News & Updates
Letter to Parents from Principal Newton
- July 12, 2020
- Posted by: Mark Reed
- Category: Uncategorized
June 2, 2020
Please review the following updates, information, and resources.
Congratulations and A Goodbye Note From Mr. Anthony Bromberg
I am so proud of all the work everyone did this year and am especially grateful to all who helped make the 8th-grade ceremony so special on Saturday. I feel like it was an amazing way to end the adventure this year and was an incredible way to celebrate this special group of students and the three years we got to spend together.
I am excited to share with the MMS Community that my educational journey is going to be continuing as the Assistant Principal at Gullett Elementary School. I am not saying goodbye as I will still be nearby and around to help with anything folks need. I also feel like this is the perfect time for me to start some new learning, as I feel so confident in the work our campus is doing and the incredible team in place to continue all the greatness that was happening this year. I’ve been so inspired by the creativity and community this year and as we’ve been thrown for a COVID loop in particular. I have learned from all of you and am grateful for our 3 years together!
Congratulations and Goodbye to Ms. Heather Blankenship
Two years ago, Mrs. Heather Blankenship joined the MMS Counseling Team as the Wellness Counselor. Mrs. Blankenship’s participation on the counseling and administrative team has had a powerful impact on our ability to provide an island of safety as part of our school culture. She has worked closely with our students in individual and group counseling, including restorative circles and classroom guidance lessons. We are grateful to Mrs. Blankenship for her commitment in establishing SEL programming, implementing RULER, and increasing parent engagement at MMS with workshops and book clubs. We know that you will want to come alongside us as we say farewell to Mrs. Blankenship as she has resigned her position as Wellness Counselor at MMS to pursue an opportunity in the private sector of therapy services.
General Staffing Updates
We want to honor and celebrate the following staff members who have resigned from AISD: Kristi Fleming, Texas History Teacher; Nina Mayberry, Office Clerk; Eric Mathison, SBS Teacher; Katharine Potter, Latin Teacher; Jill Kitzmiller, Spanish Teacher; Tammy Grovatt, Reading Specialist; Sean Schutze, Assistant Orchestra Director and Guillermo Ormeno, Custodian. In addition, Jane Zion, ELA Teacher, has retired after teaching for 30 years at Murchison Middle School! We appreciate these staff members’ years of service to the students and families of MMS and wish them well in their future endeavors!
We also want to thank Rian Evans, Interim Assistant Principal at Murchison Middle School for his service to our students, staff, and families over the past few months. We wish him well in his future endeavors in AISD!
We have already begun hiring for these positions. We have hired Julia Wynn as a Clerk at MMS. Ms. Wynn comes to MMS most recently from Pease Elementary, and prior to that worked at Pillow Elementary as a Clerk position. We have also hired Alex Soto as our Latin Teacher at MMS. Mr. Soto was a student-teacher at MMS and Anderson in Latin over the past few years. We have hired Erin Newland as our 7th Grade Social Studies Teacher. Ms. Newland comes to MMS from Katy ISD where she was a High School World Geography Teacher. We have hired Madelyn Buhrdorf-Williams as our new 6th grade ELA Teacher. Madelyn interned at Murchison and has recently been a Graduate Student at Texas State University.
We have hired Chris Brown as our Special Education Teacher. Mr. Brown was a Teacher’s Assistant and Coach at MMS this year. We have also hired Kennan Burns as a Special Education Resource/Inclusion teacher. Kennan comes to MMS from College Station, where she was a Special Education Teacher. Finally, we have hired Brandon Clinton as our Assistant Orchestra Director. Brandon comes to us from Parades Middle School, where he has worked as Orchestra Director for several years.
We will keep you posted as we continue to hire new staff at Murchison!
Summer Reading Opportunities for Students
Check out the link below for some amazing summer reading opportunities for our Matadors! Have a great summer!
AISD Computer Curbside
AISD Computer Curbside Continues Beginning June 8, there will be two changes to our current service:
1. AISD Computer Curbside locations will be open Monday-Thursday only, 9:30-3:30. (Locations will be closed on Fridays during the summer, beginning June 8.)
2. There will only be service at the AISD Performing Arts Center and Crockett High School. (The Austin HS and Anderson HS Computer Curbside services will be shut down.)
Please see https://drive.google.com/file/d/1GUmB8E1pJG7KbizIrj0VQWWSoHGdDcOC/view for up-to-date location information. AISD Internet Access “Our Mobile WiFi” bus service will continue throughout the summer, and they are partnering with CapMetro to expand service locations and hours. This flyer will be updated regularly to reflect all current offerings: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1psGWsoqdjDySEr8lIVrkJ9Vfo2-Imk0G/view Device Request, Delivery, Repair, and Pickup Please continue to refer to the Guide for Communication with Families Regarding Chromebooks, as processes evolve, including processes for requesting and delivering devices to students for summer school. Withdrawing or Graduating Students must drop off their Austin ISD devices at one of the AISD Computer Curbside locations. Please contact our registrar, Melissa Seaton if you need to withdraw your student for the next school year and you are moving to another school district, out of town, or out of state. You do not have to contact her if your student is an 8th-grader advancing to Anderson or another AISD high school.
Student Holiday/Professional Development (Days of Innovation for 2020-2021)
Please add the following dates to your calendar. These are in addition to the AISD school calendar. The dates reflect a student holiday for students and a professional development day for teachers.
Here are the additional PD days:
September 21, 2020
October 9, 2020
January 6, 2021
February 12, 2021
Resources for families —
food, mental health, rent, and more.
AISD SUMMER MEALS— Now earlier in the day!
The Austin school district will continue to provide meals to students during the summer.
In the Murchison area, Anderson High School continues as a breakfast/lunch pick up spot.
Open Monday through Friday 9-11 am
Simply bring documentation (like a report card) as proof of your students.
Area restaurants are also offering food for parents/caregivers at these pick up locations.
For more locations or information-
Emergency Food Distribution- June
Sunday, June 6
6101 Highland Campus Drive, Austin
Thursday, June 11
Toney Burger Stadium
3200 Jones Road, Austin
Saturday, June 13
7105 Berkman Drive, Austin
Thursday, June 18
Smile Direct Facility
300 Vista Ridge Drive, Kyle
Saturday, June 20
Del Valle High School
5201 Ross Road, Del Valle
Thursday, June 25
7105 Berkman Drive, Austin
More on Food
Food Pantries in the Murchison Area
-Westover Hills Church of Christ, 8332 Mesa Drive
Right across the street from Anderson High School
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:00-3:00 pm
-Covenant United Methodist Church
-St Louis Food Pantry
2114 St. Joseph Boulevard Saturday 8:30-10 am
Good Apple – Stay Home Stay Healthy Program
Free food delivery for those 55-plus, or who are immunocompromised.
Capital Area Food Bank —
Visit their website for most up to date information on food pantries and mobile delivery.
Click “Find food now.” Can search by zip code.
Know your rights and look for financial assistance
This website lists important information about some rights to stay in your home, as well as many community resources for financial assistance.
Greater Mount Zion Church
Tuesdays and Thursdays – 10:30-4:30
May be able to help with utilities.
Call 512-469-9020 (main. number)
Assistance over the phone – no personal contact required.
Austin Disaster Relief Network (ADRN)
This is a network of churches and volunteers that partners with local businesses.
They do have a Covid-19 financial relief fund,
Crisis intervention for domestic violence or child abuse.
Call – 512-267-SAFE
Austin Diaper Bank
For the latest pick up locations, including Friday Diaper delivery, and some food pantry information.\
Next Diaper Drive Thru
Friday, June 5th
8711 Burnet Road, Building B
AISD has translated much of its communication into numerous languages. Please help share this with your neighbors who may need the information.
For questions or more information on resources in our area, call the United Way helpline,
simply dial 2-1-1
Beth Newton – Principal
Murchison Middle School