Message from Principal Jackson
Get ready for a wintry weekend...at least much colder temperatures. Hopefully, that won't last long. Stay bundled up.
The GREAT KINDNESS CHALLENGE is coming our way. The week of January 28th, Evans is participating in a national challenge, focused on kindness and helping others. The Great Kindness Challenge is one week dedicated to creating a culture of kindness and compassion on campuses worldwide. Our school is proudly participating in this proactive and positive kindness initiative. January 28 - February 1, 2019. All students will receive The Great Kindness Challenge checklist on the 28th. Please encourage your child to complete as many acts of kindness as possible. We are also happy to invite YOU to participate using the new Family Edition checklist. Your family can complete the checklist anytime and anywhere. You can access the app in the app store or go to https://thegreatkindnesschallenge.com/familyedition. Together, let's show the world that... Kindness matters.
Student Council is hosting our annual Evans School Dance for the 7th and 8th graders and Open Gym for 6th graders. This year's theme is "Glow in the Dark." The dance is ONLY for 7th and 8th graders and will held from 7:00-8:30. Open Gym is for ONLY 6th graders and will be held from 4:00-5:00. Tickets will be on sale next week during lunches: $3 for Open Gym, $5 for dance if purchased in advance, $7 for dance at the door. There will also be concession stand items sold the night of the dance, including glow stick bracelets and necklaces. Please make sure students are picked up no later than 5:00 for 6th graders and 8:30 for 7th/8th graders or your child will not be allowed to attend other after school events. Thanks in advance for your help with this.
PTO is hosting our 3rd Annual Parent Enrichment Night on February 5th from 6-8 (childcare provided). Come hear from our fabulous counselors as they offer break-out sessions on topics regarding resilient teens, decreasing anxiety in middle schoolers, and the teenage brain. Feedback every year has been amazing, so please come take advantage of this exciting opportunity.
Open House is on February 21st from 5:00-6:30, with an incoming 7th/8th grade parent registration meeting held in the Cafeteria from 6:00-6:30. There is also an incoming 6th grade parent registration meeting in the Cafeteria starting at 7:00.
January 21st is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and we will not have school. Enjoy the three-day weekend!
Powerpoint for Incoming High School Students and their Parents
Click here to access the notes to the incoming High School meeting that the Evans counselors had on Monday, November 26. The EMS counselors shared an overview of graduation requirements as well as important information pertaining to the registration process. Registration for high school will take place in January.
Other Important Dates:
High School Showcase Nights (clubs and organizations and teachers are on hand to answer questions)
Monday, January 14 MNHS 6- 8:15; 8th grade meeting 6-7
Wednesday, January 16 MBHS 6-7:30; 8th grade meeting 6:45
Thursday, January 17 MHS 5:30- 7:30; 8th grade meeting 6:30; weighted course meeting 5:45-6:15
*We will publish more dates at a later time
Please put this information on your calendars!
Parent Enrichment Workshop
Back By Popular Demand!
Please join our PTO, our school, and MISD as we present informative sessions designed especially for the parents of middle school children. Sessions Include:
Where: Evans Middle School Library
Childcare will be provided.
UIL Academic Clubs
This is the time of year where we begin recruiting students who would like to enter the Academic UIL Contest. UIL stands for University Interscholastic League, an organization that governs all athletic and academic contests in the state of Texas. UIL academic programs are designed to support basic curriculum and allow the students to apply what they learn in the classroom. Students do this by selecting a contest(s) to enter, spend a couple of months practicing the concepts weekly under the supervision of a teacher/coach (before or after school), and then compete at two meets.
The district meet will be Feb. 26, 28, and March 2 at Faubion MS. Buses will be provided to transport students. We will celebrate with a discounted trip to Six Flags on a school day in May!
Students have already had an opportunity to sign up online, but if your student has not, and they still want to join, they may do so at www.bit.ly/evansuil.
Below is a list of the available events and the coach's contact information:
ART - Mrs.Lanier email@example.com
The contest requires the contestant to identify the names of artists and titles of pictures as well as know art history and art elements.
Chess Puzzles - Mr. Perez firstname.lastname@example.org
Contestants in a chess puzzle contest receive a paper-and-pencil test that includes a series of chess boards with pieces in particular positions. Questions are based on analysis of material or possible moves in each given diagram.
Listening - Ms. C.Jackson email@example.com
Members will be listening to various types of passages and they will complete a test based on what they have heard from a 7 to 10 minute story. You can use your notes to take a 25 question test.
Oral Reading - Mr. Perez firstname.lastname@example.org
This competition allows students to unleash their inner performer by reading literature out loud In practice, students will learn to grow and develop their character and communicate a message to an audience by performing and reading their selected script.
Editorial Writing - Mrs. Weller email@example.com
Designed to develop the persuasive writing skills of students
Students must persuade the reader with their point of view from a chosen prompt
In both practice and competition, contestants will select a prompt and advocate their point of view in 45 minutes.
Modern Oratory - Ms. Stephens firstname.lastname@example.org
Designed by having them select a topic, acknowledge both pros and cons with support, and campaign their position. In competition, students will recite their memorized speech in 3 to 6 minutes in a preliminary round, then a final round if they advance.
Impromptu Speaking - Ms. Stephens email@example.com
Opportunity for students to evaluate speeches, organize ideas, and develop self-confidence by delivering speeches on a variety of topics.
Dictionary Skills - Ms. C. Jackson firstname.lastname@example.org
Designed to increase a student's ability to use a dictionary efficiently to find required information. In competition, contestants will take a test of 40 questions based on various subjects using a dictionary. This includes word origins and information from the dictionary's diagrams.
Music Memory - Mrs. Stoner email@example.com
Students will listen to approximately 20 seconds of up to 20 musical selections and identify the name of the major work, selection and the name of the composer.
Spelling - Ms. Harp firstname.lastname@example.org
Designed to further the spelling and vocabulary skills of students through tests.
In competition, contestants will write down words given by the pronouncer.
Ready writing - Ms. A. Boykin email@example.com
Helps students refine their writing skills and build upon learned writing abilities.
Students must choose between 2 prompts, decide their method based on the purpose, audience, etc., and write their selection in 2 hours.
Maps, Graphs, and Charts - Coach Armstrong firstname.lastname@example.org
Designed to help students extract information from a variety of maps, graphs, and charts.
In practice, students will use their atlases in order to answer questions and develop skills such as using scales and legends.
Social Studies - Coach Estes email@example.com
Test topics defined by yearly-updated study outline 40 questions in 30 minutes Test content taken from state-adopted text books and identified primary sources
Science - Coach Bradham firstname.lastname@example.org
Designed to test students' knowledge of science. Subjects include: matter, ecology, genetics, and space. In competition, contestants will take a 35 question test based on scientific curriculum
Calculator Applications - Coach Corcoran email@example.com
Designed to stimulate the development of mathematical and calculator skills. In competition, participants will take a test with 80 problems in 30 minutes. The test may include: addition, roots, geometric problems, & powers.
Mathematics - Ms. Mann firstname.lastname@example.org
Students learn to further their mathematical skills that may help them in their future careers Tests include, but not limited to: numeration systems, probability, integers, fractions, etc.
Number Sense - Mrs. Williams email@example.com
Designed to develop students' capability to make quick mental math calculations. In practice, students will learn how to mentally compute various concepts including: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and proportions.
McKinney ISD Has Increased Substitute Daily Pay Rates
Effective November 12, 2018 daily pay rates for substitutes:
$110 - Certified teacher from any state
It's that time of year where we are all busy with the hustle and bustle of the holidays. We want to help our teachers and staff out with some gift wrapping assistance. Please click here to sign up and come help out with wrapping their holiday presents.
The Evans PTO is offering new spirit wear as well as bringing back some old favorites. There is a long-sleeved t-shirt option as well as short-sleeved and glitter designs. The order form is attached or you can order online at www.evanspto.com. Spirit wear sales at school are scheduled for:
February 21 (at 6th grade registration meeting)
If you'd like to skip the line entirely, you can do everything online at www.evanspto.com.
Support Evans as you Shop! (Amazon & Kroger)
Do you shop at Kroger? Evans Middle School PTO is now enrolled with Kroger's Community Rewards program. If you already have a Kroger Rewards Card, log in to your account at www.kroger.com and then click Enroll. You can search for Evans Middle School PTO or enter our code, AF012. New users will need to create an account, which requires some basic information, a valid email address, and a Rewards Card. You must have a registered Kroger Rewards Card account to link it to our school. If you don't have a card, they a
re available at the customer service desk at any Kroger. Then each time you shop at Kroger, swipe your card or use the phone number related to your card. Then PTO will take the proceeds to help our students and staff!
When you shop through AmazonSmile, Evans Middle School PTO will receive 0.5% of most purchases to fund programs, events, and grants at our school. To get started, designate Evans PTO as your charitable organization by going to https://smile.amazon.com/ch/57-1206927. Then every time you shop, start at smile.amazon.com and our school will benefit (at no cost to you!).
Please share these ways to support Evans Middle School with friends. Thanks for your support!
Volunteering in MISD requires Application every School Year
We are so lucky to have so many wonderful volunteers who make it possible for us to make our school the very best it can be! Please remember that if you are a returning volunteer, or maybe a first time MISD volunteer, that you must go online to fill out a Volunteer Application and be approved before you can serve in any capacity where you will have contact with students. Sometimes this takes a couple of weeks, so please do it as soon as possible! We need you!!!
Click HERE to go directly to the link. Thank you so very much! We look forward to having you on our campus!
Volunteer applications may take up to two weeks to be processed.
If after two weeks you have not been contacted regarding your volunteer status, please contact MISD Human Resources at 469-302-4117. DO NOT contact staff members at schools regarding your volunteer application. Your application is a confidential matter.
Once you are approved, you will be able to volunteer in the district throughout the school year.
Evans Middle School
6998 W. Eldorado Parkway
McKinney, TX 75070
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Provision Regarding Refusal of Entry to or Ejection from School Property
Any administrator, SRO, or school peace officer can refuse to allow, or may reject any person from property under the district’s control. If the person refuses to leave peacefully and either: 1) Poses a substantial risk of harm to any person; or 2) Behaves in a manner that is inappropriate for a school setting.
In accordance with S.B. 1553 – MISD’s appeal process and complaint forms can be found at the following link: http://pol.tasb.org/Home/Index/310