Issue: #22
January 18, 2019
Dear Panther Parents,
Get ready for a wintry weekend...at least much colder temperatures.  Hopefully, that won't last long.  Stay bundled up.
The GREAT KINDNESS CHALLENGE is coming our way.  The week of January 28th, Evans is participating in a national challenge, focused on kindness and helping others.  The Great Kindness Challenge is one week dedicated to creating a culture of kindness and compassion on campuses worldwide. Our school is proudly participating in this proactive and positive kindness initiative. January 28 - February 1, 2019. All students will receive The Great Kindness Challenge checklist on the 28th. Please encourage your child to complete as many acts of kindness as possible. We are also happy to invite YOU to participate using the new Family Edition checklist. Your family can complete the checklist anytime and anywhere. You can access the app in the app store or go to   https://thegreatkindnesschallenge.com/familyedition. Together, let's show the world that... Kindness matters.
Student Council is hosting our annual Evans School Dance for the 7th and 8th graders and Open Gym for 6th graders.  This year's theme is "Glow in the Dark."  The dance is ONLY for 7th and 8th graders and will held from 7:00-8:30.  Open Gym is for ONLY 6th graders and will be held from 4:00-5:00.  Tickets will be on sale next week during lunches: $3 for Open Gym, $5 for dance if purchased in advance, $7 for dance at the door.  There will also be concession stand items sold the night of the dance, including glow stick bracelets and necklaces.  Please make sure students are picked up no later than 5:00 for 6th graders and 8:30 for 7th/8th graders or your child will not be allowed to attend other after school events.  Thanks in advance for your help with this. 
PTO is hosting our 3rd Annual Parent Enrichment Night on February 5th from 6-8 (childcare provided).  Come hear from our fabulous counselors as they offer break-out sessions on topics regarding resilient teens, decreasing anxiety in middle schoolers, and the teenage brain.  Feedback every year has been amazing, so please come take advantage of this exciting opportunity. 
Open House is on February 21st from 5:00-6:30, with an incoming 7th/8th grade parent registration meeting held in the Cafeteria from 6:00-6:30.  There is also an incoming 6th grade parent registration meeting in the Cafeteria starting at 7:00. 
January 21st is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and we will not have school.  Enjoy the three-day weekend!
Happy Friday,

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      EVANS EVENTS     
Jan. 21st          School Holiday
Jan. 22nd        Fine Arts Main Event Social
Jan. 22nd        Scoliosis Screening
Jan. 22nd        Dress For Success
Jan. 22nd        AVID Showcase
Jan. 22nd        Cheer Parent Meeting   6-7pm
Jan. 23rd         Scoliosis Screening
Jan. 23rd         Boys Basketball vs. Prosper Reynolds
Jan. 24th          IMPACT Q2 Celebration Breakfast
Jan. 24th          Scoliosis Screening
Jan. 24th          Boys Basketball vs. Prosper Reynolds
Jan. 25th          Scoliosis Screening
Jan. 26th          All-Region Choir Camp
Jan. 28th          Dreaming of Kindness-PJs Day
Jan. 28th          Boys Basketball vs. Dowell MS
Jan. 29th          Peace, Love and Kindness-Dress in 70's Style
Jan. 30th          Kindness Rocks-Wear your favorite rock band shirt
Jan. 31st          Powered by Kindness-Superhero Day-Dress as a superhero
Jan. 31st          Girls Basketball vs. Dowell MS
Feb. 1st            Join Team Kind-Wear a sports jersey
Feb. 1st            6th Grade Open Gym   4-5 pm
Feb. 1st            7th & 8th Grade Spring Dance   7-8:30 pm
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.

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.

January 28                     IPR
February 15                   IPR
March 8                         Q3RC
April 5                           IPR
April 26                         IPR
May 30                          Q4RC

Note:  IPR and RC viewing may not be available until several days after the grading period ends.
Parents of 8th graders:
If your child is interested in taking a class online, registration has begun. The class will run February 4th - May 17th. the cost is $220 per course. Courses available are Health, Foundations of PE, Professional communications, Psychology and Sociology. Send payment by check (made out to McKinney ISD), cash or money order to Cathy DeLisle, counselor. If you have questions, you can email Cathy at  cdelisle@mckinneyisd.net .
Cathy DeLisle
Evans Counselor, alpha A-K
      EVANS PTO     
Parent Enrichment Workshop

Back By Popular Demand!
Please join our PTO, our school, and MISD as we present informative sessions designed especially for the parents of middle school children. Sessions Include:
Teen Anxiety:  What Can I Do?
By Cathy Delisle, Evans Counselor
The Teenage Brain
By Erinn French, Evans Counselor
Handling Teen Conflict 
By Lori Mitchell & Marianna Gonzalez, MISD IMPACT Counselors
When:  February 5, 6-8 pm
Where:  Evans Middle School Library
Childcare will be provided.

Volunteers Needed for Book Fair

Please consider volunteering to work our Book Fair in February.  You must be an approved volunteer to help.  The link to sign up to volunteer is below.  You can click here to submit your Volunteer Application.   (This could take up to 2 weeks to be approved and must be done every year)

PTO Accepting Applications for Teacher Grants

Every year, your PTO membership dues and additional fundraising provide funds for teacher requests for special classroom items and programs. We're excited to announce that our Teacher Grant Program will begin accepting applications next week through February 1st. Grants will be awarded in mid-February. Watch the PTO Facebook page for pictures of your teachers' and kids' smiling faces during award week. Everyone gets so excited (including the PTO!)! Thank you to everyone who joined the PTO and donated. This is such a great way to support our wonderful school!


Want to help your school when you shop online? When you shop through Amazon Smile, Evans Middle School PTO will receive 0.5% of most purchases to fund programs, events, and grants at our school. To get started, designate Evans PTO as your charitable organization by going to https://smile.amazon.com/ch/57-1206927. Then every time you shop, start at smile.amazon.com and our school will benefit (at no cost to you!). Please share this with friends. Thanks for your support! 


Spirit wear will be sold during lunches.  It's a great time to buy your child an Evans  hoodie or long sleeve shirt  for these cooler temps.  The dates for Spirit Wear sales are:

February 21 (at 6th grade registration meeting)
May 10 

Please follow the Evans PTO on Facebook at: @evanspto
Please visit our website for spirit wear orders or to join the PTO at: evanspto.com
Julie Luton
President, Evans PTO


Click Here for Middle School Guidelines.

Click Here for Middle and High School Tryout Information.


It's easier than ever for you to make a difference at Evans! We have two new ways for you to support our school while you shop, without any extra cost to you.
Do you shop at Kroger? Evans Middle School PTO is now enrolled with Kroger's Community Rewards program. If you already have a Kroger Rewards Card, log in to your account at www.kroger.com and then click Enroll. You can search for Evans Middle School PTO or enter our code, AF012. New users will need to create an account, which requires some basic information, a valid email address, and a Rewards Card. You must have a registered Kroger Rewards Card account to link it to our school. If you don't have a card, they a
re available at the customer service desk at any Kroger. Then each time you shop at Kroger, swipe your card or use the phone number related to your card. Then PTO will take the proceeds to help our students and staff!
When you shop through Amazon Smile, Evans Middle School PTO will receive 0.5% of most purchases to fund programs, events, and grants at our school. To get started, designate Evans PTO as your charitable organization by going to https://smile.amazon.com/ch/57-1206927. Then every time you shop, start at smile.amazon.com and our school will benefit (at no cost to you!).
Please share these ways to support Evans Middle School with friends. Thanks for your support!
For those of you who may have missed the parent presentation for high school parents regarding registering for 9th grade, please click here to access the power point.

Errin French
Counselor, Students with last names L-Z
Remember that we have a college and career portal called Naviance for all McKinney ISD students grade 6-12. The new link is on the Evans homepage or can be found here:
The user id and password are s and student ID number.


After the 1st wave, only darkness remains. After the 2nd, only the lucky escape. And after the 3rd, only the
unlucky survive. After the 4th wave, only one rule applies: trust no one.
Now, it's the dawn of the 5th wave.....

Kelli Bolin
Media Resource Specialist
The State of Texas changed the spinal screening guidelines this year to consider the most recent, nationally-accepted, peer-reviewed recommendations for the appropriate age to conduct mandatory spinal screening.
In compliance with Health and Safety Code, Chapter 37, all children shall undergo screening for abnormal spinal curvature in accordance with the following schedule:  
Girls will be screened two times, once at age 10 and again at age 12. (regardless of grade level)  Boys will be screened one time at age 13 or 14. (regardless of grade level)
In McKinney ISD, we will consider a student to be 10, 12 or 13 if the student is already this age or turns this age between May 1, 2018 and April 30, 2019.
The procedure for screening is simple. Your child will be examined while he/she stands and then leans forward, observed from the front, back, and side. For this examination, boys and girls will be screened separately. Boys will wear their pants or gym shorts and only remove their shirts.  Girls will need to wear a halter-top, sports bra or a two-piece swimsuit with pants, shorts, or skirt

El estado de Texas ha cambiado las normas del examen de la columna vertebral este año para considerar las recomendaciones más recientes, aceptadas a nivel nacional, revisadas por pares para considerar la edad apropiada para el examen obligatorio de la columna vertebral. 
Conforme al Código De Salud Y Seguridad, capítulo 37, todos los niños deberán someterse a un examen de la columna vertebral anormal de acuerdo con el siguiente horario: 
Las niñas serán examinadas dos veces, a la edad de 10 años y de nuevo a los 12 años. (no importa el grado escolar de su hijo/a)   Los niños serán examinados una sola vez ya sea los 13 o 14 años (no importa el grado escolar de su hijo/a) 
El distrito escolar de McKinney, considerara a los estudiantes de 10,12 o 13 años si el estudiante tiene o cumple esta edad entre Mayo 1, 2018 y Abril 30,2019. 
El procedimiento para el examen es muy sencillo. Su hijo/a será observada mientras él o ella está de pie y cuando se incline hacia adelante. Para este examen, los niños y las niñas serán examinados por separado. Los niños llevarán pantalones o pantalones cortos y solo se quitarán su camisa.  Las niñas deberán usar una blusa halter-top, sostén deportivo o el sostén de un de traje de baño de dos piezas con una falda, pantalón o short.
Important info for next semester :
6th Graders need to update Shots this school year to attend 7th grade next year. Winter break is a great time to go get those vaccines. 6th graders need to have a Tetanus Booster and a Meningococcal vaccine within the past 5 years to be compliant for 7th grade.
SCOLIOSIS SCREENING: We will be conducting scoliosis screening at Evans the week of Jan. 22nd. Essentially 12 y.o. females and 13 y.o. males will be screened this year. If your student falls into the designated age requirements you will be receiving more information.

Thank you!
Nancy Yarbrough BSN, RN
Evans Middle School Nurse



Click here for the athletics website
Basketball Parent Meeting on November 26th at 6pm in the Evans gyms.
McKinney ISD Has Increased Substitute Daily Pay Rates
Effective November 12, 2018 daily pay rates for substitutes:
  • $110 - Certified teacher from any state
  • $100 - Bachelor's degree or higher
  • $75 - High school diploma or equivalent
Substitute applications are still being accepted for the 2018-2019 school year. Visit the McKinney ISD website for more details.   https://www.mckinneyisd.net/human-resources/employment/substitute-opportunities/.  Come join the MISD family!
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!
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.

Dear Parents: This is the time of year where we begin recruiting students who would like to enter the Academic UIL Contest. UIL stands for University Interscholastic League, an organization that governs all athletic and academic contests in the state of Texas. UIL academic programs are designed to support basic curriculum and allow the students to apply what they learn in the classroom. Students do this by selecting a contest(s) to enter, spend a couple of months practicing the concepts weekly under the supervision of a teacher/coach (before or after school), and then compete at two meets. The first will be at Cockrill MS on Jan. 11-12. The district meet will be Feb. 26, 28, and March 2 at Faubion MS. Buses will be provided to transport students. We will celebrate with a discounted trip to Six Flags on a school day in May!
Students have already had an opportunity to sign up online, but if your student has not, and they still want to join, they may do so ASAP at www.bit.ly/evansuil .
Below is a list of the available events and the coach's contact information:
ART - Mrs.Lanier tlanier@mckinneyisd.net
The contest requires the contestant to identify the names of artists and titles of pictures as well as know art history and art elements.
Chess Puzzles - Mr. Perez      mperez@mckinneyisd.net
Contestants in a chess puzzle contest receive a paper-and-pencil test that includes a series of chess boards with pieces in particular positions.  Questions are based on analysis of material or possible moves in each given diagram.
Listening - Ms. C.Jackson   cjackson@mckinneyisd.net
Members will be listening to various types of passages and they will complete a test based on what they have heard from a 7 to 10 minute story. You can use your notes to take a 25 question test.
Oral Reading - Mr. Perez    mperez@mckinneyisd.net
This competition allows students to unleash their inner performer by reading literature out loud In practice, students will learn to grow and develop their character and communicate a message to an audience by performing and reading their selected script.
Editorial Writing - Mrs. Weller  cweller@mckinneyisd.net
Designed to develop the persuasive writing skills of students
Students must persuade the reader with their point of view from a chosen prompt
In both practice and competition, contestants will select a prompt and advocate their point of view in 45 minutes.
Modern Oratory - Ms. Stephens  amstephens@mckinneyisd.net
Designed by having them select a topic, acknowledge both pros and cons with support, and campaign their position. In competition, students will recite their memorized speech in 3 to 6 minutes in a preliminary round, then a final round if they advance.
Impromptu Speaking - Ms. Stephens  amstephens@mckinneyisd.net
Opportunity for students to evaluate speeches, organize ideas, and develop self-confidence by delivering speeches on a variety of topics. 
Dictionary Skills - Ms. C. Jackson   cjackson@mckinneyisd.net
Designed to increase a student's ability to use a dictionary efficiently to find required information. In competition, contestants will take a test of 40 questions based on various subjects using a dictionary. This includes word origins and information from the dictionary's diagrams.
Music Memory - Mrs. Stoner  kstoner@mckinneyisd.net
Students will listen to approximately 20 seconds of up to 20 musical selections and identify the name of the major work, selection and the name of the composer .
Spelling - Ms. Harp   tharp@mckinneyisd.net
Designed to further the spelling and vocabulary skills of students through tests.
In competition, contestants will write down words given by the pronouncer.
Ready writing - Ms. A. Boykin  aboykin@mckinneyisd.net
Helps students refine their writing skills and build upon learned writing abilities.
Students must choose between 2 prompts, decide their method based on the purpose, audience, etc., and write their selection in 2 hours.
Maps, Graphs, and Charts - Coach Armstrong  jarmstrong@mckinneyisd.net
Designed to help students extract information from a variety of maps, graphs, and charts.
In practice, students will use their atlases in order to answer questions and develop skills such as using scales and legends.
Social Studies - Coach Estes   restes@mckinneyisd.net
Test topics defined by yearly-updated study outline 40 questions in 30 minutes Test content taken from state-adopted text books and identified primary sources
Science - Coach Bradham   kbradham@mckinneyisd.net
Designed to test students' knowledge of science. Subjects include: matter, ecology, genetics, and space. In competition, contestants will take a 35 question test based on scientific curriculum
  Calculator Applications - Coach Corcoran  mcorcoran@mckinneyisd.net
Designed to stimulate the development of mathematical and calculator skills. In competition, participants will take a test with 80 problems in 30 minutes. The test may include: addition, roots, geometric problems, & powers.

Mathematics - Ms. Mann   jamann@mckinneyisd.net
Students learn to further their mathematical skills that may help them in their future careers Tests include, but not limited to: numeration systems, probability, integers, fractions, etc.
Number Sense - Mrs. Williams   cwilliams@mckinneyisd.net
Designed to develop students' capability to make quick mental math calculations. In practice, students will learn how to mentally compute various concepts including: addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, and proportions.
NJHS has a new website. Please go take a look and see when the next meeting is, what projects we are working on and more.
Any questions, please email Amber Stephens at amstephens@mckinneyisd.net

Meeting Dates:


Feb. 14

Mar. 21

Apr. 11

May 9


Meetings are from 8:15-8:45 in Learning Commons.      

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

We are a student led group of athletes and non-athletes who enjoy getting together each week for a time of fellowship and a quick devotional. We meet each Tuesday at 8:15am in room D119. Please come join us.

Camille Williams cwilliams@mckinneyisd.net
Valarie Long valong@mckinneyisd.net
Chandler Jackson cjackson@mckinneyisd.net
Coach Estes restes@mckinneyisd.net
      6th GRADE THEATRE          CLUB     
Any 6th grader interested in theatre is welcome to join 6th grade theatre club! It meets Mondays from 8:00-8:30 in Mrs. Ebs room C114. We'll play theatre games, work on characterization and learn a lot about the world of theatre. At the end of the year we'll perform a play! Please enter through the rear cafeteria doors from 7:50-8:00.
Jeni Eberhard
Evans Theatre Director
Click HERE for a printable lunch menu
Click HERE for a printable breakfast menu
To set up a lunch account to get low balance notifications and pre-pay for lunches, click HERE.
      SCHOOL SAFETY     
A critical ingredient in the safe school recipe is the uniform classroom response to any incident. Weather events, fires, accidents, intruders and other threats to student safety are scenarios that are planned and trained for by all McKinney ISD schools and District Administration and staff. Historically, schools have taken this scenario-based approach to respond to hazards and threats. Each McKinney ISD classroom is furnished with the Standard Response Protocol poster that provides teachers with readily accessible response procedures and provides information during a crisis event. The attached handout explains Standard Response Protocol that is taught to students, faculty and staff.
Please click the link below to view the Standard Response Protocol parent handout.
Due to a variety of safety concerns related to food allergies and campus safety and security,  McKinney ISD will no longer allow students to utilize food delivery services at school. This includes services such as Uber Eats, Doordash and direct restaurant delivery. However, parents/guardians will still be permitted to drop food off for their children.
This rule does not apply to deliveries organized by McKinney ISD faculty or a teacher serving as a sponsor of a student organization. We appreciate your cooperation in our efforts to create a safe and secure environment for students.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact our offices.
Bobbi Hanna
Office Manager
McKinney ISD Communications
    and Support Service
Office: 469-302-4095
Fax: 469-302-4103
You have the opportunity to purchase accident insurance for your student while they are in school or at a school function.  Please click here, or stop by the front office and pick up a pamphlet for more information.
For information about McKinney Vento and community resources, please click HERE.
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.