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North Hills Monthly

New & Notable, October 2017

Oct 01, 2017 11:14AM ● By North Hills Monthly Magazine
Shaler Area Names New Primary School
Scott Primary School will be the official name of the school being built on Scott Avenue at the former Rogers Primary School site. The two-story, 82,279 sq. ft. building will accommodate 460-600 students in kindergarten through third grade. The school is designed to house each grade level in its own neighborhood of classrooms and special education rooms, and includes additional parking capacity, enhanced security features, a separate cafeteria, library, gym and STEAM room.

Blink Ink Opens
In late September, Blink Ink tattoo shop opened in Carnegie. The shop, which features professional artist Rich Lang along with young, up-and-coming local artists, was decorated by the unique furniture outlet Hot Haute Hot, which is based out of the Strip District. The shop offers a vintage, classic feel with handpicked furniture and distinctive artwork.

PATF Changes Name
The Pittsburgh AIDS Task Force (PATF) has changed its name to Allies for Health + Wellbeing to reflect its expanded role in caring for those living with, affected by, and at risk of acquiring HIV/AIDS, sexually transmitted infections, and viral hepatitis in southwestern PA. The organization most recently added a medical clinic to its services.

Craig Earns Prestigious Scholarship Award
Brittany Craig, an interior design student at La Roche College, will receive the 2017 Angelo Donghia Foundation Senior Student Scholarship Award of $30,000. Craig’s project on office design was selected from 69 student projects submitted from accredited institutions. The award will cover the cost of her senior-year tuition, board, maintenance and books.

North Hills Middle School Goes Orange Against Bullying
As part of the nationwide Safe Schools Week, North Hills Middle School students will Go Orange against bullying on Unity Day, Oct. 25. Wearing orange signifies a message of support, hope and unity, while showing that students are united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion and united against bullying. Students will also create a visual statement of unity by creating signage with fingerprints and a banner with signed hands. This effort is part of the building’s overall anti-bullying message and program.

HTSD Accepting Nominees for Hampton Heroes Program
The Hampton Township School District is accepting nominations for its annual Hampton Heroes Program, which will be held at 9 a.m. on Mon., Nov. 13 at Hampton Middle School. Veterans who meet the following criteria can be nominated: they live in Hampton (or are former residents), work in Hampton, are Hampton Township School District alumni or are a relative of a current HTSD student. Veterans who served in active combat or stateside duty are eligible for induction. Veterans also may be inducted posthumously. Nomination forms should be returned to the district no later than Monday, Oct. 9. Forms are available at, in the main offices of each HTSD school and at the Central Administration Offices. 

Rogers Primary School Receives Grant
Rogers Primary School is a proud recipient of a $1,000 grant from Action for Healthy Kids®(AFHK) for the 2017-2018 school year. The school will use its grant to purchase a set of Imagination Playground Blue Blocks to be used in physical education classes and during indoor recess. The new equipment will provide students with the opportunity for physical activity through creative play.

La Roche College Recognized by U.S. News & World Report
In U.S. News & World Report’s 2018 Best Colleges Guidebook, La Roche College ranked 19th on the list of Best Regional Colleges in the North and also ranked first on the list of Schools with the Most International Students in the North. The college also ranked 13th on the list of Best Colleges for Veterans in the North. 

Seneca Valley to Open Creativity, Innovation and Research Center (CIRC)
Seneca Valley recently collaborated with Pittsburgh-based Inventionland to design an innovative space that will introduce creative resources to help students find inspiration in academics. Seneca Valley is the first school district to work with and offer Inventionland’s K-4 curriculum.

A. W. Beattie Students Can Earn Waynesburg University Credits 
A.W. Beattie Career Center and Waynesburg University are partnering to provide the opportunity for A.W. Beattie students to earn Waynesburg University credits while in high school, enabling them to get a head start on a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education. To be eligible to earn six credits, students must have a GPA of 3.0 and have scored 75 percent on the NOCTI exam, and become enrolled at Waynesburg University. For more information, call 800-225-7393.

Shaler Area Athletic Hall of Fame Recognizes Class of 2017
The Shaler Area School District Athletic Hall of Fame recognizes individuals who have brought prestige and pride to the district athletic program and to the community either as a player, coach, administrator, or supporter. This year’s inductees include Ron Budziszewski, Jason DeFranco, Valerie McQuade, Phyllis Schatz, Dan Schwartzbauer, Sam Wisotzkey and the 2012 Girls’ Track Team.

SSB Bank Grand Opening
On Sept. 9, 2017, SSB Bank held a grand opening for its new North Hills’ location at 8700 Perry Hwy. There was a ribbon cutting ceremony, food trucks, family fun and a live radio broadcast with Wish 99.7. The event, attended by about 200 customers and community leaders, celebrated the history of the bank’s roots, while serving as an introduction to their new neighbors in the North Hills.