The Faubion Lion Pride Press

Week of May 10, 2021

Dear Faubion Family,

In this edition of the Faubion Lion Pride Press, we celebrate our teachers, touch on the upcoming eighth grade events, and highlight several members of our school community.

Happy early Mother’s Day to all of the wonderful mothers out there. I am so appreciative of the sacrifices that mothers make every day for their children. Teaching them life lessons, providing needed comfort, and always being there are just a few things that mothers do to help their children grow into successful and compassionate adults.

Thank you to the citizens of McKinney ISD for your participation in the recent election. We are excited to continue challenging our scholars academically, supporting them emotionally, and providing world-class extracurricular programming.

STAAR testing will be in full swing next week. The schedule is:

Tuesday: All students will take Math STAAR (or Algebra EOC) on campus. The math test will be online so please make sure your child brings their charged laptop.

Wednesday: All students will take the Reading STAAR. Reading is on paper for most, but we would still like students to bring their charged laptop that day as well.

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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Faubion Rhythmettes - National Champions!!!

The Faubion Rhythmettes recently finished a very successful 2020-2021 competition season! The Rhythmettes competed in a virtual competition in February where they were awarded plaques for first place in jazz, first place in pom, and first place in lyrical. They also earned a virtual sweepstakes plaque for all three routines scoring a 90% or better.

The girls then took their small group jazz routine to nationals, which was held at the Allen event Center. The girls left with a huge trophy that reads:

2021 MA NATIONALS - National Champion Jazz!

Coaches Elena Muniz, Christina Kiefer, and Kaitlyn Berteau are super proud of the hard work the girls have put in this year. They would also like to acknowledge their amazing choreographer Brianna Blessing who was a former Rythmette and MHS Marquette. Way to go, team!

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The Show Stopper

Eighth grade Art student Alivia Rivera-Norman designed the surrealist art piece above, inspired by Salvador Dali’s The Persistence of Memory. The original, painted in 1931, now hangs in the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City. Thank you to our art department for their constant efforts in beautifying our campus! We are excited to unveil a large-scale piece that our art department has had in the works for weeks. Stay tuned.
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teacher appreciation

Our teachers have brought their competitive spirit, compassion, and ganas every day to work this year. We hoped to provide them with a week that they will remember as one that is a reflection of their resilience.

Ice cream sandwiches, breakfast tacos, a TexMex lunch, trail mix, a "soda bar" from our Sunshine Committee, gifts from our parents, and more were all part of this exciting week. We hope that our teachers felt the much-deserved love. Above is a picture of Katlyn Phipps delivering goodies to her teachers, our fabulous PTO providing a lunch from Cesar's Grill, and the recipes for Mrs. Caldwell's creations at the soda bar. Even with all of these tokens of appreciation, we understand that our teachers have endured and overcome an unprecedented year. Thank you, teachers!
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Student Spotlight - abram navarro

This week's student spotlight features the sixth-grade student-athlete, Abram Navarro!

The youngest of three, Abram has watched his older sister and brother progress in their education with McKinney ISD. Abram's older sister was heavily involved in Student Council at MHS, and was a difference maker. Abram's older brother attends Faubion and is very impactful as well. Abram is quick to speak about family experiences, including his visits to Tucson to visit his grandparents.

Unlike his older siblings, Abram has developed an affinity for the Philadelphia Eagles football team. Abram's love for the Eagles started when he saw the design of the team logo and the colors. Upon further research, he realized that he appreciates the city of Philadelphia for its history and culture and would like to visit there one day. Abram wears his Eagles hoodie a few times per week, which always catches Mr. Boom's eye in the mornings. Coincidentally, Abram's ELAR teacher, Ms. Quigley, is a New York Giants fan.

At Faubion Middle School, we appreciate the different interests of our students and staff and treat them with love, even when they root for archrivals of the Dallas Cowboys. Abram had the following to say about his conversation with his dad about the Eagles: "My dad gives me a hard time about liking the Eagles. Every time I bring it up he shuts down the conversation. He is a big Cowboys fan. I used to have a Cowboys jersey, a Tony Romo one."

Abram is an athlete, having played both select and recreational soccer. Next year, as a seventh grader, Abram will run on the cross country team and might be on the track team. He will likely also play another season of soccer. In the classroom, Abram is excited about taking creative writing and art. He really wants the opportunity to write historical biographies, as he loves major historical events such as the World Wars and the impact that they had on individual people. "I like a good first-person story...I like writing perspective pieces."

Abram's favorite subject is history. He appreciates being able to annotate primary sources and then going back to the conversation. Abram mentioned that perhaps his love for Philadelphia is rooted in its being the U.S. capital prior to Washington D.C. His ability to think deeply at such a young age is very impressive.

Abram's favorite teacher is Ms. Quigley, despite her love for the New York Giants. "What I like about Ms. Quigley is the way she teaches, and she is very nice. She is calm about redirecting and she doesn't get mad very easily. You learn, you do your work, and she does it in a good way. It's really easy to learn from her. The way she teaches is a process. It's easy in the beginning; she'll start off right in the center and then she makes it a bit harder and then easier." Kudos to Ms. Quigley for varying her complexity throughout the lesson and giving students lots of time to interact with the content and with each other.

Abram appreciates the teachers and the learning environment at Faubion. The transition from elementary school has been comfortable for Abram, as the teachers spent time recapping prior material before launching into the new material. "It was a nice transition."

For the first time in the student spotlight, Abram highlighted the neighborhood where our historic school is nestled. "This neighborhood is cool, where it is. It's hard to explain. I like it because it's kind of close to my house, my older sister went here, and my brother started going here. I've been looking forward to going here. I think it's cool how it'll eventually just be me going here. It's kind of like a cycle. My sister will be in college, my brother will be in high school."

Coach Ballou said, "I love having Abram in my PE class. He's a hard worker, very responsible, respectful, and always has a positive mindset. Abram will do great things in the years to come."

Mrs. Hatcher, Abram's social studies teacher, said, "It is an honor to teach Abram. He is an outstanding student, who always goes the extra mile. He is a wonderful young man with great potential and a kind heart. He has worked hard in class and has maintained excellent grades this year. Abram has excellent leadership skills and he is always willing to lend a helping hand to others."

Ms. Quigley shared, "Abram is the type of student that teachers need to have in their classes, because they set examples for what it means to follow the expectations and to have high standards for yourself. He is a quiet leader, which I am sure he probably doesn’t even realize. At any point during class, I can always count on Abram to be listening intently or working independently or collaboratively on an assignment, regardless of what others in the class may be doing. Abram is not shy to ask for clarification and won’t stop until he has done his very best.

At one point this year, after being utterly impressed by one of the essays he had written, I approached him to recommend that he take creative writing in 7th grade. He smiled and told me, “Ms. Quigley, it’s my first choice!”

Abram exemplifies the term, FINISH STRONG, a character trait that is very unique. With each passing writing assignment and text analysis, Abram applies the concepts he has learned and continues to show growth and his eagerness to learn. It was such a honor to be Abram’s teacher this year."

Please congratulate Abram for his positive energy, leadership, and courage for pulling for a NFL team in direct competition with the world's greatest sports franchise. We are grateful for Abram and are excited to see what lies in store for him in his coming years at FMS and later at MHS. Pictured is Abram with his ELAR teacher, Ms. Quigley.

Upcoming Events

May 8 - Dance and Cheer Show - FMS Gym - 5 p.m. - Tickets required

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

May 12 - Reading 6-8 (paper version)

May 14 - Choir Pop Show - FMS Auditorium - 6 p.m. and 7 p.m.

May 15 - Orchestra Small Ensemble Contest FMS - see specific times per group

May 19 - 8th Grade Celebration - Picnic Lunch, movie, and activities, start time is 11:30 a.m. Virtual students are welcome.

May 20 - 8th Grade Promotion - Ron Poe Stadium - Parents arrive at 9 a.m. to begin seating

May 20 - Immunizations for rising 7th graders available at Lawson ECC - 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.

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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Top 10 Final Results from AVID College Pennant Contest!

#1 - Texas Women's

#2 - BYU

#3 - Texas Tech

#4 - Texas A&M

#5 - University of Texas at Arlington

#6 - Texas Christian

#7 - Hampton

#8 - North Texas

#9 - Northern Arizona

#10 - UT

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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

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!

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 FMS Band held their spring concert this week at McKinney High School Performing Arts Center. Students in grades 6-8 performed selections from their UIL program and contest music. The band directors are proud of all the hard work of the students and support from the parents. Next year's band program has an enrollment of 340 students, so we are beyond excited to see them continue their amazing work!

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

Lawson Early Childhood Center is also offering immunizations on May 20 from 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. at 500 Dowell Street in McKinney.

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

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