Happenings (May 7, 2024)

The Pirates of Penzance

Last weekend to see our talented students perform in the classic musical comedy, “The Pirates of Penzance.” Show runs May 10 – 12. You won’t want to miss it!


H2O for Life is holding an Open Mic Night Fundraiser on Wednesday, May 8th from 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM in the Hill-Murray Teacher’s Lounge. Coffee and treats will be provided! Come see your fellow pioneers perform their best! Funds raised will go to Mlandege Primary School in Tanzania to help kids gain access to permanent, clean water plants. Students, family, and friends are welcome!

Pioneers will be out serving on Saturday, May 18th to provide helping hands and to bring the spirit of service to our community.

CLICK HERE to see a list of service ideas.

It’s easy to participate – just follow these steps!

  1. Get a group of family, friends, or alums and find a service project for any time of day on May 18th or contact Judy Schwartz at jschwartz@hill-murray.org to help at Hill-Murray from 9:00 AM – Noon that day.
  2. CLICK HERE to register your group and choose your t-shirt sizes.
  3. Send someone to H-M to pick up your group’s t-shirts the week before the event, May 13-17 7:00 AM – 5:00PM or May 18 9:00 AM – Noon. Out of town? We will mail them to you!
  4. Go have some fun on May 18th giving back to our community! Share your photos on social media using #pioneerdayofservice

Questions? Contact Judy Hajlo Schwartz ’79 jschwartz@hill-murray.org or (651) 748-2445

Support The Senior All-Night Party

Last Call to Support the Class of 2024 for their Senior All Night Party!  

Our goal is to send all of our seniors off with some fun and useful prizes as they begin their next adventure. We have made it easy to donate by creating an Amazon Wish List for you to select from with items shipping directly to a committee member. You can donate and share the link with friends and family. Click here to view the wish list.

On behalf of all of the planning committee, we are so excited to celebrate the Class of 2024, and thank you for your support! 

Chris Reeves and Melissa Hauser 

Co-Chairs of Senior All Night Party  



DECA International Finalists

Five members of our DECA chapter did a fantastic job representing our school at the DECA National / International DECA Career and Development Conference and Competition in Anaheim, CA. Our DECA members were among 23,000 students from around the world participating in the conference and competition. Special congratulations to two of our DECA members, Abby Haldorson and Audrey Niese, who place in the top 20 in the world for their respective events. Congratulations to Hill-Murray DECA!

World Language Department Star Students

Click here to view the World Language Department Star Students for March!

Adoration in the Hill-Murray Chapel: Friday, May 10th

Hill-Murray parents are invited to participate in the spiritual practice of Adoration in the Hill-Murray Chapel on Friday, May 10th anytime between 9:00 AM – 1:30 PM. Adoration refers to the time when the Blessed Sacrament (the consecrated host) is placed on the altar and the faithful spend time with Jesus in the Chapel in quiet prayer and reflection. To sign up for a time, please click here. Contact Dr. Skinner at sskinner@hill-murray.org if you have any questions.

Campaign Tours

Learn more about the strategic direction of the school and its Believe. Belong. Be Bold Comprehensive Campaign. As we look to raise $40 Million in the next five years, a timely priority will be adding to the campus footprint with an expanded student union and wellness/athletics studio. These proposed spaces offer enhanced learning opportunities, dining seats, and community gathering opportunities. Our aim for Capital Improvements is clear: to raise $7.5 million by June 2024. This will fund the opening of a new Student Union Center and the expansion of our Pioneer Institute for Health and Wellness before the start of the 2025-2026 academic year.

We invite you to schedule an in-person “campus campaign tour” with Hill-Murray Foundation Executive Director, Chris Zupfer and our Advancement Team. Click here to schedule your tour. Everyone is welcome for these informational sessions!

Join our talented art students for an Artist Reception & Art Award Ceremony on Wednesday, May 15th from 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM at Saint Paul’s Monastery. View the artwork, socialize, eat snacks, listen to live music, and celebrate with the award recipients for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd prizes.

The Hill-Murray Mothers Club invites you to the following events:

Coffee to celebrate Mother’s Day

  • Friday, May 10th at 8:00 AM
  • Mac’s Diner: 2526 7th Ave E suite 127, North St Paul, MN 55109

Day of Service: Saturday, May 18th, 2024

  • The Hill-Murray Mothers Club will be doing “Spring Clean Up” from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM at The Pillars Hospice Home (6025 Upper 35th Street N Oakdale, MN 551128). The Pillars is a locally based non-profit providing in-home and inpatient hospice care for the body, mind, and spirit of people nearing end of life and those who love them.

8th Grade Parent Volunteers Needed

We are looking for 8th grade parents to join us on our day of service with the 8th Grade Retreat on Friday, May 31st at Feed My Starving Children. You would need to be at Hill-Murray at 8:00 AM and would be back at Hill-Murray by 12:30 PM. This is a great opportunity to spend some time with your 8th grade student and participate in a service experience.  Please click here to sign up.  Email questions to Dr Skinner at sskinner@hill-murray.org. Thank you!

CSGA Summer Enrichment Academy

Be a part of CSGA Summer Enrichment Academy at Hill-Murray! Explore various summer programs including theatre, STEM, art, and more. Click here to learn more about CSGA Summer Enrichment Academy. Click here to enroll in a class.

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

The Learning Jet 1st Responders Camp

Are you a 10th-12th grade student interested in a career as a 1st responder? The Learning Jet will be hosting a 1st Responders Camp June 24-28 for sophomores, juniors, and seniors from 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM. Students will have the opportunity to meet and work with 1st responders in the Twin Cities.

Click here to learn more and to register.

Summer Sports Camps Registration

Be a part of the fun! Registration is open Summer Sports Camps at Hill-Murray! Summer sports camps are a great way to stay active this summer, and we have something each student can enjoy. Sports at Hill-Murray help students create lasting friendships, foster teamwork, and build confidence, all while staying active and having fun in the process. If you have a student interested in a summer sports camp who is not a current Hill-Murray student, please click here for special registration instructions.

Pioneer Premier Auction

Thank you to our Hill-Murray community for your generous efforts in raising $1,206,374 during the Pioneer Premier Auction! Your dedication and support are truly appreciated and make a significant difference in enhancing the educational experience for all our students. We are immensely grateful for your commitment to our school community.

Bussing for Families in District 622: 2024-25 School Year

If you live in District 622 and are interested in having your student receive bussing services, please click here to fill out the form. Please keep in mind that you must live within District 622, and that when District 622 is not in session, bussing is not provided. Hill-Murray will provide your information to the district, and they will then be in contact with you during the summer with route information. The deadline to complete this form is Saturday, June 1st. Please reach out to Jen O’Gary with any questions at jogary@hill-murray.org.

Carpooling for the 2024-25 School Year

If your family is interested in being included on a carpool list for the 2024-25 school year, please click here to fill out the form. All of the interested families’ contact information and home addresses will be gathered onto a spreadsheet. In July, that spreadsheet will be shared with all of the families that are on it. At that point, you can reach out to those in your area to set up carpools. The deadline for completing the form is Saturday, June 1st. Please reach out to Jen O’Gary at jogary@hill-murray.org with any questions.

PSAT Testing for Juniors: Fall of 2024

Hill-Murray will be offering the computer based PSAT/NMSQT to junior students next school year on Wednesday, October 23rd at 8:00 AM. This day is planned to be a late start, but students will need to arrive at school at 7:30 AM on this day. This PSAT test is a predictor of how a student will do on the SAT and is the qualifying exam for the National Merit Scholarship Competition. This is not a college entrance exam. Over 1.6 million high school students take the PSAT exam each year, and less than 1% advance in this competition.

If you intend for your student to take the PSAT, please email Jen O’Gary at jogary@hill-murray.org by Monday, June 3rd so exams can be ordered. If Jen does not hear from you, we will assume your student will not take the PSAT. In addition, you must notify us at the time you commit to taking the PSAT test if your child has an Academic Achievement Plan and will be requesting testing accommodations. Counselors will submit all testing accommodation requests, and the College Board will determine accommodation eligibility and approval. Please inform us of any requests in your response to this email.

If you have any questions about the PSAT, please call or email your student’s counselor.

Ms. Amy Cosgrove (A-G), acosgrove@hill-murray.org, (651) 748-2259

Mrs. Jenny Vinck (H-N), jvinck@hill-murray.org, (651) 748-2241

Mr. Aaron Goulet (O-Z), agoulet@hill-murray.org, (651) 748-2493

Mr. Charlie Cicalello (A-L), ccicalello@hill-murray.org, (651) 748-2426

Ms. Carrie Egan (M-Z), cegan@hill-murray.org, (651) 748-2238

Don’t miss out on your last chance to shop at the Trading Post! Swing by on Wednesday, May 29th and Thursday, May 30th. Don’t forget to snag a Hill-Murray flag for your Graduation open houses while you’re here!