Board Meeting Last Night

Last night the Eustace ISD Board of Trustees held their regular monthly meeting. The meeting started at 7:00 PM and was held in the High School library.

The first order of business was presenting Board Commendations to the Varsity Girls Cross Country Team, the Varsity Boys Cross Country Team, and to the 3A Girls State Cross Country Champion, Chanda Westbrook. There are pictures at the end of this post of the runners receiving their recognitions.

During the course of the meeting, the Board took the following actions:

  • Approved the minutes of previous meetings.
  • Approved the financial reports as presented.
  • Approved the Final Proposed District of Innovation Plan.
  • Approved the 2017-2018 School Calendar as presented.
  • Approved the proposal from Ideal Impact.
  • Approved paying the invoice from CDW-G.
  • Approved a contract with Architect and Engineer Firm, Goodwin-Lasiter for improvements to the stadium press box.
  • Received Update 107. This was the first reading for this Update. No action was taken.
  • Accepted resignations from Kathryn Clardy, Intermediate teacher and Janice Beasley, Assistant Superintendent.
  • Approved the employment of Dennie Stewart as a cook at the Middle School cafeteria and Allen Brier as a full-time bus driver.
  • Approved contract extensions for the following personnel: Chris Whorton, HS Principal, Truman Oakley, Middle School Principal, Robert Reeve, Intermediate Principal, Shelby Adams, Primary School Principal, Stan Sowers, Assistant Superintendent, and Kathryn Hendrickson, Special Programs Director.
  • Approved additions to the substitute list as amended.
  • Approved student transfers as presented.
  • Adjourned.


Boys Cross Country Team with Coach Josh Sypert

Boys Cross Country Team with Coach Josh Sypert

Girls Cross Country Team with Coach Josh Sypert

Girls Cross Country Team with Coach Josh Sypert

Chanda Westbrook with Coach Josh Sypert

Chanda Westbrook with Coach Josh Sypert

FFA Chili Supper and Auction

A special thank you goes out to all the people that made the FFA Chili Cook-Off and Auction a huge success! Special recognition for their time and effort goes out to the following people:

Danny Davis – organizer of the Chili Cook-Off and Auction

Theresa Tindel, Steve Stegall, Alex Miley, and McKayla Arnold – Ag Teachers at the High School

FFA Members and their parents and families

All the people that came out to support the Eustace FFA program on Saturday night.

Below is a picture of the Chili Cook-Off Winners:

2017 Chili Cook-Off Winners

2017 Chili Cook-Off Winners

This Week and Board Meeting Tonight

Today marks the start of the 5th six weeks. Report cards will go home this Thursday.

Eustace will be hosting the Bulldog Relays this Thursday, as track season officially gets underway. We will also be hosting the Annual Eustace Baseball Tournament this Thursday through Saturday.

High School baseball was scheduled to play at Kerens today. With all the rain, that game will be postponed to a later date.

This Week

Monday – Start 5th 6 Weeks; Board Meeting – 7:00 PM

Tuesday – Softball at Frankston – 6:00

Thursday – Intermediate School – Perfect Attendance/Right Choice Drawings; Report Cards Issued; Softball at TASO Tournament in Whitehouse; Eustace Baseball Tournament; Bulldog Relays

Friday – Softball at TASO Tournament in Whitehouse; Eustace Baseball Tournament

Saturday – Softball at TASO Tournament in Whitehouse; Eustace Baseball Tournament

Board Meeting Tonight

Tonight, the Eustace ISD Board of Trustees will hold their regular monthly meeting. The meeting will start at 7:00 PM and will be held in the High School library.

The Board will recognize the High School boys and girls cross country teams.

The Board will hear the following reports:

  • RevTrak Report
  • Comparison of Taxable Values
  • Fall 2016 Dual Credit Report
  • Enrollment Report

The Board may consider action on the following agenda items:

  • Minutes from previous meetings.
  • Financial Reports
  • District of Innovation Plan
  • 2017-2018 School Calendar
  • Proposal from Ideal Impact on Energy Recommendations
  • Invoice from CDW-G
  • Contract with Goodwin-Lasiter for Press Box Improvements
  • Local Policy Update 107

The Board will enter Closed Session to consider Personnel and Staffing, to consider contracts for Assistant Superintendent, Athletic Director, Director of Special Programs, and Campus Principals, and to consider Student Transfers. Any action taken on a closed session item will take place in open session.

I hope everyone has a great week!



FFA Chili Cook-Off, Chili Supper, and Auction

This Saturday, the Eustace FFA will host their Annual Chili Cook-Off and Auction. This year marks the 20th anniversary of the event. Below is a timeline of activities:

5:30 – Chili Judging Starts – Everyone is invited to submit an entry in the Chili Cook-Off

6:00 – Chili Supper Starts – There is no charge for the chili supper. Desserts will also be available. Donations will be accepted for the desserts.

6:30 – Auction Starts – There will be something for everyone in this auction. Even if you just want to watch, it’s still a lot of fun!

Make sure you arrive early to get your choice of chili and to review the items for auction.

More Scholarships!

The Texas Nursery and Landscape Association (TNLA) is now accepting applications from students interested in the fields of Horticulture and Agriculture.

April 1, 2017-The Grow Texas Scholarship Program was established to increase educational opportunities for individuals committed to advancing the Texas agriculture industry. The standard Grow Texas Scholarship award is $1,000 or more one-year scholarship award. The $1,000 award is divided into a $500 payment per semester for the next two consecutive semesters. To apply, visit and click on Scholarship Application on the right side of the page.

May 1, 2017- The Texas Nursery and Landscape Association Education and Research Foundation established a scholarship program for students interested in the field of horticulture. The standard TNLA Scholarship award is a $1,000 one-year scholarship award. The $1,000 award is divided into a $500 payment per semester for the next two consecutive semesters. To apply, visit and click on Scholarships and Career.



April 1, 2017- The Texas Rural Education Association (TREA) is sponsoring its first student awards and recognition contest. The contest will have two categories: (1) Poster contest and (2) Video presentation. Students are to create a visual “message” supporting the TREA theme for the year:

“Growing for the Future of Rural Schools”

First Prize-$500

Second Prize- $350

Poster Contest- This contest will have two grade categories Grades 3-5 and Grades 6-8

Each Poster should focus on the theme listed above

  • Each Poster must be an 8.5”x11.0” or 11”x 17” original design
  • Each submission should be a scanned color copy of the student’s work. The student should retain the original piece of art /design should it be selected as a winning design. Submissions should be e-mailed to Sherry Hughes at :
  •  Designs can be in any medium, including computer generated. However, we strongly recommend that students create strong, simple, colorful designs that will deliver the most visual impact for the message. Designs using only pencil/pen or clip art may not be suitable for reproduction for our web site, posters and calendars.


Video Contest: Grades 9-12

  • Each presentation should not exceed 3 minutes in length, including a 10 second title screen
  • E-mail each presentation to Sherry Hughes at:
  • Videos should present the student’s perspective on areas such as the following: (These are only suggestions. Creativity is encouraged as we highlight rural schools)

*Benefits of attending a rural school

*How rural schools prepare students for tomorrow

*The spirit of rural schools

Visit and click on student scholarship on the left side of the page. All entries must be submitted by April 1,2017


April 10, 2017- The Athens Oddfellow and Rebekah’s are offering their annual $500 scholarship to a graduating senior who will be attending TVCC in the fall of 2017. Applications are available in the counselor’s office.


May 26, 2017-The Ozarka “Every Drop Counts” Earth Science Scholarship is now underway. Two students in the state of Texas will be awarded $10,000 each. This scholarship is intended for students pursuing a degree at a four-year college or university in the field of earth/environmental science. Examples of earth/environmental science include, but are not limited to : Geology, Hydrogeology, Environmental Science, Environmental Law, Environmental Education, Forestry, Oceanography, and Ecology. Applications are available in the counselor’s office.



Girls Basketball and This Week

The Lady Bulldog’s basketball season came to an end last night in the bi-district round of the state playoffs against Dallas Life. Congratulations go out to the girls on making the playoffs for the second year in a row. Also, a special thank you to all the parents, other family members, and fans for making the trip over to Ferris last night.

The boys end their basketball season tonight at Edgewood. The JV game is set to start at 5:00.

Softball, baseball, and track seasons are now fully underway. The softball and baseball teams have already played scrimmage games. Our first track meet of the year is set for Thursday, February 23 in Eustace.

Although difficult to believe, this Friday is the end of the 4th six weeks. Monday, February 20, is the start of the 5th 6 weeks.

Tuesday – Softball v. Rice – 6:00; Boys Basketball at Edgewood – 5:00

Wednesday – Intermediate School Spring Pictures

Friday – 2nd Grade Field Trip – Dallas Theater; Softball at Blooming Grove; End 4th 6 Weeks

Saturday – Softball v. Buffalo – 10:00 AM; FFA Chili Cookoff and Auction – Chili judging starts at 5:30, Chili Supper starts at 6:00, Auction starts at 6:30 – Primary Cafeteria

I hope everyone has a great week!


March 31, 2017- The Henderson County Literary Club awards a scholarship of $500 each year, with a matching grant from Trinity Valley Community College. To be eligible for this scholarship, the following criteria must be met:

  • Applicants must be girls who are graduating from a Henderson County High School in the class of 2017, who plan to attend TVCC full-time, in the Fall 2017.
  • Applicants must write a one page essay, to be written in the presence of a counselor with a one hour time limit. The topic will be given to the applicant when she is ready to write it.
  • Applicant must submit a completed application.

Applications are available in the counselor’s office.


August 1, 2017- The Khan Law Firm in Seattle, Washington, is proud to offer a $1,000 scholarship to =a student of their choosing. To qualify for this scholarship:

  • Applicant must have been accepted to and planning to attend a college or university in the United States
  • Applicant must be able to provide an acceptance letter from the college or university.
  • Applicant must have a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Applicant must write an essay explaining plan for education.

To apply, go to

Scholarships; Senior Meeting

March 1, 2017- The Enchanted Oaks Ladies Club is now accepting scholarship applications for graduating seniors who are FULL TIME residents of Enchanted Oaks. Applications are available in the counselor’s office or at the Enchanted Oaks Town Hall info drop box. The application must be returned to the Town Hall office or to a member of the Scholarship Committee.

March 3, 2017-The 2017 Ford Driving Dreams Scholarship is now available for graduating seniors to apply. Eligibility requirements include:

  • Consistent, active participation in public and/or community service activities
  • Preference will be given to students pursuing STEM fields, but students with interest in other fields are eligible to apply.
  • Strong writing skills
  • Full time enrollment in a U.S. Department of Education accredited community college or four year university during the period for which scholarships are requested.
  • Students must verify their enrollment status for the 2017-2018 academic school year prior to scholarship disbursement.

To apply, go to

March 30, 2017- The Dallas Scottish Rite Library and Museum is a not for profit corporation and one of the functions is awarding scholarships to graduating seniors in all 40 Texas counties each year. Applications are located in the counselor’s office, and can also be downloaded at - click on the “About Scottish Rite/Scottish Rite Forms”. The application can be mailed or sent by email to

A senior meeting was held on Thursday, February 2, and the following items were discussed:

  • Seniors planning to attend college or vocational schools need to be sure to get the FAFSA completed ASAP. If a student does not have a computer at home, they are welcome to use computers in the library, computer lab, or the one in my office. Students who feel their family’s income disqualifies them need to also complete the FAFSA because each school uses this information to determine the financial aid packages, which also includes scholarships and loans.
  • Many scholarship applications have become available, and I am seeing the same small group of students coming to my office to retrieve applications. It would be worth the 30 minutes to an  hour to ultimately be awarded free money, and I encourage everyone to check out the various applications available. If students have not asked for letters of recommendation, they need to do so now, if they plan on applying for any scholarships. Teachers, neighbors, church pastors or youth leaders, employers or friends of family are all viable letter writers.
  • I have asked students to document all scholarship and grants they receive in the purple binder on my desk. This information will be used to honor scholarship recipients at awards night and at graduation. If the scholarship is not written in the book, it will not be announced at these two events, because I do not always get notified of every scholarship a student may receive. The student will also need to write in the name of the school they plan to attend, as I will send final transcripts to that school. I also want those who are going into the military to write in the amount of money they will receive from the GI Bill.
  • Ms. Krumm reminded students that February 10 is the last day to purchase ads for the yearbook and March 17 is the last day to purchase a yearbook.

Summer Leadership Camp; Summer Pre-Med Camp

Camp L.E.A.D., Texas Tech University’s leadership education and development program, takes place August 1-4, 2017. During this program, students will participate in activities ranging from individualized leadership sessions to group challenges and team-building activities. Students will also have an opportunity to explore Texas Tech through an official campus tour and in-depth sessions with their intended field of study.

Transportation, housing and curriculum materials are provided at no cost to students admitted into the program.

Admission to Camp L.E.A.D. is highly selective. Students should apply and submit documentation regarding their leadership abilities no later than the given deadline. To be considered, students must meet the following requirements:

  • Grade Level: must be an incoming high school senior in the Fall of 2017.
  • Academic Performance: student’s high school counselor must submit a form regarding their academic performance. Students are also asked to self-report their ACT/SAT scores.
  • Community Involvement: must be an active member of your community and involved in extracurricular activities.
  • Leadership: must have a proven desire to be a leader.


Applications must be submitted by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 31, 2017. Please direct any questions about Camp L.E.A.D. to 806.742.1299 or


Earning high grades and performing well on the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) is only a part of what will allow a student to become a successful applicant for Medical School. In the competitive environment of the medical school application process, becoming that exceptional applicant also requires professional experience, effective leadership and demonstrated service. Thus, the summer Pre Med camp cosponsored by SFA and JAMP 2017, is meant to be a week of total immersion in and an introduction to what we refer to as the Pre Med “Lifestyle”. This “head-start” will give camp attendees the opportunity to preview the course requirements, the time constraints and the journey toward excellence that Pre Med students encounter on the very first day of their freshman year.

Camp Highlights:

FREE Pre Med camp. Housing, meals, books and supplies are provided to the student.

  • academic reviews in Biology, Chemistry and Mathematics
  • insights into medical school and the medical profession from talks with current medical students and medical school administrators
  • exposure to the medical profession by spending time in local clinics/hospitals and interacting with the doctors and staff in these facilities
  • sharing in the joy of helping others by cooperative service within the community experience a week of “college life” and enjoy the facilities at Stephen F. Austin State University.

While this camp is open to all outstanding rising seniors (students beginning their senior year of high school in the Fall of 2017) in the state of Texas, preference will be given to those whose family has a financial need and would be excellent future candidates for the Joint Admissions Medical Program (JAMP) during their college years.

Application for the summer 2017 camp is now available at Click on Summer Pre-Med Program on the left. Application Deadline is April 1, 2017, or until all slots are filled.



Gwen Orr

Academic Advisor

Eustace High School


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