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Spirit Wear Order Deadline, October 30th

Order deadline for all MMS Spirit Wear is October 30, 2018. It's the LAST ORDER of the school year. ORDER NOW at mmspta.org/spiritwear.
 
 

Discount Cards For Sale by October 26th

Boys and Girls Athletics are selling discount cards. See an MMS athlete by October 26th so you don't miss out on this great deal!
 

Hygiene Kit Drive, October 10-26

CITIZEN BEE, October 22nd

If you would like to participate in the regional Citizen Bee and possibly win cash prizes, come to rm N103 on Monday 10/22 with Ms. Watkins.

 

Taxparency and School Finance, October 22nd

Our friends at McMillen High School invited MMS, Boggess Elementary PTAHunt Elementary PTA, and Miller Elementary to this important event to learn more about how our tax dollars support Plano ISD on Monday October 22nd at 7:00 pm in the McMillen High School Cafetorium.

 

Red Ribbon Week, October 22-26

MMS ORCHESTRA NEWS

Tuesday, 10/23 MMS Orchestra Cookie Dough arrives (must be taken by MMSO students at 3:30)

 

Thursday, 10/25 MMS Orchestra Picnic/Concert at Murphy Central Park. Food at 5:30, Concert at 6:30

School Picture Re-Takes, October 24th

Picture retake day is Wednesday, October 24th if you were absent on Picture Day. Visit https://mylifetouch.com and enter Picture Day ID TX058024Q1. If you want Lifetouch to retake your picture, return your original package on Picture Retake Day.

 

Upcoming Spirit Nights, October 29th

 

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. 

  *  Monday, October 29, 5-9 p.m., Chipotle 
  *  Wednesday, November 14 - Friday, November 16, all day, Jersey Mike's
  *  Monday, December 3, 5-8 p.m., Chick-fil-A
  *  Monday, December 10 - Friday, December 14, all day, Nothing Bundt Cake

 

MMS BASKETBALL TRYOUT INFORMATION, OCTOBER 29th - November 5th

7th Grade Boys Basketball Tryout:

Wednesday-Friday

October 31, November 1, November 2

6:30-8:15AM

8th Grade Boys Basketball Tryout:

Thursday, Friday, Monday

November 1, 2, & 5

6:30-8:15AM

7th & 8th Grade Girls Basketball Tryout:

Monday-Wednesday

October 29, 30, 31

3:35-4:30PM

REGIONAL HISTORY FAIR, October 29th

If you would like information on participating in the Regional History Fair come to room N103 before 10/29 to pick up a packet.

 

All History Fair topic ideas need to be submitted to MS. Watkins by Mon. 10/29.

NATIONAL JUNIOR HONOR SOCIETY, October 26th

National Junior Honor Society
 

Attention all 8th grade students who are NOT members of NJHS. 

 

If you have a 94.5 average (when you average 6th, 7th and 8th grade together), or you think you are close, and you weren't selected as a 7th grader.

 

See Mrs. Mullen for an Invitation to Membership Form (due by October 26th). This is the LAST opportunity for 8th graders to be selected for membership in NJHS.

 

(6th and 7th graders will be selected in January for Honor Society)

MATH COUNTS CLUB, October 30th

TEST DATES ANNOUNCEMENT

There will be three tests for those interested in representing Murphy MS in the chapter competition on a Saturday, February 2, 2019. Each test will be 40 minutes long; two of them without a calculator and one with a calculator. I will provide a school calculator for those testing, but you may bring your own. All tests will be held in the Distance Learning Room (DLR). The following dates are as follows: October 30, November 6, and November 13. Students will be dismissed by 4:30 PM.

PLANO ISD ACADEMY PROGRAMS FOR 8TH GRADERS, NOVEMBER 5TH-15TH

Parent and student information meetings for the Academy Programs of Plano will be hosted during the month of November for incoming ninth graders (and their parents) considering attending one of the Academy Programs of Plano. Each academy program will host three information nights between November 5 and November 15. All meetings will be held at 6:30 p.m. Online applications will open on November 16 and close December 14. Students will receive notice of placement on January 11 and student commitments must be received by January 18, 2019.

Learn more at www.pisd.edu/academies.

 

 

 

LOST AND FOUND

Our lost and found is growing! Please remind your student to check the lost and found in the cafeteria. There are many water bottles, sweatshirts, folders, and lunch boxes. Thank you.

Truancy laws and parenting tips, November 7th

PARENT SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING (SEL) ENGAGEMENT SERIES, November 8th

Please join us and learn more about social emotional learning in Plano ISD. We will discuss strategies that can be implemented at home to support the SEL competencies and skills. Our 2nd series, "Self-Management," will take place on Thursday, November 8th, at Wyatt Elementary from 6:00-7:30.

 

Reflections, due November 9th

Reflections is a National PTA sponsored arts recognition program that encourages artistic expression. The Reflections theme for 2018 – 2019 is “Heroes Around Me”. Use your imagination to create a film, song, artwork, photograph, poem, short story or dance routine. You may enter as many times as you like in as many categories. Each entry must be accompanied by an official entry form. Be sure to reflect the theme in your work

Murphy Middle School won the award for the most student participation in Reflections among all the middle schools in Plano ISD, for the last two years! We had 12 Council Award winners last year!! So lets keep the tradition going!

All entries will be due Friday, November 9, 2018.

Entries can be turned in to the front office starting in mid October. There is no limit to the number of entries a student can turn in, but each entry must be accompanied by an entry form.

Learn more.

 

SCIENCE FAIR AND ENGINEERING FAIR, November 28th & 29th

7th and 8th grades only. Mark your calendar!

November 28th is the Annual Murphy Middle School 7th and 8th grade Science Fair and Engineering Fair in the Murphy Middle School Library from 8:30-12:30pm (judges only).

Parents and students are invited to view the fair on Thursday, November 29, 2018 from 7:45 am to 4:30 pm If you have a science background, and consider yourself a professional in your field of science and should you like to assist with judging, please visit https://goo.gl/forms/Ezs0KCI6TEDY4OOM2 with your preferred area of judging. Your time and expertise is essential to assisting our students to achieve in the next round of judging at the district and regional level! Thank you in advance for your dedication to helping our future scientists! After signing up, please look for an email as time gets closer. Thank you!!! Should you have additional questions, please email Elizabeth.Jones@pisd.edu or Mary.Lysell@pisd.edu.

MMS SPEECH AND DEBATE TEAM, December 8th

Our next tournament will be December 8th at Renner Middle School. Please see Mrs. Norris during morning tutorials if your student would like to join the team! All grade levels are welcome!

 

Congratulations to the MMS Speech and Debate team for placing 3rd overall at the tournament on Saturday, October 13th at Bowman Middle School! Over 70 MMS students from 6th, 7th, and 8th grade competed against all the other middle schools in PISD and worked extremely hard to reach their goals. The following are individual placements at the tournament:

SPRING PACE TESTING by January 16th

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 Friday, Jan. 16 to Ms. McAnderson in E105. If you have any questions about the process please contact her at melissa.mcanderson@pisd.edu. The online version will automatically send an email to Ms. McAnderson when completed.

Secondary PACE Referral Online Link.

Glo Run, February 23rd

ORGANIZATION CORNER

Organization Corner is a place for Murphy Middle School students to come to get organized. It is available Wednesday mornings 7:50-8:20 in Mrs. Good's room, E109. AVID students will be available to help.

PLANO ISD APP

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.