MORNING ANNOUNCEMENTS

January 27

DECA District Competition

This is a shout out to all members of our DECA Chapter.  All members put forth tremendous effort at our virtual DECA District competition.  We had a record 92 (ninety-two) students who qualified for the state competition which will be held at the beginning of March.  Congratulations to all participants.

National Scholastic Challenge

This announcement is for any student in grades 6 and 8 who are interested in participating in the National Scholastic Challenge. This knowledge based competition is a 60 minute, 100 question event that will run during WIN time in the next 2 months. There is no need to study. You will be asked to answer questions about math, science, social studies, literature, sports, current events and pop culture. Hill-Murray has been the State Champs in both 6th and 8th grade for the past 8 years in a row! Be part of the continuing tradition of champions. Mrs. Barbato sent an email to all 6/8 grade students. You are asked to reply to that email or see her directly! 

Boys Lacrosse

Attention any boys interested in playing Lacrosse.  Lacrosse season is right around the corner.  Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned vet, there are opportunities for you to strengthen your skills before the season.  If you are interested in lacrosse, please see Robbie Wong, Rocco Curella, Justin Gochkowski, or you can email Mr. Pohl.


January 26

LMC Closed during Advisory and WIN

The LMC will be closed during advisory and WIN today. Please plan accordingly. Printing may be picked up after school. Thank you.

Middle School Auditions

Auditions for the middle school play are Friday after school in the auditorium. No need to prepare anything, just show up. We’ll rehearse Monday, Wednesdays, and Thursdays we are in-person from 2:45-4:30p and perform on March 19th & 20th! See Mr. Ballentine or me, Lexy Widi, for more info!


January 25

Black History Month

Good Morning Pioneers! 

This is one of the leaders from HMStudents4Change. As you may know, Black History Month begins next Monday, February 1st. If you are interested in being a part of the planning of Black History Month please sign up for Mrs. Bartel’s WIN time today, room 022. Everyone and anyone is welcome! Have a great day! 

Pioneer Investors Club

JP – Good Morning, this is JP Yocum

Leo – And this is Leo Gruba

JP – We are inviting high school students to attend the informational meeting for our NEW- Pioneer Investors Club!

Leo – If you are interested in investments, then this is the club for you.  

JP – We will meet next Tuesday during WIN, right after advisory in Mrs. Donnelly’s room – 120.  

Leo – Be sure to sign-up to attend Mrs. Donnelly’s WIN Tuesday, January 26!

DECA Members

Attention all DECA members.  Our district celebration and awards will be in the auditorium on Tuesday, January 26 at 7am.  Please mark your calendars for this exciting event.  We will begin at 7am sharp – please be on time.

Student Parking

We are having issues with students parking in the west lot outside of the designated spaces.  You cannot park on the yellow lines or the very ends of each row.  Delivery trucks cannot get in to deliver at the loading dock, this is your only warning, we will tow your vehicle if you cannot park in appropriate spaces.

LMC Closed Tomorrow During Advisory and WIN

The LMC will be closed during advisory and WIN tomorrow, January 26th. Please plan accordingly. Printing may be picked up after school.  Thank you.


January 22

Attention middle school boys. Hill-Murray is offering after-school basketball skills and 3×3 program. Whether you’ve played for years or just want to give it a shot, the program will be fun! The program will be offered after school starting next Tuesday. If you have any questions, please email or see Mr. Pohl. 

We are having issues with students parking in the west lot outside of the designated spaces.  You cannot park on the yellow lines or the very ends of each row.  Delivery trucks cannot get in to deliver at the loading dock, this is your only warning, we will tow your vehicle if you cannot park in appropriate spaces.

Attention all DECA members. Our district celebration and awards will be in the auditorium on Tuesday, January 26 at 7am.  Please mark your calendars for this exciting event. We will begin at 7am sharp – please be on time.

JP – Good Morning, this is JP Yocum

Leo – And this is Leo Gruba

JP – We are inviting high school students to attend the informational meeting for our NEW- Pioneer Investors Club!

Leo – If you are interested in investments, then this is the club for you.  

JP – We will meet next Tuesday during WIN, right after advisory in Mrs. Donnelly’s room – 120.  

Leo – Be sure to sign-up to attend Mrs. Donnelly’s WIN Tuesday, January 26!

January 21

Attention anyone interested in playing boys soccer next fall.  There will be a very important meeting on Thursday, at 2:30 pm in the Fieldhouse.  The meeting will be short, so please get to the Fieldhouse at 2:30 on Thursday.  Again, Boys Soccer meeting – Thursday at 2:30 in the Fieldhouse. 

Attention middle school boys.  Hill-Murray is offering after-school basketball skills and a 3×3 program.  Whether you’ve played for years or just want to give it a shot, the program will be fun!  The program will be offered after school starting next Tuesday.  If you have any questions, please email or see Mr. Pohl.

January 20

This is a reminder to Juniors and Seniors who are Link Leaders… that there will be a Link Leader meeting tomorrow morning at 7:25 AM in Ms. Fandrich‘s room! — 

Attention anyone interested in playing boys soccer next fall.  There will be a very important meeting on Thursday, at 2:30 pm in the Fieldhouse.  The meeting will be short, so please get to the Fieldhouse at 2:30 on Thursday.  Again, the Boys Soccer meeting – Thursday at 2:30 in the Fieldhouse.

January 19

Attention 6&7th grade girls basketball players. Please stop in Mrs. Bates office to pick up your jersey during WIN time today.

We would like to have a few of the Captains from the boys soccer program read the following on announcements for tomorrow through Thursday. 

Good morning Pioneers! We will be hosting a program meeting on Thursday afternoon from 2:30-2:45. We ask that all boys players who are interested in soccer attend the meeting in the field house. Again, all boys soccer players please plan on meeting THIS Thursday in the field house after school. Roll Pio’s.

Thank you!

Attention anyone interested in playing boys soccer next fall.  There will be a very important meeting on Thursday, at 2:30 pm in the Fieldhouse.  The meeting will be short, so please get to the Fieldhouse at 2:30 on Thursday.  Again, Boys Soccer meeting – Thursday at 2:30 in the Fieldhouse. 

“The Dungeons and Dragons Club will meet tomorrow. This week’s games will be ‘Curse of Strahd’ and ‘Order of the Statue’. Please see Mr. H at HMIT for more details.”

And

“Students are required to check their emails on a regular basis for important school updates and notifications. Many students have computers in for repair that are ready for pickup. Please check your email to see if your fixed computer is ready for pickup. If you do not pickup your repaired computer, your loaner will be deactivated. This does not apply to students in quarantine.”

— 

Mr. Houdek

January 15

Juniors and Seniors who have received a pass from Ms. Herman to leave school for WIN time are reminded to sign up for Ms. Herman’s WIN time. Do not sign up for another teacher if you are leaving.

Lost and Found items will be tossed at the end of the school day today. Please take a look and see if you are missing anything. There are lots of water bottles and clothing items.

January 14

21-22 Hill-Murray Scholarship

Don’t forget: Completed Hill-Murray Scholarship applications are due on Friday, January 15th. All information can be found online under the Completed applications must be completed by Friday, January 15th. Late applications will not be accepted.

1. If you are ordering lunches, please verify the room numbers where you have lunch with your parents.  They can still edit them before Friday noon for next week. Starting Tuesday, all lunch will be delivered to the rooms provided on the order sheet.

2. If you go to the chapel, commons, or café to eat your lunch, please wait at your assigned rooms for your meal to be delivered.  “A” lunch on Black days will be delivered to the café.  All other will be delivered to your assigned room.

3. If you forgot your lunch, please come to the café before school to let us know you need one.  You can also let any teacher know and they can call us.  Waiting until lunch time to tell us, may result in a delay getting your lunch.

Please be patient and wait for deliveries.  Sometimes Doug gets stopped while delivering meals.  If your meal is not in your room, wait a couple of minutes to see if it shows up.  If not please say something to your teacher.

January 13

Teachers please do a uniform check at this time.  We have many uniform issues and need to get back to neat, clean oa modest.

Please look for non-Hill-Murray clothing

Coats are not allowed, coats as in winter coats

Girls may wear tights or leggings, not baggy sweatpants under their skirts

Boys must be clean shaven, please check 

There should be no piercings under masks, please check

Boys many of you need haircuts. Get appointments scheduled

Teachers, if there are any arguments or disagreeable behavior, please send them to see Me or Mrs. Barbato, right now

Safety Announcement

I have been receiving complaints again regarding students not wearing masks properly. You must have a mask on at all times, except when you are eating lunch. Your mouth and nose must be covered at all times. We have done an outstanding job with this for long stretches of time, but it appears we have dropped off. This is not a suggestion, it is a requirement, it has been discussed over and over again, if you want to be here, you must wear your mask properly, you must social distance and you must sanitize your hands, often. Teachers, please send any students who are not complying with this expectation to see me or Mrs. Barbato right away. This is your warning. We have a significant number of students out currently on quarantine, we need to do better, beginning today if we want to stay in school and continue with sports and activities. It is within our control to do so,  but it takes everyone, and it is everyone’s responsibility to protect those around us.  We cannot let our guard down, now.

January 12

Don’t forget: Completed Hill-Murray Scholarship applications for the 2021-2022 School Year are due on Friday, January 15th. All information can be found online under the Completed applications must be completed by Friday, January 15th. Late applications will not be accepted.

This message is for all Juniors and Seniors

We will again allow junior and senior students in good standing to leave the building during WIN times under the following conditions:

Criteria for Senior or Junior students to leave campus for WIN or GO times and period 1 or 7 study halls.

1.    Juniors or Seniors must maintain C’s in all their classes.  They must attend WIN time for any class that they are failing or getting a D.  Grade eligibility will be re-evaluated each time we do a grade pull.

2.    Juniors and Seniors must attend any WIN time that a teacher pings them for.

3.    Juniors and Seniors must not have any outstanding assessments—tests, quizzes, projects or presentations.  These must be completed in WIN time before they will be allowed to leave campus.

4.    Juniors and Seniors will not be allowed to leave campus if they have behavior issues or concerns, including attendance or tardiness.  This will be determined by the Principal.

5.    Juniors and Seniors must have a signed permission statement from parents on file, in order to leave campus.

6.    This does not include Advisory—-All Juniors and Seniors are expected to attend Advisory.

Seniors: You must bring your green semester 1 pass to Ms. Herman and I will give you a new one for Semester 2. You will not have to do another parent permission slip.  If you did not have a Semester 1 pass and want one for Semester 2. You will need to do a permission slip.  I have them in my office

Juniors: You must pick up a parent permission slip and return it to me signed, I will then give you a pass. The slips and forms are all different colors for semester 2, so you will need to do this.

Teachers please do a uniform check at this time.  We have many uniform issues and need to get back to neat, clean oa modest.

Please look for non-Hill-Murray clothing

Coats are not allowed, coats as in winter coats

Girls may wear tights or leggings, not baggy sweatpants under their skirts

Boys must be clean shaven, please check 

There should be no piercings under masks, please check

Boys many of you need haircuts. Get appointments scheduled

Teachers, if there are any arguments or disagreeable behavior, please send them to see
Ms. Herman or Mrs. Barbato, right now

The ukulele ensemble has openings for new members. They meet Monday during WIN with Ms. Youngs.  All are welcome in grades 6-12.  Experience is great,  but no experience is necessary.  You can sign up for the WIN time or email Ms. Youngs and she can answer questions.

“The Dungeons and Dragons Club will meet tomorrow. This week’s games will be “Waterdeep: Dragon Heist” and “The Broken Lands”. Please see Mr. H at HMIT, the Tech center in the cafeteria, for more details.”

Safety Announcement

I have been receiving complaints again regarding students not wearing masks properly. You must have a mask on at all times, except when you are eating lunch. Your mouth and nose must be covered at all times. We have done an outstanding job with this for long stretches of time, but it appears we have dropped off. This is not a suggestion, it is a requirement, it has been discussed over and over again, if you want to be here, you must wear your mask properly, you must social distance and you must sanitize your hands, often. Teachers, please send any students who are not complying with this expectation to see me or Mrs. Barbato right away. This is your warning. We have a significant number of students out currently on quarantine, we need to do better, beginning today if we want to stay in school and continue with sports and activities. It is within our control to do so,  but it takes everyone, and it is everyone’s responsibility to protect those around us.  We cannot let our guard down, now.

January 7

21-22 Hill-Murray Scholarship

Don’t forget: Completed Hill-Murray Scholarship applications are due on Friday, January 15th. All information can be found online under the Completed applications must be completed by Friday, January 15th. Late applications will not be accepted.

Special Birthday

This heartfelt thank you is coming from Señora Busch.  I  would like to thank Mr. Ballentine, the Student Council, and all the HM students who were able to be part of the Drive-By Parade for Joey’s Birthday.  He was beyond excited to see the cars pulling up in front of his house.  The beeping, signs, balloons, and cards were appreciated so much!  He also loved the messages and videos that were sent.  He will never forget this Birthday!  In his own words, I love Hill-Murray so much!!

Middle School Technical Theatre

Attention all middle school students in intro to technical theatre with Mr. O’Connell. You’ll be meeting in the auditorium Today and tomorrow. Thanks!


December 21

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

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December 18

Middle School Esports

Congratulations to middle school esports members Alejandro Alvarado, Joseph Glamos, and Noah VanWychen for taking 2nd place in the national tournament for Smash Bros Crew Battles. 

Congratulations to Owen McDonnell, Arnie Johnson, Dom Schmit-DeRosa, and Charlie Stinson who were recognized as the top high school players in the state and will compete in an All Star event on Twitch tomorrow night. 

You can watch the event at twitch.tv/mnvl

on Saturday (tomorrow night) at 5:30pm. 

Congratulations to all esports club members on a tremendous fall season and we are excited to see what you accomplish this winter and spring. 


December 17

Waiting For Rides

Students waiting for rides on Thursday 12/17 will need to wait in the front entrance.  The cafe and commons will be closed due to the staff Christmas party.

Ugly Christmas Sweater

Congratulations to the following middle school students who embraced the Ugly Christmas Sweater the most! Your teachers voted and sent Mrs. Barbato your name – you can pick up your gift card from Mrs. Barbato in between classes. Thank you for your participation – there were a lot of students who made an effort to be part of the Christmas spirit. We even had one student who participated online as she was home sick! Now that’s dedication!

Sophia Sampson
Skylar Peterson
Harper Wolffe
Grady Huffman
Teagan Kotzmacher
Rose LaMonica


December 16

Toy Drive

Hey Pioneers, this is NHS to tell you about our annual Toy Drive.

Every year the National Honor Society collects toys for families in need during the holiday season, and this year we will be collecting toys starting now, through December 17th.

You can drop off any new, unwrapped toys, stuffed animals, or games for children of any age, at the sleigh in front of the auditorium near the front entrance.

All the toys will be brought to the Salvation Army in St. Paul.

Help us spread some Holiday Cheer!

Schedule Change

All Students:  Today is the last day to make a Semester 2 schedule change.  

Finals

As you prepare for finals, make sure you have a good breakfast each day, stay well hydrated and get enough sleep. With finals tomorrow running until 12:55, please bring a healthy snack to keep you fueled until you can eat after dismissal. There is time built into each hour for relaxation and review along with a quick snack. 

There are no passes during final exams so bring extra materials to study if you finish early. You are dismissed from school at 12:55 on Thursday and 11:40 am on Friday. Please make sure you have rides ready to pick you up at those times each day. 

Best of luck to all of you – you have done an amazing job this semester and we are so grateful to have you in the building each day!

Waiting For Rides

Students waiting for rides on Thursday 12/17 will need to wait in the front entrance.  The cafe and commons will be closed due to the staff Christmas party.

St. Joseph’s Hospital

Dear Sister Linda & Hill Murray Students:

Thank you for your very generous donation of thank you cards and Caribou gift cards for our staff at St. Joseph’s Hospital.  During this difficult time, we appreciate your support and thinking of our hospital.  The staff will really enjoy the thank you cards and Caribou gift cards from you and your caring, thoughtful students at Hill Murray.

Thanks again for your kindness and generosity.

Deb Rodahl – Vice President – Hospital Operations

Maria Raines – Vice President – Chief Nursing Officer


December 15

21-22 Hill-Murray Scholarship

Hill-Murray scholarship applications are now available for the 21-22 academic year. 

Scholarship procedures are going to be new and improved for this year! 

All scholarship information can be found online only this year on the Tuition Assistance page of the Hill-Murray website under the Scholarships heading.

Scholarships are broken down into Need-Based and Non-Need Based Scholarships categories.  Those families who complete the TADS application for tuition assistance by the January 15th deadline, and qualify to receive a tuition assistance award, will automatically be considered for the Need Based Scholarships. There is no additional application to fill out for these scholarships beyond the TADS application. However, If a student is chosen for one of these scholarships, they will then need to submit an essay, thank you, and student profile information in order to accept and receive the award.  

Any student, regardless of whether their family fills out the TADS application, can apply for the Non-Need Based Scholarships. The application for these scholarships can be found and completed online. The application can be found on the Tuition Assistance page under the Scholarships heading. 

If you have any questions about this new process please contact Mrs. O’Gary or Mrs. Bates. Completed applications are due by Friday, Jan 15th.

Don’t delay! Get started on your application today! 

School Mass

Today we will have an all school Mass together at 12:30.  We welcome back Fr. Kevin who will preside at our Mass.  Seniors:  Go to your advisories for attendance after period 6.  You will leave all your belongings in your advisory classroom and then you will proceed with your class to the Auditorium.  Grades 6-11 you are to go to your advisories after P6 where you will have Mass via Youtube Live.  This is an important time of prayer so be sure to put all your phones, computers, homework and any other distractions aside.  Communion will be distributed to all advisories.  Stay in your room and wait for the usher to direct you to go communion.  One last reminder for Advisory teachers: make sure you have the youtube app on your apple TV so you are ready to stream the Mass.  You can find the Mass stream at: HM Christmas Mass 2020.

Aquaponics

The Aquaponics Business group has narrowed down our 3 koi fish names to the final 2 for each! The final names will be decided by your vote! Go to hmaquaponics Instagram page, give us a follow, – and vote on our story. Winners will be announced Thursday!

One Act Play Auditions

Auditions for the Minnesota state high school league one act play are today, after mass, during WIN time. Sign up for Mr. Ballentine’s WIN or, if that doesn’t work make sure you email him. There is nothing to prepare, just show initiative and show up and help the theatre department go for the threepeat at the state festival!


December 14

Toy Drive

Hey Pioneers, NHS here to tell you about our annual Toy Drive.

Every year the National Honor Society collects toys for families in need during the holiday season, and this year we will be collecting toys starting now, through Dec 17th.

You can drop off any new, unwrapped toys, stuffed animals, or games for children of any age, at the sleigh in front of the auditorium near the front entrance.

All the toys will be brought to the Salvation Army in St. Paul.

Help us spread some Holiday Cheer!

Esports

Over the weekend, members of our esports club finished their fall season by competing in three State Tournaments, placing 3rd or better in each one.

First, congratulations to the Overwatch team, the HM Poggers, on their 3rd place finish yesterday. The day came with clips and POGs of all kinds. Way to go Clare Lindemer, Katy Gozum, Dylan Hopkins, Olivia Munro, Dominic Schmit-DeRosa, and Charlie Stinson. Special shout out to Ryan Offstein for the love and support every step of the way. Poggers. 

Secondly, congratulations to Arnie Johnson, who placed 3rd in the State Tournament for Super Smash Bros, which featured some of the best players in the country. Arnie made an epic and inspiring run on Sunday, falling just short of the Grand Finals to a Bowser and WIFI. The Spring season is yours, Arnie. We love you. 

Next, a huge congratulations to Owen McDonnell, Ryan Schabert, and Charlie Stinson, AKA – the Rocket Ball Boyz, the legends of Minnesota Rocket League, and most importantly… 2020 MN State Champions! Some might say the road to the top was difficult… but it wasn’t. Easy dubs. A special shout out to Charlie Stinson, who scored the tournament winning goal in OT, and for helping Owen get out of Bronze. 

Stay tuned for more updates as the Rocket League team and League of Legends team compete in the Regional Playoffs this week. 

And last but not least. An enormous congratulations to three middle schoolers: Alejandro Alvarado, Noah VanWychen, and Joseph Glamos — who competed in the first ever National Middle School Esports League, and will head into the playoffs this week as the 2nd overall seed! We are so proud of you. 

Christmas Mass

Tomorrow we will have an all school Mass together at 12:30 to celebrate Advent and in anticipation of Christmas. Seniors will attend the service live in the theater with their advisories and grades 6-11 will have Mass via Youtube Live in their advisories.  Communion will be distributed to all advisories.  Advisory teachers, make sure you have done the update for youtube as instructed by Mr. Fester so Mass will stream nicely for you tomorrow. 

Schedule Changes

All Students:  Wednesday is the deadline to make a Semester 2 schedule change.  

One Act Play

Theatre Auditions for the MSHSL One Act Play competition are after mass on TUESDAY during WIN.

No need to prepare anything, but sign up for Mr. Ballentine’s WIN time and he’ll send you a scene you’ll read. No need to memorize or stress. Just sign up and show up. It’ll be fun and a little obnoxious, like the show, CLUE. 

Email with questions…and remember our theatre program is going for a Three-Peat at state this year…so get ready!

Link Leaders

Rehearsals will be in-person after school (if allowed) or on Zoom, if necessary. Hopefully Zoom won’t be necessary!

This is a reminder for all Junior and Senior Link Leaders, there will be a quick meeting before school tomorrow (Tuesday) at 7:25 in Ms. Fandrich‘s room. 

Mock Trial

Congratulations to the Hill-Murray Mock Trial team for taking 4th place at the Hamline Freeze Fest Tournament this weekend!
Special congratulations to top witnesses Elise O’Neill and Ben Davis and top attorneys Rachel McBride and Avery Gahler!

Ben Ballentine Recognized

Each year the National Federation of State High School Associations recognizes on high school speech, debate, or theatre educator from each state with the Outstanding Speech/Debate/Theatre Educator of the Year.  This year’s recipient from Minnesota is our very own Mr. Ben Ballentine.  Ben has been the Hill-Murray Artistic Director for the past nine years.  Coming to education as a professional actor in the Twin Cities, Ben was looking for a way to pay forward the lessons he had learned about the art from his experiences in high school; lessons that served him well professionally as he built a very successful career as a performer.
In a very short time, Ben established himself as one of the brightest new high school directors in the state.  His first year competing in the State One-Act contest, Ben took his production of The Great Gatsby all the way to the state stage, the show earning a well-deserved star rating.  Under his direction, Hill-Murray One-Act has been to state three times with two star ratings.  
Ben instills in his students the same professionalism that he exhibits in his own work as an actor.  He trains the students to stretch their skills, hone their craft, and perform with confidence and great skill.  He is bold and brave in his pedagogy, looks for ways to use the art to advance the causes of social justice, and works tirelessly to ensure that his students have all the tools and training necessary to be successful.  
One only has to spend a brief time in conversation with him to hear him extoll the wonderful experiences he has with his students.  All one has to do is witness his students interact with Ben to see the admiration is deeply mutual.  We are incredibly proud and grateful for Mr. Ballentine’s work at Hill-Murray.  He is a most worthy recipient of this prestigious award.  Congratulations Mr. Ballentine!!!!!


December 11

Toy Drive

Hey Pioneers, the NHS here to tell you about our annual Toy Drive.

Every year the National Honor Society collects toys for families in need during the holiday season, and this year we will be collecting toys starting now, through December 17th.

You can drop off any new, unwrapped toys, stuffed animals, or games for children of any age, at the sleigh in front of the auditorium near the front entrance.

All the toys will be brought to the Salvation Army in St. Paul.

Help us spread some Holiday Cheer!

Advent Prayer Services

Today we will have our Advent prayer services together.  You are to report to your Advisory before your Prayer Service for attendance and drop off your backpacks.  You will then proceed to your prayer service sitting with your advisory. Again, report to Advisory, leave your books, phones, and bags, and then proceed to your Prayer Service all together to sit in your assigned spot.

Your assigned prayer service is as follows: 

WIN A at 12:28  11th grade goes to the Varsity Gym & 12 Grade goes to the Auditorium

WIN B at 1:10   10th grade goes to the Auditorium & 9th grade goes to the Varsity Gym

WIN C at 1:51  6&7th grades go to the Auditorium & 8th grade goes to the Varsity gym

Hill-Murray Robotics

Congratulations to the HM robotics teams who advanced in the playoffs in a virtual robotics competition.  The middle school team is Mr. Gapinski’s Foundations of Computer Science class and the high school team is Ryan Offstein, Adam Xu, Olivia Munro, Paul Melby, and Will Chastek. Their next playoff matches will be streamed on Twitch on December 17th.  See Mr. Gapinski for the info to watch the matches.


December 10

Semester 2 Schedule Change

All Students:

Next Wednesday’s deadline to make a Semester 2 schedule change is quickly approaching.  You can’t wait until Finals begin or Semester 2 starts as the deadline will have passed.  Please keep in mind parent permission is needed and no requesting teacher or hour changes.  

CARE

Good Morning Pioneers! This is Liz Lafeber and Maria Maurer,  leaders for CARE. We are so excited to share the results from our fundraiser for the Children’s Hospital! 

Thanks to your support and generosity, we raised a total of $3,700.00!!!! Shopping will take place this weekend, and we will share pictures of the gifts you helped buy, and pictures of the drop off at Children’s Hospital! 

Now, for the winning advisory with the most donations!

In third place, coming in with a total of $225.00 in donations is Mrs. Corrales’ Advisory!

Coming in second place, with a total of $234.00 in donations is Mr. Hoaglund’s Advisory!

And the winner, with a grand total of $250.00 in donations is Ms. Jorissen’s Advisory!! Congratulations! 

Since all three of these advisories donated so much, we will be awarding all three classes with a special treat this coming Tuesday in Advisory! Congratulations!!

Thank you so much for supporting CARE and the Children’s Hospital,  way to go, Pioneers!!

Repaired Computers

Message HMIT. There are still more than 30 students who have repaired computers. If you have any computers in for repairs, please check your email. If we emailed you, please pick up your own computers and return your loaners.

Those of you who loaned a device for the day should return those as well.

Other students will need these devices. Thank you.


December 9

Toy Drive

Hey Pioneers, this is NHS here to tell you about our annual Toy Drive.

Every year the National Honor Society collects toys for families in need during the holiday season, and this year we will be collecting toys starting now, through Dec 17th.

You can drop off any new, unwrapped toys, stuffed animals, or games for children of any age, at the sleigh in front of the auditorium near the front entrance.

All the toys will be brought to the Salvation Army in St. Paul.

Help us spread some Holiday Cheer!

Football Players

Attention all football players, equipment turn in will begin on Wednesday Dec. 9 immediately after school.  Please make your way to the Fieldhouse after school to begin equipment turn in.  Again, that’s Wednesday after school.

Schedules

All Students:

With Semester One continuing to quickly wind down, have you taken a moment yet to review your Semester Two schedule.

Remember that if you are considering any kind of  change, including adding a Study Hall, the deadline to do so is Wednesday, December 16.

Please bring written permission from a parent to your counselor prior to the deadline.

Requests to change teachers or hours will not be honored.

Student Council

Hello Pioneers, this is Student Council here to bring you an exciting update regarding next week. To get us into the Christmas spirit we are having festive out of uniform days Monday through Wednesday. The themes are as follows: Pajama Day on Monday, Spirit Wear on Tuesday, and finally ugly Christmas sweaters on Wednesday. For testing purposes we will be in uniform of Thursday and Friday. We’re looking forward to seeing your best festive outfits, have a great rest of your day!

CARE

Hey Pioneers,

This is Thiago Jaime and JP Yocum, your leaders from CARE.

WOW! We are blown away by your generosity and support of CARE’s Children’s Hospital Fundraiser!!! Students have asked if they can still donate, and the answer is yes! Donations must be received by the end of the day today to count towards service credit. 

We are excited to reveal the grand total and the winning advisory, but we will have to wait until tomorrow after all the donations have come in. Is all we can say right now, is the donations are currently totaling over $3,000. You are all incredible! 

Thank you for supporting CARE and the Children’s Hospital! Have a great day, Pioneers!


December 8

21-22 Hill-Murray Scholarship

Hill-Murray scholarship applications are now available for the 21-22 academic year. 

Scholarship procedures are going to be new and improved for this year! 

All scholarship information can be found online only this year on the Tuition Assistance page of the Hill-Murray website under the Scholarships heading.

Scholarships are broken down into Need-Based and Non-Need Based Scholarships categories.  Those families who complete the TADS application for tuition assistance by the January 15th deadline, and qualify to receive a tuition assistance award, will automatically be considered for the Need Based Scholarships. There is no additional application to fill out for these scholarships beyond the TADS application. However, If a student is chosen for one of these scholarships, they will then need to submit an essay, thank you, and student profile information in order to accept and receive the award.  

Any student, regardless of whether their family fills out the TADS application, can apply for the Non-Need Based Scholarships. The application for these scholarships can be found and completed online. The application can be found on the Tuition Assistance page under the Scholarships heading. 

If you have any questions about this new process please contact Mrs. O’Gary or Mrs. Bates. Completed applications are due by Friday, Jan 15th.

Don’t delay! Get started on your application today! 

Middle School Basketball and Junior Pioneers Hockey

Attention middle school athletes.  Registration for middle school basketball and Junior Pioneers hockey is now open.  Please register quickly as we need to gauge our numbers before we know if we will have teams.  If you have any questions, please email Mr. Pohl.

Aquaponics Club

Good Morning Pioneers!

My name is Liz Lafeber and I am a member of the Aquaponics Club. Yesterday you should have received a google form from Mrs. Babich about our Name the Koi contest! Please make sure you get your names submitted by Thursday, December 10th. We will announce winners next week- and winners will get an Amazon gift card! Thanks for helping us and good luck!

Flair For Fashion?

Calling all juniors and seniors. Do you have a flair for fashion? Then consider participating in the St. Catherine University virtual fashion competition sponsored by the Department of Apparel, Merchandising and Design. This competition places an emphasis on social responsibility as students are challenged to design a fashion piece – a face mask or t-shirt that engages a social justice message, uses sustainable materials, or incorporates the engineering of a piece that’s comfortable to wear. Engage your creativity. There will be cash prizes and registration is free.  See flyers on Dr. Smith’s office window or contact Dr. Smith for more information. Submission deadline is February 8, 2021.

Aquaponics Gear

Aquaponics gear is in.  Please pick up your gear from the Aquaponics room as soon as possible.

Students Waiting For a Ride 

Students, this is a reminder that you must wait for your ride either OUTSIDE or in the COMMONS.  Please do not gather in groups.  

Also, to keep yourself and others safe, we ask that you not remove your mask while with others close by to eat or drink in the entryway.  

Thank you.

Immaculate Conception Mass

This is a reminder for all students who are signed up for the Immaculate Conception Mass to come to the chapel for WIN B at 1:30 today.  Mass will begin shortly thereafter.  We are happy to have Fr. John Mitchell with us to celebrate with us.  See a campus minister if you have any questions.

Football Players

Attention all football players, equipment turn in will begin on Wednesday Dec. 9 immediately after school.  Please make your way to the Fieldhouse after school to begin equipment turn in.  Again, that’s Wednesday after school.

Flex Day

On December 21st we will have a FLEX day for any students that have below a C- on December 10th at 8:00. Students please ensure you use your WIN times effectively over the next week and check in with your teachers on any missing work. 

Repaired Computers

Message from your friendly neighborhood HMIT. There are more than 30 students who have repaired computers. If you have any computers in for repairs, please check your email. If we emailed you, please pick up your own computers and return your loaners. Remember, other students need those loaners. Thank you.

CARE

Good Morning Pioneers!

This is Alyssa Hurley and Kennedy Heidel from CARE. 

As you heard yesterday, CARE is doing a fundraiser for the Children’s Hospital. We will be buying presents for teenage patients and food supplies for the Children’s Hospital pantry. 

Today during Advisory, we will be collecting donations for this great cause. The Advisory that raises the most money will be treated to a special prize next week! You can donate cash, or if you prefer Venmo, check out our instagram posts @hillmurraycare. 

Advisory Teachers: Members of CARE will be stopping by towards the end of Advisory to pick up the donations. 

As of this morning, we are proud to announce that we have raised over $1,000!! Thank you so much to everyone who has already donated! 

Thank you for supporting CARE and the Children’s Hospital! Have a great day, Pioneers!


December 7

Students 4 Change

Hello! I am Emmy Senkowski, Lily Olson, and Liz Lafeber and we are a part of HMs Students 4 Change! HMstudents4change is a safe community for current HM students and staff that are ready and eager to create a valuable and equitable experience for all no matter their race, sexual, or gender orientation. We are currently a group of 40+ members of all grades and are looking to expand our group to have as many members as possible. We meet on Mondays during WIN in Mrs. Bartel room 022. We are sending an email with a google form and our Google Classroom code! Feel free to reach out with any questions! Hope to see you on Monday! 

Immaculate Conception Mass

Reminder:  Today is the last day to sign up for the Immaculate Conception Mass being offered tomorrow during WIN B.  See your email for details or see a campus minister if you have any questions.

Toy Drive

Hey Pioneers, NHS here to tell you about our annual Toy Drive.

Every year the National Honor Society collects toys for families in need during the holiday season, and this year we will be collecting toys starting now, through Dec 17th.

You can drop off any new, unwrapped toys, stuffed animals, or games for children of any age, at the sleigh in front of the auditorium near the front entrance.

All the toys will be brought to the Salvation Army in St. Paul.

Help us spread some Holiday Cheer!

Middle School Basketball and Junior Pioneers Hockey

Attention middle school athletes.  Registration for middle school basketball and Junior Pioneers hockey is now open.  Please register quickly as we need to gauge our numbers before we know if we will have teams.  If you have any questions, please email Mr. Pohl.

DECA Members

Attention DECA Members,

There is a mandatory DECA meeting tomorrow from 4-5pm via zoom.  Be sure to attend!  See you email for more information.

Senior Panoramic Photos

Attention Seniors:

Senior Panoramic Photos are in!! If you ordered a photo, please stop by Ms. Gist’s office to pick it up. Did you forget to order one? No worries, there are extras and they are $16.00 each. See Ms. Gist for information! Thank you!

CARE

Good Morning Pioneers!

This is Maria Maurer, and Thiago Jaime from CARE.

 For Christmas, our group is doing a fundraiser for the Children’s Hospital!

Did you know that the majority of teenage patients at the Children’s Hospital get overlooked when it comes to present donations? People are always generous with donations for babies and toddlers, but teens love Christmas too! And, since the Children’s Cafeteria is closed due to Covid, the pantry filled with food items is an important necessity for parents staying at the hospital. 

CARE is raising money to buy presents for these teenage patients, and food for the pantry. This is where you come in, Pioneers! Please consider donating to this great cause, so we are able to make Christmas special for these patients. 100% of the proceeds will go directly to buying physical presents and food items. We are proud to announce that as of yesterday, we have already raised over $500.00!

Tomorrow, in Advisory, you will have an opportunity to donate money. The Advisory that raises the most money will be awarded with a special treat next week in Advisory. And, students, if you donate $10.00 or more, you will receive a service credit. 

Remember to bring in cash tomorrow, or see our Instagram page @hillmurraycare for information on how to Venmo the donation.

Thank you for supporting CARE, and the Children’s Hospital. Have a great day, Pioneers!


December 4

Students 4 Change

Hello! I am Emmy Senkowski, Lily Olson, and Liz Lafeber and we are a part of HMs Students 4 Change! HMstudents4change is a safe community for current HM students and staff that are ready and eager to create a valuable and equitable experience for all no matter their race, sexual, or gender orientation. We are currently a group of 40+ members of all grades and are looking to expand our group to have as many members as possible. We meet on Mondays during WIN in Mrs. Bartel room 022. We are sending an email with a google form and our Google Classroom code! Feel free to reach out with any questions! Hope to see you on Monday! 

Immaculate Conception Mass

Campus Ministry is offering an optional opportunity for 125 students and staff to attend Mass on the feast of the Immaculate Conception on Tuesday, December 8th in the H-M auditorium.  Fr. John Mitchell will say Mass on Tuesday during WIN B from 1:30-2:30.  You must sign-up on the Sign up Genius found in your email from Ms. Walth.  You will then be pinged for that WIN time.  Sign up as soon as possible as it will be first come first serve.  Sign up closes on Monday December 7th.  Check your email for further details and stop down to campus ministry if you have any questions.

Toy Drive

Every year the National Honor Society collects toys for families in need during the holiday season, and this year we will be collecting toys starting now, through Dec 17th.

You can drop off any new, unwrapped toys, stuffed animals, or games for children of any age, at the sleigh in front of the auditorium near the front entrance.

All the toys will be brought to the Salvation Army in St. Paul.

Help us spread some Holiday Cheer!


December 3

Review Semester Two Schedule

All Students:
With Semester One quickly coming to an end, now is the time to review your Semester Two schedule.

If you are considering any kind of change, including adding a Study Hall, the deadline to do so is Wednesday, December 16, which is less than two weeks from today.  

Please reach out to your counselor and also have your parents provide permission to your counselor prior to the deadline.  

Requests to change teachers or hours will not be honored. 


November 20

Winter Driving Safety Week

Good morning Pioneers. Yesterday’s trivia winner was Natalie Humbert, swing by Mrs. Donnelly’s room in room 120 to pick up your gift card when we are back in school. Sand, kitty litter, and cardboard can all be used as traction. Today’s theme for Winter Driving Safety Week is all about tips on how to stay safe while driving. Which of the following isn’t a way to drive safely in the snow, slowing down, driving with plenty of gas in your tank, slamming on your brakes to stop, or using headlights? In order to be entered to win the gift card, be sure to answer the survey sent to your email, answer the trivia question correctly, and also fill out the survey. Check your email for more information. Have a good day Pioneers and drive safely!


November 19

Winter Driving Safety Kit

Good morning Pioneers. The one item that shouldn’t be in your winter driving safety kit from yesterday’s trivia question is hairspray. Hairspray comes in an aerosol can which can actually explode in extremely cold weather. Yesterday’s trivia winner was Calvin O’Connor, swing by Mrs. Donnelly’s room in room 120 to pick up your gift card when we are back in school. Today’s theme for Winter Driving Safety Week is focused around what you should do if your car gets stuck. Here are a couple of good tips on how to get your car out of the snow. First, clear the snow around your tires using a snow shovel. Second, don’t floor the gas instead use a rocking motion. This helps dislodge snow that could be keeping you stuck. Third, add traction under the tires to help your car get out. Make sure that traction control is turned off. Finally, have someone give you a push if you aren’t out yet. Which of these is not something you can use as traction to get your car unstuck: sand, cardboard, water, or kitty litter? Correct answers will be entered into a drawing for a gift card. Submit your answer to the google form in your email. Have a good day Pioneers and drive safe!


November 18

Art Students

This is a quick reminder to all students taking Drawing & Painting, Middle School Art, or a Ceramics class:  Please stop by the art or ceramics room to pick up and take home your art supplies at the end of school today.   Distance learning will be impossible without your art supplies, and set you back by at least 2.5 hours of class time.

Boys Tennis

Hi Pioneers,

These are your Hill-Murray Boys Tennis Captains Eric Wolsfeld, Jack Senden, and JP Snell

Eric: If anyone is interested in playing tennis this spring including returning players, you will receive an email with a Google Form for you to fill out to receive more information about the upcoming season and captain’s practice schedules. 

Senden: All skill levels and grade levels are welcome, even if you have never played tennis before. You will have a lot of fun playing with us. 

JP: Captains practices are a great way to meet the team, get involved and have fun as we get ready for the season.  Captain’s practices start November 29th. 

Eric: So be sure to fill out the Google Form once you get it in your email. 

Senden: You can also go to the Hill Murray Boys Tennis website for more information on our program.  Thanks and we hope to see you get involved in boys tennis.

Final Clue

Hello Pioneers!

We thank you all for a wonderful short week and hope you will be spending quality time at home this break! Without further ado, your final clue is:
Wednesday:

Finally, the object is hidden with careful choice,

Outside a place where one can use their voice.

Learning the melodies and singing the notes,

it’s hidden by the place where Ms. Walth’s voice floats. 

Thanks and have a safe break! 

Winter Driving Safety Week

Good morning Pioneers, this is Rachel McBride with DECA. The recommended distance between you and the car in front of you when driving in snow is 8 to 10 seconds. Yesterday’s trivia winner was Reena Gallivan, please swing by Mrs. Donnelly’s room in room 120 to pick up your gift card. Today’s theme for Winter Driving Safety Week is focused around creating a winter safety car kit. A few things that every car should have in the winter are a shovel, a windshield scraper, a blanket, food, warm winter clothes, and water. Which of the following items should NOT be a part of your kit, sand, a flashlight, hair spray, and a first aid kit? Correct answers will be entered into a drawing for a gift card. Check your email to find a detailed list about the items you should have in your car and the link to the google form. For the next two synchronous learning days, we will still have daily emails and trivia so please check your email. Have a good day Pioneers and drive safe! 


November 17

21-22 Hill-Murray Scholarship

Hill-Murray scholarship applications are now available for the 21-22 academic year. 

Scholarship procedures are going to be new and improved for this year! 

All scholarship information can be found online only this year on the Tuition Assistance page of the Hill-Murray website under the Scholarships heading.

Scholarships are broken down into Need-Based and Non-Need Based Scholarships categories.  Those families who complete the TADS application for tuition assistance by the January 15th deadline, and qualify to receive a tuition assistance award, will automatically be considered for the Need Based Scholarships. There is no additional application to fill out for these scholarships beyond the TADS application. However, If a student is chosen for one of these scholarships, they will then need to submit an essay, thank you, and student profile information in order to accept and receive the award.  

Any student, regardless of whether their family fills out the TADS application, can apply for the Non-Need Based Scholarships. The application for these scholarships can be found and completed online. The application can be found on the Tuition Assistance page under the Scholarships heading. 

If you have any questions about this new process please contact Mrs. O’Gary or Mrs. Bates. Completed applications are due by Friday, Jan 15th.

Don’t delay! Get started on your application today! 

Boys Basketball

Attention all boys basketball players in grades 9-12.  Please be advised that basketball starts next week.  9th grade tryouts are from 12-1:30 pm, and 10-12th grade tryouts are from 2-3:45 pm. Please make sure you are registered and have a physical on file in the athletic office

Art Students

This is a quick reminder to all students taking Drawing & Painting, Middle School Art, or a Ceramics class:  Please stop by the art or ceramics room to pick up and take home your art supplies at the end of school today.   Distance learning will be impossible without your art supplies and set you back by at least 2.5 hours of class time.

Thank you.

Hill-Murray Boys Tennis

These are your Hill-Murray Boys Tennis Captains Eric Wolsfeld, Jack Senden, and JP Snell

Eric: If anyone is interested in playing tennis this spring including returning players, you will receive an email with a Google Form for you to fill out to receive more information about the upcoming season and captains practice schedules. 

Senden: All skill levels and grade levels are welcome, even if you have never played tennis before. You will have a lot of fun playing with us. 

JP: Captains practices are a great way to meet the team, get involved and have fun as we get ready for the season.  Captain’s practices start November 29th. 

Eric: So be sure to fill out the Google Form once you get it in your email. 

Senden: You can also go to the Hill Murray Boys Tennis website for more information on our program.  Thanks and we hope to see you get involved in boys tennis.

Winter Driving Safety Week


Good morning Pioneers, this is Abby Smith with DECA. The correct answer to yesterday’s trivia question was 37 days. According to the Minnesota Department of National Resources, Minnesota averages 37.3 days of snowfall each year. Yesterday’s trivia winner was Maria Dahl, swing by Mrs. Donnelly’s room in room 120 to pick up your gift card. Today’s theme for Winter Driving Safety Week is “Driving on Ice”. Ice can make driving very difficult and sometimes we can’t even see it. Black ice is a thin, transparent layer of ice that covers roads and is often extremely hard to see. In normal weather conditions, it is recommended that you stay 3 seconds behind the car in front of you. However, when driving on snow and ice this distance should be increased to what? Correct answers will be entered into a drawing for a gift card. Check your email for information about driving on ice. Have a good day Pioneers and drive safely!


November 16

Turkey Trot

Hi pioneers this is Elliot Heinrichs from student council, We are excited to announce the first ever Hill-Murray Virtual 5k Turkey Trot. 

We invite any member of the Hill-Murray community, such as all students, parents, staff members and alumni to join us in this unique experience. 

in addition to submitting a photo of YOU with your time, we encourage you to also make a make a perishable food donation. Campus ministry will be accepting these donations at school this week or on Saturday before the Pioneer football game. Any student that does so will receive a service credit. Please check your email for more info and happy trotting!

Thank you and have a great week!

Scavenger Hunt

Hey pioneers,

This is Liz Lafeber and Thiago Jaime student council members. This week we will be hiding thanksgiving objects, for a thanksgiving themed scavenger hunt. We will be hiding them in the Nicholas center and the commons and will be giving out clues every day about where they could be found. We will hide one item each day, and the first one to find it will get a prize. If you are lucky enough to find it, bring the item to Mr. Ballentine’s office to claim your prize. 

Today’s clue is
The object you seek hides in plain sight, just look where you can ascend another flight. Think long and hard, look high and low, in the CENTER where your mind will grow. 

Winter Driving Safety Week

Good morning Pioneers, this is Bridget Blaney with DECA. This week is winter driving safety week. This week will be filled with different opportunities to win gift cards and participate in fun activities all while keeping you safe this holiday season! Make sure you check your email every day this week for updates, activities, and winter tips. Today’s theme is “How does winter weather affect the roads?” Today’s trivia question is “approximately how many days a year does it snow in Minnesota?” Correct answers will be entered into a drawing for a gift card. Submit your answer to the google form in your email. Have a good day Pioneers and drive safe!


November 13

Middle School Student Council

Good morning, 
George:  My name is George Wellens and I am in 6th grade. 

Emily: Good morning, my name is Emily Grogan and I am in 7th grade. 

George:  We are part of the new middle school student council. We have 27 members serving on the council in the areas of Leadership and fundraising, Service Projects, School Spirit and Social Activities and our group Communication. 

Emily: Our first fundraiser begins on Monday, we are selling Among Us stickers for your water bottle, skateboard, ski helmet or laptop cover. Our fundraising group will be in the cafeteria from 7:15-7:30 Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday next week selling the stickers. Cost is $1.00 each. We are raising money to purchase fleece to make blankets for area animal shelters. 

George: Upcoming activities we are planning for is a Christmas movie/activity night and decorating the middle school hall for Christmas and Hot chocolate and candy canes!

Emily: We also have our own instagram hm_ms_studco – Our communications team will have more information posted on the appropriate bulletin boards and social media. 

George: Thank you for your attention, we are looking forward to giving a voice to the middle school and providing fun and meaningful activities throughout the school year. Have a great day Hill-Murray!

French Club

French Club is sponsoring a Film Soirée: A French film night TONIGHT!  Snacks and pop will be provided!  The film, which is a romance/ psychological drama,  is in French audio with English subtitles.  French students: please be sure to SIGN UP with your French teacher if you plan to attend!  Students who aren’t in French are welcome to come to this event, but you do need to also SIGN UP with Ms. Marin in 136 or Mr. Obernolte in 213.  This event is only open to High School students. 

Senior Yearbook Photos

Reminder to all seniors-

Your yearbook photos and senior walls are due to Mr. Pults through the Google Classroom today. Please see Mr. Pults in room 119 if you have any problems or questions.

Thank you in advance for getting these items in on time so the staff can complete work on the senior pages.


November 12

No Announcements Today


November 11

Boys Hockey Meeting

All boys interested in trying out for hockey must attend a short meeting, Wednesday, November 11th at 2:30pm in Hill-Murray School Auditorium. All tryout information will be given at this time. The meeting will be done by 2:55pm. All boys in grades 7-12 are eligible to tryout. 

Keely Kurschner Digs Volleyball

Good morning Hill-Murray – it’s your Hill Murray volleyball Captains Alyssa Isackson and Emma Lienemann. Our other captain Keely Kurschner recently became Hill-Murray Volleyballs all-time leader in digs. The previous record was 1,035 and Keely currently sits at 1,052. Keely is an outstanding player and a huge asset to our team. Thanks for all the work you have put in the last four years.  Congrats Keely. Roll pios! 

Cell Phones

This announcement is for all Middle School students. You are not allowed to have your phones on during the school day. They need to be off and put away! This includes advisory and WIN time. Teachers have been instructed to take your phone if you have it out. See Mrs. Barbato if you have any questions. 

Survey

Hi class of 2023. there is a survey in your email from Mrs. Bates. If you could please fill it out it would be greatly appreciated! The survey will be open till friday so if you could all please fill it in before then.


November 10

21-22 Hill-Murray Scholarship

Hill-Murray scholarship applications are now available for the 21-22 academic year. 

Scholarship procedures are going to be new and improved for this year! 

All scholarship information can be found online only this year on the Tuition Assistance page of the Hill-Murray website under the Scholarships heading.

Scholarships are broken down into Need-Based and Non-Need Based Scholarships categories.  Those families who complete the TADS application for tuition assistance by the January 15th deadline, and qualify to receive a tuition assistance award, will automatically be considered for the Need Based Scholarships. There is no additional application to fill out for these scholarships beyond the TADS application. However, If a student is chosen for one of these scholarships, they will then need to submit an essay, thank you, and student profile information in order to accept and receive the award.  

Any student, regardless of whether their family fills out the TADS application, can apply for the Non-Need Based Scholarships. The application for these scholarships can be found and completed online. The application can be found on the Tuition Assistance page under the Scholarships heading. 

If you have any questions about this new process please contact Mrs. O’Gary or Mrs. Bates. Completed applications are due by Friday, Jan 15th.

Don’t delay! Get started on your application today! 

12th Grade Retreat

Attention for all seniors:

Your 12the grade retreat is this Friday and you are expected to be there. 

Please make sure to sign up with your advisor for both WIN sessions Friday.

Distance Learning Attendance

Thank you to all the students who checked in with their 1st and 2nd period teachers on Thursday and Friday during distance learning. 

This will be the process for daily attendance everyday during distance learning. 

PLEASE make sure you know the process!


November 9

Boys Hockey Meeting

All boys interested in trying out for hockey must attend a short meeting, Wednesday, November 11th at 2:30pm in Hill-Murray School Auditorium. All tryout information will be given at this time. The meeting will be done by 2:55pm. All boys in grades 7-12 are eligible to tryout. 

12th Grade Retreat


Attention for all seniors:
Your 12the grade retreat is this Friday and you are expected to be there. 

Please make sure to sign up with your advisor for both WIN sessions Friday.

Distance Learning Attendance

Thank you to all the students who checked in with their 1st and 2nd period teachers on Thursday and Friday during distance learning. 

This will be the process for daily attendance everyday during distance learning. 

PLEASE make sure you know the process!


November 3

21-22 Hill-Murray Scholarship

Hill-Murray scholarship applications are now available for the 21-22 academic year. 

Scholarship procedures are going to be new and improved for this year! 

All scholarship information can be found online only this year on the Tuition Assistance page of the Hill-Murray website under the Scholarships heading.

Scholarships are broken down into Need-Based and Non-Need Based Scholarships categories.  Those families who complete the TADS application for tuition assistance by the January 15th deadline, and qualify to receive a tuition assistance award, will automatically be considered for the Need Based Scholarships. There is no additional application to fill out for these scholarships beyond the TADS application. However, If a student is chosen for one of these scholarships, they will then need to submit an essay, thank you, and student profile information in order to accept and receive the award.  

Any student, regardless of whether their family fills out the TADS application, can apply for the Non-Need Based Scholarships. The application for these scholarships can be found and completed online. The application can be found on the Tuition Assistance page under the Scholarships heading. 

If you have any questions about this new process please contact Mrs. O’Gary or Mrs. Bates. Completed applications are due by Friday, Jan 15th.

Don’t delay! Get started on your application today! 

Attention All Students

Please see your counselor if you wish to make any changes to your second semester schedule.  A reminder that teacher requests and hour changes will not be honored.  The deadline to make changes for second semester is Friday, December 18.

Cafeteria News

The Cafe will not be open before school on Wednesday.

Thank you

All Saints Prayer Service

Today we will have our All Saints prayer services together celebrating the Saints who touch our lives and show us the way to holiness.  You are to report to your Advisory before your Prayer Service for attendance and then you’ll proceed to your prayer service sitting with your advisory. Again, report to Advisory and then you will proceed to your Prayer Service all together to sit in your assigned spot.

WIN A at 12:28  11th grade goes to the Varsity Gym & 12 Grade goes to the Auditorium
WIN B at 1:10   10th grade goes to the Auditorium & 9th grade goes to the Varsity Gym
WIN C at 1:51  6 & 7th grades go to the Auditorium & 8th grade goes to the Varsity gym


November 2

Attention All Students

Please see your counselor if you wish to make any changes to your second-semester schedule.  A reminder that teacher requests and hour changes will not be honored.  The deadline to make changes for second semester is Friday, December 18.

Peer Ministry

Hey Pioneers, this is Elliot Henrichs from Peer Ministry. As you know we recently did a Frontline Worker Appreciation Drive. The advisory who brought in the most money was Mr. Hoaglund’s. They will receive donuts as a thank you. We will bring the donuts in next week. We raised $1,000 for Caribou gift cards for all the workers. 

Students, the entire school is represented in this Peer Ministry project because we hope to bring a smile and appreciation to our front line workers. Please remember to pray for those suffering from Covid and those who are caring for those Covid patients.  Good job Pioneers. 

Adoration

Need a little extra prayer boost today?

There is Adoration in our chapel throughout the day ending with Benediction and a School blessing at 2:30 pm.

You are invited to take some special time with the Lord for prayer and reflection.

See a Campus Minister if you have any questions.

Pumpkin Decorating Contest

Good Morning Pioneers, this is Thiago Jaime with DECA.  Congratulations to the following winners of our pumpkin decorating contest:

Funniest – Bridget Blaney
Spookiest – Jonathan Wilkinson and Lucy Wohlers
Most Creative – Natalie Humbert and Kara Rowan
Best Staff pumpkin – Ms. Sabraski

If you name was announced, please stop by room 120 to receive your gift card.  Thank you to everyone who participated.  Please check your emails to see all our entries.

Cafeteria News

The Cafe will not be open before school on Wednesday.

Thank you


October 30

NHS Applications

Juniors, the due date for NHS applications will be extended to Nov 13th.  Eligible students will have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 at the end of this semester and will have 30 hours OR 15 service experiences at the beginning of spring semester.  Please contact Ms. Bourget with questions about applications.

CARE

Hey Pioneers, this is Nico Lara and Thiago Jaime with CARE.

We hope you enjoyed Red Ribbon Week this week, and we hope we have inspired you to make smart, and healthy choices when it comes to drugs and alcohol. 

Today, we will be passing out bracelets, and other goodies in the hallways. Be on the look out for a CARE member to get your freebies!

Thanks for participating this week, and have a great weekend!

Yearbook

Good morning-
I’m Delaney Fabian and I’m Ellie Wagner and we’re senior members of the Hill-Murray yearbook staff.
We wanted to remind all seniors that it is now 2 weeks until your senior items are due for the 2021 yearbook.
These include 3 pictures- your senior portrait, a baby picture, and our all-new personality picture where you get a chance to show off what makes you “you” for the yearbook.
Also, there are two written pieces- a farewell letter from your parents talking about how great you are and your senior wall- a chance to say your ambition, your quote, and share all the memories that you’ve had with your friends over your time at HM.
These are all due by November 13th through the yearbook Google Classroom. See Mr. Pults in room 119 if you have questions.
Thanks for helping the 2021 Omega yearbook the best one yet. 

Halloween Costumes

Hello Pioneers and happy Halloween! Remember to submit a picture of your costume to the Student council Instagram or ask a student council member to take your photo. There will be voting on Instagram and there are prizes for best middle school, Scariest costume, best duo, and best group, and most creative. Winners will be announced Monday! Have a great day and an awesome weekend!!


October 29

NHS Members

NHS members, this Friday we will have another speaker in our leadership speaker series!  Major Mitchell Johnson of the US Air Force will be speaking on responsible and ethical leadership.  Please sign up for Ms. Bourget’s WIN B this Friday.  We will be in the LMC.

NHS Applications

Juniors, the due date for NHS applications will be extended to Nov 13th.  Eligible students will have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 at the end of this semester and will have 30 hours OR 15 service experiences at the beginning of spring semester.  Please contact Ms. Bourget with questions about applications.

Student ID’s

This announcement is for students who had picture retakes.  Your student ID’s are available in the Office of Student Life.  Please stop by before or after school to get it. 

Students Drivers

Please remember that there is student parking also available on the East side of the school past the tennis courts.

If the West lot is full, you must go to the East side for parking! Please do not make your own parking spots or park in the front of the school.

Also a reminder- the first 2 rows in the west lot are for Senior parking only!

CARE

Good Morning Pioneers, this is Thiago Jaime, a leader for CARE. 

We hope you enjoyed the Grim Reaper and Angel of Recovery yesterday. Thank you to everyone who participated and helped out. 

Did you know that approximately 2,200 individuals in the US die each year due to alcohol poisoning? This comes out to an average of six people a day. Don’t become a statistic. Drinking and driving is not worth the risk to yourself and innocent bystanders. And remember, if you or someone you know is struggling with addiction, reach out to a trusted adult for help. 

Have a great day Pioneers!


October 28

Wednesday, November 4th

On Wednesday, November 4th Hill-Murray will hold a FLEX day. This day’s schedule is intended to be flexible for students in need of support. Students will be informed if they need to attend school on this day based on the grade check that will be completed on October 29th at 8:00 A.M. or based on a recommendation from a teacher.  Any student that has earned a grade below a C- at the time of the Grade Check will be expected to attend school on November 4.  All families will be informed by October 30th at 9:00 A.M. if they need to attend on the 4th of November. Students that do not receive an email informing them that they need to attend on the 4th of November should use the time to study, work ahead or review material from their classes. We will use the early dismissal days on November 5 and 6, to practice our asynchronous, on-line learning system going into the winter. Students should check in for attendance at 7:55 A.M. in their 1st hour on Thursday and 2nd hour on Friday.

NHS Members

NHS members, this Friday we will have another speaker in our leadership speaker series!  Major Mitchell Johnson of the US Air Force will be speaking on responsible and ethical leadership.  Please sign up for Ms. Bourget’s WIN B this Friday.  We will be in the LMC.

NHS Applications

Juniors, the due date for NHS applications will be extended to Nov 13th.  Eligible students will have a cumulative GPA of 3.5 at the end of this semester and will have 30 hours OR 15 service experiences at the beginning of spring semester.  Please contact Ms. Bourget with questions about applications.

Students Visiting

Today we welcome the following students visiting in 9th grade:

Bauer Houge visiting with Joseph Luger
Liam Johnson-Grass visiting with Jacob Dinzeo
Alison Droel visiting with Lauren Lobanoff
Grace Donovan visiting with Lucy Blaney
Cullen Ingebritsen visiting with Lucas Mann
Rylan Donovan visiting with Ben Miller
David Rozek visiting with Max Johnson
Logan Hensler visiting with Andrew Lane

Welcome to Hill-Murray and have an awesome day!

Red Ribbon Week

Good Morning Pioneers. This is Lauren Oberle and Abby Smith with CARE. 

As you know, this week we are celebrating Red Ribbon Week, which is a nationally recognized event to bring awareness to the negative effects of drug and alcohol use and abuse. 

Today, the Grim Reaper will be visiting random classrooms…..The Grim Reaper represents the tragic effects that drugs and alcohol can have on someone. When the Grim Reaper claims the life of a student, that student will wear a black t-shirt, with the reason for their passing, and they are asked to not speak the rest of the day. This is an impactful reminder of how important it is to make healthy and smart choices.

New this year, the Angel of Recovery will also be visiting classrooms, and students will be chosen to recover from addiction. There is help available and recovery is possible. If you, or someone you know, is struggling with addiction, please reach out to a trusted adult for help. 

CARE wants each of you to know that you are important, and you are loved. Have a great day, Pioneers.


October 27

Aquaponics Announcement:

Aquaponics is back and we need you!  There will be an informational meeting tomorrow Wednesday, October 28, in the LMC.  New this year we will have both a High School and a Middle School Club.  Check your email for the informational flyer that was sent out or pick one up from the door of the Aquaponics room – 039. Registration closes on October 30th. If you have any questions, contact Ms. Smith or Mrs. Babich.

Student Innovation Grant Announcement:

The Student Innovation Grant program seeks student project proposals for the 2020–21 school year from all Hill-Murray High School Students. Student Innovation Grants are mini grants designed to help students by providing additional opportunities for them to prepare for college, career, and beyond. Individuals or teams who have ideas for projects they’d like to pursue and aren’t afraid of doing a little work can apply for “Innovation Grants” of between $500-$1000 to fund their idea. Application packets are available in the LMC and are due by Nov. 10th. Contact Ms. Smith with questions.

Wednesday, November 4th

On Wednesday, November 4th Hill-Murray will hold a FLEX day. This day’s schedule is intended to be flexible for students in need of support. Students will be informed if they need to attend school on this day based on the grade check that will be completed on October 29th at 8:00 A.M. or based on a recommendation from a teacher.  Any student that has earned a grade below a C- at the time of the Grade Check will be expected to attend school on November 4.  All families will be informed by October 30th at 9:00 A.M. if they need to attend on the 4th of November. Students that do not receive an email informing them that they need to attend on the 4th of November should use the time to study, work ahead or review material from their classes. We will use the early dismissal days on November 5 and 6, to practice our asynchronous, on-line learning system going into the winter. Students should check in for attendance at 7:55 A.M. in their 1st hour on Thursday and 2nd hour on Friday.

Care Announcement

Jared: Good morning pioneers my name is Jared Jensen here with Matt Fly and Leo Gruba. We are apart of C.A.R.E.
The C.A.R.E. group will be holding a WIN session today and Thursday in the Commons with Red Ribbon Week activities. Sign up to join in on the fun- there will be opportunities to win prizes and gift cards!
And reminder…the Grim Reaper will be showing up tomorrow…
Fly:  As you may know, this week we are spreading awareness about problems in our society like alcohol and drug abuse. 
Leo: Did you know alcohol is involved in 42% of all fatal car crashes?
Costing the U.S. approximately 51 billion dollars each year?
Fly: Make sure you never drive while intoxicated, or get in a car with somebody who has been drinking as you are risking both your life and the people around you. 
Jared: *sound effect

Have a great day, Pioneers!

Pumpkin Painting

Hey Pioneers!
This is just a reminder that the mini pumpkin painting is today during WIN A. You can sign up under Mr. Ballentine. It will take place in the cafeteria. 

And don’t forget you can purchase candy grams before and after school both today and tomorrow! The cost is one dollar. You can send them to a friend or get one for yourself.

Have a great day.

Peer Tutors

Have you ever needed help with an assignment but your teacher’s WIN was full? Come to the Nicholas Center and receive help from the Peer Tutors! Spanish, math, biology, history, it doesn’t matter, we are here for you!

Sessions are available TODAY in Mrs. Herzog’s WIN!


October 26

Pumpkin Decoration Contest

Good Morning Pioneers, this is Thiago Jaime, one of your DECA Officers.  This is just a reminder that all students in grades 6-12, and all faculty and staff, are encouraged to enter our pumpkin decorating contest for a chance to win a gift card.  Just submit a photo of your decorated pumpkin by midnight on Halloween.  Check your email for more information, and have fun decorating those pumpkins!

Aquaponics Announcement:

Aquaponics is back and we need you!  There will be an informational meeting next Wednesday, Oct. 28, in the LMC.  New this year we will have both a High School and a Middle School Club.  Check your email for the informational flyer that was sent out or pick one up from the door of the Aquaponics room – 039. Registration closes on Oct. 30th. If you have any questions, contact Ms. Smith or Mrs. Babich.

Student Innovation Grant Announcement:

The Student Innovation Grant program seeks student project proposals for the 2020–21 school year from all Hill-Murray High School Students. Student Innovation Grants are mini grants designed to help students by providing additional opportunities for them to prepare for college, career, and beyond. Individuals or teams who have ideas for projects they’d like to pursue and aren’t afraid of doing a little work can apply for “Innovation Grants” of between $500-$1000 to fund their idea. Application packets are available in the LMC and are due by Nov. 10th. Contact Ms. Smith with questions.

Swim and Dive Team

Congratulations on a fantastic season to the Girl’s Swim and Dive Team. Ave Johnson kickstarted section finals with a record breaking 3rd place finish for diving and the swimmers swam their hearts out earning seasonal bests across the board. They should be proud of all their hard work and how well they represented Hill-Murray.

This is a reminder that equipment turn in will be after school today in Coach Lewis’s room (211). See Coach Lewis with any questions!”

Student Council News

Hey Pioneers!

Halloween is this Friday and Student Council has created some fun activities this week to celebrate!

First, we are going to sell caramel apple candy grams today, tomorrow, and Wednesday before and after school for $1 each. You can purchase these and send them to your friends or buy one for yourself!

Second, there will be a mini pumpkin painting WIN Timeon Tuesday! You can submit your final creation to the DECA pumpkin contest if you would like. 

Next, we are going to have a scary movie during WIN Time on Friday! You can sign up under Mr. Pults. 

Finally, this week could not be complete without a costume contest! On Friday, you are able to be out of uniform in either orange and black or a Halloween costume. We will give out awards for best group, dynamic duo, best middle school, funniest costume, most creative, and best teacher. 

If you have any questions you can email the Student Council Executive Board or Mr. Ballentine. 

Thank you and have a great day!

CARE

Good Morning Pioneers! 

This is Liz Lafeber and Ella Netland, two leaders from CARE. 

Ella-Today, we are kicking off Red Ribbon Week, which is a nationally recognized week to bring awareness to the harmful effects of drug and alcohol use and abuse. Each morning we will be doing announcements with trivia for prizes. We will have WIN time activities going on in the Commons on Tuesday and Thursday, so be sure to sign up if you’d like to participate! And, on Wednesday, be prepared, the Grim Reaper will be visiting classrooms!

Liz- Time for some trivia! Alcohol and drug addiction cost the US economy over how much money per year?

A. $1 million dollars
B. $600 billion dollars
C. $100,00 dollars

The question again is: 
Alcohol and drug addiction cost the US economy over how much per year?

A. $1 million dollars
B. $600 billion dollars
C. $100,00 dollars

Drop by Mrs. Gist’s office to submit your answer. One lucky winner will receive a gift card to Chipotle, and the winner will be announced tomorrow morning. 

Have a great day Pioneers

Boys Soccer

Congratulations to our Pioneer Boys soccer team on an outstanding season.  Our boys finished runner up in the section and for the second year in a row were the Metro East conference champs.  Congratulations to our Pioneer Girls Soccer team on capturing the 2020 Section 4A Championship with a tremendous win over three-time defending state champion Mahtomedi.  Thank you to both our soccer teams for representing Hill-Murray with class and excellence on and off the field.  We are incredibly proud of all of you!!!  Congrats on outstanding seasons!!!!


October 23

11th Grade Retreat

11th graders are reminded that your retreat is today after period 6.  You will report to your advisory after period 6 and then proceed to the Auditorium and sit with your advisory teacher. 

Athletic Announcements

Congrats to Hill-Murray diver Ava Johnson on her performance at the Section Dive championships.  Ava broke the 11 dive record and placed 3rd overall.  That finish would have advanced her to the state meet (if we had a state meet).  Congratulations Ava!!!!!

Congrats to the Hill-Murray boys and girls soccer teams on their wins yesterday in the section semi-finals.  Good luck to both teams tomorrow as they try to capture the section championship!!!!

Finally, good luck to the Girls Swimmers as they compete today in the Section 4A championships!!  Be fast!!!!!

WIN B Today

Attention students! Today during WIN B, Jearlyn Steele is back for another listening session. In addition, President-Elect Melissa Dan will be joining to share what work Hill-Murray is doing to live up to our Catholic Social Teachings and our new initiative, Dignity for All. If you are interested in being a leader in student advocacy and the future of our community, please sign up to attend under Mr. Ballentine’s name. The listening session takes place in Mrs. Babich’s room. Thank you!


October 22

Jearlyn Steele

Jearlyn Steele will be joining us once again for a listening session on Friday the 23rd at 1:30. Please sign up for this WIN time under Mr. Ballentine and the meeting will be located in room 033.

Senior Panoramic Photo

Attention Seniors, if you are interested in ordering a Senior Panoramic photo, please submit your order form and payment to Ms. Gist by Friday. Don’t miss out on this special keepsake from your senior year!

Wednesday, November 4th

On Wednesday, November 4th Hill-Murray will hold a FLEX day. This day’s schedule is intended to be flexible for students in need of support. Students will be informed if they need to attend school on this day based on the grade check that will be completed on October 29th at 8:00 A.M. or based on a recommendation from a teacher.  Any student that has earned a grade below a C- at the time of the Grade Check will be expected to attend school on November 4.  All families will be informed by October 30th at 9:00 A.M. if they need to attend on the 4th of November. Students that do not receive an email informing them that they need to attend on the 4th of November should use the time to study, work ahead or review material from their classes. We will use the early dismissal days on November 5 and 6, to practice our asynchronous, on-line learning system going into the winter. Students should check in for attendance at 7:55 A.M. in their 1st hour on Thursday and 2nd hour on Friday.

WEB Leaders

All WEB leaders need to go into the WEB google classroom page and indicate on the form if you bought a shirt this year or used one from last year. Do this right now. Thank you. 

11th Grade Retreat

Attention all 11th graders.  Tomorrow you will be on retreat after your classes.  You are out of uniform and should dress comfortably: tennis shoes, T-shirts, etc. as you will be moving around.  You will go to class for 2, 4, & 6 then report to Advisory to check in.  You will then proceed to the Auditorium with your advisory teacher & class.  The retreat will run until the end of the school day.  See Mr. Ranweiler in Campus Ministry if you have any questions.

Peer Tutors

Have you ever needed help with an assignment but your teacher’s WIN was full? Come to the Nicholas Center and receive help from the Peer Tutors! Spanish, math, biology, history, it doesn’t matter, we are here for you!

Sessions are available TODAY in Mrs. Herzog’s WIN!

Future Leader Students

Attention all 9th-grade Future Leader Students: your meeting for WIN time today has been canceled and moved to next Thursday, October 29th. Please pick another WIN for today.

October 21

Sainted at Hill-Murray

“Attention All Students – Have you been positively impacted by another student?  Did you witness a classmate help another student out?  If so, what better way to celebrate and thank those individuals than by recognizing them in our weekly “Sainted at Hill-Murray” page.  All you have to do is share your “sainted story” to sainted@hill-murray.org – remember, all submissions will remain anonymous!”

Senior Panoramic Photo

Attention Seniors, if you are interested in ordering a Senior Panoramic photo, please submit your order form and payment to Ms. Gist by Friday. Don’t miss out on this special keepsake from your senior year!

Lunch Offerings

The cafe has new lunch offerings for the box lunches.  New hot sandwiches and items for the box lunes.  Also offering H-M Power packs.  You can see the menu on the Hill-Murray website.  Remember orders for the following week are due by noon on Thursday.  

Jearlyn Steele

Jearlyn Steele will be joining us once again for a listening session on Friday the 23rd at 1:30. Please sign up for this WIN time under Mr. Ballentine and the meeting will be located in room 033.

Wednesday, November 4th

On Wednesday, November 4th Hill-Murray will hold a FLEX day. This day’s schedule is intended to be flexible for students in need of support. Students will be informed if they need to attend school on this day based on the grade check that will be completed on October 29th at 8:00 A.M. or based on a recommendation from a teacher.  Any student that has earned a grade below a C- at the time of the Grade Check will be expected to attend school on November 4.  All families will be informed by October 30th at 9:00 A.M. if they need to attend on the 4th of November. Students that do not receive an email informing them that they need to attend on the 4th of November should use the time to study, work ahead or review material from their classes. We will use the early dismissal days on November 5 and 6, to practice our asynchronous, on-line learning system going into the winter. Students should check-in for attendance at 7:55 A.M. in their 1st hour on Thursday and 2nd hour on Friday.

Video Game Design Club

Interested in making your own video games? The Video Game Design Club will meet this Tomorrow after school near HMIT.


October 20

Sainted at Hill-Murray

“Attention All Students – Have you been positively impacted by another student?  Did you witness a classmate help another student out?  If so, what better way to celebrate and thank those individuals than by recognizing them in our weekly “Sainted at Hill-Murray” page.  All you have to do is share your “sainted story” to sainted@hill-murray.org – remember, all submissions will remain anonymous!”

SST

Attention Juniors Graders-

During Win time this Friday you have your 11th grade retreat.

Please sign- up on SST for both Win times with your advisory teacher.

Senior Panoramic Photo

Attention Seniors, if you are interested in ordering a Senior Panoramic photo, please submit your order form and payment to Ms. Gist by Friday. Don’t miss out on this special keepsake from your senior year!

Lunch Offerings

The cafe has new lunch offerings for the box lunches.  New hot sandwiches and  items for the box lunes.  Also offering H-M Power packs.  You can see the menu on the Hill-Murray website.  Remember orders for the following week are due by noon on Thursday.  

Video Game Design Club

Interested in making your own video games? The Video Game Design Club will meet this Thursday after school near HMIT.

Peer Tutors

Peer Tutors are available during WIN time today and Thursday. If you are interested, please sign up in Student Support Time to secure your spot. 

If you have questions, please email Mrs. Herzog or stop down to room 051 to check it out!

November 4th

On Wednesday, November 4th Hill-Murray will hold a FLEX day. This day’s schedule is intended to be flexible for students in need of support. Students will be informed if they need to attend school on this day based on the grade check that will be completed on October 29th at 8:00 A.M. or based on a recommendation from a teacher.  Any student that has earned a grade below a C- at the time of the Grade Check will be expected to attend school on November 4.  All families will be informed by October 30th at 9:00 A.M. if they need to attend on the 4th of November. Students that do not receive an email informing them that they need to attend on the 4th of November should use the time to study, work ahead, or review material from their classes. We will use the early dismissal days on November 5 and 6, to practice our asynchronous, on-line learning system going into the winter. Students should check-in for attendance at 7:55 A.M. in their 1st hour on Thursday and 2nd hour on Friday.

Jearlyn Steele

Jearlyn Steele will be joining us once again for a listening session on Friday the 23rd at 1:30. Please sign up for this WIN time under Mr. Ballentine and the meeting will be located in the LMC.


October 19

No morning announcements today.


October 9

10th Grade Retreat

10th graders are reminded that your retreat is today after period 6.  You will report to your advisory after period 6 and then proceed to the Auditorium and sit with your advisory teacher. 

Cross Country 

Please show your support for the Hill-Murray Cross Country team who will be running their Conference Championship Meet this Saturday, and Sections Meet next Wednesday.  Runner Vivian Gacek will be looking to finish first place and to break the school 5K record for the 5th time this season.  Congratulations Vivian and good luck runners!

Future Leader Students

Attention all 9th-grade Future Leader Students. Please check your e-mail and complete your homework assignment over the break.

DECA Pumpkins

Good Morning Pioneers, this is Thiago Jaime, one of your DECA Officers.

Do you enjoy carving and decorating pumpkins for Halloween?  We have the contest for you! 

ALL 6th – 12th grade students are invited to enter DECA’s pumpkin decorating contest.  Simply decorate a pumpkin at home and submit a photo.  The contest begins today and ends at midnight on October 31st.   Students do NOT need to be in DECA to participate.

 Gift cards will be given for the best pumpkins in each of the following categories: Spookiest, Funniest, and Most Creative

Please check you email for more information.

Career Development Week

Also, Today is the final day of career development week, and today’s theme is your future!

  • Check your email for more information regarding this and to fill out the post-week survey.
  • Yesterday’s trivia answer was that the most common college major is business management and administration. The winner is Maddy Lindholm. Stop by room 120 to claim your prize. 
  • Thanks for a great week, Pioneers!

Locker Signs

Students, If there are any locker signs or post-its you want to save, do so after first hour today. We will be taking all signage that is not located on pinboards down to prepare for deep cleaning of the building over the fall break! 

Mental Health Week

Hello pioneers! Thank you for your participation in Mental Health Week! We hope you have enjoyed the fun activities and learned something new. There are graphics posted on the Instagram displaying the results of our school-wide Mental Health surveys, so make sure to check them out. Also, those who bought a Mental Health Week tee-shirt are out of uniform, so make sure to thank Anna Schafhauser for designing the shirts! Thank you for your participation in Mental Health Week and Have a great MEA break!!

Middle School Cabaret

The middle school cabaret performs tonight and tomorrow at 7pm! Tickets are free but please register for your ticket via the link in your email from Mr. Ballentine!


October 8

DECA Registration

Today is the deadline to register for DECA.  Registration forms need to be submitted to Mrs. Donnelly in room 120 by 2:30pm today.

10th Grade Retreat

Attention all 10th graders.  Tomorrow you will be on retreat after your classes.  You are out of uniform and should dress comfortably: tennis shoes, T-shirts, etc. as you will be moving around.  You will go to class for 2, 4, & 6 then report to Advisory to check in.  You will then proceed to the Auditorium with your advisory teacher & class.  The retreat will run until the end of the school day.  See Mr. Ranweiler in Campus Ministry if you have any questions.

Middle School Beatles Cabaret

The middle school Beatles cabaret performs this Friday and Saturday night at 7pm! Please come and support our talented middle school students as they sing some great pop music! The show runs under an hour and tickets are free, but you must register for them in advance! Thank you!

Yearbook

The Hill-Murray yearbook staff is looking to put you in the 2021 yearbook. We are looking for photos of fun and interesting things that you did over this past summer. Please send pictures to Mr. Pults by replying to the email that he sent to all students this morning. Thanks for your help in making the yearbook great. 

Register to Vote

Hello students that will be 18 and eligible to vote on Nov. 3rd! While you can register at the polls on voting day in Minnesota and Wisconsin, the deadline for registering in advance is next week. Oct. 13th for Minnesota and Oct. 14th for Wisconsin. Staff members will be on the patio today at the beginning of WIN and after school if you need help registering online. All you need is your MN ID or the last 4 digits of your social security number. Stop by if you still need to register to participate in your civic duty! Thank you!

Mental Health Week

Hey Pioneers! It’s Sam Lavine from student council here to give you an update on Mental Health Week! If you ordered a Mental Health Week shirt you will be able to pick them up at the cafeteria after school, so make sure to grab yours! Staff Members – please remember to bring your $15 when picking up your shirt. Student shirts have all been charged to TADS under Student Council. Also, there is a meditation WIN time available in the varsity gym today, so remember to sign up right away if you’re interested.  Finally, your Mental Health fact for today is: Adolescents with mental health conditions are in turn particularly vulnerable to social exclusion, discrimination, stigma (affecting readiness to seek help), educational difficulties, risk-taking behaviours, physical ill-health and human rights violations. Thanks and have a great day! 

Career Development Week

  • Hey, Pioneers! Today’s theme for career development week is: choosing a career.
  • Check your email with more information about tips about choosing your future career.
  • Yesterday’s trivia answer was 80% of college students change their major at least once. The winner is Thomas Morrison. Stop by room 120 to claim your prize. 
  • Today’s trivia question is: What is the most common college major? Repeat: What is the most common college major? Check your email for the google form to respond to this question for a chance to win a gift card!

Video Game Design Club

“interested in making your own video games? See Mr. H at HMIT to sign up for the Video Game Design Club”


October 7

Boys Basketball

Attention all boys in grades 9-12 who are interested in playing basketball this season.  There will be a mandatory informational meeting right after school on Wednesday at 2:45 pm in the fieldhouse.  If you are unable to attend please see Coach Franz in Room 124 or contact Coach Wadie.  Thank you!!

DECA Registration

This is a message for all high school students interested in joining DECA this year.  The deadline to turn in DECA registration forms is tomorrow – Thursday, October 8.  Forms should be turned in to the DECA bin in room 120.

CARE

Good Morning Pioneers,

This is Maria Maurer, one of the leaders for CARE. 

Did you know that the CARE group currently has over 80 students signed up and participating? Come see why CARE is one of the best groups on campus, and join us for our meeting tomorrow morning at 7:15 a.m. in the Auditorium. We will be planning our annual Red Ribbon Week, which focuses on drug and alcohol awareness, making healthy choices, and of course, the Grim Reaper. If you can’t join the meeting in person, but still want to participate, send Mrs. Gist or Mrs. Illgen an email!

We hope to see you tomorrow at 7:15 a.m. in the Auditorium! Have a great day, Pioneers!

Visiting Hill-Murray Today

Today we welcome Makena McCord visiting with Selena Hernandez, and Avery Rossow visiting with Claire Rubischko both in 9th grade.  Welcome to Hill-Murray and have a great day!

Career Development Week

  • Hey Pioneers! Today’s theme for career development week is: maximizing college! 
  • Check your email with more information regarding creating connections in college, finding your passions, and preparing for a career! 
  • Yesterday’s trivia answer – Stanford is the college with the lowest acceptance rate, and the winner is Liv Ondrusik
  • Today’s trivia question is: About what percent of US college students change their major at least once? Check your email for the google form to respond to this question for a chance to win a gift card!

Candy Grams

Hello pios! It’s Mayowa Sikiru from student council here to tell you that the candy grams you have purchased over the past 2 days will be passed out in your first-hour class today! Enjoy and remember to check out the student council Instagram to see a special student takeover! Also, there will be a mediation available tomorrow during WIN in the varsity gym so make sure to sign up if you’re interested. Today’s mental health fact is: Did you know that 50% of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14 and 75% by age 24. Thanks and enjoy the rest of your Wednesday.

Breaking a Record

“Congratulations to sophomore Ava Johnson for breaking the Hill-Murray 6 Dive scoring record by over 14 points last night at the meet against Tartan. If you see Ava in the halls be sure to congratulate her for her amazing achievement!”

Outdoor Movie Tonight

Attention Middle schoolers and freshman….remember that the outdoor movie is happening today from 7 to 9 PM out on the stadium field. Bring blankets, wear your mask, and dress for the weather! Can’t wait to see you there!


October 6

Attention 10th Graders

During Win time this Friday you have your 10th grade retreat.

Please sign- up on SST for both Win times with your advisory teacher.

Boys Basketball

Attention all boys in grades 9-12 who are interested in playing basketball this season.  There will be a mandatory informational meeting right after school on Wednesday at 2:45 pm in the fieldhouse.  If you are unable to attend please see Coach Franz in Room 124 or contact Coach Wadie.  Thank you!!

Outdoor Movie

Hey Middle Schooler and Freshmen,

Remember that Outdoor Movie is happening on Wednesday Oct. 7th from 7-9 pm outside on the Field. We will be watching the movie The Sandlot. However, it may be a little chilly, so please bring blankets, wear your masks and please dress warm!! Mr. Chapman sent out the sign up sheet—you need to be signed up by noon on Wednesday to reserve your spot! If you have questions—please talk to Mr. Chapman or Ms. Fandrich

Online Voter Registration

Attention students who are or will be 18 years of age on Election Day. This Thursday and Friday during WIN and after school, we will have ONLINE VOTER REGISTRATION tables to make sure you are ready exercise your civic duty to vote on November 3rd. You’ll need an email address and your driver’s license or identification card number or the last four digits of your social security number. While you can register at the polls on Election Day in both Wisconsin and Minnesota, advance voter registration is due October 14th in Wisconsin and October 13th in Minnesota. Get registered this week and make sure you have a plan to vote on Tuesday, November 3rd!

Career Development Week

  • Hey Pioneers! As you know, this week is Career Development week. Today’s theme is: College Prep! 
  • Check your email with more information regarding college applications, acceptance, fun facts, and more. 

Today’s trivia question is: What United States college has the lowest acceptance rate at 4.8%?

Check your email for the google form to respond to this question for a chance to win a gift card!

* Yesterday’s winner is Anthony Endthoff.  Please stop into room 120 to receive your gift card.

Hill-Murray Give Day

Today is our annual HM Give Day!  The first $60,000 will be matched dollar for dollar so remind everyone you see today to donate now to double the impact of their gifts.  All donations provide funding for things like classroom supplies, bussing and uniforms for teams, tuition assistance and even campus retreats.  Help us spread the word today by sharing our posts on Facebook and Instagram!


October 5

Math Team

This is a reminder for Middle School Students interested in joining the Math Team – Mrs. Sabraski is looking forward to seeing you after school TODAY in room 027. Bring a friend! Hope to see you there!

DECA

  • Abby: Hey Pioneers! This is Anna Schafhauser and Abby Smith, and we’re two of your DECA officers this year. 
  • Anna: This week is career development week. Look out for some fun activities on developing your career, maximizing high school, and creating your dream future! 
  • Abby: Make sure you check your email today, and everyday for updates, activities, and creating your dream future! 
  • Anna: Today’s topic is Maximizing high school. 
  • Abby: Today’s trivia question is: What is one way you can maximize your high school experience? Repeat: What is one way you can maximize your high school experience? Correct answers will be entered into a drawing for a gift card! Submit your answer to the google form in your email. 
  • Anna: Check your email for the google form and more fun links to check out!

Video Game Design or Dungeons and Dragons Clubs

Those interested in the Video Game Design Club or the Dungeons and Dragons club can sign up at HMIT in the cafeteria.”

Attention 10th Graders

During Win time this Friday you have your 10th grade retreat.

Please sign- up on SST for both Win times with your advisory teacher.

The Middle School Cabaret

The Middle School Cabaret featuring the music of THE BEATLES is this Friday and Saturday at 7pm! Come hear some of the best pop music there is! The Beatles were heavily influenced by Elvis Presley and Chuck Berry, who was one of the pioneers of rock and roll music. While Elvis usually received the credit for being the “King of Rock n’ Roll,” he actually performed Chuck Berry songs and even stole “Hound Dog” from black female blues singer named Big Mama Thorton. Please come check out our talented group of middle school students this Friday and Saturday at 7pm! Look for a ticket registration link in your email soon!

Boys Basketball

Attention all boys in grades 9-12 who are interested in playing basketball this season.  There will be a mandatory informational meeting right after school on Wednesday at 2:45 pm in the fieldhouse.  If you are unable to attend please see Coach Franz in Room 124 or contact Coach Wadie.  Thank you!!

Mental Health Week

Hello pioneers and welcome to Mental Health Week. This is junior Ashleigh Maiers. This week we wanted to educate and bring to light an issue that affects millions of teens across the globe. Especially during these strange times, it is super important to de stigmatize and educate about mental health. So for this week stay tuned for a lot of fun events and education with facts over announcements. Starting with this one: Did you know that 1 in 5 young people suffer from mental illness, thats about 20% of our population! But only 4% of our total health care budget is spent on mental health resources. Thank you for listening and make sure to follow the Student Council instagram and check your email for more Mental Health Week updates! Thank you and have a wonderful day!

Hill-Murray Give Day

Tomorrow is our annual HM Give Day.  It’s a day when our whole community comes together to support our students with funding for things like classroom supplies, bussing and uniforms for athletic teams, equipment and fees for student organizations, tuition assistance and even campus retreats.  Remind everyone you see today and tomorrow that their donations make a huge difference to our school and make sure to thank them for their support!


October 2

Hispanic Heritage Month

¡Hola, Hill-Murray!  ¡Y Feliz viernes!  This is Ann Leigh.

You probably already know that Jennifer Lopez in of Puerto Rican-American and that Pitbull is Cuban-American.  But did you know that Bruno Mars was born Peter Hernandez to a Puerto Rican father?  Or that Cardi B was born Belcalis Almánzar to a Dominican father?  Or that Selena Gomez and Demi Lovato are Mexican American?  Many of these singers bring a Latin influence to their music.  Listen for it!

Today’s trivia question is: What Mexican American singer did Jennifer Lopez portray in a movie that depicted the singer’s rise to fame and ultimately her untimely death?  I repeat

What Mexican American singer did Jennifer Lopez portray in a movie that depicted the singer’s rise to fame and ultimately her untimely death?

Yesterday’s trivia winner was Carson Jewett.  You can pick up your Chipotle gift card from Sra. Corrales.

Today is the last day to guess the candy in the Piñata in the LMC.

¡Buena suerte!

Middle School Study Hall

Beginning Monday, October 5, students in Middle School may not sign up for the study hall in the commons. Please find a new study hall or teacher to work with during WIN time.

See Mrs. Barbato if you have any questions. 

Jearlyn Stelle

Jearlyn Steele will once again join us for a listening session on Oct 2nd at 1:30 in the LMC. Please sign up for her WIN time under (Mrs. Barbato’s name). Ms. Steele is excited to hear your truth and help encourage you to find success in your life! 

In addition Ms. Steele will be joining us on;

Oct  23 in the LMC
Nov 20 in the Auditorium
Dec 3 =in the Auditorium
Dec 18 = in the Auditorium

Math League

Do you like solving problems? Do you enjoy competition? Then Math League might be for you! There will be an informational meeting after school this Monday, October 5th in room 216. If you have any questions or won’t be able to attend, you can email Mr. Fisher or stop by room 216. 

9th Grade Retreat

9th graders are reminded that your retreat is today after period 6.  You will report to your advisory after period 6 and then proceed to the Auditorium and sit with your advisory teacher.

Math Team

Attention all middle school students! Do you love math, playing mathematical games and solving puzzles? If so, Middle School Math Team is the place for you! Come to Mrs. Sabraski’s room, 027, after school on Monday, October 5 to find out what Math Team is all about. Bring a friend! Hope to see you there!

Outdoor Movie

Hey Middle Schooler and Freshmen,

Remember that Outdoor Movie from last Saturday…well it’s NOW happening this coming Wednesday Oct. 7th from 7-9 pm outside on the Field. However, it may be a little chilly, so please bring blankets, wear your masks and please dress warm!! If you have questions—please talk to Mr. Chapman or Ms. Fandrich.

LMC

The LMC will be closed during GO & WIN today. Students will not be able to pick up printing at this time.


October 1

Hispanic Heritage Month

¡Hola, estudiantes de Hill-Murray!  This is Jack Nelson.

Did you know that in most of the world, soccer is referred to as football?  While it would be an exaggeration to call soccer a religion, it certainly does have a way of bringing people together! For games big or small, you will find huge stadiums filled with face-painted, singing fans.  But you can also see residents in small rural villages gathered in front of a single television to cheer on their national team. 

Today’s trivia question is: Which Latin American country has won the most World Cup championships at five? Repeat: Which Latin American country has won the most World Cup championships at five.

If you know the answer, write it down on a small slip of paper along with your full name and your grade, then put it in one of the answer boxes. One answer box it located outside Sra. Corrales’ room (number 218 on the second floor) and another one is located outside Ms. Luna’s room (at the top on the TNC). Your guess must be received by 1:00pm today. The winner will be randomly chosen from all correct answers and will receive a Chipotle gift card.

Our winners so far this week are:

Monday: Allie DePuydt
Tuesday: Jeffrey Trageser
Wednesday: Taylor Petrich

You can pick your Chipotle gift card up from Sra. Luna.

Don’t forget to guess the amount of candy that is in the Piñata in the LMC.

¡Buena suerte!

Not All Heroes Wear Capes

Hey pioneers, our first week of the “Not All Heroes Wear Capes” cash drive has officially started! We are currently on day 4 of a 10 day fundraiser. We would really appreciate you guys to show up and donate money to support the nurses at Bethesda Hospital. Remember when you donate money to write your name and advisor on an envelope and put it in the boxes at the door by the commons and the door but the theater. The advisor that brings in the most money will get a donut party. So please participate!! Have a great day, thank you!

Jearlyn Stelle

Jearlyn Steele will once again join us for a listening session on Oct 2nd at 1:30 in the LMC. Please sign up for her WIN time under (Mrs. Barbato’s name). Ms. Steele is excited to hear your truth and help encourage you to find success in your life! 

In addition Ms. Steele will be joining us on;

Oct  23 – in the LMC
Nov 20 – in the Auditorium
Dec 3 – in the Auditorium
Dec 18 – in the Auditorium

Green Pass

This announcement is for seniors.  If you have your green pass to leave school, please go to SST and sign out.  The SST session is under my name.  This will make attendance much easier for us, so please  remember to do that each time you will be leaving and not attending WIN

Middle School Student Council

All middle school students are invited to an interest meeting for a new Middle School Student Council. We will meet in the LMC during WIN time this Thursday. Please sign up in Student Support Time under Mrs. Barbato. Bring your creative ideas to make the year even better. 

Math League

Do you like solving problems? Do you enjoy competition? Then Math League might be for you! There will be an informational meeting after school this Monday, October 5th in room 216. If you have any questions or won’t be able to attend, you can email Mr. Fisher or stop by room 216. 

9th Grade Retreat

Attention all 9th graders.  Tomorrow you will be on retreat after your classes.  You are out of uniform and should dress comfortably: tennis shoes, T-shirts, etc. as you will be moving around.  You will go to class for 2, 4, & 6 then report to Advisory to check in.  You will then proceed to the Auditorium with your advisory teacher & class.  The retreat will run until the end of the school day.  See Mr. Ranweiler in Campus Ministry if you have any questions.

Math Team

Attention all middle school students! Do you love math, playing mathematical games and solving puzzles? If so, Middle School Math Team is the place for you! Come to Mrs. Sabraski’s room, 027, after school on Monday, October 5 to find out what Math Team is all about. Bring a friend! Hope to see you there!

Peer Tutoring

Just a reminder that Peer Tutoring is available today during the second WIN time. If you are interested, please signup in Student Support Time, include the subject area you would like to work on, and a tutor will be ready to assist you when you arrive!

If you have questions, you may email Mrs. Herzog or stop by room 051 in the Nicholas Center.

Fall Play

The fall play, which is a collection of scenes from different plays, performs tonight, tomorrow and Saturday at 7pm! Please register for a ticket via the google form Mr. Ballentine has emailed out in the last few days, but will again today. 

Thank you!


September 30

Hispanic Heritage Month

¡Hola, Pioneers!  This is Brooke Menne.

Did you know that hard shelled tacos and rice filled burritos are not the typical cuisine in Mexico?  Next time you go to a Mexican restaurant, try one of these: Chilaquiles (lightly fried corn tortillas topped with green salsa, scrambled eggs, pulled chicken, cheese and sour cream), pozole (a corn soup that cooks for hours and is served with lettuce, radish, onion, lime and chiles) or elote (corn on the cob served on a stick and seasoned with salt, chile powder, lime, butter, cheese, mayonnaise and sour cream).

Today’s trivia question for a Chipotle gift card is:  What is considered the National dish of Spain?  I repeat, what is considered the National dish of Spain?

If you know the answer, write it down on a small slip of paper along with your full name and your grade, then put it in one of the answer boxes.  One answer box it located outside Sra. Corrales’ room (number 218 on the second floor) and another one is located outside Ms. Luna’s room (at the top on the TNC).  Your guess must be received by 1:00pm today.  The winner will be randomly chosen from all correct answers and will receive a Chipotle gift card.

Don’t forget to guess how many candies are in the Piñata that is in the LMC.  Guess the right amount and win the candy filled Piñata.

¡Buena suerte!

Middle School Study Hall

Beginning Monday, October 5, students in Middle School may not sign up for the study hall in the commons. Please find a new study hall or teacher to work with during WIN time.

See Mrs. Barbato if you have any questions. 

Christmas Variety Show Auditions

This year, the Christmas Variety Show Auditions are Virtual. All students have received an email with links to audition song and dance videos and an audition google form. You will create a short video and submit it via the link by Saturday night at 10pm. If you’d like help with the audition dance or song, there is a WIN time on Thursday in the theatre where you can get help from other students. All the info you need is in your email. Email or stop by and see Mr. Ballentine with any questions!

Jearlyn Steele

Jearlyn Steele will once again join us for a listening session on Oct 2nd at 1:30 in the LMC. Please sign up for her WIN time under (Mrs. Barbato’s name). Ms. Steele is excited to hear your truth and help encourage you to find success in your life! 

In addition Ms. Steele will be joining us on;

Oct  23 in the LMC

Nov 20 in the Auditorium

Dec 3 =in the Auditorium

Dec 18 = in the Auditorium

SST

This announcement is for seniors.  If you have your green pass to leave school, please go to SST and sign out.  The SST session is under my name.  This will make attendance much easier for us, so please  remember to do that each time you will be leaving and not attending WIN.

Middle School Student Council

All middle school students are invited to an interest meeting for a new Middle School Student Council. We will meet in the LMC during WIN time this Thursday. Please sign up in Student Support Time under Mrs. Barbato. Bring your creative ideas to make the year even better. 

Quiz Bowl

Attention all students in grades 7-12.  Do you enjoy fast-paced competition?  Do you love Sporcle?  Do your friends and family refuse to watch Jeopardy with you anymore because you know all the answers?  The Hill-Murray Quiz Bowl team needs YOU!  Come see what it’s all about this Thursday, October 1st, from 2:40-3:25 in Room 215.  Email Señora Head if you’re interested but can’t come to the meeting. Go HMQB!

Rocketry and Drone Information and Interest Meeting

Good Day Students!

Come to the Rocketry and Quadcopter information and interest meeting on Wednesday, Sept. 30, after school in the fieldhouse to learn more about the American Rocketry Challenge and the Quadcopter Flying Challenge.

The American Rocketry Challenge or TARC is open to all middle and high school students.  This contest gives students experience building and launching model rockets that travel hundreds of feet into the sky while keeping a single raw egg unbroken.  Qualification flights determine the top 100 teams which travel to Washington, DC. Here students showcase their rockets to members of congress and compete for the National Rocketry Challenge crown and prizes that include scholarships and visits to NASA locations.  Let’s get a Hill Murray team to nationals!

The Quadcopter Exploration Flying Challenge is open to all high school students. This is a collegiate level competition sponsored by NASA, Minnesota Space Grant and the University of Minnesota, but Hill Murray high school students are invited to participate.  In this challenge, students will pilot a quadcopter over a mystery planet to map the surface of the planet, looking for signs of life and other important features.  Difficulties will include piloting the drone close to the surface of the planet without crashing and designing an extremely lightweight system of cameras and sensors that can remotely map the planet surface.

No previous experience is necessary to participate in either of these opportunities. Please contact Ms. Smith with questions. If you cannot attend the Wednesday after school meeting, please contact Ms. Smith directly to sign up. 

September 29

Hispanic Heritage Month

¡Hola, Pioneers! 

According to the most recent census, there are almost 60 million people of Hispanic decent living in the United States.  Hispanics make up almost 20% of the US population.  Of those 60 million Hispanics living in US, 70% live in either: California, Texas, New York, Florida or Illinois.

Today’s trivia question is: Which five US state names are derived from Spanish words?

If you know the answer, write it down on a small slip of paper along with your full name and your grade, then put it in one of the answer boxes.  One answer box it located outside Sra. Corrales’ room (number 218 on the second floor) and another one is located outside Ms. Luna’s room (at the top on the TNC).  Your guess must be received by 1:00pm today.  The winner will be randomly chosen from all correct answers and will receive a Chipotle gift card.

¡Buena suerte!

9th Grade Retreat

During Win time this Friday you have your 9th grade retreat.

Please sing up on SST for both Win times with your advisory teacher.

NHS

After a very close race for President/VP and for the Communications Director, we have our new NHS executive board members.  Please congratulate them!

President: Bridget Blaney
Vice President: Max Zupfer
Secretary:  Isabella Hartzel
Treasurer:  Zack Lynch
Communications Director: Arnie Johnson

Also, please congratulate all those who competed for these positions:  Monica Sampair, Lauren Sklar, June Knauss, and Abbey O’Brien.

Math League

Do you like solving problems? Do you enjoy competition? Then Math League might be for you! There will be an informational meeting after school this Monday, October 5th in room 216. If you have any questions or won’t be able to attend, you can email Mr. Fisher or stop by room 216.



September 28

WIN Times

This is an announcement for WIN times. Do not sign up or drop into teacher sessions that are full or teachers you don’t have unless you set it up in advance. Please read the WIN time descriptions carefully before you sign up. 

Hispanic Heritage Month

¡Hola, Hill-Murray! 

Hispanic Heritage Month celebrates the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Central and South America.  The observation of Hispanic Heritage Month began in 1968.  It is observed for a month, beginning on September 15th.  This date was chosen because five Central American countries celebrate their independence on the 15th of September. 

Today’s trivia question is: Which 5 Central American countries celebrate their Independence on the 15th of September?

If you know the answer, write it down on a small slip of paper along with your full name and your grade, then put it in one of the answer boxes.  One answer box it located outside Sra. Corrales’ room (number 218 on the second floor) and another one is located outside Ms. Luna’s room (at the top on the TNC).  Your guess must be received by 1:00pm today.  The winner will be randomly chosen from all correct answers and will receive a Chipotle gift card.

¡Buena suerte!

Parking Near Fieldhouse

The parking lot between the fieldhouse and the rest of the building, near the loading dock is for faculty, staff and coaches only.  There are a couple spots that are sold at the Auction each year, and may have students parking in them, but all others are for adults only.  You will be towed if you park in that area.  If you parked there today, I would move my vehicle at this time.

Girls locker rooms

Girls in Physical Education and fall sports: There have been multiple instances of tiktok videos being made in the locker rooms.  This is a reminder that cameras are not allowed in bathrooms or locker rooms, that is a school policy and a Minnesota State High School League Policy—-meaning your eligibility will be in jeopardy if you are caught doing this.  Your phone will be confiscated and your parents will have to come to get it.  Stop using cameras in these areas.

2020 Scottie Carlson Soccer Award

The 2020  Scottie Carlson Soccer Award was presented to Sophomore Lucy Zupfer, a member of the varsity girls soccer team.

Best wishes to Lucy, her family and the rest of the girls varsity season.

Joining DECA

Good Morning Pioneers, This is June Knauss

And this is Max Zupfer, and we are your DECA co-presidents

DECA is a marketing association of high school students which helps prepare students for their future

All 9th – 12th grade students interested in joining DECA should come to our informational meeting

This meeting will take place next Tuesday during GO time

Students should sign up for GO time TODAY – for next Tuesday during WIN A

 We will meet in the auditorium

We hope to see you there!


September 25

Haircuts

Some of you need to see a barber by Monday. Shops are now open for haircuts. Know that our hair policy is not below your eyebrows, not below your ears and cannot touch your collar in the back. Take care of this as we will do a full uniform check on Monday. If you need help understanding the policy, see Ms. Herman or Mrs. Barbato.  Thank you in advance. 

Football and Volleyball

Attention anyone interested in playing High School Football or High School Volleyball this fall.  The MSHSL has moved football and volleyball back to the fall and they begin on Monday.  If you are interested in playing football, please stop by the Activities office and speak with Mr. Reeves.  If you are interested in playing volleyball, please stop by and see Mr. Pohl.  All students must be registered and have a physical on file in order to begin practicing on Monday.  Any questions, please email Mr. Pohl

Parking Near Fieldhouse

The parking lot between the fieldhouse and the rest of the building, near the loading dock is for faculty, staff and coaches only.  There are a couple spots that are sold at the Auction each year, and may have students parking in them, but all others are for adults only.  You will be towed if you park in that area.  If you parked there today, I would move my vehicle at this time.

Girls locker rooms

Girls in Physical Education and fall sports: There have been multiple instances of tiktok videos being made in the locker rooms.  This is a reminder that cameras are not allowed in bathrooms or locker rooms, that is a school policy and a Minnesota State High School League Policy—-meaning your eligibility will be in jeopardy if you are caught doing this.  Your phone will be confiscated and your parents will have to come to get it.  Stop using cameras in these areas.

Joining DECA

Good Morning Pioneers, This is June Knauss

And this is Max Zupfer, and we are your DECA co-presidents

DECA is a marketing association of high school students which helps prepare students for their future

All 9th – 12th grade students interested in joining DECA should come to our informational meeting

This meeting will take place next Tuesday during GO time

Students should sign up for GO time TODAY – for next Tuesday during WIN A

 We will meet in the auditorium

We hope to see you there!

NHS Members–

Executive board voting is now open!  We have nine outstanding students who applied for NHS exec board positions!  Please check your Google Classroom for the voting form.  Voting will be open until Monday morning at 8:00AM.  Please email Ms. Bourget or stop by room 155 if you have questions.  

Check In/Trivia

Attention to all Middle Schoolers and Freshmen…During WIN A today, you will have a Check In/Trivia with your WEB and LINK Leaders….please head to your advisory for WIN A… For the WIN B you may go to wherever you signed up! 

WIN A go to your ADVISORY, WIN B Sign Up!

Drone Racing

Drone Racing Practice starts Monday.  Anyone who is interested in joining the Hill-Murray Drone Racing team, please come to our first practice on Monday at 2:45 in the Fieldhouse.  Drone Racing is a great experience and we welcome anyone who wants to give something fun a shot.  Please see Ms. Smith or Mr. Pohl with any questions.

Auditions For The Christmas Variety Show

Auditions for the Christmas variety show will be next week, but don’t stress because they’ll be completely virtual. Later today, you will receive an email with a video of the audition dance and a link to the audition song, jingle bells. Both are very simple. You’ll submit a video of both by the end of next week to be considered for the show. If you’d rather submit another Xmas song or even an appropriate Tiktok dance Video, that would be ok, as long as it shows your rhythm and ability to learn choreography. More details in your email later today!

Internet Outage

You may notice this morning that our internet is slower and some websites and services are blocked. There has been an outage affecting our main internet source and we are currently running on the back-up. We ask you to try and minimize your use of high traffic streaming sites as much as possible while our provider works this out. 

The Tech Department



September 24

Haircuts

Some of you need to see a barber by Monday. Shops are now open for haircuts. Know that our hair policy is not below your eyebrows, not below your ears and cannot touch your collar in the back. Take care of this as we will do a full uniform check on Monday. If you need help understanding the policy, see Ms. Herman or Mrs. Barbato.  Thank you in advance. 

Football and Volleyball

Attention anyone interested in playing High School Football or High School Volleyball this fall.  The MSHSL has moved football and volleyball back to the fall and they begin on Monday.  If you are interested in playing football, please stop by the Activities office and speak with Mr. Reeves.  If you are interested in playing volleyball, please stop by and see Mr. Pohl.  All students must be registered and have a physical on file in order to begin practicing on Monday.  Any questions, please email Mr. Pohl

Senior Pass Procedure

Steps for seniors to get a pass to leave school for WIN time and/or 1st or 7th period study halls.

Criteria:

1. You must be at a C or above in all of your classes. (this will be determined at each grade pull)

2. You must have no behavior, attendance or tardiness issues.

3. You must attend any WIN time a teacher pings you.

4. You must have all assessments completed, tests, quizzes or presentations.  Teachers will ping you if you have not completed any assessment.

5. You must Attend Advisory. Mass/Prayer services.

Pick up a pink permission form from Ms. Herman

Return the form signed by a parent

Pick up your senior pass from Ms. Herman when you turn in your permission sheet.

Outdoor Movie 

Hey Middle schoolers…and Freshmen…did you sign up for the Outdoor Movie on the Scoreboard this Weekend? There are still spots available! 

The WEB AND LINK leaders are hosting a movie on the stadium’s big screen scoreboard, this Saturday from 7-9pm. We will be watching the classic movie…The Sandlot!

Mr Chapman sent out a link in your email to sign up to reserve your spot at the movie!

Bring your blankets, your masks and your friends for a great night! Hope to see you there! 

Junior and Senior Movie Night

Hey, Juniors and Seniors! Student Council has changed the movie night on the field to next week Monday from 7-9. Sign-up will be sent out again later today and the cost to attend is $5. The first 100 groups to arrive will be able to use a blanket we provide during the movie! See you there!

Mental Health Week

Mental Health Week (plus t-shirt orders)
Hi Pioneers! The Student Council wanted to inform you that we will be doing a Mental Health Week from October 5-9. You will be able to order t-shirts from Anna Schafhauser’s company. T-shirts will cost $15 and be added to your tuition. An email with the form will be sent out today! Have a great day!

Picture Retake Day

Today is picture retake day! If you did not have your picture taken yet this year, we need you to take a photo for your student ID and for the yearbook! So even if you do not plan on ordering pictures, we need you to take a photo please!

The photographer is in the Commons from 8 AM-12 PM. Please pick a time to stop in between classes or during your lunch or study hall. Remember you do need to be wearing a uniform polo, if you forgot your polo shirt, Mrs. Trembley has one you can borrow in the Office of Student Life.


September 23

Haircuts

Some of you need to see a barber by Monday. Shops are now open for haircuts. Know that our hair policy is not below your eyebrows, not below your ears and cannot touch your collar in the back. Take care of this as we will do a full uniform check on Monday. If you need help understanding the policy, see Ms. Herman or Mrs. Barbato.  Thank you in advance. 

Football and Volleyball

Attention anyone interested in playing High School Football or High School Volleyball this fall.  The MSHSL has moved football and volleyball back to the fall and they begin on Monday.  If you are interested in playing football, please stop by the Activities office and speak with Mr. Reeves.  If you are interested in playing volleyball, please stop by and see Mr. Pohl.  All students must be registered and have a physical on file in order to begin practicing on Monday.  Any questions, please email Mr. Pohl

Senior Pass Procedure

Steps for seniors to get a pass to leave school for WIN time and/or 1st or 7th period study halls.

Criteria:

1. You must be at a C or above in all of your classes. (this will be determined at each grade pull)

2. You must have no behavior, attendance or tardiness issues.

3. You must attend any WIN time a teacher pings you.

4. You must have all assessments completed, tests, quizzes or presentations.  Teachers will ping you if you have not completed any assessment.

5. You must Attend Advisory. Mass/Prayer services.

Pick up a pink permission form from Ms. Herman

Return the form signed by a parent

Pick up your senior pass from Ms. Herman when you turn in your permission sheet.

Dungeons and Dragons’

Today, after school, in the cafeteria will be the dungeons and dragons’ first meeting. After today, if you wish to join the club, please sign up at HMIT


September  22

Homecoming Prayer Service

Our Homecoming Prayer Services are today during WIN times and we will be celebrating coming home to our Benedictine and Lasallian values.  Advisory teachers should attend along with their Advisories and take attendance in either the Varsity Gym or Auditorium according to the following schedule:

Grade 11 and 12 will attend the prayer service during the first WIN time with Grade 11 in the Varsity Gym and grade 12 in the Auditorium.

Grade 9 and 10 will attend the prayer service during the second WIN time with grade 9 in the Varsity Gym and grade 10 in the Auditorium.

Grades 6, 7, and 8 will attend the prayer service during the third WIN time with grade 8 in the Varsity Gym and grades 6, 7 in the auditorium. 

Remember to social distance during the Homecoming Prayer services by leaving empty seats between you and your classmates. 

Dungeons and Dragons Club

“The Dungeons and Dragons club will meet Tomorrow in the cafeteria after school. This will be a meet and greet where students can sign up for the games they want to play. All are welcome so come by to check it out”

Outdoor Movie

Hey Middle schoolers…and Freshmen…who wants to enjoy an outdoor movie this Weekend…well you are in luck! 

The WEB AND LINK leaders are hosting a movie night just for you on the stadium’s big screen scoreboard, this Saturday from 7-9pm. We will be watching the classic movie…The Sandlot! 

Mr. Chapman sent out a link in your email yesterday to sign up to reserve your spot at the movie! There are only 200 spots available! 

Bring your blankets, your masks, and your friends for a great night! Happy Homecoming week! Hey 

Upperclassmen Movie

Hi Pios! It’s with a heavy heart that we must inform you that the upperclassmen movie on the field will be postponed until a later date due to multiple tests and papers for seniors later this week. Sorry for the inconvenience and have a great day.

Picture Retakes

Picture retakes are this Thursday, Sept. 24 in the Commons from 8 AM-12PM. The ordering link was sent out to parents in the Happenings email on Friday.

Students need to have a uniform shirt for their school picture, so if you are participating in Homecoming week dress up, please bring a shirt to change into for your photo.

Please see Mrs. Trembley in the Office of Student Life if you have any questions.

Service Opportunity

Hey Pioneers this is Tom Soler with peer ministry. As you may know, completing your service requirement this year may be difficult due to COVID. So Peer Ministry is offering an in school service opportunity. Starting next Monday there will be a cash drive for the nurses at Bethesda Hospital, one of the frontline COVID hospitals in Minnesota. The drive will last two weeks, and at the end of the drive we will have a WIN time where we will be writing cards for the nurses. By participating in the WIN time you can earn service credit for this school year. And as an incentive the advisory that raises the most money will win a donut party at the end of the drive! – So make sure to put your advisor’s name on your donation envelopes. Thank you and have a great day!


September 21

WIN Time

Another reminder especially for seniors. If you have an early dismissal, do not sign up for a WIN time even if you get the reminder from Mrs. Barbato. Those reminders are automated from student support time. You are taking the spot of someone who needs to see the teacher. See Mrs. Barbato if you have any questions. 

Peer Ministry

Hey Pioneers this is Elliot Heinrichs with peer ministry, as you may know, completing your service requirement this year may be difficult due to COVID. So the Peer Ministry is offering an in-school service opportunity, Starting next week Monday there will be a cash drive for the nurses at Bethesda hospital one of the frontline COVID hospitals in Minnesota. The drive will last 2 weeks and at the end of the drive, we will have a WIN sign up where we will be writing cards for the nurses. By participating in the drive and WIN time you can earn service credit for this school year. And as an incentive, the advisory that raises the most money will win a doughnut party at the end of the drive so make sure to put your advisor’s name on the envelope. Thank you and have a great day


September 18

Boys Hockey Informational Meeting

TO ALL BOYS HOCKEY CANDIDATES TRYING OUT THIS UPCOMING SEASON:

There is an informational meeting this Sunday, September 20th, from 4pm-5pm at our Hill-Murray Stadium. We will meet at the Stadium Entrance. New or younger players should bring a parent to help get the information, especially if this is your first tryout. All others are parents optional. If you are not able to attend this meeting, you must find someone you trust to gather needed information and sign up for you. All necessary pertinent dates and forms will be given out at this meeting. See you Sunday afternoon. 

Thank you,

Coach Lechner

WIN Time

If you have an early dismissal during WIN time, please do not sign up to attend one. You are taking someone else’s spot. 

PioLympics Opening Ceremony

Tonight is the PioLympics opening ceremony and we could not be more excited. The ceremony will start at 7 pm and be sure to dress up and show your teams pride! Remember to wear a mask and be socially distant.

Also, there will be fireworks at 9 pm. 

Homecoming Week

This is a reminder that Homecoming is NEXT WEEK! Yes, it’s actually next week. We have sent you an email will all of the dress up days! Please remember to be neat clean and modest when you are choosing your outfits. If you do not want to participate please wear your school uniform.

Thank you so much and we are so excited to see what you come up with next week!

Dungeons and Dragons Club

“The Dungeons and Dragons club will meet Wednesday in the cafeteria after school. This will be a meet and greet where students can sign up for the games they want to play. All are welcome, please remember to social distance.”


September 17

Boys Hockey Informational Meeting

TO ALL BOYS HOCKEY CANDIDATES TRYING OUT THIS UPCOMING SEASON:

There is an informational meeting this Sunday, September 20th, from 4pm-5pm at our Hill-Murray Stadium. We will meet at the Stadium Entrance. New or younger players should bring a parent to help get the information, especially if this is your first tryout. All others are parent optional. If you are not able to attend this meeting, you must find someone you trust to gather needed information and sign up for you. All necessary pertinent dates and forms will be given out at this meeting. See you Sunday afternoon. 

Thank you,

Coach Lechner

Lost and Found

Please take a minute to look at the lost and found for items you may be missing. There are several lunch boxes, random shoes and water bottles. Items will be tossed or donated on Friday. The lost and found is just around the corner from Mrs. Barbato’s office. 

Mental Health Week

Hello Hill-Murray Students, we are excited to announce that we will celebrate Mental Health Week from October 5th to the 9th! With this being such a unique year, we thought there was never a better time to bring awareness to an issue that affects so many of us with different struggles. In addition to unique activities, we will be sending out a google link for t-shirts soon, designed by student Anna Schafhauser and her YOU ARE COMPANY, that students will be able to buy and be in free dress on Friday. The proceeds from purchasing these shirts will go to mental health charities. So please check out Anna’s website youarecompany.com and have a great day!

Esports

If you are a middle school or high school student interested in participating in Esports this Fall, sign up sheets are available in room 116. You’ll have a chance to compete in national tournaments with over 600,000 dollars in scholarships up for grabs. We play multiple games. However, The League of Legends team, specifically, is looking for one more player to fill their roster. See Mr. Goetzke if you have any questions and sign up today.


September 16

Meditation During WIN Time

Students…Do you need a break? Do you want to relieve some stress in your life? Are you ready to up your prayer life? At the request of some students, Sister Linda will be offering meditation this Thursday during WIN time. Please look for the details to sign up. It will be in the chapel, and we can visualize a time to be in conversation with God and with one another. 

NHS Executive Board Position

NHS members–

If you would like to run for an executive board position, please see our Google Classroom for information on how to submit your application/campaign speech.  You must send your written “platform” or video speech no later than 8:00 AM next Monday, Sep 21st.

NHS members will begin voting next Tuesday.  Please email Ms. Bourget with questions or stop by room 155.

Forgot Your Lunch?

If you forget your lunch at home, you may order one through the Cafeteria.  Please stop in the cafe before homeroom and let us know or let a teacher know.  they can call to add you to the delivery list.  We just need to know your name and what room you are in during lunch that day.   Also a reminder, lunch orders for the following week are due by midnight on Thursday.  An order sheet is on the Hill-Murray website on the lunch menu Quicklink.

Lost and Found

Please remember to check the lost & found for any of your missing items. 

Lost & found can be found across the hall from the health office. 

Items not claimed will be discarded.

Picture Retakes

Picture retakes are next Thursday, Sept. 24. 

A link for ordering pictures will be sent out this Friday in the Happenings email sent to parents.

If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Trembley in the Office of Student Life.

Esports This Fall

If you are a middle school or high school student interested in participating in Esports this Fall, sign up sheets are available in room 116. The deadline to sign up for the Fall season is Friday. See Mr. Goetzke if you have any questions. 

Open Mic Tonight

Tonight is the outdoor open mic performance on the front lawn at 6pm! Bring a chair or blanket and wear a mask!


September 15

Boys Soccer Is Holding A Food Drive

Pioneers, the Boys Soccer program is holding a food drive before our 7pm game tonight vs the Cadets from St. Thomas Academy.

Please stop by the field before the game and drop off some non-perishable food items.  There will be a donation area set up by the main gate / ticket table starting at 6 PM.

All are welcome to donate food, but entry into the game will be limited to those identified on the ticket list in accordance with COVID-19 gathering limits.

All donations will be donated to Webster Elementary School in North St. Paul.

Thank you in advance and GO PIONEERS!

Meditation During WIN Time

Students…Do you need a break? Do you want to relief some stress in your life? Are you ready to up your prayer life? At the request of some students, Sister Linda will be offering meditation this Thursday during WIN time. Please look for the details to sign up. It will be in chapel, and we can visualize a time to be in conversation with God and with one another. 

Picture Retakes

Picture retake day is Thursday, Sept. 24.

Please look for an email to be sent out this week on information on how to order your photos.

NHS Executive Board Position

NHS members–

If you would like to run for an executive board position, please see our Google Classroom for information on how to submit your application/campaign speech.  You must send your written “platform” or video speech no later than 8:00 AM next Monday, Sep 21st.

NHS members will begin voting next Tuesday.  Please email Ms. Bourget with questions or stop by room 155.

Boys Hockey Informational Meeting

TO ALL BOYS HOCKEY CANDIDATES TRYING OUT THIS UPCOMING SEASON:

There is an informational meeting this Sunday, September 20th, from 4pm-5pm at our Hill-Murray Stadium. We will meet at the Stadium Entrance. New or younger players should bring a parent to help get the information, especially if this is your first tryout. All others are parent optional. If you are not able to attend this meeting, you must find someone you trust to gather needed information and sign up for you. All necessary pertinent dates and forms will be given out at this meeting. See you Sunday afternoon.

Homecoming

Homecoming: Hey Hill-Murray! In case you haven’t heard the good news, Homecoming Week is still on this year! Our theme is titled “Hollywood Hills” and we could not be more excited for the dress up days! Here they are:

Monday: Meme Day. Dress up as one of your favorite memes while still keeping it appropriate of course.

Tuesday: Twinkling Lights. Put on your brightest and most sparkling clothes. 

Wednesday: Walk the Runway: This is your chance to show off your style to your fellow Pioneers. We will have an award for Best Mask!

Thursday: Throwback Thursday: Dress up like you did in the early 2000s! 

Friday: Famous Friday. Get the chance to dress up and become your favorite celebrity!

Unfortunately, we will not be able to do a Homecoming dance this year but we hope all of you will still really enjoy this week of fun! 

If you haven’t already, make sure you follow our Instagram account @HMStudCo to stay up to date with all of our plans!

Movie on the Field: Hey Juniors and Seniors! Next week Wednesday, September 23, we have a super exciting event for you guys! A movie night on the Field. Woohoo! Sign-ups will be sent out to you later today so keep an eye out! And there will be a limit of 230 students so sign up quickly before all of the spots fill up. There will be a fee of $5 if you wish to participate. Thank you and have a good day.

Open Mic

“The outdoor original open mic originally scheduled for this past Saturday takes place tomorrow night at 6pm on the front lawn. Please wear a mask, bring a chair or blanket, and enjoy some music from your classmates!”


September 14

Creative Arts Tech Club

Attention middle schoolers! Are you creative and like to learn new things? We are offering a new club during GO that combines art and creativity with technology. Sign up for the Creative Arts Tech Club on September 18 during GO. We will be learning how to use circuits to make artwork that lights up. We will be designing cards, wearables, jewelry, and more. Talk to Mrs. Babich or Mrs. Nelson if you have questions.

Girl Hockey Players

Reminder for all girl hockey players interested in tryout this year to attend the preseason meeting with a parent tonight at 6:30pm in the auditorium.

Boys Soccer Is Holding A Food Drive

Pioneers, the Boys Soccer program is holding a food drive before our 7pm game tomorrow vs the Cadets from St. Thomas Academy.

Please stop by the field before the game and drop off some non-perishable food items.  There will be a donation area set up by the main gate / ticket table starting at 6 PM.

All are welcome to donate food, but entry into the game will be limited to those identified on the ticket list in accordance with COVID-19 gathering limits.

All donations will be donated to Webster Elementary School in North St. Paul.

Thank you in advance and GO PIONEERS!

Get Outta Your Bubble Club

The Get Outta Your Bubble Club will be holding a short informational meeting after school today in room 118.  Anyone who is interested in participating or who has questions about the club is invited to attend.

Picture Retakes

Picture retake day is Thursday, Sept. 24.
Please look for an email to be sent out this week on information on how to order your photos.


SEPTEMBER 11

8th Grade Retreat

8th graders are reminded that your retreat is today after period 6.  You will report to your advisory after period 6 and then proceed to the Auditorium and sit with your advisory teacher.  

HMIT

“HMIT, Hill-Murray Information Technology, will not be open at all hours of the day. It will be closed during 3rd Hour and during all WIN hours. If any student needs computer repairs, please go to HMIT outside of these hours.”

WIN Time

WIN time – for students. No phones during WIN time and no passes during WIN time! There were too many students out and about in the halls. Be prepared to take what you need for your WIN session. 

Get Outta Your Bubble Club

This year Hill-Murray will be offering a new club called the “Get Outta Your Bubble Club”.  The club will provide an opportunity to discuss current issues with other HM students.  This will offer students a chance to expand their understanding of both key issues and the perspectives of others.  We invite you to fill out the student interest and feedback google form emailed to all students this morning.  We will be having an informational meeting next Monday after school in room 118.

Girl Hockey Players

Reminder to all girl hockey players interested in tryout for the JV/V team this year, you need to attend the pre season tryout meeting on Monday at 6:30pm in the auditorium with a parent.

PiOlympics Tonight

Hello students! We know you are all super excited for our Opening Ceremony to kick off the PiOlympics tonight. Still, there are a few reminders before we have a blast tonight. Firstly, when you enter the stadium, there will be temperature checkers, and we will be recording your name and phone number. Secondly, masks are required at all times during the Opening Ceremony. If you are asked more than once to fix your mask or if your mask is entirely off, you will be asked to leave. We also ask that you follow our designated entrance and exits, which will be labeled with signs and arrows. Lastly, we ask that participants stay within their teams when possible and attempt to social distance at all times. We are sure this event and the many games to come will be amazingly fun, but they can only happen if you follow all of these guidelines. Thank you in advance, and see you tonight!! Also, we’ve seen the weather report for tonight and will decide during WIN time if the Opening Ceremonies will take place tonight! Stay tuned for a backup date!


SEPTEMBER 10

Creative Arts Tech Club

Attention middle schoolers! Are you creative and like to learn new things? We are offering a new club during GO that combines art and creativity with technology. Sign up for the Creative Arts Tech Club on September 18 during GO. We will be learning how to use circuits to make artwork that lights up. We will be designing cards, wearables, jewelry, and more. Talk to Mrs. Babich or Mrs. Nelson if you have questions.

8th Grade Retreat

Attention all 8th graders.  This Friday you will be on retreat after your classes.  You are out of uniform and should dress comfortably: tennis shoes, T-shirts, etc. as you will be moving around.  You will go to class for 2, 4, & 6 then report to Advisory to check in.  You will then proceed to the Auditorium with your advisory.  It will run until the end of the school day.  You do not need to sign up for WIN times on Friday since you will be on retreat.  See Mr. Ranweiler in Campus Ministry if you have any questions.

Attention Seniors

Attention Seniors! You will be meeting with Jostens during WIN today at 1:47 p.m. Please report to the Auditorium for an important meeting about Graduation. Bring your phones. Thank you!

Masks

Students, it’s important to remember to wear a mask to school EVERY day. Double check that you have one before leaving home.

Some of you are making a habit of forgetting one.  

While, we will provide a mask when necessary, we ask you to be responsible and remember to wear one each day.  Thank you.

Middle School Book Club

Attention middle school students who love to read, eat treats, and have fun…Middle School Book Club is starting this Friday, 9/11, during GO time. Sign up under Mrs. Schwartzbauer for the 1:31-2:30 time slot. Drinks & snacks will be served. Space is limited so sign up soon!

Outdoor Open Mic

This Saturday night at 7 pm, join us in the front lawn for an Outdoor open mic! All are welcome to attend, but please bring a lawn chair or blanket and wear your mask! Come out and support your friends! If it rains, we will reschedule for Wednesday night! Thank you!


SEPTEMBER 9

Drone Racing

The Hill-Murray Drone Racing team began last year and was a huge success with our students participating in the state tournament which was televised live on FoxSports North.  We are hoping to have another great season this year.  If any students in grades 6-12 are interested in Drone Racing, you are encouraged to attend an interest-gauging meeting on Wednesday at 2:40 in the Fieldhouse.  If you have any questions, please email Mr. Pohl or Ms. Smith.  We hope to see you on Wednesday at 2:40.  

Junior Achievement Club

This is a reminder for all middle school students.  Our middle school Junior Achievement club will meet after school TODAY  in room 120.  

Middle School Book Club

Attention middle school students who love to read, eat treats, and have fun…Middle School Book Club is 

starting this Friday, 9/11, during GO time. Sign up under Mrs. Schwartzbauer for the 1:31-2:30 time slot. Drinks & snacks will be served. Space is limited so sign up soon!

Dungeons and Dragons

“New Dungeons and Dragons sessions are starting soon. The D&D club is looking for students who want the leadership position of the game master, storyteller, and dungeon master. If you want to run your own games this year, please See Mr. Houdek at HMIT in the lunchroom to sign up”

8th Grade Retreat

Attention all 8th graders.  This Friday you will be on retreat after your classes.  You are out of uniform and should dress comfortably: tennis shoes, T-shirts, etc. as you will be moving around.  You will go to class for 2, 4, & 6 then report to Advisory to check in.  You will then proceed to the Auditorium with your advisory.  It will run until the end of the school day.  You do not need to sign up for WIN times on Friday since you will be on retreat.  See Mr. Ranweiler in Campus Ministry if you have any questions.

Outdoor Open Mic

Today is the last day to sign up for the outdoor open mic! Mr. Ballentine e-mailed you the link to the google form last week and will send it again today. Please sign up by the end of the day today! Thank you!


SEPTEMBER 8

Robotics Meeting

Students in grades 7-12 who love a challenge and creative problem solving, there will be an informational meeting for robotics today September 8th after school in room 046 for approximately 45 minutes.  No previous experience is necessary at all!

Stickers

Students are removing the “Do Not Sit Here” off of cafe tables in commons and cafe. We are finding them on walls, cars, just messing with the order of them, etc. It’s for their own safety  not to mention they are expensive ($6.50 each). 

Film and Analysis Club

Hello students Joe O’keefe here.  I wanted to take this moment to tell seniors and juniors about our new Hill-Murray film and analysis club. Anyone is welcome to our first meeting today in Go/WIN time after school for around 10 minutes in Mr Piepers room. Right across the hall from Mr Goetzki’s room.  Hope to see you after school.  

Drone Racing

The Hill-Murray Drone Racing team began last year and was a huge success with our students participating in the state tournament which was televised live on FoxSports North.  We are hoping to have another great season this year.  If any students in grades 6-12 are interested in Drone Racing, you are encouraged to attend an interest-gauging meeting on Wednesday at 2:40 in the Fieldhouse.  If you have any questions, please email Mr. Pohl or Ms. Smith.  We hope to see you on Wednesday at 2:40.  

Creative Arts Tech Club

Attention middle schoolers! Are you creative and like to learn new things? We are offering a new club during GO that combines art and creativity with technology. Sign up for the Creative Arts Tech Club on September 18 during GO. We will be learning how to use circuits to make artwork that lights up. We will be designing cards, wearables, jewelry, and more. Talk to Mrs. Babich or Mrs. Nelson if you have questions.

Outdoor Open Mic

The outdoor opening mic night is this Saturday at 7 pm. If you want to perform something, please make sure you sign up via the google form Mr. Ballentine e-mailed to you by the end of the school day tomorrow! All high schoolers are welcome to perform!

Mock Trial

Good Morning Hill-Murray is Rachel McBride from mock trial captain. There will be a quick mock trial introductory meeting Thursday September 10th In Ms. D’Daddario’s room 127 right after school. Make sure to stop by to learn all about mock trial. If you are unable to attend this meeting and are still interested in participating in mock trial this year please email Ms. D’Daddario. Hope to see you there!

Student Council

Hello Freshmen! My name is Ashley Myers from your student council, coming here to tell you that applications for new students who want to become council members is currently open! If you think you or a friend would be a great fit for student council, be sure to check your email for the google form sent last week. Applications close this Friday so don’t forget to submit it by then. If you have any questions talk to Mr. Ballentine in the theatre office or email any of your executive board members! Thank you.

8th Grade Retreat

Attention all 8th graders:  You have your class retreat on Friday during WIN time after your classes.  You do not need to sign up for WIN on Friday as you will be on retreat.  You will be out of uniform for the day.  You can look forward to a fun, engaging time of faith and community with your classmates.  See Mr. Ranweiler if you have questions.


SEPTEMBER 4

Hispanic Heritage Month

September is Hispanic Heritage Month and next week during advisory students will have a chance to learn more about how the Hispanic Heritage has positively affected the American landscape. If any students would like to be involved in the planning of this advisory lesson please contact Mr. Johnson. 

6th and 7th Grade Retreat Today

6th and 7th graders are reminded that your retreat is today after period 6.  You will report to your advisory after period 6 and then proceed to the Varsity Gym and sit with your advisory teacher. 

Robotics Meeting

Students in grades 7-12 who love a challenge and creative problem solving, there will be an informational meeting for robotics on Tuesday sept 8th after school in room 046 for approximately 45 minutes.  No previous experience is necessary at all!

Eucharistic Adoration

Eucharistic Adoration is taking place in the chapel today until 2:30. All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to stop by for a quiet moment of prayer. Confessions will be available from 1:30 p.m. until 2:30 p.m., also in the chapel. Please contact Mrs. Carter with questions. 

Stickers

Students are removing the “Do Not Sit Here” off of cafe tables in commons and cafe. We are finding them on walls, cars, just messing with the order of them, etc. It’s for their own safety  not to mention they are expensive ($6.50 each). 

Mock Trial

Hey Pioneers this is Alex/Rachel. There will be a quick mock trial introductory meeting next Thursday September 10th in Ms. D’Daddario’s room, room 126, right after school. Make sure to stop by to learn all about mock trial. If you are unable to attend this meeting and would like to learn more about what mock trial is, please email Ms. D’Daddario. Hope to see you there!

Outdoor Open Mic

The outdoor open mic is next Saturday, September 12. All high schoolers are welcome to sign up and perform whatever they’d like. Please sign up via the link that was emailed to you by the end of the school day on Wednesday, Sept. 9th. Thank you!

Student Council

Hey freshman! My name is Caroline and I am a member of the student council. Our applications for new freshmen and the 9th grade representative position open today and they close next week on friday the 11th. If you think you are creative, a leader, and have some good ideas of how we can make this school a better place, I encourage you to sign up! Thanks!