Murphy Middle School eNews

October 15, 2015

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Murphy Middle School Events - October

Choir Fall Concert - TONIGHT - Thursday, October 15 at 6:00 in the MMS Cafeteria

SOCIAL - sponsored by our PTA - Friday, October 16 from 6:30 - 9:00 in the MMS Cafeteria & Gym. We will have BUBBLE SOCCER at this social! In order to play, the linked wavier form must be returned with all the necessary signatures. Tickets can be pre-purchased during lunch for $8 or at the door for $10.

Tailgate Party sponsored by Student Council - Tuesday, October 27 from 3:30 - 5:30 in the MMS Cafeteria & Patio Area

Red Ribbon Week Begins - Monday, October 26

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Boys Basketball - Try-Out Meeting

Basketball parents,

Next Tuesday morning there will be an informational meeting for any boy wanting to try out for basketball. The meeting will start at 8:00 am in the big gym. Any 7th or 8th grade boy wanting to try out for basketball needs to be at the meeting to sign up. This meeting is for students, but parents can attend if they would like. If you have any questions please let Coach Ragsdale know.

Athletic Events - October

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 Volleyball (6:00 & 6:45 unless otherwise noted)

Thursday, 10/15 vs. Bowman at Bowman

Thurs., 10/22, Fri., 10/23, & Sat., 10/24 - "B" Team Tournament - Time & Location TBD

Monday, 10/26 vs. Robinson - "A" Team Only - 6:00 at Murphy

Thurs., 10/29, Fri., 10/30, Sat., 10/31 - "A" Team Tournament - Time & Location TBD

8th Grade Volleyball (6:00 & 6:45 unless otherwise noted)

Thurs., 10/22, Fri., 10/23, & Sat., 1024 - "B" Team Tournament - Time & Location TBD

Monday, 10/26 vs. Robinson - "A" Team Only - 6:45 at Murphy

Thurs., 10/29, Fri., 10/30, Sat., 10/31 - "A" Team Tournament - Time & Location TBD

7th Grade Football (5:30 & 7:00 unless otherwise noted)

Monday, 10/19 vs. Haggard at Clark West

Monday, 10/26 vs. Otto at Kimbrough

8th Grade Football (5:30 & 7:00 unless otherwise noted)

Tuesday, 10/20 vs. Haggard at Clark West

Tuesday, 10/27 vs. Otto at Kimbrough (Join us for the Tailgate Party before the game!!! See details below)

Choir Concerts - TONIGHT - Thursday, October 15

The Murphy Choirs will be presenting their Fall Concerts on Thursday, October 15th. The Beginning Choir will perform at 6:00 PM in the Murphy Cafetorium. The Advanced Choirs will perform at 7:00 PM. There is no admission fee. All are welcome to attend!

Speech & Debate Tournament Results & Theatre Rehearsal Info

Rehearsals for Captain Bree will be Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday this week until 5:30. We will finish blocking by Friday! All students need to be picked up in the back of the school, by the tennis court, and picked up no later than 5:30.

CONGRATS to Murphy’s Speech & Debate Team on winning 2nd place at the Shepton Tournament this weekend!! We are so incredibly proud of all the students who participated and ROCKED at the tournament. Here are results for our team in the finals round:

  • Original Oratory 1st place- Sophia Li
  • Musical Pantomime 2nd place- Abby Atterbery, Evie Atwell, & Hannah Rhodes
  • Storytelling 2nd place- Teresa George
  • Duet Acting 2nd place- Olivia Allred and Sophia Li.

*Special Shout out to the Debate team who received many positive comments from judges for their talent and professionalism!

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Kids Battle Robots - Saturday, November 7 in the Bowman M.S. Cafeteria

The "Kids Battle Robots" program allows students to express creativity, innovation, and problem solving all while having fun with a clear objective! Please see the flier (both below & linked to the eNews email) for full details!

When: Saturday, November 7 from 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Where: Bowman Middle School Cafeteria (2501 Jupiter Rd, Plano, TX 75074)

Who: 2nd Grade - 8th Grade - multiple levels

How Much: Register before November 4 for only $25.00. Apply coupon code BOW1550 at check-out. (On-site registration is $50.00)

Details: Lunch included (pizza & water only - you are welcome to bring a lunch), snacks & drinks available for purchase, T-Shirts available for pre-ordered purchase ($19.93)

Register at:

Questions: email

Limited availability - Awards for 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place for competition and customization.

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So Many Ways To Be Involved - MMS Clubs (Updated List)

Here at Murphy Middle School, we have so many ways for students to be involved! At the beginning of each semester, students have the opportunity to start their own club. All students have to do is find a few kids with the same interest, find a teacher to serve as the "custodian" for the club, and fill

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 (

Nintendo Club with Ms. McCutcheon & Ms. Hargrove ( or

Star Wars Club with Mr. Murtaugh (

Environmental Club with Ms. Pilgrim (

Soccer Club with Mr. Murtaugh (

Baseball Club with Mr. Lagattuta (

Joy Club with Ms. Perry (

Reading Rain Club with Ms. Byrd (

Mavs Steep Steppers with Ms. Holt (

Basketball Club with Mr. Henson (

Tennis Club with Ms. Hachtel (

French Club with Ms. Nee (

Organization Corner

We are now offering a place for students to get organized. The Organizational Corner meets on Thursday mornings 7:50-8:20 in room J101. There are student volunteers and teachers available to help students get their binder and agenda organized so they can focus on succeeding in class. Any student who would like to be better organized is welcome. If you have any questions, please contact Kathleen Good.

Sixth grade students are having their binders checked by an AVID student to motivate them to keep organized in middle school. The AVID students check binders on Thursdays in 4th period classes. The sixth graders already earned a pajama pant day on Thursday Oct 8. Keep encouraging your students to maintain an organized binder and agenda!

Homework Hot Spot

The Homework Hot Spot (HHS) is available every Tuesday and Wednesday morning from 7:50 – 8:20 in D- 111. Because we want this area to be structured and organized, we will be limiting the number of peer tutors – as well as the number of students coming in for assistance. We anticipate the ability to house about 10 tutors and 30-35 students for the HHS. We want our parents to know that this service is available. The HHS is not a replacement for teacher-led, subject-specific tutorials, but it is another way for students to ensure their success. Please encourage your child to utilize this additional

layer of academic support whenever they’re feeling stressed or unsure.

History Fair

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7th and 8th Grade Murphy Science Fair and Engineering Fair

Mark your calendar! December 3rd, 2015 is the Annual Murphy Middle School 7th and 8th grade Science Fair and Engineering Fair in the MMS Library from 8:30-1:30pm (judges only).

Should you like to assist with judging, please email with your science background and your preferred area of judging. Thank you!

Should you like to enlist your shopping or cooking skills, the Judge’s Corner will be needing refreshments such as bottled water, coke, diet coke, sprite, cookies, snack mixes, fruit, breakfast muffins, coffee, coffee cups, etc. Please email Mrs. Jones if you are willing to donate items for the Judge’s Corner.

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Attention kiddos in grades K‐2, 3‐6, 7‐10!

Keep Murphy Beautiful challenges you to create a mascot recycle poster to decorate a Progressive Waste Solutions recycle truck. Please be sure to see the rules and guidelines below and fill out an entry form on the reverse side to submit with your artwork.

WHO: Kids in grades K‐10 who live in or attend school in Murphy.

  • Schools: Tibbals, Hunt, Boggess elementary, Murphy Middle School, & McMillen High School and homeschool or other private schools

WHAT: Create a recycle mascot with the theme ‐ “How can I Make a Difference with Murphy Recycling”

  • The artwork should be on a piece of paper, card stock, or poster board, dimensions: 8.5” x 11” or 11” x 14”
  • Designs must be horizontal.
  • Designs must include the name of the mascot.
  • Designs can be created with crayons, magic markers, paint, color pencils, ink, and/or digital.
  • Each poster must have the artists name, age, grade, address, and phone number clearly printed on the entry form and attached to the back of the art work.

Entries without an entry form will not be eligible.

WHEN: Submissions must be turned into the to City Hall Customer Service by 5pm, Monday, November 30, 2015.

PRIZES: An award will be presented to all 1st place winners– one for each of the following categories: K‐2nd, 3rd‐6th, & 7th‐10th grades

  • Each first place winner will have their artwork printed on a Progressive Recycle truck for one year.

Questions and Entries can be directed to City of Murphy, Customer Service Department, Candy McQuiston, 206 N Murphy Road, Murphy, TX 75094, telephone 974‐468‐4045 email:

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Forman Elementary Garage Sale

Would you like to make some extra money? There is a way for you to make extra money and help Forman Elementary at the same time.

Forman Elementary will have a garage sale on Oct. 24, 2015. We will be renting spaces for a $25 donation. If you would like to participate, please contact Norma Jones at 469-752-1274 to reserve a space or with any questions you may have. We will provide a table for each space rented; spaces will be rented on a first come first served basis.

There will be a Charity Organization that will come to our school and collect anything not sold that you would like to donate. You are responsible for loading your donated items or removing any unsold items from the property.

If garage selling is not your thing, we will happily take donated items off your hands and the profit will be donated to Forman Elementary. Forman will be taking donations up until Oct. 23, 2015 at 4 pm.

When: Saturday, Oct. 24, 2015

Where: Forman Elementary Parking Lot

3600 Timberline Drive Plano, TX 75074

Time: 6:30 am – 7:00 am Arrival and Set-up time

8:00 am – 1:00 pm Garage Sale

1:30 pm – Charity Organization will collect all donations

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PTA News & Updates

Important Dates:

October 14-30 - Hygiene Kit Drive

October 16 - MMS Fall Ball

October 20 - Box Top Deadline

October 22 - Chick-Fil-A Spirit Night

November 3 - Reflections Entry Deadline

Join Us for the MMS Fall Ball!

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Don’t forget to volunteer and sign the Bubble Soccer Waiver. If your child doesn’t have a signed waiver the night of the social they will not be able to play Bubble Soccer!!!! NO EXCEPTIONS!

What Does Bubble Soccer Look Like?

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Hello wonderful Murphy Middle School Parents! MMS will be having a Fall Social on Friday Oct 16th, 6:30-9:00pm & we need YOUR help to make it a FUN & successful event for the middle schoolers!!! There will be bubble soccer ball games, glow-in-the-dark basketball tournaments, scooter races, bowling, bean bag toss competitions, a costume competition, food & much, much more! Volunteers are needed for set up (4-6pm) prior to the event, to supervise each station (6:00-9:00pm) and for clean up afterwards. Please go to and click the red "click here to get started button". After logging in you can click "Murphy Middle School Fall Social/Fall Ball" and sign up to help. Please sign up for this FUN event! You'll be sure to have a great time!! Don't forget your costume (must be in accordance to the PISD dress code & no masks). The students are encouraged to dress up also!! As for all MMS school events, you will need to have a current PISD background check for this school year. If you have not completed it for this school year yet, please go to: Scroll under the picture & click on "online volunteer application". Log in & fill out the form. Make sure you select Murphy Middle School on the form so that you will be approved to volunteer at Murphy Middle School activities. Please don't hesitate to contact me if you have any problems or questions. The online volunteer application must be completed by Friday, Oct 9th in order to volunteer at the MMS Fall Ball on the 16th. If you have a high school student who would also like to volunteer, please email me at

Can't wait to see you at the MMS Fall Ball in costume!!!

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Restaurant Spirit Night at Chick-fil-A!

Join us on October 22nd at the Murphy Chick-fil-A. A portion of your purchase will go to the MMS PTA!
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Did you ever wonder what to get your child’s teacher? Well there's is a list that will give you all the answers. Please go to and look for the link. We have a list of all your child’s teachers’ favorites.

Want To Earn Extra Money For PTA?

Hello, parents! Our school receives two checks from the Box Tops for Education™ program each school year. If you turn in your Box Tops before Oct 20, 2015 you can help boost the amount of the first check we receive in December. Our school’s Box Tops have to be submitted by November 2, 2015 to be included in our December check. Hurry, clip your Box Tops and turn them in before the deadline. Just have your kids drop them off in the office. Thanks for your help!
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Susan Rice is the October Volunteer of the Month!

You have gone above and beyond for MMS. Your hard work planning all the successful and awesome programs so far is much appreciated. Thank you so much for all of your hard work!

Reflections 2015-2016 - Student Entry Form Linked to eNews eMail

MMS PTA is proud to announce Reflections 2015-2016. Reflections is a National PTA sponsored arts recognition program that encourages artistic expression. The theme for this year is, "Let your imagination fly". There are six categories: Dance Choreography, Musical Composition, Photography, Visual Arts, Film Production and Literature. Students may enter as many times as they like in as many categories as they like. Each entry must be accompanied by a school entry form. Be sure to reflect the theme in your work. Go to for further details about the 6 art categories and the general rules.

Entries are due NOV 3, 2015.

All advancing entries will require at least one member of the household to be a PTA Member.

Questions? Contact Sreelatha Pillai @ 9728982897 or by email

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Murphy MIddle School PTA Community Partners 2015-2016

Please remember our generous sponsors when shopping for services or supplies!!

Platinum Level Sponsor

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Gold Level Sponsors

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Silver Level Sponsors

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Bronze Level Sponsors

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