The Faubion Lion Pride Press

Week of September 13, 2021

Dear Faubion Family,

In this edition of the Faubion Lion Pride Press, we highlight instruction, celebrate student acts of kindness, and point out upcoming events. Please mark your calendar for picture day on Thursday, September 16.

Calling community partners! One of our teachers, Mrs. Wells, is starting a healthy snack cart for our teachers and for after-school tutoring. We would love to gather advice from members of our school community to help with inventory, delivery, and customer service. If anyone in our school community has expertise in the grocery business, please send an email to

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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Campus-Wide Fall FUNDRAISER!

Our fall fundraiser is well underway, and we have nearly reached the 40% mark towards our fundraising goal. With a goal of $30,000, funds collected from this fundraiser will be used for student activities, campus beautification efforts, and staff celebrations.

Register today at, and remind your child to register under their 2nd period teacher. View the Catalog here! Please share your fundraiser page with friends and family and on social media. Items can ship anywhere in the USA.

Important Dates

Packet orders are due September 13.

Online orders are due September 26.

Fundraiser delivery will be on October 14.

The top prize winner from each grade level will win a swingboard, and students selling 18 items will win a limo ride to Gatti’s Pizza. There are many other prizes available, so be sure to participate.

For safety purposes, remind your child to NOT sell to strangers or sell door-to-door.

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PALS in action

Pictured above are Justin Zambrano and Anna Li. Anna is enrolled in the PALS elective, where students assist other students with academic skills and social skills across all the core content areas. Our PALS program also supports the Live Kind mindset by doing kind acts throughout the building. They are also student ambassadors, helping new students become familiar with their schedule and making sure that Faubion has a family environment.
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Teamwork, Novelty, and Academic Vocabulary

The 8th grade math team took their students on a short field trip to the hallway outside the room, where they completed proportional relationships task cards. Working in groups of three, students used the academic vocabulary required to solve the problems. "Direct variation", "origin", "proportional", and "linear" were all terms discussed, and scholars were reminded to use complete sentences.

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The 2021-2022 yearbook is now on sale! If you order by Friday, Sept. 10, you will not only receive the 2021-2022 book for the lowest price of the year, but you can also get 4 free cover icons as well! The free cover icon offer ends on Friday, Sept. 10. NOTE: You do have to purchase personalization in order to receive the 4 free icons.

You can purchase the 2021-2022 book online here.

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Kind acts by our scholars

Brenley Nobles is pictured above, holding the door for Mr. Boom. When Mr. Boom was leaving a math classroom, Brenley quickly got out of her seat, walked into the hallway to open the door, and then returned to her seat. This act was incredibly selfless and thoughtful!

Madden Nimmons found a $10 bill in the courtyard as he was walking from athletics to breakfast. He turned in the money to his coach, Coach Larsen, who was able to determine who dropped the money!

Mrs. Wolf had the following to share about Jose Martinez: "He is a super amazing young man and is ALWAYS willing to help anyone and everyone! He pushes himself to learn English and do his best in all of his classes! Without anyone asking him to do so, he stepped up and helped the sub and all of the other newcomers in the class on how to complete and submit their assignment in Canvas. This young man is absolutely amazing young man, and I am so proud of all his hard work and dedication!!"

Anddy Cisneros made a list of commonly used phrases in class and translated into Vietnamese so our class could better communicate with a student brand new to Faubion!

Our teachers give formative assessments regularly to our scholars to gauge their understanding of content and then intervene/extend as needed. During a recent game of Kahoot, which is a quiz show game that students use their Macbooks to participate, we had a student whose Macbook was not charged. Zaniyah Hicks offered her phone to the student to help her join the game!

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Guest String Conductor

Over the past week, we have had a guest conductor visit our classes. Mrs. Margaret Brown is one of the founding directors of the McKinney orchestra program, helping build it 17 years ago. Just two years ago, she retired from McKinney North High School and is now an adjunct professor at the University of Texas at Arlington, teaching string pedagogy.
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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. This past week, we had several students take advantage of tutoring opportunities with teachers but had few students take advantage of the tutoring bus. 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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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.
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Clubs and Organizations

Every student at FMS is highly encouraged to join a club or organization. We have several well established clubs and organization 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, and the Anime Club. All clubs are student-led and guided by a faculty sponsor. Please follow this LINK for a listing of our clubs, and please know that the file is a work is progress. Pictured above was the first meeting of our Anime Club, sponsored by Ms. Slade.

Fine Arts Accents

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Design Project in Art

Art Two students are working on a multi-color, zen tangle, design project. Pictured above is Presley Bryson, working on the initial stages of her final draft. Also featured in the photos above are the works of Julie Rios Arzate and Emery Swint.
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Grades and Tutoring


Every 3 weeks, individual progress reports (IPR) will show students' current grades. Parents and students are encouraged to monitor classes with IPR, and HAC (Home Access Center)to identify missing assignments and/or failing summative grades that may be able to get re-tested. Counselors may be visiting with students after each IPR and 9-week report card (RC) period to work with students on passing their classes. Remember, tutorials are a great way to keep grades up, get additional help and re-take summatives. Tutorials are offered before and after school, and during lunch for some classes. Teacher's post tutorial schedule on Canvas and outside classroom door.


We are continuing or focus on "Kindness" this month and encourage students to find ways they can be kind to themselves and others. We have started our classroom guidance lessons that focus on healthy relationships and being what it means to be kind.

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Join the PTO!

The Faubion Parent-Teacher Organization (PTO) has been incredibly involved in the work of our campus over the past several months, preparing us for what we hope will be the most memorable year in recent Faubion history. Our PTO does so much for our school community, and their success is driven by membership from our parents and teachers. Did you see the big yard letters in the front of the building on the first day of school? That was provided by our PTO!

Please make sure to join today if you have not done so. We also have lots of opportunities for volunteers, so please follow this LINK if you want to help. On the right-hand side of the PTO home page, you can contribute to the PTO and browse the other tabs at the top to purchase spirit wear or volunteer. A newly-added tie-dye hoodie is part of a premium membership package!

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Hydrocephalus Recognition Month

Our bodies are so amazing and each of us grows differently. Did you know that our brains are surrounded by fluid? September is Hydrocephalus Awareness month in Texas. The word is from the Greek roots “hydro” meaning water and “cephalus” meaning head. The term was created to describe what happens when the fluid that naturally surrounds our brains has a hard time circulating normally so there’s a backup of “water” in the “head!” It’s not contagious and is usually a condition someone is born with.

It’s a good thing that doctors now have a lot of ways to successfully treat hydrocephalus. Just remember, like a lot of medical conditions, hydrocephalus may or may not be something that we can see on the outside of a person. This is just another reason to always be kind and respectful to the people around us! You may not know what someone may be going through or what is affecting their health. You should also remember to always tell a parent or trusted adult if something doesn’t feel right in your body. Take care of yourselves today and share a smile with your classmates!!

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Words from the Learning Commons

I hope you are settling into this year! Around the Learning Commons we are enjoying helping students find books to read and helping with various technology issues. You can use SSO to login to the library catalog, called Destiny to see what your child is reading, put a book on hold, or create a resource list of books they might be interested in reading at a later date!

I want to share how to set your Canvas notifications. This is something that each account must set individually. You can determine what things trigger a notification as well as how often that notification is sent. You can set these Globally for all courses and specifically for individual courses. This video will walk you through setting up notifications.

Steps to set your Canvas Notifications

  1. Login to your SSO account at

  2. Open Canvas.

  3. Click on Account in the blue Global Naviation Sidebar on the left.

  4. Click on Settings to view and add Ways to Contact.

  5. Add any additional ways you would like to be contacted from Canvas.

  6. Click on Notifications.

  7. Set the Notifications to your preferences.

To set up a different set of notifications for a specific course, open that course and click on View Notifications. On this screen you will be able to override the Global Notifications and change the notifications for just this one course!

Melissa Willardson

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Students in AVID practiced efficient study skills using their notes from history, language arts, math, and science. Students learned that repetition is the determining factor for whether or not we retain information. Each time that a student re-reads or interacts with their notes, there should be a purpose.

How many times have you been reading a book and you have to read the same paragraph over again because your mind was thinking of other things? This is not uncommon, and it is why simply reading over your notes is not effective. Having an objective as you read helps to keep the mind focused on the material, and it is simpler than one might expect.

Here are some examples of objectives: reading through your notes to highlight key words or main ideas, add high level questions, and summarize in just a few sentences. It is well-known that students practice note-taking skills in AVID. However, the note-taking part is just the beginning. The most important part is what you do with the notes after you write them.

Pictured above is Lois Iwerebor after adding some information to her history notes as she studied them. No room to add to your notes? Add post-its!

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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.

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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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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Friday, September 10

McKinney High School Homecoming Football Game @ MISD Stadium

Monday, September 13

School fundraiser packets due (online orders continue)

Tuesday, September 14

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

8th Football Gold - 5:30 pm @ Ron Poe Stadium

8th Football Navy - 6:45 pm @ Ron Poe Stadium

7th Football Gold - 5:30 @ Prosper Rogers

7th Football Navy - 6:45 @ Prosper Rogers

7th Football White - 8:15 @ Prosper Rogers

Thursday, September 16

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

8th Volleyball White - 5:00 @ Faubion Middle School

8th Volleyball Navy - 6:00 @ Faubion Middle School

8th Volleyball Gold - 7:00 @ Faubion Middle School

7th Volleyball White - 5:00 @ Dowell Middle School

7th Volleyball Navy - 6:00 @ Dowell Middle School

7th Volleyball Gold - 7:00 @ Dowell Middle School

Friday, September 24

UIL Grade Check

Jack C. Faubion Middle School

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