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Connections Matter: The Return of MISD Convocation

Press Release|
Shane Mauldin|
Tuesday, August 10, 2021
McKinney ISD Superintendent Dr. Rick McDaniel addresses the audience at the 2021 MISD Convocation held Friday, August 6, 2021, at MISD Stadium. His message: Connections Matter.

McKinney ISD Superintendent Dr. Rick McDaniel addresses the audience at the 2021 MISD Convocation held Friday, August 6, 2021, at MISD Stadium. His message: Connections Matter.

In the relative cool of the early morning, they arrived in pairs and groups, making their way through the east and west gates of McKinney ISD Stadium. Those who arrived alone soon joined up with friends and colleagues, exchanging hugs and laughter as the concourse and seating areas began to fill with MISD teachers and staff.

Employees from every campus and office across the district had not gathered in one place since the 2019 Convocation. And, it was time at last to come together again, on the morning of Friday, August 6, to officially welcome MISD back for the 2021–2022 school year, to reconnect and share in the collective vision for the district.

Image with this quote: most importantly, I’m talking about reconnecting with our kids. They’ve never needed us more than they do this coming year.

Ultimately, MISD students were the focus of the proceedings and, appropriately, were among those who helped make Convocation happen. A host of cheerleaders from Cockrill, Dowell, Evans, Faubion, SJMS and all three high schools formed a welcoming party at the gates with members of the MISD Board of Trustees.

The Boyd Fusion Choir, MHS Royal Pride Marching Band and Color Guard and the McKinney North Drum Line provided entertainment that underscored McKinney ISD’s status as one of NAMM’s Best Communities for Music Education.

There was a dance contest among the high school mascots and video presentations that featured MISD students talking about their teachers — with heartfelt and, often humorous, sentiment.

teachers from MHS standing in a group smiling

McKinney ISD 2021 Convocation — Friday, August 6, at MISD Stadium

MISD Board of Trustees Vice President Stephanie O’Dell welcomed everyone back on behalf of the board, and Superintendent Dr. Rick McDaniel drove home his theme for the year: connections are essential.

“Connections matter; always have, always will,” he said. “I’m talking about reconnecting with our community through campus and district wide events. I’m talking about reconnecting with our peers … I’m talking about reconnecting with parents … But, most importantly, I’m talking about reconnecting with our kids. They’ve never needed us more than they do this coming year.

“That is why I am imploring you to keep our McKinney ISD connections strong,” McDaniel said. “As we move on and reconnect, I hope you understand that you are reconnecting with what is truly a calling. Each of you are called to do this. You do it with spirit. You do it with enthusiasm. But, most importantly, you do it with love.”

MISD 2021–2022 Convocation in Photos

McDaniel at the podium

McKinney ISD 2021 Convocation — Friday, August 6, at MISD Stadium: Superintendent Dr. Rick McDaniel

three women smiling for camera

McKinney ISD 2021 Convocation — Friday, August 6, at MISD Stadium

two staff members laughing

McKinney ISD 2021 Convocation — Friday, August 6, at MISD Stadium

Stephanie O'Dell speaking on stage

McKinney ISD 2021 Convocation — Friday, August 6, at MISD Stadium: MISD Board of Trustees Vice President Stephanie O’Dell

group of singers warming up on sideline

McKinney ISD 2021 Convocation — Friday, August 6, at MISD Stadium: McKinney Boyd High School Fusion Choir

Color guard girl posing with flag during performance

McKinney ISD 2021 Convocation — Friday, August 6, at MISD Stadium: MHS Royal Pride Marching Band and Color Guard

line of student drummers performing on sideline

McKinney ISD 2021 Convocation — Friday, August 6, at MISD Stadium: McKinney North High School Drum Line

two teachers smiling for camera

McKinney ISD 2021 Convocation — Friday, August 6, at MISD Stadium

two cheerleaders smiling for camera

McKinney ISD 2021 Convocation — Friday, August 6, at MISD Stadium

Stephanie O'Dell waving a pom pon

McKinney ISD 2021 Convocation — Friday, August 6, at MISD Stadium: MISD Board of Trustees Vice President Stephanie O’Dell

Boyd AP showing school spirit with face painted red

McKinney ISD 2021 Convocation — Friday, August 6, at MISD Stadium: Boyd Bronco School Spirit!

two women smiling at camera

McKinney ISD 2021 Convocation — Friday, August 6, at MISD Stadium

Chad Green smiling at camera

McKinney ISD 2021 Convocation — Friday, August 6, at MISD Stadium: MISD Board Member Chad Green

overhead view of people on concourse

McKinney ISD 2021 Convocation — Friday, August 6, at MISD Stadium

row of middle school cheerleaders smiling at camera

McKinney ISD 2021 Convocation — Friday, August 6, at MISD Stadium

Larry Jagours shaking hands

McKinney ISD 2021 Convocation — Friday, August 6, at MISD Stadium: MISD Board Member Larry Jagours

man and woman smiling at camera

McKinney ISD 2021 Convocation — Friday, August 6, at MISD Stadium

teachers walking past in a line

McKinney ISD 2021 Convocation — Friday, August 6, at MISD Stadium

group of teachers walking toward camera

McKinney ISD 2021 Convocation — Friday, August 6, at MISD Stadium

three MISD high school mascots walking into stadium

McKinney ISD 2021 Convocation — Friday, August 6, at MISD Stadium

principal of Press ES looking up from seats waving at camera

McKinney ISD 2021 Convocation — Friday, August 6, at MISD Stadium

group from Wilmeth smiling at camera

McKinney ISD 2021 Convocation — Friday, August 6, at MISD Stadium

group from Walker ES posing for a photo

McKinney ISD 2021 Convocation — Friday, August 6, at MISD Stadium

MHS mascot doing dance moves

McKinney ISD 2021 Convocation — Friday, August 6, at MISD Stadium

Boyd mascot running across field

McKinney ISD 2021 Convocation — Friday, August 6, at MISD Stadium

bass drum players in a line waiting to play

McKinney ISD 2021 Convocation — Friday, August 6, at MISD Stadium: McKinney North Drum Line

teacher standing and cheering

McKinney ISD 2021 Convocation — Friday, August 6, at MISD Stadium

teacher standing and cheering among seated crowd

McKinney ISD 2021 Convocation — Friday, August 6, at MISD Stadium

shot of drummers in a line playing

McKinney ISD 2021 Convocation — Friday, August 6, at MISD Stadium: McKinney North Drum Line

view of bass drummers in a row

McKinney ISD 2021 Convocation — Friday, August 6, at MISD Stadium: McKinney North Drum Line

drummers walking off field reacting to audience

McKinney ISD 2021 Convocation — Friday, August 6, at MISD Stadium: McKinney North Drum Line

drummers walking off field reacting to crowd

McKinney ISD 2021 Convocation — Friday, August 6, at MISD Stadium: McKinney North Drum Line

line of flute players performing on field

McKinney ISD 2021 Convocation — Friday, August 6, at MISD Stadium: MHS Royal Pride Marching Band and Color Guard

color guard member performing on field with flag

McKinney ISD 2021 Convocation — Friday, August 6, at MISD Stadium: MHS Royal Pride Marching Band and Color Guard

drum major on pedestal directing band as they perform

McKinney ISD 2021 Convocation — Friday, August 6, at MISD Stadium: MHS Royal Pride Marching Band and Color Guard

band performing and raising hands to clap

McKinney ISD 2021 Convocation — Friday, August 6, at MISD Stadium: MHS Royal Pride Marching Band and Color Guard

choir singers performing

McKinney ISD 2021 Convocation — Friday, August 6, at MISD Stadium: McKinney Boyd High School Fusion Choir

female choir performers singing holding microphones

McKinney ISD 2021 Convocation — Friday, August 6, at MISD Stadium: McKinney Boyd High School Fusion Choir

man facing away from camera wearing shirt that reads Bringing our A Game

McKinney ISD 2021 Convocation — Friday, August 6, at MISD Stadium

teacher in crowd watching performance

McKinney ISD 2021 Convocation — Friday, August 6, at MISD Stadium

woman giving a thumbs up at the camera

McKinney ISD 2021 Convocation — Friday, August 6, at MISD Stadium

woman leaving stadium at the end of the event

McKinney ISD 2021 Convocation — Friday, August 6, at MISD Stadium

women walking toward gates at the end of the event

McKinney ISD 2021 Convocation — Friday, August 6, at MISD Stadium

women and man posing for camera

McKinney ISD 2021 Convocation — Friday, August 6, at MISD Stadium

group of teachers smiling in photo

McKinney ISD 2021 Convocation — Friday, August 6, at MISD Stadium

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