Murray Messenger 10/5/18

Murray Hill Middle School

Murray Messenger 10/5/18

A Note From The Principal

Dear MHMS Families,

Interim Progress Reports will be distributed next week.  7th and 8th grade students will receive their progress reports on Tuesday, October 9th.  Due to the 6th grade Outdoor Education field trip, 6th grade students will receive their progress reports on Thursday, October 11th. 

Fall pictures will be taken on October 15th.  All students will be photographed for the purpose of the MHMS Yearbook.  If you wish to purchase fall pictures, picture package options were sent home with students today.  Please complete the appropriate information and submit payment on October 15th, or order and pay online in advance.  Please consider ordering school pictures, as it is a great keepsake, and also serves as a fundraiser for our school. 

It has come to our attention that there are times when vehicles are blocking the entranceways of the residents of the neighborhoods that surround MHMS.  Please be cognizant of blocking entranceways, driveways, or hindering any passing or movement on the roads as you drop off or pick up your students.  Please also, refrain from leaving your vehicle unattended in any area that may hinder traffic from freely moving, or blocking a parked vehicle.  Thank you for your attention to this matter. 

At this time 69% of our families have completed Family File, through HCPSS Connect (this is a 9% increase from last week)!  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.

Finally, please be patient as we continue to work towards balancing our class sizes in order to provide the best learning environment for all of our students.  As we work on this, students may potentially receive schedule changes through next week. 



Lisa R. Smithson


Murray Hill Middle School

Important Dates:

October 8th-10th

6th Grade Field Trip- Outdoor Education

October 9th

Interim Progress Reports Issued to 7th and 8th Grade Students

October 9th @ 7:00 p.m.

PTA Meeting

October 11th

Interim Progress Reports Issued to 6th Grade Students

October 12th

Yankee Candle Orders DUE

October 15th

Fall Pictures

October 16th, 17th, 18th

Math MAP Testing (during math class)

October 19th

Schools Closed For Students

October 24th @ 7:00 p.m.

Change Matters Concert @ Reservoir High School

October 26th @ 6:30 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

News From The Hill

School News

Yankee Candle Fundraiser:  Please consider supporting the MHMS Yankee Candle Fundraiser.  Get an early start on your holiday shopping; buy something for yourself, a family member or a friend! Fundraiser packets were sent home with students on Thursday.  Profits will benefit the MHMS PBIS program along with other initiatives for our school community.  The fundraiser will run through October 12th.  Products will be delivered before Thanksgiving, and will be available for pick-up during the November Parent Teacher Conferences.  We thank you in advance for your support.  See the attached for online sales:  ­­­­MHMSYankeeCandleOnllineOrdering.pdf 

MAP Testing:  This year, students will engage in the fall administration of the MAP test through their content classes.  The Reading MAP test will be conducted through three periods of ELA classes, and the Math MAP test will be conducted through three periods of math classes.  All students will engage in both tests, except 7th grade Algebra students and 8th grade Geometry students will not take the Math MAP test.  Please see the calendar above for the specific dates for MAP testing.  Please do all that you can to avoid scheduling appointments during testing; research shows that students perform better on standardized tests when taken during the scheduled testing time.  If a student is absent during the test administration or is unable to complete the test during the three class periods set aside, we will facilitate make-up sessions so that all students have ample opportunity to engage in the test.  If you have any questions regarding MAP testing, please feel free to contact Ms. Couch, Assistant Principal. 

MHMS Fall Fling:  Our Annual Fall Fling event is scheduled for Friday, October 26th.  Ticket sales will begin on October 16th during lunch shifts.  The cost of tickets is $5.00 or 30 Gotcha’s.  In order for students to obtain a ticket, their Family File must be complete/updated.  Additionally, students must have turned in their signed HCPSS Student Code of Conduct form to their DEN teacher.  Please see the attached flyer for more information. 2018 Fall Fling Permission Form.docx 

Please consider supporting our Fall Fling event through volunteering to assist in selling tickets during lunch shifts, chaperoning the event, selling concessions during the Fall Fling, or donating snacks.  There are slots available on the Fall Fling sign-up sheet for the event. Click HERE to sign up for your preference.  


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

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.    

MHMS Music Boosters News:

Music Boosters Board:  Please mark your calendars for the following important dates:  Tuesday October 23rd- Chipotle restaurant night and Wednesday October 24th- The Change Matters Grassroots concert at Reservoir High 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 |


Friday, October 5, 2018 - 11:45am