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R.C. Murphy Junior High School

Address: 351 Oxhead Road, Stony Brook, NY 11790
Main Office: (631) 730-4800
Fax: (631) 730-4804
Principal: Vincent Cereola
Asst. Principal: Dawn Nachtigall, Ph.D.
Dean of Students: Chris Murphy
School Hours: 7:40am - 2:25pm

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Students Selected for Young Writers Publication

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Eleven students from R.C. Murphy Junior High School will be published in a writing anthology from Young Writers. Young Writers is an organization that gives students a platform to submit their works of writing to different contests. It aims to encourage young writers to enjoy reading, writing and poetry.

This fall, students in Jackie Shaw’s seventh grade honors class enrolled in the competition, “Twisted Tales: Flip the Script.” The contest challenged students to write a micro story of 100 words or less, taking on a villain’s perspective. The villain could be a famous one, an original creation or even something such as a natural disaster.

Congratulations to the 11 students who will be published: Elvin Gao, Holly Graff, Sabine Hecker, Madeline Kern, Julietta McKee, Roo Sabet, Mahira Shah, Caoilin Sharkey, Ryan Woltmann, Brandon Xu and Hannah Zdanowicz.

R.C. Murphy JHS will be receiving a copy of the book Young Writers publishes with the student work and will display it in the school library. Next semester, there will be prize drawings. The school with the best set of entries will receive the Young Writers’ Award of Excellence and three students will win an Amazon voucher.

Date Added: 1/17/2023

‘Iron Giraffe Challenge’ Fundraiser

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R.C. Murphy Junior High School has kicked off a schoolwide fundraising initiative to support access to clean drinking water in South Sudan. The fundraiser is based on the book, “A Long Walk to Water,” which is part of the seventh grade English curriculum.

The novel highlights the true story of Salva Dut, a young boy forced to flee his village in South Sudan due to civil unrest. He now works to give back to his homeland through his nonprofit, Water for South Sudan. Throughout the book, the term “Iron Giraffe” is used to refer to the drill that is used to dig wells.
In an effort to support Salva’s organization, R.C. Murphy Junior High School has enrolled in the Iron Giraffe Challenge. The building’s goal is to raise $1,000 by May 1 to build one well in South Sudan with the school’s name on it. Additionally, the school with the most donations will receive a visit from Salva himself.

To make a donation to the Iron Giraffe Challenge, click the link below:

Date Added: 1/13/2023

Extraordinary Achievement on Math Exam

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Junior high school students were recognized for their outstanding achievement on the American Mathematics Competition 10 exam. The exam is a challenging multiple-choice examination designed to promote the development and enhancement of problem-solving skills.

At P.J. Gelinas Junior High School, Michael Retakh and Eric Zhong scored in the top 5%, qualifying for the American Invitational Mathematics Examination. Additionally, Yuming Su and Anna Xing were awarded a third-place prize for their scores. At R.C. Murphy Junior High School, Harry Gao qualified for the AIME.

The AIME is a three-hour examination with questions much more difficult than the AMC 10. It provides the exceptional students who are invited to take it with yet another opportunity to challenge their mathematical abilities and will be administered in February.

Date Added: 1/12/2023

Italian Postcards

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Students in the Italian program at P.J. Gelinas and R.C. Murphy Junior High Schools recently wrapped up their unit on traveling by hosting a postcard exchange. Students wrote each other messages entirely in Italian. They highlighted their newly acquired language and wrote content based on their research of Italian regions.

Date Added: 1/11/2023

Holiday Baking

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Eighth graders at R.C. Murphy Junior High School participated in holiday baking ahead of break! Students created a chocolate-toffee bark as part of a holiday-themed food lab. They then worked together to decorate their delicious treats.

Date Added: 12/22/2022