Murray Messenger 4/23/18

Murray Hill Middle School

Murray Messenger 4/23/18

A Note From The Principal

Dear MHMS Families,

Report cards were distributed to all students today.  Please be sure to review your students third quarter progress with them.  It is a great time to recognize them for their accomplishments and set goals for the final quarter of the 2017-2018 school year.  We are excited for all of our students to finish the school year strong! 

Thank you to all of the families who supported our Yankee Candle fundraiser.  We will be sure to publicize the date that are orders will be delivered, as soon as we get confirmation from the company.  Thank you also to the families who supported our MHMS Music Boosters Gift Card Bingo and our MHMS Fashion Show.  It was exciting to see so many families support our MHMS community. 


Lisa R. Smithson


Murray Hill Middle School

Important Dates:

April 23rd

Report Cards Issued

April 24th @ 6:00 p.m.

PTA Meet and Greet (light refreshments)

April 24th @ 6:30 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 )

April 30th @ 6:30 @ Long Reach H.S.

Story Strong Live Event

May 7th-11th

Teacher Appreciation Week

May 10th

8th Grade Class Panoramic Photo

May 12th @ 8:30 a.m.


News From The Hill


PARCC Testing Dates: All students will participate in PARCC testing during the coming weeks.  Please do your best to ensure that your student attends school on their scheduled test date.  If your student is absent during any of the scheduled sessions, they will have the opportunity to participate in a make-up session. 

ELA Testing Dates



6th Grade

April 23rd a.m. session

6th Grade

April 24th a.m. and p.m. sessions

7th Grade

April 25th a.m. session

7th Grade

April 27th a.m. and p.m. sessions

8th Grade

April 30th a.m. session

8th Grade

May 1st a.m. and p.m. sessions


Math Testing Dates



6th Grade

May 2nd a.m. session

6th Grade

May 4th a.m. and p.m. sessions

7th Grade

May 7th a.m. session

7th Grade

May 8th a.m. and p.m. sessions

8th Grade

May 9th a.m. session

8th Grade

May 11th a.m. and p.m. sessions


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.

MHMS Memory Book Sales FINAL CALLStudents may still purchase a MHMS Memory Book!!  All orders are due on April 27th, but the online system will be open until 29th.  Only online order will be accepted after the 27th.  The cost of our Memory Book is $18.00.  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.  If you need an extra order form to submit a cash or payment by check, please see Ms. Behrens.  Don’t miss out, order now! 

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 payment

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). 

Story Strong Live Event:  Throughout the school year Ms. Schaefer’s 8th grade math classes have been defining their math identities. Students have been exploring their feelings about math, what makes them excited or frustrated about the subject, and how their stories have evolved. On Monday, April 30th, the annual Story Strong Live Event will take place at Long Reach High School from 6:30-8:00 PM. Many of our students’ projects will be displayed. One of our own students, Angel O., along with Ms. Schaefer have been chosen to speak at the event to share their stories. Please drop by to support our students and see what amazing work they have done all year. Click on the link for more information and to sign up for free tickets.

8TH Grade T-Shirts:  Time is running out!  Don’t forget to order your t-shirt by May 4th!  Details are below. Thank you to everyone who has already purchased a t-shirt!  Celebrate the end of middle school by purchasing a t-shirt designed by one of our own 8th graders.  The back of the shirt will have student signatures.  Please use the following link to order:  Orders are due MAY 4th. Cost: $15.30.  Please include your student(s) name in the notes section.  This will be our only order of the year.  Don’t miss out!

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 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.  If you are unable to attend the event, but would still like to support the fundraiser, consider purchasing an event t-shirt for just $14.00.  Please see the attached flyer for registration information or to just purchase an event t-shirt.  MHMS5KRegistration.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 


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 mona_weinberg@hcpss.orgCamp Schedule, Information, and Online Registration



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Tuesday, April 24, 2018 - 10:15am