Clubs & Activities

At Hill-Murray, we have a variety of clubs and activities for you to choose from to enhance your academic experience. More than 95% of our students are involved in at least one cocurricular activity, with many students participating in several. Our smaller school community makes it possible for you to try new things and get involved in multiple ways.

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Middle School Clubs & Activities

Ambassador Club

Student Ambassadors host visiting prospective students on school days, attend grade school recruiting visits, accompany the admissions staff to events, help give tours at open houses and alumni events, and call prospective students

Band

At Hill-Murray, being part of our band program means having fun, working hard, and playing well! Band members travel and participate in many fun and educational opportunities such as Solo/Ensemble Contests and large group band competitions.

Choir

The choral music program offers elective courses for grades 7-12 that focus on vocal technique, musicianship, reading skills, and performance practice. Students who choose choir in middle school and high school perform throughout the year at school Masses, concerts at Hill-Murray and in venues outside of the school; during concert trips in-state, and at other events/performances.

Flute Choir

For musicians who play the flute as their instrument or a second instrument, the Flute Choir performs throughout the year at concerts and special events at school and in the community.

Jazz Band

Students in grades 6-8 are invited to participate in Middle School Jazz Band. We accept all instruments (both non-traditional and traditional jazz instruments). The group performs at multiple events throughout the school year. No audition is required.

Junior Achievement

Junior Achievement is a cocurricular club for students in grades 6-8. Junior Achievement offers financial literacy education through J.A. Finance Park, a fun, creative way for students to learn about managing their finances at an early age.

Lego Robotics

Lego Robotics is an opportunity for students to immerse themselves in the world of technology, including CAD design, programming in multiple languages, and basic construction techniques. The Robotics club participates in For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Lego League.

LIFE Club

L.I.F.E. stands for “Life Is For Everyone” and is also the informal motto of the group, which promotes awareness of all life issues, from conception to natural death. The L.I.F.E. Club aims to expand the conversation on the dignity of life, educates about right-to-life topics and reaches out to those who are struggling with life issues and to provide a space of respectful dialogue.

Math Team

The math team meets weekly to sharpen its mathematical problem solving skills and prepare for competitive math meets.

Quiz Bowl

Quiz Bowl is a game of questions and answers on all topics of knowledge including literature, history, science and math; social sciences; fine arts; geography; religion, mythology, and philosophy; and general knowledge. Quiz Bowl is generally played at tournaments. All students in grades 7-12 are welcome to join.

Scholastic Challenge

Middle School American Scholastic Challenge is open to anyone in grades 6-8. This national one-day competition involves logging in to a computer program and answering 100 questions in an hour. Students have the opportunity to win certificates of merit and the school champion medal.

Student Council

Student Council helps build the Hill-Murray Middle School community. This group of 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students help to plan a variety of activities throughout the year and all middle school students are invited to attend these activities. Some examples of activities are: cookie decorating, movie nights, service projects, and roller-skating.

Strings Ensemble

The Hill-Murray String Ensemble is a cocurricular music ensemble for grades 6-12 that meets outside the school day. No audition is required. Violin, viola, cello, and bass players are welcome to join.

Theatre

Hill-Murray Theatre enjoys a reputation in the greater community as one of the finest programs in the state, known for its professionalism, excellence, and outstanding programming. All students are welcome to audition and get involved. The Theatre season consists of several middle school and high school productions throughout the year, as well as workshops led by local theatre professionals.

High School Clubs & Activities

Ambassador Club

Student Ambassadors host visiting prospective students on school days, attend grade school recruiting visits, accompany the admissions staff to events, help give tours at open houses and alumni events.

Aquaponics Club

Aquaponics is an integrated ecosystem of aquatic animals and hydroponically grown plants. The Aquaponics Club is responsible for the set-up and maintenance of several aquaponics systems in the school. Students work together to troubleshoot problems and learn about this important form of sustainable agriculture.

Archery Club

The Archery Club helps students enjoy the sport of archery in a safe, fun way. Club meetings focus on the history of the sport, safety, technique, equipment, concentration, self-improvement, and physical fitness, including core strengthening. The club participates in standard competitions, as well as a wide range of online tournaments.

Band

At Hill-Murray, being part of our band program means having fun, working hard, and playing well! Band members travel and participate in many fun and educational opportunities such as All-Conference Band, Solo/Ensemble Contests, large group band competitions, jazz festivals, and perform at the Target Center, Xcel Energy Center, and the Mall of America.

Breakfast Book Club

The Breakfast Book Club explores an eclectic range of literature and serves as an ideal cocurricular activity for anyone who is excited about great literature, as well as the avid reader who consumes every new bestseller.

Caring and Responsive Empowerment (C.A.R.E.)

C.A.R.E. is the peer empowerment group at Hill-Murray with a goal of promoting healthy choices. The group sponsors several activities throughout the school year around the topics of overall wellness, healthy relationships, safe driving and avoiding alcohol, tobacco and other drugs.

Chess Club

The Chess Club meets once a week to help students advance their chess abilities. In addition to providing basic instruction for beginners, the group works with more advanced players to improve their opening, mid-game and end game. The club also plans organized matches with neighboring schools.

Choir

The choral music program offers elective courses for grades 7-12 that focus on vocal technique, musicianship, reading skills, and performance practice. Students who choose choir in middle school and high school perform throughout the year at school Masses, concerts at Hill-Murray and in venues outside of the school; during concert trips in-state, and at other events/performances.

DECA

DECA is an international association of marketing students that prepares students for the business world. Open to students in grades 9-12, the DECA Club meets weekly and students participate in a number of competitive events such as Merchandising Promotion Plans, Virtual Business Challenges and Entrepreneurship Business Plans.

Flute Choir

For musicians who play the flute as their instrument or a second instrument, the Flute Choir performs throughout the year at concerts and special events at school and in the community.

French Club

The mission for French Club is to promote the French language, as well as French and francophone culture, to students and the greater community. French Club is a great opportunity for students to increase their knowledge and appreciation of other cultures.

Jazz Band

Musicians who play the alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, baritone saxophone, trumpet, trombone, piano, bass, guitar, or drums are invited to participate in Jazz Band, which performs at multiple events throughout the school year. An audition is required for the high school level jazz ensemble.

LIFE Club

L.I.F.E. stands for “Life Is For Everyone” and is also the informal motto of the group, which promotes awareness of all life issues, from conception to natural death. The L.I.F.E. Club aims to expand the conversation on the dignity of life, educates about right-to-life topics and reaches out to those who are struggling with life issues and to provide a space of respectful dialogue.

LINK Crew

Link Crew is a national organization devoted to creating a smooth transition from middle school to high school for all students. Upperclassmen are linked in pairs with a small group of freshmen for the year to provide a safe, friendly, positive year-long transition program and encourage freshmen to get involved in the Hill-Murray community.

Literary Review

The Hill-Murray Literary Review creates an annual literary magazine consisting of original student writing and art work. While the student editors for the Literary Review are typically either juniors or seniors, all interested students are encouraged to inquire about working on the Literary Review Staff in areas of editing, production, creative design, and marketing.

Student literary Review

Marching Band

All Band students in grades 9-12 participate in the Marching Band, which performs at the Homecoming football game, an indoor concert and other events. No audition is required.

Math Team

The math team meets weekly to sharpen its mathematical problem solving skills. The team competes in five math meets sponsored by the Minnesota State High School Mathematics League; the top scoring high school team and the top scoring high school students in each division are invited to the state tournament in March.

Mock Trial

The Minnesota High School Mock Trial Program is an exciting law-related education program that introduces students to the American legal system and allows them to build critical thinking and teamwork skills, as well as the basic skills learned in the classroom. Ideal for students interested in the law, the criminal justice system, and public speaking, Mock Trial competition cases take place in real courtrooms in front of real judges.

Music Ministry

Students in Music Ministry are chosen by the Campus Ministry Department to lead and perform music for school Masses.

National Honor Society

The National Honor Society promotes enthusiasm for academics, encourages community service, promotes leadership, and develops character. Members are selected based on an objective, anonymous process, taking into account the accomplishments of students in the areas of leadership, character, and service.

Pep Band

Band students participate in Pep Band, which performs at sporting events and other events. Pep Band is a good opportunity to make some new friends, have fun, enjoy the game, and be part of a group that sounds great. No audition is required.

Peer Listening/Peer Tutoring

Peer Listeners are juniors or seniors who have completed an intensive training session and can meet with fellow students who would like to talk confidentially about school, personal or interpersonal issues. Peer Tutors meet with fellow students who would like help in any subject area during study hall, lunchtime, before or after school.

Peer Ministry

Peer Ministry is a group of students who have heard the call to faith leadership and have come forward to lead. These students have a passionate faith in Christ and a desire to encourage others in their walk of faith. They receive training in ministry skills, plan and assist at Mass, share their faith on retreats, lead service outings, and provide leadership throughout the course of their daily activities in and out of school.

Performing Arts Academy

Pioneer Pathways Performing Arts Academy is a program of superior artistic study taught by accomplished musicians after school in the music department at Hill-Murray. Adults and students of all ages are welcome; you do not have to be a Hill-Murray student to enroll in the Academy.

Pioneer Performers

Pioneer Performers is a small vocal ensemble of select high school singers who perform at Hill-Murray concerts and community events, including Minnesota Twins games and Minnesota State High School League tournament games. An audition is required.

Ping Pong Club

The Ping Pong Club meets once a week from January through Spring Break and is open to all levels of players. Interested students are encouraged to come and learn how to play the game and challenge their friends.

Pit Orchestra for Theatre

Some of the Theatre department’s productions call for a pit orchestra or other musicians – we encourage high school students to audition for productions, with positions selected by the Theatre teaching staff.

Prom Planning Committee

Beginning in January, a committee of juniors and seniors meet to determine the Prom theme, decorations, and invitations. The committee brainstorms decoration ideas, creates invitations, and sells tickets two weeks before Prom. The committee also suggests ideas for the Grand March community event.

Quiz Bowl

Quiz Bowl is a game of questions and answers on all topics of knowledge including literature, history, science and math; social sciences; fine arts; geography; religion, mythology, and philosophy; and general knowledge. Quiz Bowl is generally played at tournaments. All students in grades 7-12 are welcome to join.

Robotics

Robotics is an opportunity for students to immerse themselves in the world of technology, including CAD design, programming in multiple languages, and basic construction techniques. The Robotics club participates in For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) Robotics Competition for our high school students.

Rock Band

This performing ensemble plays a variety of rock music and provides entertainment for school events throughout the year. No audition is required.

Sowers of Justice

Sowers of Justice is the social-justice club at Hill-Murray School. Throughout the school year and over the summer, Sowers of Justice initiates, organizes, and leads numerous service activities, such as participation in the “Homeless Memorial March” in December, “Lobby Day” with the Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless in March, and a spring semester “Human Rights Awareness Week.”

Spanish Club

The Spanish Club helps students use their emerging language skills with native speakers in our community, assists students in exploring the rich Hispanic culture we have right here in Minnesota, and gives students an understanding of culture through arts and crafts and celebrations. Spanish Club members also have an opportunity to give back to the community by volunteering at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church.

Speech Team

Speech is a fine arts performance activity that consists of 13 separate speaking categories. Students enter the category of their choice and, under the direction of their coach, learn how to structure a speech and analyze material as well as performance techniques. Competitive speaking focuses on improving public speaking and presentation skills.

String Ensemble

The Hill-Murray String Ensemble is a cocurricular music ensemble for grades 6-12 that meets outside the school day. No audition is required. Violin, viola, cello, and bass players are welcome to join.

Student Council

The Hill-Murray Student Council is a group of student delegates who are committed to improving the Hill-Murray experience for all students. Members of Student Council engage in service projects, work to improve student life, and encourage school spirit through the organization and planning of events throughout the year.

Theatre

Hill-Murray Theatre enjoys a reputation in the greater community as one of the finest programs in the state, known for its professionalism, excellence, and outstanding programming. All students are welcome to audition and get involved. The Theatre season consists of several productions throughout the year, as well as workshops led by local theatre professionals.

WEB Leaders

W.E.B. (Where Everybody Belongs) is a group of 10th and 11th grade high school students who help our middle school students adjust to life at Hill-Murray starting with Middle School Orientation Day and continuing throughout the school year to help ensure the year goes well.