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.

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 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.

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.

2016-2017 Brings New Faces and New Spaces Among MISD Leadership

McKinney, Texas - With the 2016–2017 school year only a couple of days away, Central Office curriculum coordinators and campus principals across McKinney ISD are putting the finishing touches on their preparations for the return of students. Working alongside them are some new associate and assistant principals who play an indispensable role in campus leadership teams. Among both groups are a few new faces—and in some cases, familiar faces in new roles.

McKinney PD Teen Academy Advanced Course takes Summer Vacation to a New Level

McKinney, Texas - Marie Nault stalks slowly down C Hall at Scott Johnson Middle School, eyes forward, intently scanning the passage ahead. In her right hand, she grips an air soft pistol, and it is up and ready.

MISD Hires Veteran Educator Melanie Magee as Senior Director of Curriculum and Instruction

McKinney, Texas - McKinney Independent School District has hired veteran educator Melanie Magee to serve as the district’s new senior director of curriculum and instruction, a crucial leadership position that impacts instruction in classrooms across the district every day.