Murphy Middle School ENews

For the week of September 16 - 20 , 2019

A friendly reminder from Officer Ashmore about Disabled Parking Spaces

Murphy Middle School has multiple designated Disabled Parking spaces in the parking areas around the school. Parking in these spaces are limited to those who have special issue disabled plates or temporary disabled parking placards. Additionally, the driver must be the disabled person or the vehicle must be transporting the disabled person to whom the placard has been issued. There have been several individuals who have parked in these spaces in violation of the above requirements. Multiple warnings have been issued over the last three weeks, however, going forward, parking in these spaces without a valid and appropriately used disabled parking placard WILL result in a citation. Additionally, loaning your placard to someone else or using a placard that is issued to another person is also an offense. First offenses are punishable by a fine of no less than $500 and repeat offenses go up from there. If you would like to read the entire statute on disabled parking, you may reference Texas Transportation Code Section 681

*** Upcoming Events ***

Career Day

What is Murphy Career Day?

Career day at Murphy Middle School is a learning experience for our students where they can hear firsthand about different careers from the professionals in those fields. We try to schedule a variety of professionals so that students can see the varied world of careers available to them.


MMS Counseling Department is seeking guest speakers for our Career Day. Presentations should last 30-35 minutes which will allow students to have time to ask questions in each class. You will share the same presentation to each class assigned to your teacher throughout the day. While at Murphy, we hope you will join us for a continental breakfast and catered luncheon to show our appreciation.

Please complete this form

Please let us know by Friday Oct. 4, 2019 if you can help.

Thank You for being a part of this Murphy Tradition!

The Google Form to sign up!

Student Council Tailgate Party!!!

Murphy’s annual pregame party will be held in the Murphy cafeteria on Tuesday, September 17, from 3:30-5:30. Admission will be $2.00. Once in, there will be music, games, face painting, and concessions for sale. Please come and help support our 8th grade football team as they play at Kimbrough Stadium.

Remember: Student spectators who might walk directly from school to the stadium. Effective this Friday (September 13th), student spectators can no longer bring backpacks (or other non-approved bags) into the stadium.

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Yearbook DEADLINE: Friday the 13th

Don't let your child miss out on everlasting memories. The last day to buy a yearbook for the lowest price of the year is this Friday the 13th. Order a book with personalization, and you will receive 4 free cover icons (a $16 value). You can purchase online at If you are interested in submitting photos for the yearbook, please email them to

Direct ordering link:

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*** Clubs and Organizations ***

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Murphy Math Counts Club

Murphy Math Counts Club will begin meeting on Tuesdays after school in room H107, Mrs. Perry’s room, until 4:30 PM. Math Counts Math Club is a club for students that enjoy learning mathematics and enjoy competition. Students will prepare to compete in the Math Counts chapter competition in February. Math Counts Math Club exposes students to math problems that they may not see in the normal classroom, due to time constraints.

MMS Environmental Club Meeting, September 20th

The first MMS Environmental Club meeting will be Friday, Sept. 20th from 3:30-4:30 in Mrs. Pilgrim’s classroom. Nothing to sign up for, just come to the meeting and make sure you have transportation home at 4:30.
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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!

*** Athletics ***


Monday 9/16

7th Grade Boys Football vs Bowman @ Kimborough - 5:30 / 7:00 pm

Tuesday 9/17

8th Grade Boys Football vs Bowman @ Kimborough - 5:30 / 7:00 pm


Thursday 9/19

7th Grade Lady Mavs vs Armstrong @ Murphy - 6:00 / 6:45 pm

Wednesday 9/18

8th Grade Lady Mavs vs Armstrong @ Armstrong - 6:00 / 6:45 pm

*new stadium rules*

The new stadium bag policy information can be found in the attachment as well as with this link or here

Remember: Student spectators who might walk directly from school to the stadium. Effective this Friday (September 13th), student spectators can no longer bring backpacks (or other non-approved bags) into the stadium.

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New Stadium Bag Policy Begins Sept. 13 (Política del ISD de Plano sobre Bolsas en el Estadio, 13 de septiembre)

Beginning September 13, 2019, to promote the safety and security of Plano ISD students, staff, families and visitors, the district has modified its stadium bag policy by limiting the size and type of bags that spectators are allowed to bring into Plano ISD stadiums. See the frequently asked questions on the athletics website for more information. Stadium locations include:

  • Clark Stadium & Fields Complex
  • Kimbrough Stadium
  • Williams Stadium

Starting September 13, 2019, only the following types of bags are allowed:

  • One clear plastic tote, not larger than 12” X 12” X 6”
  • One clear resealable plastic storage bag, not larger than 1 gallon size
  • One small “hand sized” clutch purse, not larger than 5” X 7”
  • An exception will be made for medically necessary items after inspection at the gate
  • An exception will be made for a diaper bag when accompanied by infant or young child
  • Bags carried by student groups (band, cheer, drill team, etc.) entering as a group at designated entrances

The following bags are prohibited:

  • All purses, bags or containers larger than an approved small clutch purse or small clear tote
  • Backpacks and duffle bags
  • Camera and binocular cases or bags
  • Briefcases
  • Mesh or drawstring bags
  • Computer bags
  • Coolers
  • Fanny packs
  • Luggage

*** Fine Arts ***


Choir t-shirts will be delivered the week of Sept 16. If you have not yet paid your t-shirt fee, you will not receive your shirt. Go to to check payment status and/or to submit payment. Instructions for online payment can be found here. Email Mrs. Evans ( if you have any questions.”

Attention Band Parents:

Our September Newsletter is now available at Please be sure to download and view it so you can stay up-to-date on all events this month.

Orchestra Cookie Fundraiser

Murphy MS Orchestra Fundraiser “Cookie” orders start this weekend. Delivered end of October.

See an Orchestra student about securing your cookie dough!

*** PTA News ***

Murphy Library Thanks You!!!

Thank you for helping to make the Fall Book Fair a big success! Ms. Pearson would like to thank all of the Murphy parents, students, and teachers who purchased books or volunteered to help at the fair. We were able to purchase $1165 dollars of books from Scholastic-a total of 105 books, and receive $1749 to purchase books from other vendors. Thank you!

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Volunteers Needed!!!

Volunteers Needed for the upcoming Murphy Maverick Social on Friday, September 27th. Only approved volunteers will be allowed in the social! Don't be left out! Sign up today!

ALL volunteers who sign up by September 19th will receive a free volunteer shirt to wear to the social.

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What should I donate through my Peanut Butter Drive? 16 oz., plastic jars of any brand of peanut butter is acceptable. Other butters, such as almond butter, hazelnut butter, sunflower seed butter, and soynut butter are also accepted. Please refrain from donating glass containers as they may break during transport.

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Homework HotSpot

Murphy’s Homework HotSpot (HHS) was created because we want students to have a teacher supervised area where they may have teacher assistance or simply a quiet place to finish up homework before their day begins.

The Homework HotSpot is available every Tuesday and Thursday morning from 7:50 – 8:20 in D-111. Because we want this area to be structured and organized, we will be limiting the number of peer tutors – as well as the number of students coming in for assistance. We anticipate the ability to house about 10 tutors and 30 students for the HHS. We want our parents to know that this service is about to come on line. The HHS is not a replacement for teacher-led, subject-specific tutorials, but it is another way for students to ensure their success. Please encourage your child to utilize this additional layer of academic support whenever they’re feeling stressed or unsure.

If you have any questions, please contact Colleen Feil at or 469-752-7050.


We are seeking PISD PTA members (Students, Grandparents, Teachers/Staff Members, Parents, Community Members, etc.) who are willing to speak on stage at the Balloon Festival for a couple minutes about why they support the PTA and why it's important that we Back the Future together.

Can you help? Let us know:

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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.

Details at


@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 ***

Download the PISD Mobile App

Do you have the Plano ISD App on your phone or device?

The Plano ISD App is a great way to see information about the Plano calendar, news and alerts, the anonymous tip line, and much more.

• Personalize newsfeeds for your school
• View student grades and attendance
• Access school and staff info
• View news stories
• Receive important alerts
• View calendar info

It is available for iOS or Android.


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