Murphy Middle School ENews

December 13, 2018

MMS Semester Exam Schedule

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Toy Drive- Huge Thank you

Murphy Mavericks Community, you are superbly awesome and have the biggest hearts.

The PAL class would like to thank everyone that helped make the Murphy Toy Drive a stupendous success! We were able to collect over 240 toys for about a thousand children at the Children’s Advocacy Center of Collin County.

Your generosity is a beacon of joy for the children. Thanks again for helping to make the holidays the merriest for the families and children in our community! Thank you for lighting up their lives and giving them cherished memories for a lifetime. You guys are the best. Your kindness and generosity are truly appreciated.

Please click Toy Drive in Review for our thank you message.

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6th Grade English/Language Arts - New Books Coming!

This weekend our 6th grade English teachers purchased approximately 300 new books to help support our 6th grade students thanks to a Grant from the Plano ISD Education Foundation. It is vital to make sure our students have current and wide variety of literature in order to meet their diverse interests as well as ability levels. This grant allows our teachers to provide access to relevant literature in the consistent development of our classroom libraries.

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PACE Testing

Spring PACE Testing will be here soon. 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 Thursday, Jan. 17 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

For more information about Advanced Academics visit

Yearbook - Pictures Needed

Yearbook is looking for photographs of MMS students participating in their after school activities. Does you Murphy Maverick play & practice any sports (golf, tennis, soccer, horseback riding, swimming, etc.) after school? What about after school music lessons, or a chess club, or perhaps they volunteer regularly? Are they active in either Boy Scouts or Girl Scouts? We would love to show off these talents and skills in the yearbook. Please submit photographs (amatuer photos only - no professional photos due to releases) to by Friday, December 21st. If you have previously submitted photos of your student in Off-Campus PE activities, you do not need to submit again. We thank you for your photos, which we will consider for publication in the yearbook.

MMS Environmental Club

The next meeting is this Friday, Dec. 14th from 3:30-4:30 in Mrs. Pilgrim’s room E113. Dress for working outside.


The Office of Student Administrative Services has an online numbering system for secondary transfer requests to reduce the need for long lines on the January 7th transfer request day.

Beginning December 10th at 6:30 AM, parents must log onto the Plano ISD website at to receive a number that will hold a place in line for requesting a transfer for the 2019-2020 school year. Online access will end December 13th at 5:00 PM.

Transfer day will be Monday, January 7th, with doors opening at 7:45 AM at the Plano ISD Administration Building on 2700 W. 15th Street.

For more information regarding the Intra-District transfer process, please link to

6th grade Science/Engineering Fair is coming--January 17th, 2019

Attention 6th Graders! All projects are due in the MMS library on Thursday morning of Jan. 17. All sixth graders are encouraged to enter but not mandatory. See attached for student handbook below. Students can ask their Science teacher for more information or a copy of the handbook.

Overdue Library Books

MMS Library is working to get all overdue books taken care of before the winter break. All students have received a handout identifying any overdue books. Parents should also receive a phone call through the school messenger system. Each child is encouraged to look in their locker, on the shelf in the library, lost and found, and in all of their classrooms for missing books. Please help to encourage them to look in these locations first before paying for a lost book. Thank you for your help.

MMS Speech and Debate Team

This past weekend, the MMS Speech and Debate team competed in their second tournament of the year at Renner Middle School. Murphy had 77 people compete and received 3rd place overall! The following are individual awards and finalists:

Anika Mukherjee- Poetry Finalist

Hardaik Singh & Nikhil Jain- 4th place in Public Forum Debate

Alexis Coker- Dramatic Interpretation Finalist

Mariam Awan, Nikhil Jain, Hardaik Singh, Anika Mukherjee, Aryan Patel, & Sukhran Chandrasekar- 2nd place in Reader’s Theater

Aayush Ghandi, Labiba Islam, Ishan Patel, & Alexis Coker- 3rd place in Reader’s Theater

Aayush Ghandi, Labiba Islam, & Alexis Coker- 2nd place in Musical Pantomime

Aayush Ghandi & Alexis Coker- Duet Acting Finalists

Sanya Hasan- Storytelling Finalist

Vedant Mukherjee- Storytelling Finalist

Congratulations to all competitors!! Mrs. Norris is SUPER proud of all of you J

MMS Cafeteria Treats

‘Tis the Season for tasty treats! Students who join us for lunch on Friday, December 14th will receive a Candy Cane Ice Cream Sundae treat

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Lost and Found

Tomorrow, anything not claimed from the lost and found will be donated. Please remind your child to check for anything missing among the 50+ jackets and hoodies, lunch boxes, and water containers. Thank you.

PTA News and Updates

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Our 1,000th Facebook ( follower and Facebook page like will receive some MMS Spirit Wear.

Help us be one of the few PISD schools to have over 1,000 followers and page likes.

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GLO Run- February 23rd

Follow Mavericks Stampede on Facebook, .

Early Bird Specials

Early bird Glo Run pricing until February 8th,

Mavericks Stampede Sponsorship Agreement

Become a Mavericks Stampede sponsor today by completing this form: .

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MMS Multicultural Day- February 12, 2019

Sign-up to get involved:

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If you would like to give a MMS faculty member something before the Winter Break, here are the Faculty Favorites:

Faculty, if you would like submit your favorites, please email from your PISD email requesting the easy-to-use Google form.

Do you have the Plano ISD App on your phone or device?

The Plano ISD App is a great way to see information about the Plano calendar, news and alerts, the anonymous tip line, and much more. It is available for iOS or Android. Search for Plano ISD in your App Store.


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