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Superintendent Blog
Update Letter to Parents, March 2018:
Dear Northgate Families,
   I am writing with a couple of district updates. The first is in regards to school safety and security. While safety planning is an on-going process in the district, any new event provides information that is reviewed and considered by the safety committee. The tragic events that unfolded in Parkland, Florida have been reviewed and we continue to make updates and revisions to our practices. First of all, parents may have noticed an increase in police presence at the buildings during arrival and dismissal. We are truly appreciative of the relationships wee have with our local police departments and are grateful for their continued support. A second area we are updating relates to student drills. We will be implementing new procedures that we believe will help our students feel more prepared to respond to any kind of crisis situation. Our drills will be more complex in nature while remaining age-appropriate. Finally, we ask that all parents reiterate to their children the importance of reporting to an adult anything they see or hear that causes them to feel uncomfortable or unsafe..... Read More
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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:
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...

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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Upcoming Events:
3/19 School Board Meeting
   Admin Center @ 7:00 p.m.
3/19 to 3/22 Bellevue Spring Book Fair
3/23 End of the 3rd Grading Period
3/27  HS Report Cards Distributed
3/27 & 3/28 Elementary Parent/Teacher Conferences 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
3/27 & 3/28  Senior Project Presentations
   HS from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.
4/3  Elementary Report Cards Issued 
4/4 Avalon PTO Meeting @ 6:30 p.m.
4/5 Northern Area Transition Fair
   @ Beattie Technical School
   from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
4/6  Last day to Register for May SAT
4/6 Senior Citizen "Cinderella" Preview
   HS Doors Open at 5:45
4/6 Family and Sensory Friendly Performance of "Cinderella"     
   Orders due for "Banquet in a Box" 
4/7  Northgate Presents "Cinderella"
   HS @ 7:30 p.m. 
4/12 Northgate Presents "Cinderella"
   Family and Sensory Friendly Performance
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