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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!


2019-2020 Electives

Parents of current MMS 6th & 7th Graders,

Tomorrow, January 16th, your child's school counselor will be speaking with them concerning course request for the 2019-2020 school year. The link below will take you to a PowerPoint presentation describing the electives offered next year. Please note, you must be signed into a google account or student log in to view the videos in the presentation. Students will be coming home with a course request card this week. Please complete the card and return it to school with your student by the due date located on the bottom of the registration card.

Please direct any questions to:

6th Grade Counselor- Melissa Allcorn- 469-752-7018-

7th Grade Counselor- Terri Azcarate- 469-752-7017- 

Thank you,

Jeff McDonnell

Assistant Principal

Murphy Middle School

Yearbooks: Last Chance, January 22nd - FEBRUARY 1st

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 22nd 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

Upcoming Spirit Nights, January 24th

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 

Friends of MMS 

PTA Nominating Committee by January 30th

Please contact Carole Ann Waid,, if you are interested in serving on the 2019-2020 PTA Nominating Committee. We need five members and two alternates that fill our slate of elected officers for next year.

Baseline testing, January 25th

We 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 wondering how often you should get the testing done, I would advise to treat it like a physical and have your athlete take it at least every two years and especially if they have suffered a concussion since the last time they took the test.

Frequently asked questions

Parent release form that must be completed in order for an athlete to take the test as well as a testing fee of $2. If you would like for your athlete to take the test please fill out the form and send $2 with them on the 25th.

If you are interested in having you student complete the test, or have any further questions, please contact Coach Woodyard at

Practice SAT & ACT Test, January 26th

PTA General Meeting, January 31st

PTA Board meeting from 5:15-5:30 in the Gym.


Plano ISD Parent Workshops, January

Please visit for a full menu of available workshops. 

Basketball, January

Complete details and season information available at

7th Grade Boy's Basketball 



B Team/A Team

Opponent Location
Thur 10-Jan 6:00/7:00 Wilson Murphy
Thur 17-Jan 6:00/7:00 Hendrick Murphy
Thur 24-Jan 6:00/7:00 Schimelpfenig Schimelpfenig
Thur 31-Jan 6:00/7:00 Rice Murphy

8th Grade Boy's Basketball 



B Team/A Team

Opponent Location
Wed 9-Jan 6:00/7:00 Wilson Murphy
Mon  14-Jan 6:00/7:00 Hendrick Murphy
Tue 22-Jan 6:00/7:00 Schimelpfenig Schimelpfenig
Mon  28-Jan 6:00/7:00 Rice Murphy

7th Grade Girl's Basketball



B Team/A Team

Opponent Location
Thur 10-Jan 6:00/7:00 Wilson Wilson
Thur 17-Jan 6:00/7:00 Hendrick Hendrick
Thur 24-Jan 6:00/7:00 Schimelpfenig Murphy
Thur 31-Jan 6:00/7:00 Rice Rice

8th Grade Girl's Basketball 



B Team/A Team

Opponent Location
Wed 9-Jan 6:00/7:00 Wilson Wilson
Mon  14-Jan 6:00/7:00 Hendrick Hendrick
Tue 22-Jan 6:00/7:00 Schimelpfenig Murphy
Mon  28-Jan 6:00/7:00 Rice Rice

MMS Environmental Club, February 1st

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.

Multicultural Essay Contest, February 1st

Murphy Middle School students are invited to submit a short essay (250 words or less) defining your cultural identity. The essay should provide details on things such as your upbringing, ethnicity, religion, and family dynamics that have shaped the culture that you identify with.
Please e-mail your entry to: by Feb. 1, 2019.

Top 3 Winners will be announced and prizes awarded at the Multicultural school assembly on Feb. 12. Winners will have the opportunity to read their essays aloud at the assembly.

2019 SAGE Summer Expo, February 2nd

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

Nominations for Outstanding Educator of the Year Awards, Opens February 4th

Nominations for 'Share the Love' Outstanding Educator of the Year Awards open February 4, 2019. Recognize those men and women who have truly made an impact in your community. Visit to nominate your favorite MMS teacher.


Truancy laws and parenting tips, February 6th

PSAT, Registration 2/6; Test 2/9

Williams High School is offering an opportunity for students to take the PSAT. Registration form

Ski Plano, February 9th

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. 


Free Citizenship Workshop, February 9th

The City of Plano Multicultural Outreach Roundtable is hosting a Free Citizenship Workshop on Saturday February 9, 2pm at the Sockwell Center.
Graciela Katzer
Plano ISD Council of PTAs
2018-19 Cultural Inclusiveness Chair

Texas PTA Honorary Life Member

The Texas PTA's Honorary Life Member Award is one of the highest honors that can be bestowed upon an individual by the Texas PTA for outstanding contributions to the well being of children and youth. The recipient of an Honorary Life Member Award does not have to be a PTA member, nor must the service for which the honor has been bestowed be connected with the PTA. The only requirement for receiving this honor is that the recipient is making, or has made, a worthwhile contribution to the well being of children and youth.

Nomination form

If you would like to nominate a teacher, staff member, parent, or a member of our community to be considered for an Honorary Texas PTA Life Member Award, please complete our Online Nomination Form by Monday, February 11, 2019 at 5:00pm. 


If you have any questions, please contact the Texas PTA Honorary Life Member Chair, Melissa Gonzales, at

Previous Life Membership Award recipients

Receiving an Honorary Life Membership Award is one of the highest forms of recognition to let a volunteer know how much a campus truly appreciates their dedication to our children and the community. The following individuals in the Murphy community have either been recognized at Murphy Middle School or another nearby campus in the State of Texas. Note: We have not incorporated Miller Elementary School honorees, yet. 


Jennifer Almholt

Trish Alway

Barbara Baselice

Mitzi Behnke

Pamela Bell

Kristy Bennis

Jennifer Bergman

Sukesh Biddappa

Shelly Bottlinger

Heather Bright

Melinda Bruno

Antre'Shawn Buhl

Kara Burton

Tiffany Bush

Marilyn Carruthers

Michele Chappell

Debbie Chenault

Ross Cornell

Cathy Curry

Edie DeWoody

Ashley Dodge

Amanda Driscoll

Shannon Duggar

Mary Duncan

Jim Duval

Elizabeth (Buffy) Edenkrans

Linda Engelking

Heather Fallgren

Suzi Ferenczhalmy

Brenda Flaherty

Melissa Fly

Rob Foster

Susan Foster

Lisa Garner

Matthew Gomez

Tonya Gosnell

Carole Greer

Kelly Hamilton

Diesta Harris

Ricki Hart

Tanya Hartley

Amy Hemphill

Robert Hernandez

Paula Heston

Mary Jeanne Higbee

Amy Ichiba

Lisa Jackson

Dori Karman

Angela Katai

Angelina Kenefick

Jill Lambouses

Mike Malone

Debra Mandala

Ann Matthews

Shannan McEowen

Carrolyn Moebius

Ronda Moran

Ann Mortel

Jean Mundy

Sherry Newell

Stephanie Ownby

Mindy Parker

Erin Pietrasik

Donna Ratkowski

Lorri Reyes

Susan Rice

Paige Schlegel

Megan Schuler

Lucy Sutton

Susan Svidlow

Amy Swanner

Sharon Swanson

Cindy Tamblyn

Lisa Tillery

Carole Ann Waid

Anna Walker

Diana Wetzel

Joe Wetzel

Debbie Wharton

Shelly Williams

Tonya Williams

Natalie Williams

Nikki Wilson

Jane Wylie

Multicultural Day, February 12th

Sign-up to get involved:


Box Tops for Education, Due February 22nd

Murphy Middle School PTA participates in Box Tops for Education.

You can help us reach our goal by:

Clipping and saving Box Tops (complete list) from thousands of participating products, including Big G cereals, Avery office products, Hanes t-shirts and more. Drop them in the collection container in the school’s front office by Tuesday, February 22nd.

Registering with to find out how to earn eBoxTops® by shopping online and by participating in sweepstakes and special online offers.

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


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



2019 Logo

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.


Scholastic Book Fair, February 27th - March 7th

Our Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that provides the books kids want to read. It's a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. 


Reading for pleasure inside and outside of school has real and long-lasting benefits. It unlocks the power of information and imagination and helps children discover who they are. Please make plans to come to our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child's reading habits. 

Remember, all purchases benefit our school. See you at the Book Fair! 

Volunteers Needed

We need your help to make the book fair a HUGE success! Please sign-up (form in the Volunteer Opportunities section near the bottom of the page) to work a shift during the school day or on the evening of Open House and help us put on a great Book Fair for our Murphy Mavericks!  All proceeds from the Book Fair benefit the MMS library


Please feel free to share this with your friends, the more help we get the better! 


All volunteers need to have a completed background check through PISD for the current year (July 2018 - July 2019) which can be done online at:


Sign-up for one spot or more because.... 

Spring Break, March 11th-15th

Immunizations for Incoming 7th Grade Students, August 2019

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

Murphy Middle School, 620 N. Murphy Road, Murphy, TX 75094