Murray Hill Middle School
A Note From The Principal
Dear MHMS Families,
I would like to invite our entire MHMS school community to be informed regarding the information that our Superintendent, Dr. Martirano has shared regarding Coronavirus 2019 (COVID-2019). HCPSS is taking all of the necessary precautions to monitor and stay informed of updates regarding COVID-2019. Please be sure to review all of the messages that Dr. Martirano has sent (https://www.hcpss.org/health/coronavirus/, and read all future messages from Dr. Martirano.
Remember that the following are strongly recommended by both the Howard County Health Department and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention:
The MHMS custodial staff is regularly monitoring the soap supplies in all of our bathrooms, and we have two hand sanitizing stations in the cafeteria for student use. Additionally, our custodial staff are being extra vigilant with properly cleaning all touch points (i.e. door knobs, railings, etc.).
Finally, while we do have an adequate supply of tissues and hand sanitizer, we always welcome donations of both of these items.
Lisa R. Smithson
Murray Hill Middle School
News From The Hill
Did You Know???: Did you know that our buses leave MHMS at 3:15? Our dismissal bell rings at 3:10, and students have five minutes to get onto their buses. Lately, we have had students missing their buses for a variety of reasons. Unfortunately, we are unable to hold buses past 3:15, unless there is an emergency, because doing so well make them late for their elementary bus runs. Thanks for reminding your student to move quickly at dismissal time, to ensure that they are able to be transported home by their bus.
Spring Pictures: Spring Pictures will be held on Thursday, March 12th. Order forms were sent home with students on Friday. Only students who purchase a picture package online prior to Thursday, or have an order form and payment with them on Thursday, will be photographed. Thank you for supporting this school fundraiser.
Service Learning Project- Support Grassroots: Our 6th and 7th grade students engage in a year-long service learning project to support Grassroots. At the beginning of the year, both grades attended an assembly to learn more about how Grassroots services individuals and families in need throughout Howard County. Next week, all students have the opportunity to participate in our Change Matters collection drive. Students are encouraged to donate their spare change (both coins and bills will be accepted), at their lunch shift during the week of March 9th. Please encourage your student to participate.
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 ybpay.lifetouch.com
2. Enter our Yearbook ID Code: 13198620
3. Enter your student’s name and complete the payment
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: It is still flu season. 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.
7th Grade News
7th Grade Medieval Times Field Trip: We are pleased to announce that our seventh grade team will be taking a field trip to Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament at Arundel Mills Mall on May 1st! The cost for this trip is $50.00 and is payable by check (made out to Murray Hill Middle School), cash, or preferably online via our OSP system (http://mhms.hcpss.org/services). As always, scholarships for funding individual students for this trip are available. Permission forms have already been sent home with your students and must be turned in with payment (check or cash if not using OSP) to Ms. Behrens in Room 214, by March 20th. Please make sure that you have selected a meal option on this form, as all students will receive a four-course medieval style meal! Failure to select an option will result in the standard meal option. Chaperones will also be more than welcome to attend this trip; however they must also pay the $50.00 fee to attend. Permission forms and payment will not be accepted any later than March 20, 2020 as we need to let Medieval Times know how many tickets we need to purchase. Please contact Ms. Behrens (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you have any questions.
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:
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:
HC DrugFree Updates: Drive-Thru Medication and Sharps (Needles, Syringes & EpiPens) Collection - HC DrugFree's next drive-thru medication and sharps (needles, syringes and EpiPens) collection will be held on Saturday, April 25 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Wilde Lake Village Center parking lot. Bring all unwanted and expired over-the-counter and prescription medication. Free. Open to the public. No need to get out of your vehicle. Student and adult volunteers welcome. Community service hours available. Medication guarded and transported by the Howard County Police and the Drug Enforcement Administration.
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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