NASD Ranked Number Nine among Top School Districts in the Nation
Posted by NASD at 11/7/2014
The North Allegheny School District (NASD) is proud to announce the release of the 2015 Niche K-12 Rankings, which places NASD at #9 among the more than 120,000 school districts evaluated this year. Niche is a company founded in 2002 by Carnegie Mellon University students and originally known as CollegeProwler.com. According to their website, it has since grown into one of the largest content startups in the country, dedicated uniquely to gathering data and insights from millions of experts for the purpose of providing students, families, and professionals with best-in-class information to help them make significant life decisions.
In addition to ranking NASD the #9 school district in the United States, the District was also recognized as the #3 district in Pennsylvania and the #1 district in the Pittsburgh Metropolitan Area.
Individual Schools Top the National Rankings
TheNorth Allegheny Senior High School (NASH) ranked at #33 for public high schools in the country (out of 14,431 schools). NASH also ranked #2 in Pennsylvania and ranked #1 in Metropolitan Pittsburgh Area.
Each of the three NASD Middle Schools made the ‘Top 100 Middle Schools’ list. Ingomar Middle School ranked #42, Marshall Middle School ranked #48 and Carson Middle School ranked #49 in the country. These three schools ranked in the top 10 in Pennsylvania: IMS #5, MMS #6 and IMS #7.
NASD Middle Schools also swept the top 3 rankings for middle schools in the Metropolitan Pittsburgh Area: IMS #1, MMS #2 and CMS #3.
All sevenNASD Elementary Schools ranked among the top 3% of all elementary schools across the country. Each elementary school received an A+ Grade. NASD Elementary Schools also claimed commendable rankings in the state: Bradford Woods #11, Peebles #14, Ingomar #18, Hosack #21, Franklin #25, Marshall #26 and McKnight #104. Three NASD elementary schools claimed the top 3 rankings for elementary schools in the Metropolitan Pittsburgh Area: Bradford Woods #1, Peebles #2, and Ingomar #3. They are followed closely by the remaining schools: Franklin #5, Marshall #6, Hosack #9 and McKnight #26.
The Evaluation Process
According to the Niche.com website, they use “data sourced from various government and public data sets, Niche’s own proprietary data, and 4,625,227 opinion-based survey responses across a variety of topics from 287,560 current students, recent alumni, and parents.”
Niche selects factors they feel best represent a healthy balance between statistical rigor and practical relevance to develop their rankings. For K-12 Education, those Factors include: Academics Grade, Health & Safety Grade, Student Culture & Diversity Grade, Survey Responses, Teachers Grade, Resources & Facilities Grade, Extracurricular & Activities Grade, and Sports & Fitness Grade. (Statistics obtained from the U.S. Department of Education represent data from 2011-2012.)
For more information about Niche and these ratings, please visit their website at: https://k12.niche.com/.
The North Allegheny School District (NASD) announces that the Board of School Directors will meet twice in November.
The Board will hold a Work Session on Wednesday, November 12, 2014, in the Board Room of the Central Administration Offices, 200 Hillvue Lane, McCandless Township. The meeting will begin immediately after a Distinguished Achievement Awards (DAA’s) Ceremony, which begins at 7:00 PM.
The School Board’s Regular Meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, November 19, 2014, and will also be held in the Board Room of the Central Administration Offices, 200 Hillvue Lane, McCandless Township, beginning at 7:00 PM.
The North Allegheny School District (NASD) announces that the NASD Marcia Martin Unity/Diversity Committee will again conduct a Diversity Expression Contest, which is open to all NASD students in grades K-12.
Entries will be accepted between November 11 and December 5, 2014, in any school office. Submissions must address the theme: “Each one of us is wonderful; together we are diverse and strong. Help make NA a place where everyone knows they belong.” Students may choose to express their thoughts on this concept using any written form – such as poetry, personal narrative, play, or essay – or via music, the visual arts, multi-media or photography. Further details, including application forms which should accompany submissions, are available on the NASD website www.northallegheny.org.
Winners will be notified and honored by the Superintendent of Schools and the Board of School Directors at an awards reception on March 25, 2015. Each winning student will receive prizes from the Marcia Martin Unity/Diversity Committee, the Superintendent of Schools, and Barnes & Noble Booksellers. A second reception will be hosted by Barnes & Noble at their store located in Cranberry Township where all winning entries will be displayed.
For more information, contact Mrs. Amanda Mathieson, Principal at Hosack Elementary and Committee Chairperson, at 412-366-9664.
North Allegheny School District (NASD) announces that all schools will be closed on Thursday, November 27, Friday, November 28, and Monday, December 1, 2014, for the Thanksgiving Holiday. Schools will resume classes on Tuesday, December 2, 2014.
The North Allegheny School District (NASD) announces the upcoming presentation of the Senior High School Fall Play Production, Leading Ladies, a comedy written by Ken Ludwig. Performances will be in the North Allegheny Senior High School Auditorium, 10375 Perry Highway, Wexford, as follows:
Thursday November 13 at 7:30 PM
Saturday November 15 at 7:30 PM
Thursday November 20 at 7:30 PM
Friday November 21 at 7:30 PM
Saturday November 22 at 7:30 PM
A Free Senior Citizens/Gold Card Club Performance is scheduled for Tuesday, November 11 at 3:30 PM.
Leading Ladies tells the tale of two untalented and broke British actors, Leo Clark and Jack Gable. Down to their last few dollars, and ready to return to England abject failures, fortune—or the chance to steal one!—unfolds in front of them.
While traveling aboard the East Coast Local, Leo Clark scours The York Dispatch for potential work and something catches his eye: “Millionairess Florence Snider of York, Pennsylvania, is reported to be searching desperately for her sister’s children, Max and Steve, to whom she intends to leave the bulk of her fortune.” Leo quickly convinces the simple Jack that they will pop into York with their British accents, and pop back to Britain with their millions. However, just outside of York, they learn that in order to obtain the treasure, they will have to play their roles a little differently. Max and Steve are short for Maxine and Stephanie! These actors, more comfortable playing King Lear and Hamlet, must now wear the garb of Ophelia and Juliet if they want to pull off the caper.
In the same tenor as the classic Some Like It Hot, our two actors now turned con men, head to York for an easy score. The results, however, prove to be anything but easy! In the end, the boys earn riches money can’t buy!
Note this play contains adult material and is for mature audiences only. No one under the age of 14 will be admitted without a parent/guardian.
Tickets are currently on sale at the NA Senior High School ticket office, 10375 Perry Highway, Wexford. For ticket or general information, please call 724-934-7288.
NA Announces Speech & Debate Program Earns National Recognition
Posted by NASD at 10/20/2014
The North Allegheny School District (NASD) proudly announces that the North Allegheny Senior High School (NASH) Speech & Debate Program has earned significant recognition from the National Speech & Debate Association. This October, the NA Speech & Debate Program learned it was named #9 out of more than 3,000 schools nationwide for the 2013-2014 school year.
The National Speech & Debate Association is the honor society for middle and high school speech and debate. Each year they publish a list of ‘Top 100 Schools’ in the nation recognized for their accomplishments in Speech and Debate. Members earn points and degrees through the honor society, based on competitive and service-related activities, ranging from the Degree of Merit with 25 or more points to the Degree of Premier Distinction with 1,500 or more points.
The NASH Speech and Debate chapter achieved 600 or more degrees last year, placing it among the top 0.07% of schools nationwide and earned membership in the Association's prestigious Pinnacle Society. This milestone is remarkable because it demonstrates outstanding commitment to teaching students essential life skills including communication, research, listening, writing, and organization. Mrs. Sharon Volpe is the sponsor of the NASH program.
"These students and coaches have demonstrated outstanding participation and achievement in speech and debate activities," stated Executive Director J. Scott Wunn. "We are pleased to honor them for their hard work and dedication, and wish them continued success in the coming season."
Recipient schools are published in Rostrum, the national magazine of high school speech and debate.
About the National Speech & Debate Association The National Speech & Debate Association is the largest interscholastic speech and debate organization serving middle school, high school, and collegiate students in the United States. The Association provides competitive speech and debate activities, high-quality resources, comprehensive training, scholarship opportunities, and advanced recognition to more than 130,000 students and coaches every year. For nearly 90 years, the National Speech & Debate Association has empowered more than 1.4 million members to become engaged citizens, skilled professionals, and honorable leaders in our society. You can learn more about the National Speech and Debate Association by visiting their website at www.speechanddebate.org or by contacting Shelby Young by email/phone at firstname.lastname@example.org / 920-748-6206.
NA Announces 2014 School Bus Safety Poster Contest Winners
Posted by NASD at 10/9/2014
The North Allegheny School District (NASD) proudly announces that Franklin Elementary student Tarun Kumar won First Place Division I (Grades Kindergarten–2) in PennDOT’s 2014 School Bus Safety Poster Contest. The theme of this year’s contest was “Be Smart – Be Seen, I wait in a safe place!” As part of School Bus Safety Week, proclaimed by Governor Tom Corbett, winners will be recognized at a ceremony held at the Governor’s Residence.
Tarun was entered in the State-level competition after being selected a District Finalist. As a First Place State winner, his entry will now be forwarded to a National competition to be judged next month.
The North Allegheny School District is also proud to announce the names of all First, Second and Third Place winners from each school. They are:
Bradford Woods Elementary School
1st Isabel Curren
2nd Lydia Jones
3rd Tina Wisniewski
1st Rebecca Thompson
2nd Emily Thompson
3rd Reagan Means
Franklin Elementary School
1st Tarun Kumar*
2nd Katherine Hu
3rd Mahitha Bhonagiri
1st Marissa Scheller
2nd Amogh Paruvelli
3rd Lydia Cwalina
Hosack Elementary School
1st Thomas Ceraso
2nd Julia Fuchs
3rd Sam Lopuszynski
1st Guinevieve Beecher
2nd Meredith Blough
3rd Katie Kantz
Ingomar Elementary School
1st Hailey Miller
2nd Ellen Milcoff
3rd Kaitlyn Hetherington
Marshall Elementary School
1st Michael Chalifoux
2nd Keely McMahon Regan
3rd Anoushka Amit
1st Tejal Dahake
2nd Trinity Prusak
3rd Samhita Vasudevan
McKnight Elementary School
1st Courtney Schmidt
2nd Jessie Lee
3rd Abbey Lang
1st Owen Jin*
2nd Yunshu Li
3rd Karis Lu
Peebles Elementary School
1st Ayah Sabil
2nd Lydia Haller
3rd Sierra Wise
1st Anthony Puthenpurackal
2nd Rachael Johns
3rd Jackson Stone
* Tarun Kumar (Division 1) and Owen Jin (Division 2) were selected District Finalists and their posters were entered in the State-Level competition.