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Cardinal Brief: Feb. 5 – 9

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Rachel Nelson
The Lady Cardinal Powerlifting Team competes at the Prosper meet on Feb. 1.

Cardinal Update

  • PLAYOFF T-SHIRTS: Anyone wanting to purchase a t-shirt for the varsity girls basketball playoffs, click HERE. The deadline to order is 3 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 7.
  • FAFSA NIGHT: MHS will host a FAFSA Night on Feb. 5 from 6-8 p.m. in the student union. 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.  Students needing an opt-out form must pick one up from their counselor’s office.
  • CHEER TRYOUTS: The cheerleading tryout clinic will be held at the sixth grade center gym from 4:30-6:30, Monday-Wednesday, Feb. 5-7. Tryouts will be held starting at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 8. Material videos can be viewed on the MHS Cheerleading page on our website.
  • BENCHMARK TESTING: English I & English II EOC benchmark tests will be administered on Tuesday, Feb. 6, and Thursday, Feb. 8.
  • PARTNERS FOR PE: Rising 10th-12th graders interested in applying for Partners for PE can complete this application by Friday, Feb. 9, at 4 p.m.
  • PALS: Rising 11th and 12th graders interested in being part of the Peer Assistance and Leadership (PALS) program next school year can complete this application by Friday, Feb. 9, at 4 p.m. Students must also have a teacher recommendation.
  • TEAM BEHIND THE TEAM AWARD: Our student athletic trainers (part of our CTE program) have been nominated for Dave Campbell’s North Texas Team Behind the Team Award. Click here to VOTE for our student trainers. Voting closes February 19th.
  • CLASS OF 2024: Seniors should check their email daily and visit the “Seniors” web page often to make sure they don’t miss any important info!
  • DRIVER’S ED: Sign ups are now available in the main office for Driver’s Ed. The next class begins Feb. 15.
  • LETTER JACKETS: Fittings for letter jackets will take place on Monday, March 25, during Mega Lunch. If students believe they qualify for a jacket, they should speak to their coach so the coach can submit their names.
  • IB PROGRAM: In the fall of 2025, current freshmen will have the opportunity to begin the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. This challenging and comprehensive program places an emphasis on critical thinking, research skills, and international-mindedness. IB emphasizes 10 essential learner profiles, fostering traits such as inquisitiveness, open-mindedness, and principled behavior. Students will  develop qualities like communication skills, critical thinking, and a commitment to global citizenship, preparing them for a dynamic and interconnected world. The program strives to nurture well-rounded individuals who not only excel academically but also embody the values necessary for lifelong success. More info is coming soon!

Upcoming Events

  • Feb. 5 – FAFSA Night – Student Union – 6-8 p.m.
  • Feb. 5-7 – Cheer/Mascot Tryouts Materials Clinic – 6th Grade Center Gym – 4:30-6:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 6 – English I EOC Benchmark Testing
  • Feb. 6 – Boys Golf @ Firewheel Golf Park, Garland
  • Feb. 6 – JV Tennis vs Anna – Z-Plex – 4 p.m.
  • Feb. 6 – IB Informational Meeting for Current 9th Graders (Class of 2027) – Home Office – 6 p.m.
  • Feb. 6 – JV, Freshman & Varsity Boys Basketball vs McKinney North – 4:30, 5:45 & 7 p.m.
  • Feb. 6 – JV1, Varsity & JV2 Girls Basketball vs McKinney North – 4:30, 5:45 & 7 p.m.
  • Feb. 6 – Freshman, Varsity & JV Boys Soccer @ Sherman – 4, 5:30 & 7:15 p.m.
  • Feb. 6 –  Varsity & JV Girls Soccer vs Sherman – 5:30 & 7 p.m.
  • Feb. 8 – English II EOC Benchmark Testing
  • Feb. 8 – Boys & Girls Track @ DUB East Rust Buster Relays – Wylie – 4 p.m.
  • Feb. 8 – Cheer/Mascot Tryouts – 6th Grade Center Gym – 4:30 p.m.
  • Feb. 8-9 – Varsity Tennis @ Tyler Legacy Tournament
  • Feb. 9 – JV, Freshman & Varsity Boys Basketball vs Lovejoy – 4:30, 6:15 & 7:30 p.m. – Teacher Appreciation Night
  • Feb. 9 – Freshman Soccer vs Sulphur Springs – 4 p.m.
  • Feb. 9 – Varsity & JV Boys Soccer vs Denison – 5:30 & 7:15 p.m.
  • Feb. 9 –  Varsity & JV Girls Soccer @ Denison – 5:30 & 7 p.m.
  • Feb. 9 – JV & Varsity Softball vs Farmersville – 4:30 & 6 p.m.
  • Feb. 9 – JV & Varsity Baseball @ Anna – 4:30 & 7 p.m.
  • Feb. 9-10 – Boys & Girls Golf @ Cottonwood Creek – Waco
  • Feb. 9-10 – Boys & Girls Regional Wrestling Tournament @ Anna
  • Feb. 9-10 – Debate @ McMillen TFA
  • Feb. 10 – Academic UIL @ Prosper
  • Feb. 19 – Staff Development Day – No School for Students
  • Feb. 22-24 -“Tuck Everlasting: The Musical” Performances – purchase tickets here
  • March 4 – Senior Cap/Gown Pickup – MAC – 11:30 a.m. – 12:40 p.m.
  • March 11-15 – Spring Break – No School
  • March 25 – Spring Letter Jacket Fittings – MAC – 11:30 a.m. – 12:40 p.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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