NA Board Appoints Assistant Principal for Ingomar Middle School
Posted by NASD at 6/25/2015
On Wednesday, June 24, 2015, the North Allegheny School District Board of School Directors voted to approve Mr. John Morey to serve as Assistant Principal for Ingomar Middle School. The effective date of appointment is August 1, 2015, pending release from his current employer.
Mr. Morey began his career in education in 2000-2001 as a middle school social studies teacher in VA. Since 2005, he has served in a number of administrative positions in Ohio and Colorado. Mr. Morey is currently serving as the Assistant Principal of Oberon Middle School in Arvada, CO where he is responsible for 600 middle school students as well as working closely with counselors and teachers in the areas of student discipline, attendance and academic success. He serves as department liaison for both the science and math departments, maintains the Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) initiative and coordinates all state and district student assessments. In addition to Mr. Morey’s professional and administrative background, he has also received several performance awards including, most recently, an Integrity Award at Oberon Middle School in 2015.
Mr. Morey received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychology from St. Bonaventure University and his Social Studies teaching license from Edinboro University. In 2004, Mr. Morey completed his Master’s in Education in Educational Administration through Cleveland State University, where he also earned his PK-12 Principal Certification.
NA Junior Classical League Wins 18th Consecutive State Championship
Posted by NASD at 6/16/2015
The North Allegheny School District (NASD) is proud to announce that the North Allegheny Junior Classical League (JCL) now holds eighteen consecutive State Championships. The NA JCL team, comprised of 98 students in grades 8–12, competed at the 64th annual Pennsylvania Junior Classical League State Convention. NA Students participated in every aspect of the competition which included athletic, artistic and academic events.
In addition, all 3 NA Certamen (Quiz Bowl) Teams won 1st in the State. Team members were:
Level I – Tess Christensen, Sebastian Immonen, Heya Lee and Prasheil Mandava Level II – Gunasheil Mandava, Remi Akindele, Julia Maruca and Allison Suddaby Advanced – Jason Hu, Ashwin Reddy, Zain Mehdi and James McGaa
Special congratulations go to sophomore Gunasheil Mandava and junior Ashwin Reddy who both won the Overall Academic Award for earning the most amount of points on academic testing in the state (it was a tie). Ashwin Reddy also won the Individual Over¬all Champion Award for accumulating the most total points in the areas of academics, athletics, and creative and graphic arts. Sophomore Remi Akindele and junior Ashwin Reddy were elected to state level positions on the Pennsylvania Junior Classical League State Board for the 2015-2016 school year.
Sponsors of the NA JCL team are Latin teachers Ms. Angela Bergen, Ms. Beth Block, Ms. Robyn Byrnes and Ms. Connie Ramsey.
The National Junior Classical League (NJCL), established in 1936, is an organization for middle and high school students in classical courses. It is one of the largest academic youth organizations in the world. There are over 50,000 members in approximately 1,200 chapters, located in almost every state and in several foreign countries. Pennsylvania has 35 chapters consisting of 1,794 members. For more information on National Junior Classical League, visit their website at www.njcl.org.
NASD Ranked #1 in PA and #4 in Nation for Best Sports Program
Posted by NASD at 5/28/2015
The North Allegheny School District (NASD) is proud to announce the release of the 2015 Niche School Districts with Best Sports Program Rankings, which places NASD at #1 in PA and #4 in the nation. More than 10,000 school districts nationwide met the necessary requirements to be included in their final ranking results.
For their Best Sports rankings, Niche considered the following factors (and weight of each factor):
• Survey Responses from parents and students (45%) • Number of interscholastic sports offered (20%) • Percentage of female athletes participating in interscholastic sports (15%) • Percentage of male athletes participating in interscholastic sports (15%) • Expenses per student (5%)
Niche is a company founded in 2002 by Carnegie Mellon University students. The company was 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. For more information about Niche and these ratings, please visit their website at: https://k12.niche.com/rankings/public-school-districts/best-sports/s/pennsylvania/
More about the NA Athletic Program
The NASD Athletic Department has won the Management Science Associates Sports Cup Quad A Championship for the 12th consecutive year as the best overall athletic program in Western Pennsylvania. NASD offers the following options to students interested in athletics:
Varsity Sports Junior Varsity Sports Freshman and Middle School Sports
As of today, North Allegheny School District’s 2014-2015 varsity athletes have accumulated 18 Section Titles, 6 WPIAL Titles and 2 PIAA Titles.
NA Board Appoints Principal for Senior High School
Posted by NASD at 5/28/2015
On Wednesday, May 27, 2015, the North Allegheny School District Board of School Directors voted to approve Mr. John Kreider to serve as Principal for North Allegheny Senior High School. The effective date of appointment is July 1, 2015.
Mr. Kreider began his teaching career at the School District of Lancaster in Lancaster, PA as a Math Teacher from 1992-2000. In 2000, Mr. Kreider joined the staff in the North Hills School District as a High School Math Teacher. From 2004-2006, Mr. Kreider served as the Assistant/Associate Principal at the North Hills Junior High School and in 2006 became the Principal of North Hills Junior High School. In 2010, Mr. Kreider became the Principal of North Hills High School where he supervises over 145 staff members, 1,455 students, a $250K building budget and the Athletic Director with a $1.3M budget.
In addition to Mr. Kreider’s professional and administrative background, he has also served as the Head Junior High Wrestling Coach and Head Junior Varsity Baseball Coach for the School District of Lancaster, and the Head Junior High Wrestling Coach and Assistant Junior Varsity Baseball Coach for North Hills School District.
Mr. Kreider received his Bachelor of Science degree in Math Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania in 1990. Mr. Kreider completed his Master’s in Education through the University of Pittsburgh where he earned his PK-12 Principal Certification, Superintendent letter of Eligibility, completed coursework for Supervisor of Curriculum and Instruction, and is currently enrolled in the School of Education Doctoral program.
NA Board Appoints Principal for Marshall Middle School
Posted by NASD at 5/21/2015
On Wednesday, May 20, 2015, the North Allegheny School District Board of School Directors voted to approve Mr. Daniel Swoger to serve as Principal for Marshall Middle School. The effective date of appointment is July 1, 2015.
Mr. Swoger began his teaching career with the Allegheny Valley School District in Springdale, PA as a Secondary Emotional Support Teacher in 2004, then transferring to an Elementary Learning Support Teacher from 2005-2010. In December 2010, Mr. Swoger became the Assistant High School Principal and Director of Special Education for the Allegheny Valley School District. In September 2013, Mr. Swoger was hired as the Assistant Principal at Ingomar Middle School with the North Allegheny School District.
In addition to Mr. Swoger’s professional background, he has also served as the Head Track and Field Coach from 2008-2012, a Head Boys’ Basketball Coach from 2009-2011 and the Head Girls’ Tennis Coach from 2011-2012 for the Allegheny Valley School District.
Mr. Swoger received his Bachelor of Science degree in Elementary/Special Education from St. Francis University in 2004 and completed his Masters of Education in Curriculum and Instruction from Gannon University in 2010. Mr. Swoger obtained his Special Education Supervisor Certificate in 2011 and his Pennsylvania Principal’s Certificate in 2012.
North Allegheny Federation of Teachers Scholarships Awarded
Posted by NASD at 5/14/2015
The North Allegheny School District (NASD) is proud to announce that two seniors have been chosen to receive North Allegheny Federation of Teachers (NAFT) Scholarships. 2015 recipients are:
Kara Belsky, the daughter of Mark and Kathy Belsky of Marshall Township, is an honors student and has been an active participant in class council and has four years of vocal performance training. Her favorite senior year activity was collaborating in the organization of North Allegheny’s first Mini-THON event, helping to raise over $17,000 for pediatric cancer. Kara will be attending Miami University of Ohio this fall pursuing a major in Early Childhood Education, and she hopes to one day positively influence her future students’ lives as so many North Allegheny School District educators have done for her.
Caroline King, the daughter of LeeAnn and Karl King of Franklin Park, is an honors student and participates in many activities relating to mentoring, teaching, and leading kids. She was involved with the Girls Only Leadership Development program. Currently she is participating in the Grandview project - mentoring inner city fifth graders - and the Teaching Peace Initiative, a program NA is using to teach its fifth graders about solving conflicts in a peaceful manner. Caroline is an active member in her church’s youth group and is a teen leader for the middle school youth group. She has helped with Bible school, and has gone on three mission trips with the parish. This fall, Caroline will attend Penn State University and major in Elementary Education with a possible minor in Special Education.
The NAFT scholarship is designed for seniors who have received college or university acceptance and have enrolled in a program which will lead to elementary or secondary certification. This year’s NAFT scholarship awardees will each receive $2,500.