School news from Murray Middle School

Eagle Scout

The Murray community is proud of eighth-grade student Phillip Chervenak’s Eagle Scout project. With the help of several Murray students and the boys in his troop, he made 15 Leopold benches for the students to use during lessons in the outdoor classroom.

Battle of the Bands

Murray hosted a Battle of the Bands where Flipside Rock Bands from Murray, Highland Park and Farnsworth were able to perform. Murray took the trophy for “Best Band,” and all schools did a phenomenal job.

An “aww” moment stemmed from a challenge that all three schools were given. They were asked to take a nursery song and put their own “rock” spin on it. While Highland Park played “Itsy Bitsy Spider,” the crowd sang along and some folks even did the hand gestures.

Thanks to community partners

Murray is celebrating many partnerships that help advance learning for our students. A special thanks to Saint Anthony Park Community Foundation, St. Paul Public Schools Foundation, New Lens Urban Mentoring, Honoring Project, University of Minnesota Raptor Center, U of M Curriculum and Instruction, U of M Athletics, U of M Science Department, U of M Library, Murray Class of 1965, Pilot 1:1 Tutors, Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Center, U.S. Forest Service, Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, St. Paul Parks and Recreation for the use of the College Park designated outdoor classroom space, 3M, Murray Parent Association and Micawber’s Books.

History Day winners

Murray had 18 students compete at the University of Minnesota for State History Day. Special congratulations go to Jillian Brenner, who received third place and went to the national competition in Washington, D.C. (see story above); Fiona Blank and Anna Gaudio, honorable mention; and Audrey Power-Theisen and Janey Post, honorable mention.

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