STATE CHAMPS!

On Saturday, the Eustace boys and girls cross country teams competed in the state cross country meet at Round Rock. Both teams qualified for the state meet by placing first at the regional meet a week earlier. Prior to that, both teams placed first at the district meet.

The state meet included 12 teams and the top four runners from 4 regions. The boys team had an outstanding day and placed 3rd in the state in Conference 2A. The boys had an overall score of 135 points and finished behind Luling and Boys Ranch. The boys team consisted of 2 juniors, 2 sophomores, and 3 freshmen. They were lead by junior Mark Zimmerer who placed 13th and ran a 16:47. Running second on the team was sophomore Hunter Rose who placed 23rd and ran a 17:08. Junior Preston Schwartz and sophomore Brandon Richardson placed 57th and 58th and ran a 17:59 and 18:01 respectively. Freshman Ayden Reed placed 66th and ran an 18:22, freshman Zane Arambula placed 74th with a time of 18:37, and freshman Gabe Purselley placed 87th with a time of 18:58.

The Eustace girls cross country team is the 2013 Conference AA State Champions!  The girls team won the state meet with a total score of 88 points. The Bulldog girls team is made up of 5 freshman and 1 sophomore. They were lead by freshman Skye Burns who placed 22nd and ran a 12:33, next was a pack of Bulldogs headed up by sophomore Chloe Moore who placed 40th and ran a 12:53; Chanda Westbrook placed 42nd and ran a 12:55; Breanna Ragan placed 43rd and ran a 12:55; Shelby White placed 45th and ran a 12:57;  and, Alyssa Shaddox placed 53rd and ran a 13:09. This is the first state championship that our cross country teams have won and may possibly be the first state championship by any team from Eustace. Both teams received recognition at the awards ceremony. Video of the races and the girls awards ceremony will be posted later today on the Eustace ISD webpage.

The work and dedication that every runner put in made these accomplishments possible. Cross country is not just a sport you start in August. Our runners put in many miles on their own throughout the year in order to stay in shape. There are many great cross country teams in Conference 2A. The competition is always fierce at the state meet. For our boys to finish 3rd in the state and our girls to win state is an extraordinary accomplishment! Congratulations to both of these teams and their coaches, Josh Sypert and Kenneth Henderson, on their outstanding season!!

On Friday, our football team secured a playoff spot for the sixth consecutive year by posting a 26-22 win over Lone Oak. The Bulldogs came from behind and scored in the final minute to take the lead. The defense secured the victory by forcing Lone Oak to turn the ball over on downs. The Bulldogs will play Daingerfield in the bi-district game. The game will be played this Saturday in Van. Kickoff is set for 1:30.

The volleyball team ended their season on Saturday against Chisum falling 3-1 in the Area Championship. The ladies had a great season, capturing the district championship and the bi-district championship. Congratulations to the players and coaches on a great volleyball season!

This Week

Monday – Veterans’ Day; Start of the 3rd 6 Weeks; MS Girls Basketball v. Faith Family – 5:00;

Tuesday – Kindergarten Game Night; National Young Readers Day; HS Girls Basketball v. Grand Saline

Thursday – HS Girls Basketball at Van Tournament

Friday – 2nd 6 Weeks Honor Roll Trip – Middle School; HS Girls Basketball v. Frost

Saturday – Bi-District Football v. Daingerfield 1:30 in Van; Girls Basketball at Van Tournament

Today is Veterans’ Day. On behalf of Eustace ISD, I would like to extend a sincere thank you to all the men and women that have served and protected this country. You will never be forgotten!

I hope everyone has a great week!

 

Football, Cross Country, and Volleyball

Congratulations to the 7th grade football team. With their win last night against Lone Oak, they went completed an undefeated season and won the district championship!

Tonight is the last regular season game of the football season. The Bulldogs travel to Lone Oak for a key district game. Kickoff is set for 7:30. If the Bulldogs win, they are in the playoffs. A loss would probably mean a three way tie for the last playoff spot and the advancing team would be decided by a coin toss. Along with the football, fans will get to see the award winning Mighty Bulldog Marching Band and the varsity cheerleaders.

The cross country teams leave for the state meet today. The girls team will run at 9:50 on Saturday and the boys team will follow at 10:10. The state meet will be held at Old Settlers Park in Round Rock. Admission will be charged for this meet.

The volleyball team will face Chisum in the Area Championship Game on Saturday in Royse City. The game will start at 6:00 PM.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

Volleyball Bi-District Champs!

The Eustace Lady Bulldogs won the bi-district volleyball championship by defeating Edgewood 3-0 last night. The Lady Bulldogs will now face the winner of the Chisum and Hughes Springs game in the area round of the playoffs. Chisum and Hughes Springs play tonight. Last night’s win provided the Bulldogs with their 6th consecutive bi-district championship. Congratulations to the players and coaches on this victory. A special thank you goes to all the fans that traveled to Wills Point to watch the match.

Girls Regional Cross Country Meet 2013

The 2013 Girls Regional Cross Country Meet. The Eustace girls team finished 1st overall. Also includes awards ceremony.
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Cross Country Regional Champs and This Week

Congratulations to both the boys and girls cross country teams on winning the Region II Cross Country Championships!! Both teams have qualified to run in the state meet this Saturday in Round Rock. The girls will run at 9:50 AM and the boys will run at 10:10 AM.  The state meet will be held at the Old Settlers Park in Round Rock. There will be a $5 admission fee for all spectators.

The varsity volleyball team will be competing for the bi-district championship tonight against Edgewood. The game will start at 6:00 and will be played at Wills Point High School. I encourage everyone to come out to support the Lady Bulldogs!

This Week

Monday – Bi-District Volleyball v. Edgewood – 6:00 – Wills Point High School

Thursday – JV & MS Football v. Lone Oak – 5:00

Friday – End of 2nd 6 Weeks; Varsity Football at Lone Oak – 7:30

Saturday – State Cross Country Meet at Round Rock

I hope everyone has a great week!

Texas Success Initiative Exam

Starting this year, students that wish to take college classes, whether they have their high school diploma or want to take dual-credit classes, will be required to meet the passing standards on the Texas Success Initiative (TSI) Exam. This exam was approved by the Texas Legislature with the purpose of identifying students who do not have the skills required to succeed in college level courses. The TSI exam is a computer based exam.

Every student that takes the TSI exam must also complete a pre-assessment. The pre-assessment consists of watching a video that discusses the different parts of the exam, the purpose of the exam, and the importance of doing your best on the exam.

The TSI exam covers three academic areas: reading, mathematics, and writing. It has been stressed that the TSI will be more rigorous than other exams that have been used in the past for the same purpose (THEA, Accuplacer). The TSI exam will be based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS). It has also been stressed that there will be no arithmetic problems on the math portion of the exam. The math will start at the algebra level.

According to the Region 7 Education Service Center, the TSI results will provide, “a diagnostic profile of student’s specific academic deficiencies so that classes can target those areas for the fastest improvement track”.

The TSI exam will become a diagnostic exam if a student does not answer enough questions correctly. For example, in mathematics, the student will start with basic algebra questions. Each question that a student answers correctly will earn the student points. Questions will become increasingly more difficult as the student continues to be successful. However, if the student is not successful at answering questions, the student will be taken to a diagnostic portion of the exam to determine their specific strengths and weaknesses in the area of math. The same formula will apply to the reading and writing portions of the exam. Depending on how a student does in the writing portion of the text, a written composition of between 400 and 600 words may be required.

Students that do not meet the passing standards on any portion of the TSI will be required to complete developmental classes in the areas not passed.

There are several ways that a student may be exempt from taking the TSI. A few of the ways include working toward a Level 1 Certificate Program only, a combined score of 1070 on the SAT with a math and reading score of at least 500, an ACT composite score of at least 23 with a math and reading score of at least 19, a student already holds a bachelor or associate degree, a student has already successfully completed coursework at an institute of higher education, has been on active duty in the military for at least three years, or has been honorably discharged or retired from the military.

The TSI will be phased in with regards to the necessary score to meet the required standards. Phase 1 will include students that are entering higher education in Fall 2013. Phase 2 will start with students entering higher education in Fall 2017. The final standard will be in place with students entering higher education in Fall 2019. All colleges and universities are required to abide by the passing scores set by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board.

As we receive more information about the TSI, it will be provided in future posts.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!