Murphy Middle School eNews
December 10, 2015
Plano ISD Facilities and Technology Study Task Force Seeks Parent and Community Feedback
The Facilities and Technology Study Task Force, assembled by the Plano ISD Board of Trustees in August, is hosting a public hearing to gather community input as they evaluate district needs with regard to a possible bond initiative. I encourage our parent community to attend this public forum, as this will be your opportunity to provide feedback or ask questions related to the committee’s work of reviewing enrollment trends and projections, as well as establishing construction, renovation and technology needs. The hearing will be hosted as follows:
Facilities and Technology Study Task Force Public Hearing
Thursday, December 17, 2015, 6:00 p.m.
Plano Senior High School Doyle Dean Performing Arts Center
2200 Independence Pkwy, Plano, TX 75075
Speaker cards will be required from all who wish to speak at the hearing and will be available beginning at 5:30 p.m. through the end of the meeting.
Additional opportunities for input are available at the regular school board meetings scheduled for January 12 and February 2, 2016, and via district e-mail at email@example.com. For more information on the work of the Facilities and Technology Study Task Force, please visit the Plano ISD website at: http://www.pisd.edu/news/2016bond/index.shtml.
Murphy Middle School Events & Information
Application Deadline for PISD Academies - Friday, December 11
Toy Drive Sponsored by PAL Class - DONATION DEADLINE EXTENDED THROUGH Friday, December 11
Secondary Transfer Online Numbering System Opens - Monday, December 14 at 6:30 a.m. Parents must log onto the PISD website at http://k-12.pisd.edu/transfer to receive a number. See document attached to eNews email for further information.
Final Exams - Tuesday, December 15 - Friday, December 18
Winter Break for Students - Monday, December 21 through Monday, January 4 (no school for students on Monday, January 4)
Teachers return to work - Monday, January 4
Athletic Events - December & January
Admission cost for athletic events is $2 for students and $4 for adults. Please help out our ticket takers by bringing small bills.
7th Grade Girls Basketball (6:00 & 7:00 unless otherwise noted)
Thursday, 12/10 vs. Frankford at MMS
Thursday, 1/7 vs. Robinson at MMS
Thursday, 1/14 vs. Rice at Rice
Thursday, January 21 vs. Schimelpfenig at MMS
Thursday, 1/28 vs. Renner at MMS
7th Grade Boys Basketball (6:00 & 7:00 unless otherwise noted)
Thursday, 12/10 vs. Frankford at Frankford
Thursday, 1/7 vs. Robinson at Robinson
Thursday, 1/14 vs. Rice at MMS
Thursday, January 21 vs. Schimelpfenig at Schimelpfenig
Thursday, 1/28 vs. Renner at Renner
8th Grade Girls Basketball (6:00 & 7:00 unless otherwise noted)
Monday, 12/7 vs. Frankford at MMS
Wednesday, 1/6 vs. Robinson at MMS
Monday, 1/11 vs. Rice at Rice
Tuesday, 1/19 vs. Schimelpfenig at MMS
Monday, 1/25 vs. Renner at MMS
8th Grade Boys Basketball (6:00 & 7:00 unless otherwise noted)
Monday, 12/7 vs. Frankford at Frankford
Wednesday, 1/6 vs. Robinson at Robinson
Monday, 1/11 vs. Rice at MMS
Tuesday, 1/19 vs. Schimelpfenig at Schimelpfenig
Monday, 1/25 vs. Renner at Renner
Soccer Club Registration Now Open!
Team and individual player registration is now open!
Use Google Classroom code nxy9sr to view the Club newsfeed and fill out online registration forms (Word docs are available for printing).
All teams and/or players must submit the following by Friday January 8th to Mrs. Isbell (K103) or Mr. Murtaugh (B129):
· Team or individual application (online or paper)
· Permission form signed (paper only)
· Registration fee ($20 team or $2 individual player)
8 v 8 Games on Fridays beginning January 22nd!
MMS Environmental Club news
The club will be meeting this Friday 12/11 from 3:30-4:30 in Mrs. Pilgrim’s room E113. Anyone is welcome to attend. We will help spread mulch on the trail that’s being created . Dress for working outside and make sure you have transportation home at 4:30.
Congratulations to the club for winning the City of Murphy’s annual tree decorating contest. This year’s theme was water bottles. The club did a great job making creative ornaments out of water bottles. Thanks to the following students for helping Mrs. Pilgrim decorate the tree at City Hall-- 6th grader Hailey Urano, 7th grader MIkayla Welch and 8th grader Kelly Wokal. Also a big thank you to 8th grader Sydney Trieu for making the sign for the tree. Great job!
Grit and the Power of YET!
In order to demonstrate to students the Power of Yet, to encourage them to try again when they struggle, and to develop their grit, teachers will start adding the phrase “Power of Yet Tutorial (with the date and time of the tutorial)” on graded assignments when students are able to make another attempt at mastery. Teachers will also explain this change in grading communication so that students understand the meaning and purpose of “Power of Yet Tutorials.”
Science and Engineering Fair Winners
Spring PACE testing referral packets are now available in the front office or through the website, http://pisd.edu/parents/advanced.academics/gifted.pace/.
All referral packets are due by January 13th to Mr. Matisoff in N101. PACE testing at MMS will occur on February 29th for all students. Students should currently be in or plan on taking at least one honor’s class before deciding to test. If you have any questions, please contact Mr. Matisoff, Murphy’s PACE Specialist.
Dress For Success!
The right clothes can boost our confidence, and now studies show it may even help us to focus. Knowing the right clothes to wear in professional situations can be make or break. Wednesday January 6 is the next Murphy Dress for Success day. Let's start the new semester off focused on success!
Academy Programs of Plano - Information & Meeting Dates Attached To eNews Email
Parents will also have opportunities to learn about each academy during several informational meetings. If your child is interested in one (or more) of the programs, please consider attending one of these meetings. (See schedule below)
An information page about each academy - as well as the schedule below - is attached to the eNews email.
Application Deadline for Academy Programs Approaching Quickly - December 11, 2015
InfoCenter - Managing Communications From Your Child's School & From the District
Plano ISD has implemented InfoCenter, allowing you to better control how you receive communications from your school or district. The following is a guide to help you get started.
What is InfoCenter?: InfoCenter provides access to all the messages and information sent by your organization. Accessible from any internet-enabled device, InfoCenter visually displays and organizes alerts, notifications, and attachments for easy review and reference. InfoCenter also allows you to customize how you receive communications from PISD (campus and district).
How do I sign up for InfoCenter?: Signing up for InfoCenter is easy. Using the email address that you have on file for your district (emergency card), follow these three steps:
1. Download the InfoCenter by SchoolMessenger app from the Apple App Store or Google Play Market. You can also access the InfoCenter web portal at https://infocenter.schoolmessenger.com/
2. Click the “New User” button, enter your email address, and create a password. An email will be sent to that address with a secure token. Note: If you receive an “already claimed by another user account” error message that means you’ve already created a SchoolMessenger account via another SchoolMessenger product, such as Contact Manager. Simply follow the “Return to login” link and login. Use the “Forgot your password” link if needed.
3. After authenticating via the token sent to your email, return to InfoCenter and sign in using your email and password.
What’s in InfoCenter?:Once you’ve created your account, the records associated with your email address will be linked automatically. You can then:
- View the records associated with your account.
- Review the last 30 days worth of messages for all your associated records.
- View your contact information, and configure how you’d like to receive notifications.
Important Things to Know:
- Regardless of how you choose to receive notifications, all messages associated with your records will be retained in the InfoCenter inbox for 30 days.
- You can opt into receiving Device Notifications (Push) under Notification Preferences. When choosing to receive Device Notifications, a badge or alert will appear when you receive new communications from Plano ISD.
Our provider, SchoolMessenger, makes the security and privacy of your data a top priority. As one of over 100 approved signatories to Student Privacy Pledge, you can feel ensured that your student’s information is safe and will never be sold, rented or shared.
Diversity Leadership Award
The Diversity Leadership Award Nomination Form and further details about this award are attached to the eNews email.
So Many Ways To Be Involved - MMS Clubs (Updated List)
out some simple forms.
Here are the clubs that are formed so far - along with the name and email information of the teacher serving as custodian. Meeting times/dates are set by the teacher, so please direct your questions to him/her.
Book Club with Ms. Pearson in the Library (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Star Wars Club with Mr. Murtaugh in B129 (email@example.com)
Environmental Club with Ms. Pilgrim in E113 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Soccer Club with Mr. Murtaugh in B129 (email@example.com)
Baseball Club with Mr. Lagattuta in E112 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Joy Club with Ms. Perry in J105 (email@example.com)
Reading Rain Club with Ms. Byrd in E101 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mavs Steep Steppers with Ms. Holt in H102 (email@example.com)
Basketball Club with Mr. Henson in D101 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Check out the latest Basketball Club News at www.Tinyurl.com/murphybballclub
Tennis Club with Ms. Hachtel in E111 (email@example.com)
French Club with Ms. Nee in K104 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Singing & Dancing Club with Mr. Lagattuta in E112 (email@example.com)
Chef's Club with Ms. Thompson in D112 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Poetry Club with Ms. Edenkrans in F103 (email@example.com)
Harry Potter Club with Mr. Lagattuta in E112 (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mary Fuentes and Vanessa DeVary are the November Volunteers of the Month!
You have gone above and beyond for MMS. Your hard work and planning are appreicated. Thank you so much for all of your do!!
Reflections 2015-2016 Results
Award of Excellence winners advance to the next level of competition at Council Level
Ava Mcleod Award of Excellence in Visual Art
Ayesha Sayyed Award of Excellence in Visual Art
Carla Avelar Award of Excellence in Visual Art
Cole Coker Award of Excellence in Visual Art
Deesha Parmar Award of Excellence in Visual Art
Ferona Bustani Award of Excellence in Visual Art
Joanna Kwon Award of Excellence in Visual Art
Kayla Calderon Award of Excellence in Visual Art
Nazeeha Muhammed Award of Excellence in Visual Art
Nitya Lohia Award of Excellence in Visual Art
Olivia Anne Allred Award of Excellence in Visual Art
Shruti Rajamani Award of Excellence in Visual Art
Sophia Xu Award of Excellence in Visual Art
Sydney Trieu Award of Excellence in Visual Art
Elena Hamlin Award of Excellence in Literature
Jenna Le Award of Excellence in Literature
Katherine Creevy Award of Excellence in Literature
Madelyn Osborne Award of Excellence in Literature
Natalie New Award of Excellence in Literature
Natalie Theisen Award of Excellence in Literature
Raishma Kazi Award of Excellence in Literature
Alana Lewis Award of Excellence in Photography
Alex Dauenbaugh Award of Excellence in Photography
Anna Ohumeier Award of Excellence in Photography
Hailey Baldwin Award of Excellence in Photography
Humza Suhwail Award of Excellence in Photography
Jake Foerster Award of Excellence in Photography
Jasmine Le Award of Excellence in Photography
Joseph Wagner Award of Excellence in Photography
Philip Lane Award of Excellence in Photography
Scott Walker Award of Excellence in Photography
Sofia Al-Hennawi Award of Excellence in Photography
Noah Henson Award of Excellence in Musical Composition
Carole Walker Award of Excellence in Film
Riley Wilburn Award of Excellence in Dance
\Aatika Quadri Award of Merit in Visual Art
Abby Atterbury Award of Merit in Visual Art
Ashley Nguyen Award of Merit in Visual Art
Caitlin Hardy Award of Merit in Visual Art
Dylan Mandala Award of Merit in Visual Art
Ella Rucker Award of Merit in Visual Art
Emily Ha Award of Merit in Visual Art
Jill Patel Award of Merit in Visual Art
Kent Hoang Award of Merit in Visual Art
Saisrinivas Gudivada Award of Merit in Visual Art
Sophia Li Award of Merit in Visual Art
Teena James Award of Merit in Visual Art
Trinity Ownby Award of Merit in Visual Art
Yasmin Rai Award of Merit in Visual Art
Brook Araya Award of Merit in Literature
Hana Al-Chami Award of Merit in Literature
Paul Nguyen Award of Merit in Literature
Spencer Loncar Award of Merit in Literature
Sreeja Eadha Award of Merit in Literature
Talen Swei Award of Merit in Literature
Taylor Tamblyn Award of Merit in Literature
Andrea Gray Award of Merit in Photography
Emory Haney Award of Merit in Photography
Travis Holley Award of Merit in Photography
Anika Bokil Award of Merit in Musical Composition
Dominic Nguyen Honorable mention in Visual Arts
Emily Tran Honorable mention in Visual Arts
Ishani Chakrabarty Honorable mention in Visual Arts
Saniya Gandhi Honorable mention in Visual Arts
Seth Myles Honorable mention in Visual Arts
Amanda Barlow Honorable Mention in Literature
Daniel George Honorable Mention in Literature
Dario Martinez-Tamez Honorable Mention in Literature
Elizabeth Ryan Honorable Mention in Literature
Emily Tran Honorable Mention in Literature
Grace Kent Honorable Mention in Literature
Lucas Conley Honorable Mention in Literature
Nikhil Jeeva Honorable Mention in Literature
Tyler Chapman Honorable Mention in Literature
Yasmine Benelbar Honorable Mention in Literature
Hannah Trippe Honorable Mention in Photography
Kush Jivnani Honorable Mention in Photography
Sofia Al-Hennawi Honorable Mention in Photography
Srihari Manoj Honorable Mention in Photography
Camden Henson Honorable Mention in Musical Composition
Aayush Triguni Participation in Visual Arts
Abdul Muizz Qazi Participation in Visual Arts
Aidan Kenefick Participation in Visual Arts
Alissa Muller Participation in Visual Arts
Blake Lovett Participation in Visual Arts
Brady Ligon Participation in Visual Arts
Brett Hendrix Participation in Visual Arts
Cade Williams Participation in Visual Arts
Chasity Harvey Participation in Visual Arts
Chloe Dang Participation in Visual Arts
Dat Nguyen Participation in Visual Arts
Emily Marentes Participation in Visual Arts
Emily Tran Participation in Visual Arts
Felix Wong Participation in Visual Arts
Hannah Nguyen Participation in Visual Arts
Hudson Yarborough Participation in Visual Arts
Isabella Haen Participation in Visual Arts
Joeu Huynh Participation in Visual Arts
Jonathan Fleming Participation in Visual Arts
Joseph Chrobak Participation in Visual Arts
Justin Wright Participation in Visual Arts
Karoliina Litmanen Participation in Visual Arts
Logan Murphy Participation in Visual Arts
Marisa Romero Participation in Visual Arts
Matthew Pagano Participation in Visual Arts
Matthew Pham Participation in Visual Arts
Meghana Kambhampati Participation in Visual Arts
Michelle Hunh Participation in Visual Arts
Mohammad Amarneh Participation in Visual Arts
Nazeeha Muhammed Participation in Visual Arts
Nazeeha Muhammed Participation in Visual Arts
Nick Bush Participation in Visual Arts
Sarah Tran Participation in Visual Arts
Taha Ahmed Participation in Visual Arts
Teresa Nguyen Participation in Visual Arts
Thea Owens Participation in Visual Arts
Winston Shih Participation in Visual Arts
Cedric Zhou Participation in Literature
Emily Glowski Participation in Literature
Emily Nguyen Participation in Literature
Jonathan Paspula Participation in Literature
Naufal Sajjad Participation in Literature
Nazeeha Muhammed Participation in Literature
Zaria Stevenson Participation in Literature
Adam Hill Participation in Photography
Ally Poholsky Participation in Photography
Alysia Burrwinkle Participation in Photography
Arun Eswara Participation in Photography
Brandon Dinh Participation in Photography
Brennen Taega Participation in Photography
Caitlin Tucker Participation in Photography
Cameron Haynes Participation in Photography
Carter Waid Participation in Photography
Colby Testelin Participation in Photography
Daniel Mora Participation in Photography
Ella Williams Participation in Photography
Fareen Islam Participation in Photography
Fatima Sayyed Participation in Photography
Harrison Record Participation in Photography
Joseph Emerson Participation in Photography
Juliet Schaefer Participation in Photography
Kamilan Ashley Participation in Photography
Madison Felts Participation in Photography
Marisa Romero Participation in Photography
Mark Farid Participation in Photography
Naufal Sajjad Participation in Photography
Parker Stavinoha Participation in Photography
Pierce Garza Participation in Photography
Ryan Quan Participation in Photography
Sina Rezvani Participation in Photography
Sofia Al-Hennawi Participation in Photography
Trevor Saenger Participation in Photography
Will Sullivan Participation in Photography
William Rooke Participation in Photography
Zachary Leach Participation in Photography
Isabella Di Paola Participation in Musical Composition
Jackson Ward Participation in Musical Composition
Murphy Middle School PTA Community Partners 2015-2016
Please remember our generous sponsors when shopping for services or supplies!!
For more Murphy information, please visit the Murphy web page:
For Murphy PTA news: http://www.mmspta.org
To unsubscribe from Murphy eNews or change your email address, please go to: http://elist.pisd.edu/
If you are getting eNews because you use Parent Portal, please go to: https://parentviewer.pisd.edu/ to revise your subscription.