McKinney Boyd Claims Title in 3rd Annual MISD Battle of the Blues Physics Olympics

McKinney, Texas - Last Thursday, 15 teams representing McKinney ISD’s three high schools gathered at McKinney High School for the 3rd annual battle of wits and creativity that is the MISD “Battle of the Blues” Physics Olympics.

AP Holly Rogers is New Principal of Dowell Middle School

McKinney, Texas - Summer will bring new responsibilities in familiar surroundings for Holly Rogers as she settles into her new role as principal of Dowell Middle School.

Rogers, who has served as an assistant principal at Dowell for the past three years, has been chosen to lead the middle school campus of nearly 1,200 students, and the McKinney ISD Board of Trustees approved the decision Tuesday night.

MISD Offers Summer PSAT Prep for Rising Sophomores and Juniors

McKinney, Texas - In June, McKinney ISD is offering the 2016 installment of its annual MISD PSAT Rising Junior and Rising Sophomores Preparation Program for MISD students who will be juniors or sophomores in 2016–2017. The program is aimed at helping these students reach even higher achievement on the 2016 PSAT/NMSQT that will be administered by the district in October.

The summer prep classes will focus on strategies and skills in critical reading, math problem solving and writing.

More than a Name: The Legacy of Scott Johnson

McKinney, Texas - Scott Johnson, namesake of Johnson Middle school and well-respected McKinney educator, died Sunday at the age of 84. In his passing, he left behind a 35-year legacy in McKinney ISD.

MISD Middle School Talent Shines on 2016 Duke TIP

McKinney, Texas -  Each year, academically talented 7th graders from across the country are  selected to participate in the Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP), the largest program in the country that focuses on identifying academic strengths and developing the abilities of talented middle school students.

The Long and Winding Road to Serenity: Stephen Issa's Journey Continues as the New Principal for Serenity High

McKinney, Texas - McKinney ISD has chosen Stephen Issa as the new principal of Serenity High, believed to be the only public recovery high school in Texas. The position became available when longtime Serenity Principal Juli Ferraro announced her retirement earlier this month.

After 10 years at Serenity, 15 years in education and a recent appointment to the Executive Board of the Association of Recovery Schools, Issa is the logical choice for the job.
 

AP Jae Gaskill Named New Principal of McKinney North High School

McKinney, Texas - Longtime North Associate Principal Jae Gaskill has been chosen to lead McKinney ISD’s second oldest high school. The decision follows current Principal Jimmy Spann’s recently announced plan to retire at the end of 2015-2016. Gaskill has worked alongside Spann throughout her nine years at the campus, and now her leadership will carry North forward.

MHS Counselor Jennifer Akins Named New MISD Director of Guidance and Counseling

McKinney, Texas - Jennifer Akins leads a busy life at McKinney High School. As lead counselor of the district’s second largest campus, she shares duties with four other counselors and is responsible for the broad range of needs of more than 500 students.

The job can be tough at times, but it’s a calling that Akins is passionate about, and she is really good at what she does. Now she has an opportunity to impact the lives of even more students.

After 10 years in the MHS counseling department, Akins has been chosen as McKinney ISD’s new director of guidance and counseling, a position vacated earlier this year when previous director P.J. Holland announced her retirement in December.

Dowell Principal Arbabi to be New Principal of MHS

McKinney, Texas - Current Dowell Principal Alan Arbabi, who has spent the past 13 years of his 20-plus years in education serving in McKinney ISD campus leadership, has been chosen as the new principal of McKinney High School.

Leadership and Science Ensure Results at Annual MISD/Raytheon LASER Competition

McKinney, Texas - On Friday, April 22, McKinney ISD hosted its 6th annual high school LASER (Leadership and Science Ensure Results) competition at the district’s Central Administration building to close out another successful year of collaboration with Raytheon through the district’s physics classes.