The BULLetin

April 21st, 2022

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:

  • General Updates and Information
  • **NEW** Strength and Conditioning: Session 2
  • The Lion King Musical Information
  • Chipotle Fundraiser Night Saturday, May 7th
  • Returning Student Registration
  • MU Alpha Theta Math Competition
  • School Supply List and Purchase Option for 2022-2023
  • Summer Connections Program
  • Safety Plan Updates
  • Maverick Market
  • Student Support Time plan for students
  • Student Services Information

General Updates and Important Information

End of Year Events:

8th Grade Recognition and Celebration Night will creatively take place inside and outside on THURSDAY, MAY 26 by alphabet in stations. Our team is working through some plans, which will be shared soon.

The 8th grade dance will take place on Friday, May 13th. THANK YOU to the PTO for helping with this event! If you are able to assist with donations, set-up, clean-up, or event help, please take a look at the link below to sign up options.

8th Grade Dance Sign-Up

Maverick Mania will take place this year on the last day of school. This is our end of the year celebration for students.

Strength and Conditioning: Session 2

Woo hoo! Quick turnaround...We have a second session of Strength and Conditioning starting next week! Take a look at the permission slip linked below and turn it in to Mr. Dudley by Monday, April 25th!

Each meeting will be 30 minutes in length, held on Monday and Friday mornings from 7:30-8:00am from Monday, April 25th through Friday, May 27th.

Strength and Conditioning: Session 2

The Lion King Musical

Murphy presents The Lion King Musical on May 5th and May 6th at 7:00pm.

For the first time ever, the Murphy Drama Department is offering advanced ticket sales. You can access the website to purchase tickets by using the QR code on the flyer or by going to Ask Mrs. Tysiak or Mrs. Clausen if you have any questions!

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Chipotle Restaurant Night Fundraiser

Murphy Junior High Restaurant Night (Dine-In, Order Out only- no delivery at this time)

Saturday, May 7th from 4:00-8:00pm

Oswego Chipotle

2432 US Highway 34, Oswego, IL 60543

Be sure to order within the time frame and mention the fundraiser so Murphy receives a portion of the sales. Thank you for your support!

Online Ordering Code: 22QQXM8

Online Instructions

Fundraiser Flyer

Registration for Returning Students

Registration is now open in Tyler for all returning students. Please complete the registration online by May 1. Directions are linked below, and if you have any questions or need assistance, please contact the office.

La inscripción ya está abierta en Tyler para todos los estudiantes que regresan. Por favor, complete el registro en línea antes del 1 de mayo. Se adjuntan instrucciones, y si tiene alguna pregunta o necesita ayuda, comuníquese con su escuela.

Student Registration Form (English)

Student Registration Form (Spanish)

MU Alpha Theta Math Competition

Junior High Math Contest Save the Date!...Tuesday, April 26th at 5:30pm at OEHS

Contest Flyer

District Math Competition Form

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School Supply List and Purchase Options for 2022-2023

Murphy Junior High 2022-2023 Supply Kit Sale

Online sale now through May 30th

Supply Kit Sale Information

Supply Kit Flyer

Summer Connections

Summer Connections is back! This is a free program to support students who may benefit from continued instruction and routine. It is important to note that the material covered will be from the current school year, and is meant as remediation and extra support. This program is not for enrichment or challenging above grade level. Special education students who do not qualify for ESY are welcome.

It is open to all students currently enrolled in grades K-7, and will be held at three locations: Hunt Club, Southbury, and The Wheatlands. It is held Monday through Thursday for three weeks, starting on June 6th, and we ask that students attend all three weeks. There are DL sections for grades K-5 located at HC. The link to register is below.

Please note: decisions about which location students will attend and transportation details cannot be determined until registration is complete. If your child will require transportation, the registration form MUST be completed and submitted by Friday, April 15th.

Summer Connections (English)

Summer Connections FORM (English)

Summer Connections (Spanish)

Summer Connections FORM (Spanish)

Safety Plan Updates

Changes have been made to the district’s Safety Plan regarding the presence of COVID-like symptoms. These changes are being made to support the board and district goal of keeping students in the classrooms as much as possible, while maintaining a safe school environment.

As outlined in the state guidance, mitigation measures are available to schools to add on if/when cases of COVID-19 are increasing, and remove when they are low. In our schools and around our community, cases of COVID-19 have declined, and it is anticipated they will continue to fall.

At this time, most student exclusions are related to the presence of one or more symptom(s). While COVID-19 symptoms can be an indicator of a potential infection, they are also present in a number of chronic and recurring conditions, like allergies and migraines. The plan changes help to avoid repeated exclusions from school, and missed classroom time.

It is very important to remember: sick students and staff should stay home!

Changes/Additions to the Symptomatic Section of the Safety Plan:

  • If symptoms occur during the school day, school nurses will use their clinical judgment to determine if COVID-19 is suspected, or if there is a likely alternative cause of symptoms (allergies/migraine).
  • Upon evaluation, if COVID-19 is suspected, a nurse may offer the option to receive a rapid test to rule out COVID-19, and avoid being sent home; parents will be contacted, as permission is required prior to testing students.
  • Students and staff with chronic or seasonal conditions, which present symptoms similar to COVID-19, may provide clinical documentation to the school nurse to be referenced when such symptoms present at school.
  • When symptomatic, a note from a medical provider can be used to return to school. The note should include an alternative diagnosis- stating there is no suspicion of COVID-19, what symptoms are present, and that the student/staff is clear to return to school.
  • Home testing is allowable for returning to school following the presence of symptoms. Free tests can be requested at
  • Testing remains highly recommended for all persons when experiencing one or more symptoms of COVID-19. Unless fever, vomiting or diarrhea are present, OR there is high clinical suspicion of COVID-19 (recent exposure, loss of taste/smell), proof of testing will not be required to return to school once symptoms have improved.

Retained Information from Symptomatic Section of the Safety Plan:

  • Any person with a fever, vomiting, or diarrhea cannot return to school until fever-free for 24 hours, without use of fever-reducing medications, and free from vomiting or diarrhea for 24 hours.
  • If someone develops symptoms following an exposure to a positive case of COVID-19 (known as presumptive positive), a negative test is required to return to school or else remain out of school for five days.

COVID-19 Positive
Persons with a positive COVID-19 test result are still required to be excluded for at least 5 days. Returning from a COVID-19 infection also includes some restrictions through day 10, which are outlined in the Safety Plan and included in the letter issued by the school nurse.

COVID-19 Reporting
Cases of COVID-19 and exposure to cases should be reported on the district’s reporting form, found on the website. Parents and staff should follow normal procedures for reporting absence due to symptoms, exposure, and/or COVID-19 infection. Metrics regarding student and staff cases of COVID-19 can also be found on the district website.

We appreciate your continued support and cooperation as changes are ongoing. We hope that these adjustments to our plan will better serve our community, accounting for less time away from school. If cases begin to rise, mitigation measures may be added or changed to best counteract the suspected cause of the increase.

If you have any questions, please contact the building nurse.


The Maverick Market, our school store, is opening soon! Our AVID students are working diligently to prepare for the grand opening! The store gives all students opportunities to cash in their Bullseyes that are earned for making good choices throughout the week. However, we need your help!

We are respectfully asking for donations for the following items:

  • Individually wrapped small sized candy (jolly ranchers, lifesavers, mints, etc.)

  • Gift cards in smaller dollar amounts ($5, $10, $15) to places like: McDonalds, Starbucks, Dunkin Donuts, Five Below, etc.)

  • Small fidgets (stress balls, rubix cube, or other sensory items)

  • Other items you feel would entice our diverse student population to continue to employ strong character within our school and community.

Disclaimer: At this time snack items and gum should not be donated.

We thank you in advance for your generosity in regards to stocking The Maverick Market! We cannot wait to see your student there!

Student Support Time

Here is a student-friendly copy of the SST weekly expectations. Students can use this to keep themselves organized and prepared for the week.

Student Support Time Expectations

Student Services Information

Summer Counselor-In-Training Opportunity through Oswegoland Park District!

Students Entering Grades 7-10 next year: Oswegoland Park District has an opportunity for you to join their team as a counselor-in-training. You will work with Park District staff and assist in leading recreational activities during summer camps, athletic programs and other Park District events.

Questions about this program can be directed to Krista Casanovas, Oswegoland Park District CIT Coordinator, at

Applications are due by Monday, May 19th. Completed applications can be emailed to

CIT Application

Service Hour Information

Current 8th graders will be recognized at promotion night for turning in any service hours during their 3 years at Murphy. Current 7th graders will need to turn in 15 hours by the end of their 8th grade year to be recognized at promotion night. Current 6th graders will need to turn in 25 hours by the end of their 8th grade year to be recognized at promotion night.

Please use the form below to track your service hours and turn them into your counselor by Friday May 6th 2022.

Service Hour Verification form 21/22

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)

Ms. Brilliandt -email (School Psychologist)

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

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

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.

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.