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 Get 'N Go, our business partners for February.


Prepare for PARCC
Join MSDE on Friday, February 27, from 12:30-1:30 pm, for a live webinar with information for parents of children with special needs who are scheduled to take the new PARCC assessment this spring. Learn more about PARCC’s accessibility features and accommodations, and get your questions answered by MSDE’s Special Education experts.  Go to PARCC WEBINAR to register. Note: The webinar will be available for download after the event, but parents joining live will be able to submit questions through the chat room.

A Guided Tour through the PARCC Test
Learn about the differences between old tests and the new PARCC exams, and see PARCC in action as experts take you through actual test questions in this pre-recorded webinar. View the webinar, “A Guided Tour through the PARCC Test,” at:

Scheduling Information  Scheduling for the 2015-2016 school year will be held from February 12 to February 27.  Information concerning class requirements, graduation requirements and how to pick classes are on the scheduling page

Winter Homecoming Dance The Winter Homecoming Dance is now scheduled for Saturday, February 28th from 8:00 PM - 11:00 PM. Tickets are $8 per individual and $12 per couple, and will be on sale in Mr. Wolf's room during RAMS periods during the next two weeks.

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!

Senior Edition  Senior surveys and senior wills for the Senior Edition are due back to Ms. Savage. Results from the survey, memorable photos, articles about senior activities and the senior wills are published in the Senior Edition and available for purchase in May. The Senior Edition is a 60+ page full color memory book produced by the school newspaper. Cost is $15. Group photos for the Senior Edition are scheduled for Thursday, March 12th and Thursday, March 19th during RAMS period. A photo schedule will be published soon. Start making your memories today and get your senior survey into Ms. Savage ASAP

Strawberry Fundraiser The Southern High School FFA and JROTC are taking orders for Fresh Strawberries from Florida to be delivered the week of March 16th. Strawberries are $3.50 per quart. Less for 1/2 flat (4 Quarts) and Full flat (8 Quart) orders. Orders must be received by February 27th. Contact FFA  or JROTC members,  email , or phone 301-334-1580 between 9am and 3pm to order.

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.

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.

Lebanon Valley College Actuarial Science Camp Lebanon Valley College is offerring an actuarial science summer camp fromJune 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

Snow Make Up Days Announced As of January 14, schools have been closed 7 days because of inclement weather.  At the Garrett County Board of Education meeting on Tuesday, January 13, the Board decided to use March 30, 31, April 1, and 2 as make up days.  Originally scheduled to be a Spring break, but designated as make up days if needed, the days will now be used as make up days as part of the 7 missed. 

The Board also voted to apply to MSDE for a waiver request to use Monday, April 6, as a possible make up day.  Even if MSDE approves the waiver request, the Garrett County Board of Education voted to use April 6 as a make-up day only if the school system reaches a total number of snow days exceeding 10 days by February 13.

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.

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.