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 http://www.bigsunathletics.com.
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
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.
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:
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.
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
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.
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!
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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!!
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
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 www.imagine-america.org 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 https://picturekeeper.com/ 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
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 www.baylor.edu/admissions/CarrPCollins, or contact:
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:
Discussions with law admissions officers
Interactions with law school professors, judges and attorneys
An introduction to law, courts, and legal concepts
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 www.sfasu.edu/pre-lawacademy.