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Superintendent Blog

October 15, 2017

We hope all of our Northgate families and members of the community will join us this Saturday for the following events:
11:00 a.m. Parade recognizing the Homecoming Court-The parade will begin at Avalon Elementary and proceed to Bellevue Alumni Field
11:30 a.m. (when parade arrives) Senior Recognition
12:00 p.m. Kick-Off!
4:00 p.m. Please join us at Alumni Field for a special presentation by the Northgate Marching Band.  Free admission.
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Northgate News:
Westinghouse Science Honors Institute

Since 1956, the Westinghouse Science Honors Institute (WSHI) has provided a forum for talented high school students to gain exposure to the latest advances in science, technology, and engineering.
WSHI participantsWSHI is a free program that consists of 13 Saturday morning lectures, held between October and March, on selected science and engineering topics.  Lectures will occur at the Franklin Regional Middle School.  At the end of the lecture series, participants may choose to test their knowledge by taking a voluntary exam.  Those with the highest scores, who are eligible for certificates of completion, will win awards.  To receive the WSHI certificate of completion participants must attend 8 of the 13 lectures. 
This year Northgate has three students participating in the program Claire Ishiyama, Luke Meyer, and Owen King have expressed an interest and have been selected for the program. 

Elementary Schools Participate in Walk to School Wellness Day

Walk to school wellness dayWalk to School Wellness DayOn Wednesday, October 4, 2017 Bellevue and Avalon Elementary Schools celebrated Walk to School Wellness Day. Students from the elementary schools met at the North Boroughs YMCA in Bellevue at 7:40 AM. Breakfast was provided for all the students, thanks to very generous donations of several local Walk to school wellness daybusinesses. Students at Bellevue Elementary were led by the Northgate High School Marching Band down Lincoln Ave to the school where they then performed in the auditorium. Students at Avalon Elementary were led by theWalk to school wellness day Northgate High School Chorus down California Ave to the school where they then performed in the auditorium. All the students were accompanied by police officers, fire fighters, staff, and parents of the elementary schools. The event serves as a reminder to the whole community that we are a walking school district and to remind our students how to practice safe skills when walking to school.  In recognition of it being a wellness day students, staff and parents listened to two presentations by representatives from: Let’s Move Pittsburgh and The Pennsylvania State Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. Both of these organizations promote active, healthful lifestyles for children and adults. At Bellevue, a representative from UPMC for Kids handed out information on good nutrition. The day was a huge success in creating awareness about the benefits of wellness. Walk to School Day is coordinated in the United States by the National Center for Safe Routes to School. Please check out the two attached flyers: Quick Tips for a Healthy Family and Elementary Physical Activity Calendar for October.

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.

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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
  *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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Alumni Field Light Pole Project
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Upcoming Events:
10/19 Bellevue PTO meeting @ 6:30 p.m.
10/20 "Make-it" a Happy Halloween Party
10/21 Northgate Football Senior Recognition
   Alumni Field @ noon
10/21 Northgate Marching Band: A Year In Review
    @ 4:00 p.m. (following the Varsity Football Game)
10/28 Halloween Parade
11/8 Supporting Our Community: The Opioid Crisis
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Northgate has its own 'He-Man

Northgate joins technology pilot program

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