Murphy Middle School ENews

For the week of November 11 - 15, 2019

Health Science Academy, IB World School, and Academy High School Parent Meetings Schedule

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A Note from Nurse Boswell

Please keep children home for:

  • Fever of 100° or more for the duration of the fever plus an additional 24 hours after cessation without fever-reducing medication
  • Vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours after cessation
  • Generalized rash
  • Oozing wounds that cannot be kept dry and covered
  • Red, draining eye
  • Untreated live lice

Please remind your children of cough and sneeze etiquette:

  • Cough or sneeze into a tissue or sleeve and not into hands
  • Always wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds

Please observe the proper hand washing technique: vigorous friction rub for 20 seconds with soap and rinse with water.

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These items are bound for the donation box this Friday, 11/15. Please have your student identify his or her item and take it home.
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Extracurricular Photos Needed!

The yearbook features MMS students both in AND out of school. Does your child do something awesome outside of school? We'd love to have the photos! Whether it's soccer, Girlscouts, karate, dance, gymnastics, cheer, or piano- we want to see them in action!

Please email photos to and include the name and grade level of the students pictured.

*** Upcoming Events ***

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Holiday Food Drive

Once again it’s for the Plano Santas’ Holiday Food Drive! The district works in conjunction with the Assistance Center of Collin County and Plano Santas to hold the canned food drives at each school and district facility, and has participated in this effort for over 21 years. This group of local Plano merchants, business men and women, civic and community leaders provide assistance to needy families each year during the holiday season. A month’s worth of food and children’s gifts are provided for more than 500 families each year! Last year Plano Santas collected 93,186 cans & the donations fed about 564 people for 30 days!

Help Murphy Middle School donate over 7,500 food items towards this worthy cause. The drive begins on Monday, Nov. 11 and will run through Friday, Nov. 22. All donations need to be dropped off before school in the rotunda, just outside of the cafeteria. The students of the Social Studies teacher whose classes bring in the most items will receive a snack party, provided by the Student Council.

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Elf the Musical Jr.

There will be no presale tickets this year. Tickets will be sold at the door on performance night. CASH ONLY

6th grade Science /Engineering Fair is coming!

All sixth graders interested in doing a project can get a student handbook from their 6th grade Science teacher.

All projects are due in the MMS library on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020.

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*** Athletics ***


Wednesday 11/13

8th Boys Basketball vs Hendrick @ Murphy (6:00 B / 7:00 A)

8th Girls Basketball vs Hendrick @ Hendrick (6:00 B / 7:00 A)

Thursday 11/14

7th Boys Basketball vs Hendrick @ Murphy (6:00 B / 7:00 A)

7th Girls Basketball vs Hendrick @ Hendrick (6:00 B / 7:00 A)

*** Fine Arts ***

East Cluster Vocal Solo & Ensemble Festival

Twenty-seven Murphy Advanced Choir students participated in the East Cluster Vocal Solo & Ensemble Festival last weekend, preparing and singing a solo with live accompaniment for a judge. All students and represented themselves so professionally and received top ratings from their judges – Superior all around! Seven Murphy students also received Exemplary ratings, denoting the best performances of the day! Please congratulate all students on their hard work and success.

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*** Clubs and Organizations ***

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Student Council Kindnessgrams

Kindness is like confetti, sprinkle it everywhere!

Take the time to show someone how kind they are by completing a Kindnessgram during lunch. See a Student Council member outside of the cafeteria to complete the note. It will be displayed during the week. As it will then be given to the student you’re recognizing next Friday, you must know the student’s 7th period teacher when completing the note. As kindness costs nothing, but means everything, there is no charge for recognizing someone’s kindness.

Environmental Club

The MMS Environmental Club will meet Friday, Nov. 8th from 3:30-4:30 in the DLR rm B142 to make tree decorations for the City of Murphy’s contest. The ornaments will be made from plastic bottles and paper. Bring any craft materials, including Sharpies for decorating.

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Murphy Math Counts Club

Do you know a student that LOVES math and LOVES to compete? Then, Math Counts may be the club for your student! Math Counts Competition is a national middle school mathematics competition that builds problem solving skills and fosters achievement through four levels of fun, in person “bee” style contests. Murphy Middle School is able to take 10 Murphy students to compete in the Preston Trail Chapter competition at University of Texas at Dallas on Saturday, February 1, 2020*. (*The February 1st date is an estimate based on prior competitions. The actual contest date has not been announced, but the competition is always on a Saturday.) Students will try out for a spot to compete by completing a battery of tests: two with a calculator (school provided) and one without. The top four students will comprise the team for Murphy and the next six students will compete as individuals. These tests will be in the Distance Learning Room (DLR) after school on November 5, November 12, and November 19. Students will need to stay until 4:30PM to test.

To insure that your student has a seat to try out, please have your student sign up:

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T-shirt and Dress shirt Donations

Art Club is asking for old t-shirt and dress shirt donations for a weaving project we are beginning this week, any variety of colors and patterns are welcome.

Donations can be dropped off anytime during the school day in Mr. Adams' rooms, B119 or K102.

Thank you!

*** PTA News ***

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The McMillen High School Band Mattress Fundraiser is coming soon. There will be over 30 beds on display for customers to try. The beds are new, brand name, made to order, available in all sizes, and cost less than retail stores. In addition to beds, there will also be luxury pillows, sheets, adjustable power bases and even full body massage chairs! Please share this information with family and friends!

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Plano ISD encourages students and parents to attempt to resolve their concerns with the appropriate teacher, principal, other campus administrator, department or employee. The district believes it is in the best interest of everyone involved to informally resolve concerns, if at all possible. Concerns should be expressed as soon as possible to allow early resolution at the lowest possible administrative level.

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@HEB Excellence in Education Awards are designed to honor outstanding public school professionals and to thank them for their dedication and commitment. Nominate a teacher, principal, or school district today!

Want to Volunteer?

Check out our volunteer opportunities and sign up! PISD requires that every volunteer renews their background check each school year. If you've volunteered before, it's a 2 minute or less process. If you're new to volunteering, it's 5 minutes or less.

Re-Link Your Kroger Community Rewards, Beginning August 1st

If you shop at Kroger grocery stores, and you have a Kroger Plus Rewards card, you can benefit the families of Murphy Middle.

You must link your card every year, starting August 1st to support Murphy Middle School PTA.

Learn how at Kroger Community Rewards.

*** Informational Links ***

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• Personalize newsfeeds for your school
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