Murray Messenger 6/15/18

Murray Hill Middle School 

Murray Messenger 6/15/18

A Note From The Principal

Dear MHMS Families,

It is amazing to me that the 2017-2018 school year is coming to an end.  It has been an absolute joy to join the Murray Hill Middle School community this year.  I have had the great pleasure of building relationships with outstanding students, supportive parents and a dedicated staff.  I am looking forward to continuing to grow as a school community in the upcoming years.

As we close out this school year, we already know of some wonderful MHMS staff members who will not be returning for the 2018-2019 school year, but who will be venturing on to different paths in their lives.  I would like to thank the following staff members for their commitment to Murray Hill Middle School, and I wish them each well as they move onto other endeavors.

  • Samantha Armstead 
  • Pauline Baek
  • Elaine Gibson
  • Geoff Gibson
  • Kimberly Hall
  • Nathaniel Norris
  • Diane Parker
  • April Simpson
  • Ann Stenoien
  • Elizabeth Zinger

This will be our last Murray Messenger of the year, I wish all of you a fun, safe, rejuvenating summer.


Lisa R. Smithson


Murray Hill Middle School

Important Dates:

June 18th

3-Hour Early Dismissal

June 19th

3-Hour Early Dismissal- Last Day of School

September 4th

First Day of School

September 10th

Schools and Offices Closed

September 13th

MHMS Back To School Night

September 19th

Schools and Offices Closed

News From The Hill


NEWS FROM THE HEALTH ROOM- 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.

NEWS FROM THE HEALTH ROOM-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.

Report Cards:  Report Cards will be mailed home on the last day of school, Tuesday, June 19th. 


Newly Elected MHMS PTA Board:  At our June 12th PTA Meeting, the following PTA Board Members were approved for offices for the 2018-2019 school year:

  • PTA President:Debra Rhoades
  • PTA Vice President:Susan Lee
  • PTA Secretary: Kristy Castonguay
  • PTA Treasurer:Christine Flaker

We are looking forward to a great year, next year, and we hope that you will become a member of the MHMS PTA and volunteer for the different events and activities.   

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.       


Saturday, June 16, 2018 - 12:30pm