Murphy Middle School ENews

January 17, 2019

Student/Teacher Holiday- Monday, January 21st

We hope all of our MMS families enjoy the long weekend.
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McMillen High School Expo- Tonight from 6:00-7:15

Dear 8th Grade Parents/Guardians:

In preparing for transition to high school, McMillen High School would like to invite incoming 9th grade families to our High School Expo on Thursday, January 17, from 6:00 p.m. to 7:15 p.m. During the High School Expo, families will have an opportunity to meet with students and staff to ask questions about student life, honors, Pre-Advance Placement courses, band, cheerleading, ROTC, dance, athletics, orchestra, theater, choir, Languages Other Than English (LOTE), computer science, and Career and Technical Education (CATE) courses.

We will have a panel of our student ambassadors on hand to answer any question about McMillen from a student's perspective.

Festivities will also include:
1. Building tours
2. Spirit-wear shopping
3. Performances by the McMillen Band, Choir, Cheerleaders and Dazzlers
4. A chance to tour the building some teachers, counselors and staff
5. A great venue for fellowshipping with our McMillen families

Queridos Padres de Octavo Grado:

Preparándose para la transición a la Preparatoria, a McMillen High School le gustaría invitar a usted y su estudiante a nuestra Visita de Bienvenida el día 17de Enero de 6:00pm-7:15pm. Usted y su estudiante tendrán la oportunidad de reunirse con los estudiantes y empleados, para hacer preguntas acerca de la vida estudiantil, IEPs/504, honores, cursos Colocación Pre-Avanzada, Orquesta, Porristas, Danza y Atletismo. Tendremos un panel de nuestros embajadores estudiantiles que estarán disponibles para contestar cualquier pregunta sobre McMillen desde la perspectiva de un estudiante. Estas Festividades también incluirán:

1. Recorridos por instalaciones
2. Compras de Ropa de nuestra Escuela
3. Presentaciones de la Orquesta de McMillen, Coro, Porristas y el Grupo de danza "Dazzlers"
4. Oportunidad para conocer a los maestros y empleados de la escuela
5. Un gran lugar de compañerismo con nuestras familias McMillen

Esperamos que usted y su familia hayan disfrutado de estas vacaciones y esperamos contar con su presencia el 11 de enero de 2018.

Brian Lyons
McMillen High School

Last Chance for Yearbooks!

It’s the Final Countdown and LAST CHANCE to buy a MMS Yearbook!

WHAT: The last day to order a 2019 MMS yearbook is Friday 2-1!!! We will not be ordering extra copies for sale in May upon delivery! If you would like a purchase a yearbook, you must order now!!! LAST CHANCE!!!

HOW MUCH: Yearbooks are $40

WHEN: Yearbooks are on sale starting Tuesday, January 22 and ENDING on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 1st

HOW: You can purchase online at or pick up an order form from front office and pay with exact cash or check. Please make checks payable to Plano ISD. Include student id# on memo line. Turn in order form and check or exact cash to the front office or to Mrs. Flabiano in F102.

Online hint: Make sure to purchase from Murphy Middle School in Murphy, TEXAS. There are several Murphy Middle Schools all across the USA supported by Jostens.

Not sure if a yearbook has been ordered? Beginning 1/22, students can check the list of purchasers that is posted in the cafeteria. Or you can email

Multicultural Day- February 12th

We are looking for Dancers, Singers, Poets, and other talented individuals to perform during a special assembly on February 12th. Sign up at the site below. Auditions will be February 1st after school. Auditions are February 1st after school.
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Nurse News

6th Grade Parents,

Prior to the entry of 7th grade (2019-2020 school year), your child needs immunizations required by the Texas Department of State Health Services.

Those immunizations are:

*Meningococcal Vaccine (MCV4) which should be given after age 11

*Tdap Vaccine

Please submit those vaccines to me as soon as they are received. This can be done by submitting the paperwork to the school, email, FAX, or regular mail.

Thank you.

Nurse Joan Boswell


FAX: 469-752-7019 or 469-752-7001

Mail: Murphy Middle School

620 N. Murphy Road 75094

Group Picture Day- Friday, January 18th

Friday, January 18th is group picture day for MMS. Student groups and clubs will have their pictures take for the yearbook. Be sure your student brings the appropriate group shirt or uniform for the group pictures.

MMS Athletics - Baseline Testing

MMS Athletics will offer baseline testing for any students interested on January 25th, 2019. A baseline test is a pre-concussion testing tool that will establish a baseline of information prior to injury. In the event of a concussion, the baseline comparison can assist the medical provider during the diagnosis and treatment process. The cost of the test is $2. If you are interested in having you student complete the test, or have any further questions, please contact Coach Woodyard @

MMS Orchestra News

MMSO Group pictures Friday 1/18- “Orchestra Shirts and jeans” for Medieval Times RSVP: Due 2/6/2019

MMS Environmental Club

The City of Murphy has extended its deadline for the Keep Murphy Beautiful contest to Friday, Feb. 1st. Attached are the rules and entry form. Mrs. Pilgrim will take them over to City Hall on 2/1/19. The next club meeting will be Friday, Feb. 1st from 3:30-4:30. If weather permits, we will be working outside, dress appropriately.

Congratulations MMS Robotics Team!

Congratulations to the MMS Robotics team and Mrs. Feil! The Murphy Mavericks Robotics Team won the Championship in the First Tech Challenge Greenhill Qualifier tournament at Greenhill School in Addison, TX on Saturday, January 12. The Robotics Team qualified and advanced to the North Texas Regional Championship tournament to take place on February 23.

We are so proud of you!

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MMS Spelling Bee Winners

The 2019 MMS Spelling Bee took place on Tuesday January 15th after school in the DLR. There were 20 contestants that went for 17 rounds until the top three winners were decided. Please join me in congratulating our winners: 3rd place went to Melvin Manoj, 2nd place went to Sanjana Arulkumaran, and 1st place went to Rekha Eswara. These three will go on to represent Murphy Middle School at the district level next month. Thank you to all who participated.

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6th Grade Golden Mavericks

Congratulations to our 6th Grade Golden Maverick winners!

Presley Elliott and Joselyn Flores
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7th Grade Golden Mavericks

Congratulations to our 7th Grade Golden Mavericks!

Zunair Ali, Diya Damodaran, & Reagan Fitzsimmons

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College Week at Hickey Elementary

Thank you to the Hickey Elementary staff for inviting East side administrators to do morning announcements representing our universities! Pictured below: Kyle Hercules - Armstrong Assistant Principal, Dina Rowe - Hickey Elementary Principal, Tina Ware - Murphy Assistant Principal, Gloria Martinez - Williams High School Principal, George King- Plano East Principal, Brooks Baca - Bowman Middle School Principal, and Jeff McDonnell- Murphy Assistant Principal. Go All-Stars!
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Please visit for a full menu of available workshops.

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Another PSAT Opportunity

Williams High School is offering an opportunity for students to take the PSAT. See the information below and a link to the registration form.
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PTA News and Updates

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GLO Run is Getting Closer!


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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GLO Run T-Shirt Design Winners! Congratulations!

The contest for the Mavericks Stampede logo was a VERY close one. There were so many terrific submissions, it was decided to pick three. Each logo will be on a different publication for the run.

· 1st place for the t-shirt design is Violeta Tapia

· 2nd place and the community poster design is Teresa Burgess

· 3rd place and the school poster design is Kyle Sevillo


Congratulations, Mavericks! You are truly talented.

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MMS Spirit Wear


Discounts on all of your favorites coming soon!

Our online sale begins Friday February 1st. Deliveries will be made weekly through March 1st. It's your last chance of the school year to buy Spirit Wear!


MMS 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.

* February 13th, 5-8pm: Chick-fil-A

* April 11th, 5-8pm: Chick-fil-A

* May 13th-17th: Nothing Bundt Cakes


You can help us reach our goal by:

Clipping and saving Box Tops from thousands of participating products, including Big G cereals, Avery office products, Hanes t-shirts and more. Complete list:

Drop them in the collection container in the school’s front office by Tuesday, February 22nd.

For questions, please contact our Box Tops for Education chair, Denise Odom, at

Upcoming MMS 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.

* February 13th, 5-8pm: Chick-fil-A

* April 11th, 5-8pm: Chick-fil-A

* May 13th-17th: Nothing Bundt Cakes


Join us at our 2019 SAGE Summer Expo on Saturday, February 2 from 11:00am - 2:00pm at Plano Senior High School (Cafeteria). See flyer for details or go to

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SKI Plano stands for Supporting Kids In Plano and that's exactly what we do! For over 23 years, SKI Plano has been the largest fundraiser for the Plano ISD Education Foundation. Funds go towards supporting innovative grants written by our Plano ISD teachers through Grants to Educators. Over 200 teachers are filling out grants as we speak! Last year we funded about 50% of those grants, this year we'd like to say "YES" to all Plano ISD teachers. Please help us by purchasing sponsorships, tables, tickets or donating something awesome for our silent auction.

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