John B. Murphy Elementary

The Caring Community   |   A Fine & Performing Arts School

2014-15 CPS Calendar Parent Portal



A special recognition to GIPNA the Greater Independence Park Neighborhood Association who dontated a generous $8,000 towards our fine arts programming that enable us to fund our important band program!

We thank our neighbors for believing in a strong community and recognizing the role Murphy School plays in building the future together. All neighbors are invited to join our monthly Community Sing on the last Friday at 8AM and start your day with a song!

Principal Zelenka

1st Graders' Holiday Video

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At John B. Murphy School, we create a positive learning environment that educates the whole child. We work collaboratively to ensure that all students learn to their fullest potential in all areas, with enhanced attention to the Fine Arts. Murphy students will learn to be productive members of the community and will contribute to the broader society.


A child-centered environment lead by a dedicated staff of professionals devoted to providing the highest quality environment for children.

Responsive Classroom & Developmental Designs social approach to learning with respect

University partnerships: Erikson Institute, National Louis University, NEIU, UIC, Indiana University

Small group work with individualized instruction tailored to student needs

Literacy approaches aligned to the Common Core State Standards

English speaking listening proficiency goals aligned to WIDA

Everyday Mathematics/Connected Mathematics Project aligned to CCSS

Hands-on science inquiry based experiences aligned to NGSS goals

A Library Media Center, I-pads, Computer Lab, laptop carts integrating technology

Fine Arts: Music, Visual Arts, Creative Drama, Dance and Movement, instrumental instruction - guitar, fiddle, keyboard, recorder, Orff instruments, kiln and Arts partnerships: Old Town School of Music, Ravinia Festival, House of Blues

Healthy Schools Initiatives: daily Chicago Run, Girls in the Game, Sports – softball, basketball, soccer, running, Gardening & Nutrition

After school programs including: flamenco dancing, film club, yearbook, reading and math fun, book & cook, gaming, fitness club, guitar , piano, floor hockey.

Monthly "Community Sing" celebrates shared vocals, performance and children