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Student Clubs

Students have the opportunity to join and lead student clubs based on their interests, with guidance from a faculty advisor.

Academian (Yearbook) The Academian records, photographs, and documents the happenings of the year through the production of a full color yearbook with the special purpose of honoring the senior class. Faculty advisor Ms. Batchelar.

ACS Chem Club Faculty advisor Mr. Landreth.

ACT/SAT Prep Faculty advisor Dr. Hoffman.

Amnesty International Amnesty International is among the foremost human rights organization in the world. The SSA chapter of Amnesty International exists to spotlight injustice at home and abroad and provide opportunities, mainly in the form of letter-writing campaigns, for students to help give hope to the hopeless and a voice to those who have been silenced in their struggle for justice, dignity and human freedom. Faculty advisor Mr. Weiss

Angles Angles is Shady Side’s nonfiction magazine, featuring student memoir, essays and poetry in an end-of-year publication. Faculty advisor Ms. Garvey.

Asian Student Union The purpose of ASU is to ultimately cultivate the livelihood of different Asian cultures through culinary experiences, music, arts, literature and pop dances. Faculty advisor Ms. Hallgren.

Black Student Union The goal of BSU is to empower black voices by fostering and supporting individuals in a safe environment for the discussion of issues facing the black community in SSA, Pittsburgh and the country. Faculty advisor Mr. Driver.

Chess Club The Chess Club allows students to build their lateral and strategic thinking through playing chess. The club hosts intra-Shady Side tournaments as well as compete in inter-school tournaments in the broader Pittsburgh community. Faculty advisor Mr. Proulx.

Chiapas To learn about the Tzotil-Maya community in Chiapas, Mexico, and fundraise so that more of its children have the possibility of continuing in their elementary and secondary education. Faculty advisor Dr. McGreevy-Morales.

Chinese Club To promote Chinese language and culture. Faculty advisor Mr. Lamb.

Christian Fellowship A place for Christians and those curious about Christianity to come and converse about faith and religion, and how they play out in our daily lives. It’s an open place for open minds. Faculty advisors Mr. Haytock and Mr. Nevola.

Community Builders Faculty advisors Ms. Lau and Mr. Runnette.

Desi Club The Indian Student Union, whose main goal is to raise awareness of their cultural values at Shady Side by celebrating certain holidays, raising money for different Indian charities and more. Faculty advisor Ms. McCool.

Diversity Leadership Council To develop programming and promote discussion about issues and concerns related to students of various racial, ethnic, socio-economic, gendered and sexual orientation backgrounds. Faculty advisor Ms. Boehm.

Egerian To create an online literary magazine by soliciting, choosing and editing submissions from throughout the school, creating an engaging design and building a website. Faculty advisor Ms. Joseph.

Entrepreneurship and Finance Club To discuss various aspects of personal finance and actively manage an investment fund of over $25,000. Faculty advisor Mr. Giuntini.

Environmental Club To spread awareness of the environmental concerns for the world through videos, in school activities and out-of-school service projects. Faculty advisor Ms. Powers.

Eye to Eye A nationwide organization that joins together students who have different types of learning disabilities. The goal of the organization is for students to come together and discuss their experiences, good and bad, that they endure due to their LD. The second component to the club is one-on-one upperclassman mentoring to help students with an LD build their confidence.

Fill the Shelves To collect food and raise money for the shelves of Catholic Charities, supplying food to the poor. Faculty advisor Mrs. Krauland.

Film/Video Production Faculty advisor Mr. Deal '06.

FilmMakers Faculty advisor Mr. Goodwin.

Flag Club To teach and uphold the traditions associated with the flag; to raise money to support causes for veterans. Faculty advisor Mr. Szlachetka.

French Club To promote the knowledge and excitement about French culture outside of class with viewings of French media and out-of-school trips to French restaurants. Faculty advisor Dr. McGreevy-Morales and Ms. Schneider.

Friendship Circle Mentor Club Faculty advisor Mr. Hendershot.

Gargoyle Society and Theater Club To provide both on and off stage opportunities for students to experience firsthand what it is like to be part of a theatrical production. Faculty advisor Mr. Davidheiser and Ms. Hardy-Bingham.

Gay-Straight Alliance To create an environment in which GBLT students and faculty can feel safe and to promote acceptance and knowledge. Faculty advisors Ms. Kovach and Ms. Myers.

German Club To teach and celebrate the history and cultures of Germany, Austria and Switzerland. Faculty advisor Ms. Burgard.

Guitar Club The Guitar Club strives to share their knowledge as guitar players and help others learn to play the guitar. Faculty advisor Mr. Coyne.

Hillman Volunteer Ushers To form a proud corps of volunteers who support the arts by assisting the patrons at the Hillman Center for the Performing Arts. Faculty advisor Ms. Rubin.

History Club

Hockey Helps To provide disadvantaged and disabled children the opportunity to play ice hockey and to undertake other hockey related volunteer opportunities such as equipment drives. Faculty advisor Mr. Johnson.

Jewish Student Union Faculty advisor Mr. Weiss.

Junior Statesmen of America Faculty advisors Ms. McCool and Mr. Smith.

Latin Club To explore Latin culture through games and out-of-class activities. Faculty advisor Ms. Belles.

Library Associates The aim of Library Associates is to promote the joys of reading, as well as the wonderful library on campus. The library hosts annual holiday parties, book clubs and National Library Week, while also preparing a team for the Carnegie Library’s Battle of the Books. Faculty advisor Ms. Myers.

Math Team To compete against other local schools in regular mathematics competitions. Faculty advisor Dr. Hoffman.

Meals on Wheels Faculty advisor Ms. Ament.

Miracle Baseball Club Raise money and support the Southwestern PA Miracle League through fundraisers and hold an annual fall clinic at the Miracle League Field in Cranberry to benefit children with disabilities. Faculty advisor Mr. Miller.

Mock Trial To gain experience in a professional field while still in high school, and also to increase public speaking and argument-building skills. We participate in the statewide mock trial competition of the Pa. Bar Association. Faculty advisor Mr. Coyne.

Model U.N. To prepare students for Model U.N. conferences, in which the working of the United Nations is replicated. We participate in three conferences a year. Faculty advisor Mr. Solomon.

Open Studio Faculty advisor Ms. Zentgraf.

Performing Arts Club To spread the performing arts around the SSA community. Faculty advisor Dr. Brill.

Portfolio Art Club To nurture a strong personal interest in the visual arts. Faculty advisor Mr. Goodwin.

Pre-Med Club By reaching out to as many people in the medical field as possible, the goal is to expose the student body to what a career in, or pertaining to, health care has to offer. Faculty advisor Ms. Hayes-Rowan.

Quiz Bowl Team To compete in local and regional tournaments and prepare for general knowledge trivia. Faculty advisor Ms. Fani.

Robotics Club To work on robotic projects and robotic competitions, including the U.S. First Robotics Competition. Faculty advisor Mr. Wizzard.

Runners for the Cure Faculty advisor Mr. Colt.

Science Olympiad To prepare for Science Olympiad tournaments consisting of 23 science, technology and engineering events. We attend four or five tournaments a year. Faculty advisors Ms. Hayes-Rowan and Mr. Martens.

Service Learning To work to make our world a better place through service. Faculty advisor Ms. Ament. Visit the Service Learning page to learn more.

Ski Club Faculty advisor Mr. Proulx.

Spanish Club To enrich students' understanding of Hispanic culture. Students visit local Hispanic restaurants, celebrate Hispanic holidays and fundraise. Faculty advisor Ms. Alvarez.

Speech & Debate Team To learn, practice and compete in tournaments locally, statewide and nationally. Students learn to speak in front of audiences, to compose and deliver their own speeches and/or argue on both sides of a current event topic. Faculty advisor Ms. Krauland.

Shady Side News An in-house publication written by and for the Senior School student body as a venue for reporting school news, creative features and student opinions. Faculty advisor Ms. Joseph.

SSA Farm The SSA Farm is a large plot of land on the far fields. The farm grows crops for sale at the Fox Chapel Farmers Market and for use in the dining hall. Faculty advisor Mr. Nussbaum Wagler. Learn more about the SSA Farm.

Student Council Student government. Faculty advisor Mr. Elkins.

Technical Theater Faculty advisor Mr. Davidheiser.

Teens Teach Tech Faculty advisor Mr. Wizzard.

Untucked Untucked’s mission is to support local and international charities while providing a fun-filled community event. The goal for members of Untucked is to forge a lasting relationship with and raise awareness of the charitable organization of their choosing. Faculty advisors Ms. Burgard, Ms. Kovach, Mr. Proulx and Ms. Rubin. Learn more about Untucked.

World Quest To promote global knowledge by participating in an annual world trivia competition with 60 other high schools. Faculty advisor Mr. Colt.

Writing Center A peer tutoring center staffed by student scribes. Our motto is: We make better writers, not just better papers. Faculty advisor Ms. Garvey.

Youth Humanist Faculty advisor Mr. Giuntini.

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