The Faubion Lion Pride Press

Final Edition of the 2020-2021 School Year

Dear Faubion Family,

In this edition of the Faubion Lion Pride Press, we celebrate our last few days with our 8th graders, feature new additions to our campus, and highlight several members of our school community.

Thank you to the Faubion Family for the most memorable year of my educational career. Our teachers, parents, and students have shown incredible resilience and compassion throughout a year that will forever be etched in history. I would not have wanted to go on this journey with any other group of educators than those here at Faubion Middle School and McKinney ISD. Congratulations to Robin Phillips and Lezlie Jinks on your retirement.

A wise man once said, "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act but a habit." At Faubion Middle School, we make excellence a habit, and we are kind to each other. Parents, thank you for instilling those values in your children so they can make a lasting and positive mark on our community.

Go Lions!

- Mr. Boom

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Student Art Mural of 2020-2021

In the first annual student art mural pictured above, Advanced Art students mapped a vision for the masterpiece that incorporated the unique styles of all of the artists. In the art, the artists' work gives rise to the trees and the flowers. Essentially, they are the creative energy behind creating their own environment. It also symbolizes how together the students' unique perspective helps form how they unite in creating their culture.

Lots of teamwork was required, as the students sat down and discussed the concept and then agreed on a path together. All of this work was a creation of students without direction from teachers. The attention that our students paid to each intricate detail of the masterpiece is unquestioned. Thank you to our fine arts teachers for pushing our students to find creative avenues of expression and for allowing them artistic freedom.

Artists who contributed to the piece were Ellena Hartman, Bostyn Holley, Amelia Saenz, Grace Stella, Ellie Blythe, Claire Capel, Addison Clark, Gabriella Congine, Kiley Davis, Heaven Evans, Mauria Flood, Michayla Franzen, Alex Gengler, Rolando Juan Martinez, Wyatt Judkins, Angelina Martynenko, Isabella Mclntyre, Dylan Miller, Benjamin Mitchell, Erika Perez, Karaline Simonson, Aidan Skelte, Genevieve Stella, Julianna Wieghat, Cash Woodlee, Paulina Zavala, Alivia Rivera Norman, Ella Mcgarr, and Rachel Chung.

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The new and improved Courtyard

Thank you to Mr. Perez, his students, and more for the incredible work that they put into the courtyard with incorporating vegetables, plants that attract monarch butterflies, and a native Blackland Prairie landscape. This was a result of a grant that Mr. Perez won from Lowe's, and what you see in the picture above is a reflection of months of planning and hard work from Mr. Perez and his students.

The photos below reflect every stage of the process, including:

1) Mr. Perez won the Lowe's Education grant for $5,000, which was for environmental garden beds.

2) Mr. Perez coordinated with McKinney High School construction teacher, Steve Matkoff, and students to build the raised beds.

3) Faubion students then filled the raised beds with compost.

4) Faubion students mixed in the mulch, allowing for the settling process.

5) Faubion students laid a foundation of decomposed granite prior to putting flagstone on top.

6) Faubion students planted the native plants and vegetation.

Throughout this process, BJ Lindsey and his landscaping crew supported our students with regular check-ins and irrigation work. We are incredibly grateful for the support that they have given us all year. Please scroll down to see every stage of the process.

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8th Grade Celebration and Promotion

Our 8th graders enjoyed several hours of quality time together this past week. From a picnic lunch and carnival games in the courtyard to a movie in the auditorium, our scholars had a unique opportunity to experience Faubion as the versatile facility that it is. Our students were incredibly polite and appreciative throughout the day. Our PTO came through yet again to support our school. Thank you also to our principals and teachers for their efforts in pulling off this event, especially Dr. Kriesel-Hall in her orchestration of the entire day.

Our 8th grade promotion on Thursday was a major success. Guest speakers Alan Arbabi (principal of MHS), Jae Gaskill (principal of MNHS), and Dr. Jennifer Peirson (principal of MBHS) were a feature of our ceremony. Their words of wisdom and encouragement centered on the importance of habit-forming behavior and kindness. Worth mentioning is that each of the principals attended our ceremony during their high school graduation practices, which shows how much they value their incoming freshmen.

8th grade history teacher Sherry Morris, aka Coach Mo, stole the show. She connected with students, weaving in several pop culture references as well as sage advice. All of the adults at FMS care care deeply about the future of our scholars, and this ceremony was a tiny reflection of that.

Summer Technology

Students will keep their laptops over the summer, as long as they are returning to McKinney ISD next year. If your child is not returning to MISD next year, please turn in your child's laptop and charger to FMS as soon as possible.

The district has given us a page of information for each student to keep track of the laptop information such as the serial number and asset tag. It also has information on where to get help with laptops over the summer. Remember: incidents still count over the summer. It is important to get things fixed on the devices as quickly as possible, since the wait time will be much longer in August. Remind your student to keep the computer charged and to remember their login information. Here’s a link to the document:

Internet Service Benefit:

The FCC has enacted a new benefit to help families struggling to afford internet service during the Covid-19 pandemic. You can find out more information about this program at this link:

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Parents of Rising 9th Graders

If you missed early high school summer school registration, you still have one more opportunity to sign up.

LOCATION: McKinney North HS

DATE: May 28th from 9 AM to 11AM

Please Note- Course options are subject to availability. The following courses are full: ART 1, Professional Communications, and Fitness for Life

Fine Arts Accents

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We invite our school community to view the mural that our art department created this past week. Seeing this masterpiece come to life day by day was one of the highlights of my year as the principal of Faubion Middle School. I am honored to say that this work of art will stay in place for years to come and will be joined by future murals by our art department. Thank you to Mr. Norman and Ms. Wright for your leadership of such an accomplished program.

Updated Shot Records for Rising 7th Graders

Rising seventh graders need proof of updated immunizations before the end of this school year. Your child's schedule will be withheld until immunization records are up-to-date.

Please take your child to complete immunizations. If your child has already received his/her vaccines, provide the updated record to our campus nurse ASAP.

The following vaccines are needed:

Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis-containing vaccine (received within the past five years)

Meningococcal vaccine (within the past five years)

It is necessary for your child to be in compliance to attend 7th grade for the 2021-22 school year.

Collin County Health Care Clinic offers low-cost or free immunizations for Medicaid, CHIPs, American Indian or Alaskan native, uninsured or underinsured (no vaccine, capped coverage or select vaccine insurance coverage).

Collin County Health Care, 825 North McDonald Street, Mon - Fri, 7:30am-11am and 1pm-4pm

Lawson Early Childhood Center is also offering immunizations on May 20 from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. at 500 Dowell Street in McKinney.

If you have any questions about the information above, please reach out to our school nurse at or 469-302-6914.

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helping our community

One Heart McKinney is an organization that partners with McKinney ISD to provide for those in need. Go to for a one-stop shop of resources related to COVID and community support. You can donate to the cause or seek help if interested.

Drug Use Prevention Resources

McKinney ISD offers a Canvas course called "Talk it up! Prevention resources for parents," which is full of drug prevention resources. Please visit the following LINK, bookmark it, and review it at your convenience. Our district truly embodies the "Live Kind" mindset in taking care of the entire child. Our district Substance Use Prevention Committee works hard to make the content relevant, engaging, and timely. Our counselors are also equipped with lots of resources to assist you, so if you need anything please reach out to us.

Checking Your Child's Grades and Attendance

You may monitor your child's grades and attendance by using the Home Access Center.

Here are the steps to follow:

1) Please make sure that you are using Google Chrome as your browser.

2) Go to

3) Enter your login credentials. If you need assistance with your login information, please reach out to your child's house secretary:

A-G: Mrs. Soroa - or 469-302-7005

H-O: Mrs. Gonzalez - or 469-302-6911

P-Z: Mrs. Dedman - or 469-302-6917

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The 2020-2021 School Year is over!

Mr. DeMakas sent the staff on summer break with full bellies and a happy heart by mastering the grill. We look forward to seeing our scholars again soon!

Jack C. Faubion Middle School, the best middle school in the State of Texas

Our primary method of communication occurs through our weekly newsletter, the Faubion Lion Pride Press. You may also find information on our school website.
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