The Faubion Lion Pride Press

Week of October 26, 2021

Dear Faubion Family,

In this edition of the Faubion Lion Pride Press, we celebrate the National Day on Writing, highlight student acts of kindness, and point out several upcoming community and school events. Please note that there is no school for students on Monday, as this is a teacher workday. We look forward to seeing our scholars again on Tuesday, October 26.

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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Red Ribbon Week! - Say "No" to Drugs!

Our Student Council and counselors have joined forces to bring what will be a memorable Red Ribbon Week for our scholars. Every school day, beginning Friday, October 22, has a different dress-up theme. Our counselors are also pushing out educational resources to students.

Each day, students can upload one picture showing their participation in the activities by completing the google form and uploading their pictures. They will need to have the pictures uploaded into their drive prior to completing the google form. They will have to scan the QR code around the building. Every day will have a winner with prizes!

Students can also access the contest by entering this link into their Macbook.

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Call for Volunteers this Saturday! - Landscaping Help

Do you want to make a lasting mark on our school? If so, we could use your help this Saturday!

This Saturday, October 23, at 9:00 a.m., we need volunteers to help with new landscaping at the front of our school. We will unearth existing bushes, plant 55 Texas sage bushes, and cover the beds with mulch. Our PTO has helped tremendously in connecting with business partners, including Oakstreet Wholesale Nursery, Organic Recyclers, and Legacy Landscaping. One of our Faubion dads, Brian Houx, was incredibly helpful in connecting us to these businesses to make this project a possibility. Also, our PTO provided the zoysia grass in the front, and it is off to a great start! This project will provide a pop of color throughout the year and uses materials that are drought- and freeze-resistant. Certainly this project will help make our campus look even more beautiful, and we have several more projects in mind for the next several years.

Here is the plan:

Meet in the front of the building Saturday morning at 9 a.m. Please bring your own gloves, shovels, and other garden tools. Wheelbarrows and pickup trucks would also be appreciated. Wood saws may also be helpful, as the roots of the existing bushes are well established. As we clear room for new plants, we will drop in new plants and water them in. After that, we will put a nice 2-3 inch coating of fresh mulch over the top. This project will require a large amount of manual labor, so the more volunteers we have to assist, the better. If you are only able to help for 30 minutes, that is absolutely fine. Parents, please make sure that you are present with your child for the entire time that they are present. We hope to see a lot of our Faubion Family there!

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National Day on Writing

The National Council of Teachers of English has designated October 20 as the National Day on Writing!

On this day, our 6th grade scholars completed some seasonal writing, including personal narratives about fears or phobias. Our 7th graders played games that required creative writing and clever inferring, such as "Who Wrote that Hashtag?" and "Liars and Truth Tellers." 8th graders cooperatively wrote a story by drawing a mood, character, and setting card and rotating parts. Above are photos from those activities.

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Students in Ms. Muniz’s math class are seen collaborating with one another while playing a Quizlet Live formative assessment.
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Scholars in 6th grade English are using the "4 Square method" to brainstorm ideas before writing a 5 paragraph essay.
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Create a yearbook ad they’ll remember forever. Commemorate their transition to high school and celebrate memories from throughout the year with an 8th grade dedication ad. Create yours here. The deadline to submit is Friday, November 12.

The 2021-2022 yearbook is now on sale! You can purchase the 2021-2022 book online HERE.

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CoderZ Virtual Robotics Competition

Faubion is gearing up to engage in a coding competition called CoderZ. Students will participate in a 'Virtual Robotic Competition' that enables our students to compete with other schools from around the country and around the world. CoderZ is laying the foundation for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. Teams are getting ready to take on the competition, so let's cheer for our Lions. CoderZ provides a glimpse into the possibilities of the future.
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Kind acts by our scholars

Picture above is Langston Hill, who picked up papers that another student knocked off Ms. Hobbs's desk. He did this all without anyone asking him. What a great kid.

Dennison Varela held open a door as one of our teachers was carrying a table to the supply closet.

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Quiet and supported Work time before school

The FMS library opens at 8:15 a.m. Monday through Thursday, and any student is welcome to come to the library before school if they need a quiet place to work. In order to support students who need additional work time, our 8th Grade PAL students are providing tutoring every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday in the FMS library before school. These tutors are student experts in the areas of ELAR, social studies, science and math.

Thank you to PALS Teacher, Coach Wammack, and our for Media Resource Center staff for creating this opportunity.

Our teachers are also available for tutoring on a perpetual basis to help with targeted instruction. Please check with your child's teachers on days and times.

Tutoring Buses

Our scholars are expected to maintain high marks in all of their classes. Every Tuesday and Thursday afternoon, our school pays for tutoring busses to drop off your child at the nearest elementary school. This service allows our students to stay current in their classwork and still get a ride home. Please know that the tutoring bus drops off your student in front of the nearest elementary school to your home. If you have questions about where the bus drops off, please send an email to your child's house secretary.
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Laptop Payment Due

The deadline for paying the annual student assurance fee of $50/$25 for your students’ MISD issued laptop is November 18. Laptop fees can be paid online through PaySchools Central. Cash or check payments can be made in person in the front office. If your student owes fees from previous years, please pay those online as well. Any student that still owes a fee after November 18 will have limited access until the fees have been paid.

What is PaySchools Central?

How do I set up my account?

Need help with your PaySchools Central account?

Email or

Call 877-393-6628

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COVID Testing

McKinney ISD has partnered with GeneIQ to provide COVID testing for MISD staff, students, and families of MISD staff and students. Gene IQ is an approved vaccinator in the state of Texas and provides vaccination services in accordance of state and CDC guidelines, and GeneIQ is also a molecular diagnostics laboratory that provides PCR COVID-19 testing and collection of these test.

Testing will be available Monday thru Thursday beginning October 25th from 10:00 AM to 7:00PM. This is subject to change dependent on the number of people using the service. Testing is by appointment only.

If you have been exposed to Covid 19 or if you are symptomatic, use the following link to schedule an appointment:

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Bring a ReUsable water bottle!

Parents, please make sure that you send a reusable water bottle with your child to school. Our automatic refilling stations are fully operational, so there are lots of stations where your child can refill their bottle. The drinking fountains are turned off, so having a water bottle at school will help your child to stay hydrated throughout the day. We strongly recommend that you label your child's water bottle as well.

No food deliveries from third parties

Parents, please know that we do not allow delivery services such as Door Dash to deliver food to our school for students. This is a district-wide protocol. Attempts by third parties to deliver food for students will be turned away.
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Clubs and Organizations

Every student at FMS is highly encouraged to join a club or organization. Regular attendance, engagement in instruction, and being connected to a school group are major factors for your child's academic achievement. We have several well established clubs and organizations on campus, including Academic UIL, Student Council, Youth and Government, and more. We are excited to introduce several new clubs this year, including the Lion's Den STEM Club, the Environmental Science Club, the Anime Club, and the Kindness Club. Pictured above is a recent meeting of the Fellowship of Christian Students.

All clubs are student-led and guided by a faculty sponsor. Please follow this LINK for a listing of our clubs.

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Guidance Lessons on Kindness

The Faubion Kindness focus for this month is Self-Awareness. All students grades 6th-8th are being taught the importance of self-awareness and how being self-aware can help you be more kind. Our students are also getting daily self-awareness tips from their fellow students on the morning announcements. To help encourage and reinforce self-awareness at home consider these self-awareness tips:

Encourage your child to speak openly about challenges.
It’s important for kids to understand and talk about how their personal challenges affect daily life. This can help them become effective self-advocates, speaking up for what they need in a positive way. Try to have open conversations in which kids can express how they feel.

Point out the positives.

Tweens and teens can be quick to criticize themselves, but self-awareness means recognizing positives as well as negatives. Help your student to find their strengths and lean on those strengths in times of difficulties.

Foster a balanced perspective.

Finding a balance between helping adolescents gain self-awareness and making them self-conscious can be tricky. Try not to make students' struggles the focus of every conversation. And remind your child that everyone has strengths that have nothing to do with their challenges.

Discourage comparisons.

It’s hard for kids to be aware of their own abilities when they view them in the light of other people’s performance. Help kids resist comparing themselves to friends or siblings.

Provide opportunities for independence.
Becoming more independent is part of being self-aware. Most teens crave independence. If kids don’t have safe, appropriate ways to exercise it at home, there’s a chance they could rebel or take dangerous risks. Doing things like cooking for themselves, getting themselves to school on time, and sticking to a curfew are important ways for kids to learn independence — safely. Many parents start giving their children some of these tasks in middle school and expand them in high school.

Please visit the Counselor's website for more information on all of the latest and greatest from our counseling team!

Fine Arts Accents

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Orchestra District Solo Results

Congratulations to our Sinfonia, Concertino, Camerata, and Honors Orchestra students for a successful showing at the MISD MS Orchestra Solo Festival Saturday October 16. Judges were impressed with the level of difficulty of the solos, the level of preparedness of the music and the poise and professionalism with which each student conducted themselves. Faubion students received 110 First Division Superior ratings, 3 Second Division Excellent ratings, and 15 Outstanding Soloist Awards--the most in McKinney ISD.

Students receiving these additional awards include: Ava Boehr, Kaitlin Lee, Kaydence Cook, Esther Mujica, Zalana Aguillard, Megan Machuca, Anna Gonzalez-Garcia, Zailee Fiore, Ryker Fair, James Williams, Hayden Bond, Allison Nguyen, Anna Li, Sophia Porter, and Felicity Chambers. We are so proud of all of our students!

Pictured displaying their medals are Muna Iniyagaro, Dominick Pesano, Mike Rocha, Joe Jaramillo, and Stephanie Williams.

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Faubion Spirit Fridays, Campus Beautification, and Teacher Grant Program

Every Friday is a campus-wide "spirit wear" day for all staff and students. Show your navy and gold in support of our school! You can purchase official FMS gear at the Faubion PTO website!

Parents, if you have not joined the PTO yet, please go to the Faubion PTO website and join! Please view the refreshed inventory of spirit wear and consider a premium membership package to get the tie-dye hoodie. Please visit for more information. Current members, you can purchase the new tie-dye hoodie for a discounted rate of $35.

Our PTO is helping the campus with beautification of the front of the building, including zoysia grass and Texas sage bushes. We are excited to see this transformation over the next several months.

Lastly, our PTO helps support campus-wide staff and student activities. We are looking into hosting a Family Bingo Night in February, in addition to our existing 8th grade celebrations and staff activities. Our support extends into the classroom as well, as we are supporting teachers with a grant program. The deadline for the teacher grant for our teachers is October 22.

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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.

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Free and Reduced Lunch Applications

As many of you are likely already aware, all of our students have been receiving free breakfast and lunch as a result of the pandemic. However, qualifying for Free and Reduced Lunch carries additional benefits for students and families. In addition to the direct benefits to families, the school receives additional funding and our state comparison group for accountability is impacted. Please be sure to apply for Free and Reduced Lunch, if you think that you may qualify.

Apply HERE!

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.

How to stay updated with everything!

Staying current on information is easy, if you know where to look! For school-wide information, you can visit us at:

(New) School website -;

(New) Twitter -; and

Facebook -

Our counselor webpage is, and our PTO website is

Please visit all of these sites regularly to stay updated. Make sure to check your child's grade regularly in Home Access Center (HAC) at and view coursework in Canvas at

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

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Words from the learning commons

We have Book Fair coming up, starting on Friday, October 29th and running through 11:30 on Friday, November 5th. If you would like, you can set up an e-wallet account for your student. This allows them an easy and secure way to shop at the book fair. Here’s a quick video to tell you a little more about e-wallets and this link will take you to our Book Fair Home Page where you can sign up for an e-wallet, view the interactive flyer, and shop online!


If you are new to MISD and need to know how to check your child’s Canvas account or their HAC account, then this section is for you.

  1. Navigate to

  2. Click on Claim Guardian

  3. Fill in the information: Parent’s Name, the email you registered for school with, and the student ID.

  4. Continue through this process until you can go back to the login screen with the username the system gave you and the password you have created.

  5. To see your student’s grades, you would go to the HAC icon. To see their classwork, you would go to the Canvas icon.

  6. If you’ve previously set up this account and your password isn’t working, reach out to you student’s House Secretary!

    1. A-G:

    2. H-O:

    3. P-Z:

Melissa Willardson

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Faubion Middle School Model of Learning

McKinney ISD provides a district-wide standard, called the Model of Instruction, which guides teacher teams in planning, instruction, and classroom culture. FMS, with extensive input from our extended leadership team, created a standard for scholarly behavior in every classroom. Our teachers use the Model of Learning with students, guiding them on how to behave and think as a scholar. This model reinforces the characteristics of McKinney ISD's graduate profile. Our goal is to create effective communicators, quality contributors, and socially responsible citizens for all students in our school, and this model serves as a road map.
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Saturday, October 23

Landscaping volunteer opportunity - 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. @ FMS

McKinney ISD Holiday Bazaar - 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. @ McKinney High School

Monday, October 25

No School for Students - Teacher Work Day

Band District Auditions @ assigned times

Choir Cambiata Rehearsal and Photo shoot - 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Choir Cambiata Parent Meeting - choice of 10:00 a.m. or 5:00 p.m.

Tuesday, October 26

Spirit Day - "Team Up Against Vaping"

Tutoring buses leave FMS cafeteria at 4:30 p.m.

8th Football Gold - 5:30 p.m. @ Ron Poe Stadium

8th Football Navy - 6:45 p.m. @ Ron Poe Stadium

7th Football Gold/White - 5:30 p.m. @ Prosper Hays Middle School

7th Football Navy - 7:00 p.m. @ Prosper Hays Middle School

Wednesday, October 27

Spirit Day - "Mix it Up Against Day"

Thursday, October 28

Spirit Day - "Retro and Red"

Tutoring buses leave FMS cafeteria at 4:30 p.m.

8th Volleyball White - 5:00 p.m. @ Prosper Reynolds Middle School

8th Volleyball Navy - 6:00 p.m. @ Prosper Reynolds Middle School

8th Volleyball Gold - 7:00 p.m. @ Prosper Reynolds Middle School

7th Volleyball White - 5:00 p.m. @ Faubion Middle School

7th Volleyball Navy - 6:00 p.m. @ Faubion Middle School

7th Volleyball Gold - 7:00 p.m. @ Faubion Middle School

Friday, October 29

Spirit Day - "Costume" - must be w/in MISD dress code policy

Jack C. Faubion Middle School

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