Murphy Middle School ENews
Back to School Final Edition
Eclipse Day on Monday
We are excited to provide the educational opportunity for all of our students to view the solar eclipse on Monday, August 21st. Below I have provided some additional information and answers to some frequently asked questions. There will be an altered bell schedule Monday.
What type of safety glasses will be provided to our students?
The PTA has purchased safety glasses for every student from https://www.eclipseglasses.com/. This is a reputable vendor provided by the NASA.gov eclipse safety site which can be found at https://eclipse2017.nasa.gov/safety.
These glasses are ISO certified.
Can my child bring their own eclipse viewing safety glasses from home?
You may choose to purchase your own safety glasses for your child that they may use instead of the ones provided at school. It is important to ensure that these are ISO certified safety glasses.
I do not wish for my child to view the eclipse. Is this a requirement?
No, this is not a requirement. If you do not wish for your child to the view the eclipse, please let the Murphy campus know as soon as possible. You can do this by replying to this email or calling (469)752-7000. Please include your child’s full name and ID number when making this request.
Students will be viewing the eclipse with their 4th period class.
We will conduct an assembly for each grade level in the morning to educate students about the eclipse and go over expectations to ensure safety.
4th period teachers will also be covering expectations to ensure safety before taking students outside.
These expectations will include:
Reminding students to listen to all instructions from their teacher.
To exit and enter the building in an orderly fashion.
To make sure that their safety glasses are on when viewing the eclipse.
If you should have any questions, please let me know.
Murphy Middle School Principal
Carpool, Arrival, & Departure
- We provide crossing guards between our building and the inner carpool parking lot and between the MMS property and the Kimbrough Stadium parking lot. You may want to consider dropping off at these locations in the morning or making arrangements with your child to meet you at one of these locations in the afternoon.
- Entering into our circular carpool area from 8:00 - 8:30 and from 3:20 – 3:40 can be a time-consuming endeavor; please be ready to spend time waiting if you enter the carpool loop. Please be courteous and patient.
- Please do not stop in the crosswalks. Students need a clear and safe path to cross through traffic.
- All student drop-offs and pick-ups must occur with your vehicle’s passenger side tires against the curb that runs closest to our building. Please do not drop your child off in the left lane; we never want students walking in between cars.
- Beyond the Eastern exit of the inner circle parking lot, traffic should move in a single line.
- You may pull away from the curb and into the left lane after drop-off or pick-up if the lane is open and it will move the carpool line forward.
- If you see your student standing at the crosswalk area of the carpool loop in the afternoon, you may bypass the line of cars – if the outer lane is clear – and pull past the crosswalk to pick up your student. Again, please make sure that your vehicle’s passenger side tires are against the curb.
- If your student will be walking to or from school, there will be crossing guards at the light near our entrance.
- We do not provide a crossing guard from the east parking lot (tennis courts) onto our campus, and this is our bus lane. For this reason, there should be no drop-offs or pick-ups in the east parking lot near the tennis courts.
- Do not make a U-Turn after dropping your child off at the curb of the road running between Murphy and the Kimbrough parking lot. If you choose to drop your child here, pull far forward (parallel to the gym) and then exit by using the road running in front of Kimbrough Stadium. NO U-TURNS.
- There is a double turn lane from the South bound lanes of Murphy Road. Please consider this as you pull in for morning drop off and afternoon pick up. If you want to enter the carpool circle, you need to be in the right or westernmost turn lane off of Murphy Road. The inside or easternmost turn lane will allow you to either go straight or turn left (north) toward McMillen.
Typical Day Bell Schdule
Where to go on Monday morning...
Please remember that students may only receive lunches from someone who is listed on their emergency contact card; do not bring lunch for children other than your 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.
To check your child's balance and add money to his or her account visit:
*This is link is also posted in Parent Portal
To view the upcoming menu, download the mealviewer app in the appstore or visit:
PE & Athletics
PE UNIFORMS- You can order your PE uniform on-line at murphymavsshop.com. Students will need to have a grey shirt and blue shorts for PE class. If you order your uniform by August 11th it will not be at school until September 1st. Orders placed from August 12th- August 23rd will arrive at school during the 3rd week of the school year. All orders will be delivered to the school and past out to the students during their PE or Athletic period. If your student does not have PE until the second semester Coach Ragsdale will bring them their order to one of their classes.
Volleyball Tryouts- Volleyball tryouts will be held after school during the 1st week from Tuesday August 22nd to Friday August 25th. All students trying out should arrange for their ride to pick them up by the gym area by 4:30. Any 7th or 8th grade girl trying out for volleyball must have their physical, medical history, and all UIL paperwork filled out before they can try out. Students that do not have all paperwork filled out will not be able to try out. You can e-mail your physicals or medical history to Coach Ragsdale at email@example.com. 8th graders trying out that turned in a physical last year still need to turn in the medical history form.
Football- If your 7th or 8th grade athlete is playing football you should have already been receiving e-mails from Coach Ragsdale. If you are not receiving these e-mails please e-mail Coach Ragsdale. All football players paperwork is due by the 1st day of school. If at all possible I would like to have all of the paperwork turned in ASAP. All students must participate in 10 practices before they are eligible to play in a game. Football players that do not have their paperwork turned in by the 1st day of school will miss the first game of the season. 8th grade football will start practice on the first day of school at 8:30. Be prepared to take the field. 7th graders will have their first practice on the 2nd day of school.
A Message from the Nurse...
In preparation for a healthy 2017-2018 school year, the Plano ISD health services team would like to provide the following helpful and important information. Our team’s purpose is to support a safe and healthy school environment. School nurses need your assistance as we work together toward this common goal. You can help us by encouraging behaviors we teach at school and by following a few guidelines for keeping your children home when they are not feeling well.
Please review the information:
· Immunizations must be up to date according to the Department of State Health Services (DSHS) guidelines for school entry and attendance: https://tx02215173.schoolwires.net/Page/1695
· Please be advised that students entering grades 7-12 will be required to show proof of one dose of quadrivalent meningococcal conjugate vaccine (MCV4 or MenACWY) on or after the student’s 11th birthday.
· All medications and medical procedures at school must have completed paper work. Please see our website at: https://tx02215173.schoolwires.net/Page/1698 or contact your school nurse.
· All controlled substances must be brought in by the parent or guardian.
· Please keep your children home for:
o Fever of 100° or more for the duration of the fever plus an additional 24 hours after cessation without fever-reducing medication
o Vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours after cessation
o Generalized rash
o Oozing wounds that cannot be kept dry and covered
o Red, draining eye
o Untreated live lice
o See the completed list for exclusions: https://tx02215173.schoolwires.net/Page/1751
· Please remind your children of cough and sneeze etiquette:
o Cough or sneeze into a tissue or sleeve and not into hands
o Always wash hands with soap and water for 20 seconds
· Please observe the proper hand washing technique: vigorous friction rub for 20 seconds with soap and rinse with water.
· Information regarding West Nile, Zika, and mosquito prevention can be found on our above website.
· State screening mandates are performed for vision, hearing (Kg, 1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th and all new students), Acanthosis Nigricans (1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th and all new students) and Scoliosis (5th and 8th )
· Growth and development class is taught for girls during 4th grade and boys and girls during 5th grade. A note will be sent home from your school detailing the date and materials to be presented. See your school nurse for details.
· Benadryl and epinephrine are kept in the clinic, to be used by only the school nurse, for undiagnosed episodes of anaphylaxis. Having this medication available for unexpected, severe life-threatening anaphylaxis does not take the place of individual prescribed auto-injectors for diagnosed cases of severe allergy. https://tx02215173.schoolwires.net/Page/1689 Current health information is crucial for proper care. Please notify your school nurse of all health related issues. This can be done via the Parent Portal: https://parentviewer.pisd.edu or by visiting your school nurse.
Please do not hesitate to contact your school nurse or district health services for assistance.
I also encourage you to visit our website at https://tx02215173.schoolwires.net/Page/626
We look forward to working together with you in the 2017-2018 school year. On behalf of our nurses, assistants and the entire team, we hope you have a safe and healthy year!
Megan Schuler RN, BSNPlano ISD Director for District Health