Murphy Middle School ENews

For the week of February 24 - 28, 2019

Traffic reminders

As we endure the cold, wet, weather please keep student safety your top priority!

· Remember NO dropping kids off in the left lane of the driveway. You are welcome to turn into the parking lot and drop off from a parking space, but we do not want children getting out and going between cars in the traffic lanes.

· Please be patient during inclement weather. It is best to leave home a little earlier, but we all understand weather can have a significant effect on your commute and drop off time. The school takes that into consideration when taking attendance for first period on bad weather days.

· Our crossing guard between Kimbrough and MMS is only there until 8:20. She has to get to class as well, so consider dropping your children off against the curb adjacent to the school instead of in the Kimbrough lot after 8:20.

Attendance Reminder

A reminder to parents that when you call in a student absence, it must be followed up with a doctor note or parent note.

Please make sure it has the student’s first and last name, the reason for the absence , the date of the absence, and a parent signature.

Thank you!

Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System (TELPAS)

English Learner students will be taking the Texas English Language Proficiency Assessment System exam or TELPAS on Monday, March 2nd and Tuesday, March 3rd. There is a reading and listening & speaking portion to the test. We know our EL students will do great!

NEHS & NJHS Induction Ceremony Reminder!!!

There is some confusion over the Induction for NEHS and NJHS. Due to conflicts with other organizations' events, we had to move Induction to February 24th instead of our original date.

6th grade students being inducted into NEHS will have their ceremony at 6:00 in the Murphy Gym on 2/24/2020

7th and 8th grade students being inducted into NJHS will have their ceremony at 7:30 in the Murphy Gym on 2/24/2020

All inductees need to return their information paper (with locker number, ID #, etc.) to Mrs. Edenkrans (6th) or Mrs. Mullen (7th/8th) by Wednesday, February 19th. If forms are turned in after that date, certificates and programs will already have been printed and no changes can

be made to names.

Thank you so much and we apologize for any confusion you might have experienced,

Mrs. Edenkrans and Mrs. Mullen

Student Immunizations

Thank you to those 6th grade parents that have submitted their student’s immunization information for 7th grade. This will enable you to print your student’s schedule at registration time.

An immunization letter as well as a copy of each student’s immunization record will be sent home with your student next week if your student needs immunizations prior to 7th grade.

Please submit the paperwork to the nurse as soon as possible so that the school record may be updated.

Joan Boswell, B.S.N., R.N.

FAX: 469-752-7019 or 469-752-7001

7th and 8th grade Plano District Science + Engineering Fair

The Murphy Science Department is so proud of all the hard work of our students! Our 7th and 8th grade students who participated in the Plano District Science + Engineering Fair did fantastic! Wish them the best of luck as they compete Saturday, February 22nd at Fair Park in the Dallas Regional Science and Engineering Fair.

1st Place in Mathematics - Franklin Hoang

2nd Place in Robotics and Intelligent Machines - Rohan Mahendroo

3rd Place in Engineering Mechanics - Aarav Lakdawala

3rd Place in Behavioral and Social Science - Vybhavi Raman

3rd Place in Microbiology - Alysa Zhao

Honorable Mention in Plant Sciences - Umar Mohammed

Honorable Mention in Systems Software - Rekha Eswara

Honorable Mention in Behavioral and Social Science - Meena Ramaswamy

Honorable Mention in Behavioral and Social Science - Vaani Muthu

Honorable Mention in Chemistry - Vikrant Jeeva

Honorable Mention in Engineering Mechanics - Varun Rao

JUGAAD Special Award Winner in Engineering Mechanics – Aarav Lakdawala

*** Upcoming Events ***

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Calling all Potential Poets

Poetry Slam Workshop on Revising for Impact

Tuesday, February 25

3:30 in the library

Bring a rough draft of your poetry slam poem.


Please turn in your Poetry Slam permission form and poem to Ms. Pearson by Friday, February 28.

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Pennies for Patients is Calling all Heroes to Join our Squad!!!

Families, Murphy Middle School has decided to take on blood cancer and our mission is to help find a cure. The Pennies for Patients will begin on Monday, February 24 and will run through Tuesday, March 3. This will allow your child to participate in a rewarding event that emphasizes the importance of social and emotional learning, and gaining the experience of helping both children and adults in their fight against blood cancer. Student Council members will be accepting donations in the rotunda before school. Again, the dates are February 24, through Tuesday, March 3. The English class that brings in the most money will receive a prize!

You’re invited to our Scholastic Book Fair February 27 - March 5

Book Fair Home page at

Book Fair eWallet

It gives students a secure, cash-free way to shop the fair.

Set up a free account and authorize a spending limit on your credit card for your child to spend at the Book Fair.

After the fair, any unused funds are released back to the card holder.

Sign up at the Book Fair Home Page.

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Dazzlers Drill Team Tryout Packets

Do you love to dance, compete, and perform? Dazzlers Drill Team Tryout packets will be available in the front office of Armstrong, Murphy, and McMillen. All tryout paperwork is due by 4:15 pm on Friday, February 28. Tryouts are March 2-5. Please contact Cortney Davis, Dazzlers Director, at with any questions. Thank you, and we look forward to seeing you at tryouts!

*** Choir ***

Pre-UIL Performance

Tuesday, February 25th

All Advanced Choirs will be participating in a formal Pre-UIL performance at Williams High School. In preparation for their concert and sight-reading competition taking place March 2-4, the students will sing three pieces on stage and proceed to another room to read a piece of music they’ve never before seen. Armstrong, Bowman, and Otto MS Choirs will also be present, rotating throughout the evening. The performance times for each Murphy Choir are below; there is no admission, and all are welcome to attend the concert portion.

Concert Women’s Choir - 4:45 Arrival, 5:15 PM Concert

Select Women’s Choir - 5:15 Arrival, 5:45 PM Concert

A cappella and Tenor-Bass Men’s Choir - 6:15 Arrival, 6:45 PM Concert

A cappella Women’s Choir - 7:15 Arrival, 7:45 PM Concert

Disney Pop Show

Thursday, February 27th, 6:00 PM

It’s time for our annual Disney Pop Show performance! Please come support our Beginning Choir students in their presentation of Disney Spectacular in the MMS Cafetorium. We will feature singing, dancing, and speaking solos/ensembles as well as tumbling, daddy-daughter dancers, and even a routine for our “chimney sweeps”. There is no admission, and you’re guaranteed to have a great time!

*** Athletics ***


Calling all cheerleaders & mascots for 2020-2021 school year! Packets are available to pick up in Mrs. Swanner’s room, H104, for those who are interested in being a cheerleader or mascot next year. An informational parent meeting will be held on Thursday, Feb. 27th at 6:30pm in the DLR. Come join us in this brief meeting for all of the details about being in cheer!


Everyone wanting to participate in Track must be cleared through Rank One (Physical, Medical History, Online forms) to participate, no exceptions will be made. If you have any questions please contact Coach Woodyard.

Track shirt and bag order forms are posted below.

Bags are for STUDENTS ONLY.

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Reminder: Plano ISD Stadium Bag Policy

The Plano ISD stadium bag policy remains in effect for the second semester sports season. Spectators coming to track and soccer events are encouraged to review the guidelines at (en español)

Política del ISD de Plano sobre Bolsas en el Estadio

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*** Clubs and Organizations ***

Murphy Soccer Club


Games are played on the Murphy football field

Bye teams do not play on that date

Teams playing at 3:45 need to be dressed and ready to play by game time.

All players are required to wear shin guards.

Players are encouraged to bring their own water.

Players need to bring all items (backpacks, instruments, etc.) out to the field since they will not be allowed back into the building.

All players need a ride to pick them up no later than 5:00.


3:45 - Texas Thunder vs. Math Class

4:20 - Simple Sweats vs. FC Potatoes

Bye - The Boyzz, Free Agents, Arsenal

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*** Social and Emotional Well Being ***

SEL competency of the month:

Self Awareness

The ability to accurately recognize one's own emotions, thoughts, and values and how they influence behavior

*** PTA News ***

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Here is a welcome from our PTA President:

MMS PTA Nominations

The MMS PTA Nominating Committee is pleased to announce the following officer candidates for the 2020-2021 school year!

President - Jolene Leask

VP Programs - Janet McWhinnie

VP Membership - Jaime Brown

VP Volunteers - Mitzi Behnke

VP Ways & Means - Tamberly Guillory

Secretary - Barb Thompson

Treasurer - Kristi Salzman

Elections will be held during the PTA General Membership meeting on Monday, March 2, 2020 at 6:00pm before Open House.

Book Fair Volunteers

Book Fair volunteers needed. Please sign up at


Photos needed! Yearbook staff is looking for photos of your student to publish in the yearbook. Did you capture a proud moment of your student, or of a group of Murphy Mavericks at a school event, or even perhaps a group of Murphy Mavericks outside of school doing something fun and full of spirit? Email those photos for publication consideration to This email will automatically forward to the MMS Yearbook Advisor, Mrs. Lewis.

For your convenience, we have a link to this email on > Our School > Submit a Picture for the Yearbook.

In the body of the email, please let us know the name(s) of the student(s) in the photo and the event name. Thank you for your time and your photos.


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@HEB Excellence in Education Awards are designed to honor outstanding public school professionals and to thank them for their dedication and commitment. Nominate a teacher, principal, or school district today!

Want to Volunteer?

Check out our volunteer opportunities and sign up! PISD requires that every volunteer renews their background check each school year. If you've volunteered before, it's a 2 minute or less process. If you're new to volunteering, it's 5 minutes or less.

Re-Link Your Kroger Community Rewards, Beginning August 1st

If you shop at Kroger grocery stores, and you have a Kroger Plus Rewards card, you can benefit the families of Murphy Middle.

You must link your card every year, starting August 1st to support Murphy Middle School PTA.

Learn how at Kroger Community Rewards.

*** Informational Links ***

Lost and Found

Is your student missing a binder, lunch bag, jacket, etc? Have him or her check the lost and found table in the school cafeteria before the end of the semester. Unclaimed items will be donated.

Download the PISD Mobile App

Do you have the Plano ISD App on your phone or device?

The Plano ISD App is a great way to see information about the Plano calendar, news and alerts, the anonymous tip line, and much more.

• Personalize newsfeeds for your school
• View student grades and attendance
• Access school and staff info
• View news stories
• Receive important alerts
• View calendar info

It is available for iOS or Android.


Plano ISD encourages students and parents to attempt to resolve their concerns with the appropriate teacher, principal, other campus administrator, department or employee. The district believes it is in the best interest of everyone involved to informally resolve concerns, if at all possible. Concerns should be expressed as soon as possible to allow early resolution at the lowest possible administrative level.

Details at


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