The Faubion Lion Pride Press

Week of November 16, 2020

Dear Lion Pride,

This week was a memorable one for the Faubion Middle School Lion Pride. Last Friday we celebrated our Merit Scholars and Lion Pride award recipients, as students were nominated for their character and for their accomplishments in the classroom. The volleyball teams drew their season to a close with big wins. Football swept the competition with four wins and zero losses. Beautiful music filled music halls, art masterpieces were drawn, physical feats were shown on the field, and students demonstrated perseverance and critical thinking in the classroom.


Our students showed appreciation for the sacrifices of our veterans, with the colors of red, white, and blue worn proudly throughout the building. Our very own staff were given special recognition. The front of our building was flanked with American flags to show our appreciation as well.


I continue seeing exceptional examples of kindness from our students, which is but one reason why I know that our students will become leaders of the future in a variety of fields. Please demonstrate kind acts to your children as a way to help them develop the traits that will prove to be beneficial for them for their entire lives.


Aristotle once said, "We are what we repeatedly do. Therefore, excellence ought not be 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 our students so that our students can make a lasting and positive mark on our community.


Go Lions!

-Mr. Boom

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77 Flags? No Problem!

Sixth grader, Zachary Nuñez, helps put away all of the flags from our Veterans Day decorations. He offered to help without being asked and worked very hard. Zachary did not want the recognition for his efforts, but this is the type of servitude that we value here at Faubion Middle School.
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Volleyball - What a Season!

The volleyball teams had a fun season, full of exciting games and excellent play. We are sad to see it all come to an end. Throughout the process, our female athletes developed character and learned a lot about themselves individually and each other. Being good teammates, working together as a collective team, and having a common goal are but a few takeaways from this exciting season.


Congratulations to Coach Burgess, Coach Riley, Coach Green, and Coach Harty in their leadership and support of our wonderful student athletes. Pictured are members of the seventh grade volleyball team, including: Reagan Hardy, Sophie Phillips, Caylin Butler, Mia Smith, Hemam Matteewos, Sofia Lopez, Savannah Fletes, Madison Triplett, Kammie Kristufek, Audrey Tremble, Madison Doyle, Macie Potter, Olivia Knight, Ella McClure, and Jordan Conway.

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A Helping Hand

Bryson Berman, along with other members of the eighth grade football team, helps with collapsing cafeteria tables at the conclusion of lunches. Our athletics department builds student character through leadership, service, and acts of kindness.
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Sra. Trentine's third period class

Featured from Sra. Trentine's class are: Karlee McHughes, Daeshana Wilson, Caden Ganter, Joshua Coleman, Liam Doney, Jeremiah Castillo, Reid Gambrell, Adam Nair, Micah Benatar, Jack Creecy, Adyson Gaddis, Merit Metcalf, Chasity Saintjuste, and Jacquie Killough.
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Mr. Smith's third period class

Standing in front of an American flag that flew at Pearl Harbor are: Narciso Aguilar, Fray O'Choa, Ryann Perez, Angel Tidwell, Shayla Weber, and Anna Kumbatria.
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Mr. Blankenbaker's third period class

Pictured are Mustafa Rizvi, Tracy Sunde, Sebastian Contreras, Brennan Rau, Brandon Valdez, Syla Traylor, Dayami Melgar, Isaac Mancilla, Kaylee McReynolds, Derek Ho, Andrew Daniels, Tatiana Cruz, Kira South, Ricardo Cadenas, Lizbeth Torres-Hernandez, and Miles Graves.

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Tuning

Using a combination of fine tuners and the pegs, the orchestra practices tuning their instruments with electronic tuners. Mrs. Zamora's attention to detail is one among many reasons why the Faubion Orchestra is special. Pictured are Brooklyn Abrams, Felicity Chambers, Sebastian Contreras, Kaydence Cook, Ashley Cortes, De'Montae Davis, Mia Ehrlich, Joshua Fannin, Aaron Moreno, Zachary Nunez, Katelyn Ort, Brayan Parada, Zoe Ralston, Maria Rico-Merino, Jude Rodelo, Leo Salinas, Austin Taylor, and Syla Traylor.

Orchestra Solo Contest

The Faubion Orchestra recently hosted a solo festival which included 120 of Faubion's upper level orchestra students. All students worked on not one, but three separate solos over the course of a month. In the final week, they chose one solo to perform at the solo festival. 107 students received First Division Superior Ratings and 13 students received Second Division Excellent Ratings. In addition, the following students were chosen as exemplary soloists by the adjudicators: Cooper Zweig, Princesa Licea, Zoe Ralston, Chloe Moon, Sofia Hernandez, Hayden Bond, Judah Sempebwa, John Nguyen, Nate Davila, Edwin Varghese, Marko Salinas, and Jenny Wang. Congratulations to all of the orchestra students who performed!
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Middle School can be a confusing time, for parents as well as for their kids. Your child is becoming more independent yet still needs your support as much as ever. While you may decide to allow your child more autonomy in some areas, be sure to stay actively involved in your child’s school. Research shows that children whose parents are engaged in their education are more likely to achieve academic success.

Parent Tip of the Week:

Get to know the teachers. It’s a good idea to meet each of your child’s teachers. Ask about their expectations. Find out how much time your child should spend on homework each night. Find out whether there will be regularly scheduled tests and if so, when. Ask about the best way to get in touch if you have questions. If the teachers use email, be sure to get their addresses.

Faubion Counselors will continue their classroom guidance lessons this week for 6th, 7th, and 8th graders. When it comes to taking control of our emotions in high stress situations, we’d like to share the helpful strategies in the image below.

As always, check out the Faubion MS Counselor Website for more info and counselor contacts:

www.fmscounselors.weebly.com

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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

Monday, Nov. 16

Community Conversations on Diversity and Equity - McKinney HS Cafeteria - 6:00 p.m.

8th Football v. Highland Park - MISD Stadium - Navy - 6:45 / Gold - 8:15


Tuesday, Nov. 17

7th Football v. Hays (Prosper) - Prosper Eagle Stadium - Gold - 5:30 / Navy - 6:45

Cafeteria Update - Free Standard Breakfast and Lunch for all

On October 9, 2020, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food and Nutrition Service announced program changes that will provide for free meals for all students, regardless of income. This has been made possible by nationwide waivers that will provide for free meals to all students for the remaining 2020-2021 school year.


Your children may enjoy the standard breakfast and lunch at no charge, whether they dine on campus or pick up "Grab & Go" meals. Students dining on campus may elect to purchase additional a la carte items at normal pricing. Meals for virtual students may be picked up at our convenient Grab & Go, located at Finch Elementary and Vega Elementary from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. Both sites are open to the community for meal pick-up as well. Our Grab & Go meals will also include the next day’s breakfast when picking up lunch curbside.

We strongly encourage all households to continue completing the 2020-2021 Free and Reduced student application as it is used for various student programs and also impacts district funding.

Food Deliveries

Outside food delivery services, such as Uber Eats, are not allowed to deliver food to students on our campus.

Parents/guardians may deliver food for their own students. The drop-off location is now in the front foyer. Directions for leaving food are on the bookcase.

2020-2021 Spinal Screenings through the School Nurse

The State of Texas requires a spinal screening for abnormal spinal curvature in accordance with the following:

Girls will be screened two times, once at age 10 and again at age 12 (regardless of grade level);

Boys will be screened one time at age 13 or 14 (regardless of grade level).


Due to COVID restrictions, we are spacing out the screenings. The next group that will have a screening will start next Monday. During the weeks of Nov. 16 and Nov. 30, girls with birthdates between 05/01/2008 and 04/30/2009 will undergo screening. Nurse Guinn will send more information through email (in English and Spanish) to affected students.


If you have any questions in the meantime, please email Nurse Guinn at mguinn@mckinneyisd.net.

Macbooks - 1:The World Program

As part of the 1:The World Program, there is an annual assurance fee of $30. Paying the assurance fee allows us to provide you with a significantly less expensive cost to replace frequently damaged parts. Each student will have a fee associated with their HAC account. Parents can pay these fees through HAC using a credit/debit card or they can pay in person with check/cash/money order. This annual fee will fully cover the first incident of damage to the laptop with all other incidents of damage being covered at $125 each. We will provide you with more information on this topic in next week's newsletter; in the meantime, we want to put it on your radar.

Words from the Learning Commons

Our procedures for checking out books this year are a little different than in the past; however, students may still check out electronic and physical books.


To check out a physical book, we ask students to put the book on HOLD before we deliver it to their classroom. Students need to log in to their SSO account and then click on 'Destiny' and log in again using the SSO button. Students can search the catalog and put a book on hold or on their resource list for easy access to books they are interested in for the future. It’s a ton of fun to make these deliveries and see students excited about reading!


To check out an electronic book, students navigate to soraapp.com. Once there they will select or find Faubion Middle School. Their login information is the same as their SSO login, and students can find and read books on the app. They can also download this app on a phone and read books that way.


Please make sure that all books from last year have been returned. We are happy to deliver books to any MISD campus for you. Overdue notices have been sent home with in-person learners twice this year. As always, students can check their status by clicking on the 'My Info' tab while logged in to Destiny.


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."