Lion's Mane

Your home for MHS news & events. Volume 14

Last full week before exams

Thank you for quickly getting back into the swing of things our first week back from Thanksgiving break. This is a critical week for grades for many of our students as we wrap up the last full week of instruction before beginning Semester Exam Week.

EOC retesting is this week in the upstairs D-Hall. Please be flexible with those students that may miss your class due to EOC retesting.

This Friday, MHS will be hosting several school districts from the High Performing Schools Consortium for a meeting in the downstairs flex space. This meeting will include superintendents and assistant superintendents. If you have a classroom near that area, please help us with crowd control around the flex space.

A couple of housekeeping items related to exams: students may not take exams early. During exam week it is important to keep students in class even if they finish early. No passes to the library, please.

No tutoring bus next week.

How about a little fun this week?

If the Cowboys beat my beloved Redskins on Monday night, you can wear jeans with any shirt on Tuesday. WHEN the Redskins beat the Cowboys, I can wear jeans on Tuesday with any shirt. Deal?
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The McKinney High School

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

Did you know...

McKinney High School built a new auditorium in 1940 that seated 1,040. This held more people than the auditorium we have today. In 1940, MHS had 112 graduates. This year, we expect more than 500.

Coming Events

  • 12/7-12/11 End of Course Exams
  • 12/7 Blood Drive
  • 12/8 Choir students out (2nd thru 6th periods). List will be sent with The Daily Dish for Monday & Tuesday
  • 12/8 OLT Meeting @ 2:40 p.m. in F101
  • 12/8 Orchestra Concert 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
  • 12/10 Royal Pride Holiday Concert 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • 12/10 ISM Research Showcase @ Boyd HS 6:30-8:00 – come and go
  • 12/10-12/12 Boys Bball in Keller Tournament (Away)
  • 12/10 Wrestling vs. Boyd/Keller Timber Creek @5:25 (Home)
  • 12/10 Diving @ 3:00 p.m (Frisco Natatorium)
  • 12/11 Swimming @ 5:00 p.m. (Frisco Natatorium)
  • 12/11 Wrestling vs. Arlington Bowie/Plano/Nimitz/ @ 6:00 p.m. (Home)
  • 12/12 Swim/Dive @ 7:00 a.m. (Frisco Natatorium)
  • 12/12 City of McKinney Parade of Lights 6:30 p.m. Come see the Royal Pride Band and the Marquettes!
  • 12/17 PTO Teacher Christmas Luncheon (If you are a vegetarian, let me know before Wednesday.)

EOC Testing


  • Monday, Dec 7 – English I
  • Tuesday, Dec 8 – Algebra I
  • Wednesday, Dec 9 – English II
  • Thursday, Dec 10 – Biology & US History
  • Friday, Dec 11 – Make Up Day
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Nuts & Bolts Reminders...

Quarter 2 Grades:

Grades need to be submitted by 3:00 p.m. on December 18th, including any grades of incomplete.

Any Quarter 1 grades of incomplete must be cleared by Monday, December 15th.

Fall Semester Exam Schedule.

Feel free to wear jeans with a spirit shirt or Christmas shirt beginning on Tuesday.

12/15 Tuesday

  • First Period 7:30-9:25

12/16 Wednesday

  • Second Period 7:30-9:25
  • Third Period 9:30-11:30

12/17 Thursday

  • Fourth Period 7:30-9:25
  • Fifth Period 9:30-11:30

12/18 Friday

  • Sixth Period 7:30-9:25
  • Seventh Period 9:30-11:30

Dress Code

Thank you for all of your help in enforcing the dress code. I freely admit dress code is number 75 of things I like doing but a necessary evil. Here are a few reminders as we close out the semester:

  • Don't forget tights are okay if the shirt is long and loose enough, i.e. covers the bottom.
  • Sagging is not okay. If a student has a belt, they can pull up their pants and tighten their belt.
  • Be extra vigilant during periods 1-3.

This Week's Birthdays

  • 12/8 Sara Odom
  • 12/9 Rita Quintana

Helping our Students in Need

Ms. Hamilton, our Communities in School liaison, has started a clothes closet to help our students in need. It occurred to me that some students may not be in dress code due to lack of appropriate options. If you have teenagers at home or have clothes of your own that you are willing to donate, please email Faithe at

Thought of the week

Complaining is like a rocking chair. It gives you something to do but does not get you anywhere.

Remember if there is policy or procedure that is not working for you, please let me know. The door is always open. That being said, if you would like a hand in problem solving for MHS, the Operations Leadership Team will be meeting in F101 this Tuesday. All are welcome to attend.