Welcome Back, Bulldogs!!

Tomorrow, we officially start the 2018-2019 school year. This is always an exciting time for our students, staff, and parents. I would ask that everyone remember a couple of things:

  • On the first day, the buses may be a little early or a little late with their routes. It takes a couple of days to get new riders accommodated on our routes.
  • The traffic is usually fairly heavy the first couple of days. Please be patient with our unloading and loading of students.
  • It will take a couple of days for our dismissal routine in the afternoon to be completed in a timely manner. Just like the students getting back into their routine, it takes a little time for the campuses to get back in their routines.

We appreciate the great turnout for Meet the Teacher yesterday.

Many of our students have already been putting in practice time. Cross country, volleyball, and the Mighty Bulldog Marching Band have been practicing since August 1. The Bulldog High School football players have been practicing since August 6.

We have already had several volleyball scrimmages and matches. Today, the High School volleyball teams host Alba-Golden with the first game starting at 4:30. This Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, the Lady Bulldogs host their annual varsity volleyball tournament. There will be teams from all over at this tournament. I will be providing playing times on our Twitter feed @EustaceISD.

Our High School football teams travel to Edgewood this Friday for their first scrimmage of the year. The scrimmage is set to start at 6:30.

I will be providing updates on events and activities throughout the year. If you have any questions or comments, please do not hesitate to email me at cholcombe@eustaceisd.net.  I look  forward to another great year for EISD.



Athletic Banquet

Saturday, the Athletic Booster Club hosted the annual Athletic Banquet at the first Baptist Church in Eustace. Following a meal, each athletic team was recognized by their coaches. The following awards were announced at the banquet:

Boys Offseason Award – Francisco Gomez
Girls Offseason Award – Madison Holbert
Volleyball Heart Award – Zoie Bailey and Reece Thorne
Volleyball Newcomer of the Year – Rubi Bailey
Volleyball MVP – Hailey Purselley
Girls Cross Country Newcomer of the Year – Jordan Romano
Girls Cross Country Heart Award – Reece Thorne
Girls Cross Country MVP – Sabrina Davis
Boys Cross Country Newcomer of the Year – Collin Sutton
Boys Cross Country Hear Award – Jaden Lopez
Boys Cross Country MVP – Dalton Page
Football Offensive MVP – Alejandro Sanchez and Clifton Johnson
Football Team MVP – Cory Strawn
Football 11 Strong Award – Joey Harris and Michael Schultz
Cheer Most Improved – Juliana Machado
Cheer Heart Award – McKenna Lilly
Cheer Most Spirited – Brooke Caldwell
Cheer Best All-Round – Zoie Bailey
Girls Basketball Newcomer of the Year – Kendal Lowry
Girls Basketball Heart Award – Madelyn Bristow
Girls Basketball Defensive Player of the Year – Lilly Sorrels
Girls Basketball Offensive Player of the Year – Madison Holbert
Girls Basketball MVP – Zoie Bailey
Boys Basketball Heart Award – Tucker Reeve
Boys Basketball Defensive Players of the Year – Kelly Ashton and Joey Harris
Boys Basketball Offensive Player of the Year – Clifton Johnson
Boys Basketball MVP – Ethan Austin
Boys Powerlifting MVP – Marcus Staggs
Girls Powerlifting MVP – Raini Goodell
Fishing Team of the Year – Colby Carpenter and Micah Everitt
Softball Offensive Player of the Year – Haley Purselley
Softball Defensive Player of the Year – Katelyn Ridgle
Softball MVP – Jacee Gray
Baseball Pitcher of the Year – Cody Strawn
Baseball Offensive MVP – Chris Carlson
Baseball MVP – All the Senior Players
Boys Golf Most Improved – Paxton Schwartz
Boys Golf MVP – Clayton Carpenter
Girls Golf Most Improved – Tabitha Rigby
Girls Golf MVP – Bethany McKinness
Girls Track Field Event MVP – Miranda Fotenot
Girls Track Newcommers of the Year – Sara Larson & Krisslyn Westbrook
Girls Track Heart Award – Jana Peters
Girls Track MVP – Bailey Holbert
Boys Track Newcomer of the Year – Colby Carpenter
Boys Track Hear Award – Alejandro Sanchez and Tristan Costello
Boys Track MVP – Dalton Page

Team of the Year – Boys and Girls Track Teams

Code Purple Award – Michael Schultz and Zoie Bailey

Male Athletes of the Year – Cory Strawn and Clifton Johnson

Female Athlete of the Year – Hailey Purselley

Athletes of the Year
Code Purple Award
Boys Track
Boys Track
Girls Track
Girls Track
Golf Teams
Varsity Baseball
Fishing Team
Varsity Boys Basketball
Varsity Girls Basketball
Cheer Team
Cheer Team
Student Trainers
Varsity Football
Varsity Football
Leann Carlson receiving School Bell Award for outstanding servcie to the students of EISD.
Varsity Volleyball
Girls Cross Country
Boys Cross Country
Boys Cross Country
Scholarship Recipeints
James Beverly receiving a special award from the Booster Club.


FFA Banquet and This Week

Last Friday, the Eustace FFA Chapter held their annual banquet. The banquet was held in the High School cafeteria and was catered by Danny’s BBQ. There was a great turnout for the event, and I want to thank everyone that came out to show their support for our FFA chapter and our students. I also want to thank our ag teachers, Theresa Tindel, Steve Stegall, and McKayla Arnold, for another great year and for their hard work and dedication to the students of EISD!

This Week

This is the last week of the 2017-2018 school year. Students attend classes four days this week. Friday is a staff work day.

Monday – Intermediate – Right Choice and Perfect Attendance Awards; Board Meeting – 6:00 – High School Library

Tuesday – Intermediate School – Money-aire and Skating

Wednesday – Early Out Day; Early Childhood – Water Day; Intermediate School – Awards Day; Baccalaureate – 7:00 PM – First Baptist Church in Eustace

Thursday – Last Day of Classes; Early Out Day; Intermediate School – Big Prize Giveaway & Money-aire

Friday – Staff Workday

Saturday – Graduation – 10:00 AM – E. L. Kirk Gym

Monday, May 28 – Memorial Day Holiday

I hope everyone has a great week!

Top 10 Banquet

The annual Top 10 Banquet was held last night at Vetoni’s. The Top 10 Banquet allows our top 10 graduates to honor a special teacher that made a difference in their time at EISD. The students write a letter to their teacher and read it to the teacher and the audience. The teachers are presented with the framed letter, a certificate, and a plaque. The students also receive a certificate.

Below are the students and the teachers that they chose to honor:

Graduating 10th  – Hayden Shaddox   Teacher – Chris Powers

Hayden Shaddox and Chris Powers

Graduating 9th  – Charles “Bucky” Womble    Teacher – Steve Stegall

Bucky Womble and Steve Stegall

Graduating 8th – Tanner Van Horn     Teacher – Ronnie Babcock

Tanner Van Horn and Ronnie Babcock

Graduating 7th – Jazmine Valencia             Teacher – Ashley Moulton

Jazmine Valencia and Ashley Moulton

Graduating 6th – Brooke Caldwell             Teacher – Vikki GoDair

Brooke Caldwell and Vikki GoDair

Graduating 5th – Anna Gaddis                                         Teacher – Sunny Hardy

Anna Gaddis and Sunny Hardy

Graduating 4th – Jessica Plunk                                      Teacher – Cody Taylor

Jessica Plunk and Cody Taylor

Graduating 3rd – Jodi Costlow                                          Teacher – Theresa Tindel

Jodi Costlow and Theresa Tindel

Graduating 2nd – Shelby Jade Evans                    Teacher – Tiffany Miley

Jade Evans and Tiffany Miley

Graduating 1st – Micah Zimmerer                     Teacher – Josh Sypert

Micah Zimmerer and Josh Sypert

The Top 10 Students

Top 10 Students

Top 10 Students with Teachers

Top 10 Students with Teachers



















National Honor Society Banquet

The annual National Honor Society Banquet was held on Monday at the First Baptist Church in Eustace. Following a catered meal from Danny’s BBQ, students were recognized for their service hours and the number of years they had been in the NHS.

The following seniors received their NHS collars that will be worn at graduation:


The following students received their NHS patches for their letter jackets:
ABBIE CATES                         MACKENZIE NOLEN
SADIE CATES                         MAKAYLA PFOH

The following students are new NHS members for the 2017-2018 school year:
LACIE BYRD                                   COOPER CATES
RAINI GOODELL                          DAVID GILBREATH
JANA PETERS                                MAGGIE GROOM
KATELYN RIDGLE                       DAVID GROSE
MCKENZIE HOYT                        JADEN LOPEZ
KOLE GRAHAM                            ERYN MERONEY
ZOE TUNNELL                              DALTON PAGE

The 2017-2018 NHS Officers were:
Olivia Grose—President
Jade Evans—Vice President
Destiny Ashton—Secretary
Jazmine Valencia—Treasurer

The 2018-2019 NHS Officers are:
Treasurer: Brooke McAtee
Secretary: Blake Martin
Vice President: Reece Thorne
President: Yasmine Washington

A few highlights from the 2017-2018 NHS:
Senior with most NHS hours: Bethany McKinness – She had 1308 hours this year.
Junior with most NHS hours: Madison Holbert – She had 403 hours this year.
Sophomore with the most NHS hours: Hannah Patterson – She had 176 hours this year.
Most hours overall in NHS was Bethany McKinness. She is graduating with 1839 hours.
The 2017-2018 NHS students turned in a total of  13,231 hours of community service!


The 2017-2018 NHS sponsor was Sarah Sapp.

A very special thank you to Amanda Planeta and Dora Cavazos for their help in planning, organizing, and officiating this year’s NHS Banquet! Also, a special thank you to Amanda Planeta for supplying the names for this post.

Baseball and This Week

The Bulldog’s baseball season came to an end this past weekend in the Area round. The Bulldogs ended the year as district runner up and as bi-district champs. Congratulations to the Bulldogs on a great year!!

There are nine days left in the 2017 – 2018 school year.

This Week

There will be state testing done throughout this week. This is also banquet week, with different banquets taking place all week long. Primary will have their AR Store opened all week.

Monday – Grades 5 & 8 Math retest; Grades 3, 4, 6, & 7 STAAR Math; National Honor Society Banquet – 6:00 – First Baptist Church

Tuesday – Grades 5 & 8 Reading retest; Grades 3, 4, 6, & 7 STAAR Reading; Top 10 Banquet – 6:00 – Vetoni’s

Wednesday – Grades 5 & 8 – Science; High School Daytime Awards – 10:00 AM

Thursday – Grade 8 – Social Studies; Middle School Awards Night – 6:00 – Middle School Gym; High School Awards Night – 7:00 – Auditorium

Friday – STAAR Make-Up Day; 2nd Grade Math Blast; FFA Banquet – High School Cafeteria

Saturday – Athletic Banquet

I hope everyone has a great week!

Employee Appreciation Banquet

Last night, Eustace ISD hosted its annual Employee Appreciation Banquet at the First Baptist Church in Eustace. After a meal, catered by Danny’s BBQ, employees were recognized for years of service. Below are the employees that received service pins:

5 Years
Ronnie Babcock
Krissey Bailey
Mary Beverly
Teri Clark
Tricia Corder
Deborah Hanson
Crystal Heidle
Angela Herring
Roy Jones
Tiffany Miley
Tricia Perry
Perry Ray
James Taylor
Nickole Traughber
Renae Traywick

10 Years
Tammy Harvey
Kathryn Hendrickson

15 Years
James Beverly
Darlene Bolton
Jessie Boyd
Rebecca Cantrell
Veronica Gunderson
Sabrina Kavanaugh
Renee Martin
Rusty Meyners
Theresa Tindel
Willie Umana
Mary Walker

20 Years
Cindy Babcock
Kristi Bragg
Sherry Dudley
Deanna Haynes
Debbie McConathy
Bret Powers
David Sutton
Tina Sutton
Marcy Warren

25 Years
Alison Bristow
Candice Burns
Vicky Marshall

40 Years
Judy Wimberley

Four staff members were recognized that are retiring at the end of this school year:

Mary Walker – Middle School Teacher – 15 years with Eustace
Candice Burns – Middle School Teacher – 25 years with Eustace
Holly Bailey – Primary School Teacher – 29 years with Eustace
Rosemary Abbott – Food Service Director – 36 years with Eustace

15 Year Service Pins
5 Year Service Pins
10 Year Service Pins
20 Year Service Pins
25 Year Service Pins


Judy Wimberly receives 40 Year Service Pin
Candice Burns Retires
Holly Bailey Retires
Mary Walker Retires
Rosemary Abbott Retires

Following the awards, drawings were held for door prizes.  Through the efforts of Markie Saye and Mona Thomas, everyone in attendance received at least one door prize! Thanks Markie and Mona!! And, a very special thank you to all the businesses and individuals that donated prizes for our Banquet.

A special thank you to our Board of Trustees for providing this opportunity to celebrate our employees. Also, a special thank you to Karen Thompson for keeping up with the service pins and other awards. Finally, a special thank you to Brother Paul McKinney and the First Baptist Church for allowing us to use their wonderful facility!

Track, Baseball, and This Week

Congratulations to Dalton Page on qualifying for the State Track Meet in the 1600m run!! Dalton placed 2nd in the 1600m at the Regional Track Meet on Saturday.

Congratulations also go out to the Bulldog baseball team on their win over Grand Saline last Friday. With that win, the Bulldogs take sole possession of 2nd place in the district. The Bulldogs will face Kemp in the bi-district round of the state playoffs this Thursday and Friday. The games will be played in Mabank. Starting times will be posted to the district’s Tweeter account later in the week.

Also, last Friday was the Bulldog’s last home game of the season. The senior players were honored before the game. I want to send a special thank you to all our senior baseball players!

2018 Senior Baseball Players

April 30 – May 4 is Teacher Appreciation Week.

Monday – Early Voting for Bond Election

Tuesday – Last Day for Early Voting in Bond Election

Thursday – Bi-District Baseball Playoff v. Kemp in Mabank

Friday – Bi-District Baseball Playoff v. Kemp in Mabank

Saturday – Election Day for Bond Proposal

I hope everyone has a great week!














Area Track Results and Regional Qualifiers

Congratulations go out to both the boys and girls track teams on finishing in 3rd place at the Area Meet. There were a total of 17 girls and 17 boys teams participating in the Area Meet. The  boys team finished 1 point behind the 2nd place team.

Here are the girls results:

800m Run – Macy Penix – 3rd Place; Brooke McAtee – 5th Place

1600m Run – Sabrina Davis – 4th  Place; Brooke McAtee – 5th Place; Krislynn Westbrook – 6th Place

3200m Run – Sabrina Davis – 3rd Place; Krislynn Westbrook – 4th Place; Yasmine Washington – 6th Place

100m Hurdles – Reece Thorne – 3rd Place; Sara Larson – 4th Place

300m Hurdles – Bailey Holbert – 4th Place; Reece Thorne – 6th Place

4 x 100m Relay – 5th Place – Erica Hoops, Bailey Holbert, Jana Peters, & Sierra Castillo

4 x 200m Relay – 5th Place – Erica Hoops, Sara Larson, Jana Peters, & Sierra Castillo

4 x 400m Relay – 5th Place – Macy Penix, Ella Taylor, Bailey Holbert, Reece Thorne

Shot Put – Miranda Fontenot – 2nd Place

Discus – Miranda Fontenot – 3rd Place

High Jump – Hannah Patterson – 4th Place; Erica Hoops – 5th Place; Jessica Plunk – 6th Place

Pole Vault – Carly Hunt – 5th Place

Girls Regional Qualifiers – Macy Penix (800m Run), Sabrina Davis(1600m Run, 3200m Run), Krislynn Westbrook(3200m Run), Reece Thorne(100m Hurdles), Sara Larson(100m Hurdles), Bailey Holbert(300m Hurdles), Miranda Fontenot(Shot, Discus), and Hannah Patterson(High Jump).

Boys Results:

100m Dash – Tristian Castillo – 5th Place

400m Dash – Cody Carpenter – 6th Place

800m Run – Dalton Page – 2nd Place

1600m Run – Dalton Page – 2nd Place; Jaden Lopez – 5th Place

3200m Run – Dalton Page – 2nd Place; Nicholas Westbrook – 4th Place

300m Hurdles – Tristian Castillo – 3rd Place

4 x 100m Relay – 4th Place – Cory Strawn, Tristian Castillo, Alejandro Sanchez, & Clifton Johnson

4 x 200m Relay – 4th Place – Cory Strawn, Ethan Austin, Alejandro Sanchez

4 x 400m Relay – 2nd Place – Cory Strawn, Cody Carpenter, Alejandro Sanchez, Joey Harris

Long Jump – Ethan Austin – 5th Place

Triple Jump – Cory Strawn – 2nd Place

High Jump – Ethan Austin – 5th Place

Pole Vault – Bucky Womble – 6th Place

Regional Qualifiers – Dalton Page(800m Run, 3200m Run, 1600m Run), Nicholas Westbrook(3200m Run), Tristian Castillo(300m Hurdles, 4 x 100m Relay), Cory Strawn(4 x 100m Relay, 4 x 200m Relay, 4 x 400m Relay, Triple Jump), Alejandro Sanchez( 4 x 100m Relay, 4 x 200m Relay, 4 x 400m Relay), Clifton Johnson( 4 x 100m Relay), Ethan Austin(4 x 200m Relay), Cody Carpenter(4 x 400m Relay).



This Week

Our Bass Team came up just a few pounds short of qualifying for the state tournament in their first year to compete. The team is already looking forward to next year. A special thank you goes to our bass team coach, Kenneth Carpenter. Another special thank you goes to all the boat captains for their time, effort, and dedication to the students.

The Primary will be doing Guided Reading assessments throughout this week for kindergarten students.

I will have the results of the Area Track Meet and the list of Regional Qualifiers later today. A separate post with that information will be done.

This Week

Tuesday – District Baseball at Grand Saline

Wednesday – Primary – Faculty and Group Pictures

Thursday – Band Concert – 7:00

Friday – 2nd Grade Science Fair; Regional Track Meet at Whitehouse; District Baseball v. Grand Saline – 8:00 – Senior Night

Saturday – Regional Track Meet at Whitehouse

I hope everyone has a great week!