Middle School News

It has been a great start to the school year at EMS. We have a wonderful group of students, parents, and teachers and we are all looking forward to a great year. Things are already very busy. Something new for us this year is our OFFICIAL Eustace Middle School Facebook page. Please “like” our page to keep up with more news, photos, and maybe even a chuckle or two.

There are lots of things coming up…

  • Progress reports will be sent home tomorrow 9/17
  • Tomorrow 9/17 is also our 1st Pep Rally of the year. It will start at 2:00 in the main EMS gym. Parents and guests are welcome to attend. Please arrive 15-20 minutes early and check in at the office to receive you visitor’s badge. A valid state ID or drivers license will be needed.
  • Our EMS Football teams will be in action at Scurry-Rosser tomorrow evening. The 7th grade game begins at 5:00. The 8th grade game will follow.
  • Our Cross Country teams will compete in Canton Saturday morning.
  • Our Volleyball teams will play at Malakoff Monday 9/21

Again, please “like” our Facebook page for more information.

The Week at Eustace Primary

*KINDERGARTEN PARENTS!  Please join us tonight at 5:00 p.m. in the Primary School cafeteria.  The teachers will be sharing details about procedures and expectations for our year in Kindergarten.  There will also be a time to ask questions and meet with your child’s teacher after the meeting.  Don’t miss it! The class with the most students here will win a Coke Party tomorrow!

*LOVE and LOGIC PARENT TRAINING is starting tomorrow, Wednesday, Sept. 16 between 8:30-10:30.  This will be a six week session covering a wide variety of parenting strategies and ideas.  Normally, this training is $150.00 – but will only cost our parents $10.00 for the workbook.  This is a great opportunity for all parents.  Child care is available if needed.  Please contact Sandy Sowers if you have any questions.

*CELEBRATE FREEDOM PARADE on FRIDAY, Sept. 18 at 8:30 on the Intermediate Bus loop.  All of the students at Primary will be marching with the Eustace High School Band and Varsity cheerleaders.  Your children will be the stars of this exciting celebration of our wonderful USA!!  Please dress your kids in RED, WHITE, and BLUE.  Don’t miss some special moments to make some memories with your precious children!



Too Noisy for Comfort?

via Engaging the Digital Natives by Jerri Davis

Do you hesitate to allow group work in your classroom because the noise level is too hard to control? Bouncy Balls is a fun site to help monitor the noise level in your classroom.  This site is a visual aid for students to see how the noise level affects the balls.

Bouncy Balls uses the computer’s microphone and as the noise level rises the balls bounce faster and higher, but as the noise level lessens then the balls move less.  Bouncy Balls allows you to adjust the number of balls that are seen for what best suits your classroom needs.  You can fill the screen with balls or have as few as 25 balls.  Bouncy Balls also allows you to change from balls to bubbles, emojis, and eyeballs.

Bouncy Balls is fun way to make students aware of the noise they are producing and hopefully to self correct.  I will warn you students will want to make noise in the beginning just to see the balls bounce! I think Bouncy Balls is definitely worth checking out.

Full Cross Country Results

Our head cross country coach, Josh Sypert, provided a full account of the cross country results from Friday:

The cross country teams competed at Lear Park, in Longview, TX at the Hallsville Cross Country Invite on Friday, September 5, 2015.

The varsity girls ran two varsity teams in the 4A and under division. The gold varsity team placed 1st competing against 32 teams and 203 individuals. They were led by Chanda Westbrook who placed first and ran a 12:23, next was a pack of Bulldogs, Shelby White who placed 9th, Chloe Moore who placed 10th, Cara Henson placed 11th, Destinie Culpepper placed 12th, and Skye Burns placed 15th. The purple varsity team placed fourth out of the 32 team represented there, only missing second behind our gold team by 11 points, they were led by Molly McAtee who placed 23rd, next was Reese Thorne who placed 27th, Brooke McAtee placed 35th, Arian Mcdonald, placed 39th, Jacey Warner placed 40th, and Alyssa Shaddox place 47th.

The varsity boys had two varsity teams as well; one team competed in the open division (6A and under) and one team competed in the 4A and under division. The gold varsity team placed fourth out of 18 teams and 147 individuals. They were led by Ericsen Gudjohnsen who placed third overall and ran a 17:06, next was Brandon Richardson who placed 26th, Zane Arambula placed 30th, Gabe Purselley placed 33rd, and Andrew Page placed 50th. In the 4A and under division, the purple varsity team placed 2nd out of 28 teams and 234 individuals. They were led by Mike Wong who placed 16th, next was Bucky Womble who placed 21st, then Ben Warren and Nick Westbrook placed 25th and 26th, Cade Yates finished 47th, Cameron Carpender finished 50th, Micah Zimmerer finish 65th, and Matthew Melton finished 104th.

The JV girls placed 2nd out of 16 teams and 161 individuals. They were led by Lilly Sorrells who placed 5th, next was Yasmine Washington who placed 7th, Breanna Ragan finished 16th, Gracie Woodland finished 46th, MacKenzie Nolan finished 49th, and Brooke Caldwell finished 90th.

The Bulldog Cross Country team competes in Canton this Saturday, September 19, 2015.




Friday Night and This Week

Wow! What a great Friday for our Bulldogs! To start things off, our cross country teams competed in a Friday meet at Hallsville. The varsity girls placed 1st in their division and I believe we had another team actually place 4th in that division. The varsity boys placed 4th in open division.

Friday afternoon, the volleyball teams opened district play with a clean sweep of Troup. The varsity girls won 3-0, the JV A team won 2-0, and the JV B team won 2-1.

The day concluded with a huge crowd watching the Bulldogs take on the team from Mabank. The Bulldogs prevailed in a good, hard fought football game 20-17. The Bulldogs improved their record to 2-1 on the year. The great crowd also got to see the Varsity Cheerleaders perform throughout the game and got to see and hear the Mighty Bulldog Marching Band.

I want to give special recognition to all the people that came out and supported the Bulldogs in the gym and at the football game. You made the difference! It was so loud at times that neither the PA system nor the band could be heard!

The weekend concluded with our Middle School volleyball team’s both earning second place finishes in the tournament that was held in Eustace!

Congratulations to everyone involved for a great Friday and a great Saturday!

This Week:

This is our annual Celebrate Freedom Week. There will be various activities throughout the week at all the campuses. The activities will culminate with the annual Celebrate Freedom Parade on Friday. The parade will start at 8:30 at the Intermediate bus loop.

The Primary will be hosting its annual fall Book Fair all week. Everyone is invited to come up and browse the great selection of books.

Also, the Primary will be doing 1st grade Guided Reading testing throughout the week.

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

Tuesday – Kindergarten Parent Meeting; HS District Volleyball at Mildred – 4:30

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

Friday – Celebrate Freedom Parade – 8:30 – Intermediate Bus Loop; High School District Volleyball at Malakoff – 4:30; High School Football at Scurry – 7:30

Saturday – Band Jazz Auditions at Crandall; HS Cross Country at Canton; MS Cross Country at Blooming Grove

I hope everyone has a great week!


Pat Frazier

Dear Friends,

By now, you have heard of the passing of Pat Frazier. Pat was an English teacher at the High School last year. Although her illness kept her away for awhile, she was very much a part of our Eustace family. In addition to teaching here, Pat was always a great supporter of this district and of the children in this district. While she may be gone  physically, her spirit will always live on in this district. I want to say a special thank you to Pat’s family for sharing her with us.

Services will be held tomorrow at 10:00 AM at the First Baptist Church in Eustace. A viewing is scheduled for this evening from 6:00 – 8:00 at Eubanks Funeral Home in Mabank.

Friday's Events

Our Middle School football teams got off to a great start yesterday. The 7th grade game against Mabank was more of a scrimmage with no official score kept. The 7th grade performed well for their first game! The 8th grade Bulldogs beat Mabank 18-6 to open up their 2015 football season. Congratulations to both Middle School teams!

The JV football team lost their game against Mabank.

The cross country teams are traveling to Hallsville today for a Friday meet. The first race will begin around 9:00 AM.

Today, the 2nd grade is having their Grandparent’s Lunch at the Primary Cafeteria. Today is also the first day of the Book Fair at the Primary.

Today at 4:30, the Eustace Lady Bulldogs start district volleyball play against Troup. The varsity will play first at 4:30. The two JV teams will play immediately after the varsity is completed.

At 7:30, the varsity football team will kickoff against Mabank. In addition to a great football game, fans will get to see the Mighty Bulldog Marching Band and the varsity cheerleaders.

I invite everyone to come out and support the Lady Bulldogs, the Bulldog football team, the band and the cheerleaders.

Also, a reminder that Eustace Middle School will be hosting a volleyball tournament on Saturday.

I hope everyone has a great weekend!

News from First Three Weeks at Primary


It has been a busy three weeks to start the year at Eustace Primary!

We enjoyed being with our wonderful parents at Parent Camp yesterday.  There were 74 parents in attendance getting information about our school and ways they can be involved  Our precious 4 year old classes entertained us with rhythms and music.  If you were not able to attend, please see me.  We have extra folders with all the information we shared.  Just come by the office!  Mrs. Cooper’s class has won a party for having the most parents there with 19!

Last week we had our 2nd Grade Parent meeting with 43 parents.  The teachers shared specific information about second grade procedures and expectations.  Homework binders, AR certifications, and upcoming events were just some of the topics covered  Mrs. Stephens had the most parents at that meeting.  We will have our 1st Grade Parent meeting tonight at 5:00 in the cafeteria, and next week will be the Kindergarten Parent meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 15, also at 5:00.  Please join us and find out all the ways we can work together with your children!

What a tremendous way to start the new year!  Several classes have already had PERFECT ATTENDANCE!  Special recognition, a certificate and extra recess was given to:MRS. SUTTON’S CLASS -TWO WEEKS with NO ONE ABSENT

MRS. STEPHENS, MRS. TEMPLE’s and MRS. KIRKHART’s classes have also had perfect attendance last week!  Tomorrow there is going to be a drawing for four FREE tickets and four HOT DOGS and DRINKS for the students who have not missed a day since school started.  We are so proud of all of our LITTLE BULLDOGS!!

Parents!!! Please let me know you are reading my BLOG!  If you have any questions, please contact me at dshaffer@eustaceisd.net.


This Week

Congratulations to the Bulldogs varsity football team on their great victory Friday night over Sunnyvale 45-28. The Bulldogs managed one of the hardest feats in football: they kept the ball the entire 3rd quarter! This was one of the best overall team efforts in recent years. A great tribute to the hard work and dedication of our athletes. Congratulations to the players and coaches on this win!

In cross country, the varsity boys team placed second at the Tyler Cross Country Meet to 6A Tyler Lee. The varsity girls A Team dominated their race and the B Team also placed 5th overall. The JV boys placed 2nd to Tyler Lee in their division. Congratulations to all the cross country teams on coaches on another great performance!

I also want to recognize the cheerleaders and band for their support and performances at the game Friday night. Both groups did a great job!

I hope everyone had a safe and relaxing Labor Day Holiday. There are lots of events scheduled this week:

The 2nd grade will be doing their Guided Reading testing throughout this week.

Tuesday – Auditions for A Mid-Summer Night’s Dream 3:45-5:00; Band Practice – 6:30 – 9:00; HS VB at Kemp

Wednesday – MS Fall Pictures

Thursday – 1st Grade Parent Meeting – 5:00 – 6:00; MS Football v. Mabank – 5:00; JV Football at Mabank – 6:00;

Friday – 2nd Grade Grandparent Lunch; Primary Book Fair Starts; HS Cross Country at Hallsville; HS District Volleyball v. Troup – 4:30; Varsity Football v. Mabank – 7:30

Saturday – Eustace Middle School VB Tournament

I hope everyone has a great week!