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District Announcements
Donkey Basketball
WEDNESDAY, February 18, 2015 - HIGH SCHOOL GYM
The Junior Class is sponsoring the annual Donkey Basketball Game, which benefits the Junior Class Post Prom. This is a fun entertaining evening for families and the entire community!  A full Concession Stand will be available, so bring your family to dinner!  Doors for the Concession Stand will open at 6:00 pm.  Game time is 7:00 pm.  Advance Tickets - $6.00, Tickets at the door - $8.00, Donkey Basketball T-Shirts - $10.00.
District 5 High School Choir
On January 21st-23rd, Megan Pieto, Alexandra Adams and Megan Bothell all had the honor of rehearsing and performing with this year’s 2015 District 5 Choir under the direction of Dr. Christopher Kiver, director of numerous Penn State University Choirs.  Congratulations to all three of these students on their achievements and beautiful performance! 

In addition to this achievement, both Alex and Megan auditioned and were ranked within the top 6 chairs for their voice parts, thus earning them each a place at the Region Choir Festival which will take place at the end of February.  From there, they will again audition in the hopes of advancing to our 2015 Pennsylvania All- State Choir.  Bravo on an outstanding achievement, and we wish you luck as you prepare for the next performance and audition!    
Team South Side Rams participated in the Polar Plunge!
On Saturday, January 24th twelve staff members from the district came out to "plunge" into the Beaver River to help raise money for the Beaver County and PA Special Olympics.  Team members included Superintendent Tammy Adams, Assistant Superintendent Mike Lewis, Ann Marie Matthews, Mike Colligan, Laura Batchelor, Stacie Stonebraker, Theresa Riggs, Jen Shroads, Carrie Bodnar, Kim Zerance, Mike Lipnicky and Barrett Mergenthaoer.  This was South Side's second year in a row participating in the event that raised nearly $80,000 this year for the cause.  Thanks to all of those who donated, came out to support the team or participated in what was a quite chilly afternoon.
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!
SSMS hosts PAMLE Professional Development Institute
Congratulations to the South Side Middle School for hosting today's Pennsylvania Middle Level Education Professional Development Institute. With over 200 teachers in attendance and Mr. Jack Berckemeyer as the keynote speaker, it was a day full of energy and collaboration. South Side had several staff members presenting on topics such as student-led conferences and cross-curricular lessons to ALICE training for school safety. Today's theme...Living It, Loving It, Laughing About It! came to life throughout the building.
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)
High School Announcements
District Band
Recently, Ashley Heinlein and Ben Patosky participated in the PMEA District 5 Band Festival held at Greenville High School in Greenville, PA. They worked for 3 days with world renowned tubist and conductor of the River City Brass Band, Dr. James Gourlay.  These students did a great job of representing our community and the music program at our school.  Please congratulate them on their hard work and dedication if you have the chance!

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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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