Murray Messenger 11/16/18

Murray Hill Middle School 

Murray Messenger 11/16/18

A Note From The Principal

Dear MHMS Families,

It has been a great week at MHMS.  We had many parents visit classes during American Education Week.  Our 6th and 7th grade students kicked-off their service learning initiatives with a presentation from Grassroots.  And our 8th grade students enjoyed music and dancing with a Puerto Rican music group, Los Hijo e Plena and also attended their field trip to the Newseum and the National Mall, in Washington, D.C. 

The MHMS PTA Book Fair is currently in full swing.  Students were able to either virtually or physically visit the Book Fair today during ELA classes.  Students who purchase books will be entered in a drawing and prizes will be given each afternoon of the Fair; today I was able to give away 3 awesome prizes to students.  Please consider stopping by the Book Fair, located in the media center, during parent-teacher conferences, and support our PTA. 


Lisa R. Smithson


Murray Hill Middle School

Important Dates:

November 16th – 20th

MHMS PTA Book Fair

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 Attendance:  Please be reminded that if your student is absent for any reason, that it is important to provide written documentation of their absence.  Documentation should include student name, the date(s) of absence, and the reason for the absence.  Parents also have the choice to inform us of a student absence sending an email to the following address: 

Health Room Reminders:  Please remind your students that if they are feeling ill during the school day, that they should report to the Health Room, so that our Health Room staff can contact home if needed, rather than texting a message home without a staff member knowing of the contact.

A Reminder to Walkers:  Walkers may not return home in the morning, once on school property.  If they have forgotten an item (hw, lunch, materials), they will be directed to the front office to call a parent to determine a solution that both the parent and school staff are aware of.

Make-Up Pictures:  6th and 7th grade students who purchased fall pictures received their pictures today.  8th grade students will receive their pictures on Monday.  Please note that make-up pictures are scheduled to be taken on Monday, November 26th (the Monday we return from the Thanksgiving Break).  

MHMS Winer 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.  

PTA News

MHMS PTA Book Fair:  The MHMS PTA Book Fair will be open for sales during the school day on Monday and Tuesday, and during parent-teacher conference hours on Monday and Tuesday afternoon and evening.  Please consider supporting our PTA by making a purchase.  

If you are interested in volunteering to assist with sales, please use the following Sign Up Genius link:

Parent-Teacher Conferences Staff Meal:  On Monday, November 19th, the MHMS PTA will provide dinner for the staff during conferences.  For many years, the PTA and families have worked together and support the staff during conferences.  This year, we will be asking for sides and desserts.  Please access the Sign-Up Genius to contribute to the event: Thank you for making a community tradition successful.

MHMS PTA 5K Save The Date:  On Saturday, December 15th, the MHMS PTA will sponsor an “Ugly Sweater” 5K.  More information will be coming home soon.  Thank you for all you do to make our community strong!!

MHMS PTA 5K T-Shirt Design Contest:  The MHMS PTA will be facilitating a T-Shirt design contest, for the 5K Event T-Shirt.  They will host a “Create an Ugly Sweater For Murray” art workshop on Tuesday, November 27th.  A permission slips will be sent home with students in the near future. 

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.


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Friday, November 16, 2018 - 4:45pm