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Superintendent Blog
March 25, 2019
Earlier this month, I had the opportunity to attend the SXSW EDU conference in Austin, TX.  This conference was part of the Superintendent 2020 professional development group sponsored by the Grable Foundation.  This group consists of Superintendents who have been in the position less than four years.  At the beginning of the school year, it was decided that it would benefit this group to attend a national conference.  There were two main purposes identified.  The first was providing access to high quality professional development.  By having the Grable Foundation fund this, the group was able to attend a national conference without putting any additional financial burden on the school districts.  The second purpose was for the group to develop stronger professional relationships in an effort to foster supportive relationships between school districts.  The trip was a success on both fronts.

The SXSW conference was probably one of the most diverse conferences I have attended in my career.  It had the obvious focus of education, but they also emphasized connectivity.  There was a theme that ran throughout the conference focused on relationships as a way to improve not only our educational systems but also our society.  I heard a number of speakers from very diverse backgrounds who spoke on a variety of topics.  I was especially intrigued by one of the keynote sessions.  The speakers were from The Aspen Institute and are involved in something called the “Weave: The Social Fabric Project.”  A quote that really struck me was, “When bad things happen, you can either break or break open and go deeper.”  We face many challenges in public education and in our district, but I think we need make sure those challenges break us open to new thinking, learning and opportunities.  In the keynote, the speakers spoke about the importance of connecting and community as a first step to address social issues.  They also emphasized the need for relationships.  

As I reflected on this, I thought about the strength of the relationships that exist in our district.  This is a tremendous asset and one that we have to continually nurture.  I am excited about how we are diligently working to strengthen our relationships with our community through better communications, in person gatherings and the daily work our teachers and administrators do to support students and families.

As we move forward, we are about to embark on what I believe will be a very exciting body of work and will truly solidify the foundation of the Northgate School District.   This past fall, the Board and representatives from our various stakeholder groups began work on identifying a set of core values that truly represents what we believe as a district.  Much like the Weave project, we need to synthesize our values and celebrate the groups who are a part of the Northgate School District.  I believe this will lead us to a vibrant future with a passionate focus on doing what is best for our children and our community.  We look forward to continuing this work during the upcoming year.
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Northgate News:
Signing Day
On Wednesday, April 10, 2019 Northgate Middle/High School Senior student Malcolm Randall signed his letter of intent to play basketball at the next level for Carlow University! This was an exciting day for Malcolm, his family, his coach, Northgate school officials, and the Northgate community! It is also an encouraging reminder to all of the power of committed HARD WORK and DEDICATION to one's passion, which can open so many doors to one's future!!
A.W. Beattie students win SkillsUSA state championships, qualify for nationals

A.W. Beattie Career Center will send nine students to the 2019 SkillsUSA Championships, which is part of a student organization that develops leadership skills to complement what students learn in career and technical education programs.

The event will be June 24-28 at various locations in Louisville, Kentucky.

“These competitions are a lot like our sports,” A.W. Beattie SkillsUSA advisor Heather Brown said. “Instead of competing to be the best softball player or football player, we compete to be the best videographer, the best carpenter, the best graphic designer.”

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 Mexican 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 29 healthy Mexican food recipes that were judged on: Originality, kid appeal, ease of preparation, plate presentation, taste and healthy attributes. Of the 29 students, 7 challengers were chosen; Marina Cirrincione making her Mexican Lava Bites, Madison Garcea making Madison’s Rice Bowl, Caitlyn Garvin and her Taco Burger, Braden Largent and his Kickin Quesadilla’s, Zoe Russell and her Pig-Out Tacos, William Smith making his Sweet n Spicy Plantain Tacos and Khirya Williams with her Mexican Salad Parfait.  WinnerThe 7 finalists had to prepare and present their creations before a panel of celebrity judges that included Mrs. Nancy Silay, Chefs Nick Senske and Zeke Fuchs from Shannopin Country Club, and Chef John King, Chef and Owner of Revival on Lincoln. 

Judges talked with each finalist and tasted samples of their healthy Mexican recipe.  Once all the judging was completed one winner remained; Khirya Williams and her Mexican Salad Parfait. Khirya received an echo dot and a 10 piece cookware set with utensils donated by Sodexo. Khirya recipe was submitted to the regional competition.  All seven finalists received medals and gifts.  Congratulations to all those who participated and many thanks to those who made this event a success. 

 
2 A.W. Beattie Students Win State Championships,
3 Will Compete at Nationals

For Immediate Release, March 29, 2019 

A pair of A.W. Beattie students recently earned state championships at the Pennsylvania Association of Family Career and Community Leaders of America competition in Seven Springs.

The FCCLA competition was attended by students in A.W. Beattie’s Culinary Arts, Pastry Arts and Early Childhood Education programs.

Northgate junior Josh Eddy won the state championship for Food Art, a competition he felt that he could win. Eddy, a second-year Culinary Arts student at A.W. Beattie, made a sculpture of apple birds, radish mushrooms and strawberry roses. He incorporated them into a decorative display of a palm tree......Read More

A.w. Beattie’s First Robotics Team Earns Award at Regionals

For Immediate Release, March 28, 2019

The March Madness of high school robotics competitions kicked off Friday and Saturday at the California University of Pennsylvania, and A.W. Beattie took home the Industrial Design Award.

This is the first time A.W. Beattie has earned the award in 13 years of regional FIRST Robotics competition. A.W. Beattie, which sent 17 students from its to the competition, beat out 44 other schools for the award.

“Off the bat when we were first building it, I didn’t really think about winning an award, so I’m really proud of this,” junior Dawson Skelley said. “We just wanted to build the best robot we could, and I’m happy that we did our best. It definitely made everything we put into it worthwhile.” .....Read More

A.W. Beattie Career Center Press Release  

A.W. Beattie Career Center is proud to announce that senior Rebecca Hapeman, from Northgate, was selected from a pool of candidates to represent the career center at the 2018 SkillsUSA Western Region Conference, which will be held Oct. 31 through Nov. 2 at Seven Springs Mountain Resort.

SkillsUSA is a national student leadership organization for students in career and technical education programs. The organization focuses on career-readiness, skill-based training, competitions and developing expertise for job interviews, public speaking, problem solving and more.

Hapeman will be one of 10 conference officers who will be in charge of organizing the conference, which will have about 400 students from western Pennsylvania in attendance. She joined the organization in 2017, because she “liked the competitive aspect of the organization

Click here to read the rest of the press release

October Attendance Challenge 
Many Bellevue Elementary students attended the October Attendance Challenge Reward Day on Wednesday, Nov. 7 in the gym. Coach Dave from CDG Sports came in did a variety of fun and energetic sports games with the students. He got them pumped up and ready to play all kinds of wacky games! The students had a great time. Congratulations to all the students who earned perfect attendance for the month of October! There will be another attendance challenge in February!  
Bully Prevention Month  
Some of our 9th grade students came to Avalon with Mrs. Nye to talk to our 6th grade about Bullying Prevention in Honor of Bullying Prevention Month and to educate our students on Suicide Awareness. This particular lesson focused on the types of bullying and how kind words can really make a difference to someone. The HS students and Mrs. Nye did and AWESOME job!!
Bellevue Yoga Day
Today was a great day at Bellevue Elementary School because it was Yoga Day! Mrs. Nye and her Northgate High School students came down to Bellevue and taught Yoga to the elementary students. Yoga is a great way to practice focus and discipline along with mindfulness which will help students in and out of the classroom. Many of the elementary students really enjoy practicing yoga. We are so appreciative that the Northgate High School students share their expertise in Yoga with us!
Bellevue Attendance Challenge
The Bellevue Elementary Pep Rally for the October Attendance Challenge was a huge success! The Northgate Junior High School Cheerleaders started off the assembly with the elementary student body participating with cheers for attendance. They really got the audience excited and pumped up for the Bellevue October Attendance Challenge! Then the Northgate High School Chorus serenaded the students with songs that inspired and energized them. It was a great day to have the assembly in conjunction with the National Walk to School Day.
Highmark Caring Place
On October 3, 2018 Bellevue Elementary 6th grade students Mirielle Haas and Faith Horlick along with the Bellevue Elementary Guidance Counselor ,Miss Trimber visited the Highmark Caring Place. The Highmark Caring Place is a safe place where grieving children and families can come together and be with others who understand what they're going through. The Caring Team is committed to raising awareness of the needs of grieving children, adolescents and their families, as well as the Highmark Caring Place program.

Mirielle and Faith participated in:

Lunch in the Caring Place family room.
Hands-on activities and took a Caring Place tour.
Listened to a special message from a child that benefited from the Caring Place.
Brought back resources that will help support grieving students in their school.

All students at Bellevue will participate in a Caring Team initiative for Children's Grief Awareness Day, which is Thursday November 15th, 2018.
Be There Attendance Program Kickoff
On Friday, September 7th, Avalon Elementary kicked off their attendance program with an assembly for the entire school. During the assembly, Mrs. Nardone talked with students about the importance of coming to school every day, on time. In order to further acknowledge the importance of attendance, Avalon Elementary will hold an attendance challenge over 20 school days. Students who miss 2 or less days of school and are on time everyday will receive rewards such as drawstring bookbags, sunglasses, pencil cases, Northgate apparel etc…. In addition to these prizes, all students who reach this attendance goal will have their name entered in a drawing to win a gif card to a local restaurant or store.
Mrs. Monahan was able to reach out to the Pittsburgh Penguins to have Iceburgh make a guest appearance for the students. In addition to having Iceburgh spend some time with the students, 6th grade students, Mr. McFall and Miss Lipovsky completed the Kiki Challenge. Mrs. Nardone also awarded some students for improving their attendance with bags filled with Be There items such as drawstring bags, sunglasses, pencil cases, Northgate wristbands and free ice cream coupons to Scoops in Bellevue.
ESS Employment at Northgate
Northgate School District has partnered with ESS to manage our substitute program. A leader in K-12 staffing, ESS is now responsible for the hiring, training, and placement of all [daily and long-term] substitute teachers, and substitute custodians

If you’re interested in working as a substitute for our district, please visit www.ESS.jobs to apply or call 412.394.5502 for more information.
New Technology Partnership
The Northgate School District is pleased to be partnering with the Allegheny Intermediate Unit and All Covered to provide our district with technology support throughout the school year.  Over the next month AIU Technology staff and All Covered will be looking at the existing technology equipment in our district.   Beginning August 6th you will be able to call or email the AIU Help Desk for support.  AIU Help Desk phone number is 412-394-5900 and email is helpdesk@aiu3.net.  The hours of operations for the AIU help desk are Monday thru Friday 7:00 AM to 4:00 PM.   We are very excited to be working with the AIU and their experienced technology staff.

Thank you for the continued patience through all the transition at our school district.
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 Marching Band Travels to Cedar Point!
The Northgate Flames Marching Band had an exciting trip this past weekend to Cedar Point in Sandusky, Ohio, and to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland! The band had the opportunity to parade down the main stretch of the Cedar Point and perform for all of the guests on Saturday May 19th. On Sunday May 20th the band traveled to the Rock and Roll Hall of fame, and experienced all the museum had to offer! It was an amazing trip with a group of amazing people!
Flat Stanley 
Students read the wonderful book, Flat Stanley, about a boy who becomes flat when his bulletin board falls on him one night . Stanley has many adventures. Students chose a family member or friend to send a Stanley they created to and asked them to take them on an adventure. They then wrote a letter back and sent pictures as well. Our Stanleys traveled to Japan, Hawaii, California, Washington, Oregon, Idaho, South Dakota, Virginia, New York, Florida, Bahamas, South Carolina, Colorado and Maine!
Students are also creating their own Flat Stanley book. The class has also read Stanley and the Magic Lamp, Stanley in Space, Invisible Stanley, Stanley Flat Again and a few Stanley’s Worldwide Adventures! 
Genetics Class Collaborates With University of Pittsburgh
Dr. Warren Ruder, from the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh, collaborated with the students from the Spring Genetics class to bring biotechnology to our classroom. The students learned about genetic engineering through a hands-on experiment using gel electrophoresis and DNA samples from Dr. Ruder's lab. Students were able to perform the steps involved in separating DNA fragments using this laboratory technique under the guidance of Dr. Ruder and his colleagues (Michael Behrens, Ting-Yen Wei and Dr. Zhicheng Long). This was a unique and exciting opportunity for the students to work with individuals currently working in the field of bioengineering and to learn more about the procedures and techniques used in modern genetics research.
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!

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.
 
 
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!
 
 
 
 
 
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5/20 School Board Meeting
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5/27 NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day
5/30 Senior Awards
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5/31 Bellevue Field Day
5/31 8th Grade Awards
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   HS @ 7:30 p.m.
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6/3 Avalon Kindergarten Graduation @ 9:00 a.m.
6/3 Avalon 6th Grade Graduation @ 11:00 a.m.
6/3 Bellevue Kindergarten Graduation 1:30 p.,,.6/4
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6/5 LAST DAY FOR BEATTIE STUDENTS
6/10 Committe of the Whole
   Admin Center 7:30 p.m.
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