Middle School
Southern Middle School
605 Harvey Winters Drive
Oakland, MD 21550
Phone 301.334.8881
Fax 301.334.2315

Welcome to Southern Middle School

Important Dates:
Thursday, October 2: After-school tutoring begins 3:30 - 5:00
Thursday, April 16: End of 3rd Grading Term (3rd and 4th Red Dot Books due for Term 3)
Thursday, April 23: Report Cards Distributed
Monday, April 27 - Friday, May 1: Book Fair 
Monday, May 4
: Class Pictures 12:00 p.m.
Friday, May 8: Enrichment Day
Saturday, May 9: Arts Fair at CARC 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Friday, May 15: Spaghetti Dinner & Drive One For Your School
Saturday, May 16: Garrett County Dog Park Groundbreaking Ceremony 11:00 a.m.
Saturday, June 6: 8th Grade Dance 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
Saturday, June 20: Crafty Critters Vendor and Craft Show @ SMS 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. (Benefits GC Dog Park)
Please read the news release regarding the proposed new health curriculum materials on display at SMS for public review.

The Nomination Process for the SXS Gifted and Talented Program is Open 
The nomination process for middle school students is now open.  Nominations from parents, students and teachers will be accepted until April 30, 2015. Parent and student nomination forms for the middle school program are available in the school guidance office or by clicking the appropriate link above. Once nominations are received, a committee at the middle school collects academic information about nominees and makes a determination whether a student meets the criteria for the program.Students and parents are informed of the decision by the beginning of the 2015-16 school year. Please address all questions and submit completed forms to Lisa Janoske, Guidance Secretary at Southern Middle School, (301) 334-1026.
8th grade parents: 
If you would like to help plan the 8th grade dance, please call the school at 301-334-8881 or email Mrs. Sharpless at: The dance is scheduled for Saturday, June 6 from 7:00-10:00 p.m. All 8th graders are invited to participate in this dance.
Winter Operations - Important Information for Parents and Students
Southern Middle School 2014-2015 yearbooks are on sale now for $35.00. Order now by clicking on the link below or by bringing in cash or a check payable to Southern Middle School to our yearbook advisor, Mrs. Rodeheaver.
Important Announcements from Mrs. Elliott: 
After-School Detention: Due to changes in state laws regarding school discipline, Garrett County Public Schools are re-instituting after-school detention at the middle school level.  After-school detention could possibly be assigned in situations that may have previously resulted in a student being removed from class for either behavioral or academic reasons. At Southern Middle School, after-school detention will be held on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:30 - 5:00 p.m. Parents or guardians of students being assigned to after-school detention at Southern Middle will be notified in writing/phone and will be expected to make arrangements to pick students up at 5:00 p.m.  For further information on this subject, please contact the Southern Middle School Administration.
Morning Drop-Off Time: Southern Middle School will be open to receive students at 7:40 AM daily. Our doors for parent-student drop off will open at this time. Please do not drop your child off at school prior to our 7:40 opening time as we cannot guarantee his/her supervision. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter. It is greatly appreciated.
Policy on Distribution of Materials (ie: birthday invitations, etc.)
Internet Safety Tip for Parents: We encourage parents to be aware of what their son/daughter is reading, watching, and doing online. Parents need to know who their son/daughter socializes with online. Also consider whether the sites they are visiting are age and content appropriate.
Proposed Dog Park Information - Including Fundraising Opportunities
Weather-Related Early Dismissals
Parents and guardians: please have a plan for early school dismissals due to weather. Telephone calls will not be made to find out where a student needs to go. Students will be sent home on their bus. Talk about this with your child before it happens. If school is dismissed early due to weather, all after-school activities are canceled.

Child Find Announcement

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.

E-cigarettes are designed to replace cigarettes in function and also to provide nicotine to the user.  They are regulated by law and are not legal for a person under 18 to purchase.  In accordance with the law and due to the nicotine content, they are not permitted in school.  If found in possession of an e-cigarette, you will receive the same consequences as having tobacco products, such as snuff or cigarettes, which can result in a 3-Day Suspension and Referral to Law Enforcement and the Department of Juvenile Services, Student Handbook: Rights, Responsibilities and Discipline, Page 34.

Gary Thompson Named Maryland's VFW Middle School Teacher of the Year

Mr. Gary Thompson, social studies teacher at Southern Middle School, was named VFW Teacher of the Year for the Middle School Level for the state of Maryland. .

Feb 5, 2014 at 8:44am, Southern Middle School

Just Be Yourself Club "Gray Day" at Southern Middle School

The Just Be Yourself club at Southern Middle School wanted to honor Dylan Jones who is battling brain cancer.

Feb 3, 2014 at 10:21am, Southern Middle School