Marie Murphy Principal Message

April 8, 2022

Happy April!

Morning MM Families!

I hope you had a relaxing spring break! The students jumped right back into their learning this week and have brought the halls back to life with their laughter and fun. Below you will find a principal video message that was shared with students today. In it I discuss changes to the lunch protocols, future IAR testing, and dress code expectations.


I cannot believe how fast the year has gone by. I look forward to experiencing the traditional end of the year events at Marie Murphy for the first time with the kids!

All the best,

Elena Ryan

4/8 Morning Announcement

6th Grade Lunch Changes

Starting Monday 6th graders will eat in the cafeteria. Yay!


In our current setting students can sit in circles of 10-15-20 kids, but in the cafeteria they will have a limit of 16 seats per table. This will be a big change for the students. We will have plenty of adult support in the cafeteria on Monday to help with this shift.


Please talk to your child about being inclusive, respectful, and kind as children work to find a place to sit. After 3 or 4 days we will all be in a table routine, but this first day will feel very big for many students. I am excited to support and welcome our 6th graders to a more typical middle school lunch setting!

Illinois Assessment for Readiness (IAR) Testing Starts Monday

The Illinois Assessment of Readiness (IAR) is the state assessment and accountability measure for Illinois students enrolled in a public school district. IAR assesses the New Illinois Learning Standards Incorporating the Common Core and will be administered in English language arts and mathematics to all students in grades 3-8.


When? April 11-14 and April 19-20

What? 3 Math Assessments and 3 ELA Assessments

IAR To Do List:

To be prepared for IAR students should:


1. Bring their chargers during IAR


2. Bring headphones during IAR


3. Charge ipads fully every night during IAR


4. Bring an independent reading book

Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) - 8th Grade Only

The Illinois Science Assessment (ISA) is an innovative assessment. It is aligned to the new Illinois Learning Standards in Science (ILS-Science) which are based on the Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The new standards, and the new assessment, go beyond asking students to memorize facts. Both ask students to “answer” questions with facts and be able to explain why and support their answers with evidence and reasoning. The new standards ask students to engage with science with integrated and interrelated concepts.


When? April 19-21

Who? 8th grade only

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School Play: USERNAME_ synopsis

Performance Dates:

April 29 at 7:30pm

April 30 at 2:00pm



USERNAME_ synopsis

From the playwright Brian Hampton, this poignant and humorous satire presents the ramifications of a plugged-in life and the benefits of finding balance with good old-fashioned human connection.


Cameron is already feeling pressure from peers and family to engage more in technology and social media. The pressure mounts when Cameron starts at a new school, Network Technology School, where social media is a way of life and the entire student body goes only by usernames. Cameron is expected to join a school club styled after specific social media approaches — from humble braggers and shameless self-promoters to notorious trolls and conspiracy theorists.


But what if Cameron doesn’t fit any of those molds? And is Cameron the only one who feels alone in a sea of social media, or could there be others who feel the same?

Upcoming Events

April 11-21
  • IAR Testing
  • ISA Testing

April 29

  • School Play at 7:30pm

April 30

  • School Play at 2:00pm

May 24 and 25

  • MAP Testing Dates