Scholarships; TSI Testing

December 1, 2017-Aperture Education is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a student between the ages of 16-22 who submits a written essay. For further information, visit

January 31, 2018– The Texas Student Housing Authority is offering a scholarship to graduating seniors who will be attending college in Austin, Denton or College Station. This scholarship will be applied to the cost of OFF-CAMPUS housing for one academic year at Town Lake in Austin, The Ridge in Denton, or at The Cambridge in College Station, or at an alternate comparable facility IF designated by the Texas Housing Authority. This scholarship may be renewable if the student maintains established academic and leadership standards and communicates with the TSHA board as required.

Applications are available in the counselor’s office.

February 21, 2018-The Barbara Jordan Historical Essay Competition is open to all students in grades 9-12 attending UIL member schools. In addition to scholarship eligibility, finalists will compete for state awards and will be invited to attend the Academic State Meet in May 2018. For further information and application, visit

February 21, 2018– The Latino History Essay Competition is open to all students in grades 9-12 who attend UIL member schools, and again, finalists will compete for state awards and will be invited to attend the Academic State Meet in May 2018. For further details and application, visit

March 1, 2018- East Texas Professional Credit Union is offering its two annual scholarships to graduating seniors. The McLauchlin Scholarship is a $2,000 award for students who are planning to pursue a degree in education, and the Presidential Scholarship is a $1,000 award for students who wish to pursue a degree in any field. Scholarship applicants or members of their immediate family must have an East Texas Professional Credit Union account in good standing- one may be obtained with a minimum deposit of $5 in a savings account.

Applications are available in the counselor’s office, any East Texas Credit Union office, or downloaded at


TSI testing will be offered at the High School on Thursday, October 26. TSI testing is required for students interested in taking dual credit courses through TVCC. Sophomores, juniors and seniors may sign up to take the test for the first time or to retest portions of the test they may have failed previously. Freshmen may sign up to test, but they will only be eligible to take welding beginning the fall of next school year. Eustace ISD will pay for students to test two times- after that, students must pay the $30 testing fee each time they retest.

Students may sign up in the counselor’s office beginning October 2 through October 23 and spaces are limited,

  TSI Study information:…/accuplacer-texas-success-initiative-assessment

This is also posted on my door for students to refer back to.

Scholarships, Online Dual Credit Student Orientation; Junior and Senior Advising

October 15, 2017-The Parking Solutions Scholarship is a $1,000 award for the student who suggests the most innovative, yet practical parking solution. High school seniors are eligible to apply, and must write a 500 word essay that is original, creative and persuasive on the subject of technology innovation in parking solutions, specifically from the perspective as a student. For more information and to apply, visit


October 18, 2017-Participate in the Dr. Pepper Tuition Giveaway! Eligible students must be 18 and have a Facebook account that has not been suspended, and must write a 350 word essay on how you will change the world. To enter, visit



October 31, 2017– The Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship is an achievement-based scholarship awarded to graduating high school seniors. Students are recognized for their capacity to lead and serve, as well as their commitment to making a significant impact on their schools and communities. With the 29th class in 2017, the Foundation has provided over 5,850 Coca-Cola Scholars with more than $63 million in educational support. 150 Coca-Cola Scholars are selected each year to receive this $20,000 scholarship.

Eligibility Requirements:

Applicants must be:

A) Current high school (or home-schooled) seniors attending school in the U.S. (or select DoD schools)

B) U.S. Citizens, U.S. Nationals, U.S. Permanent Residents, Refugees, Asylees, Cuban-Haitian Entrants, or Humanitarian Parolees

C) Anticipating completion of high school diploma at the time of application

D) Planning to pursue a degree at an accredited U.S. post-secondary institution
Go to the scholarship application at

November 30, 2017-The Styleman Young Professionals Scholarship of $1,800 is available to students who can write an essay of 1000-1500 words on “How Fashion Industry Changed E-Commerce And Its Impact on Us”. For further details and to apply,  go to


December 1, 2017– Texas Farm Credit will continue to award five Marsha Martin Scholarships in the amount of $2,000 each for graduating seniors who are involved in FFA or 4-H and are pursuing a college degree in an agriculture-related field of study. These five scholarship recipients will be selected from the monthly AgStudent of the Month winners.

Information related to both programs is attached and can also be downloaded from the website at


May 1, 2017– The American College Foundation is offering their annual Visionary Scholarship Program, which will award scholarships which will range in amounts from $1,000 to $5,000.All high school students- Freshmen- Seniors are eligible to apply. Visit to apply.

TVCC has created an online Dual Credit Student Orientation at This is designed to be helpful to those students taking an online dual credit course.


I have 2 designated times each week to visit with juniors and seniors  about planning for college, scholarships, etc., much like the monthly senior meetings I have had in the past. Seniors meet with me every Monday during A block lunch in room 104,and Juniors meet with me as needed in my office every Tuesday during A block lunch. This does not mean that I am not available at other times- I invite students to visit with me anytime at their convenience

This Week

Congratulations to the boys and girls cross country teams on their performance at the Lovejoy Meet this past Saturday. For the first time this year, the girls ran in the 5A-6A division at a meet. In this division, the course increases from 2 miles to 5K. Out of 30 teams, the Lady Bulldogs placed 3rd! The boys also ran well in the 5A-6A division, placing 6th out of 36 teams!

Tonight, the Eustace Board of Trustees will be holding a called meeting. The purpose of the called meeting is to receive a legislative update from the district’s attorney, John Hardy. After the update, the board will tour the new Agricultural Science/Mechanics building and get a look at the new equipment furnished by the JET grant that the district received. If you would like to see the equipment, please feel free to join us tonight. The meeting will start at 6:00 PM and will be held in the High School library.

This Week

Monday – Start of 2nd 6 Weeks; Band Practice – 6:30; Called Board Meeting – 6:00

Tuesday – JV & V Volleyball v. Scurry – 4:30

Thursday – Perfect Attendance Treats – Intermediate; Report Cards Issued; Middle School Football v. Scurry – 4:30; JV District Football v. Groesbeck

Friday – Right Choice/1st 6 Weeks Drawings – Intermediate School; JV & V Volleyball at Edgewood – 4:30; Varsity District Football at Groesbeck – 7:30

Saturday – Middle School, JV, & V Cross Country at Van

I hope everyone has a great week!


How a Dollar is Spent at EISD

Each year, I try to update how a dollar is spent at EISD. I calculate this based on the percent of expenditures for a given Function. To determine this percentage, I take the amount of funds budgeted in a Function and divided that by the total M & O budget. The  M & O budget is used for the daily operation of the district. Once a percent is known, then that percent is applied to a dollar. The total M & O budget for 2017-2018 is about $13.4 million. For 2017-2018, this is how a dollar in the M & O budget is spent:

Construction (Repair, maintenance, and projects throughout the year) – $0.01

Other Intergovernmental Charges (Payment for tax collections) – $0.01

Library – $0.01

Curriculum and Instruction – $0.01

Instructional Leadership – $0.01

Health – $0.01

Technology – $0.03

Administration – $0.04

Transportation – $0.04

Counseling – $0.04

Co-curricular/Extracurricular – $0.05

School Leadership – $0.06

Maintenance – $0.09

Instruction – $0.59

Note: The amounts above will not add up to exactly $1.00 because of rounding.

While it may seem that spending $0.01/dollar for some of the Functions is not very much, when you take into consideration a $13.4 million budget, that could correspond to an amount up to $134,000 for a Function.

One of the reasons that Maintenance is higher than other Functions is that all utilities (water, electricity, phone, natural gas) are paid under Maintenance.

If you have any questions about how a dollar is spent at EISD, please do not hesitate to contact me. The easiest way is to email me at


Board Meeting Last Night

Last night, the Eustace ISD Board of Trustees held their regular monthly meeting. The Board took the following actions:

  • Approved the minutes of previous meetings.
  • Approved the financial reports as presented.
  • Approved the Resolution to Offer Struck-Off Properties at Sheriff’s Tax Foreclosure Sale as amended.
  • Approved the 2017-2018 District Improvement Plan.
  • Approved the 2017-2018 Campus Improvement Plans.
  • Approved the purchase of up to 4 flat panel interactive screens.
  • Accepted the resignation of Misty Chestnut.
  • Approved the employment of Norma Rueter, cook at the High School; Eric McLeod, custodian at the Middle School; Tiffany Smith, PPCD aide at the Primary; Shelby Stegent, 1st grade teacher.
  • Approved the substitute list as presented.
  • Approved the student transfers as presented.
  • Adjourned.

This Week and Board Meeting Tonight

Congratulations to the varsity volleyball team on their win against Kemp last Friday. The Lady Bulldogs improved to 2-1 in district play.

Congratulations to the varsity football team on their win against Palmer last Friday. The win puts the Bulldogs at 3-0 going into their bye-week.

The EHS Bass Team competed in their first tournament on Saturday. Below is information provided by the Bass Team sponsor, Kenneth Carpenter.

We had four of our six teams competing this weekend at Lake Ray Hubbard. Two teams made it to weigh in. Wesley Kirchenbauer and Clay Carpenter placed 47th overall and Micah and Colby Carpenter placed 76 overall. 181 teams competed and only 98 teams made it to the weigh in trailer. Our other two teams competing were Colton Tumlinson -Luis Garcia and Cade Adair-Ryan Powers. Neither team caught a scorable bass, but fished hard. Overall, it was a lot of fun and the kids really seemed to enjoy it. Next tournament is here at Cedar Creek October 14 at Log Cabin.

The Mighty Bulldog Marching Band is getting more of their contest show ready each week. Their first contest is October 7 at Mesquite.

This Week

The district will be having a district wide evacuation drill Tuesday. The drill will take place around 9:00 AM.

Monday – Middle School Volleyball at Kemp – 5:00; Band Practice 6:30; School Board Meeting – 7:00 – High School Library

Tuesday – JV and Varsity District Volleyball v. Alba-Golden – 4:30

Thursday – Individual Pictures – Intermediate School; Middle School Football v. Dallas Life Oak – 4:30; JV Football – Open

Friday – End of 1st 6 Weeks; JV & Varsity Volleyball at Quitman – 4:30; Varsity Football – Open

Saturday – JV & Varsity Cross Country at Lovejoy

I hope everyone has a great week!

Board Meeting Tonight

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

The Board will hear the following reports:

  • RevTrak Report
  • 2016-2017 District and Campus Improvement Plans Evaluation
  • Capital One Rebate
  • ACT/SAT Report
  • July Energy Savings
  • Update on Enrollment
  • The Board will also hear a report from Doug Whitt.

The Board may consider action on the following agenda items:

  • Minutes of Previous Meetings
  • Financial Reports
  • Resolution to Offer Struck Off Properties at Tax Sale
  • TASB Delegate
  • 2017-2018 District Improvement Plan and Campus Improvement Plans
  • Purchase of Interactive Flat Panel Screens

The Board will enter closed session to discuss personnel and staffing and student transfers. Any action taken on closed session items will be made in open session.


TSI Testing

There is still room for students to sign up for the TSI for September 22, 2017. I failed to include a deadline to sign up in my last email, but that deadline will be Tuesday, September 19, so that I can coordinate with TVCC.

Excerpt from email sent 8-31-17:
Any student who wants to take TVCC Dual credit classes must first pass the TSI, which is a college entrance exam. TVCC will be at the Eustace High School campus on Friday, September 22 and Thursday, October 26, to administer this exam for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors and seniors who have not taken and passed all 3 sections, and would like to be eligible to take dual credit courses in the future (freshmen will be eligible to take welding in the Fall of 2018). Eustace ISD will pay for two attempts to take the test and pass it- after that the student must pay the $30 test fee. So, if your student has already taken the test at least 2 times, you must pay the test fee before or on the day of the test. Study resources are located at:…/accuplacer-texas-success-initiative-assessment

Students may sign up for the September test in Ms. Orr’s office. Spaces are limited and will be offered on a first come first serve basis.


This Week

Friday, the Lady Bulldogs started district play in volleyball. After dropping the first game to Mineola, the Lady Dogs came back and won the next three to go to 1-0 in district play. The Lady Bulldogs continue district play this week with games at Grand Saline on Tuesday and at home against Kemp on Friday.

The varsity football team went to 2-0 on the year with a 56-7 win over Quitman. This week the Bulldogs travel to Palmer for their last pre-district football game. Kickoff is set for 7:30.

Congratulations go out to the Mighty Bulldog Marching Band and the varsity cheerleaders on great performances last Friday night.

Mighty Bulldog Marching Band
Cheerleaders Warming Up

Also, congratulations to Mady Bragg and being chose to present at the Lincoln-Douglas Debate Performance in Tyler on Saturday. Below is a picture of Mady during her presentation.

Mady Bragg sharing her expertise on the Lincoln-Douglas Debate.

This Week

All during this week, the Primary School will be hosting its annual Fall Book Fair.

Monday –  Middle School Volleyball at Scurry 5:00; Band Practice – 6:30

Tuesday – JV & V District Volleyball at Grand Saline – 4:30

Thursday – Middle School Pep Rally – 2:15; MS & JV Football v. Palmer – 4:30

Friday – Celebrate Freedom Parade – 8:30; JV & V District Volleyball v. Kemp – 4:30; Varsity Football at Palmer – 7:30

Saturday – MS, JV, & V Cross Country at Canton

I hope everyone has a great week!

Family Access – Food Service Alerts

For parents of High School students, you may easily set up an email notification when your child’s food service balance falls below $5.00. After you log into Family Access, look at the top of the page for the link My Account. Click on the My Account link. It open a new page. Scroll down to the bottom of the page. You will see a section called Email Notifications. You have the option of checking a box to receive email notifications for grade alerts and email notifications when your child’s food service balance drops below $5.00. You can choose to receive both types of notifications or just the food service notifications.

I have used this option for several years. It is a great way for parents to know when they need to send more money for meals.

Note: Parents of students in grades PK – 8 do not need to bother with the food service notifications because all students in those grades eat at no cost.