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Dear Northgate School District Community Members,

It is an honor to have been selected as your new superintendent. I recognize that the arrival of a new superintendent can be a time of excitement and anticipation, but it can also be a time of anxiety about the unknown. Prior to my official start date and during my first few months in the district, my goal is to devote the majority of my time meeting with various stakeholders. This will provide all of you an opportunity to share with me your past experiences and hopes for the future. As we begin to build relationships, my hope is the initial anxiety will quickly turn into excitement about the future.

In June, I will be submitting a Transition Plan, which will guide my first 90 days in the district. The purpose of this plan is to set a tone of transparency, inclusiveness and positivity. I believe that in order for a district to achieve greatness, a foundation of strong relationships and an inclusive environment where all stakeholder voices are heard must be in place. We have much work ahead of us. I look forward to beginning this journey with you.

Sincerely Yours,
Caroline Johns

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High School Spanish Class Annual Piñata Making Contest
The month of May marks an annual tradition for the Northgate high school upper-level Spanish class. In conjunction with the celebration of the Mexican holiday known as "Cinco de Mayo", the Spanish III and IV students design and create piñatas. Piñatas are a traditional decoration for all types of Mexican celebrations. The students spend time in class learning about the steps to construct a piñata from Señor Bichko, who has over 18 years of experience in piñata making. From the first strips of old newspaper dipped in glue to the construction paper sourced finishing details, the students become enthralled with a traditional aspect of Mexican culture for a few weeks. When the last piñata is hung from the classroom ceiling, the other classes of Spanish students vote for their favorite piñata with hopes that it will be awarded the blue ribbon in the annual piñata making competition. The 2016 winner is "Stitch" by Alyssa Lambo. This years' entries were all very well done and demonstrated mastery of the piñata making techniques. Other entries included: "Deadpool" by Joe Walsh, "Shadow" by Alex DiCaprio, "House Cat" by Luisa Valeriano, "Emoji" by Caleb Turner, "Yoda" by Cassady Thornton, and "Hog Rider/Mr. T" by Owyn Kolsosky.
WPIAL Track Individual Finals
"At the WPIAL Individual Championships, the Avonworth/Northgate track & field teams put on a show and delivered some all time performances on the track, proving once again why they are still one of the best squads in Western PA.

The boy’s team had some legendary races. The 2-mile relay consisting of Kenny Azzarello, Tyler Wisniewski, Danny Bonnett and Kenny Baurle, ran to a 1st place WPIAL championship! Kenny Baurle then ran the 400 meter dash and blew away the field by more than a second with a huge season best time to win his 2nd WPIAL championship! Tyler and Kenny Azzarello also grabbed 6th and 7th place medals in the open 800 meter. In the last race of the night, the mile relay, even with a great start by Noah Clickett and a strong second leg by Kenny Azzarello, the team found itself at the back of the pack when Kenny Baurle got the baton. He turned on the afterburners and flagged down all 7 other teams on his leg of the relay in heroic fashion, with Rodney Burrow sealing the deal and getting the team to a 3rd place finish and setting an all-time team record!..........Read More
Avalon Fourth Grade Goes to Inventionland
On May 2 the fourth grade students at Avalon Elementary School took a field trip to Inventionland in RIDC Park. Inventionland is America’s largest invention factory, where corporations, retailers and inventors come for their innovative new products. Creationeers at Inventionland work in 16 unique themed sets, such as shipwrecked pirate ship, faux cave, tree house, pet shack, giant shoe, cupcake kitchen, giant robot and a castle complete with turrets and drawbridge. The inspiring setting includes three running waterfalls, life-like trees, butterflies and grass lined sidewalks. The students learned about some great inventors, Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, Walt Disney and the creator of the company, George Davison. After learning about these inventors a secret sliding bookcase revealed the wonderful world of Inventionland. They then proceeded to take a tour of the facility which included learning about all the products that had been developed at Inventionland. At one stop on the tour the students viewed a video of the inventor of the Bike Board. At the conclusion of the tour the students were enriched by what they had learned and ready to take back to school their enthusiasm for inventing and creating new ideas in the classroom!

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Senior Auction and Prom Court
On Tuesday, May 10 the annual Senior Auction and Prom Court Skits took place in the High School Auditorium. The Senior Auction, which is one of Northgate’s most beloved traditions, took in $914 to help fundraise for the Prom. Mrs. Smith, Mr. Hogle, Mrs. Francis, Ms. Dohl, Mr. Craycraft, Mr. Smith, and Mr. Kyle stepped up to the plate to get a pie in the face. Grades 7-12 also enjoyed the Disney themed skits performed by the Homecoming Court to select the 2016 Prom Court. Court members are Danny Bonnett, Tyler Boston, Rodney Burron, Jacob Fisher, Jarred Jackson, Chad Kolarik, Justin Langston, Peter Lossing, Ryan McNeil, Xavier Rowsey, and Joe Walsh. Grades 9-12 voted for the Prom King and the gentlemen will find out on Friday night at the Prom who the King and Prince are. The Senior Student Council wants to express an extra thank you to Mr. Berwick and Mrs. Smith for being the auctioneers and to the AV crew for their spectacular work led by Mr. Smith and senior Lizzy Booth.
Accelerated Reader Contest Winners!!
The top 40 students reading for the Accelerated Reader contest in grade 7th and 8th will attend a fun day at the Carnegie Science Center on May 9. The top reader in 7th grade is Maura Dougherty (27 books read this school year) and the top reader in 8th grade is Luke Vangenewitt (22 books read this school year). Each winner will receive a $10.00 gift certificate to Best Buy. Individual Reading and English teachers in the middle school support this program and they provide additional classroom incentives.

We are also happy to have community support from McDonald’s and Wendy’s by providing food gift certificates for our students..........Read More
Food Bank Collection Challenge
Avalon and Bellevue Elementary School students were challenged to collect food items for the North Hills Community Outreach Food Pantry. There were ten laundry baskets filled with non perishable foods worth around $400. The baskets were delivered to NHCO at the AGH Suburban Campus in Bellevue. The floors that collected the most food items were given a reward of “Make Your Own Ice Cream Sundae”. At Avalon, the classrooms on the first floor: Mrs. Nusskern, Miss Anderson, Mrs. Persson, Mrs. McCarthy, Mr. Hurley, Mrs. Borza, Mrs. Maxwell, and Miss Auth, were the winners. At Bellevue, the classrooms on the third floor: Mr. Hoffman, Mrs. Knable, Mr. Ewing and Mr. McDevitt were the winners. In the end, all of the students were winners because they learned how to practice kindness for others in their community. Congratulations and thank-you to all the students who brought in donations.
Juniors take advantage of 20Time
“In today’s business world, we need innovative thinkers who have a passionate drive to solve some incredibly complex problems. Forward-thinking companies know the value of encouraging workers to pursue personally meaningful projects as they exercise their critical thinking skills and create exciting new products to improve life (and the bottom line). At 3M, for instance, workers are given 15 percent of their time to pursue personal projects. One result of this program? Post-It Notes, one of the company’s best-selling items. At Google, engineers are given 20 percent release time and encouragement to pursue fresh ideas that will benefit the company. One impressive result? Gmail.

The value of intrinsic motivation in learning and achievement cannot be overstated. During 20Time, though, I will guide, model, and hopefully inspire your student to find joy in wrangling with a challenge where there.......Read More
High School Concert Choir and Middle School Chorus News
Sarah Reid performed The National Anthem for select WPIAL Soccer and Basketball Tournaments throughout the year. She represented our School District with great pride and the positive feedback received was tremendous. These were incredible opportunities for Sarah and she thanks Jim Collins from the WPIAL, Mr. Kyle, and Mrs. Winovich for vocal coaching her to success.

Gillian Elliott and Jessie Roos were selected as Junior Rotarians for the 2015-2016 School Year. Gillian, Jessie, Lauren Kennelly, and Mrs. Winovich all attended the Ethics Symposium at Duquesne University (sponsored by Rotary International). It was an informative day and overall rewarding experience for everyone. We look forward to Northgate attending this special event next year. We would like to thank The North Borough's Rotary Club for their continued support of our Choral Program......Read More


2016-2017 Senior Picture Information

Summer Reading Program
AR Book Finder

Updated Graduation Requirements

High School Scholarship Awards

Opportunity Grant Parent Letter

Clearance Information

Secondary Transition
Parent Education Series

Keystone Information



5/16 to 5/27 Keystone Exams
      Algebra I, Biology, Literature
5/23 to 5/27 Keystone Exams
      Algebra, Biology & Literature
5/27 Last Day for Students at Beattie
5/28 Kennywood School Picnic
5/30 Memorial Day- NO SCHOOL
6/1 Bellevue Awards Assembly
      Bellevue @ 8:30 a.m.
6/2 Cheerleader Boosters
     High School @ 6:30 p.m.
6/3 Avalon Awards Assembly
      Avalon @ 8:30 a.m.
6/3 Bellevue Field Day
6/6 Bellevue 6th Grade Graduation
      Bellevue @ 8:30 a.m.
6/6 Avalon 6th Grade Graduation
      Avalon @ 1:30 p.m.
6/6 Northgate Class of "2016" Graduation
      High School @ 7:30 p.m.
6/7 6th Grade Move-up Day
(all 6th graders report to the Northgate Middle School)
6/7 Avalon Kindergarten Graduation
      Avalon @ 8:30 a.m.
6/7 Bellevue Kindergarten Graduation
      Bellevue @ 1:30 p.m.

      Elementary School -9:45
      Middle/High School - 10:00 a.m.
6/9 Inservice-Staff Only
6/13 Committee of the Whole Meeting
      Admin. Center @ 7:30 p.m.

Penguins Players Visit Avalon Elementary to Support “Future Goals” Educational Program

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