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District Announcements
District Campus and Track
The district campus and track reopens on March 1, 2015.  The community is welcome to utilize the district campus and track areas until 10:00p.m. each evening.
Spring Musical
Make plans to join us for this year’s high school musical – Pippin!
Show dates/times: March 13th at 7pm, March 14th at 7pm, March 15th at 2pm.
Ticket pricing: $8 for general admission. $6 for students/ senior citizens
Tickets can be purchased in the lobby each day of the performance, or in the office during school hours starting Monday, March 1st.
State Champs!
Congratulations to our Gold Division State Champion gymnastics team and to our Gold Division all around champion Hope Magusiak!!  Way to go girls!
School Calendar Survey
Dear South Side Parents, Guardians, and Staff:
The South Side Area School District is in the midst of planning the 2015-2016 school calendar; therefore, we are surveying district parents, guardians and staff.    
Please click here to complete the survey.   You may also visit the school to obtain a hard copy of the survey.  The survey window will close February 27, 2015.  
Thank you in advance for your assistance.  
Academic Games Success!
Recently, students competed in the World Events competition for Academic Games. The competition took place at Ambridge High School against many other Beaver County schools. Students are given very broad categories, and have to spend a great deal of time studying in preparation for the event.  Our results were fantastic!  In the elementary division, Lilly Shychuck received the highest overall score!  In the middle division, Sophia Velto received the highest overall score!  Never have we had two students win their division in the same competition!  Also qualifying with high scores were Ashley Chiccarello, Melissa Halstead and Ben Foringer in the high school division.  Other participating students were Jon Sadenwasser, Landon Allison, Emma Shychuck, Kristen Spencer, Reagan Halstead and Emily Martin.  Congrats to all these students, and great thanks to our Academic Games Sponsors, Mr. Sam McCoy and Mr. Chris Ochtun, for all their efforts in preparing these students for success!
Yearbook Sale!
Rambler Yearbook’s in-school sale will continue through the month of February. This will be the last time you may purchase a yearbook for $65. The price will increase to $75 starting March 1st. This is also the only time you may purchase with a check or cash. Also personalizations may not be made to your yearbook after this sale.

School yearbook Site: 

Yearbook Order Center
District 5 High School Choir
On January 21st-23rd, Megan Pieto, Alexandra Adams and Megan Bothell all had the honor of rehearsing and performing with this year’s 2015 District 5 Choir under the direction of Dr. Christopher Kiver, director of numerous Penn State University Choirs.  Congratulations to all three of these students on their achievements and beautiful performance! 

In addition to this achievement, both Alex and Megan auditioned and were ranked within the top 6 chairs for their voice parts, thus earning them each a place at the Region Choir Festival which will take place at the end of February.  From there, they will again audition in the hopes of advancing to our 2015 Pennsylvania All- State Choir.  Bravo on an outstanding achievement, and we wish you luck as you prepare for the next performance and audition!    
Wonderful Writing!
Congratulations to the following students, who have been awarded for their writing by the Scholastic Arts and Writing Competition (SAWC)!  Since our district does not belong to a specific SAWC region, our student work is sent to New York City to compete in a much larger pool of work.  To be awarded at this "region-at-large" level is really a wonderful accomplishment.  Award winners include:  Emily Anglemyer, SILVER KEY, Personal Essay/Memoir, Beautiful Mess; Kate Bangley, GOLD KEY, Personal Essay/Memoir, Weaboo; Ainsley Berringer, HONORABLE MENTION, Writing Portfolio, Happenstance; Ainsley Berringer, HONORABLE MENTION, Personal Essay/Memoir, The Summit; Ainsley Berringer, SILVER KEY, Poetry, Whirlwind; Ainsley Berringer, HONORABLE MENTION, Short Story, Original Sin; Sarah Cain, HONORABLE MENTION, Humor, Cheese Fries and Grease Paint; Garrett Cilli; HONORABLE MENTION, Critical Essay, On the Installment of the Supreme Court Justices; Melissa Halstead, HONORABLE MENTION, Humor, Welcome to the Jungle; Megan Pieto, HONORABLE MENTION, Poetry, /aNG(k)st/; Jordan Everly, GOLD KEY, Personal Essay/Memoir, The Worst for the Better.  Jordan and Kate will have their work move on to the National judging.  Silver and Gold Key recipients at that level are invited to Carnegie Hall in New York for their awards.  Way to go!
Dustin Lander Receives Baseball Scholarship
South Side senior baseball player, Dustin Lander, recently signed his National Letter of Intent to play Division 1 Baseball at Charleston Southern University located in Charleston, South Carolina.  Dustin had an outstanding junior year as he helped lead the Rams to the playoffs and was named the W.P.I.A.L "AA" Pitcher of the year.  Dustin was a perfect 8-0 on the mound and one of his victories was a no-hitter against Shady Side Academy in the first round of the W.P.I.A.L. Class AA playoffs. He had 78 strikeouts and also hit around .400 from his leadoff position.  Congratulations Dustin and good luck this spring and at Charleston Southern!
2014-2015 South Side Board of Directors
From left to right, Shelly Youree, Bob Tellish, Barb Dawson (board secretary), Joe Statler, Tammy Adams (Superintendent), Lynn Garner, Larry Smith, Ronald Garvey, Dr. Joe Iannetti, Carson Robbins
2014-2015 South Side Administrative Team
Sam Adams (MS Principal), Andrea Welch (PreK-Grade 2 Principal), Tony Paull (HS Principal),  Mike Lewis (Assistant Superintendent), Tim Strader (Grades 3-5 Principal)
High School Announcements
Morning Announcements
Want to know what's going on at SSHS?  Click here to keep up with all the latest school happenings by watching the SSHS Morning Announcements.  Recorded daily by our video production class, the announcements are also available by clicking the "Morning Anns." tab above.
SSHS Writing Guide
Need help with your research paper?  Are you stuck on that essay?  Looking to improve your writing skills?  Click here for the SSHS Writing Guide!
CCBC Aviation Academy Parents' Night
Cool Chemistry!
Mrs. Satler's chemistry class making ice cream as the culmination of a unit on colligative properties. This exemplifies freezing point depression. Cool!
Perfect Attendance!
Congratulations to these students for maintaining perfect attendance for the first semester!  They were treated to an ice cream social to recognize their accomplishment - yummy!
The American Experience
“The American Experience” is a year-long block course taught by Mr. Ochtun and Mr. McCoy as a combination of AP US History and AP English Language and Composition curricula.  The course explores our identity utilizing literature, history, language, music, and art through an interdisciplinary approach.  Last year the class created two giant 6’x9’ history and literature themed tile and glass mosaics (pictured) that hang in our commons area, and this year they have even more great stuff going on!  Check out their web page by clicking here.
Global Studies

Mrs. Allison's Honors Global Studies 10th grade class just wrapped up their first chapter of the new semester, on Europe.  They were challenged to create a model of the leaning tower of Pisa with its current lean.  The class watched two short videos on the history of the tower and the challenge of keeping it from falling.  They were provided written information, items to create a tower, and measuring instruments. Ms. Evans and Mrs. Miles provided mathematical support for the students and Ms. Evans checked their models for proper lean.  Mrs. Hess and Mr. Dulick also assisted with the materials.
What's Your STEM Type?

The fields of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) provide excellent career opportunities.  Different types of people can find a great variety of opportunities in STEM-related careers. What's your STEM type?  Click here to take the "STEM Type Quiz" and to access free STEM resources.
Scientific Studies
Mr. Cusato's Anatomy and Physiology class using microscopes to identify 21 specific tissue types in the human body.

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Checking Up on Grades

A reminder that parents/guardians of high school students should access the "MMS Parent Portal" to keep up with their students’ grades and attendance.  To access the portal, follow these easy steps:

  1. Click on “Resources and Email” on the left side of the main page.
  2. In the drop-down box that appears, click “Parent Resources”.
  3. Look for “School-Related Links” in the middle of the page and click “MMS Parent Portal”.
  4. Click where it says “click here to activate your account”.
  5. Enter the appropriate information.  You will need to know student ID numbers.
  6. A password will be e-mailed to the e-mail address you submitted to the high school office.  You will then be able to access the portal.
  7. If you experience any problems accessing the portal, please contact Mrs. Elliott at the high school main office, 724-573-9581.

Students can also access their grades in the "MMS Student Portal" by clicking on “Resources and Email” on the left side of the main page, then "Student Resources", and then following the appropriate login procedures.  Students experiencing difficulties with the login procedure should contact the MMS Administrator, Mrs. Hickman.

Educational Resources
Keep up with your studies by utilizing the following educational resources:

Visit for access to math lessons and tutorials.

Visit to search for book recommendations to sharpen your reading skills.

Visit for a wide variety of video tutorials in many different subjects.
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