MORNING ANNOUNCEMENTS

February 2018

Thursday, February 15

  • 8th grade Hill-Murray Ski Team athlete Caroline Given competed in the State Alpine Ski Meet yesterday at Giants Ridge. She finished 50th overall. Over 1,000 girls compete in high school alpine ski racing in Minnesota. Only eight 8th grade girls advanced to the State Meet and Caroline was one of them. Congratulations Caroline!
  • I'm Mariah Keopple, I'm Haylee Blinkhorn, and I'm Abby Boreen and we are your HMGH captains! We want you all to come to Aldrich arena this Friday for our Section Final game against the White Bear Lake Bears!! Puck drops at 7:00pm and the theme is a black out! Come out & support us! We would love to see you all there! Have a great day and see you tomorrow!
  • This is your Student Council President Mariah Keopple. Thanks to everyone who was out of uniform yesterday and donated to the Children’s Hospital Heart Program! We raised almost $1,000! Way to go Pioneers! Also, Val-o-grams are being handed out this morning! Thanks to everyone who purchased one. We sold over 400 Val-o-Grams! Have a great long weekend everyone.
  • Hey everyone! It’s Matt, Justin, and Luke and we are here to let you know we have a meeting for all boys interested in playing lacrosse this spring. It will be next Wednesday, February 21st at 7:00 in the team room. Come meet our NEW COACHES! We will talk about lacrosse boot camp! Apparel! Schedules for tryouts and the season! And much much more! We are really excited about our upcoming season and hope to see you there! ROLL PIOS!
  • Bonjour je m’appelle Maëlle: Today I am going to read a simple prayer in French, and then I will read the English translation. Please quiet yourselves for prayer… Au nom du père et du fils et du Saint Esprit: Pour tout le monde Une prière Que nous puissions vivre comme une Que la paix et l’amour soit dans chaque Coeur Et que chaque vie soit remplie de soleil The translation is:For the whole world: a prayer that we may live as one that peace and love be in each heart and that each life be filled with sun. Bonjour je m’appelle Eva! Today’s French fact is: French is one of the few languages that is spoken as an official language on all 5 continents, by about 74 million people. According to Forbes dot com, there will be close to 750 million French speakers in the world by 2050! Maëlle: today’s French expression of the day is: “pas du tout”…listen for the translation coming up soon! Eva: today’s English word of the day is: ethnocentric. The definition of ethnocentric is: evaluating other peoples and cultures according to the standards of one’s own culture, with the belief that one’s own culture is superior. Maëlle: So is being ethnocentric a good thing? Eva: Pas du tout! Not at all. The world is full of many cultures! An appreciation of other cultures and languages, as well as an effort to speak and understand more than one language, are becoming even more important in our changing world! Maëlle: We hope you enjoyed Célébrez le Français Week! Eva: Merci beaucoup pour avoir célébré avec nous! Both: À la prochaine!

Wednesday, February 14

  • Congratulations to the Hill-Murray Mock Trial Team, who won their match last night, finishing the regular season with a 3-1 record. They are advancing to the regional round against Saint Paul Central on Thursday. Special congrats to the seniors: Ryan Celski, Rachel Henn, Gillian Hazelton, Ethan Heinrichs, Courtney Rambo, and Will Fabian.
  • All Peer Ministers are reminded you are needed for both Prayer Services today so be sure to stay in the Theater after the 1st prayer service and do not report to Advisory. Music Ministers are to report to the Theater at 8:35 this morning for microphone check and final rehearsal for the prayer service.
  • Many teenage Catholics experience their faith as Mark did: they go to mass because that’s what Catholics do; they have a bible even if they haven’t opened it; they are weighted down and bothered by all the rules of the Church. Is this your experience? If so, forget about a life of dreary obedience to rules you don’t understand. It’s time to enter into the transforming light of your Creator. Join the CIA for Blessed are the bored, a young Catholic’s search for meaning! Thursdays at 7:20am.
  • Today we have Ellah Hause visiting with Luke Hause in 8th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray and we hope you have a great day as a Pioneer!
  • Today we will gather as a community to celebrate Ash Wednesday with a prayer service! Grades 10-12 will go to the auditorium after 2nd period, while grades 6-9 go to advisory. Everyone will switch places at the end of the period. Advisory time will be a study hall, please bring study materials with you to class!
  • Maria G: Bonjour! Je m’appelle Maria. Today for French week I will read the Our Father prayer in French. Please quiet yourselves for prayer….Lionel: Bonjour! Je m’appelle Lionel! Célia: et moi, je suis Célia! Aujourd’hui est la fête de Saint Valentin! L: today’s French week Fun fact is: The restaurant Guy Savoy in Paris is one of the most expensive restaurants in Paris. A dinner costs approximately 415 Euros per person, not including beverages! That is about $440! The Ritz hotel in Paris is one of the most expensive hotels in Paris. A suite in the hotel starts at 18, 000 euros per night, or about $20, 000 per night. C’est fou! That’s crazy! C: Today’s French expressions are: Merci beaucoup! Thank you very much! And De rien: it’s nothing/ you’re welcome! L + C: Merci beaucoup!


Tuesday, February 13

  • Good Morning Hill Murray! This is Alex Bloemendal a Student Council Member. Valentine’s Day and Ash Wednesday are tomorrow! To celebrate, students who bring in at least $1 to their homeroom teachers will be able to be out of uniform and wear either pink, red, or purple clothing. The money that is raised will be donated to the Children’s Hospital of MN’s Heart Program. Students that do not bring in a donation are to be in uniform.Remember: be neat, clean, and modest. ALSO: Student Council will be hosting a March Masquerade Semi Formal Dance on March 17th, from 7:30 to 10:30. The DJ will be playing student’s music so save the date! More information on the dance will come shortly. Have a great day!
  • Auditions for the spring musical were yesterday afternoon. If you wanted to audition, but got cold feet, don’t fret. See Mr. Ballentine during WIN times to audition! Don’t worry about how prepared you are or aren’t, just show up!
  • This is a reminder to the 6th and 8th grade Scholastic Challenge participants. Please meet in room 129 (the virtual reality room) right after 4th hour today for the challenge. Please bring your computer, a pen or pencil and a calculator. See Mrs. Barbato if you have any questions.
  • Students should bring study materials to Community Time on Wednesday as they will spend half their advisory in Mass and half studying.
  • The LMC will be closed after school today.
  • Bonjour! Nous sommes: Pascal, Mattéo, Quentin, et Raphaël! Pascal: Today is Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday! French students are wearing French t shirts today, and we’ll play music during passing time. Taher is selling beignets in the cafeteria today! Beignets are fried donuts that are popular in Nouvelle Orléans or New Orleans, where a huge Mardi Gras celebration is held each year! Matteo: Today’s fast fact is: approximately 30 to 40 % of the English language has roots in the French language. Raphaël: Bizarre! Pourquoi, Mattéo?Matteo: because William the Conqueror invaded England from France in 1066 and imposed the French language on the British! Their reign lasted 300 years! All: Incroyable! Pascal: Today’s French expression is: JE NE SAIS PAS… or “I don’t know”! the French verb SAVOIR is “to know”. Some words or expressions you might recognize that have the same root are: Savvy: “in the know”, a savant “ a very knowledgeable person” and “savoir-faire” “know –how”.

Monday, February 12

  • Auditions for the spring Musical, ONCE UPON A MATTRESS, are today after school! Sign up on the callboard for an audition slot! Bring a friend!
  • Bonjour! Nous sommes: Pascal, Mattéo, Quentin, et Raphaël! Pascal: Today is Mardi Gras, or Fat Tuesday! French students are wearing French t shirts today, and we’ll play music during passing time. Taher is selling beignets in the cafeteria today! Beignets are fried donuts that are popular in Nouvelle Orléans or New Orleans, where a huge Mardi Gras celebration is held each year! Matteo: Today’s fast fact is: approximately 30 to 40 % of the English language has roots in the French language. Raphaël: Bizarre! Pourquoi, Mattéo?Matteo: because William the Conqueror invaded England from France in 1066 and imposed the French language on the British! Their reign lasted 300 years! All: Incroyable! Pascal: Today’s French expression is: JE NE SAIS PAS… or “I don’t know”! the French verb SAVOIR is “to know”. Some words or expressions you might recognize that have the same root are: Savvy: “in the know”, a savant “ a very knowledgeable person” and “savoir-faire” “know –how”.
  • Hello Pioneers! I am Jonny Baldwin, and I am Ben Warrian and we are your HM Boys Golf Captains! We are having an information parent player meeting this Thursday the 8th after school in the team room. Come by to learn about what the team is about and get answers to any questions you may have. We look forward to seeing you on Thursday!
  • Attention all boys interested in playing lacrosse. There will be a mandatory player/parent meeting at 7:00 p.m. on February 21st in the Team Room. Information on tryouts, player expectations, and plans for the season will be discussed. If you cannot attend the meeting, please contact Coach Caines. We look forward to seeing you on February 21st!

Friday, February 9

  • Good morning Pioneers, this is Student Council President Mariah Keopple. This announcement is to let you know that student council members will be selling Val-o-grams during lunches next week on Tuesday and Wednesday. Each Val-o-gram will be sold for 25 cents each! We will give them out on Thursday! Have a great day!
  • Auditions for the spring musical, ONCE UPON A MATTRESS, will take place on Monday and Tuesday of next week! If you’d like to audition please check your email for info, stop by and see Mr. Ballentine or Ms. Walth, and attend the workshop after school today to learn the audition song and dance so you can practice over the weekend! Email with any questions!
  • Today we have Dasha Hohn with Ava Curella in 6th grade, Niklas Erickson with Auston Neubauer in 9th grade, Samuel Holm with Jared Jensen in 9th grade, and Riley Slade and Jackie Cwiklo with Molly Meyers in 11th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray and we hope you have a great day as a Pioneer!
  • Valentine’s Day is right around the corner. It’s not too late to get something for that special friend! But why pay for a card when you can make one! And . . . . . . . you can write your message in French or Spanish the languages of ROMANCE! Come to Room 136 - Ms Marin’s room on Monday, February 12th at 2:40 for a Valentine Making Activity. You can enjoy some snacks while you are making your cards!!


Thursday, February 8

  • The Hill-Murray Alpine Ski Team competed in the Section 4 Meet yesterday at Wild Mountain against 19 other teams. The Boys Team placed 7th, and the stand out skier for Hill-Murray was Sophomore Matias Mendez who placed 24th. The Girls Team placed 8th, and the stand out skier was 8th grade skier Caroline Given who placed 13th. Caroline Given will now advance to the State Meet which will be held at Giants Ridge on February 14th. Congratulations to the Ski Team and to State Meet qualifier Caroline Given.

Wednesday, February 7

  • Juniors are on retreat tomorrow with last names from L-Z. Please go directly to the commons and not to your first hour. Please wear spirit wear, and no jeans with tears or holes in them. Dress clean, neat and modest. Thank you.
  • Please meet in the staff lounge today during WIN time for the presentation on Magic and the Brain. See Mrs. Schwartzbauer if you have questions.
  • Attention to any students who intend to register for Honors Level Social Studies classes for 2018-19 should check their Hill-Murray emails for information from Mr. Rose.
  • Attention all boys interested in playing lacrosse. There will be a mandatory player/parent meeting at 7:00 p.m. on February 21st in the Team Room. Information on tryouts, player expectations, and plans for the season will be discussed. If you cannot attend the meeting, please contact Coach Caines. We look forward to seeing you on February 21st!


Monday, February 5

  • Tengun Bold visiting with Carter Hauge in 12th grade, Pawel visiting with Michael Fleischhacker in 12th grade, Breandan Smith visiting with Matthew Fleischhacker in 9th grade, and Rory Smith visiting with Max Zupfer and Jared Jensen in 9th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray and have a great day!
  • The next Girls Only VR Hour will be tomorrow, Tuesday, February 6th, at 2:30 in room 129.
  • Students interested in Lobby Day please attend the meeting on Tuesday February 6 at 2:30 to sign up and get materials. The meeting is in Mrs. Janssen’s room 030. Sowers of Justice would like more students to participate in this event if they are interested so please stop by and talk to Mrs. Janssen if you want to attend.
  • Current High School Students: Please turn in your registration forms to the Counseling Office before February 7; the sooner the better. Forms do not need your Advisor’s signature at this point. They do need teacher and parent signatures. Again, fill out your registration forms, get teacher/parent signatures and turn into Counseling office as soon as possible. Thank you!
  • Pioneer Performers please meet in the choir room after school today for a quick meeting.
  • Any students interested in participating in Track and Field this spring must attend the required Parent / Athlete meeting on Sunday, February 11th at 1:00pm in the staff lounge. Please see Mrs. Hurley if you have any questions.
  • For those interested in playing girls golf this spring, there will be an informational meeting on Wednesday, February 7th at 2:45pm in the Team Room.

Friday, February 2

  • All Christian Service Learning students are asked to check their email before 5th period today.
  • Good Morning Pioneers, It’s Kierney McGrath! Please join as we begin today in prayer +In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit: Loving God, send your Spirit among the members of our Hill-Murray community. Lead us in your ways and in your wisdom. Start a fire in our souls, Holy Spirit, and kindle us in the fire of your love. Help us to be courageous witnesses to hope, charity, and faith. Give us trust and openness to see the work of God in our lives and in the lives of those around us. Help us to be strong witnesses of faith, humble in service to one another, devout in prayer, and living witnesses of God’s love. Give us the grace to walk boldly in faith, to love fiercely in action, and to share in your work of building the kingdom of God so that in all things, Go d may be glorified. Amen...St. Benedict, Pray for us! Welcome to the final day of Catholic Schools Week! We hope you enjoyed your donuts this morning! Class Wars continue and the current standings are: Sophomores in first with 583 points, Middle School in second with 563 points, Freshmen in third with 423 points, Juniors in fourth with 377 points, Seniors in fifth with 352 points. Congratulations to all the winners of Schlittentag tag- especially June Knouss, who earned 50 points for the freshmen with the best overall theme of the competition! There's still time to catch up and win through acts of kindness! Teachers and staff, please send any random acts of kindness to campus ministry! If you still have donations to collect or return, please bring to campus ministry before the end of 5C!
  • Congratulations to the one act play on their 2nd place finish at section finals last night! They did an amazing job!
  • Congratulations to 7th grader - Montgomery Longtin who went out of his way to help a new student who had never been to Mass. Nice job welcoming our new student Montgomery! Stop by Mrs. Barbato’s office today to pick up your $10.00 iTunes gift card.
  • A REMINDER FOR BOYS TENNIS – CAPTAINS PRACTICE AT WOODDALE TENNIS CLUB WILL AGAIN BE THIS SUNDAY FROM 8:30-10PM. SEE THE BOYS TENNIS WEBSITE FOR DETAILS.
  • The next GIRLS ONLY VIRTUAL REALITY HOUR will be next Tuesday, February 6th, at 2:30 after school in the Innovation Center room 129. Come join us for a snack and VR.


Thursday, February 1

  • Students: A reminder that you should be working on obtaining all necessary teacher and parent signatures on your registration forms. Forms are due on February 7th (next Wednesday) in Advisory.
  • Good Morning Pioneers, It’s Maddie Rausch! Please join as we begin today in prayer for our teachers +In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit: Dear Lord, Grant our teachers an abundance of Your wisdom. Prepare their hearts to welcome and love the students of Hill-Murray. Help us to show them love and respect. Give our teachers grace as they help students, the courage to speak Truth, and strength when they feel tired or weak. When our teachers feel unseen or unheard, remind them that no moment goes unnoticed. They are shaping the future in one million small-yet incredible ways every day. Bless them, Lord, and may they see a glimpse of how their faithfulness and example will forever impact the students they encounter. Amen...St. Benedict...Pray for us! Welcome to day four of Catholic Schools Week! Class Wars continue and the current standings are: Sophomores are holding on to first with 558 points, Middle school is in second with 468 points, Freshmen have moved into third with 368 points, Juniors are in fourth with 367 point, and Seniors are in last with 352 points. It’s not too late to catch those Sophomores! Come to Schlittentag (Schlit-en-taaag) and Cocoa this afternoon! If you haven’t made a sled you can make it during lunches! Sign up outside of campus ministry by the end of the day! Remember, anything can be a sled, you just have to use your imagination! There are tons of points to be earned at Schlittentag! Teachers, please collect any donations for Bridging. Remember students, every dollar donated is another point for your grade! Have a great day pioneers!
  • Current High School Students: Please turn in your registration forms to the Counseling Office before February 7; the sooner the better. Forms do not need your Advisor’s signature at this point. They do need teacher and parent signatures. Again, fill out your registration forms, get teacher/parent signatures and turn into Counseling office as soon as possible. Thank you!
  • Juniors and Seniors, there will be a 5-minute Prom committee meeting after school today in Room 127.
  • ATTENTION ALL QUIZ BOWL TEAM MEMBERS! Read Señora Head's email about the Quiz Bowl State Tourney and reply to her by the end of the school day this Friday, February 2nd.

Wednesday, January 31

  • There will be a Free Public Performance of our One Act Play, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, today after school @ 3pm in the auditorium! The show is only 35 minutes long so please come out and support us before our Section Finals tomorrow!
  • Good Morning Pioneers, It’s Austin Kees! Please join as we begin today in prayer +In the name of the Father, and of the Son,and of the Holy Spirit: Lord, you dwell deep within each of our students. In those who struggle academically, in those who excel; In those who seek attention by acting out, and in those who remain silent, In those surrounded by friends, and in those who feel lonely. Give us the grace to know your presence in each of them and to respond to their needs as you would to ours. Amen...St. Benedict...Pray for us! Welcome to day three of Catholic Schools Week! Class Wars continue and the current standings are: Sophomores are in first with 330 points, Middle school has dropped to second with 315 points, Seniors are in third with 234 points, Freshman are in fourth with 218 points, and Juniors are in fifth with 205 points Sophomore Samuel Ogata and Junior Kalysta Hustings earned 50 points for their grades by finding the medallion! Congratulations! Middle schoolers Max Gentry, Bella Rausch, and Sophia Greene were caught being kind by a middle school teacher and earned 15 points for middle school! Middle school, the sophomores, and the seniors did a great job participating in tug-o-war yesterday during lunch and earned a ton of points to help out their classes! Keep participating in events to help your class move up and win the out of uniform day on Monday! How can you earn more points? Get caught doing random acts of kindness! Donate money to Bridging today in homeroom! Bridging provides donated furniture and household goods to families and individuals transitioning out of homelessness and poverty. Bridging gives hope and helps individuals move toward financial stability. Your donation will help bridging to serve our local community! Go to the One Act Performance at 3:00 pm in the theater- each person earns 5 points for their class! And building your sled for Schlittentag (Schlit-en-taaag) on Thursday! World’s most epic sledding contest! Sign up outside of campus ministry! There are lots of points available for participants and teams!
  • Students: A reminder that you should be working on obtaining all necessary teacher and parent signatures on your registration forms. Forms are due on February 7th (next Wednesday) in Advisory.
  • Attention Softball players in grades 7-12: Open Gym begins this Sunday, February 4th from 10:00AM-11:30AM in the Fieldhouse. The open gym schedule and pre-season meeting information is available on the H-M Softball website.

Tuesday, January 30

  • This Wednesday, January 31st at 3pm there will be a free public performance of Hill-Murray Theatre's One Act Play, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ERNEST! The show is no longer than 35 minutes long, so please join us before heading home or to other activities!
  • Reminder - tonight is the first Captains practice for Track and Field athletes. It is at Woodbury High School on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 6:00pm-7:30pm. The cost is $2 per person each time you attend.
  • Students: A reminder that you should be working on obtaining all necessary teacher and parent signatures on your registration forms. Forms are due on February 7th (next Wednesday) in Advisory.
  • Today is the last day you can purchase USA apparel - they are of sale in Mrs. Barbato’s office. Remember tomorrow is a USA apparel or wear red white and blue.
  • Please keep 7th grader Josh Kennedy in your prayers today. Josh is undergoing open heart surgery today and we pray for his surgeons and staff as they operate. W also pray for his parents Ann and Scott and sisters Lauren and Rachel. We will keep you updated on Josh’s progress.
  • Good Morning Pioneers, It’s Maddie Rausch! Please join as we begin today in prayer +In the name of the Father, and of the Son,and of the Holy Spirit Lord, we lift up our lives to you. Help us to see you in the world around us. Give us the grace to worry less and live more. Lead us to radical and true living so that our school may glorify you in all that we do.Let our lives be a witness to your mercy, love, and justice. Give us the grace to walk boldly in faith, to love fiercely in action, and to share in your work of building the kingdom of God so that in all things, God may be glorified. Amen...St. Benedict... Pray for us! Welcome to day two of Catholic Schools Week! Class wars continue and the current standings are: Middle School in first place with 115 points, Freshmen in second place with 103 points, Seniors in third place with 100 points, Juniors in fourth place with 78 points, and sophomores in fifth place with 63 points There’s still plenty of time to catch those middle schoolers. Remember Pioneers, the winner of class wars gets an out of uniform day Next Monday! Homeroom teachers, please count and submit the number of students 100% in uniform today! Each student earns your grade a point! How can you earn more points? Participate in games during lunch today! Cheer on Girl’s basketball tonight at 7:00 pm! Super fans will receive bonus points. And building your sled for Schlittentag (Schlit-en-taaag) on Thursday! World’s most epic sledding contest! Sign up outside of campus ministry! Tomorrow morning, we’ll be collecting monetary donations for Bridging! Every dollar donated is a point earned for your grade! We have another clue for the medallion hunt! Remember, if you find the medallion you win a sweet $50 gift card and 50 points for your grade! The big reward has still yet to have been found! It is important that you are careful while you're looking around. Pay close attention because here's the thing You'll only find the treasure somewhere in the academic wing!!


Friday, January 26

  • Today we have Rose LaMonica visiting with Ava Maas in 6th grade, Benjamin Broich with Adam Rausch in 8th grade, and Grant Boehme with Eric Wolsfeld in 9th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray and have a great day!
  • Good morning, pioneers! Next week we will celebrate Catholic Schools Week! This year, we are doing class wars! Compete and complete fun challenges as a class and as individuals all next week for bragging rights and a sweet prize- an out of uniform day! On Monday we will release the first clue for the medallion hunt. Keep your ears open and your eyes peeled. Find the medallion and you will win a prize and add points to your grades score! Monday will be class colors day! Wear a polo or spiritwear in the right color to help your class earn points in the battle for the greatest class. This will be a uniform day so plan accordingly! Middle School and Seniors wear green, Freshman wear grey, Sophomores wear black, Juniors wear white. Keep your eyes peeled- an email with the events will be sent out later today!
  • Congratulations to the cast and crew of the one act play, THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING ERNEST, on taking 1st place at 4AA section pre-lims last night at White Bear Lake High School! They advance to the section finals next Thursday at Stillwater High School! There will be a public performance for everyone after school on Wednesday! Don’t miss it!
  • The Middle School has a Caught Being Kind Challenge by Mrs. Barbato that began 2nd semester. The first two recipients are: 7th grader - Mira Schantzen - Mira went out of her way to help a student who dropped a large folder of music just before class began. She repeatedly says please and thank you to her teachers and other students. Nice Job Mira! The second recipient is 6th grader Peter Basso - Peter recently found a $20.00 bill in the hallway and turned it into Ms. Herman. He was concerned that someone would need that money for lunch or other items. The owner was never found so Peter received the $20.00 bill a few weeks later. Way to go Peter! Both students will receive a $10.00 Subway gift card - please see Mrs. Barbato on your way to lunch today. Who will be the next student Caught being Kind?
  • Calling all Hill-Murray girls! This is a last-chance reminder that your RSVP for the annual Father-Daughter dance is due today! Tickets are $75 per couple, and $35 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!
  • Go TEAM USA! In support of Hill-Murray alum Hannah ('12) and Marissa Brandt ('11) we are selling USA hockey apparel. Both are headed to the Olympics in South Korea. Marissa will play for South Korea and Hannah for the USA. There is a variety of youth sizes which range from $5.00 for short sleeved to $15.00 for a hooded sweatshirt. Adult sizes vary and cost is $10.00 for short sleeved to $23.00 for a hoodie. You can purchase these before school, during your lunch or after school in Mrs. Barbato’s office. We will have a USA apparel day next Wednesday so we can take a group photo after mass to send to the Brandt’s. Get your red white and blue ready!
  • Students going on the Guatemala 2018 trip are reminded of the rescheduled Parent / Student meeting on Monday evening, January 29th at 6:30pm in room 213.
  • Anyone who is planning on participating in Track and Field this spring and is not involved in a winter sport is invited to attend Captains Practice every Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00pm-7:30pm at Woodbury High School. The cost is $2 per person each time you attend. Track and Field Captains practice will begin on Tuesday, Jan 30th.


Thursday, January 25

  • Anyone who is planning on participating in Track and Field this spring and is not involved in a winter sport is invited to attend Captains Practice every Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00pm-7:30pm at Woodbury High School. The cost is $2 per person each time you attend. Track and Field Captains practice will begin on Tuesday, Jan 30th.
  • Calling all Hill-Murray girls! Don’t forget to RSVP on the website by next Friday, January 26th for the annual (pre-Superbowl) Father-Daughter dance on Saturday, February 3rd! Tickets are $75 per couple, and $35 for each additional daughter. If your dad isn’t available, grandfathers, uncles, and family friends are welcome as escorts. We hope you can join us!
  • All available high school math team member should report to Room 212 after school for Meet 4 testing.
  • Reminder students if you want to participate in Lobby Day on March 6 you need to talk to Mrs. Janssen to get information. Meeting today after school in room 030.
  • This announcement is for students who are interested in taking an Honors level social studies course next year but are not currently enrolled in an honors level class. If you are interested in enrolling in 10th Grade Honors World History, 11th Grade CIS U.S. History, or 12th Grade Political Science/Honors Economics, sign up outside of room 121.
  • Go TEAM USA! In support of Hill-Murray alum Hannah ('12) and Marissa Brandt ('11) we are selling USA hockey apparel. Both are headed to the Olympics in South Korea. Marissa will play for South Korea and Hannah for the USA. There is a variety of youth sizes which range from $5.00 for short sleeved to $15.00 for a hooded sweatshirt. Adult sizes vary and cost is $10.00 for short sleeved to $23.00 for a hoodie. You can purchase these before school, during your lunch or after school in Mrs. Barbato’s office. We will have a USA apparel day once the Olympic games begin to show support to the Teams.
  • Anyone who is planning on participating in Track and Field this spring and is not involved in a winter sport is invited to attend Captains Practice every Tuesday and Thursday from 6:00pm-7:30pm at Woodbury High School. The cost is $2 per person each time you attend. Track and Field Captains practice will begin on Tuesday, Jan 30th.


Wednesday, January 24

  • 11th graders who have a last name from A-K will be on their required retreat tomorrow. Please report directly to the cafeteria and do not go to your first hour. Please wear spirit wear, and read the email Sister Linda is sending out as to which students will need a lunch. Thank you.

Tuesday, January 23

  • Sowers of Justice would like to thank all those who helped make blankets last Saturday. They will provide a lot of comfort for those who receive them. Our last event of the year is Lobby Day on March 6. If you want to participate, and this is open to all high school students, come to an informational meeting in Mrs. Janssen’s room 030 on Thursday this week either before school at 7:15 am or after school at 2:45 pm. We will be taking a bus to the capital to encourage our legislators to support bills that benefit the homeless or poor. This is a wonderful opportunity to take a stand for justice.
  • All CSL students are asked to not leave the building today. Please eat lunch period 5A and then report to Mr. Cooper’s room 5B.
  • Students in Mr. Blake’s period 6 History class need to complete the assignments on Finalsite from yesterday for Wednesday’s class.


Monday, January 22

  • Due to the weather, the Parent / Student meeting for the Guatemala 2018 Trip will not take place tonight! It will instead be on January 29th at 6:30pm in room 213.
  • Today we have Devon Brandt visiting with Rachel McBride in 9th grade and Zakk Brandt visiting with Sal Primoli in 8th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray and we hope you have a great day as a Pioneer!
  • Just a reminder that Middle School Bring a Friend Day permissions slips are available in Mr. Belde’s office and are due Wednesday, January 24th. Please see Mr. Belde if you have any questions.
  • Reminder to link leaders that there will be a meeting tomorrow morning at 7:20 in Ms. Fandrich’s room TNC 154!
  • Chess club after school today is cancelled due to the impending weather. We will meet next Monday.
  • If you haven’t already heard, the spring musical will be ONCE UPON A MATTRESS, a hilarious ensemble piece with a unique spin on the princess and the pea. Auditions will take place Monday, February 12th with Callbacks on Tuesday, February 13th. You’ll receive more info in the coming weeks via email, but SAVE THE DATE!


Friday, January 19

  • Hey Pioneers!! We want you all to come to HMGH’s Senior Night tonight at Aldrich Arena! The ceremony starts at 6:45 and the puck drops at 7:30. We play Cretin Derham Hall and we would love to see you there! Come and cheer us on! Have a great day and see you tonight!!
  • Today we welcome Victoria Vennemann visiting with Ava Stinnette, Caden Sampair visiting with Axel Begley, and Josey Kaul visiting with Lilly Mackley. Welcome to Hill-Murray and have a great day
  • This is a reminder to all students to atttend the tie blanket event tomorrow from noon to 2pm. Great opportunity for service and fun.
  • Congratulations to the four Quiz Bowl Teams, who finished their regular season last night. Both the “A” and “B” Teams went 4-0 last night. The “A” Team finished with a 7-5 record and will be going to the State Tourney next month. In addition, the “A” Team has earned a spot at Nationals later this Spring. This is the Hill-Murray Quiz Bowl Team’s third appearance at State and second invitation to Nationals. Way to go, Pioneers!
  • Calling all Hill-Murray girls! Don’t forget to RSVP on the website by next Friday, January 26th for the annual (pre-Superbowl) Father-Daughter dance on Saturday, February 3rd! Tickets are $75 per couple, and $35 for each additional daughter. If your dad isn’t available, grandfathers, uncles, and family friends are welcome as escorts. We hope you can join us!
  • Attention Baseball players in grades 7-12: Open Gym starts this Sunday (10:00AM-11:30AM) in the Varsity Gym. Be sure to check the H-M Baseball website for future dates and times. If you have any questions or concerns, please see Coach Cicalello.
  • The Admissions Office will be hosting its first Middle School Bring a Friend Day next Friday, January 26th. This is open to all student in grades 6 through 8 and is a great opportunity to show off to your friends how awesome it is to be a Pioneer! For a Permission slip or if you have any questions please see Mr. Belde. Permission slips are due no later than Wednesday, January 24th.
  • Good morning Pioneers! This is Morgan Giese here to announce that today is the first official meeting of the Hill-Murray Ping Pong Club. All students are welcome to join us at 3pm in the Cafeteria for a game. The club cost is $30 which will be billed to your TADS account. Paddles, tables and balls are provided.The club meets every Friday from 3pm-5pm from now through Spring Break. Students are encourage to attend each week but it is not mandated - drop in an play a game! I look forward to seeing you this afternoon at 3pm.

Wednesday, January 17

  • Today we have Ella Netland visiting with Caroline Given in 8th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray and we hope you have a great day as a Pioneer!!
  • All scholarship applications are due tomorrow, January 18th. No applications will be accepted after the deadline, no exceptions.
  • Attention Middle School Students: Our first Middle School Book Club will meet today in the LMC during WIN time. Be sure you are signed up with Mrs. Schwartzbauer prior to attending. We will meet from 10:29-11:26. See you then!
  • Hey Maddie, are you going to the tie blanket event this Saturday from noon to 2pm? It sounds fun, but I am not a member of Sowers of Justice. That does not matter, the tie blanket event is for everyone. Really? Wow, then I guess I will come. But what exactly is it? Well, we are going to be making 50 blankets and then later donating them to the homeless. That is a lot. What should I bring? Bring a canned good to donate to a food shelf and if you have a good pair of scissors then you can bring that also. There will be snacks, drinks, and music while we work. Cool, see you there!
  • Good morning Pingoneers! This is your Ping Pong Club leader Morgan Giese. We are excited to announce that the 2018 Ping Pong club kickoff will be this Friday from 3pm-5pm. All students are welcome to participate in the club no matter how good/bad you are at ping pong or how often you are able to participate. Come for one or come to all sessions. The ping pong club meets each Friday from January 19th - March 16th. Cost to be an official member of the club is $30 which will be billed to your TADS account. Each member will get a sweatshirt, unlimited ping-pong and a pizza party at the end of the season. I look forward to challenging many of you to a game Friday.


Tuesday, January 16

  • There will be no Digital Music Lab this week on Thursday. See Mr. Jensen if you need to set up a time to work with equipment on another day.
  • Attention Girls: Join us today after school for the Girls Only Virtual Reality Hour. We will meet in the Innovation Center, Room 129 across from the LMC. Have a snack and try out our many VR apps and games. Hope to see you there!
  • Attention students: Peer Tutoring will resume today. If you filled out a Peer Tutoring sign-up sheet prior to or since Christmas Break, please check your email as assigned pairings went out yesterday. Please remember that attendance is required and to communicate with your assigned tutor if any conflict arises. Remember that the Nicholas Center area is reserved during WIN Time - if you are not a part of Peer Tutoring, you will be asked to leave.
  • This announcement is for all middle school students. You now have 11 different WIN times to sign up for on both Black Days and White Days. The list of available teachers is posted in the middle school hallway. You will need to sign up for a WIN time for today and tomorrow. Beginning next Tuesday any student who does not sign up for a WIN time will be issued a 45 minute detention. No longer is there an overflow room. Sign up today and get to a WIN time. See Mrs. Barbato if you have questions.
  • Today we welcome several Future Pioneers to the building! If you have them in class or see them in the halls, please say hello and help them feel welcomed! We hope you have a great day as a Pioneer!!


January 9-12

  • Thank you to everyone who helped make last nights Winter Open House a success! Our guests felts very welcomed and seemed to love exploring their next educational home!
  • Today we welcome Abby Bailey who is visiting with Sarah Staten in 9th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray and have a great day!
  • Hey students it’s Friday and you have a long weekend to get your Scholarship Applications done for next year! Applications are due Thursday, January 18th. Stop by the admissions department and pick your application up today!
  • Good morning Pingoneers! This is your Ping Pong Club leader Morgan Giese. We are excited to announce that the 2018 Ping Pong club kickoff will be next Friday, January 19th. All students are welcome to participate in the club no matter how good/bad you are at ping pong or how often you are able to participate. Come for one or come to all sessions. The ping pong club meets each Friday from January 19th - March 16th. Cost to be an official member of the club is $30 which will be billed to your TADS account. Each member will get a sweatshirt, unlimited ping-pong and a pizza party at the end of the season. I look forward to challenging many of you to a game a week from Friday.
  • Semester 1 Ceramics Students: Please come to the Ceramics room by the end of next week and take your projects home with you!
  • Congratulations to the Hill-Murray Mock Trial Team! Hot off their success at the St. Paul Trials Tournament at Hamline University this past weekend, they won their first round trial against New Life Academy. A number of team members were ranked as top witnesses and attorneys at the tournament -- Congratulations to Will Fabian, who received a top witness award with the second highest scores of the day! The next round is next Tuesday -- see Ms. D'Addario for information on how to attend.
  • The upcoming Girls Only Virtual Reality Hour will be next Tuesday, January 16th, in the Innovation Center, Room 129. Join us after school and try out our many VR apps and games. Hope to see you there!

Monday, January 8

  • There will be a Sowers of Justice meeting on Wednesday January 10 at 7:15am in room 030. Sweatshirt have arrived. We will be planning the tie blanket event.
  • All second semester Christian Service Learning students are asked to meet in the LMC at the start of period 5B, rather than the team room. We will not be using the team room this semester.
  • Great job to members of our DECA Chapter. All members did a fantastic job at the district competition last Friday. We had 48 students advance to the state competition in March. DECA members should stop by room 35 this week to pick up their score sheets and awards.
  • If you are interested in participating in the archery club, you must attend 2 training sessions this week. Each session is offered 3 times and will take place in room 208. Session 1 is offered today (Monday) and tomorrow (Tuesday) after school from 2:45-3:30. It is also offered Wednesday morning starting at 7:10. Session 2 is offered Wednesday and Thursday after school and also on Thursday morning. You will not be committing to anything if you attend these sessions, so stop on in and find out what it is all about. If you have any questions, please see Mr. Otto or Mr. Oftedahl.
  • Today we have Calvin Korby visiting with Peter Basso in 6th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray and we hope you have a great day as a Pioneer!
  • Welcome back! We know that you spent most of your vacation working hard on your scholarship applications. If you have them ready, please turn them into Mrs. Illgen in the admissions office. If you are still in need of a scholarship packet, they are available in the main office and admissions offices. They are due no later than January 18th!

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Friday, December 22

  • BOYS TENNIS WILL HAVE AN UPCOMING INFORMATION MEETING. PLEASE MARK YOUR CALENDARS FOR THURSDAY, JANUARY 11 – 2:35PM. PLEASE CHECK THE BOYS TENNIS WEBSITE FOR MORE INFORMATION!

Thursday, December 21

  • The ACT PREP CLASS STARTS ON January 22 and goes through April 7. Classes will be on Mondays from 6:00pm - 7:30pm in the Faculty Lounge. The class is to prepare for the ACT Exam. Please register for the class on the Hill-Murray web site.

Wednesday, December 20

  • Hey Hill-Murray! I hope you guys were able to enter into advent on a deeper level. A final announcement about the Advent service challenge: we performed 337 hours of service as a community! Way to go! Remember, keep on preparing for Jesus. All of us are innkeepers who decide if there is room for Jesus.
  • This message is for the junior class: The ACT PREP CLASS STARTS ON January 22 and goes through April 7. Classes will be on Mondays from 6:00pm - 7:30pm in the Faculty Lounge. The class is to prepare for the ACT Exam. Please register for the class on the Hill-Murray web site.

Tuesday, December 19

No Announcements Today

Monday, December 18

  • All Students: Tomorrow is the deadline to make a Semester 2 schedule change.
  • Hey Freshmen, Are you getting a little stressed about Finals?????? Well then we have just the thing for you…. Today the Link Leaders are hosting our annual Cocoa and Cram Study Sessions during all three W.I.N. Times—you can grab your lunch during A, and bring it up to the Faculty Lounge, and then stay for B and C to study for your finals! It is a time for you to get together with your friends, quiz each other, make a quizlet, or look at Study Guides provided by your teachers!! There will be Hot Cocoa and cookies—and we will even have some prizes for those who are studying hard! So make sure to come today during any and all WIN times and maybe lower those stress levels!!
  • Hey 9th and 10th Graders. Maddie Rausch here. I am a Thunderbird for the White Earth Mission Trip….Do you like to learn about the Native American Culture? Have you been on a Mission Trip? Today after school the forms to apply for the White Earth Mission Trip (near Brainerd, MN) from will be available to the first 13 students who wish to attend. The dates are: June 6-10, 2018. We only have room for 13 students along with staff and the student leaders. You will learn about the Native American Culture, and you will work on the reservation to help make a difference, and you will attend an authentic Pow Wow. There is so much to do, and we have fun while doing it while we focus on the spiritual life. Please get your forms from the Campus Ministry Office right after school since all participants will need to fill out a reflection form along with getting your parents permission. Chaperones are: Mr. Belde, Mr. Fester and his wife, Mr. and Mrs. Ryan, Fr. Kevin, and Sister Linda. Please do not sign up unless you can truly commit to the dates. Thank you, students.

Friday, December 15

  • The middle school study hall in room 048 now has a sign up sheet outside Mr. Gapinki’s room for next Monday and Tuesday. You need to sign up to be in this room - so do so today. All other students must sign up with a teacher. NO overflow in 048.
  • All Students: Next Tuesday’s deadline is quickly approaching to make any Semester 2 schedule changes. 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.
  • Happy Friday, Pioneers! This is Maggie McMahon, Treasurer of the National Honor Society. This is our last call for our toy drive for Toys for Tots. If you brought in toys to donate but have not deposited them yet, please place them in the giant sleigh near the office of student life. We will be delivering them to Toys for Tots Twin Cities after school today. As of now, we've collected a sleigh filled with toys, and we couldn't be more thrilled. So many children are going to have a Christmas to remember thanks to your kind donations.
  • On behalf of all the National Honor Society and the kids who will receive your gifts, thank you for your generosity and have a Merry Christmas!
  • 2017-18 ACT PREP CLASS STARTS ON January 22 and goes through April 7. Classes will be on Mondays from 6:00pm - 7:30pm in the Faculty Lounge. The class is to prepare for the ACT Exam. Please register for the class on the Hill-Murray web site.

Thursday, December 14

  • 2017-18 ACT PREP CLASS STARTS ON January 22 and goes through April 7. Classes will be on Mondays from 6:00pm - 7:30pm in the Faculty Lounge. The class is to prepare for the ACT Exam. Please register for the class on the Hill-Murray web site.
  • ATTENTION ALL STUDENTS: The Lost and Found is overflowing. Please stop down if you are missing anything. All remaining items will be donated or disposed of by the end of the school day next Wednesday, December 20. Thank you!
  • Hey Hill-Murray! Everyone is looking good in their Ugly Christmas sweaters! Get ready to keep celebrating the holiday season tomorrow! This Friday, December 15, wear your coziest Christmas socks, favorite winter or Santa hat (no baseball caps), and your best green Hill-Murray spirit wear WITH your uniform. Student Council has planned a festive Friday with Christmas music during passing time and a special treat! P.S. There MIGHT be prices for best Christmas hats and socks! Remember, you must wear your uniform and no baseball caps.
  • Happy Thursday, Pioneers! This is National Honor Society. Reminder that the last day to bring in toys for our annual toy drive is tomorrow, Friday, December 15. This is your last chance to bring in new, unused toys and place them in the giant sleigh near the office of student life. So far we've received so many gracious donations and we'd love to gather even more on our last day of the drive. Remember, each toy you bring in will make another child's Christmas. Thanks for your generosity - let's fill that sleigh!

Wednesday, December 13

  • Hey Pioneers, this is an update on the service goal for Advent. Last week, as a school, we completed 88 hours of service. We want to get 100 hours of service before Christmas, so get your families and friends involved. Let’s keep up the good work and keep serving the Lord! Thank you.
  • This is a reminder that tomorrow 8th grader JP Yocum is Middle School Director if the day. He and his staff requested an out of uniform day with Christmas Ugly Sweater as the theme. Please wear green or red if you do not have a sweater. Prizes will be awarded at the end of the day for ugliest and most creative.
  • Tomorrow night from 7-9 is the middle school activity and dance night which includes a hot cocoa bar, Christmas cookie decorating, a wii tournament and a dance. Highlighting the night will be Mr. Jensen and Sal Primolo as co DJ’s. They have layed down a track and will have a rap off for a visa gift card. The cost is $10.00. Have your parents drop you off and stay for the speaker in the staff lounge and a social hour after that. A win win for you both. The parent event is free.
  • Hey Freshmen, Are you getting a little stressed about Finals?????? Well then we have just the thing for you…. This coming Monday—Dec. 18th, the Link Leaders are hosting our annual Cocoa and Cram Study Sessions during all three W.I.N. Times—you can grab your lunch during A, and bring it up to the Faculty Lounge, and then stay for B and C to study for your finals! It is a time for you to get together with your friends, quiz each other, make a quizlet, or look at Study Guides provided by your teachers!! There will obviously be Hot Cocoa and cookies—and we will even have some prizes for those who are studying hard!
  • So make sure to come on Monday during all three WIN times and maybe lower those stress levels!!


Tuesday, December 12

  • A few Theatre announcements this morning. Please pay attention for all the relevant drama news! First, auditions for the ONE ACT PLAY are today after school from 2:45-5p. No need to prepare anything, just show up! Second, the fine arts hallways will be OFF-LIMITS during W.I.N. times and it’s surrounding class periods on Wednesday and Thursday this week because of our Free Student Matinees for local area schools. 3rd, there’s only one weekend left of A VERY HILL-MURRAY CHRISTMAS! Don’t miss out on seeing your friends in this crazy fun show that absolutely puts you in the Christmas Spirit! Remaining performances are Friday and Saturday at 7pm and Sunday at 2pm! Remember, student tickets are FREE at the door!
  • This message is for Juniors and Seniors: The last college visiting this school year is the VERY affordable University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Home of the Cornhuskers! You can get in with a 21 on your ACT and you can get a big tuition discount for an ACT score of 27 or above, making Nebraska the most accessible and affordable Big 10 University. If you are interested, please sign up in your Naviance account and request a pass from the teacher whose class you will miss. The visit is scheduled for Period 5A.


Monday, December 11

  • Attention Link leaders… We will be having link leader meeting part two tomorrow morning at 7:20 in Ms Fandrich‘s room!
  • NHS members are asked to read their email from Ms. Marin prior to the mandatory meeting tomorrow morning.
  • All Students: With Semester 1 quickly coming to an end, it is time to start thinking about your Semester 2 Schedule. If you are considering any kind of change, including adding a Study Hall, the deadline to do so is Tuesday, December 19. Please bring a written note from your parent to your counselor prior to the deadline. No teacher or hour changes will be made.
  • Remember to donate to the NHS toy drive!

Friday, December 8

  • Reminder Pioneer Fans - Let's have a big crowd tonight for the Boys Basketball "Pack the Stands" event. There will be contests at halftime for the Green Wave student section to participate in for prizes. The brand new sound system will be on display yet again with music blaring for fans to rock out to. Come pack the stands tonight as the Hill-Murray Boys Basketball team takes on Concordia Academy at 7pm! Your support is appreciated!
  • Music Ministers are to report to the Varsity Gym at 8:30 this morning to prepare for Mass.
  • Today we will gather as a community to celebrate Mass and the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. We ask that everyone participates by joining in the songs, responding at the appropriate time, and helping to create a sacred place. During Communion all students will come forward. Each person will decide whether or not to receive communion. We believe Christ is truly present, Body, Blood, Soul, and divinity in the Eucharist. We ask that you follow your conscience and your faith tradition’s beliefs and values when deciding whether to receive or not to receive. Those who will not receive communion are invited to approach the Eucharistic Ministers for a blessing.
  • Today we welcome Lucy Blissenbach who is visiting with Elise Gunderson, and Daniel Pizano who is visiting with Levi Michalski and Luke Raush. Welcome to Hill-Murray and have a great day!
  • All Students: With Semester 1 quickly coming to an end, it is time to start thinking about your Semester 2 Schedule. If you are considering any kind of change, including adding a Study Hall, the deadline to do so is Tuesday, December 19. Please bring a written note from your parent to your counselor prior to the deadline. No teacher or hour changes will be made.
  • I am Brent Gulenchyn an 8th grader – I am working with Mr. Zupfer in the development office. I am hoping to get a better understanding on what it takes to fund raise and work with donors. A special announcement for the dance - Did you know that Mr. Jensen – also known, as DJ Doc J and Sal Primoli will be co-dj’s for the dance next Thursday? If you have a playlist that is appropriate for a school setting, get your requests to Mr. Jensen or Sal as soon as possible. I am Nate Hardy and I am working with Mr. Lechner in Athletics and Activities. I am looking forward to gathering information on Middle and High School Athletics and to see what kind of Co-curriculars we have. I would like to do some work on seeing where there are gaps in Middle School offerings. I would like to help promote all of the activities the Middle School is involved in. Nick Pierre – I am working with Mrs. Valentine in Guidance and Counseling. Part of my job is to help promote a positive culture and offer a students perspective to the counseling office. I will also assist Mrs. Valentine with the Advisory lesson set for December 14. I am working on a treat to pass out to all students and staff next week, so stay tuned!

Thursday, December 7

  • A VERY HILL-MURRAY CHRISTMAS opens tomorrow night! Remember, free student tickets at the door for all shows. Also, auditions for the one act play are this coming Tuesday after school. No need to prepare anything. Just show up! See Mr. Ballentine with any questions!
  • Good morning everyone, I am Leo Gruba – and I am in 8th grade. I am part of JP Yocum’s administrative staff. I will be the Chief Financial Officer on December 14th. I am looking forward to working with Mrs. LaMonica to see what it takes to run the financial side of our school. I want to remind students of the upcoming Mixer/Activity Night on Thursday, December 14th. Activities include a Wii tournament, games, snowflake making competition and Christmas cookie decorating. I am Brent Gulenchyn also an 8th grader – I am working with Mr. Zupher in the development office. Did you know that Mr. Jensen – also known as DJ Doc J will be our dj for the dance next Thursday? If you have a playlist that is appropriate for a school setting, get your requests to Mr. Jensen or Mrs. Barbato as soon as possible. I am Tony Yocum – also an 8th grader. My role next Thursday is working with Mrs. Gutknecht as the Director of Marketing and Communications. My goal is to get our event and day out on Social Media. I will also work on some Marketing projects during the day. Remember we have an out of uniform day next Thursday – get your ugly sweater ready! Prizes will be awarded to the ugliest and most creative sweater!
  • This is a reminder that Digital Music Production meets today after school in room 033 - see Mr. Jensen with questions.


Wednesday, December 6

  • The box office will be open after school today for you to get your tickets to this weekend’s performances of A VERY HILL-MURRAY CHRISTMAS! Remember - this weekend’s student tickets are free in advance and at the door! So get the best seats now!
  • Also, the One Act Play will be having auditions NEXT TUESDAY, December 12th, after school. You do NOT need to prepare anything, just show up! Rehearsals and performances are January through the beginning of February! The show is THE IMPORTANCE OF BEING EARNEST, a classic, that we will give our Hill-Murray Theatre twist to! Again, you don’t need to prepare anything for auditions and they will be held next week, Tuesday, December 12th, after school. Thanks!
  • Hey Pioneers! Happy Advent. I know for many of you Advent might just seem like another pesky thing from Peer Ministry. After all, It’s your life, your choice. Like the innkeepers in Bethlehem, its up to you to welcome Jesus, but I challenge you to make this Christmas different by making it fruitful. During lunch today, you will be able to stop by the Peer Ministry table during lunch and pick up Advent locker signs. These have some ideas for you—both students and teachers—to make this Advent (and Christmas) more than just a sentimental season. Make it an internal revolution, one where you experience Jesus as something more than a flimsy, aloof God. Write a commitment for Advent on these signs and tape them on your locker. God is coming, and not just 2000 years ago. He wants to come NOW. In YOU. Will you be the innkeeper who lets the relentless love of God in? Also, Peer Ministry is challenging Hill-Murray to preform 100 hours of service before Christmas. Submit these hours using the online service app: service.hill-murray.org You can keep track of our progress by looking at the thermostat in the cafeteria. Gather your friends and family and go out to serve.
  • Scholarship Applications for the 2018-2019 school year are available in the Main Office and Admissions Office. Stop by and pick yours up today. The deadline for all applications is January 18th.
  • Hi Pioneers! This is National Honor Society. This is just a reminder that NHS is currently holding its annual toy drive for Toys for Tots now through Friday, December 15. Please bring in new, unused toys and deposit them in the giant sleigh outside the administrative offices near the office of student life. Remember, your donation could be the reason a child smiles this Christmas. Thanks for your generosity!

Tuesday, December 5

  • Attention Girls: The Girls Virtual Reality Hour will be held today right after school in the Innovation Center, Room 129. Hope to see you there.
  • Good morning, This is JP Yocum and I am in 8th grade. I won the opportunity at last years auction to be Middle School Director for the day. I have selected my administration and we are busy planning events for December 14. We have a middle school activity/dance that night from 7 - 9 and our hope is that we have all middle school students attending. There is also a great speaker that night for our parents. We are also creating a video about being positive, inclusive and to take a stand when you see or hear something negative. The video will be shown in all MS advisories on the 14th. I am Leo Gruba – I am also in 8th grade. I will be the Chief Financial Officer on December 14th. I am looking forward to working with Mrs. LaMonica to see what it takes to run the financial side of our school. The other 4 members of our administration will introduce themselves during morning announcements on Thursday and next Tuesday. We have proposed to the school’s Operation Team an out of uniform day for December 14th and it has been approved. The theme for the day is Ugly Christmas Sweater – prizes will be awarded for ugliest and most creative. If you do not have an ugly sweater, please wear red or green. Thank you.


Monday, December 4

  • The Music Maker Lab will be hosting Digital Music this Thursday after school - no experience necessary. See Mr. J with questions.
  • Our school’s Holiday Production, “A Very Hill-Murray Christmas!” opens THIS FRIDAY! For the first weekend, reserved student tickets are FREE! You don’t want to miss this high-energy show that will ABSOLUTELY GUARANTEED put you in the Christmas spirit!
  • You can get your FREE reserved Student tickets at the Ticket box office outside the choir room during lunches on TUESDAY, after school on WEDNESDAY, and before school on THURSDAY! Don’t miss this show!
  • Attention Link Leaders, you will have a meeting tomorrow morning in Ms. Fandrich’s Room TNC 154 at 7:25am! Attendance is important as we plan for this months "Cocoa and Cram" and next Semesters events!
  • Today we will gather as a community for the Advent Prayer Service. All students in grades 10-12 should go to the auditorium after their first period class. All students in grades 6-9 should go to their second period class and will attend the prayer service after.
  • This is National Honor Society. This is just a reminder that NHS is currently holding its annual toy drive for Toys for Tots now through Friday, December 15. Please bring in new, unused toys and deposit them in the giant sleigh outside the administrative offices near the office of student life. Remember, your donation could be the reason a child smiles this Christmas. Thanks for your generosity!
  • Scholarship Applications for the 2018-2019 school year are available in the Main Office and Admissions Office. Stop by and pick yours up today. The deadline for all applications is January 18th.
  • The next girls only Virtual Reality hour will be tomorrow, December 5th, at 2:30pm. Come try out our wide selection of games and apps including art, travel, sports, and more. Try something new and join us in the Innovation Center, Room 129. Snacks will be provided.

Friday, December 1

  • Reminder Pioneer Fans - Let's have a big crowd tonight for the Boys Basketball special "tip-off" event for the home opener! The first 25 students to check-in at 6:30 will receive a Green Wave SuperFan t-shirt. There will be a shooting contest at half-time to win several gift certificates and plenty of exciting, fast-paced basketball for the student section. Be ready to dance and go crazy as we break in the brand new sound system in the Varsity Gym as well. Your support is greatly appreciated!
  • Today we have several guests in the building visiting for Future Pioneer Day! Welcome to Hill-Murray and we hope you have a great day as a Pioneer!
  • Good morning Pioneers! This National Honor Society. Today marks the first day of our annual toy drive for Toys for Tots. From now through December 15, bring in new, unused toys and deposit them in the giant sleigh outside the administrative offices near the office of student life. Thanks ahead for your generosity. Remember, your donation could be the reason a child smiles this Christmas.
  • Scholarship Applications for the 2018-2019 school year are available in the Main Office and Admissions Office. Stop by and pick yours up today. The deadline for all applications is January 18th.


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Thursday, November 30

  • Today we welcome Fisher Hoy visiting with Wyatt Vint in 10th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray Fisher! We hope you have a great day as a Pioneer!
  • Good morning Pioneers, this isNational Honor Society. Every year, Hill-Murray NHS holds a Christmas toy drive in the hopes to collect as many toys as possible to donate to Toys for Tots, a nonprofit organization headed up by the U.S. Marine Corps. From this Friday, December 1 to Friday, December 15, we will be collecting new, unused toys in a giant sleigh outside the administrative offices near the office of student life. We invite you to be generous and remember that your donation could be the reason a child smiles this Christmas. Thank you!
  • Come and see Hill-Murray alumni Hannah Brandt (class of 2012) this Sunday as Team USA takes on Canada at the Xcel Engery Center. Hannah will represent Team USA Hockey and her sister Marissa Brandt (Class of 2011) will represent South Korea Hockey in the 2018 Winter Olympics. Hill-Murray will sell Team USA apparel prior to Christmas Break and in January to support the Olympic Families. Apparel will also be sold this Saturday at the girls hockey game at Aldrich as the girls take on Edina. JV game at 12:30 and Varsity at 2:30.
  • The next girls only Virtual Reality hour will be next Tuesday, December 5th at 2:30pm. Come try out our wide selection of games and apps including art, travel, sports, and more. Try something new and join us in the Innovation Center, Room 129. Snacks will be provided.


Wednesday, November 29

  • This is Fr. Kevin. Middle Schoolers, You can now sign up for masses during WIN time! We will have a time of prayer in the chapel with confessions available before Mass with the high schoolers. Sign ups are on my door beginning today. Also, we will have mass before school on Fridays at 7:10 (in addition to Mondays)
  • Lets have a big crowd this Friday for the Boys Basketball special "Tip-Off" Home Opener at 7:00pm. The first 25 students to check-in at 6:30 will receive a Green Wave SuperFan t-shirt. There will be a shooting contest at half-time to win gift certificates and plenty of exciting, fast-paced basketball for the student section. Be ready to dance and go crazy as we break in the brand new sound system in the Varsity Gym as well. Come support the boys as they “tip-off” the season and at all 14 home games this season!
  • NHS members are asked to read their email ASAP regarding important information on upcoming events this weekend and in the coming weeks.
  • A Very Hill-Murray Christmas opens next week and we need tech crew members to help run our show! Do you have any interest in sound or lights? Come be a part of the theatre department! Commitment starts Sunday. A more detailed schedule is included in the application! Follow the type form link in your email to sign up by the end of the day today!
  • Good morning Pioneers; this is Maddie Nimmo and Maddie Rausch. Attention all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students! The service Peer Ministers are hosting a middle school Christmas mixer and activity night on Thursday, December 14th, from 7:00 to 9:00pm. We will be coming into your home bases today and friday to tell you all more about it. If you have any questions, feel free to stop either of us in the hallway and ask. Thank you, and have a great day!
  • Scholarship Applications for the 2018-2019 school year are available in the Main Office and Admissions Office. Stop by and pick yours up today. The deadline for all applications is January 18th.


Monday, November 27 and Tuesday, November 28

No announcements


TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 21

  • Hey Pioneers! Today is the last day to buy an Aquaponics water bottle for only $13! Bring cash, check or credit card - be sure to pick one up before the price goes up!
    Stop by the table for aquaponics trivia at lunch today. Prizes will be awarded so make sure you enter!
    Yesterday's trivia question was: What nitrogen-containing chemical do the fish in a aquaponics system produce?
    The answer was: NH3 (ammonia).
    Congratulations to Jacob Garhofer! Stop by Room 040 to get your prize!
    Today's trivia question: What are the three living organisms necessary for an aquaponics system?
  • Thanks to everyone who donated to the Webster food drive sponsored by Student Council! If anyone missed the boxes or money envelopes on their way in and still wants to make a donation, please email Mr. Ballentine to come pic up items or give them to a student council member in your homeroom! We'll be delivering the items to Webster after school! Thanks again!
  • Today we have Grace Runnings visiting with Claire Celski in 10th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray and have a great day!
  • Attention NHS Students: Please read your email this morning regarding the next NHS event on December 2. Twelve NHS students are needed, so please rely to the email as soon as possible.
  • Students - there will be NO Homework Hall after school today. Please go to the commons after school.
  • Today is our Thanksgiving day of prayer and reflection! Peer ministers will read a reflection a few moments after the bell rings at the start of each period. Feel free to share these prayers with your family - click here to view.

MONDAY, NOVEMBER 20

  • Hey Pioneers! Two days left to buy an Aquaponics water bottle in the cafeteria during lunch for only $13! Bring cash, check or credit card - be sure to pick one up before the price goes up!
    There will be aquaponics trivia with prizes awarded so make sure to stop by the table during lunch!
    Today's trivia question: What nitrogen-containing chemical do the fish in a aquaponics system produce?
  • Today we welcome Theodore Budd who is visiting with Nate Gist in 9th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray and have a great day!

Friday, November 17

  • Reminder to boys who sold wreaths for hockey - please make sure you pick up your orders this Sunday, November 21 between 10 and noon.
  • This is a reminder for all Guatemala Trip Participants. You are reminded of our get together right after school on Monday in room 213. You will have the wonderful opportunity to learn about Guatemala with our exchange students Abraham and Ana while enjoying some delicious snacks.


Thursday, November 16

  • Today we welcome Ellen Murphy visiting with Emma Lienemann, Jane Zirnhelt visiting with Sarah Luger, and Angelo DePalma visiting with Jackson Deering, all in 9th grade. Welcome to Hill-mUrray and have a great day.
  • This is a reminder for all Guatemala Trip Participants. You are reminded of our get together right after school on Monday in room 213. You will have the wonderful opportunity to learn about Guatemala with our exchange students Abraham and Ana while enjoying some delicious snacks.

Wednesday, November 15


  • Hey Pioneers! Remember to buy an Aquaponics water bottle in the cafeteria during WIN time today! You do NOT have to be a part of the club to buy a water bottle. The water bottles will be on sale for only $13 for a limited time (normally $17). There will be aquaponics trivia with prizes awarded so make sure to stop by the table! Bring cash, check or credit card - there are a limited number of water bottles so snatch one up before they are all gone! The answer to yesterday's trivia question "What months of the year can you do aquaponics?" is "all 12 months"; the winner is Shelley Helmeke. Go see Mrs. Lee to claim your prize! Today's trivia question: What percentage of water does aquaponics use compared to conventional farming?
  • Today we welcome Annabelle Neurer visiting 9th grade with Olivia Mertes. Welcome to Hill-Murray and have a great day!
  • This message is for ALL STUDENTS: November is Native American Heritage Month. Today during Community Time, we continue our Speaker Series as we host two Native American storytellers. Middle School will gather in the Chapel with a prayer by Father Kevin. High school will gather in the Auditorium with a prayer by Sister Linda. Storytelling is what makes us human. When we listen to stories, we listen with our eyes, our ears, and our hearts. We stop our own thoughts to be present in the moment and to let the story surround us. Stories let us imagine, grow, dream, believe. Stories impact us; good stories allow us to ask good questions, of both ourselves and of the storyteller. Thank you for giving our storytellers and our other invited guests a warm Hill-Murray welcome!
  • Scholarship Applications for the 2018-2019 school year are available in the Main Office and Admissions Office. Stop by and pick yours up today. The deadline for all applications is January 18th.
  • Attention Seniors and Sophomores: If you were absent yesterday and missed the Josten’s visit you MUST contact Mrs. Gist. Stop into her office, which is right next door to Ms. Herman’s, to get all the important information. This is especially important for you, Seniors, as you do not want to be without a cap and gown at Graduation!

Tuesday, November 14

  • Sowers of Justice will meet Thursday morning at 7:15 am to discuss tie blankets and sweatshirts.Hey Pioneers! Remember to buy an Aquaponics water bottle in the cafeteria today during WIN time lunch! You do NOT have to be a part of the club to buy a water bottle. The water bottles will be on sale for only $13 for a limited time (normally $17). There will be aquaponics trivia with prizes awarded so make sure to stop by the table! Bring cash, check or credit card - there are a limited number of water bottles so snatch one up before they are all gone! Today's trivia question: Aquaponics is an environmentally sustainable way to grow fish and vegetable crops, and it's happening right here at Hill-Murray in Room 039. What months of the year can you do aquaponics?
  • The Hill-Murray Ski Team still has Junior Varsity spots available. If you are fast enough, you will compete on the Varsity squad. No previous skiing experience is required. All the pressure is on the coaches to teach you, so join the Ski Team.

Monday, November 13

  • Attention Middle School Math Team: Today’s meeting has been cancelled. Please check your email from Mrs. Sabraski for more information. The next meeting will be on Monday November 20 at the usual place and time. Thank you!
  • Good Morning Hill-Murray, this is Tony Wu. I’m extremely excited to announce that this week is our first-ever international education week. Hill-Murray is becoming a more diverse community. In fact, we have classmates from all over the world now. To celebrate the diversity of our community, as some of you guys noticed already, this week’s lunch features gourmets from China, Chile, Poland, Spain, and Vietnam. There will be one of our international students reading morning announcement in their native languages and share a fun fact about their country everyday. We are also having fun activities throughout the week including a Ping Pong Tournament after school on Friday. Check your email for details. Today’s fact: China has 5 cities with population over 20 million, 15 cities with population over 10 million, over 100 with population over 1 million. Where I come from, Kunming, with only 6 million people, is actually a fairly small city in China.
  • Congratulations to the two Hill-Murray Middle School Robotics teams who competed this weekend. Hill-Murray Black did very well and won the Core Values award as the team that best embodied the spirit of the cooperation and competition. Hill-Murray Green which consisted of 7th grader Ellie Lundgren, and 6th graders Landon Pogreba and Peter Basso, won the Judges Award as the team the judges determined to have the best overall performance. Hill-Murray Green will advance to the State Sectional Tournament in early January. Congratulations!
  • Today we welcome Ike Anunike who is visiting 9th grade with Jacob Esboldt. Welcome to Hill-Murray and have a great day!
  • Scholarship Applications for the 2018-2019 school year are available in the Main Office and Admissions Office. Stop by and pick yours up today. The deadline for all applications is January 18th.
  • Hey Pioneers! Do you want to stay hydrated in school and show your school spirit by repping the HM Aquaponics club?? The aquaponics club will be selling water bottles in the cafeteria during WIN time November 14, 15, 20, and 21! You do NOT have to be a part of the club to buy a water bottle. The water bottles will be on sale for only $13 for a limited time (normally $17). There will be aquaponics trivia with prizes awarded so make sure to stop by the table! Bring cash, check or credit card - there are a limited number of water bottles so snatch one up before they are all gone!

Friday, November 10

  • Good Morning Pioneers, this DECA. Yesterday’s trivia questions was: What area, considered to be the“top startup ecosystem” in the world, is hailed as the best place on earth to start your own business? Hint: The name includes a chemical element. The answer is: Silicon Valley. The winner is: xxxxxx Please stop by room 35 to receive your gift card. We will be accepting entries for the business plan contest through the end of the school day today. Be sure to drop yours off in room 35. Thank you!
  • Attention all girls interested in playing Softball this Spring. Please meet Coach Cicalello on Friday at 12:10pm immediately following dismissal in the staff lounge. The meeting should last about 10 minutes. If you are unable to attend the meeting, please contact Coach Cicalello.
  • Hey Pioneers! Do you want to stay hydrated in school and show your school spirit by repping the HM Aquaponics club?? The aquaponics club will be selling water bottles in the cafeteria during WIN time November 14, 15, 20, and 21! You do NOT have to be a part of the club to buy a water bottle. The water bottles will be on sale for only $13 for a limited time (normally $17). There will be aquaponics trivia with prizes awarded so make sure to stop by the table! Bring cash, check or credit card - there are a limited number of water bottles so snatch one up before they are all gone!
  • Don’t forget to check out “kids on Broadway”, the middle school cabaret, performing this Friday and Saturday night at 7 PM. Free admission for all and the show is about a half hour long. See you there!

  • If you are a ninth through twelfth grader, make sure you are at the TURKEY TURNUP mixer this Saturday night, hosted by student council! Remember, it goes from 7 to 10 pm but you can not enter after 8:30p. Also, if you want to bring a guest, pick up a guest form in the office of student life and get it to your friends ASAP! Guests MUST have a completed form to attend the mixer, no exceptions!

Wednesday, November 8

  • The middle school cabaret is this Friday and Saturday night at 7 PM. Free admission for everyone. It is only about 30 minutes long so you could even come to the cabaret on Saturday and stick around for the turkey turn out! Please come out and support our Younger Pioneers!
  • Hello we're from DECA! Yesterday’s trivia questions was: What is the name of the famous entrepreneur who invented pumpkin roulade with ginger buttercream? The answer is: Ina Garten. The winner is: Sami Gallagher. Please stop by room 35 to receive your gift card. Today’s trivia question is: Which developing African nation happens to have the greatest percentage of entrepreneurs per capita at just over 28%? Please stop by our table in the cafeteria to submit your answer and participate in our lunch activities. Also, be sure to pick up a form for your business plan proposal. In order to be considered for the grand prize, please submit your form now through the end of the school day Friday.
  • Students going on the Guatemala trip for Spring Break are reminded that the November payment is due tomorrow morning before school. Please see Sra. Busch or Sra. Corrales if you have questions.
  • Hill-Murray Girls Hockey is looking for 1 or 2 students who would be interested in videotaping the games for JV & Varsity. This is a paid position and it's fun as you are part of the team! No experience is needed, we will train you, but you must be committed to the game dates and times. Please see Coach Schafhauser or contact one of the captains, Mariah Keopple, Abby Boreen or Haylee Blinkhorn so they can let him know. We hope to fill this position ASAP! Also, our first game is this Friday against Blake at Aldrich Arena. Games times are 5:30 for JV and 7:30 for Varsity. We hope to see you there!
  • Hey Hill-Murray, this is Gina Lambert from Student Council! So for the past year Student Council has been hearing the same complaint “we want more dances!” Well the time has finally come! We are hosting our first mixer in 4 years so we want everyone to be there. A higher attendance to this dance means that there will be a higher chance for more dances in the future. The mixer will be on Saturday November 11 from 7-10 pm in the Fieldhouse. We have a new DJ who is very popular in the area and they want to know the best songs to play. So send me your requests at my Hill-Murray email. Admission is 6 dollars at the door or 5 dollars with a canned good, which will go towards our November food drive. This is a mixer open to grades 9-12, Don’t worry middle schoolers you will have an activity night soon. So leave your egos at the door Hill-Murray and come have a good time with your classmates on Saturday night!
  • Our theatre department presents our MIDDLE SCHOOL CABARET: Kids On Broadway this weekend, Friday and Saturday night at 7pm! Free admission for all and it’s only about a 1/2 hour long show! The perfect amount of time to head to the show, then head over to the Turkey Turn-up on Saturday night! SEE YOU THERE!


Monday, November 6

  • M - Good Morning Pioneers, this is Maddie Renberg with DECA E - And this is Eliza Eger, also with DECA M - It’s Global Entrepreneurship Week, a week to celebrate entrepreneurs who began a business, and also a week to recognize your own entrepreneurial talents. M - Here is today’s trivia: E - “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.” This could perhaps be the life motto of a certain nineteenth-century entrepreneur, who started up four businesses that failed before he found success in establishing one of today’s most highly recognized department stores. Name the department store chain. M - Stop by our table in the cafeteria to submit your answer. E - Also - Enjoy the music during passing time to kick off the week!
  • Today we welcome Haddie Grassman visiting with Bridget Blaney, and Emily Wangberg visiting with Maria Maurer all in 9th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray, and have a great day!
  • There will be a mandatory meeting for all boys trying out for hockey. The meeting is this Wednesday, November 8th right after school in the Team Room.
  • Attention Hill-Murray Girls: The next girls only Virtual Reality hour will be tomorrow, November 7th. Join us after school in the Innovation Center Room 129 to experience our many VR games and applications. We’ll have a few other tech activities too and snacks will be provided. Hope to see you there!
  • Calling all 9th thru 12th graders: if you are interested in working lower level basketball games this winter please stop by the athletic office and see Ms. Goetzke. These are paid positions.
  • Hill-Murray is excited to offer a brand new club this year. ARCHERY! The National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) is a growing sport/club nationwide. If you would like to find out more about the club, please come to an informational meeting in room 208 on Tuesday, November 7th at 2:45. The meeting should only last about 30 minutes. Please see Mr. Otto or Mr. Oftedahl if you cannot attend the meeting!


Friday, November 3

  • ALL NHS MEMBERS are asked to come to room 136 this morning or at the end of the day to pick up your sweatshirts!
  • HEY FRESHMEN: I’m Mariah and I’m Sonni and we are two of your Link Leaders—DON’T FORGET Today---right after school we are hosting a Freshmen Party in the Staff Lounge. We will order Pizza, have board games and bags/vorn Hole available to play, There will also be trivia—where the winners can win Target and Chipotle Gift Cards! SO PLEASE Stop by after school today, and hangout with your friends AND WIN SOME fabulous PRIZES :)
  • Calling all 9th thru 12th graders: if you are interested in working lower level basketball games this winter please stop by the athletic office and see Ms. Goetzke. These are paid positions.
  • Today we welcome several Future Pioneers to the building for Future Pioneer Day! Welcome to Hill-Murray and we hope you have a great day as a Pioneer!
  • Hill-Murray is excited to offer a brand new club this year. ARCHERY! The National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) is a growing sport/club nationwide. If you would like to find out more about the club, please come to an informational meeting in room 208 on Tuesday, November 7th at 2:45. The meeting should only last about 30 minutes. Please see Mr. Otto or Mr. Oftedahl if you cannot attend the meeting.
  • We are excited to kick off the 2018 Boys lacrosse season and get to meet all the players and parents. We will have a brief parent player meeting Nov 6th at 7pm in the Team Room. If you are a returning player or new to the school or just want to try a new sport come on out to meet the new coaching staff. Go Pioneers!!


Thursday, November 2


  • This is Fr. Kevin: two things: we're excited to welcome two Carmelite nuns from California today after school in campus ministry. Young ladies, come to hear about their life, to ask questions, and to watch a brief video. Also, Bishop Cozzens will be here tomorrow morning. We'll have Mass before school in the chapel at 7:10. Come and join us! Have a blessed All Souls Day!
  • Pioneer Fans come out and cheer on the volleyball team in the section finals tonight. The Pioneers take on Holy Angels at 8 p.m. at Bloomington Kennedy High School. Tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students. GO PIONEERS!
  • Stop by the Music Maker Lab in Room 033 this Thursday after school to work on beats, jams, and create some new ideas. See Mr. Jensen with questions.
  • We are excited to kick off the 2018 Boys lacrosse season and get to meet all the players and parents. We will have a brief parent player meeting Nov 6th at 7pm in the Team Room. If you are a returning player or new to the school or just want to try a new sport come on out to meet the new coaching staff. Go Pioneers!!


WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1

  • Music Ministers are to report to the Varsity Gym at 8:30am for final rehearsal. Peer Ministers on Team B are on for clean up. Be sure to stay in the gym after Mass.
  • Hello! Today is the first COOKIE BREAK of the year! NHS students will have a few selling stations on each floor in the academic wing, as well as in the Middle School hallway. Please be respectful and patient. Cookies are 2 for $1, or 1 cookie and 1 milk for $1. NHS will sell cookies during all WIN times.
  • Today we will celebrate the solemnity of All Saints! We ask that everyone participates by joining in the songs, responding at the appropriate time, and helping to create a sacred place.
    During Communion all students will come forward. Each person will decide whether or not to receive communion. We believe Christ is truly present, Body, Blood, Soul, and divinity in the Eucharist. We ask that you follow your conscience and your faith tradition's beliefs and values when deciding whether to receive or not to receive. Those who will not receive communion are invited to approach the Eucharistic Ministers for a blessing. Please dispose of all gum and food before entering the gym for Mass.
  • HEY FRESHMEN: I'm ALEX AND I'm GERALD and we are two of your Link Leaders—DON'T FORGET This Friday, right after school we are hosting a Freshmen Party! We will order Pizza, have board Games and Bags available to play, and there will be Trivia—where the winners can win Target and Chipotle Gift Cards! SO PLEASE Stop by after school on Friday, and hangout with your friends AND WIN SOME PRIZES
  • I am excited to kick off the 2018 Boys lacrosse season and get to meet all the players and parents. We will have a brief parent player meeting Nov 6th at 7pm in the Team Room. If you are a returning player or new to the school or just want to try a new sport come on out to meet the new coaching staff. Go Pioneers!!
  • Boys Hockey Candidates: please make sure your wreath order forms and money are turned in to the Athletic Office this week!



OCTOBER 2017

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 31

  • Happy Halloween Pioneers!
  • Boys Hockey Candidates: please make sure your wreath order forms and money are turned in to the Athletic Office this week!
  • Spanish students are invited to a Fiesta for Día de Los Muertos, today! Come to room 218 after school for treats and to decorate sugar skulls!
  • Morning friends, This is Joel LaChappelle from National Honor Society. Don't forget the first cookie break of the year is TOMORROW. Remember to bring money to purchase 2 cookies for 1 dollar, or a cookie and a milk for 1 dollar during WIN time. Have a good day.
  • Attention Hill-Murray Girls: The next girls only Virtual Reality hour will be Tuesday, November 7th. Join us after school in the Innovation Center Room 129 to experience our many VR games and applications. We'll have a few other tech activities too and snacks will be provided. Hope to see you there!

MONDAY, OCTOBER 30

  • Seniors please check your email today AND tomorrow for urgent messages regarding transcripts and applications.
  • I'm Hannah, and I'm Maddie, and we are two of your Link Leaders—We have a special announcement! This Friday, right after school we are hosting a Freshmen Party! We will order Pizza, have board Games and Bags available to play, and there will be Trivia—where the winners can win Target and Chipotle Gift Cards! Stop by after school on Friday, and hangout with your friends :)
  • Attention all football players who participated in the 9th grade and varsity teams, there will be a short meeting at 3pm today in the team room.
  • Spanish students are invited to a Fiesta for Día de Los Muertos on tomorrow, October 31st. Come to room 218 after school for treats and to decorate sugar skulls which is a tradition in many Spanish speaking countries!
  • Good Morning Pioneers, this is Gina Lambert from Student Council with a couple of important announcement
    First, we are going to be out of uniform for Halloween on Tuesday (tomorrow) in costumes. We will have have categories: best group, most creative, most realistic, and scariest of which teachers and students can win. The prizes are gift cars to Chik-Fil-A, Cold Stone, Canes, and Sencha. So make sure to go all out on Tuesday!!!
    Second, we are having our first annual Turkey Turn-Up. This is going to be a casual mixer for grades 9-12 and will be held on Saturday November 11th. So mark your calendars because it's going to be pretty lit. Tickets can be bought at the door for $5.
    Have a delightful day Pioneers!!!

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 27

  • Thank you for participating in Red Ribbon Week!
  • Our trivia question from yesterday day was: Physical Dependance will cause withdrawal symptoms when a drug is no longer being used... Answer: True!
    Congrats to Gretchen Greeder with the correct answer. Your prize is in Mrs. Gist's office.
    Have a great weekend, and remember- your future is key stay drug free!!
  • Good Morning Pioneers! This is Student Council member Mary Mueller. As you might know, Halloween is next Tuesday. It is an out of uniform day, so get ready to bust out those crazy costumes. For the best costumes, we will be giving out separate awards to the Staff and Students, so teachers, please go all out too! The categories for Halloween costume awards are Scariest, Most Creative, Most Realistic, and Best group. Students who win in the first three categories get a 10 dollar gift card to ______. The Best group will win a gift card for 25 dollars to ________. If you think you have a chance to win in any of these categories, please email of picture of your costume or your group's costumes to ______________. Then, Student Council will evaluate the costumes and give out the awards at the end of the day. If you will not be wearing a costume on Tuesday, please wear orange or black in celebration of Halloween. We hope this will be an amazing Halloween for all, so go all out and have fun!
  • Spanish students are invited to a Fiesta for Día de Los Muertos on Tuesday, October 31st. Come to room 218 after school for treats and to decorate sugar skulls which is a tradition in many Spanish speaking countries!
  • Good Morning Pioneers, this is Gina Lambert from Student Council with a couple of important announcements. First, we are going to be out of uniform for Halloween on Tuesday in costumes. We will have have categories: best group, most creative, most realistic, and scariest of which teachers and students can win. The prizes are gift cars to Chik-Fil-A, Cold Stone, Canes, and Sencha. So make sure to go all out on Tuesday!!!
    Second, we are having our first annual Turkey Turn-Up. This is going to be a casual mixer for grades 9-12 and will be held on Saturday November 11th. So mark your calendars because it's going to be pretty lit. Tickets can be bought at the door for $5.
    Have a delightful day Pioneers!!!
  • Today we have several Future Pioneers visiting the building! Welcome to Hill-Murray and we hope you have great day as a Pioneer!
  • Good morning Pioneers! THIS IS JOEL LACHAPPELLE AND TONY WU. WE ARE MEMBERS OF THE NATIONAL HONOR SOCIETY (NHS). WE WILL BE HOSTING THE FIRST COOKIE BREAK OF THE YEAR (YAY)! EVERYONE ELSE, YOU KNOW THE DRILL! FRESHMEN AND OTHER NEW PIONEERS THIS YEAR, BRING MONEY AND YOU'LL GET TWO COOKIES FOR A DOLLAR OR A COOKIE AND A MILK FOR A DOLLAR. WHAT'S BETTER THAN DELICIOUS COOKIES IN THE MIDDLE OF A SCHOOL DAY? THE COOKIE BREAK WILL BE ON WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1. LET'S GET COOKIES!
  • GOOD MORNING FRIENDS! This is Will Sutherland and Tony Wu. We are your Peer Listeners!
    Peer Listeners are a group of trained juniors and seniors that are dedicated to have private conversations with you. If you ever need someone to talk to, we are always in here to listen.
    We are located in the Peer Center in room 047, the most comfy room in the building. Please see Mrs. Hurley in the counseling office for more information.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 26

  • Hey! This is Cody and Sophia from CARE coming at you with more Red Ribbon Week fun! Reminder- Tomorrow is an out of uniform day! Wear red to show your commitment to a drug free life!!
    Yesterday's trivia question was: Most people die each year as a result of...
    Answer: Tobacco
    Our trivia winner of the drug free fidget spinner and Jersey Mike's gift card is: Addie Vint. Stop by Mrs. Gist's office to claim your prize.
  • Our big winner for the $25.00 gift card to Chipotle is: Michael Fleishhacker. Congrats! Stop by Mrs. Gist's office to claim your prize.
    Our final trivia question for the week is: Physical Dependance will cause severe withdrawal symptoms when a drug is no longer being used. True or False?
    Remember- your future is key, stay drug free!
  • Attention all NHS members. Please see an important email from MS. Marin TODAY and see Ms. Marin with any questions!
  • Good morning Pioneers! I am Ava Krize, a life club member. Life week's topic for today is abortion. All humans from the very first moment of their existence should be given the right to exist, grow, and thrive in the world. As a society, we have to work to make sure that happens and we can do that by supporting women who are facing unexpected pregnancies. If abortion is the only alternative for women facing an unexpected or unwanted pregnancy, we have greatly failed in our society.
    Stop by the life table during lunches today for trivia! Have a great day, pioneers!
  • ATTN: SENIORS: Your Senior Panoramic Photo is in! Please stop down to the Office of Student Life today or tomorrow to claim your order. Seniors who did not order may purchase a photo for $16.00.
  • Attention boys hockey candidates: Please remember to get your wreath sales order forms turned in to the athletic office. If you have questions stop in and see Coach Lechner.
  • There is a Ski Team informational meeting this coming Sunday, October 29th at 5:00 pm in the cafeteria. If you have never skied before, Coach Shipp wants you on the Ski Team. If you want to become a State Champion, Coach Shipp wants you on the Ski Team. No previous skiing, or racing experience is required. There are no cuts on ski teams. Come and join the fun!

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 25

  • Please come help build the set for A VERY HILL-MURRAY CHRISTMAS! After school every day this week! Meet us on stage!
  • Seniors: Part of Advisory today will allow you to either finalize your college applications, OR stay in your Advisories and use the time for study. You will receive all instructions about your options in Advisory but no locker passes will be issued so Please Come Prepared to Advisory with all materials you might need.
  • Good morning Pioneers! I am Kierney McGrath, a life club member. Creating a culture of love and positivity begins at the moment of conception. We are only able to stand up for other life issues if we allow people to be born and provide support systems to help them thrive through their entire life. Life begins at the moment of conception and as a club we stand up to all injustices from that moment through death.
    Stop by the life table during your lunch today to pick up a locker sign for our locker sign contest!
  • Stop by the Music Maker Lab in Room 033 this Thursday after school to work on beats, jams, and create some new ideas. See Mr. Jensen with questions.
  • Book Club will have our discussion on My Grandmother asked me to tell you she's sorry Tuesday during B WIN time. Plan on signing up outside room 122 and be ready to discuss the book as a whole.
  • Our cardboard box sleep out is this Friday from 7pm to Saturday morning at 7am. If you are participating in this event be sure to attend the mandatory meeting this Thursday in room 030 at either 7:15am or 2:35pm. Also bring an item to fill up our backpacks for homeless teens. Items such as hats, mittens, socks, and microwavable food would be helpful. Come and join us for a fun and eye opening night!
  • There is a Ski Team informational meeting this coming Sunday, October 29th at 5:00 pm in the cafeteria. If you have never skied before, Coach Shipp wants you on the Ski Team. If you want to become a State Champion, Coach Shipp wants you on the Ski Team. No previous skiing, or racing experience is required. There are no cuts on ski teams. Come and join the fun!
  • Attention boys hockey candidates: Please remember to get your wreath sales order forms turned in to the athletic office. If you have questions stop in and see Coach Lechner.
  • This Cody from CARE. Join us today in the Cafeteria during lunch today to participate in Red Ribbon Week Trivia, sign a drug free pledge, and enter for your chance to win a $25 Chipotle Gift Card! Stop by and see us!
    Our trivia question from yesterday was: Most drug users make their first contact with illicit drugs:
    Answer: Through friends
    Congrats to Maddie Nimmo on winning today's drug free fidget spinner and gift card to Chipotle! Stop by Mrs. Gist's office to claim your prize!
    Today's question is: Most people die each year as a result of:
    1. Alcohol
    2. Tobacco
    3. Heroin
    4. Cocaine
    Stop by Mrs. Gist's office (right next to Ms. Herman's!) to submit your answer and for your chance to win a prize.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 24

  • Pioneer Fans: Football has a home section game tonight and volleyball has their first section game tomorrow night at home. Both start times are 7 p.m. Please come out and support your fellow Pioneers. Section ticket prices are $8 for adults and $6 for students. Passes are not good for section play. Go Pioneers!
  • Tech crew for A VERY HILL-MURRAY CHRISTMAS! starts today! Please meet on stage after school to help build our set! Anyone is welcome!
    Also, there will be a quick meeting for anyone interested in working on costume crew for A VERY HILL-MURRAY CHRISTMAS! in the costume room from 2:45 until 3pm on Tuesday as well!
    Please come be a part of this great holiday production!
  • Good morning Pioneers! This is Sophia and Cody again, with some Red Ribbon Week facts and trivia for you!
    Did you know that in the U.S., teens abuse alcohol more than any illicit drug? Not surprisingly, it also causes the most harm — teen alcohol abuse is responsible each year for nearly 200,000 ER visits and 4,300 deaths among kids under 21. Be smart, don't drink or do drugs. Your future is key- stay drug free!
    The answer to yesterday's trivia question: The most commonly abused drug in the United States is: Alcohol
    Congrats to Aji Omoyeni with the correct answer! Stop by Mrs. Gist's office to pick up your Chipotle Gift Card and Drug Free Fidget Spinner!
    Today's question is: Most drug users make their first contact with illicit drugs:
    1. Through drug dealers
    2. Through friends
    3. Accidentally
    4. On their own
    Stop by Mrs. Gist's office (right next door to Ms. Herman's) to submit your answer and for your chance to win a prize!
  • Good morning Pioneers! I am Kierney McGrath, a life club member. Our topic for today is homelessness. Homelessness is a complex, yet solvable issue. If we all work together and recognize the dignity of the human person there is no reason why we cannot eliminate homelessness as we know it. Working for a culture of life means we stand up for those facing poverty and homelessness. Stop by the life table during lunch to learn more about homelessness and how we can work toward building a culture of life for all people.
  • The Hill-Murray Football Program is sponsoring a Tackle Cancer Event at the home playoff game tomorrow night! (Tuesday)
    THEY WILL BE SELLING TACKLE CANCER T-SHIRTS FOR $15 DURING LUNCH TOMORROW (TUESDAY). THERE IS A LIMITED SUPPLY OF THESE AWESOME SHIRTS, SO BE SURE TO GET YOURS! THEY WILL ALSO BE AVAILABLE FOR SALE PRIOR TO GAME TIME AT THE ENTRANCE GATE.
    PLEASE COME OUT AND SUPPORT THIS WONDERFUL CAUSE AND THE HM FOOTBALL TEAM AS THEY TAKE ON FORCE ACADEMY FOR THEIR FIRST SECTION PLAYOFF GAME AT MARY QUEEN OF VICTORY STADIUM AT 7PM!
  • CALLING ALL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS INTERESTED IN ROBOTICS! THERE WILL BE AN INFORMATIONAL MEETING ON TUESDAY 10/24 AFTER SCHOOL IN MR. GAPINSKI'S ROOM (046) FOR ANY STUDENTS WHO ARE INTERESTED IN DESIGNING, BUILDING, AND COMPETING WITH ROBOTS. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 23

  • Calling all high school students interested in robotics! There will be an informational meeting on Tuesday 10/24 after school in Mr. Gapinski's room (046) for any students who are interested in designing, building, and competing with robots. No experience necessary.
  • If you are interested in working on costumes for A VERY HILL-MURRAY CHRISTMAS!, there will be a short meeting in the costume room this Tuesday from 2:45-3pm. Please be there!
  • Peer Ministers are collecting any size used and clean Halloween Costumes for children in need. Please bring your costume to Campus Ministry by October 26.
  • Congratulations and a big thank you to all the Hill-Murray Band students who performed at the Catholic Schools Center of Excellence annual summit at the convention center last Wednesday. Approximately 2000 Catholic school teachers and administrators were in attendance, and they had nothing but praise and gratitude for your performance. Thank you for being great representatives of Hill-Murray!
  • Good morning pioneers! I am Mary Mueller- here to tell you about Life Week! Our topic this week is HumanKIND. Each day we'll focus on a different human life issue and talk about keeping it kind! Today is all about being kind and caring for one another.
    Loving one another is the very foundation of being pro-life. That love does not have limitations or exclusions. It includes loving your friends, your enemies, the person sitting right next to you, and those with whom you disagree. Loving one another is what makes us a better, stronger, and more positive community.
    Stop by the life table during lunch to write a note to someone in this community that you appreciate and enter our life week drawing for a gift card!
  • Today we have Mayowa Sikiru visiting with Amy Garibay in 9th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray and have a great day!
  • All students: We have added a coffee cart in the Welcome Center, which is located near the Office of Student Life. Please be aware that the coffee cart is for guests of Hill-Murray, not for students. Thank you for respecting this area.
  • Today CARE kicks off Red Ribbon Week- Alcohol, tobacco, drug and violence prevention awareness. We will have activities all week around school!
    FACT: More than 23 million people over the age of 12 are addicted to alcohol and other drugs affecting millions more people -- parents, family members, friends and neighbors. For some, one time or infrequent use of alcohol or drugs can result in tragedy: overdose, an accident or fall when under the influence of alcohol or drugs, or an arrest associated with alcohol or drugs that may cost you your reputation and/or your freedom. For others, what may have started as occasional use can turn into an addiction that presents extraordinary health concerns with potentially grave and tragic consequences. Our future is key, stay drug free!!
    Each day this week we will be doing trivia, for great prizes! Our first trivia question is: The most commonly abused drug in the United States is:
    1. Marijuana
    2. Alcohol
    3. Cocaine
    4. Heroine
    Submit your answer, with your name and grade, in the box in Mrs. Gist's office (right next door to Ms. Herman's office!). Our winner will be announced tomorrow!

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 18

  • High School Pioneers: Are you looking for a way to build flexibility and strength while learning how to calm and focus your body, mind, and spirit? Have you heard about the recent study that found teens who practice yoga are less stressed and perform better academically? If this sounds intriguing, look no further – yoga has arrived to Hill-Murray.
    Kaleidoscope Yoga is offering a 7-week session beginning on Wednesday, October 25 from 3:00 – 4:00. Cost is $35.00 for the seven classes.
    What you need to bring: a yoga mat, comfortable clothes to move in, and an open mind.
    Yoga is for ANY BODY. Please join us! If you can breathe, you can practice yoga.
    Register now - space is limited. Please see Mrs Baecker in Aligned Learning or look for the link in your Happenings email sent Monday Oct 16.
  • All 6th and 7th grade boys interested in learning more about Jr Pioneer hockey please come to the Athletic Office this week to pick up a handout with next steps and details.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 17

  • Good Morning. We would like to invite 30 middle schoolers to carve pumpkins with us next Tuesday in the Cafeteria right after school. The pumpkins, carving tools and snacks will be provided. There are also prizes for different categories. If you would like to join us - please sign up outside Mrs. Barbato's office. The first 30 students to sign up will have a spot in the annual Great Pumpkin Carving Event! We ask that you bring in a bag of candy to the event as we will donate those to area organizations for their Halloween events. Again - the event is Tuesday October 24 from 2:45 - 3:45 in the cafeteria.

MONDAY, OCTOBER 16

  • Attention all high school students. This is a reminder that there is math team practice today after school in Room 212. Please see Mr. Goehner if you have any questions.
  • Today we welcome Tyler Kotzmacher who is visiting with Luke Hause in 9th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray Tyler and have a great day!
  • Hey Pioneers, the Peer Ministers are collecting any used and clean Halloween Costumes. These costumes will be given to kids who cannot afford a costume this year. Please bring any costumes to Campus Ministry by October 23rd.
  • Attention Middle Schoolers: The Peer Ministers are hosting a fun, Halloween event!
    PUMPKIN CARVING.
    WHEN: OCTOBER 24TH, 2:30-3:30 P.M.
    WHERE: CAFETERIA
    All you have to do is sign up outside Mrs. Barbato's office. There are limited spots available for this event, so sign up soon! Everything will be provided.
  • Friday's Trivia Question was . . . . What are the names of Spain's monarchs who financed the expedition of Christopher Columbus to the New World?
    The answer is: King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella of Spain.
    The winners are Rachel Meniboon and Bomi Omoyeni.
    There were 103 pieces of candy in the Piñata. The winner is Brianna Sato.
    All 3 winners can come to room 213 to get your prizes!! We hope you all enjoyed Hispanic Heritage Week of 2017!
  • There will be a mandatory Sowers of Justice meeting TODAY for all those planning on participating in the Cardboard Box sleep out. You may attend either at 2:20 pm.

FRIDAY, OCTOBER 13

  • There will be a mandatory Sowers of Justice meeting on Monday Oct. 16 for all those planning on participating in the Cardboard Box sleep out. You may attend either at 7:30am or 2:20pm.
  • If you were interested in auditioning for the Christmas Variety Show, but got nervous or doubted yourself, today after school is your chance to audition! No need to prepare anything! Just show up and Mr. Ballentine will work with you to see if it might work out! Email him with any questions!
  • Tonight's Friday the 13th performance of THE CRUCIBLE is SOLD OUT. There are 30 tickets remaining for our last performance on Saturday night at 7pm. Student Tickets are free at the door, but $5 in advance. You may want to get advance tickets if you want to see it! Visit the theatre page on the Hill-Murray website to buy tickets!
  • !Buenos Días
    Yesterday's trivia question was: What is La Sagrada Familia and where is it located?
    The answer is: La Sagrada Familia is a large Roman Catholic church, located in Barcelona, Spain.
    The winners can pick up your prizes in room 213!
    Today's Fun Fact is about La Sagrada Familia. It was designed by Catalan architect Antoni Gaudi. The structure of this magnificent church began in 1882 and is expected to be finished by 2026.
    Today's trivia question is in recognition of yesterday, October 12th, which was Columbus Day or el Día de la Raza: What are the names of Spain's monarchs who financed the expedition of Christopher Columbus to the New World?
    Please submit your answers in the LMC.
    Today you will hear a variety of Hispanic music over the PA between classes. There will also be live Mariachi music during lunches. We hope you enjoy it!!
  • Today we welcome Connor Williams who is visiting with Drew Burns in 9th grade. Have a great day Connor!
  • This morning we will welcome almost 600 guests to Hill-Murray for Grandparents Day. Students attending the event should have received a green pass in their first hour class yesterday or today. At the end of first hour, these students should drop books off in their lockers and proceed directly to the field house to meet their grandparents.
  • High School Students - Have you had a chance to experience the Virtual Reality equipment in the Innovation Center yet? It's truly amazing and also has amazing potential, but it needs you. If you have an interest in VR and want to learn how to design games and applications in Virtual Reality, check out the informational meeting for the VR game design club this Friday (the 13th) after school in room 129.
  • Digital Music Club meets today after school in Room 033.
  • This announcement is for all students: in preparation for the Fall Open House on Monday, please take down all locker signs. Thank you!
  • This is a friendly reminder Pioneer fans that everyone has to pay for section games. Adults are $8 and students are $6. Come out and cheer on the boys soccer team Saturday at 1 p.m. at Harding HS and the girls will be playing at home tomorrow at 3 p.m.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 12

  • Auditions for the Christmas show and middle school cabaret are today after school! Be there!
  • Buenos Días
    Yesterday's trivia question was: Name 2 relatives of the LLAMA, found mainly in Peru.
    The answer is: ALPACA and the VICUÑA. The CAMEL was also accepted as an answer
    The winners are Kasanna Klaas & Mae Woods
    Pick up your prizes in room 213
    Today's fun fact is: In recent years, the book Don Quijote written by Miguel de Cervantes, a famous author from Spain was voted the most meaningful book of all times. Some of our English teachers may agree with this!
    Today's trivia question will need 2 answers: What is La Sagrada Familia and where is it located?
    Submit your answers in the LMC and make you best guess of the amount of candy in the Piñata and win it.
  • Don't forget to pick up your T-shirt from your Spanish teacher for the out of uniform day on Friday. You may wear any of the other 6 designs from previous years that are displayed in the Cafeteria. Remember to be clean, neat, and modest.
  • High School Students, have you had a chance to experience the Virtual Reality equipment in the Innovation Center yet? It's truly amazing and also has amazing potential, but it needs you. If you have an interest in VR and want to learn how to design games and applications in Virtual Reality, check out the informational meeting for the VR game design club this Friday (the 13th) after school in room 129.
  • All 6th and 7th grade boys interested in learning more about Jr Pioneer hockey please come to the Athletic Office this week to pick up a handout with next steps and details.

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 11

  • Grandparents Day is this Friday. Students attending the event will receive a pass in their first hour class tomorrow. These students should drop off their books in their locker and head to the field house after their first hour class to meet their grandparents. Much of the main parking lot will be blocked off for our guests. Please carpool if possible on Friday to reduce the number of vehicles and allow extra time to find parking and get into the school from farther away then normal.
  • Sowers of Justice will be meeting on Thursday at 7:15 am to discuss the Cardboard Box sleep out. This is a mandatory meeting for anyone sleeping out. See you there.
  • Due to the middle school field trip, digital music club will meet Friday after school in Room 033. See Mr. Jensen with questions or to rent out equipment.
  • Buenos Días! Yesterday's Hispanic Heritage Month trivia question was about Guatemala's former capital. The answer is: Antigua. Antigua is an UNESCO World Heritage site and is one of the cities that Hill-Murray students will visit this spring break.
    Yesterday's trivia winners are: Maddie Nimmo and Hannah Harwell – You can pick up your prize in 213.
    Today's trivia is: Name 2 relative of the Llama.
    Put answers in the trivia box in the LMC. Don't forget to guess the candy in the piñata.
  • Attention Baseball players in grades 10-12: There will be a brief informational meeting after school today in the Team Room.
  • Are you looking for a couple of fun service opportunities that would benefit kids living in our neighborhood? If so, this Thursday, immediately after school, our friends at Webster Elementary School are asking Hill-Murray students to help organize food for their "backpack food program" which provides meals for disadvantaged Webster students who have no food on the weekends. The second opportunity would be helping to chaperone their Halloween Dance this Friday from 6 to 8pm. If you're interested in either or both of these activities, please sign up with Mr. Cooper in room 126 or with senior Katelyn Donnatell. Thanks, Hill-Murray.
  • Boys Soccer sections start Thursday at home at 7 p.m.. The girls play their first section game at 3 p.m. on Saturday Please come out and support your fellow Pioneers. Section tickets are $8 for adults and $6 for students.
  • All 6th and 7th grade boys interested in learning more about Jr Pioneer hockey please come to the Athletic Office this week to pick up a handout with next steps and details.

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 10

  • Auditions for the Christmas variety show & middle school cabaret are today and Thursday after school! Sign up outside the theatre office! Mr. Ballentine and Ms. Walth are available during W.I.N. times to help you prepare! Theatre needs some new blood! Come out and audition!
  • Buenos Días!
    Yesterday's Hispanic Heritage Trivia Question was: What area of Spain just had an illegal election where they voted for independence?
    Answer: Catalonia
    The winners are... You may pick up your Chipotle gift card and buy one, get one card in Room 213!
    Today's fun fact is: Spanish is the native language of an estimated 400-500 million people, making it the world's second most spoken language. Spanish is the official language of 20 countries, as well as Puerto Rico.
    Today's trivia question is: This former capital of Guatemala is a beautiful colonial city and is a Unesco World Heritage site. What is the name of this city?
    Submit your answer in the LMC before Period 7 today!
  • A reminder to all Book Club Members - please sign up for Wednesday Block C in Room 122.
  • Attention all Juniors - The required career shadowing parent permission slip is past due. Please have your parents sign it and turn it in to the Guidance Office this week. Let your Counselor know if you are having trouble finding someone to shadow. Points for career shadowing go toward your English grade.
  • Calling all girls in grades 7-12! Come to the Dance Team pre-season meeting on Thursday, October 12th at 7:00pm in the Cafeteria! Learn more about the sport, meet the coaching staff and captains, and sign up for the season! No experience needed

MONDAY, OCTOBER 9

  • Attention all juniors: The required Career Shadowing parent permission slip is past due. Please have your parents sign it and turn it in to the Guidance Office this week. Let your counselor know if you are having trouble finding someone to Shadow. Points for Career Shadowing go toward your English grade.
  • Hola! Today is the beginning of Hill-Murray's Hispanic Heritage Week. Please check your emails for a list of events for the week. Each year, Americans observe National Hispanic Heritage Month from September 15 to October 15, by celebrating the histories, cultures and contributions of American citizens whose ancestors came from Spain, Mexico, the Caribbean and Central and South America. The observation started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15.
    Here is an interesting fact: The word Hurricane comes from the Taiño Indians of Puerto Rico and the Caribbean.
    Today's trivia question: What area of Spain just had an illegal election where they voted for independence.
    Drop off your answers in the LMC before 7th hour today. Gracias!
  • Attention all high school students. This is a reminder that there is math team practice today after school at 2:45 in Room 212. Please see Mr. Goehner if you have any questions.
  • Meet in the theatre after school TODAY to learn, practice, review, or get help with the audition dance. Mr. Ballentine will also be available during W.I.N. times on Tuesday and Wednesday if you need any help. Ms. Walth will be available during W.I.N. times on Tuesday if you'd like help with the audition song.
  • Auditions for A VERY HILL-MURRAY CHRISTMAS and the MIDDLE SCHOOL CABARET are this TUESDAY and THURSDAY after school. Please sign up for an audition slot on the callboard outside the theatre area, across from the choir room. Check your email for a google drive link from Mr. Ballentine with all the audition materials and information you need! Meet in the theatre after school TODAY to learn, practice, review, or get help with the audition dance. Mr. Ballentine will also be available during W.I.N. times on Tuesday and Wednesday if you need any help. Ms. Walth will be available during W.I.N. times on Tuesday if you'd like help with the audition song.
  • Thanks to everyone who checked out THE CRUCIBLE this past weekend. We only have two shows left, this Friday and Saturday night at 7pm! See you there!
  • Tomorrow we will welcome grandparents of our many of our 7th grade students. Students attending the lunch with grandparents will receive a note in first hour. They will be dismissed at 11:15 and that they should head straight to the faculty lounge near the auditorium. Please welcome our guests as they tour the school after their lunches.
  • Calling all girls in grades 7-12! Come to the Dance Team pre-season meeting on Thursday, October 12th at 7:00 PM in the Cafeteria! Learn more about the sport, meet the coaching staff and captains, and sign up for the season! No experience needed.
  • BOOK CLUB will be meeting During C WIN TIME on Wednesday Oct 11 in room 122. Please sign up outside room 122.
  • Attention Baseball players in grades 10-12: there will be a short informational meeting tomorrow, Tuesday, Oct. 10 from 2:30PM-3:00PM in the Team Room.

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 5

  • Any middle school girl interested in playing basketball this year at Hill-Murray is invited to come to the cafeteria after checking into home base today. Coach Hartzell will be here to speak to all who are interested and sign up. You need to report directly to the cafeteria for a brief 15 minute interest meeting before lunch.
  • Today is the last day to register for AYD! Make sure to drop your permission form in Campus Ministry before the end of the day!
  • Auditions for the Christmas Variety Show AND the Middle School Cabaret are next week after school! Check out the link in your email from Mr. Ballentine for the audition song or prepare your own! The audition sign up will be posted by the end of the school day today!
  • Monday is the beginning of Hispanic Heritage Week. Spanish students are reminded of the KICK OFF FIESTA on Monday at 2:40 in the Staff Lounge. We hope to see you!
  • This is a reminder that there is no Digital Music Club today. Feel free to stop by room 033 another time to use or rent the equipment.
  • Today we welcome Eden Carr visiting with Gionna Carr in 9th grade, Connor Duval visiting with JP Yocum in 8th grade, and Luke Rausch in 9th grade, and Timothy Nelson visiting with Sam Lavigne in 6th grade. Welcome to Hill-Murray and have a great day!
  • Good Morning Pioneers! This is Maddie Renberg and this is Joel LaChappelle with DECA

Yesterday's financial literacy trivia question was: What is one type of retirement savings account?

The answer is: Traditional, Roth, Spousal, Rollover IRA, (Roth) 401(k), TSA(Tax Sheltered Annuity)/403(b), 457(b), Defined Benefit Plan, TSP(Thrift savings plan)


The trivia winner is xxxx Please stop by room 035 to claim your gift card.

Today's topic is budgeting. Today's trivia question is: What is a discretionary expense?

Be sure to stop by our table in the cafeteria to answer the trivia question and participate in our budgeting lunch activities. Also - money cookies are available in the cafeteria today to celebrate financial literacy week!
and finally - enjoy the music during passing time!

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 4

  • Good Morning Pioneers! This is Maddie Renberg and this is Joel LaChappelle with DECA.
Yesterday's financial literacy trivia question was: What is an example of a qualified expense for a 529 college savings plan?
Answers include: textbooks and supplies, Tuition, and room and board
The trivia winner is xxxx. Please stop by room 035 to claim your gift card.
Today's trivia question is: What is one type of retirement savings account?
Be sure to stop by our table in the cafeteria to answer the trivia question and participate in our retirement savings lunch activities.

  • This is a reminder for all middle school students. Junior Achievement meets today after school in room 035.
  • Join the CIA—The Catholics in Action. Come to the info meeting TOMORROW at 7:20am in Campus Ministry—there will be Bagels! But most importantly, come to know Jesus in a dynamic way, not simply as a mere piece of crucifix plastic that silently hangs as we pass by. After all, this club is not about the activities we do. It's about an encounter. Our deep longing is that this club facilitates a powerful encounter between you and Jesus, because whether we are aware of it or not, we need to rediscover Jesus. And this is not a shallow rediscovery.
  • Hey Pioneers, this is Maddie Rausch and Maddie Nimmo, the leaders for Sowers of Justice. We would like to thank everyone who donated money towards the Hurricane Relief. We raised $588.40; middle schoolers came in first, great job. The money raised will be sent to the Red Cross and distributed to where it is needed most. We would also like to inform everyone about the meeting tomorrow morning at 7:20 am in Mrs. Janssen's room, room 030. We will be discussing the Cardboard Box Sleepout. If you are interested, please come; we highly recommend it. All are welcome to join. Thank you, and have a great day!
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 3
  • Seniors: Meet Ms. Egan in the COMMONS during WIN TIME on Tuesday and Wednesday this week! No sign-up is needed.COME PREPARED with what you are stuck on and bring your laptop! Concentrated effort and aligning all the application details now will get your application out the door promptly! ALSO: your Senior Advisory on Wednesday Oct 4 (1:30-2:30) is a presentation by OUR COLLEGE REP NICK KELLER at the University of Minnesota!* Hear from one of the very best university systems in the USA! Who knows? Your dream career could be found at a U of MN campus in your own state backyard!
  • Yesterday's financial literacy trivia question was: What is the difference between a checking account and a savings account? And the answer is: A checking account lets you easily access your money for daily transactions; a savings account is meant to help grow your money over time. The trivia winner is xxxx Please stop by room 035 to claim your gift card.
Today's trivia question is: What is an example of a qualified expense for a 529 college savings plan?
Be sure to stop by our table in the cafeteria to answer the trivia question and participate in our college savings lunch activities.
  • Share your faith story, or begin your faith journey. Join the community. Walk together with other Catholics in Action. It doesn't matter if you are new to the faith or are practically a canonized saint. Join the CIA. Come to the info meeting THIS THURSDAY, October 5th, at 7:20am in Campus Ministry. All are welcomed as Christ.
  • Come to morning praise tomorrow morning in the chapel! Mr. Ranweiler will be leading on the topic of discipleship. See you at 7:15!
  • This is for all high school students. If you are interested in joining DECA, membership contracts are DUE to Mrs. Donnelly no later than this Thursday, October 5. Contracts may be place in the DECA bin in room 035.
  • Attention Seniors: If you will be 18 years of age on or before Nov. 7th, you will be eligible to vote on that day in local elections held in Minnesota. To save you time on election day, representatives of the League of Women Voters will be here this Thursday, during all lunch periods, to register you. If you are an American citizen, you only need to show your driver's license or the last four digits of your Social Security number to register.
  • Attention all students: Please join us for a C.A.R.E. planning meeting tomorrow morning at 7:15 a.m. in the Staff Lounge. We will be planning Red Ribbon Week, along with other caring events. Donuts will be served. All are welcome and encouraged to attend! Hope to see you there!

MONDAY, OCTOBER 2

  • The fall play, THE CRUCIBLE, opens this Friday! Advance tickets are $5, but student tickets are FREE at the door. See you Friday or Saturday night at 7pm or Sunday at 2pm! Please come out and support your fellow classmates in Arthur Miller's classic story of the Salem Witch Trials. Also, auditions for the Christmas Variety Show AND the Middle School Cabaret are next Tuesday & Thursday. Check your email later this week for all the details!
  • Good Morning Pioneers! It is Financial Literacy Week!
  • Our focus this year is on savings!
    Today’s trivia question is: What is the difference between a checking account and a savings account?
    Be sure to stop by our table in the cafeteria during lunches to answer this question and participate in our activities!
    Tomorrow’s topic is college savings and we encourage you to wear college spirit wear tomorrow! That’s right - tomorrow is an out of uniform day. Simply wear college spirit wear, or wear your uniform.
  • Are you interested in giving virtual reality a try? Join us tomorrow, October 3rd at 2:30 in the Innovation Center across from the LMC for a Girls VR Hour. Visit different countries, explore under the sea, design and produce 3D works of art, and more! Hope to see you there!
  • Hey students, if you have an interest in playing chess, please feel free to come to Mr. Gapinski's room (room 046) after school on Monday's. This will run the entire year, so even if you aren't available now, you are welcome to start anytime! It doesn't matter if you don't know the first thing about chess, we will teach you how to play and some strategies for success! Or if you can't make it on Monday's but still want to be involved, stop in or email Mr. Gapinski and we can make it work.
  • 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. There will be treats! Hope to see you there!
  • Attention Girls Basketball players grades 6-12: There is a mandatory player/parent meeting next Wednesday, October 11 at 6:00 p.m. in the Cafeteria. Stop in to Coach Herman's office to sign up and pick up information!


SEPTEMBER 2017

FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 29

  • Attention Seniors: You are welcome to be in the LMC during WIN, but you must sign up. We have a max of 45 students. Thank you!
  • Attention Hill-Murray Girls: Have you wanted to try Virtual Reality but haven't had a chance yet? Are you interested in learning more about VR? Join us after school Tuesday, October 3rd in the Innovation Center across from the LMC for a girls only VR hour. Come any time between 2:30 and 3:30. Hope to see you there!
  • In a few years it will all be gone. Hill-Murray—gone! High school drama—gone! Friends and relationships—gone! Nothing much will stay consistent, so cling to the rock that is faith. Join the CIA, and experience the awesome gift that God and his Church provide. Come October 5th to the info meeting at 7:20am in Campus Ministry! After all, you were not made for mediocrity; you were made for greatness. See you in the CIA!
  • 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 2 to find out what Math Team is all about. There will be treats! Hope to see you there!