Murray Messenger 1/12/18

Murray Hill Middle School

Murray Messenger 1/12/18

A Note From The Principal

Dear MHMS Families,

This week many of our 8th grade students attended a field trip to UMBC.  Students were given the opportunity to experience the college campus and enjoyed attending a women’s basketball game.  I would like to thank Ms. Schaefer and the 8th grade team for planning this trip for our students.

Also this week, we had our MHMS Spelling Bee.  Thirty-seven 6th, 7th and 8th graders participated.  Our winner, 6th grader, Naomi will move on to attend the county wide spelling bee competition.  If, for some reason, she is unable to attend, 6th grade runner-up, Lauren will attend.  Thank you to Mrs. Nymenim for organizing the Spelling Bee, and thank you to Ms. Behrens, Mr. Gibson and Ms. Gould for serving as judges during the event. 

Please be reminded that all HCPSS schools and offices are closed on Monday, January 15th, in recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.



Lisa R. Smithson


Murray Hill Middle School

Important Dates:

January 15th

Schools Closed- Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 23rd @ 6:30 p.m.

PTA Meeting

January 26th

3-Hour Early Dismissal- End of Quarter 2

February 6th

Vision and Hearing Screening

February 16th

No School- Countywide Professional Development Day

News From The Hill


School Arrival:  This is just a reminder that students are considered “tardy to school” after the ringing of the 8:25 bell.  Any student who enters the building after the 8:25 bell, must report to the front office to sign-in.  Students who arrive tardy to school 4 times within a quarter will have to attend a Friday Evening School.  We do understand that during these cold morning’s many parents are electing to drive their students to school, which causes our carloop line to back up.  Please plan accordingly for the potential back up in the carloop line, and also know that on cold morning’s we allow students to enter the building starting at 8:05 (rather than 8:15), and they are monitored in the cafeteria until the 8:15 bell rings.

ACCESS Testing:  Students who recieve ELL services will engage in ACCESS testing during the testing window of January 18th through January 25th. 

Hearing and Vision Screening:  Hearing and Vision testing will take place for all 8th grade students and students who are new to Maryland schools, on Wednesday February 6, 2018.  Please see the attached information letter regarding screening.  If your student wears glasses make sure they bring them to school on February 6. Absent students will be screened on February 28.  HV letter.pdf 

If you have received a request for consent to have your child screened please return it to school no later than 2/1/2018.  If you have any questions please call the Health Room at 410-880-5897.

Clothing to Cash Recycling Program:  MHMS has partnered with the Clothing to Cash Recycling Program.  The program not only supports environmental efforts, it also serves as a fundraiser for our school.  So 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.  Murray Hill MS Clothing to Cash - Full Page flier with logo 11-30-17.jpg 


High School Registration Forms:  High School Registration forms were sent home with all 8th grade students this week.  The forms were due today.  If for some reason your student did not submit their form to do please be sure that they turn it in when we return to school on Tuesday, January 16th. 


BSAP Saturday Math Academy:  Register for the BSAP Saturday Math Academy on Saturday, January 20th.  See the attached flyer for detailed information:  Final - SMA Flyer Spring 2018.pdf 


MHMS Staff Breakfast:  The MHMS PTA is hosting a breakfast for our wonderful staff on Friday, January 19, 2018.   Please help us to make this breakfast a huge success by signing up to donate an item.   Items should be dropped off at the school on January 19th, beginning at 7:00 a.m.  Please use the link below to sign up.  Thank you in advance for supporting the PTA!

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. 

Parent Program:  All parents and high school and middle school students looking for a competitive edge are encouraged to attend “Substance Use and Its Impact on Academic Achievement and Mental Health” at 7:00 p.m. on January 30th, at Howard High School. This research-based program will be presented by Dr. Amelia Arria, the Director of the Center on Young Adult Health and Development at the University of Maryland, School of Public Health. Her most recent work has clarified the impact of substance use, particularly excessive drinking and marijuana use, on academic achievement. This program is in partnership with HC DrugFree, Howard High School PTSA, and Bonnie Branch Middle School PTA. If schools close on January 30, the program will be held on February 27.


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.


Sunday, January 14, 2018 - 8:00pm