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District Announcements
Spring Break 2014 reminder:
April 17-21 Spring Break, NO SCHOOL; April 22, Snow Makeup Day, SCHOOL OPEN

Scholastic Art and Writing Awards

The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards began as a small writing contest with a $5 prize and six winning applicants in 1923. Today, more than 90,000 teens in grades 7 through 12 from around the nation annually submit more than 185,000 works of art and writing in 28 categories. Winning students earn opportunities for recognition, exhibition, publication and scholarships.

 This year four of South Side's students were recognized by this very prestigious organization.  Junior Garrett Cilli, a past award winning participant was named a regional Gold Key winner for his short story, The Gift. His story, A Week in Paradise received a regional Honorable Mention.  Senior Katie Campbell received Silver Key Awards for two short stories and her senior writing portfolio.  In addition, her short story, A Lonely Soul in a Sea of People, received a regional Honorable Mention.  Junior Xavier Zomnir also received a regional Honorable Mention for his short story, The Crypt

Jordan Everly, a first-time participant in seventh grade, won a regional Silver Key Award for her short story, The Fortune Cookie Said.  Congratulations to all of our budding, award-winning writers.

Boys Basketball Camp
The South Side Boys basketball team is having a summer camp on June 16-19, 2014.  The cost of the four day camp is $60. It has been designed for boys ages 8-14. The camp will focus on individual skills such as dribbling, shooting, passing and defense. Campers will also learn how to be a positive teammate and learn to play as one. The camp will be held at the gyms, and playground (weather permitting) on the South Side Area Cam-pus.  The summer is the time to improve your skills and fundamentals!  While meeting new friends and having fun at SSHS Boys Basketball Camp, you will receive coaching that will make you a better player and teammate.  Hope to see you there!  If you have any questions please email Coach Bob Harrison at

CLICK HERE to open up the 2014 SSHS Boys Basketball Summer Camp brochure.
2014 Girls Basketball Camp

The South Side Girls Basketball coaching staff is offering a girls basketball day camp for girls entering 3rd through 8th grade.  The camp will be held at the South Side Gym and will be from Monday, June 23rd through Friday, June 27th.

Click here for more information on the basketball camp.

SAT Testing

SAT preparation will begin Monday April 7 at 7:00 a.m.  It will continue Monday through Thursday mornings at 7:00 until the SAT test in May.  Remember April 4 is the deadline for the May 3 SAT test.  Please see Mrs. Stockdale if you have any questions.

Hall of Fame

     The South Side Area School District Hall of Fame recognizes alumni, community members, and employees of the South Side Area School District who have either realized outstanding accomplishments in their career or who have been involved with invaluable contributions to the community or school district.  Nomination forms can be submitted by anyone at any time, and are found on the school’s website by clicking on "Hall of Fame" to the left, or by visiting any of our school offices. Nominations to be considered for the Hall of Fame Class of 2014 must be submitted by 4/30/2014.  Completed nomination forms can be e-mailed to Mr. Anthony Paull, Hall of Fame Committee Chairman, at  Forms may also be turned in at any of our school offices or mailed to Mr. Paull at South Side High School, 4949 State Route 151, Hookstown, Pennsylvania, 15050.
     The Hall of Fame has inducted 35 members since its inception in 2006.  With achievements in a wide variety of fields such as business, the military, arts, athletics, medical, law enforcement, education, and politics, our inductees are proudly displayed in the high school lobby, honored at our yearly induction banquet, and serve as an inspiration to us all on a daily basis.  Please consider submitting a nomination so that we may carry on this proud tradition and continue to provide inspiration for our students in the recognition of these real-world heroes.  If you have any questions about the Hall of Fame or submitting a nomination, please feel free to contact Mr. Paull at any time at 724-573-9851, extension 2603, or at the e-mail address listed above.

Bob Johnson Character Award

Walt Riggs was recently awarded the Badger Bob Johnson Character Award through the PIHL Hockey organization.  Given annually to the PIHL players who embody the spirit of the optimistic catch phrase “It’s a Great Day for Hockey,” the Badger Bob Johnson Award represents the highest acclamation that high school hockey players in this region can garner.  Only the most outstanding individuals in the categories of leadership, character, and positive attitude as a member of their team and community are considered for this prestigious distinction.  Congratulations Walt.

NHS Induction Ceremony

South Side High School recently held its annual National Honor Society (NHS) Induction Ceremony with the induction of 23 new members.  The NHS is the nation's premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students. More than just an honor roll, NHS serves to honor those students who have demonstrated excellence in the areas of Scholarship, Leadership, Service, and Character.  These characteristics have been associated with membership in the organization since its inception in 1921.  Chapter membership not only recognizes students for their accomplishments, but challenges them to develop further through active involvement in school activities and community service.  Congratulations to all our new members!  Click here to see the program.

Purchase a copy of the Senior Class Photo
Contact Ms. Fulciniti @ or stop in the office to purchase a copy of the senior class photo from Newbrough Photo.
South Side Polar Plunge Team
 On behalf of our Plunge Team and the Special Olympics, We would like to again thank you for your support in our effort to raise money for the Special Olympics.  Although we do not have an "official" total, our team contributed nearly $1,200 towards the $50,000+ that was raised.  Online donations will continue for the next two weeks.  We are already planning to have more SS staff participate next year, ask those who joined us on Saturday, it was a great event.

An Important Message For Our District Families and Community Members
We, here in the South Side Area School District, have chosen education and children as our life’s work.  We constantly strive to make things better for the students and families of the South Side Area School District.  With that, in the aftermath of the school tragedy in Connecticut, it is important to remind you that the South Side Area School District annually reviews and revises its Emergency Operations Plan.  A copy of this plan is also provided to the state police as part of the Memorandum of Understanding with the state police.  Building leaders and staff members regularly revisit this plan and enforce security measures during school hours and extracurricular activities.  Additionally, we have a certified Safety and Security Committee that meets on a monthly basis. 

Please know that just as you are concerned about the safety of your children, we are as well.  We must partner collaboratively and together protect, support, guide and care for them every moment of their lives.  We are completely committed to providing a safe environment for our students, your children. They are our utmost priority.

Thank you,
Ms. Tammy Adams, Superintendent

High School Announcements
Homework Help

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for some new and interesting homework help sites.

Cool School Apps

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for some cool school apps.
Phantastic Photosynthesis!

Students learn about photosynthesis in Mrs. Bodnar's biology class.

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for the April issue of the monthly Principal's Report.
Course Registration Time!

Following approval of the SSHS Program of Studies at the March school board meeting, registration meetings have been taking place for students in grades 8-11 as they look to schedule their classes for next year.  These meetings are very informative and beneficial for the students by facilitating a greater understanding a variety of important topics related to our curriculum, scheduling, and graduation requirements.  Also, for the first time ever, these meetings were followed by course selection input sessions conducted entirely online (pictured).  Led by our School Counselor, Mr. LaRue, these sessions allowed students to use their laptops to enter their course selections.  Great thanks to Mr. LaRue for facilitating this new and improved process!  If you have any questions about the scheduling process, please contact our School Counselor's office at any time.

Parent Resources

Channing Bete Company offers several outstanding parent resources for student success.  Click here for more information.
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.

Visit for a wide variety of video tutorials in many different subjects.

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