200 Hillvue Lane, Pittsburgh, PA 15237
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.”
Students at North Allegheny Intermediate High School (NAI) will present Arsenic and Old Lace, a dark comedic play by Joseph Kesselring, from February 16-18, with a special senior citizen performance on February 15.
The play features the Brewster clan, where insanity runs in the family. Two sweet old aunts take it upon themselves to poison lonely old men with nothing to live for, which they view as an act of charity. Their nephew Mortimer tries to negotiate his way around the shenanigans of the house, while attempting to keep his fiancée, Elaine, in the dark. Jonathan, a maniacal long-lost brother with a criminal past, returns to town with Dr. Einstein, a plastic surgeon of doubtful character. The mayhem continues with bugle-blowing brother Teddy, who is charged with burial duties.
All performances will be held in the NAI Auditorium, located at 350 Cumberland Road in McCandless Township, on the following dates/times:
General admission tickets will be sold for $6.00 at the door for each performance.
* The February 15 Senior Citizen performance is free to NA Gold Card members. For information about the NA Gold Card Program, call 412-369-5445.
North Allegheny School District is one of 433 school districts in the United States and Canada being honored by the College Board with placement on the 7th Annual AP® District Honor Roll. Inclusion on the honor roll is based on the examination of AP data from 2014-2016, during which North Allegheny had to increase the number of students participating in AP courses while also increasing or maintaining the percentage of students earning AP exam scores of 3 or higher.
“North Allegheny is proud to have earned placement on the College Board’s 7th Annual AP® District Honor Roll in recognition of our outstanding AP program,” Superintendent Dr. Robert Scherrer said. “We’re committed to continuing our efforts to offer a broad array of AP courses and support the academic success of all students.”
“Congratulations to all the teachers and administrators in this district who have worked so tirelessly to both expand access to AP and also to help students succeed on the AP Exams,” said Trevor Packer, the College Board’s head of AP and Instruction. “These teachers and administrators are delivering real opportunity in their schools and classrooms, and students are rising to the challenge.”
Inclusion on the 7th Annual AP District Honor Roll is based on a review of three years of AP data, from 2014 to 2016, looking across 37 AP Exams, including world language and culture. The following criteria were used.
The complete 7th Annual AP District Honor Roll can be found here: https://secure-media.collegeboard.org/digitalServices/pdf/ap/ap-district-honor-roll-7th-annual.pdf.
On January 4, 2017, Mr. Richard Platts began work at North Allegheny School District as Director of Technology and Innovation, a new position created to provide leadership in all areas of technology throughout the District.
Mr. Platts will directly oversee the Information Technology Department as it supports both the administrative and infrastructure needs of the District, as well as the teaching and learning environment for students and staff members.
“Being in the second year of our Focus 2020 technology initiative, we now have more opportunities to further innovate our educational practices and focus on technology integration in the classroom,” Superintendent Dr. Robert Scherrer said. “We’re looking forward to having Mr. Platts on board as we continue to create engaging learning environments that leverage technology for all students and teachers.”
Mr. Platts began his career in education in 2004 as a teacher in the Upper St. Clair School District, where he was actively involved in the implementation of the District’s Strategic Plan, technology coaching and administering several schoolwide technology systems. He also participated on the Technology Mission Team, Data Analysis and Management Team and Global Education Committee.
In 2013, Mr. Platts was appointed as the Director of Technology for the South Park School District, where he was responsible for IT and educational technology infrastructure. In this position, Mr. Platts implemented a disaster recovery plan, aided in the planning and deployment of a one-to-one program, adopted and implemented Google Apps for Education, and conducted an evaluation, migration and implementation of a Student Information System, new phone system and Data Warehouse.
Mr. Platts has served as a presenter at the Three Rivers Educational Technology Conference and is a member of the International Society for Technology in Education. He has also participated in the Sprout Fund for the Pittsburgh City of Learning and was a Steering Committee Member for the Allegheny County Regional Wide Area Network.
Mr. Platts graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a Bachelor of Arts in Germanic and Hispanic languages and literatures, and completed his Master of Arts in teaching in foreign language. He also completed a Master of Public Management in educational technology management from Carnegie Mellon University.
The North Allegheny School District’s Marcia Martin Unity/ Diversity Committee will sponsor the second annual “Celebration of Us,” a diversity event focusing on cultural awareness and acceptance, on November 30 at North Allegheny Senior High School from 6-8 p.m.
The District is committed to creating a culturally responsive school setting and community. “Celebration of Us” has become an annual tradition that encourages and empowers students and community members to focus on awareness, acceptance and celebration of diversity in all its forms.
“Celebration of Us” will feature performances from a variety of dance and chorus groups, exhibit tables from North Allegheny student groups and community organizations, and multiple food truck vendors. A list of the groups, performers and food trucks scheduled to appear at the event can be found at: http://www.northallegheny.org/Page/26936
The event’s keynote speaker will be Lisa Washington, an Emmy-nominated host and journalist at KDKA-TV. Lisa has more than a decade of reporting experience, with her most memorable interview being with Civil Rights icon Rosa Parks.
Last year’s inaugural “Celebration of Us” was a great success, enjoyed by more than 400 attendees. This led the District to move it to a larger venue for 2016, allowing for more community groups to participate in the evening’s activities.
Amanda Mathieson, Principal of Hosack Elementary School and Chair of the Marcia Martin Unity/Diversity Committee, said, “After seeing the incredible response from the community after our first ‘Celebration of Us’ last year, we soon realized the event would need a larger venue to accommodate the many student and community groups who were excited to share their resources and educate the public through cultural awareness.”
“The people who make up the North Allegheny community are more diverse than ever before in terms of race, ethnicity, gender, physical abilities, religious beliefs, socio-economic status and much more,” Dr. Robert Scherrer, Superintendent of Schools, said. “The ‘Celebration of Us’ event is just one way the District continues to provide our students with the resources and experiences to become culturally responsive citizens who recognize, accept and celebrate the many ways we are all different.”
“Celebration of Us” will be held on November 30, 2016, from 6-8 p.m., at the North Allegheny Senior High School, 10375 Perry Highway, Wexford, Pa.
This fall, the North Allegheny Senior High School (NASH) will perform the play Rumors, a hilarious farce by Neil Simon in which half-truths and blatant lies steamroll out of hand.
Set in a posh suburb of New York City, Rumors follows Chris Gorman and her husband Ken as they attend an anniversary party for the Deputy Mayor of New York. Once they arrive, they find everything askew – the host of the party is injured, his wife is missing and the servants are nowhere to be found. As more guests arrive to the party, an intricate, side-splitting tale spins out of control.
All performances will be held in the NASH Auditorium as follows:
NASH is located at 10375 Perry Highway in Wexford. All tickets will be $12 at the door. Reserved seating is being sold for $12 for adults and $10 for students (including all fees) through ShowClix at: https://www.showclix.com/event/NASHFallPlay-Rumors.
* The November 9 Senior Citizen performance is free to NA Gold Card members.
For information about the NA Gold Card Program call 412-369-5445.
The North Allegheny School District, along with Northland Public Library, CCAC North and North Hills School District, presents Digital Boot Camp for Parents, a monthly Saturday morning series to educate middle school and high school parents on best practices for digital citizenship.
This program will run from October 2016 through April 2017 and will be held at CCAC North in room 3002. Doors open at 8:30 a.m., and the presentation begins promptly at 9 a.m. Space is limited. An American Sign Language Interpreter will be present.
Please register for these programs on the Library’s website (www.northlandlibrary.org), in person at the adult reference desk or by calling 412-366-8100, extension 113.
DIGITAL BOOT CAMP FOR PARENTS SERIES SCHEDULE:
Digital Etiquette - Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016 from 8:30 – 10 a.m.
This covers the nuts and bolts of digital rights and responsibilities. The goal of this session is to lay the groundwork for the series and establish a digital etiquette standard in accordance with professional expectations and those of the local school districts. As summarized by the Digital Citizenship Institute: “It is not enough to create rules and policy; we must teach everyone to become responsible citizens in this society.”
Digital Privacy – Saturday, Nov. 12, 2016 from 8:30 – 10 a.m.
Whether it is texting, emailing or using social media, connecting with friends digitally is a frequent part of our students’ daily lives. These perpetual connections can be both beneficial and damaging. This session will provide parents with information about cyber bullying, protecting your child’s digital footprint and avoiding Internet predators.
Digital Identity – Saturday, Jan. 21, 2017 from 8:30 – 10 a.m.
This focuses on online applications for athletics, college admissions and financial aid contain highly sensitive information. Protecting your digital identity is essential. This session will cover how to keep your student’s future safe.
Talking About Technology With Your Student – Saturday, Feb. 25, 2017 from 8:30 – 10 a.m.
Technology and the Internet are powerful tools, and talking to your student about them is vital in raising a knowledgeable digital citizen. Learn essential topics and ways to initiate this conversation. This session will also cover digital health and wellness issues, like Internet addiction.
Social Media Apps – Saturday, Mar. 25, 2017 from 8:30 – 10 a.m.
This session will cover three specific social media apps, including Snapchat. Get the answers to questions you have been dying to ask about specific apps and learn the positives and negatives. This session will also offer some tips and best practices for managing social apps.
Making Technology Work for You – Saturday, Apr. 22, 2017 from 8:30 – 10 a.m.
Our students have the ability to design new computer programs, create videos, and build smartphone apps. Without proper guidance, these positive behaviors can cross the line into criminal offenses. This session will touch on the ethics of technology and explain the limits of legal hacking and downloading.
The National Merit® Scholarship Corporation (NMSC) has recently recognized 49 North Allegheny high school seniors in the 2017 National Merit® Scholarship Competition.
Congratulations to the following 19 students who have been named semi-finalists:
These academically talented high school seniors have an opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit® scholarships worth about $33 million that will be offered next spring. To be considered for a Merit Scholarship® award, semi-finalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of the semi-finalists are expected to attain finalist standing, and more than half of the finalists will win a National Merit® scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar® title.
Thirty additional seniors have been commended for placing among the top five percent of more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2017 competition. Each of these students will receive a Letter of Commendation from the District and NMSC:
The National Merit® Scholarship Program is an academic competition for recognition and scholarships that began in 1955. The program honors individual students who show exceptional academic ability and potential for success in rigorous college studies. High school students enter the National Merit Program by taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT®)—a test which serves as an initial screen of approximately 1.5 million entrants each year—and by meeting published program entry/participation requirements.
The National Merit Scholarship Corporation will announce the 2016 Merit Scholarship recipients next spring. For more information, contact the North Allegheny Senior High School Counseling Office at 724-934-7224.
Twenty-two high school students from the North Allegheny School District have been selected to participate in the 2016-2017 AIU Apprenticeship Program, which will provide them with hands-on experiences in a variety of career fields.
The Apprenticeship Program consists of a half-day or day-long learning experience each month over a six or seven month period during the school year. Students meet and work with professionals who share their experience, expertise, enthusiasm and zeal for their professions. In addition to providing behind-the-scenes insight into prospective careers, the program helps students make connections with organizations and people who can help them as they pursue career options.
The following students have been selected to participate in a variety of professional areas:
Adelle Fernando and Joy Fu
Elise Maletta and Akshaya Sudhakar
Tomer Shamir and Rebecca Shaw
Melanie Brkovich, Mackenzie Gongaware, Ethan James, and Daniel Rodgers
Alexandria Adams and Laura Schwenderman
Zoo Animal Care:
Ashley Boehmke, Kira Klein, and Bethany Ricci
For more information on the AIU Apprenticeship Program, contact the NASH GOAL Office at 724-934-7219 or the NAI GOAL Office at 412-369-5457.
Earlier this month, the North Allegheny School District’s Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFJROTC) program earned accreditation from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI), an accreditation division of AdvancED.
SACS CASI provides nationally recognized accreditation to schools that have demonstrated continuous improvement focused on increasing student performance. To earn accreditation, schools must meet SACS CASI’s high standards, be evaluated by a team of outside professionals and implement a continuous process of school improvement.
“Accreditation demonstrates to our students, parents and community that we are focused on raising student achievement, providing a safe and enriching learning environment, and maintaining an efficient and effective operation staffed by highly qualified educators,” said Dr. Brendan Hyland, Principal of North Allegheny Intermediate High School.
SACS CASI accreditation is recognized across state lines, which not only eases the transfer process as students move between accredited schools, but also assures parents that the school is meeting nationally accepted standards for quality and successful professional practice.
Dr. Mark Elgart, President/CEO of AdvancED, the parent organization of SACS CASI, said, “SACS CASI Accreditation is a rigorous process that focuses the entire school on the primary goal of creating lifelong learners. North Allegheny is to be commended for engaging in this process and demonstrating a commitment to continuous improvement.”
Under the leadership of Major Scott Kolar and Chief Master Sergeant Terry Speer, North Allegheny’s AFJROTC curriculum provides leadership training and an aerospace science program for high school students. The curriculum emphasizes the Air Force heritage and traditions, the development of flight, applied flight sciences, military aerospace policies and space exploration. Currently, 128 North Allegheny students in grades 9-12 are enrolled in the District’s AFJROTC program.
About AdvancED and SACS CASI:
Dedicated to advancing excellence in education through accreditation, research and professional services, AdvancED is the world's largest education community, serving and engaging 30,000 public and private schools and school systems in more than 70 countries and serving over 16 million students. AdvancED is the parent organization of the North Central Association Commission on Accreditation and School Improvement (NCA CASI), Northwest Accreditation Commission (NWAC) and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Council on Accreditation and School Improvement (SACS CASI). SACS CASI is a non-governmental, voluntary agency that accredits nearly 13,000 public and non-public institutions throughout the world. Learn more about accreditation at http://www.advanc-ed.org.