Murray Messenger - September 15th, 2017

Murray Messenger September, 15 2017

A Note From The Principal

Dear MHMS Families,

I would like to thank the Murray Hill Middle School community for your support this week, especially during the last two days as we have managed through the death of a former staff member.  As a staff we really appreciate the kind messages and gestures that have been extended. 

As was shared yesterday, our Back To School Night has been rescheduled for Thursday, September 28thfrom 6:30-8:30.  Detailed information regarding Back to School Night will be shared closer to the date of the event.

At this time 44% 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.


Lisa R. Smithson


Murray Hill Middle School 

Important Dates:

September 14th @ 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Back To School Night

September 21st

No School

September 22nd

No School For Students

September 26th

ODE Parent Information Session

September 26th

PTA Meeting

September 28th @6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Back To School Night

October 6th

Blue Jean Ball

October 12th

Interim Progress Reports Issued

October 16th

Fall Pictures

News From The Hill


Blue Jean Ball:  Our Annual Blue Jean Ball is scheduled for Friday, October 6th.  Ticket sales will begin on September 26th during lunch shifts.  The cost of tickets are $5.00 or 25 Gotcha’s.  Students Family File must be complete in order to obtain a ticket, and students must have turned in their signed HCPSS Policy sheet that was distributed on the first day of school.  Please see the attached flyer for more information.  BlueJeanBall.docx 

Flu Clinic:  The Health Department will be giving flu shots at MHMS on September 29, 2017. Consent information was sent home with students yesterday; please check your students backpack.  Registration will be online, or if preferred you can obtain a hard copy of the consent form from the health room. Consent must be complete by September 20, 2017. Please contact the School Nurse, Susan Casey at 410-880-5897 with any questions.

Heart & Sole (aka Girls on the Run):  Heart & Sole is Girls on the Run’s new program for middle school girls! Heart & Sole creates a positive, structured space for middle school girls to learn about themselves, explore new ideas, cultivate empathy, strengthen connections and develop life skills that will help them as they move through adolescence and beyond.  At Girls on the Run, we believe that adolescents bring a lot to the table. We also know that girls at this age often sort through conflicting messages about their worth, their abilities and their value. Our middle school program helps girls develop the skills to tune into their own truths and to unleash their power to live confidently and joyfully. The program combines training for a 5k (3.1 miles) celebratory event at the conclusion of the season. The program runs for 10 weeks from September 27 - December 8. Registration is now open at  Practices will be held at Murray Hill from 3:10-4:30 Wednesdays and Thursdays.  If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Sara Tagliaferri, Mrs. Christine Donnell, or Ms. Molly Schaefer.


Outdoor Education:  Outdoor Ed Information Packets went home with students on the first day of school. All forms are due by September 27th.  Please do not send any money at this time! There will be a Parent Information Session with a NorthBay staff member at school on Septeber 26th at 6:30 p.m. Please email Ms. Daniller with any questions at


HCPSS BSAP Saturday Math Academy:  Please review the attached document regarding HCPSS BSAP Saturday Math Academy BSAPMathAcademy.pdf 


PTA Membership: The MHMS PTA drive is taking place now! Please remember to join the MHMS PTA. Individual Membership (single parent home) $15 and Family Membership- $20.00. PTA Membership.pdf 

Spirit Wear Sales:  The Murray Hill Middle School PTA First Annual Fundraiser- Spirit Wear Sale will start September 18, 2017 and end on September 29, 2017.  Students received order forms in their DEN classes on Thursday September 14, 2017.  Please check with your student to get your order form or you can order using the PTA website provide, check or contact Your PTA to pay with credit or debit card. Please support Your PTA and the MHMS community.  Also, MHMS lanyards will be on sale starting the first week in October. More information to come. 

Spirit Night:  The first MHMS PTA sponsored “Gotta Eat Spirit Night” will be held on September 27, 2017, at Sweet Frog in the Corridor Marketplace. Please remember to mention Murray Hill Middle School when making a purchase. 

Chick-Fil-A Back To School Night Dinner:  With the postponement of Back to School Night, the MHMS PTA will accept orders for Chick-fil-A dinners until September 26, 2017.  You can pay with check, cash or credit/debit card.  Please find attached order form you can send it back with your child. BTSNChickFilAFlyer.pdf 

Upcoming Events:  Be on the look out for our Mixed Bags Sale which will be held in October.  Also, more information will be shared soon regarding our 20thAnniversary Gala scheduled to be held on October 28, 2017, at Murray Hill Middle School. 

PTA Calendar:  Please see the attached PTA Calendar for dates of MHMS PTA Activities. Calendar.pdf 

Calling All Volunteers:  Your PTA needs you. Volunteers are needed to be committee chairpersons please email: if interested. 

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.



Sunday, September 17, 2017 - 6:15pm