Murray Messenger 9/28/18

Murray Hill Middle School

Murray Messenger 9/28/18

A Note From The Principal

Dear MHMS Families,

On Thursday, we had a very special guest visit our building; Superintendent, Dr. Martirano, spent time interacting with students and staff.  During his visit, not only did he get to see several of our classrooms, he also conducted our Symphonic Band through a piece that they will perform during our Grassroots Concert on October 24th.  At the end of his visit, Dr. Martirano addressed the entire school on our public announcement system letting them know how impressed he was with all that he saw during his visit, and reminding our students to be kind and work hard.  Visit MHMS on Twitter at:  @hcpss_mhms to see pictures from Dr. Martirano’s visit.    

At this time 60% of our families have completed Family File, through HCPSS Connect (this is a 3% increase from last week)!  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:

October 1st @ 7:00 p.m.

MHMS Music Boosters Meeting

October 2nd, 4th, 5th

ELA MAP Testing (during ELA class)

October 3rd

3-Hour Early Dismissal

October 4th

MHMS Flu Clinic

October 4th @ 6:00-8:00 p.m. @ Savage Library

MHMS Tech Night Out Parent Event

October 8th-10th

6th Grade Field Trip- Outdoor Education

October 9th

Interim Progress Reports Issued

October 9th @ 7:00 p.m.

PTA Meeting

October 15th

Fall Pictures

October 16th, 17th, 18th

Math MAP Testing (during math class)

October 19th

Schools Closed For Students

October 24th @ 7:00 p.m.

Change Matters Concert

October 26th @ 6:30 p.m.

Fall Fling (formerly known as the Blue Jean Ball)

News From The Hill

School News

Yankee Candle Fundraiser:  Please consider supporting the MHMS Yankee Candle Fundraiser.  Get an early start on your holiday shopping; buy something for yourself, a family member or a friend! Fundraiser packets were sent home with students on Thursday.  Profits will benefit the MHMS PBIS program along with other initiatives for our school community.  The fundraiser will run through October 12th.  Products will be delivered before Thanksgiving, and will be available for pick-up during the November Parent Teacher Conferences.  We thank you in advance for your support.  See the attached for online sales:  MHMSYankeeCandleOnllineOrdering.pdf 

MAP Testing:  This year, students will engage in the fall administration of the MAP test through their content classes.  The Reading MAP test will be conducted through three periods of ELA classes, and the Math MAP test will be conducted through three periods of math classes.  All students will engage in both tests, except 7th grade Algebra students and 8th grade Geometry students will not take the Math MAP test.  Please see the calendar above for the specific dates for MAP testing.  Please do all that you can to avoid scheduling appointments during testing; research shows that students perform better on standardized tests when taken during the scheduled testing time.  If a student is absent during the test administration or is unable to complete the test during the three class periods set aside, we will facilitate make-up sessions so that all students have ample opportunity to engage in the test.  If you have any questions regarding MAP testing, please feel free to contact Ms. Couch, Assistant Principal. 

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.

MHMS Fall Fling:  Our Annual Fall Fling event is scheduled for Friday, October 26th.  Ticket sales will begin on October 16th during lunch shifts.  The cost of tickets is $5.00 or 30 Gotcha’s.  In order for students to obtain a ticket, their Family File must be complete/updated.  Additionally, students must have turned in their signed HCPSS Student Code of Conduct form to their DEN teacher.  Please see the attached flyer for more information. 2018 Fall Fling Permission Form.docx 

Please consider supporting our Fall Fling event through volunteering to assist in selling tickets during lunch shifts, chaperoning the event, selling concessions during the Fall Fling, or donating snacks.  There are slots available on the Fall Fling sign-up sheet for the event. Click HERE to sign up for your preference.  


The Council of Elders Community Academy:  Save the dates for the for The Council of Elders 2018-2019 Parent Workshop Series.  More information is attached:  TCOE workshop_SaveDate_2018-19.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 

Box Tops for Education:  We collect Box Tops for Education throughout the school year.  All Box Tops can be placed in the labeled box in the front Lobby of the MHMS, under the PTA bulletin board.  This is a great and easy way to raise funds for our school.    

MHMS Music Boosters News:

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: Ciara Plunkett
  • Secretary: Tanya Eusebe
  • Treasurer: Debra Rhoades

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

Please mark your calendars for the following important dates:

Tuesday October 23rd: Chipotle restaurant night!

Wednesday October 24th: The Change Matters Grassroots concert

Our next meeting will be Monday October 1st at 7pm in the band room. Please join us! Everyone is welcome!


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)

Howard County School News

Reservoir High School Yard Sale:  The Reservoir High School Music Foundation will sponsor the RHS Yard sale on Saturday October 6th from 8:00 am to 12:00 noon (rain date:  October 13, 8:00 am to 12:00 noon).  Why not rent a space to get rid of all that extra stuff?  For just $20 (early bird registration) you will receive plenty of space on our school’s parking lot to sell your items.  We do the advertising.  We provide a super location.  You clear out the clutter and make some money.  It’s a win-win for everyone.  Use the link to complete your space rental form.  OR if you just want to clear the clutter out of your home, gather the items and donate them to the RHS Music Foundation.  Bring the items to the school on 9/21, 9/24, 9/26 or 10/1-10/5 from 7:00 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. or 10/5 from 2:10 pm to 7:00pm.  Please contact Davita Alston at with any questions.   See you on October 6th!

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.


Murray Hill Middle School | 9989 Winter Sun Road, Laurel, MD 20723 | 410-880-5897 |


Friday, September 28, 2018 - 5:45pm