Hornet Buzz

October 17, 2021

Message from the Principal

Hornet Nation,

We are nearing the end of the first marking period on Friday, October 29. Please keep up the good work, get your missing assignments completed, and finish out this marking period as best as you can. Students should look to take advantage of the one lunch hour to meet with teachers about their grades and/or missing assignments. Don't wait until the last second!

We will be testing again this Tuesday, check out the information below. Let's have a great week and remember.....

We Are...Great Mills!


Dr. Heibel

Upcoming Events

State Testing Tuesday, October 19

All current 9th graders and students who were enrolled in Biology last school year will be taking the Science 8 or MISA assessment Tuesday morning (8:00-9:50). Students will be testing on the lower level of the building. Non Testing underclassmen will be upstairs in rooms and 12th graders will be in the Auditorium.

Lists will be posted in the usual locations but check with your teacher ahead of time for the exact location. Again, students must bring their SMCPS laptop for testing and make sure they have been shut down/charged. We will be operating on a 2 hour testing schedule for the last time on Tuesday with 1st period starting @ 10 am after testing finishes.

Picture Re-Takes/Make up day

Retakes for underclassmen portraits will take place on Friday, October 22nd in the auditorium. Students needing their portrait retaken should report to the auditorium during their English classes.

The final senior portrait retake sessions will be held on October 25th, 26th, and 27th from 3pm until 9pm in the lower level of the cafeteria. Students must schedule their sitting times in order to secure an appointment. The link to schedule can be found on the Great Mills website.

Home Sporting Events This Week

Monday: Volleyball vs. Westlake

Tuesday: Boy's Soccer vs. Leonardtown

Wednesday: Volleyball vs. Northern

Thursday: JV Football vs. Huntingtown

Friday: Girl's Soccer vs. Calvert

Senior Class Upcoming Events

Oct. 26th = Auditorium (Seniors Cap/Gown presentation during 2nd period)

Nov. 3rd and 4th = Cafeteria during One Lunch for turning in Graduation orders.

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AP Exam Payment Reminder

All AP Exam Registrations and Payments/$40 down payments are due by November 1, 2021. Avoid the $40 late fee, on top of each exam cost, by meeting this important deadline.

Students enrolled in an AP Class: AP Exam Deadlines, Registration, Ordering Information 2022


Students not enrolled in an AP Class, but want to take an exam: AP Exam ONLY Deadlines, Registration, Ordering Information 2022


Congratulations to the September gift card winners Rodney Lewis and Patrick Albright! Click the link in the MTSS corner for your chance to win in October.

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Make sure to contact the attendance secretary (Ms. Arteaga syarteaga@smcps.org) to update your absences, email your teachers, and log into Schoology regularly to complete all your missed assignments.


Students are reminded to bring their SMCPS laptops, charged and ready to go each day as part of their instructional day.

Technology and Resource Accountability:

All students in SMCPS are issued a device and print resources throughout the school year. Students are held liable for damage and loss for all of their SMCPS issued resources. Please take a moment to review the policy by clicking on the following link:

Student Device and Resource Accountability Document.

Meal Benefits Application

Even though lunch will be provided free to students this year, parents should still complete the meal benefits application as there may be other benefits/assistance available to students who qualify for free or reduced meals.

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Here Comes the Bus App

Click on this link for instructions on how to download the app

No Food Deliveries

Due to growing covid related concerns and the fact that the management of the demands on the main office is too great, we will not be accepting food deliveries of any kind this school year. In the event that a student forgets their lunch, every student is eligible for a free lunch. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Employment Opportunities

  • SMCPS has multiple positions available to support our students and staff, including full-time and part-time positions in various areas. Employment opportunities can be found on the SMCPS website: https://www.smcps.org/hr/employment-opportunities

  • The Abacus Corporation provides part-time/temporary positions to support SMCPS as well. Various positions are also available through the Abacus Corporation and can be found on their website: https://www.abacuscorporation.com/find-jobs

St. Mary's County Government

  • County Government has asked that we share this link to their press release asking for community input into the revisions of the St. Mary’s County Comprehensive Plan. According to the county, “results from the survey will provide ways to document shared goals and objectives and maintain and enhance the quality of life in St. Mary’s County for years to come.”

  • If possible, please share this link in your weekly newsletter to families. You can include the text above as an explanation:


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