Message from Principal Darla Jackson
The first day of autumn has come and gone...yet it is still 95+ degrees. I'm convinced it is never going to cool down (not that I am really complaining about that...I hate the cold!).
I am proud to announce our first "Donuts with Darla" gathering which will be held on September 29th in the Library from 9:00-10:00. All parents are invited for this casual, open forum. Truly, my purpose is to get to know our community better, share my vision for Evans, and receive feedback as a means for continued growth and improvement for our school. In order for us to get a headcount, please click HERE and RSVP by Tuesday, September 27th. I look forward to visiting with you.
Parents, we would love to have your help with a situation we are having. We LOVE for our Panther students to come join us for athletic events. However, we have a lot of students coming to the games unsupervised. One suggestion that worked for me and a group of friends in the past was to have one chaperoning parent take a few students. This allows an extra pair of eyes to be on the kiddos and make sure they are being good spectators. We want to make sure the parents who are coming to support their athletes, whether football players, volleyball players, cheerleaders or Pantherettes, have an enjoyable evening while doing so. Please help us by providing proper supervision and for talking to your child about appropriate spectator behavior.
Our tutoring sessions have started. Please make sure if your child is coming in for morning tutoring that they have a pass, otherwise the student will not be permitted to go into the classroom hallways and will be redirected to the gym or cafeteria. If your child is planning on riding the late bus, they must report to the tutoring teacher's classroom by 3:50 to obtain a pass to ride the late buses. All hallways should be clear by 3:55...students will not be permitted to roam the halls.
Friendly reminder about our regular school building hours: The building does not open until 8:15. Any students who come to school before that time are welcome to sit under the patio (in the event of freezing temperatures, the vestibule will be available for these students). In the afternoons, all students not staying for tutoring or extra-curricular activities will exit the building by 3:55.
Thank you for your continued support! This has been an awesome year...and there is more greatness to come!
Pink pep rally t-shirts will be on sale for $10 each during all lunch periods on the days listed below. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, all proceeds will be donated to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. Purchasing a shirt will enter you into a drawing for a chance to "pink out a teacher or principal" at the pep rally! You'll have to wait to find out what that means...it's a surprise!
There is a girls club forming that will be run by the counselors. We are calling it SOAR. We have planned some fun activities like a craft every month and a guest speaker each month. The other weeks we have games and activities planned. Our goal is to provide a safe, fun place where we can focus on what makes girls great and teach them to soar to new heights with confidence in themselves. For meeting announcements and reminders, text @evanssoar to 81010.
8th Grade Opportunity for High School Online Course
Parents of 8th graders: If your student is interested in taking Health, Psychology or Sociology online during the fall semester, please have them stop by their counselors office. Cost is $220 per course and runs Sept. 12th - Jan. 13th. It will be offered again in the Spring and Summer semesters.
email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org .
Duke TIP Talent Search
Attention parents of 7th graders: Students that have scored in the 95% or higher on standardized tests should have received an invitation in the mail to participate in the Duke Tip Talent search. If you fit this category, we wanted to remind you that there is an informational meeting Monday night at Cockrill MS from 6:00 - 7:00. This meeting is completely optional. There will also be information given about a prep course available to these students which is also optional. We would like to stress the value in your 7th grader taking either the SAT or the ACT as a 7th grader. This is a no stress, nothing to lose situation for your child. They can experience what these tests are like while not having any consequences. Furthermore, participation will open doors for your child to receive additional invitations to camps and workshops over the next 3-4 years. Neither the meeting or the camp are required in order to participate in the testing. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to call your child's counselor.
Required Books for Sale in the Library
King George: What is his Problem? $10.00 8thGrade PreAP Social Studies
Make Way for Sam Houston $7.00 7th Grade PreAP Social Studies
6th Grade GT ELAR Selections:
Chinese Cinderella and the Secret Dragon $8.00
How I Came to Be a Writer $7.00
Of Beetles and Angels $10.00
Chinese Cinderella $10.00
The Code $10.00
Pickup for all items is September 30 Thanks to all our wonderful kids and parents who participated in the recent Big Kahuna fundraiser. Thanks to YOUR efforts, we raised money toward the PTO's mission for making Evans Middle School a great place for our students, teachers, staff and parents. Besides the Big Kahuna gifts (which include a party ride on September 23 for those who sold 15+ items), our PTO gave away 10 fabulous raffle prizes to sellers ... from movie gift cards to a selfie stick ... from a basketball to cupcakes. The kids had a blast drawing names at lunchtime to see who the lucky winners were. Again, we thank you so much for your support.
Many thanks to those of you that have already joined the Evans PTO. If you haven't had the opportunity to join yet, don't worry - it's not too late! When you join the PTO, your membership helps to support the students and staff with programs such as After-School Clubs, the Spelling Bee, UIL, Teacher Grants, and much more! The 2016- 2017 PTO membership form can be found on our website (along with a lot more valuable information regarding the PTO). Visit our website at Evans MS PTO and be sure to like us on Facebook!
Julie Luton and Nancy Nori, Co-Presidents, Evans PTO, Email - email@example.com
We will have "Spirit Days" every two weeks, so the next Spirit Day is Thursday, Sept. 22, 2016. Remind your student to show their Evans spirit by wearing their Evans shirt, socks, etc for a chance to win a prize during their lunch period. Did you know you can show support for our school and sit comfortably at those sporting events?! Come check out our Evans stadium cushions at the next Spirit raffle/sale day and while you're at it, grab an Evans spirit shirt for yourself!
All Spirit wear shirts ordered at any of the BTS events have been delivered.
Evans' PTO needs volunteers to help run the Evans football concessions stand at home games. The games are on Tuesday evenings at McKinney High school. Even just volunteering for one shift would make a tremendous impact. We also need high school volunteers, so if you have a high school student who needs service hours, here is an opportunity.
Incoming sixth grade parents! Are you looking for a way to volunteer up at Evans? The copy room is a great place to start. We are in need of a few more adults to help make copies once per month. Copies are slightly different in middle school than in elementary school. There are fewer jobs, but they are bigger jobs. Evans has new copiers and will be holding a training for them (TBD). If you think you can help out once per month for a couple of hours, please let me know. Making copies for the teachers is a great way to show your appreciation. Otherwise, they have to come early or stay even later than they already do to make their own copies.
If you are interested in volunteering for other activities such as Teacher Appreciation meals, College Week, Red Ribbon Week, etc. Please let me know by emailing me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Please don't forget to renew your MISD volunteer application. This must be done each year. Please click HERE to apply and scroll down to the bottom to click on "volunteer application."
Save the date! Officer Mo will be presenting a seminar on Internet Safety on October 5th.
The session will be held in the Evans Library at 6:30. This is a parent presentation only, so please plan to attend without your student. More details to follow.
Staying Healthy Through Fall & Winter
The fall and winter months can create quite a challenge in staying healthy. Plenty of rest, healthy diet, and good hand washing are very important. We have already begun to see many signs and symptoms of cold, respiratory, and GI problems. Please monitor your children for symptoms of illness and begin addressing them as soon as possible. It is our goal to have all children well and at school learning, but there are times when they must be at home.
Here are a few guidelines to help you decide if your child can attend school.
Voluntary Supplemental Student Insurance
Click here for more information on how to purchase an insurance policy to protect your child during UIL activities.
Evans Middle School
6998 W. Eldorado Parkway
McKinney, TX 75070
Campus Improvement Plan
PTO Board Meeting
*8th FB away @ Rogers MS
*7th FB vs Rogers @ MHS
9/27 & 9/28/16
*Student Motivational Assembly
*Donuts w/Darla 9-10 am in library RSVP here
*VB vs Rogers @ Rogers MS
*8th FB vs Highland Park @ MHS
*7th FB away @HPMS
*Pep Rally; Parents Welcome!
*PTO General Meeting 6:30p in the Library
*Internet Safety w/Officer Mo 6:45 p in library (parents only)
*2nd Progress Report viewable on HAC
*VB vs Highland Park @ Evans
*Staff Workday/Student Holiday
*Orchestra; Beginner Informance 7:00p in the Gym
*7th FB vs Faubion @ Ron Poe
*8th FB vs Faubion @ MHS
*VB vs Faubion @ Evans
*7th FB vs Cockrill @ MHS
*8th FB vs Cockrill @ McKinney North HS
*School Picture RETAKES
*VB vs Cockrill @ CMS
*7th FB vs Reynolds @ MHS
*8th FB away game @ Reynolds MS
*VB vs Reynolds @ Evans
*VB District Tournament @ PSA