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North Allegheny Senior High School

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The GOAL program at NASH is designed to be highly individualized to meet the needs of students with diverse interests and advanced levels of skill in various disciplines.  The program offers students various opportunities to explore their strengths and interests outside of the classroom through activities, contests, guest speakers, seminars, summer programs, collaborative projects, performances, competitions, mentorships, apprenticeship programs and other events.  In addition to these forms of enrichment, students are provided with opportunities to meet with college representatives, prepare for the college application process and explore scholarship possibilities.   
 
Our monthly meetings provide students with more information on upcoming activities.  The "sign-up bulletin board" is located in the GOAL office in Room 249A for all upcoming activities.  Come in to check the offerings, sign up, and get your Individualized Option forms.   Remember, the GOAL Office is available to you from 7:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
 
For more information about the structure and opportunities of NASH GOAL, you can view this presentation, contact a NASH GOAL teacher, view the NASH GOAL class on your Blackboard account, visit our Facebook page or explore the information presented throughout this website. 
 

 
 

Noteworthy News

  • NASH GOAL JANUARY FOCUS MEETING

     

    COMMUNICATION

    Blackboard announcements: 16-17 NASH GOAL

    PA announcements

    Remind

    Bulletin Board

     

    REMIND DIRECTIONS

    Seniors:  send a message to 810 10  Text @2017goa

    Juniors:   send a message to 810 10  Text @3kd343

     

    Hometown High Q

    This year’s taping is Saturday, January 21.  Would you like to be a part of the studio audience at KDKA?  We will be facing Mt. Lebanon and Yough and we’d love for you to join us.

     

    Shakespeare Monologue and Scene Contest

    The yearly Shakespeare Monologue & Scene Contest is a wonderful opportunity for students to experience the excitement of live performance while learning the works of William Shakespeare.  Over 1,000 students participated last year!   Why not join them this year?  Get a free t-shirt and a voucher for 2 free tickets to a show at the Pittsburgh Public Theater!

    Register NOW in GOAL:

    Coaching: January 31st from 12:00-2:20

    Preliminary Round: February 6, 2017  (from 7:20 - 10:45)

    Showcase of Finalists: February 20, 2017 at 7pm

     

    Twelfth Night at the O’Reilly Theater

    It looks promising that we can get a few seats to see Shakespeare’s Twelfth Night at the student matinee on Wednesday, Feb. 8th.  See Mrs. Lombardi to express your interest right away if you’d like to attend!  Tickets are $18, and you should write out your check to NAI to ensure your spot ASAP!




    Fairchild Challenge: CALLING ALL ARTISTS!!

    Create an original, two-dimensional drawing or painting depicting a companion plant and the benefitting plant. The scientific and common names for the featured plants and a short description of how the companion plant benefits the other species is required .

    SELECTED ENTRIES WILL BE DISPLAYED IN THE CENTER FOR SUSTAINABLE LANDSCAPES AT PHIPPS CONSERVATORY DURING THE SUMMER OF 2017.

    Due to Mrs. Will January 20.

     

    AMC 12 A  AMC 12 B

    The AMC will be given in the MPR.  The “A” is Tuesday, February 7. The “B” is Wednesday, February 15.  Bring your own supplies - there is a limited number of protractors and compasses.  

     

    Bio Olympiad

    Thanks to resident trainer Guna Mandava, we have had EXCELLENT test prep available in the comfort of our own homes.  On Thursday, February 9, compete with the best biology students in America.  We have had someone (or “someones!”) move on to the second round every single year; will it be you this year?

     

    Physics fnet=ma  

    Test date is Wednesday, January 18 at 9:15.  The fnet=ma exam consists of 25 questions in 75 minutes.  Practice tests are available in GOAL, as well as the answers to the tests.  If you have already signed up, great.  If not, there may be an extra space for you yet, you lucky student!

     

    Physics Bowl

    This is in April.  We need students who are in their first year of Physics AND students who are taking their second year of Physics.  But where, oh where, would a physics student of any kind sign up to take part in this?  Well, we’ll tell you.  Sign up in GOAL.  The test is $4.  If you can give cash, that’s great.  Put it in an envelope with your name on it and give it to Mrs. Ruffolo.

     

    UPCI (University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute)

    This is a program students all over the world apply for.  NASH has an enviable record of getting kids in... come learn more.   How can you apply? Learn more from Dr. David Boone, coming to our school on Thursday, January 12 during period 5 lunch downstairs by the auditorium in the College Rep Room.  Bring your lunch over from home or the cafeteria or get your teacher to sign a pass from the GOAL office.   

    This is an 8-week high school academy from June – August   providing:

    - Individualized, cutting-edge research projects        - Classes on cancer biology & related fields

    - Professional development activities      - Social and team-building events

    How much does it cost you?  Nothing.  If you are accepted you get a free ride.  Applications are being accepted now.   

     

    MWRI (Magee Women’s Research Institute)

    This program provides current high school juniors and seniors with the opportunity to participate in basic science or clinical research projects with the goal of promoting interest in biomedical research as a potential career.  Applications are open until March 31, 2017.  This is a four week program that actually pays you a stipend.  The website is:

    http://mageewomens.org/education/high-school-summer-internship-program/  

    Please see Mrs. Ruffolo for more information.

     

    Summer Engineering Program

    Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute offers a free two week residential summer experience for current sophomores and juniors for students who are traditionally underrepresented or underserved in science, engineering and technological fields.  The program is called Preface, and the application deadline is March 24.

     

    Science Bowl

    The teams(s) are doing well in practice.  We are scheduling our traditional scrimmage with Mars.  In addition to the after school practices on Tuesday and Thursday, don’t forget the lunch practices on Monday.   The competition is on Saturday, February 25, 2017.  

     

    Ocean Bowl  

    We have entered the t-shirt competition to win an extra registration.  Practice is  Wednesday after school.  Lunch practice is on Tuesday.   The competition is on  Saturday, February 18, 2017.

     

    NACLO

    Read the words “the North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad” and your first (and valid) thought might be...”Whut?”  NACLO is one of the national Olympiads, but it is less famous than the others.    NACLO tests your ability to find patterns and make logical connections with words.  What DON’T you have to know to be good at NACLO?  You DON’T need to speak foreign languages.  You DON’T have to have participated in an event like NACLO before.  What DO you need?  An open mind and perseverance.  You will get very very few of these puzzles at first glance.  You need to play with them for a while - to try different things, to be willing to erase and start over sometimes and then you will (sometimes) get the right answer.  It is SO satisfying.  We host this event on Thursday, January 26th right here at NASH.  Even before that, there will be a practice session over the lunches on Thursday, January 19.   There is a very good puzzle published this year that really helps explain the idea of how to solve the puzzles.   Bring your lunch for that!   

     

    Data Jam

    We have two teams with strong proposals.  The Pitt Analytical research teams are coming out on Friday, January 20 to help us work with our data.  We have a field trip to IBM and UPMC to see how those companies work with their data on January 24.

     

    Academic WorldQuest

    February 22, 2017, Duquesne University, Power Center

    The team is forming now!  International Knowledge Competition for High School Students.  Come participate in Academic WorldQuest, a knowledge-based competition that tests students’ knowledge of international affairs, current events, and other knowledge about the world.

     

    2017 Topics

    Current Events , Great Decisions, Peace and Conflict in Today’s World, Combating Infectious Diseases, European Union, Countering Violent Extremism, Turkey, Global Megacities, China, Women in Technology.



    Book Club

    Join us in reading Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance by Angela Duckworth, a Penn professor and psychologist. In this New York Times bestselling book, Duckworth argues that the key to achievement is not talent or IQ but a special blend of passion and persistence that she calls “grit.” She takes readers to West Point, to a “rough and tumble school in a distressed neighborhood,” and even to the National Spelling Bee to prove her hypothesis that grit rather than genius predicts success. Her book has gained much attention--but not all of it is positive: some schools have started to teach (and even test for) “grit” in students; some researchers question Duckworth’s research methods; others argue that “grit” is a racist theory that will harm low-income children. Get involved in the discussion!  You can buy a copy of the book, check it out of the library, or sign out one of the limited copies we will have in the GOAL Office. We’ll find a time to meet for discussion, whether it is during lunch, after school, or even by Google Hangouts. Sign up in GOAL if you’d like to participate.

     

    Moody’s Mega Math Challenge

    This is the premiere statistical modeling competition in America.  We can register two teams.  We have a few parents who have offered to run seminars -- keep your ears open about when we can schedule!  Teams should consist of:  some people who are good at math and statistical modeling, someone who is a great writer, who can really sling together words and ideas.

     

    You work at one team member’s house and prepare your report.  Last year’s Challenge Problem was “SHARE AND (CAR) SHARE ALIKE: MODELING NEW APPROACHES TO MOBILITY”

    Previous Challenge Problems have been about the value of a college education, recycling, high speed rail, Colorado River water, the 2010 census, school lunches, and the Stimulus Act.  Moody’s Mega Math (M3) Challenge will expand Challenge weekend in 2017. The contest will begin Friday, February 24, at noon and end Monday, February 27, at 8:00 a.m.. Teams may choose any continuous 14-hour period to work during that time frame.

    Spanish Immersion

    If you are studying Spanish, please join us on Wednesday, February 15th, for Sea Monsters (in Spanish). This engaging film has a soundtrack in the language you are studying. It’s a great way to practice your listening and comprehension skills. After the movie, we’ll stop for lunch at Casa Reyna where we will tour the tortilla factory and eat an authentic Hispanic lunch.  Turn in money (for film - $8), lunch order forms, and permission forms by January 11th if you plan to attend!  
    That’s today, so See Mrs. Lombardi or Senor DiBacco right away if you are interested.

     

    French Impressionism Museum Tour

    If you are studying the French Impressionists or if you’d like to learn more about them, please join us on Thursday, March 16th.  We will visit the Carnegie Museum of Art for a guided tour of Impressionist art. After the museum, we will stop for lunch on Craig Street. Turn in money ($9 for museum) and permission forms by February 8th if you plan to attend!  See Mrs. Lombardi or Madame Zaun.

     

    Three Rivers German Day at W & J

    If you are studying German, you are welcome to participate in a multitude of competitions related to German language and culture at Washington and Jefferson College on March 16, 2017.  To access the rules, requirements and more information, visit this site: http://tinyurl.com/GermanDay2016WJ .  There is a fee of 13 dollars to participate which helps cover the cost of lunch, a T-shirt, and registration costs.  For more information or to collaborate with others in a group performance/project, please see Frau Gustavsen in room 215.

     

    Math Teams – Travel  

    Next month we stay home and let all of the other teams travel to the Baierl Center on Monday, February 6.  If you have been reluctant to try this because of the travel involved, there is no easier way to dip your toe in than a home math match.  We wind up the regular season on March 13 at ShadySide Academy.  Sign up in the GOAL office.

     

    Math Teams – Mail In

    Here’s the opportunity to expand your math horizons, further your own  love of learning, enter a competition, AND potentially get extra credit in math ALL in 30 minutes?  Plus there might be a Twizzler for you when you finish!  If you can even hold all that in your mind, you might imagine....Mail in Math.  

    You can join us on Tuesday, February 7 in Mrs. Volpe’s room, Mr. Solenday’s room, and Mrs. Miller’s room after school for one half hour of non-stop math fun.   And join us on Tuesday, March 14 back in the cafeteria for the season finale!

     

    Model UN

    We meet every Thursday or during all lunches the next couple weeks to prepare for  the Duquesne University event January 27. There is room for you if you are interested. Come join us and participate in the events or take part in the discussions and activities. We have more events scheduled: CMU MUN is March 17-1, Model African Union is March 23, and MUN Westminster is April 19. See Mrs. Will for more information.

     

    Westinghouse Science Honors Institute

    Plan and make sure you reach a total of at least 7 lectures attended and 7 reviews turned in.  Pick up the notes at the lectures to get ready for your test!

    January 14, 2017

    The End of the Age of the Dinosaurs

    January 21, 2015

    Searching for the Missing 96% of the Universe

    February 4, 2017

    Crime Scene:  Science and Engineering

    February 11

    Optional Trip to Penn State

    February 18

    Adipose Derived STEM cells

    March 4

    Around the World with No Fuel-- plus - Is this the date you plan to take the TEST??

     

    Audience of the Future

    Next meeting is Monday, January 30. See you then.

     

    Grandview Mentors

    Important dates to mark on your calendars:

    Monday, March 13, 2017 - Tutoring at Grandview

    Monday, May 22, 2017 - Grandview kids visit NASH!

     

    There’s still time: Did you miss the first round of mentoring spots? Do you wish you had gotten involved? We’ll have an opportunity for you to help when the kiddos come to NASH this May.  Sign up in GOAL if you’d like to spend time with a 5th grader at NASH or if you’d like to help run a workshop (both on May 22nd).

     

    After-school tutoring club: We also hope to start an after-school tutoring club to assist the Grandview kids once or twice a month.  Would you like to volunteer?  This is a great opportunity for you to earn community service hours.  All are welcome to join. See Mrs Lombardi in GOAL for more information.



    Cleveland Clinic Distance Learning Sessions

    In our NASH Library “PLACE,” students can participate in an hour-long, real-time, interactive discussion/lecture with a professional from The Cleveland Clinic.  Ask questions to leading surgeons, professionals, and experts about “hot topics” in medicine; learn about career options in the “Meet the Caregiver” sessions.  If the topics below interest you, then please stop in the GOAL Office, sign up for a session, and pick up a permission form.  All sessions run from 9:00 -10:00.

    2/21 - Heart Surgeon (Meet the Caregiver)

     

    The Perry Initiative for girls

    The Perry Outreach Program will be offered on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Allegheny General Hospital. This is a free, one-day, hands-on experience for high school (10th grade and up) and college-aged women who are interested in pursuing careers in medicine and engineering. Students will hear from women leaders in these fields and engage in hands-on tasks including mock orthopedic surgeries and biomechanics experiments.  Students must apply for a spot in advance of March 1, 2017.  The application can be directly accessed using this link: http://perryinitiative.org/programs/student-online-application/

     

    Shadow Studies

    Follow a professional in the career YOU think is interesting.  You have off school on January 16 and 27.    Consider scheduling a shadow study with one of your own contacts on one of these days off.  Or schedule a shadow study through GOAL:  Junior Achievement Shadow Study day will be coming up soon.   Be sure to sign up in the GOAL Office!  

     

    Mid-Term Evaluations

    Can you believe we are almost at the mid-year?  It is time for you to consider your involvement in GOAL!  Are you taking advantage of opportunities that can provide you with enrichment and help you build your resume?  We have been sending home reports to your parents; we’ll also be calling you in to review upcoming opportunities if you haven’t fulfilled your GOAL goals for the semester.  Stop by room 249A during the month of January at a time that is convenient for you to explore upcoming options!


    Writing, Art, Filmmaking Contests!

    Check out all these CONTESTS!  What a great way to earn money, recognition, and/or prizes.

    * Young Authors Writing Competition - due 1/15/17

    * Prindle Institute High School Essay Competition - due 1/16/17

    * PA Parks and Forestry Association Stewardship Video Contest - due 1/16/17

    * PA Emergency Management Agency Video contest - due 1/31/17

    * Gannon University Poetry Contest - 2/1/17

    * VARIATIONS submissions due by 3/1/16

    * Building Peace Through Diplomacy Essay Contest - due 3/15/17

    * Live Deliberately Essay Contest - due 3/15/17

    * Abdelkader Global Leadership Prize - due before 4/15/17

    * Ayn Rand The Fountainhead Essay Contest - due 4/26/17 (Free books in library!)

    * Ayn Rand Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest - due 4/28/17  (Free books in library!)

    * Bow Seat 2017 writing contest - due 6/19/17



    Next focus meeting will be Wednesday, February 8th.

     

    (Next week is the anniversary of the birth of Winnie the Pooh author A.A. Milne.  Dan Piraro provided the Twisted Take on the Pooh / Poe story.)

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  • Flourish Spring 2016

    We have one more Spring Apprenticeship still available.  The Leadership Development course is presented by Inta-Great for high school girls.  The flyer is below and the first session is on February 2.  We will take applications until January 25.

    Flourish Spring 2016

     

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  • AIU Spring Apprenticeships

    We have some fantastic AIU Apprenticeships that are still available starting in January.  If you are interested in any of these, complete an online application at http://apprenticeships.aiu3.net.

    • Advertising/ Public Relations
    • Broadcast Journalism
    • Conducting
    • Leadership – Point Park University
    • Marine Biology
    • Robotics
    • Zoo Animal Care

    There are also 8 openings in Nursing and Healthcare Careers at UPMC Shadyside.  Orientation would be over the holiday break and the sessions would start in January.  If you are interested, stop in the GOAL office ASAP.

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  • December Focus Meeting Information

    REMIND DIRECTIONS

    Seniors:  send a message to 810 10  Text @2017goa

    Juniors:   send a message to 810 10  Text @3kd343

     

    Shakespeare Monologue and Scene Contest

    The yearly Shakespeare Monologue & Scene Contest is a wonderful opportunity for students to experience the excitement of live performance while learning the works of William Shakespeare.  Over 1,000 students participated last year!   Why not join them this year?  Get a free t-shirt and a voucher for 2 free tickets to a show!

    Register NOW in GOAL:

    Coaching: January 9 - February 3, 2017  (Date TBD)

    Preliminary Round: February 6, 2017  (from 7:20 - 10:45)

    Showcase of Finalists: February 20, 2017 at 7pm

     

    Spanish Immersion

    If you are studying Spanish, please join us on Wednesday, February 15th, for Sea Monsters (in Spanish). This engaging film has a soundtrack in the language you are studying. It’s a great way to practice your listening and comprehension skills. After the movie, we’ll stop for lunch at Casa Reyna where we will tour the tortilla factory and eat an authentic Hispanic lunch.  Turn in money (for film - $8), lunch order forms, and permission forms by January 11th if you plan to attend!  See Mrs. Lombardi or Senor DiBacco.

     

    French Impressionism Museum Tour

    If you are studying the French Impressionists or you’d like to learn more about them, please join us on Thursday, March 16th.  We will visit the Carnegie Museum of Art for a guided tour of Impressionist art. After the museum, we will stop for lunch on Craig Street. Turn in money ($9 for museum) and permission forms by February 8th if you plan to attend!  See Mrs. Lombardi or Madame Zaun.

     

    Cleveland Clinic Distance Learning Sessions

    In our NASH Library “PLACE,” students can participate in an hour-long, real-time, interactive discussion/lecture with a professional from The Cleveland Clinic.  Ask questions to leading surgeons, professionals, and experts about “hot topics” in medicine; learn about career options in the “Meet the Caregiver” sessions.  If the topics below interest you, then please stop in the GOAL Office, sign up for a session, and pick up a permission form.  All sessions run from 9:00 -10:00.    12/13-Pharmacist (Meet the Caregiver)

    2/21 - Heart Surgeon (Meet the Caregiver)

     

    Writing, Art, Filmmaking Contests!

    Check out all these CONTESTS!  What a great way to earn money, recognition, and/or prizes.

    * PA American Legion High School Oratorical Contest - application due 12/9/16

    * North Allegheny Diversity Contest - due 12/9/16

    * Scholastic Art and Writing Awards - NEW FUTURE due 12/15/16

    * Public Service Announcement about Suicide Prevention due to Mr. Longo 1/3/17

    * Scholastic Art and Writing Awards - writing due 1/4/17

    * Profiles in Courage - due 1/4/17

    * Scholastic Art and Writing Awards - art due 1/6/17

    * Emerging Writers Nonfiction Contest - due 1/6/17

    * PA American Legion Annual Essay Contest - due 1/10/17

    * Young Authors Writing Competition - due 1/15/17

    * Prindle Institute High School Essay Competition - due 1/16/17

    * PA Parks and Forestry Association Stewardship Video Contest - due 1/16/17

    * PA Emergency Management Agency Video contest - due 1/31/17

    * Gannon University Poetry Contest - 2/1/17

    * VARIATIONS submissions due by 3/1/16

    * Building Peace Through Diplomacy Essay Contest - due 3/15/17

    * Live Deliberately Essay Contest - due 3/15/17

    * Abdelkader Global Leadership Prize - due before 4/15/17

    * Ayn Rand The Fountainhead Essay Contest - due 4/26/17

    * Ayn Rand Atlas Shrugged Essay Contest - due 4/28/17

    * Bow Seat 2017 writing contest - due 6/19/17

     

    Science Bowl, Ocean Bowl

    The Ocean Bowl teams and Science Bowl teams will be forming this month.  The Science Bowl competition is on  Saturday, February 25, 2017.  The Ocean Bowl competition is on Saturday, February 18, 2017

     

    PA Governor’s School for the Sciences

    Come to a lunch time chat with a PGSS graduate!  She doesn’t know it yet, but I am suggesting a time of Tuesday, December 13 during 7th period to find out about the program and the application process.  Obviously, this is subject to approval.

     

    NACLO: North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad - WORKSHOP

    This workshop will introduce you to how you could possibly learn to solve some of the most puzzling puzzles you’ve ever seen. Here’s the secret though - YOU CAN DO IT!  The workshop will be held in the MPRl on Thursday, December 15 from 7:30AM to 10:00 AM.  Sign up right away and get a FREE packet of past puzzles (solutions cost extra!)  (jk)

     

    NACLO: North American Computational Linguistics Olympiad

    Puzzle out the meaning of an extinct language based on tantalizing stem translations.  Register for the competition to be held in late January.  Register here: www.nacloweb.org and e-mail your password & registration information to Mrs. Ruffolo.

     

    LAW DAY: January 10 2017

    Find out about the life of a lawyer and how to become one with this special program on lawyers and Law School presented by Pitt Law school.  You will meet lawyers discussing their jobs, law students describing a typical day, law school admissions counselors explaining  how to get in, and experience a real law school lecture by one of PItt Law’s most popular professors!  This is a unique and informative program.

     

    Math Teams – Travel  

    We travel to Fox Chapel on Monday, December 13, and then to Trinity Christian in January and then we host again for Valentine’s Day.  SIGN UP in the GOAL office.     As of December 7, we were not in first place.....  Let’s get a lead going!  Please see Mrs. Ruffolo to confirm that you are going so I can turn in the names to attendance.

     

    Math Teams – Mail In

    Mail In Math meets once a month...in fact it is next Tuesday!!  THen we will meet again on Tuesday, January 10. See Mrs. Volpe or Mr. Solenday to find out if you are eligible for the credit -- but you are definitely eligible for the test either way.   We REALLY need points right now -- we have fallen in the standings.  Help us bring our game to the next level!

     

    Model UN

     

    Model EU is set for this Friday- make sure permission forms are in

    The next conference is at Duquesne University January 29, 2016. This is one of the most rewarding, challenging and winningest conferences of the year!!  Come join us and participate in the events and take part in the discussions and activities. Sign up in the GOAL office. Practices begin next week. It’s never too late to participate. We have more events scheduled.

     

    NEW CONFERENCE: CMU  a 2 day conference with a travel conference itinerary: most schools that will participate will be from out of state. Scheduled for March 17 and 18

     

    Audience of the Future

    December 12 is our next meeting. We are very excited to see the end of the musicians’ strike and the beginning of this great program. Please return your permission slips.

     

    Westinghouse Science Honors Institute

    Your next lecture will be held on Saturday, January 7 on “What is Bioengineering?”.  Over break, you should review your notes so far to prepare for the end of year test.    Typically, approximately 200 students sign up for the exam. That means you just have to place in the top 10% to get an award!  It would be so much fun to have a lot of top winners.   Here are the awards given to the top exam finishers:

    First place         $1000

    Second and Third    $750/each

    Fourth - Six        $500/each

    Seventh - Tenth    $250/each

    Eleventh-Fifteenth    $150/each

    Sixteenth-Twentieth    $50 gift card/each

    Also, just so you know, after break Mrs. Ruffolo will send progress notes about how many evaluations you have turned in.  Get a good progress note -- turn in all your evaluations!

     

    Shadow Studies

    Follow a professional in the career YOU think is interesting.  You have off school for a week during winter break.  Consider scheduling a shadow study with one of your own contacts on one of these days off. Or schedule a shadow study through GOAL:  Junior Achievement Shadow Study day is coming up in the next month.  Be sure to sign up in the GOAL office upon your return from the Winter Break.  

     

    College Essay Assistance

    Still working on college application essays?  Or maybe you have moved on to scholarship essays?  Would you like some feedback?  Bring a draft to the GOAL Office for some one-on-one assistance.  

     

    WE ARE COMING INTO THE OLYMPIAD SEASON:

     

    AMC 12

    Why did you sign up for this?  Well, some colleges have a space for your score on their applications (MIT, Cal Tech, RPI, etc.)  Some of you are in the running to qualify for the AIME.  Some of you just really want to see how you can do in one of the most rugged math tests out there.  Good times, good times.  There are a few registrations left over, so if you have not yet signed up, unbelievably, you may still have a chance.  See Mrs. Ruffolo.  Test is Tuesday, February 7, 2017.

     

    Bio Olympiad:   Registration is now open for the Open Round for this test!   Every year for five years NASH has had more than one student advance from the Open Round to the Semi-Final Round. Could it be you this year?   Sign up before January 15 in GOAL, and get instructions on how to register online.  IT IS SO IMPORTANT THAT YOU KEEP YOUR REGISTRATION INFORMATION!    The test will be given here at NASH during the window from February 7 to February 17.  We must all take it at one time.  SIgn up in GOAL.

     

    Physics fnet=ma:  The F=ma contest.

    Multiple-choice only, focusing on mechanics; problems can be solved without the use of calculus. Exam time: 75 minutes . The exam will be given during this testing window:  January 17-23, 2017 We must all take it at the same time.  Sign  up in GOAL asap.

     

    Moody’s Mega Math Challenge

    Friday-Monday, February 24 to February 27, 2017. We may register two teams.  Teams should consist of:  some people who are good at math and statistical modeling, someone who is a great writer, who can really sling together words and ideas. You work at one team member’s house and prepare your report.  Previous  years Challenge Problem was about College Prices Recycling, high speed rail, Colorado River water, the 2010 census, and the Stimulus Act.

     

    Great Science & Math Opportunities

    Physics Bowl - watch for it!  April 7.  Much easier than f=ma, but still, this is plenty tricky.  Who had two of the top 100 students in the country last year?  Oh yeah, NA!

     

    Next focus meeting will be Wednesday, January 11, 2017.

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NASH Students Shine

  • NASH Students Assist International Refugees

    The students collected hoodies for adults and children, bought each child a teddy bear, bought each family a set of ABC flash cards and a set of bells. They sang and taught them the Jingle Bells song, using the bells for kids to “play “ or "ring” while singing. The group also decorated cookies with icing and sprinkles and made snowflakes out of paper. Finally they all gathered to eat pizza together. For all but one refugee, eating pizza was a first time experience.  In fact, all of the experiences were new for the refugees.  None spoke English and all had just arrived in Pittsburgh less than 2 weeks before the party on December 20th.  Roshie Xing , sophomore at NAI & NASH Calculus and Chemistry student, came up with the plan as her Capstone project, required as part of her Global Leadership Certificate. The GLC is a program offered by the World Affairs Council and sponsored at NASH by Kathy Will. Roshie wanted to introduce refugees to an American Christmas- especially since she is an immigrant herself- and hoped to make the refugees feel welcome to Pittsburgh.  The experience was very emotional and rewarding.  All of the families came via public transportation on at least two buses to get to the party.  All found housing in other areas with previous refugees and most are not close to the Sharpsburg area. But all of the familites wanted to attend and meet the friendly American students who warmly welcomed them. Attending the party were : Roshie Xing, Caleb Yip, and Yar El-Khatib. Mrs. Will and two college friends who are former teachers: Leslie Graciano and Mary Ann Bystura also attended.

    Roshie and Mrs. Will solicited financial and social support for the project and were grateful for the generosity of Mrs Will’s friends and family, the Xing family, the Yip family, the NA Forensics team, NASH Yearbook and Mrs. Lombardi.

    The  Refugee Center is  close by in Pittsburgh: located in the  borough of Sharpsburg and managed by CARR: Community Assistance and Refugee Resettlement program.  About 200 refugees are relocated to Pittsburgh each year.

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  • NASH Students Take Part in Hometown Hi Q

    A group of NASH students was excited to participate in Hometown Hi-Q on January 21st. The team consisted of Gunasheil Mandava, Nick Swensen, Jane Venezia & Arlen Belitsky. The show will air in February.

    Hi Q 1

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  • University of Pittsburgh Mentors Speak with NASH Data Jam Students

    Two mentors from the University of Pittsburgh spoke with both NASH Data Jam teams on January 20th. Data Jam is a project that introduces students to big data analytics through project based learning and hands on experience.

    Data Jam Mentors 1 Data Jam Mentors 2

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  • NASH STEM Alumni Visit

    On January 20th, alumni of various Summer STEM programs visited NASH to discuss their experiences with current students. This valuable personal insight was inspirational for the students considering participation in a STEM program.

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  • Univerity of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute Visits NASH

    Dr. David Boone of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute visited NASH on January 12th to discuss the high school interns program offered by UPCI. 

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  • Law Day at Pitt Law School

    Twenty GOAL and Law & Justice students from both NASH and NAI attended Law Day in the Pitt Law School Courtroom on January 10th. The Pitt Law School staff and faculty organized a panel of alumni, conducted a simulation and offered a class. A Q&A for the attendees also took place.   

     

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  • GOAL Students Attend Model EU

    On December 9th, several NASH GOAL students attended the High School Model European Union at the 20th Century Club in Pittsburgh. The High School Model European Union is an annual event for area high school students. The goal of the Model EU is to give high school students a chance to learn about the workings of the European Union through a hands-on simulation.  Playing the roles of presidents and prime ministers, students spend a day engaged in intense negotiations over conflicting issue about the EU. The objective is to simulate a specific European Council meeting that focuses on recent current events impacting the EU.  Model EU enhances students’ understanding of classroom learning and gives them a real sense of the challenges involved in the decision-making process of the European Union. The NASH GOAL team received the following awards:

    • Best Position Paper & Honorable Mention (chosen prior to the date of the conference): Representing  Bulgaria #2: Caleb Yip and Robbie Xing
    • Most Distinguished Delegation & Honorable Mention : Representing Latvia: Anastasia Shabalov and Varsha Suresh
    • Best Temporary Adjournment Delegation (A new award to recognize a team who may not be as vocal during full group discussion and debate, but finds its’ strength behind the scenes during temporary adjournments): Representing Bulgaria #2: Caleb Yip and Robbie Xing winners

    Model EU

    The entire NA delegation:

    Bulgaria #1: Ciara Cullen and Becca Avigad

    Cyprus #1: Tommy McCaffery and Paul Weinstein

    Latvia: Anastasia Shabalov and Varsha Suresh

    Bulgaria #2: Caleb Yip and Robbie Xing

    Croatia: Emily Meinart and Aditi Edlabadkar

    Cyprus #2: Remi Akindele and Nandita Kannapadi

    Romania: Judy Zhang and Syrian Jindel

     

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  • GOAL Students Build Houses for Gingerbread House and Architecture Tour

    NASH students are well-represented at the annual Gingerbread House display at PPG Place in downtown Pittsburgh again this year.

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    Students contributing houses include: Kimberly DelSignore, Cara Schwartz, Ross, Kailey Witherell, Emily Watson, Gillian Hook, and Lauren Partridge. The display remains open to the public through the holidays.  

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  • Global Leadership Certificate Club Presents at NASD Diversity Fair

    On November 30th, the members of the Global Leadership Certificate Club sponsored an informational table at the “Celebration of Us” Diversity Fair held at NASH.  

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    Students outlined the opportunities and activities available with participation in the certificate.  Students also hosted a question and answer session with the viewing of a documentary they starred in titled Around the World in Pittsburgh.

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  • NASH GOAL Hosts Sam Rhine Genetics Conference

    On November 29th, the NASH GOAL Department hosted the Sam Rhine Genetics Conference. One-hundred sixty-five students from 15 schools attended. The 3.5 hour lecture utilized 439 Power Point slides to focus on two discoveries in the past decade which together have changed the world of medical genetics: iPS and CRISPR. The Sam Rhine Genetics Conference focuses on the newest discoveries and applications in medical genetics and tissue engineering. It is designed for high school teachers and their students. Sam Rhine, from the University of Indiana, teaches the latest in genetic advances, hot research areas, and career opportunities with the goal of taking biology “from the textbook to the heart” by posing ethical dilemmas we will face as technological advances continue.

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  • NASH Students Earn Award from Phipps Conservatory for Phone App

    In the Fairchild Challenge #2, “Eco-App,” students were given the task of creating a design concept for a cell phone app that connects people to nature, encourages healthier lifestyles and/or exposes people to current environmental issues. Hundreds of students pitched their ideas. For North Allegheny’s team, the judges found that the app was detailed, well organized, unique and inspiring. They also commented in particular that they felt the social connection of the app was particularly smart to motivate people to continue to be involved. NA took Second Place in the competition. The team consisted of: Nadia Durante, Ethan Hilston and  Caden Toma. The name of their app was Park Points.

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  • NASH Students Earn Award from Phipps Conservatory for Children's Book

    At the Phipps Conservatory Fairchild Challenge, the NASH team of Tess Christensen (Story), Rachel Jacobs, Marlee Krakosky, Emily Walzer & Rachel Srinath (Illustrations) had a total score of 173, earning them a Special Merit Award for their children’s book. They have also been invited to read their book at two story times at the Phipps Conservatory on December 7th.

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    The Fairchild Challenge is a free, multidisciplinary, standards-based environmental education outreach program designed to give high school and middle school students an opportunity to creatively shine. By appealing to their innate sense of curiosity about the world around them, the Challenge invites students to investigate the thorniest environmental issues, devise imaginative and effective responses to these issues, and take action to address them. Developed by the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Miami, Fl., and adopted by Phipps as a satellite partner in 2008, The Fairchild Challenge offers a menu of interdisciplinary challenges for grades 6 – 8 and grades 9 – 12, attracting students of diverse interests, abilities, talents and backgrounds. The Challenge empowers young people to engage in civic life and encourages them to become energetic and knowledgeable members of their communities. Storytelling: “Sense of Place” 200 pts. 1 book (up to 15 pages) Due Friday, October 21

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  • NASH GOAL Students Win at Calcu Solve!

    The NASH team did extremely well at the Allegheny County 11th &12th Grade Calcu Solve competition at Duquesne University on October 12th! Grant Jiang took First Place, Individual. Frank Li & Serena Yan took Second Place, Individual. In the teams competition, First Place was taken by Caroline Huang, Suhye Park, Heya Lee, & Serena Yan. Second Place was won by the team of Maansi Dasari, Grant Jiang, Steven Lu, & Jose Key.

    Calcu Solve 1 Calcu Solve 2

    CalcuSolve is a competition that tests students' problem-solving skills related to mathematics.   Students compete individually and as part of a group.  Each school may register 3 teams (4 students per team). 

     

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  • MZ Tiv's Play is a Hit!!

    A group of NASH students attended the EQT Young Playrights Festival on December 5th. The festival featured six plays by local high school students, including our very own Mehrnaz Tiv! MZ's play was very well-received by the entire audience. See below for more information.

     Young Playrights MZ and Friends

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    (Article courtesy of nextpittsburgh.com)

    The contemporary theater scene’s next generation of talented playwrights is gearing up to debut their award-winning original works for public audiences at City Theatre Company.

    Rehearsing Cavan Bonner's play Discount Shelf. Photo by Madison Hack.

    Rehearsing Cavan Bonner’s play Discount Shelf. Photo by Madison Hack.

    From a drama that reimagines the legendary Salem Witch Trials to a tale about anthropomorphized birds and books, the upcoming Young Playwrights Festival will showcase six world premiere plays written by talented local middle and high school students.

    Under the direction of City Theatre’s Artistic Producer Reginald L. Douglas, the unique festival format provides young, emerging playwrights with opportunities to sharpen skills, present original work in a professional arts environment, receive constructive feedback from industry experts, and have their creative voices heard widely.

    Public performances take place on December 3 and 4 in City Theatre’s Lester Hamburg Studio, while student matinees run November 30 through December 9. In partnership with the theater departments at University of Pittsburgh, Seton Hill, and Point Park, a reading of three Honorable Mention plays will take place on Friday, December 9 at 7 p.m.

    YPFSelected from more than 300 submissions penned by students in  grades 7-12 from western PA and northern West Virginia, the winning plays were evaluated by a Literary Committee comprised of 40 local and national theater professionals and senior artistic staff at City Theatre.

    Student playwrights attend schools all across the city and region—including Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12, Keystone Oaks Middle School, North Allegheny, Lakeview and Bentworth Senior High Schools, and more.

    An ensemble cast featuring Charles Beikert, Laura Brennan, Katie Esswein, Parag S. Gohel, Michael Magliocca, Alex Manalo, Becki Toth, and Michael Trimm will perform all roles in the six plays.

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