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Animal-focused summer camp available to Northgate teens

Do you have a 14-year-old who loves animals? Animal Friends is seeking campers to attend a no-cost animal-focused Summer Camp!  If you are seeking community-involvement opportunities for your teen, ways to support your child’s interest in animals or an animal-related career, or simply meaningful activities to take part in together, we invite you to learn more about Alicia’s Camp.

This free summer camp will connect Northgate teens to the mission of Animal Friends through encounters with dogs, cats, and rabbits, hands-on collaborative projects, and behind-the-scenes peeks at the shelter.  Please see the attached flyer for more information, as spaces are limited!

Celebrating the Class of 2022

Congratulations, seniors! 

Graduation is quickly approaching. Please see below for a list of the various events and activities leading up to commencement on June 10. 

If you have any questions, please contact the main office. 

Click here to view the Senior Event Flyer.

Friday, May 20th
Promenade - MS/HS Auditorium Start Time - 5:30 pm
Students should arrive at 5:15 pm Prom - Zoo
When: 7:30 pm - 11:30 pm

Senior Awards
Monday, June 6th
Where: MS/HS Auditorium When: 10:45 am

Senior Picnic
Tuesday, June 7th
Where: Ohio Twp. Park Time: TBD

Senior Breakfast
Thursday, June 9th
Where: Avalon Elementary
Start time: 8:30 am
*Students will receive their cap and gowns as well as (6) guest passes.

Clap Out
Thursday, June 9th
Start Time: 9:00 am
Where: Avalon Elementary (aer the senior breakfast) and Bellevue Elementary.

Graduation Practice
Thursday, June 9th
Where: Alumni Stadium Start Time: 10:30 am *Practice is mandatory!

Commencement Ceremony
Friday June 10th
Where: Alumni Stadium
Start Time: 7:00 pm
Seniors should report to Alumni Stadium at 6:30 pm. Doors open at 6:45 pm for families and friends.
*The Rain Date for Graduation is June 11th. If it rains on June 11th, the ceremony will be moved into the Auditorium


High school students deliver dog houses to Trumbull County

Northgate High School students delivered nine custom-built dog houses to the Trumbull County Dog Kennel in Warren, Ohio, on May 13, concluding months of work to address a need for additional shelter.

Eight students, along with Superintendent Dr. Caroline Johns and Mr. Clayton Berwick, industrial arts teacher, made the 75-mile trip to deliver and install the dog houses.

“This was an exciting conclusion to months of hard work by the students,” Dr. Johns said. “The project showcases not only the quality of the woodworking skills developed in Mr. Berwick’s industrial arts classroom, but also the kind, generous attitudes of our students at Northgate.”

The dog houses were made in Mr. Berwick’s home maintenance class with the help of other woodworking and art students in the high school.

“We started building them in early November after visiting the kennel to look around and get a feel for what they needed,” Berwick said. “The project took a lot of time and effort, but it was all for a good cause.”

Bellevue Elementary to host Mindful Music concert

Members of the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra will perform an outdoor concert at Bellevue Elementary as a culminating Mindful Music activity on May 16.

There will be two 20-minute concerts, one for K-3 at 10 a.m., followed by a performance for grades 4-6. The event will be in the Learning Garden in front of the school, with students seated around the musicians. A Q&A session with the performers will be part of the experience.

Parents and community members will be able to stand along Lincoln and Howard avenues to enjoy the music as well. The concert is dependent on weather and will be moved inside to the auditorium just for students if it rains.

Basketball camp for 3-6 graders offered in June

The Northgate Girls Basketball Boosters are sponsoring a basketball camp for boys and girls in grades 3 to 6 from June 20-22. 

The cost of the camp is $75, which includes a t-shirt, daily prizes and a last day pizza party. Payment is due the first day of camp. Checks should be made payable to Northgate Girls’ Basketball Boosters.

For information, call 412-913-4517.

Click here for a registration form.

3rd annual Northgate Football Golf Outing set for July 29

Registration for this years Northgate Football Golf Outing is now open! You can register online at the following link:

This event has had a great turnout the past two years! The football team is looking to continue the momentum to support all of the hard work our players are putting in! Consider entering a foursome or being a sponsor. Great raffle prizes such as a big screen TV, Pyramid of Beer, etc.

33rd Annual Northgate Flames Golf Outing set for Aug. 20

The 33rd annual Northgate Flames Golf Outing is scheduled for Aug. 20 at the Shadow Lakes Golf Club.  

The event serves as a great opportunity for the community to support the spirit and pride of the Northgate School District. The proceeds from this event fund two scholarships for students of the Northgate senior class.

In addition to foursomes fees, this event and scholarships are funded by businesses and personal hole sponsors, as well as donations (monetary, gift cards, or products for the Chinese auction).

Golfers do not have to be Northgate employees or residents of the community. Registration Forms and Donations must be received by July 29. For more information please contact Brandon Hogle at 412-760-8680 or Dawn Egger at 412-974-0623.

Click here for a Registration Packet.

Primrose Sobeck wins state Logo and Graphic Design competition

Congratulations to Primrose Sobeck for winning first place in the Logo and Graphic Design division in the PA Media and Design Competition!

For this competition, Primrose developed a full advertising campaign (brochure, poster, logo, Instagram motion graphic advertisement, a separate web ad, promotional item and banner design) and completed a narrative summary describing all of the work involved.

A junior at Northgate High School and enrolled at the A.W. Beattie Career Center, Primrose was one of only five high school students in the Pittsburgh region to win or place in this competition.


YMCA opens registration for after-school program

The YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh has opened registration for an after-school program for Avalon and Bellevue elementary schools for the 2022-23 school year. A minimum of 18 students are required to operate the program, so families interested in it are encouraged to sign up now to guarantee the program will operate next school year.

You may register online at

More information on the program, including the weekly costs, also is available on the YMCA’s website or by clicking this flyer

The YMCA operated an after-school program at Bellevue and Avalon elementary schools in the past, but registration numbers were not high enough to sustain a program for this current school year. Both the district and the YMCA have recently heard from families that there is a need for this program and many would use it if it returned.

If you have any questions about registration, you can contact the YMCA of Greater Pittsburgh Business Office at 412-573-4166 or at 

Community Blood Drive scheduled for May 5

Be a part of something bigger than yourself.

The Northgate Community Blood Drive will be at the high school from 3 to 7 p.m. May 5.

To schedule an appointment, visit

— Choose “Donor Login” if you have donated with Vitalant or Central Blood Bank before

— If you have not donated with Vitalant or Central Blood Bank in the past, choose “New Donor”

— At the “Schedule your Appointment Today” screen, scroll down using the far right scroll bar and enter group code C5300103 to schedule your donation

— If you cannot schedule online, please call Cyndi Funk at 412-477-2957.

Community input requested in PDE survey

Attention Members of the Northgate Community:

The Northgate School District is currently engaging in a strategic planning process to identify what we value most for our students and chart out a course to help us reach the goals we are in the process of identifying. I am writing to request your assistance with gathering feedback from our stakeholder groups.  

Click here to access the Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) Climate Survey for community members. We would greatly value your input, and the survey will only take about 10 minutes to complete. The results we gather from the survey will be used to guide the development of the strategic plan.

Thank you for your time, support and feedback!

Caroline Johns