Extra Curricular Activities

Mission Statement: To encourage children to explore interests and develop talents through participation in the district’s extra-curricular offerings so to gain a sense of belonging and connection to school and community.

We believe that:

  • A wide range of extra-curricular offerings should be made available to all students, spanning athletics, academics, community service, cultural enrichment, and personal development.
  • Extra-curricular offerings should be present in both schools–and they should match the interests and developmental needs of students.
  • Staff, parents and community members should be encouraged to play a role in broadening resources and in delivering extra-curricular offerings for students.
  • Existing offerings should be frequently reviewed and new offerings encouraged as the needs and interests of the students change.

By law…

The district’s extra-curricular offerings are accessible to all students without regard to race, color, national origin, handicap, sex or age.

List of Clubs

Art Club
Every other Wednesday from 3:30-4:30 pm
Kelly Sabatini

Art Club meets after school every other Wednesday from 3:30-4:30. Art Club will be open to all grades this year. 7th and 8th grade will be combined and 8th Grade will be separate. A maximum of 20 students will be accepted from 7th and 6th grade. A maximum of 20 students will be accepted from 8th grade. There is no try-out to join. Students will be accepted on a first come first serve basis but a interest/enthusiasm for Visual Art is encouraged! Art Club works on various art projects that cannot be done in class due to scale or difficulty. This club gives students a chance to work on larger scale projects that enhance our school, more freedom/choice with respect to their work and gives them a community of young artists to work with.

Book Club!
One a month per grade level
Carrie Stotz

Book club members have fun discussing books, assisting with author visits, and working at our book fairs

Chess Club
Tuesdays 3:30-4:30 PM

The Chess-Ed team of professional chess instructor is focused to assist each student achieve a new level of expertise. They offer instruction for novices as well as continuing and advanced students. They will be covering the basics and reaching beyond into tactics and strategies, opening game theory, middle game ideas, and endgame combinations. This is a fee based program. Click here for more information.

Tuesday OR Wednesday 7:00-7:45 AM. Thursdays 3:30-4:15 PM.
Mr. Hammond

Choir is an extra-curricular activity for students interested in singing a variety of types of music as an ensemble. Primary performances include the District Choral Concert and the New Trier Township Junior High Choral Festival. Additionally, choir students are welcome to participate in the choir/orchestra lock-in (October) and trip to Six Flags Great America (May).

Co-Ed Soccer
Chad Henley and Jessica Bodzewski

Access the Marie Murphy Interscholastic co-ed soccer page to learn more about the program and this year’s team. Included are the schedules for the JV and Varsity teams. http://avoca37.org/mmpe/interscholastic-soccer-coed/

Cooking Club
Gail Brown, Carrie Stotz
browng@avoca37.org, stotzc@avoca37.org

Cooking club is open for students in grades 6-8. It is a new club this year. Meetings will take place once a month after school. Each month will feature a new edible experience. A maximum of 15 students will be chosen to participate each month. Students will sign up electronically each month if they are interested in that month's cooking experience. A drawing will be held to select the participants each month. Priority will be given to students who have not participated yet.

Cross Country
Andrea Bialk, Daira Tramontin
bialka@avoca37.org, tramontd@avoca37.org

Students who join Cross County have the opportunity to work as a team while setting personal running goals for themselves.

Improv Club
2 Fridays/month, Sept – Dec.; 3:30 – 4:30pm
Karah Roche

Improv club is for students who would like to have fun learning the basics of improvisational acting in a safe and relaxed environment. There is no audition and all MMS students are invited to participate. The club meets 2 times per month from September through December in Mrs. Roche’s room. Improv is a high-energy form of ensemble comedy in which actors create characters and storylines on-the-spot and without any rehearsal or preparation. It’s a great way to improve self-confidence, problem-solving, and cultivate a positive, collaborative working mindset.

Interscholastic Girls’ and Boys’ Basketball

Check out the Boys’ and Girls’ Basketball pages to learn more about the program. Included are the season schedules for both JV and the Varsity teams. Tryouts start at the end of October. Any child interested in participating must have an athletic permit and an insurance card on file in the nurse’s office before he/she can participate in a match.

Interscholastic Girls’ and Boys’ Volleyball
After school – the girls’ season runs from end of August through the middle of October, the boys’ season runs from the end of January through the middle of March

This is a means for boys and girls with exceptional ability to use and further develop their skills in a competitive setting against other schools. Tryouts are held to determine squads. Any child interested in participating must have an athletic permit and an insurance card on file in the nurse’s office before he/she can participate in a match.

Check out the websites for Interscholastic Volleyball – Girls and Interscholastic Volleyball – Boys for tryout dates, game and practice schedules, directions to away matches and a list of team members.


Chad Henley

Access the Marie Murphy Intramural page to learn more about the program. Included are the activities that run throughout the year. http://avoca37.org/mmpe/intramural-program/

Marie Murphy Student Council
September – May
Hyung Ro & Shannon Wright

This year’s Marie Murphy Student Council is comprised of four 8th grade officers and two 8th grade cabinet members along with a total of 10 representatives from 6th and 7th grades. Our main goal is to foster leadership qualities in our students and to provide an arena for students to help shape our school environment through service. We sponsor all school activities including spirit weeks and dances as well as oversee general school wide charitable fundraising.

Roots and Shoots
1st Friday of the month, plus additional times scheduled for service learning projects
Nancy Stewart

A program affiliated with the Jane Goodall Institute, Roots and Shoots is Marie Murphy’s environmental and humanitarian service learning club. Each year students address real problems in their world through service projects in three areas: the environment, animals, and the human community. Students have learned about and created projects to address problems related to hunger and homelessness, environmental crises and global warming, animal overpopulation, child welfare, and many other issues. Service work takes place after school or on the weekends. Newcomers are always welcome!

Science Olympiad
October – May
James Gravagna, Peter Ogden, Darren Persino & Shannon Wright

Access the Marie Murphy Science Olympiad page to learn more about the program and this year’s team. Also updated regularly with important dates and information on resources for student events.

September – December: Thursdays from 12:05-12:35 PM,
Kathy Mazur, Angie Piechowiak & Shannon Wright

Snowflake is a youth/adult partnership providing awareness and prevention of alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use while encouraging healthy decision-making in an active community of caring. The event day revolves around a series of large group presentations followed by small group discussions facilitated by 8th-grade peer leaders, New Trier High School students who formerly attended Marie Murphy School, and teachers.

Spring Play
By Audition, Mid-February thru end of April; usually M/Tu/Th 3:30 – 5:30PM
Karah Roche

The Marie Murphy Spring Play is performed at the end of April each year. Students are chosen to be a part of the cast by audition, held during the month of February. Play styles and cast sizes change from year to year and are designed to be an enrichment extension experience beyond the theatre classroom curriculum. Students who are not chosen for acting roles are encouraged to help backstage or with production elements, as needed. More information can be found by going to the Spring Play web page at: http://avoca37.org/springplay/

Student Government

The League of Student and Government Leaders Program, sponsored by The Wilmette League of Women Voters, gives 8th-grade students an opportunity to experience local governance first hand. Student participants meet with school board mentors, taking on their roles in addressing real issues that come before the School Board. The culminating activity is a mock board meeting which takes place at Wilmette Village Hall and is broadcast live on local television.

Table Tennis Club
3:30-4:30 Check the calendar or the sign in hallway for all meetings for the year.
Srta. Bruzzini

It is open to all students who are interested in playing or learning how to play.