Charles P Murray Middle


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Who was Charles P. Murray?

Charles P Murray

Charles P. Murray was born in Baltimore, Maryland on September 26. 1921 and moved to Wilmington, NC when he was just a year old. He graduated from New Hanover High School in 1938. He was drafted into the Army in 1942 after completing three years at the University of North Carolina.

In October 1944, in northeast France, he joined the 30th Infantry Regiment of the 3rd Division as a replacement platoon leader. He became the company commander in early December.

According to an article in the New York Times, "Lieutenant Murray was leading an Army platoon into a valley near Kayserberg, France, early on December 16, 1944, to take a bridge and build a roadblock, when he told his men to rest. He went ahead and spotted some 200 German soldiers preparing to attack an American battalion positioned on a nearby ridge." Thanks to his heroics, the Americans were spared. For this he received the Congressional Medal of Honor.

In his honor, our school was named after him when it was built in 2001.  Charles Murray died on August 12, 2011 at his home in Columbia, South Carolina.

For detailed accounts about his life and heroics, click the following links:

Mission Statement

Murray Middle School will be a safe and supportive learning environment where the community works together as a team to provide all students with the skills to be life long learners in a technological global society.

School Vision

Murray Middle School will be a safe and productive learning environment where the community works together as a team to provide all students with the skills to be lifelong learners in a technological and global society.

School Theme

F3-Falcons Focused on the Future!

Goals for Student Achievement

Falcon Students: Murray Middle School practices the“4R’s” Framework outlined below which is the focus of the Falcon Community in order to facilitate and embrace a school climate of Positive Behavior Instruction and Support (PBIS) .

  • Focus on your work
  • Attend School
  • Be prepared and on time for class
  • Be respectful to students, faculty and administration
  • Be respectful of school property
  • Be mature and act appropriately
  • Be academically productive
  • Have a purpose when you are in the hall
  • Use time management skills
  • Accept direction and redirection from teachers
  • Allow anyone to sit next to you
  • Listen mindfully

School Commitment

The Murray Falcon Team Will

  • Provide a safe nurturing environment.
  • Provide a rigorous instruction based on North Carolina Standard Course of Study.
  • Provide students and parents with feedback on the students progress, via phone calls, emails, parent conferences, and through Parent Portal.
  • Update grade book weekly through the Parent PowerSchool Portal.
  • Encourage student use of organizational strategies such as a student planner or electronic calendar.
  • Provide students with opportunities to read, write, think, and talk in every class every day.
  • Provide remediation and/ or enrichment when students need it.
  • Differentiate instruction so all students are able to learn.
Elective Teachers Will:
  • Provide students the opportunity to explore potential interests
  • and talents beyond the academic classroom.
6th Grade Teachers Will:
  • Assist students with transitioning from elementary school
  • to the middle school environment.
  • Teach each student to use a planner for communication, to
  • help students to become more self reliant, and as a tool to
  • actively communicate expectations and student progress.
7th Grade Teachers Will:
  • Continue to work on organizational structure and skills introduced in 6th grade.
  • Assist students in understanding the rewards and/or consequences of their choices.
  • Prepare students to transition into the increased freedom offered in 8th grade.
8th Grade Teachers Will:
  • Help students develop communication skills for the 21st century work environment.
  • Prepare students for the transition from middle school to
  • the high school environment.

NHCS District Goals 
for Student Achievement

District Goals