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.
77 Flags? No Problem!
Volleyball - What a 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.
A Helping Hand
Mr. Blankenbaker was an active duty Army field artillery field officer (Captain).
Mr. Smith is a retired Sergeant Major from the US Army with 25 years of service.
Señora Trentine served with the US Army during the Gulf War.
Officer Stevens continues serving in the National Guard. He was deployed in both Afghanistan and Jordan. Ofc. Stevens supports the training operations of various Army, Navy, Air force and Marine units from around the State of Texas.
National School Psychology Week - Mrs. Greenroy
Our very own Rachel Greenroy (soon to be, Ph.D.) has been a Faubion Lion for the past 6 years serving as our Licensed Specialist in School Psychology. She works closely with teachers and the Special Education Department to help support learners in academic achievement, positive behavior, mental health, and safe and supportive learning environments. Thank you Mrs. Greenroy for all that you do for our students!
National School Psychology Week - Mrs. Greenroy
Sra. Trentine's third period class
Mr. Smith's third period class
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.
Orchestra Solo Contest
Mabel Cotter, Hailey Swint, Emma Calhoun, Camille McFadden, Annelise Fish, Naomi Valdez, Juliana Huppe, Aubrey Kelly, Raylynn Baker, and Drea Roots complete the RHAPSODY group.
Wafa Rahmadan, Jimmy McGowan, Nathan Stilovich, Jared Usher, Jake Chan, and Luke Ludwig represent the SYNERGY men.
Leslie Uribe takes notes on translations while participating in a lesson over translation of geometric figures.
Mrs. Martin leads a virtual teaching lesson, gaining input from students both verbally and in the chat. She acknowledges their efforts and celebrates when they answer correctly.
Virtual Learners in Art
Mr. Norman and Mrs. Wright meet parents of virtual students at the front door in order to provide them with the needed art supplies to participate fully in class. Cash Woodlee, Heaven Evans, Dylan Miller, Ellie Blythe, and Grace Stella are pictured as they draw still life art in Mr. Norman's class.
Virtual Learners in Art
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:
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
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.
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 email@example.com.
Macbooks - 1:The World Program
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.