Murray Messenger 3/9/18

Murray Hill Middle School

Murray Messenger 3/9/18

A Note From The Principal

Dear MHMS Families,

As many of you may know, this year’s MHMS production, Willy Wonka, Jr. was dedicated to Ms. Laura Wallen, who was a former teacher at Murray Hill Middle School, and who, year after year, returned to MHMS to assist with our drama productions.

As a continued remembrance of the life of Ms. Wallen, and as a way to memorialize Ms. Wallen’s love of the theater, Mrs. Hersey, Mrs. Madhu Thibaudeau, and members of the MHMS Musical Boosters established The Laura Wallen Drama Scholarship.  This scholarship was created to send one MHMS drama student to the Columbia Center for Theatrical Arts (CCTA) 2018 Summer Junior Professional Theatre Program. This summer this group will be perform the newly released Disney musical, "Newsies." We had twelve amazingly talented drama students apply for this scholarship and are pleased to announce that the recipient of the very first Laura Wallen Drama Scholarship is awarded to 7th grader, Paige Miller!


Lisa R. Smithson


Murray Hill Middle School

Important Dates:

March 15th  

Spring Pictures

March 15th

Yankee Candle Fundraiser Kick-Off

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


Spring Pictures:  Spring Pictures are scheduled for Thursday, March 15th.  Only new students and students with picture order forms and payment will be photographed.  Order forms were sent home with students on Thursday.  If you did not receive the order form, please feel free to come to the front office and get one.  Attached, you will also find a copy of the order form, which you can print, and send with payment on picture day.  SpringPictureOptions.pdf   SpringPicturePrices.pdf 

MHMS Memory Book Sales:  Students have been working hard to create a great keepsake from this school year.  A variety of events, field trips, and activities have been included in the 2018 Memory Book!  The online ordering system is open and you can place your order now to reserve your copy of our Memory Book. The cost of our Memory Book is $18.00.  Memory Book sales will close much earlier this year than last year.  To ensure you get a copy, purchase it now!  Sales will be open through mid-April.  When you order online you have various options such as upgrading to a hard cover book, personalizing the book with your student’s name, and other optional add-ons for an additional cost. 

Please follow these directions for ordering online:

  1. Go to
  2. Enter our Yearbook ID Code: 13198618
  3. Enter your student’s name and complete the payment986

Heart and Sole (Formerly Girls on the Run):  Calling all girls who love to run:  want to become better runners, or just want to get active outside this spring?  The Murray Hill Heart and Sole program begins again on March 20th.  Runners of ALL abilities are welcome.  Every Tuesday and Wednesday after school, come join other students and staff members in our program working towards our final race on Saturday, June 2nd.  Each student must have their own *prompt* transportation home (the program ends at 4:30). Scholarships are available. Please contact Ms. Tagliaferri, Ms. Bacmeister, Ms. Schaefer, or Mrs. Donnelly with any questions!

Clothing to Cash Recycling Program:  MHMS has partnered with the Clothing to Cash Recycling Program.  The program not only supports environmental efforts, it also serves as a fundraiser for our school; to date we have earned approximately $200.00!  So please, bring your used clothing, shoes and other items in plastic bags, and place them in our collection bin located at the entrance of our parking lot.  Please see the attached flyer to learn about all of the different items that can be donated. MHMSClothingToCash.jpg


Upcoming Field Trip:  The 6th grade will be taking a field trip to the Robinson Nature Center on April 27th to support science curriculum and environmental literacy goals. Permission slips will be sent home next week in your student's science class. The cost is $15 which can be paid online through our OSP system (preferred method) or through cash or check sent in with the permission slip. If you are available to chaperone, please fill out the bottom of the permission slip to be placed in our chaperone lottery. Permission slips are due by April 10th.

Please contact Jamie Daniller at with any questions.


Atholton High School Dance Placement Auditions:  Atholton High School Dance Placement auditions will be held Monday, March 12th.  Sign-in 3:30-3:50pm; Choreography (jazz, lyrical, tap) 4:00-5:45pm; Incoming 9th graders will videotape combinations from 5:45-6:00pm

These auditions are for those students who have previous dance experience.  New dancers are encouraged to sign up for Dance I.  If there are any questions please contact Mrs Haffey,  ­­­­­AHS Audition Info Sheet.doc 


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.

Atholton High School’s Annual Multicultural Night:  On March 12 from 5:30 to 7:30, Atholton High School will host our Annual Multicultural Night! Enjoy free food from around the world alongside live entertainment! Atholton High School wants to offer a unique cultural experience to all prospective Raiders. All are welcome! Questions? Please email

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 



Friday, March 9, 2018 - 6:45pm