351 Oxhead Road

Stony Brook,NY 11790                         Phone:  (631)730-4800                        Fax :  (631) 730-4804


Attendance/Health Office: 730-4810

Transportation Office: 730-5070

Weather Related Information: 730-4050

Vincent Vizzo, Principal
Jonathon Rufa, Assistant Principal Kerri Kilkenny, Dean of Students

School Hours: 7:35 a.m. - 2:20 p.m.

   Quote of the Month

"Dreams don't work unless you do."

John C. Maxwell



Foundation for Flint

Thank You Letter NEW!


Winter Concert Schedule


PTO Holiday Cash Bonanza


Denim & Diamonds NEW!


Long Island Blue Star Moms

Supply Drive 11/1 - 12/9


InStar Application Meeting for Students

Friday, 12/9

Period 7, Room 303 NEW!

Murphy PTO Registration Form


Murphy Food Pantry


Stop & Shop Fundraiser (10/4 - 3/20)




2016 Homecoming Carnival



Big Thank you to the Community Connections Club from 

Stony Brook Medicine 


R.C. Murphy JHS & Longwood JHS Student Exchange

May 12th





Current News

Exploring Career Opportunities


R.C. Murphy Junior High School ninth-grade students learned about a wide range of professions during the school’s annual Career Day in November.

The program afforded students the opportunity to speak with professionals in a one-on-one setting. The presenters encompassed a wide range of fields, including engineering, counseling, finance, law enforcement and several medical professions. Technology-integrated careers played a large role in this year’s event, a concept that seemed particularly interesting to students.

“When setting up this year’s fair, we aligned presenters to show the students how their career can be more than just one profession,” explained Ginger Ferraro, Murphy teacher and event coordinator. “For example, the police officers were set up near security professionals and emergency responders to show the transition one can make during the second half of their career.”

As the students are technically in their first year of high school at Murphy, the school’s annual fair aims to spark an interest in the type of career path they might want to pursue so they can properly choose related elective courses in high school.

“I was particularly interested in meeting with the professionals in advertising and learning how they use their creativity to tell a story that entices the reader,” said ninth-grader Joe Cereola.

Every Drop Counts

In connection with a seventh-grade reading assignment, R.C. Murphy Junior High School students, staff and parent community took action this fall and coordinated a fundraiser to help the more than 8,000 children living in Flint, Michigan, who were exposed to lead in their drinking water.

Before the start of the school year, the students read “Water Wars,” a fictional story about a dystopian society plagued with corporate greed and a lack of available drinking water. With the topic of the book and the news of Michigan’s water problems in mind, the school worked to make a difference in the lives of those living in Flint who may experience medical problems due to the exposure to contaminated water.

Students, staff and faculty purchased paper “drops of water” to be sent to the Flint Child Health and Development Fund, which will provide interventions that support positive health outcomes for the affected children. The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation has pledged to match every dollar raised, up to $5 million. The Murphy school community raised $1,500 for the cause.  

Creative Sculptures


R.C. Murphy Junior High School students enrolled in Brian Baker's creative crafts class teamed up with the school’s seventh-grade art classes to create a fantastic halloween display.

As part of their course work, the seventh-graders studied the subtleties of facial expressions by looking at the work of “Peanuts” creator Charles Schultz and “Calvin and Hobbes” creator Bill Watterson as well as text emojis. They then created a ceramic jack-o’-lantern ornament depicting a specific facial expression using decorative wire and plaster cloth wrap.

The students also created ceramic jack-o’-lantern candleholders that could withstand the test of time. After creating a stencil of their jack-o’-lantern face, students scored and slipped together slabs of clay to construct a box form. They then carefully cut out the details of their design to let the light of the candle inside shine through.

The completed projects were on display outside the Murphy art rooms for all to enjoy.

Inspired Writers


R.C. Murphy Junior High School students and staff put pencil to paper this October to explain what inspires their writing in celebration of National Day on Writing.

The students responded to one of several prompts presented to them in the form of hashtags, including #writeyourownstory and #whyIwrite.
Once completed, all the responses were put on display outside of the English classrooms for students to read their peers’ reflections and celebrate the power of writing.

Studying Local Waters

R.C. Murphy Junior High School Earth SMART classes learned firsthand about the aquatic inhabitants living in a local waterway during a recent field trip.

The 60 students boarded the Celtic Quest charter boat out of Port Jefferson and enjoyed a brief fishing experience before dredging the harbor to study the benthic organisms. At the conclusion of the trip, the students tallied all the fish caught and completed a lab based on the data gathered during their excursion.
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