The Faubion Lion Pride Press

Week of May 3, 2021

Dear Faubion Family,

In this edition of the Faubion Lion Pride Press, we encourage all eligible voters to vote and also celebrate several members of our school community.

Coach Gentea shared his inspiring story of vision, grit, and triumph. We are so lucky to have him here to mentor our young scholars.

President Theodore Roosevelt said, “The credit belongs to those who are actually in the arena, who strive valiantly; who know the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, and spend themselves in a worthy cause; who at best know the triumph of high achievement; and who, at worst, if they fail, fail while daring greatly, so that their place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who know neither victory nor defeat.”

Please take a moment on Saturday to participate in this year's election. As of April 24, fewer than 20% of our parents had voted. Included on the ballot are four highly impactful bond items for MISD, as well as positions on our school board and in city government. Your vote is vital. Our auxiliary gym is open for voting from 7 a.m. until 7 p.m. right here on campus. Safety guidelines are in place, including touch-free stations.

A wise man 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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6th Grade Science Lab

This week in 6th grade Science, students investigated how changing the angle of an incline plane affected the amount of force needed to pull a car up a ramp. Pictured are: Cole Ganter, Abel Compean, Derek Ho, and Marlen Ochoa.

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Student Spotlight - Violeta Hernandez

This week's student spotlight features the eighth-grade student-artist , Violeta Hernandez!

Violeta is the type of person who is a true friend, one who stresses the importance of kindness, and one who has a desire to help others in need.

Violeta believes in being kind to everyone, since "You don't know what people have gone through, where they grew up, how they have lived." As the youngest of nine siblings, Violeta feels that it is very important to get along with everyone in her family. In fact, her favorite out-of-school activity is to spend time with friends and family. To her, the activity is irrelevant; sharing time together is what is most important. She does enjoy playing with her dog, Rosie, who "runs like a beast".

Violeta feels that overcoming adversity in her life has helped her become the empathetic person she is today. She enjoys seeing others grow and accomplish their goals. "There are going to be people out there who may stop you but you need to keep going to get what you want. In life I feel like we should all take care of each other in getting what we want." Violeta is the biggest cheerleader for her friends, and she loves it when they are happy.

Violeta's favorite subject in school is math. Violeta said, "I like math, especially the surroundings in there. I like to learn new things. It makes me feel smarter. I do struggle a little bit, but that makes me go for it more. Ms. Williams and Ms. Hobbes are excellent teachers." Ms. Williams shared, "Violeta has a kind spirit and listens respectfully when you are talking with her! She puts forth much effort in class and has improved since the beginning of the year in math."

Violeta's appreciation for learning math content is likely linked to her love of music. As a violinist in our orchestra, Violeta has found a supportive community that challenges her. Maestro Cortez shared, "Violeta makes a very nice tone on her violin. She is very aware of making sure she has good technique to help her succeed."

For the first time in our Student Spotlight series, a student mentioned a staff member aside from a teacher as their most impactful educator. Violeta, without hesitation, shared that Mr. Rodriguez and Mr. Dominguez have been instrumental in her development. "[From the moment] I first came here, Mr. Rodriguez has always been very helpful. Mr. Dominguez, I've known him since elementary school, because he used to work here. [Mr. Dominguez] brightens up everybody's day when he says 'Hi' and 'Good morning'. They're just good people in general."

"Mr. Rodriguez understands where you could be going [with your line of thinking] and he doesn't say anything and he listens to you. He makes sure that he helps any student who goes into his office. He really goes a great job connecting. They just understand you. When you need help, they are there for you. They comfort you and provide you guidance."

Mr. Rodriguez said, "Violeta has a kind and caring heart for those around her. I have seen great strides in Violeta, and am so proud to see her excel as she moves to high school!"

When asked about our school, Violeta said, "I like the teachers and the people who work here. They try the hardest to do what they do. I feel like they are all a team. They work hard with each other. They communicate a lot. They have good communication and everybody knows how to talk to one another. They are all leaders, and they connect with each other. This school is a good place for students to be."

Mrs. Endres, science teacher, had the following to say about "Violeta brings so much energy and brightness to our classroom. She always has a smile on her face and is always ready to participate in lessons and conversations."

Mrs. Deanda shared, "I am lucky to have Violeta as a first period student. She comes in everyday with an energy that is electric. While most kids first period are still waking up, she is wide-eyed with a smile, ready to make the most of her day. She doesn't get discouraged when something doesn't click right away, instead she is intent on figuring it out. Violeta cares deeply about her friends and if someone is having a bad day she is the first one to make sure that they are being taken care of. She has great character and her future is so bright!"

When Violeta graduates from high school, she wants to pursue a career in Early Childhood Education. She specifically wants to help young children who face difficult situations and have profound needs. At her core, Violeta is a helpful person. "I want to be there for others when they need help. Others would come to me when they feel like they need it."

Please congratulate Violeta for her compassion for others, her energy, and her intentionality. We are grateful for her and are excited to see what lies in store for her at McKinney Boyd High School. Pictured is Violeta with House Counselor, Mr. Rodriguez and House Principal, Mr. Dominguez.

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Junior Visual Arts Scholastic Event

These students participated in 2021 JrVASE (Junior Visual Arts Scholastic Event) which was held virtually this year. Each had to submit an original work of art and include a written interview-style intent paper. The process is a time-intensive commitment, but in true Faubion fashion we came away with the highest ranking medals! Check out all the hardware!

Mr. Norman’s medal winning students are: Zach Neverdousky, Gloria Magno, Ella McCure, Valentina Falanga, Michalya Frazen, Wyatt Judkins, Julianna Wieghat, Rachel Chung and Isabella Bruenning.

Ms. Wright’s students are: 6th graders (NP Braylee Altom), Presley Bryson, Josephine Hendrie, Jacqueline Rosas, Britton Osmer, and 7th graders Luis Casillas and Taylor Trotter.

Upcoming Events

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

* Please use the auxiliary gym entrance *

May 1 - Percussion concert at MHS Performing Arts Center - 7:00 p.m.

FMS Band Solo Contest - contact director for time

Tuesday, May 4 - Thursday, May 6

6th Grade Boys' Athletics Orientation

Tuesday, May 4

Faubion Band Concert McKinney High School Performing Arts Center - concert times vary

May 4 - May 5 - MHS Color Guard Tryouts - 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. (both days)

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 - Picnic Lunch, movie, and other activities

May 20 - 8th Grade Promotion - Morning at Ron Poe

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

May 21 - Commencement Ceremonies for all three high schools

May 28 - High School Summer School Registration - McKinney North HS - 9 a.m. until 11 a.m.

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Refillable Water Bottles

Please make sure that your child brings a refillable water bottle to use throughout the day. We have several no-touch water refilling stations throughout the building for students to use.
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Quick Update About the College Décor Soon Going Up at Faubion!

As you all know, AVID is giving the cafeteria a makeover… with fun college décor! We want your help in choosing the schools that will be represented. Anyone can participate in choosing the universities that will be displayed by casting a ballot, along with a small donation to the AVID program. Just $5 gets you 10 votes! You may vote in the cafeteria or in Room B105. The colleges with the most votes will have their pennant (flag) permanently displayed in the hallway that goes through the cafeteria. The top 5 schools will have their pennants spotlighted 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 started on Monday 4/26 and ends at 4 pm next Friday, 5/7.

Here are the current voting stats:


Hampton University


Texas A&M


Texas Tech


Tarleton State University


Stephen F. Austin State University


University of North Texas


Morehouse College


Spellman College


Texas Woman's University


Columbia University


Louisiana State University

If it’s a smaller school that you support, even a small donation will help us to purchase their pennant so that we can represent them in the hallway. HERE is the flyer and HERE is the ballot for this fun competition. 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!

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Parents of Rising 9th Graders

If you missed early high school summer school registration, you still have one more opportunity to sign up.

LOCATION: McKinney North HS

DATE: May 28th from 9 AM to 11AM

Please Note- Course options are subject to availability. The following courses are full: ART 1, Professional Communications, and Fitness for Life

Sports Physicals for Next School Year

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Orientation for 6th graders interested in athletics

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

May Skills dates with high school coaches

The high school coaches will be coming down throughout the month of May to talk to athletes about high school sports!! Some coaches will run through a quick skills session as well. Below is the tentative schedule for Faubion!

Monday, May 3 - MHS Volleyball

Tuesday, May 4 - MHS Track & Field

Tuesday, May 4 - MHS Swim & Dive

Thursday, May 6 - MHS Volleyball

Tuesday, May 11 - MHS Cross Country

Friday, May 14 - Boyd Cross Country

Friday, May 14 - Boyd Track/Field

Monday, May 17 - MHS Wrestling

Monday, May 17 - MHS Tennis

Monday, May 17 - MHS Girls Basketball

Tuesday, May 18 - MHS Soccer

Tuesday, May 18 - MHS Softball

Tuesday, May 18 - MHS Girls Basketball

Wednesday, May 19 - MHS Girls Basketball

Fine Arts Accents

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The Faubion Orchestras performed for a live audience at the world-class McKinney High School Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, April 28. All five orchestras delivered stellar performances which will also be submitted for judge evaluation for the Pride of Texas Orchestra Festival. The level of musicianship that these groups have achieved in such a short period of time is truly remarkable. Congratulations! Pictured is the Beginning Orchestra.
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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.

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

Our primary method of communication occurs through our weekly newsletter, the Faubion Lion Pride Press. You may also find information on our school website.
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