Tuesday, December 23: 12:15 Dismissal for Students
Friday, January 16: 12:15 Dismissal for Students
Monday, January 19: No School: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Wednesday, January 21: 12:15 Dismissal for Students
Friday, January 23: No School: Parent Conferences
Important Announcements from Mrs. Elliott:
Southern Middle School 2014-2015 yearbooks are on sale now for $25.00.
Prices will go up to $35.00 after Christmas break. Order now by clicking on the link below or by bringing in cash or a check payable to Southern Middle School to our yearbook advisor, Mrs. Rodeheaver.
After-School Detention: Due to changes in state laws regarding school discipline, Garrett County Public Schools are re-instituting after-school detention at the middle school level. After-school detention could possibly be assigned in situations that may have previously resulted in a student being removed from class for either behavioral or academic reasons. At Southern Middle School, after-school detention will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. Parents or guardians of students being assigned to after-school detention at Southern Middle will be notified in writing/phone and will be expected to make arrangements to pick students up at 5:00 p.m. For further information on this subject, please contact the Southern Middle School Administration.
Morning Drop-Off Time: Southern Middle School will be open to receive students at 7:40 AM daily. Our doors for parent-student drop off will open at this time. Please do not drop your child off at school prior to our 7:40 opening time as we cannot guarantee his/her supervision. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter. It is greatly appreciated.
Internet Safety Tip for Parents: We encourage parents to be aware of what their son/daughter is reading, watching, and doing online. Parents need to know who their son/daughter socializes with online. Also consider whether the sites they are visiting are age and content appropriate.
Weather-Related Early Dismissals
Parents and guardians: please have a plan for early school dismissals due to weather. Telephone calls will not be made to find out where a student needs to go. Students will be sent home on their bus. Talk about this with your child before it happens. If school is dismissed early due to weather, all after-school activities are canceled.
At Southern Middle School our mission is to create a positive learning atmosphere that nurtures active, young creative minds. Through a collaborative effort with teachers, parents, and community members, students are challenged to meet our school’s high expectations. The school’s academic program of study infuses technology, teaches life skills, and encourages students to actively participate in their learning. The school’s curriculum encompasses the development of the total child: moral, intellectual, social, emotional, and physical. As a result, students will be able to demonstrate values that allow them to act with empathy toward humanity in a diverse and ever-changing society.
E-cigarettes are designed to replace cigarettes in function and also to provide nicotine to the user. They are regulated by law and are not legal for a person under 18 to purchase. In accordance with the law and due to the nicotine content, they are not permitted in school. If found in possession of an e-cigarette, you will receive the same consequences as having tobacco products, such as snuff or cigarettes, which can result in a 3-Day Suspension and Referral to Law Enforcement and the Department of Juvenile Services, Student Handbook: Rights, Responsibilities and Discipline, Page 34.