TRANSITIONS 2018-2019 - A Back to School Publication for North Allegheny Middle School Families - North Allegheny School District

 
TRANSITIONS 2018-2019 - A Back to School Publication for North Allegheny Middle School Families - North Allegheny School District
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           TRANSITIONS 2018-2019
            A Back to School Publication for North Allegheny Middle School Families

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                        First Day of School: Thursday, August 23, 2018
TRANSITIONS 2018-2019 - A Back to School Publication for North Allegheny Middle School Families - North Allegheny School District
Contents

  A Letter from the Superintendent................................................. 3
  Welcome to Middle School.............................................................. 4
  Key Information for Middle School Students............................ 5
  Tips for Sixth Graders......................................................................... 6
  Middle Schools Have Much in Common..................................... 7
  Attendance and Concerns............................................................... 8
  Don’t Forget.......................................................................................... 9
  It Takes Someone Like You to Volunteer..................................... 10
  From the Desk of the School Nurse.............................................. 11
  The School Lunch Program.............................................................. 13
  District News & Notes........................................................................ 14
  Keystone Exams Overview............................................................... 16
  Curriculum Update............................................................................. 17
  Facilities Department Update......................................................... 20
  School Closing/Delay Information................................................ 21
  Attending a Home Football Game................................................ 22
  Diversity at North Allegheny School District............................. 23
  NASD Board of School Directors.................................................... 24
  2018-2019 Key Calendar Dates...................................................... 25

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A Letter from the Superintendent
Dear Parents/Guardians,
Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! Preparing all students for success in a changing world is more than the North Allegheny School District Mission; it is the organizing principle we use each
and every day. As a nationally-recognized school district, we are constantly committed to finding new ways in which to improve ourselves while maintaining the traditions that have led to our past
successes. We are very proud of the efforts of our students and staff members who continue to excel in all aspects of academics, athletics, arts, and other activities.

The North Allegheny School District’s Comprehensive Plan identifies six major Goals through which the District can realize its Mission. These Goals provide the foundation and framework that help
guide the actions of the District and include:

1. Academic Achievement: We will support the achievement of all students at the highest level of their individual abilities in all
                                                                                                                                          Measuring Success Framework
areas.

2. Safe and Supportive Schools: We will provide a safe, welcoming, and well-maintained learning environment.

3. Stewardship: We will maximize efficiencies in all areas of the District for the continuous improvement and optimization of
resources.

4. Curriculum and Professional Practice: We will offer high quality instruction built upon a dynamic curriculum that
fosters creativity, critical thinking, and life-long learning.

5. Innovation: We will innovate our educational practices and become leaders in technology integration.

6. Community Engagement: We will foster a collaborative culture that invites and celebrates community support and
participation.

Last year, the District unveiled the Measuring Success Framework. This framework looks at our success much more
holistically and focuses on Achievement & Growth, Future Preparation, School Climate, and Student & Staff Wellness. The
Framework is an important tool in communicating how we measure success to our students, staff, and community. Data collected
through each of these measures is analyzed annually and shared with the community through our Measuring Success Annual
Report.
School Climate will once again be an important focus area for us in the coming year. From a safety standpoint, the District recently
created a Manager of School Safety and Security position, and NASH and NAI will each welcome School Resource Officers. Coupled
with the tremendous resources provided through our counseling and pupil personnel staff, these new positions will help create
environments that are secure and supportive. In addition, we are rolling out a professional development program that addresses
diversity and fosters a respectful environment that is welcoming to all students and staff members. If we are truly preparing all
students for success in a changing world, we must ensure that our students are able to thrive in inclusive environments where our differences are celebrated.
We will continue to explore ways to personalize the learning environments for our students, most notably through our FOCUS 2020 initiative. FOCUS 2020 involves a significant 1:1 initiative, creating
equitable learning environments for students and providing the necessary supports for educators to be successful. This year, students in grades 9-12 will be provided laptop computers, and students in
grades 1-8 will receive iPads. Over the past three years we have found that technology is a powerful lever that can be pulled to create engaging and authentic learning experiences that truly embrace
the four C’s of communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity.
Finally, look for ongoing updates throughout the year, including Beyond the Stripes, which will provide you with important information and opportunities for engagement to help you navigate the
challenges of being a parent/guardian in today’s world. We are always looking to leverage the District website and social media, particularly Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram to tell the story of all the
great things that are taking place across the District.

Thank you for being an important part of the North Allegheny School District and I wish you well during the 2018-2019 school year!

Sincerely,
Robert Scherrer, Ed.D.
Superintendent
      @scherrer_bob

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Welcome to Middle School!
Dear Middle School Parents/Guardians,                                                                          Middle School Principals
Welcome to Middle School! We are excited to welcome your child to the 2018-2019 school year. We look
forward to working closely with you to make this a positive and rewarding educational experience for
your child. Your son or daughter will experience the challenge of a curriculum that promotes critical
thinking and creativity, and will thrive in the safe and caring learning environment of our middle schools.

Middle school is special, and we want our schools to be developmentally responsive to the unique
needs of adolescent children. During this stage, your child will develop strong relationships with peers.
Friendships may also change as your child develops a sense of identity. We offer many activities that
foster social development, responsible decision-making, and a positive self-image. Encourage your
child to get involved. Your child will meet new friends with similar interests and will develop a sense
of belonging to the school community. Explore our building websites with your child to view clubs,            Katherine Jenkins                    Erin Crimone
                                                                                                               Principal – CMS                 Asst. Principal – CMS
organizations, and other available opportunities. There is something in our middle schools for everyone!
                                                                                                                                  @CarsonMSTigers
Your child’s success in academics, the arts, athletics, and extracurricular and co-curricular activities is
important to us. During the first month of school, each middle school will set aside a special day to draw
attention to such things as team building, diversity, bully prevention, school rules, and expectations.
Please ask your son or daughter to tell you about CMS’s Someplace Special Day, IMS’s Proud to be Ingomar
Day, or MMS’s Marshall Matters Day.

One aspect to a successful school year is communication. Each day, middle school students hear
morning announcements that remind them of upcoming club meetings, special schedules, and
school-wide events or activities. For your convenience, announcements are posted on each building’s
website and your child has access to them via Blackboard. Please review the District Activities Calendar
to highlight important dates and times of events occurring at each building. Open House and Parent             David Deramo                        John Morey
Coffees are among the important dates to note.                                                                 Principal – IMS                 Asst. Principal – IMS

                                                                                                                                  @IngomarMiddle
Building strong relationships between students, parents/guardians, teachers, and the school community
is a priority. Teachers, counselors, and administrators welcome your questions and your feedback. We
want to work in partnership with you to create a supportive atmosphere that promotes thoughtfulness,
individuality, and respect. The staff at each middle school is dedicated to quality teaching and learning.
We also realize that your child’s well-being includes not only academic growth, but also social and
emotional growth. We look forward to working closely with you to create an exceptional middle school
experience!

We can’t wait to greet your child on the first day of school, August 23, 2018!

Respectfully,                                                                                                   Daniel Swoger                    Matthew Buchak
                                                                                                               Principal – MMS                 Asst. Principal – MMS
Middle School Administrative Team
                                                                                                                                  @MMStigerpride

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Key Information for Middle School Students
                                                                  Please be sure to:                                                   can access information regarding their child’s classes.
 The Middle School Day
                                                                  • Check cell phone numbers.                                          Parents/guardians will receive an email from the District prior
 The middle schools are open to students each school day
                                                                  • Check the appropriate boxes for permission to receive              to the first day of school with their parent-specific username/
 from 7:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Students arriving before 8 a.m.        medication for minor aches or illness.
 should report to designated areas where supervision is                                                                                password for Blackboard access. Blackboard will provide you
                                                                  • Update medical information that pertains to the student’s
 provided.                                                                                                                             with access to your child’s homework and class materials/
                                                                    health status.
                                                                                                                                       resources. The Tyler Student Information System continues
 Opening Bell: 8:00 a.m. Students report to their assigned                                                                             to be the electronic tool to view grades and attendance
 homerooms. Those students who have obligations to fulfill        School Supplies                                                      information.
 in another section of the building must secure a hall pass
                                                                  On the first day of school, your child needs to bring their
 from their homeroom teacher.                                                                                                          Make-up Work
                                                                  District-issued iPad FULLY CHARGED, a pencil, and a spiral
 Late Bell: 8:10 a.m. Students who arrive to school late          notebook. Each team or individual teacher will share specific
 must report to the office with a written excuse from his/her                                                                          Teachers post homework on Blackboard each day. This
                                                                  supply requests during the first week of school. Assignment          resource is an effective way for students to stay informed
 parent/guardian explaining the reason for tardiness.             books are provided by the District free to all sixth graders and
 Dismissal Time: 2:58 p.m.                                                                                                             about school work that was missed during an absence.
                                                                  available at a minimal cost to seventh and eighth graders.           Students should also check with their teachers when they
 Tardy Policy                                                     General suggestions from the teachers at the three middle            return from an absence to ensure complete understanding
                                                                  schools are that students have a large (two or three inch)           of missed instruction. During an extended absence, parents/
 There are only three (3) reasons that are recognized as valid                                                                         guardians may contact the school office for details. All
                                                                  binder (not a Trapper), plenty of loose-leaf notebook paper,
 excuses for tardiness:                                                                                                                make-up work for absences of one week or more must be
                                                                  number two pencils, pens with blue or black ink, and a
   1. severe weather conditions;                                                                                                       completed within two weeks after returning to school. If
                                                                  zippered pencil case that can be snapped into the binder.
   2. bus transportation difficulties;                                                                                                 the work is not completed, a failing grade may be recorded.
                                                                  Your child will also need earbuds and may prefer to use a
   3. personal accident or illness.
                                                                  stylus to write on the iPad. If you are purchasing supplies for      Make-up work is the student’s responsibility.
 Tardy slips are issued for tardiness to school. Students who     your child’s homework, you may also want to buy markers,
 are late must obtain a tardy admission slip from the office.     colored pencils, scissors, a ruler, scotch tape, hole reinforcers,   Cell Phones
 It must be presented to the class teacher of the period in       and a hole puncher.
 which the tardiness occurs and, at the close of the session,                                                                          Cell phones are to be turned off and put away during the
 is to be left with the homeroom teacher. For the third                                                                                school day. Cell phones will be confiscated from students
 unexcused tardy to school and every unexcused tardy
                                                                  Buses                                                                who disregard this policy. Parents/guardians will be
 thereafter, students will be assigned one detention.             Approximately 90% of our students ride the bus to school.            required to pick up a confiscated cell phone in the school
                                                                  The safety of all students is of prime importance. Safety            office. Telephones are available for student use in each
 Tardy To Class                                                   procedures are maintained through organization and                   middle school. Repeated infractions of this rule will result in
 When late for class, the student must have an admission slip.    good citizenship. The responsibility for bus safety rests            detention. Parents/guardians may contact their child through
 Lateness is determined by the classroom teacher. Students        with all persons involved. Students are to ride ONLY THEIR           the school office. NOTE: Please do not text or call your child
 who are tardy to class without an admission slip may receive a   ASSIGNED BUS. A request by parents/guardians for special             during the school day. If your child is ill, they should report
 warning, a misconduct card, and/or a detention.                  permission for a student to ride an alternate bus MUST               to the nurse to be dismissed. If you receive a text from your
                                                                  be approved by transportation. A parent/guardian must                child, please call the school.
                                                                  contact transportation in advance, and then send a note to
Emergency Medical Forms                                           the school’s front office indicating permission was granted.         Custody/Court Orders
                                                                  Students who choose to walk home rather than ride their
Emergency Medical Information for 2018-2019 must be               bus must submit a note from their parents/guardians which            At times, there are legal papers in the form of custody
reviewed in Tyler SIS as soon as possible. The portal will be     outlines the request and indicates the date for which the            agreements or court order documents that pertain to
open August 1, 2018 to allow parents the opportunity to           request is made. This rule does not apply to students playing        students and their specific circumstances. A copy of any of
update emergency contacts and preference for analgesic                                                                                 these forms must be presented to the school office annually.
                                                                  intramurals.
medication in the “Update Household Data” tile. These                                                                                  Even if the paperwork isn’t modified or canceled, parents/
updates cannot be performed through the Tyler 360 app at                                                                               guardians are required to submit copies at the start of each
this time. The information requiring updates contains direct      Blackboard                                                           school year to assure that any necessary paperwork is up-
contact information to be referenced in the event of illness or   Blackboard (Bb) is a learning management system designed             to-date.
injury.                                                           to provide an interactive platform where parents/guardians
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Tips for Sixth Graders
There is much to look forward to as a sixth grader beginning      Students are Part of a Team
middle school. For example, there is the opportunity for
students to make new friends from different elementary            Each sixth grader is assigned to an academic team, which
schools. There are also many opportunities to participate         can consist of three to five teachers. Students study all
in classes and activities not available in elementary school.     academic subjects with only the students on that team.
Sixth graders and their parents/guardians often have many         Students’ classes are all in close proximity to one another. The
questions about middle school life. Here is some information      academic teachers get to know the students on their team
to help ensure a smooth start for school.                         very well. Students must travel to other parts of the building
                                                                  for lunch, music, physical education, or unified arts – but
A Glimpse of the Very First Day                                   when they return to their team area, it has the friendly feeling
                                                                  of a “home away from home.”
The first day of middle school is very exciting. Students’
schedules are available on Parent Portal two days before          Students are assigned to teams through a very thoughtful
school starts. Students will report to the homeroom listed        process. The team placement decision is reached only after
on the schedule (IMS 6th graders will report to the IMS           the counselors and principals examine many important
auditorium). The homeroom teachers will explain the               details from each child’s profile. It is our goal to create
school procedures and review the school rules. Students           balanced and heterogeneous teams.
will be assigned a locker which they may need to share with       To every extent possible, each team is balanced in the
a classmate. Cafeteria procedures will be explained and           number of boys and girls assigned. Each team reflects the
there will be time to answer questions. Adjusting to a new        range of abilities and talents found in our North Allegheny
school takes time so teachers will be in the halls ready to       student population.
help students find classrooms. After a few days, new middle
school students develop confidence and move through               New Experiences at Middle School
school like an old pro!
                                                                  One new experience in middle school having a specific
                                                                  counselor assigned alphabetically to each student to help
What Does a Sixth Grader’s Schedule Look Like?
                                                                  students realize academic success and develop positive
The middle school philosophy is one of exploration, so            relationships. Counselors take a lead in scheduling and
students take a wide variety of courses. All sixth graders take   standardized test administration, and respond to parent/
classes in reading, English, social studies, math, and science.   guardian and student concerns as they arise.
These classes fill five of the periods in the seven-period day.
They also take classes in art, family and consumer sciences,      Other new experiences include: a school-wide intramural
keyboarding, and technology education, collectively called        program offering a variety of sports for each season; an
unified arts. Every other day, all students have a physical       annual talent show in addition to semi-annual band,
education (PE) class. On the first day, the physical education    orchestra, and choral concerts; interdisciplinary units
teacher will tell the students what clothing they need for        planned by team teachers; and building-wide community
class. Students will be assigned a locker to secure their         service projects.
belongings for PE. On the alternating days, students take
either band, orchestra, chorus, or general music.

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Middle Schools Have Much in Common
Although each middle school prides itself on being unique,         Student Portal at 8:00 a.m. on August 21, which provides           Middle School Picture Dates
the three middle schools have much in common. First and            the maximum amount of time needed to continue to
foremost, the curriculum is consistent throughout the              adjust schedules before publishing them. Once published,           Students will receive a packet of information with package
North Allegheny School District, offering students the same        schedules cannot be changed.                                       prices prior to the scheduled date.
strong foundation in preparation for high school. Many non-                                                                                       CMS............................. October 5
academic features are also similar. Student Councils in all        Mark Your Calendars Now:                                                       IMS............................... September 25
three schools participate in school-wide fundraisers. Money        Sixth Grade Team Coffee Dates
raised from fundraisers pays for many student activities,                                                                                         MMS............................ October 19*
assemblies, and special events.                                    Parents/guardians of sixth graders are invited to attend           *The date for MMS picture day has changed from September 28, which is what was
                                                                   a coffee during the first few weeks of school to meet the          listed in the calendar, to October 19.
All three schools host an annual Mini-Course Day. Teachers,        teachers on their child’s team. At the event, the teachers on
with the help of parent/guardian volunteers, introduce             each team will review homework policies and procedures,             CHIP Insurance
students to a variety of experiences outside the general           curriculum, communication issues, and a variety of other
curriculum. The courses vary according to student interest.        topics. School Counselors and administrators will also be           Pennsylvania’s Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP)
In the past, they have ranged from drama, storytelling, and        on hand.                                                            has expanded to cover all uninsured kids and teens in
artistic creations to fantasy football, gardening, martial arts,                                                                       Pennsylvania. Now, no family makes too much money to
remote control car racing, and roller skating, to name only        The schedule for this year’s sixth grade team coffees is            qualify for CHIP.
a few.                                                             as follows:
                                                                                                                                       If you need health insurance, it’s worth looking into CHIP.
All three middle schools feature winter and spring concerts,       Carson Middle School
                                                                                                                                       In fact, your kids may be able to continue visiting the
awards assemblies for academics and sports, athletic                 • All Teams - Wednesday, August 29, 7:30 a.m.                     same doctors! Coverage is available for doctors visits,
events, school dances, an annual talent show, and a musical                                                                            immunizations, emergency care, prescriptions, dental, and
production.                                                        Ingomar Middle School
                                                                                                                                       eye care.
                                                                     • All Teams - Wednesday, August 29, 7:30 a.m.
Seventh and Eighth Graders                                                                                                             For more information, visit www.CHIPcoversPAkids.com or
                                                                   Marshall Middle School
Seventh grade students are still assigned to teams. Eighth                                                                             call 1-800-986-KIDS.
grade students experience a departmentalized structure as            • All Teams - Wednesday, August 29, 7:30 a.m
they prepare for their transition to high school.
                                                                   Open House at the Middle Schools                                    FERPA
There are changes in the curriculum in seventh and eighth                                                                              Every parent/guardian has rights guaranteed by the Family
grade. Seventh graders have only one semester of unified           Each of the three middle schools will host an Open House on
                                                                   Thursday, September 13 at 6:30 p.m. During this important           Educational Rights and Privacy Act, (FERPA) relative to the
arts, giving them the opportunity to explore two languages                                                                             review and correction of his/her child’s educational records.
                                                                   evening, parents/guardians will experience middle school
during the other semester. Eighth graders choose the first                                                                             In addition, a child’s records cannot be released without
                                                                   firsthand by following a condensed version of their child’s
year of a world language (Latin, German, Spanish, or French)
                                                                   daily schedule. It is important for parents/guardians to arrive     written parental/guardian consent, except for directory
to study for the entire school year.
                                                                   early to be in their child’s homeroom by 6:30 p.m. in order to      information and to agencies or in incidents specified
Seventh and eighth grade students have additional                  follow their child’s entire schedule.                               by policy. Directory information is defined by FERPA as
extracurricular opportunities. Interscholastic sports are also     Teachers will review their routines and expectations, course        name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth,
available to seventh and eighth grade students.                    objectives and requirements, and homework procedures and            field of study, honors won, offices held, recognition for
                                                                   policies at Open House.                                             achievements, post-high school endeavors, recognition of
Middle School Schedules                                                                                                                graduating seniors, participation in officially recognized
                                                                   In addition, teachers will preview important electronic learning
Schedules for middle school students are released at a             resources that will be used throughout the school year.             activities and sports, weight and height (for athletic teams),
later date than schedules for students at the intermediate                                                                             dates of attendance, enrollment status, degrees, awards
and senior high level due to the nature of middle school           Open House is an excellent opportunity for parents/guardians        received, and the last educational agency or institution
scheduling. North Allegheny utilizes a teaming approach to         to establish positive communication with their child’s              attended by the student. A parent/guardian who does not
scheduling at the middle school level. Using this approach         teachers. This evening is designed for parents/guardians only.
                                                                   Please do not bring your children. Further information will be      want directory information released about his/her child
has many benefits for students. However, a schedule change
                                                                   sent home with the students after school begins.                    must provide notice in writing. For more details, contact the
for a single student may result in the need to change the
schedules of many other students. Because of this, middle                                                                              Student Services Department at (412) 635-4110.
school student schedules will be activated in the Tyler

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Attendance and Concerns
Middle School Attendance                                            To enter class, a tardy student must stop in the office to       Who to Call
                                                                    receive a late slip and must submit a signed tardy note from
Regular and punctual attendance at school is important              the parent/guardian at that time.                                Parents/guardians often wonder whom to call when they
to a successful school career. Absences fall into one of two                                                                         have particular concerns. As a general rule, it is best to seek a
categories: LEGAL and ILLEGAL.                                      Working together to help our students attend school              solution at the building level with the individual(s) closest to
                                                                    regularly and on time will lead to a successful school year!     the origin of the concern. Here are some frequently occurring
Legal absences include:
                                                                                                                                     examples:
  1. Student illness                                                What is Perfect Attendance?
  2. Death of an immediate family member
                                                                    To qualify for perfect attendance, a middle school student
                                                                                                                                      Concern...                       Person to Call...
  3. Absences approved by the administration, including
     approved Family Educational Trips                              must have no legal or illegal absences during the entire year.    Grade                            Teacher who issued grade
  4. Religious holidays or instruction                              The following guidelines also apply:
  5. Urgent reasons deemed acceptable by                                                                                              Detention                        Teacher who issued
     the administration                                               • Four excused tardies or four excused early dismissals or
                                                                                                                                                                       detention (Asst. Principal if
                                                                        a combination of the two are permitted, not to exceed a                                        concern remains)
Illegal absences include:                                               total of four.
                                                                                                                                      Placement                        School Counseling Office at
  1. Truancy                                                          • All-day school-related activities (out of the building)                                        the beginning of the year;
  2. Absence due to parental/guardian neglect                           are always recorded as days attended in the student’s                                          teacher/School Counselor at
  3. Illegal employment                                                                                                                                                mid-year
                                                                        records. They do not count as absences.
  4. Family Educational Trips not approved by
     the administration                                                                                                               Peer Problems                    School Counselor
                                                                      • All-day absences (not school-related) disqualify students                                      Asst. Principal/Principal
In order to request approval for a Family Educational Trip,             for perfect attendance recognition.
                                                                                                                                      New Student                      School Counseling Office
parents/guardians must submit a written request for excusal           • Even though excused, religious holidays and religious
at least five (5) school days prior to the absence and the              retreats with educational components must, by state
absence must be for 10 or less school days. Students who will                                                                         At-Risk Student                  School Counselor/Principal/
                                                                        law, be counted as absences. At North Allegheny, these                                         Student Assistance Team
be participating in an extended absence due to a request
for an educational tour or trip for more than 10 days will              absences will not disqualify a student from perfect           Homework                         Teacher/School Counselor
be withdrawn after the tenth consecutive day (on day 11)                attendance.
and the withdrawal date will be dated the first day of the            • Other exceptions such as family funerals, court               Homework Requests (illness) Refer to Blackboard
consecutive absence.                                                    subpoena, or extraordinary circumstances will
Students with legal absences may have the opportunity to                be handled on a case-by-case basis by building                Bus Discipline                   Bus Monitor/Asst. Principal/
complete any missed assignments upon returning to school.               administrators.                                                                                Principal
Students with illegal absences are not permitted to make-                                                                             General Transportation           School Counseling Office/
up work. Our responsibility is to promote consistent school                                                                                                            Transportation Department
attendance and address the underlying risk factors that may
lead to truancy. As a requirement of Act 138, students who                                                                            Teacher Complaint                Teacher first, then Principal
accrue three (3) illegal absences will be asked to participate
in the creation of a School Attendance Improvement Plan                                                                               Medical                          Nurse
(SAIP). Students who accrue six (6) illegal absences will be
referred to a school-based or community-based attendance                                                                              Tutoring/Homebound               School Counseling Office
improvement program or to the local children and youth                                                                                Instruction
agency. In addition, the District may file a citation for truancy                                                                     Vacation/Education Trip          Secretary
with the local District Magistrate.                                                                                                   Requests
There are three reasons recognized as valid excuses for                                                                               Program/Curriculum               Teacher/School Counselor/
tardiness:                                                                                                                                                             Principal
  1. Severe weather conditions                                                                                                        Extracurricular Activities       Sponsor/Coach/Asst.
  2. Bus transportation difficulties                                                                                                                                   Principal/Principal/Athletics
  3. Personal accident or illness                                                                                                                                      Director, as necessary

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Don’t Forget...
Middle School Guidelines for Dress:
Personal Conduct and Appearance
Students shall dress appropriately and their clothing or personal hygiene should not cause a health or safety hazard or
disrupt the educational process. Age appropriate guidelines are published in respective building Student Handbooks. The
establishment of these guidelines is supported by North Allegheny School Board Policy No. 220.

GUIDELINES: Standards for Dress (please review in the Student/Parent Handbook)
 1. Students are expected to wear neat, clean, appropriate       8. Tops need to be tucked into or overlap bottom
    clothing that does not interfere with the purpose of            garments. Clothing should cover the back, chest, midriff,
    school-learning.                                                buttocks, and undergarments.
 2. Heads should not be covered at any time; however,            9. Chains that could present a danger are not permitted on
    religious headwear is permitted.                                clothes or accessories.
 3. Footwear must be worn at all times. Flip-flops, sandals,     10. Dress citations will be issued as a written warning to
    and slippers are not recommended due to potential                students violating dress guidelines. A student may
    safety hazards.                                                  be asked to change his or her clothes to adhere to
                                                                     the above dress guidelines. Progressive discipline will
 4. Clothing may not interfere with the educational process          be assigned when a student receives a second dress
    or rights of others and should not depict, advertise, or         citation.
    encourage indecent content or the use of any illegal
    substances. Clothing that includes derogatory slurs or       11. The school administration reserves the right to make
    implies hatred or prejudice toward any race, gender,             final decisions regarding the appropriateness or safety
    social group, or religion may not be worn.                       of any dress disruptive to the educational process.
 5. Sleepwear is not permitted.
 6. All clothing must cover the buttocks when standing or
    sitting with fingertips as a guideline for shorts.
 7. See-through garments, mesh shirts, and muscle shirts
    worn alone are prohibited.

Middle School Students Have Access to Free and                  Other Library Resources Online
Reliable Resources at Home
                                                                Check out the Library webpages for even more resources!             Type keywords into the main search bar and click enter. From
Remember the days when parents/guardians would debate                                                                               the tabs above the returned results, select Websites. The
the purchase of an expensive set of encyclopedias, knowing      To visit your individual building library website, click here.      resulting list features a site summary, age recommendations,
that the information would soon be out of date? North           Click on your school’s library link. From here you can access the   and other information. In order to access these websites,
Allegheny middle school students and parents/guardians can      school library’s online card catalog, Destiny. Each student has     students must be logged into Destiny.
access the same quality library resources at home from          a Destiny account, which is the same username and password
the Internet.                                                   used to log on to any networked computer in the District.
To visit the Library webpage, click here and scroll down        Not only can students search for resources from home, but
below the ”Quick Links” to find all the home links. Usernames   educationally accurate website links have been embedded
and passwords to access these resources are required, and       into the catalogs.
both are available from the school librarians.

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TRANSITIONS 2018-2019 - A Back to School Publication for North Allegheny Middle School Families - North Allegheny School District
It Takes Someone Like You to Volunteer
Parent Groups are Essential for Home-School                            Volunteers are Needed
Communication
                                                                                                                                          We Need You!
                                                                       There are many opportunities for parents/guardians to be
Parents/guardians who have been active in the PFA at an                actively involved as volunteers at the middle schools. One
elementary school are often on the lookout for similar                 avenue for involvement is attending Parent Coffees (see
                                                                       left). Parents/guardians are also needed for dozens of other
organizations when their children move to middle school.
Attending Middle School Parent Coffees may be the answer               activities, from library volunteer work to Tiger Shop, Mini-     Our children benefit greatly
for these parents/guardians.                                           Course Day, Career Day, school picture day, field trips, and
                                                                       yearbook.
                                                                                                                                          from the contributions
Parent Coffees are held at all secondary schools. Parent
Coffees are held for parents/guardians who want to meet                Each middle school invites parents/guardians to sign up to
                                                                                                                                             of our volunteers.
regularly with building principals to share ideas and                  volunteer through both virtual and in-person sign-up events
information. Topics of interest to parents/guardians are               during the first weeks of school. Parents/guardians will have
presented and discussed, including curriculum, testing,
homework, discipline, extracurricular activities, and
                                                                       the opportunity to sign up for the activities of their choice.
                                                                       Keep an eye out for the dates below if you’re interested in
                                                                       signing up to volunteer in the middle schools!
                                                                                                                                               Get Cleared
technology. School news and upcoming events are reported.
Parents/guardians are also updated on District-wide news by              • Carson Middle School will host a virtual volunteer sign-
representatives of committees such as the Unified Boosters
and the Superintendent/Parents Liaison Committee (SPLC).
School Counselors sometimes report on special topics such
                                                                           up via an e-blast in late September.
                                                                         • Ingomar Middle School will host a volunteer round-up
                                                                                                                                                        Volunteer
as scheduling and Student Council representatives are often                on September 10, 2018 at 9:30 a.m.
present to update parents/guardians on their activities.                 • Marshall Middle School will host a virtual volunteer sign-
Parents/guardians have an opportunity to raise questions                   up via an e-blast in late September and information will
and concerns.                                                              be posted on the MMS website.
Parent Coffees are open to all parents/guardians. Please take          Parents/guardians who wish to volunteer must have a
advantage of this excellent opportunity to enhance home-               Pennsylvania State Police Clearance and Pennsylvania Child
school communication at the secondary level. The Parent                Abuse History Clearance. Parents/guardians who have not
Coffee meeting schedule for the 2018–2019 school year at the           lived in Pennsylvania for the past 10 years are required to
middle schools is as follows:                                          have an FBI Clearance in addition to the two Pennsylvania
   Carson Middle School                  Ingomar Middle School         Clearances. Clearances are good for five years from the date
                                                                       of issuance. More information on volunteer clearances can be
      October 17, 6:00 p.m.                 October 25, 6:00 p.m.      found by clicking here.
      January 17, 9:30 a.m.                  January 18, 9:30 a.m.
 February 19, 7:00 p.m. (at IMS)**         February 19, 7:00 p.m. **   The success of our schools will continue to be directly linked
       April 12, 9:30 a.m.                     May 10, 9:30 a.m.
                                                                       to the participation of parents/guardians in their children’s
                     Marshall Middle School
                                                                       education. Please contact your child’s school principal for
                                                                       further details regarding each school’s volunteer program.
                                                                                                                                           Parents/guardians and
                         October 11, 6:00 p.m.                                                                                           community members are
                         January 10, 9:30 a.m.
                    February 19, 7:00 p.m. (at IMS)**
                                                                                                                                          required by law to have
                           April 12, 9:30 a.m.                                                                                           clearances to volunteer in
**There will be a combined Parent Coffee meeting of all three                                                                                     schools.
   middle schools at IMS on February 19 starting at 7 p.m.
                                                                                                                                              For more information:
                                                                                                                                             www.northallegheny.org

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From the Desk of the School Nurse
Medications at School                                             Student Health Information                                        Too Sick for School
If a licensed prescriber deems it medically necessary for         The Tyler Parent Portal includes your child’s health              Schools provide an environment where the transmission
your child to take medication during the day, the following       information. On the right hand column, you have an option         of illness from one child to another can occur rather easily.
procedures must be completed:                                     titled “Health”. As with your child’s academic information,       Being sick at school puts your child at greater risk for
                                                                  this is available only for your review through your secure        prolonged illness, but it also puts the children around him/
  1. Written authorization from the licensed prescriber must
                                                                  Tyler username and password. Here you can view your child’s       her at greater risk. Please consider these general guidelines
      accompany all medications. That written authorization
                                                                  screening results, immunization records, and any medication       when making the decision whether or not to send your child
      may come in the form of:
                                                                  that was prescribed for your child during the school year. If     to school:
     • A completed North Allegheny School District Request        you have any specific questions, please email your child’s
         for Medication Administration in School Form #210, or    school nurse.                                                          • Fever of 100 degrees or higher - children should
     • Written instructions/orders on the licensed                                                                                          be fever free without the aid of fever reducing
         prescriber’s letterhead or prescription pad.             Physical Exams for 6th Grade Students                                     medication for 24 hours before returning to school.
  2. Parent(s)/guardian(s) must complete the demographic                                                                                 • Acute cold or persistent cough.
                                                                  The Pennsylvania School Health Law requires that all
      and parent/guardian signature sections of the Request       students receive a physical examination on entrance to                 • Nausea/vomiting/diarrhea - children should be free
      for Administration of Medication in School Form #210.       school for 6th grade. This exam can be dated anytime during               from vomiting for 24 hours before returning to school.
      To print the medication form at home, click here.           the 12 months prior to the start of the mandated exam school      Help us make sure that your children are ready and able to
  3. The initial dose of medication must be provided prior to     year. Therefore, since your child will be starting school on      learn. For further information, please check out the Health
      request of administration at school.                        August 23, 2018, the physical exam can be dated anytime           Services Webpage - Too Sick for School?
  4. All medication is to be in its original labeled container.   from August 23, 2017. The best interests of your child are
                                                                  served by having a continuous relationship with a Primary
  5. When someone other than the parent(s)/guardian(s)            Care Provider. A copy of a camp physical or athletic physical      Immunization Requirements - Just a Reminder
      delivers medication to school:                              form will suffice in lieu of the NA physical form.
     • Container is to be placed in a sealed envelope.                                                                               All student (grades K-12) must have completed
                                                                  If you are unable to pay for an examination by your primary        immunizations before the first day of school.
     • Medication is to be delivered to the health office upon                                                                       Documentation must be provided from your Primary Care
                                                                  care provider please notify your child’s school nurse. Your
         student’s arrival at school.                                                                                                Physician verifying that these requirements have been
                                                                  child can then be scheduled for a physical exam by the School
     • The parent/guardian assumes all responsibility for         Physician or Certified Registered Nurse Practitioner.              met.
         medications sent to school.
                                                                                                                                     ** 7th Grade Students are required to have a tetanus/
  6. Acceptable amounts of medication to be stored at school:     Dental Exams for 7th Grade Students                                diphtheria/pertussis (Tdap) and a meningococcal vaccine
     • One-week supply for acute (short-term) illness.                                                                               (MCV4) by the first day of your child’s 7th grade school
                                                                  The Pennsylvania School Health Law requires that all
     • Thirty-day supply for chronic (long-term) conditions.                                                                         year.
                                                                  students receive a dental examination on entrance to school
  7. Changes in medication must be accompanied by a               for 7th grade. This exam can be dated anytime during the 12        If these requirements are not met prior to the 2018-19
      licensed prescriber’s written statement. A faxed written    months prior to the start of the mandated exam school year.        school year, your child will not be permitted to start classes
      statement with a licensed prescriber’s signature will be    Therefore, since your child will be starting school on August      on August 23, 2018.
      accepted.                                                   23, 2018, the dental exam can be dated anytime from August
                                                                                                                                     **Families receive notification by mail if immunizations are
  8. In addition, for students who carry and self-administer      23, 2017.
                                                                                                                                     not up to date. To review the requirements, go to the North
      emergency medications (i.e. rescue inhaler, Injectable      If you are unable to pay for an examination by your dentist,       Allegheny School District webpage here.
      Epinephrine), an order is required from a licensed          please notify your child’s school nurse. Your child can then be
      prescriber indicating that it is necessary for the                                                                             **Medical exemption – when the physical condition of the child is
                                                                  scheduled for a dental exam by the School Dentist.                    such that immunization would endanger life or health. (Requires
      student to carry the medication and that the student is
                                                                                                                                        physician’s signature)
      competent of self-administration. For students in grades
                                                                                                                                     **Religious exemption – when the parent(s)/guardian(s) adheres to a
      6 through 12, in lieu of a licensed prescriber statement,
                                                                                                                                        religious belief whose teachings are opposed to such immunization .
      the nurse may make a determination that the student is                                                                            (Requires parents/guardians signature)
      competent of self administration (Form #210).

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From the Desk of the School Nurse
Headline
Ticks                                                              The simplest way to protect your child is to remove a tick
                                                                   before it has a chance to transmit disease-causing pathogens.
Over the last five years, Pennsylvania ranked first for the most
                                                                   There are several tick removal devices on the market, but a
reported cases in the U.S. for Lyme Disease. Lyme Disease
                                                                   plain set of fine-tipped tweezers works very well.
is a bacterial infection transmitted to humans primarily
through the bites of infected deer ticks. Many people are not      How to remove a tick:
aware when they’ve been bitten by a tick and may not make
                                                                     1. Use fine-tipped tweezers to grasp the tick as close to the
a connection when they begin to experience symptoms.
                                                                        skin’s surface as possible.
Symptoms include fever, headache, general achiness, swollen
glands, fatigue, and a possible bullseye rash, and symptoms          2. Pull upward with steady, even pressure. Don’t twist or
may not appear for weeks, months, or even years after a tick            jerk the tick as this can cause the mouth-parts to break
bite. Children and youth are the most susceptible to Lyme               off and remain in the skin. If this happens, remove the
Disease, and initial symptoms may go unrecognized and                   mouth-parts with tweezers.
be considered normal childhood illnesses. By the time it is          3. After removing the tick, thoroughly clean the bite area
clear there is something wrong, the symptoms are often                  and your hands with rubbing alcohol or soap and
neurocognitive, usually showing up with behavior changes,               water.
changes in performance at school, and psychiatric issues.            4. Never crush a tick with your fingers. Dispose of a live
Prevention is key to avoiding a tick bite. Here are a few tips          tick by putting it in alcohol, placing it in a sealed bag/
you can follow.                                                         container, wrapping it tightly in tape, or flushing it
                                                                        down the toilet.
    • Avoid exposure in wooded, overgrown areas, and stay          For further information, please go to PA Lyme Resource
      on marked trails when hiking.                                Network or the Centers for Disease Control.
    • Avoid going into the tall grass and brush if you can.
    • Sports and athletic fields with well-groomed grass
      are safer.
    • Wear protective clothing such as long sleeves, long
      pants tucked into socks, and closed-toe shoes.
    • Use insect repellent such as DEET on the body of
      Permethrin on clothes. Be sure to review safety
      information and assess the risks/benefits of these
      products, as many doctors consider them unsafe for
      children under the age of three. Consult your doctor if
      you’re hesitant of the products.
    • Perform tick checks as soon as you come in from
      outside. Important areas to check for ticks include
      behind the knees, under the armpits, in the scalp,
      along the waistline, and the back.
    • Shower daily.

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The School Lunch Program
Nutritious meals that emphasize quality and variety are                  All students have the option of paying by cash or with their               PaySchools Central is a secure, online payment option for
available to students at every school within the District.               PIN number.                                                                the convenient and secure management of a student’s lunch
Printable versions of monthly menus for the secondary                                                                                               account. This resource makes it easy to apply funds to a child’s
                                                                         Payments to establish student accounts may be made at the
program are posted on the District website. The daily middle                                                                                        account and to check an account balance. PaySchools Central
                                                                         point of sale, with his/her PIN number clearly indicated on the
school lunch features are posted on the District and school                                                                                         accepts credit card and checking account prepayments 24
                                                                         check. Pre-printed envelopes for this purpose are available
homepages of the website. Parents/guardians may request a                                                                                           hours a day with an automated update to the POS system at
                                                                         in each school cafeteria. Checks should be made payable to
printed copy in the main office of their home school. Students                                                                                      the school. It allows parents/guardians to fund their child’s
                                                                         “NASD Cafeteria Fund”. Questions regarding account balances
may make cafeteria purchases by utilizing the Point of Sale                                                                                         account from the comfort of their home or office, night or day.
                                                                         or requests for patron participation reports may be directed
(POS) computerized debit system, which requires them to                                                                                             Registration, credit card information, and checking account
                                                                         to the Food Service Office at 724-934-7201. The District has
provide their Personal Identification Number (PIN).                                                                                                 information is protected on PaySchools Central with the most
                                                                         implemented an online payment system for school lunches.
                                                                                                                                                    advanced Internet security. For more information, visit www.
Each student is assigned a six-digit PIN upon his/her                    More information can be found at www.payschoolscentral.
                                                                                                                                                    payschoolscentral.com.
enrollment. The PIN number is used for two purposes. The first           com.
purpose is to verify student identity and reference important
student information like food allergies, dietary restrictions,
and limitations on purchases established by parents/
guardians. The second purpose is to subtract monies from
student accounts to eliminate the need for students to pay
with cash.

 Monday      Middle SchoolTuesday
                           Menu for First Weeks of School
                                             Wednesday                                                                              Thursday                                 Friday
 September 5                                September 6                                 September 7                                 August 23                                September 24
 NO SCHOOL                            Asian
                           Middle School    Chicken Noodle
                                         Student    Price Bowl
                                                           List (A
                                                                forLa2018-2019:
                                                                     Carte  BBQ Chicken Nachos: Tortilla Chips                      Chicken Fries w/ Dinner Rolls            Chicken Mashed Potato Bowl w/ Dinner
 (Labor Day)                                Chicken Egg Roll $1)                           Topped w/ BBQ Chicken, Cheese Sauce,     -OR-                                     Rolls
                                            -OR-
                           Breakfast.................................................      Lettuce & Salsa
                                                                                       $1.25                                        Baked Meatball Hoagie                    -OR-
                                            Hot Ham & Cheese on Pretzel Bun                -OR-                                                                              Rodeo Burger
                                                                                           Angry Bird Buffalo Chicken Sandwich w/
                           Lunch...................................................... $2.85                                        Featured Vegetable: Oven Fries/Green
                                            Featured Vegetable: Steamed Broccoli           Pepper Jack Cheese                       Beans                                    Featured Vegetable: Baked Beans
                           Premium Meal........................................... $3.85
                                                                                        Featured Vegetable: Black Bean Corn Salsa

 Monday                                     Tuesday                                     Wednesday                                   Thursday                                 Friday
 August 27                                  August 28                                   August 29                                   August 30                                August 31
 Cheese Ravioli w/ Breadstick               General Tso Chicken w/ Brown Rice (A La     Walking Taco: Tortilla Chips Topped with    Popcorn Chicken w/ Dinner Rolls          Chicken Mashed Potato Bowl
 -OR-                                       Carte Chicken Egg Roll)                     Taco Beef, Shredded Cheese, Lettuce,        -OR-                                     w/ Dinner Rolls
 Italian Hoagie                             -OR-                                        and Salsa                                   Steak and Cheese Hoagie                  -OR-
                                            Mozzarella Stuffed Pizza Sticks w/ Pizza    -OR-                                        w/ Peppers and Onions                    Double Dogs
 Featured Vegetable: Garden Salad/          Dipping Sauce                               Mozzarella Stuffed Pizza Sticks w/ Pizza
 Carrot Coins                                                                           Dipping Sauce                               Featured Vegetable: Oven Fries           Featured Vegetable: Baked Beans
                                            Featured Vegetable: Golden Corn                                                         /Green Beans
                                                                                        Featured Vegetable: Golden Corn

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District News & Notes
Student Data Portal                                                Code of Conduct/Student Handbooks Online                            Don’t Miss School Emergency, Delay,
The District utilizes Tyler SIS as the Student Information         The 2018–2019 Code of Conduct is available for review on            Cancellation, or Crisis Information
System. All parents/guardians with Internet access                 the District website and is also included in the District
                                                                                                                                       SchoolMessenger will continue to be the District’s primary
have the ability to create an account to view important            Activities Calendar. The Code of Conduct includes important
                                                                                                                                       communication vehicle for sharing emergency and crisis
information, including grades for their children. For              information on the District’s Anti-Bullying Policy (#249),
                                                                                                                                       information with parents/guardians and staff. All families
additional information, please visit the Student Data Portal       Responsible Computer, Telecommunications, and
                                                                                                                                       are strongly encouraged to have a personal account with
Instructions on the North Allegheny School District website.       Information Technology Use Policy (#224.1), Controlled
                                                                                                                                       up-to-date information in SchoolMessenger to ensure
                                                                   Substance and Paraphernalia Policy (#227), Weapons Policy
                                                                                                                                       that they receive critical messages during times when
Participation Fees                                                 (#218.1), and more. Building principals will review this
                                                                                                                                       communication really matters.
                                                                   information with each student at the beginning of the school
Participation fees will remain in effect in 2018–2019 for many     year. A Student and Parent/Guardian Sign-Off Sheet has also
extracurricular activities, such as interscholastic athletics,                                                                         Please take a moment and log into the SchoolMessenger
                                                                   been developed for use at all grade levels.                         website at https://go.schoolmessenger.com to ensure all
Marching Band, intramurals, and various select ensembles
and clubs. The implementation of a participation fee for                                                                               of your information is accurate. SchoolMessenger accounts
extracurricular activities is necessary to offset costs and help   Audio and/or Video Recording on District Buses                      are private and must be maintained by parents/guardians.
continue the depth and breadth of such programs. There are         North Allegheny School District is permitted by law to equip        This information is held separate from the information
three participation fee categories:                                school buses and vehicles with audio and/or video recording         in the Tyler Student Data Portal. For information about
• Interscholastic Athletics – $75 per season per athlete with a    equipment. NA School Board Policy #810.2 authorizes use of          how to access or set up your personal SchoolMessenger
  student and/or family cap of $225                                such equipment for school discipline and security purposes.         account, please refer to the NASD website.
• Marching Band – $50 per season per Marching Band                 Each school year, the Superintendent or designee shall notify       Note: SchoolMessenger offers the option of notification by
  participant with a family cap of $150                            students and their parents/guardians of this policy by mail         phone, email, text, or any combination of all three. It is wise
• Other – $25 per activity per participant with a student and/     to the students’ home addresses. Notice that students may           to take advantage of all possible communication options so
  or family cap of $75 (e.g., intramurals, club sports, select                                                                         you have the best chance to receive key information when an
                                                                   be audio/video recorded must be posted in a clearly visible         emergency arises.
  ensembles, and select competition groups)
                                                                   manner on each school bus or school vehicle that is furnished
Therefore, the maximum amount that any family will pay             with audio/video recording equipment.                               For emergencies and crisis situations, SchoolMessenger is only
is $450, or the sum of the family caps in each category                                                                                utilized for in-the-moment communications such as a lockdown
($225 + $150 + $75 = $450). A provision for economically           Student Registration                                                or evacuation. If there is important information that must be
disadvantaged students is included in this plan. There                                                                                 relayed to parents/guardians but does not require a lockdown
are more details, including a Frequently Asked Questions           All new student registrations are processed at the Central          or evacuation, communication will be shared via email.
document, available by clicking here.                              Administrative Offices. Parents/guardians must complete the
When a student becomes a member of a team or a group,              online registration located on the North Allegheny website          While the District works as fast as possible to gather and
one of these two letters will be distributed by the coach or       under the New Student Registration link on the homepage             disseminate communications regarding emergencies and
sponsor:                                                           and then schedule an appointment online. Once scheduled             crisis information, word-of-mouth and text messages travel
• Participation Fee Parent Letter – Athletics                      for an appointment, parents/guardians will be able to finalize      much faster. Please know that while we are working diligently
                                                                   the registration and present necessary documentations for           to get families the latest up-to-the-minute information about
• Participation Fee Parent Letter and Form – Non-Athletics                                                                             emergencies and crisis information, it is often difficult to beat
                                                                   registrations.
                                                                                                                                       the speed of those who are experiencing the situation and
SchoolSite Locator                                                 Parents/guardians with questions related to the online
                                                                                                                                       sharing information firsthand.
                                                                   registration can call 412-369-5434. If the child has attended
SchoolSite Locator is a tool that can be used to determine         another school district previously, it will be the responsibility
what school a child would attend if a family resides at a          of NASD to request a transfer of records once the parent(s)/
given address. It allows a user to view District and school        guardian(s) signs a release form. To verify which school
boundaries, obtain driving directions, and more. Users may         a child will be attending, parents/guardians may refer to
access the SchoolSite Locator by clicking the icon on the          SchoolSite Locator.
District homepage. There is also a how-to-guide about the
basics of this user-friendly resource on the NASD website.

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District News & Notes
Important Student Information Will be Delivered                   The McKinney-Vento Act defines homeless children                   Student Records are Confidential
Electronically in 2018–2019                                       as “individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate
                                                                                                                                     NASD protects the confidentiality of personally identifiable
                                                                  nighttime residence.” The act provides examples of children
The North Allegheny School District is committed to                                                                                  information for all students in accordance with state and
                                                                  who would fall under this definition:
providing as much information as possible to parents/                                                                                federal law and the District’s student records policy.
                                                                    • Children and youth sharing housing due to loss of
guardians via digital communications using email and                  housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason.               Your child’s records cannot be released without your written
website resources. The District requires an accurate email          • Children and youth living in motels, hotels, trailer           consent except for directory information and incidents
address on file for parents/guardians as a part of each               parks, or campgrounds due to lack of alternative               specified in the policy. Directory information may consist of
student’s record to ensure that information sent via email            accommodations.                                                name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth,
is received. Update your email and phone information by             • Children and youth living in emergency or transitional         major field of study, honors won and offices held, recognition
contacting the main office of your student’s school. Note: If         shelters.                                                      for achievements, post-high school endeavors, recognition
you logged into the Student Data Portal during the previous         • Children and youth abandoned in hospitals.                     of graduating seniors, participation in officially recognized
school year and your email address has not changed since            • Children and youth whose primary nighttime                     activities and sports, weight and height (for members of
that time, you do have a valid email address in the District          residence is not ordinarily used as a regular sleeping         athletic teams), dates of attendance, enrollment status,
system.                                                               accommodation (e.g. park benches, etc.)
                                                                                                                                     degrees and awards received, and the last educational
                                                                    • Children and youth living in cars, parks, public spaces,       agency or institution attended by the student. If you do not
Superintendent’s Coffees                                              abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus, or train
                                                                      stations.                                                      want directory information about your child transferred,
The Superintendent of Schools will be hosting a series                                                                               you may prevent release by contacting the District in writing
                                                                    • Migratory children and youth living in any of the above
of Coffees in various schools around the District in the                                                                             within 30 days from receipt of this notice. Please address such
                                                                      situations.
2018–2019 school year. Parents/guardians and any interested                                                                          requests to the building principal.
community member may attend a coffee at any location. All         If you or someone you know is in a situation meeting these
events begin at 9:30 a.m. Dates and locations are as follows:     definitions, please contact the NA Homeless Liaison (Dr.
                                                                  James Bradley, Assistant Superintendent of Elementary              Notification of Pesticide Use
     • September 5, CAO Bd. Rm (Newcomer’s Coffee)
                                                                  Education, at 412-369-5896 or jbradley@northallegheny.             The Commonwealth of Pennsylvania has very clear guidelines
     • September 25, MES       • December 11, HES
                                                                  org) so that the District can assist and provide resources to      in place defining the notification process and the use of
     • October 23, CMS         • February 12, MCK
                                                                  impacted individual(s).                                            pesticides. North Allegheny is in strict compliance with
                                                                                                                                     the law on this matter. The District’s Facilities Department
Approved Wipes/Sanitizers/Cleansers For                           Student Photos / Interviews / Reproductions of                     routinely references the Pesticide Hypersensitivity Registry,
Classroom Use                                                     Original Work                                                      published by the PA Department of Agriculture, which lists
The District has created a list of disinfecting wipes, hand       School Board Policy #902.1 allows the District to photograph       individuals throughout the state who have a known problem
sanitizers, and general cleaners that have been approved          or videotape students and their work for use in District           with various pesticides or herbicides.
for use in classrooms. This list is available on the District     publications, including but not limited to newspapers,             If you or your child are highly sensitive to pesticides and
website. Having this information is important, particularly       newsletters, marketing materials, and the NASD website.            would like a personal notification prior to the use of
with regard to supporting students who have allergies,            When District representatives themselves have advance              pesticides in any NA building, please notify the building
breathing conditions, etc. Parents/guardians are asked to         notice, the District makes every effort to notify parents/         principal with the details. This information is considered
refer to these lists before sending items for classroom use.      guardians in advance when public media is going to be in a         confidential and will be handled as such. All known concerns
This does not apply to products students bring for personal       school or attending a school event. As a result of this policy,    will be passed along to the Facilities Department and kept on
use.                                                              at the beginning of each school year or when a student             record in that building.
                                                                  enrolls in the District, building administrators will distribute
McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act                            the Photo/Video Release Letter to all NASD students. This          If you would like to register with the Pesticide
                                                                  letter will be available on the back of the Student/Parent         Hypersensitivity Registry, you may contact the PA
The McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act provides
                                                                  Handbook and Code of Conduct sign-off sheet. It states that, if    Department of Agriculture, at 717-787-4843, ext. 2 for
guidelines for school districts to assist students and families
                                                                  a family does not want images and/or recordings displayed          information.
who find themselves in a situation where they are homeless.
The Act requires that students who qualify as homeless are        or used in District publications, a written request should be
able to remain at their current school or enables them to         sent to the office of the child’s school by the second week of
immediately register to attend school.                            school each school year, along with a current photo of the
                                                                  student.
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