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Chorus News!! By Conner Powers

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Book Reviews

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Fun Page

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Student Art

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The Northgate Middle/Senior High School Combined Choir spread their love of music across the school and community in the Fall/Winter of 2017. We began the school year with the Open House Talent Show, followed by National Walk To School Day, "Make-It" A Happy Halloween event, Beauty and the Beast, the Senior Citizen Performance,

Bellevue Light-Up Night, Macy's Ross Park Mall, The Woodlands Foundation (special needs retreat),

New Hope Assisted Living, Holy Family Manor, Grace Manor, the Pittsburgh International Airport, and

we closed the season with "A Christmas To Remember." The students thoroughly enjoyed spending time together and bringing joy into people's lives. These enriching opportunities create memories that will last a lifetime. We look forward to many more positive Choral events to come this winter and spring! Thank you Mrs. Winovich for your support!

Steelers News: What Went Wrong? By Peyton Celesti As most of you know, the Steelers lost a couple of Sunday’s ago, and did not exceed most people’s expectations of them going to Foxborough to play the pesky Patriots. Too many things went wrong that shouldn’t have happened on and off the field.

The Players were distracted. First of all, too many people thought the Steelers would win. And when this happens, the Steelers seem to lose their focus and the other team gets a chip on their shoulder that they don’t see coming. They always feel that they are going to breeze through their

opponent and look forward to their competition the next week- in this case it was the Patriots.


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Be an inventor during your free time at school Come to the library during a study hall or before or after school to use LittleBits. With LittleBits you can become an inventor using easy-to-use electronic building blocks. Bits snap together with magnets so it is a fast and easy way to learn and invent with electronics. Do you like to code or like to learn about how to make things with computers? If so, stop by the library and try Northgate’s new Raspberry PI. It is a credit-card sized computer that plugs into a monitor or TV.

Put your free time to good use – create, invent, learn!! Maker Monday Club – next meeting January 31 Maker Monday club meets one Mondays each month after school from 3- to 3:30 in the library. So far we have built buildings with legos, made a

lemon battery, slime, and spider pine cones. Students can work on their own projects, suggest new projects or work on the featured project. There

are plenty of options – come for the next feature project or come and create your own idea – just come and have fun and be creative! See you next club meeting!

November December Beattie Tech Student of the Month Congratulations to Kaileigh Hawkins, Riley Crow, and Nicholas Lockhart for being Beattie Tech Student of the month for November and December!!

CNC Router Mr. Berwick, the woodshop instructor, watches over Hannah Abercrombie as she uses the CNC router to make a custom wooden plaque for her father for Christmas.

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During the week of December 3, we celebrated Computer Science education week. We are surrounded by technology and use it every day, yet many of us don’t know how computers actually work. As part of the hour of code, we joined over 129 million students in over 180 countries to take on the challenge to code for one hour. If you didn’t have time to try – you still can. Go to www.hourofcode.org . Anyone can learn the basics – try it and see for yourself!

Library News – New Contests The winner of the guess the number of candies in the jar is Jazmine Rivera with the closest guess of 79. The actual count is 78 – CONGRATULATIONS Jazmine!! Stop by the library to take a chance at winning a Valentine bear!

Attention all Accelerated Readers! Attention 7 and 8 graders - Don’t forget to continue to read for the Accelerated Reader Contest - the top 20 students in 7 and 8 grade with a minimum of 50 points will be eligible for a pizza party at the end of the school year! th

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December Contest Winner The winner of the Winnie the Pooh drawing in December was Nick Persia. Congratulations Nick!

December’s Star Students of the month The winners for the grade level Star Students of the Month are: 7th grade: Karliann Stiegler chosen by Mrs. Schwemmer 8th grade: Kayla Mellinger chosen by Mrs. Kantenwein 9th grade: Dominique Clark-Enos chosen by Mr. Bichko 10th grade: Kaileigh Hawkins chosen by Mrs. Zeigler (Mohr) 11th grade: Matt O'Malley chosen by Mrs. Kunst 12th grade: Julianna Eyer chosen by Mrs. Crommer Those students will receive a certificate, a VIP lunch pass and a Cinemark movie pass.

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"Space Capsule with 3 Astronauts Returns to Earth." Summarized by Jenna Thomas and Daisy Dorsey United States NASA astronauts Andy Bresnik from Kentucky and two Russian astronauts named Sergey Ryazanskiy and Paolo Nespoli went to space and returned after nearly 6 months aboard the International Space Station on December 14, 2017. They landed on scheduled in a remote town in Kazakhstan.

All three of the astronauts were in good condition. They spent 139 days together aboard the orbiting space laboratory. While they were staying at the space station the received a call from Pope Francis; he talked about a book – “The Little Prince” by Antoine de Saint-Exupery. Bresnik celebrated thanksgiving in space

and talked to the pope about the fact that in space “there are no borders, there is no conflict, it’s just peaceful”. Source: "Space Capsule with 3 Astronauts Returns to Earth." King County Journal, 14 Dec, 2017, SIRS Discoverer, http:// discoverer.prod.sirs.com.

National Poverty in America Awareness Month January is National Poverty Awareness month. Many of the millions of people that live in poverty in the United Sates are children. Many do not have enough food to eat, warm coats or shoes, a bed to sleep in, no access to medical care, and no home. There are many organizations and program to help people living in poverty. Some of these are the Salvation Army, the Red Cross, local churches, food stamps, and other public assistance programs.

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In our Pittsburgh area there are many resources to help people that do not have a home. There are clinics, treatment centers, and shelters. In addition to a warm place to sleep, other services such as alcohol and drug rehabilitation are provided. Several of our local agencies are the Light of Life Rescue Mission, Pleasant Valley Shelter for Men, YMCA Women’s Homeless Services, Crisis Center North Domestic Violence, and Whale’s Tale to name a just a few.

If you know of someone that could use some help and assistance, please look at http:// www.homelessshelter directory.org/cgi-bin/ id/city.cgi? city=Pittsburgh&state= PA for information on the shelters and services in Pittsburgh and Allegheny County. Source: SirsDiscover and http:// www.homelessshelter directory.org/cgi-bin/ id/city.cgi? city=Pittsburgh&state= PA


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"No More Net Neutrality?" Summarized by Tierra Legari and Jocelyn Andreas In 2015, the federal government passed the laws that are known as Net Neutrality. These rules control how internet services are provided to consumers.“When you connect a device to the internet, you are using an internet service provider, or ISP. “ You pay your phone company or cable company a certain amount per month for the internet. The things you access on the internet are called data – such as mail, movies, websites etc. “Your ISP sends data to your device through cables or a wireless signal.” Right now, net neutrality rules require your internet service provider to treat all data that it used on the internet as equal. If the

government gets rid of these rules, then your provider will have more control over how much to charge you for service and for how fast your internet speed will be. So, your internet provide can decide to slow down or block certain websites or apps. They can also decide to charge you more to access certain sites.

The internet has been around for 28 years and there are 3.6 billion users and over one billion websites. The vote to determine whether or not to remove Net Neutrality was scheduled for December 14 2017. The FCC or Federal Communications Commission will be the government group that will make the decision.

It states that “the federal government will vote on whether to remove those rules, which are known as Net Neutrality.” The federal government is trying to do this because they want to have more control over how much to charge per month for internet service.

Source: “No More Net Neutrality?" NewsCurrents Read to Know, Dec, 2017, SIRS Discoverer, http:// discoverer.prod.sirs.com.

“New Year’s Eve Merrymakers should Prepare for Polar Party.” Written by John Bacon and summarized by Zeenat Sohail and Ben Skalos The weather conditions have been breaking records this year. Many New Year celebrations were cancelled as the National Weather Service issued wind chill advisories from Texas to Canada and from Ontana and Wyoming thru New England. Still, it did not stop people from ringing in the New Year by jumping into Lake Michigan and our local rivers in Pittsburgh. In Chicago, the temperature dipped below zero.

A thick white steam rose from the lake. Since it was too dangerous to jump into the lake, the would-be jumpers took their pictures while jumping on the frozen beach in their bathing suits. Other temperatures were -36C in South Dakota, in Nebraska the temperature was -26C, and in Montana, the wind chill was as low as -50C. Even here in Bellevue and Avalon we have

had 2 days of school delays due to cold weather conditions. Stay warm Northgate!! Source: Bacon, John. "New Year's Eve Merrymakers should Prepare for Polar Party." USA TODAY, 28 Dec, 2017, pp. A.1, SIRS Discoverer, http:// discoverer.prod.sirs.com

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Steelers News: What Went Wrong? By Peyton Celesti (Continued from Page 1) Why this happened this time is because all around them they heard how they were going to crush the Jags and how bad Blake Bortles was. This year, the Steelers would play down to their opponent and barely win. The Colts, Bengals, Browns, and Green Bay (with Hundley as QB) games we won by three. We also lost to the Bears. The public felt that we would crush them but we didn’t. This goes to show that Tomlin does not have his locker room under control and focused like a coach should – like Bill Belichick. Bad Coaching on the field The surprising thing about this game was all of the offense that happened. I figured Pittsburgh wouldn’t dominate SAXONVILLE, as they are called. And Blake Bortles isn’t that good and wouldn’t do much against an average Pittsburgh defense without linebacker Ryan Shazier. I was wrong. Blake Bortles picked apart Pittsburgh’s linebackers on the air and the ground. Big Ben and that powerful offense seemed to have no problem, with Ben throwing 5 touchdowns instead of 5 picks in week 5 against the Jags. The only thing was that Jacksonville created two turnovers that eventually turned into touchdowns. This gave Jacksonville control of the game. But what truly decided this game was the two bad decisions that were made by Mike Tomlin and Todd Haley. First, we had the ball at the Jacksonville 21, 4th and 1 in the first quarter, and down 14 zip. I liked that they went for it because with that offense, you can be aggressive, especially if you are in a hole. But the play call was bad. They pitched it to Le’veon Bell where he had to run five yards when he only had to run one. This gave a great Jacksonville defense time to get pass the blockers and tackle him behind the line of scrimmage. Finally, Mike Tomlin made the grand-daddy mistake that threw the game away. With Pittsburgh down by 7 with 2:18 on the clock, there was plenty of time to make a defensive stop and get the ball back, especially with two time outs. Tomlin decided to try an onside kick, which they failed at miserably – by hitting a Steeler and not even reaching 10 yards. This was dumb because there is a 20% chance of making it. So, they had a better chance of getting a defensive stop - although their defense played horribly.

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Lord of The Rings written by J.R.R. Tolkien Reviewed By Zachary Glevicky Have you ever gone on a journey and lost people on the way? If so you can relate to this book. The Lord of Rings is a great book. It is based on a young hobbit from the shire that has been left a quest by all of middle earth to destroy a ring. Once the ring is destroyed, it will get rid of the evil of middle earth. Needless to say, the young hobbit runs in to a lot of problems on the way to overcome. Anyone who likes journeys and adventure should read it – it was a great read!!

The Fault in Our Stars Written by John Green and reviewed by Anela Lumsden Do you know what it's like inside a teenage mind? Well if you do, imagine having cancer in your teenage years. In the book “ The Fault in Our Stars’” by John Green it lets you inside the mind of a girl fighting cancer. You get to go for the

ride with her struggles with love and death. This summer I had the thrill of going along for the ride as I read the book. Personally I love this book including all the sad and happy feelings. This book isn't for everyone but for the peo-

ple that love sorrow and happiness this is the book for you. It has many twists and turns and ups and downs in this book. If you want to know more about this book, I guess you will have to read it for yourself!

Meet the Student— Manny McGrail By Nathan Likens For my first interview I talked with 7th Grader Manny McGrail.

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First I asked him what his extracurricular activities are and he said “Right now I play football, write for the newspaper, and I’m part of the 3D Design for a Difference club.” Having gained that knowledge I asked him his position in football and he said he is line backer and #56. Lastly I asked him his talents - they are drawing, sports, and gaming.

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Meet a student – Ben Frushour My favorite color is:

Indigo

My favorite food is:

Grilled cheese sandwiches

My least favorite food is:

Chicken

My favorite thing about Northgate is:

The teachers

My hobbies are:

Riding my bike

My pets are:

Mochi ,Gracie, Buddy, and Jeffery

My favorite day of the week is:

Friday

A movie I enjoy is:

Sing

My favorite subject is:

I.T.

If my friends were to describe me in one word it would be: If I were to describe myself I’d say I was: Smart If I could go anywhere I would go to:

Niagara Falls

One thing interesting about me is:

I like vacuums.

When I grow up I want to be a:

Traffic cop

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Meet a student – Jazmine Rivera My favorite color is:

Pink

My favorite food is:

Pizza

My favorite thing about Northgate is:

Friends

My hobbies are:

Color pictures.

My pets are:

I have none.

My favorite day of the week is:

Friday

A movie I enjoy is:

Finding Dory

My favorite subject is:

Gym

If my friends were to describe me in one word it would be: If I were to describe myself I’d say I was: Pretty If I could go anywhere I would go to:

London

One thing interesting about me is:

I’m shy.

When I grow up I want to be a:

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Meet a student â&#x20AC;&#x201C; Madison Buckley My favorite color is:

Blue

My favorite food is:

Pizza rolls

My favorite thing about Northgate is:

Friends

My hobbies are:

Anything that is fun.

My pets are:

A dog named Otis.

My favorite day of the week is:

Friday

A movie I enjoy is:

Step Sisters

My favorite subject is:

Math

If my friends were to describe me in one word it would be:

Nice

If I were to describe myself Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d say I was: Pretty If I could go anywhere I would go to:

Paris

One thing interesting about me is:

I like to have fun.

When I grow up I want to be a:

A teacher.

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New Year Crossword Across 2. This month 5. A goal for the new year 6. A device for making a loud sound used to celebrate Down 1.An old device used to tell time 3. You do this right before the ball drops 4. You'll need a new one of these for the new year 7. The new year starts at this time

Find your way to 2018!

Winter Sudoku

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Three Little Ns Our writers have hidden 3 special versions of the letter "N" throughout the paper (not counting the unique N that is next to the title of the paper on the front page). You'll have to read carefully to find them! Find and circle the three hidden letter N’s and bring your copy of the paper to the library. If you find them all, you may win a prize! Be warned though, only the first 10 people to bring in the found N’s will receive a prize. See Mrs. Schwemmer with any questions. Good luck and happy hunting!

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Faculty Advisor - Mrs. Schwemmer Layout and Copy Editor—Kylee Saunders Newspaper Publication Staff— Kayla Mellinger Writers— Jocelyn Andreas, Madison Buckley, Peyton Celesti, Mykal Davis, Daisy Dorsey, Maura Dougherty, Ben Frushour, Zachary Glevicky, Marquise Greene, Tierra Legari, Nathan Likens, Anela Lumsden, Kiersten Macbay, Manny McGrail, BrendanMcNickle, Jayda Palacios, Conner Powers, Jazmine Rivera, Tori Roberts, Tiffani Rodarte, Kylee Saunders, Ben Skalos, Zeenet Sohail, Karliann Stiegler, Jenna Thomas, Hannah Wirth

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