Murray Messenger 10/26/18

Murray Hill Middle School 

Murray Messenger 10/26/18

A Note From The Principal

Dear MHMS Families,

We have made significant improvement in our completion of Family File.  At this time, over 82% of our families have completed Family File, through HCPSS Connect!  If you have not completed this very important task yet, please do so this weekend.  Your Family File must be updated and verified at the start of each school year.  Among other things, Family File provides MHMS with contact information, emergency contact information, health information, and different preferences which helps us to ensure the safety of your student.  Please visit: to update your Family File.  If you have any difficulties accessing or completing Family File, please contact our Front Office Staff at 410-880-5897.

Thank you to all of the families who attended our Grassroots Concert at Reservoir High School this week.  We were able to collect $1400.00 in donations for Grassroots of Howard County.  MHMS students will continue with other fundraising efforts throughout the year to support this important resource for our county.  For more information about Grassroots and the services provided, visit their website at   


Lisa R. Smithson



Important Dates:

October 26th @ 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Fall Fling (formerly known as the Blue Jean Ball)

November 6th

Schools and Offices Closed- Election Day

November 7th

Schools Closed for Students- Professional Work Day

November 12th-17th

American Education Week

November 13th @ 7:00 p.m.

PTA Meeting

November 14th

Report Cards Issued

November 16th

8th Grade Field Trip- Newseum

November 19th and 20th

3-Hour Early Dismissal- Parent-Teacher Conferences

November 21st

Schools Closed- Parent-Teacher Conferences

November 22nd and 23rd

Schools Closed- Thanksgiving Break

November 26th

Make-Up Fall Pictures

November 29th @ 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

Passport to Success

News From The Hill

School News

MHMS Winter Bazaar:  The Winter Bazaar is in need of your donated items!  The Winter Bazaar is a small store filled with items that students can purchase using their Gotcha’s.  Donated items include, but are not limited to, books, candles, jewelry, games, household items, decorative items, baby items, toys, movies, CDs, etc.  Items can be new or gently used.  The success of the event is dependent on donations; anything you can donate would be appreciated!  Students really enjoy being able to “purchase” these items for their friends and family.  All donations can be dropped off in the front office, or Ms. Hodder’s classroom (room 106).  We will begin collecting items on November 1st and will accept donations through the month of November.  If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Behrens (  Thanks for your support. 

Yankee Candle Fundraiser:  If you did not have the opportunity to place a paper order for our Yankee Candle Fundraiser, online orders will be accepted through January, and MHMS will still receive 40% profit for all online sales.  Please consider supporting the MHMS Yankee Candle Fundraiser by visiting  We thank you in advance for your support.  See the attached for online sales: MHMSYankeeCandleOnllineOrdering.pdf 

Yearbook Sales:  MHMS Memory Books are on sale now!  Flyers were sent home with students, so that you can secure your copy of the 2018-2019 school year!  Orders can also be submitted online through using Yearbook ID Code 13198619.  

8th Grade News

8th Grade Field Trip:  The 8th grade class has a field trip coming up on Friday, November 16th(the Friday before Thanksgiving Break). 8th grade students will go to the Newseum to see how newspapers and reporters have shaped our history. We will then go to the National Mall where students can visit a variety of memorials, monuments, and museums. This is an extended day trip, so students will need to arrive to school at our regular entry time of 8:15, but will need to be picked up at approximately 4:00 p.m. If your student is going home with someone other than their own parent/guardian, please send a note to Ms. Schaefer. All forms and payment are due by next Friday, November 2nd.   

Please use the this link to submit your $25.00 payment.  And be sure to complete both the permission slip and the medical form to Ms. Schaefer as soon as possible.  DC Student Permission Slip 2018.pdf  Medical Form.pdf 

Chaperones are needed! If you wish to chaperone, please fill in the information on the bottom of the permission slip and attach payment. For any additional information, please contact Ms. Schaefer at


The Council of Elders Community Academy:  Save the dates for the for The Council of Elders 2018-2019 Parent Workshop Series.  More information is attached:  

TCOE workshop_SaveDate_2018-19.pdf 

PTA News

Winter Coat Drive:  The MHMS PTA is sponsoring a Coat Drive in conjunction with HCPSS upil Personnel Workers, the PTA Council of Howard County and other community organizations.  A collection box is located in our front office.  Please consider donating coats, hats, gloves and scarves of any size.  New and gently used are welcome.  

PTA Membership and Spiritwear:  Please show your support by joining the MHMS PTA for the 2018-2019 school year.  Also, consider pre-ordering our awesome spirit wear!  Use the form to show your support:  PTAMembership:SpiritWear.pdf 

Box Tops for Education:  We collect Box Tops for Education throughout the school year.  All Box Tops can be placed in the labeled box in the front Lobby of the MHMS, under the PTA bulletin board.  This is a great and easy way to raise funds for our school.    


Communication is an essential component of a successful school experience for both students and parents.  There are many ways to stay connected to MHMS and to HCPSS.  Please consider the following ways to stay connected:

  • Visit the MHMS website often at:   
  • Follow MHMS on Twitter at:  @hcpss_mhms
  • Visit Canvas often
  • Visit the HCPSS website often at:
  • Download the HCPSS app on your mobile device (search Howard County Public School System)

Community News

For more Community News visit the Community News and Programs page on the HCPSS website for announcements of upcoming events and programs sponsored by non-profit organizations.


Murray Hill Middle School | 9989 Winter Sun Road, Laurel, MD 20723 | 410-880-5897 |


Saturday, October 27, 2018 - 8:30am