H-M Happenings (March 3, 2023)

State Tournament Bound?

The Pioneers are looking to return to the State High School Hockey Tournament again this season, but they need to get past Gentry Academy in tonight’s Section 4AA Final at Aldrich Arena. Puck drops at 7 pm.
Purchase tickets here. 
Watch the live stream here. 

If we win tonight and advance to next week’s State Tournament, ticket information will be communicated early next week.

Summer Athletic Camps – NOW OPEN

The 2022 Hill-Murray Summer Athletic Camps are now LIVE and available for registration.

Please CLICK HERE to learn about our offerings and to register.

We hope to see your child this summer!

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

Building Sustainability in Bwambo Village

Freshman Rose Druffner recently returned from an annual mission trip with her family in Bwambo Village, Tanzania in East Africa. The Druffner family has been working in Tanzania for the past 13 years and started a non-profit organization, Partners 4 Hope. Partners 4 Hope helps build sustainability in villages with very little resources. Rose was only 18 months old when her family first visited Bwambo Village to begin building a hospital. With the help of generous donors, they have been blessed to raise enough funds to build the hospital, maternity center, k-8 school, three churches, and a large micro-loan program for women.

Rose was able to take part in many aspects of the mission this year. She helped deliver babies with her father, Dr. Mark Druffner, visit the poor in their homes, provide guidance to their guests, and help in the school with the young children. Throughout her time in Tanzania, Rose has been humbled and increasingly grateful for what she has. “There are no words to explain how amazing the past 13 years of my life have been doing mission work in Tanzania, East Africa. I can’t help but think how privileged we are when I see the poverty of Bwambo Village. Walking through the streets seeing children kicking around soccer balls and laughing even though they are dirt poor always strikes me. Painting the hospital walls, visiting the school, dancing in the streets, and letting the kids braid my hair is a blessing. Life felt so simple before going to Tanzania, but now that I’ve grown up there and seen how many people are suffering, life doesn’t feel simple at all.”

DECA Members Prepare for State

Members of our DECA Chapter have been busy preparing for the upcoming state competition which will be held Sunday, March 5th through Tuesday, March 7th. Fifty-five students from Hill-Murray will compete with their business plans, role plays and interviews. Pictured above are seniors Ty Swanson and Alex Eich as they prepare with their Pioneer Investor Financial Literacy Project.

Re-Enrollment Deadline – March 5, 2023

The deadline to re-enroll and reserve your seat at Hill-Murray is March 5th.  Please login into TADS to approve your Tuition Agreement.  It takes only one minute to click through the agreement and verify your payment method and plan.  

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Colene Erickson in the Business Office.

Juniors Invited to Saint Mary’s University

Juniors are invited on a free college trip to Saint Mary’s University, Winona.  This trip is benefactor sponsored and will leave and return from Cretin-Derham Hall High School on Sunday, March 12.  One parent may accompany the student but parental involvement is not required.  Mass and meals are included in the agenda. CLICK HERE TO REGISTER.

Junior College Fair and Twins Game – April 26

Are you interested in a field trip to a combined College Fair and Twins Game? We did this last year with juniors and it was a lot of fun!  There are 60 spots available to juniors in good academic standing. The bus will leave school around 10:15 a.m.  and return at dismissal so that students can attend practices or games. Students must bring their own lunch or a debit card or credit card to buy lunch; the field is cashless.

Cost: $22 charged to your TADS account.  This includes your game ticket of $12 plus the bus of $10.

Approximately 43 colleges will attend this event! All will offer information for students to take home.

If you are interested, email Mrs. Egan no later than Monday, March 27.  That’s our first day back after spring break!

As a Lasallian School, we have been invited to the Lasallian Youth Assembly in Memphis, TN this Summer! It is a one week Service and Immersion Trip from June 12th-17th. We are excited to invite any current Freshmen, Sophomores, and Juniors! This Trip includes 4 different Service experiences, 3 different Civil Rights Museums, 2 different ways to grow in your faith (Prayer and Reflection), and 1 Fun-Filled week with other students from around the Midwest Lasallian High Schools! The Cost is approximately $1000 (depending on airfare) but does include, airfare, lodging, all meals, entrance into all the museums, transportation, and the Conference fee! If you are interested in this AMAZING OPPORTUNITY: Please contact Ms. Fandrich or Mr. Wadie for more information!

CLICK HERE to learn more.

Register for Spring Sports!


Click here to learn about the sports offered this spring.

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.

New Daily Schedule for 2023-24

Our Go Boldly Strategic Plan outlines a clear vision for learning that puts the student experience front and center. Providing our students with transformational learning experiences grounded in excellence is a hallmark of a Hill-Murray education. In order to deliver on this experience, we need a thoughtful, carefully planned Daily Schedule that prioritizes the Mind-Body-Spirit, one of our core values.


Our students deserve a Daily Schedule that supports their well-being, engages them academically, maximizes opportunities for growth and enrichment, and implements the latest adolescent research and best practices.

There are six significant and exciting changes to the Daily Schedule that will be starting this fall. All of the changes are designed to enhance and improve the learning experience for every Hill-Murray student.

Those changes are:

  • Consistent 70-minute class periods
  • The introduction of a Pioneer Period for High School
  • Expanded elective opportunities for Middle School
  • More regular WIN time for both High School and Middle School
  • Late start for students on Wednesdays
  • School day extended to 2:40 pm. Each of the changes is explained in greater detail in this document. We highly encourage you to review the document and reach out to Guidance and Counseling to help you through the course selection process.

    Attendance Reminders

    As a quick reminder regarding attendance policies as we head into the remainder of this school year:

    Parents/guardians are to call the Attendance Hotline (651-748-2250) before 7:55 a.m. on the day the student will be absent.

    If your student will be arriving late to school:  Parents are expected to call the Attendance Hotline before 7:55 a.m. on the day the student will be late with a rough estimate of when we can expect the student to arrive. 

    If plans/appointments change throughout the day, please keep the Office of Student Life updated.

    The Attendance Line Phone Number is: 651-748-2250

    Bussing Schedule

    There will be no busing the week of March 13th – March 17th.

    Please find alternate transportation for your students on those days.