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 Swimmers Prepare For WPIAL Championships

20 Athletes from the Northgate/Avonworth Swim Team are preparing for this week’s WPIAL Championships which will be held on Thursday and Friday at the University of Pittsburgh's Trees Hall.

The girls team enters meet as the defending champion and will face tough competition in their bid to repeat. Last year’s runner-up, Indiana High School, should again challenge for the team championship along with Elizabeth Forward, North Catholic, Laurel Highlands and Freeport.

Competing for the Girls Team will be Seniors Hazel CullenKaylee Madey and Angelina Patarini, Juniors Danica Raich and Carley Spahr, Sophomores Brianna KlatzkinAnna Kohler and Anna Neiss and Freshman Taryn Navilliat and Catrina Raich.

The Boys Team will again face off against Indiana High School after finishing second to the Indians last year. Only a few points separate the teams headed into the WPIAL Championship and it could come down to the last event to determine the winner.

Swimming for the Boys Team will be Seniors Luke Tomczak and Luke Wagner, Juniors Clark BernauerHugo EadieCooper Groll, and Graham Herzig, Sophomores Andrew Baldauff and Gavin Mee and Freshman Jack Blaser and Matthew Purcell.

Written By: Rick Wagner

Northgate Senior Signs Letter of Intent

Congratulations to Northgate senior, Hailey McClain, who recently signed her letter of intent to play soccer at Thiel College.  Hailey’s family were in attendance along with Avonworth Head Soccer Coach JC Mahan, Assistant Coach Lindsey Reichert and Northgate Athletic Director Bryan Kyle. Also there to celebrate her signing were coaches from her soccer club team FC Pittsburgh, Coach Paige Petroval, Coach Jason Edwards and Coach Alessandro Moreira. 

Hailey plans to study Data Analytics with a minor in Sports Management. She hopes to one day analyze data on athletes and use it to help promote them to the next level. Through the Northgate College in the High School program, Hailey was able to earn 25 college credits which will give her a head start as she begins her studies at Thiel College.


We wish her the best of luck!

Northgate School District Receives $35,000 to Expand Computer Science Classes

The Northgate School District has recently been awarded a PA smart Targeted grant to expand computer science classes and teacher training for students in Pre-K through 8th grade. This $35,000 grant will be used to train teachers and to purchase technology in alignment with a school-wide computer science program. Through this program, all students will have an opportunity to learn the fundamentals of computer coding and to apply that work with robotics.

This grant represents one component of the governor’s initiative, which will provide $20 million to bring high-quality computer science and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education in elementary, middle, and high schools, and professional development for teachers across the commonwealth.

“PAsmart is strategically investing in science and technology education so students develop the skills they need for high-demand jobs,” said Governor Wolf. “To be successful, we must also invest in our educators by providing them the training to teach these critical subjects.

“Through PAsmart, we are developing the most prepared and talented workforce in the country, which will help students excel, grow the middle class, and strengthen the economy for everyone,” he said.

Over the next 10 years, 71 percent of new jobs in Pennsylvania will require employees to use computers and new technologies.

“Job growth in the STEM and computer science field is driving the Pennsylvania and national economies, and Governor Wolf recognizes that expanding access to these programs is absolutely critical to preparing students for an ever-changing workforce,” said Secretary of Education Rivera. “PA smart grants help train educators so they are providing high-quality STEM and computer science instruction and experiences in their classrooms to students of all ages, including those who have been historically underserved and underrepresented in these opportunities and fields.”

Northgate School District is working to prepare students to fill the jobs in our region that are increasingly driven by technology. By providing the skills needed to be successful in the 21st century world of high tech manufacturing and computer science, Northgate graduates will be more competitive and have the opportunity to remain in our region beyond graduation.

Golden Flames Golf Outing - May 2, 2020 - 9 AM

The 31st Annual Golden Flames Golf Outing will be held on Saturday, May 2, 2020 at Shadow Lakes Golf Club.

The Golden Flames Golf Outing is a great opportunity for the community to support the spirit and pride of the Northgate School District. The proceeds from this event funds two scholarships for students of the Northgate class of 2020.

In addition to foursomes fees, this event and scholarships are funded by both businesses and personal hole sponsors, 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 April 17. For more information please contact Brandon Hogle at 412-760-8680 or Dawn Egger at 412-974-062.

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First page of the PDF file: Pre-k

Eligible children will be accepted into this program for the 2020-2021 program year, with preference given to children who will enter Kindergarten in the 2021-2022 school year and who are not currently enrolled or selected for other Pre-K programs.

The Pre-K Counts classroom is located at Bellevue Elementary School. There is no cost to parents/guardians for this program. Breakfast and lunch will be provided.

Space for this program is limited. If you are interested, registration packets are available at:

Avalon Elementary 721 California Avenue, 412-732-3300, ext. 3000


Bellevue Elementary 435 Lincoln Avenue, 412-732-3300, ext. 4000

Students must have a completed application to be considered for the program. Should you have any questions, please call (412) 732-3300, Ext. 2109.

First page of the PDF file: BasballClinic2020

With baseball just around the corner, Northgate Varsity Baseball will be holding a baseball clinic on March 20, 2020,  for children ages 6-12. They will learn the fundamentals of baseball, including hitting, bunting, pitching, fielding and catching from our local baseball coaches and the varsity baseball players. All participating children will receive a T-shirt and pizza for lunch. Please bring your glove and feel free to bring your own bat if you would like. This is sure to be a day filled with fun and baseball.

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Northgate Hosts Agency By Design Workshop

Northgate School District will be hosting an Agency By Design workshop this month.  Agency by Design is educational initiatives that emphasize making, design, engineering, and tinkering have been gaining traction in schools and organizations across the country. While maker-centered learning is not a new concept, recent and emerging trends suggest a new kind of hands-on pedagogy—a responsive and flexible pedagogy that encourages community and collaboration (a do-it-together mentality), distributed teaching and learning, and crossing boundaries. To learn more, visit the Agency By Design website at

Northgate Attends AMLE 2019

Press Release

On November 7th, 8th, and 9th, Northgate sent a team of teachers and administrators to the Association for Middle Level Education’s National Conference in Nashville, Tennessee. This conference offers more than 300 sessions addressing issues vital to middle school educators.  Featuring two keynote speakers, each day of the conference kicked off with the thoughts and expertise of Baruti Kafele and Jessica Lahey. Baruti Kafele engaged the audience of more than 4,000 middle level educators as he talked about instructional leadership and how to “walk your why” every day. Both captivating and realistic, Mr. Kafele gave advice on how to strive for continuous improvement in our schools and focused on ensuring that everyone in leadership is perceived as someone who can make everyone around him or her better. Mrs. Lahey, author of the book “The Gift of Failure,” spoke about the mistakes we make as parents and educators in an effort to help our students succeed. According to Mrs. Lahey, by motivating students using extrinsic rewards and encouraging students to focus on things such as points and grades, we are undermining motivation and long-term learning. While both speakers presented well-researched and essential perspectives to consider, these two sessions were just the beginning of a lot of critical lessons to learn about students in the middle grades. The Northgate team was also able to learn from expert educators in important areas such as trauma based teaching and learning, culture building, safety and learning, technology in the classroom, and formative assessment. 

In addition to learning new ways to improve the experience for Northgate students, the team from Northgate presented a 60 minute session on how our advisory program has positively impacted our middle school students over the past year. The focus of the presentation was centered on finding ways to connect with students and provide advocacy for them as they navigate the sometimes treacherous middle grades. At Northgate, students are “drafted” into an advisory based on an interest survey completed in 6th grade. Teachers spend a lot of time considering which faculty advisor will best fit the needs of each incoming 7th and 8th grader. Once in an advisory, the group becomes somewhat of a family at school. Students and their advisors work to check in each Monday to discuss the weekend happenings and review current events. On Tuesdays and Thursdays, each team works together to develop the essential social and emotional skills our students will need to navigate successful futures. Wednesdays are dedicated to goal setting, peer tutoring, and grade monitoring, and Fridays are full of fun! In addition to all of these important tasks, the middle school team works to improve school culture by embarking on multiple school wide projects such as service learning, door and hallway decorating, mindfulness, spreading positivity, and kindness.

The faculty at Northgate understands that a well rounded education consists of much more than general subjects such as Reading, Writing, and Arithmetic. Teaching students vital soft skills to prepare them for a global society is an important piece of the Northgate curriculum, and the middle level team is proud to have been invited to speak on behalf of the amazing things that are happening every day at Northgate.



New Five Year Teacher Contract Approved

The Northgate Board of School Directors and the leadership of the Northgate Education Association are pleased to announce that both sides have agreed to a new five-year contract, effective July 1, 2020. 

The new contract results in a median salary increase of 3.5% over five years. The percentage increase is not evenly divided across the bargaining unit because the actual pay increase for each teacher is dependent on their years of service and educational level. A  retirement incentive has been built into this contract and the median salary increase takes into consideration the four committed retirements at the end of the 2019-20 school year.  Any future retirements would result in additional savings for the District across the life of the contract.  

Under the current contract (at the time of negotiation), the median salary increase was 4.5%. The median increase in the new contract is 1.0% less than the previous contract, which recognizes the importance of financial responsibility for the District while retaining our ability to attract and retain the best teachers.

An additional benefit of the contract is the conversion of professional development hours previously divided across multiple days into a full day. This will allow the teachers and administrators additional time to work on educational initiatives that will directly impact student outcomes.  

The contract recognizes and rewards the excellence of our teachers and is attentive to the fiscal realities of the District and its taxpayers. The preliminary audit for the 2018-19 school year indicates our projected deficit to be lower than expected. This agreement facilitates the District's ability to accurately forecast budgetary needs for compensation and provides peace of mind for staff, as our District continues to provide exemplary educational opportunities to our students. 

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Go Red Go Stem 2019

Northgate attended the 2019 Go Red Go Stem event at the Carnegie Museum on November 8th.  They had break out sessions to expose our girls to see what a career in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math could look like.    This day long event empowered a group of young women from local schools - grade 6 thru 8 to explore STEM outside the classroom.  The young students gained first-hand experience through hands-on exhibits, panel discussions, break-out sessions, and table mentoring with women in the Pittsburgh community's STEM fields.