Murray Hill Middle School
Murray Messenger 11/10/17
A Note From The Principal
Dear MHMS Families,
This week our 6th and 7th grade students kicked-off their Annual Service Learning Project. Throughout the year, the students will learn about and support Grassroots of Howard County. One of the functions of Grassroots is to supports individuals and families who are homeless. Our students attended an assembly to learn about how homelessness effects citizens of Howard County, and how Grassroots provides assistance for those in need. Our first initiative in collaboration with Grassroots, is our Change Matters campaign. During the 6th and 7th grade lunch shifts, we will collect spare change (bills are also excepted), to donate to Grassroots. I would like to thank our phenomenal performing arts department, for hosting our Change Matters Kick-Off Concert on Wednesday evening. Under the direction of Ms. Hersey, Mr. Burrows, and Mr. McFate, our students entertained a packed house, and the event raised over $1000.00 towards our Change Matter campaign! Please continue to send donations for our collection containers next week.
Next week is American Education Week. Parents are welcome to come and visit their student’s classes throughout the week, without giving prior notification of the visit. We look forward to having parents visit to see all of the wonderful things that go on daily at Murray Hill Middle School.
Please be reminded that HCPSS Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held, Monday, November 20th through Wednesday, November 22nd. Parents can schedule conferences through HCPSS Connect. The window to schedule conferences closes on Wednesday, November 15th at 11:59 p.m. (Please see the directions on scheduling parent-teacher conferences- SYN073 Parent Conference Parent-1.pdf ). If you are unable to schedule a conference during the parent-teacher conference timeframe, and would like to connect with your student’s teacher, please consider coordinating an email update, or holding a scheduled phone conference. Also available, on limited basis, are team conferences, which can be set up through our Student Services Office, by calling 410-880-5838.
Lisa R. Smithson
Murray Hill Middle School
News From The Hill
MHMS Tardy Policy Reminder: It is important for students to arrive to school and to class on time each day. Even a few minutes missed on a daily basis adds up to a significant amount of instructional time lost during the course of a school year. Please note the MHMS Tardy Policy:
We thank you in in advance for supporting this expectation.
MHMS Winter Bazar: The Winter Bazaar is back again this year! The Winter Bazaar is a small “store” filled with donated items that students can purchase using their Gotchas. We are currently looking for donations- small items such as books, candles, jewelry, games, household items, decorative items, baby items, toys, movies, CDs, etc. Donations can be dropped off in Ms. Hodder’s classroom (Room 106) or brought in with your student and dropped off starting on November 6th. We will accept donations through December 1st. Thank you for your support!
Passport To Success; College and Career Night: Save the date for November 29, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. for this annual event brought to you by our educational partners, The SEL/H Ladies of the Continental Society, Inc. Prepare to experience a college and career fair, and learn about financial aid and scholarship opportunities, explore career options, learn interviewing tips and tips for course selection for high school, and more. Students who attend will receive a homework pass and snacks will be provided.
7th GRADE NEWS
Goucher College Theater Field Trip: 7th grade students received permission slips to attend a field trip to the theater at Goucher College on Monday, December 18th. This is a great opportunity for your child to see live performances of stories read in English class during the Thrills and Chills Unit. The cost is $25 and payment can be made with cash, check to MHMS, or online at https://osp.osmsinc.com/howardmd/. All signed permission slips and payment are due by Tuesday, November 21st.
We are also looking for chaperones, so please complete that part of the permission slip if interested. Chaperones will also need to pay $25 for bus transportation and a theater ticket. Please contact Kristin Cullison with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
8th GRADE NEWS
8th Grade Report Cards: Since our 8th grade students will be attending an extended day field trip to the Newseum on Friday, November 17th, all 8th grade Report Cards will be issued on Thursday, November 16th. (6th and 7th grade Report Cards will still be issued on Friday, November 17th).
PTA Sponsored MHMS 20th Anniversary Gala: The MHMS 20th Anniversary Gala, planned for this Saturday, November 11th, has been postponed until the Spring. Information regarding the event will be shared at a later time. If you are interested in assisting with the planning of the MHMS 20th Anniversary Gala, please contact, PTA President, Femi Williams at email@example.com
PTA Volunteers Needed: The MHMS PTA has several committees that are in need of volunteers. Please see the Committees, along with a brief description and contact, PTA President, Femi Williams, if you are interested in volunteering (firstname.lastname@example.org )
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:
For more Community News visit the Community News and Programs page http://www.hcpss.org/community-news-and-programs/ on the HCPSS website for announcements of upcoming events and programs sponsored by non-profit organizations.