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Superintendent Blog

June 28th

A recent inspection, completed by an engineering firm, deemed the Bellevue stadium light poles unsafe. Due to age, the poles are losing their structural integrity. Being that safety is a top priority for the district, we immediately began work on a plan for removing them. We applied to the Pennsylvania Dept. of Education for an exemption to the bid process which was granted. This allows us to begin the work much sooner than would be possible otherwise. We recognize that many groups depend on the use of the field during the fall months and are actively researching options for keeping the field open. One of the options we are looking into is light rental. We are working to determine if this is an option and if it would be financially responsible. Updates will be posted on the district website as they become available.

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Northgate News:
Northgate Students Awarded Penguins Foundation Scholarships
Congratulations to Kathleen King and Nicholas Ungarino who each received the 2017 Penguins Foundation Scholarship!
In partnership with UPMC, and with the strong support of the Allegheny Intermediate Unit (AIU), the Penguins Foundation awarded 20 educational-based scholarships to area high school students. Each scholarship is valued at $1,500 for the student’s first year of college, and an additional $1,000 is awarded for the student’s second year of college if a 3.0 GPA is maintained and a minimum of 24 credit hours are earned. Kathleen is attending Chatham University to major in Biology.  She plans to pursue a career as a physician's assistant.  Nicholas is attending Penn State Main Campus where he will major in Aerospace Engineering.  We wish them both all the best!
Concert Choir Competes and MS Chorus
Members of the Northgate High School Concert Choir and Middle School Chorus (under the Direction of Mrs. Kelly Winovich) recently competed in a National La La Land Music Competition.  Directors were requested to submit a video clip of one of the selections of the Six-Time Academy Award-Winning Movie, starring Emma Stone and Ryan Gosling.  Record Company Executives judged and selected the winners based of the following criteria: originality, creativity, self-expression, and inspirational quality.  We are so very proud to announce that their submission of "City Of Stars" placed 3rd out of approximately 1000 from all across the U.S.  It is an honor to receive this outstanding recognition and wish continued success to the High School Concert Choir and Middle School Chorus!
Pittsburgh Musical Theater Field Trip - Tarzan
Members of the High School Concert Choir and Middle School Chorus attended a Field Trip to see PMT's Tarzan at the Byham Theater. This was a positive and rewarding experience for all who attended. Following the Performance, our students enjoyed hearing directly from the Cast about their passion for theater and the Arts, and the production process of the Show. Enrichment activities such as this are inspirational and such a wonderful demonstration of quality musical theater in our City!
Honors 8th Grade Field Trip

On May 7th, the Honors 8th grade History students participated in a field trip to the Fort Pitt Museum and Heinz History Center.  The students recently completed a unit where they studied the French and Indian War through the involvement of the Pittsburgh area.

Ja Day at Bellevue
On Friday May 19, 2017 Bellevue Elementary had Junior Achievement Day.  Gail Costa, the Junior Achievement Day coordinator for Merrill Lynch/Bank of America brought 16 volunteers to teach Junior Achievement classes at Bellevue Elementary for our K-6 students. It was a successful day with our students and they learned about entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs.
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Spanish Class Celebrates Cinco De Mayo

On Friday, May 5, 2017, in cities across North America many people participated in celebrations to commemorate the Mexican holiday known as Cinco De Mayo.  While the origins of the holiday rest with the underdog story of the Mexican army’s victory over the larger and better trained French army at the Battle of Puebla in 1862, today many Americans host gatherings to celebrate Mexican culture.  The Northgate Spanish Club was among this group as it hosted its annual fiesta in conjunction with Cinco De Mayo.  On the days prior to the fiesta the students studied the history surrounding the holiday and even created traditional piñata decorations to hang throughout the classroom.....Read More

Part of the Plan - Leadership in High School Ensembles 

Recently, high school musician leaders joined the nationally renowned leadership clinician, Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser, and Duquesne University's NAfME Collegiate Chapter for a day of motivation, collaboration, and inspiration.  Part of the Plan: Leadership in High School Ensembles was held for student musicians with leadership roles in their school music programs.  Throughout the day, Dr. Tim and music education majors from Duquesne guided high school students through stimulating leadership sessions to help shape them into the shining leaders they are called to be in their music ensembles.  This event was open to any current choir, band, or orchestra student looking to become a stronger leader in his or her high school music experience........Read More

Music Career Days

This school year, Duquesne University's Collegiate Chapter of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) held its annual Career Days.  This is the twenty-seventh year in which the program has taken place and Freshman Concert Choir Member Sarah Reid represented Northgate, also accompanied by Mrs. Winovich.  Career Day is designed for high school students who express interest in pursuing a career in music education, performance, therapy, or technology.  Participants of Career Day had the opportunity to mock audition and engage in several activities that will give them a glimpse of the life of a music major.  Overall, Sarah had an insightful two days and is grateful to have been given this rewarding opportunity. 

Avalon Staff support Take Your Kids to Work Day and the Pittsburgh Penguins

Avalon Elementary staff had a fun time participating in National Bring Your Child to Work Day.  The staff has also been busy supporting the Pittsburgh Penguins playoff run and the in-development Avalon Maker Space. Every playoff game the staff donates money to wear jeans and their Pens gear, the money raised will go towards creating a great Maker Space for the students. The Pittsburgh Penguins have been a great support to Avalon and we are excited to support them as they contend for another Stanley Cup!


Beattie Student of the Month
(from Northgate)
Congratulations to Richard Mack and Jasmine Hurst for being recognized as Students of the Month at A.W. Beattie Career Center.  Richard is completing the Automotive Collision program and Jasmine is in the EDAM/Robotics program.  We are very proud of their accomplishments!
Fractured Fairy Tales

Mrs. Mignella’s  9th grade students read a variety of tales from both Grimm Brothers and modern versions to answer the essential question:  “How has the purpose of fairy tales changed since they were recorded by the Grimm Brothers?”  Students wrote and created their own fractured fairy tale with at least one media component and presented them to the class.  It was optional to dress up as one of their characters. The students did an awesome job and we are blown away at the creativity they showed!

Future Chef 2017
Elementary students from Avalon and Bellevue learned the importance of healthy eating while honing their culinary skills thanks to student nutrition provider Sodexo and their Future Chefs: Healthy Comfort Food Challenge. The national program, which is in its sixth year and part of Sodexo’s commitment to promoting well-being in support of achievement, was created to get students thinking about making healthy food choices. Students took on the challenge by submitting forty healthy comfort food recipes that were judged on: Originality, kid appeal, ease of preparation, plate presentation, taste and healthy attributes. Of the forty students, six challengers were chosen; Faith Boyce making her Wake up pizza with cheesy dreams, Alaysia Dorsey making Alaysia’s healthy quesadillas, Andrew Pegher and his skinny strawberry french toast, Kaylee Stewart and her pizza casserole, Charlie Tabano.....Read More
Track and Field

The Avonworth/Northgate track & field teams competed at the Knoch Relays invitational this past Saturday. The girls team overall finished 3rd. Leading the way on the track were Megan and Kayley Wisniewski, Jenna Gobrecht, Katrina Kolsosky, Hailey McClain, Tori Oberst, Luisa Valeriano, and Jasmine Williams. Kathleen King and Jordan Anderson were the team leaders in the field events. For the boys, the track events were lead by Kenny Azzarello, Michael Allen, Kaveh Bowie, Dan Brown, Brandon Green, Jonas Jason, Ray Mangone, Michael Persia, Chase Rowsey, and Elijah Thomas. Anthony Barbarino lead the way in the field events.

Student Council Conference

On Friday, March 17 2017, Northgate Senior Student Council welcomed 600 students and advisors from across Allegheny County for the annual District 3 Conference. The day began with performances from the Northgate Flames Marching Band, Concert Choir, Musical, and speeches from Northgate’s principal Mr. Kyle and the superintendent Dr. Johns. The delegation was impressed with the musical talent at Northgate and shared a gratitude for the emphasis placed on the arts in our school. Afterward, icebreakers and awards were given to the Middle Level and High School Advisors of the Year from D3. The morning concluded with Megan Livingston giving the keynote speech about matching your passion with volunteerism.....Read More
Alcosan -Water Cycle Presentation
Ms. Candace came to fourth grade science on Tuesday March 21 to present the Alcosan Calendar project. We followed a droplet of water from the hydro cycle through the wastewater adventure and back to the Ohio River. This lesson tied in well with our Land and Water Studies and our knowledge of the Water Cycle.
Annual Foreign Language Club Breakfast
It has been said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. This advice proved to be true for the group of Northgate students who gathered recently in the cafeteria to enjoy food and fellowship at the annual Foreign Language Club European Breakfast. The students were introduced to the customs and cultures surrounding the morning meal in France, Germany and Spain through short lectures provided by the teachers of the foreign language department. The learning continued as the students sampled fresh rolls and cheeses representing the traditional breakfast of old Germany. Later students savored buttery croissants and chocolate crepes that could only be inspired by the decadent bakeries of France. The European tour was complete with a sip of hot chocolate accompanied by a pastry and tropical fruits, a breakfast reminiscent of a café on the plaza in a Spanish city. While the breakfast lasted for only a short class period, and the feeling of fullness from the meal a little longer, the fond memories of shared experiences with friends last forever.
Rotary Eth ics Symposium
On Friday, March 10th Junior Rotarians Conner Powers and Luke Robertson (along with Mrs. Winovich) attended the annual Rotary Ethics Symposium, this year held at LaRoche College. It was an informative day that covered a wide variety of topics relevant in Education today. Conner and Luke will both present about the day's experience to the North Borough's Rotary Club at a weekly meeting at Shannopin Country Club.
National Honor Society
The College Trip is back! After a few year hiatus, Northgate was once again able to offer this wonderful opportunity to our students. 43 sophomores, juniors and seniors attending this 2 day trip of 4 Pennsylvania universities: Indiana University of Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, Penn State, and Clarion.
French Club Happenings
Arts Odyssey: The French Club sold Bruster's Ice Cream to raise money for the upcoming November 2017 trip to France. 12 students and 4 adults will be traveling to France and Italy for a 13 day trip. If anyone is interested in enrolling, please contact Ms. Cromer.

Pastries: The French Club had their 2nd annual baking day with the help of Mrs. Weryha. This year we made Pain au Chocolat, a French pastry that many students love to eat for an after school snack.

Bellevue Elementary 6th Graders celebrate Pi Day in a big way! 
On March 14, Bellevue Elementary 6th Graders celebrated "Pi Day". In the morning students participated in stations creating a Pi chain representing Pi in colors, read Sir Cumference and the Knights of the Round Table books, found the circumference of bubbles, wrote Pi stories, found how close they could get to Pi dividing circumference and diameter from objects at home, and made art out of the digits of Pi. In the afternoon, two college students from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh spoke about the importance of mathematics and STEAM careers They also shared fun Pi facts, and helped judge the 5th annual Pi Day Competition. Congratulations to Daniel Moser for memorizing 351 digits of Pi and ranking 5th nationally.
Northgate Students Perform at WPIAL Championship
Concert Choir Members Sarah Reid and Siara Woods recently performed the National Anthem at the University of Pittsburgh's Petersen Events Center on Thursday, March 2nd. They received an outstanding response from the WPIAL and the crowd of people attending the playoff game. "Way to go" representing Northgate in such a positive way! Congratulations!!

Avalon Poetry Contest #NorthgateProud
Northgate Proud celebrations at Avalon Elementary included a poetry contest for students in grades K - 6. Students were asked to write a poem expressing their positive feelings about a school or district or community event. Poetry winners were chosen at each grade level and rewarded with a pizza party. The winning poems are currently on display for all to see. Congratulations, Northgate Proud Poets!
"Change" for #NorthgateProud
As part of Northgate Pride, in the month of February, each of the schools in the Northgate School District participated in various activities to celebrate the great things that are going on in our buildings. At Avalon E elementary, one of the activities we participated in was called “Change for Pride.” This was a competition among each of the homerooms to collect the most change to be donated to the North Boroughs Food Pantry, a part of the North Hills Community Outreach. The students were very excited to participate in this coin drive, because the homeroom that collected the most change won the right to silly string Mr. Peacock, our school principal, at a school-wide assembly. It was a close contest with many of the homerooms’ coin totals separated only by a few ounces. In the end, the students at Avalon collected a whopping 94.4 pounds of coins. This amounted to $600.17 that will be donated to the Food Bank. Although it was Mrs. McCarthy’s first grade classroom that won the competition, all of the teachers at Avalon could not be more proud of their students’ achievement and desire to help those in our community.
Pitt Mobile Science Lab Visits The Elementary Schools
If you happened to see an 80 foot tractor trailer parked on Lincoln Ave or California Ave in front of Bellevue and Avalon Elementary Schools, it was the Pitt Mobile Science Lab! The Mobile Science Lab came on January 12 to Avalon and on January 13 to Bellevue. The lab brings educational science experiments to schools and community events throughout the Western Pennsylvania region. It is equipped with state-of-the-art student science laboratory. The mobile science lab features 26 work stations and customized equipment. Students in grades 4th, 5th and 6th put their analytical skills to use in the program: Living with Bugs. They also learned the answer to the question: How do microorganisms .....Read More

Avalon Tower Garden
Through an Action For Healthy Kids Grant, Mrs. Farmer, 6th grade teacher at Avalon was able to purchase a Tower Garden. A Tower Garden is a “vertical, aeroponic growing system that allows you to grow vegetables, herbs, fruits and flowers in less than three square feet—indoors or out.”We are growing a variety of leafy greens and herbs such as kale, arugula, radicchio, basil, and thyme. The purpose of the project is to teach kids the benefits of growing healthy foods in a limited space..... Read More
A Dose of Reality.....
from The Citizen
Deciding what to do post-high school has always posed problems for students. Get a job? Community college? Trade school? Start a business? Four-year college?

To help students make sense of it all by planning wisely, Northgate High School's Business, Computer, and Information Technology (BCIT) Department this past Tuesday hosted its first "financial reality fair," a program sponsored by credit union associations nationwide.

BCIT teacher Susanne Galupi explained the purpose of the event......Read More
National Engineers Week
lcosan Visits Middle School Students
On Tuesday, February 14, 2017 students in Mrs. Francis' middle school science classes welcomed Mrs. Robin McRoberts from ALCOSAN to participate in an activity to celebrate National Engineers Week.  The 7th and 8th graders explored the engineering process by creating the "Tower Power."  Students had to work together to create a free-standing tower able to hold a golf ball that was 150 centimeters using only newspaper and masking tape.  Students had to consider the time constraints engineers face when given a task to complete and had to work within a budget for their materials.  
Mrs. Francis' 7th grade Class Activities
Students in Mrs. Francis' 7th grade physical science class have been exploring simple and complex machines. Using K'Nex materials purchased from a grant sponsored by PittCon, the students were able to engineer complex machines. Students created catapults, paint launchers, and construction equipment as well as many other helpful machines....More Pictures
Bellevue : #Northgate Pride
Palindrome Contest @ Avalon
Students in grades 4-6 at Avalon had the opportunity to participate in a Palindrome contest. What is a Palindrome? A Palindrome is a word, phrase, sentence, or number that can be written and read the same way forward or backward. Some examples are “WOW”, “MADAM, I’M ADAM”, or “5115”. The students who came up with the MOST single word palindromes were treated to a pizza party. The winners of the contest were Connor Patterson, Embry Glasser, Hayden Kuhns, Mia Rajakovic, and Shyla Baptiste. Congratulations to our Avalon wordsmiths!!
Avalon Students Celebrate Chinese New Year
Sixth grade students at Avalon Elementary School study Ancient China as part of their social studies curriculum.  Students read “The Emperor’s Silent Army” as part of their ELA class, and have studied the history, geography and people of Ancient China.  Students were busy in the classroom making:
  • Red envelopes -- a Chinese tradition in which children receive envelopes with money from their parents or grandparents; AES students filled these envelopes with stickers for all students at the elementary school – pre-K through grade 5
  • Dragon heads –students formed groups of 4-5 to create a dragon head.  Some used paper mache, and some used boxes, but all dragons were different and creative........Read More
Bee-Bots in the Library
Many of the teachers in our district have been trained by The Center of Creativity to use the Lending Library which offers more than 1,000 pieces of equipment that support STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) in the classroom. Mrs. Maffie (Elementary Librarian) was able to use the Bee-Bots, tiny, colorful robots used to help young children with sequencing, estimation, and problem solving, into the classroom. The students had a blast learning while working in teams to get the Bee-Bots to the correct locations on their mats, made by Mrs. Maffie. We look forward to sharing more stories about how STEAM is being brought into our classrooms.
Northern Allegheny Rotary Club Dictionary Donation
What is the definition of the word “grateful?” In January, it means “Northgate Third Graders!” This month, the Northern Allegheny Rotary Club generously donated brand new dictionaries to each third grade student at both Avalon and Bellevue Elementary Schools. The Rotary Club has a long national and local history of performing valuable community services, focused on educational and developmental opportunities for America's youth. Part of this history includes donating dictionaries to school students........Read More
Forensics Team 2016-2017
The Forensics team attended a forensics tournament at Holy Trinity. Our students did an incredible job of being both professional and respectful during their time at Holy Trinity. Their performance was excellent and it shows in the number of ribbons received. We received a total of thirteen ribbons: four 1st place, five 2nd place, and four 3rd place. Our next tournament will be held at Our Lady of Fatima on February 11th. We look forward to sharing with you our results. Thank you for your support this year!
Pittsburgh Musical Theater -
"The Hunchback of Notre Dame"
Members of the High School Concert Choir and Middle School Chorus attended PMT's "The Hunchback of Notre Dame." Northgate Class of 2015, DJ Powers was part of the cast of this phenomenal production. After the show, our students participated in an excellent Q & A and took photos with the actors. It was a perfect day celebrating quality musical theater in Pittsburgh. The students thoroughly enjoyed themselves and hope to continue participating in rewarding enrichment activities in the future.
Mr. Somerville Helps Spread Spirit
The cheerleaders' lives got a little brighter this week due to the generosity of Farmer's Insurance. Mr. Somerville entered a drawing , sponsored by the Cranberry Twp. office and was their January winner. The prize was $100 worth of supplies to benefit Northgate students. Mr. Somerville chose to use the winnings to purchase twenty four pints of high quality Artista 2 poster paints for the cheerleaders. According to cheerleader Lauren Wanat, the Artista 2 paint spreads easier, covers better and is brighter than their existing paint supply......Read More
Spanish II Students Take a Virtual Field Trip To Spain
What better way to spend a gray and gloomy winter afternoon than by visiting the colorful and thought-provoking exhibits of an art museum.  Through the magic of modern technology the students enrolled in Spanish II classes recently participated in a virtual field trip to two art museums in Madrid, Spain.  The students spent class time touring the online galleries of El Prado Museum and the Reina Sofía Museum.  Each click of the mouse allowed the students to view artwork that ranged from the Spanish master painters, such as Velázquez, Goya and El Greco, to more modern Spanish artists like Picasso, Dalí and Miró......Read More
Elementary Library News
Students in grades k-2, in conjunction with Avalon and Bayne Public Libraries, are participating in the Picture Book Children's Choice Award program. Sara Mariacher, The Youth Services Library Assistant at Avalon Public Library, will visit Avalon Elementary Library classes and Diane Roos from Bayne Public Library will visit Bellevue Elementary Library classes. .......Read More
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