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District Announcements

South Side has been fortunate enough to have one of our student-athletes, Cheyenne Seik, selected as Western Pennsylvania’s Most Positive Athlete in the Sport of Volleyball!  If you see Cheyenne, please congratulate her! 

Positive Athlete Pittsburgh, led by former Steelers great Hines Ward, is a movement by high-character athletes in Western Pennsylvania to promote the benefits of “positivity” to young athletes. These athletes believe it is crucial to begin shaping the futures of young athletes for life skills beyond athletic competition.  Seven Definitions of a Positive Athlete: Optimistic Attitude, Encouraging Teammate, Servant Leader, Heart for Others, Admits Imperfections, Always Gives 100%, Puts Team First.

The district thanks you all for your support of this program.


The annual SSHS Golf Team Scramble is set for Saturday, May 24th, at Ponderosa Golf Course.  CLICK HERE for the flyer containing all the information you need to tee it up!  In addition, the golf teams are looking for hole sponsors and prize donations.  Please contact one of the golf coaches listed on the flyer if you are interested in sponsoring a hole or donating prizes for this worthy cause.

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

Children's Festival Chorus of Pittsburgh

Congratulations to Alexandra Adams for recently performing in New York City at Carnegie Hall.  Alex was selected to perform in the National Festival Chorus alongside 39 other vocalists from the Children’s Festival Chorus of Duquesne University, Pittsburgh.  While in New York City, the chorus rehearsed with the Manhattan Concert Production and renowned conductor, Henry Leck.  To learn more about the Children’s Festival Chorus visit

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.

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.

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.

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.

Kean Quest Talent Search

Congratulations to SSHS ninth grader, Alexandra Adams, who was a top finalist in the Pittsburgh Kean Quest Vocal Competition yesterday in Gibsonia.  Alex will advance to the Kean semi-finals competition on Sunday, March 30.  Congratulations Alex!”  

The Kean Quest Competition benefits St. Barnabas Health System.  To learn more, visit

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

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