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Picture Day is coming!  If you did not like your pictures you received you can send them back on October 8th and have the picture retaken.  
If you did not get your picture taken you will get it taken on this day.

12th Annual Chili Supper - Monday, October 19

ISBE Releases High Level PARCC Data
Explorer Club 116 Participates in First-Annual John G. Shedd Aquarium Robotics Challenge

Explorer Club 116 Participates in First-Annual John G. Shedd Aquarium Robotics Challenge
Team Recognized by RLAS-116 Board of Education


Round Lake, Illinois (08/23/2015) — The Round Lake Area Schools CUSD #116 Board of Education spent some time during their August 17, 2015 meeting to recognize a group of young engineers!

In May, the Explorer Club 116 participated in an Aerial Robotics Challenge, which resulted in a first place for poster presentation and second place in the overall competition, only following the Illinois Math & Science Academy!

Exploring is geared toward career exploration with a vision to provide positive and meaningful real-world career experiences and leadership development opportunities for all teenagers and young adults in their chosen field of interest. 

Explorer Club 116 was formed in September 2014 by a group of middle school students with an interest in flying quadcopters.  Some of the parents were part of Bilingual Parent Advisory Committee and Parent Advisory Committee that met on Friday evenings at Magee Middle School.  The members were in 6-8 grades with varied academic backgrounds.


What's New With State Standardized Assessments?

There have been several significant changes for state standardized testing this year.
The most notable change is the addition of a science test to be taken by select students in the state of Illinois.  While details have yet to be finalized, we do have some preliminary information.  The science test, as aligned to Next Generation Science Standards, will be given to 5th, 8th and 10th graders.  A testing date/window has not been established yet but the test will occur sometime in the spring.  The exam will be online and testing time should take 90 minutes or less.
PARCC testing in the state of Illinois will look a little bit different this year.   Last year there were 2 testing windows, a Performance Based Assessment (PBA) window and an End of Year Assessment (EOY) window.  This year the state has consolidated the two tests into a singular testing window that will be 30 days and will extend from when approximately 75 percent of the school year is complete to the 90 percent mark.  The earliest the test will be made available through Pearson Access Next is March 7.  Another change was to reduce the number of test units from eight or nine, depending on grade level, to six or seven. This will result in a reduction of testing time for most students by 90 minutes.

We will continue to provide updates as they become available. If you have specific questions regarding this information, please contact your school administrative team.

Papa John's Fundraiser

Murphy will be participating in a Papa John’s fundraiser this year! 20% of any ONLINE ( orders for pickup or delivery using promo code WJMURPHY will be donated to the school to benefit our programs!


The fundraiser will run two days per month, every other month. Mark your calendars for: Sept 23 & 24, Nov 18 & 19, Jan 20 & 21, Mar 16 & 17, and May 11 & 12.


Thanks to the Grayslake Papa Johns at 1276 N. Route 83, Grayslake, IL 60030, 847-548-7272 for partnering with us!

Lake County Attendance Week! (Sept 14-18)

Next week (September 14th – 18th) we will be participating in the Lake County Regional Office of Education's Attendance Week to help promote positive student attendance. 


As a part of this week we will be having a Spirit Week!

Monday – Pajama Day
Tuesday – Jersey Day
Wednesday – Dress as Your Favorite Character Day
Thursday – Hat Day
Friday – Murphy Spirit Day


Mustang Murphy will be making an appearance Monday morning during student arrival. We will also be running some incentives throughout the week:

·         At the end of the day, the class at each grade level with the highest attendance will be announced.

·         The class at each grade level with the highest attendance at the end of the week will be awarded with an 10 minute extra recess.

·         Raffle drawings will be held throughout the week for students.


Thank you to the PBIS committee for planning a fun week to promote student attendance!


Physicals at the School Based Health Center

The new School Based Health and Wellness Center located at Round Lake High School is open for physicals. This option is less expensive than Walgreens.
OPEN: Tues, Wed and Thurs 7:30-4:30 
(847)257-1200 (call for appointment)

PBIS Recognition! Silver Award

W.J. Murphy has been recognized as a Silver Level PBIS school! Moving from Bronze to Silver is a great honor and a tribute to how hard our staff is working to make Murphy a safe place for kids! 

Intramurals Starting!

Attention 5th Grade Parents - Intramural soccer permission slips are going home today. All participants must have a current physical on file to participate BEFORE the first practice on September 3rd.

Target's Take Charge of Education Program

Support Murphy by registering your Target RedCard with the Take Charge of Education program! See for more information on how to sign up.

Top Box Foods Coming to Magee Middle School - October 10, 2015; 9am-10:30am

We are excited to announce Top Box Food is partnering with Rosalind who will be giving free health screening, and flu shots at Aquatic Center, 860 Hart Road, October 10th from 9-10:30 AM.

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