Volleyball, Cross Country, This Week, and Board Meeting Tonight

The varsity volleyball team lost their district match against Kemp 3-2 on Friday. The Lady Bulldogs are now 2-1 in district play. The High School volleyball teams will travel to Alba-Golden on Tuesday and will host Quitman this Friday.

The cross country teams continued their dominance by winning all four divisions at the New Summerfield meet this past Saturday! The Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs travel to Ennis on Saturday for their next meet.

This Week

Monday – MS Volleyball v. Kemp; FFA Meeting 6:00 PM; Board Meeting – HS Library – 7:00

Tuesday – HS District Volleyball at Alba-Golden – 4:30; Band Practice – 6:30 – 9:00

Thursday – 7th Grade Football at Edgewood – 5:00; 8th Grade Football at Scurry – 5:00; JV Football at Groesbeck – 6:00

Friday – Celebrate Freedom Parade – Intermediate Bus Loop; High School District Volleyball v. Quitman – 4:30; Varsity District Football v. Groesbeck – 7:30

Saturday – High School & Middle School Cross Country at Ennis

Board Meeting Tonight

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

The Board will hear the following reports:

  • RevTrak Report
  • Performance Based Monitoring Analysis System (PBMAS) Report
  • 2015-2016 Campus Improvement Plans Evaluations
  • Update on Accountability
  • Enrollment Update

The Board will consider action on the following items:

  • Resignation of Board Member Sonny Hodge
  • Appointment to Fill Vacant Board Position
  • Minutes of Previous Meetings
  • Financial Reports
  • 2016-2017 Campus Improvement Plans
  • Bids for Fiber Optic Upgrades
  • Bids for Teacher Laptops
  • Nomination to Henderson County Appraisal District Board of Directors
  • Local Policy Update 106
  • The Board will enter closed session to consider personnel and student transfers. Any action taken on a closed session item will be made in open session.

I hope everyone has a great week!


Dual Credit students Attention; Scholarships

Any dual credit student who needs to miss class for STARR testing, PSAT, or for any reason, needs to be sure they communicate with their college teacher to let them know ahead of time that they will be absent. It is the students’ responsibility to let their instructor’s know, and to make arrangements for getting assignments.

September 14, 2016- The Scholarship Points Scholarship is open to students who are at least 13 years old and plan to enroll in a college or university in the US. To apply, visit http://www.scholarshipguidance.com/scholarship_sp_scholarships_8953.php?&utm_source=newsletter01&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=201609&utm_content=8764ac79cd95807e2d2e19788b45c6ac and click on How to apply- it is a short form to fill out and submit. 10 scholarships will be awarded in the amount of $10,000.

September 16, 2016- The VIP Scholarship is open to students age 13 or older. To apply, go to http://www.scholarshipguidance.com/scholarship_vip_scholarship_9000.php?&utm_source=newsletter01&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=201609&utm_content=8764ac79cd95807e2d2e19788b45c6ac
And click on the blue link VIP VOICE $5,000 Scholarship. Students have to take surveys, and earn points based on the number of surveys they take.

September 20, 2016- The Siemens Scholarship is available to high school students grades 9-12, if submitting a team project. Students submitting an individual project must be seniors who will be graduating in the spring. There will be 18 $100,000 scholarships awarded. This is a math, science and technology based project scholarship. For more detailed information, visit http://www.scholarshipguidance.com/scholarship_siemens_scholarship_8995.php?&utm_source=newsletter01&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=201609&utm_content=8764ac79cd95807e2d2e19788b45c6ac.

September 29, 2016-The ‘You Deserve It’ Scholarship is open to high school students who are 16 years old or older. The award is 1 $1,000 scholarship. Visit http://www.scholarshipguidance.com/scholarship_you_deserve_it_scholarship_8959.php?&utm_source=newsletter01&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=201609&utm_content=8764ac79cd95807e2d2e19788b45c6ac to apply.

September 30, 2016- The Review It Scholarship is available to graduating seniors, with a GPA of at least a 2.5, who plan to attend a college or university beginning Sept, 2017. Students must write an essay on a favorite movie in under 1,000 words. To apply , visit http://www.scholarshipguidance.com/scholarship_review_it_scholarship_8998.php?&utm_source=newsletter01&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=201609&utm_content=8764ac79cd95807e2d2e19788b45c6ac

September 30, 2016- The Scholastic Art and Writing Scholarship is available to students grades 7-12. Students must submit work that demonstrates technical skill, personal voice or vision and originality. There are various categories students can choose from- to apply for this scholarship and much more information, visit http://www.scholarshipguidance.com/scholarship_scholastic_art_and_writing_scholarships_8996.php?&utm_source=newsletter01&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=201609&utm_content=8764ac79cd95807e2d2e19788b45c6ac

October 2, 2016-The UNCF/Dell Corporate Scholars Program, a collaboration of Dell and UNCF will provide scholarships up to $4,500 (based on need) + internship opportunities for selected students based on the eligibility requirements for the 2017-2018 academic year. All applicants for the UNCF/Dell Corporate Scholars Program may be considered internship opportunities at Dell. The internship is a paid 10-week 2017 summer internship based at Dell HQ in Round Rock, TX. Eligibility requirements:
* Students must possess a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale.
* Students must be a minority student enrolled full time at a US located accredited four year institution as a junior application and interview process.
* Students must major or have an academic focus in Engineering, Supply Chain Management, Computer Science or Information Technology.
* Students must possess a demonstrated unmet financial need as verified by their institution/college (for scholarship award).
Please visit https://scholarships.uncf.org for application and other information.

Senior Meeting

A senior meeting was held on Thursday, September 8, and the following items were discussed:

1. For students planning to apply to four-year colleges or universities, now is the time to e getting those applications completed. For information on deadlines and possible freshman scholarships, got to the school website to get information. UT Austin and Texas A&M both have application deadlines of December 1- Texas Tech is February 1.
2. Students were given written information on applying for scholarships. When information comes to me, I publicize it through parent emails, I provide it to senior sponsors who post the information in their rooms, the information is put on the Eustace ISD website under Eustace High School- College Help Desk- Scholarships, and I will be sending out info directly to students who sign up for the Remind school messaging system. I will have available hard copies of scholarship applications in the file cabinet outside of my office- there are applications that are online only, and that information will be provided when the scholarship is advertised.
Students also need to be thinking NOW, of who they want to write a letter of recommendation for them. Written information was provided to them regarding the writing of a resume, which should be completed and handed to the person they ask to complete a letter. They should not wait until the last minute to ask someone to write a letter-give the person at least two weeks to write the letter, as they may have other letters to write, or other priorities to attend to. 2 or 3 letters is a good number to ask for. Ask, teachers, employers, pastors, or anyone who is not a family member and knows the student well to write a letter.
3. The first day to be able to apply for FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) is now October 1. Students who plan on attending any kind of secondary education such as college or vocational or technical training need to complete this application in order to obtain any kind of student financial aid, including the Pell Grant. This should be completed as soon as possible and there are deadlines, and the sooner application is made, the more funds are available. Students need to visit www.fafsa.ed.gov to obtain a pin number and make application. If you ae asked to pay any money, you are on the wrong website- this is a free application.
4. Seniors have the ability to take two college days during their senior year. Written information was given to each student explaining the policy. Students need to obtain a college day permission form from me before the date they want to go, and they also need to bring a letter from the college, on college letterhead, that they visited the school.
5. Dual credit students need to be sure that they let me or Mrs. Bice know if they are having any difficulty in their college courses. As seniors, this could affect graduation and we cannot help if we have no idea that there is a problem. Students should be emailing, calling or going to see their dual credit teacher if they need help, or have concerns about the class. If there are issues contacting the teacher, let us know and we will intervene, but students need to take responsibility for initiating communication with their teacher.
6. Students were asked to join the Senior Class 2017 on the Remind messaging system, and we did it as a group. Students were asked to text @h8bgf to 81010, and this way I can send messages to them directly, regarding all things SENIOR.

Gwen Orr
Academic Advisor
Eustace High School


October 6, 2016- AES Engineering is pleased to be able to continue offering scholarships to motivated students to help in the furthering of their education. Scholarships are intended for our future leaders across a wide spectrum of fields of study. This award is available to high school seniors and all students attending a post secondary educational facility.
You are not required to be taking Engineering courses to be eligible.

Students must submit an essay of between 500 and 1000 words in answer to the following question:

When you look back on your life in 30 years, what would it take for you to consider your life successful?  What relationships or accomplishments will be important on this journey?  

Submit essay to: scholarships@aesengineers.com
There is no application packet for this award. Please do not include your resume at this time.
Be sure to include your full name as well as the name of the school you are attending this year and your plans for next year.
Amount of award: $500.00

Visit http://www.aesengineers.com/scholarships.htm for further information.

2016-2017 M & O Budget

Today, I want to focus on our M & O budget for 2016-2017. M & O stands for maintenance and operation. The M & O budget comprises the vast majority of our overall budget. The M & O budget provides for salaries and benefits for employees, contracted services, supplies, travel and subsistence, and capital outlay. In other words, this portion of the budget basically allots the money with which the district operates.

The M & O budget is divided into different Functions. The Functions serve to group the budget into various categories. In EISD, there are 17 different Functions within the M & O portion of the budget. Below is the breakdown of EISD’s 2016-2017 M & O budget by Function:

Function 11 – Instruction – This is by far the greatest Function in terms of dollars allocated. For this year’s budget, there is $7,501,838 allocated to Function 11. This represents 57% of our total operating M & O budget.

Function 12 – Library – Pertains to everything related to the libraries in the district. $87,495, or about 1% of the overall M & O budget, is budgeted in Function 12 for the 16-17 school year.

Function 13 – Curriculum and Instruction – $116,086 – 1% – This Function deals with curriculum development and professional development for staff members.

Function 21 – Instructional Leadership – $235,194 – 2% – This Function contains funds that are related to special programs such as special education, career and technology, and 504.

Function 23 – School Leadership – $795,239 – 6% – Function 23 contains all the funds that are devoted to principals, assistant principals, campus office personnel, and the supplies, travels, and fees associated with those positions.

Function 31 – Counseling – $554,288 – 4% – This Function is devoted to the all the counselors’ salaries, supplies, travel, and fees.

Function 32 – Attendance – $27,524 – Less than 1% – A portion of the attendance officer’s salary is budgeted in this Function.

Function 33 – Health – $105,502 – 1% – The school nurse, nurses aides, and all related supplies and travel are in Function 33.

Function 34 – Transportation – $568,872 – 4% – Everything related to our transportation department is budgeted under Function 34.

Function 36 – Co-Curricular/Extra-Curricular – $677,127 – 5% – This Function not only includes everything related to athletics, but also other activities such as UIL academics, one act play, student insurance, yearbook, National Honor Society, gatekeepers, fees for officials, and awards.

Function 41 – Administration – $486,386 – 4% – Function 41 contains all the funds allocated to central administration. This includes the superintendent’s office, business manager, payroll, accounts receivable, and anything related to the school board.

Function 51 – Maintenance – $1,172,675 – 9% – Within the M & O budget, Function 51 is the second largest Function. This Function contains everything related to the maintenance and upkeep of the district. This includes custodial services. However, what makes up the vast majority of this Function are the utility costs. These costs include: electricity, gas, water, telephone, and waste services. In addition, our property and casualty insurance is coded under Function 51.

Function 52 – Security – $51,535 – Less than 1% – CopSync, CopCync911, the Raptor service, and supplies and materials are included in this Function.

Function 53 – Technology – $432,641 – 3% – This Function contains all the cost associated with our technology department and the supplies and equipment for technology upgrades throughout the district.

Function 81 – Construction – $119,108 – 1% – This Function is used for special projects that come up through the school year. For example, last year, the Middle School fascia project was budgeted in Function 81.

Function 99 – Other Intergovernmental Charges – $130,500 – 1% – The only thing that is budgeted in Function 99 is the cost of our tax appraisals and tax collection.

Those are all the Functions with our M & O budget. In future posts, we will look at our federal programs and other special programs. If you have any questions regarding any part of our budget, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Weekend Events and This Week

The Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs had a great weekend. Things got started with the Lady Bulldogs taking on Mineola in the first district volleyball game of the season. After falling in the first game, the Lady Bulldogs bounced back and won the next three games in a row to win the match 3-1! The Lady Bulldogs host Grand Saline on Tuesday.

The cross country teams simply dominated the Tyler Lee meet on Saturday! Both the JV boys and  JV girls won their divisions. The varsity girls won the 4A and under division, while the varsity boys won the 5A & 6A division. The High School teams travel to New Summerfield this Saturday. The Middle School teams will compete at the meet in Canton.

The varsity football team ran its record to 3-0 on the year with at 42-0 win against Palmer. The Bulldogs scored on their first two offensive plays. The varsity Bulldogs have a bye this week before opening district play against Groesbeck on September 23.

Congratulations to the volleyball team, cross country teams, and the varsity football team on their performances this past weekend.

I also want to congratulate the varsity cheerleaders on their great performance at the pep rally and the ball game! A special shout out also goes to the Mighty Bulldog Marching Band for their performances at the pep rally and during the game on Friday!

Congratulations to Shelby White on being named the 2106 Homecoming Queen!! A video of the ceremony will be posted to the district’s YouTube channel later today.

If you did not get to see the bonfire, pep rally, or the band’s halftime performance, videos of all of those events will be posted to our YouTube channel later today.

Finally, I want to say thank you to Rusty Meyners and the student helpers for working to make a live, streaming broadcast of the football game and halftime activities a success!

This Week

This is Celebrate Freedom Week.

At the Primary, 1st grade will be doing their beginning of the year Guided Reading evaluations throughout the week. In addition, the Primary will be hosting a Book Fair all week long.

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

Tuesday – Kindergarten Parent Meeting – 5:00; HS District Volleyball v. Grand Saline – 4:30

Wednesday – Primary Parent Camp; Senior Pictures

Thursday – MS Football Games

Friday – HS District Volleyball at Kemp – 4:30

Saturday – All Region Jazz Auditions; High School Cross Country at New Summerfield; MS Cross Country at Canton

I hope everyone has a great week!!

Family Time Topics…

We have had a great start to our school year here at the Intermediate School.  We have begun our family time in the gym each morning.  We spend this time going over important information with our students.

“Earn it” is a topic we discuss every morning.  Here at the Intermediate School, we schedule many fun things for the students to participate in, including pep rallies, Fun Friday, and Fun in the Sun day just to name a few.  However for the students to attend and participate in the fun things they must earn the privilege. This means that they are making the effort to be at school every day, they are completing their classwork on time, and they are working hard to exhibit the best behavior possible.

We encourage our students to come to school every day.  Many of the things that we have here at the Intermediate school, whether trips or give-a-ways, depend on the student’s attendance.  If your child is sick, we encourage you to please bring your child to school and sign them in at 10am.  If your child has a doctor’s appointment, we encourage you to bring your child and sign them in at anytime during the school day.

The Intermediate School, along with EISD, has begun using Skylert to provide communication services to parents and staff.  Skylert will allow the school to make contact with you using phone messages, emails, and text messages. Skylert will also allow us to provide timely updates when your child misses school.

We thank you for all you do to help us make this school year a success so far.

Volleyball Games Moved to Earlier Time

Due to a request from Mabank, who has their meet the Panther Night tonight, the volleyball game times have been moved-up and will be played in two gyms.

Freshman (Old HS Gym) and JV (Kirk Gym) will begin as close to 4:30 as possible and the Varsity will play in the Kirk Gym immediately following the JV game.

I hope everyone has a great Homecoming Week!

This Week

I hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend!

Congratulations to the football team, the Mighty Bulldog Marching Band, and our varsity cheerleaders for three great performances Friday night. The Bulldogs went 2-0 on the year with a 62-0 win over Quitman! The Bulldogs will host Palmer this Friday at 7:30.

I have not received overall results on the cross country meets from Saturday. I do know that Chanda Westbrook finished 5th overall in Open Varsity Girls division.

I want to remind everyone to sign up for our new text messaging system. While Celly served us well, changes in the company’s priorities made it less user friendly. Our new service, Skylert, makes signing up to receive texts easy: just text “Y” or “Yes” to 67587 to continue to receive text messages from the district and the campuses. I also encourage everyone to update their information in Family Access if phone numbers or email addresses have changed. Skylert will also allow messages to be communicated by phone or email.

This Week

This is our homecoming week. There will be different events and activities throughout the week. The bonfire will be on Thursday. The district wide homecoming pep rally will be Friday morning at 9:00 AM at Bulldog Stadium. Everyone is invited to come out for the pep rally.

At the Primary, the 2nd grade will be doing the beginning of the year Guided Reading evaluations throughout the week.

Tuesday – High School Volleyball v. Mabank – 5:00; Band Practice – 6:30 – 9:00

Wednesday – School pictures grades 9-11.

Thursday – 1st Grade Parent Meeting – 5:00; Middle School and JV football at Palmer. Middle School games start at 4:30.; Bonfire

Friday – 2nd Grade Grandparents Day; Homecoming Pep Rally – 9:00 AM at Bulldog Stadium; High School District Volleyball v. Mineola – 4:30; Varsity Football v. Palmer – 7:30 Bulldog Stadium

Saturday – Cross Country at Tyler Lee

I hope everyone has a great homecoming week!