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  • Board Meeting 3/25/15

    Posted by NASD at 3/25/2015
    BOARD MEETING
    March 25, 2015

    AGENDA

    7:00 REGULAR MEETING
    - Education Technology Plan Update
    - Diversity Report (Written)
    - Speakers (Agenda Items)
    - Voting Items
    - Speakers (Non-agenda Items)
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  • Board Meeting - 3/18/15

    Posted by NASD at 3/18/2015
    AGENDA

    7:00 SPECIAL MEETING/WORK SESSION
    - Speakers (Voting Item)
    - Special Meeting Voting Items
    - Community Relations
    - Review of Board Folder
    - Speakers (Non-agenda Items)

    8:30 EXECUTIVE SESSION
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  • NA Announces DECA State Conference Award Winners

    Posted by NASD at 3/12/2015
    The North Allegheny School District (NASD) is proud to announce that 43 members of North Allegheny’s DECA chapter (An Association of Marketing Students) traveled to Hershey, PA to participate in the 64th Annual State Career Development Conference. This year’s conference was the largest ever with more than 2,000 students competing in a number of different events including Marketing Research, Financial Services, Restaurant & Food Service Marketing, and Sports & Entertainment Marketing.

    Two NASD students won top awards and qualified to compete at the upcoming DECA International Career Development Conference being held in Orlando, Florida in April where attendance is anticipated to be in excess of 16,000. James McGaa placed 1st in Principles of Finance and Shreyas Vasudevan placed 2nd in Quick Serve Restaurant Management.

    Seven students received overall finalist awards: Teddy Egnaczyk, Martin Lazzaro, Alaina Rodi, Baela Savioz and the team of Mollie Benvenuto, Carlye Mitnick, and Lexi Winkles.

    Eleven NA students were presented medallions for top scores on their role play performance, or their written test: Anthony DiRienzo, Stephanie Ebbert, Teddy Egnaczyk, Kaitlyn Fukus, Zach Kautzman, Martin Lazzaro, James McGaa (double winner), Alaina Rodi, Baela Savioz, Ash Sekhar and Shreyas Vasudevan.

    DECA is the only Career and Technical student organization operating to attract young people to careers in business and marketing. There are 62 DECA chapters in Pennsylvania, with a total membership greater than three thousand students, alumni, teachers, and business professionals.
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  • NA Students Distinguish Themselves with Outstanding Performance on the National German Exams

    Posted by NASD at 3/12/2015
    The North Allegheny School District (NASD) proudly announces that 42 North Allegheny high school students medaled in the American Association of Teachers of German (AATG) National German Exam.

    There were seven students who earned Gold Medals by scoring at the 90th percentile and above. They are: Allison Frank, Alexander Giorgetti, Mark Hartigan, Benjamin Radock, Alaina Rodi, Nicholas Swensen and Megan Wadas.

    There were twenty students who earned Silver Medals by scoring between the 80th and 89th percentiles. They are: Nathaniel Chen, Nikhil Cherukupalli, Elspeth Cunningham, Robert Grumski, Yara El-Khatib, Gabrielle Herbert, Nur Iren, Morgan Lauer, Erica McNatt, Ascanio Montemaggi, Joshua Morgan, Jack O’Sullivan, Ahna Pearson, Mary Pitz, Ashvath Sekhar, Luke Slotterback, Sawyer Smith, Lucie Waller, Yasmine White and Michael Whitehurst.

    In addition, nine students: Brianna Clark, Ning Chen, Abhilash Dhanvada, Amanda Gould, Kathryn Graham, Ashish Kamath, Sarthak Mattagajasingh, Russell Ruffolo and Everett Ziegenfuss were each awarded Bronze Medals for scoring between the 70th and 79th percentiles.

    The American Association of Teachers of German, Inc. (AATG) has been sponsoring a National Testing Program for over forty years. The American Association of Teachers of German, founded in 1926, is the only national individual membership organization dedicated to the advancement and improvement of the language, literature, and culture of German-speaking countries. They give an annual achievement test for high school students, in which roughly 25,000 students participate each year. You can learn more about the AATG by visiting their website at http://www.aatg.org/.
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  • NA Team Wins Second Place in Ocean Bowl

    Posted by NASD at 3/12/2015
    The North Allegheny School District (NASD) is proud to announce that a team of NA high school students recently participated in the regional competition of the National Ocean Sciences Bowl where they won Second Place by besting teams from Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Kentucky.

    The team, coached by Ms. Cris Ruffolo, consisted of: Sean Geiger, Gunasheil Mandava, Rahul Rao, Russell Ruffolo and Joe Zhao.

    The National Ocean Sciences Bowl (NOSB) is a national, high school science competition sponsored by the National Oceanographic Partnership Program that is managed by the Consortium for Ocean Leadership in Washington, D.C. It uses a quiz-bowl format, with lockout buzzers and extended team challenge questions to test students on their knowledge of oceanography. This includes the subjects of biology, chemistry, geology, geography, social science, technology, and physics. The annual competition was started in 1998 with the goal of increasing knowledge of the ocean among high school students and, ultimately, magnifying the public understanding of ocean research.
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  • NA Student Named National Geographic State Bee Semifinalist

    Posted by NASD at 3/12/2015
    The North Allegheny School District (NASD) is proud to announce Marshall Middle School eighth grader John Ehling has been notified by the National Geographic Society that he is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2015 Pennsylvania National Geographic State Bee. The contest will be held on March 27, 2015 at Penn State University.

    This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition, which is now in its 27th year. School Bees were held in schools with fourth- through eighth-grade students throughout the state to determine each school champion. School champions then took a qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. The National Geographic Society has invited up to 100 of the top-scoring students in each of the 50 states, District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories to compete in the state Bees.

    Each state champion will receive $100, the “National Geographic Atlas of the World, 10th Edition,” a medal, and a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent their state in the National Geographic Bee Championship to be held at National Geographic Society headquarters, May 11-13, 2015. The national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the Society. The national champion will also travel (along with one parent or guardian), all expenses paid, to the Galápagos Islands, where he/she will experience geography firsthand through up-close encounters with the islands’ unique wildlife and landscapes. Travel for the trip is provided by Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic.

    Visit www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee for more information on the National Geographic Bee.
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  • NA Team Secures Place Among ‘Final 8’ in National Contest

    Posted by NASD at 3/12/2015

    The North Allegheny School District (NASD) is proud to announce that the Marshall Middle School (MMS) National Academic League team made it to the ‘Final 8’ Round of the 2014 Terrel H. Bell National Tournament of Academic Excellence.  Team members were selected in early November after every student in the school took a general knowledge test.  The team began practicing once a week in late February.  Mr. Dan Williams coaches the MMS team which consists of the following students:

    Jordana Avigad

    Sanjit Beriwal

    Jerry Chen

    Jiwoo Cheon

    Jiangfeng Chu

    Sean Cullen

    Caroline Daggett

    Harshal Dahake

    Skyler Davidson

    Ethan Eichelberger

    TJ Faber

    Matt Gentile

    Natalie Gleeson

    Mackenzie Gongaware

    Richard Jensen

    Lily Kenna

    Nick Marcenelle

    Jefferson Mei

    Melissa Metzger

    Caroline Mura

    Simone Nabors

    Rebekah Rest

    Rebecca Shaw

    Phoebe Shi

    Madeleine Taft

     

    Student teams play a four-quarter academic game.  The questions span 22 subjects grouped under the basic curriculum areas of math, English/language arts, science and social studies.  Players use strategies to keep possession of a question sequence, learn teamwork as they huddle to answer a complex question, learn to problem-solve by preparing and presenting a solution to real-world problems, and engage in a fast-paced, quick-answer contest. 

    The National matches are played via videoconferencing and the teams are competing for the honor of receiving the Terrel H. Bell Award® For Academic Excellence.  Terrel H. Bell served as the U.S. Secretary of Education from 1981 to 1985 and was the co-founder of the National Academic League® which is now celebrating its eighteenth year. More information on this competition can be found at:  http://www.nationalacademicleague.org/.

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  • Two NA Teams Advance to National Championships

    Posted by NASD at 3/12/2015
    The North Allegheny School District (NASD) is proud to announce that two teams of students have won First Place in their respective regional tournaments and have qualified to compete in the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Science Bowl competition.

    A team from Marshall Middle School coached by Mr. Dan Williams won First Place in the middle school competition. Team members are: Jiangfeng Chu, Jerry Chen, Jiwoo Cheon, Roy Sun and Venkata Daita.

    A team from North Allegheny Senior High School coach by Ms. Cris Ruffolo won First Place in the high school competition. Team members are: Songela Chen, Eric Mi, Rahul Rao, Gabe Ren and Sean Tao.

    Both teams have won an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington D.C. to compete in the national finals from April 30 through May 4.

    This highly competitive academic competition features questions that fall into the categories of Math, Earth Science, Physical Science, Life Science and General Science. For this competition, the U.S. is divided into 32 “regions” where preliminary contests are held. Teams first compete to win their brackets and then they compete in the regional tournament finals. Only first place winners qualify for the National Championships.
    More information about this competition is available at: http://swpasciencebowl.com/index.html
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  • NA Senior Named Coca-Cola Scholar

    Posted by NASD at 3/11/2015
    The North Allegheny School District (NASD) is proud to announce that Catherine Zhang, a senior at the North Allegheny Senior High School, has been named a 2015 Coca-Cola Scholar and will receive a $20,000 scholarship to the college or university of her choice.

    This is the 27th year for the Coca-Cola Scholars program and approximately 103,000 students submitted applications. More than 2,200 of those students advanced to be named Semifinalists. From that pool, 250 Finalists were selected. Only 150 students who were determined to best exemplify superior leadership and dedication to their community received the highest honor of being named a 2015 Coca-Cola Scholar!

    As a member of the 27th Class of Coca-Cola Scholars, Katherine has been invited to take an all-expenses-paid trip to Atlanta in April to participate in Scholars Weekend. During this four-day weekend, the Scholars will participate in a Leadership Development Institute to further develop their leadership skills, tour local landmarks, engage with former Coca-Cola Scholars and participate in a group community service project. The 2015 Class of Coca-Cola Scholars will also be the guests of honor at the 27th annual Scholars Banquet where they will be celebrated by representatives from the Coca-Cola system, educators, local dignitaries and friends of the Scholars Foundation.

    The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation, a joint effort of Coca-Cola Bottlers across America and The Coca-Cola Company, is one of the largest corporate-sponsored, achievement-based scholarship programs of its kind in the United States. It was established in 1986 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of Coca-Cola and to establish a legacy for the education of tomorrow’s leaders through college scholarships. Including the 2015 class of Coca Cola Scholars, the Foundation has awarded nearly 5,600 Coca Cola Scholars with a total of $56.3 million in scholarships. More information on the Coca-Cola Scholars Program can be found on the following website:
    http://www.coca-colascholarsfoundation.org/.
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  • NA Student Named National Geographic State Bee Semifinalist

    Posted by NASD at 3/11/2015
    The North Allegheny School District (NASD) is proud to announce Ingomar Elementary School fifth grader Owen Prem has been notified by the National Geographic Society that he is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2015 Pennsylvania National Geographic State Bee. The contest will be held on March 27, 2015 at the State Museum of Pennsylvania in Harrisburg.

    This is the second level of the National Geographic Bee competition, which is now in its 27th year. School Bees were held in schools with fourth- through eighth-grade students throughout the state to determine each school champion. School champions then took a qualifying test, which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. The National Geographic Society has invited up to 100 of the top-scoring students in each of the 50 states, District of Columbia, Department of Defense Dependents Schools and U.S. territories to compete in the state Bees.

    Each state champion will receive $100, the “National Geographic Atlas of the World, 10th Edition,” a medal, and a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent their state in the National Geographic Bee Championship to be held at National Geographic Society headquarters, May 11-13, 2015. The national champion will receive a $50,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the Society. The national champion will also travel (along with one parent or guardian), all expenses paid, to the Galápagos Islands, where he/she will experience geography firsthand through up-close encounters with the islands’ unique wildlife and landscapes. Travel for the trip is provided by Lindblad Expeditions and National Geographic.

    Visit www.nationalgeographic.com/geobee for more information on the National Geographic Bee.
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