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 ybutler@vashonsd.org or Kailey at kketter@vashonsd.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 bjensen@vashonsd.org.  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)


McM Sports Schedules (Links at bottom of webpage)

Students must have all required paperwork on file in the school office in order to practice.

How to Register For McMurray Middle School Sports


  1. Read the following:

Activities Code

Concussion Information Pamphlet

Sudden Cardiac Arrest Information Pamphlet


  1. Complete and return the following forms to the McM main office:

Extra-Curricular Enrollment Form

Current Physical Examination Form (good for 2 years)

Sports Safety Guideline Form (Informed Consent):

Cross Country





  1. 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 (asears@vashonsd.org) will continue as District Athletic Director this year.


All McMurray students will need the following items:

3-ring binder

Notebook dividers


Ruler (metric/standard)




Lock for gym basket



Pencil Pouch

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

Hand sanitizer


Permanent markers

#2 Pencils

Clear tape

Sticky notes (all sizes)

Boxed tissues/kleenex


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

3-4 people                       

Barb Jensen   463-8715


Assist students & 

office staff

September 3-5

7:30 to 8:10 am

3 or 4 people                

Barb Jensen   463-8715


Photo Day

September 5

7:45 to 12:20

12:55 to 2:40

3 people                        

2 people                   

Terri Vickers  463-8699