The BULLetin

September 21, 2017

Principal's Message

After 5 years it is time to review our mission and vision. As we have brought the AVID program on board, we felt it was important to ensure that the Murphy Mission supported the AVID Mission. We also wanted to make sure it was congruent with the District's mission. A few weeks ago, the Murphy staff sat down and looked at these mission statements and brainstormed some new elements of a Murphy mission. We wanted our students and parents to have the same opportunity. Please take a few minutes and share your thoughts.

This link will take you to the survey. It is completely anonymous. Responses collected will be used to inform the final version of the new Murphy Mission which should be presented in October.

We will take responses through Wednesday, September 27th.

Murphy AVID

Students from the 7th Grade AVID Elective class collected change last week during lunch periods to help a school from Texas who was affected by Hurricane Harvey. The students collected $356.69! Ms. Fell is working out the details with that school to send items they need. Way to go Mavericks!
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Murphy Yearbook

There's nothing like getting a yearbook. It is the limited edition collection of our school's stories for this year. Don't let your student miss out on sharing and reliving the big events that will make this year special.

Yearbooks are now on sale for the lowest price of the year. Order now for $25.00! Yearbook price will increase January 6th, 2018. Yearbook orders can be completed online at Please contact Ms. Fell if you have any questions.

SD308 Food Drive - UPDATE

As of Thursday morning, Murphy students have collected 2,205 items. We are half way to our goal of 4,000. Items can be brought in through Tuesday. Student Council members will be picking up items in homeroom until then. Thanks for you help in supporting our community.

Did you know that:

  • Weekly, the food pantry distributes 1,800 cans of fruit, vegetables and soup for a total of 1,688 lbs monthly.

  • They also provide: 48,000 lbs of meat, 26,400 lbs of dairy, 24,000 lbs of produce, and 12,600 lbs of bread a month.

  • This is a total of 112,688 lbs of food per month and does not include the cleaning supplies, toiletries and other miscellaneous items people receive.

  • Over 7000 people receive food and donations from the pantry twice per month.

Here at Murphy we are offering a few incentives for the food drive.
    • There will be a homeroom competition based on the number of items per student in the class. The winning homeroom will receive a pizza party. Currently, Ms. Cryder's class is in the lead with 30.8 items per student.

    • There will be prizes for the top 2 students who bring in the most items. The prizes will be a $25 and $15 gift card to a local store of your choice.

    • Students can receive awards for the number of cans turned in. These will be given out by your homeroom teacher.

      • 1st item donated equals 1 Bullseye

      • 1st 5 items equals a pass to jump to the front of the lunch line

    • For every 25 items you turn in you will receive a raffle ticket to enter into the drawing for a $10 gift card to a store of your choice

    • At the Conference Volleyball tournament being held at Murphy, Sept 22nd and 23rd concessions will offer a free popcorn for every item donated

If we all do a little bit to help, it adds up to a lot! Let’s help fight hunger in our community

Weekly JAM (Just Another Maverick)

We're still working on figuring out HOW to collaboratively create a student newspaper. We need to have a staff meeting and talk some logistics and figure out a calendar of events to that need to be covered.

That being said, I'm extremely proud and impressed by these students' dedication and work.

Enjoy the Weekly JAM

Author Visit - Lindsay N. Currie

Murphy Junior High is delighted to welcome author, Lindsay N. Currie on Friday, October 13th. Mrs. Currie will talk with the 6th graders about her career as an author, including some fun behind-the-scenes glimpses into her brainstorming, research, and revision stages. She'll also speak in detail about her new book - THE PECULIAR INCIDENT ON SHADY STREET, take questions, and autograph copies for students who order a copy in advance.

Additional information can be found here.

Mr. Gerl's Science Classes

Students in Mr. Gerl's Science classes created paper airplanes. Students created, tested and modified their designs to create planes that would fly the farthest.

Fall Play Information

Information for the Fall Play will be posted on MONDAY September 18. All information will be posted on the wall outside of the choir room as well as the Murphy Drama Website ( Auditions will be Monday September 25 and Tuesday September 26 with the first rehearsal beginning on Monday October 2. Any questions, contact Mrs. Tysiak or Ms. Henaghan.

Activity Bus Routes

Activity Buses have begun. To ride the Activity Bus students need to have an orange pass that identifies their name, address, route and stop. Those can be picked up from the office or the activity sponsor. Students need those passes before 4:15 when the buses are scheduled to leave from Murphy.

(Bus times have been adjusted to a 4:15pm departure and now include a stop at Homestead Elementary)

To see a route map of stops see the links below:

Murphy Activity Route 1 MAP

Murphy Activity Route 2 MAP

Murphy Drama Club

In drama club the past couple of weeks we have been preparing our very own Murphy awards show and this week at drama club, we held our awards ceremony! Students served as the emcees, the award introducers and gave award acceptance speeches.

Student Health History Forms

If you haven't done so already, each year we ask that parents complete and updated health history for each student and turn it in as part of the registration process. We are still missing many forms. If you haven't filled out a form please download and fill it out. Completed forms are returned to the nurse. You can find the form by clicking HERE. If you are not sure if you've turned in a form, please contact Nurse Wackerlin at 630-608-5102.

Murphy PTO

If you haven’t already, please consider making your family’s annual donation to the PTO. Anyone who donates $25 or more will receive a free ticket to the Murphy Monster Mash! Our focus this year will be on Student Events and Classroom Grants. Any contribution helps and is very much appreciated! Donation Form

New to the PTO this year! We are so happy to announce that the PTO will be running the Concession Stand for the Girl’s Basketball season and Boy’s Volleyball season (Winter/Spring sports). There will be volunteer opportunities available for this as well, so be on the lookout for details soon!

For more information on the Murphy PTO, upcoming PTO events or volunteer opportunities, please contact PTO President Missy Dziewiatkowski at Please also follow us on Facebook for PTO events and updates (Murphy PTO-Home of the Mavericks).


  • Murphy Monster Mash Friday October 20th from 7-9 pm

Student Services Spotlight

Curriculum Night

If you missed curriculum night, please click on the below link for the presentation.

High School Credit Opt-Out Form

If you have an 8th grade student enrolled in Algebra, Pre-AP English 1, or Spanish and you do not want your student to receive high school credit for the class, please contact your student’s counselor for the opt-out form which must be completed by October 23. Please reference the Curriculum night presentation for further information regarding the opt-out process.

High School Opt Out Letter English & Spanish

“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 Karen Whited at or Brandi Zawacki at

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

Jacob Basile - The Maverick Way

Once again Jacob will be performing in Storm Dance Alliances holiday production of The Nutcracker.

Way to go, Jacob!

PBIS @ Murphy

Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a proactive approach to establishing the behavioral supports and social culture needed for all students in a school to achieve social, emotional and academic success.

One aspect of PBIS includes positive acknowledgement of student behavior. When students display the expected behaviors outlined in our MAVS Matrix, they may be acknowledged with verbal praise or tangible rewards (Bullseye Tickets) from their teachers. This makes the expected behaviors more likely to occur in the future and creates positive interactions, rapport, and relationships with students.

When students earn Bullseyes, they are able to collect them to enter weekly prize drawings and shop at the Maverick Mini Mall. This year, our Mini Mall will be on a cart, and students will have an opportunity to shop with their Bullseyes during homeroom each week. The Maverick Mini Mall will open for business next week!

There will be a monthly behavior focus, and teachers will be on the look out to catch students displaying these positive behaviors.

September’s Target is Making Good Decisions by:

  • Week 1 (9/11-9/15): Being on time to class
  • Week 2 (9/18 - 9/22): Coming to class with needed materials
  • Week 3 (9/25 - 9/29): Displaying expected hallway behavior

Please encourage your children to Make Good Decisions! - September Update

We are happy to once again partner with to help parents with preparing students for high school and college. Each month offers content targeted to parents of students in grades 7 and 8 (as well as high school-age - you'll have to sign up for their newsletter to get those articles).

7th Grade:
Our kids are way more perceptive than we sometimes think. Did you know the manner in which you talk about your job can actually impact the way they view their futures? Here are some great tips that will help your teenager get excited about life after high school. Continue reading...

8th Grade:
Is your 8th grader stressed? Statistically, stress and anxiety among teenagers across the U.S. is at an all-time high. But you can help. Be aware of the warning signs and help them manage the stress and pressures of being a teenager. Continue reading...

Junior High Student Attendance at OE Football Games

  • Junior High students must have student ID with them at all times, and pay $2 student admission.
  • Students must attend with parent and/or guardian, and the responsible adult must remain in attendance throughout the entire time the junior high student is in attendance.
  • We have a designated junior high student section in the southwest corner of the stadium. Junior High students are required to sit with their parents OR in this designated section.
  • All SD308 and Oswego East policies and expectations regarding student behavior apply to junior high students.
  • Students who do not cooperate with OEHS expectations and OEHS personnel will be removed from the game and their home school will be contacted. Students who fail to cooperate may not be welcome to attend future extracurricular events.

The Oswego East Administration and Athletic Department hope to cultivate tradition, excitement, and involvement with our future Wolves! We appreciate your support in helping to create the appropriate climate at our extracurricular events.

Fall Sports

Cross Country

Meet Results

Girls' Volleyball

8th Grade

9/14 8th Grade A and B volleyball teams both won their matches against Jefferson. A won 25-14 and 25-13. B won 25-23 and 25-11.

Eryn Monn had a great serving streak to help win the second A game. Emily Wollschlaeger played well all around.

9/18 Both A and B teams lost to Herget. A scores were 24-26 and 15-25. B took the match to 3 games: 25-17, 23-25, and 12-15.

Overall the ladies played their best game of the season and have a lot to be proud of!! The team made it into the conference tournament which is an improvement from their season last year so congratulations to them on all of their hard work and effort!

8th grade conference begins Friday, September 22 at Murphy.

Team party is Friday, October 6 from 3-4pm.

7th Grade

9/14 The 7th grade girls volleyball team played against Jefferson. A team had a big win and now their record is 6 and 1- keeping up their winning streak. B Team fought hard and ended up winning in the third set. Congratulations to the 7th grade team! Their last game is Tuesday here at Murphy versus herget. Come out and cheer them on! Way to go ladies!

9/19 The 7th grade girls volleyball played their last game Tuesday and both A and B won against Herget. The final standings for the A team are 7 wins and 1 loss... and for B team- 5 wins and 3 losses. Tomorrow night is conference at Bednarcik. Come out and watch them play at 4:30! Great season Mavericks!

Boys' Soccer

9/14 Good job to the boys soccer team. Another win last night. They beat Jefferson 3-1. The season record is now 7 wins, 1 loss.

9/18 Another victory for the boys soccer team. Last night they took on Sandwich and won 7-0 in the first game and then 2-0 in the second game which was only 10 minutes long. Their record is now 8 wins, 1 loss.

9/19 Great finish to the boys soccer team. Last night the boys had their last home game against Her get and won with a score of 5-0. That finishes up the regular season with a record of 9 wins, 1 loss. They have the first round of tournament on Thursday.

Murphy STEM Club

The Murphy STEM Club will be kicking off soon. The fall session culminates in participation in STEMfest at Norther Illinois University. Click this link for additional information about STEM Club.

Maverick Makers Club

Maverick Makers Club meeting dates from 3:00-4:00 Art Classroom

September 11, 18, 25

October 16, 23, 30

November 6, 13, 20, 27

December 4, 11

January 22, 29

February 5, 12, 36

March 5, 12, 19

Any student who is wanting to explore the visual arts should join this club. Experimentation with glass, ceramics and fibers will be introduced.

Additional information and sign up sheet can be found here.

Math Club & Competition Team

The MathCounts competition team is open to all students in grades 6-8. Students will participate in at least 2 math competitions. Tryouts are October 17 and practices will be at least monthly. Additional information on the MathCounts Competition Team.

Students may also join the MathCounts Math Club to engage in a variety of math-related activities that are not necessarily competition focused. Additional information about the MathCounts Math Club.

Junior High Night @ OE Theater

​On September 22 our East Theatre Thespians will be hosting Junior High Night from 5:30 - 7:30. Any 6th-8th grader interested in theatre and learning more about what Oswego East Theatre can offer them can attend! We'll be playing theatre games, participating in improv activities, touring the East stage and learning about East ​Theatre. Pizza and dessert will be available.

Additional information about the JH Theater Night can be found here.

Screening of "Screenagers" at Bednarcik

Bednarcik Junior High is hosting a FREE showing of the movie, Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age on Thursday, September 21 @ 6:00 PM in the cafeteria. The movie dives into many issues surrounding social media, gaming, academics, and internet addiction with a focus on how we can empower kids to best navigate the digital world. After viewing the movie, parents will have the opportunity to discuss reactions to the move and share insights they have from their own experiences.

Please click on the link below and register in the top right corner so Bednarcik knows how many people to expect.

For more information visit

Upcoming Events

September 22

  • 7th Girls' Volleyball Tournament @ Bednarcik
  • 8th Girls' Volleyball Tournament @ Murphy

September 23

  • 7th Girls' Volleyball Tournament @ Bednarcik
  • 8th Girls' Volleyball Tournament @ Murphy

September 25

  • Vision and Hearing Screening
  • Fall Play Auditions
  • Prairie Conference Soccer Tournament @ Traughber

September 26

  • Fall Play Auditions
  • Prairie Conference Soccer Tournament @ Traughber

September 27

  • Picture Retakes (during lunches)

September 28

  • Fall Play Cast List Posted
  • City of Lights Soccer Tournament @ Stuart Sport Comples
  • Prairie Conference Cross Country

September 29

  • Girls' Volleyball City of Lights Tournament

September 30

  • Cross Country City of Lights Meet @ Lincoln Park - Aurora
  • Girls' Volleyball City of Lights Tournametn
  • ILMEA Auditions @ Yorkville

If you are looking for directions to AWAY events, this link will provide directions to many area schools.

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

Murphy Building Calendar

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