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SPRING BREAK

March 17

***As we all continue to grapple with the repercussions of Covid 19, know that the Campus Ministry office is open today if you need a place to go and a person to talk to. If you feel like you would like to talk to a caring adult, need a listening ear or would like to say a prayer you are welcome to stop in. In this stressful time, we need to remember that we are a strong community and we are in this together. It is important that we draw strength from God’s love, that we make wise choices for our own health and the health of others, and that we support and serve one another along the way. Stop down to Campus Ministry if we can be of help in any way. And feel free to call or email a Campus Minister at any time going forward if you are looking for support.

March 16

***Today we have many visitors with us! We would like to welcome:

Paige Lorsung visiting with Rachel Bohlen
Georgia Gibbs visiting with Anna Bacchus
August Mahler visiting with Brayden Houge
Nina VanderLow visiting with Julia DiMartini
Jack Dolan visiting with Tanner Thoms

Welcome to Hill-Murray and have a great day!

***Good Morning,
Please pay attention to the following changes we are making in the cafeteria for everyone's safety. We are trying to maintain as many options as possible.

All self service items will be restricted for the near future. With that be said, we will be serving pizza where the soup is normally served. There will only be cheese or pepperoni thin crust.

Please be respectful as service may take a few minutes longer. Please only come into the serving area if you are planning to purchase something. Please try to get everything you want in one pass through the serving area .

March 13

***Let me be a true son or daughter of God and shine through to others with peace and happiness in this lenten season. Amen.

***Aiyanna Renner will be visiting with Maci Yanz in 7th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray, we hope you have a great day!

***The Minnesota State Esports Tournament has been moved entirely online and will be streamed on twitch this weekend. You can support your fellow pioneers by watching the stream at Twitch Dot TV Slash M N V L.

League of Legends will be broadcasted on Saturday from 10:30am until 8:00pm. Go pioneers!

***Today is the Red Cross Blood Drive in the Fieldhouse from 8:30am-1:30pm! If you signed up to donate, you received an email from the Red Cross with all the info you need! Remember to bring your ID!

Teachers, the donor schedule is in your email. Thanks to everyone for their support of this drive. In this uncertain time, the Red Cross needs all the donations it can get! Thank you!

March 12

***Today all 9th, 10th, and AP 12 graders will be attending a performance of Romeo & Juliet in the auditorium immediately following lunch A. Students, please remember to sit in the assigned section given to you by your English teacher. Attendance will be taken. Your utmost theatre etiquette is expected. See you in the fieldhouse for lunch A.

***Students are reminded to always have a lock on your locker. We will continue to put our locks on any unlocked lockers and issue 30 minute detentions.

***Attention 8th graders. This Friday (3/13) is your class retreat! You will go directly to the cafeteria on Friday morning for attendance and announcements. You will be out of uniform- neat, clean, and modest! As a reminder permission slips which were emailed to your parents are due on Thursday. If you have any questions do not hesitate to reach out to Ms. Deitschel, Mrs. Carter, Mr. Ranweiler, or Fr. Kevin.

***Today we welcome Franklin Johnson-Gilyard (pronounced GILL YARD) who is visiting with Lucas Heyer, and Amir Oglesby (pronounced OH GULLS BEE) who is visiting with Rashad McKinley. Welcome to Hill-Murray and have a great day!

***Student Council has made the decision to cancel the Winter Semi-Formal Dance on Saturday night due to concerns about the coronavirus. While the odds of the virus spreading in our community is very unlikely at this point, holding a large social gathering just isn’t necessary or worth the risk. Please remember to wash your hands often, sneeze into your elbow, and do all you can to prevent the spread of germs in our community. Please stay home if you are not feeling well. This is a new situation for all of us and circumstances are changing daily or even hourly, so it’s best to be prepared and take preventative measures.

Finally, please know that the Red Cross has an urgent need for Blood due to the Coronavirus Outbreak and those of you that are 16 years of age or older have an opportunity to help those in need tomorrow at our annual blood drive. As the coronavirus spreads, odds are blood donations will decrease. Donating blood is a safe process and people should not hesitate to give or receive blood. Please consider donating and sign up during lunches today.

Donors should remember to drink extra water and eat healthy food today and tomorrow, before giving. Bring a picture ID and consent form for 16 year olds. Thank you for donating!

March 11

***BOYS GOLF Parent/Player Meeting: Interested in trying out for the Boys Golf team this Spring?

Please attend a Parent/Player required informational meeting Wednesday March 11th at 5pm in the staff lounge.

***All Ninth Graders, tenth graders, and Ms. Stormont's AP 12th graders:

On Thursday, March 12, you will be attending a performance of Romeo & Juliet at noon in the auditorium. Please bring your own bag lunch to the fieldhouse for "A" Lunch. You will not be able to visit the cafeteria on Thursday.

Again: 9th, 10th, & AP 12th graders bring your own lunch to the fieldhouse for 'A' lunch this Thursday. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Schwartzbauer.

Thank you!

***Attention 8th graders. This Friday (3/13) is your class retreat! You will go directly to the cafeteria on Friday morning for attendance and announcements. You will be out of uniform- neat, clean, and modest! As a reminder permission slips which were emailed to your parents are due on Thursday. If you have any questions do not hesitate to reach out to Ms. Deitschel, Mrs. Carter, Mr. Ranweiler, or Fr. Kevin.

***This is a reminder that anyone interested in applying to be a Peer Listener for the 20-21 school year must turn their nomination form into the Counseling Office by Monday, March 16. Forms are available in Counseling if you haven’t received a nomination form and are interested.

***Today we welcome Tommy Miller to Hill-Murray. Tommy, will be visiting with Boden Sampair in 7th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray, Tommy, we hope you have a great day!

March 10

***Are you passionate about art, stories, poetry, web design, or marketing? Are you looking for a fantastic student leadership opportunity? The school is looking for any and all students interested in editing and organizing this year's edition of Hill-Murray's online literary magazine. Our goal is to create an online space for students to share their pieces of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drawing, painting, sculpture, and other art. Any student interested in helping should report to Room 138 after school on Tuesday, March 10th.

***Attention 8th graders. This Friday (3/13) is your class retreat! You will go directly to the cafeteria on Friday morning for attendance and announcements. You will be out of uniform- neat, clean, and modest! As a reminder permission slips which were emailed to your parents are due on Thursday. If you have any questions do not hesitate to reach out to Ms. Deitschel, Mrs. Carter, Mr. Ranweiler, or Fr. Kevin.

***This is a reminder that all women’s history month t-shirts will be distributed today after school in the cafeteria. Students who purchased a shirt will be out of uniform tomorrow. If you did not purchase a shirt, you must be in uniform. Also, remember to sign up for the blood drive and school dance tickets during WIN time! Have a great day!

***Students are reminded to always have a lock on your locker. We will continue to put our locks on any unlocked lockers and issue 30 minute detentions.

***All Ninth Graders, tenth graders, and Ms. Stormont's AP 12th graders:

On Thursday, March 12, you will be attending a performance of Romeo & Juliet at noon in the auditorium. Please bring your own bag lunch to the fieldhouse for "A" Lunch. You will not be able to visit the cafeteria on Thursday.

Again: 9th, 10th, & AP 12th graders bring your own lunch to the fieldhouse for 'A' lunch this Thursday. If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Schwartzbauer.

Thank you!

March 6

***We have adoration today from now until 2:30 pm. Come, let us adore him!

***Track and Field begins on Monday. Anyone joining Track and Field must be registered by this weekend or they will not be able to participate on Monday. Please meet in the Varsity Gym at 2:45 ready for practice. Bring your forms and raffle tickets if you haven’t turned them in yet. Thank you

***Boys Tennis will be holding an after school meeting on Monday, March 9 in the faculty lounge at 2:45pm for those planning on participating this season. The season kicks off March 23.

***Are you passionate about art, stories, poetry, web design, or marketing? Are you looking for a fantastic student leadership opportunity? The school is looking for any and all students interested in editing and organizing this year's edition of Hill-Murray's online literary magazine. Our goal is to create an online space for students to share their pieces of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drawing, painting, sculpture, and other art. Any student interested in helping should report to Room 138 after school on Tuesday, March 10th.

***BOYS GOLF Parent/Player Meeting: Interested in trying out for the Boys Golf team this Spring?

Please attend a Parent/Player required informational meeting Wednesday March 11th at 5pm in the staff lounge.

***Hi pioneers!
This is your final reminder to order a women's history month t-shirt. Everyone is welcome to order one. Yes guys, that means you too!!! We need your support! They are $5 and the link can be found in your email. Students will be out of uniform next week on Wednesday if you are wearing the shirts. Orders are due by the end of the day today at 3PM.

Also -the highschool girl's night in movie showing of mean girls is this Sunday from 7-9. There will be a photo booth and pink treats. It'll be a great way to come together and spend international women's day with your friends. We hope to see you there!

March 5

***There will be no 7am Mass tomorrow morning, but we will have adoration from 8am to 2:30 pm. Come, let us adore him!

***Students - please make sure you have your lock on your locker at all times. We will begin putting other locks on any locker that is left open. Those students will need to report to student life to get into their locker and receive 30-minute detention for a first infraction and increased time for each offense after that. Lock your locker!!!

***Track and Field begins on Monday. Anyone joining Track and Field must be registered by this weekend or they will not be able to participate on Monday. Please meet in the Varsity Gym at 2:45 ready for practice. Bring your forms and raffle tickets if you haven’t turned them in yet. Thank you

***Boys Tennis will be holding an after school meeting on Monday, March 9 in the faculty lounge at 2:45pm for those planning on participating this season. The season kicks off March 23.

***Are you passionate about art, stories, poetry, web design, or marketing? Are you looking for a fantastic student leadership opportunity? The school is looking for any and all students interested in editing and organizing this year's edition of Hill-Murray's online literary magazine. Our goal is to create an online space for students to share their pieces of fiction, nonfiction, poetry, drawing, painting, sculpture, and other art. Any student interested in helping should report to Room 138 after school on Tuesday, March 10th.

***Good morning pioneers! This is a reminder to all high-school girls that there will be a movie night this Sunday March 8th from 7-9 to celebrate Women’s History Month. We will be watching mean girls! There will be pink treats and a photo booth as well.

Additionally: don’t forget to order a women’s history month t-shirt. The google form can be found in your email. They are $10 and students can be out of uniform to wear them Wednesday March 11th. Orders are due this Friday at 3p

***Good Morning Pioneers!
The Red Cross will be here Next Friday on March 13.

Stop by the student council table in the commons today up until next Thursday to sign up to reserve your spot donate blood!

Also, don’t forget to come to the table to purchase your WINTER DANCE tickets for $5!

Thanks and have a great day!

***Today we welcome Claire McGrath visiting with Katie McGrath in 9th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray and have a great day!

March 4

***Over the next few weeks you will notice blue bags on the Maple tree’s in the front of the school. These bags are collecting sap that will be boiled down for maple syrup. Students within the Environmental Studies and 6th grade science classes will be helping with the tapping, collection and boiling down of the sap.

***During Community Time on Wednesday students should report to the Varsity Gym for a presentation on Women's History Month. Students should check their email for the schedule on Wednesday due to the addition of a pep fest.

***Good Morning Pioneers. The Winter Dance is coming up quick on Saturday, March 14th! It will be a Sadie’s dance but that doesn’t mean guys can’t ask girls or everyone has to bring a date. Feel free to go in a group or stick to tradition and have girls ask guys. It is a semi formal, and tickets will be sold for $5 during WIN in the next couple weeks so stay tuned so you can get yours. We’re excited to have another great dance!

***Please only come into the serving area if you are planning to buy something.
You are not to enter into the serving area by the cashiers.
Please eat during your assigned lunch. We are having upperclassmen trying to eat with the middle school. You will be turned away and charged for any food you have touched.
You must have money in your lunch account to use it.

March 3

***Over the next few weeks you will notice blue bags on the Maple tree’s in the front of the school. These bags are collecting sap that will be boiled down for maple syrup. Students within the Environmental Studies and 6th grade science classes will be helping with the tapping, collection and boiling down of the sap.

***During Community Time on Wednesday students should report to the Varsity Gym for a presentation on Women's History Month. Students should check their e-mails for the schedule on Wednesday due to the addition of a pep fest.

***Hey Pioneers! This Sunday, March 8th is International Women's day! To celebrate, Student Council is hosting a high school girl's movie night from 7-9p. We will be watching Mean Girls! Please wear your cutest, chicest, comfiest pink pajamas or whatever you feel comfortable in. There will be treats and a photo booth as well. We hope to see you all there for a night to celebrate us girls.

***Students - please make sure you have your lock on your locker at all times. We will begin putting other locks on any locker that is left open. Those students will need to report to student life to get into their locker and receive 30-minute detention for a first infraction and increased time for each offense after that. Lock your locker!!!

March 2

***Students please ensure you have Signed up for Student Support Time for your WIN sessions.

***Attention anyone interested in playing football next season. There will be a short meeting after school at 2:40 pm in Room 154. Please attend if you plan on playing football next fall.

***Attention Boys Lacrosse Players. The Boys Lacrosse Parent Athlete Meeting will be on Monday, March 2nd at 7:00 pm in the Commons. All boys in grades 7-12 that are interested in Lacrosse are encouraged to attend. We will see you all on Monday night.

***March is Women’s History Month! This year is the 100th anniversary of women receiving the right to vote! Early suffragists spent years, and in some cases entire lifespans advocating for the right to vote. Please make sure you check out the pole in the theater wing. Student Council decorated the pole for Women’s History Month with the Women’s Movement logo. The logo is made up of the Venus symbol (or the female symbol) with a fist, which represents a power movement. This symbol signifies the power and strength that women have in our society and the battle for equal rights.

***The robotics team competed at a regional in North Dakota this past weekend and did very well, scoring the third most points out of 60 teams during the autonomous portion of the matches. They will compete again over spring break in Iowa. Great job!

***Congratulations to the boys hockey team as they defeated WBL Friday night to earn a trip to the state tournament. This is important information if you want a ticket to the game Thursday night at 8:00. Students you may request one ticket. The cost is $12. Put the money in an envelope with your name grade and 7th hour class/teacher printed on the front. Make sure the envelope is sealed. Boxes will be on a table in the main entry. Place your envelope in the box marked for your class. Example 9th grade 10th grade etc. You must have the correct amount only in the envelope. We will not provide envelopes for you or change. Envelopes must be turned in by 8 AM tomorrow morning and you will receive your tickets in your seventh hour class on Thursday. Students must be in school on Thursday to pick up their ticket.

Ticket information will be emailed to all students and staff as well as posted on our website and social media.

February 28

***Friday Prayer.
It's never easy to be a student. Every day brings more assignments until it seems that the hard work will never end. I know I'd rather watch TV or listen to music many times when I sit down to study, but please, Lord, help me to realize that knowledge, like your love, can never be lost. Help me never to underestimate myself as a student because anything can be accomplished with your guidance and love. Let me be helpful and understanding toward my fellow students, and not judge them but radiate the same love you show us through your lasting mercy. Amen.

***Members of our DECA Chapter will be heading off to the state competition this weekend. They will be competing Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. We wish them the best of luck!

***Attention Boys Lacrosse Players. The Boys Lacrosse Parent Athlete Meeting will be on Monday, March 2nd at 7:00 pm in the Commons. All boys in grades 7-12 that are interested in Lacrosse are encouraged to attend. We will see you all on Monday night.

***If you are not involved in an after school sport or activity you are NOT allowed to hang out in the athletic wing, field house or varsity gym. You MUST wait for your ride in the commons.

***Today is the last day to order Track and Field apparel. Please get that taken care of and remember you need to order your own pair of uniform shorts. Thank you

***Attention Baseball Players - There will be NO Open Gym this Sunday, March 1. Open Gym will resume the following Sunday, March 8. Thank you.

***Boys Hockey Section Final Hockey tickets will be on sale in the Activities Office today from 7:30 am - NOON. Tickets will also be on sale at Aldrich Arena starting at 1:00 pm on Friday. Go Pioneers!!

***The middle school play, AN INCONVENIENT SQUIRREL, performs THIS WEEKEND ONLY. Friday and Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 2pm. The show runs 50 minutes long and is free for all. Come watch a bunch of middle school kids run around in squirrel costumes! It’ll be fun!


February 27

***In recognition of Black History Month, students may have seen some door decorations popping up on their teachers' doors. Take a look around at who your teachers have selected as a figure of black achievement and excellence. Start a conversation, ask a question, and get inspired!

***Attention Boys Lacrosse Players. The Boys Lacrosse Parent Athlete Meeting will be on Monday, March 2nd at 7:00 pm in the Commons. All boys in grades 7-12 that are interested in Lacrosse are encouraged to attend. We will see you all on Monday night.

***If you are not involved in an after school sport or activity you are NOT allowed to hang out in the athletic wing, field house or varsity gym. You MUST wait for your ride in the commons.

***Good Morning Pioneers. It’s time to announce what you’ve all been waiting for: the winter dance. Save the date for Saturday, March 14th and begin preparing for a great winter dance. It will be a Sadie’s dance but that doesn’t mean guys can’t ask girls or everyone has to bring a date. Feel free to go in a group or stick to tradition and have girls ask guys. It is a semi formal, and tickets will be sold for $5 during WIN in the next couple weeks so stay tuned so you can get yours. We’re excited to have another great dance!

Have a great day Pioneers!

***"The Game Design Club is meeting up again and is expanding to 2d games. If you are interested in coding or artwork, stop by the Innovation Center at 3"

***This weekend only, please come see the middle school play called AN INCONVENIENT SQUIRREL. Admission is free and it’s only 50 minutes long. Friday and Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 2pm.

It’s about a village that is thrown into chaos when a young squirrel refuses to pick a name—the inconvenient squirrel. It is a funny fast-paced morality tale tackles issues of identity and conformity with wit, intelligence, and a lot of kids dressed as squirrels. Don’t miss it!

***If you ordered a Black History Month T-Shirt, you can pick them up after school today in the Welcome Area by the office of student life. If you wear this year/s or last year's Black History Month t-shirt, you are out of uniform on Friday! IF you do NOT have a black history month t-shirt, you are in uniform. Thanks everyone!

***This announcement is for all students who wait in the commons and cafeteria after school. We will be setting up for an event after school today and you will not be allowed to wait for you ride in the commons or cafeteria. Please wait in the front entrance for your rides. Thank you.

***Boys Hockey Section Final Hockey tickets will be on sale in the Activities Office on Thursday from 7:30 am - 3:00 pm and on Friday from 7:30 am - NOON. Tickets will also be on sale at Aldrich Arena starting at 1:00 pm on Friday. Go Pioneers!!

***Congratulations to the girls basketball team on their win over Columbia Heights in the Section Quarterfinals. Come cheer on the girls basketball team on Saturday at 5:00 pm at East Ridge high school in the section semi finals. Go Pioneers!!!

February 26

***THIS WEEKEND ONLY! Our middle schoolers are performing the hilarious comedy AN INCONVENIENT SQUIRREL. It is "a funny fast-paced morality tale tackling issues of identity and conformity with wit, intelligence, and a lot of kids dressed as squirrels.” Don’t miss it! Shows are at 7pm on Friday and Saturday, and Sunday at 2pm. Admission is free and it’s a short fun show!

***Attention Boys Lacrosse Players. The Boys Lacrosse Parent Athlete Meeting will be on Monday, March 2nd at 7:00 pm in the Commons. All boys in grades 7-12 that are interested in Lacrosse are encouraged to attend. We will see you all on Monday night.

***If you are not involved in an after school sport or activity you are NOT allowed to hang out in the athletic wing, field house or varsity gym. You MUST wait for your ride in the commons.

***If you need bigger sizes of school uniforms - you can get them for $5 a piece at the Used Uniform Sale on March 19 from 1-5 pm in the Cafeteria. The sale is in conjunction with Parent/Teacher Conferences.

***Hello Students! As we wrap up Black History Month, there will be a short pepfest at the end of the day on Friday. DJ Sal will be there, we’ll play games, have some prizes, and celebrate all of our history! Black History is American History!

***Reminder that today is the last day to cast your vote in the senior poll for the yearbook. Mr. Pults will contact poll winners by the end of the week.

February 25

***Are you interested in building or painting the sets, working with lights or sound, or another technical theatre skill! Please come to tech crew this week on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 2:45-5p! We'll meet in the workshop, but if you aren't sure where that is, just meet in the auditorium. All experience levels are welcome! We're happy to teach you to use any tool at our disposal. Please wear work clothes (not uniform). Please wear closed toed shoes as well.

***Pioneers come out and support the boys hockey team on Wednesday as they take on Moundsview in the section semi-finals at 5 p.m. at Aldrich. Since they are not clearing the rink between our game and the WBL vs. Stillwater game tickets are $6 for students and $10 for adults. After the boys hockey game come back to Hill-Murray to watch the girls basketball team take on Columbia Heights in section play at 7 p.m. Tickets are $6 for students and $8 for adults. Everyone must pay for section games.

***Hey Freshmen
The LINK LEADERS are hosting a Mardi Gras Party after school TODAY from 2:30-3:30 in the Staff Lounge!

We will have many fun activities like: Bingo, a Photo-booth, Music, Prizes and ….food!

It will be lots of fun, so remember to stop by the Staff Lounge on to help us celebrate Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday!

***This is a reminder to all 6th and 8th-grade students participating in the Scholastic Challenge. Have your Chromebooks charged and ready to go. We will meet during WIN time tomorrow in room 136. See Mrs. Barbato if you have any questions.

***THIS WEEKEND ONLY! Our middle schoolers are performing the hilarious comedy AN INCONVENIENT SQUIRREL. It is "a funny fast-paced morality tale tackling issues of identity and conformity with wit, intelligence, and a lot of kids dressed as squirrels.” Don’t miss it! Shows are at 7pm on Friday and Saturday, and Sunday at 2pm. Admission is free and it’s a short fun show!

***If you are not involved in an after school sport or activity you are NOT allowed to hang out in the athletic wing, field house or varsity gym. You MUST wait for your ride in the commons.

***Attention students- this is your last chance to order a black history month T-shirt and be out of uniform this Friday! Shirts are $10 charged to tuition. The link to the google form to order is in your email from Mr. Ballentine. Literally RIGHT NOW is your last chance to order because we have to get numbers to the tshirt printer by 9am to hand them out on Thursday afternoon! THANK YOU!

February 24

***Students please ensure you have Signed up for Student Support Time for your WIN sessions.

***Pioneers come out and support the boys hockey team on Wednesday as they take on Moundsview in the section semi-finals at 5 p.m. at Aldrich. Since they are not clearing the rink between our game and the WBL vs. Stillwater game tickets are $6 for students and $10 for adults. After the boys hockey game come back to Hill-Murray to watch the girls basketball team take on Columbia Heights in section play at 7 p.m. Tickets are $6 for students and $8 for adults. Everyone must pay for section games.

***This is your captains of girls lacrosse, Jacey Germundson and Caitlin O’Gary. We are having a parent-player meeting for any girls grades 6-12 interested in playing lacrosse this spring. It will be on Tuesday February 25th at 6:30pm in the cafeteria.

***Black History Month T-shirts will be available for purchase via a google form that Mr. Ballentine will email out today. Shirts are $10, charged to tuition and you must order your t-shirt by 9am tomorrow! Don’t worry, we’ll remind you during tomorrow’s announcement as well. You’ll pick up your t-shirt after school on Thursday and be out of uniform on Friday! If you have a black history month t-shirt from last year, you can wear that too! Thanks everyone!

***Are you interested in building or painting the sets, working with lights or sound, or another technical theatre skill! Please come to tech crew this week on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday from 2:45-5p! We'll meet in the workshop, but if you aren't sure where that is, just meet in the auditorium. All experience levels are welcome! We're happy to teach you to use any tool at our disposal. Please wear work clothes (not uniform). Please wear closed toed shoes as well.

February 21

***Friday Prayer
Help me, God, to find balance between study and leisure. When work must be done, let me realize that I am here to learn. Let me also see that life is more than books and being a person comes before grades. A snowball battle, a walk around a lake or a simple talk with a friend will do wonders when studies get me down. Guide me along this balanced line. Amen.

***Attention Baseball Players in grades 7-12:
There is a Mandatory Pre-Season Parent-Player Meeting scheduled for this Sunday, February 23 at 6:30PM and will be held in the Hill-Murray Cafeteria. If you have any questions or concerns, please see Coach Cicalello.

Thank you!!

***Several students in grades 6 and 8 received a yellow slip to report to the cafeteria during homebase for a quick meeting regarding the upcoming Scholastic Challenge competition. Any student in grade 6 or 8 that did not receive a pass but is still interested in the competition is asked to see Mrs. Barbato at lunch.

***Attention anyone who will be participating in Track and Field this spring. The Preseason Required Parent/Athlete meeting will be on Sunday, February 23 at 4:00pm in the auditorium. Everyone participating in Track and Field must attend- If you can not make it you must send someone to represent your family at the meeting to get the new information. See Mrs. Hurley if you. Have any questions

***Father/Daughter pictures can be picked up in the Main Office after school

***Hey Freshmen
The LINK LEADERS are hosting a Mardi Gras Party after school Next Tuesday Feb. 25th from 2:30-3:30 in the Staff Lounge! (Maria)

We will have many fun activities like: Bingo, Mask Making, a Photo-booth, music and ….food! (Ellie)

It will be lots of fun, so remember to stop by the Staff Lounge on Tuesday to help us celebrate Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday (Kari)

***Today we welcome Alyssa Bushard visiting with Emma Wallrich in 10th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray and have a great day!

February 20

***This announcement is for all students who wait in the commons and cafeteria after school. We will be setting up for an event after school today and you will not be allowed to wait for your ride in the commons or cafeteria. Please wait in the front entrance for your rides.
Thank you.

***Today we welcome Preslee Strohmeier to Hill-Murray. Preslee will be visiting with Emma Fitzmorris in 6th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray, we hope you have a great day!

***Auditions for the spring musical, rock of ages: high school edition, are today after school in the staff lounge. Sign up on the theatre callboard. See Mr. Ballentine with any questions!

***Girls Hockey state tournament tickets will be on sale in the Activities Office until Noon today. Tickets are $12 for students, $19 for adults.

Due to lack of interest, there will be no fan bus to the game tonight. We look forward to seeing everyone at the game!!!!!

***Students going on the Guatemala Trip are reminded of their group picture that will be taken in front of the Auditorium at 7:30 am tomorrow morning. Please be there on time! Thank you!

February 19

***BOYS GOLF TEAM Meeting: Interested in trying out for the Boys Golf team this Spring?
Please attend a player only informational meeting in the field house Thursday, February 19th at 2:45.

***Attention Baseball Players in grades 7-12:
There is a Mandatory Pre-Season Parent-Player Meeting scheduled for this Sunday, February 23 at 6:30PM and will be held in the Hill-Murray Cafeteria. If you have any questions or concerns, please see Coach Cicalello.

Thank you!!

***Attention anyone who will be participating in Track and Field this spring. The Preseason Required Parent/Athlete meeting will be on Sunday, February 23 at 4:00pm in the auditorium. Everyone participating in Track and Field must attend- If you can not make it you must send someone to represent your family at the meeting to get the new information. See Mrs. Hurley if you. Have any questions

***Attention ALL Students:
You will be registering for your next year's courses on Thursday, Feb. 20 during your Advisory. You will NOT be able to register your courses on Infinite Campus unless you have ALL the necessary signatures from your teachers and parents. You will not be able to leave advisory to get signature and make sure your laptop is charged and ready to go.

***Today is the big day for the boys basketball team, and we are hoping to pack the stands for senior night. Good morning, I’m ______________ and I’m _______________________. Bring your signs and don your spirit wear to cheer us on as we face off against Twin Cities Academy at 7:00 p.m. tonight. There will be half time activities in addition to a great basketball game. We can’t wait to see you tonight!

***Girls State Hockey tickets will be sold in the athletic office starting on Tuesday. Tickets will be sold during lunches only on Tuesday. They will also be sold before school on Wednesday and during lunches as well. Ticket prices are $12 for students and $19 for adults. Please stop by the athletic office if you have any questions.

February 18

***BOYS GOLF TEAM Meeting: Interested in trying out for the Boys Golf team this Spring?
Please attend a player only informational meeting in the field house Wednesday, February 19th at 2:45.

***Attention Baseball Players in grades 7-12:
There is a Mandatory Pre-Season Parent-Player Meeting scheduled for this Sunday, February 23 at 6:30PM and will be held in the Hill-Murray Cafeteria. If you have any questions or concerns, please see Coach Cicalello.

Thank you!!

***Attention ALL Students:
You will be registering for your next year's courses on Thursday, Feb. 20 during your Advisory. You will NOT be able to register your courses on Infinite Campus unless you have ALL the necessary signatures from your teachers and parents.

***Attention anyone who will be participating in Track and Field this spring. The Preseason Required Parent/Athlete meeting will be on Sunday, February 23 at 4:00pm in the auditorium. Everyone participating in Track and Field must attend- If you can not make it you must send someone to represent your family at the meeting to get the new information. See Mrs. Hurley if you. Have any questions

***Hello, I’m Jacob Lee and I'm Joe Schoencecker. Come watch the seniors and the rest of the basketball team play Twin Cities Acadamy this Wednesday night at 7:00 pm. Bring your signs and come a little early to be able to take part in half time activities. Your support makes a difference.

***Girls State Hockey tickets will be sold in the athletic office starting on Tuesday. Tickets will be sold during lunches only on Tuesday. They will also be sold before school on Wednesday and during lunches as well. Ticket prices are $12 for students and $19 for adults. Please stop by the athletic office if you have any questions.

February 13

***Students- There are many items accumulating in the Lost & Found. Please take the time to stop by and claim your lost items! Items not claimed in the next week will be donated!

***Today is HEART DAY and we are promoting the Peer Listening Program. Consider applying to be a Peer Listeners. Nomination forms are available for current 10th and 11th graders during lunches today. The Peer Listeners want to invite you to share what your stress reliever is during lunch and enjoy some candy. Also remember Peer Listeners are available if you have a concern that you would like to discuss confidentially with someone. Stop by our table in the cafeteria today to hear more about Peer Listening.

***The band and orchestra competed in the solo/ensemble contest this past weekend. The second highest rating is an Excellent Rating which was received by Michael Turner, Ben Davis, Joey Bertini, Matthew Melander, John Bessman, and Mathais Hoke. All Hill-Murray participants scored in the top two ratings. Congratulations to all!

***This announcement is for Juniors. There is an error on the course selection sheet for next year. If you are interested in signing up for Studio Art 1, Drawing & Painting, you do not need a signature to sign up. Please ignore the signature line on the form for Studio Art 1, you do not need a signature to sign up for Studio Art 1. Thank you.

***Congratulations to the Hill-Murray Math Team that finished 2nd in the division this year, with a special congratulations to Timothy Johnson for being one of the top scoring students in the division! Go Math Team!

***Hey pioneers! This is Nina Steigauf, Alex Belde, and Corrine Brown and we are your Hill-Murray Girls hockey captains.

Our section final is tomorrow, Friday, at 7:00 and the theme is a white out. Ticket prices are $6 for students and $8 for adults. Everyone must pay for sections.

We play stillwater, so bring all of your friends and come cheer us on to state!

Roll pios

***Best of luck to the Hill-Murray Mock Trial team as they take on Woodbury-East Ridge in the section final TONIGHT at Hennepin County Courthouse in Minneapolis. They are coming into this round undefeated! Congrats on a great season so far and crush it tonight!

***This announcement is for all Spanish and French students. There is still time to make that special Valentine! Enjoy making a card in Spanish or French. We will have everything you need to make the perfect card. In addition to that there will also be a variety of snacks, treats and beverages! So . . . . .come to room 136 today at 2:45 for a fun time! See you there!

***The following members of the Hill-Murray Ski Team competed in the State Alpine Ski Meet yesterday: Matias Mendez, Caroline Given, Ella Netland, Sydney Stone, Kylie Reardon, Sutton Ellis, and Natalie Humbert. Matias Mendez finished 35th as an individual. Caroline Given finished 32nd overall. The Girls team finished collectively in 6th place overall. Congratulations to all of the ski team members for their ground breaking season of excellence.

***Auditions for the spring musical, Rock of Ages: High School Edition, are next Thursday and Friday! Mr. B. Will send out an email with more info today. Performances are the first two weekends of May and Winter athletes can join after their seasons end. Email Mr. B. With questions! The audition song is DON’T STOP BELIEVIN’ so you don’t even have to learn a new song since everyone already knows it!

***"The Game Design Club’s meeting tonight is canceled. It will resume next Thursday. The club is still seeking artists and coders. "

***Come on out and enjoy dinner, while supporting H-M Junior Gold Hockey! There will be a fundraiser on Tuesday, February 18 from 4:00-8:00 p.m. at Chipotle on 2303 White Bear Avenue. Tell the workers that you are there to support H-M JG. Thank you for supporting the Junior Gold Hockey Team!

February 12

***Congratulations to the Band members who competed in the MSHSL solo/ensemble contest this past Saturday. This contest would be similar to a conference competition in any individual style sport.

Chloe Greene, Emily Sagstetter, and Bo-Cheng Wei received a perfect score and a Superior Rating which is the highest possible.

Also receiving Superior Ratings were Ellie Gunderson, Sydney Stone, Patrick Phelan, TJ Hammerlund, Kirsten Feesl, and Rachel Meniboon.

***During this Wednesday’s Community Time in the Varsity Gym, we’ll be hosting multiple speakers and performers for a Black History Month assembly. WCCO’s Jearlyn Steele will be speaking and hosting as well as Minnesota Lynx Game Analyst Lea Olsen. It will be a positive and uplifting experience to celebrate Black History Month!

Tentative Order of Events (Subject to change):
1. Lords Prayer (sung by performer)
2. 8 minute scene from THE MOUNTAINTOP (a fictional play about MLK Jr.’s last night) - 2 local professional actors
3. Jearlyn Steele
4. Eastview High School Step Team Performance
5. Lea Olsen
6. Jearlyn Steele Wrap-Up

***Remember that tomorrow is a red and pink dress day for Valentine’s Day! You must be in red and pink or in full uniform! Remember to buy Val o grams during win time!

***Spanish 3 students are dismissed from their Period 2 class at 8:30 today to board the busses to the Minnesota Zoo.

Students will return to HM in time for Period 6 (weather permitting).

***Have YOU heard that our spring musical is ROCK OF AGES and it features all the best ‘80s rock anthems and power ballads including EVERY ROSE HAS ITS THORN, DON’T STOP BELIEVIN’, AND MORE! The story is about a small-town girl, a city boy, and a rock n’ roll romance on the sunset strip. It’s gonna be so much fun, just you wait and see. Auditions are next Thursday and Callbacks will be Friday with rehearsals starting Monday, Feb. 24th. Winter Athletes can join after your seasons. If you don’t consider yourself a dancer, this is your show. There’s choreography, but mostly just rocking out with a bunch of mullets, big hair, leg warmers, acid-wash, lace, neon colors, leather, high-waisted jeans, and singing 80s rock music. Again, auditions are next Thursday and Friday and Winter athletes can join after their season. If auditioning after school on Thursday absolutely can not work for you, make sure you email me, Mr. Ballentine with a B as in boy, in advance, and we’ll figure out an alternative audition time! Thanks!

***A reminder to all Flaherty Foundation Scholars. Your lunch meeting is today from 11-12 in the Staff Lounge.

February 11

***Students- There are many items accumulating in the Lost & Found. Please take the time to stop by and claim your lost items! Items not claimed in the next week will be donated!

***This announcement is for all French and Spanish students. This Thursday , February 13th, you will be able to create a special Valentine en Español or in French. Come to room 136 at 2:45! All supplies will be there and of course snacks and beverages as well! See you there!

***Good morning Pios! With Valentine's Day just around the corner, Student Council wanted to update you on what we are doing to celebrate. At lunches during WIN today and tomorrow we will be selling Crush Soda at lunch. You can buy a can and write a note to your friend for just $1! These will be delivered to first hour classrooms on Thursday afternoon! Also, we will be out of uniform on Thursday but you MUST be in red or pink or else please wear your uniform! Don’t test to see how little red or pink you can wear as you’ll ruin out of uniform days for the rest of us in the future! Have a great rest of your day!

***During this Wednesday’s Community Time in the Varsity Gym, we’ll be hosting multiple speakers and performers for a Black History Month assembly. WCCO’s Jearlyn Steele will be speaking and hosting as well as Minnesota Lynx Game Analyst Lea Olsen. It will be a positive and uplifting experience to celebrate Black History Month!

***We’ve picked a winner of last week’s Black History Month Advisory Activity. The winning advisory wins Glam Doll Donuts at their next advisory on Thursday, 2/20!

Our top three submissions were from Mr. Engel’s advisory about Mae Jemison, the first African-American Female Astronaut; Mrs. Dueth’s advisory about Wilma Rudolph who overcame polio to win the gold medal in the 1960s Olympics; and Mrs. Head’s advisory about Maggie Walker, the first female African-American bank owner.

Drumroll please…..and the winning advisory is Mrs. Head’s! Maggie Walker became a bank owner in 1903, when many African Americans were still struggling to achieve basic education, and were denied many basic human rights (and when even white women were rarely allowed to take an active part in business, much less be a CEO!). Also, she opened her home to four generations of her family, and they supported each other. In doing so, she was a living example of the saying that "You need to know where you come from in order to get where you want to go in life.”

Thanks to everyone for participating! Happy Black History Month!

***During this Wednesday’s Community Time in the Varsity Gym, we’ll be hosting multiple speakers and performers for a Black History Month assembly. WCCO’s Jearlyn Steele will be speaking and hosting as well as Minnesota Lynx Game Analyst Lea Olsen. It will be a positive and uplifting experience to celebrate Black History Month!

Tentative Order of Events (Subject to change):

1. Lords Prayer (sung by performer)

2. 8 minute scene from THE MOUNTAINTOP (a fictional play about MLK Jr.’s last night) - 2 local professional actors

3. Jearlyn Steele

4. Eastview High School Step Team Performance

5. Lea Olsen

6. Jearlyn Steele Wrap-Up

February 10

***Students please ensure you have Signed up for Student Support Time for your WIN sessions.

***Today we welcome Jillian Brown and Lucian O'Halloran to Hill-Murray!
Jillian will be visiting with Olivia Godbout in 8th grade.
Lucian is visiting with Jackson Israel in 6th grade.
Welcome to Hill-Murray, we hope you have a great day!

***The middle school is looking to put together a 5-8 player futsal team (both a boys team and a girls team) to participate in the Catholic Athletic Association's 8th grade futsal tournament to be hosted at Hill-Murray on March 14-15. There will be a meeting after school on Monday, February 10th at 2:35 pm in Room 154. If you are a middle schooler who would like to play in a futsol tournament in March, please come to Room 154 after school on Monday!!

***Attention any student interested in play girls soccer next year. There will be a short meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 11 in Mr. Ndiaye's room at 7:35 am. If you are interested or planning on playing girls soccer next year, please attend the meeting next Tuesday at 7:35 am in Mr. Ndiaye's room

***Students- There are many items accumulating in the Lost & Found. Please take the time to stop by and claim your lost items! Items not claimed in the next week will be donated!

***Congratulations to the Hill-Murray One Act Play. On Friday at St. Kate's, the One Act play received the highest recognition possible. Congratulations and well done!!!!!

***Good luck to the HM Girls Alpine Ski team and Mattias Mendez from the boys team as they compete on Wednesday at the state meet in Biwabik Minnesota. Enjoy the trip and good luck!!!!

***Congratulations to the Middle School Math Team, who competed in the MATHCOUNTS Chapter competition on Saturday! A special congratulations to 8th grader Peter Basso, who finished in sixth place out of 71 students competing. Great job team!

***This announcement is for all French and Spanish students. This Thursday , February 13th, you will be able to create a special Valentine en Español or in French. Come to room 136 at 2:45! All supplies will be there and of course snacks and beverages as well! See you there!

***Middle schoolers are all welcome to come to the Valentine's Day party on Wednesday after school in the cafeteria. We will decorate cookies, play games, and make Valentine's. If you have any questions, stop by and see Mrs. Donnerbauer or reach out to your group's WEB leaders.

***The last trivia question for French Week was: How many coffins is Napoleon Bonaparte buried in: is it 1, 4, or 6? The correct answer is 6! The winner is Nick Erickson in grade 10. Please see Ms. Marin in room 136 for your prize. Thanks to all who participated in the trivia contest!

February 7

***Attention all girls in grades 7-12 interested in playing softball this spring. We have a mandatory player & parent meeting this Sunday at 6 pm in the staff lounge. Any questions please contact Coach Kotzmacher in the TNC.

***The middle school is looking to put together a 5-8 player futsal team (both a boys team and a girls team) to participate in the Catholic Athletic Association's 8th grade futsal tournament to be hosted at Hill-Murray on March 14-15. There will be a meeting after school on Monday, February 10th at 2:35 pm in Room 154. If you are a middle schooler who would like to play in a futsol tournament in March, please come to Room 154 after school on Monday!!

***Attention any student interested in play girls soccer next year. There will be a short meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 11 in Mr. Ndiaye's room at 7:35 am. If you are interested or planning on playing girls soccer next year, please attend the meeting next Tuesday at 7:35 am in Mr. Ndiaye's room

***Pioneers, to celebrate the first Friday of the month, we have Eucharistic Adoration all day until 3pm. The special blessing called Benediction will be at 2:45. As Saint Mother Teresa said: "We need to find God, and he cannot be found in noise and restlessness. God is the friend of silence."

***We welcome our visitors for Future Pioneer Day today.

Eddie Valerga is visiting with Adam Millet in 9th grade
Joey Valerga is visiting with Christopher Lopez is 7th grade
Kira Reissner is visiting with Ashley Christenson in 6th grade

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

***Bonjour! Je m’appelle ___________________________________

Je m ‘appelle ___________________________________________

Today's Fun fact: French has moved up one spot to become the world's 5th most spoken language

Today's expression of the day is: merci beaucoup! it means thank you very much! Merci beaucoup pour une semaine fantastique! Thank you for a fantastic week celebrating the French language and cultures.

Don't forget that today's TAHER lunch is a croque monsieur sandwich and salad: Bon appétit!

Yesterday's trivia question was: What is the name of the national French men's soccer team? HINT: is the name of a color, in French!

The answer is: LES BLEUS: the Blues!

and the winner is: Kai Yuricuck in grade 6!

Stop by room 136 after school today to pick up your prize!

Today's trivia question is: How many coffins is Napoléon buried inside of? is it 1, 4, or 6? I will repeat the question: How many coffins is Napoléon buried inside of? is it 1, 4, or 6? Submit your answer to the trivia box in the cafeteria. You could win a prize!

Today you will hear French and Francophone music playing during passing times. Ask your friends in French class what some of the songs are about! You'll also see many French students out of uniform in their French week t shirts. Ask them what the expression on the front means!

Saint Joan of Arc is the patron saint of France. This is a prayer asking Saint Joan of Arc to help us.
In the face of your enemies,
in the face of harassment, ridicule, and doubt,
you held firm in your faith.
Even in your abandonment,
alone and without friends,
you held firm in your faith.
Even as you faced your own mortality,
you held firm in your faith.
I pray that I may be as bold in my beliefs as you, St. Joan.
I ask that you ride alongside me in my own battles.
Help me be mindful that what is worthwhile
can be won when I persist.
Help me hold firm in my faith.
Help me believe in my ability to act well and wisely. Amen.

February 6

***The middle school is looking to put together a 5-8 player futsal team (both a boys team and a girls team) to participate in the Catholic Athletic Association's 8th grade futsal tournament to be hosted at Hill-Murray on March 14-15. There will be a meeting after school on Monday, February 10th at 2:35 pm in Room 154. If you are a middle schooler who would like to play in a futsol tournament in March, please come to Room 154 after school on Monday!!

***High School sailing is happening this Spring! Grades 7-9. Come join the high school racing team (no experience required and boats are provided) Train together on beautiful White Bear Lake at the WBSS Lakeside Pavilion (located at the White Bear Yacht Club) with other local schools. Practice starts early April. Trial period is available. For more information contact Susan Schmidt (Hill Murray parent) susanbschmidt@comcast.net or the sailing waterfront director in the link below

https://www.whitebearsailingschool.com/page/show/3876802-high-school-sailing-

***The Hill-Murray Ski Team competed in the Section ski meet yesterday at Wild Mountain. The Boys team finished fourth out of 20 teams and Matias Mendez will advance to the State Meet as an individual qualifier.

Four girl skiers will advance to the State Meet as individuals with the competitors being: Ella Netland, Sutton Ellis, Caroline Given, and Kylie Reardon. With the additional performances by Sydney Stone and Clare Lindemer, the girls’ ski team finished in second place overall and will advance to the State Meet at Giants Ridge next Wednesday. Our girls’ ski team is the first ski team to ever qualify for the State Meet in the history of Hill-Murray. Congratulations and good luck.

*** Bonjour! Je m’appelle ___________________________________
Je m ‘appelle ___________________________________________

Today's Fun fact: the letter H is always SILENT in French. So a T-H together is always a T sound. This is why the French have a hard time making the sound " TH"; that sound literally doesn't exist in their language!

Today's expression of the day is: l'état c'est moi: which translates as The state, is me. Louis the 14th said this when he was taking control of the country. He was basically saying that HE is the country of France, and he would make all decisions.

a quick announcement for tomorrow: TAHER has made a special Croque Monsieur sandwich and salad to celebrate French week! A croque monsieur is the French take on a grilled ham and cheese sandwich. Merci Taher!

Yesterday's trivia question was: How many accent marks appear in the French language?

The correct answer is 5! Accent aigu, circonflexe, tréma, cédille, and grave

and the winner is: _____BEN KARR in grade 10! __________

Stop by room 136 to pick up your prize!

Today's trivia question: What is the name of the national French men's soccer team? HINT: is the name of a color, in French!

I'll repeat it: What is the name of the national French men's soccer team? HINT: is the name of a color, in French!

Submit your answer to the trivia box in the cafeteria near the condiments! You can win a PRIZE!

***Attention middle schoolers: Next week on Wednesday after school until 3:45 there will be Valentine's Day party in the cafeteria. We will play games, decorate cookies and make Valentines. Hope to see you there!

February 5

***High School sailing is happening this Spring! Grades 7-9. Come join the high school racing team (no experience required and boats are provided) Train together on beautiful White Bear Lake at the WBSS Lakeside Pavilion (located at the White Bear Yacht Club) with other local schools. Practice starts early April. Trial period is available. For more information contact Susan Schmidt (Hill Murray parent) susanbschmidt@comcast.net or the sailing waterfront director in the link below

https://www.whitebearsailingschool.com/page/show/3876802-high-school-sailing-

******Good morning, this is Luke Rausch, president of the letters of love club. We will have our first card making event this Wednesday to make Valentine's Day cards for all of the patients at St. Paul Children's Hospital. If you were at the first meeting, you received an email last week from Mrs. Barbato. If you would still like to be a part of this event, come to the cafeteria after school on Wednesday. We will try and get as many cards done as possible and deliver them to Children's on February 12. If you have markers/stickers or any other items to use to decorate the cards, please bring them with you. We will also have supplies for you. All are welcome to support our efforts. See me - Luke or Mrs. Barbato if you have any questions. Thank you.

***Attention all girls in grades 7-12 interested in playing softball this spring. We have a mandatory player & parent meeting this Sunday at 6 pm in the staff lounge. Any questions please contact Coach Kotzmacher in the TNC.

***Bonjour! Je m’appelle ___________________________________

Je m ‘appelle ___________________________________________

Today's Fun fact: The main Paris airport is abbreviated CDG. It is named after Charles de Gaulle who was a General in World War 2 and later became President.

Today's expression of the day is: génial! It translates as "awesome" Génial!

Yesterday's trivia question was:

There aren't any original words in the French language that start with WHAT LETTER of the alphabet?

the correct answer is W! They don't have any words that start with W in French!

and the winner is: Garrett Hawkinson in grade 7

Stop by room 136 to pick up your prize after school today!

Today's trivia question is: How many accent marks appear in the French language?

I'll repeat it: How many accent marks appear in the French language?

Submit your answer to the trivia box in the cafeteria near the condiments! You can win a PRIZE!

February 4

***Hey pioneers, This is kelly from student council here to announce the 2020 coed volleyball tournament on February 23. Grab your friends and make a team! The minimum amount of players on a team is six and the maximum amount is 10. The price to join is $5 per person and the money we raise will be donated to the australian bush fire relief. SIgn up will be in the cafeteria!

***Bonjour! Je m’appelle ___________________________________, et je m'appelle___________________ et Je m ‘appelle ____________________________

Today's Fun fact: French is spoken as an official language in 29 countries, and on every continent! there are nearly 300 million French speakers worldwide

Today's expression of the day is: Je t'aime: it translates as " I love you"! Try it out next week on your Valentine crush!

Yesterday's trivia question was: What FRENCH SPEAKING country has territory in the most time zones: Canada, France, or Switzerland ?

The correct answer is FRANCE! Because France has departments in the "outre mer" (countries such as Madagascar, the Seychelle Islands, etc) it is the country in the most time zones! The WINNER of yesterday's trivia question is Logan Headrich in grade 10! See Ms. Marin in room 136 for your prize at the end of the day!

Today's trivia question is: There aren't any original words in the French language that start with WHAT LETTER of the alphabet?

I'll repeat it: There aren't any original words in the French language that start with WHAT LETTER of the alphabet?

January 31

***“Attention All Baseball Players in Grades 7-12:

This is Senior, Griffin Varley, and I wanted to remind you all that Open Gym is officially underway and will take place every Sunday from 10:30AM-12PM in the Fieldhouse until the start of tryouts. If you have any questions, please see Coach Cicalello.”

***Congratulations to the One Act Cast and Crew for advancing to the State Festival for the 2nd year in a row! They’ll be performing at St. Kate’s university on Friday at 3:15pm! Congratulations!

January 30

***Good morning, this is Luke Rausch, president of the letters of love club. We will have our first card making event this Wednesday to make Valentine's Day cards for all of the patients at St. Paul Children's Hospital. If you were at the first meeting, you received an email last week from Mrs. Barbato. If you would still like to be a part of this event, come to the cafeteria after school on Wednesday. We will try and get as many cards done as possible and deliver them to Children's on February 12. If you have markers/stickers or any other items to use to decorate the cards, please bring them with you. We will also have supplies for you. All are welcome to support our efforts. See me - Luke or Mrs. Barbato if you have any questions. Thank you.

***Today we welcome Hanna Dolan Visiting with Caralyn Conners in 12th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray and have a great day!

***There will be a very brief meeting for current JV and Varsity Boys Basketball Players in Mr. Franz's room after school today. All JV and Varsity Boys basketball players please report to Mr. Franz's room, room 124, after school today. Thank you.

***Today after school we are hosting the 4AA One Act Play Section Finals. That means the fine arts area and hallways will be off-limits. Please wait for rides in the commons. Also, freshmen with lockers by the band room- make sure you head right to your locker and grab everything you need by 2:45pm. Thank you for understanding! Break a leg one act cast and crew!

***"Interested in making your own game? Stop by the Game Design club after school in the innovation center. We are seeking everything from coders to artists."

January 29

***It’s almost springtime, time to think about Trap Shooting!!!!! Join the 2020 HM Trap Team. There will be an informational meeting for any interested students and parents on Wednesday January 29th at 6:30pm in the Commons.

HM Trap Team is open to boys and girls grades 6-12. If you have any interest, ask a student who has participated in Trap Shooting and they'll tell you how great it is. We hope to see you and your parents at the Trap Shooting meeting on Wed, at 6:30 in the commons.

***Today we welcome Ava Wildes and Vienna Doffing to Hill-Murray. Ava and Vienna will be visiting with Alaina Roehrich in 6th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray, we hope you have a great day!

***Today after school at 3pm there will be a free public performance of the One Act Play PROOF. The show runs under 35 minutes long. Please come out and support your fellow classmates!

***We have all school Mass today! Thank you for helping to make the Varsity Gym a place of prayer where we can encounter God together as a community.

Peer Ministers are out of uniform today and wearing their Peer Ministry swag. Accost one of us in the hallways to learn more about Peer Ministry. Applications for next year will be coming out soon...

Fun fact for Catholic Schools Week: Saint Benedict is the patron saint of spelunkers because he lived in a cave for three years while seeking God in solitude and prayer.

January 28

***It’s almost springtime, time to think about Trap Shooting!!!!! Join the 2020 HM Trap Team. There will be an informational meeting for any interested students and parents on Wednesday January 29th at 6:30pm in the Commons.

HM Trap Team is open to boys and girls grades 6-12. If you have any interest, ask a student who has participated in Trap Shooting and they'll tell you how great it is. We hope to see you and your parents at the Trap Shooting meeting on Wed, at 6:30 in the commons.

***Students are reminded to sign up for your WIN time for today and tomorrow. You need to do so ASAP. Students who do not sign up or do not attend a WIN time will receive a 60 - minute detention. Check your email to see if a teacher has requested you to come to their WIN time as well.

Sophomores - you will report to the Auditorium for WIN A for your Jostens presentation. You will need to sign up for a B WIN time and eat C.

Seniors - You can sign up or eat WIN A or C - your time with Jostens for graduation information will be during WIN B.

***There will be a free performance of the one act play, PROOF, this Wednesday at 3pm in the auditorium as part of Catholic Schools Week. Please come and support the one act cast and crew!

Also, we are hosting the 4AA section finals this Thursday starting at 3:30pm and we perform first! We would love to have a home crowd advantage! Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students.

***Happy Catholic Schools Week! And thanks for helping to make our day of service yesterday! Our school packed 186,626 meals yesterday. Those meals will feed 511 children for a year! Today is the feast of Saint Thomas Aquinas, a great teacher of theology in the 13th century. Aquinas said, “Whoever wishes to live perfectly should do nothing but disdain what Christ disdained on the cross and desire what he desired, for the cross exemplifies every virtue. If you seek the example of love: Greater love than this no one has, than to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.” As we celebrate the teacher St. Thomas, make sure to thank your teachers today.

January 27

***Students please ensure you have Signed up for Student Support Time for your WIN sessions.

***Welcome to Catholic Schools Week and our first ever All School Service Day.

Please listen closely as we give you instructions for the day.

1) Be respectful. You represent yourself and Hill-Murray today, do so with dignity and class.

2) Stay with your Advisory Teacher and the assigned helpers at all times. This is important so that we keep everyone safe and don’t lose anyone.

3) Have a great time, enjoy your classmates and teachers as you make an important difference in the world.

Thank you ahead of time for being positive and ready serve.

At this time, if advisory teachers are done taking attendance, you may head down to the varsity gym.

***Attention Sophomores and Seniors:
Tomorrow during WIN time, Jostens will be here to discuss class rings with Sophomores and Graduation with Seniors.

Sophomores must report to the Auditorium for WIN A and will eat Lunch C. Seniors must report to the Auditorium for Win B and will eat A or C Lunch. This is a mandatory meeting for sophomores and seniors. Thank you!

***It's almost springtime, time to think about Trap Shooting!!!!! Join the 2020 HM Trap Team. There will be an informational meeting for any interested students and parents on Wednesday January 29th at 6:30pm in the Commons.

HM Trap Team is open to boys and girls grades 6-12. If you have any interest, ask a student who has participated in Trap Shooting and they'll tell you how great it is. We hope to see you and your parents at the Trap Shooting meeting on Wed, at 6:30 in the commons.

JANUARY 2020

JANUARY 24

***Due the to day of service on Monday and limited serving time we will be offering a limited menu in the cafe.
Your choices will be either a Chicken Caesar Wrap or Hamburger with a bag of chips. Cookies and beverages will also be available. These will be the only items available. There will be NO pizza, sandwiches, fruit etc. Please stay out of the serving area if you are not planning to purchase anything. We have limited time to serve a larger group at each lunch.


***Good morning! This is Bo and I am an international student from Taiwan. Many of you might not know, tomorrow is the Lunar New Year, which is also known as the Chinese new year. During this Holiday, we gather with families, have meals together, and receive gifts. Basically Christmas for most parts of Asia! Here are some fun facts about the Lunar New Year: One-sixth of the people on the planet celebrates it. It is on a different date every year. While most people get gifts on Christmas from their family, we usually receive money. Have a good day!

***Did you enjoy that beautiful green leaf lettuce on your smash burger yesterday? Thank an Aquaponics Club member!

***Aquaponics Club Spring Session Registration is now closed and operations officially begin next week. For those of you who registered, please check Google Classroom for instructions and meeting times. Google Classroom is where communication will happen; if you are not checking your Google Classroom, you will miss out!

***Thank you for loving me, for walking with me, and for caring about the smallest details in my life. Fill me with grace, Lord, that I may have the strength to face what is before me today. I know not what today will bring forth, but make me ready, Lord, for whatever it may be.

***Attention All Baseball Players in Grades 7-12:Open Gym will be available starting this Sunday, January 26 from 10:30AM-12PM in the Fieldhouse. All future Open Gym dates are posted on the Hill-Murray Baseball website. If you have any questions, please see Coach Cicalello.

***Attention all students who are interested in playing girls golf this spring. There will be an informational meeting after school today, from 2:30-3:00pm. See Mr. Goetzke if you have any questions.


***Hello Pioneers, just a quick reminder that Monday we will start off Catholic Schools Week with our day of service. You are to wear Spirit Wear and report to your Advisory for the start of the day. Our theme is Encounter: Seeking God and Serving Others. We will be packing food to help those suffering the effects of hunger and having reflection activities on how we can be Christ in our world by lives of love and compassion.

***Congratulations to the One Act Play, which took 2nd place at prelims at White Bear Lake High School and advances to section finals this coming Thursday at Hill-Murray! You have 2 opportunities to see the show next week! For free at 3pm on Wednesday after school and 3:30pm on Thursday as part of section finals. You will need to purchase a ticket for Thursday’s performance. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students. The One Act cast and crew greatly appreciates your support!

***Middle School Play auditions are today after school! Come to the auditorium to try out! It’ll be fun! No need to prepare anything, just show up!

***The talent show is next Friday! If you want to participate make sure you sign up via the google form Mr. Ballentine emailed you! Check your email!


JANUARY 23

**Due the to day of service on Monday and limited serving time we will be offering a limited menu in the cafe.
Your choices will be either a Chicken Caesar Wrap or Hamburger with a bag of chips. Cookies and beverages will also be available. These will be the only items available. There will be NO pizza, sandwiches, fruit etc. Please stay out of the serving area if you are not planning to purchase anything. We have limited time to serve a larger group at each lunch.

***Attention all students who are interested in playing girls golf this spring. There will be an informational meeting tomorrow, from 2:30-3:00pm in room 116. See Mr. Goetzke if you have any questions.

***Girls in grades 9-12 interested in yoga are asked to stop by the athletic office to sign up. The next session begins Wednesday, January 29th at 3 p.m in the staff lounge. No yoga experience necessary.

***Attention anyone who would like to join curling club this year. There will be a meeting at 2:35 on Friday to finalize numbers for the curling club this year. If you want to join the curling club you need to be at the meeting on Friday. The meeting will take place in Room 154. Again, if you want to join curling club this year be in room 154 at 2:30 on Friday.

***Auditions for the Middle School Play AN INCONVENIENT SQUIRREL are after school tomorrow! Check your email for all the info, the schedule, and the audition form. You must bring a completed audition form to the audition, but no need to prepare anything else!


January 22

***Students going on the Guatemala Trip are reminded of the Parent / Student meeting on Wednesday at 6:30 pm in room 213!

***The Aquaponics Club Spring 2020 Registration is now OPEN!

Students in grades 9-12 can participate in Aquaponics.

Deadline to submit this registration is by the end of the school day next WEDNESDAY JANUARY 22nd

YOU MUST REGISTER FOR THE SPRING SESSION OF AQUAPONICS EVEN IF YOU HAVE ALREADY BEEN IN AQUAPONICS THIS YEAR.
You won't be charged the fee again if you are continuing on from the first session.

Check your email for details or see Mrs. Lee or Mrs. Babich for more information.

***The Dungeons and Dragons club is meeting today after school in room 034. Anyone interested is invited to stop by.

***To kick off Catholic Schools Week this year, we will begin with a Spiritwear Day on Monday. You know the drill: no leggings, no holey jeans, neat, clean & modest. This is because we're going to pack meals at Feed my starving children. Our theme is Encounter: seeking God & serving others. Go to your advisory at the beginning of the day For our all school service day. See your email for more deets. This means no classes all day on Monday.

***There will be a Link Leader Meeting tomorrow at 7:20 in Ms. Fandrich’s Room!

***We have a few students from Hill-Murray on their way to the National March for Life in Washington, D.C.

It is the 47th annual March, the world's largest annual human rights demonstration. Let us pray for our students en route, for all affected by abortion, for an end to abortion, and for the most vulnerable people in our midst.

O Mary, Mother of Jesus and Mother of us all, we turn to you today as the one who said "Yes" to Life. "You will conceive and bear a Son," the angel told you. Despite the surprise and the uncertainty about how this could be, you said yes. "Be it done unto me according to your word."

Mary, we pray today for all mothers who are afraid to be mothers. We pray for those who feel threatened and overwhelmed by their pregnancy. Intercede for them, that God may give them the grace to say yes and the courage to go on. May they have the grace to reject the false solution of abortion. May they say with you, "Be it done unto me according to your word." May they experience the help of Christian people, and know the peace that comes from doing God's will. Amen.


January 21

***Attention everyone interested in the Middle School Play! The show is called AN INCONVENIENT SQUIRREL written by local playwright Joseph Scrimshaw and directed by Hill-Murray Theatre Alum Max Collyard. Auditions are THIS FRIDAY after school! Mr. B. will send an email later today, but see or email him with questions! Again, auditions for the middle school play will be this Friday after school!

***Students going on the Guatemala Trip are reminded of the Parent / Student meeting on Wednesday at 6:30 pm in room 213!

***This is a reminder to all students that WIN time is Wednesday and Thursday next/this week. You need to sign up before WIN time tomorrow or check your email if you were pinged or requested by a teacher. Coming soon to our SST sign up is a spot for students to add a comment to teachers on why you need to see them so they can better prepare for your WIN time. All students in grades 6-8 must sign up for the MS session. Students in grades 9-11 must sign up for 2 sessions and attend the lunch assigned to your grade level.

Grade 9 is A lunch
Grade 11 is B lunch
Grade 10 is C lunch



JANUARY 16

***Attention future members of the Hill-Murray Fishing team. The first ever Hill-Murray Fishing Team meeting is Thursday at 6:30 pm in the Cafeteria. This is a very important meeting and we hope anyone who is interested in participating on our fishing team attends the meeting with a parent or guardian. Again that's Thursday at 6:30 pm in the Cafeteria for Hill-Murray Fishing. See you there!!!

***We are pleased to announce this year’s Teacher of Excellence Award winners:
Mr. Dick Ghizoni and Mrs. Judy Bartel. They will be officially honored at a dinner in the spring and at an all school Mass this spring as well.
They will join the other Teachers of Excellence on the display outside Mr. Hansen’s office.
Congratulations!

January 15

***The Aquaponics Club Spring 2020 Registration is now OPEN!

Students in grades 9-12 can participate in Aquaponics.

Deadline to submit this registration is by the end of the school day next WEDNESDAY JANUARY 22nd

YOU MUST REGISTER FOR THE SPRING SESSION OF AQUAPONICS EVEN IF YOU HAVE ALREADY BEEN IN AQUAPONICS THIS YEAR.

You won't be charged the fee again if you are continuing on from the first session.

Check your email for details or see Mrs. Lee or Mrs. Babich for more information.

**Today we welcome Brooke Menne visiting with Victoria Vennemann in 10th grade, and Ben Abraham visiting with Matthew Whisler in 9th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray and have a great day!

***Attention future members of the Hill-Murray Fishing team. The first ever Hill-Murray Fishing Team meeting is Thursday at 6:30 pm in the Cafeteria. This is a very important meeting and we hope anyone who is interested in participating on our fishing team attends the meeting with a parent or guardian. Again that's Thursday at 6:30 pm in the Cafeteria for Hill-Murray Fishing. See you there!!!

JANUARY 14

***Today we welcome Cole Nelson visiting with Sawyer Seidl in 9th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray and have a great day!

***Middle School girl’s basketball practice will be 4:30-5:30 today.

***Good morning Pioneers. I’m Evan Harrold from Student Council. Although it may seem far away now, Prom is right around the corner on Saturday May 16th at the Lumber Exchange in Downtown Minneapolis.

Student Council is starting to plan for Prom and we want you to be involved. Any seniors who are interested in being apart of planning Prom should join the Prom Committee which will meet on Friday mornings at 7:30am starting next week. If you are interested in being a member of the Prom Committee let Mr. Ballentine or a student council member know and we’ll get you more info!

JANUARY 13

***This week in the cafe we will be featuring food from around the world. Stop down and try something new. Today we will be having Greek Pastitsio. A greek version of lasagna. Enjoy!


***Congratulations to all of our DECA members for their outstanding efforts at the district competition last Friday! Everyone did a great job and represented our school well. Special congratulations go out to the 77 members of our chapter who advanced to the state competition which will be held in March. All DECA members should stop by room 035 to pick up their score sheets.

***Remember to come to the chapel today. We have Eucharistic Adoration from now until 3pm!









January 10

***Lilli: Good morning, it’s girls basketball captains Lilli Mackley
Bella: and Bella Hartzel. Come to our pack the stands night this Friday against South St Paul.
Lilli: JV plays at 5:30 and Varsity plays at 7.
Bella: The theme is jersey. Have a good day!

***Juniors, this is the last day to turn in NHS applications. Applications are due today by the end of the school day. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Bourget.

***Calling all Hill-Murray girls … in all grades! This is a reminder to RSVP on the website by January 17th for the annual Father-Daughter dance on February 1st! Tickets are $115 per couple, and $40 for each additional daughter. If your dad isn’t available, grandfathers, uncles, and family friends are welcome as escorts. Last year’s event was a blast, and we’d love to see you there!

***The Commons and Cafeteria will be closed after school on Monday for Open House. Students will not be able to be in that area after school.

Also, Please make sure to take down all locker signs and posters by the end of the day on Monday.

***Remember to come to the chapel today. We have Eucharistic Adoration from now until 3pm!

January 9

***Today we welcome Amy Ansley who is visiting with Ella King, and Cate Kangas who is visiting with Anna Bacchus, both in 9th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray and have a great day!

***Don’t forget: Completed Hill-Murray Scholarship applications are due on Friday, January 17th. Scholarship booklets can be picked up in the Admissions Office, Main Office, and at the Main Entrance of the school. The application is also online, if you prefer.

Completed applications can be turned into the Admissions Offices or the International Center. Late applications will not be accepted.

***Juniors, before the break you received an email with your NHS application. Remember that applications are due this Friday, January 10th, by the end of the school day. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Bourget.

***Lilli: Good morning, it’s girls basketball captains Lilli Mackley
Bella: and Bella Hartzel. Come to our pack the stands night this Friday against South St Paul.
Lilli: JV plays at 5:30 and Varsity plays at 7.
Bella: The theme is jersey. Have a good day!

***Members of our DECA Chapter will be headed off to our district competition tomorrow. DECA members will be competing with students from 12 schools. We wish them the best of luck.

January 8

***Juniors, before the break you received an email with your NHS application. Remember that applications are due this Friday, January 10th, by the end of the school day. If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Bourget.

***Lilli: Good morning, it’s girls basketball captains Lilli Mackley
Bella: and Bella Hartzel. Come to our pack the stands night this Friday against South St Paul.
Lilli: JV plays at 5:30 and Varsity plays at 7.
Bella: The theme is jersey. Have a good day!

***Pioneers of all ages,
Are you ready for Extreme Faith Camp? This summer, from June 20-26, we have an opportunity to join the Transfiguration parish group at a week of EXTREME fun and faith. This is the same week that the groups from St. Ambrose and St. Peter's in North St. Paul are going, so you will probably see friends there. Pick up a form on the table in Campus Ministry and hurry, because we may have only 10 spots. There are separate forms for Middle Schoolers and High Schoolers. Don't miss Extreme Faith Camp!

***Today we welcome Wyatt Marty visiting with Montgomery Longtin and David Sanchez visiting with Andrew Cote in 9th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray and have a great day!

January 7

***Don’t forget: Completed Hill-Murray Scholarship applications are due on Friday, January 17th. Scholarship booklets can be picked up in the Admissions Office, Main Office, and at the Main Entrance of the school. The application is also online, if you prefer.

Completed applications can be turned into the Admissions Offices or the International Center. Late applications will not be accepted.

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

***Good morning Pioneers! Welcome back from break! This year, due to scheduling, the annual talent show will be on Friday, January 31st, wrapping up Catholic Schools Week. This means that it is time to sign up to show what you've got! Make sure you talk to Mr. Ballentine if you want to perform!

***Calling all Hill-Murray girls … in all grades! This is a reminder to RSVP on the website by January 17th for the annual Father-Daughter dance on February 1st! Tickets are $115per couple, and $40 for each additional daughter. If your dad isn’t available, grandfathers, uncles, and family friends are welcome as escorts. Last year’s event was a blast, and we’d love to see you there!

January 6

No announcements.

Merry Christmas
and Happy New year

December 20

***This is your 2020 Softball Captains Gracie Sevigny, Olivia Herzog, and Claire Celski.
All 6-12 grade girls interested in softball are invited to Captains practice Sunday mornings beginning January 5th from 9:00-10:30am in the Fieldhouse. We hope to see you all there.

***The 2021 Spring Break France Trip registration is now OPEN! Register by January 1, 2020 for the early bird price! See Ms. Marin in 136 with questions.

***Attention Juniors: you received an email last week with your National Honor Society application. Applications are due by the end of the school day on January 10th, that is the Friday we get back from break. Please email Ms. Bourget with any questions about applications.

***If you would like to be considered for the sound, lights, or costume crew for the winter one act play, please email Mr. Ballentine TODAY or stop by his office after school to state your interest! Mr. B. will be deciding on tech crews over break.

***Good morning Pios! We are excited to announce the winners of last week! For the locker decorating competition Maria Bloemendal wins with an adorable Olaf creation. For the gingerbread house competition it goes to 6th grader Julia Holmes. For the lunch trivia Mae Lindener wins. Please stop by the main office at the end of the day to claim your prize. Thank you to everyone who participated in the activities - we loved getting to see your creative decorating. Merry Christmas Pios and good luck on finals!

***"For all middle school through 10th grade boys basketball players: coach Franz will be in the fieldhouse from 11:30 to noon to hand out gear you ordered from the team store. You must have ordered from the team store in order to receive your gear today. Please email coach Franz or coach Wadie if you have any questions."

December 19

***This is your 2020 Softball Captains Gracie Sevigny, Olivia Herzog, and Claire Celski.

All 6-12 grade girls interested in softball are invited to Captains practice Sunday mornings beginning January 5th from 9:00-10:30am in the Fieldhouse. We hope to see you all there.

***The 2021 Spring Break France Trip registration is now OPEN! Register by January 1, 2020 for the early bird price! See Ms. Marin in 136 with questions.

***Attention Juniors: you received an email last week with your National Honor Society application. Applications are due by the end of the school day on January 10th, that is the Friday we get back from break. Please email Ms. Bourget with any questions about applications.

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

***Auditions for the one act play are today, after school, starting at 1pm. For more info check your email for one from Mr. Ballentine! Or email him!

December 18

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

***Good morning pioneers. This is Rachel Kennedy and Ben Warian with NHS, and we are here to talk about the NHS toy drive. As you may have seen in previous years, we put out a santa sled during December from the 9th to the 18th to collect toy donations for less fortunate children whom might not receive any this Christmas otherwise.

This year the sled will be located by Mrs. Pohl’s office and will run through December 18th. Any unused and packaged toy donations would be greatly appreciated. Please leave toys unwrapped. We hope you have a wonderful day and please don’t forget to bring in your toy donations for the kids when you see the sled! :)

***Attention students: the fitness center will be open after school Monday through Wednesday this week. The fitness center will be closed Thursday and Friday after school and over the Christmas break. It will reopen after the holidays.

***Congratulations to Peter Basso, Josie Cooper, Emma Dees, and Marykate Kolb, who represented Hill Murray at the Catholic Schools 8th grade quiz bowl competition on Monday. They had some great rounds and finished in the top 10. Thanks also to Jack Senden and Jack Nelson, who helped with score keeping and timing.

December 17

***Hill-Murray scholarship applications are now available for the 20-21 academic year. Scholarship booklets can be picked up in the Admissions Office, Main Office, and at the Main Entrance of the school. The application is also online, if you prefer. Completed applications are due by Friday, Jan 17th.

Don’t delay! Get started on your application today!

***Good morning pioneers. This is Rachel Kennedy and Ben Warian with NHS, and we are here to talk about the NHS toy drive. As you may have seen in previous years, we put out a santa sled during December from the 9th to the 18th to collect toy donations for less fortunate children whom might not receive any this Christmas otherwise.

This year the sled will be located by Mrs. Pohl’s office and will run through December 18th. Any unused and packaged toy donations would be greatly appreciated. Please leave toys unwrapped. We hope you have a wonderful day and please don’t forget to bring in your toy donations for the kids when you see the sled! :)

***This announcement is for Freshmen!
IT IS FINALS WEEK—are you feeling a little stressed—well we have just the thing!

TODAY---The Link Leaders will be hosting the Annual Cocoa and Cram study session during ALL Three LUNCHES—A, B, and C.

Grab your lunches as soon as you can, and come up to the Staff Lounge!
There will be Hot Cocoa and many delicious cookies, as we work hard to prepare you all for Finals!
There will be opportunities to win some gift cards to Target, Chipotle and Starbucks!!
We hope you will take advantage of this great opportunity to relieve some stress and come prepare for Finals with your friends—Come to the Staff Lounge today during your LUNCH!

***If you are interested in attending the boys hockey game on Tuesday night at Aldrich Arena there will be no presale of tickets at school. However, tickets will go on sale at Aldrich Arena at 3:00 pm on Tuesday, so if you don't want to stand in the cold and wait to buy a ticket, go to Aldrich at 3:00 pm on Tuesday and purchase your ticket then!!

***Attention students: the fitness center will be open after school Monday through Wednesday this week. The fitness center will be closed Thursday and Friday after school and over the Christmas break. It will reopen after the holidays.

***Congratulations to the two Hill-Murray FTC robotics teams who competed this past weekend. Both teams did very well, with one team named a finalist for the Stratasys 3D printing award and the other was a finalist for the Rockwell-Collins Control award. Great job to both teams!

December 16

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

***This announcement is for Freshmen!
IT IS FINALS WEEK—are you feeling a little stressed—well we have just the thing!

TODAY---The Link Leaders will be hosting the Annual Cocoa and Cram study session during ALL Three LUNCHES—A, B, and C.

Grab your lunches as soon as you can, and come up to the Staff Lounge!

There will be Hot Cocoa and many delicious cookies, as we work hard to prepare you all for Finals!

There will be opportunities to win some gift cards to Target, Chipotle and Starbucks!!

We hope you will take advantage of this great opportunity to relieve some stress and come prepare for Finals with your friends—Come to the Staff Lounge today during your LUNCH!

***Good morning pioneers. This is Rachel Kennedy and Ben Warian with NHS, and we are here to talk about the NHS toy drive. As you may have seen in previous years, we put out a santa sled during December from the 9th to the 18th to collect toy donations for less fortunate children whom might not receive any this Christmas otherwise.

This year the sled will be located by Mrs. Pohl’s office and will run through December 18th. Any unused and packaged toy donations would be greatly appreciated. Please leave toys unwrapped. We hope you have a wonderful day and please don’t forget to bring in your toy donations for the kids when you see the sled! :)

***If you are interested in attending the boys hockey game on Tuesday night at Aldrich Arena there will be no presale of tickets at school. However, tickets will go on sale at Aldrich Arena at 3:00 pm on Tuesday, so if you don't want to stand in the cold and wait to buy a ticket, go to Aldrich at 3:00 pm on Tuesday and purchase your ticket then!!

December 13

***Today we welcome Lucy Kelly visiting with Anna Noel and Karagan Sheeser visiting with Lauren Wahl. Welcome to Hill-Murray and have a great day!

***Rachel
Good morning pioneers. This is Rachel Kennedy and Ben Warian with NHS, and we are here to talk about the NHS toy drive. As you may have seen in previous years, we put out a santa sled during December from the 9th to the 18th to collect toy donations for less fortunate children whom might not receive any this Christmas otherwise.

Ben
This year the sled will be located by Mrs. Pohl’s office and will run through December 18th. Any unused and packaged toy donations would be greatly appreciated. Please leave toys unwrapped. We hope you have a wonderful day and please don’t forget to bring in your toy donations for the kids when you see the sled! :)

***This announcement is for Freshmen!

FINALS IS NEXT WEEK—are you feeling a little stressed—well we have just the thing!

The Link Leaders will be hosting the Annual Cocoa and Cram study session next MONDAY and TUESDAY during ALL Three LUNCHES—A, B, and C.

Grab your lunches as soon as you can, and come up to the Staff Lounge!

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 to Target, Chick-Fil-A, Chipotle and Starbucks!!

FRESHMEN, we hope you will take advantage of this great opportunity to relieve some stress and come prepare for Finals with your friends—during your lunch on Monday and Tuesday in the Staff Lounge!

***Hey pioneers! This is Ben Davis from student council and if you know the answer to the following question, submit the correct answer at lunch to be entered in a drawing for a fun candy-filled Christmas stalking! The question is, Why does Santa have three gardens?

Also, the scavenger hunt clue of the day is…

***Congratulations to the Hill-Murray Cyber Patriot team who competed this last weekend. In this competition put on by the United States Air Force, our team competed in the Open Division and finished 2nd in the state of Minnesota. Great work by

TJ Pavaritpong
Jason Hung
Ryan Offstein
Dominick Schmit-Derosa
Jimmy Tai

***The Christmas musical HOLIDAY INN has three performances left! Tonight and tomorrow at 7pm and Sunday at 2pm. All 3 are possible sellouts! Remember that student tickets are free at the door and $5 in advance. Go on the hill-Murray website to the theatre page to buy tickets!

December 12

***Attention middle schoolers! This coming Friday, December 13th, there will be a middle school christmas movie event in the lounge from after school until 4:15pm. Popcorn and soda will be provided! Hope to see you there.

***Rachel
Good morning pioneers. This is Rachel Kennedy and Ben Warian with NHS, and we are here to talk about the NHS toy drive. As you may have seen in previous years, we put out a santa sled during December from the 9th to the 18th to collect toy donations for less fortunate children whom might not receive any this Christmas otherwise.

Ben
This year the sled will be located by Mrs. Pohl’s office and will run through December 18th. Any unused and packaged toy donations would be greatly appreciated. Please leave toys unwrapped. We hope you have a wonderful day and please don’t forget to bring in your toy donations for the kids when you see the sled! :)

***All Students:
Next Wednesday’s deadline to make a Semester 2 schedule change is now less than a week away. 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.

***Hello Pioneers! Today's clue is as follows:
Check the bulletin board half-way down the stairs one would take on the way from the choir room to the fieldhouse. There is a hint regarding the habitat of today’s ticket, relative to yesterday’s.

And that's the clue.

Also, we've noticed that the ticket hidden for Monday is no longer where it was. If you have found it, you have until the end of the day today to turn it in to a student council member, or we will rehide one in its place tomorrow. If this must happen, the clue will be reread for the benefit of all on tomorrow's announcements. Thanks and have a great Thursday.

***Today we welcome Olivia Smith visiting with Ava Maas in 8th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray and have a great day!

***Students going on the Guatemala 2020 Trip are reminded of their meeting today after school in room 213.

December 11

***Attention middle schoolers! This coming Friday, December 13th, there will be a middle school christmas movie event in the lounge from after school until 4:15pm. Popcorn and soda will be provided! Hope to see you there.

*** Rachel
Good morning pioneers. This is Rachel Kennedy and Ben Warian with NHS, and we are here to talk about the NHS toy drive. As you may have seen in previous years, we put out a santa sled during December from the 9th to the 18th to collect toy donations for less fortunate children whom might not receive any this Christmas otherwise.

Ben
This year the sled will be located by Mrs. Pohl’s office and it should be out by next week Monday and will run through December 18th. Any unused and packaged toy donations would be greatly appreciated. Please leave toys unwrapped. We hope you have a wonderful day and please don’t forget to bring in your toy donations for the kids when you see the sled! :)

***Hey pioneers it’s Grace Lavigne. CARE had their annual Christmas breakfast Tuesday morning and collected donations and home made cards for the Bahamas. If you weren’t able to make it or want to participate and you aren’t in CARE please feel free to drop things off at Ms. Gist or Ms. Geotzkes office. I will be bringing all donations to school kids whose homes were devastated by hurricane Dorian during my trip to the Bahamas this Christmas break. Thanks in advance for all your help pioneers!

***Students going on the Guatemala 2020 Trip are reminded of their meeting this Thursday (tomorrow) after school in room 213.

***Today we welcome our guests visiting for our first Hill-Murray Tech Day! You may see these students around school piloting drones, and creating unique Hill-Murray items on the 3D printers throughout the day. Please stop by and welcome our Future Pioneers!

***Auditions for the Minnesota State High School League One Act Play Competition will be next Thursday, December 19th, after school starting at 1pm. Next Thursday is our first day of finals with an early 12:30pm dismissal. Check your email for a signup link from Mr. B.

Also, make sure you check out the Christmas Musical, HOLIDAY INN, this weekend! Friday or Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 2pm!

***Hey pioneers! It’s Grace Lavigne from student council. This is a reminder to purchase candy cane grams during lunches today. They are 50 cents each. All proceeds go to bahama MN. Thanks in advance for your generosity

***Here's today's clue for the student council announcement.

Not one can see them well
On top of an urban gazelle
Ride out into open roads
Til all tire of the noise of toads
His can be seen that in manger dwelt

December 10

***Hill-Murray scholarship applications are now available for the 20-21 academic year. Scholarship booklets can be picked up in the Admissions Office, Main Office, and at the Main Entrance of the school. The application is also online, if you prefer. Completed applications are due by Friday, Jan 17th.

Don’t delay! Get started on your application today!

*** Rachel
Good morning pioneers. This is Rachel Kennedy and Ben Warian with NHS, and we are here to talk about the NHS toy drive. As you may have seen in previous years, we put out a santa sled during December from the 9th to the 18th to collect toy donations for less fortunate children whom might not receive any this Christmas otherwise.

Ben
This year the sled will be located by Mrs. Pohl’s office and it should be out by next week Monday and will run through December 18th. Any unused and packaged toy donations would be greatly appreciated. Please leave toys unwrapped. We hope you have a wonderful day and please don’t forget to bring in your toy donations for the kids when you see the sled! :)

***Attention middle schoolers! This coming Friday, December 13th, there will be a middle school christmas movie event in the lounge from after school until 4:15pm. Popcorn and soda will be provided! Hope to see you there.

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

***Here is your scavenger hunt clue for today:
The ceramic Pioneer sculpture is full of Christmas spirit this week with his light display, but today’s clue is near an object that could give him even more spirit.

And that's the clue. Reminder that all clues are posted on the student council Instagram, and that found tickets can be given to any student council member in exchange for prizes.

December 9

***Students please ensure you have Signed up for Student Support Time for your WIN sessions.

***Attention all students who plan to participate on the Track and Field team this spring. We have a mandatory Track and Field meeting on Tuesday, December 10 at 2:40pm in the auditorium. Please see Mrs. Hurley if you have any questions. Thank you.

*** Rachel
Good morning pioneers. This is Rachel Kennedy and Ben Warian with NHS, and we are here to talk about the NHS toy drive. As you may have seen in previous years, we put out a santa sled during December from the 9th to the 18th to collect toy donations for less fortunate children whom might not receive any this Christmas otherwise.

Ben
This year the sled will be located by Mrs. Pohl’s office and it should be out by next week Monday and will run through December 18th. Any unused and packaged toy donations would be greatly appreciated. Please leave toys unwrapped. We hope you have a wonderful day and please don’t forget to bring in your toy donations for the kids when you see the sled! :)

***Spanish students and friends are reminded of the service hours opportunity at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in West St. Paul. Join us on December 10th and / or the 11th from 4:00-6:00 for this cultural experience. We will be preparing for the December 12th Guadalupe Day Celebration. See your Spanish teacher for details.

***Good morning, this is Peter Hommes with your student council,
This week there will be a Christmas scavenger hunt going on. Each day we’ll reveal the clue to the day’s hidden object over the announcements, and each of these objects is a small ticket which has written upon it, Day 1, 2, 3, 4, or 5. On the back will be a student council member’s signature for authentication.

Here is your clue for the day 1 ticket:

I’d say this ticket is something of a gift. So we put it where gifts belong.

The clue will be posted on the student council instagram for reference

There will also be a locker decorating contest going on. Each student may bring decorations in and decorate the outside of their locker for Christmas. You’ll have to use your own time to decorate, and at the end of the week a winner will be chosen from each hallway of the school. Good luck!

Lastly, I’ll tell you about the gingerbread house contest. Fabulous prizes and glory may await those careful enough to make a gingerbread house off-site, and bring it into school to enter it into the competition. Your team for this competition may consist of 1-10 people, and we’ll vote on the houses at the end of the week.

Have a good day

December 6

***Hello Pioneers
Do you know what curling is?? Have you ever curled?? If you have an interest in joining a curling club, we will be holding an interest-gauging meeting on Monday Dec. 9th at 2:40 pm in Ms. Fandrich's room, Room 154. Again, if you have an interest in joining a Hill-Murray curling club there will be an interest gauging meeting on Monday at 2:40 pm in Room 154.

*** Rachel
Good morning pioneers. This is Rachel Kennedy and Ben Warian with NHS, and we are here to talk about the NHS toy drive. As you may have seen in previous years, we put out a santa sled during December from the 9th to the 18th to collect toy donations for less fortunate children whom might not receive any this Christmas otherwise.

Ben
This year the sled will be located by Mrs. Pohl’s office and it should be out by next week Monday and will run through December 18th. Any unused and packaged toy donations would be greatly appreciated. Please leave toys unwrapped. We hope you have a wonderful day and please don’t forget to bring in your toy donations for the kids when you see the sled! :)

***All Students:
With Semester One continuing to quickly wind down, have you taken a moment yet to review your Semester Two schedule.

Remember that if you are considering any kind of change, including adding a Study Hall, the deadline to do so is Wednesday, December 18.

Please bring written permission from a parent to your counselor prior to the deadline.

Requests to change teachers or hours will not be honored.

***Today we welcome Presley Hanes who is visiting with Maci Mogren in 9th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray and have a great day!

***Spanish students and friends are reminded of the service hours opportunity at Our Lady of Guadalupe Church in West St. Paul. Join us on December 10th and / or the 11th from 4:00-6:00 for this cultural experience. We will be preparing for the December 12th Guadalupe Day Celebration. See your Spanish teacher for details.

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

***Bella: Good morning, this is your girls basketball captains, Bella Hartzel

Lilli: and Lilli Mackley. Come to our home opener tonight against Chanhassesn. JV plays at 5:30 and Varsity plays at 7.

Bella: Then come back tomorrow for our double header with the boys team. Varsity boys plays at 2 against Mounds Park Academy.

Lilli: Then girls JV plays at 4:30 and varsity plays at 6 against Totino Grace. See you there

***Hey Pioneers! It’s your newest theatre members Cal Wilde and Luke Ilgen. Our Christmas Musical, Holiday Inn, opens tonight and you better be there! It is a green out and student tickets are free at the door. So wear green and we’ll see you tonight! Shows are the next two weekends, 7pm on Friday And Saturday, and Sunday at 2pm. Have a great day!

December 5

***This is a reminder to all students in grades 6-12 who are interested in being a part of Letters of Love. We have a meeting today at 2:45 in TNC 050. See Luke Rausch or Mrs. Barbato if you have any questions.

***Hello Pioneers
Do you know what curling is?? Have you ever curled?? If you have interest in joining a curling club, we will be holding an interest-gauging meeting on Monday Dec. 9th at 2:40 pm in Ms. Fandrich's room, Room 154. Again, if you have interest in joining a Hill-Murray curling club there will be an interest gauging meeting on Monday at 2:40 pm in Room 154.

***Good morning,
This is Maggie Sperle and Sophia Schroepfer. Tomorrow is the opening night of our production of our Christmas musical Holiday Inn, and by popular demand, it’s going to be a green out. Doors open at 6:30, and the show starts at 7. It’s a great way to get into the Holiday spirit, and student tickets are free at the door. Hope to see you there!

***Attention all students who plan to participate on the Track and Field team this spring. We have a mandatory Track and Field meeting on Tuesday, December 10 at 2:40pm in the auditorium. Please see Mrs. Hurley if you have any questions. Thank you.

***Today we welcome Kayla Clark visiting with Caroline Given in 10th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray Kayla and have a great day!

***Just a reminder, if you are not purchasing items from the cafe, please do not come in to the serving area. the extra students slows down the process.

Please check your account balances, you must have money in your account to use it.

December 4

***All Students:
With Semester One quickly coming to an end, now is the time to review 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 18, which is two weeks from today.

Please bring written permission from a parent to your counselor prior to the deadline.

Requests to change teachers or hour will not be honored.

***Today for community time all middle school report to chapel, 9-10 to varsity gym, 11-12 auditorium. Presentation will be on Above the Line Behavior.

December 3

***Hill-Murray scholarship applications are now available for the 20-21 academic year. Scholarship booklets can be picked up in the Admissions Office, Main Office, and at the Main Entrance of the school. The application is also online, if you prefer. Completed applications are due by Friday, Jan 17th.

Don’t delay! Get started on your application today!

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

***All Students:
You may have noticed the large display outside President Hansen’s office that honors current and past faculty. This is your chance to see one of your favorite teachers honored on the wall too.

Today you will receive an email detailng how you can nominate someone for the Teacher of Excellence Award. Please take some time this week to make a nomination and recognize a teacher. It only takes a few minutes!

***A Good Samaritan turned in some lost money. If you can tell us where you lost your money and how much it was, you can claim it in the office of student life. Thank you!

***Wednesday morning for community time all middle school report to chapel, 9-10 to varsity gym, and 11-12 in auditorium. Presentation will be on Above the Line Behavior.

DECEMBER 2

***Students please ensure you have Signed up for Student Support Time for your WIN sessions.

***Good morning Pioneers, this is Luke Rausch. I am the President of a new club here at Hill-Murray called Letters of Love. The mission of this new club is to make every child struggling with cancer know that they are loved and have a team cheering them on. Letters of Love supports these children in a way no other organization does- in addition to donating funds to helping these kids, we are emotionally supporting them. You becoming an ambassador of this club means that you are creating an opportunity for yourself as well as your peers to spread smiles and love to the little humans that need it the most, and to spread as much positivity to these kids that is possible.

If you are interested in hearing more about Letters of Love, come to an informational meeting on Wednesday, December 4 at 2:45 in the Staff Lounge.

***This is Sunwoo Lee, DECA president and this message is for all DECA members. This is a reminder that our annual DECA the Halls breakfast will be tomorrow morning, be sure to attend this special DECA event. That is all DECA members, tomorrow morning at 7am in the faculty lounge, - see you there!

***Happy holiday season Pioneers! I hope you all had a good thanksgiving break. Now turkey time has passed and it is officially christmas season. This means, advisories, it's time for you to start your door decorating. You have until December 11th to collect materials to make those doors light up with the holiday spirit and have a chance to win your class an awesome prize. Thank you and have a merry Monday!

NOVEMBER 2019

November 26

***Hill-Murray scholarship applications are now available for the 20-21 academic year. Scholarship booklets can be picked up in the Admissions Office, Main Office, and at the Main Entrance of the school. The application is also online, if you prefer. Completed applications are due by Friday, Jan 17th.

Don’t delay! Get started on your application today!

***Today we welcome:
Maybel Vaske visiting with Emma Vaske
Martha Recio visiting with Alyssa Hurley and Rachel Zillig
Jake Kohler visiting with Joe McGurran and Max Kacerik
Logan Kohler visiting with Ben Davis

all in 9th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray and have a great day!

***This is a message for students who wear pants. You must wear the pants sold at Donald's Uniform. New this year at Donald's is a dry fit type pant that is a big seller. You have until Monday to obtain the uniform pants that is part of our policy.

NO to joggers, elastic bottom pants or lulu lemon type pants. We will do a uniform check first thing Monday morning so come prepared.

***God, Thank you for all the blessings in our lives. Thank you for our food and shelter, our health, the gifts we have, and our family and friends. In this Thanksgiving season, remind us of your infinite love that we have so undeservedly received. Help us to be more thankful to the people around us and to You. In our gratitude, help us to be a blessing to others through generosity, kindness, and love. Amen.

Today we will recognize the Thanksgiving holiday through reflective questions and prayers at the beginning of each class period. Please be ready at the start of each class to participate prayerfully. Questions and prayers will be read immediately following the bell. The teachers may ask students to share their reflections at the end of each prayer at the beginning of each hour.

Let us remember that we are in the holy presence of God (pause). Think of someone of high importance in your life. (pause) What do they do for you and how can you show that you are thankful for them? (30 second pause)

Lord, we lift up to you the person we are most thankful for. Thank you for the blessing they are in our life. Amen

November 25


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

Jack Cherrier will be visiting with Nick Hartzel in 6th grade

Evan Ennis will be visiting with Luke Lindemer in 6th grade

Erik Douha will be visiting with Sam Lavine in 8th grade

Martha Recio visiting with Maddie Wegleitner in 9th grade.

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

November 22

***Lord, thank you for loving me, for walking with me, and for caring about the smallest details of my life. Fill me with grace, Lord, that I may have the strength to face what is before me today. I know not what today will bring forth, but make me ready, Lord, for whatever it may be.

***The France Trip 2021 information meeting is this Sunday at 4 pm in the Staff Lounge. See Ms. Marin with questions!

***Hey pioneers! NHS here.

Did you know that 1 in 11 households in Minnesota are affected by hunger?

During this season of Thanksgiving, we are looking to help out our community. In order to do this, we are sponsoring a food drive for our CSL schools: Webster and Flex Academy.

We will be collecting food starting on November 18th through November 25th. Please bring your nonperishable food donations by the front entrance, the senior pole, or the nic center. Thank you!

***Today we welcome Cassidy Reeves will be visiting with Allie Hartzel, Jaida Crawford will be visiting with Allie Koskie, and Knean Awek

***Good Morning pioneers this is Alex Berkley with DECA. Today is the last day of Animal Rescue Week. Thank you all so much for participating In the lunch activities throughout the week, but make sure to come check out today’s lunch activities! Make sure to put donations in the donation jar at the front desk. Today’s final pet of the day is Ashley make sure to check your email to learn more about her. Thank you again for making this a great week!

November 21

***All Students:
You may have noticed the large display outside President Hansen’s office that honors current and past faculty. This is your chance to see one of your favorite teachers honored on the wall too.

Today you will receive an email detailing how you can nominate someone for the Teacher of Excellence Award. Please take some time this week to make a nomination and recognize a teacher. It only takes a few minutes!

***Hey pioneers!
NHS here.

Did you know that 1 in 11 households in Minnesota are affected by hunger?

During this season of Thanksgiving, we are looking to help out our community. In order to do this, we are sponsoring a food drive for our CSL schools: Webster and Flex Academy.

We will be collecting food starting on November 18th through November 25th. Please bring your nonperishable food donations by the front entrance, the senior pole, or the nic center. Thank you!

***Good morning pioneers, this is Aly Steichen and Sunwoo Lee with DECA.

This is just a reminder that there is a donation box at the main entrance for Twin Cities Pet rescue.

Levi is the pet of the day, so please check your email for more information! Have a great day!

***Today we welcome Maya Huebner visiting with Grace Miller. Welcome to Hill-Murray and have a great day!

November 20

***“Have you ever wanted to be part of the run crew for a Hill-Murray Theatre Production? The Theatre department is now filling positions for the run crew for Holiday Inn - Check your student email for the online application. They are in need of sound and light board crews, spotlight operators, and several backstage run crew positions. If you have any questions, email Mr. Morris or stop by the theatre office after school.”

***This is a reminder about the brief meeting this SUNDAY, November 24 at 4 pm in the Staff Lounge for students interested in the France 2021 Spring Break trip. See Ms. Marin in room 136 with any questions.

***Good Morning Pioneers this is --------- with DECA. Throughout animal rescue week we are raising money for Twin Cities Pet Rescue. You may have noticed the purple around the school. Purple is the color of animal abuse. There is a donation jar at the front desk please consider donating. Today's animal of the day is Rockford. Please check your email to learn more about him and stop by our table during all lunches today.

***Rachel - Good morning pioneers. This is Rachel Kennedy and Ben Warian with NHS, and we are here to talk about the NHS toy drive. As you may have seen in previous years, we put out a santa sled during November and December to collect toy donations for less fortunate children whom might not receive any this Christmas otherwise.

Ben - This year the sled will likely be located by Mrs. Pohl’s office and it should be out soon and will likely run through mid December. Any unused and packaged toy donations would be greatly appreciated. We hope you have a wonderful day and please don’t forget to bring in your toy donations for the kids when you see the sled!

***Hey pioneers! NHS here.
Did you know that 1 in 11 households in Minnesota are affected by hunger?

During this season of Thanksgiving, we are looking to help out our community. In order to do this, we are sponsoring a food drive for our CSL schools: Webster and Flex Academy.

We will be collecting food starting on November 18th through November 25th. Please bring your nonperishable food donations by the front entrance, the senior pole, or the nic center. Thank you!

November 19

***Hill-Murray scholarship applications are now available for the 20-21 academic year. Scholarship booklets can be picked up in the Admissions Office, Main Office, and at the Main Entrance of the school. The application is also online, if you prefer. Completed applications are due by Friday, Jan 17th.

Don’t delay! Get started on your application today!

***Hey pioneers!.
NHS here.
Did you know that 1 in 11 households in Minnesota are affected by hunger?

During this season of Thanksgiving, we are looking to help out our community. In order to do this, we are sponsoring a food drive for our CSL schools: Webster and Flex Academy.

We will be collecting food starting on November 18th through November 25th. Please bring your nonperishable food donations by the front entrance, the senior pole, or the nic center. Thank you!

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

***“Have you ever wanted to be part of the run crew for a Hill-Murray Theatre Production? The Theatre department is now filling positions for the run crew for Holiday Inn - Check your student email for the online application. They are in need of sound and light board crews, spotlight operators, and several backstage run crew positions. If you have any questions, email Mr. Morris or stop by the theatre office after school.”

***Good Morning Pioneers this is June Knauss with DECA. Throughout animal rescue week we are raising money for Twin Cities Pet Rescue. There is a donation jar at the front desk please consider donating. Today's animal of the day is Snow White. Please check your email to learn more about her and stop by our table during all lunches today.

November 18

***Students please ensure you have Signed up for Student Support Time for your WIN sessions.

***Skiers and potential skiers. The Hill-Murray Ski Team is already quite large with 41 athletes. There is no upper limit to the size of a Ski Team and there are no cuts of athletes. We currently have 25 boys and 16 girls. There are four more racing spots guaranteed for girls willing to join the ski team. No previous skiing or racing experience is required. The sign up link is still active for the Ski Team until November 25th.

***Hey pioneers!
NHS here.

Did you know that 1 in 11 households in Minnesota are affected by hunger?

During this season of Thanksgiving, we are looking to help out our community. In order to do this, we are sponsoring a food drive for our CSL schools: Webster and Flex Academy.

We will be collecting food starting on November 18th through November 25th. Please bring your nonperishable food donations by the front entrance, the senior pole, or the nic center. Thank you!

***Today we welcome several visitors to Hill-Murray.
Leo Schauff with Hayley Setterstrom in 6th grade.
Teagan Kotzmacher with Malia Mauer in 6th grade.
Kate Bates with Jayda Mackey in 6th grade.
Carter Cessna with Alex Bever in 7th grade.
Kendall Kotzmacher with Karis Weyandt in 8th grade.
Aniya Davis with Payton Mackley in 9th grade.

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

***Esports practice today is cancelled and moved to Friday. Email Mr. Goetzke with any questions.

***Good Morning Pioneers, this is Rachel McBride with DECA. This week is animal rescue week. We are raising awareness for rescue animals waiting to be adopted, especially those at Twin Cities Pet Rescue. Throughout the week we will have pet of the day and activities during lunch. Today’s pet of the day is Cosmo. Please watch your email to learn more about Cosmo. Be sure to come check out our lunch table to test your luck at pet trivia and win some prizes!

***There will be a brief informational meeting this SUNDAY, November 24 at 4 pm in the Staff Lounge for students interested in the France 2021 Spring Break trip. See Ms. Marin in room 136 with any questions.

November 15

***Skiers and potential skiers. The Hill-Murray Ski Team is already quite large with 41 athletes. There is no upper limit to the size of a Ski Team and there are no cuts of athletes. We currently have 25 boys and 16 girls. There are four more racing spots guaranteed for girls willing to join the ski team. No previous skiing or racing experience is required. The sign up link is still active for the Ski Team until November 25th.

***Hey pioneers!
NHS here.

Did you know that 1 in 11 households in Minnesota are affected by hunger?

During this season of Thanksgiving, we are looking to help out our community. In order to do this, we are sponsoring a food drive for our CSL schools: Webster and Flex Academy.

We will be collecting food starting on November 18th through November 25th. Please bring your nonperishable food donations by the front entrance, the senior pole, or the nic center. Thank you!

***Today we welcome all of our guests for Future Pioneer Day! Welcome to Hill-Murray and we hope you have a great day as a Pioneer!

November 14

***Due to Principal for the Day our menu has changed.

Friday we will have Chicken Wild Rice in a Bread Bowl or Chicken Os.
Next Tuesday we will have Italian Stromboli with Caesar Salad or Popcorn Chicken.

***Today we welcome Eva Klepperich visiting with Faith Albert and Isaac Santino Garcia visiting with Max Kacerik both in 9th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray and have a great day!

November 13

***Today we will be honoring our veterans during community time. The high schoolers will go directly to the varsity gym and middle schoolers to the auditorium. There will be visitors in the building including veterans and their families. Please conduct yourselves showing dignity and make sure our guests are known, loved, and respected. If you get a chance, please feel free to thank our veterans if given the opportunity.

***Good morning pios,
This is Maggie Sperle and Sophia Schroepfer.

HM theatre is doing a sticker giveaway for anyone who follows the account on Instagram. We have a limited amount of exclusive vinyl stickers that you can win! If you follow @hmtheatre on Instagram, add our most recent post to your public story, and tag @hmtheatre, you will be entered in the weekly drawing to win! Check out the Instagram for more information! Thanks!

***Happy Wednesday Pioneers! Student Council is now looking to add new members from this year's freshman class. Applications were emailed out to you by President Aly Steichen and physical copies can be picked up in the commons. Applications should be emailed or handed in to Aly Steichen, Elliot Heinrich’s, Bobby Lawrence, or me, Sunwoo Lee. Feel free to give it to another student council member or Mr. Ballentine and they can get it to us. Applications are due on Friday. We look forward to reading your applications! Thank you and make it a great day!

***Good morning my name is Emma Lienemann and i’m going to be the principal of the day on Friday. Everyone gets the choice to be out of uniform and the theme is jersey out. The only way you get to be out of uniform is if you bring a dollar to donate to the Ronald McDonald house. The Ronald McDonald houses are to help families in need of financial help and have a sick family member that needs to be close to a hospital. I encourage you to be out of uniform and support this charity because it bellas a lot of families! Thank you!

November 12

***Today we will be honoring our veterans during community time. The high schoolers will go directly to the varsity gym and middle schoolers to the auditorium. There will be visitors in the building including veterans and their families. Please conduct yourselves showing dignity and make sure our guests are known, loved, and respected. If you get a chance, please feel free to thank our veterans if given the opportunity.

***Happy Tuesday Pioneers! Student Council is now looking to add new members from this year's freshman class. Applications were emailed out to you by President Aly Steichen and physical copies can be picked up in the commons. Applications should be emailed or handed in to Aly Steichen, Sunwoo Lee, Bobby Lawrence, or me, Elliot Heinrichs. Feel free to give it to another student council member or Mr. Ballentine and they can get it to us. Applications are due on Friday. We look forward to reading your applications! Thank you and make it a great day!

***This January we will be joining a Twin Cities trip to Washington, D.C. for the annual March for Life. If you would like to join thousands of youth from across the country to support life, come to an informational meeting tomorrow morning at 7:30 in Ms. Jensen's room, Room 120. If you are not able to be there at 7:30 tomorrow, please see Ms. Jensen or Fr. Kevin asap. There are still some spots available!

***Today we will be honoring our veterans during community time. The high schoolers will go directly to the varsity gym and middle schoolers to the auditorium. There will be visitors in the building including veterans and their families. Please conduct yourselves showing dignity and make sure our guests are known, loved, and respected. If you get a chance, please feel free to thank our veterans if given the opportunity.

November 11

***Students please ensure you have Signed up for Student Support Time for your WIN sessions.

***Today we welcome:
Emily Fenlon visiting with Eliie Lundgren
Kate Walsh visiting with Natalie Humbert
Amelia Howard visiting with Vivian Gacik
Max Johnson visiting with Brady Ingelbretson
Miles Bollinger visiting with Jake Illgen
Lillian Do visiting with Alli Koskie
Yashoda Bollom visiting with Anna Bacchus
Amelia Burda visiting with Lucy Zupfer
Nyesha Martin visiting with Shae Resch

Welcome to Hill-Murray and have a great day

***Jazz Band speech take one. This is thee Dane Paul and I am Jazzed to inform you about middle school Jazz Band. The middle school jazz band is a co-curricular group that meets every Wednesday before school. We are looking for any instruments. No Jazz Band experience is necessary. It is a lot of fun and a cool experience for a small band performance. If interested reach out to Mr. Villesvik if you have any questions and come check it out Wednesdays at 7:10

***Attention all boys basketball players in grades 9-12 there will be captain’s practice Monday November 11 through Thursday November 14 from 6-7:30pm in the fieldhouse. Also, please make sure you get signed up for basketball as soon as possible.

***All Students:
You may have noticed the large display outside President Hansen’s office that honors current and past faculty. This is your chance to see one of your favorite teachers honored on the wall too.

Today you will receive an email detailing how you can nominate someone for the Teacher of Excellence Award. Please take some time this week to make a nomination and recognize a teacher.

***Attention Students! We hope everyone is planning on seeing the Christmas Production of HOLIDAY INN: The Broadway Musical in December. As always, student tickets will be free at the door the night of the show, but if you want to make sure you have a good seat or even a seat at all, you should consider buying your $5 ticket in advance! The show is selling very well and could very well be close to a sellout when it opens in 4 weeks! The box office will be open for ticket sales from 9-10:30am on Wednesday and after school on Friday! You can also purchase tickets online!

***Happy Monday Pioneers! Student Council is now looking to add new members from this year's freshman class. Applications will be emailed out to you by President Aly Steichen and physical copies can be picked up in the commons. Applications should be emailed or handed in to Aly Steichen, Sunwoo Lee, Bobby Lawrence, or me, Elliot Heinrichs. Feel free to give it to another student council member or Mr. Ballentine and they can get it to us. Applications are due on Friday, November 15. We look forward to reading your applications! Thank you and make it a great day!

***Today, November 11, is recognized as Veterans Day. This day is set aside for honoring persons who have served in the United States Armed Forces. Here at Hill-Murray we are honoring our veterans with your submitted veteran photos outside of the main office as well as photos of alum who gave their lives in the service of our country. There are also various military artifacts in display cases outside of the auditorium. These will be up all week long so please be sure to take a look. During community time this Wednesday there will be Veterans Day commemoration ceremonies for both middle and high school students. More details on this to follow in tomorrow's announcements.

***Congratulations to senior swimmer Catherine Nolde for advancing to the girls state swim meet. Catherine will compete at the Jean K Freeman Aquatic Center at the University of Minnesota Nov. 14-16. Best of luck to Catherine and congratulations to all the Pioneer swimmers on a fantastic season!!

***This is Dane Paul and I am Jazzed to inform you about middle school Jazz Band. The middle school jazz band is a co-curricular group that meets every Wednesday before school. We are looking for any instruments. No Jazz Band experience is required to join. It is a lot of fun and a cool experience for a small band performance. If interested reach out to Mr. Villesvik if you have any questions and come check it out Wednesdays at 7:10

November 8

***Due to parent teacher conferences the fitness center will be closed after school on Thursday and Friday. Please plan accordingly.

***Attention all students interested in playing Girls Basketball, Boys Hockey, or Alpine Ski. You must be registered online with an up-to-date physical by Friday at midnight if you want to participate on Monday. Registration will close on the weekend so coaches can plan groups and schedules for Monday. Again, you need to be registered by Friday at midnight or you can not participate on Monday. If you have any questions, please see Mr. Pohl or Ms. Goetzke in the Activities office. Thank you.

***As you are aware, our school will be having a Veterans Day event during community time next week on November 13th. To pull this off, we need your help! Please bring in a copy of a family member or friend that has served or is currently serving in the United States Armed Forces. The copy of a picture should be 4x6 and can be dropped off to any social studies teacher or there is a box on Rocky Yarusso's desk in the front entrance.

***Senior Panoramics have arrived! If you ordered a Senior panoramic you may pick it up in the Office of Student Life.

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

***Would like to share your blessings with families in need? If you said yes, then you and your parents are welcome to join the Solid Ground thanksgiving meal on Tuesday, November 19. Your family would bring an item to the Thanksgiving meal, and you would serve unfortunate families. The students who have participated in the past said it was one of their best service experiences, and how it helped them appreciate the blessings they have at home on Thanksgiving Day and every day. This experience would complete a poor and vulnerable service requirement. You will need your parent to participate. Please Ms. Spangenberg for more info.

***Attention all boys basketball players in grades 9-12 there will be captain’s practice Monday November 11 through Thursday November 14 from 6-7:30pm in the fieldhouse. Also, please make sure you get signed up for basketball as soon as possible.

***On Wednesday Da’Quan Jones-Morris a student from Henry Sibley, a school in our athletic conference, lost his life in an act of gun violence. His principal referred to him a beloved member of their community. His was the 28th homicide this year. We will take a moment of silence to remember Da’Quan, his family, friends and school.

(30 seconds of silence)

Let us pray…Lord, we pray for Da’Quan and all victims of violence. We ask for your spirit to comfort those who have lost a loved one. Finally, Lord, we ask you to send your spirit to help us to replace violence with love and to actively nurture peace, kindness, and Christ-like love in our families and communities.

This we pray in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen

***Today is the day! Come support the Girl’s Swim and Dive team as they race at Sections tonight and tomorrow night. Meet is at Skyview and starts at 6:30 both days. If you can’t make it, be sure to wish the girls luck!

November 7

***Would like to share your blessings with families in need? If you said yes, then you and your parents are welcome to join the Solid Ground thanksgiving meal on Tuesday, November 19. Your family would bring an item to the Thanksgiving meal, and you would serve unfortunate families. The students who have participated in the past said it was one of their best service experiences, and how it helped them appreciate the blessings they have at home on Thanksgiving Day and every day. This experience would complete a poor and vulnerable service requirement. You will need your parent to participate. Please Ms. Spangenberg for more info.

***“Attention all boys basketball players in grades 9-12 there will be captain’s practice Monday November 11 through Thursday November 14 from 6-7:30pm in the fieldhouse. Also, please make sure you get signed up for basketball as soon as possible.”

***Attention all students interested in playing Junior Pioneer hockey. There will be a mandatory meeting after school today in room 154 to gauge whether or not we can field a team. If you are interested in junior pioneer hockey you must be in room 154 today at 2:35 pm. Thank you.

***Today we welcome Starla Eschiti visiting with Jeronimo Laklia and Luke Miller visiting with Nick Celski both in 9th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray and have a great day!

***Today we welcome Caden Archer to Hill-Murray. Caden will be visiting with Jayden Ebert in the 7th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray, Caden, we hope you have a great day!

***Come support the Girl’s Swim and Dive team as they race at Sections this Friday and Saturday night. Meet is at Skyview and starts at 6:30 both days. If you can’t make it, be sure to wish the girls luck!

***Due to parent teacher conferences the fitness center will be closed after school on Thursday and Friday. Please plan accordingly.

***Attention all students interested in playing Girls Basketball, Boys Hockey, or Alpine Ski. You must be registered online with an up-to-date physical by Friday at midnight if you want to participate on Monday. Registration will close on the weekend so coaches can plan groups and schedules for Monday. Again, you need to be registered by Friday at midnight or you can not participate on Monday. If you have any questions, please see Mr. Pohl or Ms. Goetzke in the Activities office. Thank you.

***As you are aware, our school will be having a Veterans Day event during community time next week on November 13th. To pull this off, we need your help! Please bring in a copy of a family member or friend that has served or is currently serving in the United States Armed Forces. The copy of a picture should be 4x6 and can be dropped off to any social studies teacher or there is a box on Rocky Yarusso's desk in the front entrance.

***Senior Panoramics have arrived! If you ordered a Senior panoramic you may pick it up in the Office of Student Life.

November 1

***The First Friday of the month is the traditional day to celebrate the Sacred Heart of Jesus. That's why we typically have Adoration on First Fridays. As we also celebrate All Saints Day today, we'll have Adoration available today after Mass until 3 pm.

***Would like to share your blessings with families in need? If you said yes, then you and your parents are welcome to join the Solid Ground thanksgiving meal on Tuesday, November 19. Your family would bring an item to the Thanksgiving meal, and you would serve unfortunate families. The students who have participated in the past said it was one of their best service experiences, and how it helped them appreciate the blessings they have at home on Thanksgiving Day and every day. This experience would complete a poor and vulnerable service requirement. You will need your parent to participate. Please Ms. Spangenberg for more info.

***All Spanish students are invited to a Día de Los Muertos Fiesta in the Staff Lounge today after school at 2:40.

Come for treats and skull decorating!!

***Students are asked to check the lost and found which is located behind Mrs. Barbato‘s office. There are many water bottles, lunch boxes and sweatshirts that have been left in the building. You have until today to claim your items or they will be tossed or donated.

***WIN time - only seniors are allowed to sign up for the Commons WIN time. If you are a student in grades 6-11 and you signed up for the commons, move yourself to another WIN time.

***Thank you to student council for sponsoring the day and all of you who dressed up for Halloween. What a fantastic day. It gets better every year. Your participation is much appreciated.

***Please come out and support our talented middle school performers tonight and tomorrow at 7pm. It is an awesome show and the students are slaying it! Free admission and it’s less than 40 minutes. You have no reason to miss it!

Also, tickets for the Christmas musical HOLIDAY INN go on sale this morning at 10am! This is sure to be one of our best shows, most talented casts, and a big seller. Don’t wait to get your tickets! You can buy them online or in person at the box office during the posted hours!

***Good Morning Pioneers!
This is Elsa Krize and Rachel Kennedy with CARE. We hope you have been enjoying Red Ribbon Week. Please join us in the lunchroom today as we have some fun activities in store for you to show you the dangers of drunk driving.

Please remember to make drug and alcohol free choices. Your lives matter and we want you all to be healthy! Have a great weekend Pioneers!

***Good morning, Pioneers. This is Mrs. Donnerbauer and I am honored to announce that this year we will be having a Veterans Day commemoration ceremony during community time on November 13th. To make this a meaningful experience, we need your help! If you have a friend or family member who has served or is serving in the Armed Forces, we ask that you bring in a copy of a picture of them to be put up in the commons. Again, this is a COPY of a picture. I will be sending an email to all of you with detailed instructions about where to drop them off, but if you have any questions, reach out to any social studies teacher. Thank you so much for listening!

OCTOBER 2019

October 31

***Tomorrow, we'll have all-school Mass to celebrate the Solemnity of All Saints. We'll also have Adoration after Mass until 3pm.

***Good Morning Hill Murray this is … one of the Captains of the Robotics team. Today we will be hosting our first Robotics team meeting. No experience is required so don’t be shy. Work with a team of students to hone teamwork skills, design a team "brand," and build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors. It’s as close to real-world engineering as you can get! There is a role for a variety of interests from Data analytics to Graphic Design. Stop By Mr. Gapinski’s room 046 Thursday. email … if you are unable to attend. Have a nice day!

***Want to build flexibility and strength while learning how to calm your mind and body? Then yoga is for you! All girls in 9-12th grades are welcome to join yoga. Classes will be held in the staff lounge and begin November 6th. If you are interested please stop by the athletic office. Class size is limited to 18 so sign up early to guarantee a spot.

***Senior Panoramics have arrived! If you ordered a Senior panoramic you may pick it up in the Office of Student Life.

***"A Halloween message for all Dungeon and Dragon club members. Please stop by HMIT to see Mr Houdek during your lunch hour."

***All Spanish students are invited to a Día de Los Muertos Fiesta in the Staff Lounge tomorrow after school at 2:40.
Come for treats and skull decorating!!

***Yesterday, you may have noticed the grim reaper in the halls or your classroom. Several members of CARE brought awareness of exactly how deadly the use of drugs and alcohol can be by going into classrooms and selecting a student to wear a sign indicating a particular drug or alcohol related death. The Grim Reaper is intended to be a serious reminder to everyone of what can happen due to drug and alcohol abuse. Please make smart choices and choose to be healthy.

***Make sure you have plans to see the middle school crooners cabaret this Friday or Saturday at 7pm in the auditorium. It’s an amazing showcase for our talented middle school students! It’s free and is only forty minutes or less! See you there!

***Students are asked to check the lost and found which is located behind Mrs. Barbato‘s office. There are many water bottles, lunch boxes and sweatshirts that have been left in the building. You have until tomorrow to claim your items or they will be tossed or donated.

***Students check their WIN Student Support Time app and sign up for their WIN time sessions.

***Happy Halloween Pioneers!
We love seeing how festive everyone is! Please remember to submit your costumes to student council members to be considered for prizes at the end of the day!!

***Happy Halloween Pioneers! I can't wait to see all of your awesome costumes today! For the costume contest, stop by the commons during WIN time to get your picture taken to enter the contest! Later today we will be sending out a survey with the top finalists and then it is up to you to vote. In the commons there will also be a movie showing with candy! We'd love to see you there! Have a great day!

October 30

***Students please ensure you have Signed up for Student Support Time for your WIN sessions.

***Attention Baseball Players in Grades 7-9:
During your lunch on Wednesday, October 30 - there will be a sign-up sheet in the commons of the cafeteria for all players interested in playing baseball for the upcoming spring season. Please be sure to stop by and sign-up! If you have any questions, please see Coach Cicalello in the Guidance and Counseling Office."

***Attention boys hockey candidates: please make sure you turn in your wreath order forms to the athletic office this week!

***Good Morning Hill Murray this is … one of the Captains of the Robotics team. This Thursday we will be hosting our first Robotics team meeting. No experience is required so don’t be shy. Work with a team of students to hone teamwork skills, design a team "brand," and build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors. It’s as close to real-world engineering as you can get! There is a role for a variety of interests from Data analytics to Graphic Design. Stop By Mr. Gapinski’s room 046 Thursday. email … if you are unable to attend. Have a nice day!

***The following students have been selected for the Metro East ALL-Conference Band. Congratulations to:

Chloe Greene
Molly Pults
Emily Sagstetter
Rachel Meniboon
Brian Adkins
Peter Hommes
Ellie Gunderson
Alex Flint
Bo Cheng-Wei

***Would like to share your blessings with families in need? If you said yes, then you and your parents are welcome to join the Solid Ground thanksgiving meal on Tuesday, November 19. Your family would bring an item to the Thanksgiving meal, and you would serve unfortunate families. The students who have participated in the past said it was one of their best service experiences, and how it helped them appreciate the blessings they have at home on Thanksgiving Day and every day. This experience would complete a poor and vulnerable service requirement. You will need your parent to participate. Please Ms. Spangenberg for more info.

***Want to build flexibility and strength while learning how to calm your mind and body? Then yoga is for you! All girls in 9-12th grades are welcome to join yoga. Classes will be held in the staff lounge and begin November 6th. If you are interested please stop by the athletic office. Class size is limited to 18 so sign up early to guarantee a spot.

***"The Dungeons and Dragons club will be held in 034. This will be an A week"

***Red Ribbon Week
Did you know…
• 7.9 million youths aged 12-17 attended religious services 25 times or more in the past year. More than three in four youths(18.9 million) reported that religious beliefs are a very important part of their lives and 68 percent (16.8 million) reported that religious beliefs influenced how they make decisions. Youths aged 12 to 17 with higher levels of religiosity were less likely to have used cigarettes, alcohol, or illicit drugs in the past month than youths with lower levels of religiosity.

• Youths aged 12 to 17, those who participated in two or more youth activities during the past year were less likely to have used marijuana in the past month than other youths.

***Students,
In honor of All Saints Day campus ministry would like to invite you to write the names of all the loved ones you have lost on the piece of paper hanging in the commons during all lunches. This paper will then be placed at the foot of the altar during school mass on Friday in honor of all the saints in our lives.

October 29

***Students please ensure you have Signed up for Student Support Time for your WIN sessions.

***Attention Baseball Players in Grades 7-9:
During your lunch on Wednesday, October 30 - there will be a sign-up sheet in the commons of the cafeteria for all players interested in playing baseball for the upcoming spring season. Please be sure to stop by and sign-up! If you have any questions, please see Coach Cicalello in the Guidance and Counseling Office."

***Come support HMVB tonight at 7:00 at Concordia! Have a nice rest of your day! See you there! roll pios!

***Today we welcome Sarah Motalebi visiting with Brooke Nast in 9th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray and have a great day!

***Good Morning Hill Murray this is … one of the Captains of the Robotics team. This Thursday we will be hosting our first Robotics team meeting. No experience is required so don’t be shy. Work with a team of students to hone teamwork skills, design a team "brand," and build and program industrial-size robots to play a difficult field game against like-minded competitors. It’s as close to real-world engineering as you can get! There is a role for a variety of interests from Data analytics to Graphic Design. Stop By Mr. Gapinski’s room 046 Thursday. email … if you are unable to attend. Have a nice day!

***Good Morning Pioneers this is Aaron Johnson and Katherine Weyandt, two of your senior CARE leaders.

This week we are celebrating Red Ribbon Week, and bringing awareness to the negative effects of drug and alcohol use. We will be in the lunchroom today with trivia and prizes! Make sure to stop by! Reminder- if you choose not to wear a costume on Halloween, you may wear red to show your commitment to a drug and alcohol free life.

Trivia Time!
Did you know that drunk driving is one the leading causes of death on our roads? How many people were killed by drunk drivers in 2017?

A.) 1,200
B.) 5,500
C.) 37,133

Stop by our table in lunch today to answer this question for a chance to win a gift card. Remember, Pioneers, a life dedicated to being drug and alcohol free is the way to be. You not only endanger yourself, but you endanger the lives of everyone else when you choose to get behind the wheel intoxicated. Make safe choices, and know that people at Hill-Murray love and care for you. Have a great day!

***The middle school crooners cabaret performances are this Friday and Saturday at 7pm! It is free to attend, will last no longer than 45 minutes, and features some great class crooner music by Frank Sinatra, Nina Simone, Nat King Cole, and more! Don’t miss it!

October 28

***Students please remember due to Mass next week we will have Green days on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday with Black and White days on Thursday and Friday. Please ensure you are signing up for your WIN times in Student Support Time starting on Monday.

***Reminder to all seniors from the yearbook staff, senior walls are due today, so please get them to Mr. Pults. Also remember to please keep them yearbook appropriate.

***Good Morning Pioneers!! This is Kate Smith and Bridget Blaney from CARE. This week CARE will be celebrating Red Ribbon Week- say that three times fast! Red Ribbon Week brings awareness to drug and alcohol abuse, along with tips to help you live a healthy and sober life. We will have activities all week, and will be in the cafeteria Tuesday and Friday with games and prizes. Also! If you choose to not wear a costume on Halloween, you can wear red to show that you are committed to a drug and alcohol free life. Have a great day Pioneers!!

***Come support HMVB tomorrow at 7:00 at Concordia! Have a nice rest of your day! see you there! roll pios!

***Attention boys hockey candidates: please make sure you turn in your wreath order forms to the athletic office this week!

***Happy Monday Pioneers! With Halloween quickly approaching, student council wanted to let you know about the fun stuff we have planned. On Thursday we will be having a costume contest! Come dressed in your best neat, clean, and modest costume or wear orange or black or your uniform. You can also wear red on Thursday to celebrate RED RIBBON WEEK. Stay tuned for info on how to submit your costume to win a prize! Also stop by the commons for a Halloween movie and some favorite Halloween treats! We look forward to seeing you there!

***Esports is cancelled after school today. Email Mr. Goetzke with any questions.

***Today we welcome Leo Dueber to Hill-Murray. Leo will be visiting with Keegan Davis in the 6th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray, Leo, we hope you have a great day!

***Today we welcome Ben Tousignant visiting with Zach Laumeyer in 8th grade, Claire Huss visiting with Peyton Mackley, Delaney Prokop visiting with Addie Berg, and Mia Rich visiting with John Bessman in 9th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray and have a great day!

October 25

***This morning we will welcome over 650 guests to campus for the Grandparent/Special Friend Prayer Service and Breakfast. Students, if you are scheduled to attend this event with your guests, you should have received a note in homeroom yesterday morning. Upon being dismissed from first hour, please put your books and things in your locker, and proceed directly to the field house in order to be seated with your guests. You will return to class 4th period.

***Come Support HMVB on Friday for our first section game at Home at 7:00 it is a blackout. Tickets are $5 dollars for students and $10 for Adults. See you there! Have a nice day! ROLL PIOS!

***We want to invite everyone to our Section game this Saturday at Simley, 2 pm. And we are thinking, Jersey Out!
We need your support and want the bleachers packed with Pioneers so here’s the deal;
Come to the game and get an old game jersey to wear.
Jerseys will be distributed at Simley High School prior to Kick-Off.
Please come and show your support and get a game jersey to keep.

Thank you, see you there.

***Students, please enter your service if you have completed a general or a poor and vulnerable experience over the summer up until now. If you have any questions, please see Ms. Spangenberg or Mr. Houdek if you need help using the service portal. Thanks.

***Did you know we have a ton of talented middle school singers? Come see them in the Middle School Crooner’s Cabaret next Friday and Saturday at 7pm. Admission is free and the show will be about 45 minutes long. They’ll be singing classic crooner’s music like Frank Sinatra, Nina Simone, Etta James, and more! Don’t miss it!

***Students please remember due to Mass next week we will have Green days on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday with Black and White days on Thursday and Friday. Please ensure you are signing up for your WIN times in Student Support Time starting on Monday.

October 24

***Today we welcome Calvin Korby who is visiting with Montgomery Longtin in 9th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray and have a great day!

***On Friday morning we will welcome over 650 guests to campus for our Grandparent/Special Friends Prayer Service and Breakfast. All students need to enter the parking lot near the tennis courts and follow the directions of the parking monitors who will direct them to a parking spot. You may need to park along Larpenteur Avenue. Please arrive early to allow yourselves extra time to park in the morning because a significant portion of the main parking lot will be reserved for our guests.

Students, if you are scheduled to attend this event with your grandparents or guests you will receive a note in first hour today. Tomorrow at the end of first period, put your books and things in your locker, and proceed directly to the field house in order to be seated with your guests. You will return to class 4th period. If you did not receive a note and know you have guests coming, please go to the main office to let Mrs. Blaney know immediately.

***Attention Baseball Players in Grades 7-9:
During your lunch on Wednesday, October 30 - there will be a sign-up sheet in the commons of the cafeteria for all players interested in playing baseball for the upcoming spring season. Please be sure to stop by and sign-up! If you have any questions, please see Coach Cicalello in the Guidance and Counseling Office."

***Come Support HMVB on Friday for our first section game at Home at 7 it is a black out. Tickets are $5 dollars for students and $10 for Adults. See you there! Have a nice day! ROLL PIOS!

***Bella: Good morning, this is your girls basketball captains, Bella Hartzel

Lilli: and Lilli Mackley. Captains practice will begin on Monday, October 28th. We are going to meet in the fieldhouse at 2:45 and go until 4:15.

Bella: This week we will practice Monday-Thursday. All girls 6th-12th grade who want to play basketball this year are welcome to join us. See you there!

***Hi Hill Murray! This is Taylor Hara and Anna Nottleson, sowers of justice leaders. Sowers Of Justice is a club promoting social justice and we organize and participate in several service activities throughout the year.If you have are currently a member or if you are not yet signed up for sowers of justice and would like to see what it's all about please come to our informational meeting next Monday morning the 28th at 7:15 in the staff lounge. We will be planning events for the year. We'd love to see you there!

***Congratulations to Grace Lavigne and our Student Council Members for the work they did to support relief efforts for the residents of the Bahamas, following Hurricane Dorian. There is a great article in the Pioneer Press regarding Grace and her leadership efforts on this project. Congratulations, Grace

October 23

***Students please ensure you have Signed up for Student Support Time for your WIN sessions.

***On Friday morning we will welcome over 650 guests to campus for our Grandparent/Special Friends Prayer Service and Breakfast. All students need to enter the parking lot near the tennis courts and follow the directions of the parking monitors who will direct them to a parking spot. You may need to park along Larpenteur Avenue. Please arrive early to allow yourselves extra time to park in the morning because a significant portion of the main parking lot will be reserved for our guests.

Students, if you are scheduled to attend this event with your grandparents or guests you will receive a note in first hour on Thursday morning. At the end of first period, put your books and things in your locker, and proceed directly to the field house in order to be seated with your guests. You will return to class 4th period.

October 22

***Students please ensure you have Signed up for Student Support Time for your WIN sessions.

***Attention Middle Schoolers:
Tomorrow (Wednesday) after school there will be a pumpkin carving event! This will go from after school until 4:15. Hope to see you there!

***This is a friendly reminder that ice times and locations for boys captains ice have changed this week. If you did not pick up the revised schedule that was announced prior to the break please stop by the athletic office today!

October 21

***Today we welcome:
Eliana Zellmer will be visiting with Ashley Christianson in 6th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray, Eliana, we hope you have a great day!

Grace Dueber visiting with Natalie Humbert

Vinny Pearcy visiting with Kevin Joyce

Kendall Duval visiting with Emma Vaske

Sean Peterson visiting with Andrew Cote

Clara McMahon visiting with Allie Hartzel

They are all visiting our 9th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray and have a great day!

***Students,
During 1st hour today you will be trained in Student Support Time. This system will allow all you to electronically sign up for your WIN time. All students will receive an e-mail during first hour that outlines the system. If you have questions you can receive support during LUNCH form HM-IT.

October 15

***Soccer fans please come out and support your Pioneers in the semi-finals of section play. The girls take on Minnehaha Academy at 5 p.m. and boys follow at 7 p.m. against St. Anthony Village. Ticket prices are $10 for adults and $5 for students. Everyone must pay for sections. Passes are not accepted.

***The fitness center will be closed after school today.

***The middle school will be having its annual pumpkin carving on Wednesday, October 23rd after school until 4:15. Hope to see you there!

October 14

***Students,
On all school testing day, Oct 15th, your will be released at 12:15 not 12:30. Students in 6-8th grade will be taking the ASPIRE test, 9th grade student will be taking the PSAT, 10th grade students will be taking the Pre-ACT and Juniors will be taking a practice ACT. Seniors will have an opportunity to work with Ms. Eagan on their college application in the commons.

***There will be a High School Math League Team Meeting today after school in room 216. If you are unable to attend please email Mr. Fisher or stop by room 216 with questions.

***Today we have Nolan Mackenzie visiting with Sawyer Seidl in 9th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray and have a great day!

***Students in grades 9-12 - if you are interested in working lower level basketball games this winter please stop and see Ms. Goetzke in the athletic office to sign up.

***If you signed up for boys hockey captains practices please stop by the athletic office today or tomorrow for a revised schedule.

***Buenos Días,
Friday’s trivia question was: Name 2 states that have Spanish names. The answers could have been Montana, Colorado, Nevada, New Mexico, and Florida. The winner is Adam Rausch who wrote Nevada, which means snowy and Florida which means flowered. Florida was also discovered by Ponce de León on Easter, which is La Pascua Florida and means Flowered Holiday.

Congratulations! Don’t forget to go to room 213 for your Chipotle gift card!

The winner of the candy filled Piñata is Sunwoo Lee. Congratulations. You may pick up the Piñata in room 218.

We hope you enjoyed this festive week!

¡Gracias!

***The cafe will not be open before school on Tuesday October 15th.

***Come support the Girl’s Swim and Dive Team tomorrow night at 6 pm at Skyview Middle School. This is the last home meet of the season and we will be honoring our seniors. The girls have had a wonderful season and would love to see you there!

October 11

***Maggie St. Sauver will be visiting with Ava Wagner in 9th grade. Maggie’s mom Wendi is working with Amy in our Marketing Department, so give her an extra special hello if you see her!

***"Attention all boys in grades 9-12 interested in playing basketball this season. There will be a mandatory preseason information meeting in the Staff Lounge at 5pm on Sunday, October 13. The meeting will last about an hour. Open gym will follow from 6-8pm in the Varsity Gym. If you are unable to attend you need to have a parent/guardian at the meeting to represent you. Please contact Coach Wadie if you have any questions."

***The Hill-Murray Ski Team will have it's fall informational meeting on Sunday, October 13th at 4:00 pm in the Cafeteria. All potential members are encouraged to attend.

All potential down hill skiers. If you want to go skiing, join the Hill-Murray Ski Club. If you want to ski race, join the Ski Team. No previous skiing or racing experience is required. Skiing season passes are available through Hill-Murray for Afton Alps for both groups. Please attend the informational meeting for both groups this coming Sunday at 4:00 pm in the Cafeteria. For more information or details please contact the Head Coach from the Ski Team website.

***REMINDER TO STUDENTS:
All locker signs need to be removed by the end of the day TODAY or they will be thrown away.

***Hey Freshmen,
I’m Luke and I’m Gabe, and WE am a LINK LEADERS!!!

TONIGHT the Link Leaders are hosting a Movie and Game night for you from 7-9! We will have the movie Spiderman playing in the Theater, Games in the Staff Lounge, and some FREE snacks! WE would love to have you come and hang with your friends—We hope to see you all TONIGHT from 7-9!!

***Students,
On all school testing day, Oct 15th, your will be released at 12:15 not 12:30. Students in 6-8th grade will be taking the ASPIRE test, 9th grade student will be taking the PSAT, 10th grade students will be taking the Pre-ACT and Juniors will be taking a practice ACT. Seniors will have an opportunity to work with Ms. Eagan on their college application in the commons.

***¡Buenos Días!
Today is our last day of Hispanic Heritage Week. Spanish students will be celebrating, and wearing Spanish t-shirts from past years as well as this year.

Yesterday’s trivia questions was - In the early 1500s a vision appeared before a man named Juan Diego. He later became the first indigenous saint in the Americas. What is the name of the vision / person who appeared to Juan Diego and where is this vision located?

The answer is Nuestra Señora of Guadalupe who is the Patron Saint of Mexico. She is located under glass in the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City. Many Hill-Murray students have visited this church on school trips.

And the winner is - Fisher Hoy – Congratulations – Be sure to pick up your gift card in room 213

Today’s Fun Fact is –St. Paul also has a church by the same name in St. Paul. The church of Our Lady of Guadalupe is in West St. Paul. Father Kevin presides over Mass in English and Spanish there. We also take Spanish students there for volunteering during the Christmas season and during Lent.

In addition to Father Kevin speaking Spanish, these following teachers can also carry on a conversation in Spanish. They are, Ms Marin, Ms Bourget, Mr. Obernolte, Mr. Deziel, Mr.Ndiaye, Mr. Rose, and Mr Pults!

Today’s trivia question is - How about - Name 2 states that have Spanish names. (repeat)

Today we will have a variety of Spanish music played over the PA by our very own DJ Sally P! We will also have a Mariachi group for your enjoyment during all lunches. We hope you enjoy the day! Hasta Luego

October 10

***"Attention all boys in grades 9-12 interested in playing basketball this season. There will be a mandatory preseason information meeting in the Staff Lounge at 5pm on Sunday, October 13. The meeting will last about an hour. Open gym will follow from 6-8pm in the Varsity Gym. If you are unable to attend you need to have a parent/guardian at the meeting to represent you. Please contact Coach Wadie if you have any questions."

***The Hill-Murray Ski Team will have it's fall informational meeting on Sunday, October 13th at 4:00 pm in the Cafeteria. All potential members are encouraged to attend.

All potential down hill skiers. If you want to go skiing, join the Hill-Murray Ski Club. If you want to ski race, join the Ski Team. No previous skiing or racing experience is required. Skiing season passes are available through Hill-Murray for Afton Alps for both groups. Please attend the informational meeting for both groups this coming Sunday at 4:00 pm in the Cafeteria. For more information or details please contact the Head Coach from the Ski Team website.

***Students: We have our Fall Open House on Monday evening. Please remove ALL signs off of your locker by the end of the school day tomorrow.

***Buenos Días,
Yesterday’s trivia question was: What Spanish Speaking country has a navy but no access to the sea. The answer is Bolivia, and the winner is Rachel Meniboon. Congratulations. You can pick up your Chipotle Gift card in room 213!

Today’s Fun Fact is: With 41 million native speakers and 12 million bilinguals, the United States is already the second-largest Spanish-speaking country in the world with Mexico being the first.

Today’s Trivia:

In the early 1500s a vision appeared before a man named Juan Diego. He later became the first indigenous saint in the Americas. What is the name of the vision / person who appeared to Juan Diego and where is this vision located?

There is one more day to guess how much candy is in the Piñata coated in the LMC!

***Are you interested in law? Do you want to improve your public speaking skills and have fun while doing it? Mock Trial teaches essential skills such as public speaking, critical thinking, and the art of forming a persuasive argument. You may think that you already know how to give a good speech or that you're pretty good at arguing when you debate with your friends, but Mock Trial is on an entirely different level. To learn more please come to our informational meeting TODAY in room 126 at 2:45. If you have any questions please contact Ms. D’Addario for more information. Have a great rest of your day!

October 9

***Good morning Pioneers, this is Rachel McBride and Alex Berkley. Are you interested in law? Do you want to improve your public speaking skills and have fun while doing it? Mock Trial teaches essential skills such as public speaking, critical thinking, and the art of forming a persuasive argument. You may think that you already know how to give a good speech or that you're pretty good at arguing when you debate with your friends, but Mock Trial is on an entirely different level. To learn more please come to our informational meeting on October 10th in room 126 at 2:45. If you have any questions please contact Ms. D’Addario for more information. Have a great rest of your day!

***Hey Freshmen,
My Name is Suma, and I am a LINK LEADER!!!

This Friday the Link Leaders are hosting a Movie and Game night for you from 7-9! We will have the movie Spiderman playing in the Theater, Games in the Staff Lounge, and some Free snacks! WE would love to have you come and hang with your friends— Freshmen, we hope to see you all on Friday from 7-9.

***There is a mini college fair TODAY in the cafeteria starting at 230. Drop in and speak to a few of the 11 Jesuit colleges here!

***Buenos Días . . . .

Today’s Trivia question was . . .

What “one hit wonder”- a song from the early 90’s is still heard at many dances. It also became a popular line dance! (repeat the trivia question) Don’t forget to put your answer in the box in the Cafeteria!

The answer is the Macarena, sung by Los Del Rio! And the winner is Ava Stinnett. Please come to room 213 to pick up your Chipotle Gift Card!

Today’s Fun Fact: Worthington has the highest population of Hispanics in Minnesota followed by West St. Paul and Willmar

Today’s Trivia Question is . . . . . .What Spanish Speaking country has a navy but no access to the sea. (repeat trivia question) Place your answer in the Trivia box located in the cafeteria. ¡Buena Suerte!

Don’t forget to guess how much candy is in the Piñata in the LMC!

***Today during WIN times is the last time you can audition for the Christmas musical, HOLIDAY INN. If you want to audition, make sure you find Mr. B. on stage or in his office. Ask a known member of theatre to find him if you need help!

***Congratulations to the Girls Swim and Dive Team on their win over Simley last night. The girls swam great and won 93-83. It came down to the last relay. Great job girls!

October 8

***Attention all 6th and 7th-grade hockey players. There will be an interest gauging meeting on Tuesday at 2:35 in Room 154 for all students interested in playing hockey for the Junior Pioneers. Again, that's Tuesday at 2:35 in Room 154.

***All 8th graders! Thank you to all of you who finally got your permission slips in for tomorrow's field trip! A reminder that you are out of uniform, dress appropriately and within our guidelines for physical activity both inside and outside. It looks to be a beautiful day with the temps in the high 60's and sunshine. We will meet in the commons at 7:55 for attendance and head out at 8:00. We will be back by 2:29. A reminder to bring a bag lunch and a water bottle. There is not a place to purchase any food/beverages at Base Camp. See Mrs. Barbato if you have any questions.

***¡Buenos Días!
We hope you all enjoyed the Kick Off Fiesta after school yesterday. We had the biggest turnout ever!! Gracias

Yesterday’s Trivia Question was - What two Latin American countries produce the most baseball players? The answer is the Dominican Republic – with 90 players and Venezuela with 53 players.

The winner is Dominique Gomez. Congratulations!! Stop in room 213 for your Chipolte Gift Card.

Today’s fun fact is – Ritchie Valens was the popular Mexican American singer who made La Bamba into a hit song in the late fifties. Because of his untimely death in a plane crash, along with Buddy Holly and the Big Bobby, another well known song was written by the name of American Pie - The Day the Music Died.

Today’s Trivia question is . . . . . .

What “one hit wonder” -a song from the early 90’s is still heard at many dances. It also became a popular line dance! (repeat the trivia question) Don’t forget to put your answer in the box in the Cafeteria!

***Auditions for the Christmas musical are today after school! They will be VERY easy. You’ll do an easy dance combination as a group and then sing White Christmas or Happy Birthday! Sign up for a slot on the callboard across from the choir room! Fall athletes: we can find another time if you have practice after school and you can join the show once your season is over! Email or see Mr. B. with questions!

***Auditions for the Christmas musical are today after school! They will be VERY easy. You’ll do an easy dance combination as a group and then sing White Christmas or Happy Birthday! Sign up for a slot on the callboard across from the choir room! Fall athletes: we can find another time if you have practice after school and you can join the show once your season is over! Email or see Mr. B. with questions!

October 7

***Today we have Sarah Drogseth visiting with Mia Geelhoed in 11th grade, and Erik Payne visiting with TJ Hammerlund in 12th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray and have a great day!

***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, October 8 during WIN BC, we will meet in the Field House Lobby. There will be a sign up outside of Mrs. Gist’s and Ms. Goetzke’s office. CARE stands for Caring and Responsive Empowerment. Please join us as we plan Red Ribbon Week, along with several other fun and caring events throughout the year. We welcome new members and would love to hear YOUR ideas. Treats will be provided. If you have any questions see Mrs. Gist or Ms. Goetzke.

***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!

***There is a mini college fair this Wednesday immediately after school in the cafeteria. There will be representatives from 11 different Jesuit universities including Creighton, Marquette, and Loyola. Stop down to the cafe right after school Wednesday and check it out!

***Hey Freshmen,
My Name is Emma, and I am a LINK LEADER!!!

This Friday the Link Leaders are hosting a Movie and Game night for you 7-9! We will have a movie playing in the Theater, Games in the Staff Lounge, and some Free snacks! WE would love to have you come and hang with your friends—There was an email sent out to you all—and we would appreciate to hear what movie you would like to watch! Freshmen, we hope to see you all on Friday!

***¡Buenos Días!
Today marks the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Week. Hill-Murray has been celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month for over 10 years. We are celebrating the Spanish speaking world and the Hispanics throughout the United States and especially Minnesota. During the week there will be trivia questions over the morning announcements. There will be a box in the cafeteria where you can place your answer to win a Chipotle Gift Card. There will also be a candy filled Piñata in the LMC. Guess the amount of candy in the Piñata and win it! On Friday we will hear live Mariachi music in the cafeteria as well as other popular Spanish music over the PA. And don’t forget the Kick Off Fiesta today at 2:40 in the Staff Lounge for all students in Spanish!

Here is the Fun Fact and trivia question for today.

Fun Fact - Almost one third of all professional baseball players in the United States are Hispanic, with many of them coming from Latin America.

Trivia - What two Latin American countries produce the most baseball players?(repeat) Be sure to put your answers in the box in the cafeteria.

***Student Ambassadors for Fall Open House: we will have a meeting tomorrow morning at 7:15am in the Staff Lounge. We are still in need of more Student Ambassadors to help with this event. Please contact Mrs.Pohl or Mrs.Illgen if you are able to help with this event.

***Pioneer Performers have rehearsal after school on stage fro 2:35-2:45.

***Attention all 6th and 7th-grade hockey players. There will be an interest gauging meeting on Tuesday at 2:35 in Room 154 for all students interested in playing hockey for the Junior Pioneers. Again, that's Tuesday at 2:35 in Room 154.

***There will be a High School Math League Team Meeting today after school in room 216. If you are unable to attend please email Mr. Fisher or stop by room 216 with questions.

October 4

***8th grade - Base Camp permission slips are due this Monday. If you have one with you, get it to your homebase teacher or drop it off in the box in Mrs. Barbato's office as soon as possible.

***Violet Rossini is visiting today with Olivia Katz in 9th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray and have a great day!

***All Spanish students are invited to the Hispanic Heritage Week KICK OFF FIESTA on Monday, October 7th at 2:40 in the Staff Lounge. Enjoy cake, beverages and other treats! We hope to see you there!!

***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, October 8 during WIN BC, we will meet in the Field House Lobby. There will be a sign up outside of Mrs. Gist’s and Ms. Goetzke’s office. CARE stands for Caring and Responsive Empowerment. Please join us as we plan Red Ribbon Week, along with several other fun and caring events throughout the year. We welcome new members and would love to hear YOUR ideas. Treats will be provided. If you have any questions see Mrs. Gist or Ms. Goetzke.

***This announcement is for all high school students. DECA registration forms are due today. If you plan to be a part of DECA this year, be sure to turn in your registration form. Forms may be placed in the DECA bin in room 035.

***Pioneer Performers rehearsal in the choir room after school today. 2:35-2:50

***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 7 to find out what Math Team is all about. Bring a friend! Hope to see you there!

***8th-grade students. Your field trip to Base Camp this Wednesday is not optional. Permission slips are due on Monday. I have emailed all parents of students who have not turned in your waiver and your permission slip. Get them to me Monday morning. See me if you have any questions.

***Good Morning Pioneers, this is Bridget Blaney with DECA. Today you are invited to play the game of LIFE, investing edition - in the cafeteria during lunches. Enjoy the music during passing time!

***The theatre department’s staged reading of INTO THE WOODS performs tonight and tomorrow at 7pm! It’s 80 minutes with no intermission and is free for staff and students! Come check it out!

Also, auditions for ensemble roles in the Christmas production of HOLIDAY INN are this coming Tuesday after school. Sign up for an audition slot on the theatre callboard across the hall from the choir room. This will be the easiest theatre audition of your life! All experience levels are encouraged to audition! All you have to do is sing the classic everyone knows, WHITE CHRISTMAS, or HAPPY BIRTHDAY. I will also teach you a very short and VERY easy dance combo. If you’ve ever been interested in theatre, this will be your easiest and best opportunity to try it out!!!! Please come audition! Bring a friend!

October 3

***All sophomores please report to the chapel after attendance and announcements for your retreat. All those who brought their own lunch please bring them with you to the chapel.

***This is a reminder for all high school students. If you are interested in joining DECA this year, registration forms are DUE TOMORROW, Friday, October 4! Forms should be turned in to the DECA bin in room 035.

***c-Good Morning Pioneers, this is Corrine Brown

o-And Olivia Herzog, with DECA. Today’s financial literacy topic is stocks!

C- Be sure to stop by our table in the cafeteria to enter our stock market trivia contest.

O- The winner will receive a Target gift card, so let us help you

Both - invest in your future!

***All Spanish students are invited to the Hispanic Heritage Week KICK OFF FIESTA on Monday, October 7th at 2:40 in the Staff Lounge. Enjoy cake, beverages and other treats! We hope to see you there!!

***Just a reminder that auditions for ensemble roles in Holiday Inn, our Christmas show, are coming up this Tuesday October 8th! The auditions are going to be very easy and chill so if you’ve ever even kind of considered joining theatre now is your chance to try in a chill stress free environment! We’d love to have you! Mr B will email out audition info later today.

Also, our staged reading of Into the Woods is tonight, tomorrow and Saturday at 7pm. Student tickets are free! See you there!!!

***Attention all students. The spring supplements for the 2019 yearbook have finally arrived. The yearbook staff are distributing them with first hour teachers today.

If you were a student who received a yearbook in 2019, please take a supplement...if not, please don't take one.

If you look at the back cover of the supplement, there a peel off strip to reveal a sticky back...this is so you can take it home and literally stick it in the back of your 2019 hard cover book.

If you did not receive a supplement or have any questions, please see Mr. Pults in Room 119.

Thanks again to all the yearbook staff who work tirelessly to produce a great book for you.

October 2

***Attention Sophomores, this Thursday, Oct. 3 is your class retreat. As a reminder if you have any type of allergy which prevents you from eating pizza you must pack a lunch and bring it with you! Your retreat will start on campus, but we will be at Guardian Angels for most of the day. You are out of uniform - no leggings, no short shorts or short skirts. Please check your email for details. If you have any questions please reach out to any of the campus ministers.

***There will be a Link Leader Meeting tomorrow morning at 7:20am in Ms. Fandrich’s room.

***8th grade - Base Camp permission slips are due this Monday. If you have one with you, get it to your homebase teacher or drop it off in the box in Mrs. Barbato's office as soon as possible.

***Sophia: Come see our staged reading of Into the Woods performing on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7 PM. Before and after the shows we will be accepting donations for Locks of Love.

Maggie: Also, come audition for an ensemble role in our Christmas show, “Holiday Inn” next Tuesday, October 8th. Audition information will be announced soon.

Maggie and Sophia: Hope to see you there!

***"The dungeons and dragons club will temporarily change their location for tonight's games. It will meet in the Art room, room 205. This will be a 'B week', again meeting in room 205"

***Good Morning Pioneers, This is Thiago Jaime with DECA.
Good Morning Pioneers, today’s theme for financial literacy is savings! Savings are a good way for students (and everyone) to save money for the future. It is a low risk and an easy way to earn more money. Today’s lunch activity is a matching activity on bonds. Make sure to stop by our table during lunches!

October 1

***Today we welcome Nate Herold who is visiting with Austin Cochran in 11th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray and have a great day!

***Attention Sophomores, this Thursday, Oct. 3 is your class retreat. As a reminder if you have any type of allergy which prevents you from eating pizza you must pack a lunch and bring it with you! Your retreat will start on campus, but we will be at Guardian Angels for most of the day. You are out of uniform - no leggings, no short shorts or short skirts. Please check your email for details. If you have any questions please reach out to any of the campus ministers.

***Good Morning Pioneers, this is Rachel McBride with DECA. Today’s financial literacy topic is short term investing. Be sure to stop by our table in the cafeteria to participate in our investing activity.

Yesterday’s investing gift card winners were:

Anna Bacchus and JP Yocum

Please stop by room 035 to receive your gift card.

***It is that time of year again where Aquaponics Club will be starting!

Students in 9th - 12th grade can participate! How can you get involved, you ask?

Check your email for the link to the informational flyer that gives more details on the roles and responsibilities of joining. Or — you can stop in the Aquaponics room any time to pick up the informational flyer.

Either way, you’ll need to fill out the google registration form by Monday October 7th, so what are you waiting for?

Aquaponics spirit wear is also available to purchase- details are in your email!

SEPTEMBER 2019

September 30

***Today we welcome Charlie Kelly to Hill-Murray. Charlie will be visiting with DJ Stumpf in 8th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray, Charlie, we hope you have a great day!

***Do you like solving problems? Do you enjoy competition? Then Math League might be for you! There will be an informational meeting after school today, September 30th in room 216. If you have any questions or won't be able to attend, you can email Mr. Fisher or stop by room 216.

***Good Morning Pioneers, this is Alex Berkley. It is financial literacy week and our theme is “Time is Money”! Our trivia question is: What is investing? Be sure to stop by our table in the cafeteria during lunches today to answer the question and play our candy investing game. Gift cards will be awarded throughout the week, be sure to participate for a chance to win!

***Hey everyone this is student council president Aly Steichen and Student council hopes everyone had a great homecoming last week! The participation was awesome! Thanks to the staff for all their help last week with equipment, supervision, and especially your participation! If anyone has any ideas or suggestions for the rest of the year, please let a student council member know!

Also, if you are a new freshmen at Hill-Murray this year, we need more representation from your class! Considering applying! Stay tuned for more info!

***Auditions for the middle school cabaret are today after school! If you are nervous or feeling unprepared, don’t worry! You can sing Happy Birthday! It’ll be very easy! See Mr. Ballentine with questions!

Also, auditions for the ensemble in the high school Christmas production of HOLIDAY INN are next Tuesday, October 8th after school!

September 27

***Attention all students - There is an event being set up after school in the cafeteria and commons. You will not be allowed to be in the cafeteria and commons after school today.

***Do you like solving problems? Do you enjoy competition? Then Math League might be for you! There will be an informational meeting after school this Monday, September 30th in room 216. If you have any questions or won't be able to attend, you can email Mr. Fisher or stop by room 216.

***All 6-12 Girls interested in playing basketball this winter - please stop in Ms. Herman's office to sign up and pick up information for the mandatory player/parent meeting.

September 26

***This announcement is for all students in 8th grade. You need to turn in your permission slip for Base Camp. Remember, there are two forms, a waiver, and a permission slip. You received them in Homebase on Friday. Remember to mark on your sheet if you would like to do the Leadership training. There is room for 20 of you. See Mrs. Barbato if you have any questions.

***Today we welcome Zach Haas who is visiting with Austin Cochran in 11th grade and John Kelly who is visiting with Landon Cottingham in 7th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray and have a great day!

***Good morning Pioneers! this is junior Aji Omoyeni of student council. Today is TOTO THURSDAY. We’re excited to see all your animal wear! Remember to DM a pic of your outfit to the hmstudco instagram or send it to a studco member for a chance to win a prize!

At all lunches, outside the commons, there will a puppy play pen from Coco’s Heart Dog Rescue, which was founded by a Hill-Murray alum! Remember, it is $1 to play with the puppies and all proceeds will benefit Coco’s Heart!

After school, pop out to support the girl’s volleyball team vs. Mahtomedi at 7pm. The theme is white out and studco will be giving away a pair of AirPods and other Hill-Murray swag from the Trading Post. Be on time to be entered in the drawing and you must be present to win. You won’t want to miss it! Have a great day and go Pioneers!

***Middle schoolers interested in auditioning for the crooners cabaret please sign up on the callboard outside Mr: B.’s office, starting during lunch!

Our high school fall staged reading of INTO THE WOODS performs next weekend! Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7pm! Be there to see one of the greatest musical theatre classics!

***Also, remember that the homecoming dance is this Saturday from 8 to 10pm in the fieldhouse. Tickets are $10 and can be purchased with cash or charged to you tuition during lunches!

***All 6-12 Girls interested in playing basketball this winter - please stop in Ms. Herman's office to sign up and pick up information for the mandatory player/parent meeting.

September 25

***Attention all athletes: the field house lobby will be cleared by 2:45 p.m. each day. If you do not have practice or a game right after school you need to be in the commons by 2:45 p.m.

***As part of our homecoming week celebration, we have Mass today. Remember to come down to the Varsity gym as a class and sit with your second hour teacher, like last time. Seniors will be in chairs on the floor, as usual. Thank you for helping to make the gym a prayerful space.

***Good Morning Pioneers,
This is Julia Druck and Madeline Sevigny, 2 of your HM Peer Tutors. This is just a friendly reminder that the Peer Tutoring Center is now OPEN and accepting registrations.

If you would like to get a little extra help in any of your classes, then we are here for you! Stop on down to the Nicholas Center and sign up today!

***The homecoming dance is this Saturday from 8-10pm in the fieldhouse. Tickets are on sale during all lunches for $10 and can be charged to tuition, if you’d like. Remember to fill out a guest form, available at the ticket table or in the office of student life, if you plan on bringing a non Hill-Murray student. Forms are due Friday and will not be accepted at the door! Thank you!

***Auditions for the middle school cabaret, which focuses on singing, are on Monday September 30th, after school! See Mr. Ballentine with any questions!

Auditions for ensemble roles in the Christmas production of Holiday Inn will be Tuesday, October 8th! Save the date!

Finally, the Staged Reading of Into the Woods performs next Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7pm! Don’t miss it!

***Good morning Pioneers! This is sophomore student council member, Jack Nelson. Today’s dress day theme is “Which Witch is Which” so we’re excited to see everyone in their matching pair or group outfits. Remember to DM a picture of your pair or group outfits to student council at @hmstudco on Instagram by the end of the day to have the chance to win a gift card!! As usual, the winner or winners will be announced at the end of the day. Also, during lunches, there will be a photo booth with cutouts in the commons to take pictures for the contest or just for fun! After school, please go support girls' tennis at 3:30. And tonight is the movie on the football field. The movie, as chosen by popular vote, is the PG-13 rated Thriller, "A Quiet Place,” so grab your friends, some snacks, and chairs and blankets and come hang out on the field. The move starts at 7pm sharp and will end by 8:30pm! Hope to see you all there!

September 24

***Let us take a moment of silence to remember Archbishop-emeritus Harry Flynn died Sunday, Sept. 22 in St. Paul, the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. He was 86. Archbishop Emeritus Flynn lead our Archdiocese for almost 13 years.

O God, who chose your servant, Archbishop Harry Flynn,
from among your Priests,
and endowed him with pontifical dignity
in the apostolic priesthood,
grant, we pray,
that he may also be admitted to their company for ever. Amen.

***Good Morning Pioneers.

This is Olivia Herzog and Lee Sunwoo and we are 2 of your Hill Murray Peer Tutors.

We are here to let you know the Peer Tutoring Center is now OPEN and accepting registrations!

If you are looking for a little extra support in your math class, someone to help clarify how to

conjugate those verbs in Spanish or would just like to work with someone who has been in your

shoes, then Peer Tutoring is here for you!

Please stop on down to the Nicholas Center, just outside of room 051 during WIN times this

week and sign up today!

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Mrs. Herzog at aherzog@hill-murray.org.

Thanks and have a great day!

***This announcement is for all students in 8th grade. You need to turn in your permission slip for Base Camp. Remember, there are two forms, a waiver, and a permission slip. You received them in Homebase on Friday. Remember to mark on your sheet if you would like to do the Leadership training. There is room for 20 of you. See Mrs. Barbato if you have any questions.

***Attention all athletes: the field house lobby will be cleared by 2:45 p.m. each day. If you do not have practice or a game right after school you need to be in the commons by 2:45 p.m.

***Hi Pioneers,
This is Evan Harrold with Student Council. Congrats to the senior ladies for their victory at the powderpuff game last night! They will be inscribed on the spirit stick!

Great job looking your wackiest today. Let a student council member know who has the wackiest outfit and we’ll announce a winner at the end of the day, who gets a gift card! Tomorrow’s theme will be Which Witch is Which and we are hoping to see some great twinning or group outfits.

Seniors only: the dress code for the senior panoramic picture tomorrow before school is SPIRIT WEAR. You’ll have to change into your twin or group outfit AFTER the panoramic. Seniors CAN be in spirit wear on Wednesday, if they like, but we prefer twins and groups! Sorry for the inconvenience! Again, Only seniors can be in spirit wear on Wednesday.

Today during WIN time and lunches, There will be a twister tournament and Tie Die event so make sure to stop by. Bring your own article of clothing to dye!

Finally, homecoming dance tickets and t-shirts are for sale at the studco table in the cafeteria. Tickets are $10 and t-shirts are $15.

Thanks for a great start to our homecoming week! Have a great day!

***"The tech office in the cafeteria is a student lead tech office. Today, it proudly announces its new name as the 'Hill-Murray IT' or the 'H.M.I.T'. Please stop there for all your Chromebook or MacBook needs and a Hill-Murray student or Mr Houdek will gladly assist you."

Also, "However, the HMIT will be closed after 5th hour today"

September 23

***All 6th and 7th graders: your retreat is today! After the announcements and attendance in homeroom, please go to the chapel for the beginning of the retreat.

***Attention middle school singers! Auditions for the middle school cabaret are next Monday, September 30th after school. Prepare your favorite song and find a karaoke track on YouTube to sing along with! See Mr. Ballentine with questions!

Also, auditions for the ensemble of the high school Christmas production, HOLIDAY INN, will be on Tuesday, October 8th. Everyone is encouraged to audition no matter what your theatre experience is!

***Good Morning Pioneers, and welcome to homecoming week. We’re excited to kick off the week with home on the ranch or country day today. Hopefully, you wore your best cowboy outfit and you’re ready to go. We’ve got a lot on the agenda today, which includes a petting zoo brought to you by Ms. Bartel. Go check it out during your lunch and play with the animals. Tonight at 7pm, we’ve got our powder puff game between the junior and the senior ladies. Come cheer them on, roast some s’mores, and chill with your friends. Pop-out and make this week the best week we can.

Yesterday, we kicked off the week with a dodgeball tournament that was won by the sophomore team, the Big Rigs, who won the spirit stick! We raised a total of $725 for the hurricane relief in the Bahamas so a big thanks to everyone who came and was involved. Remember, Tomorrow is Twister Tuesday so come in mismatched clothes and bring a piece of clothing to tie-dye at lunch and start stretching for the twister tourney!! Have a great day!

***Seniors!! Wed. Sept 25 is Senior Panoramic day. Please report to your 2nd period class where attendance will be taken and then you will head down to the fieldhouse. Please remember to bring your Hill Murray spirit wear for the photo!

***Picture retakes are this Wednesday, Sept 25. If you did not have your picture taken on Business Days or would like your picture retaken, please come get a picture form in the Office of Student Life. Your old photos must be brought in with you if you wish to have retakes. Retakes can be done during your Study Hall or during lunch. School uniforms must be worn for your photos.

***Good Morning Hill-Murray! I’m Andrew Kreimer and Drew Lundin. We just wanted to tell you about our exciting new Drone Team. Come experience this exciting new sport from a bird’s eye view, Literally! Drone racing is the intersection of technology and engineering with the exciting format of a motorsport. Students can remotely control quadcopters through first person goggles to fly as if you were in the cockpit! We will be hosting a meeting today at 2:45 pm in Ms. Fandrich's room Room 154. We hope to see you there …

September 20

***AK: Good Morning Hill-Murray! I’m Andrew Kreimer

DL: Annnnd Drew Lundin. We just wanted to tell you about our exciting new Drone Team.

AK: Coming experience this exciting new sport from a bird’s eye view, Literally!

DL: Drone racing is the intersection of technology and engineering with the exciting format of a motorsport. Students can remotely control quadcopters through first person goggles to fly as if you were in the cockpit!

AK: We will be hosting a meeting on Monday at 2:45 pm in Ms. Fandrich's room Room 154. We hope to see you there …

***Pioneer Performers rehearsal after school 2:35-2:50 in the choir room.

***This announcement is for all 6 & 7th-grade students who are on retreat this Monday. You are welcome to participate in the homecoming dress day Home on the Ranch on Monday. Since you will be moving around all day, if you are more comfortable inappropriate clothing - jogger pants, walking shorts and tennis, you are allowed to do so. This is for Monday only. All other days next week must fit the guidelines set by student council as you heard this week. See Mrs. Barbato if you have any questions.

***To all 6th and 7th Graders: your retreat is coming up on Monday. Remember to come in country dress for homecoming week, otherwise be in uniform. See your email for the other details. Please see a campus minister if you have any questions.

***This is a reminder about the Step Up Walk for Down syndrome that is taking place at noon, this Sunday at Como Park. Email Sra. Busch or stop in room 213 if you would like to join the group or if you have any questions.

***Happy Friday Pioneers! Student Council has put in a lot time to make next week super fun for everyone and it is to your benefit to participate in the fun themes and events that we have planned!

On Sunday we will be kicking the week off with the dodgeball tournament at 6 pm in the fieldhouse! We already have 11 teams signed up and would love to get a few more! Sign up today by 3pm for your team to be eligible!

- On Monday we will be Home on the Ranch with a country theme and our very own petting zoo at lunch followed by our annual Powderpuff game and bonfire!

- Next is Twister Tuesday with a wacky, mismatch theme accompanied with tie dye and twister games during WIN time!

- On Wednesday get a group of friends together to match for Which Witch is Which and get your picture taken during lunch!

- For Toto Thursday dress as your favorite animal and come spend some time with our cute furry friends from a local rescue group!

- We will wrap up our journey on Friday with the Green Dream! Come in spirit wear to begin the rally for the football game that night!

Before the game come grab a bite to eat and a good time at the student council tailgate! On Saturday we invite you to officially bring the week to a close in our Emerald City at the dance! Tickets are 10$ and will be sold during lunches all week along with homecoming t-shirts! Finally, if you pre-ordered a Homecoming Shirt, remember to pick it up today during lunch!

Let’s make it a great Homecoming because there truly is no place like Home! Roll Pios!

***Today we welcome Charlie Canine visiting with Ayden Cessna in 9th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray and have a great day!

***As many of you know, Hill-Murray's athletic trainer, Laura Henn, has a new job and her last Hill-Murray sporting event will be next Friday's Homecoming football game. She has helped and touched many lives here over the last 23 years.

If you would like to leave Laura a note, card, or other remembrance, you may drop it off at the Athletic Office. We will be collecting them until next Friday. Thank you.

***The Hill-Murray yearbook, the Omega, is looking for student photographers. If you are interested in taking photographs that will appear in the yearbook, we would love to have you.

This is open to all grade levels and there is no experience necessary. We have state-of-the-art, excellent equipment that you may use.

If interested, see Mr. Pults in Room 119.

*** Homecoming dress code guidelines - click here.

September 19

***Attention middle school students. This coming Friday, there will be a middle school dance/mixer in the cafeteria from after school until 5pm. Attention ALL STUDENTS: due to the middle school mixer you will not be able to exit the building from the cafeteria/commons area on Friday. Please exit the building from the Nicholas Center. Plan accordingly.

***Pioneers!! The volleyball team is home on Thursday against North! Come support the team and get there early for your chance to catch a free fan from our starters!! 9th grade at 4, B squad and JV at 5:30 and Varsity takes the court at 7pm! See you there!!

***Reminder: Sibling-Cousin Day is next Friday the 27th. We only have a couple of spots left. Tomorrow is the last day to RSVP!! See Mrs.Pohl in Admissions with any questions.

***Due to repair and maintenance work, the Fitness Center will be closed on Thursday. It will reopen on Friday. Thank you!!

***AK: Good Morning Hill Murray! I’m Andrew Kreimer

DL: Annnnd Drew Lundin. We just wanted to tell you about our exciting new Drone Team.

AK: Coming experience this exciting new sport from a bird’s eye view, Literally!

DL: Drone racing is the intersection of technology and engineering with the exciting format of a motorsport. Students can remotely control quadcopters through first person goggles to fly as if you were in the cockpit!

AK: We will be hosting a meeting on Monday at 2:45 pm in Ms. Fandrich's room Room 154. We hope to see you there …

***Remember to sign up your teams for the dodgeball tournament on Sunday night! You must sign up by the end of the day, Friday. Sign up your team on the wall in the cafeteria!

***There will be Mass today in the chapel at 3 for anyone who would like to come. We'll be done by about 3:20.

***To all 6th and 7th Graders: your retreat is coming up on Monday. Remember to come in country dress for homecoming week, otherwise be in uniform. Lunches will be normal, so bring

your lunch from home or bring money to buy it in the cafeteria.

Go to your first class for attendance, then come to the chapel for Mass. We have a team of young adults coming for some fun & games, prayer, and they will speak about hope as the anchor of our souls.

See a campus minister if you have any questions.

September 18

***Attention middle school students. This coming Friday, there will be a middle school dance/mixer in the cafeteria from after school until 5pm. Attention ALL STUDENTS: due to the middle school mixer you will not be able to exit the building from the cafeteria/commons area on Friday. Please exit the building from the Nicholas Center. Plan accordingly.

***Do you love watching Jeopardy and answering before the contestants? Do your friends and family refuse to play trivia games with you anymore because you win so often? The Hill-Murray QUIZ BOWL TEAM is for you! Come meet us and get more information tomorrow, Thursday, September 19th, at 2:40 in room 215.

***Students-Lifetouch pictures were passed out in 1st period classes on Tuesday. If you HAD your picture taken during Business Days and did NOT receive your pictures, please stop by the Office of Student Life.

If you did NOT have your pictures taken, you may do so on Wed. Sept 25.

***Hey Pioneers! It's Grace Lavigne. To kick-off Homecoming Week and to raise money for the devastation in the Bahamas, there will be a Co-Ed high school dodgeball tournament in the varsity gym this Sunday, September 22nd starting at 6pm. Admission for all participants and spectators will be $5. Get your friends together and make an awesome team! Teams can have a minimum of 7 and a maximum of 10 players. Your team can sign up in the lunchroom at all lunches. All teams must be signed up by the end of the school day on Friday. After all teams have signed up, Student Council will create brackets for the tournament. Check your email for more information! I hope to see you and your winning team there!

***Attention all boys basketball players, there will be no open gym this Sunday due to the Dodgeball Tournament to kick off Homecoming week. Please consider participating in this great opportunity to help others and celebrate Pioneer Pride. Open gym will resume next Sunday from 6-8pm."

September 17

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

***Do you love watching Jeopardy and answering before the contestants? Do your friends and family refuse to play trivia games with you anymore because you win so often? The Hill-Murray QUIZ BOWL TEAM is for you! Come meet us and get more information tomorrow, Thursday, September 19th, at 2:40 in room 215.

***Attention middle school students. This coming Friday, there will be a middle school dance/mixer in the cafeteria from after school until 5pm. Attention ALL STUDENTS: due to the middle school mixer you will not be able to exit the building from the cafeteria/commons area on Friday. Please exit the building from the Nicholas Center. Plan accordingly.

***Pioneers!! The volleyball team is home on Thursday against North! Come support the team and get there early for your chance to catch a free fan from our starters!! 9th grade at 4, B squad and JV at 5:30 and Varsity takes the court at 7pm! See you there!!

***Thanks to all who ordered homecoming t-shirts! Your shirts will be ready for you this Friday during lunches. There will be a limited amount of extras available for purchase starting Monday, Sept. 23rd for $15.

Remember, you must be wearing a visible homecoming shirt or dress up according to the theme in order to be out of uniform. There will be prizes for best costumes!

However, there will also be consequences for those who are out of uniform, but not participating in the homecoming week themes.

Monday’s theme is western; Tuesday’s is crazy and wacky; Wednesday’s theme is twin or group outfit day; Thursday is dress like an animal, and Friday is spirit day!

Finally, stay tuned for more info about a dodgeball tournament on Sunday night to kick off homecoming week and to raise money to help those in need in the Bahamas. Thanks and have a great day!

September 16

***Today we welcome Madison Sedlacek who is visiting with Ellie Gunderson in 11th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray Madison, and have a great day!

***Spanish students interested in traveling to Guatemala for Spring Break are reminded of a short meeting this Monday after school in room 213.

This unique trip offers both touring and service. Students who have already registered are reminded that the next payment is due next week to either Sra. Corrales or Sra. Busch and do not need to attend this meeting.

***This is Aly Steichen, senior DECA officer. This is a reminder that our DECA informational meetings are this week - tomorrow morning at 7am and Thursday right after school in room 035. All high school students are invited to attend. I hope to see you there!

***Remember to order your Homecoming T-Shirts via the link in your email from Mr. Ballentine before 10am this morning! T-shirts will be more expensive next week and we'll have limited quantities.

Also, for all dress theme days, you must be dressing up according to the day's theme, wearing your homecoming t-shirt, or in Uniform. You are never just out of uniform. There will be consequences for those who are out of uniform, but not dressed in theme. One consequence will be less out of uniform days in the future. Please participate!

Finally, make sure you are following the HM StudCo instagram account for all your homecoming updates!

***Our theatre director, Mr. B., is currently performing in Smokey Joe's Cafe at the Ordway in downtown St. Paul. Today after school, one of his castmates, SHA-VAYE Brown, an actor from New York, will be teaching a dance workshop for High schoolers from 2:45-4p in the auditorium. This is open to all high schoolers and all experience levels. Additionally, If you'd like to be considered for a featured dancer role in our Christmas Production of HOLIDAY INN, this can double as your audition! If you are interested in an Ensemble role for Holiday Inn, those auditions will be in early October.

September 13

***Attention all girls interested in participating in girls hockey for the upcoming season- mark your calendars for the “girl's hockey tryout and general information meeting" that will take place this Sunday, September 15th, at 4:00pm in the Staff Lounge. 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.

***There will be an informational meeting for any boys in grades 7-12 interested in trying out for boys hockey this Sunday at 4 p.m. in the Cafeteria. You are expected to attend. If you cannot attend the meeting please send someone to represent you as important tryout info will be handed out. The meeting will last about an hour. Parents are welcome to attend.

***Good Morning Pioneers, this is Catherine Nolde, Senior DECA Officer. All high school students are invited to come to our DECA informational meetings next week. Our DECA co-curricular club helps students develop skills and explore new opportunities in a fun and creative environment. DECA informational meetings are next Tuesday, September 17 at 7am and next Thursday, September 19 at 2:30pm. Meetings will last 30 minutes and will be in room 035. Students only need to attend one meeting.

I hope to see you there!

***Middle schoolers! Next Friday, after school, is the Middle School Mixer in the Commons. This event will last until 5pm and the cost to get in is $3. All proceeds will be donated to a local animal shelter. If you have any questions, reach out to your WEB group leaders.

***Hey Freshman, Tonight is the BIG NIGHT—The Freshman Mixer.

It is a really great time, and only costs 5 dollars!

DJ Sali P will be there! We will also have games to play, glow sticks, and some food!

Make sure to stop by tonight in the commons from 7:30-9:30!

YOU DON’T want to miss the Freshmen Mixer! Hope to see you all there!!

***Spanish students interested in traveling to Guatemala for Spring Break are reminded of a short meeting this Monday after school in room 213.

This unique trip offers both touring and service. Students who have already registered are reminded that the next payment is due next week to either Sra. Corrales or Sra. Busch and do not need to attend this meeting.

***Hello! Please remember to check your email for the link to sign up for a homecoming t-shirt! They are $10, charged to tuition, and will be handed next Friday during lunches. You must sign up by the end of the weekend to guarantee a t-shirt.

We have dress up theme days every day of homecoming week, but if you don't have something to wear one day, you can wear your homecoming t-shirt. You must be in uniform if you don't dress up with the theme or wear your homecoming t-shirt.

Stay tuned for all homecoming info next week!

***“Congratulations to the girl’s swimming and diving team on their win over South St. Paul last night. Be sure to congratulate them and wish them luck at their meet tomorrow at the Laker’s Invite!"

***We still have room for Sibling/Cousin Day on Friday, September 27th. Please stop by Mrs. Pohl's office to pick up a permission slip or sign up online. We do have limited spots so please make sure to get this done if you plan on bringing anyone in that day!

Ambassador and student host applications can be picked up in the Admissions office. This is a great opportunity to get involved in the school. Please see Mrs. Illgen or Mrs.Pohl in the Admissions office with any questions!

***If you are a new student and have yet to pick up your gift bag from Taher, please do so today during school hours. You can pick it up during lunch, but not at the beginning when we are serving.

Taher's new Twitter handle is hmcafe1 and if you follow Taher on Twitter before October 1st, you will be entered into a drawing for Starbucks and McDonalds gift cards.

September 12

***A reminder for all freshmen who have Advisory with Mrs. Schauff, Mrs. Head and Mr. Schwartz- You have your freshman retreat tomorrow. You are out of uniform, lunch is provided, and you are to report to the chapel right after Homeroom announcements.

If you have any questions, see Mr. Ranweiler in Campus Ministry

***Good Morning Pioneers, this is Sunwoo Lee, your DECA President. All high school students are invited to come to our DECA informational meetings next week. Our DECA co-curricular club helps students develop skills and explore new opportunities in a fun and creative environment. DECA informational meetings are next Tuesday, September 17 at 7am and next Thursday, September 19 at 2:30pm. Meetings will last 30 minutes and will be in room 035. Students only need to attend one meeting.

I hope to see you there!

***Hey Freshman, Tomorrow we are having our Freshman Mixer.

It is a really great time, and only costs 5 dollars!

DJ Sali P will be there! We will also have games to play, glow sticks, and some food!

Make sure to stop by tomorrow in the commons from 7:30-9:30!

You will be talking about the Freshmen Mixer for years to come! Hope to see you all there!!

***On Monday, September 16th there will be a free dance workshop for any high school students interested in musical theatre! The class will be taught by New York actor SHA-VAYE BROWN, who is currently in town performing in Smokey Joe’s Cafe at the Ordway in St. Paul. The class is after school in the auditorium from 2:45-4pm and is open to all experience levels!

P.S. if you are an experienced dancer with tap experience who is interested in performing in our Christmas Production of HOLIDAY INN, this workshop can also double as your audition!

***Remember to order your homecoming t-shirts! The link is in your email! Check your email! Thanks!

September 11

***A reminder for all freshmen who have Advisory with Mrs. Hunkins, Mr. Pults, and Mr. Goetzke- You have your freshman retreat tomorrow. You are out of uniform, lunch is provided, and you are to report to the chapel right after Homeroom announcements.

If you have any questions, see
Mr. Ranweiler in Campus Ministry

***This announcement is for all middle school students. Do you want to participate in exciting activities with friends while learning about saving and managing your money? If you do, you are invited to join our middle school junior achievement club. Our first meeting is this Wednesday, September 11, right after school in room 035. We hope to see you there!

***There will be an informational meeting for any boys in grades 7-12 interested in trying out for boys hockey this Sunday at 4 p.m. in the Cafeteria. You are expected to attend. If you cannot attend the meeting please send someone to represent you as important tryout info will be handed out. The meeting will last about an hour. Parents are welcome to attend.

***During Community Time today students will be work with the team from Top 20 to grow in their skill set of strategies to live with a positive mindset.

  • Students in grades 6-8 should report to the Chapel
  • Students in grades 9-10 should report to the Varsity Gym
  • Students in grades 11-12 should report to the Auditorium

***Hello, this is Aly Steichen from Student Council. Homecoming is coming up quick and we want everyone to have the opportunity to get a t-shirt, designed by sophomore Lee Olson!

Check your email today for a link to order your shirt! They are a very soft black T-shirt with our homecoming logo and cost $10, charged to your tuition account. You must order by Monday Morning at 8am and t-shirts will be handed out next Friday, before homecoming week.

We will have dress up theme days every day of homecoming week. We hope everyone participates, but if you don’t, you can wear your homecoming shirt. Otherwise you must be in uniform.

If you don’t order a T-shirt in advance, they will be for sale in the cafeteria for $15, while supplies last, during homecoming week!

Thanks Pioneers!

***“Good luck to the girl’s swim and dive team as they take on the South St. Paul Packers tomorrow night. Come support the girls at their first home meet at Maplewood Middle School at 6:00 pm!”

September 10

***Hi Pioneers, this is Eric Wolsfeld, one of your Sowers of Justice leaders.

Tomorrow at 7:30 there will be an informational meeting in Room 120 to discuss our plans for the year.

Some of the events we hope to do again this year include the blanket tie event and lobbying with the MN Coalition for the Homeless at the state capitol.

This will be a quick meeting before school on Wednesday and we hope to see you there!

***Attention girls age 13 and older,
Hill-Murray is looking for girls interested in technology to put together a team this fall to participate in the Alexa Skills Challenge. Technovation Minnesota is collaborating with Amazon to host an Alexa Skills Challenge: Life Hacks which will be an opportunity for students to get direct, hands-on application of creating a voice-enabled Alexa skill to help make everyday tasks faster and easier.

Stop by the LMC or email Mrs. Nelson for more information.

***This announcement is for all middle school students. Do you want to participate in exciting activities with friends while learning about saving and managing your money? If you do, you are invited to join our middle school junior achievement club. Our first meeting is this Wednesday, September 11, right after school in room 035. We hope to see you there!

***Attention all girls interested in participating in girls hockey for the upcoming season- mark your calendars for the “girl's hockey tryout and general information meeting" that will take place this Sunday, September 15th, at 4:00pm in the Staff Lounge. 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.

***Attention Middle School Students interested in theatre! The first Middle School only production is coming up quick! Auditions for the Crooners Cabaret will be on Monday, Sept. 30th. Performances are the first weekend of November.

Please check your email for more information!

***Juniors: there is a college information meeting for you and your parents tomorrow night in the Auditorium at 7:00 PM. If you cannot make the meeting, it will repeat in January.

***"Good morning Pioneers! This is Mr. Goetzke with two reminders. As a part of Hill-Murray’s annual fundraising efforts, we will be conducting a Phonathon leading up to HM Give Day on October 8th. This year we are asking students to participate in our calling campaign between September 16th and October 8th. This is now an officially approved Hill-Murray Job, which will pay $10.00 an hour! Yippee Skippy! You may also choose to receive service credits instead. Please stop by room 116 to pick up an application and set up an interview time. Feel free to contact me with any questions by email or in person. This is a great opportunity to enhance your communication skills, learn and practice interview skills, make some money, and earn service credits if you choose. Training begins next week. So if you are interested, please set up an interview with me by ASAP.

***“I would like to remind you all that our eSports interest meeting is after school today from 2:45-3:45 in the Auditorium. If you enjoy video games either competitively or casually, consider coming to the meeting for more info. If you dream of half flips and air dribbles and ceiling shots, I expect to see you at this meeting. If you haven’t heard, Rocket League will be our game of focus early on, however, we will be undoubtedly expand in the near future. We are striving to be inclusive to players from various genres of games, so even if you don’t play Rocket League and are not interested in learning, please come to the meeting and share your ideas about what you would like to see. Again, this meeting is after school today in the auditorium 2:45-3:45. Stop by room 116 with any questions. Thanks, Pioneers... have a great day!"

***Hey Freshman, this Friday we are having our Freshman Mixer.

It is a really great time, and only costs 5 dollars!

DJ Sali P will be there! We will also have games to play, glow sticks, and some food!

Make sure to stop by this Friday in the commons from 7:30-9:30!

You will be talking about the Freshmen Mixer for years to come!

***Hey Junior girls as the powder puff is approaching we are figuring out t-shirts please meet in the cafeteria after school at 235 on Wednesday to pay for your shirt or to sign up to order one. If you are not playing and would like a shirt you can order them too !

September 9

***Freshmen and Sophomores,
Are you looking for a way to grow deeper in your faith through prayer and a small group, building one another up?

Tomorrow, during WIN A, we will have a first meeting for young men in 9th and 10th grades. Sign up by Fr. Kevin's office.

Ladies, stay tuned for info about an upcoming group for you.

***Do you like creating art? Would you like to be part of cool collaborative art projects every month? Then join the Hill-Murray Art Club open to all students grades 6-12! This is a project-based club where members participate as often as they would like. The first art club meeting will take place bright and early tomorrow September 10th at 7:15 AM in room 205 to layout plans for this month’s project.

***High School Student please remember WIN time will be starting next week on Tuesday and Wednesdays!
Students you need to be signed up for your WIN class by 8:00AM on the day of WIN, Teachers will have registration sheets posted on their doors.

In addition please remember that Freshman eat A lunch, Sophomores eat C Lunch, Junior eat B lunch and Seniors can attend A,B or C.

***Our first WIN sessions will be on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. Please listen carefully for sign up instructions.

Teachers will have sign-up sheets posted on their doors. Students must sign up on the sheets for each individual WIN session.

All sign ups must be completed by the end of Period 4 on Monday, September 9.

All students grades 9-11 MUST sign up for 2 WIN sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday.

All students grades 6-8 must sign up for 1 WIN session of Tuesday and Wednesday.

Seniors you must sign up for any WIN that you attend.

Seniors: the Commons area is reserved for you during WIN times. You must be in the commons, lunch or in a WIN session. Not outside, not roaming the halls, not hanging out at the pole.

Any student that wants to be in the LMC must sign up, you cannot just drop in.

Teachers please discuss with your students what WIN sessions you will be offering and when

Students: teachers may require you to come to a specific WIN session, yes, you must go

***Attention middle school boys. There will be an interest gauging meeting on Monday at 2:35 pm in Mr. Franz's room (Room 124) for any middle school boys interested in playing basketball this winter. If we have enough players, we will have a team so if you are interested in playing middle school basketball this winter please come to the meeting after school on Monday. If you are interested but can't make the meeting, please email Mr. Pohl.

***Any Middle School or High School students that would like to be a student ambassador or shadow host can pick up an application in the admissions office. This is a great opportunity to get involved in the school at different events. Please see Mrs.Illgen or Mrs.Pohl in the admissions office with any questions.

***Hi Pioneers, this is Eric Wolsfeld, one of your Sowers of Justice for this year. This Wednesday at 7:30 we will have an informational meeting in room 120 to discuss our plans for the upcoming year. We are hoping that you can make this short meeting and if you are interested but cannot make the meeting please email Ms. Jensen. Thank you and we hope to see you there!

***We will have our Sibling/Cousin day coming up on Friday, September 27th. Any student interested in having their sibling or cousin visit with them for the day will need to sign up online or see Mrs. Pohl in the Admissions office to pick up a permission slip. We will have to limit the number of visitors so make sure to get signed up right away!

***Attention girls age 13 and older,
Hill-Murray is looking for girls interested in technology to put together a team to participate in the Alexa Skills Challenge. Technovation Minnesota is collaborating with Amazon to host an Alexa Skills Challenge: Life Hacks which will be an opportunity for students to get direct, hands-on application of creating a voice-enabled Alexa skill to help make everyday tasks faster and easier.

Stop by the LMC or email Mrs. Nelson for more information.

September 6

***Attention Freshmen,
There will be an ICE CREAM SOCIAL today right after school in the Staff Lounge! There will be lots of different flavors, so come hang and chat with your friends!

***"Good morning Pioneers! This is Mr. Goetzke here to share a couple of neat opportunities beginning this week. As a part of Hill-Murray’s annual fundraising efforts, we will be conducting a Phonathon leading up to HM Give Day on October 8th. That’s where we need you. This year we are asking students to participate in our calling campaign between September 16th and October 8th. This job will earn you service credits as well as other incentives, like gift cards, and maybe even straight cash. Applications are in Flex Room 116 beginning today. Also, sign up for an interview, which will take place during Tuesday and Wednesday WIN times next week. Feel free to contact me with any questions by email or in person. This is a great opportunity to enhance your communication skills as well as earn those essential service credits.”

***“Switching gears here- mark your calendars because we will be having our first informational and interest meeting for Hill-Murray’s brand new eSports Club next week, Tuesday, September 10th. This will take place after school from 2:45-3:45 in the Auditorium. If you enjoy video games either competitively or casually, consider coming to the meeting to find out what we’re about. Beginning later this Fall and through Spring, we will develop our tournament rosters to take on the road and compete against other schools in none other than… Rocket League. We are striving to be inclusive to players from various genres of games, so even if you don’t play Rocket League and are not interested in learning, please come to the meeting and share your ideas about what you would like to see. Again, this meeting will be in the Auditorium next Tuesday, September 10th, 2:45-3:45. Stop by room 116 with any questions. Thanks, Pioneers... Welcome back and have a great day!"

***As a show of support to our community members who have been affected by cancer, the student body is asked to wear pink to the football game this Friday! Please purchase a tackle cancer t-shirt on sale for the rest of the week. Cost of a t-shirt is $10.00.

A reminder that backpacks, water bottles and outside food are not allowed into the stadium and will be confiscated at the gate. This is a Metro East Conference Policy.

Thank you for your support! #tacklecancer #HM

***Freshmen and Sophomores,
Are you looking for a way to grow deeper in your faith through prayer and a small group, building one another up?

During WIN A on Tuesday, we will have a first meeting for young men in 9th and 10th grades. Sign up by Fr. Kevin's office.

Ladies, stay tuned for info about an upcoming group for you.

***High School Student please remember WIN time will be starting next week on Tuesday and Wednesdays!

Students you need to be signed up for your WIN class by 8:00AM on the day of WIN, Teachers will have registration sheets posted on their doors.

In addition please remember that Freshman eat A lunch, Sophomores eat C Lunch, Junior eat B lunch and Seniors can attend A,B or C.

***Our first WIN sessions will be on Tuesday and Wednesday of next week. Please listen carefully for sign up instructions.

Teachers will have sign-up sheets posted on their doors. Students must sign up on the sheets for each individual WIN session.

All sign ups must be completed by the end of Period 4 on Monday, September 9.

All students grades 9-11 MUST sign up for 2 WIN sessions on Tuesday and Wednesday.

All students grades 6-8 must sign up for 1 WIN session of Tuesday and Wednesday.

Seniors you must sign up for any WIN that you attend.

Seniors: the Commons area is reserved for you during WIN times. You must be in the commons, lunch or in a WIN session. Not outside, not roaming the halls, not hanging out at the pole.

Any student that wants to be in the LMC must sign up, you cannot just drop in.

Teachers please discuss with your students what WIN sessions you will be offering and when

Students: teachers may require you to come to a specific WIN session, yes, you must go

***Attention middle school boys. There will be an interest gauging meeting on Monday at 2:35 pm in Mr. Franz's room (Room 124) for any middle school boys interested in playing basketball this winter. If we have enough players, we will have a team so if you are interested in playing middle school basketball this winter please come to the meeting after school on Monday. If you are interested but can't make the meeting, please email Mr. Pohl.

***Good morning pioneers, today we will have our first monthly adoration day for the school year. Every first Friday of the month we have prayer in the chapel from 7:30 until 3 pm. Stop by for a few minutes for some quiet time with Jesus. If you have questions about what adoration is, please see a campus minister or your theology teacher.

September 5

***Pioneer Fans,
It’s not too late to get your Tackle Cancer tee shirt for tomorrow's big game vs Mahtomedi! Help us support cancer research by purchasing your shirt for 10$. Sales will continue during lunch hours as well as at the game tomorrow night. We’d love your support!

***"Good morning Pioneers! This is Mr. Goetzke here to share a couple of neat opportunities beginning this week. As a part of Hill-Murray’s annual fundraising efforts, we will be conducting a Phonathon leading up to HM Give Day on October 8th. That’s where we need you. This year we are asking students to participate in our calling campaign between September 16th and October 8th. This job will earn you service credits as well as other incentives, like gift cards, and maybe even straight cash. Applications are in Flex Room 116 beginning today. Also, sign up for an interview, which will take place during Tuesday and Wednesday WIN times next week. Feel free to contact me with any questions by email or in person. This is a great opportunity to enhance your communication skills as well as earn those essential service credits.”

***“Switching gears here- mark your calendars because we will be having our first informational and interest meeting for Hill-Murray’s brand new eSports Club next week, Tuesday, September 10th. This will take place after school from 2:45-3:45 in the Auditorium. If you enjoy video games either competitively or casually, consider coming to the meeting to find out what we’re about. Beginning later this Fall and through Spring, we will develop our tournament rosters to take on the road and compete against other schools in none other than… Rocket League. We are striving to be inclusive to players from various genres of games, so even if you don’t play Rocket League and are not interested in learning, please come to the meeting and share your ideas about what you would like to see. Again, this meeting will be in the Auditorium next Tuesday, September 10th, 2:45-3:45. Stop by room 116 with any questions. Thanks, Pioneers... Welcome back and have a great day!"

***Attention HM students, Do you like to spend time on a lake? Do you like to reel in bass? Do you like to fish? Hill-Murray is exploring the possibility of starting a fishing team. There will be an interest gauging meeting on Thursday at 2:45 pm in Ms. Fandrich's room, room 154. If you are interested in joining a fishing team please stop by the meeting or email Mr. Pohl

***As a show of support to our community members who have been affected by cancer, the student body is asked to wear pink to the football game this Friday! Please purchase a tackle cancer t-shirt on sale for the rest of the week. Cost of a t-shirt is $10.00.

A reminder that backpacks, water bottles and outside food are not allowed into the stadium and will be confiscated at the gate. This is a Metro East Conference Policy.

Thank you for your support! #tacklecancer #HM

September 4

***"Good morning Pioneers! This is Mr. Goetzke here to share a couple of neat opportunities beginning this week. As a part of Hill-Murray’s annual fundraising efforts, we will be conducting a Phonathon leading up to HM Give Day on October 8th. That’s where we need you. This year we are asking students to participate in our calling campaign between September 16th and October 8th. This job will earn you service credits as well as other incentives, like gift cards, and maybe even straight cash. Applications are in Flex Room 116 beginning today. Also, sign up for an interview, which will take place during Tuesday and Wednesday WIN times next week. Feel free to contact me with any questions by email or in person. This is a great opportunity to enhance your communication skills as well as earn those essential service credits.”

***“Switching gears here- mark your calendars because we will be having our first informational and interest meeting for Hill-Murray’s brand new eSports Club next week, Tuesday, September 10th. This will take place after school from 2:45-3:45 in the Auditorium. If you enjoy video games either competitively or casually, consider coming to the meeting to find out what we’re about. Beginning later this Fall and through Spring, we will develop our tournament rosters to take on the road and compete against other schools in none other than… Rocket League. We are striving to be inclusive to players from various genres of games, so even if you don’t play Rocket League and are not interested in learning, please come to the meeting and share your ideas about what you would like to see. Again, this meeting will be in the Auditorium next Tuesday, September 10th, 2:45-3:45. Stop by room 116 with any questions. Thanks, Pioneers... Welcome back and have a great day!"

***A reminder for all freshmen who have Advisory with Ms. Bourget, Mr. Engels, & Mr. Fisher, you have your freshman on retreat tomorrow. You are out of uniform, lunch is provided, and you are to report to the chapel right after Homeroom announcements.

If you have any questions, see
Mr. Ranweiler in Campus Ministry

***Attention HM students, Do you like to spend time on a lake? Do you like to reel in bass? Do you like to fish? Hill-Murray is exploring the possibility of starting a fishing team. There will be an interest gauging meeting on Thursday at 2:45 pm in Ms. Fandrich's room, room 154. If you are interested in joining a fishing team please stop by the meeting or email Mr. Pohl

September 3

***Attention Flaherty Family Foundation Scholars. Don’t forget about your lunch meeting TODAY. Meet in the Staff Lounge at 11:50.

***"Good morning Pioneers! This is Mr. Goetzke here to share a couple of neat opportunities beginning this week. As a part of Hill-Murray’s annual fundraising efforts, we will be conducting a Phonathon leading up to HM Give Day on October 8th. That’s where we need you. This year we are asking students to participate in our calling campaign between September 16th and October 8th. This job will earn you service credits as well as other incentives, like gift cards, and maybe even straight cash. Applications are in Flex Room 116 beginning today. Also, sign up for an interview, which will take place during Tuesday and Wednesday WIN times next week. Feel free to contact me with any questions by email or in person. This is a great opportunity to enhance your communication skills as well as earn those essential service credits.”

***“Switching gears here- mark your calendars because we will be having our first informational and interest meeting for Hill-Murray’s brand new eSports Club next week, Tuesday, September 10th. This will take place after school from 2:45-3:45 in the Auditorium. If you enjoy video games either competitively or casually, consider coming to the meeting to find out what we’re about. Beginning later this Fall and through Spring, we will develop our tournament rosters to take on the road and compete against other schools in none other than… Rocket League. We are striving to be inclusive to players from various genres of games, so even if you don’t play Rocket League and are not interested in learning, please come to the meeting and share your ideas about what you would like to see. Again, this meeting will be in the Auditorium next Tuesday, September 10th, 2:45-3:45. Stop by room 116 with any questions. Thanks, Pioneers... Welcome back and have a great day!"

***"The Dungeons and Dragons Club will have their 'Session Zero' this Wednesday in room 209. Stop in to sign up for which games you want to play, meet those that are running your games, and build your characters. Starts at 3 and will end at 5. All are welcome."

***Attention freshmen. Your retreats start this week. Information was sent to you in an email. Look over the email so you know when your retreat is and what to do on your retreat day. This Thursday Ms. Bourget’s, Mr. Engels’, & Mr. Fisher’s 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.

AUGUST 2019

August 30

***Pioneer Fans,
If you haven’t already purchased your Tackle Cancer tee shirt for the Sept. 6th game, the football team would love your support! They'll continue their tee shirt sales at all lunches and at the football game tonight. Bring 10$ to get yourself the best Tackle Cancer shirt out there!

***Homework Hall is available in The Nicholas Center - Monday - Thursday from 2:35 – 3:35. Please encourage 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.

***Attention all boys interested in playing basketball this season, there will be a brief informational meeting in Room 124 (Mr. Franz's Room) right after school on Friday to go over fall basketball opportunities. If you are not able to attend the meeting and are interested in playing basketball you should email Coach Wadie or pick up an information sheet from the Athletic Office next week.

***It’s that time of year, whether you were in our ZAZZ Radio club last year , or if you are a new student that would like to be on Hill - Murray’s WZHM Zazz radio station, it is time to sign up for our radio club.

We are looking for DJs, podcasters, writers and more to join our club!

Sign up sheets will be located next to the Radio Studio in the hallway above the café steps. All we need is your name, grade, email address and phone number. Sign up now and have fun with our worldwide radio station this 2019/2020 school year!

***Please make sure you lock your lockers! Do not leave them unlocked. Starting next week, we will put a school lock on any locker without a lock. You will not be able to get into the locker until you report to the office of student life. Repeat offenders will be issued a detention. For your own security - Lock your locker!

***1. Please use main entrance to cafe only. No coming in by the cashiers.

2. Only those making purchases need to be in the serving area.

3. Please dispose of gum in the trash can not on your tray

4. Please check your balance and bring money on Tuesday if needed.

***Tonight is the first home football game of the season! Student Council will be hosting a pregame tailgate starting at 5pm, games at 7pm, and the post game mixer featuring DJ Sally P! We hope to see everyone in their best beachwear attire for the beach out!
One change is the mixer will be ending at 10pm instead of 11pm! See you tonight!

***Today we have Paige Lorsung visiting with Rachel Bohlen in 10th grade.

August 29

***Attention all WEB leaders: There will be a short meeting at 7:30am on Friday August 30th in Mrs. Donnerbauer's room, 123. If you cannot make it, please stop by and see her before Friday morning.

***Robotics! Students in grades 8-12, if you are interested in robotics, stop by room 046 on Thursday after school. If you can't make the meeting, but are still interested, please email Mr. Gapinski. Scheduling for the season is flexible so if you are in another activity we can probably make it work.

***"HM Tech Crew will kick off the school year with a brief informational meeting in the auditorium at 2:45p on Thursday (8/29) The Hill-Murray Tech Crew helps build sets, run lights and sound for all HM Theatre Productions. They also provide AV Support for Auditorium events throughout the school year.

If you can’t make it to the meeting or have questions, please see Mr. Morris in the Theatre office. "

***Attention all boys interested in playing basketball this season, there will be a brief informational meeting in Room 124 (Mr. Franz's Room) right after school on Friday to go over fall basketball opportunities. If you are not able to attend the meeting and are interested in playing basketball you should email Coach Wadie or pick up an information sheet from the Athletic Office next week.

***Students who park in the student lot, you need to have your permit clearly displayed on the backside of your mirror. We will begin checking and tracking vehicles for permits today. Those who are in the lot without the proper permit may be ticketed and if it continues, lose parking privileges. Help us out and display your permit. See Mrs. Trembley in the office of student life to purchase a permit.

All 9th-grade students who did not turn in the proper health forms received an email from Mrs. Barbato yesterday. Those forms were in the back to school packet and need to be turned in by Friday. Please read your email!

***It’s that time of year, whether you were in our ZAZZ Radio club last year , or if you are a new student that would like to be on Hill - Murray’s WZHM Zazz radio station, it is time to sign up for our radio club.

We are looking for DJs, podcasters, writers and more to join our club!

Sign up sheets will be located next to the Radio Studio in the hallway above the café steps. All we need is your name, grade, email address and phone number. Sign up now and have fun with our worldwide radio station this 2019/2020 school year!

Thanks!
DJ CRUZE

***Hey Pioneers! This is Aly Steichen, your Student Council President. Student council is excited about our Welcome tailgate, football game, and mixer tomorrow night! Please check for an email from me for music requests for the mixer. Remember the theme is a beach out. We hope to see everyone there! Roll Pios!

***This is a reminder to all students that the lot near the field house doors is reserved for staff and coaches. Students are not allowed to park in the field house lot.

***Good luck to the Girl's Swim and Dive Team as they compete in Conference Relays tonight. This is the first meet of the season at Veteran's Memorial Community Center. Come cheer on the team and wish the girls well if you see them today!

August 28

***Attention all WEB leaders: There will be a short meeting at 7:30am on Friday August 30th in Mrs. Donnerbauer's room, 123. If you cannot make it, please stop by and see her before Friday morning.

***Robotics! Students in grades 8-12, if you are interested in robotics, stop by room 046 on Thursday after school. If you can't make the meeting, but are still interested, please email Mr. Gapinski. Scheduling for the season is flexible so if you are in another activity we can probably make it work.

***"HM Tech Crew will kick off the school year with a brief informational meeting in the auditorium at 2:45p on Thursday (8/29) The Hill-Murray Tech Crew helps build sets, run lights and sound for all HM Theatre Productions. They also provide AV Support for Auditorium events throughout the school year.

If you can’t make it to the meeting or have questions, please see Mr. Morris in the Theatre office. "

***Homework Hall is available in The Nicholas Center - Monday - Thursday from 2:35 – 3:35. Please encourage 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.

***Attention all boys interested in playing basketball this season, there will be a brief informational meeting in Room 124 (Mr. Franz's Room) right after school on Friday to go over fall basketball opportunities. If you are not able to attend the meeting and are interested in playing basketball you should email Coach Wadie or pick up an information sheet from the Athletic Office next week.

***Hello! This is Ben Davis from Student Council. We hope you are excited about the first home football game of the year this Friday! Remember, Student Council will be hosting a pregame tailgate with free food and beverages. We’ll be grilling hot dogs, but feel free to bring your own food! Also, we’ll have a high school Mixer featuring DJ SALLY P in the loading dock area immediately after the game as long as the weather cooperates! Finally, the dress theme for the game is a BEACH OUT so dress up in your best beachwear! Thanks!

August 27

***Attention all WEB leaders: There will be a short meeting at 7:30am on Friday August 30th in Mrs. Donnerbauer's room, 123. If you cannot make it, please stop by and see her before Friday morning.

***Robotics! Students in grades 8-12, if you are interested in robotics, stop by room 046 on Thursday after school. If you can't make the meeting, but are still interested, please email Mr. Gapinski. Scheduling for the season is flexible so if you are in another activity we can probably make it work.

***Pioneer Fans,
Please join us for this year’s Tackle Cancer football game on Friday, Sept. 6th at 7pm vs the Mahtomedi Zephyrs! Tackle Cancer tee shirts and bracelets will be on sale during lunch hours beginning this Wednesday and everyday until the Sept. 6th game. Tee shirts are 10$, bracelets are 2$ with all proceeds going to the Randy Shaver Cancer Research and Community Fund. We’d love to have your support!

***"HM Tech Crew will kick off the school year with a brief informational meeting in the auditorium at 2:45p on Thursday (8/29) The Hill-Murray Tech Crew helps build sets, run lights and sound for all HM Theatre Productions. They also provide AV Support for Auditorium events throughout the school year.

If you can’t make it to the meeting or have questions, please see Mr. Morris in the Theatre office. "

***1st all-school Mass tomorrow with Bishop Cozzens! New this year, please sit with your second hour teacher (see your email for more information).

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.

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.] 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!!

August 26

***Lego League will be having their first practice on Monday August 26th after school in room 046. If you are a middle school student and are interested, please ask Mr. Fisher for more information.

***First-hour teachers are asked to do a uniform check now. Any student that cannot fix the issue should be sent to the office of student life. Look for skirts that are too short and cannot be unrolled, non-uniform shoes, facial hair for men and non-uniform pants and sweatshirts. We will address all of these again at class meetings over the next few days.

***If you are interested in participating on a HM sailing team there will be a short, interest gauging meeting on Wednesday in the Fieldhouse at 2:45. If you are interested in sailing but are unable to attend the meeting, please email Mr. Pohl in the activities office.

***"Wednesday will be the Dungeons and Dragons first club meeting after school. This meeting will be for all who are interested in running their own games and taking leadership roles, but all are welcome to check it out. Meetings will be in the innovation center, room 129"

"VR game design club will be at Thursdays, not Fridays, after school. All are welcome."

***Good Morning;
You must have money in your Lunch accounts to use them. Please don't get food if you don't have money or someone to buy for you.

There is no coming into the serving area by the cashiers. Please come in the main entrance. Also, only those planning to buy need to be in the serving area. It does not take a group of 5 , for one person to buy one item.

Thank you

***Auditions for INTO THE WOODS, the Pioneer Performers, and the lead roles in our Christmas production of HOLIDAY INN are today after school! See or email Mr. Ballentine with any questions!

***Attention all WEB leaders: There will be a short meeting at 7:30am on Friday August 30th in Mrs. Donnerbauer's room, 123. If you cannot make it, please stop by and see her before Friday morning.

August 23

***Good Morning Pioneers, this is xxxxx, DECA Officer. We are collecting new school supplies for our friends at Webster Elementary School. Please join us and help get the students at Webster off to a successful start by donating school supplies. Collection bins are located near the main office and the office of student life. We will be collecting through next week. Thank you!

***Seniors: There is a mandatory application meeting coming up. Please choose one to attend and please bring along a parent.

Sunday August 25 6:00 PM in the Auditorium

OR

Monday August 26 7:00 PM in the Auditorium

Please arrive a few minutes early to get your transcript and handouts.

***Attention athletes: please do not leave backpacks, school lunches or anything else that you may need during the school day in your athletic locker! The athletic locker rooms are locked during the school day and unlocked at the end of the school day.

***Lego League will be having their first practice on Monday August 26th after school in room 046. If you are a middle school student and are interested, please ask Mr. Fisher for more information.

***Auditions for the staged reading of INTO THE WOODS, the Pioneer Performers, and for the lead roles in our Christmas production of HOLIDAY INN are on Monday! Check your email for a message from Mr. Ballentine that has all the info you need!

***Remember that next Friday, August 30th is the first home football game and student council will be hosting a pregame tailgate and a post game mixer with DJ Sally P in the parking lot. Make sure you are following the student section twitter account weekly for student section dress themes!

AUGUST 22

***Good Morning Pioneers, this is June Knauss, DECA Officer. We are collecting new school supplies for our friends at Webster Elementary School. Please join us and help get the students at Webster off to a successful start by donating school supplies. Collection bins are located near the main office and the office of student life. We will be collecting through next week. Thank you!

***This announcement is for students in grades 9-12 grade students regarding lunch. If you have the following teachers 5th hour, you are eating the first lunch period from 11:17-11:46. Dow, Franz, Pults, Stormont, N'diaye, Tepp, Engels, Donnerbauer and Mrs. Deziel.

If you are not with these teachers 5th hour you should report directly to your 5th-hour class. Your teacher will share with you what lunch you are eating.

***Thank you to Mrs. Donnerbauer, Mr. Chapman and Ms. Fandrich for all of their hard work in planning our Middle School and 9th-grade orientation yesterday! Thank you to all the WEB and LINK leaders for giving up your last day of vacation to make the orientation such a positive experience. If you see a WEB leader (in light blue) and LINK (pink) shirts, please thank them for their leadership. Nice job everyone!

***Could you remind students of the new place to receive tech support? Something like,

"We would like to remind students that if they need tech support of any kind they are to go to the cafeteria where the new tech center is. It can be found in the lunchroom under the stairs."

***Good morning and welcome back, Pioneers! This is Aly Steichen, your Student Council President.

Of course we’re all sad to have summer come to an end, BUT student council wants to help make this our best year yet. Our goal is to bring our community together as much as we can. We hope to see you at our events throughout the year, supporting your fellow Pioneers.

Our first event of the year is next Friday, at the first home football game. We’ll tailgate before the game in the parking lot, cheer on the team at the game, and then have a mixer in the parking lot after the game with our very own DJ Sally P. This is for grades 9-12.

Also, we’re trying to make our campus more environmentally friendly so please pay attention to the recycling bins in classrooms and the cafeteria. There will be silverware in the lunchroom too, so please make sure you place those in the proper containers.

Finally, if you are a new high school student, look for more info next week about joining this year’s student council!

Have an amazing day, Pioneers!

***Auditions are this coming Monday for the first theatre production of the year, a staged reading of INTO THE WOODS. Check out the theatre callboard or for an email from Mr. Ballentine for all the info you need regarding your audition!

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