Top Kids for the First Semester Celebrate…

Last week, I had the honor to spend the day with the Intermediate School’s top students. These twenty kids worked hard to earn Perfect Attendance, All As, and 95 or above in Conduct for the first three 6 Weeks of school. These kids worked hard during class, listened and followed directions, and came to school everyday!

To celebrate their accomplishments these students had the privilege of bringing their favorite electronic devices from home and spent the day playing games, participating in a special art project, extra PE, going to McDonald’s and playing at the park.

This was a great group of kids and I enjoyed spending the day with them. Congratulations to each of you on your accomplishments, I am very proud of each one of you.

 top kids

3rd grade: Madilyn Andrews, Gracie Holland, Evey Lopez, Madie Henderson, Ranger McKee, Brandt Powers, Autumn Pugh, Danika Rolison, Lylus Woods

4th grade: Aiden Douglas, Cannon Kilcrease, Lydia Stogner, Abby Weatherford

5th grade: Brady Griffin, Alec Holland, Lyra Landrum, Thomas Paschall, Avery Reeve, Raige Row, Angel Worth

A VERY Important Ability!!

I believe everyone is blessed with unique abilities. Some have special abilities to understand Math and Science. Some have incredible abilities in Reading and Writing. The ability to get along with others and be a good friend is amazing. Still others display incredible abilities in athletics, raising animals, working with children. The list goes on and on.

All these abilities can be severely limited, however, without one of the most important abilities … dependability!! In school dependability is most clearly expressed in exemplary attendance, being on time, being at every practice and rehearsal, etc…. Students at Eustace Middle School and Eustace ISD in general have very good attendance, but this is without question the most difficult time of the year to maintain exemplary attendance. With cold weather and the post holiday “blahs” it is easy for students to get into the habit of “not wanting to come to school.” Every little ache, pain, or discomfort seems to get magnified for all of us.

Let’s ALL make every effort to maintain excellent attendance during this most challenging time of the year!!!

This Week

I hope everyone had a great three day weekend!

The girls and boys power lifting teams opened the year up with a strong performance at the Van meet. Overall, the Eustace girls team placed 1st and the boys team placed 3rd! Sunni Goodell and Marshella Padgett were best overall lifters in their class. Congratulations to all the lifters on a great start to the season!

This Week

Tuesday – High School Boys and Girls District Basketball v. Mildred – 5:00

Thursday – Middle School Boys and Girls Basketball – Boys v Frankston & Girls at Frankston – 5:00

Friday – All Region Clinic at Canton; High School Boys and Girls District Basketball v. Arp – 5:00

Saturday – Power lifting at Normangee – 9:00

I hope everyone has a great week!

Board Meeting Last Night

Last night, the Eustace ISD Board of Trustees held their regular monthly meeting. The meeting started at 7:00 PM and was held in the High School library. In celebration of School Board Recognition Month, before the meeting started, the Board enjoyed a meal prepared by the Intermediate School, desserts prepared by the Primary School, decorations prepared by the Middle School, and goody bags provided by the High School. During the meeting, each Board Member received a certificate thanking them for their dedication to the students of EISD.

The EISD Board of Trustees:

Gary Walsh, President

Ashley McKee, Vice President

Bobby Ashton, Secretary

Cotton Walker, Member

Sonny Hodge, Member

Steven Bell, Member

Jimmy Kirkhart, Member

During the meeting, the Board heard the following reports:

  • RevTrak Report
  • TVCC Costs for Fall 2015
  • Date of Employee Appreciation Banquet – April 25, 2016
  • Update on Ag Science Building
  • Enrollment & Attendance

The Board took action on the following items:

  • Approved the minutes of previous meetings.
  • Approved the financial reports as presented.
  • Approved the new color for the Administration Building roof.
  • Approved using up to $17,000 of Title I and Title II funds for technology.
  • Approved the design of the new electronic sign and requested estimates and proposals.
  • Approved the changes to FFA(Local)
  • Approved the employment of Christina Galvan, Food Service and Brett Powers, Diagnostician for the 2016-2017 school year.
  • Approved the Substitute List as presented.
  • Approved the Transfer List as presented.
  • Reviewed the evaluation of the superintendent and extended by one year the superintendent’s contract.
  • Adjourned


Cheerleaders Place 6th in State!

In the first year of the UIL Spirit Competition, the Eustace High School Cheerleaders placed 6th in Conference 3A out of over 50 teams. The competition took place yesterday at UT Arlington. The competition consisted of a preliminary round and a finals round. In order to qualify for the finals, all squads had to compete in three events: Crowd Leading, Fight Song, and Band Dance. Based on the scores in the preliminary round, teams were then advanced to the final round. A total of twenty teams advanced to the finals.

According to the UIL website, the EHS Cheerleaders received the following scores in the preliminary round: 52.5 in Band Dance (5th best), 60 in Fight Song (tied for 6th best), and 81.5 in Crowd Leading. This gave the Bulldog squad a total of 194 points in preliminary round. At the time of this writing, the final scores have not been posted on the UIL website.

I want to congratulate all the EHS Cheerleaders on the hard work and dedication they put in for this competition. They spent a lot of early mornings practicing!! Congratulations to the cheerleading sponsors Melanie Tanner and Amanda Planeta on the all the time and effort put in developing and teaching the routines. Finally, a special thank you to all the parents and other relatives and friends who have supported our cheerleaders throughout the practices and at the competition.

EISD is Bulldog Proud of our cheerleaders!!

Intermediate's UIL Winners Recognized

I want to congratulate our UIL Academics District Winners! We were able to recognize our winners this morning in the gym.  Our winners included:  5th Grade:  Social Studies: 1st Place Brady Griffin; Art:  1st Place Ryan McKee with the team placing 3rd;   Dictionary: 6th Place Jordan Faz with the team placing 3rd; Listening Skills: 4th Place Michael Murphy with the team placing 3rd; Music Memory: 4th Place Andrew Cox; 5th Place Brady Griffin; 6th Place Hayden Koonce with the team placing 2nd; Number Sense: 4th Place Angel Worth with the team placing 3rd; Oral Reading: 6th Place Avery Reeve; Ready Writing: 1st Place Chloe Hinkle; 3rd Place Lyra Landrum; 4th Place Emma Bell; and Spelling: 3rd Place Aiden Wilkinson; 6th Place Ryan McKee with the team placing 2nd;  4th Grade:  Music Memory:  6th Place Trenton Estes with the team placing 3rd; Number Sense: 1st Place Cannon Kilcrease; 6th Place Jadie Milner with the team placing 1st; Oral Reading: 1st Place Abby Weatherford; 3rd Place Destiny Potter; 6th Place Bailey Holley; Ready Writing: 2nd Place Aiden Douglas; 4th Place Abby Weatherford; 6th Place Lawson Thompson; Spelling: 3rd Place Damion Caudle with the team placing 3rd; 3rd Grade:  Music Memory: 1st Place Brandt Powers; 5th Place Payton Miller with the team placing 2nd; Ready Writing: 1st Place Cole Carpenter; Spelling: 4th Place Jordan Smith; 6th Place Ranger McKee with the team placing 3rd; and Storytelling: 3rd Place Cole Carpenter; 4th Place Mattie Patek.

As you can see Eustace Intermediate has many reasons to be proud!  Good job boys and girls! Keep up the good work!


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Basketball, Cheerleading, and This Week

With a 49-37 win against Frankston last Friday, the varsity girls improved to 5-0 in district. Today, the Lady Bulldogs will host Malakoff. The Lady Tigers are also 5-0 in district play. The games were moved from Tuesday to Monday to accommodate the cheerleading competition that will take place on Wednesday. The JV boys will tip off at 5:00 PM today. The varsity girls will follow at approximately 6:15. The varsity boys will play after the girls game is completed.

For the first time ever, the UIL will host Spirit Championships to showcase the talents of cheerleading squads throughout the state. The 3A competition will take place this Wednesday at the College Park Center on the campus of the University of Texas at Arlington. The Eustace squad has been practicing for weeks in preparation for the UIL competition. The Bulldog Cheerleaders are scheduled to perform their Band Dance at 9:42 AM, their Sideline Cheer at 11:57 AM, and their Fight Song routine at 2:39 PM. All the teams are competing for a opportunity to qualify for the finals. Finals are scheduled to start at 4:45 on Wednesday. There will be an admission charge to enter and a parking fee. For one day, the entry fee is $18.75 and the parking fee will be $15. Good luck to the Bulldog Cheerleaders!

This Week

Throughout this week, the 2nd grade will be doing Guided Reading testing.

Monday – High School boys and girls basketball v, Malakoff – 5:00 PM

Wednesday – Intermediate School Skating; Spirit Competition – UT Arlington

Thursday – Intermediate School Semester Awards; MS Boys basketball at Arp – 5:00; MS Girls basketball v. Arp – 5:00; Board Meeting – HS Library – 7:00

Friday – High School boys and girls basketball at West Rusk – 5:00

Saturday – Power Lifting at Van – 9:00 AM

I hope everyone has a great week!

School Board Recognition Month

January is School Board Recognition Month. It is a time to publically thank the men and women that devote countless hours to ensuring that the students in EISD receive a World-Class Education. School Board Recognition Month also provides an opportunity to acknowledge some of the programs that have been developed through the leadership of our Board.

We are now in the second year of our TVCC Scholarship Program. Through this program, our juniors and seniors are able to take dual credit, college credit, and certification courses through TVCC at no cost. The EISD Board provides for the tuition and the materials necessary for these courses. In the fall of 2015, EISD had over 60 students enrolled in over 120 courses.

EISD is also in the process of building a new Ag Mechanics building. Once completed, EISD, in partnership with TVCC, will be able to offer a 4 year welding certification program.

This past summer, the Board approved participation in the Community Eligibility Provision. In EISD, this program allows all students in grades PK – 8 to eat breakfast and lunch at no cost.

I encourage everyone to take a few minutes to thank the members of the Eustace ISD School Board. The members of the EISD School Board are:

Gary Walsh, Board President

Ashley McKee, Board Vice President

Bobby Ashton, Board Secretary

Cotton Walker, Board Member

Sonny Hodge, Board Member,

Steven Bell, Board Member

Jimmy Kirkhart, Board Member


I'm Excited to See Everyone Back…

I am so excited to see everyone back for the 2nd Semester.  Our first semester was busy with pep rallies, Pumpkin Patch, fundraisers, Fun in the Sun Day, and Fun Fridays.  The semester just flew by.

We ended our first semester with Perfect Attendance drawings and Money-Aire competitions.  The Winner of the 3rd 6-Weeks Perfect Attendance Bicycle was Cotey McLemee and the Winner of the Semester Perfect Attendance Bicycle was Lexie Brooks.  The winners of our first Money-Aire competition this year were: 3rd Grade: Edgar Izaguirre; 4th Grade: Brodie Norton; and 5th Grade: Avery Reeve.   We wrapped up the last day of the 1st semester with Jump for George.  We had several students who participated and went home with multiple $1 dollar bills.  All of these students earned the right to participate in these events because they each had perfect attendance.  I tell my students all the time that the easiest way to earn a prize at Eustace Intermediate is to BE HERE!

Today during Fun Friday we drew for our 3rd Six Weeks All As and 1st Semester All As winners and we had siblings win! Congratulations to Gracie and Alec Holland!

The second semester will be just a busy as the first.  We have plans for field trips, more drawings, more Fun Friday, and many more special treats; while also making time for classes, homework, and testing and it will all be over before you know it.





Welcome Back and This Week

I hope everyone had a great Christmas break! I wish everyone a very Happy New Year! During the break, our varsity girls basketball team recorded two more district wins. They are now 3-0 in district play. The JV girls are also 3-0 in district. The varsity boys team opened district play with an exciting overtime win against Troup! District play continues tomorrow against Rice. The games will be played in Eustace and are scheduled to start at 5:00.

Today is a staff workday. Tomorrow is the official start of the 4th 6 weeks. Report cards will go home this Thursday.

Eustace will be hosting a cheerleading competition this Thursday, January 7, starting at 5:00 PM in the Kirk Gym. The competition will be similar to the state competition that takes place January 13.

Monday – Staff Workday

Tuesday – Start of 4th 6 Weeks; HS Basketball v. Rice – 5:00;

Thursday – Perfect Attendance and Right Choice Treats – Intermediate; Report cards issued; MS Boys Basketball v. Troup & MS Girls Basketball at Troup – 5:00; Cheerleader Competition – 5:00 – Kirk Gym

Friday – HS Boys and Girls Basketball at Frankston – 5:00

I hope everyone has a great week!