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Rockville Centre students, some as young as middle schoolers, are experimenting with electronic cigarette use, or vaping, and the district wants to stay ahead of the national trend by educating students about this harmful habit.

Principal Shelagh McGinn said that education is the key with e-cigarettes, and that vaping is often falsely presented as a positive alternative to smoking. “There’s a stigma attached to smoking, but there’s not a stigma yet attached to vaping,” she said, “and I think that’s where students who want to engage in something risky might, and do.”

Below are photographs taking during the physical education classes at the middle school last week. Students were given information about what vaping is and how it is harmful to the body. 

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For more information about the Vaping Education going on in the RVCSD Click Here for the Herald News Article

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John Hopkins Talented Youth Testing Info

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Participating in CTY’s Talent Search is an achievement in itself. Receiving a qualifying score can earn your bright young learner an invitation to one of our recognition ceremonies or the opportunity to enroll in our engaging summer and online programs.

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Meet Our New Assistant Principle! 

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Michael Duggan is honored and excited to join South Side Middle School as assistant principal.  Mr. Duggan comes to us from the NYC Department of education where he was a high school assistant principal for the past four years as well as a middle school and high school science teacher since 2004. 


This is Mr. Duggan’s second career after spending a few years as a marine biologist and researcher in the USVI.  Mr. Duggan grew up in Breezy Point and now lives in Massapequa with his wife, three kids and dog.

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Challenge Day 2019



Challenge Day

 South Side Middle School is proud to announce our annual Challenge Day event.  Challenge Day, running September 24th – 26th, is a social emotional program that engages our 8th grade students to make positive, supporting and help-seeking behaviors.  The tradition inspires children to make real connections and to be part of the positive forces in our schools and community.

As part of the program, students and staff are challenged to step out of their comfort zones, open their hearts, and build connections with others.  Trained Challenge Day leaders guide participants through a carefully designed series of games, activities, and trust-building exercises that break down the walls of separation and create new levels of empathy and respect.

Now in its 11th year at South Side Middle School, the event is organized by Principal Shelagh McGinn and Assistant Principals Jen Pascarella and Mike Duggan.  With the tireless assistance and cooperation of the entire school staff, Challenge Day continues to provide the venue for our 8th graders to pause and reflect with peers in a new, enlightened way.

This program is supported by our PTA and school district, furthering our commitment to promoting a positive school climate, where all children are celebrated and supported.

9/11  Day of Remembrance at SSMS

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Patriot Day on September 11th honors the memory of the nearly 3,000 people who were killed in the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Each year, in the United States the day is dedicated to remembering those who died as well as those who risked their own lives to save others.  You can get involved and observe Patriot Day by helping an organization that has meaning to you. Improve the lives of others and the world around you. Spread kindness. Offer the hope and skills you have to others who need it most.

(Thank you, the history club and social studies department)

On September 11th, South Side Middle School will remember 9-11 through the promotion of service.   In Social Studies, students will be learning about historical aspects of the events of 9-11.  In all other subjects, classroom lessons will be driven by inquiry-based learning that promotes student-initiated action and service.

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