Beginning of the Year Checklist

Here's how to get started for a great school year! If you have any questions, please contact us.


1. Update your membership toolkit account        

Every year you must update your family information on your account. These accounts are how the PTA pulls information to be able to distribute purchases like shirts and supply packs to your student. This is also where you need to update your PTA directory and PTA publishing access. Giving permission for publishing allows your child to be in publications like the yearbook, our PTA Facebook page, and student directory.


2. Join or renew your PTA membership 

Every year you must join the PTA. Purchase your 2018-2019 parent, student, or faculty membership. The #1 reason to join PTA is your child benefits. Many of research studies show that when parents get involved, children do better in school. Murphy Middle School PTA will help you stay connected throughout the school year. Volunteering is not a requirement of membership, although we would love to have your help. Learn more


3. Renew your PISD background check 

Want to volunteer on campus? PISD requires that every volunteer renews their background check each school year. If you've volunteered before, it's a 2 minute or less process. If you're new to volunteering, it's 5 minutes or less. After this is done, check out our volunteer opportunities and sign up!


4. Update your PISD parent portal

Update your student’s emergency cards that are kept on file at the school to find out who your student’s teacher is for the year. To do this, complete the following steps.


  1. Log into the Parent Portal,
  2. You will need your child’s legal name, campus (Murphy Middle School) and student ID number.
    NOTE: The ID is the number they use to buy lunch at school and log into the school computer.
  3. After you login, in the Students section, click your child's name
  4. Complete all forms listed.
    NOTE: Once you have successfully completed each section, a green check mark will appear. The entire process takes about 15 minutes.



You must have an email address to access Parent Portal. A confirmation email will be sent to that email address when you complete the signup process.

IMPORTANT: Remember to write down your password and security questions for future use.

  1. Go to
  2. Click Create New Registration.
  3. Enter the required information and complete every field.
    NOTE: If you have more than one student in PISD, you will only need to submit the form for one student. The system will recognize all PISD students in your household.
  4. After your Parent Portal account is created, an email will be sent to you at the email address you provided.
  5. If you have questions about the process, send an email to Include the legal name of your child, ID number, and the school name. They will respond within 48 hours.
    NOTE: The ID is the number they use to buy lunch at school and log into the school computer.

5. Connect with the PTA calendar and social media

The calendar page is where you will find event dates, times and locations throughout the year. Don't forget to subscribe to eNews and follow us on social media


6. Create and/or deposit lunch money into your student's lunch account

Add money to your student's account online at Also, you and your student can check the school cafeteria menu at anytime throughout the year.


7. Show some school spirit

Every Friday is Spirit Day on campus. Visit our online store to show your school pride and wear a Murphy Maverick Middle School spirit shirt! Don't forget to place an order for Mom, Dad, and siblings!


8. PISD's Back-to-School Resources

Visit for what you need to know for the first day of school on Monday, August 13.