EVANS WEEKLY
Issue: #14
December 1, 2017

Happy Friday,
 
Welcome to December!  This is one of my favorite months of the year.  I love the holiday music and all the festivities that this time of year brings.  But, this year brings a little extra warmth to my heart because my daughter comes home in less than two weeks.  She hasn't been home since she left for college in August.  This momma is happy:)!
 
Calling all 8th grade parents: We would like to invite you to Evans on Monday night, December 4th at 5:30 for a High School Registration Parent Information meeting.  For those of you who have GT students, you are invited to stay and hear from Karen Green from 7:00-7:45 about GT in high school.  We look forward to seeing you then.
 
We have some wonderful events coming up in December.  Please see details in the newsletter, but here is a quick preview of dates to come:
December 8th - IPR check/Progress reports will be viewable on HAC on Monday afternoon
December 12th - Winter Choir Concert
December 13th - Evans Spelling Bee in the Cafeteria at 7:00
December 19th - Winter Orchestra Concert
December 20th - Winter Band Concert
December 21st - Fundraiser winners go to Main Event
December 22nd - End of Quarter 2/Semester 1
December 23-January 8 - Winter Break...enjoy with family and friends
 
Parents, we need your help with a couple of things as we move toward the end of semester 1.  After school, if you carpool, please do not use Wolford's front parking lot to pick up your Evans student.  We are congesting their lot and making it difficult for their carpooling for after school events.  Also, dress code is still enforced.  We are seeing lots of leggings that are not meeting the finger-tip length shirt requirements.  Students do receive consequences when out of dress code.  We appreciate you partnering with us and helping us with these issues. 
 
It is the time of year for giving.  Our MISD high schools come together each holiday season to help those who are in need.  If you are interested in participating, please see details below.  "Mactown Miracle" would greatly appreciate your contributions.  
Have a wonderful weekend!
Darla


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      EVANS EVENTS     
  UPCOMING EVENTS
 
December 4th          High School Registration Parent Meeting   5:30p
December 4th          GT Parent Meeting   7:00p
December 12th        Winter Choir Concert   6:00p
December 13th        Spelling Bee   7pm
December 19th        Winter Orchestra Concert   6:00p
December 20th        Winter Band Concert at MNHS   6:30p
Dec. 25-Jan. 5          Winter Break
January 8th             Staff Work Day-No School for Students
January 15th           School Holiday

Click HERE for a complete Calendar of Events with information about times and venues.
  
*Go to http://www.evansms.com/ to view the school website and to sign up for the weekly eNewsletter.

ACADEMICS
  
NJHS:
                       Sponsor:  Amber Stephens
  
STUCO:
                        Sponsor:       Angie Stadler
PALS:
                        Sponsor:        Amber Stephens   amstephens@mckinneyisd.net 
Yearbook:
                       Sponsor:         Bonnie Goodwin   bgoodwin@mckinneyisd.net
UIL Academics:
                        Sponsor:         Lizzy Walker ewalker@mckinneyisd.net
AVID:          
Sponsors:         Robyn May
                                               Megan McDougald
 
CLUBS

6th Grade Theatre Club:
Meets every Wednesday morning (schooldays) from 8:00-8:25 in C114
                         Sponsor:         Jeni Eberhard
 
FCA:
FCA Meets Tuesday mornings @ 8:15a in Mrs. Williams' room, D119 (school days beginning September 12th)
                        Sponsors:        Camille Williams
                                              Valarie Long
                                               Chandler Jackson
                                                                                  
Chess Club:
Meets every Tuesday (schooldays) from 3:45 until 5p in D104
                        Sponsor:   Josiah McDowell 
SOAR Girls Club:
Meets every Monday (schooldays beginning September 25th) from 3:50-4:30p in the D101.
                       Sponsors:   Cathy DeLisle   cdelisle@mckinneyisd.net 
                                          Errin French  

Evans FC Soccer:
Sponsors:   Megan McDougald
                   Shawn McGeeney


Progress Report & Report Card Dates
*Progress Reports and Report Cards can be viewed and printed from the  Home Access Center (HAC) and will not be mailed or sent home with students. This is in an effort to be more earth-friendly. If you are unable to access HAC, please let the AP secretary know and we will send home a paper copy with your student.

December 8th              Progress Report
December 22nd           End of Quarter 2; Grades Due
January 13th                Report Cards viewable on HAC
January 29th                Progress Report
February 16th              Progress Report
March 9th                    End of Quarter 3; Grades Due
March 24th                  Report Cards viewable on HAC
April 6th                      Progress Report
April 26th                    Progress Report
June 7th                       End of Quarter 4; Grades Due
June 14th                     Final Report Card viewable on HAC


      REGISTERING FOR HIGH SCHOOL; IMPORTANT PARENT MEETING DECEMBER 4th
      
Hello 8th Grade Parents,
Please mark your calendars for a very important date. Monday, December 4th, Evans Middle School will host high school parent night at 5:30. Believe it or not, we will begin the process of registering your 8th grader for 9th grade courses at that time. We are required by state law to develop a 4 year plan as well to map out your child's 4 years. The GT parent meeting will follow this at 7:00.
If you are unable to make this meeting, the other middle schools will also host an evening and you can get the same information at any of the other middle schools. December 6th and 7th are the other dates. If you need more information about alternative times and locations, email me for specific information.
      MACTOWN MIRACLES     
      EVANS PTO     
 
EVANS SPELLING BEE
Since 1925, students across America have participated in local spelling bees with the singular hope of making it to the Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.  This year, 11 million students will join in the experience. Encourage your student to be one of the 11 million hopefuls by signing up for this event.  Evans will host our Spelling Bee on Wednesday, December 13th. (spellers check in at 6:30 pm)We will have a number of workshops scheduled to help them prepare, but we will need parent volunteers. Please click HERE and check your calendars to see if you can help out! Contact Mrs. Gilbert at lglbert@mckinneyisd.net  for more information.

BECOME A PTO MEMBER!
Your membership provides valuable funds to our school as well as giving you a vote in PTO events and programs.     
 
*Awarded $6000 in teacher grants
*Sponsored the IMPACT carnival, Pay it Forward Fun Run and 8th Grade Celebration
*Funded two scholarships to graduating Evans' seniors
*Presented multiple parent enrichment workshops
*Helped to support academic programs like the spelling bee, UIL and AVID
*Hosted teacher appreciation events throughout the year

Most importantly, our PTO fosters a sense of school community while supporting students. We play a crucial role in helping to create an environment that is nurturing, educational, and exciting for all of our Panthers.  Please consider joining the PTO!  You can  download the membership form  or purchase your  membership online.
 
SPIRIT WEAR


 
New Hoodies Have Arrived! 
Show Your Evans Spirit
  
New logos ... new colors ... new style! Stop by the concession stand during lunch on the Fridays below to see our new hoodies! On Spirit Wear Fridays, if your student is wearing any kind of spirit wear, she or he earns a ticket for our drawing and is eligible to win a prize. Plus, anyone who picks up a spirit wear order gets a ticket. Good luck!
 
Spirit wear sales dates for 2017-18:
December 15
January 12
January 26
February 9



 
Please remember that you must be approved through MISD before you can volunteer.  Please click HERE to go online and complete your application. 
Last year applications will run out at the end of September.
Thanks so much!!!
    COUNSELOR'S CORNER     
NAVIANCE- What is it? A college and career portal for use in grades 6-12
OR access the link from the Evans Website
You or your child can log in with the username and password of S followed by the ID number.
      MEDIA RESOURCE CENTER    
Tess, an aspiring seamstress, thinks she's had an incredibly lucky break when she is hired by famous designer Lady Lucile Duff Gordon to be her personal maid on the Titanic. Once on board, Tess catches the eye of two men-a kind sailor and an enigmatic Chicago businessman-who offer differing views of what lies ahead for her in America. But on the fourth night, disaster strikes, and amidst the chaos, Tess is one of the last people allowed on a lifeboat.
 
The survivors are rescued and taken to New York, but when rumors begin to circulate about the choices they made, Tess is forced to confront a serious question. Did Lady Duff Gordon save herself at the expense of others? Torn between loyalty to Lucile and her growing suspicion that the media's charges might be true, Tess must decide whether to stay quiet and keep her fiery mentor's good will or face what might be true and forever change her future.
 
Kelli Bolin
469-302-7117
Media Resource Specialist
      GO RED!     

      
Our district is proud to participate in the American Heart Association's District Heart Challenge!  We want to inspirestaff to get their blood pressure checked, be active and learn about how to keep our hearts healthy. By partnering with the American Heart Association, we will raise awareness and help fight heart disease and stroke, the No. 1 killer and No. 5 killers of Americans. 
 
On Friday, February 2nd, National GO RED DAY, we are asking everyone in our district to GO REDto support the mission of the American Heart Association - building healthier lives free of cardiovascular diseases and stroke.  Throughout this school year, you will receive monthly emails on a variety of health topics.  Learn the simple ways you can make big changes with your health.
 
Take a moment to visit www.heart.org/districtheartchallenge and show your support!  Search our district, and then find your campus.  Through this website you can make a $20 donation for this year's shirt, or reach out to friends and family via email to share what you are doing and help you raise funds to fight heart disease.  You can also earn other thank you gifts from the American Heart Association for raising additional funds!
 
Together, we will learn about heart health, get our blood pressure checked and raise lifesaving funds for the American Heart Association.  We also have some great incentives and prizes along the way.  Log on, sign up and donate for your shirt today!
 
We will be asking EVERYONE in our district to go RED on Friday, February 2nd
  Shirts must be earned by Friday, January 12th to receive them in time for our GO RED DAY.
ONLINE DONATIONS ONLY, NO CASH/CHECKS ACCEPTED
Here's a sneak peek at the 2017-2018 American Heart Association T-Shirts!
Sign up and join our district www.heart.org/districtheartchallenge


T-shirts are earned at the $20 donation level and ALL proceeds benefit the American Heart Association and its mission.
 
Follow the American Heart Association on Instagram and Twitter @heart_south for healthy snack ideas, recipes, and heart health information for YOU and YOUR family!
 
NURSES NOTATIONS

Diabetes

November is National Diabetes Awareness Month.
 
   Diabetes is a health problem that affects people of all ages, but you can't catch it like a cold. Diabetes is a disease that affects how the body uses glucose (a sugar that is the body's main source of fuel). If someone has diabetes, the body either can't make insulin (type 1 diabetes) or the insulin doesn't work in the body like it should (type 2 diabetes). Insulin helps glucose get into cells to be used for fuel. If the glucose can't get into cells, it stays in the bloodstream. Too much sugar in the bloodstream can make people sick.
   Type 1 diabetes can't be prevented. It isn't contagious and eating too much sugar doesn't cause it. Type 2 diabetes is different. Sometimes maintaining a healthy weight, making healthy food choices and getting enough exercise can help to prevent Type 2 diabetes.
   Concerned you may have diabetes? See your physician to determine if you have diabetes or are at risk for developing it. Want to know more about diabetes or how to stay healthy? Stop by the clinic. I'll be glad to talk to you about what you can do to maintain your good health.
  
Nancy Yarbrough BSN, RN
Evans Middle School Nurse  
Click http://www.mckinneyisd.net/departments/health-services/ to view Health Services Homepage and http://www.schoolrack.com/nancyyarbrough/ to view my Clinic webpage.
      PANTHER ATHLETICS     











 

Click here for the athletics website
Click here to order athletic wear.
HIGH SCHOOL CHEER TRYOUT INFORMATION     
      
2018-2019 High School Cheer & Mascot Tryout Information
 
Host Campus: McKinney Boyd High School
 
Monday, January 8 
5:30-6:00 pm 
Informational Meeting 
MBHS Cafeteria
 
Friday, February 16
5:00 pm
Online application and all
required forms due
 
Monday, February 26 
3:00-5:00 pm: JV and Varsity Candidates 
5:30-7:00 pm: Freshman Candidates 
Clinic begins at MBHS Gym 
 
Tuesday, February 27
3:00-5:00 pm: JV and Varsity Candidates
5:30-7:00 pm: Freshman Candidates
Clinic continues at MBHS Gym
 
Wednesday, February 28
3:00-9:00 pm
Final Evaluation at MBHS Gym
 
Friday, March 2
after 4:00 pm
MISD Tryout Results Posted
 
Please contact Tami Hines, MISD Cheerleading Coordinator, with any questions regarding
cheerleader/mascot tryouts. Email:  thines@mckinneyisd.net
 
Click HERE for a printable version of the schedule.
  
      LOST AND FOUND     
Parents,
Our Lost and Found closet in the cafeteria is overflowing!  Please take inventory of your child's outerwear and have them check the L & F during their lunch for any missing items.  Over the winter break, all items left in the L & F will be donated to a suitable charity.
      SPELLING BEE     
Evening Spelling Bee Competition
Wednesday, December 13th
In the Evans Cafeteria
6:30pm Student arrival/check-in
7:00pm Spelling Bee Competition begins (ends when we have 1 finalist)
 
There will be several workshops that the students can attend before the Bee.

The word lists are available below, and also in the Evans Newsletter. 
We will not be having an "in class" Bee this year. Students will qualify by attending ONE of the Spelling Bee Workshops. Students can contact Mrs. Gilbert, in D207, to arrange an alternate Workshop if they cannot attend a scheduled Workshop.
The workshops will teach the students what to expect and how to participate in a spelling bee.
 
  • Tuesday, December 5th : before school workshop in D207. Meet from 8:00-8:35am.
  • Thursday, December 7th : afterschool workshop in the library for the Spelling Bee. Students will meet from 4:00 to 4:30. There is a late bus!  
  • Tuesday, December 12th : before school workshop in D207. Meet from 8:00-8:35am.
  • Tuesday, December 12th : afterschool workshop in the library. Meet from 4:00 to 4:30. There is a late bus!
     
    Spelling Bee Competition
    Wednesday, December 13th- We will host the Spelling Bee in the Evans Cafeteria. Qualifying students will need to arrive in the cafeteria at 6:30pm. We will begin the Bee at 7:00pm and will go until we have one winner.
     
    We are very excited to announce that Evans Middle School will be participating in the Scripps National Spelling Bee once again. One smart speller will represent Evans at the County level.
    MISD District Spelling Bee will BEE on Tuesday, January 16 th .
    For questions please contact: Lea Ann Palya-PTO coordinator lpalya@mckinneyisd.net or Lonea Gilbert- Teacher coordinator lgilbert@mckinneyisd.net
      

Spelling words lists can be accessed by clicking on the grade level below:
  
 PAY IT FORWARD HOLIDAY GIFT DRIVE     
    
The Evans PiF (Pay it Forward) group is putting together shoebox holiday gifts for 662 children (aged 4-10) at  Runyan Elementary in Conroe, Texas.  The families in this area were devastated by Hurricane Harvey.  Please help us in our effort to provide the children with gifts at Christmas.  
 
We would love the following donations:
Shoe Boxes
Wrapping Paper
Gift box bows
Wrapping Tape
Small NEW toys
 
The donations can be delivered to Mrs. Gilbert in D207.  We will be wrapping and putting the boxes together during our PPT time on Thursdays.  We appreciate any and all Pay it Forward assistance you can provide in helping us Pay it Forward to Conroe.
  
      ESL STUDENT TUTOR BUS     
      
Second Language Learners can now attend  tutoring on Monday's after school in Mrs. Wooters room -E116. 
After school tutoring will begin Monday October 16 from 3:50- 4:50 after school.   A late bus will be provided, and will drop students at their zoned elementary school or outlying area. 
More information will be sent home to parents about this opportunity. 
Plan now to attend  tutoring with Mrs. Wooters, Monday's after school.
 WE LOVE        OUR VOLUNTEERS!      
 
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!
Note:
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.
    FINE ARTS     
 CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES
      EVANS FC     
 
Contact Ms. McDougald for information at

or Mr. McGeeney at

      FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIAN ATHLETES     
      
Evan's FCA meets every Tuesday morning (schooldays) at 8:15 in D-119. Everyone is welcome (parents also)!! Please come and bring a friend. 
  
      6th GRADE THEATRE          CLUB     
      
Calling all 6th graders interested in theatre! We will meet every Wednesday from 8:00a.m.-8:25 a.m. when school is in session to play theatre games, learn more about theatre, and end the year with a 6th grade show! We meet in Mrs. Ebs room C114. Please enter the building through the back doors that lead into the fine arts hall. Doors will be locked after 8:10.
      SOAR; CLUB FOR GIRLS     
     
SOAR is a club for all girls at Evans. It meets Mondays right after school in room D101 until 4:40.
Hope to see you there!
Mrs. DeLisle and Mrs. French
IMPORTANT PARENT INFORMATION     
    
Dear Parents,
 
Although some of he following information is not new, we would like to remind you of a few policies we have in place here at Evans Middle School.  We can't thank you enough for your cooperation!
 
*For the safety and security of all MISD students and staff, everyone is required to show government issued ID (driver's license, identification card, passport etc.) upon entering the campus or accessing student information.
 
*In the event your student forgets an item at home, you are welcome to leave it on the cabinet in the front office. Please make sure it is clearly and visibly marked with your student's name. We cannot be responsible for anything left on the cabinet and all food items will be thrown out at 3:45pm. In an effort to keep our classrooms as free from disruption as possible, we will not make phone calls or deliveries to students for items left for pick up.
 
*We are happy to have your student come to the front office to be checked out once you are in the building, but we do not call students in advance. This will keep our students in the classroom as much as possible. If your student is in a fine arts class, lunch or a PE/Athletics class, please allow for additional time when picking them up. Please be sure that the person picking up your student is on your contact list. We will need to see your driver's license every time you enter campus. Thank you in advance for your help with this.
 
*We will not be able to call a classroom for dismissal after 3:15pm in order to minimize disruption at the end of the school day. If you must pick your student up at the end of the day, please arrive in plenty of time to meet this deadline. We appreciate your understanding.
 
*While you are welcome to bring lunch up to school for your child, bringing food to anyone other than your student is prohibited. This is a federally mandated directive.
  SUBSTITUTES NEEDED!
Have you ever considered being a substitute teacher?  McKinney ISD is hiring now!  Click HERE for more information and for instructions on how to apply.
JOHN AND JUDY GAY LIBRARY FALL EVENTS     
      
Comic Book Fight Club - Every Wednesday at 4:30pm
Discuss comic books and graphic novels! We'll discuss our favorite characters, play games, and create comic book related crafts.
 
Animanga Club - Every Thursday at 5pm
Do you like Naruto? Dragonball? Hunter X Hunter? Want to discuss anime with other fans? Join Animanga club! Watch episodes of anime, talk about your favorite manga, make animanga-inspired crafts, and hang out with other fans.
 
Teen Special: Texas Chess Association - Friday, September 22nd at 4:30pm
Learn how to play chess from the pros! The Texas Chess Association will be presenting who they are, what they do, and teaching you the basics.
 
Teen Special: Silent Library Scavenger Hunt - Friday, September 29th at 4:30pm
Compete in teams to complete the scavenger hunt. But you have to stay quiet or you'll run out of time!
 
Teen Special: Toy Hacking - Friday, October 6th at 4:30pm
Create new toys out of old ones! See what happens when you combine two toys together!
 
All programs are free to attend. We encourage pre-registration on our website (so we know how many to expect), but attendees are also welcome to just show up.
 
 LOVE & LOGIC PARENT CLASSES     
      
McKinney ISD is offering Love and Logic classes at no cost to MISD parents. Registration is required. Love and Logic parenting classes are for parents wanting have loving relationships with their children by setting limits, avoiding power struggles and guiding their children to become problem solvers. The curriculum supports families with children from birth through the teen years.
Class sessions include three fall sessions and three spring sessions. Each session meets on Thursdays from 6-8 p.m. for four consecutive weeks.
For more information please download the 2017 Love and Logic Schedule.
MISD COMMUNITY FOLDER
Welcome to McKinney ISD's Community Folder. The Community Folder is the electronic communications where school related, non-school related and non-profit organizations may post their information that may be of interest or benefit of students and parents. The information here has been submitted to and approved by the McKinney ISD Communications Department. Check back often for the latest opportunities and information from our community. Listings in this area do not constitute an endorsement of any agency, group, organization or business by McKinney ISD.

For Events Sponsored By Outside Organizations:

McKinney ISD does not sponsor, endorse, or assume any responsibility for this event/program. To request accommodations for individuals with disabilities, please contact the sponsoring organization. For general questions or concerns related to the use of facilities by non-district organizations, please contact the campus principal.
 click here for more information. 
  

 CROSSING GUARDS NEEDED!     

Click here for a printable flyer.      

VOLUNTARY STUDENT      ACCIDENT INSURANCE     

Attention Parents:      

 
Under State Law , school districts are not liable for accidents which occur in schools. It is important to
understand the school/district IS NOT responsible for medical payments or bills for your child.
If your child is injured during ANY SCHOOL, ATHLETIC OR UIL SPONSORED ACTIVITY , all
medical charges are YOUR RESPONSIBILITY.
The school district has purchased a supplemented accident polic y which covers the students for
UIL activities. This is a limited benefit polic y and any charges not covered by this policy are your
responsibility.
For the benefit of parents who do not have insurance or have limited health insurance, the school
district is making available a VOLUNTARY STUDENT/ATHLETIC ACCIDENT INSURANCE
PLAN .

Please click HERE to print this brochure in both English and Spanish with enrollment information.
You can sign up online by going to www.sas-mn.com

  
CAFETERIA INFORMATION AND MENUS     

 

Click HERE for a printable LUNCH MENU

Click HERE for a printable BREAKFAST MENU

    

IMPORTANT INFORMATION
EVANS EVENTS
ATTENTION 8th GRADE PARENTS; REGISTERING FOR HIGH SCHOOL BEGINS DECEMBER 4th!
MACTOWN MIRACLES
PTO
NAVIANCE; WHAT IS IT?
LEARNING COMMONS
GO RED! JOIN MISD TO SUPPORT THE AMERICAN HEART ASSOCIATION
NURSES NOTATIONS
PANTHER ATHLETICS
HIGH SCHOOL CHEER TRYOUT INFORMATION
LOST AND FOUND; PLEASE CLAIM YOUR ITEMS BEFORE WINTER BREAK
SPELLING BEE
PAY IT FORWARD HOLIDAY GIFT DRIVE
TUTORING FOR ESL STUDENTS
VOLUNTEER APPLICATION INFORMATION
EVANS FC
FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIAN ATHLETES
6th GRADE THEATRE CLUB
SOAR; A CLUB FOR GIRLS
IMPORTANT PARENT INFORMATION
SUBSTITUTE TEACHERS NEEDED; APPLY NOW!
JOHN & JUDY GAY LIBRARY EVENTS
LOVE & LOGIC PARENT CLASSES
MISD COMMUNITY FOLDER
NOW HIRING SCHOOL CROSSING GUARDS
STUDENT VOLUNTARY ACCIDENT INSURANCE
DEC/JAN LUNCH MENU