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 to Gregg's Pharmacy, our business partner for March.


State Champion Celebration Assembly  On Thursday, April 2, Devin Hamrick and the boys Cross Country team will be honored at an assembly starting at 9:00am.  The schedule is listed below.  There will be no RAMS period April 2.
Period 1       8:25 - 8:55
Assembly     9:00 - 9:50
Period 2       9:55 - 11:15
Period 3     11:20 - 1:15
Period 1       1:15 - 1:50       
Period 4       1:55 -  3:15

2015-2016 School Calendar  The proposed calendar for next year is on the BOE website.  The BOE would like public input.

Prom Information  
Prom Tickets will go on sale Monday, March 30th through Friday April 17th in Mrs. Pyle's room in the morning before 1st period, during RAMS period, and immediately after school.  Tickets will NOT be sold the week before the prom.  

Tickets are $5 for Seniors, $20 for Juniors and underclassmen (who are invited by a junior or senior), and $25 for Out of School Guests (who are invited by a senior).  

Juniors are permitted to bring any student at this school of any grade.  Seniors can bring any student at this school or Out of School Guest provided the guest gets approved.  Again, please note that juniors are not permitted to bring out of school guests.  Each student is only allowed to bring ONE date. 

Seniors:  Out of school Guests must be age 20 or under.  A "Guest Verification Form" (located in the document holders in the main lobby) must be filled out and returned to the main office in order to purchase your Out of School Guest ticket. No Out of School Guest tickets will be sold until this form is approved.  In addition, please wait to purchase YOUR ticket until your out of school guest gets approved.  This may take several days, so be sure to fill out your form ASAP.  

NO ONE WILL BE ADMITTED TO THE PROM WITHOUT A TICKET as tickets will NOT be sold at the door.  Be sure to get your ticket from Mrs. Pyle during the 3 weeks tickets are sold, Monday, March 30-Friday, April 17th.  

FBI Teen Academy The FBI is hosting a Teen Academy in which teens, 14-18, can spend a day learning about the different activities of the FBI.   The Teen Academy will be conducted in the Baltimore Division FBI headquarters on Friday, July 17.  The main requirements are:  Be a  high school student between the ages of 14-18; possess a grade point average of 2.5; possess leadership qualities and  be interested in a law enforcement career.  Interested students should see their  school counselor.  Our school can submit up to five nominations

ACORN Looking for Student Work Are you an aspiring artist? a secret poet? or a developing photographer? This is your chance to have your work recognized. The Acorn staff  is looking for original student artwork, photography and writing for the upcoming school literary magazine to be published in the spring. Please see Ms. Savage in room 1231 if you are interested or if you have any questions. We look forward to hearing from you and seeing your work in print!

Lady Rams Softball Fundraiser  The Varsity and JV softball teams are selling raffle tickets for a chance to win half a beef. The tickets are $1 each or 6 for $5. The beef was generously donated by June and Charlie McClosky. Contact Amber Hill at or any of the softball players to purchase tickets. Thank you for supporting Southern Softball.

Graduation Cap and Gown Orders  Attention Seniors:  If you have not ordered your cap and gown for graduation, please do so by calling 1-800-Jostens.   Online ordering is no longer available.  All orders have to be placed by calling Jostens.  Questions or problems, contact Ms. Zumpano.

Graduation Meeting A mandatory graduation meeting will be held during RAMS on Thursday, April 9 in the gym.  All seniors are required to attend.  Questions contact Shannon Bittinger or Maria Zumpano.

Graduation Pictures Grad Images will be photographing all graduates at the upcoming graduation ceremony. Visit GradImages websites,, and click on Pre-Event Email Registration.  Enter your email and up to 6 emails of loved ones who would like to share in your accomplishment by viewing ana ordering your photos.  **Get $5 OFF orders of $25 or more just by registering your information before your event! Questions, call Grad Images at 1-800-261-2576

Nomination Process for Gifted and Talented Process Open The nomination process for high school students is now open.  Nominations from parents, students and teachers will be accepted until April 30, 2015. Parent nomination forms for the high school program are available on the Southern Garrett High School website.Once nominations are received, a committee at the high school  collects academic information about nominees and makes a determination whether a student meets the criteria for the program.  Students and parents are informed of  the decision by the beginning of the 2015-16 school year. A common reason a student might be nominated for the high school gifted and talented program would be because a student is seeking opportunities to explore solutions to real world problems  in a topic of interest related to an area in which the student  demonstrates exceptional ability or a future career goal.  Students seeking to nominate themselves should request a meeting with Beverly Sincell, Southern High Gifted & Talented Coordinator.

After School Tutoring After school tutoring will be offered in the Media Center every Wednesday and Thursday from 3:30 to 5:30 pm.  A math or English teacher will be available for tutoring each night.

Natural Resources Career Camp Students, grades 9-11, with an interest in forestry and related conservation careers can now apply to attend a Natural Resources Career Camp, a week-long program at Hickory Environmental Education Center July 19-25, 2015. Students will learn about careers in natural resources as well as participate in field trips to state parks, in activities such as identifying night sounds, tree climbing, tree identification and more.  Participants will also have an opportunity to earn college credits during the camp.  Further information on the program can be obtained by contacting your school counselor or at the Association website at 

Yearbook Orders  Yearbook orders and payments for the 2015 yearbook must be done by June 1.  Go to the yearbook-Highlander page for more information.  

Senior Class Trip  The class of 2015 senior trip will be held on Friday, May 22. The one day trip will be to 6 Flags in Largo, MD. Students interested in going on the trip should sign up bring their $25 deposit to Mrs. Bittinger.

U.S. Service Academy  Information Forum Congressman John K. Delaney will host his annual U.S. Service Academy  Information Forum on Wednesday, April 8 from 5-7 p.m. at the Bernard Brown Community Center.  This Center is located at 629 N. Market Street, 2nd Floor Community Room, in Frederick, MD(parking is provided across the street at Habitat for Humanity ReStore lot).  This forum is focused on providing information on the academies and admission requirements  for students hoping to enter one of the four service academies in July 2016.  Representatives of the U.S. Air Force Academy, the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy and the U.S. Naval Academy will be present to talk with students and their parents.  Interested students need to RSVP at or at 301-733-2900.

Lebanon Valley College Actuarial Science Camp Lebanon Valley College is offering an actuarial science summer camp from June 22 through June 26. The camp is a week-long intensive program for rising high school seniors designed to help them decide if they’re interested in actuarial work. For more information about the camp, please visit

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.

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.