Hornet Buzz

January 24, 2021

Message from the Principal

Dear Hornet Nation,

We have a full week of virtual instruction, so students make sure that you are attending each of your google meets throughout the week. In this edition of the Hornet Buzz, pay attention to a new feature, Senior Spotlight, where we will highlight different students in the senior class. Parents make sure to send in your pictures and a short bio of your senior if you would like to be included. We hope to have enough submissions to include all seniors by the end of the school year. Check it out! Speaking of seniors, there is scholarship information under the career center section that may be of interest. Also of note, we are giving the PSAT test this Tuesday which means that all students NOT taking the test will be Asynchronous for the entire day. Have a great week and remember....

We Are....Great Mills!!!


Dr. Heibel

St. Mary’s County Public Schools will continue to deliver all instruction virtually at this time.

Monday, January 25

Students attend google meets Periods 1, 2, 7, 8 (Synchronous).

Students work independently Periods 3, 4, 5 (Asynchronous) This is a time for students to reach out to their teachers for help if they need it.

Tuesday, January 26

PSAT test will be given.

ALL students not taking the test will be Asynchronous for the day!

Wednesday, January 27

Students attend google meets Periods 1, 2, 7, 8 (Synchronous).

Students work independently Periods 3, 4, 5 (Asynchronous) This is a time for students to reach out to their teachers for help if they need it.

Thursday, January 28

Students attend google meets Periods 3, 4, 5 (Synchronous).

Students work independently Periods 1, 2, 7, 8 (Asynchronous) This is a time for students to reach out to their teachers for help if they need it.

Friday, January 29

Asynchronous day for all students. This is a time for students to complete all asynchronous assignments and to reach out to their teachers for help if they need it.

Senior Spotlight

We are starting a new section this week in the Buzz to honor this year's seniors. In order to participate in “Senior Spotlight”, parents can email a picture of their senior and a short biography (5o 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 Treat Giveaway a Success!

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped make the senior treat giveaway such a success! We will do it again on the 21st of next month.
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Parents of AP Course Students: 2021 AP Exam Ordering Information

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.

Career Center

Delegate Brian Crosby's 2021-2022 Scholarship.

The scholarship application is up and ready to accept applications. It can be found here.

Any seniors who lives in Md House District 29B. The scholarship application contains the link to look up the student's district.

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

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GMHS Media Center

The Hornet Library is now open for curbside pick-up on Fridays. Study guides, manga, novels, and nonfiction books are available for checkout. Please email Ms. Cole at pacole@smcps.org to arrange a remote checkout and curbside pick-up of library books. SAT and ASVAB Study Guides Available for Curbside Pick-up as well.

Login Info for GMHS Research Databases

There are three ways to access our research databases. The following screencast shows you where to find our databases and how to log in. If you have any questions, email Ms. Cole at pacole@smcps.org.


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Counselor Corner

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Shout Out to a GM Staff Member

Take a moment to thank a teacher or staff member! Use this form to show your appreciation for all that they are doing!

Excellence in Online Teaching.

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Writing Center Open for Assistance

The GMHS Writing Center will open for business on Friday, December 4th. Students can join our Google Meet with the nickname "gmhswrites" to benefit from conferences, workshops, and a supportive environment to work independently and collaborate with other students.

Employment Opportunities

Point Lookout State Park is currently recruiting for multiple seasonal contractual positions in St. Mary's County. Positions include Lifeguard, Seasonal Ranger, Seasonal Maintenance, Concessions Attendant, and Contact Station Attendant. Apply online at https://www.jobapscloud.com/MD/sup/bulpreview.asp?R1=21&R2=002292&R3=0013

PTSA Membership

Please consider joining the PTSA. Membership forms can be found on the GMHS PTSA page and new this year is the option to join using My School Bucks. 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