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The office will open August 19th

Report Cards on Skyward

End of year report cards are now posted and viewable on Family and Student Access.  If you need help viewing the report card, please contact Gates Johnson at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) through June 27th.  The office will reopen in August, but emails will be checked throughout the summer.

Guest Author and Illustrator Mark Crilley Presents at McMurray

mark.pngThe McMurray library was pleased to host accomplished author and illustrator Mark Crilley on Wednesday, May 28. Mark, who lives in Detroit, is the creator of several manga book series and a popular YouTube channel of drawing tutorials. All students attended a presentation in which Mark did live drawing demonstrations while sharing information and advice about writing, storytelling, and the creative process.

The McMurray library houses an extensive collection of graphic novels, a genre of significant interest and appeal to many of our students.. A year ago, one student in particular, 8th grader Blake Thompson, campaigned to bring Mark Crilley to our school. Vashon PTSA and Vashon Artists in Schools recognized the value of Blake’s recommendation and generously provided the funds for this unique learning opportunity.

2014-15 Course Description

2014-15 Course Descriptions

Sixth Grade Registration Packet

Sixth Grade Registration Packet

McMurray Constitution

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Macroinvertebrates in Schools

 

"A huge thank you to PIE for funding the continuation of the "Invertebrates in Schools" for the Fall of 2014!  Thank you to Bianca Perla of Vashon Nature Center for her partnership, vision and expertise to make this program a reality.  Thank you to the VNC science volunteers for their enthusiastic engagement with the students.  Students have the unique experience of working with expert scientists on a real science problem.  By learning about the macroinvertebrates as Biological Indicators of the health of Shinglemill Creek, the students then act as real scientists by being part of an ongoing local ecological study."

Living Voices Comes To McMurray

Living VoicesLiving Voices, a Seattle-based multi-media and theater performance group, visited McMurray on April 1 for a series of four one-hour shows, attended by all 6th, 7th, and 8th grade humanities classes.. Actor Bob Williams led students on a journey through the politics, battles and personal struggles of people who lived and fought during the American Revolution. Williams’ acting and narration was augmented by a full screen multi-media backdrop of archival images, music and drawings from the Revolutionary War era.

Williams introduced students to Peter Freeman, a young, free African American citizen of Massachusetts, whose family farm was burned by the British and subsequently joined the Continental Army. Walking in the footsteps of Peter, McMurray students experienced his firsthand account of many Revolutionary war battles and his compelling and persistent belief in the principle that “all men are created equal.” 

Living Voices came to McMurray under the auspices of Vashon Artists in Schools (VAIS), a collaborative program between Vashon Allied Arts and Vashon Island School District.