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2017 News Archive

A Rocketry Team from MHS Takes on the College Crowd at the NASA Student Launch Initiative

Article|May 2017

In April, a rocketry team from McKinney High School competed in the NASA Student Launch Initiative held near the Marshall Space Flight Center in Alabama. They competed among university teams from across the country with an 8-ft. rocket that they designed and built to fly up to a mile high, deploy an automated drone and return a fragile cargo safely back to earth. This is the story of their journey.

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New MISD Bilingual/ESL Director Zabdi Gonzalez has Walked in the Shoes of the Students She Serves

Press Release|May 2017

When she walked into her fifth-grade classroom for the first time, Zabdi Gonzalez didn’t speak English. Now, years later, she is the choice to lead McKinney ISD’s Bilingual/ESL Department. Along the way, she hasn’t forgotten the journey that brought her here—or the life-changing difference that a teacher can make.

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MISD Earns Recognition for Excellence in Financial Reporting from Government Finance Officers Association

Article|May 2017

The Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) has awarded McKinney ISD the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for 2016. This award is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting that is granted by GFOA and comes in response to the district’s Comprehensive Annual Financial Report (CAFR) that was submitted to the Texas Education Agency and to GFOA last year.

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Nail-Biting Courtroom Drama! MISD Middle Schools Claim Top 3 Spots in Collin County Mock Trial Competition

Press Release|May 2017

From “Law & Order” to “12 Angry Men” to “A Few Good Men,” just about everybody loves a good courtroom drama. For the 8th graders involved in the Collin County Bar Association (CCBA) Mock Trial contest, the courtroom drama may have been simulated, but the competition was very real. Each team member had a role to play; some served as witnesses and some as attorneys, but all of them were…well, judged…by actual attorneys and judges—and the goal, as in any courtroom, was to win. That’s exactly what three McKinney ISD middle school teams did in the competition held April 28-29 at the Collin County Courthouse. Teams from Evans Middle School, Cockrill Middle School and Dowell Middle School took 1st, 2nd and 3rd place, respectively, from among a field of 28 teams.

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A Special Night: MISD Honors Distinguished Students and Inspirational Teachers at Annual Dinner

Article|May 2017

When McKinney ISD Superintendent Dr. Rick McDaniel approached the podium at Eldorado Country Club on the evening of Thursday, May 4, for the 2017 Distinguished Student Awards Dinner, he addressed an assemblage of 45 of the district’s finest students from McKinney Boyd High School, McKinney High School and McKinney North High School. “Tonight’s Distinguished Student Awards ceremony is a celebration of everything that is good about McKinney ISD,” McDaniel told the audience. “We honor you students who have earned the highest level of recognition at the end of your elementary and secondary school years, and we honor the parents, teachers and administrators who have helped influence you along the way. “The McKinney ISD Distinguished Student Award is the highest honor bestowed upon a student in our school district. This is a special night, indeed.”

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Ussery and Rippee Elected to Board, McKinzie and Livezey Unopposed

Press Release|May 2017

Kenneth Ussery and incumbent Curtis Rippee won their bids for McKinney ISD Board of Trustees Places 2 and 7, respectively, on Saturday. Fellow incumbents Maria McKinzie (Place 1) and Kathi Livezey (Place 3), who both ran unopposed, retained their positions on the Board as well. Ussery received 70.57 percent of the vote in his race against Clayton Myhre, and Rippee earned 55.48 percent of the vote over his opponent Curtis Rath.

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Minshew Elementary AP Inetra Nelson Chosen as New Minshew Principal

Press Release|April 2017

It’s difficult to imagine a job that could feel more “at home” than the one in which Inetra Nelson finds herself each day. Raised in McKinney, the 1994 graduate of McKinney High School spent her formative years in McKinney ISD elementary schools before attending Faubion as a middle schooler. Along the way, she encountered educators who would become icons of the district; Johnson Elementary namesake Reuben Johnson was her principal at Burks Elementary, and Jesse McGowen, for whom McGowen Elementary was named, was her high school counselor. And, for the past 14 years of what has grown into an 18 year career as an educator, Nelson has followed in their footsteps by serving the next generation of MISD students, first as a 3rd grade teacher at Johnson Elementary, then as an assistant principal at Eddins Elementary—and for the past four years, as the assistant principal of Minshew Elementary. Now, Nelson has been chosen to be the new principal of Minshew beginning in the 2017-2018 school year. The job became available when current Principal Al Conley was chosen to succeed Pam Bendorf as principal of Burks Elementary after Bendorf announced earlier this month her plan to retire.

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MISD Board Approves Raises for Teachers and Staff

Press Release|April 2017

The new compensation plan approved by the McKinney ISD Board of Trustees calls for a 3 percent raise to the midpoint of pay range for employee salaries and marks the fourth consecutive year that the board has approved a raise of 3 percent or greater. The plan calls for a $1,750 flat raise for teachers, and the new teacher starting salary has been raised to $52,350 from the previous $50,900. The district will also continue the $500 mid-year employee stipend.

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2017 Board Election Information, Dates and Polling Locations

Press Release|April 2017

Elections for McKinney ISD Board of Trustees seats are conducted annually each May. The candidates run for specific places on the Board (Place 1, Place 2, etc.), but they represent McKinney ISD as a whole. Once elections are finalized, the Board elects a president, vice-president and secretary for one-year terms. Election day for the 2017 McKinney ISD Board Election is Saturday, May 6, 2017, and early voting runs from Monday, April 24, 2017 through Tuesday, May 2, 2017. (Polling locations are closed on Sunday, April 30, 2017.)

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MISD named to the 2017 list of Best Communities for Music Education by NAMM

Press Release|April 2017

From the youngest elementary students just beginning to learn the rudiments of music to the accomplished musicians earning statewide recognition in high school, McKinney ISD has earned a well-deserved reputation for providing top-notch music education from beginning to end of its students’ academic careers. In recognition of that commitment, MISD has been included in the 2017 list of Best Communities for Music Education by the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM), placing MISD among a select group that represents only about 4 percent of the roughly 14,000 U.S. school districts.

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Student’s Essay About MHS Teacher Wins Barnes & Noble Contest

Press Release|April 2017

Before he walked into Laura Smith’s AVID class at McKinney High School four years ago, Jaime Tamayo was content with his academic aspirations. But, his first conversation with Smith changed that—and fundamentally altered the trajectory of Jaime’s academic career. So, when the Barnes & Noble My Favorite Teacher Essay Contest showed up on his radar recently, Jaime saw an opportunity to honor the person who had impacted his life in such a significant way.

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Burks Elementary Principal Bendorf Announces Retirement, Conley to Serve as new Burks Principal

Press Release|April 2017

After 27 years in education, longtime Burks Elementary Principal Pam Bendorf has announced her plan to retire in December. The district has chosen current Minshew Principal Al Conley as Bendorf’s successor at Burks.

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