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Superintendent Blog

January 17, 2017

Please Join Me for Coffee!

One of my on-going goals is to connect with Northgate community members including parents, residents, prospective parents, retirees, business owners, etc. Therefore, I am starting a new outreach initiative. These informal coffee meetings – which will be called Caroline's Pop-Up Coffee Café -- will be held throughout the months of January and February. To accommodate different schedules, the coffees will be held at different times -- with both day and evening hours. They will be held at 525 Lincoln Avenue (formerly a martial arts studio) and are limited to 10 people each.

The sessions will include some informal socialization and a roundtable discussion in which I will share my initial impressions of the district, share some recent initiatives and solicit ideas and impressions from attendees.

I would like to recognize several groups of people for their wonderful support in this project. First, thank you to the parent volunteers who are working to transform the currently empty space into a hip coffeehouse style meeting space… complete with sofas and lounge chairs. Second, thank you to the Masons who are showing their support by providing the space. I am very grateful!

Below are the dates and times. If you would like to attend, please contact Laureen Dowd at (412) 732-3300 ext. 2110. If we are not able to accommodate everyone, more dates will be added.

Monday January 30th from 6:30PM to 8PM
Tuesday January 31st from 1 to 2:30PM
Wednesday February 15th from 6:30 to 8PM
Thursday February 16th from 1 to 2:30PM
Tuesday February 28th from 6:30 to 8PM

Read More from Mrs. Johns


Bellevue Elementary Reading Buddies
Once a month the students in Miss Trimber’s 5th grade homeroom read to the students in Mrs. Slate’s Preschool classroom. The 5th grade students pick a book that is a pre-school reading level. The 5th grade students are then paired with a pre-school student and they read to them. It makes for a great opportunity for the students to use their communication skills and to share the joy of reading to a younger group of students. It gives the preschool students a chance to get to know the older students in the building. The 5th grade students look forward to reading to their younger reading buddies each month!
Bellevue Elementary 5th Grade D.A.R.E. Graduation
On December 13, the students in 5th grade at Bellevue Elementary celebrated their D.A.R.E. graduation. Since September, Sergeant Lucas of the Bellevue Police department has come in once a week to instruct the students on drug awareness, prevention and good decision making skills. DARE is about the partnership between police, school and parents.

The program started off this year by sending a participation letter home so parents could get ready for questions and conversations about drugs. The current curriculum, titled “Keeping It Real” includes these topics:
*  Tobacco and alcohol........Read More
Avalon and Bellevue Elementary Buddy Benches
In the fall of this school year, two Buddy Benches were installed at each of the elementary schools. They are painted bright red with yellow thumb prints of all the students. The Buddy Bench was initially designed by Christian Bucks, a student in the Central York School District. Christian designed the bench as a way to eliminate loneliness and foster friendship on the playground. He saw a picture online of a special bench at an international school where lonely students could go and sit on a playground. He knew that some of his friends sometimes felt lonely at recess and thought the Buddy Bench would help end that. The idea of the bench is that if a student feels lonely on the playground, he or she can go to the buddy bench. Another student then goes to the bench and asks if the student wants to play or talk.....Read More
Swimmers Defeat Riverside 
In non-section action, the Boys and Girls swim teams defeated Riverside High School on Thursday, December 15th. Both team used a mix of established team leaders and talented underclassmen to defeat the Cougars.....Read More
Beattie Students of the Month
(from Northgate)

Northgate Students  Angela Frushour, Julia Geeting, Elizabeth Ahlborn, attend AW Beattie Career Center as part of their school day. They work hard and were named Students of the Month. Congratulations!
Swimmers Dive Into New Season
Expectations are high for the Boys and Girls teams coming off of last season’s Section Championships and WPIAL and PIAA Championship Showings. Coach Jess McKelvey returns a team with an abundance of senior leadership and deep and talented group of underclassmen. At a recent scrimmage meet against Blackhawk the teams posted 10 WPIAL Qualifying times and appear ready build upon their recent success.
On the Boy’s side, the team will be led by Senior Co-Captians Quin Theobald and Jake Uccellini along with Anders Ove and Tucker Yovetich. Returning WPIAL Qualifiers from last season include Theobald, Ove and Yovetich along with Juniors Zech Boyce, Nick Madey, Richard Danylo and Sophomore Aidan Sommers who was also a PIAA Qualifier......Read More
Northgate Midle School November Student of the Month
Each month, teachers at the Northgate MS/HS nominate from their classes a middle school student to be recognized for their outstanding efforts in the classroom. The names of these Star Students are displayed outside of each nominating teacher's classroom. From this group of names, a Student of the Month is randomly drawn for each grade level. and those Students of the Month receive a movie pass, lunch pass and a certificate of award. Congratulations to Students of the Month for November, India Benjamin (8th) and Haley Baker (7th)!
Realize Your Potential-The Perry Initiative
The Perry Initiative inspires young women to be leaders in Orthopaedic Surgery and Engineering by partnering with medical centers, universities and high schools worldwide. Apply to participate in the day long program. Explore hands-on workshop modules and receive mentorship from women surgeons and engineers.

When: April 1, 2017
Where: Allegheny General Hospital, Pittsburgh, PA
Application Deadline: March 1 2017
Apply online at:
Avalon Students Prepare for the Holidays!

Thank you to Mr. Bonicky's students for helping get the building ready for the holidays!  Every year, these students work hard to decorate the tree which brightens up the building for everyone.  It's an opportunity they look forward to, and we appreciate their efforts! 
Northgate Forensics
The Northgate Forensics team had its first tournament of the school year at Saint Kilian’s School on November 19th. Seven students attended the tournament reading pieces from various categories including Prose, Poetry, and one group participated in the Multiple Reading category. Northgate students brought home a total of seven ribbons. We had one Third place ribbon, five Second place ribbons, and 1 First place ribbon overall! Congratulations to the students that participated in the first tournament of this year! Our next tournament is on January 21st at Holy Trinity.


Sport Updates:
1/19 Bellevue PTO Meeting
   Bellevue @ 6:30 p.m.
1/19 End of 2nd Grading Period
1/20 In the HeART of Winter k-12 Art Show
from 6:00 -8:00
@The John A. Hermann Memorial Art Museum
1/23 High School Report Cards Issued
1/24 Northgate District Review Meeting with Mrs. Johns
   Bellevue @ 6:00 p.m.
1/26 Elementary Report Cards Issued
3/30 Northern Area Transition Fair
   AW Beattie Career Center

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