Murray Messenger 10.26.19

Sat, 10/26/2019 - 11:21am
Murray Hill Middle School

Murray Messenger 10.26.19

A Note From The Principal

Dear MHMS Families,

On Friday, our band students had the opportunity to enjoy an amazing performance by The Chesapeake Saxophone Ensemble during an in-house field trip.  Thank you to Ms. Hersey for setting up this great experience for our students. 

Thank you to all of the families who donated and volunteered for our Fall Fling event.  Fall Fling is a fun way for our students to get to know one another and engage in our MHMS community. 

Next week is SPIRIT WEEK!!!!  We are looking forward to all of our MHMS students (and staff) participating in SPIRIT WEEK next week.  Spirit Days are as follows:

Monday: Sports/Jersey Day

Tuesday: Twin Day

Wednesday: Pink Out

Thursday: Wacky Tacky Day

Friday: PJ Day

At this time 73% of families have completed Family File (that’s an 9% increase from last week), through HCPSS Connect.  Your Family File must be updated and verified at the start of each school year.  Among other things, Family File provides MHMS with contact information, emergency contact information, health information, and different preferences which helps us to ensure the safety of your student.  Please visit to complete/verify your Family File today.  


Lisa R. Smithson


Murray Hill Middle School

Important Dates:

October 28th @ 7:00 p.m.

Change Matters:  Spooktackular Concert- Part 1

October 29th

Vision and Hearing Screening

October 30th@ 7:00 p.m.

Change Matters:  Spooktackular Concert- Part 2

November 1st

3-Hour Early Dismissal- End of Quarter 1

November 6th

Vision and Hearing Re-Screening

November 6th-8th

6th Grade Field Trip- Outdoor Education

November 11th

Quarter 1 Report Cards Issued

November 12th @ 7:00 p.m.

PTA Meeting

News From The Hill

School News

Did You Know???:  Did you know that it is not too late to join the MHMS PTA?  The MHMS PTA supports our school community by donating to many of our school events, providing scholarships for for field trips, assisting with cultural arts experiences for our students, and showing appreciation to the staff throughout the year.  Your membership is needed and valued, and directly impacts what the MHMS PTA can do for our students.  If you have not done so already, please visit the MHMS PTA website, and join today:

Vision and Hearing Screening:  Vision and Hearing Screening will take place on October 29th.  All 8th grade students will participate in the screening.  Please review the attached information, that was sent home with your student earlier this week.  

Memory Book Cover Contest:  The Memory Book team is sponsoring a cover contest!  We are looking for students to use their creativity and artistic skills to create a front and back cover for our 2019-2020 Memory Book.  The cover should be colorful, an expression of MHMS pride, and include 2019-2020. Color should go to the edge of the paper, but words and drawings should stay about an inch away from the edge of the paper to ensure they don’t get cut off.  All students are welcome (and encouraged) to enter.  The winning cover will receive a free Memory Book!  All entries are due to Ms. Behrens (room 214) by November 12th.  See the attachment for all the specifics as well as the winning covers for the last three years.   Memory Book Cover Contest Information 2019-2020.pdf 

Young Author’s Contest:  Please encourage your student to enter the 2019-20120 Literacy Council Young Authors’ Contest!  Entries are due to Ms. Burnett by October 31st.  Entries must be Word Documents (the coversheet can be a pdf); all must submitted via email to  Please see the attached documents for detailed information:  Young Authors Contest Announcement MHMS 2019.pdf   Young Authors Student Coversheet MHMS 2019-20.pdf 

Winter Bazaar:  The Winter Bazaar is coming back and is in need of your donated items! The Winter Bazaar is a small store filled with items that students can purchase using their Gotcha’s.  Items can include books, candles, jewelry, games, household items, decorative items, baby items, toys, movies, CDs, etc.  Anything you can donate would be appreciated!  Students really enjoy being able to purchase these items for their friends and family. We will begin collections on November 4th and will accept donations through the month of November. Donations can be dropped off in Ms. Hodder’s classroom (Room 106) or brought in with your student and they can drop them off in Ms. Hodder’s classroom.

Winter Bazaar will run during the three lunch shifts each day during December 9th-12th.  We would love to have parent volunteers sign up to help supervise this event.  A sign-up genius will come out as we get closer to the event, so be on the lookout.  It’s a lot of fun to watch students shop for their loved ones and see their excitement each day as they browse the new items placed out!  Volunteers will be needed to work as “cashiers” for the Bazaar and to help regulate the number of students allowed in at a time.

If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Behrens (

Yankee Candle Fundraiser:  Thank you to those of you who turned in your Yankee Candle Fundraiser orders.  We are no longer able to accept any paper orders, but  if you missed out on the paper sale IT’S NOT TOO LATE.  ONLINE ORDERS CAN BE MADE THROUGH JANUARY 8, 2020!  Visit, and enter the MHMS Group Number:  990033454.  Thanks for the support. 

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.

7th Grade News

The 7th grade team is hosting a 7th Grade Family Fun Night on November 14th from 6:00 – 8:00pm.  We encourage 7thgrade families to attend for a night of fun, games, and getting to know one another.  This is an event for the whole family and parents/guardians must attend with their students.  Pizza will be served at the beginning of the event.  If you are interested in attending, we ask that you please fill out the Google Form (link copied below) so that we can be sure to have enough pizza for everyone.  This promises to be a fun night!  If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Behrens at

PTA News

PTA Membership:  Sign up for the PTA while visiting the Murray Hill Middle School PTA website

PTA Meeting:  Our next PTA meeting will be on Tuesday, November 12th at 7 pm.

Music Boosters News

Fall Spooktacular Concerts:  Our performing arts groups are holding two concerts next week.  Donations will be collected for Grassroots of Howard County

Monday October 28th 7pm Fall Spooktacular Concert-Part 1

Wednesday October 30th 7pm Fall Spooktacular Concert-Part 2

Restaurant Night:  Support the MHMS Music Boosters by visiting Grotto Pizza on October 29th, from 4:00-9:00.  Be sure

Music Boosters Meeting:  Our next meeting will be on Monday November 11th 7pm


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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