53 MISD Seniors Earn National Merit and College Board Recognition

McKinney, Texas - This month, officials of the National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) announced the names of 34 McKinney ISD students whose outstanding performance on the PSAT/NMSQT earned Commended Scholar recognition and 10 who have been named Semifinalists in the National Merit Scholarship program.

In addition, the College Board has recognized 19 McKinney ISD students in the National Hispanic Recognition program based on their performance on the PSAT/NMSQT.

Carrying the Torch: Cockrill Honors Band Reinforces Legacy with National Award

McKinney, Texas - It’s a little after one o’clock on a Monday afternoon, and the Cockrill Middle School band hall is rumbling with the thunder of stomping feet. It swells in intensity and then gradually dissipates into silence.

It’s because of Mio Yamauchi and her bassoon.

Boyd AP Teacher Receives 2016 Yale Educator Award

New Haven, Conn. - The Yale University Office of Undergraduate Admissions announced last Monday that McKinney Boyd High School AP social studies teacher Scott Martin has been selected as a recipient of the 2016 Yale Educator Award.

McKinney ISD Named a 2016 Best Place to Work by Dallas Business Journal

McKinney, Texas - McKinney ISD has been named a 2016 “Best Place to Work” by the Dallas Business Journal and is the only school district to make the list this year.

MISD Board Secretary Stephanie O'Dell Finds Fun and Fitness in New P.E. Curriculum

McKinney, Texas - For those of us who grew up long, long ago the term “P.E.” tends to evoke memories of dubious activities like dodgeball—where we learned to be tough by enduring a stinging hail of red rubber balls, and we learned to be fast by fleeing them.

But, physical education has come a long way since then. Thankfully.

McKinney North Symphonic Band Earns State Recognition from Foundation for Music Education

McKinney, Texas - Solos performed on the alto flute and the recorder don’t often attract the spotlight among a lot of high school bands. But, in the case of the McKinney North High School Symphonic Band, those two instruments were featured in an award-winning performance that has received state recognition from the Foundation for Music Education.

SJMS Principal Mitch Curry Named TASSP Region 10 Outstanding Principal of the Year

McKinney, Texas -  Principal Mitch Curry strides along the yellow center line of the drop-off lane at Scott Johnson Middle School, guiding the dual lines of traffic slowly forward. He raises a hand, and the crawl of vehicles eases to a stop as Curry waves a group of students through the crosswalk. He greets them by name as they pass, shaking hands, offering high fives and engaging them in conversation.

McKinney ISD to Offer Parenting Classes Based on the Love and Logic Program

McKinney, Texas - McKinney ISD is pleased to offer parent education classes titled “Becoming a Love and Logic Parent.” The classes are organized into five cohort sessions that begin Sept. 8 and run through March 13.

MHS Criminal Justice Students Earn Gold and Bronze at State Law Enforcement Competition this Summer

McKinney, Texas - The end of the school year is typically accompanied by a tremendous whooshing sound as students race out the doors toward summer fun and relaxation. But for eight McKinney High School students, the start of summer just meant that they would have more time to focus on training.

MISD Board Approves 5 Cent Tax Rate Reduction

McKinney, Texas - In April, McKinney ISD announced a larger than anticipated tax rate reduction of 4.5 cents. Now, after receiving the Collin County Appraisal District’s certified property values reports in July—which exceed the estimated values reports of this past spring—the district is announcing an additional half cent reduction in the tax rate for a total tax rate decrease of 5 cents.