Murphy Middle School eNews

May 20, 2016

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Murphy Middle School Events & Information

All library books due - Tuesday, May 17th, PLEASE TURN THEM IN ASAP!

Murphy Choir Pop Show - Friday, May 20th

Murphy Talent Show - Thursday, May 26th

Memorial Day, No School - Friday, May 27th and Monday, May 30th

Exam Week - Tuesday, May 31st through Friday, June 3rd

Early Dismissal - Friday, June 3rd at 12:40pm

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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.

Our teachers have also decorated their doors and the hallways to commemorate the occasion. You can see a few examples of their excellent work above and below!


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.

End of Year Nurse Information

Maverick Parents,

This is the “End of the Year” information from the school nurse.

All Medications must be picked up by parents before the last day of school. Medication is not kept for the next school year.

Students needing immunizations prior to 7th grade should have brought home information regarding this in April. To avoid a possible delay in August schedule release, please submit the proper paperwork prior to the end of the school year. Schedules will not be released until this has been done. You may email records to the school nurse at or sent via FAX to: 469-752-7001 OR 469-752-7019.

It has been a pleasure to provide healthcare to your child this school year. I hope your summer is safe and healthy.

Thank you,

Joan Boswell

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:

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:

MMS Talent Show!

The Murphy Talent show is on Thursday, May 26


at 7pm in the cafeteria! Tickets are $5 and concessions will also be sold. Come check out the amazing talent we have here at MMS!

Murphy Pop Show

Murphy Advanced Choir Pop Show is this Friday, May 20th

at 7:00 PM at McMillen High School. The theme is Movies and the choir will be performing movie tunes including Dancing Queen, New York New York, Old Time Rock & Roll, and The Time Warp. The show also features the Harmaniacs, Melodivas, and independently prepared solo and duet performances! Admission is free, and the concert should be about an hour. We hope to see you there!!

Congratulations to those who competed in the Vase Art Competition!

This past Saturday a select group of art students participated in the Regional Junior Vase Art Competition which took place at Otto Middle School. We are pleased to announce that all 17 students participating in 3 different divisions made it to the final round thus each received a medal!!!

We also had two finalists, one in Division 1 which was Chloe Quin, and one in Division 2 which was Chloe Chan. They both received the highest medal which was the silver medal!!!!

Ms. Anetopoulos would like to thank and congratulate all the students who participated they did an awesome job and both she and Mr. Sims are really proud of them!!! They rocked!!!

Division 1

Natalie Anspach

Brysen Tate

Caitlyn Coker

Austin Craven

Elizabeth Mortel

Ethan Nguyen

Chloe Quin- Silver Medalist

Malvika Sanjyot-nangia

Division 2

Brianne Bitar

Chloe Chan- Silver Medalist

Connor Hill

Aman Pathan

Division 3

Joanna Kwon

Kathryn Moore

Jackelyn Olvera

August Sauter

Sydney Trieu

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Congrats to our Mock Trial Team!

On May 6th, sixteen 8th graders competed in the 2016 Collin County Mock Trial Competition sponsored by the Collin County Bar Association. The annual event is held at the Collin County Courthouse in McKinney and is represented by teams from across the region. Anesa Abrahma was honored with a Best Attorney award and Nitya Lohia received Best Attorney in two out of the three rounds she participated in. Kamilah Ashley, Raishma Kazi, and Srihari Manoj each received a Best Witness award.

Nitya Lohia and Saisrinivas Gudivada served as attorneys on a team that consisted of Sofia Al-Hennawi, Kamilah Ashley, Sreeja Eadha, Emily Glowski, Raishma Kazi, and Hanaa Siddiqui. Anesa Abraham and Athulya Nagarajan served as attorneys on a team made up of Arun Eswara, Navya Kilaru, Michael Kuppinger, Brady Ligon, Srihari Manoj, and Hari Namdhari.

What an awesome job both teams did! Please congratulate them for all their hard work and effort!

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Congratulations, Speech/Debate Team!

Last Saturday was our last Speech/Debate tournament at Vines High School. Murphy did AMAZING and took home the most trophies! Although we lost to Rice in Sweepstakes, we beat our rival, Schimelpfenig, and took home the 2nd place trophy!! Mrs. Norris is BEYOND amazed by the hard work our students give and the time they put into these tournaments.

Nevin Gera (7th grade) was the TOP scorer of the ENTIRE TOURNAMENT, giving our team 96 points ALL. ON. HIS. OWN! Which is unheard of. He and his partner, Umangi Singh, won 1st place in debate. These 2 work so hard and are such wonderful teammates, helping all the other teams with their debates. Nevin also went on to win 1st place in Original Oratory, Musical Pantomime, and placed 3rd in Extemporaneous Speaking.

Cassie Pierce was the 2nd top scorer of the entire tournament, making it to finals in all her events!

Here is the list of all of the other award-winning Speech and Debate Members!

  • Nevin and Umangi won 1st place in Debate
  • Sofia Li made it to finals in Poetry
  • Hadeel Ali won 2nd place in Poetry
  • Jenna Moon made it to finals in Storytelling (6th grade only event)
  • Olivia Allred, Abby Atterbury, Evie Atwell, Cassie Pierce, Hannah Rhodes, and Isabella Escobedo made it to finals in Lip Sync.
  • Umangi Singh, Sophia Li, and Nevin Gera made it to finals in Original Oratory
  • Nevin Gera won 1st place in Original Oratory
  • Audrey Lingle and Eliza Feather made it to finals in Duet Acting
  • Cassie Pierce and Josh Nichols won 2nd in Duet Acting
  • Abby Atterbury wins 1st place in Prose. (Prose is the most registered event, meaning the most kids sign up to compete in this category. So proud!!)
  • Nevin Gera, Cassie Pierce, and Mark Farid won 1st place in Musical Pantomime
  • Nevin Gera won 3rd place in Extemporaneous Speaking
  • Our Readers Theater group, which was comprised of Sophia Li, Cassie Pierce, Gabe Morton, Gavin Kilpatrick, Olivia Allred, and Isabella Escobedo, made it to finals

Be sure to congratulate all of these amazing kids!

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:

Drugs: Your kids, You, and the Police in Our Schools

SAVE THE DATE: Saturday, May 21, 2016 at 9 a.m.

You are invited to attend a "Drugs: Your Kids, You, and the Police in Our Schools" program presented by Officer Riebschlager in the McMillen HS Cafeteria.

Times have changed, and so have the drugs in our community. If you haven't attended an Officer Kris program previously, please be advised that he always provides amazing new information that is sure to surprise you.

Important Orchestra Dates

May 20 Beginning Orchestra Festival - 11AM-6PM
May 25 Sinfonia Festival -10AM-1:PM bring $6 for lunch
May 26 MMSO @ The Talent Show - 7PM

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!

MealViewer App

Search and favorite all the schools your family attends and see school menus for 30 days at a time! If you want, mark your favorite meals with a star and see when they're coming up again.

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

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PTA News & Updates

Important Dates:

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

May 26th Chick-fil-A spirit night

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Volunteers Needed!

8th Grade Celebration - It's time to celebrate our awesome 8th grade class as they prepare to move on to High School! From 12-3 pm on Thursday, May 26th, our 8th graders will get to head over to Murphy PSA for food, fun & to celebrate their time here at Murphy.

We would love to have a lot of volunteers come help the celebration be a fun & safe place for the students. If you are able to volunteer, please sign up at All volunteers must have a cleared PISD background check for the current school year (2015-16). This can be done at: In addition, all volunteers must have checked their ID in at the Murphy Middle School front office sometime this year.

All cleared volunteers who have signed up online to volunteer for the 8th grade celebration, have an approved PISD background check, AND have scanned their ID in at MMS sometime this year will be able to go straight to Murphy PSA at their scheduled shift time on May 26th. Everyone else will have to check in at Murphy Middle School first then can proceed to Murphy PSA. So save yourself a trip, volunteer for the 8th grade celebration & come straight to Murphy PSA.

Hope to see you there. Sign up soon...spots are filling up.

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

Congrats to our AWESOME PTA!

On May 17th, Murphy Middle School PTA was awarded the Bronze Award for their outstanding PTA process. Congratulations and thank you for all of your hard work!

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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!!

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Bronze Level Sponsors

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