Update on Pre-K Grant

by Coy Holcombe.  

We have received some good news regarding our Pre-K grant. The Tier 2 funding criteria has changed and now EISD will remain eligible to receive funding under Tier 2. When the proposed rules were first released, Tier 2 funding was to be reserved for those districts that had previously received a Pre-K grant and were able to show growth as measured by the TAKS scores of 3rd graders. According to the first rules released, schools funded under Tier 2 had to "demonstrate improved student performance results for the last three consecutive years on the Grade 3 assessment instruments" and have "demonstrated successful implementation of a prekindergarten program that includes proven readiness components". While EISD certainly met the second part of this criteria, I was concerned about the part that stated "demonstrate improved student performance results". It would be difficult for our 3rd grade TAKS scores to show improvement because we have had 90% or more of our students pass the 3rd grade TAKS for a number of years.

Recently, an updated definition of Tier 2 funding was released. The new, revised definition is as follows:

Tier 2: A district or charter school whose average Grade 3 TAKS performance for the last three consecutive years is above state average in reading and math; and has previously received Prekindergarten Expansion Grant funding and participated in Cycle 14 (school year 2008-2009). The district or charter school qualifies to apply for $900 per student, maximum $1 million and minimum $15,000. If the district has over 90 percent educationally disadvantaged enrollment, the district may apply for last year’s allocation or $900 per student, whichever is greater, with no maximum.

Note that in the new definition, the word "improvement" has been replaced with the phrase "whose average Grade 3 TAKS performance…is above state average in reading and math". Under the new definition, EISD will continue to qualify for pre-k grant funding.

I know that local teachers, administrators, and community members took the time to write to TEA regarding this program. I definitely believe that the emails that TEA received from our district, and other districts in similar situations, contributed to the changing of the definition regarding Tier 2 funding. I want to thank all the people that took the time to express their concerns and to share their success stories. It definitely made a difference for our district and for our children!

Upcoming Events and Activities

by Coy Holcombe.  

It’s hard to believe that we have completed 12 weeks of this school year. The third six weeks has started and will be full of events and activities.

Basketball is well underway. The Middle School and the High School have already played games. The Eustace JV girls tournament is scheduled for this Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Report cards will go home on Thursday. The Primary will have their awards assembly on Friday. In addition, the Primary will also have their perfect attendance reward on Monday.

Next Tuesday is an early release day. School will be dismissed two hours early. The Thanksgiving holidays will be Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of next week. Classes will resume their normal schedule on Monday, December 1.

Board Meeting Tonight

by Coy Holcombe.  

The EISD Board of Trustees will meet for their regular monthly meeting tonight at 7:00 PM. The meeting will take place in the High School Library. I encourage anyone interested to attend tonight’s meeting. The December meeting will take place on the 16th.

The EISD board meets the third Tuesday of every month (on rare occasions the date may be changed due to holidays). A link to the minutes of the meetings is posted on the EISD homepage.  On the homepage, look in the top right hand column for the link. The same link will also take you to a copy of the official agenda for each meeting. If you have any questions about board meetings, please contact me at cholcombe@eustaceisd.net.

Thanks for a Great Season

by Coy Holcombe.  

Thanks to Coach Doug Wendel, the entire football coaching staff, and each and every player for a great football season. The varsity team finished second in district and qualified for the playoffs for the first time in 11 years. The JV football team also had a great year.

Special thanks goes out to all the parents and fans that supported the Bulldogs this football season. Also, special thanks to Sandy Sowers and the varsity cheerleading squad for their support and for being the best cheerleading squad in this area. A special thank you also goes out to Todd Felty, Chad Bentley, Patricia Fields, and the Mighty Bulldog Marching Band for their support and for providing first-class marching and music at each game. 

Also, I want to thank all the people behind the scenes that made this football season enjoyable: our announcer, Cotton Walker, the chain crew, Haskell Cook, our security officer, and Jack Wallace and his maintenance people for taking care of our facilities and field.

Finally, I want to thank Shelley Compton and the officers and members of the Booster Club for all the hard work put in during these past few months. They put in many long hours in providing support for the volleyball, cross country, and football teams.

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!!

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.