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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!

6th Grade Floor Hockey Tournament

The sixth grade participated in a round robin floor hockey tournament on the morning of Tuesday, Nov. 22nd as a culminating unit activity. The boys and girls were divided into six teams. Each team played every other team once. Everyone had fun and a lot of energy was expended!
Tournament Results
1st Place – Canucks
2nd Place – Maple Leafs
3rd Place – Bruins
4th Place – Blackhawks
5th Place – Rangers
6th Place – Blues
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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.

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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Science Olympiads Concludes Another Successful Year with 8th Place Finish at Nationals!

The Marie Murphy Science Olympiad Team wrapped up another hugely successful year with a top-ten finish at the national competition. The 8th place finish marks the 5th time in the last 6 years that the Marie Murphy Science Olympiad Team has finished in the top ten nationally.

Competing against top teams from across the country at the University of Wisconsin-Stout, the team was led by medal-winning performances in the following categories:

  • Food Science – National Champions; 1st Place: Sophia Ahn & Andrew Kearney
  • Road Scholar – National Champions; 1st Place: Sophia Ahn & Jason Yuan
  • Elastic Lauch Glider – National Runner Up; 2nd Place: Youngwon Kim & Petra Ilic
  • Experimental Design – 4th Place: Sophia Ahn, Carol Klingler & Emilia McDougal
  • Bottle Rocket – 4th place: Petra Ilic & Jeffrey Yuan
  • Disease Detectives – 5th Place: Andrew Kearney & Chelsea Lu
  • Bridge Building – 6th Place: Sophia Ahn & Jonathan Yuan

Congratulations to all members of the team, parent coaches & volunteers, and Coaches Mr. Gravagna, Mr. Persino, Mr. Ogden, and Ms. Wright on a incredibly successful season!

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.

MM Science Olympiad Team Advances to Nationals!

Marie Murphy’s Science Olympiad team advanced to the National Tournament with a second place finish at the Illinois state tournament last week in Champaign.

Several MM students earned state titles for specific events including: Anatomy & Physiology, Crime Busters, Elastic Launch Glider, Experimental Design, Food Science, Green Generation, and Meteorology. Additionally, MM has second place finishes in: Air Trajectory, Fossils, Picture This, and Wind Power.

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Narrowly missing out on a state title, the team is poised for a strong showing at the national tournament, being held May 19-22 in Menomonie Wisconsin at the University of Wisconsin Stout. MM will be competing against 60 teams from 48 states.

Science Olympiad Heads to State Tournament!

Marie Murphy’s Science Olympiad team departed today (4/15/16) for the state tournament at the University of Illinois at Champaign. The team will be competing against other regional winners. The top two teams at the state level will be invited to the National Science Olympiad Tournament next month in Wisconsin.

The MM student body sent the competitors off in style! See 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!