December 15, 2017-The Burger King Scholars program is offering $1,000 scholarships to graduating seniors with plans to attend a two or four- year accredited university, college or vocational/technical school. In addition, the Burger King McLamore Family Foundation created the James W. McLamore WHOPPER Scholarship Award of $1,000-50,000 which is awarded to three students each year. To be eligible, graduating seniors must

  • have a cumulative, unweighted GPA of at least a 3.3
  • a minimum ACT score of 25, or a minimum combined SAT score of 1220
  • have demonstrated an active leadership role in community service, athletics, and/or similar co-curricular activity such as student government, team sports, etc
  • demonstrate substantial work experience

For more information and to apply, visit


January 15, 2018- The Washington Crossing Foundation Scholarship is available to graduating seniors who are planning careers in government service. Applicants are asked to write a one-page essay stating why he or she plans a career in government service including any inspiration to be derived from the leadership of George Washington in his famous crossing of the Delaware. The essay must be accompanied by a recommendation from the high school principal or counselor evaluating the student’s achievements, academic and otherwise, along with transcripts, national testing scores, resume, and any other supporting documentation of the applicant’s choice.

Winners receive an all expense paid weekend, including transportation and housing, in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, to attend the scholarship awards ceremony in April, 2018. Scholarship amounts range from $500-5,000. For further information, please visit and click on Scholarships to the left.


January 19, 2018-The Ronald McDonald House Charities is offering a $1,000 scholarship to a graduating senior who plans to attend a two or four year college or university, or vocational/technical school. To apply, visit

Welcome Back and This Week

Welcome back!! I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving break! We have three weeks left in the first semester. These weeks are three of the busiest weeks in the school year.

This Week

Season’s Readings starts today at the Primary and continues through December 13.

The JVG and VG will be hosting the Eustace Tournament this Thursday, Friday, & Saturday.

Monday – Middle School girls basketball at Quitman – 5:00; Middle School boys basketball v. Quitman – 5:00; Construction Committee Meeting – 6:00 – High School library

Tuesday – Varsity boys basketball at Miller’s Grove – 6:00; JV and Varsity girls basketball v. Kaufman – 5:00

Wednesday – Middle School Band All Region Tryouts; Middle School picture retakes; Primary School picture retakes

Thursday – 9th and JV boys basketball at Mabank Tournament; Varsity boys basketball at Elkhart Tournament; JVG and VG basketball – Eustace Tournament

Friday  – 9th and JV boys basketball at Mabank Tournament; Varsity boys basketball at Elkhart Tournament; JVG and VG basketball – Eustace Tournament

Saturday – 9th and JV boys basketball at Mabank Tournament; Varsity boys basketball at Elkhart Tournament; JVG and VG basketball – Eustace Tournament

I hope everyone has a great week!


December 15, 2017- The AXA Achievementsm Scholarship offers college scholarships of $2,500, $10,000 and $25,000 to high school seniors who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in their activities in school, the community or the workplace. Scholarship winners are known as AXA Achievers. They are ethnically and economically diverse, but they share these qualities: ambition and drive; determination to set and reach goals; respect for self, family and community; ability to succeed in college. The scholarship is sponsored by the AXA Foundation, the philanthropic arm of AXA US.

The 2018 program will be accepting applications from September 5, 2017 until 10,000 applications are submitted or December 15, 2017, whichever comes first. Your application MUST be one of the first 10,000 submitted electronically by the deadline date. Apply early!


June 19, 2018-The BigSun Organization is proud to be able to continue to help young athletes succeed in their academic pursuits. All student athletes who are graduating seniors are eligible to apply for this $500 scholarship. To apply, visit


August 1, 2018– The Straight North STEM Scholarship supports students pursuing degrees in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) disciplines. Through the Straight North STEM Scholarship, the winning student will be awarded $1,000 to be used toward his or her degree. In addition, $250 book scholarships will be awarded to the two runners-up. The deadline to apply for the Straight North STEM Scholarship is August 1, 2018 and winners will be announced August 15.
Number of scholarships available: 3 Minimum

To apply, visit

This Week

The 2017 football season came to and end this past Friday. The Bulldogs fell in their last game of the year 13-37 against West. I want to give a special thank you to all of our seniors for a great year. The Bulldogs finished 6-4 on the year and 3-4 in district. Also, a special thank you to all the parents, relatives, and friends that supported the Bulldogs through the 2017 season. A thank you goes out to all of the coaches for all the hours put into this football season. Finally, a special thank you to the cheerleaders and the Mighty Bulldog Marching Band for their hard work and support this football season.

Seniors 2018 – Senior Pep Rally

Be sure to check our YouTube page for videos of the Senior Pep Rally, the Bulldogs taking the field with American flags, and the Senior Walk on the field after the game.

Now, we get basketball season underway. There will be games throughout this week, as both the boys and girls teams play individual games on Tuesday and head to tournaments Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

A special congratulations goes out to the High School cafeteria staff on winning the 2017 Thanksgiving Dressing Contest. A picture of the winning team is below:

High School Cafeteria Staff – 2017 winners of Thanksgiving Dressing Contest

This Week

Monday – Jazz Band Clinic and Concert; Middle School Girls Basketball at Kemp – 5:00; FIRST Hearing – 6:50 – High School library; Board Meeting – 7:00 – High School library

Tuesday – National Young Reader’s Day; Rotary Club Book Giveaway; JV & V Boys Basketball at Trinidad; VG Basketball at Frankston – 6:00

Thursday – 9th and JV Boys Basketball at Lindale Tournament; JVG Basketball at Van Tournament; VG Basketball at Ferris; Construction Committee Meeting – 6:00

Friday – Early Release Day; 9th and JV Boys Basketball at Lindale Tournament; JVG Basketball at Van Tournament; VG Basketball at Ferris

Saturday – 9th and JV Boys Basketball at Lindale Tournament; JVG Basketball at Van Tournament; VG Basketball at Ferris

Monday, November 20 – Friday, November 24 – Thanksgiving Holidays

Monday, November 20 – Middle School Girls BB v. Scurry – 5:00; Middle School Boys BB at Scurry – 5:00; JVB, VG & VB Basketball v. Oakwood – 12:00

Tuesday, November 21 – 9th, JV, and V Boys Basketball at Mildred – 4:30

Monday, November 27 – Classes resume at regular times.

I hope everyone has a great week!




Friday Night LIVE! Senior Night vs. West 2017

Friday Night LIVE!  – Senior Night                                                                        Eustace Bulldogs vs. West                                                                                                 6:45pm Friday 10/27/17                                                                                            Produced by Tammy Harvey, EHS Theater                                                                     & Rusty Meyners, EISD Technology


March 26, 2018 – The Texas Rural Education Association (TREA) will award 25 scholarships in the amount of $1,500 to eligible graduating seniors. Eligibility requirements include:

  • Intent to attend a post-graduate program in the fall 2018
  • Applicants must agree to attend the opening banquet of the TREA summer conference to be held on Friday, June 22, 2018, in Fort Worth, Texas.

Only three applications can be submitted from each school district who is a member of TREA. Application questions and essay prompt are available in the counselor’s office, and must be returned to the counselor by March 26, 2018. They will then reviewed and submitted online by April 1, 2018

Greenhouse at the High School

A couple of years ago, the school board approved funds to upgrade the greenhouse at the High School. The greenhouse is used for the AP Environmental Science class, among others. Below are some pictures of what is happening at the greenhouse today.

Goldfish Tank
Fish Tank 1
Hydroponics and Other Plants
More Plants
Fish Tank 2

Water is being used to grow plants and vegetables without soil. The water in the goldfish tank is pumped up to use as water for plants. The water, with a little help from gravity, then flows back into the goldfish tank. The goldfish help clean up the water that flows back into the tank. The same thing is happening with the other two larger tanks.

Thanks to Chuck Powers, Chris Powers, and all their students for the hard work it has taken to get this greenhouse up and going!

Local Optional Homestead Exemption

Over the course of the next few weeks, I would like to share further information about the district finances and how they are calculated. One of the things that often gets overlooked in the process, is the fact that Eustace ISD is still one of the few districts in the state that offers a local optional homestead exemption to the taxpayers of the district. A total of 192 school districts in the state (out of a listing of 1,019 provided by the comptroller’s office) offer a local optional homestead exemption. Of the 192 that offer the local exemption, 151 offer a 20% exemption. Eustace ISD is one of the districts that offers a 20% exemption. Twenty percent is the largest percentage offered by school districts.

How does the local optional homestead exemption work? It is easier to see the benefit of the local exemption by looking at an example. Let’s look at the difference between taxes owed on a $100,000 home without the local exemption and then with the local exemption.

The state provides an exemption of $25,000 for each homestead (that is up in recent years from $15,000).  If there were no local exemption, the taxes owed on a $100,000 home would be calculated as follows:

$100,000 – $25,000 (state exemption) = $75,000

$75,000 ÷ 100 x $1.23(EISD’s current tax rate) = $922.50

The value is divided by 100 because the tax is calculated on the value per hundred.

Now, with the local optional homestead exemption, the tax owed on the same $100,000 home is calculated as follows:

$100, 000 x 20%(local exemption percent) = $20,000

$100,000 – $20,000 (local exemption) = $80,000

$80,000 – $25,000 (state exemption) = $55,000

$55,000 ÷ 100 x $1.23 = $676.50

So, a resident of Eustace ISD, with a home valued at $100,000 would save $246.00 in taxes because of the local optional homestead exemption.

As always, if you have any questions regarding the local homestead exemption, or any other aspect of the district, please feel free to contact me at


Weekend Update and This Week

First, congratulations to the varsity volleyball team on a great season. The Lady Bulldogs ended up as the second place team in the district and went on to win the bi-district championship. They lost in the area round to Callisburg.

The JV, 8th, and 7th grade football teams all recorded victories last Thursday. The JV football team defeated Whitney 20-19, the 8th grade team defeated Westwood 22-16, and the 7th grade team defeated Westwood 32-16.

Friday night, the varsity football team won a big district game at Whitney, 53-19! The Bulldogs were dominant on both sides of the football in the win.

On Saturday, the boys and girls cross country teams made their annual appearance at the state cross country meet. Saturday marked the 5th year in a row that the girls team had qualified for the state meet. The boys have qualified to run at the state meet 8 years in a row.

Overall, the girls placed 5th. The stats for the girls are given below:
1 Sabrina Davis 12:21.06
2 Macy Penix 12:57.65
3 Brooke McAtee 13:05.12
4 Krislynn Westbrook 13:11.09
5 Yasmine Washington 13:12.63
6 Reece Thorne 13:19.29
7 Jordan Romano 13:49.51

The girls finished with 172 points and were only 10 points out of 3rd place. Congratulations to the Lady Bulldogs on a great cross country season!!

The boys actually tied for 3rd place on points. They missed out on 3rd by tiebreaker. The boys stats are below:
1 Dalton Page 16:36.25
2 Jaden Lopez 16:57.49
3 Micah Zimmerer 17:02.78
4 Nicholas Westbrook 17:03.49
5 John Saine 18:00.04
6 Collin Sutton 18:08.17
7 Charles Womble 18:26.79

Congratulations to the Bulldogs on a great cross country season!!

I want to thank everyone that made the trip down to Round Rock to support our cross country teams. Also, I want to congratulate our cross country coaches, Josh Sypert and Kenneth Henderson, on another great season! Not only did both teams run well at the state meet, the boys and girls were both district champions, and the girls were regional champions and the boys regional runner-up.

Over the weekend, one of our Intermediate School students, Landry Huggins, competed in the USA Gymnastics State Meet. Landry earned All Around Champion, Balance Beam Champion, 2nd Place in Floor Routine, and 4th place in Vault!! Congratulations, Landry!! We are Bulldog Proud of you!!

Landry Huggins – USA Gymnastics State Meet – All Around Champion

From Tammy Harvey, EHS Theater Arts Teacher

On Saturday, November 2, 2017 the Eustace High School Theater Arts Production students attended the Van High School Way OFF Broadway Theater Arts Festival. Students showcased their talents with other students from neighboring school districts and were ranked as either Good, Excellent or Superior in each event. The results were as follows:

Tech Tool Test:
Amy Green – Superior Rank
Jared Eaton – Excellent Rank
Jonathon Guard – Good Rank

Trey Oakley & JD Byrd – Excellent Rank
Joshua Hardy & Hunter Stipe – Superior Rank

Haley Wilbanks and Hunter Stipe – Excellent Rank
Lacie Byrd and JD Byrd – Excellent Rank
Cheyenne Walters – Excellent Rank

Cold Audition:
Jorgann Holgersen – Excellent Rank
Haley Wilbanks – Excellent Rank

Poetry Interpretation:
Zachary Martin – Superior Rank

Original Monologue:
Jorgann Holgersen – Superior Rank

Mask Design:
Llia Guevera – Superior Rank
Journey Hardy – Excellent Rank

Please congratulate these students on their accomplishments. Bulldog Proud!

This Week

Monday – Start of 3rd Six Weeks

Thursday – Report Cards; Intermediate School – Perfect Attendance Reward; Middle School Pep Rally – 2:15; Middle School Football v. Elkhart – 5:00

Friday – Intermediate School – Right Choice & 2nd 6 Weeks Drawings; Senior Night; Varsity District Football v. West – 7:30

I hope everyone has a great week!!







TVCC Dual Credit Enrollment for Spring 2018, Scholarships, Student Loan Information, Pre-Law Academy, December EOC Retest Dates


Students who plan to register for dual credit classes for the SPRING 2018 need to see me now through DECEMBER 15. This would be for freshmen already enrolled in TVCC welding, sophomores who plan to take SPAN 1411, and for juniors and seniors taking all other classes. This will give students over a month to get their paperwork completed. Application procedures for students who have never taken a college class is a process, so the sooner they come to get their paperwork, the more time they will have to get it completed and back to me by the deadline. Students who miss the December 15th deadline will have to complete registration at TVCC.

December 15, 2017- The Air Force Association – Texas is sponsoring the Earle North Parker Essay Contest, with the First Place award in the amount of $2,500 and the second place award in the amount of$1,000. Graduating seniors are eligible to apply and applications are located in the counselor’s office.

December 31, 2017– The Imagine America Foundation created the Imagine America High School Scholarship Program to help provide scholarships to students who plan to attend a vocational school after graduation. Graduating high school seniors who meet the recommended guidelines are eligible to receive a $1,000 award that can be used at career colleges participating in the Imagine America Scholarship Program throughout the nation. To apply, visit and click on Apply for Scholarships.

December 31, 2017– Picture Keeper is offering a $1,500 scholarship to a graduating senior who will be attending an accredited University or business school after graduation. Applicants must write a 200-300 word essay on what you are doing to follow your dreams, and also submit a photo to Twitter or Instagram which portrays what your essay is about. For further details, visit and click on PK Community and then student scholarships.

January 31, 2018 – The Carr P. Collins Scholars Program at Baylor University was established to recognize academically gifted students who are dedicated to helping others in an effort to develop leaders of tomorrow through the gift of higher education. Through a $2 million grant from the Carr P. Collins Foundation, Baylor University awards scholarships to students who demonstrate leadership through service. Selection is based on

  • Leadership
  • Academic ability
  • Community service

Collins Scholars are awarded a minimum of $5,200 their freshman year, renewable for three additional years provided they meet program requirements. To be eligible to apply, applicants must:

  • Be admitted to the University
  • Be in the top quarter of their graduating class
  • Have a minimum score of 1310 (combined Math and Evidenced- Based Reading and Writing) on the SAT or a minimum score of 28 on the ACT
  • Have completed a balanced college preparatory program including history, science and a foreign language
  • Be a resident of Texas

To apply, visit, or contact:

Carr P. Collins Scholars Program

Baylor University

Student Financial Aid Office

One Bear Place #97028

Waco, TX 76798-7028

1-800-BAYLOR-U, option 8-2


Interest Free Student Loan Programs

Frost Bank in Galveston is offering zero interest student loans to qualified applicants. In the event your student does not get enough scholarship money or grants to pay for college, this might be the next best resource. Please see the attachment for further information.

SFASU Pre-Law Academy

The Pre-Law Academy at Stephen F. Austin State University is encouraging high school students to take advantage of their summer Pre-Law Academy, June 9-June 16, 2018, which will  provide an overview of the key steps in becoming a lawyer, including:

  • Undergraduate study
  • Discussions with law admissions officers
  • Interactions with law school professors, judges and attorneys
  • An introduction to law, courts, and legal concepts
  • Career options
  • Participation in a Mock Trial competition


This program is unique to the State of Texas. Students are offered a week of interactive, engaging activities  at a reasonable cost (scholarships are available). Enrollment is limited to 50 students and admission to qualified students is on a first-come, first-served basis. More information can be found at


STARR EOC Retest Dates

Monday, December 4 -English 1

Tuesday, December 5 -Algebra 1 and US History

Wed, December 6- English 2

Thurs, December 7- Biology