Eustace Middle School wins 1st Place at U.I.L. One Act Play Contest

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Eustace Middle School hosted the U.I.L. District 18 3A One Act Play Contest on Saturday. Eustace Middle School received the 1st Place Trophy for their performance of  “The Diviners” by Jim Leonard, Jr.

Mildred Middle School received the 2nd place trophy and Arp Middle School received the 3rd Place trophy. Eustace Middle School student, Trey Oakley received the Best Actor Award. Maggie Groom and Joey Grose received All Star Cast awards. Jaedyn Munoz received an All Star Cast Honorable Mention award and Carly Hunt received a Technical Achievement award.

Way to go Bulldogs! We are proud of you.

Ebony Scrooge opens Saturday, December 6th!

Ready to enjoy the festivities and the holidays with your family and friends? Then let the fun begin by joining Eustace High School at their opening of “Ebony Scrooge” on December 6th and 7th at 7:00 p.m.

Ebony Scrooge is a original play loosely based from A Christmas Carol the Christmas Classic written by Charles Dickens. Fun for the entire family, Ebony Scrooge is written by D.M. Larson of Freedrama.net in collaboration with the Eustace High School Theater Company. Mr. Larson calls Ebony Scrooge “a work in progress” and allows students to add to the story in their own unique and creative way. This gives students the opportunity to experience the world of a playwright and of the director by seeing their words come to life in the characters created on the stage. This comedy will leave you laughing and singing all the way home! Join us!

December 6th & 7th
7:00 p.m.
Tickets $5
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.

Update on Finance

This past weekend, the Texas House passed its version of a budget for the upcoming biennium. It was a very lean budget that included about $8 billion in budget cuts for public education. The House bill differs dramatically from the Senate budget recommendation that reduced the cuts to public education to $4 billion. The Senate will now take up the House budget in full committee. Senator Ogden, the Finance Committee Chairman, has said he does not have the votes to get the House budget out of the Finance Committee. So senators have been adding more to their proposal — about $10 billion in total. It would appear that the budget bill will end up in a Senate and House conference committee.

This Week

Activities scheduled for this week:

Monday – TAKS Math Test – 5th & 8th grades; District Golf

Tuesday – TAKS Reading Test – 5th & 8th grades; Softball v. Leon; JV & V baseball at Scurry – 4:30; Called Board Meeting – 6:00 PM HS Library

Friday – Softball v. Teague; Baseball v. Malakoff – 4:30; MS District Track Meet at Leon

I hope everyone has a great week!

Support our School Rally

I want to thank everyone that attended the Support our School Rally last night in Athens. Eustace was well represented by faculty, students, and parents.  A special thank you to Mary Bell and Faye Barnett for getting the Eustace balloons to the rally. Those in attendance got to hear comments from several speakers including the president of TVCC, Dr. Glendon Forgey; Bobby Rigues, founder of the Make Education a Priority movement; Joe Smith, school finance expert; and Dr. Michael French, superintendent of Quinlan ISD. The overall theme was that the reductions in funding currently being debated by the Texas Legislature are neither wise, nor necessary. All the speakers emphasized over and over again the importance of making your opinion known to our representatives in Austin.

I want to remind everyone that tonight our baseball team will be hosting Life Oak starting at 6:00. Also, our softball team will be hosting Blooming Grove tonight. There will only be one softball game tonight. The varsity will start at 6:00.

Also, please remember that our 5th and 8th graders will be starting their TAKS tests on Monday. This date was mandated by the state. In previous years, we have not had TAKS tests on Mondays. The 5th and 8th grade will be taking their math tests on Monday and their reading tests on Tuesday.