Teachers have started adding links on the Staff Listing page with the information given to each student to share with his/her parent during the first week of school. Teachers are using resources such as Turnitin and Moodle to remind students and parents of upcoming assignment due dates and students may be able to submit work for grading through one of the educational sites. Check the staff page or contact the teacher directly to find out if these options are available for your student.
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As a reminder, below are the procedural steps for enrolling in classes at CSM through the dual enrollment program.
Please contact your guidance counselor if you have any questions. Thank you.
- Meet with their high school counselor to discuss the dual enrollment option and get a Dual Enrollment form completed with proper signatures and evidence of a minimum GPA of a 2.5. We must have this form completed and signed before registration.
- Submit an Admissions Application online at
- Take the CSM placement test and score at the College Level or submit qualifying SAT or ACT scores (550 or higher in Critical Reading for the SAT, 21 or higher in English and Reading for the ACT). Students now have the opportunity to take the test twice a year.
Once the above three steps have been successfully completed students need to contact Latasha Baker to schedule an appointment to register for classes.
SMCPS Safety & Security held an assembly with 11th and 12th grade girls on April 9. Bill Mitchell spoke to students about his daughter. Here is the story from their website www.kristinskrusade.org:
In 2005, Bill and Michele Mitchell lost their only daughter Kristin, then 21, when her boyfriend stabbed her in a fit of rage three weeks after she graduated from Saint Joseph's University in Philadelphia.
Women ages 16 to 24 experience the highest rate of dating violence - almost three times the national average - according to the Bureau of Justice. "Domestic violence doesn't have a face or an age," says Bill Mitchell. "It can happen to anybody."
Since Kristin's death, the Kristin Mitchell Foundation has supported educational efforts that raise awareness about the dangers of abusive dating relationships. The Mitchells have also lobbied for a Maryland law that requires mandatory domestic violence education in middle and high schools.
From the website:
Often we are asked by parents to describe the warning signs of dating abuse. Parents want to know what they should be looking for, or how they can help their child who could be in an unhealthy relationship.
Control is a Common Theme
What has come to be called “control issues” is a common characteristic running through many unhealthy and abusive relationships.
Potential Warning Signs of an Abusive Relationship
The following potential warning signs could indicate a red flag for friends, parents or adult caregivers about the possibility of an unhealthy relationship:
- No longer wanting to spend time with his/her circle of friends
- Wearing the same clothing over and over
- Appearing distracted when spoken to
- Becoming isolated from family, friends, or activities the teen used to enjoy
- Constantly checking texts, gets extremely upset if asked to turn off phone
- Withdrawn, quieter than usual
- Angry, irritable when asked how they are doing
- Making excuses for their boyfriend/girlfriend
- Showering immediately after getting home
- Unexplained scratches or bruises
- Changing behavior to avoid fighting with the significant other
If any of the following potential warning signs seems familiar to you in your relationship, they could indicate the possibility of danger for you:
- History of legal or discipline problems
- Blames you for his/her anger
- Serious drug or alcohol use
- History of violence behavior
- Threatens others regularly
- Insults you or calls you names
- Trouble controlling feelings like anger
- Tells you what to wear, what to do or how to act
- Threatens or intimidates you in order to get their way
- Prevents you from spending time with your friends or family
The Trauma Society says anyone trying to get out should:
- Tell someone about the situation; never try to handle the situation alone
- If going out, always tell someone where he or she is going and when he or she anticipates being home
- Choose a safe route home from school/work and never walk alone
- If you feel unsafe or threatened, call 911
MSDE PARCC Testing
PARCC resources and information will be released daily via MSDE’s Facebook and Twitter feeds, and on MSDE’s new Prepare for PARCC webpage – just go to www.marylandpublicschools.org and click on the icon to access our best resources for parents, including a new video message from Dr. Lowery, .