Friday's Events & Monday Holiday

Today is the end of the first six weeks. The second six weeks starts Tuesday, October 4.

Congratulations to the varsity girls and varsity boys cross country teams! The varsity girls placed 2nd in their division to Kaufman by one point. Kaufman is currently the #1 ranked team in the 4A girls conference. The boys placed 2nd in the 6A division behind College Station. Congratulations to all the runners and Coaches Josh Sypert and Kenneth Henderson.

The High School volleyball teams will host Edgewood today. The varsity will play first at 4:30.

The varsity football team travels to Teague tonight for a 7:30 kickoff. Fans will also get to see the varsity cheerleaders and the Mighty Bulldog Marching Band perform.

A reminder that Monday, October 3, is a school holiday. Classes will resume at regular times on Tuesday, October 4.

A reminder that you can sign up to receive text alerts by texting “Y” or “Yes” to 67587. You can also enable text messages by logging into your Family Access account, clicking on the Skylert tab, and entering a mobile number in the Text Messaging field.

I hope everyone has a great three-day weekend!

Scholarships; TSI Testing; PSAT

September 30, 2016-Don’t Text and Drive Scholarship is available high school freshman, sophomore, junior, or senior or a current or entering college or graduate school student of any level. Home schooled students are also eligible. There is no age limit. You must also be a U.S. citizen or legal resident.
How to apply:
Complete the application form at, including a 140-character message about texting while driving. The top 10 applications will be selected as finalists. The finalists will be asked to write a full length 500- to 1,000-word essay about texting while driving.

September 30, 2016- Create Real Impact Contest Awards are open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia between the ages of 14 and 22 years. Entrants must be enrolled as full-time students in an accredited educational institution (secondary [middle/high] school, trade school, college, or university). All applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply. Void where prohibited.
Car crashes are the #1 killer of teens in America, and the majority are preventable. Create Real Impact motivates young people to promote innovative and effective SOLUTIONS to the deadly epidemic of reckless and distracted driving. Entries are accepted in four formats (writing, art, music, and video) and three languages (English, Spanish, and American Sign Language). There are a total of 10 awards, ranging from $500 to $1500.

The focus is on reckless and distracted driving. While extremely dangerous and highly illegal, entries focused on drunk or drugged driving will NOT be accepted.
Go to Scholarship Application:
Create Real Impact Scholarship

September30, 2016- The ScholarshipPoints program was created in 2006 to help students win scholarships without the hassle of filling out paper applications and writing dozens of essays. is owned and operated by Edvisors, a company dedicated to helping students plan and pay for college. To date, Edvisors has given away more than $650,000 through the ScholarshipPoints program.
To be eligible:
1. You must be at least 13 years old and enrolled or will enroll in a college or university in the US.
2. You must be a legal resident of the U.S. or Puerto Rico.
Visit This Link

September 30, 2016- The VIP Voice Scholarship is now available for application. To be eligible for the VIP $5000 scholarship you must:
A) Must be at least 13 years of age or older.
B) Submit your entry by 11:59 pm ET on the day of the deadline.
C) You can submit multiple entries by following the instructions on the sponsors website Here.

October 17, 2016- The College JumpStart Scholarship is now available for application. To apply for the College JumpStart Scholarship you must meet the following requirements:
1) You are a high school 10th, 11th or 12th grader -OR- you are an undergraduate college student or non-traditional student. There are no age limits.
2) You are a U.S. citizen or legal resident.
3) You are currently attending or you are planning to attend an accredited two-year, four-year, community, vocational or trade school in the U.S. Online programs also qualify.
4) You must be committed to using education to better your life and that of your family and/or community.
The deadline for applying is April 15 (spring) or October 17 (fall).
How do I apply?
If you meet all of our eligibility requirements you can submit an online application. We do not have nor accept paper applications or applications sent by mail.

October 25, 2016-The National Scholarship Program is awarded to eligible students in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. National Scholars receive an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., during the spring of their senior year to participate in the National Scholars Conference. Recipients must attend the National Scholars Conference to receive the award.

To be eligible to apply for the Horatio Alger National Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:
A) Be enrolled full time as a high school senior in the United States; be progressing normally toward graduation in spring/summer of 2017 with plans to enter a college in the United States no later than the fall following graduation
B) Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree at an accredited non-profit public or private institution in the United States (students may start their studies at a two-year institution and then transfer to a four-year institution)
C) Demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required)
D) Be involved in co-curricular and community service activities
E) Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity
F) Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0; and
G) Be a United States citizen
To apply, visit This Link.
There is also information about state and career& Technical scholarships on this website.

October 31, 2016- THE COCA-COLA SCHOLARS PROGRAM SCHOLARSHIP is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors each year. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, and their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. With the 28th class in 2016, the Foundation has provided over 5,700 Coca-Cola Scholars with more than $60 million in educational support. 150 Coca-Cola Scholars are selected each year to receive this $20,000 scholarship.
Our application is open! If you are a current high school senior, you may apply here.
The application deadline is October 31, 2016.
Applicants must be:
• Current high school (or home-schooled) seniors attending school in the United States (or select DoD schools)
• U.S. Citizens, U.S. Nationals, U.S. Permanent Residents, Refugees, Asylees, Cuban-Haitian Entrants, or Humanitarian Parolees
• Anticipating completion of high school diploma at the time of application
• Planning to pursue a degree at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution
• Carrying a minimum 3.00 GPA at the end of their junior year of high school

October 31, 2016-CARiD is giving away $1,000 to offset your educational expenses for college! Just getting the essentials can add up quickly and CARiD wants to help – books, food, backpacks, some sweet spinners for your commuter vehicle, or whatever else you need to get ready for school! Most importantly – CARiD believes in higher education and wants to help you achieve your goals!
How do I apply?
Create a photo inspired by any aspect of the automotive industry and email it to Here are some ideas to get you started: Your first car, custom modifications you’ve made, something that makes your vehicle unique, or the coolest vehicle you’ve ever seen – we’re looking forward to your creativity!

Photos can be cropped, spliced, or edited however you see fit
Photos must be relevant to the automotive industry
Who can apply?
Any current US student who:

Is enrolled in post-secondary education in the upcoming semester
Is between the ages of 16 and 20
Is not a CARiD employee
Is not related to an employee of CARiD or its partners
When can I apply?
Two scholarships will be awarded each year:
Spring entries must be received before midnight on April 30
Fall entries must be received before midnight on October 31

Who will win?
We’re looking for the most creative, inspiring, and thought provoking photos! So get to work and show us what you’ve got! The winning photo will be published here, on, and our other social media pages.

They will pick their favorite photo, and send a check for $1,000 to the winner!
Winners will be announced on May 15 (spring program) and November 15 (fall program)
Apply here:
Email your photo as a JPG file to
Your email must include the following:
First and last name
Phone number
Email address
School that you’re attending
Other Rules and Regulations:
All submitted photos must be original work of the submitter. Only one photo may be entered per student, per semester. Duplicate entries will be disqualified. All scholarships are non-renewable. CARiD reserves the right to use your submitted content on our website, social media pages, or other marketing sites. Winners will be notified via email, and announced publicly on this page, as well as CARiD social media pages. Students must show proof of enrollment to receive award. more details on –

The next TSI test will be given at Eustace High School on Tuesday, October 18. Sophomores, juniors and seniors, may sign up. Freshmen may sign up if they are interested in taking welding classes. Students may visit the following websites for study materials:

Eustace ISD will pay for the first 2 attempts to take the test. After that, the student must pay the $30.00 test fee, each time they test.

The PSAT will be given to all sophomores taking English 2 on Wednesday, October 19, 2016. Study guides were given to students in their English class approximately 2 weeks ago.

This Week

Friday Night Recap

The Lady Bulldogs hosted Quitman Friday afternoon. Quitman came into the match ranked #12 in the state by the coaches poll. The Lady Bulldogs won the first game in the match and played some of their best volleyball of the year. Although the Lady Bulldogs lost the match 3-1, they are definitely getting better. The Lady Bulldogs travel to Scurry this Tuesday.

The varsity football team lost a hard fought district contest to Groesbeck 18-15 Friday night. The Bulldogs never gave up and fought to the very end. The Bulldogs will travel to Teague this Friday.

The Mighty Bulldog Marching Band performed their entire halftime show for the first time this season. A video of the performance will be posted to the district’s YouTube channel later today. The band is working hard to improve each day. This Saturday, the Bulldog Band performs in their first marching contest. The band travels to Mesquite for the Mesquite Marching Festival. The Bulldog Band is scheduled to perform at 1:00.

The varsity cheerleaders did a great job throughout the game on Friday. However, the highlight was their halftime patriotic performance. If you did not get a chance to see this routine, a video of their performance will be added to the district’s YouTube channel later today.

This Week

As hard as it is to believe, this is the last week of the 1st six weeks.

Monday – School Pictures – Intermediate; Band Practice – 6:30 – 9:00; MS Volleyball v. Edgewood

Tuesday – 2nd Grade Family Game Night – 5:00 – 6:00; HS District Volleyball at Scurry – 4:30

Thursday – Cross Country at Grand Prairie; MS Football v. Malakoff – 5:00; JV Football v. Teague

Friday – End 1st 6 Weeks; HS District Volleyball v. Edgewood – 4:30; Varsity District Football at Teague – 7:30

Saturday – Mesquite Marching Festival

Monday, October 3 – School Holiday

I hope everyone has a great week!

The Wizard of Oz by L. Frank Baum adapted by V. Glasgow Koste


Pictured from Left to Right: 9th, Joshua Hardy as the Scarecrow, 9th, Hunter Stipe as the Woodman, and Cheyenne Walters as Dorothy.

Don’t miss out on this interactive storytelling adventure of the family classic “The Wizard of Oz!” written by L. Frank Baum and adapted by V. Glasgow Koste. This year’s play is a special event as the play is presented by the Eustace High School Theater Production class and student directed by senior, Emma Lopez along with teacher, Tammy Harvey.  Students created the light design, sound design, and overall concept for the play and have had only five short weeks to produce this fun and family friendly production. October 1st & 2nd at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $5 for adults, $3 for students, and $2 for children under 12. Let your imagination take you down the yellow brick road with us!

Produced by special arrangement with The Dramatic Publishing Company of Woodstock, ILL.

UT Tyler Events; Scholarships

UT Tyler has several events going on that may be of interest for some:

October 18, 2016-Financial Aid and Scholarship Night from 6-8 pm in the University Center Ballroom. There will be financial aid and scholarship presentations and hands on assistance with FAFSA completion, as well as student financial planning. There will also be two $1,000 scholarships given away – must be present to win. To register, click on this link

November 5, 2016- Patriot Preview Day from 8:30 am to 1pm. This is an opportunity for students and parents to visit the campus, meet faculty, staff and students and ask college related question. To register, click on this link

November 30, 2016- The Caption Scholarship is a $500 award for graduating seniors who plan to attend a college/university in the fall of 2017, and have a GPA of at least a 2.5. to apply, visit

December 1, 2016- The 10 Words or Less Scholarship is a $500 award for students ages 14-25 who will be attending school in the fall of 2017. To apply click on this link:

December 15, 2016- The Points Scholarship will be awarded to ten recipients, in the amount of $10,000 each. Eligible applicants include students who are at least 13 and plan to enroll in a college or university in the U.S. To apply click on this link:

June 2, 2017- The Got A Spine Scholarship is a $500 award for a student planning to attend a college or university no later than October 2017. They must also have a GPA of no lower than a 2.5 during their last academic year to apply, click on this link

June 15, 2017- The Global Lift Equipment Scholarship of $500 is available to a student who is currently attending or planning to attend a post-secondary institution no later than the Fall of 2017. Detailed instructions for this scholarship can be found at

June 30, 2017- The Lift Parts Express Scholarship of $500 is available to a student who is currently a senior in high school and expected to enroll in a college or university by the fall of 2017. To apply, click on this link-

Budget Overview, Part 2 – I & S Funds

In the first post on the district’s 2016-2017 budget, we looked at the Maintenance and Operation’s side of the budget. Today, we will look at the Interest and Sinking (I & S) portion of the budget.

The I & S budget serves one purpose: it pays for the voter approved bonds that were issued for construction projects. Currently, the district has an outstanding debt amount of $10,060,000. The proceeds from these bonds were used to fund renovations throughout the district a few years ago and to build the Kirk Gym and the new transportation facility. The last payment on these bonds will be made on August 15, 2030. That date could change if any of these bonds are refinanced again. Since the original issuance of these bonds, the district has refinanced them at a lower interest rate that has literally saved the district, and the taxpayers of this district, hundreds of thousands of dollars.

EISD’s adopted tax rate for 2016-2017 is $1.23. Of that overall rate, $0.19 is used to pay for the bonds. The money raised by the $0.19 tax can only be used to pay for voter approved bonds. The proceeds of this I & S tax are kept in a totally different fund than the funds raised through the $1.04 M & O rate. For the 2016-2017 school year, EISD will be required to make a principal payment of $565,000 and an interest payment of $336,825. The principal amount and a portion of the interest amount is paid in February. The remaining interest amount is paid in August.

As always, if you have any questions, concerns, or comments about how our I & S funds work, please do not hesitate to contact me at



High School Aerospace Scholars

The High School Aerospace Scholars application is now open at
High School Aerospace Scholars (HAS) is a NASA unique opportunity for juniors who are interested in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) at no cost to participants.
Selected students will participate in an interactive, online course during the school year that culminates in an all-expense-paid trip to NASA’s Johnson Space Center in the summer. During the online course, students will investigate space exploration challenges by creating technical drawings, solving math problems, and participating in discussion forums with NASA engineers and scientists. Texas certified teachers guide students through the online curriculum and grade their work. After a competitive review of online material completed and submitted, selected students are invited to Johnson Space Center. Throughout this six day trip, participants will work with NASA mentors to complete engineering design challenges and plan a mission to Mars. Students will be briefed on the past, present, and future of space exploration by NASA engineers, scientists, and special guests while touring NASA’s facilities.
For more information and application deadlines, please visit the HAS website at

School Board Meeting

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 HS library. During the meeting, the Board took the following actions:

  • Approved the resignation of board member Sonny Hodge.
  • Appointed David Morton to vacant position on the board.
  • Approved the minutes of previous board meetings.
  • Approved the financial reports as presented.
  • Approved the Campus Improvement Plans as presented.
  • Approved the bid from J & L Technologies for fiber optic upgrade throughout the district.
  • Approved a bid from CDI for 30 teacher laptops.
  • Approved Local Policy Update 106.
  • Approved the employment of Sherry Landrum as a teacher at the Middle School, JB Whitt as night custodian at the Middle School, and Howard Thorn as night custodian at the High School.
  • Approved the update to the substitute list as presented.
  • Approved student transfers as presented.
  • Adjourned.


Outgoing Board Member Sonny Hodge with family and friends
Outgoing Board Member Sonny Hodge with family and friends
New Board Member David Morton
New Board Member David Morton