March 31, 2017-Delta Kappa Gamma Epsilon Epsilon Chapter of Athens, is offering a Scholarship to graduating female students who are planning to enter the teaching profession. The application is available in the counselor’s office.

June 12, 2017– Abbott and Fenner Business Consultants are pleased to be able to continue with their scholarship program for the 10th year. Scholarship amount(s) will be up to $1,000. Students must submit an essay on the topic that appears on the scholarship page of their website at

 July 31, 2017-Redfin Real Estate Brokerage is offering a $2,500 scholarship to a graduating senior with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Applicant must submit an essay. For further details, visit

 January 29, 2018- Healthcare Leaders Scholarship, sponsored by, is offering a $1,000 scholarship to students who have been accepted to or are currently attending a nursing or medical related program at an accredited institution,  have a minimum GPA of 3.0 and are pursuing a degree related to healthcare. For further details and to apply, visit

April 13, 2017– The Eustace Athletic Booster Club Scholarship applications are now available to graduating seniors who have participated in athletics and have met the requirements for working athletic events. Applications are available in the counselor’s office.



This Week

This week is Texas Public Schools Week. It is also the week before we get out for spring break!

Monday – MS Track Meet at Canton

Wednesday – UIL Concert and Sightreading Contest in Canton. The Bulldog Band performs at 4:00.

Thursday – Texas Independence Day; Band trip to Disney; Kindergarten field trip to Caldwell Zoo; Softball at Mildred Tournament; Baseball at Grand Saline Tournament; HS boys track at Troup; HS Girls throwers at Wills Point; JV Baseball at Athens Tournament

Friday – Band trip to Disney; Middle School Cheerleader Tryouts; JV Baseball at Athens Tournament; Varsity Baseball at Grand Saline Tournament; Softball v. Mineola – 4:30; High School girls track at Corsicana

Saturday – Band trip to Disney; JV Baseball at Athens Tournament; Varsity Baseball at Grand Saline Tournament; Softball at Mildred Tournament

March 6 – 10 – Spring Break

March 7 – District Softball at Edgewood – 4:30

March 9 – Varsity Baseball at Wills Point Tournament

March 10 – District Softball v. Grand Saline – 4:30; Varsity baseball at Wills Point Tournament

March 11 – Varsity Baseball at Wills Point Tournament

I hope everyone has a great week and a great Spring Break!!

School Cancelled Friday, February 24th

February 23, 2017

Dear Parents and Students:

School has been cancelled for tomorrow, February 24, 2017.  Please read the following message from Dr. Holcombe:

Parents and Guardians,

We are seeing another upswing in the number of absences due to illness. Right now, we have 121 absences and others waiting to go home. Currently, we have reports of flu, strep, stomach virus, and pink eye. We are going to try to get everyone away for an extra day and allow our custodial staff and our transportation staff to disinfect all the buildings and buses. I apologize for any inconvenience this extra day off  may cause, but believe it to be in the best interest of our students. This day will not have to be made-up.

Thank you for your understanding.

Coy Holcombe






The baseball and softball tournaments will continue as scheduled.  Athletes that are ill are asked to contact their coaches and stay home so they do not infect others.  The Spanish Club field trip scheduled for tomorrow has been postponed to a later date.




Thank you for sending your child to Eustace High School!





Chris Whorton, Principal

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.

The first order of business was presenting Board Commendations to the Varsity Girls Cross Country Team, the Varsity Boys Cross Country Team, and to the 3A Girls State Cross Country Champion, Chanda Westbrook. There are pictures at the end of this post of the runners receiving their recognitions.

During the course of the meeting, the Board took the following actions:

  • Approved the minutes of previous meetings.
  • Approved the financial reports as presented.
  • Approved the Final Proposed District of Innovation Plan.
  • Approved the 2017-2018 School Calendar as presented.
  • Approved the proposal from Ideal Impact.
  • Approved paying the invoice from CDW-G.
  • Approved a contract with Architect and Engineer Firm, Goodwin-Lasiter for improvements to the stadium press box.
  • Received Update 107. This was the first reading for this Update. No action was taken.
  • Accepted resignations from Kathryn Clardy, Intermediate teacher and Janice Beasley, Assistant Superintendent.
  • Approved the employment of Dennie Stewart as a cook at the Middle School cafeteria and Allen Brier as a full-time bus driver.
  • Approved contract extensions for the following personnel: Chris Whorton, HS Principal, Truman Oakley, Middle School Principal, Robert Reeve, Intermediate Principal, Shelby Adams, Primary School Principal, Stan Sowers, Assistant Superintendent, and Kathryn Hendrickson, Special Programs Director.
  • Approved additions to the substitute list as amended.
  • Approved student transfers as presented.
  • Adjourned.


Boys Cross Country Team with Coach Josh Sypert
Boys Cross Country Team with Coach Josh Sypert
Girls Cross Country Team with Coach Josh Sypert
Girls Cross Country Team with Coach Josh Sypert
Chanda Westbrook with Coach Josh Sypert
Chanda Westbrook with Coach Josh Sypert

FFA Chili Supper and Auction

A special thank you goes out to all the people that made the FFA Chili Cook-Off and Auction a huge success! Special recognition for their time and effort goes out to the following people:

Danny Davis – organizer of the Chili Cook-Off and Auction

Theresa Tindel, Steve Stegall, Alex Miley, and McKayla Arnold – Ag Teachers at the High School

FFA Members and their parents and families

All the people that came out to support the Eustace FFA program on Saturday night.

Below is a picture of the Chili Cook-Off Winners:

2017 Chili Cook-Off Winners
2017 Chili Cook-Off Winners

This Week and Board Meeting Tonight

Today marks the start of the 5th six weeks. Report cards will go home this Thursday.

Eustace will be hosting the Bulldog Relays this Thursday, as track season officially gets underway. We will also be hosting the Annual Eustace Baseball Tournament this Thursday through Saturday.

High School baseball was scheduled to play at Kerens today. With all the rain, that game will be postponed to a later date.

This Week

Monday – Start 5th 6 Weeks; Board Meeting – 7:00 PM

Tuesday – Softball at Frankston – 6:00

Thursday – Intermediate School – Perfect Attendance/Right Choice Drawings; Report Cards Issued; Softball at TASO Tournament in Whitehouse; Eustace Baseball Tournament; Bulldog Relays

Friday – Softball at TASO Tournament in Whitehouse; Eustace Baseball Tournament

Saturday – Softball at TASO Tournament in Whitehouse; Eustace Baseball Tournament

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 will be held in the High School library.

The Board will recognize the High School boys and girls cross country teams.

The Board will hear the following reports:

  • RevTrak Report
  • Comparison of Taxable Values
  • Fall 2016 Dual Credit Report
  • Enrollment Report

The Board may consider action on the following agenda items:

  • Minutes from previous meetings.
  • Financial Reports
  • District of Innovation Plan
  • 2017-2018 School Calendar
  • Proposal from Ideal Impact on Energy Recommendations
  • Invoice from CDW-G
  • Contract with Goodwin-Lasiter for Press Box Improvements
  • Local Policy Update 107

The Board will enter Closed Session to consider Personnel and Staffing, to consider contracts for Assistant Superintendent, Athletic Director, Director of Special Programs, and Campus Principals, and to consider Student Transfers. Any action taken on a closed session item will take place in open session.

I hope everyone has a great week!



FFA Chili Cook-Off, Chili Supper, and Auction

This Saturday, the Eustace FFA will host their Annual Chili Cook-Off and Auction. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the event. Below is a timeline of activities:

5:30 – Chili Judging Starts – Everyone is invited to submit an entry in the Chili Cook-Off

6:00 – Chili Supper Starts – There is no charge for the chili supper. Desserts will also be available. Donations will be accepted for the desserts.

6:30 – Auction Starts – There will be something for everyone in this auction. Even if you just want to watch, it’s still a lot of fun!

Make sure you arrive early to get your choice of chili and to review the items for auction.

More Scholarships!

The Texas Nursery and Landscape Association (TNLA) is now accepting applications from students interested in the fields of Horticulture and Agriculture.

April 1, 2017-The Grow Texas Scholarship Program was established to increase educational opportunities for individuals committed to advancing the Texas agriculture industry. The standard Grow Texas Scholarship award is $1,000 or more one-year scholarship award. The $1,000 award is divided into a $500 payment per semester for the next two consecutive semesters. To apply, visit and click on Scholarship Application on the right side of the page.

May 1, 2017- The Texas Nursery and Landscape Association Education and Research Foundation established a scholarship program for students interested in the field of horticulture. The standard TNLA Scholarship award is a $1,000 one-year scholarship award. The $1,000 award is divided into a $500 payment per semester for the next two consecutive semesters. To apply, visit and click on Scholarships and Career.



April 1, 2017– The Texas Rural Education Association (TREA) is sponsoring its first student awards and recognition contest. The contest will have two categories: (1) Poster contest and (2) Video presentation. Students are to create a visual “message” supporting the TREA theme for the year:

“Growing for the Future of Rural Schools”

First Prize-$500

Second Prize- $350

Poster Contest– This contest will have two grade categories Grades 3-5 and Grades 6-8

Each Poster should focus on the theme listed above

  • Each Poster must be an 8.5”x11.0” or 11”x 17” original design
  • Each submission should be a scanned color copy of the student’s work. The student should retain the original piece of art /design should it be selected as a winning design. Submissions should be e-mailed to Sherry Hughes at :
  •  Designs can be in any medium, including computer generated. However, we strongly recommend that students create strong, simple, colorful designs that will deliver the most visual impact for the message. Designs using only pencil/pen or clip art may not be suitable for reproduction for our web site, posters and calendars.


Video Contest: Grades 9-12

  • Each presentation should not exceed 3 minutes in length, including a 10 second title screen
  • E-mail each presentation to Sherry Hughes at:
  • Videos should present the student’s perspective on areas such as the following: (These are only suggestions. Creativity is encouraged as we highlight rural schools)

*Benefits of attending a rural school

*How rural schools prepare students for tomorrow

*The spirit of rural schools

Visit and click on student scholarship on the left side of the page. All entries must be submitted by April 1,2017


April 10, 2017- The Athens Oddfellow and Rebekah’s are offering their annual $500 scholarship to a graduating senior who will be attending TVCC in the fall of 2017. Applications are available in the counselor’s office.


May 26, 2017-The Ozarka “Every Drop Counts” Earth Science Scholarship is now underway. Two students in the state of Texas will be awarded $10,000 each. This scholarship is intended for students pursuing a degree at a four-year college or university in the field of earth/environmental science. Examples of earth/environmental science include, but are not limited to : Geology, Hydrogeology, Environmental Science, Environmental Law, Environmental Education, Forestry, Oceanography, and Ecology. Applications are available in the counselor’s office.



Girls Basketball and This Week

The Lady Bulldog’s basketball season came to an end last night in the bi-district round of the state playoffs against Dallas Life. Congratulations go out to the girls on making the playoffs for the second year in a row. Also, a special thank you to all the parents, other family members, and fans for making the trip over to Ferris last night.

The boys end their basketball season tonight at Edgewood. The JV game is set to start at 5:00.

Softball, baseball, and track seasons are now fully underway. The softball and baseball teams have already played scrimmage games. Our first track meet of the year is set for Thursday, February 23 in Eustace.

Although difficult to believe, this Friday is the end of the 4th six weeks. Monday, February 20, is the start of the 5th 6 weeks.

Tuesday – Softball v. Rice – 6:00; Boys Basketball at Edgewood – 5:00

Wednesday – Intermediate School Spring Pictures

Friday – 2nd Grade Field Trip – Dallas Theater; Softball at Blooming Grove; End 4th 6 Weeks

Saturday – Softball v. Buffalo – 10:00 AM; FFA Chili Cookoff and Auction – Chili judging starts at 5:30, Chili Supper starts at 6:00, Auction starts at 6:30 – Primary Cafeteria

I hope everyone has a great week!