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 https://hourofcode.com/us for more information about this global educational initiative.
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!
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!
Samples 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.
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 →
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!
On Friday, September 18th, as an extension of their yoga training for a warm-up sequence in Theatre class, 7th grade Theatre students were treated to a full yoga class taught by guest yoga instructor, Paul Weitz. Mr. Weitz has taught yoga for over 20 years throughout Los Angeles and Chicago, and specifically here on the North Shore. He led the students through a series of breath-based flow postures, and challenged them to some fun and tricky standing poses. He expressed the value of yoga training in bringing a sense of strength and confidence to the work the students are doing in Theatre class, as well as the relaxation and concentration skills that can benefit them for life. The students really enjoyed his class and hope to have him back again very soon!
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!
Students in Mr. Persino’s 7th grade science class have been walking, running, jumping and building these first days of school in an effort to understand the concepts of velocity, acceleration. Utilizing iPad technology combined with movement, flash gates and mini roller-coaster track, students are developing a better understanding of the variables that impact acceleration, velocity and energy.