a 16:59, next was Hunter Rose who placed 23rd, Brandon Richardson placed 30th, Ayden Reed placed 51st, Cade Yates placed 53rd, Gabe Purselley placed 55th, Zane Arambula placed 59th, and Alec Marable placed 106th.

 The junior varsity boys placed ninth. They were lead by Elijah Rogers, then Temple Hendrickson, Michael Wong, Matthew Clarke, and Justin Legal.

A reminder that the High School volleyball teams travel to Red Oak Life for an important district game tonight. Both varsity teams are undefeated in district play. The games start at 5:00.

Tonight, the EISD Board of Trustees will hold the annual hearing on the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST). FIRST provides a way to measure the financial health of a district. This is accomplished by a series of indicators that are measured by the state and reported from the annual financial audit of the district. Tonight’s hearing will look at the report from 2011-2012. The hearing will start at 6:45 PM and be held in the High School library.

The FIRST hearing focuses on the last school year in which the financial audit has been completed. Since we just finished the 2012-2013 school year, the financial audit for that year has not been completed. The 2011-2012 FIRST report is attached to this entry. I encourage everyone to take a few minutes and review this document.

For the 2011-2012 school year, EISD earned the rating of “Superior Achievement.” This is the highest possible rating. A passing score on the FIRST system in 2011-2012 was 52 points. A perfect score was 70 points. I am pleased to report that EISD earned 68 out of the possible 70 points.

There are a total of 20 Indicators on the FIRST report. The first 6 Indicators are Yes/No responses: either the district met the criteria or it did not. EISD received a “Yes” on each of these first six indicators. Indicators 7-20 are scored on a 0-5 scale with 5 being the best possible score. Out of these Indicators, EISD received a 5 on all but one Indicator.  On Indicator 9, EISD received a score of 3. Indicator 9 states: “Were Debt Related Expenditures (Net Of IFA and/or EDA Allotment) < $350.00 Per Student? (If the District’s Five-Year Percent Change In Students = Or > 7%, Or If Property Taxes Collected Per Penny Of Tax Effort > $200,000 Per Student).”

Overall, the report is very favorable for EISD. Since the inception of the FIRST report, EISD has always earned the “Superior Achievement”  designation. I want to thank Carol Warren, business manager, Kara Weaver, head of accounts payable, Debra Meyners, head of payroll, and Karen Thompson, PEIMS Coordinator, for all their work in helping the district to achieve the highest possible rating. I also want to thank our school board members for their leadership and guidance in making achievements like this possible.

After the FIRST hearing, the EISD Board of Trustees will hold their regular monthly meeting. The Board will hear reports and/or consider action on the following items:

  • Approve minutes of previous meetings.
  • Financial Reports
  • General Reports: Performance Based Monitoring Analysis System (PBMAS), PaySchools, Existing Debt Allotment, Texas Municipal Report, Evaluation of 12-13 Campus Improvement Plans, 12-13 Summary of Finance
  • 2013-2013 Campus Improvement Plans
  • Nominee to Van Zandt County Appraisal Board of Directors
  • Update on Enrollment
  • Closed Meeting – Personnel and Student Transfers – Any action taken on a closed meeting item will be done in open session.

Both the hearing and the meeting are open to all interested parties. I encourage everyone to attend.


Volleyball, Football, and This Week

Last Friday, the JV and varsity volleyball teams both won their matches against Faith Family. The JV won 2-0 and the varsity won 3-0. The win puts the varsity squad at 4-0 in district play. The High School teams travel to Red Oak Life on Tuesday for an important district game.

The varsity football team lost a hard fought game against Rusk 21-0 on Friday. The Bulldogs host Ft. Worth Castleberry this Friday.

This Week

The second grade will be doing TPRI testing throughout the week.

Monday – MS Volleyball v. Malakoff – 4:30; Band Practice – 6:30 – 9:00

Tuesday – 2nd Grade Family Reading Night; HS District Volleyball at Red Oak Life – 5:00; FIRST Hearing – 6:45 PM High School Library; School Board Meeting – 7:00 PM High School Library

Thursday – JV Football at Ft. Worth Castleberry – 6:00 PM; MS Football at Mabank – 4:30

Friday – Celebrate Freedom Parade – Intermediate Bus Loop; HS District Volleyball v. Malakoff – 4:30; Varsity Football v. Ft. Worth Castleberry – 7:30

Saturday – Cross Country at Blooming Grove

I hope everyone has a great week!

Friday's Events

We’re going to take a break from talking about HB 5 and just focus on today’s events. First, the JV and varsity volleyball teams will host Faith Family this afternoon starting at 4:30. The varsity will play first followed by the JV. Faith Family does not have a 9th grade team. The varsity volleyball team is currently at 3-0 in district and tied for 1st place with Red Oak Life.

Tonight, the varsity football team will travel to Rusk. Kickoff is set for 7:30. The Mighty Bulldog Marching Band and our varsity cheerleading squad will be providing entertainment and support for the football team.

Tomorrow, our cross country teams will be competing in a meet in Grand Prairie. Tomorrow is also All Region Jazz auditions in Crandall.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!