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2017-2018 News:

Avonworth/Northgate Girls Win States in Track & Field

Over Memorial Day weekend at Shippensburg University, the Avonworth / Northgate girl’s track & field team secured the PIAA 3A Team State Championship, becoming just the 5th WPIAL program to do so since they started naming girls’ team champions in 1977. Competing in the 3A classification with the largest schools in the state, the unique co-op team was led magnificently by Avonworth senior Hunter Robinson. The Tulane recruit closed out her legendary sprinting career by winning her 4th & 5th individual state titles. She blasted off for gold in the 400-meter dash in a huge personal best time of 54.10 seconds. In the 90 degree heat of the afternoon, Hunter gutted out another gold in the 200-meter dash in 23.98 seconds, only her second time ever under 24 seconds. She also ran a leg of the 3rd place 4x100m relay, which broke a school record with a time of 47.64 seconds, making it the 5th-fastest time a WPIAL team has ever run, anywhere..........Read More

Northgate Band Students Shine!

Congratulations to 7th grader Christian Packard and 8th grader Cheyenne Gregor for being selected to participate in the PMEA District 1 West Jr High Honors Band. This took place on March 2nd and 3rd at Mr. Lebanon High School. The students had the opportunity to perform with students from 44 school districts in the Pittsburgh/Western Pennsylvania Area. The ensemble was under the direction of Mr. Travis Weller. Mr. Weller is currently serving as the Director of Music Education at Messiah College in Mechanicsburg, PA. His duties at Messiah as an Assistant Professor of Music include supervising instrumental music education students, teaching methods courses, working with graduate conducting students and conducting the Symphonic Winds. The students had a wonderful experience working with him and the event ended in a concert showcasing the students hard work over those two days.
Congratulations to Bellevue 6th grader John Carson, and Avalon 6th graders Erin King and Logan Reed for being selected to participate in the PMEA Elementary Band Festival. This took place on May 11th and 12th at the South Fayette High School. The students had the opportunity to perform with 130 5th and 6th grade students from school districts in the Pittsburgh/Western Pennsylvania Area. The ensemble was under the direction of Mr. Brian Balmages, who is an award-winning composer, conductor, producer and performer. His active schedule of commissions and premieres has incorporated groups ranging from elementary schools to professional ensembles, including the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Miami Symphony Orchestra, University of Miami Wind Ensemble, Boston Brass, and the Dominion Brass Ensemble. The students performed 5 amazing pieces of music in their final concert on that Saturday, including a piece written by Mr. Balmages himself.

Avonworth/Northgate Track & Field Team Shine at The Butler Invitational

On Friday, members of the Avonworth/Northgate track & field team competed in the Butler Invitational.  With 75 school districts attending, it is one of the largest and most competitive track meets in the state.  Hunter Robinson stole the show once again, earning 1st Place gold medals in the 100, 200 and 400 meter dashes to earn the Track MVP for the meet. Megan Wisniewski snagged an 8th place medal in the 800 meter run.  Hunter, Megan, Jasmine Williams and Catherine Penrod also grabbed 3rd place medals for their collective performance in the 1600 meter relay. 


1st Place Duquesne Light Contest Winners

Congratulations to our middle school Science students and Mrs. Francis! They recently earned 1st place in a contest sponsored by Duquesne Light.
During the first semester, the seventh grade science classes participated in the Duquesne Light Company’s Community Education Energy Efficiency Program (CEEP). The students received an energy auditor kit and learned to use tools to discover how much energy lights and common appliances use both when in use and when not in use. The students learned to read an electricity bill and ways conserve energy both at home and at school. The students then created an energy campaign involving posters, daily announcements, commercials, a newsletter, a Google Slide show and a website to promote energy conservation. Twenty local schools participated in this program and were in competition for who could create the best campaign. This past week, we were notified that Northgate won first place! Duquesne Light will be donating $1000 to use in Mrs. Francis' classroom!


Accelerated Reader Contest Winners!!

The top Accelerated Readers in grade 7th and 8th had a pizza party on May 10. The top 7th grade winner is Rebecca Beattie (328 points) and the top reader in 8th grade is Savanna White (341 points).  Savanna White was our top 7th grade AR winner last year – so she has been our top AR winner for two years now.  Each winner will receive a $20.00 gift certificate to Target.  Individual Reading and English teachers in the middle school support this program and they provide additional classroom incentives.
Congratulations students!


  • Rebecca Beattie

  • Molly Heeter

  • Mykal Davis

  • Henry Trevisan

  • Brooke Spade

  • Logan McGee

  • Grace Baldauff

  • William Grinage

  • Savanna White

  • Corrine Pasko

  • Kayla Mellinger

  • Leah Burns

  • Kailey Bedison

  • Andrew Baldauff

  • Andrew Heeter

  • Cheyenne Gregor

  • Mariah Forsythe

  • Vegas Szakelyhidi

  • Isabella Uccellini

  • Emma DeSimone


Northgate/Avonworth Track Continues Successful Season

On Friday, the Avonworth/Northgate track & field team competed at the Mars Invitational.  With 35 school districts competing, our girls team scored enough points to be crowned invitational champions! Leading the way was eventual meet MVP Hunter Robinson with 1st places in the 100m dash and 400m dash. trackHayden Robinson scored a 1st place in the 200m dash and a 2nd place in the 100m dash.  promHayden, Hunter, Jasmine Williams and Catherine Penrod grabbed 2nd place medals in the mile relay. Catherine, Jenna Gobrecht, Kayley Wisniewski and Anna Igims ran to 3rd place medals in the 2 mile relay.  The show-stopper, though, was the girls 400m relay, where Hayden, Hunter, Jasmine and Harris Robinson sprinted to a meet record, school record and an all-time WPIAL top-20 time.....Read More


Prom Court

promCongratulations to Northgate's 2018 Prom Court Zechariah, Mitchell, Jonas, Conner (not pictured), and Ian. The court was selected in a skit performed by the Homecoming Court at our annual Senior Auction assembly. Grades 9-12 will vote for the Prom King who will be revealed Friday night at the Prom.


Spanish III

In town plazas across the Spanish-speaking countries of the Caribbean, friends gather to participate in the daily games of dominoes. The clickety-clack sounds of domino tiles being played against the table, which were recently emanating from the Northgate Spanish III classroom, required a second glance to confirm that the passerby was indeed in Pittsburgh, not San Juan or Santo Domingo.

The Spanish III students recently completed a thematic unit dealing with hobbies and pastimes. After reading about the importance of the game of dominoes in the lives and culture of many native Spanish speakers, the students expressed a desire to learn how to play the game. After an online search, the teacher was able to order some authentic domino sets.  While waiting for the domino sets to arrive, the students learned about the history and rules, as well as, some strategies for competing in Latin dominoes. Once the domino sets arrived, the students formed teams and the first ever meeting of the Northgate Domino Club was underway. The only thing left to do was to wait for the victorious call of DOMINÓ.


Career Day

careerdayWe had a career day for all Bellevue and Avalon third grade students at Avalon Elementary School to educate our students of the different types of careers in the local area, entrepreneurship and how plan for different types of careers.  It was held on Wednesday March 28, 2018.  careerdayWe had professionals from Kathryn Hyslop Photograpy, Covestro, New Century Careers, Gateway Engineering, Avalon Police Department, YellowBasedGreen (Advertising and Design), and Brashear Construction Consulting. Students visited each professional and engaged in a hands-on learning activity for students to learn more about each type of career.  careerdayOverall, students, teachers and the professionals had a great time.  It was an amazing learning experience for everyone! 


Future Chef

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 Asian Food Challenge. The national program, which is in its seventh 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 healthy Asian food recipes that were judged on: Originality, kid appeal, ease of preparation, plate presentation, taste and healthy attributes. Of the twenty eight students, six challengers were chosen; Kara Elliot making her Sweet and Spicy Chicken, Zoe Russell making Asian Salad, Elijah Swinger and his Rice to Meet ya Sweet Pea, Charlie Tabano with Charlie’s Rolls with Awesome Sauce, Joh Wright’s Sweet and Sour Chicken and Layla Young-Taylor with Vegan Fried Rice. The six finalists had to prepare and present their creations before a panel of celebrity judges that included Mrs. Nancy Silay, 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 Asian recipe. Once all the judging was completed one winner remained; Kara Elliott and her Sweet and Sour Chicken. Kara received a Fit Bit, Polaroid Camera and a 10 piece cookware set donated by Sodexo. Kara’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.


Kindness Rocks at Bellevue Elementary

Students in grades 4th,5th and 6th grades have been working on designing and painting their own Kindness Rocks in Art class with Mrs. Novelli. Kindness rocks started in Cape Cod with Megan Murphy who established the Kindness Rocks Project by dropping rocks with inspirational sayings on them in different locations for other people to find. The students in 5th grade were able to view a video of Megan Murphy and how she came up with the idea. Then the pictures of the rocks started showing up in social media. There are now Kindness Rocks that show up around the world. The students have been finishing the rocks and will be placing them around the Bellevue Community. The purpose is to spread kindness and when you find a rock, it can be posted on social media. The finder of the rock can keep it or hide it in a different location to spread the inspirational messages. So keep your eyes open for Bellevue Elementary Kindness Rocks, you never know where you will find one!

Congratulations Northgate Junior Rotarians

Congratulations to this year's Junior Rotarians Miranda Asche and Martha Moser!
The Junior Rotarian Program is sponsored through the local Rotary Club. They identify students in their junior year of high school from various North Hills high schools and make them a “junior member” of the Rotary Club. They have dinner each week with adult business leaders from the community, participate in community service projects and are given opportunities to attend various educational programs. All of this is at no cost to the students. In the past,
Northgate students have also received college scholarships from the Bob Williams Memorial Rotary Scholarship Program as a result of being Junior Rotarians. The Rotary Club shared that for many years Northgate has nominated superb young men and women and this year was no different with Miranda Asche and Martha Moser being outstanding young women. The Rotary also expressed their appreciation for the continued support they receive from Mrs. Winovich, Ms. Lattari and Mr. Kyle


Swimmers Earn All-State Recognition

The Boys and Girls Swim Teams concluded their most successful season in school history with impressive performances at the PIAA State Championship this weekend at Bucknell University.

The Boy’s Team earned their first top 10 finish at States scoring a team record 85 points to earn 7th place. The team was led by Senior Nick Madey, a Bloomsburg University recruit, who finished 7th in the 100 Breaststroke and 12th in the 100 Butterfly. Top performances were also delivered for the boys in the relay events. The 200 Medley Relay team of Madey, Senior Zech Boyce, Junior Aidan Sommers and Freshman Cooper Groll finished in 6th place. Boyce and Groll teamed with Sophomores Luke Tomzcak and Luke Wagner to finish 7th in the 200 Free Relay. And in the in the final event of the meet Boyce, Sommers, Groll and Tomzcak combined to finished 9th in the 400 Freestyle Relay.

The Girl’s team, led by Junior Karen Siddoway, finished the meet in 15th place. Siddoway posted new personal best times and team records in her 2nd place performances in the 100 Freestyle and 200 Freestyle events. Ranked the 9th best swimmer in the PA Class of 2019 by, Siddoway figures to be a favorite in her events at next year’s State Championship.

Based on their performance, the following swimmers were named to the All-State Swimming and Diving Team by the Pennsylvania High School Swimming Coaches Association:

Zech Boyce
Nick Madey
Karen Siddoway
Aiden Sommers
Cooper Groll
Luke Tomzcak
Luke Wagner


Double Duty

The last home game for Northgate girls’ basketball ended more than just the season of playing the sport for senior Cali McWilliams. It also was closing night for Cali’s singing the pre-game version of the “National Anthem,” as she has done throughout the current season.

Cali credits Northgate choir director Kelly Winovich for helping her develop her pitch-perfect and expressive rendition of the “Anthem.”

Winovich passes the credit back to her student......
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Middle/High School Student Council attend the District 3 Pennsylvania Association of Student Councils  

On March 1, 2018 eighteen students from the Middle School and Senior High Student Council attended the District 3 Pennsylvania Association of Student Councils conference which had over 600 attendees from different schools in Allegheny County. Northgate has served on a district leadership board with thirteen other local prestigious school districts and was selected after Student Council President Cali McWilliams gave a speech securing another term and a $400 scholarship for Northgate. The council was recognized for the second year as a Keystone Council of Excellence awarded to sixteen high schools across the state and is based off of outstanding work in leadership development, council organization, leadership activities and events, community service, and council evaluation. At the conference students enjoyed motivational speaker Kent Julian, student workshops, and networking. Ms. Hepner was honored for five years of service as the Senior High Student Council Advisor. 

Steam Field trip for Avalon 6th Grade

upmcOn Friday February 16th, the Avalon 6th grade attended a STEAM field trip to the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex in Cranberry. The trip was sponsored by the EverFi Hockey Scholar program, which students have been completing in class. Students received a tour of the Sports Complex, watched a Hockey Scholar video (which was mainly filmed at the Cranberry location) and learned about how the Zamboni uses hot and cold water to clear the ice. Students watched Patric Hörnqvist skate while he rehabbed from an injury in lieu of other activities which had to be cancelled due to the filming of a commercial that day. upmcLater all students were given the opportunity to try out their skills on the ice during a free skating activity. Finally students received a lunch prepared by the Pittsburgh Penguins cooking staff as they watched a Penguin practice session.

Northern Area Honors Band

Northern Area Honors BandSix Northgate Middle School students were selected to participate in the Northern Area Honors Band on Tuesday February 20th. This ensemble is made up of 7th and 8th grade students from Avonworth, Hampton, North Hills, Northgate, Pine Richland, Quaker Valley, Sewickley Academy, and Shaler. The Northern Area Honors Band has 2 rehearsals, one evening and then an entire day long rehearsal that ends in a concert. The students did an amazing job and the concert was absolutely wonderful and it showcased all of their hard work and commitment. The Northgate students that participated were: Calvin Barie, Rebecca Beattie, Cheyenne Gregor, Max Nelson, Karliann Stiegler, and James Zugai.

National Engineers Week

On Tuesday, February 20th, Mrs. Francis' science classes helped celebrate National Engineers Week by inviting Mrs. Maria Pospisil to our school to present "The Speedy Architect." Students used the Engineering Design Process to plan, build, create and improve their designs of the straw towers they created. Students had time constraints they needed to overcome and had to be mindful of the amount of materials being used. Teams then used a rubric to score the safety, structural integrity, and capacity of their towers. They also earned points for their planning stills and ability to minimize waste.

National Engineers Week

On Tuesday, February 20th, Mrs. Francis' science classes helped celebrate National Engineers Week by inviting Mrs. Maria Pospisil to our school to present "The Speedy Architect." Students used the Engineering Design Process to plan, build, create and improve their designs of the straw towers they created. Students had time constraints they needed to overcome and had to be mindful of the amount of materials being used. Teams then used a rubric to score the safety, structural integrity, and capacity of their towers. They also earned points for their planning stills and ability to minimize waste.



Avalon 100th Day of School 

100 days100 daysOn Friday, February 2nd, Avalon's Kindergarten and 6th grade classes celebrated the 100th day of school. 6th graders helped the Kindergarten students string festive necklaces with 100 pieces of pasta in sets of 10 -- learning all about fine motor skills. Then together the students decorated a crown to cap the day. Later, both classes combined to do 100 exercises and write about 100 things they would like to do together in the future. It was wonderful to spend part of a big day in elementary school with our study buddies! Happy 100th day of school! 100 days100 day of school100 day of school100 day of school100 day of school


A.W. Beattie Students of the Month

A big congratulations to our students who were recognized for Student of the Month (Dec./Jan.) at A.W. Beattie Career Center!

Colin Zieger-Advanced Computer Programming
Abby Vilsack-Advertising Design
Peter Millhoff-EDAM/Robotics
Sundas Sohail-Health & Nursing
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Elementary Beattie Career Day

Elementary Beattie Career DayElementary Beattie Career DayOn Wednesday, January 31, 2018, Bellevue and Avalon 5th grade students participated in a Beattie Career Day. Students and staff from A.W. Beattie Career Center came to Bellevue Elementary School to educate our students on the different programs offered at Beattie Tech. Students were able to engage in hands-on activities in the Pastry Arts, Advanced Computer Technology, Emergency Response Technology and Automotive Technology Programs. Elementary Beattie Career DayIt was great to see some of our own Northgate High School students that attend Beattie Tech teaching our elementary students about the programs. Overall, it was an awesome opportunity for everyone!


Northgate Student Earns Extra Effort Award

Anthon B Extra Effort AwardThe district congratulates Anthony Barbarino for earning the KDKA Extra Effort Award! Anthony was recognized for his high academic achievement, participation in multiple sports and service to the community. We are so proud of him!

Elementary Digital Citizenship

Fourth grade students at Avalon and Bellevue Elementary recently completed a unit on digital citizenship in Mrs. Maffei’s elementary computer class.

Some of the topics students learned about include:
multitasking and considering the benefits on focusing on one task at a time
what information is appropriate to share online
were encouraged to take action to stop cyber bullying
how to choose effective keywords for searching online
how to give proper credit to artists whose images and sound clips they use

Students earned badges for each section they completed. Those who completed and earned a passing grade on all sections received a Digital Passport Certificate from Common Sense Media.


4th Grade Composting

compostingcompostingBellevue 4th graders have begun their composting work utilizing red wiggler composting worms.  Next month, they will be planting seeds that were donated by the North Boros YMCA and students.  They are excited to see how much of an impact the worm castings have on the growth of the vegetables.  Stay tuned...

Health in Motion: Bellevue Elementary

At Bellevue Elementary School there was great anticipation for the first harvest from our Tower Garden! Through a grant acquired through Let’s Move Pittsburgh, Bellevue Elementary School in the Northgate School District was able to purchase a Tower Garden for the 2017-2018 school year. The students learned that a Tower Garden is a vertical, aeroponic growing system that grows plants with only water and nutrients rather than dirt. The students in grades, Kindergarten through 6th, also learned about healthy choices and good nutrition from Marsha Stamatakis, a nutrition intern from the University of Pittsburgh.......Read More at the Phipp's Conservatory Blog


Allegheny Valley Honors Band

Allegheny Valley Honors BandCongratulations to 7th grader Christian Packard and 10th Grader Evelyn Biber for auditioning and being chosen for the Allegheny Valley Honors Band. This took place on January 4th and 5th at Pine Richland High School. The students had the opportunity to perform with around 200 students from 8 neighboring school districts under the baton of two wonderful guest conductors. Allegheny Valley Honors BandThe Junior High Ensemble was directed by Mr. Christopher Marra who is currently the Director of Instrumental Activities at Seton Hill University, and the Senior High Ensemble was directed by Dr. Jonathan Helmick who is currently the Director of Bands and Assistant Professor of Music at Slippery Rock University. It was amazing to see how talented all of the students were as both ensembles did an amazing job.


PMEA District 1 Honors Band

PMEA District Honors BandCongratulations to 10th grader Evelyn Biber and 12th Grader Abigail Dougherty for being selected to participate in the PMEA District 1 West Honors Band. This took place on January 10th through January 12th at Upper St. Clair High School. The students had the opportunity to perform with students from 44 school districts in the Pittsburgh/Western Pennsylvania Area. The ensemble was under the direction of PMEA District Honors BandMr. Don Owens, Coordinator Emeritus of the Jazz Studies and Pedagogy Program, Director Emeritus, Contemporary Music Ensemble, and the National High School Music Institute at Northwestern University. The students had a chance to perform six wonderful pieces of music including an original piece written by Mr. Don Owens himself. 


Avalon Swpbis Bingo

Avalon SWPBISAvalon Elementary held a SWPBIS BINGO game day to reward students who promote and demonstrate positive behavior throughout the school. The students had an opportunity to play several games of BINGO and win prizes. It was a fun day for all who participated!


ALCOSAN MS VisitALCOSAN MS VisitMrs. Francis' seventh grade science classes welcomed Brittany Allen, a Scholastic Outreach representative from ALCOSAN, to their class on December 20th. She presented the activity, "Baffled by Buoyancy". In the activity, students learned about neutral buoyancy and how to change the buoyancy of objects. ALCOSAN MS VisitEach group chose an object and the utilized objects given to them (bolt nuts, rubber bands, water bottles, balloons) to achieve neutral buoyancy with the objects.

Avalon Elementary Metowers visit

Metower VisitMetower VisitThe second grade students of Avalon enjoyed spreading holiday cheer to the residents of Metowers. They packaged small items for the residents and sang Christmas carols to celebrate the holiday season.


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Yoga Day at Bellevue Elementary!

yoga at bellevueStudents at Bellevue got a special treat when Northgate High School students came down for a day in November to instruct elementary students in the techniques of Yoga. Elementary classroom teachers signed up to take their classes to the gym for a 30 minute session. Many Bellevue students have been practicing yoga, mindfulness, calming and focusing strategies in their homerooms, but this gave them an opportunity to practice what they know and to learn some new techniques. Yoga at BellevueMany students and staff remarked how they enjoyed the sessions. Ms. Ziegler, the new yoga at bellevueNorthgate High School physical education teacher, was the energetic force behind training the high school students and bringing them down to the elementary school. The Yoga mats that the elementary students used were purchased through a grant from PSAHPERD, Pennsylvania Sate Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance. More sessions are planned throughout the school year.


Attack Theater 

Attack TheaterOn Thursday, December 7th, Attack Theater came to Avalon and Bellevue Elementary Schools. Performers worked with Mrs. Majerac’s 6th grade at Avalon and Mrs. Bernauer’s 4th grade at Bellevue. Students were taught the highly engaging attention games “zip, zap, zop” and “body magnets.” Students couldn’t wait until the Attack Theater performers returned for another 40 minute class on Friday, where they worked on forming “tableaus,” or living pictures of events, processes, or ideas using the body magnet activity. Attack Theater returns to Avalon and Bellevue in January for 8 more sessions each.
Attack Theater
Mrs. Majerac and Mrs. Bernauer learned about this program from a 3-day summer training seminar conducted by the Luma Institute. Funding for this program has been provided through grants and the school board. 


Perfect Attendance

Perfect AttendanceOn December 15th, students with perfect attendance and zero tardies during the first quarter were rewarded with a trip to the Carnegie Science Center. perfect attendanceThey explored the Highmark SportsWorks and braved the new Ropes Challenge course as well as explored the exhibits in the main building such as BodyWorks and H2Oh!


Bellevue Elementary Students and Staff Enjoy Holiday Music

Staff plays Holiday Music at BellevueEvery year the day before Christmas break Miss Russo, Mrs. Gusew and Mr. Ewing entertain the students and staff at Staff plays Holiday Music at BellevueBellevue Elementary with their musical talents by performing holiday favorites in the auditorium. It sets the mood for a joyous start of the day and immerses everyone in spirit of the season.


Healthy Eating at Bellevue Elementary!

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The first harvest was collected from the Tower Garden at Bellevue Elementary! Students got a chance to taste a salad made from items from vegetables in our Tower Garden. Healthy EatingThe dressing was made by 5th graders in math class using their measurement skills. The dressing consisted of chives, parsley and basil grown from the garden. Many students commented how they loved tasting the salad and trying out the dressing. After they had finished eating, students filled out a survey to reflect on eating and making healthy choices.

Survey Results:



Like it!
Love it!
Gotta get use to it!



Like it!
Love it!
Gotta get use to it!

(Miss Bayer)













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3rd Grade











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Beattie Student Successes

Beattie SucessesA big congratulations to the following students who were recognized as Students of the Month at A.W. Beattie Career and Technical Center. We are so proud of you!
Beattie Sucesses
Izabella Berie-Automotive Technology
Audrey Grey-Early Childhood Education
Savannah Livingston-SMART-EST 


Hour of Code

Hour or Code– December 4th-10th
During the first week of December, Northgate celebrated Computer Science education week. We are surrounded by technology and use it every day, yet many of us don’t know how computers actually work. As part of the Hour of Code, our students joined over 100 million students in over 180 countries learning how to code!


Bellevue and Avalon Elementary Students Give Donations

givingIn the month of September students at Bellevue and Avalon Elementary Schools generously brought in school supplies for Hurricane Harvey victims. Many items were collected such as pencils, notebooks, scissors and many more items that were needed for school children that were affected by Hurricane Harvey. givingTwenty-one buckets that were full of supplies were taken to Brother’s Brother located on the Northside of Pittsburgh. Brother’s Brother Foundation is a Pittsburgh based international charity that distributed the donations with their non-profit charity partners in Dallas and Houston,
In the month of November Bellevue Elementary students brought in their “Share the Loot” Halloween candy. The extra candy was collected in baskets in the front lobby of the school. There were four full laundry baskets of candy that was donated to Operation Troop Appreciation. Operation Troop Appreciation is a non-profit organization that presents a united front to our military, past and present, by providing support with items that contribute to their health, welfare and morale.


Avalon and Bellevue Named Championship Schools

2017 Championship SchoolCongratulations to Avalon Elementary and Bellevue Elementary for being named 2017 Championship School winners by Let’s Move Pittsburgh. Both schools were awarded grants to purchase Tower Gardens. Let’s Move Pittsburgh celebrates and rewards schools for leading new or existing programs to improve children's health with the goal of helping every school in Allegheny County become the healthiest place for kids to learn and grow.


Bellevue SWPBS

Bellevue SWPBSAs part of the School Wide Positive Behavior program, Bellevue Elementary collected over
300 pairs of socks during the month of October deemed Socktober. Baskets were placed around the school with no prize in mind, just kindness and giving back. These socks will go to a shelter in Pittsburgh and will keep many toes warm this winter. Congratulations to the Bellevue team for smashing through their goal of 80 pairs of socks. We're proud of the students and their families for donating and spreading the message kindness matters and you can give no matter how much or little you have.


Student Council Receives The Keystone Council of Excellence Award

The Northgate Senior High Student Council received the Keystone Council of Excellence Award at the 81st Annual Pennsylvania Association of Student Council (PASC) State Conference at Red Lion Area High School on November 3, 2017. This prestigious council award was given to 16 high schools across the state and is selected based off of outstanding work in leadership development, council organization, leadership activities and events, community service, and council evaluation. Congratulations to the Senior High Student Council members for their work and service.


The Starry Night

The StarryBellevue arts students shine! Sixth grade has been working on an art project inspired by The Starry Night by Vincent van Gogh. Five Bellevue students used Rubik's cubes to create Starry Night in their classroom. "It was quite impressive," stated Mrs. Novelli.

A.w. Beattie Student Successes

Beatie Student successbeattie student successNorthgate has many students who attend A.W. Beattie Technical School. These students are in career preparation programs which ready them for a number of jobs that are currently in high demand. We want to congratulate the following students for their leadership and academic excellence!
Congratulations to our A.W. Beattie Students of the Month!

Angela Frushour-Adv Computer Programming
Emily Halle-Cosmetology
Barbara Wilson-Early Childhood Education
Andrew Geeting-EDAM/Robotics
Azhane Wilson-Health Science Technology

Congratulations to Julia Geeting for being elected Secretary for Skills USA and Tim Aubel for being elected as Parliamentarian for Skills USA and Vice President of the National Technical Honor Society! Congratulations to Ian Thompson for being elected Vice President of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America at A.W. Beattie!

Thank you all for your hard work!


Bungee Barbie

Barbie BungieRecently Mrs. Kunst’s and Mr Somerville’s Algebra 1 students got some real-world experience applying math concepts to bungee jumping. They had to estimate the number of rubber bands it would take to safely have a Barbie doll fall nearly seventeen feet, getting as close as possible without having Barbie hit her head.Barbie Bunge

First the classes learned about the precursor of bungee jumping on the Vanuatu island of Pentecost and the ceremonial significance of men jumping from trees with vines tied to their feet to insure a bountiful yam crop.

The students were assigned teams and chose one of six differently weighted Barbie dolls. They gathered data on short drops of less than eight feet and recorded their results in a scatter plot. They drew a line of best fit, calculated the slope and intercept of the trend line to find an equation modeling the height of the drop as a function of the number of bands used.  Barbie BungeThey used their equation to estimate the number of bands needed.

The students liked that the project was hands-on and something different, but commented that it took them way longer than they expected to gather, record, calculate and predict their estimate. They found that the accuracy of their trend line mattered greatly. Some even found it fun to watch Barbie bounce off the floor if they were slightly inaccurate. Some students think they would like to jump someday for real like Mrs. Kunst (she has done it eight times already). Just don’t lie about your weight if you try it.


Northgate MS/HS Tower Garden

Tower Gardentower gardenNorthgate's ms/hs tower garden has arrived!           

We are growing oregano, curly and flat parsley, basil, 3 kinds of lettuces and sugar snap and snow peas! Stop by the library and watch how our plants grow!!


The Magical World of Disney

The magical world of disneyHigh School Concert Choir spent a magical day together October 27th at the Byham Theater. PMT along with CAPA, presented a production of Disney's Beauty and the Beast. Students had the opportunity to learn from the actors/directors themselves of the behind-the-scenes of show development. The students gained additional knowledge of the academic side of the Arts and an appreciation that will carry into their courses at Northgate. These opportunities are vital for our students to experience because they are positive, motivating, and inspirational.


Bellevue Elementary 5th Grade Campaign Posters

5th Grade postersIn Reading class the 5th grade students at Bellevue read the story, “Off and Running” by Gary Soto and illustrated by Eric Velasquez. The story is about two 5th grade students running for class president. Students discussed elements of a campaign and viewed samples of campaign posters. 5thgradepostersWith this knowledge students were then given the assignment to design their own campaign posters as if they were running for class president. Students followed a rubric which detailed what needed to be included on their posters. They then presented their poster to their classmates. As a cumulating event, Ms Hepner the 2nd grade teacher at Bellevue and Northgate High School Student Council Sponsor, was asked to come and speak to the 5th grade students about student council. Topics that were presented were, what student council does, how they are elected and what makes a good leader. Ms Hepner then had them participate in game called “49” 5th grade posterswhich promotes and encourages teamwork, an important part of being in student council. The presentation strengthen the students understanding of the process of running for office.


Bellevue Elementary Is A Spooktacular Place to Be!

Halloween at BellevueBellevue Elementary School hallways are adorned with festive decorations every holiday that brings the spirit of the season alive for the students. This October the hallways are attractively decorated with spooky inflatables ,scary door banners and real corn stalks. All the displays and hard work are done by Bellevue Elementary’s evening custodial staff of Mrs. Linda LeViere and Mrs. Robin Bodick. They put thoughtful consideration into each display. Halloween at BellevueThey look forward to seeing and hearing the joy of the students as they enter the building mesmerized by their spooktacular show! Mrs. LeViere and Mrs. Bodick make Bellevue Elementary an even better place to learn!


Cross Country Competes at The Slippery Rock Invitational

Cross countryOn Saturday, the Northgate MS and varsity cross country teams competed in the massive Slippery Rock Invitational, previewing the WPIAL course at Cooper’s Lake. Declan Klein and Isabella Uccellini both had strong races for the middle school.
Cross countryJonas Jason was the top varsity boy, finishing 44th out of 438 boys. He was 5th out of all single-A boys. For the varsity girls, Megan Wisniewski ran a personal best of 19:45 to finish 6th out of 470 girls and 2nd among the single-A runners. Her time is the second fastest all-time in school history!
The varsity teams will travel back to Cooper’s Lake on Thursday October 26th for the WPIAL Championship races and a chance to earn a spot in the PIAA State Championship.



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.

Click here to read the rest of this press release.


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!


Northgate Receives Two Grants from Action for Healthy Kids® and CSX

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.

The Middle/High School and Bellevue Elementary will each receive $1,000 to promote healthy habits in their students. They will use their grants to purchase Tower Gardens in order to promote learning about nutrition and healthy eating habits. Students will have the opportunity to grow, harvest, and prepare vegetables and herbs. This past year, Avalon Elementary received a grant for a Tower Garden and had great success engaging students in lessons revolving around leading a healthy lifestyle. The district is excited about the opportunity to expand on this success.

“We recognize the impact of physical activity, good nutrition and general wellness on our students’ health and learning and are excited to create an even healthier school environment with the funding and resources from Action for Healthy Kids and CSX,” said Dr. Caroline Johns, Superintendent.

The Northgate schools are two of 300 schools receiving a CSX-funded Game On grant along with technical support to implement its grant utilizing AFHK’s Game On program in the 2017-2018 school year. Since 2013, CSX-supported school grants have helped 1,353 schools implement health and wellness initiatives, impacting nearly 700,000 students. For a complete list of schools funded by CSX in the 2017-2018 school year, visit

About Action for Healthy Kids®
Action for Healthy Kids® is a nationwide grassroots network supporting school-based healthy eating and physical activity improvements that increase academic success. With funding opportunities, expert technical assistance and our flagship program, Game On, we mobilize schools, administrators and parents to develop healthy school environments for children. To learn more about the ways our 90,000+ volunteer network is helping to make Every Kid Healthy™, visit us at, on Facebook ( and on Twitter (


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!


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!
Click Here to watch the nationally recognized clip!

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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