The BULLetin

May 12, 2022

Upcoming Events and Reminders

Please read the information in The BULLetin in it's entirety. This is our weekly communication to bring you up to speed on all important information.

Important information, upcoming events, and details can be found further in the Bulletin.

The BULLetin Information:

  • **NEW** AVID Instructional Strategies
  • **NEW** General Updates and Information
  • Poms Squad 2022 Information
  • Survival Skills Volunteers Needed
  • **REMINDER** Returning Student Registration
  • School Supply List and Purchase Option for 2022-2023
  • Maverick Market
  • Student Support Time plan for students
  • **NEW** Student Services Information

AVID Instructional Strategies

In the section below, we are celebrating the AVID Instructional Strategies of our Murphy Staff.
Mrs. Zaininger's Class: Students in Mrs. Zaininger's 8th grade Honors English 1 students are immersed in the world of Shakespeare! Students are reading, interpreting, discussing, and acting out scenes from Romeo & Juliet.

General Updates and Important Information

**UPDATED** End of Year Events:

8th Grade Recognition and Celebration Night will creatively take place inside and outside on THURSDAY, MAY 26 by alphabet in stations between 5:00-8:00pm. The letter was sent to 8th grade students and families. The letter is linked here as well.

**UPDATED**: The 8th grade dance will take place TOMORROW from 6:00-8:00pm.
  • The dance will be held in the cafeteria. Students may enter through Door 4 at 6:00pm. Remember...Student IDs are required to enter the dance with your ticket!
  • Parents- the dance will end promptly at 8:00pm, please arrive by 8:00 pm to pick up your student.

Maverick Mania will take place this year on the last day of school. This is our end of the year celebration for students.

**NEW** PrairieFest Parade 2022

Have you always wanted to be in a parade? Now is your chance!

PrairieFest Parade 2022 is on Sunday, June 19, 2022 (Step off: 1:00pm)

Sign up to represent your school in the Oswegoland Park District's PrairieFest "Just Another Day in Paradise" parade. Free tshirt will be provided to those parade walkers who have signed up. PLEASE NOTE: Students in Grades K-5, must have a parent sign up to walk with them. Once signed up through the SignUp Genius link (click here), you will receive an email indicating that you are confirmed to be a participant. SIGN UP BY MEMORIAL DAY TO PARTICIPATE!

As we get closer to the event, you will receive an email regarding where to meet, what time to meet, and how to pick up your tshirt. PLEASE provide an email address that you will be monitoring at the beginning of June so that we can contact you.

Summer Honors Bridge Program

The district is running a Summer Honors Bridge program specifically targeted at students making the transition from general education to honors classes (current grades 5-7). Take a look at the information linked below for more information.

Sign-Up Form


Oswego East Sports Camps

Interested in Sports Camps at OE?...check out the link below:

Wolves Sports Camps

**NEW** Oswego East Youth Basketball Camps 2022

Check out the information below regarding basketball camps for a variety of different grade levels this summer!

Link to register:

Little Wolves Basketball Camp

Date: Monday, June 6th - Thursday, June 9th

Grade: 1-2 (boys)

Time: 8:00-9:30 AM

Cost: $60.00

T-shirt: Yes

Location: Main Gym

Future Wolves Basketball Camp

Date: Monday, June 6th - Thursday, June 9th

Grade: 3-5 (boys)

TIme: 8:00-10:00 AM

Cost: $65.00

T-shirt: Yes

Location: Main Gym

Junior Wolves Basketball Camp

Date: Monday, June 6th - Thursday, June 16th (M, T, W, Th)

Grade: 6-8 (boys)

Time: 8:00-10:00 AM

Cost: $100.00

T-shirt: Yes

Location: Blue Gym

**UPDATED** 8th Grade- Wolves 101

Going to OE? Oswego East High School is excited to host our Freshmen Bridge Program entitled "Wolves 101" this summer. Wolves 101 helps students transition and learn about Oswego East while also learning strategies to be successful and supported as students enter high school.

Wolves 101 runs from August 1st-August 3rd from 9am-12pm. Sign up ends on July 13th, so sign up as soon as possible! Click this link for more information and to sign up.

8th Grade-Panthers 101

Going to OH? Join us for the Panthers 101 program for the 2023 Freshman Class at OH. Take a look at the information linked below.

Panthers 101 (Spanish)

Panthers 101 (English)

Parent/Incoming Freshman Email

Murphy Junior High PTO Scholarship Application

The Murphy Junior High PTO is pleased to announce a scholarship opportunity for Oswego East High School Seniors who attended Murphy Junior High. To be eligible, you must have completed your 8th grade year at Murphy and be attending an accredited institution of higher learning. We will be awarding two $500 scholarships (one male/one female). The deadline for submissions is Monday, May 23rd, 2022.

Scholarship Application Form

**REMINDER** Student/Family/Staff Safety:

As you know, the safety of our students is always our top priority. As the weather changes, there is a need to remind our families of the safe, recommended arrival/dismissal procedures that have been established by our community. During arrival, please do not park and have students walk through the drop-off line. Please be sure to pull all the way forward to the athletic entrance to drop off students to help reduce the wait time for all families who are dropping off students. There are three safe options for student dismissal: students either ride the bus home, walk/ride bikes along the bike path, or parents are to pick up students by following our parent pick-up line procedures (again, pulling all the way forward to allow for multiple cars to be stopped for pickup. The Plainfield Police Department will continue to be present from time to time. They have asked we remind our families of the following information:

*Cell phone usage is strictly prohibited in school zones.

*The speed limit in school zones when children are present is 20 mph.

*Make sure all children are buckled up properly.

*Parents and students should only be crossing the street at crosswalks.

*There is no parking along Grande Park Boulevard, Thornwood Way and Thornwood Boulevard at any time.

*Please be sure that students are utilizing the provided crosswalk

Thank you for your continued support and for keeping our students safe!

2022 Murphy Poms Squad

Poms Clinic and Tryouts begin the week of May 16th. Please see the forms linked below if you are interested! Packets are also available in Student Services!

Poms Tryout Packet 2022

Survival Skills Volunteers Needed

Attention current 6th and 7th graders!

Would you like to help the incoming 6th graders during their Survival Skills class this summer? We are looking for volunteers/assistants to help provide a “sneak peek” into the life of a junior high student. Classes will meet on Wednesday, August 10th and on Thursday, August 11th. Volunteers MUST be willing and able to stay for the ENTIRE day (hours will be communicated in the near future).

Don't forget- Survival Skills is a great way to earn service hours!

If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the Google Form below by Friday, May 20th. If you are chosen as a volunteer, Ms. Fell or Ms. Phillips will notify you.

** Please complete the Google Form when logged in on the student's account **

For questions, please contact Elizabeth Fell ( or Tracy Phillips (

Thank you in advance!

Registration for Returning Students

If you have not completed your registration for returning students, please complete the registration online as soon as possible. This was due on May 1st. Directions are linked below, and if you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the office.

La inscripción ya está abierta en Tyler para todos los estudiantes que regresan. Por favor, complete el registro en línea antes del 1 de mayo. Se adjuntan instrucciones, y si tiene alguna pregunta o necesita ayuda, comuníquese con su escuela.

Student Registration Form (English)

Student Registration Form (Spanish)

School Supply List and Purchase Options for 2022-2023

Murphy Junior High 2022-2023 Supply Kit Sale

Online sale now through May 30th

Supply Kit Sale Information

Supply Kit Flyer

Student Support Time

Here is a student-friendly copy of the SST weekly expectations. Students can use this to keep themselves organized and prepared for the week.

Student Support Time Expectations

Student Services Information

Step Up Night Information

On Wednesday, May 11th, we welcomed our incoming 6th graders and families to Murphy. If you were unable to attend, the presentation for families can be found here: Murphy Step Up Night Presentation.

You will find links to school supply lists and communication sign ups as well as helpful information about junior high.

Course Recommendations for 2022-23 School Year

Student course recommendations and elective selections were emailed to parents/guardians listed in Tyler on Friday, May 6th. If you did not receive this email, please check your spam folder.

Important Things to Note

  • Elective choices are not guaranteed for semester-long classes. At this time, we are not making changes for elective selections unless it has to do with Band, Choir, or Spanish.

  • Finalized schedules will be dependent on course availability, schedule conflicts, and individual student placement needs.

  • Finalized schedules will be released on Tyler in August prior to the first day of school.

  • Oswego East High School staff is working on the high school classes. If your student is

  • scheduled to attend OEHS for a high school Math course, that is NOT included on the list that you received via email.

  • Requests for specific lunch periods, study hall periods, etc. are unable to be accommodated.

  • Please check to ensure your student has all core courses listed (Math, ELA, Science, Social Studies) and electives selected for next year. If you are missing a core class from your recommendations (Math, ELA, Science, Social Studies), please contact your counselor. Brandi Zawacki,, last names A-K; Brian Falli,, last names L-Z

Appeals Process for ELA/Math Recommendations

If you have questions regarding a recommendation for next year, please contact your student’s teacher directly. For information regarding the appeals process for a Math or ELA recommendation, please click the link below.

Junior High Appeals Process

Service Hour Information

Current 8th graders will be recognized at promotion night for turning in any service hours during their 3 years at Murphy. Current 7th graders will need to turn in 15 hours by the end of their 8th grade year to be recognized at promotion night. Current 6th graders will need to turn in 25 hours by the end of their 8th grade year to be recognized at promotion night.

Please use the form below to track your service hours and turn them into your counselor by Friday May 6th 2022.

Service Hour Verification form 21/22

Virtual Office Links

Mrs. Zawacki - virtual office (Counselor, Last Names A-K)

Mr. Falli -virtual office (Counselor, Last Names L-Z)

Mrs. Noll -virtual office (School Social Worker, Last Names A-K and Instructional Skills Program)

Ms. Thompson -email (School Social Worker, Last Names L-Z and FBI)

Ms. Brilliandt -email (School Psychologist)

SD308 Community Resource Page

Please visit the district’s website for community based-agencies and services for families. There are many different services listed to assist families including financial, healthcare, housing, mental health/wellness services.

Click Here: SD308 Family & Community Resources Website

If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, these free, confidential resources are available 24/7:

  • Crisis Text Line

    • Text HOME to 741741 from anywhere in the U.S. about any type of crisis

The Maverick Way Outside of School

Murphy Junior High students are doing amazing things in the classroom as well as demonstrating “The Maverick Way” outside of school. If any student is demonstrating “The Maverick Way” outside of school we want to know about it! Please contact Brian Falli at or Brandi Zawacki at

*Don’t forget to include some pictures in your email.

Upcoming Events/Important Dates

Use the "Murphy Building Calendar" link below to see all the things going on at Murphy Junior High.

Murphy Building Calendar

One way to stay up to date with what is going on at Murphy is to see our upcoming events.

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Mission Statement

Murphy Junior High School is an inclusive and supportive community that promotes student success by ensuring ALL students are college and career ready.

Vision Statement

Every student. Every day. Grow. Inspire. Empower.