NASH GOAL JANUARY FOCUS MEETING
Blackboard announcements: 16-17 NASH GOAL
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.
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?
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!
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:
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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
Optional Trip to Penn State
Adipose Derived STEM cells
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.
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/
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!
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.)