Murray Messenger 4/27/18

Murray Hill Middle School 

Murray Messenger 4/27/18

A Note From The Principal

Dear MHMS Families,

Please know that online MHMS Memory Book Sales will end this Sunday, April 29th.  If you have still not ordered your 2017-2018 MHMS Memory Book, you must order online ASAP.  Please follow the directions below to secure this keepsake:

  1. Go to
  2. Enter our Yearbook ID Code: 13198618
  3. Enter your student’s name and complete the payment86

Our 6th and 7th grade students have completed PARCC ELA testing.  If your 6th or 7th grader missed any of the sessions, make-up sessions will be provided at a later date.  Please note the schedule listed below with the remaining PARCC testing days. 



Lisa R. Smithson


Murray Hill Middle School

Important Dates:

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.


May 15th @ 7:00 p.m.

An Evening of Jazz

May 21st

6th and 7th Grade Walkathon

May 23rd @ 6:00 p.m.

MHMS Enrichment Fair

May 24th

7th Grade Field Trip- Medieval Times

May 24th @ 7:00 p.m.

Spring Choir Concert


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



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


Summer School Invitations:  Upon recommendation from teachers, students in grades 6 & 7 were selected to attend the Academic Intervention Summer School Program. This free program offers daily instruction in the areas of reading and math in a small group setting. It will be staffed by outstanding teachers from our staff and neighboring schools.  Summer school participation invitations were mailed to parents of students in grades 6 & 7 this week. The participation and health forms are due on May 2nd. Parents or students can return the completed forms in one of the following manners:

  • Scan via email to the Assistant Principal of Murray Hill Middle School at
  • Return the forms to the main office
  • Mail to Murray Hill Middle School and note attention to Andrea Harmon

If you have any questions regarding summer school, email with your inquiries and have “Summer School” written on the subject line of your email. Below, you will find pertinent information regarding the summer school program.

  • Dates: July 2, 2018 – July 27, 2018 (No school on Wednesday, July 4)
  • Time:  8:15 a.m. – 11:15 a.m.  
  • Modified bus service will be provided to current bus riders and students that do not normally attend Murray Hill Middle School; all other students should walk or be dropped off by parents.
  • Students are expected to attend all four weeks of summer school.
  • A Parent Orientation will be held on June 6th from 6:30PM to 7:30PMin the cafeteria of Murray Hill Middle School.

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.

FINAL CALL for MHMS Memory Book Sales:  Students 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

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 6th and 7th Grade Walkathon:  The MHMS Walkathon is on Monday, May 21st. All 6th and 7th graders will be participating in a Walkathon to help raise money for Howard County's homeless shelter, Grassroots. This activity is a part of the Student Service Learning hours that are required for students to graduate high school. The students have been given a pledge form that will be used to collect donations per lap that they walk. They are also able to collect a one-time donation. Students are encouraged to ask family and friends for the donations. Details about the donations are on the top of the pledge sheet. These forms are due May 15th (no money is due at this time). We will also need a few parent volunteers on the day of the Walkathon to assist in keeping track of student laps. Contact Danika Gribble (danika_gribble) if you would like to volunteer. Thank you!


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.

Community Youth Summit:  We are excited to partner with the Pearl Foundation again this year for the 2018 Community Youth Summit on Saturday, May 5th from 8:00am - 3:00pm. It is a FREE event for students in middle and high school!  We need 10 student volunteers. Students will assist with set-up for the day and registration. They will also be participating in the student Summit sessions and the end of the day breakdown, if possible. Timeframe is 7:45am to 3:30. They may be able to receive a t-shirt, so capture their sizes. All student names, sizes and schools should be sent to Hannah Zimmerman ASAP. Students should register for the event.  BSAP Youth Summit_5_5_18.pdf   2018CommunityYouthSummit-1.pdf 

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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Sunday, April 29, 2018 - 4:15pm