H-M Happenings (October 14, 2022)

Student’s Vision for Outdoor Classroom Becomes Reality

Hill-Murray sophomore Abigail Haldorson’s vision for an outdoor classroom is now more than a picture in her mind. After months of planning, designing and hands-on construction, it’s come to life and is one of the exterior changes you’ll see around the Hill-Murray campus in the future.

Read the story here. 

Monday, October 17, 2022, 6:00PM

Our Fall Open House is Monday! If you have friends, neighbors, teammates, siblings, other children or fellow parishioners that you think would be a good fit for the Hill-Murray community, please forward them this email and have them RSVP. They’ll get a chance to meet and learn from H-M teachers, coaches and leaders of school clubs.

They can also visit our Admissions page on our website to learn more.

Winter Sports Registration is LIVE!


Boys & Girls Alpine Ski

Girls Basketball

Boys Basketball

Girls Hockey

Boys Hockey

H-M Give Day Update

The generosity of the Hill-Murray community was made clear yesterday when alumni, families, faculty, staff, and friends of the school came together to donate more than $75,000 to the Annual Fund (and donations are still coming in!). Watch for a final total on social media after we include as many mail-in donations as possible.

If you didn’t have a chance to give yesterday, it’s not too late! Click here to make your gift.

Thank you for supporting Hill-Murray School!

Halloween at Hill-Murray

Hill-Murray students and staff have a long tradition of getting into the spirit of Halloween. Besides homecoming themes, this is the 2nd most popular out of uniform day for all. Here are the expectations for costumes.

  • No masks over the face
  • No weapons or weapon replicas
  • No cultural appropriation – this includes costumes that reinforce a stereotype or  makes fun of a culture or cultural tradition
  • Neat, clean and modest
  • If you choose not to participate with a costume, you may dress in black and orange. 

Thank you in advance for making sure your son/daughter follows these expectations.

Parent Teacher Conferences

This year Hill-Murray will offer both in person and online opportunities for conferences. Our first Quarter ends on October 28th. Look for an email to come out the week of November 1 with opportunities to sign up to see a teacher. The time frame is 7 minutes with a 3 minute break in between each conference. If you are in person, please do not sign up for back to back conferences as you will be moving about the building to teacher rooms. We ask if you need more than 7 minutes, you schedule that with the individual teacher. 

November 10 – In-person conferences from 1:00 – 8:00 pm (time off for dinner) November 11 – Online conferences from 800 am – 3:00 pm (time off for lunch)

Picture Retake Day

We are planning on having an additional photo retake day on Tuesday, November 29 from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. 

This retake day is for those students who may have had a blurry photo, OR for those students who wore a ‘hoodie’ in their original school photo.

Please fill out the attached google doc if your student plans on having their photo retaken on November 29.

As a reminder, please make sure that your student is:

In uniform: a Hill Murray polo (black, green, or white).

NO Spirit Wear may be worn in this photo.

Boys: must be clean shaven, hair cuts are off the collars, and out of the eyes.

Senior Photos and Baby Ads

Senior Photos and Baby Ads for the 2022-2023 Yearbook are DUE by December 21, 2022. CLICK HERE to submit your information.

DECA Career Development Week

It’s DECA Career Development Week! All week, DECA members have been promoting career development through trivia, polls and activities to enhance students’ knowledge of different career paths.

Star Students

Click here to view the World Language Department Star Students for September and the 21-22 Second Semester Honor Roll

All School Testing Day – October 18

All-School Testing Day is Next Week. Here is what each grade level is doing from 7:55-Noon (No lunch will be served.)

  • 6th and 7th grade-onsite retreat
  • 8th grade-Pre-ACT 8/9
  • 9th grade-PSAT 8/9
  • 10th grade-Pre-ACT
  • 11th grade-practice ACT
  • 12th grade-optional application workshop

These standardized tests are a good opportunity for students to experience a testing process and environment similar to the ACT and SAT that students will likely take later in their high school careers.

Please note: All students will take these tests under standardized conditions, with no accommodations. If you have questions, please contact your child’s counselor.

Middle School Creative Arts Tech Club

The Middle School Creative Arts Tech Club had their first meeting during WIN this week. This group focuses on projects that combine STEM and the creative arts. Students learned about circuits and incorporated lights into artwork.




Internships for Students

Do you own a small business near Hill-Murray School?  We have 14 business education students who are seeking a local internship for the upcoming 2022 – 2023 school year.  Students will be able to work remotely and could potentially be on site.  Students would be able to help with: 

  • Writing social media drafts / posts 
  • Writing drafts for website updates 
  • Creating documents using word processing or spreadsheet software 
  • Light filing 
  • Setting up for events 
  • Conducting research and more! 

Students would be available 3-4 days a week for about 1 hour per day. 

For more information, please contact Adam Glickman at aglickman@hill-murray.org 

Save the Date: NOT ME! Self-Defense Workshop

NOT ME! Self-Defense Workshop at Hill-Murray on Saturday, November 12th, 9:00-11:30am.

Not Me!™ provides assault prevention and safety classes. Their unique, life-changing training program conveys more than instruction, it delivers a new level of impactful personal safety awareness, designed to empower people with prevention savvy. Hosted by the Mothers Club, this program is geared towards the moms and daughters of Hill-Murray. Look for a sign-up available soon.

Save the Date: H-M Parent Social at Dukes on October 26th

All H-M parents are invited to a casual social at Dukes (1285 Geneva Ave N, Oakdale) from 6:30-8:30pm on Wednesday, October 26th. Get to know other Hill-Murray parents and enjoy food and refreshments sponsored by the Fathers Club and Mothers Club.

Hill-Murray Pioneer Premier Auction

If you are interested in joining our Pioneer Premier Auction Committee, please do! It is a great way to get to know HM families and to get involved in raising money for our great school. Contact Jean Schreier at jschreier@hill-murray.org for more information.

School Trips

Hill-Murray Theology Department is excited to offer our students a summer trip to Italy! We will be going to Florence, Assisi, Subiaco, Rome and the Vatican. Dates are June 12th-20th, 2023. Trip includes round trip airfare, daily breakfast and dinner, 4 star hotels centrally located near tourist destinations, admission to museums with 24-hour tour guide assistance. We will also have a Tuscan cooking lesson and tour of a gelateria, and authentic pizza dinner! Our chaplain, Fr. Paolo, from Italy, will also be accompanying two of our theology teachers on this trip. We will host two Zoom info sessions for parents: Tuesday, Oct 18th at 6:30 PM and Sunday Oct 23rd at 6:30 PM.

Zoom Link: https://hill-murray-org.zoom.us/j/2575164644

CLICK HERE to view the Italy Trip Flyer

CLICK HERE for information on the France trip in the summer of 2023.

Fall Break Hours, FLEX Day & Early Release Days

Fall Break

October 18 – Noon Dismissal, Regular bussing at 2:30pm

October 19 – No School

October 20 – No School

October 21 – No School


October 28th is the end of Quarter one at Hill-Murray. On this day we will be holding a FLEX day that is available for students that need additional support within their course work. Students will go to all seven of their classes for 20 minutes, have lunch  and then have the opportunity to have two 90 minute target work times. Students, and their parents, that have a D+ or below will be informed on the night of Oct 26th if they should attend on the 28th. If you would like your child to attend on the 28th please contact the teacher that you would like them to work with before the 26th so that teacher can add them to the list. Students should dress in Hill-Murray spirit wear.  The cafeteria will be available for students wanting to purchase their lunch.

Early Release Days

November 10 – Early Release

November 18 – Early Release

Senior Panoramic

The Lifetouch code for the Senior Panoramic has now expired. If you would like the opportunity to still purchase a Senior Panoramic, order forms are available in the Office of Student Life.