Hornet Buzz

February 28, 2021

Message from the Principal

Dear Hornet Nation,

Welcome back to 10th and 11th graders who have decided to return to in-person instruction. After almost an entire year, it is GREAT to see you back in the building. Now that we have all grade levels in the building in some capacity, we are now entering into PHASE 3 and our new hybrid model. Please make sure to check out the schedule/information below. Reminder to our virtual learners, your schedules will be the most impacted with classes on Tuesday and Thursdays all day. You will be expected to log into your google meets and attend classes on time throughout the day. Set those alarms now! Also, for our returning students, we have created a one-stop-shop for all information related to returning to school in the link below. Make sure that you understand each of the items of information contained within the plan. Have a great week and remember.....

We Are....Great Mills!!!


Dr. Heibel

Return to School

For all information on the safe return to school

Monday, March 1

Grades 9, 10, 11, & 12 in Group A (last name A-K) report to the building and follow the hybrid schedule. Charge and bring your laptop.

Grades 9, 10, 11, & 12 in Group B (last name L-Z) are asynchronous for the day.

Virtual students are asynchronous for the day.

Tuesday, March 2

Grades 9, 10, 11, & 12 in Group B (last name L-Z) report to the building and follow the hybrid schedule. Charge and bring your laptop.

All virtual students are to follow the hybrid schedule, logging into google meets during periods 1-8.

Grades 9, 10, 11, & 12 in Group A (last name A-K) are asynchronous for the day.

Wednesday, March 3

Grades 9, 10, 11, & 12 in Group A (last name A-K) report to the building and follow the hybrid schedule. Charge and bring your laptop.

Grades 9, 10, 11, & 12 in Group B (last name L-Z) are asynchronous for the day.

Virtual students are asynchronous for the day.

Thursday, March 4

Grades 9, 10, 11, & 12 in Group B (last name L-Z) report to the building and follow the hybrid schedule. Charge and bring your laptop.

All virtual students are to follow the hybrid schedule, logging into google meets during periods 1-8.

Grades 9, 10, 11, & 12 in Group A (last name A-K) are asynchronous for the day.

Friday, March 5

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

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:

FAQ for A Day Students
FAQ for B Day Students
FAQ for Virtual Students

Black History Month

National African American Read-In

This past week, GMHS participated in the national African American Read-In. The event was part of a national educational initiative to incorporate literacy activities into Black History Month. Fifteen guest readers from the community and school read works written by African Americans to students in host classrooms. In all, sixty-seven classrooms were visited in two days. Thank you to all who participated as readers or as host teachers.

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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.

Great Mills Gives Back

In memory of the tragic event of March 20 when the local community came together in support of our school, Great Mills will have a month of service to honor those who helped us during that difficult time. In an effort to give back to the community, Great Mills High School is collecting donations to benefit our local homeless shelter. If you are able, please consider clicking on the links below to support the cause.



Underclassmen Portraits March 15-18

Underclassmen Portraits have been rescheduled for the week of March 15th. All students will be going to the Media Center during their English classes UNLESS they have English during first or second period; those students will have their pictures taken during lunch. Students will be scheduled as follows:

  • Monday: Cohort A students in 9th and 10th grades.
  • Tuesday: Cohort B students in 9th and 10th grades.
  • Wednesday: Cohort A students in 11th grade.
  • Thursday: Cohort B students in 11th grade.

Students who have chosen to remain virtual will have the opportunity to come after school on any of those days between 3:30 and 5:30.

If you are not able to make any of these dates, we will have a make-up day in the coming weeks.

Senior Yearbook Quotes

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

Fall Sports Competition Procedures for Parents and Spectators

Friday, March 5, 2021 begins the competition season for fall sports. Everyone is very excited and ready to see the student-athletes compete. Due to the restrictions and safety protocols still in place from the COVID-19 pandemic, spectators will be limited to two parents or guardians of the participating student-athlete. Anyone who is not a parent or guardian of the participating student-athlete, and who does not appear on the approved spectator list, will not be granted admittance to the event. If you have questions regarding this or any of the following information please contact the Athletic Director.

Required spectator precautions to help slow the spread of COVID-19:

  • Stay at home if you are sick
  • All spectators must wear a mask at all events at all times
  • All spectators must practice social distancing in the stands and across all school grounds
  • Everyone is encouraged to wash their hands regularly or bring their own hand sanitizer
  • Avoid high touch surfaces

Game day procedures for spectators:

  • Spectators will be charged admission of $5.00 per game/match. We will be accepting cash at the ticket booth. It is highly recommended that you bring the exact dollar amount to limit the need to make change
  • Our stands/bleachers will be marked off to account for social distancing. Please only sit in the identified areas.
  • Where applicable, stands will be cleared of spectators between events if there are two games played back to back on the same field/court
  • Spectators are expected to exit the stadium or gym promptly after the event is over
  • Concession stands will be available. Food and drink products will be limited to individually wrapped or pre-packaged items
  • Spectators maybe asked to leave the event if they fail to adhere to these requirements

These requirements are subject to modification at any time based on local and state guidance. St. Mary’s County Public Schools (SMCPS) reserves the right to close these events to all spectators.

We will continue to monitor local and state health and safety guidelines and restrictions and will make decisions accordingly. We thank you for your support, and with your help, we can ensure the opportunity we have been provided to engage our student-athletes in education-based athletics continues.

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:


● 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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Mental Health and Well Being Resouces

Senior, Kaitlyn Sokoloff, recently completed her Girl Scout Gold Award project by creating a website as a resource on mental health during Covid. Check it out and thank you, Kaitlyn, for providing such a valuable resource for our school community.


Career Center

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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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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

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