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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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Exploring Italy from the Classroom

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Junior High School students embarked on a journey of experiential learning and immersed themselves in the world of invisible cities. Inspired by Italo Calvino’s captivating novel, Le città invisibili,” students worked together to interpret maps of cities throughout the regions of Italy. Their multifaceted projects culminated in a captivating display to showcase their artistic, linguistic and analytical skills.

The collaborative project was spearheaded by the Center of Italian Studies at Stony Brook University, the American Association of Teachers of Italian (Long Island Chapter), the Consulate General of Italy, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Italy and Bibliolibrò. Bringing together these entities for this project helped students foster a shared love of Italian language and culture.

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Date Added: 12/8/2023

‘Friendsgiving’ at Murphy JHS

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ENL students at R.C. Murphy Junior High School celebrated “Friendsgiving” ahead of the Thanksgiving break. ENL teacher Ms. Gasparis planned the event to spread the festive spirit to students of different cultural backgrounds, many of whom have not celebrated Thanksgiving before.

Students enjoyed a traditional Thanksgiving meal and desserts, along with the company of their friends and teachers. In addition to a delicious meal, the students spent time with their friends by participating in games, making friendship bracelets and rock painting. The event created stronger bonds between students and gave them the opportunity to destress and unwind before their Thanksgiving break.

Date Added: 11/27/2023

Students Enjoying New Technologies

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Ninth grade students in Mr. Campbell’s Wood Systems class at Murphy Junior High School are learning how to use the latest addition to the technology laboratory. Students are programming the Epilog laser engraver to etch into materials with incredible accuracy. Using the light energy of a CO2 laser, the material is burned, permanently creating the Murphy woodworking logo on their projects.

Date Added: 11/21/2023

JHS French Week

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Junior High School students were immersed in a delightful celebration of French culture during “French Week.” They participated in a cultural Kahoot, a game-based learning platform, to enhance their knowledge of French history and traditions. They also learned about Le Louvre and took photos with a Mona Lisa cut-out. Croissants and the aroma of chocolate fondue was smelt through the halls as students tasted the French culinary delights. Additionally, students participated in a French landmark scavenger hunt and explored iconic structures to deepen their appreciation for the beauty of France.

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Date Added: 11/15/2023

Word Cemetery

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Mrs. Baron’s seventh and eighth grade U.S. History classes at Murphy Junior High School created a “word cemetery” ahead of Halloween. Students first researched words that should no longer be used in writing assignments. They created “graves” of words that were dying and listed more descriptive synonyms, or words they would be survived by. Students all wore black for the “word funeral.” Happy Halloween!

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Date Added: 11/1/2023