Marie Murphy Guys Volleyball Teams Claim Championships!

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The guys volleyball season wrapped up with conference championships for both the junior varsity and varsity teams.

The Varsity Vikings completed an 8-1 regular season with the only loss coming to Glencoe. The Vikings had an opportunity for revenge with a rematch against Glencoe in the North Shore Conference Tournament Championship. The Vikings prevailed winning the championship match two games to one. While both teams played well with many volleys that lasted for several minutes, in the end, the Vikings took the trophy with excellent digging, outstanding passing, and because they played as a team. The team included 5 players who had never played volleyball before as well as 9 returning players. The Varsity Vikings were coached by Ms. Kelli Lane

Not to be outdone, the Junior Varsity Vikings completed an undefeated regular season with a North Shore Tournament championship as well. The team defeated Washburne in the semi-finals setting up a championship match versus Glencoe. The Vikings prevailed, completing a perfect 15-0 season. The Junior Varsity Vikings were coached by Mr. Patrick Higgins.

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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 Science Olympiad Team Travels to Wright State Invite

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The Marie Murphy Science Olympiad Team traveled to Wright State this weekend to compete in a national tournament featuring 60 teams from 13 different states, including those states champions and runners up. Awards were given to the top 8 teams.

Marie Murphy came in 7th overall, highlighting a strong overall performance from Illinois overall. Two other Illinois schools, Science and Arts and South, came in 15th and 16th respectively.

Marie Murphy students medaled in following events:

Bottle Rocket – 2nd – Jeffrey, Xingyuan & Alex
Crimebusters – 1st – Chelsea & Izzy
Disease Detectives – 8th – Chelsea & Xingyuan
Experimental Design – 1st – Dorothy, Emilia, & Mia
Food Science – 8th – Eric & Dorothy
Microbe Mission – 8th – Alex & Chelsea
Optics – 4th – Eric & Brian
Towers – 4th – Violet & Ian
Write it Do it -7th – Ian & Emilia

The team’s next competition is on February 11th at Grayslake and the annual Science Olympiad Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser is on March 4th.  See the photos below.

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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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MM Parents Invited to Take the 5Essential Survey

5Essentials Parent Survey Window Now Open

Parent feedback is instrumental to helping Avoca improve its programs, so please take the 2016-2017 5Essentials Parent Survey by clicking on this link.

The 5Essentials survey provides information about the following five critical components for school success:

  • Effective leaders

  • Collaborative teachers

  • Involved families

  • Supportive environment

  • Ambitious instruction

 
Your input is appreciated!

JV Volleyball Makes Great Strides; Looks Forward to Bright Future!

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The JV girls volleyball team made Marie Murphy proud this season with their efforts throughout their 14 game schedule.  The talent on the squad was evenly divided between the 6th and 7th grade players which speaks well for the future of Marie Murphy volleyball program.  The growth in skill technique and teamwork throughout the season was excellent, as noted by other coaches in the conference. Coach Nick from Central School in Glencoe stated, “MM gave us the closest and most exciting games out of the other squads in the conference.  I hope we get to play your girls in the next round because they are fearsome players that bring it.”

Sadly, the conference tournament ended in a loss to Glencoe in a close battle worthy enough of a two spot increase in the conference rankings.  The individual, as well as team, gains resulted in a completely different team by the end of the season 6 weeks later. Coach Lane and Coach Higgins could not be prouder of our players’ attitude and effort put into our fast and exciting season of Marie Murphy volleyball 2016.  The team succeeded as players, and as a team, because they came with the mentality to give the best you have received from the past to the best you may come to know in the future and the junior varsity girls exemplified this value.

Viking Cross Country Wraps Up Successful 2nd Season!

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The 2016 Marie Murphy Cross Country team had another successful season. This fall, the young team continued to grow with thirty-three runners in its second season of existence. Over the course of nine meets, the Running Vikings had several students finish in top positions. These students included: Boys – Kenny Dolin (8th grade), Chris Bulwa (8th grade), Jun Yoshitani (6th grade) and Will Kelly (6th grade), Girls – Josephine Yoshitani (8th grade), Lindsey Luksik (7th grade), and Bethany Bulwa (6th grade). All runners made great strides in improving their overall times as they progressed through the season. Coach Daira Tramontin and Coach Andrea Bialk were really proud of how hard the team worked throughout the fall 2016 season and look forward to potentially hosting a home meet next year!

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Girls Varsity Volleyball Wraps Regular Season; Looks to Defeat Teachers at Annual Student-Faculty Game!

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The Marie Murphy Girls Varsity Volleyball Team placed 4th this season in the North Shore Independent Conference. The team members ranged from brand new players to athletes who were on the team all 3 years. Everyone was incredibly dedicated and willing to try anything to be their best!

The team will end their season this Friday afternoon at the Marie Murphy Fall Sports Award Assembly where they will take on the teachers in the annual Student-Faculty Volleyball Game!

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