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HAVE A GREAT SUMMER

June 4

Middle School Students

All middle school students must turn in your Chromebook, charger, and case during 6th hour on Friday. All stickers must be removed from your computer. Your 6th hour teachers will collect all the Chromebooks.

Peer Ministers

This note is for all Peer Ministers.  If you have not stopped by Campus Ministry already, it is very important that you do so today.  You can do so during your extended passing time between classes or right after school.  There are forms for you to sign and information to pick up regarding our fall retreat.  It is very important that you take care of this today- before leaving school for the summer.  If you have questions, see Mr. Ranweiler in Campus Ministry.

Boys Golf Team

Congratulations to the Boys Golf team on their second place finish in the section tournament.  Special congratulations to senior Noah Reardon and junior Owen McDonnell for qualifying for the state golf tournament.  Congratulations and best of luck at state!!

Track and Field

Our Track and Field Team came in 2nd place in the Varsity MEC conference meet. That is the highest place since 1983.

We broke two conference records – Sawyer Seidl broke 200 meter record with 21.97 and our Boys 4×100 relay – Rashad Mckinley, Gianni Hurley, Simon Seidl and Sawyer Seidl broke our school record and the conference track record with a time of 42.29

Congratulations to the All-Conference winners Nolan Conners in the 800, Bridget Blaney- hurdles, Max Yanz and Olivia Hauge in the high jump,  Rashad McKinley in long jump and 100, and Gianni Hurley in the 100 meters,  Sawyer Seidl 200 meters, and the relay team. The entire team put forth an amazing effort. 


June 3

Middle School Students

All middle school students must turn in their chromebook, charger, and case during 6th hour on Friday. All stickers must be removed from your computer. Your 6th hour teachers will collect all the chromebook. 

Peer Ministers

Attention all Peer Ministers.  You need to stop down to Campus Ministry today or tomorrow.  You can do so after school, during your extended passing time between classes or before school tomorrow.  There are forms for you to sign and information to pick up regarding our fall retreat.  It is very important that you take care of this today or tomorrow- before leaving school for the summer.  If you have questions, see Mr. Ranweiler in Campus Ministry.


June 2

Middle School Students

All middle school students must turn in your chromebook, charger and case during 6th hour on Friday. All stickers must be removed from your computer. Your 6th hour teachers will collect all the chromebook. 

Cafeteria

The Cafe will be closed on Thursday and Friday.  Please plan accordingly.


June 1

Course Changes

All Students  

Final Reminder:  
The deadline for making a course change for next year is July 31.  After July 31, no First Semester requests will be honored including adding a Study Hall.  

Don’t wait until you receive your schedule in August to think about this as it will be too late at that point. 

8th Grade Rehearsal

Please bring written parent permission regarding any change to your counselor.

All 8th grade students have been pinged and should go directly to the auditorium during WIN on Tuesday for graduation rehearsal. This is a mandatory WIN time! See Mrs. Barbato if you have any questions. Thank you.

Service Hours

Students, your help is needed at St. Paul’s Monastery to run some games like mini golf, cornhole toss game, a large Giant 4 team game and a beat the bucket water game. You will get service for this, and it is on July 10 from 1-4:00. Please see or email Sister Linda if you are interested. It should be a fun event for you.

 


May 27

Course Changes

All Students:  
Don’t forget to give next year’s classes a thought or two before heading out for summer.  Take some time now before Finals begin to make sure that you are still o.k. with the classes you chose for next year.  

The deadline for making a course change for next year is July 31.  Don’t wait until you receive your schedule in August to think about this as it will be too late at that point.  After July 31, no First Semester requests will be honored including adding a Study Hall.   

Bring written parent permission regarding any change to your counselor. 

Service Credit

If you are in need of a last minute service credit peer ministry will be doing a food drive. Bring a bag of non-perishable food items by the last day of school  and drop it off at campus ministry. You will receive a poor and vulnerable service credit for each bag you bring in. Over 400 students at the moment do not have their service credits in so if you are one of those people and are in need of a quick and easy service credit this opportunity is for you! Check your email for more information.  

8th Grade Rehearsal

All 8th grade students have been pinged and should go directly to the auditorium during WIN on Tuesday for graduation rehearsal. This is a mandatory WIN time! See Mrs. Barbato if you have any questions. Thank you. 

Service Hours

Students, your help is needed at St. Paul’s Monastery to run some games like mini-golf, cornhole toss game, a large Giant 4 team game, and a beat the bucket water game. You will get service for this, and it is on July 10 from 1-4:00. Please see or email Sister Linda if you are interested. It should be a fun event for you. 


May 26

Service Credit

If you are in need of a last minute service credit peer ministry will be doing a food drive. Bring a bag of non-perishable food items by the last day of school  and drop it off at campus ministry. You will receive a poor and vulnerable service credit for each bag you bring in. Over 400 students at the moment do not have their service credits in so if you are one of those people and are in need of a quick and easy service credit this opportunity is for you! Check your email for more information.  

Course Changes

All Students:  

Don’t forget to give next year’s classes a thought or two before heading out for summer.  Take some time now before Finals begin to make sure that you are still o.k. with the classes you chose for next year.  

The deadline for making a course change for next year is July 31.  Don’t wait until you receive your schedule in August to think about this as it will be too late at that point.  After July 31, no First Semester requests will be honored including adding a Study Hall.   

Bring written parent permission regarding any change to your counselor. 

St. Joseph Scholarship

If you are a St. Joseph Scholarship student, come down to see Ms. Xiong in RM 45 today during WIN or after school about your summer work. Thank you

Ice Cream Truck

Students, to celebrate all your hard work this year we will have an ice cream truck here tomorrow for you to purchase a little something sweet! Please remember to do your chores or mow the lawn to make a little spending cash if you would like to purchase a treat. 


May 21

Service Credit

If you are in need of a last minute service credit peer ministry will be doing a food drive. Bring a bag of non-perishable food items by the last day of school  and drop it off at campus ministry. You will receive a poor and vulnerable service credit for each bag you bring in. Over 400 students at the moment do not have their service credits in so if you are one of those people and are in need of a quick and easy service credit this opportunity is for you! Check your email for more information.  

Link Event

Attention to Freshmen:

Today during WIN A, we have our final LINK EVENT. Please go to your Advisory class after 6th Hour! 

If you want an ICE CREAM TREAT from the truck—don’t forget to bring your money! 

Esports State Tournament

The Esports State Tournament continues tonight with our Minecraft Bedwars team taking on St. Louis Park at 4:30 PM. 

Tomorrow, our Rocket League team will defend their State Championship Title, competing against St. John’s Prep at 4:00 PM. This tournament will be streamed on the Twitch channel of Alpine Esports, a top 8 professional Rocket League team based in Minnesota. 

Sunday will feature our Overwatch team competing against Farmington in round 1 at 11:00 AM. 

Check your email for links to each stream and all information regarding the Esports State Tournament. 

Good luck, Pioneers!

Grand March

Sunday’s Prom Grand March is at 4 pm at the Nicollet Island Pavilion Amphitheatre in Minneapolis. Staff, students, family, and friends are all invited to attend b/c it is an outdoor event. Please bring a chair or blanket. If we have to cancel Grand March in case of inclement weather, we will make that decision on Sunday morning. Thanks!


May 20

Ice Cream Truck

Students, to celebrate all your hard work this year we will have an ice cream truck here tomorrow for you to purchase a little something sweet! Please remember to do your chores or mow the lawn to make a little spending cash if you would like to purchase a treat. 

NHS Volunteers

All Juniors in NHS!  We are still in need of volunteers to help with graduation on June 4th!  If you have a special talent for smiling, walking, handing papers to people, or pushing the “press to walk” button on street corners, then this is the job for you!  See the sign up form in the NHS Google Classroom to enlist for a night of fun and thrills on June 4th at the Cathedral.

State Tournament

Good luck to Cade Kaiser as he competes in the State Tournament tonight for Smash Ultimate. It will be streamed at 4:30pm on Twitch and casted by Arnie Johnson. Check your email for a link to the stream. 

All-Conference

Congratulations to seniors Noah Reardon and Henry Husnik for earning their way on to the All-Conference team for boys golf.  An additional congratulations to junior Owen McDonnell for earning All-Conference Honorable Mention.


May 19

Service Credit

If you are in need of a last minute service credit peer ministry will be doing a food drive. Bring a bag of non-perishable food items by the last day of school  and drop it off at campus ministry. You will receive a poor and vulnerable service credit for each bag you bring in. Over 400 students at the moment do not have their service credits in so if you are one of those people and are in need of a quick and easy service credit this opportunity is for you! Check your email for more information.  

DECA Officer

Congratulations to Anna Schafhauser!  Anna has been selected to represent the 12 schools in district 2 as a state DECA Officer for the upcoming school year.  This is only the second time in school history that we have had a state officer from Hill-Murray.  Congratulations to Anna on this tremendous accomplishment.

NHS Volunteers

All Juniors in NHS!  We are still in need of volunteers to help with graduation on June 4th!  If you have a special talent for smiling, walking, handing papers to people, or pushing the “press to walk” button on street corners, then this is the job for you!  See the sign up form in the NHS Google Classroom to enlist for a night of fun and thrills on June 4th at the Cathedral.

Esports Club

Congratulations to members of the esports club who finished their regular season last week and qualified for the State Tournament, which kicks off tomorrow on Twitch at 4pm with Smash Ultimate. 

Friday will feature Minecraft Bedwars, followed by Chess and Rocket League on Saturday, then rounding out the weekend with Overwatch on Sunday.

Congratulations to Cade Kaiser who competes for a state title tomorrow after securing the 3rd seed in the tournament. 

Lastly, tomorrow night will be your final chance to watch senior, Arnie Johnson, cast play-by-play on stream.

Keep an eye out for an email from Mr. Goetzke  for all info on brackets, tournament overviews, and a link to the Twitch Broadcast. 

Good luck to Cade and Arnie tomorrow night. We’re all rooting for you!


May 18

Service Credit

If you are in need of a last minute service credit peer ministry will be doing a food drive. Bring a bag of non-perishable food items by the last day of school  and drop it off at campus ministry. You will receive a poor and vulnerable service credit for each bag you bring in. Over 400 students at the moment do not have their service credits in so if you are one of those people and are in need of a quick and easy service credit this opportunity is for you! Check your email for more information.  

Dance Team

This is a message to all girls in grades 6-11 who are interested in joining either our fall or winter dance teams.  There will be an informational meeting after school at 2:45 in the Cafeteria this Wednesday, May 19th.  If you can’t make it, please stop by Mrs. Illgen’s office to pick up important team information.  See you then!  

Prom

Attention juniors and seniors attending prom! You have an email from Mr. Ballentine with a link to nominate members for Prom court! Please nominate who you believe best represents Hill-Murray by Wednesday night at 10pm. The prom court, made up of 8 juniors and 8 seniors, will be announced later this week and the winners, voted on at prom, will be announced towards the end of the night!

Also, remember to submit your proposals to the Instagram account for a chance at free prom tickets for you and your date!


May 17

HM Students For Change

Good morning!  I am a co-director of HM students for change. HM Students for Change is a group of students who are actively working to create a positive impact on our HM Community. We welcome all students interested in making a positive change, to come to an informational meeting to learn more about the group. The meeting will take place on Monday, May 17th (next Monday) during WIN TIme. The meeting will be held in Mrs. Bartel’s room (room 022), so sign up under Mrs. Bartel’s WIN. We would love for current members of HM Students 4 Change and anyone else interested in joining next year to come!! See you on Monday! Have a wonderful day!

Flaherty Family Foundation Seniors

Attention all Flaherty Family Foundation Seniors. Please report to Mrs. Bates’ Office at the start of your lunch today. Check your email for more details.

LMC Closed Today

The LMC will be closed for testing today. The student printer is in the hall across from the LMC.

Senior Teachers

Attention Senior Teachers with a first period- the senior release forms were placed in your mailbox and they need to be passed out to your seniors this morning! Please make sure each senior receives their release form so they can start their check out process. Thank you.

Choir Concert Tonight

Reminder that the final choir concert is tonight. Middle school choir student need to be in the auditorium by 6:30! 

Food Drive

If you are in need of a last minute service credit peer ministry will be doing a food drive. Bring a bag of non-perishable food items by the last day of school  and drop it off at campus ministry. You will receive a poor and vulnerable service credit for each bag you bring in. Over 400 students at the moment do not have their service credits in so if you are one of those people and are in need of a quick and easy service credit this opportunity is for you! Check your email for more information. 


HM Students For Change

May 14

Good morning!  I am a co-director of HM students for change. HM Students for Change is a group of students who are actively working to create a positive impact on our HM Community. We welcome all students interested in making a positive change, to come to an informational meeting to learn more about the group. The meeting will take place on Monday, May 17th (next Monday) during WIN TIme. The meeting will be held in Mrs. Bartel’s room (room 022), so sign up under Mrs. Bartel’s WIN. We would love for current members of HM Students 4 Change and anyone else interested in joining next year to come!! See you on Monday! Have a wonderful day!

Dance Team

This is a message to all girls in grades 6-11 who are interested in joining either our fall or winter dance teams.  There will be an informational meeting after school at 2:45 in the Cafeteria on Wednesday, May 19th.  If you can’t make it, please stop by Mrs. Illgen’s office to pick up important team information.  See you then!  

Godspell

The spring musical GODSPELL performs tonight and tomorrow night at 7 pm! Don’t miss this wonderful show and LIVE IN PERSON THEATRE! Tickets are $5 at the door.

JV Golf

Congratulations to Freshman Lucey Blaney who medalled in the last regular season JV matchup yesterday. The girls defeated Visitation 194-206. Freshman Claire Huss had the second-lowest score of the day! Congrats!

May 13

Ice Cream Truck

Students, to celebrate all your hard work this year we will have an ice cream truck available each Friday for you to purchase a little something sweet! Please remember to do your chores or mow the lawn to make a little spending cash if you would like to purchase a treat. 

8th Grade Photos

This is an important reminder for 8th graders. Your baby photo/current photo of your choice and favorite saying is due on Friday for the graduation slideshow. Anyone who does not turn it in will have their school picture put in the slideshow. We would love 100% participation as we have had the last 7 years! Get them in by Friday!!!!

One other reminder – get your permission slips in for the 8th grade class trip on May 24. 

Godspell

The spring musical GODSPELL has two more performances this weekend! Friday and Saturday night at 7pm! Tickets are only $5 so please come out and support your peers! You can buy tickets on the theatre page of the Hill-Murray website!


May 12

New Family Ice Cream Social

We are in need of some students to help at the New Family Ice Cream Social next Thursday, May 20th from 5:45-7:30 pm.  We want all new families to feel welcome,  and we know many of you would do a great job at this!  Service Credit will be provided and an ice cream treat will be another bonus!  Contact Mrs. O’Gary or stop by the International Center to let her know you can help!

Ice Cream Truck

Students, to celebrate all your hard work this year we will have an ice cream truck available each Friday for you to purchase a little something sweet! Please remember to do your chores or mow the lawn to make a little spending cash if you would like to purchase a treat. 

Senior Retreat

Hello Seniors- Just a quick last few notes about your retreat.  

  • After attendance/announcements in your period one class you will bring your lunches and your bags to the varsity gym.
  • Once in the varsity gym, you will be directed as to where to put your lunches and bags and then you will make a nametag.  Write your first name clearly and legibly.  This is important for our Youth Frontiers facilitators so they are able to connect and address you by name.
  • The retreat today is about putting your classmates first. Cell phones must be turned off and put away in your bags so they do not distract. You are not allowed to be on them during the retreat.  If you choose to use your cell phone it will be taken away.   
  • You will be dismissed from the varsity gym whenever the retreat concludes.  There will be some time to hang out and connect with your classmates at the end.

WEB Leaders

This is an announcement for current freshman and sophomores who are interested in becoming WEB Leaders next year. Mr. Chapman emailed a link to all students with a Google Form to fill out if you are interested. Please complete this and email or see Mr. Chapman with any questions!


May 11

Minnesota became the 32nd U.S. state on May 11, 1858.    

Senior Retreat

Seniors.  Your retreat is this tomorrow.  It will be an engaging day for you to connect as a class, share your wisdom and gratitude, and pray together.   Youth Frontiers will be here facilitating for us.  We will have Mass and the senior slide show as part of the day.

Here is what you need to know.
-You will report to P1 for attendance & announcements.  Then to the varsity gym.
-Dress comfortably and appropriately.  You will be moving around. Wear tennis shoes/non-marking shoes.
-Bring your lunch from home if you did not order it through Taher- just like any other day.
Plan to have a great time with your fellow classmates.

New Family Ice Cream Social

We are in need of some students to help at the New Family Ice Cream Social next Thursday, May 20th from 5:45-7:30 pm.  We want all new families to feel welcome,  and we know many of you would do a great job at this!  Service Credit will be provided and an ice cream treat will be another bonus!  Contact Mrs. O’Gary or stop by the International Center to let her know you can help!

Middle School Advisory

All MS students are reminded to report to their Advisory classroom at the end of 6th period today.  You will get instructions there before heading to your outdoor activities. Backpacks/phones will be left in your Advisor’s room until the end of the day. Have fun!  

May 10

Spring Fever Games

Next Tuesday, May 11 is the first annual 6/7 grade Spring Fever games and 8th grade kickball/relay race tournament during both WIN times. You will check in with your advisor, leave all items including your phone in the classroom. The only item you need is a water bottle. You are out of uniform all day for the activities. This includes teachers who have volunteered to help out. 

Advisors/helpers will have further details on specifics this week. See Mrs. Barbato or Mrs. Valentine if you have any questions. 

LMC Closed For Testing

The LMC will be closed after P7 today.  And the LMC will be closed Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this week for testing. The student printer will be in the hall across from the LMC.

Senior Retreat

Seniors.  Your retreat is this Wednesday.  It will be an engaging day for you to connect as a class, share your wisdom and gratitude, and pray together.   Youth Frontiers will be here facilitating for us.  We will have Mass and the senior slide show as part of the day.

Here is what you need to know.

You will report to P1 for attendance & announcements.  Then to the varsity gym.

Dress comfortably and appropriately.  You will be moving around.  

Wear tennis shoes/non-marking shoes.

Bring your lunch from home if you did not order it through Taher- just like any other day.

Plan to  have a great time with your fellow classmates. 

Esports

Congratulations to three members of our Esports club who recently qualified for the national playoffs for Minecraft Survival Games: 

7th grader, Elliot Fox  
8th grader, Alejandro Alvarado
and 10th grader Josh Kennedy. 

Playoffs begin on Tuesday for High School and Wednesday for Middle School. Congratulations and best of luck this week.


May 7

Spring Fever Games

This is an announcement for all current WEB Leaders. Please see Mr. Chapman’s Google Classroom post regarding the Spring Fever games next Tuesday. He is still looking for a few more volunteers, please either email him or stop by his classroom (room 024) if you are interested in helping out, thank you!

Virtual Art Show Winners

Thank you to all the students who participate in our Virtual Art Show.  Congratulations to the winners: 

High School:
S Drogseth – 1st place
Caitlyn Flanagan – 2nd place 
Josh Muntifering – 3rd place 

Middle School:
Keely Whitcomb – 1st place
Lauren Christenson – 2nd place 
Ellie Zellmer – 3rd place

The following students received honorable mentions:
M Andrade 
Sam Fox 
Lauren Loria-Sklar 
Logan Headrick
Elaina Myers
Clare Lindemer 
Hailey Voigt 
Wendy Ritter 
Vivian Gacek 

Ms. Hunkins and Mr. Dahl are so very proud of you all.  

Library

The LMC will be closed after P6 today.

Track

Great job to the girls’ and boys‘ track and field team as they all performed well at the mid-season conference meet. Congratulations to the boys 4×100 as they tied the school record that has been held for 20 years The relay team was comprised of Nolan Moynagh, Gianni Hurley, Simon Seidl, and Sawyer Seidl, and ran a time of 43.70.  Great job!

Link Leader Application

This is for Sophomores and Juniors…

The Link Leader Application was re-sent to your email last night! If you are interested in being a Link Leader next year, please take the time to fill out the application! You have a little over one week before they are due— They are due on Sunday MAY 16th! 

If you have questions or concerns—contact Ms. Fandrich 

Virtual Art Show

Don’t forget!  Many of the artworks featured in our Virtual Art Show will be for sale in our outdoor Art Fair this Saturday (that’s TOMORROW!) on the front lawn from 4-7 pm.  85% of the proceeds go back to the student artists.  We hope to see you there!

Godspell

The theatre department’s first live and in person full length production in 17 Months, since holiday inn, opens this weekend! Godspell performs at 7 pm Tomorrow night and 2 pm on Sunday! See you there!

Our final dress rehearsal is today after school at 3:30 pm. If you are able, please come and check it out! The show runs for 100 minutes. Thanks!


May 6

Spring Fever Games

This is an announcement for all current WEB Leaders. Please see Mr. Chapman’s Google Classroom post regarding the Spring Fever games next Tuesday. He is still looking for a few more volunteers, please either email him or stop by his classroom (room 024) if you are interested in helping out, thank you!

2021 Congressional Art Competition

Attention juniors and seniors who have not yet decided whether to attend prom or not: tomorrow, Friday May 7th is the last day to let Mr. Ballentine know. Please email him if you want to be added to the list. Thanks!

We are proud to announce that S Drogseth has won 3rd place in the 2021 Congressional Art Competition for the 4th Congressional District which includes Ramsey and Washington Counties.  Her artwork will be on display in either the congressional offices of Saint Paul or Washington DC.  If you see her be sure to offer your hearty congratulations!

Prom

Out of Uniform 

Seniors: tomorrow is your last day in uniform! Your final two weeks are out of uniform but please remember to dress neat, clean, and modest!


May 5

LMC Closed For AP Testing

The LMC is closed today for AP testing. The student printer is in the hall across from the LMC.

Hill-Murray Scholarship Opportunity

Attention all juniors: please check your email for an H-M scholarship opportunity that was sent to you by Mrs. Bates yesterday. We had a little technical difficulty with the application so if you applied earlier, please fill out the application again. Sorry for the trouble & thank you! 

Annual Talent Show Results

JACK:  Good morning Pioneers! This is Junior Jack Nelson

ASHLEY: And I’m Junior Ashley Myers and it is time for the Annual Talent Show Results!

JACK: Drum Roll please…(do a drum roll!)…In 3rd place, we have freshman Sam Lavine singing Imagine!

ASHLEY: In 2nd place we have 8th grader Elly Rowan playing ukulele and singing Dream a Little Dream of Me…

JACK: and in 1st place…..winning by a landslide margin that is too big to count….The People’s Champs Joe O’Keefe and Jarrod Mckinley with their rendition of Lose Yourself!  (Applause noises!)

ASHLEY If you haven’t seen it, it’s pretty litty. 😉 Congrats to the top 3 winners. Stop by Mr. Ballentine’s office to pick up your prizes. 

JACK: Other non-prize winning, but PRIDE-winning awards include Crowd Favorite Magician Silas Antonello, Future Broadway star Evelyn Sander, and the perseverance award AND the Best Supporting Actor Awards going to Joe O’Keefe.

ASHLEY: Finally, the Best Old Person Award goes to Johnny “Round Vessel equipped with a handle and designed for drinking” Pohl for his baking show “Cups.” 

Thanks to everyone for watching and congrats to everyone who participated! Thank you!

GodSpell

The Spring Musical, GODSPELL, starring your favorite local song and dance people, opens this weekend! Shows are this Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 2pm followed by next Friday and Saturday night at 7pm. The cast and crew have been working hard for a couple months so please stay away from them so no one has to quarantine before we open. Oh yeah, and come see the show this weekend! Tickets are $5. Mr. B. Will email you a link to buy tickets online later today, otherwise you can buy them at the door! Thanks for supporting the arts at Hill-Murray!


May 4 – Teacher Appreciation

LMC Closed For AP Testing

The LMC will be closed tomorrow for AP testing. The student printer will be in the hall across from the LMC. 

Spring Fever Games

Next Tuesday, May 11 is the first annual 6/7 grade Spring Fever games and 8th grade kickball/relay race tournament during both WIN times. You will check in with your advisor, leave all items including your phone in the classroom. The only item you need is a water bottle. You are out of uniform all day for the activities. This includes teachers who have volunteered to help out. 

Advisors/helpers will have further details on specifics this week. See Mrs. Barbato or Mrs. Valentine if you have any questions. 

WIN Time

Students – this is a reminder for WIN time. Teachers have set WIN times. Once you are in a WIN time, unless you have a pass from that teacher ahead of time, do not ask to leave your WIN.  Teachers are working with students who have signed up and just showing up is a distraction. Also, many teachers have full WIN times. Please sign up ahead of time if you need to see a teacher. WIN times should be set for the week.


May 3

Senior Survey Form

Attention Seniors,
If you missed Advisory on Tuesday April 27, you missed getting your Senior Survey Form. This form is IMPORTANT!

PLEASE PICK UP YOUR FORM IN THE GUIDANCE OFFICE. THEY ARE ON A TABLE IN FRONT OF MRS. ALBERT’S DESK. YOUR NAME IS ON THE FORM.

RETURN your form to GUIDANCE by May 14. 

Talent Show Voting

Today is your last day to vote for the amazing performers in our annual Talent Show! Mr. Ballentine emailed you a viewing link AND a voting Google Form. Check them both out by tonight at 10pm! The Winners will be announced Wednesday!

Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month

Good Morning Pioneers! As you may know, the month of May is Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Its purpose is to recognize the contributions and influence of Asian Americans and Pacific Islander Americans to the history, culture, and achievements of the United States. Thank you!

Student  Council

Hello Pioneers! Just a reminder that applications to be on Student Council are now open! If you’re interested the google form to apply will be in your email. Applications are due by May 14th so be sure to get them submitted by then! If you have any questions don’t hesitate to reach out. Have a great rest of your Monday!


April 30

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 Varsity Gym and sit with your advisory teacher.  

Senior Survey Form

Attention Seniors,
If you missed Advisory on Tuesday, April 27, you missed getting your Senior Survey Form. This form is IMPORTANT!

PLEASE PICK UP YOUR FORM IN THE GUIDANCE OFFICE. THEY ARE ON A TABLE IN FRONT OF MRS. ALBERT’S DESK. YOUR NAME IS ON THE FORM.

RETURN your form to GUIDANCE by May 14. 

Link Crew

Hey! I’m Ms. Fandrich and I am the advisor for the Link Crew! 

Are you a current Sophomore or Junior?

Are  you a good role model?

Is Leadership your thing…

Do you love being a PIONEER!

Then I have just the thing for you…. You should become a Link Leader!! 

Link Leaders work with freshmen during orientation day and continue to touch base with their freshmen group: offering fun events and different activities throughout the school year!

An email ( sent by yours truly) was sent to all current Sophomores and Juniors—In it…there is a link to a Google Form Application! Be sure to read the information carefully and do all parts of the Application! 

All applications are due MAY 16th

If you have any questions about being a Link Leader next year… please stop by my room TNC 154 or you can email me! 

Have a GREAT Day Pioneers!!


April 29

11th Grade Retreat

Attention all 11th 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 Varsity Gym 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.

Virtual Talent Show

The virtual talent show is in your email inbox, from Mr. Ballentine, waiting to be consumed! Please watch all the wonderful performances by your peers and vote for your favorite performance by Monday night at 10 pm! The winners will be announced on Wednesday! 


April 28

Peer Ministry

This is a final reminder for anyone who would like to participate in Peer Ministry for the 2021-2022 school year.  The application is now due.  You have until the end of the day to submit the google form application. You can find the form in a recent email from Ms. Walth.  Complete it and submit it by the end of the day if you wish to be considered for next year’s peer ministry team.  If you have any questions see Mr. Ranweiler in Campus Ministry.

Trading Post

All Students-

Many of you have been asking for us to restock gaiters in the Trading Post. We now have more available! Shop after school Thursday – they are 5 dollars.

Senior Apparel

Attention seniors! Monday, May 3rd is decision day so please wear apparel from whatever school you are attending next year! if you are undecided or have alternative plans, wear any school apparel or whatever represents your plans next year! Staff- please wear your college’s apparel as well. All other grades are in uniform on Monday, May 3rd. 

Finally, seniors, you are officially done with your Hill-School uniform starting Monday, May 10th and can be out of uniform through the rest of the year starting Monday May 10th. Savor those uniforms next week!


April 27

National / International DECA Competition

Great job to our DECA members who competed in the virtual National / International DECA competition.  Everyone put forth tremendous effort and did a fantastic job in their events.  Special congratulations to June Knauss for receiving the top role play score in her event during the preliminary round of competition. Again, great job to all!

Looking For Peer Ministers

Campus Ministry is looking for students to serve as Peer Ministers for next school year.  

Peer Ministers use their gifts to make the world a better place by leading service opportunities, helping with prayer and Mass and leading retreats.  If you wish to join us in this important work.  Here’s what you need to know.

1- Peer Ministry is for 10th through 12th graders (current 9th through 11th graders)

2- The application is a Google Form.  Ms. Walth resent this to your email yesterday.

3- If you wish to be a Peer Minister next year fill out the form carefully & thoughtfully and submit it by Tuesday, April 27th- thats today.

If you have any questions stop by Campus Ministry or email Mr. Ranweiler


April 26  

Have a great week!


April 23 – Green Out

Peer Ministers For Next Year

Campus Ministry is looking for students to serve as Peer Ministers for next school year.  

Peer Ministers use their gifts to make the world a better place by leading service opportunities, helping with prayer and Mass and leading retreats.  If you wish to join us in this important work.  Here’s what you need to know.

1- Peer Ministry is for 10th through 12th graders (current 9th through 11th graders)

2- The application is a Google Form.  It was sent out from Ms. Walth on Tuesday, April 20th.

3- If you wish to be a Peer Minister next year fill out the form carefully & thoughtfully and submit it by Tuesday, April 27th at the latest.

If you have any questions stop by Campus Ministry or email Mr. Ranweiler

Outdoor Building Doors

Attention all students.  All outdoor building doors will be locked at 8:00 am.  Please only use the main door when coming into school.

Powderpuff Game

Hey Pioneers. This is a reminder to come support the junior and senior girls tonight at 7! They will be playing a great game of powderpuff and would love to have you come and support! 

Good Luck tonight to everyone playing and we would love to see you there! 

Powderfull Players

Attention powderpuff players- please pick up your jersey at the beginning of WIN A outside the auditorium by the main doors. Thank you!


April 22 – Tie Dye Out

Peer Ministers For Next Year

Campus Ministry is looking for students to serve as Peer Ministers for next school year.  

Peer Ministers use their gifts to make the world a better place by leading service opportunities, helping with prayer and Mass and leading retreats.  If you wish to join us in this important work.  Here’s what you need to know.

1- Peer Ministry is for 10th through 12th graders (current 9th through 11th graders)

2- The application is a Google Form.  It was sent out from Ms. Walth on Tuesday, April 20th.

3- If you wish to be a Peer Minister next year fill out the form carefully & thoughtfully and submit it by Tuesday, April 27th at the latest.

If you have any questions stop by Campus Ministry or email Mr. Ranweiler

WEB Activity

This is a reminder for all Middle-Schoolers, Middle-School Advisory teachers, and WEB Leaders. There is a WEB activity being hosted during WIN A on Friday, please see Mr. Chapman or Mr. Gargaro with any questions! 

Outdoor Building Doors

Attention all students.  All outdoor building doors will be locked at 8:00 am.  Please only use the main door when coming into school.

Virtual Art Show

Don’t forget: the deadline for submitting artwork for the Virtual Art Show OR the Outdoor Art Sale is April 30th.  Please join Ms. Hunkins or Mr. Dahl’s WIN time to prepare your work for either of these events!

Fun LINK Activity

On Friday (tomorrow) during WIN A, you will be heading to your Advisory for a fun LINK activity! 

All Freshmen will compete in BINGO….and there will be great prizes up for grabs! There will also be some snacks to enjoy while you play BINGO! 

All Link Leaders should report to their Freshmen Advisory to assist! 


April 21 – Neon Out

Peer Ministers For Next Year

Campus Ministry is looking for students to serve as Peer Ministers for next school year.  

Peer Ministers use their gifts to make the world a better place by leading service opportunities, helping with prayer and Mass and leading retreats.  If you wish to join us in this important work.  Here’s what you need to know.

1- Peer Ministry is for 10th through 12th graders (current 9th through 11th graders)

2- The application is a Google Form.  It was sent out from Ms. Walth on Tuesday, April 20th.

3- If you wish to be a Peer Minister next year fill out the form carefully & thoughtfully and submit it by Tuesday, April 27th at the latest.

If you have any questions stop by Campus Ministry or email Mr. Ranweiler

WEB Activity

This is a reminder for all Middle-Schoolers, Middle-School Advisory teachers, and WEB Leaders. There is a WEB activity being hosted during WIN A on Friday, please see Mr. Chapman or Mr. Gargaro with any questions! 


April 20 – Jersey Out

Chick-fil-A

As the posters around the school suggest, on April 20th from 4-7 pm, anyone who orders Chick-fil-A from the Chick-fil-A app and picks up their food at the Maplewood location will be donating 20% of their purchase to the Senior Party.   No cooking and good eats!

Mask

Please remember to bring your mask along with an extra one in your backpack every day!

We are going through disposable masks very quickly. The masks we provide at school are for emergency cases. 

Please take time to be prepared for school by providing your own mask everyday!

Peer Ministers

If you have a passion for Christ, want to make his love known and have a desire to serve others, we need your help.  We are looking for students to serve as Peer Ministers for next school year.  Peer Ministers use their gifts to make the world a better place by leading service opportunities, helping with prayer/Mass planning, readings, music and being eucharistic ministers.  If you wish to join us in this important work.  Here’s what you need to know:

1- Peer Ministry is for 10th through 12th graders (current 9th through 11th graders)

2- The application is a Google Form.  It will be sent out this morning to all 9th to 11th graders.

3- If you wish to be a Peer Minister next year fill out the form carefully & thoughtfully and submit it by Tuesday, April 27th at the latest.

If you have any questions stop by Campus Ministry or email Mr. Ranweiler

Prom

Juniors and seniors- please email Mr. Ballentine if you have decided you would like to attend Prom after all. Thank you!


April 19 – USA Out

Nursing

If you’re interested in learning more about what it means to be a Registered Nurse, join the school nurse, Caroline, for an informational WIN time on April 20 in room 137.  Caroline will explain nursing from her perspective, answer questions and have an open discussion about the profession. The WIN time will be session A under Caroline’s name. 

Senior Stickers

Starting Monday if a Senior brings in a donation for the party we will have Survivor stickers for them to put on their water bottles.  This is just for seniors.

Chick-fil-A

As the posters around the school suggest, on April 20th from 4-7 pm, anyone who orders Chick-fil-A from the Chick-fil-A app and picks up their food at the Maplewood location will be donating 20% of their purchase to the Senior Party.   No cooking and good eats!

Teacher of Excellence Award

A big thank you to all the students who nominated a teacher for this year’s Teacher of Excellence Award. We appreciate you taking the time to write some special words about a deserving teacher. 

This year’s winners are Sheila Stormont and Joyce Schneider. Congratulations! 

These two  will be honored at a special staff event in May, and their photos will be added to the wall outside Mr. Hansen’s office.

Medallion Clue

Good morning pioneers! This is student council member Jack Nelson with first spring fling medallion clue:

Winter has melted away,

And spring is in full bloom!

But as the flowers start to bud,

You never know where a medallion may loom.

Good luck searching pioneers! Remember, the student who finds the medallion wins a $50 visa gift card!

Peer Ministers

This is Mr. Ranweiler from Campus Ministry.  I want to give a word of thanks to this year’s Peer Ministers who have worked hard to help us all connect with God in prayer and have given us opportunities to serve others both in our community and beyond.  Looking to next year, we are looking for future Peer Ministers who desire to follow Christ and share their gifts by leading service opportunities and helping with prayer and Masses through planning, doing the readings, leading the music and being eucharistic ministers.  Listen for announcements later this week with further details of how to get involved.


April 16

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 Varsity Gym and sit with your advisory teacher.  

Parking

Reminder that all students should park in the student parking lot.  No students are allowed to park in the coaches parking lot by the fieldhouse.

Thank you!!!

Senior Sweatshirts

Attention Syd Wright, Joe Palodichuck, Jared Jensen, Arnie Johnson, and Nathan Garrett!!! Please please please pick up your senior sweatshirts from Mr. Ballentine’s office today! His office is located between the choir and band rooms. Thank you!

Spring Fling Week

Happy Friday Pioneers!

I am a member of the Student Council! We are excited to announce this year’s Spring Fling Week! 

As most of you know, we were unable to attend football games during the fall, so we decided to dedicate this week to our classic football dress up themes!

They are as follows:

Monday: USA Out
Tuesday: Jersey Out
Wednesday: Neon Out
Thursday: Tie Dye Out
Friday: Green Out

If you want inspiration on what to wear, make sure to check out our Instagram @hmstudco.

Remember to dress neat, clean and modest. No hats are allowed and If you choose not to participate, please wear your uniform.

We will also have a medallion hunt throughout the week, so keep an eye out for that!

Don’t forget that Powder Puff will be next Friday April 23rd at 7pm in the stadium!

Thank you and have a great weekend!

Prom

Attention Juniors and Seniors! There is still room for Prom if you’d like to attend. Email me, Mr. Ballentine, if you want to attend. For those already registered, I will be submitting a list of charges to charge the ticket price to tuition TODAY, so please let me know NOW if you would like to be removed from the list. 


April 15

New Family Drive Up Event

“We are looking for some energetic and “Hill-Murray loving” students to help us welcome incoming new families at a drive up event on Thursday, April 22nd from 6 PM – 7:30 PM.  You will receive a service credit for your time too!

Please see Mrs. O’Gary in The International Center – Room 045 by Monday, April 19th to sign up! “

10th Grade Retreat

Attention all 10th 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 Varsity Gym 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 Everyone! Cookie Break Reminder! 

Cookie Break

The NHS Cookie Break is TOMORROW during lunch! Make sure to bring that exact change tomorrow so that you can get your cookies–don’t miss out!!!!

This is a National Honor Society fundraiser, so please do NOT ask Taher and the cafeteria staff to make change. 

Hill-Murray Teacher Judith Bartel Wins Award

Maplewood Educator Named Recipient of $15,000 Award for Excellence

Judith Bartel, a teacher at Hill-Murray School in Maplewood, was surprised with the news that she is a recipient of a 2021 WEM Outstanding Educator Award, an honor that is accompanied by a $15,000 award.

Bartel is one of six educators being honored by the WEM Foundation and Synergy & Leadership Exchange for outstanding accomplishments and contributions to student learning.  She is one of two recipients of the Ethics in Education award, which recognizes educators who embody ethical behavior and promote ethical development for students through classroom or school activities, policies, or curriculum.

Bartel has been teaching for 31 years and currently teaches middle and high school social science.  In keeping things relevant, this fall she created a unit on the coronavirus.  She had students research the science behind the virus.  They compared the death and infection rates of previous pandemics, and examined the social, economic and moral implications.  Together they learned how to determine if a source is credible and non-biased.  Bartel views this type of project as a challenge for her students to learn how to draw their one conclusions from factual information based on reliable sources versus relying on social media opinions.

“Judy’s curriculum is full of examples of character-building activities in which the students are expected to examine their values and their moral compass,” said Erin Herman, principal. “Her goal is to help create strong, ethical, servant leaders for our ever-changing world. And her willingness to think outside the box provides her students with the best possible.


April 14

Hill-Murray Teacher Judith Bartel Wins Award

Maplewood Educator Named Recipient of $15,000 Award for Excellence

Judith Bartel, a teacher at Hill-Murray School in Maplewood, was surprised with the news that she is a recipient of a 2021 WEM Outstanding Educator Award, an honor that is accompanied by a $15,000 award.

Bartel is one of six educators being honored by the WEM Foundation and Synergy & Leadership Exchange for outstanding accomplishments and contributions to student learning.  She is one of two recipients of the Ethics in Education award, which recognizes educators who embody ethical behavior and promote ethical development for students through classroom or school activities, policies, or curriculum.

Bartel has been teaching for 31 years and currently teaches middle and high school social science.  In keeping things relevant, this fall she created a unit on the coronavirus.  She had students research the science behind the virus.  They compared the death and infection rates of previous pandemics, and examined the social, economic and moral implications.  Together they learned how to determine if a source is credible and non-biased.  Bartel views this type of project as a challenge for her students to learn how to draw their one conclusions from factual information based on reliable sources versus relying on social media opinions.

“Judy’s curriculum is full of examples of character-building activities in which the students are expected to examine their values and their moral compass,” said Erin Herman, principal. “Her goal is to help create strong, ethical, servant leaders for our ever-changing world. And her willingness to think outside the box provides her students with the best possible.”

Nursing

If you’re interested in learning more about what it means to be a Registered Nurse, join the school nurse, Caroline, for an informational WIN time on April 20 in room 137.  Caroline will explain nursing from her perspective, answer questions and have an open discussion about the profession. The WIN time will be session A under Caroline’s name. 

Masks

Please remember to pack a mask EVERYDAY (and a couple extra too)

  • Students should be supplying their own, as the school has a limited supply

New Family Drive Up Event

“We are looking for some energetic and “Hill-Murray loving” students to help us welcome incoming new families at a drive up event on Thursday, April 22nd from 6 PM – 7:30 PM.  You will receive a service credit for your time too!

Please see Mrs. O’Gary in The International Center – Room 045 by Monday, April 19th to sign up! “

Graduation Announcements

Attention Seniors: If you ordered Graduation announcements, they have arrived. Please pick them up in Ms. Gist’s office. 

Prom Sign Up

Today is the last day for seniors to sign up to attend prom with a guaranteed spot. Registration ends tonight at midnight. If we have not reached our 250 limit, all juniors and seniors that have registered are in and any future signups will be first come first serve until we are full. Check your email the link to the signup form from Mr. Ballentine. Thank you!

Powderpuff Game

FYI- The powderpuff game has been moved to next Friday, April 23rd at 7pm to wrap up Spring Fling week which is next week! There are dress up days every day next week based on football game themes. Follow the student council Instagram for More info!


April 13

Powderpuff

Hello Pioneers, it is Grace Lavigne from student council and I have some exciting news for you! 

Powderpuff is on for this year and will be held during win time on Friday the 23rd. Juniors and seniors, sign ups have been sent to your email. Please fill out the form by the end of the day Thursday so we can get jersey orders in ASAP! It is up to all of you to coordinate practices and team strategies should you choose to do so. More info is to come on prospectors and how you can sign up to watch the game. Stay tuned!

Prom

Attention Seniors and Juniors! As of last night at 10pm, 195 students had signed up to attend Prom, 105 Seniors and 90 Juniors. There are 55 more slots before Juniors would be subject to a lottery. If you want to attend this year’s Prom on Sunday, May 23rd at the Nicollet Island Pavilion, please sign up via the Google Forms before Wednesday night at midnight, when the form will close. After that, all students, juniors and seniors, would be subject to a lottery if needed. The forms are in your email from Mr. Ballentine.


April 12

Have a great week.

Talent Show

If you haven’t already, please submit your talent show video to Mr. Ballentine! Or if you’re having technical difficulties, let him know!


April 9

Cross Country Meeting

For all those interested in running Cross Country next fall, there will be a very brief informational meeting today directly after school in Mr. Ryan’s Room, 048.  If you are interested but cannot make it to the meeting, please email or stop in to talk to Mr. Ryan this week.

Art Fair and Exhibition

Students!  Check your email right now for an entertaining animation about the Art Fair and Exhibition coming up in May!

Are you looking for a way to show off your artistic talent?  Why not exhibit your artwork at the annual Hill-Murray Art Show (opening in Gathertown virtual space on Wednesday, May 5th from 4-6PM)!  You can also sell your artwork at the Art Fair on Saturday, May 8th, 4-7PM!  Sign up for WIN time next week with Mr. Dahl or Ms. Hunkins.  In this WIN session, you will be able to prepare your artwork for display and/or sale. Don’t delay!  Artwork needs to be submitted by April 30th!

Virtual National Competition

9 members of our Deca chapter will be competing in the virtual national competition. 

Which begins on Monday and runs for three weeks. We wish them the best of luck!

Talent Show

Submissions for the annual talent show are due today! Thank you to those who have already submitted. If you were planning on submitting, but still haven’t, as long as you get it to me, Mr. Ballentine this weekend, you are good to go! If you need help recording, let me know and we can make arrangements! Again, please submit your talents to Mr. Ballentine by Monday morning!

Senior Sweatshirt

Any seniors that ordered Senior Sweatshirts, please pick them up today! I’m here and will be around to make sure you get yours, so please swing by. After 6th hour, lunches, during WIN, or right after school works! Thanks!

Prom

Attention Juniors and Seniors. Please remember to register for Prom if you are planning on attending. I emailed you the google form on Wednesday and will again today, but remember the form closes next Wednesday 4/14 at 11:59pm. At that point, all Seniors will be guaranteed a spot at prom and if we have reached our 250 limit, there will be a lottery for juniors. Anyone that signs up to attend AFTER next Wednesday will be subject to a lottery and/or waitlist regardless if you are a junior or a senior. Thank you!


April 8

Cookie Break

Hey Pioneers!

Just a reminder that today is the last day to order cookies for the cookie break on April 16th. Please fill out the order form sent to your email before 3:00 today. 

Also, make sure to bring exact change on Friday, April 16th, or else you won’t receive your cookies.

Be sure not to miss out!

Future Leader Students

Attention all 10th grade Future Leader Students: Please bring your computers to the meeting during WIN today. 


April 7

Cross Country Meeting

For all those interested in running Cross Country next fall, there will be a very brief informational meeting on Friday directly after school in Mr. Ryan’s Room, 048.  If you are interested but cannot make it to the meeting, please email or stop in to talk to Mr. Ryan this week.

Female Lead Society

Attention all girls in grades 6-12 who are interested in attending the Female Lead Society meeting. Your next meeting will be on Friday, April 9th from 1:30-2:30 in the International Center. Sign up under Mrs. Bates’ SST. 

Easter Mass

Alleluia!  We celebrate Easter Mass via ZOOM during Advisory today.  All students will go to their Advisory during the first WIN period at 12:30 pm. Grades 6 and 7 will go to Advisory to drop off books and take attendance before heading to the Auditorium to attend Mass. Teachers are reminded to pass out worship aids and assist students in standing, sitting, and praying during Mass. 

Senior Sweatshirts

Seniors- If you ordered a senior sweatshirt but have not picked it up, please make sure you swing by Mr. Ballentine’s office between the choir and band rooms today to pick it up. Thank you!  

Virtual Talent Show

If you’d like to be a part of the Virtual Talent show, please submit a 3 minute or less video of your talent to Mr. Ballentine by this Friday, April 9th!


April 6

Cross Country Meeting

For all those interested in running Cross Country next fall, there will be a very brief informational meeting on Friday directly after school in Mr. Ryan’s Room, 048.  If you are interested but cannot make it to the meeting, please email or stop in to talk to Mr. Ryan this week.

Prom

Attention juniors and seniors- as you may have heard, there WILL be a prom on Sunday, May 23rd at the Nicollet Island Pavilion in Minneapolis, one of the best venues in the twin cities! Due to COVID safety measures, only 250 guests are welcome to attend. Please watch your email for a registration Google form from Mr. Ballentine tomorrow. You’ll have one week to sign up. All seniors will be able to attend if they wish as long as they sign up by Wednesday, April 14th at midnight, but if more than 250 students want to attend, juniors will be subject to a lottery. No outside guests will be allowed due to COVID precautions. All events, including Grand March, Dinner, and party will take place at Nicollet Island.  Your prom committee is working hard to make it a night you’ll never forget, so please remember to register for a ticket when you receive that email from Mr. Ballentine tomorrow! Thanks!

Senior Sweatshirts

Any Seniors that ordered a Senior Sweatshirt, please pick yours up today during WIN in the auditorium. Thanks!


March 26
Parent/Teacher Conferences


March 25

Cookie Break

Hey Pioneers, The NHS cookie break is back!

Cookies will be handed out on the 16th for anyone who fills out the order form by the 8th. The order form has just been sent to everyone’s email, so check there to claim those cookies!

The prices are 3 for $2 and 4 for $3 and make sure to bring EXACT CHANGE on the day of delivery or you will not get your cookies. 

We are bringing back the classic Hill-Murray tradition for one day only, so make sure not to miss out! 

Future Leader Meeting

This is a reminder to all 9th-grade Future Leader students: your meeting is today from 1:30-2:30 in the Auditorium. Don’t forget to bring your computers. 

One Act Play

Hello, Hill-Murray students it is I the one and only Joe O’Keefe here to tell you about the chance of a lifetime. I am putting together a theatrical 1 act play and I need you all to become part of the cast. There are currently 5 spots open and make sure to act fast because everyone wants a piece of this action. If you are interested please stop by Mr. Faust’s room today during WIN A with sign-up sheets, and an imaginary badge of honor that describes just how cool you really are. Thank you and I bid you farewell.


March 24

Art Fair

Are you looking for a way to show off your artistic talent?  Why not exhibit your artwork at the annual Hill-Murray Art Show?  You can even sell your artwork at the Art Fair!  Sign up for WIN time TODAY with Mr. Dahl or Ms. Hunkins.  In this informational WIN session we will discuss timelines, event dates, and preparing artwork for display and/or sale.  If you can’t make it to this WIN time, speak with Mr. Dahl or Ms. Hunkins for more details.  

Psychological Flexibility Mini-Course

Hey all you cool cats and kittens in grades 9 -12. . . 

Are you sick of trying to fight unwanted thoughts and feelings?  

Do you spend a lot of your time in your head worrying about the past, the future, and how  you’re never going to be able to do any of it well enough?!

Well, we’ve got a mini-course for you!

The infamous Mr. Aaron Goulet and Dr. Julie Robinson in Guidance and Counseling are going to fix all of these struggles for you!

In this 6 week group that’s going to meet during the 1st WIN every Friday, starting the Friday after Spring Break-we’re going to help you learn ways to accept all of our thoughts and feelings, AND be better able to pursue the life you want

Contact Mr. Goulet if you have any questions or if you’re interested in signing up.  

NHS Cookie Break

Hey Pioneers, The NHS cookie break is back!

Cookies will be handed out on the 16th for anyone who fills out the order form by the 8th. The order form has just been sent to everyone’s email, so check there to claim those cookies!

The prices are 3 for $2 and 4 for $3 and make sure to bring EXACT CHANGE on the day of delivery or you will not get your cookies. 

We are bringing back the classic Hill-Murray tradition for one day only, so make sure not to miss out! 

Women’s History Month T-Shirts

This is just a reminder to pick up your women’s history month t-shirt in the cafeteria TODAY during WIN time or after school. You will be out of uniform and able to wear these shirts TOMORROW or if you have a shirt from last year, you are able to wear that as well. Thanks and have a great day! 

Virtual Talent Show

Submissions for the all-school virtual talent show are due Friday, April 9th after we’re back from spring break! Please send your videos of your talent to Mr. Ballentine. If you need help recording, email him! Thank you!


March 23

Hill-Murray Art Show

Are you looking for a way to show of your artistic talent?  Why not exhibit your artwork at the annual Hill-Murray Art Show?  You can even sell your artwork at the Art Fair!  Sign up for WIN time on Wednesday with Mr. Dahl or Ms. Hunkins.  In this informational WIN session we will discuss timelines, event dates, and preparing artwork for display and/or sale.  If you can’t make it to this WIN time, speak with Mr. Dahl or Ms. Hunkins for more details.  

Baseball Players

The scheduled Pre-Season Arm Care / Conditioning Practice has been cancelled for Tuesday, March 23.  Please check the H-M Baseball website for the additional changes to Arm Care / Conditioning week.  

Remember, in order to be eligible to participate – all players must have completed the online registration and have an updated Physical on file through the Athletic Office.  If you have questions on eligibility, please contact Mr. Pohl in the Athletic Office.

Holy Week

As we near Holy Week we will prepare by participating in a Reconciliation Prayer Service today during the third WIN time.  Students should go to their Advisory for the third WIN time today and the Prayer Service will be live streamed to your classroom.  Juniors should report to their advisory for attendance and then will go to the Auditorium to attend the prayer service in person.  


March 22

DECA Celebration

Attention DECA members-  Our state celebration and awards ceremony is tomorrow morning at 7am in the auditorium.  Please be on time.

Psychological Flexibility Mini-Course

Are you struggling or avoiding unpleasant thoughts or emotions?

Do you feel like you spend a lot of your time and energy trying NOT to think or feel a certain way?

Take the Psychological Flexibility mini-course this April, on Fridays during the first WIN time, with Dr. Robinson and Mr. Goulet!

This is a 6-week course of discussion and activities. 

You will learn to accept unwanted thoughts and feelings and to foster acceptance of what truly matters to you and want your life to be like.

Please see Mr. Goulet in Guidance and Counseling for more information.  

Baseball Players

The scheduled Pre-Season Arm Care / Conditioning Practice has been canceled for Tuesday, March 23.  Please check the H-M Baseball website for the additional changes to Arm Care / Conditioning week.  

Remember, in order to be eligible to participate – all players must have completed the online registration and have an updated Physical on file through the Athletic Office.  If you have questions on eligibility, please contact Mr. Pohl in the Athletic Office.

Virtual Talent Show

The all-school Virtual talent show submissions are due Friday, April 9th, which is the Friday after we’re back from Spring Break. If you want to participate, please let Mr. Ballentine know via email or in-person. He is also available to help you figure out how to record your talent, if needed. Talents can be almost anything including singing, dancing, or playing an instrument, but also a short skit, poetry reading, stupid human trick, etc. We all have unique talents that we MIGHT be willing to share for a cash prize! Please keep your videos under 3 minutes and again, see Mr. Ballentine if you need any help!

Women’s History Month

Good Morning Pioneers! This is Erika Snyder and I’m here with your last Monday Moment to celebrate Women’s History Month. In 1964, Title VII was passed as part of the Civil Rights Act. Title Vll is a law that protects individuals from discrimination based on sex, primarily in the workplace. The law makes it illegal for an employer to discriminate against individuals in hiring, firing, promostions, raises, and other job opportunities becuase of their sex. Women are able to pursue jobs without fear of being rejected based solely on their sex and have more of an opprotunity to compete in the workplace, because of the passing of Ttile VII. Thank you for listening and have a great day!


March 19

Scholastic Challenge

This is a reminder to all students participating in the scholastic challenge today. Please bring your Chromebook, a calculator and extra scratch paper. We will meet in the LMC session A. 

Students4Change

Good Morning Pioneers! This is Payton Mackley from Students4Change. This week’s Friday Figure is Kamala Harris. She is the 49th vice president of the United States. She is the first female vice president and the highest ranking female official in U.S. history, as well as the first African American and first Asian American Vice President. Before that, she is known for serving in the US Senate and also served as attorney general of California. In addition, she was also granted TIMES Person of the year with current president Joe Biden. She is currently helping to pave the way for more women in politics. Working hard to have equal representation in politics is a big part of achieving gender equality. Thank you for listening, have a great Friday.  

CARE

Hey Pioneers, this is Liz Lafeber and Thiago Jaime with CARE. 

We hope you enjoyed Wellness Week this week, and enjoy the out of uniform day and music during passing time. 

The answer to yesterday’s trivia question:

What is the second leading cause of death in people ages 15-35? Suicide. 

Congrats to Nora Rubischiko for answering correctly- Ms. Gist will email you your Noodles gift card.

The winner of the You Are Company gift basket is: Gretta Frattalone. Stop by Ms. Gist’s office to pick up your basket, congrats!!

We want to remind you- if you are struggling, please reach out to a trusted adult or friend. You are needed in this world, and you are loved. 

Be the person who makes people feel seen and heard, and be the person who smiles back.

Be the person who shows up no matter what, no matter why, no matter for who.

You never know whose life you just might save by showing a little kindness.

Thank you for participating in Wellness Week with us. CARE Members will be stopping by with CARE cards and treats shortly. Have a great day Pioneers!

Psychological Flexibility Mini-Course

Are you struggling or avoiding unpleasant thoughts or emotions?

Do you feel like you spend a lot of your time and energy trying NOT to think or feel a certain way?

Take the Psychological Flexibility mini-course this April, on Fridays during the first WIN time, with Dr. Robinson and Mr. Goulet!

This is a 6-week course of discussion and activities. 

You will learn to accept unwanted thoughts and feelings and to foster acceptance of what truly matters to you and want your life to be like.

Please see Mr. Goulet in Guidance and Counseling for more information.  

Women’s History Month T-Shirts

Today is the last day to order your women’s history month t-shirts to be out of uniform next Thursday! We’re placing the order at the end of the school day so please Fill out the Google form that Grace Lavigne or Mr. Ballentine emailed you. Shirts are $15, charged to tuition. If the cost is preventing you from participating, please email Mr. Ballentine!

Blood Drive

Today is the blood drive! It takes place in the varsity gym. Student donors, please use your confirmation email as your pass and remember to bring your picture ID. If you are 16 years of age, remember to bring your signed parental consent form! Finally, thanks to everyone for your patience with the schedule. Obviously, the amount of time it takes to donate will vary for everyone, but many people will benefit from all the donations. Thank you!


March 18

Easter Baskets

With so many Easter Baskets coming in, Sister Linda has agreed to extend the Easter Basket Drive until next Thursday! This is a reminder that you can make your own Easter Basket and bring it in. Then you will receive one service credit per basket, and it will be counted as a poor and vulnerable credit!! With the year winding down this is the perfect opportunity to get those service credits taken care of! 

CARE

Good Morning Pioneers,
This is Maria Maurer and JP Yocum from CARE.

Reminder that tomorrow is an out of uniform day for Wellness Week! Wear your cozy clothes or whatever makes you feel most comfortable- with respect to being neat, clean, and modest. 

Members of CARE will be stopping by tomorrow morning during first hour to deliver CARE cards, and a special treat for all students. Teachers, we will be respectful of your classroom time, and will deliver the treats and leave with little interruption. 

Today’s trivia question is:

• What is the 2nd leading cause of death among people ages 15-34 in the United states?

• Suicide

• Cancer

• Car Accidents

Submit your answer in Ms. Gist’s office for your chance to win a Noodles gift card.

Something we want you to remember:

You wouldn’t  pretend it didn’t hurt if you stubbed your toe or broke your arm. Emotional pain is just as valid as physical pain and you should never be ashamed of it. You are allowed to feel your feelings. Your emotions are valid. A few ways to improve your mental health right now:

Reduce negativity
Exercise 
Practice self care- make time for yourself
Reduce screen time
Let go of expectations- you are perfect the way God made you. 

Have a great day, Pioneers!

Middle School Play

The Middle School play performs this Friday and Saturday night at 7pm! Our middle school students have worked extremely hard, led by Junior Lexy Widi and Sophomore Ben Davis. Come check it out this Friday or Saturday at 7pm. It’s free and the show runs just under a half hour so it’s short and sweet!

Fun Advisory

Attention Freshmen. 
Your Junior and Senior Link Leaders are host a fun Advisory event during WIN A tomorrow—If the weather is nice, we will be going outside! Please make sure you are dressed for being outside for an hour! 

Also, please head to your advisories at the beginning of WIN. A—then we will head outside together! 

Blood Drive

Tomorrow is the annual blood drive in the varsity gym! We have a full schedule. Thanks to everyone who will be donating! Of course, how long it takes to donate varies from person to person so thank you in advance to everyone for their patience regarding the schedule. Donors – please do your best to be on time or a little early for your donation. Please fill out your rapid pass online tomorrow morning. You’ll receive an email reminder with your appointment time later today. Thanks!

Women’s History Month Shirts

This is a reminder that you must sign up for a women’s history month T-shirt via a Google form that Grace Lavigne emailed out by the end of the school day tomorrow. Thanks!


March 17

CARE

Good Morning Pioneers!

This is Anna Thron and Abby Smith from CARE. 

We hope you are enjoying the Wellness Week activities so far. If you would like to send a CARE card and candy to a friend, teacher, or someone who needs cheering up, stop by our Wellness table tomorrow morning before school in the Commons. We will also have prizes to give away, candy, and mental health worksheets. 

The answer to yesterday’s trivia question: 

• Which of these symptoms can can be a result of depression 

•  Not feeling hungry 

•  Not feeling motivated 

•  Always tired

•  All of the above 

Is All of the above. Congratulations to Gabby Whisler for winning the Chipotle gift card. Stop by Ms. Gist’s office to pick it up.

To everyone listening, we pray

That whatever is hurting you or whatever you are stressing about gets better.
May clarity replace confusion. 
May peace and calmness fill your life.
May you always know that you are so loved. 
And finally, something to remember:
It’s ok if you fall apart sometimes. Tacos fall apart all of the time and we love them! 

Have a great day, Pioneers!

Student Council

Good Morning Pioneers!

I am Ellie Gunderson, your Student Council President here to inform you of the newly elected Executive Board who will lead you through the 2021-2022 school year! Here they are:

Grace Lavigne: President
Kennedy Heidel: Vice President
JP Yocum: Event Coordinator
Liz Lafeber: Publicist
Lee Olson: Leader of Development

If you would like to learn more about them, you can check out our latest post on our Instagram @hmstudco.

I hope you are all as excited as I am to see what these leaders will bring to Hill-Murray! If you see them in the hallways, please congratulate them!

Thank you and have a great day!

Woman’s History Month T-Shirt

Good morning Pioneers! This is junior Jack Nelson with a reminder to buy your Woman’s History Month T-Shirt! The form was sent out yesterday via email by next year’s StudCo president Grace Lavigne. The shirts cost $15, charged to tuition. If you buy a shirt or have an “Empower Women” t-shirt from last year, you are able to be out of uniform next Thursday, March 25th. Please order your shirt via the form by the end of the school day this Friday, March 19th. Have a great day!

Middle School Play

The Middle School Play performs this Friday and Saturday night! Please come out and support our youngest actors in  this short and sweet show at 7pm either night. The running time is about 30 minutes. It was directed by Junior Lexy Widi who was assisted by Sophomore Ben Davis. Please come out and support our amazing middle school students! There are no tickets, just show up with a mask and you’re good to go!

DECA 

Great job to members of our DECA Chapter for their outstanding efforts in the final round of the state competition.  Our students set a new school DECA record with 9 of them advancing to the virtual national and international competition.  3 of the 9 received first place at state, also a new school record.  Congratulations to June Knauss, Anna Schafhauser and Allie DePuydt for receiving first place at state, and congratulations to our additional national qualifiers:  Alex Berkley, Nolan Conners, Joseph Koch, Rachel Zillig, Erika Snyder and Sam Lavine.

Easter Baskets

With so many Easter Baskets coming in, Sister Linda has agreed to extend the Easter Basket Drive until next Thursday! This is a reminder that you can make your own Easter Basket and bring it in. Then you will receive one service credit per basket, and it will be counted as a poor and vulnerable credit!! With the year winding down this is the perfect opportunity to get those service credits taken care of! 


March 16

Baseball Tryouts

Attention Baseball Players,
All players interested in trying out this spring must complete the online registration by Thursday, March 18.  Spring Sports Registration is located on the Hill-Murray Activities page.  If you have any questions regarding registration, please see Mr. Pohl in the Activities Office.

Scholastic Challenge

Students who signed up for the scholastic challenge have been pinged for WIN time this Friday. You will need your chromebook fully charged, scratch paper and a calculator. This will take all of session A and some time into Session B. If you need to see another teacher once you are finished, Mrs. Barbato will give you a pass. Otherwise, bring something to work on or study until the group is done testing. See Mrs. Barbato if you have questions or did not get pinged for the competition. We will meet in the LMC. 

Raffle Ticket 

Congratulations to the 6th graders for winning the Raffle ticket sales competition! You sold the most raffle tickets for our school’s biggest fundraiser selling 25 tickets.  In second place was 8th grade with 11 tickets sold and in third 7th grade with 5.  

Only students in grade 6 are out of uniform tomorrow, March 17th. Way to go 6th graders!!!!!

CARE

Good Morning Pioneers! This is Liz Lafeber with CARE. 

We hope you were able to stop by our table this morning to send a CARE card and candy to a classmate, teacher, or someone who needs some cheering up. CARE cards will be delivered on Friday. We will be back in the Commons on Thursday before school, if you want to send a card.

Here are a few things we want you to remember about mental health:

Mental Health is Important. It is something everyone deals with, and is part of being human. It is not a sign of weakness, or something to be ashamed of. Everyone struggles, and it’s ok to not be ok all of the time. If you are are having a difficult time, please reach out and talk to a trusted friend or adult. There are so many people in this building that care about you. You are perfect just the way you are and the world needs you. 

The answer to yesterday’s trivia question 

• How many teenagers experience some kind of mental health illness in an average year? Is 1 in 5 teenagers. 

Congrats to Jack Senden for answering correctly. Ms. Gist will get you your Jersey Mike’s gift card.

Today’s trivia question is:

• Which of these symptoms can can be a result of depression 

•  Not feeling hungry 

•  Not feeling motivated 

•  Always tired

•  All of the above 

Drop off your answer in Ms. Gist’s office for a chance to win a Chipotle gift card.

Have a great day, Pioneers!


March 15

Female Lead Society

Attention all girls in grades 6-12: You are invited to join the Female Lead Society. It is an inclusive group for young women to meet with the purpose of fostering curiosity, drive, and courage in each other. It is about working together to discuss the challenges young women face. It is a stance against low expectations, self-doubt, inequity, and prejudice. It is about confronting gender bias by demonstrating you are not shaped by your biology for a pre-set role in society but can determine your personal destiny. 

Our first meeting will be on March 16th at 1:30. Sign up under Mrs. Bates’ name on the SST portal.

Monday Moment

Hi Pioneers, I’m Lauren Oberle and I’m here with the Monday Moment for this week to celebrate Women’s History Month! In 1972 the United States passed the Title IX legislation which prohibited discrimination in education based on a person’s sex. This meant that for the first time in American history, women were legally guaranteed the same opportunities as men to receive college scholarships and to apply and be accepted into college based on their qualifications instead of their gender. For athletes, it meant that girls and women were required by law to receive the equal opportunities for sports including the same number of sports offered as boys, equal practice times and space, equal equipment and uniforms, and equal funding. Thanks for listening, have a great day! 

Teacher of Excellence Award

You may have noticed the large display outside of President Hansen’s office that honors current and past faculty. This is your chance to see one of your favorite teachers honored on the wall too.

Today you will receive an email detailing how you can nominate someone for the Teacher of Excellence Award. Please take some to make a nomination and recognize a teacher! The deadline for nominations is this Wednesday, March 17.

Trying Out For Baseball 

Attention Baseball Players,
All players interested in trying out this spring must complete the online registration by Thursday, March 18.  Spring Sports Registration is located on the Hill-Murray Activities page.  If you have any questions regarding registration, please see Mr. Pohl in the Activities Office.

Prayers

As we gather today as a community and pray, please keep the entire East Ridge high school community in your prayers as they grieve the loss of one student and injuries to several others in a car accident on Saturday night.

And so we pray —-
We pray that in this time of loss,
You’ll feel God’s love much more
And that you’ll find your comfort
In the presence of the Lord
We pray God pours upon you,
His sweet amazing grace
And overflow your heart with peace
As you live in His embrace. Amen 

CARE

Good Morning Pioneers!

This is Maria Maurer and Thiago Jaime with CARE.

Today, CARE is kicking off Wellness Week. This week, we will be focusing on mental, physical, and spiritual health, along with suicide awareness and prevention. We want to remove the negative stigma of depression and anxiety. We will also enjoy an out of uniform day on Friday- wear cozy clothes or whatever makes you most comfortable. 

Mental Health is important— it is ok to not be ok all of the time. Treating your mental health is nothing to be embarrassed about. You are not alone, and you are loved.

Trivia Time!

How many teenagers experience some kind of mental health illness in an average year

1 in 10
1 in 5
1 in 3
1 in 6

Submit your guess in the box in Ms. Gist’s office for a chance to win a Jersey Mike’s gift card. Answer and winner will be announced tomorrow morning. 

Lastly, we have a giveaway with a basket full of prizes from our own Anna Schafhauser’s You Are Company, which focuses on positive mental health. Place your name in the box in Ms. Gist’s office for your chance to win this great basket filled with goodies to up lift your spirits. Winner will be announced Friday. 

You are loved, Pioneers! Have a great day.


March 12

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 Varsity Gym and sit with your advisory teacher. 

Stations of The Cross

Hello Pioneers!  Remember that Mr. Ryan will host middle schoolers for stations of the cross during WIN A today and Ms. Bourget will host high schoolers during WIN B.  This meditation on the last moments of Christ’s life is a Lenten tradition and a nice way to wrap up your week!

Easter Basket

During this Lenten season, Peer Ministry will be donating Easter Egg Baskets to children who can’t wake up Easter morning with an Easter Basket. If you bring in an Easter Basket, you will receive a poor and vulnerable service credit per basket! Look at your email for more information! Thank you!

Friday Figure

Good Morning Pioneers! I’m Elaine Khoury and I’m here to share this week’s Friday Figure. Today we recognize Ruth Bader Ginsburg. A former Supreme Court Justice who recently passed away on September 18th, 2020. Bader graduated from Cornell University in 1954, finishing first in her class from there she broke down more gender barriers. She served as the director of the Women’s Rights Project of the American Civil Liberties Union arguing in front of the supreme court. She taught at Rutgers University Law School and at Columbia, where she became the school’s first female tenured professor. From there she was appointed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia in 1980 by President Jimmy Carter. RBG served on the Court of Appeals until 1993 when she was appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court by President Bill Clinton. Ruth Bader Ginsburg served on the U.S. Supreme Court for 27 years. RBG advocated for equal rights for everyone. She believed the law was gender-blind and all groups were entitled to equal rights. To learn more about the legacy of RBG check out the HMStudents4Change Instagram! Thank you for learning with us! Have a great Friday!

Blood Drive

Good morning Pioneers!
Next Friday, March 19th is the annual Student Council blood drive! 17 year olds are eligible to donate without parental permission, but 16 year olds need to have their parents fill out a permission slip. Each donor gets a post donation snacks, a t-shirt and tested for COVID-19 antibodies. WHAT. A. DEAL! 
Please sign up using the link provided by Mr. Ballentine via email. 
Have a great rest of your day Pioneers!


March 11

Advisory

All students in grades 6-11 need to report to your advisory for WIN time today to finish your registration. Thank you.

Attention Middle School Students!

Do you want to help support the school auction? Do you want to earn an out of uniform day for your grade level? Then this competition is for you!  All middle school students are invited to participate in selling raffle tickets. The competition runs until March 14. You should have already received the email with all the details. See Mrs. Barbato if you have any questions. 

Track Meeting Today

Tonight is the required Track and Field parent/ athlete preseason zoom meeting at 7:00pm. You should have received an email with the zoom link. Please reach out to Mrs. Hurley if you have questions or did not receive the email. 

Female Lead Society

Attention all girls in grades 6-12: You are invited to join the Female Lead Society. It is an inclusive group for young women to meet with the purpose of fostering curiosity, drive, and courage in each other. It is about working together to discuss the challenges young women face. It is a stance against low expectations, self-doubt, inequity, and prejudice. It is about confronting gender bias by demonstrating you are not shaped by your biology for a pre-set role in society but can determine your personal destiny. 

Our first meeting will be on March 16th at 1:30. Sign up under Mrs. Bates’ name on the SST portal.-

9th Grade Retreat

Attention all 9th 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 Varsity Gym 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.

Blood Drive

Hey Pioneers!
Next Friday the 19th, Student Council will be hosting a blood drive during school! The process takes no more than 30 minutes, and you get some snacks after giving blood. If you donate blood, you’ll get a t-shirt while supplies last AND the American Red Cross will test for COVID-19 antibodies in your blood!

You’ll be able to sign up online and we will have a table outside the entrance to the Commons before and after school next week.

Have a great rest of your day Pioneers!


March 10
Flex Day

Senior Sweatshirt

“Seniors – Please remember to order your senior sweatshirt by midnight tonight! See Lilli Mackley’s email for the link!”


March 9

Track Meeting

There is a Mandatory Track and Field preseason zoom meeting on Thursday, March 11 at 7:00pm. Mrs. Hurley will send you an email with the link. Remember- your parents must attend with you.

Female Lead Society

Attention all girls in grades 6-12: You are invited to join the Female Lead Society. It is an inclusive group for young women to meet with the purpose of fostering curiosity, drive, and courage in each other. It is about working together to discuss the challenges young women face. It is a stance against low expectations, self-doubt, inequity, and prejudice. It is about confronting gender bias by demonstrating you are not shaped by your biology for a pre-set role in society but can determine your personal destiny. 

Our first meeting will be on March 16th at 1:30. Sign up under Mrs. Bates’ name on the SST portal.

DECA State Competition

Great job to the 89 DECA members who participated in the state competition last week.  The final round of competition takes place this morning, and we wish the DECA members who are part of that the best of luck!

Advisory Today

All students in grades 6-11 are reminded to bring charged computers and their completed course selection forms to Advisory today so they will be able to register for next year’s courses.  Thanks everyone for helping take care of this important matter.


March 8

Women’s History Month

Hi Pioneers, I’m Grace Lavigne and I’m here with the Monday Moment for this week to celebrate Women’s History Month! The 19th amendment, ratified on August 8th, 1919, grants women the right to vote prohibiting denial of voting rights on the basis of sex. This amendment was a huge step towards equality for women. From the founding of the United States, women were almost universally excluded from voting and their voices largely suppressed from the political sphere. Beginning in the early 19th century, the movement for woman suffrage began. The fight for equal rights is an ongoing battle but progression has come a long way since the passing of the 19th amendment. Thank you for listening! Have a great day. 

Attention Middle School Students!

Do you want to help support the school auction? Do you want to earn an out of uniform day for your grade level? Then this competition is for you!  All middle school students are invited to participate in selling raffle tickets. The competition runs until March 14. You should have already received the email with all the details. See Mrs. Barbato if you have any questions. 

8th Grade Graduation Planning

Any 8th grade student who wants to help plan 8th grade graduation for this year, there is a meeting in room 137 during WIN time this Thursday. Please sign up under Mrs. Barbato’s WIN time or see her if you have any questions.

Online Course Registration

Students in grades 6-11 are reminded that online course registration takes place tomorrow in Advisory. You will need your completed course selection forms for that.  See your counselor if you have any questions. Thank you! 

Pet Supplies Drive

Hi, I am Peer Minister and I want to let you know that we are having a Pet Supplies Drive from Monday, March 1st to March 5. You can come pick up a name tag at the front entrance to “adopt” a pet. You will receive a name tag that will give you a supply you need to bring. Then bring back your name tag with your item and you will receive a service credit and help out our furry friends! This is a great and quick opportunity for a service credit if you need any!

Teacher of Excellence Award

You may have noticed the large display outside of President Hansen’s office that honors current and past faculty. This is your chance to see one of your favorite teachers honored on the wall too.

Today you will receive an email detailing how you can nominate someone for the Teacher of Excellence Award. Please take some time this week to make a nomination and recognize a teacher!

HAPPY INTERNATIONAL WOMEN’S DAY Pioneers! 

International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women. The day also marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. 

Thanks to all the students who helped decorate. Hopefully, you’ve noticed the timelines in the Senior Hallway and on the Garden Level by Campus Ministry featuring important moments in Women’s History. I’m Grace Lavigne and today’s Monday Moment is celebrating The 19th amendment, ratified on August 8th, 1919, which grants women the right to vote, prohibiting denial of voting rights on the basis of sex. This amendment was a huge step towards equality for women. From the founding of the United States, women were almost universally excluded from voting and their voices largely suppressed from the political sphere. Beginning in the early 19th century, the movement for woman suffrage began. The fight for equal rights is an ongoing battle but progression has come a long way since the passing of the 19th amendment. Thank you for listening! Have a great day.


March 5

Pet Supplies Drive

Hi, I am Peer Minister and I want to let you know that we are having a Pet Supplies Drive from Monday March 1st to March 5. You can come pick up a name tag at the front entrance to “adopt” a pet. You will receive a name tag that will give you a supply you need to bring. Then bring back your name tag with your  item and you will receive a service credit and help out our furry friends! This is a great and quick opportunity for a service credit if you need any!

Making Cards For Frontline Workers

Sister Linda is hosting a WIN on Tuesday, March 8 for only 20 students to make cards for the Frontline Workers in Buffalo, MN. Please sign up if you are interested. You will get service credit for every three cards you make. Thank you, and please bring your markers with you. We will meet in the chapel. 

Senior Sweatshirts

Good morning, Pioneers. This is Senior Andrew Schlundt to remind you that the site to order senior sweatshirts is live. These sweatshirts were designed by student council seniors Anna Vlaisavljevich, Lilli Mackey, and me so be sure to order one via the link in your email today! The site will stay open until Monday night at 11:59pm. FYI – you pay for your sweatshirt on the site when ordering. We would love for every member of the class of 2021 to have a sweatshirt. See Mr. Ballentine in the theatre office if you need financial assistance in purchasing one. Thanks and have a great Friday and Weekend.

Mock Trial State Tournament

Congratulations to Hill Murray mock trial for an amazing showing at our first state tournament.  We finished solidly in the top 8 of all the teams in the state of Minnesota. Amazing work, team! Alex Berkley won all-state witness and Rachel McBride won all-state attorney. Way to go!!!!

Teacher of Excellence Award

You may have noticed the large display outside of President Hansen’s office that honors current and past faculty. This is your chance to see one of your favorite teachers honored on the wall too.

Today you will receive an email detailing how you can nominate someone for the Teacher of Excellence Award. Please take some time this week to make a nomination and recognize a teacher!


March 4

Pet Supplies Drive

Hi, I am Peer Minister and I want to let you know that we are having a Pet Supplies Drive from Monday March 1st to March 5. You can come pick up a name tag at the front entrance to “adopt” a pet. You will receive a name tag that will give you a supply you need to bring. Then bring back your name tag with your  item and you will receive a service credit and help out our furry friends! This is a great and quick opportunity for a service credit if you need any!

Sock Drive

Jared – Good Morning!  The Girls and Boys Hockey program are having a Sock Drive in Support of the Hallie Strong Foundation supporting Cancer patients!  

Ava – We are asking ALL Pioneers to bring one or two pairs of “FUN” socks to be donated to the Hallie Strong Foundation and be given to a cancer patient to help provide them with a smile!  

Matthew – The Sock Drive will run for 2 weeks.  We will have boxes at the front entrance, for you to donate your “FUN” socks.  Tuesday February 23rd through Wednesday March 10. 

Sarah – Please see our posters in the hallways and by the front entrance for Sock Ideas!  Hallie Strong Foundation’s Mission is to outfit the feet of every cancer patient with the “fun” socks they need (and deserve!) for treatment. 

Joe – They do this because hospitals are cold and treatment is long!  Please help us bring a smile to someone’s face and donate those “FUN” socks! Thank you!

Making Cards For Frontline Workers

Sister Linda is hosting a WIN on Tuesday, March 8 for only 20 students to make cards for the Frontline Workers in Buffalo, MN. Please sign up if you are interested. You will get service credit for every three cards you make. Thank you, and please bring your markers with you. We will meet in the chapel. 

Senior Sweatshirts

Hello Pioneers and welcome back! I’m here to announce that the site to order senior sweatshirts is live. These sweatshirts were designed by student council seniors Anna Vlaisavljevich, Lilli Mackey, and Andrew Schlundt so be such to watch out for the link in your email today! We would love for every member of the class of 2021 to have a sweatshirt. See Mr. Ballentine in the theatre office if you need financial assistance in purchasing one. Thanks and have a great Thursday!

Boys and Girls Alpine Ski Teams

Congratulations to the Hill-Murray Boys and Girls Alpine Ski teams.  Both teams won their section race yesterday and have advanced to the state meet next Wednesday in Biwabik.  This is the first-ever section championship for our boys team and back-to-back championships for our girls team.  Congratulations and best of luck at the state meet


March 3

Pet Supplies Drive

Hi, I am Peer Minister and I want to let you know that we are having a Pet Supplies Drive from Monday, March 1st to March 5. You can come pick up a name tag at the front entrance to “adopt” a pet. You will receive a name tag that will give you a supply you need to bring. Then bring back your name tag with your item and you will receive a service credit and help out our furry friends! This is a great and quick opportunity for a service credit if you need any!

March 2

Sock Drive

Jared – Good Morning!  The Girls and Boys Hockey program are having a Sock Drive in Support of the Hallie Strong Foundation supporting Cancer patients!  

Ava – We are asking ALL Pioneers to bring one or two pairs of “FUN” socks to be donated to the Hallie Strong Foundation and be given to a cancer patient to help provide them with a smile!  

Matthew – The Sock Drive will run for 2 weeks.  We will have boxes at the front entrance, for you to donate your “FUN” socks.  Tuesday February 23rd through Wednesday March 10. 

Sarah – Please see our posters in the hallways and by the front entrance for Sock Ideas!  Hallie Strong Foundation’s Mission is to outfit the feet of every cancer patient with the “fun” socks they need (and deserve!) for treatment. 

Joe – They do this because hospitals are cold and treatment is long!  Please help us bring a smile to someone’s face and donate those “FUN” socks! Thank you!

Pet Supplies Drive

Hi, I am Peer Minister and I want to let you know that we are having a Pet Supplies Drive from Monday, March 1st to March 5. You can come pick up a name tag at the front entrance to “adopt” a pet. You will receive a name tag that will give you a supply you need to bring. Then bring back your name tag with your item and you will receive a service credit and help out our furry friends! This is a great and quick opportunity for a service credit if you need any!


March 1

Pet Supplies Drive

Hi, I am Peer Minister and I want to let you know that we are having a Pet Supplies Drive from Monday March 1st to March 5. You can come pick up a name tag at the front entrance to “adopt” a pet. You will receive a name tag that will give you a supply you need to bring. Then bring back your name tag with your  item and you will receive a service credit and help out our furry friends! This is a great and quick opportunity for a service credit if you need any!

Robotics Team

Congratulations to the Hill-Murray Robotics team, PioNerds White, who competed over the weekend and did extremely well, earning the judges award for their outstanding performance across all categories.  The team will also advance to the State tournament.  Great work Aidan, Alex, Andreas, Eddie, Leo, Noah, Ryker, and Yakob!


February 26

Track and Field Signup

This is the last reminder about signing up for Track and Field.  The sign up is located on the windows outside of the Counseling office.

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 Varsity Gym and sit with your advisory teacher. 

Registration Forms

Please remember to bring your registration forms with you to all your classes today. Teachers will be signing your forms during class times so you are able to register online next week.

Women’s History Month

Good morning, Pioneers! This is Payton Mackley, a member of HMStudents4Change and Student Council. March is Women’s History Month! If you would like to be a part of helping us plan for this month, please attend a WIN time meeting this coming Monday 3/1. Sign up under Ms. Rodriguez’s name in room 123. We’ll share our ideas with you and we’ll all brainstorm together to celebrate Women’s History, which is all of our history! Thanks, have a great Friday, and an awesome weekend!

Pet Supplies Drive

Hi, I am Peer Minister and I want to let you know that we are having a Pet Supplies Drive from Monday, March 1st to March 5. You can come pick up a name tag at the front entrance to “adopt” a pet. You will receive a name tag that will give you a supply you need to bring. Then bring back your name tag with your item and you will receive a service credit and help out our furry friends! This is a great and quick opportunity for a service credit if you need any!

Ceramics

Ceramics students from last semester should pick up their projects by the end of next week (March 5th) or they will be repurposed.  That means they are given away to someone else, thrown away, or used as examples (good or bad!).  Mrs. Hunkins thanks you.

Black Heritage

Happy Friday Pioneers! This is Evelyn Perkins from HMStudents4Change. We want to thank you for engaging in the learning and celebration of Black Heritage this month. To continue acknowledging influential black figures, today we will be playing music from popular black artists during passing time. As February comes to an end, remember, black heritage should be taught and learned all year long because black history IS American history. Thank you for learning with us and have a great day! 


February 25

Softball Sign Up

All softball players interested in trying out this spring must sign up outside coach Kotzmacher’s classroom 051 in the TNC by this Thursday. Mandatory parent/ player zoom meeting will be this Sunday, February 28th. Any questions contact Coach Kotzmacher. 

Outdoor WIN Session

All students in grades 6 & 7 – there will be a special outdoor WIN session this Friday with your WEB leaders during session B. Teachers will create the session in WIN time and all you need to do is sign up and bring in the appropriate outdoor clothing. Boots, jackets, snow pants or sweatpants, hats and mittens.  You are also encouraged to bring in whatever you need to decorate your snowman or fort if you chose that activity. Prizes awarded for the best! This is for Session B. Activities include kickball, nature walk, snowman building and others. If you do not have the proper outdoor clothing, you will be assigned a classroom to go to! 

Now that the weather is better, let’s get outside! See Mrs. Barbato or Mr. Chapman if you have any questions.

Registration Forms

Are you a student who is not taking an art class right now, but needs a signature to register for an upper level Ceramics, Studio Art, Computer Graphics class, or Honors Vivace Choir?  Ms. Walth, Ms, Hunkins and Mr. Dahl will be available after school today in the Ceramics Room–room 047–to sign your registration forms.

Registration Forms

Students you must bring your registration forms with you to all your classes today and tomorrow. Teachers will be signing your forms during class times so you are able to register online next week.

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 Varsity Gym 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.

DECA State Participants

This is a reminder for all DECA state participants – there is a MANDATORY meeting tomorrow morning (Friday) at 7am in the auditorium.  Please be on time.

Christian Service Learning Signature

If you are interested in registering for Christian Service Learning—Ms. Fandrich will be available to sign your registration forms during WIN Time on Thursday (Today) and Friday, as well as, after school until 3:00 both days!

There are limited spots available, so make sure to get your signature! 

Black History Month T-shirts 

Black History Month T-shirts have arrived! If you ordered one, you can pick it up during WIN time or after school, today, outside Mr. B.’s office by the choir room. 

Also, you are out of uniform this Friday if you wear any of the past 3 black history month t-shirts! Thanks!

Future Leader Students

Reminder to all 9th grade Future Leader students. You have a meeting today at 1:45 in Auditorium. This is a mandatory meeting.

Deer Sheds

Any 6th or 7th grade students interested in searching for Deer sheds on Friday please sign up in Mr. Johnson WIN B. Please bring boots and we will meet in the TNC commons. 

Girls Golf

For anyone interested in trying out for girls golf this spring, there will be an information meeting this Friday after school in room 116. If you are unable to attend, please sign up outside of Mr. Goetzke’s room. 

Esports

Sign-ups for Esports this Spring will begin tomorrow and run through next week. Pick up a registration form from Mr. Goetzke in 116 before the end of the day tomorrow. 



February 24

Track and Field Signup

Anyone who is participating in Track and Field this spring must put your name on the signup sheet located on the windows outside the Guidance and Counseling office. This year Track and Field is only available for grades 9-12 due to Covid concerns. However, if you are a middle schooler and feel you can compete at a high school level in Track and Field, you will be given the opportunity to tryout. See Mrs. Hurley for details.

Softball Sign Up

All softball players interested in trying out this spring must sign up outside coach Kotzmacher’s classroom 051 in the TNC by this Thursday. Mandatory parent/ player zoom meeting will be this Sunday, February 28th. Any questions contact Coach Kotzmacher. 

Lacrosse Sign Up

Girls in grades 7-12 interested in playing lacrosse this spring, please complete the google sign-up form found on the girls lacrosse page of the Hill-Murray Athletics website prior to the Player/Parent Informational Zoom meeting on Monday, March 8th. Captains practices begin this Tuesday, February 23rd, please contact Emily Senkowski or Lorelai VanGuilder for more information!”

Registration Forms

This is a message for students who need teacher signatures for any of the upper level Ceramics, Studio Art, Computer Graphics classes, or Honors Vivace Choir.  Ms. Walth, Ms, Hunkins and Mr. Dahl will be available after school today in the Ceramics Room–room 047–to sign your registration forms today and tomorrow.

Lenten Prayer Service

Today we will have our Lenten prayer services together in order to help us all enter into the season of Lent.  You are to report to your Advisory before your Prayer Service for attendance and to 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

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 Varsity Gym 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.


February 23

Teacher of Excellence Award

You may have noticed the large display outside of President Hansen’s office that honors current and past faculty. This is your chance to see one of your favorite teachers honored on the wall too.

Today you will receive an email detailing how you can nominate someone for the Teacher of Excellence Award. Please take some time this week to make a nomination and recognize a teacher!

Softball Sign Up

All softball players interested in trying out this spring must sign up outside coach Kotzmacher’s classroom 051 in the TNC by this Thursday. Mandatory parent/ player zoom meeting will be this Sunday, February 28th. Any questions contact Coach Kotzmacher. 

Lacrosse Sign Up

Girls in grades 7-12 interested in playing lacrosse this spring, please complete the google sign-up form found on the girls lacrosse page of the Hill-Murray Athletics website prior to the Player/Parent Informational Zoom meeting on Monday, March 8th. Captains practices begin this Tuesday, February 23rd, please contact Emily Senkowski or Lorelai VanGuilder for more information!”

Sock Drive

Jared – Good Morning!  The Girls and Boys Hockey program are having a Sock Drive in Support of the Hallie Strong Foundation supporting Cancer patients!  

Ava – We are asking ALL Pioneers to bring one or two pairs of “FUN” socks to be donated to the Hallie Strong Foundation and be given to a cancer patient to help provide them with a smile!  

Matthew – The Sock Drive will run for 2 weeks.  We will have boxes at the front entrance, for you to donate your “FUN” socks.  Tuesday February 23rd through Wednesday March 10. 

Sarah – Please see our posters in the hallways and by the front entrance for Sock Ideas!  Hallie Strong Foundation’s Mission is to outfit the feet of every cancer patient with the “fun” socks they need (and deserve!) for treatment. 

Joe – They do this because hospitals are cold and treatment is long!  Please help us bring a smile to someone’s face and donate those “FUN” socks! Thank you!

Outdoor WIN Session

All students in grades 6 & 7 – there will be a special outdoor WIN session this Friday with your WEB leaders during session B. Teachers will create the session in WIN time and all you need to do is sign up and bring in the appropriate outdoor clothing. Boots, jackets, snow pants or sweatpants, hats and mittens.  You are also encouraged to bring in whatever you need to decorate your snowman or fort if you chose that activity. Prizes awarded for the best! This is for Session B. Activities include kickball, nature walk, snowman building and others. If you do not have the proper outdoor clothing, you will be assigned a classroom to go to! 

Now that the weather is better, let’s get outside! See Mrs. Barbato or Mr. Chapman if you have any questions.

HMStudents4Change

Good morning Pioneers! This is Sam Lavine from HMStudents4Change. To continue our celebration of Black History Month, today we would like to highlight a monumental moment in Black History known as Juneteenth. Juneteenth is also known as Freedom Day or Liberation Day, and celebrates the emancipation of remaining enslaved African Americans in the Confederacy. Juneteenth took place 2 and a half years after Lincoln’s Emancipation Proclamation, because the enforcement of the proclamation relied on Union troops, and in states like Texas, the enforcement had been slow and inconsistent. Juneteenth celebrates the true ending of slavery in the United States, and is recognized yearly on June 19th. To learn more about Juneteenth check out the HMStudents4Change Instagram! Thank you for learning with us!


February 22

Track and Field Signup

Anyone who is participating in Track and Field this spring must put your name on the signup sheet located on the windows outside the Guidance and Counseling office. This year Track and Field is only available for grades 9-12 due to Covid concerns. However, if you are a middle schooler and feel you can compete at a high school level in Track and Field, you will be given the opportunity to tryout. See Mrs. Hurley for details.

Stations

Good morning Pioneers!  We are in the liturgical season of Lent, and we have some wonderful Catholic traditions during this time, including Stations of the Cross.  For centuries, Christians in Jerusalem have walked the path of Jesus to the cross, stopping to meditate at fourteen “stations.”  For those who cannot go to the Holy Land, we meditate on these stations using pictures, and reading short reflections at each station.  

Interested Middle school sign up for stations of the cross with Mr. Ryan on Thursday, and interested high school with Ms. Bourget on Friday, second WIN time.

Give Some Love Drive

Good morning Pioneers!  Do you need a service credit?!  NHS and Campus Ministry are extending the “Give Some Love” drive through Thursday.  Bring in five or more items to receive a credit.  Items still needed are chapstick, lotion, shaving cream, shaving razors, feminine products, and pocket sized tissues.  Bring your donations to room 155, and submit your service credits on the portal.


February 12

Lunar New Year

Many of you might not know that today starts the Lunar New Year. The Lunar New Year is a 15-day celebration that begins on the evening of the first new moon that falls between January 21 and February 20.

Lunar New Year dates back to a legend that is thousands of years old. The legend goes that at the beginning of each new year, a monster would attack villagers. But the monster was afraid of loud noises, bright lights, and anything in the color red, so the villagers would host loud celebrations and wear red to scare the monster away.

Today, lights, parties, and traditional red decorations are used to celebrate the holiday, as it is believed this brings luck and prosperity in the new year.

While you may have heard the holiday referred to as the Chinese New Year, the term Lunar New Year is more inclusive. Here’s why: The Chinese New Year specifically applies to Chinese people and celebrations held in China. But because the same holiday is celebrated in many different countries, it’s more inclusive to use the term Lunar New Year, so you don’t exclude any populations who participate.

6th and 7th Grade Retreat

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.  

Happy Valentine’s Day

Happy Friday everyone! We hope to see all of you in your red/white and pink today! During this hour you will all receive a treat from your 2nd hour teacher. We ask that you wait until lunchtime to eat it. We need everyone masked up until lunch. We hope you had a wonderful French week – thank you to Madame Marin and Mr. Obernolte along with the French Club students for your work in giving all of us a taste of France! Happy Valentine’s Day to each of you – make someone’s day this weekend by wishing them a happy day as well. 

All Conference Band Members

Congratulations to Hill-Murray’s 2021 Metro East All-Conference Band Members. This honor is given to the tops musicians in the conference. 

Chloe Greene 
Emily Sagstetter 
Rachel Meniboon
Malcolm Lenz 
Maggie Gaida 
Ellie Gunderson 
Sarah McElmury
Regina Head 
Ryan Schabert 
Claire Weimann 
Noah Reardon
Patrick Phelan

Middle School Robotics Team

Congratulations to the Hill-Murray FLL Middle School Robotics Team. They competed last Sunday and were awarded the Breakthrough Award! 

This award celebrates a team that made significant progress in their confidence and capability in both the Robot Game and Innovation Project and are a shining example of excellent Core Values. They demonstrate that they understand that what they discover is more important than what they win.

Informational Golf Meeting

Attention boys in grades 7-12.  There will be an informational meeting for anyone interested in trying out for the golf team this spring on Friday, February 12th at 2:45 in the Fieldhouse.  The meeting will only last about 20 minutes.  It is really important that you try and make the meeting, but if you cannot attend, please stop by room 214 and sign up with Coach Oftedahl.

French Week

Bonjour!  Je m’appelle Guillaume Simpson,  Je m ‘appelle Alphonse Karr , Je m’appelle Thierry Laschinger et je m’appelle Victoir Wong.

Today we will read a prayer in French and then in English.  Please quiet yourselves for prayer

Une Prière Simple

N’oublie pas: 

Désespérer, c’est tourner le dos à Dieu. 

Avance avec lui.

Il ne t’abandonne jamais.

(In English):

A Simple Prayer 

Do not forget: 

To despair is to turn your back on God.

Go with him. 

He never gives up on you.

Today’s fun fact is that France was once the official language of EnglandFollowing the Norman Conquest, French was the language of the King and Court from 1066 to 1362 (that’s about three hundred years). Though English regained prominence in the 14th century, the English language today is still peppered with French-derived words and phrases.  

Yesterday’s trivia Question was: In what military conflict did Jeanne d’Arc (Joan of Arc) serve?

The correct answer was “B” The Hundred Years War. The winners from yesterday’s trivia question are: Nora Rubishko  in Middle School and  Jackson Quam  in high school!  See Ms. Marin in room 136 at the end of the day to collect your prize! 

Today’s trivia question is: 

  1. Which French king built the Palace of Versailles?

a.               Louis XIV (14th ) 
b.               Louis XV (15th) 
c.               Louis XVI (16th) 
d.               Louis XVIII (18th) 

Again which French king built the Palace of Versailles?

a.              Louis XIV (14th ) 
b.              Louis XV (15th) 
c.              Louis XVI (16th) 
d.               Louis XVIII (18th) 

Make sure to check your school email for the google-form to enter the contest!

HMStudents4Change

Good Morning Pioneers! This is Lauren Oberle, Jack Nelson, and Lucy Blissenbach from HMStudents4Change! Today’s Friday Figure is Lupita Nyong’o. Lupita Nyong’o is a Kenyan-Mexican actress. You can find her in many films. However, she is most recognized for her role as Nakia in Black Panther. Nakia has had a huge impact on the representation of young black women in films. Additionally, Lupita has written a New York Times best selling book to promote confidence and self love in young black girls. Working to have equal representation in the film industry is a huge part of our fight for equality. If you would like to learn more about Lupita Nyong’o check out the HMStudents4Change Instagram! Thank you for learning with us!

To continue the celebration of Black History Month, you may purchase a t-shirt to be worn on Friday, February 26th. The Shirts will be $13 charged to your TADs account. Please fill out the google form sent to your email if you are interested in buying a shirt! They are soft American apparel t-shirts.

Finally, the History Department (for grades 6-8 and 10-12) and the English Department (for grade 9) will be devoting a class to discuss the events that took place this summer. Please take a few minutes to fill out the google form in your email with any questions you would like to discuss during the class. Have a great Friday!


February 11

Give Some Love

Hi Pioneers!

This is NHS.  Along with Campus Ministry, we are hosting a “Give some Love” toiletry items drive! This drive will take place beginning on February 4th and will continue through February 12th, just in time for Valentine’s Day!  Please bring any toiletries including shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, bars of soap, and any other toiletries to the bins located in the commons, front entrance, and at the senior pole.  Items will go to four different locations serving those in need around the Twin Cities.

Thanks for supporting our community!

Peer Listener

Hi this is JP Yocum and I am a Peer Listener.  Tomorrow -we will be celebrating Heart Day. Candy and stickers will be available in the cafeteria tomorrow morning to represent a caring community. We wanted to remind you that there are trained juniors and seniors available to talk to if you have a concern and would like to confidentially discuss with someone close to your age. See Mrs. Hurley in the guidance office if you would like to talk with a Peer Listener and she will connect you with one of us. Happy Heart Day tomorrow!

6th and 7th Grade Retreat

Attention all 6th and 7th 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 Varsity Gym 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.

French Week

Bonjour!  Je m’appelle _________Océane  Widi_______________

Et Je m ‘appelle _________Zoé Myers_____________________ et Maelle Ball 

Today we will read the prayer in French! Please quiet yourself for today’s prayer!

Prayer:

Notre Père

Notre Père, qui es au cieux

Que Ton nom soit sanctifié

Que Ton règne vienne

Que ta volonté soit faite 

Sur la terre comme au ciel. 

Donne-nous aujourd’hui notre pain de ce jour.

Pardonne-nous nos offenses,

Comme nous pardonnons aussi à ceux qui nous ont offensés

Et ne nous soumet pas à la tentation,

Mais délivre-nous du mal.

Amen.

The English translation of the Our Father is slightly different than the prayer we know.  

Our Father, who art in heaven, may Your name be sanctified.  May Your kingdom come On earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our offenses, As we also forgive those who have offended us.  And do not subject us to temptation, But deliver us from evil. Amen.

Fun Fact:

Today’s fun fact of the day is that the camera phone was invented in France

            That’s right, the camera phone was invented in France in 1997 by an enterprising Parisian called Philippe Kahn. The first photo he took was of his new-born daughter, Sophie, which he sent to his family and friends.

Yesterday’s trivia Question was:  In what year was the Eiffel Tower completed?

a.              1763
b.              1824
c.               1889
d.              1904

The Correct answer is “c”- 1889: It was built for the World’s Fair in Paris, and it was meant to be temporary and torn down.  Also: 1889 is significant because it was the 100 year anniversary of the French Revolution of 1789!   The winners of yesterday’s question are Jude Tyler in Middle School and Justin Gockowski in high school.  Please see Ms. Marin in room 136 after school today to claim your prize! 

Today’s Trivia Question is: In what military conflict did Jeanne d’Arc (Joan of Arc) serve?

a.              The Seven Years’ War
b.              The Hundred Years’ War
c.              The French and Indian War
d.              The French Revolutionary War 

Be sure to check your Hill Murray email for the link to the Google form to enter the trivia contest!

Student Council

Hello pioneers it’s Leo from student council! To celebrate Valentine’s Day tomorrow you may be out of uniform in red or pink and there will be music in halls during passing time. Also, your candy grams will be delivered extra specially so get excited and have a great Thursday!

Spring Season Esports

If you are interested in participating in Esports for the Spring Season, there will be a GO session tomorrow in 116. If you are unable to attend the meeting, contact Mr. Goetzke to sign up.


February 10

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! 

Give Some Love

This is NHS.  Along with Campus Ministry, we are hosting a “Give some Love” toiletry items drive! This drive will take place beginning on February 4th and will continue through February 12th, just in time for Valentine’s Day!  Please bring any toiletries including shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, bars of soap, and any other toiletries to the bins located in the commons, front entrance, and at the senior pole.  Items will go to four different locations serving those in need around the Twin Cities.

Thanks for supporting our community!

Informational Golf Meeting

Attention boys in grades 7-12.  There will be an informational meeting for anyone interested in trying out for the golf team this spring on Friday, February 12th at 2:45 in the Fieldhouse.  The meeting will only last about 20 minutes.  It is really important that you try and make the meeting, but if you cannot attend, please stop by room 214 and sign up with Coach Oftedahl.

French Week

Bonjour!  Je m’appelle  Sylvie Weaver, Je m ‘appelle  Aurélie Gahler , Je m’appelle Baguette Hodgins

Aurélie 

Today french students are out of uniform in their French week shirts! This year’s shirt is red with French expressions like amour which is love, merci which is thank you, scandaleux, which means scandalous, Bonjour, which means hello and OMD which means oh my gosh! You might see some students in last year’s shirt which is navy blue with the Pyramid of the Louvre museum on the front. 

Today you will hear French and francophone music played in between passing times!  Also today we will read the prayer in French and then in English.  Please quiet yourselves for prayer….

SYLVIE W

Prayer:

Tout le monde:

Pour tout le monde une prière 

Que nous puissions vivre comme une

Que la paix et l’amour 

Soient dans chaque coeur

Et que chaque vie soit remplie du soleil

En anglais:

For everyone a prayer That we can live as one. May peace and love Be in every heart And may every life be filled with sun

MEG: 

Today’s  fun fact of the day is that the crossintant actually originates from Austria

France might be the spiritual home of the croissant, but the origin of the pastry began in Austria.  The kipferl – ancestor of the croissant,  was created in the coffee shops of Vienna in the 13th century

Yesterday’s trivia question was: 

How many official french- speaking countries are there?

Answer: French is the official language in 29 countries and in all French overseas regions and departments.

The winners of yesterday’s trivia question are: Ellen Swanson in Middle School  and Tori Vennemann!  Please see Ms. Marin in 136 after school today to claim your prize!

Today’ trivia question is:

 In what year was the Eiffel Tower completed?

a.              1763

b.              1824

c.               1889

d.              1904

6th and 7th Grade Retreat

Attention all 6th and 7th 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.

Valentine’s Day Candy Grams

Just a reminder that student council is selling Valentine’s Day candy grams for the last time on Thursday morning. Make sure you know the second hour teacher of the person you wish to send the candy gram to! These candy grams will be specially delivered on Friday morning, so make sure to grab yours tomorrow! Have a great day! 

Mock Trial Team

CONGRATULATIONS to the Hill-Murray Mock Trial team who is state tournament bound! Congrats to this amazing team for this HILL MURRAY FIRST!–


February 9

Baseball Players in Grades 7-12:

If you intend on trying out for the upcoming season, there is a mandatory sign-up sheet outside of the Guidance and Counseling Office that needs to be completed by Wednesday, Feb. 10.  

Tryouts begin for Grades 7-9 on Saturday, March 27 and Grades 7-12 on Monday, March 29 (Spring Break).  Please be sure to check the H-M Baseball website for further information on our upcoming season.

There will be a Mandatory Pre-Season Parent/Player Meeting (via Zoom) that is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 21 at 7:30PM.  The Zoom link will be emailed to all students who sign up and will be sent to your H-M student email.

If you have any questions or concerns, please stop and see Coach Cicalello.

Give Some Love

This is NHS.  Along with Campus Ministry, we are hosting a “Give some Love” toiletry items drive! This drive will take place beginning on February 4th and will continue through February 12th, just in time for Valentine’s Day!  Please bring any toiletries including shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, bars of soap, and any other toiletries to the bins located in the commons, front entrance, and at the senior pole.  Items will go to four different locations serving those in need around the Twin Cities.

Thanks for supporting our community!

Informational Golf Meeting

Attention boys in grades 7-12.  There will be an informational meeting for anyone interested in trying out for the golf team this spring on Friday, February 12th at 2:45 in the Fieldhouse.  The meeting will only last about 20 minutes.  It is really important that you try and make the meeting, but if you cannot attend, please stop by room 214 and sign up with Coach Oftedahl.

Pioneer Investors

Good Morning Pioneers, this is JP Yocum with Pioneer Investors.  This is a reminder for all high school students in our Pioneer Investors Club.  We will meet today after advisory in the LMC.  Be sure to sign-up for Mrs. Donnelly’s WIN time.  Hope to see you there!

French Week

Bonjour!  Je m’appelle Margaux Kaufman, Je m ‘appelle_Genevieve Melby, et je m’appelle Didier Perpich 

Today’s expression of the day is:  Je t’aime bien : it translates as ” I really like you “!  Try it out this week on your Valentine crush! 

Today’s fun fact of the day is that an average French citizen eats 500 snails each year

Snails – or escargots – are a popular French delicacy, traditionally served as an hors-d’oeuvre with garlic butter

Yesterday’s trivia question was: Who is the current president of France?

  1.  John Elkhoury
  2.  Emmanuel Macron
  3.  Nicolas Sarkozy
  4.  François Holland

The correct answer is Emmanuel Macron! He is the current president of France and the youngest French leader since Napoleon!

The winners from yesterday’s trivia question are: _Connor Berget in Middle School and Natalie Humbert in high school!  See Ms. Marin in 136 at the end of the day today  to collect your prize! 

Trivia: Steffie 

Today’s trivia question is: How many official French- speaking countries are there?  I’’l repeat: How many official French speaking countries are there? 

Be sure to check your  Hill-Murray Email to fill out the google form!

French students: Remember to wear your French shirt tomorrow to be out of uniform!

Flaherty Family Foundation Scholar

This is a reminder to all Flaherty Family Foundation Scholars. Don’t forget–your mandatory call with Ms. Woods is tomorrow at 7:00. 

Please see Mrs. Bates with any questions.


February 8

Give Some Love

This is NHS.  Along with Campus Ministry, we are hosting a “Give some Love” toiletry items drive! This drive will take place beginning on February 4th and will continue through February 12th, just in time for Valentine’s Day!  Please bring any toiletries including shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, bars of soap, and any other toiletries to the bins located in the commons, front entrance, and at the senior pole.  Items will go to four different locations serving those in need around the Twin Cities.

Thanks for supporting our community!

Robotics Team

Congratulations to a Hill-Murray robotics team who competed over the weekend, the Green team did very well and were named finalists for the Connect award which celebrates a teams effort in working with their community to promote STEM education.  Great work to Ryan, Rachel, Lauren, Matt, Riley, Olivia and Dominick.

Informational Golf Meeting

Attention boys in grades 7-12.  There will be an informational meeting for anyone interested in trying out for the golf team this spring on Friday, February 12th at 2:45 in the Fieldhouse.  The meeting will only last about 20 minutes.  It is really important that you try and make the meeting, but if you cannot attend, please stop by room 214 and sign up with Coach Oftedahl.

Lost and Found

Please take a look at the items in lost and found – there are many items of clothing, water bottles and lunch boxes. Items will be tossed or donated at the end of this week. 

French Week

Student Council Candy Grams

Hello pioneers it’s Auston from Student Council! In honor of Valentine’s Day, the student council will be selling candy grams before and after school on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. The prices will be: 

Chocolate boxes: $3
Ring pops: $1
Bags of candy: $5 
Teddy bears: $7
Crush soda: $3

Be sure to know the second hour teacher of the person whom you’re giving the candy gram to. These will be passed out by your second hour teachers on Friday, so be sure to grab yours soon! Have a wonderful Monday!

Black History Month

Good Morning Pioneers! This is Payton Mackley, from HMStudents4Change. During the month of February we celebrate Black History Month! Throughout the month we will highlight influential moments and people in history. Today’s Monday Moment is highlighting the black lives matter movements over the summer of 2020, which recently has been nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize. Following the death of George Floyd, protests against police brutality and systemic racism took place in all 50 states as well as many countries around the world. According to a New York Times article, 

“they protested in every single state and in Washington, D.C., with turnouts that ranged from dozens to the tens of thousands. From a town square in Montrose, Ga., to Times Square in New York. From the northern tip of Minnesota to paddlers at Hanalei Pier in Hawaii,  who commemorated victims of racial injustice by praying and releasing lei and flowers into the sea.”  

In order to continue the fight for racial equality we must all continue to educate ourselves and celebrate Black lives not only this month, but all year! Thanks for learning with us! Have a great week! 

Spring Musical

Audiions for the Spring Musical are this week. Please fill out the audition form that Mr. Ballentine emailed you by the end of the day today! Check your email!

Trivia Question Winner

Fridays Trivia question was Which Pope started the Second Vatican Council?

The answer is Pope St. John the 23rd.

Our Winner  was 6th grader Evan Curtis

Winners can go to the Campus Ministry office to collect their gift card. And a special thank you to everyone who made Catholic Schools Week a success!


February 5

Baseball Players in Grades 7-12:

If you intend on trying out for the upcoming season, there is a mandatory sign-up sheet outside of the Guidance and Counseling Office that needs to be completed by Wednesday, Feb. 10.  

Tryouts begin for Grades 7-9 on Saturday, March 27 and Grades 7-12 on Monday, March 29 (Spring Break).  Please be sure to check the H-M Baseball website for further information on our upcoming season.

There will be a Mandatory Pre-Season Parent/Player Meeting (via Zoom) that is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 21 at 7:30PM.  The Zoom link will be emailed to all students who sign up and will be sent to your H-M student email.

If you have any questions or concerns, please stop and see Coach Cicalello.

Give Some Love

This is NHS.  Along with Campus Ministry, we are hosting a “Give some Love” toiletry items drive! This drive will take place beginning on February 4th and will continue through February 12th, just in time for Valentine’s Day!  Please bring any toiletries including shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, bars of soap, and any other toiletries to the bins located in the commons, front entrance, and at the senior pole.  Items will go to four different locations serving those in need around the Twin Cities.

Thanks for supporting our community!

Pioneer Performers

Audition forms for Pioneer Performers were emailed to all High School Students Monday.

If you enjoy singing and would like to be a part of an auditioned group of 21 please complete the google form.

All Auditions are due by Monday, February 8th. 

If you have any questions please email Ms. Walth

Waiting For Rides

All students especially middle school who are waiting for rides are reminded to be in the main entrance or the commons. All other areas of the school are off-limits unless you are with a teacher.

Trivia Question

Yesterday’s Trivia question was Who is the Patron Saint of musicians?

The answer is St. Cecilia

Our Winner  was 7th grader Alexia Tempelis 

Winners can go to the Campus Ministry office to collect their gift card

Now for the Trivia Question for today

Check your email for the Google Form and submit your answer before 9:15am. 

Which Pope started the Second Vatican Council?

Before School

Please remember students you are not to be in the hallways before 7:30am.  You are to be in the cafeteria, or with a teacher in their room.  There should be no hanging out in the hall prior to 7:30

Erin Herman

Spring Musical – GODSPELL

Good morning Pioneers, this is MR. Ballentine. The spring musical is going to be GODSPELL And will be performing in. May. Our hope is to perform inside in the auditorium, but we will design the show to be easily moved outside in case COVID limits us. Auditions will be next week and spill into our week off with some possible virtual callbacks. Check your email later today for more info!

Catholic School Week Mass

Today we celebrate Catholic School Week by praying at Mass together.  Please listen closely to the following instructions so you know what to do after Period 6.

When period 6 ends:

1) All students put your bags and school materials in your lockers.  

2) Once you’ve put your materials away, all students report to your advisory where you will meet your teacher and attendance will be taken.  

3) Grades 6 & 7 will then report to the Auditorium to participate in the Mass in person with their advisory teacher.

   Grades 8-12 will stay in Advisory for Mass.  Any bags or materials that made it to Advisory with you are to be stowed under your desk so they are not a distraction during Mass.

4) Whether you are in the Auditorium or in your Advisory classroom, you are invited to join in and participate in Mass- sitting, standing, praying, at the appropriate times.  You will have a worship aid to help you to participate fully.  Please join as best you can.  Your prayer and participation matters.  Communion will be distributed to Advisory Classrooms as was done at our last Mass.

5) WIN sessions will follow Mass whenever it is over.  Mass may not end exactly on time.  Stay with your advisory until the Mass ends and then you will be directed to WIN time.


February 4

Ceramics

Ceramics students from last semester should pick up their projects by the end of next week (Feb. 12th) or they will be repurposed.  That means they are given away to someone else, thrown away, or used as examples (good or bad!).  Mrs. Hunkins

Catholic Schools Week

In celebration of Catholic Schools Week we have a number of things going on tomorrow in addition to Trivia and the Faith Share Outs over the announcements:

1 It is a Spirit Wear- out of uniform day.  Celebrate your team, club, and our HM school community with your spirit wear.

2 Worship songs will be played during passing time to remind us of faith and values

3 We will celebrate God’s presence by having Mass together (more details to follow regarding Mass.)

Don’t forget…out of uniform in Spirit Wear tomorrow and be ready to pray together as we celebrate our Catholic School experience here at Hill-Murray.

Baseball Players in Grades 7-12

If you intend on trying out for the upcoming season, there is a mandatory sign-up sheet outside of the Guidance and Counseling Office that needs to be completed by Wednesday, Feb. 10.  

Tryouts begin for Grades 7-9 on Saturday, March 27 and Grades 7-12 on Monday, March 29 (Spring Break).  Please be sure to check the H-M Baseball website for further information on our upcoming season.

There will be a Mandatory Pre-Season Parent/Player Meeting (via Zoom) that is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 21 at 7:30PM.  The Zoom link will be emailed to all students who sign up and will be sent to your H-M student email.

If you have any questions or concerns, please stop and see Coach Cicalello.

Give Some Love

This is NHS.  Along with Campus Ministry, we are hosting a “Give some Love” toiletry items drive! This drive will take place beginning on February 4th and will continue through February 12th, just in time for Valentine’s Day!  Please bring any toiletries including shampoo, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant, bars of soap, and any other toiletries to the bins located in the commons, front entrance, and at the senior pole.  Items will go to four different locations serving those in need around the Twin Cities.

Thanks for supporting our community!

Pioneer Performers

Audition forms for Pioneer Performers were emailed to all High School Students Monday.

If you enjoy singing and would like to be a part of an auditioned group of 21 please complete the google form.

All Auditions are due by Monday, February 8th. 

If you have any questions please email Ms. Walth


February 1

Congratulations Robotic Teams

Congratulations to one of our robotics teams that competed this weekend.  They did a tremendous job and were named finalists for the Motivate award.  This award celebrates the team that represents the essence of the FIRST Tech Challenge competition through team building, team spirit and displayed enthusiasm.  Great work Branton, Paul, Connor, Peter, Will, Henry and Brett!

One Act Play

Congratulations to the One Act Play, CLUE, for taking first place at their section prelim this past week. This week we submit our video for the section finals for the right to go to the State Festival next week! Congrats! Middle Schoolers will be happy to know that 8th grader Andreas Hoke is running the light board for our production! Congrats Andreas!

Catholic Schools Week

Therese Walth, Liz Marin, and 8th grader Dane Paul will be there to read them, but we wanted you to have what we will say.

This week we are celebrating Catholic Schools Week.

National Catholic Schools Week (CSW) is an annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. Now entering its 47th anniversary year, CSW has traditionally been held the last week in January. 

This year at Hill-Murray we are celebrating our Catholic tradition by 

*Hearing from Staff and Students who are speaking about the benefits of a Catholic Education over the morning announcements.

*Presenting daily Hill-Murray Catholic Trivia.

*Encouraging staff to display the joys of working in a Catholic School.

*Decorating hallways with posters & quotes from our current middle School ‘Mini’sters and High School Peer Ministers.

*Celebrating Mass on Friday and 

*A School Spirit dress up day on Friday with Worship music during passing time.

Liz Marin: will speak for a moment about her Catholic Experience.

1) Hello, this is _____________ and I am (tell what you do at HM).

2) As part of Catholic Schools Week I’d like to share with you: 

…what I really appreciate about our Hill-Murray community

…why I enjoy working in a Catholic School

…what I think is important about Catholic Schools.

Dane Paul 8th grader will speak about his favorite Saint and then read Monday’s CSW Trivia.

Now for our Trivia Question of the day to celebrate Catholic Schools Week.  Check your email for the Google Form and submit your answer before 9:15am.  Student names who answer correctly will be put in a raffle, and a winner will be awarded a $10 gift card

What term did St. Thomas Aquinas use to describe how bread and wine change into the Body and Blood of Christ during the Mass?


January 29

Middle School Play Auditions

Middle school play auditions are today after school in the auditorium! No need to prepare anything, just show up! We’ll have some fun, audition, and try to be done no later than 4p! See you there!

January 28

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.

Middle School Play

Hi, this is Lexy Widi, the director of this year’s middle school play!

Have you always wanted to perform under the bright lights of the Hill-Murray stage without annoying high schoolers getting in your way? I’ve got just the thing for you! 

Come out and audition for this year’s Middle School Play this Friday at 2:45 in the auditorium. No need to prepare anything, just bring yourself, a mask, and lots of enthusiasm. I look forward to seeing you all there!


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

Text, Words, Message, Type, Decoration

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!