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Cardinal Brief: Dec. 18 – Jan. 5

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Cardinal Update

  • WINTER BREAK: School will be closed for Winter Break Dec. 18-29. Staff will return to campus on Jan. 2, 2024, for professional development. Students will return to school on Jan. 3.
  • BIRD’S EYE NEWS: The latest edition of the Bird’s Eye News has been released and is embedded below. Sensitive content warning: The story on girls basketball is about the tragic passing of one of the athletes this past summer and how the team has honored her memory this season.
  • NEW CLASSROOM LOCATIONS: When students return to campus on Jan. 3, all teachers who were housed in the portable buildings will be relocated to the 2nd floor of the new expansion. Click here to view a map of the new classrooms.
  • END OF SEMESTER: While semester exams for yearlong classes were given before winter break, the 2nd nine weeks and fall semester do not officially end until Jan. 19. The 3rd nine weeks and spring semester begin on Jan. 23.
  • SENIOR PORTRAITS: Many seniors that have already taken senior portraits have not logged into the CADY portal to select their yearbook pose yet. Please do this by Jan. 1. Some seniors have not scheduled an appointment yet with CADY to be photographed. Remember, all seniors MUST be photographed by CADY to be featured in the yearbook. For students wanting the yearbook pose only, there is no charge and CADY will provide all clothing items (formal wear and graduation gown). CADY will return to campus one LAST time on Jan. 10. The last date to be photographed at their Plano studio is Jan. 15.
  • SENIOR ADS: Yearbook tributes for graduating seniors are on sale now through Feb. 1, 2024. Build and purchase an ad online at YearbookOrderCenter.com.
  • SENIORS: According to House Bill 3, every senior must complete either the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) or a state-mandated Opt Out form in order to graduate. Click here to learn more. The FAFSA will open on Dec. 31. MHS will host a FAFSA Night on Feb. 5 from 6-8 p.m. in the student union. Students needing an opt-out form must pick one up from their counselor’s office.

Upcoming Events

  • Dec. 18-29 – Winter Break – No School
  • Dec. 18 – JV & Varsity Girls Soccer vs Anna – 4 & 6 p.m.
  • Dec. 19 – JV & Varsity Girls Basketball @ Greenville – 10 a.m. & 12:15 p.m.
  • Dec. 19 – Freshman, JV & Varsity Boys Basketball @ Greenville – 11 a.m., 12:15 & 1:30 p.m.
  • Dec. 19 – JV & Varsity Boys Soccer vs Anna – 5:30 & 7:15 p.m.
  • Dec. 27-29 – Varsity Boys Basketball @ Allen Holiday Tournament
  • Dec. 27-28 – Freshman & JV Boys Basketball @ Van Alstyne Tournament
  • Dec. 28 – JV1, JV2 & Varsity Girls Basketball vs Sanger – 10 & 11:30 a.m.
  • Dec. 28 – JV & Varsity Girls Soccer @ The Colony – 9 & 10:30 a.m.
  • Dec. 29-30 – Girls Wrestling @ Frisco Independence – 9 a.m.
  • Dec. 29 – JV1, JV2 & Varsity Girls Basketball vs Dallas Carter – 11:30 a.m. & 12:45 p.m.
  • Dec. 29 – JV & Varsity Boys Soccer vs Frisco Liberty – 12 & 2 p.m.
  • Jan. 1 – New Year’s Day – No School
  • Jan. 2 – Staff Development Day – No School
  • Jan. 2 – JV1, JV2 & Varsity Girls Basketball vs Sherman – 4:30, 5:45 & 7 p.m.
  • Jan. 2 – Freshman, JV & Varsity Boys Basketball vs Sherman – 4:30, 5:45 & 7 p.m.
  • Jan. 2 – JV & Varsity Boys Soccer vs Celina – 5:30 & 7:15 p.m.
  • Jan. 4 – Dual Credit Collin College Virtual Meeting – 6 p.m.
  • Jan. 4-6 – JV & Varsity Girls Soccer @ Celina Tournament
  • Jan. 5-6 – Debate @ Winston Churchill TFA
  • Jan. 5-6 – Boys Wrestling @ Larry Wilkey Invite – 9 a.m.
  • Jan. 5 – JV1, JV2 & Varsity Girls Basketball @ Denison – 4:30, 5:45 & 7 p.m.
  • Jan. 5 – Freshman, JV & Varsity Boys Basketball @ Denison – 4:30, 5:45 & 7 p.m.
  • Jan. 6 – Girls Wrestling @ Birdville HS – 9 a.m.

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Miranda Sirota, Editor-in-Chief
Miranda Sirota is a senior this year at Melissa High School. This is her third year writing for the Cardinal Connection. Miranda is also involved in other extracurriculars including Band, HOSA, NHS, academic UIL, and Book Club. Outside of school, she enjoys reading, cooking, and binge-watching her favorite TV shows. After graduating, Miranda plans to study Dental Hygiene to become a registered hygienist.

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