This Week and Comptroller's Award

Although only a four day week, for our seniors, this is the most important week of the year. There are senior activities planned all through the next four days. However, the two most important activities occur on Wednesday and Saturday. On Wednesday, the seniors participate in the baccalaureate service at the First Baptist Church in Eustace. The service starts at 7:00 PM. There will be a reception to honor the seniors afterward in the Fellowship Hall.

On Saturday, May 31, the seniors will have their graduation ceremony. Graduation will be held in the E. L. Kirk Gymnasium and will start at 10:00 AM. Doors will open at 9:00 AM.

Thursday, the early childhood students will participate in their own graduation ceremony.

Friday, the kindergarten students will have their Right Choice picnic.

Comptroller’s Award

For the past several years, EISD has received the Gold Leadership Circle Award from the Texas Comptroller’s office for financial transparency. At the time, this was the highest level that could be attained. This year, the Comptroller introduced a Platinum Level that had even more challenging criteria. I am pleased to report that EISD was recently awarded The Leadership Circle Platinum Award by the Comptroller’s office. Out of a possible 22 points, EISD scored 21. If you have not visited the financial page on our website, I encourage you to take a few minutes and take a look at all the resources that are available.

I want to thank our business office personnel for producing the documents that go on our website: Carol Warren, business manager; Debra Meyners, payroll; Kara Weaver, accounts payable. I also want to thank our web designer, Michelle Cavazos. She is responsible for putting this information in an easy to access format on our webpage. Finally, I want to thank our school board for their leadership and direction: Gary Walsh, president; Michael Cates, vice-president; Ashley McKee, secretary; Cotton Walker, member; Sonny Hodge, member; Bobby Ashton, member; Steven Bell, member.

I hope everyone has a great week!

MS and HS Awards Night and Angel Baker

Last night, the Middle School and High School held their annual awards night. Many students from both campuses received many different types of honors. I want to congratulate all of those students that received awards. Also, I want to thank all of the family and friends who came out to support the students. At the end of this post, there are some pictures from the HS awards.

As you know, Angel Baker qualified for the state UIL academic meet in the Lincoln-Douglas Debate. While she did not place at the state meet, it does not diminish her accomplishment at all. Below is some information about Angel’s accomplishments this year from her debate coach, Anna Rhea:

 Here are a few little known facts:

  •  This was Angel’s first year at District (1st place), Regional (3rd place), and State (top 12)
  • She debated for a combined total of 12 hours at the above levels
  • She debated 24 hours in tournaments throughout the year
  • At Regional, she began the day at 8 AM and finished competing at 5 PM. During this time:
  • she managed 45 minutes break (her only break that day) for lunch and competed in persuasive speaking (missed advancing by one)
  • She is qualified to apply for TILF scholarships – so far we have found $12,000 in possible scholarship money next year!

 Congratulations to Angel and to Mrs. Rhea on a very successful year!

A reminder that we have a holiday on Monday, May 26. There will be no classes in observance of Memorial Day. I hope everyone has a great weekend!

2014-2015 Student Applications for Project Discovery with Dallas Theater Center


Project Discovery is a partnership with Dallas Theater Center and Eustace High School for a full season of plays, workshops, study guides, play scripts and Professional development for teachers at no cost to the district.

There has been a change in participation requirements for students wishing to participate in the  Project Discovery Program partnered with Dallas Theater Center and Eustace High School for the upcoming year.

Students are now being asked to apply and commit to being a full Season ticket holder (6 performances), or being a Shared Season ticket holder (3 performances) rather than signing up to participate each time. If your child is selected as a Season or Shared ticket holder they will be expected to attend the number of performances agreed upon. Due to the change E.H.S. has developed new criteria for the selection process and is now asking that you and your child sign a contract/consent form regarding requirements and expectations in addition to completing an application.

Participation is made possible through grants available to any state-accredited TEACHER or COUNSELOR in North Texas, pending completed application and support materials. Priority consideration is given to teachers serving students in Dallas County High Schools and surrounding areas that are eligible for Title I federal funds.

Each summer Ms. Tammy Beaty, our Theater Arts teacher applies for the grant for the following year. Eustace is one of four recipient schools outside of Dallas County that is honored to participate.

If you’d like for your child to participate in this program, please complete an application and return it to Ms. Beaty by June 15th. Applications are available at the High School reception desk or you may request one by emailing

Additional Information regarding the program and next year’s Season Shows can be found by visiting:

Project Discovery

2014-2015 Season

Board Meeting Last Night

Last night, the Eustace ISD Board of Trustees met for their regular monthly meeting. The meeting was held in the HS library and started at 7:00 PM. Before any action items were discussed, the Board issued commendations to the Eustace FFA program for all their successes throughout the year, especially at the Henderson County Livestock Show. Theresa Tindel, Ag Science Teacher, spoke about many of the awards that the Eustace program received at Henderson County. Mrs. Tindel also introduced the FFA officers for next year. Some of the many awards received throughout the year were on display for the Board to view. A picture of these awards is posted at the end of this entry.

Madi Allen was also honored by the Board for her accomplishments in track. Madi was the Area and Regional champion in the 300m hurdles. She placed 4th at the state track meet as a junior.

The Board took the following actions during last night’s meeting:

  • Approved the minutes of the previous meeting.
  • Approved the financial reports as presented.
  • Approved a new 59 month energy contract with Hudson Energy. The new contract will save the district up to $60,000 annually in electricity costs.
  • Approved the request for additional summer help as presented.
  • Approved joining the TIPS Purchasing Co-op
  • Approved replacing HVAC units at the Middle School and approved the repair of the Middle School roof.
  • Approved the bid for property.
  • Approved changes to Local Policy FFC
  • Approved Local Policy Update 99 on second reading.
  • Accepted the resignations of the following employees: Haskell Cook, Ricky Rodriguez, Tiffany Miley, and Gregg Pruitt
  • Approved the employment of the following personnel: Gary Jackson, maintenance; Leslie Cody, Head Start aide; Laci Taliaferro, Head Start Aide; Richard Gaddis, security officer; Veronica Gunderson, 2nd grade teacher; Lauri Steward, HS business teacher; Rachal Killian, HS science teacher; Steven Stegall, HS Ag Science teacher
  • Approved the employment of auxiliary staff as presented.
  • Accepted the list of transfers for the 13-14 and 14-15 school years.
  • Adjourned

    FFA Awards from Henderson County


Board Meeting Tonight

The Eustace ISD Board of Trustees will hold their regular monthly meeting tonight at 7:00 PM. The meeting will be held in the HS library. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend.

At the start of the meeting, the Board will present student recognitions to the FFA students and to Madi Allen.

Reports to the Board

  • RevTrak Report
  • NCLB LEA Maintenance of Effort
  • Notice of Sale – Henderson County
  • Van Zandt County Appraisal District 2013 Financial Audit
  • Henderson County Appraisal District Mass Appraisal Report
  • 5th and 8th Grade STAAR Results
  • Letter from TEA on Potential Chapter 41 Status for 2014-2015
  • DEIC Report
  • Update on Attendance and Enrollment

Action Items for tonight’s meeting

  • Consider Minutes from Previous Meetings
  • Consider Financial Reports
  • Consider Energy Contract
  • Consider Additional Summer Help
  • Consider Joining TIPS Purchasing Co-op
  • Consider Renovations and Repairs at Middle School – HVAC Units and Roof
  • Consider Bid for Property
  • Consider Advocacy Resolution
  • Consider Changes to Local Policy FFC
  • Consider Local Policy Update 99

The Board will enter closed session to discuss personnel and staffing, review evaluations of auxiliary staff, and to consider student transfers. Any action taken on closed session items will be done in open session.




Top Ten Banquet

Last night, Eustace ISD honored the top ten seniors at the annual Top Ten Banquet. Each of the top ten seniors gets to pick a teacher that has made an impact in their lives. They compose a letter to that teacher and read the letter at the banquet. Teachers that are chosen do not know which student has selected them until they arrive at the banquet. Students and teachers receive a certificate and plaque commemorating the event. Below is the list of the top ten students and the teacher they chose to honor:

Shelbi Wooley – Chuck Powers

Courtney Sandell – DeDe Lancaster

Angela Jackson – Vikki GoDair

Karli Gallops – Amy Huggins

Melody Allen – Heather Holloway

Chelsea Oliver – Brett Ragland

Meagan Gunter – Kim Purselley

Caleb Letkiewicz – Lisa Bynum

Walter Baker – Bill Mohon

Ridge Smith – Craig Peek

Congratulations to these students for their accomplishments the last four years at Eustace High School. Congratulations to these teachers on being selected as the educator to be honored by these students. A special thank you to all of the family and friends that came out to share in this special night.  Below are pictures of the event. I apologize that some of the pictures did not turn out and were not included.

FFA Banquet, Sports Banquet, and This Week

The Eustace FFA Chapter held its annual awards banquet this past Friday. The banquet provided an opportunity to acknowledge the many accomplishments of our students this year. I would like to congratulate all of the members of the FFA for another great year! For the past several years, Eustace has done extremely well in all aspects of FFA competition. It has taken many, many hours of work and dedication from our students to make this happen. These accomplishments would not be possible without the help and support of parents, grandparents, and other supporters of our FFA program. Finally, I would like to thank our FFA sponsors, Theresa Tindel and Gregg Pruitt, for all their hard work and dedication this year. Pictures from the banquet will be posted later today.

The Eustace Sports Banquet was held this past Saturday at the First Baptist Church in Eustace. All the High School sports were honored at this banquet. An overflow crowd turned out to honor our athletes. I would like to thank the Booster Club and parent volunteers for all their work in preparing for this banquet. The decorations were absolutely great!! Pictures form the banquet will be uploaded later today. Students receiving individual recognition are listed below:

EASA Scholarships – Shelby Marcum and Chance Scott

TVVOA Scholarship – Megan Gunter and Shelby Wooley

Special Recognition for her work with Eustace Volleyball – Tosha Spain

Boys Off Season Award – D. J. Wisdom

Girls Off Season Award – Marshella Padgett

Coach Josh Sypert was given special recognition.

Volleyball Awards
Heart – Megan Gunter
Newcomers of the Year – Taylor Peebles and Grace Holcombe
MVPs – Payton DiBari and Caitlyn Culp
VB Scholarships – Hope Rodriguez and Shelby Wooley

Boys Cross County Awards
Newcomer – Aiden Reed
Heart – Preston Schwartz
MVP – Mark Zimmerer

Girls Cross Country Awards
Newcomer – Skye Burns
Heart – Brianna Reagan
MVP – All 6 Members of the State Championship Team

Football Awards
Offensive Players of the Year – Jesus Barcenas & Thomas Hyde
Defensive Players of the Year – Abed Abuhatab & Zach Hughes
11 Strong Award – Abed Abuhatab
MVP – Ryan Brown

Girls Basketball
Defensive Player of the Year – Karli Gallops
Offensive Player of the Year – Taylor Peebles
Heart – Carly Copeland
MVP – Shelby Marcum

Boys Basketball
Defensive Player of the Year – Chris Farnsworth
Offensive Player of the Year – Steven Stine
Heart – Lionel Garcia
MVP – Ryan Brown

Girls Power Lifting
Ashley Purselley and Jessica Miller
MVP – Sunni Goodell

Boys Power Lifting
Heart – Cameron Rogers
MVP – Justin Griffin

Newcomer of the Year – Megan Sawyer
Most Improved – Veronica Wheat
MVP – Ashleigh White

Offensive MVP – Forest Lane
Pitcher of the Year – Rusty Rogers
Heart – Shane Brady
MVP – Ryan Brown

Boys Golf
MVP – Brandon Morgan

Girls Golf
MVP – Rayleigh Smallwood

Girls Track
Newcomers of the Year – Skye Burns & Marshella Padgett
Throwers of the Year – Caitlyn Culp and Grace Holcombe
Heart – Terrah Herrera
MVP – Madi Allen

Boys Track
Newcomers of the Year – Cade Yates & Colton Summerall
Heart – Ryan Brown
MVPs – Mark Zimmerer & Steven Stine

Team of the Year – Girls Cross Country

Female Athletes of the Year – Megan Gunter & Caitlyn Culp

Male Athlete of the Year – Ryan Brown

Booster Club Scholarships
Chance Scott
Karli Gallops
Terrah Herrera
Shelby Marcum

Special Recognition for Retiring Booster Club Board Members:
Tina Peebles
Norma Herrera

This Week

Monday – Top 10 Banquet

Tuesday – HS Daytime Awards; School Board Meeting – 7:00 PM – HS Library

Thursday – Middle School Awards Night; High School Awards Night

Friday – Middle School Daytime Awards

Saturday – State Solo and Ensemble Contest

Monday – May 26 – Memorial Day Holiday

I hope everyone has a great week!