Murray Messenger 1/4/19

Murray Hill Middle School 

Murray Messenger 1/4/19

A Note From The Principal

Dear MHMS Families,

I wanted to take a moment to share that MHMS School Counselor, Mrs. Andrea Portnoy, recently received a promotion within HCPSS, and will no longer be a part of the Murray Hill Middle School community.  Mrs. Portnoy will certainly be missed, but we wish her much luck in her new role.  In the interim, MHMS has a substitute School Counselor, Mr. Trevor Smith.  Mr. Smith will be working alongside Ms. Raymond, until January 7th.  Then, staring on January 8th, our newly hired School Counselor, Ms. Jodi Svoboda will join the MHMS staff.  We are excited to have Ms. Svoboda join our school community.  As always, our student support team is dedicated to each and every one of our students, and to being a service and support to all of our families. 


Lisa R. Smithson


Murray Hill Middle School

Important Dates:

January 8th @ 7:00 p.m.

PTA Meeting

January 9th @ 6:00 p.m. (Jan. 16th- Snow Date)

MHMS Spelling Bee

January 17th

MHMS Dental Clinic

January 17th

Chick-Fil-A Restaurant Spirit Day

January 17th @ 6:30 p.m. (January 24th- Snow Date)

Middle School Parent Information Night (intended for current 5th grade parents who have an incoming 6th grader for SY2019-2020)

January 21st

Schools and Offices Closed- MLK Day

January 23rd @ 7:00 p.m.

Beginning Band and Concert Band Winter Concert

January 28th

3-Hour Early Dismissal

News From The Hill

School News

MHMS Fashion Show:  Interested students received permission slips to participate in our Annual Fashion Show.  All forms are due on Monday, January 7th (rehearsals also begin after school on Monday, January 7th).  If your student is interested in participating, and has not yet turned in their form, please see the attachment for more information:  FashionShow.pdf     ­­

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 by 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.

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

Registration For High School Courses:  All current 8th through 11th grade students will make their course requests online this year, through HCPSS Connect.  The “Course Request” tab will be available in the StudentVUE, starting on January 7th. 

MHMS School Counselors visited 8th grade classrooms yesterday and today, to discuss course options with students.

To prepare, please take time to review the following:

High School Information Nights:

Atholton High School will host their Academics Programs Scheduling Night on Monday, January 7th at 6:30 p.m.  The program will include presentations from the English, Math, Social Studies, World Language and CTE Departments, ARL and other scheduling information.  Breakout sessions will include information on Project Lead the Way, GT Research/Intern Mentor Program, Career Research & Development, Music, Art, Theatre, and JROTC.  There will also be a "students only" session for the rising 9th graders.  This is a great opportunity for parents and students to learn more information about programs for next year.  If your student is interested in any of the programs listed, it is suggested that you attend.  Questions, please contact

Reservoir High School will host their New Family Information Night on Thursday, January 10th at 6:30-8:10 p.m.  All parents of incoming ninth graders are encouraged to attend this evening to learn about the academic and extracurricular opportunities available to Reservoir students.  The snow date for this evening will be on Monday, January 14, 2019.  Please see the attached flyer for more information: Family Information Night 2019_Agenda.pdf 


BSAP Saturday Math Academy:  Registration for the spring BSAP Saturday Math Academy will take place on Saturday, January 12th.  Please see the attached flyer for detailed information:  SMA Flyer Spring 2019.pdf   SMA Spanish SPRING2019 Flyer.pdf 

The Council of Elders Upcoming Community Academy:  Join the Council of Elders for their seminar “What Parents Need to Know About Peer Relationships and Substance Abuse,” on Saturday, January 26th, from 9:00 a.m.-11:15 a.m. at Oakland Mills High School.  See the attached flyer for detailed information:  ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­TCOEPeer RelationshipsFlier.1.19.pdf 

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

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, January 4, 2019 - 6:15pm