McMurray Middle School is a unique learning community, focused on preparing students during the transition from elementary school to high school and helping them to engage, thrive and contribute. We offer a strong core curriculum, dynamic instruction, challenge and support for all students. Additionally, a wide range of appealing elective and exploratory courses are offered that cultivate student’s intellectual, creative, kinesthetic, and social development.
We strive to develop positive relationships with students in a variety of ways. McMurray staff are committed to challenging each student to master essential academic skills; to acknowledge individual potential; to identify and support strengths and growth areas. Students routinely explore their affective and whole selves, while developing a sense of respect and responsibility for others and their environment.
Our effective blend of core academics, electives and “whole child” experiences, and skill building helps create a community of engaged and challenged learners. Growth, exploration, inclusion and support, are essential aspects of the McMurray program. These aspects are fostered by students and staff that care deeply for their work to establish a building climate of positive communication, collaboration and cooperation.
Goals for 2015-2016:
Number of classes per day: 6
Number of teachers each day: 4 to 6
Combination lockers: one per student, padlocks
Floors: 2, Main floor has classrooms, lower lever has gym and art/STEM classroom
Homeroom / Advisory Daily homerooms have a mix of 6th,7th and 8th graders. You have the same homeroom all three years at McMurray. Homeroom is intended to be a time for students to gain and share information, independent reading, develop a rapport with other students and staff and learn about school climate issues, notably bullying prevention. Student-led conferences are conducted through homeroom. Identified students receive support in reading, math and other skills.
6 classes per day plus homeroom
50 minute class period
10-minute break between 2nd period and homeroom
30-minute lunch break
4-minute passing time between classes
30 staff members
2 semesters with mid-term & semester grade reports
Mr. Allison, Principal
Ms. Zike, Counselor
Ms. Johnson, principal assistant
Ms. Jensen, secretary
Ms. Jaffe, Librarian
Ms. Day, nurse
Mrs. Rumburg, campus monitor, library assistant
Mrs. Gateman, campus monitor, sports secretary
Ms. Albright, day custodian
Science: All science courses focus on helping students develop scientific skills through themes of systems, inquiry, and applications. 6th grade: Integrated Science (physical, earth, life; full year) 7th grade: life science (one semester), anatomy & physiology (one semester) 8th grade: earth science, planetology (full year)
Humanities: Our humanities curriculum integrates language arts and social studies for two periods each day. We emphasize the development and mastery of comprehension, analysis, research, writing, and communication in the historical and cultural context listed below for each grade: 6th grade: Ancient Civilizations (full year) 7th grade: World History and Cultures (full year) 8th grade: American History (full year)
Math: McMurray utilizes Connected Math 3 for all grades. Prentice Hall Algebra is used for 8th grade Algebra. Additional online resources are used in all 3 grades Mathematics program helps students sharpen reasoning, computation, geometric, pre-algebraic and algebraic skills in a conceptual and integrated program. (full year for grades 6 through 8)
Healthy Living: These combination PE /health classes focus on helping students gain the tools to lead healthy lives. The PE portion is centered on aerobic and skill-related fitness (movement, coordination, balance). The Health portion covers the Life Skills prevention program, fitness awareness and nutrition. Each grade level takes one semester of Healthy Living.
Technology: Students take a one semester computer course in both 6th and 7th grades. Students gain an understanding of PC and web-based applications and focus on developing keyboarding, research and application skills.
Art Classes: Basic Art, Ceramics, Fiber Arts, Graphic Arts, Digital Photography, Video Production
AVID: for 7th and 8th grade students who wish to become a more successful student.
Band: Beginning and symphonic instrumental music, two+ concerts per year
Career Exploration & Community Service: students will collaborate, envision and plan a McMurray garden.
Disc Golf: Combines the elements of soccer, lacrosse and football. You will learn ways to throw a disc, strategies and design a course.
Drama: physical drama, comedy, performances
Express Yourself Through Writing: Nature writing, song writing, journaling, letters, poems, and fiction, this is often referred to as "Writing Club:.
French Exploration: introduction to French language and culture
Japanese: one semester introduction to the Japanese language.
Leadership: organize school activities and learn how to be an effective leader
Mountain Biking: learn bike maintenance and repair while learning physical aspects of riding
Outdoor Survival: the title says it all
Spanish: one semester Spanish Exploration
STEM Classes: Design It Build It, Introduction to Woodworking, Build a Treehouse
Study Skills: homework help and organization Teacher and Office Assistants
Tournament PE: students will participate in multiple sport tournaments
Clubs and Activities:
Vocal Music Club
Free Movie Nights
Late Winter (practice begins Jan.9):
3:30 PM - 6:30 PM McM Wrestling at Cedar Heights
3:45 PM - 6:45 PM McM Girls Basketball at Home (vs Cedar Heights)
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM McM Parent Education class "Strengthening Families"
7:15 PM - 9:00 PM McM PIE MEETING
2:45 PM - 4:00 PM McM Art Lab "Sew"
2:50 PM - 4:00 PM McM Makers Club
2:45 PM - 3:45 PM McM Site Council
3:30 PM - 6:30 PM McM Girls Basketball at John Sedgewick
3:45 PM - 6:45 PM McM Wrestling at Home (vs John Sedgewick)