Murray Messenger 3/2/18

Murray Hill Middle School 

Murray Messenger 3/2/18

A Note From The Principal

Dear MHMS Families,

This week, administration had the pleasure of visiting 6th, 7th and 8th grade classrooms to recognize our students who made the MHMS Honor Roll for second quarter.  We had hundreds of students make the Honor Roll, and we are so proud of their accomplishments.   We had a total of 105 students earn Silver Honor Roll recognition (all A’s, B’s and one C),  271 students earned Gold Honor Roll recognition (all A’s and B’s), and 119 students earned Principal’s Honor Roll recognition (all A’s).

Course Registration forms were scheduled to go home with all 6th and 7th grade students today.  Due to our inclement weather day, they will be distributed on Monday, March 5th.  The Course Registration form lists courses that your student has been recommended to be enrolled in for next school year, by their current teachers based on current placement and additional data points.  Once you receive the Course Registration form, if you have any questions regarding the recommendations, please contact your student’s school counselor- Ms. Portnoy or Ms. Raymond.

The MHMS PTA will host a 5K this on March 24th.  Please save the date, and more information will be shared very soon. 


Lisa R. Smithson


Murray Hill Middle School

Important Dates:

March 6th @ 6:30 p.m.

PTA Meeting

March 7th 

Quarter 3 Progress Reports Issued

March 9th

8th Grade Field Trip Permission Slips DUE

March 24th

MHMS PTA Sponsored 5K Run

March 27th

8th Grade Field Trip- Smithsonian Museum of African-American History and Culture

March 30th- April 3rd

Schools Closed- Spring Break

News From The Hill


Upcoming Field Trip:  The 8th Grade class has a field trip coming up on Tuesday, March 27th. We will be going to the Smithsonian Museum of African American History and Culture. Students can come into school at the regular time but will need to get picked up after school, as we will get back at approximately 4:30 p.m. If your student is going home with someone other than their own parent/guardian, please send a note to Ms. Schaefer. Permission slips were already sent home and are due back to Social Studies teachers as soon as possible. There are extra copies of the permission slip (and required medical form) attached here. Payment is $25 and can be submitted online through this link.

At this time chaperones who were chosen based on a lottery system have been contacted.  If you have any questions regarding chaperoning, or if you are no longer to serve as a chaperone, please contact Ms. Schaefer at

We at Murray Hill want all of our students to enjoy the experiences we have to offer which is why we have created a Field Trip Scholarship Fund. This fund helps families cover some of the cost for field trips. If you would like to contribute to our Field Trip Scholarship Fund, we and our students, would appreciate it. Additional funds can be included into your current payment as cash, check, or through the Online School Payment website. Thank you for supporting our Murray Hill Family.


PTA Meeting:  Please note that the PTA meeting that was scheduled for last Tuesday, February 27th, has been rescheduled for this Tuesday, March 6th at 6:30 p.m.  All are welcome, and we look forward to seeing you there. 

Save The Date:  The MHMS PTA will host a 5K run on March 24th.  The event promises to be fun for the whole family.  Please save the date, and additional information will be coming soon. 

Box Tops For Education:  Congratulations to the 6th grade team for collecting the most Box Tops For Education during our February drive.  6th grade students will be rewarded with extra recess time.    


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.

Free Dental Health Clinic:  Please see the flyer regarding a Free Dental Health Clinic being held on Saturday, March 17th.  Pre-registration is required. HoCo Dental Clinic, 2018.pdf 



Saturday, March 3, 2018 - 6:45am