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The first Marie Murphy Newsletter of the year has been published – The Marie Murphy Chronicles. Issues will be published every few weeks and emailed to Marie Murphy families. Additionally, they’ll be posted here as well. Click on the link below to read the 20 September 2017 issue.
Dear Incoming 2017-2018 8th Graders and Parents,
I am delighted to present the summer reading list for the 2017 – 2018 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 2017-2018 school year, and I wish you a restful summer.
8th Grade Summer Reading List ’17 -18
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.”
Green, Tim Unstoppable 343 p.
“Unstoppable” is a story about Harrison, a 13 year old boy. Harrison’s mother dies and he is sent to live in a foster home and is later adopted by a family whose father figure is the head coach for the middle school Harrison will attend. Harrison becomes the star running back for the football team.
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.
The Marie Murphy Science Olympiad team continued their tradition of excellence with their performance this weekend at the National Tournament at Wright State University in Ohio. The team finished 8th place nationally marking the third consecutive year the team has finished in top-ten in the nation, and the 8th time in 10 years the team has finished in the top-ten nationally.
National Medalists included:
- 2nd Place: Hovercraft – Eric Liu & Dodge Adams
- 3rd Place: Crimebusters – Isabelle Hester & Chelsea Lu, Rocks and Minerals – Isabelle Hester & Mia Moline, and Towers – Violet Cue & Ian Quan
- 5th Place: Wright Stuff – Zijun Deng & Brian Shen
- 6th Place: Optics – Eric Liu & Brian Shen
Congratulations to team sponsors Jim Gravagna, Darren Persino, Peter Ogden and Shannon Wright as well as all of our parent coaches and volunteers!
The 2016-2017 Varsity Science Olympiad Team members were:
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.
- 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
- Sarah Trunsky: Personal Essay/Memoir – Songa 2016
- 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.
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.
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!
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: