Murphy Middle School ENews

Thursday, September 21

Career Day!

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Parent Education Classes

Starting on September 28th at 6:30-8:00pm, our very popular 4 weeks series, May I Have Your Attention, Please? – Parenting & Understanding the Child with ADHD will begin. Please view the attached flyer for all the details.

This series is offered in both English & Spanish this year.

I have also attached the September Monthly flyer again as there was a “time” correction to the very bottom “May I Have Your Attention, Please?” on September 28th. It needed to read: 6:30-8:00pm.

PTA RISE Program

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Hurricane Relief Effort- Creature Care

Over the past two weeks, Murphy PALS, Student Council, National Elementary Honor Society, and National Junior Honor Society sponsored a donation drive for Hurricane Harvey (and Irma) families called Creature Care. In the massive evacuations from the flood waters and impending hurricane, families in the 53 counties affected by the storms often had to leave their pets behind. Animal rescue groups went in to rescue as many animals as they could and operations are still ongoing.

In order to reunite these pets with their families, the SPCA across Texas is taking in and sheltering these animals. The SPCA in McKinney currently houses 175 cats and kittens while the Dallas SPCA is housing over 250 dogs, and those numbers are continuing to grow. As such, the SPCA has a huge need for supplies to help them care for these animals over the next few months.

Our collection drive lasted for two weeks and during that time our Murphy family donated food, cat litter, beds, toys and crates for the SPCA.

We collected:

115 items that were donated directly to the SPCA in Houston

260 items that were donated to the SPCA in McKinney

25 items that were donated to Shutt'er Down Ranch (North Texas Cat Rescue) who are taking in injured and owner surrendered animals from Irma and Harvey

Total Items collected: 400 items

Approximate Value of items: $3196.00

Special Thanks to the PTA and Mary Fuentes who delivered the donations to the SPCA.

It is amazing what we can accomplish together!

Thank you, Murphy.

Book Fair Success!

Thank you for helping to make the Fall Book Fair a big success!

Ms. Pearson would like to thank all of the Murphy parents, students, and teachers who purchased books or volunteered to help at the fair. We were able to purchase $1268 in books from Scholastic-a total of 100 books, and receive $2000 to purchase books from other vendors. Thank you!

Math Counts

MATHCOUNTS Math Club meets Tuesdays after school from 3:35 – 4:30 in room J105.

MATHCOUNTS provides enriching, extracurricular math problems for students.

If your student LOVES math, then MATHCOUNTS Math Club is for them!

MMS Speech and Debate Team

Congratulations to Jenna Moon for being elected the MMS Speech and Debate Team President!

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Murphy Multicultural Committee

The Murphy Multicultural Committee is looking for participants interested in helping to plan, share ideas, or assist with our Multicultural Celebration Week in February.

If you are interested, please attend a planning meeting on Tuesday October 3 at 3:45 in J102.

If you have any questions, please contact Kathleen Good at

Soccer Club News

Soccer club games do not start until January but many students have already asked about forms to start a team. We have forms and information available in the Club's Google Classroom, please join with the code 45747p. We also have information and forms in each grade level hall if you are interested. Once the forms are filled or if you have any questions, come see Mrs. Isbell, Mr. Murtaugh, Mrs. Rooke, or Ms. Damewood. We are also starting t-shirt sales early this year in case the teams want to use them as uniforms. We will have them made in different colors.

Fall Social 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 Spirit Nights

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PTA Community Partnerships

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