Happenings (September 5, 2023)

Homecoming 2023

Get ready for Homecoming!! Students may be out of uniform to dress for the theme days next week. This year’s theme is inspired by Disney’s ‘Up’ the movie. Students who choose not to dress up may wear the Homecoming t-shirts from this year or be in uniform. Please make sure all outfits are neat, clean and modest. Below are the themes and events to look forward to next week. This information is also on the Parent/Student Portal on the website.

  • Monday, September 11 – Homecoming Mass, Scavenger hunt
  • Tuesday, September 12 – Breakfast for lunch, movie on the stadium field at 7:30 PM.
  • Wednesday, September 13 – Free popsicles handed out during lunch
  • Thursday, September 14 – Teacher vs. Student basketball game during WIN
  • Friday, September 15 – Pep fest, Homecoming game at 7:00 PM, black-out theme for the game

Saturday, September 16 – Homecoming Dance (Gr. 9-12), 7:00-10:00 PM in the Fieldhouse

  • Tickets can be purchased for $15 via a form sent out to all students.
  • Students must be at the dance at 8:00 PM and stay until 9:30 PM.
  • Freshman and Sophomores enter by the chapel, Juniors and Seniors enter at the Fieldhouse.
  • Only Seniors may bring guests from other schools. Guests must fill out a form that can be picked up from the Office of Student Life.

Remember to get your homecoming tickets this week! The form was sent out during the school day today and will close on Friday at the end of the day. Tickets are $15 and will be charged to TADS.

Volunteer with the Hill-Murray Fathers Club and Mothers Club at Homecoming!

The Hill-Murray Fathers Club and Mothers Club are looking for parent volunteers to help staff the Burgers and Brews Beer Garden and Grill at the Homecoming Festivities on Friday, September 15th. Sign up for a shift to help tend the grill or serve beverages. CLICK HERE to sign up.

*The Beer Garden is only open to guests 21+ years of age. IDs will be checked to gain admittance to the Beer Garden area.

Back to School Night

All parents of students in grades 6-12, please join us Wednesday, September 6th for Back to School Night. This is a PARENT ONLY event, in which you will get a first-hand look at your student’s academic experience at Hill-Murray School. Please dress comfortably as not all areas of our school are air conditioned yet.

Please note the special meeting times below:
Parents of students in grades 6 & 9 have meetings beginning at 5:00 PM
Parents of students in all grades (6-12) will begin Period 1 at 6:00 PM


The Trading Post will be open starting at 5:30 PM.

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.

School Picture Retake Day – Tuesday, Sept.19

Lifetouch will be at school on Tuesday, September 19 from 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM in the Varsity Gym. Any student that missed Business Days, Orientation or wishes to have a new picture taken take go to the gym during that time. Students may go during WIN time, Pioneer Period, lunch time or passing period to get their picture taken. Students must be wearing a school uniform polo shirt, no spirit wear. Hair and facial hair must fit within school guidelines. An online link to order pictures will be shared two weeks prior to Sept. 19 and be available for 30 days after.

Senior Panoramic – Monday, Sept. 25

The Senior Panoramic will take place Monday, Sept. 25 at 8:00 AM sharp! ALL seniors will report to the Varsity Gym after attendance on September 25 for the photo. Seniors are encouraged to wear spirit wear for this photo. Please bring a Hill-Murray uniform polo to change into after the photo. An online link to order photos will be available on the Hill-Murray website two weeks prior to September 25 and will be available for 30 days after.

Junior Achievement: Middle School Co-Curricular Club

All 6-8th grade students are invited to attend our Junior Achievement information meeting from 2:45 PM – 3:15 PM on Wednesday, September 7th in room 120. This is great way for middle school students to get involved with their peers and make connections at Hill-Murray. Students will be engaged in hands-on activities to promote financial literacy through participating in Junior Achievement Finance Park. See below for additional information and registration form.

Contact Kelly Donnelly at kdonnelly@hill-murray.org with questions.

Click here to learn more about Junior Achievement.

Click here for the Junior Achievement Registration form.

Minnesota State Fair K-12 Art Competition

The Art Department is proud to present the Hill-Murray winners of the Minnesota State Fair K-12 Art competition:

Claire Thomas – 2nd Place for Mixed Media Drawing for 7th grade.

Quinn Hawkinson – 2nd Place for Drawing with Markers for 7th grade.

Talia Bowers – Honorable Mention for Pencil Drawing for 9th grade.

Keeley Whitcomb – Honorable Mention for Watercolor Painting for 9th grade.

Kiera Whitcomb – 2nd Place for Acrylic Painting for 9th grade.

Logan Hennen – Honorable Mention for Acrylic Painting for 10th grade.

Ryan Wolsfeld – 2nd Place for Computer graphics: composite and collage.

Pioneer Foundation: Scholarship Opportunities

New opportunities are available for the upcoming school year! Volunteer time and talents in exchange for scholarship money. Training starts soon, so call Florie Peterson today at (651) 249-4076 or email PFFPA1987@aol.com.

Lunch Program

Our lunch program will remain the same this upcoming year. Each meal in the meal deal will continue to be priced at $6.50.

It’s important to note that Hill-Murray has chosen not to take part in the state’s free lunch initiative. This decision was made to safeguard the variety of our meal choices from the limitations imposed by the program. Families in need of assistance have qualified for the Free & Reduced Lunch program through our TADS Tuition Assistance Program.

We kindly request that families ensure their lunch account balances are kept up to date. If a balance exceeds $50 in arrears, it could be subject to collections.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact the Business Office. Your understanding is greatly appreciated.

Join the Hill-Murray Mothers Club for a cup of coffee and socializing this Friday, September 8th at 8:00 AM 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.