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District Announcements
A Celebration for Pam (Cooney) Coladonato
Come join us for a celebration for Pam (Cooney) Coladonato, former teacher, musical director, choral director, colleague and friend to many members of our South Side community. It will be held on December 21 at 2:00 p.m. in South Side High School auditorium. Presentation will consist of musical selections, slide shows and personal stories to celebrate Pam's life and contributions.
AP Honor Roll
The College Board is pleased to share the exciting news that South Side High School has earned a position this year on the 5th Annual AP District Honor Roll!  The annual AP District Honor Roll recognizes districts for increasing access to Advanced Placement course work while maintaining or increasing the percentage of students earning scores of 3 or higher on AP Exams.  SSHS is one of only 9 high schools in southwestern PA, and only 41 (of 635) high schools state-wide to receive this very prestigious honor.
Honors Chorus

On Saturday, November 1st, Megan Pieto (12th Grade), and Alexandra Adams (10th Grade), performed as members of the 2014 Honors Chorus at Westminster College under the direction of Dr. Ryan Beeken, the Director of Choirs at Indiana University of Pennsylvania.  All of the students participated in very rigorous rehearsals and the concert that they gave was nothing less than outstanding and a complete reflection of their efforts and talent!  Bravo to our South Side stars!
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.
High School Announcements
Topography Models
Cool topography models in Ms. Stonebraker's Earth Science class!
FBLA Success!
Congratulations to senior Cheyenne Seik on placing first in the Region 13 FBLA competition for Agribusiness!  She competed against 17 other schools and placed first in her event.  She was responsible for studying over 49 competencies involved in having an Agricultural Business such as Economics, Finance and Accounting, Health, Safety, Environmental Management, Management Analysis, Decision Making, and Marketing, and completing an online exam.  She will now take part in the state competition in April!  Way to go!
Christmas Chemistry!
Students in Chemistry 2 utilized the reducing power of the aldehyde group on the dextrose molecule to reduce silver ions to silver for the purpose of silver plating test tube Christmas 'ornaments'. Students also calculated the mass of silver, moles of silver and volume of silver necessary to coat the inside of the test tube. Chemistry 2 is a College in the High School Chemistry course taught at SSHS by Mrs. Satler and affiliated with the University of Pittsburgh. All in all, it was another awesome day in chemistry land! 

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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.

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