Murphy Middle School ENews

Thursday, October 5

No School Monday or Tuesday

There is no school Monday, October 9th. Tuesday, October 10th is Parent Conference Day. We hope all our students enjoy the long weekend.
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Fall Social Tomorrow!

Fall Social- Tomorrow, October 6th


The last opportunity to buy $8 tickets is at lunch on Friday. Tickets will be $10 at the door.

Food and drink punch cards for sale as well- $5 and $10

It is going to be an awesome time... there will be:
DJ and games
Yard dart inflatable and a Bungee inflatable
Basketball and volleyball
Photo booth
Pizza, hotdogs, popcorn, candy and drinks
Gift card prizes to giveaway

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CogAT Testing- 7th Grade

7th grade parents:

MMS will administer the Cognitive Abilities Test CogAT to our 7th grade students on Wednesday October 11, 2017.

Students will test 1-4th period. There is nothing they need to do to prepare for this test.

School Safety

Murphy Community:

The safety and welfare of our students and staff are our highest priority at Murphy Middle School. We practice safety drills throughout the year to help our students know what to do in an emergency. Each month our school will conduct one fire drill. This month we will also conduct an “unannounced” lockdown drill. Students will hear over the intercom that the lockdown will be a drill. The only difference is that the campus will not know the specific date of the drill in advance.

These practice drills allow us to evaluate our emergency operation plans and improve our response skills. This announcement serves as notification that each PISD campus will be conducting these drills for the safety of our students. The dates and times of drills will not be announced to the community at large. You would only be notified if there were a real emergency.


MMS Administrative Team

Lost & Found

Students and Parents,

There is a growing collection of lost and found items in the cafeteria. Items include lunch boxes, binders, clothes, and water bottles. If you have misplaced something, please check the lost and found table in the cafeteria. Items not picked up will be donated or disposed of. Thank you.

Red Ribbon Week- Oct 23- Oct 27

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Athletics News- Basketball Tryouts


If your 7th or 8th grade student is interested in trying out for basketball they must have their physical and medical history turned in as well as have all of their UIL rank one forms completed on-line. If you have any questions about paperwork please e-mail Coach Ragsdale at

We will have an informational meeting about basketball try outs for the students. During this meeting we will go over all the paper work, what try outs will look like, and talk about the try out dates and times. Any 7th or 8th grade student trying out for basketball needs to be at this meeting. If you can not attend the meeting please see Coach Ragsdale by the end of the day for information that you may of missed. The girls basketball information will be at 8:00 am on Wednesday morning October 18th. The boys informational meeting will be at 8:00 am on Tuesday October 24th. Both meetings will be held in the big gym. This meeting is for the students but parents are welcome to come hear the information as well. All parents must sign in at the front office before coming down to the gym.

Travis Ragsdale

Murphy Middle School

Athletic Director

Homework Hot Spot

On Wednesday, October 11, we will kick off Murphy’s Homework Hot Spot. We created this area because we want students to have a teacher supervised area where they have teacher assistance, peer assistance (provided by a combination of McMillen and Murphy NJHS students), or simply a quiet place to finish up homework before their day begins.

The Homework Hot Spot (HHS) is available every Tuesday and Wednesday 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.

Organization Corner

Organization Corner is a place for students to get help with organizing and repairing their binder. It takes place in J102 at 7:50-8:20 every Thursday. Snacks will be provided
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Murphy Middle School Clubs and Organizations

MMS offers a variety of clubs and organizations for our students. Here is a list of the clubs and the meeting dates. Be sure to look for posters in the hallway with more information. Other clubs may be added during the year.

Chess Club- Tuesdays after school- 3:30-4:15- B110

J.O.Y. Club- Mondays before school- 7:50-8:20

Star Wars Club- Mondays after school- 3:30-4:15- B129

Writing Club- Mondays after school- 3:30-4:30- H101

FCA- Wednesday, 9/27 before school at the flagpole, October 3rd & 17th, November 7th & 28th, December 7th & 19th.

Gaming Club- Mondays after school- 3:30-4:15- B111 (Next week will meet on Tuesday)

Math Counts Club- Tuesdays after school- 3:30-4:30

Book Club- Fridays after school- 3:30-4:15- Library

Volunteer Club-2nd Thursday of the month- 3:30-4:30- B120

**1 hour credit for all NJHS and NEHS students that attend.

Each month different volunteer projects done at the school- For Upcoming Volunteer club meeting on Oct 12th : Please donate for Charity boxes for boys and girls ages 2-12---big item like backpack/doll /truck, activity items/coloring books, small toys and books, and toiletries like toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, mirror, nail clippers, combs, brushes, and school supplies

Pokemon Club- Wednesdays after school- 3:30-4:15- B120

Student Council

Student Council meets every Wednesday morning in E105. The sponsor is Ms. McAnderson. For info about the group events join the Remind group by texting @murphstuco to the number 81010

Math Counts Club

MATHCOUNTS Club will begin testing for the Preston Trail competition!

A series of three-40 minute timed tests will be administered in room J105 as follows:

Tuesday, October 17 – no calculator

Tuesday, October 24 – no calculator

Tuesday, November 7 – calculator (I will provide TI-84 school calculators. Students may bring their own MATHCOUNTS approved calculators.)

Tuesday, November 14 – make ups (This is for any student that was not able to sit for previous tests. Students will not sit for any one test twice.)

Testers will accumulate points based on the number of correct answers from the three tests. The top four students will represent the Murphy Middle School Team. The next six students will be able to compete as an individual. Winners of the Preston Trail competition will go on to the MATHCOUNTS State Competition in February.

MMS Environmental Club

The MMS Environmental Club will meet this Friday, Oct. 6th from 3:30-4:30 in Mrs. Pilgrim’s room E113. Make sure you have transportation home at 4:30.

Save the Date: Saturday, Oct. 14th is the City of Murphy’s Clean & Green Event from 9am until Noon at City Hall. This is a service provided by the City of Murphy and is open to all staff and students that attend MMS. This is a drive-thru and drop off event. The Environmental Club members will help sort various recyclables such as : clothing, toys, stuffed animals, plastic bags, Styrofoam, carpet, light bulbs, electronics, batteries, even pots & pans. Document shredding will also be provided.

Thanks to Mr. Murtaugh, Mr. Hendrix and Mr. Vishwanath for helping the Environmental Club at the Clean & Green free event.

Volunteer Club

For Upcoming Volunteer club meeting on Oct 12th : Please donate for Charity boxes for boys and girls ages 2-12---big item like backpack/doll /truck, activity items/coloring books, small toys and books, and toiletries like toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, mirror, nail clippers, combs, brushes, and school supplies

PACE Information

Is your student interested in participating in PACE next year?

Testing for consideration to be admitted into the Plano Academic and Creative Education (PACE) program for next school year will take place next spring. Referral packets can be submitted online or on paper by Friday, Jan. 12 to Ms. McAnderson in E105. If you have any questions about the process please contact her at The online version will automatically send an email to her.

Secondary PACE Referral Online Link (click here)

PSAT Opportunity

Below is information about an opportunity for students to take the PSAT. This is offered at Otto Middle School. See the information on the flyer for enrollment, payment, and questions.
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PTA News and Information

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2017-2018 Reflections Program

A new school year has begun and the Murphy Middle School PTA is proud to announce the 2017-2018 Reflections program. The theme for this year's program is: Within Reach

Please see the attached flyer for an explanation of the program and a summary of the rules for each category.

Murphy Middle School won the award for the most student participation in Reflections among all the middle schools in Plano ISD, for the last 2 years!!

Let's keep the tradition going and make it 3 years in a row!

Entries will be due on Wednesday, November 8, 2017.

Entries can be turned in to the front office starting in mid-October. Each entry must be accompanied by an entry form, see attached file.

Additional entry forms will be available in the front office the week of September 18.

A copy of the complete category rules can be found HERE.

If you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at 214-868-5907 (call or text) or

I look forward to seeing all the amazing entries from the very talented Murphy Middle School students!

Minoo Wille

Murphy Middle School PTA - Reflections Chair

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MMS Restaurant Spirit Nights

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MMS Spirit Wear

Online Spirit Wear order deadline has been extended to October 20th!

Order your MMS sweatpants in Black or Gray now!

Relaxed fit with pockets and run longer than and feel just like Under Armour sweats and match our gray pullover hoodie too!

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