Mav Mail

From McNeil High School

March 14, 2021

Message from the Principal

Good afternoon, Mavs!

The rescheduled date for the SAT School Day for all Juniors who registered is Tuesday, April 13th. If you haven’t registered yet, it’s not too late. The deadline to register is 5:00pm on Friday, March 26th. Click HERE to register if you did not register for the rescheduled March administration. The Request for Student Early Release form is embedded in the new SAT registration form.

On Friday, our Maverick families had an opportunity to join the McNeil High School Coffee with the Principal webinar. We recorded the meeting in case families were unable to attend. The Powerpoint presentation is linked HERE. As soon as Zoom makes the webinar recording available, the link will be sent to senior families via email.

2021 Daylight Savings began today! Remember to set your clocks forward an hour if you haven’t already done so. I hope you take the opportunity to get outside and enjoy some extra time soaking up the sun. If you are traveling over the break, please stay safe. When we return, there will only be 9.5 weeks of school remaining. Let’s come back recharged and ready to finish strong!


Amanda Johnson

Principal, McNeil High School

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11th Grade SAT Day: NEW DATE April 13th, 2021

Maverick Families,

Registration is now REOPEN for the 11th Grade SAT scheduled at McNeil on Tuesday,
April 13th, 2021.

Register HERE for the 11th Grade SAT (for students who never registered for the March test)

(Request for Student Early Release Form is embedded in the new SAT registration form)

If you registered for the original March 3rd testing date, you do NOT need to register again. All original registrations will carry over to the April 13th date. The only Juniors who need to register now are those who have never registered for their SAT School Day testing.

To learn more about lunch, dismissal, leaving early, and more click HERE to view the McNeil SAT Day details.

Students without their completed form, will be required to stay on campus, in the cafeteria, until regular dismissal at 4:20 p.m.

School Photo Update

Picture retake photo packets are here! Students on campus can come by C130 to pick up their packets between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. daily. Parents of students off campus can contact Haley Gluch to get your photo code or to schedule a time to pick up your picture packet at the front desk.

Visual Arts Scholastic Event Results

Each year, McNeil visual art students participate in the Visual Arts Scholastic Event or V.A.S.E., the UIL event for visual arts in Texas. This year, the regional event looked a little different, with the in-person interview portion of the event cancelled for safety reasons and the entire event taking place online. McNeil students once again did exceptionally well! Here are the results below:

Scored A 3 or Excellent Rating: Emily Kilpatrick (2 pieces), Lola Neilson (1 piece)

Scored A 4 or Superior/Outstanding Rating: Ye-Un Christina Go (1 piece), Karina Gutierrez (1 piece), Siona Kalambi (1 piece), Sharon Lam (1 piece), Gillian Macina (1 piece), Kanthi Makineedi (1 piece), Evelyn Putnam (1 piece), Lola Neilson (1 piece), Neha Tatti (1 piece), Caitlynn Weaver (1 piece)

Scored a “Perfect” score with no points deducted: Irene Park (1 piece), Julie Pham (1 piece), Ye-Un Christina Go (1 piece)

Advancing to State V.A.S.E.: Sharon Lam

Also included in slideshow: Elizabeth Juarez, who was not able to upload her piece in time but it is amazing! CLICK HERE to see a slideshow of the student artwork.

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Student immunizations are required to be up-to-date by March 31

Beginning Wednesday, March 31, Round Rock ISD will require all students to have up-to-date immunization records on file, be in the process of receiving vaccines, or have a valid exemption on record to be enrolled in school. School vaccination requirements are in effect regardless of whether a student’s learning location is virtual or on-campus. Click HERE to learn more.

One Act Play Update

McNeil thespians came away with some hardware and the students did an absolutely amazing job. We're so, so proud of them putting together a One Act Play performance during these challenging times. Please congratulation the following students when you see them:

Outstanding Technical Crew - McNeil High School

Outstanding Crew Member - Annie Kuzmanovski

Honorable Mention All Star Cast - Clara Cavazos

Honorable Mention All Star Cast - Sebastien Darland

All Star Cast - Kaia Steele

All Star Cast - Larie Rodriguez

Lady Mav Soccer News

McNeil Lady Maverick soccer team has made the playoffs for the second consecutive year! Last year, we did not get to actually play, so we are very excited for this year. If you are interested in seeing the girls play, we will be competing against Lake Travis on Thursday, March 25th at Westwood High School, time is to be determined. The time will be updated and reflected on the calendar of the McNeil HS home page as soon as we receive the information. Since the game is close, we would love to have as much support as possible.

Golf News

The McNeil Varsity golf teams performed very well last week in tournaments held in Waco.

On Tuesday, the Varsity Boys team won the team title in the DCR Invitational, defeating the other 9 schools in the field. Senior Franco Melhado won the gold medal in the individual competition, finishing 1st out of 56 competitors. Senior Jason Kendzior also brought home a bronze medal, finishing in 3rd individually. Christian Garza (SR), Elijah Lozano (SO), and Camden Anderson (SO) all played well and contributed to the Mavs capturing the team title and gold medals.

The girls team finished in 3rd place out of 9 teams in the Midway Invitational, and were led by junior Jordan Davis- who finished in 7th place individually out of 46 competitors. Katie Lusby (SR), Sujae Lee (JR), Kendall Westervelt (JR), and Nicola Kallenbach all helped the Mavs earn the 3rd place bronze medals.

The McNeil Girls Golf Team had a tremendous week! Playing in very windy conditions last Tuesday, the Varsity team won the DCR Invitational, and the Mavs Navy team finished 2nd in the Anderson Invitational on Wednesday.

The Varsity team dominated the field in the DCR, winning by a huge margin of 49 shots and taking all three top individual places. The Mavs were led by senior Katie Lusby, who shot a career low round of 77, highlighted by an eagle on the par-5 12th hole, to take the individual title. Junior Jordan Davis finished 2nd, junior Sujae Lee was 3rd, and junior Kendall Westervelt was 9th to help the Mavs capture the team title.

The Green team battled and ended one shot short of the team title at the Anderson Invitational to bring home the silver medals. The Mavs were led by sophomore Brooke Odom, junior Hayden Tucker, and junior Kaylee Campbell- who won the tournament's 'Longest Drive' contest by cranking out a 265 yard tee shot on the 4th hole.

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STAAR Exam Update

Round Rock ISD shared an update regarding state testing requirements on February 26, stating, "While districts are required to give the test, students in grades 3 – 8 do not have to take the STAAR to promote to the next grade level. However, high school students must take and pass certain required courses and EOC (End of Course) assessments to graduate from a Texas public high school."

It is important to note that while a student may choose not to take the required End of Course exams during April or May of 2021, students are still required to pass each End of Course exam in order to graduate. It is highly recommended that students test while currently enrolled in the subject tested area. The state requires End of Course assessments in the following courses:

  • English I - April 6th

  • English II - April 8th

  • U.S. History - May 4th

  • Biology - May 5th

  • Algebra I - May 6th

Following April/May testing, the next opportunity to test will be July 2021 and then December 2021. With graduation quickly approaching, it is particularly important for students enrolled in U.S. History to understand their opportunities for taking the End of Course exam prior to graduation in 2022. More information about test dates scheduled at your students’ campus is available from the school’s main office.

Track and Field News

Last Wednesday and Thursday McNeil High School hosted the Mav Relays track meet. Take a look at some of the amazing results!

The JV boys finished 3rd overall. Tony Shannon won the long jump, we won all three relays, Josh Rowan won the 400-meter dash, and Joseph Patterson won the 200-meter dash.

The JV girls finished 5th overall. Sarah Hawkins won the high jump and Emily Podnar won the 3200-meter run.

Varsity boys finished 2nd overall. Jarvis Anderson won the triple jump, the 110 hurdles, and the 300 hurdles.

Varsity girls finished 4th overall. The 4x100 relay finished in first place, Alyssa Wessels and Ali Grossman finished 1st and 2nd in the 100-meter hurdles, and Jayla Warren and Alyssa Wessels finished 1st and 2nd in the triple jump.

MHS FREE Homework Helpline

Having trouble with a Math assignment? McNeil High School now has a FREE homework helpline! Simply submit a Math problem you need help with. Within 24 hours, you will get emailed back a step by step guide showing you how to solve it correctly! Ideal to actually learn the math long-term. Submit problems using the QR Code to the right, or submit problems using this link:

Mavs Middle School Tennis Opportunity

McNeil High School is sponsoring a Middle School Saturday Tennis Program for middle schools that feed into McNeil High School. We are in the development stages of just gathering names of players who are interested in participating. The program is run by the Mavs High School tennis team. Click HERE to learn more and to sign up!

Verification of Enrollment Forms

If your student requires a Verification of Enrollment form, it is now available online. Students can visit the McNeil High School website to request a form. Completed form requests will be delivered by email.

**Please note that this must be submitted two (2) business days PRIOR to when the form is needed.

Class of 2021 Parents & Family Members!

Project Graduation for the Class of 2021 is in full planning mode! Show your support of Project Graduation 2021 and your student by joining in with the fundraising efforts happening now! We don’t know what Grad Night will look like, but we will use all the funds raised to make a great experience for our Class of 2021 Seniors. Order any of the items below and/or make a tax-deductible donation/sponsorship to the Class of 2021 McNeil Project Grad!

If you would like to volunteer to help out with planning of Class of 2021 Project Grad activities, please contact

Go MAVS and Go Class of 2021!!

Class of 2021 Yard Signs

ORDER CUSTOMIZED SIGNS TODAY! Show your pride in your Class of 2021 Senior with these awesome yard signs. Signs come with H-Stake and will be delivered to your home (approximate 2-week delivery time). Go to the McNeil Project Grad Store to order today.

Flocking Fun!

Want a fun, unique way to celebrate a birthday, anniversary, or other special occasion? Get Flocked! Imagine waking up to a yard full of pink flamingos, done for you, with a customized message! It's a great way to surprise a friend or celebrate...and best of all 100% of the proceeds go directly to McNeil High School Project Graduation 2021! All the flocking details and request forms can be found here.

Upcoming Events

Mar. 13-Mar. 21 - Spring Break - Staff and Student Holiday

Mar. 15 - Varsity Boys Golf @ DSR Invitational @ Cottonwood Creek Golf Course

Mar. 15 - 11-3pm Softball @ Stony Point High School

Mar. 16 - Varsity Girls Golf @ DSR Invitational @ Cottonwood Creek Golf Course

Mar. 16 - Wrestling @ Cedar Park HS

Mar. 16 - 5-9pm JV Green & V Baseball vs Vista Ridge @ MHS

Mar. 16 - 5-9pm Softball @ Cedar Ridge High School

Mar. 16 - 5:30-7pm JV Blue Baseball @ Vista Ridge High School

Mar. 17 - 5-9pm JV Green & V Baseball @ Vista Ridge High School

Mar. 17 - 5:30-7pm JV Blue Baseball vs Vista Ridge @ MHS

Mar. 18 - JV/Varsity Track Meet @ Cornerstone Christian Academy

Mar. 22 – Boys Golf (Varsity, JV1) @ District 13-6A @ The Golf Club at Star Ranch

Mar. 23 – Boys Golf (Varsity, JV1) @ District 13-6A @ The Golf Club at Star Ranch

Mar. 23 – Freshman Tennis @ Westwood

Mar. 23 – Girls Golf (Varsity) @ Burnet Invitational @ Delaware Springs Golf Course

Mar. 23 – 5-9pm JV Green & V Baseball @ Hutto

Mar. 23 – 5-9pm Softball vs Stony Point

Mar. 23 – 5:30-7pm JV Blue Baseball vs Hutto

Mar. 24 – Girls Golf (Teams 2-5) @ Leslie Lane Memorial @ Hancock Golf Course

Mar. 24 – 3:30-9pm Wrestling @ Round Rock HS

Mar. 25 – Varsity Tennis @ Abilene

Mar. 25 – Boys Golf (JV, JV2) @ McNeil Invitational @ Hancock Golf Course

Mar. 26 – Varsity Tennis @ Abilene

Mar. 26 – 5-9pm JV Green & V Baseball vs Hutto

Mar. 26 – 5-9pm Softball vs Westwood

Mar. 26 – 5:30 – 7pm JV Blue Baseball @ Hutto

Mar. 27 – Varsity Tennis @ Abilene

Mar. 27 – 6:30am-5pm Academic Tournament

Mar. 27 – 5-9pm Wrestling Meet