Murray Messenger 11/9/18

Murray Hill Middle School 

Murray Messenger 11/9/18

A Note From The Principal

Dear MHMS Families,

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 Parent-Teacher Conferences will be held on Monday, November 19ththrough Wednesday, November 21st.  The majority of teachers at MHMS will offer afternoon and evening hours on Monday and/or Tuesday to accommodate parent schedules.  Parents will have the ability to schedule conferences starting on Thursday, November 8th at 4:00 p.m.  The scheduling window will close to parents on Thursday, November 15th at 11:59 p.m.  Families will have to log onto HCPSS Connect to schedule conferences.  Please see the attached document for instructions on how to schedule. 

Finally, Report Cards will be sent home with students next Wednesday, November 14th. 


Lisa R. Smithson


Murray Hill Middle School

Important Dates:

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 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 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.  

7th Grade News

7th Grade Field Trip:  All 7th grader students received permission slips for our English theater field trip to Goucher College.  Students will see the Chamber Theater Production Company perform several stories read in ELA class, including works by Edgar Allan Poe.  The field trip is scheduled for Wednesday, December 12th,  during regular school hours.  The cost is $27.00 per person and payment can be made with cash, check to MHMS or online payment at  We are looking for chaperones so please check the box on the permission slip if interested.  Chaperones will be selected by lottery, please wait to be contacted before including additional chaperone payment.  Please contact your child's ELA teacher with any questions.  All signed permission slips and payment are due by Friday, November 16.

8th Grade News

8th Grade Field Trip:  The 8th grade field trip to the Newseum is scheduled for Friday, November 16th (the Friday before Thanksgiving Break).  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.  Students should plan to bring a bag lunch for the field trip.  If a student needs a bag lunch provided by our cafeteria, please inform Ms. Schaefer by Monday, November 12th.  Ms. Schaefer can be emailed  


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

MHMS PTA Book Fair:  Did you know? Reading just 20 minutes a day exposes your child to about 1.8 million words per year. Reading helps students develop a stronger vocabulary, and in addition, students who read for pleasure average higher grades in English, mathematics, science, and history!

Mark your calendar to join us for a celebration of reading!  The PTA Book Fair hours are as follows:

  • Friday, 11/16: 11:00 am – 1:30 pm (lunch)
  • Monday & Tuesday, 11/19-11/20:   9:30am-11:30am (lunch) and 1pm-8pm (conferences)

Visit for more information and online purchasing.

The PTA also needs volunteers to help make this fair a success!  To help, please follow this link:

Email any inquiries to or  We look forward to seeing you and your family at our Book Fair!

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!!

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)


Howard County of Association of Student Councils (HCASC):  All middle and high school students interested in serving the community and gaining leadership skills are invited to attend the monthly meetings of HCASC.  Meetings occur on the second Wednesday of each month at The Homewood School, located at 10914 Clarksville Pike, Ellicott City, MD 21042.  The next meeting will take place on Wednesday, November 14th, from 7:00 p.m-8:30 p.m.

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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