September 8, 2020 is the first day of school for the GCPS students.

The GCPS central office will be closed to the public until further notice. Anyone with a question or concern may contact public.info@garrettcountyschools.org, and you will receive a response.

There have been 52 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Garrett County.

Please continue to check our website and the GCPS Coronavirus Updates page for more information.

Pupil Services

School Psychological Services

Contacts and schools served

Angie Harrison

Southern High School, Southern Middle School, Crellin Elementary
angelene.harrison@garrettcountyschools.org
301-334-8881 extension 2317 (please leave a message with your name and return number)

Dr. Allyson Martz

Northern High School, Northern Middle School, Grantsville Elementary, Friendsville Elementary
allyson.martz@garrettcountyschools.org

Susan Thatcher

Accident Elementary, Broad Ford Elementary, Yough Glades Elementary, Route 40 Elementary, Swan Meadow Elementary
susan.thatcher@garrettcountyschools.org
301-746-8863
 
WE MISS YOU!

During the Coronavirus school closure, we want to take this time to let you know we are available to assist you. If you would like to speak to Mrs. Harrision, Dr. Martz, or Mrs. Thatcher,, you can do so through email or telephone. Remember, we are here for you!
 
Please reach out if you would like to talk to someone! We'd love to hear from our students.
 

Updates and Announcements

We are SO PROUD of our seniors! Congratulations to the Southern High School and Northern High School Class of 2020!!!
 
2020 Graduation Sunset

School Psychological Services

School psychologists are uniquely qualified members of school teams that support students' ability to learn and teachers' ability to teach. They apply expertise in mental health, learning, and behavior, to help children and youth succeed academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. School psychologists partner with families, teachers, school administrators, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments that strengthen connections between home, school, and the community.
 
What Do School Psychologists Do? School psychologists provide direct support and interventions to students, consult with teachers, families, and other school-employed mental health professionals (i.e., school counselors, school social workers) to improve support strategies, work with school administrators to improve school-wide practices and policies, and collaborate with community providers to coordinate needed services. They help schools successfully:
 
Improve Academic Achievement
  • Promote student motivation and engagement
  • Conduct psychological and academic assessments
  • Individualize instruction and interventions
  • Manage student and classroom behavior
  • Monitor student progress
  • Collect and interpret student and classroom data
  • Reduce inappropriate referrals to special education.
Promote Positive Behavior and Mental Health
  • Improve students communication and social skills
  • Assess student emotional and behavioral needs
  • Provide individual and group counseling
  • Promote problem solving, anger management and conflict resolution
  • Reinforce positive coping skills and resilience
  • Promote positive peer relationships and social problem solving
  • Make referrals to and help coordinate community services provided in schools
Support Diverse Learners
  • Assess diverse learning needs
  • Provide culturally responsive services to students and families from diverse backgrounds
  • Plan appropriate Individualized Education Programs for students with disabilities
  • Modify and adapt curricula and instruction
  • Adjust classroom facilities and routines to improve student engagement and learning
  • Monitor and effectively communicate with parents about student progress
Create Safe, Positive School Climates
  • Prevent bullying and other forms of violence
  • Support social-emotional learning
  • Assess school climate and improve school connectedness
  • Implement and promote positive discipline and restorative justice
  • Implement school-wide positive behavioral supports
  • Identify at risk students and school vulnerabilities
  • Provide crisis prevention and intervention services
Strengthen Family-School Partnerships
  • Help families understand their child's learning and mental health needs
  • Assist in navigating special education processes
  • Connect families with community service providers when necessary
  • Help effectively engage families with teachers and other school staff
  • Enhance staff understanding and responsiveness to diverse cultures and backgrounds
  • Help students transition between school and community learning environments, such as residential treatment or juvenile justice programs
Improve School-Wide Assessment and Accountability Monitor individual student progress in academics and behavior
  • Generate and interpret useful student and school outcome data
  • Collect and analyze data on risk and protective factors related to student outcomes
  • Plan services at the district, building, classroom, and individual levels

Resources

Student Resources

During this time, you may be feeling all types of emotions. It is completely normal if you are feeling unsure about the future, maybe even a little anxious! The important part is how you manage these emotions. The best way to deal with these overwhelming emotions is SELF CARE! Here are some ideas to keep connected and help others.
 

Managing Isolation or Loneliness

Infographic
 
Tools and ideas for coping with those feelings of aloneness
  1. Get in touch with friends and family. We all get caught up in our daily lives. Catching up with friends and family helps us remember our support network.
  2. The Walk and Talk. Remember the good old fashioned phone call? Find a nice place near trees or water or even a city walk, connect your earbuds and call an old friend.
  3. Neighborhood stroll. Though you're avoiding big crowds of people when possible, you could take a stroll and talk with your neighbors. Chances are they are spending more time at home now too.
  4. Connect with pets and plants. It might sound silly at first , but there is a lot of joy to be found in connecting with the plant and animal world.
  5. Take time for self care. Take a bath. Journal. Read a book. Cook. Sometimes a feeling of aloneness can actually end up being a doorway to self exploration and an opportunity for growth!
 
Send a motivational text to a friend who is struggling Arrangee to watch a film at the same time as a friend and video call Reach out to call a friend, family member or neighbor who is experiencing loneliness or isolation

Managing Self-Isolation

Managing Self-Isolation Infographic.
 
Taking care of yourself in the face of COVID-19.
  • Structure your days. Developing a sense of normality helps feelings of hopelessness. Set a routine and follow it as best you can (ie, get up, shower, eat, read, etc.)
  • Engage in Hobbies. Engage in your hobbies. Read, write, watch tv. Try to space out your activities. Pick up a skill you've wanted to do for a while.
  • Keep Social Contact. Talk to your friends and family. Beyond messaging, facetime, and skype them. Schedule in time to ensure it's regular. Use streaming platforms to watch films together.
  • Practice self-care. Ensure you are taking care of yourself. Engage in grounding techniques. Do a face mask. Treat yourself. Do some Yoga. Easy your mind and your body.

6 Steps to Beat a Funk

6 steps to treat beat a funk infographic.
 
  1. Name it. What is the funk stemming from?
  2. Feel it. What is the underlying feeling here?
  3. Talk it. Who do I trust to listen to my struggles?
  4. Get inspired. How can I change my mindset?
  5. Start small. What small thing can I commit to?
  6. Reincorcements. Who can help me get unstuck?

If Feelings Could Talk

If feelings could talk infographic
  • Sadness might be telling me I need to cry.
  • Loneliness might be telling me I need to connect.
  • Shame might be telling me I need self-compassion.
  • Resentment might be telling me I need to forgive.
  • Emptiness might be telling me I need to do something creative.
  • Anger might be telling me I need to check-in with my boundaries.
  • Anxiety might be telling me I need to breathe.
  • Stress might be telling me to take it one step at a time.

Daily Mental Health Bingo

Mental Bingo Infographic
 
  • Begin your day with gratitude
  • Disconnect from Technology and social media
  • Set a small goal each day
  • Eat foods that nourish your body
  • Monitor your shoulds. Are they from you or someone else?
  • Exercise for 30 minutes.
  • Take breaks from long work tasks.
  • Get adequate sleep.
  • Open up to someone.
  • Speak kindly to yourself.
  • Ask for help.
  • Send a thank you note to someone (or yourself).
  • Keep doing enjoyed activities. Let go of pressure to start new hobbies.
  • Take time to acknowledge your feelings and remember they are "for now".
  • Spend 10 minutes in the sunshine.
  • Set and honor your boundaries.

Parent Resources

Community Resources

Local Mental Health Providers: Provider List 2019
24/7 National Suicide Hotline Number: 1-800-273-8255 or text HOME to 741741
 
the flower that blooms in adversity, is the most rare and beautiful of all