MM Soccer Teams Wrap Up Championship Seasons!

Congratulations to both the Marie Murphy Varsity and Junior Varsity Soccer Teams – North Shore Independent Conference Champions!

The Junior Varsity finished the season with a perfect 8-win 0-loss record, clinching the championship earlier this week with a victory over rival Central School in Glencoe. The team is coached by Jessica Bodzewski.img_7919

The Varsity Vikings earned a conference co-championship, with their victory over Central School in Glencoe. Then team finished with an impressive 7-win and 1-loss record. The team is coached by Chad Henley.



Science Olympiads Concludes Another Successful Year with 8th Place Finish at Nationals!

The Marie Murphy Science Olympiad Team wrapped up another hugely successful year with a top-ten finish at the national competition. The 8th place finish marks the 5th time in the last 6 years that the Marie Murphy Science Olympiad Team has finished in the top ten nationally.

Competing against top teams from across the country at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, the team was led by medal-winning performances in the following categories:

  • Food Science – National Champions; 1st Place: Sophia Ahn & Andrew Kearney
  • Road Scholar – National Champions; 1st Place: Sophia Ahn & Jason Yuan
  • Elastic Lauch Glider – National Runner Up; 2nd Place: Youngwon Kim & Petra Ilic
  • Experimental Design – 4th Place: Sophia Ahn, Carol Klingler & Emilia McDougal
  • Bottle Rocket – 4th place: Petra Ilic & Jeffrey Yuan
  • Disease Detectives – 5th Place: Andrew Kearney & Chelsea Lu
  • Bridge Building – 6th Place: Sophia Ahn & Jonathan Yuan

Congratulations to all members of the team, parent coaches & volunteers, and Coaches Mr. Gravagna, Mr. Persino, Mr. Ogden, and Ms. Wright on a incredibly successful season!

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.

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.