The Faubion Lion Pride Press

Week of April 26, 2021

Dear Faubion Family,

In this edition of the Faubion Lion Pride Press, we celebrate a week of kindness, further a college-going atmosphere, and push through the end of voting season.

This week we recognized our Administrative Professionals. We aim to provide our students and teachers with top-notch learning but also the highest level of customer service for our students and parents. The way that our administrative professionals respond to parent concerns, help students in need, and look out for the betterment of all students is unmatched. Thank you to our administrative professionals for their work in providing the very best customer service to our entire school community.

Aristotle once said, "We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not 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 your children so they can make a lasting and positive mark on our community.

Go Lions!

- Mr. Boom

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Kindness Challenge Week 2021

This week was a fun and kind week for our students. Each day of the week had its own theme, and one very deserving student won the free raffle to pie Mr. Boom in the face during our student broadcast. We remind our students on a daily basis to demonstrate high character and embody the "Live Kind" mindset. Pictured above are: Ava Boehr, Lilly Vogt, Hemam Matteewos, and Mr. Boom.
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Student Spotlight - RJ Starks

This week's student spotlight features the eighth-grade student-artist-kindness expert, RJ Starks!

As the oldest of three brothers, RJ is setting a wonderful example for his younger brothers. Together they like to watch the show Dinosaurs on Disney Plus. RJ tries to be responsible so he can be a model for his younger brothers. They have a very playful relationship. When asked about his "menacing siblings", RJ said "They swear that they're adults. They can barely tie their shoes, but they swear they know everything." When having a conversation with RJ, you quickly get to know his quick-witted and playful sense of humor.

RJ's current college of choice is Baylor. He remembers one of his music teachers from first and second grade who collected any artifacts related to Baylor, and that really imprinted on him. Duke and Florida are two schools that also interest RJ very much. Any of those three sports-powerhouse schools would serve RJ well, especially because of his love for basketball.

No, RJ is not related to former New York Knicks shooting guard John Starks, but he can talk about the former NBA greats in detail. RJ's favorite basketball player of all time is Kareem Abdul Jabaar, largely due to his historical stats and accomplishments. Coincidentally, RJ's favorite team is the Los Angeles Lakers. He appreciates the Lakers of old and players like Kobe Bryant and their underdog mindset.

RJ is the type of person who draws you in with his personality and makes you feel at ease. Aside from his outgoing and friendly nature, RJ is a deep thinker. He regularly reads and appreciates a few recent works including The Hate You Give and Wonder. "I can literally sit down and read a book all day," RJ said.

RJ's ELAR teacher said, Mrs. Deanda, said, "RJ is one of the those students that you never forget. He is kind and genuine to everyone. While virtual, he made a point everyday to unmute himself and have a meaningful conversation with me. He is a natural leader and can always make you smile. He is a wonderful example of what it means to be a FMS lion!"

RJ will undoubtedly become a history buff. "I've always loved learning about other people's mistakes so I know not to do that. That's where I've always formed a love of history." RJ appreciates Coach Mo's teaching style, as she does not utilize traditional "sit down, take notes, prepare at home, and take a test" approach. "She'll ask us questions and make sure that we learn. It's hard to explain her style in words, but it doesn't feel like a normal classroom." Coach Mo (history) said, "RJ “Ironman” Starks is a joy to have in class. He is witty, smart and kind. Ironman is always the first to raise his hand to help and/or answer a question!"

While RJ excels in all of his classes and leaves a positive mark on those around him, he is especially fond of Ms. Riley in theatre. "She gave me a sense of confidence. She made me feel that you all are worth something, so be something. She helped me build a higher level of confidence. She always made us feel included, even when we didn't want to be included."

Ms. Riley had lots of great things to say about RJ as well. "RJ is a natural leader and thank goodness because he is kind, intelligent, compassionate, funny, always ready to help teachers or students and he is such a good friend to those who need it. No doubt RJ will have the brightest of futures in whatever he chooses to do as he has all the traits of some of the most successful people in history. I cannot wait to be able to say 'I taught him!'"

Some of RJ's other teachers shared that RJ is "always positive and upbeat" (Coach Wammack), "has such a positive attitude and doesn't mind helping others" (Mrs. Williams), and "is a bright ray of sunshine" (Mrs. Endres).

After moving to McKinney during sixth grade, RJ has made himself at home rather quickly. "What I like about Faubion is we're a family. The classic little brother, big brother, little sister relationship. In a way, we're a family."

Please congratulate RJ for his characteristics of kindness and leadership. We are grateful for him and are excited to see what lies in store for him at McKinney High School. Pictured is RJ with theatre director, Ms. Riley.

Upcoming Events

April 23

Vote in Faubion Auxiliary Gym – 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

April 24

Vote in Faubion Auxiliary Gym – 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

April 26

Vote in Faubion Auxiliary Gym – 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

April 27

Vote in Faubion Auxiliary Gym – 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

April 27 - 29

6th Grade Girls' Athletics Orientation

April 28

Orchestra Spring Concert at McKinney HS Performing Arts Center - 6:00 - 8:30 p.m. (each group has a separate concert time)

May 1 - 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m. (election day)

* Please use the auxiliary gym entrance *

May 4-6 - 6th Grade Boys' Athletics Orientation

May 6 - Science 8 STAAR (administered in person on charged school laptop)

May 7 - History 8 STAAR (paper administration)

May 11 - Math 6-8 and Algebra 1 STAAR (administered in person on charged school laptop)

May 12 - Reading 6-8 (paper version)

May 19 - 8th Grade Celebration

May 20 - 8th Grade Promotion

May 21 - Last Day of School for the 2020-2021 school year

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Registration Verification for high School

For current 8th graders, Student course requests for the 2021 - 2022 school year will be available through Home Access Center April 16th – Sunday, April 25th. The course requests include the regular and alternate course requests that were submitted to counselors during January and February. What you see listed is NOT a student schedule, just a list of the classes that have been requested. Our master schedule is built based on collective student requests, thus it is essential that students’ requests reflect the courses they truly wish to take.

Step 1: Read the announcement on the home screen about course requests.

Step 2: Click on “Classes” then go to the “Schedule” tab. Scroll down until you find the “2021 - 2022 Course Requests” *THIS IS NOT YOUR FINAL SCHEDULE FOR 2021-2022 JUST THE COURSES YOU HAVE REQUESTED TO HAVE FOR THE 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR*

Step 3: View your 2021-2022 course requests

McKinney High:

Please review the requests. If a change needs to be made, please complete the Google form. This is the only avenue for changes. Opportunity for questions to counselors is available on the following form:

McKinney Boyd:

Please review the requests. If a change needs to be made, please complete the Google form using this link:

*Parents, If you forget your username and/or password for your Parent HAC accounts please fill out the form found at

McKinney North:

Please review the requests. If a change needs to be made, please complete the Google form. Opportunity for questions to counselors is available on the following form:

The deadline for requesting changes is 11:59 pm on Sunday April 25th, 2021.

Sports Physicals for Next School Year

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Orientation for 6th graders interested in athletics

Dear 6th grade parent,

This letter is to introduce you and your prospective student athlete to the upcoming 6th Grade Athletics Orientation we are holding in McKinney ISD. You are about to begin your journey as an athlete in MISD. Our goal at the middle school level is to prepare your mind and body to meet the challenges you will face as you strive to become a future MHS Lion, MNHS Bulldog or MBHS Bronco student athlete!

Your future coaches are anxiously waiting for the opportunity to teach you all about the requirements of middle school athletics.

  1. The orientation will include 3 days for females on April 27th – 29th & 3 days for males: May 4th – 6th.

  2. East side gym doors will open each day at 6:30 am. The Orientation will begin at 6:45 am, and you’ll need to be dressed and ready, waiting in lines on the gym floor by then.

  3. Students will be able to change for school in the locker rooms and then released at 8:15 to go to class or the cafeteria for breakfast.

  4. The following forms are REQUIRED prior to day one of Orientation. The forms, except for the physical, can all be filled out online at

    1. MISD Signature Page

    2. UIL Signature Page

    3. Emergency Contact Form

    4. Covid Waiver

    5. MISD Health & Safety Policies

    6. Medical History

    7. Physical – Must be done in person at Dr’s office. We also offer them in MISD. See attached flyer.


We hope this orientation will relieve some of the anxiety associated with 6th graders entering into the middle school athletic programs. Our plan is to lay out expectations in regards to participation, effort, attendance, eligibility & accountability. We are also hoping the Student Athletes will see the effort and intensity involved with middle school athletics on a daily basis.

We hope your 6th grader will participate and find out if they truly are ready to be a McKinney ISD middle school student athlete.

Let me know if you have any questions.

Thank you,

Coach Wiggins

FMS Boys Coordinator

Fine Arts Accents

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When a student starts music lessons, they also learn one of life’s most important lessons: that progress doesn’t happen overnight. Progress – and success – take time and the younger a child learns this, the earlier he or she will begin applying this philosophy to other areas of their life like their schoolwork, their relationships and other activities in which they want to excel. More details about the lifelong skills of music training can be found here.

Sixth grade singers practicing sight-reading using handsigns:

Hailey Ford, Lesslie Estrada, Sheila Castillo Leiva, Keely Warren, Ellie Fish, Brianna Rodriguez, Liam Menafee, Leo Frias, Chloe Briones, Evie Usher, and Haydee Gomez.

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McKinney High School Color Guard

Check out our award-winning 2021 Varsity Winter Guard!

On May 4th and 5th from 5pm – 7pm, McKinney High School host a clinic for all of those interested in joining the 2021-2022 Color Guard! We will teach you everything you need to know, so there is absolutely no experience required!

You may be asking yourself, “What is Color Guard, and why should I participate?” Considered the Sport of the Arts, color guard is an activity that combines dance fundamentals with the manipulation of flags, rifles, and sabres. While best known for our performances with the McKinney Royal Pride Band, the color guard also has an award-winning winter guard team that competes all across Texas.

Participating in the color guard will also help you earn both your P.E. and Fine Arts credits! Most importantly, you'll be a part of a supportive team environment where you'll make friendships that can last a lifetime!

Please fill out our interest form!

Updated Shot Records for Rising 7th Graders

Rising seventh graders need proof of updated immunizations before the end of this school year. Your child's schedule will be withheld until immunization records are up-to-date.

Please take your child to complete immunizations. If your child has already received his/her vaccines, provide the updated record to our campus nurse ASAP.

The following vaccines are needed:

Tetanus/Diphtheria/Pertussis-containing vaccine (received within the past five years)

Meningococcal vaccine (within the past five years)

It is necessary for your child to be in compliance to attend 7th grade for the 2021-22 school year.

Collin County Health Care Clinic offers low-cost or free immunizations for Medicaid, CHIPs, American Indian or Alaskan native, uninsured or underinsured (no vaccine, capped coverage or select vaccine insurance coverage).

Collin County Health Care, 825 North McDonald Street, Mon - Fri, 7:30am-11am and 1pm-4pm

Spring Break is a great time to get your immunizations completed!

If you have any questions about the information above, please reach out to our school nurse at or 469-302-6914.

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helping our community

One Heart McKinney is an organization that partners with McKinney ISD to provide for those in need. Go to for a one-stop shop of resources related to COVID and community support. You can donate to the cause or seek help if interested.

Drug Use Prevention Resources

McKinney ISD offers a Canvas course called "Talk it up! Prevention resources for parents," which is full of drug prevention resources. Please visit the following LINK, bookmark it, and review it at your convenience. Our district truly embodies the "Live Kind" mindset in taking care of the entire child. Our district Substance Use Prevention Committee works hard to make the content relevant, engaging, and timely. Our counselors are also equipped with lots of resources to assist you, so if you need anything please reach out to us.

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A Focus on the Future

The cafeteria hallway is getting a makeover… with college pennants!! Faculty, staff, students, and parents may all participate in choosing the universities that will be represented. Simply vote for your favorite university/college by casting your ballot along with a small donation for our AVID program.

The colleges with the most votes will have their pennant displayed in the hallway that goes through the cafeteria. The top 5 schools will have their pennants displayed through the center of the hallway from the ceiling! The money raised will go towards purchasing the pennants and helping to furnish our AVID classroom with desks/tables that are a better fit for the collaborative work that we do.

The voting starts this Monday 4/26 and ends at 4 pm on Friday 5/7. Please see the flyer above for specific details on how to cast your vote(s)! Let’s brighten up Faubion’s busiest hallway with a college-going atmosphere that lets all students know that they are deserving of a higher education!

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

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 - or 469-302-7005

H-O: Mrs. Gonzalez - or 469-302-6911

P-Z: Mrs. Dedman - or 469-302-6917

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

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