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Tommy Maher

Tommy Maher is a Long Island firefighter, Rockville Centre native. Though he loves his job, he was driven to make a difference in the world through his actions of Pay it Forward practices. Following the unfortunate mass shooting at the Route 91 Harvest country festival in Vegas, he was inspired by a friend who witnessed the shooting to perform 58 acts of paying it forward to commemorate each life that was lost. It was his friend’s anguish over the shooting that lead him to take this voyage across the country. Each act of paying it forward was documented on social media with the hashtag #Honor58. This is only one of the prominent deeds he has done. He will be coming to South Side Middle School to promote how we can embed actions of paying it forward throughout our entire community.Honor 58

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South Side Middle School Mission Statement

South Side Middle School is a learning environment that provides students with opportunities to move toward the goal of being independent learners and thinkers. Our goal is to provide experiences to help students understand their unique aptitudes and interests and be able to adjust to their rapidly changing environment, while meeting their unique physical, intellectual, social, and emotional needs. 

We strive to create a climate that enables students to develop a sense of self-worth, and have compassion and respect for others by valuing individual differences. We facilitate a caring learning environment where students feel safe, important and engaged. Our students demonstrate responsible global citizenship, and are cognizant of their place within the school community. 

In this success-oriented environment, we provide opportunities for exploration and risk-taking. The structure of the school day is designed to permit students to reach the standards established by the New York State Board of Regents, while adhering to New York State Standards and embracing the framework of the IB Middle Years Programme. Our vision is to create lifelong learners who seek to attain balance in all that they do.