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Cultural Exchange Program Visits Japan

A group of South Side High School ambassadors recently traveled to Osaka, Japan to visit with the students and families of Taishi and learn more about the Japanese school system.  This global partnership has been sustained for over fifteen years now through our Cultural Exchange Program.  Staff chaperones were Jeff Stinson, Sam Adams, Shawn North and Nancy Lucas.  Student ambassadors were Alexandra Adams, Landon Allison, Britney Chiccarello, Ashley Chiccarello, Kyle Maxwell, Meara Adams-Moots, and Suzanne Ries.  While all the ambassadors stayed with different host families, sometimes as far as 30 minutes apart, the group came together daily to visit local schools as well as cultural and historical landmarks.  The students cited their time spent with the host families and at the elementary school, as well as the sightseeing excursions as trip highlights.  There were mixed reviews on the food!  Overall, everyone had a wonderful time experiencing the Japanese culture and taking part in this wonderful opportunity.

The American Experience
In the fall of 2013, South Side embarked on a new class in its curriculum, The American Experience.  This class recognized the mirrored concept of literature and history and joined the Advanced Placement U.S. History course of study with the Advanced Placement English Language and Composition class.  Through a year-long block students embarked on a journey through American History that was supported by the great writings of our nation.  As students studied the pivotal events in our history; they also read the most iconic letters, journals, texts, and articles that captured the moments of grief, elation, and decision-making our country has faced. The instructors of The American Experience, Mr. Ochtun, Mr. McCoy, and Mrs. Stockdale, wanted to include a project that would reflect the learning the students had embraced during the course.  The students and instructors decided to create a mosaic entitled The Soul of America, Past and Present.  The mosaic is the product of student-generated themes and images the members of the class developed through journaling and group discussions.  The class was guided in the artistic process by Laura Jean McLaughlin, an Artist in Residence through the PA Council for the Arts and Gateway to the Arts. In the months of May and June, students built the mural mosaics out of tile, marbles, mirror, glass, paper, and stacks of Fiesta ware generously donated by Homer Laughlin China.  When HLC heard about the project, they were thrilled to be a part of the artwork and provided color-specific Fiesta ware for the project.  They are hoping to use the finished product in their future advertising.  The mosaics look fantastic and are now installed on the walls adjacent to the courtyard window in the commons area. 

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High School Announcements
Congratulations to the Class of 2014!

Top Ten

Congratulations to our Top Ten Graduates!  Valedictorian Ashley Knoerdel plans to attend W&J College for Biochemistry; Salutatorian Evan Bilsky will be enlisting in the US Merchant Marine Academy and studying marine engineering & transportation; 3rd Honor Student Melinda Cleary plans to major in education at Slippery Rock; Megan Wilt will attend Ohio University to major in chemistry; Autumn Schultz also will major in chemistry at Duquesne; Katherine Campbell plans to attend W&J to major in biochemistry and English; Amanda Grace will major in molecular biology and Spanish at Pitt; Racheal Trillow plans to attend Case Western Reserve University for mechanical engineering; Stephanie Hilliard will attend Kent State for speech pathology and audiology; and Michelle Klein also will attend W&J for biochemistry.
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