The Faubion Lion Pride Press

Week of April 19, 2021

Dear Faubion Family,

In this edition of the Faubion Lion Pride Press, we wrap up our silent auction, promote our upcoming kindness week, and enter the voting season.

Thank you to all who participated in this week's silent auction, as we brought in over $8,000. We are so grateful for your support. The auction closes at 9:00 P.M. on Friday, April 16. We are excited to follow the auction until it ends! Here is the link:

Observed annually on April 17, National Haiku Poetry Day encourages all to try their hand in creativity. Haiku poetry is a form of Japanese poetry that is non-rhyming and usually consists of 3 lines with a syllable pattern of 5-7-5. Usually, an element of nature, a season, a moment of beauty, or an individual experience inspires haiku poems. Sensory language is used to capture a feeling, image, or moment. Inspired by our students entering the building Friday morning despite the pouring rain, here is a pass at Haiku poetry for you:

Raindrops on the ground.

The scholars proudly enter.

The best school around.

Aristotle 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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Kindness Challenge Week 2021

Next week will be a fun and kind week for our students. Starting Monday, be sure to wear the colors from the high school you will be attending in order to earn your first raffle ticket. Every day has a different challenge. At the end of the week, the student with the winning raffle ticket will pie Mr. Boom in the face!
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Student Spotlight - Rebekah Lessner

This week's student spotlight features the eighth-grade student-artist-athlete, Rebekah Lessner!

Born in Kansas City, MO, Rebekah is the oldest of three siblings. Rebekah's family moved to McKinney when she was five years old. She started the dual language program at Caldwell Elementary and plans on finishing her dual language experience at Boyd High School. Spanish and English are not the only two languages that Rebekah speaks, as she is able to code switch between academics, athletics, and the arts rather easily.

From an athletics standpoint, Rebekah is the setter on a recreational volleyball team. She also runs track, specializing in sprints, long jump, and triple jump. She is excited about continuing with both volleyball and track at Boyd High School. While Rebekah excels in athletics, the arts may be her "calling".

Rebekah is heavily involved in theatre and has been for years. Right now, she is working on a show called 'Tuck Everlasting' where she plays the part of principal dancer. Rebekah has been an active member of theatre since she was six years old, first starting with the McKinney Youth Theatre and transitioning to North Texas Performing Arts.

Rebekah also sings in our Faubion choir as a soprano. Joining choir for the first time at Faubion this year, the transition was natural because Director Jackson worked with Rebekah in youth choir at church. Rebekah said that Mrs. Jackson "cares about each of us a lot and she is a really fun person." Regarding her love for singing, Rebekah expressed, "I like being able to sing together as a group. Whenever we hit a good harmony it makes me happy and it gives me chills."

Ms. Jackson said, "Rebekah is the epitome of what it is to lead by example. No matter how her day is going, she comes into class with a positive attitude that instantly spreads throughout the classroom. She is eager to learn, hardworking, kind to others, understanding, compassionate, and is an exceptionally gifted performer. I have no doubt we will see her accepting a Tony award someday!"

While Rebekah is involved in many activities inside and outside of school, you would be hard-pressed to find a scholar who excels in all of their classes as she does. Coach Dobrock, Rebekah's math teacher, shared, "Rebekah is a very conscientious student. When she makes a mistake she always makes the effort to understand where she went wrong, and makes sure she has the ability to correct that mistake in the future."

Rebekah has taken a particular interest in the social sciences and is excited about taking psychology and sociology at McKinney Boyd. Mapping out her four-year plan was likely a bit of a challenge, she made it a point to include both of those electives. Rebekah appreciates the opportunity to "understand the way that people think and the problems that different people have. Being able to [work with] someone and understand what's going on in their head" is fascinating to Rebekah. "If someone comes to me with a problem...this might be the underlying can use that to see what you can do to help."

Rebekah really appreciates her science teacher, Coach Neal. "She's really nice and she does everything in a way that's easy to understand. She presents it in small chunks and explains it really well in a way that we understand." Rebekah benefits from having regular opportunities to engage in conversation in her classes as a way to understand. When asked if Coach Neal provides those opportunities, she said, "There are multiple times. When we're taking notes, she'll put a question on the board, have us talk about it and then talk about the answer."

Coach Neal shared, "Rebekah always comes to my class with a positive attitude. She works extremely hard each and every single day. She has a heart of gold and is willing to help others in the classroom. She is a true joy to have in class."

Aside from her positive experiences in her classes and extracurricular activities, Rebekah enjoys the culture at Faubion. "There's something for everyone here. Everyone can find something they enjoy. I like that the teachers get to know the students. They try to help you one on one." Rebekah mentioned the rigor that she experiences in her classes and how teachers extend their thinking beyond what you would find in a textbook. "One thing that i like about Mrs. Nicolle (social studies) is that she goes more into depth. When we were talking about Abraham Lincoln's assassination, the secretary of state was supposed to be there also but wasn't because he was run over by his own carriage. [Mr. Nicolle] looks at history from a bunch of different angles."

Please congratulate Rebekah for her contributions to our school community. Her hard work and passion to excel in multiple areas will serve her well for years. We will miss not seeing Rebekah throughout all of Faubion next year. Pictured is Rebekah with Coach Neal.

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Registration Verification for high School

For all rising high school students...

Student course requests for the 2021 - 2022 school year will be available through Home Access Center April 16th – Sunday, April 25th. The course requests include the regular and alternate course requests that were submitted to counselors during January and February. What you see listed is NOT a student schedule, just a list of the classes that have been requested. Our master schedule is built based on collective student requests, thus it is essential that students’ requests reflect the courses they truly wish to take.

Step 1: Read the announcement on the home screen about course requests.

Step 2: Click on “Classes” then go to the “Schedule” tab. Scroll down until you find the “2021 - 2022 Course Requests” *THIS IS NOT YOUR FINAL SCHEDULE FOR 2021-2022 JUST THE COURSES YOU HAVE REQUESTED TO HAVE FOR THE 2021-2022 SCHOOL YEAR*

Step 3: View your 2021-2022 course requests

McKinney High:

Please review the requests. If a change needs to be made, please complete the Google form. This is the only avenue for changes. Opportunity for questions to counselors is available on the following form:

McKinney Boyd:

Please review the requests. If a change needs to be made, please complete the Google form using this link:

*Parents, If you forget your username and/or password for your Parent HAC accounts please fill out the form found at

McKinney North:

Please review the requests. If a change needs to be made, please complete the Google form. Opportunity for questions to counselors is available on the following form:

The deadline for requesting changes is 11:59 pm on Sunday April 25th, 2021.

Sports Physicals for Next School Year

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Orientation for 6th graders interested in athletics

Dear 6th grade parent,

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

Fine Arts Accents

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Both the FMS Honors band and the FMS Symphonic Band competed at the region 24 virtual UIL competition.

The Symphonic band received a 111 on stage and a 112 in sight-reading. The Honors band received a 111 on stage and a 111 in sight-reading. A division 1 rating is the highest rating you can receive at this competition. This is the first time that either band has received 1’s in FOUR years! We are so proud of the students and happy to be bringing the tradition of superior back to Faubion Band. Thank you for all your teacher support and encouragement of these students.

Pictured above are members of the Honors Band, including: Caden Ganter, Cameron Miller, Jack Ratliff, Alex Afonso, K’Lee Bumpus, Gabbi Congine, Matthew Ehsan, Sage Foster, Emory Gazaway, Charlotte Plaster, Alex Stout, Bradyn Davis, Owen Ellis, Obieto Okpala, Jacob Ort, Devon Stigall, Luke Bayer, Jesse Beazley, Evan Bleakely, Tristen Fought, Jaden Matthews, Max Reyes, Will Rohloff, David Viramulume, Jaxon Wiggins, Johan Wolf, John Baker, Alex Indrea, Kallon Dingess, Zane Dotter, John Frey, Giovanni Lucia, Clara McElroy, Graysen Miller, Bodie Walker, Kyler Wolfe, Paul Bachman, Ryan Dale, Anna McCarthy, Trevor McGee, Tyler Young, Sophie Clark, Megan Otuke, Adrian Alam, Kiley Davis, Nicholas Elsworth, Claire Jensen, August Berndt, Minseo Chae, Gianna Gomez, Aubrey Kelly, Kimaya Kovatch, Hana Massey, Keiltin Mutemi, Leo Ziman, Melina Cots, Jacquie Killough, Jakob Kowaleski, Alanna Powell, Hannah Rich, Mia Smith, Clarie Capel, Jordan Conway, and Samantha Simmons.

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The Faubion Camerata and Honors Orchestra both received straight 1s in the UIL concert and sightreading evaluation held in March. This is the 13th straight year our students have accomplished multiple sweepstakes awards! Way to go students and directors.

Pictured with the Camerata Orchestra are:

Judah Sempebwa, Ryker Fair, Georgina Golden, Nate Davila, Leena Laro, Adam Nair, Camille Soriano, Ayden Rivera, Qanayah Sneed, Julianna Camarillo, Leslie Uribe, Michael McAloon, Jaqueline Recker, Esther Mujica, Rudy Vasquez, Olivia Cohee, Daniel Huff, Kristina Jasso, Aaliyah Crawford, Victor Torres, Mardi Templeton, Wesley Jandoc, Reese Collins, Abby Padron, Iyana Valentine, Avery Beirnes, and Isabella Adeogun.

Honors Orchestra members include: Saylor Baker, Ava Boehr, Laci Chilcoat, Emma Engle, Anna Gonzalez-Garcia, Sofía Lopez, Megan Machuca, Zalana Aguillard, Brooke Barragan, Hana "Noelle" Bokmeyer, Emma Alonso, Rachel Chung, Princesa Licea, Sebastian Lopez, Chloe Moon, Russell Nelson, Zoe Ralston, Drea Roots, Lauren Hunsaker, Cooper Zweig, Sydney Apger, Alec Boss, Shayan Ahmed, Jenny Wang, Edwin Varghese, Michelle Luviano, Bryson Berman, Luisa Goedde, Ania Thompson, Kamran Hafizi, and John Nguyen.

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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.

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In AVID, we were able to display all of the awesome things that we have learned throughout our most recent project by holding our 3rd annual College and Career Fair! It typically takes place at open house night every year, but our amazing library staff offered to host a “walk-through” fair for in-person students. A Flipgrid of presentations was provided for virtual students, but several teachers were seen using their laptops to include students in the live event! So cool!

AVID not only wants to give a shoutout to the library staff, but also to the history department who walked their students through so that all students would have access to college and career knowledge. Not every career requires a college education, but ALL students are deserving of the BEST education needed to reach their dreams!

Upcoming Events

Voting Dates

April 19 – April 23 – 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

April 24 – 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

April 26 – 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

April 27 - 7:00 a.m. – 7:00 p.m.

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

* Please use the auxiliary gym entrance *

Monday, April 19 - Friday, April 23

Faubion Kindness Week!

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

May 20 - 8th Grade Promotion

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

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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