And the Winner is…

It is homecoming week at Eustace ISD and we have had a good time preparing for the Homecoming Festivities!  We have been busy completing classwork, making good choices, following directions, and doing our best to come to school everyday.

This week, during morning family time, we discussed the proper way to wash hands and the importance of always making sure our hands are clean.  We also talked about when the best time is to wash hands.

Also during morning family time,  we spent time learning the chant we would yell during the homecoming pep rally. The kids practiced and had the chant down perfectly (see video below). We spent time learning the school song as well.  It was a pleasure listening to all our students sing together.

For those who earned it, we had the special privilege of going to the homecoming pep rally. The students enjoyed seeing the cheerleaders, from our own Eustace High School  as well as from TVCC, perform their cheers and stunts.  They also enjoyed the speeches from the coaches and from the athletes.  But most of all they enjoyed the “Homecoming Queen” contest!  It was a site to behold!  When the time came to do our cheer the kids yelled out and all of our hard work paid off!  We won the chant contest!

It has been a great week at Eustace Intermediate School and we look forward to the fun-filled weeks ahead.

Cross Country Results

Thanks to Josh Sypert, head cross country coach, for providing this information:

         The Eustace cross country teams competed in Ennis, Texas at the Lions den invite on Saturday, September 26, 2015.

         The varsity boys competed in the 5A/6A division. They were meet champions with 45 points and led by Ericsen Gudjohnsen who placed third overall, next was Zane Arambula and Brandon Richardson who placed sixth and seventh, Andrew Page placed 12, Gabe Purselley placed 14th, and Ben Warren placed 25th.

          The varsity girls competed in the 4A and under division and were meet runner-up. They were led by Chanda Westbrook who placed fourth overall, next was Skye Burns who placed ninth, Cara Henson placed 12th, Chloe Moore placed 14th, Shelby White place 21st, Molly McAtee placed 22nd, and Reese Thorne placed 25th.

          The junior varsity boys competed in the 5A/6A division and were meet runner-up. They were led by Nicholas Westbrook who placed third overall, next was Mikey Wong who placed sixth, Cameron carpenter placed 11th, Micah Zimmerer placed 18th, and Matthew Melton placed 20th.

          The junior varsity girls were meet champions in the 4A and under division. They were led by Brooke McAtee who placed second overall, next was Lily Sorrells who placed third, Arian Mcdonald placed 6th, Jacey Warner placed seventh, Alyssa Shaddox placed eighth, Gracie Woodland placed 9th, Yasmine Washington placed 12th, Brooke Caldwell placed 15th, Breanna Ragan placed 16th, and MacKenzie Nolan placed 18th.

Great Homecoming Weekend and This Week

What a great homecoming weekend! Things got started with the bonfire on Thursday. That was followed with a great district-wide pep rally Friday morning. (Videos of both events are on our YouTube channel.) Friday afternoon had our Lady Bulldogs facing off against Frankston in a district volleyball match. The varsity girls totally dominated the match and won 3-0. The JV team also defeated Frankston 2-0. The win sets up a huge showdown against Arp this Tuesday. Both Eustace and Arp will come into the match undefeated in district play. The winner of Tuesday’s match will own sole possession of first place. I encourage everyone to come out and support the Lady Bulldogs Tuesday. The first JV game will start at 5:00. All three games will be played in the Kirk Gym.

Friday evening, fans were treated to an exciting come from behind victory by the Bulldogs in their game against Mildred, 42-32. The win pushes the Bulldog’s record to 3-2 on the year. The game was the last non-district game of the season. The Bulldogs have this week off before hosting Elkhart in the first district game on October 9.

In addition to a great football game, the crowd was treated to a great performance by the Mighty Bulldog Marching Band. The band performed their complete contest show for the first time this year and did an awesome job! The Bulldog Band is getting ready for marching competition on October 14. More details on the exact time will be provided later. A video of this performance will be posted to the districts YouTube channel later this morning.

The crowd was also treated to another great performance by the varsity cheerleaders! This group gets better every week. The cheerleaders to an awesome job in supporting the Bulldogs!

Friday night also featured the crowning of the 2015 Homecoming Queen. The senior nominees were: Whitney Boerner, Chloe Moore, Jaci Warner, Gabi Corder, and Keairra Hargest. The 2015 Homecoming Queen for Eustace High School was Keairra Hargest. Congratulations to Keairra and all the nominees! A video of the ceremony will be available later this morning on the district’s YouTube channel.

Finally, our cross country teams competed at Ennis Saturday morning. The varsity boys dominated the 5A/6A division scoring only 45 points. The varsity girls were meet runner up in the 4A and under division. The JV boys were also meet runner up in the 5A/6A division and the JV Girls were meet champions in the 4A and under division.

This Week

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

Tuesday – TSI Testing; High School Volleyball v. Arp – 5:00 – Kirk Gym

Thursday – High School Cross Country at Lindale; JV and MS Football – Open

Friday – End 1st 6 Weeks; Middle School Book Fair starts; High School Volleyball at Rice 5:00; Varsity Football – Open

Saturday – Mesquite Marching Festival

I hope everyone has a great week!

Homecoming Friday

I want to extend a special welcome to all of our ex-students! We are glad to have you back!

The Homecoming Pep Rally is this morning at 9:00 at Bulldog Stadium. The parade of the campuses will start around 8:30.

The volleyball teams are in action today against Frankston. The varsity game will start at 4:30. The JV game will play after the varsity. Both games will be in the Kirk Gym.

The varsity football team will host Mildred tonight. Kickoff is set for 7:30. In addition to the football game, fans will also get to see our varsity cheerleaders and our band perform. The band is putting the finishing touches on their contest show.

At halftime, the homecoming court will be presented and the homecoming queen will be announced.

Tomorrow, our cross country teams will travel to Ennis.

I hope everyone has a great Homecoming Weekend!

Primary Gets Ready for Homecoming!

All the LITTLE BULLDOGS have been practicing their cheers all week in the gym every morning.  We are loud and proud!

HOMECOMING PARADE!!  All KINDERGARTENS, FIRST AND SECOND GRADERS will be joining the parade on Friday morning, September 25 around 8:30 a.m. at the bus loop.  We will all walk to the football stadium for the Pep Rally!  Wear your Purple and Gold and come join us.

Also, SECOND GRADE will have Family Reading Night next Tuesday, September 29 at 5:00 in the cafeteria.  Please join us for some special time with your family and reading together.  Refreshments and door prizes will be part of the fun!

Board Meeting Last Night

A quick reminder that our High School volleyball teams travel to West Rusk for a district contest today. The games are set to start at 4:30.

The Eustace ISD Board of Trustees held a public hearing and the regular monthly board meeting last night. The public hearing started at 6:45 and was held to discuss the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST) annual report. The Board had an opportunity to review the FIRST rating for 2014-2015 and the other disclosures required at the hearing. For 2014-2015, EISD had a perfect score on FIRST.

Following the FIRST hearing, the Board held its regular monthly meeting. The Board took the following actions at the meeting:

  • Approved the minutes of previous meetings.
  • Approved the financial reports as presented.
  • Approved the Campus Improvement Plans for 2015-2016.
  • Approved the Sale of Property as presented.
  • Approved the purchase of a vehicle for Eustace ISD Police Department.
  • Approved casting all four votes for T. A. Hale in the Van Zandt County Appraisal District election.
  • Accepted the retirement letter from Dr. Mack Saxon, Special Services Director, effective January 31, 2016.
  • Approved the employment of Cynthia Nieves as Middle School Night Custodian; Amy Strange, Special Needs Bus Driver; Lisa Anthony, Special Needs Aide at Primary; and, Jody Shue, maintenance.
  • Approved the transfer list as presented.
  • Approved the substitute lists as presented.
  • Adjourned

Flu Shot Clinic Information

Eustace ISD

Shot Clinic

Wednesday, September 23rd

7:30 AM until 8:30 AM in the Primary School Nurse’s Office

8:45 AM until 10:00 AM in the Middle School ISS Portable

Anderson Drugs from Athens will be providing the vaccines.

They will bill our TRS Insurance or Medicare (you must have Part A and Part B)

If you do not have the above Insurance Coverage the cost is $25.00 and must be paid at the time of injection.  You may bring your children but they must be over the age of 8 years.

Attached you will find the other vaccines available.  If you are wanting something other than a Flu Vaccine, please let me know no later than Tuesday, September 22nd at 3:00 PM.  This will ensure we have an adequate amount of the requested vaccines.

If you have any questions, please contact our school nurse, Pam Martin, at or by calling (903) 425-5191.

Vaccine Consent Form 2015 2016 Updated


Cross Country Results

Coach Josh Sypert has sent complete cross country results for High School and Middle School. The complete race results are attached at the end of this post.

The Eustace cross country teams competed in Canton Texas this weekend, September 19, 2015.

 The varsity boys placed first against 9 teams and 63 individuals in the 4A and under division. The Bulldogs were led by Ericsen Gudjohnsen who was meet champion and ran a 17:07, next was Zane Arambula who placed 3rd, Andrew Page place 5th, Brandon Richardson placed 7th, Gabe Purselley placed 12th, and Mike Wong placed 16th.

 The junior varsity boys placed first against 14 teams and 35 individuals. They were led by meet champion Nicholas Westbrook who ran a 19:07 5K time. Next was Ben Warren who placed 2nd, Cameron Carpenter who placed 3rd, Cade Yates who placed 4th, Micah Zimmerer who placed 6th, and Matthew Melton who placed 9th.

 The varsity girls placed second behind Fairfield and eight total teams and 68 individuals. They were led by Chanda Westbrook who placed second overall and ran a 12:37, next was Cara Hanson who placed 13th, Chloe Moore who placed 16th, Shelby White who placed 18th, Molly McAtee who placed 21st, and Skye Burns who placed 24th.

 The junior varsity girls placed first against six teams and 60 individuals. They were led by a pack of Bulldogs starting with overall champion Reese Thorne Who ran a 14:05, next was Lilly Sorrells who placed 2nd, Brooke McAtee who placed 3rd, Arian Mcdonald who placed 4th, Jacey Warner who placed 6th, Alyssa Shaddox who placed 7th, Gracie Woodland who placed 10th, Brooke Caldwell who placed 13th, Yasmine Washington who placed 14th, Breanna Ragan who placed 17th, and McKenzie Nolan who placed 24th.

 The Middle School girls placed second out of eight teams and 89 individuals. They were led by Macy Pennix who placed fourth, next was Avery Kyer who placed eighth, Sabrina Davis who placed 10th, Krisslyn Westbrook who placed 16th, Elexis Porte who plays 23rd, Jeanne Pickett who placed 24th, Jordan Romano who placed 26th, Georgia boots who plays 27th,Ashton Milner who placed 28, Bailey Holburt who placed 29th, Mattie Goodson who placed 48th, Ruby Bailey who placed 51st, Melissa Malan who placed 52nd, Katie Griffin who placed 62nd, and Haven Mahaffey who placed 82nd.

 The Middle School boys placed second out of 11 teams and 101 individuals. They were led by Dalton Page who placed second overall and ran a 12 minute 2-mile, next was John Saine who placed 13th, Nate Holland place 23rd, Trent Kirkpatrick placed 43rd, Michael Ballew placed 47, David Gilbreth placed 56, Cade Adair placed 70th, Jaden Lopez placed 71st, Danny Stout placed 74th, Kobe Hunt placed 84th, and Dylan Evans placed 85th.

 Canton CC Results


Public Hearing, Board Meeting, & This Week

The varsity football team lost a hard fought game to Scurry on Friday. The Bulldogs are now 2-2 on the year with the homecoming game against Mildred this Friday. This will be the last pre-district football game.

The volleyball teams improved to 3-0 in district with wins over Malakoff last Friday. The varsity team won 3-1 and the JV team won 2-1. The Lady Bulldogs travel to West Rusk on Tuesday and are back at home Friday to take on Frankston.

At this time, I do not have any official results for cross country.

Tonight, the Eustace School Board will hold a public hearing starting at 6:45 on the Financial Integrity Rating System of Texas (FIRST). The FIRST report grades the district on 10 financial indicators. A district can either pass or fail. In the past, the rating scale was different and there were more rating labels. I am pleased to report that EISD had a perfect score of 30 in 2014-2015. The 2014-2015 score is based on data from the 2013-2014 school year. Everyone is invited to come out for the public hearing tonight.

At 7:00 PM, the Eustace School Board will hold its regular September meeting. During the meeting, the Board will hear the following reports:

  • RevTrak
  • Comparison of Meals Served
  • Capital One Rebate
  • Performance Based Monitoring Analysis System Report
  • Texas Schools Property
  • Texas Municipal Report
  • STAAR 3-8 Math Results
  • 14-15 Campus Improvement Plans Evaluations
  • Enrollment

The Board will consider action on the following items:

  • Minutes from previous meetings.
  • Financial Reports
  • 2015-2016 Campus Improvement Plans
  • TASB Delegate
  • Sale of Property
  • Designs for Wall of Honor
  • Purchase of Vehicle for Police Department
  • Board of Directors for Van Zandt County Appraisal District
  • The Board will enter closed session to discuss personnel and student transfers. Any action taken by the Board on a closed session item will be made in open session.

Everyone is invited to come out for the regular board meeting.

This Week

This is Homecoming Week. There will be various activities at campuses throughout the week. The Homecoming Pep Rally will be Friday. The High School will start the parade at 8:30. The pep rally will be held at Bulldog Stadium. Everyone is invited to attend.

Monday – MS Volleyball at Malakoff – 4:30; Band Practice – 6:30 – 9:00; FIRST Public Hearing – 6:45; Regular Board Meeting – 7:00

Tuesday – Auditions for Middle School One Act Play; HS District Volleyball at West Rusk – 4:30

Wednesday – Flu Shot Clinic – 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM – Primary Nurse’s Office;  8:45 AM to 10:00 AM – Middle School; Cost is $25. Children must be over the age of 8 to receive vaccine.

Thursday – MS Football v. Mildred – 5:00; JV Football at Mildred – 6:00

Friday – Homecoming Pep Rally – 9:00 AM; HS District Volleyball v. Frankston – 4:30; Varsity Football v. Mildred – 7:30

Saturday – MS & HS Cross Country at Ennis

I hope everyone has a great week!


Fun in the Sun…


We have hit the ground running. Our students have been busy each day participating in class activities, completing class work and homework.  As they are learning what their job is here at the Intermediate School, we are giving a taste of all the fun things they can earn. For our students who had perfect attendance for the first two weeks of school we planned a Fun in the Sun Day.  Students were able to play on giant water slides and enjoy the fun of hanging out with their friends.  Also for students who are completing all their work, on time, and all week are earning Fun Friday.  Students have fun singing and dancing to music and hanging out with friends.

Though it may seem like all we do is play, we teaching our students the good things come by earning it, which entails completing their “jobs” in the classroom and coming to school on time and staying all day.