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  • Grant Click to Vote and Support Our Teachers (Click image to read more)
  • Maker Faire Avalon Design and Build to Exhibit at the Pittsburgh Maker Faire (Click image for more information)
  • Homecoming Homecoming 2016 (Click image to read more)
  • Paint the Town Paint the Town (Click image to read more)

 High School Announcements: 1) Interested Junior and Senior students, permission slips for the field trip to CCAC on October 26 are due to guidance by October 25   2) Please be aware that the CollegeTrip scheduled for November has been postponed until March due to low participation.


October 21, 2016
Last week, the School Performance Profile (SPP) scores were released to the public. On Wednesday, the Department of Education was made aware that some of the data used to determine the scores was inaccurate. As a result, the department is in the process of reviewing the scores and making sure all of the data is correct. During this time, the scores are not available to the districts or the public. As soon as the scores are available, we will post them on our website.

October 4, 2016
Thank you to all of the Avalon parents who attended the Meet the New Superintendent event last evening. I enjoyed meeting everyone and look forward to working with you in the future. We have several more events coming up that provide an opportunity for parents to learn about what is going on in the district and provide feedback. The first is District Review which is next Wednesday, Oct. 12th at Avalon Elementary. People interested in attending should RSVP to Laureen Dowd at The second event is the next Meet the New Superintendent event at Bellevue Elementary. This is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 13th at 6:30 p.m. No RSVP needed!

I realize this is a very busy time of the year f or families. If you aren't able to attend these events, there will be more opportunities in the coming months. I look forward to getting to know all of our families!

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Three Rivers Dash for Down Syndrome
Two Northgate students, Cayla Galbreath and Adam Porterfield, will be participating in this years DASH for Down Syndrome on Saturday, October 22nd at Highmark Stadium. Proceeds from the Dash stay right here in Pittsburgh and the surrounding areas to ensure the continued support of people with Down syndrome and their families through our financial support to the Down Syndrome Center at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh of UPMC for both the pediatric and adult clinics as well as other functions and events throughout the year. Links to their team pages are listed below. Help both teams reach their fundraising goal by clicking on the link and selecting the "Donate Now" tab!


Northgate Homecoming 2016

Approximately 250 Northgate students enjoyed an evening of dancing as DJ Lew rocked the cafeteria! This year's theme was Arabian Nights. A wonderful time was had by all!
The Avalon Elementary Design and Build Team
Members of The Avalon Elementary Design and Build Team participated in The Pittsburgh Maker Faire on October 15 and 16. The Maker Faire is an international movement celebrating Makers of all kinds. The Maker Faire is a unique combination of science fair, show and tell, arts festival, battle bots and road racing! The Faire features over 250 regional makers including universities, corporations and students.

The Avalon Design and Build Team was sponsored by Mrs. Karen Klicker and included 5th and 6th grade students. The team worked hard after school creating the themed booth, Making Music. Student mentors guided visitors to create instruments using the tools, makerspace, and recycled materials provided by the team, they were able to take their instruments home. The event was a huge success and nothing but positive comments about our Avalon Design and Build Team!
Northgate Art Students Paint the Town
To celebrate the changing of the seasons, the Advanced Art students of Northgate spent the day in downtown Bellevue painting the store front windows in festive decor. Chaperoned by Mrs. Farrow and Mr. Berwick, twenty-three of our High School students participated this year. Be sure to do a drive around town to admire their awesome work!
Northgate Students Take On Leadership Roles at
A.W. Beattie Career Center
Two Northgate students, Ian Thompson and Jean Lynch, were recently elected into office at A.W. Beattie Career Center. Ian was elected to the position of Treasurer for Family Career & Community Leaders of America and Jean Lynch was elected to the position of Reporter for SkillsUSA. We are very proud of our students for taking on these leadership positions. We wish them all the best!

Avalon to Participate in the Maker Faire
Members of The Avalon Elementary Design and Build Team will be participating in the Pittsburgh Maker Faire on October 15 and 16. The Maker Faire is an international movement celebrating Makers of all kinds. The Maker Faire is a unique combination of science fair, show and tell, arts festival, battle bots and road racing! The Faire features over 250 regional makers including universities, corporations and students.

The Avalon Maker booth is # 2574 Making Music. Visitors will be guided by our student mentors in techniques and strategies for creating a musical instrument using our tools, MakerSpace, and recycled materials. These 5th and 6th grade students from Avalon Elementary School have spent hours in the after school Design and Build Team preparing for this event. Please stop by our booth to support our students.

Northgate Asthma Initiative
The Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) is providing asthma education and indoor air quality improving products to qualifying families in the Northgate School District (municipalities of Bellevue and Avalon). Households with asthmatic children may be eligible to receive an in-home health and safety assessment, education on how to reduce asthma triggers, and a healthy home toolkit of supplies to improve air quality inside the home. Information on this program can be found at

Mr. Bonicky’s Classroom
Each Thursday, students in Mr. Bonicky’s classroom demonstrate their culinary skills! Mrs. Press, the speech teacher, joins the crew as they make various food items such as pancakes, bacon, eggs, deli-style sandwiches, etc. Of course, the students’ favorite is DESSERT! The cooking lessons provide the students opportunities to practice a variety of academic and life skills in a real life setting. Mr. Bonicky reports that the students are extremely motivated and enjoy the opportunity to show off their skills.
Hands on in Biology
During the last week in September, the Biology classes were working on modeling with marshmallows and toothpicks. The students were able to see, first-hand, the arrangement of atoms in a glucose molecule and simulate the formation of maltose (joining your group’s glucose with another groups glucose) using the dehydration synthesis chemical reaction. Basic chemistry is the precursor to understanding the more difficult levels of biochemistry, therefore it is essential that students understand more about the atoms........Read More

High School Assembly
The high school would like to welcome Craig Tornquist, who will present the show A Funny Thing Happened On My Way To High School. The assembly focuses on encouraging all students to develop and pursue their own dreams. At the same time, it challenges them to realize that the choices they make now regarding drugs, alcohol, bullying, social media, texting while driving, and seatbelt use, will directly impact their opportunities for success after graduation. Northgate high school looks forward to Mr. Tornquist's visit and hearing his inspiring message!



Our teachers need your vote!
Two of our elementary teachers, Mrs. Farmer and Mr. Ewing, have each applied for a $2500 grant through the Thank America's Teachers program offered by Farmers Insurance. To win the grants, they need to receive the most votes. Anyone can go to and cast a vote (just enter their last names).

You can cast a new vote everyday for both teachers. Let's get this Northgate!

Biology Classroom Gift
The Northgate School District would like to recognize Genome magazine for their gift of a class set of their publication.  Genome magazine’s mission is to educate the public about personal healthcare issues concerning our genetic code.  Students enrolled in our high school Genetics course will have access to the most recent research and developments in the field.  We are very grateful for this opportunity.  More information about the magazine can be found at
Bellevue 4th Grade Science Students Learn to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle
Northgate 4th graders recently created some “Tremendous Trash” while studying the Land and Water Science Modules. This project was a 4th Grade Challenge to help reduce waste. The students gathered empty containers such as egg cartons, milk jugs, cans, bottles, food containers, and other materials to reuse. Fourth Grade did an incredible job designing and decorating items to use in a new way. They also wrote a paragraph that described their products in order to convince others to reuse materials in a similar way. Our 4th grade inventors created cell phone caddies, bird feeders, gardens, toad habitats, chandeliers, piggy banks and much more. Please consider this project our way of reminding us all to
Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.
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.    
Graduation Policy Update
At the September 19th school board meeting, newly revised graduation requirements were adopted. All secondary students were provided hard copies of the revisions. Click Here to review a copy of what students received. If you have any questions, please contact the high school principal, Mr. Kyle, or your child's guidance counselor. The main phone number for the high school is (412) 732-330 ext. 1001.


Communication Audit

Standardized Test Report

Keystone Student Supplemental Instructions

Clearance Information Clearance Information

Jason Dilliott Memorial

Secondary Transition
Parent Education Series

Sport Updates:
10/27 End of the First Grading Period
10/31 Avalon and Bellevue Halloween Parties and Parade
10/31 Elementary  Students ONLY
   Early Dismissal @ 2:00 p.m.
10/31 High School Report Cards Issued
11/3 Avalon and Bellevue Report Cards Issued

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