The Faubion Lion Pride Press

Week of January 30, 2023

Dear Faubion Family,

We hope that you enjoy this week's edition of The Faubion Lion Pride Press. In this edition, we congratulate Coach Ballew, provide a preview to the Youth and Government convention in Austin, and mention our info session for parents of incoming 6th graders.

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 to help your children develop quality habits so they can become leaders of our future.

Go Lions!

- Mr. Boom

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Youth and Government preview

This past weekend, our Youth and Government future legislators participated in the state convention at the Capitol in Austin. Please stay tuned for next week's edition for a thorough write-up of their experience! We are grateful for Mrs. Nicolle in providing this life-changing experience for our students.

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MISD Coach of the Month - Coach Ballew!

McKinney ISD recognizes excellent coaches throughout the school year, and this month featured none other than our very own Coach Ballew! Coach Ballew wears many hats during the school day, serving scholars and athletes in many ways. As a cross country coach, basketball coach, track and field coach, NJHS advisor, and standout 7th grade math teacher, Coach Ballew's impact to Faubion is tremendous. We are so grateful for her leadership of students and teachers. Congratulations to Coach Ballew!
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Dance Team Showcase

Did you know that Faubion supports the only middle school dance/drill team in the district? Not only that, but our team is the two-time defending national champions! Come support our Faubion Rhythmettes drill team on February 2. If you have any questions, you may email Coach Muñiz at
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Welcome to Faubion!

On February 13 at 6:00 p.m. in the Faubion auditorium, we welcome parents of our incoming 6th grade Faubion scholars. We will have a handful of staff to share about the 6th grade experience, and our PTO will be here as well to promote everything they do for us. We look forward to meeting parents new to the Faubion Family, so please communicate to your friends who have children entering 6th grade at Faubion next year!
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Faubion Families-

This week we celebrated Kindness Week! Students who were seen doing acts of kindness were put in a drawing for a small prize. We had 100 acts of kindness submitted! Awesome job Faubion Lions!! Below are the five students randomly chosen to receive a prize!

Caroline Joy

Raymondo Arredondo

Shiloh Norman

Lucas Hlavaty

Vivienne Pasquier

If you have any questions, please reach out to Nurse Megan at

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Mornings and Afternoons

Our building does not open until 8:15 a.m., as our staff is not on duty until that time. Please do not drop off your child prior to 8:15 a.m., especially on cold and rainy days because students will not be able to gain entry into the building.

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SPARK—Free Introductory German Lessons for MISD Middle School Students!

MISD middle school students have the opportunity to attend free after-school German classes at Faubion to learn about the language, people, and culture of Germany.

These fun classes provide a real taste of Germany but are taught by current junior and senior German students from MHS. They are using a curriculum designed especially for middle school students and their interests. At Faubion, students are accompanied by MHS German teacher Theresia DiPalma and Faubion teacher Olivia Trentine. (Please be aware that parents will need to arrange for transportation as it is not provided before or after sessions.)

The classes are free, but students do need to register. To do so, use the QR codes on the flyer or use this link:

For more information, contact or Theresia DiPalma at

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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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Frequently Accessed Links

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. Soroa - 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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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, ear buds, or smart watches 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.

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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. 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, January 30

Boys' basketball v. Highland Park

Beginner German class

Wednesday, February 1

PlastiVan scientists visit 6th grade science classes

Thursday, February 2

UIL One Act Play Public Performance - 6:00

MISD Dance Team Showcase, including our Faubion Rhythmettes

Girls' basketball v. Highland Park

Friday, February 3

UIL One Act Play Public Performance - 6:00

Saturday, February 4

UIL One Act Play Public Performance - 6:00

Monday, February 6

Beginner German class

Monday, February 13

Incoming 6th grade informational session - 6:00 p.m. @ Faubion Auditorium

Friday, March 17

PTO Family Fun Night

Thursday, April 6

7th and 8th Grade School Dance @ Faubion Gym

Wednesday, May 24

8th Grade Trip to Hawaiian Falls

Thursday, May 25

Last Day of School and 8th Grade Promotion Ceremony