Homecoming Activities

First, welcome back to all of our alumni for the 2017 Bulldog Homecoming! We hope that you enjoy your time back with your friends and family. If there is anything that I may do to make this homecoming better for you, please do not hesitate to contact me at cholcombe@eustaceisd.net.

Second, I want to update everyone on the events and schedules for Homecoming 2017.

Thursday – Our Middle School will be hosting Malakoff this afternoon. The 7th grade game will start at 5:00. The JV football team will be traveling to Westwood today. The JV game is set to start at 6:00.

The Tailgate Party will start at 6:00 PM in the parking lot of Bulldog Stadium. There will be hotdogs, hamburgers, and all the fixings. Everyone is invited to come out to the Tailgate Party!

Around 8:00 PM, the lineup should start for the bonfire parade. The bonfire will be held in the area south of the visitors stands at the football field. Everyone is invited out to the bonfire!

Friday – Because of the weather, we are moving the community wide pep rally indoors to the Kirk Gym. It will be tight getting all of our students, staff, parents, and community members in the Kirk Gym, but it should make for a great pep rally. We are still planning on having the parade around Henderson Street. That should start around 8:15 – 8:30. The pep rally is set to start at 9:00 AM. We are asking everyone for patience in getting everyone in place for tomorrow’s pep rally. Everyone is invited to come and enjoy the fun at our Homecoming Pep Rally!

The Homecoming activities will take place prior to the game. The court and homecoming nominees will be presented starting at 7:00 PM.

The homecoming football game against Palestine Westwood will start at 7:30. I invite everyone to come out to see our Bulldog football team, our award winning cheerleading squad, and our award winning band.

Regional Cross Country Meet

Yesterday, the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs competed in the 2017 Regional Cross Country Meet. The meet was held at Lynn Creek Park in Grand Prairie. The Lady Bulldogs won the Regional Championship and the Bulldogs were 2nd Place at Region. Both teams qualified for the state meet!

The top finisher for the girls team was Sabrina Davis who finished 4th overall. On the boys side, Dalton Page finished in 5th place overall.

Boys and Girls Regional Cross Country Teams

Congratulations to all the runners and to Coach Josh Sypert and Coach Kenneth Henderson for another great cross country season!!

The state meet will be held on November 4 in Round Rock. The Lady Bulldogs will run at 1:30 and the Bulldogs will follow at 2:00.




Great Weekend for EISD and This Week

There were lots of good things happening for EISD this weekend. Things got started with the varsity volleyball team winning a hotly contested match against Scurry 3-2. The Lady Bulldogs end their regular season schedule this Tuesday with a match against Edgewood.

Next up, the varsity Bulldog football team posted its first district win of the year, 35-10, over Elkhart. The Bulldogs play Westwood this Friday for Homecoming.

On Saturday, the 7th grade volleyball team placed 2nd at the district tournament. The tournament was played in Eustace. Thanks to Steven Bell for the picture below:

7th Grade Volleyball – 2nd Place in District

Also on Saturday, in their first ever competition, the EHS Robotics Team placed 9th out of almost 100 teams! Their robot was also named “Most Photogenic!” Congratulations to robotics coach and sponsor, Lloyd Mahaffey and all the students that participated in the contest!

This Week

Today is the Regional Cross Country Meet in Grand Prairie. The meet will be held at Lynn Creek Park. The girls run at 1:30 and the boys run at 2:00. Awards take place at 2:45. Good luck to the Bulldogs and Lady Bulldogs!!

This week is Red Ribbon Week and is also our homecoming week. Various activities will take place at each campus throughout the week.

Thursday will be the tailgate party and bonfire. The tailgate party will start at 6:00 PM and will take place in the parking lot of Bulldog Stadium. The bonfire march will start around 8:00 with the bonfire to follow.

The community wide homecoming pep rally will be Friday morning. The parade will start around 8:15 and the pep rally should start around 9:00 AM. Everyone is invited to come out for the pep rally!

This Week

Monday – Intermediate School fund raiser ends; Regional Cross Country Meet at Lynn Creek Park in Grand Prairie; Girls run at 1:30; boys run at 2:00

Tuesday – Primary School picture day; JV & V volleyball v. Edgewood – 4:30

Thursday – Middle School football v. Malakoff – 5:00; JV football at Westwood – 6:00; Tailgate Party – 6:00; Bonfire – around 8:15

Friday – Homecoming; Pep Rally – 9:00 AM – Bulldog Stadium; Varsity football v. Westwood – 7:30

Saturday – Van Theater Arts Festival and Contests; UIL Area Marching Contest – Denton

I hope everyone has a great week!

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.