The BULLetin

September 14, 2017

Principal's Message

As many of you know, Murphy has implemented AVID. Part of the AVID program is to promote a college-going culture. We've done that ever since we opened 6 years ago. We have implemented practice ACT/SAT tests. We have run college readiness programming. As an extension of that work, on Wednesdays throughout the year staff are invited to wear college gear. The picture below has most of our staff wearing their "The Places You'll Go" and extension of our college-going culture theme or college logo gear.

In addition, in the coming weeks teachers will be posting information about their college experience(s). While they are not all ready for public consumption, you can take a look at mine, if you're so inclined.

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SD308 Food Drive

Our community needs your help! Once again Murphy Junior High will be participating in the District 308 Food Drive.

Starting next Monday, September 18th thru September 26th, we will be collecting non-perishable items to benefit the Kendall County Food Pantry. Student Council members will be picking up items during homeroom.

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.

Last year, Murphy collected 3,915 items! Can we make it to 4,000 items this year?

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.

  • 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 25th and 26th 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!

Food Drive Flyer & Additional Information

Weekly JAM (Just Another Maverick)

We had nearly 50 students come to the first "staff" meeting of the Weekly JAM. Our fearless leaders got everyone's name and email addresses and started compiling this week's issue. We're still working out some kinks and logistics for a group this big but you'll note a significant number of new contributions.

Enjoy the Weekly JAM

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

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

Thank you to everyone who stopped by the PTO table at Curriculum Night. We sold out of all spirit wear again! Be on the lookout for information regarding our Fall Spirit Wear sale soon.

Please join us for our first General PTO Meeting of the year on Wednesday September 20th at 7pm. During this meeting we will discuss the Murphy Monster Mash (Halloween Dance) plans, including volunteer opportunities. There are a limited number of volunteer spaces, so please come to the meeting to learn more. All PTO meetings are held at school, please enter through door #5 and turn left into the Community Room. We hope to see you there!

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).


  • PTO Meeting Wednesday 9/20 at 7:00 pm
  • Murphy Monster Mash Friday October 20th from 7-9 pm


Student riding bikes home from Murphy in the afternoon need to cross the street at posted cross walks. In recent days there have been a number of students who have crossed the parking lot to go to Grande Park Elementary to wait for/pick up siblings. There have been a number of close calls where drivers are not looking for students on bikes and students on bikes are not taking note of cars getting in line at Grande Park or leaving Murphy.

In order to ensure all of our students are safe, students on bikes MUST cross at cross walks and they may not ride in the parking lot between 3 and 4pm.

Student Services Spotlight

Bullseye Winners

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John Disher, Jenna Tindall, Brady Finn, Vasya Cherepnin, Jordan Urbanowski, Sreekeerthi Panchagnula, Teddy Wynard, Juan Contreras, Addison Quinn, Varnith Aleti

Faculty Winner

Dr. Anderson

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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

Zeroes Aren’t Permitted!

ZAP is an intervention implemented to develop good homework habits. This program helps students self-correct without a penalty. Getting into the habit of doing homework and realizing that it counts is tough for many students. ZAP helps reinforce the importance of homework completion and provides an opportunity for intrinsic growth through self-correction.

What to do when your student is ZAPPED?

If a student does not complete a homework assignment he/she will receive a ZAP. Students have until 8:00am, the following morning, to turn the assignment into Student Services for full credit. If the student chooses not to complete or submit the assignment, then the student will be required to attend the ZAP classroom (D126) during his/her lunch to complete the homework, also for full credit. It is your student's responsibility to know what is missing and bring the necessary materials home. Students will be allowed 5 visits (every 9 weeks) to the ZAP classroom to complete their work. After 5 visits, students are no longer eligible for the ZAP intervention.

If you have questions, please contact your child’s teacher and/or counselor.

“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.

Patrick Black - The Maverick Way

Maverick 8th grader, Patrick Black, has been involved in Cho’s martial arts for the past six years. Martial arts has increased Patrick’s discipline and confidence. He was involved in the sparring team for a year and has competed in tournaments, placing first in board breaking. Patrick earned his 2nd degree black belt in March 2016 and can test for his 3rd degree black belt in December 2017.

Way to go, Patrick!

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!

Attention 6th Grade Families!

Please click on the links for more information about binders.

Interested in finding out more about binders and how we check student organization? This letter explains the process that we are using.

Want to help your student keep their binder organized? This letter explains how binders are set up.

Intense Emotions?!?

Does your child experience intense emotions? Please click on the following link for advice on how to help your child manage their emotions.

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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

Last Saturday the Murphy XC team participated in the Run the Plank invitational. The results are a little hard to decipher, but they are noted below.

Full meet results can be found HERE.

Girls' Volleyball

8th Grade

Tuesday 9/5/17 vs. Bednarcik

A team, Murphy lost 12-25 and 17-25.

B team lost 14-25 and 15-25.

Thursday 9/7/17 vs. Jewel

For the A team, Murphy lost 17-25 and 12-25.

B team lost 16-25 and 19-25.

While the team lost to Jewel, the score did not reflect the improvements that have been made. The girls played their best game yet!

Tuesday 9/12/17 vs. Traughber

A Team lost to Traughber 11-25 and 9-25.

B Team went to 3 games, winning the first 25-21 and losing the next two, 14-25 and 8-15.

These ladies put forth a great effort. Special mention goes to Gracie Britton and Faith Johnson on their awesome serving streaks!

7th Grade

Tuesday night the 7th grade girls played Traughber. The A team kept up their winning streak going and once again they dominated! The B team almost had the win but lost in the 3rd set - a very close game!. Come out Thursday to watch our home game at 4:30... 2 games left before conference. Go Mavericks!!

Last Thursday the 7th grade girls volleyball team once again dominated the court, this time against Jewel. They are on a winning streak!

Boys' Soccer

Tuesday night the boys soccer team took on Traughber. After a very physical game they walked away with a 3-0 win. Great job.

Last Thursday the boys soccer team came away with a win last over Jewel. Great job, Mavs!

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.

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 14

  • Boys' Soccer v Jefferson (4:30pm)
  • Cross Country @ Traughber (4:30pm)
  • 7th Girls' Volleyball v Jefferson (4:30pm)
  • 8th Girls' Volleyball @ Jefferson (4:30pm)

September 18

  • Murphy Athletics Mike's Candy Stand Fundraiser Kick Off
  • Fall Play Information Posted
  • Boys' Soccer v Sandwich (4:30pm)
  • Cross Country v Heritage Grove & Sandwich (4:30pm)

September 19

  • Boys' Soccer v Herget (4:30pm)
  • 7th Girls' Volleyball v Herget (4:30pm)
  • 8th Girls' Volleyball @ Herget (4:30pm)

September 20

  • Murphy PTO Meeting (7pm)

September 21

  • Cross Country @ Plank (4:30pm)
  • Prairie Conference Boys' Soccer @ Traughber

September 22

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

September 23

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

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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