The Garrett County Board of Education voted on January 12, 2021, to accept the Superintendent’s recommendation to remain in the “red model” in which students are learning virtually. Students will begin transitioning back to in-person learning when the Garrett County metrics are at 5% or less positivity rate and 15 or less per 100,000 for 14 consecutive days.

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

There have been 1,728 confirmed cases of Coronavirus in Garrett County. Current metrics from the Garrett County Health Department are: 7-Day Positivity Percentage: 14.9%; 7-Day Case Rate Per 100,000: 46.3.

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

Teacher Ardra Sharpless

Southern Middle School
Teacher Ardra Sharpless Southern Middle School
605 Harvey Winters Drive
Oakland, MD 21550
Phone 301.334.8881

8th Grade Science with Mrs. Sharpless

Science Fair 8th grade students will be required to complete a Science Fair Project. Students will work individually to complete this assignment. There will be a timeline to complete each stage. All students will participate in a county wide Science Fair. Winners and other selected students will represent Garrett County at the Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair  in the spring. More info to come!

Student Supplies for 8th Grade Science:
  • binder for science class only
  • composition book
  • notebook paper
  • stretchy book cover
  • highlighter
  • pencils, pencils, & more pencils

Rams Recycling Club
This is a student led recycling effort. Students collect office paper, cardboard, and plastic bottles throughout the school each week during Rams. Items are sorted, bagged and loaded for transport to a Garrett County Solid Waste Recycling location.

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