All GCPS schools will be closed from March 16 through April 24, 2020.

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

There are 3 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Garrett County at the present time.

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


Middle School

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Southern Middle School
Grades 6 - 8


Southern Middle School Mission Statement

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.
Southern Middle and Garrett County Public Schools are brainstorming educational options during this school closure as we await further guidance from our State Superintendent, Dr. Salmon and MSDE. In an effort to be proactive, we need accurate information regarding your access to internet and devices.
It is very important to us that we hear from every student. We will be providing this survey using a variety of modalities, including making personal phone calls, until we have accurate information on each student. If you do not have internet access to take the survey, please call the school, 301-334-8881, and leave a message with your name and number and we will get back to you as soon as possible. Your quick response should you be able to access this electronically or by a return phone call is greatly appreciated!
Here is the link for the survey again. Survey Link Click Here
Thank you to those who have already filled out the survey.

Mr. Hummel and Mr. L.
Click above to take a survey

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Southern Middle Robotics

31 Teams competed at Parkdale High School in PG County. Southern middle was well represented featuring 2 teams of all 7th and 8th Graders, Great Job Robo Ladies and Southern Middle Boys!





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Student Council is collecting canned goods for House of Hope until Dec. 13th.
We are trying to Can the Principal by filling Mr. Hummel's office with as many cans as possible! Please make sure goods are not expired.


James Crowder; First Energy Manager of External Affairs, is presenting a $1000 check to Mr. John Hummel; principal and Jessica Lieberman; science teacher at Southern Middle School for the First Energy STEM Classroom Grant. With this grant money the 7th grade students will be working on a Wind Energy for the Win! Project. Students will be receiving kits for constructing Windmills, participate in cross curricular activities touching on all core subjects such as Math, Science, Social Studies and Language. Thanks to Exelon the students will also be visiting the Windmills at Eagle Rock Station to see the windmills and learn how they are monitored and run with wind energy. In the Spring the students will be participating in a Wind Energy Fair to show off their projects.
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Syrianna Collins - Kindle Fire
Cadence Natividad - WalMart Gift Card
David Deem - Subway Gift Card
Congratulations to our gift card winners from the perfect attendance drawings!
Christopher Gilbert (6th grade)
Destin Moon (7th Grade)
Darin Burgess (8th Grade)


Business Partner
We would also like to thank our business partner, Newman's Funeral Homes, for their generous support.
Pictured are Mr. Hummel and Rich Mattingly of Newman Funeral Homes.
6th Grade RAMS Student of the quarter, recognized for showing outstanding RESPECT are:
Chloe Campbell, Gwen Cummings, Autumn Custer, Levi Bernard, Anabelle Musselman, Jaxon Glotfelty, Emelee Parks, Kiley Reckart, JD Nesselrodt, Ayla Rodeheaver, Michael Liller, Blayne Abernathy.
Not pictured is Shane Sisler.
7th Awards
7th Grade RAMS Student of the quarter, recognized for showing outstanding RESPECT are:
Jesse Tichinel, Keystin Johnson, Abbi Beeman, Abigail Lucas, Shianne Calhoun, Landon Harvey, Ryan Amburgey, Nicole Shipway, Brogan Moyer, and Zane King
8th grade
8th Grade RAMS Student of the quarter, for showing outstanding RESPECT are:
Braelynn Dewitt, Lucrece Longacre, Peyton Hoff, Noah Wilt, Kevin Shipway, Syrianna Collins, Jacob Murphy, Tehya Teets, Isabella Newman, and Wyatt Parks
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