Bulldog Band Earns Division I at Region

Yesterday, the Mighty Eustace Bulldog Marching Band earned a  Division I rating at the Region 3 UIL Marching Contest! By earning a Division I, the Bulldog Band qualified to compete in the Area Marching Contest on October 28. The Area Contest will be in Denton.

You can view the entire performance from yesterday below:

Congratulation to the students and directors, Todd Felty and Crystal Heidle. Also, a special thanks to all the people that went to Mesquite to support the Bulldog Band.

The band’s reaction when they learned they had received a Division I:


This Week

Congratulations to all of the EHS cross country teams on placing first at the district cross country meet. The varsity teams will now compete at the Regional Cross Country Meet in Grand Prairie. The Regional Meet will be on Monday, October 23.

The Middle School boys cross country team also placed first and the Middle School girls team placed second.

The varsity volleyball team continued their win streak with wins over Kemp and Alba-Golden last week. The Lady Bulldogs host Quitman on Tuesday and travel to Scurry this Friday.

The Mighty Bulldog Marching Band has competed at the Mesquite Marching Festival and the Cedar Creek Marching Festival in preparation for the UIL Regional Marching Contest. The contest is this Wednesday in Mesquite. The Bulldog Band will perform at 3:45.

This Week

Monday – Band Practice – 6:30; Board Meeting – 7:00

Tuesday – Middle School Fall Pictures; JV & V District Volleyball v. Quitman – 4:30; Tax Sale – High School Auditorium – 6:00

Wednesday – UIL Marching Contest – Mesquite Memorial Stadium – 3:45

Thursday – Middle School Football at Elkhart – 5:00; JV Football v. Elkhart – 6:00

Friday – JV & V Volleyball at Scurry – 4:30; Varsity District Football at Elkhart – 7:30


This Week

Congratulations to the varsity volleyball team on closing out the first half of district play with a 3-1 win over Edgewood! The Lady Bulldogs start the second half of district this Tuesday when they host Mineola. First game is set to start at 4:30.

The Bulldogs lost a hard fought district game against Groesbeck, 20-19. The Bulldogs will host Teague this Friday. Kickoff is set for 7:30.

This Week

Monday – Middle School Volleyball -5:00 PM – Eustace; Band Practice – 6:30

Tuesday – JV & V District Volleyball v. Mineola – 4:30

Wednesday – Intermediate School – Fund Raiser Begins

Thursday – MS Football at Malakoff – 5:00; JV District Football at Teague – 6:00

Friday – JV & V District Volleyball v. Grand Saline – 4:30; Varsity District Football v. Teague – 7:30

Saturday – Mesquite Marching Festival

Monday, October 9 – District Holiday; District Cross Country Meet at Mineola

I hope everyone has a great week!

This Week

Congratulations to the boys and girls cross country teams on their performance at the Lovejoy Meet this past Saturday. For the first time this year, the girls ran in the 5A-6A division at a meet. In this division, the course increases from 2 miles to 5K. Out of 30 teams, the Lady Bulldogs placed 3rd! The boys also ran well in the 5A-6A division, placing 6th out of 36 teams!

Tonight, the Eustace Board of Trustees will be holding a called meeting. The purpose of the called meeting is to receive a legislative update from the district’s attorney, John Hardy. After the update, the board will tour the new Agricultural Science/Mechanics building and get a look at the new equipment furnished by the JET grant that the district received. If you would like to see the equipment, please feel free to join us tonight. The meeting will start at 6:00 PM and will be held in the High School library.

This Week

Monday – Start of 2nd 6 Weeks; Band Practice – 6:30; Called Board Meeting – 6:00

Tuesday – JV & V Volleyball v. Scurry – 4:30

Thursday – Perfect Attendance Treats – Intermediate; Report Cards Issued; Middle School Football v. Scurry – 4:30; JV District Football v. Groesbeck

Friday – Right Choice/1st 6 Weeks Drawings – Intermediate School; JV & V Volleyball at Edgewood – 4:30; Varsity District Football at Groesbeck – 7:30

Saturday – Middle School, JV, & V Cross Country at Van

I hope everyone has a great week!


How a Dollar is Spent at EISD

Each year, I try to update how a dollar is spent at EISD. I calculate this based on the percent of expenditures for a given Function. To determine this percentage, I take the amount of funds budgeted in a Function and divided that by the total M & O budget. The  M & O budget is used for the daily operation of the district. Once a percent is known, then that percent is applied to a dollar. The total M & O budget for 2017-2018 is about $13.4 million. For 2017-2018, this is how a dollar in the M & O budget is spent:

Construction (Repair, maintenance, and projects throughout the year) – $0.01

Other Intergovernmental Charges (Payment for tax collections) – $0.01

Library – $0.01

Curriculum and Instruction – $0.01

Instructional Leadership – $0.01

Health – $0.01

Technology – $0.03

Administration – $0.04

Transportation – $0.04

Counseling – $0.04

Co-curricular/Extracurricular – $0.05

School Leadership – $0.06

Maintenance – $0.09

Instruction – $0.59

Note: The amounts above will not add up to exactly $1.00 because of rounding.

While it may seem that spending $0.01/dollar for some of the Functions is not very much, when you take into consideration a $13.4 million budget, that could correspond to an amount up to $134,000 for a Function.

One of the reasons that Maintenance is higher than other Functions is that all utilities (water, electricity, phone, natural gas) are paid under Maintenance.

If you have any questions about how a dollar is spent at EISD, please do not hesitate to contact me. The easiest way is to email me at cholcombe@eustaceisd.net.


Board Meeting Last Night

Last night, the Eustace ISD Board of Trustees held their regular monthly meeting. The Board took the following actions:

  • Approved the minutes of previous meetings.
  • Approved the financial reports as presented.
  • Approved the Resolution to Offer Struck-Off Properties at Sheriff’s Tax Foreclosure Sale as amended.
  • Approved the 2017-2018 District Improvement Plan.
  • Approved the 2017-2018 Campus Improvement Plans.
  • Approved the purchase of up to 4 flat panel interactive screens.
  • Accepted the resignation of Misty Chestnut.
  • Approved the employment of Norma Rueter, cook at the High School; Eric McLeod, custodian at the Middle School; Tiffany Smith, PPCD aide at the Primary; Shelby Stegent, 1st grade teacher.
  • Approved the substitute list as presented.
  • Approved the student transfers as presented.
  • Adjourned.

This Week and Board Meeting Tonight

Congratulations to the varsity volleyball team on their win against Kemp last Friday. The Lady Bulldogs improved to 2-1 in district play.

Congratulations to the varsity football team on their win against Palmer last Friday. The win puts the Bulldogs at 3-0 going into their bye-week.

The EHS Bass Team competed in their first tournament on Saturday. Below is information provided by the Bass Team sponsor, Kenneth Carpenter.

We had four of our six teams competing this weekend at Lake Ray Hubbard. Two teams made it to weigh in. Wesley Kirchenbauer and Clay Carpenter placed 47th overall and Micah and Colby Carpenter placed 76 overall. 181 teams competed and only 98 teams made it to the weigh in trailer. Our other two teams competing were Colton Tumlinson -Luis Garcia and Cade Adair-Ryan Powers. Neither team caught a scorable bass, but fished hard. Overall, it was a lot of fun and the kids really seemed to enjoy it. Next tournament is here at Cedar Creek October 14 at Log Cabin.

The Mighty Bulldog Marching Band is getting more of their contest show ready each week. Their first contest is October 7 at Mesquite.

This Week

The district will be having a district wide evacuation drill Tuesday. The drill will take place around 9:00 AM.

Monday – Middle School Volleyball at Kemp – 5:00; Band Practice 6:30; School Board Meeting – 7:00 – High School Library

Tuesday – JV and Varsity District Volleyball v. Alba-Golden – 4:30

Thursday – Individual Pictures – Intermediate School; Middle School Football v. Dallas Life Oak – 4:30; JV Football – Open

Friday – End of 1st 6 Weeks; JV & Varsity Volleyball at Quitman – 4:30; Varsity Football – Open

Saturday – JV & Varsity Cross Country at Lovejoy

I hope everyone has a great week!

Board Meeting Tonight

The Eustace ISD Board of Trustees will hold their regular monthly meeting tonight. The meeting will start at 7:00 PM and be held in the High School library. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend.

The Board will hear the following reports:

  • RevTrak Report
  • 2016-2017 District and Campus Improvement Plans Evaluation
  • Capital One Rebate
  • ACT/SAT Report
  • July Energy Savings
  • Update on Enrollment
  • The Board will also hear a report from Doug Whitt.

The Board may consider action on the following agenda items:

  • Minutes of Previous Meetings
  • Financial Reports
  • Resolution to Offer Struck Off Properties at Tax Sale
  • TASB Delegate
  • 2017-2018 District Improvement Plan and Campus Improvement Plans
  • Purchase of Interactive Flat Panel Screens

The Board will enter closed session to discuss personnel and staffing and student transfers. Any action taken on closed session items will be made in open session.


This Week

Friday, the Lady Bulldogs started district play in volleyball. After dropping the first game to Mineola, the Lady Dogs came back and won the next three to go to 1-0 in district play. The Lady Bulldogs continue district play this week with games at Grand Saline on Tuesday and at home against Kemp on Friday.

The varsity football team went to 2-0 on the year with a 56-7 win over Quitman. This week the Bulldogs travel to Palmer for their last pre-district football game. Kickoff is set for 7:30.

Congratulations go out to the Mighty Bulldog Marching Band and the varsity cheerleaders on great performances last Friday night.

Mighty Bulldog Marching Band
Cheerleaders Warming Up

Also, congratulations to Mady Bragg and being chose to present at the Lincoln-Douglas Debate Performance in Tyler on Saturday. Below is a picture of Mady during her presentation.

Mady Bragg sharing her expertise on the Lincoln-Douglas Debate.

This Week

All during this week, the Primary School will be hosting its annual Fall Book Fair.

Monday –  Middle School Volleyball at Scurry 5:00; Band Practice – 6:30

Tuesday – JV & V District Volleyball at Grand Saline – 4:30

Thursday – Middle School Pep Rally – 2:15; MS & JV Football v. Palmer – 4:30

Friday – Celebrate Freedom Parade – 8:30; JV & V District Volleyball v. Kemp – 4:30; Varsity Football at Palmer – 7:30

Saturday – MS, JV, & V Cross Country at Canton

I hope everyone has a great week!

Family Access – Food Service Alerts

For parents of High School students, you may easily set up an email notification when your child’s food service balance falls below $5.00. After you log into Family Access, look at the top of the page for the link My Account. Click on the My Account link. It open a new page. Scroll down to the bottom of the page. You will see a section called Email Notifications. You have the option of checking a box to receive email notifications for grade alerts and email notifications when your child’s food service balance drops below $5.00. You can choose to receive both types of notifications or just the food service notifications.

I have used this option for several years. It is a great way for parents to know when they need to send more money for meals.

Note: Parents of students in grades PK – 8 do not need to bother with the food service notifications because all students in those grades eat at no cost.