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Rescheduled Black History Celebration: Tuesday, March 20

African Americans in Time of War

RLAS-116 Closed Friday, February 9, 2018 due to hazardous weather conditions
RLAS-116 to host Annual Black History Month Celebration - TO BE RESCHEDULED

Come out for some wonderful student performances around the theme of African Americans in Times of War.

Education Foundation to host "Winter Wonderland Daddy Daughter Dance" on Saturday, February 24

Attention Dads! Take this special opportunity to bring your little girl out for a night of fun and dancing!

Empty Bowls

The Empty Bowls fundraiser is coming up quickly! It is Thursday, February 22nd from 5-7 pm at the Magee Café.  

Second Step: Emotion Management

January: Emotion Management

This month, our school wide theme is emotion management. In our morning announcements and throughout the school we’ll be prompting students to notice their own feelings by paying attention to clues in their bodies, and we’ll be reminding them to use their Second Step skills to calm down:

·         Stop—Use your signal

·         Name your feeling

·         Calm down: Breathe, count, use positive self-talk

Winter Break Hours

Winter Break is scheduled for Monday, December 24, 2017 through Friday, January 5, 2018. The Administrative Service Center will be open Wednesday through Friday each week of break, 7:45am-4:15pm. Schools will be closed during the Break. Students will return to school on Tuesday, January 9, 2018

sPiRiT wEeK *\o/*

Next week we are going to have Spirit Week!! Please join us for the fun dress up days!


*MAP Testing* 12/12 ~ 12/15

Students will begin MAP testing on Tuesday, December 12th.

If your child makes or exceeds their Target Growth, they will be entered in a raffle to win a Virtual Reality Headset!

[One winner per grade level]

BPAC Parent University: Friday, November 17; 6:30pm-8:30pm

Topic: How high school courses prepare students for college/university

October Second Step: Skills for Learning

This month, our schoolwide theme is skills for learning: listening,focusing attention, using self-talk to stay on-task, and being assertive when asking for help with a learning task. In our morning announcements and throughout the day, we’ll be reminding students of these skills, which help students be successful learners.


2017 Round Lake Area Chili Supper: Monday, October 16, 2017

Come out for some excellent chili and entertainment while we celebrate character in our community.


*5th Grade band moves to Round Lake Middle School*

5th grade band will be held at Round Lake Middle School from now on instead of Magee. 

:) Picture Retakes 10/2 Picture Retake Reminder

Say Cheese! Monday, October 2nd we will have picture retakes. 

Solar Eclipse on Monday

Dear Parents and Families.......

Health & Wellness Fair, hosted by Congressman Brad Schneider at RLHS Saturday, August 12

Congressman Brad Schneider's Office will host a Health & Wellness Fair at Round Lake High School, this Saturday, August 12, Noon-3:00pm. 

Registration Deadline for Before/After School Care - Saturday, July 29
Free Family Movie Event / Before-After School Care Registration Event - July 14

A Free Family Movie Event will be held for all families on Friday, July 14. The Lego Batman Movie will be presented. Bring your own blankets and snacks.

Date: Friday, July 14
Location: Round Lake Area Park District 814 Hart Rd, Round Lake
Time: 6:00pm Open House; 7:00pm Movie Time

Please note that location has been moved from Ellis Elementary School to the Park District gymnasium and the time has been changed to 6:00pm.

Deadline for Registration is Coming Soon - June 30 School Registration Sign

Registration for the 2017-18 school year is due June 30. If registrations are not complete by that time, a $25 late fee will be assessed. This late fee is not a waivable fee.

Onling registration is available at https://skystu.rlas-116.org/scripts/wsisa.dll/WService=wsSky/fwemnu01.w.

Also, all school physicals and records of current immunizations are due to the school office by the first day of school, August 21. If you do not have or cannot schedule an appointment with your regular physician by this time, please contact the Round Lake Area Health & Wellness Center at 847-257-1200 to schedule an appointment.


RLAS-116 Parent, Merced Alfaro, Honored at YWCA Lake County Women of Achievement Leadership Luncheon Merced Alfaro - YWCA
Elementary Scholars Present to the Board of Education

RLAS-116 Elementary Scholars present a year-end review of their 1st year of implementation. What a great start to the program!

The Board presentation can be viewed at https://v3.boardbook.org/Public/PublicItemDownload.aspx?ik=40507275.

Elementary Scholars

Murphy Elementary's Sommer Khi Sodexo Future Chef Champion

Congratulations to Sommer Khi for winning the 2017 Sodexo Future Chef Competition!

Sodexo Future Chef

Sommer's Grab & Go Comfort Cookies


  • 2 Ripe Bananas
  • 1 Cup Oats
  • 2 tsp Cinnamon
  • Dried Blueberries
  • Dried Cranberries
  • Dark Chocolate


  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Peel bananas and mash until there is a runny consistency
  3. Stir in oat and cinnamon
  4. Scoop mix on baking pan in small piles then flatten the top with a spoon
  5. Place fruit on top before baking
  6. Bake for 25 minutes
  7. Melt chocolate
  8. Drizzle chocolate on top
  9. Enjoy!




Multicultural Celebration - Special Recognition to Moms

BPAC 05.05.17

BPAC 05.05.17



Picture Day Fall Picture Day

Tuesday, August 29th is Picture Day!

NO School on Monday & Late Start Tuesday


Northern Illinois Food Bank coming to Round Lake 9/20

We are please to announce that the Northern Illinois Food Bank will once again visit our district. This event will take place at Round Lake High School on Wednesday, September 20th from 4 - 6pm.

Papa John's Pizza Online Fundraiser Pizza!

Eating pizza = supporting Murphy School!

Intramurals, Groups and Clubs Picture Day

If you participate in intramural sports, a group or club, a photographer will be here to take your photo for the yearbook. 

All District Choir Festival

Journey Home: Americana, Gospel and Folk Songs @ Round Lake High School

1:Wonder Showcase 4/10/18

Come witness how technology is transforming instruction within K-12 classrooms! 

BPAC to Host Parent Seminar on Friday, April 20, 2018

Topic: Parental Involvement is Key in Student Success

Spring MAP Testing MAP growth

From Tuesday, May 1st to Friday, May 5th, the students at Murphy will be taking the Measures of Academic Progress (MAP) tests in Reading and Math.

Curriculum Night/Noche del currículum educativo

On Thursday, September 7th, we will be hosting Curriculum Night! Teachers will present information about their classroom, standards based grading, the new report card, the Mastery Connect parent portal, and Discovery Education’s Science Techbook. 

Second Step: Welcome!

In the month of September, our school wide theme is: Our school as a welcoming place where every student feels like he or she belongs.

*Attendance Week* 9/11-9/15

Pajamas, freeze pops and extra recess, oh my! This week is the 27th Annual Fall Attendance Competition in Lake County. Keep reading to see more information!

Read Across America Week 2/26-3/2

Read Across America Week starts Monday! Check out our activities below!


Papa John's Fundraiser (order ONLINE)

Order Papa John's Pizza ONLINE (March 7-8) and raise money for our school!

:-) *Spring Picture Day* {March 20th}

Tuesday, March 20th will be Spring Picture Day. 

ABC Countdown

Check out this years ABC Countdown. Can you believe the 2017-2018 School year is coming to an end?

Community Information Session: DACA Changes; Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Please plan to attend a Community Information Session, hosted by Mano a Mano Family Resource Center, on Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 7:00pm.

NO SCHOOL on Monday, March 5th

No school this monday, March 5th. It is Casimir Pulaski Day

RLAS-116 to host Parent Information Sessions

We are considering a new schedule for students in grades K-5 for the 2018-19 school year. Please attend a Parent Information Session on March 8 or March 21 to learn more about this proposal.

Is your 5th grader going to middle school next year?

Thursday, May 10th Magee and Round Lake Middle School will host a Parent Night at 6:00pm.

Magee's will be held in their cafeteria.

Round Lake Middle's will be held in their gym. 

Murphy Elementary Air Quality Report Now Available
All District Band Festival

Come to the All District Band Festival on Saturday, March 10th!

Sweet Treats for Teachers!

It will be “Sweet” if our Murphy families send in a dessert for Thursday, March 22nd to go along with the staff dinner.  

Free Soccer Camp in May!

Round Lake High School & Conscious Performance will hold FREE soccer camps for Round Lake students in grades 1-8! 



Dear Murphy Family,

We would like to thank everyone that has expressed concern and a desire to help out. The support from community members, parents, present and former staff, students, and alumni has been overwhelming.

The village has been pumping for a number of hours and the water is receding! We topped out at 45 inches in the lower level.

We'll post more information on various ways to assist once the situation can be fully assessed on our facebook page.

Again, thanks for all the support!

Order your yearbook today!

Have your ordered a yearbook? Only $15 and sales end Friday, March 23rd!

2018-19 Student Registration Open Now!

Registration is quick and easy! Complete the process now so you don't have to worry about it this summer! Registration closes June 15.

Elementary Scholars - A Year in Review

Year 3 Initiatives of 5-Year Strategic Plan Approved for 2017-18 Year 3 Initiatives

The Board of Education took action on June 19, 2017 to approve initiatives set in accordance with the 5-Year Strategic Plan. 2017-2018 is Year 3 of the overall plan. You can access the full document of initiatives here.

Administration submits updates to the Board on these initiatives on a regular basis (November, February & June).

K-5 Exploration Camp

Check out the classes being offered this summer!

Kindergarten Registration Dates for 2018-19

Register online now or in person April 12, May 15, or May 24!

School Closure/Late Start Guidelines for 2017-18

A guide for parents to know how the decision is made to close school during the winter season due to weather.