The BULLetin

September 28, 2017

Principal's Message

We want to wish our former Mavericks best of luck in tomorrow night's Crosstown Challenge.

As we come to the start of October we are nearing the 9-week mark (10/20 is the end of the first quarter). If you haven't checked recently, now would be a good time to check your student's academic progress. Log in to the Home Access Center, if you don't know your user name or password, please contact the office (630-608-5100) and someone can help you get logged in. If you see grades that you are concerned about email the teacher.

Also, next week in The BULLetin there will be a link and directions to sign up for Parent/Teacher Conferences. Conferences will be held at the beginning of November.

SD308 Food Drive - UPDATE

Congratulations on the Food Drive!!! Murphy was able to donate 5,503 items this year and beat our goal of 4,000!!!! You all did an amazing job! The individual winners are Zoe Keehma with 637 items and Luke Tam with 475 items. Our raffle winner is Rylie McCauley. The homeroom winner is Ms. Cryder's class with 64.9 items per student and a total of 1947 items. Ms. Phillips class came in with 32.55 items per student and a total of 1009 items. Murphy also won the district level completion for the junior highs! Be proud of all the hard work and generosity you have shown. Way to show Mavericks care!!

Come see Murphy accept the Junior High Award at Halftime of the Crosstown Football game tomorrow night!

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)

I met with our lead editor this week to help identify some topics to cover in the coming weeks. There will be a contributor's meeting next week.

We are changing up our publishing format a little. We are taking the Google Doc and publishing it to the web. We still need to work on the formatting but this gives us the ability to capture how many people are following the link to view the Weekly JAM.

We'll keep working to ensure an easily readable student-direct (principal-guided or at least trying to hold on to the leash) weekly newspaper.

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.

Last week, students in Ms. Viall's class visted some friends at Grande Park. The students helped their GPE counterparts complete an art and writing activity. And 2 GPE students were previewing this week's Thursday Night football match up. :) Additional pictures from the visit can be found here.

Ms. Viall's class makes regular visits to GPE to work with students throughout the school year.

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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

Fall Play

Mrs. Tysiak and Ms. Henaghan wanted to thank all the students who auditioned for the fall play. We were very impressed with all students! The first rehearsal for the Fall Play will be Monday October 2 and all cast and crew need to be at the rehearsal. The rehearsal will go from 3:00-4:30 in the choir room. There will be a short parent meeting following rehearsal. The parent meeting will also be in the choir room.

Student Services Spotlight

Bullseye Winners
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Roney Sims, Aiden Moriarty, Kyle Cetnar, Josh Eason, Ashton Sejd, Snigdha Akula, Mike Polubinski, Josh Dale, Maddie Genzaquen, Addison Carlson

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Faculty Winner

Ms. Henaghan

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

“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.

Alternative ADHD Treatments

According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention an estimated 11% of children age 4-17 have been diagnosed with ADHD. That number has risen from just under 8% in 2017. As the prevalence of the diagnosis has risen, doctors have explored a variety of pharmacological and holistic treatments. This week's article offers some resources and insights on alternative treatments for ADHD.

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.

September’s Target is Making Good Decisions by:

  • Week 1 (9/11-9/15): Being on time to class
  • Week 2 (9/18 - 9/22): Coming to class with needed materials
  • Week 3 (9/25 - 9/29): Displaying expected hallway behavior

Please encourage your children to Make Good Decisions!

“The Maverick Way” Outside of School

Sarah Revak completed her 2nd 5K in a week! Sarah ran the Zoo Fun Run at Brookfield Zoo on Sunday, September 10 and The Great Pumpkin 5K at Keller's Farmstand, Saturday, September 16, 2017

Sarah's next 5K will be the JJC Haunted 5K at Joliet Junior College's main campus on Sunday, October 22, 2017.

Sarah is always looking for ways to have fun and stay active. She currently swims at the YMCA, is a Second Degree Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and training for her 3rd Degree at Mun's Korean Martial Arts in Shorewood and loves taking her pet Pomeranian, Pumpkin, for walks after 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. - September Update

We are happy to once again partner with to help parents with preparing students for high school and college. Each month offers content targeted to parents of students in grades 7 and 8 (as well as high school-age - you'll have to sign up for their newsletter to get those articles).

7th Grade:
Our kids are way more perceptive than we sometimes think. Did you know the manner in which you talk about your job can actually impact the way they view their futures? Here are some great tips that will help your teenager get excited about life after high school. Continue reading...

8th Grade:
Is your 8th grader stressed? Statistically, stress and anxiety among teenagers across the U.S. is at an all-time high. But you can help. Be aware of the warning signs and help them manage the stress and pressures of being a teenager. Continue reading...

Junior High Student Attendance at OE Football Games

  • Junior High students must have student ID with them at all times, and pay $2 student admission.
  • Students must attend with parent and/or guardian, and the responsible adult must remain in attendance throughout the entire time the junior high student is in attendance.
  • We have a designated junior high student section in the southwest corner of the stadium. Junior High students are required to sit with their parents OR in this designated section.
  • All SD308 and Oswego East policies and expectations regarding student behavior apply to junior high students.
  • Students who do not cooperate with OEHS expectations and OEHS personnel will be removed from the game and their home school will be contacted. Students who fail to cooperate may not be welcome to attend future extracurricular events.

The Oswego East Administration and Athletic Department hope to cultivate tradition, excitement, and involvement with our future Wolves! We appreciate your support in helping to create the appropriate climate at our extracurricular events.

Fall Sports

Girls' Volleyball

7th Grade

Last weekend the 7th grade girls' volleyball team had their conference tournament. Going into the tournament, they were seeded second. Friday night, they won the first round game matchu up against Traughber- which then means they came back Saturday to play against the top four teams.

The first game Saturday was against Washington. The girls played tough and confident beating them - which put them in the championship game against Plank.

The championship game was very intense. Plank had an undefeated season and were the only loss the 7th grade team had. Murphy won the first game in the match, then Plank won the second. We had to play a tie-breaker 3rd game. Right away Murphy took the lead and stayed ahead of Plank the entire game. We finished strong and beat them 25-15 in the 3rd game- giving us the win and title of Conference Champs and stopping Plank from having an undefeated season!

Great job 7th grade girls! This is the first time 7th grade volleyball has won a first place trophy in the history of Murphy!

Boys' Soccer

Prairie Conference Tournament

  • Round 1 - Murphy beat Washington 6-1
  • Semifinals - Murphy beat Traughber 6-0
  • Finals - Murphy loss Plank 1-2

The boys soccer fought hard against Plank. Unfortunately, they could not come up with the win. The boys lost 2-1. Yet, it was a great season. The final record was 11 wins and only 2 losses. They also won 2nd place in the conference. Great season boys. The boys continue this Saturday with city of lights tournament.

Maverick Makers Club

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

September 11, 18, 25

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.

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

Congrats to former Mavericks, Max Wood and Blake Lipscomb for earning All Conference honors as JV Golfers at OEHS.

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

September 28
  • Fall Play Cast List Posted
  • City of Lights Soccer Tournament @ Stuart Sport Complex
  • Prairie Conference Cross Country

September 29

  • Girls' Volleyball City of Lights Tournament

September 30

  • Cross Country City of Lights Meet @ Lincoln Park - Aurora
  • Girls' Volleyball City of Lights Tournametn
  • ILMEA Auditions @ Yorkville

October 2

  • Girls' Volleyball City of Lights Tournament

October 4

  • Girls' Volleyball City of Lights Tournament

October 7

  • Cross Country IESA Sectional

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 open-minded community which encourages discovery and critical thinking, preparing students to be well-rounded, productive members of society.