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Superintendent Blog

December 12, 2017

Winter weather is finally upon us! Hopefully we'll have another mild winter, but since we all live in Pittsburgh we know to expect the unexpected. As we face the possibility of weather issues, I have put together a document on how weather delay and closing decisions are made so our families know what to expect. This document is available on our website.
Click here for Weather Closing and Delay Information

A second document is also being posted detailing the process for capital improvement planning. In this document, you'll find information regarding the work that has already occurred, and I'll be updating it as planning continues.
Click here for the Capital Improvements: Timeline & Planning Information

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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.
Bellevue SWPBS
Bellevue SWPBSAs part of the School Wide Positive Behavior program, Bellevue Elementary collected over
300 pairs of socks during the month of October deemed Socktober. Baskets were placed around the school with no prize in mind, just kindness and giving back. These socks will go to a shelter in Pittsburgh and will keep many toes warm this winter. Congratulations to the Bellevue team for smashing through their goal of 80 pairs of socks. We're proud of the students and their families for donating and spreading the message kindness matters and you can give no matter how much or little you have.
The Starry Night
The StarryBellevue arts students shine! Sixth grade has been working on an art project inspired by The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh. Five Bellevue students used Rubik's cubes to create Starry Night in their classroom. "It was quite impressive," stated Mrs. Novelli.
A.w. Beatie Student Sucess

Beatie Student successNorthgate has many students who attend A.W. Beattie Technical School. These students are in career preparation programs which ready them for a number of jobs that are currently in high demand. We want to congratulate the following students for their leadership and academic excellence!
Congratulations to our A.W. Beattie Students of the Month!beattie student success

Angela Frushour-Adv Computer Programming
Emily Halle-Cosmetology
Barbara Wilson-Early Childhood Education
Andrew Geeting-EDAM/Robotics
Azhane Wilson-Health Science Technology.....Read More

Bungee Barbie
Barbie BungieRecently Mrs. Kunst’s and Mr Somerville’s Algebra 1 students got some real-world experience applying math concepts to bungee jumping. They had to estimate the number of rubber bands it would take to safely have a Barbie doll fall nearly seventeen feet, getting as close as possible without having Barbie hit her head.Barbie Bunge
First the classes learned about the precursor of bungee jumping on the Vanuatu island of Pentecost and the ceremonial significance of men jumping from trees with vines tied to their feet to insure a bountiful yam crop.........Read More
Northgate MS/HS Tower Garden
Tower Gardentower gardenNorthgate's ms/hs tower garden has arrived!           
We are growing oregano, curly and flat parsley, basil, 3 kinds of lettuces and sugar snap and snow peas! Stop by the library and watch how our plants grow!!
The Magical World of Disney
The magical world of disneyHigh School Concert Choir spent a magical day together October 27th at the Byham Theater. PMT along with CAPA, presented a production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Students had the opportunity to learn from the actors/directors themselves of the behind-the-scenes of show development. The students gained additional knowledge of the academic side of the Arts and an appreciation that will carry into their courses at Northgate. These opportunities are vital for our students to experience because they are positive, motivating, and inspirational.
Bellevue Elementary 5th Grade Campaign Posters
5th Grade postersIn Reading class the 5th grade students at Bellevue read the story, “Off and Running” by Gary Soto and illustrated by Eric Velasquez. The story is about two 5th grade students running for class president. Students discussed elements of a campaign and viewed samples of campaign posters. 5thgradepostersWith this knowledge students were then given the assignment to design their own campaign posters as if they were running for class president. Students followed a rubric which detailed what needed to be included on their posters. They then presented their poster to their classmates. As a cumulating event, Ms Hepner the 2nd grade teacher at Bellevue and Northgate High School Student Council Sponsor, was asked to come and speak to the 5th grade students about student council. Topics that were presented were, what student council does, how they are elected and what makes a good leader. Ms Hepner then had them participate in game called “49” 5th grade posterswhich promotes and encourages teamwork, an important part of being in student council. The presentation strengthen the students understanding of the process of running for office.
Bellevue Elementary Is A Spooktacular Place to Be!
Halloween at BellevueBellevue Elementary School hallways are adorned with festive decorations every holiday that brings the spirit of the season alive for the students. Halloween at BellevueThis October the hallways are attractively decorated with spooky inflatables ,scary door banners and real corn stalks. All the displays and hard work are done by Bellevue Elementary’s evening custodial staff of Mrs. Linda LeViere and Mrs. Robin Bodick. They put thoughtful consideration into each display. They look forward to seeing and hearing the joy of the students as they enter the building mesmerized by their spooktacular show! Mrs. LeViere and Mrs. Bodick make Bellevue Elementary an even better place to learn!
Cross Country Competes at The Slippery Rock Invitational

Cross countryOn Saturday, the Northgate MS and varsity cross country teams competed in the massive Slippery Rock Invitational, previewing the WPIAL course at Cooper’s Lake. Declan Klein and Isabella Uccellini both had strong races for the middle school.
Cross countryJonas Jason was the top varsity boy, finishing 44th out of 438 boys. He was 5th out of all single-A boys. For the varsity girls, Megan Wisniewski ran a personal best of 19:45 to finish 6th out of 470 girls and 2nd among the single-A runners. Her time is the second fastest all-time in school history!
The varsity teams will travel back to Cooper’s Lake on Thursday October 26th for the WPIAL Championship races and a chance to earn a spot in the PIAA State Championship.

Westinghouse Science Honors Institute

Since 1956, the Westinghouse Science Honors Institute (WSHI) has provided a forum for talented high school students to gain exposure to the latest advances in science, technology, and engineering.
WSHI participantsWSHI is a free program that consists of 13 Saturday morning lectures, held between October and March, on selected science and engineering topics.  Lectures will occur at the Franklin Regional Middle School.  At the end of the lecture series, participants may choose to test their knowledge by taking a voluntary exam.  Those with the highest scores, who are eligible for certificates of completion, will win awards.  To receive the WSHI certificate of completion participants must attend 8 of the 13 lectures. 
This year Northgate has three students participating in the program Claire Ishiyama, Luke Meyer, and Owen King have expressed an interest and have been selected for the program. 

Elementary Schools Participate in Walk to School Wellness Day

Walk to school wellness dayWalk to School Wellness DayOn Wednesday, October 4, 2017 Bellevue and Avalon Elementary Schools celebrated Walk to School Wellness Day. Students from the elementary schools met at the North Boroughs YMCA in Bellevue at 7:40 AM. Breakfast was provided for all the students, thanks to very generous donations of several local Walk to school wellness daybusinesses. Students at Bellevue Elementary were led by the Northgate High School Marching Band down Lincoln Ave to the school where they then performed in the auditorium. Students at Avalon Elementary were led by theWalk to school wellness day Northgate High School Chorus down California Ave to the school where they then performed in the auditorium. All the students were accompanied by police officers, fire fighters, staff, and parents of the elementary schools. The event serves as a reminder to the whole community that we are a walking school district and to remind our students how to practice safe skills when walking to school.  In recognition of it being a wellness day students, staff and parents listened to two presentations by representatives from: Let’s Move Pittsburgh and The Pennsylvania State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Both of these organizations promote active, healthful lifestyles for children and adults. At Bellevue, a representative from UPMC for Kids handed out information on good nutrition. The day was a huge success in creating awareness about the benefits of wellness. Walk to School Day is coordinated in the United States by the National Center for Safe Routes to School. Please check out the two attached flyers: Quick Tips for a Healthy Family and Elementary Physical Activity Calendar for October.

Northgate Homecoming Court 2017
Northgate 2017 Homecoming CourtThe 2017 Northgate Homecoming Court was announced at Friday's pep rally. The court members are pictured from left to right: Markie Kamdar, Julia Geeting, Cierra Tadda, Jenna Gobrecht, Victoria Oberst, and Jennifer Miller. 
Gardening Visit
Bellevue 4th Grade Students help compost YMCA GardenBellevue Elementary Fourth Grade students had the opportunity to visit the YMCA as an entry event to our project based learning study of composting and gardening. The North Boroughs YMCA and the Bellevue Initiative for Growth and Revitalization BIGR hosted a visit and explore session for our classes. Bellevue 4th Grade Students help compost YMCA GardenWe smelled herbs, planted garlic, and explored the community gardens at the local YMCA. We are finding inspiration for our own school compost and garden cornerstone project.
A.W. Beattie Career Center, Waynesburg University Press Release
FOR RELEASE September 7, 2017

WAYNESBURG, PA—A.W. Beattie Career Center and Waynesburg University are partnering to provide the opportunity for A.W. Beattie students to earn Waynesburg University credits while in high school, enabling them to get a head start on their bachelor’s degree in early childhood education.

Today, officials of the two institutions signed an articulation agreement, which will provide a pathway for qualified A.W. Beattie students to enroll in the Early Childhood Education Program at Waynesburg University. Upon enrollment at Waynesburg, eligible students will be awarded six academic credits.

Click here to read the rest of this press release.
Northgate has its own 'He-Man'

He-Man is a comic book hero popularized in the ‘80s known for his superhuman strength.

Northgate has a Heman, too. And while nothing about him might be described as superhuman, his right leg is super strong — he’s made field goals from 50-plus yards in practice — and it lifted the Flames to a big season-opening win......Read More

Northgate Cross Country

(from right) Kayley Wisniewski, Jenna Gobrecht, and Megan Wisniewski at the moment before the gun"Congratulations to all the members of the boys & girls cross country team for their stellar performances at this weekend's prestigious Red, White & Blue invitational at Schenley Park.

For the girls, Megan Wisniewski, Jenna Gobrecht and Kayley Wisniewski all ran personal best times and finished 6th, 19th and 22nd, respectively in the single-A division.

Jonas Jason (#6364) climbs the final hill of the raceFor the boys, Jonas Jason, Paul Baldauff and Shawn McNickel also all ran personal best times, with Jonas snagging a 12th place finish in the single-A division.

It was a fantastic way to start the season - way to go Flames!"

Northgate's got talent!
Northgate'g Got Talent Sara Reid American Idol 2.0 ContestantCongratulations to Sarah Reid who was selected to compete on American Idol 2.0. Sarah competed against thousands of other performers and was the youngest applicant selected from the Pittsburgh area. Sarah's Northgate family will be cheering her on!
Hurricane Relief
The district is working to support the victims of Hurricane Harvey. We will be accepting educational supplies until the end of September at both elementary schools. At each elementary school, there are blue Lowes 5 gallon containers for the donations that are placed throughout the schools. The Pittsburgh based international charity Brother's Brother, located on the North Side, will distribute the donated items to their charity partners in Houston and Dallas Texas.
Donation items needed:
  *New writing pads or loose leaf paper in packages
  *24 count boxes of crayons
  *2 inch erasers
  *Unsharpened pencils in boxes or packages
  *Hand held pencil sharpeners
  *Child safe scissors

Thank you for any assistance you can provide!

Northgate Juniors and Seniors are also collecting items for the hurricane victims. For more information click here.
Northgate's Conner Powers Earns National Recognition
Northgate High School Concert Choir Member, Conner Powers, a junior at Northgate has accomplished several goals through the sport of competitive cheerleading. He began at the age of 10, now 17, he is going into his 8th and final season. In the year 2017, Conner holds 4 national titles, and is ranked 16th in the world. We are proud of Conner’s major accomplishment and wish him much future success!
Action for Healthy Kids® Grants
Northgate School District Receives Two Grants from Action for Healthy Kids® and CSX to Advance Physical Activity and Healthy Eating Habits Among Students

Bellevue, PA (September 6, 2017) – Northgate School District is the proud recipient of two grants from Action for Healthy Kids® (AFHK) for the 2017-2018 school year. The Game On grant is provided through funding by CSX Transportation to expand student access to physical activity and healthy foods in school, improve knowledge and behaviors around physical activity and healthy eating, and engage parents in activities that reinforce healthy habits at home..........Read More
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!
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!
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Upcoming Events:
12/13 Elementary Band/Choral Concert
   Bellevue @ 7:00 p.m.
12/15 Middle School Snowball Dance
   HS 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
12/20 Middle/HS Choral Concert
   HS @ 7:00 p.m.
12/21 Elementary Holiday Parties
   Avalon and Bellevue
1/2 Students return to school
1/8 Committee of the Whole
   Admin Center @ 7:30 p.m.
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