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Superintendent Blog

December 18, 2017

Please join us for coffee! We will be hosting another series of community and parent coffees in January. This series will feature Mr. Shaun Tomaszweski, Director of Curriculum and Assessment. In order to allow for a high level of participation and questions, we will limit each coffee to 12 participants, but we will continue to add as many coffee dates as needed to accommodate everyone. We hope to have a large turnout!

If you plan to attend, please RSVP to Laureen Dowd (ldowd@northgate.k12.pa.us or 412-732-3300 ext.2110).

Location: Center of Bellevue
Dates & Times:

Jan. 16th @ 6:30 p.m.

Jan. 23rd @ 1:00 p.m.

Jan. 23rd @ 6:30 p.m.

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Northgate News:
Beattie Students Recognized
Beattie Student of the monthCongratulations to the following students for being selected Students of the Month (Nov./Dec.) at A.W. Beattie:Beattie Student of the month
Nick Lockhart~EDAM/Robotics
Riley Crow~Advertising Design
Kaileigh Hawkins~Advanced Computer Programming

We are so proud of all of you!
Alcosan Visits MS Science 
ALCOSAN MS VisitALCOSAN MS VisitMrs. Francis' seventh grade science classes welcomed Brittany Allen, a Scholastic Outreach representative from ALCOSAN, to their class on December 20th. She presented the activity, "Baffled by Buoyancy". In the activity, students learned about neutral buoyancy and how to change the buoyancy of objects. ALCOSAN MS VisitEach group chose an object and the utilized objects given to them (bolt nuts, rubber bands, water bottles, balloons) to achieve neutral buoyancy with the objects.
Avalon Elementary Metowers visit
The second grade students of Avalon enjoyed spreading holiday cheer to the residents of Metowers. They packaged small items for the residents and sang Christmas carols to celebrate the holiday season.
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Yoga Day at Bellevue Elementary!
yoga at bellevueStudents at Bellevue got a special treat when Northgate High School students came down for a day in November to instruct elementary students in the techniques of Yoga. Elementary classroom teachers signed up to take their classes to the gym for a 30 minute session. Many Bellevue students have been practicing yoga, mindfulness, calming and focusing strategies in their homerooms, but this gave them an opportunity to practice what they know and to learn some new techniques. Yoga at BellevueMany students and staff remarked how they enjoyed the sessions. Ms. Ziegler, the new yoga at bellevueNorthgate High School physical education teacher, was the energetic force behind training the high school students and bringing them down to the elementary school. The Yoga mats that the elementary students used were purchased through a grant from PSAHPERD, Pennsylvania Sate Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. More sessions are planned throughout the school year.
Attack Theater 
Attack TheaterOn Thursday, December 7th, Attack Theater came to Avalon and Bellevue Elementary Schools. Performers worked with Mrs. Majerac’s 6th grade at Avalon and Mrs. Bernauer’s 4th grade at Bellevue. Students were taught the highly engaging attention games “zip, zap, zop” and “body magnets.” Students couldn’t wait until the Attack Theater performers returned for another 40 minute class on Friday, where they worked on forming “tableaus,” or living pictures of events, processes, or ideas using the body magnet activity. Attack Theater returns to Avalon and Bellevue in January for 8 more sessions each.
Attack Theater
Mrs. Majerac and Mrs. Bernauer learned about this program from a 3-day summer training seminar conducted by the Luma Institute. Funding for this program has been provided through grants and the school board. 
Perfect Attendance
Perfect AttendanceOn December 15th, students with perfect attendance and zero tardies during the first quarter were rewarded with a trip to the Carnegie Science Center. perfect attendanceThey explored the Highmark SportsWorks and braved the new Ropes Challenge course as well as explored the exhibits in the main building such as BodyWorks and H2Oh!
Bellevue Elementary Students and Staff Enjoy Holiday Music
Staff plays Holiday Music at BellevueEvery year the day before Christmas break Miss Russo, Mrs. Gusew and Mr. Ewing entertain the students and staff at Staff plays Holiday Music at BellevueBellevue Elementary with their musical talents by performing holiday favorites in the auditorium. It sets the mood for a joyous start of the day and immerses everyone in spirit of the season.
Healthy Eating at Bellevue Elementary!
Healthy EatingThe first harvest was collected from the Tower Garden at Bellevue Elementary! Students got a chance to taste a salad made from items from vegetables in our Tower Garden. The dressing was made by 5th graders in math class using their measurement skills. The dressing consisted of chives, parsley and basil grown from the garden. Healthy EatingMany students commented how they loved tasting the salad and trying out the dressing. After they had finished eating, students filled out a survey to reflect on eating and making healthy choices..........Read More
Beattie Student Successes
Beattie SucessesA big congratulations to the following students who were recognized as Students of the Month at A.W. Beattie Career and Technical Center. We are so proud of you!
Beattie Sucesses
Izabella Berie-Automotive Technology
Audrey Grey-Early Childhood Education
Savannah Livingston-SMART-EST 
Hour of Code
Hour or Code– December 4th-10th
During the first week of December, Northgate celebrated Computer Science education week. We are surrounded by technology and use it every day, yet many of us don’t know how computers actually work. As part of the Hour of Code, our students joined over 100 million students in over 180 countries learning how to code!
Bellevue and Avalon Elementary Students Give Donations
givingIn the month of September students at Bellevue and Avalon Elementary Schools generously brought in school supplies for Hurricane Harvey victims. Many items were collected such as pencils, notebooks, scissors and many more items that were needed for school children that were affected by Hurricane Harvey. givingTwenty-one buckets that were full of supplies were taken to Brother’s Brother located on the Northside of Pittsburgh. Brother’s Brother Foundation is a Pittsburgh based international charity that distributed the donations with their non-profit charity partners in Dallas and Houston, Texas.
In the month of November Bellevue Elementary students brought in their “Share the Loot” Halloween candy. The extra candy was collected in baskets in the front lobby of the school. givingThere were four full laundry baskets of candy that was donated to Operation Troop Appreciation. Operation Troop Appreciation is a non-profit organization that presents a united front to our military, past and present, by providing support with items that contribute to their health, welfare and morale.
Avalon and Bellevue Named Championship Schools
2017 Championship SchoolCongratulations to Avalon Elementary and Bellevue Elementary for being named 2017 Championship School winners by Let’s Move Pittsburgh. Both schools were awarded grants to purchase Tower Gardens. Let’s Move Pittsburgh celebrates and rewards schools for leading new or existing programs to improve children's health with the goal of helping every school in Allegheny County become the healthiest place for kids to learn and grow.
 
 
 
 
 
 
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Career and College Planning for Underclassmen
January 17, 2018
Middle/High
School Auditorium 6:30 – 8:00 PM
All 9th, 10th, & 11th grade students and their parents/guardians are welcome.
 Topics include how to interpret PSAT scores, how to prepare for the SAT/ACT, exploring careers/colleges/majors, and the college application process.


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