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Aubrie Dimas
Lanae Bays

From the Principal’s Desk Happy December! The end of the year is here and we will soon be ringing in 2020! Wow! I want to thank you all for your continued support in our transition. Mr. Winchell and I are working hard to keep the ship steady. Our students are finishing their first semester. We know that they are working hard and encourage them to continue to do so in the second semester. Please note that we will be posting a Monthly Newsletter on our Website and sending home a Weekly Update Email on Friday evenings. Please reach out to us if you have questions or concerns in the coming weeks. Our priorities are our students, their safety, and their academic success. May your Holiday Season be Merry and Bright. Wishing you all the best in the New Year. Ms. Dimas, Principal

Updates With the change of season often comes rain. Here at Murphy if they weather is severe during brunch or lunch, we open the iCenter to the students for them to come inside to eat. Severe weather includes torrential rain, hail, extreme cold or extreme heat. During the lighter rain and wet conditions students can also visit our library for lunch. - Cookie dough is going to get distributed on December 17, by the outer door of room 44 from 3:00-4:00 pm. - Movie Night is on December 13, from 3:05- 5:30. The movie is Home Alone. - Student Site Council is on December 16, from 3:15-4:15 in room 42. -Come and join our ELAC meeting on December 17, from 6:15-7:15pm in the iCenter.

H&SC Notes Home and School Club Meeting December 17, 2019 @ 9am. All are welcome to attend. Please bring your friends. See what fun things we will be getting up to in the new year. Home & School Club is selling Jamba Juice BOGO cards through the front office. Spiritwear is for sell all year long the order form is at Spirit wear order form.

You’re Invited! Please join us on Tuesday, December 17th from 5-6pm for Cocoa, Cookies and Community. Home and School Club is sponsoring our Community Event this month. We would like you to have the opportunity to meet your new administrator, hear a little bit about them and their vision, have some snacks, build community and visit with Santa. All are welcome!

Upcoming Events

12/13 Movie Night (Home Alone)

12/16 Student Site Council Meeting

12/16 - 12/19 No Homework Center

12/17 ELAC Meeting

12/20 - 1/3 - Winter Break NO SCHOOL


Boletín de Martin Murphy de Diciembre 2019

Desde el escritorio del director: ¡Feliz Diciembre! ¡El fin de año está aquí y pronto estaremos sonando en 2020! ¡Guau! Quiero agradecerles a todos por su continuo apoyo en nuestra transición. El Sr. Winchell y yo estamos trabajando duro para mantener el barco estable. Nuestros estudiantes están terminando su primer semestre. Sabemos que están trabajando duro y los alentamos a continuar haciéndolo en el segundo semestre. Tenga en cuenta que publicaremos un boletín mensual en nuestro sitio web y enviaremos a casa un correo electrónico de actualización semanal los Viernes por la noche. Comuníquese con nosotros si tiene preguntas o inquietudes en las próximas semanas. Nuestras prioridades son nuestros estudiantes, su seguridad y su éxito académico. Que su temporada de vacaciones sea alegre y brillante. Te deseo todo lo mejor en el Año Nuevo. Sra. Dimas, directora

Actualizaciones Con el cambio de clima a menudo viene la lluvia. Aquí en Murphy, si el clima es severo durante el almuerzo o el lonche, abrimos el iCenter a los estudiantes para que puedan entrar a comer. El clima severo incluye lluvia torrencial, granizo, frío extremo o calor extremo. Durante la lluvia ligera y las condiciones húmedas, los estudiantes también pueden visitar nuestra biblioteca para almorzar. La masa de galletas se distribuirá el 17 de Diciembre, por la puerta exterior de la clase 44 de 3:00-4:00 pm. La noche de película es el 13 de Diciembre, de 3:05- 5:30. La película es Solo En Casa. Junta del Consejo del Sitio del Estudiante es el 16 de Diciembre, de 3:15-4:15 en el salón 42. Ven y únete a nuestra reunión de ELAC el 17 de Diciembre, de 6:15-7:15 pm en el iCenter.

Notas del club de hogar y escuela Reunión del Club de Hogar y Escuela es el 17 Diciembre a las 9 a.m. Todos son bienvenidos para asistir. Por favor traiga a sus amigos. Vea qué cosas divertidas que haremos en el nuevo año. Home & School Club está vendiendo tarjetas Jamba Juice BOGO a través de la oficina principal. Spiritwear se vende todo el año, el formulario de pedido está en Forma para ordenar suéteres y camisas Estás invitado Únase a nosotros el Martes 17 de Diciembre de 5- 6pm para tomarse un chocolate y galletas y convivir con la comunidad. El Club de escuela y hogar patrocina nuestro evento comunitario este mes. Nos gustaría que tenga la oportunidad de conocer a su nuevo administrador, escuchar un poco sobre ellos y su visión, tomar algunos bocadillos, construir una comunidad y visitar a Santa. ¡Todos son bienvenidos!

Próximos Eventos

12/13 Noche de película (solo en casa)

12/16 Reunión del Consejo del Sitio del Estudiante

12/16 - 12/19 No hay centro de tareas

12/17 Reunión ELAC

12/20 - 1/3 - Vacaciones de invierno

Aubrie Dimas
Lanae Bays

My name is Aubrie Dimas and I am the new Principal of Martin Murphy. I have been at  Murphy since the beginning of the year. This is my eighteenth year as an educator. All of my experience has been at the Middle School level. I came from Hoover Middle School as Assistant Principal and pior to that I taught for 14 years in Berryessa. I love Middle School students. I know we are in a transition time. I want to assure you that we are holding the students to the same standard that we started the year with. We want them to be enthusiastic, mindful, persevere, take ownership, show work ethic, be equitable and work rigorously. We held an assembly today to review these expectations. 

At this assembly we briefly reviewed our Run, Hide, Defend protocol. Run, Hide, Defend is in that order because that is the order the students are trained to follow. In the event of an emergency, the Police Department would take over and we would comply with all their instructions. This includes reporting to the reunification place the Department will set up.

We also reviewed the Stop It App with our students. This is an app that allows students to anonymously report things that they observe. Our Stop it theme is : IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING! The Stop It App does not take the place of our system for reporting conflict or a bullying incident.  If students have a conflict issue to report, please remind them to report to the office and make a student statement. The Stop It app is on each of our student’s chrome books as the cell signal here is not awesome. Please also remind students that if they are reporting on the Stop It app they need to check in to see if administration has communicated with them based on their report. 

I also want to take some time to  introduce you to Mr. Nathan Winchell. Mr. Winchell is in his thirteenth year as an educator all of which he has done in MHUSD. He has worked in both elementary and middle schools primarily with 6th graders. Mr. Winchell has invited all the students to introduce themselves and share a fun fact with him. We are excited to have him with us. 

We encourage you to talk over all of these things with your students. Please continue to check in with our weekly newsletters. If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to any staff members at Martin Murphy. 


Aubrie Dimas

We work hard. We are kind. Because we know success is no accident. 

Student vaping epidemic has California schools frantically mobilizing
Sandra Madrigal

Vaping is now an epidemic among middle and high school students.

Vaping Now an Epidemic Among Middle and High School Students.

Students at Crescenta Valley High School have created an anti-vaping app. At nearby Rosemont Middle School, 55 students have joined an anti-vaping club. Santa Monica schools have booked 20 anti-vaping and drug awareness student assemblies and parent meetings. Staffers at various Southern California campuses are stepping up patrols of hidden nooks, installing costly detection devices, bringing in addiction counselors and modifying health curricula.

The recent surge of lung illnesses and deaths linked to vaping, an increasingly entrenched habit among many youths, largely caught school authorities flat-footed, and educators are urgently mobilizing anti-vaping efforts against what they see as a dangerous teen epidemic.

“We’ve seen this develop very quickly,” said Crescenta Valley Principal Linda Junge. “We’re seeing a public health crisis that has come onto campus.”

Experts foresee long-term problems for a generation of students.

“The use of these products is not only creating a whole new generation of young people who are addicted to nicotine and will spend the rest of their life buying nicotine in one form or another ... it’s reducing all the kind of gains we’ve made during the ’90s and the 2000s getting youth not to take up smoking,” said Dr. James Sargent, a pediatrics professor at the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth.

Rosemont Middle School Principal Scott Anderle recalled confronting an eighth-grader, “a nice kid and a good student,” asking why he was vaping in the classroom. Why couldn’t he even wait for the class to end?

“He looked at me with sad eyes and said, ‘I can’t stop.’”

Almost one-third of Los Angeles County high school students have tried e-cigarettes at some point, and 10% regularly use them, according to the latest data from the 2017-18 California Student Tobacco Survey and the California Healthy Kids Survey. Students and school staff believe youth vaping has only increased since then. It is illegal in California to sell vaping products to anyone younger than 21.

School officials have been concerned about vaping as it caught on in recent years. But their worries were amplified after 805 recent cases of vaping-related lung injuries reported from 46 states and one U.S. territory. Twelve deaths have been confirmed in 10 states, including two in California. In cases documented by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 38% involve people younger than 21, and 16% involve patients younger than 18.

The school actions come as California health officials last week advised people to stop vaping both nicotine and THC, the psychotropic ingredient in marijuana. In addition, Los Angeles County supervisors have given preliminary approval for a ban on flavored tobacco products, including e-cigarettes, which would apply to unincorporated parts of the county. In Los Angeles, City Atty. Mike Feuer is recommending a similar ban. Other California cities and counties already have taken action, including San Francisco.

Massachusetts and Michigan also put restrictions on e-cigarette products.

Increasingly, schools are enlisting students to move to the front lines of anti-vaping efforts.

The student-designed anti-vaping app at Crescenta Valley High School was commissioned by Associate Principal Christine Benitez. The app allows students to report quickly when they see someone vaping in a bathroom on campus. Benitez said she hopes to use the data to respond to problem locations and times. The names of the students who developed the app are secret because the creators don’t want to become potential targets for classmates who object to their work.

Crescenta Valley junior Lucy Levine is downright public about where she stands as a winner of a PTA-sponsored anti-vaping poster and video contest.

“Health is Wealth,” her poster advises, a saying she borrowed from her grandfather.

The Glendale Unified School District is distributing the winning posters across the school system, the county’s third-largest.

In addition, Glendale is paying $30,000 to bring in a “Dangers of Vaping” presentation for all students in grades five through 12. The vendor is Impact Canine Solutions, which also provides drug-sniffing dogs for schools and businesses.

“We piloted this program last year with three evening information sessions open to students, families, and community members,” said district spokeswoman Kristine Nam. “The sessions were wildly popular.”

Anderle, the principal at Rosemont Middle School, has promoted an anti-vaping after-school club. Its weekly state-funded sessions bring in experts and health professionals. In a morning discussion last week, students talked of vaping, cigarettes and marijuana as different but uniformly risky.

“I think it’s all bad and vaping is probably worse,” said Kaylee Yoxsimer, 13, an eighth-grader. “The flavors make it easier to smoke.”

The students estimated that 15% to 20% of their middle school classmates have vaped. A few put the number higher.

Troy Bowen, 19, recounting his experience at Palisades Charter High School, said vaping was widespread. The Santa Monica College student said that he vaped once or twice, and that it was hard for many students to resist.

“If someone hit their Juul and was like, ‘Oh, man, this flavor is awesome,’ and handed it to their friend who had never tried it, they definitely would try it,” he said.

Juul, the nation’s dominant e-cigarette company, markets flavors such as mango and cucumber, and has come under scrutiny after the Food and Drug Administration accused it of illegally calling e-cigarettes a safer alternative to smoking.

Hoping to stem campus vaping, some Ventura County schools have turned to vape detectors that cost $600 to $1,000 each. The high-tech instruments can text alerts when vaping is detected in a bathroom or an isolated part of campus, said Dawn Anderson, director of comprehensive health/prevention programs for the Ventura County Office of Education. The devices also can monitor sound levels and provide daily reports, but they are far from foolproof.

Students may be able to circumvent the detectors by adjusting how much aerosol they release from their devices, Anderson said.

School administrators in Glendale initially hoped that traditional smoke detectors would work, but they weren’t sensitive enough. And a detector that would sniff out vaping also would frequently sound out for “false positives,” like body spray.

Educators find themselves in a sensitive place and are generally reluctant to invoke harsh punishment as they deal with students who could be addicted to nicotine.

The Los Angeles Unified School District has launched an internal task force involving health and counseling professionals, the instruction division, law enforcement and after-school programs, said Pia Escudero, who heads health and human services for the nation’s second-largest school system.

Instead of punishing students, schools are encouraged to provide them with counseling. Like other school systems, L.A. Unified addresses tobacco use and vaping in middle and high school health education classes. In state-funded programs, students produce public service announcements for their peers. And at health clinics at or near schools, psychiatric social workers host parent meetings to explain how vaping affects young brains.

“Really, a critical age is 13 years old,” Escudero said. “Thirteen-year-olds start experimenting. And studies show that’s really the pathway we want to intervene.”