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The club promotes Interest in ASL and Deaf Culture. Meetings are Monday afternoons in Room B228.
The Athletic Training Program is internship-based instruction that offers students a chance to learn the basics of athletic training and other sports medicine careers in a hands-on learning environment. Students in the Athletic Training Program work with at least two different sports, one for each semester (unless involved in a sport for that semester) and requires after school participation. Many of our students are athletes but enjoy working a sport opposite to their own season. The Athletic Training Program is very rewarding in the sense that it creates a sense of teamwork and family, you get to be directly involved with the outcome of a sports team, you are right in the action, and there are post-high school benefits like real world experience, hands on skills learned, and even scholarship opportunities. Fill out an application to try out in the spring semester!
The primary goal of the AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program is to prepare students for admission and completion of a four-year college or university. Other goals in AVID include promoting and offering support in a rigorous classes, school activities, leadership, community service, and citizenship. AVID students are nominated by teachers and undergo an interview process to be accepted.
The McKinney Royal Pride Band exists to: Instill in each participating member the desire to succeed in his/her endeavors. To provide aesthetic expression and outlets for creativity through music as an art form. To educate the individual as to the importance of teamwork in all facets of life. To assist students in growing into responsible and successful members of society, able to produce well both individually, and as a member of a group, and possessing the essential characteristics of integrity, dependability, and loyalty.
The McKinney High School Baseball Program exists to provide an opportunity for student athletes to mature physically, mentally and emotionally. The program will provide student athletes the opportunities to develop and demonstrate commitment, discipline, work ethic, pride, and character through the game of baseball. These values are imperative to success within the MHS baseball team concept. The team strives to return from each contest with pride and honor while representing Self, Team, School, Family.
The McKinney High School Boys Program is sanctioned by the University Interscholastic League (U.I.L.) of Texas. We compete in Region I, District 5 of Conference 6A. Our basketball program is open to young men who are entering grades 9 through 12 at McKinney High School. A young man may earn the right to participate in our program by going through a try-out process and meeting a satisfactory academic and behavioral standard in the classroom. We have five teams, a varsity squad, two junior varsity squads, and two freshman squads. We will have try-outs the first two-weeks of school, during the basketball athletic period. We will hold a second try-out at the conclusion of football season for students who are in Football, Cross Country, or any other sport at MHS that would prevent them from attending the try-out the first two weeks of school.
Girls basketball competes in the UIL District 9-4A. The athletes compete at the freshmen, junior varsity and varsity level. The official UIL season begins in mid-October and continues through February. During the season the girls practice after school, compete in two games a week and also participate in tournaments. In the off-season (August-October and February-May) the athlete’s practice is held during their athletic period only. Those girls not currently in athletics can try-out for the program beginning when after school practices start in October. Please contact Coach Harris for more information.
The BSU club at MHS advocates on behalf of black students and helps promote cultural and political awareness. BSU encourages unity, inspires leadership, and supports local activism. We work to create a safe environment for students to engage in thought-provoking conversations, as well as organize community events, fundraisers, and community service opportunities. Meetings are the last Monday of each month at 2:45 p.m.-3:15 p.m. in the upstairs flex space.
The work of the MHS1 staff affects every student at McKinney High School. By telling stories about the community, covering school events and entertaining viewers, McKinney’s student-produced news broadcast wins multiple state and national awards year after year. Archived episodes are available at manestreamnews.com
The cheerleaders are ambassadors for MHS, and are spirit promoters around the school and community. Cheer also performs at pep rallies, “Touch the Lion” ceremonies, community events, as well as regional and UIL Spirit Competitions. Cheer loves their Lions and like to show support by attending football, girls and boys basketball, wrestling, girls and boys soccer, baseball and softball games, pumping up the crowd and leading them in chants. Tryouts for the team are held every year at the end of February.
Meetings are Wednesday afternoons at 2:40 in room F225.
The McKinney High School Choir Department is comprised of six performing ensembles ranging from entry-level singers to pre-collegiate performers. Choirs are “co-curricular” offerings meaning that they have a TEKS based, state-approved curriculum but have portions of their activities that are classified as “extra-curricular.” Membership requires an audition/interview with the directors. Students are placed in skill appropriate groups. In addition to its normal concert season, the McKinney High School Choirs are notable because of their annual “Feast of Carols” Madrigal Dinner and “THE PORCH” concert. Interested students should contact Ms. Johnston or Mr. Lessmann for more information regarding choir.
Color Guard is an artist and athletic activity that combines the spinning of flags, rifles, and sabres with dance fundamentals. During the fall, the color guard is a part of the Royal Pride marching band halftime performances and helps to add an exciting visual element to the shows. In the winter months, the color guard created a competitive program on their own, competing at both local and national events. Being a part of the color guard is a great way to earn both your fine arts and physical education credits. Color Guard is open to all that are interested and does not require previous experience. We pride ourselves on maintaining a positive, fun, and enriching environment for our teams and would love to welcome you into the color guard family.
Our club will work together to create and discuss various computer programs. It will help members to have a better understanding of Programming and will enable students to meet other members of the programming community. Meetings are Tuesdays from 2:30 – 3:30 in B107 with Friday after school optional.
Cosmetology includes the knowledge and application of the principles and practices of the treatment of the hair, skin, and nails in accordance with licensing requirements. Students will develop the skills required to be competitive in the field of Cosmetology including cutting, coloring, texture services, waxing, and styling. In addition, students will also develop highly needed skills for success: group participation, leadership, appropriate work habits, safety and sanitation procedures, customer service, and communication with workers as well as clientele. Students are expected to complete 500 hours during the school year, so good attendance is essential. Cosmetology II continues subjects that were started in Cosmetology I. After completion of the 1000 hours of laboratory work, students are eligible for the license examination. Cosmetology is regulated by the State of Texas, and students must successfully pass a written and practical exam in order to receive their Cosmetology License. This course requires extended attendance before and after school.
The primary goal of this Club is to provide the students of McKinney High School with an opportunity to prepare for a career in criminal justice.
Cross Country is a sport, which involves running on courses at public parks or golf courses. Teams are scored by the place in which the runners finish overall. The top five runners on each team will be scored. The team with the lowest overall score wins. Teams with less than five runners will compete as individuals only. Track & Field involves track events and relays. Field events are for throwers and jumpers (horizontal or vertical). Meets are run against time, and are scored by each event. Meets generally have different formats, but may have finals following the preliminary events against time.
The Marquettes promote school spirit and teach students the art of dance/drill. The Marquettes perform all Varsity football games, pep rallies, competitions, and at a variety of community events. Auditions for Marquettes are held every year in the spring.
The MHS Engineering Club (EC) is a student-led, teacher facilitated, after-school initiative that encourages and promotes Engineering concepts, practices and principles. The EC fosters a safe environment for intrinsically motivated students sharing common interests to gather together to research, learn and compete in various Engineering disciplines. Students compete through Technology Student Association (TSA), Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC), and NASA Student Launch. Meetings are Thursdays from 2:30 PM – 5:00 PM in F132.
The environmental club would help make the Earth a better place by increasing opportunities for recycling, cleaning up trash and raising awareness for the problems facing our environment today. Meets Wednesdays at 2:40 in room B202
The FFA is the largest youth-led organization in the United States. Members from across the country are involved in leadership events, career explorations, scholarship opportunities, livestock exhibition, and many other opportunities. On a local level, the FFA offers students the change to participate in activities that teach lifelong skills. Activities exist that match almost everyone’s interest. Parent meetings are the second Tuesday of the month and the student meetings are at various times throughout the year.
9th through 12th U.I.L. competition football. 10th – 12th class is 5th period with workouts in the morning before school. 9th football is 1st period with workouts after school.
Both classes are year-long classes. Once football season ends, 9th – 11th weight training, conditioning, and skills are developed during the athletic period. Football is a fall semester class for seniors only.
The French Club provides a fun way to learn more about the culture of France and other Francophone (French-speaking) countries in the world. You do not have to speak French or be enrolled in French class to be in the club; membership is open to all MHS students. French Club is involved in several activities throughout the school year. We offer cooking classes that feature dishes from different countries. We participate in spirit events such as Decorate the Halls and the all-night Beat the Drum tradition. French Club gives students the opportunity to enjoy Francophone films, plays, music, art, food and sports while making friends. We look forward to seeing you at this year’s French Club meetings and events. Meetings are Monday afternoons from 2:40 – 3:15.
GSA is a safe place for LGBTQIA+ students and their allies to hang out, ask questions and learn about this amazing community in a non-judgmental environment. We seek to promote understanding and to foster relationships among all students through education and community service. Meetings are Thursdays from 2:30 – 3:30 in Room C208.
German Club wants to further explore the culture of the German speaking countries by offering activities like holiday celebrations, card and board games, music, videos, and movies. We have done things like baking and cooking classes, going to a Mavericks game and having a Q & A session with Dirk Nowitzki, meeting at a German restaurant, visiting a local car dealership, and volunteering at Oktoberfest. We enjoy lots of German food. We have events together with the clubs from the other two high schools.
Golden Girls are enthusiastic seniors who promote school spirit and pump up the crowd at home sporting events.
The goals of the MHS golf program are to provide a learning environment, create a positive approach to the game of golf, practice hard and win district. The team plans to compete at regionals and earn a spot in the UIL state golf tournament. JV practices are held in the mornings and the varsity teams practice in the afternoon. Practice time in the morning is from 8-9:15 am and from 3:30-6:00 pm in the afternoon. Practices are held Monday through Friday, weather permitting.
The Headhunters is a school spirit organization. Participants are juniors or seniors and must go through an application process. The purpose of the Headhunters is to support the extracurricular activities of McKinney High School by promoting school spirit. Headhunters exist to promote good sportsmanship, good citizenship, and wholesome, enthusiastic school spirit. Headhunters are first and foremost representatives of their school. Headhunters participate in pep rallies, at the varsity football games, homecoming, and many other school activities.
HOSA is a national student organization endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education and the Health Science Technology Education Division of ACTE. HOSA’s two-fold mission is to promote career opportunities in the health care industry and to enhance the delivery of quality health care to all people. HOSA’s goal is to encourage all health occupations instructors and students to join and be actively involved in the HSTE-HOSA Partnership. To enhance the delivery of compassionate, quality health care by providing opportunities for knowledge, skill and leadership development of all health occupations education students, therefore helping the students to meet the needs of the health care community.
Founded in 1996, the McKinney Ice Hockey Club is composed of MISD High School students with Varsity, Junior Varsity Gold and Junior Varsity Silver teams that compete in the AT&T Metroplex High School Hockey League. The Winter Season runs from September to April. The Summer Season runs from May to July. The teams practice at the McKinney StarCenter. The Winter Season consists of twenty regular season games on Thursday (Varsity) and Sunday (JV) followed by single elimination playoffs. Beginning in 2015, the Winter Varsity Team will compete in the Texas Amateur Hockey Association’s State High School Tournament with an opportunity to advance to USA Hockey’s High School National Tournament. 214-641-5313
International Thespian Society(ITS) Troupe #3604 is the honors component of McKinney High School’s theatre program. Its purpose shall be the advancement of standards of excellence in theatre. More specifically, the troupe will encourage students to attain a better mastery of the theatre arts and will reward those who achieve it with induction into the troupe. Thespians achieving honor ranks and scholar distinctions shall receive recognition of their exemplary accomplishments. Website: www.mckinneyhightheatre.com
JROTC – MARINE CORPS – SPONSOR: CWO-3 RONNIE “GUNNER” MCPHATTER
The Marine Corps Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps (MCJROTC) Program serves to develop informed and responsible citizens as well as a deep sense of pride and character in high school students. It is a unique program that stresses the learning of leadership skills that will enhance the lives of the young adults who participate. MCJROTC is at its essence a Leadership Education Program meant solely to develop character and citizenship. Although a comprehensive learning environment anchored in a military structure is not for all students, there is a body of defendable academic knowledge that clearly articulates the significant benefit to those that choose to participate.
The Key Club of McKinney High School is a student-led organization that focuses on helping our community through volunteer work and fundraisers. Students organize several service projects and community events throughout the year, as well as social events so members are truly connected. Key Club is part of Key Club International, and is under the Kiwanis of McKinney. Meetings are the first Thursday of each month – listen to the announcements for the exact location each week. We hope you can come!
The staff of The Lost Art, MHS’ official literary magazine, meets weekly to create this national-award winning publication. We compile original student writing, artwork, and photography, and design pages to emphasize the artistry of the selected pieces. Each volume takes the entire year to produce and is entered in state and national competitions. Meetings are Tuesdays after school in B105.
The Model United Nations will debate and research issues that affect the World/UN today. It is a competitive club that focuses on learning about different perspectives and places while also developing study, research, and debate skills. Meetings will be Thursday afternoons in D210.
We are a rhythmic group, using our hands and our feet to perform and compete. We meet every Thursday from 2:30 to 5:00 in the downstairs flex space.
Habitat for Humanity is a volunteer-based organization, so there are always things that need to be done. Students can become involved with a well-known organization through fundraising and volunteering both on the job site and in the office. Meeting times: Every other Thursday in F137 after school.
Mu Alpha Theta is a National Mathematics Honor Society dedicated to inspiring keen interest in mathematics, developing strong scholarship in the subject and promoting the environment of mathematics in High School. At math club we prepare for mathematics connections and we provide “study buddy” tutoring. Mu Alpha Theta Math Club meets Fridays 2:30-3:30 in C215.
The purpose of this organization is to create enthusiasm for scholarship, to stimulate a desire to render service in the community, and to promote leadership and develop character among its membership. We will help our school and community through service in order to better ourselves and those around us.
Manestreamnews.com staff members provide the student body with an honest, unbiased news media website that presents relative issues in a professional manner. The newspaper is an open forum for the expression of ideas. The site is updated weekly for the purpose of informing, educating, and entertaining the readers.
The McKinney High School Orchestra Department is comprised of five performing ensembles ranging from intermediate to advanced levels. Orchestras are “co-curricular,” meaning they have a specific TEKS-based state-approved curriculum. All orchestras perform in concerts throughout the school year and at state UIL competition, and are invited to join our annual Spring Trip. Previous experience on a stringed instrument (violin, viola, cello, bass) is required for students to be considered for membership in one of the MHS orchestras. Varsity orchestra students often collaborate with members of the choir or band for full orchestra and musical theater performances. WEBSITE: www.mhsorch.com
The Peer Assistance and Leadership (PAL) program is Nationally Recognized. PALS is meant to enable young people to use their potential to make a difference in their lives, schools and communities. PALS is a course that teaches young adults how to mentor other students (K-12). This program creates environments in which young adults partner with an elementary/middle/high school student and use their training to develop positive, supportive, and helpful relationships that ultimately make a difference in the lives of others. We will also work with our Special Olympic Athletes throughout the year at various competitions. This course is by application only and is only offered to 11th and 12th grade students.
Partner’s PE is a physical education class that is made up of general education students and special needs students. Throughout the year, students partner up and prepare for several Special Olympic Competitions as well as learn new types of games. This club is by application only.
The Philosophy Club is an organization of students, for students, encouraging people to “think for yourself.” The Philosophy Club embraces all aspects of thought: religion, art, politics, ethics, and society. Most of all it is about allowing for free thought and developing independent thinking. Meetings are Thursdays from 2:40 – 3:30 in C106.
The McKinney Lions Soccer program currently competes in the University Interscholastic League 4A Conference, district 15. Students who make the team after August athletic period tryouts will continue to train during the athletic period year round. From December through the end of the soccer season in April, players will also train after school and will compete in evening games on Tuesdays and Fridays and some Saturdays. Varsity players will compete to qualify again for playoffs after qualifying for UIL State playoffs nine out of the last 20 seasons including two undefeated district championships. To tryout, students must have a UIL physical form turned in ahead of time to the MHS trainer in order to be clear for tryouts. Students in other sports/athletic periods in August will be able to tryout for the teams in December after their football season, etc. are finished.
Girls’ soccer is a very competitive athletic program at MHS. Games are being played in the spring at the Sub-Varsity Football Field. For the first time, MHS will fill a Varsity, a Junior Varsity and a Junior Varsity 2 team. MHS girls’ soccer has been a very successful program capturing two Undefeated District Championships and one State Championship since 2005.
The softball program exists to provide an avenue for students to have fun and enjoy their years in high school. The program is designed to help young ladies mature and develop into young ladies of character, vision, and integrity. To achieve these aims the program works hard to plan each year to encompass success on the field, in the classroom, in life, in charity events, mentoring programs, and developing relationship skills through a strong focus on team dynamics.
Spanish club is an organization dedicated to enriching the cultural and linguistic knowledge of students, increasing their awareness and appreciation of the Hispanic culture and community. Another great aspect of this club is to get a chance to meet new people, make friends, and maybe learn a little Spanish too! Meetings are Monday afternoons in B226.
Our club will introduce, unite, and strengthen members’ relationships with each other while playing the fastest growing sport in America. More specifically, our club will meet together after school at our approved time and location to play spikeball. Meeting are Thursday after school at the practice fields behind the dome.
The Student Council (StuCo) is the Student Government Association for MHS and Student Council is an application-based organization and interviews are conducted in the spring. Kids can come help us anytime as a walk on member, and we strongly encourage you to then apply in the spring.
The council hosts open meetings providing an opportunity for students of all grades to maintain communication among peers, faculty and administration. It provides a direct student voice to the administration and is made up of an Executive Council, Committees, and students from all grade levels. Activities include, but are not limited to, fund-raisers, community service events and social activities such as but not limited to Homecoming, teacher appreciation, MORP and the senior Prom. Students utilize the class time to plan, organize, and coordinate Student Government, school, and community activities such as freshman orientation, homecoming, DASH (Drug Alcohol Safety and Health), MORP and much more. Student Council also provides the recognition of completion and documentation of Green Cord volunteer service. There are forms and an area to turn in documented Green Cord hours in the MHS library.
Teams are composed of junior varsity and varsity members. MHS all of the swim meets for the McKinney ISD high schools. A variety of competitive swimming and diving events are available. Practices are in the mornings and the afternoons on an annual rotation.
Varsity and JV Tennis are year-round sports with matches played outdoors at the MHS Tennis Courts. The teams participate in school practice, after school practice, and in competition events during the week and on the weekends. The fall season is considered “Team Tennis” and the spring season is considered “Individual Tennis.”
THEATRE – MCKINNEY GOLDEN MANE THEATRE – DIRECTORS: JESSICA LAWRENCE AND BETHANY MOCZYGEMBA
MGM Theatre provides opportunities for students to perform onstage and off, with a multitude of performance and technical classes offered during the school day. MGM Theatre also produces several co-curricular and extra-curricular plays and musicals, and has a long tradition of strong performances and high production values. MGM represents McKinney High at the state and national levels through UIL One-Act Play competitions and through the International Thespian Society. Theatre 1 & Technical Theatre 1 are open to all who wish to participate, and upper levels of both disciplines exist to further a student’s interest and skills.
Students will compete at the highest level in Mathematics, Number Sense, Calculator Applications, Science, Computer Applications, Computer Science, Accounting, Current Events, Social Studies, Literary Criticism, Spelling, Ready Writing and Journalism. Interested students should email Mrs. Boehringer or Mr. Bayer.
The UIL CompSci, Computer Apps, and Accounting teams compete several times a year at various invitational events that usually occur on Saturdays, including practice UIL meets, and programming meets sponsored by Texas colleges and universities. CompSci teams compete in teams of up to 3 students against other local and regional programming teams. Computer Apps uses MS Word, Excel & Access to create reports. Accounting tests over various topics and we practice with online software to learn. See Mrs. Horvath in B107 for information about meeting times.
The McKinney ISD Student Chapter of the USITT is a collaboration between the McKinney ISD High School Theatre Departments. The purpose of this organization are to foster a free exchange of ideas and information regarding theatre technology and design: to engage in personal and professional development and other projects; and to promote the stated purposes of the United States Institute for Theatre Technology within the academic community of the McKinney Independent School District. Website: www.mckinneyhightheatre.com
The Vegetarian Club creates vegetarian food and discusses topics concerning vegetarians, such as food labels. The club will help find a sense of community for like-minded individuals as well as provide an opportunity for others interested in help find a sense of community for like-minded individuals as well as provide an opportunity for others interested in vegetarianism to find information. Meetings will be in the downstairs F-Hall apartment every other Thursday, starting on 10/22.
To raise awareness about both local and global problems, mainly focusing on how to help better our own community and realizing the hardships of those who are oppressed, especially including women and minorities. W.H.A.B. meets Thursdays 2:40 to 3:15 PM in E-216
Wrestling is the world’s oldest sport and is always looking for a few more good men. Practice starts in mid October and runs through to the end of February. Practice is after school from 4:30 to 6:30 with one match during the school week and a meet on most Saturdays. We have weight classes from 105#s and under to 286#. All that is necessary is a good attitude and a physical on file with the athletic trainer.
The Lion Yearbook staff members produce a historical book of the activities of the year through words and pictures. The staff meets during class and after school to plan and create one of the top yearbooks in the nation.