Murphy Middle School eNews

April 7, 2016

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2016 Bond Election

On May 7, 2016, Plano ISD voters will decide on a $481 million bond proposal to fund initiatives recommended by the Plano ISD Facilities and Technology Task Force. Appointed in August, 2015 by the Plano ISD Board of Trustees, the task force included citizens, business leaders, teachers, principals and parents. The task force reviewed enrollment trends and projections, established construction and renovation needs, validated costs and sought input from fellow community members. After five months of study, debate and public input, the task force made final recommendations to school trustees which are included in this bond proposal. If approved, the bond initiative will provide funding toward eight major project areas with no increase to the tax rate and will impact all Plano ISD campuses through district-wide security updates, renovations and facility upgrades, as well as technology improvements. Find out more, including specific project allocations, at You may send questions to

Online Resources:

· Bond Election (main page):

· Bond Overview Flyer:

· Press Release:

· Press Release (Spanish):

· Frequently Asked Questions (English):

· Frequently Asked Questions (Spanish):

· Project List (English):

· Project List (Spanish):

Murphy Middle School Events & Information

Spring Social Sponsored by the MMS PTA - Friday, April 8 from 6:30 - 9:00 in the MMS Cafeteria and Gyms

Poetry Slam - Thursday, April 14th starting at 3:30 in the MMS Cafeteria

Instrument Selection Meetings for Orchestra - Current 5th Grade Students - Thursday, April 14th in the Fine Arts Area - beginning at 4:00

Soccer Festival for All Middle Schools at Clark HS Fields beginning at 2:30

Mavericks Stampede Color Run - Saturday April 23rd starting at 8:30

Choir Pop Show - Friday, April 29th at Plano East starting at 5:30

Spring Pictures

Your students should be bringing home their spring pictures this week!

If you are not buying the pictures, they need to be returned to the front office.

If you are buying the package, please send payment to the front office or purchase them online.

You keep the pictures you are buying, please return the ones you are not buying!

The deadline to return and/or buy your pictures is April 13th!


It’s that time of year again… nerves for the kids are high over all their tests and classwork.

Let’s settle some of their anxiety and empower them with a little extra boost through a couple STAAR Saturdays!

Does your child want to lessen the anxiety they may have over STAAR History and Science? If so, they can consider attending our STAAR Saturdays at Murphy from 9-12 p.m. on April 16th & April 30th. We see these events as being fun, enlightening, and a great boost to help our kids!

April 16th – STAAR History & Science practice exam (we will use a recently released exam in order for the students to simulate the real deal. The next STAAR Saturday will then target the areas the students had the most problems with on the practice exam.) RSVP -

April 30th – Second Annual STAAR Review-A-Palooza (students will be a part of an innovative, hands on STAAR day full of exploration, review, and collaborative learning with friends.) RSVP -

Our target kids are our students who desire to push themselves a little further, a little harder, and strive to always do their best. Please discuss these events with your child. If there are any questions, students and parents are welcome to talk to Mrs. Jones (8th grade science teacher) or Mr. Matisoff (8th grade history teacher). It will be a great time for the kids – and wonderful for them to utilize their time studying in the weeks leading up to STAAR!

**ALL students who will be attending need to RSVP**
It will help us plan for many of the events that day!

We know with your child in attendance, we can make this extra fun day of review a SUCCESS on Saturday, April 16th and April 30th.

Cross-Country Season


Cross-Country season is starting up. Practice is held during the athletic period for students who are in athletics and before school for students not in athletics. If your 7th/8th grade student is interested in running, please see Coach Ragsdale. There are no cuts, and any 7th or 8th grader can participate.

Congratulations To Our Speech & Debate Team!

Congrats to the Speech & Debate team for winning 3rd place in the Schimelpfenig tournament this past weekend! Huge Congrats to our medal winners: Sophia Li, Hannah Rhodes, Nevin Gera, Jackson Ward and William Zhang.

Congratulations To Our Newest All-Region Choir Students!

Following auditions on Saturday, April 2nd, Murphy Choir had 17 students earn a spot in the All-Region Choir!!

Congratulations to:

Wyatt Ames

Shelby Bishop

Joseph Chrobak

Kymberly Davis

Darla Delozier

Malie Faulkner

Fareen Islam

Gabe Morton

Dat Nguyen

Josh Nichols

Ryan Quan

Ada Sarac

Ashley Schmitt

Ashlyn Smith

Carter Waid

Charlie Walker

Regan Winstead

Ms. Evans and Ms. Altman are proud of every student who went on the journey to prepare for these auditions. The grit of the Choir students is undeniable!

Science Fair

CONGRATULATIONS to Natalie New, who took 3rd place in Microbiology at the State Science Fair!!

Click the link below to see pictures and the results:

Time To Register For The 5th Annual Mavericks Stampede!

It’s time to register for the 5th Annual Mavericks Stampede. Our 3rd Color Run will be on Saturday, Apr. 23rd at 8:30am behind Kimbrough Stadium. It is a 3 mile run/walk that is fun for the whole family. This year there will be FIVE color stations so everyone can get their rainbow going. The traveling trophy is up for grabs again. The Fine Arts department with the most participants will receive the trophy. Will choir win again? We’ll have to find out! Sign-up is easy, follow this link.

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Environmental Club News

KEEP MURPY BEAUTIFUL--Next Saturday, April 9th from 9am-12noon. Time to RECYCLE !!

The following items can be dropped off: electronics, clothing, toys, stuffed animals, Styrofoam, plastic bags, batteries, pots & pans, light bulbs, and even tires. There will also be document shredding, as well as Habitat for Humanity’s collection of wood, carpet and compost. All students/teachers that attend MMS are offered this wonderful service. Just drive thru (see map) drop items off and the Environmental Club members will be glad to help unload them for you! See attachment for info about the trash off event at Timbers Nature Preserve Park.

Moving Or Might Be Moving?

If you know you will be moving or withdrawing your student from Murphy or McMillen (current 8th grader) at the end of school during the summer, please fill out an, "Intent to Withdraw" form as soon as possible. Contact Mrs. Reeves in the Counselor's office for a copy of this form. Please remember - if you later decide to stay in the Murphy zone, you always have a spot!

Elementary Transfer Requests

Maverick Parents-

The Online Numbering System for ELEMENTARY transfer requests will be available beginning April 11th at 6:30 am. Parents must log in beginning April 11th to receive a number to hold a place in line for them on the April 18th transfer day.

ELEMENTARY online numbering system flier - English ->

ELEMENTARY online numbering system flier - Spanish ->

Track City Meet

Next week the athletic program will be wrapping up their track season at the City Meet. Pre-Lims will be held on Monday and Finals will be held on Tuesday. Field events are scheduled to start at 4:00 with running events scheduled to start at 5:15. We would love to see you come out to Kimborough Stadium to come and support our Murphy Mavericks.

Physical Forms

Physical forms can be found on the school web-site under the athletic section. Any student wanting to try out for a team must have a physical on file. Physical forms are good for 2 years. Students can turn their physicals into Coach Ragsdale as soon as they get them filled out by a doctor. The physical must be turned in on the UIL form. If you have any questions please contact Coach Ragsdale.

Athletic Team Work Day


This year our Plano East athletic team work day is Sunday April 24th . We would love to see as many of our athletes helping out as possible. It is our goal to have at least 100 volunteers signed up to go from Murphy. If you know of any students that are not in athletics but are needing community service hours this is a great opportunity for them as well. We will meet up at Plano East in the mid-afternoon on Sunday April 24th (A time has not been determined yet). Students will travel by bus to the Dallas Convention Center. All Eastside schools will be working together as a team to break down several volleyball courts and put them in boxes to be shipped off. The more help that we have the faster it can be done. Last year this project took 5 hours, but we are hoping to get it done sooner with more participation (Goal time is 3 1/2 hours) Plano East will be getting a nice donation for breaking down these courts. The money will be going towards new weight room equipment at Plano East for all teams to use. If you can attend we would love to have you. Parents and older siblings are welcome to come and join us as well. Please e-mail me back if you are planning on attending so we can start setting up groups for students to work in. Please e-mail Coach Ragsdale at

Below is the sign up form for Plano East Summer Conditioning Camp. We had great attendance last year and saw several amazing results from the students that attended over the summer. If your student is planning on playing football next year we would love to see them at this camp over the summer. It is a great way for students to stay in shape and get quicker, faster, and stronger over the summer. If you have any questions please let me know.

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Support Plano East Basketball!

The Plano East Basketball Booster Club will be hosting their 2nd Annual Golf Tournament on Saturday, April 30th at Los Rios Golf Course. Please click on the link below for more details and to register online.

Upcoming Track & Cross Country Meets

Monday, April 11th - Track Meet at Kimbrough starting at 4:00

Tuesday, April 12th - Track City Finals at Kimbrough Stadium starting at 4:00

Wednesday, April 20th - Cross Country Meet at Plano Senior High starting at 5:00

Wednesday, April 27th - Cross Country Meet at Plano Senior High starting at 5:00

Girls Track Schedule - Practices & Meets

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Boys Track Schedule - Practices & Meets

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Substance Abuse Prevention

In an attempt to put relevant, current, and important information concerning drugs and alcohol prevention directly in front of our parents, the Substance Abuse Prevention Specialists from PISD have shared this with us to share with you.

Drug and Alcohol Prevention Information: “Did You Know”

Did you know approximately 25,00 people overdosed and died from prescription drugs in 2014? You can help keep unused and expired prescriptions from being abused. The DEA holds a drug “take back” day where you simply bring any unused or expired medications to a site and drop it off. It is FREE and it is EASY to do! On April 30, from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm, you can stop by any collection site nearest you and drop off your medications. There will be sites at PSHS, PESH, PWSH and Clark schools this year. I have included the website if you need a site closer to home.

Please consider cleaning out your medicine cabinets and help us fight the battle of prescription drug abuse. Together, we can make a difference!

Check out the article from the Plano Police Department.


There is a little something for everyone this summer at Collin College. Middle and high school students interested in nursing, robotics, music or dance have a lot of options on campus as summer camps heat up. Here is the schedule of the camps sponsored by Collin College.

  • SAT Math Review

Students will learn test-taking strategies for the SAT. Sample problems and practice tests are included. Open to students 14 years and up. Cost is $69. For dates, times, locations and how to register, visit .

  • SAT Verbal Review

Students will learn effective test-taking strategies for the verbal portion of the re-designed SAT exam including sentence completions, critical reading, essay writing and improving sentences and paragraphs. Identifying sentence errors will be emphasized. Open to students 14 years and up. Cost is $99. For dates, times, locations and how to register, visit .

  • Nurse Camp

For students interested in getting an inside look at the nursing profession, Collin College is hosting its free Nurse Camp. Open to students between 8th -12th grades, participants will observe demonstrations and participate in simulations. Space is limited. Registration open through April 29 or until spots are filled. For dates, times, locations and how to register, visit .

  • Teen Entrepreneurial Academy

Students will learn how to turn their idea(s) into a business, determine if they can make money with their idea, learn to price their product or service for their target market and plan social media and other marketing options to get the word out. Students will also enjoy guest speakers, breakout sessions and networking opportunities. Open to teens ages 14 and up. Cost is $149. For dates, times, locations and how to register, visit .

  • College Knowledge 101

Searching, selecting and securing the college that is the best fit can seem overwhelming and a difficult process to navigate. This course will provide students with an action plan, resources and the confidence to succeed not only in getting admitted to their top choice college or university, but also in college life, inside and outside of the classroom. Open to ages 14 and up. Cost is $99. For dates, times, locations and how to register, visit .

  • Summer Robotics Camp
Students between 7th – 10th grades will stimulate their minds and unleash creativity at the Summer Robotics Camp. Cost is $89 and includes three lunches. This camp is sponsored by the Collin College Robotics Club and the Engineering Department. Spots are limited and registration fills quickly. Early registration is recommended. For dates, times, locations and how to register, visit .

  • Collin Summer Dance Festival

The sixth annual Collin Summer Dance Festival features workshops in modern, ballet, jazz, Pilates, musical theatre and hip-hop. Cost is $125. The Summer Dance Festival is for beginners or advanced dancers, 14 years old and up. Space is limited. For dates, times, locations and how to register, visit .

  • All Girls Summer Robotics Camp
Girls between 7th – 10th grades get to design and build their own technological creation at the All Girls Summer Robotics Camp. Cost is $89 and includes three lunches. This camp is sponsored by the Collin College Robotics Club and the Engineering Department. Spots are limited and registration fills quickly. Early registration is recommended. For dates, times, locations and how to register, visit .

  • Texas All-Star Jazz Camp

The Texas All-Star Jazz Camp features a flurry of daily workshops and rehearsals as musicians learn the world of big band jazz. Camp faculty includes top jazz musicians from around the country who have played with big names such as Maynard Ferguson, Doc Severinsen, the Metroplexity Big Band and Woody Herman. This year’s special guest is NYC jazz and rock trombonist Tom "Bones" Malone. Students must be at least 13 years old with at least one year of study on their instrument. Cost is $265 or $310 with lunch. Registration open through July 17 or until spots are filled. For dates, times, locations and how to register, visit .

Is Your Child Interested in Robotics?

Gateway Academy Summer Camp registration is open!

We are offering three camp sessions this summer at Robinson MS, Wilson MS and Otto MS.

  • Each session is four days long (Mon. – Thurs.) Students can only attend one session.
  • Camp program time is from 7:45 am–11:45 am.
  • Tuition is $95.
  • Each session is limited to 25 students. It is intended for incoming 7th and 8th grade students only.
  • Camp locations are Robinson, Otto and Wilson.
  • The main projects will revolve around robotics.
  • T-Shirts will be provided for all participants.
  • Each camper will be given a Certificate of Completion on the last day.
  • Campers will take home the projects they complete during the camp (if applicable).

The last hour of each session will be a student showcase/show and tell for parents to come in and see what the campers did during the week.

Session #1 – Monday, June 13 – Thursday, June 16

Otto MS

Wilson MS

Robinson MS

Session #2 Monday, June 20 – Thursday, June 23

Otto MS

Wilson MS

Robinson MS

Session #3 Monday, June 27 – Thursday, June 30

Otto MS

Wilson MS

Robinson MS

See you there!

UTD Summer Programs

The University of Texas at Dallas is offering several summer programs that include:

  • Programming with Java, C++, Python, Scratch, and more
  • App development with iPhone and Android
  • Minecraft
  • Modding
  • FPS and RPG game design
  • Robotics engineering with VEX and LEGO
  • 3D modeling & animation
  • Filmmaking, photography, and web design

Course offerings vary by site. Check UTD site for courses!

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Barron Elementary Book Drive

Girl Scout Troop 670 is doing a book drive as part of their Silver Award. New and used books welcome. All books collected will donated to Barron Elementary School in Plano. The librarian at Barron will be giving the books to students for summer reading. If you have any books that your children have outgrown please consider donating them. Anything from picture books to Harry Potter...we promise to help them find a great home.

2 ways to donate:

1. Collection box in the library at Murphy Middle School

2. Text 972-670-5850 with your address and we will come pick them up

Thanks for your support!

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MealViewer App

Search and favorite all the schools your family attends and see school menus for 30 days at a time! If you want, mark your favorite meals with a star and see when they're coming up again.

Search for "MealViewer To Go" in the App store, or visit today!

Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day

Please read the following letters from Plano ISD (in Spanish or in English) regarding the district policy on Take Your Daughters and Sons to Work Day. If your child participates, it will be counted as an unexcused absence. They will only be allowed makeup work if you complete an absence request form one week in advance.

Click here to read the letters:

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PTA News & Updates

Important Dates:

April 8th - Spring Social from 6:30 - 9:00 PM

April 14th - Poetry Slam after school

April 16th - All Pro Dad

April 19th- Spirit Night at PDQ

April 23rd - Mavericks Stampede Color Run

April 28th - Spirit Night at Chick-fil-A

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The Hospitality Committee is the volunteer of the month. The Hospitality members include Mindy Parker, Ann Mortel, Shannon Sadler and Amanda Conner.

Please thank them for the awesome job they are doing this year!

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Join us on April 19th for Spirit Night at PDQ!

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We Need Volunteers for the Spring Social on April 8th!

Spring Social is coming April 8th from 6:30 to 9:00pm! Volunteers are needed to make it fun & safe for all the students. The only adults allowed in the building during the social will be those who have signed up to volunteer AND who have cleared PISD background checks/volunteer applications. If you would like to volunteer for this fun event (80's themed Music Fest) please go to, log in & click "2016 MMS Music Fest (Spring Social)" & sign up. All volunteers must be signed up with a cleared PISD online volunteer application by Friday April 1st. If you haven't completed your volunteer application, please do so ASAP at the following link:

Spring Social - April 8th!!

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Join the Poetry Fun after school at the Poetry Slam April 14th!

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Murphy Middle School PTA Community Partners 2015-2016

Please remember our generous sponsors when shopping for services or supplies!!

Platinum Level Sponsor

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Gold Level Sponsors

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Silver Level Sponsors

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Bronze Level Sponsors

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