Lion's Mane (Parent Edition)

Your home for MHS news & events. Volume 15

Welcome Back

I hope that the Holiday Break was restful for you and your family. The first week of the Spring Semester began with a couple of changes. Most noteworthy (to students): We did extend student lunches to a full 30 minutes---this does NOT include the 5 minute passing period!

It is never easy to lose staff members, but over the break we added two new physics teachers to replace Ms. Knapton and Ms. Shaw, who both moved due to a spouse's job transfer. Ms. Elizabeth Hurst will replace Ms. Knapton and Mr. Bobby Vickers will replace Ms. Shaw. Mr. Ortiz (our assistant principal over science) and the science department chair, Mr. Pruitt, will be assisting both teachers during this transition time.

Parents for some of you this semester may be your last as a parent of school age children. I hope your student's journey through MISD was everything you wanted it to be for them. Please don't hesitate to reach out to me directly to make this last semester a great one.

PTO Updates

The next PTO Lunch and Learn will be on Tuesday, January 19th @ 11:45 in the downstairs flex space. Our superintendent, Dr. Rick McDaniel, will be presenting on the state of MISD. Come early to get a great seat!!!!

Did you Know...

In 1914, season passes to all McKinney High School sporting events for the entire year were $1.50.

The McKinney High School

We are the original, the beacon, the bridge between the past and the future for the city of McKinney.

Coming Events

  • 1/12 Girls Basketball vs. Prosper @ 6:15 (Away)
  • 1/12 Boys Basketball vs. Prosper @ 7:30 (Away)
  • 1/12 Swim/Dive vs. Boyd @ 5:00 (Home)
  • 1/12 Marquette Booster Meeting @ 6:30 F100
  • 1/13 Baseball Try-Out Meeting @ 2:45-Downstairs Flex Space
  • 1/14 Boys Soccer RISD Tournament @ 5:00 & 8:00 (Away)
  • 1/14 Wrestling vs. Lancaster/Rockwall Heath @ 5:00 (Away)
  • 1/14 Hockey Gold vs. Frisco @ 6:45 (Home)
  • 1/14 Hockey Silver vs. Richardson @ 7:00 (Away)
  • 1/15 Girls Basketball vs. Lovejoy @ 6:15 (Home)
  • 1/15 Boys Basketball vs. Lovejoy @ 7:30 (Home)
  • 1/15 Girls Soccer vs. Sachse @ 7:15 (Away)
  • 1/15 - 1/16 Boys Soccer Rockwall Tournament @ 8:00 (Away)
  • 1/15 - 1/16 Boys Wrestling Dallas Jesuit Tournament @ 6:00 (Away)
  • 1/16 Girls Wrestling vs. Plano East/Lamar/Lovejoy @ 9:00 (Away)
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Lost and Found

If your student has lost an item, please have them check the lost and found located in the front office.

Birthday Wishes

Do you want to make your child feel special on his or her birthday? MHS is offering parents a unique opportunity to wish their child a "Happy Birthday" on the big screen above the Socratic Steps. The cost is $25 for the day. If interested, please email your birthday message to Monica Morgan (, and submit your payment (cash or check) to the MHS front office. In your email, please make sure you include the DAY you want the message to run and kindly allow a 5 day notice. See the sample below.
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Safety and Security

  • Parents, as a reminder, please be prepared to show your ID when entering the building (even for those we recognize).
  • We will only release your child to who is listed in eSchool & Hall Pass, this includes having lunch with your child.

Instructional Technology Update

McKinney Education Foundation Information (MEF)

MEF Scholarship

The MEF Scholarship will open on January 5th. The application is open to all MISD Seniors and can be found on MEF’s website ( The deadline to have all materials turned in is February 12th at 4:00pm. It is highly recommended that ALL seniors apply for to this scholarship. If you or your student have any questions, please sign up for an appointment with Ms. Ribble here:

Financial Aid 101

MEF is hosting a Financial Aid 101 presentation on January 11th at 6:30pm in McKinney North’s Cafeteria. This presentation will cover the MEF Scholarship, FAFSA, TASFA and other important financial aid information. This presentation is open to all MISD seniors and their parents.

More College Information

Collin College will be hosting the Destination College workshop for parents only. Please see the link below for more information.

Cheerleading and Mascot Information

MISD cheerleading and mascot informational meetings, clinics, and tryouts will be hosted at McKinney Boyd.

Key Dates:

Tuesday, 1/19 @ 6:00 p.m.-6:45 p.m. Parent Informational Meeting in the MBHS Cafeteria

Friday, 2/19 @ 5:00 p.m. Online forms are due

Monday, 2/29 @ 3:00 p.m-5:00 p.m.--JV and Varsity clinic

@ 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.--Freshmen clinic

Tuesday 3/1 @ 3:00 p.m-5:00 p.m.--JV and Varsity clinic

@ 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.--Freshmen clinic

Wednesday 3/2 Final evaluations @ 3:00 p.m.- 9:00 p.m.

Friday 3/4 Tryout results posted after 4:00 p.m.

Articles of Note

How to stay connected

We want you to stay informed about all things MHS. Our primary ways of communicating this year will be:

  • Lion's Mane (Parent Edition) every Monday
  • MHS Facebook page
  • MHS Twitter page
  • Remind 101 (text @themck to 81010)
  • MHS Webpage (although this is not updated as quickly as other methods)
  • Phone Callouts

If for some reason you are not receiving MHS information in your preferred medium, please email me at I want you to be informed in a timely manner about all things MHS.