Lion's Mane

Your home for MHS news & events. Volume 2

Week 2 in the books!

The week started with a bang with Meet the Teacher Night and will end with our first pep rally of the year. You guys did an awesome job with dress code and tardy enforcement this week. Keep up the good work.

I will be visiting classrooms next week to see you in action. Tuesday, I will be joined by our Assistant Superintendent for Student Services, Dr. Melinda DeFelice, in observing quality instruction.

Some instructional points of emphasis this year are:

  • Content and Language objectives either posted or referenced at some point during the lesson
  • Less teacher driven and more student focused
  • Frequent opportunities for students to generate original responses to quality questions
  • Wait time for students to process and expand if the first answer is not quite there

The McKinney High School

We are the original, the beacon, the bridge between the past and the future for the city of McKinney.

Retake Policy

Please make sure you are implementing the district retake policy with summative assignments. If you have any questions, please contact your PDAS appraiser.

Communities in Schools (CIS) is a social services organization that is partnering with several MISD campuses to meet the emotional, social, physical, and academic needs of at-risk students at MHS. We are the only high school campus with this program. Our liaison, is Faith Hamilton. Her office is located in F102A and she can be reached at extension 5798. Please see the link below for some of the services CIS can provide our students.


If you or your organization has an announcement, please send me the announcement along with the dates you would like it announced by 5 p.m the day before.

Coming Events

  • No School on Monday, enjoy your well deserved break!
  • Operations Leadership Team meets in F101 @ 2:45 p.m. on 9/8
  • Varsity Volleyball on 9/8 @ 6:00 p.m vs. Coppell (Home)
  • Varsity Football on 9/11 @ 7:30 vs. Newman Smith (Away)
  • Varsity Volleyball on 9/11 @5:30 vs. Prosper (Away)
  • Teacher Self Report Form, section I due to Appraiser by 9/15
  • MEF Teacher Grants are due on September 30th. Application can be accessed at this link-


We have several worthwhile membership groups that support the work of teachers for you to consider joining:

PTO memberships are available for $10. PTO support is critical to our success as a school. If you are interested in becoming a member, please email Kelsey Jessee at for a membership form.

MEF memberships are still available. Any dollar amount is appreciated. The McKinney Education Foundation exists to provide teacher scholarships for innovative projects or staff development and to assist students with college scholarships. Please email Kelsey Jessee at for a membership form.

Instructional Tip of the Week

Don't let students off the hook when it comes to turning in assignments. When we allow students to not turn in work, how do we know what they have mastered? My daughter has to make her bed everyday. When she doesn't, I could really show her and scold her with, "Hannah because you didn't make your bed, I'll show can't make your bed." I am no closer to achieving the learning objective (my daughter making her bed). Although a simplistic analysis, the same philosophy applies with any missing assignments a student may not have completed.

MHS is proud to announce the newest member of the Lion Nation

Staff, please take a minute to congratulate Mr. Jonathan Woods and his wife Kelly on the arrival of their first child, Mason George Woods, born on 9/2/15.
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