H-M Happenings (February 3, 2023)
Care Bags for the Homeless
The past two weeks, Peer Ministry partnered with Middle School students and English teachers to gather items for people experiencing homelessness. This week, students gathered to assemble more than 150 care bags filled with basic need and food items. Throughout this activity, students were empowered to live out their faith by helping those in need and recognizing the dignity of each person. Students, teachers, and staff are invited to stop by the Campus Ministry office and pick up bags to keep in their cars to give to homeless people they encounter. Click here to view the students in action.
Catholic Schools Week
This week we joined Catholic schools around the country in celebrating the gift of Catholic education! Inspiring students to find their calling and tap into their passion and purpose is the pathway to transforming the world.
We started the week with an all school Mass, which is one of the most important things we do as a Catholic school. Each day, students learned fun facts about Catholic education, they participated in a medallion hunt and dressed for out of uniform theme days!
We want to say thank you to the faculty and staff for saying “yes” to the vocational call to guide and support young people, and a special thank you to parents for choosing Catholic education for your children.
Blackfeet De La Salle School Mission Trip
A group of staff and students are currently on mission in Browning, Montana at Blackfeet De La Salle School. The students have had seven days of immersion within the community and have heard from multiple speakers about what it’s like to grow up on the reservation. They have spent the majority of their time teaching students in 4th and 5th grade on every subject while also helping them navigate often unstable home lives. The impact of our students shepherding students of Blackfeet De La Salle School through their day has been deep and transformational to the core.
NCAA National Letter of Intent Signing Day
Senior Sawyer Seidl signed his National Letter of Intent this week to play football for for University of North Dakota. He celebrated with family, teammates and coaches this week at our N.L.I. ceremony. Congrats, Sawyer!
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Metro East All-Conference Music Festival
Congrats to our amazing All-Conference Band and Choir Members from Hill-Murray School! Every year at the Metro East All-Conference Music Festival, the very top musicians from the area are chosen to create a “super ensemble.” The students performed well and represented Hill-Murray with class and style. Click here to watch the performance.
Preseason H-M Softball Parent/Player Meeting
There is a preseason H-M Softball Parent/Player Meeting Sunday, February 26th @ 3:00 p.m. in the HM Commons! All students in grades 7-12 interested in playing softball this spring are required to attend this informational meeting. Any questions or concerns please contact Coach Kotzmacher.
The mandatory Pre-Season Parent-Player Meeting is scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 5 (6:00 pm) in the H-M Cafeteria. All interested players in grades 7-12 are required to attend this informational meeting. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Head Baseball Coach, Charlie Cicalello (firstname.lastname@example.org).
The Nicholas Center at Hill-Murray School, in partnership with Youth Advantage of Stillwater and The Good Neighbor Center of the East Side of Saint Paul, invites all struggling readers entering grades 1st-6th in the fall of 2023 to join us for the The Nicholas Center Summer Reading Program at Hill-Murray. The Summer Reading Program is a 6-week program that focuses on boosting literacy skills in students, including phonological and phonemic awareness, vocabulary development, morphology, comprehension and fluency. To learn more and to register, please click here.
Necessities for Reading Comprehension
Are you looking for practical strategies that you can utilize with your child to increase their reading comprehension and their love for reading? If so, we are excited for you to be joining the Hill-Murray community for Sara Johnson’s presentation on February 15th 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-Gillingham 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.
Winter Founders Speaker Series
Join us for our Winter Founders Speaker Series on Monday, February 13! AMM Alumna Pat Barrett Wolff ’65 will share her work as the Founder and Senior Advisor of Meds & Food for Kids, a social benefit non-profit enterprise dedicated to preventing and treating malnutrition in Haiti. Samples of the product used to treat malnutrition in Haiti will be available to taste! Click here to learn more and to RSVP.
Anthony Garofalo Hill-Murray Scholarship
The Garofalo Scholarship application is now available for seniors to pick up in the Guidance and Counseling Office. This is a significant scholarship opportunity that the University of Minnesota-Twin Cities, the Anthony Garofalo Education Fund, and Hill-Murray have partnered for Hill-Murray graduates who will attend the U and major in a STEM-related field. Click here to learn more and to apply.
Junior College Planning Meetings
Juniors are strongly encouraged to set up their college planning meeting with their college counselor now! We’d like to schedule these meetings during WIN, study hall or before or after the school day. We will do a graduation credit check, talk about your hopes and wishes, come up with a college list, and talk about course selection for next year. Mr. Reid’s students have the last names A-L, and Mrs. Egan’s students have the last names M-Z. Don’t wait until May to schedule this very important meeting!
Pioneer Premier Auction
You still have time to donate to the Pioneer Auction coming up in April. Get creative and share a donation of your choosing by March 1st! To donate an item or experience, fill out this form and send to email@example.com. Items can be dropped off at Hill Murray. As always, thank you for your support.
The next Mothers Club monthly coffee gathering at Mac’s Diner in North St. Paul will be on Friday, February 10th from 8:00-9:00am. All are welcome to start their Friday connecting with other Hill-Murray moms.
Bussing and No School Schedule
There will be no busing on Friday, March 3rd and the week of March 13th – March 17th.
Please find alternate transportation for your students on those days.
No School – February 17th and 20th.