This Week

Congratulations to the High School volleyball teams on three victories against Life Oak Cliff last Friday. The varsity volleyball team remains undefeated in district play at 13-0 with three games remaining.

The varsity football team lost a hard fought game against Winnsboro Friday, 21-14.

Today, EISD is hosting the district cross country meet at 4 Pines Ranch. Below is the schedule of races:

V Girls 2 Mile  1:30 PM
V Boys 5K 2:00 PM
JV Girls 2 Mile 2:30 PM
JV Boys 5K 3:00 PM
Jr. High Girls 2 Mile 3:30 PM
Jr. High Boys 2 Mile 4:00 PM

Admission to the meet is free. I encourage everyone to come out and support our cross country runners.

Monday through Thursday will be TAKS Exit retest days. Please see the calendar below for details.

Monday – TAKS Exit Level Retest – ELA; District Cross Country Meet; MS Volleyball v. Kemp 4:30; Band Practice 6:30 – 9:00

Tuesday – Fall Sports Pictures – Middle School; TAKS Exit Level Retest – Math; High School District Volleyball at Scurry

Wednesday – TAKS Exit Level Retest – Science

Thursday – TAKS Exit Level Retest – Social Studies; MS Football at Grand Saline – 5:00

Friday – Pumpkin Patch – 5:00 – 8:00; HS District Volleyball at Faith Family – 4:30; Varsity Football v. Grand Saline – 7:30

Saturday – Area Marching Contest

I hope everyone has a great week!


Congratulations to the 7th and 8th grade football teams on their wins against Winnsboro last night. The 7th grade won 27-0 and the 8th grade won 6-0. The JV football team lost a hard fought game 32-28.

This afternoon, the High School volleyball teams travel to Life Oak Cliff. The varsity will play at 4:30.

The varsity football team will travel to Winnsboro tonight. The game will kickoff at 7:30. The varsity cheerleaders and the award winning Mighty Bulldog Marching Band will be providing support and entertainment.

A reminder that EISD will be hosting the district cross country meet on Monday. The meet will be held at the 4 Pines Ranch. There is no admission charge. The varsity girls will start at 1:30 followed by the varsity boys.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Bulldog Band – Division I

Congratulations to the Mighty Bulldog Marching Band on earning a Division I at the Region 3 UIL Marching Contest!! The Bulldog Band will now get an opportunity to perform at the Area Marching Contest on October 26. Details on that contest will be posted at a later date.

The band has enjoyed success at all of the marching contests in which they have competed this year. At the Mesquite Marching Festival, the Bulldog Band received a Division I. At the Cedar Creek Marching Festival, the Bulldog Band placed 3rd overall.

Congratulations to Todd Felty and Crystal Heidle, EISD band directors and all of the band members. A special thank you to all of the parents, family members, and friends for their support of the band. The successes would not be possible without your help.

A reminder that our Middle School and JV football teams will be competing against Winnsboro this afternoon starting at 5:00.

Board Meeting Last Night

Congratulations to all three High School volleyball teams on their wins against Red Oak Life last night. The varsity team is now 12-0 in district play.

The Eustace ISD Board of Trustees held their regular monthly meeting last night. The meeting started at 7:00 PM and was held in the High School library. Actions taken by the Board included:

  • Approved minutes of previous meetings.
  • Approved the financial reports as presented.
  • Approved amendments to the High School and Middle School Campus Improvement Plans.
  • Approved upgrades to the outside doors at the High School.
  • Cast ballots for the Van Zandt County Appraisal District Board of Directors.
  • Approved the purchase of a plasma cutting system for the Agricultural Science Department.
  • Approved the recommendation for adding a teacher at the Middle School with Title VI funds.
  • Accepted resignations from Lisa Graham and Geneva Gorum.
  • Employed the following personnel: Darlene McKee, Primary Cook; Judy Kerr, Primary Aide; Teri Clark, Special Services Secretary; Shara Coswick, Intermediate Aide
  • Approved the substitute list as presented.
  • Approved the list of student transfers as presented.
  • Adjourned.

Board Meeting Tonight

Tonight, the Eustace ISD Board of Trustees will hold their regular monthly meeting. The meeting will start at 7:00 PM and will be held in the High School library. Everyone is invited to attend.

The Board will hear the following reports:

  • PaySchools Report
  • Cash Flow Report for 2012-2013
  • Tax Office Savings Report
  • TELPAS Report
  • Update on Enrollment and Attendance

The Board will consider the following action items:

  • Approve minutes from previous meetings.
  • Financial Reports for September
  •  Amendments to the High School and Middle School Campus Improvement Plans for 2013-2014.
  • Upgrades to the High School outside doors.
  • Nominee to the Van Zandt County Appraisal District Board of Directors.
  • Purchase of Plasma Cutting System for the Agricultural Science Department.
  • Options for Title VI funding.

The Board will convene in closed session to consider personnel and staffing and student transfers. Any action on closed session items will be made in open session.

A reminder that our High School volleyball teams will be in action tonight against Red Oak Life. The 9th grade game is set to start at 5:00 PM.


This Week

Congratulations to the Mighty Bulldog Marching Band on placing third at the Cedar Creek Marching Festival this past Saturday in Mabank. The Bulldog Band finished behind John Tyler and Clarksville. The band will be performing at the UIL Marching Contest this Wednesday in Mesquite. The Bulldog Band will march at 3:15.

The varsity volleyball team remained undefeated in district play with a 3-1 win over Malakoff on Friday. The Lady Bulldogs continue district play this week hosting Red Oak Life on Tuesday and then traveling to Life Oak Cliff on Friday.

The varsity football team lost a hard fought game against Quitman on Friday. This week, the Bulldogs continue district play traveling to Winnsboro.

Both the JV and varsity cross country teams won their division at the Eustace Cross Country Meet this past Saturday. The varsity girls placed 2nd.

After warning that school districts might face a lack of funds for their meal services, the Texas Department of Agriculture released a letter late Friday that stated the additional funds were available. The letter stated that there was sufficient funding for several months.

I want to give a special shout out to the Eustace Varsity Cheerleading Squad on their halftime performance at the game on Friday. The “throwback” routine that they did was absolutely fantastic!! There will be a video of the performance on the Eustace ISD YouTube page later today.

This Week

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

Tuesday – 1st Grade Reading Night; HS District Volleyball v. Red Oak Life – 5:00; Board Meeting – HS Library – 7:00 PM

Wednesday – UIL Marching Contest at Mesquite

Thursday – Middle School and JV Football v. Winnsboro – 5:00

Friday – Kindergarten Field Trip to Zoo; HS District Volleyball at Life Oak Cliff – 4:30; Varsity Football at Winnsboro – 7:30

I hope everyone has a great week!


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