As we reach the midpoint of the academic year we certainly are proud to pause and express appreciation for the extraordinary efforts of our students and staff at the junior high. The past few months have evoked numerous accomplishments and provided a benchmark for yet another distinguished year for the Murphy community.
• The PTO has been extremely supportive and facilitated various successful fundraisers and events (Cabaret, Book Fair, purchasing of school supplies).
• Murphy offered to the community a unique holiday celebration opportunity in December that created energy and happiness for many families.
• After a restful holiday vacation the 7th and 8th grade students at Murphy Junior High School returned and engaged in the National Geographic Bee. The first round of the Geographic Bee took place in the social studies classes on Monday, January 5th, with each class producing one winner. The class winners then competed in the final round which took place after school on Wednesday, January 7th.
• The TVTA Blood Drive was hosted at Murphy Wednesday, January 14, 2009.
Thinking ahead to the future, we ready ourselves as a school for the upcoming Math A Regents (Math 9 advanced students) on Thursday the 29th of January and the March State Assessment in Mathematics. All seventh and eighth grade students will confront the English Language Arts Assessment in January and will shortly be asked to demonstrate their abilities in Mathematics during the two-day exam on March 10th and 11th. Other State Assessments in Science and Social Studies follow in April, May, and June.
Several programs have been planned for the students…
• On Friday, January 30th, from 7-9 PM, Murphy Jr. High will be hosting our 3rd Annual Benefit Concert. Musicians from Murphy, Gelinas, and Ward Melville will be performing to raise money for the Wounded Warrior Project, a national charity that helps injured and disabled war veterans.
• Brooke Ellison, former student, will return to school February 6th and share her inspirational story to our students in February.
• The theater students have begun preparing for the production of Bye Bye Birdie..
• Diversity Day will be recognized Friday January 16th with cultural attire and dialogue about the acceptance and beauty of diversity..
• The History Department, Student Leadership students, and PPS team collected over one thousand pounds of food for the Island Harvest Food Shelter.
• The Global Languages department at Murphy will be hosting an International Week in the beginning of February.
We are very proud of the progress we have made this year in the areas of academics, student management, and extra curricular activities. The building administration and staff here at RC Murphy JHS would like to thank the parents for all their support. It is great to see so many of you at the athletic events and concerts. A special thanks to the Murphy PTO for all their help and support through the year. We look forward to seeing you at future events and activities. We will continue to work towards making RC Murphy JHS the best it can be.
||Patrick J. DiClemente