MORNING ANNOUNCEMENTS

MAY 2019

May 30

***All Students
Final Reminder: The deadline for making a course change for next year is July 31. After July 31, no First Semester requests will be honored including adding a Study Hall. Don’t wait until you receive your schedule in August to think about this as it will be too late at that point.

Please bring written parent permission regarding any change to your counselor.

***Hola Spanish students,
Spaces are filling up for the Guatemala 2020 trip. Get your deposit and registration form in before the end of the year to lock in your spot for this memorable trip. See either Sra. Busch or Sra Corrales with any questions!

***Attention all Track and Field athletes- this is a reminder that this Friday, May 31 is are mandatory clean up practice on the Track at 2:45 with our party to following. This is for track and field athletes only. Please turn in your Track and Field jerseys by Friday also- Thank you!

***All 8th-grade students need to report to their advisor during Homebase today to complete your locker clean out and turn in locks. You will need to carry your backpack around until finals are completed. Do not leave anything in your locker especially valuables. You will have graduation practice next Tuesday during the last advisory.

Mr. Ryan's advisory will check out with Mrs. Barbato in room 022. All students should report to advisory first.

May 29

***Good Morning Pioneers,
Would you like to learn about DECA opportunities for next year? All 8th through 11th grade students are invited to come to our 10 minute DECA informational meetings this week Thursday at 7:30am and 2:30pm in room 035. Students only need to attend one meeting. Hope to see you there!

***Hola Spanish students,
Spaces are filling up for the Guatemala 2020 trip. Get your deposit and registration form in before the end of the year to lock in your spot for this memorable trip. See either Sra. Busch or Sra Corrales with any questions!

***Hey middle schoolers! The end of the year is quickly approaching and your WEB leaders want to celebrate with you! There will be an ice-cream sundae party this Friday, May 31st, from 2:45-3:30 on the patio outside of the Nicholas Center. If it rains....we will be in the teachers lounge. Hope to see you there!

***Attention all Track and Field athletes- this is a reminder that this Friday, May 31 is are mandatory clean up practice on the Track at 2:45 with our party to following. This is for track and field athletes only. Please turn in your Track and Field jerseys by Friday also- Thank you!

May 28

***All Students:
Don’t forget to give next year’s classes a thought or two before heading out for summer. Take some time now before Finals begin to make sure that you are still o.k. with the classes you chose for next year.

The deadline for making a course change for next year is July 31. Don’t wait until you receive your schedule in August to think about this as it will be too late at that point. After July 31, no First Semester requests will be honored including adding a Study Hall.

Bring written parent permissions regarding any change to your counselor.

***Good Morning Pioneers,
This is Alex, DECA officer. Would you like to learn about DECA opportunities for next year? All 8th through 11th grade students are invited to come to our 10 minute DECA informational meetings this week Thursday at 7:30am and 2:30pm in room 035. Students only need to attend one meeting. Hope to see you there!

May 24

***Today all Middle School students will go right to lunch at 11:44 and then to Homebase at 12:09 for the last 12 minutes`

***Good morning Pioneers! This is Elliot from student council. If you are interested in being a part of student council next school year, please remember to turn in an application today, by 3pm. No applications will be accepted after 3 PM. Copies of the applications are in your email from our President Aly Steichen or our advisor, Mr. Ballentine, or You can pick up physical copies outside the theater office or by the student entrance. We need fresh points of view on student council and that could be you! so please turn in an application to a student council member or Mr. B by the end of the day, 3 PM. Have an awesome memorial day weekend.

***Today we welcome Waverly Thao who is visiting Alyssa Masco-Isackson and Grace Holm in 10th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray and have a great day!

May 23

***Today we welcome Antonio Sosa, Nicole Lundquist, Payne Pogatchnik, and Jack Weinmeyer to Hill-Murray.
Antonio will be with Max Kacerik in 8th grade
Nicole will be with Paige Goehner in 6th grade
Payne and Jack will be with Ryan Wolsfelf in 7th grade

Welcome to Hill-Murray, we hope you have a great day!

***All Students:
Don’t forget to give next year’s classes a thought or two before heading out for summer. Take some time now before Finals begin to make sure that you are still o.k. with the classes you chose for next year.

The deadline for making a course change for next year is July 31. Don’t wait until you receive your schedule in August to think about this as it will be too late at that point. After July 31, no First Semester requests will be honored including adding a Study Hall.

Bring written parent permissions regarding any change to your counselor.

***Good Morning Pioneers, this is June Knauss with DECA. Seniors, as you are cleaning out your lockers please consider donating gently used school supplies to Webster Elementary School. There are boxes located in the senior hallways. The school supplies will be given to Webster students whose families can't afford supplies for the 2019-2020 school year. Thank you in advance for your contributions.

May 22

***There will be a short meeting after school for all those interested in Cross Country next fall today (May 22th) in Mr. Ryan’s Room, Room 048. Please bring your computers to the meeting.

***Hey middle schoolers! The end of the year is quickly approaching and your WEB leaders want to celebrate with you! There will be an ice-cream sundae party next Friday, May 31st, from 2:45-3:30 on the patio outside of the Nicholas Center. If it rains....we will be in the teachers lounge. Hope to see you there!

May 21

***As winners of the raffle ticket competition, the freshman class will be out of uniform next Friday, May 24. Students must follow all guidelines on our out of uniform days, no ripped jeans, short shorts, cropped shirts or leggings/yoga pants.

***There will be a short meeting after school for all those interested in Cross Country next fall on Wednesday (May 22th) in Mr. Ryan’s Room, Room 048. Please bring your computers to the meeting.

***All Students:
With the school year quickly winding down, it’s time to give next year’s classes a thought or two as well before heading out for summer. Take some time now before Finals begin to make sure you are still o.k. with the classes you chose for next year.

Although the deadline for making a course change for next year is July 31, you can’t wait until you receive your schedule in August to think about this as it will be too late at that point. After July 31, no First Semester requests will be honored including adding a Study Hall.

It’s probably better and easier while you are still in school to bring to your counselor written parent permission regarding any change. Thanks.

***Good Morning Pioneers, This is next year’s student council President, Aly Steichen. This is a reminder for all students who will be in grades 9-12 next year. For anyone interested in joining student council, please fill out the application form I emailed you or pick up a physical copy outside the theatre office and return it to a Student Council member or Mr. Ballentine. Thanks and have a great day.

May 17

***Please join us on Sunday, May 19th 12 - 4 at Green Mill in Woodbury for “Pasta for a Purpose” — a fundraiser for Claire Celski and family. Tickets will be sold during lunch this week. The cost is $15 per person. Thank you for your support!

***Today we welcome several visitors to Hill-Murray:
Claire McGrath will be with Evalyn Conners in 6th grade
Connor Gilbertson will be with Gavin Endreson in 6th grade
Zoey Roberts will be with Ava Curella in 7th grade
Mara and Kaylin Gruber will be with Ava Maas in 7th grade
Antonio Sosa will be with Max Kacerik in 8th grade

Welcome to Hill-Murray we hope you have a great day!

***Today we welcome:
Julia Ebbott Visiting with Corrine Brown in 11th grade
Zeemah Gbolo visiting with James Montgomery in 9th grade
Leyton Liffrig visiting with Joe Palodichuk in 10th grade
and Jose Dominquez with Andrew Chambers in 10th grade

Welcome to Hill-Murray and have a great day!

***All Students:
With the school year quickly winding down, it is also time to give next year’s classes a thought or two as well before heading out for summer. Take some time now before Finals begin to make sure that you are still o.k. with the classes you chose for next year.

Although the deadline for making a course change for next year is July 31, you can’t wait until you receive your schedule in August to think about this as it will be too late at that point. After July 31, no First Semester requests will be honored including adding a Study Hall.

It’s probably better and easier while you are still in school to bring written parent permission regarding any change to your counselor. Thanks.

***This is a reminder that if there are any current Sophomores and Juniors interested in being a Link Leader next year... please send your Applications to Ms Fandrich by the end of the day today! Please apply-We need role models who want to help lead the Freshmen!

***Pioneers, the high school robotics team will be competing in the state tournament tomorrow at Williams Arena on the U of M campus. Their first match will be around 9 am and will continue matches until about 3 pm. Admission is free, and they would love to see you there. See Mr Gapinski if need further details.

***Hey Pioneers its Elliot with student council, I am hear to inform you that registration for student council next year is available for all 9-11 graders. Next year’s student council President Aly Steichen will be sending out an email today with an applications. You can also pick one up from Mr. B. In the theatre office. Applications are due next friday the 24th Thank you and have a nice day.

***This announcement is to remind any girls interested in playing soccer this coming fall that we will have an informational meeting this coming Monday 5/20/2019 at 5pm at the teacher’s lounge to discuss the upcoming fall season. The discussion will include: summer camp opportunities for the players, how to order apparel, captains practices, the Feed My Starving Children voluntary activity and more. Please have at least one member of your family present at the meeting. Thank you and I look forward to seeing all of you.

May 16

***Please join us on Sunday, May 19th 12 - 4 at Green Mill in Woodbury for “Pasta for a Purpose” — a fundraiser for Claire Celski and family. Tickets will be sold during lunch this week. The cost is $15 per person. Thank you for your support!

***Good Morning Pioneers, this is Catherine Nolde, DECA officer. We will be collecting gently used school supplies for our friends at Webster Elementary School now through the end of the school year. There are collection bins in the senior hallway, please place any gently used items you would like to donate in them. These bins will be moved to the other hallways at the end of the month. Thank you for helping out friends at Webster Elementary School!

***This is a reminder that if there are any current Sophomores and Juniors interested in being a Link Leader next year... please send your Applications to Ms Fandrich by the end of the day Friday!

***Attention Seniors: If you are taking your lunch outside, please return your tray to the cafe.
If trays are not returned, you will not be allowed to eat outside.

***Pioneer Performers are meeting in the choir room after school today.

***Good morning pioneers this is a reminder there is a football meeting today at 3:00 pm for new and returning players. Have a nice day.

***The boys tennis team won an exciting home section semi final match against Totino Grace 4-3 to advance for the second year in a row to the section final today (Thursday) against Mounds Park Academy at 3:30pm at Mounds Park Academy. The boys tennis team could use your support as they face the #1 ranked team in Class A and will do their best to head to the state tournament.

May 15

***Please join us on Sunday, May 19th 12 - 4 at Green Mill in Woodbury for “Pasta for a Purpose” — a fundraiser for Claire Celski and family. Tickets will be sold during lunch this week. The cost is $15 per person. Thank you for your support!

***Good morning everyone - this is Addie Rinehart, I am in 7th grade and I will be the School President next Tuesday. At this time I would like you to meet my cabinet members:

Hi I am Anna Noel in grade 7 and I will be Principal for the day

Hi I am Lilly Lessard in grade 7 and I will be Director of Marketing and Communications

Hi I am Lucy Blaney in grade 7 and I will be Athletic/Activities Director

Hi I am Bella Rausch in grade 7 and I will be the Assistant Principal

Hi, I am Ava Maas in grade 7 and I will be Vice President of Development.

We will be out of uniform and you can dress in whatever makes you happy. Please remember the guidelines for out of uniform days. Our lunch on Tuesday is Wild Rice Bread Bowl. Look for a snack to be passed out 7th hour!

***Good morning pioneers, This message is from the coaches and the football captains. There is a meeting for all returning and new football players for this upcoming football season in the fall. The meeting will be Thursday, May 16th at 3:00 pm in the team meeting room. Hope to see you there

***For all Girls Swimmers and Divers there will be a parent-athlete meeting this Sunday, May 19th from 3-4 pm in the cafeteria. Come meet Coach Lewis and get some information on next year's season. Current and prospective athletes are welcome! If you can't make it to the meeting, stop by room 211 this week or next week to meet your new coach.

May 14

*** Reminder, you need to have money in your lunch account to use it. Until the end of the year, you will not be able to go negative in your lunch account.

***As winners of the raffle ticket competition, the freshman class will be out of uniform next Friday, May 24. Students must follow all guidelines on our out of uniform days, no ripped jeans, short shorts, cropped shirts or leggings/yoga pants.

***This is announcement for all of the students who participated in the Art Fair and Exhibition last week:
If you had artwork hanging up on the walls or sitting on pedestals for the art show, please come to the art room, room 205, to pick it up by the end of the week.

If you are a senior and had art prints or ceramics in the art fair, please come see Mr. Dahl or Ms. Hunkins about picking up what's left.

For everyone else who participated in the art fair, thank you for filling out the survey about what you'd like done with your artwork. Mr. Dahl and Ms. Hunkins will be contacting you soon about your response.

***Please join us on Sunday, May 19th 12 - 4 at Green Mill in Woodbury for “Pasta for a Purpose” — a fundraiser for Claire Celski and family. Tickets will be sold during lunch this week. The cost is $15 per person. Thank you for your support!

May 13

***Spanish students who will be in grades 9-12 next year are reminded of the Guatemala 2020 Student / Parent meeting on Wednesday, May 15th at 6:30 pm. See Sra. Corrales, or Sra. Busch if you have any questions.

***This is a reminder to all current Sophomores and Juniors that if you are interested in being a Link Leader for next year to apply this week! An email was sent out to you with the application. Please make sure to send your applications to Ms Fandrich by this Friday!

***The LMC will be closed this week for AP testing. The student printer is outside the tech office.

***Hello students! As some of you may know or not know, junior Claire Celski has been ill. As a Hill-Murray community we should come together to support and help her and her family. So this Friday, May 17, we will be having an all school 1 dollar free dress day. We will be wearing Claire’s favorite colors of either black or blue. All dollars brought in will be donated to her family for medical expenses and other needs.

May 10

***There are a few spots left in the boys summer hockey camp. If you missed the registration deadline and are still interested please stop by the athletic office.

***Today we welcome Breanna Lappe, Adele DeRosa, Gavin and Colin Brady to Hill-Murray. Breanna will be with Mya Bertram in 6th grade, Adele will be with Karis Weyandt in 7th grade, Gavin will be with Trent Frank in 6th grade and Colin will be with Thomas Quast in 7th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray, we hope you have a great day!

***The Spring Musical, BIG FISH, opens tonight at 7pm! It’s a great story about love, relationships, and all the things a good life needs plus song, dance, and a MILLION props. It’s a lot of fun and the cast and crew have been working extremely hard. Please come out and support them. Remember, student tickets are FREE at the door so make sure you check out this amazing show!

***8th grade Leadership Workshop permission forms are due to Mr. Ballentine TODAY! Get them in!

***Spanish students who will be in grades 9-12 next year are reminded of the Guatemala 2020 Student / Parent meeting on Wednesday, May 15th at 6:30 pm. See Sra. Corrales, or Sra. Busch if you have any questions.

***This is a reminder to those students who are participating in the Pioneer Day of Service this Saturday to pick up your t-shirt by Mrs. Yarusso’s desk in the main entrance.

Boy’s LaCrosse only— your coaches have your t-shirts!

Thanks to all of you for joining in our 2nd annual day of service!

May 9

***There are a few spots left in the boys summer hockey camp. If you missed the registration deadline and are still interested please stop by the athletic office.

***The spring musical, Big Fish, opens tomorrow night! This show has everything you need; heart, humor, knights, dancing bears, a giant, and more! See this new musical the next two weekends, Friday and Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 2pm!

***This is the final reminder to 8th graders interested in leadership or student council in high school…..Your permission forms to attend the leadership workshop are due tomorrow by the end of the school day!

***The awards ceremony took place last night for the Art Fair & Exhibition. Mr. Dahl and Mrs. Hunkins would like to thank everyone who participated and are pleased to announce the winners of this year’s show. In 1st place at the high school level, Madeline Sevigny, 2nd place, Monica Sampair, and 3rd place, Grace Dinzeo. The middle school 1st place award goes to Mackenzie Anderson-Fried, 2nd place, Lucy Garofalo, and 3rd place Mathias Hoke. There were also several honorable mentions awarded. If you would like to purchase art prints, photographs, digital illustrations or ceramic pieces featured in the art fair, please see Mrs. Hunkins or Mr. Dahl.

May 8

***Seniors…you are reminded to report to the Varsity Gym right after announcements today for your Wisdom retreat. Be sure you have the name tag on that you were given by your homeroom/P2 teacher. Youth Frontiers has asked that all Seniors have a name tag on. Lastly, if you haven’t done so already, drop your cell phone off in your locker before coming to the gym. Cell phones will be taken if they are seen at the retreat. The purpose of this time is to be present to your classmates and reflect and share the wisdom of your class.

***Mr. Dahl and Mrs. Hunkins would like to thank everyone who participated in making the grand opening of the Art Fair and Exhibition a great success! Patrons were impressed with the quality of art on display as well as the items for sale. We sold nearly $1200 worth of student artwork! We are looking forward to another exciting event during the presentation of awards, Wednesday night from 6-8pm. Refreshments and music will be provided while you peruse the items for sale, which will be in the Commons, and artwork on display in The Nicholas Center!

***Tomorrow all 6-11th grade students should report to the Varsity Gym during Community Time (9:15-10:25) . During this time they will watch a presentation from the Highway Patrol on safe driving and a presentation from the Youth Service Bureau on safe decision making.

***Good morning Pioneers, my name is Maddie Rausch. This is a reminder to bring in at least $1 on Thursday. The money will be donated to the Animal Humane Society. The theme is a hawaiian/summer out. Please check your email for more of the details! Thanks and have a great day.

***The LMC will be closed for AP testing starting today through next Friday, May 17th. The student printer is in the hall outside the Tech Office. The LMC MacBook and Chromebook charging stations will be unavailable during the day. Chargers may be checked out from the Tech Office.

May 7

***Seniors. Tomorrow you will have a special presentation from Youth Frontiers. They will be facilitating their WISDOM retreat to help you to celebrate the wisdom you share as a class. You are to report to the Varsity Gym after attendance and announcements in your period 2 class. It will run through WIN B ending at 11:15am. You will then have lunch and proceed to period 4 and period 6. And remember, cell phones are to be left in you lockers. Please wear tennis shoes or non-marking shoes to the retreat.

***Current juniors/sophomores-
We are still looking for leaders who want to grow in their faith and serve others as Peer Ministers for the coming school year. If you were unable to attend the meetings last week and are interested, stop down to the Campus Ministry office some time today to talk with a Campus Minister and get the application.

For those Juniors and Sophomores who attended the Peer Ministry meeting and already have the application, you are reminded that the applications are now due. Drop them off in the Campus Ministry right away.

See Mr. Ranweiler if you have any questions.

May 6

***This is a reminder for all DECA members. Banquet forms are due to Mrs. Donnelly tomorrow, Tuesday, May 7. Forms should be placed in the DECA bin in room 035.

***The spring musical, BIG FISH, opens this Friday night, running for two weekends! Student tickets are free at the door, so excuses to miss it!

***Congrats and thank you to student council and prom committee members for a successful prom weekend! Everyone represented Hill-Murray well!

If you are missing a coat or accidentally took someone else’s, please see Mrs. Barbato! Thanks!

***Today we welcome Keaton Orrey (O-Ray), Caleb Hanley and Antonio Sosa to Hill-Murray. Keaton will be visiting with Leo Miller in 7th grade, Caleb will be visiting with Will Peterson in 6th grade and Antonio will be With Max Kacerik in 8th grade, Lauren McAlpine visiting with Savanah L’Allier in 9th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray, we hope you have a great day!

***This announcement is for all Seniors. This Wednesday you will have a special presentation from Youth Frontiers. They will be facilitating their WISDOM retreat to help you to celebrate the wisdom you share as a class. On Wednesday you are to report to the Varsity Gym after attendance and announcements in your period 2 class. It will run through WIN B ending at 11:15am. You will then have lunch and proceed to period 4 and period 6. This is a time to be present to your classmates, so cell phones must be left in your lockers. Again, no cell phones at the retreat.

***The LMC student printer will be in the hall outside the Tech Office starting today through next Friday, May 17.

***Juniors and Sophomores applying for Peer Ministry for next year you are reminded to drop off you application in the Campus Ministry office today. If you are still interested in Peer Ministry but could not attend the meetings last week…stop down to the Campus Ministry office today to talk with a Campus Minister and get the application.

***Tomorrow (Tuesday) there will be a short WEB leader meeting for all current WEB leaders in Mrs. Donnerbauer's room at 7:25am. It is very important that you are there so please reach out to Mrs. D if you cannot make it.

May 2

***Today we welcome Carter Haycraft visiting with Gianni Hurley and Charlie Foote visiting with Mario Esteb, both in 9th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray and have a great day!

***(Read by Sam Dahl & Lindsay Hunkins.)
Sam: (Breathes heavily like Darth Vader) It is opening on May the Fourth.

Lindsay: Why are you breathing like that. It is kind of creepy.

Sam: It's for theatrical effect, of course! Don't you know that Hill-Murray's first ever Art Fair and Exhibition is opening on May the Fourth??? You, know, May the Fourth be with you??? Get it?

Lindsay: No, I totally don't get it. But here's what I do get: you and I have had so many students who have worked their hearts out to create an amazing art show with all kinds of art prints, photographs, sculptures, and digital illustrations for sale. This show really showcases the amazing talent you and I have worked with over the course of this year. I encourage you all, staff and students, one an all to come by and enjoy the show on Saturday, May 4th, from 10am-2pm or Wednesday, May 8th from 6pm-8pm

Sam: These are not the droids you are looking for. You will attend the Hill-Murray Art Show and buy a beautiful art print.

Lindsay: (in a monotone) These are not droids we're looking for. I will attend the Hill-Murray Art show and buy a beautiful art print.

***Hey Pioneers, this is Evan Harrold from Student Council.

Hope you are all wearing your disco or 70’s clothing today! There will be disco music playing during all lunches today and we’ll see you in the Varsity Gym at the end of the day for the all-school talent show! We hope everyone has enjoyed Spring Fling Week!

Today is the last day to buy prom tickets for $45. Get them during lunch at the Prom Ticket Table. If you have a problem with purchasing your ticket today, you have to stop by and see Mr. Ballentine today. He’ll be available for a bit after school as well. Email would be the best way to reach him. You will NOT be able to purchase tickets at Grand March or at the door of the dance. Also, please bring an ID for the dance. If you are bringing a guest, remind them they need to bring an ID as well. School IDs work fine.

Tomorrow, Grand March starts at 3:00, but attendees must arrive at 2:30 to check in. The dance starts at 8:00pm and we promise, it’s gonna be amazing. Remember to be smart, be safe, and have fun this weekend! Thanks!

***If you are interested in Peer Ministry but missed the yesterday, there will be a make-up meeting right after school today in the Chapel.

It will start promptly at 2:35 so people can make it to after school activities.

***Good morning Pioneers! This is Margot Keeler and Vanessa Wren from your Student Council. Today is 80s day and Senior Decision Day! We hope you are enjoying Spring Fling Week so far! Tomorrow is Disco Day. Wear your best 70's outfits and enjoy disco music during lunches!

Also, remember to bring in any old sweatshirts as you're spring cleaning to donate to PIRCH. It's an easy way we can help kids in need! There are donation bins located at all entrances!

Finally, Remember that Prom Guest forms are due by the end of the school day today! Please turn them in to the office of student life, the prom ticket table, or Mr. Ballentine. Today and tomorrow are your last chance to buy prom tickets for $45 each during lunches! You will not be able to purchase tickets at the door. Thank you and have a great day!

***The LMC will close at 3pm today.

May 1

***Sam: Faculty, staff, and students, do you have a friend or family member looking for that perfect artwork? Do you have an Aunt, or a Second Cousin who lives in your basement giving woeful sighs whenever she looks at that empty spot on her dining room wall?

Lindsay: I don't have a family member living in my basement.

Sam: Oh, really? Do you have any eccentric relatives who live some place strange and like art?

Lindsay: Well, I do have this grumpy great uncle who weeps for joy over great works of art!

Sam: Well, now is your chance to create joy in your family member's life by bringing them along to Hill-Murray's first ever Art Fair and Exhibition this Saturday, May 4th, from 10am-2pm or Wednesday, May 8th from 6pm-8pm.

Lindsay: Does this mean my grumpy great uncle can choose from an amazing selection or art prints made by the truly talented art students of Hill-Murray!

Sam: Yes, absolutely! So come on down! Enjoy the art and find that one artwork that will make your grumpy great uncle truly happy!

***All Juniors & Sophomores. If you are interested in taking on leadership in the faith life of our school, come learn about Peer Ministry and get an application this afternoon at 2:35 in the chapel. Any and all 10th and 11th graders interested in Peer Ministry should plan to attend in order to get the application be considered for next year’s Peer Ministry group. That’s this afternoon at 2:35 in the Chapel. See a Campus Minister if you have any questions.

***This is for all Current Sophomores and Juniors…

If you want to help with Freshmen Orientation, and be a role model for the new incoming Freshmen Class of 2023, then the LINK LEADER program is for you!

Applications were sent out to your emails this morning.

Take a look, and fill out the 2 PART application. Email your applications back to Ms. Fandrich within the next 2 weeks.

If you have any questions, ask Ms. Fandrich—you can stop by her room TNC 154.

***Good morning Pioneers! This is Margot Keeler and Vanessa Wren from your Student Council. Today is 80s day and Senior Decision Day! We hope you are enjoying Spring Fling Week so far! Tomorrow is Disco Day. Wear your best 70's outfits and enjoy disco music during lunches!

Also, remember to bring in any old sweatshirts as you're spring cleaning to donate to PIRCH. It's an easy way we can help kids in need! There are donation bins located at all entrances!

Finally, Remember that Prom Guest forms are due by the end of the school day today! Please turn them in to the office of student life, the prom ticket table, or Mr. Ballentine. Today and tomorrow are your last chance to buy prom tickets for $45 each during lunches! You will not be able to purchase tickets at the door. Thank you and have a great day!

April 2019

April 30

***(Read my Sam Dahl) Do you have friends who are taking an art class right now? Take a moment to stare at them! Are they grinning sheepishly or looking at you awkwardly?

That's because your friend more than likely has multiple artworks up for sale at Hill-Murray's first ever Art Fair and Exhibition which opens this Saturday from 10am-4pm. Come on by this Saturday to see great art, and support your artist friends! Maybe even buy an art print or two!

***Seniors please check your email for an important announcement regarding your senior survey.

***Attention freshman and sophomores! We are currently accepting applications for 2019-2020 WEB leader team! Mrs. Donnerbauer sent you a form this past Friday and if you are interested in this opportunity you must fill it out. If you have any questions, please stop by and see Mrs. Donnerbauer in room 123.

***Attention all juniors and sophomores: Are you interested in being a leader and developing your own faith…do you have gifts to share in service, prayer, or music… Come to a brief meeting on Wednesday at 2:35 in the chapel to learn about Peer Ministry for next school year. You must attend in order to get an application to be in next year’s PEER MINISTRY group so be sure to write it down if you are interested…that’s Wednesday at 2:35 in the chapel. See a Campus Minister if you have questions or if you have a conflict with the meeting.

***Chemistry students need to wear close-toed shoes to class today and tomorrow as we will be using chemicals in the lab. If you are wearing open-toed shoes, you won’t be able to participate in this activity!

***Hey Pioneers, this is Elliot Heinrichs and Griffin Keeler from Student Council. We hope you are having a good tuesday and that you are wearing something from your favorite 90s TV show. Remember we are collecting sweatshirts all week for PIRCH so please clean out your closet and place them in the bins at both entrances.

Tomorrow is 80s or back to the future themed so all grades 6-11 are wearing something from the 80s. Seniors - please wear your future college apparel as it is decision day.

Finally, today is the last day to buy prom tickets for 40$. tomorrow tickets will be 45$ so please get them today. Also, remember that guest forms are due by the end of the school day tomorrow. You can return them to the Prom ticket table, office of student life, or Mr. Ballentine. Have a great day.

April 29

***Today we welcome Elliot and Samuel Fox to Hill-Murray. Elliot will be visiting with Dane Paul in 6th grade and Samuel will be visiting with Joe Schoenecker in 11th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray, we hope you have a great day!

***Congratulations to the Hill-Murray Coding team who traveled to Colorado for Lockheed Martin’s Codequest competition this past weekend. The two teams performed very well, earning 4th place in the novice division and 3rd place in advanced division. Great work, Nick, Ryan, Harry, Arnie, Dominick and Adam!

***This is a reminder to all Link Leaders—you have a meeting in Ms. Fandrich’s room tomorrow morning at 7:15am.

***This is an important announcement for all Spanish students. We have two fun events coming up.
We are excited to announce the Guatemala 2020 spring Break Trip. There will be a student informational meeting on May 1st at 2:40 in room 213. I went on the Guatemala mission trip over Spring Break of 2018. One of my favorite memories from Guatemala was when we hiked up the __________. It was a ton of fun getting to hang out with friends while hiking the ______. The view once we finally got to the top was absolutely stunning.

On May 2nd we will be celebrating Mexico’s Victory over the French Troops of Napoleon also known as El Cinco de MAYO in the Staff Lounge! We will also be saying Adiós y Buena Suerte to our Seniors! All Spanish students are welcome!

***Happy Monday Pioneers! We hope that you all remembered to wear something from your childhood today to represent the 2000?s! Also, today is the kickoff of our collection for PIRCH! We will be collecting sweatshirts (only) at the main entrances!

Tomorrow you will be dressing up at as your favorite 90?s TV show character!

Also, tomorrow is your last day to buy prom tickets for 40$ each because starting on Wednesday they will be sold for 45$ - get them today!! It is going to be a great night with an awesome venue, a well-known DJ, A sundae bar with all the toppings, flare mocktail bartenders, a photo booth with onsite printing and texting capabilities and more surprises! Come as a group, with a date, or by yourself. It’s gonna be a great time! Have a good day!

April 26

***Attention all interested Volleyball players. There is a new Head Coach and she would like to meet anyone interested in playing next season and their families. We will be having a meet and greet in the cafeteria on Sunday, April 28th from 4-5pm. Please come and meet Coach Brittany! Summer camp and try out information will be available. See you there!

***Attention all Link Leaders—There will be a meeting this coming Tuesday--April 30th at 7:15 am in Ms. Fandrich’s room!

It is very important that you are there, so please plan ahead!

***This is an important announcement for all Spanish students. We have two fun events coming up.

We are excited to announce the Guatemala 2020 spring Break Trip. There will be a student informational meeting on May 1st at 2:40 in room 213. I went on the Guatemala mission trip over Spring Break of 2018. It was an amazing time for meeting new people, experiencing the Guatemalan culture, and helping people in need. It was also a great way of experiencing a new part of the world.

On May 2nd we will be celebrating Mexico’s Victory over the French Troops of Napoleon also known as El Cinco de MAYO in the Staff Lounge! We will also be saying Adiós y Buena Suerte to our Seniors! All Spanish students are welcome!

***Good Morning Hill Murray Students!

Today is the Big Day for the raffle winners to be unveiled!!!

To set the record straight, you are all winners here and I appreciated your help in making this raffle a success! However, you all do not get ribbons. Only the lucky class that sold the most.

WOW it came down to the wire with the final sales taking place at the Girls LAX game last night!!!

The winner of the out of uniform day goes to ..................

THE FRESHMAN CLASS. They won by a slim margin of 2 tickets more than the Junior class~ WAY TO GO FRESHMAN CLASS

Ms. Herman will let you know when this day will take place.

The $20 Chick-Fil-A gift card goes to the student who sold 10 raffle tickets- Congratulations Griffin Varley. Please come down to the office and collect your prize.

Thank you again & have a great weekend!

***Hey Pioneers this is Carla Sykes from Student Council!

Next week is Spring Fling week! The theme for the week is SPRINGING THROUGH THE DECADES! You have been emailed a complete list of the out of uniform themes as the fun activities that are happening during the week! For Monday, the theme is the Turn of the Century which means you should wear a piece of clothing that represents your childhood, remember to be neat clean and modest and that no hats are allowed.

While you are digging back in your closets for something from your childhood, we encourage you to bring in your gently used old sweatshirts, to donate to PIRCH which is our charity organization for the week. PIRCH will collect all the sweatshirts and redistribute them to middle school students in need! Please bring in your sweatshirts you don’t wear anymore and look for the bins at the entrances to place them in!

Also, email or see Mr. Ballentine TODAY to sign up for the talent show. Today is your last chance!

Finally, we will be continuing to sell Prom tickets at all lunches and WIN times leading up to Prom! Prom tickets will go up to $45 each on Wednesday and Thursday of next week! Buy your tickets ASAP!

Thank you and have a nice day!

April 25

***Attention all interested Volleyball players. There is a new Head Coach and she would like to meet anyone interested in playing next season and their families. We will be having a meet and greet in the cafeteria on Sunday, April 28th from 4-5pm. Please come and meet Coach Brittany! Summer camp and try out information will be available. See you there!

***Hey Pioneers - It’s time for some friendly competition - so get clickin’!

Remember to forward your raffle ticket email to parents, grandparents, friends-everyone!

Every raffle ticket sold benefits ALL students at Hill and gets YOU closer to winning an out-of-uniform day for the entire class.

…or a Chik-Fil-A gift card ALL to yourself.

Check your inbox for daily updates, but hurry…

Contest ends Thursday.

Winners will be announced Friday.

***This is a reminder that all are invited to be out of uniform tomorrow as part of 7th grader Sam Lavine's Middle School Director for the day request. If you are out of uniform, you need to donate at least $1.00 which will go to Innovations for Poverty Action. Your first-hour teacher will collect the donation.

Thank you.

***Attention current freshman and sophomores! Do you want the chance to make a difference in our Hill-Murray community? Applications for 2019-2020 WEB leaders will be emailed to all current 9th and 10th graders tomorrow, April 26th. If you are interested, fill out the app! If you have any questions, please reach out to Mrs. Donnerbauer via email or stop by her room, 123.

April 24

***Only Seniors are allowed to go outside during lunch. If you are not a senior then you do not belong outside the Commons. Please honor this.

***Good morning everyone, this is Sam Lavine and I am a 7th grader. My parents bid on and won in last year's auction a day for me to be the Middle School Director. Joining my team this Friday will be 6th grader, Paige Goehner, 7th grader Landon Pogreba and 8th grader Maggie Kolb.

First I would like to invite the entire school community to be out of uniform if you donate at least $1.00 to support The Innovations for Poverty Action - an organization that discovers and promotes effective solutions to global poverty problems.

You will turn in your donation to your first-hour teacher on Friday. We have more plans and surprises for this Friday so stay tuned. Thank you.

***Today we will celebrate Christ’s resurrection at Mass during community time. You are invited to come to this celebration ready to pray, sing, and experience God’s presence in the Eucharist and in our faith community.

***Hello Grandparents & Godparents of Hill- Murray Student(s)!

It is that time of the year again – Auction Time! Our annual Hill Murray Pioneer Premier Auction: Kentucky Derby-Place Your Bet On Hill-Murray, will be held on Saturday, April 27th!

  • Ø First Place -Free year of HM Tuition or $10,000 cash
  • Ø Second Place – Two-year lease on a 2019 color of your choice, Volkswagen Jetta (Tax and license included)
  • Ø Third Place – A 2-night weekend get-a-way at Terra Springs Condo in beautiful historic Stillwater

Thirty plus years ago, each student was given a number of raffle tickets that they HAD TO SELL. We are not asking this of the students, however, we are asking them to participate in the all school competition between the Middle School and each High School Class. This competition takes place on Tues. April 23rd- Thurs April 25 with winner being announced on Friday April 26th!!

The Middle School or High School Class that sells the most raffle tickets will receive an out-of-uniform day. Also, the student who individually sells the most tickets gets a Gift Card to a HM Student’s favorite place to eat; Chick-fil-A

Please consider purchasing a ticket in support of Hill-Murray School and your child.

April 23

***Good Morning! My name is Kellee Wren and I am the raffle chair of the Pioneer Premier Auction.

This Saturday is the big day of the auction and I am asking you, the students, for you help by participating in a friendly all school competition between Middle school and each High School Class. Whichever HS class or Middle school sells the most raffle tickets will win a free out of uniform day.

That is not it... whichever student sells the most tickets individually, will win a $20 gift card to.... Chick Fil-A!!

This competition is super easy!!

A few clicks of keys on your computers are all you have to do.

This Competition starts today and ends on Thursday, April 25th at midnight!!

Each morning you will get an update announcement of how the competition is going, as well as a focus group to send the email that you will have in your inbox.

***The Spring Musical BIG FISH needs your help backstage! Check your email to submit an application. PLEASE HELP US PUT ON THE BEST POSSIBLE SHOW WE CAN! It’s a great way to meet new people, be a part of one of the best theatre programs in the state, and have fun!!

***Prom tickets will be on sale during lunches all week. Tickets are $40 cash or check made out to Hill-Murray School.

That is it!!!! On Friday we will announce the winners of this competition!

***Do you like to draw, paint, or take photographs? Would you like to show off your artwork to the entire Hill-Murray community? Would you like to try winning an art contest that has cash prizes? Would you like to sell your artwork?

Well, now you can for Hill-Murray's first ever Art Fair and Exhibition opening on Saturday, May 4th, and running until Friday, May 10th! Many of your classmates are making art prints to sell for the fair, but we also need great student artwork to hang up on the walls for the exhibition, so please contact Ms. Hunkins or Mr. Dahl for more information. The deadline for submitting your artwork is on Friday, April 26th.

April 17

***Do you like to draw, paint, or take photographs? Would you like to show off your artwork to the entire Hill-Murray community? Would you like to try winning an art contest that has cash prizes? Would you like to sell your artwork?

Well, now you can for Hill-Murray's first ever Art Fair and Exhibition opening on Saturday, May 4th, and running until Friday, May 10th! Many of your classmates are making art prints to sell for the fair, but we also need great student artwork to hang up on the walls for the exhibition, so please contact Ms. Hunkins or Mr. Dahl for more information. The deadline for submitting your artwork is on Friday, April 26th.

***This Month commemorates the 25th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide. 800,000 innocent men, women and children were murdered over a span of 100 days. On Wednesday morning grades 8-12 will have the opportunity to hear about Carl Wilkens’ experience as the only American to stay in Rwanda during the genocide. Carl’s message of hope and healing after tragedy will inspire you to stand up against genocide, racism and intolerance. If you are interested in buying Carl’s book, I’m Not Leaving, bring $10.00 on Wednesday.

***Congratulation to the following students who received an Excellent Rating (the second highest) at the MSHSL music contest.
Mary Bechtold
T.J. Hammerlund
Katherine Hull
Grace McElmury
Cece Olson
Emma Phelan
Dan Stone
Amanda Wyllie

Special Congratulations to Bo-Cheng Wei who received the highest possible honor - the Best site award - for being a top musician! Bo was one of 16 students chosen out of the 448 entries. Please congratulate Bo when you see him!

***Thanks to everyone who donated blood yesterday! We collected 36 total units, which could save over 100 lives! Way to go Pioneers!

Prom tickets will be on sale in the cafeteria during lunch, today only, for $35. After today tickets will be $40! You can pay by cash or check, made out to Hill-Murray School.

***The spring musical, Big Fish, is coming up fast and the theatre department needs help in tech crew! Please considering joining up after Easter Break! See Mr. B. or Mr. Morris with questions!

April 16

***Do you like to draw, paint, or take photographs? Would you like to show off your artwork to the entire Hill-Murray community? Would you like to try winning an art contest that has cash prizes? Would you like to sell your artwork?

Well, now you can for Hill-Murray's first ever Art Fair and Exhibition opening on Saturday, May 4th, and running until Friday, May 10th! Many of your classmates are making art prints to sell for the fair, but we also need great student artwork to hang up on the walls for the exhibition, so please contact Ms. Hunkins or Mr. Dahl for more information. The deadline for submitting your artwork is on Friday, April 26th.

***This Month commemorates the 25th anniversary of the Rwandan Genocide. 800,000 innocent men, women and children were murdered over a span of 100 days. On Wednesday morning grades 8-12 will have the opportunity to hear about Carl Wilkens’ experience as the only American to stay in Rwanda during the genocide. Carl’s message of hope and healing after tragedy will inspire you to stand up against genocide, racism and intolerance. If you are interested in buying Carl’s book, I’m Not Leaving, bring $10.00 on Wednesday.

***Congratulation to the following students who received a Superior Rating (the highest possible) at the MSHSL music contest on Saturday.

Mary Bechtold
Mel Fellrath
Kirsten Feesl
Chloe Greene
Nick Greene
Rachel Meniboon
Kaela Offstein
Emma Phelan
Patrick Phelan
Emily Sagstetter
Sydney Stone
Nate Thoms
Michael Turner
Bo-Cheng Wei

***Attention all B & C lunch students!! There will be some middle school students from Me, Myself and My Brain in your lunches today doing gender difference experiments. They may ask you to answer some questions. Please be kind and help them out today.

Thank you

***Students in Sra. Busch’s 5th hr. will have B Lunch today and Mr Goehner’s 5th hr. will have A lunch.
Please remember to make that change for today only.

***Today is our annual student council blood drive! Thanks to those who have volunteered and thanks to everyone for your patience with students missing class in order to give. We still have some openings for people 17 years of age or older. Email Mr. Ballentine to find a slot. Donors- Please remember to bring parental consent forms if you are 16.

Donors should receive a wristband in homeroom today that will act as your pass. If you signed up, but didn’t receive your wristband, email Mr. Ballentine immediately!

You can save 3 lives with one donation! Thank you!

April 15

***Hey Pioneers this is Sami Young and Carla Sykes from Student Council!

Just a reminder that the annual blood drive is tomorrow! Today is your last day to sign up. The sign up booth will be at all lunches in the commons today. If you have already signed up for the blood drive, you will receive a wristband tomorrow with your time of donation. That wristband will be your pass from class!

Also, the talent show is coming up and will be on May 2 this year. This is a great opportunity to display one of your many talents! If we don’t get enough acts to perform, we may have to cancel the talent show…. So, If you are interested in participating in the talent show, please email Mr. Ballentine with your act idea!

Thank you and have great day!

***It’s burrito night tonight! Come out to Chipotle off White Bear Ave for another spirit night. Let’s pack the house and show our support for our Seniors. Flyers are posted around school. Tell all your friends, family and neighbors. You must show flyer or mention to cashier you support Hill Murray Senior party. Gracias!

***Middle School: As we enter Holy Week and prepare for Easter, you will have an opportunity to go to Confession this week with your Religion or Phy Ed class.

High Schoolers: if you did not get a chance to go to Confession last week with your religion class and would like to go before Easter, please come to Campus Ministry today to get a pass to come to Confession tomorrow.

April 12

***Good morning! This is 魏伯誠 also known as Bo. I am an international student from Taiwan. And this is Teetaj Pavaritpong, or otherwise known as TJ, and I am from Thailand, not to be confused with Taiwan. Today is the last day of the International Student Week. All students who bought the International Student Week t-shirt will be out of uniform, and we will have music during passing time.

And here's a fun fact about Taiwan: Boba Tea, also known as Bubble Tea, originates from Taiwan. It is found in just about every corner of the streets, and some people describe it even as the Starbucks of Taiwan!

Next we have a fun fact about Thailand's capital city, Bangkok, which holds the Guinness world record for the longest place name in the world. It's full ceremonial name goes something like this: Krung Thep Mahanakhon Amon Rattanakosin Mahinthara Ayuthaya Mahadilok Phop Noppharat Ratchathani Burirom Udomratchaniwet Mahasathan Amon Piman Awatan Sathit Sakkathattiya Witsanukam Prasit.

Hope you guys found that interesting, and have a great day!

***A few student council reminders!

1. The blood drive is Tuesday! Sign up during lunches!

2. Email Mr. Ballentine if you’re interested in performing at the talent show on May 2nd.

3. Prom tickets will go on sale next week!

Thank you!

***Today we welcome Anabel Hillstrom. Anabel will be visiting with Madelyn and Olivia Katz in the 8th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray, we hope you have a great day!

April 10

***Here at Hill-Murray we want to support the children who will be in a shelter on Easter morning by providing an Easter Basket for them. Service Peer Ministers are doing an Easter Candy Drive to share the Easter joy. Please pick up any wrapped candy and bring it to Campus Ministry to make a child happy. Hop hop hop to a store to get some candy. Thank you.

***Good morning Sophomore students. A reminder that today you have the Career Fair during Community Time and WIN A. 9:20-10:57.

You will receive your list of career speakers at the beginning of 2nd hour. 2nd-hour teachers, please remember to pass those out.

Sophomores, remember to be respectful and thank the speakers for their time. Ask lots of questions and take notes on the back of your speaker form. Those will be collected at the end. AND HAVE FUN!

***Attention 8th Grade students who are interested in being on student council in High School: Mr. Ballentine will be bring a group of students to the Minnesota Association of Student Councils Middle School Leadership Workshop on Tuesday, May 21st. We will leave at the beginning of the school day and return by the end of it! The cost is $32. See Mr. Ballentine or Mrs. Barbato to show interest!

***Hey Pioneers this is Catherine Nolde and Sunwoo Lee from Student Council!
Just a reminder that the annual blood drive is coming up on April 16. The sign up booth will be at all lunches and WIN times this week. You can get more information on the requirements to donate blood at the booth! Also donuts will be provided to if you decide to donate within the first hour!

Also, the talent show is coming up and will be on May 2 this year. This is a great opportunity to display one of your many talents! If you are interested in participating in the talent show, please email Mr. Ballentine with your act idea!

Thank you and have great day!

***Please congratulate six grader Paige Goehner and eighth grader Regina Head who are the Minnesota State champions in the National Scholastic challenge. Over 15,000 students in grades 6 and 8 participate in this knowledge based - timed test. Of the 29 Hill- Murray students who took the test, 23 of them scored higher than the national average. Well done Paige and Regina!

***Ruby: Good Morning everyone, I'm Ruby Ho

Anh: And this is Anh Vo. And we are International Students from Vietnam.

Ruby: Our friends Jason’s and TB’s awesome performance if you walked through the Common before school. We hope you like it. Today is the third day of International Students Week, and we hope you’ve enjoyed it so far. Today we have an Authentic Food Tasting Section in the Common during all WIN times today. You're welcome to come and try. We also have a live Q&A in the auditorium to answer all the questions we got from the survey sent out before Spring Break.

Anh: We have a little trivia for you. What is the Vietnamese traditional costume? Feel free to use google and draw the appearance of the costume if you want.

Ruby: Please record your answer to the box in front of Mr. Belde’s room during the day. We'll collect the answer after school. The winner will receive a Caribou gift card. Thank you and have a nice day.

***During Community time tomorrow;

  • All middle school students should report to the Chapel for the Love and Life presentation.
  • 9th and 11th grade students should report to the Auditorium for a presentation from Saint Mary's University
  • 10 grade students should report to the Fieldhouse for their Career Day
  • Senior Boys should report to the Gym for, Not Me Training
  • Senior Girls should report to the Staff Lounge

April 9

***Do you like to draw, paint, or take photographs? Would you like to show off your artwork to the entire Hill-Murray community? Would you like to try winning an art contest that has cash prizes? Would you like to sell your artwork?

Well, now you can for Hill-Murray's first ever Art Fair and Exhibition opening on Saturday, May 4th, and running until Friday, May 10th! Many of your classmates are making art prints to sell for the fair, but we also need great student artwork to hang up on the walls for the exhibition, so please contact Ms. Hunkins or Mr. Dahl for more information. The deadline for submitting your artwork is on Friday, April 26th.

***Here at Hill-Murray we want to support the children who will be in a shelter on Easter morning by providing an Easter Basket for them. Service Peer Ministers are doing an Easter Candy Drive to share the Easter joy. Please pick up any wrapped candy and bring it to Campus Ministry to make a child happy. Hop hop hop to a store to get some candy. Thank you.

***Good morning, everyone. My name is Victor, an international student from China. A fun fact about our country is that almost everyone uses smartphones to pay when buying something instead of using cash or cards. I’ve been at Hill-Murray for almost two years and I love it very much. Hope you have a great day.

***Good morning Pioneers! This is Eric Zhu jialiang, an international student from China. Today I have got a fun fact that I want to share with you guys.

The Chinese that you see we are speaking every day, is actually called “mandarin.” In fact, in China, there are up to 129 different kind of Chinese. For example: from where I came, I speak a kind of language that’s similar to mandarin called “Beijing Dialect.”

April 8

***Good Morning Pioneers!
Buenos dias pioneros!

Dzień dobry pionierzy!

t’s Ana Martin and Wiktoria Krawiec.

We are happy to announce the first day of the International week!

We have been working hard with other international students and some people from the student council to prepare it. We encourage you to be a part of activities we planned and get to know us and our cultures a little more. And now we want to share some fun facts from our home countries.

Spain:
There are 4 official languages in Spain.

Everyone in the spain has 2 last names.

There is no tooth fairy in Spain we have Perez the little mouse.

Poland:
All of girl’s names in poland have to end with the letter “A”at the end.

Polish constitution was the first in Europe and the second in the world.

Instead of grades A, B, C we are graded from 1 to 6 where 6 is the highest grade.

***All Students-
The cafeteria and commons will be closed after school today for an event. You should wait for your ride in the front entrance.

Thank you.

***Yesterday was the feast day of St. John Baptist de la Salle. He was a French priest who dedicated his life to educating students and teachers. The Lasallian brothers served Hill High School and Hill-Murray for decades. Yesterday, we hosted the 75th birthday party for Brother Francis Carr, who truly gave himself to our school as Principal, Athletic Director, and many other roles. As we remember the Lasallian brothers today, we pray: St. John Baptist de la Salle, pray for us!

***Hey Pioneers this is Emily Herzog and Evan Harrold from Student Council!
Just a reminder that the annual blood drive is coming up on April 16. The sign up booth will be at all lunches and WIN times starting tomorrow. You can get more information on the requirements to donate blood at the booth!

Also, the talent show is coming up and will be on May 2 this year. This is a great opportunity to display one of your many talents! If you are interested in participating in the talent show, please email Mr. Ballentine with your act idea!

Thank you and have great day!

April 5

***Good Morning this is Ruby from Student Council.
I am just reminding you that next week we are celebrating International Student Week. We have worked hard to plan a fun and informational week and we hope you participate and enjoy it. We will have trivia, food, music and more.

Have a great day!

***Here at Hill-Murray we want to support the children who will be in a shelter on Easter morning by providing an Easter Basket for them. Service Peer Ministers are doing an Easter Candy Drive to share the Easter joy. Please pick up any wrapped candy and bring it to Campus Ministry to make a child happy. Hop hop hop to a store to get some candy. Thank you.

***Don't forget--we have Adoration all day today--a great opportunity for peace in the midst of noise. Adoration will end with a beautiful Benediction ceremony after school at 2:45.

***One last reminder: The Greatest Showman is showing tonight at 6:00pm. Come enjoy the movie, some treats, good company and conversation.

***Today we welcome Kevin Joyce who is visiting with Leo Gruba in 9th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray Kevin, and have a great day!

***The Red Cross Blood Drive is Tuesday, April 16th. Signups will start next week during WIN Times and lunches. You must be at least 16 years old to donate. We’d love for teachers and parents to donate as well!

April 4

***Good morning Hill-Murray Pingoneers, this is your 2019 Ping Pong Captains - Peter Hommes and Bo-Cheng Wei. The Hill-Murray Ping Pong Club will kick off on Friday, April 5th from 2:30pm - 4:00pm. The club is FREE so just stop down to the cafe and play after school on Fridays. We have tables for every level player so no matter your skill level… we have a spot for you. The club will have tables, balls and paddles for all players. Club t-shirts will be available for order on Friday, April 5th only - please come and order your long sleeve t-shirt at that time if you would like one. We hope to see you at the tables!

***Today we welcome Grace Miller and Hayley Setterstrom to Hill-Murray. Hayley will be visiting with Anna Dyer in the 6th grade and Grace will be visiting with Ava Maas in the 7th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray, we hope you have a great day!

***Good Morning - This is Caleb Ranweiler - a senior Peer Minister.
Join us tomorrow to watch the Greatest Showman at 6:00 in the Staff Lounge.
Start your weekend off right with a movie, good company and conversation.
Treats will be provided. Hope you can join us!

April 3

***Attention 11th grade students (this is for 11th grade only)- Please go to the auditorium for advisory today for the first 45 minutes to listen to a speaker from the University of Minnesota. You will then return to your advisory classrooms for the last 20 minutes of advisory. - 11th grade to the Auditorium for advisory.

***Good morning Hill-Murray Pingoneers, this is your 2019 Ping Pong Captains - Peter Hommes and Bo-Cheng Wei. The Hill-Murray Ping Pong Club will kick off on Friday, April 5th from 2:30pm - 4:00pm. The club is FREE so just stop down to the cafe and play after school on Fridays. We have tables for every level player so no matter your skill level… we have a spot for you. The club will have tables, balls and paddles for all players. Club t-shirts will be available for order on Friday, April 5th only - please come and order your long sleeve t-shirt at that time if you would like one. We hope to see you at the tables!

***Do you like to draw, paint, or take photographs? Would you like to show off your artwork to the entire Hill-Murray community? Would you like to try winning an art contest that has cash prizes? Would you like to sell your artwork?

Well, now you can for Hill-Murray's first ever Art Fair and Exhibition opening on Saturday, May 4th, and running until Friday, May 10th! Many of your classmates are making art prints to sell for the fair, but we also need great student artwork to hang up on the walls for the exhibition, so please contact Ms. Hunkins or Mr. Dahl for more information. The deadline for submitting your artwork is on Friday, April 26th.

***The Theatre tech crew meets everyday after school from 2:45-5p in the theatre or the workshop. Come after school to help build the set! Also, This is a way to secure your spot as the light board operator, an assistant stage manager, or sound technician during the actual run of the show! See Mr. Morris or Mr. B. with questions!

***The Red Cross Blood Drive will be on Tuesday, April 16th. You must be 16 to give blood and weigh at least 110 pounds. If you haven’t donated blood before, make this your first time! More info and sign ups will be next week!

April 2

***Join us for food and Fun! Come out to Chick-fil-A in Maplewood tonight from 5-8pm. Support the Senior All Night party! We also need 5 senior volunteers to help during the evening. This can be a service credit opportunity. Hope to see you there!

***Join us to watch The Greatest Showman on Friday, April 5th at 6:00pm in the Staff Lounge.

There will be Popcorn and Treats…. and Great Conversation!

This event is for grades 9-12. See you there.

***Quick reminder to all seniors who have been at Hill-Murray since 7th grade-

We will be taking our Originals photo outside the auditorium on Wednesday morning (that's tomorrow). at 7:45. Please try to be timely.

***The theatre department needs your help building the set for the spring musical! Tech meets everyday after school from 2:45-5pm on stage or in the workshop. See Mr. Morris or Mr. B. With any questions!

***Do you like to draw, paint, or take photographs? Would you like to show off your artwork to the entire Hill-Murray community? Would you like to try winning an art contest that has cash prizes? Would you like to sell your artwork?

Well, now you can for Hill-Murray's first ever Art Fair and Exhibition opening on Saturday, May 4th, and running until Friday, May 10th! Many of your classmates are making art prints to sell for the fair, but we also need great student artwork to hang up on the walls for the exhibition, so please contact Ms. Hunkins or Mr. Dahl for more information. The deadline for submitting your artwork is on Friday, April 26th.

April 1

***No announcements today.

MARCH 2019

March 22

***The option to Sand Bagging next Wednesday is full. Thank you to those students who are willing to help Dan Leko and our St. Croix neighbors on Spring Break. If you signed up, please be at Hill-Murray no later than 7:45 AM on Wednesday, March 27 to board the bus. Dress comfortably, and wear tennis or work shoes. Gloves and water will be provided by the City of Stillwater.

***Our Annual Blood Drive will be coming up quick after Spring Break! The date is Tuesday, April 16th. You’ll receive an email with forms and Student Council will be taking registrations during lunches after break. You must be 16 years old to give blood. If you are 16, you’ll need parental permission, but 17 and older do not. Please consider giving blood on Tuesday April 16th! Thank you!

March 21

***Please welcome Christopher Lopez and Kate Tschida to Hill-Murray. Christopher will be visiting with Tanner Thoms in 7th grade and Kate will be visiting with Jane Sullivan in 11th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray, we hope you have a great day!

***Senior All Night Party Bake Sale!
Senior parents will be at school selling goodies during lunch and after school today. Remind your students to bring in money and enjoy some great treats!

***Hey Pioneers!
This is Alex Bloemendal and Madison Renberg with Student Council!

This week we have been bringing awareness to Down Syndrome and other disabilities. Today you will see funky socks that show that we support people with Down Syndrome and other disabilities.

Hopefully everyone saw the Student Council members this morning out at the entrances and that you were able to donate to Midwest Special Services. If not, the jugs will still be at the entrances until tomorrow.

Today we will also have music during passing time. The songs were picked out by Señora Busch’s son, Joey, who has Down Syndrome. We hope you enjoy passing times.

Today’s facts about Down Syndrome are:

There are more than 400,000 people living with Down syndrome in the U.S.

People who have Down syndrome are active participants educationally, vocationally, socially and recreationally.

Have a great day!

***Please welcome Christopher Lopez and Kate Tschida to Hill-Murray. Christopher will be visiting with Tanner Thoms in 7th grade and Kate will be visiting with Jane Sullivan in 11th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray, we hope you have a great day!

***There will not be Homework Hall after school today.

March 20

***Attention all Students.Our very own Dan Leko in maintenance and neighbors need your help. Hill-Murray is being called to make a difference for the predicted major flooding on the St. Croix River.

If you are not traveling during Spring Break, and want to help save a home from flooding then this service project is for you. Also, you will receive service credit for your time. Please go to the service portal to sign up. You need to be at school no later than 7:45 AM on Wednesday, March 27 for the bus to leave at 8:00 AM. We will work for 4 hours, and Mr. Hansen will buy us lunch, and transportation is provided. We should arrive back to school no later than 2:15 or so. If you have questions, please contact Sister Linda

***Students, Your Service Credits are due on Friday if you completed service between December and March 15. Please do not wait to complete your service requirement. If you feel you are qualified for a service award, you need to get your service in by May 1. Any service that is not completed by the end of the school year is a fail as your grade. Please refer to the student handbook with any questions.

***Good morning Hill-Murray Pingoneers, this is your 2019 Ping Pong Captains - Peter Hommes and Bo-Cheng Wei. The Hill-Murray Ping Pong Club will kick off on Friday, April 5th from 2:30pm - 4:00pm. The club is FREE so just stop down to the cafe and play after school on Fridays. We have tables for every level player so no matter your skill level… we have a spot for you. The club will have tables, balls and paddles for all players. Club t-shirts will be available for order on Friday, April 5th only - please come and order your long sleeve t-shirt at that time if you would like one. We hope to see you at the tables!

***France Trip participants are reminded of their mandatory meeting TODAY! See Ms. Marin with questions.

***Hey Pioneers!
This is Anna Fox and Vanessa Wren with Student Council!

This week we have been bringing awareness to Down Syndrome and other disabilities. Remember to continue to support by donating money to the jugs that are at the entrances to school. The money will be donated to Midwest Special Services.

We are further supporting Down Syndrome awareness by wearing funky or Crazy socks tomorrow.

Today’s facts about Down Syndrome are:

-Eighty percent of all babies born with Down syndrome are born to mothers under the age of 35.

-People with Down Syndrome are prospering, and their lifespans are increasing thanks to the improvement of treatments and therapies.

Again, do not forget to wear funky socks tomorrow to support Down Syndrome Awareness!

***Senior parents will be at school selling goodies during lunch and after school on Wednesday and Thursday. Remind your students to bring in money and enjoy some great treats!

***Hi, this is Ruby Ho. I am a Student Council member and an international student.

I wanted to let you know that the Student Council and a group of international students are busy planning an International Student Week April 8-12.

The purpose of this upcoming week is to promote awareness of the diversity in our Hill-Murray School community and to honor students coming from several countries throughout the world.

I will be sending out an e-mail today with a link where you can order a t-shirt. If you want to be out of uniform on Friday, April 12th you will need to purchase a t-shirt.

The e-mail will also have a short survey where you can ask any questions you have about what it is like to be an international student and about our cultures and traditions.

Thank you!

***Senior All Night Party Bake Sale!

Senior parents will be at school selling goodies during lunch and after school on Wednesday and Thursday. Remind your students to bring in money and enjoy some great treats!

March 19

***Senior All Night Party Bake Sale!Senior parents will be at school selling goodies during lunch and after school on Wednesday and Thursday. Remind your students to bring in money and enjoy some great treats!

Thank you for supporting the bake sale fundraiser and helping make the Senior party possible!

***Good Morning Pioneers this is Anthony Moore and Dave Gallagher with Student Council.

National Down Syndrome Day is this Thursday and we are bringing awareness to individuals with down syndrome and other disabilities this week.

There are approximately 1/4 million families in the United States touched by Down syndrome.

That means that Down syndrome occurs once in every 691 live births.

Just a reminder that that we are collecting “Dimes for Downs” all throughout this week. There will be Jugs at the entrances of school where you can donate any money. The money will be donated to Midwest Special Services.

Thank you and have a great day!

***The LMC will be closed after school today.

***France Trip participants are reminded of their mandatory meeting this Wednesday. See Ms. Marin with questions!

March 18

***Today we welcome Katherine McGrath who is visiting with Michelle McGrath in 9th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray and have a great day!

***Congratulations to the high school Robotics team who competed in Grand Forks, North Dakota this past weekend. They finished qualifying rounds in 2nd place and qualified for the state tournament, which will take place in May. Great work, your mentor is so proud of you!

***If you are interested in building or painting the set or working with lights and/or sound, please stop by the theatre office to talk to Mr. Morris about being a part of the tech crew for the spring musical, BIG FISH! We’ll be working after school this week, but kicking it into high gear right after spring break!

***Good Morning Pioneers this is Aly Steichen and Sunwoo Lee with Student Council
S: National Down Syndrome Day is this Thursday, March 21st and we would like to bring awareness to individuals with Down Syndrome and other disabilities this week.

A: Down syndrome is a genetic condition where a person is born with an extra copy of the 21st chromosome. This additional genetic material changes the course of development and causes characteristics we associate with Down syndrome. Each year, about 6,000 babies are born with Down syndrome in the United States.

S: Throughout this week, we will be collecting “Dimes for Downs”. There will be jugs at the entrances to our school where you can donate any loose change you may have. The money will be donated to Midwest Special Services. Also, remember to wear your crazy socks on Thursday! Thank you and have a great day, pioneers!

***Senior All Night Party Bake Sale!
Senior parents will be at school selling goodies during lunch and after school on Wednesday and Thursday. Remind your students to bring in money and enjoy some great treats!

March 15

***Attention Baseball Players in grades 7-9,
This is a reminder that your tryouts begin this Saturday, March 16 from 12pm-2pm in the Fieldhouse. Beginning Monday, March 18 - ALL grades will tryout together. If you have any questions, please see Coach Cicalello.

***The March Choir Concert will be this coming Monday evening at 7pm. Come and support the Pioneer Performers, Middle School Crescendo Choir, and Vivace Choir.

Pioneer Performers are meeting in the choir room after school today.

***Attention soccer players, any boy or girl that is interested in playing soccer for Hill-Murray next fall, please come to the cafeteria after school on Tuesday March 19 at 2:40 pm for a short meeting. That's boys and girls interested in playing soccer next fall, please come to the cafeteria on Tuesday March 19 at 2:40 pm. Thank You.

***Come see the musical THE LAST FIVE YEARS tonight and tomorrow only! Show starts at 7pm, is 80 minutes long with no intermission, and is FREE! Bring your friends out to enjoy our talented theatre students!

***Good Morning Pioneers! Next week we will be celebrating Down Syndrome Awareness! Throughout the week there will be posters up, a collection for a Down Syndrome association, and a crazy socks day on Thursday. Beginning on Monday we will be collecting money for our Dimes for Downs fundraiser. We will be donating the money to Midwest Special Services. There will be buckets will be at the entrances where you can leave your money. Thank you!

March 14

***Attention France Trip Participants: the MANDATORY parent/student meeting is tonight at 7 pm in the Faculty Lounge. See Ms. Marin with questions.

***Any 8th-grade student who would like to be on the planning committee for graduation and the year-end event is asked to sign up on the sheet outside Mrs. Barbato's office. We will begin planning after spring break. The deadline to sign up is this Friday. Thank you.

***Attention Baseball Players in grades 7-9,
This is a reminder that your tryouts begin this Saturday, March 16 from 12pm-2pm in the Fieldhouse. Beginning Monday, March 18 - ALL grades will tryout together. If you have any questions, please see Coach Cicalello.

***Please welcome our visitors to Hill-Murray for the day!

Ella Kletti is with Sophia Francis in 7th grade
Joseph Geier is with Sean VanWychen in 8th grade
Alex Herrington with Grant Bauer in 7th grade
Akilan Manivannan is with Robert Cecman in 7th grade
Vaughn Larson is with Tyler Kotzmacher in 9th grade

Welcome to Hill-Murray, we hope you have a great day!

***Best of luck to the boys Pioneer U16 team as they play tomorrow vs Edina at Prior Lake Arena In the state tournament. Team members are out of uniform sporting their team jersey. Good luck guys.

March 13

***Today we have Emmett Johnson visiting with Jackson Johnson and Gavin Katz in the 6th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray, Emmett, we hope you have a great day!

***Attention France Trip Participants: Don’t forget the mandatory student/ parent meeting this Thursday at 7 pm in the Faculty Lounge. See Ms. Marin with questions.

***Students, Your Service Credits are due on Friday if you completed service between December and March 15. Please do not wait to complete your service requirement. If you feel you are qualified for a service award, you need to get your service in by May 1. Any service that is not completed by the end of the school year is a fail as your grade. Please refer to the student handbook with any questions.

***All Middle School student should report to the Chapel for a viewing of the documentary Angst during Community Time. High School student should report to the Auditorium for their viewing of Angst . The moving and follow up conversation is being presented by the Youth Service Bureau.

March 12

***Congratulations to 6th grader Paige Goehner who won the season finale of Kids Baking Championship on the Food Network. Along with the title of champion, Paige won $25,000 and a spot in the Food Network Magazine. Way to go Paige and the entire Goehner family! We are so proud of you!

***Attention France Trip Participants: Don’t forget the mandatory student/ parent meeting this Thursday at 7 pm in the Faculty Lounge. See Ms. Marin with questions.

***This week and next Monday and Tuesday we have two guests visiting from Reunion Island, a small island in the Indian Ocean, east of Madagascar.

Flora is a guest of Teagan Lorenz. Cynthia is a guest of Jane Sullivan. Please introduce yourselves and make them feel welcome during their visit!

***Any 8th-grade student who would like to be on the planning committee for graduation and the year-end event is asked to sign up on the sheet outside Mrs. Barbato's office. We will begin planning after spring break. The deadline to sign up is this Friday. Thank you.

***For all students interested, there will be a Diversity Group meeting in Guidance and Counseling during WIN Time A. This group is voluntary and will continue the conversation of diversity within our school and community.

March 11

***Friendly reminder that all students who want to be in the LMC during WIN must sign up. This includes seniors. Thank you.

***This weekend only, the theatre department presents the musical THE LAST FIVE YEARS. It’s an hour and twenty minutes, free to attend, and It is a lot like past cabarets. Please come out this Thursday, Friday, or Saturday at 7pm to see your high school peers put on a show that no other high schools could do!

***Today we welcome Ryan Vingers visiting with Charlie Stintson, Bridget Wallace visiting with Carla Sykes, and Lindsay Johnson visiting with Hannah Poppe. Welcome to Hill-Murray and have a great day!

***Hey Pioneers! This is Danny Petronack and Joey Wallrich, captains for the Hill-Murray Junior Gold Team.

Joey: Stop on out to Chick-Fil-A in Maplewood tonight between 5 and 8 p.m. for dinner!

Danny: 10% of all proceeds will go towards our team and help fund our visit to the State Tournament this weekend. We’ll also be there volunteering, so come on out, support our team and have dinner!

Joey: Thanks, and have a great day Pioneers!

March 8

***Today we have Jasanye Johnson-Ray visiting with Peter Gattman in 11th grade, and Caden Hill visiting with Christian Koenig in 8th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray and have a great day!

***Attention students who normally wait for rides in the commons after school . On Friday, you will have to to wait up in front of the building as the middle school will have an activity in the commons immediately after school. Please plan accordingly!

***Boys Tennis Preseason Meeting will be this Sunday, March 10 at 5pm in the Cafeteria. This is a mandatory meeting for players and parents.

***Attention Link Leaders
There will be a meeting on Tuesday Morning March 12th at 7:20AM in Ms. Fandrich’s Room!

Please come to help plan our March Event.

***Attention all Students! Student Council wants to represent the entire student body and be a voice for you, so please vote for the executive board! Current President Alex Bloemendal emailed out the survey of all the candidates yesterday. Please take the time now to vote and make sure your voice is heard! Thank you!

***Attention Baseball Players,
Due to inclement weather expected over the weekend, this Sunday’s Open Gym is cancelled. Please be sure to check the H-M Baseball website for pre-season practice times starting next week.

***Today is International Women’s Day! Make sure you take the time to think of all the women who have made a positive impact on your life and possibly take a risk and thank them for everything they do!

March 7

***Hey middle schoolers! This is CiCi Bart and as a WEB leader I would like to invite you all to the Middle School St. Patty's Day dance happening this Friday from 2:30-5pm in the commons. We will be taking freewill donation at the door to raise money for a local animal shelter. Come and dance the afternoon away!

***Attention students who normally wait for rides in the commons after school . On Friday, you will have to to wait up in front of the building as the middle school will have an activity in the commons immediately after school. Please plan accordingly!

***To those who are interested in playing girls golf— there will be an informational meeting this THURSDAY after school in the team room. Please contact Mr. Goetzke with any questions.

***50 members of our DECA Chapter just returned from the state competition where they all put forth tremendous effort and did a fantastic job. Our school had many state finalists. Eleven students qualified to attend the international DECA competition at the end of April. Please refer to your email for more information. Congratulations to everyone who competed at state!

***Owen Nelson is visiting with Cooper Olson in the 7th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray, Owen, we hope you have a great day!

***Boys Tennis Preseason Meeting will be this Sunday, March 10 at 5pm in the Cafeteria. This is a mandatory meeting for players and parents.

***Good Morning Pioneers! This is Senior Margot Keeler, the current Student Council Secretary! Student Council's purpose is to be a voice for our entire student body. Our executive board leads student council, so we need your help picking them! We emailed out a google form last night so check your email and vote for who you think will do the best job representing the HM Student Body! Thank you for taking the time to ensure your voice is heard next year!

***Students, if you are interested in ticket packages to all of the AA tourney hockey games please stop by the athletic office. Ticket packets are $45 for all games in class AA.

***This is an important update for all France Trip participants: The Sunday 4 pm parent/ student meeting has been CANCELED due to weather predictions.
Please be sure to see Ms. Marin TODAY for important updates.

***To those who are interested in playing girls golf— there will be an informational meeting this THURSDAY after school in the team room. Please contact Mr. Goetzke with any questions.

March 6

***Attention students who normally wait for rides in the commons after school . On Friday, you will have to to wait up in front of the building as the middle school will have an activity in the commons immediately after school. Please plan accordingly!

***To those who are interested in playing girls golf— there will be an informational meeting this THURSDAY after school in the team room. Please contact Mr. Goetzke with any questions.

***France Trip participants are reminded of their MANDATORY parent and student meeting this Sunday at 4 PM in the Staff Lounge. See Ms. Marin with any questions!

***50 members of our DECA Chapter just returned from the state competition where they all put forth tremendous effort and did a fantastic job. Our school had many state finalists. Eleven students qualified to attend the international DECA competition at the end of April. Please refer to your email for more information. Congratulations to everyone who competed at state!

March 5

***Attention all Seniors,
After attendance in your first hour class, please report to the varsity gym for your retreat led by the Emmanuel School of Mission!

March 4

***Hey middle schoolers! This is CiCi Bart and as a WEB leader I would like to invite you all to the Middle School St. Patty's Day dance happening this Friday from 2:30-5pm in the commons. We will be taking freewill donation at the door to raise money for a local animal shelter. Come and dance the afternoon away!

***Dear Seniors in lunch 5B, due to limited lunch room space for the sophomore retreat today, please eat lunch in the cafeteria, not the commons, during lunch 5B. Thank you.

***Attention all Sophomores,
Remember, your retreat is today. After attendance in your first hour class, please report to the varsity gym for your retreat led by the Emmanuel School of Mission!

Attention all Seniors: Your retreat will be tomorrow. You will have free dress, and remember no holes in your jeans. You will not need to bring a lunch, and please leave your cellphone in your locker. You can look forward to a fun and a prayerful day with Jesus.

Please report to your first hour, and then go to the varsity gym immediately. Please see any Campus Minister if you have any questions.

March 1

***Attention all 10th and 12th graders. Next week we have some special guests coming to Hill-Murray from the Emmanuel Community which represents 9 Countries. These men, women and youth are looking forward to having this time with you. You will have free dress, and remember no holes in your jeans. You will not need to bring a lunch, and please leave your cellphone in your locker. You can look forward to a fun and a prayerful day with Jesus.

The retreat for 10th grade is Monday, March 4 and 12th grade is Tuesday, March 5. Please report to your first hour, and then go to the varsity gym immediately. Please see any Campus Minister if you have any questions.

***50 members of our DECA chapter will be heading to the state competition this weekend. The 3 day competition will take place this Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. We wish you the best of luck.

***Congratulations to the Symphonic Band who represented Hill-Murray in the band contest yesterday. They received an Excellent Rating (Second highest) in Class I which is the most difficult music category you can enter. Congratulations to our band members!

***Hey Pioneers! This is Thiago Jaime with CARE. We hope that you’ve enjoyed Wellness Week and enjoy the out of uniform and music during passing time today. Today we are celebrating all of the great qualities that make us wonderful individuals. We are each unique, special and loved just the way we are. Thank you for participating with us this week, have a great weekend!

***The LMC will be closed after school today.

***Petro: Hey Pioneers! This is Danny Petronack.
Joey: And this is Joey Wallrich, the captains of the Pioneers Jr Gold hockey team. Last night, we beat Edina 4-1 to punch our ticket to the State tournament!

Petro: We want to thank you all for your support and ask you to follow us to State March 15th - 17th at Dakota Ice Arena in Prior Lake.

Joey: We’re excited to represent our school at State! Roll Pios!

***Good morning, my name is Maddie Rausch and I am one of the leaders of Sowers of Justice. There will be a meeting tomorrow morning on Tuesday March 4th at 7:20 am.

We will be discussing the sweatshirt orders and some future events. All are welcome to come!

Have a great day Pioneers.

February 28

***Today we have Sydney Jarvis visiting with Mason Rymal in 9th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray and have a great day!

***Attention ALL Baseball Players,

If you did not make it to the Pre-Season Parent/Player meeting this past Sunday, you need to stop and see Coach Cicalello to fill out the required sign-up sheet for tryouts by Friday, March 1. If you have any questions or concerns, please be sure to see Coach Cicalello.

***Attention Students:

A girls Vera Bradley purse was turned in to Student Life on Monday. If it belongs to you, please stop down to the Office of Student Life.

***Good Morning Pioneers this is Maddie Rausch and Adam Rausch with CARE.

Maddie: Today we are focusing on mental health as a part of Wellness Week. Did you know approximately 1 in 5 people in the U.S. suffer from mental illness, which includes depression and anxiety? We want you to know if you are suffering, you are not alone. There are people in this school that love you and want to help. If you are struggling, please reach out to a counselor, teacher or other staff member, don’t suffer alone.

Adam: Join us at our table at lunch today as we will have many prizes and handouts to remove the stigma of mental illness and to remind you all that you’re loved.

Maddie: To whoever might need to hear this today:

You are unique
You are funny
You are stunning
You are loved
You are intelligent
You are amazing
You are talented

And YOU are a GIFT from God

***Ashley Myers and Lexi Widi will read this.
ASHLEY: Our middle school play, GEORGE opens tomorrow night and runs this weekend only! Friday and Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 2pm. It is a ridiculous comedy about George Washington!

LEXI: After accidentally killing George Washington, John Hancock and Thomas Jefferson must pretend he is still alive because they don't want to get in trouble. Think of the movie, Weekend at Bernies!

ASHLEY: Anyways, The British invade, George Washington goes on a date, and the United States wins it's independence.

LEXI: Don’t miss this hilarious show!

BOTH: Free Admission, liberty, and justice for ALL! See you there!

***Congratulations to Coach Herman as she was named Section Coach of the Year! This is her 11th time selected as coach of the year. Please come out and cheer the number one team in the section begin their run to state tonight against Columbia Heights at 7:00 at Hill-Murray! The lady pioneers finished the regular season with an impressive record of 23-3. Best of luck to the team and Coach Herman!

***Today is the last day of February, which means Black History Month has come to an end. Thank you for celebrating it with us and thanks to the students who planned our celebration.

Please remember that celebrating Black History does not end today. Black History is ALL of our history and we must celebrate it throughout the year along with our other cultures at Hill-Murray. Also, know that any discrimination in our hallways will not be tolerated and we ask that you, staff and students, do your best to be active bystanders and call out your friends and/or let an adult know if you hear any in our hallways. Martin Luther King Jr. said it best, “The time is ALWAYS right to do what is RIGHT.” Thank you -

***Good morning! We will be selling tickets for the boys hockey section final game today in the athletic office. The game is Friday night vs. White Bear Lake at Aldrich. The puck drops at 7 p.m. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students. Please stop in the athletic office between 9 a.m. and 3:30 today.

***Attention all 10th and 12th graders. Next week we have some special guests coming to Hill-Murray from the Emmanuel Community which represents 9 Countries. These men, women and youth are looking forward to having this time with you. You will have free dress, and remember no holes in your jeans. You will not need to bring a lunch, and please leave your cellphone in your locker. You can look forward to a fun and a prayerful day with Jesus.

The retreat for 10th grade is Monday, March 4 and 12th grade is Tuesday, March 5. Please report to your first hour, and then go to the varsity gym immediately. Please see any Campus Minister if you have any questions.

February 27

***BOYS GOLF TEAM Meeting, Interested in trying out for the Boys Golf team this Spring,
Please attend a informational meeting in the athletic team room Wednesday February 27th at 2:35

***France Trip participants are reminded of their meeting TODAY. See Ms. Marin with any questions.

***Attention ALL Baseball Players,
If you did not make it to the Pre-Season Parent/Player meeting this past Sunday, you need to stop and see Coach Cicalello to fill out the required sign-up sheet for tryouts by Friday, March 1. If you have any questions or concerns, please be sure to see Coach Cicalello.

***On March 8th, next Friday, there will be a Middle School Dance after school until 5pm in the Commons. See you there!

***Good Morning Pioneers, this is Megan Haugh and Kate Smith with CARE.

Megan: We hope you are enjoying Wellness Week so far! Today we are focusing on healthy eating. Eating healthy does not only affect your physical health, but it affects your mental well-being too. If you eat junk, you’ll feel like junk, so try making healthy choices today and see what a difference it can make in how you feel.

Kate: Today’s trivia question is: True or False: Sugary drinks are the most fattening product in the modern diet?

Please submit your answer in Mrs. Gist’s office today for a chance to win a prize!

Megan: The answer to yesterday’s trivia question:

What is a symptom of stress?

A.) Agitation

B.) Headaches

C.) Eating too much or too little

D.) All of the above

The answer is: All of the above.

Our winner is Bridget Blaney. Please stop by Mrs. Gist’s office to get your Caribou gift card!!

Have a great day Pioneers!

February 26

***France Trip participants are reminded of their meeting TOMORROW. Please see your email for details.

***Good morning, this is a reminder that the first Girl’s golf captains practice will be today at the golf dome from 3-4 pm. The cost is $8 per person. We can’t wait to meet all of you!

***If you are interested in the diversity at our school or want to talk in response to our assembly last Friday, Mr. Cicalello and Mr. Grau will be hosting a discussion during WIN A today in the guidance and counseling. Please come join us! Again, WIN A in guidance and counseling!

***This Friday and Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 2pm, please come see the Middle School Play, GEORGE, starring our talented middle school students! It’s a hilarious comedy celebrating our patriotism! It is free admission for all, so please come see it!

***Hey Pioneers! This is Aaron Johnson and Katherine Weyandt with CARE.
Aaron: Welcome to the second day of Wellness Week! Today we will be focusing on managing our stress levels. Stress is a normal part of life that can either help us or cause significant problems. Stress releases powerful neurochemicals that prepare us for action (to fight or flee). If we don't take action, the stress response can create or worsen health problems.

Katherine:
Make sure to stop by our table during all lunches today as we will have ways to help you combat stress!!

Today’s trivia is:
What is a symptom of stress?

A.) Agitation

B.) Headaches

C.) Eating too much or too little

D.) All of the above

Drop off your answer during lunch today at our table for a chance to win a prize!

Aaron:
The answer to yesterday’s trivia question:

How much exercise, 3-5 days a week, will add 6 years to your life? The answer is: 30 minutes.

Have a great day Pioneers!

February 25

***BOYS GOLF TEAM Meeting, Interested in trying out for the Boys Golf team this Spring,

Please attend a informational meeting in the athletic team room Wednesday February 27th at 2:35

***All 6th and 8th-grade students participating in the Scholastic Challenge are asked to check your email and respond to Mrs. Barbato.

*** France Trip participants are reminded of their meeting on WEDNESDAY. Please see your email for details.

***Maddie/Adam: Good Morning Pioneers! This is Maddie Rausch and Adam Rausch with CARE. Welcome to Wellness Week!

Maddie: This week we will be focusing on healthy living, mental and physical well-being, and celebrating the unique individuals we all are!

Adam: Each day we will have trivia for chance to win great prizes, we will be in the lunchroom on Tuesday and Thursday with fun activities and more chances at prizes, and we will have an out of uniform day on Friday for Be You Day- wear clothes that make you most comfortable with respect to being neat, clean and modest.

Maddie: Today we are focusing on exercise as an important component to being healthy both physically and mentally. Did you know that exercise is linked to greatly reducing anxiety and depression? Even a small walk around the block has been shown to have a positive affect on one’s well-being.

Adam: Today’s trivia question is:

How much exercise, 3-5 days a week, will add 6 years to your life?

1.) 10 minutes

2.) 20 minutes

3.) 30 minutes

4.) 60 minutes

Again: How much exercise, 3-5 days a week will add 6 years to your life?

1.) 10 minutes

2.) 20 minutes

3.) 30 minutes

4.) 60 minutes

Place answers to the trivia question in the box in Mrs. Gist’s office (right next to Principal Herman’s office) and we will reveal the winner tomorrow morning! Good luck Pioneers and remember to get some exercise in today!

***For last Friday’s black history month trivia, the correct answer is Oprah Winfrey. Oprah Winfrey is an American media executive, actress, talk show host, television producer and philanthropist. She is best known for her talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show, which was the highest-rated television program of its kind in history and was nationally syndicated from 1986 to 2011 in Chicago. Adam Rausch was the winner! Pick up your cane’s gift card in the main office. We hope everyone enjoyed last week’s activities and feel like they gained some awareness regarding diversity and inclusion!

***Congratulations to the 17 Choir students who competed this Saturday at Contest.

All 10 Hill-Murray events received a Superior rating, the highest score possible!

Go Pioneers!

February 22

***Today we welcome John Thompson visiting with Owen Varley in 9th grade, and Emily Grogan visiting with Paige Goehner in 6th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray and have a great day!

***Attention all interested Baseball players in grades 7-12:
There is a mandatory Pre-Season Parent/Player Meeting scheduled for Sunday, February 24 at 7pm in the H-M Cafeteria. If you have any questions or concerns, please see Coach Cicalello.

***Pioneer Performers have rehearsal today in the choir room after school.

***Hi this is Aji and Suma with another trivia question about black history for a chance to win a Canes gift card!
The Correct answer to yesterday’s questions is Aretha Franklin. The late singer Aretha Franklin died just last year in Detroit, Michigan where she spent most of her life growing up and singing. The winner of the Cane’s gift card is Kelly Grannis.

The trivia for today is Which African American had the highest rated television show from 1986-2011 in chicago?
Oprah Winfrey
Will Smith
Barack Obama
Michael Jordan

Please submit your answers in the box at lunch and a winner will be drawn from those answers! Previous winners can pick up their gift cards in the main office!

We hope you enjoyed this week. Remember to come out tonight to the girls basketball game and wear your black history month t-shirts or red, green, or yellow. This game is for the conference championship so please come out and support!

***Anyone interested in participating in Track and Field this year must attend the mandatory Parent / Athlete pre-season meeting on Sunday February 24 at 4:00pm in the cafeteria. See Mrs. Hurley with any questions.

***Mandatory Player/ Parent meeting this Sunday 11:30-12:30 in the Commons for any girls in grades 7th-12th interested in playing softball this Spring.

***Students in grades 6 & 8 who are taking the Scholastic Challenge - we have moved this to next week. 6th grade on February 26 and 8th grade on February 27.

Look for a memo from Mrs. Barbato as to the date/time and what you will need for the challenge. See Mrs. Barbato if you have any questions.

***Attention boys and girls alpine ski team members: Please stop in to the main office Thursday or Friday to sign coaches cards before the banquet on Sunday.

***BOYS GOLF TEAM Meeting, Interested in trying out for the Boys Golf team this Spring,
Please attend a informational meeting in the athletic team room Wednesday February 27th at 2:35

***All 6th and 8th-grade students participating in the Scholastic Challenge are asked to check your email and respond to Mrs. Barbato.

February 21

***Mandatory Player/ Parent meeting this Sunday 11:30-12:30 in the Commons for any girls in grades 7th-12th interested in playing softball this Spring.

******Students in grades 6 & 8 who are taking the Scholastic Challenge - we have moved this to next week. 6th grade on February 26 and 8th grade on February 27.

Look for a memo from Mrs. Barbato as to the date/time and what you will need for the challenge. See Mrs. Barbato if you have any questions.

***Attention all interested Baseball players in grades 7-12:

There is a mandatory Pre-Season Parent/Player Meeting scheduled for Sunday, February 24 at 7pm in the H-M Cafeteria. If you have any questions or concerns, please see Coach Cicalello.

***Hi this is Aji Omoyeni and Suma Massaquoi and here is another trivia question about black history for a chance to win a Canes gift card!

The correct answer to Monday’s trivia was (D) Henry Brown. Henry "Box" Brown was a 19th-century Virginia slave who escaped to freedom at the age of 33 by arranging to have himself mailed in a wooden crate for 26 hours in 1849 to abolitionists in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The winner of the Cane’s gift card is Kasey Senden. Please pick up your gift card from Mr. Ballentine!

The trivia for today is Who is the late singer that died in 2018 that had a very popular song called respect?

  1. Whoopi Goldberg
  2. Michael Jackson
  3. Aretha Franklin
  4. Tasha Cobbs

Submit your answers in the box in the cafeteria for your chance to win! The winner will be announced tomorrow!

Also, please remember that tonight we will be showing the movie THE HATE U GIVE in the staff lounge starting at 6pm. There will be pizza, treats, and good conversation so don’t miss it!

On Friday, we’re packing the stands at the Girls Basketball game! Wear your Black History Month t-Shirt or red, green, and yellow! DJ Sal will be in attendance and it's our final regular season game. We play Simley for the Conference championship! Be there!

***Auditions for BIG FISH, the spring musical, are today after school. Sign up for a slot on the callboard for a twenty minute slot! If you can’t make it after school, email Mr. Ballentine. There are a few people auditioning during WIN C, if that works.

***Attention Middle School Students! In addition to bringing your chromebooks to Advisory for registration, please bring writing supplies AKA a pen or pencil and a notebook or piece of paper! Thank you!

***Attention boys and girls alpine ski team members: Please stop in to the main office Thursday or Friday to sign coaches cards before the banquet on Sunday.

Thank you

***If you ordered a Black History Month T-Shirt, you can pick yours up during LUNCHES in the cafeteria today! Remember, you are out of uniform tomorrow if you are wearing your shirt!

February 19

***Attention all interested Baseball players in grades 7-12:
There is a mandatory Pre-Season Parent/Player Meeting scheduled for Sunday, February 24 at 7pm in the H-M Cafeteria. If you have any questions or concerns, please see Coach Cicalello.

***Please come Tuesday, February 19 at 6:30 P.M. and help celebrate our senior boys’ basketball players, Anthony Moore and Tuguldur Baatar and manager Bella Gabriel, who are playing and will be honored before, one of the last few games of their high school careers.

Let’s help them make a lasting memory that will put smiles on their faces!

***Middle School Students:
Today is a Black Day and WIN Sign up for the week will NOT be online. Sign up on the sheets outside of teacher’s rooms. if you didn’t sign up before school, do so between classes and up to the end of Per. 3 at 10:25.

If a sign-up sheet is at capacity for the number allowed in that room, DO NOT add your name to the list. Find another teacher to sign up with.

Thank you for taking care of your responsibility to sign up. See Mr. Fester, Mrs. Barbato, or Mrs. Valentine if you have questions.

***Come check out the beautiful image of Our Lady of the Youth this week near the main entrance! Icons are an ancient Christian tradition meant to be windows to heaven. They are made in a long and prayerful process. See the description for more info on the meaning of this icon.

***Hi this is Aji Omoyeni and Suma Massaquoi and throughout the week we will be asking trivia questions about black history for a chance to win a prize!

Today’s question is : Who was a slave born in Virginia that mailed themself in a wooden crate just to escape slavery?

  1. Harriet Tubman
  2. Frederick Douglass
  3. Rosa Parks
  4. Henry Brown

Submit your answers in the box by the condiments in the cafeteria for a chance to win a prize, the winner will be announced during tomorrow’s announcement.

In addition to trivia, today we’ll be playing music during passing times, on Thursday night join us for pizza and a viewing of THE HATE U GIVE at 6pm, and On Friday, those who purchased black history month shirts are out of uniform and we will have an all-school assembly at the end of the day! Have a great day Pioneers!

***Auditions for the Spring Musical, BIG FISH, are tomorrow after school! Sign up today after school for a 20 minute slot! If you can’t make it after school, email Mr. B. to arrange an alternate time on Wed or Thursday, during school! Callbacks are Thursday after school and rehearsals start next week!

***The Registration process for next school year (2019-20) moves into the data entry stage during the next Wednesday’s (February 20) Advisory.

In anticipation of that advisory, take some time before tomorrow (Wednesday) to review your required, elective and alternate choices. Please verify you have secured all of the necessary teacher signatures, indicated by a signature line following those courses on the form. Your signature is also required on the last page of the form.

During Wednesday's advisory, you will transfer information from the form in Infinite Campus.

Feel free to follow up with your counselor with any questions or concerns.

February 14

***Today we welcome Mary Sato visiting with Monica Sampair in 10th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray and have a great day!

***· Bonjour! Je m’appelle Renée and I’m a student in French 2. et je m’appelle Jeanne and I am a student in French 5. Today’s French week fun fact is: if you are mono-lingual: that is, you only speaking ONE language, you are actually in the MINORITY. There are more people around the world who speak at least 2 languages than there are people who only speak one. In fact, in many countries the “norm” is to speak at least 2 languages, and many people often add a third language. We have many PIONEERS who are exchange students from other countries. They spend every day thinking and working in at least two different languages; their own, and English! Learning another language is TRÈS COOL!

· Today’s word of the day is anticonstitutionnellement. It has 27 letters! It means “anti-constitutionally. What is the longest word in English? Je ne sais pas; I don’t know!

· Today’s prayer is called MERCI “Thank you”. It’s the simplest prayer but the most profound. What are we all thankful for? We will read a few things we are thankful for in French and then in English. Please quiet yourselves for prayer.

Merci pour:
Ma famille!
Mes amis!
Mes professeurs!
La neige!
Le soleil!
Le weekend!
ET Le chocolat! J

Thank you for:
My family!
My friends!
My teachers!
The snow!
The sun!
The weekend!
AND Chocolate! J

· Merci et au revoir!

***Reminder to all Senior Poll winners-
Meeting in Room 119 (Mr. Pults' Room) immediately after school. There will be a five minute meeting to discuss senior poll results and placement in the yearbook.

***Attention all interested Baseball players in grades 7-12:
There is a mandatory Pre-Season Parent/Player Meeting scheduled for Sunday, February 24 at 7pm in the H-M Cafeteria. If you have any questions or concerns, please see Coach Cicalello.

***"Hey Pioneers. This is Haylee Blinkhorn and Katie Kaufman, two of your girls hockey captains. We just wanted to let you know that tomorrow night is our section final. We will be taking on White Bear Lake with a trip to the state tournament on the line. The game is at 7 PM at Aldrich Arena and the theme is a white out. Hope to see you all there!”

***As part of Black History Month, today we celebrate Frederick Douglass who was born into slavery and separated from his mother around 1818. His birthdate was unknown, but he chose to celebrate it on February 14th.

Douglass was an escaped slave who became an activist, author and public speaker. He was a leader in the abolitionist movement to end slavery, before and during the Civil War. After the Emancipation Proclamation of 1862, he continued to push for equality and human rights until his death in 1895.

Some interesting facts about him…
1.He taught himself to read and write. Eventually he would teach other slaves to read, using the new testament of the bible.
2.In 1847, he started publishing his own abolitionist newsletter, the NORTH STAR.
3.He was an advocate for women’s rights, and specifically the right of women to vote.

We hope you are excited for next week’s Black History Month celebration. We have a lot of fun activities planned. Please remember to fill out the google form in your email to order a t-shirt to be out of uniform next Friday. Thanks!

***Happy Valentine’s Day Everyone! Today you are out of uniform if you are wearing red or pink AND you give $1 to your homeroom teacher! Teachers, please collect money now and drop off your money with Anne Becker in the Main Office! All proceeds will be donated to the Children’s Hospital Heart Association!

Also, the Valentine’s Day Dance featuring DJ D-Mil is TONIGHT from 8-10:30pm in the Fieldhouse! Tickets will be sold in the cafeteria during WIN Time AND will be available at the door. However, if you are bringing a guest, make sure you turn in your guest form TODAY before the end of the day. There will not be any guest forms accepted at the door. Also, everyone will be breathalyzed at the door AND the doors will be locked at 9:30p. Hope to see you there!

February 13

***· Bonjour! Je m’appelle Noémie and I am a student in Honors French V. Je m’appelle Thierry and I am a student in Honors French IV.

· Today’s French week fun fact is: it is estimated that French will be spoken by over 750 million people by the year 2050. If you recall yesterday’s fun fact, you’ll know why!

· Today’s French word of the day is Fantastique/ fantastic! Many English words that end in that “ic” sound made by the letters I and C , are similar in French but end in the letters Q. U. E . Some examples are: music: musique! Classic: Classique! Plastic. Plastique! Dramatic. Dramatique!

· Today’s prayer is called “Pour tout le monde”: which means “for everyone”. We will read it first in French, and then in English Please quiet yourselves for prayer. . ___________

Pour Tout le Monde

Une prière

Que nous puissions vivre comme une

Que la paix et l’amour soit dans chaque Coeur

Et que chaque vie soit remplie de soleil

Amen

For everyone

A prayer

That we may live as one

That peace and love be in every heart

And that each live be filled with sunshine

Amen

· Merci et au revoir!

***Todays high school community time will be about positive relationship and will be conducted by Mary Foster from Woodbury Options for Women. Students will meet in the Auditorium

Todays middle school community time will be about emotions and some soul searching on personal emotions. We are showing a short clip from David Flood, Why is Love the Only (Best) way to Communicate. https://www.goalcast.com/2018/06/22/david-flood/ and a showing of Inside Out. Student will meet in the Chapel.

***The Peer Listeners will be in the cafeteria today handing out candy to those that share how they relieve stress and want to learn more about the program. Stop by their table in the cafeteria and learn more about Peer Listening.

***Anyone interested in participating in Track and Field this year must attend the mandatory Parent / Athlete pre-season meeting on Sunday February 24 at 4:00pm in the cafeteria. See Mrs. Hurley with any questions.

***This is just a reminder that you may be out of uniform tomorrow if you wear red or pink and bring at least $1 to donate to the Children's Hospital of Minnesota Heart Association. Your first hour teachers will collect your donations. Also, tickets for the Valentine’s Day Semi-formal will still be available for $10 each during all WIN times today and tomorrow.

***The audition workshop for the spring musical is today after school in the auditorium. It will last an hour or less And you will learn the audition dance and the audition song. Actual Auditions For the show are next Wednesday after school. If you have a conflict, like being a winter athlete or another activity, it can still work out. See Mr. B.

***Please support our black history month celebration next week! All the events have been planned by students! There will be t-shirts costing $8 that allow you to be out of uniform next Friday! Check your email now to sign up for a T-shirt!

February 12

***· Bonjour! Je m’appelle Sylvie et je m’appelle Simone and we are students in French II.

· Today’s French week fun fact is: French is the most widely taught second language, after English. The language is growing fast, mainly in sub-Saharan Africa, an area with a high increase in population growth.

· Today’s word of the day is: Tradition! The English pronunciation is tradition. Many words that end in “ion” are similar in French; just the pronunciation is different. Here are just a few, first in English, then in French: question/ question. Presentation. Présentation. Pronunciation. Prononciation!

· Today’s prayer is Quelquefois which means Sometimes. We will read it in French first, and then in English. Please quiet yourselves for prayer.

Seigneur

Quelquefois je suis triste

Quelquefois je suis fatigué

Quelquefois je suis en mauvais humeur

Aide-moi savoir que dans ces moments, comme toujours,

Tu es avec moi et tu m’aimes

Amen

Lord

Sometimes I am sad

Sometimes I am tired

Sometimes I am in a bad mood

Help me to know that in these moments, like always,

You are with me and you love me

Amen

· Merci et au revoir!

***Attention Middle Schoolers. There is a Valentine Party after school tomorrow, Wednesday, February 13 from 2:45-4:45 hosted by WEB and Service Peer Ministers. Please join us after school for the fun activities.

***210 years ago today, our 16th President Abraham Lincoln was born. On January 1st, 1863, he issued the Emancipation Proclamation that eventually freed the slaves, and changed the focus of the Civil War. It was no longer only about preserving the Union, but abolishing slavery in the United States.

Next week, Hill-Murray will be celebrating Black History Month. Of course, all of February is Black History Month and we should celebrate Black History all year long because black history is all of OUR history. The impact African-Americans have made on this country is part of our DNA. Contemplating Black History draws people of every race into the grand and diverse story of this nation. Did you know that Black History Month started as a week in 1926 coinciding with the birthday of Abraham Lincoln and Frederick Douglass, who we celebrate on Thursday. However, it wasn’t until 1976 when President Gerald Ford recognized Black History Month. He urged Americans to, and I quote, seize the opportunity to honor the too-often neglected accomplishments of black Americans in every area of endeavor throughout our history.

We’re excited to celebrate Black History next week and hope you’ll join us in a variety of activities planned by our students. There will be a t-shirt you can order, much like our French week or Spanish week t-shirts, that will allow you to be out of uniform on Friday. T-shirts will be $8 and you’ll need to order them by the end of the day, Thursday. Stay tuned for more info!

***I would like all 1st-hour teachers to do a uniform check. Two things we have been noticing are sweatpants or jogger pants - they are not part of the school uniform and non-Hill-Murray sweatshirts. Spirit wear must indicate Hill-Murray on the logo. Please send those students to the office of student life immediately.

February 11

***Today we have Alec and Treyden Clement visiting. Alec will be with Max Kacerik in 8th grade and Treyden will be with Luke Rausch in 10th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray we hope you have a great day!

***WEB Leaders Sunwoo Lee and Bridget Blaney will be in the office to announce this on Friday and Monday.

Hi middle schoolers! This is Sunwoo Lee & Bridget Blaney and we are WEB Leaders. This coming Wednesday after school, WEB and Peer Ministers are throwing a middle school Valentine's party in the cafeteria from 2:30-4pm. We will decorate cookies, play games, make cards, listen to music, and just hang out! We hope you can make it! If you have any questions, reach out to Mrs. Donnerbauer or Sister Linda.

***Bonjour! Je m’appelle Océane Widi and I’m a student in French II. Bonjour! Je m’appelle Luc Reifenberger and I am a student in Honors French IV. Bienvenue à la semaine Célébrez le Français: Welcome to Celebrate French Week! Today during passing times you’ll hear French music. Many French students are wearing their French week t shirts today; ask them what they mean!

· Today’s French week fun fact is: over 275 million people in the world speak French! It is the only language other than English that is spoken on all 5 continents.

· Today’s French word of the day is MERCI! MERCI means thank you! Try it out this week with your teachers, friends, and family!

· This is a final reminder that TODAY after school at 2:40 in the Staff Lounge the French Club and Spanish Club are hosting a fun Valentine card activity! There will be lots of supplies and treats. ALL are welcome! Grab a few friends and stop on by!

· Today’s prayer is called “Une Prière Simple: A simple Prayer. I will read it first in French, then in English. Please quiet yourselves for prayer:

Une Prière Simple:

N’oublie pas

Déseperer, c’est tourner le dos à Dieu.

Avance avec lui

Il ne t’abondonne jamais

Amen

A Simple Prayer

Do not forget

To despair is to turn your back on God

Walk with him

He will never abandon you

Amen

***The audition workshop for the Spring Musical, BIG FISH, is this Wednesday. You’ll learn the audition song and dance. The actual auditions will be next Wed and Thursday. If you can’t make the workshop, don’t worry, Mr. B. will email out the video and recording of the song. You could also get together with a friend who is able to make the workshop. See or email Mr. B. with any questions!

***Hey Pioneers,

This is Alex Bloemendal your student council president!

Just a reminder that Valentines Day Semi Formal tickets will be sold during WIN times this Tuesday and Wednesday and during lunches on Thursday!

Tickets are $10 each.

Hope you see you there!

***Pioneer Performer is meeting after school today in the choir room.

February 8

***Today we welcome our visitors to Hill-Murray!

Helicity Borowska will be with Ellen Swanson in 6th grade.

Abby Liberty will be with Frannie Primoli in 6th grade.

Ayden Lundgren will be with Tanner Thoms in 7th grade.

Nathan Murphy will be with Carter Huffman in 8th grade.

Logan Lundgren will be with Jack Nelson in 9th grade.

Welcome to Hill-Murray we hope you all have a great day!

***Buenos Dias et Bonjour! This is a friendly reminder that the French Club and Spanish Club have a fun activity planned for Monday, February 11 at 2:40 pm in the Staff Lounge and ALL ARE WELCOME! You can learn some Valentine-themed vocabulary in both languages, make cards, and enjoy some delicious treats! See you there!

***WEB Leaders Sunwoo Lee and Bridget Blaney will be in the office to announce this on Friday and Monday.

Hi middle schoolers! This is Sunwoo Lee & Bridget Blaney and we are WEB Leaders. This coming Wednesday after school, WEB and Peer Ministers are throwing a middle school Valentine's party in the cafeteria from 2:30-4pm. We will decorate cookies, play games, make cards, listen to music, and just hang out! We hope you can make it! If you have any questions, reach out to Mrs. Donnerbauer or Sister Linda.

***Hey Pioneers, this is Danny Petronack and Joey Wallrich, the captains for the H-M Junior Gold Hockey Team.

Danny: Thank you to those who came out to watch us win our game on Wednesday, extending our unbeaten streak to 14 games in league play.

Joey: Come on out to Aldrich this Sunday at 8:30 p.m. to cheer us on in our final home game against Lakeville, the number three ranked team in State. We need your support as we head down the stretch of the season towards our playoff run. Go Pioneers!

***This announcement is for current 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students who are interested in taking an Honors level Social studies course for the 2019-20 school year.

If you are interested in enrolling in these courses, sign up on the form posted outside of Room 121.

Check your email for further details.

February 7

***Bonjour et hola! French Club and Spanish Club are co-hosting a Valentine activity on Monday, February 11 at 2:40 in the Staff Lounge! Come learn some Valentine-themed vocabulary in both languages, make Valentine cards for your friends, and enjoy treats!

***Remember, there is a fan bus to go see the one act play at the state festival tomorrow! Bring a note to the office of student life and sign up to ride the bus outside Mrs. Barbato’s office! The bus leaves Hill-Murray at 10am and returns around 12:30p so bring a bag lunch or money for concessions. The bus is free, but you’ll need to purchase a ticket at the box office at St. Kate’s for $12!

***Tickets for the Valentine’s Day semi formal dance featuring DJ D-Mil of Go 95.3 will be on sale next Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday during all high school lunches. Tickets are $10.

***Auditions for the Spring Musical, BIG FISH, will take place February 20th & 21st. The audition workshop where you can learn the audition song and dance in advance will be next Wednesday, February 13th. It’s helpful to attend the workshop, but not required. There will be a video and recording emailed to you. Winter athletes - You can still be a part of the musical after your season is over. See Mr. B. If you are interested.

February 6

***Today we welcome Aidan Anderson who is visiting with Leo Gruba in 9th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray and have a great day!

***11th grade only
Students with the last name beginning with N-Z, you are scheduled for retreat on Thursday, January 17. The theme of the retreat is “Faith in Action". Please go to your first hour, then directly to the Commons for your name tag and the instructions for the day. You do need to bring a lunch unless you received an email from Sister Linda. You are to wear Spirit Wear, and no jeans with holes or tears. Remember to dress to be neat, clean and modest.

There will be no cell phones during retreat. This is the request from the service sites since we are working with children, the physically challenged and the homeless. Please leave your cell phone in your locker. This is respecting the privacy act that is followed for the criteria of our service sites. Thanks.

***Congratulations to the One Act Play as they represent Hill-Murray this Friday at St. Catherines University (O'Shaughnessy Hall) for the State Tournament. . Performance time is 11:00.

Parking is very limited as St. Kate's is in session. We are offering free bussing to the event. The bus will leave H-M at 10:00 and return around 12:30. You will need to bring a bag lunch or purchase something at St. Kate’s. Tickets will be sold at the door for $12.00.

Bring in a note this week if you would like to attend before Friday. If you would like to take advantage of free busing, sign up outside Mrs. Barbato's office.

Lastly, we would love to celebrate the One Act's accomplishment and wish them well at State. We will have a pepfest at 2:00 on Thursday in the Varsity Gym and follow a special schedule for the day. Best of luck to all of the One Act cast and crew!

***There will be a public performance of the One Act Play, THE DISPUTE, after school today at 4pm for those who are unable to make it to the State Performance on Friday at 11am at St. Kate’s. Remember, there is a free fan bus leaving school at 10am and returning around 12:30p. Bring $12 to buy a ticket at the box office and a bag lunch or money for concessions at the theatre!

***This announcement is for current 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students who are interested in taking an Honors level Social studies course for the 2019-20 school year.

If you are interested in enrolling in these courses, sign up on the form posted outside of Room 121.

Check your email for further details.

February 5

***11th grade only

Students with the last name beginning with N-Z, you are scheduled for retreat on Thursday, January 17. The theme of the retreat is “Faith in Action". Please go to your first hour, then directly to the Commons for your name tag and the instructions for the day. You do need to bring a lunch unless you received an email from Sister Linda. You are to wear Spirit Wear, and no jeans with holes or tears. Remember to dress to be neat, clean and modest.

There will be no cell phones during retreat. This is the request from the service sites since we are working with children, the physically challenged and the homeless. Please leave your cell phone in your locker. This is respecting the privacy act that is followed for the criteria of our service sites. Thanks.

***Congratulations to the One Act Play as they represent Hill-Murray this Friday at St. Catherines University (O'Shaughnessy Hall) for the State Tournament. . Performance time is 11:00.

Parking is very limited as St. Kate's is in session. We are offering free bussing to the event. The bus will leave H-M at 10:00 and return around 12:30. You will need to bring a bag lunch or purchase something at St. Kate's. Tickets will be sold at the door for $12.00.

Bring in a note this week if you would like to attend before Friday. If you would like to take advantage of free busing, sign up outside Mrs. Barbato's office.

Lastly, we would love to celebrate the One Act's accomplishment and wish them well at State. We will have a pepfest at 2:00 on Thursday in the Varsity Gym and follow a special schedule for the day. Best of luck to all of the One Act cast and crew!

***Hey Pioneers,

This is Alex Bloemendal your Student Council President!

Just a couple of reminders!

First: Today is the first day that you can purchase tickets to the valentines day dance! They will be sold during all WIN times for the next two weeks in the commons. Each ticket is $10. Remember to bring a date, friend, or come as a group!

Second: The Prom Committee is meeting today in the auditorium at the beginning of each WIN time. The prom committee is open to all seniors who are interested in having a say in their senior prom. Please come with any questions you may have about Prom!

Thank you and have a great day!

February 4

***There will be a LINK LEADER MEETING tomorrow morning at 7:15 in Ms. Fandrich’s Room!

***Today we welcome Jordan Tacheny visiting with Marcus Kauffman in 9th grade and Treyden Clement visiting with Luke Rausch in 10th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray and have a great day!

***Pioneer Performers are meeting today after school 2:30 in the choir room.

***Attention WEB Leaders! There will be a quick meeting before school in Mrs. Donnerbauer's room, 123 this Wednesday at 7:30. If you cannot make it, please stop by and see Mrs. Donnerbauer.

***Attention any SENIORS interested in helping to plan this year’s Prom: There will be a meeting in the auditorium at the beginning of each WIN time to start planning! See you there!

***Hi! Here are the announcements for French week (11-14 Feb) and 2 for this week to announce a French Club/ Spanish Club event taking place on Monday the 11th. The announcements here are just missing the “fun fact” and the prayers: my students are still selecting those!

***Tickets for the Valentine’s Dance next Thursday will go on sale during WIN Times and lunches starting tomorrow. Tuesday, Feb. 5th!

FEBRUARY 1

***Sofia Evert with will be shadowing with Samara LaPonte in the 7th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray, Sofia, we hope you have a great day!

***Today we welcome Tanner Hoy visiting with Ayden Cessna. Welcome to Hill-Murray and have a great day!

***Attention ALL Baseball Players in Grades 6-9,

The 2019 Spring Training Camp begins on Sunday, February 17. This four week camp is designed to prepare athletes for the upcoming spring season through skill-development drills and high repetition. Registration forms are available in the athletic office and on the H-M Baseball website. If you have questions, please see Coach Cicalello.

***Congratulations to the One Act Play cast and crew for winning the 4AA section finals last night at Stillwater High school and advancing to the state tournament next Friday at St. Kate’s University in St. Paul. Special thanks go out to all the members of the viewpoints ensemble for their contributions to the final product! Congratulations Pioneers!

***Boys Tennis sign up will take place this upcoming Tuesday morning February 5th. If you are interested in playing boys tennis this Spring stop by the sign up table in the fieldhouse lobby between 7:00 and 7:45am to meet the coach and sign up.

***This Saturday is the Father Daughter Dance. We are expecting nearly 400 people to attend. The event begins at 5:00pm with dinner at 7:00pm. Remember, we have a new venue this year… the event is at the Vadnais Commons. See you on Saturday.

***Track and field captains practice will be postponed until next week Tuesday, February 5th. -so No track and field captains practice this week. Thank you

JANUARY 2019

January 28

***Join us to watch The Greatest Showman on Thursday at 6:00 in the Staff Lounge

There will be Popcorn and Treats…. and Great Conversation!

Please RSVP on the link that was sent to your emails so we can have accurate numbers!

***Attention ALL Baseball Players in Grades 6-9,
The 2019 Spring Training Camp begins on Sunday, February 17. This four week camp is designed to prepare athletes for the upcoming spring season through skill-development drills and high repetition. Registration forms are available in the athletic office and on the H-M Baseball website. If you have questions, please see Coach Cicalello.

***This is a reminder for high school math team members to meet in room 212 as soon as possible after school.

***Don’t forget about the open mic night this Friday! If you want to perform, check your email for more info from Mr. B.!

***As we begin Catholic Schools Week, we focus on one of our patron saints. Saint John Baptist de la Salle, a patron saint of teachers, was a great innovator who created schools in France for those who could not afford a good education. He also founded the Christian Brothers, who ran Hill High School.

Your trivia question for lunches today is: In 1685, St. John Baptist de la Salle created the first one of these.

There will be a raffle later this week for those who turn in correct answers...

Let us pray.

In the Name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

O God, who chose Saint John Baptist de la Salle to educate young Christians,

raise up, we pray, teachers in your Church

ready to devote themselves wholeheartedly

to the human and Christian formation of the young.

Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,

who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit,

one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

***Track and Field Captains practice will be every Tuesday and Thursday starting January 29 at Woodbury High school. The practice will start at 7:00pm and last one hour. The cost is $2.00 per time. Thank you

January 24-25

**Attention Link Leaders: There will be a Link Leader Meeting this coming Tuesday at 7:15 in Ms Fandrich’s Room! Please be on time!


**Congratulations to the cast and crew of the One Act Play! Last night they took 1st place at sub-sections and advanced to section finals next Thursday at Stillwater High School. In the Minnesota State High School League One Act, 3 judges watch each show and rate them in order of preference, 1 through 5, with 1 being the best. Our One Act play received unanimous ones and ratings of A from each judge. Congrats and break a leg next week at section finals!

**Aquaponics Club has two seasons - winter and spring, and the Aquaponics Club is looking for new students to participate for the Spring Session, which officially begins after Presidents Day and runs until mid-May. There will be an short Informational meeting this Tuesday January 29th at 7:30 am in the Aquaponics Room (room 039). Students can participate in the Aquaponics Club as a gardener, a fish-keeper, an environmental scientist, or as part of the marketing and sales team. See Mrs. Lee in Room 040 for more information and get signed up by Wednesday February 6th!

**Pioneer Performers are rehearsing in the choir room after school today.

**Next week is Catholic Schools Week! We will have events each day to celebrate our school's Catholic, Benedictine and LaSallian heritage. A few highlights are:

Tuesday: NHS is leading Bingo night before the basketball game

Wednesday: All-school Mass and after school: Snow sculpture contest (please pray for snow!)

Thursday: Dress up like your future vocation or job and Thursday night come watch The Greatest Showman

Friday: Theatre is leading Open Mic Night


**Hello Pioneers, As you may or may not know, next week is Catholic schools week and NHS has planned a fun event on Tuesday (January 29) starting at 5:30PM. In the staff lounge we will have pizza and bingo games with prizes for the winners!! Come with your friends to win fun prizes such as Chick-fil-a and chipotle gift cards! Tickets are $1 and will be sold during lunches on Friday.

**Hello- this is Adam Bennett and Anna Ayd and we wanted to inform you that Track and Field Captains practice will be every Tuesday and Thursday starting January 29 at Woodbury High school. The practice will start at 7:00pm and last one hour. The cost is $2.00 per time. Please attend if you are not in a winter sport and want to participate in Track and Field. Thank you!



January 22-23

**Are you looking for a way to build flexibility and strength while learning how to calm and focus your body, mind, and spirit? Have you heard about the recent study that found teens who practice yoga are less stressed and perform better academically? If this sounds intriguing, consider the HM Yoga Club! Kaleidoscope Yoga is offering another, eight week session. This includes 7 classes and 1 community building activity/volunteer event. Classes are Wednesdays from 3:00 – 4:00 in the Staff Lounge. This is open to all female high school students. The first session will begin January 30th. Check your email for the registration link. Hope to see you there!

**Good morning, this is Anthony Moore with Hill Murray Boys Basketball. Come out and watch us face Simley during Pack the Stands night, this Friday the 25th. JV plays at 5:30, Varsity at 7:00. We will have games, raffles, prizes and other fun. Looking forward to seeing you there!

**As part of catholic schools week, there will be an Open Mic Night on Friday February 1st. Start preparing your performance, whether it’s singing, playing an instrument, rapping, or reading an original poem! A piano player will be provided! See or email Mr. Ballentine with any questions!


**Student Council is hosting a Valentine’s Day Semi-formal on February 14 from 8-10:30 and tickets will be $10 each, for sale during lunches and WIN time the week of the dance. All high school students are welcome, so come with a group, come alone, or come with a date and have some fun! We also have a new DJ, DJ D-Mil for GO 95.3! Thank you!

**Peer Tutoring will resume for second semester beginning next week! Please note that because we have begun a new semester, all Tutors have been cleared from their first semester pairings and are now available. If you had a Tutor last semester and are still interested in having one this semester, please stop into Guidance and Counseling and fill-out the sign-up sheet. You may request a particular tutor, however, we will not be able to guarantee requested pairings. If you filled out a sign-up sheet towards the end of first semester and did NOT get paired, you will be automatically put to the front of the line. Confirmation emails will be sent by the end of this week for all students interested in a Peer Tutor. Please direct any questions or concerns to Mr. Cicalello, Peer Tutoring Coordinator.

Thursday, January 17 and Friday, January 18

**No Announcements


WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 16

**Attention all Baseball players in grades 7-12, Open Gym begins this Sunday, January 20 from 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. in the Fieldhouse and Varsity Gym. Future Open Gym dates are available on the H-M Baseball website. If you have any questions, please stop by to see Coach Cicalello.

**Several students in grades 6-8 have been nominated by a middle school teacher to participate in the Scholastic Challenge. Your home base teacher has your name and you are asked to check into your home base and meet Mrs. Barbato in the cafeteria after that. This is an informational meeting only.

**Good Morning Pioneers! It’s Catherine Nolde from Student Council. We are planning a Valentine’s Day Semiformal dance this year! The dance is on Thursday, February 14th in the field house from 8-10:30p. There is no school on Friday. Tickets will be $10 and will be available for purchase in the cafeteria during lunch and WIN times the week of the dance. You can bring a date, bring a friend, or come in a group! FYI, we will have a new DJ, DJ D-Mil from GO 95.3 mixing at the dance. It will be a great way to spend your Valentine’s Day so please save the date and plan on coming!!!
Have a great day!


**Congratulations to H-M Mock Trial for their WIN over Cretin-Durham Hall last night at Ramsey County Courthouse! The team did amazing and won by a FANTASTIC 25 points! Competitors selected their top attorney, Rachel McBride, and top witness (and captain!) Mel Fellrath. Congratulations, ladies! You are CRUSHING it!

TUESDAY, JANUARY 15

**Attention Web Leaders: There will be a short meeting in Mrs. Donnerbauer's room, 123, on Friday morning at 7:30 a.m. Please be there!

**Attention all Baseball players in grades 7-12, Open Gym begins this Sunday, January 20 from 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. in the Fieldhouse and Varsity Gym. Future Open Gym dates are available on the H-M Baseball website. If you have any questions, please stop by to see Coach Cicalello.

**Congrats to the Hill-Murray Dance Team who took 1st place at the Anoka Dance Team Invite this weekend. Great job ladies!


Monday, January 14


**This is just a reminder that scholarship applications are due tomorrow, January 15. Applications are still available in the Main Entrance, Admissions Office and online. Late applications will not be considered. Thank you!

**Great job to all members of our DECA chapter for their outstanding efforts at the district competition last Friday, and congratulations to the 53 students who advanced to the state competition which will be held at the beginning of March. All students should stop by Mrs. Donnelly's classroom to pick up their scoresheets. All state qualifiers should plan on attending one of the mandatory meetings this week. Meetings are Tuesday at 7:00 a.m. or Thursday at 2:30 p.m.

**There will be a girls golf meeting on Monday, January 14 at 2:45 p.m. in room 116. If you are unable to attend, but are interested in playing golf this spring, please contact Mr. Goetzke or stop by room 116 to sign up.


January 11

***This is just a reminder that Scholarship Applications are due by Tuesday, January 15th to the Admissions Office. Applications are available in the Main Entrance, Admissions Office's, and on the Hill-Murray website. If you have any questions, please see anyone in Admissions!

***Attention all players in grades 7-12 interested in playing softball.

Softball Open Gym begins THIS Sunday in the Field House from 8:30am-10:00am and will continue every Sunday through March.

***Any student in grades 6 and 8 are invited to participate in the National Scholastic Challenge. This is a one-hour timed test on general knowledge in all subject areas. Hill-Murray has been the state champions in both 6 and 8th grade the last 5 years in a row.

If you want to test your knowledge and see where you rank amongst the thousands in the United States and in Minnesota, see Mrs. Barbato. Last year we had 20 students participate. We can take up to 40.

***Just a quick reminder. There is adoration all day today in the chapel. Come down during your study hall, during lunch, or during class with teacher permission for some prayer.

***There will be a girls golf meeting on Monday, January 14th at 2:45 in room 116. If you are unable to make the meeting, but are interested in playing golf this spring, please contact Mr. Goetzke. Or stop by room 116 to sign up tomorrow.

January 10

***Today we welcome Regan Flohrs and Alli Koskie to Hill-Murray! Regan will be visiting with Ava Curella in 7th grade and Alli will be with Anna Schafhauser in 9th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray we hope you have a great day!

***Attention all players in grades 7-12 interested in playing softball.
Softball Open Gym begins THIS Sunday in the Field House from 8:30am-10:00am and will continue every Sunday through March.

***FINAL REMINDER FOR STUDENTS.....POSTERS AND SIGNS NEED TO BE TAKEN OFF YOUR LOCKERS TODAY BEFORE YOU LEAVE.

ALSO, THE COMMONS AND CAFE WILL BE CLOSED AFTER SCHOOL TODAY FOR OPEN HOUSE. YOU WILL NEED TO WAIT FOR YOU RIDE IN THE MAIN ENTRANCE.

THANK YOU!

***There is Mass and adoration tomorrow. Mass is at 7:10am in the chapel with breakfast treats to follow. Adoration goes all day so come down to the chapel for some quiet, reflective time with the Lord.

***Members of our DECA Chapter will be competing at the District 2 DECA Competition in St. Paul tomorrow. Good luck to all of our DECA members!

***The fitness center will be closed today after school. Please plan accordingly.

January 9

***This is just a reminder that Scholarship Applications are due by Tuesday, January 15th to the Admissions Office. Applications are available in the Main Entrance, Admissions Office's, and on the Hill-Murray website. If you have any questions, please see anyone in Admissions!

***Congratulations to the Hill Murray mock trial team on their victory over Saint Agnes last night at Ramsey County Courthouse. Special recognition for Sophomore attorney Alex Berkeley, who scored a perfect 10! Competitors selected their top attorney, Lauren Sklar, and top witness Maggie Sperle.

Congratulations, ladies!

***If you are interested in theatrical sound, lighting, videography, or projection, the Hill-Murray Theatre One Act Play is looking for tech crew members! You’ve been emailed a link to sign up, so please do it by the end of the school day today! Our first Minnesota State High School League competition is in two weeks, so we need to finalize our crew ASAP. If you have any questions email Mr. Morris or Mr. B. OR stop by the theatre office!

***REMINDER TO STUDENTS, PLEASE TAKE DOWN ANY SIGNS OR POSTERS ON YOUR LOCKERS BEFORE OUR WINTER OPEN HOUSE TOMORROW.

THANK YOU!!

***Any student in grades 6 and 8 are invited to participate in the National Scholastic Challenge. This is a one-hour timed test on general knowledge in all subject areas. Hill-Murray has been the state champions in both 6 and 8th grade the last 5 years in a row.

If you want to test your knowledge and see where you rank amongst the thousands in the United States and in Minnesota, see Mrs. Barbato. Last year we had 20 students participate. We can take up to 40.

January 8

***STUDENTS, PLEASE TAKE DOWN ANY SIGNS OR POSTERS ON YOUR LOCKER BEFORE OPEN HOUSE ON THURSDAY. THANK YOU!

January 7

***We are so excited for Hill-Murray 6th grader, Paige Goehner, who is a contestant on Season 6 of Food Network’s Kids Baking Championship!

Tune-in to the premiere of Kids Baking Championship on January 7 to cheer her on.

Congratulations Paige!

***All first-hour middle school teachers have schedules for each student in your class. Please hand those out after announcements as classes and some rooms have changed. You can also find your classes on infinite campus.

DECEMBER 2018

December 21

***“This is Anthony Moore and Kenny Larmie with Hill Murray Boys Basketball. Grab your ugly sweater and join us at the game on Friday against Chisago Lakes. There will be an ugly sweater contest during halftime of the varsity game and we will be offering Christmas cookies throughout the JV and Varsity games. JV plays at 5:30 and Varsity at 7:00. Hope to see you there!”

***We are so excited for Hill-Murray 6th grader, Paige Goehner, who is a contestant on Season 6 of Food Network’s Kids Baking Championship!

Tune-in to the premiere of Kids Baking Championship on January 7 to cheer her on.
Congratulations Paige!

December 20

***The LMC will be closed after school today.

***Dear Pioneers, The Sacrament of Reconciliation will be available in the chapel during the entire school day today. If you finish your finals early, please come down to the chapel. This is a beautiful way to prepare our hearts to receive Jesus at Christmas. Thank you.

***Attention Pioneers: the weight room will be closed after school today. Please plan accordingly.

December 19

***This is just a reminder that Scholarship Applications are due by Tuesday, January 15th to the Admissions Office. Applications are available in the Main Entrance, Admissions Office's, and on the Hill-Murray website. If you have any questions, please see anyone in Admissions!

***All Students: Today is the last day to make a Semester 2 schedule change.

***We are still looking for workers for the girls basketball holiday tournament. If you are a junior or senior and would like to work concessions or sell tickets please stop by the athletic office. The dates of the tourney are December 27, 28 and 29th.

***This is for CSL students—please check your emails!
With the changed schedule because of Mass, you will be going to your sites at a different time!
All CSL students will be at their sites from 12-12:45.
Please Check your emails!

***"Congratulations to the first, second, and third place winners of the Manganese element art tile competition.

The winning entry will be included in a permanent art display of the Timeline of Elements at the University of Waterloo in Ontario Canada.

And the winners are…..

In third place and a $20 prize, Gretchen Greeder!

In second place and a $30 prize, Kasanna Klaas!

In first place with a $50 prize and whose artwork will be used in the Timeline of Elements ….. Mia Jutz!

Congratulations to all three students!

See Mrs. Lee today to collect your cash prize!"

***The boys hockey game vs. White Bear Lake is this coming Saturday at Vadnais Sports Center at 7 p.m. Tickets will be sold today during lunches and all day on Wednesday in the athletic office. Adults are $6 and student $4.

***“This is Anthony Moore and Kenny Larmie with Hill Murray Boys Basketball. Grab your ugly sweater and join us at the game on Friday against Chisago Lakes. There will be an ugly sweater contest during halftime of the varsity game and we will be offering Christmas cookies throughout the JV and Varsity games. JV plays at 5:30 and Varsity at 7:00. Hope to see you there!”

***Middle School - You do not have homebase today - you will go to lunch after period 3. Thank you.

***Hi this is Carla Sykes with student council here to remind you to donate new or gently used toys. the sleigh in which the toys are being held is right by the Christmas tree in the cafeteria the toys will be donated to the North St. Paul toy drive. Thank you!

December 18

***All Students: Next Wednesday’s deadline to make a Semester 2 schedule changes is quickly approaching. You can’t wait until Finals begin or Semester 2 starts as the deadline will have passed. Please keep in mind a parent note is needed and no requesting teacher or hour changes.

***Juniors and Seniors: come and find out what life is like at Creighton University! H-M alumna Sophia Daley is a sophomore at Creighton University. She will be here on Wednesday, December 19 and you can meet with her in the Guidance Office right after Mass concludes. No RSVP is necessary; just come and find out what it’s like to be a BlueJay!

***The LMC will be closed after school today.

***We are still looking for workers for the girls basketball holiday tournament. If you are a junior or senior and would like to work concessions or sell tickets please stop by the athletic office. The dates of the tourney are December 27, 28 and 29th.

***The boys hockey game vs. White Bear Lake is this coming Saturday at Vadnais Sports Center at 7 p.m. Tickets will be sold today during lunches and all day on Wednesday in the athletic office. Adults are $6 and student $4.

***Middle school play auditions are today after school. Please bring a completed audition form and meet in Mr. Goetzke’s room. Thank you!

***No Homework Hall after school today.

December 17

***All Students: Wednesday is the deadline to make a Semester 2 schedule change.

***Pioneer Performers rehearsal on stage after school 2:30-2:45

***Middle School students: Remember that auditions for the Middle School Play, GEORGE, directed by Mr. Goetzke, are tomorrow, Tuesday, after school from 2:45-5pm! No need to prepare anything, but please pick up an audition form from the box office ledge. Mr. Ballentine also emailed it to you. Please take the time to fill it out accurately, with your parents, and bring it to your audition. Thank you!

***Good Morning Pioneers! This is Madison Renberg with student council,

This is just a reminder to bring in new or gently used toys for the toy drive. The toys will be donated to the North St. Paul toy drive. You can drop off your donations in the sleigh in the cafeteria. Thank you!

***I am Anthony Sicora and I coach offensive line for the football team. I just wanted to get an announcement out to the football players about weightlifting. Here it is:

"Football players, weightlifting starts today after school. Meet in the weight room at 3:45pm."

December 14

***This is just a reminder that Scholarship Applications are due by Tuesday, January 15th to the Admissions Office. Applications are available in the Main Entrance, Admissions Office's, and on the Hill-Murray website. If you have any questions, please see anyone in Admissions!

***Any middle school student who attended St. Jerome, St. Jude of the Lake, St. Peter's, Presentation or Transfiguration and are interested in swimming are asked to pick up an information sheet from Mrs. Barbato. The Swimanotors Swim Team season begins on January 6 and runs through March.

***All Peer Ministers who have not yet turned in their permission slips for the January retreat are reminded to bring them down to Campus Ministry today.

***Happy Xmas Week everyone! Please remember to bring in items for the Toy Drive next week! Thank you!

***Middle School Students interested in auditioning for the Middle School Play! Auditions are this coming Tuesday, after school from 2:45-5p. Please make sure you pick up an audition form from the theatre box office ledge and bring it home to fill out with your parents over the weekend! Please don’t turn it in early, but bring it to your audition! More info is in your email inboxes. If you have any questions, see Mr. Goetzke or Mr. Ballentine!

***Pioneer Performer rehearsal after school in the choir room 2:30-2:45.

December 13

***This announcement is for all Student Ambassadors. Your next meeting is on Tuesday, December 18th from 7:15am to 7:50am in the auditorium. Please report to the auditorium no later than 7:15! Thank you in advance from Mr. Belde!

***Any middle school student who attended St. Jerome, St. Jude of the Lake, St. Peter's, Presentation or Transfiguration and are interested in swimming are asked to pick up an information sheet from Mrs. Barbato. The Swimanotors Swim Team season begins on January 6 and runs through March.

Any student in need of service hours and loves art can obtain one service hour for the Poor and Vulnerable by decorating seasonal placemats for Pillars Hospice. The activity will be after school on Monday, December 17 in the cafeteria from 2:45 - 3:45. Supplies will be provided. You are asked to sign up on the sheet outside Mrs. Barbato's office. See Mrs. Barbato or Ms. Goetzke if you have any questions.

***All Students: Next Wednesday’s deadline to make a Semester 2 schedule changes is quickly approaching. You can’t wait until Finals begin or Semester 2 starts as the deadline will have passed. Please keep in mind a parent note is needed and no requesting teacher or hour changes.

***The LMC and Tech Office will open at 7:45am tomorrow, Friday, December 14th. The LMC printer will be available in the hall outside the Tech Office.

***Attention middle school students: auditions for the middle school play are after school on Tuesday! Pick up an audition form and calendar on the box office ledge outside the theatre office. See Mr. Goetzke or Mr. Ballentine with any questions!

***Great job decorating your classroom doors yesterday! Congratulations to Mrs. Lee and Ms. Stormont's advisories on your victories, winning the spirit stick! Today, we are in uniform but can wear scarves and beanies! Remember that tomorrow you are out of uniform if you are wearing an ugly Christmas sweater! Finally, don’t forget to contribute to the toy drive! You can put your donations in the sleigh in the cafeteria! Thanks everyone!

December 12

***This is just a reminder that Scholarship Applications are due by Tuesday, January 15th to the Admissions Office. Applications are available in the Main Entrance, Admissions Office's, and on the Hill-Murray website. If you have any questions, please see anyone in Admissions!

***Pioneer Performers rehearsal after school in the choir room from 2:30-2:45.

*** This is a reminder that the commons area will be used for Cocoa and cram during all three WIN times.

Freshman, come to the Commons during WIN Time to get help studying for finals, enjoy some treats, and entered to win some gift cards!

December 11

***Service online forms are due on December 13 if any service was completed between October to now. This is important for grading this semester. Thank you.

There is a need for students to serve at a Christmas Party on the Eastside from 11-1 this coming Saturday. The party is for low income families, and the site is two miles from school. For more information, please go to the service portal for further details or see Sister Linda. Thank you.

***Seniors: This will be your one and only reminder in anticipation of tomorrow’s Advisory to bring a Number 2 Pencil with Eraser in order to complete your NCEA survey. Write yourself a reminder now so you don’t forget.

***This announcement is for all Student Ambassadors. Your next meeting is on Tuesday, December 18th from 7:15am to 7:50am in the auditorium. Please report to the auditorium no later than 7:15! Thank you in advance from Mr. Belde!

***Attention CSL students...period 5 class today will be in the LMC! Bring Computers!

***Any middle school student who attended St. Jerome, St. Jude of the Lake, St. Peter's or Transfiguration and are interested in swimming are asked to pick up an information sheet from Mrs. Barbato. The Swimanotors Swim Team season begins on January 6 and runs through March.

Any student in need of service hours and loves art can obtain one service hour for the Poor and Vulnerable by decorating seasonal placemats for Pillars Hospice. The activity will be after school on Monday, December 17 in the cafeteria from 2:45 - 3:45. Supplies will be provided. You are asked to sign up on the sheet outside Mrs. Barbato's office. See Mrs. Barbato or Ms. Goetzke if you have any questions.

***We’re excited to see all your festive Christmas socks today! Remember that tomorrow, we’re wearing Santa hats with our uniforms! Remember to bring in toys for the toy drive as well. You can place the items in the sleigh in the cafeteria. Thanks!

December 10

***Today we welcome Serena Koenig, Ta'vion Davis and Rachel Zillig to Hill-Murray. Serena will be shadowing Isabella Prodoehl in the 6th grade. Ta'vion will be visiting with Jack Garvey and Rachel will be with Kiki Krize, both in the 9th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray, we hope you have a great day as a Pioneer!

***Middle schoolers- auditions for the middle school play are Tuesday, Dec. 18th after school. Keep an eye on your email for more info headed your way!

***Attention Freshmen,

Are you getting a little stressed about Finals?????? Well then we have just the thing for you….This Wednesday—Dec. 12th, the Link Leaders are hosting our Annual Cocoa and Cram Study Sessions during all three W.I.N. Times—you can grab your lunch during A, and sit in the Commons area, and then stay for B and C to study for your finals, help get organized, and get ready for your first High School FINALS!

It’s a time to study with friends, quiz each other, make a quizlet or get help organizing your notes!

There will obviously be Hot Cocoa and cookies—and you will even have chances to win GIFT CARDS for those who come and study!

Remember this WEDNESDAY in the Commons during all three WIN TIMES!

***Welcome to Christmas Week, sponsored by your Student Council! Today you are in uniform, but tomorrow you are welcome to wear Xmas socks WITH your uniform, Wednesday you can wear Santa hats WITH your uniform, Thursday you can wear winter hats or beanies (no baseball hats) and scarves WITH your uniform and on Friday, you are out of uniform if you are wearing an ugly Christmas sweater.

Also, remember to bring toys in for the student council and nhs toy drive. You can place items in the sleigh in the cafeteria next to the Pioneer Christmas tree!

December 7

***All Students: With Semester One quickly coming to an end, it is time to start thinking about your Semester Two schedule. If you are considering any kind of change, including adding a Study Hall, the deadline to do so is Wednesday, December 19. Please bring written permission from a parent to your counselor prior to the deadline. Requests to change teachers or hours will not be honored.

***This is just a reminder that Scholarship Applications are due by Tuesday, January 15th to the Admissions Office. Applications are available in the Main Entrance, Admissions Office's and on the Hill-Murray website. If you have any questions, please see anyone in Admissions!

******There is adoration today in the chapel throughout the day and after school in chapel. Stop by for some quiet time of prayer to help you enter into this advent season. Benediction will be held at 2:45.

***Auditions for the Middle School Play will be Tuesday, December 18th, after school from 2:45-5p! There will be more info to come, but save the date! Performances are the first weekend of March! The show will be directed by Mr. Goetzke and is open to any students grades 6, 7, and 8! See Mr. Ballentine or Mr. Goetzke with any questions!

***This is an announcement for Freshmen!

There are only 8 more class periods before our Semester Finals is upon us!

The Link Leaders will be hosting the Annual Cocoa and Cram study session next WEDNESDAY December 12th during ALL Three WIN times.

Grab your lunches as soon as you can, and come over to the Commons, you will also be able to stay for B and C WIN if you would like!

There will be Hot Cocoa and many delicious cookies, as we work hard to prepare you all for Finals! There may even be opportunities to win some gift cards!!

Link Leaders will be there to help in anyway, and you may see some of your teachers, too!

Therefore, next Wednesday, The commons will be reserved for COCOA and CRAM, and those that normally eat in the Commons, for this day only, please eat in the Cafeteria!

FRESHMEN, we hope you will take advantage of this great opportunity to relieve some stress you may be feeling about Finals. Come prepare with your friends and the Link Leaders ---this coming WEDNESDAY during WIN A, B, and C---in the COMMONS!

***Hey Pioneers!
This is Alex Bloemendal your Student Council president.

Next week is the kick off for our annual Toy Drive that is sponsored by NHS and Student Council. The toy drive will begin next Monday and go till December 21. Please be generous in donating to kids that may not receive any presents for Christmas.

Also, next week is Christmas Week! Check for an upcoming email with a schedule of events and out of uniform days that make up the week. Just a note that next Monday is an in uniform day. I hope everyone is getting excited for the Christmas season!

DECEMBER 6

***All Students:

Due to an event this evening you will not be able to wait for your rides after school in the Nicholas Center or the commons. Please wait for your rides in the main entrance.

***All Students:

There is still time to nominate a teacher for the Teacher of Excellence Award. Take a few minutes to recognize a teacher who inspires you!

The deadline for nominations is December 15th.

***"Hey Pioneers! I'm Molly Pults, and I’m CiCi Bart from the Aquaponics Club, and we want to tell you that the Aquaponics Club has been busy growing lettuce, and the first harvest will be served at lunch today!

This unbelievably fresh Pioneer-Grown-Produce will be served at the salad bar, you don't want to miss out!

So come on Pioneers - eat your Pioneer Greens and support the Aquaponics Club at lunch today!"

***This is a special invitation to join us for Adoration Mass tomorrow at 7:10am! Breakfast To Go will be provided after Mass…Come Let Us Adore Him! Adoration will be open throughout the day and after school in chapel. Stop by for some quiet time of prayer to help you enter into this advent season. Benediction will be held at 2:45.

DECEMBER 5

***This is a reminder to all students but especially middle school. You are to be out of the academic area after school by 2:45 unless you are in a classroom for extra help or enrichment. There are students in with teachers who may be testing and you are loud and annoying. Beginning today, we will sweep the halls and any student who is hanging out without supervision will receive a detention. If you are waiting for a ride or an after-school activity, you must be in the commons. thank you.

***"Don't forget to stop by the NHS table in the commons to pay one dollar to receive a voucher redeemable for 2 cookies. This voucher will be redeemable December 11th and 12th during all WIN times and lunches."

As always, if you have any questions, do not be afraid to come up to the table and ask!"

***All Students: With Semester One quickly coming to an end, it is time to start thinking about your Semester Two schedule. If you are considering any kind of change, including adding a Study Hall, the deadline to do so is Wednesday, December 19. Please bring written permission from a parent to your counselor prior to the deadline. Requests to change teachers or hours will not be honored.

***This is just a reminder that Scholarship Applications are due by Tuesday, January 15th to the Admissions Office. Applications are available in the Main Entrance, Admissions Office's, and on the Hill-Murray website. If you have any questions, please see anyone in Admissions!

***All Students:
There is still time to nominate a teacher for the Teacher of Excellence Award. Take a few minutes to recognize a teacher who inspires you!

Watch your email on Thursday for more information and a nomination form. The deadline for nominations is December 15th.

DECEMBER 4

***This is NHS speaking to you regarding Cookie Drives. With the new food rules this year Cookie Drives will be rand differently. Today (December 4th) and tomorrow (Dec. 5th) NHS will have a table in all lunches. We will be taking dollars and we will write your name down to receive a ticket Monday Dec 10, during your 1st hour class. This ticket will be redeemable on Dec. 11th and 12th during WIN times/ Lunches in the lunchroom for 2 cookies.

To sum things up pay $1 on Dec 4th or 5th to the NHS during lunch to then get a ticket Monday Dec 10, which can be redeemed for 2 cookies during lunches Dec 11 and 12. Please bare with us as we try this new method.

As always, if you have any questions, do not be afraid to come up to the table and ask!"

December 3

***This is a reminder to all students but especially middle school. You are to be out of the academic area after school by 2:45 unless you are in a classroom for extra help or enrichment. There are students in with teachers who may be testing and you are loud and annoying. Beginning today, we will sweep the halls and any student who is hanging out without supervision will receive a detention. If you are waiting for a ride or an after-school activity, you must be in the commons. thank you.

***Congratulations to the Hill-Murray FTC robotics team. They competed in North Branch this weekend and finished 8th out of 25 teams. This year was our first year in the FTC program and it was a tremendously successful season. Great job Kyle, Ryan M, Ryan O, Branton, Caitlyn, Cormac, and Paul!

NOVEMBER 2018

NOVEMBER 30

***Today we welcome Simon Houge visiting with Anthony Madigan in 9th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray and have a great day Simon!

***This is a reminder to all students but especially middle school. You are to be out of the academic area after school by 2:45 unless you are in a classroom for extra help or enrichment. There are students in with teachers who may be testing and you are loud and annoying. Beginning today, we will sweep the halls and any student who is hanging out without supervision will receive a detention. If you are waiting for a ride or an after-school activity, you must be in the commons. thank you.

NOVEMBER 29

Auditions for the one act play are Friday after school. Sign up on the theatre callboard!

November 28

***Good morning! This message is from Margot Keeler and Jacey Germundson, your HMGL captains!

All returning and new players are welcome to join us on Thursdays, starting this Thursday, November 29 in the fieldhouse to play wall ball for 30 minutes before school. Just come in your uniform and bring a stick!

Also, on Thursdays, we will be going to the Stillwater Dome at 3:30 after school for captain’s practices. It is $4 to get in daily, or you can buy a $35.00 punch card for 10 times. If you need a ride, you can contact Jacey or Margot, as well as any other upperclassmen!

We will continue the wall ball on Tuesday mornings and dome-time after school on Thursdays up until winter break. If you have any questions or conflicts, please reach out to Margot or Jacey! We are so excited to start the lacrosse season!

***Seniors: This is your final reminder regarding needing a Number 2 Pencil with Eraser for today’s Advisory.

***Attention all international students: Hamline University’s International Admission rep will be in the International Center on Wednesday August 28th from 11-12. You’re invited to come and learn more about Hamline and all it can offer to international students. 2018 Hill-Murray grad Yulin “James” Zhou will also be here to share his experiences at Hamline.

November 27

***Seniors: This is a second reminder that you will need to bring a Number 2 Pencil with Eraser for tomorrow’s Advisory. Please come prepared.

***Hill-Murray Theatre One Act Auditions are this Friday, November 30th at 2:45p, 3:30p, and 4:15p. You must prepare a comedic monologue that is no longer than 1 minute and come dressed for movement. See and/or email Mr. Morris or Mr. B if you need any help!

***Attention all Sophomores and Seniors! Jostens will be here during all lunches today. Stop by to inquire about class rings and Graduation invites. Seniors- if you have not submitted your height and weight for your cap and gown yet, make sure to stop by and see the rep during lunch! You do not want to be without a cap and gown for Graduation, so check in with Jostens today! Thank you!

November 26

***Seniors: For Wednesday’s Advisory, you will need to bring a Number 2 Pencil with Eraser. Please come prepared.

***If you are a 6th or 7th grade boy and are interested in playing Junior Pioneer hockey this winter please stop by the athletic office and sign up by the end of the day today.

***This is a reminder to high school math team members to be in the Commons no later than 2:45 today. Please see Mr. Goehner if you have any questions.

***Please welcome Bella Shipley shadowing Shea Stinnett in the 8th grade and Lucas Sydlewski also shadowing in the 8th grade with Ben Davis. Welcome to Hill-Murray I hope you have a great day!

***This Friday, Nov. 30th from 3:40-5:30, there will be a Christmas movie night in the teachers lounge. Popcorn and soda will be provided. Hope to see you there!

November 20

***"Hill Murray boys lacrosse captains practice will start Tuesday the 20th after school from 3:00 to 4:30pm at the Stillwater Dome. Captains practice for lacrosse will be Tuesdays and Thursdays but not on holidays. Bring $4 to practice or pay for a season pass. Go Pioneers!"

***Because of the Freshmen team’s victory in the Volleyball tournament this past Saturday, you are all OUT OF UNIFORM on Monday! The Volleyball tournament was a huge success and raised around $700 to benefit the Zarembinski family! Make sure you join us for the next one!

NOVEMBER 19

***The LMC will be closed today after school.

***This is just a reminder that scholarship applications are available in the Admissions office, Main Entrance, and online. If you would like to apply for a scholarship for the 2019-2020 school year, please turn in your scholarship application before the January 15th deadline.

***Hill Murray boys winter lacrosse is open to players 8th grade through 12th grade. If you are interested in playing winter lacrosse for Hill Murray please let 12th grader Alex Bloemendal know or email coach at BrianBloemendal@yahoo.com

***Today we welcome several Future Pioneers to the building. Welcome to Hill-Murray and we hope you have a great day as a Pioneer!!

***Attention Link Leaders there will be a meeting tomorrow morning at 7:30 in Ms Fandrich room TNC 154!

***This is a reminder to all Middle School Math Team members - there is no practice after school today. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

***Today and tomorrow are the last days of the student council food drive. Please remember to bring in food! Thank you!

November 16

***Today we welcome Emery Brathwaite visiting with Logan Headrick in 9th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray and have a great day!

***We are seeing a lax in appearance primarily those students wearing sweatpants, jogger pants, and non-uniform sweatshirts and vests. Students must also have a uniform polo on under any spiritwear wear. I am asking you to send down any student to the Office of Student Life who comes to your class 1st hour out of uniform.

We will issue the detention and give students a pass back to class. Thank you.

***Attn Boys Hockey: Anyone born after July 1st, 2001 and has interest in being part of a Hill-Murray Boys Jr. Gold Hockey team, please stop up to the Athletic Office today, or tomorrow latest to sign up on an interest sheet and get an information brochure. Please spread the word. Thank you, Boys Hockey

***Hey Pioneers!
This is Emily Herzog with student council. I just wanted to remind you all to bring in any non-perishable food items! You have been doing such a great job so let’s keep it rolling. The drive will run until Tuesday, November 20th. Food bins can be found in the commons and by the front entrance. Let’s keep the donations coming Pioneers!

Also, we want to remind everyone about the boys volleyball game going on in the field house on Saturday November 17th from 3-5 PM. Food will be provided during the game. There will be a $5 admission fee and all proceeds will be donated to the Zarembinski family. SENIORS AND FRESHMAN GUYS, YOUR TEAMS ARE LACKING IN PLAYERS RIGHT NOW SO MAKE SURE TO TALK TO SAMI YOUNG AT THE SENIOR POLE AFTER SCHOOL OR EMAIL CATHERINE NOLDE TO SIGN UP!

Have a great day Pioneers!

***This is for CSL students who go to Heights Community School, please check in with Ms Fandrich at the beginning of 5th hour!

***This weekend is your last chance to see the local amateur premiere of DISNEY’S NEWSIES! Tonight at 7p is sold out, but there are still some tickets available for Saturday night at 7pm or Sunday at 2pm. While student tickets are free at the door, you might want to splurge for $5 advance student tickets to guarantee your spot! Thank you for supporting the arts!

***"Hill Murray boys winter lacrosse is open to players 8th grade through 12th grade. If you are interested in playing winter lacrosse for Hill Murray please let 12th grader Alex Bloemendal know or email coach at BrianBloemendal@yahoo.com"

November 15

***Today we welcome Mackenzie Anderson-Fried visiting with Samara LaPonte in 7th grade, Sarah O’Connor visiting with Cecelia Olson in 9th grade, and Gavin Halvorson visiting with Luke Hause in 9th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray and have a great day!

***This is just a reminder that scholarship applications are available in the Admissions office, Main Entrance, and online. If you would like to apply for a scholarship for the 2019-2020 school year, please turn in your scholarship application before the January 15th deadline.

***You will hear me announce Thursday and Friday to do a uniform check for all students. We are seeing a lax in appearance primarily those students wearing sweatpants, jogger pants, and non-uniform sweatshirts and vests. Students must also have a uniform polo on under any spiritwear wear. I am asking you to send down any student to the Office of Student Life who comes to your class 1st hour out of uniform.

We will issue the detention and give students a pass back to class. Thank you.

***Boys Basketball is looking for two student managers to help with the team during the upcoming season. If you are interested please contact Nancy Goetzke in the Athletic Office or Mr. Robasse in the Field House.

***Hey Pioneers this is Alex Bloemendal your Student Council President.

Just a reminder that This Saturday from 3-5 in the Varsity Gym we will be hosting a boys volleyball tournament as a fundraiser for Zach. If you would like to play for your grade's team please respond to the email that Catherine Nolde sent out. There can be 24 guys per team. Everyone is welcome to come, admission is $5.

Hope to see everyone there!

Thank you

***Good Morning Pioneers! This is Madison Renberg with student council,

Join us this Saturday from 3-5 in the Varsity Gym for a boys volleyball tournament as a fundraiser for Zach. If you would like to play for your grade's team please email Catherine Nolde. Admission is $5 and everyone is Welcome. There will also be an opportunity to donate food for the Thanksgiving food drive at the field house entrance.

Thank you!

***You only have three more chances to see what many people have called “the best high school performance they’ve ever seen!” Disney’s Newsies performs Friday and Saturday at 7p and Sunday at 2p! Don’t miss it!

***Attn Boys Hockey: Anyone born after July 1st, 2001 and has interest in being part of a Hill-Murray Boys Jr. Gold Hockey team, please stop up to the Athletic Office today, or tomorrow latest to sign up on an interest sheet and get an information brochure. Please spread the word. Thank you, Boys Hockey.


November 13

***This is just a reminder that scholarship applications are available in the Admissions office, Main Entrance, and online. If you would like to apply for a scholarship for the 2019-2020 school year, please turn in your scholarship application before the January 15th deadline.

***A reminder to all middle school students. Your Community time tomorrow will be in the auditorium for the performance of Disney’s Newsies. You will report to the auditorium immediately after 2nd hour. You will miss your 4th hour class but do need to sign up for WIN time for Wednesday. The expectation is that you are a respectful and engaged audience. Your classmates have spent countless hours rehearsing for this amazing performance.

Enjoy the show.

***Student Matinees of NEWSIES will be taking place in the auditorium today and tomorrow during community and WIN times. Please avoid the fine arts hallways during these times, as they will be blocked off. Use the basement level. Freshmen with lockers in that area, please make sure you grab everything you need at the beginning of the day as you will not have access to your lockers. Thank you!

November 12

***Hello Pioneers! This is Madison Renberg with student council,

This is just a reminder that we are collecting non-perishable food items for the Thanksgiving food drive now until next week on Tuesday November 20. We are giving these food items to 4 different schools in the area so we are going to need a lot of donations! You can drop your donations in the collection bins located in the field house, commons, and front entrance.

Thank you!

***Congratulations to the Middle School Robotics Team, who competed Saturday at the Eagan Regional Tournament and will be advancing to the sectional tournament in January. The team was awarded the Core Values Award, which is given to the team who best embodies the values of Discovery, Innovation, Impact, Inclusion, Teamwork and Fun. Nice work, Andreas, Billy, Dane, Jacob, Jonathan, Sosa and William!

November 9

***This is just a reminder that scholarship applications are available in the Admissions office, Main Entrance, and online. If you would like to apply for a scholarship for the 2019-2020 school year, please turn in your scholarship application before the January 15th deadline.

***Good Morning Pioneers, this is Max Zupfer with DECA

And this is Zack Lynch, also with DECA

Today’s financial literacy theme is budgeting

That’s right, prepare your budget and you’ll get to walk the board walk!

Our Monopoly winners are:

Middle school - Tessa Linden

Andy Schoenecker

High school - Tyler Schmetz

Riley Gannon

Winners should stop by Mrs. Donnelly’s room, 035 to receive your gift card. Thank you to all you played!

Watch for our final survey in your email on Monday, and enjoy your out of uniform day!

*** Tonight, is opening night of the fall musical DISNEY’S NEWSIES! Shows are tonight and tomorrow at 7pm And Sunday at 2pm. Don’t miss this show! Your fellow pioneers have been working extremely hard and NEWSIES might just be their best Hill-Murray Theatre production yet!!! See you there!

*** Due to parent teacher conferences the fitness center will be closed after school today. All students must wait in the commons for their ride.

November 8

*** Today we welcome Natalie Humbert visiting with Mason Rymal and Jackson Westerhaus visiting with Lucas Heyer both in 9th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray and have a great day!

*** Good Morning Pioneers, this is June Knauss with DECA.

Today’s financial literacy theme is - focus on your investments and receive free parking.

Did you know, that today in the cafeteria Taher will be selling money cookies for just $1.00?

Everyone who purchases a money cookie will receive a FREE orange juice to go with it.

Tomorrow, you are invited to be out of uniform by wearing the monopoly color assigned to your class.

Middle school - purple
9th grade - red
10th grade - yellow
11th grade - green
12th grade - blue

The list of colors will also be emailed to you. Please keep it clean, neat and modest. Simply wear your assigned color or wear your uniform.

*** Thanks to everyone for making the commitment to bring in items for the thanksgiving food drive! We’ll be collecting starting today through Tuesday November 20th. Collection bins are at the main entrance, in the commons, and in the fieldhouse. Let’s make this our best drive yet!

Also, for a free advance ticket to tomorrow’s opening night performance of DISNEY’S NEWSIES, bring in a food item to the box office!

If you didn’t know, our production of NEWSIES is the first amateur production in the area! Don’t miss it! It’s the biggest and might be the highest quality show Hill-Murray Theatre has EVER performed! It performs this weekend and next!

November 7

***This is just a reminder that scholarship applications are available in the Admissions office, Main Entrance, and online. If you would like to apply for a scholarship for the 2019-2020 school year, please turn in your scholarship application before the January 15th deadline.

***Chick-fil-A in Maplewood will donate 20% of the proceeds on Wednesday, November 7 for the Zarembinski family on any sales made. The organizers of this fundraiser would like to invite the Hill-Murray staff and students, so please feel free to support this cause.

*** Good Morning Pioneers, this is Catherine Nolde with DECA.

Today’s Financial Literacy theme is - Ride the reading railroad and work on your savings goals.

Be sure to stop by our table during lunches to answer savings trivia and continue with Monopoly!

***Beginning this Wednesday, we will have a middle school math teacher available for homework hall. Homework hall is a free after school service offered to all students Monday - Thursday in the TNC atrium. Several teachers rotate the days and you can get the extra help you need. Homework hall runs from 2:35 - 3:30.

***The fall musical, Disney’s Newsies, opens this Weekend and is going to be spectacular! Don’t miss it!

November 6

***Chick-fil-A in Maplewood will donate 20% of the proceeds on Wednesday, November 7 for the Zarembinski family on any sales made. The organizers of this fundraiser would like to invite the Hill-Murray staff and students, so please feel free to support this cause.

******Meeting Tuesday, November 6 from 2:45 – 3:15 in the Team Room for all students in grades 7-12 interested in playing softball this Spring need to attend this meeting! Meet the new coaching staff, and player information meeting.

***If you are planning on trying out for boys hockey this season you must attend an informational meeting this Wednesday after school from 2:35 to 3 p.m. in the Team Room. All information for tryouts will be given out at this time.

***This is for CSL students—
Today we will be meeting in the LMC during period 5!

***Good Morning Pioneers - this is Sunwoo Lee with DECA

And this is Corrine Brown, also with DECA

Today’s financial literacy theme is “staying out of jail” in Monopoly and avoiding debt.

Be sure to stop by our table during lunches to spin the wheel and play monopoly.

Remember, everyone who plays every day will be entered in a drawing for a gift card to their favorite retailer at the end of the week.

Also, be sure to participate in our lunch trivia to earn Monopoly money!

***The boys basketball ball program is looking for 2 students managers to help with the 2018- 19 season. If you are interested, please contact Mr. Robasse or Ms. Goetzke in the Athletic office.

***Hey Pioneers!
Thank you to everyone who donated or bought items at the bake sale! We raised over $2400 for Zach!

Just a reminder that ZZ strong bracelets will be sold during WIN times today and tomorrow in the commons for $5!

Thank you so much for your support!

November 5

***Today we welcome Ellie Reissner and Sedona Stumpf to Hill-Murray. Ellie will be shadowing Paige Goehner in the 6th grade and Sedona will be shadowing DJ Stumpf in the 7th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray, Ellie and Sedona, we hope you have a great day!

***Today we welcome Will Parkinson visiting with Gianni Hurley in 9th grade, Ellie Reissner visiting with Paige Goehner in the 6th grade, and Sedona Stumpf visiting with DJ Stumpf in 7th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray and have a great day!

***Good morning, Pioneers!

This announcement is for everyone interested in a applying for scholarships for the 2019-2020 school year. Application booklets are available in the Admissions Office and Main Entrance and are due no later than Tuesday, January 15th. Something new available this year is that you can apply for scholarships online, just go to the Hill-Murray website and navigate to the scholarships and tuition assistance page. If you have any questions, please ask Mr. Belde.

***Meeting Tuesday, November 6 from 2:45 – 3:15 in the Team Room for all students in grades 7-12 interested in playing softball this Spring need to attend this meeting! Meet the new coaching staff, and player information meeting.

***If you are planning on trying out for boys hockey this season you must attend an informational meeting this Wednesday after school from 2:35 to 3 p.m. in the Team Room. All information for tryouts will be given out at this time.

***Good Morning Pioneers, this is xxxx with DECA.

It’s financial literacy week and our theme is “Rags to Penneybags!

Stop by our table in the cafeteria today to pick up your real life Monopoly Card.

Today you will pass go, collect $200 and analyze your current cash situation.

Play Monopoly every day and you will be eligible to enter our drawing for a gift card to a local retailer at the end of the week!

Also, we hope you enjoy the music about money during passing time!

***Beginning this Wednesday, we will have a middle school math teacher available for homework hall. Homework hall is a free after school service offered to all students Monday - Thursday in the TNC atrium. Several teachers rotate the days and you can get the extra help you need. Homework hall runs from 2:35 - 3:30.

*** "Reminder to all seniors. If you have turned in your senior wall for the yearbook to Mr. Pults, you may pick up your free donut from yearbook staff in the cafeteria during all high school lunch periods today. Thanks for your help."

***The answer to Friday's final Red Ribbon Week trivia question: True or False: to live my best life, I should live life drug free. The answer, of course, is true!! Congrats to Lila Rose who was our winner! Lila, please stop by Mrs. Gist's office to pick up your Coldstone Creamery gift card! Remember, Hugs, not Drugs!

***All high school math team members who are attending today’s meet need to be in the commons as soon as possible after school. Please see Mr. Goehner with any questions.

November 2

*** Today we welcome Gabby Magistad who is visiting with Grace Schafhauser in 9th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray and have a great day!

*** Pioneer Fans come out and support the volleyball team tomorrow afternoon. The Pioneers will be taking on Concordia Academy in the section finals at 3 p.m. at Bloomington Kennedy.

Go Pioneers!

*** Hey Pioneers,

Thank you for all the support that you have shown for Zach this week! Just a reminder that next Monday-Wednesday we will be selling ZZstrong bracelets for $5 at all Lunch and WIN times. All the proceeds go to Zach and his family. The bake sale is also going on right after school today! So, make sure you stop by and pick up a baked good to support Zach!

Thank you!

***Hey Hill-Murray, this is seniors Katie Sheahan and Fiona Nath! As a way to support Zach and the whole Zarembinski family, we will be hosting a bake sale to help raise money for medical bills. This will be held on Thursday and Friday right after school in the commons. If you are a member of the senior class or a staff member and are interested in donating a baked good, we would love that! Please contact me or Fiona Nath with any questions. I really hope that you consider purchasing or donating an item for this cause. It is a great way to get our Hill-Murray community involved in a positive way during this hard time. Thank you all so much and please feel free to contact me or Fiona with any questions!

*** Today we welcome several sibling and cousins to Hill-Murray. Welcome to Hill-Murray and we hope you have a great day as a pioneer!

***"To all seniors-
Just a reminder that your senior walls are due today to Mr. Pults via e-mail. Please remember to follow the guidelines for appropriateness for memories put into the wall. Anything inappropriate will be removed.

Also a reminder that donuts will be available during all lunches on Monday for seniors who turn in their senior walls.

Thanks for helping to make the Omega a simply spectacular yearbook!"

*** Hello everyone! This is Mr. Ballentine And I just want to make sure you know that our fall musical, Disney’s newsies, opens a week from today, Friday, November 9. I promise you it is going to be an amazing show, you are going to love it and you’ll want to see it multiple times.

Remember, student tickets are only five dollars in advance, but free at the door on the day of the performance. However, tickets are selling well so the availability for the best seats or with the group may require you to buy tickets in advance. For example, Friday, November 16 already has limited availability so if you want to go that night buy your tickets in advance.

The box office will be open before school on Monday and Thursday of next week and during WIN times!

Come out and support your fellow pioneers!

*** Good Morning Pioneers! This is Julia Yocum with CARE. Thank you for celebrating Red Ribbon Week with us this week, we hope you enjoyed our activities and that you enjoy your out of uniform day today. CARE wants to remind you that each one of you are special and perfect just the way you are, and that so many people love you. Drugs and alcohol can have devastating effects not only on the user but on families and innocent people. Make good choices, and remember it's cool to be drug free! Stop by our table at lunch today for one more chance to participate in trivia and to participate in some fun activities. Have a great weekend, Pioneers!

November 1

***Good morning Pioneers! Your student council would like to thank you all for dressing up yesterday in the Halloween spirit. As voted on by the student body, the winners of the Costume Contest are:

Best Group: The Jellyfish

Best Pair: Bob Ross and His Painting

Best Teacher: The Cast of the Incredibles

Scariest: Michael Myers

Fan Favorite: Dora the Explorer

Best Middle Schooler: Costume by Wayne Clark

Congratulations to the winners! Come to the main office after announcements to pick up your Chick-fil-a gift card. Thank you!

***If you are a student in grades 9-12 and are interested in working lower level basketball games this winter please stop by the athletic office to sign up. We are in need of students to run the clock and keep the book for the lower level teams. These are paid positions.

*** REMINDER Seniors: The Senior Panoramic Photo is in! If you ordered one, please stop down to Student Life before or after school or during lunch to claim your photo! Thank you!

***Good morning, Pioneers!

This announcement is for everyone interested in applying for scholarships for the 2019-2020 school year. Application booklets are available in the Admissions Office and Main Entrance and are due no later than Tuesday, January 15th. Something new available this year is that you can apply for scholarships online, just go to the Hill-Murray website and navigate to the scholarships and tuition assistance page. If you have any questions, please ask Mr. Belde.

***Hey Hill-Murray, this is seniors Katie Sheahan and Fiona Nath! As a way to support Zach and the whole Zarembinski family, we will be hosting a bake sale to help raise money for medical bills. This will be held on Thursday and Friday right after school in the commons. If you are a member of the senior class or a staff member and are interested in donating a baked good, we would love that! Please contact me or Fiona Nath with any questions. I really hope that you consider purchasing or donating an item for this cause. It is a great way to get our Hill-Murray community involved in a positive way during this hard time. Thank you all so much and please feel free to contact me or Fiona with any questions!

***This is a reminder for high school math team members that there is practice today after school.

***Today we will have all-school Mass to celebrate All Saints Solemnity, praying also for Zach and his family.

1. PARTICIPATION-All Guests are to be welcomed as Christ.

We invite all people to sing, pray, and celebrate as a community.

3. SACRED SPACE

We do our best to create a sacred space in the gym. We ask everyone to have the intention that our space is filled with compassion, joy, dignity, and unity in order to help us worship. We recognize that some churches and places of worship allow drinks, gum, etc., but in order to make the gym a sacred place for Mass, please leave all drinks, gum and phones outside the gym.

2.COMMUNION

Catholics believe that Communion is really the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus. For those who are not Catholic or are not ready to receive Communion today, you are invited to ask for a blessing by crossing your arms over your chest. You may also bypass the minister distributing Communion and return to your seat. [You can bring questions to their religion teacher or campus minister.] We ask all students need to get up with their row and walk to the Eucharistic Minister. This is for logistics and safety in the bleachers.

THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR HELP,

so that in all things, God may be glorified!!


***
Good Morning Pioneers, this is Maddie Rausch from CARE. This is a reminder that we will be out of uniform tomorrow to end Red Ribbon Week. Wear red to show your commitment to living a drug free life, please keep it neat, clean and modest.


The answer to yesterday's trivia question: How much money does drunk driving cost the US per year is 132 Billon dollars. Do not drink and drive, the outcome is not only expensive, but deadly for you and innocent people. The winner of yesterday's trivia question is MADDIE RAUSCH...YES ME!

Today's trivia question, and for a chance to win a Cold Stone Gift Card is

How many people died in 2017 from drug overdoes?

A. 10,000
B. 20,000
C. 60,000
D. 72, 000

Stop by Mrs. Gist's office to submit your answer and remember to wear red tomorrow. Have a great day Pioneers!!

OctoBER 2018

October 31

***REMINDER Seniors: The Senior Panoramic Photo is in! If you ordered one, please stop down to Student Life before or after school or during lunch to claim your photo! Thank you!

***Hey Hill-Murray, this is seniors Katie Sheahan and Fiona Nath! As a way to support Zach and the whole Zarembinski family, we will be hosting a bake sale to help raise money for medical bills. This will be held on Thursday and Friday right after school in the commons. If you are a member of the senior class or a staff member and are interested in donating a baked good, we would love that! Please contact me or Fiona Nath with any questions. I really hope that you consider purchasing or donating an item for this cause. It is a great way to get our Hill-Murray community involved in a positive way during this hard time. Thank you all so much and please feel free to contact me or Fiona with any questions!

***Hey Pioneers! This is Thiago Jaime with CARE. We hope you have been enjoying our Red Ribbon Week activities so far. If you didn't have a chance to stop by our table at lunch yesterday, we will be there again Friday with giveaways and fun.

The answer to yesterday's trivia question: True or False. Drug use needs to be continued for an extended period of time before the drug will cause fatal reactions to the body. The Answer is: False. Did you know that using drugs can cause death or serious physical harm after only ONE use? Be smart Pioneers, and remember, Hugs Not Drugs! Sophia Andrews is the winner of our Chipolte gift card. Stop by Mrs. Gist's office to receive your winnings!

Today's trivia question is:

How much money does drunk driving cost the United States per year?

A. 50 million dollars

B. 1 billion dollars

C. 132 billion dollars

Again:

How much money does drunk driving cost the United States per year?

A. 50 million dollars

B. 1 billion dollars

C. 132 billion dollars

Submit your answers in Mrs. Gist's office for a chance to win a Cold Stone Creamery gift card. Have a great day!

***Happy Halloween Pioneers! We are excited to see all of your costumes today! Remember that we are having a contest for best group, best pair, best teacher, scariest costume, the fan favorite, and best middle schooler/group. The winners will receive Chick-fil-A gift cards. To enter the contest, find a student council member during WIN time in the lunch room and we will take a picture of you to add to the voting ballot. We will have a table set up. At the end of the day, all students are encouraged to vote for your favorites! We will send out an additional email with the voting information.

Finally, in light of our fellow classmate Zach Zarembinski, we encourage all students to participate in upcoming fundraising events, wear green tomorrow, and to keep Zach in your prayers.

October 30

***Join us Thursday after school in the Staff Lounge to decorate skulls for El Día de los Muertos. There will be snacks and beverages. All are welcome!

*** Pioneer fans come out and support the volleyball team tonight as they take on St. Croix Prep. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $5 for students. No passes are accepted.

*** If you are a student in grades 9-12 and are interested in working lower level basketball games this winter please stop by the athletic office to sign up. We are in need of students to run the clock and keep the book for the lower level teams. These are paid positions.

***Good Morning Pioneers! This is Maddie Rausch from CARE. Stop by our table during all lunches today to participate in Red Ribbon Week activities as we educate you on the risks of alcohol and drug abuse.

The answer to yesterday's trivia question: About how many people in the United States die every year from overdosing on prescription pain relievers (called “opioids”)? is 19,000. The winner of our Chipotle gift card is: Rachel Meniboon! Stop by Mrs. Gist's office to claim your gift card!

Today's trivia question is:

True or False. Drug use needs to be continued for an extended period of time before the drug will cause fatal reactions to the body.

Again:

True or False. Drug use needs to be continued for an extended period of time before the drug will cause fatal reactions to the body.

Stop by and submit your answer in Mrs. Gist's office for another chance to win a Chipotle gift card. Have a great day Pioneers!

***Good morning, Pioneers!

This announcement is for everyone interested in a applying for scholarships for the 2019-2020 school year. Application booklets are available in the Admissions Office and Main Entrance and are due no later than Tuesday, January 15th. Something new available this year is that you can apply for scholarships online, just go to the Hill-Murray website and navigate to the scholarships and tuition assistance page. If you have any questions, please ask Mr. Belde.

*** Pioneers,
During all WIN times this Wednesday and Thursday, the football seniors will be selling Zach Attack bracelets for Zach Zarembinski. One bracelet costs $5 in the commons. All of the profits will go directly towards Zach’s medical expenses. Please buy a bracelet for Zach.

This Thursday, the JV and Varsity Football team will be wearing their Green Game Jersey in honor of Zach, and for a successful recovery. Continue to hold Zach and his family in your prayer.

*** Good morning Pioneers, this is Madison Renberg with student council.

This is just a reminder that we our out of uniform tomorrow for Halloween. You may either wear your costume, orange, or black. If you would like to be entered into the costume contest stop by the student council table in the cafeteria during WIN time to have your picture taken. Student council will be sending out a survey to vote for the winners of each category. The categories for the costume contest include:

  1. Best Group
  2. Best Pair
  3. Best Teacher
  4. Scariest
  5. Fan Favorite
  6. Best Middle School Costume

The winners will be announced on Thursday and will receive gift cards. Thank you!

*** If you did not get a chance to sign the banner or make a card for Zach and the Zarembinski family yesterday you can stop by the chapel today and do so. There are some large posters to sign and materials for you to make a card or note if you would like.

***Attention Seniors: The Senior Panoramic Photo is in! If you ordered one, please stop down to Student Life before or after school or during lunch to claim your photo! Thank you!

OCTOBER 29

***All students-

Due to an event in the cafeteria and commons after school, you should wait for your rides in the main entrance. Thank you

*** Today we welcome Nadia Klosner to Hill-Murray. Nadia will be shadowing Evalyn Conners in the 6th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray, Nadia, we hope you have a great day!

*** Today we welcome Rachel Bohlen visiting with Taylor Anderson in 9th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray and have a great day!

***Join us Thursday after school in the Staff Lounge to decorate skulls for El Día de los Muertos. There will be snacks and beverages. All are welcome!

*** Middle schoolers! Remember that today after school there will be pumpkin carving in the cafeteria!

***Attention high school math team members. This is a reminder that practice is on Thursday this week. Please check your email and contact Mr. Goehner with any questions.

***There will be a prayer service after school for the boys Varsity and JV football team only in chapel. It is important the football team, coaches and parents have time alone as we pray for successful recovery for Zach.

***Hey Pioneers, this is Thiago Jaime on behalf of CARE and today we are kicking off Red Ribbon Week. Red Ribbon Week is an alcohol, tobacco, and other drug and violence prevention awareness campaign observed annually in October in the United States. We will be participating in different activities all week to educate students on the dangers of drugs and alcohol.... and we will be having an out of uniform day this Friday- wear red to show your commitment to living a drug free life! We will also be doing trivia each day. Stop by Mrs. Gist's office (right next door to Principal Herman's) to answer the following trivia question. One lucky winner will receive a gift card to Chipolte or Jimmy Johns and the winner will be announced tomorrow!

About how many people in the United States die every year from overdosing on prescription pain relievers (called “opioids”)?

A. 750

B. 2,300

C. 9,500

D. 19,000

Again:

About how many people in the United States die every year from overdosing on prescription pain relievers (called “opioids”)?

A. 750

B. 2,300

C. 9,500

D. 19,000

Stop by Mrs. Gist's office to submit your answer to be a lucky winner! Have a great day, Pioneers!

***

Middle schoolers! Remember that today after school there will be pumpkin carving in the cafeteria!

***This is for Link Leaders:

There will be a quick, but MANDATORY meeting tomorrow morning in Ms. Fandrich’s Room at 7:30am! Please be on time!

October 26

***Today we welcome Drew Brass visiting with Robert Cecman, Joey Bertini visiting with Owen Dinzeo, Logan Jones visiting with Vincent Peterson, and Jeronimo Laklia Valencia visiting with Gianni Hurley. Welcome to Hill-Murray and have a great day!

***"Ski Team Captains practice begins on Monday. We need more girls to complete the Junior Varsity Ski Team squad. If you are fast enough, you will race Varsity. See the Ski Team website for details. Beginning skiers are welcome on the Ski Team."

***Hey Freshmen—this is an announcement just for you!

Tonight is the Link Scary Movie Night—The movie (A Quiet Place) will be starting around 7:00 in the Theater!

This is a FREE event, so bring your blankets and have a great night with your friends!

There will be some snacks and drinks in the Staff Lounge if you are interested.

***Hey Pioneers,
This is Alex Bloemendal your Student Council President!

Just a heads up that next Wednesday on Halloween you are out of uniform in a costume or wearing Orange and Black! Make sure your costumes are neat clean and modest!

There will be a costume contest with multiple winners receiving gift card prices, more details to come!

Have a good day!

OCTOBER 25

***HEY Freshmen,

After voting in advisory yesterday, the winning MOVIE for Scary Movie Night is…

A Quiet Place

Hope to see you all this Friday at 7:00PM in the Theater!

***Attention students - Tomorrow is Grandparents Day at Hill-Murray which means parking will be an issue. The student parking lot on the west side of the school will be blocked off for our guests in the morning. Carpool if at all possible.

For students who need to drive to school, parking will be available on the East side of the school along the tennis courts and all the way back to the pole vault area of the stadium. Students can also park in front of the school where there is room and along Larpenteur. You will NOT be able to park in the Tubman lot.

***Sibling and Cousin Day permission slips are due today by 3pm to Mr. Belde.

***Just a reminder - ALL faculty and staff need to park in the Tubman parking lot tomorrow morning.

OCTOBER 24

***Hey Freshmen,

This Friday, Link Leaders will be hosting a SCARY MOVIE NIGHT in the Theater just for you.

It will be a great time to hang with your friends in preparation for HALLOWEEN!

Bring your blankets and there will be some snacks in the staff lounge!

Today in Advisory—you will be voting for the movie you would like to watch!

Clear your schedule---The movie starts at 7:00 this Friday

*** This is an announcement regarding WIN in the LMC. WIN is open all three sessions in the LMC, A, B, & C for quiet study. All high school students are welcome, but they must sign up. This includes seniors. Thank you!

***This is just a reminder that Sibling and Cousin Day permission slips are due tomorrow, October 25th by 3pm to Mr. Belde!

October 23

***The fall musical, Disney’s Newsies, opens in just over two weeks on November 9th! Tickets are available online now via our Hill-Murray School website on the theatre page or you can check out the box office hours! Student tickets are only $5 in advance, but free at the door on the night of the show.... However, our Newsies is the area amateur premiere, so tickets may be limited! Don’t risk it selling out!

***Middle schoolers! On Monday, October 29th, there will be a pumpkin carving WEB event after school until 4pm. You do not need to bring a pumpkin. If you have questions, reach out to your WEB group leader or Mrs. Donnerbauer. Hope to see you there!

***The Pioneer football team takes on Force Academy in the first round of sections. Kick off is at 7 p.m. and tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students. No passes can be used for tonight’s home game.

Go Pioneers!

***Just a reminder that sibling and cousin day permission slips are due this Thursday, October 25th by 3pm to Mr. Belde.

October 22

***Attention Freshmen,

The Link Mixer brought you all together in September…now it’s time to get together again!

This Friday, Link Leaders will be hosting a SCARY MOVIE NIGHT in the Theater just for you.

It will be a great time to hang with your friends in preparation for HALLOWEEN!

Wednesday in Advisory—you will be voting for the movie you would like to watch!

Clear your schedule---The movie starts at 7:00 this Friday!

***Today we welcome several Future Pioneers to the building—welcome to Hill-Murray and we hope you have a great day as a Pioneer!!

*** Good morning Pioneers!

Today in your social studies classes, or 9th grade English classes, all Hill-Murray students will get to vote in a mock mid-term election along with students from across the state of Minnesota.

You will get to register and cast a vote in the elections for Minnesota governor, and Minnesota’s 2 senate seats.
If you are interested in learning more about the races and the candidates, check the e-mail you received over the weekend from Mr. Rose.

Results will be reported later in the week.
Happy voting Hill-Murray.

***There is an informational meeting Monday, October 22nd for all girls' basketball players and their parents at 7:00p.m. in the commons.

***The fall musical, Disney’s Newsies, opens in just over two weeks on November 9th! Tickets are available online now via our Hill-Murray School website on the theatre page or you can check out the box office hours! Student tickets are only $5 in advance, but free at the door on the night of the show.... However, our Newsies is the area amateur premiere, so tickets may be limited! Don’t risk it selling out!

October 17

Attention all girls 7-12 grades who love to dance. Please come to an open house on Monday, Oct 22nd at 2:45pm in the Field House. This is an open practice to see if Dance Team is for you. Bring tennis shoes and comfy clothes.

October 16

***Attention all girls 7-12 grades who love to dance. Please come to an open house on Monday, Oct 22nd at 2:45pm in the Field House. This is an open practice to see if Dance Team is for you. Bring tennis shoes and comfy clothes.

*** Phone clarification for middle school from Mrs. Barbato

Phones are to be in your locker - locked all day. You will not be allowed to carry them with you. They are a distraction and you don’t need them. Moving forward from today - no phones on your person during the school day. See Mrs. Barbato if you have questions.

October 15

*** The LMC will be closed today. Please pick up student printing in the Tech Office.

*** "The Dungeons and Dragons Club will not be meeting the Wednesday of the 17th. It will be meeting on Monday instead after school from 3 to 5. All are welcome to check it out Monday the 15th."

*** Today we welcome Alex Hamond to Hill-Murray! Alex will be shadowing Jackson Johnson in the 6th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray, Alex, we hope you have a great day!

***Buenos Días - Me llamo ________________

Friday’s Trivia question for Hispanic Heritage Week was . . . .

What other closely related animal to the Llama was also domesticated and is primarily used for its fur?

The answer is the ALPACA!

Alpaca fiber is the strongest natural fiber known to man and has an insulating value from three to five times higher than sheep's wool. These properties, when combined with exceptional softness and luster, make alpaca one of the most valuable textile fibers in the world today.

The winner of the Chipotle Gift card is Ryan McFadden and the runners up are Delaney Fabian and Sunwoo Lee.

The winner of the candy filled Piñata is _________________ . The exact number of pieces of candy was______

¡Gracias!

October 12

***“Attention all adrenaline junkies. Hill-Murray needs you on the ski team. No previous skiing, or racing experience is required. Every Hill-Murray student `grades seven through 12 is welcome to join, and there are never any cuts of athletes. There will be an informational meeting in the Cafeteria at 4:00 pm this Sunday the 14th. Join the ski team and learn how to ski and learn how to race.”

*** On October 16, we will celebrate the feast of St. Margaret Mary, a French nun who lived from 1647-1690. The night of December 27, 1673, Jesus appeared to St. Margaret Mary and said: "My divine heart is so inflamed with love for all people, and for you in particular, that it needs you to spread them to others." Come to adoration today anytime until 3pm to receive the love of the Heart of Jesus.

*** Attention all Link Leaders,
We are having a meeting on this coming Tuesday---Oct. 16th at 7:20am in Ms. Fandrich’s Room—TNC 154
We will be planning our upcoming events! Please be on time :)

***Everyone who has forms for Archdiocesan Youth Day is reminded that they are due to Campus Ministry today before noon. Be sure to drop your forms off to secure you spot for the day.

*** The LMC will be closed all day this Monday, October 15th. The LMC printer will be in the Tech Office so you can pick up student printing there.

*** "The Dungeons and Dragons Club will not be meeting the Wednesday of the 17th. It will be meeting on Monday instead after school from 3 to 5. All are welcome to check it out Monday the 15th."

***Pioneer fans come out and watch football take on South St. Paul for our last home game and to recognize the seniors. Kickoff is 7 P.M.

Tomorrow the girls soccer team plays their first section game at home at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students.

Boys soccer won their first section game last night 2 - 0 and plays tomorrow at 3 p.m. at Hmong Academy in St. Paul.

Best of luck to our Pioneer teams this weekend.

***¡Buenos Días Me Llamo Evan Harrold

Today’s Fun Fact - The Nazca Lines in Peru are a collection of more than 70 giant human and animal geoglyphs. Some lines are up to 30 feet long.

Yesterday’s Trivia questions was - What is the name of the huge lake that separates Peru and Bolivia? The answer is Lake Titicaca. The winner of the Chipotle Gift card is Luke Bischel and the runners up are Ella Sutherland and Lilli Mackley.

Don’t forget to check your email for today’s trivia question.

And don’t forget to guess how much candy is in the Piñata hanging up in the LMC. Fill out your guess, name and grade and put in box in the LMC. Amount is between 50-200 pieces. Closest guess wins the Piñata and all the candy!

To celebrate our last day of Hispanic Heritage Week you will enjoy a variety of Spanish music over the PA by a variety of musicians. There will also be live Mariachi Music during lunch today while you are enjoying a delicious hispanic meal prepared by Taher.

TODAY after school at 2:40 there will be a FIESTA for all SPANISH students!!

We hope you have enjoyed this week’s activities!

¡Gracias!

October 11

***Are you looking for a way to build flexibility and strength while learning how to calm and focus your body, mind, and spirit? Have you heard about the recent study that found teens who practice yoga are less stressed and perform better academically? If this sounds intriguing, consider the HM Yoga Club! Kaleidoscope Yoga is offering two, eight-week sessions – (includes 14 classes and 2 community building activities). Wednesdays from 3:00 – 4:00. The first session will begin at the end of October, the second session will begin in January. You can choose to participate in one or both sessions. Yoga Club will meet in the Team Room in the H-M Field House. Check your email for the registration link.

Thanks! Have a great day!

***Don't miss adoration tomorrow! We'll begin with Mass at 7:10 and adoration will go on all day in the chapel until 3pm.

*** Tonight, is the last home volleyball match against Tartan and the boys soccer team plays Concordia Academy - Roseville in the first round of sections. Everyone must pay for section games. $10 for adults and $5 for students. Come out and cheer on your fellow Pioneers.

***”Attention all adrenaline junkies. Hill-Murray needs you on the ski team. No previous skiing, or racing experience is required. Every Hill-Murray student grades seven through 12 is welcome to join, and there are never any cuts of athletes. There will be an informational meeting in the Cafeteria at 4:00 pm this Sunday the 14th. Join the ski team and learn how to ski and learn how to race.”

Don Shipp
Ski Team

***¡Buenos Días Pioneros!

The answer to yesterday’s trivia question was = Atahualpa, the last Incan Emperor. Francisco Pizarro executed him even after Atahualpa offered to give him a room full of gold and silver as a ransom. Some people believe that there is still Lost Inca Gold to be found.

Winner of the Chipotle Gift Card is Molly Pults. Runners up are Jack Garvey and Bridgette Blaney. You may pick up your prize in room 213.

There will be a Mexican Market Bracelet making activity after school today in the staff lounge. All are welcome.

Spanish students who ordered a t shirt should pick it up from their Spanish teacher today. You may have an out of uniform day. Students who have a Spanish t-shirt from a Hispanic Heritage Week of a previous year may also wear that shirt and have a out of uniform day. See Sra. Busch if you have any questions!

¡GRACIAS!

***ATTENTION ALL QUIZ BOWL TEAM MEMBERS: You must check your email today AND you must check in with Coach Head right after school TODAY for important information regarding the first League Meet on October 25th.

***Archdiocesan Youth Day is on Saturday October 27th and Hill-Murray will be sending a group. This exciting event is being offered at the request of students who attended last year. There will break out sessions, powerful praise music, Mass with the bishops and many other actives. Stop by Campus Ministry to get the forms today. They are due tomorrow so don’t forget.

October 10

*** Pioneers,

On Saturday, October 27th, we will be going to Archdiocesan Youth Day! This was a great event last year and we're returning by student demand. It will be an exciting and profound day of faith, fun and prayer with over 1,000 high schoolers from around the Twin Cities. You can find flyers and permission slips in Campus Ministry. Please return them by this Friday, October 12th.

*** The LMC will be closed until noon today for the PSAT. The LMC printer will be in the Tech Office. Students, please go to the Tech Office to pick up printing.

*** Attention all members and those interested in participating in CARE: We will be meeting tomorrow morning at 7:15 a.m. in the Staff Lounge. Treats and beverages will be provided, and we will be discussing Red Ribbon Week, The Grim Reaper and Random Acts of Kindness. Boys and girls grades 7-12 are all welcome to attend. If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Gist or Ms. Goetzke. Thank you!

***This is a reminder to all high school students. DECA registration forms are due tomorrow, Thursday, October 11. Forms may be placed in the DECA bin just inside room 035. If you have not received a registration form and would like to sign up for DECA, please see Mrs. Donnelly in room 035.

***Buenos Días,

The answer to yesterday’s trivia question is . . . . .The Potato originated in Peru and there are over 4000 varieties.

The winners of the 2 Chipotle gift cards are Megan Wallner and Katie Marshall.

The runners up are Bomi Omoyeni, Michaela Moore, Dominique Gomez, and Adam Rausch.

Please stop in room 213 for your prizes.

Today’s Fun Facts

The Ancient Incas created the first census.

With 329 million native speakers, Spanish ranks as the world's No. 2 language in terms of how many people speak it as their first language. It is slightly ahead of English (328 million) but behind Chinese (1.2 billion).

Don’t forget to check your email for today’s trivia question. The Trivia box is located in the cafeteria. Have your guess in there by 5 C!

¡Buena Suerte!

October 9

***There is an informational meeting this Wednesday, October 10th for all girls in grades 7 through 12 who are interested in trying out for the Winter Dance Team. The meeting is at 5 p.m. in the cafeteria and will last less than an hour. Please make sure you and/or your parents are in attendance as there will be important information handed out.

***6th and 8th grade students are reminded of the winter apparel collection we will bring to US Bank Stadium this Wednesday to help those less fortunate. Drop off your new or gently used items to Mrs. Barbato.

We have the later lunch on Wednesday after mass. The lunch is free and is a boxed turkey and cheese sandwich, chips, fruit and a chocolate chip cookie. If you are nut-free, gluten-free, dairy-free or have any other dietary needs, you will need to bring your own lunch.

Because we are eating lunch late, you are asked to bring something to eat in the morning. We will have from 8:05-9:00 am in the cafeteria to eat and check in for the days events. Any questions, see Mrs. Barbato

***Below is the announcement for the yoga club to be read Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday this week. Please let me know if there are any questions or concerns or if you’d like to change/add anything to the announcement.

Are you looking for a way to build flexibility and strength while learning how to calm and focus your body, mind, and spirit? Have you heard about the recent study that found teens who practice yoga are less stressed and perform better academically? If this sounds intriguing, consider the HM Yoga Club! Kaleidoscope Yoga is offering two, eight-week sessions – (includes 14 classes and 2 community building activities). Wednesdays from 3:00 – 4:00. The first session will begin at the end of October, the second session will begin in January. You can choose to participate in one or both sessions. Yoga Club will meet in the Team Room in the H-M Field House. Check your email for the registration link.

Thanks! Have a great day!

***Attention CSL Students,

We will be meeting in the TEAM ROOM during 5th period! Bring your Computers!

*** Pioneers,

On Saturday, October 27th, we will be going to Archdiocesan Youth Day! This was a great event last year and we're returning by student demand. It will be an exciting and profound day of faith, fun and prayer with over 1,000 high schoolers from around the Twin Cities. You can find flyers and permission slips in Campus Ministry. Please return them by this Friday, October 12th.

*** Attention high school students, DECA registration forms will be accepted through this Thursday, October 11. If you have not received a registration form and would like to join, please see Mrs. Donnelly in room 035.

Thanks!

***Buenos Días. The answer to yesterday’s Trivia Question was Huayna Picchu, the other peak that tourists frequently climb in Peru.

Since there were no correct answers for yesterday’s trivia question there will be 2 Chipotle gift cards for today’s question. Therefore, be sure to read your email for today’s Trivia question.

Fun Fact - Machu means old and Picchu means mountain. Therefore, Machu Picchu means Old Mountain and

Huayna Picchu means young mountain

After school on Thursday we will have the Mexican Market Bracelet Making Activity in the Staff Lounge.

***The LMC will be closed tomorrow morning, Wednesday, October 10th from 7:30am to noon for PSAT testing. All student printing must be done in The Nicholas Center until noon.

Thank you

***Students, today is HM Give Day and one of our donors wanted to challenge our current students.

Here’s the challenge: Each grade will have a separate challenge listed on our HM Give Day website, HMgiveday.org. The class that gets the largest percentage of their class size to donate a gift of any size tomorrow will get donuts on Friday morning.

All you have to do spread the word to parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts to to go HMgiveday.org tomorrow and click on your class challenge!

Will your class be the one to get donuts on Friday? Better start spreading the word!

October 8


*** Are you an artist?

Are you a student taking Physical Science, Chemistry, or Honors Chemistry?

Do you want to win prize money?

Hill-Murray has been chosen to contribute to an International art project that highlights the timeline of the discovery of chemical elements. This project is to commemorate the 150-year anniversary of the modern Periodic Table.

Interested? Come to Mrs. Lee's Chemistry classroom (room 040) during Tuesday's WIN C (October 9th) to find out more!

***There is an informational meeting this Wednesday, October 10th for all girls in grades 7 through 12 who are interested in trying out for the Winter Dance Team. The meeting is at 5 p.m. in the cafeteria and will last less than an hour. Please make sure you and/or your parents are in attendance as there will be important information handed out.

******There is an informational meeting this Wednesday, October 10th for all girls in grades 7 through 12 who are interested in trying out for the Winter Dance Team. The meeting is at 5 p.m. in the cafeteria and will last less than an hour. Please make sure you and/or your parents are in attendance as there will be important information handed out.

***Buenos Días Pioneros! This is Jack Schwartz.

Bienvenidos a Hispanic Heritage Week! This week we will celebrate Hispanics in the US, Minnesota, and at Hill-Murray.

An email was sent out last week that has the special events we will be celebrating.

Please check today’s email with the trivia question of the day. Put your answers in the box in the cafe by the end of 5C.

Don’t forget the Peru 2019 parent / student trip meeting tonight at 6:30 in room 213.

Here is a Fun Fact about Peru - The Largest Flying Bird on Earth can be found in Peru, The Giant Andean Condor

¡GRACIAS!

***6th and 8th grade students are reminded of the winter apparel collection we will bring to US Bank Stadium this Wednesday to help those less fortunate. Drop off your new or gently used items to Mrs. Barbato.

We have the later lunch on Wednesday after mass. The lunch is free and is a boxed turkey and cheese sandwich, chips, fruit and a chocolate chip cookie. If you are nut-free, gluten-free, dairy-free or have any other dietary needs, you will need to bring your own lunch.

Because we are eating lunch late, you are asked to bring something to eat in the morning. We will have from 8:05-9:00 am in the cafeteria to eat and check in for the days events. Any questions, see Mrs. Barbato

*** Students, tomorrow is HM Give Day and one of our donors wanted to challenge our current students.

Here’s the challenge: Each grade will have a separate challenge listed on our HM Give Day website, HMgiveday.org. The class that gets the largest percentage of their class size to donate a gift of any size tomorrow will get donuts on Friday morning.

All you have to do spread the word to parents, grandparents, uncles and aunts to to go HMgiveday.org tomorrow and click on your class challenge!

Will your class be the one to get donuts on Friday? Better start spreading the word!

October 4

***Whatever your plans are this weekend, please come check out the Middle School Cabaret on Friday or Saturday night at 7pm. The theme is Disney, so you’ll hear all your favorite Disney songs! The show is only about 35 minutes long, so you can still go to your other plans after, like the football game on Friday! Again, come check out our amazing middle school singers this Friday or Saturday at 7pm. It’s free admission so just show up!

***Today we welcome Carolyn Crum visiting with Ava Maas in 7th grade, Natalie Reardon visiting with Kylie Reardon in 9th grade, and Ella Feaman visiting with Olivia Rose in 9th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray and have a great day!

***Good Morning Pioneers, this is Maddie Renberg and Eliza Eger with DECA.

Our trivia winner from yesterday is

Octavius Wilson

Congratulations and please stop by room 035 to claim your gift card.

Today’s theme is “You are the Pioneer”

Stop by our table during lunches to participate in pioneer goal setting.

Also - high school students interested in joining DECA should come to our informational meeting right after school today in room 035. Students who cannot make it to the meeting should stop in room 035 to see Mrs. Donnelly

Thanks to everyone who participated in our activities this week!

***Attention all Spanish students! Come with your parents to an informational meeting about our June 2019 Peru trip. The informational meeting will be Monday, October 8th at 6:30 in room 213. See Sra. Busch or Sra. Corrales for more information.

Gracias!

***This is for all students a reminder that you should all have your lock on your locker and locked. We will continue to do random locker checks each week. Detentions will be given for those students not following our safety plan.

October 3

*** This announcement is for students in grades 6 and 8. Part of the Mass at US Bank Stadium on October 10 is to help out those less fortunate. All schools have been asked to bring new or gently used winter items for all ages.

6th grade - you are asked to bring in Winter hats, gloves and mittens

8th grade - you are asked to bring in Winter coats or jackets, sweatshirt etc.

You can drop them off in Mrs. Barbato’s office.

If any others in the school has those items and would like to donate them as well, see Mrs. Barbato, thank you.

*** Are you an artist?

Are you a student taking Physical Science, Chemistry, or Honors Chemistry?

Do you want to win prize money?

Hill-Murray has been chosen to contribute to an International art project that highlights the timeline of the discovery of chemical elements. This project is to commemorate the 150-year anniversary of the modern Periodic Table.

Interested? Come to Mrs. Lee's Chemistry classroom (room 040) during Tuesday's WIN C (October 9th) to find out more!

***Good Morning Pioneers, this is David Shipp, DECA Vice President.

Our trivia winner from yesterday is xxxx, congratulations and be sure to stop in room 035.

Also, tomorrow our theme is “You are the Pioneer”, therefore everyone is invited to wear their favorite college apparel or Hill-Murray spirit wear to school tomorrow!

Be sure to check your email and stop by out table in the cafeteria for activities during lunch today!

***Hey Pioneers!

Do you like mysteries, puzzles, or true crime? Love watching Law & Order?

Are you interested in law enforcement, criminal justice, or forensics?

If you want to learn more about Hill-Murray Mock Trial, come to the info session TODAY right after school in room 126. Ms. D'Addario will explain the mysteries of Mock Trial and give information on how to join our team!

***If you were not able to bring your Sibling and Cousin last Friday, you have another opportunity. We will be having another Sibling and Cousin Day on Friday, November 2nd.

Permissions are available with Mr. Belde and are due no later than Thursday, October 25th.

***National Honor Society Students,

NHS will be holding it’s first meeting Monday Oct 8th at 7:15 in the Staff Lounge. Please contact Mr. Johnson if you will not be able to attend.

Thank you

***Radio Club members, a reminder we have a Radio Club meeting tomorrow morning, Thursday at 7:15 AM in the café.

October 1

***This is a reminder for Middle School Students interested in joining Math Team - Mrs. Sabraski is looking forward to seeing you after school TODAY in room 027. Bring a friend! Hope to see you there!

*** This announcement is for students in grades 6 and 8. Part of the Mass at US Bank Stadium on October 10 is to help out those less fortunate. All schools have been asked to bring new or gently used winter items for all ages.

6th grade - you are asked to bring in Winter hats, gloves and mittens

8th grade - you are asked to bring in Winter coats or jackets, sweatshirt etc.

You can drop them off in Mrs. Barbato’s office.

If any others in the school has those items and would like to donate them as well, see Mrs. Barbato, thank you.

***Today we welcome two students from the Friendly Exchange Program in Guatemala. Hill- Murray has had students from this program for many years. You may remember Rodrigo and Abraham who lived with the Ranweiler family in recent years and Angel who lived with Mr Schaan and his family a few years ago. Our two students are Paulina Castellanos Garcia who will be living with Ann Leigh and her family and Sebastián Ortiz Quinteros who will be living with Henry Husnik and his family. Paulina and Sebastián will be with us until the middle of December and hope to see some snow!! We welcome you to the Hill-Murray school community. We are happy you are here!

***Attn WEB leaders: There will be a short meeting on Tuesday morning, October 2nd, at 7:15 in Mrs. Donnerbauer's room.

Thanks!

*** This is your football captain (insert name). This Friday, October 5th, will be our Tackle Cancer game. We invite all students to wear pink and help support the cause by purchasing a t-shirt or making a donation during the game. T-shirts will also be sold on Wednesday during all lunch times. The cost is $15 for a shirt and the shirt can be worn this Thursday. We hope to see you there!

***Attention all students grades 9-12. The first informational meeting for high school math team is today at 2:45 in room 212. If you have any questions, please see Mr. Goehner in Room 212.

***Maddie - Good Morning Pioneers, this is Maddie Renberg, DECA President

Eliza - and this is Eliza Eger, DECA Vice President

Maddie - It’s entrepreneurship week, and entrepreneurship is about transforming the world by solving big problems.

Eliza - Today’s theme is “Pioneers of the Past” and you are invited to participate in trivia during lunches or via our email instructions,

Maddie - We encourage you to find the three hidden pioneers - check your email for clues and prize information.

Eliza - and enjoy inspirational music during passing time.

All the music you will hear today was composed or arranged by the artist or group who performs these songs.

Maddie - Be sure to stop by our table in the cafeteria during lunches!

***All middle school students are reminded to sign up for your WIN time using Google classroom. Both Tuesday and Wednesday are open and ready for you. All students must be signed up by the end of the day.

All permission slips for Mass at US Bank stadium are due today. Turn them into Mrs. Barbato.

SEPTEMBER 2018

September 28

***Just a reminder that Ambassador Applications are due today to Mr. Belde by 3:00pm.

***Today we welcome 50 siblings and cousins to the building. Welcome to Hill-Murray and we hope you have a great day as a Pioneer!

***Attention all middle school students! Do you like playing games and exploring math concepts through hands-on activities? If so, Middle School Math Team is the place for you! Come to Mrs. Sabraski’s room, 027, after school on Monday, October 1 to find out what Math Team is all about. Bring a friend! Hope to see you there!

***Attn WEB leaders: There will be a short meeting on Tuesday morning, October 2nd, at 7:15 in Mrs. Donnerbauer's room.

Thanks!

***Good Morning Pioneers, this is June Knauss with DECA.
Next week is Entrepreneurship week, and we are going to celebrate Pioneer entrepreneurs of the past, present and future. We will have daily lunch activities in the cafeteria and a fun scavenger hunt on Monday. Watch for daily emails with trivia, games, prize information and more. Everyone is invited to participate in next week’s activities!

September 27

*** "Your technology use agreements are due at the end of this week. Check your email for the link to the electronic form that you and your parent or guardian must sign. Failure to set the form signed may result in your technology use being interrupted. See the tech office if you have questions"

***Seniors - Today representatives from the League of Women Voters will be in the Commons during all of your lunch periods to register you for this year’s election. Requirements to be eligible were announced earlier this week. If you have any questions regarding your eligibility, please ask the representatives.

***Tomorrow we are welcoming 50 siblings and cousins to our school. Please welcome them and show them what a great school Hill-Murray is! If you are bringing a sibling and cousin remember to check in outside of the auditorium in the morning. Since this event is FULL, you cannot just show up with a sibling and cousin.

Please see Mr. Belde if you have any questions!

***This announcement is to remind you that if you would like to apply to be an Ambassador this year, applications are due tomorrow, September 28th to Mr. Belde by 3:00pm.

***Attention all middle school students! Do you like playing games and exploring math concepts through hands-on activities? If so, Middle School Math Team is the place for you! Come to Mrs. Sabraski’s room, 027, after school on Monday, October 1 to find out what Math Team is all about. Bring a friend! Hope to see you there!

***Attention high school students - The DECA informational meeting has been moved to next Thursday after school - NOT today after school. We will meet October 4 at 2:30pm in room 035. Students who cannot make it to the meeting should see Mrs. Donnelly.

***ATTN: Seniors:
Late order forms for your Panoramic photo will be accepted through tomorrow, Friday, September 28. Please drop them off in the Office of Student Life. Thank you!

September 26

***8th grade will be on retreat tomorrow, Thursday September 27. Please bring your donated pillow or blanket to Campus Ministry when you arrive at school for your Bridging. Please wear Spirit Wear, and remember our policy is to have free dress to be neat, clean and modest. Since we are going to a park for lunch, please dress accordingly to the weather. Please remember to report to your first/HR for attendance and announcements. Your teacher will dismiss you to come to chapel. We are going to have a great retreat. Sister Linda

***Good Morning Pioneers! This is Ian Callaghan, a Hill-Murray Robotics Captain. We will be having our first robotics meeting Wednesday September 26 after school held in Mr. Gapinski’s room 046. Robotics is about more than just building a robot, we have finance, programming, graphic arts, and business opportunities too. Each year we go to competitions to compete with other schools and show off our robot so come check it out and have a great day!

*** Permission slips are due Monday, October 1 for all 6th and 8th grade students attending the Mass of the Holy Spirit on October 10. The first home base that turns in all their slips will have a donut and juice breakfast before school in the cafeteria on October 12. Turn them into your home base teacher or Mrs. Barbato.

***Are you looking for a way to build flexibility and strength while learning how to calm and focus your body, mind, and spirit? Have you heard about the study that found teens who practice yoga are less stressed and perform better academically? If this sounds intriguing and you are a female student in grades 9-12, consider joining the HM Yoga Club.

For more information please stop by the athletic office. Deadline to register is October 4th.

*** This message is for all high school students. The DECA informational meeting has been moved from this Thursday to next Thursday, Oct. 4 at 2:30pm. We will meet in 035. If you can’t make the meeting, be sure to see Mrs. Donnelly.

*** All students in grades 6 and 8 are reminded to turn in your permission slip for the Mass of the Holy Spirit at US Bank Stadium where you will represent Hill-Murray and join 14,000 students for a day of Mass, music and celebration. Lunch is included. Slips are due on October 1 to your home base teacher or Mrs. Barbato. There is no cost for the field trip and you will be back to school in time for after school activities. See Mrs. Barbato if you have questions.

***ATTENTION SENIORS:

Your Panoramic Photo is today during Advisory. Report to Advisory for attendance first. Please check your email for details.

ALL STUDENTS AND STAFF:

Lifetouch will be taking photos at the bottom of the Main Entrance stairwell from 8am-noon today. All who have not had a Lifetouch photo taken MUST stop down during that time. Anyone planning on photo re-takes must bring their original photo package with them. Stop in Student Life with any questions!

Thank you!

***Hello Soccer Fans
The boys and girls soccer teams will be hosting a food drive this Saturday, September 29. Both soccer teams will have a game at home, so bring non perishable food items to the food drive table located in the field house. The girls team will be playing Blake at 1 followed by the boys team playing White Bear Lake @ 3. Come enjoy the games while also giving back to the community.

September 25

*** "Your technology use agreements are due at the end of this week. Check your email for the link to the electronic form that you and your parent or guardian must sign. Failure to set the form signed may result in your technology use being interrupted. See the tech office if you have questions"

***Mr. Ranweiler’s P5 you are to report to the LMC for class today. That’s Mr. Ranweiler’s P5, to the LMC for class today.

***Are you looking for a way to build flexibility and strength while learning how to calm and focus your body, mind, and spirit? Have you heard about the study that found teens who practice yoga are less stressed and perform better academically? If this sounds intriguing and you are a female student in grades 9-12, consider joining the HM Yoga Club.

For more information please stop by the athletic office. Deadline to register is October 4th.

***Attention Seniors:
I you are a U.S. citizen and will be 18 years of age on or before Nov. 6th of this year, you will be eligible to vote in this year’s state and local elections.

Members of the League of Women Voters will be here during lunchtime this Thursday to register you for the November election. You must be a resident of Minnesota, and have a driver’s license or permit, or a Mn. State ID card. If you have none of these, you can use the last four digits of your Social Security number.

***To all Radio Club members:
We will start our weekly Club meetings this Thursday and Thursdays to follow at 7AM in the school Café.

Please bring a pencil or pen to take notes . These meetings will wrap up around 7:30 am each Thursday.

Thanks!

DJ CRUZE

***Pioneers, this is a reminder that we have Mass available during WIN times. On Black days, during High School WIN B; and on White days, during High School WIN A/Middle School WIN time. Sign-up sheets are outside of Campus Ministry. There is also some time for individual prayer and confession at these times. Our WIN Masses are simple, meditative and brief. Again, Black Days during WIN B and White days during Middle School WIN and High School WIN A. God bless!

September 24

***Attention current CARE members along with anyone in grades 7 thru 12 interested in joining CARE this year - We will be having our first meeting on Tuesday morning, September 25th at 7:15 in the Staff Lounge. CARE stands for Caring and Responsive Empowerment. Please join us as we plan Red Ribbon Week and Wellness Week along with several other fun and caring events throughout the year. We welcome new members and would love to hear YOUR ideas. Bagels will be provided. If you have any questions, see Mrs. Gist or Ms. Goetzke.

*** All students in grades 6 and 8 are reminded to turn in your permission slip for the Mass of the Holy Spirit at US Bank Stadium where you will represent Hill-Murray and join 14,000 students for a day of Mass, music and celebration. Lunch is included. Slips are due on October 1 to your home base teacher or Mrs. Barbato. There is no cost for the field trip and you will be back to school in time for after school activities. See Mrs. Barbato if you have questions.

*** Good Morning Pioneers! This is Ian Callaghan, a Hill-Murray Robotics Captain. We will be having our first robotics meeting Wednesday September 26 after school held in Mr. Gapinski’s room 046. Robotics is about more than just building a robot, we have finance, programming, graphic arts, and business opportunities too. Each year we go to competitions to compete with other schools and show off our robot so come check it out and have a great day!

*** Attention high school students, you are invited to see what DECA is all about! Our informational meetings are this week Tuesday at 7am and Thursday at 2:30pm in room 035. Interested students should plan to attend one of these meetings. For more information see Mrs. Donnelly.

September 21

*** Attention CSL Students:

PLEASE CHECK YOUR EMAILS

Due to shortened schedule today—things have changed with your service sites!

***This announcement is for current Student Ambassadors,

Please stop down to Mr. Belde’s office to sign up for a day and time to visit your previous middle school to talk about how awesome being a Pioneer is! When you sign up, make sure to grab a permission slip and return it prior to your school visit.

*** This announcement is for any girls in grades 9-12 who are interested in attending the 7th annual Science and Technology Day on October 4 through Target Corporation. You will be gone from school during the day but back in time for after school activities. This event is hosted by TWIST - Target Women in Science and Technology. We have been invited to this free event that will have around 100 girls from various high schools attending. We have been a lotted 20 spots. Participants will be broken out into smaller groups that will be together throughout the day, touring through Target and attending workshops as a group. Additionally, all groups will have a leader – a Target team member who will be the groups' first point of contact throughout the day.

The workshops will vary from a variety of topics like Internet of Things, Food Science, Product Development, and Supply Chain; however most of the workshops will contain some interactive aspects whether that be trying some food samples and discussing, or hands-on coding. See Mrs. Barbato as soon as possible if you are interested.

*** Hey everyone, we are doing a homecoming food drive. Please bring boxed items and canned goods to one of the barrels in the main entrance, Commons and Fieldhouse. Also, food items can be brought to the football game, so spread the word to those coming to the game. Let’s make fortune to the unfortunate by sharing what we have and feed any family in need of food. Go Pioneers!

***Attention current CARE members along with anyone in grades 7 thru 12 interested in joining CARE this year - We will be having our first meeting on Tuesday morning, September 25th at 7:15 in the Staff Lounge. CARE stands for Caring and Responsive Empowerment. Please join us as we plan Red Ribbon Week and Wellness Week along with several other fun and caring events throughout the year. We welcome new members and would love to hear YOUR ideas. Bagels will be provided. If you have any questions, see Mrs. Gist or Ms. Goetzke.

***Good Morning Pioneers,

This is Peter Hommes from your student council and we’ve made it to Friday of Homecoming Week. As we wear our spirit wear today, the charity we’re publicizing is also full of spirit. They are the University of Minnesota’s Chapter of Engineers Without Borders, and in the past twelve years they’ve traveled to 7 different African and South American countries to build irrigation systems, water catchment systems, and wells. This technology works to make sure that water isn’t a concern for kids or mothers who can now be spending their time at school or at work rather than walking back and forth to a far away river every day. We raised almost $800 this week to support our homecoming charities. Way to go Pioneers!

A few reminders…

Homecoming Dance Tickets are $10 and Homecoming T-shirts are $15 and for sale during all lunches.

It might be chilly during the pepfest, so it might be smart to grab a sweatshirt on your way.

And finally, remember that tomorrow’s dance is from 7-10pm, and have a great day.

SEPTEMBER 20

*** Today we welcome Maddi Silvera who is visiting with Delaney McGrath in 9th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray! We hope you have a great day!

*** Good morning Pioneers, this is your Boys soccer captain, Vince Hurley with important breaking news. The Boys and Girls soccer games will be played at home tonight. Let’s pack the stands and show Henry Sibley that we are not afraid of a little rain. 5pm boys and 7pm girls.

Go Pioneers.

***This is a reminder that Sibling/Cousin permission slips are due today in Mr. Belde’s office by 3:00. Late permission slips will not be accepted.

*** Last May, the Hill-Murray Quiz Bowl team went to the National Tournament, and we want YOU to help us repeat that feat this year! Come to the Quiz Bowl informational meeting TODAY. We’ll meet in Room 215 from 2:40-3:25. See Coach Head in room 215 if you have questions or can’t come to the meeting. Quiz Bowl is open to students in grades 7-12. See you TODAY!

*** Good Morning Pioneers!

This is Sunwoo Lee with Student Council. Today, we are cruising down to the Arctic and would like to spread awareness of Polar Bears International. This organization helps to conserve polar bears and their sea ice homes to protect the life, land and future of the polar bears. FYI, we raised $743 on Tuesday and will be dividing that up amongst the different charities we’ve learned about this week. Thank you for contributing!

Homecoming T-shirts will be available for $15 and Homecoming Dance Tickets will be available for $10 during lunches today and tomorrow.

Tomorrow is the last day on our cruise, and I look forward to seeing everyone in their favorite Hill-Murray Spirit Wear!

The theme for the homecoming football game tomorrow at 7 will be a BLACK OUT. Our homecoming shirts are black so make sure you get one!

Hope to see you all there!

September 19

***This is a reminder that Sibling/Cousin permission slips are due tomorrow in Mr. Belde’s office by 3:00. Late permission slips will not be accepted.

***Good morning, Pioneers. This is Jessi Jennings with student council.
At the moment, we should all be dressed in our very best! On our cruise today, there will be a special dinner party that we will all be attending, also known as mass. The organization we have chosen for today is the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society. The SSCS is a non-profit, marine conservation organization. It engages in direct action campaigns to defend wildlife and conserve and protect the world’s oceans from illegal exploitation and environmental destruction. Today at lunch, there will be a free photo booth where you and your friends can take pictures and show how much you care about water and sea life conservation!

Once again, Homecoming tickets and t-shirts are for sale during all lunches. Unfortunately, all stainless steel straws have been given away, but we thank you all for your enthusiasm for such a great cause. Remember that this Saturday, the 22nd, the homecoming dance will be from 7-10 and we hope to see you all there! Also, make sure you check your emails later today regarding powderpuff in case there are weather issues!

Finally, this is just a reminder that tomorrow is an Ice-out. So remember to wear white! Thank you, have a great day, pioneers!

***This announcement is for current Student Ambassadors,
Please stop down to Mr. Belde’s office to sign up for a day and time to visit your previous middle school to talk about how awesome being a Pioneer is! When you sign up, make sure to grab a permission slip and return it prior to your school visit.

*** If you love Jeopardy or Sporcle [pronounced SPORK-ell], then the Hill-Murray Quiz Bowl Team needs YOU! Come to our informational meeting TOMORROW, September 21st. We’ll meet in Room 215 from 2:40-3:25. See Coach Head in room 215 if you have questions or can’t come to the meeting. Quiz Bowl is open to students in grades 7-12. See you tomorrow!


*** ATTN: Seniors

Next Wednesday, September 26, is your Senior Panoramic Photo Day. Your period 2 teacher will distribute order forms in class today. A few instructions for that morning:

* The panoramic photo will be taken DURING ADVISORY

* Report to Advisory for Attendance, then proceed to the VARSITY GYM with your Advisory instructor

* Return to Advisory immediately following the photo

* Seniors Only may be out of uniform, wearing H-M Spirt Wear

* If purchasing, bring your order form and payment with you that Wednesday morning

*** ATTN: All Students

Next Wednesday, 9/26, is Lifetouch Photo Retake Day. A few housekeeping items regarding that morning:

* Lifetouch will be here from 8:00am-Noon beneath the Main Entrance Staircase

* Stop down during study hall, lunch, or WIN

* If you missed photos during Business Days or Orientation, you MUST get a photo taken for your school ID, at a minimum

* If you are getting re-takes, make sure to bring your original photos

* Order forms are available in the Office of Student Life beginning today, and will also be available at the Retake table that morning.

Thank you!

***Good Morning Pioneers!!

This is Maddie Renberg, DECA President.

DECA is a marketing association which prepares high school students for their future.

All 9-12th grade students are invited to come to one of our DECA informational meetings next week. Meetings will be next week Tuesday at 7am and next week Thursday at 2:30pm in room 035.

I hope to see you there!

***Today we will have all-school Mass to celebrate Homecoming Week in faith.

1. PARTICIPATION-All Guests are to be welcomed as Christ.

We invite all people to sing, pray, and celebrate as a community.

3. SACRED SPACE

We do our best to create a sacred space in the gym. We ask everyone to have the intention that our space is filled with compassion, joy, dignity, and unity in order to help us worship. We recognize that some churches and places of worship allow drinks, gum, etc., but in order to make the gym a sacred place for Mass, please leave all drinks, gum and phones outside the gym.

2.COMMUNION

Catholics believe that Communion is really the Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity of Jesus. For those who are not Catholic or are not ready to receive Communion today, you are invited to ask for a blessing by crossing your arms over your chest. You may also bypass the minister distributing Communion and return to your seat. [You can bring questions to their religion teacher or campus minister.] We ask all students need to get up with their row and walk to the Eucharistic Minister. This is for logistics and safety in the bleachers.

THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR HELP,

so that in all things, God may be glorified!!

September 18

***This is just a reminder to pick up your Sibling and Cousin day information and permission slip in Mr. Belde’s office. Permission slips are due no later than Thursday, September 20th.

*** The LMC will be closed after school today.

*** This is an Announcement for those in Christian Service Learning!

Remember today we will meet as a class in the Team Room during period 5!

*** Attention All Students:

There are several lunch totes in the Lost and Found, located around the corner from Mrs. Barbato’s office. If you are missing yours, please stop down and check them out. All unclaimed totes will be disposed of this Friday at the end of the day.

***Good Morning Pioneers!
This is Catherine Nolde from Student Council. Today on our cruise we are headed to the beach. Remember today is the day that we are all donating $1 to be out of uniform. Teachers, please collect the donations and give it to student council members or Anne Becker in the main office. Remember, all money raised today will be split evenly amongst all of this week’s charities. Today’s charity is the Oceanic Society. Oceanic Society focuses on increasing the number of people who take action and save the oceans and their wildlife from pollution and over fishing. We all can do our part to preserve the environment! Including limit our use of straws! Steel straws will be available starting tomorrow!

Remember that homecoming tickets will be sold for $10 and t-shirts for $15 during lunches. The homecoming dance will be this Saturday from 7-10p in the fieldhouse. Finally, make sure you get some Swedish Fish from student council members as you leave school today!
Thank you and have a great day! Go Pioneers!

***Hey everyone, we are doing a homecoming food drive. Please bring boxed items and canned goods to one of the barrels in the main entrance, Commons and FieldHouse. Also, food items can be brought to the football game, so spread the word to those coming to the game. Let’s make fortune to the unfortunate by sharing what we have and feed any family in need of food. Go Pioneers!

September 17

***Today we have Yanise (YA NEZ) Rodriguez visiting with Monica Sampair in 10th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray and have a great day!

***Middle school singers! We’ll see you today at 2:45 after school in the auditorium for the middle school cabaret auditions! No need to prepare anything, just show up!

***Hi Everyone! This is Claudia Lenz with student council. We hope you are excited about Homecoming week! All week we’ll be “cruising home” and today we are waking up in paradise for comfy cozy day! Each day this week there will be a charity tie-in and today’s is Heifer International. Many kids do not have food or clean water when they wake up in the morning. Heifer international is one organization that works to combat this. A portion of the money we raise tomorrow, when everyone brings $1 to 1st hour in order to be out of uniform, will go towards buying a well through them for an impoverished community, so they have access to clean water. So don't forget your dollar in 1st hour! Tomorrow the theme is fishermen or beach day. Also, remember tickets for the dance are $10, and homecoming t-shirts are $15. Both will be sold during all lunches this week. Pick up a free stainless steel straw during lunch too and do your part to take care of our environment! Have a great day Pioneers!

***This is just a reminder to pick up your Sibling and Cousin day information and permission slip in Mr. Belde’s office. Permission slips are due no later than Thursday, September 20th.

***Hey everyone, we are doing a homecoming food drive. Please bring boxed items and canned goods to one of the barrels in the main entrance, Commons and FieldHouse. Also, food items can be brought to the football game, so spread the word to those coming to the game. Let’s make fortune to the unfortunate by sharing what we have and feed any family in need of food. Go Pioneers!

***This announcement is for current Student Ambassadors,

Please stop down to Mr. Belde’s office to sign up for a day and time to visit your previous middle school to talk about how awesome being a Pioneer is! When you sign up, make sure to grab a permission slip and return it prior to your school visit.

September 14

*** Do you love watching Jeopardy? Do you love Sporcle? If you answered “yes,” then the Hill-Murray Quiz Bowl Team is for you! Come to our informational meeting on Thursday, September 21st. We’ll meet in Room 215 from 2:40-3:25. Quiz Bowl is open to students in grades 7-12. See you there!

***This announcement is for current Student Ambassadors,

Please stop down to Mr. Belde’s office to sign up for a day and time to visit your previous middle school to talk about how awesome being a Pioneer is! When you sign up, make sure to grab a permission slip and return it prior to your school visit.

***This is just a reminder to pick up your Sibling and Cousin day information and permission slip in Mr. Belde’s office. Permission slips are due no later than Thursday, September 20th.

*** There is an informational meeting this Sunday for all boys in grades 7 through 12 who are interested in trying out for boys hockey. The meeting is at 4 p.m. in the cafeteria and will last about an hour. Please make sure you and/or your parents are in attendance as there will be important information handed out.

***Junior Girls,

Please turn your money in for the powderpuff t-shirts by tomorrow, Friday. It is $20. Also, we are practicing on Sunday so read your emails for details.

Thank you and have a great day!

***From Alex Bloemendal, your student council president.

Hope everyone is getting excited for homecoming week next week! The theme for the week is "Cruisin’ Home” like we are on a cruise ship!

The week will be highlighted with out of uniform days that correspond with the Cruise Theme, snacks given out at lunches, the Junior vs. Senior powder puff game on Wednesday night at 7pm, and the Homecoming Semi-formal Dance on Saturday night. Also, this year, Student Council is raising awareness and funds for issues that impact water conservation and marine life. Throughout the week we will be promoting organizations like Engineers without Borders, Oceanic Society, and the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

Please check your email later today for the out of uniform and events for each day!

Also, tickets are will be sold during all lunches starting next Monday for $10 and homecoming t-shirts will be sold beginning Tuesday for $15!

Thank you!

***Middle Schoolers who want to sing! Don’t forget to come to the theatre after school on Monday to audition for the Middle School Cabaret! You don’t need to prepare anything, just show up! That’s Monday after school! Check your email for the rehearsal dates and times!

If anyone is still interested in working on costumes or helping build the set for NEWSIES, it’s not too late to join! Check the callboard for next week’s schedule and just show up!

SEPTEMBER 13

*** Have you always wanted to be able to bring your sibling or cousin around on a typical school day with you, so you can show them how awesome attending Hill-Murray is? On Friday, September 28th, the Admissions Office will be hosting its annual Sibling & Cousin Visit Day. We are only allowed to host 50 students in grades 5th, 6th, 7th, or 8th. If you are interested, stop down in Mr. Belde’s office as soon as possible for more information and to grab a permissions slip for your sibling or cousin. Permissions slips are due no later than Thursday, September 20th.

If you have any questions, please see Mr. Belde!

*** All freshmen who have Advisory Mr. Ndiaye, Mrs. Lee, & Mrs. Deuth- your retreat is tomorrow.

You are out of uniform & lunch is provided. Bring a bag lunch if you have special dietary needs. You will go to HR/P1 for attendance & announcements and then report to the chapel right after that.

*** There is an informational meeting this Sunday for all boys in grades 7 through 12 who are interested in trying out for boys hockey. The meeting is at 4 p.m. in the cafeteria and will last about an hour. Please make sure you and/or your parents are in attendance as there will be important information handed out.


SEPTEMBER 12

***This announcement is for current Student Ambassadors,

Please stop down to Mr. Belde’s office to sign up for a day and time to visit your previous middle school to talk about how awesome being a Pioneer is! When you sign up, make sure to grab a permission slip and return it prior to your school visit.

If you have any questions, please see Mr. Belde!

*** "Attention all girls interested in playing softball this Spring. There will be a brief 10-minute meeting after school on Wednesday, September 12th. Please meet in the Staff Lounge immediately following the school day, meeting will start at 2:40pm. Thank you."

*** All freshmen who have Advisory with Mr. Robasse, Mr. Oftedahl, & Mrs. Strahan are on retreat tomorrow.

If you have Mr. Ndiaye, Mrs. Lee, & Mrs. Deuth for advisory, your retreat is on Friday.

On your retreat day you are out of uniform & lunch is provided. Bring a bag lunch if you have special dietary needs. You will go to HR/P1 for attendance & announcements and then report to the chapel right after that.

*** This is a reminder for all middle school students. Our Junior Achievement co-curricular club informational meeting is today right after school in room 035. All middle school students are invited to attend!

SEPTEMBER 11

***This announcement is for current Student Ambassadors,

Please stop down to Mr. Belde’s office to sign up for a day and time to visit your previous middle school to talk about how awesome being a Pioneer is! When you sign up, make sure to grab a permission slip and return it prior to your school visit.

*** Have you always wanted to be able to bring your sibling or cousin around on a typical school day with you, so you can show them how awesome attending Hill-Murray is? On Friday, September 28th, the Admissions Office will be hosting its annual Sibling & Cousin Visit Day. We are only allowed to host 50 students in grades 5th, 6th, 7th, or 8th. If you are interested, stop down in Mr. Belde’s office as soon as possible for more information and to grab a permissions slip for your sibling or cousin. Permissions slips are due no later than Thursday, September 20th.

If you have any questions, please see Mr. Belde!

*** "Attention all girls interested in playing softball this Spring. There will be a brief 10-minute meeting after school on Wednesday, September 12th. Please meet in the Staff Lounge immediately following the school day, meeting will start at 2:40pm. Thank you."

***This is a reminder for all middle school students. Our Junior Achievement co-curricular club informational meeting will be tomorrow - Wednesday, September 12 right after school in room 035. All middle school students are invited to attend!

***Attention all girls interested in participating in girls hockey this season- mark your calendars for the Player / Parent tryout and general information meeting that will take place this Sunday, September 16th, at 1:30 in the cafeteria. All players and at least one parent should attend this important pre-season meeting. If for some reason you or a parent cannot attend, you must let Coach Schafhauser know prior to Sunday.

September 10

*** If you are interested in becoming a student ambassador, applications are available in Mr. Belde’s office at the bottom at the bottom of the main stairwell. Applications are due by Friday, September 28th. If you have any questions, please see Mr. Belde!

***If you are interested in working on the costume crew for our fall production of NEWSIES, we will start Tuesday after school from 2:45-3:30p. See you there!

SEPTEMBER 7

*** Adoration is a beautiful opportunity to spend some time in silence with Jesus in the Eucharist. We have adoration every First Friday, including today! We began with Mass in the chapel at 7:10am and we will end today just before 3pm. Come and pray for a few minutes after school, during lunch or with your class. As both St. Benedict and St. John Baptist de la Salle said, "Let us remember that we are in the holy presence of God."

*** If you are interested in becoming a student ambassador, applications are available in Mr. Belde’s office at the bottom at the bottom of the main stairwell. Applications are due by Friday, September 28th. If you have any questions, please see Mr. Belde!

***Attention High School Girls: Are you interested in learning more about careers in science, technology, and math? If so, join us on October 4th at Target Headquarters for Target's 7th annual Science and Technology day. Spend a day filled with creative and interactive presentations and demonstrations to inspire young women to pursue careers in the tech field. You'll also get a tour of Target Headquarters and see some behind the scenes of one of the largest retailers in the U.S. This is a free event and transportation and lunch will be provided. If interested sign up by the end of the day today, September 7th, in Mr. Gapinski's room, room 046.

***We need to talk about WIN time, Our first WIN time is Tuesday. All students in grades 9-11 must sign up for two WIN times. Your teachers will have what they are offering posted outside their classroom by Friday afternoon.

Students in grades 6-8, you will sign up for one WIN time with your teachers. Use this opportunity to get help as needed, make up tests/quizzes if you were absent or for enrichment.

Seniors, you must stay in the building. The commons is reserved for you - you may sign up for WIN time but it is not mandatory. The expectation is that you use the time wisely.

Black and White days, 9th grade eats A lunch, 11th grade eats B lunch and 10th grade eats C lunch. Seniors may eat any one of the 3 high school lunches.

Middle School students eat at 12:05 following WIN time. Any questions, see your counselor or me. Thank you.

***Are you an 8th-11th grader interested in robotics but already involved with activities after school? We have the perfect club for you, we are starting a new robotics team that will meet before school. If you’re interested, come to the meeting at 7 am Monday morning in Mr Gapinski’s room, 046.

*** This is a SHOUT OUT to Freshmen

TONIGHT IS THE….. LINK MIXER!
It is a dance for only the Freshmen class. There will be a DJ, games, and many different snacks!
We will have a Wii with Mario Kart!
The cost is 5 dollars and it starts at 7:00 in the Cafeteria and goes until 9:30
Come join your friends for a fun night
I’m a Senior….and I still talk about my FRESHMEN MIXER!!

SEPTEMBER 6

*** Our first day of adoration will be tomorrow! Adoration is a beautiful opportunity to spend some time in silence with Jesus in the Eucharist. We have adoration every First Friday. We'll begin with Mass in the chapel at 7:10am and end just before 3pm. Come and pray for a few minutes before school, after school, during lunch or with your class. As both St. Benedict and St. John Baptist de la Salle said, "Let us remember that we are in the holy presence of God."

***Basketball announcements for Middle School and High School boys

Middle School Boys Basketball Program
There will be a boy’s middle school basketball program this year. If you are in 6th, 7th or 8th grade and you are interested in playing for Hill- Murray for the upcoming 2018-19 basketball season, please sign-up with Coach Robasse in the athletic office.

Boys Basketball Fall League
Coach Robasse is looking for High School boys who would be interested in participating with the boys’ basketball fall league. If you are interested, there will be a sign up sheet in the athletic office.

***This message is for all Middle School Students!

Do you like to dream about your future? Have you participated in JA Biztown? Well, now is your opportunity to participate in JA Finance Park!!!! Come to our Junior Achievement informational meeting next Wednesday, September 12, from 2:30 - 3 in room 035. See Mrs. Donnelly for more information.

***Attention High School Girls: Are you interested in learning more about careers in science, technology, and math? If so, join us on October 4th at Target Headquarters for Target's 7th annual Science and Technology day. Spend a day filled with creative and interactive presentations and demonstrations to inspire young women to pursue careers in the tech field. You'll also get a tour of Target Headquarters and see some behind the scenes of one of the largest retailers in the U.S. This is a free event and transportation and lunch will be provided. If interested sign up by the end of the day tomorrow September 7th in Mr. Gapinski's room, room 046.

***We need to talk about WIN time, Our first WIN time is Tuesday. All students in grades 9-11 must sign up for two WIN times. Your teachers will have what they are offering posted outside their classroom by Friday afternoon.

Students in grades 6-8, you will sign up for one WIN time with your teachers. Use this opportunity to get help as needed, make up tests/quizzes if you were absent or for enrichment.

Seniors, you must stay in the building. The commons is reserved for you - you may sign up for WIN time but it is not mandatory. The expectation is that you use the time wisely.

Black and White days, 9th grade eats A lunch, 11th grade eats B lunch and 10th grade eats C lunch. Seniors may eat any one of the 3 high school lunches.

Middle School students eat at 12:05 following WIN time. Any questions, see your counselor or me. Thank you.

***Attention Freshmen

Tomorrow is the LINK MIXER!

This is a dance for only the Freshmen class. There will be a DJ, many snacks and lots of different games to play!

The cost is 5 dollars and it starts at 7:00 in the Cafeteria and goes until 9:30

Come join your friends for a fun night to remember!

***Are you an 8th-11th grader interested in robotics but already involved with activities after school? We have the perfect club for you, we are starting a new robotics team that will meet before school. If you’re interested, come to the meeting at 7 am Monday morning in Mr Gapinski’s room, 046.

SEPTEMBER 10

*** Adoration is a beautiful opportunity to spend some time in silence with Jesus in the Eucharist. We have adoration every First Friday, including today! We began with Mass in the chapel at 7:10am and we will end today just before 3pm. Come and pray for a few minutes after school, during lunch or with your class. As both St. Benedict and St. John Baptist de la Salle said, "Let us remember that we are in the holy presence of God."

SEPTEMBER 5

***Good Morning! This is Sunwoo Lee, and this message is for all Middle School Students!

Do you like to dream about your future? Have you participated in JA Biztown? Well, now is your opportunity to participate in JA Finance Park!!!! Come to our Junior Achievement informational meeting next Wednesday, September 12, right after school in room 035. See you there!

***Basketball announcements for Middle School and High School boys

Middle School Boys Basketball Program

There will be a boy’s middle school basketball program this year. If you are in 6th, 7th or 8th grade and you are interested in playing for Hill- Murray for the upcoming 2018-19 basketball season, please sign-up with Coach Robasse in the athletic office.

Boys Basketball Fall League

Coach Robasse is looking for High School boys who would be interested in participating with the boys’ basketball fall league. If you are interested, there will be a sign up sheet in the athletic office.

***A reminder for all freshmen who have Advisory with Ms. Jensen, Mr. Hanson, & Mrs. Corrales. You have your freshman on retreat tomorrow. You are out of uniform, lunch is provided, and you are to report to the chapel right after1st Hour attendance and announcements.

***"The Dungeons and Dragons will be meeting Wednesdays from 3 to 6 in the Innovation Center. This is a drop-in-and-out club, with no commitments, so come any Wednesday you are free"

"The Virtual Reality Game Design Club will be meeting on Fridays from 3 to 5 in the Innovation Center. This Friday is an Open Meeting for all interested."

***Juniors and Seniors: college visits begin this week with Holy Cross College, Notre Dame Indiana, visiting on Thursday afternoon. To see the list of schools visiting and sign up, you must log into your Naviance account. You also need a pass from your teacher. Visits take place in the Guidance Office. If you have any questions see Ms. Egan or your counselor.

***A reminder for all freshmen who have Advisory with Ms. Jensen, Mr. Hanson, & Mrs. Corrales. You have your freshman on retreat tomorrow. You are out of uniform, lunch is provided, and you are to report to the chapel right after1st Hour attendance and announcements.


SEPTEMBER 4

*** High School and Middle School Jazz Band will be starting next week! You do not have to be in band to join. There will be a short meeting for everyone interested in High School Jazz Band on Wednesday morning at 7:30am in the band room, and there will be a meeting for everyone interested in Middle School Jazz Band on Thursday morning at 7:30am in the band room. If you are interested but cannot attend the meeting, please email or talk to Mr. Weber.

*** This Friday, is the LINK MIXER!
This is a dance for only the Freshmen class. There will be a DJ, many snacks and lots of different games to play!
The cost is 5 dollars and it starts at 7:00 in the Cafeteria and goes until 9:30
Come join your friends for a fun night to remember!

*** Homework Hall starts today, from 2:35 – 3:35 in The Nicholas Center. Students you are encouraged to go if you are looking for homework help.

All other students need to wait for rides in the commons after 2:35. Only students signed up for homework hall can be in the TNC.

*** Attention freshmen. Your retreats start this week. Information was sent to you in an email and through your advisory teacher on orientation day. This Thursday Ms. Jensen’s, Mr. Hanson’s, & Mrs. Corrales’ advisories are on retreat. On the day of your retreat you are out of uniform, lunch is provided, and you report to the chapel right after Homeroom announcements. Any questions? See Mr. Ranweiler in the campus ministry office.

*** Auditions for the fall musical are TODAY after school! If you have not signed up for a slot, do so! We want to see everyone who is interested and prepared! If the times don’t work, email Mr. Ballentine ASAP!

*** If you are interested in becoming a student ambassador, applications are available in Mr. Belde’s office at the bottom at the bottom of the main stairwell. Applications are due by Friday, September 28th. If you have any questions, please see Mr. Belde!

Have a great day! :)

AUGUST 2018

AUGUST 31

***Today we welcome Ava and Kyla McTeague visiting with Reena Gallivan in 10th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray and have a great day!

***Middle School Boys Basketball Program

There will be a boy’s middle school basketball program this year. If you are in middle school (6th, 7th or 8th grade) and you are interested in playing for Hill- Murray for the upcoming 2018-19 basketball season, please sign-up with Coach Robasse in the athletic office.

Boys Basketball Fall League
Coach Robasse is looking for juniors and seniors who would be interested in participating with the boys’ basketball fall league. If you are interested, there will be a sign-up sheet in the athletic office.

***Homework Hall starts on Tuesday, September 4th from 2:35 – 3:35 in The Nicholas Center. Please encourage the students to go if they are looking for homework help.

All other students need to wait for rides in the commons after 2:35. Only students signed up for homework hall can be in the TNC.

***Remember freshman there is an ice cream social after school today! Come grab some ice cream and chat with your friends in the staff lounge...which is near the main entrance!

*** The student council Welcome Dance for grades 9-12 is tonight after the football game, rain or shine, so don’t miss it! If it’s raining, the dance will be in the field house It’s completely free and we’ll feed you as well! Please come and get to know your fellow Pioneers!

Also, don’t forget to turn in your student council application to a studco member or Mr. Ballentine today! We want you to help us make this Hill-Murray’s best year ever!

***If you are a student in grades 6-9 and have not turned in your Health Card and Immunization to the health office, your name is posted outside Mrs. Barbato’s office. Turn your health card into the Heath Office as soon as possible. If you need another card, see Ms. VanScoyk in the health office for another one. These are due on Tuesday! If you do not have your card turned in you will not be allowed to participate in any activities. The state requires a health card and updated immunization for students to attend school.

AUGUST 30

***Today we welcome Dani Strom to Hill-Murray! Dani will be shadowing Shae Stinnett in the 8th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray, Dani! We hope you have a great day!

***Middle School Boys Basketball Program
There will be a boy’s middle school basketball program this year. If you are in middle school (6th, 7th or 8th grade) and you are interested in playing for Hill- Murray for the upcoming 2018-19 basketball season, please sign-up with Coach Robasse in the athletic office.

***Boys Basketball Fall League
Coach Robasse is looking for juniors and seniors who would be interested in participating with the boys’ basketball fall league. If you are interested, there will be a sign-up sheet in the athletic office.

***If you are a student in grades 6-9 and have not turned in your Health Card and Immunization to the health office, your name is posted outside Mrs. Barbato’s office. Turn your health card into the Heath Office as soon as possible. If you need another card, see Ms. VanScoyk in the health office for another one. These are due on Tuesday! If you do not have your card turned in you will not be allowed to participate in any activities. The state requires a health card and updated immunization for students to attend school.

*** Middle School Students- Are you interested in Robots? Or maybe you like building with Legos. Come to Mr. Gapinski's room (046) after school this Thursday (Aug 30th) for an informational meeting about Middle School Robotics. It will run from 2:45 until 3:30.

***Good Morning Pioneers, this is Rachel McBride with DECA. We want to thank you for your generous donations of school supplies for our friends at Webster Elementary School. We delivered many supplies to Webster yesterday. Additional school supplies may still be dropped off in room 035 through the end of the week. Thank you for your participation!

***Attention Freshmen:
Your Link Leaders are hosting an Ice Cream Social tomorrow after school. Come to the Staff Lounge, which is by the main entrance, to chat with your friends and celebrate completing your first full week of high school. There will be multiple favors and lots of toppings! Even if you can’t stay long... grab some ice cream for on-the-go!

See you all tomorrow!

***Reminder that after announcements and attendance all 9th grade students should report to the auditorium for your class meetings. Teachers please move to the auditorium with your students. It should take about 20 minutes. Thank you.

***Pioneers, this year, we will have optional Masses every day of the week. Look for schedules on the bulletin boards around the building. Our first one will be today after school. Mass will start at 2:40 and be done by three today and every Thursday.

***Homework Hall starts on Tuesday, September 4th from 2:35 – 3:35 in The Nicholas Center. Please encourage the students to go if they are looking for homework help.

All other students need to wait for rides in the commons after 2:35. Only students signed up for homework hall can be in the TNC.

***I will be down in the office this morning to help deliver this announcement-

"The spring supplements from the 2018 Omega yearbook have now arrived. All students who purchased a 2018 yearbook last spring are entitled to receive a supplement.

Your homeroom teacher should have your supplements; please take one only if you got a yearbook last spring.

We did not send supplements to 9th grade homerooms. If you are a current 9th grader who attended HM last year and would like a supplement, please stop by room 119 and see Mr. Pults to pick one up.

Thanks, and we hope you enjoy the last piece of the 2018 yearbook." Thank you, D. Pults

***Auditions for the fall musical, NEWSIES, are next week! Don’t forget to sign up for an audition slot on the theatre callboard outside the choir room! Email Mr. Ballentine if you have any questions!

***Student council’s Welcome Mixer for grades 9 thru 12 is tomorrow after the home football game! Don’t miss out on the chance to meet some new friends and have a great time! Both events are free for Hill-Murray students so there’s no excuse to miss it!

Also, applications to join student council are due tomorrow! Please get your app to a student council member or Mr. Ballentine!

August 29

*** Seniors: The College Meeting has been rescheduled for tonight at 7 pm in the Auditorium. Remember if you cannot make this meeting you must email Ms. Egan to make an appointment.

*** Middle School Students- Are you interested in Robots? Or maybe you like building with Legos. Come to Mr. Gapinski's room (046) after school this Thursday (Aug 30th) for an informational meeting about Middle School Robotics. It will run from 2:45 until 3:30.

AUGUST 28

*** Middle School Students- Are you interested in Robots? Or maybe you like building with Legos. Come to Mr. Gapinski's room (046) after school this Thursday (Aug 30th) for an informational meeting about Middle School Robotics. It will run from 2:45 until 3:30.

*** Congratulations to the Hill-Murray High School Robotics team for earning a second place ribbon at the State Fair for Mechanical Design. Special recognition to Kate Propp for delivering the robot and creating the poster. Go PioNerds!

***Don’t forget to come to today’s theatre info meeting after school if you are interested in participating in theatre this school year!

We’ll meet in the auditorium after school until 3p! The newsies audition workshop is right after until 4pm! Please come and see what Hill-Murray Theatre is all about!

***Good morning, Pioneers!

If you are interested in becoming a student ambassador—someone who helps represent Hill-Murray to prospective families—please pick up an application outside of Mr. Belde’s new office which is at the bottom of the main stairwell in the former peer helping center!

Have a great day!

***Seniors: due to the power outage last night’s meeting had to be cancelled. Please check your email today. We will reschedule this meeting.

AUGUST 27

*** Seniors: the last college info meeting is TONIGHT at 7 pm in the Auditorium. You must attend this meeting to retrieve your transcript and vital information about this year.

*** Don’t forget! Applications for this year’s student council are due this Friday, 8/31! We’re looking for high school leaders in our school who want to contribute to improving our already great HM community!

And don’t forget about the High school Welcome Mixer this Friday after the football game! We hope to see you at both events, which are free admission! Be there!

AUGUST 24

***Seniors there is a mandatory meeting for you coming up. Choose from Sunday night at 6 pm or Monday night at 7 pm. See your email for full details.

*** Good Morning Pioneers, this is June Knauss with DECA!

We are collecting new school supplies for our friends at Webster Elementary School now through next Thursday. We invite all of you to participate. Supplies may be dropped off in the donation boxes by the main office and the office of student life. Thank you!

*** Just a reminder, you must have money in your lunch account at all times. Starting Monday, if you do not have money in your lunch account you will not be able to use it. Thank you.

*** Good Morning. If anyone is interested in coming out for football, there is still time! Whether you have played many years or never at all, please see Mr. Garvey in the Nicholas Center or Coach Bercich in the Main Office if interested.


AUGUST 23

*** Seniors there is a mandatory meeting for you coming up. Choose from Sunday night at 6 pm or Monday night at 7 pm. See your email for full details.

*** Good Morning Pioneers, this is June Knauss with DECA!

We are collecting new school supplies for our friends at Webster Elementary School now through next Thursday. We invite all of you to participate. Supplies may be dropped off in the donation boxes by the main office and the office of student life. Thank you!

*** Welcome Back Pioneers!

This is Alex Bloemendal your Student Council President!

I know it is only the first day of school, but student council has already been planning some fun events! Our first event is a high school mixer on August 31 right
after the first home football game. So, stay after the football game and head to the mixer! Weather permitting it will be outside in the loading dock area!

Also, an all school email was sent out with the Student Council application. Those applications are due by Friday, September 7th. You can turn them in to Mr. Ballentine’s office!

Thank you and have a great first day back!