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Gunasheil Mandava, a North Allegheny Senior High School student, has been recognized as one of the top 20 high school chemistry students in the United States as determined by the results of the National Chemistry Olympiad Exam.
Gunasheil is the only student from Pennsylvania who has been honored with this distinction, and will compete for one of four spots on the team representing the United States at the 49th International Chemistry Olympiad in Nakhon Pathom, Thailand, from July 6-15.
Sponsored by the American Chemical Society, the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad is a multi-tiered competition designed to stimulate and promote achievement in high school chemistry.
In March, more than 16,000 students from around the country participated in the Local Chemistry Olympiad Exams, the first step in the U.S. National Chemistry Olympiad. Based on performance at the local level, 1,000 students were invited to participate in the National Chemistry Olympiad Exams, a three-part, five-hour exam administered in April.
The students who placed in the top 20 on the National Chemistry Olympiad Exam have been invited to the Chemistry Olympiad Study Camp at the U.S. Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colorado, from June 6-21. During the camp, students will receive intensive coaching in all branches of chemistry from three mentors and faculty of the U.S. Air Force Academy Department of Chemistry. They will undergo rigorous college-level training through a series of lectures, problem-solving exercises, lab work, and testing. At the conclusion of the camp, the top four students will be named members of the U.S. International Chemistry Olympiad Team.
North Allegheny Senior High School student Julie Chen has been named a 2017 United States Presidential Scholar by the U.S. Department of Education. She is one of just 161 American high school seniors selected for this prestigious honor.
The White House Commission on Presidential Scholars selects honored scholars annually based on their academic success, artistic excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as evidence of community service, leadership, and demonstrated commitment to high ideals.
Of the 3.5 million students expected to graduate from high school this year, more than 5,100 candidates qualified for the 2017 awards determined by outstanding performance on the College Board SAT and ACT exams, and through nominations made by Chief State School Officers, other partner recognition organizations or the National YoungArts Foundation’s nationwide YoungArts™ competition.
The 2017 U.S. Presidential Scholars are comprised of one young man and one young woman from each state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico, and from U.S. families living abroad, as well as 15 chosen at-large, 20 U.S. Presidential Scholars in the Arts, and 20 U.S. Presidential Scholars in Career and Technical Education. These individuals will be honored for their accomplishments in Washington, D.C., from June 18-20.
Created in 1964, the U.S. Presidential Scholars Program has honored more than 7,000 of the nation’s top-performing students with the prestigious award given to honorees during the annual ceremony in D.C. The program was expanded in 1979 to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, literary and performing arts. In 2015, the program was again extended to recognize students who demonstrate ability and accomplishment in career and technical education fields.
Since 1983, each U.S. Presidential Scholar has been offered the opportunity to name his or her most influential teacher. Each distinguished teacher is honored with a personal letter from the Secretary of Education. Julie chose to recognize Mr. David Morris, an AP English Language and Composition teacher at NA Senior High School.
The North Allegheny School District (NASD) is alerting all alumni that after a period of at least six years, Special Education, Gifted Education and/or Service Agreement Records are no longer needed for the provision of a Free and Appropriate Public Education (FAPE).
NASD alumni who graduated in the year 2011 are advised that their records are scheduled to be destroyed on June 30, 2017. Anyone who wishes to review their records prior to destruction should contact the Special Education and Pupil Services Office at 412-635-4109.
Please note that this alert only pertains to alumni who received services through Special Education, Gifted Education and/or a Service Agreement while attending the NASD. Further, only the Special Education, Gifted Education and/or Service Agreement portion of the Student Records will be destroyed. The remainder of the student record will not be affected.
Requests for Special and/or Gifted Education Records of students who graduated in 2011 will not be possible after June 30, 2017.
Students from North Allegheny Senior High School (NASH) will host the annual Senior Citizens’ Prom on Friday, May 12, from 7-10 p.m. at NASH, 10375 Perry Highway, Wexford, Pa.
All interested senior citizens are invited to attend this free event, which will feature music and dancing, light refreshments, and a free prom photo.
For more information or to make reservations, please call 412-369-5445 or visit http://www.northallegheny.org/Page/25603.
For the 11th consecutive year, North Allegheny School District (NASD) has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education. NASD is among just four percent of school districts in the nation selected for this prestigious award in 2017.
The Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate significant achievement in efforts to provide music access and education to all students. To qualify for the Best Communities designation, NASD answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program, and community music-making programs. Responses were verified with school officials and reviewed by The Music Research Institute at the University of Kansas.
About The NAMM Foundation
The NAMM Foundation is a nonprofit supported in part by The National Association of Music Merchants and its approximately 10,300 members around the world. Its mission is to advance active participation in music making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving, and public service programs. For more information about The NAMM Foundation, please visit www.nammfoundation.org.
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.”