Murray Messenger 5/25/18

Murray Hill Middle School 

Murray Messenger 5/25/18

A Note From The Principal

Dear MHMS Families,

This week we had two phenomenal evening events at MHMS!  Our Enrichment Fair and Art Show, held on Wednesday, showcased amazing student work.  I would like to thank Mr. Dunbar and Ms. Simpson for their dedication towards facilitating a great family event.  I would also like to thank our awesome PTA and parent volunteers for supporting the night with their time and donations.  Also, this week our orchestra and choral students held their Spring Concert, and each performed beautifully.  We are so proud of all of their accomplishments this year. 

Today, our 6th and 7th grade students participated in a walk-a-thon as a part of their service learning projects for the year.  All donations collected will directly benefit Grassroots of Howard County.  Thank you to the parent volunteers who assisted during the walk-a-thon, and thank you to the families who supported our efforts by obtaining donations. 

I would like to wish all of our families a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend. 


Lisa R. Smithson


Murray Hill Middle School

Important Dates:

May 28th

Schools Closed- - Memorial Day

May 31st

8th Grade Cruise

June 5th @ 7:00 p.m.

Pops 1 Band Concert

June 6th

8th Grade Field Trip- High School Visit

June 6th @ 7:00 p.m.

Pops 2 Band Concert

June 12th @ 10:00 a.m.

8th Grade Farewell Ceremony

June 12 @ 6:30 p.m.

PTA Meeting

June 15th

3-Hour Early Dismissal

June 18th

3-Hour Early Dismissal

June 19th

3-Hour Early Dismissal- Last Day of School

News From The Hill



Medication:  If your student has medications in the health room please pick them up by the end of the school day on Tuesday, June 19th.  If medications are not picked up they will be destroyed.

Immunization Information:  Reminder for upcoming 7th grade students: Tdap and MCV vaccinations are required. If your child has received these immunizations please send in the form so their record can be updated. If we do not have verification of immunization by the first day of school your child will be excluded.

Seasonal Allergies:  Itchy watery eyes, sneezing, runny nose oh, my!!!!  This year the pollen season is very strong and causing the students and us to have symptoms of allergy reaction. 

What should you do to help your students and self-alleviate the symptoms of allergic reaction to the allergies of the beautiful blooming grass, trees, and flowers?  When students who have these symptoms come in from outside (upon arrival, after recess, and after any outdoor PE or other activities), they should go to the bathroom with instructions to:  1. wash hands with soap and water;  2. splash water on their face;  3. take enough paper towels to dry everything;  4.  use the damp paper towel to wipe down hair, ears, neck, down the arms, and down the front;  5.  keep hands off of face.

The results will be a decrease in allergy symptoms and feeling more comfortable.  The students can also put a wet paper towel on their eyes if still bothering them. 



INCOMING ATHOLTON 9th GRADERS FALL SPORTS NIGHT, JUNE 6th: Atholton HS will hold an incoming 9th grade Fall sports night for parents and players on June 6th. Come meet the fall coaches and see what Atholton athletics is all about. The event will begin at 6pm in the gymnasium, followed by an informational meeting in the cafeteria at 6:30pm. This meeting is highly recommended if you plan on trying out for any Atholton High School fall sports team.

AHS POMS:  Love to dance? Perform? Then come try out for the 2018-2019 Atholton High School Poms Dance Team!  Auditions will be held in the dance studio on Tuesday, May 29th, and Wednesday, May 30th.  On Tuesday, May 29th, from 3-5:30 pm, come learn the choreography. Then sign up for a time slot to audition on Wednesday, May 30th, starting around

3:00 pm.  AHS Poms audition flier 2018.docx  If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Payne:


FALL ATHLETIC ORIENTATION NIGHT:  If you are interested in playing a fall sport, please join us for an evening with our fall coaches. We will have pizza and a meet and greet to start the evening. Our fall coaches will then hold their parent/player information breakout sessions to inform you about upcoming summer expectations!  Join us at Reservoir High School, on Thursday, June 7th from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.  We will start in the auditorium with introductions and other informational items, and then breakout informational sessions will be offered.  Coaches will cover- introductions, summer conditioning, summer leagues, camp information, try-out information (dates and times), try-out rubric, and required paperwork.   RHS Fall Athletic Orientation Night.docx 


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  Camp Schedule, Information, and Online Registration


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Friday, May 25, 2018 - 8:45pm