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.
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, 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.
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, 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.
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, 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.
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.
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.
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.