Murray Messenger 4/13/18

Murray Hill Middle School 

Murray Messenger 4/13/18

A Note From The Principal

Dear MHMS Families,

At the beginning of this week an administrative decision was made to temporarily close a select number of student bathrooms located throughout the school.  In the recent weeks, we have found that, unfortunately, students have not been treating the facilities in a respectful manner.  I recognize that some are aware that, most recently we found inappropriate graffiti written on one of the stalls in one of our bathrooms.  The language used in the message did cause us to engage in an investigation and seek the assistance of support outside of our building, including contacting the School Management and Instructional Leadership office, the HCPSS Office of Safety and Security, and HCPD.  Through our investigation, we have determined that there is no credible safety concern at this time.  By closing the bathrooms, MHMS staff are more easily able to monitor each of the open facilities.  This is not a permanent situation, and as long as students continue to be responsible and respectful of our facilities as they have been during this week, I anticipate that all bathrooms will re-open in the near future.  Please know that we will continue to follow up on each and every report and concern that is brought to our attention.  We commit to staying vigilant, and we need the help of our entire school community to aid us in providing a safe environment for all.  As Dr. Martirano has asked us all to do, I will continue to urge students and families to embrace the mantra of “see something, say something.”  We all have a responsibility to keep one another informed for the sake of safety for all.

I would like to send out KUDO’s to our students and staff.  Today, I had the opportunity to witness, for my first time, the Annual Murray Hill Middle School Talent Show.  The talent that students displayed through song, dance, and acrobatics was phenomenal.  I congratulate all of these brave students for performing in front of the entire student body and a large number of parents!  I would also like to send congratulations to the MHMS Choral groups, who attended their choral assessments this week.  Their performances were amazing, and it is true testament to the hard-work and dedication that they have exhibited throughout this school year.

We hope to see a great crowd this evening for the Music Boosters Gift Card Bingo.  It promises to be fun for the entire family.  Please see the attached flyer for more detailed information.  Bingo.jpeg 

Finally, if you did not turn in your Yankee Candle Fundraiser Orders, the absolute last day that we can accept orders will be on Monday, April 16th.  Orders should arrive before Mother’s Day!  Please be sure to turn in any outstanding orders to the front office. 



Lisa R. Smithson


Murray Hill Middle School

Important Dates:

April 13th @ 7:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.

Music Boosters Gift Card Bingo

April 18th

PTA Restaurant Night- J&P Italian Restaurant

April 19th @ 6:30 p.m.-8:00 p.m.

MHMS Fashion Show

April 23rd

Report Cards Issued

April 24th @ 6:39 p.m.

PTA Meeting

April 25th @ 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.


April 27th

6th Grade Field Trip- Robinson Nature Center

April 28th

Jazz in the Woods Jazz in the Woods 2018 Invitation.pdf 

May 7th-11th

Teacher Appreciation Week

May 12th @ 8:30 a.m.


News From The Hill


Student Entrance:  It looks like SPRING is finally here!!!  During the cold winter months, we allowed students to enter the building starting at 8:05, and they were monitored in the cafeteria, by MHMS staff members.  Now that warmer weather seems to be here to stay, students will be asked to remain outside until the 8:15 a.m. bell rings.  Thank you for helping to remind your student of this seasonal change.

Lost and Found:  We have a lot of lost and found items located in our cafeteria.  Please encourage your student to look through the items during this upcoming week.  All lost and found items will be donated to charity at the end of next week.  

MHMS Memory Book Sales:  Students may still purchase a MHMS 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 only be open for 2 more weeks; to ensure you get a copy, purchase it now!  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 payment86

MHMS Fashion Show:  Murray Hill will host our 2nd Annual Fundraiser Fashion Show on Thursday, April 19, 2018, from 6:30-8:00 pm (Doors will open at 6:00 p.m.).  This event will feature fashions and designs created by students from all backgrounds and designers. Admission is $5 per person; children 3 and under are free. As a service to our community, we will also collect non-perishable food items to be donated.  We are asking families to consider car-pooling or walking to this event, as there is also a large event taking place at Gorman Crossing Elementary School.  Please come out and support our students in this awesome event.  Hope to see you there!!!!   Fashion Show Flyer.jpg 

STEM Night:  Murray Hill Middle School will host our Annual STEM Night on Wednesday, April 25th, from 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m. Come play with robots, ride on a hovercraft, make bottles explode, build a car, and so much more. The event is open to all so bring the whole family. Any Murray Hill student who attends will receive homework passes. (This is a family event; therefore, students are expected to be under the supervision of a parent or guardian).  

Free Immunizations:  The Health Department will be offering free immunizations at MHMS on May 8th, for sixth grade students who need a Tdap or MCV to enter 7th grade. Permission slips will be coming home with your student soon.

MHMS Annual Walkathon:  As a part of the 6th and 7th grade Service Learning Project, 6th and 7th grade students will participate in a Walkathon on Monday, May 21st to support Grassroots of Howard County.  More information and donation forms will be shared at a later time.  Walkathon T-Shirts are available for all students.  Walkathon T-Shirt Order forms will be sent home this afternoon.  T-Shirts are $9.00, and order forms will be due by, Monday, April 23rd.  Payments can be made by cash, check or via online payment (  WalkathonT-Shirt.png 


End of Year Events:  Please be on the watch for a separate email to all 8th grade families regarding 8th Grade End of the Year Events


MHMS PTA 5K Fun Run:  Plan to join us on Saturday, May 12th at 8:30 a.m. for the MHMS Fun Run!  This will be a great time for the whole family.  More information will be shared soon.  MHMS Fun Run Poster save the date.pdf 

CSA for PTA:  The MHMS PTA has partnered with The Wheeler Farm! Raise money for your school programs while enjoying the freshest produce.  When you join the CSA, money will be returned to the schools' PTA as a donation.  This is a great way to get fresh produce, delivered to your door, and to help support the MHMS PTA.  2018csaforptaflyer.docx 

Restaurant Night:  Gotta Eat? …Well J&P's is The Place to Be Next Week!  J&P’s, a local Italian restaurant, is donating 10% back to MHMS when families dine-in or order take-out next Wednesday!  Visit or order from J&P's on Wednesday, April 18 from 11:00 a.m. – 11:00 p.m.  Be sure to leave your receipt (**very important**) in the basket by the register, and our school will receive a portion of the proceeds. This is a wonderful way to support our school, the community and local area businesses!  J&P Italian Restaurant- 8305 Ice Crystal Dr., Scaggsville, MD 20723;  301-317-8444


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 Athletic Boosters Summer Sports Camps:  Get ready for Fall tryouts or just have fun at one of our many sports camps. Ages 10 thru incoming freshmen.  Tuition cost for camp is $145.00.  Tuition includes a Raider t-shirt, individual skills testing, specialized instruction from Atholton’s Varsity Coaches. For more information please contact: Mona Weinberg  410-446-7784 or  Camp Schedule, Information, and Online Registration


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Friday, April 13, 2018 - 8:15pm