Murray Messenger 3.23.20

Mon, 03/23/2020 - 9:35am
Murray Hill Middle School


A Note From The Principal

Dear MHMS Families,

As we enter our second week of school closure, I wanted to reach out to thank you for your support and patience during this challenging time. The uncertainty and disruption caused by COVID-19 is taking a toll on everyone, and maintaining solidarity is one of our best defenses in coping with this and other stressful situations. I cherish the community spirit that continues to be among Murray Hill Middle School’s greatest strengths. 

Accessing reliable, comprehensive and easy-to-locate information is a valuable strategy for managing the impact of this situation. The daily updates that you’ve received from the Superintendent over the last several days provide a great deal of information and resources. You can quickly locate all of this information on the HCPSS COVID-19 webpage. Please check back regularly, as the site is continually updated with new information and answers to frequently asked questions. 

I want to recognize HCPSS staff members who have been putting in long hours during this closure to follow the state’s direction to begin cleaning our school facilities, as well as the staff preparing for the possibility of an extended closure by developing plans for continuity of instruction for our students. We also have staff who have been a part of our emergency response, helping to make critical decisions and then effectively communicating with our staff, families and community.

I miss seeing our children each day, and I’m looking forward to the day when we can welcome them back to our classrooms. In the meantime, please do not hesitate to email me at any time with your questions or concerns.


Lisa R. Smithson


Murray Hill Middle School

News From The Hill

School News

Did You Know???:  Did you know that Naviance is a wonderful online resource for our students and families?  Naviance offers learning style inventories, career surveys, college information, and test preparation.  This would be a great week to explore this useful learning tool.

MHMS 2019-2020 Memory Book Sales:  It’s time to order your 2019-2020 MHMS Memory Book!  Students have been working hard to create a great keepsake from this school year.  A variety of events, field trips, and activities have been included!  The online ordering system is open and you can place your order now to reserve your copy of our Memory Book. The cost of our Memory Book is $21.00.  Memory Book sales will close in early April.  To ensure you get a copy, purchase it now!  When you order online you have the option to upgrade to a hard cover book, personalize the book with your student’s name, and other optional add-ons for an additional cost. 

Directions for ordering online:

1.Go to

2. Enter our Yearbook ID Code: 13198620

3. Enter your student’s name and complete the payment

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 


7th Grade News

7th Grade Medieval Times Field Trip:  The Medieval Times Field Trip, that was scheduled for May 1st, has been cancelled, as a result of the current school closure impacting our ability to collect permission slips and payment, within our designated timeline.  If you already made a payment, we will work to process a refund.  Thank you for your understanding.   


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)

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.


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