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Superintendent Blog
April 20, 2018
I would like to thank Representative Adam Ravenstahl and Senator Wayne Fontana for participating in a student Town Hall meeting at our Middle/High School.  The students asked thoughtful questions on a wide range of issues including gun control, healthcare, economic inequality, race relations, etc.  It was a wonderful event where students learned about the process of being active citizens and getting their voices heard.  We appreciate everyone's efforts in making this a success!

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New Technology Partnership
The Northgate School District is pleased to be partnering with the Allegheny Intermediate Unit and All Covered to provide our district with technology support throughout the school year.  Over the next month AIU Technology staff and All Covered will be looking at the existing technology equipment in our district.   Beginning August 6th you will be able to call or email the AIU Help Desk for support.  AIU Help Desk phone number is 412-394-5900 and email is helpdesk@aiu3.net.  The hours of operations for the AIU help desk are Monday thru Friday 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM.   We are very excited to be working with the AIU and their experienced technology staff.

Thank you for the continued patience through all the transition at our school district.
Avonworth/Northgate Girls Win States in Track & Field
Over Memorial Day weekend at Shippensburg University, the Avonworth / Northgate girl’s track & field team secured the PIAA 3A Team State Championship, becoming just the 5th WPIAL program to do so since they started naming girls’ team champions in 1977. Competing in the 3A classification with the largest schools in the state, the unique co-op team was led magnificently by Avonworth senior Hunter Robinson. The Tulane recruit closed out her legendary sprinting career by winning her 4th & 5th individual state titles. She blasted off for gold in the 400-meter dash in a huge personal best time of 54.10 seconds. In the 90 degree heat of the afternoon, Hunter gutted out another gold in the 200-meter dash in 23.98 seconds, only her second time ever under 24 seconds. She also ran a leg of the 3rd place 4x100m relay, which broke a school record with a time of 47.64 seconds, making it the 5th-fastest time a WPIAL team has ever run, anywhere..........Read More
Northgate Marching Band Travels to Cedar Point!
The Northgate Flames Marching Band had an exciting trip this past weekend to Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, and to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland! The band had the opportunity to parade down the main stretch of the Cedar Point and perform for all of the guests on Saturday May 19th. On Sunday May 20th the band traveled to the Rock and Roll Hall of fame, and experienced all the museum had to offer! It was an amazing trip with a group of amazing people!
Flat Stanley 
Students read the wonderful book, Flat Stanley, about a boy who becomes flat when his bulletin board falls on him one night . Stanley has many adventures. Students chose a family member or friend to send a Stanley they created to and asked them to take them on an adventure. They then wrote a letter back and sent pictures as well. Our Stanleys traveled to Japan, Hawaii, California, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, South Dakota, Virginia, New York, Florida, Bahamas, South Carolina, Colorado and Maine!
Students are also creating their own Flat Stanley book. The class has also read Stanley and the Magic Lamp, Stanley in Space, Invisible Stanley, Stanley Flat Again and a few Stanley’s Worldwide Adventures! 
Genetics Class Collaborates With University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Warren Ruder, from the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh, collaborated with the students from the Spring Genetics class to bring biotechnology to our classroom. The students learned about genetic engineering through a hands-on experiment using gel electrophoresis and DNA samples from Dr. Ruder's lab. Students were able to perform the steps involved in separating DNA fragments using this laboratory technique under the guidance of Dr. Ruder and his colleagues (Michael Behrens, Ting-Yen Wei and Dr. Zhicheng Long). This was a unique and exciting opportunity for the students to work with individuals currently working in the field of bioengineering and to learn more about the procedures and techniques used in modern genetics research.
Northgate Band Students Shine!
Congratulations to 7th grader Christian Packard and 8th grader Cheyenne Gregor for being selected to participate in the PMEA District 1 West Jr High Honors Band. This took place on March 2nd and 3rd at Mr. Lebanon High School. The students had the opportunity to perform with students from 44 school districts in the Pittsburgh/Western Pennsylvania Area. The ensemble was under the direction of Mr. Travis Weller. Mr. Weller is currently serving as the Director of Music Education at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, PA. His duties at Messiah as an Assistant Professor of Music include supervising instrumental music education students, teaching methods courses, working with graduate conducting students and conducting the Symphonic Winds. The students had a wonderful experience working with him and the event ended in a concert showcasing the students hard work over those two days.
Congratulations to Bellevue 6th grader John Carson, and Avalon 6th graders Erin King and Logan Reed for being selected to participate in the PMEA Elementary Band Festival. This took place on May 11th and 12th at the South Fayette High School. The students had the opportunity to perform with 130 5th and 6th grade students from school districts in the Pittsburgh/Western Pennsylvania Area. The ensemble was under the direction of Mr. Brian Balmages, who is an award-winning composer, conductor, producer and performer. His active schedule of commissions and premieres has incorporated groups ranging from elementary schools to professional ensembles, including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Miami Symphony Orchestra, University of Miami Wind Ensemble, Boston Brass, and the Dominion Brass Ensemble. The students performed 5 amazing pieces of music in their final concert on that Saturday, including a piece written by Mr. Balmages himself.
Avonworth/Northgate Track & Field Team Shine at The Butler Invitational
On Friday, members of the Avonworth/Northgate track & field team competed in the Butler Invitational.  With 75 school districts attending, it is one of the largest and most competitive track meets in the state.  Hunter Robinson stole the show once again, earning 1st Place gold medals in the 100, 200 and 400 meter dashes to earn the Track MVP for the meet. Megan Wisniewski snagged an 8th place medal in the 800 meter run.  Hunter, Megan, Jasmine Williams and Catherine Penrod also grabbed 3rd place medals for their collective performance in the 1600 meter relay. 
1st Place Duquesne Light Contest Winners

Congratulations to our middle school Science students and Mrs. Francis! They recently earned 1st place in a contest sponsored by Duquesne Light.
During the first semester, the seventh grade science classes participated in the Duquesne Light Company’s Community Education Energy Efficiency Program (CEEP). The students received an energy auditor kit and learned to use tools to discover how much energy lights and common appliances use both when in use and when not in use. The students learned to read an electricity bill and ways conserve energy both at home and at school. The students then created an energy campaign involving posters, daily announcements, commercials, a newsletter, a Google Slide show and a website to promote energy conservation. Twenty local schools participated in this program and were in competition for who could create the best campaign. This past week, we were notified that Northgate won first place! Duquesne Light will be donating $1000 to use in Mrs. Francis' classroom!

Accelerated Reader Contest Winners!!

The top Accelerated Readers in grade 7th and 8th had a pizza party on May 10. The top 7th grade winner is Rebecca Beattie (328 points) and the top reader in 8th grade is Savanna White (341 points).  Savanna White was our top 7th grade AR winner last year – so she has been our top AR winner for two years now.  Each winner will receive a $20.00 gift certificate to Target.  Individual Reading and English teachers in the middle school support this program and they provide additional classroom incentives.
Congratulations students!

TOP 7th GRADERS –

  • Rebecca Beattie

  • Molly Heeter

  • Mykal Davis

  • Henry Trevisan

  • Brooke Spade

  • Logan McGee

  • Grace Baldauff

  • William Grinage



TOP 8th GRADERS –
  • Savanna White

  • Corrine Pasko

  • Kayla Mellinger

  • Leah Burns

  • Kailey Bedison

  • Andrew Baldauff

  • Andrew Heeter

  • Cheyenne Gregor

  • Mariah Forsythe

  • Vegas Szakelyhidi

  • Isabella Uccellini

  • Emma DeSimone

Northgate/Avonworth Track Continues Successful Season
trackOn Friday, the Avonworth/Northgate track & field team competed at the Mars Invitational.  With 35 school districts competing, our girls team scored enough points to be crowned invitational champions! Leading the way was eventual meet MVP Hunter Robinson with 1st places in the 100m dash and 400m dash. trackHayden Robinson scored a 1st place in the 200m dash and a 2nd place in the 100m dash.  promHayden, Hunter, Jasmine Williams and Catherine Penrod grabbed 2nd place medals in the mile relay. Catherine, Jenna Gobrecht, Kayley Wisniewski and Anna Igims ran to 3rd place medals in the 2 mile relay.  The show-stopper, though, was the girls 400m relay, where Hayden, Hunter, Jasmine and Harris Robinson sprinted to a meet record, school record and an all-time WPIAL top-20 time.....Read More
Prom CourT
promCongratulations to Northgate's 2018 Prom Court Zechariah, Mitchell, Jonas, Conner (not pictured), and Ian. The court was selected in a skit performed by the Homecoming Court at our annual Senior Auction assembly. Grades 9-12 will vote for the Prom King who will be revealed Friday night at the Prom.
Spanish III
In town plazas across the Spanish-speaking countries of the Caribbean, friends gather to participate in the daily games of dominoes. The clickety-clack sounds of domino tiles being played against the table, which were recently emanating from the Northgate Spanish III classroom, required a second glance to confirm that the passerby was indeed in Pittsburgh, not San Juan or Santo Domingo.
The Spanish III students recently completed a thematic unit dealing with hobbies and pastimes. After reading about the importance of the game of dominoes in the lives and culture of many native Spanish speakers, the students expressed a desire to learn how to play the game. After an online search, the teacher was able to order some authentic domino sets.  While waiting for the domino sets to arrive, the students learned about the history and rules, as well as, some strategies for competing in Latin dominoes. Once the domino sets arrived, the students formed teams and the first ever meeting of the Northgate Domino Club was underway. The only thing left to do was to wait for the victorious call of DOMINÓ.
 
 
Career Day
careerdayWe had a career day for all Bellevue and Avalon third grade students at Avalon Elementary School to educate our students of the different types of careers in the local area, entrepreneurship and how plan for different types of careers.  It was held on Wednesday March 28, 2018.  careerdayWe had professionals from Kathryn Hyslop Photograpy, Covestro, New Century Careers, Gateway Engineering, Avalon Police Department, YellowBasedGreen (Advertising and Design), and Brashear Construction Consulting. Students visited each professional and engaged in a hands-on learning activity for students to learn more about each type of career.  careerdayOverall, students, teachers and the professionals had a great time.  It was an amazing learning experience for everyone! 
Future Chef
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 Asian Food Challenge. The national program, which is in its seventh 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 twenty eight healthy Asian food recipes that were judged on: Originality, kid appeal, ease of preparation, plate presentation, taste and healthy attributes. Of the twenty eight students, six challengers were chosen; Kara Elliot making her Sweet and Spicy Chicken, Zoe Russell making Asian Salad, Elijah Swinger and his Rice to Meet ya Sweet Pea, Charlie Tabano with Charlie’s Rolls with Awesome Sauce, Joh Wright’s Sweet and Sour Chicken and Layla Young-Taylor with Vegan Fried Rice. The six finalists had to prepare and present their creations before a panel of celebrity judges that included Mrs. Nancy Silay, and Chefs Sean Conley and Mike Cope owners of Tallulah’s Catering in Etna.

Judges talked with each finalist and tasted samples of their healthy Asian recipe. Once all the judging was completed one winner remained; Kara Elliott and her Sweet and Sour Chicken. Kara received a Fit Bit, Polaroid Camera and a 10 piece cookware set donated by Sodexo. Kara’s recipe was submitted to the regional competition. All six finalists received medals and gifts. Congratulations to all those who participated and many thanks to those who made this event a success.

Kindness Rocks at Bellevue Elementary
Students in grades 4th,5th and 6th grades have been working on designing and painting their own Kindness Rocks in Art class with Mrs. Novelli. Kindness rocks started in Cape Cod with Megan Murphy who established the Kindness Rocks Project by dropping rocks with inspirational sayings on them in different locations for other people to find. The students in 5th grade were able to view a video of Megan Murphy and how she came up with the idea. Then the pictures of the rocks started showing up in social media. There are now Kindness Rocks that show up around the world. The students have been finishing the rocks and will be placing them around the Bellevue Community. The purpose is to spread kindness and when you find a rock, it can be posted on social media. The finder of the rock can keep it or hide it in a different location to spread the inspirational messages. So keep your eyes open for Bellevue Elementary Kindness Rocks, you never know where you will find one!
Congratulations Northgate Junior Rotarians
Congratulations to this year's Junior Rotarians Miranda Asche and Martha Moser!
The Junior Rotarian Program is sponsored through the local Rotary Club. They identify students in their junior year of high school from various North Hills high schools and make them a “junior member” of the Rotary Club. They have dinner each week with adult business leaders from the community, participate in community service projects and are given opportunities to attend various educational programs. All of this is at no cost to the students. In the past, Northgate students have also received college scholarships from the Bob Williams Memorial Rotary Scholarship Program as a result of being Junior Rotarians. The Rotary Club shared that for many years Northgate has nominated superb young men and women and this year was no different with Miranda Asche and Martha Moser being outstanding young women. The Rotary also expressed their appreciation for the continued support they receive from Mrs. Winovich, Ms. Lattari and Mr. Kyle
Swimmers Earn All-State Recognition
The Boys and Girls Swim Teams concluded their most successful season in school history with impressive performances at the PIAA State Championship this weekend at Bucknell University.

The Boy’s Team earned their first top 10 finish at States scoring a team record 85 points to earn 7th place. The team was led by Senior Nick Madey, a Bloomsburg University recruit, who finished 7th in the 100 Breaststroke and 12th in the 100 Butterfly. Top performances were also delivered for the boys in the relay events. The 200 Medley Relay team of Madey, Senior Zech Boyce, Junior Aidan Sommers and Freshman Cooper Groll finished in 6th place. Boyce and Groll teamed with Sophomores Luke Tomzcak and Luke Wagner to finish 7th in the 200 Free Relay. And in the in the final event of the meet Boyce, Sommers, Groll and Tomzcak combined to finished 9th in the 400 Freestyle Relay.

The Girl’s team, led by Junior Karen Siddoway, finished the meet in 15th place. Siddoway posted new personal best times and team records in her 2nd place performances in the 100 Freestyle and 200 Freestyle events. Ranked the 9th best swimmer in the PA Class of 2019 by CollegeSwimming.com, Siddoway figures to be a favorite in her events at next year’s State Championship.

Based on their performance, the following swimmers were named to the All-State Swimming and Diving Team by the Pennsylvania High School Swimming Coaches Association:

Zech Boyce
Nick Madey
Karen Siddoway
Aiden Sommers
Cooper Groll
Luke Tomzcak
Luke Wagner
Double Duty
The last home game for Northgate girls’ basketball ended more than just the season of playing the sport for senior Cali McWilliams. It also was closing night for Cali’s singing the pre-game version of the “National Anthem,” as she has done throughout the current season.

Cali credits Northgate choir director Kelly Winovich for helping her develop her pitch-perfect and expressive rendition of the “Anthem.”

Winovich passes the credit back to her student........Read More
Middle/High School Student Council attend the District 3 Pennsylvania Association of Student Councils  
On March 1, 2018 eighteen students from the Middle School and Senior High Student Council attended the District 3 Pennsylvania Association of Student Councils conference which had over 600 attendees from different schools in Allegheny County. Northgate has served on a district leadership board with thirteen other local prestigious school districts and was selected after Student Council President Cali McWilliams gave a speech securing another term and a $400 scholarship for Northgate. The council was recognized for the second year as a Keystone Council of Excellence awarded to sixteen high schools across the state and is based off of outstanding work in leadership development, council organization, leadership activities and events, community service, and council evaluation. At the conference students enjoyed motivational speaker Kent Julian, student workshops, and networking. Ms. Hepner was honored for five years of service as the Senior High Student Council Advisor. 
Steam Field trip for Avalon 6th Grade
upmcOn Friday February 16th, the Avalon 6th grade attended a STEAM field trip to the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry. The trip was sponsored by the EverFi Hockey Scholar program, which students have been completing in class. Students received a tour of the Sports Complex, watched a Hockey Scholar video (which was mainly filmed at the Cranberry location) and learned about how the Zamboni uses hot and cold water to clear the ice. Students watched Patric Hörnqvist skate while he rehabbed from an injury in lieu of other activities which had to be cancelled due to the filming of a commercial that day. upmcLater all students were given the opportunity to try out their skills on the ice during a free skating activity. Finally students received a lunch prepared by the Pittsburgh Penguins cooking staff as they watched a Penguin practice session.
Northern Area Honors Band
Northern Area Honors BandSix Northgate Middle School students were selected to participate in the Northern Area Honors Band on Tuesday February 20th. This ensemble is made up of 7th and 8th grade students from Avonworth, Hampton, North Hills, Northgate, Pine Richland, Quaker Valley, Sewickley Academy, and Shaler. The Northern Area Honors Band has 2 rehearsals, one evening and then an entire day long rehearsal that ends in a concert. The students did an amazing job and the concert was absolutely wonderful and it showcased all of their hard work and commitment. The Northgate students that participated were: Calvin Barie, Rebecca Beattie, Cheyenne Gregor, Max Nelson, Karliann Stiegler, and James Zugai.
National Engineers Week
On Tuesday, February 20th, Mrs. Francis' science classes helped celebrate National Engineers Week by inviting Mrs. Maria Pospisil to our school to present "The Speedy Architect." Students used the Engineering Design Process to plan, build, create and improve their designs of the straw towers they created. Students had time constraints they needed to overcome and had to be mindful of the amount of materials being used. Teams then used a rubric to score the safety, structural integrity, and capacity of their towers. They also earned points for their planning stills and ability to minimize waste.
Northgate student is national champion:
By TOM STEINERConner
Northgate senior Conner Powers recently turned in an award-winning performance that brought him lots of cheers from the audience at Petersen Events Center. Appropriate, since the cheers were for his skilled cheerleader routine that included double-full — a move that comprises a single back somersault with two full twists -- gymnastics and high-flying stunts that earned him first place among hundreds of competitors vying for the national title which, at the end of the day, Conner proudly carried home.
Performing consistently since sixth grade, Conner practices routines with Fire and Ice All-Stars Hail Competitive Cheer Squad located on Saw Mill Run Boulevard. Speaking of Conner, one of his strongest supporter-mentors, Northgate choral director Kelly Winovich, said, "Conner was born with a natural stage presence and has a passion for performing. He has been able to showcase his talents being a part of the competitive cheerleading world and also with our concert choir, performing for our school and community, as well as across the Pittsburgh area. I am certain Conner's future will be bright and that he will most definitely be a success story from Northgate
Middle/Senior High School."..........Read More
Avalon 100th Day of School 
100 days100 daysOn Friday, February 2nd, Avalon's Kindergarten and 6th grade classes celebrated the 100th day of school. 6th graders helped the Kindergarten students string festive necklaces with 100 pieces of pasta in sets of 10 -- learning all about fine motor skills. Then together the students decorated a crown to cap the day. 100 daysLater, both classes combined to do 100 exercises and write about 100 things they would like to do together in the future. It was wonderful to spend part of a big day in elementary school with our study buddies! Happy 100th day of school! 
A.W. Beattie Students of the Month
A big congratulations to our students who were recognized for Student of the Month (Dec./Jan.) at A.W. Beattie Career Center!
Beattie Student of the MonthBeattie Student of the MonthBeattie Student of the MonthBeattie Student of the MonthColin Zieger-Advanced Computer Programming
Abby Vilsack-Advertising Design
Peter Millhoff-EDAM/Robotics
Sundas Sohail-Health & Nursing Sciences
Elementary Beattie Career Day
Elementary Beattie Career DayElementary Beattie Career DayOn Wednesday, January 31, 2018, Bellevue and Avalon 5th grade students participated in a Beattie Career Day. Students and staff from A.W. Beattie Career Center came to Bellevue Elementary School to educate our students on the different programs offered at Beattie Tech. Students were able to engage in hands-on activities in the Pastry Arts, Advanced Computer Technology, Emergency Response Technology and Automotive Technology Programs. Elementary Beattie Career DayIt was great to see some of our own Northgate High School students that attend Beattie Tech teaching our elementary students about the programs. Overall, it was an awesome opportunity for everyone!
Northgate Student Earns Extra Effort Award
Anthon B Extra Effort AwardThe district congratulates Anthony Barbarino for earning the KDKA Extra Effort Award! Anthon B Extra Effort AwardAnthony was recognized for his high academic achievement, participation in multiple sports and service to the community. We are so proud of him!
Elementary Digital Citizenship
Fourth grade students at Avalon and Bellevue Elementaries recently completed a unit on digital citizenship in Mrs. Maffei’s elementary computer class.

Some of the topics students learned about include:
multitasking and considering the benefits on focusing on one task at a time
what information is appropriate to share online
were encouraged to take action to stop cyber bullying
how to choose effective keywords for searching online
how to give proper credit to artists whose images and sound clips they use

Students earned badges for each section they completed. Those who completed and earned a passing grade on all sections received a Digital Passport Certificate from Common Sense Media.
4th Grade Composting
compostingcompostingBellevue 4th graders have begun their composting work utilizing red wiggler composting worms.  Next month, they will be planting seeds that were donated by the North Boros YMCA and students.  They are excited to see how much of an impact the worm castings have on the growth of the vegetables.  Stay tuned...

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Health in Motion: Bellevue Elementary
At Bellevue Elementary School there was great anticipation for the first harvest from our Tower Garden! Through a grant acquired through Let’s Move Pittsburgh, Bellevue Elementary School in the Northgate School District was able to purchase a Tower Garden for the 2017-2018 school year. The students learned that a Tower Garden is a vertical, aeroponic growing system that grows plants with only water and nutrients rather than dirt. The students in grades, Kindergarten through 6th, also learned about healthy choices and good nutrition from Marsha Stamatakis, a nutrition intern from the University of Pittsburgh.......Read More at the Phipp's Conservatory Blog
Allegheny Valley Honors Band
Allegheny Valley Honors BandCongratulations to 7th grader Christian Packard and 10th Grader Evelyn Biber for auditioning and being chosen for the Allegheny Valley Honors Band. This took place on January 4th and 5th at Pine Richland High School. The students had the opportunity to perform with around 200 students from 8 neighboring school districts under the baton of two wonderful guest conductors. Allegheny Valley Honors BandThe Junior High Ensemble was directed by Mr. Christopher Marra who is currently the Director of Instrumental Activities at Seton Hill University, and the Senior High Ensemble was directed by Dr. Jonathan Helmick who is currently the Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at Slippery Rock University. It was amazing to see how talented all of the students were as both ensembles did an amazing job.
PMEA District 1 Honors Band
PMEA District Honors BandCongratulations to 10th grader Evelyn Biber and 12th Grader Abigail Dougherty for being selected to participate in the PMEA District 1 West Honors Band. This took place on January 10th through January 12th at Upper St. Clair High School. The students had the opportunity to perform with students from 44 school districts in the Pittsburgh/Western Pennsylvania Area. The ensemble was under the direction of PMEA District Honors BandMr. Don Owens, Coordinator Emeritus of the Jazz Studies and Pedagogy Program, Director Emeritus, Contemporary Music Ensemble, and the National High School Music Institute at Northwestern University. The students had a chance to perform six wonderful pieces of music including an original piece written by Mr. Don Owens himself. 
Avalon Swpbis Bingo
Avalon SWPBISAvalon Elementary held a SWPBIS BINGO game day to reward students who promote and demonstrate positive behavior throughout the school. The students had an opportunity to play several games of BINGO and win prizes. It was a fun day for all who participated!
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.
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!
 
 
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
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!
 
 
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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District Alerts:

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Proposed General Fund Budget

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7th Grade Supply List

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Summer AR Program

Bellevue Boro Police Tip Line

Updated Capital Improvement Planning Document

Guidance Newsletter

Northgate Recognition Form

Upcoming Events:
8/16 Avalon New Student Orientation
   9:00 to 10:30 a.m.
8/20 Bellevue New Student Orientation @ 10:30 a.m.
8/20 & 8/21 Teacher Inservice
8/22 First Day for Students (1st-12th grades),
   Kindergarten Screening by Appt.
8/23 Kindergarten Screening by Appt.
8/24 Kindergaren First Day & Ice Cream Social
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CCAC partners with Northgate School District to offer College in High School program
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