Murray Messenger Summer Edition

Murray Hill Middle School

Murray Messenger SUMMER EDITION

A Note From The Principal

Dear MHMS Families,

I hope that all of you are experiencing a fun, safe, rejuvenating summer filled with time spent with family and friends.  It is amazing to think that school will start for students in less than one month!  I wanted to reach out to all of our new and returning families to make sure you are aware of some important bits of information.  Enjoy these last few weeks, and we look forward to seeing you soon. 


Lisa R. Smithson


Murray Hill Middle School 

Important Dates:

August 22nd  

Staff Returns to School

August 30th @ 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.

GT Testing (for new students)

August 30th @ 1:00 p.m. -2:30 p.m.

6th Grade and New Student Orientation

September 4th

First Day of School

September 10th

Schools and Offices Closed

September 13th @ 6:30 p.m.

MHMS Back To School Night

September 19th 

Schools and Offices Closed

News From The Hill 


Family File:  Family File is currently open for all HCPSS families to update information about their child/children for the 2018-2019 school year.  

Please remember that Family File must be updated every school year.  

HCPSS uses Family File for parents/guardians to complete emergency information.  Parents/guardians must verify and/or update information for each child, and can do so by logging in to  Parents who have forgotten their login credentials for Family File may click the View instructions on resetting passwords.  If you need additional assistance, please fill out this “Connect Help Form.” 

Parents who are new to the Howard County Public School System will receive a welcome email with instructions to activate an account. 

(Please note- change of address may not be made through Family File.  If you have recently moved, please contact the school at 410-880-5897, as soon as possible)

Thank you to the 37 MHMS families who have already completed their Family File for the 2018-2019 school year.  We are striving for 100% Family File completion by the first day of school on September 4th. 

6th Grade and New Student Orientation:  MHMS will host orientation for all 6th grade and new students on Thursday, August 30th from 1:00 -2:30 p.m.  Students and parents are encouraged to attend.  All incoming 6th grade students will be directed to their DEN (homeroom) classrooms and will spend the majority of their time meeting their teachers.   All incoming 6th grade parents, should report to the cafeteria for a parent presentation.  All new 7th and 8th grade students and parents should report to our Media Center for a presentation.  The Kona Ice vendor will be in our parking lot for anyone who would like to purchase a sweet treat as they leave orientation; profits from the Kona Ice sales will support our 6th grade Outdoor Education field trip.

First Day of School:  The first day of school is Tuesday, September 4th.  Our doors open to students at 8:15 a.m.  If your student is a bus rider, it is strongly encouraged that they ride the bus to school on the first day of school.  Students need to be in their first class of the day by 8:25, or else they will be marked as “tardy to school.”  On the first day of school, there will be plenty of staff members to direct students to their first locations.  Any incoming 6th grader who attends the orientation on the 30th, will report to the homeroom classroom that they received during orientation, and follow the schedule that they received during orientation (please note another copy of the schedule will be available to all 6th graders on the first day of school).  All 7th and 8th grade students will receive their schedules on the first day, in their first classroom location.  

Back To School Night:  Back to School Night is scheduled for Thursday, September 13th at 6:30 p.m. This evening is intended for parents only, and will give parents the opportunity to meet teachers and visit classrooms.  More information will be shared at a later time.  


PTA Board:  At our June 12th PTA Meeting, the following PTA Board Members were approved for offices for the 2018-2019 school year:

  • PTA President:  Debra Rhoades
  • PTA Vice President:  Susan Lee
  • PTA Secretary:  Kristy Castonguay
  • PTA Treasurer:  Christine Flaker

We are looking forward to a great year, and we hope that you will become a member of the MHMS PTA and volunteer for the different events and activities.  


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)

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


Thursday, August 9, 2018 - 12:45pm