Murray Hill Middle Schoo
A Note From The Principal
Dear MHMS Families,
Happy Friday and Happy Valentine’s Day! I would like to thank the MHMS PTA for sponsoring the Annual Valentine’s Gift Shop this week. For a nominal cost, students were able to select from a variety of fun merchandise that the PTA had on display during the lunch shifts. Students really enjoyed visiting the “Shop” and making purchases for themselves, their friends and their family members.
I would also like to thank our PTA for sponsoring our 6th grade author visit that will take place on March 6th. Ji Li-Jiang, author of the Red Scarf Girl, will speak to our 6th grade students about her experiences. Please remember that it is not too late to join the MHMS PTA for the 2019-2020 school year. Your membership provides the funding needed for the PTA to support many of our school events. Sign up today by visiting the Murray Hill Middle School PTA website https://mhms.ptboard.com/home
Please note that the Pre-Assessment Concert that was scheduled for Wednesday, February 19th has been cancelled.
Finally, check out this quarter’s edition of the MHMS School Counselor Newsletter: Q3 Counselors Newsletter.pdf
Lisa R. Smithson
Murray Hill Middle School
News From The Hill
Did You Know???: Did you know that we have replacement Agenda Books for sale. If your student has lost their agenda book- tell them to check the lost and found in the cafeteria and in the front office first! If they still cannot find it, a replacement Agenda Book can be purchased for a mere $2.50. Have your student see a front office staff member if they would like to purchase a replacement.
Black History Month Program: MHMS will host a Black History Month Program on the evening on February 21st, at 6:00 p.m. We are looking forward to families coming out and supporting our students in this event. Students have been working hard to perfect songs, speeches, poems, and native/tribal dances. If you have questions about the event, please contact BSAP Liaison, Ms. Whye at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frozen, Jr Musical Production: This year’s Annual Musical Production, is sure to be a treat for the entire family. Come out and show your support for our students and our school community. See the flyer for detailed information: FrozenJr2020.pdf
MHMS Girls on the Run: Registration for the MHMS Girls on the Run afterschool program is currently open. Consider signing up for this fun program that promotes health and well-being. https://www.raceplanner.com/register/index/GOTRregistrationSP20?sid=7a9c4d3870e34c30b40e84103f546d4f
MHMS Career Day 2020: In an attempt to help prepare our students for college, career and beyond we are organizing a Career Day for the eighth-grade class. This event will expose students to different careers and jobs for their post-high school lives. We would like a variety of careers and trades represented in an attempt to allow students to explore different opportunities for their future. Career Day is scheduled for April 16th, from 8:30 a.m.-11:00 a.m. If you, or anyone you know, would be interested in speaking to our students about their career, please contact School Counselor, Jodi Svoboda at email@example.com.
Extended Absences: If your student is engaging in a planned extended absence (3 days or more), please note the following:
Remember, attendance has a major impact on student success (https://nces.ed.gov/pubs2009/attendancedata/chapter1a.asp ). It is highly encouraged to plan extended absences in alignment with the HCPSS calendar to decrease absences from school. Chronic absences may lead to the creation of an attendance plan or an attendance contract for individual students.
Art Room Donations: Ms. Robinson is seeking donations for the art room of newspaper, yarn, cereal boxes, masking tape, packing tape and more. See the attached flyer for details MHMS Art Room Donations.pdf
Clothing To Cash Recycling Program: MHMS is a part of the Clothing To Cash Recycling Program. The program not only supports environmental efforts, it also serves as a fundraiser for our school. MHMS earns a cash payment for every pound of collected items. Please, bring your used clothing, shoes and other items in plastic bags, and place them in our collection bin located at the entrance of our parking lot. Please see the attached flyer to learn about all of the different items that can be donated. MHMSClothingToCash.jpg
A Note From the Nurse: Flu season is here! This is a reminder that good hand washing and covering sneezes and coughs with tissues and sleeves are essential steps to preventing the spread of germs. Also, remember that despite concerns about school attendance, your child’s health (and the health of others around them) is most important of all. For this reason, we ask you to please:
Thank you very much for helping in keeping our MHMS community healthy.
8th Grade News
AHS Dance Placement: Dance Placement Auditions for incoming freshmen, who wish to place out of Dance I for the 2020-2021 school year, will be held on February 24th.
You will be taught tap, jazz and modern/ballet movement phrases (we have tap shoes if you need them!). If you cannot attend auditions, contact Mrs. Haffey at AHS PRIOR to the audtion date.
See the attached document for more information: AHS Audition Info Sheet 9th grade.doc
BSAP Summer Institute: If your child is an African-American, Latino or Native American male planning to attend the BSAP Summer Institute, please contact Ms. Whye immediately for information about scholarship funds available to help cover the cost of the program.
PTA Membership: It is not too late to join the MHMS PTA. Sign up today by visiting the Murray Hill Middle School PTA website https://mhms.ptboard.com/home
PTA Meeting: March 10th at 7:00 p.m.
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:
Atholton High School Event: Next Thursday, February 20 | 6-8:30 p.m. | HOMECOMING! For Black History Month Atholton's Black Student Union (BSU) and Parents of Black Students Association (PBSA) have collaborated to host an evening of entertainment, education, food, and fellowship. The BSU assembly this year is HOMECOMING, a celebration of the history and glory of HBCUs featuring keynote speaker: Derrick Plummer. Afterward, come to the cafeteria and enjoy a soul food dinner organized by PBSA. AHSBSU.jpg AHSHomecoming.png
JOURNEY Program: Since 2006, the Women’s Giving Circle of Howard County has partnered with Maryland Leadership Workshops to offer the JOURNEY program, a one-week overnight summer workshop for Howard County middle school girls to develop their leadership skills. For those of you who have been in this role for a few years, you have received this request from me previously, and we appreciate your support and assistance in sharing this opportunity with your counselors and your community.
Would you be so kind as to consider putting the information below in your community message? There are substantial financial support resources available. Please contact me at any time with any questions, or if we can host an information session for your girls and families. Thank you!
Journey 2020 for Howard County Middle School Girls (rising 7th, 8th & 9th grade students) will be held July 12-July 18, 2020 at Washington College! Applications are due May 15, 2020; Journey applications and scholarship application can be found at mlw.org. Financial assistance is made available by the Women's Giving Circle of Howard County.
A week at Journey includes:
For more Community News visit the Community News and Programs page http://www.hcpss.org/community-news-and-programs/ on the HCPSS website for announcements of upcoming events and programs sponsored by non-profit organizations.
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