The Northgate Gazette

Monthly Updates from the MS/HS


We made it to March! The sun is shining more often and soon winter coats will be a thing of the past. Inside Northgate Middle/High School we are all smiling a little bigger as we get ready for a great spring season! This month we celebrate the arts with our annual Arts Odyssey on March 6th. We also look forward to introducing our Spring sports teams at the annual Meet the Flames night on March 11. Both softball and baseball will kick off their seasons this month, and our Track and Field team is up and running (pun intended) as well! We hope to see you all at these exciting events!

Middle School News

Students Learn about the Upcoming Census

According to, the 2020 Census is a count of everyone who lives in the United States and its territories. Most of the counting will start in mid-March. The 2020 Census questionnaire asks a few simple questions like the age, sex, and the number of people living in your home.

People should count all children who live in their homes, including newborns and others too young for school.

That’s important because responses to the census help schools plan for the resources they will need when the new generation of children is ready for school.

You can respond online, by phone or by mail. Individual responses are confidential and cannot be used against you by any court or government agency.

Some of the federal funding based on census statistics is for services that influence students’ readiness for learning, including maternal and child health programs, and housing, heating and food assistance.

When it comes to schools, the 2020 Census will determine funding for special education, teacher training, technology, school lunch assistance, Head Start and after-school programs.

Northgate students spent time looking at examples of the census form, watching videos about what the census is and why it is important to accurately complete a census form, and examining how the census relates to geographical regions.

We hope that everyone will complete the 2020 Census and #BeCounted.

Middle School Business Club Creates Spirit Items

The middle school business club, also known as The Flameworks, has been hard at work in their shop creating Northgate themed spirit items. Many of these items will be debuted at Arts Odyssey on March 6. Items can also be ordered online at! We hope to see everyone at Arts Odyssey as we prepare to celebrate the Arts at Northgate.

High School News

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Companies in the Classroom

This month we had the pleasure of hosting executives from all over the Greater Pittsburgh region. We were honored to have representatives from The Grable Foundation, The Consortium for Public Education, Penn State University, Koppers, Federal Reserve Bank, and Siemens. Each company representative was paired with two different students and they shadowed those students for two periods. After a building tour, we had a lunch and learn session where students and company representatives brainstormed ways that business and education can cooperate to best prepare our students for the workforce. Each group discussed what experiences, skills, and knowledge students need to be successful in the workforce. This was a wonderful event and we are so proud of our kids, our school, and what we have planned for the future. #CompaniesintheClassroom2020

U.S. Army Swearing In Ceremony from Space

On February 26, Northgate participated in the first ever in-flight event with NASA Astronaut Andrew Morgan. Mr. Morgan swore in new army recruits live from the International Space Station. Many recruits joined from all over the country, including the Johnson Space Center. Northgate is proud to have three future graduates who were able to take the oath in front of a large audience of their peers. Shawn McKnickle, Allison Booth, and Austin Collazo have all been recruited to the U.S. Army.

Charity Dodgeball

Northgate's Peer to Peer group, a leadership program, organized a charity dodgeball game to raise money for both Crisis Center North and The MS Society. Both faculty and students participated in this event, and everyone had a great time for a good cause. The "football boys team," which included Christian Davin, Delvin Mitchell, Aaron Bohn, Vito Pascale and Danelle Frazier won the tournament. However, the biggest winners were the two charity organizations who will split the total amount raised: $1,083! We are always proud of how generous and kind-hearted our Northgate students are.
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About us

The Northgate School District is proud to serve the families of Avalon and Bellevue Boroughs. With just under 1,100 students in grades K-12, we are able to get to know each student on an individual basis. Our students tell us there is a strong sense of community within our district that allows them to feel like they belong. Students are able to develop into well-rounded individuals due to the opportunities the district provides including a variety of arts and sports programs, leadership opportunities, and a rigorous curriculum that pushes student engagement and challenges them to think creatively.

Our Mission
The mission of the Northgate School System is to provide each student with the opportunity to acquire knowledge and skills to the maximum of his or her potential through a challenging comprehensive program administered in a safe, caring environment so that each person will succeed and contribute as an ethical, responsible citizen in a rapidly changing society.

Our Vision
The Northgate School District will provide exemplary educational opportunities to its students "In the pursuit of excellence."