North Allegheny Begins School Year with New AccoladesPosted by Emily Schaffer on 8/27/2018 3:00:00 PM
The North Allegheny School District has once again been recognized as a Top Workplace by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. The list is based solely on employee feedback gathered through a third-party survey administered by research partner Energage, LLC (formerly WorkplaceDynamics), a leading provider of technology-based employee engagement tools. The anonymous survey measures several aspects of workplace culture, including alignment, execution, and connection, just to name a few.
“Top Workplaces is more than just recognition,” said Doug Claffey, CEO of Energage. “Our research shows organizations that earn the award attract better talent, experience lower turnover, and are better equipped to deliver results. Their leaders prioritize and carefully craft a healthy workplace culture that supports employee engagement.”
In addition to the Top Workplaces recognition, North Allegheny was also ranked as one of the best school districts in the region and nation by Niche.com.
Niche released its annual 2019 K-12 School & District rankings in early August. Among the 10,000+ school districts analyzed nationwide, North Allegheny was ranked as one of the Best Districts in America (#25 of 10,758), Best School Districts for Athletes in America (#7 of 10,811), Districts with the Best Teachers in Pennsylvania (#4 of 500), Safest School Districts in the Pittsburgh Area (#4 of 75), and Best Places to Teach in the Pittsburgh Area (#2 of 77).
“It’s a true honor to not only be recognized by our students and families, but also by our employees,” shared Dr. Robert Scherrer, Superintendent of North Allegheny. “These recognitions are true testaments to the effort and dedication of our staff members. We are fortunate to have a hardworking team that strives each day to prepare students for success in a changing world.”
See a full list of North Allegheny’s rankings on Niche’s website. For more information on Niche’s methodology for determining their rankings, visit https://about.niche.com/methodology/best-school-districts/.
North Allegheny School Board Votes to Establish School Resource Officers at High School BuildingsPosted by Emily Schaffer on 4/26/2018 12:00:00 PM
At the April 25, 2018 Regular School Board Meeting, the North Allegheny Board of School Directors voted to approve the establishment of one full-time School Resource Officer (SRO) at North Allegheny Senior High (NASH) and one full-time SRO at North Allegheny Intermediate (NAI). The District will proceed with determining specifics of the agreement with the Town of McCandless and the McCandless Police Department.
The District had been discussing the idea of adding SROs since early in the school year. The SROs will be responsible for providing training opportunities for staff and students, providing a leadership role to the school safety committee, conducting ongoing vulnerability analyses and suggest areas for improvement, building relationships with students and staff members, responding to critical incidents in the building, and other various tasks.
Both SROs will be uniformed Town of McCandless Police Officers and will be selected through an interview process that includes North Allegheny staff members, the McCandless Police Department, and possibly other individuals. Selected candidates will be trained on the necessary components as outlined by the National Association of School Resource Officers.
The SROs will be in place at both NASH and NAI at the beginning of the 2018-2019 school year; however, if the approval process through the Town of McCandless and the interview process move quickly, there is a chance that one or both of these individuals may start before the end of the current school year.
North Allegheny Music Education Program Receives National RecognitionPosted by Emily Schaffer on 4/18/2018 8:00:00 AM
For the 12th 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 one of 583 school districts in the nation selected for this prestigious award in 2018.
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.
“This recognition is a true testament to the outstanding efforts of our teachers and staff members in the Music Department,” shared Superintendent Dr. Robert Scherrer. “They consistently go above and beyond the expectations to ensure that our students are receiving the best education possible. We are fortunate to provide such a rich music curriculum to students at each grade level.”
To view the full release from The NAMM Foundation, click here.
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.
North Allegheny Students Host Tiger Thon to Fight Pediatric CancerPosted by Emily Schaffer on 4/11/2018 8:00:00 AM
On Saturday, April 14, 2018, North Allegheny School District will host Tiger Thon, a six-hour dance marathon in which NA students in grades K-12 will raise money for local organizations dedicated to fighting pediatric cancer.
All donations will benefit UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh Hematology and Oncology Departments, along with local non-profit Pennies from Heaven. Tiger Thon has been recognized as UPMC’s largest high school dance-a-thon donor, and NASH students hope to uphold this reputation for years to come.
Over the past three years, North Allegheny has raised more than $85,000 in the fight against childhood cancer through similar fundraisers. In addition to raising money for Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and Pennies from Heaven, the goal of Tiger Thon is also 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 evening. Sean Nolan, a cancer survivor and current junior at North Hills High School, will also be a guest speaker at the event. Tiger Thon is open to the public, and organizers are encouraging community members to come out and support the cause.
Tiger Thon will be held on Saturday, April 14, 2018 from 5-11 p.m. in the North Allegheny Senior High School gymnasium, 10375 Perry Highway, Wexford, Pennsylvania. For more information visit www.northallegheny.org/NATigerThon.
NA Students Host Prom for Senior CitizensPosted by Emily Schaffer on 4/10/2018 8:00:00 AM
Students from North Allegheny Senior High School (NASH) will host the annual Senior Citizens’ Prom on Friday, May 11, from 7-10 p.m. at NASH, 10375 Perry Highway, Wexford, Pennsylvania.
All interested senior citizens are invited to attend this free event, which will feature music and dancing, light refreshments, and a free prom photo.
Attendees are encouraged to make reservations by calling 412-369-5445. Additional information can be found on the NA website.
Annual School Board Reorganization Meeting Held at North AlleghenyPosted by Emily Schaffer on 12/6/2017 8:00:00 PM
Newly-elected School Board Members Andrew Chomos and Allyson Minton were sworn-in this evening alongside re-elected Members Richard McClure and Scott Russell. The Oath of Office was issued by Judge William Wagner at the Board’s annual Reorganization Meeting.
Mr. Chomos and Mrs. Minton replace Tara Fisher, who moved out-of-state in July, and Suzanne Filiaggi, who did not seek re-election.
Mr. Chomos resides in Franklin Park with his family and is CEO of GE Healthcare’s Omnyx digital pathology modality. Mrs. Minton resides in McCandless Township with her family and has served as a full-time volunteer for North Allegheny for the past four years.
The Board also selected Mr. Kevin Mahler and Mr. Scott Russell to serve as President and Vice President for a one-year term.
Middle Schools Named Apple Distinguished SchoolsPosted by Emily Schaffer on 10/17/2017 10:35:00 AM
The North Allegheny School District (NASD) is pleased to announce that Carson, Ingomar, and Marshall Middle Schools have each been recognized as Apple Distinguished Schools for 2017-2019 for the implementation of iPads in grades six through eight through FOCUS 2020.
Apple Distinguished Schools are centers of innovation, leadership, and educational excellence that use Apple products to inspire creativity, collaboration, and critical thinking. They showcase innovative uses of technology in learning, teaching, and the school environment and have documented results of academic accomplishment.
“It’s an honor that our three middle schools have been selected as Apple Distinguished Schools,” shared Superintendent Dr. Robert Scherrer. “As we continue to prepare our students for success in a changing world, we strive to successfully provide innovative learning environments that are engaging and challenging for both students and teachers. We’re fortunate and excited to continue integrating Apple technology in our classrooms through the FOCUS 2020 initiative.”
Year three of FOCUS 2020 kicked off at the beginning of the 2017-2018 school year at NASD, which included the expansion of the iPad program to include grades four and five. NASD teachers continue to be energized by the addition of iPads as tools to transform their daily lessons, and provide students opportunities for collaboration, creativity, critical thinking, and communication. By fall of 2018, all students in grades 1-12 will have a device.
Franklin Elementary Recognized as a 2017 National Blue Ribbon SchoolPosted by Emily Schaffer on 9/29/2017 9:00:00 AM
U.S. Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, announced on Thursday, September 28, that Franklin Elementary School has been named a 2017 National Blue Ribbon School. Franklin is one among 292 public and 50 private schools receiving this honor, and one of only 18 schools in Pennsylvania.
Franklin Elementary is home to approximately 380 students in grades K-5, and was previously named a Blue Ribbon School in 1985.
National Blue Ribbon Schools are on the education’s cutting edge, pioneering innovative education practices from professional learning communities and project-based learning to social and emotional learning and positive behavior systems. Schools are nominated by the state department of education and then complete a comprehensive application about school practices. Franklin was nominated as an “Exemplary High Performing” school, which are among the top schools in the state.
“We are proud to accept this esteemed honor that serves as a testament to the collaborative efforts of a talented and dedicated staff, hardworking and persistent students, and an involved and supportive community that is committed to doing good things for kids in a positive and healthy school environment,” shared Franklin Elementary Principal Jeff Anderchak.
Carson Middle, Ingomar Middle, Marshall Middle, NA Intermediate High, and NA Senior High have also been named Blue Ribbon Schools in the past.
The District plans to send representatives to attend the National Blue Ribbon Schools awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. in early November.
North Allegheny Ranks High in the Niche 2018 K-12 School & District RankingsPosted by NASD on 8/8/2017 3:05:00 PM
For the fourth consecutive year, North Allegheny is ranked as one of the best school districts in the Nation by Niche.com.
Niche released its annual 2018 K-12 School & District rankings on Monday, August 7. Among the 10,574 school districts analyzed nationwide, North Allegheny was ranked as one of the Best Districts in the Nation (#15), Best Districts in Pennsylvania (#3), Best District in the Pittsburgh area (#1), and Best District in Allegheny County (#1). North Allegheny was the only school district in Western Pennsylvania to be ranked in the top 40 of the national Best School Districts list.
“It’s a true honor to be recognized once again as a top school district by our students and parents,” shared Dr. Robert Scherrer, Superintendent of North Allegheny. “We are not only fortunate to have an immense amount of support from the community, but also to have an incredible team of teachers and staff who are dedicated to providing superior educational and extracurricular experiences to our students.”
The District also ranked nationally in the top 15 in subcategories for District with the Best Teachers (#6) and Best Place to Teach (#13), and secured top rankings in Pennsylvania for District with the Best Teachers (#2) and Best Place to Teach (#3).
On the District’s Niche Report Card, North Allegheny received an “A+” as its Overall Niche Grade. Areas such as sports, clubs and activities, health and safety, and administration also each received an “A+”.
North Allegheny earned this ranking by scoring highly on a variety of factors including SAT/ACT scores, student-teacher ratio, the quality of colleges student consider, and reviews from students and parents. The statistical data used in this ranking was obtained by the U.S. Department of Education and then analyzed by Niche’s team of data scientists to create the ranking.
“School climate, future preparation, achievement and growth, and student and staff wellness are things we emphasize equally at North Allegheny,” Dr. Scherrer added. “We are especially proud of the Niche rankings because they measure our successes beyond standardized tests and evaluations.”
See a full list of the District’s rankings here. Rankings for individual schools can be viewed by searching the name of the school on the Niche website. For more information on Niche’s methodology for determining their rankings, visit https://about.niche.com/methodology/best-school-districts/.
Update Provided to School Board Regarding Possible Renovations at Five NA Elementary SchoolsPosted by NASD on 7/19/2017
At the Wednesday, July 19 Combined Meeting, the North Allegheny School Board received an update regarding possible upcoming renovations at Franklin, Hosack, Ingomar, McKnight and Peebles Elementary Schools.
Ms. Cassi Renninger of VEBH Architects presented findings from Facilities Assessments of the five Elementary Schools, a process that began in December 2016. Several common issues and recommendations were found among the five buildings including partial roof replacements, window and door replacements, and energy and Food Service Equipment upgrades. Additionally, each building was found to have its own unique issues that warrant upgrades to meet the needs of the growing District.
The plans also recommend a reconfiguration of McKnight Elementary, which would utilize unoccupied areas and improve the overall flow of the building. The two-story wing of the building would potentially be demolished and specialized classrooms would be added where appropriate, ultimately reducing the building footprint and reduce ongoing costs. This recommendation would not increase the student capacity of the building.
Expanding Franklin Elementary is also a possibility for the renovation plan. This scenario is contingent upon the demographic study that is currently being conducted to determine if student enrollment is projected to continue to increase.
Renovations to all five buildings are estimated to cost between $59.6 to $65.9 million; however, if the District opts to expand Franklin Elementary, the projected cost range for all five buildings would be approximately $76.2 to $84.3 million.
Ms. Renninger also presented several potential phasing scenarios for construction, all of which have start dates in 2019 and last two to four years. A copy of the presentation is available on the District’s website in BoardDocs.