Coy Holcombe

About Coy Holcombe

Superintendent of Eustace I.S.D., Eustace TX

Welcome Back and This Week

Today marks the start of the 2017-2018 school year. I want to take this opportunity to welcome the students and the parents to this new school year. We are starting several new programs this school year. Some of these programs include:

  • GermBlast – We have contracted with the GermBlast company to provide three treatments throughout the school year that are intended to provide additional protection against germs that may cause illness. The first treatment has already been done. Everything from school desks, chairs, tables, athletic equipment, and school buses were treated. The next treatment will be in October or November, with a final treatment in March or April.
  • Learning.com – This program will be provided to all students in grades K-8. The program is designed to introduce students to the process of programming.
  • MAP – This program is taking the place of the Renaissance STAR (not to be confused with the state assessment STAAR) testing program. MAP is designed to provide teachers, students, and parents with a better understanding of the areas in which students need additional assistance.
  • The district has also added 880 Chromebooks and 41 new computer carts. The goal is to have a computer cart with enough Chromebooks for every classroom in the district.
  • To accommodate the new Chromebooks, the district has increased its Internet capacity from 200mbps to 500mbps.
  • Also, in light of the additional Chromebooks, the district has added an additional Technology Integration Specialist. Each campus will now have there own full time TIS.
  • There will be a new robotics program at the High School.

In addition to the new programs, EISD will be continuing other programs:

  • Students in grades PK-8 will continue to eat breakfast and lunch at no cost.
  • The welding certification program is in its second year. Many new pieces of equipment were added by way of the JET grant the district received this past year.
  • The district will continue to pay for the cost of dual credit classes at the High School. This will include any required textbooks. The district will also pay for the cost of TSI test for students to qualify for the dual credit program.

Throughout the year, these programs will be discussed in more detail. If you have any questions about the programs provided at EISD, or have a suggestion about a program you would like to see at EISD, please do not hesitate to contact me at cholcombe@eustaceisd.net.

Again, welcome to the 2017-2018 school year!

This Week

Wednesday – First Day of Classes; Start of the 1st 6 Weeks

Thursday – Eustace Varsity Volleyball Tournament – Lady Bulldogs will play at 2:00, 5:00, and 7:00 today.

Friday – Eustace Varsity Volleyball Tournament; High School football scrimmage at Quinlan – 6:00

Saturday – JV & V Cross Country at Mansfield; Eustace Varsity Volleyball Tournament

I hope everyone has a great week!

Upcoming Dates

Believe it of not, things are getting underway for the 2017-2018 school year! This week we saw the official start of High School cross country and High School volleyball. Next Monday, August 7, is the start of football practice for the High School. August 7 is also the start of our staff development/work days. Below is a list of the activities and events scheduled over the next few weeks:

August 5 – Back to School Bash – First Baptist Church in Eustace 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM; Free school supplies, free immunizations, free haircuts, sports physicals – $10. Everyone is welcome!! Will also have free hotdogs and drinks!!

August 7 – Start of football practice

August 8 – Dual Volleyball match with Athens and Mildred in Eustace – 4:30

August 9 – Fish Camp – 1:00 High School

August 10 & 12 – Eustace JV Volleyball Tournament

August 10-12 – Varsity Volleyball at Van Tournament

August 14 – Meet the Teacher – Primary – 3:30; Intermediate – 4:00; Middle School – 4:30

August 15 – JV & V Volleyball at Malakoff – 5:00

August 16 – First Day of Classes – Start of the First 6 Weeks

August 17-19 – Eustace Varsity Volleyball Tournament

August 18 – JV & V Football Scrimmage at Quinlan – 6:00

August 19 – JV & V Cross Country at Mansfield

August 21 – Board Meeting

August 24-26 – Varsity Volleyball at Tyler Tournament

August 24 – JV & V Football Scrimmage at Kerens

August 26 – JV & V Cross Country at Union Grove

August 28 – Bulldog Bash – 6:30

August 29 – JV & V Volleyball at Athens – 5:00

August 31 – JV Football at Scurry – 6:00

September 1 – JV & V Volleyball v. Malakoff – 4:30; Varsity Football v. Scurry – 7:30

September 2 – MS, JV, & V Cross Country at Kaufman

September 4 – Labor Day Holiday

I hope this helps everyone plan for the month of August and the first of September. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at cholcombe@eustaceisd.net.

Summer School and Summer Feeding Program

Summer school starts Monday, June 5 and will end Thursday, June 29. If you have any questions about summer school, please contact the campuses.

Eustace ISD will again be hosting the Summer Feeding Program. Anyone who is 18 years of age or younger may participate in this program at no cost. There is no paperwork required. EISD will be hosting the Summer Program in the High School cafeteria. Breakfast is from 7:30 – 8:30. Lunch is served from 11:30 – 12:30. I encourage you to take full advantage of this program. Your child does NOT have to be in summer school in order to participate!

If you have any questions about the Summer Feeding Program, you may contact Rosemary Abbott at rabbott@eustaceisd.net, or you may send me an email at cholcombe@eustaceisd.net.

Getting Things Wrapped Up

As hard as it is to believe, we have 3 days left in the 2016-2017 school year. I would like to review some of the events that we have already held and some that will take place in the next four days.

First, a huge thank you to the Eustace Athletic Booster Club for an awesome athletic banquet! I want to take this opportunity to recognize the Booster Club Officers that worked tirelessly to make this banquet a huge success!

President – Leann Carlson

Vice-President – Tiffany Johnson

Treasurer – Kim Skinner

Secretary – Beth Estenson

Spirit – Tracy Pritchett

Spirit – Lisa Strawn

Concessions – Steve Skinner

Congratulations to all the athletes that received awards. You can check out the district’s Twitter account (@EustaceISD) for all the details. Also, you can see the Senior Ribbon Cutting Ceremony by clicking on this link: https://youtu.be/s48I2HTtW-Y.

Congratulations to Tiffany Miley on hosting a great National Honor Society Banquet. Pictures of the event may be found on the district’s Twitter account @EustaceISD

Mady Bragg, a sophomore at Eustace High School, won the silver medal at the UIL State Academic Meet in Lincoln/Douglas Debate. We are looking forward to seeing what Mady can accomplish the next two years!

I want to extend a special thank you to Brother Paul McKinney and the Eustace First Baptist Church for allowing us to utilize their great facilities for our athletic banquet, our National Honor Society Banquet, our senior breakfast, and for hosting the Baccalaureate service. Brother Paul and the Baptist Church allow the district to use their facilities at no cost to the district.

Tonight, the Baccalaureate Services will be held at Eustace First Baptist Church starting at 7:00 PM. There will be a reception for the students after the services.

Tomorrow, the Intermediate School will have their Awards Day. Tomorrow is also an early out day.

Friday is the end of the 6th 6 weeks and the final day of the 2016-2017 school year. The Intermediate School will host their Big Prize Giveaway and the championship of Money-aire. Friday is also an early release day.

Saturday, Eustace ISD will host the 2017 Graduation Ceremony in the E. L. Kirk Gym. Doors will open to the public at 9:00 AM. The ceremony will start at 10:00 AM. There will be seating available on the floor; however, this year, no one sitting on the floor will be allowed to leave until after the ceremony is complete. If you need to leave early, please sit in the stadium seating.

May 30 and 31 will be Staff Workdays.

Summer School will start on Monday, June 5. That is also the start of the Summer Feeding Program.

I hope everyone has a great end-of-school week!

 

 

Top Ten Banquet

On Tuesday of this week, Eustace High School hosted its annual Top Ten Banquet. At this banquet, the top ten graduating seniors each pick a staff member of Eustace ISD to honor. Below are the students and the staff member that was honored. Pictures of the event are included after the list.

Justin Legel – Chris Powers

Juan Garcia – Kenneth Carpenter

Calie Spivey – Cheri Spivey

Emma Lopez – Vikki GoDair

Temple Hendrickson – Jason Zacland

Ericsen Gudjohnsen – Josh Sypert

Samantha Tiner – Brent Ragland

Casie Spivey – Jeff Brown

Hana Abuhatab – Emmanuel Grady

Veronica Wheat – Shelby Adams

 

 

 

 

Top Ten Students with Staff Members

Top Ten Students with Staff Members

Staff Members

Staff Members

Top Ten Students

Top Ten Students

Veronica Wheat and Shelby Adams

Veronica Wheat and Shelby Adams

Hana Abuhatab and Emmanuel Grady

Hana Abuhatab and Emmanuel Grady

Casie Spivey and Jeff Brown

Casie Spivey and Jeff Brown

Samantha Tiner and Brent Ragland

Samantha Tiner and Brent Ragland

Ericsen Gudjohnsen and Josh Sypert

Ericsen Gudjohnsen and Josh Sypert

Temple Hendrickson

Temple Hendrickson

Emma Lopez and Vikki GoDair

Emma Lopez and Vikki GoDair

Calie Spivey and Cheri Spivey

Calie Spivey and Cheri Spivey

Juan Garcia and Kenneth Carpenter

Juan Garcia and Kenneth Carpenter

 

 

 

 

State Track Meet and This Week

Congratulations to Chanda Westbrook on an outstanding performance at the state track meet! Chanda placed 2nd in the 3200m run and 3rd in the 1600m run. On her way, Chanda broke her own school record in the 3200m by 17.5 seconds, finishing with a time of 11:12.71!! In the 1600m, Chanda also broke the school record with a time of 5:10.6!! In the fall, Chanda was the Conference 3A State Champion in Cross Country. Bulldog Proud of Chanda!!

This Week

We are now down to 10 days left in the 2016-2017 school year. There are a lot of activities and events during those 10 days.

The Primary has its AR Store opened all week.

Monday – Middle School Band Soundpost Festival; Reception for Henry Carter – 4:30 Bus Barn; Board Meeting – 7:00 PM High School library

Tuesday – Beginning Band Soundpost Festival; Top 10 Dinner – 6:00

Wednesday – High School Daytime Awards Assembly

Thursday – Middle School Awards Night – 6:00; High School Awards Night – 7:00

Friday – 2nd Grade Math Blast; Kathy Floyd’s Reception – 3:30 – 5:00 – Primary Library

Saturday – Sports Banquet – First Baptist Church in Eustace – Food Served at 5:00; Awards start at 6:00

I hope everyone has a great week!

Employee Appreciation Banquet

Last night, EISD hosted the annual Employee Appreciation Banquet. This year, the banquet was held in the Primary cafeteria. After a barbecue dinner, Service Pins were awarded, retirees were honored, and names were drawn for door prizes.

I would like to thank all those who provided donations for door prizes. This year, we had so many prizes that everyone in attendance received at least one prize!

I want to congratulate and thank all the employees that received Service Pins. Rosemary Abbott, our food service director, received her 35 year pin last night. Henry Carter, our transportation director, received his 40 year pin! Mr. Carter is also retiring after 40 years of service to the students, staff, and community that make up EISD. Janice Beasley, our assistant superintendent, is also retiring after 38 years of service.

Below are the Service Pin awards and the retirees that were honored:

5 Years
Dallas Cox
Brandon Grayson
Cody Lowe
Ashley Moulton
Rebekah Oakley
Trevor Thorne
Debbie Turner
Patricia Umana
Michael Wheat

10 Years
Shelby Adams
Kara Castro
Betsy Foster
Frank Garner
Wendy Gonzales
Denise McAfee
Michael McManus
Shawnn Oliver
Tonya Richardson
Kenneth Shelton
Josh Sypert
Cody Taylor

15 Years
Melanie Bailey
Tammy Gaddis
Vikki GoDair
Renee Martin
Shannon Milner
Melissa Smith
Stan Sowers
Kari Stephens
Jennifer Warner

20 Years
Sandra Brown
Amy Huggins
Kim Purselley

25 Years
Robin McCarter
Rodney Key

35 Years
Rosemary Abbott

40 Years
Henry Carter

Retirees

Kathy Floyd – 19 years

Kathy Clardy – 22 years

Janice Beasley – 38 years

Henry Carter – 40 years

 

This Week

First, an update on how things are going at the school. We have plenty of bottled water for students and staff. I just received a call from the mayor and the boil water notification has been lifted.

Also, I want to thank Brother Paul and the First Baptist Church for allowing the immense amount of donations to be stored in their gym area. If anyone has any needs (food, clothing, water, etc.) please go by the Baptist Church.

I want to also thank all the people that have donated supplies and that have helped with dealing with those supplies. People literally came from all over the state to help.

Finally, a thank you to all the people that have helped with those homes that were impacted by the storms. I know that there were dozens of people helping those families.

The National Honor Society Banquet that was scheduled for tonight has been postponed.

This is Teacher Appreciation Week.

Throughout this week the Primary School will be conducting end of year Guided Reading assessments. Also, end of course tests at the High School and Middle School will be taken this week.

There will be playoff baseball games this Friday and Saturday against Scurry. Friday’s game will be in Scurry and start at 6:00. Saturday’s games will be played in Eustace. Game 2 will start at 1:00. If necessary, game 3 will start after the conclusion of game 2.

Congratulations to Chanda Westbrook on qualifying for the State Track meet in the 3200m run and the 1600m run!!

The FFA Banquet will the this Friday in the High School cafeteria. The banquet will start at 6:30.

I hope everyone has a great week!

New Student Report Cards from TEA

Each year, the Texas Education Agency(TEA) provides a report card on how students have performed on the STAAR exams. These report cards contain a wealth of information for parents and teachers to use in determining how students are doing on grade level materials. However, some parts of the report cards were confusing and difficult to understand.

TEA has redesigned the look of the student report cards. These new report cards will be issued this summer. TEA has produced a video that describes the changes and other features of the new report card. Below is a link to that video. I encourage all parents and guardians to take a few minutes and review this video.

https://youtu.be/tGPaOgDJeys