Lion's Mane (Parent Edition)

Your home for MHS news & events. Volume 18

What a week!

Dear Parents,

Thank you again for your concern regarding last week's safety issue at MHS. I appreciate the number of parents that reached out to our staff demonstrating their concern and notifying us of any new developments. What a great community we have.

I look forward to a smooth week of learning this week. I hope you had a chance to catch the musical that our students put on, Once Upon a Mattress, this past weekend. It showed me again how talented our students are at MHS.

Go Lions,

Gordon Butler

Did you Know?

Lyndon Baines Johnson's (Rebekah) mother was born right here in McKinney, Texas.

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The McKinney High School

We are the original, the beacon, the bridge between the past and the future for the city of McKinney.

Coming Events

  • 2/1 Yoga Club @ 2:45 K100
  • 2/1 softball vs. Celina @ 5:00 (Home)
  • 2/1 Girls Soccer vs. Sherman @ 5:30 (Away)
  • 2/1 Boys Soccer vs. Sherman @ 7:30 (Away)
  • 2/2 Girls Basketball vs. Wylie East @ 6:15 (Away)
  • 2/2 Boys Basketball vs. Wylie East @ 7:30 (Away)
  • 2/2 Student Outdoor Experience Club
  • 2/3 Key Club DS Flex Space
  • 2/4 Wrestling District 9-5A Lovejoy HS @ 12:00 (Away)
  • 2/4 Powerlifting Frisco Centennial Meet @ 3:00 (Away)
  • 2/4 Jesus Christ Movement Club
  • 2/4 - 2/6 Swim/Dive Region 3 Diving Frisco Natatorium @ 3:00 (Away)
  • 2/4 Track & Field Allen Practice Meet @ 4:00 (Away)
  • 2/5 Tennis Ennis Varsity Tournament @ 8:00 am (Away)
  • 2/5 Girls Basketball vs. Prosper @ 6:15 (Home)
  • 2/5 Boys Basketball vs. Prosper @ 7:30 (Home)
  • 2/5 Girls Soccer vs. North @ 5:30 (Home)
  • 2/5 Boys Soccer vs. North @ 7:30 (Away)


MORP tickets are on sale again this week. Tickets are $45. Parents, we are in need of chaperones to assist us with making MORP a safe and exciting event for our students. Please visit the sign-up link below if you are interested in chaperoning, or contact Ms. Amanda Gorman, our student council sponsor, at

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Lost and Found

If your student has lost an item, please have them check the lost and found located in the front office.

Interdisciplinary Study and Mentorship (ISM) informational meeting

ISM is a course offered to all MISD 11th and 12th graders. In this course, students conduct in-depth research over a chosen career field and spend second semester mentoring with a professional in that field. Hard-working, high-achieving students who are intrinsically motivated and work well independently thrive in this class. For more information, please attend the informational meeting at McKinney North High School.

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McKinney North High School Auditorium

Scholarship Opportunities

The traditions committee is now accepting applications for their MEF scholarship. The committee will offer one $2,000 scholarship and two $1,500 scholarships. Visit the MHS website to apply.

Does your student want to make the news

Applications for MHS1, Manestream News and the Lion Yearbook are now available at

An easy way to support MHS

United Supermarkets, parent company of Market Street, Albertsons and others has recently implemented a contest to give back to communities. The Shop to Support Schools contest will run through October 8, 2016. During that time any guest that shops in a United Supermarkets, Market Street, Amigos or Albertsons will be given the opportunity to link their Rewards account to McKinney High School. For more information, visit

Birthday Wishes

Do you want to make your child feel special on his or her birthday? MHS is offering parents a unique opportunity to wish their child a "Happy Birthday" on the big screen above the Socratic Steps. The cost is $25 for the day. If interested, please email your birthday message to Monica Morgan (, and submit your payment (cash or check) to the MHS front office. In your email, please make sure you include the DAY you want the message to run and kindly allow a 5 day notice. See the sample below.
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Safety and Security

  • Parents, as a reminder, please be prepared to show your ID when entering the building (even for those we recognize).
  • We will only release your child to who is listed in eSchool & Hall Pass, this includes having lunch with your child.

McKinney Education Foundation Information (MEF)

MEF Scholarship

The MEF Scholarship will open on January 5th. The application is open to all MISD Seniors and can be found on MEF’s website ( The deadline to have all materials turned in is February 12th at 4:00pm. It is highly recommended that ALL seniors apply for to this scholarship. If you or your student have any questions, please sign up for an appointment with Ms. Ribble here:

Cheerleading and Mascot Information

MISD cheerleading and mascot informational meetings, clinics, and tryouts will be hosted at McKinney Boyd.

Key Dates:

Friday, 2/19 @ 5:00 p.m. Online forms are due

Monday, 2/29 @ 3:00 p.m-5:00 p.m.--JV and Varsity clinic

@ 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.--Freshmen clinic

Tuesday 3/1 @ 3:00 p.m-5:00 p.m.--JV and Varsity clinic

@ 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.--Freshmen clinic

Wednesday 3/2 Final evaluations @ 3:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.

Friday 3/4 Tryout results posted after 4:00 p.m.

Marquette Tryouts

Tuesday, February 23rd Parent Informational Meeting @7:00 p.m. MHS Cafeteria

Monday, March 21st - Wednesday, March 23rd 4:30-6:30

Dance Clinics will be held at MHS in the gym. Candidates will learn a dance routine, kick routine and complete flexibility training during these clinics.

Thursday, March 24th

4:30 pm – 8:00 pm

Auditions will be held at the campus that you are auditioning for in the gym.

Results will be posted on the team website after the conclusion of team tryouts.

McKinney HS students doing great things

Congratulations to our UIL Academic team for taking 2nd place at the Cardinal Classic this weekend.

Some of the big winners were as follows:

  • Udani Satarasinghe wins 1st in headline writing. Nicole Stuessy wins 3rd.
  • In congressional debate: Mickey Bilyeu 6th, Miranda Cassidy 5th, Noah Jeffries 3rd, Andrew Bellah 2nd, Justin Burch 1st
  • Lamaje Colson places 2nd in dramatic interpretation
  • In original oratory: Hannah Couch 6th, Paxton Bliven 5th, Paul Castle 4th
  • Bridget Dunsmore places 4th in prose
  • Noah Jeffries places 5th in poetry
  • Justin Burch places 2nd in persuasive extemporaneous
  • Humorous interp: Matt Sullivan 6th, Jordan Baird 5th, Jack Bilyeu 3rd
  • Justin Burch places 3rd in LD Debate
  • Jakob Chow places 5th in science
  • In Editorial Writing: 1st Nicole Stuessy, 2nd Johnny Millar, 6th Alicia Stokes
  • Udani Satarasinghe places 1st in Feature Writing
  • Nicole Stuessy places 4th in News Writing
  • Therese Camaligan places 4th in Ready Writing

Articles of Note

Did you know next year 75% of MHS students will have a school issued digital device? This article is one of many that shows how digital learning can enhance the learning experience.

How to stay connected

We want you to stay informed about all things MHS. Our primary ways of communicating this year will be:

  • Lion's Mane (Parent Edition) every Monday
  • MHS Facebook page
  • MHS Twitter page
  • Remind 101 (text @themck to 81010)
  • MHS Webpage (although this is not updated as quickly as other methods)
  • Phone Callouts

If for some reason you are not receiving MHS information in your preferred medium, please email me at I want you to be informed in a timely manner about all things MHS.