Update from Norwin School District
Superintendent Dr. Jeff Taylor
May 22, 2020
Dear Norwin Families and Community Members,
 
With this being the final day of the school year, I wanted to express my gratitude to all of you for your perseverance, grit, and determination throughout this challenging and unprecedented school year. 
 
  • Thank you for your adaptability. Your “can do” attitude to adjust to online learning has been nothing short of inspiring.

  • Thank you for your patience. It is incredibly frustrating to not have all the answers while facing a situation that seems to change daily. I understand how upsetting it has been to have an entire season of your lives abruptly adjusted and repackaged, with many events postponed or canceled.

  • Thank you for your examples of kindness. This crisis has shown us how important it is to share a kind word, to extend grace and understanding with others when things don't go smoothly, and to help each other with small and large tasks just to make each day more bearable. We will meet this challenge by continuing to care for and support each other as best we can.  
 
Norwin is a special district ~ this has been shown by your strong resolve to help us meet our mission despite the pandemic. By moving forward each day, step by step ~ even against the headwinds of this crisis ~ you have truly demonstrated what it means to be Noble Knights
 
I believe we all are feeling a mixture of emotions as we close out the year. Please read on to see how our seniors and students are ending the year on a positive note with several outstanding accomplishments. 
 
In closing, I would also like to thank you for your attention to these periodic eBlasts and all the communications from the District, principals, and teachers. These will be slowing down now that the school year has ended; however, please keep an eye out for the occasional eBlast that we may need to send important and timely updates.
 
Please continue to stay safe, healthy and forever #NorwinStrong!
 
Best regards,
 
Dr. Jeff Taylor
Superintendent
Knight Krier and Senior Video Tribute Celebrate the Year That Was

Norwin High School's student newspaper, the Knight Krier , is pleased to share its graduation edition with the community. The 26-page publication features student reflections, news, and photography of student life.

Also, the Yearbook Production and Newspaper Production classes are excited to share the 2020 Senior Video Tribute. This 13-minute video captures the spirit of the senior class with photos, video clips, and music. 


Students worked tirelessly to finish these productions, and it is our hope that the entire Norwin community enjoys them. 
In Case You Missed It: Vespers, Class of 2020 Awards Ceremony, and the Senior Art Show
VESPERS

Vespers is a student-led, spiritual program filled with song and reflection. Students shared musical selections and personal reflections on being a Norwin Knight.
SENIOR AWARDS

The Class of 2020 Awards Ceremony shows 50 scholarships and awards totaling more than $220,000 being presented to our deserving seniors.
ART SHOW

The virtual Senior Art Show features more than 300 pieces of artwork created by more than 50 seniors.
Sunset Valley Kindness Initiative

All year, Sunset Valley students worked hard to show kindness to each other, to the school, and to the community.

After the school building shutdown, Sunset Valley Elementary School's kindness club challenged students to keep showing those kind acts to friends, family, and the community, and to send in pictures of their acts of kindness. The response was very positive, and the school made a video to highlight them. Fourth-grade teacher Mrs. Lauren Knesh headed the project. 

Please click here to watch the Sunset Valley Kindness Initiative video.
Norwin High School Students Excel in Phipps Conservatory Environmental Challenge 

Several Norwin High School students submitted projects and helped their school win third place overall in the Fairchild Challenge, which is an environmental contest associated with Phipps Conservatory in Pittsburgh.

The Fairchild Challenge invites students to investigate the thorniest environmental issues, devise imaginative and effective responses to these issues, and take action to address them. The participants were Emily Jumba, Tegan Lochner, Lily Jarosz, Gabriella Conley, Abby Davis, Chloe Davis, Hannah Jackson, Radene Jackson, Leia Farroux, and Austin Kellar. Congratulations to these students!

Please click here for more information.
Pennsylvania Biomedical Research Contest Winners
Congratulations to the following Norwin High School students who have been chosen as winners in essay and poster contests organized by the Pennsylvania Society for Biomedical Research.

Grand Essayist:
  • Julie McGaughey

Poster Contest Winners:
  • Abigail Campbell
  • Nicholas Cormas
  • Jenna Varney
  • Sadie Farrah
  • Ryan Mesko

The essay contest recognizes students who artfully demonstrate a superior understanding of the connection between their life and biomedical research (including the need for animals in that research). The poster contest provides the opportunity for students to illustrate different aspects of biomedical research and science through art.

Please click here to view winning essays and posters.
Chamber Singers & Theatre Company Tribute Videos
Unfortunately, the Norwin High School Chamber Singer Seniors missed out on their final Spring Concert this April.

As a tribute to her seniors, teacher Mrs. Lauren Scheirer of the NHS Choir & Theatre Co. distributed a video featuring these students.

The Norwin High School Theatre Company Senior Tribute Movie is another great recognition for seniors and their families. We hope you enjoy some of their fantastic performances!


Norwin Hometown High Q Competitors to Appear on Pittsburgh Today Live Monday, May 25

Seniors Emily Jumba and Tegan Lochner along with junior Lily Jarosz, who participated in the Hometown High Q competition earlier this year, will be featured on the program once again.

The station will recognize the Top 9 Hometown High Q teams on Monday, May 25, 2020, at 9am on Pittsburgh Today Live on KDKA-TV. Please tune in to watch our students.  
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