The Faubion Lion Pride Press

Week of September 18, 2023

Dear Faubion Family,

Say CHEESE! Our individual picture day is Monday, September 18, and our campus fundraiser is closing soon. For individual pictures, we invite our students to join our staff in wearing a Faubion shirt or blue/gold shirt so our yearbook individual photo section is a collage of all great things Faubion!

In this week's edition of the Faubion Lion Pride Press, we celebrate our volleyball team, make a final push on the campus fundraiser, and highlight upcoming spirit nights.

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. Parents, thank you for partnering with us in helping your children build quality habits so they will become the leaders of our future.

Go Lions!

- Mr. Boom

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Volleyball Tournament Champions

Congratulations to our 8th grade volleyball team for winning the Frisco Invitational this past weekend. We are so proud of our girls for their teamwork, dedication, and positive attitude. Keep up the great work, ladies!
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Picture Day is monday

This coming Monday, September 18 is picture day! We want to make sure your child looks sharp and is ready for their photo. Individual student photos will be in history classes. Students need to report to their classes as usual, and our teachers will take care of making sure that your child has their photo taken!
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Campus improvement team

We are looking for a handful of parent volunteers to join our campus improvement team. If you have an interest, please email Mr. Boom ( We will meet once in the fall and once in the spring.

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Former Rhythmettes now Marquettes

Our Faubion Band and Faubion Rhythmettes performed alongside the Royal Pride Band and McKinney High Marquettes. Pictured are former Faubion Rhythmettes who now perform every Friday evening with the Marquettes!
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our fundraiser is ending soon

We are off to a great start on our Fall Fundraiser, nearly reaching our $30,000 goal with over a week remaining for online sales. If you have not started yet, please take a moment and visit with your child about helping with the cause. Lots of great prizes, including a limo ride to Arcade 92 are available. Please see below for all the information you may need!

How to register:

o Go to

o Use the red “Click Here to Register” Icon

o Make sure to choose your current grade and 2nd period teacher when registering.

o Enter Student’s information and create a password to create an account.

o Once registered you will receive a Participant ID

§ Log in and share your link with friends & family via email and social media!

Fundraiser ends Sept 19 - Please submit all orders by this date. Online orders close September 24.

Orders will be delivered directly to your customers in October anywhere in the US!

Students will earn awesome rewards for participating! Any student selling at least 20 items will get to go on a limo ride to Arcade 92 for free arcade play and lunch. Students selling 30 items can invite a Faubion friend to join them!

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Copy Volunteers Needed

We are needing volunteers to help our fabulous Faubion teachers by making copies for them! You are welcome to come at any time during the school day on the date you signed up. There are multiple opportunities to help, so click on the link to find a time that works for you! We appreciate you!

Link for Copy Room SignUp:

Link to MISD Background Check:

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The WOW Positive Behavior Program

Stanford University professor Carol Dweck conducted a study to determine the impact of recognition. She found that applauding effort is more beneficial for students in building a growth mindset than recognizing positive outcomes. Since we want our students to do their best every day, we celebrate effort by acknowledging students both in the classroom and throughout the entire school. We hold random drawings every Wednesday to select winners. So far this year, over 1,400 positive student actions have been acknowledged by teachers.

Market Street of McKinney, Jeremiah's in McKinney, RBFCU, and our PTO are contributing to the cause. If you know of a local for-profit or non-profit business or individual that would like to donate items or money, please let us know. We would love to highlight those who impact our work in building the leaders of our future!

Free and Reduced Lunch Application

Qualifying for Free and Reduced Lunch allows your child to receive benefits to support them in their education, including meals and discounted fees. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress authorized spending that allowed schools to serve free meals for all students. Those funds are not authorized to continue for this school year. As a result, McKinney ISD must return to charging for school meals and offering free and reduced-price meals based on student eligibility. Please follow this link to complete your application:

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Words from the learning commons

Our students have been stopping by the library to check out books! In August our students checked out almost 3000 books! Ask your student what they are reading, and please have your child show you through their SSO if they are missing books from last year or before and take care of these books/fines as soon as possible. We can get the books or money back to any MISD school if they give them to us here at Faubion! We also have digital books available through the Sora App. This can be accessed on a mobile device with the app or on a computer by navigating to or clicking the link in SSO. The login information is the same as logging on to their computer or into SSO.

We have wrapped up our computer deployment. Students have been instructed in caring for the laptop, but we could use your help in emphasizing the importance of taking care of this device. Students should always close the laptop when carrying it, and should never grab it by the screen. They should be careful to make sure nothing is on the keyboard before closing the laptop-not even a set of papers! Students should also not eat or drink near their laptops. Here’s a link to the information we shared with students about this. The cost of using one of the MISD laptops is $74 for the year. This yearly fee should be paid in cash or check to our bookkeeper or online at When this fee is paid, the first incident (damage) is charged at $50 rather than the full cost of fixing the device. (Subsequent fees are $125.) Please help your child to remember to charge their device and bring it to school. If your child is having an issue with their laptop, they need to enter a help ticket and bring the device to the library so that we can get it to technology to be fixed.

Laptops - acceptable Use and Assurance Fee

Every child at Faubion has a MacBook to use at school and to take home for educational use. There are expectations for use of these devices and use of the MISD wireless network. Please stress to your children that MacBook are property of MISD and are not to be used for personal matters, such as video games. Graduating seniors may elect to purchase their device from the district. All students will receive their MacBook on August 23 and will have direct training from our staff. Please set up firm parameters with your children about where, when, and how laptops are to be used at home as well. Please view the McKinney ISD laptop assurance document, which you signed when you completed student enrollment.

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Join our Academic UIL Team

Calling all scholars! Academic excellence at Faubion is part of what makes us great. Please consider joining our Academic UIL team. For more information, please visit
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Faubion PTO

Our PTO goes above and beyond time and time again. From showing love to teachers to organizing school dances to helping with school programming, our PTO is the best! Parents, if you have not contributed/joined the PTO, please go to the Faubion PTO website and join! We also need parent volunteers to come help this fabulous team of hard-working and organized parents. Please visit for all of the latest and greatest information! Our PTO meets the second Tuesday of every month at FMS, so please help contribute to our school community.

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Cell Phone Policy

Cell Phone Policy - At your convenience, please listen to the Simon Sinek video ( about the harmful effects of cell phones and the importance of interpersonal communication. We do not allow cell phones or ear buds to be out during classroom periods. We also do not allow cell phones in restrooms. Please help us reinforce this expectation, as we want to engage your child in high-quality instruction from bell-to-bell in every class, every day.

McKinney ISD Student Handbook

All students in McKinney ISD are to follow the rules set in the student handbook. Please visit for the handbook that you signed for your student as part of registration.

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Traffic and Pick-Up Guidelines

As you are planning for picking up your child after school, here are FMS expectations:

1) Adhere to the "No Parking" signs, which means no parking/stopping/standing. Streets affected are southbound Paula, northbound Isola, northbound Hollis, and southbound Duvall.

2) Do not enter the McKinney ISD Central Office parking lot or the FMS gym parking lot.

3) You may use parking in front of Ron Poe stadium, where there is ample parking and access to go north, east, or south after picking up your child.

4) Duvall is one-way street (southbound only) on the south side of Josephine.

5) Dropping off children in front of the cafeteria is not allowed in the mornings.

Note: The speed limit for the entirety of the one-mile block surrounding Faubion, Central Office, and Al Alford Field has a speed limit of 20 miles per hour during drop-off and pick-up hours. Please adhere strictly to this law, as there are several school buildings in the vicinity.

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Clubs and Organizations

We are focused on making sure that all students are an active member in at least one club/organization in order to become more engrained in our school community and also help with academic performance.

We have several well established clubs and organizations on campus, including Academic UIL, Student Council, Youth and Government, the Kindness Club, and more. 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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Mental Health Awareness for Parents

Keep Talking: Mental Health Awareness for Parents

We invite you to explore our self-guided course to learn about common mental health conditions, resources for assistance, and wellness practices that will support your family. You’ll be empowered to teach your child positive coping strategies and resiliency skills. This course can be accessed on-demand from the privacy of your home.

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how to stay updated

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

School website -;

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. Olvera - or 469-302-7005

H-O: Mrs. Perea - or 469-302-6911

P-Z: Mrs. Dedman - or 469-302-6917

Drug Use Prevention: 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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Faubion 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. With input from our extended leadership team, we created a standard for scholarly behavior in every classroom. Our teachers use the Model of Learning, guiding students on how to behave and think as a scholar. This model reinforces the characteristics of a McKinney ISD graduate.
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Monday, September 18

Individual Picture Day - Wear Faubion gear or Faubion colors (blue/gold)

Orchestra Spirit Night @ Handel's

Tuesday, September 19

Football v. Prosper Rogers *All student fans need an adult in attendance *

Wednesday, September 20

MISD Band Night

Thursday, September 21

Volleyball v. Prosper Rogers *All student fans need an adult in attendance *

Monday, September 25

Drill Spirit Night @ Handel's

Friday, October 20

Lion's Pride / Merit Scholar Awards Ceremony for Quarter One

*Merit Scholars must have a 93% or higher in all classes at the end of the quarter *

Friday, November 10

Pep Rally for Veterans Day and Fall Sports

Friday, January 19

Lion's Pride / Merit Scholar Awards Ceremony for Quarter Two

*Merit Scholars must have a 93% or higher in all classes at the end of the quarter *

Thursday, March 28

Lion's Pride / Merit Scholar Awards Ceremony for Quarter Three

*Merit Scholars must have a 93% or higher in all classes at the end of the quarter *