District-Level Edition
Middle School Robotics Students Win at Regional Competition
Congratulations to the Norwin Middle School Robotics Team!

The team recently completed in the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) Robotics competition held at the Eaton Experience Center in Warrendale. Of the nine teams entered in the event, Norwin’s two teams finished first and third in the field. Representing the first place team were Arnav Bedekar and Miki Chen. The third place team was comprised of Simone Pal, AJ Wisniewski, and Alexa Marcoz. The Robotics team is under the direction of Mr. Matt Mincucci, 7 th grade industrial technology teacher.

This is just one example from among many of how Norwin School District students have achieved excellence in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) endeavors. It is a credit to the hard work and commitment of students, teachers, families, and a most supportive community.
Campus to Close to Public Recreational Activity During School Hours Beginning March 1
Acting on the advice of local police and emergency officials, Norwin School District is announcing that it will close all District facilities to public recreational use during school instructional hours.

Beginning in March, p ublic access to all school district campuses and recreational facilities will be closed between the hours of 7:00 am and 4:30pm (weekdays through the school year). There are still numerous opportunities to walk and exercise at Norwin facilities outside of school hours. N eighboring parks and natural spaces also provide alternatives for outdoor exercise.

Please click here to read more details about this procedural change. Also included is a chart of hours during which District facilities will be open to public activity.
Staff Spotlight
A Monthly Feature to Inform the Community about Outstanding Norwin Employees
Norwin School District is pleased to share a staff recognition program called "Staff Spotlight." Each month, on a rotating basis, a different Norwin school will be featured with highlighted staff members.
Name & Position, Building/Department, Length of Employment at Norwin :

Carol Beuten, Child Nutrition Manager, Sunset Valley, Food Service Department, 33 Years At Norwin School District

Why do you enjoy coming to work at Norwin?

I enjoy the atmosphere of the school, especially the way that our elementary students can brighten my day! Imparting healthy eating habits from the start to our youngest students is always the main goal each school year. Watching them learn how to develop good manners as they socially interact at lunchtime is always fun!

What is your favorite memory or working moment at Norwin?

Over the years, I have had so many great moments with the students, some of whom are teachers at Norwin now. My favorite working moment, though, has to be when I was humbly honored by the Pennsylvania School Nutrition Association as State Employee of the Year in 2003.

What is one thing that working at Norwin has taught you?

Working at Norwin has taught me that you CAN find and work at a job every day that you truly love. People really can find their “niche” in this district, and can continue to find opportunities to educate themselves and improve their skills each school year.

What are your hobbies/passions outside of working at Norwin?

 I enjoy gardening, music, travel, and of course, shopping! My foremost passion is water gardening. I have a lovely koi pond with a gazebo that my husband and I built together. It is planted with water lilies, water irises, and various other plants. We enjoy watching all the fish, birds, frogs, etc. who come to visit the water garden each day.
Congratulations to High School Student Emily Jumba, Named a Trib Outstanding Young Citizen
Congratulations to Norwin High School student Emily Jumba. She has been named to the Elite Top 100 in Trib Total Media's Outstanding Young Citizen annual recognition program.

For 27 years, Trib Total Media has recognized the achievements of local high school students with the Outstanding Young Citizen Award. An Outstanding Young Citizen is a junior or senior high school student that shows exemplary character and leadership, goes above and beyond within their community, and excels in the classroom.

A special section will be published in the Tribune-Review (Westmoreland and Valley News Dispatch editions) on Wednesday, April 22 nd . The newspaper will list the 2020 Nominated students and highlight the Elite Top 100 Outstanding Young Citizen awardees with their photos and shortened biographies. Full biographies will be showcased on the Trib website http://oyc.triblive.com .   
Coronavirus Preparation
The health and safety of our students and staff is a top priority at Norwin School District.  With the recent news reports of cases of the Coronavirus in the United States, we want to ensure families that Norwin School District is currently developing an action plan in the event a case is confirmed in Westmoreland County. 

There are currently no confirmed cases of coronavirus in Pennsylvania, and the risk for infection is currently low for the general public in the United States. 

However, when a new disease is circulating, it is natural for people to ask what they can do to protect themselves and their families.

Please click here for a summary of steps Norwin School District is taking to prepare.

Norwin School District is working with our custodians to ensure that we are very diligent in our cleaning practices, especially this time of year during the cold and flu season. The District will continue to keep school communities updated and immediately advise should additional precautions become necessary. 
School District Officials Hope to See Cyber Charter Funding Reform Become Reality
We'd like to share an article from the Bradford Era in northwest Pennsylvania. It explains why so many school district leaders believe that the current cyber charter funding system needs to be reformed.

It begins:

"Education is necessary and freedom of choice is an important aspect of education. While the importance of choice is recognized, local school district officials have expressed hope for a more level playing field when it comes to funding for state-approved cyber charter schools."

Norwin School District has also advocated for fairer funding of charter schools. Please click here to read about Norwin's advocacy effort.
Upcoming Events

March 2, 2020
The Little Mermaid Online Ticket Sales Begin at 9 a.m.

March 3, 2020
  • Kindergarten Registration Screening (Sunset Valley)
  • The Little Mermaid Live Ticket Sales: 5-7 p.m., Norwin High School Auditorium

March 5, 2020
Rotary Chili Cook Off – Irwin – 5 p.m.

March 6, 2020
Kindergarten Registration Screening (Hahntown)

March 10, 2020
Kindergarten Registration Screening (Stewartsville)

March 12, 2020
Kindergarten Registration Screening (Sheridan Terrace)

March 13, 2020
2-Hour Student Early Dismissal

March 16, 2020
End of Grading Period

March 19-22, 2020
The Little Mermaid Musical at Norwin High School 

March 29, 2020
Norwin Lions’ 8 th -Annual "Cubcake" Wars fundraising event, High School Cafeteria, 1-4 p.m.
Featured Flyers
School and community event flyers are available on the Norwin website . Today, in the spirit of community partnership, we would like to bring the following flyers to your attention:

Substitute Positions Available
Interested in earning some extra money? Norwin School District is accepting applications for substitute positions (teachers, paraprofessionals, custodians, school nurses, cafeteria workers, and more) for the 2019-2020 school year.

Norwin School District
281 McMahon Drive
North Huntingdon, PA 15642