Q: What time does school start and end?
A: School will start at 8:25 AM and end at 3:35 PM. Students should not be dropped off earlier than 8:00 AM. The building will closed to students promptly at 4:00 PM unless there is after school tutoring or event.
Q: Where is student drop-off and pick-up?
A: Drop-off - Buses will drop students off at the back entrance to the Gym each morning. All car riders will drop off on the side near the 6th and 7th Grade hallways. The front of the building will not be accessible for student drop off, only staff and visitor parking.
Pick-up – Buses will pick up students at the front of the school near the front entrance. A sign letting students know the order of buses and the bus changes for the day will be displayed near the entrance of the school each day at 3:30. Car riders will be picked up in the side parking lot near the 6th and 7th grade hallways.
*In order to maintain a safe environment for our bus riders, the Front Entrance and Parking Lot should not be used for afternoon pick-up. To maintain the safety of all students during pick-up, please follow the traffic patterns established by the school staff and avoid breaking out of line once your child is in your vehicle.
Q: What is that latest time I can check out?
A: Students may be checked out prior to 3:00 PM. Students will not be checked out of school after 3:00 PM because staff will be securing the school for a safe dismissal at 3:35 PM.
Q: What is the daily schedule?
A: Daily Schedule Page http://www.nhcs.net/murray/DailySchedule.html
Q: How do I know what Bus to ride?
A: Representatives from the NHCS Transportation Department will be available at Orientation to assist with transportation questions. Bus Route information is also available online at the New Hanover County Schools website.
Q: What is Mastery?
A: Mastery is an opportunity for students to extend their learning based on their interests or specific learning needs. Students will be supported with academic support in reading and math during this time depending on performance and assessment data. Students will also have the opportunity to creatively extend their learning in areas such as Science Olympiad, Student Government, Mock Trial, Green Arts, STAE, Math Counts, Yearbook, and others. Students will have the opportunity to sign up for a Mastery course during their homeroom the first week of school.
Q: Can I leave campus during the day?
A: No! Upon arrival at Murray Middle School, you may not leave school grounds until dismissal unless checked out by a parent/guardian. Any individual picking up a student is required to present ID to the main office staff.
Q: What do I do with my excuse note when I am absent?
A: Excuse notes should be turned into your Home Base teacher the day you return to school.
Q: What is the Dress Code?
A: Students will be required to follow the New Hanover County Board Policy 8520 for Student Dress Code. A copy of this policy has been included with this Frequently Asked Questions Form. Dresses, skirts, shorts, and other similar garment lengths should be no shorter than 4 inches above the knee. Pants and shorts should be worn at the waist. Yoga pants, leggings, or other excessively tight pants do not meet the dress code unless covered by a top,dress, skirt or shorts that are also no shorter than four inches above the middle of the knee.
Q: Can I use my Cell Phone, iPad, Laptop at school?
A: Murray Middle School’s stance on this policy is that students are not to use these devices during instructional time unless authorized by the instructor. Staff members will confiscate electronic devices and give them to an administrator if they are used inappropriately. A parent conference will be required to retrieve confiscated electronic device from an administrator.
Students can use their own devices but they must follow the Network and Technology Acceptable Use Policy for New Hanover County Schools.
As part of this policy, a Bring Your Own Device form must be signed by the student and parent. According to NHCS Board Policy 8431 for Use of Portable Electronic Devices by Students, students are not to use portable electronic devices during class time without permission from the instructor.
Q: When are athletic tryouts?
A: Fall athletic team tryouts will be the first day of school. Winter and Spring athletic team tryout dates will be announced throughout the year. Physical Forms should be turned in and be on file prior to the first day of tryouts for an athletic team.
Q: How can I (Parent) get involved at Murray Middle School:
A: We have a strong PTA at Murray, but it will only continue if you get involved. Join the PTA! We also need male adults to be Watch D.O.G.S (Dads of Great Students) to volunteer one day each year to read to students, eat lunch with students, patrol the school entrances and hallways, assist with traffic flow and any other assigned activities. We would also like to start a Heart & Sole group designed to meet the needs of adolescent girls – by giving them room to talk, discuss, and grow while also being physically active and setting the goal of running the 5k at the end of the season. We will need parent volunteers to help get this started. There are so many things that parents can volunteer for to experience Middle School with their students. Please get involved with your student at Murray Middle School, it makes a difference for them.
Q: How can I be successful at Murray Middle School?
A: Always be in the right place (literally and digitally) at the right time with the right people, doing the right thing!