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2016-2017 NEWS:

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!
Honors 8th Grade Field Trip

On May 7th, the Honors 8th grade History students participated in a field trip to the Fort Pitt Museum and Heinz History Center.  The students recently completed a unit where they studied the French and Indian War through the involvement of the Pittsburgh area.


Pittsburgh Musical Theater Field Trip - Tarzan

Members of the High School Concert Choir and Middle School Chorus attended a Field Trip to see PMT's Tarzan at the Byham Theater. This was a positive and rewarding experience for all who attended. Following the Performance, our students enjoyed hearing directly from the Cast about their passion for theater and the Arts, and the production process of the Show. Enrichment activities such as this are inspirational and such a wonderful demonstration of quality musical theater in our City!


Ja Day at Bellevue Elementary

On Friday May 19, 2017 Bellevue Elementary had Junior Achievement Day.  Gail Costa, the Junior Achievement Day coordinator for Merrill Lynch/Bank of America brought 16 volunteers to teach Junior Achievement classes at Bellevue Elementary for our K-6 students. It was a successful day with our students and they learned about entrepreneurship, work readiness and financial literacy through experiential, hands-on programs.


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Spanish Class Celebrates Cinco De Mayo

On Friday, May 5, 2017, in cities across North America many people participated in celebrations to commemorate the Mexican holiday known as Cinco De Mayo.  While the origins of the holiday rest with the underdog story of the Mexican army’s victory over the larger and better trained French army at the Battle of Puebla in 1862, today many Americans host gatherings to celebrate Mexican culture.  The Northgate Spanish Club was among this group as it hosted its annual fiesta in conjunction with Cinco De Mayo.  On the days prior to the fiesta the students studied the history surrounding the holiday and even created traditional piñata decorations to hang throughout the classroom.  When the fifth of May finally arrived, the sounds of mariachi music and the aromas of Mexican inspired dishes wafted throughout the Northgate High School building.  The students eagerly presented the Mexican cuisine which was prepared to share with classmates.  From tacos to guacamole, Mexican sodas to sangria, the students learned a great deal about one aspect of Mexican culture.  One student, Cheyenne Baker, created an homage to the bandera mexicana, or Mexican flag, with her green, white and red cupcakes.  Her efforts demonstrated the spirit of the traditional call that is often heard on Cinco De Mayo¡Viva México! or Long Live Mexico!


Honors Band

The Northgate School District would like to recognize and congratulate our students who were accepted into honors bands during the 2016-17 school year!  Every year, the state of Pennsylvania offers students in elementary, middle, and high school the opportunity to audition for multiple honors bands.  Each student was selected from hundreds of student applicants at the local, regional, and state levels.  We are incredibly proud of their musical accomplishments!


PMEA Sr. High District Band:

  • Abigail Dougherty (11th grade)

  • Gregory Tadda (12th grade)

PMEA Jr. High District Band:

  • Callia Barie (8th grade)

  • Evelyn Biber (9th grade)

PMEA Elementary Honors Band:

  • Christian Packard (Avalon Elementary, 6th grade)

Northern Area Honors Band:

  • Grace Amick (8th grade)

  • Callia Barie (8th grade)

  • Cheyenne Gregor (7th grade)

  • Dylan McWilliams (7th grade)

  • Maximus Nelson (7th grade)

Allegheny Valley Honors Band:

  • Callia Barie (8th grade)

  • Gregory Tadda (12th grade)


Part of the Plan-Leadership in High School Ensembles 

Recently, high school musician leaders joined the nationally renowned leadership clinician, Dr. Tim Lautzenheiser, and Duquesne University's NAfME Collegiate Chapter for a day of motivation, collaboration, and inspiration.  Part of the Plan: Leadership in High School Ensembles was held for student musicians with leadership roles in their school music programs.  Throughout the day, Dr. Tim and music education majors from Duquesne guided high school students through stimulating leadership sessions to help shape them into the shining leaders they are called to be in their music ensembles.  This event was open to any current choir, band, or orchestra student looking to become a stronger leader in his or her high school music experience.   

Session Topics Included: 

   * Icebreakers and Team Building
   * Leading from the Back: Being a Leader Without a Title
   * Conflict Management 101
   * How do I leave an Impact on Every Member?
   * Finding Your Personal Leadership Style
   * Breakout Sessions: Leadership in Band, Orchestra, and Choir 

*Northgate High School Concert Choir Member, Sarah Reid again participated at Duquesne, accompanied by Mrs. Winovich, whom received her Bachelor's/Master's Degrees from the University. 


Music Career Days

This school year, Duquesne University's Collegiate Chapter of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME) held its annual Career Days.  This is the twenty-seventh year in which the program has taken place and Freshman Concert Choir Member Sarah Reid represented Northgate, also accompanied by Mrs. Winovich.  Career Day is designed for high school students who express interest in pursuing a career in music education, performance, therapy, or technology.  Participants of Career Day had the opportunity to mock audition and engage in several activities that will give them a glimpse of the life of a music major.  Overall, Sarah had an insightful two days and is grateful to have been given this rewarding opportunity. 


Avalon Staff Support Take Your Kids to Work Day and the Pittsburgh Penguins

Avalon Elementary staff had a fun time participating in National Bring Your Child to Work Day The staff has also been busy supporting the Pittsburgh Penguins playoff run and the in-development Avalon Maker Space. Every playoff game the staff donates money to wear jeans and their Pens gear, the money raised will go towards creating a great Maker Space for the students. The Pittsburgh Penguins have been a great support to Avalon and we are excited to support them as they contend for another Stanley Cup!


AR List 2016-2017


  • Savanna White

  • Kailey Bedison

  • Andrew Baldauff

  • Chris Neal

  • Brendan King

  • Madison Roberts

  • Isabella Uccellini

  • Dylan McWilliams

  • Vegas Szakelyhidi

  • Israel Sustayta

  • Haley Baker

  • Kayla Mellinger

  • Elisabeth Scanlon

  • Angelina Barbarino

  • Corrine Pasko

  • Vito Pascale

  • Nicolas McDermott

  • Emma DeSimone

  • Devin Dorsch

  • Ryan Geeting


  • Adam Barrett

  • Isabella Kirk

  • Allison Blenk

  • Adelynn Weaver

  • Michael Bobinski

  • Michael Zieger

  • Callia Barie

  • Maura Dougherty

  • Sara Thomas

  • Alanna Clark

  • Anthony Gold

  • Aiden Pasa

  • Kennyth Legler

  • Joshua Dugan

  • Evan Ebaugh

  • Raven Wynn

  • Kevin Beatty

  • Kelsey King

  • Grace Amick

  • Justin Gamblin


Fractured Fairy Tales

Mrs. Mignella’s  9th grade students read a variety of tales from both Grimm Brothers and modern versions to answer the essential question:  “How has the purpose of fairy tales changed since they were recorded by the Grimm Brothers?”  Students wrote and created their own fractured fairy tale with at least one media component and presented them to the class.  It was optional to dress up as one of their characters. The students did an awesome job and we are blown away at the creativity they showed!


Future Chef 2017
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 Comfort Food Challenge. The national program, which is in its sixth 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 forty healthy comfort food recipes that were judged on: Originality, kid appeal, ease of preparation, plate presentation, taste and healthy attributes. Of the forty students, six challengers were chosen; Faith Boyce making her Wake up pizza with cheesy dreams, Alaysia Dorsey making Alaysia’s healthy quesadillas, Andrew Pegher and his skinny strawberry french toast, Kaylee Stewart and her pizza casserole, Charlie Tabano with Charlie’s BBQ meatball madness and Aden Williams with The TMC omelet. The six finalists had to prepare and present their creations before a panel of celebrity judges that included Mrs. Nancy Silay, Student Judge; Miss Caroline Maxwell, 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 breakfast recipe. Once all the judging was completed one winner remained; Faith and her wake up pizza with cheesy dreams. . Faith received a Fit Bit and a backpack filled with cooking utensils donated by Sodexo. Faith’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.

Track and Field

The Avonworth/Northgate track & field teams competed at the Knoch Relays invitational this past Saturday. The girls team overall finished 3rd. Leading the way on the track were Megan and Kayley Wisniewski, Jenna Gobrecht, Katrina Kolsosky, Hailey McClain, Tori Oberst, Luisa Valeriano, and Jasmine Williams. Kathleen King and Jordan Anderson were the team leaders in the field scc events. For the boys, the track events were lead by Kenny Azzarello, Michael Allen, Kaveh Bowie, Dan Brown, Brandon Green, Jonas Jason, Ray Mangone, Michael Persia, Chase Rowsey, and Elijah Thomas. Anthony Barbarino lead the way in the field events.

Student Council District Conference 

On Friday, March 17 2017, Northgate Senior Student Council welcomed 600 students and advisors from across Allegheny County for the annual District 3 Conference. The day began with performances from the Northgate Flames Marching Band, Concert Choir, Musical, and speeches from Northgate’s principal Mr. Kyle and the superintendent Dr. Johns. The delegation was impressed with the musical talent at Northgate and shared a gratitude for the emphasis placed on the arts in our school. Afterward, icebreakers and awards were given to the Middle Level and High School Advisors of the Year from D3. The morning concluded with Megan Livingston giving the keynote speech about matching your passion with volunteerism.

Students attended student led workshops for leadership development while the advisors enjoyed a roundtable discussion. All attendees had a delicious lunch from Sodexo, went to caucus meetings, and ended the afternoon with a celebration. Ms. Hepner and Ms. Burns, the high school student council advisors, heard many complements about the AV crew, delicious food, and friendly and helpful students and staff. Northgate last hosted this conference in 2003 and was proud to bring it back 14 years later. We are Northgate Proud of our Student Council for their hard work and dedication. 

Alcosan -Water Cycle Presentation
Ms Candace came to fourth grade science on Tuesday March 21 to present the Alcosan Calendar Project. We followed a droplet of water from the hydro cycle through the wastewater adventure and back to the Ohio River. This lesson tied in well with our Land and Water Studies and our knowledge of the Water Cycle.

Annual Foreign Language Club Breakfast
It has been said that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. This advice proved to be true for the group of Northgate students who gathered recently in the cafeteria to enjoy food and fellowship at the annual Foreign Language Club European Breakfast. The students were introduced to the customs and cultures surrounding the morning meal in France, Germany and Spain through short lectures provided by the teachers of the foreign language department. The learning continued as the students sampled fresh rolls and cheeses representing the traditional breakfast of old Germany. Later students savored buttery croissants and chocolate crepes that could only be inspired by the decadent bakeries of France. The European tour was complete with a sip of hot chocolate accompanied by a pastry and tropical fruits, a breakfast reminiscent of a café on the plaza in a Spanish city. While the breakfast lasted for only a short class period, and the feeling of fullness from the meal a little longer, the fond memories of shared experiences with friends last forever.

Rotary Ethics Symposium

On Friday, March 10th Junior Rotarians Conner Powers and Luke Robertson (along with Mrs. Winovich) attended the annual Rotary Ethics Symposium, this year held at LaRoche College. It was an informative day that covered a wide variety of topics relevant in Education today. Conner and Luke will both present about the day's experience to the North Borough's Rotary Club at a weekly meeting at Shannopin Country Club.

National Honor Society
The College Trip is back! After a few year hiatus, Northgate was once again able to offer this wonderful opportunity to our students. 43 sophomores, juniors and seniors attending this 2 day trip of 4 Pennsylvania universities: Indiana University of Pennsylvania, University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown, Penn State, and Clarion.

French Club Happenings
Arts Odyssey: The French Club sold Bruster's Ice Cream to raise money for the upcoming November 2017 trip to France. 12 students and 4 adults will be traveling to France and Italy for a 13 day trip. If anyone is interested in enrolling, please contact Ms. Cromer.

Pastries: The French Club had their 2nd annual baking day with the help of Mrs. Weryha. This year we made Pain au Chocolat, a French pastry that many students love to eat for an after school snack.

Bellevue Elementary 6th Graders celebrate Pi Day in a big way! 
On March 14, Bellevue Elementary 6th Graders celebrated "Pi Day".In the morning students participated in stations creating a Pi chain representing Pi in colors, read Sir Cumference and the Knights of the Round Table books, found the circumference of bubbles, wrote Pi stories, found how close they could get to Pi dividing circumference and diameter from objects at home, and made art out of the digits of Pi. In the afternoon, two college students from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh spoke about the importance of mathematics and STEAM careers They also shared fun Pi facts, and helped judge the 5th annual Pi Day Competition. Congratulations to Daniel Moser for memorizing 351 digits of Pi and ranking 5th nationally.

Northgate Students Perform at Wpial Championship 
Concert Choir Members Sarah Reid and Siara Woods recently performed the National Anthem at the University of Pittsburgh's Petersen Events Center on Thursday, March 2nd. They received an outstanding response from the WPIAL and the crowd of people attending the playoff game. "Way to go" representing Northgate in such a positive way! Congratulations!! 

Avalon Poetry Contest #NorthgateProud
Northgate Proud celebrations at Avalon Elementary included a poetry contest for students in grades K - 6. Students were asked to write a poem expressing their positive feelings about a school or district or community event. Poetry winners were chosen at each grade level and rewarded with a pizza party. The winning poems are currently on display for all to see. Congratulations, Northgate Proud Poets!

"Change" for #NorthgateProud
As part of Northgate Pride, in the month of February, each of the schools in the Northgate School District participated in various activities to celebrate the great things that are going on in our buildings. At Avalon Elementary, one of the activities we participated in was called “Change for Pride.” This was a competition among each of the homerooms to collect the most change to be donated to the North Boroughs Food Pantry, a part of the North Hills Community Outreach. The students were very excited to participate in this coin drive, because the homeroom that collected the most change won the right to silly string Mr. Peacock, our school principal, at a school-wide assembly. It was a close contest with many of the homerooms’ coin totals separated only by a few ounces. In the end, the students at Avalon collected a whopping 94.4 pounds of coins. This amounted to $600.17 that will be donated to the Food Bank. Although it was Mrs. McCarthy’s first grade classroom that won the competition, all of the teachers at Avalon could not be more proud of their students’ achievement and desire to help those in our community.

Pitt Mobile Science Lab Comes to Avalon and Bellevue Elementary Schools
If you happened to see an 80 foot tractor trailer parked on Lincoln Ave or California Ave in front of Bellevue and Avalon Elementary Schools, it was the Pitt Mobile Science Lab! The Mobile Science Lab came on January 12 to Avalon and on January 13 to Bellevue. The lab brings educational science experiments to schools and community events throughout the Western Pennsylvania region. It is equipped with state-of-the-art student science laboratory. The mobile science lab features 26 work stations and customized equipment. Students in grades 4th, 5th and 6th put their analytical skills to use in the program: Living with Bugs. They also learned the answer to the question: How do microorganisms impact your life?
Each class was divided into two groups, Pathologists and Basic Researcher. The Pathologists group worked independently at their microscope and using the evidence they observed, identified their patients’ infection type (either bacterial or fungal). As the students complete their investigation they are encouraged to look through the neighboring microscope so they could identify differences between bacterial and fungal infections.

The Basic Researcher group worked to examine the many useful benefits microorganisms play in the routine processes of our bodies. Using a computer, they scanned the human body and gained insight into these specific microorganisms. They discovered where they lived and the roles they performed.
During their time in the lab students were engaged in using a microscope to discover types of organisms and also using a computer program to see different bugs that affect our bodies. Many students were surprised to find out how many microorganisms they actually live with daily. The most exciting fact they learned was that as we age Demodex, frequently referred to as eyelash mites, form on our eyelashes to eat the dead skin. You can probably guess the reaction that caused…….

A Dose of Reality.....
from The Citizen
Deciding what to do post-high school has always posed problems for students. Get a job? Community college? Trade school? Start a business? Four-year college?

To help students make sense of it all by planning wisely, Northgate High School's Business, Computer, and Information Technology (BCIT) Department this past Tuesday hosted its first "financial reality fair," a program sponsored by credit union associations nationwide.

BCIT teacher Susanne Galupi explained the purpose of the event......Read More

Avalon Tower Garden
Through an Action For Healthy Kids Grant, Mrs. Farmer, 6th grade teacher at Avalon was able to purchase a Tower Garden. A Tower Garden is a “vertical, aeroponic growing system that allows you to grow vegetables, herbs, fruits and flowers in less than three square feet—indoors or out.”We are growing a variety of leafy greens and herbs such as kale, arugula, radicchio, basil, and thyme. The purpose of the project is to teach kids the benefits of growing healthy foods in a limited space.

Here’s what a few 4th graders have to say about the Tower Garden.

"Mrs. Farmer and other team members wrote an Action for Healthy and Kids Grant and got $1,000. We bought a Tower Garden .We started it at the beginning of February and set it up in the conference room. They did it to teach us how to take care of plants and to grow plants indoors in no soil. It is very cool. I would hope to see it again."
By Logan Butler

"We got a Tower Garden. Mr. Farmer wrote a grant for it. It was $1,000.00 for it. It is started in the conference room. We got it in February and it is growing a lot of stuff. We got it for lessons to teach us how to take care of plants."
By Caleb Brandt

"Mrs. Farmer wrote a Healthy kids grant. We got $1000 and bought a Tower Garden at the beginning of February. It teaches us how to take care of plants. It blew my mind!"
By Connor Patterson

National Engineers Week
lcosan Visits Middle School Students
On Tuesday, February 14, 2017 students in Mrs. Francis' middle school science classes welcomed Mrs. Robin McRobertsfrom ALCOSAN to participate in an activity to celebrate National Engineers Week.  The 7th and 8th graders explored the engineering process by creating the "Tower Power."  Students had to work together to create a free-standing tower able to hold a golf ball that was 150 centimeters using only newspaper and masking tape.  Students had to consider the time constraints engineers face when given a task to complete and had to work within a budget for their materials.  


Beattie Student of the Month
(from Northgate)
Congratulations to Michelle Lucy for being named Student of the Month at A.W. Beattie Career Center! Michelle is completing the Pastry Arts program. We are so proud of Michelle for all of her hard work and accomplishments!


Mrs. Francis' 7th grade Class Activities
Students in Mrs. Francis' 7th grade physical science class have been exploring simple and complex machines. Using K'Nex materials purchased from a grant sponsored by PittCon, the students were able to engineer complex machines. Students created catapults, paint launchers, and construction equipment as well as many other helpful machines.

Bellevue : #NorthgatePride
Palindrome Contest @ Avalon
Students in grades 4-6 at Avalon had the opportunity to participate in a Palindrome contest. What is a Palindrome? A Palindrome is a word, phrase, sentence, or number that can be written and read the same way forward or backward. Some examples are “WOW”, “MADAM, I’M ADAM”, or “5115”. The students who came up with the MOST single word palindromes were treated to a pizza party. The winners of the contest were Connor Patterson, Embry Glasser, Hayden Kuhns, Mia Rajakovic, and Shyla Baptiste. Congratulations to our Avalon wordsmiths!!

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.
On Friday afternoon, January 27th, a day before the actual Chinese New Year, 4-5 6th grade students went the AES classrooms to explainwhat Chinese New Year is about, what dragons represent and to wish AES students a Happy Chinese New Year.  

At 2:15, our dragons “danced” through all the classrooms at Avalon Elementary.   It was noisy, but celebratory, and will be remembered by all of AES as we rang in the year of the Rooster.

A grateful thank you to all the AES parents and families who helped their learners obtain materials, who patiently allowed their dining room tables commandeered by art supplies and projects in progress, and who good naturedly supported their children in this activity!

Thank you to Mr. Joe Peacock, Mrs. Sherrill Farmer, Mrs. Megan Spanos and Miss Elyssa Anderson for their support, assistance and understanding through this project.  Finally, thank you to the Avalon Staff for their donations, assistance and enthusiasm in allowing us to interrupt their classrooms! 

Happy Chinese New Year – the Year of the Rooster – from Avalon Elementary School’s 6th grade!

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. At ceremonies held at both schools on January 20th, 2017, this proud tradition continued. Lead by Mr. Ted Meinert (husband of retired Northgate instructor Judy Meinert), the Northern Allegheny Rotary Club presented a new copy of “A Student's Dictionary” to each Avalon and Bellevue third grade student, while emphasizing the importance of service to our communities. Our third graders get to keep these dictionaries for their own, and will find them to be valuable resources for their weekly spelling assignments, which emphasize the use of challenging new words in sentences that they compose. The Third Grade Teachers and Students would like to give a big THANK YOU to the Northern Allegheny Rotary Club for their generous gift!

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 Uses Farmer's Grant Money to Help SpreadSpread 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. It takes less time to paint signs, and they look better. R.J Startzenbach, insurance representative for Farmers, said "Farmers Insurance is proud to support the students of Northgate with this program." He delivered the paint January 25th and was appreciative of the warm thanks from the cheerleaders. Go FLAMES!

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.  As the class is covering a unit with a focus on cultural activities including vocabulary dealing with art museums, the students selected their favorite painting and composed a review (in Spanish) of the chosen work.

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. The ladies will read the students 5 different books from the program (1 book per visit). The students will enjoy a new story and activity each visit. During the final visit, students will vote for their favorite book of the year. Last year our students chose the winner of the contest across all of Allegeny County. Mrs. Maffei and our primary students are excited to participate in the voting process again this year and look forward to visits from Ms. Sara and Ms. Diane!


Swim Teams Defeat Springdale
The Boy’s and Girl’s Swim teams defeated section foe Springdale to remain undefeated in section meets.

The Boy’s Team earned a 91-72 victory over a Springdale squad that features two of the best swimmers in WPIAL AA. Junior Zech Boyce lead the way with victories and WPIAL Championship qualifying times in both the 100 and 200 Freestyle events. Also posting WPIAL qualifying times were Junior Nick Madey in the 100 Butterfly and Freshman Luke Tomczak in the 200 Individual Medley. Boyce, Madey and Tomczak teamed with Freshman Luke Wagner to win the 200 Freestyle Relay and in the 400 Freestyle Relay Boyce and Tomzcak were joined by Senior Quinn Theobald and Sophomore Aidan Sommers to finish in first place. Other first place finishers included Sommers (50 Freestyle) and Theobald (500 Freestyle).

The Girl’s team relied on strong performances by multiple team members to post a 86-70 victory. The girls swept the Freestyle sprints with Sophomore Brianna Nowka earning victories in both the 50 and 100 distances with Junior Ava Groll and Freshman Juliette Boughton finishing 2nd and 3rd in the 50 and Sophomore Chloe Cropper and Freshman Zoe Halpate finishing 2nd and 3rd in the 50. Nowka also teamed with Cropper, Halpate and Junior Maura Scrabis to win the 200 Freestyle Relay. Nowka and Scrabis combined with Senior Anna Wagner and Sophomore Karen Siddoway to win the 400 Freestyle Relay. Wagner, Groll and Siddoway also won a victory in the 200 Medley Relay swimming with Freshman Angelina Patarini. In the other individual events Siddoway was victorious in the 100 Butterfly and 100 Backstroke where she set a new Team Record. Wagner earned victories in the 200 Individual Medley and 500 Freestyle where she posted a WPIAL qualifying time.

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.

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
*  Risks and consequences
*  Making responsible choices
*  Peer pressure and how to respond to it
*  Dealing with stressful situations
*  Communicating confidently
*  Nonverbal communication
*  Effective listening
*  Bullying and how to safely report
*  Helping others
*  But the overall focus was on Being Safe and Responsible

Originally D.A.R.E. was an acronym that stood for Drug Abuse Resistance Education. D.A.R.E. is also an acronym for the decision making model that is used in the classroom:
            Define- Describe the problem, challenge or opportunity,
  Assess - What are all the possible choices in a situation and the positive and negative consequences for each, we really try to think outside of the box and come up with creative solutions to the problems or opportunities presented.
  Respond- Make a choice about how to handle the situation and then do it in a confident manner.
  Evaluate- The decision to determine if it was a good one.

The DARE program is made possible by these current supporters: the Elks, Avalon Fire Department, Mike Joyce Automotive, North Hills Boroughs and Township Police Association, and Association of Bellevue Police.

Congratulations to the winners of the DARE essays: Danielle Brown, John Carson, Talan Hill and Alexis Dugan.

Congratulations to the winners of the DARE poster contest: Kylie Weaver, Anthony Jones, Gabriella Sbraccia and Caiden King.

The DARE program was a positive learning experience for the students at Bellevue and they made new friend in Sergeant Lucas.

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. The buddy bench helps to eliminate loneliness and foster friendship on the playground. Today more than 500 benches are in all 50 states and 10 countries. The Buddy Bench was a collaborative effort with the help of Mr. Berwick and his shop students who built the benches and the maintenance staff who delivered the benches to the elementary schools. Also a big thank-you goes out to Mr. Barkschat at Bellevue for installing the bench at Bellevue and the Avalon Borough crew for installing the bench at Avalon.  The Buddy Bench at Bellevue Elementary School has a gold memorial plaque attached to it dedicated to the The Lasch Family.


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!”

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.

The Boys team was led by strong individual performances by Senior Quinn Theobald (100 Freestyle), Junior Zech Boyce (100 Butterfly), Junior Nick Madey (200 IM), Sophomore Aidan Sommers (100 Backstroke), and Freshman Luke Tomczak (200 Freestyle). Theobald, Boyce, Madey and Tomczak added a 1st place finish in the 400 Freestyle Relay and 2nd in the 200 Medley Relay. Boyce and Madey teamed-up with Senior Tucker Yovetich and Freshman Luke Wagner to finish second in the 200 Free Relay. All three relays posted times that qualify for the WPIAL Championships.

The girls team used dominating relay performances to defeat the Riverside squad. Senior Anna Wagner and Sophomore Karen Siddoway factored into all of the relay wins by swimming with Seniors Maura Scrabis and Sophie Thompson in the 200 Medley Relay, Junior Ava Groll and Freshman Zoe Helpate in the 200 Freestyle Relay, and Scrabis and Freshman Angelina Patarini in the 400 Freestyle Relay. Individual event winners included Wagner (500 Free), Siddoway (200 IM), Scrabis (50 Freestyle), Thompson (100 Backstroke), Helpate (200 Freestyle), and Paterini (100 Butterfly).

The teams will resume competition on Thursday, January 5th with an away section meet against Highlands. 

Beattie Students of the Month (from Northgate)

Northgate Students  Angela Frushour, Julia Geeting, Elizabeth Ahlborn, attend AW Beattie Career Center as part of their school day. They work hard and were named Students of the Month. Congratulations!

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. Retuning letter winner Sophomore Mason Herzig and Freshman Luke Tomczak and Luke Wagner are expected to push for spots on the WPIAL Qualifying Team. Additional key team members include Junior Calvin Zheng, Sophomores Wiley Bozada, Nick Lockhart, Jon McCauley, Luke Meyer and Freshman Ryan McFarland.
The Girl’s team will also be led by a deep senior class let by Senior Co-Captains Maggie Hapeman, Maura Scrabis and Anna Wagner along with Sophia Brandt, Sophie Thompson and Logan Yovetich. Scrabis and Wagner will be joined by fellow WPIAL and PIAA Qualifers Sophomore Karen Siddoway and Brianna Nowka and WPIAL Qualifier Junior Ava Groll. Siddoway, one of the top swimmers in the State will attempt to improve her two top 10 Ten PIAA finishes from last year. Adding impressive depth to the Girl’s team are Juniors Eleanor Hardiman, Zoe Hutchingson and Katherine McFarland, Sophomors Chloe Cropper, Rebecca Hapeman and Tess Theobald. A large freshman class that is expected to compete for important points during the season includes Juliette Boughton, Zoe Halpate, Kaylee Madey, SainehaPadala, Angelina Patterini, and Isaballa Salerno.
The teams are expected to face some stiff completion in their new section as they are grouped with some of the top teams in WPIAL and State including Shady Side Academy, Knock, Springdale and Highlands. The team has one remaining home scrimmage against Quaker Valley on December 8th and will begin the regular season with a non-section meet at Riverside on December 15th.

Northgate Midle School November Student of the Month
Each month, teachers at the Northgate MS/HS nominate from their classes a middle school student to be recognized for their outstanding efforts in the classroom. The names of these Star Students are displayed outside of each nominating teacher's classroom. From this group of names, a Student of the Month is randomly drawn for each grade level. and those Students of the Month receive a movie pass, lunch pass and a certificate of award. Congratulations to Students of the Month for November, India Benjamin (8th) and Haley Baker (7th)!

Avalon Students Prepare for the Holidays!

Thank you to Mr. Bonicky's students for helping get the building ready for the holidays!  Every year, these students work hard to decorate the tree which brightens up the building for everyone.  It's an opportunity they look forward to, and we appreciate their efforts! 

Northgate Forensics
The Northgate Forensics team had its first tournament of the school year at Saint Kilian’s School on November 19th. Seven students attended the tournament reading pieces from various categories including Prose, Poetry, and one group participated in the Multiple Reading category. Northgate students brought home a total of seven ribbons. We had one Third place ribbon, five Second place ribbons, and 1 First place ribbon overall! Congratulations to the students that participated in the first tournament of this year! Our next tournament is on January 21st at Holy Trinity.

A.W. Beattie Student(s) of the Month
Congratulations to Madalyn Abramowicz and Jacob Burns for earning Student of the Month at A.W. Beattie Career Center. Madalyn is studying Automotive Technology and Jacob is studying Emergency Response Technology

A.W. Beattie Student of the Month Flyer



Avalon firefighters visit Kindergarten
Submitted by Mrs. Nusskern and Miss Anderson

To celebrate Fire Prevention Month, Avalon Kindergarten invited our local volunteer fire department to come to school and share fire safety tips with the students. We learned about smoke detectors, who to call in case of a fire or emergency, and how to stop drop and roll, just to name a few. Thank you to Fireman Bill and Fireman Dave for coming to see us and share the knowledge they have on this important topic.

Announcement for Middle & High School Students
Just in! - LittleBIts and Makey Makey are now available for use in the high school library during your free time, before or after school.
With LittleBits you can become an inventor using easy-to-use electronic building blocks. Bits snap together with magnets so it is a fast and easy way to learn and invent with electronics.

Makey Makey kits will only be available until December 21st. These kits can be used to turn everyday objects into keys for your computer.

Stop by the library and create and invention of your own!

Mole Day

Mole Day is celebrated annually from 6:02 AM to 6:02 PM on October 23rd to celebrate Avagadro’s Number, 6.02 X 1023. A mole is a unit of measure which is used daily in chemistry, but you can have a mole of anything. Many classrooms nationally, like Mr. Somerville’s here at Northgate, mark the occasion with parties and mole- related activities. The students provided a variety of food such as MOLE-assas cookies, guaca-mole-a and the like.

Students discussed that a mole of pennies, distributed to every man, woman and child on Earth would give each person hundreds of billions of dollars in pennies (more than the total USA pennies ever minted). We have to work with such immense quantities because molecules are so incredibly small, so it takes a whole lot of them to enable us to study their properties. The students look forward to their next “geek” holiday in March, the infamous Pi Day when we will celebrate all things round (especially pie!).


Wpial Summit on Sportsmanship

On Thursday, November 10, 2016, Jenna Gobrecht, Tori Oberst, Ray Mangone, Austin Farmerie, Cherron Fowler and Jacob Uccellini, Northgate student athletes, attended the WPIAL Summit on Sportsmanship held at the Heinz History Center and Sports Museum.  The students were welcomed by the Director of the WPIAL, Mr. Tim O’Malley.  Following Mr. O’Malley’s opening remarks the students had the opportunity to hear from local celebrities concerning issues facing student athletes today.


Thanksgiving Cheer!
Northgate staff and faculty, which included teachers, paraprofessionals, secretaries, maintenance, school board, and administration teamed-up to spread Thanksgiving well wishes to families in both Avalon and Bellevue. As delivery assignments were being distributed, 115 baskets generously stocked with Thanksgiving essentials were delivered to Northgate by Joyce Erdner at The DoorWay. Donation baskets were given to the DoorWay by Mitsubishi Electrical Power Products Inc. of Warrendale. This annual act of generosity is provided by the company and its employees, who reach out during the holidays to spread a little joy. Northgate volunteers loaded up cars and provided the door-to-door service to families in order to make Thanksgiving a little less stressful!

From our Northgate Family to Yours – A Safe, Memorable & Happy Thanksgiving!

3rd Grade Bellevue Students "Disguise a Turkey" Contest
Third grade students at Bellevue Elementary participated in the “Disguise a Turkey” contest.

Cross Country 2016
The Northgate Boys and Girls Cross Country teams had another strong year. The girls team finished 6th at the WPIAL Championship meet, and were led with high finishes by sophomores Megan Wisniewski, Kayley Wisniewski and senior Luisa Valeriano. Megan finished 17th, good enough for a prestigious WPIAL medal. Kayley finished 23rd, and Luisa capped a great varsity running career with a 37th-place finish and personal-best time. For the second year in a row, both Megan and Kayley placed high enough to compete at the PIAA State Championship Meet in Hershey, PA. The boys team finished 7th at the WPIAL Championship meet, and were led with high finishes by junior Jonas Jason, senior Austin Farmerie and freshman Paul Baldauff. Jonas finished 9th overall and earned a WPIAL medal. Austin finished 31st and Paul finished 65th. Jonas joined Megan and Kayley as a qualifier for the PIAA State Championship meet. Thanks to everyone that supported the team this season!

News from the Northgate Gifted Education Department
Presented By:
The BRAIN PROGRAM was a series of learning stations about the brain and nervous system. The learning stations focused on the organization and function of the brain and nervous system, and what goes wrong with brain function in certain diseases. The stations were very stimulating and interactive. They were presented by faculty, postdoctoral trainees, and graduate and undergraduate students of the Center for Neuroscience of the University of Pittsburgh (CNUP). The presentation of each individual station took about 10 to 15 minutes and was viewed by a group of about 10 to 12 students. Five stations were presented simultaneously, and each station presentation was repeated 4 to 5 times during a period of about 90 minutes. Student groups rotated from one interactive station to the next, learning about core concepts in neuroscience, meeting with neuroscientists, and discussing the information they were learning. At the end of the entire presentation period, all students saw 5 different interactive stations. Students received hand-outs that covered the main ideas presented at each station, so they could review the material in class or at home at a later time.


Bellevue 6th Grade Sending Support to the Football Team

Beat the Clariton Bears!

The sixth graders designed and then solved 96 Rubik's cubes to build this mosaic to support our football team in the playoffs

Honors Biology
The Honors Biology classes served as Ms. Coughenour’s “guinea pigs” this year for a new project on cellar structures. The students had to make a cell drawing or tracing on a piece of Shrinky Dink paper. They then had to identify and color code the parts of the cell and create a key. Many of the students reported that the project helped them to better understand cellular structure and to more accurately identify the different organelles/cellular structures. Once they finished, Ms. Coughenour cooked them in the oven, which was quite the undertaking, and here they are! Ms. Coughenour is providing the students with keychain loops so they can make keychain charms out of them.

National Parks

Did you know that the National Park service turned 100 on August 25, 2016? In conjunction with the National Parks Service 100 year celebration, Mrs. Schwemmer’s 7th grade Library Research class researched and created a PowerPoint of a National Park. You too can be part of the celebration – visit a National Park today!

Northgate School District Awarded 2016-2017 Safe Schools Targeted Grants
The Department of Education announced the release of the 2016-2017 Safe Schools Targeted Grants for public school entities, nonpublic and private school entities, police agencies and municipalities for funding for the training and compensation of school resource officers and school police officers through a $3.9 million targeted grant program.   Northgate School District has been awarded the maximum individual grant of $60,000 for a School Resource Officer.

Additionally, public school entities were able to apply for funding to purchase security-related equipment that addresses school safety and violence through a $2.6 million Safe Schools Initiative Targeted Grant program.  Northgate has been awarded the maximum amount per individual targeted grant of $25,000.

STEAM Lending Library-Puzzlets! 
The STEAM Lending Library sponsored by the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation and the Allegheny Intermediate Unit (AIU) provided Avalon Elementary with the opportunity to try out a new hands-on interactive gaming program. Puzzlets use directional puzzle pieces and a platformer-style game video to teach children critical thinking, programming, and coding skills. Avalon students used the Kindles provided to play the game Cork the Volcano to think like a programmer. They worked collaboratively in partners and groups to solve problems, meet challenges, make decisions, follow directions, and logically sequence events to move through levels. This innovative game engaged a variety of grade levels from second through sixth grade while addressing numerous ELA, mathematics, and technology standards. Hearing the amount of student engagement in the room was extraordinary. The students commented on how they didn’t realize they were actually playing a learning game. We are lucky enough to have the Puzzlets for another month, so they can continue their journey to achieve new levels and find secret passages. Encouraging students to think like a programmer generated a creative energy for 21st century learning. Many other items will be coming from the AIU Lending Library this year. We are looking forward to having them, and seeing the excitement they can bring.


Ninth Grade Family Heritage Project
By Madeleine Ebaugh-Northgate Student

Ninth grades students recently completed a project to discover and understand more about their heritage in Mrs. Mignella’s and Mr. Hogle’s English and Social Studies class. During this project, students researched a country that they had family from in order to gain a deeper understanding of their family’s cultural history. Students created family trees explaining who their relatives were, how they lived, and what occupation they had. The ninth graders also created detailed Power Point presentations with facts about their country—from geography and architecture to food and holidays to explaining the significance of their country’s flag. Each student drew and colored a unique coat of arms: either the coat of arms used by their ancestors, or an original one displaying their and their family’s interest. Students presented their Power Points, family trees, and coat of arms in front of the class, and were given a chance for extra credit if they brought in food from their chosen country. By learning about their country and their lineage, the ninth grade students got to know what life was like for their predecessors, and how the culture and history of their country shapes who they are today.
Northgate Choral News
*Freshman Sarah Reid pictured with former Pittsburgh Steeler, Bill Priatko, and former University of Louisville basketball star, John VaroscakOn October 16th and 17th, Concert Choir Member Sarah Reid participated in Music Career Days at Duquesne University. She had a first-hand look at what is involved in enrolling as a future music major. Sarah had the experience of a mock audition (receiving rave reviews), attended a recital that featured gifted musicians, and observed college classes where she interacted one-on-one with faculty and students. Overall, Sarah had an enriching and rewarding time at Duquesne University and is grateful for this incredible opportunity.

Conner Powers and Luke Robertson have been selected as 2016-2017 Junior Rotarians. Mrs. Winovich will again advise the students throughout the school year. Conner and Luke will attend weekly dinner meetings at Shannopin Country Club and participate in several conferences, all supported by the North Borough's Rotary Club. Rotary International is an international service organization whose stated purpose is to bring together business and professional leaders in order to provide humanitarian services, encourage high ethical standards in all vocations, and to advance goodwill and peace around the world.

Smart Global See Summit
Superheroes and monsters were seen in Calgary, Alberta, Canada this summer. From July 17- 22, Gretchen Monahan was selected to attend the SMART Global SEE (SMART Exemplary Educator) Summit. This was her 4th time attending the SEE Summit. The theme for the week was Teachers are Superheroes; Technology is their Super Power. During the week, SMART executives, developers, engineers, advocates, and professionals met with the 57 teachers from around the world to share ideas, support natural learning using technology in and out of the classroom, build skills and knowledge, develop new products, collaborate globally, inspire each other and empower the teachers to encourage others to use technology so learning never has to stop.

The daily themes, such as Engage, Innovate, Collaborate, Create, and Empower to Succeed correlated with the speakers and agenda. During this week, SMART executives took time from their busy schedules to meet with the SEEs to discuss how SMART can help schools improve student learning and achievement. Executives such as the President of SMART Technologies Education and Enterprise, Greg Estell, Chief Technology Officer, Warren Barkley, and Tim Toyoshima held a “Fireside Chat” to discuss upcoming products, improvements, the roadmap for SMART, and questions or concerns from the teachers. Mrs. Monahan was one of the lucky ones to have her question asked during that session.

Since this wasn’t Mrs. Monahan’s first rodeo at the Global SEE Summit, she was given certain responsibilities. She presented on SMART Notebook 2016 with a colleague from Norway. She also provided an ice-breaker activity to the group. This was an M&M activity that had fellow SEEs getting to know each other by answering questions based on the color M&M selected from their bag. Two days during the week, Mrs. Monahan was a reflection leader. This meant that she guided part of the group at the conclusion of the day to find out what they liked, didn’t like, and would improve, then relay the information to the others.

During the week, global collaboration was a huge topic since 57 people from all over the world came together to share their technology knowledge. Mrs. Monahan began work with a group of educators from Finland, Germany, Norway, and Sweden on a global collaboration project for the upcoming school year. Throughout the year, she plans to participate in SMART amp sessions, video exchanges, and Google hangouts with classes from these areas to have her students learn and share math and ELA skills, geography, school life, and traditions.

Of course, monsters were introduced as the new feature to SMART LAB. This made for a very exciting week. Each SEE was given one of nine different stuffed monsters to celebrate the launch of SMART Lab’s Monster Quiz. The monster correlated with the Hackathon group that each SEE was placed into for the week. A Hackathon is a short term collaborative event that people creatively problem solve, strategize, develop, and execute technology. In our case, we were given the task of trying to enhance or improve software or hardware for students to use. Fourteen Hackathon groups competed to have their product win a patent to be set into production. The cool thing about a Hackathon was seeing the possibilities and waiting in anticipation to see what will be featured when the updates come out for SMART.

Mrs. Monahan was thrilled to be asked to participate again this year. The entire week culminated with a Superhero dinner at the Calgary Zoo where she was given an award and recognized as a Peer Mentor. She looks forward to sharing Monster Quiz with the teachers and students. She will be presenting on LAB activities in Hershey in February, as well as SMART Notebook features.


Students in Action Conference
On October 20, ten student council members attended The Jefferson Awards Foundation's Students in Action Conference. These students listened to outstanding presentations about how to best serve the community, they participated in compelling team building activities, and they met with motivated community organizers who are looking for student partnerships. The council will be discussing what organizations they would like to partner with in the near future.

Northgate Art Students Paint the Town
To celebrate the changing of the seasons, the Advanced Art students of Northgate spent the day in downtown Bellevue painting the store front windows in festive decor. Chaperoned by Mrs. Farrow and Mr. Berwick, twenty-three of our High School students participated this year. Be sure to do a drive around town to admire their awesome work!

Northgate Homecoming 2016
Approximately 250 Northgate students enjoyed an evening of dancing as DJ Lew rocked the cafeteria! This year's theme was Arabian Nights. A wonderful time was had by all!

Northgate Students Take On Leadership Roles at
A.W. Beattie Career Center
Two Northgate students, Ian Thompson and Jean Lynch, were recently elected into office at A.W. Beattie Career Center. Ian was elected to the position of Treasurer for Family Career & Community Leaders of America and Jean Lynch was elected to the position of Reporter for SkillsUSA. We are very proud of our students for taking on these leadership positions. We wish them all the best!



The Avalon Elementary Design and Build Team
Members of The Avalon Elementary Design and Build Team participated in The Pittsburgh Maker Faire on October 15 and 16. The Maker Faire is an international movement celebrating Makers of all kinds. The Maker Faire is a unique combination of science fair, show and tell, arts festival, battle bots and road racing! The Faire features over 250 regional makers including universities, corporations and students.

The Avalon Design and Build Team was sponsored by Mrs. Karen Klicker and included 5th and 6th grade students. The team worked hard after school creating the themed booth, Making Music. Student mentors guided visitors to create instruments using the tools, makerspace, and recycled materials provided by the team, they were able to take their instruments home. The event was a huge success and nothing but positive comments about our Avalon Design and Build Team!

Hands on in Biology
During the last week in September, the Biology classes were working on modeling with marshmallows and toothpicks. The students were able to see, first-hand, the arrangement of atoms in a glucose molecule and simulate the formation of maltose (joining your group’s glucose with another groups glucose) using the dehydration synthesis chemical reaction. Basic chemistry is the precursor to understanding the more difficult levels of biochemistry, therefore it is essential that students understand more about the atoms, bonds and chemical changes involved in the molecules they will be studying.


Mr. Bonicky’s classroom
Each Thursday, students in Mr. Bonicky’s classroom demonstrate their culinary skills! Mrs. Press, the speech teacher, joins the crew as they make various food items such as pancakes, bacon, eggs, deli-style sandwiches, etc. Of course, the students’ favorite is DESSERT! The cooking lessons provide the students opportunities to practice a variety of academic and life skills in a real life setting. Mr. Bonicky reports that the students are extremely motivated and enjoy the opportunity to show off their skills.

High School Assembly
The high school would like to welcome Craig Tornquist, who will present the show A Funny Thing Happened On My Way To High School. The assembly focuses on encouraging all students to develop and pursue their own dreams. At the same time, it challenges them to realize that the choices they make now regarding drugs, alcohol, bullying, social media, texting while driving, and seatbelt use, will directly impact their opportunities for success after graduation. Northgate high school looks forward to Mr. Tornquist's visit and hearing his inspiring message!



Biology Classroom Gift
The Northgate School District would like to recognize Genome magazine for their gift of a class set of their publication.  Genome magazine’s mission is to educate the public about personal healthcare issues concerning our genetic code.  Students enrolled in our high school Genetics course will have access to the most recent research and developments in the field.  We are very grateful for this opportunity.  More information about the magazine can be found at

Bellevue 4th Grade Science Students Learn to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle
Northgate 4th graders recently created some “Tremendous Trash” while studying the Land and Water Science Modules. This project was a 4th Grade Challenge to help reduce waste. The students gathered empty containers such as egg cartons, milk jugs, cans, bottles, food containers, and other materials to reuse. Fourth Grade did an incredible job designing and decorating items to use in a new way. They also wrote a paragraph that described their products in order to convince others to reuse materials in a similar way. Our 4th grade inventors created cell phone caddies, bird feeders, gardens, toad habitats, chandeliers, piggy banks and much more. Please consider this project our way of reminding us all to
Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle.


Student of the Month
Each month, teachers at the Northgate MS/HS nominate from their classes a middle school student to be recognized for their outstanding efforts in the classroom. The names of these Star Students are displayed outside of each nominating teacher's classroom. From this group of names, a Student of the Month is randomly drawn for each grade level. and those Students of the Month receive a movie pass, lunch pass and a certificate of award. Congratulations to Students of the Month for September Nate Fal (8th) and Waleed Sohail (7th)!

ALCOSAN presentation-Middle School Science
On Monday, September 26, 2016 students in Mrs. Francis' middle school science classes welcomed Ms. Tara Prince from ALCOSAN to participate in the international Green Apple Day of Service. The 7th and 8th graders explored urban and rural watersheds through demonstrations of the water cycle simulating stormwater run off and its impact on various types of outdoor spaces. The students learned about green technology, the earth's natural system for recycling water and managing stormwater runoff. The Northgate School District greatly appreciates Ms. Prince and ALCOSAN providing this experience for our students.


Jason Dilliott Memorial
Submitted by: Mrs. Lori King
In August of 2014 the Northgate School District suffered the loss of our Band Director Mr. Jason Dilliott. Mr.D, as he was called by most, had a love of music and a love of life. He spent endless hours investing in our community. He is remembered for his contagious laugh and willingness to make time for his students. He truly touched the lives of everyone he met.
His band family, both past and present, have been working hard to thank him for his dedication to the band and bringing out the music in all of us. A gazebo will be built at the Northgate High School in his memory. There are several ways to support this project which we are hoping to dedicate this spring. Please do what you can to help and most importantly spread the word to others that knew Mr. D and will want to help honor him.

Click Here to purchase a personalized brick which will surround the gazebo being built to honor D.

There will also be a bake sale at all remaining home football games proceeds will benefit the Dilliott Memorial Fund. You can obtain more information or make a donation to the memorial here as well.

Thank you for your Support!!!


Mrs. Farmer's 6th Grade Avalon Students Incorporate STEAM
Students in Mrs. Farmer’s 6th grade Science classes participated in the STEM initiative using the component of engineering in designing, creating, and building toothpick bridges using materials easily accessible. Building Toothpick Bridges introduced students to the skills utilized by engineers through the process of problem-solving, researching, designing and building bridges. As a result of this project, students learned what STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) is, what it involves, how STEM relates to our everyday lives, what engineers do, what necessary skills are involved within STEM, such as, how to problem-solve, how to research and re-evaluate their designs, how to improve on what they built, and how "bridges" relate to "real-life"

Building Toothpick Bridges is a project idea that enhances the "21st Century" of learning through the STEM initiative. In order for students to become "21st Century" learners, it is important to expose them to the areas of STEM that will promote problem-solving skills and make them competitive learners, as they move on to middle school and then high school. By learning how to build toothpick bridges, students learned how engineers work and what goes into designing and building a complex, but necessary structure that is used by people in all parts of the world every day. Students were only allowed to use toothpicks, string and wood glue to build their bridges. They also researched different types of bridges, sketched the bridge they envisioned, and felt the pressure of having a budget to build their bridge.


5th Grade Science Team Building at Bellevue Elementary 
During the year, the 5th grade students frequently work in cooperative groups. This helps prepare them for future careers where they will be expected to work cooperatively with co-workers as they tackle problems and develop new ideas. The skills needed to do this successfully have to be directly taught and practiced. During the first week of school, Mrs. Hunt’s class did team building activities to practice working together, listening to each other, and agreeing on strategies for solving problems. The students had a BLAST solving a cup challenge! They worked in groups of four, each holding onto a piece of string attached to a rubber band. They worked together to manipulate the rubber band to grasp and move cups and place them in a pyramid. Each group finished successfully and proved that teamwork is extremely important to achieve a common goal! They will continue to strengthen these skills throughout the year for future success.


Going the Extra Mile!
On Friday, September 19th, on behalf of Bellevue Chiropractic Centre, associate Dr. Bill Walsh, presented to Superintendent of Schools – Mrs. Caroline Johns, an abundance of back-to-school supplies for students in the Northgate School District. Among the numerous donations, were backpacks, notebooks, pens and pencils to prepare students as they begin a new school year.

Throughout the month of August, Dr. Walsh and the Bellevue Chiropractic Centre held a “Fill-the-Bus” event drive requesting donations. New and established patients were sought for assistance, and accepted throughout the remaining weeks of summer.

Northgate School District extends a heartfelt thank you and commends Dr. Walsh and the Bellevue Chiropractic Centre for their efforts in getting Northgate students off to a great start!

Best wishes for a successful year!


STEAM at Bellevue and Avalon Elementary Schools 
Northgate recently had the opportunity to send two elementary teachers, Mrs. Gretchen Monahan and Mrs. Jennifer Tusick, to receive training at The Center for Creativity housed at the Allegheny Intermediate Unit. The Center offers teachers of Allegheny county access to the one-of-a-kind STEAM Lending Library. With generous funding from the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation, the library is equipped with more than 1,000 pieces of equipment that support STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) learning in the classroom. In order for districts to use this resource, staff must be trained in the technologies available, care needed to manage the equipment, and the borrowing process. Our teachers will begin to introduce different technologies to students in both elementary schools during the next month. We look forward to sharing more in the future.





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