MM Science Olympiad Team Advances to Nationals!

Marie Murphy’s Science Olympiad team advanced to the National Tournament with a second place finish at the Illinois state tournament last week in Champaign.

Several MM students earned state titles for specific events including: Anatomy & Physiology, Crime Busters, Elastic Launch Glider, Experimental Design, Food Science, Green Generation, and Meteorology. Additionally, MM has second place finishes in: Air Trajectory, Fossils, Picture This, and Wind Power.

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Narrowly missing out on a state title, the team is poised for a strong showing at the national tournament, being held May 19-22 in Menomonie Wisconsin at the University of Wisconsin Stout. MM will be competing against 60 teams from 48 states.

Viking Walk Fundraiser

Screen Shot 2016-04-13 at 3.42.50 PMThis event is sponsored by the PTC. All children at Marie Murphy will receive their pledge sheets during physical education on Monday, April 18th. Donald Cornelius will explain the details of the fundraiser to the kids. The walk will be held during the physical education and foreign language blocks.

All proceeds will be used to purchase a sound system, projector, and screen in the south gym. Also, indoor recess kits to keep kids active when they have to be indoors due to bad weather.

Grade 7    10:00-11:20 AM
Grade 8    
11:23-12:40 PM
Grade 6
    12:55-2:18 PM

Prizes include:
• 1st – iPhone 6
• 2nd -Dr. Dre Headphones
• $25 Gift Card to student who has the most sponsors – minimum donation of $5 per sponsor, one winner per grade level
• For every $10 submitted students will receive a raffle ticket for a chance to win JBL Bluetooth speaker



Science Olympiad Heads to State Tournament!

Marie Murphy’s Science Olympiad team departed today (4/15/16) for the state tournament at the University of Illinois at Champaign. The team will be competing against other regional winners. The top two teams at the state level will be invited to the National Science Olympiad Tournament next month in Wisconsin.

The MM student body sent the competitors off in style! See the video below!


Spring 6th and 7th Grade Parent-Teacher Conferences

Parent-­teacher conferences for 6th and 7th grade families will be held on Wednesday, March 16, and Thursday, March 17, 2016, from 3:00-­7:00 p.m. on both days. Students will have an early dismissal on these days (11:00a.m.).

T​he sign ­up window for the conferences is 9:00 a.m. on Monday, February 29 to 12:00 noon on Monday, March 14, 2016.​

You will need to sign up much the same way as you did for fall parent­-teacher conferences, using the P​T Conference Maker s​ystem.

Beginning February 29th, please sign-up for conferences here!

Click here to read the letter from Mr. Palcer!

8th Graders Explore Romeo & Juliet in Theatre Arts

The Marie Murphy 8th graders closed out their first-semester Theatre Arts experience by putting on a classroom performance of Shakespeare’s Romeo & Juliet. Involving all students in the class, these abbreviated performances represented the culmination of three years of theatre study! Highlights of each class’ performance are linked below.

Period 2 Trailer

Period 3 Trailer

Congratulations to outstanding young actors & actresses!


8th Grade Winter Conferences: Register for New Trier High School

Parents, you will soon need to go online to sign up for the all ­important 20 ­minute parent­teacher-­student advisory conference.

The sign­up window for these conferences is 9:00 a.m. on Monday, January 11, to 12:00 noon on Friday, January 29, 2016.


Conferences will take place on February 1st and 2nd.  Click here to read the email that was sent home about these important conferences!

Please note, these conferences are for 8th grade students only.  Thanks!

Marie Murphy Students Participate in Hour of Code

All Marie Murphy students participated in Hour of Code activities on December 8 following completion of the MAP testing. This is Marie Murphy’s second year participating in the event. Technology Integration Specialist Kelli Lane led out on activities with the students and Technology Integration Specialist, Tim Furman, created this highlight video.


The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Please visit for more information about this global educational initiative.