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Announcing the Northgate Middle & High School Mural Project

The Northgate Middle and High Schools are partnering with a resident artist, Bernie Wilkie, from the Pittsburgh Center for Arts and Media to work with our students and school community on designing two large wall murals for the building.

The first mural will be in the main entrance and will reflect the diversity and cultural history that exists in our school district and community. The second mural will be in the cafeteria and will reflect school pride and our Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports programming.

We are encouraging everyone who wants to participate to sign up by emailing nicole.smith@northgatesd.net. No artistic ability required. 

About the artist: Bernie’s work as a visual artist centers around large-scale community murals, teaching, and a body of paintings and mixed media works called Innerscapes. A desire to work with communities to bring inspiring art into shared spaces has been a driving force in his career. His vision is to continue leveraging the power of art to strengthen communities and cultivate personal and societal wellness through beauty, collaboration, and storytelling. You can find out more information about the artist by visiting his website: http://www.berniewilke.com/

Light Up Hope Community Outreach Project

Please join us for this FREE COMMUNITY LIGHT DISPLAY brought to you by the Northgate Student Council. Monetary donations and non-perishable food items will be collected. This event is designed with safety in mind, cars will drive through the secondary campus which will be lit up and decorated. Cars will enter campus via Union Ave. and exit via Glaser Ave. 

Suggested Arrival Times:
​Last Name A-F: 6-6:30 pm | Last Name G-M: 6:30-7 pm | Last Name N-T: 7-7:30 pm | Last Name U-Z: 7:30-8 pm

Click here to see the event flyer.

Northgate Receives Backpack Program Grant

We are pleased to announce that the Northgate School District has received $1,000 in grant money from Sodexo’s Stop Hunger Foundation. The funds have been sent to Northgate’s non-profit partner, The Shepherd's Door located at 563 Lincoln Ave, Pittsburgh, PA 15202. We would like to thank Food Service Director Julianne Griffin for submitting the grant application and for being a wonderful advocate for Northgate students.

The Shepherd’s Door is a 501(c)3 Non-Profit Ministry focused on establishing quick, convenient access to community resources and providing adequate safe havens for children and youth. The Shepherd’s Door plays an important role in Northgate’s Backpack program which provides backpacks filled with nutritious, easy-to-prepare, non-perishable food for students who are at risk for hunger when free or reduced-price school meals are not available. Backpacks are distributed to students in easily accessible, safe environments the last day before a weekend or holiday. If a Northgate Family would like to participate in the program all they need to do is contact their school counselor to get additional information.

The Sodexo Stop Hunger Foundation provides grants to help fund local backpack food programs and on-campus food pantries where Sodexo employees regularly volunteer their time.

These programs and pantries help ensure all children can access sufficient healthy food every day so they can learn, play, and thrive. When fueled by consistent access to nutritious food, youth are more likely to get the education, health and employment necessary for a stable future. That means they’re more likely to avoid or move out of poverty and less likely to experience hunger in the future. During the 2019-20 school year, Sodexo helped fund 59 different backpack programs supported by their employees.

Elementary Kindness Club Valentine's Day Card Drive

The Kindness Clubs at both Avalon and Bellevue are calling on all students to help make Valentine’s Day brighter for local Senior Citizens. We’ve partnered with the North Hills Community Outreach organization who is collecting homemade Valentine's Day cards for senior citizens. You can make a card with supplies you have at home or pick up a simple card to color and decorate in the main lobby of your elementary school. Please return your completed card to the main lobby of Avalon or Bellevue Elementary School no later than  Monday, February 8.

Resources for Parents During Virtual Learning

In December, we held several sessions of a new event for our parents and guardians who are supporting our virtual learners.

Topics that were covered included educational platforms that are being used and expectations for students during virtual learning. Additionally, we shared tips for helping your child be a successful virtual learner as well as coping strategies for stressed students and parents and a variety of virtual resources.

Please use the links below to access the resources we covered as well as a recording of the presentation for our secondary families.

Sodexo Launches Text Message Service for High School Students

MyDtxt allows students to receive alerts via text messages about menu specials, vote for their favorite menu items and send feedback to our dining staff. Subscribers must be 14 years or older. Msg & data rates may apply.

To celebrate the launch we are holding an Amazon gift card raffle. High School students should Text NGFood TO 82257 to register for MyDtxt anytime between January 11 and January 22 to be eligible for the raffle.

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Please join us for a virtual edition of Coffee with Dr. Johns and special guest Dr. Caton. We are offering six different sessions where will be discussing ways we are supporting our students during COVID-19. We like to keep the numbers of attendees small for these informal sessions so please visit https://tinyurl.com/CoffeeWithDrJohns to reserve your spot today. If none of the sessions fit your schedule, there is an option to write in your availability and we will do our best to schedule additional dates.

Support for Parents During Virtual Learning - Grades K-6

Please join us for this new event that is designed to offer practical, applicable tips and strategies for parents and guardians supporting virtual learners in grades K-6.

Topics to be covered include educational platforms used at the elementary building level and expectations for students during virtual learning. Additionally, we will share tips for helping your child be a successful virtual learner as well as coping strategies for stressed students and parents and a variety of virtual resources.

Monday, December 21 at 2:30 pm or Monday, December 21 at 6:30 pm

Because this is a virtual event there is no need to rsvp just use https://meet.google.com/drt-qdng-mgp to join the session that works best for you.

Click here to see the event flyer

Support for Parents During Virtual Learning - Grades 7-12

Please join us for this new event that is designed to offer practical, applicable tips and strategies for parents and guardians supporting virtual learners in grades 7-12.

Topics to be covered include educational platforms used at the secondary building level and expectations for students during virtual learning. Additionally, we will share tips for helping your child be a successful virtual learner as well as coping strategies for stressed students and parents and a variety of virtual resources.

Grades 7-9: Monday, December 14 at 2 pm or Wednesday, December 16 at 7 pm
Grades 10-12: Monday, December 14 at 7 pm or Wednesday, December 16 at 2 pm

Because this is a virtual event there is no need to rsvp just use https://meet.google.com/njo-cwez-vyj to join the session that works best for you.

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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 substitute teachers and custodians. We have some exciting substitute opportunities available every day in Northgate School District. You can enjoy the convenience of working school hours, whether you want to work on Mondays, Fridays, or five days a week.

To learn more about employment opportunities in the Northgate School District please visit our employment page. 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.

Fully Virtual Instruction Starts November 23

Due to the rising number of COVID-19 cases that have been associated with social gatherings, the Northgate School District has decided to move to fully virtual instruction for all students beginning Monday, November 23. 

There will be live instruction each day. Please visit our Response to Coronavirus for specific information regarding the transition to online learning for each grade band. Our goal is to create the least amount of change possible as we move in and out of virtual instruction.

Virtual Financial Aid Night

Amy Sawdey, PHEAA's Higher Education Access Partner for Allegheny County, will present information on the financial aid application process, what types of aid are available for students, and strategies to start thinking about affordability before getting ready to apply for post-secondary school admission. All high school student or parent of a high school student, of any grade level, are encouraged to attend. Time will be built into the presentation to allow you to ask any questions you may have regarding the financial aid process.

Click Here to Register.

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Yearbooks are a great way for students to remember their high school experience. Order your 2020-21 full-color yearbook for $55 – the lowest price of the year! The price will increase on November 6.

Visit yearbookordercenter.com and enter code 13385 to place your order.

Class of 2021, we need your senior photos no later than November 20. Click here for more information.

Contact Amy Pizzica, Yearbook Advisor, at yearbook@northgatesd.net or 412.732.3200 x1001 for more information.