Lion's Mane (Parent Edition)

Your home for MHS news & events. Volume 16

Senior Parking

Dear Lion Nation,

On Friday I had the opportunity to attend the McKinney Independent School District Athletics Hall of Induction ceremony. It was an honor to hear the stories from coaches, athletes, and contributors about their time representing MISD and McKinney High School. It struck me that our traditions at MHS are not built on activities but the people and their impact on MHS. Tradition is about leaving a figurative mark, instead of a literal mark on MHS.

It was with careful deliberation and thoroughness that the decision was made to move away from seniors painting their parking spaces. Using the same careful deliberation and thoroughness, the decision was made to allow this tradition to CONTINUE for the class of 2017, with the support of the MISD Administration. For the 2016-2017 school year, seniors will be allowed to paint their parking spaces. However, a committee of students, parents, and MHS staff will work together to create specific guidelines that students must follow in order to paint their senior parking space to ensure that it is done with care. Next year will serve as a transition year for this tradition, and we will seek input from students, parents, and MHS staff to direct the future of senior parking.

We are blessed to work in a district that graciously approved a bond that enhanced the physical beauty of McKinney High School. The upcoming bond this spring has the potential to further enhance the aesthetics of our campus, and I am so excited about this for the rich legacy and bright future of MHS.

Each morning, as I pull into the MHS parking lot, I am reminded of our motto that is displayed on our marquee, “Rich in Legacy, Focused on the Future.” This statement is the essence of what makes our school The McKinney High School.

Go Lions,

Gordon Butler, Principal

PTO Updates

The next PTO Lunch and Learn will be on Tuesday, January 19th @ 11:45 in the downstairs flex space. Our superintendent, Dr. Rick McDaniel, will be presenting on the state of MISD. Come early to get a great seat!!!!

Did you Know...

At one time, the football uniforms for the Lions were hand-me-downs from SMU. Even though the colors were Blue and Gold, the colors on the field were red, white and blue.

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

  • 1/19 Girls Basketball vs. Wylie @ 6:15 (Away)
  • 1/19 Boys Basketball vs. Wylie @ 7:30 (Away)
  • 1/20 NHS Meeting @ 7:00am Upstairs Flex
  • 1/20 Key Club @ 2:30 Downstairs Flex
  • 1/20 MISD Powerlifting Meet @ 3:00 (Home)
  • 1/21 Girls Soccer vs. Euless Trinity @ 7:30 (Away)
  • 1/21 District Diving The Colony @ 1:00 (Away)
  • 1/21 Wrestling vs. Lucas Lovejoy/Lancaster @ 5:00 (Home)
  • 1/22 Girls Basketball vs. Denison @ 6:15 (Home)
  • 1/22 Boys Basketball vs. Denison @ 7:30 (Home)
  • 1/22 Tennis Frisco Tournament @ 8:00am (Away)
  • 1/22 Girls Soccer vs. Lake Highlands @ 6:20 (Away)
  • 1/22 District Swimming at The Colony @ 3:00 (Away)
  • 1/22 Wrestling vs. Hebron/Rockwall @ 6:00 (Away)
  • 1/23 Girls Soccer vs. Richardson TBA (Away)
  • 1/23 Wrestling Jaguar Tournament Flower Mound HS @ 9:00 (Away

MHS Showcase

Showcase is an event to provide parents and students with information about everything MHS has to offer regarding our academic, CTE, athletics, and Fine Arts programs. Please see the attached link below for more information.

Yearbook Information

Yearbooks are $70 through Jan. 30. Go to to purchase one.

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Lost and Found

If your student has lost an item, please have them check the lost and found located in the front office.

Interdisciplinary Study and Mentorship (ISM) informational meeting

ISM is a course offered to all MISD 11th and 12th graders. In this course, students conduct in-depth research over a chosen career field and spend second semester mentoring with a professional in that field. Hard-working, high-achieving students who are intrinsically motivated and work well independently thrive in this class. For more information, please attend the informational meeting at McKinney North High School.

February 9


McKinney North High School Auditorium

Mane Street Salon

Mane Street Salon at McKinney High School will be open special hours on Wednesday, January 20th from noon until 5 p.m. Haircuts are free for anyone with an appointment. Please call to make your appointment now 469-302-5775.

Scholarship Opportunities

The traditions committee is now accepting applications for their MEF scholarship. The committee will offer one $2,000 scholarship and two $1,500 scholarships. Visit the MHS website to apply.

Does your student want to make the news

Applications for MHS1, Manestream News and the Lion Yearbook are now available at

An easy way to support MHS

United Supermarkets, parent company of Market Street, Albertsons and others has recently implemented a contest to give back to communities. The Shop to Support Schools contest will run through October 8, 2016. During that time any guest that shops in a United Supermarkets, Market Street, Amigos or Albertsons will be given the opportunity to link their Rewards account to McKinney High School. For more information, visit

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 Monica Morgan (, 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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Safety and Security

  • Parents, as a reminder, please be prepared to show your ID when entering the building (even for those we recognize).
  • We will only release your child to who is listed in eSchool & Hall Pass, this includes having lunch with your child.

McKinney Education Foundation Information (MEF)

MEF Scholarship

The MEF Scholarship will open on January 5th. The application is open to all MISD Seniors and can be found on MEF’s website ( The deadline to have all materials turned in is February 12th at 4:00pm. It is highly recommended that ALL seniors apply for to this scholarship. If you or your student have any questions, please sign up for an appointment with Ms. Ribble here:

More College Information

Collin College will be hosting the Destination College workshop for parents only. Please see the link below for more information.

Cheerleading and Mascot Information

MISD cheerleading and mascot informational meetings, clinics, and tryouts will be hosted at McKinney Boyd.

Key Dates:

Tuesday, 1/19 @ 6:00 p.m.-6:45 p.m. Parent Informational Meeting in the MBHS Cafeteria

Friday, 2/19 @ 5:00 p.m. Online forms are due

Monday, 2/29 @ 3:00 p.m-5:00 p.m.--JV and Varsity clinic

@ 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.--Freshmen clinic

Tuesday 3/1 @ 3:00 p.m-5:00 p.m.--JV and Varsity clinic

@ 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.--Freshmen clinic

Wednesday 3/2 Final evaluations @ 3:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.

Friday 3/4 Tryout results posted after 4:00 p.m.

Marquette Tryouts

Tuesday, February 23rd Parent Informational Meeting @7:00 p.m. MHS Cafeteria

Monday, March 21st - Wednesday, March 23rd 4:30-6:30

Dance Clinics will be held at MHS in the gym. Candidates will learn a dance routine, kick routine and complete flexibility training during these clinics.

Thursday, March 24th

4:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Auditions will be held at the campus that you are auditioning for in the gym.

Results posted on team website after conclusion of team tryouts

McKinney HS students doing great things

The following students participated and won at the Collin County Livestock show (one of the most competitive events in the state):

Trenton Whan-Overall Reserve Champion Steer

Reese Philips-Champion Brangus and Reserve Champion American Heifer

Christian Purcell-Reserve Champion Shorthorn and 1st Place Yorkshire

Zach Vernier-1st Place Duroc

Kirsten Laningham- Champion Santa Gertrudis

Articles of Note

Parents, it's time to think about what classes your child should choose for next year. Below is an interesting article about managing the demands that are unknowingly placed on students.

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.