The Faubion Lion Pride Press
Week of November 9, 2020
Dear Lion Pride,
Last Friday was a bittersweet day for me, in my last day at MHS. Fortunately I had the opportunity to say good-bye to teachers and students with whom I have worked for several years. We revisited some old memories and shared touching moments. I know that we will develop positive memories here at Faubion Middle School as well.
I have heard exceptional stories about our teachers' ability to engage students and to bring out our students' incredible talents. In meeting with our teachers, students, and parents over these past few days, I have seen first-hand the pride that our entire school community has for our historic and high-performing school. Our students are incredibly kind, opening doors for each other, saying "please" and "thank you", and listening intently during instruction while the teacher or another student is speaking. These acts are a reflection of your work as parents and in our students' appreciation for each other.
As we navigate the challenges of this pandemic, our staff strives to demonstrate an unmatched professional and courteous disposition. I believe in going above and beyond in kindness and empathy when working with everyone. Please slide notes of encouragement into your child's backpack or lunch and send a quick note of admiration to your child's teachers. Those little acts really mean so much to all of us.
I am so honored to be your lead servant and learner of our beautiful school that is steeped in history and reputation. At Faubion Middle School, we make excellence a habit, and we are kind to each other.
The violin section demonstrates pizzicato, a method where the strings are "plucked". Featured are: Brooklyn Baron, Kamelah Boyd, Tyson Cathey, and Julian Ramirez Ruiz.
Showing off their beautiful voices, members of the choir sightread a piece in class. Pictured are: Avery Roy, Daniela Zavala, Savannah Nicole, Zaillee Fiore, and Brooke Caver.
Kiran Hartman demonstrates proper pizzicato form on her cello.
Lyla Chivers uses multiple colors of highlighters to organize her thoughts.
More Close Reading
Organizing his thoughts and reading the passage closely, Nico Orozco works diligently.
Kyler Wolfe works on a google doc while keeping a graphic organizer handy as an anchor.
As we all know 2020 has been a year full of extraordinary stressors. As much as we try to shield our students from feeling the weight of all of this stress, our kids can't help but be impacted. In the month of November the FMS counselors will be going into your child's classroom to discuss stress and ways to manage our stress. We will be teaching them ways to recognize when they are feeling stress, ways to cope with stress, and ways we can prevent stress and it’s negative impact.
Some things to keep in mind when thinking about our middle schoolers is that often student stress is related to everyday experiences, worries, and challenges at school, at home, in the community, or within a peer group. For example, young people may experience stress resulting from social issues, peer relations, body image, or academic difficulties. This year we can add a global pandemic and decreased social interactions to this list as well. While each student responds to stress differently, the impact of unresolved stress can lead to feelings of anxiety, depression, irritability, poor concentration, aggression, physical illness, fatigue, sleep disturbance, or substance abuse.
Young people, like adults, can benefit from learning and practicing stress management techniques. Students who develop these skills are better able to cope with stress in a healthy way without resorting to self-harm or hurting others. Identifying personal stressors and acknowledging the feelings associated with them is an effective initial strategy for students. Once students can identify when and why they are experiencing stress, they can take a more proactive approach to managing it. Some of these strategies may include:
- Slow down, stay positive, and take steps to problem-solve
- Asking for support from a friend or family member
- Writing in a personal journal
- Drawing or doing something creative
- Focusing on self-care (eating well, getting enough sleep, limiting caffeine and sugar, etc.)
- Meditation or self-reflection
- Avoid over-scheduling
If you feel like your child needs individual help managing their stress levels, don't hesitate to reach out to your child's counselor.
A-G -> Robin Phillips
H-O ->Daniel Rodriguez
P-Z -> Christina Kiefer
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 https://sso.mckinneyisd.net
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 - firstname.lastname@example.org or 469-302-7005
H-O: Mrs. Gonzalez - email@example.com or 469-302-6911
P-Z: Mrs. Dedman - firstname.lastname@example.org or 469-302-6917
7th Football v. Rushing (Prosper) - Children's Health Stadium - Gold - 5:30 / Navy - 6:45
8th Football v. Rushing (Prosper) - Ron Poe Stadium - Gold - 5:30 / Navy - 6:45
Thursday, Nov. 12
7th Volleyball v. Reynolds (Prosper) - Faubion Gym - Gold - 5:00 / Navy - 6:00 / White - 7:00
8th Volleyball v. Reynolds (Prosper) - Reynolds Gym - Gold - 5:00 / Navy - 6:00 / White - 7:00
Coach Callaway reflects with the 7th grade football team after a big cross-town win over Cockrill.
Kaden Rodriguez and his father, MHS Coach Skye Gonzalez, share a touching moment on the field.
Mr. Boom's girls
Tess, Quinn, and Laine take over Ms. Shaw's room on move-in day.