Murphy Middle School ENews

For the week of February 10 - 14, 2019

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Spelling Bee Champion!!!

Congratulations to Manas Jain for winning the district spelling bee!!! Manas will now go on to compete in the Collin County Bee, details are listed below

The Collin County Bee will be on February 12th at Independence High School Auditorium, 10555 Independence Pkwy, Frisco, TX 75035

6:00 PM Student Check-In

6:30 PM Bee begins

The top four winners in the Collin County Bee will advance to the Dallas Regional Bee on March 7.

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Elementary Regional Science & Engineering Fair Winners!!!

Standing L to R Cooper Cornell (1st place & Grand Prize Physical Science) Mr. Conrad MMS Principal, Ayan Mishra (honorable mention Engineering)

Front row L to R Crystal Phung (2nd place Physical Science) and Javon Williams (honorable mention Earth Science)

There were 7 Districts involved: Allen, Carrollton-Farmers Branch, Garland, McKinney, Mesquite, Plano and Richardson.

What an amazing accomplishment!!!

Murphy Geography Bee!!!

Thank you to all that participated.

The students who advanced to the final competition were:

6th grade:

Suhaib Syed

Soha Syed

Christian Earls

7th grade:

Joshua Bellegante

Eli de Oliveira

Dylan Nguyen

Raj Kapadia

8th grade:

David Nguyen

Logan Herris

Nathan Velte

The students who advanced to the championship round were:

David Nguyen

Joshua Bellegante

The school champion:

Joshua Bellegante

Winners of the Glo Run Art Contest!!!

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1st Place - Taarena Rathmore 8th Grade
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2nd Place - Chloe Torres 8th Grade
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3rd Place - Vanshika Prasad 7th Grade
*Please note that there will not be a Glo Run this year*

*** Upcoming Events ***

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Calling all Potential Poets

Poetry Slam Workshop on Revising for Impact

Tuesday, February 11 & 18

3:30 in the library

Bring a rough draft of your poetry slam poem.


Please turn in your Poetry Slam permission form and poem to Ms. Pearson by Friday, February 28.

Pennies for Patients is Calling all Heroes to Join our Squad!!!

Families, Murphy Middle School has decided to take on blood cancer and our mission is to help find a cure. The Pennies for Patients will begin on Monday, February 24 and will run through Tuesday, March 3. This will allow your child to participate in a rewarding event that emphasizes the importance of social and emotional learning, and gaining the experience of helping both children and adults in their fight against blood cancer. Student Council members will be accepting donations in the rotunda before school. Again, the dates are February 24, through Tuesday, March 3. The English class that brings in the most money will receive a prize!

You’re invited to our Scholastic Book Fair February 27 - March 5

Book Fair Home page at

Book Fair eWallet

It gives students a secure, cash-free way to shop the fair.

Set up a free account and authorize a spending limit on your credit card for your child to spend at the Book Fair.

After the fair, any unused funds are released back to the card holder.

Sign up at the Book Fair Home Page.

McMillen Cheer

McMillen Cheer has a mandatory parent information meeting on Thursday, Feb. 13 at 6pm at the McMillen Library.

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Dazzlers Drill Team Tryout Packets

Do you love to dance, compete, and perform? Dazzlers Drill Team Tryout packets will be available in the front office of Armstrong, Murphy, and McMillen. All tryout paperwork is due by 4:15 pm on Friday, February 28. Tryouts are March 2-5. Please contact Cortney Davis, Dazzlers Director, at with any questions. Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you at tryouts!

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*** Athletics ***


Monday 2/10

7th & 8th Boys BB (A Team only) vs Armstrong – 7th Grade 6:00 / 8th Grade 7:00

7th & 8th Girls BB (A Team only) @ Armstrong – B Team 6:00 / A Team 7:00

A Team Tournament will start on Thursday

7th Grade Girls will be hosted by Robinson & Rice

7TH Grade Boys will be hosted by Carpenter & Wilson

8th Grade Girls will be hosted by Murphy & Otto

8th Grade Boys will be hosted by Frankford & Renner

8th Grade Boys & Girls Championship games will be played at Plano Senior High on Saturday night (6:00 Girls & 7:30 pm Boys)

Fellowship of Christians Athletes (FCA) will be hosted before school at 7:45 am in the small gym on the following dates: 2/6, 2/20, 3/5, 3/26, 4/2, 4/16, 4/30, 5/7

Middle School “Weekend of Champions” will be held February 21 – 23. Deadline to sign up is February 10th (email Coach Woodyard for details).


Track practices will start February 19th (Before school) for boys and February 20th (After school) for girls.

Track shirt and bag order forms are posted below.

Bags are for STUDENTS ONLY.

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Reminder: Plano ISD Stadium Bag Policy

The Plano ISD stadium bag policy remains in effect for the second semester sports season. Spectators coming to track and soccer events are encouraged to review the guidelines at (en español)

Política del ISD de Plano sobre Bolsas en el Estadio

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*** Clubs and Organizations ***

NEHS and NJHS Selection

On January 13, Invitation to Membership forms went out to eligible 6th and 7th graders. To be eligible for selection, the unweighted, cumulative average for all classes had to be 95 for 6th graders and 94 for 7th graders. In order to be inducted officially into NEHS or NJHS, students must complete the Invitation to Membership forms.

These forms can be turned in early, but they will not be accepted past the deadline of February 7th.

Induction is February 25th in the Murphy Middle School gym.

Murphy Soccer Club


Games are played on the Murphy football field

Bye teams do not play on that date

Teams playing at 3:45 need to be dressed and ready to play by game time.

All players are required to wear shin guards.

Players are encouraged to bring their own water.

Players need to bring all items (backpacks, instruments, etc.) out to the field since they will not be allowed back into the building.

All players need a ride to pick them up no later than 5:00.


3:45 - Free Agents vs. Arsenal

4:20 - Texas Thunder vs. Simple Sweats

Bye - Math Class, FC Potatoes, The Boyzzz

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*** Social and Emotional Well Being ***

SEL competency of the month:

Self Awareness

The ability to accurately recognize one's own emotions, thoughts, and values and how they influence behavior


Parents can teach their children to become resilient which will allow their child to ‘bounce back’ from situations that they may may inevitably experience or observe while online. Parents can begin by using these tips to help their children increase their social and emotional skills so that children will be able to understand and manage their emotions while navigating in a digital world.

· Start talking about resilience early, before your kids are using social media.

· Talk about how the values and guidelines you follow in real life apply online, too.

· Do more listening than talking.

· Model the behavior that you would like for your child to exhibit online.

*** PTA News ***

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Here is a welcome from our PTA President:

Officer Candidates for the 2020-2021 School Year

Murphy Middle School PTA is currently seeking nominations for officer candidates for the 2020-2021 school year. Candidates are needed for the following positions: VP of Programs, VP of Membership, VP of Volunteers, VP of Ways and Means, and Treasurer. If you or someone you know would like to serve the students, staff and parents of MMS in any of these positions, please contact the nominating committee at Nominations can also be submitted to any of the nominating committee members-Mitzi Behnke, Layla Pugliese, Nicole Hawkins or Angela Katai. Nominations must be received by February 17, 2020.


Photos needed! Yearbook staff is looking for photos of your student to publish in the yearbook. Did you capture a proud moment of your student, or of a group of Murphy Mavericks at a school event, or even perhaps a group of Murphy Mavericks outside of school doing something fun and full of spirit? Email those photos for publication consideration to This email will automatically forward to the MMS Yearbook Advisor, Mrs. Lewis.

For your convenience, we have a link to this email on > Our School > Submit a Picture for the Yearbook.

In the body of the email, please let us know the name(s) of the student(s) in the photo and the event name. Thank you for your time and your photos.


The Texas PTA's Honorary Life Member Award is one of the highest honors that can be bestowed upon an individual by the Texas PTA for outstanding contributions to the well being of children and youth. Visit our web page for details.



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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 ***

Lost and Found

Is your student missing a binder, lunch bag, jacket, etc? Have him or her check the lost and found table in the school cafeteria before the end of the semester. Unclaimed items will be donated.

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.


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


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