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Opportunity to Accelerate College Acceptance

Southside High School is excited to offer the AVID program to rising 10th-grade students for the 2020-2021 school year. Interested students should pick up an application from our School Counseling Office, Dr. McGaha, or Ms. Ransome. The deadline to submit interest is March 31, 2020.


AVID Summer Bridge Program 

If you are interested in improving your skills for college now, complete this form:  Application 

The AVID Summer Bridge Program will be offered to further develop world-class skills including communication, teamwork, collaboration, problem-solving, and innovation needed for college success. 


Southside High School's Drama Club is proud to announce our spring production of "Cindy-Rella", a one-act comedy about a teenage girl who finds her confidence and makes her way, against all odds. We are excited to invite the community to share this performance and showcase our students' hard work! Please join us at Southside High School's Auditorium on Thursday, February 20th at 6:00 pm. Tickets are $5 at the door, and $2 for Southside students with their school ID. 

Young Minds Dreaming Poetry Contest

The Young Minds Dreaming Poetry Contest is now open for all South Carolina students in grades 3 through 12.    The SC State Library is hosting award-winning author Pat Mora. Pat is the author of numerous books and poetry for children, young adults, and adults. Pat believes we are all born poets and that poetry is a reflection and experimentation with words.  This year, we are highlighting Pat’s book, Bookjoy, as the theme for students to write their poems. We want students to write a poem about the joy of words, the joy of reading, or the joy of books.  

Students can submit poems in English and/or Spanish languages (bilingual).  The deadline for all student submissions is Friday, March 13, 2020, at 5:00 p.m.  First, second and third place winners are determined by judges for Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, and Grades 9-12.  Winners will meet Pat Mora at an awards ceremony in April and receive prizes including Pat’s books and Amazon gift cards.  For more information, see Ms. Browning in the library or email .

Contest Information Link

SHS Band News

Congratulations to the following SHS Students for being ranked in the State.  

Clinic All-State Band:  Emily Yi - 7th chair clarinet

Senior Region 1 Band:  Lindsey Fromknecht - 9th chair flute

Clinic Region I Band:  Eva Fulcher - 4th chair oboe and Fernando Delgado - 6th chair clarinet

Region 1 Alternate Band:  Bailey Brooks - 2nd chair oboe and Bedri Hardwicke - 5th chair flute



Attached is a list of the 21 paid internships for 11th and 12th-grade students this spring.  The ideal candidate for most positions is a senior with early release.  The handout can be posted in the counseling area and in classrooms.  Also attached is a short video that explains LaunchGVL, work-based learning, what opportunities are available, and how to apply.  Please show this video to your students in class and also share the link Google classroom.  I’ve included fun pictures and teen-inspired music so they should enjoy it J  This video can also be used on school-wide tv monitors in common areas.


Internships are available in:

·        Arts, Communications & IT

·        Business, Marketing & Management

·        Environmental/Agricultural Systems

·        Health Science, Human Resources/Services

·        Industrial, Manufacturing, & Engineering Systems

Students need to apply and upload a resume using the following link by February 7th.  Job descriptions and desired coursework/skills can be found in this link as well: 

*Interview dates are February 25th and 26th at Center for Manufacturing Innovation.

**I would love to speak to your classes of 11th and 12th graders about this program so let me know if and when I can come! I like to share our district’s vision of graduation plus and explain how they can gain a competitive advantage for life after high-school.

NEW! Parent Backpack

Parent Backpack is an online application that replaces the PowerSchool Parent Portal.  With Parent Backpack, you are able to view your child's grades, school attendance, and any discipline incidents when you are logged into the system. Best of all, Parent Backpack works on any device and is mobile friendly.

To access Parent Backpack, go to and create an account. Please access directions by clicking on Creating a Parent Backpack Account- English Directions or Direcciones en Español. 

**PLEASE NOTE: You will still have to come to Southside in person with identification to complete the registration process (listed in the directions above). You will also need your student's ID number as well. 

AVID is here at Southside!

Do you have a desire to go to college? Are you willing to work hard to make it happen? If so, AVID may be a great fit for you. The AVID Program will be available for the 2019-2020 School Year.  AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) is a college readiness system to prepare students in the academic middle for four-year college eligibility by taking more rigorous courses at Southside (Dual Credit, AP, or IB). 

The three main components of the AVID college readiness system are academic instruction, tutorial support, and motivational and college prep activities. The AVID curriculum is based on writing as a tool of learning, inquiry method, collaborative grouping, organization, and academic reading.  Contact: Ms. Ransome for more information.