Lion's Mane

Your home for MHS news & events. Vol 2, Issue 8 - 10/17/2016

Lion Nation,

How do you handle problems that come in your professional or personal lives? Do you manage around the problem or do you solve the problem? Both methods take energy and resources. When we look at areas of improvement for our school community we must all focus our energies to solving the issues and concerns.

As parents and educators we need to make sure we model to our students the skills and processes necessary to solve problems they will encounter.


Alan Arbabi

Staff Events

Monday, October 17
  • 2nd Nine Weeks Begins
  • 7:30 Grade verification sheets in mailboxes

Tuesday, October 18

  • 7:30 Chemistry Planning, F202
  • 8:24 ILT, F100
  • 9:00 Signed grade verification sheets due to Registrar, A104
  • 2:30 OLT, F100

Wednesday, October 19

  • PSAT

Thursday, October 20

  • Physics Planning and Design, F202

Friday, October 21

  • 7:40 IC Meeting

Looking Ahead

Details will follow, but these events may disrupt classes or schedules

  • October 24 - Staff Development / Teacher Workday / Student Holiday
  • October 26 - Fire Drill
  • October 28 - Picture Retake Day
  • October 31 - November 4 - Crosstown Showdown
  • November 1 - Senior Meeting
  • November 4 - Distinguished Lions
  • November 6 - Daylight Saving Time ends
  • November 8 - Election Day
  • November 10 - Academic Excellence Awards
  • November 14-18 - CTE 8th grade visit
  • November 21-25 - Thanksgiving Break

Student Events

Monday, October 17
  • 2:35 French Club, C226
  • 5:00 Soccer Boosters Meet the Coach, Cafeteria
  • 6:30 Aviation Fall Expo, McKinney National Airport

Tuesday, October 18

  • 2:30 Key Club, Downstairs Flex Space
  • 2:30 Engineering club, F132
  • 2:35 Jesus Christ Movement Club, F100
  • 5:30 FFA Livestock Entry Meeting, Cafeteria
  • 6:30 Engineering Booster Club, Downstairs Flex
  • 6:30 FFA Meeting, F130
  • 7:00 Choir Fall Concert, First Baptist Church, McKinney
  • 7:00 Volleyball vs. Plano West, Home

Wednesday, October 19

  • PSAT
  • 2:30 NHS Meeting, Downstairs Flex
  • 2:30 Softball vs. Frisco, Home

Thursday, October 20

  • 8:00 Cross Country District Meet, Away
  • 5:00 Swim & Dive vs. Plano East, Home
  • 7:30 Football vs. Allen, Home

Friday, October 21

  • 6:00 Volleyball vs. Allen, Home

Saturday, October 22

  • ACT Testing, Downstairs D & E Halls
  • 9:00 MISD Holiday Bazaar
  • 10:00 MHS Basketball - Making a Differnece in McKinney, All gyms
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MHS Choirs are pleased to invite you to their Fall Concert on Tuesday, October 18, 2016. The concert begins at 7:00 p.m. at First Baptist Church in McKinney, just up the road from MHS, at 1615 W. Louisiana. Your students would be delighted with your presence. There is no admission charge. Hope to see you there!
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News from MEF

Senior parents, it’s time to complete you child’s FAFSA. The FAFSA is required in order for families to receive grants, work study, student loans and some scholarships. We encourage all families (regardless of income level) to complete the FAFSA. The FAFSA opened October 1st and should be completed as soon as possible. Money is limited at colleges and is first come, first serve. The FAFSA is an online application and can be found at If you are in need of assistance please contact Brandi Ribble at or (469) 302-5811 or attend one of the below FAFSA Workshops. FAFSA Workshops do require you to bring all of your tax information with you.

  • 11/7 at 6:30pm at Boyd Library
  • 1/24 at 6:30pm at North Library
  • 2/6 at 6:30pm at MHS Library

Digital Suggestion Box

Our administrators have implemented a digital suggestion box for stakeholders to utilize in order to help address areas of need.

Click here to add your ideas

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DON’T MISS OUT on The Eighth Annual McKinney ISD “HUGE” Holiday Bazaar, it is this year’s one-stop shop featuring over 100 vendors with arts & crafts, clothing, unique gifts, décor & collectibles for all seasons. This “HUGE” Holiday Bazaar will be held Saturday, October 22nd at McKinney High School from 9-4 and Admission is FREE. Proceeds benefit McKinney ISD Partners in Education Programs.

Drug Take Back Day

The City of McKinney, in partnership with the Collin County Sheriff’s Office, participates in the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Nationwide Drug Take-Back event twice per year. At the Drug Take-Back event, participants can safely dispose of all accumulated expired, unwanted and unused prescription drugs. The service is free and anonymous. You do not have to be a resident of McKinney to participate.

Click Here for more information

MISD Parent Engagement Series

On October 25 MISD Parent Engagement Series "Managing Stress Without Substances: Coping with Life's Pressures" will be offered at 6:00 pm at Faubion Middle School. Spanish translators will be present.

Nuts & Bolts Reminders

  • Continue to monitor dress code each class period. Send any students in violation to House Principals.
  • Please help with the student traffic in the hallway. Make sure your students have a blue or yellow hallway pass. If you need a replacement, see Ms. Cope.
  • If you see students congregating around the flex spaces during lunches, help us clear those areas out.

Announcements - Update

  1. Please be brief with your announcement--just the facts, m'am
  2. The maximum number of times for an announcement will be read is 3, so please plan ahead and consider the dates for your club meeting or event
  3. All announcements should be submitted to the link below by 7:00 on the day you need the announcement. If the link does not work, email:

This Week's Birthdays

  • 10/17 Linn Hanusa
  • 10/21 Josh Helms
  • 10/22 Kamran Kivnani
  • 10/23 Alyssa Power

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