This Week

I hope everyone had a great Labor Day weekend!

Congratulations to the Bulldog varsity football team on their 56-0 victory over Scurry this past Friday. I appreciate everyone’s patience in getting the power restored to the lights and scoreboard. While we got most of the game in, the faulty breaker decided to give out again in the fourth quarter. At this point, the officials stopped the game. I apologize for the inconvenience caused by the electrical malfunction. We are getting all of the electrical systems inside the panel boxes replaced today.

Congratulations go out to the varsity volleyball team for their win against Malakoff on Friday. The volleyball teams open district play this Friday.

The Mighty Bulldog Marching Band had their first performance of the year last Friday. The band is well over half way done in learning their marching show for this year.

As always, the Eustace varsity cheerleaders did an awesome job in Friday’s pep rally and during the game. Video of the pep rally will be uploaded to the district’s YouTube channel later today.

This Week

Tuesday – JV & V volleyball at Mabank – 5:00; Band Practice – 6:30

Thursday – JV football v. Quitman – 6:00

Friday – 2nd Grade Grandparents Day; JV & V district volleyball at Mineola – 4:30; Varsity football at Quitman – 7:30

Saturday – JV & V cross country at Tyler Lee

I hope everyone has a great week!

Scholarships, Mabank College Day, TSI Testing

It is time to start posting SCHOLARSHIPS!

The date listed is the date the scholarship is due.

September 30, 2017- ShipDig.com is the largest and most accurate database of post office locations, mailboxes, shipping drop boxes, and couriers, hours, phone numbers, directions and services provided in the United States, is pleased to announce the “ShipDig.com Scholarship Award” fund.

With rising costs for tuition, room and board, books and other education related expenses, they feel it is their public duty to help others receive a quality education. This scholarship is open to all students enrolled in accredited academic institutions, and high school seniors who are enrolling upon graduation. Students of all majors and intended majors are welcome to participate. Applicants must be residents of the United states. Applicants must be at least 16 years of age. Students who have previously applied but have not been awarded as finalists are urged to reapply. Awards will be sent directly to the financial aid office of the institution of the finalist’s enrollment. For further detail on the essay and how to apply, please visit www.shipdig.com/scholarships/.

October 5, 2017– The Create Real Impact “ Contest is offered by the  Impact Teen Drivers Fund  to promote ongoing commitment to providing awareness and education regarding the dangers of distracted driving and poor decision making, Create Real Impact Contest Awards are open only to legal residents of the fifty (50) United States and the District of Columbia between the ages of 14 and 22 years. Entrants must be enrolled as full-time students in an accredited educational institution (secondary [middle/high] school, trade school, college, or university).

REQUIREMENTS:

Create an original work showcasing your idea for a SOLUTION or STRATEGY to fix the very real problem of reckless and distracted driving. Four $500 scholarships will be awarded per category (video, music, art and creative writing)  as well as two additional “special awards”.

For further details and directions to enter, please visit https://createrealimpact.com/contestrules/

 October 25, 2017– The Horatio Alger Scholarship is awarded to eligible students in all fifty states, the District of Columbia, and Puerto Rico. National Scholars receive an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., during the spring of their senior year to participate in the National Scholars Conference. Recipients must attend the National Scholars Conference to receive the award.

To be eligible to apply for the Horatio Alger National Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

A) Be enrolled full time as a high school senior in the United States; be progressing normally toward graduation in spring/summer of 2018 with plans to enter a college in the United States no later than the fall following graduation

B) Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree at an accredited non-profit public or private institution in the United States (students may start their studies at a two-year institution and then transfer to a four-year institution)

C) Demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required)

D) Be involved in co-curricular and community service activities

E) Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity

F) Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0; and

G) Be a United States citizen

To apply, visit https://scholars.horatioalger.org/scholarships.

March 31, 2018-The Swing of Things $500 Scholarship is available to high school seniors who plan to attend an accredited college or university in the fall of 2018. Applicants must submit an essay (500-1000 words) describing what they expect to change going to college and how they will adapt. For further information and rules visit www.swingsetmall.com and scroll down to bottom left side of page for scholarship info.

College Day for juniors will be held at Mabank High School on Thursday, September 21. Permission slips will be sent home on Tuesday, September 12 and they need to be returned by Monday, September 18 to allow time to secure buses and staff for the trip.

Any student who wants to take TVCC Dual credit classes must first pass the TSI, which is a college entrance exam. TVCC will be at the Eustace High School campus on Friday, September 22 and Thursday, October 26, to administer this exam for freshmen, sophomores, and juniors and seniors who have not taken and passed all 3 sections, and would like to be eligible to take dual credit courses in the future (freshmen will be eligible to take welding in the Fall of 2018). Eustace ISD will pay for two attempts to take the test and pass it- after that the student must pay the $30 test fee. So, if your student has already taken the test at least 2 times, you must pay the test fee before or on the day of the test. Study resources are located at:

www.mometrix.com/academy/tsi-test/

https://secure-media.collegeboard.org/…/accuplacer-texas-success-initiative-assessment
www.tsipracticetest.com/

https://www.testprepreview.com/texas-success-initiative.htm
www.mathhelp.com/tsi-math-test-prep/

Students may sign up for the September test in Ms. Orr’s office. Spaces are limited and will be offered on a first come, first serve basis.

This Week

Tonight is the annual Bulldog Bash. It will begin at 6:30 and will be held in the High School old gym. After the Bash, the High School will host its version of Meet the Teacher in the cafeteria. Everyone is invited to come out to tonight’s events!

Monday – Called Board Meeting – 6:00 PM – HS library; Bulldog Bash – 6:30 – HS Old Gym

Tuesday – JV & V volleyball at Athens – 5:00; Band Practice – 6:30

Thursday – JV football at Scurry – 6:00

Friday – JV & V Volleyball v. Malakoff – 4:30; Varsity football v. Scurry – 7:30

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

Monday, September 4 – Labor Day Holiday

I hope everyone has a great week!

Board Meeting Last Night

Last night, the Eustace ISD Board of Trustees held a public hearing to discuss the 2017-2018 budget and tax rate. After the public hearing, the Board held their regular monthly meeting. During the regular meeting, the board took the following actions:

  • Approved minutes of previous meetings.
  • Approved the financial reports as presented.
  • Approved a bid of $11,716 to replace an A/C unit at the Kirk Gym.
  • Approved the 2017-2018 Student Code of Conduct.
  • Approved the 2017-2018 maintenance and operations budget. The total M & O budget for 2017-2018 is approximately $13.5 million.
  • Approved the proposed tax rate of $1.23. The overall tax rate consists of $1.04 for M & O and $0.19 for I & S (to pay for voter approved bonds).
  • Approved attendance committees as presented.
  • Approved Appraisers for Teacher Appraisals.
  • Accepted resignations as presented.
  • Approved the employment of the following personnel: Lauren Terry, Intermediate School library aide; Melissa Rodriguez, Head Start aide; Sarah Nuckolls, Intermediate School aide; Crystal Ellis, Intermediate School aide; Shelbi Wooley, Intermediate School aide; and, Jonathon Folsom, night custodian.
  • Approved the transfer student list as presented.
  • Approved the substitute list as presented.
  • Adjourned.

 

Volleyball, This Week, and Budget, Tax Hearing, Regular Board Meeting Tonight

Congratulations to the Eustace varsity volleyball team on their 2nd place finish in the Eustace Tournament. The varsity competed in the Championship Bracket on Saturday. Thursday, the Lady Bulldogs went 3-0 in pool play. On Saturday, the Lady Bulldogs won another two games before falling in the championship game.

This Week

Monday – Band Practice – 6:30; Budget and Tax Hearing – 6:30; Regular Board Meeting – 7:00

Thursday – JV & V Football Scrimmage at Kerens; Varsity Volleyball at Tyler Tournament;

Friday – Varsity Volleyball at Tyler Tournament

Saturday – Varsity Volleyball at Tyler Tournament; JV & V Cross Country at Union Grove

I hope everyone has a great week!

Budget and Tax Hearing – Tonight at 6:30 – High School Library

Tonight, the Eustace ISD Board of Trustees will hold their annual budget and tax hearing. During the hearing, information will be provided about the proposed budget for the 2017-2018 and proposed tax rate for 2017-2018. Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend.

Regular August Board Meeting

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

The board will hear the following reports:

  • District Accountability Summary
  • Campus Accountability Summary
  • Report on Preliminary FIRST Rating
  • Attendance Comparison Report
  • Energy Savings Report
  • College and Career Ready 2016 Graduates

The Board may consider action on the following items:

  • Minutes from previous meetings
  • Financial reports for the month of July
  • Proposals for A/C repairs at E. L. Kirk Gym
  • 2017-2018 Student Code of Conduct
  • Nominations for TASB Delegate
  • 2017-2018 Budget
  • 2017-2018 Tax Rate
  • Attendance Committees
  • Appraisers for Teacher Appraisals
  • The Board will enter closed session to consider personnel and student transfers. Any action taken on closed session items will be made in open session.

Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend the regular meeting.

 

Welcome Back and This Week

Today marks the start of the 2017-2018 school year. I want to take this opportunity to welcome the students and the parents to this new school year. We are starting several new programs this school year. Some of these programs include:

  • GermBlast – We have contracted with the GermBlast company to provide three treatments throughout the school year that are intended to provide additional protection against germs that may cause illness. The first treatment has already been done. Everything from school desks, chairs, tables, athletic equipment, and school buses were treated. The next treatment will be in October or November, with a final treatment in March or April.
  • Learning.com – This program will be provided to all students in grades K-8. The program is designed to introduce students to the process of programming.
  • MAP – This program is taking the place of the Renaissance STAR (not to be confused with the state assessment STAAR) testing program. MAP is designed to provide teachers, students, and parents with a better understanding of the areas in which students need additional assistance.
  • The district has also added 880 Chromebooks and 41 new computer carts. The goal is to have a computer cart with enough Chromebooks for every classroom in the district.
  • To accommodate the new Chromebooks, the district has increased its Internet capacity from 200mbps to 500mbps.
  • Also, in light of the additional Chromebooks, the district has added an additional Technology Integration Specialist. Each campus will now have there own full time TIS.
  • There will be a new robotics program at the High School.

In addition to the new programs, EISD will be continuing other programs:

  • Students in grades PK-8 will continue to eat breakfast and lunch at no cost.
  • The welding certification program is in its second year. Many new pieces of equipment were added by way of the JET grant the district received this past year.
  • The district will continue to pay for the cost of dual credit classes at the High School. This will include any required textbooks. The district will also pay for the cost of TSI test for students to qualify for the dual credit program.

Throughout the year, these programs will be discussed in more detail. If you have any questions about the programs provided at EISD, or have a suggestion about a program you would like to see at EISD, please do not hesitate to contact me at cholcombe@eustaceisd.net.

Again, welcome to the 2017-2018 school year!

This Week

Wednesday – First Day of Classes; Start of the 1st 6 Weeks

Thursday – Eustace Varsity Volleyball Tournament – Lady Bulldogs will play at 2:00, 5:00, and 7:00 today.

Friday – Eustace Varsity Volleyball Tournament; High School football scrimmage at Quinlan – 6:00

Saturday – JV & V Cross Country at Mansfield; Eustace Varsity Volleyball Tournament

I hope everyone has a great week!

Upcoming Dates

Believe it of not, things are getting underway for the 2017-2018 school year! This week we saw the official start of High School cross country and High School volleyball. Next Monday, August 7, is the start of football practice for the High School. August 7 is also the start of our staff development/work days. Below is a list of the activities and events scheduled over the next few weeks:

August 5 – Back to School Bash – First Baptist Church in Eustace 10:00 AM – 2:00 PM; Free school supplies, free immunizations, free haircuts, sports physicals – $10. Everyone is welcome!! Will also have free hotdogs and drinks!!

August 7 – Start of football practice

August 8 – Dual Volleyball match with Athens and Mildred in Eustace – 4:30

August 9 – Fish Camp – 1:00 High School

August 10 & 12 – Eustace JV Volleyball Tournament

August 10-12 – Varsity Volleyball at Van Tournament

August 14 – Meet the Teacher – Primary – 3:30; Intermediate – 4:00; Middle School – 4:30

August 15 – JV & V Volleyball at Malakoff – 5:00

August 16 – First Day of Classes – Start of the First 6 Weeks

August 17-19 – Eustace Varsity Volleyball Tournament

August 18 – JV & V Football Scrimmage at Quinlan – 6:00

August 19 – JV & V Cross Country at Mansfield

August 21 – Board Meeting

August 24-26 – Varsity Volleyball at Tyler Tournament

August 24 – JV & V Football Scrimmage at Kerens

August 26 – JV & V Cross Country at Union Grove

August 28 – Bulldog Bash – 6:30

August 29 – JV & V Volleyball at Athens – 5:00

August 31 – JV Football at Scurry – 6:00

September 1 – JV & V Volleyball v. Malakoff – 4:30; Varsity Football v. Scurry – 7:30

September 2 – MS, JV, & V Cross Country at Kaufman

September 4 – Labor Day Holiday

I hope this helps everyone plan for the month of August and the first of September. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at cholcombe@eustaceisd.net.

Google Password Resets

Some high school students in upper grades may suddenly be unable to login to their district Google account if they are not using the “default” password we routinely assign them. If you hear of a student having this problem please let them know their password is their 2-digit class/grad-year followed by their 6-digit student ID/lunch number.

Recent account maintenance included resetting passwords; however, students in lower grades and campuses should not have a problem, since they cannot change them from default.

Please call or refer them to me if there are still problems or questions.

Rusty Meyners
Eustace ISD Technology
903 425 5137

Summer School and Summer Feeding Program

Summer school starts Monday, June 5 and will end Thursday, June 29. If you have any questions about summer school, please contact the campuses.

Eustace ISD will again be hosting the Summer Feeding Program. Anyone who is 18 years of age or younger may participate in this program at no cost. There is no paperwork required. EISD will be hosting the Summer Program in the High School cafeteria. Breakfast is from 7:30 – 8:30. Lunch is served from 11:30 – 12:30. I encourage you to take full advantage of this program. Your child does NOT have to be in summer school in order to participate!

If you have any questions about the Summer Feeding Program, you may contact Rosemary Abbott at rabbott@eustaceisd.net, or you may send me an email at cholcombe@eustaceisd.net.