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District Announcements
WPIAL Track & Field
Our student-athletes did a phenomenal job last night at the WPIAL championships! We could not be more proud of them and all they have worked for and accomplished this year!  South Side definitely represented!  4x800 WPIAL CHAMPIONS! (Colten Trimble, Jimmy Knoerdel, Zach Mueller, Quae Thompson), Hunter Cox 4th in the pole vault Zach Barth 7th in pole vault, Austin Siek 8th in 110m high hurdles, Colten Trimble 3rd in the 1600m breaking his school record again!  Jesse Romanchak 4th and Cole Campbell 5th in the 400m, 4x400 6th place (Romanchak, Cole Campbell, Mueller, Thompson), Jesse Romanchak 6th in triple jump, Zach Mueller 8th in 800m, and Colten Trimble 6th in 800m.  Way to go!!

Highmark Positive High School of the Year
South Side High School has again been selected as the Pittsburgh Positive Athlete Program’s Positive High School of the Year!  This makes 2 such awards in the last 3 years, and, as an added bonus, this time it will come with a $2,500 check from Highmark to the school's athletic department.  SSHS also had 3 students recognized:  Jimmy Knoerdel was awarded a $500 Boynton Positive Athlete scholarship as the winner of Most Positive Boys Cross Country Athlete, while Cody Campbell and Jesse Romanchak were each awarded $250 C. Harper Scholarships.  The awards were presented by former Pittsburgh Steelers wide receiver and Super Bowl MVP Hines Ward recently at the Heinz History Center in Pittsburgh.  Former Pittsburgh Pirates broadcaster Lanny Frattare served as the emcee.  Congrats to these awesome student-athletes and to SSHS! Visit for more info, and visit the high school Facebook page for more pics.
Marching Band
Mr. Sisler has opened sign-ups for the 2015-16 South Side Area Marching Band! Student musicians currently in grades 7-11, and student twirlers and color guard currently in grades 6-11 are eligible for this opportunity. Student musicians currently in grade 6 must have permission from Mr. Sisler to sign-up. If you have questions, feel free to contact Mr. Sisler at or phone extension x2425. There will be a meeting at 7:00pm on May 14th in the band room for more information! Please sign-up here (
Click here to learn about the 2015 FBLA State Competition.
FCCLA Stars Event Competition
Click here to learn about the FCCLA Stars Event Competition winner, Alex Yakoumas.  Click on the image to open and view it in a larger window.

Public Notice regarding the 2015-2016 School Calendar
The South Side Area School District has determined that the first day of school for the 2015-2016 school year will be Monday, August 31.     
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!
High School Announcements
Theater Class Play
Kudos to Mr. Meyer and his theater class for a great performance of "Belle of the Ball!"
CTC Perfect Attendance
CTC Perfect Attendance Breakfast. Congrats Richard Patton, Kennedy Eberhardt, Austin Jodikinos, and Caleb Tellish (not pictured) for achieving perfect attendance!

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for the May issue of the monthly Principal's report.
Track Triumph!
Congrats to our Boys Track Team - Undefeated Section Champs!!  Noteworthy accomplishments include the boys 4x800 relay (Jesse Romanchak, Colten Trimble, Jimmy Knoerdel and Zach Mueller) breaking the meet record and placing first at the Beaver County Championships, and Colten Trimble breaking the school record in the 800 meter (2:00)!  Way to Go!!
PSO Performance
Congratulations to senior Ashley Heinlein, who performed recently in a side-by-side concert with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at Heinz Hall. Ashley applied back in December for this opportunity and was selected to perform in March, attending weekly rehearsals since then and working with 1 other high school clarinetist and the professionals in the PSO for this truly a once in a lifetime opportunity! Our music students, under the fabulous direction of Mr. Sisler, continue to do extraordinary things outside of the school day!
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!
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.
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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.

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