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District Announcements
South Side Grad Rachel Hilliard Earns U-Mass Athlete of the Week Honors!

Congratulations to South Side Grad Rachel Hilliard, class of 2011, was named UMass Co-Athlete of the Week for the second time this fall after winning All-New England cross country honors this past weekend.  Click on the link for the article.  
Additionally,Rachel will be competing in the Atlantic 10 Cross Country Championships at Pittsburgh’s Schenley Park on November 1. The women’s race is at 10 AM. The rest of the details can be found here:   Race details
Since she’s a senior, this will be Rachel’s last collegiate cross country race.Therefore, if you want to see her compete for the conference championship – or if you just want to come out and experience a fun NCAA event – please feel free to drop by.
Financial Aid Night

FINANCIAL AID NIGHT - Tuesday October 28th from 6:30-8 in the library. Open to all - very useful post-secondary financial aid info to be shared! Seniors and their parents/guardians are strongly encouraged to attend.

Honors Chorus Success

Senior, Megan Pieto, and Sophomore, Alexandra Adams joined several hundred students this past Thursday, October 2nd, for a vigorous audition in the hopes of being selected as a member of the 2014 PMEA District 5 Honors Chorus.  Both students excelled during this audition with Megan placing 4th chair out of more than 70 students competing on the Soprano 1 voice part, and Alexandra placing 2nd chair out of more than 50 students competing on the Alto 2 voice part.  Additionally, as both students scored within the top 4 chairs for their voice parts, they will automatically advance to District Chorus which will take place in January.  Both students will rehearse with the Honors Chorus under the direction of Dr. Ryan Beeken, Director of Choirs at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and will perform a concert on Saturday, November 1st at Westminster College at 2PM in the Orr Auditorium.  Tickets will be sold at the door.  Bravo, Megan and Alexandra for your exceptional achievement!  Break a leg!
Class of 2015 Clothing Order

Click here to view the Class of 2015 Clothing Order form.  Please contact Mrs. Batchelor or Mr. Travelpiece with any questions.
Congratulations to Commended Scholar Melissa Halstead!
South Side School District is pleased to announce that Melissa Halstead been named a Commended Scholar in the 2015 National Merit Scholarship program.  About 34,000 commended students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise.  Commended students placed among the top 5 percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the scholarship program by taking the preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship qualifying test.
In addition to being a Commended Scholar, Melissa was named a 2014-2015 Scholar through the National Hispanic Recognition Program. Each year, the NHRP honors about 5,000 of the highest-scoring students from over 250,000 Hispanic/Latino juniors who take the PSAT/NMSQT.  Congratulations Melissa on your wonderful work!
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)
MS and HS students can take their laptops home this year.
For the 2013-2014 school year, students in grades 6-12 now have the option to take home their school-issued laptop.  To do so, the district's Acceptable Use Policy must be signed as well as the 1:1 device handbook.  In addition, insurance for the device must be purchased through the Worth Ave Group.  The cost is $59 for the year with no deductible.  This covers the device 24 hours a day, 7 days a week regardless of whether or not it is in school, on the bus, or at home.  The insurance is mandatory ONLY if you would like your child to have the ability to take his/her device home.  Insurance forms are available in the MS/HS office.  Parents do not need to contact the Worth Ave Group directly.  If you have a laptop, desktop or some type of tablet at home and you do not wish to have your child bring his/her laptop home, that is fine as well.  This is being offered as an affordable option for those students who may not have the ability to access a device from home any other way.  Thank you.
The 2014 Rambler yearbooks have arrived!
The 2014 Rambler yearbooks have arrived! 2014 graduates may pick up their yearbook after school from 2:30-3 or by contacting Ms. Fulciniti @ Please give 24 hours advance notice to have your yearbook left in the office for pick up the following day. 10th, 11th and 12th graders may pick up their yearbooks during lunches. Extra copies of the 2014 yearbook are available - please contact Ms. Fulciniti for more information. 

2015 Rambler yearbooks will be on sale starting October 6. Please visit the yearbook fusion page for ordering information and specials. 
ALS Challenge
Watch the video below to see the South Side Schools staff and students participate in the ALS Ice bucket Challenge!

Follow South Side PTO on FB!

Please join our SS PTO on Facebook.  Join HERE.
High School Announcements
Roadside Cleanup
The SSHS Golf Team took to the streets recently to pick up trash along Route 18 and Route 30.  Thanks to Coach Pascarella and Jeff Seik for organizing this outstanding team building exercise with such a great cause for our community.  Great thanks to all who helped as well:  Ed Campbell, Matt Ware, Mike Polky, Sophie Lyons, Rich Mitchell, Kyle Campbell, Judy Campbell, Noah Turek, Scott Lyons, Brittney Chiccarello, Jeff Jones, Adelaide McDonald, Amanda Avery, Cindy Polky, Kaydence Polky, Casey Jones, Therese Avery, and Mrs. Ware.
AP Psychology Perception Project
The AP Psychology class recently completed a unique and interesting perception project.  Click here for the details!

Click here
for the October issue of the monthly Principal's Report.
Soccer Success!

Congratulations to the girls soccer team for their first section win EVER --- a 3-1 victory over OLSH!
Energy & Manufacturing Info
Looking for information about careers in Energy and Advanced Manufacturing?  Visit
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Homework Help

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for homework help sites.

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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