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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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World Language Week

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Students and staff from P.J. Gelinas and R.C. Murphy Junior High Schools celebrated World Language Week earlier this month. Students participated in a scavenger hunt and a “Just Dance” competition with music from the French, Italian and Spanish cultures. Additionally, they enjoyed French, Italian and Spanish pastries, and participated in a travel exhibit throughout the hallways.

Date Added: 5/24/2023

ALS Ride for Life Stops in Three Village

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The Ride for Life made its way across Three Village on May 16, making stops at Arrowhead Elementary School, R.C. Murphy Junior High School and Ward Melville High School. The Ride for Life is a major advocacy event to raise awareness about ALS and funds for patient support services.

Patients with ALS led the journey through Three Village while students lined up outside their schools, cheering positive messages. Local fire departments allowed for a grand entrance at each of the buildings.

At Arrowhead Elementary School, students presented the ALS Ride for Life with a $1,185 check. Mrs. Giambalvo and Mrs. Callan's fifth grade class, and Mrs. Schwarz’s fourth grade class, raised the money by selling ice pops, ALS bracelets and collecting donations during lunch periods. At R.C. Murphy Junior High School, the ninth grade chamber choir put on a performance for the organization.

Click here to view the Arrowhead Elementary photo slideshow.

Click here to view the R.C. Murphy Jr. High School photo slideshow.

Date Added: 5/23/2023

R.C. Murphy Heritage Day

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R.C. Murphy Junior High School honored its namesake, Robert Cushman Murphy, with its first Heritage Day on April 29. The event featured visits with local museums and hands-on science activities to celebrate Murphy’s legacy as a naturalist, curator at the Museum of Natural History, environmentalist and explorer.

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Date Added: 5/15/2023

Students Named Winners in Poetry Contest

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Two junior high school students were honored in the 2023 Walt Whitman Poetry Contest. Amartya Das, an eighth grader at R.C. Murphy Junior High School, and Allie Harrison, an eighth grader at P.J. Gelinas Junior High School, both were named winners for their individual poems in the grades 7-8 category. Das’ poem was, “Endless Flow,” and Harrison’s was, “My Knot of Life.”

This year’s theme of the annual Walt Whitman Poetry Contest was “I am large… I contain multitudes,” from Whitman’s poem, “Song of Myself.” Students were challenged to use their poetic voice to share the multitudes within themselves in 30 lines or less. Das and Harrison are invited to an award ceremony at the Walt Whitman Birthplace Museum later this month.

Date Added: 5/11/2023

Murphy Holocaust Remembrance Daffodil Project

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Eighth graders at R.C. Murphy Junior High School have created a bright display as part of the building’s Holocaust Remembrance Daffodil Project. In English classes, students first worked through an interactive slideshow that thoughtfully reviewed the Holocaust, survivors and upstanders. It was created by the building’s DEI Committee and was cited from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum website. Afterward, students crafted tissue paper daffodils and displayed them on a hand-painted mural near the main lobby.

This public display respectfully honors the millions of lives lost in the Holocaust. It also aligns with the national Daffodil Project, which aspires to build a worldwide living Holocaust memorial by planting daffodils around the globe.

The project is a buildingwide collaboration between Murphy JHS students, the DEI Committee, art teachers, English teachers and school librarians.

Date Added: 5/9/2023