The Marie Murphy Update

9 October 2020 Edition

Wilmette Police Department Recognizes MM 8th Grader

Marie Murphy 8th grader, Zach Perchik, was recognized this week by the Wilmette Police Department for his efforts to support Stop the Bleed.


The Wilmette PD provides Stop the Bleed kits for local area schools. Marie Murphy has multiple kits located throughout the building donated by the Wilmette PD. Stop the Bleed is a national awareness campaign intended to cultivate efforts that encourage bystanders to become trained, equipped, and empowered to help in a bleeding emergency before professional help arrives. Anne Welter, MM's nurse, attended a training last spring and was called upon to put her newly developed skills into action just days later!


As part of his Bar Mitzvah project, Zach donated $1500 to the Wilmette PD to help facilitate the purchase of additional Stop the Bleed kits. On Tuesday, Chief Murphy and School Resource Officer came MM to recognize Zach's generous and life-saving efforts!

6th Graders Hard At Work!

2nd Quarter Learning Schedule Selection

Earlier this week, Dr. Osburn sent the email below to all parents. Identifying your child's schedule selection for second quarter is really, really important, so I have included Dr. Osburn's original message below.


Please click on the link at the end of this article and complete the brief survey to identify which learning schedule - Hybrid or Remote - you are selecting for your student for 2nd quarter.


It is very important that you read the introduction to the survey, as the selections collectively can have stark effects on how we conduct school. Our staff has worked incredibly hard to make the opening of school successful under two different schedules. Major shifts in enrollment in those schedules would require substantial planning and consideration. This is why I am sending this survey now.


Ultimately, at this juncture, in the midst of so much challenge, relationships, stability, and continuity, will foster continued learning, while we first must ensure the safety and health of our onsite environments.


The second part of the survey is optional but asks questions about Thanksgiving and Winter Break travel in order to ascertain what steps the District might take to ensure the safest, healthiest learning environment after Thanksgiving and Winter Break.


Thank you for your time, patience and support. This survey will only be open until the end of the school day on Tuesday, October 13. Anyone who does not complete the survey will remain in their current schedule for the 2nd quarter.


Click here for the 2nd Quarter Learning Schedule Selection Survey

Learning Schedule Metrics

Please click on the link below to see Dr. Osburn's BOE report on the metrics that impact Avoca's education delivery model being remote, hybrid, or a modified onsite daily schedule. The report looks at 15 different metrics that help drive safe, health-focused decision making pertaining to the learning schedule that we offer to families. It's more math and data than narrative (it's a lot of math!), so feel free to check out the cornucopia of numbers and symbols that Avoca examines to ensure we are making safe choices for our students, staff, and families.


Learning Schedule Metrics

Scenes From 7th Grade

Parent Teacher Conferences Are Coming

Marie Murphy will host virtual Parent-Teacher Conferences on the evenings of Wednesday, October 21 and Thursday, October 22. Using the Meet My Teacher sign up system, parents can schedule Zoom conferences with their child's teachers. Please refer to the October 8th email from Mr. Palcer for additional details and instruction about conferences.


Please note, student classes on October 21 and October 22 will take place from 8:00-11:00.

Upcoming FAN Events

New Trier High School and the Family Action Network (FAN) present numerous outstanding presenters and topics throughout the year. Check out their next upcoming event.


College During COVID: Lessons from the Science of Adolescence

Laurence Steinberg, Ph.D.

“College During COVID: Lessons from the Science of Adolescence”

Interviewer: Heidi Stevens

Tuesday, October 13, 2020, 7:00 PM

REGISTER: https://bit.ly/SteinbergFANSponsor

8th Graders at Play!

Another Smore, Another Survey!

Getting your feedback on a variety of topics helps us make the informed decisions when it comes to the multitude of goals and interests that we are working towards during this most unusual of school years.


In trying to determine what social and emotional supports our students need, we are asking you to complete this family needs assessment survey.


The results of this survey will assist Avoca West and Marie Murphy in providing social and emotional supports and resources for students and families as we continue to navigate these challenging times. Please complete one survey per family.


Survey will remain open until October 23rd.