Dear Panther Parents,

Second semester is up and running and we are off to a great start!! Quarter 2/semester 1 grades posted today in HAC. Please remember that all teachers have tutorials available to students, and I encourage them to take advantage of this extra time with teachers, especially in subjects that are a challenge for your child. 

High school registration is upon us. The MISD Academic Planning Guide (APG) is available on the MISD website for you to view, if interested. All 8th graders will receive course request sheets next week and those are due to ELAR teachers on January 25th. Current 6th and 7th graders, you will receive registration information at a later time.

Next Thursday is my Principal Chat from 9-10. Our fabulous counselors are going to join me and will be discussing high school registration and courses offered. If you would like to join us for this informal meeting, please join the Zoom link in the PTO article below in this newsletter. Hope to see you there.

January 26th is our Annual PTO PARENT ENRICHMENT NIGHT from 6:30-7:30. This will be virtual this year (link included in newsletter and will be sent out again next week), but we still have our same amazing speakers. Join us as we speak about helping teens cope with stress and other difficult situations. This always proves to be a successful night!! 

Reminder: we are not having guests on campus until January 19th. This includes high school PALS, AVID tutors, PTO copy moms, etc. Our front office is functioning as normal.

Laptop fees are due next week, so please get this taken care of asap. Computers will be locked down if the fee is not paid by the deadline. Thanks in advance for taking care of this.

January 18th is Martin Luther King Jr. Day and a school holiday. 

As the weather begins showing hints of snow and possible ice, please make sure you are staying up-to-date with late arrivals and possible cancellation of school days. Fingers-crossed that we will not have any of those this year, but we want to be prepared.

Happy Friday,
Darla


469-302-7111
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Come and join us for our annual Parent Enrichment night on Tuesday, January 26th from 6:30-7:30 pm via zoom. 
Meeting ID: 825 7211 3052 Passcode: 201951

If you are wanting to join the Evans PTO board for the 2021-2022 school year or know of an incoming 6th grade parent that might be interested.  We will have about 4-6 positions opening up and will be available. If you are interested feel free to email Stephanie Corwin @ scorwin4@gmail.com with any comments or questions. Further information will be sent out in the new year. 

 
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2021-2022 Middle School Cheer Sign-ups

Mandatory Parent Zoom Meeting:
Thursday, January 14th at 5:30
(Link for Zoom will be emailed to those who have registered online)
MUST Register Online to Tryout by February 5th
Click HERE for Registration Link
Tryout Material Review & Conditioning Evaluation:
Tuesday, February 9th, 4-6pm
Wednesday, February 10th, 4-5:30pm
Tryout Evaluation: Dance, Cheer, Jumps, Tumbling
Wednesday, February 10th, 5:30pm
Click HERE for Coaches Info & Future Tryout Material Links
Click HERE for Cheer Guidelines
Hello Panthers,
Happy 2021! As we kick off the new year and look toward good things happening in 2021, we know that there are also still many stressors out there. Please know that the counseling office is here ready to support you. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us if you have a need. As you may know, our Panther family sustained a difficult loss over the break. One of our own passed away from medical complications (not COVID related) and we will miss this vibrant, kind, amazing student greatly. One of our counselors visited all of her classes on Tuesday to talk with her classmates, but if your student is struggling with the death or anything else, please reach out. There is a padlet set up to leave encouraging messages or memories for the family. Here is the Padlet link if you or your student is interested. We will also be delivering a care package of notes from students next week if they would rather send a card/note by hand. Drop it by the counselor’s office on Monday. Here is a good article with lots of tools to help guide your student through the grieving process. 

9th grade registration kicks off Monday and Tuesday for our current 8th graders. Look for a packet of information coming home with our face to face students. Virtual students, you can download the same packet from the Evans Middle School canvas course. Just navigate to the counselor’s module and you will find everything you need with the exception of your individual recommendations. We are working on a way to get you those through email as soon as we know which students are staying virtual. If you would like to pick up a physical packet, just let us know.

6th and 7th grade parents can expect to begin your registration process at the end of February. We also have another opportunity for your students. Drug Free McKinney is partnering with our district to provide a program centered on goal setting, building relationships, positive communication, and positive choices around drug prevention. If you are interested in having your child participate, please contact the counselors (our emails are below). The first session for 6th graders begins on January 18th.

Sincerely,
Patricia and Cathy
Cathy DeLisle, counselor A-K, cdelisle@mckinneyisd.net   
Patricia Spear, counselor L-Z, pspear@mckinneyisd.net 

Dear Panther Families, We believe it takes the entire community to help our students grow into kind and compassionate young adults. Your student(s) receives a weekly CharacterDare on Mondays during Panther Time that is an actionable challenge focused on strengthening one of their “character muscles” like patience, kindness, commitment etc… The program we use, CharacterStrong, also provides Family CharacterDares that are aimed to provide actionable ways families can strengthen relationships, engage in character development activities together and continue conversations around serving others, and showing empathy and kindness for others. There are four categories of Dares: 
• Conversation Starters 
• Acts of Kindness 
• Recreation and Rest 
• Expressions of Love 

Each week we will send out a Family CharacterDare that we challenge you to do with your students. The staff and administrators in the building will also be engaging in this personal character development as well. We believe in the power of role-modeling this work, and we have no doubt that with this common goal in mind, we are creating a more caring, compassionate, and capable world. You can go to characterstrong.com if you would like to learn more about it or contact Cathy DeLisle (cdelisle@mckinneyisd.net) with any questions.
Nurses Notations
RETURN TO SCHOOL CRITERIA
 
ANYONE testing POSITIVE (+) for COVID-19
All 3 of the following MUST be met before return to school:
  • Fever free for 24 hours WITHOUT using the use of fever reducing medications AND
  • Symptoms resolved (cough, shortness of breath, etc.) AND
  • At least 10 days have passed since symptoms began.

ANYONE testing NEGATIVE (-) for COVID-19
All 3 of the following MUST be met before return to school:
  • A medical professional’s note stating individual is COVID 19 negative AND alternative diagnosis is documented and presented to the school nurse and HR (employees only), AND
  • Fever free for 24 hours WITHOUT using the use of fever reducing medications AND
  • Symptoms resolved (cough, shortness of breath, etc.) OR
  • Quarantine for 10 days and all symptoms are resolved.

ANYONE NOT tested for COVID-19 but has symptoms and is believed to be positive
Options:
  • MUST remain home for 10 days and follow the same return to school criteria as a positive COVID-19 result OR
  • Receives an alternative diagnosis (i.e. strep, flu) from a medical professional, documented and presented to the school nurse and HR (employees only).
 
ANYONE who believes they have come in CONTACT with someone who is positive for COVID-19
MUST quarantine for 10 days from the last date of contact with the positive COVID-19 person (this could be up to 24 days if isolation from the positive person is not feasible).

Nancy Yarbrough BSN RN
Evans Middle School Nurse
469-302-7101
LEARNING COMMONS
Seventh grader Jordan Banks loves nothing more than drawing cartoons about his life. But instead of sending him to the art school of his dreams, his parents enroll him in a prestigious private school known for its academics, where Jordan is one of the few kids of color in his entire grade.

As he makes the daily trip from his Washington Heights apartment to the upscale Riverdale Academy Day School, Jordan soon finds himself torn between two worlds—and not really fitting into either one. Can Jordan learn to navigate his new school culture while keeping his neighborhood friends and staying true to himself?
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Guidelines for Visitors Entering McKinney ISD Schools and Office Buildings
At this time, district policy dictates that we can only admit one adult per child. Please schedule appointments with staff whenever possible before coming up to the building.
In accordance with state and TEA guidelines, before entering a McKinney ISD school or MISD office buildings, visitors will be required to answer “yes” or “no” to the questions below, which will be posted at the building entrance. Please note that only one adult per student may enter the building at a time.
Visitors that answer “yes” to any of these questions will not be granted entrance to the building.
COVID-19 Symptoms for Screening
State Requirements
Have you traveled outside of the country in the last 14 days? (CDC Travel Notices)
Have you or anyone in your household experienced an onset or increase in:
  • Cough
  • Shortness of breath or difficulty breathing
  • Chills
  • Repeated shaking with chills
  • Muscle pain
  • Headache
  • Sore throat
  • Loss of taste or smell
  • Congestion or Runny Nose (new symptom added by CDC in June 2020)
  • Diarrhea
  • Feeling feverish or a measured temperature greater than or equal to 100.0 degrees
  • Known close contact with a person who is lab confirmed to have COVID-19
Visitors that answer “yes” to any of these questions will not be granted entrance to the building.