I appreciate everyone’s patience with the unplanned 6 day break last week. We still have almost a day and a half of extra time to work with during the spring semester. As of right now, none of the days missed will have to be made up.
Monday – Middle School Basketball: Girls at Scurry; Boys host Scurry – 5:00
Tuesday – High School Basketball v. Alba-Golden – 4:00
Thursday – Called Board Meeting – 6:00 – High School Library
I hope everyone had a great Christmas break! We are now into the second semester of the 2017-2018 school year. Today is the start of the 4th 6 weeks. There are 93 instructional days in the 2nd semester. The 2nd semester will also have several holidays: January 15, February 19, March 12 – 16, March 30, and April 20.
As is always the case, the 2nd semester will feature many different events and activities. Check back here and follow us on Twitter for the latest updates.
Congratulations to the JV girls, JV boys, and varsity boys on posting district basketball wins against Quitman last night!
Wednesday – Start of 4th 6 Weeks
Thursday – Report cards issued; Perfect Attendance and Right Choice Awards – Intermediate; Middle School Basketball – Boys at Grand Saline & Girls v. Grand Saline – 5:00; Construction Committee Meeting – 6:00 – High School library
Friday – 3rd 6 Weeks Drawings – Intermediate School; High School basketball v. Grand Saline – 4:00
Saturday – High School Band Area Auditions; Cheerleading Show-Off – 8:00 – 2:00 – Kirk Gym
Congratulations to Jorgann Holgerson on placing third in Informative Speaking at the Ennis Christmas Classic competition! Jorgann is pictured below with her trophy:
Congratulations to the boys and girls basketball teams on their performance at the Trinidad Tournament. The girls won the Consolation Championship and the boys were Tournament Champions. The girls finished with three wins in a row at the tournament and the boys have now won 10 games in a row.
This is the last week of the 3rd six weeks and the first semester. Thursday and Friday are early release days. The Primary will be having their Season’s Readings and AR Store Monday through Wednesday.
Monday – Middle School girls basketball at Alba-Golden; Middle School boys basketball v. Alba-Golden – 5:00
Tuesday – 2nd Grade Christmas Around the World; 2nd Grade Music Program; High School boys basketball v. Chapel Hill; High School girls district basketball at Scurry
Wednesday – 1st Grade Santa Workshop
Thursday – Early Release Day; Primary Movie Day; TAPR Public Hearing 6:45 – High School library; Board Meeting – 7:00 High School library
Friday – Early Release Day; End of 3rd 6 Weeks; Primary – Campus Christmas Parties; Intermediate – 1st Semester Drawings and Money-aire; JV & VG District Basketball v. Edgewood – 4:00; JV & V Boys Basketball at Fruitvale – 4:30
Monday – December 18 – JV & V Boys Basketball v. Crossroads – 6:00
Tuesday – JV & V Girls District Basketball at Alba-Golden – 1:00; JV & V Boys Basketball at Rains – 4:30
December 18 – January 1 – Christmas Holidays
January 2 – Staff Workday
January 3 – Start of 4th 6 Weeks
I hope everyone has a great week and a great Christmas break!
Congratulations to the EHS varsity boys basketball team on winning the championship of the Elkhart Tournament. The Bulldogs posted wins over Kennard, Elkhart, and Troup to bring home the championship trophy.
The Middle School girls 7A team won the consolation championship in the Canton Tournament. The 7A girls lost in a buzzer beater to Crandall, and then posted wins over Whitehouse and Lindale for the consolation championship.
The High School will be doing End-of-Course testing throughout this week.
Primary will continue with Season’s Readings all this week. Starting Thursday, the Primary will have its AR Store open.
I’m sure some of you have noticed the beautiful Christmas Tree in front of the High School cafeteria. The use of that tree for this holiday season was donated by Josh Truitt and Christmas Décor.
Monday – High School Band All Region Tryouts; MS Girls Basketball v. Mineola – 5:00; MS Boys Basketball at Mineola – 5:00; Construction Committee Meeting – 6:00 – High School Library
Tuesday – JVG & VG v. Wills Point – 5:00
Thursday – Middle School One Act Play Contest at Kemp: Middle School and High School Christmas Concert – 7:00 PM – High School Auditorium; 9th & JV boys basketball at Van Tournament; Varsity Boys and Varsity Girls Basketball at Trinidad Tournament
Friday -9th & JV boys basketball at Van Tournament; Varsity Boys and Varsity Girls Basketball at Trinidad Tournament
Saturday – 9th & JV boys basketball at Van Tournament; Varsity Boys and Varsity Girls Basketball at Trinidad Tournament; Christmas on the Square
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.
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:
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Amy Green – Superior Rank
Jared Eaton – Excellent Rank
Jonathon Guard – Good Rank