Great Thursday Night

by Coy Holcombe.  

Thanks to everyone for making last night a huge success! There was plenty of food and entertainment for everyone. I really appreciate all the community members coming out and showing their support and appreciation for our young men and young ladies. Special thanks goes out to the officers and members of the Athletic Booster Club for the planning and preparation that went into both the parking lot party and the pep rally.

This truly was a community event: EASA brought their playoff teams and their cheerleading squads, the Middle School and High School cheerleading squads both performed. the cross country teams, volleyball team, and football team were there, the band performed, and former players from previous playoff teams were honored.

Tonight, our Bulldogs face Nevada-Community for the bi-district football championship. The game will take place in Richardson at Eagle-Mustang Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30. A link to a map of the location of the stadium is below. I encourage everyone to come out to see football, cheerleading, and music done the Bulldog way!

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=1250+W.+Belt+Line+Rd+-+Richardson,+Texas+75080&ie=UTF8&om=1

Parking Lot Party/Pep Rally

by Coy Holcombe.  

Starting at 5:30 this evening, the Athletic Booster Club will be sponsoring a parking lot party and community pep rally at the football field parking lot. The Booster Club will be serving free hot dogs and hamburgers. Everyone is invited to come out and help celebrate the accomplishments of the cross country teams, the volleyball team, and the football team. Also, Mr. Felty has informed me that the band will be doing their annual glow-stick performance tonight. Please, don’t miss out on a great night of fun and entertainment.

Thanks for a Great Season

by Coy Holcombe.  

The Eustace Bulldog volleyball team ended its season last night in a hard fought game against Princeton. Throughout the season, these ladies did a first-class job in representing our district. Along the way, they won the district championship, bi-district championship, and area championship. I am extremely proud of the team and the coaching staff for all the hard work and sacrifice that went into this season.  

I also want to say a special thank you to the parents for their support this year. They also put in many long hours. Finally, a special thank you to all the fans for their support this season.

Again, thank you ladies for a great season!!

Area Champs and Moving On

by Stan Sowers.  

Volleyball team was crowned Area Champs Saturday after beating New Boston.  Tonight they’re playing Princeton in Quinlan for Regional Quarter Finals and a chance to move on to the Semi Finals this Friday in Commerce.  Game time 7:00 pm.  Come join us or look for details upcoming.

Bulldog Proud

Path to Scholarships

by Stan Sowers.  

It’s the 3rd Annual Path to Scholarships Workshop!

Path to Scholarships is a vehicle that:  motivates all students to dare to dream great dreams, plants the seed of hope within students, guides students to set goals that stretch them, inspires students to discover life purpose, guides students to turn obstacles into character and strength, teaches the value of hard work through the scholarship process, and empowers students with all the tools to successfully reach their dreams.

Our own Mrs. GoDair has gone through hours of training to become a licensed instructor in the Path to Scholarships program.  Through gracious funding by the district, workbooks and notebooks are provided to each senior at Eustace High School during a 4 hour presentation that will guide them through this great endeavor of applying for scholarships and preparing them for the road ahead. 

Thank you Mrs. GoDair, Dr. Holcombe, and school board for going this extra mile for our students.

Bulldog Proud! 

High School Receives Grant from Exxon Mobil

by Coy Holcombe.  

Special thanks goes out to Prewitt Petroleum Products, Inc.  and TexStop #3 for their efforts in securing a $500 Exxon Mobil Educational Alliance grant for Eustace High School. The grant will be used to support the math program at EHS. Through funding from Exxon Mobil, 4,000 of these grants will be awarded to high schools across the country.

Special thanks also goes out to Greg Russell of Prewitt Petroleum Products, inc. and Jason Cole, manager of TexStop #3 for their efforts in securing this grant for EHS. The Exxon Mobil Educational Alliance program is designed to provide Exxon and Mobil retailers with an opportunity to invest in the future of their communities through educational grants to neighborhood schools.

EISD thanks everyone involved for their efforts in obtaining this grant for EHS.

Directions to Eagle/Mustang Stadium

by Coy Holcombe.  

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&q=1250+W.+Belt+Line+Rd+-+Richardson,+Texas+75080&ie=UTF8&om=1

The above link will take you to a map that details the location of the stadium for Friday’s bi-district playoff game. It looks like taking 175 to 75 will be the best route. Once on 75, you will go North until you reach the Belt Line Road exit. After you exit, you will turn back left on Belt Line Road. The stadium will be a little under a mile on the right side of the road.

Technology, Volleyball, and Football

by Coy Holcombe.  

If you have visited (or tried to visit) our homepage recently, you probably did not get to see much. We had some major issues with one of our main servers starting on Thursday. Our technology department spent some long hours this weekend reconfiguring a new server for our email, webpage, and Moodle. While things are beginning to return to normal, it will take a couple of additional days to get all components of the new server working just right.

Congratulations to Coach Chuck Powers and the volleyball team for a great victory against New Boston in the area playoff game on Saturday. Our ladies will now take on Princeton in the regional quarterfinals. This game will be played tomorrow (Tuesday) at Quinlan-Ford. The opening serve will take place at 7:00. I encourage everyone to come out and support our volleyball team.

Our Bulldog football team will be playing for the bi-district championship this Friday against Nevada-Community. The game will be played at the Richardson Mustang-Eagle Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30. Make plans now to come out and support the football team in their first playoff appearance in 11 years. Check back later this week for detailed driving instructions to the stadium.

  

Thanks to the Drama Department

by Coy Holcombe.  

Thanks to Tammy Beaty and the High School Drama Department for a great performance of The Princess and The Princess. The play was performed for the general public and for both the Primary and Intermediate schools.

I know that the cast and crew put in many hours of rehearsal time to make this play successful. If you missed the live performance, or if you would like to see the play again, the link below will take you to a video of the play.

http://moodle.eustaceisd.net/blocks/inwicast/view.php?id=104&cmd=show_media&mediaRef=MEDIA081104185301306

Pupil Projections

by Coy Holcombe.  

We have talked before about how the state estimates how much money to send to school districts. So, how does the state get these estimates for future state funding? One avenue that the state uses is pupil projections provided by school districts. About 3 years ago, EISD had to submit projections to the state for the next three years on estimated ADA, special programs ADA, and special program FTEs (full-time equivalent). These estimates then became part of the estimates used by TEA to plan and allocate funds for the next three years.

Currently, TEA is requesting pupil projections for 08-09, 09-10, and 10-11 school years. These estimates have to be submitted by December 12, 2008. TEA has its own set of projections for EISD for these years. If we agree with the TEA projections, then no change is necessary. However, usually the TEA projections are much greater than the actual numbers for EISD. Only in a limited number of categories will the TEA projections actually reflect a reasonable approximation of enrollment for EISD.

So how does EISD project the numbers three years in advance? Since the submission of this data is not due until December 12, we will have over two full six weeks of actual enrollment data to use in our projections. Once we make the projections for the 08-09 school year, we can then estimate the projections for the 09-10 and the 10-11 school years.

If you have any questions regarding pupil projections or how EISD calculates future projections, please contact me at cholcombe@eustaceisd.net.