The BULLetin

October 13, 2016

Principal's Message


This week's message is going to be kind of short.

There is no shortage of "amazing" as you walk around the building and/or talk to the fantastic people who inhabit the classrooms and offices of Murphy Junior High.

There are artistic displays in the hallways and offices. We will get to hear the musical talents of the students in our bands (tonight) and choirs (10/20) over the next seven days. Our athletic teams are transitioning into the winter season and we'll shortly get to see our Poms, Cheer, Basketball and Wrestling teams in action. There are a group of committed students who are diligently learning lines for the fall play performance. We are fortunate to have amazing parents who are getting ready to provide a night of fun at the PTO Monster Mash.

In my visits to classrooms throughout the building, I am continually impressed--amazed by all the great things that students are doing in class. From improving the function/design of backpacks in science classrooms to in-depth analysis of the presidential election in US History, there are so many great things students are doing at Murphy.

I invite you to come to any and all of our evening events coming up over the next few weeks. Additionally, we will be hosting Parent/Teacher Conferences in November. Information on sign up can be found below.

Keep on being amazing.


Congratulations to Carter Reed for qualifying for the IESA State Cross Country meet and smashing his personal record by about 30 seconds to place 3rd overall. Good luck in Bloomington!

STEMfest 2016

Ms. Ramsbottom and the STEM Club visited NIU for STEMfest 2016 last Saturday. While they didn't come away with any awards they had a great time exploring the various exhibits.

Washington DC Trip

8th graders Don't get left Behind!!!! It's not too late to sign up for the annual 8th grade trip to Washington DC. See Ms. Miller for details!!!

Parent/Teacher Conference Sign Up

There are times set aside for Parent/Teacher conferences at Murphy on Thursday, November 3 from 4 to 8pm and Friday, November 4 from 8am to 1pm. As we did last year, We will be using an online sign-up system called PTCFast to schedule conferences.

Parents can access the online sign-up system at:

You will be prompted to select the teachers with whom you would like to conference. Teachers are listed by date and last name, e.g. Nov 3 Smith or Nov 4 Smith.

Select ALL the teachers that you would like to conference (even if you have multiple students you can select any teachers) with and then click submit. Follow the on-screen instructions and you will be able to see available conference times. If you do not have access to an online system but would like to schedule conferences, please contact Ms. Shrum at 630-608-5109. If you’re unable to select a conference time that meets your schedule, please contact the individual teachers to see if you can set up a time for a phone conference or another in-person conference.

The system is live as of 10/13/15 and available to schedule conferences.

Neolithic Farming in World History

How did early man turn raw grains into usable food? Students in Ms. Miller's World History classes got a "taste" of the work that is required to hand grind grain with primitive tools.
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PARCC Scores

Spring 2016 PARCC scores will be distributed in your student's homeroom TOMORROW (10/7). Please ask your student for their results. If the results somehow don't make it home, please contact the school and we will work to get you another copy.

Murphy PTO

PTO Fall Spirit Wear

The PTO fall spirit wear fundraiser is here! This year ordering will be done using an online store for easier convenience! Please copy and paste the link in your URL and select 'Murphy PTO' for the Group Name. The access code is MURPHY (all caps).

Order deadline is Oct 20th. There will be some clothing samples available to view for sizing starting next week in the office. Help support the PTO and show your school spirit!

Monster Mash

It's Murphy Monster Mash time! This event is so much fun! Please use the link below to sign up to volunteer or donate items. Thank you for your continued support! We couldn't do it without you!

Tickets will be on sale during the lunch periods starting Monday October 17th through Thursday October 20th (early dismissal on Friday October 21st so there is no lunch). Tickets will not be available at the door! Ticket price is $5. If you joined the PTO by donating $25 or more, your student will receive a free ticket. Please have them stop by the ticket table during lunch to pick up their free ticket. The waiver on the back of each ticket must be signed and accompanied by the student's school ID to enter the dance. Thanks for your understanding!

The Murphy PTO is excited to announce their first ever Teacher Wish List Drive. It's easy to participate and is a great way to show the MJHS teachers how much you appreciate them! The PTO sent questionnaires to each staff member and compiled a list of the most frequently requested items. Donations can be left in the collection box in the main office starting Monday, September 12th (your student can bring them in or you can drop them off). The PTO will surprise the teachers with items from their wish list, thanks to your generous donations. Big or small...each donation counts! You can sign up to donate by using the link below. Some of the items we will be collecting include gift cards, office supplies, and snacks. For a full list of wish list items, please visit the Sign-Up Genius page. Thank you for continued support!

Join the PTO

If you haven't done so already, make a donation to the PTO and join up. Donation forms can be found here and returned to the Murphy Main Office. A $25 family donation gets your student a ticket to the PTO Monster Bash.

Murphy PTO on Facebook

There is always so much going on at Murphy and we try to get information out in a variety of different ways, another way to stay connected is through the Murphy PTO Facebook page. Like them and get connected!

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Student Services SPOTLIGHT

High School Credit Opt-Out Form

If you have an 8th grade student enrolled in Algebra, Pre-AP English 1, or Spanish and do not want your student to receive high school credit for the class, please complete and submit the opt-out form by October 28.

Access the form here.

Maverick Movie Theatre

This year, we are looking to reward students throughout the school year for demonstrating MAVS expectations in school.

M = Make Good Decisions

A = Accept Responsibility

V = Value and Respect Each Other and Our School

S = are Safe

This month (9/19/16 – 10/19/16), we are rewarding students who Make Good Decisions by being on time to school and class (2 or fewer tardies to school and 2 or fewer tardies to class) and by completing homework (2 or fewer ZAPs).

On Friday, October 21st, these students will be rewarded with tickets to the “Maverick Movie Theatre,” where they will be able to watch a movie (title to be determined).

“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.

Bullseye Winners

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Adam Shahed, Alex Guardado, Alyssa Laurendi, Ashton Sejd, Erika Smiley, Evan Palfenier, Gargi Gupta, Haley English, Ian Kiilsgaard, Layla Mehnert, Lydia Mulhall, Sara Petrovska, Sydney Williams, William Dwyer, Zedaniel Parodis-Yu

Faculty Winner

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Ms. Fabere is our Faculty winner! Congrats!

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Yearbooks on Sale

The Murphy 2017 yearbook will be on sale through January 20, 2017 for the amazing, low price of $25! Please order yours today to guarantee yourself a copy! Sales will be completed online only. Keep the memories alive by ordering your copy! The yearbook can be ordered here:

Clubs, Intramurals and Other Extracurricular Opportunities

Even if a program has started, please feel free to contact the sponsor to check on joining late. I've tried to delineate who ultimately runs each of the programs in parenthesis.

Murphy Athletics

Winter Sports (Boys' Basketball, Wrestling, Cheer and Poms)

The winter concussion baseline testing will be held on Oct. 17 at 3:15pm at Murphy.

All students participating in wrestling or who are already on the cheer and poms team will need to be baseline tested. ONLY the students who earn a roster spot on either the 7th or 8th grade boys' basketball team will need baseline testing.

The makeup date will be Oct. 19 at 4:30 at Murphy. There will be a final date on Oct. 24 at 6PM at OEHS. Anyone on a team that has not had the testing completed by the 24th will be unable to participate until the testing is completed. There may be an opportunity for students to test, at their own expense after that date.

Concussion Letter

Upcoming Events

October 17

  • Winter Sports Concussion Testing (3pm)
  • Beginning today Monster Bash tickets will be on sale during lunch

October 20

  • Fall Choir Concert (7pm)

October 21

  • School Improvement Day - 4 hour Student Attendance (No Lunch Service)
  • PTO Monster Bash (7:00pm)

October 24

  • Winter Sports Pictures (3pm)

October 25

  • 7th Boys' Basketball vs Washington (4:30pm)
  • 8th Boy's Basketball @ Washington (4:30pm)
  • Wrestling vs Plank (4:30pm)

October 29

  • ILMEA District Jazz Festival @ Murphy

If you are looking for directions to AWAY events, this link will provide directions to many area schools.

Use the 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.