200 Hillvue Lane, Pittsburgh, PA 15237
BOARD MEETING - MAY 18, 2016
6:00 BUDGET AND FINANCE COMMITTEE MEETING
7:00 SPECIAL MEETING/WORK SESSION
- 25-Year Employee Awards
- Proposed Final Budget Presentation
- Speakers (Voting Items)
- Special Meeting Voting Items
- Ratification of Collective Bargaining Agreement – Bus Drivers
- Review of Board Folder
- Speakers (Non-agenda Items)
8:30 EXECUTIVE SESSION
The North Allegheny Senior High School (NASH) Forensics Team recently competed in the Pennsylvania High School Speech League’s state tournament. The team finished in third place overall and received the Lutz Award for cumulative continued success at the state tournament.
In addition, several students won individual honors at the tournament. They were:
Senior Sid Narayan and junior Nony Anand – 1st Place in Public Forum
Senior Grace Jin – 1st Place in Persuasive
Junior Samir Yellapragada – 3rd Place in Dramatic Interpretation
Juniors Julie Chen and Nony Anand – Semi Finalists in Public Forum
The Pennsylvania High School Speech League was founded in 1961. Its overall purpose is to stimulate through educational competition an understanding and appreciation of all areas of speech. Currently more than 150 schools are members of the League. The state is divided into thirteen districts. Students compete in district tournaments that qualify them for the state competition. Similar to athletic tournaments, the top 30 in individual events and the top 60 in team events qualify to compete in the state tournament.
The North Allegheny School District (NASD) has been recognized by the NAMM Foundation with a ‘Best Communities for Music Education’ (BCME) designation. This is the ninth year in a row that the District has received this recognition.
This year, NASD is one of 476 districts across the country to receive the prestigious distinction for exemplifying a community commitment to include music education as part of a quality education for all children. Only about three percent of the more than 13,500 school districts nationwide received the BCME designation in 2016.
Hundreds of teachers, school and district administrators, school board members, parents and community leaders representing communities nationwide, participated in a web-based survey to apply for consideration for this honor. Districts were measured across a variety of criteria, including programmatic development, curricular offerings, budgetary appropriations and community involvement. Results were measured proportionally so that communities of different sizes were compared equally.
Participants in the survey answered detailed questions about funding, graduation requirements, music class participation, instruction time, facilities, support for the music program and other relevant factors in their communities’ music education programs. The responses were verified with district officials, and the sponsoring organizations reviewed the data.
In conducting the annual survey, the NAMM Foundation is joined by advisory organizations in the fields of music and education: Americans for the Arts, League of American Orchestras, The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, The Metropolitan Opera Guild, Music for All, Music Teachers National Association, National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts, National PTA, Yamaha Corporation of America and VH1 Save The Music Foundation.
The NAMM Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to advancing active participation in music-making across the lifespan by supporting scientific research, philanthropic giving and public service programs from the international music products industry. For more information, visit www.nammfoundation.org.
Two high school students from North Allegheny Senior High School (NASH) and the 2014-2015 NASH yearbook, Safari, were recognized for excellence at the Pennsylvania Student Press Association (PSPA) Journalism Competition held at Penn State University on March 4, 2016.
Senior Maura Sanguigni won first place in the Literary Magazine Poetry Contest and senior Nick Koehler won first place in the Newspaper Feature Photo competition. Both Maura and Nick had previously won first place at the Point Park regional competition in November, which qualified them to compete at the state competition against students from around the state who won in their respective regional competitions.
The 2014-2015 Safari yearbook was one of only five publications to receive The Clyde F. Lytle Keystone All State Award at the competition. The yearbook was credited for strong photography, strong font combination, vibrant color, great writing (especially leads), clever headlines, interesting stories and topics, design variety, great sidebars, use of color tinted pictures, and folio and quote usage.
The mission of the PSPA is to promote excellence and responsibility in scholastic journalism through developing students who possess sound journalism skills, demonstrate ethical decision making and recognize, uphold and advocate First Amendment rights through responsible citizenship and informed media consumption.
Two students from the North Allegheny School District recently won prizes in the Ligonier Valley Writers annual student poetry contest.
Mehrnaz Tiv’s poem, “A Full House,” placed second in the free verse poetry category for grades 10 – 12. An additional poem by Mehrnaz, titled “Maternal Lament,” was also chosen to receive the McGough Award as ‘Best of the Best’ of all poems of any type submitted by students in the grades 10-12 grouping.
Anuska Shah’s poem, “August,” placed first in the free verse poetry category for grades 10 – 12.
This annual contest is for students in grades 4 through 12. Cash prizes are awarded at all grade levels for all types of poetry. Winners of the contest are invited to a ceremony along with their teachers and families to receive their awards and may have the opportunity to read their winning poems. In addition, each family receives a booklet containing all the winning entries.
You can learn more about this annual contest and the Ligonier Valley Writers organization at their website: http://lvwonline.org/.
Two juniors from the North Allegheny School District (NASD) received prizes for their work completed during the Three Rivers German Day competition at Washington and Jefferson College. There were more than 200 students representing 14 schools from Western Pennsylvania and West Virginia at this year’s competition.
Juniors Bailey Daftary and Gage Koontz both won 3rd place prizes for their respective work in the Poster and Drawing categories.
This was the first year NASD participated in the Three Rivers German Day competition.
Every year, students from many middle and high schools in Western PA and West Virginia travel to the Washington and Jefferson campus to compete in linguistic, artistic and performance-based competitions. What makes this event unique is that the entire competition is done in German. Students demonstrate their ability to speak the language, understand the culture and have fun with a language spoken in German, Austria, Switzerland, Luxemburg and all over the world as a language of business.
North Allegheny School District (NASD) students recently attended the 2016 Pennsylvania Technology Student Association (TSA) conference where they competed with more than 1,850 students. We are proud to announce that several NASD students were recognized at the conference for achieving a third place finish or better in their specified areas of competition. They are:
Winners from Marshall Middle School are:
First Place in VEX IQ Challenge Bank Shot
Third Place in Essays on Technology
Third Place in PA – Calculator Robots
Winners from Ingomar Middle School are:
Second Place in Flight
Third Place in Digital Photography
Third Place in Flight
Third Place in VEX IQ Challenge Bank Shot
The TSA was started by industrial arts teachers who wanted to provide opportunities for their students to be recognized for their accomplishments. The organization was officially sponsored by the American Industrial Arts Association for a number of years, became an independent nonprofit corporation in 1978 and in 1988 the name was changed to the Technology Student Association to more accurately reflect that which students are now being taught; the technologies of our time. Members have the opportunity to compare their technology competencies with other students through local, regional, state and national competitions.
The North Allegheny School District (NASD) announces dates the Board of School Directors will meet in May.
Wednesday, May 18, 2016:
Wednesday, May 25, 2016:
Unless otherwise noted, each of the above listed meetings will be held in the Board Room of the Central Administration Offices located at 200 Hillvue Lane, McCandless Township. The public is invited to attend all meetings.
On Wednesday, March 23, 2016, the North Allegheny School District Board of School Directors voted to approve Mrs. Jaime Vernocy to serve as Principal for Bradford Woods Elementary School. The effective date of appointment is June 6, 2016.
Mrs. Vernocy began her teaching career in 2008 as an elementary teacher in the Beaver Area School District working in inclusion settings. Mrs. Vernocy serves in her current role as the Elementary Principal at North Clarion County School District and has taken on many unique and challenging tasks due to the small size of the District. She has accomplished remarkable things in her tenure at North Clarion.
Mrs. Vernocy graduated from the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg with a Bachelor Degree in Political Science and Elementary Education. She received a Master in the Art of Teaching from the University of Pittsburgh and a Principal’s Certification and Supervisor of Curriculum Certification from Gannon University.
Through the interview process, Mrs. Vernocy proved herself to be caring, strong and goal oriented, with exemplary skills in the area of data driven instruction, professional development, curriculum mapping and differentiation.
The North Allegheny Senior High (NASH) Student Council has been recognized by the National Association of Student Councils (NASC) in their 2016 National Student Council Awards Program for the 11th consecutive year.
The NASH Student Council has been awarded the 2016 National Gold Council of Excellence Award for their exemplary record of leadership, service and activities that serve to improve the school and community. Student Councils must demonstrate that they meet at least the following criteria to be considered for these awards: have a written constitution, regular meetings, a democratic election process, leadership training for council members, teacher/staff appreciation activities, student recognition programs, school and community service projects, spirit activities, goal setting, financial planning and active participation in their state and national student council associations.
2016 Student Council Officers are: Gabe Ren (President & Principals Advisory Committee), Danny Lebovitz (Vice President & Student Recognition Committee), Ethan Sansosti (Treasurer & Homecoming Parade Committee), Jesse Pak (Publicity Director and Publicity Committee), Jessica Hood (Sergeant of Arms & Service Committee), Mia Hawbaker (Historian Secretary & Dance Committee), Julie Chen (Corresponding Secretary & Spirit Committee), Allie Cummings (School Board Representative & Staff Appreciation Committee), Yara El-Khatib (Business Secretary & Interact Committee) and Madison Darrah (PA Regional Student Council Student Board Representative)
Receiving the NASC National Gold Council of Excellence Award also reflects the highest dedication on the part of the school to providing a strong, well-rounded student council program. Ms. Frances Hawbaker is the NASH Student Council Advisor.
The National Association of Student Councils (NASC) promotes and provides leadership development opportunities to prepare and empower students to serve their schools and communities. NASC is a program of the National Association of Secondary School Principals, the preeminent organization and national voice for middle level and high school leaders. NASC also sponsors the National Honor Society and the National Junior Honor Society, which recognizes outstanding middle level and high school students who demonstrate excellence in the areas of scholarship, leadership, service and character. For more information on NASC, visit www.nasc.us