Hornet Buzz

February 21, 2021

Message from the Principal

Dear Hornet Nation,

We will remain on the virtual schedule this week. Starting March 1, we will start the hybrid schedule which will change the way virtual students attend class. All virtual students will follow the B-day schedule, Tuesdays and Thursdays periods 1-8. This is a change that will allow both in-person and virtual students to remain at the same pace as one another as teachers work to balance teaching both learners. Full details on the new schedule are listed below in the section: Phase 3 Hybrid Schedule. Remember that this does not start until March 1. The virtual schedule for this week is presented below under each day of the week (no changes from last week). Have a great week Hornets, and remember...........

We Are....Great Mills!!!


Sincerely,

Dr. Heibel

Monday, February 22

Grades 9 & 12 in Group A (last name A-K) report to the building and follow their virtual schedule. Charge and bring your laptop.


*All other students work from home and follow their virtual schedule.


Virtual Schedule

Periods 1 & 2--Synchronous. (Login to Schoology and google meets)


Periods 3, 4, & 5--Asynchronous. (Login to Schoology, follow directions of teacher)


Check with 5th-period teacher for designated LUNCH (A, B, or C)


Periods 7 & 8--Synchronous. (Login to Schoology and google meets)

Tuesday, February 23

Grades 9 & 12 in Group B (last name L-Z) report to the building and follow their virtual schedule.

Charge and bring your laptop.


*All other students work from home and follow their virtual schedule.


Virtual Schedule

Periods 1 & 2--Asynchronous. (Login to Schoology, follow directions of teacher)


Periods 3, 4, & 5--Synchronous. (Login to Schoology and google meets)


Check with 5th-period teacher for designated Lunch (A, B, C)


Periods 7 & 8--Asynchronous. (Login to Schoology, follow directions of teacher)

Wednesday, February 24

Grades 9 & 12 in Group A (last name A-K) report to the building and follow their virtual schedule. Charge and bring your laptop.


*All other students work from home and follow their virtual schedule.


Virtual Schedule

Periods 1 & 2--Synchronous. (Login to Schoology and google meets)


Periods 3, 4, & 5--Asynchronous. (Login to Schoology, follow directions of teacher)


Check with 5th-period teacher for designated LUNCH (A, B, or C)


Periods 7 & 8--Synchronous. (Login to Schoology and google meets)

Thursday, February 25

Grades 9 & 12 in Group B (last name L-Z) report to the building and follow their virtual schedule.

Charge and bring your laptop.


*All other students work from home and follow their virtual schedule.


Virtual Schedule

Periods 1 & 2--Asynchronous. (Login to Schoology, follow directions of teacher)


Periods 3, 4, & 5--Synchronous. (Login to Schoology and google meets)


Check with 5th-period teacher for designated Lunch (A, B, C)


Periods 7 & 8--Asynchronous. (Login to Schoology, follow directions of teacher)

Friday, February 26

Students are Asynchronous for the day--time to complete assignments and make-up work or meet with teachers for assistance.

Printable Version of GMHS Phase 2 Schedule--Feb. 16-26

Phase 3: Hybrid Schedule Starting March 1

In-person students grades 9, 10, 11, 12 with the Last Name A-K--attend on A-day or Monday and Wednesday.


In-person students grades 9, 10, 11,12 with the Last Name L-Z--attend on B-day or Tuesday and Thursday.


Virtual students Grades 9, 10, 11, 12 will follow the B-day schedule or Tuesday and Thursday periods 1-8.



Click below for more information on the hybrid schedule:

Congratulations to the students named to the 2nd marking period Honor Roll. These students worked very hard to maintain a high standard of excellence! Congratulations, we are proud of you!

Honor Roll

Congratulations to the students named to the 2nd marking period Honor Roll. These students worked very hard to maintain a high standard of excellence! Congratulations, we are proud of you!

Black History Month

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WATCH: Amanda Gorman reads her poem, 'The Miracle of Morning'

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.

Senior Yearbook Quotes

Seniors! If you haven't already done so, please CLICK HERE to submit your senior quotes ASAP!

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.

The Counselor Corner

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:

https://sites.google.com/smcps.org/mental-wellness-ms-hs-students/home

● Do you know the credit requirements for

graduation?

● CREDITS=PROMOTION and GRADUATION!

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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Youth Mental Health and Wellness Webinar

The St. Mary’s County Health Department (SMCHD) will host a live webinar on February 25, 2021 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. to explore the topic of Youth Mental Health & Wellness. All community members are invited to participate in this free webinar to learn more about youth mental health as it relates to the COVID-19 pandemic, how to recognize and acknowledge signs of distress, prevention measures, interventions, and stress management activities to help parents support their children. Click on the link below for more information.

Youth Mental Health and Wellness Webinar

Career Center

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GMHS Idol

The winners for Idol are:


Morgan Huntt Saxophone Solo - 1st place

Autumn Shreve & Julia Nilsson Duet - 2nd place


Thanks to all who voted!

Pre-Med Club

Interested in the medical field? Thinking of working in healthcare?

Join Pre-Med Club!

We meet virtually after school every other Wednesday from 3:15pm-3:45pm.

Our next meeting is February 24th.

Use meet code: gmhspremed

Questions? Email Mrs. Estocsin: cjestocsin@smcps.org

Envirothon Team

Envirothon Team is looking for additional students to be alternates for the Maryland State Envirothon Competition in April. If you enjoy being outside and learning about nature, this club might be for you! Topics include wildlife, aquatics, soils, and forestry. We meet every other Wednesday from 3:15pm-3:45pm. Our next meeting is March 1.

Use meet code: gmhsenvirothon

Questions? Email Mrs. Estocsin: cjestocsin@smcps.org

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Run4acure

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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."

https://www.myschoolbucks.com/ver2/prdembd?ref=ZZHAD2XN2Q00TOS_ZZJYPZR8T40ROI3

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