Murphy Middle School ENews

October 11, 2018

Upcoming Parent Workshop

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Red Ribbon Week

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7th and 8th grade Murphy Middle School Science Fair and Engineering Fair

Mark your calendar! November 28th is the Annual Murphy Middle School 7th and 8th grade Science Fair and Engineering Fair in the Murphy Middle School Library from 8:30-12:30pm (judges only).

Parents and students are invited to view the fair on Thursday, November 29, 2018 from 7:45 am to 4:30 pm

If you have a science background, and consider yourself a professional in your field of science and should you like to assist with judging, please visit with your preferred area of judging. Your time and expertise is essential to assisting our students to achieve in the next round of judging at the district and regional level! Thank you in advance for your dedication to helping our future scientists!

After signing up, please look for an email as time gets closer. Thank you!!! Should you have additional questions, please email or

Attendance Matters- Information about Truancy Laws and Tips

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Parent Education Series

Thursdays: October 18: Session 1 Understanding ADHD

October 25: Session 2 Understand and Connect with Your Child

November 1: Session 3 Discipline that Works

November 8: Session 4 Partnering with the School

Workshops are from 6:30-8:00pm

LOCATION: PISD Bird Center 1300 19th Street Plano, 75074

See flyers below.

6th Grade Parents- Conference Day Feedback

Thank you so much to those of you who were able to attend our Student Led Conferences earlier this week. We hope that you were able to gain a better understanding of your child’s progress in their core classes and have meaningful conversations about their educational experiences. Please take a moment to provide us with your feedback in order to provide a better experience for you and your child next year.

For your reference, below are some of the discussion questions from the Student Led Conferences to use in future conversations with your child as they progress throughout the school year.

· What are your goals this year?

· What have you learned this term?

· What would you like to learn that you do not already know?

· Are you proud of your portfolio?

· Which piece of work are you most proud of?

· Which subject is difficult for you? Why?

· Which is your favorite subject? Why?

· What makes you happiest at school?

· Which occurrences frustrate you at school?

· What would you like to accomplish by the end of this year?

· What are three things you hope to change in the future?

· How can I help you achieve your goals?

Boys Basketball Informational Meeting- 7th & 8th Grade Only

All 7th or 8th grade boys interested in trying out for Basketball this year need to attend the meeting next Tuesday morning (10/16) in the big Gym at 8:00am, or get with Coach Woodyard if they cannot make it to the meeting.

Girls Basketball Tryouts- 7th & 8th Grade Only

7th and 8th grade girls basketball try outs will begin on Monday, 10/29 at 3:40 in the big gym.

Please make sure that all paperwork is completed prior to the tryout day. To be eligible to tryout, girls must have the following turned in: Tryout form, Physical and Medical History, and all forms filled out on Rank One.

Spring PACE Testing

Is your student interested in participating in PACE next year? Testing for consideration to be admitted into the Plano Academic and Creative Education (PACE) program for next school year will take place next spring. Referral packets can be submitted online or on paper by Friday, Jan. 16 to Ms. McAnderson in E105. If you have any questions about the process please contact her at The online version will automatically send an email to her.

Secondary PACE Referral Online Link (click here)

MMS Athletics

Mon (10/15) - 7th Grade FB vs Renner @ Clark East (5:30/7:00)

Mon (10/15) – 7th & 8th Grade B Team VB vs Hendrick @ Murphy (6:00/6:45)

Tue (10/16) – 8th Grade FB vs Renner @ Clark East (5:30/7:00)

B Team VB Tournament Thursday – Saturday (10/18 – 10/20)

MMS Environmental Club

Thanks to all the club members who helped pick up trash behind MMS with the City of Murphy’s Clean Sweep. Thanks also to Mr. Murtaugh and Mr. Hendrix for their help. Our next meeting is THIS Friday, Oct. 12th from 3:30-4:30 in Mrs. Pilgrim’s room E113. Make sure you have transportation home at 4:30.

Save the Date: the MMS club members will help sort items for the City of Murphy’s Clean & Green Recycling Event on Saturday, October 13th, from 9am till noon at City Hall. All past & present members are welcome to attend.

MMS Chess Club- Chess sets needed

The MMS chess club meets on Tuesday from 3:40-4:20 after school. This year the numbers of students coming is way up. That is great! Because of the increased numbers, please consider donating a new or gently used chess set so we have enough sets for all our students. Thank you!

School Picture Re-Takes

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


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.

Lost and Found- Clean out Friday, October 12

The lost and found located in the cafeteria will be cleaned out on Friday, October 12. Be sure to check tomorrow morning if you are missing any water bottles, lunch boxes, jackets, folders or more.
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McMillen Cheer Clinic

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PTA News and Updates

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Reflections Submissions Due November 9th

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 let’s 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, .

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

Glo Run - Save the Date

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