Happenings (June 9, 2023)

TNC Celebrates Graduates & Endowment

The Nicholas Center (TNC), inspired by Saint Nicholas’ life of serving children, began ten years ago and has grown to accommodate nearly 20% of the Hill-Murray student body (grades 6-12). Its emphasis on creating individualized learning plans for its neurodiverse students ensures that students receive support and learning strategies to thrive in a challenging and engaging academic environment. TNC brings together the academic resources of guidance counselors, college counselors, peer listeners, trained tutors, and study labs. This year, 28 Hill-Murray graduates benefitted from TNC services. Some TNC graduates are selecting four-year public or private universities, others are choosing two-year programs that allow them to pursue their passions and gain earlier entry into the workforce. The variety of paths reflects the students who know more about themselves and how best to contribute to life beyond Hill-Murray. We are celebrating their diligence and wish them well in their next chapters.

Click here to learn about Max Krakowski’s (’23) experience with the TNC and his plans for the future. We encourage you to give to The Nicholas Center Endowment as a way to ensure this invaluable resource remains viable for future Pioneers.


2023-24 Hill-Murray Uniform Policy

Hill-Murray is committed to continuous improvement, and in that spirit, we have been reviewing the uniform policy and have updated some components.  The uniform is an integral part of Hill-Murray’s tradition and Catholic identity, and these updates and changes reinforce our ability to stay true to the purpose of the uniform code.  The policy updates are designed to provide students with options that are comfortable yet compliant with the standard outlined in the policy.  For new and current families, please review the updated Uniform Policy here.

2023-24 Hill-Murray Uniform Policy

Used Uniform Sale!

Hill-Murray Youth Football Summer Camp

Be a part of the 2023 Hill-Murray Fall Dance Team! Perform at halftime for all home football games and the Homecoming pep fest. There will be a clinic on Monday, August 7 from 2 – 4 PM for all who are interested. Click here to learn more!

Important Mandatory Meetings for Students and Parents – Class of 2024

Class of 2024 students and parents, please mark your calendar to attend the Senior Mandatory Meeting on Sunday August 27, 6:30 PM and Monday, August 28, 6:30 PM. Both meetings will be held in the Auditorium. You only need to attend one of these meetings and you do not need to RSVP. We request all seniors and at least one parent to attend. At this meeting, students will receive their final transcript from the end of junior year, as well as instructions for completing college applications. Parents and students will sign a Transcript Release form, and students will also complete the exact name they wish to be on their diploma. College counselors Carrie Egan and Charlie Cicalello will give an overview of the senior application timeline, including application due dates, searching for scholarships, applying for financial aid, and narrowing down the college choice.

Carpooling and Bussing: 2023-24 School Year

If you are interested in bussing or carpooling, please CLICK HERE to fill out the form.

*Please note: Only those who live within District 622 are eligible for the bussing option.

A carpool list will be sent out later this summer to those who express an interest so that you can arrange carpooling with other Hill-Murray families.

Questions? Contact Sarah Mathis at smathis@hill-murray.org

Summer Course: Executive Functional Skills

Tuesdays – Thursdays | June 13, 2023 – July 27, 2023 (NO Sessions July 4-6) 

12:30 PM-2:00 PM

The Nicholas Center at Hill-Murray invites all students entering grades 5-8 in the fall of 2023 to join us for The Nicholas Center Summer Executive Functioning Skills Program at Hill-Murray. 

Executive Functioning skills are the necessary life skills we use every day. They are the foundation of our ability to plan, organize, initiate, and follow through with tasks to achieve goals.

The Summer Executive Functioning Skills Program is a 6-week program in which students will learn about various executive functioning (EF) skills and how the skills impact their daily lives. Students will explore strategies and tools to improve their EF skills while engaging in lessons, activities, and crafts that support skill development. Your child will leave HM Summer Executive Functioning Skills Camp with a new set of tools in their toolbox and most importantly, a confidence that will permeate all other aspects of their lives!

The 6-week Summer Executive Functioning Skills Program will run every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from June 13, 2023, through July 27th, 2023 from 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm.


Note: NO programming on July 4, 5, 6

To register your child for the Summer Executive Functional Camp, please CLICK HERE.

For more information, please contact Molly Schauff mschauff@hill-murray.org or Brent Johnson bgjohnson@hill-murray.org

Summer College Exploration

Students wishing to explore colleges this summer will benefit from special programs in Minnesota and Wisconsin as well as other regions of the country. Below are some helpful links.

The Minnesota Private College week is June 26-30

The Wisconsin Private College Week is July 10-15.

We have a very nice booklet available in Guidance & Counseling with all of the Minnesota Private Colleges detailed in it. Send your student in before school ends to take one! They are on the shelves in Guidance & Counseling. Even though we may not be in the building in summer, all guidance counselors read and reply to email regularly. Please let us know if you have questions about anything, particularly college exploration.

Driver’s Education

(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+ Driving School. Need to miss a few classes? No problem – make-up classes will be provided.

Class Dates: July 10-14 & July 17-21

Class Time: 9am-12pm