Lion's Mane (Parent Edition)

Your home for MHS news & events. Volume 1

Week 2 in the books!

Parents, we are so excited to serve your students this year as teachers, counselors, and administrators. The start of this school has been fast and furious. Our enrollment at MHS this year (as of 9/4/15) is 2,745 students, which is 99 more than projected. The class break down is as follows: 528 Seniors, 635 Juniors, 814 Sophomores and 768 Freshmen. Most would look at those large numbers as a "problem," but at MHS we are excited to see so many students and look at it as a tremendous opportunity. Thank you for allowing us the opportunity to educate your children.

The McKinney High School

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

Coming Events

  • Is your child interested in attending one of the four United States Service Academies? Collin College's Preston Ridge Campus is hosting a Service Academy Information Fair from 1-3 p.m. on Saturday, September 12th. No registration is required; please see the link below for details
  • Picture day will be on Tuesday, September 15th during all English classes.
  • MISD College Night is coming to McKinney North High School on September 24th, 6:00-8:00 p.m. Over 100 college reps from across the nation will be in attendance.
  • The PSAT will be held at MHS on October 14th. Each year all Sophomores are paid for by MHS. It is highly recommended that Juniors take this test as well. The cost is $15, and sign-ups can be done online at
  • MISD offers a PSAT prep course for Juniors. Sign-ups can be done online at :

PTO Information

Please consider joining the McKinney High School PTO. The support of the PTO is vital to forging a strong relationship between parents and the school staff. The number one goal of the PTO is supporting the effort of the MHS teachers in providing a quality learning experience for all students. If you are interested in joining the PTO please contact Jenna Bilyeu at for membership information.

The next PTO Lunch and Learn will be on September 15th at 11:30 a.m. Please bring your lunch and come hear me (Gordon Butler, principal) present the vision and goals for this year. At the end of the presentation, there will be a Q&A session with myself about all things MHS. If you plan on attending, please email Kelsey Jessee at

Is your student interested....

Would your child like to be a student voice on issues related to the physical and emotional health of students and staff for MISD? MHS is looking for a student representative to serve on the Student Health Advisory Committee (SHAC). This committee meets in the evenings about 5 to 6 times a year and is facilitated by our head nurse and district coordinator for health and wellness. If your child is interested please have them email me ( by Thursday.

Free and Reduced Lunch information

If your student participates in the Free and Reduced Lunch program at MHS, the applications for the 2015-2016 school year are due before October 6th, when benefits are dropped. The applications can be picked up in the front office or may be completed online at If applicable, please be sure to fill these very important forms out so that all of our students are well-fed each day.

McKinney Education Foundation

MEF exists to provide guidance about the college selection process. Each high school campus has an MEF College Advisor who is available to help students and parents navigate the application, financial aid, and scholarship process. Ms. Brandi Ribble is located in F119 and can be reached at (469) 302-3437 or by email at

Please stay tuned for college guidance meetings based on grade level in the near future.

Birthday Wishes

Do you want to make your child feel special on his or her birthday? MHS is offering parents a unique opportunity to wish their child a "Happy Birthday" on the big screen above the Socratic Steps. The cost is $25 for the day. If interested, please email your birthday message to Kelsey Jessee ( and submit your payment (cash or check) to the MHS front office. In your email, please make sure you include the DAY you want the message to run and kindly allow a 5 day notice. See the sample below.
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How to stay connected

We want you to stay informed about all things MHS. Our primary ways of communicating this year will be:

  • Lion's Mane (Parent Edition) every Monday
  • MHS Facebook page
  • MHS Twitter page
  • Remind 101 (text @themck to 81010)
  • MHS Webpage (although this is not updated as quickly as other methods)
  • Phone Callouts

If for some reason you are not receiving MHS information in your preferred medium, please email me at I want you to be informed in a timely manner about all things MHS.

Credit By Exams

If your student is looking for a way to accelerate the credit earning process or needs to redo a class, credit by examination may be the way to go. CBEs are offered by MISD once a quarter through Texas Tech University. The deadline to register for CBEs is Friday, September 18th. The exam dates are November 7th and 14th. Please see your child's counselor for additional details.