Dear Panther Parents,
 
I hope everyone is off to a fantastic 2022. Spring semester gets busy very quickly. We will be working with students during Panther Time on ways to stay organized and stay on top of their assignments. We will also have students check their grades during this time as well. If students need to attend tutorials, please remember that every teacher has tutoring times posted outside their classroom door. If students cannot make those times, the times for the entire team are listed, and your child is able to attend any tutorials from teachers on that team. 
 
COVID is definitely still among us. Please make sure you are keeping your child home if they are ill. We will continue to remind students to social distance where possible, wash hands frequently, and report any symptoms they may be experiencing. We will be sending students home who show 2 or more symptoms such as sneezing, sniffles, etc. OR showing 1 of the following symptoms: fever, chills, cough, vomiting, loss of taste/smell. If you are called to pick-up your child, please keep in mind this is our current protocol and it is for the safety of our school community. Our staff will continue to disinfect our classrooms, and Aramark will deep clean each evening. Thanks for your help in keeping our students, staff, and families safe and healthy.
 
Our PTO is hosting our Annual Parent Enrichment Night on January 25th. This will be a Zoom virtual event at 6:00. I will send the Zoom link in next week’s newsletter. Please mark your calendar, as this is a very informative, helpful evening. Our counselors will be giving a presentation on raising the resilient teen. Our evening will begin with a brief public PTO meeting in order to approve next year’s PTO budget. We can’t wait to have you join us. 
 
8th grade parents: Our CTE tour, which was originally scheduled to be in-person, has now been rescheduled as a virtual tour. Our students will still be exposed to all of the wonderful elective opportunities available at our high schools. Students will begin watching these virtual CTE offerings next week. 
 
Quarter 2 has officially come to an end, and Quarter 3 is in full swing. To see official grades from Q2, access your HAC account. If you have any questions about current grades, please contact your child’s teacher. 
 
Happy Friday,
Darla

469-302-7111

Evans Calendar of Events
2022-2023 Middle School Cheerleading/Mascot Evaluation Information
INFORMATIONAL TRYOUT MEETING: January 19, 2022 @ 5:30 in the Evans Library
You must complete and submit the online application form by February 18, 2022: https://forms.gle/YehCuSN6WRakYjeE7
You must complete and submit this application form by February 18, 2022. Mandatory Cheerleader/Parent Meeting January 19th, from 5:30 pm-6:15 pm in the EMS library. Cheer Tryout Week (February 21, 22, 23) Day One: February 21-No School but our tryouts are 4:00-7:00 pm Day Two: February 22-4:00-7:00 pm Day Three; February 23-4:00pm until finished with Final Evaluations (approx. 7:00) Results will be posted at 7:00 pm on Friday, February 25.
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See Cheer Handbook for a complete list of required forms and details. 
Clinic Evaluation Dates: Monday, February 21- Wednesday, February 23 @ Evans Middle School
2022-2023 High School Cheerleading/Mascot Evaluation Information Host Campus: McKinney High School
Monday, February 14, 2022: All online applications and forms due. 
See Cheer Handbook for a complete list of required forms and details. 
Tryouts: Monday, February 28 - Wednesday, March 2, 2022o


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Spirit Wear
Cooler weather has finally hit Texas! What a perfect time for you to purchase a warm spirit wear hoodie or long sleeve shirt for your Panther! 
NEW design blue hoodie $30 or Retired design hoodie $20
Black long sleeve retired design $15
NEW t-shirt design $20 or Retired design t-shirt $10 
You can make a purchase online at www.evanspto.com.


Copy Room Helper
You must be an approved volunteer to work these events. If you have not already done so this year, please go to https://webserv.mckinneyisd.net/workspace/ and fill out the application ASAP.
Shopping for weekly groceries? Link your Kroger card to Evans PTO so they can give back to our community and our school. Kroger stores are on a mission to not just be a part of, but to help create a stronger community.
Got Box Tops? Box Tops for Education is still accepting traditionally clipped Box Tops! Every little bit helps. The deadline is Oct. 25th, 2021. 
Hello Panther Families! Happy New Year!  
We hope you enjoyed the holidays and the much needed rest with your families. We are excited to begin a new spring semester. We look forward to working with your students to help them finish strong the school year 2021-2022. Setting goals for the new year can truly make an impact on the accomplishments of all of us. We encourage you to spend some time with your student to establish goals using the SMART method. Setting SMART goals helps you stay motivated to reach your goals. Write your goals down and review them often.

S - Specific / What is the exact goal you want to achieve?
M - Measurable / How will you be able to see that you are making progress?
A - Attainable / Is this a goal that you think you can actually reach?
R - Relevant / Is this something that’s important to you right now?
T - Time-Bound / When do you think you will be able to achieve your goal?

Attention 8th Grade Parents: High School Registration Packets went home this week. The Academic Planning Guide (APG) will be available to view on the MISD and Evans Middle School websites on Monday, January 10th. High school webinar/Zoom parent meetings will be held for all 3 high schools - January 12 at 10:00 MNHS, January 14 at 8:30 MHS, & at 9:30 MBHS. Counselors will be available to visit with parents and students in the library January 18 - 20. See timeline sheet for specific times. January 25th - Registration Form and the 4-Year Plan are due to the ELAR teacher.

Our Live Kind Club is looking forward to January and the Great Kindness Challenge that kicks off January 24th. One of the things we will be doing is collecting socks and underwear for Trusted World. Our next meetings are January 20th and February 3rd.

Have a wonderful weekend!


Cathy DeLisle, counselor A-K cdelisle@mckinneyisd.net  
Belinda Spurgin, counselor L-Z bspurgin@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.
LEARNING COMMONS
The unlikely foursome made up of a geek, a class clown, a teacher's pet, and a slacker -- Brenton, Sam "Snick,", Judy and Kelsey, respectively, -- are bound together by one very big secret: the homework machine. Because the machine, code named Belch, is doing their homework for them, they start spending a lot of time together, attracting a lot of attention. And attention is exactly what you don't want when you are keeping a secret.
Before long, members of the D Squad, as they are called at school are getting strange Instant Messages from a shady guy named Milner; their teacher, Miss Rasmussen, is calling private meetings with each of them and giving them pop tests that they are failing; and someone has leaked the possibility of a homework machine to the school newspaper. Just when the D Squad thinks things can't get any more out of control, Belch becomes much more powerful than they ever imagined. Soon the kids are in a race against their own creation, and the loser could end up in jail...or worse!
Best Books: Our Recommendations for Families

Sure, your kids love Harry Potter and Twilight -- but what else will keep young bookworms reading? Whether you're on the hunt for classic kids' books or best sellers, our "best books" lists are full of stories that are bound to spark kids' imagination and keep the pages turning.
 
Then log into Sora and check out a book.  

Kelli Bolin
469-302-7117
Media Resource Specialist
McKinney ISD
COVID-19 Testing
McKinney ISD has partnered with GeneIQto provide COVID testing for MISD staff, students, and families of MISD staff and students. Gene IQ is an approved vaccinator in the state of Texas and provides vaccination services in accordance of state and CDC guidelines, and GeneIQisalso a molecular diagnostics laboratory that provides PCR COVID-19 testing and collection of these.
Testing will be available Monday thru Thursday beginning October 25th from 10:00 AM to 7:00PM.This is subject to change dependent on the number of people using the service. Testing is by appointment only. Testing will be on the North Side of the stadium parking lot outside of the building.
If you have been exposed to Covid-19 or if you are symptomatic, use the following link to schedule an appointment:
https://www.mycovidappointment.com/location/mckinney-isd-stadium/pre-schedule
FCA – Fellowship of Christian Athletes (although we like to call ourselves “Fellowship of Christian Anybodies since you DON’T have to be an athlete to attend) WILL be meeting this year in Mrs. Williams’ room (D-219) on Tuesday mornings from 8:15 – 8:40. We will have a light snack, play a quick game, and have a quick talk from a guest speaker. My hope is that our students will have the opportunity to make a few new friends and have a little fun each week. Please send Mrs. Williams a quick email if you have any questions or would like to help out!

Camille Williams

Evans Middle School
7th Grade Math Team Lead, FCA Sponsor & UIL Number Sense Academic Coach
469-302-7196
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The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) issued guidance that allows schools to offer meals to all students at no cost for the 2021-2022 school year. McKinney will be participating in the USDA waivers for free meals once again this school year. Healthy meals will be offered every school day to all students at no cost.
 
Typically, a student’s household must meet income eligibility requirements to qualify for free or reduced-price meals. While no application or eligibility determination is required for your student to receive free meals this school year, income eligibility requirements will likely resume in the 2022-2023 school year. As such, McKinney ISD will process household applications during School Year 2021-2022 to ensure student eligibility for free or reduced-price meals during the first 30 days of the 2022-2023 school year