The BULLetin

September 9, 2021

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:

  • Murphy Celebrations
  • Murphy Restaurant Night- Aurelios!
  • **NEW** Murphy Drama Department
  • **NEW** TDL and Absences
  • General Murphy Reminders
  • Student Support Time plan for students
  • PTO Support Campaign
  • Murphy Yearbook
  • Picture Re-take Day
  • **NEW** Student Services Information

Important Upcoming Dates:
  • October 1- School Picture Re-takes/Make-up
  • October 8- School Improvement Day: 3.5 hour Students Attendance
  • October 11- Columbus Day- No student Attendance

Murphy Celebrations!

Take a look below at some GREAT things that are happening in classes at Murphy!

Mrs. Miller's Science Class

Mrs. Miller's science students explored how light travels in a room by testing lasers and flashlights.

Mrs. Miller's Social Studies Class

Students in Ms. Miller’s Social Studies classes were given 100 Dixie cups and 10 minutes to build the highest tower that they could. The activity was intended to work on communication skills during the first couple weeks of school.

Murphy Restaurant Night

Plan ahead for lunch or dinner on Tuesday, September 21! Aurelio's will give back 20% of sales to Murphy between the hours of 11:00am and 8:00pm. Who doesn't love pizza!? Thanks for your support for our kids!

Aurelio's Restaurant Night

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Murphy Drama Department

Attention all students interested in Murphy drama this year:

All of the information that you need is now posted in our Google Classroom. Check out the exciting plans that we have for the fall play and the spring musical and get the information you need to audition for a part or join the crew. If you have not yet joined our Classroom, here is the link:

Any questions talk to Mrs. Tysiak ( or Mrs. Clausen (

Temporary Distance Learning and Absences

Temporary Distance Learning and Absences

Remember, Temporary Distance Learning is not available for students who are absent from school for various reasons. Temporary Distance Learning only applies to students who are put on quarantine by the school/district. If your child is absent from school, he/she/they still have access to Google Classroom to obtain assignments, however, they are not able to log into the Google Meet for live instruction.

Quarantine Process

If your child is sent home from school for COVID-19 symptoms, or, you choose to keep your child home from school due to COVID-19 symptoms and contact the office to report the absences and symptoms, you will receive a letter from the nurse/school with quarantine procedures and the information on Temporary Distance Learning. Students are not able to return to school until the information on the letter from the nurse/school has been addressed (this could include a signature from a parent supporting an alternate diagnosis or a negative COVID test). If your child is coming back prior to the end date of the district/school issued quarantine, based on your signature on the bottom of the letter that was sent home supporting an alternate diagnosis or negative COVID test, your child will need to report to the Main Office or Health Office with the signed form and/or additional paperwork (negative test) to receive an orange pass that allows them to return to their classes early. This orange pass will need to be carried through the day to show each of their teachers.

If your child is in quarantine for the entire period of time listed in the letter sent by the nurse/school, they are able to participate in Temporary Distance Learning each day. If your child in quarantine will NOT be attending TDL, please contact the attendance line to report their absence.

Murphy Attendance Line: 630-608-5101

General Murphy Reminders

  • Masks: Masks must be on prior to entering the building and must be covering the nose and mouth for the entirety of the day, unless eating in the cafeteria or outside
  • Snacks: Food items should be eaten in the cafeteria only
  • Extra Masks: You may want to have an extra mask on hand (backpack or locker) for emergencies, or if you feel like changing it throughout the day
  • Temporary Distance Learning: Students placed on Temporary Distance Learning will receive an email from one of the health office staff at Murphy or from the district with the quarantine and TDL information attached. Once that is provided, then the classroom teacher will be able to allow a student into the classroom Meet Link for Temporary Distance Learning. Please understand that this could take a day or two while the health office staff is handling daily health procedures, routines, and concerns, but also information pertaining to quarantining students. While you are waiting for a member of the health office staff to contact you, the absence of the student is still considered excused.

Student Support Time

Students!...Here is a student-friendly copy of the SST weekly expectations. Use this to keep yourself organized and prepared for the week!

Student Support Time Expectations

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Please help support the PTO!

Welcome to the 2021-2022 school year! Typically our PTO doesn’t host traditional fundraisers, instead we request a one-time annual family donation to help support our various programs. During these extraordinary times, these donations are more important than ever!

There are three ways you can donate this year:

  • Mail a check (made out to MJHS PTO) to the school (26923 Grande Park Blvd Plainfield, IL 60585). Please fill out the form below and include in your sealed envelope.
  • We now accept Venmo and Zelle!
  • To use Venmo, search for Murphy-PTO-1 or 630-263-2633 (four digit code is 2633).
  • To use Zelle, search (will show up as Deanna, our treasurer) or search MurphyPTO.

Thank you so much for your donation! We greatly appreciate your

generosity and support!

If you have any questions, please email us at:


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Murphy Yearbook


Top Reasons To Order

  • Printed pictures of all the things.
  • Your future self will thank you.
  • Signing day is the best day.
  • So. Many. Memories
  • It's the lowest price of the year.

Order yours today!

NOW $25.00

Limited Time Offer!

Order by September 24th and get four free icons when you personalize* your cover!

*Purchase name personalization for your yearbook, then choose up to four free icons.

Questions? Contact Ms. Fell -

School Picture Ordering

To order, you can select "After Picture Day" to view the picture prior to purchasing. Picture re-take day will be October 1st.

Here is the link to order school pictures:

Van Gogh School Picture Form

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Student Services Information

National Suicide Prevention Week 9/5 - 9/11

This week is National Suicide Prevention Week. SD308 and Murphy Junior High educates our junior high students with the evidence-based Signs of Suicide program. SOS Signs teaches students how to identify signs of depression and suicide in themselves and their peers, and how to take appropriate action. This program will be implemented later this school year and parents/guardians will be given additional information and advance notice.

In past years, Murphy has partnered with the nonprofit organization, Elyssa’s Mission, which is an organization that brings the SOS program into schools free of charge. From the Elyssa’s Mission website: “It is vital that we all learn the warning signs for depression and suicide and remember to ACT (Acknowledge, Care, Tell) if we are worried about a loved one. The best way to prevent suicide is to know what to look for and understand how to help someone who may be at-risk.”

For more information on Elyssa’s Mission and the Signs of Suicide program, please visit the website here: You can view the ACT model from Elyssa's Mission at the bottom of this section.

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

  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

High School Courses: Credit Opt-Out Process

If you have a student enrolled in Algebra I, Honors English I, or Spanish I and do not want your student to receive high school credit for the class (Algebra I or Honors English I only) or wish to drop the course, please click the “Opt-Out Form” link below for further information. Opt-out forms must be completed and returned to your student’s counselor by Thursday, October 28th, 2021.

High School Credit Opt-Out Form

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 Program)

Ms. Brilliandt -email (School Psychologist)

Health Office Staff

Mrs. Tindall, Health Clerk

Nurse Trish;

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

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.

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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.