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Superintendent Blog

September 12, 2017

Periodically, I get questions and concerns from parents about issues that are decided on at the state and federal level.  I'll usually provide background information and then encourage them to contact their legislators.  Communicating with legislators on issues parents may not fully understand can feel overwhelming.  Therefore, I was excited to see a new newsletter, developed by the Pennsylvania School Boards Association, designed to educate parents on how they can get involved and support public education.  Attached to this blog entry is the first official newsletter.  As future news letters are released, they will be posted here.  Thank you for your continued support!
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Northgate News:
Special Announcement 

Northgate NNorthgate School District will be administering the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) on Wednesday, October 11, 2017, to 10th and 11th grade students.  Testing will begin at 8:15 a.m., in the Northgate Middle/High School Auditorium. The PSAT/NMSQT is a program cosponsored by the College Board and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC). It is a standardized test that provides firsthand practice for the SAT. It also gives you a chance to enter NMSC scholarship programs and gain access to college and career planning tools.

COST: FREE to ALL 10th & 11th Grade Students

* Sign-Up in the Guidance Office!

For more information, students, parents/guardians are encouraged to visit:

https://collegereadiness.collegeboard.org 

or contact:

Northgate Guidance Department
Mr. Brian Talbert

412-732-3300, Ext. 1013

 
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 Homecoming Information
Poseidon's Gala
Northgate Jr./Sr. High School Cafeteria-Grades 9-12
Saturday, October 7, 2017 from 7:00-10:30 p.m.

All attendees must arrive between 7:00-7:30 at the cafeteria side of the school.No students will be permitted to leave until 10:30

Ticket Sales after school in the Library
October 2nd $20 Single $40 Couple
October 3rd $25 Single $50 Couple
October 4th $30 Single $60 Couple

Tickets are cash only and are non transferable and non refundable

Picture Order Form

The Homecoming Parade will be rescheduled for  Saturday, October 21st leaving Avalon Elementary at 11:15 for the noon kickoff.

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
  *Rulers
  *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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District Alerts:

*NEW*
September Guidance Newsletter

Senior Picture Yearbook Guidelines

Alumni Field Light Pole Project
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Upcoming Events:
9/27 High School Progress Reports Mailed
9/28 Middle/High School Open House-6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
9/29 High School NOON Dismissal
10/4 Avalon and Bellevue National Walk to School Day
10/4 Avalon PTO Meeting @ 6:30 p.m.
10/5 MS/HS Picture Makeup Day
10/5 Last Day to Register for the Nov. SAT
10/6 Avalon and Bellevue Fall Picture Day
10/6 Homecoming Game vs. Monessen played @ J.C. Stone Field
Parade rescheduled for October 21  
10/7 Homecoming Dance- 7:00 to 10:30 p.m.
10/9 Columbus Day-NO SCHOOL for Students
10/9 Staff In-service
10/9 Committee of the Whole
   Admin Center @ 7:30 p.m.
10/10 Quarterback Club Meeting @ 6:00 p.m.
10/11 PSAT Exam and  National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test
   HS @ 8:15 a.m.
 In The News:

Northgate has its own 'He-Man

Northgate joins technology pilot program



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