Murray Messenger 12/11/17

Murray Hill Middle School

Murray Messenger 12/11/17

A Note From The Principal

Dear MHMS Families,

There are lots of wonderful things that will take place for our Murray Hill Middle School community during the month of December.  Be sure to check the Important Dates section of the Murray Messenger to stay informed.

Today, both Reservoir High School and Atholton High School staff and students met with our 8th graders.  Be sure to ask your 8th grader about the school visit, as they learned lots of interesting facts regarding their future high school’s. 

The Mixed Bag Orders are here!  The MHMS PTA will distribute items in the front hallway of MHMS on Tuesday, December 12th from 6:30-8:00 p.m. and on Thursday, December 14th from 6:00-7:00 p.m.


Lisa R. Smithson


Murray Hill Middle School

Important Dates:

December, 15th @ 3:15-5:00 p.m.

After School MHMS Choir Rehearsal

December 18th

7th Grade Field Trip- Goucher College

December 18th @ 7:00 p.m.

Council of Elders Academic Celebration @ Reservoir H.S.

December 19th @ 7:00 p.m.

Winter Band Concert 1

December 20th @ 7:00 p.m.

Winter Band Concert 2

December 20th

Quarter 2 Interim Progress Reports Issued

December 21st @ 7:00 p.m.

Winter Choir and Orchestra Concert

December 25th – January 1st

Winter Break

News From The Hill


Cold Weather/Inclement Weather:  It seems as though winter has come to stay!  Please remember that students are offered the opportunity to go outside on a daily basis, unless the weather is at an unsafe temperature, or it is snowing or raining.  Please encourage your student to wear appropriate clothing so that they can safely enjoy their time outside. 

Also, know that HCPSS will inform families of delay’s and closures via email or text messages.  I will also post delay’s and school closures on the MHMS Twitter account (@hcpss_mhms).


UMBC Field Trip:  The 8th grade class has a field trip scheduled for Wednesday, January10th. We will be going to UMBC to tour and hear about life on a college campus. We will eat lunch while cheering on the UMBC Women’s Basketball team as they take on Maine.  Permission slips were sent home and are due back to Science teachers as soon as possible.  Payment is $15. Students will have to bring their own bagged lunches. If your student needs to purchase lunch from the school, please let Ms. Schaefer know by December 22nd.

Chaperones are needed so please consider coming with us. We will choose chaperones from a lottery of those adults who have signed up. Please enter the lottery by filling out the lower portion of the permission slip by December 22nd. The fee for chaperones will be shared following the lottery drawing. For any additional information, please contact Ms. Schaefer at


Mixed Bag Orders:  The Mixed Bag orders are here and ready for distribution! Please come to the front lobby of MHMS on December 12th, from 6:30-8:00 p.m. or on Thursday, December 14th, from 6:00-7:00 p.m. to pick you your order.  If neither of these times work for you, please email me at
Thank you for your patience!

MHMS PTA 5K/1K Fun Run:  The MHMS PTA is planning a 5K/1K Fun Run on March 24, 2018.  We are looking for input on possible Fun Run themes.  Please take a moment to access the survey using the following link:

MHMS PTA Membership:  It is never too late to show your support for the MHMS PTA by becoming a member.  At anytime during the year, you can join, by completing the attached form PTA Membership.pdf, and turning it in to the front office. 


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 TRES 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.



Tuesday, December 12, 2017 - 10:45am