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Message From The Principal

Welcome from Principal Chelsie Murphy - Grades 6-8 


My name is Chelsie Murphy, and I am the proud principal of the 6-8 program at WISH Community School. We are a small, boutique middle school that prides itself on providing socially just classrooms where all students engage in rigorous academics together amongst an environment of caring and supportive educators. Throughout the year, we engage in project-based learning experiences that are both department-focused and cross-curricular; a few are International Festival, Service Learning, Science Fair, and Annual Project.

Scholars at WISH Middle experience a balanced curriculum that not only includes five core classes: English math, history, science, and STEM; but also includes movement, Spanish, art, and music classes. This balanced approach to teaching and learning provides our students with a wide range of classes that allow them to be better prepared to select the affinities they would like to focus on more in high school, college, and beyond.

It is essential to provide a robust social-emotional curriculum for our middle school students as well. We fully embrace the RULER program from Yale’s Center for Emotional Intelligence. This social-emotional literacy program provides our student body with the vocabulary, confidence, and tools to identify and regulate their emotions to communicate with one another effectively.

We also have a wide range of social and leadership opportunities for 6th-8th grade students. Many students participate in our WISH Sports program and join a lunch club or two. We strongly encourage all students to get involved in at least one activity at WISH Middle, and a few of our most popular programs are the Advanced STEM Aspiring Owls Club, Model United Nations, MathCounts, Where Everybody Belongs (WEB) Leadership, Student Leadership, Student Ambassadors, and Humans United.

While we cannot host you on campus at this time, please visit to take a virtual tour of our vibrant and engaging community of teachers (some below working remotely) and learners. Thanks again for your interest in WISH Community Middle School - I hope we can host you soon to visit us in person to see our students growing and learning together.

Chelsie Murphy
Interim Principal, Stephen Bochicchio

Welcome to WISH Middle,

I have been given the privilege of the awesome task of leading our WISH Community Middle School while Ms. Murphy is on maternity leave. 

Our wonderful teachers and staff have been working hard in preparation for this new school year, and we are all ready to welcome your children back onto our campus FULLY! I am looking forward to seeing your children grow both academically, and after these past 20+ months, socially as well.  

Our constructivist approach, our focus on social emotional learning, our collaborative classrooms, our stretching of all of our students through the implementation of GATE strategies —and all of the things we love about WISH are up and running. 

I’m looking forward to a great year and as always, please reach out with any questions or concerns you may have. 

Stephen Bochicchio

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