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After months of competing in written debates with students around the world, a team from North Allegheny Senior High School (NASH) will advance to the “Elite 8” round of the Brewer Foundation/New York University International Public Policy Forum (IPPF).
By advancing, the team wins an all-expenses-paid trip to the IPPF Finals, which takes place in New York City at the Harold Pratt House on Saturday, May 6, 2017. NASH will be one of eight teams competing in oral debates in front of some of the world’s foremost experts in debate, business, law and politics. The winner will be named “IPPF World Champion” and receive a $10,000 grand prize.
The “Elite 8” teams represent schools from six U.S. states, China and Taiwan. The NASH team – comprised of students Anmol Anand, Julie Chen, Frank Li and Sid Madala – is the only team from Pennsylvania remaining in the competition.
The IPPF is the first and only competition that gives high school students from around the world the opportunity to engage in written and oral debates on issues of public policy. The debate contest was founded in 2001 by the Brewer Foundation as a way to promote academic achievement, and celebrate speech and debate. First founded as a national contest, the competition went global in 2008.
This year, 218 teams representing high schools in 30 countries submitted qualifying round essays on the topic, “Resolved: The obligation to provide safe haven for refugees should outweigh a government's right to control its borders.”
“These students are exploring a timely and complex topic – the global refugee crisis – at an intellectual level well beyond their years,” said William A. Brewer III, partner at Brewer, Attorneys & Counselors and founder of the IPPF. “They now have an opportunity to compete in oral debates to determine who wins one of the most coveted titles in debate – IPPF World Champion.”
In November 2016, the top 64 teams began a single-elimination, written debate competition. Each team was assigned a position (affirmative or negative) and then volleyed papers back and forth with another team via email for the next six weeks. A panel of judges reviewed the essays and selected the winning teams. The next two rounds also took place in written form.
To make it to the “Elite 8,” the NASH team beat Hankuk Academy of Foreign Studies (Yongin, South Korea), Hendrickson High School (Pflugerville, Texas) and Stuyvesant High School (New York City). In the finals, NASH will first take on Peak to Peak Charter School from Lafayette, Colorado.
The North Allegheny School District (NASD) Student Assistance Program’s spring Community Connections Seminar will educate students in grades 6-12 and their parents on the nationwide opioid epidemic and its impact in Western Pennsylvania.
The Community Connections Seminar, which will be held on April 5, will feature the Saltworks Theatre Company’s stage production of Off ‘Script, a thought-provoking portrayal of three students’ addiction to prescription drugs. The powerful play explores the consequences of opioid addiction and the students’ journeys to hope and healing.
In addition, Community Outreach Specialist Kelly Wesolosky from the FBI Pittsburgh Field Office will lead a presentation discussing the scope and magnitude of the opioid epidemic, as well as the efforts that the FBI’s Heroin Outreach Prevention and Education (HOPE) initiative has made to date. Several local substance abuse treatment centers and other community resources will also be present.
The April 5 Community Connections Seminar will begin at 7 p.m. at North Allegheny Intermediate High School (350 Cumberland Road, Pittsburgh, PA 15237). It is open to the community free of charge. Advanced registration is recommended; visit northallegheny.org/CommunityConnections to register.
In addition to hosting the Community Connections Seminar, NASD will also participate in the local conversation about drug addiction during a Town Forum on the Opioid Crisis on April 11. Sponsored by the Town of McCandless in partnership with NASD, CCAC North and the FBI Pittsburgh Field Office, this forum provides the opportunity for local government, school officials and the public to learn more about the opioid epidemic.
The April 11 Town Forum on the Opioid Crisis will take place at the CCAC North Campus beginning at 6:30 p.m. with a reception, followed by presentations from an expert panel and a question and answer session. The event will also include a drug takeback program for attendees to safely dispose of old and expired prescription drugs. Click here for more information about this event: http://www.northallegheny.org/Page/27482
On March 11, 2017, North Allegheny School District will host Tiger Thon, a six-hour dance marathon in which North Allegheny students in grades K-12 will raise money for local organizations dedicated to fighting pediatric cancer.
Of the funds raised during this student-organized event, 85 percent will benefit the Division of Pediatric Hematology/Oncology at Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh, the largest, most comprehensive childhood cancer and blood disease center in the region that diagnoses and treats children and adolescents with all forms of cancer and blood disorders.
The remaining 15 percent of funds raised will benefit the Pennies from Heaven Fund, which provides financial support to families whose children are being treated at Children’s Hospital. The Pennies from Heaven Fund aims to keep families together when they need it most by assisting with transportation, food, sibling care and other expenses.
In the past two years, North Allegheny has raised more than $40,000 in the fight against childhood cancer through a similar fundraiser, Mini-THON, which benefited Four Diamonds and pediatric cancer patients at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.
In addition to raising money for Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and the Pennies from Heaven Fund, the goal of this year’s Tiger Thon is to raise awareness of childhood cancer in the local community and show strong support for those fighting for a cure.
Students in grades K-12 will come together at Tiger Thon to dance, raise money and enjoy a variety of games, performances, crafts and other activities throughout the night. The event is open to the public, and organizers are encouraging community members to come out and support the cause.
Tiger Thon will be held on March 11, 2017 from 5-11 p.m. in the North Allegheny Senior High School gymnasium. For more information, please visit www.northallegheny.org/NAtigerthon.
The North Allegheny Foundation’s popular event “A Taste of North Allegheny” is back this year, and will feature signature items from the community’s premier restaurants, wine purveyors and businesses.
Attendees will have the opportunity to sample dishes from more than a dozen area establishments, including Franklin Inn, Shannopin Country Club, Bellissimo’s Pizza and Deli, Ditka’s Wexford, Soergel Orchards and A.W. Beattie Culinary Arts.
The event will include hors d’oeuvres, appetizers, desserts and wine tastings, as well as a cigar bar provided by Blend. There will also be an auction and raffle with several exclusive items, such as lunch with Bill Mazeroski and a football helmet signed by 12 legendary players, including Terry Bradshaw, Franco Harris, Jerome Bettis, Hines Ward and Ben Roethlisberger.
“This is a wonderful opportunity to gather as a community and enjoy a night out while supporting excellence in our schools and local businesses,” said North Allegheny Foundation Executive Director Abigayle Tobia.
“A Taste of North Allegheny” will be held on March 18, 2017, at Grazie Restaurant and Event Center from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Proceeds from the event will go directly to the North Allegheny Foundation, which is dedicated to encouraging excellence and innovation in North Allegheny schools.
Support for the North Allegheny Foundation provides funding for classroom grants, innovative programming and scholarships in order to enhance and enrich the educational experience of North Allegheny students.
Tickets can be purchased online at http://www.northallegheny.org/Page/26844.
North Allegheny School District’s Ingomar Elementary School has been recognized as a Common Sense Certified School: Digital Citizenship for its commitment to preparing students to use technology responsibly.
Ingomar Elementary achieved this recognition by integrating structured, tailored lessons about digital citizenship into the curriculum, as well as holding smaller group lessons during recess and lunch. Through this approach, students gained valuable skills for using digital media to explore, create, connect and learn while limiting risks such as plagiarism, loss of privacy and cyberbullying.
“We’re honored to be recognized as a Common Sense Digital Citizenship Certified School,” said Dr. Kristen Silbaugh, Principal of Ingomar Elementary School. “By giving our students the foundation to use technology responsibly, we are providing them with unlimited opportunities to maximize and personalize their learning.”
The elementary school’s digital citizenship lessons were guided by the innovative and research-based resources developed by Common Sense Education, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to helping children and families thrive in a world of digital media and technology. These resources assist educators by teaching students tangible skills related to Internet safety, protecting online reputations and privacy, managing online relationships and respecting creative copyright.
Teaching students digital citizenship skills ties into North Allegheny School District’s Focus 2020 technology initiative. Focus 2020, which involves a significant 1:1 digital device initiative, was first implemented during the 2015-2016 school year to provide students with equitable learning environments that are innovative and rich in technology.
“Integrating digital citizenship lessons into the K-12 curriculum has been a key aspect of our Focus 2020 technology initiative,” said Dr. Robert Scherrer, Superintendent of North Allegheny School District. “In order to best prepare all North Allegheny students for success in a changing world, it is vitally important for our schools to provide students with the necessary tools and resources for using technology ethically and responsibly.”
Students at North Allegheny Intermediate High School (NAI) will present Arsenic and Old Lace, a dark comedic play by Joseph Kesselring, from February 16-18, with a special senior citizen performance on February 15.
The play features the Brewster clan, where insanity runs in the family. Two sweet old aunts take it upon themselves to poison lonely old men with nothing to live for, which they view as an act of charity. Their nephew Mortimer tries to negotiate his way around the shenanigans of the house, while attempting to keep his fiancée, Elaine, in the dark. Jonathan, a maniacal long-lost brother with a criminal past, returns to town with Dr. Einstein, a plastic surgeon of doubtful character. The mayhem continues with bugle-blowing brother Teddy, who is charged with burial duties.
All performances will be held in the NAI Auditorium, located at 350 Cumberland Road in McCandless Township, on the following dates/times:
General admission tickets will be sold for $6.00 at the door for each performance.
* The February 15 Senior Citizen performance is free to NA Gold Card members. For information about the NA Gold Card Program, call 412-369-5445.
North Allegheny School District is one of 433 school districts in the United States and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the 7th Annual AP® District Honor Roll. Inclusion on the honor roll is based on the examination of AP data from 2014-2016, during which North Allegheny had to increase the number of students participating in AP courses while also increasing or maintaining the percentage of students earning AP exam scores of 3 or higher.
“North Allegheny is proud to have earned placement on the College Board’s 7th Annual AP® District Honor Roll in recognition of our outstanding AP program,” Superintendent Dr. Robert Scherrer said. “We’re committed to continuing our efforts to offer a broad array of AP courses and support the academic success of all students.”
“Congratulations to all the teachers and administrators in this district who have worked so tirelessly to both expand access to AP and also to help students succeed on the AP Exams,” said Trevor Packer, the College Board’s head of AP and Instruction. “These teachers and administrators are delivering real opportunity in their schools and classrooms, and students are rising to the challenge.”
Inclusion on the 7th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on a review of three years of AP data, from 2014 to 2016, looking across 37 AP Exams, including world language and culture. The following criteria were used.
The complete 7th Annual AP District Honor Roll can be found here: https://secure-media.collegeboard.org/digitalServices/pdf/ap/ap-district-honor-roll-7th-annual.pdf.
On January 4, 2017, Mr. Richard Platts began work at North Allegheny School District as Director of Technology and Innovation, a new position created to provide leadership in all areas of technology throughout the District.
Mr. Platts will directly oversee the Information Technology Department as it supports both the administrative and infrastructure needs of the District, as well as the teaching and learning environment for students and staff members.
“Being in the second year of our Focus 2020 technology initiative, we now have more opportunities to further innovate our educational practices and focus on technology integration in the classroom,” Superintendent Dr. Robert Scherrer said. “We’re looking forward to having Mr. Platts on board as we continue to create engaging learning environments that leverage technology for all students and teachers.”
Mr. Platts began his career in education in 2004 as a teacher in the Upper St. Clair School District, where he was actively involved in the implementation of the District’s Strategic Plan, technology coaching and administering several schoolwide technology systems. He also participated on the Technology Mission Team, Data Analysis and Management Team and Global Education Committee.
In 2013, Mr. Platts was appointed as the Director of Technology for the South Park School District, where he was responsible for IT and educational technology infrastructure. In this position, Mr. Platts implemented a disaster recovery plan, aided in the planning and deployment of a one-to-one program, adopted and implemented Google Apps for Education, and conducted an evaluation, migration and implementation of a Student Information System, new phone system and Data Warehouse.
Mr. Platts has served as a presenter at the Three Rivers Educational Technology Conference and is a member of the International Society for Technology in Education. He has also participated in the Sprout Fund for the Pittsburgh City of Learning and was a Steering Committee Member for the Allegheny County Regional Wide Area Network.
Mr. Platts graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Arts in Germanic and Hispanic languages and literatures, and completed his Master of Arts in teaching in foreign language. He also completed a Master of Public Management in educational technology management from Carnegie Mellon University.
The North Allegheny School District’s Marcia Martin Unity/ Diversity Committee will sponsor the second annual “Celebration of Us,” a diversity event focusing on cultural awareness and acceptance, on November 30 at North Allegheny Senior High School from 6-8 p.m.
The District is committed to creating a culturally responsive school setting and community. “Celebration of Us” has become an annual tradition that encourages and empowers students and community members to focus on awareness, acceptance and celebration of diversity in all its forms.
“Celebration of Us” will feature performances from a variety of dance and chorus groups, exhibit tables from North Allegheny student groups and community organizations, and multiple food truck vendors. A list of the groups, performers and food trucks scheduled to appear at the event can be found at: http://www.northallegheny.org/Page/26936
The event’s keynote speaker will be Lisa Washington, an Emmy-nominated host and journalist at KDKA-TV. Lisa has more than a decade of reporting experience, with her most memorable interview being with Civil Rights icon Rosa Parks.
Last year’s inaugural “Celebration of Us” was a great success, enjoyed by more than 400 attendees. This led the District to move it to a larger venue for 2016, allowing for more community groups to participate in the evening’s activities.
Amanda Mathieson, Principal of Hosack Elementary School and Chair of the Marcia Martin Unity/Diversity Committee, said, “After seeing the incredible response from the community after our first ‘Celebration of Us’ last year, we soon realized the event would need a larger venue to accommodate the many student and community groups who were excited to share their resources and educate the public through cultural awareness.”
“The people who make up the North Allegheny community are more diverse than ever before in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, physical abilities, religious beliefs, socio-economic status and much more,” Dr. Robert Scherrer, Superintendent of Schools, said. “The ‘Celebration of Us’ event is just one way the District continues to provide our students with the resources and experiences to become culturally responsive citizens who recognize, accept and celebrate the many ways we are all different.”
“Celebration of Us” will be held on November 30, 2016, from 6-8 p.m., at the North Allegheny Senior High School, 10375 Perry Highway, Wexford, Pa.
This fall, the North Allegheny Senior High School (NASH) will perform the play Rumors, a hilarious farce by Neil Simon in which half-truths and blatant lies steamroll out of hand.
Set in a posh suburb of New York City, Rumors follows Chris Gorman and her husband Ken as they attend an anniversary party for the Deputy Mayor of New York. Once they arrive, they find everything askew – the host of the party is injured, his wife is missing and the servants are nowhere to be found. As more guests arrive to the party, an intricate, side-splitting tale spins out of control.
All performances will be held in the NASH Auditorium as follows:
NASH is located at 10375 Perry Highway in Wexford. All tickets will be $12 at the door. Reserved seating is being sold for $12 for adults and $10 for students (including all fees) through ShowClix at: https://www.showclix.com/event/NASHFallPlay-Rumors.
* The November 9 Senior Citizen performance is free to NA Gold Card members.
For information about the NA Gold Card Program call 412-369-5445.