Mav Mail

From McNeil High School

July 23, 2020

Message from the Principal

Good evening, Mavs! I hope you are staying healthy and enjoying time with family. As you may have seen yesterday, an email was sent to each of you which included a survey to determine whether your student will attend classes virtually or in-person this fall. I would like to clarify this a bit.

In-Person school for this coming fall, and until allowed, will not look like traditional in-person learning. Students will be assigned a classroom and will report to that classroom each day. They will participate in asynchronous and synchronous learning during the school day from the same classroom. The same staff will be assigned to that classroom each day. We do not know, at this time, if lunch will be served from the cafeteria or if students will eat in the rooms they are assigned to. Click HERE to view a side-by-side comparison of virtual learning from home and virtual learning from school.

Please keep in mind that as restrictions change due to the pandemic, we may need to modify certain events and will continue to update you as we progress. Please continue to stay safe and enjoy the summer break!

Amanda Johnson
Principal, McNeil High School

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Reimagining Education

In these uncertain times, things can change rapidly. That being said, the District is moving forward with a plan. You can find out more information, including links to documents and Virtual Town Hall meetings, on the District's Reimagining Education website.

Instructional Choice Survey

If you did not receive the Instructional Choice Survey communication in your email yesterday, or need the link, click HERE to complete the survey.

Colt Camp Delivered Virtually on August 7th

Welcome to McNeil High School! Colt Camp, McNeil's version of freshman orientation, will be delivered to your inbox this year! On August 7th, incoming freshmen and their families will receive a link to videos and resources that will help navigate high school life! You will get a "High School 101" overview, learn about clubs and organizations, and see what it means to be a MAV! Please note these will be pre-recorded videos and they will be available to view indefinitely.

Yearbook Distribution - July 30th

Yearbooks will be distributed to grades 9-12 in mid July once the district has opened back up and we can safely maneuver the parking lot to avoid construction vehicles.

The 2020 yearbooks are here at last! Please read these instructions carefully.

Students and parents are invited to pick up the 2020 yearbooks in mid July - a specific date will be released later. To make things as smooth as possible and to eliminate traffic congestion, please help us by doing a few things.

To ensure the safety of our staff and students, we have modified the pick-up process for minimal contact. We will be offering ONE DAY of drive-through pickup. It is in late July (July 30th) so as many people are allowed on campus as possible and everyone can get their books. If you are unable to come and claim your yearbook on this day, you will be able to pick it up once school starts in the fall. There will NOT be any other pickup days this summer.

Before distribution:

Please check the list of purchased books to make sure your student’s name is on the list. 2020 Yearbook Distribution

  • If your name is on the list, please make note if you have a personalized or non-personalized book. (We will double-check this information on the day of distribution.) Names highlighted in YELLOW have a personalization and names in white are book only. Any accessories will be noted on your distribution ticket.
  • If you think you purchased a book, but your name is NOT on the list, please confirm that your check cleared the bank. If it did, please email a copy of the check to the adviser at She will make sure the situation is corrected. Occasionally, orders in first day packets do not make it to the yearbook room or there is a website glitch.
  • If you would like to purchase a yearbook and haven’t already made an arrangement with the adviser, please email her at We only have about 80 books to sell. Books will be $85 and must be paid for in exact cash on the day of distribution.

Once purchased, you will receive a yearbook ticket on Friday, July 24th in the email you entered when you purchased your yearbook through as well as the student's RRISD email account.

If you do not receive a ticket in your email on July 24th print your receipt or proof of purchase from and sign the bottom and that will act as your ticket. This only applies to people who bought online. There is a separate cash list if you have already made arrangements with the Publications Adviser.

Please note: You must make prior arrangements with the adviser to purchase a book. We will not have any other books available on the day of distribution to prevent people from waiting in lines and not having a book for you.

On distribution day:

Please come at your scheduled time.

Time -- Last names that start with letters ...

9 a.m. to 10 a.m. -- A - F

10 a.m. to 11 a.m. -- F - L

11 a.m. to noon -- M - R

Noon to 1 p.m. -- S - Z

We will have a ticket system provided by Balfour Publishing/Ms. Gluch to minimize contact between staff and parents/students. This will be emailed to the student at a later date. Please print this ticket and bring it with you to claim your yearbook.

The information on this unique ticket is specific to you.

You can ONLY pick up a yearbook with the correct unique ticket information. No exceptions. If you are picking up another person's yearbook for them, be sure to bring their unique ticket. We will write down license plate numbers as well as the name of who picked up your book.

If you cannot print your claim ticket, please write the information from your ticket neatly on a piece of paper and bring that with you.

Showing us the ticket on your phone will NOT work for this situation. You have to be able to hand us the ticket and sign it so we know you picked it up.

Stay in your vehicle. Roll down your window and hand us your claim ticket. We will bring your yearbook to the car. If you do not want to take it from our hands, roll down the back window or pop the trunk and we will place the book there.

We will quickly inspect books for damage before distributing them, but if you happen to find that your book is damaged, please let us know right away; if the problem is not resolved on the day of distribution, you will have to wait until school starts in the fall for a replacement. We will not take back any books that have been written in.

Exit the campus and enjoy your book.

Thank you for your patience in this difficult time. Books were delayed due to the plant running on reduced personnel in the center of Dallas. Students also had to finish the book remotely. Please keep in mind that a yearbook is a student publication. Every effort is made to correct mistakes, but with thousands of names and photos, there are bound to be some misspellings and other errors. Finishing the book was particularly challenging this year since we had to do it from home while the district was closed. We ask that you please extend us a little grace if we have made an error. Mistakes cannot be corrected at this point. We cannot reprint the book. An error in the book is not grounds for a refund. We are very, very sorry if we have erred in a way that affects you personally. Please forgive us and try to appreciate the thousands of hours of work put into this book by dozens of students who tried their very best and learned a lot of real-world skills in the process. If you feel that you must contact us to let us know about an error--or perhaps for a different reason--please email the adviser at

Diplomas and Transcripts

If you were unable to pick up your diploma on distribution day, you will have another opportunity to pick it up once school reopens.

To order transcripts, visit the McNeil website. Click on the A-Z Index and select "T" for Transcript request. Complete the form and click Submit.

If you have questions, please email and

Verification of Enrollment Forms

Our Registrar ( and Assistant ( are providing VOE forms for any student that may require one. Please keep in mind that the Department of Public Safety has waived this requirement until further notice.

Class of 2021 Senior Portraits

Senior portraits will still be conducted over the summer and the beginning of the school year, but this year it will look a little different. In the past, you would get a post card with your exact time and date of your appointment at Prestige Portraits. This year, they are asking that you call them or book online to schedule an appointment in July when you feel it is safest for you. Their facility will be fully sanitized after each student and will still be a smooth process. If you cannot get it done over the summer you have until December 1st to get your senior portrait taken care of.

Prestige Portraits

Appointment booking online:

Phone: 512-251-5558

Address: 1320 Arrow Point Dr., 304 Cedar Park, TX 78613

Upcoming Events

July 30th 9am-1:00pm Yearbook Distribution

August 7th 8am-12:00pm - Orchestra Registration

August 7th 8am-12:30pm Virtual Colt Camp

August 20th 1st Day of School – Virtual Learning Begins!

September 10th 1st Day of In-person Learning (see email-Survey dated 7-22-2020)