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 Thank you to our local businesses for supporting our Community Coffees....Eat-n-Park; Muddy Cup; Kuhns; Rusty Nail, Christie Biber, Luigi's, Good L'Oven Cookie  and Bean Thru

Superintendent Blog
February 21, 2017

Thank you to everyone who has attend one of our community coffees.  Our final one is now full, but we will be adding more dates.  We will have those posted soon.

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Northgate News:
Avalon Students Celebrate Chinese New Year
Sixth grade students at Avalon Elementary School study Ancient China as part of their social studies curriculum.  Students read “The Emperor’s Silent Army” as part of their ELA class, and have studied the history, geography and people of Ancient China.  Students were busy in the classroom making:
  • Red envelopes -- a Chinese tradition in which children receive envelopes with money from their parents or grandparents; AES students filled these envelopes with stickers for all students at the elementary school – pre-K through grade 5
  • Dragon heads –students formed groups of 4-5 to create a dragon head.  Some used paper mache, and some used boxes, but all dragons were different and creative........Read More
Bee-Bots in the Library
Many of the teachers in our district have been trained by The Center of Creativity to use the Lending Library which offers more than 1,000 pieces of equipment that support STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) in the classroom. Mrs. Maffie (Elementary Librarian) was able to use the Bee-Bots, tiny, colorful robots used to help young children with sequencing, estimation, and problem solving, into the classroom. The students had a blast learning while working in teams to get the Bee-Bots to the correct locations on their mats, made by Mrs. Maffie. We look forward to sharing more stories about how STEAM is being brought into our classrooms.
Northern Allegheny Rotary Club Dictionary Donation
What is the definition of the word “grateful?” In January, it means “Northgate Third Graders!” This month, the Northern Allegheny Rotary Club generously donated brand new dictionaries to each third grade student at both Avalon and Bellevue Elementary Schools. The Rotary Club has a long national and local history of performing valuable community services, focused on educational and developmental opportunities for America's youth. Part of this history includes donating dictionaries to school students........Read More
Forensics Team 2016-2017
The Forensics team attended a forensics tournament at Holy Trinity. Our students did an incredible job of being both professional and respectful during their time at Holy Trinity. Their performance was excellent and it shows in the number of ribbons received. We received a total of thirteen ribbons: four 1st place, five 2nd place, and four 3rd place. Our next tournament will be held at Our Lady of Fatima on February 11th. We look forward to sharing with you our results. Thank you for your support this year!
Pittsburgh Musical Theater -
"The Hunchback of Notre Dame"
Members of the High School Concert Choir and Middle School Chorus attended PMT's "The Hunchback of Notre Dame." Northgate Class of 2015, DJ Powers was part of the cast of this phenomenal production. After the show, our students participated in an excellent Q & A and took photos with the actors. It was a perfect day celebrating quality musical theater in Pittsburgh. The students thoroughly enjoyed themselves and hope to continue participating in rewarding enrichment activities in the future.
Mr. Somerville Helps Spread Spirit
The cheerleaders' lives got a little brighter this week due to the generosity of Farmer's Insurance. Mr. Somerville entered a drawing , sponsored by the Cranberry Twp. office and was their January winner. The prize was $100 worth of supplies to benefit Northgate students.Mr. Somerville chose to use the winnings to purchase twenty four pints of high quality Artista 2 poster paints for the cheerleaders. According to cheerleader Lauren Wanat, the Artista 2 paint spreads easier, covers better and is brighter than their existing paint supply......Read More
Spanish II Students Take a Virtual Field Trip To Spain
What better way to spend a gray and gloomy winter afternoon than by visiting the colorful and thought-provoking exhibits of an art museum.  Through the magic of modern technology the students enrolled in Spanish II classes recently participated in a virtual field trip to two art museums in Madrid, Spain.  The students spent class time touring the online galleries of El Prado Museum and the Reina Sofía Museum.  Each click of the mouse allowed the students to view artwork that ranged from the Spanish master painters, such as Velázquez, Goya and El Greco, to more modern Spanish artists like Picasso, Dalí and Miró......Read More
Beattie Students of the Month
(from Northgate)
Congratulations to Ryan Sneed for being recognized as one of the Students of the Month for December/January!  Ryan is currently completing the Emergency Response Technician program at A.W. Beattie Career Center. 
Elementary Library News
Students in grades k-2, in conjunction with Avalon and Bayne Public Libraries, are participating in the Picture Book Children's Choice Award program. Sara Mariacher, The Youth Services Library Assistant at Avalon Public Library, will visit Avalon Elementary Library classes and Diane Roos from Bayne Public Library will visit Bellevue Elementary Library classes. .......Read More
Northgate Girls Basketball
On December 29th, 2016, the Northgate Girls Basketball team had the opportunity to be special guests of the Duquesne Women's Basketball team. They had the opportunity to attend the Duquesne game against the University of Pittsburgh. As a part of this experience, the girls had a chance to hang out off the court and learn what it takes to compete at the D1 level. The NG players enjoyed seeing a few former WPIAL players on each of the teams. One of those players actually played in the same section a few years ago. All in all, it was a wonderful experience and the girls represented the Northgate School district well.
PA Football News All State Team
Congratulations to Northgate Football Players!

The following Northgate Football players received ALL State Recognition by the Pennsylvania Football News.

Mike Allen (Wide Receiver) and Suron Adams (Defensive Lineman) received First Team All State Honors in their respective positions.

Ken Azzarello (Defensive Back) was recognized All State Honorable Mention.
Hour of Code
Every year Northgate students participate in the Hour of Code. This event is opened and free to students and adults - it is easy to do and fun for the students. The event grows every year and now there are over 100 million students in over 180 countries that join the challenge of coding.
Paint In
Northgate School District art students attend the YMCA Senior Center of Bellevue for a “Paint In” on Wednesday, December 7. Equipped with pre-sketched canvas’, all of the students did a wonderful job painting their winter scenes and adding their own unique twists. The experience was enjoyable for all, bridging the age gap of our community, sharing laughs and stories. “This was the first time we visited the senior center,” says Art Teacher Lory Farrow, “and we definitely plan on returning!”
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
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
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: http://perryinitiative.org/student-online-application
 
 
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District Alerts:
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February Guidance Newsletter

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ATTN: Incoming Kindergarteners & Their Parents/ Guardians:
"Meet & Greet" Spaghetti Dinner

*NEW*
Superintendent Coffee

*NEW*
Northgate Recognition Form

Medical Research Summer Internship Opportunity!

The Perry Initiative
Sports Updates:
 
Upcoming Events:
2/25 Northgate Musical Fundraiser @ Barnes and Noble -
in store 3:00-6:00 p.m. or online
(click here for fundraising code)
2/28 Community Coffee @ 6:30-8:00 p.m.
2/28 ATTN: Incoming Kindergarteners & Their Parents/ Guardians:
"Meet & Greet" Spaghetti Dinner
3/3 Arts Odyssey
   HS - 4:30 - 8:00 p.m.
3/30 Northern Area Transition Fair
   AW Beattie Career Center
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