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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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Italian TikTok Contest

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Students taking Italian at R.C. Murphy Junior High School were recently awarded in a TikTok contest promoted by the American Association of Teachers of Italian. Students were challenged with creating a TikTok video about their past summer using different images, the Italian language and an Italian soundtrack. Several districts across Long Island participated and R.C. Murphy JHS students won awards for the funniest and most creative videos.

Date Added: 11/18/2022

Unity Week Celebrations

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The district celebrated Unity Day on Wednesday, Oct. 19 with activities that focused on anti-bullying messaging. Unity Day encourages school communities to show unity for kindness, acceptance and inclusion. Across the district, students and staff wore orange to send a visible message. Not only did celebrations take place on Oct. 19, in many buildings they lasted throughout the week.

At Ward Melville High School, students in a number of extracurricular clubs came together to “chalk the walk.” Students drew colorful, positive messages on the building’s sidewalks for their peers as they entered the building on Unity Day.

Faculty and staff at Setauket Elementary School also used sidewalk chalk to welcome their students with positive messages. Students were excited to sign a Unity Day pledge, affirming their commitment to creating a positive school environment. Additionally, Setauket Elementary School staff led an interactive game of Family Feud for students. Students participated in the game show, sharing ways they are responsible, open-minded, cooperative, kind and safe.

Minnesauke Elementary School welcomed Prismatic Magic into the auditorium, an educational laser light performance that incorporated anti-bullying messaging. The high-energy show reinforced the importance of teamwork and positivity.

At W.S. Mount and Arrowhead Elementary Schools, students created footprints to “stomp out bullying” and visualize the positive steps they are taking to create a community without bullying. W.S. Mount students also created a chain with orange links of paper that they wrote kind, anti-bullying messages on.

Nassakeag Elementary School students participated in a spirit week surrounding Unity Day. The week culminated with a schoolwide pep rally, where students dressed in green and gold to unite and take a stand against bullying.

While Unity Day takes place during one day in October, the Three Village school community honors its messaging throughout the year. Students were eager to carry out the lessons they learned during Unity Day activities and take steps to put an end to bullying.

Date Added: 10/24/2022

Hexagon Project Winners from R.C Murphy JHS

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A number of current and former R.C. Murphy Junior High School students in the Three Village Central School District received awards from the Interdependence Hexagon Project. The project challenges students and communities to use art as a way to reimagine how social and global challenges can be addressed. To do this, students use critical thinking, research and their creative expression. They created artwork in a hexagon-shaped template, which is used as a metaphor for interdependence and interconnectedness

The following students attended R.C. Murphy Junior High School at the time the project was submitted. Congratulations to the following:

Dhikshika Cherivirala – Most Compelling Overall HS Division
Bianca Chu – Most Creative Interpretation HS Division
Makayla Nieto – Most Creative Interpretation Middle School Division

Honorable Mentions:
Madeena Jalili – Most Creative Use of Materials HS Division
LooJi Lee – Most Creative Use of Materials HS Division
Erinn Luo – Most Creative Use of Materials HS Division
Nadia Milana – Most Creative Use of Materials Middle School Division

Date Added: 10/17/2022

JHS Students Explore Italian Culture

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Students taking Italian at R.C. Murphy and P.J. Gelinas Junior High Schools attended the annual “Robert D. Cess Concorsod’Eleganza – Annual Celebration of Italian Vehicle Excellence and Beauty” presented by the Stony Brook University Center for Italian Studies.

Students were excited to participate in this unique cultural experience which aligns with the revised NYSED World Language standards. These standards highlight culture as the fifth skill in language acquisition.

Date Added: 10/5/2022