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Nazareth Prep Re-Imagines Music Education

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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania  (Feb. 19, 2019) – In Leslie Chabala’s music classes, everyone is a producer. The music and computer science teacher at local high school Nazareth Prep puts the power in the hands of her students, giving them the technical skills, and the platform, to share their own musical creations. 

The ninth graders in Chabala’s Music and Media class spend the first half of the year learning elements of music production. Using digital audio workstations like GarageBand, they create beats and instrumental tracks, mix, edit, and record their own songs. This work is paired with literacy components as they also write their own lyrics. 

Their projects culminate in a December concert, with participation from students in the choir and Leslie’s band classes, who have also been composing their own songs. In the second half of the year, as band students continue to compose and perform their own music, Music and Media students explore music in film, ultimately directing, filming, and editing short movies with an emphasis on soundtrack as an integral part of storytelling.

These hands-on experiences with creation, Chabala has found, engage students in a way that simply studying and recreating the work of others cannot. Additionally, while not every student will pursue a career in music, all of them can apply their new skills in digital literacy and self-expression throughout their studies, their jobs and their lives.

“My students listen to music every day,” says Chabala, “Part of my job is helping them discover that they can be more than an audience of this thing they enjoy; they can actually participate in it. They can become creators themselves and use this powerful tool to tell their own stories.”  

5 Ways Students Can Earn College Scholarships with Starting Freshman Year

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

This school year, Mr. Chapman, the new College and Career Counselor at Nazareth Prep, introduced students to a resource called RaiseMe, which is a platform that helps high school students prepare for college by earning scholarships for their achievements in high school.  Over 250 colleges and universities have partnered with RaiseMe, and award micro-scholarships for both academics and extracurricular activities, such as Carnegie Mellon University, Clarion University and Washington and Jefferson College. What academics and extracurricular activities can students earn scholarships for do you ask?!  Below are the 5 ways RaiseMe awards micro-scholarships.

  • Academic performance - Maintain a good GPA
  • Course rigor - Take a college course through the Dual Enrollment Program
  • Extracurricular activities - Participate in a team sport
  • Exams - Earn an A on an exam
  • College engagement -Take a college tour, Nazareth Prep offers several throughout the school year

According to Time Money, overall, RaiseMe says the average student earns $22,500 in scholarships.  You can check out the website HERE to learn more.  So, Nazareth Prep parents and guardians, make sure your student signs up and starts earning scholarships today!  If you have any questions you can contact Mr. Chapman at


The Holocaust and the Human Experience - 21st Century Learning

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Tuesday, September 4, 2018

McCall Goughneour has been working at Nazareth Prep for three years and taught the Holocaust as a civic action unit for ninth grade learners in Cultural Literacy. Students read the book Night by Elie Wiesel and had semester-long discussions about human justice, how to remember the living and the dead and how not to become a bystander in society.

While the Holocaust can be an extremely difficult subject to teach, it creates bridges that link humans together through empathy and experiences. This past Summer, McCall was lucky enough to participate in a teaching program geared towards the Holocaust and the 21st Century using some great resources like Facing History and Ourselves ( This website not only has first-hand experiences from survivors but readings, activities and a surplus of teaching material for educators.

The week consisted of various topics and speakers that included, but not limited to: analyzing Nazi propaganda and Hitler's first radio address and connecting it to 21st century media literacy, considering bystander awareness (when is it possible to say something? when is it too late to say anything?), American responses to the Holocaust (what did America know, how did they understand it and what did they do with it?), reflecting on what combination of information, knowledge and empathy lead to action, analyzing newspaper articles from Pittsburgh that documented events in Germany, Holocaust remembrance in Germany, Poland and Israel and first-hand accounts from survivors.

Hearing from Holocaust survivors, Gabriella and Bob pictured below, was McCall’s favorite part of the Summer Institute week--- “It’s hard to imagine that they’re not many survivors left. This is how we can keep history alive and remembrance alive; by telling their stories.”

McCall intends on bringing a lot of learning to her classroom thanks to this week long experience, especially her Creative Arts elective where students will be diving into a multitude of genres and exploring them through reading, writing, art and making.


Bringing Summer Learning Back to the Classroom

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Thursday, August 30, 2018

Marlee Flaherty is not only a teacher and advisor for Nazareth Prep student council but she was selected to participate in 2 Classroom Without Border experiences – a trip to Poland with a Holocaust Survivor and a trip to Spain to study Islam, Judaism, and Christianity. She truly enjoyed sharing her Poland experience with the 9th graders as they tackled social justice issues in their 3rd trimester Project Based Learning, last year.  

This past summer her educational seminar in Spain examined Spain's long history as a major player both on the European and global stages and its role as a "living laboratory" in the "conversation" between two great monotheistic faiths – Christianity and Islam – with a third – Judaism a major participant. She is hoping that by helping her students understand these religions, she can promote understandings in our increasingly diverse world. It will also aid in comprehending literature, history, art, and our political landscape.

Marlee Flaherty truly enjoys bringing all her life experiences into her classroom and is second careering as a classroom teacher.  She studied both at Columbia University and the London School of Economics to earn her BA.  In addition, she has an MBA from the University of Pittsburgh and has worked both domestically and internationally in both for-profits and not-for-profits. This business background gives her a unique insight into many issues.  When discussing goals, objectives, classroom strategies, and more, her background helps to guide concepts to become “doable” and not remain “theoretical”.


Nazareth Prep Student Helps Readers with Disabilities At Carnegie Library

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Monday, May 7, 2018

Naz Prep student Ronnie has put his talents and interests to use for the Carnegie Library for the Blind and Physically Handicapped. 

As an intern, Ronnie is engaged in reading books in the development of audiobooks. Ronnie is involved in reading and editing each project. The first book Ronnie read is Samurai Santa. The audio book is registered with the Library of Congress. 

"Ronnie has been a valuable asset to our internship program ad is a hard and dedicated worker" said intern supervisor Mark Sachon. "He's been more than great."

The Nazareth Prep internship program gives our students the rare opportunity to learn real-world skills working in some of Pittsburgh's top companies. The program partners with over 100 local businesses and non-profits. Our corporate partners work with NCCP students to enhance their talents while providing assistance to offset the cost of tuition. To find out more about being an internship sponsor contact our internship team (

Juniors Get Energized At Nazareth!

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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The final trimester of 2018 at Nazareth Prep started off with a bang for the junior class. 

This year, the project based assignment for the class focuses on energy. The students were tasked with exploring different forms of energy and applying their newly acquired knowledge to solve an energy based problem. For example, a student might research the cost vs benefit of solar panels. If the cons outweigh the pros, the student will provide a real world solution to the issue. The goal of the project is to build awareness of energy use and consumption while giving the students the opportunity to develop their critical thinking skills. 

The trimester three project is part of the unique learning experience of Nazareth Prep. The projected is guided by the STEM and Cultural Literacy departments, giving the students a cross curricular experience. 

"Our department is thrilled to partner with the STEM department for this exciting learning experience" said Cultural Literacy teacher Lizzie Morgan. "The students are hard at work and I can't wait to see the final result." 

Internship Feedback Spotlights of The Week

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Monday, March 5, 2018

Ieshia '19 "I am really impressed with Ieshia.  I can give her an assignment and she completes it accurately and does not need much supervision.  She picks up computer assignments quickly and communicates well with staff." - Highmark

Amaiis '18, "Amaiis came in this week and hit the ground running.  He completed a project that I had given him a few weeks ago and is ready to begin a new one next week."  - PNC Bank

Hayden '19 "Hayden is performing at a high level with respect to project work involving Excel and other software." - Peoples Natural Gas

Jasmine ‘21 "Jasmine did well today. She worked diligently on a project that forced her to think critically and creatively without distraction and interruptions. She did a great job!" - La Roche College

Kya '19 "Kya did a nice job today working with the kids on their "O" projects!" - Providence Connections

Michael '19 "Michael has been a big help as we prepare for our annual team member appreciation party!" - Pittsburgh Steelers

Shauna '18, "We hosted an educational workshop for both employees and members of the community today- Shauna's role within our team was greeting and directing guests at the registration table."  - YWCA of Greater Pittsburgh

NCCP Student Strikes Gold At Hussey Copper

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Monday, March 5, 2018

Nazareth Prep student Paul is learning engineering skills at Hussey Copper, the world’s largest and most expert producer of electrical copper bar. 

Paul expressed a desire to learn about the engineering industry, so Hussey Copper was a natural fit. At his internship, Paul is working on plans involving new workspaces for Hussey processes. Paul has the responsibility of figuring out which building hardware is necessary (quantity and product) and ordering the materials. 

"Paul's work ethic and personal growth is evident every day" said intern supervisor Howard Snyder. "We are thrilled to have him."

The Nazareth Prep internship program gives our students the rare opportunity to learn real-world skills working in some of Pittsburgh's top companies. The program partners with over 100 local businesses and non-profits. Our corporate partners work with NCCP students to enhance their talents while providing assistance to offset the cost of tuition. To find out more about being an internship sponsor contact our internship team (

Hefren-Tillotson Sees Big Returns On NCCP Student

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Monday, February 26, 2018

Financial investment firm Hefren-Tillotson is investing their time into Nazareth Prep student Jade, and their investment is showing big returns. 

Jade works as an intern within the Investment Advisory Reporting Team at Hefren-Tillotson.  Her role is as an administrative support worker.  Jade enters clients’ contract information into the Hefren-Tillotson database.  Jade's work requires a degree of security responsibility, which she gladly accepts.

"Jade follows instructions well and asks good questions when she is unsure of something.  She knows there is always someone available to address her concerns" said Margie Theys I/A Supervisor  for the firm.

The Nazareth Prep internship program gives our students the rare opportunity to learn real-world skills working in some of Pittsburgh's top companies. The program partners with over 100 local businesses and non-profits. Our corporate partners work with NCCP students to enhance their talents while providing assistance to offset the cost of tuition. To find out more about being an internship sponsor contact our internship team (

NCCP Exhibition Day Round Up

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Thursday, February 22, 2018

February 22, 2018 was a busy day at Nazareth Prep.

Classes were suspended for the day to allow NCCP students to present their trimester two exhibition projects. NCCP faculty, staff, students and the surrounding community participated in the event.

The early morning session saw the underclassmen demonstrating their knowledge of the Shakespeare classic Macbeth. Students developed multimedia projects as well as traditional visual and oral presentations to show what they had learned while studying the ageless tale of love, lust, murder and betrayal. 

Later in the morning, the upperclassmen met the community in the NCCP recreational hall to present their projects on the inequities of the criminal justice system. The students goal wasn't merely fact finding, though. They were tasked with identifying a problem and presenting a solution.

In order to combat racially biased judicial outcomes, one group developed a virtual reality device that negates race, color and gender in the classroom so that the defendant is guaranteed a fair trial. Another group of students developed a program that would give pets to prison inmates. According to their research, people with pets develop a greater sense of love, trust and empathy than people without pets. The projected outcome would be that prisoners would develop these traits as they rehabilitate in prison. 

Nazareth Prep is grateful for the hard work of their forward thinking students and to the community members who participated in the events on campus.