Lion's Mane (Parent Edition)

Your home for MHS news & events. Volume 13

Last Full Week Before Exams Begin

This is a critical week for summative exams and review for semester exams. Parents, if your child will be taking an End-of-Course Exam (as required by the state to satisfy graduation requirements), please make sure they arrive on time for testing each day. Please see the testing schedule below.

PTO Updates

We are still trying to attract more members; it's not too late to join!

Attached is the membership form if you would like to become a member. https://form.jotform.com/42075182737154


There will be no PTO Lunch and Learn for December!

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.

The McKinney High School

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

Coming Events

  • 12/7-12/11 End of Course Exams
  • 12/7 Blood Drive
  • 12/8 Choir students out (2nd thru 6th periods)
  • 12/8 Orchestra Concert @ 7 p.m.
  • 12/10 Diving @ 3:00 p.m (Frisco Natatorium)
  • 12/11 Swimming @ 5:00 p.m. (Frisco Natatorium)
  • 12/10 ISM Research Showcase @ Boyd HS 6:30-8:00 – come and go
  • 12/10 Royal Pride Holiday Concert @ 7 p.m.
  • 12/10-12/12 Boys Bball in Keller Tournament (Away)
  • 12/10 Wrestling vs. Boyd/Keller Timber Creek @5:25 (Home)
  • 12/11 Wrestling vs. Arlington Bowie/Plano/Nimitz/ @ 6:00 p.m. (Home)
  • 12/12 City of McKinney Parade of Lights @ 6:30 p.m. Come see the Royal Pride Band and the Marquettes!
  • 12/12 Swim/Dive @ 7:00 a.m. (Frisco Natatorium)
  • 12/17 PTO Teacher Christmas Luncheon

EOC Testing Schedule

  • 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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Semester Exams

Fall Semester Exam Schedule


12/15 Tuesday

  • First Period 7:30-9:25

12/16 Wednesday (Early Release at 11:30)

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

12/17 Thursday (Early Release at 11:30)

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

12/18 Friday (Early Release at 11:30)

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

Tutoring for the week of 12/14

There will be no tutoring bus running the week of December 14th.

Dress Code

Parents, thank you for your support with the dress code. Please remember that tights are acceptable with an appropriate length shirt and pants/skirts must be worn at the waist. Once again, I appreciate your support with ensuring that your student is in compliance with the dress code.

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 your teenagers have outgrown their clothes or you have clothes of your own that you are willing to donate, please email Faithe at fhamilton@mckinneyisd.net.

How to stay connected

We want you to stay informed about all things MHS. Our primary ways of communicating this year will be:


  • Lion's Mane (Parent Edition) every Monday
  • MHS Facebook page
  • MHS Twitter page
  • Remind 101 (text @themck to 81010)
  • MHS Webpage (although this is not updated as quickly as other methods)
  • Phone Callouts


If for some reason you are not receiving MHS information in your preferred medium, please email me at gbutler@mckinneyisd.net. I want you to be informed in a timely manner about all things MHS.