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.


Go Lions!

-Mr. Boom

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Big Winner

This past Thursday (on National Doughnut Day), students were asked to share with Mr. Boom the date that our beautiful building was constructed. Several students guessed "1986", which is the date that Faubion Middle School came into existence. However, the correct answer is "1958", as this was the actual date of construction. Students, as they enter the foyer, can view the plaques signifying the stages of construction, including subsequent renovations. Also in the front foyer on the floor is a crest with "McKinney High School" engraved. The first student with the correct answer to the trivia contest was Amanda Valenzuela-Rodriguez. Congratulations, Amanda!
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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
  • Exercising
  • 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 - rsoroa@mckinneyisd.net or 469-302-7005

H-O: Mrs. Gonzalez - amgonzalez@mckinneyisd.net or 469-302-6911

P-Z: Mrs. Dedman - odedman@mckinneyisd.net or 469-302-6917

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, Nov. 10

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

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

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"At Faubion Middle School, we make excellence a habit, and we are kind to each other."