Happenings (September 19, 2023)

Homecoming 2023

Our amazing Hill-Murray Community came together last week to celebrate Homecoming. The school days were filled with fun and festivities, ranging from themed wardrobe days to the Homecoming Mass and a spirited student versus staff basketball game. A huge shoutout to the Hill-Murray Student Council for planning and executing a wonderful week. To top it off, the week ended with a Pioneer victory against St. Anthony Village!

This past weekend also marked significant milestone reunion years for a number of our alumni. We were blessed to have so many alumni return to their alma mater and reconnect with one another. On Sunday morning, we held our Athletic Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and welcomed six new alumni, honoring them as esteemed members of our exceptional Pioneer athletes. It was a wonderful Homecoming week that embodied the unity of our Hill-Murray Community, bringing together current students, alumni, parents, grandparents and friends of the Hill-Murray Community in celebration.

Are you aware of someone in your circle who is interested in exploring the array of opportunities available at Hill-Murray? If so, we would love if you could please extend an invitation to them to attend our Fall Open House on Monday, October 16th, 2023, starting at 6:00 pm. This event presents a fantastic chance for potential families to connect with Hill-Murray’s dedicated teachers, coaches, and school leaders. Please share this RSVP link with anyone in your network who might be interested in attending. We appreciate your efforts in helping us spread the word about Hill-Murray School!


Now Accepting 2024-25 Admission Applications

We’re thrilled by the enthusiasm surrounding Hill-Murray School and have high expectations for another successful enrollment year come next fall. To get things started, we are now 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 make regarding their education.

Although there is not “deadline” for applications, we encourage you, DO NOT WAIT to submit an application! While we’d love to welcome every student into our halls, we’re committed to maintaining healthy and manageable class sizes that are optimal for every student to thrive at Hill-Murray. We had a wait list for the 2023-24 school year, and anticipate the same for the 2024-25 school year as well. It’s 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. 


Tech Speaker Series

Join us on campus to hear directly from our Director of Technology, Bill Cheney! Bill reviews the always changing technology landscape, and how to ensure you and your students are kept safe online. We will cover the pitfalls of convenience when it comes to passwords, and dive further into common tactics used by individuals with an intent to steal your personal information. In this session, you will also be introduced to WinAtSocial, a new partnership that gives parents and students resources and tools to stay prepared for their online lifestyles.

Join Bill Cheney in the Faculty Staff Lounge on September 25th at 6:00pm.


Senior Panoramic

WHO: All Seniors

WHAT: Senior Panoramic

WHEN: Monday, September 25th at 8:00am (DO NOT BE LATE!!)

WHERE: Varsity Gym

WHAT SHOULD YOU WEAR?: Any Hill-Murray spirit top you want to rock! If you would like to order a senior panoramic photo, forms will be handed out the morning of the photo to the seniors. They will also be available in the Office of Student Life.


Senior Yearbook Photos

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

Blackfeet De La Salle School Mission Trip

Hill-Murray has the opportunity to send up to 10 students in grades 9-12 to De La Salle Blackfeet School in Browning, Montana! This immersion trip will take place Saturday, November 4th – Saturday, November 11th. Students will be working with younger students in grades 4-8 at the De La Salle Christian Brothers School (DLSB) in Browning, MT. During this time Hill-Murray students will support the staff of DLSB in the classroom, cafeteria and during enrichment activities. After DLSB students are finished with school, Hill-Murray students will be provided presentations about the Blackfeet community and the culture of the Reservation. There will also be a travel day to visit Glacier National Park. At night students will return to the peaceful Christian Brother Mission located about 15 min out of Browning where we will sleep and cook our meals together. The expected cost of the trip will be around $1000. Financial assistance is available. If you are interested, there is a sign-up on the Bulletin Board outside of Campus Ministry.

For more information, email Ms. Fandrich at rfandrich@hill-murray.org.


Pioneer Investors Co-curricular Club

Our Pioneer Investors co-curricular club kicks off in September! Students who join the club will learn how to make wise financial decisions. Students will research stocks, bonds and mutual funds, and will learn how to create a diverse investment portfolio. Pioneer Investors is open to students in grades 9-12. The club will meet during WIN time 1-2 times/month. Click here for registration form and meeting dates.


Blessing of the Animals

You are invited to join the Sisters, Associates and Oblates of St. Paul’s Monastery at a celebration of the Blessing of the Animals on Sunday, October 1st at 1:00 PM.



Upcoming Fall Productions

2024 Pioneer Premier Auction

Planning is already underway for the 2024 Pioneer Premier Auction. Join the 2024 Pioneer Premier Auction committee! You’ll get the chance to contribute to our favorite school and help make a difference for our future leaders at Hill-Murray. Please join in the fun & excitement.

Email Lindsay at auction@hill-murray.org for more information.


Mothers Club

Join the Hill-Murray Mothers Club for a cup of coffee and socializing on Friday, October 6th at 8:00am at Mac’s Diner in North St. Paul. You can find more information about the HM Mothers Club here or email mothersclub@hill-murray.org.

Thank you to all of the volunteers who helped at the Burgers & Brews at Homecoming – we appreciate you!


(New) Online Attendance Procedure: Absences, tardy notices, or early dismissals need to be requested through the Infinite Campus Parent Portal app. The attendance line is no longer available. If you are having any trouble accessing it, please contact Mary McPherson at 651-748-2428 or mmpherson@hill-murray.org.

Students arriving between 7-7:30 AM (or 7-8:30 AM on late start Wednesdays) must wait in the cafe/commons area. The academic wing, common spaces and classrooms are closed until this time for before-school meetings.

*Tip: Drop Off before 7:30 AM or pick up after 3:00 PM to avoid the traffic backup.