The Faubion Lion Pride Press

Week of April 5, 2021

Dear Faubion Family,

In this edition of the Faubion Lion Pride Press, we celebrate several members of our school community, give an overview of the upcoming bond election, and request donations for our upcoming silent auction. Please note that we do not have school on Friday, April 2, as this is a bad weather day.

During this week in 1889, the Eiffel Tower was dedicated in Paris. Honoring the centenary of the French Revolution, the French government planned an international exposition and announced a design competition for a monument to be built in central Paris. Out of more than 100 designs submitted, the Centennial Committee chose Gustave Eiffel’s plan of an open-lattice wrought-iron tower that would reach almost 1,000 feet above Paris and be the world’s tallest man-made structure. Eiffel, a noted bridge builder, was a master of metal construction and designed the framework of the Statue of Liberty in New York Harbor.

Eiffel’s tower was greeted with skepticism from critics who argued that it would be structurally unsound, and indignation from others who thought it would be an eyesore in the heart of Paris. Unperturbed, Eiffel completed his great tower under budget in just two years. The light, airy structure was by all accounts a technological wonder and within a few decades came to be regarded as an architectural masterpiece.

Students, in their educational experience here in McKinney ISD, are exposed to a wide variety content rooted in the classics with up-to-date learning practices that challenge and engage them. We encourage our scholars to ask questions, to use complete sentences when speaking, and to listen with the intent to gain new perspectives. The work that we do here at Faubion Middle School would make Aristotle proud.

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 is contagious

Every morning, Ashley Hernandez says hello to Mrs. Black in the front foyer, asking how she is doing. She is such a sweet kid. “Thank you very much“ and “Hope you guys have a great day” are phrases that she uses regularly in her interactions with the adults in our building. We appreciate Ashley's kind spirit and know that she shines a bright light outside our school building as well.

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Practicing tools available for STAAR

Vanessa Tate, Jonas Ford, and Edwin Mendoza-Nieto are pictured discussing their responses to a recent STAAR prep quiz in Mrs. Lows's math class. Using the Desmos website, students collaborate while also becoming familiar with all of the STAAR reference materials!
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Student Discourse in Social Studies

Dominick Pesanos, Ernesto Tovar, Kiran Hartman, Juett King, and Jackson Hare discuss the country of South Africa. Scholars were first asked to write whether they would like to visit the country with an explanation as to why. From there, scholars were grouped in small groups to share their passage and subsequently share out their partner's perspective with the entire class.
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We need your support!

Starting at 8 a.m. on Monday, April 12, our PTO is hosting a silent auction that will benefit both the PTO and the school. The funds generated will be used to celebrate students and staff, continue campus beautification efforts, and create exciting opportunities for our students. For instance, coming up in May, our PTO is hosting an 8th grade celebration, and the cost of the free t-shirt will be covered entirely by the PTO!

This fundraiser is the only major fundraiser for both the PTO and for the school, so we are asking for support from our entire school community. If you have an item, service, or experience that you would like to donate to the silent auction, please email Mr. Boom ( so we can get it listed. Space is limited on the auction website, so please act quickly.

I've even heard rumblings that Coach Wiggins will allow students to tape him to the wall as an auction item. We have started the auction website, so please visit it to see the format.

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Student Spotlight - Rachel raehpour

This week's student spotlight features the sixth-grade student-artist, Rachel Raehpour!

The youngest of two girls, Rachel is from a family deeply involved in acting and musical theatre. In fact, Rachel was "born to act". Both of her parents have performed in professional productions, and her sister is involved in acting as well. Recently, Rachel played the part of Evie in the musical production, The Descendants, put on by the Ovation Academy of Performing Arts. Rachel has also performed in The Sound of Music, Annie, Legally Blonde, Aladdin, Frozen, and more.

Rachel says definitively that she will be an actor when she grows up. Her natural ability, passion, and knowledge in the field are so evident when she speaks about the topic. She would love to get involved in television but also capitalize on any opportunity to learn more about all aspects of acting. Who knew that there was a genre called "pop opera"?

Aside from having a flair for performing, Rachel has a natural talent to memorize. In fact, she can recite the first 100 digits of pi. This skill helps Rachel prepare for shows but also helps her in her favorite class, math. Rachel enjoys the way that Mrs. Green relates her class procedures to the debits and credits of a checkbook. Students earn dollars (fake money) for attendance and have to pay for different privileges. Rachel feels that this process helps to build a culture in the class and also helps students learn about accounting.

Mrs. Green said, "Rachel is sweet, kind, and intelligent. She strives to do her best. She gets along well with her peers. She is self-motivated, exhibits excellent character, and is very responsible. She consistently completes homework assignments on time and often exceeds expectations with the quality of her work. I feel honored and blessed to teach her in Pre-Ap math class this year."

Aside from transferring the skills she learns in acting to her math class, Rachel also understands the need to show up to get the job done. When there is a show, "at first you panic but then when you get on stage you realize that it's actually fine." Showing up, having a positive mindset, and trying her hardest have proven to be a great formula for Rachel. She uses a similar recipe as she prepares for tests in Ms. Blackwell's history class.

Rachel appreciates Ms. Blackwell's open notes tests, because it forces her to focus intently during instruction and get as much information as possible. What she finds is that when she prepares for the test, she is over-prepared and oftentimes does not even need to refer to her notes. Something the physical process of writing down the information helps Rachel more than simply reciting it or reading it on the paper. There is something about the way that Rachel processes information that is unique and is transferrable in multiple disciplines.

As a trumpet player in band, Rachel appreciates the community in the band and that she is picking up a new talent. In fact, Mr. Stephenson is one of Rachel's favorite teachers. "Mr. Stephenson makes learning fun. One time he made me laugh so hard that I couldn't play." Mr. Stephenson had this to say about Rachel: "She is a very valuable member of the Faubion Band! She came to us with a strong music background and uses that to her advantage when playing the trumpet. She helps out other students around her and always has a smile on her face!"

Rachel likes Faubion because of the sense of community, the classes, and the teachers. "I've never had a teacher that wasn't really nice." Also, being around other students is a major positive for Rachel, because she has developed many friendships in school. To her, meeting friends is the best part of school. While she loves the social aspect, Rachel is also wise enough to understand that the academic rigor that Faubion offers is helping to prepare her for lifelong success.

Please congratulate Rachel for her recognition on this week's student spotlight. We are excited to see her in the spotlight for years to come!

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Upcoming STAAR Tests

7th graders will take the Writing STAAR test on April 6th. Please mark your calendars and have your student ready for a great day of showing their knowledge and skills learned this year. It is also important to know we are taking all safety precautions during testing. Our virtual students will take the STAAR test ON CAMPUS, as well. Please make arrangements to have your child to campus on that day (more details to come). Also note, we will not allow visitors on campus on STAAR testing days.

Below is a list of all STAAR testing days for your calendaring convenience:

8th grade Science – May 6th (bring charged laptop to the secured testing location on campus)

8th grade History – May 7th (paper version)

6th-8th grade Math AND Algebra I EOC – May 11th (bring charged laptops to the secured on-campus location)

6th-8th grade Reading – May 12th (paper version)

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Be sure to register for summer advancement courses if that is an option you are wanting to pursue for your scholar. Space is very limited, and enrollment is first-come, first-served.
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Summer School for Students Entering Grade 9

Students entering grade 9 next year have the opportunity to take online classes this summer for advancement. Be sure to register for summer advancement courses if that is an option you are wanting to pursue for your scholar. Space is very limited, and enrollment is first-come, first-served.

The fee to take an online course is $110 per class. For students who are in AVID or have free or reduced lunch the price is $50 per class. Please note that the timeline to finish summer coursework is only 4 weeks and students must complete an online exam by 11 am on June 29th. They do not offer extensions if coursework is not completed within the four-week timeline.

If you are interested in signing up for an online summer course, please use this LINK to fill out a google sheet. Your child's counselor will contact you with additional registration information. Please note that summer classes are subject to counselor approval and availability.

Please review the flyers to see the classes that are available to your student.

If you have any registration or counseling questions, please reach out to your child's house counselor!

Counselors by Alpha:

A-G - Mrs. Phillips -

H-O - Mr. Rodriguez -

P-Z - Mrs. Kiefer -

You can always keep updated with the latest counseling information by visiting our counselors' webpage at

Sports Physicals for Next School Year

Every athlete must have a physical dated after April 1, 2021 in order to participate in athletics for the 21-22 school year. Physicals are on a yellow form this year. A white copy will NOT be accepted. Yellow physical forms will be passed out on April 1, 2021 (next Thursday!) in PE or athletics.

MISD will host 3 physical dates in April at the high schools. The flyer is attached. Something new for this year is the online payment option. You can pay in advance using the QR code on the flyer to purchase a physical “ticket”. Cash will be accepted at the door as well.

Every campus will have EKG testing available for those who want it – it is optional.

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Fine Arts Accents

"We have the strongest arts education programs in the country. And people look to Texas as a leader. We want to make sure we are not moving in the wrong direction...and are moving to enhance right brain creativity and thinking." —Robert Floyd, TMEA Executive Director.

Pictured above is artwork by 8th grader, Rachel Chung. Like many scholars here at Faubion Middle School who, Rachel excels in multiple fine arts. Rachel is in both Honors Orchestra and Art I.

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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.

Upcoming Events

April 2

No School

Tuesday, April 6

STAAR Writing - Our virtual students will take the STAAR test ON CAMPUS, as well.

Tennis @ McKinney Boyd v. Dowell - 4:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Monday, April 12 - Friday, April 16

Faubion PTO Spring Silent Auction Fundraiser

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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