Welcome Back to School!Posted by Greg Allison on 8/23/2019 5:00:00 PM
Dear McMurray Students and Parents,
We are honored to welcome you to McMurray Middle School for the 2019-2020 school year. Our team is busy planning for an awesome school year and creating an amazing community at our school! This year school begins on Tuesday, September 3rd with a full day of classes. Student schedules can be viewed on Skyward Student and Family Access, and students will also receive a hard copy along with their locker assignments on the first day of school. Please see attached document for the student supply list and other important information.
We invite all 6th graders and those students new to the district to an orientation on Thursday, August 29, from 9:30 to 11:00 a.m. Students will meet their teachers, be welcomed by McMurray Student Mentors and receive a printed copy of their schedules and locker assignments at that time. We encourage parents to stay for their very own event that includes a special welcome from our administration and an informative session with Parent Educator, Yvonne-Monique Aviva, who will speak on creating a positive transition to middle school with a focus on helping your student manage stress and anxiety successfully.
For support from your School Counselors, please contact Yvette Butler if your student’s last name begins with letters A-K and contact Kailey Ketter if your student’s last name begins with letters L-Z. They will be working with these students as they progress through their middle school years. School Counselors return to regular office hours beginning August 26th and are most easily reached by email. Please contact Yvette at email@example.com or Kailey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We look forward to a fantastic school year! Our highest priorities for the year will be:
- Promoting curiosity, engagement, critical thinking, and academic growth for all students.
- Developing a safe and positive school climate will be emphasized throughout the year, with a focus on fostering empathy, inclusion, responsibility and respect.
- Enhancing positive collaboration with students, home and the community through a variety of outreach, volunteerism, and communications.
This year will commence with our new time schedule, beginning with the first bell at 8:00 a.m. and dismissal at 2:45 p.m., with last year’s “two lunch” schedule continuing. We will continue with Professional Development Days (10:35 start, 2:45 dismissal). We have a couple modifications to our typical schedule, such as the placement of homeroom, and we will share these specifics with everyone as school gets going.
Visitors and volunteers are always welcome and I encourage you to become involved in our school in whatever way you can. Volunteers are needed August 29 and September 3-5. Please see more information on the last page of this letter. Visit our website for information updates at www.vashonsd.org/mcmurray. I also encourage you to check out our PTSA partner website at www.vashonptsa.org.
We will communicate with you this year primarily via email, so please make sure we have your current email address. Report cards will be posted on Skyward and will not be mailed. You may update your contact information via Family Access or contact Barbara Jensen at email@example.com. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions regarding the upcoming year, and please see the information following this letter for more specific information about the start of the 19-20 school year. I appreciate your involvement and look forward to working with you this year!
Greg Allison, Principal
Office Opens: Wednesday, August 21nd from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ***Please note that the McMurray office will be closed on Friday, August 30 and Monday, September 2.
New Student Orientation: Thursday, August 29 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m (See information above). (no transportation provided) ***Ted Brown Music will be here at 11:00 AM to assist with band instruments.
Professional Development Days (late arrival): The first one will be on Thursday, September 12 (School begins at 10:35 a.m. - normal 2:45 p.m. dismissal). See District Calendar for complete schedule of Professional Development days for 2019-2020 school year.
Student Picture Day: Thursday, September 5
Open House: Tuesday, October 1 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Fall Sports at McM:
Cross Country (1st day of practice Sept. 3, 2:50-4:15 at McM Field)
Football (1st day of practice September 4, 2:50-4:30, Locker Room)
Boys Soccer (1st day of practice Sept. 4, 2:50-4:30 at McM Field)
Volleyball (1st day of practice Sept. 4, 2:50-4:30 at McM Gym)
Students must have all required paperwork on file in the school office in order to practice.
How to Register For McMurray Middle School Sports
- Read the following:
- Complete and return the following forms to the McM main office:
Current Physical Examination Form (good for 2 years)
Sports Safety Guideline Form (Informed Consent):
- Pay the Following Fees in McM office:
ASB Card ($40.00—one time only during the school year)
Activity Fee ($100.00 per activity per season)—helps offset the district’s expense for running the program.
*Scholarships are available upon request. See Andy Sears or Mr. Allison for scholarship information.
6th graders may practice with all of our sport teams but may only compete in Cross Country, Wrestling, and Track. 6th graders who are practicing must have the requisite paperwork completed and on file before they can begin practice and must purchase an ASB card, but are exempt from the $100.00 sports fee for all sports except Cross Country, Wrestling, and Track.
Andy Sears (firstname.lastname@example.org) will continue as District Athletic Director this year.
SUPPLIES NEEDED FOR MCMURRAY MIDDLE SCHOOL
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 binder are supplied by the school.
McMurray students and staff often have need of the following items. If you are able to contribute additional items from the list above or below, please drop them in the basket in the office marked "Donated School Supplies." Thank you!
Dry erase markers
Sticky notes (all sizes)
Volunteer Opportunities: Parent assistance is needed in the following areas:
Task Date Time People Needed Contact
Assemble 1st Day packets
Wed., August 28
1:00 pm - 3:30
Barb Jensen 463-8715
Assist students &
7:30 to 8:10 am
3 or 4 people
Barb Jensen 463-8715
7:45 to 12:20
12:55 to 2:40
Terri Vickers 463-8699
2nd Semester UpdatePosted by Greg Allison on 4/3/2019 2:00:00 PMDear Parents,As we enter into 2nd semester, we want to share out some important work going on at our school. McMurray is working diligently to sustain a positive, safe, and inclusive learning community and in this effort, we are employing a variety of strategies throughout the school intended to maximize learning, build social and emotional skills, as well foster a “growth mindset” within our students that will carry them forward to high school and beyond.In building a positive school culture, enhancing student voice and engagement is critical in this focus. This year, we are supporting our Executive Council and Sources of Strength clubs to lead projects that create community, positive engagement and throughout our school in many ways, recognizing that in addition to academics, we want to help develop student’s interests and passions. These strategies include guiding, empowering and engaging our students as leaders. Already this year, our student council has supported projects that aim to build awareness of local and global causes. Celebration of our students and acknowledgement of positive contributions in multiple ways is an important way of building engagement and voice. We seek feedback regularly from our students, host multiple “Recognition Assemblies” throughout the year to honor contributions to clubs, athletics and other endeavors, and employ the “McMurray Roundup” recognition form and “Student of the Week” honors.In our focus on building an inclusive school climate, equity and empathy are at the forefront of this work. We are proud to observe the engagement of many student leaders in our clubs, particularly two new clubs, La Chispa and People of the World (POW). Students are working to build the school and likewise, the type of world they want to live in. We are striving to honor our diversity by celebrating the many cultures represented at school through colorful bulletin boards and integrating awareness in our curriculum. Recently, we celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. through powerful performances of spoken word to honor Dr. King’s legacy by Daemond Arrindelle, Malea Dickerson, and Kevin Estrada. Students were called upon to reflect upon how they can make a difference through their inclusive and empathetic actions. We encourage our students to continue to be curious, get involved in these efforts and care for those around them.These efforts at building community and a culture of care and belonging are our biggest assets in maintaining a safe school. Prevention efforts such as our social emotional learning through Second Step, and training for students and staff continue as a top priority for our school. We are also in the midst of significant school preparedness efforts to help us respond to any possible threat or hazard. We are partnering Puget Sound Educational Service District, community partners, federal & state law enforcement, & fire department to update our plans on an ongoing basis, train staff, and practice monthly safety drills throughout the year. After any incident on a school campus or major incident in the nation, our district will meet with the administrative team, other staff, and law enforcement partners to review what occurred, how it was responded to and what we can learn to improve our own practices here on Vashon.HOW YOU CAN HELP: Work with your student to ensure they’re mindful of conversations they have in person and on social media. Ask them not to participate in any group chat that discusses any act of violence against any person or any school. Make sure they know to report any concerns to a trusted adult immediately or through our online Anonymous Alerts reporting process.
We are proud of the way these investments are taking hold in our school culture and how our students continue to learn, grow, and take care of one another. Thank you for echoing these themes at home and for your support in developing our students’ “whole selves” here at McMurray. If you are interested in learning more or partnering in these efforts, please let us know if you are interested. We appreciate your partnership!Sincerely,Greg Allison Juanita McCullochPrincipal Assistant Principal