Marie Murphy School Snowflake Workshop

The Snowflake Workshop was held on December 2nd at the Skokie Valley Baptist Church in Wilmette for the Marie Murphy School 7th grade students. Snowflake is a all day youth/adult partnership workshop providing awareness and prevention of alcohol, tobacco and other drug use, while encouraging healthy decision-making in an active community of caring.  It is also a time where students are encouraged to look at themselves and recognize their strengths as well as others’. Small group discussions were lead by Marie Murphy teachers, 8th grade Snowflake Council members, and New Trier H.S. students who formerly attended the school. There were great guest speakers throughout the day.  Breakfast and lunch were provided by the Avoca Parents & Teachers Council and served by 7th grade parent volunteers.

Marie Murphy School and Avoca West Elementary School Winter Choral Concert

The Avoca Choirs consisting of the Marie Murphy Boys Choir, Marie Murphy Girls Choir and the Avoca West Elementary School Choir will be performing the Winter Choral on Thursday, January 12, 2012.  The evening performance will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the Marie Murphy Gymnasium, 2921 Illinois Road in Wilmette. 

The performance is a culmination to the Fall/Winter choral season.  “In the Voices of our Children”, music from different Countries, Irving Berlin favorites, Leon Dubinsky, Charles Tindley and Don Besig will be amongst the program for the evening.

The Public is invited and admission is free.

Registration Underway for Avoca Community Preschool

Registration Information
Priority registration for the Avoca Community Preschool will run through January 17, 2012.  Avoca community families receive priority placement through a mail-in lottery. For information about the registration process, visit our website at, or call the Avoca Pupil Services Office at 847-251-3138.  You may also make your request via email at  Below is a link to a flyer regarding the program.

2012-2013 Registration Flyer

 Open House
We will be holding open houses on Tuesday and Wednesday, December 13 and 14. Time slots for Tuesday are 9:00-9:30 a.m., 9:40-10:10 a.m. and 10:20-10:50 a.m.  Time slots for Wednesday are 12:40-1:10 p.m., 1:20-1:50 p.m., and 2:00-2:30 p.m.  Contact the Pupil Services Department at 847-251-3138 or at to register.

 General Information
The Avoca Community Preschool is housed in Marie Murphy School, 2921 Illinois Road in Wilmette, and serves children ages 3-5, with and without special needs.  The a.m. and p.m. classes are co-taught by early childhood professionals and two co-teachers along with a program assistant.  With an enrollment of 15 students per class, Avoca Community Preschool offers a 5:1 student/teacher ratio.  Morning classes for 3- and 4-year-olds are held Monday through Thursday from 8:50-11:10 a.m.  Afternoon classes for 4- and 5-year-olds are held Monday through Friday from 12:25-2:45 p.m.

District to Celebrate American Education Week

American Education Week will be observed in the Avoca schools during the week of November 14-18.  All classrooms will be open to parents and community members to visit and observe the teachers and students in action!  Following is the schedule of classroom visitations: Tuesday, November 15, Marie Murphy School, 2921 Illinois Road, Wilmette, classroom visitation 9:00 a.m. to 3:20 p.m.; and Wednesday, November 16, Avoca West Elementary School, 235 Beech Drive, Glenview, classroom visitation 9:45 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

District to Celebrate Veterans Day

Avoca School District 37 is celebrating Veterans Day on Friday, November 11, by hosting a pancake breakfast for all veterans and their families residing in the school district.  The breakfast is sponsored by the Student Council and takes place from 8:30-9:30 a.m. in the cafeteria at Avoca West Elementary School, 235 Beech Drive, Glenview.  This is an opportunity for the students to meet the veterans and thank them for their service to our country.  Please R.S.V.P. by Monday, November 7, to Cecilia Beneda at 847-724-6800.

Girls’ JV Volleyball Team Wins Conference Title

The Marie Murphy School girls’ junior varsity volleyball team recently won first place in the North Shore Independent Conference games, with a record of seven wins and three losses.  The team’s overall record for the season, including several non-conference games, was eleven wins and three losses.  Five other teams competing in the conference came from Winnetka District 36, Sunset Ridge District 29 in Northfield, Christian Heritage Academy in Northfield, Glencoe District 35 and Kenilworth District 38. 

The 13 members of the junior varsity volleyball team include YeJi An, YeSol An, Jaine Archambeau, Alex Boltz, Bella Brazovan, Angela Lee, Xochitl Mondragon, Lauren Pingad, Rachel Price, Cara Savin, Kailyn Scobie, Michelle Vasiliadis and Chelsea Ye.  Coach Dana Allen said, “The team showed up at the games ready to play some of their best matches of the season and were really pulling together all of their skills as a team.”

Popular Children’s Author Visits Marie Murphy School

Award-winning children’s author Jordan Sonnenblick recently spent an afternoon visiting with the students at Marie Murphy School in Wilmette.  During his visit, he led a writer’s workshop for 35 students as well as two group presentations: One for 5th/6th graders and the other for 7th/8th graders.  Some of Mr. Sonnenblick’s popular books include “Drums, Girls, and Dangerous Pie,” “Notes from the Midnight Driver,” “After Ever After” and “Zen and the Art of Faking it.”  Marie Murphy School ITC Director Carrie Stotz said, “I am so grateful to the Avoca Parents’ and Teachers’ Council for sponsoring this incredible opportunity for our students.  Jordan Sonnenblick is one of their favorite authors and mine!”

Soccer Teams Win Conference Titles

Both of Marie Murphy School’s co-ed varsity and junior varsity soccer teams were undefeated this year during the recent North Shore Independence Conference games, each with a record of seven wins and no losses.  Four other teams competing in the conference came from Sunset Ridge, Wilmette, Christian Heritage Academy and Glencoe.  Chad Henley, who served as coach for the two teams, said, “It was an outstanding season for both teams, and I congratulate the players for a job well done.”

The 17 members of the co-ed varsity soccer team include:  Michael Altman, Shayle Arenson, Gregory Chan, Christy Chang, Kyler Coghlan, Max Elghanian, CV Hixon, Sam Lim, Jonathan Lopez, Scott Parra, Sam Petrakis, Mathew Polakow, Jacob Price, Claire Snitovsky, Ethan Wirth, David Yan and Victoria Zibart.  The team had an undefeated season record of nine wins and no losses when non-conference games are included.

The 15 members of the co-ed junior varsity soccer team include:  Arif Ahmad, Paul Farcasanu, Adrian Ille, Andrew Kikos, Matt Kim, Joe Lim, Jackie Manchester, Michael Neuhaus, Louis Shaw, Phillip Shaw, Danielle Sirivat, Abe Sun, Jessica Werner, Tony Xu and Marina Zambrano.  The team ended with a season record of eight wins and one loss when non-conference games are included.

Marie Murphy Students’ Work Featured in Photography Exhibition

On a Saturday in mid-September, Aaron Galleries in Glenview hosted a photography exhibition in which the work of four Marie Murphy School students was featured.  Eighth-graders Kate Carter, Regina Madanguit, Megan Martinez and Mabel Salgado, all residents of Wilmette, had exceeded the expectations of their creative technology teacher, Dave Hoffheimer, when he assigned the class the task of photographing subjects reflected on a separate surface.  Creative technology is an electronic art class that encourages students to see the world in new and different ways.  Mr. Hoffheimer said, “These girls truly present themselves as artists, and their work is exceptional.”  He adds, “Kate, Regina, Megan and Mabel found their subjects in reflections and used photography for expression.”  District Superintendent Dr. Kevin Jauch said, “The exhibition would not have been nearly as successful without the support of Jan Marion, of the H. Marion Framing Studio in Edens Plaza, who not only discounted the frames and mats the students used, but also mounted the work.”  It has been one of Avoca School District 37’s goals to partner with community members for events such as this photography exhibition.

Marie Murphy Student Government Program

The Student Government Program for 8th grade students at Marie Murphy School is sponsored by the League of Women Voters of Wilmette.  It is designed to promote awareness of the important role that local governments play in our lives and to highlight the many areas of intergovernmental cooperation in our region.  Program participants represent all middle schools in the Wilmette area.  This year’s Marie Murphy School participants are listed along with their student leader assignments as follows:  School Board President – Victoria Zibart; School Board Vice President – Tom Sorensen; School Board Members – Kevin Parra, Ben Redemann, Regina Madanguit, Aiyappa Kodendera and Alicia Belknap; District Superintendent – Alexandra Duhe; and Business Manager – Hannah Russell.

Over the next few months, the Marie Murphy School Student Government participants will shadow the elected members of the District 37 School Board to observe how it functions and to learn about the important issues School Board members confront at their meetings.  The program will close with a mock board meeting in the Council Chamber of the Wilmette Village Hall, where students will present and debate their proposals.  Successful proposals by Marie Murphy School participants will then be presented to the School Board for their consideration.  The Student Government Program has been in place for many years at the school and provides excellent preparation for a life of civic engagement.  Eighth-grade social studies teacher Richard Katz is supervising this year’s Student Government Program at Marie Murphy School.