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District Announcements
Energy & Advanced Manufacturing Forum






























Interested in learning more about the energy and advanced manufacturing industries?  The Beaver County Energy & Advanced Manufacturing Partnership presents a Spring Parent & Student Forum to be held on Tuesday, March 15th from 5:30pm-8:00pm at Community College of Beaver County.  Here is the link for parents and students to register for the event:
http://energyampartnership.com/spring-2016-parent-student-forum-registration
The school district with the most parents in attendance will receive a donation to their district to be used to further programs surrounding the fields of Energy & Advanced Manufacturing or STEM initiatives! 
US Army War College Assembly























In collaboration with the United States Army War College, South Side High School hosted a panel discussion recently on Global Strategies and U.S. National Security. Senior officers representing the United States military briefed students and fielded questions on various national security issues and discussed how the U.S. is addressing these concerns. Students and faculty from other local area districts such as Hopewell, Western Beaver, Rochester, and Central Valley were also in attendance. What an incredible opportunity for these students to gain such valuable real-world insight on such important global issues!
The Mobile Dentist is coming to South Side

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 20% of kids between the ages of two and 19 have cavities that have not been treated.

On Monday, March 7, 2016, the Smile PA Dental Program will be here at the South Side Area School District.  Enrollment forms were sent home with your elementary school child. If you did not receive one, you can pick one up in the health office.  Forms for middle or high school students can be picked up in the school nurse’s office or the main office.To take advantage of this convenient opportunity and have your child see the dentist at school, please fill out and sign the enrollment form and return it to school with your child no later than February 5, 2016. See this link for more information:  http://www.mobiledentists.com/.

 
Anti-Bullying Program
On February 5th, the South Side Education Association is sponsoring “The Josh and Gab Anti Bullying Program.”   Josh and Gab are local comedians who perform an “unforgettable high-energy musical-comedy” with a “focus on an anti-bullying message.”  They will perform three shows for each of the buildings during the day. 

Here is a bit more form the Josh and Gab website:

“The team has been featured on PBS and CBS television for their efforts, received both "40 Under 40" and "Best In The Burgh" awards from Pittsburgh Magazine, gained airplay on WXPN and WYEP radio, and have directly engaged over 100,000 elementary and middle-school students in the course of their travels. Josh and Gab are now the stars of their own television show, The Josh and Gab Show, presented by the Marcus L. Ruscitto Charitable Foundation, and look forward to visiting a school or community location near you in 2015!”  

For more information and videos of their past performances, please visit: http://www.joshandgab.com/
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Upcoming Post Prom Activities
Dress Sale February 6, 2016 from 11:00am-3:00pm at Hookstown Free Methodist Church.
 
Donkey Basketball:  February 16, 2016.  Doors open at 6:00pm, game starts at 7:00pm.  Tickets are $6.00 in advance, $8.00 at door.
SSSD 'Data and Donuts' Presentations
In case you were not able to join us for 'Data and Donuts', please click on each presentation below.  Contact the respective principal for questions or further clarifications.
High School Presentation: click here
Middle School Presentation: click here
Elementary School Presentation: click here
Academic Award
Congratulations to Mrs. Stockdale, winner of a $2,500 Academic Award from California Casualty Insurance Company!  National surveys find educators spend an average of $500 each year of their own funds to prepare their classrooms, with many spending much more. Recognizing the effect of tight school budgets, the California Casualty Academic Award was created in 2012 to help instructors purchase classroom supplies, materials and fund projects.  Mrs. Stockdale applied for the award several months ago, but was unsure of the outcome until she was presented with a big giant check at the faculty meeting – what a nice surprise!
Musical
Cast and crew are hard at work on this year’s musical production --- The Wizard of Oz!  Show dates are Feb 25, 26, 27th at 7:00pm and Feb 28th at 2:00pm.  Tickets will be available soon; $6 for students and seniors and $8 for general attendance.  Save the date!
Track closure for winter
The community is welcome to utilize the district campus and track area until 10:00 pm each evening; however, please be advised that from November 2 – February 29 the campus will be closed in the evenings due to potential inclement weather. 
South Side Post Prom
Click here to view the upcoming events to support the South Side Post Prom.  
Laptop Insurance is now available
Students in grades 6-12 can now purchase insurance for their laptop that will allow them to take the device home.  This is the second year that the district has partnered with the Worth Ave Group to add coverage to the devices if parents decide to do so.  Please note, this is optional and is only required if students would like to have the ability to take the device home.  The cost to fully insure the device is $62 and checks are made payable to the South Side Area School District.  Students and parents are required to sign off on the District-Owned Devices handbook which is available in the MS/HS office prior to insurance being offered.  If you have any questions about the insurance coverage or process, please contact Mike Lewis, Assistant Superintendent at 724-573-9581, ext. 2612.  Thank you.
Free and Reduced Meal Application
Attached find the 'Free and Reduced Meal Application' for the 2015-2016 school year.  Consider applying now for the benefits as it will be ready to go for the start of the school year.  Remember you must reapply every year.  Please contact the Food Service Department at 724-573-9581 ext. 2636 with questions.
 
Positive Athlete Nominations
POSITIVE ATHLETE PITTSBURGH NOMINATIONS ARE NOW OPEN:  Last year over 700 nominations came in from high schools and communities all over Western PA, and over $30,000 in scholarships was awarded.  Several of our students were recognized and awarded last year, along with our school for Most Positive High School!  The nomination window is open until March 30th at this link: http://pittsburgh.positiveathlete.org/nominations/ .  Let’s continue to recognize our awesome high school student-athletes by submitting nominations for this great program!
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