Science Olympiad Teams Dominate Regionals; Prepare for State!

DSC_0103Both the Marie Murphy Varsity and Junior Varsity Science Olympiad Teams dominated the regional competition this past weekend at Oakton Community College.

The Varsity Team’s regional title was highlighted with top-3 finishes in 23 of the 24 events, including 15 first-place finishes! Their overall score of 37 points was half the points of their nearest competitor (in Science Olympiad, like in golf, lower scores represent a better performance).

Not to be outdone, the Junior Varsity Team also earned the regional title with top-3 finishes in 19 of the 23 events, including 15 first-place finishes as well. Their total score of 49 points was 32 points better than their nearest competitor.

Up next is an April 18th trip to the University of Illinois with the Junior Varsity participating in trial events while the Varsity competes against other regional champions for the state title and a birth in that national competition.



6th and 7th Grade Spring Conferences- Sign up!

We will be holding our second round of parent-teacher conferences on Wednesday, March 25, and Thursday, March 26, 2015, from 3-7 p.m. on both days.  Students will have an early dismissal on these days (11:00 a.m.).

The sign-up window for these conferences is 9:00 a.m. on Monday, March 9, to 12:00 noon on Friday, March 20, 2015.

You will need to use your Registration and PowerSchool credentials to access this online registration system.  If you need help with your username and password, please contact the Marie Murphy office.

Beginning March 9th, please sign-up for conferences here!

Click here to read the letter regarding Parent Teacher Conferences from Mr. Palcer!

Science Olympians Take on Breakfast!

This past Saturday, approximately 200 community members came out to the 4th Annual Science Olympiad Pancake Breakfast held at Marie Murphy. Those who came were treated to not only a hot pancake breakfast, but were able to meet and interact with the team as well as watch demonstrations of some of the events, and participate in hands on activities like glider-build and a Mystery Architecture competition where participants were were given a list of materials and had to build a ramp that would allow a ping pong ball to travel the furthest distance. 
There were also raffle prizes including tickets for 4 to a Cubs  game, a spot in Summer Science, various gift baskets, and for the first time ever Science Olympiad Spirit Wear. The team raised over $4000 that will be used to help offset the costs of materials and travel as the team prepares for regional, state, and hopefully, a national competition. The members of the team and the coaches extended their thanks to all who attended and are very grateful for all the community support. 
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French Class, Preschoolers, & Volleyball…Oh My!

As the Marie Murphy students head into the rigors PARCC testing these next few weeks, their teachers sought opportunities for some engaging activities and celebrations. In French, Mademoiselle Mishinger and her 8th grade French students worked with the preschoolers on a variety of activities to help build language, for both the preschoolers and the developing French speakers. Photos of the event are below.

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Meanwhile in 6th grade, the students participated in the annual volleyball tournament. Run in coordination with the PE department, the tournament helps promote increased physical activity, team building, and better interpersonal relationships and communicating. Photos highlighting the competition can be viewed below.

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Student Council Shines in Coin Wars & Carnivale Event!

This past weekend Marie Murphy’s student council held their first ever Game Night, nicknamed “Carnivale”, timely given that it was before Ash Wednesday. It was the culminating event to the Student Council’s month-long Coin Wars fundraiser. Funds raised from Coin Wars & Carnivale are being used to benefit COTA – Children’s Organ Transplant Association and Mercy Home For Boys and Girls.
All together, the students at Marie Murphy raised $2346 (after costs). 6th grade won Coin Wars raising $814.99. 7th grade finished in second place with $598.41 raised, but featured the winning classroom with Mr. Persino’s advisory bringing in $368. 8h grade also made a significant contribution to the charities by collecting $456.76 in coins.

Science Olympiad Continues Winning Ways – Defeats Current National Champs!

Marie Murphy’s Varsity Science Olympiad Team placed third out of 50 teams in a competition between some of the nation’s best Science Olympiad teams at Wright State University in Cincinnati this weekend. Led by top 5 finishes in Bio Processes, Bridge Building, Can’t Judge a Powder, Fossils, Meteorology, Robo-Cross, Simple Machines, Solar System and Wheeled Vehicles, the Varsity team performed well and even defeated the defending national champions in the process!

The Junior Varsity team stayed closer to home this weekend, but fared just as well as their varsity counterparts, taking second place in a tournament hosted in Grayslake. Losing only to the state championship team from Missouri (#8 nationally), the JV squad defeated a host of varsity and junior varsity teams from around the area, earning top five finishes in 15 of the 23 events including a first place finish in the Wheeled Vehicle event!

Congratulations to all of our students, coaches and parent volunteers who have worked so hard this season!

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Spring Play Auditions on Monday!

Spring play auditions are this coming Monday, February 9th from 3:30 – 5:30 PM.  All students planning to audition for Brighton Beach Memoirs need to be sure that they have signed up for a 5-minute timeslot for Monday’s monologue auditions.  Signup must be completed by the end of the day on Friday.  The signup sheet is posted outside Mrs. Roche’s theatre classroom.  If you’d like to audition, but haven’t received the required audition information and forms, see Mrs. Roche ASAP!!!  Time is running out!




Information About PARCC

Marie Murphy students, as well as students across the state, are a little less than a month away from begin the inaugural PARCC tests. PARCC is a nationally standardized test that measures the students and the curricula in against the Common Core State Standards in mathematics and English Language Arts.

If you would like to know more about PARCC testing, please watch the short presentation below:


Additionally, please consider visiting PARCCs website to see sample items and tests.

Marie Murphy Science Olympiad Teams Begin 2015 Strong!

Marie Murphy’s Varsity and Junior Varsity Science Olympiad Teams began 2015 with strong showings at the South Middle School (Arlington Heights) Science Olympiad Invitational on January 17. Of the 15 varsity teams competing, Marie Murphy’s varsity team scored top-three finishes in 16 of the 23 events including 6 first places finishes. The varsity team earned a a second place finish overall for the competition. Not to be outdone, the junior varsity team competed against 13 other schools, earning top-three finishes in 17 of the 23 events with 3 first place finishes. Just like their varsity counterparts, the junior varsity tam earned a second place overall.

The teams resume competing on February 7th with the junior varsity team traveling to Grayslake while the varsity team travels to Ohio to take on some of the top performing teams in the nation.

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