April 1, 2019
1:00 p.m. - Baierl Center
Next NAPAGE Meetings (all meetings in the Ponce Room at the Baierl Center)
Upcoming Gifted Advisory Committee (GAC) Meetings
April 9, 2019
All meetings are held from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Central Administration Office
Upcoming School Board Meetings - 7 p.m. at Central Office
April 24, 2019 – (Combined Meeting) – Work Session/Regular Meeting
May 15, 2019 – Work Session
May 22, 2019 – Regular Meeting
June 19, 2019 – Work Session
June 26, 2019 – Regular Meeting
July 17, 2019 – (Combined Meeting) - Work Session/Regular Meeting
To register to speak, please call the Board Secretary at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting at 412-369-5437. It will be necessary to give a topic, and you must be a resident of the District. When called upon to speak, the individual will be asked to give his/her name and home address.
NASH Counselor / Principal Coffees (third Thursday of month at 7 a.m. in Ponce Room) Slides available at link
April 11, 2019 - Finding the Right FIT College
May 16, 2019 - 11th Grade Parents: Summer To Do List (Combined High School Principals’ Coffee/Counseling Coffee)
NAI Principal’s Coffee - 1:30 p.m. at NAI unless otherwise noted
NAI Counselor Coffee/Cocoa Series Information
Guest Speaker - Amy Davis, Allegheny Intermediate Unit - AIU3.net
29 intermediate units in PA, 500 school districts in state. (paiu.org)
The AIU provides services relating to special education, gifted education, teacher professional development, Head Start, career education
Host academic events such as:
Science Bowl, History Bowl, CalcuSolve, PA Media and Design Comp, STEM Design Challenge, Children’s Choice Awards, Powering Pittsburgh, Govenor’s STEM comp
Career Connections (previously Apprenticeships) - www.aiu3.net/CareerConnections
Grades 9-12, 30+ programs. Some programs start in fall, others in winter, spring.
First round opens April 15, and goes to May 24. The first round of applications will be accepted until May 24, 2019. Students will be notified by email in July if they have been accepted to their program of choice. check back in August for new programs and to register for programs that still have openings.
In addition to application (online) students are to respond to essay questions, teacher recommendation, waiver form, and $75 application fee (refunded if not selected)
Some programs have extra fees
Transportation is the responsibility of the student.
Some organizations/opportunities involved are Point Park, UPMC, Point Park, Pittsburgh History and Landmarks Foundation, Carnegie Mellon, Schell Games. Opera, Architecture, Engineering etc.
Updates & Reports by Officers & Building Representatives
Building and School Updates
Middle school day not finalized yet. Dr. Christopher to provide another update at 4/9/19 GAC meeting.
NAI PE requirements - Many ways to make up work (before or after school etc. At LEAST one freebie per marking period)
Need for Linear Algebra (parent and college suggestions). Typically new classes are considered/implemented during curriculum review, but it could happen sooner.
Computer classes in the Math department could increase.
Looking to add Python classes at HS level. (2021)
Math tests - Students can review tests before/after school.
NAPAGE is a parent support/advocacy group. We are the North Allegheny chapter of the Pennsylvania Association for Gifted Education (PAGE). PAGE is a nonprofit advocacy group dedicated to helping gifted learners, parents and educators. You can visit their website at www.giftedpage.org for more information.
NAPAGE’s mission is to advocate for and support gifted children and their families in the North Allegheny School District. We accomplish this by:
Providing parent representation to NA’s Gifted Advisory Committee (GAC and SEAC)
Sharing experiences, concerns and successes
Proactively addressing issues that arise
Encouraging the use of best practices in gifted education
District Gifted Education information can be found at: