Murray Messenger 9/7/18

Murray Hill Middle School 

Murray Messenger 9/7/18

A Note From The Principal

Dear MHMS Families,

It has been an awesome first week at Murray Hill Middle School.  After four short days, our students have settled into the school routine!  They have memorized locker combinations, located each of their classes, and they are well aware of the Murray Hill Way! 

This week our students met daily in DEN groups.  DEN stands for Discuss, Enrich and Nurture.  Starting next week, students will meet with their DEN groups every Thursday morning.  During DEN Time, teachers will facilitate community circles in which students engage in conversations and activities geared to build community and serve as an avenue for students to discuss topics that are relevant to the Murray Hill Middle School community and beyond. 

Back to School Night is scheduled for Thursday, September 13th, starting at 6:30 p.m.  The program is intended for parents, so please make arrangements for your students to stay at home for the evening.  When you arrive, you will report directly to your students DEN classroom, where you will receive a printed copy of your student’s schedule.  During the evening, you will have the opportunity to visit each of your student’s classes, and teachers will share information regarding their courses and their classroom expectations. 

Please note that prior to Back To School Night, Mr. Dunbar will host a GT Orientation, starting at 5:45 p.m. in the Media Center.  Mr. Dunbar will share information regarding Gifted and Talented opportunities at Murray Hill Middle School. 

At this time 49% of families have completed Family File, through HCPSS Connect!  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 10th

Schools and Offices Closed

September 11th @ 7:00 p.m.

PTA Meeting

September 13th @ 6:30 p.m.-8:15 p.m.

Back To School Night

September 19th

Schools and Offices Closed

September 25th and September 27th

Mary Poppins Jr. Auditions (contact Ms. Hersey)

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 will be sent home with students next Thursday, September 13th.  Families are encouraged to review PARCC scores and set goals for this school year.  

6th Grade Team News

Outdoor Education:  Our 6th grade Outdoor Education trip to NorthBay will be Monday, October 8th - Wednesday, October 10th. Due to the early timing of the trip, forms are due by September 18, 2018. Information packets were sent home with 6th grade students on the first day of school, and can also be found below.  All students attending NorthBay must return the permission slip, the Health Information Form, and the Parent/Guardian Consent/Liability Release form. Students who are authorized to take medication during the school day, do not need to turn in extra forms. Students with medication needs outside of school day, will need a doctor to complete the Medication Authorization form. Payments can be made online by going to the MHMS website ( Financial assistance is available, please contact the front office with any questions.

Information Packet:  NorthBay 2018 Packet.pdf  


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

Back To School Night:  The MHMS PTA will be present in the front hallway during Back To School Night to assist families with membership sign-up and also selling MHMS Spirit Wear.  We look forward to all of our families showing their support by joining the PTA for the 2018-2019 school year. 


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 of Association of Student Councils (HCASC):  All middle and high school students interested in serving the community and gaining leadership skills are invited to attend the monthly meetings of HCASC.  The first meeting will take place on Wednesday, September 12th, from 7:00 p.m-8:30 p.m., at the Homewood Center Cafeteria.  Click the link for additional information: HCASC Link

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 7, 2018 - 9:45pm