Murray Messenger - September 25th, 2017

Murray Hill Middle School 

Murray Messenger

A Note From The Principal

Dear MHMS Families,

Back to School Night is scheduled for Thursday, September 28th, 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, we will have several presentations intended to orient parents to some of the different programs that we offer at Murray Hill Middle School. Mr. Dunbar will host a GT Orientation, starting at 6:00 p.m. in the Media Center.  Mr. Dunbar will share information regarding Gifted and Talented opportunities at Murray Hill Middle School.  Also, Mrs. Bacmeister will facilitate a Spanish Language Session Back to School Night beginning at 5:30 p.m. in room 109.  Finally, Ms. Whye will host a BSAP Information Session beginning at 6:00 p.m. in room 224.

At this time 50% 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 at410-880-5897.


Lisa R. Smithson


Murray Hill Middle School 

Important Dates:

September 26th @ 6:00 p.m.

PTA Meeting

September 26th @ 6:30 p.m.

6th Grade ODE Parent Information Session

September 28th @6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.

Back To School Night

October 6th @ 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.

Blue Jean Ball

October 12th

Interim Progress Reports Issued

October 14th

MHMS 20th Anniversary Celebration

October 16th

Fall Pictures

News From The Hill


MHMS Flu Clinic: Due to lower-than-expected numbers for our upcoming flu clinic, we have decided to postpone our clinic until mid-October in order to give families more time to complete and return consents. IF YOU HAVE ALREADY COMPLETED AN ELECTRONIC OR PAPER CONSENT, you do not need to fill out another one.  If you haven't yet filled out a consent and would like your child to be vaccinated against the flu, please fill out either the paper consent that can be obtained from the school nurse or the online consent at You will be notified of the new clinic date as soon as it is determined. Thank you for your patience and flexibility.

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 is $5.00 or 25 Gotcha’s per ticket.  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.

We need parent/guardians to provide donations of snacks and chaperone for the Blue Jean Ball. See link below for volunteer sign-ups (volunteer opportunities, begin with ticket sales on September 26th).  Click on the following link to sign-up to assist with the 2017 MHMS Blue Jean Ball:

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


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. 

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.


Monday, September 25, 2017 - 2:15pm