Murphy Middle School eNews

January 22, 2016

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Attention Parents of Current 8th Grade Students

8th Grade Parents,

Students in eighth grade are required to complete a Four-Year Plan for high school graduation. These are tentative plans designed to guide students through their course selections for grades 9-12. Students and parents develop the Four-Year Plan based on a student’s academic performance, test scores, career interests, and graduation requirements.

Conferences to develop your child’s Four-Year Academic Plan and registration plan for 9th grade will begin next week on Tuesday, January 26. You will receive a letter informing you of the date and time of your child’s academic conference

The group scheduling session lasts approximately one hour and fifteen minutes, during which time we will make a tentative four-year plan and complete the ninth grade registration paperwork. These are important decisions for your child, and your attendance is appreciated. If you are unable to attend, your student will still meet with us and he/she can share the information with you. Please feel free to contact our counseling office at 469-752-7015 if you have any questions

We look forward to working with each and every one of you to make the transition to 9th grade as smooth as possible.


Murphy Middle School

Counseling Team

Murphy Middle School Events & Information

Students who received Honor Society selection letters - Fill out and return "Invitation to Membership" packets to Mrs. Mullen or Mrs. Edenkrans by Friday, January 29th in order to be considered for membership by the Murphy Middle School Faculty Council.

Last Day To Order a 2015-2016 MMS Yearbook - Friday, January 29 at 9:00 a.m. (Order form attached to original eNews email)

Multicultural Week is coming - February 1st - 5th. Students are encouraged to wear international clothing to school on Wednesday, February 3rd.

Debate Offs To Determine 10 Competition Teams For Tournaments - February 3rd from 3:30 - 5:00 in D106. Questions - please email Mrs. Norris at

No School For Students - Monday, February 15

Athletic Events - January & February

Admission cost for athletic events is $2 for students and $4 for adults. Please help out our ticket takers by bringing small bills.

7th Grade Girls Basketball (6:00 & 7:00 unless otherwise noted)

Thursday, 1/28 vs. Renner at MMS

Thursday, 2/4 vs. Wilson at Wilson

Thursday, 2/11, Friday, 2/12, Saturday, 2/13 - "B" Team Tournament - Time & Location TBD

Thursday, 2/18, Friday, 2/19, Saturday, 2/20 - "A" Team Tournament - Time & Location TBD

7th Grade Boys Basketball (6:00 & 7:00 unless otherwise noted)

Thursday, 1/28 vs. Renner at Renner

Thursday, 2/4 vs. Wilson at MMS

Thursday, 2/11, Friday, 2/12, Saturday, 2/13 - "B" Team Tournament - Time & Location TBD

Thursday, 2/18, Friday, 2/19, Saturday, 2/20 - "A" Team Tournament - Time & Location TBD

8th Grade Girls Basketball (6:00 & 7:00 unless otherwise noted)

Monday, 1/25 vs. Renner at MMS

Monday, 2/1 vs. Wilson at Wilson

Thursday, 2/11, Friday, 2/12, Saturday, 2/13 - "B" Team Tournament - Time & Location TBD

Thursday, 2/18, Friday, 2/19, Saturday, 2/20 - "A" Team Tournament - Time & Location TBD

8th Grade Boys Basketball (6:00 & 7:00 unless otherwise noted)

Monday, 1/25 vs. Renner at Renner

Monday, 2/1 vs. Wilson at MMS

Thursday, 2/11, Friday, 2/12, Saturday, 2/13 - "B" Team Tournament - Time & Location TBD

Thursday, 2/18, Friday, 2/19, Saturday, 2/20 - "A" Team Tournament - Time & Location TBD

Deadline For Ordering Yearbook Approaching Quickly! (Order form attached to eNews email)

The last day to order a 2015-2016 Murphy MS yearbook is Friday, January 29 at 9:00 a.m. We are calling our publisher at 9:00 a.m. that day to report how many books we are going to order. We WILL NOT be ordering any extra copies for May delivery!

There are 3 ways to pay. You can purchase online at or return the form attached to the orignial eNews email with cash or check (made payable to Murphy MS) to the front office attention Kayleigh Abtahi. If paying by check, please make sure you put your DL# on the check. You can also call toll-free and order a book over the phone at 1-877-767-5217.


6th Grade Science and Engineering Fair Winners!

Congratulations to the following 6th grade students. Winners of the 2016 MMS Science and Engineering Fair!

Grand Prize: “Texting & Stones will break My Bones” by Richard Wille

1st place: “Shocking Shoes” by Anay Gupta & Harsh Patel

2nd place: “ Back to the Roots Aquaponics” by Camden Henson

3rd place : “ How to Become an Olympic Archer by Aditi & Rishi Mallela

and Siddharth Turaga

A big thank you to the volunteer judges and for all the students who entered.

These four projects will be competing at the Regional Science/Engineering Fair in Garland on February 1st-2nd . Good luck at the competition!

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MMS Students Named Winners of the City of Murphy Recycling Mascot Contest

Congratulations to Cedric Zhou and Megan Trieu. Both are winners for the City of Murphy’s recycling mascot competition. Their artwork will be displayed on the Progressive recycling trucks. Thanks to all the students who entered the Keep Murphy Beautiful contest. Wonderful artwork!

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Soccer Club Information

Soccer season has started at Murphy MS. The soccer club has 11 teams and 118 students participating this year! The teams play each other every Friday for the next 3 months ending with semifinals and a championship game on April 22nd.

NJHS students who need volunteer hours: make sure contact Mrs. Isbell or show up on Fridays to help during an early, a late game, or both!

Color Run T-Shirt Design Contest

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If You Missed The Parent Meeting Last Week...Presentations Available On Our Website

On Wednesday, January 6th, we held our grade level transition meetings in the cafeteria. Counselors met with our current 6th and 7th grade parents and then with our incoming parents who currently have children in 5th grade.

If you were unable to attend the meeting, please take a moment to view the grade appropriate presentation that is available on our website. ( This information could help clarify any questions that may pop up as your child begins the process of choosing classes for next year.

Please contact your child's counselor with questions or concerns.

PACE Testing

All PACE referral packets were due to Mr. Matisoff, Murphy’s PACE Specialist, by January 13th. If your child turned in their packet, testing will take place during school for ALL students on February 29th in the DLR. Due to the large number of students testing, it is very important that students be present the day of their test. Additional information was sent home with your child last week.

Students may only bring the following to the DLR (NO BACKPACKS!):

1.) two sharpened #2 pencils with erasers

2.) a book to read if you finish a test before time is called

3.) a healthy snack to eat during our morning break

4.) bottled water

5.) possibly a sweater or jacket in case it is cold

6.) a sack lunch

7.) a good night’s sleep the evening before.

8.) a well-balanced breakfast the morning of testing

Jason Matisoff

PACE/Gifted Education Specialist

8th Grade Team Leader

Mock Trial Sponsor

Murphy Middle School


FCA Information

FCA will be headed to weekend of champions on February 26th – February 29th. You can find more information at Any Murphy Middle School student is welcome to come. Please see Coach Ragsdale for more information.

Practice Test to Help Prepare for SAT or ACT - Registration form attached to eNews email

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Free Lacrosse Stick Clinics

Plano East lacrosse will be offering two free stick clinics for anyone interested in “the fastest growing sport in the US”. These clinics will be at McMillen High School from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, January 23 and Saturday, February 6. Loaner gear is available for anyone wanting to experience the sport. (Flier attached to original eNews email.)

If you have any questions, please contact Allison Worley at or Jeff Leach at

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Dazzler Dance Clinic - Registration Form Attached To eNews Email

The McMillen Dazzlers will hold their annual dance clinic on February 20th. See below for additional details. The official registration form is attached to the original eNews email.
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Homework Hot Spot

Murphy’s Homework Hot Spot is here to serve your student. We created this area because we want students to have a teacher supervised area where they have teacher assistance, peer assistance (provided by 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 Mrs. Feil’s room D 111. We will be limiting the number of students coming in for assistance, so come early. See you there!

Grit and the Power of YET!

In order to demonstrate to students the Power of Yet, to encourage them to try again when they struggle, and to develop their grit, teachers will start adding the phrase “Power of Yet Tutorial (with the date and time of the tutorial)” on graded assignments when students are able to make another attempt at mastery. Teachers will also explain this change in grading communication so that students understand the meaning and purpose of “Power of Yet Tutorials.”

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Club List - Updated January 2016

Here at Murphy Middle School, we have so many ways for students to be involved! At the beginning of each semester, students have the opportunity to start their own club. All students have to do is find a few kids with the same interest, find a teacher to serve as the "custodian" for the club, and fill

out some simple forms.

Here are the clubs that are formed so far - along with the name and email information of the teacher serving as custodian. Meeting times/dates are set by the teacher, so please direct your questions to him/her.

Book Club with Ms. Pearson in the Library (

Nintendo Club with Ms. McCutcheon & Ms. Hargrove in B120 ( or

Star Wars Club with Mr. Murtaugh in B129 (

Environmental Club with Ms. Pilgrim in E113 (

Soccer Club with Mr. Murtaugh in B129 (

Baseball Club with Mr. Lagattuta in E112 (

Joy Club with Ms. Perry in J105 (

Reading Rain Club with Ms. Byrd in E101 (

Mavs Steep Steppers with Ms. Holt in H102 (

Basketball Club with Mr. Henson in D101 (

Tennis Club with Ms. Hachtel in E111 (

French Club with Ms. Nee in K104 (

Singing & Dancing Club with Mr. Lagattuta in E112 (

Chef's Club with Ms. Thompson in D112 (

Poetry Club with Ms. Edenkrans in F103 (

Harry Potter Club with Mr. Lagattuta in E112 (

Student Council with Ms. Collins & Ms. McAnderson in F104 ( or

Maverick Gazette with Mr. Matisoff in N101 (

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Volunteers Needed for PISD's S.K.I. Plano Event

Volunteers are needed for S.K.I. Plano, benefitting the Plano ISD Education Foundation, on Saturday, January 30. The event is at the Marriott Legacy Town Center at the Shops at Legacy. Set-up will be from 9am to 3pm. We also need volunteers to work at the event as cashiers, packet runners to assist the cashiers, raffle assistants, touchpad roamers, big board helpers, head & tails runners, silent auction area and tear down. Start time is as early as 5pm.

Please email Tamra Sadafsaz at if you have any questions or to sign up to volunteer.

Current 6th Grade Students - Immunizations Needed For 7th Grade Entry

Dear 6th Grade Parent,

I want to make you aware of some additional immunizations that will be required in the 2016-2017 school year for 7th grade entry.

The changes will amend 25 Texas Administrative Code, Chapter 97, Subchapter B, §§97.61; 97.63-97.72. Following are the immunizations that will be affected:

· Meningococcal Vaccine (One dose required)

· Varicella Vaccine (Two doses required (or verification of disease)

· Tdap Vaccine (Tetanus and diphtheria toxoids and acellular pertussis) Booster dose required (within last 5 years)

Proof of these immunizations will be required to begin school for the 2016-2017 school year. Please check your child’s immunization records now and provide your school nurse proof of immunization as soon as the vaccine is received as this will provide faster service for your student’s schedule release. To view a copy of your child’s immunization record as currently on file with the school, please go to

If you have questions or concerns, I recommend discussing these with your physician. The school nurse at your campus will be able to provide you with a list of locations where you can receive these immunizations.

For further assistance, please contact the school nurse at your campus or visit for more information.

Thank you,

Megan Schuler RN, BSN

Director for District Health

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PTA News & Updates

Important Dates:

January 25th - PDQ Spirit Night

February 6th - SAGE Summer Expo

February 12th - Color Run T-Shirt Design Contest Deadline

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We need you if you love to take pictures and scrapbook!!! Our Historian for this year has moved she will give you all she has done thus far if you will step up and Volunteer to be the MMS PTA Historian for this year. Please contact PTA president Angela Hughes if you are interested

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Please thank Anna Walker and Sreelatha Pillai for all of their hard work

and dedication to PTA this year!!!!!

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2016 Plano ISD Parent Workshops - Presented by Family Education and Guidance Services

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Questions About Parent Programs?

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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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