JJAEP Assistant Principal Grace Harris to be new AP at SJMS

McKinney, Texas - The quickly approaching new year will bring new surroundings for Assistant Principal Grace Harris.

Currently serving at the McKinney Juvenile Justice Alternative Education Placement (JJAEP), Harris will join Dr. Mitch Curry, principal, and Assistant Principal David Warren to round out the administrative leadership at Scott Johnson Middle School when school resumes after the holiday break. She’ll fill the position that will be vacated with the December retirement of Dr. Robert Waite, current SJMS assistant principal.

New Assistant Principal Chosen for Slaughter Elementary

McKinney, Texas - Slaughter Elementary has chosen veteran elementary educator Marina Byrd as the school’s new assistant principal.

Byrd is no stranger to Slaughter; she has served there as a bilingual instructional coach for the past three years, and with 23 years in elementary education behind her, she brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to her new position.

NASA contracts with MHS engineering students to build an 8 foot rocket for national competition

McKinney, Texas - The McKinney High School Flying Lions Rocketry Team has been awarded an eight-month unfunded NASA contract to design, build and launch a reusable high powered rocket and engineering payload to an altitude of one mile above ground level and recover both.

Echegaray Named Principal of Finch Elementary

McKinney, Texas - Veteran Slaughter Elementary School Assistant Principal Erika Echegaray has been chosen as the new principal of Finch Elementary. The decision was announced at the McKinney ISD Board of Trustees monthly work study meeting Tuesday night. Echegaray brings eight years of administrative experience to her new role.

MISD Interdisciplinary Study and Mentorship Program sets students on a trajectory for success as they pursue college and career

McKinney, Texas - It’s a Friday afternoon, and the energetic buzz of some 40 or so conversations hovers over the main conference room at the Collin College Higher Education Center. A bell rings, and half the room stands and shifts to the next small table in line. There are handshakes and greetings, and then everyone is seated again, and the buzz of conversation returns.

AATG Chooses MHS Teacher Sandra Dieckman as Top High School German Language Educator in the Country

McKinney, Texas - Since childhood, McKinney High School German teacher Sandra Dieckman’s love of the German language has been rooted in the fertile soil of family ties. But, it was a youthful inclination to sidestep authority that helped it bloom.

63 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.