A Message From The Principal

Wed, 03/25/2020 - 7:55pm
Murray Hill Middle School

Dear MHMS Families,

Today, State Superintendent Karen Salmon announced that schools across the state would be closed until April 24, 2020. HCPSS is working diligently on a comprehensive distance learning plan. School staff members are eager to continue learning while the distance learning plan is being created. 


Beginning Thursday, March 26th, grade-specific packets will be available for students to continue their learning. These packets will be accessible online or for pick up in person at the meal distribution sites, for families who lack online access.  


These resources are intended for student engagement as we train teachers to support a fully online learning model. More information about the phased-in online model is forthcoming. When staff returns to work they will be trained in HCPSS’ digital engagement tools.

As your family begins to plan for distance learning over the next four weeks, please stay tuned for details on how HCPSS can provide access to technology should your student need it.


Here are some additional activities that students can consider to keep busy during the COVID-19 closure:

  • Cook a meal for your family.
  • Work out daily.  
  • Watch YouTube lessons on a variety of personal interests, or any of the above.
  • Accomplish a project for your parents around the house.  
  • Learn something new by taking on a personal interest. What do you wish you knew how to do, but never had the time to do it?
  • Compassion project: While keeping a safe distance, how can you help your neighbor or a relative? Write letters to the elderly, first responders or medical employees, and have them delivered to assisted living facilities or hospitals.   
  • Write/journaling: This is an important historical event, so spend a little time documenting it each day. This will help you academically, as well as support your social and emotional health. 
  • Read an hour per day. Pick a book of interest and just read.

We will continue to provide communication to keep our school community informed.


Lisa R. Smithson


Murray Hill Middle School


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