The BULLetin

October 5, 2017

Principal's Message

Thank you to the staff, students and parents who shared their input in developing a new Murphy Mission statement. We wanted to review/update our mission because it was 5+ years old and we wanted to make sure that it continued to be inclusive of the values of our district, school and community.

Murphy Junior High School is an inclusive and supportive community that promotes student success by ensuring ALL students are college and career ready.

It was impossible to capture all of the sentiments shared in a single statement without making it unwieldy. We wanted to capture our commitment to success for all students and preparation for high school but a vision beyond that as well. We also didn't want to education jargon it up too much. So we say, "college and career ready" is truly inclusive of all post-secondary education options (trade schools, technical schools, military or other). Our belief is that if a student graduates ready for college and/or a career, that they are ready for life beyond school. We shared the new mission with the staff yesterday and will spend some time unpacking the mission over the coming weeks and months so we can plan activities and programming that support our mission.

For some reason I thought things might slow down once October hit. As I was preparing this week's BULLetin I realized that is simply not true. We have a number of big events this month that we want to make sure you get on your calendars.

First, Chris Kosin of Country Financial and the Murphy PTO are sponsoring an Act on Bullying presentation for parents and students. The parent presentation will be Thursday, October 26 at 6:30pm at Murphy. The Murphy NJHS will provide child care for children 4-11 years old.

We will be opening this up to parents from around the district, so please reserve your FREE ticket at:

The PTO Monster Mash is coming up on October 20th. Look for details and ticket sales information in the coming weeks. It's a spooktacular good time.

Chick Fil A - Oswego is sponsoring a Murphy Junior High spirit day, the evening of October 25. Last year we decided to host 1 restaurant fundraiser per semester to help our support of MAVS program. Please come out and support Murphy and eat some delicious chicken sandwiches.

This year the 5 junior high/middle schools with Plainfield addresses are partnering with the Plainfield Police to hold the inaugural (and what we hope will be come annual) Shop With a Cop 8th Grade Boys' Basketball Tournament. This year's tournament will be held October 27 & 28 at Plainfield East High School. In addition to our 8th grade boys playing basketball the Murphy Poms and Cheer squads will also be performing between the semifinal and championship games.

Please come out and cheer on the MAVS as the kick off another winning season!

Parent/Teacher Conferences can happen at any time but we set aside the evening of Thursday, November 2 and Morning of Friday, November 3 for parents to sign up for conferences.

By clicking on: you will be taken to a page that says the date and teacher's name. Click on ONLY the teachers with whom you want to conference. Follow the additional directions on screen. If a teacher's conference slots are full, reach out to him/her by phone or email to find an alternative date/time to meet.

Even if you signed up last year using PTCFast, you will need to sign up again as the system does not maintain log information from year to year.

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Congrats Murphy Maestros

ILMEA (Illinois Music Educators Association) Auditions were held at Yorkville Middle School last Saturday. The following students have been selected to represent Murphy at the ILMEA Festival in Huntley on November 11.

Band: Brady Benoit, Katie Dunn, Nick Whited, Josh Kwong

Orchestra: Vivek Parashar

Jazz Band: Katie Dunn

Choir: Leah Allgaier, Bryan Allgaier, Teja Davis, Farris Elkhatib, Peyton Elliott, Haley English, Zach Hotchkiss, Paris Hunt, Carter Mathison, Naima Morris, Sreekeerthi Panchagnula, Ania Querido, Gianna Zapanta.

Way to go, MAVS!

Ms Fell & Murphy AVID

Students in Ms. Fell's AVID elective class spent time last week developing their collaboration and problem-solving skills by crating towers from a marshmallow, some tape and uncooked spaghetti noodles. Their task: Build the highest tower possible.
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Murphy Lunch Changes

To alleviate some issues with keeping things moving in the cafeteria, we are implementing a new system where students need to have their IDs in order to go to the lunch line when their row is called.

  • Students WITH their IDs can go to the lunch line when their row is called. Students WITHOUT their IDs will have to stay at their assigned table until all rows of students with IDs are called. The supervisor will then call for students without IDs to get their lunch.
  • If students have lost their IDs, they can come to the office and purchase one for $5. If students have not received an ID, they should come to the office to get one.

We will start this procedure on Tuesday, October 10th.

Social Emotional Learning Survey

As you may know, School District 308 remains actively engaged in social-emotional learning (SEL) and related strategy instruction for all students. Elementary schools will again be participating in an SEL assessment program (called SELweb) created by Rush NeuroBehavioral Center. The assessment is computer-based and may often be completed during regularly-scheduled computer lab times. While the full assessment generally takes about forty minutes, it may also be completed in multiple sessions. Students in 1st through 6th grade will take both a pretest (Oct. 10-Nov. 10) and posttest (Apr. 3 - May 18) assessment of social-emotional skills. Kindergarten will be assessed only once between January 29th– February 28th. Areas (modules) assessed provide teachers and appropriate staff with information about your child’s ability to identify feelings, use problem-solving skills, and demonstrate self-control. These are the same SEL skills students learn through the Second Step program at their school.

Additional information in both English and Spanish can be found here.

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.


Personalize your student's yearbook cover to get four free icons.

Get up to four free cover icons of your choice when you order a yearbook and personalize the cover with a name. Offer ends Friday, October 6, 2017.


Weekly JAM (Just Another Maverick)

The JAM contributors met today. We discussed focusing our energies and making sure we're covering school events, as well as, writing about things we find interesting. We are monitoring our "clicks" through the BULLetin and planning to distribute some number of copies into classes and the LRC in the relatively near future. Look for potential format updates also.

MORA: Asian Fusion and Murphy Music

MORA: Asian Fusion (Kathy and Jason Morales) have generously offered to partner with Murphy Music on October 23 - 25. Showing this flyer will get 15% of their bill donated to Murphy Music. This works at either location (Bolingbrook Promenade or downtown Plainfield)

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.

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

Maverick Teacher Shout Outs!

We think our entire MJHS staff is amazing and deserves to be acknowledged for the great work they do on a daily basis! Please use this form to recognize any member of our staff. Remember, staff includes teachers, secretaries, nurses, teaching assistants, and custodians!

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

Alex Romero

Congratulations to 6th grader, Alex Romero! On October 1, Alex entered the Burr Ridge Champions Chess Tournament. He played the rated U600 section taking home the 1st place trophy. He will play at the Illinois State All Grade Chess Championship on November 11th in Peoria, IL.

Alex also participated at the Have Fun? You Won! Kids Triathlon held last September 24th at OEHS. This event was hosted by the Oswego Park District. Alex placed 6th under sixth grade boys with time of 17:51.6 Super job!

“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.

Parent Resources

In the wake of the Las Vegas tragedy, many of our students are talking and processing through this event. The attached articles are nice resources for families when trying to speak with children about violence.

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.

This week’s Target is to Make Good Decisions by:

  • 10/2-10/6 Keeping your hands, feet, and objects to yourself in the hallway

Next week’s Target is to Value and Respect Each Other by:

  • 10/10-10/13 Smiling and acknowledging others in the hallway

In addition to acknowledging students for displaying expected behaviors with Bullseyes, we are preparing for our First Semester PBIS Celebration. On Friday, December 15, students will be rewarded with tickets to the Maverick Movie Celebration, where they will be able to watch a movie at school. Between the dates of October 2 – December 8th, students will need to:

  • M - make good decisions by receiving ZERO tardies to class,
  • A - accept responsibility by receiving ZERO ZAPs,
  • V - value and respect each other and our school and
  • S - be safe by receiving ZERO disciplinary actions! This includes suspensions, detentions and office referrals through December 15th

Murphy & Chick Fil A

We had so much fun last spring with our Portillo's Night that we thought we might do something again this fall. Chick Fil A in Oswego is hosting a Murphy Spirit Night. Dine in, carry out and drive through orders are all eligible and up to 20% will be donated back to Murphy. We use the proceeds from fundraisers like this one to help fund our school store. Please plan on joining us that nigh!
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Fall Sports

City of Lights Tournament

Murphy was invited to fully participate in the City of Lights tournaments this year.

Girls' Volleyball

7th Grade

Last night the 7th grade girls volleyball team played in the final championship game for the City of Lights tournament. It was an exciting game! Murphy won the 1st set, Annunciation won the 2nd. In the tie-breaker set Murphy gave it all they had and ended up winning! Thanks to their teammates for cheering on the bench and keeping the girls pumped! What a way to end the season- with another 1st place trophy. In celebration of 7th grade volleyball winning and soccer winning- we ask everyone to wear red tomorrow to show your support of both teams! Way to go Mavericks!

8th Grade

The 8th grade girls volleyball team participated in the City of Lights tournament in Aurora this past weekend. The girls won both of their games on Saturday, first beating Waldo 25-13 and 25-8. Katie Gilmartin and Sarah Duffy were the lead scorers for the match. The team also beat Magnet Academy to move onto bracket play Monday.

On Monday, the team faced Bednarcik, falling to them 22-25 and 18-25. The girls played incredibly well and fought hard. It was their best game yet. They worked together and played an awesome match.

I'm so proud of them for their efforts in this tournament. It was fun to watch them play and to see all of their hard work and effort pay off!

Congratulations to them on finishing the season strong!

Boys' Soccer

  • Round 1 - Murphy beat Simmons 2-0
  • Semifinals - Murphy beat Cowherd 3-0
  • Finals - Murphy beat Jefferson 2-0

That makes their final record 14-2. They won 1st place in the Aurora City of Lights Tournament and 2nd place in the conference tournament. Great season boys!

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City of Lights Champions

Murphy 7th Grade Girls' Volleyball

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Maverick Makers Club

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

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.

Ukulele Club

Hey Mavericks! Ukulele Club is starting up again soon! Our first meeting will be Tuesday, October 17. from 3:10-4:10 in the band room. No experience or ukulele is required to be part of the Ukulele Club so sign up now if you are interested! The sign up is posted outside of the choir and band rooms. You’ll learn ukulele basics, play your favorite pop songs, and more! If you have any questions, talk to Ms. Karvelius.

New Club Forming

Is your student interested in joining a club that will help spread positivity and kindness at Murphy? We have a new club that will focus on random acts of kindness around our school. Mrs. Zawacki and Mrs. Noll will be holding the first meeting on Friday at 7:45 in the ZAP room (across from the Multi-Purpose Room) to give students more information about this club and how to join.

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.

Once a Maverick... Always a Maverick

Congratulations to former Maverick, current Benet senior, Ashley Tyburski!

Ashley is 2018 National Merit Scholarship Commended Student. That places her in the Top 5% of more than 1.6 million students nationwide who entered the National Merit Scholarship competition by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) in 2016.

Activity Bus Routes

To ride the Activity Bus students need to pick up a pass from the office or the activity sponsor.

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

  • Murphy Activity Route 1 MAP
  • Murphy Activity Route 2 MAP

Upcoming Events

October 7

  • Cross Country IESA Sectional

October 8

  • Columbus Day - NO SCHOOL

October 10

  • 7th & 8th Grade Boys' Basketball Tryouts
October 12

  • 7th & 8th Grade Boys' Basketball Tryouts
  • Fall Band Concert (7pm)

October 14

  • Cross Country IESA State Finals

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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Murphy Junior High School is an inclusive and supportive community that promotes student success by ensuring ALL students are college and career ready.