Summer Information

This page contains all of the information you should need over the summer to prepare for the 2019-2020 school year, by campus. This page will be updated over the summer as information becomes available so please check back frequently. Have a great summer!

Senior School

Important Dates

Wednesday, July 31
Online Bookstore Opens (free shipping through Aug. 14)

Thursday, Aug. 1
Family Information Update Forms Due

Monday, Aug. 12
Preseason Athletics Begin

Sunday, Aug. 25
New Parents Night

Monday, Aug. 26
Freshman & New Student Orientation (no busing)

Tuesday, Aug. 27
Academy Opening Day, Convocation (Formal Dress)

Important Documents

Academy Calendar

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

Senior School Dress Code 19-20 

Senior School Opening Days Information (Please check back Mid-June)
Answers many questions you may have about the start of school and student life at the Senior School.

Residential Life & Boarding

Course Registration

Summer Reading & Language Assignments

Summer Math

ImPACT Testing

SSA will offer ImPACT concussion baseline testing Tuesday, Aug. 6 and Wednesday, Aug. 7 in the Hunt Hall computer lab. The ImPACT test is mandatory for all 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 2019. 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. 12, 2019, 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

Family Information Update

It's time to complete required forms for the 2019-2020 school year via the annual Family Information Update. This process can be completed in two steps:

  1. Complete the online Family Profile Update form by June 1, 2019
  2. Complete medical and athletic forms for each child online via your Magnus Health account by Aug. 1, 2019.

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

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

Important Dates

Tuesday, May 15
Athletic & Activity Sign-up Opens

Monday, June 10
Language and Music Course Selections Due

Saturday, June 15
Athletic & Activity Selections Due

Thursday, Aug. 1
Family Information Update Forms Due

Monday, Aug. 20
Meeting for New Parents

Saturday, Aug. 25
Sixth Grade Ice Cream Social

Monday, Aug. 27
Sixth Grade & New Student Orientation

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

Important Documents

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 10

Math
Math Placement Information for Newly Enrolled Sixth Grade Students

Music
Music Selection Letter
Music Selection Online Form - due June 10

Athletic & Activity Selections

Summer Reading & Math Assignments

Middle School Preseason Athletics

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

GRADE 7/8 COED SOCCER
Location:
Middle School Snyder Field
Dates: Thursday 8/15; Friday 8/16; Monday 8/19; Tuesday 8/20
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 information about preseason.

GRADE 7/8 BOYS FOOTBALL
Location:
SSA Senior School Turf/Gymnasium
Dates: Monday 8/19–Thursday 8/22
Times: 6-8 p.m.*
*On Monday 8/19 the team will meet at 5 p.m. in Hunt Hall at the Senior School for concussion testing before practice. Hunt Hall is the first building on the left at the stop sign.
Contact: Coach Joel DeBaldo, jdebaldo@yahoo.com
Please email the coach if you did not receive an email with information about preseason.

GIRLS FIELD HOCKEY
Location:
Squaw Run Field
Dates: Friday 8/16, Tuesday 8/20  
Times: 5-7 p.m.
DATES AND TIMES MAY CHANGE. Girls will receive additional information about preseason dates and times.
Squaw Run Field is about 1/4-mile down Squaw Run Road East from the Middle School. Look for a large gravel parking lot and the field is below that.
Contact: Coach Betsy Gorse, egorse@shadysideacademy.org
Please email the coach if you did not receive an email with information about preseason.

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

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

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

GRADE 6 BOYS INSTRUCTIONAL FOOTBALL
Contact: TBA

COED INTRAMURALS
Contact: TBA

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

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

Family Information Update

It's time to complete required forms for the 2019-2020 school year via the annual Family Information Update. This process can be completed in two steps:

  1. Complete the online Family Profile Update form by June 1, 2019
  2. Complete medical and athletic forms for each child online via your Magnus Health account by Aug. 1, 2019.

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

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

Important Dates

Thursday, Aug. 1

Family Information Update Forms Due

Sunday, Aug. 18
PK/K Ice Cream Social

Monday, Aug. 26
PK-5 New Student Orientation (all PK & K students must attend)

Tuesday, Aug. 27
Academy Opening Day, Noon Dismissal for PK & K

Thursday, Sept. 5
Parents’ Night

Thursday, Sept. 12
Hopes & Dreams Conferences - No Classes

Important Documents

Summer Reading & Math Assignments

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
Reading Activities
Math Packet
Math Answer Key

Fifth Grade
Summer Reading
Summer Reading Activities
Math Packet
Answer Key

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

Family Information Update

It's time to complete required forms for the 2019-2020 school year via the annual Family Information Update. This process can be completed in two steps:

  1. Complete the online Family Profile Update form by June 1, 2019
  2. Complete medical and athletic forms for each child online via your Magnus Health account by Aug. 1, 2019.

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)

Country Day School

Important Dates

Thursday, Aug. 1

Family Information Update Forms Due

Monday, Aug. 26
New Parent Meeting and Open House

Tuesday, Aug. 27
Academy Opening Day (PK/K noon dismissal)

Wednesday, Aug. 28
JPK Popsicle Playdate and "Popsicles and Play" for Grades 1 and 2

Thursday, Aug. 29
SPK Popsicle Playdate and "Popsicles and Play" for Grades 3, 4 and 5

Friday, Aug. 30
K Popsicle Playdate

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

Important Documents

Summer Reading & Math Assignments

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

Family Information Update

It's time to complete required forms for the 2019-2020 school year via the annual Family Information Update. This process can be completed in two steps:

  1. Complete the online Family Profile Update form by June 1, 2019
  2. Complete medical and athletic forms for each child online via your Magnus Health account by Aug. 1, 2019.

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)