A Note From The Principal
Dear MHMS Families,
There were a lot of GREAT things happening at MHMS last week. Our 6th grade students had the opportunity to visit the Howard County Conservancy and engage in activities that support our science curriculum. A group of our students performed two shows during the day and one evening show of an anti-bullying play, “I Want To Be A Superhero,” written and directed by our very own Kathy Hersey. The production was amazing, and we are so proud of all of the students who were involved. Finally, we had a fun Spirit Week! It was awesome to see so many students participate in our different Spirit Days.
Lisa R. Smithson
Murray Hill Middle School
MHMS Expectation Tip: We are so excited that every student has access to an HCPSS Chromebook. We expect students to bring their devices, with charger, to school daily. Additionally, it is essential that students maintain and care for their devices. Damaged or loss devices need to be reported to our media specialist Ms. Jones, at email@example.com. Depending on the damage, families may be held responsible for the cost of repair or replacement. Some helpful tips to keep in mind:
Please see other information regarding your HCPSS Chromebook HERE.
MHMS Winter Bazaar: It’s time to bring in your Winter Bazaar donations! The Winter Bazaar is a small store filled with items that students can purchase using their Gotchas. 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 collecting items on November 8th and will accept donations through the month of November. Donations can be dropped off in the front office. Thank you for your support of our Winter Bazaar!
If you have any questions, please contact Ms. Behrens (firstname.lastname@example.org).
RTA Bus Passes: RTA Bus Passes are here! RTA Student Bus Passes are free, and are valid until September 12, 2022. To obtain a FREE Student Bus Pass, students must agree to:
Please contact Mrs. Couch at email@example.com or stop by the MHMS Front Office to receive a pass.
PBIS Gift Card Donations: We are looking for gift card donations to offer as prizes for students who exhibit our expectations of being RESPECTFUL, RESPONSIBLE, and READY. Please consider donating gift cards in denominations between $10.00 and $25.00. Gift cards can be from any location that a middle school student may enjoy! Some businesses to consider are 5-Below, Target, Chick-Fil-A, SweetFrog, Amazon, McDonald’s, Apple, Playstation, X-Box etc. Gift cards can be placed in an envelope, labeled PBIS, and delivered to the MHMS Front Office. This is an ongoing initiative, so we will receive gift cards throughout the entire school year.
MHMS Volunteers and Chaperones Vaccine Requirements: Effective Monday, October 25, all volunteers and chaperones who interact with students, and parents/guardians who are conducting classroom observations will be required to use the PinPoint platform to show proof of full vaccination at least five school days in advance. Learn how to access and use the PinPoint VaccineCheck platform. Parents entering the school for short periods of time (i.e. to sign-out a student for early dismissal, to drop something off for a student) do not need to follow this procedure at this time.
Absences To School: If your student is going to be absent, please send a message to MHMSAbsence@hcpss.org. The message will go directly to Ms. Speiser, who manages our daily attendance. Please take time to review HCPSS’s Attendance Policy 9010.
Quarantining Students: If your student is required to quarantine as a result of established COVID procedures, please be aware of the following:
Also, be reminded that if your student has a medical condition that presents like COVID-like symptoms, a doctor’s note can be provided stating the details of the condition; this could prevent possible repetitive quarantining. If you have questions or would like more detailed information about this, please contact our Cluster Nurse, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. 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. MHMSClothingToCash.jpg
Weis 4 School: MHMS has recently registered with the Weis 4 School program. By participating in the program, you can help us earn money for our school. See the attached flyer for details and information, and be sure to share with your family and friends! Weis4School (2).pdf
Stay Connected: Please stay connected to our Murray Hill Middle School Community by visiting our website frequently- MHMS Website. You can also follow our school community on Twitter- @hcpss_mhms. Also stay connected with all HCPSS news and information by visiting the HCPSS website and following @HCPSS on Twitter.
MHMS PTA News:
PTA 2021-2022 Membership: Please visit https://mhms.new.memberhub.store/store to obtain your MHMS PTA membership for the 2021-2022 school year.
MHMS Spiritwear: MHMS Spiritwear is available to order online! Support our MHMS PTA and show your MHMS pride by purchasing today! Spiritwear can be customized and features both glitter and non-glitter options. All merchandise will be mailed directly to the address of your choice.
Cookie Dough Fundraiser: MHMS PTA is facilitating a Cookie Dough Fundraiser. Fundraiser packets will be sent home on Friday, November 5th. Orders are due by Friday, November 19th. Items will be available for pick-up on December 16th. Thank you in advance for your participation in our fundraiser.
Restaurant Night Fundraiser: Grab a meal from Panda Express (15102 Baltimore Ave., Laurel, MD) on Wednesday, November 10th from 10:30 a.m.-9:30 p.m. MHMS Panda Express Flyer .pdf MHMS Panda Express Flyer Spanish .pdf
November PTA Meeting: The PTA would like to invite you to our next virtual PTA Meeting. It will be on Tuesday, November 9th at 7 PM. Use your child's chromebook. The code is MHMS-PTA. We hope you can make it.
Volunteer Needed: The MHMS PTA is in search of a volunteer to serve as our PTA Council of Howard County representative (PTACHC). Our representative would attend the PTACHC meetings, and then share information at our MHMS PTA monthly meetings (which are held virtually on the second Tuesday of each month). PTACHC meetings occur at 7:30 p.m., on the first Monday of each month; at this time, meeting locations are to be determined. If you are interested in serving in this role, contact PTA President Debbie Rhoades at email@example.com
Schedule Restaurant Nights: We are looking for someone to help schedule restaurant nights. This person would contact restaurants about hosting a fundraiser for the PTA. Share the information with the PTA and school, so we can get it on the school's calendar. We are open to trying some familiar ones like Chick-fil-a, Chipotle, and new ones.
Please contact Debbie Rhoades at firstname.lastname@example.org
Caring For Young Minds Black College Tour: This tour was established with a vision to expose students to historically black colleges and universities. Students in middle school and high school have the opportunity to visit and experience different colleges and universities during the week of Spring Break to decide where they want to further their studies and gain the knowledge to select a major. For more information, please visit their website: https://www.caringforyoungminds.org/
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