EVANS WEEKLY
Issue: #6
September 6, 2019
Dear Panther Parents,
 
This heat does not seem to want to leave us alone.  For those in outdoor sports this weekend, including our Panther Cross Country runners, please stay hydrated and eat healthy.  We don't want anyone getting heat exhaustion from these 100 degree temps.

Speaking of getting sick, we have several surrounding elementary schools experiencing a stomach bug.  Please make sure we are following the 24 hour stay-at-home rule.  In short, your child must be fever-free and stomach issue-free for 24 hours before coming to school.  We want all of our Panthers good and healthy for all the fun events coming up, so let's help each other stay well. 
 
Picture day is next Tuesday.  All students will have their photo taken for the yearbook, but only those who have ordered online or who bring in payment will receive a packet.  Please check out our website for the link to order online.
 
Did you know that your child is an AVID student?  ALL Panthers are AVID students because we are an AVID National Demonstration School and a Site of Distinction...11 years running!!  This is quite an accomplishment and something we are very proud of.  What does this mean for your kiddo?  I purchase planners for all students and the expectation is that all students use them as part of our organization goal through AVID.  It also means we take focused notes in all classes and spend time going back into those notes to help our brains process the information.  AVID is all things that help us be college bound!  It is not a class they take (unless you are in the elective), it is a system and a culture we believe in.  Please ask to see your child's planner and have them explain how this helps them prepare for studying and stay organized.
 
SAVE THE DATE: MISD 11th Annual Holiday Bazaar - featuring over 100 vendors with unique gifts, clothing, arts and crafts, décor & collectibles for all seasons:
When: Saturday October 26 
Where: McKinney High School  1400 Wilson Creek Parkway
Time:  9 to 4 Free Entrance
Benefits McKinney ISD  Programs and Organizations
 
Come eat some dough while helping us earn some dough...Palio's Spirit Night is Tuesday, September 24, between 11 a.m. and 9 p.m. They will donate 15% of the proceeds when people mention Evans Middle School with their dine-in, take-out, or online orders (excludes delivery).
 
Guys, it is becoming more and more apparent that vapes are extremely dangerous and unhealthy, especially for our growing teens.  Over 26 new lung diseases and defects have been identified and are linked to vaping.  That is scary!  Please continue to be on the lookout and have discussions with your kiddos about these latest developments.  It takes a village to keep our children safe...we got this!
 
Progress reports will be viewable in HAC this Tuesday, September 10th.  Please remember that all assignments that are late will not be accepted after 4:00 today, so those "Z"s will become zeros in the gradebook.
 
Have a Feel-Good Friday,
Darla


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      EVANS EVENTS     
Here's what's going on at Evans Middle School:

Sep. 6th               Choir Back to School Bash
Sep. 7th               Cross Country Meet @ Myers Park
Sep. 8th               Band Swim Party @ APEX Centre
Sep. 7th               FCA Family Movie Night
Sep. 7th               Volleyball A Team Tournament
Sep. 10th             Fall Picture Day
Sep. 10th             Academic UIL Parent Meeting
Sep. 10th             Football vs Johnson MS
Sep. 12th             Volleyball vs Prosper Rogers
Sep. 13th             6th Grade Theatre Club begins
Sep. 14th             Volleyball B Team Tournament
Sep. 16th             Orchestra Social
Sep. 16th             Cross Country: Prosper  ISD Meet
Sep. 17th              Football vs. Cockrill MS
Sep. 24th              Spirit Night at Palio's


 
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.

September 6
September 27
October 18
November 8
December 6
December 20
January 27 
February 14
March 6
April 3
April 24
May 2 7

Note:  IPR and RC viewing may not be available until several days after the grading period ends.
  
PICTURE DAY
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All students will have their picture taken on Tuesday, September 10th during their Math class.  You can pre-order now by clicking HERE and using this picture day code:
TX039088Q0 
Online orders will only be available until the end of the day on September 11th, so take advantage of the opportunity now!  Picture day envelopes are available in the front office for your student to pick up and bring home so you can send in cash or check on picture day with the order form.  These will be the photos that will be used in our yearbook, so get those haircuts and new outfits ready to go!  Retakes will be scheduled sometime in October.

JOIN UIL ACADEMICS TODAY!
Dear Parents: This is the time of year when 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 here at Evans on Dec. 6-7 (after school Friday and throughout the day Saturday). The district meet will be Feb 25, 27, and 29.
 
For more information, please attend the parent/student informational meeting this Tuesday, Sept. 10 at 4:00 in the library.
 
Students may sign up online at www.bit.ly/evansuil

ART - Ms. Lanier
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
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
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
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 - Ms. Weller
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 Rowan
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 Rowan
Opportunity for students to evaluate speeches, organize ideas, and develop self-confidence by delivering speeches on a variety of topics.  
Sample Topics:
A law should be made that...
Courage is...
Teenagers would be better off...  
 
Dictionary Skills - Ms. C. Jackson
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 - Ms. Stoner
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
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
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
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
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
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    
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
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 - Ms. C. Williams
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.

      NOTES FROM OUR NURSE    
7th Grade Vision/Hearing/AN Screening Sept 12/13
 
Parents, we are starting the process of screening ALL 7th Graders for Vision/Hearing/and AN( Acanthos Nigricans) . Extra nurses will be here on Sept 12th & 13th to screen during athletics and 1st period. Classes we do not get to on those days will be completed as we can get to the students. Referral letters will be sent home with the student for anyone who does not pass a screening. Feel free to call the clinic with any questions or concerns.
 
New Findings Regarding E-Cigarettes
Health department investigates severe lung disease among e-cigarette users
 
The Texas Department of State Health Services is investigating suspected Texas cases of severe lung disease in adolescents who used e-cigarettes. DSHS was first notified of possible cases last week following similar reports in youth and young adults in several other states.
A DSHS health alert asks health care providers to watch for cases of severe lung disease and ask about e-cigarette use, or vaping, in patients with severe respiratory symptoms like cough, shortness of breath and fatigue. DSHS is urging clinicians who identify cases to gather information about the products used and ask patients to save the vaping liquid in case it's needed for testing.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 94 cases of severe lung disease associated with vaping in 14 states dating back to late June. All patients have tested negative for infectious diseases, and some have required hospitalization. In addition to respiratory symptoms, some patients experienced nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
More information is needed to determine a cause, and DSHS is working with the CDC, the Food and Drug Administration and other states to gather evidence about what the cases have in common and what is leading to the injuries.
Vaping is not safe for kids, youth or young adults. Most e-cigarettes contain nicotine, an addictive chemical that can affect brain development in the teens and 20s. Using nicotine in adolescence can harm the parts of the brain that control attention, learning, mood and impulse control. Find more vaping facts by clicking HERE.
(News Media Contact: Chris Van Deusen, DSHS Director of Media Relations, 512-776-7119)   This service is provided to you at no charge by the Texas Department of State Health Services.
 
Nancy Yarbrough, BSN, RN
Evans Middle School Nurse
nyarbrough@mckinneyisd.net
469-742-7107


   BACK TO SCHOOL YEARBOOK SPECIAL
      
Your EVANS yearbook is on SALE NOW! Snag it at the LOWEST price of the season and personalize it with your STUDENT'S NAME and get 4 FREE ICONS . Click  here to check it off your long to-do list for back to school.
      SPIRIT NIGHT AT PALIOS!
      
  
PTO
Checkwriting Campaign

Thanks to everyone who contributed to our PTO Checkwriting Campaign. We are still totaling the donations, but the raffle prizes were announced and delivered to students today (Friday, 9/6). We appreciate your support!

Save the Date!

Support Evans Middle School with your purchases at Palio's Pizza Cafe on Tuesday, September 24. When you dine at Palio's at Ridge and Eldorado between the hours of 11 a.m. and 9 p.m., Palio's will donate 15 percent of the proceeds to Evans PTO to benefit our students. Just mention Evans Middle School when you dine-in, take-out, or order online (excludes delivery). We look forward to seeing you there!  (See the flyer in the article above)



Sign up to work the concession stand.  High school volunteers are welcome!
 


YOU CAN STILL ORDER YOUR SPIRIT WEAR

Orders can still be placed using the following link:
 
These orders will be delivered October 4 during all lunch periods.
 
Miranda Barhydt
PTO President
2019-2020

  
TWO WAYS TO SUPPORT YOUR SCHOOL
      
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!
EVANS FOOD PANTRY
Welcome Back!
We are ready and excited to accept donations of non-perishable foods so we can restock our Evans Food Pantry.  You can drop off items at the front office, or various other designated spots throughout the campus.  Let's start this year off strong!!
  
      LEARNING COMMONS
 
 
Charlie Joe Jackson may be the most reluctant reader ever born. And so far, he's managed to get through life without ever reading an entire book from cover to cover. But now that he's in middle school, avoiding reading isn't as easy as it used to be. And when his friend Timmy McGibney decides that he's tired of covering for him, Charlie Joe finds himself resorting to desperate measures to keep his perfect record intact.
Charlie Joe Jackson's Guide to Not Reading by Tommy Greenwald is the hilarious story of an avid non-reader and the extreme lengths to which he'll go to get out of reading a book.

 
WHAT IS CANVAS?

 
      COUNSELOR'S CORNER     

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.


      PANTHER ATHLETICS     











  • Athletic Wear orders can be made by turning in form attached with payment.  No online orders this year.
  • Athletic Wear is required but they can bring clothes from home for athletics until athletic wear order arrives.
  • Click here for a printable copy of the PE/Athletic clothing order form.

Click here for the athletics website
 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.
 CLUBS AND ACTIVITIES
NATIONAL JUNIOR HONOR SOCIETY


 
      STUDENT COUNCIL     
Evans Middle Sc hool Student Council
Mission : to provide leadership opportunities for interested students
by planning and managing projects and activities that will lead our
student body in community service, school pride, and school spirit
We are looking for fun, creative and responsible people to organize
and implement the
school dance,
Fall service project,
Spring service project
plus helping other organizations around the school.
Applications can be picked up from Mrs. Stadler in E216 on August
26th. The applications and teacher recommendations are due by
September 20th at 4:00 p.m.
Meetings are held once a month at 8:15 a.m. on 10/10, 11/14, 12/12, 1/16,
2/13, 3/19, 4/9 and 5/7.


      FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIAN ATHLETES     
      
Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Family movie outing: We are going to see "Overcomer" at Cinemark Allen 16 on Saturday, Sept. 7 at 2:15.  You are welcome to drop off and come back and pick up your student, or your family is welcome to stay.  If the time or location changes we will communicate through remind.  Every person is responsible for paying for their own movie and snacks.  If you would like to join our Remind group, text @evansmsfca to 81010.


You don't have to be an athlete to join!

FCA meets every Tuesday morning at 8:15 in D219.  A snack will be provided and everyone is welcome to join!


Co-Sponsors:
Camille Williams cwilliams@mckinneyisd.net
Chandler Jackson  cjackson@mckinneyisd.net
Coach Estes restes@mckinneyisd.net
Allie Boykin  aboykin@mckinneyisd.net
 
  
      6th GRADE THEATRE          CLUB     
6th Grade Theatre Club (6TC) will meet every Wednesday from 8:-8:30 in C114 beginning on September 11th. 6TC is open to any 6th grader interested in theatre. We'll play theatre games, learn more about the world of theatre, and end our year with a 6th grade only showcase! Please enter through the new back fine arts doors. See Mrs. Ebs with any questions.
 
Jeni Eberhard
Evans Theatre Director
Evansmstheatre.com
 
      WHAT'S FOR LUNCH?     

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CLICK HERE FOR A PRINTABLE LUNCH MENU      

Click Here for a Printable Breakfast Menu
      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.
 
  
   STUDENT FOOD DELIVERY     
      
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
  
   MISD PARENT RESOURCES     
 
For information about McKinney Vento and community resources, please click HERE.
  
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. 
  

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EVANS EVENTS
PICTURE DAY IS COMING SOON! ORDER NOW!
ACADEMIC UIL; SIGN UP NOW!
NEW FINDINGS REGARDING eCIGARETTES
GET YOUR YEARBOOK NOW FOR THE BEST PRICE OF THE SEASON!
SPIRIT NIGHT AT PALIO'S
PTO
SUPPORT YOUR SCHOOL!
EVANS FOOD PANTRY
MEDIA RESOURCE CENTER
WHAT IS CANVAS?
COUNSELOR'S CORNER
PANTHER ATHLETICS
VOLUNTEER APPLICATION INFORMATION
NJHS
EMS STUCO
FELLOWSHIP OF CHRISTIAN ATHLETES
6th GRADE THEATRE CLUB
WHAT'S FOR LUNCH?
SCHOOL SAFETY
STUDENT FOOD DELIVERY
PARENT RESOURCES; MCKINNEY VENTO AND COMMUNITY RESOURCES
MISD COMMUNITY FOLDER