Marie Murphy Artists Recognized by Scholastic!

This past week, several Marie Murphy students were recognized for artistic excellence in the 2017 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. MM students competed against 7-12th graders from over eight different states. Congrats to all MM students who competed!
The following students were recognized:
  • Julia Stesal – Honorable Mention (Ceramics)
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    Davina Shin – Honorable Mention (Drawing)
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    Chelsea Lu – Silver Key (Painting)
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    Daniel Martinez – Gold Key (Photography)
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    Violet Cue – Gold Key  (Drawing)
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    Juliana Gurevich – Gold Key(Painting), Silver Key(Drawing), Honorable Mention
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MM Theatre Students Create 30-Second, Six-Word Stories

Telling a story is easy for some people. But telling a story with only six words and in less than 30 seconds? That’s a different story! This was the challenge that Mrs. Roche extended to her 7th grade theatre students asking them to make use of limited words and limited time to share a story with the viewer. The students’ work was fantastic, but limited space only allows us to highlight some of the final products. Standout work included:

  • Patrice’s “One Moment Can Change Your Life”
  • Eunhae’s “I See Art All Around Me”
  • Maria’s “Every Girl Needs a Safe Place”

Check out their exceptional work below!

Summer Reading Books & Writing Assignment

June 2016

Dear Incoming 8th Graders and Parents,

I am delighted to present the summer reading list for the 2016 – 2017 school year.  This summer’s selections include books that span a variety of interests and reading levels.  I ask that you read one book from the list this summer and write a written response to the questions provided here.  When you return in the fall, you will be expected to hand in your assignment and share your summer reading with other members of the class. Additionally, you will be able to take a Reading Counts test on this book, and it will benefit your first semester Reading Counts goal.

Please let me know if you have any questions regarding summer reading.  I look forward to working with you in the 2016-2017 school year, and I wish you a restful summer.

Sincerely,

Mrs. Cunningham

cunningn@avoca37.org

 

8th Grade Summer Reading List ’16 -17

Boyne, John. Boy in the Striped Pajamas Historical Fiction 240 p.

Bruno, the son of a Nazi officer, befriends a boy in striped pajamas who lives behind a wire fence on “Out-With.”


Brown, Daniel James Boys in the Boat Non-Fiction 416 p.

This book tells the story on nine American men and their quest for a gold medal in rowing at the 1936 Berlin Olympics.  If you like American history, biography, and a great story, this book is for you!


Deuker, Carl Heart of a Champion Sports 168 p.

Seth faces a strain on his friendship with Jimmy, who is both a baseball champion and something of an irresponsible fool, when Jimmy is kicked off the team.


Ford, Jamie Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet Realistic Fiction 290 p.

In 1986, Henry Lee joins a crowd outside the Panama Hotel, once the gateway to Seattle’s Japantown.  It has been boarded up for decades, but now the new owner has discovered the belongings of Japanese families who were sent to internment camps during WWII.  It is here that Henry, a Chinese American, remembers a young Japanese American girl from his childhood in the 1940s—Keiko Okabe, with whom he forged a bond of friendship and innocent love that transcended the prejudices of their Old World ancestors.


Myers, Walter The Greatest:  Muhammad Ali Bio/Memoir 192 p.

This biography of boxing champion Muhammad Ali tells of the dangers associated with boxing, Ali’s politics and his fight against Parkinson’s disease.


Namioka, Lensey Ties That Bind, Ties That Break Cultural Fiction 154 p.

Ailin’s life takes a different turn when she defies the traditions of upper class Chinese society by refusing to have her feet bound.


Riggs, Ransom Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children Fantasy 352 p.

This is a novel that mixes both fiction and photography.  When the story opens, a horrific family tragedy sets a 16 year old boy named Jacob on a journey to a remote island off the coast of Wales.  Here he discovers  Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children.  


Spinelli, Jerry Stargirl Young Adult Fiction 208 p.

“She was home schooling gone amok.”  “She was an alien.”  “Her parents were circus acrobats.”  These are only a few of the theories concocted to explain Stargirl Caraway, a new 10th grader at Arizona’ Mica Area High School who wears pioneer dresses, strums a ukulele in the cafeteria, laughs when there are no jokes, and dances when there is no music.


Stockett, Kathryn The Help Realistic Fiction 522 p.

This story is set in the rural South during the 1960s.  The main characters are black and white women, those who are on the opposite sides of the racial divide.  If you enjoy reading about race relations in the 50s and 60s, this is a book you will not be able to put down.


Skloot, Rebecca The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks Non-fiction 381 p.

This book is about an African-American woman named Henrietta Lacks and the immortal cell line, known as HeLa, that came from Lacks’s cancer cells in 1951.  If you enjoy science and American history, you will love this book.


Yancey, Rick The Fifth Wave 457 p.

The 5th Wave is a young-adult, science-fiction novel. The novel was published in 2013 and is the first installment in a trilogy. Critics have compared the book favorably to The Hunger Games and The Road and noted that it “should do for aliens what Twilight did for vampires.”


 

Writing Assignment:

After you read your book, respond to the following questions.  Each response should be at least a thoughtful, detailed paragraph.  Be prepared to turn in these responses.

  1. Why did you select this book at first?  What interested you and continued to hold your attention?
  2. To which parts of the book did you have a strong emotional reaction?  Why?
  3. What were the best scenes in this book?  Why
  4. What connections do you see between this book and your life, or to the world around you?

Challenge Question: (not required)

Write a sentence that names the central problem that the characters in your book face.  Next, write three – five sentences that reflect on parts of the story that pertain to this problem.  For the concluding sentence, write a sentence that states what this story teaches about this problem.  

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.

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Congratulations to outstanding young actors & actresses!

 

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.

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

8th Graders Learn Stage Combat in Theatre Arts!

On Friday, November 13th, New Trier High School theatre students, led by theatre teacher and director, Mrs. Hilerre Kirsch, traveled to Marie Murphy to lead the 8th grade Theatre Arts students in a workshop demonstrating stage combat techniques and performing highlights from their stage combat show, Fight Night, which will take place on December 2 at the Winnetka campus.  MMS students learned about simple hand-to-hand combat, sword fighting, and staging techniques that add reality and drama to the performance, all while staying safe.  It was engaging, thrilling, and intense!  Unforgettable opportunity!5qv_9FDjh51EgLogJ-xtnZR6ODOuHqLEcB_An30Jit4 BxluuIQkDBIvnq1FX4zRms5NuBctTIk58A99N22Rwyg D-3dt2cea_L9dN7lPQyEQytXB9Lej3IkGWxJ5DkDYnY IMG_2262 Pv4YlHfWrk3zPCGkn3_nxsrNjXCI-CJOpjM7gSt0blo

 

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 celebratingart.com. 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 celebratingart.com in a gallery book slated for publication later this year.

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Energetic 6th Graders Study Energy!

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Marie Murphy 6th grade students expanded plenty of mental energy to help develop their understanding of potential and kinetic energy and the variables that influence both. Working collaboratively, students built model cars using the resistance of rubber bands. In-class competitions … Continue reading

Marie Murphy Alumni from the Class of 1961 Visit

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Student council member Sabrina tours a Marie Murphy alumnus.

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Members of the Journalism Club and Marie Murphy alumnus, Ronnie G., look through old student newspapers and photographs.

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Student council President, Harrison, tours former Marie Murphy, Class of 1961, graduates.

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Cover letter from the 1961 student report card, by Marie Murphy.

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Student council members, Harrison and Josh, speak with alumni about Marie Murphy history.

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Original “The Avoca Parrot” editions from 1961.

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The graduation class of 1961; graduation took place in very same gym current Marie Murphy students graduate from today.

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Journalism Club members Lauren, Liv and Jules listen, laugh, and record alumni responses during the roundtable interview and discussion.

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Members of the Marie Murphy Class of 1961 participate in a roundtable interview with the Marie Murphy Journalism Club members.

Article coming soon!

 

 

Pétanque, Anyone?

Learning French at Marie Murphy open doors to French games!  All students who take French played “la pétanque” on September 16.  “Pétanque” is a popular  game which originated in the south of France.  It is similar to bocce ball.  The objective of the game is to place “la boule” (made out of metal, usually steel) as close as possible to “le cochonnet” (made out of wood).  There are two teams for each game, the first team to reach 13 points wins!  The students had a blast playing “la pétanque”.  It has become an annual tradition to play “pétanque” at Marie Murphy!

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