The Marie Murphy Update

18 October 2019 Edition


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"Live a little" - 8th Grade Theatre Parties Like It's 1599!

In recognition of the conclusion of their Shakespeare Unit, 8th graders engaged in a Pub Day celebration in Ms. Janssen's theatre class!

Transforming the classroom into a 16th century public house, students entered to find their usual learning space adorned with candlelight ambiance, Elizabethan music, and gaming tables. Ms. Janssen, in full time-period costume, served shortbread, pretzels and water to her patrons as they engaged in spirited games of nine men's morris, a strategy game combining aspects of checkers and chess, popular in England during the time of Shakespeare.

A good time was had by all, or as Shakespeare might say:

Live a little;

Comfort a little;

Cheer thyself a little.

~Orlando in As You Like It

Marie Murphy Recognized By Apple as Distinguished School!

Marie Murphy School is honored and pleased to share that we have been recognized as an Apple Distinguished School for 2019–2022 school years. This recognition stems from for our creative use of laptop and iPad technology in promoting student learning and engagement.

Apple Distinguished Schools are centers of innovation, leadership, and educational excellence that use Apple technology to inspire creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking. They showcase innovative uses of technology in learning, teaching, and the school environment and have documented results of academic accomplishment.

The selection of Marie Murphy as an Apple Distinguished School highlights our success as an innovative and ​ compelling learning environment that engages students and provides tangible evidence of academic accomplishment.

This recognition is the result of tireless hard work by the our technology department - Ms. Beth Haugeberg, Ms. Kelli Lane, and Mr. Tim Furman. It is also the result of the entire MM staff's willingness to be risk takers in utilizing new technology in their instruction.

Congratulation to all for their contributions in receiving this honor!

Digital Responsibility, Celebrating Diversity, & Respecting Others Lessons Come to MM

While the coursework that students engage in on a daily basis is a valuable, there are times throughout the year where we interrupt our regularly scheduled classes to provide unique learning opportunities for students that don't fall within the traditional course structure. Two of these unique situations are taking place in the upcoming weeks.

On Wednesday, October 23rd, 6th graders will take part in the Project B3 kickoff. The focus of Project B3 is to promote (Be) Safe, (Be) Smart, and (Be) Kind behaviors and practices on the internet. What makes this program unique is that the activities the 6th graders will be a part of during the kickoff, as well as further activities throughout the year, are run by MM 8th graders. Working under the guidance of a Project B3 trainer, as well our ITC Director, Ms. Carrie Stotz, our intervention specialist, Ms Hannah Newton, and our Technology Integration Specialist, Ms. Kelli Lane, our 8th grader leaders will work with the entire 6th grade to promote digital responsibility.

Additionally, on Thursday, October 31, all MM students will take part in grade-level workshops with Haven Youth and Family Services to address the topic of Celebrating & Respecting Diversity. Taking place in small group settings, MM students will engage in discussions and activities designed to promote respect, appreciation, and understanding for the experience and perspective of others. Haven will be running additional workshops with all MM students throughout the year focusing on resisting peer pressure and understanding anxiety.

Marie Murphy School Joins the 2000s; Opens Twitter Account

Apparently, people really like social media. Who knew?

In an effort to communicate and share more frequently with all our families on their preferred social media platform, Marie Murphy School is now on Twitter. You can now follow us @MarieMurphySch. Additionally, Marie Murphy's Instagram account continues to grow as well; follow us @MarieMurphySchool. And if you just prefer to get your information via the internet rather than from an app, know that all MM Instagram posts and tweets will appear on the Marie Murphy homepage as well.

Happy viewing everyone!

League of Women Voters of Wilmette to Host State of the Village Dinner

Please join the League of Women Voters of Wilmette for the biennial State of the Village Dinner, a unique opportunity to hear from all of Wilmette’s elected leaders in one interactive evening.

On November 6th, the Board Presidents for our local government boards, including Avoca BOE President Rick Zelinsky, will discuss their strategic initiatives and greatest challenges, and will answer questions from the audience. All community members are invited to attend. The evening will begin with a buffet dinner promptly at 6PM, followed by remarks from our elected officials.

Advanced ticket purchases are required by November 1. Seating is limited and past events have sold out, so please consider buying your ticket today.