Happenings (November 14, 2023)

Transformative Mission to De La Salle Blackfeet School

A group of 11 students, led by Ms. Fandrich and Mr. Goulet, recently returned from an impactful week-long mission trip in Browning, Montana, with the Lasallian Christian Brothers at our sister school, De La Salle Blackfeet. Our students were fully immersed in the community, engaging with multiple speakers who shared insights into growing up on the reservation and learning about the Native Blackfeet community. Their time was primarily dedicated to tutoring students in grades 4-8 across various subjects, while also offering support to navigate the challenges of often unstable home lives.

In addition to the enriching educational experience, our team explored the stunning landscapes of Glacier National Park, delving into the history of the Blackfeet land and appreciating the local wildlife. This immersive journey proved to be transformational not only for our students but also for those they connected with during their time in Browning.

Congratulations to Lindsey Phelan and Lucy Kindler for their amazing finishes in the Section Diving Championship! They placed 1st and 4th respectively and both advanced to the State Tournament, which will be held November 16-18 at Jean K. Freeman Aquatic Center, U of M. CLICK HERE to purchase tickets.

Give to the Max Day – Choose Hill-Murray School!

Celebrating its 15th anniversary in 2023, Give to the Max Day has become Minnesota’s annual giving holiday. Every year, thousands of organizations and individuals generate donations and excitement for Minnesota causes that are working to improve the quality of life for all Minnesotans. If you’re planning to give on Give to the Max Day on November 16th, choose Hill-Murray School! CLICK HERE to make an impact.

The Nicholas Center: Speaker Series

Join us for an informative evening on supporting your child’s reading needs! Is your child struggling with traditional reading methods? Do they prefer audiobooks over hard copies? We’re here to help! We are thrilled to invite you to a presentation by Sara Johnson, TNC’s Director of Literacy, on November 15th, where she will share valuable insights on how to assist your students in accessing their reading selections using Sora and Bookshare. Doors open at 6:15 PM. Please enter through the Main Entrance facing Larpenteur.

Please CLICK HERE for more info and to RSVP.

Hill-Murray TED Talks

Join us for our first-ever Hill-Murray TED Talk evening on Wednesday, November 15th, 2023 from 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM in the auditorium. Students and faculty will delight us with their scholastic pursuits or out-of-school passions!

Here is a sneak peek into the topics for the evening:

Whiffle Ball

Energizing Benefits of Gratitude

Creativity & Collaboration

ExCEL Learning Garden

Women: An Important Global Resource

WWI Influence on Johnny Cash Song

2024-25 Scholarship Applications – Due Friday

Hill-Murray scholarship applications are available for the 2024-25 academic year. All scholarship information can be found online this year under the Tuition Assistance tab on the main page of our Hill-Murray website.

Scholarships are broken down into Need-Based and Non-Need Based Scholarships. Those families who complete the TADS application for financial assistance will automatically be considered for the Need-Based Scholarships. The TADS application is the only application to fill out for these scholarships. However, if a student is chosen for one of these scholarships, they will need to submit an essay, thank you note, and student profile information to accept and receive the award.

Regardless of whether or not they fill out the TADS application, any student can apply for the Non-Need Based Scholarships. The scholarship application can be found and completed online under the Tuition Assistance tab.

Completed applications are due by Friday, November 17, 2023. This is much earlier than in past years. Don’t delay! Get started on your application today!

If you have any questions about this process, please contact Denise Bates at dbates@hill-murray.org.

Middle School Christmas Party

Get ready for a festive evening at our Middle School Christmas Party! Join us on December 15th from 6:00 – 8:00 PM for a cozy celebration in your favorite pajamas. We will decorate Christmas cookies and watch a Christmas movie. It’s the perfect way to embrace the joy of the holidays with friends and sweet treats. See you there!

Computer Graphics I: Graphic Design Collaboration

This fall, our Computer Graphics 1 students collaborated with the talented graphic designer, Gary Andresen of Northbound Creative, to craft exclusive merchandise for Doberman Rescue Minnesota. A heartfelt thank you to both for enriching our students with hands-on, real-world graphic design experience!

Save the Date! The Hill-Murray Mothers Club invites you to a Holiday Floral Workshop on Wednesday, December 6th at Merriment Interior Design.

Participants will create and bring home a beautiful holiday floral centerpiece. Limited spots are available. Make sure to follow Hill-Murray Mothers Club on Facebook and Instagram for additional details and for the registration link to come.

Hill-Murray Theatre Parent Organization

Would you like to be involved in or receive information about our Theatre Parent Organization for the 2023-24 school year? Please CLICK HERE to fill out the the google form to get on our email list.

Christmas Variety Show

CLICK HERE to purchase tickets!

2024 Pioneer Premier Auction

We hope you can join us April 27, 2024 for the annual Pioneer Premier Auction where family and friends of Hill Murray gather to support and celebrate our current and future Pioneer community by raising funds dedicated to school needs.

We’re making a list and checking it twice! CLICK HERE to shop our Pioneer Premier Auction wish list on Amazon while Christmas shopping; we’ve made it easy for you to donate items and ship them directly to the school. Items will be available to bid on at the auction!

World Language Department Star Students for October

CLICK HERE to view the World Language Department Star Students for October.

Picture Retakes

Picture retake photos have arrived! If your student has not brought theirs home, please have your student pick them up in the Office of Student Life.

Yearbook Photos: Seniors & Middle School Students


Seniors! You can submit your senior photos, baby ads and memories online! Simply go to Hillmurrayyearbook.com. We will accept submissions up until January 8th.


Hey middle school students! Do you participate in sports not associated with Hill-Murray but still want some spotlight in the yearbook? Want want to see your Woodbury, Stillwater, East Ridge, etc. athletics! Please email your information to elizabeth.voss@hmstudents.org for a chance to se your sport within the pages.

Please include the information below with your submission:

  1. First and Last Name
  2. Grade
  3. Name of Sports Affiliation (ex. Woodbury Hockey)
  4. Picture of you playing your sport

Costa Rica & Panama Trip

The Spanish department is offering a fabulous opportunity for current 8th, 9th, 10th and 11th grade students to visit both Costa Rica AND Panama! Students will have nine days to put their Spanish to use in real world scenarios while exploring volcanos, rainforests, beaches, historic towns, and of course the Panama Canal! We leave for this nine-day adventure in mid-June of 2025! Interested? CLICK HERE to check out the full itinerary, pricing and registration information! Contact Ms. Luna with any questions at: kluna@hill-murray.org.

The Hill-Murray Community is invited to the 16th year of Christmas at the Monastery! This event is now the signature fundraising event for St. Paul’s Monastery. Join in the celebration with events planned December 2-9. CLICK HERE to view the Christmas at the Monastery events!

2024-25 Admission Applications

We are accepting applications for the 2024-25 academic year! We have moved over to a new rolling-admissions process for the 2024-25 school year. We believe that you should not have to wait for a date on the calendar to make one of the most important decisions that you and your student may choose regarding their education.

Although there is no “deadline” for applications, we encourage you, DO NOT WAIT to submit an application! While we would love to welcome every student into our halls, we are committed to maintaining healthy and manageable class sizes that are optimal for every student to thrive at Hill-Murray. We had a wait pool for the 2023-24 school year, and anticipate the same for the 2024-25 school year as well. It is a great time to be a Pioneer!

There is so much strength in our community – you are our best advocates! Please share this link with your friends, family and anyone you think would be a great addition to the Hill-Murray family.

Please contact Krissy Pohl at kpohl@hill-murray.org (Middle School) or Emily Sharockman at esharockman@hill-murray.org (High School) in Admissions with questions.

* Please note, this is for NEW students interested in attending next fall.