Scholarships

April 1, 2017– The Henderson County A&M Club is offering a scholarship to graduating seniors who have been accepted to and will be attending Texas A&M. Applications are available in the counselor’s office.

 

June 1, 2017-The Aspiring Animation Professional Scholarship Program is offering high school seniors the opportunity to win a $1,000 scholarship.  This will be awarded to students that are interested in pursuing an animation career path at an accredited post-secondary school or college. Interested applicants should visit http://www.animationcareerreview.com/ to find eligibility information along with the online application.

 

June 1, 2017– The Aspiring Business Professional Scholarship is a $1,000 scholarship that will be awarded to students that are interested in pursuing a business degree at any accredited post-secondary school or college.  Interested students can visit http://www.onlinembareport.com/ and find the scholarship located at the right side of the page.

 

School Holiday Friday, January 27th

January 26, 2017

Dear Parents and Students:

For various reasons, we are going to have an unscheduled holiday tomorrow (Friday, January 27th). One of the reasons is that we are experiencing a higher than normal absentee rate due to illness. We are hoping that a little extra time will help alleviate that situation. Due to Eustace ISD having five extra days built into this year’s school calendar, this day will not have to be made-up.

The NHS Winter Dance that was scheduled for this Saturday has been rescheduled for Saturday, February 11th. Basketball games scheduled for tomorrow will be played as scheduled. High school detention scheduled for today is rescheduled for next Tuesday, January, 31st. Baseball and softball practices will continue as scheduled by the coach, however students that are ill are excused and will not be permitted to attend.

I apologize for the late notification of this unscheduled holiday.

Thank you for sending your child to Eustace High School!

Chris Whorton, Principal

This Week

First, congratulations to the varsity girls basketball team on their awesome comeback against Edgewood this past Friday. The Lady Bulldogs were down by 17 at the half and came back and won the game 63-59! At this point in the season, the Lady Bulldogs are fighting for a playoff spot and every game is important!

The varsity boys comeback attempt fell a little short against Edgewood. Although the Bulldogs managed to cut the deficit to 3 with 46 seconds to play, they could not complete the comeback and lost by 7.

Throughout this week, first grade will be doing Middle of the Year Guided Reading evaluations.

Please check out the district’s Twitter feed for daily updates on the Primary’s Jump Rope for Heart. Tammy Gaddis, the PE teacher at the Primary, is providing daily updates that include pictures of the prize winning students. The district’s Twitter account is @EustaceISD.

Monday – MS Girls Basketball v. Scurry; MS Boys Basketball at Scurry – 5:00;

Tuesday – High School Boys and Girls Basketball at Alba-Golden – 4:00

Friday – High School Boys and Girls Basketball at Quitman – 4:00

Saturday – Middle School Girls Basketball Tournament at Eustace

I hope everyone has a great week!

Scholarships

March 31, 2017– The Blue Knights Motorcycle Club is once again offering the Peace Officer Memorial Scholarship, in honor of Paul Habelt. Graduating seniors who are willing to write a 250-500 word essay are eligible to apply. Applications are available in the counselor’s office.

May 1, 2016-The Travis Stone Cates Memorial Scholarship is now available for application. Graduating seniors who are planning to pursue a career in education and coaching are eligible. Applications are available in the counselor’s office.

 

A – F Ratings

By now I am sure that you have heard of the new A – F rating system for public schools. There have been numerous stories from around the state regarding this new system. Overall, not too many people have a favorable view of the A – F system. I want to take just a few minutes and explore, from Eustace ISD’s point of view, why this may be the case:

First, let’s go back to the Accountability Summaries that have been released for each one of our campuses and our district as a whole. These Accountability Summary sheets were released in September 2016. They list how a district (or campus) fared with respect to the 4 indices used in our accountability system. The indices include Student Achievement, Student Progress, Closing Performance Gaps, and Postsecondary Readiness. The district and each of our campuses met all the standards associated with these indices. All of our campuses and the district had the Accountability Rating of “Met Standard.”

The Summary Sheet also lists all the Distinctions that a campus earned. At the High School level, there were 8 different Distinctions possible. Eustace High School earned all 8 Distinctions. The Distinctions included: Academic Achievement in ELA/Reading, Academic Achievement in Mathematics, Academic Achievement in Science, Academic Achievement in Social Studies, Top 25 Percent Student Progress, Top 25 Percent Closing Performance Gaps, and Postsecondary Readiness.

At the Middle School level, 7 Distinctions could be earned. Eustace Middle School earned 3 of those Distinctions: Academic Achievement in ELA/Reading, Top 25 Percent Closing Performance Gaps, and Postsecondary Readiness.

There were also 7 Distinctions possible at the Intermediate School level. Of these 7, Eustace Intermediate earned 2 Distinctions: Top 25 Percent Closing Performance Gaps and Postsecondary Readiness.  (The Primary School is paired with the Intermediate School for accountability purposes.)

Now let’s compare the A – F grade that each campus received in the different Domains (The “Domains” in the A – F system correspond to the “Indices” in the Accountability Summary Sheets. The state using different names from one system to another just makes it more confusing for people to understand.) For the High School, in Domain I, Student Performance, the letter grade assigned was a “C”. Even though the High School received every Distinction possible with respect to student achievement, the letter grade was only a “C”. As stated above, the High School earned every possible Distinction possible. Yet, the highest letter grade at the High School was a “B”. There appears to be a disconnect between the Accountability System and the A – F Ratings System.

As noted above, every campus received a Distinction for Postsecondary Readiness. Yet, in the A – F system, the district letter grade for Postsecondary Readiness is a “D”. How do you achieve a Distinction at every campus and make a “D” as a district?

One of the most perplexing grades was given to the Middle School in the area of Student Progress. The Middle School met and exceeded the Target Score in the Index, but was given an “F” in the Domain. To me an “F” represents failing. How can a school be failing in an Index in which they scored above the Target Score to earn Met Standard?

Included with the A-F grades are explanations for how each grade is calculated. Domain III offers an interesting explanation for the formula used. It states, “Based on slope-intercept form: y = mx + b.” To me, if you are having to call on the slope-intercept formula to explain anything in the A – F system, something’s not right. This is supposed to be an “easy to understand” system.

Finally, in the report given to our legislators, the Texas Education Agency has included 3 pages of “caveats” about the A – F Rating System. According to Google, a caveat is defined as “a warning or proviso of specific stipulations, conditions, or limitations.” If these ratings are supposed to be a true indication of how well our schools are doing, how can there be even one caveat, much less three pages of them?

At Eustace ISD, we are going to keep doing what is in the best interest of our students. We are not going to be defined by a number or a letter. Instead, we will continue to be defined by making decisions based on the needs of our children. If you have questions, comments, or concerns about anything, please feel free to contact me at cholcombe@eustaceisd.net. Or, if you would like, please come by and visit me in person.

 

 

 

This Week

I hope everyone had a great 3 day weekend!!

Tuesday – High School Boys and Girls District Basketball at Scurry – 4:00

Thursday – MS Girls Basketball at Kemp – 5:00; MS Boys Basketball v. Kemp – 5:00

Friday – All Region Band Concert and Clinic in Canton; High School Boys and Girls Basketball v. Edgewood – 4:00

Saturday – All Region Band Concert and Clinic in Canton

I hope everyone has a great week!

 

TSI Testing

TSI testing will be held at Eustace High School on Tuesday, February 21 and Tuesday, March 21, 2017. Students who are eligible to test are:

  • Freshmen who are interested in the TVCC Welding program
  • Sophomores who are interested in taking college classes beginning the Summer of 2017
  • Juniors interested in taking college classes beginning the Summer of 2017
  • Eustace ISD will pay testing fees for students twice. After that, students must pay their own testing fee ($30.00)
  • Seniors- the district will pay for a limited number of seniors (who have never had their testing paid for by the district) to test one time. Our priority is to give those who want to be in dual credit classes the chance to test, and there are limited spaces.

Students can sign up for the February test January 17- February 15, 2017. A sign -up sheet will be posted on my door.

Students may visit the following websites for study resources:

www.mometrix.com/academy/tsi-test/

 https://secure-media.collegeboard.org/digitalServices/pdf/accuplacer/accuplacer-texas-success-initiative-assessment-sample-questions.pdf

www.tsipracticetest.com

 https://www.testprepreview.com/texas-success-initiative.htm

 www.mathhelp.com/tsi-math-test-prep/

 

 

NHS Dance

Who?: All students 9th-12th grade

When?: January 28th from 6:00-10:00 P.M.

Where?: EHS Cafeteria

Tickets will be sold before school and during FOCUS in the cafeteria by NHS members and Mrs. Miley. Cost is $3 for individuals and $5 for couples. These and all other details will be given through announcements, so make sure that your student is listening!

Update on Board Meeting, State Spirit Competition

I apologize for the lack of updates. We have had some technology issues that have required extensive repair time from our tech guys. I want to update you on a couple of things.

Board Meeting this Past Monday

This past Monday, the EISD Board of Trustees held a public hearing to review the 2015-2016 Texas Academic Performance Report. The public hearing started at 6:45 and was held in the High School library. During the hearing, the Board reviewed the TAPR’s for the district and each campus. The TAPR also contained the campus improvement plans for all campuses, a report on violent and criminal incidents, a report from the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board on post secondary attendees, and a glossary. Following is a list of Distinctions earned at each campus:

High School – EHS earned every Distinction possible in 2015-2016
Academic Achievement in ELA/Reading
Academic Achievement in Math
Academic Achievement in Science
Academic Achievement in Social Studies
Top 25 Percent Student Progress
Top 25 Percent Closing Performance Gaps
Postsecondary Readiness

Middle School – EMS earned 3 out of 7 possible Distinctions in  2015-2016
Academic Achievement in ELA/Reading
Top 25 Percent Closing Performance Gaps
Postsecondary Readiness

Intermediate – EIS earned 2 out of 7 possible Distinctions in 2015-2016
Top 25 Percent Closing Performance Gaps
Postsecondary Readiness
(Note: Eustace Primary is paired with Eustace Intermediate for accountability purposes.)

Update on Regular Monthly Board Meeting

Following the TAPR hearing, the Eustace ISD Board of Trustees held their regular monthly meeting. The following actions were taken during the meeting:

  • School Board Recognition – All Board Members were recognized for their service to EISD. The Intermediate School provided a meal for the board, the Primary School provided desserts, the Middle School provided decorations, and the High School provided treat bags for each board member. In addition, each board member received a certificate of appreciation for the time and effort put in making sure that each student in EISD receives a world class education. Board members include:

Gary Walsh – President
Ashley McKee – Vice President
Bobby Ashton – Secretary
Cotton Walker – Member
Steven Bell – Member
Jimmy Kirkhart – Member
David Morton – Member

A special thank you to each of our board members for their devotion to providing our children with the best possible education!

  • Approved minutes from previous meetings.
  • Approved financial reports.
  • Approved the 2016 audit report.
  • Approved a resolution calling for a school board election on May 9, 2017.
  • Approved contract with the City of Eustace for the school trustee general election.
  • Accepted the resignation of Richard Gaddis.
  • Approved the employment of the following personnel: Jerry Clark as night custodian at the High School; Stacy Gilbreath as cook at the Primary cafeteria; and, Shelby Adams as principal of Eustace Primary.
  • Approved the extension of the superintendent’s contract by one year.
  • Approved the list of transfer students as presented.
  • Adjourned.

State Spirit Competition

On Wednesday, January 11, 2017, the Eustace Varsity Cheer Squad competed in the 2nd annual State Spirit Competition. During the preliminary round, squads competed in three categories: Fight Song, Band Dance, and Crowd Leading. This year, the Bulldog Cheerleaders competed in the 3A/4A Small Coed Division. The Bulldog Cheerleaders won the state championship in all three categories!! Overall, after the final round of competition, the Bulldogs finished 3rd in state and brought home the bronze medal!! Congratulations to all the students and their coaches, Melanie Tanner and Amanda Planeta, for all the hard work and long hours spent preparing for this competition. Also, I want to thank all the parents, grandparents, and other friends and relatives for all of their support this year.

Scholarships

February 10, 2017– The Henderson County Black History Scholarship application is now available for graduating seniors to apply. Application rules are:

  • Applicants must write an essay  entitled “ The Crisis in Black Education” , with a sub theme of “Is Your Education Complete?”
  • Applicants must submit a photo
  • Applicants must not have been arrested or convicted of a felony
  • Applicants must have a GPA between 70-90.
  • Applicants must submit two letters of recommendation, one from a teacher and an additional character reference.
  • Recipients of the scholarship must agree to attend the Parent/Student meeting and the Black History Banquet, which will be held at the Malakoff Community Center on February 25 at 7 pm.
  • Recipients must also agree to sell 5 banquet tickets.

PLEASE NOTE: Applicants do not have to be African-American to apply for this scholarship. Applications are available in the counselor’s office.

 

March 17, 2017– The Rotary Club of Cedar Creek Lake is once again offering scholarships to area graduating seniors who:

  • Are a member of a club or organization that participates in community service or have completed some type of community service personally
  • Have a letter of recommendation from a high school teacher, counselor or principal
  • Have a letter of recommendation from a member of the community who is not related
  • Have an overall GPA of 75 or higher

 

Students must also submit a photograph and a copy of their most recent transcript.

Applications are available in the counselor’s office.

 

March 31, 2017– The Cedar Creek Lake Kiwanis Club is offering two scholarships to graduating seniors. One is for students who will major in any discipline, and the other one (Kimberly LaCour Memorial Scholarship) is for students who plan to seek a degree in nursing. The applications are available in the counselor’s office. PLEASE NOTE: Students must type forms or fill out on computer. Handwritten forms will not be considered.

 

April 1, 2017-The Knights of Columbus of Gun Barrel City are offering a scholarship to graduating seniors who:

  • Have a minimum 2.75 GPA
  • Can provide proof of school attendance for the past two years
  • Can document active participation in extra-curricular activities in church, school and community
  • Proof of participation in  religious programs provided by your church
  • Document acceptance into college, university, seminary or convent
  • Provide a written statement  as to why you should receive this grant

Applications are available in the counselor’s office