Happenings (October 17, 2023)

SAVE THE DATE: HM Give Day is Thursday, October 26!

Save the date for HM Give Day! For an entire 24-hour period, the entire Hill-Murray community, including alumni, faculty, staff, parents (past and present) and friends will rally together to contribute to the Hill-Murray Annual Fund.

What exactly is the Annual Fund?
The Annual Fund is the cornerstone of our everyday operations. By supporting the Annual Fund, you are supporting academics, tuition assistance, student activities and athletics, faculty salaries and professional growth, visual and performing arts and campus ministry.

Follow Hill-Murray social media channels and keep an eye on your email inbox for HM Give Day updates. Thank you for your support!

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Mark your calendar for Parent/Teacher conferences on Thursday, November 9 and Friday, November 10! Sign-up information will be emailed to parents later this month.

Thursday, November 9 is an early release for students, classes end at noon. Lunch is not served on Thursday. Conferences are in-person at Hill-Murray on Thursday from 1:00 PM- 8:00 PM and are by appointment.

Friday, November 10 is a no school day. Conferences are via zoom on Friday, November 10 between 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM and are set by appointment. Look for an email later this month to sign up for a time.

Hill-Murray Sports News

HM Junior Featured in Star Tribune’s Students on the Sidelines

The Star Tribune’s Students on the Sidelines features articles written by student journalists covering a preview or season recap on their high school football team. Hill-Murray junior Harrison Smith was chosen by the Star Tribune to preview last week’s Hill-Murray vs. Richfield game at TCO Stadium. Click here to check out his submission!

3AA Section Championship Game TONIGHT

Congrats and best of luck to the boys and girls soccer teams who will be playing in the 3AA Section Championship today! The girls face Academy of Holy Angels at Holy Angels at 4:30 PM and the boys team will face Academy of Holy Angels at Holy Angels 7:30 PM. Roll Pios!

Click here to stay up to date will all Hill-Murray sports.

Parent Presentation: The Dangerous Truth about Today’s Marijuana

We invite all parents to join us for a powerful presentation on “The Dangerous Truth about Today’s Marijuana” from the Bacchus family on October 23, 2023. Heather and Randy Bachhus, a Hill-Murray family, tragically lost their son to Cannabis Induced Psychosis and Suicide, and today they raise awareness and educate others about today’s Cannabis.

The presentation will be held in the Hill-Murray Commons. Please enter through the doors by the chapel on the west side of the building. Doors will open at 6:30 PM and the presentation will begin at 7:00 PM. Please click here to view the flyer for more information about the presentation.

​​​​​​Please CLICK HERE to register for this free event.

If you have any questions, please contact Brent Johnson at bgjohnson@hill-murray.org.

During WIN, students will attend the youth-oriented edition of this presentation. Click here to view the flyer.

Now Accepting 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.

Now Accepting 2024-25 Scholarship Applications

Hill-Murray scholarship applications are now 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.

Senior Party Butter Braid Fundraiser

Dear Hill-Murray High School Community,

Planning for the Senior All Night Party after Graduation is well on its way. Your help is needed to raise funds to make this the biggest and best party ever. We are selling butter braid pastries now through October 30! Product will be delivered November 17.

Register online or grab a paper order form from the Office of Student Life. Click here to access the registration form.

Paper order forms and checks made to Hill-Murray need to be turned in to school by Monday, October 30 to the Office of Student Life.

The online store closes at midnight on October 30.

Delivery of product will be on Friday, November 17 starting at 2:30 PM. Please mark your calendar and plan to pick up your pastries between 2:30 PM and 3:30 PM.  If you need to arrange an alternative pick up please contact Sara Bertini as we do not have much freezer space available.

If you’ve never had a butter braid, you’re missing out!  Stock up!  They are very popular with people who know about them, and they are a delicious Thanksgiving or Christmas treat.

Please contact Sara Bertini with any questions at saracherbst@hotmail.com.

Register for Winter Sports

Winter Sports Registration is now live! To see our offerings and to register, please click here.

Middle School Activity Night

All middle school students are invited to the Middle School Activity Night on November 3rd from 6:00 – 8:00 PM. The cost is $5. There will be a DJ, games, crafts, snacks and prizes. Costumes are optional. Sponsored by the MS Student Council.

Prayer Ministry by Sister Linda Soler, OSB

At St. Paul’s Monastery, there is a yearly ritual in September called “Commissioning”. Each Sister is commissioned to a particular ministry by the Prioress. This year the ministry for each Sister is to pray for a particular group connected to Hill-Murray. Sister Linda was commissioned to pray daily for all the Hill-Murray parents, donors and our Mothers Club and Fathers Club. If you have a prayer intention, please feel free to let her know your intention by sending an email to sisterlinda@hill-murray.org or calling her office at the monastery at (651) 777-5650. Sister Linda says, “It would be an honor to remember you at prayer on a daily basis, and I am committed to supporting you. God has blessed me with this opportunity for outreach.”

Junior Class Spring Break Trip to Belize

There will be a parent meeting VIA ZOOM on Tuesday, October 24th at 6:30 PM for any student interested in attending the trip to Belize over spring break. Click here for more information about the trip.

Please click here to access the zoom meeting link.

Summer Italy Trip

Current 10th-12th graders are invited to join us for a trip to Italy June 10-18, 2024!

Click here to view the trip flyer.

Please email Ms. Marin at emarin@hill-murray.org with any questions.

Lionel Bart’s Oliver Jr. Tickets

Click here to purchase tickets.

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.

Trunk or Treat

Peer Ministers will be hosting our 3rd Annual Trunk or Treat Halloween Event in the Front Parking lot of the Hill-Murray School on Tuesday, October 24th from 4:30 – 6:00 PM. All Kids 12 yrs and younger are invited to dress up, and come trick or treat with our High School Students!








Junior Retreat – October 26 & 27

The Junior Retreat “Serving as the Hands of Christ” is Thursday, October 26 for student with last names A-La, and Friday, October 27 for students with last names Le-Z.  Juniors will report to their first class of the day for attendance, then go to the Chapel before heading out in the community to engage in direct service. Junior parents received an email on October 6 with information regarding the site that your son or daughter chose and information related to what permission slip is required. Please contact Ms Fandrich or Mr Deziel if you have any questions.

Freshmen & Sophomore College Presentation

An informative college presentation for parents of freshmen and sophomores will take place on Wednesday, October 25 at 6:30 PM in the auditorium. Nationwide studies show that over 50% of families begin college searching in the sophomore year. We will take you through a timeline of what to be doing as your student moves through high school, and also how the guidance office supports your family every step of the way. Presenters will be college counselors Charlie Cicalello and Carrie Egan.

Senior Yearbook Photos

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.

World Language Department Star Students

Click here to see the World Language Department Star Students for September!

Note From the Health Office

As talk of a new COVID variant has hit the news you might be wondering what the current protocol is at Hill-Murray. Just like the flu has many variants, so will COVID. To keep things simple we have 2 rules:

  1. If you do not feel good, do not come to school.
  2. If you have a fever, do not come to school. You must be fever free without the use of any medication for a full 24 hours!

We do not require you to quarantine for 5 days. We also do not require masks upon returning to school. We want the kids to be in school! There are a lot of germs going around every day. If you feel sick please stay home.

If you have any other questions please feel free to reach out to the nurse at (651) 748-2431

Thank you,

Mrs. Leier, HM Nurse


6th-8th grade students and families are invited to the Saint Thomas More Halloween Dance! Join us for a great night of dancing, a photo booth and haunted house tours. Concessions will also be available. Click here for more information and to RSVP.

For questions, contact Emily Mishek at emilymishek@gmail.com