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    North Allegheny Senior High School

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    The GOAL program at NASH is designed to be highly individualized to meet the needs of students with diverse interests and advanced levels of skill in various disciplines.  The program offers students various opportunities to explore their strengths and interests outside of the classroom through activities, contests, guest speakers, seminars, summer programs, collaborative projects, performances, competitions, mentorships, apprenticeship programs and other events.  In addition to these forms of enrichment, students are provided with opportunities to meet with college representatives, prepare for the college application process and explore scholarship possibilities.   
     
    Our monthly meetings provide students with more information on upcoming activities.  The "sign-up bulletin board" is located in the GOAL office in Room 249A for all upcoming activities.  Come in to check the offerings, sign up, and get your Individualized Option forms.   Remember, the GOAL Office is available to you from 7:00 a.m. until 3:00 p.m.
     
    For more information about the structure and opportunities of NASH GOAL, you can contact a NASH GOAL teacher, read our NASH GOAL Presentation, view the NASH GOAL class on your Blackboard account, visit our Facebook page or explore the information presented throughout this website. 
     

     
     

Noteworthy News

  • NASH GOAL Creative Career Symposium is a Success!

    On March 24th, the Creative Career Symposium brought together successful artists from all over the Greater Pittsburgh Region – new artists, established professionals in creative fields and icons and legends of the Pittsburgh arts scene to talk to students.  They shared their career path, how they get paid for doing what they love and advice for people entering creative fields.  About 200 students from schools across Pittsburgh converged at NASH for this event.  After the addresses, students had lunch with the presenters and got to continue the morning’s themes across conversations. Attendee Dajanae Drake stated, "I really liked David Allen because he quit a really good job to choose a different route that was really good." Mary Pitz, another attendee, said "I loved hearing about what people really do in their jobs and how many different jobs are out there. We never get this information in classes."

    The line up of speakers was impressive! 

    10: 00  Keynote:   Jessica Trybus:    North Allegheny class of 1995, Founder and CEO, Simcoach Games, Senior Special Faculty, Carnegie Mellon University

    10:15 : Nick Amoscato: Software Engineer At JAZZ HR

    10:25:  Bernadette Gerbe: Glass artist.

    10:35:  Lisa Belczyk:  Director of Learning for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and also as Co-Founder of Draper & Dots.

    10:45:  Kim Chestney:  Founding Director,Creative Industries Network & CREATE Festival

    10:55:  Lauren Levant: Nationally and locally recognized Interior Designer

    11:05:  Eric Fisher: Architect; owner: fisharch.com

    11:15: Ed Travesari: Associate Professor at Point Park University and former Concert Promoter

    11:25:  David Alan:  CEO Proper Knot, David Allan Clothing

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

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  • NASH GOAL April FOCUS Meeting

    COMMUNICATION

    Blackboard announcements: 16-17 NASH GOAL

    NASH Morning Announcements

    Remind

    Bulletin Board in GOAL Office

    REMIND DIRECTIONS

    Seniors:  send a message to 810 10  Text @2017goa

    Juniors:   send a message to 810 10  Text @3kd343

    Model UN : Westminster College  

    April 19: The last simulation of the year. This is a competitive and fun event. There may still be room for delegates.  See Mrs. Will if interested

    MOOT ICC:  International Criminal Court April 21 and 22.

    We will practice this week as often as possible

    The High School Moot International Criminal Court (ICC) Competition is designed to introduce high school students to the work of the ICC and how important international human rights issues are dealt with in an international criminal justice context. The Moot ICC is a simulation of a case presented to the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court. This is different than a mock trial, in which the penalty phase of a trial is simulated. For Moot ICC, participants will be focused exclusively on the legal issues raised by the case. See Mrs Will for more information.   

    Fairchild Challenge:

    Environmental Action: Do you  have a project you’ve done in your home, school or community?  See Mrs Will: we are submitting environmental projects for evaluation in the final challenge of the year.  I am willing to consider any and all projects.  See Mrs. Will before April 21.

    Audience of the Future

    The next planning meeting is Tuesday May 9. Last meeting before show! BE THERE

    Pittsburgh Symphony: Free tickets.

    The Audience of the Future program is thanking all for supporting this program by offering FREE TICKETS TO THE CONCERT Wednesday MAY 16. THIS IS A GREAT MOTHER'S DAY GIFT

    Stop in GOAL if you are interested - these make a great gift for your parents and grandparents too!

    Math Teams – Travel Championship

    We will compete in the League Championship on April 24 at the Trinity High School. Would you like to be on the team?  See Mrs. Ruffolo.

    Purple Comet! Math Meet

    The Purple Comet! Math Meet is a free, online, international, team mathematics competition designed for middle and high school students conducted annually since 2003. The 2017 contest runs from Tuesday, April 18 through Thursday, April 27, 2017.   Teams may be from 1 - 6 students.  Form a team or sign up to be part of a group in the GOAL Office. You get 90 minutes for 30 problems.  The math is challenging, but people usually have fun.  You can bring in snacks and collaborate.  

    Death of a Salesman Student Matinee

    Absolute last call for Death of a Salesman on April 26th. Tickets are $18.  You’ll also need cash for brunch, as we’ll be stopping to eat on the way to town.  See Mrs. Lombardi at the end of the meeting to turn in money if you were planning to attend!

    Attention Poets: April is National Poetry Month - TWO WAYS TO GET INVOLVED BELOW!

    Poetry Exchange:  We have been matched with a school in Texas where we will share sonnets and odes through videoconference.  This event will take place TOMORROW, April 13th from 10:30 - 11:30 in the MPR. Turn in a permission form to attend this session.

    30 Day Challenge: We have a community of writers who have been composing a poem-a-day for this month.  It isn’t too late to join us!  Express your interest to Mrs. Lombardi, and she will add you to the mailing list.  We plan to have two sessions when students can share their work!

    Spanish Immersion

    A reminder for those of you attending this event: Thursday, April 27th - Tour of Clayton (in Spanish) and the Car and Carriage Museum at the Frick Art and Historical Museum.  Lunch at Mallorca restaurant!  Meet in NASH cafeteria foyer at 8:10.  Plan to return around 2:15 (or shortly after).

    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. If the topic below interests you, then please stop by the GOAL Office, sign up for a session, and pick up a permission form.  All sessions run from 9:00 -10:00.         

    May 9, 2017 - Bariatric Surgery

    TITAN CHALLENGE:NOW MAY 10!

    Past team members eligible for the finals! No fee and lunch provided. The event is held at La Roche College . see me ASAP- registration due April 17.

    Grandview Mentors

    Monday, May 22, 2017 - Grandview kids visit NASH

    We are planning some FUN activities for May 22nd when we host the kids here at NASH!  If you’ve wanted to get involved in this project, it isn’t too late!  We need extra helpers in May.  See Mrs. Lombardi.

    AIU Apprenticeships

    The Allegheny Intermediate Unit’s Apprenticeship Program consists of a half-day or daylong learning experience per 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 what they do for a living. The program provides for hands-on, behind-the-scenes experiences and gives students the opportunities to make connections with organizations and people who can help them as they pursue their career choices.

    Juniors are able to apply for the 2017-2018 AIU Apprenticeships by going to http://apprenticeships.aiu3.net and creating an account after April 13th. Students must complete an online application, obtain a teacher recommendation through Mrs. Lombardi, and send a signed form and fee to the Allegheny Intermediate Unit by May 16. There are 31 different apprenticeships available--everything from A (Acting) to Z (Zoo Animal Care). These programs offer you a great opportunity to experience a potential career!

    REVISION - Silver Eye Center for Photography

    Silver Eye Photography is opening a new location and (unfortunately) will still be under construction on the date of this trip, Monday, May 15. In place of a Silver Eye workshop, we are going to offer our very own NASH GOAL Photography Workshop! The details are still being finalized, but we will attempt to replicate the Silver Eye experience by providing an instructional session, time for taking photos, and a guided curation. (More information will be shared as plans are set.) The first 20 students who pay and turn in permission forms will get to attend this session!  The cost is $20 (cash or checks payable to NASH).  For students who have already paid, please see Mrs. Lombardi in GOAL if you no longer wish to participate.

    GIEP TIME GIEP TIME GIEP TIME GIEP TIME GIEP TIME

    JUNIORS: Please help us provide effective and efficient services to you and cooperate with us about the paperwork. We ask for your support with picking up papers, completing them in a timely manner, and engaging yourself in the process with us. Thank you for your support and cooperation.

    Pittsburgh Super Computing Center

    We are leaving in a few minutes for this trip, so you may wonder why it is on the agenda.  This is an example of an opportunity that came up after the last meeting and before this one.  You find out about things like this by stopping in the GOAL office, reading your e-mail, and checking Blackboard.  The Pittsburgh Super Computing Center Tour is perfect for people who love computer science and programming (of course.) But it’s also great for people who are interested in public health, policy, and history.  That’s because their computers do really interesting projects and people in various disciplines use them.  Whatever you end up doing, you might too!  

    MModal and IBM Tour

    This is tentatively scheduled for April 26.  These computing powerhouses work with human speech recognition and a wide range of other hardware and applications.  Find out more when you visit.  How do you stay in the loop?  Visit your friendly local GOAL office.

    Logic Puzzles - The Escape Room

    You’ll use your skills of observation, powers of deduction, and massive amounts of group work skills to solve ‘The Haunted Dollhouse” on April 20.  Groups will cycle through logic puzzles and the Escape Room.  

    Writing, Art, Filmmaking Contests and Opportunities

    * Landmarks Scholarship Award - seniors only - due 4/19/17

    * 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!)

    * 21st Annual National Student Poetry Contest - due 4/30/2017

    * Girls Coalition of Southwestern PA’s Be Inspired Essay Contest - 5/12/2017

    * Jane Austen essay contest - due 5/21/2017

    * Bow Seat 2017 writing contest - due 6/19/17

    * Large Print Literary Journal - on-going due dates

    * Lumos! Luminari Newsletter Writing Contest - on-going due dates

    Summer Programs

    To check out the MANY summer programs that exist, please log in to your Naviance - Family Connections account.  Under the Colleges Tab, click on Enrichment Programs.  Once there, you can search by Keyword for specific programs.  (Put in a topic that interests you such as "Environment" or type in a university that interests you such as "Harvard.")

    Return spring GIEP paperwork to your teachers!   

                                                                                                                                                          

     

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  • Creative Career Symposium to be Held at NASH

    On March 24th, the NASH GOAL department will host the Creative Career Symposium! The event will be held in the NASH Auditorium from 9:15 - 1:00. It is designed to expose the students of NASH, as well as the other visiting schools, to several entrepreneurs. Through brief presentations, a Q&A period and small group lunches, the students will be able to interact with these successful entrepreneurs. The event participants:

    Jessica Trybus:    North Allegheny class of 1995, Founder and CEO, Simcoach Games, Senior Special Faculty, Carnegie Mellon University

    Nick Amoscato: Software Engineer At JAZZ HR

    Bernadette Gerbe: Glass artist.

    Lisa Belczyk:  Director of Learning for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and also as Co-Founder of Draper & Dots.

    Kim Chestney:  Founding Director,Creative Industries Network & CREATE Festival

    Lauren Levant: Nationally and locally recognized Interior Designer

    Eric Fisher: Architect; owner: fisharch.com

    Ed Travesari: Associate Professor at Point Park University and former Concert Promoter

    David Alan:  CEO Proper Knot, David Allan Clothing

     

     

     

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  • NASH GOAL March FOCUS Meeting

    COMMUNICATION

    Blackboard announcements: 16-17 NASH GOAL

    NASH Morning Announcements

    Remind

    Bulletin Board in GOAL Office

    REMIND DIRECTIONS

    Seniors:  send a message to 810 10  Text @2017goa

    Juniors:   send a message to 810 10  Text @3kd343

    Surgicorps International

    Ms. DeNese Olson, the Operations Manager from Surgicorps International, will be visiting NASH on Friday, March 10th from 10:41 - 11:11 (5th period lunch)  to give a presentation to students. Surgicorps is a non-profit organization in Glenshaw that travels to the developing world on medical missions to provide free surgical and medical care to those in need. Surgicorps is trying to reach new audiences in the Pittsburgh community.  Would you be interested in hearing more about what they do? Sign up in GOAL and pick up a pass to attend. 

    Grandview Mentors

    Monday, March 13, 2017 - Tutoring at Grandview

    We will be tutoring & distributing the School Supply Kits obtained through the Coin Drive!

    Monday, May 22, 2017 - Grandview kids visit NASH

    We are planning some FUN activities for May 22nd when we host the kids here at NASH!  If you’ve wanted to get involved in this project, it isn’t too late!  We need extra helpers in May.  See Mrs. Lombardi.

    Audience of the Future

    The next meeting is March 31. It is an IN-Service day so let me know if I need to get a bus.

    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. If the topics below interest you, then please stop by the GOAL Office, sign up for a session, and pick up a permission form.  All sessions run from 9:00 -10:00.                             

    March 14 - Occupational Therapist

    Attention Poets:

    There are two activities coming up in April (National Poetry Month) that might interest our writers!

    Poetry Exchange:  We have been matched with a school in Texas where we will share sonnets and odes through videoconference.  We are planning for April 13th from 10:30 - 11:30.  We need poets to share their work and musicians to provide musical interludes. More information will follow about this event, but if you’d like to share your poetry or musical talents, see Mrs. Lombardi. 

    30 Day Challenge: We hope to form a community of writers to participate in this year’s WordXWord 30 Day Poetry Challenge. There are 30 days in April.  You’ll get a new prompt each day. Write 30 poems in one month--selecting the best to publish online or share with our group.  Sign up in GOAL!

    JA: Titan Challenge -  March 8: TODAY

    Meet in the Place or Library NOW

    Another round of competition for students hoping to win money for being the most successful business in this simulation game played online.  Three students to a team.

    PA Computer Fair

    The Pennsylvania High School Computer Fair is an annual event that highlights Pennsylvania high school students' application skills and computer knowledge. Categories for competition include animation, computer fair logo, digital movie, graphic design, programming, and web page design. Students compete at the regional level at the Heinz History Center on Wednesday, March 22nd from 8:30 - 1:15.  First place winners will move on to state competition at Dickinson College on May 23, 2017. Deadline to register with Mrs. Lombardi is March 15th.   Prizes at the state level include 1st place ($150), 2nd place ($100), and 3rd place ($50).

    Global Leadership Certificate Meeting

    Our monthly meeting will take place Tuesday March 14 after school in The Place (Library)

    Creative Careers Symposium: March 24

    This is the program you’ve been waiting for! Nine professionals who took their passion and love of the arts, music, or technology  and became successful entrepreneurs with successful careers will present here at NASH from periods 4-10! Hear their personal stories  and then have lunch with them where you can ask your own questions and get personal tips. Panelists include:

    • Keynote: Jessica Trybus:    North Allegheny class of 1995, Founder and CEO, Simcoach Games, Senior Special Faculty, Carnegie Mellon University
    • Nick Amoscato: Software Engineer At JAZZ HR
    • Bernadette Gerbe: Glass artist.
    • Kim Chestney: Creative Industry Acceleration: Pittsburgh Technology council
    • Lisa Belczyk: Director of Learning for the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra, and also as Co-Founder of Draper & Dots.
    • Lauren Levant: Nationally and locally recognized Interior Designer
    • Eric Fisher: Architect; owner: fisharch.com
    • Ed Travesari: Associate Professor at Point Park University and former Concert Promoter
    • David Alan:  CEO Proper Knot, David Allan Clothing

    Get your pass in GOAL: bring a friend!

    Spanish Immersion

    On Thursday, April 27th, we will take a tour of Clayton (in Spanish) and visit the Car and Carriage Museum at the Frick Art and Historical Museum.  We’ll also go to lunch at Mallorca restaurant!  The cost of this event is $30. See Mrs. Lombardi or Senor DiBacco with any questions.  Payment and permission forms must be received by March 17th.

    French Impressionism Museum Tour

    Some of you have signed up to participate in the Impressionism Tour at the Carnegie Museum of Art on Thursday, March 16th. Meet at 9:05 a.m. in the NASH cafeteria foyer. We will return around 2:15.  Please bring money for lunch.

    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 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. Permission slips for German Day can be found in the GOAL Office or with Frau Gustavsen.

    Mail In Math Team - note different date!

    Mail In Math meets once a month in the library room for one half hour after school. What an easy way to rack up some extracurricular points and maybe some extra credit points.  Join us on Tuesday, March 14 after school. 

    Math Teams – Travel Championship

    We will participate in  the League Championship in April  Time, place, date are all to be announced.

    Model African Union

    March 23. This is a great event to try if you love speaking, debating, and collaborating with others in a role-play situation. A few spots remain. See Mrs Will.

    Model UN : Westminster College 

    April 19: The last simulation of the year. This is a competitive and fun event. Sign up NOW!

    MOOT ICC:  International Criminal Court April 21 and 22.

    The High School Moot International Criminal Court (ICC) Competition is designed to introduce high school students to the work of the ICC and how important international human rights issues are dealt with in an international criminal justice context. The Moot ICC is a simulation of a case presented to the Appeals Chamber of the International Criminal Court. This is different than a mock trial, in which the penalty phase of a trial is simulated. For Moot ICC, participants will be focused exclusively on the legal issues raised by the case. See Mrs Will for more information.

    Physics Bowl

    On Friday, April 17 we will gather to test our knowledge of Physics in one of two categories:  There is a section for people taking their first ever course of physics and for people taking a subsequent course.  The exam is a great way to give yourself a challenge.

    Integration Bee

    Sunday, April 2.  Sign up to test your knowledge of integrals at Pitt in a fun environment.  This is a high spirited competition in a fun environment to evaluate integrals.                                                                                                                                                                                      

    Purple Comet! Math Meet

    The Purple Comet! Math Meet is a free, online, international, team mathematics competition designed for middle and high school students conducted annually since 2003. The 2017 contest runs from Tuesday, April 18 through Thursday, April 27, 2017.   Teams may be from 1 - 6 students.  Form a team or sign up to be part of a group in the GOAL Office. You get 90 minutes for 30 problems.  The math is challenging, but people usually have fun.  You can bring in snacks and collaborate. 

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    We may have a student who qualified to advance to the second round of the Physics Olympiad.  It will be held here at NASH in March.

    Bio Olympiad 

    By the time you read this, we will know if any of our students qualified for the second round of the Bio Olympiad:

    March 7

    Semi-finalists posted to website (top 10% or 500 students)

    March 14  to 18

    Semi-Final Examination Administered

    KDKA Hometown High Q

    Our next taping date is Saturday, April 1.  We will be facing two teams: Our Lady of the Sacred Heart and Quaker Valley. Can you come and cheer on the team from the audience?  Yes, you can!  We need people to fill the bleacher seats in the studio at KDKA.  We also need people to fill teams at practice.  See Mrs. Ruffolo for details.

    Silver Eye Center for Photography

    Join us for our Silver Eye Photography field trip on Monday, May 15 from 8:10 - 2:15. Twenty students will get to participate in an instructional session, a photography workshop, an exhibition tour, and an evaluation of the photos taken. The first 20 who pay and turn in permission forms will get to attend this session!  The cost is $20 (make checks payable to NASH).  Please sign up now even though the trip isn’t until May; we want to make sure we have a minimum of 15 students for this trip to run!

    Science Bowl

    Tomorrow we travel to the National Energy Technology Laboratory for the Science Bowl Regional Finals. 

    Summer Programs

    To check out the MANY summer programs that exist, please log in to your Naviance - Family Connections account.  Under the Colleges Tab, click on Enrichment Programs.  Once there, you can search by Keyword for specific programs.  (Put in a topic that interests you such as "Environment" or type in a university that interests you such as "Harvard.")

    Writing, Art, Filmmaking Contests and Opportunities

    * Building Peace Through Diplomacy Essay Contest - due 3/15/17

    * Live Deliberately Essay Contest - due 3/15/17

    * Young Playwrights Contest - due 3/31/17

    * Landmarks Scholarship Award - seniors only - due 4/12/17

    * 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!)

    * Jane Austen essay contest - due 5/21/2017

    * Bow Seat 2017 writing contest - due 6/19/17

    * Lumos! Luminari Newsletter Writing Contest - on-going due dates

     

    Next focus meeting will be Wednesday, April 12, 2017

     

     

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  • NASH GOAL February Focus Meeting

    COMMUNICATION

    Blackboard announcements: 16-17 NASH GOAL

    NASH Morning Announcements

    Remind

    Bulletin Board in GOAL Office

    REMIND DIRECTIONS

    Seniors:  send a message to 810 10  Text @2017goa

    Juniors:   send a message to 810 10  Text @3kd343

    Shakespeare Monologue and Scene Contest

    February 20th - Showcase of Finalists  7:00 p.m.

    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. If the topics below interest you, then please stop by the GOAL office, sign up for a session, and pick up a permission form.  All sessions run from 9:00 -10:00.                

    Feb. 21 - Heart Surgery                March 14 - Occupational Therapist

    Surgicorps International

    Ms. DeNese Olson, the Operations Manager from Surgicorps International, will be visiting NASH on Friday, March 10th from 10:41 - 11:11 (5th period lunch)  to give a presentation to students. Surgicorps is a non-profit organization in Glenshaw that travels to the developing world on medical missions to provide free surgical and medical care to those in need. Surgicorps is trying to reach new audiences in the Pittsburgh community.  Would you be interested in hearing more about what they do? Sign up in GOAL and pick up a pass to attend.  

    Fairchild Challenge

    Challenge 4 - Writing “Environmental News”:  We often hear and see various reports in the news about current environmental topics, but sometimes it is hard to take the time to truly understand what is being discussed. Take a current article from the news and write an opinion piece on it. Think about current environmental events broadly. The subjects can range in topics such as food, agriculture, the built environment, water, air, flora and fauna, climate change, etc. The article of your choice can span local, national, or international news, but you may find that the topic is relevant on all levels.

    Entry Details:

    • Find an article in a paper or online that relates to a current environmental issue. Research more about the topic, collect your thoughts, and develop an opinion. Put these thoughts and opinions on paper.
    • Opinion pieces are traditionally short and concise. Your entry should be one or two pages, double-spaced, using 12 point font.
    • Attached to your opinion piece, please include the original article and Works Cited that lists your research sources.
    • You will be judged on the quality of your research and writing--not on your opinions!  
    • Please attach the original article to your opinion piece.
    • 5 bonus points: Submit your opinion piece to a local paper (print a copy of the email for evidence.)

    Due to Mrs. Will in the GOAL Office on or before February 17, 2017.

    CLIMATE CHANGE HERO:   VIDEO CHALLENGE

    This is also a contest sponsored by the Fairchild Challenge at Phipps Conservatory.  This entry will be considered for the Patti Burns Prize for Excellence in Communication and Media.  Due to Mrs. Will: Thursday March 16, 2017.

    Your Challenge: Create a video that tells the story of an individual, organization, or community in the Greater Pittsburgh area that is working on heroic solutions to climate change.  The video should explain what climate change is, why people should take action to address this issue, and what your “Climate Change Hero” of choice is doing to help solve the problem.

    ENTRY DETAILS:

    • Create a video that: 1). explains the science behind climate change 2). discusses why individuals should take action and 3). shares the story of a local individual, community, or organization working to take action to reduce the potential problems associated with climate change.
    • Video should be two to four minutes
    • Video should be uploaded to YouTube or flash drive and then shared with the Fairchild Challenge program coordinator.
    • A panel of local professionals will select the top videos based on accuracy, quality, and engagement.  Once these videos are chosen, we will make them available for a public vote. Once the voting period is complete, the High School Program coordinator will announce the first, second, and third place winners.  The first place winners will be awarded prize money ($250) at the Fairchild Challenge Awards Ceremony.  The top three videos will also be screened at the ceremony.

    Book Club

    Join us this spring 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 read this book along with us.

    Moody’s Mega Math

    The weekend of February 24. Spend 14 hours writing a complicated statistical modeling problem solving paper with 4 of my closest friends?  Sign me up!  A second team is forming right now, so if you would like more information, please see Mrs. Ruffolo.

    Academic World Quest  

    Tuesday, February 22.  Practices start Thursday at lunch.  Please turn in your Duquesne Clearances.

    Audience of the Future

    The next meeting is February 27 and then March 31. If you are participating, see Mrs. Will for other instructions.

    Science Bowl

    The competition at CCAC South is on Saturday, February 25.   Please make sure you have your Science Bowl Permission slips in, rides arranged, and NA permission slips in.  Practices are Tuesday and Thursday after school and at lunch on Monday.

    Global Leadership Certification

    The next meeting is Thursday Feb 9 after school: TOMORROW and a short meeting Friday Feb 10 during homeroom. We can meet Tuesday: Valentine's Day after school for a BRIEF time. See Mrs. Will

    Spanish Immersion

    Next Wednesday, February 15th, we are headed to Sea Monsters (in Spanish) and Casa Reyna.  Meet in the NASH Cafeteria foyer at 9:10, and remember to bring money for lunch if you are already signed up to participate.

    AND

    Mark your calendars for Thursday, April 27th; we will take a tour of Clayton (in Spanish) and visit the Car and Carriage Museum at the Frick Art and Historical Museum.  We’ll also go to lunch at Mallorca restaurant!  More details will follow soon...

    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 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. .  Permission slips for German Day can be found in the GOAL office or with Frau Gustavsen.

    JA: Titan Challenge March 8

    Another round of competition for students hoping to win money for being the most successful business in this simulation game played online.  Three students to a team. $10 per person - but this year it is virtual and therefore will be in house.  Deadline to sign up for a team is February 28.

    Travel Math Team

    We are battling back to a leadership position in our league.   The next competition will be on Monday, March 6 at Trinity Christian.  The League Championship are here in April. The place is yet to be announced.

    Mail In Math Team

    Mail In Math meets once a month in the cafeteria for one half hour after school. What an easy way to rack up some extracurricular points, and maybe some extra credit points.  Join us on Tuesday, March 14 after school.    Please note: this is a week later in the month than it usually is, but that’s the way March runs.

    Model African Union

    March 23. This is a great event to try if you love speaking, debating, and collaborating with others in a role -play situation. Countries for us to represent are not yet available, but sign up if you plan to participate this year. Come join us and participate in the events or take part in the discussions and activities. It’s never too late to participate.See Mrs. Will.

    Model UN : Westminster College  

    April 19 The last simulation of the year. This is a competitive and fun event. Sign up NOW!

    Creative Careers in Business: OR I WANT TO MAJOR IN THE ARTS BUT MY PARENTS WANT ME TO GET A JOB.

    Friday March 24 from 10-1 in the NASH Auditorium. This promises to be one of the most interesting and entertaining symposiums you’ve ever experienced.  You will hear and meet career giants in the Art, Tech, Music, Design and Business world who are also successful Entrepreneurs. Nine presenters will tell their stories and share their secrets of success . You will then break into small groups with a presenter, eat lunch with him or her, and be able to ask questions. Don’t miss this day. Schools from all over the area are coming to this event at NASH.

    Moot ICC: It’s Back! Date to be decided.

    One of the most challenging events a high schooler can experience.  Part Mock Trial, part congress, part something you’ve never experienced.  This two-day event in April requires extensive preparation using closed research to support your case in the International Criminal Appellate level court.  You may never get to actually read your brief--you are required to defend it to law students and professors from Pitt’s Law School. If you like a challenge, see Mrs. Will. We can only take 2 teams of 4.

    Westinghouse Science Honors Institute

    February 18, 2017

    Kacey G. Marra

    University of Pittsburgh and McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine

    The Potential of Adipose Tissue and Adipose-Derived Stem Cells

    March 4, 2017

    Paige Kassalen

    Covestro

    Around the World with No Fuel

     

    The BIG TEST  (the one where you can earn ONE THOUSAND DOLLARS) is coming up soon.   But how do you win the test and all that money?  Here is a hint:  study the notes on the website for all the sessions to prepare for it.

    Integration Bee

    13th Annual High School Integration Bee

    Date/time: Sunday, April 2, 2017, 2 pm

    Location: 343 Alumni Hall, University of Pittsburgh, Oakland Campus - transportation is on your own, but sign up through GOAL.

     

    Integration Bee is a fun and educational event sponsored by the College in High School Program and Department of Mathematics at the University of Pittsburgh. It is organized like a spelling bee except the students are given integrals to take. Participants are expected to know integration techniques such as substitution, partial fractions, and integration by parts. You can find more details about the event, the rules of the competition, and some examples of the integrals at http://www.math.pitt.edu/~annav/beehs.html. Participation in the Integration Bee is a great way for students to showcase their integration skills and to prepare for the AP exams in May.  There will be prizes for the winners and refreshments for all. Friends, parents and teachers are welcome to stay and cheer on the participants.

    Bio Olympiad

    The students in BIo Olympiad have been prepping for this test since October.  At long last, you will sit for the exam on Friday, February 17, with a snow date of Feb. 20.

    Second Round of Olympiad Testing:

    NACLO :  Thursday, March 9

    Data Jam

    Deadline for poster:  February 9.  The Finale is on February 23.   The teams are working hard to research a societally relevant question, run the appropriate statistical analysis, create explanatory charts, and prepare their findings for presentation.

    Grandview Mentors

    Monday, March 13, 2017 - Tutoring at Grandview

    Monday, May 22, 2017 - Grandview kids visit NASH

    We are planning some FUN activities for May 22nd when we host the kids here at NASH!  If you’ve wanted to get involved in this project, it isn’t too late!  We need extra helpers in May.  See Mrs. Lombardi.

    Attention Poets:

    There are two activities coming up in April (National Poetry Month) that might interest you!

    Poetry Exchange:  We have been matched with a school in Texas where we will share sonnets and odes through videoconference.  More information will follow about this event, but if you’d like to share your poetry, see Mrs. Lombardi.  :)

    30 Day Challenge: We hope to form a community of writers to participate in this year’s WordXWord 30 Day Poetry Challenge. There are 30 days in April.  You’ll get a new prompt each day. Write 30 poems in one month--selecting the best to publish online or share with our group.  Sign up in GOAL!


    College Rep Visits

    Several college representatives will be here at NASH over the lunch periods this spring.  Juniors - Be sure to check Naviance frequently to see the updated list and to sign up for these sessions.  

    Writing, Art, Filmmaking Contests and Opportunities

    * Fairchild Challenge 4 - Environmental News - due to Mrs. Will by 2/17/17

    * SPJ-JEA High School Essay Contest (Journalism related) 2/23/17

    * VARIATIONS, NASH’s Literary and Creative Arts magazine - due by 3/1/17

    * Building Peace Through Diplomacy Essay Contest - due 3/15/17

    * Live Deliberately Essay Contest - due 3/15/17

    * Young Playwrights Contest - due 3/31/17

    * Landmarks Scholarship Award - seniors only - due 4/12/17

    * 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!)

    * Jane Austen essay contest - due 5/21/2017

    * Bow Seat 2017 writing contest - due 6/19/17

    * Lumos! Luminari Newsletter Writing Contest - on-going due dates



    Next focus meeting will be Wednesday, March 8, 2017.



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  • NASH GOAL JANUARY FOCUS MEETING

     

    COMMUNICATION

    Blackboard announcements: 16-17 NASH GOAL

    PA announcements

    Remind

    Bulletin Board

     

    REMIND DIRECTIONS

    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.  

     

    Bio Olympiad

    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?

     

    Physics fnet=ma  

    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!

     

    Physics Bowl

    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:

    http://mageewomens.org/education/high-school-summer-internship-program/  

    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.

     

    Science Bowl

    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.  

     

    Ocean Bowl  

    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.

     

    NACLO

    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!   

     

    Data Jam

    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.

     

    Academic WorldQuest

    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.

     

    2017 Topics

    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.



    Book Club

    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.

    Spanish Immersion

    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!

     

    Model UN

    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

    February 11

    Optional Trip to Penn State

    February 18

    Adipose Derived STEM cells

    March 4

    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.

     

    Grandview Mentors

    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/

     

    Shadow Studies

    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!  

     

    Mid-Term Evaluations

    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.)

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  • Flourish Spring 2016

    We have one more Spring Apprenticeship still available.  The Leadership Development course is presented by Inta-Great for high school girls.  The flyer is below and the first session is on February 2.  We will take applications until January 25.

    Flourish Spring 2016

     

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  • AIU Spring Apprenticeships

    We have some fantastic AIU Apprenticeships that are still available starting in January.  If you are interested in any of these, complete an online application at http://apprenticeships.aiu3.net.

    • Advertising/ Public Relations
    • Broadcast Journalism
    • Conducting
    • Leadership – Point Park University
    • Marine Biology
    • Robotics
    • Zoo Animal Care

    There are also 8 openings in Nursing and Healthcare Careers at UPMC Shadyside.  Orientation would be over the holiday break and the sessions would start in January.  If you are interested, stop in the GOAL office ASAP.

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NASH Students Shine

  • NASH Students Thrive at Moot ICC

    NA dominated at the two day MOOT ICC competition held at Pitt Law School April 21st and 22nd. All four teams made it to semi- finals and then two went on to finals. The teams presented their case as Applicant or Respondent on a moot case in the International Criminal Court. Winning the decision  and representing the Applicant was the team of Tess Christensen and Ciara Cullen. They also won Best Written Memorial. Caleb Yip won best Overall Respondent. He and Mason Blackburn faced off against Tess and Ciara in the final. Also competing and making it to the semifinals were the teams of Roshie Xing and Varsha Suresh as Applicants and Lindsey Sherma and Frank Li as Respondents.

    Moot ICC

     

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  • Students Succeed at Model UN

    On April 19th, the Model UN Club finished the competition season with a successful day at Westminster College.  The students were divided into 3 countries: France, Colombia, and Norway. They represented diplomats in a variety of committees during the day. Winning Commended Delegate awards were Anastasia Shavalov and Varsha Suresh representing Norway in the UNICEF committee, Nishka Edlabadkar and Riley Beam  representing France and Stefay Kaminski and Samantha Ky won as commended delegates in the DISEC (rookie) committee. Norway won as a best total delegation in the conference and was made up of Stefany and Samantha, Varsha and Anastasia as well as Adelle Fernando, Victor Yu, Reginald Kossuth and Paul Weinstein.

    Model UN 1 Model UN 2

     

     

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  • NASH GOAL Students Win 1st Place at Math League Finals

    On April 24th, at Trinity High School, the NASH team tied for first place with Shadyside Academy in the WPA Math League Finals. 

    WPA Math Finals

     

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  • Students Take First Place at Programming Contest

    A team of NASH students won the Twenty-ninth Annual Invitational High School Programming Contest at St. Bonaventure University held on Friday, March 24, 2017.  The NA team solved eight of the nine problems correctly and did so in a total of 616 minutes.  The Hill School from Pottstown, PA, placed second, solving eight problems, but taking 807 Minutes.  Ithaca High School from Ithaca, NY, placed third, solving seven problems in a total of 476 minutes. 

    Teams consist of up to four team members, all of whom must be enrolled at their respective high schools.  Teams were given a set of nine problems, a computer in a lab in the Walsh Science Center, and three hours in which to solve as many of the problems as possible.  Teams are ranked based upon the number of problems that they solve and the time in which they solve them.  Among other challenges, this year's problem set required teams to simulate the Enigma machine (from World War II), to aggregate weather data, and to monitor logins and passwords on a computer system.

    Eighteen teams from thirteen schools in New York and Pennsylvania, competed in the one-day contest which was sponsored by the St. Bonaventure University Computer Science Department.  Doug Patrone of Applied Dimension, Inc. configured the contest environment and judging database.  Ten St. Bonaventure University computer science students contributed time and expertise to the set up, administration, monitoring, and judging of the contest.

    The winning team from North Allegheny High School consisted of Chris Lee, Steven Lu, Nikhil Behari, and Akshath Jain;  Ms. Laura Prosser accompanied the team as their advisor.     

    St. Bonaventure

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  • German Students Very Successful at Three Rivers German Day

    On March 16th NASH German/GOAL students competed at Three Rivers German Day at Washington and Jefferson College, and had a very strong showing.

    Gage Koontz – 1st place in Drawing

    Elspeth Cunningham – 1st place in German Modal/Crafts

    Cam Phillips – 1st place in German Poetry Writing

    Amanda Gould – 1st place in German Proverb Poster Interpretation

    Yara El-Khatib – 2nd place in Non-Fiction Writing (about the 500th anniversary of Martin Luther posting his 95 Theses)

    German 1 German 2 German 3

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  • NASD Students Attend Save the Children Advocacy Summit: Day Three

    Day Three was for Capitol Hill briefings & lobbying. The participants headed to Capitol Hill to hear from leaders in the fight for smart policies that transform children's lives. Participants then had the opportunity to meet with members of Congress, including Congressman Rothfus, Senator Toomey, Senator Casey, and Congressman Meehan (Philadelphia) and their staff to advocate for high-quality early education for every child in the US and to help mothers & children survive around the world by ending preventable deaths.    

    Summit Day 3 Summit Day 3-2

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  • NASD Students Attend Save the Children Advocacy Summit: Day Two

    Day Two was a deep-dive into the issues. It was a day of speakers, plenary lessons, and panel discussions that were designed to inspire, inform, and motivate the attendees to be passionate advocates for children. The highlight of the day was the Keynote speaker, Dr. Jill Biden.

    Summit 2-1 Summit 2-2 Summit 2-3

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  • NASD Students Attend Save the Children Advocacy Summit: Day One 

    Four NASD students, Roshie Xing, Maddie Escourt, Hannah Glancy, and Nina Ruffolo are attending the Save the Children Advocacy Summit through a partnership with the Pittsburgh World Affairs Council.  The Summit is focused around the idea that every child deserves a strong start in life, and that students can use their voices to call on our elected leaders to invest in kids.

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    The Advocacy Summit is a three-day experience of dynamic sessions, exciting speakers and meetings with your elected leaders. The summit provides a unique opportunity for supporters to delve deeper into the issues, receive training from leading experts and act to ensure that matters critical to children’s lives and futures are prioritized by our elected leaders.

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    The Advocacy Summit convenes congressional leaders, journalists, policy experts and individual students committed to a shared vision for the future of children.

    Day One was Advocacy Training. The students heard from leading experets on how to be the most effective advocate for kids. The half-day session included multiple breakout sessions to focus the training based on the participants' interests and passions for supporting effective policies that help children domestically and abroad. 

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  • NASH Students Take 2nd Place at Fox Chapel Hackathon

     

    On Saturday, March 25th, the NA team of Akshath Jain, Steven Lu, and Nikhil Behari spent 12 hours building an app to compete in the Fox Chapel Hackathon.  Akshath, Steven, and Nikhil created an electricity usage tracker for home use and walked away with second place in the competition.  They were awarded $350 for their efforts.    

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  • NASH GOAL and Grandview Elementary: A Perfect Match

    The NASH GOAL department is now in its 4th year volunteering at Pittsburgh Grandview PreK-5. With the guidance of NASH GOAL teacher Janellen Lombardi, the Mentoring Program involves NASH students tutoring Grandview students in math, reading, and science three times per year: two at Grandview and one at NASH. Last year, with the assistance of grants from Google & Opal Apples Students Make a Difference, the groups were able to take part in several activities: lunch at Station Square with a Ducky Tour of the city, a University of Pittsburgh Tour, and a visit to the Carnegie Science Center.

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    This year, for the first time, the NASH GOAL students partnered with the NASH Interact Club and the Rotary & Education Partnership to raise money via an all-school Coin Drive for school supplies for Grandview.  The North Allegheny Senior High School students and staff raised $3043!

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    The Interact Club is an after school club at NASH under the direction of GOAL teacher Kathy Will. The club is the high school version of the local chapter of the Northern Allegheny Rotary Club. The Interact Club carries out many service projects each year, including a yearly Coin Drive for charity. Because so many of the Interact members are interested in service projects, it is no coincidence that many of these students also choose to participate in the Grandview Mentoring Program through GOAL.

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     This year, the student leaders in the Interact Club learned about the Adopt-A-School Program run through The Education Partnership.  When they saw Grandview on the list of schools they could sponsor, the students enthusiastically decided that all money raised through their yearly Coin Drive would go toward buying "Power Tools Homework Kits" for their Grandview buddies.  Initially, the students hoped to raise enough money to buy kits for the 4th and 5th grade children that they have grown to know these past few years.

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    It was decided that the annual Coin Drive would be held on February 2, 2017.  All NASH teachers were asked to collect coins throughout the school day.  Interact Club members and Grandview Mentors were actively involved in speaking to classes and motivating peers to give! The total far exceeded expectations!  It was more than was needed to fund the 4th and 5th grade kits. However, it was not enough to fund all of the Pittsburgh Grandview students with a school supply kit.  Mrs. Will reached out to the local chapter of the Rotary Club, and they agreed to match half of the funds ($1521.50). So, in total, North Allegheny Interact and Rotary clubs contributed $4,564.50 to "adopt" Grandview. The Education Partnership was so impressed by the fund-raising efforts and the already-established bond with Grandview that they offered to cover the remaining amount so that all students could receive a kit.

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    Since NA students were already going to Grandview to tutor on March 13th, it was decided that would be a good time to distribute the kits.  That way, NASH students would be able to assist in the distribution and enjoy watching the students receive their kits. 

    Normally, the kits are packaged by the sponsoring school or agency; however, because of the short time frame between the Coin Drive and the distribution of the kits, the Education Partnership offered to assemble them. Since the NASH students would not be assembling the kits, the Education Partnership asked that they include a hand-written note from an NA student in each kit.  The NASH Interact members, Grandview Mentors, and NA students who raised the most money all made cards to encourage the students at Grandview.

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    On March 13th, the NASH students visited Grandview for their usual tutoring activities. The Grandview teachers presented the lesson and the NASH students worked one-on-one with the Grandview students to help them understand. In addition, the two groups of students spent lunch & recess eating, sharing, talking, and mentoring. As always, both groups thoroughly enjoyed working with one another in the 4th and 5th grade classes.  The Grandview students were excited to demonstrate what they knew and the NASH students were impressed by the rigor of their course work.  The children worked very hard at their tasks, and it was fun to see the creative ways the teachers presented the information and got students engaged in their learning, whether it was with Cheez-Its, multiplication games, matchbox cars, or iPads to review key concepts. It was a great day, topped off by the joy of watching the children in the assembly as they learned about the Education Partnership and the love that went into the School Supply Power Tool packets.

    The NASH teachers extend a special thank you to Ms. Jeanine Airesman, Mr. James Ziegler, Ms. Felicia Mizgorski, and Ms. Barr for allowing the NASH students to come into their classrooms and for preparing special activities for them to do alongside of the Grandview students. They also thank all the staff members at Grandview for welcoming them into their school and allowing them to be part of the lives of these remarkable children.    

    The last event of the year for the Grandview Mentoring Project will take place on May 22nd when the Grandview students come to NASH.

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  • 2016 – 2017 PA Regional Computer Fair Results

    The Pennsylvania High School and Middle School Computer Fair is an annual event that highlights Pennsylvania high school and middle school students' application skills and computer knowledge. Categories for competition include animation, computer fair logo, digital movie, graphic design, programming, and web page design. Students competed at the regional level at the Heinz History Center on Wednesday, March 22, 2017.  First place winners will move on to state competition at Dickinson College on May 23, 2017.

    Results from NASH:

    Serena Yan and Heya Lee – 1st place graphic design

    Akshath Jain – 1st place web page design, 3rd place programming

    Steven Lu – 2nd place programming

    NAI and the NA middle schools also had participants and winners in the Computer Fair.  For more information, contact Jonathan Ringer (NAI), Carolyn Steele, Dan Williams, and Dana  Boyd (middle school GOAL teachers).

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  • GOAL Students Capture the Flag

    Capture the Flag 2017/Remake Learning took place at the University of Pittcburgh on Saturday, March 4th from 9:00am–5:00pm. The competition introduces high school students to ethical-hacking.

    Information Security is a rapidly growing industry that holds outstanding opportunities for talented individuals. However, young people rarely consider it as a possible career. To help bridge the gap, Cleveland-based management consulting firm SecureState and University of Pittsburgh’s College in High School have teamed-up to host a 4th annual interactive Capture-the-Flag competition to introduce students to ethical hacking while showcasing their skills in a creative way.

    The NASH GOAL team of Mona Rokh, Cara Schwartz, Tyler Simons, and Janet Wang took an impressive 5th place out of 100 students in spite of never doing this sort of computer work before. 

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  • GOAL Students Take Third Place at Data Jam

    The Pittsburgh Data Jam introduces Pittsburgh High School students to big data and data analytics. It raises the students awareness of:

    • The impact that big data will have on their lives as individuals
    • The new career options that are being created by the advent of big data in nearly every industry imaginable
    • The Pittsburgh Data Jam provides hands-on learning of data analytics. In doing so, students will engage in the following experiences:
    • Participation in data analysis competition
    • Data analysis exercises
    • Data visualization tools
    • Field visits to big data companies in Pittsburgh
    • Seminars with data scientists
    • Final poster presentation

    At the finale on February 23rd, the NASH tam took third place. The team consisted of Remi Akindele, Kim DelSignore, Angela Lu, Nur Iren, and Vivian Shao.

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  • NASH Students Rule at Science Bowl 

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Science Bowl is a nationwide academic competition that tests students’ knowledge in all areas of science and mathematics. Middle and high school student teams from diverse backgrounds are comprised of four students, one alternate, and a teacher who serves as an advisor and coach. These teams face-off in a fast-paced question-and-answer format, being tested on a range of science disciplines including biology, chemistry, Earth science, physics, energy, and math.

    This March, all five NASD secondary schools advanced to regional finals for the Southwestern PA National Science Bowl. Most years, the NA schools "knock each other out" in round robin competition. In the regional finals on March 8th, NAI defeated NASH to emerge as the school going on to Washington, D.C. for the national competition on April 27th. 

    The NASH team consisted of Gunahsheil Mandava, Joseph Shin, Owen Chase, Heya Lee, and Chris Fedor.

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  • NA Students Succeed at STEAM Competition

    A team of five NA student traveled to Shaler on March 3rd to take part in the Shaler Area High School 2nd Annual STEAM Competition, sponsored by PPG. The competition included building a human powered cart to go through an obstacle course as well as three mini-challenges on the day of the competition. In the weeks leading up to the event, the NA students designed, built and tested a single-driver cart to be used in the obstacle course the day of the competition. The instructions were:

    This year’s off-site project is inspired by the recent advancements in driverless car technology. Your version will possibly be more low-tech, but many of the same obstacles that exist in the real world application will need to be overcome by your team. One such obstacle will be the fact that the car’s driver will not be able to view the road. Your team will need to communicate with the car’s driver in much the same way current driverless car sensors feed information to the car’s computer.
    You will need to build a simple car that will be controlled by one driver who cannot see the road ahead through an obstacle course. The car will start on a ramp at an angle of 14.4 degrees and a height of 3 feet to begin your timed trip through the course. The car will need to navigate through the rest of the course in the fastest time possible. The course will include portions where your car will need to: park with a front or rear bumper touching, drive in reverse, stop once off the ramp at a certain location, drive through a 6 foot tunnel without a person pushing or pulling, “no touch zones” where the two other pushers/pullers cannot actively push or pull (car may coast or use driver power), parallel parking or straight in if car is small enough (parking space is 4’ x 10’), stop based on a surprise road hazard (i.e. pedestrian traffic, deer crossing road, etc.), and will need to maneuver turning radius of 4.5 feet. The road will be six feet wide and marked by masking tape on both sides on a brown gym floor. The actual map of the course will be made available 48 hours available prior to the event.

    The NASH team (Beck Griswold, Zach Sprys, Peter Zaccardi, Dalton Crump, and Justin Snider) took first place in the competition and the NAI team came in 2nd. Not only did NASH take first place and NAI take second, their entire approaches to solving the challenges that were set for them were creative and efficient.  

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  • NA Students Travel to Washington DC for Advocacy Summit

    Four NASH/NAI students were recently accepted to attend the 2017 Save the Children & Save the Children Action Network (SCAN) Advocacy Summit in Washington, D.C.. from March 26-28, 2017. The Global Leadership Certificate (GLC) delegation is sponsored by the World Affairs Council and Save the Children. The students expect to have a fun and exciting couple of days taking part in hands-on advocacy trainings and hearing from powerful speakers!

    The students attending are:

    Maddie Escourt (NASH)

    Hannah Glasser (NASH)

    Nina Ruffolo (NAI)

    Roshi Xing (NAI)

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  • Students Shine at Science Bowl

    Five students, Gunahsheil Mandava, Joseph Shin, Owen Chase, Heya Lee and Chris Fedor, took part in the Southwestern PA Regional Science Bowl on February 25th at CCAC South. The team decimated the competition, winning all of their games. They will be taking part in the Regional finals on March 8th for the opportunity to represent Southwestern PA in the National Science Bowl April 27– May 1 in Washington, DC.

    The students practice for months to learn categories of Science Bowl information from physics to earth and space science, math, biology, chemistry. They try to be quick on the buzzers and maintain a good discipline about listening to enough of the question. 

    The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) National Science Bowl is a nationwide academic competition that tests students’ knowledge in all areas of science and mathematics. Middle and high school student teams from diverse backgrounds are comprised of four students, one alternate, and a teacher who serves as an advisor and coach. These teams face-off in a fast-paced question-and-answer format, being tested on a range of science disciplines including biology, chemistry, Earth science, physics, energy, and math.

    The Department of Energy created the National Science Bowl in 1991 to encourage students to excel in mathematics and science and to pursue careers in these fields. Approximately 265,000 students have participated in the National Science Bowl throughout its 26-year history, and it is one of the nation’s largest science competitions.

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  • Students Make it Count at Moody's Mega Math

    Five NASH students recently took part in the Moody's Mega Math competition. Janet Wang, Joseph Shin, Ben Cheong, Frank Li, Donghwee Kim & Logan Herman spent 14 hours in ONE DAY working on statistical modeling on this year's topic: From Sea to Shining Sea, Looking Ahead with the National Park Service.

    Moody's Mega Math (M3) Challenge is a mathematical modeling contest for high school juniors and seniors. Through participation, students experience what it’s like to work as a team to tackle a real-world problem under time and resource constraints, akin to those faced by professional mathematicians working in industry. The Challenge is sponsored by The Moody's Foundation and organized by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) and awards $150,000 in scholarships each year.

    As is the tradition at NASH GOAL, the group all signed a cantaloupe to commemorate the event. The students will find out how they scored later in March. 

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  • NA Students Take 2nd Place at Academic World Quest 

    At the 15th Annual Academic World Quest International Knowledge Competition for High School on February 22nd, the NA team took 2nd place. The team members: 

    Kim DelSignore

    Nick Swensen

    Mason Blackburn

    Arlen Belitsky

    Academic WorldQuest is an annual competition held in late winter that provides local high school students with the opportunity to test their knowledge of all things international.

    Participating schools send teams of four students, who answer questions focusing on international affairs, current events, the global economy, geography, flags, world history, and general knowledge about the world.

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  • NASH Students Succeed in PSU Writing Contest

    In the month of November, eleven NASH students participated in the 34th Annual Pennsylvania State University Writing Contest for juniors: Nikhil Behari, Teresa Christensen, Maansi Dasari, Jeremy Hart, Jeremy Ruppert, Dheeksha Senthur Jeyamurugan, Zachary Shuckrow, Riley Smith, Anya Soller, Alexander Waeltermann, and Margo Weller.

    English teachers, Mr. David Morris and Mrs. Kathy Esposito, selected these students to participate in the contest; GOAL teacher, Mrs. Janellen Lombardi, facilitated the contest.

    The judges from Penn State were impressed by the overall caliber of all the entries, commenting on the fine quality of writing and thinking that characterized all of the essays. In the recent announcement of the winnres, three North Allegheny students were recognized in the contest!

    Honorable Mention:  

    Teresa Christensen

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    Finalists: 

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    Riley Smith

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    Teresa, Nikhil, Riley, their families, and their teachers are invited to participate in the awards ceremony on April 10, 2017 at Penn State University.

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  • GOAL Students Do Swimmingly at the Penguin Bowl

    North Allegheny took third place at the Penguin Bowl on Saturday, February 18.  The Penguin Bowl is the Regional Competition to  qualify for the Ocean Bowl.  It is an academic quiz competition. It is held in odd numbered years on the campus of the Youngstown State University  and in even numbered years at the Pittsburgh Zoo and Aquarium.  In addition to the attractive globe shaped trophy, students were awarded a set of tickets to museums and zoos in Pennsylvania and Ohio and textbooks valued at thousands of dollars.

    Captain: Gunasheil Mandava

    Members:  Anushka Shah, Allison Suddaby, Heya Lee, Mary Grace Antonich

    Sponsor: Cris Ruffolo

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  • NASH Student Shines at Fairchild Challange: Visual Art Competition

    Congratulations to Rozzalyn Monnin for getting a Special Merit Award for her pumpkin and marigold entry in the Fairchild Challenge: Visual Art Competition! The judges thought it was the most creative composition out of the entries. The competition challenged the entrants to research the various benefits of companion plants. Once they understood the concept, they picked a particular companion plant and researched how it benefits another species. They then created an original, two-dimensional drawing or painting depicting a companion plant and the benefitting plant.

    Companion plants support the growth of other plants in ways such as attracting beneficial insects, deterring pests, creating necessary shade, and adding nutrients. Companion planting is a method used to naturally promote the growth of plants and/or crops. 

    The competition deadline was January 27th. A selection of entries will be displayed in the Center for Sustainable Landscapes during the summer of 2017.

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  • GOAL Students Prepare for Data Jam

    The collection and manipulation of data is an increasing part of our world.  Students are working with data sets to answer questions and seek correlation between facts.  The students working with the Pittsburgh Data Jam are learning the skills of a data scientist as they prepare for the Data Jam Finale presentation on February 23.

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  • NASH Students Take on The Bard!

    Eighteen NASH & NAI students participated in the Shakespeare Monologue and Scene Contest this year.  

    Tess Christensen

    Ciara Cullen

    Natalie Daninhirsch

    Alexandra Flagg

    Nandita Kannapadi

    Brigitte Kossuth

    Gabrielle Kossuth

    Jack Lopuszynski

    Sarah Losco

    Caroline Lucas

    Caroline Mura

    Alice Navadeh

    Trey Norman

    Ellen Poplavska

    Ian Rampton

    Katherine Sabak

    Jacqui Sieber

    Anya Soller

    In addition, students from the three NASD middle schools took part in the contest.

    The NAI & NASH students were coached on January 31st and took part in the Preliminary Round on February 6th. The Showcase of Finalists will take place on February 20th.

    The yearly Shakespeare Monologue & Scene Contest is an opportunity for students to experience the excitement of live performance while learning the works of William Shakespeare.  Over 1,000 students participate most years. This year, over 1200 students took part! Participants received a free t-shirt and a voucher for 2 free tickets to a show at the Pittsburgh Public Theater!

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  • GOAL Students Win at Model UN

    On January 27th, twenty-eight NASH GOAL students recently participated in the Model United Nations Conference at Duquesne University. The winning delegates were:

    Yara El-Khatib: Representing Angola in the Security Council

    Varsha Suresh and Ashani Shah: Representing Turkey in the UNEP committee

    Varsha Suresh: Best overall delegate: $5000 Duquesne University Scholarship

    According to Ashley McIntyre, Secretary-General of the United Nations:

    Through this conference and participation in Model United Nations, students will gain a fundamental understanding of global issues and politics. While this conference may be a simulation of the United Nations, we expect that students will engage in debate and negotiation throughout each committee. This conference will further lead to an enhanced insight into the mechanics of international relations. To be successful in today’s global culture, it is critical to look at an issue from numerous perspectives in order to find the best approach to solve an issue and we hope that students will do so at this conference.

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  • NASH Coin Drive Is a Huge Success

    The Interact  Club’s Coin Drive efforts netted over $3045 in one day!!! The funds went to the Adopt –A School program, supporting our Pen-pal/mentorship school: Grandview Elementary. The original plan was to provide the 4th and 5th grade classroom with supplies since the Interact Club is visiting Grandview on March 13th to help tutor and mentor them as they prepare for the PSSA tests. The school supplies are a perfect complement to that mission. The Adopt –A School program was so impressed with NASH's efforts, they are supporting us by providing supply kits for the entire school: a cost of $7500 for a school Grandview’s size.  Their hope is that we will continue to partner with them in the future. We are in the process of providing donuts and treats to the winning classrooms (Jayne Beatty and Joyce Harrell) and having their students write notes of encouragement for the Grandview students. Our Interact Club and mentor students will write them as well.  The North Allegheny Rotary has pledged to match a portion of the funds raised.

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  • NASH Students Assist International Refugees

    The students collected hoodies for adults and children, bought each child a teddy bear, bought each family a set of ABC flash cards and a set of bells. They sang and taught them the Jingle Bells song, using the bells for kids to “play “ or "ring” while singing. The group also decorated cookies with icing and sprinkles and made snowflakes out of paper. Finally they all gathered to eat pizza together. For all but one refugee, eating pizza was a first time experience.  In fact, all of the experiences were new for the refugees.  None spoke English and all had just arrived in Pittsburgh less than 2 weeks before the party on December 20th.  Roshie Xing , sophomore at NAI & NASH Calculus and Chemistry student, came up with the plan as her Capstone project, required as part of her Global Leadership Certificate. The GLC is a program offered by the World Affairs Council and sponsored at NASH by Kathy Will. Roshie wanted to introduce refugees to an American Christmas- especially since she is an immigrant herself- and hoped to make the refugees feel welcome to Pittsburgh.  The experience was very emotional and rewarding.  All of the families came via public transportation on at least two buses to get to the party.  All found housing in other areas with previous refugees and most are not close to the Sharpsburg area. But all of the familites wanted to attend and meet the friendly American students who warmly welcomed them. Attending the party were : Roshie Xing, Caleb Yip, and Yar El-Khatib. Mrs. Will and two college friends who are former teachers: Leslie Graciano and Mary Ann Bystura also attended.

    Roshie and Mrs. Will solicited financial and social support for the project and were grateful for the generosity of Mrs Will’s friends and family, the Xing family, the Yip family, the NA Forensics team, NASH Yearbook and Mrs. Lombardi.

    The  Refugee Center is  close by in Pittsburgh: located in the  borough of Sharpsburg and managed by CARR: Community Assistance and Refugee Resettlement program.  About 200 refugees are relocated to Pittsburgh each year.

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  • NASH Students Take Part in Hometown Hi Q

    A group of NASH students was excited to participate in Hometown Hi-Q on January 21st. The team consisted of Gunasheil Mandava, Nick Swensen, Jane Venezia & Arlen Belitsky. The show will air in February.

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  • University of Pittsburgh Mentors Speak with NASH Data Jam Students

    Two mentors from the University of Pittsburgh spoke with both NASH Data Jam teams on January 20th. Data Jam is a project that introduces students to big data analytics through project based learning and hands on experience.

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  • NASH STEM Alumni Visit

    On January 20th, alumni of various Summer STEM programs visited NASH to discuss their experiences with current students. This valuable personal insight was inspirational for the students considering participation in a STEM program.

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  • Univerity of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute Visits NASH

    Dr. David Boone of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute visited NASH on January 12th to discuss the high school interns program offered by UPCI. 

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  • Law Day at Pitt Law School

    Twenty GOAL and Law & Justice students from both NASH and NAI attended Law Day in the Pitt Law School Courtroom on January 10th. The Pitt Law School staff and faculty organized a panel of alumni, conducted a simulation and offered a class. A Q&A for the attendees also took place.   

     

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  • GOAL Students Attend Model EU

    On December 9th, several NASH GOAL students attended the High School Model European Union at the 20th Century Club in Pittsburgh. The High School Model European Union is an annual event for area high school students. The goal of the Model EU is to give high school students a chance to learn about the workings of the European Union through a hands-on simulation.  Playing the roles of presidents and prime ministers, students spend a day engaged in intense negotiations over conflicting issue about the EU. The objective is to simulate a specific European Council meeting that focuses on recent current events impacting the EU.  Model EU enhances students’ understanding of classroom learning and gives them a real sense of the challenges involved in the decision-making process of the European Union. The NASH GOAL team received the following awards:

    • Best Position Paper & Honorable Mention (chosen prior to the date of the conference): Representing  Bulgaria #2: Caleb Yip and Robbie Xing
    • Most Distinguished Delegation & Honorable Mention : Representing Latvia: Anastasia Shabalov and Varsha Suresh
    • Best Temporary Adjournment Delegation (A new award to recognize a team who may not be as vocal during full group discussion and debate, but finds its’ strength behind the scenes during temporary adjournments): Representing Bulgaria #2: Caleb Yip and Robbie Xing winners

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    The entire NA delegation:

    Bulgaria #1: Ciara Cullen and Becca Avigad

    Cyprus #1: Tommy McCaffery and Paul Weinstein

    Latvia: Anastasia Shabalov and Varsha Suresh

    Bulgaria #2: Caleb Yip and Robbie Xing

    Croatia: Emily Meinart and Aditi Edlabadkar

    Cyprus #2: Remi Akindele and Nandita Kannapadi

    Romania: Judy Zhang and Syrian Jindel

     

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  • GOAL Students Build Houses for Gingerbread House and Architecture Tour

    NASH students are well-represented at the annual Gingerbread House display at PPG Place in downtown Pittsburgh again this year.

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    Students contributing houses include: Kimberly DelSignore, Cara Schwartz, Ross, Kailey Witherell, Emily Watson, Gillian Hook, and Lauren Partridge. The display remains open to the public through the holidays.  

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  • Global Leadership Certificate Club Presents at NASD Diversity Fair

    On November 30th, the members of the Global Leadership Certificate Club sponsored an informational table at the “Celebration of Us” Diversity Fair held at NASH.  

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    Students outlined the opportunities and activities available with participation in the certificate.  Students also hosted a question and answer session with the viewing of a documentary they starred in titled Around the World in Pittsburgh.

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  • NASH GOAL Hosts Sam Rhine Genetics Conference

    On November 29th, the NASH GOAL Department hosted the Sam Rhine Genetics Conference. One-hundred sixty-five students from 15 schools attended. The 3.5 hour lecture utilized 439 Power Point slides to focus on two discoveries in the past decade which together have changed the world of medical genetics: iPS and CRISPR. The Sam Rhine Genetics Conference focuses on the newest discoveries and applications in medical genetics and tissue engineering. It is designed for high school teachers and their students. Sam Rhine, from the University of Indiana, teaches the latest in genetic advances, hot research areas, and career opportunities with the goal of taking biology “from the textbook to the heart” by posing ethical dilemmas we will face as technological advances continue.

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  • NASH Students Earn Award from Phipps Conservatory for Phone App

    In the Fairchild Challenge #2, “Eco-App,” students were given the task of creating a design concept for a cell phone app that connects people to nature, encourages healthier lifestyles and/or exposes people to current environmental issues. Hundreds of students pitched their ideas. For North Allegheny’s team, the judges found that the app was detailed, well organized, unique and inspiring. They also commented in particular that they felt the social connection of the app was particularly smart to motivate people to continue to be involved. NA took Second Place in the competition. The team consisted of: Nadia Durante, Ethan Hilston and  Caden Toma. The name of their app was Park Points.

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  • NASH Students Earn Award from Phipps Conservatory for Children's Book

    At the Phipps Conservatory Fairchild Challenge, the NASH team of Tess Christensen (Story), Rachel Jacobs, Marlee Krakosky, Emily Walzer & Rachel Srinath (Illustrations) had a total score of 173, earning them a Special Merit Award for their children’s book. They have also been invited to read their book at two story times at the Phipps Conservatory on December 7th.

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    The Fairchild Challenge is a free, multidisciplinary, standards-based environmental education outreach program designed to give high school and middle school students an opportunity to creatively shine. By appealing to their innate sense of curiosity about the world around them, the Challenge invites students to investigate the thorniest environmental issues, devise imaginative and effective responses to these issues, and take action to address them. Developed by the Fairchild Tropical Botanic Garden in Miami, Fl., and adopted by Phipps as a satellite partner in 2008, The Fairchild Challenge offers a menu of interdisciplinary challenges for grades 6 – 8 and grades 9 – 12, attracting students of diverse interests, abilities, talents and backgrounds. The Challenge empowers young people to engage in civic life and encourages them to become energetic and knowledgeable members of their communities. Storytelling: “Sense of Place” 200 pts. 1 book (up to 15 pages) Due Friday, October 21

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  • NASH GOAL Students Win at Calcu Solve!

    The NASH team did extremely well at the Allegheny County 11th &12th Grade Calcu Solve competition at Duquesne University on October 12th! Grant Jiang took First Place, Individual. Frank Li & Serena Yan took Second Place, Individual. In the teams competition, First Place was taken by Caroline Huang, Suhye Park, Heya Lee, & Serena Yan. Second Place was won by the team of Maansi Dasari, Grant Jiang, Steven Lu, & Jose Key.

    Calcu Solve 1 Calcu Solve 2

    CalcuSolve is a competition that tests students' problem-solving skills related to mathematics.   Students compete individually and as part of a group.  Each school may register 3 teams (4 students per team). 

     

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  • MZ Tiv's Play is a Hit!!

    A group of NASH students attended the EQT Young Playrights Festival on December 5th. The festival featured six plays by local high school students, including our very own Mehrnaz Tiv! MZ's play was very well-received by the entire audience. See below for more information.

     Young Playrights MZ and Friends

    MZ Wall MZ

    (Article courtesy of nextpittsburgh.com)

    The contemporary theater scene’s next generation of talented playwrights is gearing up to debut their award-winning original works for public audiences at City Theatre Company.

    Rehearsing Cavan Bonner's play Discount Shelf. Photo by Madison Hack.

    Rehearsing Cavan Bonner’s play Discount Shelf. Photo by Madison Hack.

    From a drama that reimagines the legendary Salem Witch Trials to a tale about anthropomorphized birds and books, the upcoming Young Playwrights Festival will showcase six world premiere plays written by talented local middle and high school students.

    Under the direction of City Theatre’s Artistic Producer Reginald L. Douglas, the unique festival format provides young, emerging playwrights with opportunities to sharpen skills, present original work in a professional arts environment, receive constructive feedback from industry experts, and have their creative voices heard widely.

    Public performances take place on December 3 and 4 in City Theatre’s Lester Hamburg Studio, while student matinees run November 30 through December 9. In partnership with the theater departments at University of Pittsburgh, Seton Hill, and Point Park, a reading of three Honorable Mention plays will take place on Friday, December 9 at 7 p.m.

    YPFSelected from more than 300 submissions penned by students in  grades 7-12 from western PA and northern West Virginia, the winning plays were evaluated by a Literary Committee comprised of 40 local and national theater professionals and senior artistic staff at City Theatre.

    Student playwrights attend schools all across the city and region—including Pittsburgh CAPA 6-12, Keystone Oaks Middle School, North Allegheny, Lakeview and Bentworth Senior High Schools, and more.

    An ensemble cast featuring Charles Beikert, Laura Brennan, Katie Esswein, Parag S. Gohel, Michael Magliocca, Alex Manalo, Becki Toth, and Michael Trimm will perform all roles in the six plays.

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