H-M Happenings (April 29, 2022)

Anna Schafhauser takes Second Place at International DECA Competition

Hill-Murray Senior Anna Schafhauser (top left) took second place at DECA’s International Career and Development Conference which was held in Atlanta, GA.  Over 15,000 students gathered from around the world to participate in this event which took place earlier this week. Anna competed in the start-up business plan she developed for her own company, You Are Co.  Additional Hill-Murray finalists include juniors Will Handley who was a top 20 finalist, and Tessa Dostal who received recognition for her role play.

Students Excel in Instrumental Music MSHSL Solo/Ensemble Contest

Hill-Murray participated in the MSHSL Solo and Ensemble Contest this past Saturday April 23. Students did a fantastic job performing and everyone scored in the top two ratings (Superior and Excellent).  Aside from performing, our students also volunteered to be door monitors, they helped with hosting the judges, ran scores to the tabulation room, and helped people who were lost.  We are proud of their accomplishments and proud of their character and service. Click here to see the contest results.

Instagram Student Takeover

Senior Cormac O’Connor is taking over the Hill-Murray Instagram account today! Tune into @hillmurray1 to follow Cormac throughout his school day and learn about a day in the life as a Hill-Murray student from his perspective.

Grandparents Day RSVP Deadline – Today!

Grandparents Day is next Friday, May 6th from 8:00-9:30am beginning in the Hill-Murray Fieldhouse. The event includes a prayer service, refreshments, grandchild-led tours of the school, and an opportunity to get your photo taken together or shop the Trading Post. Please complete a registration form on behalf of your grandparents today if they plan to attend. RSVP HERE.

Pioneer Day of Service

Pioneers will be out serving the community on Saturday, May 14, to provide helping hands and to bring the spirit of service to our community. Get a group of family or friends and find a service project for any time of day on May 14.

Click here for more info and to RSVP

Questions? Please contact Judy Hajlo Schwartz at 651-748-2445 or jschwartz@hill-murray.org

Summer Sports Camps

The 2022 Hill-Murray Summer Sports Camps are now LIVE and available for registration.  This summer we are offering Boys and Girls Soccer camps, Boys and Girls Basketball camps, Boys and Girls Hockey Camps, Volleyball camp, Football camp, Tennis camp (coming soon), and a Strength and Conditioning Camp.

Please CLICK HERE to register and click on the soccer ball to get started!

Because your student does not have a Hill-Murray Student ID yet, we have attached directions HERE to sign your child up WITHOUT a Hill-Murray Student ID.

Please use Google Chrome or Firefox when registering your child and please let us know if you have any questions.

Thank you! We hope to see your child this summer!

Please email John Pohl, Activities Director, at jpohl@hill-murray.org with any questions.

Senior Girls Powderpuff Game

Senior girls participated in an exciting Powderpuff game this week. Thank you to everyone that came out and supported the girls!

Hill-Murray Theatre Spring Musical

Our Spring Musical, ALL SHOOK UP, performs the first two weekends of May and tickets are moving fast! Get yours now! Buy Tickets HERE.

World Language Department Star Students

Click here to see the World Language Department Star Students for April.

Mr. Benner Speaks to Teachers in Kuwait

Aaron Benner was a guest speaker via Zoom for the American Creativity Academy on April 27. The ACA is a private school in Kuwait that was founded in 1997 as a primary years (pre-K through grade 12) school, that delivers a standards-based American curriculum within an environment in which Islamic values are respected and practiced. Mr. Benner spoke to a group teachers enrolled in an Ethical Leaders Class. The class is a cohort of educational professionals from around the world who will be receiving their doctorate in education in the near future. Mr. Benner was asked to share his experiences as teacher with the Saint Paul School District and how he was faced with an ethical dilemma with policies he believed were unlawful and harmful for children.

Spring Speaker Series

Reading for Comprehension

Are you looking for practical strategies that you can utilize with your child to increase their reading comprehension their love for reading? If so, please check out Sara Johnson’s presentation on May 10th on how students read for comprehension.

Sara is Hill-Murray’s Reading Specialist. She is a licensed reading teacher, and has been trained in Orton Gillignham and The Wilson system of reading. Sara’s approach to teaching reading has touched the lives of many children and their families over the last ten years of her career.

Doors will open at 6:30 pm. The presentation begins at 7:00 pm. CLICK HERE to register for the presentation.

H-M Student Art Exhibition

Please join us on Wednesday, May 4th, at 6:00 pm for a reception at the art gallery at St. Paul’s Monastery to recognize the participants in Hill-Murray’s Student Art Exhibition: 2675 Benet Rd, St Paul, MN 55109.

There will be music and refreshments served outside. Awards will be presented to our High School and Middle School Artists in the gallery at 7pm sharp!

Out of respect for the sisters of St. Paul’s Monastery, please wear a mask while viewing the art during the reception.

When visiting the exhibition during normal gallery hours, please present proof of vaccination to the gallery assistant. (This requirement has been waived for the reception on Wednesday night.)

Senior All Night Party


Get ready for the Green Mill Senior All Night Party Fundraiser. Visit Green Mill restaurant in Woodbury on Monday, May 2nd, and 20% of your bill will be donated to the Class of ’22 Senior Party, A Night in Hollywood. Valid on dine-in, takeout, and delivery. Just show this voucher. Thank you for supporting the Class of ’22!

Senior All Night Party Update

Save the date, A Night in Hollywood Senior party is June 3rd. Seniors, a kindergarten photo is due and the senior sign-up for your t-shirt size is due (email was sent out a few weeks ago)

HM families, donations for the Senior All Night Party are needed, Please consider supporting our seniors.

Thank you,

Senior All Night Party Committee

Lisa Quinlan and Andy Rausch Co-Chairs

8th Grade Valleyfair Trip

All 8th graders to Valleyfair on May 26! We want to celebrate our 8th graders with a day off of school together. Please see the attached permission slip. Reach out to Kelley Barbato at kbarbato@hill-murray.org if you have any questions.

8th Grade Graduation

8th Grade Graduation is set. All families should have received both an email and instructions mailed to your home April 5th. Details are attached here. Thank you for getting the necessary items to Mr. O’Connell for the slide show and program.

Junior PSAT Test

Hill-Murray will be offering the PSAT/NMSQT to junior students on Wednesday, October 12 at 8:00 a.m. This national testing date falls on a regular school day.

This PSAT test is a predictor of how a student will do on the SAT and also is the qualifying exam for the National Merit Scholarship Competition. This is not a college entrance exam. Over 1.6 million high school students take the PSAT exam each year, and though less than 1% advance in this competition, it is quite an honor.  Hill-Murray has had students advance as a finalist in the past.
If you intend for your student to take the PSAT, please email Rita Albert at ralbert@hill-murray.org by Friday, May 6 so exams can be ordered. If Rita does not hear from you, we will assume your student will not take the PSAT. In addition, you must notify us at the time you commit to taking the PSAT test if your child has an accommodation plan and will need testing accommodations. We will need to submit your information to The College Board and they will determine if accommodations will be granted.

If you have any questions about the PSAT, please call or email your student’s counselor.


Hill-Murray parents are invited to participate in the spiritual practice of Adoration, which is held in the Hill-Murray Chapel during the school day typically on the first Friday of each month.

Adoration refers to the time when the Blessed Sacrament (the consecrated host) is placed on the altar and the faithful spend time with Jesus in the Chapel in quiet prayer and reflection.

At Hill-Murray you are invited to attend Mass at 7:15am on days of Adoration and are welcome to sign up for a time to stay in the Chapel in prayer.

Friday, May 6, 2021 sign up is open. CLICK HERE to sign up.

To learn more about this beautiful spiritual practice, CLICK HERE to check out the US Conference of Catholic Bishops website.

Mothers Club Pioneer Day of Service Opportunity

Members of the Mothers Club will be participating in the Pioneer Day of Service on Saturday, May 14th by writing thank you notes and delivering coffee and pastries to local police stations (Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office and the Oakdale, Woodbury, Maplewood, North St. Paul, and White Bear Lake Police stations). The group will meet at Hill-Murray at 9am on May 14th to distribute the treats before delivering. To participate, please sign up here. Please contact Mothers Club President Heather Bacchus with any questions (HeatherBacchus@edinarealty.com).

Sophomore Parking Permits – Sold Out for 2021-22

From the Office of Student Life- Sophomore parking permits are now SOLD OUT for the 2021-22 school year. Permits were granted to the first 40 students who had received their drivers license this year.