Murphy Middle School eNews

May 6, 2016

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2016 Bond Election

Click this link to watch the following informative video!

Election Day is this Saturday, May 7. 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. For more information, including specific project allocations and voting locations, visit

Murphy Middle School Events & Information

6th & 7th grade STAAR tests - Monday, May 9th and Tuesday, May 10th

8th grade STAAR tests- Wednesday, May 11th and Thursday, May 11th

All library books due - Tuesday, May 17th

Talent Show Auditions - Tuesday, May 17th and Wednesday, May 18th

Murphy Talent Show - Thursday, May 26th


As we near the end of the year, please remember that parents are NOT ALLOWED to bring lunches for students other than their own. As this is a statewide policy and a safety issue, please understand that we will not allow students to eat lunches provided by anyone except for someone on their emergency contact card.

8th grade celebration!

It's time to celebrate our awesome 8th grade class as they prepare to move on to HIGH SCHOOL! From 12pm-3pm on May 26th, our 8th graders will get to head over to Murphy PSA for food and fun to celebrate their time here at Murphy!

Your child MUST have the permission slip signed and returned in order to attend. Please see the following link to download the form now:

Congrats to our Soccer Team!

On Friday, April 22 the Murphy Soccer team competed against other PISD middle schools at the District Soccer Fest. The Murphy Mavs took home first place! Congratulations!
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Be sure to congratulate our Poetry Slam competitors!

On May 3rd, the District Poetry Slam was held at Bowman Middle School. The 1 and 2 place winners from our school slam competed against the winners of six other middle schools across Plano ISD in two categories: single voice poetry and two-voice poetry. All of the participants showed an amazing amount of courage by getting up and sharing their thoughts and ideas in such a public way. In the end, Murphy came away with 1 place in both categories!! We also took home the “Stanley Cups of the Poetry Slam” to be housed in our building until next year.

Please congratulate the following winners on their accomplishment:

1 place--single voice: Hadeel Ali

1 place—two-voice: Evie Atwell & Abby Atterbury

Congratulations to all of the contestants and to Penny Pearson and the other librarians for all of their hard work that made this exceptional event possible.

Congratulations to all who competed in the Reflections Contest!

Murphy was the Champion For The Arts in the Middle School division for being the school with the highest participation in Reflections!

We had 151 entries, which was the highest by any school in PISD.

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AVID Celebration!

On Monday, May 23 at 6:00PM, Murphy MS AVID will celebrate all the work that our AVID students have been doing throughout the year. We will honor our current AVID students, as well as welcome the new AVID students for next year. Refreshments will be served. Ask your AVID student about the invitation. RSVP at

Pace Spring Testing Update

Results from March's PACE Testing have been mailed. Please look in the mail between May 6-10 for a letter from the district explaining the results, and whether the campus placement committee recommended placement starting in the 2016-2017 school year. Students that have been recommended for placement will find a permission form/media release that accompanies the results. Please sign and return the permission form/media release no later than Monday, May 23rd. Forms may be dropped off in the front office or brought to Mr. Matisoff's classroom (N101) by your child. Students will not be placed in PACE without a returned permission form/media release. If you have any questions, contact Mr. Matisoff, Murphy's PACE Specialist.

Parents of 7th Grade Honor Society Members

If you or your student would like to be part of the NJHS text group, please join at Remind.

To receive messages about NJHS via text, text @bg4gb to 81010. You can opt out of messages at anytime by replying "unsubscribe @bg4bg"

Trouble using 81010 --- try texting @bg4bg to (972)810-7209 instead.

OR to receive messages via email, send an email to

Thank you, Mrs. Mullen and Mrs. Edenkrans.

Don't forget to Audition for The MURPHY MIDDLE sCHOOL Talent Show!

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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!
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2016 Summer Golf Camp!

Do you have a student who will be entering 7th, 8th, or 9th grades next year? Are they interested in becoming a part of the award-winning Eastside Golf Team? This summer golf camp, run by the Plano East Golf coaches, will give your students the opportunity to learn about golf and meet other potential teammates! Never golfed before? Don't worry! The camp is offering introductory through high school level golf!

The camps run July 28-25 and August 1-4

To request an application, click directly on any of the following email addresses!

To download the above informative flyer, please follow this link:

To view the registration flier, please follow the link below!

To see the High School Clinic Application, please click the link below!!

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.

Follow this link to access the physical form:

imPact Concussion Testing

On May 14, we will be performing ImPact testing on participating athletes in the East cluster at Plano East Senior High School. The ImPACT (Immediate Post-Concussion Assessment and Cognitive Testing) was created as a screening tool to assist sports medicine professionals in evaluating athletes after a suspected concussion. It is a valuable tool for helping doctors and athletic trainers safely return athletes to the playing field.

The Ben Hogan Concussion Clinic will be assisting us in facilitating these tests for a small price of $2.

For more information, please open the document below:

To view, print, and sign the parent release form, please open the document below:

Important Orchestra Dates

May 5 Beginning Rehearsal in small gym - 7:15 AM
May 14 Hawaiian Falls - 8:30 AM – 5:00PM
May 17 Beginning Rehearsal - 7:15 AM
May 18 Kung Fu Rehearsal - 7:30AM
May 20 Beginning Orchestra Festival - 11AM-6PM
May 24-25 Sinfonia Festival - TBA
May 26 MMSO @ The Talent Show - 7PM

MMS Environmental Club News

The Next Environmental Club Meeting will be Friday, May 13th , from 3:30-4:30. Please dress for working outside.

Thanks to all the volunteers that helped with the City of Murphy’s Clean & Green Event.

The volunteers did an awesome job sorting electronics, clothing, and other recyclable items.

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Fundraising Drive for Veterans

May 16-26, Student Council and the History Department along with some help from the Honor’s societies are sponsoring a fundraising drive for veterans in observance of Memorial Day. The charity organization is the GI GO Fund ( We will raise funds through the history classes and each history teacher will compete for their students to win free Domino’s pizza and water for lunch on May 31. If we reach our goal of $1000 as a school the students will earn the ability to wear school appropriate PJ’s on May 31.

To complement the drive we will have the students create a modern version of “Flander’s Field.” On May 20th the students will go out by grade level to place their paper poppies and create the field of poppies described in the famous poem. Also on May 20th we will invite military veterans to speak to students in their history class about their experiences to help put a face on the cause.

McMillen Sparkle Cats

Be apart of the first special needs cheer squad at McMillen!!

See the attached flyer for more information!

PESH Soccer FUNdraiser!

Plano East Soccer Booster Club is hosting a Family FUNdraiser tournament at Top Golf Allen on Sunday evening May 8, from 6 to 9 pm! Tournament registration is $70 per player and includes Top Golf fees, clubs, instruction, dinner and prizes! Sponsorships are available as well. All profits go directly to our Senior Scholarship fund. Come out and enjoy some fun family time while supporting our deserving Seniors in their future endeavors! Register online at

Mavericks Stampede Color Run

Thank you to all who made the Mavericks Stampede Color Run a huge success for the 3rd year in a row. We had 428 participants who were every color of the rainbow by the end.

Cole Coker was first to cross the finish line at 18:57. Choir, with 57 participants, won the traveling trophy for the 2nd year in a row.

Plano East Girls Soccer Summer Conditioning

Want a tough, but fun workout with Plano East Girl’s coaches and Athletic Director Joey McCullough? Join the PESH Girl's Soccer Team this summer!!

PROGRAM DATES: June 13th - July 28th (M-T-W-Th)

To open the flier, click here:

To view the pamphlet and application, click here!

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.

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Panther Preschool at Plano East Senior High School

Now Enrolling for the 2016-17 School Year!

  • Ages 3 or 4 years old (must be potty-trained)
  • 2 days a week or 4 days a week
  • Class time: 8:30 AM-1:45 PM
  • Certified/Degreed teacher assisted by senior high school students enrolled in the Education & Training Program
  • Designed so that each preschool child may develop to their fullest potential at their own pace.
  • Emphasis on the growth & development of the whole child: physical, emotional, social, and intellectual areas.
  • Activity-based curriculum includes phonics, language & literacy, math, science, art, music & movement, physical (indoor & outdoor), social skills development, and lots of fun.
  • Come join us for an enthusiastic, educational year of exploration!

Panther Preschool at Plano East Senior High School

3000 Los Rios Blvd. • 469-752-9082 •


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 .

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!

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

To register and find more information, please visit

See you there!

MealViewer App

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

End of Year Cafeteria Procedures

Please note that all accounts must be paid in full by June 3rd. Any withdraws or transfers you would like to make need to be completed by June 2nd. Any money left in your child's account will roll over to the following year, and will follow them to any school in PISD!

To read the full letter, please open the documents below!

*Please note: since our last eNews, the Spanish letter has been corrected. The new document is listed below!

In English:

In Spanish:

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!


Teacher lost wedding ring. If found, please return to Murphy office.

Thank you!!!

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PTA News & Updates

Important Dates:

May 9th Wok Xpress Spirit Night

May 17th Boggess 2016 Senior Reception

May 18th PDQ Spirit Night

May 23rd PTA General Meeting in the Cafeteria at 6:00pm

May 23rd Movin’ up to Murphy for incoming 6th grade parents’ 9am in the DLR or 6:30pm in the cafeteria

May 26th 8th Grade Celebration


A big THANK YOU to all who participated, Amy Deans, and all the other volunteers who made the 5th Annual Murphy Middle School Mavericks Stampede Color Run a success!!!

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Congratulations to Sara Furtick and Danette Rogers for being volunteers of the month!! Thank you for all you do!

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Wok Xpress is hosting a Spirit Night on Mon, May 9th!

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Join us for a Spirit Night at PDQ on Wed, May 18th!

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Your Amazon Purchases can help raise money for Murphy!

If you shop on Amazon please consider using the web address. It is the same as shopping on with one change you can pick a charity. Amazon will contribute 5% of certain purchases towards the charity of your choice. Please consider picking the Murphy Middle School PTA in the drop down menu under your account there is an option to choose your charity. Our charity is listed as PTA Texas Congress Murphy Middle School PTA

Thank you for contributing to MMS PTA!

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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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