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Keep learning this summer through these summer camps!


The Northgate School District and The Chill Project are partnering to offer free group programming for all students this summer!

These group sessions will take place in the district’s greenhouse at Northgate Middle/High School for four weeks in July and August. Sessions for middle and high school students will be 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesdays from July 22 to Aug. 14. Sessions for elementary students will be 9 to 11:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays from July 23 to Aug. 15.

The groups will center around hands-on horticulture activities, mindfulness, gardening skills and creative projects. A small snack will be provided as well.


Northgate students entering first through seventh grades this upcoming school year are invited to attend a FREE summer camp at AHN Suburban!

The Assemble a Half Day Summer Camp runs 9 a.m. to noon, Monday through Friday, from June 24 to Aug. 2. Each week, students will explore different themes, including Afrofuturism, chemistry, engineering, board game design, and geology! Spots are limited. Click below to learn more!



Students entering grades 5-8 this upcoming school year are invited to attend the Arts Greenhouse "Journal Week" at AHN Suburban from Aug. 5-9!


Summer EBT/SUN Bucks Benefits

What is Summer EBT/SUN Bucks:

A new program called Summer EBT, or “SUN Bucks,” has been authorized by a bipartisan U.S. Congress to provide food dollars to low-income families with school-aged children over the summer months. The program is proven to reduce food insecurity and improve children's nutrition during summer break. Governor Shapiro’s administration announced that the Commonwealth would participate in this program beginning in the summer of 2024. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) oversees the program, and the Pennsylvania Department of Human Services (DHS) coordinates the benefit issuance in Pennsylvania.

Who is Eligible:

A student is automatically eligible for 2024 Summer EBT/SUN Bucks if they are enrolled at a school that participates in the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) or School Breakfast Program (SBP), AND they qualify for free or reduced-price school meals for any of these reasons:

  1. Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), or

  2. Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF), or

  3. Medical Assistance with income that qualifies them for the NSLP/SBP, or

  4. Household meal application with income that qualifies, or

  5. Are homeless, runaway, migrant, foster, or in Head Start

If your child is automatically eligible for Summer EBT/SUN Bucks, you do not need to do anything else to receive the benefit.

If you believe your income qualifies (185% or less of the federal poverty level), you can still apply for free or reduced meals through the school (unless your child attends a Community Eligibility Provision* (CEP) school) or apply for the Summer EBT/SUN Bucks through DHS. See “Summer EBT/SUN Bucks Application” below for details.

Students who are homeschooled or are taught virtually for 100% of the school year are ineligible for Summer EBT/SUN Bucks. The only exception is if the child also attends a school building regularly that offers them NSLP/SBP school meals.

*IMPORTANT: Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) is a special program that allows NSLP/SBP schools in low-income areas to feed all students for free during the school year, regardless of each student’s economic level. However, Summer EBT/SUN Bucks is based on each student’s situation. Students at CEP schools are not automatically eligible for Summer EBT/SUN Bucks unless they receive SNAP, TANF, or Medical Assistance with income that qualifies them for free/reduced meals or are homeless, runaway, migrant, foster, or in Head Start.

Summer EBT/SUN Bucks Application:

Families should only submit a Summer EBT/SUN Bucks application if their child attended an NSLP/SBP-participating school in the 2023-2024 school year and was not found automatically eligible for Summer EBT/SUN Bucks.

Summer EBT/SUN Bucks applications will be available on July 1, 2024, on the DHS SUN Bucks webpage as a fillable PDF form in English and Spanish. DHS will review the family’s application to confirm that the child attended an NSLP/SBP school, and that the family income qualifies for the benefit (185% or less of the federal poverty level). To qualify for SUN Bucks for 2024, an application must be submitted by August 31, 2024. Any applications submitted on or after September 1, 2024, will be held and considered only for SUN Bucks for the summer of 2025.

Benefit Issuance:

For the summer of 2024, a household will receive a $120 Summer EBT/SUN Bucks benefit (which equals $40 for each summer month) for every eligible child in the household.

The benefit will be issued at the household level, meaning if multiple eligible students are in a household, the benefit will be combined into one issuance amount. The benefit will be issued to the family’s existing state EBT card (for SNAP or TANF) or on a new SUN Bucks card that is mailed, in most cases, to the household contact and address DHS has on file for that household. Schools are not able to change this information. If your SNAP, TANF, or Medical Assistance information needs to be updated, contact your County Assistance Office. If the household does not have a SNAP, TANF, or Medical Assistance case with DHS, the address that the school has on file will be used.

DHS will issue the 2024 Summer EBT/SUN Bucks benefits from late August to September 2024. All benefits should be issued by the end of October 2024. This may seem late for a benefit intended to assist eligible children and families over the summer months. DHS is building new processes and systems to meet USDA guidelines for this new program. Families are asked to be patient and understanding during this implementation year. The intent is for the benefit to be issued earlier in the summer break in future years.

Schools cannot assist families with Summer EBT/SUN Bucks benefit questions. Schools cannot access the state’s Summer EBT/SUN Bucks system or records.

Summer EBT/SUN Bucks Resources for Families:

DHS and their County Assistance Offices offer family support for Summer EBT/SUN Bucks.

The DHS Summer EBT/SUN Bucks webpage for families can be found here: This webpage provides information about the benefit, Frequently Asked Questions, the SUN Bucks family application, and an eligibility navigator tool to help families determine if they need to apply.

County Assistance Offices can provide family support for all Summer EBT/SUN Bucks questions. A CAO locator tool is found here:
The Statewide Customer Service Center can be reached by phone at 1-877-395-8930, or 1-215-560-7226 in Philadelphia.

Note: DHS asks families not to call the County Assistance Offices or Statewide Customer Service lines regarding not receiving Summer EBT/SUN Bucks before the end of August 2024, when almost all the Summer EBT/SUN Bucks benefits for automatically eligible children have been issued.

SNAP, TANF, and Medical Assistance households that need to update their address with DHS should do so as soon as possible.

Northgate celebrates the Class of 2024

The Northgate High School Class of 2024 reflected on their time together during their commencement ceremony at Alumni Field on June 6, while district leaders praised the graduates for their work and growth over the years.

In her commencement speech, Superintendent Dr. Caroline Johns told graduates in the Class of 2024 to embrace their uniqueness and let it guide them to make positive impacts in the world.

“As you step into the next chapter of your lives, remember that every ending is a new beginning filled with opportunities to learn, grow, and make a difference,” Dr. Johns said. “As one of our most famous and beloved Pittsburgh neighbors, Mr. Rogers, once said: ‘Often when you think you’re at the end of something, you’re at the beginning of something else.’ He also reminded us, ‘There’s no person in the whole world like you.’”

High School Principal Dr. Nicole Smith reflected on teaching the class English when they were in the seventh grade, and the joy she has experienced watching them grow over the years.

“You have come a long way since those seventh grade days,” she said. “You have faced challenges and obstacles, celebrated victories, and learned from setbacks. Each of you has grown not only in knowledge, but in character. You have become leaders, artists, scientists, athletes, and most importantly, compassionate and thoughtful individuals.”

Valedictorian Erin King told her classmates that they had overcome a variety of challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic, during their educational careers to accomplish great things.

“Congratulations to each and every one of my fellow graduates who have worked diligently on their studies to be here tonight earning their high school diploma,” she said. “This success wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for the dedication and commitment to one’s goals. I implore you to commit yourself to 100% to anything you do in life.”

Salutatorian Anthony Demangone encouraged his peers to remember to appreciate the simpler moments in life and cherish the time spent with loved ones as they set out on a new chapter in their lives.

“The next time you are with the people you love or doing something you enjoy, remember that you’re doing what’s most important,” he said.

Watch the entire Commencement Ceremony here.

Northgate students receive latest "Dog Man" book for summer reading

Author Dav Pilkey, Scholastic, and Riverstone Books partnered to give all Northgate elementary students in grades 2-6 a free copy of Pilkey’s latest graphic novel, Dog Man: The Scarlet Shedder!

Dog Man is the spin-off of Pilkey's popular Captain Underpants book series.

Northgate was one of three school systems involved in the book giveaway efforts. Robin Carroll, event coordinator at Riverstone Books, said the hope is to encourage students to continue reading through the summer months, adding Pilkey’s stories generate excitement in reading for students of all ages.

“The interest level is really high. Kids are entertained, love the characters, and get invested in the storylines," Carroll said. "And the reading level is accessible to everybody.”

Gov. Shapiro speaks at Northgate Middle/High School

Gov. Josh Shapiro and other state officials were at Northgate Middle/High School on April 18 to announce changes to the state assessment system.

The governor said all state assessment testing will transition to digital testing by 2026 to create a more efficient testing process for both students and teachers. Northgate has served as a model for digital testing after implementing it for all secondary students this past school year.

"I wanted to be here today because this is a school that gets it," Gov. Josh Shapiro said about Northgate during his news conference at the school, referencing the district's efforts to shift to digital testing for state assessments. "This is a school that understands how to use these tests effectively — how to meet students where they are to make sure they and their teachers are empowered. I wanted to be here today to hold you up as an example to others across this Commonwealth."

Chris Caton, director of curriculum, noted that digital testing has resulted in a number of benefits, including less time to manage materials and increased security. He also noted students prefer the online test with their Chromebooks rather than completing written exams.

"When discussing Northgate’s achievements, standardize testing often takes a back seat for me," Caton said, referencing a variety of ongoing initiatives aimed at creating a more holistic learning environment. "While assessing student achievement It’s important and necessary, it shouldn’t dictate out approach. But it is important and it’s our aim to execute it with excellence and with a student-centric mindset."

Gov. Shapiro walks in Northgate High School

Northgate High School junior Carrie Wynn said the digital testing more closely matches the way students learn in the classroom every day. The familiarity helps alleviate some of the stresses that come with the assessments.

"I can’t stand here today and say that moving to online testing has made me more excited for these tests, but it was not the nerve wracking change that I had anticipated," she said. "In fact, it was more similar to the way we learn in class."

Other state officials also spoke during the news conference in the library, including state Secretary of Education Khalid Mumin, state Sen. Way Fontana and state Rep. Emily Kinkead.

Kinkead credited Northgate for being a leader in innovation.

“Northgate has a strong history of taking a student-first approach to maximize the accessibility and efficiency of its programming, including standardized testing,” Kinkead said. “While these tests are necessary to secure federal funds, most of the teachers, students, and staff who tackle the PSSAs and Keystones every year feel strongly that they have become an obstacle to the larger objectives of our education system and need major reforms like this.”

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