Dear Panther Parents and Guardians,
I am proud to introduce myself as the new Evans Middle School Principal. My name is Paula Kent and I spent the last 11 years at McKinney North High School as a teacher, Instructional Coach, Assistant Principal, and Associate Principal. Prior to working at MNHS, I spent 20 years in various districts as a science teacher. I am a certified Master Science Teacher and loved my years in the classroom. For most of those years I worked in the same districts with my husband, John, who is currently a retired Texas school superintendent currently working as an educator in Oklahoma. Together we have two adult children, Ben and Emily, and three grandchildren. In my spare time I’m an avid gardener and a great “Polly” (my “grandmother” name).
Today was the first time I was able to meet with the entire staff since I started my new position. I can assure you that your children will be in great hands. We have a talented faculty that truly cares about their students.
Now that I have met the staff, I look forward to meeting our Panther families. I hope you will join us for our Meet the Teacher events Monday, August 8. Details are listed below.
6th Grade “Panther Palooza” - 8:45 - 1 pm
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Congress authorized spending that allowed schools to serve free meals for all students. Those funds are not authorized to continue for the 2022-2023 school year. As a result, McKinney ISD must return to charging for school meals and offering free and reduced-price meals based on student eligibility. Starting on August 1st, we will begin processing applications for meal benefits. Paper applications in English and Spanish will be available at all schools and the link for online application is: http://www.mckinneyisd.schoollunchapp.com/. If filling out the paper version, families can return the form to the school office, school cafeteria (after the first day of school), or to the MISD Food Service Office.
The application will determine a child’s eligibility for free and reduced-price meals and may assist in the determination of eligibility for other state or federal benefits. Only one application needs to be completed per household. Schools will notify the household of the child’s eligibility. The Texas Department of Agriculture (TDA) administers school nutrition programs in Texas and offers an eligibility calculator at www.SquareMeals.org/ProgramEligibility.
Decisions regarding payment for school meals are made at the national-government level, not by the school nutrition team or TDA. For full-price and reduced-price students, funds can be loaded into the student accounts at https://www.MySchoolBucks.com.
The student meal prices for the 2022-2023 school year are as follows:
Secondary full price
Breakfast - $1.25
Lunch - $3.10
Secondary reduced price
Breakfast - $ .30
Lunch - $ .40
I hope to see you all on Monday, August 8th. We have lots of helpful information to share with you that will help your children get off to a great start to the school year.
Paula Kent, PhD
Evans Middle School
Evans Middle School
6998 W. Eldorado Parkway
McKinney, TX 75070
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