October 2019


October 7, 2019

9:30 a.m. - Baierl Center


Next NAPAGE Meetings (all meetings in the Ponce Room at the Baierl Center)

  • Wednesday, November 6, 2019 at 9:30 a.m.

Upcoming Gifted Advisory Committee (GAC) Meetings

October 8, 2019

All meetings are held from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Central Administration Office

Items and topics discussed:

Sue Gaernter is now NAPAGE Vice President as Elizabeth Warner moves on to other volunteer activities.

Michelle Faber to give a presentation about Honors College

Building Updates/Class feedback

  • Access to tests hurts learning (intentional vs non-intentional)

  • Teachers reuse tests, difficult to get returned unless time scheduled. Professional development is working on it.

  • Homework gets closed or reopened

  • Have to wait until end of, or next 9 weeks to make corrections

  • Use of tech in test taking: Spelling (example), use of iPad where typing and listening are used instead of writing. Is the mistake one in typing or other.

  • Additional discussion on use of tech in class. Inability for some to go back and review tests questions. Answer and move on, no chance to review work or see what was missed.

  • GIEPs occuring at NAI

  • Elementary Math. Executed differently across the district. Some schools has multiple groups in same room, others have entire classes move to another room. How is the success of the new elementary math being measured? The curriculum has not changed, just its method of delivery and ability to move depending on need. (Much like ELA MTSS)

  • Concern about number of Part time language teachers that are GOAL teachers (NAI)

  • Middle School Day discussion. GOAL to potentially be in Unified Arts periods. No schedule finalized yet.


  • 2E (twice exceptional) evaluation has the same timeline as gifted identification

  • Ability to have accommodations for College Board tests if there is a demonstrated need (ACT, SAT, AP)

How do people find NAPAGE

  • Flyers at GOAL open houses


Discussion on the hows and whys of our group. Why did people join, what have they learned, what would they offer or say to a new member.

PAGE offers

  • Support and being able to share experiences

  • Learn about what's coming for our children

  • Learn about resources available via discussions and presenters

  • Learning to navigation the NA school system

  • Sharing feedback and having an outlet to have concerns addressed (Consumer Concerns)

  • Ability to talk with others

  • Exchange GIEP ideas

Upcoming Events

Upcoming School Board Meetings - 7 p.m. at Central Office

NASH Counselor / Principal Coffees (third Thursday of month at 7 a.m. in Ponce Room) Slides available at link

NAI Counselor Coffee/Cocoa Series Information

Mission Statement:

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: