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Search for the Next Superintendent of Schools

Following the announcement that Dr. William H. Johnson will retire at the end of the current school year, The Rockville Centre Board of Education has retained the services of Hazard, Young, Attea & Associates (HYA), a consulting firm that specializes in assisting Boards with the consideration of candidates to fill leadership positions.  At the September 17 Public Works Session, a representative from HYA attended to present the community with an outline of the superintendent search.

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Survey to Participate in the Search for the next Superintendent of Schools 

As you know, after serving as our District Superintendent of Schools for the past 33 years, Dr. William H. Johnson recently announced his intent to retire at the end of the current school year. As we are seeking our next Superintendent of Schools, we would greatly appreciate your input as a community and assistance with this important task.  This survey will be used to determine the desired characteristics of the next Superintendent of Schools.  We thank you in advance for sharing your thoughts with us.  


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Challenge Day 2019


Challenge Day

 South Side Middle School is proud to announce our annual Challenge Day event.  Challenge Day, running September 24th – 26th, is a social emotional program that engages our 8th grade students to make positive, supporting and help-seeking behaviors.  The tradition inspires children to make real connections and to be part of the positive forces in our schools and community.

As part of the program, students and staff are challenged to step out of their comfort zones, open their hearts, and build connections with others.  Trained Challenge Day leaders guide participants through a carefully designed series of games, activities, and trust-building exercises that break down the walls of separation and create new levels of empathy and respect.

Now in its 11th year at South Side Middle School, the event is organized by Principal Shelagh McGinn and Assistant Principals Jen Pascarella and Mike Duggan.  With the tireless assistance and cooperation of the entire school staff, Challenge Day continues to provide the venue for our 8th graders to pause and reflect with peers in a new, enlightened way.

This program is supported by our PTA and school district, furthering our commitment to promoting a positive school climate, where all children are celebrated and supported.

8th Grade Field Trips 2019


8th  Grade Trips


October 16th, 17th and 18th




Eq Structures



Viewing Party

 NY Hall of Science  


New York Hall of Science



FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18th, 2019



Meet Our New Assistant Principal!

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Michael Duggan is honored and excited to join South Side Middle School as assistant principal.  Mr. Duggan comes to us from the NYC Department of education where he was a high school assistant principal for the past four years as well as a middle school and high school science teacher since 2004. 


This is Mr. Duggan’s second career after spending a few years as a marine biologist and researcher in the USVI.  Mr. Duggan grew up in Breezy Point and now lives in Massapequa with his wife, three kids and dog.

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SSMS Learner Profile Golden Tickets

Starting in OCTOBER . . .        Golden Ticket

Students who represent the Learner Profile of the month will win a Golden Ticket! 

Inquirers. They develop their natural curiosity. They acquire the skills necessary to conduct inquiry and research and show independence in learning. They actively enjoy learning and this love of learning will be sustained throughout their lives.

Knowledgeable. They explore concepts, ideas and issues that have local and global significance. In so doing, they acquire in-depth knowledge and develop understanding across a broad and balanced range of disciplines.

Thinkers. They exercise initiative in applying thinking skills critically and creatively to recognize and approach complex problems, and make reasoned, ethical decisions.

Communicators. They understand and express ideas and information confidently and creatively in more than one language and in a variety of modes of communication. They work effectively and willingly in collaboration with others.

Principled. They act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of the individual, groups and communities. They take responsibility for their own actions and the consequences that accompany them.

Open-minded. They understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. They are accustomed to seeking and evaluating a range of points of view, and are willing to grow from the experience.

Caring. They show empathy, compassion and respect towards the needs and feelings of others. They have a personal commitment to service, and act to make a positive difference to the lives of others and to the environment.

Risk-takers. They approach unfamiliar situations and uncertainty with courage and forethought, and have the independence of spirit to explore new roles, ideas and strategies. They are brave and articulate in defending their beliefs.

Balanced. They understand the importance of intellectual, physical and emotional balance to achieve personal well-being for themselves and others.

Reflective. They give thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development.


SSMS 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. 


RVC School District Mission Statement

The mission of the Rockville Centre School District is to educate our students to become independent problem solvers. It is our goal to empower each student to meet the challenges of tomorrow’s emerging world. The District will provide a safe, nurturing environment in which individual and civic responsibility is  fostered, diversity is respected and all students are enabled to realize their full potential.