Marie Murphy Authors Recognized By Scholastic!

This week, several of Marie Murphy School’s most exceptional writers were recognized at the regional level of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards. Scholastic received a record number of submissions this year and Marie Murphy students were well represented in being lauded for their excellence. Writing on a variety of topics, our students were praised for their excellent submissions. Also encouraging were the number of Marie Murphy alumni recognized at the high school level of the competition.
Congratulations to all students who submitted!
Silver Key: 
  • Victoria Chan: Personal Essay/Memoir – First Night
  • Emilia McDougal: Personal Essay/Memoir – Piano
  • Chanel Pudrycki: Personal Essay/Memoir – The Holidays
  • Julia Stesal: Personal Essay/Memoir – The Great Truth
  • Emma Taylor: Journalism – Clinical Trial: Providing New Hope
  • Sarah Trunsky: Personal Essay/Memoir – Songa 2016
Honorable Mention:
  • Alena Balassa: Personal Essay/Memoir – A Christmas Walk
  • Isabelle Hester: Personal Essay/Memoir – Scrambled
  • Dahee Lee: Personal Essay/Memoir – Journal In America
  • Chelsea Lu: Personal Essay/Memoir – Stereotype
  • Divya Mehta: Personal Essay/Memoir – The Last Time
  • Divya Mehta: Personal Essay/Memoir – Tiramisu: The Day I Moved
  • Emma Taylor: Personal Essay/Memoir – Starbucks Runs and Family Fun

Click here for the full list of Scholastic Winners from the Chicago region.

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!

PTC Brings Music To Marie Murphy!

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The PTC struck a chord with the Marie Murphy students when they arranged for an all-school assembly with the Maxwell Street Klezmer Band.  The hour-long performance was filled with music, stories and history that entertained everyone from 8th graders to preschoolers. As the performance ended, the band transitioned into the orchestra room so they could run a workshop with the Marie Murphy orchestra students.

See the photos below and read the article from the Wilmette Life!

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Marie Murphy Actors Wow in ‘Earnest’!

The Marie Murphy Spring Play this year showcased Oscar Wilde’s, “The Importance of Being Earnest”. Armed with Victorian-era costumes, British accents, and wealth of experience and dedication, Marie Murphy’s young actors delivered a superb performance! With shows on Thursday, April 28, Friday, April 29, and Saturday, April 30, the play was seen by scores of students and parents alike. Highlights of the performance can be seen in the video below.

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!

 

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!

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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~

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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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