Happenings (January 23, 2024)

Celebrating Catholic Schools Week at Hill-Murray: A Week of Faith, Fun, and Community Spirit

Hill-Murray joins Catholic schools around the country next week (January 29th – February 2nd) as we celebrate Catholic Schools Week!  Peer Ministry is sponsoring several special events during the week, including hot coffee and donuts delivered to parents in the morning drop off line. Other events include a Catholic Schools Week Medallion Hunt, praise and worship songs during passing time, a trivia contest during announcements, and “why I love teaching at Hill-Murray” posters completed by each teacher.

There will also be the following out of uniform days:  Monday is ‘Comfy for Christ’ (PJ Day), Tuesday is ‘Odd for God’ (Mix-Matched), Wednesday is ‘Holy Spirit Spirit Wear’ (HM Gear), Thursday is ‘Jerseys for Jesus’ (Sports Teams), and Friday is a regular uniform day for Mass. We are looking forward to a week of fun and celebration!

Re-Enrollment & Course Registration


Re-enrollment has begun! We are pleased to announce that Hill-Murray is moving to Continuous Enrollment this year. This means that your student’s enrollment will continue automatically for students in good standing through the completion of Grade 12 or until you opt out through our withdrawal process, as outlined in the TADS agreement.

All parents received an email from TADS with a link to the Tuition Agreement. The deadline to complete the Agreements is Friday, February 9, 2024. Only enrolled students with a completed Tuition Agreement will receive their schedule for next year.

If you have any questions, concerns, or need assistance, do not hesitate to contact Colene Erickson in the Hill-Murray Business Office at cerickson@hill-murray.org or 651-748-2408.

Course Registration

The course selection process is underway for the 2024-2025 academic year! All students have now received their course selection forms and parents received an email on January 22nd outlining the Course Registration process. The deadline to turn in Course Selection Forms is Thursday, February 1, 2024. Students will need to obtain any necessary teacher signatures as well as a parent signature. Form can be turned into the Guidance and Counseling Office. If your student did not attend their Course Selection meeting and/or pick up their Course Selection Form, please have them stop into the Guidance and Counseling Office as soon as possible.  Please do not hesitate to reach out to your designated counselor with any questions.

Middle School Counselor (Grades 6-8)

Mrs. Valentine: 651-748-2224, lvalentine@hill-murray.org

Counselors (Grades 9-12)

Ms. Cosgrove (A-G):  651-748-2259, acosgrove@hill-murray.org
Mrs. Vinck (H-N) 651-748-2441 jvinck@hill-murray.org
Mr. Goulet (M-Z) 651-748-2493 agoulet@hill-murray.org

College Counselors

Mr. Cicalello (A-L) 651-748-2426 ccicalello@hill-murray.org
Mrs. Egan (M-Z) 651-748-2238 cegan@hill-murray.org

Hill-Murray Students and Staff Featured in National Education Journal

Dr. Aran Glancy, Director of Innovation and Learning, co-authored an article for ‘Mathematics Teachers: Learning & Teaching PK-12,’ a journal published by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. The article features students from the Hill-Murray Middle School, and describes a method called ‘Floats and Anchors,’ which helps students gain intuition about adding and subtracting integers (positive and negative numbers). Click here to read the full article.

ACT Prep Course

Join Hill-Murray’s 2024 ACT Prep course designed specifically for Juniors seeking additional coaching and support. There will be cohorts tailored for the February 10th and April 13th tests. The first cohort meets January 22nd and January 29th, and the second cohort meets February 12th and February 26th. Please click here for more information and to register.

Please feel free to reach out to Mr. Schwartz will any questions at dschwartz@hill-murray.org.

We’re Hiring!

Join our team at Hill-Murray! We are looking for individuals passionate about education, community, and making a positive impact in the lives of our students. Open positions vary, including opportunities in Grounds and Facilities, Tutors, Coaches, and more! Click here to check out our openings.

Come support our Hill-Murray Theatre students at the MSHSL 4AA One Act Play Subsectionals this Thursday, January 25th at Spring Lake Park High School! The competition starts at 4:00 PM and admission is free.

All friends of Hill-Murray are welcome to join in the NHS Pickleball Tournament on Friday, January 26th in the Hill-Murray Fieldhouse! Prizes include a $30 Chick-fil-A gift card, $50 gift card of your choosing, and more! Proceeds benefit Open Arms Charity, an organization that prepares and delivers nourishing meals to critically ill Minnesotans and their families. Paddles will be provided for those who need them. Click here to sign up.

Summer Camp & Spring Sports Registration

Summer Camp and Spring Sports Registration opens February 1st! Click here to check out our offerings and the link to register in February.

Middle School Boys Lacrosse

Attention middle schoolers, siblings, and friends of future Pioneers!  Are you a lacrosse player, or have you ever been interested in learning how to play lacrosse? The new Pioneers Lacrosse Association is gearing up for its first spring season of boys’ lacrosse, and we want you to join us!

This program is designed to give students who will be in grades 6-8 at Hill-Murray next school year an opportunity to play lacrosse with school friends and future Pio LAX teammates.  If you would like to practice and play lacrosse games against other teams in the area, please register using the provided link.  All students are welcome, including incoming students from other schools who will be Pioneers in the 2024-2025 school year.

Click here to register.

New Middle School Innovation and Entrepreneurship Club

Our new Young Innovators Club will focus on capturing our middle school students’ spirit of innovation and entrepreneurship. Students will look at real-world problems and develop innovative ideas. Opportunities and resources to develop these ideas will be provided, and students will develop a “pitch” for their idea. These activities will culminate in an entrepreneurial “Shark Tank” showcase in April. The club will meet Wednesdays after school from 2:45 PM – 3:30 PM. Interested students should come to the informational meeting on Wednesday, January 31st right after school in room 120. Contact Kelly Donnelly at kdonnelly@hill-murray.org for more information.

Click here to register.

World Language Star Students

Click here to see the World Language Department December Star Students!

Baseball Spring Training Camp

Hill-Murray Baseball is proud to offer our 2024 Spring Training Camp!

This 4-week Baseball Camp is broken up into grade appropriate groups where players will receive training in hitting and both infield and outfield defense. Instruction is led by Hill-Murray’s Varsity Coaching Staff and is designed to prepare your athlete for the upcoming season through skill-development drills and high repetition.

Click here to register, find out more information, and get the team discount!

WHEN: Sundays – (2/18, 2/25, 3/3, 3/10)

WHERE: Hill-Murray Varsity Gym / Fieldhouse

Group 1 (Grades 7+): 9:45AM – 11:15AM ($175)

Group 2 (Grades 4-6): 11:30AM – 1:00PM ($175)

Please contact Coach Cicalello at ccicalello@hill-murray.org if you have any questions!

Job Opening at Maple Tree Childcare Center

Maple Tree Childcare Center is looking for a Childcare Aide to join their team! Please click here for the position details.

Contact Sara or Jennie at mapletreeccc@gmail.com or (651)-770-0766 for questions or to apply.

The Hill-Murray Mothers Club invites you to the following events – please save the dates!

Wellness Event: Yoga, Dynamic Drips, Permanent Jewelry, and more!

  • Friday, January 26th from 6 PM – 8 PM
  • Hill-Murray School Staff Lounge
  • Click here for more details & to RSVP

Evereve Style Party: Shop. Sip. Support.

  • Sunday, February 25th from 4 PM – 6 PM
  • Woodbury Evereve Location: 9020 Hudson Rd Suite 403B, Woodbury, MN 55125

Coffee with Hill-Murray Mothers Club

  • Friday, March 8th at Mac’s Diner: 2526 7th Ave E suite 127, North St Paul, MN 55109
  • Follow the Hill-Murray Mothers Club on Instagram and Facebook for more information!

2024 TNC Summer Programs

Summer Reading Program

Click here for information about the 2024 Summer Reading Program Information and Registration

Brilliant Strengths

Click here for information about the Brilliant Strengths Summer 2024 Course for Children with Dyslexia

Driver’s Education Course

(for students 14+)

This 30-hour program will be conducted by a certified instructor from the A+ Driving School and will fulfill the state driver’s education requirement. The course will address the “how to’s” and “why’s” of safe driving. The format of the class will be lecture and active discussion. After completion of the program, students will be able to set up and participate in behind-the-wheel sessions to meet the six hour state requirement. Classes will meet at Hill-Murray. All registration can be done through A+ Dirving School. Click here to register. Need to miss a few classes? No problem – make-up classes will be provided.

Need to miss a few classes–NO PROBLEM.  Easy Make-Up classes!

Class Dates:  June 10-14 & June 17-21

Class Time:  9:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Registration:  www.APlusDrivingSchool.net

Important: No Late-Start on Wednesday, Feb. 14th

Reminder that Wednesday, February 14th is a No Late Start day due to Ash Wednesday Mass.