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


Student council member Sabrina tours a Marie Murphy alumnus.


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


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


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


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


Original “The Avoca Parrot” editions from 1961.


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


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


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

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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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~Namaste 7th Graders~

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!

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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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7th Grade Science Get’s Moving!

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.

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Marie Murphy Begins Year at Top Speed!

Despite the fact that it’s only the first week of school, the calendar of events is already in starting to fill up. Please be aware that following events have already occurred or will be taking place in the next few weeks!

  • Bus Evacuation Drills
  • Laptop Distribution
  • Girls Volleyball Tryouts
  • Co-Ed Soccer Tryouts
  • Cross Country Team Begins
  • Parent Orientation Evening
  • Roots & Shoots Club Meeting
  • Orchestra Rehearsals Beginning
  • Beginning of Year Fire Drill
  • 8th Grade Field Trip to Field Museum
  • 8th Grade Graduation Carwash Fundraiser

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YA Author Sara Dessen Visits Marie Murphy!

On Wednesday, April 15th, award-winning, young adult author, Sarah Dessen came to Marie Murphy and led a discussion with our 8th grade girls about her career as a writer and her writing process. Our students were able to ask her questions and participated in a fun, interactive character-building session.  A big Thank You to The Book Stall in Winnetka and to Sarah Dessen for spending some time at Marie Murphy!



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Student Council Shines in Coin Wars & Carnivale Event!

This past weekend Marie Murphy’s student council held their first ever Game Night, nicknamed “Carnivale”, timely given that it was before Ash Wednesday. It was the culminating event to the Student Council’s month-long Coin Wars fundraiser. Funds raised from Coin Wars & Carnivale are being used to benefit COTA – Children’s Organ Transplant Association and Mercy Home For Boys and Girls.
All together, the students at Marie Murphy raised $2346 (after costs). 6th grade won Coin Wars raising $814.99. 7th grade finished in second place with $598.41 raised, but featured the winning classroom with Mr. Persino’s advisory bringing in $368. 8h grade also made a significant contribution to the charities by collecting $456.76 in coins.