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 Due to inclement weather, all Northgate activities are cancelled for Saturday January 19th


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2014-2015  HAPPENINGS:

Avalon and Bellevue Elementary Schools’ Upstander Poster Contest
by: Miss Trimber
In the month of April an Upstander Poster contest was held in some of the Avalon and Bellevue art classes. An Upstander is someone who recognizes when something is wrong and acts to make it right. When an Upstander sees or hears about someone being bullied they stand up and speak out. This theme was promoted throughout the past school year at the elementary schools. Miss Christoferetti ,the elementary art teacher and Miss Trimber , the elementary guidance counselor selected the top three winners at each school. The contest was to design a poster of “What an Upstander looks like”. The students who won did an outstanding job designing their posters. The winners received a drawstring book bag filled with prizes along with a certificate and ribbon at the Awards Assembly at the end of May. The students’ posters will be framed and hung at Avalon and Bellevue schools. The Avalon winners were: first place: Dylan McWilliams, second place winner: Grace Baldauff, third place winner: Vito Pascale. The Bellevue winners were: first place winner: Declan Klein, second place winner:Elijah Petit-Maitre, third place:Leah Burns. Congratulations to these students!

High School Students Teach Junior Achievement at Avalon
by: Mr. Peacock
Avalon Elementary was excited to host our “guest teachers” from the high school for our Annual Junior Achievement Day. We would like to thank the following high school students: Isaac Eames, Courtney Gillingham, Kayla Williams, Paul Boyce, Elizabeth Miller for giving their time and expertise to teach our students business simulations that reach beyond the classroom door. To teach these lessons the students had to be trained by Junior Achievement and then write lesson plans for the activities. They did an OUTSANDING job and we would like to commend them for giving back to the younger students. It was a day the students at Avalon will be talking about and remember for years to come.


Avalon and Bellevue Elementary Students Perfect Attendance 2014-2015
by: Miss Trimber
Some students at Avalon and Bellevue Elementary Schools made every day count in the 2014-2015 school year, and did not miss a day of school! They had perfect attendance!!! Attendance matters for doing well in school and in life starting in kindergarten and even in pre-school. School is your first and most important job. Students who attend school regularly are more likely to graduate and find good jobs. At Avalon Elementary there were twenty-three students who had perfect attendance and at Bellevue Elementary there were eleven students. The students received a medal, a perfect attendance t-shirt, a drawstring book bag and a ten dollar gift certificate to Target at the Awards Assembly at the end of May. They also participated in a pizza party at their respective schools. A poster will hang in the lobby with their names on it at the start of the coming school year. The pizza party, Target gift certificate and poster are made possible by the generous donations of District Justice Tara Smith and Mrs. Janice Miller owner of Miller Funeral Home. Congratulations to these students!

Avalon Elementary Perfect Attendance Bellevue Elementary Perfect Attendance
Haley Baker Connor Patterson Rebecca Beattie
Grace Baldauff Chole Piet Patrick Heflin
Riley Carroll Mason Reid Robert Heflin
Sean Fedosick Kaitlyn Russell Mia Kincaid
Aiden Forsythe Zoe Russell Kalli Lowe
Mariah Forsythe Jaedynn Schley Memphis Salvatore
Madison George Kylie Seyler Holden Schubert
Gary Herzer Brianna Thomas Ziara Seman
William Hurley Jenna Thomas Gianna Spade
Dylan McWilliams Angelo Valeriano Raven Wynn
Christian Packard Hannah Wirth  
Emmalee Parham Dason Towler  


Sixth Graders Welcomed to Middle/High School for 2nd Annual Move Up Day!
 by: Mr. Peacock
With the senior class graduated, the Middle/High School hosted its second "Move Up Day". As part of our district transition plan, classes from sixth to eleventh grade moved up to practice their schedules for next school year. The rising class of 2021 spent their day as seventh graders and got to meet their teachers while becoming acquainted with their classes for next year. This program has been successful and is viewed as a great orientation to how the Middle/High School operates. We congratulate the class of 2015 and wish the best for the class of 2021 as they move to the Middle School.

Gene Kelly Award for Best Scenic Design to Northgate’s Mary Poppins
by: Mrs. Klicker
Pittsburgh CLO’s 25th Annual Gene Kelly Awards were held on May 30, 2015 at the Benedum Center for the Performing Arts. Northgate was awarded Best Scenic Design in Budget Level II.

Scenic design involved the most people of any single aspect of Mary Poppins. The scenic design was executed by student crew and cast members, as well as community and parent volunteers, family members of all ages, including younger siblings and grandparents, and a growing group of highly talented alumni.

Mary Poppins was an ambitious production and had outstanding support from the School Board, Dr. Pasquerrila, and Mr. Kyle. The maintenance staff, headed by Larry Chaussinand, went above and beyond to support this production, as did Bob Metz, and Jeff Smith.

Karen Klicker (director), Jack Gusew (head of set construction), and Morgan Jessup (supervisor for scenic painting) worked as a team to design the sets and were assisted by Alison Gusew and Abigail Klicker. Many parents and volunteers undertook a variety of special projects to complete each scene. Moving the sets was a herculean task! The stage crew did an amazing job managing these huge and complex set pieces, assisted by Kait Mausser and Amy White.

The Gene Kelly Awards for Excellence in High School Musical Theater were launched in 1991. Patterned after Broadway’s Tony® Awards, this event celebrates the power of the Arts to significantly improve all areas of education!

Northgate Hosts Chinese Foreign Exchange Student, Jessie Liu 
by: Mrs. Winovich
Hello! My name is Jessie Liu, I am a foreign exchange student here at Northgate from China. On Sunday, May 17th, twenty-three foreign exchange students came from thirteen different countries and gathered in Ohio for the Annual International Dinner. This is one of the most celebrated events of the year which is organized by the foreign exchange group, AYA. Students each shared a dish representing their culture and host families prepared cuisine as well. Every student invited their favorite teacher from their respective schools to be their special guest. My choice dish was egg rolls (also known as spring rolls) to represent my country, China. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to taste different foods from various cultures, and the differences of foods and languages perfectly represented the true meaning of this event. Following dinner, the students even sang their own National Anthem to express their country's patriotism. Our American families have been so incredibly welcoming and supportive and always want to learn more about us and our cultures. We are all so very grateful for their warmth and generosity. To summarize this experience in words; it was the embracement of multiculture and the fusion of brilliant human beings. This was an amazing experience that I will never forget. The magical relationships I have formed throughout my year in the United States and the beautiful memories made I will cherish for a lifetime. 


Avalon First Grade: Life of a Butterfly
by: Mrs. McCarthy and Mrs. Caldwell

First grade students at Avalon Elementary have been learning about the life cycle of butterflies. They made observations of caterpillars, watched them turn into chrysalises, and finally emerge into beautiful butterflies. Students learned how to take care of them at each stage of their development before releasing them behind the school. A few lucky students were fortunate enough to have a butterfly land in their hands!


NED Show: A Character Education Assembly
by: Miss Trimber
The NED Show a Character Education Assembly came to Bellevue Elementary on March 3 and Avalon Elementary on April 23. The program centers around three important messages: Never give up. Encourage others. Do your best. During the assembly the students learned all about NED’s three messages while also enjoying storytelling, magic, humor and yo-yo tricks. The students enthusiastically participated in the program that was presented. They were thrilled to see the many yo-yo tricks that were performed such as, “Walk the Dog” and “Spinner”. The NED show visits 2.5 million students every year across the United States, Canada, the UK, Australia and New Zealand. The NED show receives no outside funding so the sale of NED messaged yo-yo’s five days after the show makes it a “Pay It Forward” program that helps send the assembly on to the next school. The Ned show hopes to make a long lasting impact on the students that encourages them to put the message in motion. Students and parents can visit: to learn more about the program.


2014-2015 Middle School AR Winners
by: Mrs. Schwemmer
The top 36 students reading for the Accelerated Reader contest in grade 7th and 8th attended a fun day at the Carnegie Science Center. The top reader in grade 7 and 8 each will receive a $10.00 gift certificate to Best Buy. Individual Reading and English teachers in the middle school support this program and they provide additional classroom incentives.

We are also happy to have community support from McDonald’s, Arby’s and Wendy’s by providing food gift certificates for our students.

Congratulations students!

Winners for 2014-2015 school year
• Scout Miller - 26 books read this school year
                      (350.1 points)
• Alexandra Archey
• Luke Vangenewitt
• Paul Baldauff
• Dana Beattie
• Zoe Halpate
• Nate O’Mara
• Angelina Lawhead
• Alexander Sawicki
• Evelyn Biber
• Jared Fedosick
• Kassandra Streb
• Depsika Darji
• Lucas Antkiewicz
• Olivia Wanat
• Madeleine Ebaugh
• Deja Thomas-Dickerson
• Brandon Green
• Owen King – 39 books read this school year for a total of
                      (457.9 points)
• Claire Ishiyama
• Francesca Pascale
• Laurel Annan
• Jade Hainer
• Gabrielle Russell
• Kylee Saunders
• Grace Bonnett
• Shuniece Craig
• Megan Grandstaff
• Anthony Barbarino
• Kira Blenk
• Sarah Mozingo
• Camillia Senvisky
• Malcolm Randall
• Angela Frushour
• Alethea Calandra
• Dylan White


Northgate Student Council PASC Conference
by: Miss Hepner
The Northgate Senior High Student Council attended the Pennsylvania Association of Student Council (PASC) District 3 Conference on Monday, March 13 at South Fayette High School. While "Creating Magic through Leadership" the council members attended workshops to continue to promote leadership excellence at Northgate. Topics included getting freshmen involved, communication, implementing technology, compromising, management, delegation, and community service. 615 delegates and advisors listened to public speaker Jeff Tobe express the importance of coloring outside the lines and how to not be afraid to take risks to attain greatness. At the caucus meeting freshman Cali McWilliams gave a presentation on behalf of the student council and Northgate and secured our spot on the District 3 Board. Cali and Miss Hepner will serve on the board from 2015-2017. The District 3 Board represents every school in Allegheny County and supports the board to achieve PASC’s mission to promote leadership, improve student participation in school government, and other school related activities.


Mrs. Winovich's Choral Students and Alumni Members Shine at the Kean Quest Talent Search
by: Mrs. Winovich
The following Choral Students and Alumni Members have well-represented our School District at the Kean Quest Talent Search. All Five of the following Participants have advanced to the final rounds of this prestigious Competition:

*Sara Hopkins - Four-Year Finalist, Audience Choice Winner, and the 2015 Winner of the coveted Jackie Evancho Award
*Tommy Thomas - Two-Year Semi-Finalist, Finalist, and featured in the Kean Quest Televised Commercial
*Jessie Roos - Semi-Finalist 2014
*Nicholas Hannan - Finalist 2014
*Caitlyn Delien - Finalist 2015

Mrs. Kelly Winovich - Four-Year Vocal Coach/Accompanist for this Event

Background on Kean Quest:
Kean Quest began from a small talent show organized in 2003 by the late Greg Maggio of North Park Clubhouse as a fundraiser for St. Barnabas. After two years, the talent show grew into a contest that would be known as Kean Idol. With continued growth and a wide audience the event had a name change in 2012 to Kean Quest Talent Search. Past contestants have used this competition as a stepping stone; some have studied abroad, recorded in Nashville, and followed their dreams to Los Angeles. Chris Jamison sang to millions of viewers on the "The Voice."Jackie Evancho, who was a Kean Idol Finalist in 2008 and 2009, won the hearts of millions when she was the First Runner-Up on "America's Got Talent." Miss Evancho has gone on to receive numerous recording awards and achieve world-wide fame. Proceeds from ticket sales benefit the St. Barnabas Free Care Fund, which has provided multi-million dollar funds to needy patients at St. Barnabas Nursing Home, Valencia Woods at St. Barnabas, and The Arbors at St. Barnabas. The Kean Quest Talent Search has vast become one of the largest vocal competitions across the United States. We are so very proud of the success of our Students and Alumni and their fine representation of the Northgate School District.


Future Chef 2015
by: Mrs. Julianne Griffin
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 Snack Challenge. The national program, which is in its fifth 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 twenty-eight recipes that were judged on: Originality, kid friendly, ease of preparation and healthy attributes. Of the twenty-eight students, six challengers were chosen; Emma DeSimone making Emma’s Sweet and Sassy Dips, Ethyn Firestone making his Apple Cookie, Ryan Geeting and his Banana Sushi, Jayden Mills and her Protein Dip with Apples, Lyla Savruk’s Strawberry Smoothie and Marissa Walker’s Crunchy Parfait. The six finalists had to prepare and present their creations before a panel of celebrity judges that included Mrs. Nancy Silay, Chefs Sean Conley and Mike Cope owners of Tallulah’s Catering in Etna and Chef Joe Elbicki from Joe’s Rusty Nail in Bellevue.

Judges talked with each finalist and tasted samples of their healthy snack recipe. Once all the judging was completed one winner remained; Emma DeSimone and her recipe, Emma’s Sweet and Sassy Dips. Emma received a Fit Bit and a basket of cooking utensils donated by Sodexo. Emma’s recipe was submitted to the regional competition. All six finalists received a chef hat, medals and a cookbook. Congratulations to all those who participated and many thanks to those who made this event a success

Northgate Golden Flames Annual Golf Outing
The Northgate Golden Flames Booster Club is holding its Twenty-sixth Annual Golf Outing Saturday, May 16, 2015, at Fox Run Golf Course. Two Northgate graduates will be awarded scholarships from the proceeds of this event. You are encouraged to help with this event.

We are asking friends of the Northgate School District to consider being a hole sponsor
by donating $150.00 or having your organization’s name in the program for $50.00. By being a hole sponsor, your name or organization’s name, will appear in our Golf Outing Program and acknowledgments will be made at one of the 18 holes.

Our goal is to raise more than $2,000.00. If you are interested in helping us meet this goal, please make a check payable to the Golden Flames Booster Club for the amount specified above. Please mail your checks c/o Mrs. Judy Collins, Northgate Middle/ High School, 589 Union Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA 15202. Also, I hope you will consider participating in the golf outing. (Information attached). All Greens Fees must be paid and returned by Friday, May 1, 2015.

Thank you for your cooperation and support.



Mrs. Monahan to become a SMART Amp Champ
Avalon teacher Gretchen Monahan has been chosen to be a SMART Amp Champ. What is a SMART Amp Champ? It's being trained to become one of SMART technologies super-users and trainers. Mrs. Monahan will be going to Seattle for an all expensed paid trip from Sunday, March 22 - Wednesday, March 25 (travel days on Sunday & Wednesday) at SMART's new Seattle offices. At this meeting she will receive advanced SMART amp training, Q&A with SMART's own in-house amp maven Heather Lamb as well as some cool opportunities to engage with other groups including program managers and software developers.

After the Amp Champs session, Mrs. Monahan will be one of SMART's go-to SMART amp experts. This means the local SMART representatives may call on her for assistance with SMART amp, including up-to five one-hour SMART amp presentations and/or demonstrations with schools or districts in our region. She will also be asked to create and submit 10 SMART amp workspace templates, along with teachers notes and a 2-minute video, to SMART.
SMART is covering all costs related to travel, accommodations, meals, and training. Mrs. Monahan will bring back SMART knowledge that can be used across our district and the entire area.

Congratulations Mrs. Monahan!


Northgate Baseball at PNC (with your help)
Are you looking for great gifts for Easter baskets, Mother/Father's Day, graduation, or birthdays for the person that just has everything? Well look no further, you can get the perfect gift and help Northgate Baseball!

This year the Northgate Baseball team has been presented with an amazing opportunity. They have the chance to play an exhibition game at PNC Park. This is something that the Northgate baseball players are extremely excited about, as well as the Northgate students, staff and community.

In order to be able to play at PNC Park, the team must sell 500 Pirate game tickets. These tickets will be 19 dollars for the 2015 season. There are two different games that we are selling tickets for. We have 250 tickets to the Pirate game on Tuesday May 19th at 7pm against the Twins and we have 250 tickets to the game on June 24th against the Reds, also at 7pm (Fireworks Night). All of the tickets are grandstand tickets.

As for the Northgate game at PNC Park, they will play Saturday April 25th at 12:15pm and it will be FREE to anyone who wants to come and watch. This is a great chance for our team to make a memory that will last a lifetime.

If you are interested in purchasing tickets contact: Brandon Hogle at


Thank you for your support of the Northgate baseball program.


Forensics Team February 2015
by: Mrs. Frencho
The Forensics team competed in their third Forensic Tournament against various other schools at Butler Catholic on Saturday, February 21, 2015. The team received nine 3rd place ribbons, three 2nd place ribbons and one 1st place ribbon. The students who participated from all of the schools were: Elisabeth Scanlon, Nadia McLellan, Cheyenne Benner, Ally Blenk, Mariah Goetz, Kailey Bedison and Lucy Ishiyama. Our students did an incredible job of being both professional and respectful during their time at Butler Catholic. Their performance was excellent and it shows in the number of ribbons received. A special thank you goes to the parents that provided snacks for the team before the tournament. It was a delicious treat. We are looking forward to preparing for our finals tournament on March 14, 2015 at Butler Catholic.


Northgate Bowling Team Makes it to the WPBIL Championships and Regionals
by: Ben Somerville
The 2014-15 bowling season kicked off this year under the coaching of Steve Richey. The girls had 3 bowlers and the boys had 7. The team fought hard to win their matches and through hard work and dedication, all of the bowlers have improved throughout the season. Because of the hard work and dedication the boys bowling team made it to WPIBL Boys Championships and Regionals for the first time in Northgate history.

Operation Troop Appreciation Donation 2015

by: Miss Trimber
The students at Avalon and Bellevue Elementary did a fantastic job collecting and donating items for Operation Troop Appreciation. There were seven large medium boxes that were packed with items donated by the students and taken to OTA office at Century III Mall. The floors at each elementary building with the most items in their baskets won a reward. At Avalon Elementary the classrooms on the first floor won which included: Mrs. McCarthy, Mrs. Caldwell, Mr. Hurley, Mrs. Borza, Miss Auth, Mrs. Maxwell, Miss Anderson, and Mrs. Nusskern. At Bellevue Elementary there was a tie, the classrooms on the first and second floors won which included: Ms English, Mrs. Hunt, Mrs. Slate, Mrs. Durkin, Ms Heffley, Mrs. Emery and Mrs. Gusew.

OTA just celebrated its tenth anniversary and since 2004 OTA has provided “wish list” items for more than 125,000 deployed troops. Their mission is to build and sustain the morale and well being of the military community, past and present, with the assurance that the American public supports and appreciates the selfless service and daily sacrifices. By providing them with items that contribute to their morale and well being, they present a united front to our military by supporting them as individuals. The service men and women show their gratitude by sending letters of appreciation to OTA:


 A wonderful thank-you goes out to all of the Avalon and Bellevue Elementary students who donated items to a great cause!


Avalon 6th Graders Cyber-Bullying Video

Miss Trimber, Elementary Guidance counselor, has been working with students at Bellevue and Avalon Elementary on the topic of bullying. Bullying has evolved in our society with the use of cell phones and social media. Melanie Reese and Alyssa Pearson, Avalon 6th graders, put together this awesome video to show the realness of what teenagers go through with cyber-bullying, the most prevalent form of bullying among our students.


Forensics Tournament @ East Catholic
by: Mrs. Frencho
The Forensics team from Bellevue, Avalon and Northgate Middle School competed in their second Forensic Tournament against 26 other schools at East Catholic High School on Saturday, January 17, 2015. The team received four third place ribbons and nine first place ribbons. The students who participated (from all three schools) were: Elizabeth Scanlon, Nadia McClellan, Cheyenne Benner, Ally Blenk, Bella Kirk, Mia Recker, Josh Crooks, Lucy Ishiyama, Claire Ishiyama, Kira Blenk, and Camila Senviski. Our students did a wonderful job of being both professional and respectful during their time at East Catholic High School. Their performance was exceptional and it showed in the number of ribbons received . A special thank you goes to the parents that provided breakfast for the team before the tournament, it was a wonderful treat. We are looking forward to preparing for our next tournament on February 21, 2015 at Assumption. Thank you for your support and another great job from our Northgate students.


Northgate Student Named A.W. Beattie Student of the Month
Each year, the AW Beattie Career Center recognizes outstanding Students of the Month. Northgate senior, Michael Kuntz, has been named Student of the Month for the month of January at A.W. Beattie Career Center. Michael is enrolled in the Advanced Computer Programming program and also serves as the Student Representative for the Northgate School Board of Directors.

Beattie serves students in grades 10 through 12 from Avonworth, Deer Lakes, Fox Chapel, Hampton, North Allegheny, Pine-Richland, Shaler, North Hills and Northgate. Students have the opportunity to learn more about a wide-range of careers including: advanced manufacturing, computer programming, health sciences, hospitality and robotics.

Congratulations to the students and keep up the great work!

Northgate Student Darrell Barron Hits 1000 Career Point Mark
by: Coach Perry
On January 20th Darrell Barron eclipsed the 1,000 point mark for his career at Northgate High School. Darrell joined the program in 2012 and is in his third season with the Flames. He is a three year starter and was voted all section by the section coaches in the 2013-14 season. Darrell is an unselfish player who consistently sets up his teammates to score as well. I speak for all that have coached him at Northgate as well as his teammates in congratulating him on this outstanding accomplishment. Darrell would be the first to acknowledge the help his teammates gave him in achieving this mark.

Rotary Club Donates Dictionaries to 3rd Grade Students
by: Mrs. Maxwell
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 20, 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.


Operation Safe Surf
by: Miss Trimber
The students at Bellevue and Avalon Elementary have been practicing strategies they were taught to prevent bullying in school. A program that will be presented to them in February will educate them about cyber bullying and being safe online. Philip Little, the Education Outreach Specialist from the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General, will give an assembly titled “Operation Safe Surf” which is a program designed to educate kids, parents and schools on the importance of being safe online. Children are being targeted by online predators at an alarming rate, so it is critical for us to help them learn how to protect themselves while still enjoying all of the benefits of the internet.

The program will be presented on Monday, February 2 for Bellevue Elementary students. Kindergarten through 3rd grade will be 8:30 to 9:15 a.m. and for 4th through 6th grade will be 9:30 to 10:15 a.m.

The program will be presented on Thursday, February 5 for Avalon Elementary students. The Kindergarten through 3rd grade students will be 8:30 to 9:15 AM and the 4th through 6th grade students from 9:30 to 10:15 AM.

The following week parents are invited to attend a program titled “Social Media 101” ,given by Philip Little, which is an introductory course showing parents the top social media sites our children use, and the dangers associated with them. Parents will learn how to navigate, recognize and learn how to enable the security feature on the “apps”. Parents will also learn the importance of knowing your child’s password and keeping communication lines open between you and your child. So come out and join us!

The program at Bellevue Elementary School for parents is on Tuesday, February 10, at 8:30 AM in the auditorium with a complimentary breakfast before the program.

The program at Avalon Elementary School for parents is on Thursday, February 12, at 8:30 AM in the auditorium with a complimentary breakfast before the program.

If you have any questions about the above programs please contact Miss Trimber, Avalon and Bellevue Guidance Counselor, at or at 412-732-3300, Avalon Ext. 3112 ,Bellevue Ext. 4006.


PBIS Stop, Walk, and Talk - Anti-Bullying Curriculum in the Elementary
by: Miss Trimber
The students at Avalon and Bellevue Elementary have been learning about how to prevent bullying in their schools. In September the PBIS Stop, Walk and Talk Curriculum was taught by the classroom teachers and the Guidance Counselor, Miss Trimber. PBIS is part of the Northgate School District’s School Wide Positive Behavior Program. PBIS focuses on instructing the whole school population and then providing additional reinforcement to students that require help. The three types of bullying are: Physical, Social/Emotional and Electronic/Cyber. The lessons that were taught provided the students with these strategies:

If you feel hurt by words or actions or if you see someone being hurt by words or actions…
          • Ask them to Stop: Tell them to stop doing what they’re doing and use your school’s stop signal.
          • Then Walk: Walk away from the problem behavior.
          • If the behavior doesn’t stop, Talk: Talk to an adult.

Posters hang in all the hallways and classrooms reminding students of these strategies. As a follow up to the Stop, Walk and Talk Curriculum the Guidance Counselor went into the 3rd, 4th, 5th and 6th grade classrooms and taught the lesson, “Leaving A Positive Footprint” from “Not In Our School” developed by Livia Thomas, Grimmer Elementary School, Fremont CA. Leaving A Positive Footprint is the act of being an Upstander by courageous action that demonstrate kindness and caring to others so that all students feel safe at school. The students learned that Upstanders are people who stand up and speak out for themselves and others against bullying or other hurtful behavior. They also learned not to be a Bystander who are people who choose to watch, rather than be an Upstander when someone is being bullied. Bystanders become silent participants of bullying by not speaking up. The last activity was the 4th graders helping the 2nd graders and 5th graders helping 1st graders making positive footprints and posting them in the hallways.


Operation Troop Appreciation
by: Miss Trimber
In the month of January Avalon and Bellevue Elementary Schools will be holding a donation drive for the locally nonprofit organization Operation Troop Appreciation. Operation Troop Appreciation accepts donations then processes the donations and ships them to service men and women across the world. At Avalon and Bellevue there will be collection baskets on each floor. The basket on the floor that collects the most donations and fills the basket will receive a reward for those classrooms. So let's fill the baskets: Here is a list of items that are needed for donations:

DVD's ( Current Titles and Classics)
CD's of current artists
Paperback books
AAA and AA batteries
Playing cards
Puzzle books (Sudoku and Crossword)
Pre-packed snacks such as: Beef Jerky, Nuts, Trail Mix, Energy Bars, Granola Bars
Candy such as: Twizzlers, Starburst, Gummy Bears, Hard Candy
Hand Sanitizer
Tooth brushes

Thank-you for your generous donations!

Elementary Drama Club
by: Mrs. Tusick and Mrs. Klicker

The Elementary Drama Club presented Roald Dahl s Willy Wonka Kids with two performances at Bellevue Elementary on November 18, 2014 and two performances at Avalon Elementary on November 20, 2014. The Drama Club is comprised of both the Bellevue and Avalon elementary school students. They are directed by Mrs. Klicker and she receives help from parents, community members, and middle and high school students. The photos of the production  were taken by Mrs. Jane Miller. Everyone worked hard to make the performances run smoothly. The event is always an amazing display of Northgate students talents and this year didn't disappoint!


Avalon First Graders Spread Holiday Cheer
by: Mrs. McCarthy

On Friday, December 12, 2014, the Avalon first grade made 81 red and white candy cane pins for the seniors at New Hope Assisted Living. The children were so enthused with project, so it is certain that the pins will be received with much holiday spirit. Our children have truly learned that it is more important to give than to receive.

Northgate Students Paint for Charity
by: Miss Wilt

Northgate students, Morgan Joy, Jessie Roos, Amanda Lewan, Laken Burns, Sara Hopkins, and Kate Ishyiama, recently created a body of holiday work to be displayed at the 565 Grill on Lincoln Avenue. The select group of artists donated a total of 9 paintings that will be for sale throughout the holiday season. All proceeds will benefit a local charity chosen by the students. Please stop by the Grill for a bite to eat and peruse these amazing works of art!

Northgate Receives $1000.00 Grant for Backpack Program
by: Mrs. Griffin
Sodexo, the food service provider for the Northgate School District, has awarded Northgate with a $1000.00 grant to be used in the 2014-15 backpack program.

Sodexo has supported backpack programs across the United States since 2006. Through this critical program Sodexo partners with local food banks and schools to provide nutritious, easy-to-prepare and non-perishable food for students who are at risk for hunger when free or reduced-price school lunches are not available. Backpacks are distributed to students in easily accessible and safe environments on the last day of school prior to a weekend.

During the 2014/15 school year, Sodexo Foundation is helping to fund 60 backpack food programs in communities across America. This support will help provide children in need with 430,000 backpacks, or the equivalent of 1.7 million meals.
Special thanks to Matt Harding and The Shepherds Door, our backpack partner, for your ongoing support of this program. Thanks also to Dr. Pasquerilla, the elementary principals, Mrs. Trimber and Sodexo employees who provide the ongoing support to help our community’s children get the nutritious and easy-to-prepare food they need on the weekends.


Red Ribbon
by: Tori Kolorik
From October 27th to October 31st Northgate celebrated SADD's Red Ribbon Week.

This is a national anti-drug campaign that started in 1988. Three years earlier, a man named Enrique "Kiki" Camarena was murdered at 37 because he uncovered a multibillion drug scandal intertwined in Mexico's government. In honor of him, the United States of America Congress started Red Ribbon Week.

This year, Northgate's SADD is taking a different approach in doing their part to help through an anti-drug spirit week. Monday's theme was "Team up against drugs" where students and teachers could wear their favorite team jersey. Tuesday was "Life is a work of art" and asked all to wear tye-dye. Wednesday was "Sock it to drugs" and encouraged everyone to wear crazy socks. Thursday was "Drugs can't find me" and the theme included wearing camo gear. Friday concluded the week with the theme of "I 'mustache' you not to do drugs" and included wearing red and temporary finger mustaches.

Apart from the daily themes, the SADD crew also tied Red Bows to classroom door handles to represent red ribbons. Bracelets were given to middle school students and those who wore theirs were rewarded with prizes. Apart from the fun, Red Ribbon Week not only raised awareness of the negativity of doing drugs, but also helped solidify a positive school environment that is always campaigning against drugs.


Forensics Team 2014-2015 
by: Mrs. Frencho
The Forensics team from Bellevue, Avalon and Northgate Middle School competed in their first Forensic Tournament against 26 other schools at St. Teresa’s of Avila on Saturday, November 22, 2014. Northgate is the only public school invited to participate in these tournaments. The team received 9 third place ribbons, 5 second place ribbons and 1 first place ribbon. The students who participated from all the schools are: Elizabeth Scanlon, Nadia McClellan, Cheyenne Benner, Kailey Bedison, Ally Blenk, Mariah Goetz, Bella Kirk, Josh Crooks, Dana Lee Beattie, Lucy Ishiyama, Claire Ishiyama, Kira Blenk, and Camila Senviski. Our students did a wonderful job of being both professional and respectful during their time at St. Teresa’s of Avila. We are very proud of their performance and participation this year so far. A special thank you goes to the parents that provided breakfast for the team before the tournament, it was a wonderful treat. We are looking forward to preparing for our next tournament on January 17, 2015 at East Catholic. Thank you for your support.

Avalon Celebrity Readers
by: Mrs. Maxwell
Reading research shows that just 30 minutes a day reading with or to a child significantly increases that child’s reading ability. Plus, children who see adults reading regularly for enjoyment are more interested in reading as well. To encourage this and to mark 2014 American Education Week (Nov 17 – 21), Avalon Elementary School is welcoming community leaders into our school to read from age-appropriate books of their choosing to all Avalon classes. An impressive array of local leaders ranging from Avalon parents, business owners, police officers, and office holders from both the Northgate boroughs and state, are giving generously of their time to come into Avalon classrooms and share excerpts from their favorite books with our students. At the same time, these leaders are discussing their professions, answering student questions, and emphasizing to the children that they can succeed at anything if they put their minds to it … with reading at the forefront. The campaign has been such a hit with the community leaders and students that we’re extending it into December as well.

Breast Cancer Awareness Month
by: Emily Leung , Lauren O'Malley , Rylee McGonigal, DJ Powers
Breast Cancer Awareness Month is the month of October. Every few years the Northgate Student Council designs a new pink out hoodie to support the fight against Breast Cancer. A new design for pink out hoodies was offered this October. All proceeds from the hoodies were donated to the American Cancer Society. "$1026.20 was raised for the American Cancer Society this year. They work to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays," Student Council Advisor Ms. Hepner said. "Our donation will go to research to find a cure for cancer." The pink out hoodies were worn at the pink out football games against Ft. Cherry and Avonworth.

To show support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month the football team had a Pink Out Game against Avonworth. The fan section decked themselves out in pink attire and the football team worked pink clothing into their uniforms. The Marching Band even shed their uniforms to show their support by wearing pink. “The Pink Out game was a great way for us to show our support as a school towards this awful disease as well as raise awareness of it,” said Kaitlyn Downie.

Walking through the hallways in October, pink is on the football banners, bulletin boards, and students. The color pink representing Breast Cancer can be seen throughout our school. "School spirit is very important especially whenever football games are going on, because it helps bring the students together and bring school morale up," Fox Jarvis said. "Breast Cancer awareness is really important in the month of October because it's helping a lot of women fight the cancer that kills a lot of them each year, which is a big issue and it's great that we are all teaming up to support it." The school is united in the fight against Breast Cancer.

Keeping their playoff hopes alive, the football team comes out strong against Fort Cherry on October 17, 2014. The fan section came ready to cheer their football team on and support Breast Cancer by having a pink out. "The whole fan section was crazy," said Wes Bartholomew. The flames would win in the final seconds 36-34.


Student Council Fall Events
by: Emily Leung , Lauren O'Malley , Rylee McGonigal, DJ Powers
The Student Council contributes to the school environment in a variety of ways. To show appreciation for our teachers, they held a staff breakfast. "The student council really wanted a way to show our teachers that we care; what better way than to feed them before they start their day,” Student Council Vice President Taylor Grinage said. “It was a great turn out, and I can tell that the teachers enjoyed it." The breakfast was held on September 26, 2014 to kick off the school year.

The band plays, the cheerleaders cheer, and the AV Club manages the technology. Pep rallies are a part of school life. "I love bringing the whole school together through the pep rallies. It was really great to see some school spirit and enthusiasm. Planning them was actually fun because I got to be as imaginative as I wanted, and I knew that the school wouldn't say no," said Pep Rally Coordinator Laken Burns. Three pep rallies have been planned so far by the Northgate Student Council.

Each year, the Student Council sets up for the Homecoming Dance in the cafeteria. A whole school day is allotted for the council members to set up. Lights are strung from the ceiling, paper is hung from the windows, and the lunch tables and chairs are pushed out of the way. "Homecoming decorating is always an adventure. I love seeing all of our planning pay off and come together," Student Council Member Laken Burns said. "It's one of the most satisfying things ever, and I always love the results." The Student Council decorated and set up for the dance on Friday, October 3.

Eagerly awaiting the start of the parade, Alyssa Jackson, Taylor Cousins, Taylor Grinage, Laken Burns, Charlie Meyer, Rylee McGonigal, Jessica Packard, Mackenzie Breauninger, Veronica Bellin, Julie Truong, and Tori Kolarik sit in their cars with their candy ready. The Homecoming Court walked down the football field with their loved ones waiting to find out who was crowned queen. "Being on the Homecoming Court was truly something to remember. I was honored to be on it with such amazing girls," said Breauninger. "Waiting for the queen to be crowned was nerve racking and exciting all at the same time," Kolarik said. "I am so happy for Charlie, and I would have been happy for any one of us to be crowned." The Homecoming Queen was Charlie Meyer, and the Homecoming Princess was Alyssa Jackson.

The Homecoming Game involves many students. There is always a parade beforehand, which involves the band, cheerleaders, and Homecoming Court members. Alumni participate in the Homecoming Game festivities. "The Homecoming Game is always exciting. There's always something to watch and anticipate," Emily Leung said. "I also love cheering on the football team in the stands with both the alumni and current students." The Homecoming Game was held on October 3, 2014.

Every year the Homecoming Dance is a focal point on the Student Council calendar. On October 4 they hosted an Alice in Wonderland themed dance entitled ‘Through the Looking Glass’ the original title of the book by Lewis Carol. The dance-goers were very pleased with the theme and décor of the evening. “The Student Council decorated for the theme perfectly and the only thing I would have changed is for there to have been more musical variety,” said Lauren O’Malley.


Bellevue and Avalon 6th Grade Invited To A Pittsburgh Penguins Practice
by: Mrs. Farmer
We Made the Jumbo TronOn Monday October 20, 2014 Sixth grade students from Bellevue Elementary and Avalon Elementary were invited to participate in the Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation Kids Open Practice day. Students spent the morning watching a Pittsburgh Penguins practice session emceed by Paul Steigerwald and Phil Bourque, who broadcast from the bench, explaining drills, rules and player bios to the crowd. Also while the players practiced to their favorite music, trivia questions about both the athletes and healthy eating habits were displayed on the video board in an effort to further educate the students about nutrition.

Since 2010, the Pittsburgh Penguins and Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation have presented the Open Hockey Practice at CONSOL Energy Center. The event offers a rare opportunity for school students, in grades one through eight, from across Allegheny County to see the Penguins at work. Students are entertained leading up to the start of practice with informational videos about behind-the-scenes aspects of the team and facility. The whole event incorporates educational themes (math, geography, etc.) and everyone is given an activity book focused on education, health and nutrition to take home with them.


Firefighters Visit Avalon Kindergarten 
by: Miss Anderson
Kindergarten students at Avalon Elementary celebrated fire safety month by welcoming four volunteer firefighters from Avalon fire department to our school. Mr. Silay, Mr. Dave, Mr. Chuck, and Mr. Steve taught us how to keep ourselves and our homes safe. They also taught us about making a plan with our families in case a fire was to happen at our house. Our volunteer firefighters brought and showed us how to use special equipment needed for their job. A great time was had by all! Thank you to our new Avalon firefighter friends for teaching us how to be safe!


Student Artwork Contest
by: Ms. Christoforetti
The AIU is sponsoring a Student Artwork Contest, and the winning entry will be featured on this year’s AIU holiday card. In addition, all artwork will be displayed in the AIU Central Office lobby. 3rd grade is using watercolors to make their own colorful Christmas Ornaments.

One 3rd grade piece of artwork as well as art work from across the county will be displayed in the AIU’s Central Office lobby from November 18th to the 26th and all visitors and AIU employees will be asked to vote for their favorite drawing. The AIU will identify the winner on Monday, December 1st. The Communication Services Department will print the cards with the winner’s name, grade and school district on the back. The winner will receive cards for his/her own use and will be recognized by the AIU.

Please vote on your favorite art!


The Center for Neuroscience of the University of Pittsburgh Presents The BRAIN PROGRAM
by: Mr. Craycraft
The BRAIN PROGRAM is a series of learning stations about the brain and nervous system. The learning stations focus on the organization and function of the brain, and the functions of the nervous system, and what goes wrong with brain function in certain diseases. The stations were very stimulating and interactive, and 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 12 Northgate students. The stations were presented simultaneously, and student groups rotated from one interactive station to the next, learning about core concepts in neuroscience, meeting with neuroscientists, and discussing the information they learned. At the end of the entire presentation period, all students saw at least 4, if not 5 different stations. Students received hand-outs that reviewed the main ideas presented at each station, so they can review the material in class or at home at a later time.

Northgate Students Paint the Town
by: Miss Wilt
The Northgate Annual Halloween Window Painting took place on Thursday, October 23rd, 2014. Twenty students were in attendance, chaperoned by Miss Wilt, Mr. Berwick, and student teacher Caitlyn Murtha. The students spent the entire day painting fall and Halloween themed designs on storefront windows along Lincoln Avenue. Over the course of the day, 25 businesses were decorated so if you get the chance, take a drive down the Avenue! If you would like to vote for the windows, please go to


National Walk to School Day
By: Mr. Peacock
For the second year in a row, Avalon and and Bellevue Elementary Schools teamed up to participate in the National Walk to School Day to promote pedestrian safety in our community. This year we partnered with Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, Representative Adam Ravenstal’s office and volunteers from FedEx who walked with us and gave away hundreds of back packs with surprises inside. We started the morning at the YMCA for a healthy breakfast. Each school was led by the High School Band or Chorus and walked to the school. Once we arrived at the school the band or chorus entertained everyone with great performances. Afterward, the parents were invited to a pedestrian safety meeting led by the Allegheny County Police and our partners from Children's Hospital. We would like to thank the hundreds of people that participated and volunteered their time to make this great event possible.

Northgate Classroom Teacher Named Winner of “Leadership Unboxed”
PITTSBURGH, October 2, 2014 - The Northgate School District is pleased to announce that Mrs. Karen Klicker has been named as an “Unboxed Teacher” through the “Leadership Unboxed” movement. Nominated by Superintendent Dr. Joseph W. Pasquerilla, “Karen embodies the principles of unboxed learning and considers learning in the broadest sense of the word.” In addition, Mrs. Klicker was nominated because she, “actively seeks new ways to engage students’ imaginations.” She routinely embraces new teaching methods including gamification, flipped learning, authentic assessing and discovery. A total of 33 teachers were nominated for the award and winners were selected by the Allegheny Intermediate Unit and Leadership Pittsburgh, Inc.

As one of seven winners in Allegheny County, Mrs. Klicker will be able to attend Leadership Pittsburgh Inc.’s Unboxed Edges of Learning Conference at Nemacolin Woodlands Resort in November, an invitation-only event for Pittsburgh’s influential changemakers from businesses, foundations, and academic organizations. Winners will submit proposals for potential funding and present the results of their learning.

School Superintendent, Dr. Joseph W. Pasquerilla said, “Mrs. Klicker is truly an educator who teaches outside the box. She engages her students to enhance and promote creativity and innovation.”


Northgate Continues to Make Safefy a Top Priority
By: Mrs. Hartzell
During the 2013-2014 school year, Northgate School District was the recipient of the Pennsylvania Department of Education Safe Schools-School Resource Officer Grant in the amount of $60,000. Created through legislation authored by Sen. Scarnati and signed into law last year by Gov. Corbett, the grant program provided funding for programs to address school violence and security. The purpose of the grant was also to maintain a high level of safety and security within the district's facilities.

Most recently, on September 23, 2014, Mrs. Hartzell was informed by the Pennsylvania Department of Education that Northgate School District was selected to be a recipient of the 2014-2015 School Resource Officer Competitive Targeted Grant and that the district will be awarded an additional $30,000 to continue with its efforts to maintain that same high level of safety and security.

Over the past several months, as part of the grant, the following activities have been completed:

-Developed School District Lockdown Procedure with SRO/Administration.

-Mr. Craycraft, Sgt. Hudson, and Mrs. Hartzell attended an Emergency Management Training at the Westin Pittsburgh on March 12, 2014.

-Ms. Skinner, Ms. Anderson, and Mr. Craycraft, and Sgt. Hudson attended the Active Shooter/A.L.I.C.E. Training on March 27 and 28, 2014 at Northgate and became “Train the Trainers” on A.L.I.C.E.

-A Safety Committee was formed.

-Staff members attended an A.L.I.C.E. Training on June 4, 2014 for half-day at the Middle/High School.

-Sgt. Hudson completed online FEMA Courses including “Multi-Hazard Emergency Planning for Schools” and “An Introduction to Exercises.”

-Students were surveyed about safety as a follow up to the 2012-2013 S.W.P.B.I.S. Survey.

-A full day of in-service training was completed on August 21, 2014. Staff had the opportunity to hear Mr. Scott Bailey speak about working with students with disabilities during emergency situations and the staff partook in an A.L.I.C.E. Scenario based/Active Shooter Training at the Middle/High School.

-Safety was presented as a district goal for the 2014-2015 school year. The district’s goal is to be safer today than yesterday.

In conclusion, safety plays an important role in the daily functioning of schools. As a district, we will continue to promote a safe and positive learning environment in an effort to maintain student and staff safety and foster student achievement.


Northgate High School Raises Money for ALS
By: Jennifer Tusick
By now, most people have heard of the Ice Bucket Challenge for ALS. ALS, also known as "Lou Gehrig's Disease," is a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. The ALS foundation was started in 1985 to fight this disease on all fronts by trying to enhance the quality of life for those fighting ALS and support research for finding new treatments and a cure for this disease. The Ice Bucket Challenge asks participants to dump a bucket of ice water over their head or donate $100 to the charity and then challenge others to do the same. The challenge has since evolved in such a way that many people do both. Because of this, the ALS foundation has raised over 100 million dollars this year.

Mr. Kyle, Northgate High School Principal, was challenged to do the Ice Bucket Challenge by Social Studies teacher Mr. Marcellus. Mr. Kyle was able to raise money by selling tickets for a chance to dump the water over his head at the half time show of the football game on September 5. The Northgate students, teachers, and administrators raised and donated over $250 to the ALS foundation. The lucky students who won the opportunity to dump the cold ice water over their principal's head were: Fox Jarvis, Shemar Irvin, and Cherron Fowler.

Thank you to all who participated in this challenge!


Northgate Student's Commitment to Charity
Last year, the Northgate Board of Directors honored Nick Ungarino for his effort in raising money for childhood cancer by participating in Alex's Lemonade Stand (ALSF) ALSF emerged from the front yard lemonade stand of cancer patient Alexandra “Alex” Scott (1996-2004). In 2000, 4-year-old Alex announced that she wanted to hold a lemonade stand to raise money to help find a cure for all children with cancer. Since Alex held that first stand, the Foundation bearing her name has evolved into a national fundraising movement, complete with thousands of supporters across the country carrying on her legacy of hope.

Inspired by the brave kids right here in our neighborhood who have battled childhood cancer, my sister Anna and I are joining Alex’s Million Mile Run Walk and Ride for the second year, to go the distance and help find a cure. During this global event participants are collectively running walking or riding 1,000,000 miles. As part of Team Proclaimers 2/ Electric Boogaloo I have committed to personally run 150 miles and together with my team, raise $6000.00 to fund research.
One month, one cause, one million miles.
That’s a long way, but the way we see it, a family of a child with cancer would go that far and then some to find a cure.
How far is 1 Million Miles?
A trip to the moon and back, twice.
More than 40 times around the earth.
More than 3,000 trips from NYC to Los Angeles.
More than 38,000 Marathons.
Check out our progress, make a donation if you can, and get inspired through our website listed below. Thank you!
Checkout Nick's Progress
(this link is not affiliated with the Northgate School District)
Local Teacher on a Musical Path to the Grammys
by: Veronica Davidson Tucker

She might not have guessed that a career in education could lead to her very own Grammy Award, but Kelly Winovich, Choral Director at Northgate Middle/Senior High School of Pittsburgh, has been on this journey since a young age.

As a child, Winovich was trained in piano, voice and flute as well as dance and gymnastics. Blessed with a generous and talented musical family who exposed her to many aspects of the Fine Arts, Winovich has found her own niche in this field. “Music is my life and my passion”, shared Winovich. “Now I have the opportunity to share that love of music with my incredible students at Northgate.”

Dr. Joseph Pasquerilla, Superintendent of Schools for Northgate School District and Ms. Francesca Lattari, Assistant to the Superintendent, sing the praises of Winovich. “For 15 years Winovich has kept the flame burning by showcasing the Fine Arts at Northgate School District. As an artist she inspires and recognizes those students who have a natural gift for the arts, and guides those that may require a hand in shaping their skill. She has taken our children to new heights.”

Winovich, who served as a 4-year Duquesne Dukes Cheerleader, received both a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree at Duquesne University. She was fortunate to be trained by several gifted instructors including Patricia Pavlack, Thomas Godfrey, Dr. Sr. Carole Riley, Rosalene Kenneth, Rachelle Rak, Sherry Dusky-Brallier and Donna DeMark. After completion of her degrees, Winovich began her teaching career at Quigley Catholic High School in 1997 and then moved to Northgate in 1999 where she currently teaches both the middle and senior high choirs in addition to general music, dancing and acting.

Because of her talent and her ability to bring out the best abilities in her students, the Fine Arts program has drawn much attention during Winovich’s tenure. Pasquerilla and Lattari shared that, “With anticipation, our extended audience awaits the announcements of music celebrations throughout the year and where their journeys and genres may take them at showtime. Many times it is standing room only at our annual Winter and Spring Performances.”

This passion and talent for music did not go unnoticed by the larger community either. “For the past two consecutive years, I have been fortunate to be nominated and selected to the final rounds of the Grammy Music Educator of the Year”, stated Winovich.

This award, supported by such music icons as Ryan Seacrest, Justin Timberlake and John Legend, has a very select and prestigious audience. “Only 8 total females across the United States have been chosen twice in a row and I am honored to be one of them”, said Winovich.

The evaluation and selection process is not a simple one. Nominees are evaluated on their music knowledge and philosophy. They must also submit teaching demonstrations, undergo student and teacher interviews, compose essays, share budgetary information and more. Winovich boasts that being at a school and in a district which so passionately supports the arts has been a tremendous asset to her program and this selection process.

Of all those nominated, one winner will be chosen in December. This teacher will be flown all-expenses paid to Los Angeles to be presented at the 2015 Grammy Awards.

The publicity this Award has raised is great for the music program at Northgate as well as schools across the country. Regardless of the outcome in December, Winovich’s passion cannot be quelled. “I am so thankful to the Grammy Foundation for recognizing myself and our Northgate Choral program. I plan on continuing to help keep music alive for many years to come.”


Girls Night Out
by Laura Frencho
On Friday, August 15, 2014 from 6 to 10 pm, Northgate Seniors, along with Mrs. Frencho, held a Girl’s Night Out for 22 incoming 7th grade students. The night was filled with games, pizza, laughs and lots of great stories shared of memories of Northgate High School. The Seniors present that evening were: Jessica Packard, MacKenzie Breauninger, Taylor Cousins, Laken Burns, Kate Ishiyama, Emily Leung, Ashleigh Mortimer, Sara Hopkins, Raelyn Saunders, Sydney Graziano, Justine Barry, Alexis Helsley, and Victoria Kolaric. They did a wonderful job of organizing and implementing all of the festivities for the girls. The games and planned activities showed their great creativity and passion for their school.

The 7th grade students that attended the night were: Breanna Conners, Madeleine Ebaugh, Zoe Thomas-Scott, Jiliyah Townes, Taylor Kuth, Kassandra Streb, Haley & Olivia Wanat, Emily Haller, Ahlonna Edwards, Zoe Halpate, Micaylah Langston, Asia Richardson, Paige Butler, Margaret Barnes, Jasmine Livingston , Jade White, Dejah Dickerson, Lexie Archey, Denia Morris, Lina Lawhead, Jenna Dunn, and Mya Falconer. Every 7th grader was paired up with a senior and got the chance to talk about all of the things that the students wanted to know, the ins and outs of the school, and embarrassing moments that seniors had their first days of school. Seniors shared the things that they learned about the teachers and the classes at Northgate.

Thank you to all who participated in making that night a great success.


Northgate Football Preview
Northgate Football is a staple in the community and the team is offering season passes at a very affordable rate, only $20.00. You can pick up your season passes in the high school office daily from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Passes will also be sold at Bellevue Night out on Tuesday, August 5, Meet the Flames on Wednesday, August 27, 2014 and the first home game on Friday, August 29, 2014.

Coach T.J. Wiley will be returning as the head football coach. The season will start off with a home game on August 29 at 7:00 p.m. at Alumni Field against state champions North Catholic. The last game of the season will be against Northgate rival Avonworth. Here is the rest of the season at a glance:

7:00 p.m.

vs. North Catholic (Pittsburgh, PA)
: Northgate Alumni Field

7:00 p.m.

vs. Vincentian Academy (Pittsburgh, PA)
: Northgate Alumni Field

7:00 p.m.

vs. Canevin Catholic (Pittsburgh, PA)
: Canevin Catholic High School

7:00 p.m.

vs. Chartiers-Houston (Houston, PA)
: Chartiers-Houston High School

7:00 p.m.

vs. Our Lady of the Sacred Heart (Coraopolis, PA)
: Northgate Alumni Field

7:30 p.m.

vs. Brentwood (Pittsburgh, PA)
: Northgate Alumni Field

12:30 p.m.

vs. Western Beaver (Industry, PA)
: Western Beaver High School

7:00 p.m.

vs. Fort Cherry (McDonald, PA)
: Northgate Alumni Field

7:00 p.m.

vs. Avonworth (Pittsburgh, PA)
: Avonworth High School

This season is sure to be action packed so don't forget to pick up your season tickets!

Directions to Alumni Field: The field is at Bellevue Elementary School





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