Murray Messenger 9/14/18

Murray Hill Middle School

Murray Messenger 9/14/18

A Note From The Principal

Dear MHMS Families,

Thank you to all of our families who joined us for Back To School Night on Thursday evening.  It was great to have the opportunity to share all of the wonderful things that are planned for this school year.

At this time 54% of families have completed Family File, through HCPSS Connect (this is a 5% increase from last week)!  We were happy to assist so many families in completing their Family File during Back To School Night.  If you have not completed this very important task yet, please do so this weekend.  Your Family File must be updated and verified at the start of each school year.  Among other things, Family File provides MHMS with contact information, emergency contact information, health information, and different preferences which helps us to ensure the safety of your student.  Please visit: to update your Family File.  If you have any difficulties accessing or completing Family File, please contact our Front Office Staff at 410-880-5897.

Finally, please be patient as we continue to work towards balancing our class sizes in order to provide the best learning environment for all of our students.  As we work on this, students may potentially receive schedule changes through next week.  


Lisa R. Smithson


Murray Hill Middle School

Important Dates:

September 18th

All Outdoor Education Forms and Payments Due

September 19th

Schools and Offices Closed

September 25th and September 27th

Mary Poppins Jr. Auditions (contact Ms. Hersey)

October 3rd

3-Hour Early Dismissal

October 4th

MHMS Flu Clinic

October 4th

MHMS Tech Night Out Parent Event

October 8th-10th

6th Grade Field Trip- Outdoor Education

October 9th

Interim Progress Reports Issued

October 15th

Fall Pictures

October 19th

Schools Closed For Students

October 24th @ 7:00 p.m.

Change Matters Concert

News From The Hill

School News

PARCC Reports:  During the Spring of the 2017-2018 school year, students participated in both the ELA and Math PARCC assessment.  Individual PARCC Reports were sent home with students yesterday and today.  Families are encouraged to review PARCC scores and set goals for this school year.  

Flu Clinic:  MHMS will host a Flu Clinic on, Thursday, October 4th.  Only students who complete a consent form, either online or hard copy, will have the opportunity.  Flu Clinic Consent Forms and information about the Flu Clinic was sent home today with students.  Please complete the paper consent form, or online consent form by September 21st (DO NOT complete both the online and paper form).  FluClinicInformation.pdf 

MHMS Tech Night Out:  MHMS Family Involvement Team (FIT) Presents Tech Night Out

When: Thursday October 4th 2018

Time: 6pm-8pm

Where: Savage Branch Howard County Library @ 9525 Durness Ln, Laurel, MD 20723

What: Need help with Canvas?

Have questions regarding completing the HCPSS Family file? Want to know more about the innovative resources offered at the local library?  

Let the Family Involvement Team lend a helping hand!

Light refreshments will be provided.


El Equipo de Participación Familiar de MHMS (FIT en inglés)

Presenta “Noche de Tecnología”

Habrá un intérprete.

Fecha: Jueves el 4 de Octubre 2018

Hora: A las 6:00 - 8:00 de la tarde

Lugar:  Savage Branch Howard County Library 9525 Durness Ln, Laurel, MD 20723


Ayuda con Canvas

Ayuda para llenar el HCPSS expediente de la familia.

Ayuda para contestar algunas preguntas sobre el HCPSS expediente de la familia.  

Para darse algunas informaciones sobre los recursos que tienen las bibliotecas locales.

El equipo de Participación Familiar está aquí para ustedes. ¡Permítanos ayudarle!

Se ofrecerán refrescos.

6th Grade Team News

Outdoor Education:  Our 6th grade Outdoor Education trip to NorthBay will be Monday, October 8th - Wednesday, October 10th.  All Outdoor Ed forms are due by the end of the school day on Tuesday, September 18th. No late forms will be accepted. If you are waiting for a doctor to complete a medication form, please turn in all other forms with a note that the medication form is forthcoming.  If financial assistance is needed, please turn in the forms and contact the front office to discuss payment options. 

More information will be coming in the next two weeks regarding packing list, student cabin requests, and other important details. Please contact 6th Grade Team Leader Jamie Daniller with any questions at  Payments can be made online by going to the MHMS website: (


African-American Community Roundtable Forum:  Please consider attending the African-American Community Roundtable Forum scheduled for September 24th at Wilde Lake High School.  More information is attached: AACR Education Forum Sept 24 (1).pdf 

PTA News

PTA Membership and Spiritwear:  Please show your support by joining the MHMS PTA for the 2018-2019 school year.  Also, consider pre-ordering our awesome spirit wear!  Use the form to show your support:  PTAMembership:SpiritWear.pdf 

MHMS Music Boosters News

Welcome band, orchestra, choir and drama students and families, both new and returning! We hope it’s been a great start to the year! The board members have been busy planning many fun activities and events for the year. But in order to be successful and help the kids have the best experiences, we need your help!

We will have our first MHMS Music Booster meeting on Tuesday 9/18/18 at 7pm in the band room.  Please join us to meet your Booster board members and teachers.  We will be discussing fundraising, upcoming events, the spring trip, drama auditions and much more. In addition, we will discuss volunteer opportunities and have plenty of time for any questions and discussions while enjoying some light refreshments and getting to know everyone.

Music Boosters Board:  The following MSMS Music Boosters Board Members will serve as officers for the 2018-2019 school year:

  • President: Erin Strovel
  • Vice President: vacant
  • Secretary: vacant
  • Treasurer: Debra Rhoades

In addition to our board members, we are fortunate to have our amazing fundraising chair, Isabel Sheeley, return for another year.

We are currently in need of a Vice President and Secretary for this year. If you are interested, please let me know at


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.


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