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North Strabane Intermediate School continues to work hard to create a safe and comfortable school environment for each student through the use of the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. As a building, we foster positive social interactions by providing a nurturing environment. Our goal is to provide every student with a challenging curricula that focuses on academic achievement while maintaining a building culture that is sensitive to the needs of young adolscents. During the 2011-2012 school year NSIS introduced the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program. A core group of teachers, guidance counselor, and the principal were trained in the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program.Prior to the implementation of the program, the entire faculty and staff of NSIS received a series of trainings on the program. An integral part of the Olweus program is the regularly scheduled classroom meeting which provide support to students for conquer challenging situations that involve bullying.  The 2014-2015 school year marks the fourth year of the Olweus program at NSIS.   

Find out more about the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program at their website

Summer Reading Program a Huge Success: NSIS's first Summer Reading has been a huge success. During the first week of school students returned reading logs from books read over summer. Nearly 75% of the student body participated. As a reward to those who particated, a Chinese Auction was set up with 30 different prizes. The overwhelming success of the reading program is attributed to NSIS families who encouraged their child to read over the summer! Thank you.

5th Grade Orientation: An orientation will be held on Wednesday, August 13 from 9:30-11:30 for all 5th grade students and parents. Students will meet their teachers, tour NSIS, and meet thier new classmates. Parents will be provided with an overview of the intermediate philosphy, academic programming, and overview of the school's culture.

Jump Rope For Heart Program Update: Congratulatons to NSIS students who particpated in the annual Jump Rope for Heart Program. Our school contributed $9,236 to the American Heart Association.


It's Great to be Different at NSIS

Teachers and staff show their support for autism awareness by wearing t-shirts that display the theme above.

NSIS Celebrates Autism Awareness Day: On Wednesday, Aprl 3 students will join others around the world by wearing blue to support the theme "Light It UpBlue." Students will have the opportunity to make a $1 donation to support research for autism.


Preparing NSIS 6th Graders for Middle School: On Wednesday, May 7 middle school guidance counselors will visit NSIS to talk to 6th graders about middle school life. Students will then get the opportunity to tour Canonsburg Middle School on the morning of Thursday, May 15. To provide parents with insight about CMS a Parent Orientation will take place on Thursday, May 22 in the auditorium at 6:00PM.


PSSA Testing Dates: The PSSA Math and Reading tests will be given to all 5th and 6th graders at NSIS the week of March 24. An informational letter will be sent home Friday, March 14. The following schedule will be followed:

5th and 6th Grade Reading/Math: March 24 thru April 1
5th Grade Writing: April 7-9

Parent Activity Assocation Newsletter:
Please click on the link below to view the PAA Newsletter to learn about information discussed at the February PAA meeting. The next meeting is scheduled for April 23 @ 9:15 AM in the cafeteria.

Click Here: PAA February Newsletter


YEARBOOK AVAILABLE TO ORDER: Don't miss out on ordering a yearbook for your child. The cost of the yearbook is $10. This is a great price for a 44 page color hardback book. You can purchase a yearbook by using the order form or online link which is located at the bottom left
of this page.


Washington and Jefferson Science Camp: A two-week camp called ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Scince Camp offered through W & J college will take place in June 16-27 for students that will be in grades 6,7, and 8 during the 2014-2015 school year. There is NO camp fee for the student. Lab supplies will also be provided to the student. It is a great opportunity for students to engage in scholarly work in a fun, interactive and engaging way. The theme of the camp is "Foodology", The Science of Food. Click on the link below to learn more about the camp:click here:


Spelling Bee Winner: Congratulations to Atharv B. for winning the 2014 Spelling Bee. Atharv did something no other student has done at NSiS; he won the Spelling Bee during his 5th and 6th grade year. In addition, Atharv won the 2014 Geography Bee! Atharv will participate in the regional finals which is held in Pittsburgh.


African Drum Band a Big Hit: To give students an awareness of different cultures around the world. Three visitors from East Africa shared their background about growing up in Africa. Students learned that East and West Africa have over 2.000 different languages. Students participated in the assembly by dancing and answering trivia questions about Africa.


DIBELS Fluency and Comprehension Testing: All 5th and 6th graders will be given the mid-year benchmark the week of January 13th. A letter will be sent home to parent to report progress.


Chinese Acrobats Visit NSIS: As a cultural arts experience, 5th and 6th graders enjoyed a performance by the Chinese Acrobats. The performers, who have been practicing their art since the age of seven, captured students' attention by performing a variety of skillful acrobatic moves. Three of the five performers are visiting America for the first time!


Geography Bee Winner: Congratulatoins to Atharv B. for winning the 2013 Geography Bee at NSIS. All 16 contestants did an outstanding job representing their homeroom.


NSIS Students Take Over Spring House: Over 250 fifth and sixth graders from NSIS visited the Springhouse for an evening of fun. Students are pictured on a hay wagon which took them to the pumpkin patch.



Red Ribbon Poster Winners: Congratulations to Elika M., Ava S., and David N. for winning the 2013 Red Ribbon poster contest at NSIS. Their posters will be sent into the statewide contest in Harrisburg.  Winning posters at the state level will be used to create a calendar taht will be distributed by the Attorney General's office. Good luck!


Red Ribbon Week October 21-25

Monday 10/21- Say NO To Drugs
Wear Red

Tuesday 10/22- "You Won't See Me Doing Drugs."
Wear Black

Wednesday 10/23-"Friends Don't Let Friends Take Drugs."
Twin Day -Dress Like Your Friends

Thursday 10/24- "We Stand For a Drug Free America!"
Wear red, white, and blue

Friday 10/25- "Show Canon Mac Pride- Be Drug Free!"
Wear blue and gold


Enjoying lunch at NSIS!

From left: Nathan A., Mekos M., Vinnie P., Shane B., Cole H.

All 5th graders at NSIS are learning about autism by listening to Mrs. Marcia Laus, a consutlant from the Watson Institute. Students learned about how autism affects the brain by participating in activity that required them to follow several different visual and auditory prompts simultaneously.

Fundraiser at NSIS: Monkey's are the theme this year for our annual magazine fundraising sale which will run from September 30-October 11. On Monday, September 30 students will have an assembly to learn about the procedures for our fundraiser. Students will receive a monkey on a keychain when they bring back the small address booklet. The deadline for submitting magazine orders will be Friday, October 11 . Please make sure you use the envelope provided in the magazine packet when returning checks/money and order forms to your child's homeroom teacher. More information will be provided in the coming weeks.

Outdoor Classroom Visit: Several students from NSIS navigated their way through the Impact Trial at the Outdoor Classroom.located in Upper St. Claire Township. Students used a map as they walked the Sensory Trail to learn about natural science.


Picture Day: Individual pictures will be taken on Wednesday, October 2. Extra picture day forms are available in the main office.

NSIS Gifted Students Compete in "24": Fifth and sixth grade students competeted against students from the surrounding area in the game of 24. The 5th and 6th grade teams both placed. Students enjoyed playing as a team to solve for the magic number of 24. Congratulations to all students!

The 6th grade team from NSIS helped secure a third place finish in the Washington County Gifted Consortium's 24 Math Bowl. 

The 5th grade students traveled to Chartiers-Houston's Elementary Center and earned a fourth place finish.

The Children's Health Insurance Program (CHIP) provides free or low-cost health coverage for more than 7 million children up to age 19.  For more information about CHIP please visit the links located under the Information tab on the left of this page.

Click Here: What is CHIP

Dynamic Indicators of Basic Early Literacy Skills Next Assessments: During the 2013-2014 school year, the DIBELS Next Oral Reading Fluency and Maze benchmarks will be given to measure your child’s reading fluency and comprehension.  The benchmarks will be administered three times this year.  A brief description of each assessment along with the administration dates follows.

Click Here: DIBELS Parent Letter

CMSD High School Football Games: To ensure the safety of all CMSD students the athletic director and high school principal have established several procedures, in conjunction with district policy. Parents should review these procedures prior to attending a home football game at the Canon-McMillan football stadium. The CMSD Stadium Letter is located under the Information tab on the left of this page.

Open House: Wednesday, September 18 is Open House for all 5th and 6th grade students at NSIS. Keep an eye out for the schedule which will come home on September 13.

Technology Devices at NSIS: Students are permitted to bring certain technology devices to school for academic purposes. A device that is not permitted at school or on the bus is an iPod. Please see Parent Letter about iPods for more information. Any student who wishes to bring a technology device to school will need to return the iPad/eReader Student Contract. For more information about regarding

Click Here: Parent Letter about iPods at NSIS
Click Here:
iPad/eReader Student Contract

NSIS PAA Meeting: The first PAA meeting will be held on September 4, 2013 in the cafeteria. During this meeting parents will have the opportunity to sign up for various committees to help support 5th and 6th grade students throughout the year.

First Day of School

Student Handbook: During the first week of school your child's teacher will provide a thorough review of the Intermediate School Student Handbook. In an effort to "go green" the handbook can be viewed digitally. It can viewed by clicking on the Student Handbook link which is located in the left corner of this page. Parents and/or guardians will receive a handbook acknowledgement form which will need to be signed and returned to the homeroom teacher. A hardcopy of the handbook will be provided upon request.

Click Here: Digital Handbook Parent Letter
Click Here: Handbook Acknowledgement Form

Progress Reports: Quarter One progress reports will be emailed on Thursday, September 26. Last year was the first year NSIS sent progress reports digitally. The goal of sending progress reports via email is to help our environment by going green.

PowerSchool Parent Portal: Click on the link below to learn how to create a common login and password to access all of your children in Powerschool. Log on to the Canon-McMillan Website: to begin after visiting the link.


Team Blog Pages: Make sure you visit your child's classroom blog. Each team at NSIS has a blog to post class information, educational websites, learning links, pictures, and many other things.




North Strabane Intermediate
20 Giffin Drive
Canonsburg, Pa. 15317
Phone: 724-873-5252

After-School Detention Contact
724-873-5252 Ext 412

Dr. Abbondanza

Mrs. Cole

Guidance Counselor
Mrs. Kyle

Mrs. Dempe


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