Marie Murphy Artists Recognized Nationally!

Marie Murphy artists earned state and national attention recently. Artwork from the 2014-2015 school year was submitted by art teacher Kelly Sabatini to Competing against artists from across the country, Marie Murphy was recognized as the 7th highest contributing school nationally and was the top ranked school in Illinois!

IMG_8128 IMG_8129Samples of Marie Murphy submissions can be seen below. Additionally, select pieces will also be highlighted by in a gallery book slated for publication later this year.

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Marie Murphy 8th Graders Clean Up at Carwash Fundraiser!

The 8h graders at Marie Murphy took advantage of the gorgeous weather this last weekend and held their annual Graduation Carwash Fundraiser. Working collaboratively to clean a steady stream of cars (and soak each other in the process!), the Class of 2016 raised over $2500 to offset the cost of their graduation activities. A good time was had by all! Mr. Minsley’s advisory emerged as the classroom competition winner, selling more tickets than their peers!

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Marie Murphy Art Club Reaches New Heights!

Marie Murphy’s Art Club, sponsored by art teacher Ms. Kelly Sabatini, is reaching new heights as they look for different mediums to showcase their talents. Initiated last year, student works are now proudly being created not on paper or canvas, but rather on ceiling tiles. Recreating masterpieces, members of Art Club are having their works displayed in the most logical place – the ceiling! The effect is an art studio that is maximizing all available space to showcase the growing talents of Marie Murphy’s young artists! Samples from the ceiling gallery are below.

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Emilia McDougal Represents Marie Murphy at NT Groundbreaking Ceremony

IMG_20150601_164905On Monday, June 1st, Marie Murphy 6th grader Emilia McDougal took part in New Trier High School’s Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Winnetka Campus Facilities Project. Emilia was part of a group of 6th grade students from around the township who participated in the ceremony, as they will be part of the first class of students who will attend all four years of high school following the completion of the new New Trier.

IMG_20150601_164935_1Emilia was chosen by her teachers, principal, and superintendent in recognition of her hard work, involvement in a plethora of extra curricular activities, and overall wonderful disposition! Thank you, Emilia, for representing us well!

Record Setting Performances at the Marie Murphy Olympics!


On Tuesday, May 26th all students participated in the Marie Murphy Olympics. Thank goodness the rain held out until the event was over! Ten teams comprised of 6th, 7th and 8th graders competed against one another. Team #5 came in 1st place under the leadership of Mrs. Lane, Mr. Minsley and Ms. Stewart. Team #1 took 2nd place under the direction of Mrs. Cunningham, Mrs. Hoffmeister and Mr. Howe. Third place was clinched by Team #2 with guidance from Mrs. Roche, Mrs. Rose-Epstein and Mr. Furman.

A total of four Marie Murphy IMG_8666Olympic records were broken. Remarkable! Congratulations to the following students:

  • 25-yd. dash – Vicka K. with a time of 3.53
  • 50-yd. dash – Vicka K. with a time of 6.9
  • 440-yd. run – Vicka K. with a time of 1:13.79
  • 440-yard relay – Christopher B., Kenny D., Isabelle P., and Brian Y. with a time of 103.84







Photos of the events can be seen below!

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Marie Murphy Science Olympiad Earns National Invite with 2nd Place Finish at State Competition!


The Marie Murphy Science Olympiad team performed spectacularly this weekend in Champaign at the Illinois State Tournament! In addition to earning a second-place finish in the state, the team also earned an invite to the national tournament at the University of Nebraska in mid-May.


The team was led by 1st place finishes in the following events: Anatomy & Physiology, Bio-Process Lab, Dynamic Planet, Green Generation, Road Scholar, Robo-Cross, and Solar System. In addition to those state champion events, the team also earned seven second-place finishes (Air Trajectory, Crave the Wind, Crime Busters, Disease Detectives, Entomology, Meteorology, and Simple Machines) and two third-place finishes (Elastic Launched Glider and Picture This).


Congratulations to all team members for all their countless hours of hard work and preparations! Best of luck in preparing for nationals!


New Trier Township Art Show


This Wednesday, April 15, the New Trier Township Art Show will kick off with an Opening Reception from 4:00-6:00 at the The Ann Brierly Gallery, New Trier High School, 2nd floor, Southwest corner of the building, 385 Winnetka Ave.


The New Trier Township Art Show highlights student work from all sender schools, and this year includes 111 Marie Murphy artists! The work of 40 6th grade students, 34 7th grade students, and 37 8th grade students will be displayed. Contributing Marie Murphy Artists include:


6th graders: Charlie B., Celeste P., Izzy H. (2)*, Jackson M. Eric L., Emerson V. (4)*, Davina S. (2)*, Dean J., Vivian V., Tricia Y. (2)*, Mahin L., Dahee L. (2)*, Johnny Y. (2)*, Viktoriya K. (2)*, Carmen C., Josephine Y. (2)*, Simone S., Demitra D., Julia S., Daniel M., Max D., Paul L., Dorothy A., Stephanie L. (2)*, Sarah T., Emma T., Juliana G., Victoria C., Violet C., Charlie F., Emilia M., Kate W., Brian S., Jonathan W., Margaret H. (2)*, Chelsea L., Brian Y., Christopher B., Zarine G., Divya M.


7th Graders: Alexandra A. (3), Sophia A. (3), Carol K. (5), Sabrina D. (2), Jakob Q., Robin P. (2), Oliveira N. (2), Petra P., Youngwon K., Frank Z., Charlie A., Jonna I. (2) Jonathan Y. (3), Jordan B. (3), Matthew F., Harrison B., Cate P., Jules B., Tyler A., Jason Y. (2), Mina S., Valentine M., Julia M., Josh S., Caitlin M., Sarosh P., Bridget B., Katie G., Renee Z., Danny P., Amber S., Claire D., Henry K., Natasha C.


8th Graders: Ben G., Brian C., Charlotte S. (2), Esther P., Lilly D., Isba K., Marion M. (3), Michelle S., Reilly C., Ian R., Yetong L. (2), Angela S. (2), Jewoo L., Celeste C. (2), Griffen L. (2), Michael B., Hannah K., Valentina d., Julia S., Leo K., Jack J., Meici Y., Andrea L., Ana P., Lilly ME, Oscar M., Skye K., Madeleine S. (2), Anthony C., Lief R., Sarah Y. (2), Keara B. (2), Ali M., Eileen W., Ceola H., Grace L., Stephanie K.


Please consider visiting the gallery over the next few weeks as there is exceptional, distinguished art pieces created by our developing artists! The exhibition closes on May 1st.


Marie Murphy Table Tennis Tournament!


Marie Murphy hosted its annual table tennis tournament yesterday. Students from 6th, 7th, and 8th grade participated for the right to be crowned King Pong! Overcoming stiff competition, 8th grade student Haseeb M. defeated 6th grade up-comer Eric L. for the title! Congratulations to all participants and to our champion Haseeb! Check out the photos below from yesterday’s action!



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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.



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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