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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.
The North Allegheny School District’s Marcia Martin Unity/Diversity Committee is seeking diverse community groups and organizations to share their resources, educate the public and participate in the festivities at the District’s second annual “Celebration of Us” event.
“Celebration of Us” will feature speakers, cultural performances from a variety of dance and chorus groups, and display tables from North Allegheny student groups and community organizations that support cultural awareness. Food trucks offering selections from different cultures will also be available throughout the event.
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.
The North Allegheny School 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 the many ways people are different.
This year’s “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.
Organizations and groups who are interested in hosting a display table to educate community members about the services they provide to diverse groups of individuals should email Amanda Mathieson at email@example.com with the subject line “Celebration of Us.”
September School Board Meeting Schedule
The North Allegheny School District (NASD) announces dates the Board of School Directors will meet in September.
Wednesday, September 21, 2016:
Wednesday, September 28, 2016:
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.
NASD invites parents and any interested community members to attend a coffee meeting hosted by Dr. Robert J. Scherrer, Superintendent of Schools. The meeting is being held on Tuesday, September 27, 2016, at Bradford Woods Elementary School, located at 41 Forest Road, Bradford Woods, PA 15015, beginning at 9:30 a.m.
First Day of School
The North Allegheny School District (NASD) announces that the first day of class for students for the 2016-2017 school year is Thursday, September 1, 2016.
No Classes on Labor Day
The North Allegheny School District (NASD) announces that all schools will be closed on Monday, September 5, 2016, in observance of Labor Day. Schools will resume classes on Tuesday, September 6, 2016.
The North Allegheny School District (NASD) announces that Dr. Robert Scherrer, Superintendent of Schools, will host a Newcomers’ Coffee at the District’s Central Administration Offices, 200 Hillvue Lane, McCandless Township, on Wednesday, September 7, 2016 at 9:30 a.m.
The Coffee is designed to introduce parents with children who are new to the District to programs, processes, and key personnel. A question and answer session will conclude the two- hour meeting.
Any North Allegheny School District resident who may be interested in this presentation is welcome to attend
On August 21, 2016, the North Allegheny School District will host a benefit concert for the West Virginia schools currently dealing with the damage caused by this summer’s devastating flooding.
The benefit concert was planned in collaboration with The Education Alliance, which has organized a fundraising initiative called Floods of Support to provide relief to the classrooms and teachers impacted by the June floods. The money raised through Floods of Support will go directly to teachers as they restock and resupply classroom items ruined by the flooding that were not covered by insurance or other emergency funding.
The event will be held on Sunday, August 21, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at North Allegheny Senior High School located at 10375 Perry Highway, Wexford, Pa. Free outdoor events include a performance by the band Hour Glass and food trucks in the front parking lot of the school. Ticketed indoor events include performances by Tullycavy, the NA Vocal Chorale, the NA Fiddlers, and Jim Donovan and the Sun King Warriors. The event schedule and ticket purchasing information can be found at https://www.eventbrite.com/e/2016-benefit-concert-for-west-virginia-flooded-schools-tickets-26925405613.
The benefit concert comes less than a month after the North Allegheny community organized a three-day school supply donation drive for students and teachers affected by the floods, in addition to the District donating more than 3,200 pieces of used classroom furniture to the Kanawha County School District, which had several schools severely damaged by the flooding.
On Wednesday, July 27, 2016, the North Allegheny School District (NASD) donated more than 3,200 used desks, chairs, tables and other school furniture to the Kanawha County School District, which has several schools facing severe damage following the recent flooding in West Virginia.
Kanawha County School District’s problem was brought to North Allegheny’s attention by Sandy Stein, a retired teacher from North Allegheny Intermediate High School, who witnessed the devastation firsthand as a Red Cross volunteer. Four schools in Kanawha County were hit particularly hard by the flooding, and are struggling to clean up the muddy, water-logged classrooms and replace destroyed furniture and supplies before the next school year. After Ms. Stein contacted North Allegheny administrators to ask how the District could help the flood victims, North Allegheny decided to donate the furniture left over from recent building renovations.
North Allegheny’s Bradford Woods, Marshall Elementary and Marshall Middle Schools are currently undergoing renovations, and are replacing the old furniture that is more than 25 years old. Typically, when furniture is replaced after a few decades of use, the District sells or disposes of it hoping to break even on the costs associated with transporting and disposing of it.
By donating the old furniture to Kanawha County School District and having them pick it up at the school buildings, North Allegheny will save the costs associated with transporting and disposing of it.
“Our hearts immediately went out to the Kanawha County Schools, who have been doing everything they can to get their buildings back in shape before the start of the school year,” said North Allegheny Superintendent Dr. Robert Scherrer. “It was a fortunate coincidence that North Allegheny was looking for a way to clear out used furniture, and we’re very happy to help out a fellow school district.”
In addition to the furniture donation, North Allegheny staff and faculty members organized a school supplies drive to benefit the students and teachers of Kanawha County School District who were affected by the floods. The first collection was held Wednesday, July 20, with another scheduled for Thursday, July 28, from 4-7 p.m. at North Allegheny Intermediate 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 2010 are advised that their records are scheduled to be destroyed on July 11, 2016. 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 2010 will not be possible after July11, 2016.
On Wednesday, May 25, 2016, the North Allegheny School District Board of School Directors voted to approve Mr. David Christopher to the position of assistant superintendent for K-12 education. The effective date of appointment is dependent upon release from Mr. Christopher’s current employer.
Mr. Christopher began his teaching career in 1996 as a teacher in the Huntingdon Area School District. In 2008, he became an elementary principal in the Juniata Valley School District. In the next year, he was promoted to senior high principal and K-12 director of curriculum of the Juniata Valley School District. In 2011, he was appointed to acting superintendent while continuing to maintain his role as the senior high principal. Mr. Christopher was appointed as the superintendent of schools for the Juniata Valley School District in 2012.
As superintendent, Mr. Christopher has successfully facilitated the creation of a shared District vision for achieving high student performance using professional development, strategic planning, curriculum development and budgeting.
Mr. Christopher’s accomplishments also include being selected by the Pennsylvania Department of Education as a workgroup member for Data, Educator Evaluation, and the ESSA authorization plan. He has successfully upgraded his current District’s technology infrastructure to support moving to a 1:1 technology program and has served on various county-wide executive boards. In addition, Mr. Christopher served as a member of the District’s negotiating team for collective bargaining agreements and found creative ways to positively impact the District budget.
Mr. Christopher graduated from Juniata College with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Elementary Education. He completed coursework in Instructional Systems from Penn State University and has a Master of Education in Educational Leadership and Policy from Shippensburg University. Mr. Christopher is currently completing his doctoral degree in Educational Leadership and Public Policy from Shippensburg University, where he also obtained his Principal’s Certificate and Superintendent’s Letter of Eligibility.
6:00 BUILDING AND GROUNDS COMMITTEE MEETING
6:15 EXECUTIVE SESSION
7:00 DISTINGUISHED ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS (Carson Middle School Auditorium)
REGULAR MEETING (Central Administration Office Board Room)
- Visual Arts Interim Curriculum Review Update
- Speakers (Agenda Items)
- Voting Items
- Speakers (Non-agenda Items)
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