Southern Garrett

High School

Welcome to Southern Garrett High School

Southern Garrett High School, the largest educational facility in predominately rural Garrett County, Maryland, strives to provide students with a variety of educational experiences to meet their individual needs. By providing successful school experiences, we prepare students to become life-long learners. We challenge students to strive for personal excellence and responsible citizenship as they develop intellectually, socially, emotionally, and physically.


Thank you, 1st United Bank and Trust, our business partners for October.


Morning Announcements
The school's morning announcements can now be read through the Daily Bulletin option in PowerSchool.

Head Lice Precaution
It is extremely important for you to check your child’s head on a regular basis. Visit the centers for disease control webpage for more information . You can also contact your child’s school nurse with questions.
The best way to prevent transmission of head lice:
*Do not to share combs, brushes, hair ornaments, hats, caps, scarves, headsets, or any personal headgear.
*Do not try on other people’s hats (even in department stores).
*Hang coats separately - placing hats and scarves inside coat/jacket sleeves.
*Clean or disinfect shared headgear (i.e., helmets) with Lysol® or rubbing alcohol before being used. 

Staying Healthy!
To help avoid getting or spreading diseases such as Influenza, Enterovirus (ED-D68), and other illness, follow these simple tips from the Center for Disease Control (CDC):

*Wash hands often with soap and water for 20 seconds. Washing hands correctly is the most important thing you can do to stay healthy.
*Avoid touching eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
*Avoid close contact such as kissing, hugging, and sharing cups or eating utensils with people that are sick.
*Cover your cough and sneezes with a tissue or shirt sleeve, not your hands.
*Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces, such as toys, doorknobs, especially if someone is sick.
*Stay home when you are sick and keep sick children home from school if they are ill.

News coverage concerning Entroviris D68 and Ebola is very confusing.  Follow the links to the Garrett County Health Department website and the Centers for Disease Control for more information.

Big Bucks Bingo
The senior class is conducting their annual Big Bucks Bingo on November 22 at the Elks Lodge.  Doors open at 11am and games start at 12pm.  Tickets are $25 in advance and $30 at the door.  Please contact Shannon Bittinger at SHS if interested in a ticket. 

Homecoming Bonfire
The Student Council is hosting a homecoming bonfire on the baseball field on Thursday, November 6th from 7 - 9PM.  This is the night before the Southern versus Northern homecoming Football game.  Come hang out with your friends and make high school memories!  Food will not be provided, so if you want food or drinks, please bring your own.  See you at the bonfire!

Homecoming Spirit Week--November 3-7
Monday- Hobo Day
Wednesday- Tie Dye Day
Thursday- School Spirit Day--Wear your Red & White proudly!

FFA Winter Clothing Drive
Southern High School’s FFA chapter is collecting new or gently used coats and winter clothing such as hats, scarfs, gloves, anything to keep you warm in the winter. Donations will be delivered to the St. Peters Apostle church in Oakland in support of their Coat Drive. We have boxes located in the main lobby, the library lobby, and the gym lobby. The last day to bring in  items will be Friday, October, 31st.

Weinburg Center Field Trip
The English Department is sponsoring a trip to the Weinburg Center in Frederick on December 4th to see a presentation by the Chamber Repertory Theatre. Short stories presented include “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow”, “The Tell Tale Heart”, "The Celebrated Frog of Calaveras County”, and “The Necklace”. Cost is $36.00 per student with each student needing additional money for lunch in Frederick after the show. Sign up is first come, first served. See Ms. Spiker before November 5th  to pay and students do not need to currently be in an English class to attend.

Report Cards and Parent Conferences
Report cards will be given to students during advisory on Wednesday, November 5. Parent conferences will be held Friday, November 7 from 10-6pm.

Senior Panoramic and Jostens Graduation Supply Meeting
On November 13 during RAMS period in the Gym there will be a required meeting for all seniors. The class panoramic will be taken and Jostens will be here to distribute and discuss graduation supply ordering.  All seniors have received a panoramic order form and should bring the form and money on November 13 if they are purchasing the class panoramic picture.  Questions, see Ms. Zumpano.

New School Store

9 to 5 Production
The theatre department is producing Dolly Parton's 9 To 5. Mark your calendars for November 20, 21, and 22. The show starts at 8pm.

Peer Mentor Sheetz Raffle
The peer mentors are selling Sheetz raffle tickets through November 13th.  A $5 ticket gives each recipient the chance to win a $200 gift certificate to Sheetz.  Five winners will be chosen.  If interested, please see a peer mentor or email the guidance office at

Haunted Hayride
The theatre department will once again host Broadford Park's Haunted Hayride on October 17, 18, 24 and 25.  Rides are $5 per person and begin at dark.  Enter through the ball field gate.  Ride tickets are sold at the event only.

Scholarship and Financial Aid Information 

ALS Ice Bucket Challenge
Mr. Maddy and Mr. Lear are challenging the entire student body to raise money for the ALS foundation. Students may collect donations and turn in to their RAMS teacher. The two students who collect the most money will be allowed to pour an bucket of ice water over Mr. Maddy or Mr. Lear at halftime of the Homecoming football game between Northern and Southern. Community donations are also accepted to out-collect our cross-county rival.  See Mrs. Cathell in the main office. 

National Honor Society to Celebrate 50th Anniversary
The members of the Foster D. Bittle Chapter of the National Honor Society at Southern Garrett High School are pleased to announce the 50th Anniversary of the school's chapter during the upcoming 2014-2015 school year. In celebration of  this event, a reunion of any past chapter members will be held on Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 2 pm in the cafetorium during the chapter's annual induction ceremony of new members. Current members are requesting any past  Foster D. Bittle Chapter members and their families, advisors, school principals and retired staff to contact advisor Heather Savage at with their contact information and years of affiliation with the school's chapter. The chapter is collecting artifacts, pictures, memorabilia and memories over the next school year for the event. Ms. Savage and the current members look forward to hearing from you and sharing in the celebration of 50 years of student success at Southern High School.

College Representative Visits during RAMS--Interested students are to sign up in Guidance.
-Potomac State College, October 24