The BULLetin

April 22, 2021

Upcoming Events and Reminders


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


  • Murphy Virtual Drama Production
  • 2021 Murphy PTO Scholarship Application
  • 2021-2022 Returning Student Registration
  • Junior High Summer School Information
  • OEHS Cheer Clinics
  • Murphy MakerSpace
  • Parent Drop-Off and Bus Lot Reminders
  • Attendance Reminders
  • 8th Grade Promotion
  • Health Office Updates
  • ISA Information
  • Congressman Foster Virtual Assembly Reminder
  • Student Services Spotlight-Summer Counselor-in-Training Opportunity


  • MAVS Expectations for Behavior **NEW REMINDERS**
  • Murphy Yearbook
  • In-Person Supplies
  • MU LRC Book Check-Out
  • Oswego Public Library Digital Access
  • Oswego Public Library Resources
  • MU PTO
  • Student Services Spotlight
  • Upcoming Events/Important Dates

Murphy Virtual Drama Production

Yup, you read that right, Murphy Drama students are currently working on an all virtual production called The Radio Play Disaster!

A recording of our production will premiere at 7PM on Friday May 14 and will be available to watch for free until 7PM on Saturday May 15. To watch, please create a FREE account at and then use the link below to access the recording of our production.

Remember, Friday May 14 is when the production premieres. Don't forget to watch it before the on demand previewing ends!

Any questions, contact Mrs. Tysiak ( or Mrs. Clausen (

2021 Murphy PTO Scholarship Application

The Murphy Junior High PTO is pleased to announce the establishment of a scholarship fund for Oswego East High School seniors who attended Murphy Junior High. To be eligible, you must have completed your 8 th grade year at Murphy and be attending an accredited institution of higher learning. We will be awarding two $500 scholarships (one male/one female). You may use a second sheet of paper if needed.

2021 Murphy PTO Scholarship Application

2021-2022 Returning Student Registration

ATTENTION!...Registration for the 2021-2022 school year is open in Tyler for returning students. Some components of the registration process are not functional on a mobile device at this time- so a computer should be used. Returning registration is open in Tyler through April 30, 2021.

Please be sure to complete your registration if you are returning next school year.

Junior High Summer School Information

Information for Junior High Summer School went live on the district website this week.

SD308 Direct Page for Summer School

Direct Link to Registration

OEHS Cheer Clinics

OEHS is offering the opportunity for interested cheer athletes to get into shape for safe tryouts, following all COVID guidelines.

Cheer Clinics Flyer

Murphy Makerspace!

We are excited to announce that we will be starting to build a Murphy Makerspace in the LRC! It will take some time, but we are VERY excited to start the process!

If you are willing to donate any items to the Makerspace, we'd really appreciate it! Items such Legos, K'nex, small/medium covered storage bins, Play-doh, marbles, supplies for marble runs, etc. are a great start. We are open to ideas and any donated items that could make this space a great addition to our building.

Thank you!

Parent Drop-Off and Bus Lane Reminders

THANK YOU to those who are pulling forward! It's helping!

Please pull all the way forward near Door 1 to the "Student Drop-Off Here" sign when dropping off students so multiple students can be dropped off at the same time and to diminish the traffic in the parking lot and on the street. Please also remember to keep the cross walk and fire hydrant clear. Be mindful of others around you and stay in line. We understand that the line is long, as we have more pick-ups this year, but please follow these expectations in order to do our best to keep you and our students safe and the traffic moving.

Please remember that the bus lot is only for buses. All cars need to drive through the pick up line at the front of the building.

Thank you.

Attendance Reminders

IMPORTANT: If your child is an In-Person Learner and will be attending classes remotely, please be sure to call the Attendance Line to keep us informed. In case of an emergency, we need to have accurate attendance. Thank you for your cooperation.

Attendance Line: 630-608-5101

8th Grade Promotion

This year, we will be conducting a modified promotion as we did last year. We will have a promotion video that will premiere on Monday, May 24th and we will have a drive through type celebration for students to pick up their certificates and take pictures on Tuesday, May 25th. Save those dates!

All 8th grade students will be receiving an email with a questionnaire form to complete to add a personalized slide to the Promotion Night video and to the Murphy Facebook page. This information needs to be completed by Friday, May 7th at 4:00 pm.

The questionnaire asks for student name, where they're attending HS, their future goals, what they miss about in-person school, their favorite artist, and favorite activities. This will be sent to 8th grade students to complete from their district account. We are also asking what information they would like shared on the Murphy Facebook page and what information they would like shared on the Promotion Video. Parents- You are able to view the questionnaire from your 8th grade student's email account.

Because of our modified promotion, Murphy Junior High and the Murphy PTO have chosen to gift our 8th graders with a congratulatory yard on the lookout for these in May!

Health Office Updates

Attention Parents of 6th Grade Students

A dental exam is required for all 6th grade students. An exam dated between 11/15/2019 to the current date will meet this requirement. Please fax (630-608-5191) or email ( a completed dental form to the Nurse Gia. If you have any questions, please contact her at 630-608-5102.

ISA Testing


Students in grade 8 will also take the Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) the week of April 26 during Science Classes

ALL students will need to bring the following items for classes and IAR/ISA testing:

  • Fully charged district issued Chromebook
  • Wired headphones/earbuds
  • Paper/Pencil

Congressman Bill Foster Virtual Assembly

We have been given a great opportunity to meet with Congressman Foster TOMORROW! Students who are In-Person will stay in their first period class after IAR testing and all students who are remote will join their 1st period class at 10:21 am. The presentation will start at 10:30 am and run for about 45 minutes. Some students will have the opportunity to ask questions and gather information about Congressman Foster's background in science moving into politics, what life is like as a Congressman during a pandemic, government, elections, and other information that students have learned about, are currently learning about, and will learn about. We're excited for this opportunity!

MAVS Expectations for Behavior

Hoodies: Just a reminder, hoods should stay down during the school day.

Cell Phones: The new Junior High student cell phone policy states that personal phones/devices need to be off and out of site during the school day (with our school day being 8:05 am-1:05 pm). This includes lunch and passing periods. All cell phones should be off and out of site for the entirety of the day. If you need to make a phone call, please come to the main office for assistance.

MAVS Expectations for Behavior

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Murphy 2020-2021 Yearbook

Thank you to all of the Murphy families, students, and staff who contributed pictures for the 2020-2021 yearbook this year! A yearbook would not have been possible without these contributions. We truly are stronger together!

Yearbooks that were preordered will arrive before the end of the school year. Thank you for all of your orders!

If you have any questions, please reach out to Elizabeth Fell at

LRC Book Check-Out/Pick-Up

Want to check out and pick up books at Murphy? Visit Murphy's catalog-Destiny and find a book and put it on hold. Wait for an email and then pick up your book at Murphy in the lobby area from the LRC Check-Out bin. Check out this flyer fore more information!

How to Put a Book on Hold

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Oswego Public Library Digital Access

Oswego Public Library and SD308 Partnership

Click on the Documents below for more information and the Google Form to complete for access.

OPL/SD308 Partnership-English

OPL/SD308 Partnership-Spanish

Want an Oswego Public Library Card?

The launch of our Ecard barcodes has gone so well! We’re now ready to start Phase 2 of our partnership, which is getting an actual physical card into the hands of every kid in SD308!

The Ecard barcode that you received from your school librarian will not allow you to check out actual physical materials, but...getting a card is easy!

Just visit either campus of the library and show them your driver’s license or state ID. This is all you need if your ID has your current address on it.

If your ID does not have your current address, then please bring one of the following items as proof of residency:

*Utility bill dated within 60 days (electronic version accepted)

*Rent receipt dated within 60 days

*Mortgage documents

*Vehicle Registration

*Checking account

*Bank Statement

*FOID card


** Please note that handwritten letters will not be accepted as proof of residency.**

***IMPORTANT NOTE: If you are not a resident of the library district, but you are still a student in the 308 school district, you may still receive a STUDENT card (with an expiration date of June 1, 2021) which will allow you to check out up to 20 items at a time. Simply visit the circulation desk of either campus with a parent or guardian with an ID.***

Did you know that the public library has more than just books? Perhaps you’d like to listen to some new music, or watch a new movie? Maybe you’d like to start a book club with your friends or neighbors? Are you looking for STEAM activities to do with your children or your scout troop? The public library has everything you need!

We encourage you to explore the library website, or visit either campus in person, to learn more! Click on the link below to visit the website.

Oswego Public Library

Link to the above library card information

Oswego Public Library SD308 Resources

All students can use their Google account to access Sora/OverDrive* (read or listen to books) and the Oswego Public Library** (access to the ebook and audiobook collection).

*Use Sora/OverDrive in your Google Apps

**Add Oswego Public Library to your Library list and have both accounts in one place!

Oswego Public Library SD308 Resources

Murphy PTO

Hello Mavericks! While we know the school year looks different, we are committed to working hard to ensure our students, staff and Maverick families have what they need! As most of you know, we don't do traditional PTO fundraisers at Murphy. Instead we ask for a one-time annual donation from each family. The PTO will be working closely with the building administration and staff to determine what is needed and how we can help. In these most extraordinary times, these donations are more important than ever! You can use the link below to make a donation online, or feel free to print out the flyer and mail it back to school with your donation. Thank you for your continued support!

Donation Link

Murphy PTO Flyer

Student Services Spotlight

Summer Counselor-In-Training Opportunity through Oswegoland Park District!

Students Entering Grades 7-10 next year: Oswegoland Park District has an opportunity for you to join their team as a counselor-in-training. You will work with Park District staff and assist in leading recreational activities during summer camps, athletic programs and other Park District events.

Questions about this program can be directed to Krista Casanovas, Oswegoland Park District CIT Coordinator, at

Applications are due by Monday, May 17th. Completed applications can be emailed to

CIT Application

OEHS Virtual Calming Resources

During overwhelming times in our life, especially now, it is important to find ways to relax and cope. The Virtual Calming Room is a place for students, parents, and staff to find tools and strategies for managing emotions and feelings. Take a deep breath and find some calm and peace.

Click here to view the OEHS virtual calming room!

Click Here: Family & Community Resources

This page provides information for families regarding resources from both SD308 and a variety of Community-Based agencies and services. This includes mental health, financial, housing, food, COVID-19 and healthcare resources.

Virtual Offices Links

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

Mrs. Noll (School Social Worker, Last Names A-K & ISP Program)

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

Mrs. Weihler (School Social Worker, Last Names L-Z & FBI Program)

Student Absences

If your student is absent, you must call the attendance line (630-608-5101) to report the absence and absence reason. Please feel free to have your student email teachers directly for missed homework. To find contact information for teachers, please use the staff list here: Teacher Directory. Your student can also check their Google Classroom(s) for missed assignments and reach out to teachers for further clarification regarding assignments, homework, or activities.

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

  • IAR testing: Monday, April 19 - Friday, April 23
  • Congressman Foster presentation: Friday, April 23
  • 8th Grade ISA testing starting the week of April 26th for 8th grade only

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

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.