The Garrett County Board of Education voted on November 10, 2020 to move students to a red, fully virtual learning model beginning Thursday, November 12, 2020, and continuing until at least Thursday, December 10, 2020. GCPS is also cancelling all in-person extra-curricular activities, athletic events, and practices effective immediately.

Anyone with a question or concern may contact, and you will receive a response.

There have been 797 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Garrett County.

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

Southern Garrett

High School

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Welcome to Southern Garrett High School

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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.
The mission of Southern Garrett High School, in partnership with our community, is to provide rigorous instruction within a nurturing environment. We dedicate ourselves to educate and inspire all students to become innovative, adaptive, and caring citizens who can thrive in an ever-changing world.
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Southern High School Holiday Light Display

There will never be a greater time for the community to come together in a safe way! Southern High School is starting a fundraising project at Broadford Park. We are starting this project to raise money to finish the remaining projects at the athletic complex (lighting, fencing, and a field house). We are asking businesses, organizations, family groups, churches, and individuals to purchase LED Christmas lighting displays and inflatables to be placed along a 1.5 mile drive-through course inside the park. Extracurricular groups at the school will be creating individual displays also. The event will run from December 1st through the New Year. A suggested donation of $10.00 per vehicle will be collected at the gate by members of charitable organizations. The donations will be split between the Southern Garrett Athletic Field Fund, the hosting organizations, and the Town of Oakland. Due to COVID restrictions, we are relying on parents and coaching/school staff for hosting the event each evening. There will be no Southern High School students working at the event. Lighting donations will consist of: a. The LED Lighting Display (please see the proposal letter for web sites) b. Extension Cord/s c. We will provide a sponsor sign for each display. *It will be the responsibility of the business or organization to place the display in position prior to the start of the event and to collect and store the display until the following year, when the process will happen again. If you cannot participate with a lighting display, but you wish to help with the project, monetary contributions would be appreciated as well. The money can be used to buy supplemental displays for the project. If you have any questions or you would like to commit to helping with this event, please contact Southern High School Principal, Ryan Wolf at

Thanksgiving Break

All Garrett County Public Schools and Central Office locations will close on Wednesday, November 25, 2020 at 1:30 p.m. and will remain closed on November 26th and November 27th. Students, parents, and families should note that the Help Desk will not be open on these dates and times. We wish everyone a happy and healthy Thanksgiving Holiday.

Southern High Schedule Update

Following the decision made by the GCPS Board of Education at last evening’s board meeting, we would like to share the following information for our students and their families. Please contact the school for individual concerns or to make appointments to pick up materials. Schools will remain open with limited administration and support staff available during regular school hours 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
The current schedule of synchronous instruction will continue M, T, Th, and Friday between the hours of 8:25 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. Students are expected to be present and on time for their classes. The Southern High School Schedule is as follows:
Period 1 8:30 - 9:25
Period 2 9:30 - 10:20
Period 3 10:25 - 11:15
Period 4 11:20 - 12:15
Dismiss 12:15
Staff Lunch 12:30 - 1:00
Afternoon Intervention Schedule
Period 1 1:00 - 1:30
Period 2 1:30 - 2:00
Period 3 2:00 - 2:30
Period 4 2:30 - 3:00
Teacher Office Hours 3:00 p.m. - 3:36 p.m.
Wednesdays will remain asynchronous.
Attendance and grades will be recorded and count for all students.
First Term report cards will be distributed to all students. Parents and families are reminded that it is important for all students to engage in their own learning. Teachers will continue to grade students’ work at their own discretion. Furthermore, students will no longer have automatic minimum grades due to the pandemic. During the closure last March, students across the state were provided with assurances that everyone would be promoted. This was due to the emergency circumstances at the time. GCPS spent significant time during the summer building instruction through Schoology. Therefore: in order to pass or be promoted, all students must meet the standards set by each teacher, each school, and the requirements of each course.
Office hours and intervention for all teachers will remain the same in each school during afternoon hours.
No students or student cohorts will be present and no face-to-face learning may take place.
Materials needed for learning may be picked up during school hours by appointment. Please communicate with your school personnel regarding arrangements.
Masks must be worn at all times for any student or parent visiting the schools and limited access and duration will apply.
Between November 12 - December 10, remote learning will take place for all students.
WiFi will remain available in school and library parking lots throughout the county.
Families in need of a hot spot should contact IT to complete an application.
Food and Nutrition Services will inform families regarding meal distribution centers for November 12 - December 10, 2020.
Further decisions regarding the status of learning in GCPS schools will be made at the December 8, 2020 BOE meeting.

Maryland School Report Card 2019 for Garrett County

The Maryland State Department of Education presents its 2019 Maryland School Report Card for Garrett County Public Schools. The 2019 performance report serves as a look at what the public school system has accomplished, but also as a foundation for work that is just beginning. The Every Student Succeeds Act in 2015 updated the federal government’s elementary and secondary education law. It provides states with more authority on standards, assessments, accountability, supports, and interventions. Results for 2020 will be available in the near future.

Warm the Children

As we approach the winter season, some students in our school system may benefit from the Warm the Children program. This program helps to provide warm clothing for children in families that are experiencing financial hardship and unable to afford coats or boots. A limited number of applications are available for students or parents to pick up in the Southern Garrett High School Guidance Office. Parents can also call the Guidance Office to send home an application with their child at 301-334-1660.


State and Federal laws require that the Garrett County Public Schools provide free and appropriate educational programs for all children with disabilities living in Garrett County.
Services, which can be provided by the Board of Education, include evaluation and direct services in speech and language therapy, physical therapy, occupational therapy, developmental skills for preschools and academic help for children of school age. These services are provided through the Special Education programs to all students who qualify.
If you know of any individuals with a disability ages birth through twenty-one years of age who are not receiving educational programs, please contact:
Dr. Chelsie Manges
Interim Director of Special Education
Garrett County Public Schools
40 South Second Street
Oakland, MD 21550
Ms. Deneice Crites
Birth to Five Coordinator
Garrett County Public Schools
40 South Second Street
Oakland, MD 21550

Schoology Information for Parents

Parents can find directions for activating parent Schoology accounts and Schoology how to videos by going to the following link on the Garrett County Public Schools website:

GCPS Attendance Protocols

for Virtual Learning During the 2020-21 School Year

Overview of Attendance During COVID-19 Pandemic
The Maryland State Department of Education requires that all school systems track student attendance during virtual learning. Taking attendance while students are learning from home will assist school staff in ensuring that all students have the resources and support they need to engage in learning. Tracking attendance will include a combination of measures that indicate a student is demonstrating their engagement in learning. This is not indicative of the degree to which the student understands the content nor their grade in class, rather it is documentation of a student’s engagement in the learning process. Daily attendance will be completed each day by each teacher BUT will officially be recorded on a weekly basis in PowerSchool.
Present ~ a student will be marked as present when there is evidence of any daily engagement in the online Schoology classroom or one of the factors listed below:
Attending classes via Google Meet
Engagement with other school staff/service providers
Participation in a therapy/counseling sessions
Phone calls with a teacher or support staff member regarding work
Emails to a teacher submitting an assignment
Submission of assignments or screen shots of work
Participation in synchronous sessions
Participation in a tutoring sessions
Participation in work-based learning/internships
Absent ~ a student will be marked as absent when there is not evidence of any daily engagement in the online Schoology classroom or one of the factors listed below:
Attending classes via Google Meet
Engagement with other school staff/service providers
Participation in a therapy/counseling sessions
Phone calls with a teacher
Emails to a teacher submitting an assignment
Submission of assignments
Participation in synchronous sessions
Participation in a tutoring sessions
Participation in work-based learning/internships
Lawful Absence - Students shall be considered lawfully absent when absent from instruction with proper documentation approved by the principal/designee.
Unlawful Absence - Students shall be considered unlawfully absent when absent from instruction without submitting an absence note to the principal/designee.
The Student Information System will default student attendance records to present to document students as present during distance learning. This will allow us to track changes in student attendance for this school year with the realization that students were learning from home and not expected to enter the school building.
Absence Code
An additional absence code (25) has been added to be used to track absences related to COVID - 19, such as:
Student illness due to COVID-19
Doctor’s note excusing student absence due to COVID-19
Student is not engaged in learning due to circumstances related to COVID-19
Illness in family member that impacts student attendance due to COVID-19
Student is excluded from attending until they receive a negative result of a COVID19 test or meet the Garrett County Health Department criteria for returning to schools
Absence Notes
An absence for any reason other than those cited as lawful is presumed to be unlawful unless a note stating the reason is submitted and approved by the principal/designee within the same term of the absence.
Each school will publicize an attendance email account (secretary, attendance secretary, etc.) to allow for parents/guardians to document the reason for student absences. Signed parent and physician notes are also still acceptable.
Teacher/Staff Expectation
All teachers are expected to maintain and document student attendance.
All teachers will have an assignment (class work, assessment, exit ticket etc.) linked to each day.
All teachers will monitor engagement in LIVE sessions. Google Meet is adding an attendance feature on the new upgrade. In the meantime, the following link can be used to add the extension:
Google Meet-Attendance Extension
All teachers will informally take attendance throughout the week based on engagement in live sessions and work completion.
Each Wednesday morning, teachers will mark daily attendance for the previous week based on engagement, work submissions and attendance in synchronous learning. Teachers will do this by marking an “A” for days when a student is being counted as absent. The default always goes to present.
(Directions for Recording Multi-Day Attendance in PowerSchool)
Each Wednesday afternoon, the secretary will
Update the 'A' code to a numeric code based on any parent/physician notes. If the parent didn't submit anything, the 'A' will be changed to a 20 - Unexcused Absence.
Print the weekly Schoology Usage Report.
Directions for Running the Schoology Usage Report
Provide a list of students who were marked absent as well as those who did not access Schoology (as determined by the reports described above) to the administrators to determine intervention as needed.


The Foster D. Bittle Chapter of the National Honor Society celebrates the graduation of 43 senior members from Southern Garrett High School. Five seniors were inducted virtually into membership due to the cancelation of the ceremony which would have been the Fifty-Fifth Induction Ceremony this spring.

"We regret that we could not hold a traditional Induction ceremony this past spring for our new members, juniors and seniors alike," advisor Heather Savage said.

The senior National Honor Society members conducted their annual canned food drive for the House of Hope in December and a highly successful Operation Christmas Child campaign in the fall. Both of these endeavors engaged the participation of students throughout the school.

"The hard work of all of our seniors does not go unrecognized. They have been active members in our school and community, not just in academic endeavors but in service as well. We wish them the best of luck in their future."

The five seniors newly inducted in the spring were Landon Custer, Julia Gamber, Kaelyn Glotfelty, Samuel Kennedy and Kimberly Stemple.


Senior Landon Custer attends Loch Lynn Church of God, where he has served as a youth camp counselor and taught drum lessons. He also serves as a member of the church’s worship team. Landon is a past member of the Southern Garrett Pep Band, where he supported the basketball team’s run for the state championship for the past two seasons. As a sophomore, he competed as a member of Envirothon. Landon plans to study computer science at Garrett College in the fall and then transfer to Liberty University to study music. Landon is the son of Coit and Melissa Custer of Oakland.

Senior Julia Gamber is a past member of the school newspaper staff. Julia has donated her time and service to local nursing homes and after school programs. In the fall, Julia plans to study marine biology at Coastal Carolina. Julia is the daughter of Erin Mowery of Berkeley Springs and Jason Gamber of Frostburg.

Senior Kaelyn Glotfelty is a past member of the school newspaper staff and an active member of the FIRST FRC team 1629 where she has served as safety captain. She has devoted many hours to FIRST robotics in service and the school theater program’s Haunted Hayride. Kaelyn is an active member of Brenda’s Body Shop. Kaelyn would like to study computer science in the fall at Garrett College and then move on to a four-year university. Kaelyn is the daughter of James and Diane Glotfelty of Oakland.


Senior Samuel Kennedy is a member of the Ram baseball and cross country teams. He was a leader in RBIs his freshman year in baseball and was awarded the coaches award his junior year in cross country. He competed in Model UN as a sophomore and in the math competition as a junior. Samuel also served as the Autumn Glory King in the fall of 2019. Samuel is also a member of Saint Mark’s Lutheran Church where he serves as an acolyte. As a member of the Ryan‘s Glade 4H Club, he has served as a junior leader. Samuel has over 100 hours in service with the blind skiers program, his church, the Southern Garrett Athletic Association and youth basketball. Samuel plans to study mechanical engineering at Ohio University in the fall. Samuel is the son of Audrey Kennedy and Mike Kennedy of Oakland.

Senior Kimberly Stemple serves as the editor of the school yearbook. She has also donated many hours to Samantha Funding the Arts, Oak Park Church of the Brethren soup kitchen and the town of Mountain Lake Park. After she graduates, Kimberly plans to attend Garrett College to earn her associate degree in general studies and then advance to a four-year institution. She is interested in pursuing a degree in mortuary science or possibly social work. Kimberly is the daughter of Missy and William Stemple, both of Oakland.


The chapter plans to conduct an induction ceremony to celebrate the twenty-six new junior members in the fall semester that follows state guidelines.

"The juniors will have a unique opportunity to help design their Induction ceremony. Normally, the seniors conduct the program for the incoming members with the help of the advisor but this group will be able to play a larger role in what they would like their ceremony to look like, following any state guidelines in place at that time," Savage said.

The National Honor Society is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, National Honor Society serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service, and character.


Previously inducted Class of 2020 senior members:

2019 NHS


These seniors were inducted into membership in the spring of 2019 as juniors. Front Row: Mariah Bolden, Harleigh Wildesen, Jocelyn Fredlock, Madison Sweitzer, Kristen Massey, Jessica McClurg(2019 graduate), Emilee Tasker, Laina Holler, Andie Ward, Josilyn Evans, Bailey Skiles, Historian Lillia Rose, Hailie DeWitt, Sara Manley

Middle row: President Zachary Rohrbaugh, Treasurer Nicholas Davis, Miranda Dillsworth (2019 graduate), Carmen Smith, Caleb Friend, Jacob Nazelrod, Kaysi Todd, Bryson Wilt, Caid Andrews, Andrew Helbig, Corey Ashby, Holly Buckley

Back Row: Nathan Spiker, Eldon Stemple, Jacob Sweitzer, Brayden Warnick, Madison Prudnick, Jocelyn Schoch, Emma Rush, Kerri Kordyban, Cheyenne Reckart, Vice President Katherine Catulle, Tia DeGiovanni, Secretary Daniel Nickel

Not pictured: Madison Embleton, Alexx Grady


In an effort to provide additional support to students and parents as we implement this phase of the GCPS Continuity of Learning Plan, a master phone list has been developed. The IT team, in conjunction with principals, teachers, and the instructional leadership team, has identified a process in which educators can be contacted for help. When support is needed, teachers will be the first option to provide help for technical issues. GCPS has implemented an internal process that will then signal a system of support for the issue. Please see the link below for a list of telephone numbers to reach your child’s teacher. Principals have been asked to post the list of phone numbers on their website along with the teachers’ office hours. If your child’s teacher is not listed, please reach out to the principal to identify the best way to reach him or her.
You will need to use the tabs at the bottom of the google spreadsheet and find the SH tab to see Southern High School staff.
We, at GCPS, want to reassure you again that we are here to support you as you work with your child at home. Please do not hesitate to reach out via the phone numbers listed or via email to teachers and administrators.


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