STEM is for girls: Coserv grant funds Sci-Tech Girl Power after-school STEM program at Bennett

McKinney, Texas - They come in most days after school, these 20 or so Bennett Elementary 4th and 5th grade girls. On some days, they have other commitments like Girl Scouts or Bluebonnet Book Club, but they are eager to be here when they can.

It's called Girl Power.

Eddins AP Trey Wright Named TCEA Texas Administrator of the Year

UPDATE: On Tuesday, Feb. 7, at the Texas Computer Educators Association state conference in Austin, Trey Wright was chosen from among three state finalists as the TCEA Administrator of the Year!

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.

Bennett Elementary Defeats Oklahoma School in Think Through Math Red River Rumble

McKinney, Texas -  “Our Bennett Bears absolutely crushed Oklahoma with our math skills,” said Bennett Elementary Principal Amy Holderman on Friday.  

Bennett was chosen as one of five Texas schools to represent the state in the first week of Think Through Math’s (TTM) annual Red River Rumble mathematics competition between Texas and Oklahoma held Nov. 9 – 13. The weeklong event called on 3rd – 5th graders from Bennett and a counterpart school in Oklahoma to complete and pass as many online TTM math lessons as possible over the course of the week.

Baumann Selected as New Principal of Johnson Elementary

McKinney, Texas -  McKinney ISD has chosen current Reuben Johnson Elementary Assistant Principal Michelle Baumann as the new principal of that campus. The position was made available recently when longtime Johnson Principal Suzy Woodard became McKinney ISD’s assistant superintendent for learner support.

Caldwell Principal Chris Clark to Lead Press Elementary in 2015 - 2016

McKinney, Texas - “We are excited about the opportunity that Chris Clark brings to the table as the new leader of Press Elementary,” said McKinney ISD Superintendent Dr. Rick McDaniel. “Chris has demonstrated tremendous leadership skill while at Caldwell, and many of the programs that he has implemented during his tenure are also in place at Press.”

Press Principal Paige Hanks Announces Retirement

McKinney, Texas - Long time McKinney ISD administrator Paige Hanks has announced her plan to retire at the end of the 2014-2015 school year. Hanks has served as principal of Press Elementary for the past two years, but the impact of her leadership has been felt at several campuses across the district since her arrival in 2001.

Protect Your Melon: Wilmeth Fifth-Graders Tackle Helmet Safety for First Place at Regional Science Fair

McKinney, Texas - Like all great pioneers of science, Grant Vollmer and C.J. Wilson are not afraid to tackle hot-button topics—even when their research findings could interfere with their extracurricular aspirations.

For their science fair research project, which they presented at the Elementary Regional Science Fair in Garland on Feb. 6–7, the two fifth-graders from Wilmeth Elementary, tackled the topic of helmet safety with a project called “Protect Your Melon.” In the process, they won a 1st Place trophy and experienced the exciting convergence of science, helmet safety and the thrill of dropping watermelons from a ladder.

Gilliam Chosen to Lead Malvern Elementary

McKinney, Texas - Veteran Glen Oaks Elementary principal Rhonda Gilliam will begin a new chapter in her service to McKinney ISD later this month when she steps into her new role as principal of Malvern Elementary.

Eddins Choir Earns Top State Honor from TMEA

McKinney, Texas - In February, the Eddins Elementary Choir will travel to San Antonio to perform at the 2015 Texas Music Educators Association (TMEA) State Clinic/Convention as one of only two 2015 TMEA Elementary Invited Choirs chosen from Texas in the audition choir category. It’s an elite honor that very few choirs ever achieve.