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District Announcements
Musical
Tickets are now available in the main office for this year’s musical production --- The Wizard of Oz!  Show dates are Feb 25, 26, 27th at 7:00pm and Feb 28th at 2:00pm. $6 for students and seniors and $8 for general attendance.  See you there!
The Mobile Dentist is coming to South Side

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 20% of kids between the ages of two and 19 have cavities that have not been treated.

On Monday, March 7, 2016, the Smile PA Dental Program will be here at the South Side Area School District.  Enrollment forms were sent home with your elementary school child. If you did not receive one, you can pick one up in the health office.  Forms for middle or high school students can be picked up in the school nurse’s office or the main office.To take advantage of this convenient opportunity and have your child see the dentist at school, please fill out and sign the enrollment form and return it to school with your child no later than February 5, 2016. See this link for more information:  http://www.mobiledentists.com/.

 
Energy & Advanced Manufacturing Forum






























Interested in learning more about the energy and advanced manufacturing industries?  The Beaver County Energy & Advanced Manufacturing Partnership presents a Spring Parent & Student Forum to be held on Tuesday, March 15th from 5:30pm-8:00pm at Community College of Beaver County.  Here is the link for parents and students to register for the event:
http://energyampartnership.com/spring-2016-parent-student-forum-registration
The school district with the most parents in attendance will receive a donation to their district to be used to further programs surrounding the fields of Energy & Advanced Manufacturing or STEM initiatives! 
US Army War College Assembly























In collaboration with the United States Army War College, South Side High School hosted a panel discussion recently on Global Strategies and U.S. National Security. Senior officers representing the United States military briefed students and fielded questions on various national security issues and discussed how the U.S. is addressing these concerns. Students and faculty from other local area districts such as Hopewell, Western Beaver, Rochester, and Central Valley were also in attendance. What an incredible opportunity for these students to gain such valuable real-world insight on such important global issues!
SSSD 'Data and Donuts' Presentations
In case you were not able to join us for 'Data and Donuts', please click on each presentation below.  Contact the respective principal for questions or further clarifications.
High School Presentation: click here
Middle School Presentation: click here
Elementary School Presentation: click here
Upcoming Post Prom Activities
Dress Sale February 6, 2016 from 11:00am-3:00pm at Hookstown Free Methodist Church.
 
Donkey Basketball:  February 16, 2016.  Doors open at 6:00pm, game starts at 7:00pm.  Tickets are $6.00 in advance, $8.00 at door.
Academic Award
Congratulations to Mrs. Stockdale, winner of a $2,500 Academic Award from California Casualty Insurance Company!  National surveys find educators spend an average of $500 each year of their own funds to prepare their classrooms, with many spending much more. Recognizing the effect of tight school budgets, the California Casualty Academic Award was created in 2012 to help instructors purchase classroom supplies, materials and fund projects.  Mrs. Stockdale applied for the award several months ago, but was unsure of the outcome until she was presented with a big giant check at the faculty meeting – what a nice surprise!
Laptop Insurance is now available
Students in grades 6-12 can now purchase insurance for their laptop that will allow them to take the device home.  This is the second year that the district has partnered with the Worth Ave Group to add coverage to the devices if parents decide to do so.  Please note, this is optional and is only required if students would like to have the ability to take the device home.  The cost to fully insure the device is $62 and checks are made payable to the South Side Area School District.  Students and parents are required to sign off on the District-Owned Devices handbook which is available in the MS/HS office prior to insurance being offered.  If you have any questions about the insurance coverage or process, please contact Mike Lewis, Assistant Superintendent at 724-573-9581, ext. 2612.  Thank you.
Free and Reduced Meal Application
Attached find the 'Free and Reduced Meal Application' for the 2015-2016 school year.  Consider applying now for the benefits as it will be ready to go for the start of the school year.  Remember you must reapply every year.  Please contact the Food Service Department at 724-573-9581 ext. 2636 with questions.
 
Positive Athlete Nominations
POSITIVE ATHLETE PITTSBURGH NOMINATIONS ARE NOW OPEN:  Last year over 700 nominations came in from high schools and communities all over Western PA, and over $30,000 in scholarships was awarded.  Several of our students were recognized and awarded last year, along with our school for Most Positive High School!  The nomination window is open until March 30th at this link: http://pittsburgh.positiveathlete.org/nominations/ .  Let’s continue to recognize our awesome high school student-athletes by submitting nominations for this great program!
High School Announcements
District Chorus Success!
Congrats to juniors Alexandra Adams and Ben Patosky for their success at district choir --- both will be advancing to regional choir in March!! 
National College Fair
As our PASS (Preparing All Students for Success) Program continues to grow and evolve, 44 juniors attended the National College Fair recently at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh. More than 250 schools from 35 states were there to provide valuable and timely post-secondary information. This was our first trip to the annual convention as part of the PASS Program!


Click here
for the February issue of the monthly Principal's Report.
District Band Festival































Congrats to Elle Farber (Grade 10 – Flute) and Joseph Field (Grade 12 – Baritone Saxophone) for representing our school this past weekend at the PMEA District Band Festival at New Castle Jr/Sr. High School.  Both students spent the past month and a half working on challenging pieces that required all the students in the ensemble, from Beaver, Butler, Mercer and Lawrence Counties, to be well-prepared for three days of music making. The students worked with Dr. William Stowman, Chair of the Department of Music at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, PA.
Hockey All-Star!
Congratulations to senior Mark Richardson, who has been named for the second straight year to the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Hockey League Division 2 All-Star Team!  Although SSHS does not have our own hockey team, our students are able to play via a co-op agreement with OLSH.  Way to go Mark!
Creative Writing
Students in Mrs. Fulciniti’s creative writing class are working with one of Ms. Whitecotton’s fourth grade reading classes to come up with ideas for a children’s book. The 4th grade class reviewed story elements and created a story line with characters, conflict, plot, and design ideas, then met to discuss the ideas with the high school class. The high school students will now take the ideas from their group and create a story, complete with illustrations done by our high school art classes. They eventually hope to “publish,” in hard copy form, the books and return to the elementary to have “story” time with the 4th grade class!​Fulciniti’s creative writing class are working with one of Ms. Whitecotton’s fourth grade reading classes to come up with ideas for a children’s book. The 4th grade class reviewed story elements and created a story line with characters, conflict, plot, and design ideas, then met to discuss the ideas with the high school class. The high school students will now take the ideas from their group and create a story, complete with illustrations done by our high school art classes. They eventually hope to “publish,” in hard copy form, the books and return to the elementary to have “story” time with the 4th grade class!


Partners for Public Education




Partners for Public Education provides an opportunity for all Pennsylvanians to partner and communicate in support of Pennsylvania’s public schools and advocate for students in every community.  Click here for more information.
Pitt Softball Slugger!
Congratulations to senior Connor McGaffic on her recent signing to play softball next season at the University of Pittsburgh!
Manifest Destiny
The American Experience, a joint AP US History and AP Language class at SSHS, has paired with Gateway to the Arts over the last two years to incorporate high-quality, curriculum-based projects into the course for the benefit of our students and beautification of our school.  In the spring of 2015 the class created an art piece, pictured here, entitled Manifest Destiny.  This art installation, which was made using wood burning techniques, follows the march of progress westward and explores the tipping points that define each region’s identity.  Short, evocative phrases engage the viewer without explaining the images.  This process, of grappling with quotes and symbols, is designed to elicit a personal response from the audience.  The piece is now proudly displayed in the 300 hallway as a testament to the power of imagination, shared vision, and collaborative effort.




Click here
for the Top 10 moments at South Side High School 2014-15.
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.
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