McMurray 22-23 School Year
Thank you, Vashon Partners In Education!
A grant from Vashon PIE made it possible to purchase tea plants for our 7th grade Humanities students. The seventh grade curriculum focuses on the global trade routes such as the Silk Road. One of the main commodities was tea. The history of tea itself tells us much about medieval technology, the exchange of ideas and how the medieval world was actually far more connected than one might anticipate. This grant allows us to purchase one mature tea plant (Camellia sinensis) for each section of 7th grade Social Studies along with the tools to prune and dry our own tea. This will enable kids to dig into the history of the product that has shaped our world from the early trade routes, America’s rebellion from the British to the modern day Milk Tea Alliance. Students will gain an appreciation of the process of cultivating tea as well as cultural practices around the tea service. This means our students will have the opportunity to engage in deeply held cultural practices all the way from China to South Africa.
- We believe that learning is a joyful act that sparks each student’s unique imagination.
- We believe that a sense of belonging and feeling valued increases trust and learning.
- We believe that equal outcomes for every student, without exception, is Vashon's collective responsibility.
- We believe that our students must have a voice and see themselves in their schooling.
- We believe that sustained connections with families and communities build thriving schools.
We look forward to an amazing school year, and we appreciate each of you as a member of our school community!
What’s new this year?
Later Start Times
McMurray will have our 1st bell at 8:15 AM and finish our day at 2:55 PM Monday-Thursday this year, and on Fridays the 1st bell is at 9:45 AM with the same ending time of 2:55 PMs.
Late Arrival Friday instead of Early Dismissal Friday
We took family and staff input into consideration and will be moving to a 1.5 hour late arrival schedule every Friday for staff Professional Development, replacing early dismissals. McMurray will begin at 9:45 AM every Friday.. This will give our staff essential time to work together, while providing more consistent weekly schedules for students.
Student lunch fees return this year; breakfast for McMurray students is $2.50 and lunch is $4.00. For information on applying for free/reduced programs, please visit our website. Families that qualify for free/reduced meals will need to complete the Consent to Share Information form in addition to the free/reduced meals application in order for fees such as sports, ASB, and electives to be waived.
We will be issuing lockers again this year. Students will receive their locker information either at the new student orientation day or the first day of school!
7th and 8th grade students will retain the Chromebook issued to them during a previous school year. 6th graders will not be issued individual Chromebooks, but will have them available in classrooms for daily use. If your student does not have access to a computer or device at home to use for schoolwork, a loaner Chromebook can be requested.
Andy Sears (firstname.lastname@example.org) will continue as District Athletic Director this year.
All McMurray students will need the following items:*
Lock for gym basket
Colored pencils or fine-point markers
Lined writing paper
Blue or black ball-point pens
Additional items may also be requested by individual teachers. Humanities and Science composition notebooks and student conference folders are supplied by the school.
*Please contact Terri Vickers in the office if you need assistance in providing supplies for your student.
McMurray students and staff often need the following items. If you are able to contribute additional items from the list above or below, please drop them in the box in the office marked "Donated School Supplies." Thank you!
Dry erase markers
Task: Assist students &
August 29, 30 and 31
8:00 to 8:30 am
2-3 per day
Terri Vickers 463-8699
Photo Day assistants
8:00 to 11:30
11:30 to 2:45
Terri Vickers 463-8699