Murray Messenger 1/5/18

Murray Hill Middle School 

Murray Messenger 1/5/18

A Note From The Principal

Dear MHMS Families,

Happy New Year to you all.  I hope that everyone had an enjoyable holiday season!  We are excited to begin the 2018 year here at MHMS.  It is amazing that we are nearly halfway through the school year.  Second quarter ends at the end of this month, on January 26th.  I encourage you to work with your student so that they will finish the quarter strong.   

If you have not noticed, a clothing collection bin has been placed on our property.  We have partnered with the Clothing to Cash Recycling Program.  The program not only supports environmental efforts, it also serves as a fundraiser for our school.  So please, bring your used clothing, shoes and other items in plastic bags, and place them in our collection bin.  Please see the attached flyer to learn about all of the different items that can be donated. Murray Hill MS Clothing to Cash - Full Page flier with logo 11-30-17.jpg 


Lisa R. Smithson


Murray Hill Middle School

Important Dates:

January 10th @ 6:00 p.m. (1/17/18- Snow Date)

MHMS Spelling Bee

January 10th @ 6:45 p.m.-8:40 p.m.

Reservoir High School Family Orientation Night

January 11th @ 6:30 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Atholton High School Family Orientation Night

January 15th

Schools Closed- Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 23rd @ 6:30 p.m.

PTA Meeting

January 26th

3-Hour Early Dismissal- End of Quarter 2

February 6th

Vision and Hearing Screening

February 16th

No School- Countywide Professional Development Day

News From The Hill


School Arrival Information:  This is just a reminder that students are considered “tardy to school” after the ringing of the 8:25 bell.  Any student who enters the building after the 8:25 bell, must report to the front office to sign-in.  Students who arrive tardy to school 4 times within a quarter will have to attend a Friday Evening School.  We do understand that during these cold morning’s many parents are electing to drive their students to school, which causes our carloop line to back up.  Please plan accordingly for the potential back up in the carloop line, and also know that on cold morning’s we allow students to enter the building starting at 8:05 (rather than 8:15), and they are monitored in the cafeteria until the 8:15 bell rings.  


Rising 9th Grade Family Orientation Nights:  Reservoir High School will hold their Orientation Night on Wednesday, January 10th.  Doors will open at 6:45 p.m. and the program will end at 8:40 p.m.  Please see the attached flyer:  ReservoirOrientation.docx   Atholton High School will hold their Orientation Night on Thursday, January 11th from 6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.  Please see the attached flyer: AHS Course and Programs Parent Night.pdf 


BSAP Saturday Math Academy:  Register for the BSAP Saturday Math Academy on Saturday, January 20th.  See the attached flyer for detailed information:  Final - SMA Flyer Spring 2018.pdf 

BSAP @ Reservoir High School:  Annette Olney, Reservoir High School’s BSAP Achievement Liaison will be in attendance at Reservoir High School’s New Student and Family Orientation scheduled for Wednesday, January 10th at 6:45.   


MHMS Staff Breakfast:  The MHMS PTA is hosting a breakfast for our wonderful staff on Friday, January 19, 2018.   Please help us to make this breakfast a huge success by signing up to donate an item.   Items should be dropped off at the school on January 19th, beginning at 7:00 a.m.  Please use the link below to sign up.  Thank you in advance for supporting the PTA!

MHMS PTA Membership:  It is never too late to show your support for the MHMS PTA by becoming a member.  At anytime during the year, you can join, by completing the attached form PTA Membership.pdf , and turning it in to the front office.  


Leadership and Service Opportunity for All Middle and High School students interested in

-Sharing the Student Voice on HCPSS Policy and Community Issues

-Gaining Leadership Skills

-Practicing Community Service

-Working with student leaders from across HCPSS

Please attend Howard County Association of Student Councils (HCASC) meetings throughout the year on the second Wednesday evening of each month.

Next Meeting Wednesday 1/10 7-8:30 at the Homewood Cafeteria 10914 MD 108 Columbia, 21042.  For more information please contact or visit


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.



Saturday, January 6, 2018 - 3:45pm