Hornet Buzz

January 31, 2021

Message from the Principal

**There is a two-hour delay for tomorrow, February 1. The following is the virtual schedule for the day:

1st period--10:00-10:30 am synchronous

2nd period--10:35-11:05 am synchronous


7th period-1:10-1:55 synchronous

8th period-2:00-2:45 synchronous

Dear Hornet Nation,

This week's Hornet Buzz is full of a variety of important information that you need moving forward including dates for student's return to school. More information on the hybrid and virtual schedule will be available in the coming weeks. Just a reminder that if a student plans to change their original status on returning to school or staying virtual, you need to either contact the school's main office and or email the student's assistant principal. No need to contact the school if there no changes to the original request. Have a great week and remember...

We Are....Great Mills!!!


Dr. Heibel

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

Monday, February 1

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, February 2

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.

Wednesday, February 3

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, February 4

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, February 5

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.

Phased-In Return of Students for Hybrid Instruction

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More information on the Hybrid and Virtual schedule will be available in next week's Hornet Buzz.

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.

Hornet Life Hack: Setting Alarms

Helpful Information for Academics

Students~please make sure you are logging into all of their platforms through Clever. This cuts down on browser confusion and allows for the single-sign-on to work as designed.

Grades~Understanding how to access your grades on Schoology is a very important skill. Use the following resources from the SMCPS Student Schoology course to help you.

Parents~The Parent/Guardian Resources for Schoology contains information on how to view and access your Schoology portal. Below are a few highlights:

GMHS Media Center

English Workbook and Art Supplies Drive-Thru Pick-Up: February 4, 12:00-4:00

If your English class uses the white consumable workbook titled My Perspectives, it's time to get a copy of Volume 2. This includes all grade levels, 9-12.

Pick-up will be on Thursday, February 4 from 12:00-4:00. Stay in your car and drive-thru to the pick-up area in front of the main office entrance.

If you plan to return for in-person instruction, you may wait until you return to school to pick up your copy. The workbook is also available online through Clever.

If you have questions or concerns, your English teacher will be able to provide clarification.

In addition, Ms. Bowen and Ms. Miller's art students can pick up their second round of art supplies.

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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.

● 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 Form

● 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.

Elective guide is included with this letter.

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Don't worry if you missed the Virtual Tech Expo!

Students can log on to the FCTC site and scroll down to the Virtual TOUR. They can click on the button of the program they would like to explore to watch the video. Then, instead of a live meeting, they must complete a form showing they watched the video. This will record their "visit" Please encourage your students to do so!

Link to the Tech Center Virtual Tour: https://sites.google.com/smcps.org/fctc-tour/home

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Career Center

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

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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.

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