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  • Board Meeting 4/23/14

    Posted by NASD at 4/23/2014
    Board Meeting - April 23, 2014


    - Community Relations
    - Technology Education Interim Review Update
    - Speakers (Agenda Items)
    - Review and Vote on Items in Board Folder
    - Speakers (Non-agenda Items)

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  • NA Students Sweep Integration Bee

    Posted by NASD at 4/22/2014
    The North Allegheny School District (NASD) is proud to announce that NA students swept the University of Pittsburgh 10th Annual High School Integration Bee with First, Second and Third Place. Sophomore James McGaa took First Place, while senior Mike Becich and sophomore Gabe Ren tied for Second.

    The Integration Bee is a fun and educational event organized like a spelling bee, except that the students must correctly evaluate indefinite or definite, proper, single real variable integrals in the time allotted. There are several rounds of competition before a final lightning round during which the participant who first correctly evaluates the integral is recognized as the Integration Champion.

    More detailed information is available by visiting:
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  • NA Announces Math League High School Contest Results

    Posted by NASD at 4/22/2014
    The North Allegheny School District (NASD) is proud to announce a strong performance by North Allegheny high school students in the Pennsylvania Mathematics League competition. The NA team finished First Place in Allegheny County and Seventh Place in the state. In addition, sophomore Gabe Ren and senior John Barczynski were among those named to the High Scorers Honor Roll.

    The high school contest is comprised of six exams taken throughout the school year. The exams require students to extend their classroom mathematical skills to relevant problem-solving in real world scenarios. Scores from each of the six exams are cumulatively tracked to determine each school’s total score for final placement.

    The Pennsylvania Math League has Math Contests for Grades 4 through 8, Algebra 1 students, and high school students. Over one million students from the United States and Canada participate in Math League Contests each year.

    You can view all of the Math League results by visiting:
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  • NA Senior High School Team Wins Scholarship Award

    Posted by NASD at 4/22/2014
    The North Allegheny School District (NASD) is proud to announce that a team of five senior high school students have received an Honorable Mention Award and a $1,000 prize broken down into scholarships of $200 each in the Moody’s Mega Math (M3) Challenge. Seniors John Barczynski, Mike Becich and juniors Songela Chen, Sean Geiger and Bobby Upton submitted a 20-page paper written over the course of one very long day to achieve this honor.

    Teams from 45 states competed in this year’s challenge and 1,152 papers were submitted for consideration. Only 5.6% of the papers submitted were selected for recognition.

    The M3 Challenge spotlights applied mathematics as a powerful problem-solving tool, a viable and exciting profession, and a vital contributor to advances in an increasingly technical society. The Challenge is entirely Internet-based and there are no registration or participation fees. Each high school may enter up to two teams of three to five junior and/or senior students. Students choose which day they wish to work on Challenge weekend and have 14 hours to solve an open-ended, applied math-modeling problem focused on a real-world issue.

    You can learn more about the M3 Challenge by visiting
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  • NA Student Advances to International Science Fair

    Posted by NASD at 4/22/2014
    The North Allegheny School District (NASD) is proud to announce that junior Songela Chen’s project titled n-3 PUFAs Benefit Microglial Response to Myelin Pathology won her numerous honors at the 75th annual Pittsburgh Regional Science and Engineering Fair. Songela won a First Place Category award, two Sponsor awards and an Affiliate award. In addition, Songela has been awarded an all-expenses-paid trip to Los Angeles to participate in the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair.

    Many other middle and high school students from across the District also participated in the annual Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair in March. Twenty NA students claimed a total of 41 prestigious awards. They are:

    Category Award Winners
    First Place:
    Futen Wang, Ingomar Middle (Consumer Science Junior Division)
    Songela Chen, Senior High (Medicine/Health/Microbiology Senior Division)

    Second Place:
    Roma Ranade, Ingomar Middle (Medicine/Health/Microbiology Intermediate Division)
    Shanelle Fernando, Intermediate High (Chemistry Senior Division)
    Vibha Reddy, Intermediate High (Medicine/Health/Microbiology Senior Division)

    Third Place:

    Nikhil Behari, Ingomar Middle (Computer Science/Math Intermediate Division)

    Honorable Mention:
    Aarushi Jain, Ingomar Middle (Physical Science Junior Division)
    Adelle Fernando, Ingomar Middle (Engineering/Robotics Intermediate Division)
    Nila Suresh, Intermediate High (Earth/Space/Environment Senior Division)

    Scholarship Award Winners:

    Mohit Bhide, NA Intermediate High School (2 awards)
    Alan Cai, NA Intermediate High School (2 awards)
    Shanelle Fernando, NA Intermediate High School (4 awards)
    Zain Mehdi, NA Intermediate High School
    Vibha Reddy, NA Intermediate High School (2 awards)

    Affiliate Award Winners
    Society for In Vitro Biology
    Songela Chen, North Allegheny Senior High School

    U.S. Navy / U.S. Marine Corps
    Mohit Bhide, North Allegheny Intermediate High School
    Nikhil Behari, Ingomar Middle School

    Sponsor Award Winners
    Carson Middle School:
    T.J. Faber

    Ingomar Middle School:
    Akshana Dassainaike
    Samidha Sane

    Marshall Middle School:
    Zehra Mehdi

    NA Intermediate High School:
    Shanelle Fernando (2 awards)
    Alan Cai (2 awards)
    Gabe Ren
    Mohit Bhide
    Nila Suresh
    Vibha Reddy
    Ashvath Sekhar

    NA Senior High School:
    Abhilash Dhanvada
    Songela Chen (2 awards)
    William Cheng

    The Pittsburgh Science Fair is the largest science fair in Western Pennsylvania and the third oldest fair in the United States under the affiliation of Society for Science and the Public, which facilitates the International Science and Engineering Fair. It is a competition of research projects in the fields of science, mathematics and engineering and is open to all students in grades 6-12. Each year more than 1,000 students from the 26 counties within Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia compete for over $1M in cash prizes and scholarships. More information about this annual event and a complete list of all winners is available on the Pittsburgh Regional Science & Engineering Fair website at
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  • NA School Board to Meet Twice in March

    Posted by NASD at 4/21/2014
    The North Allegheny School District (NASD) announces that the Board of School Directors will meet one time in April.

    The School Board will hold a Combined Meeting on Wednesday, April 23, 2014, in the Board Room of the District’s Central Administration Offices, located at 200 Hillvue Lane in the Town of McCandless. This meeting will begin immediately after a Distinguished Achievement Awards (DAA’s) Ceremony, which begins at 7:00 p.m.

    The public is invited to attend all meetings.
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  • NA to Host Senior Citizens’ Prom

    Posted by NASD at 4/7/2014
    The North Allegheny School District announces that the Annual Senior Citizens’ Prom will be held this year on Friday, May 2, 2014, at the North Allegheny Senior High (NASH), 10375 Perry Highway, Wexford, (McCandless) from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. The prom is hosted as a courtesy of the NA Senior and Junior Classes and offers free admission for all District Senior Citizens and their guests.

    All interested senior citizens are invited to attend. For more information or to make reservations, please call 412-369-5445.
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  • NA Announces DECA State Conference Award Winners

    Posted by NASD at 4/4/2014
    The North Allegheny School District (NASD) is proud to announce that 36 members of North Allegheny’s DECA chapter (An Association of Marketing Students) traveled to Hershey, PA to participate in the 63rd Annual State Career Development Conference. At the state conference, nearly 2,000 students competed in a number of different events including Marketing Research, Financial Services, Restaurant & Food Service Marketing, and Sports & Entertainment Marketing.

    Six NASD students won top awards and qualified to compete at the upcoming DECA International Career Development Conference being held in Atlanta, Georgia in May where attendance is anticipated to be in excess of 16,000. Emmie Bish, Abbey Kirkendoll and David Bursic placed 1st in Hospitality and Tourism Operations Research Event (the only team out of ALL written events to receive 100% for both their written report and their presentation), Tyler Saundry placed 1st in Sports and Entertainment Marketing. Alexis Provenzano placed 2nd in Principles of Finance and Katie Franc placed 4th in Principles of Hospitality and Tourism.

    NA DECA also brought home 8 awards for top scores in test and role play areas of marketing. Students winning medallions for top scores on their test or role play are: Zach Hughs, Tyler Saundry, Jake Neugebauer, Alexis Provenzano, Kelly Tagliaferre and Katie Franc.

    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 High School Students Named Academic All-Americans

    Posted by NASD at 4/4/2014

    The North Allegheny School District (NASD) is proud to announce that 19 senior high school students have been recognized as Academic All-Americans by the National Speech & Debate Association. No other school in the country has as many current students who have achieved this level of excellence with the organization since the recognition began in 2006.

    In order to receive this recognition, students had to:
    • Excel in their events in speech and debate by having a degree of Superior Distinction or higher
    • Excel in the classroom by earning a 3.7 or higher
    • Achieve a score of 2000 or higher on the SATs or at least 27 on the ACTs
    • Have representatives at their school to attest to their character and leadership.

    The 19 North Allegheny students recognized as Academic All-Americans are:

    Kayla Badamo

    Surabhi Beriwal

    Drew Bjorklund
    Chris Chang

    Marisa DelSignore

    Erica Fan

    Jason Hu

    Maria LaBella

    Natalie Morrissey

    Brandon Raymond

    Anisha Reddy

    Sarah Ricci

    Medha Sharma

    Annie Sippel

    Pragna Sutrave

    Wesley Swanson     
    Michael Tai

    Hemanth Venkatesh

    Catherine Zhang


    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. Since 1925, the National Speech & Debate Association has provided meaningful recognition and support for high school and middle school students desiring to excel in speech and debate with the goal of transforming the lives of students, to help them become effective communicators, critical thinkers, and ethical members of society. You can learn more about the National Speech & Debate Association on their website at:
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  • NA Students to Participate in Global Passport Project Presentation

    Posted by NASD at 4/3/2014
    The North Allegheny School District (NASD) is proud to announce that 30 students who attend the NA Intermediate High School have participated in a collaborative, project-based learning program with students from the South Fayette Township School District this year called the Global Passport Project. The Project is a school-to-business partnership program that provides students with real life business and economic challenges and the opportunity to engage with industrial executives to solve problems that have the potential to address existing global concerns.

    This is the fourth year that the Global Passport Project has engaged South Fayette High School students in a challenge of this nature. Organizations including All-Clad, UPMC, Siemens, and LANXESS have provided problems for students to research and solve. This is the first year that the Project has expanded its vision to include collaboration with another group of high school students. The North Allegheny Intermediate High School became involved in September 2013. Dr. Lalit Chordia, CEO of Thar Industries in O’Hara Township, brought forward his water desalination technology product for the two teams of students to study.

    Students have worked throughout the year to address the topic of Global Clean Water Shortages. Their goal has been to work collaboratively in the development of a business plan for expanding the market for the Thar Industries product in 10 countries around the world where the social, economic and governmental impact would be most beneficial. Students will also present recommendations for the securing for non-profit funding.
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