Newly Enrolled Families

Welcome to Shady Side Academy! We are excited to help you begin planning for the fall and look forward to working with you and your child for years to come. This page is updated throughout the spring and summer so please check back periodically.

Country Day School

Welcome to Country Day School!

Krissy McGoran

On behalf of the faculty and staff, I welcome you to SSA Country Day School! We look forward to joining you as your child begins an educational journey of academic achievement, unparallelled experiences in the arts and sciences, and creating memories and friendships that last a lifetime. In order to begin that journey together, we ask that you review the information below to prepare for the school year. Please contact me at 412-963-1277 or kmcgoran@shadysideacademy.org with any questions.

Krissy McGoran, Country Day School Director of Admission


Important Dates

Monday, May 21
TADS Online Student Account Information Sent

Saturday, June 2
Summer Reading Book Fair at Waterworks Barnes & Noble

Early July
Parent Portal Login Information Mailed

Wednesday, Aug. 1
Family Information Update Forms Due

Monday, Aug. 27
New Parent Meeting and Open House

Tuesday, Aug. 28
Academy Opening Day (PK/K noon dismissal)

Wednesday, Aug. 29, 12:30-1:15 p.m.
JPK Popsicle Playdate

Thursday, Aug. 30, 11:15 a.m. - Noon
SPK Popsicle Playdate

Thursday, Aug. 30
Back to School Picnic

Friday, Aug. 31, 12:30-1:15 p.m.
K Popsicle Playdate

Thursday, Sept. 13
Hopes and Dreams Conferences - No Classes

Important Documents

Transportation Services

Transportation services to SSA take two forms:

  1. publicly funded school district buses
  2. privately contracted by the school

These services make it possible for SSA families to be served from diverse locations in Allegheny, Butler, Washington and Westmoreland counties.

Transportation Services

Summer Reading & Math Assignments

Online Accounts & Billing

SSA Website
The SSA website has private "portals" for parents and students accessible only by login. New parents will receive a letter with their portal login credentials in early July.

TADS
Student billing is handled online through TADS’ secure website. New families will receive an email from the Business Office in late May with instructions to set up a TADS account, which includes:

  • Tuition
  • Books and supplies
  • Activity fees
  • Parents' Association dues and fees
  • Overdue fees

MyPaymentsPlus
Meals are purchased using MyPaymentsPlus, which has an online portal and iOS app. New families will receive a letter from the Business Office in August with instructions to set up a meal plan account for each student through MPP.

Camp Brain
Camp Brain is the online registration system used by SSA summer and after-school programs. Parents can set up a CampBrain account if and when they register for these optional programs.

Family Information Update Forms

The annual Family Information Update process allows families submit necessary forms online for the upcoming school year. New parents received their SSA website logins via email on June 27 with instructions on how to log in to the SSA website to complete the two-step process. All forms are due Aug. 1.

  1. Family Profile Update Form – This online form collects biographical and contact information for parents and students, plus weather and emergency contact numbers.
  2. Magnus Health Medical & Athletic Forms - This secure online system enables parents to complete and submit required medical and athletic forms online.

Parent Volunteer Forms

PA law requires parents to complete these forms prior to volunteering at school functions. There are two types of volunteers:
  1. Limited contact volunteer (parents helping at events with faculty present)
  2. Substantial contact volunteer (parents alone with students with NO faculty present)

Please complete the appropriate form prior to volunteering and submit to:

  • Country Day School: Brenda Hafner, front desk
  • Junior School: Megan Vrcic, front desk
  • Middle School: Kristan Fisher, front desk
  • Senior School: Donna Ponzi (scan and email forms)

Junior School

Welcome to the Junior School!

Maggie MarquetteThe entire faculty joins me in welcoming you to the Junior School. We look forward to partnering with you in making your child’s years here at Shady Side Academy memorable ones. Please read and review the information below, as it is important for the start of school. Feel free to contact me should you need clarifications on any of the procedures noted below at 412-473-4402 or mmarquette@shadysideacademy.org.

Maggie Marquette, Junior School Director of Admission


Important Dates

Monday, May 21
TADS Online Student Account Information Sent

Saturday, June 2
Summer Reading Book Fair at Waterworks Barnes & Noble

Early July
Parent Portal Login Information Mailed

Wednesday, Aug. 1
Family Information Update Forms Due

Sunday, Aug. 19
PK/K Ice Cream Social

Monday, Aug. 27
PK-5 New Student Orientation (all PK & K students must attend)

Tuesday, Aug. 28
Academy Opening Day, Noon Dismissal for PK & K

Thursday, Sept. 6
Parents’ Night

Thursday, Sept. 13
Hopes & Dreams Conferences - No Classes

Important Documents

Transportation Services

Transportation services to SSA take two forms:

  1. publicly funded school district buses
  2. privately contracted by the school

These services make it possible for SSA families to be served from diverse locations in Allegheny, Butler, Washington and Westmoreland counties.

Transportation Services

Summer Reading & Math Assignments

June 2 Barnes & Noble Book Fair Flyer

Please download the packets that corresponds to your child's grade in the fall.

First Grade
Summer Reading
Math Packet

Second Grade
Summer Reading
Math Packet and Answers

Third Grade
Summer Reading
Math Packet and Answers

Fourth Grade
Summer Reading
Math Packet and Answers

Fifth Grade
Summer Reading
Math Packet and Answers

Online Accounts & Billing

SSA Website
The SSA website has private "portals" for parents and students accessible only by login. New parents will receive a letter with their portal login credentials in early July.

TADS
Student billing is handled online through TADS’ secure website. New families will receive an email from the Business Office in late May with instructions to set up a TADS account, which includes:

  • Tuition
  • Books and supplies
  • Activity fees
  • Parents' Association dues and fees
  • Overdue fees

MyPaymentsPlus
Meals are purchased using MyPaymentsPlus, which has an online portal and iOS app. New families will receive a letter from the Business Office in August with instructions to set up a meal plan account for each student through MPP.

Camp Brain
Camp Brain is the online registration system used by SSA summer and after-school programs. Parents can set up a CampBrain account if and when they register for these optional programs.

Family Information Update Forms

The annual Family Information Update process allows families submit necessary forms online for the upcoming school year. New parents received their SSA website logins via email on June 27 with instructions on how to log in to the SSA website to complete the two-step process. All forms are due Aug. 1.

  1. Family Profile Update Form – This online form collects biographical and contact information for parents and students, plus weather and emergency contact numbers.
  2. Magnus Health Medical & Athletic Forms - This secure online system enables parents to complete and submit required medical and athletic forms online.

Parent Volunteer Forms

PA law requires parents to complete these forms prior to volunteering at school functions. There are two types of volunteers:
  1. Limited contact volunteer (parents helping at events with faculty present)
  2. Substantial contact volunteer (parents alone with students with NO faculty present)

Please complete the appropriate form prior to volunteering and submit to:

  • Country Day School: Brenda Hafner, front desk
  • Junior School: Megan Vrcic, front desk
  • Middle School: Kristan Fisher, front desk
  • Senior School: Donna Ponzi (scan and email forms)

Middle School

Welcome to the Middle School!

Jeff Gross

The entire faculty joins me in welcoming you to the Middle School. We look forward to partnering with you in making your child’s years here at Shady Side Academy memorable ones. Please read and review the information below, as it is important for the start of school. Feel free to contact me should you need clarifications on any of the procedures at 412-968-3155 or jgross@shadysideacademy.org.

Jeff Gross, Middle School Director of Admission


Important Dates

Tuesday, May 15
Athletic & Activity Sign-up Opens

Monday, May 21
TADS Online Student Account Information Sent

Saturday, June 2
Summer Reading Book Fair at Waterworks Barnes & Noble

Monday, June 11
Language and Music Course Selections Due

Tuesday, June 12
Athletic & Activity Selections Due

Early July
Parent Portal Login Information Mailed

Wednesday, Aug. 1
Family Information Update Due

Monday, Aug. 20
Meeting for New Parents

Saturday, Aug. 25
Sixth Grade Ice Cream Social

Monday, Aug. 27
New Student Orientation (mailing with details sent in mid-August)

Tuesday, Aug. 28
Opening Day for All Students; School Picture Day

Important Documents

Final Transcript Release Form

Please download and send the Transcript Release Form to your child’s current school to request that a final transcript, complete with final grades for this year, be sent to SSA. These transcripts will become part of your child’s permanent record at the Middle School and are required to begin classes.

Course Selection & Placement

Questions: Mr. John Curry, Assistant Head of School, 412-968-3154

Language
Language Selection Letter
Language Selection Online Form (rising 7th grade students only) - due June 11

Math
Math Placement Information for Newly Enrolled Sixth Grade Students

Music
Music Selection Letter
Music Selection Online Form - due June 11

Athletic & Activity Selections

Summer Reading & Math Assignments

Online Accounts & Billing

SSA Website
The SSA website has private "portals" for parents and students accessible only by login. New parents will receive a letter with their portal login credentials in early July.

TADS
Student billing is handled online through TADS’ secure website. New families will receive an email from the Business Office in late May with instructions to set up a TADS account, which includes:

  • Tuition
  • Books and supplies
  • Activity fees
  • Parents' Association dues and fees
  • Overdue fees

MyPaymentsPlus
Meals are purchased using MyPaymentsPlus, which has an online portal and iOS app. New families will receive a letter from the Business Office in August with instructions to set up a meal plan account for each student through MPP.

Camp Brain
Camp Brain is the online registration system used by SSA summer and after-school programs. Parents can set up a CampBrain account if and when they register for these optional programs.

Transportation Services

Transportation services to SSA take two forms:

  1. publicly funded school district buses
  2. privately contracted by the school

These services make it possible for Shady Side families to be served from diverse locations in Allegheny, Butler, Washington and Westmoreland counties.

Transportation Services
6 p.m. East End Bus Schedule

Family Information Update Forms

The annual Family Information Update process allows families submit necessary forms online for the upcoming school year. New parents received their SSA website logins via email on June 27 with instructions on how to log in to the SSA website to complete the two-step process. All forms are due Aug. 1.

  1. Family Profile Update Form – This online form collects biographical and contact information for parents and students, plus weather and emergency contact numbers.
  2. Magnus Health Medical & Athletic Forms - This secure online system enables parents to complete and submit required medical and athletic forms online.

Parent Volunteer Forms

PA law requires parents to complete these forms prior to volunteering at school functions. There are two types of volunteers:
  1. Limited contact volunteer (parents helping at events with faculty present)
  2. Substantial contact volunteer (parents alone with students with NO faculty present)

Please complete the appropriate form prior to volunteering and submit to:

  • Country Day School: Brenda Hafner, front desk
  • Junior School: Megan Vrcic, front desk
  • Middle School: Kristan Fisher, front desk
  • Senior School: Donna Ponzi (scan and email forms)

Summer Garden Volunteers

Volunteer to help take care of the Middle School garden in the summer.
Garden Volunteer Sign-Up Form

Middle School Preseason Athletics

Three Middle School fall sports have preseason practices prior to the first day of school:

GRADE 7/8 COED SOCCER

Location: Middle School Snyder Field
Dates: Thursday 8/16; Friday 8/17; Monday 8/20; Tuesday 8/21
Times: 9:30 a.m.–Noon
Contact: Coach Paul Bodnarchuk, pbodnarchuk@shadysideacademy.org
Please email the coach if you did not receive an email with specific information about preseason.

GRADE 7/8 BOYS FOOTBALL

Location: SSA Senior School Turf/Gymnasium
Dates: Monday 8/20 through Thursday 8/23
Times: 6-8 p.m.*
*On Monday 8/20 the team will meet at 5 p.m. in Hunt Hall on the Senior School campus for concussion testing before practice. Hunt Hall is the first building on the left at the stop sign on the Senior School campus. All other days, practice runs from 6-8 p.m.
Contact: Coach Joel DeBaldo, jdebaldo@yahoo.com
Please email the coach if you did not receive an email with specific information about preseason.

GIRLS FIELD HOCKEY

Location: Squaw Run Field
Dates: Friday 8/17, Tuesday 8/21
Times: 5-7 p.m.
Squaw Run Field is about 1/4-mile down Squaw Run Road East from the Middle School entrance. Look for a large gravel parking lot and the field is just below that.
Contact: Coach Betsy Gorse, egorse@shadysideacademy.org
Please email the coach if you did not receive an email with specific information about preseason.

All other Middle School fall athletics and activities will meet on the first day of school:

COED CROSS COUNTRY
Coach Andrea Cespedes, acespedes@shadysideacademy.org

GRADE 6 COED SOCCER
Coach Matt Brunner, mbrunner@shadysideacademy.org

GRADE 6 BOYS INSTRUCTIONAL FOOTBALL
TBA

COED INTRAMURALS
TBA

DRAMA: FALL PLAY
Mrs. Camille Macrae, cmacrae@shadysideacademy.org

STUDIO ART
Mrs. Leslie Bodnarchuk, lbodnarchuk@shadysideacademy.org

Senior School

Welcome to the Senior School!

Bob Grandizio

The entire faculty joins me in welcoming you to the Senior School. We look forward to partnering with you in making your child’s years here at Shady Side Academy memorable ones. Please read and review the information below, as it is important for the start of school. At this point, you and your child will be making a conscious shift from the admissions office to the Senior School administrative offices. You should direct any academic or scheduling questions to Kaycee Sewchok, registar, at 412-968-3133. Of course, I urge you not to forget about us in the Admissions Office and always feel free to contact me any time at 412-968-3080 or rgrandizio@shadysideacademy.org.

Bob Grandizio '91, Senior School Director of Admission


Important Dates

Monday, May 21
TADS Online Student Account Information Sent

Saturday, June 2
Summer Reading Book Fair at Waterworks Barnes & Noble

Early July
Parent Portal Login Information Mailed

Monday, July 2
Final Transcripts Due

Wednesday, Aug. 1
Online Bookstore Opens (free shipping through Aug. 14)

Wednesday, Aug. 1
Family Information Update Due

Monday, Aug. 13
Pre-Season Athletics Begin

Sunday, Aug. 26
New Boarders Move In

Sunday, Aug. 26
New Parents Night

Monday, Aug. 27
New Student Orientation (no busing)

Tuesday, Aug. 28
Academy Opening Day, Convocation (Formal Dress)

Final Transcript Release

Due: July 2
Your child’s final transcript from his or her current school, complete with final grades for this year, should be sent to SSA by July 2.

Final Transcript Release Form

Important Documents

Academy Calendar

Senior School Calendar (bookmark this page and check back often!)

Senior School Dress Code 18-19

Senior School Opening Days Information
Answers many questions you may have about the start of school and student life at the Senior School.

Residential Life & Boarding

Summer Reading & Language Assignments

Course Registration

Online Accounts & Billing

SSA Website
The SSA website has private "portals" for parents and students accessible only by login. New parents will receive a letter with their portal login credentials in early July.

TADS
Student billing is handled online through TADS’ secure website. New families will receive an email from the Business Office in late May with instructions to set up a TADS account, which includes:

  • Tuition
  • Books and supplies
  • Activity fees
  • Parents' Association dues and fees
  • Overdue fees

MyPaymentsPlus
Meals are purchased using MyPaymentsPlus, which has an online portal and iOS app. New families will receive a letter from the Business Office in August with instructions to set up a meal plan account for each student through MPP.

Camp Brain
Camp Brain is the online registration system used by SSA summer and after-school programs. Parents can set up a CampBrain account if and when they register for these optional programs.

Transportation Services

Transportation services to SSA take two forms:

  1. publicly funded school district buses
  2. privately contracted by the school

These services make it possible for Shady Side families to be served from diverse locations in Allegheny, Butler, Washington and Westmoreland counties.

Transportation Services
6 p.m. East End Bus Schedule

Family Information Update Forms

The annual Family Information Update process allows families submit necessary forms online for the upcoming school year. New parents received their SSA website logins via email on June 27 with instructions on how to log in to the SSA website to complete the two-step process. All forms are due Aug. 1.

  1. Family Profile Update Form – This online form collects biographical and contact information for parents and students, plus weather and emergency contact numbers.
  2. Magnus Health Medical & Athletic Forms - This secure online system enables parents to complete and submit required medical and athletic forms online.

ImPACT Testing

SSA will offer ImPACT concussion baseline testing on August 1, 2, 7 and 9 at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. in the Hunt Hall computer lab. The ImPACT test is mandatory for all incoming freshmen, juniors and newly enrolled Senior School students prior to participation in athletics. Most returning SSA students entering 9th and 11th grade completed the test at SSA in spring 2018. If you are a returning family whose rising 9th or 11th grader did not get tested in the spring, or if you are a newly enrolled family, please register online for ImPACT testing in August.

Questions? Chris Rose, Head Athletic Trainer, crose@shadysideacademy.org

Senior School Preseason Athletics

Preseason begins Aug. 13, 2018, for all Senior School fall sports.

Letters from the coaches with preseason details will be posted mid-June.

Cheerleading
Coach Kayla Kolic
Preseason Letter

Crew, Boys and Girls
Coach Pam Ciardi Lloyd
Preseason Letter

Cross Country, Boys
Coach Paul Ejzak '89
Preseason Letter

Cross Country, Girls
Coach Sue Whitney
Preseason Letter

Field Hockey, Girls
Coach Betsy Gorse
Preseason Letter

Football
Coach Chuck DiNardo
Preseason Letter

Golf, Boys
Coach Mark Hessler, 412-527-7913
Preseason Letter

Golf, Girls
Coach Helene Gosse
Preseason Letter

Soccer, Boys
Coach Ed Ellsworth
Preseason Letter

Soccer, Girls
Coach Mary Lynch
Preseason Letter

Tennis, Girls
Coach Jeff Miller
Preseason Letter

Parent Volunteer Forms

PA law requires parents to complete these forms prior to volunteering at school functions. There are two types of volunteers:
  1. Limited contact volunteer (parents helping at events with faculty present)
  2. Substantial contact volunteer (parents alone with students with NO faculty present)

Please complete the appropriate form prior to volunteering and submit to:

  • Country Day School: Brenda Hafner, front desk
  • Junior School: Megan Vrcic, front desk
  • Middle School: Kristan Fisher, front desk
  • Senior School: Donna Ponzi (scan and email forms)