Hornet Buzz

February 7, 2021

Message from the Principal

Dear Hornet Nation,

As we welcome back our regional program students (phase one) this week and prepare for our 9th/12th-grade student's return (phase 2) next week, I want to remind students and parents of the initial return to school survey. The school is making safety plans based on the information that was submitted in the fall on whether you would return to school or remain virtual. Contact the school only if you want to make a change from your original response. Please either call the main office (301) 863-4001 or email your child's assistant principal.

In this week's Hornet Buzz we have all the necessary safety protocols for students to return to school. Take a look and make sure that you are familiar with all the procedures. We also have the senior spotlight, scholarship info, AP Exam registration, and a tribute to Black History Month. Check it all out, have a great week and remember.......

We Are....Great Mills!!!


Dr. Heibel

Black History Month

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SMCPS will remain on a virtual learning schedule this week

Senior Spotlight

In order to participate in “Senior Spotlight”, parents can email a picture of their senior and a short biography (50 words or less) to jnruby@smcps.org with the subject line “Senior Spotlight”. Please include the full name of your senior in the email.

Phased-In Return of Students for Hybrid Instruction

The following students will return to school on the following dates:

  • Tuesday, February 16: Grades 9, and 12 will begin the hybrid model with in-person instruction 2 days per week with the A group attending Monday and Wednesday and the B group attending Tuesday and Thursday.
  • Monday, March 1: All grades will begin in-person instruction 2 days per week with the A group attending Monday and Wednesday and the B group attending Tuesday and Thursday.

Please note:

* When there is a holiday, we will not alter the schedule. A/B days will follow the day of the week ie--Monday/Wednesday=A day, Tuesday/Thursday=B day.

**Therefore since the first day back to Hybrid learning is on a Tuesday, we will start on "B" day.

Grade 9, Last name A-K will return on Wednesday, February 17. A-days will be Mon. and Wed.

Grade 9, Last name L-Z will return on Tuesday, February 16. B-days will be Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Grade 12, Last name A-K will return on Wednesday, February 17. A-days will be Mondays and Wednesdays.

Grade 12, Last name L-Z will return on Tuesday, February 16. B-days will be Tuesdays and Thursdays.

**Grades 10 and 11 will remain on a virtual schedule until March 1.

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COVID-19 Process for student return
GMHS Safety Plan

All students need to read and understand the procedures for a safe return to school.

SMCPS Policy on Mandatory Wearing of Masks

Letter to families on wearing masks.

How to Select, Wear, and Clean Your Mask

All students are expected to wear a mask. No gaiters or bandannas allowed.

SMCPS Covid 19 Process

What to do if a student shows signs of Covid 19 or has been exposed.

Return to School Technology Q&A

Students will be expected to bring their laptops to school each day. Check out the guidelines and procedures for doing so.

GMHS School Map

Locate your classes on this map. What is the best path to follow to get to your classes?

GMHS Bus Transportation Plan

Please review the following bus transportation procedures starting when students return to the building.

Car Rider Drop Off

Please read the procedures for dropping off or picking up students from GMHS.

Virtual Students

Parents of AP Course Students: 2021 AP Exam Payment Deadline Approaching!

During the first marking period, your student worked with their AP Teachers to enroll in their respective AP Classrooms. Due to this year’s unusual circumstances, College Board has granted permission for AP Exams to be ordered for all students who are enrolled in an AP Classroom. Therefore, if your student enrolled, as instructed by their teacher, they currently have an exam ordered for each AP course in which they are registered. Linked here are important deadlines and instructions for registration and payment. Your final order and amount due is based upon the exams your student selects and those they want cancelled from their current order.

Just a reminder from Stinger on how to be successful in the third marking period!

Virtual Learning in the Life of a Hornet ‑ Made with FlexClip
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The Counselor Corner

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Greetings from your school counselors!

We are halfway through the school year. This letter includes important

information. Please reach out to your school counselor through email if you have

any questions.

*Counselors are emailing all seniors the QR form if they failed a class they need for graduation!"

● QUARTER RECOVERY: Did you fail a class that you need for graduation? Complete the quarter recovery form and start working in Edgenuity to recover your grade for the 2nd marking period.

Link here: Edgenuity Quarter Recovery: https://docs.google.com/document/d/12aP8e_LuAKB6bBbyqFloCfXCtJJggYl49QXnGi9KPO4/edit

● APPLY to the TECH CENTER: Applications due by February 19 th , 2021. You must go to the Tech

Center website and apply online. Link here: https://schools.smcps.org/tech/

● Are you taking care of yourself? If you need support or know someone who does, please check

out the Mental Health Resources available to SMCPS Students. Link here:


● Do you know the credit requirements for



o Grade 10- 5 credits earned

o Grade 11- 10 credits earned

o Grade 12- 15 credits earned

● Are you ready for the 2022 school year? You

can start planning now by using the elective guide to choose your classes for next school year.

Rising 10th Grade Planning Guide

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Career Center

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Senator Bailey’s Scholarship – Accepting Applications

Any seniors who are planning to attend a Maryland school for the 2021-2022 school year may review the informational letter and application found on Senator Bailey’s website. www.SenatorBailey.com/scholarship


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Writing Center Open for Assistance

The GMHS Writing Center is open Fridays from 11:00 am to 12:30 pm. Join our Google Meet using the code "GMHSwrites" to benefit from conferences, workshops, and a supportive environment to work independently and collaborate with other students.

National Honor Society Tutoring Sessions

NHS members will be available to tutor students on Mondays and Wednesdays during Green/Gold Lunch from 12:05 – 1:05, and again after school from 3 – 5 pm.

Students who need tutoring should use the Google Meet Code: NHSTutors

Any questions or concerns should be directed to Mrs. Johns, the NHS Sponsor, at ldjohns@smcps.org

Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program

Attached is a flyer for a summer immersion program for rising 10th-12th grade girls through Girls Who Code. Since this is an introduction to computer science it is appropriate for girls that have NOT taken a CS class.

Excellence in Online Teaching

Help us recognize Excellence in Online Teaching. There are incredible examples across our school system of educators who have demonstrated caring and connectedness with their students. You can nominate a teacher using THIS FORM

PTSA Membership

Everyone is welcome to join the PTSA. Download and submit the membership form to the Great Mills School Office or email Mr. Glasper in the main office bkglasper@smcps.org.

Hornet Strong Brick Project

Consider giving a Hornet Strong Personalized Brick for a recent graduate or alumni.

Go to the Great Mill website click on Quick Links the Hornet Strong Brick project or click on the link below."


For Our Spanish Speaking Families

¡Saludos! Para leer en español, hay un botón para traducir en la esquina superior derecha de los anuncios de Smore cuando se abre por primera vez. Pueden hacer clic en el botón y después selecciona de la lista de lenguas disponibles