Recently, the boys’ restrooms at Southern Middle School were closed due to vandalism. On numerous occasions, the restrooms were found with stall doors off their hinges, toilet paper holders kicked off the wall, paper towels stuffed in the toilets, urine on the walls and the floor, tobacco in the sinks, food in the hand dryers and graffiti and inappropriate drawings on the doors and walls. Investigations into the incidents took place; however, the ongoing misconduct and mistreatment of the facilities continued, even with the additional supervision and regular checks of the facilities. When the restrooms reopen, they will do so without their exterior hall doors and the rule of only five students will be permitted into the restroom at one time. Administration would like to encourage parents to talk to their sons about appropriate conduct in a restroom and if their son knows any information about any recent vandalism, to report it to administration. Thank you for your support in this manner. It is greatly appreciated.
Southern Middle School would like to congratulate Brandon Hill for being the 2014-2015 school Geography Bee winner. Brandon is the son of Michael and Lori Hill of Oakland and is an 8th grader at Southern Middle School. Pictured with Brandon is Mr. Gary Thompson, Social Studies teacher.
Please read the news release regarding the proposed new health curriculum materials on display at SMS for public review.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.