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District Announcements
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.     
All-State Choir Selection!
Congratulations to South Side High School sophomore Alexandra Adams, for being selected to perform in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association’s All-State Choir.   Alexandra will be representing South Side Area along with the best vocalists from across the Commonwealth in Hershey this March 26-28.  Way to go Alex!  
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!
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!
High School Announcements
Rock Climbing Rocks!
Students in Phys Ed with Mr. McDougal and Mrs. Simpson enjoy rock climbing in the gym!

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 for the March issue of the monthly Principal's Report.
Romanticism Projects

In English class with Mr. Meyer recently, the assignment was to create something that shows the characteristics of the Romantic movement. Sophie Lyons connected items in her contemporary life that related to this 200 year old movement. She drew and colored them all and explained how they represent the traits of Romanticism. Alexis Caltrider put hers on a block of wood. She nailed a shape of a heart with string attaching the nails as a visual of the emotion that “connects” the themes of the movement. She also used pages as the “leaves” for her tree, showing that nature is a teacher.  Very impressive!
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!
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.
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.
Energy & Manufacturing Info
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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
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