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January 17th, 5-9pm

January 18th 5-9pm




Did you know that MMS PTA collects the Faculty's Favorites so that when students and parents want to thank them for all they do for our Mavericks you can get them something that will really make them feel special?  Check out of lists for your student's teachers!





State Accountability

Texas PTA will continue to monitor the new components of the state’s school accountability system and the creation of a new accountability system being considered by the Next Generation Assessment and Accountability Commission.


The new accountability system reduces to 55% the weight of state test scores on a school’s overall accountability rating, and builds on the community and student engagement evaluation added in 2013. Other markers of a successful school such as the number of students who take AP tests, dual enrollment courses, attendance, dropout rates, etc., will be considered in the new system. While the creation of the community and student engagement evaluation was a good first step toward acknowledging that parent involvement is the strongest predictor of student success and that schools and districts should be recognized for more than student test scores, the implementation of this portion of the accountability system is weak.

Read more about how Texas PTA will monitor the state's accountability system.


State Board of Education

Texas PTA will actively weigh in on legislation impacting the State Board of Education (SBOE) and monitor SBOE's activity and its quarterly meetings.


The SBOE sets policies and standards for Texas public schools. Its primary responsibilities include:

  • Setting curriculum standards
  • Reviewing and adopting instructional materials
  • Establishing graduation requirements
  • Overseeing the Texas Permanent School Fund
  • Appointing board members to military reservation and special school districts
  • Providing final review of rules proposed by the State Board for Educator Certification
  • Reviewing the commissioner’s proposed award of new charter schools, with authority to veto a recommended applicant

Read more about the State Board of Education


Did You Know?

Legislators began pre-filing bills this week in anticipation of the upcoming Texas Legislative Session that begins January 10, 2017. Several bills filed relate to Texas PTA’s priorities:

  • House Bill 133 by Representative Carol Alvarado – Banning powdered alcohol for minors
  • House Bill 196 by Representative Mary Gonzalez and Senate Bill 35 by Senator Judith Zaffirini – both bills providing full-day pre-kindergarten for students in at–risk situations
  • House Bills 304, 305 and 306 by Representative Ina Minjarez and Senate Bills 179, 180 and 181 by Senator Jose Menendez - all six bills relate to strengthening bullying laws to include cyberbullying
  • Senate Bill 215 by Senator Jose Menendez – limiting state-required assessment to those that are required by federal law
  • House Joint Resolution by Representative Richard Raymond - Proposing a constitutional amendment prohibiting the authorization of funding of an elementary or secondary education voucher program.

Share These Priorities!
Let your voice be heard and share these priorities with your PTA friends. Forward this email, post to Facebook, and make sure your PTA knows about the issues we're backing during the upcoming legislative session!

If you missed the parent program with Katie Greer on Monday, Sept. 26th, you can find very important information on her facebook page and website.

   On Facebook.....  KL Greer Consulting    


Do you plan to volunteer in Plano ISD this year?  Don't forget to submit your Volunteer Application TODAY!  These background checks expire on June 30th of each year, so please resubmit yours even if you have done it in the past.  We look forward to Volunteering with You!

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Murphy Middle School PTA

2016-2017 Officers

President – Angela Hughes

1st VP Programs – Susan Rice

2nd VP Membership - Jennifer Almholt

3rd VP Ways and Means – Michele Kester

4th VP Volunteers – Kristy Bennis

Secretary – Stephanie Ownby

Treasurer – Paula Heston 


 Bell Schedule for Murphy Middle School (2016-2017)
The following information may be helpful as you find yourself needing to make appointments during
the school day or deliver items for lunch or certain classes.

1st Period: 8:30 – 9:23
2nd Period: 9:27 – 10:16
3rd Period: 10:20 – 11:13
4th Period: 11:17 – 12:51

"A" Lunch (6th Grade)
Lunch 11:17 – 11:47 (30 minutes)
Class 11:51 – 12:51 (60 minutes)
"B" Lunch (7th Grade)
Class 11:17 – 11:49 (32 minutes)
Lunch 11:49 – 12:19 (30 minutes)
Class 12:21 – 12:51 (30 minutes)
"C" Lunch (8th Grade)
Class 11:17 – 12:19 (62 minutes)
Lunch 12:21 – 12:51 (30 minutes)

5th Period: 12:55 – 1:44
6th Period: 1:48 – 2:37
7th Period: 2:41 – 3:30


Please let us know if you have any Questions, Comments or Concerns.

 Position  Name  Email
 VP of Programs  Susan Rice  programs@mmspta.org
 VP of Ways & Means  Michele Kester  waysandmeans@mmspta.org
 VP of Volunteers  Kristy Bennis  volunteers@mmspta.org
 Treasurer  Paula Heston  paypal@mmspta.org
 Reflections  Minoo Wille  reflections@mmspta.org
 School Supplies  Marcia Kviz  schoolsupplies@mmspta.org
 Spirit Wear  Nicole Broeckel  spiritwear@mmspta.org
 Technology Chair  VACANT  admin@mmspta.org
 President  Angela Hughes  president@mmspta.org