Greer Gazette

McKinney Special Populations - February

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Gearing up for Special Education Olympics

McKinney Mavericks Basketball

Thursday March 3rd Basketball Skills Competition


Thank you to our APE staff (Janice, Dennis, Michelle) and Trecia for getting campuses set up for practice! Thank you in advance to all the PALS. We truly couldn't do this without your support! The Mavericks started practicing on campuses in January. Our Athletes are excited for competition on March 3rd.

Special Olympics Fundraiser

C.T. Eddins has begun taking orders for awareness t-shirts designed especially for MISD. All proceeds from this sale, go directly to McKinney Special Olympics.

Shirts are Grey Gildan Soft-style short sleeve and are sold for $15.00. Use link to see design and to order:

Please email Suzanne Smith or Amanda Denning with specific questions!

Student Spotlight

Evans Middle School

Jonathan working on his IEP Goals. He has made so much progress, his teacher Ms. Long wanted to share a picture. Look at that steady hand! Great Job Johnny!
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Jonny Oh Receives Recognition!

Jonny has shown Perseverance and has worked very hard this year. See his below!

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Keshawn is learning the phases of the moon. He told his teacher Ms. Long, the moon tastes good! Yes it does Keshawn!
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Students working on as a team on goals, measurement, adding, perimeter, and height!

Way to work as a TEAM!

Teacher Spotlight

Teacher of the Year!


Lauren Gonzalez

Minshew Elementary STC Teacher

Leigh Barnes

Bennett Resource Teacher

The Gazette will be highlighting these fantastic teachers in our April addition.

Tina Worthy

Minshew Teacher Tina Worthy was awarded a grant through Donors Choose! Tina has been awarded over $600 for her classroom.

"With this project, my students will have a new opportunity to learn to write for different purposes and audiences." - Tina Worthy

Congratulations Tina and especially the students who will benefit from this grant!

Jessica Wilson

Jessica was given the YOU ROCK AWARD at Cockrill Middle school.

"It's nice to be noticed and appreciated, especially as a self contained special education teacher. I LOVE this campus." - Jessica Wilson

Congratulations Jessica!

Lisa Rogers

Lisa was awarded the MEF Star Award!

AWESOME - Way to go Lisa!

Hugs Cafe

Hugs Gala

Hugs Cafe held a gala on Febuary 6th. The event was held at the Sanctuary in McKinney on Virginia Parkway. The Gala sold out several weeks prior however, anyone could access and bid on the silent auction prizes prior to the event. Hugs employs current McKinney ISD students and graduates of McKinney ISD.

Guests included City Council members, Former & current MISD staff, parents and friends of Hug, and many Community Sponsors. Hugs team mates were at the door to greet (and hug), be available for pictures at the photo booth, and to provide Thank you to guests as they left.

CAP’s Dylen Zuercher sang the National Anthem. The event was a HUGE success as they raised more money than they had hoped!

Thank you MISD for your continued support of Hugs Cafe. Words can't express the impact of your support.

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Hugs Cafe will be open for lunch on February 15th (Professional Development)

Ruth Thompson, founder of Hugs is very appreciative of Admin, teachers, and all MISD staff that continue to support Hugs, and looks forward to seeing you on Monday.

See link for menu below, the address is 224 E. Virginia

Phone (it’s Ok to call in an order) 469-301-6900

And, Good news- Coming soon: Designated Parking for Hugs!

Autism Awareness T-Shirt

Please see picture below for the information on this year’s Autism Awareness shirt.

If McKinney orders more than 100 shirts, the cost of the shirt will be $8.95 instead of $9.95. Hopefully this will happen because the extra money will be donated to Special Olympics! (:

I must have all orders with payment by Tuesday, 2/23/2016.

Please let me know if you have any questions/concerns.

Lynda Batson

SJMS STC Teacher

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What's Happening in MISD

CPI - Full

Our next full initial (8hour) CPI training will be Saturday February 20th from 8-4 at Greer (Town Hall).

This will be a working lunch.

Register through Euphoria!

Professional Development

February 15th Staff Development

PD Assignments:

  • STC/FAC/ALC/CAP/Next StepSally Riche & Christy Batson8:00 - 11:30CHEC 139
  • Speech PathologistsNancy Sheets8:00-4:00CHEC 200
  • Lawson PPCDBrenda Weintraub12:30-3:30Lawson
  • DSSC/Resource/Inclusion Elementary MathOJ Omene8:00 - 11:30CHEC 114
  • DSSC/Resource/Inclusion Elementary ELARBrenda Weintraub & Kim Wornhor8:00 - 11:30CHEC 110
  • FAC/Lawson ParasTina P., Brandy P, and Jami O.8:00-11:30CHEC 218,219,220
  • ALC/CAP/NextStep ParasTina P., Brandy P, and Jami O.8:00-11:30CHEC 218,219,220
  • DSSC and STC ParasTina P., Brandy P, and Jami O.8:00-11:30CHEC 218,219,220
  • Inclusion ParasLaura Simmons8:00-11:30CHEC 222
  • DSSC/Resource/Inclusion Secondary ELARJennifer Hise8:00-11:30CHEC 223
  • DSSC/Resource/Inclusion Secondary MathKatie Moyle8:00-11:30Greer TownHall
  • Dyslexia TeachersErika Meza8:00-4:00Greer B 100
  • Evaluation TeamTessa Porter8:00 - 4:00Greer B 103

February 23rd - Elementary and Lawson CLASS Meeting at 3:15

February 26th - High School CLASS Meeting at 2:45

February 26th - Middle School CLASS Meeting at 4:00


The STC at Evans, wants to thank Tameka Jones and Abi Adologiogie for jumping right in and learning the ropes of the classroom. We appreciate all they do for the kiddos in the STC. - Kristi, Beth & David

Thank you to my awesome FAC/STC team-Melanie, Claudia, Alison, Tiffany, Laura, Mr. Adams, Shannon- at Finch. You are all always willing to step in and offer extra support or coverage. ~Christy

Thank you to Beth Stom at Evans for always having materials ready for the kiddos and staying on top of things - Kristi B.

I want to give a big shout out to Kari Bates at Cockrill for always being ready to help the FAC team no matter what. She is awesome! - Jess W

Thanks to all our Cockrill Sped staff members for helping out at a moment’s notice with any situation that comes up!. Cockrill Rocks!! Armida M.

Thank you to David Dutze at Evans, for jumping in and helping with behavior when we need it. - Kristi B.

A big THANK YOU to Vickie Russell, Stephanie Kilbourn, Brandi Hebert for adjusting their schedules and work-load to help other campuses during an unexpected transition!

Thank you to Tina for being so supportive and flexible. So glad to have you as a part of our team-STC @ Glen Oaks

Thank you for our secondary teachers working with READ 180/System 44.

Thank you for our secondary Math teachers for looking at new curriculum.

Thank you for our BCBAs, BS and SDIFs for ALL their hard work.

Thank you to the amazing resource team at Press for always being supportive of each other in so many different ways.

Faubion Middle School has been extremely gracious in welcoming elementary campuses who have incoming 5th graders and want to observe to help provide informed recommendations. Thank you Faubion Middle School for your hospitality!

Renee Wrenwood you were rocking out a Distar 11 lesson with your students! Great job implementing core curriculum.

Renee, Heather, Kris - I just want to let you know just how much I appreciate the three of you allowing me to come into your classrooms and observe your working with the students on yesterday. All of you made me feel very comfortable during my time in your classrooms.

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