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 Winner's Circle, our business partners for January.


Winter Operations in Garrett County
Parents and students should read the information from the Garrett County BOE concerning closings, delays include 3 hour delays, and making decisions. It is important information that every parent and student should know about the winter operations of the school system. 

3 Hour Delay Schedule
The Garrett County Board of Education released a statement concerning winter operations information that can be found above. Included in the statement is the possibility for a 3 hour delayed opening of schools.

The schedule for a 3-Hour Delay at Southern High School follows:
Period 1---11:25-12:45
(Lunch 1 is at 11:40, Lunch 2 is at 12:15 and both are out of period 1.)
Period 2---12:50-1:35
Period 3---1:40-2:25
Period 4---2:30-3:15
RAMS period will not occur on delayed opening days. 


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!


End of Semester Information and Calendar Changes (As of January 15)

-January 23 is a full day of school.
This date was originally parent conferences.  Due to the 7 snow days, parent conferences have been moved to January 30. 

-January 26 and January 27 are final exam days.  
See the Final Exam link to the left for the schedules.

-January 28 is a half day.  
This day is the first day of the second semester. Students will be dismissed 3 hours early.    This day was scheduled earlier but due to 7 snow days, this day was moved.  Should any additional days be missed due to inclement weather, the date will continue to move to the next full school day.

-January 30 Parent/Teacher Conferences
Due to the 7 snow days, conferences have been rescheduled for Friday, January 30 to provide time for grading and conference preparation. There will be no school for students on January 30. Parent/Teacher Conference times will be from 11:30 AM to 7:00 PM.

College Representative Visits during RAMS--Interested students are to sign up in Guidance.

College Goal Maryland
Need Money for college?  A free event to help students and families complete the free application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) will be held on February 5 (snow date--February 12) from 6-9pm at Garrett College. Go to for a list of forms and financial records you should bring to the event.  For more information go to the website or contact Cissy Van Sickle at 301-387-3083.

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.

Winter Homecoming 
Student Council is hosting Winter Homecoming with a Sweeetheart Themed dance on Saturday, February 14th from 8:00 pm until 11:00 pm in the high school cafetorium.  The cost to attend is $8 per person and $12 per couple for tickets purchased in advance, or $10 per person and $14 per couple at the door. 

The Homecoming Court will be introduced on Friday, February 13th at the boys basketball game.  

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.

Scheduling Information
Scheduling for the 2015-2016 school year will be held from February 12 to March 1.  Information concerning class requirements, graduation requirements and how to pick classes are on the students and parent page.   

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.