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  • Thanksgiving Cheer Thanksgiving Cheer (Click image to read more)
  • Bellevue 3rd Grade 3rd Grade Bellevue Students "Disguise a Turkey" Contest (Click image to read more)
  • Gifted Education Northgate Gifted Education (Click image to read more)
  • Cross Country 2016 Cross Country 2016 (Click image to read more)

 Financial Aid Night Monday, Dec.5 at 6:00pm in the High School Library  RSVP to Guidance by Dec. 1   412-732-3300 x 1012


Nov. 29th, 2016
Please be aware that at the last meeting of the school board, the calendar for the 2017-18 school year was passed. You can find a copy of the calendar in the "Alerts" section.

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Thanksgiving Cheer!
Northgate staff and faculty, which included teachers, paraprofessionals, secretaries, maintenance, school board, and administration teamed-up to spread Thanksgiving well wishes to families in both Avalon and Bellevue. As delivery assignments were being distributed, 115 baskets generously stocked with Thanksgiving essentials were delivered to Northgate by Joyce Erdner at The DoorWay. Donation baskets were given to the DoorWay by Mitsubishi Electrical Power Products Inc. of Warrendale. This annual act of generosity is provided by the company and its employees, who reach out during the holidays to spread a little joy. Northgate volunteers loaded up cars and provided the door-to-door service to families in order to make Thanksgiving a little less stressful!
From our Northgate Family to Yours – A Safe, Memorable & Happy Thanksgiving!

Northgate Girls Basketball News
Help the Northgate Girls Basketball team get ready for their 2016-2017 season. Plans are under way to host the second annual Christmas Tournament in December. They are also planning the second annual Alumni Tournament for January. New this year, will be a fundraiser for the American Heart Association in February.

The girls are currently participating in a Mug Fundraiser through Dunkin Donuts and GetGo. Northgate mugs are being sold through November 21st for $20 and entitle you to a $0.99 hot refill of tea/coffee for one year. If you would rather enjoy cold drinks, we have you covered. They are also selling a Northgate GetGo 16oz cold tumbler for $20 as well. For $0.59 you can have your choice of a fountain drink or frozen drink for a year.

You can also support your team by purchasing a Save Around coupon book. Each book sells for $25. They are on sale through December 3, 2016. Ask a team member for information about any of their fundraisers. We hope to see you at a game this year.

Cross Country 2016
The Northgate Boys and Girls Cross Country teams had another strong year. The girls team finished 6th at the WPIAL Championship meet, and were led with high finishes by sophomores Megan Wisniewski, Kayley Wisniewski and senior Luisa Valeriano. Megan finished 17th, good enough for a prestigious WPIAL medal. Kayley finished 23rd, and Luisa capped a great varsity running career with a 37th-place finish and personal-best time. For the second year in a row, both Megan and Kayley placed high enough to compete at the PIAA State Championship Meet in Hershey, PA. The boys team finished 7th at the WPIAL Championship meet, and were led with high finishes by junior Jonas Jason, senior Austin Farmerie and freshman Paul Baldauff. Jonas finished 9th overall and earned a WPIAL medal. Austin finished 31st and Paul finished 65th. Jonas joined Megan and Kayley as a qualifier for the PIAA State Championship meet. Thanks to everyone that supported the team this season!
News from the Northgate Gifted Education Department
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The BRAIN PROGRAM was a series of learning stations about the brain and nervous system. The learning stations focused on the organization and function of the brain and nervous system, and what goes wrong with brain function in certain diseases. The stations were very stimulating and interactive. They were presented by faculty, postdoctoral trainees, and graduate and undergraduate students of the Center for Neuroscience of the University of Pittsburgh (CNUP). The presentation of each individual station took about 10 to 15 minutes and was viewed by a group of about 10 to 12 students. Five stations were presented simultaneously, and each station presentation was repeated 4 to 5 times during a period of about 90 minutes. Student groups rotated from one interactive station to the next, learning about core concepts in neuroscience, meeting with neuroscientists, and discussing the information they were learning. At the end of the entire presentation period, all students saw 5 different interactive stations. Students received hand-outs that covered the main ideas presented at each station, so they could review the material in class or at home at a later time.
Honors Biology
The Honors Biology classes served as Ms. Coughenour’s “guinea pigs” this year for a new project on cellar structures. The students had to make a cell drawing or tracing on a piece of Shrinky Dink paper. They then had to identify and color code the parts of the cell and create a key. Many of the students reported that the project helped them to better understand cellular structure and to more accurately identify the different organelles/cellular structures. Once they finished, Ms. Coughenour cooked them in the oven, which was quite the undertaking, and here they are! Ms. Coughenour is providing the students with keychain loops so they can make keychain charms out of them.
National Parks

Did you know that the National Park service turned 100 on August 25, 2016? In conjunction with the National Parks Service 100 year celebration, Mrs. Schwemmer’s 7th grade Library Research class researched and created a PowerPoint of a National Park. You too can be part of the celebration – visit a National Park today!
Northgate School District Awarded 2016-2017 Safe Schools Targeted Grants
The Department of Education announced the release of the 2016-2017 Safe Schools Targeted Grants for public school entities, nonpublic and private school entities, police agencies and municipalities for funding for the training and compensation of school resource officers and school police officers through a $3.9 million targeted grant program.   Northgate School District has been awarded the maximum individual grant of $60,000 for a School Resource Officer.

Additionally, public school entities were able to apply for funding to purchase security-related equipment that addresses school safety and violence through a $2.6 million Safe Schools Initiative Targeted Grant program.  Northgate has been awarded the maximum amount per individual targeted grant of $25,000.
STEAM Lending Library-Puzzlets! 
The STEAM Lending Library sponsored by the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation and the Allegheny Intermediate Unit (AIU) provided Avalon Elementary with the opportunity to try out a new hands-on interactive gaming program. Puzzlets use directional puzzle pieces and a platformer-style game video to teach children critical thinking, programming, and coding skills. Avalon students used the Kindles provided to play the game Cork the Volcano to think like a programmer. They worked collaboratively in partners and groups to solve problems, meet challenges, make decisions, follow directions, and logically sequence events to move through levels. .....Read More
Ninth Grade Family Heritage Project
Ninth grades students recently completed a project to discover and understand more about their heritage in Mrs. Mignella’s and Mr. Hogle’s English and Social Studies class. During this project, students researched a country that they had family from in order to gain a deeper understanding of their family’s cultural history. Students created family trees explaining who their relatives were, how they lived, and what occupation they had. The ninth graders also created detailed Power Point presentations with facts about their country—from geography and architecture to food and holidays to explaining the significance of their country’s flag. Each student drew and colored a unique coat of arms: either the coat of arms used by their ancestors, or an original one displaying their and their family’s interest. ......Read More
Northgate Choral News
On October 16th and 17th, Concert Choir Member Sarah Reid participated in Music Career Days at Duquesne University. She had a first-hand look at what is involved in enrolling as a future music major. Sarah had the experience of a mock audition (receiving rave reviews), attended a recital that featured gifted musicians, and observed college classes where she interacted one-on-one with faculty and students. Overall, Sarah had an enriching and rewarding time at Duquesne University and is grateful for this incredible opportunity......Read More
Northgate Fight Song

Let's give a cheer for the Northgate Flames

Far and wide we will cheer her name

We will cheer and fight

we will win - tonight

Before we're done

We'll all be number one


The Red and Gold tear the goal posts down

And fill the sky with victory sounds

We will show our might

We will Fight! Fight! Fight!

Stand and cheer the Northgate Flames!

Jason Dilliott Memorial
In August of 2014 the Northgate School District suffered the loss of our Band Director Mr. Jason Dilliott. Mr.D, as he was called by most, had a love of music and a love of life. He spent endless hours investing in our community. He is remembered for his contagious laugh and willingness to make time for his students. He truly touched the lives of everyone he met.

His band family, both past and present, have been working hard to thank him for his dedication to the band and bringing out the music in all of us. A gazebo will be built at the Northgate High School in his memory. There are several ways to support this project which we are hoping to dedicate this spring. Please do what you can to help and most importantly spread the word to others that knew Mr. D and will want to help honor him.

Click Here to purchase a personalized brick which will surround the gazebo being built to honor D.    


Sport Updates:
12/2 HS Progress Reports Mailed
12/5 School Board Reorganization Meeting
   A.W. Beattie Tech Center @ 7:30 p.m.
12/5 Financial Aid Night
   HS Library @ 6:00 p.m.
12/5 to 12/16 Keystone Exams
12/6 to 12/9 Bellevue Santa Shop
12/8 Middle/HS Band Concert
   HS Auditorium @ 7:00 p.m.
12/9 Middle School Snowball Dance
   HS Cafeteria @ 7:00 p.m.
12/13 Elementary Band/Choral Concert
   Bellevue @ 1:35 p.m.
12/13 Quarterback Club Meeting
   HS @ 6:00 p.m.
12/14 Concert Choir & Middle School Chorus
   HS @ 7:00 p.m.
12/15 Elementary Band/Choral Concert
   Avalon @ 7:00 p.m.
12/20 Elementary School Holiday Parties
12/21 to 1/2 Winter Break-No School

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