Important Upcoming Dates
The Ambridge Area School District Board of School Directors have changed the date of the December Board meeting. The Board meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 immediately following the Reorganization meeting and Meeting and Discuss meeting scheduled for 7:00 PM in the High School Media Center.
Friday, December 21, 2018
HALF Day – Early Dismissal for students
Elementary – 12:00 P.M. Dismissal
Secondary – 11:00 A.M. Dismissal
On behalf of the Board of School Directors and Superintendent, Dr. Jo Welter, We wish you all a safe and enjoyable Holiday Season!
Read how the A2i Initiative has enhanced our Kindergarten and First Grade Classrooms at Highland and State Street!
Kindergarten Registration for the 2019-2020 School Year will be held in February 2019.
Registration dates for each school are as follows:
State Street Elementary – 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on February 5
Economy Elementary – 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on February 6
Highland Elementary – 8 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. on February 7
All Schools – 5 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. on February 12 @ Ambridge Area High School
All Schools – 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. on February 19 @ Ambridge Area High School
Free back packs with books and supplies will be provided to every child registering. Free T-Shirts also will be provided to registrants. Light refreshments will be served. Pizza will be provided at the two evening registration events.
Children must be age five on or before September 1, 2019 to register for Kindergarten. Information about the required documents needed for registration can be found here.
Students in Kindergarten through Fifth Grade were awarded a certificate for being chosen as November Physical Education Star Students of the month. Mrs. Parisi has dedicated a bulletin board in the gym to honor her students and has established the following criteria for the award. Not absent on a Gym Day, do an excellent job calling out the warm-ups, be a good role model in class, extra effort, and encouraging fellow classmates to do their best. Along with Mrs. Parisi in the picture are: ASHDEN WAGNER, ABIGAIL DOBICH, AUBRIE HUDAK, VINCENZO PALITTI, MEADOW HERNANDEZ, MCKENZIE BROOKS, GRACE LEE, KAITLYNN RIGGS, PIERCE BOUTERSE, GIDEON HARMON, DESIREE HAWK & MADALYN SHAFFER.
Congratulations to all!
The Ambridge Area School District Board of School Directors held its annual reorganization meeting on Wednesday, Dec. 5, during which time officers were elected and meeting dates and times were established for 2019.
Mr. Scott Angus was re-elected to the position of Board President. Other Board members re-elected to their positions are: Mrs. Terry Mylan, Vice President and Mrs. Valerie Pedigo, Treasurer. District solicitor is Ms. .Megan Turnbull of Weiss, Burkardt and Kramer and Board Secretary is Mrs. Marianne Salzman.
Board meeting days and times will remain the same for 2019. Meet and Discuss meetings are scheduled for the second Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. Regular Board meetings are scheduled for the third Wednesday of each month at 7 p.m. The annual reorganization meeting will be held on Dec. 4, 2019. The location for all School Board meetings is the Ambridge Area High School Library, located on the second floor, unless otherwise noted.
A complete list of meeting dates and times can be found on the AASD website at www.ambridge.k12.pa.us under School Board/Meeting Schedule. The next regularly-scheduled School Board meeting will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2019 in the Ambridge Area High School Library.
Students in Don Ayers' science class at Ambridge Middle School will be spending the next 10 days using microscopes to complete their unit on cells. As part of the unit, students are learning how to properly use newly-purchased microscopes to investigate various organisms and cells.
Art III students, along with Mr. Ivanisin, braved the cold to paint windows at the Ambridge Borough building on Dec. 5 to make them festive for the winter holiday season. Great job students!
Photo Courtesy of Alan Freed
It’s shaping up to be a busy – and exciting – year for the Ambridge Steel Band.
Now in its 30th year at Ambridge, the band is celebrating the milestone with a few unique opportunities to shine this year. First on the agenda was the band’s performance in the 38th Annual WPXI Holiday Parade. The steel band was invited to march in this prestigious local parade, which was held on Saturday, Nov. 24. The theme for this year’s parade was “Neighborhoods,” and celebrated the 50th anniversary of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.
“Much like the heartbeat of the once-booming steel town, the Ambridge Steel Drum Band has established a culture of excellence, hard work and pride for our students and the Ambridge community,” said Steel Band director Mr. Todd Hartman.
The band also will be performing at the revival of the B.E. Taylor Christmas Show at Heinz Hall on Dec. 17 and 18. Taylor’s family is reviving the concert series, and using it as a platform to feature some very talented musicians in the area. Learn more about the performance here.
The band also will be a featured ensemble performance at the 2019 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA)/National Association for Music Education (NAFME) Eastern Division Conference at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh in April 2019. The appearance as a featured performer at the conference will be a first for any band at Ambridge. “This is an incredible opportunity for our students to be showcased in this way,” said Hartman.
Another thrilling opportunity is in the works for May 2019, when the band is hoping to host a collaborative performance with the River City Brass Band. World renowned steel percussionist Liam Teague is expected to participate in the event. Details still are being worked out for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, said Hartman.
“I think it’s safe to say this year is shaping up to be a big year for our Steel Band,” he said.
From left to right:
Kamryn Rudolph, Zachary Hohman, Alexandrea Bupp, Lance Bordeaux, Lydia Ciani (Queen), David Brock (King), Emma Phillips, Anthony DeMarco, Hannah Steck, Loxley Johns
Students explore programming and engineering in STEAM class - building and programming helicopters, dragsters, earthquake simulators, space shuttles, and more. #LegoWeDo #STEAMcatalyst