Murphy School Closure Journal Assignment and Blog

  • During our school closure Murphy 6th - 8th graders are asked to keep a journal of their experiences during this unique time in our history. They are living through an unprecented moment and they have been asked to capture their ideas in the form of an ongoing journal assignment. The Murphy Staff is also invited to join in this journaling project. We intend to share highlights of the different journal entries in the form of blog posts below. We will share this experience as one community united. Through our collective experience we hope that all Murphy community members will feel a sense of comfort and unity as we navigagte these uncharted waters.

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Murphy School Students Blog During School Closure

  • 6/22/2020- Last Day of School Final Reflection

    Posted by Murphy 6th Graders on 6/22/2020

    It is hard to think that the school year is over. This school year has been a crazy roller coaster. I learned so much this school year and grew so much as a person. Although I was only at the Murphy for three years I got experiences I probably wouldn´t have gotten else where. I met great people and made great friends so having to leave is a little sad. These people are some of the people that helped shaped me to be who I am today. I am nervous to be going to a new school, but I know that mostly all of the students in my grade that year are new to that school too.

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    Now that this is the last day of my 6th grade journey! It felt like January was just yesterday. And i felt it didn't have that much time to get to know people more! Because of covid-19 and all thats happening, I think that i have been forgetting that school still is still in "session". this is why the quarantine is pulling all of us out of being together and having a stronger way of learning.My fears are kind of silly, but the covid 19 fear is pretty vary.Its going away,but the virus still exist.

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    My overall experience of this time was great. I value staying safe and taking care of my parents a bunch more when this happened. I think that this made me more stay inside then go outside.

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    Online learning was messy and boring, but was a new and partially exciting thing to do. We got to be together even while outside of the Murphy, and it was a mainly bittersweet experience. I'm hoping that a vaccine for Covid-19 comes soon, and that the world learns from our mistakes, making this not happen again. But, this pandemic may cause very, very serious damage, which I hope doesn't happen. I now value my friends and actual school more now because of the stay-at-home order, but I feel very empty on what I should do. I'm going to an online summer camp soon, so that'll be fun, and since BLS is coming, I might study a bit with some practice math tests or something like that to refresh my mind. I'll miss the Murphy a lot, as well as the people there, especially my 6th grade class. But, we must move on in life to experience it.

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    I have some very mixed feelings about the end of this school year. I'm happy to finally get off the zoom meetings, but no one could get a proper goodbye to all their friends. Also, this summer is going to be way off and boring because none of us will probably not be able to go out and have fun.

     

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  • 6/21/2020

    Posted by Murphy 6th Grader on 6/21/2020

    This has honestly been hard on me, but I know that it was hard for everybody. I won't be able to see you next year because I won't be here next year, but I will visit. I can't believe sixth grade is over already, it went by so fast. I'm glad I made new friends this year.

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    It is hard to say goodbye to friends that I have known now for 8 years. I grew up at the Murphy. It is my home. But, I guess I am ready to leave and start a new adventure. But, I know I can always come back!

     

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  • 6/20/2020

    Posted by Murphy 6th Grader on 6/20/2020

    I will miss the friends I made at the Murphy. I was rethinking and the nostalgic memories were so warming. For the past seven years, it has been so nice going to the Murphy and I will genuinely miss it. I feel like everyone grew up so much and I'm really proud of them for doing so. The Murphy changed so much from some of my former teachers leaving, changing principals, people leaving, and it feels so different changing from Kindergarten to middle school and going to a different school by ending the Murphy from a zoom call. It feels so weird because most of my friends are going to BLS while I'm going to BLA and we won't get to see each other as much.

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  • 6/19/2020

    Posted by Murphy 6th Grader on 6/19/2020

    I'm seeing a lot of Black Lives Matter movements on social media. It's makes me happy that everyone is starting to become more aware of the oppression that black people face on a daily basis, including myself. I'm glad that I am able to educate myself on what's happening. One thing I don't like is how obsessed people are with the rioting and looting. Although it is true that the rioting and violence isn't the best way to go, it isn't the biggest problem. Some people are worried about the downfall of businesses, but fail to show the same amount of concern with the oppression of African Americans and police brutality. Overall, I love how the protests are opening doors to bring justice to the black community.

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    This week has been pretty sad in my opinion because this will be some of our last classes with these teachers and our classmates that some of us have been with for 8 or more years. It would be nice if we were able to see each other in person again.

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    Recently I have been really focusing one the protests that are happening. I got a book called ¨The Hate U Give¨, which really relates to what is happening. I am reading a lot more recently to calm my nerves. The book discusses the Main Characters decision on whether she stand up for what happened, and but her and her family in danger. Or she could stay quite and let the discrimination continue. It depicts what is happening right now well. Peoples lives can be in danger because of the protests but they are standing up for themselves and the black community. The week was stressful for me with school closing and all the grades closing. Besides all that overall I myself am not doing that well mentally with everything but I think once the school year is over I would get better.

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  • 6/18/2020

    Posted by Murphy 6th Grader on 6/18/2020

    Honestly, there isn't much to share anymore since the viruses started to slow down.All i have to say is that I am glad the virus is growing to its lower peaks because we would be living in a living nightmare. People still have to watch out and clean their hands or else the virus will start all over again. And I wish that people would be really careful of what to do. For example, we still have to remember that we should only go out for necessitates.

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    This week was pretty bad. It was pretty stressful with the BLS test and all and I'm pretty sure I didn't do that well on the test. I hope it won't affect my grade much. Other that that, this week's been very average. Next week is the final week of school, and I'll miss the Murphy when I go to BLS. BLS will most likely be fairly difficult, so I'll try to to try as hard as I ever have and to get better at academic even more. But, if BLS is not open for fall and has to do online classes, it might cause some trouble because I haven't been receiving a lot of emails from BLS. I hope it'll be fine. But, 2020 will be a year to be remembered because of all the disasters happening. But, things will get better, and I hope soon. Have a great week/summer!

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    This week has been kinda stressful. I have been busy, but I still get to have fun. This week has been affecting me personally because even though I got most of my work done and my family gets to hang out with each other, I still miss my friends. I wish we were still in school even if we have to do work because it is more better seeing people in real life instead of online school. I don't get to interact with them and I could only talk to them on the internet. I still wonder what school would've been like if we were at school.

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  • 6/17/2020

    Posted by Murphy 6th Grader on 6/17/2020

    I have been staying up longer and waking up later now. Also I have established a better relationship with my family. We learned many things about the situations and protests. I also feel that the problem is worsening over time because of the actions of people in the communities. If we only focused on the Corona virus the society would be better.

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    This change is really affecting me a lot, virtual school is really hard for me, and I can't even go out for fresh air without a mask that hurts to wear, cant go to the park playground amusement parks and im an outdoor person not an indoor person.

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    This new learning is very exciting for me and it is coming to an end. I don't know how to think, but this virus has affected us so much and the days to come for next year are unpredictable but I'm excited to meet new friends and teachers.

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    I think that school closures ahve changed a lot of things. The first notable thing is that taking huge test are very difficult since things can happen like internet being cut which scares a lot of people when takign the test. Even with the fear of the internet being glitchy overall socail distancing ahs been easy and okay. Protest have been continuing and things are going to change this year drastically and health care is going to be better.

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  • 6/16/2020

    Posted by Murphy 6th Grader on 6/16/2020

    The school year is coming close to and end and it is not what I thought would happen going into 6th grade. Things have changed a lot, and it was new to everyone. Remote learning felt very short, and very different, but I learned a lot from it. In the world now I learned that there are some mosquitoes that carry this disease, and more will emerge as it gets warmer. It is perfect timing for mosquitoes , but bad timing for this year with everything that is happening. I´m not sure if that disease is new or not, but this summer may not be fun as hoped.

     

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    I think the school closure period started out as a kind of dream come true for most people, but it quickly became annoying and boring. I haven't been able to see anyone from school, or even outside of who I live with. I feel like lots of people were excited, until things got really bad. I hope that company can get a vaccine for the virus that works, so everyone can return to normal, or even the new normal, cuz either way at least We'll be able to go back to school, work, and things will open back up.

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    Just a month ago, my friends' mothers wanted everyone to stay away from each other. Now, however, me and a lot of my friends are easing back a bit. We have been hanging out very frequently, as long as we all wear masks.

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  • 6/15/2020

    Posted by Murphy 6th Grader on 6/15/2020

    This entire week, felt really fast. It's probably because school is ending soon. This week went by really fast and I had a lot of fun with my friends, chatting, and playing. The Coronavirus still continues to linger around here, but It's good to know that some restaurants and stores are starting to open again. If more shops start to open, it's a good thing because it shows that the state that is opening again can quarantine themselves and quarantine the virus from other people. For some reason, I kind of feel like the Coronavirus will not have a cure but have a vaccine just like the yellow fever. I feel like one day the virus will just disappear and reappear at some point in time. It is good to know that schools may reopen after summer vacation in September. A lot of work places have been closed and not a lot of people are getting money to take care of themselves during this time. This week was good and there weren't really any negative things going around.

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    This week felt very short because it was the second to last week of the end of 6th grade. This is really good for me because I'm always stuck on my desk doing school work and when I'm done, it's already kinda dark outside. School for everyone next year will be very weird because all of us have to wear masks and stay away from each other. What I'm mainly confused about is how all the BPS schools are going to arrange the lunch and recess periods.

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  • 6/14/2020

    Posted by Murphy 6th Grader on 6/14/2020

    I didn't do anything over the weekend which already tells you that I'm not doing so well but then again I kind of am? I'm not sure myself. This school closure period thing stresses the heck out of me because every time I attempt to do an assignment it's just really frustrating to look at a blank screen so I end up ignoring it. This 'period of change' sucks and I hate it with all of my heart. Well actually, I only really hate the fact that I'm behind on everything but that's my fault, so basically because of this I hate myself even more. Doing work isn't even something I have the ability to do anymore and its really sad because I used to be a decent student with good grades but now I can't even spell three letter words correctly. This period is making me go mad and the only thing keeping me sane is roblox and my friends. Thank god for ice cream, because without it, I'd probably be dead. The sad thing about my work is that I'm really only trying in ELA, but even then I'm missing a lot of assignments which just means that the rest of the subjects are going to be much worse. My motivation to become a good student is completely non existent and you won't be seeing anymore of that whatsoever. I wish to become a good student, yes, but we all know that ain't happening any time soon. I feel like I always say this in every journal entry I've ever written, but I hate school. Very much. I have a passion for hating it. History is now my least favorite subject, and now math, which once used to be a subject I excelled at, is now dead to me. 

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  • 6/13/2020

    Posted by Murphy 6th Grader on 6/13/2020

    Well it has been great in the sense that I have a lot more time on my hands, but bad because I can't go anywhere, and do anything. Just Remember we are all going through the same things. One thing that I am looking forward to is my Basketball season is starting again this Friday. Well, we aren't playing real games in our normal gym, with other teams. However we are going to be practice with the team again in our practice gym, and doing team matches, which should be fun.

     

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    It has been very hard not being able to see my parents that much because they are both workers and my grandparents are driving me crazy because I have been with them for about 3 months. I see my cousins sometimes and they give me a nice break and change of scenery. Things are starting to loosen up a bit so I see my dad and my mom more when we go for walks.

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