All GCPS schools will be closed for the remainder of the school year (June 11, 2020).

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 10 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Garrett County.

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

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Middle School

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Southern Middle School
Grades 6 - 8

WELCOME TO SOUTHERN MIDDLE SCHOOL

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.
 
 
 
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Southern Middle Announcement April 27, 2020
 
To All Southern Garrett Middle School Families,
 
We hope this finds you all well and healthy.
First of all, we want to thank you for working with us to help educate at home. We know that this is all new and not easy for all involved, but we appreciate all the efforts.
Superintendent Baker sent out a public information announcement on Friday, April 24th that included many updates to our counties Continuation of Learning plan. We encourage you to spend some time reading through this, as it includes the most up to date information on things like distance learning, resources and grading. This information has changed and more components have been added since its original implementation, so please refer back to this when you have questions. It is the same information that our staff follows.
 
Next, we wanted to review how we are handling the grading of assignments and packets of papers. Completing one of these steps will help students receive credit for the work they complete.

1. Email or call the teacher and briefly explain what they completed
 
2. Take a picture or scan it and send that to the teacher.

3. If the assignment was completed online, share/email that with the teacher.
***These possible grading options are left to the discretion of the teacher*
 
 
 
 
Finally, our second and last pick up date for those who received loaded devices or paper packets will be next Wednesday, May 6th from 8:00am-4:00pm. Everything that is handed out on that day will take us through the rest of the year. We are doing this just in case we do not come back to school on May 18th or for the rest of the year. We only want you all to come out one more time to pick up materials.
 
Please continue to do the best you can and remember that our main concern is the safety and health of everyone during this time.
 
And as always, if you have any questions or concerns, please let us know.
Mr. Hummel and Mr. L
 

 

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.
 
 
 
Monday 4/06/2020
 
Southern Garrett Middle School Familes,
 
The following link provides you with different possibilities to reach out to our staff during this closure.
 
Please notice that each staff has designated "office hours" to answer phone calls and emails. All staff emails are included on this sheet.
 
One new feature that is included on this sheet is the ability to call staff. Most of our staff have a four digit extension in which you can reach them by. Please just call 301-334-8900 and follow the prompts to enter the appropriate staffs four digit extension. If the staff person that you are trying to reach is unavailable to take your call, please leave a message and they will get back to you as soon as they can.
 
Once again, we apprecite your patience as we work through this time and we are asking you to all just to do the best that you can. No worries...remember, we want everyone to be healthy and safe at the end of the day!
 
Mr. Hummel and Mr. L
 
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Attention parents and guardians who indicated your child was in need of a laptop or a paper packet. The information we have is based upon the survey that was sent out several weeks ago and through emails/phone calls over the past week.
 
Pick-up times for instructional materials at Southern Middle School is Wednesday, April 8, 2020, from 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. If this time does not work for you, please email Mr. Hummel or Mr. L and we will do our best to accomodate a pick up time for you.
 
We are asking EVERYONE TO STAY IN YOUR VEHICLE. We will hand deliver what you need to your vehicle. When the car in front of you has pulled out please pull forward. Please make sure you bring your own pen to sign the laptop contract if you are picking up a device.
 
If you already have a laptop and internet access at home, you are ready to go and should have received information from your teachers on how to join their Google classrooms.
 
If you do not have internet access, you will need a laptop from Southern Middle with preloaded learning activities provided by your teachers. If you have access to the internet at any point in time, these laptops will also allow you to access the Google classrooms set up by your teachers.
 
Paper packets will also be available upon request.
 
One last thing, if you have paperwork to be turned in, we are asking you to hold onto it until we officially come back to school. WE ARE NOT COLLECTING ANY PAPER PACKETS AT THIS POINT.
 
If you have any questions please let us know....and most of stay safe and healthy!
 
Mr. Hummel and Mr. L
 
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Garrett County Public Schools Announces Next Phase of the Continuity of Learning Plan
 
Garrett County School Superintendent, Barbara Baker, announced today that the next phase of the school system’s “Continuity of Learning” plan will officially roll out tomorrow, April 3, 2020 for elementary students and on Monday, April 6, 2020 for middle and high school students. The first phase of the plan included an opportunity for all students to complete and submit any missing assignments no later than April 3, unless other arrangements have been made with the teacher. As a reminder, the end of the third quarter grading term will also end on that Friday, April 3, 2020.
 
Each grade level plan, no matter what the roll out date, will include options for students to complete work based on their preference and access to the Internet. Each grade level (Elementary, Middle, & High) will be asked to pick up learning packets at their home school or access the learning packet via the Internet. The packets have a variety of reading materials and assignments included. Depending on the grade level, students will have 2 to 3 full weeks to complete the packet. Elementary students will then return it to their home school. At that time, a new packet will be provided. This process will continue in two-week intervals until such time that schools are reopened or schools are closed for the summer. The process is a little different for middle and high school students, but all directions will be provided by various communication venues.
 
Please feel confident that every safety precaution has been utilized during the creation of the packets. These include social distancing, only two to four people making copies in separate rooms, gloves and masks being worn, and the equipment being sanitized between each person running the machines. The packets will be laid out for you to pick up or with the help of someone who is gloved and masked. According to our local health department, the virus can only live for 24 hours on paper and for 72 hours on plastic. Therefore, you could leave it on a porch or in the trunk of your car for 24-72 hours before opening it. When it is returned to the home school on the 17th, there will be a bin for you to place it in. A designated person at each school will pull the bin in under cover, but will not be accessing any packets until after the 24-72 hour period has expired. The teachers will receive them the following week to begin reviewing them for completion.
 
Elementary Students: All students in grades Pre-K through 5, not choosing the online option, should plan to pick up packets from their home school tomorrow, April 3, 2020 between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. Students may bring packets of work that were sent home on March 13 and may also turn in any missing assignments that are outlined in PowerSchool. Elementary students choosing the online option will be provided directions via each school’s page on the school system’s website.
 
Middle School Students: All students in grades 6-8, not choosing the online option, should plan to pick up either a paper packet or a device preloaded with the same educational content at their home school between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. during the week beginning on Monday, April 6, 2020. Parents will be notified via School Messenger and/or social media when the packet is ready for pick up. Please rest assured that the devices have been cleaned and sanitized and have been handled by staff wearing the proper protection.
 
High School Students: All students in grades 9-12, not choosing the online option, should plan to pick up either a paper packet or a device preloaded with the same educational content at their home school between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. during the week beginning on Monday, April 6, 2020. Parents will be notified via School Messenger and/or social media when the packet is ready for pick up. Please rest assured that the devices have been cleaned and sanitized and have been handled by staff wearing the proper protection.
 
Office Hours: Classroom teachers and various other staff members will be conducting 2 hours of office hours each weekday. During this time, your child’s teacher will be available via email or phone to provide help and support to students as they complete the assignments. The office hours will be posted on the school’s page of the GCPS website and will also be shared with families via School Messenger and social media.
 
Please understand that a “Continuity of Learning” plan is required by the Maryland State Department of Education. We have tried with our plan to provide options for students and parents and have asked all teachers to be sensitive to the needs of families at this time. We have also tried to provide as many resources as we can to help our students stay engaged in their own learning. The paper packets and pre-loaded devices may contain a tremendous amount of content, depending on the grade level. As stated earlier, students will have time to complete the work with teacher assistance during the office hours. If you need more time or more support, please do not hesitate to reach out to the teacher or principal.
 
For more information, the entire “GCPS Continuity of Learning Plan” can be accessed by visiting the school system’s website or clicking https://docs.google.com/document/d/1E0PiSw7Nana4D6WlugVOe86taDzL0G8lc2NXWBnnjJk/edit#heading=h.rkje14fqv8wo.. We wish each family continued good health during this time of uncertainty.
 
 
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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!

 

 

 

 

Box Top

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.

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Money
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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CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR WINNERS OF OUR SECOND PBIS QUARTER DRAWING
Syrianna Collins - Kindle Fire
Cadence Natividad - WalMart Gift Card
David Deem - Subway Gift Card
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Congratulations to our gift card winners from the perfect attendance drawings!
Christopher Gilbert (6th grade)
Destin Moon (7th Grade)
Darin Burgess (8th Grade)
 
 

Donation

8TH GRADE TEAM DONATES $500 TO POLICE PROVIDING PRESENTS FOR OUR CHARITY MONTH OF GIVING
 
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.
 
Awards
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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