Murray Messenger 3.25.22

Fri, 03/25/2022 - 3:47pm
Murray Hill Middle School

A Note From The Principal

Dear MHMS Families,


The third quarter ends next Friday, April 1st.  Please encourage your student to finish strong.  If individual teachers are still accepting missing assignments, students should make sure that they know their individual teachers' expectations and make a plan to submit what they are allowed to submit.  Report cards will be available on HCPSS Connect, starting on April 8th.


Families, please be reminded that food deliveries are not allowed.  If a student forgets their lunch, they may obtain a free lunch from the cafeteria.  Food that is delivered to the school will remain in the front office until the end of the day.  If a student fails to pick up the delivered food at dismissal time, it will be thrown away.  Thank you for your assistance with this.  



Lisa R. Smithson  


Murray Hill Middle School

Important Dates:

March 30th 

Spring Pictures

April 1st @ 12:10 p..

3-Hour Early Dismissal (End of Q3)

April 5th @ 4:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m.

Orchestra Assessment

April 5th @ 7:00 p.m.

PTA Meeting (Google Code:  mhms-pta)

April 6th

8th Grade Class Picture

April 8th 

Report Cards Available (via hcpss connect)

April 11th-April 18th 

Schools Closed- Spring Break

April 27th @ 12:10 p.m.

3-Hour Early Dismissal

April 30th @ 10:00 a.m.

Jazz in the Woods

MHMS News:


MHMS Expectations and Reminders:  We have worked to improve our procedures for student drop-off and pick-up, this is a friendly reminder to please be patient, and follow the directions of the MHMS staff.  Please refrain from driving around other cars that are in the drop-off and pick up-lines.  Also, plan to arrive early, especially in the morning, so that your student enters the building on time (our bell rings at 8:25).  Our sole purpose is to ensure the safety of our students, families and staff.


MHMS Memory Books:  Students have been working hard to create a great keepsake from this school year.  A variety of events, student groups, and activities have been included!  The online ordering system is open and you can place your order now to reserve your copy of the 2021-2022 MHMS Memory Book. The cost of our Memory Book is $18.  Memory Book sales will close in early April.  To ensure you get a copy, purchase it now!   

 Directions for ordering online: 

  1. Go to 

  2. Enter our Yearbook ID Code: 13198622 

  3. Enter your student’s name and complete the payment

Spring Picture Day:  Spring pictures are scheduled for March 30th.  Only students who place an order online before picture day, or bring payment on the day of picture day will be photographed.  To place an online order, prior to picture day, visit, and enter our Picture Day ID: EVTPR78F3.  Order forms were sent home today, March 25th, for those who wish to provide payment on picture day.  

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, Barnes and Noble, 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.     


Volunteers Needed:  Our 8th Grade Careers classes need volunteers who are excited about their career and want to share their experience with students!  Volunteers are needed from 10:15 a.m.-11:05 a.m. and 2:20 p.m.-3:10 p.m. (dates are flexible).  Please contact Kristan Bond, at    


Absences To School:  If your student is going to be absent, please send a message to  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:

  • Absences will be coded as excused.

  • Families will continue to receive a daily, automatically generated, email stating that your student is absent.

  • Students can do the following to stay up to date academically:

    • Access assignments through Canvas for each course.

    • Log in to individual teachers Google Meet Support Sessions, specifically established to assist students who are quarantining.  Information can be found on Canvas Homepages.  

    • Contact teachers via email with questions about assignments.  

    • Engage in academic support through HCPSS Evening School (for more information contact our MHMS Point of Contact-

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,  


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. 


2022-2023 Executive Board Member Nominations:  The MHMS PTA Nominations Committee wants to share that all positions for the MHMS PTA Board are vacant for the 2022-2023 school year.  If you have a nomination for or would like to nominate yourself for President, Vice President, Secretary, or Treasurer, please complete the google form at We also welcome any additional questions concerning the election process or responsibilities of any of the offices.  The election will take place during a future PTA meeting.  Please don't hesitate to contact us.


-With MHMS Mountain Lion Pride,

The 2022 MHMS PTA Nominating Committee

Kristy Castonguay 

Shona Pascarello 

Maly Poon 


PTA 2021-2022 Membership:  Please visit 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. 


April PTA Meeting: The PTA would like to invite you to our next virtual PTA Meeting.  It will be on Tuesday, February 5th at 7 PM.  Use your child's chromebook. The code is MHMS-PTA.   We hope you can make it.


HCPSS Black Student Achievement Program:  Join the HCPSS Black Student Achievement Program for the next installment of the College and Career Opportunities Webinar Series:  Career Opportunities and Pathways to Success.  We will explore career pathways, and discuss opportunities and resources available through HCPSS Career and Technical Education. Students and families will learn about courses, internships, projects, apprenticeships for high school and beyond! The webinar will be held on Tuesday, March 29, 2022, from 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM. Students and families can register here. 

BSAP College and Career Opportunities Webinar (English)

BSAP College and Career Opportunities Webinar (Spanish) 


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