Dear Panther Parents,
My heart has been heavy this week with the details of the Mansfield school shooting. One of my dearest friends has a son who goes to that school, and one of our staff members knows one of the teacher who was hurt. It is always scary when we hear about these stories on the news, and I think it makes all of us reflect on the things we control and can do to make sure students and staff are safe. Where we cannot control the actions of others, we can certainly have protocols in place that make our campus the safest place possible for all. Our partnership with our families plays a vital role in overall safety. Please continue to collaborate with us when you hear or see things that seem concerning. I know I say it often, but it truly takes a village. Our hearts go out to the Timberview HS community.
This is a 3-day weekend for our Panther students. Teachers will be in professional development all day on Monday. If you need to reach out to a teacher, please know that it may be Tuesday before you receive a response. We will be working without our devices for a chunk of the day. Enjoy the extra day off.
Principal Coffee Chat is this Thursday in the Library from 9-10. Please join me for an informal conversation about how the year is going, and goals for this school year. Please check-in at the front desk with your ID. We will have coffee for those who want it.
The end of our first quarter is October 15th. Grades will be viewable in HAC on October 22nd. We do not print out report card grades in middle school, so please make sure to mark your calendars so you can view your child’s Q1 grades. 
Red Ribbon Week is quickly approaching. The week of October 26th (reminder that the 25th is a student holiday) is a week filled with fun themes and activities, but the meaning of the week should not ever be overshadowed…we want our students to live productive DRUG-FREE lives. We will spend some time that week (and throughout the year) talking to students about the dangers of drugs and the harmful effects they have on our bodies. 
“Scare Away Drugs” is an annual tradition at Evans. Students and staff members alike dress up in costumes to scare away drugs. Please follow the requirements below when looking for costumes for your child to wear:
·        No clowns
·        No costume masks are permitted
·        Must still be in dress code
·        No blood or gore as part of the costume
·        No weapons (real or fake) of ANY type
·        Please make sure the costume is in good taste: if you are questioning that, it is probably not going to be acceptable.

Happy Friday,


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Staff Appreciation
Evan’s Staff Appreciation Event
Friday, Oct 29, 2021

Let's show our teachers and staff how much we appreciate and love them with our first Evans "Loaf Lounge" We hope for each teacher to be able to take home a loaf.
Loaves can be store bought or homemade! Examples of types of bread: Pumpkin, Pecan, Lemon, Banana, Cinnamon Strusel, Apple, Zucchinni, Sausage. Please comment what kind of bread you are bringing.
Please bring your loaves to school on October 29th by 9:00 am. Loaves can also be dropped off the day before. Please wrap each loaf and label with the flavor.
Please sign up through the link. Thank you!

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Join the PTO and purchase spirit wear online at EVANSPTO.COM

Copy Room Helper

Tuesday Night Football Concession Workers

You must be an approved volunteer to work these events. If you have not already done so this year, please go to and fill out the application ASAP.
Kroger stores are on a mission to not just be a part of, but to help create a stronger community. Evans PTO recommends you link your rewards card to Evans PTO so that they can give back to our community.
Everyone please shop via and select Evans PTO when they make purchases through Amazon. Remember to use the and search for Evans PTO to make sure we get the donation.
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 parents!  
The EMS Panthers Athletic Booster Club would like to invite you to join in support of our students and coaches. 
What we do: the EMS Panthers Athletic Booster Club supports Evans sports programs and student athletes. All funds collected provide support directly back to the athletic program at Evans.
And, while we have had a great start to the year setting up weekly meals for Football and Volleyball and watching the athlete's get excited about their seasons, we need your help to keep it going!!

Click HERE to complete a Volunteer Background Check. You will not be able to volunteer without an approved background check.
Top volunteer needs:
Concessions coordinator (2) - duties are restocking from Sam's, creating sport specific sign up geniuses and making sure all spots are filled with volunteers (coaches help with this too!) for each home game and any tournaments at Evans. Our concession stand is open for all home games in volleyball and basketball (girls and boys), 2 tennis matches and 2 track meets. Great news we usually have all of the slots signed up for each game - we just need you to make it happen!  
Coach Appreciation coordinator - duties are making sure our designated birthday trinket is delivered to Evans on each coach birthday and coordinating a coach lunch 3-4 times a year. We should have a small team of volunteers to help, but need a coordinator. This is a fun job because you make each coach's day!
Basketball meals coordinator (1 girls and 1 boys) - duties include making sure meals are ordered, delivered and distributed each game day. Time commitment on game day is 3:00-4:30 plus a small amount of time outside of that for coordination and ordering.  

Other roles we need filled are a spirit gear coordinator (yard signs and any other spirit wear), board members and more!  
Click on the link to join EMS Panthers Athletic Booster Club and to volunteer:
Let us know if you have any questions:
Thank you all so much for your time and willingness to volunteer - the athletes and coaches are so appreciative, and we can't do this without you each year!
8th grade parents! Don’t miss out on celebrating your 8th grader with a dedication ad in the 2021-2022 yearbook. Ads are $50 or $70. Head to the Evans MS website and look for the “Celebrate your student” link!
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
Hi Panthers,

First and foremost - a huge thank you. We just dropped off 200 jars of peanut butter to the North Texas Food Bank from last month’s drive! This is one of our most successful years yet. Thank you so much for your generosity and support of our community. 

As National Bully Prevention Month continues, talk to your children about the guidance lessons we did together the last two weeks. How can we choose empathy in our interactions with peers? What impact do our words really have? How active is our conscience and how can we slow down and let it guide us to making good choices?

This week in Live Kind Club, we made and donated two blankets to children with cancer. Please join us at our next meeting on October 21st. 

We hope you and your families are well. If there is anything we can do to help support you, please let us know.


Cathy DeLisle, counselor A-K,  
Patricia Spear, counselor L-Z,  
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 if you would like to learn more about it or contact Cathy DeLisle ( with any questions.
Is there anything more random than middle school? Sixth graders Oliver and Frankie don't think so. Their first few weeks have been full of weirdness — lunchtime thievery, free beef jerky, and Matilda, the mysterious new girl who knows everything about them, but has a lot to learn about making friends.

But what if none of it is random at all? What if a reclusive genius is keeping an eye on them and making sure the tiny pieces of his puzzle fall into place, one by one, until strange, seemingly unconnected incidents snowball totally out of control? Imagine the odds! First a cardamom shortage takes down the school bully. Then a giant dog leads to some extracurricular spying. Soon Oliver is being followed and Matilda is hacking the FBI. And by the time they discover a gang of angry clowns and the world's largest game of Mousetrap, an insanely brilliant plan has been set in motion that will change their lives forever.
Kelli Bolin
Media Resource Specialist

Donna Fitzpatrick, RN
School Nurse
Evans Middle School
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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