Murphy Middle School ENews

October 5, 2018

No School Monday or Tuesday

There is no school Monday, October 8th. Tuesday, October 9th is Parent Conference Day. We hope all our students enjoy the long weekend.
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6th Grade Student Led Conferences- October 9th

This year sixth grade teachers will host student led conferences in a scavenger hunt format. These conferences focus on our students being accountable in their learning and responsible in showing their classroom efforts to their families. Your child will be presenting work and lessons from this school year in all of their core classes. With teachers as facilitators, students possess the active role of explaining their work, showing their progress and identifying areas of concern or growth. We hope this new experience in Murphy Middle School will be a success-building tool we will be implementing for many years.

Limited private conferences will be available in the afternoon for individual students that are struggling academically or behaviorally in more than one class. Teachers will contact parents directly should there be a concern regarding your child’s performance.

In order to streamline this process you and your child have a designated time to arrive at Murphy Middle School. Your conference will begin in the classroom of your child’s third period class. (Mr. Borja’s sixth graders will go to Ms. McAnderson’s class - E105 and Ms. Perry’s Math Rocks 6 class will go to Mrs. Good’s class - E109) Please see the letter from your child's third period teacher for the assigned time for your Student Led Conference Scavenger Hunt.

7th Grade Conference Day- October 9th

Parents of 7th Graders:

On October 9th, please join us with your student for a unique student led conference scavenger hunt. Students with the last name of A-M should prepare to conference between 9 AM - 10 AM. Students with the last name of N-Z should prepare to conference between 10 AM - 11 AM. Conferences will begin in your student’s first core (English, Math, Science, Social Studies) class. Conferences regarding academic or behavioral concerns will be scheduled through your student’s teacher.


There will be lots of fun and food. Tickets can be purchased today during lunch or at the door. The social is from 6:30-9:00pm.
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Career Day- Friday, October 12

See the flyer below. Click on the document link for a printable copy of the Career Day Form.

Please complete the form at the bottom and return it to Sylvia Lansing in the Counseling Office or e-mail it to

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CogAT Testing - 7th Grade Only

7th Grade students will be taking the CogAT test on Wednesday, October 10th. Please be sure your 7th grade students get a good nights sleep the night before and breakfast that morning.

Picture Retakes- October 24th

If your child was absent for the original picture day, please mark your calendar for picture retakes on October 24th.

Information Regarding Students with Learning Disabilities needing Special Education or 504 Services

Red Ribbon Week- October 22-26

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Parent Social & Emotional Learning (SEL) Engagement Series

Please join us and learn more about social emotional learning in Plano ISD. We will discuss strategies that can be implemented at home to support the SEL competencies and skills. Our 2nd series, "Self-Management," will take place on Thursday, November 8th, at Wyatt Elementary from 6:00-7:30.

MMS Environmental Club

The club will meet this Friday, Oct. 5th from 3:30-5:00 in room E113. Dress for working outside & picking up trash. We will work with the City of Murphy’s Clean Sweep team to pick up trash around MMS and Murphy.

Save the Date: Saturday, Oct. 13th at Murphy City Hall. The MMS Environmental Club will help with the city-wide Clean & Green. We will help sort the following recyclable items: electronics, ink cartridges, Styrofoam, clothing, shoes, toys, pots/pans, stuffed animals, light bulbs and batteries.

MMS Basketball Informational Meetings- 7th and 8th Grade Only

There will be basketball information meetings for any 7th & 8th grade student interested in playing basketball. See the information below for the meetings.

7th & 8th Grade Girls- Thursday, October 11th at 8:00am in the Gym

7th & 8th Grade Boys- Tuesday, October 16th at 8:00am in the Gym

Golden Maverick Awards

Congratulations to this week's 6th Grade Golden Maverick Award recipients.

Blake Letourneau, Viktoria Tatsch, and Bailey Yum

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McMillen High School Cheer Clinic

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Lost and Found

Our lost and found is growing! Please remind your student to check the lost and found in the cafeteria. There are many water bottles, sweatshirts, folders, and lunch boxes. Thank you.

PTA News and Updates

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Reflections due November 19th

Reflections is a National PTA sponsored arts recognition program that encourages artistic expression. The Reflections theme for 2018 – 2019 is “Heroes Around Me”. Use your imagination to create a film, song, artwork, photograph, poem, short story or dance routine. You may enter as many times as you like in as many categories. Each entry must be accompanied by an official entry form. Be sure to reflect the theme in your work.

Murphy Middle School won the award for the most student participation in Reflections among all the middle schools in Plano ISD, for the last two years! We had 12 Council Award winners last year!! So lets keep the tradition going!

All entries will be due Friday, November 9, 2018.

Entries can be turned in to the front office starting in mid October. There is no limit to the number of entries a student can turn in, but each entry must be accompanied by an entry form.

Learn more.

Parent Workshop

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Hygiene Kit Drive

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Upcoming Spirit Nights

Spirit Nights are a partnership between MMS PTA and local businesses. We advertise their business and in turn they give back a portion of their proceeds from that night to MMS PTA.

Don't forget to tell these restaurants you are supporting MMS PTA before you pay.

* Thursday, October 18, 5-8 p.m., Chick-fil-A
* Monday, October 29, 5-9 p.m., Chipotle
* Wednesday, November 14 - Friday, November 16, all day, Jersey Mike's
* Monday, December 3, 5-8 p.m., Chick-fil-A
* Monday, December 10 - Friday, December 14, all day, Nothing Bundt Cake