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Diversity, equity and inclusion workshop planned for Oct. 25

Northgate parents and caregivers are invited to join us for an interactive workshop discussing diversity, equity and inclusion within the school community.

The event will be 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at the middle/high school cafeteria.

We would like to develop a deeper understanding of the community perspectives related to the topics of diversity, equity and inclusion. Together we will document these perspectives and use the input from the community and other Northgate stakeholder groups to set goals within our strategic plan.

We hope you can join us for an exciting evening together!

Participants can enter the school through the administrative entrance located on the driveway side of the building. If you are a parent or guardian in need of childcare, student council representatives will be providing childcare for school-age children.

Northgate announces new partnership focused on diversity, equity and inclusion

The Northgate School District is partnering with Pittsburgh-based education consultant Michelle King to create more equitable and empathetic learning opportunities within its school community.

The initiative was fostered through Dr. Jeffrey Evancho, director of partnerships and equity for Northgate. King, who describes her role as a “Learning Instigator,” works throughout the region to improve diversity, equity and inclusion practices.  

“I call myself the learning instigator because I see myself as a learner first and foremost,” King said. “As a teacher and a facilitator, my job is to create opportunities for participants to learn, discover, be challenged and to express their thoughts, dreams and desires.” 

King will be working with district teachers, administrators and students to help create dynamic learning experiences and opportunities that inspire wonder and discovery for all students.  

By analyzing curriculum and classroom practices, King aims to cultivate an atmosphere that embraces conversations about diversity and inclusion. She said many school districts struggle with promoting discussion about these topics, which results in a failure to examine how young people relate to themselves and to each other around their identity. 

“My aspiration is to take away the shame and embarrassment and help people develop the practice of being in discourse when we have challenging topics, and still stay in relationship with each other,” she said.  

King has more than two decades of experience in education and has worked as part of nationwide initiatives. Locally, she works in conjunction with various agencies, including the Western Pennsylvania Writing Project, Hear Me and the Remake Learning Network.  

“I think my work is about working with communities to create spaces of thriving for everybody,” King said. “That’s the purpose of my work — to help folks align their aspirations and practices together.” 

The partnership continues Northgate’s ongoing efforts to create a welcoming environment for all students. The middle/high school recently launched its No Place for Hate campaign through the Anti-Defamation League. Other initiatives, including the district’s College in High School program, strive to offer more equitable education opportunities to all students.  

This past summer, two murals were completed in the middle/high school to celebrate and reflect the diversity and cultural history within the district, as well as show school pride. 

A diversity, equity and inclusion workshop for the Northgate parents and caregivers also has been scheduled for 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 25 at the middle/high school.    

Forensics club signups for grades 5 through 8

Do you like acting, reading or public speaking? If so, you would be great on the Forensics team at Northgate!

Our first meetings will be this week at the following times:

Avalon Elementary
3:15 to 3:45 p.m. Monday,  Oct. 4

Middle School
3:15 to 3:45 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 7

Bellevue Elementary
3:15 to 3:45 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8

You will be provided with more information at these meetings.  Please email Mrs. Gretchen Monahan at gretchen.monahan@northgatesd.net if you are interested in participating.

Click here for a signup sheet. 

Northgate accepted into National Network of Innovative School Districts

The Northgate School District has been accepted into the League of Innovative Schools, a national coalition of forward-thinking K-12 school districts committed to improving education with the power of technology.

The initiative is organized by Digital Promise, a nonprofit organization with the mission to accelerate innovation in education and improve the opportunity to learn for all through technology and research.

Northgate was selected from a competitive national pool of applicants based on its educational leadership, innovative vision for learning, key achievements and evidence of results, and demonstrated commitment to equity and excellence.

"We are excited to be a part of this prestigious group and to have the opportunity to partner with some of the most innovative districts in the country,” Superintendent Dr. Caroline Johns said. “I am confident that the opportunity to learn from the other League districts will provide a direct benefit to the students in Northgate and our entire school community."

The League of Innovative Schools, launched at the White House under President Barack Obama within the U.S. Department of Education in 2011, accepts new members through an open application process once per year.

“Now more than ever, the League of Innovative Schools recognizes the impact that equity, access, and opportunity can have on student outcomes,” said Dewayne J. McClary, director of the national coalition. “The League strives to build a collaborative of close-knit districts that work together to eradicate the impact of inequitable practices, outdated instruction and resources, and districts working in silos. Part of our mission is to transform the systems and policies that create barriers for marginalized students.”

League members are represented by their superintendent, who commits to:

●     Attend biannual League meetings, which feature classroom visits, collaborative problem-solving, and relationship-building with peers and partners; 

●     Participate in League cohorts and challenge collaboratives on a broad range of topics relevant to the changing needs and priorities of school districts; 

●     Support Digital Promise research and provide critical feedback so it translates easily into classroom experiences and expands what we know about teaching and learning; 

●     Engage with entrepreneurs to advance EdTech product development steeped in the latest learning science and meets district needs; and 

●     Participate in the League’s professional learning community by connecting with other members online, in person, and at each other’s school districts.

Working at the intersection of education leaders, researchers, and developers, Digital Promise and the League of Innovative Schools provide an environment for superintendents and district leaders to share and learn from best practices; leverage research and participate in continuous improvement models; engage in research and development projects with peers to address education’s biggest challenges; and implement new technologies and innovations in their school systems.

The League will officially welcome new members at its fall hybrid meeting on Oct. 20-22, which will be online and in-person in Washington, D.C. 

The new members’ entrance into the League extends the network’s reach to 125 districts across 34 states and expands its cumulative impact to 3.8 million students served over time.

Acceptance into the initiative is the most recent effort for Northgate to accelerate innovation and equity within its classrooms this year. The district launched its “Community as the Classroom” program this year to build innovative health and science programming for students and teachers. Northgate also was invited to serve as a national demonstration district for the School Superintendents Association’s Learning 2025 initiative, a national commission focused on student-centered, equity-focused education. 

For more information on the Digital Promise League of Innovative Schools, visit: digitalpromise.org/league

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Our annual "Pink Out" football game is Friday, Oct. 15. In order to make sure you have some pink to wear that day, Northgate band boosters are selling Pink Out hoodies and T-shirts. 

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, part of the profits will be donated to
breast cancer research.

To order, please return this form with payment in an envelope marked “Pink Out Shirts” to the high school or elementary school office by Friday, Sept. 24, 2021.

Checks or money orders made payable to Northgate Band Boosters.

All items will be delivered Wednesday, Oct. 13 to your child at school. If you do not get your items prior to the Friday, Oct. 15 game, we will have them at the concession stand that night.

Contact Jessica Haberman (Jessica.Haberman@northgatesd.net) or Heather Hunt (achilies1023@yahoo.com or 412-977-9993) with questions.

Homecoming week set to begin

Next week is homecoming! Get ready to show your Northgate school spirit! 

A pep rally on Friday, Sept. 17, will kickoff spirit week. The 2:45 p.m. assembly is for students in grades 9 through 12 and will include the homecoming court reveal and spirit week announcements. 

The homecoming parade will be Friday, Sept. 24 at 6:15 p.m. The parade begins at Avalon Elementary and follows California Avenue to Lincoln Avenue, ending at Alumni Field. This includes the marching band, cheerleaders, pee wee cheerleaders, 2021 homecoming court, the 2020 homecoming and prom queen and king, and the Bellevue and Avalon fire departments. 

Northgate will take on Union Area during the homecoming football game at 7 p.m. Sept. 24, following the parade. Homecoming court will be introduced and the queen will be announced at halftime.

The homecoming dance will be at the middle/high school on Saturday, Sept. 25 from 7 to 10 p.m. This event is for students in 9 through 12 grades only and will be held outdoors. Masks will be optional unless a student enters the building for concessions or use of the restrooms at which time a mask will be mandatory. Tickets are $10 per person and MUST BE PURCHASED IN ADVANCE.  They will be on sale before and after school in the lobby starting Wednesday, Sept. 15.  

Click here for a full version of the event flyer!

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Come join us at Avalon and Bellevue elementary schools for our Open House on Thursday, Sept. 16!

In an effort to allow for more social distancing, families are asked to limit attendance to two adults per student. The open house sessions will be divided in two time slots based on student last name. 

The time slot for children with last names beginning A to M will be 6 to 7 p.m. Children with last names N to Z will follow from 7 to 8 p.m.

Students must be accompanied by an adult. We look forward to meeting with our elementary school families!

Click here for a full resolution flyer! 

Northgate School District to host COVID-19 vaccine clinic

The Northgate School District is partnering with UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh to vaccinate students and community members against COVID-19 with the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine. 

The district will host a vaccine clinic from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Sept. 15 at Northgate High School, 589 Union Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 15202. 

To schedule an appointment, please visit https://forms.office.com/r/WqnxCjBmPb and select “Northgate School District.”

Students under age 18 will need a permission slip completed by a parent or guardian. The permission slips will be available in the main office. 

This clinic is available for students, parents and community members in the Northgate School District ages 12 and older. 

Please visit these websites for answers to some frequently asked questions parents might have prior to their child receiving the COVID-19 vaccine.

COVID-19 Vaccine Frequently Asked Questions

The Science Behind COVID-19 Vaccines: Parent FAQs

Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program begins Sept. 15

The Northgate School District will be participating in the USDA’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program this school year.

This program provides all children in Avalon and Bellevue elementary schools with a variety of free fresh fruits and vegetables, serving as an effective and creative way of introducing healthy snack options. 

The initiative is an important catalyst for change in efforts to combat childhood obesity by helping children learn more healthful eating habits. 

The diverse selection of healthy snacks will expand the variety of fruits and vegetables children experience, resulting in an increase in their fruit and vegetable consumption. Nutritional education for each fruit and vegetable served will be present during the school day.

The program begins Sept. 15.

In order to follow COVID-19 safety protocol and reduce allergy concerns, the fresh fruit or vegetable will be given to students at the end of the day to take home on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays. 

Please make sure you to check your child’s backpack when they get home.

The grant funding this federal program is administered by The Pennsylvania Department of Education and coordinated by the district’s food management agency, Sodexo.