Ambridge Area School District

901 Duss Avenue, Ambridge PA 15003 | 724.266.2833

  
  

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District News

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Congratulations to Ambridge STEAM Educator/Technology Integrator Nicole Darroch for being selected as a 2019 Beaver County Educational Trust Teacher of the Year!

 

Mrs. Darroch was recognized for her contributions to education in Beaver County during a special awards ceremony, held May 20 at The Willows. Mr. Scott Stump, Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, served as the Keynote Speaker for the event.

Ambridge Residents,

 

The Administration and the School Board have been working diligently to manage the funds available to the District.  We have reduced spending through measures that more comprehensively manage utilities, and where appropriate, reduce staffing. We  changed medical insurance companies which greatly levels out those costs year over year, and anticipate new savings in other insurances and multi-year equipment contracts

 

Unfortunately, as salaries increase and ongoing maintenance of our facilities is required, it naturally costs more to operate the District.  Most significantly, the District spends over six million dollars per year to fund Ambridge students enrolled at Charter and Cyber schools.  Charter and Cyber schools are not free.  Every child who attends one of these schools requires Ambridge Area School District to pay between $10,000 and $20,000 per year for their attendance.

Although we remain committed to improving efficiencies and seeking additional cost savings,the District is in a situation where additional tax dollars are needed.  The most important thing you can do is write your legislators and encourage them to change the funding structure of these Charter and Cyber schools.  This will assist the District in not having to levy tax increases each year.

 

A sample letter can be downloaded here for your convenience.  Please contact your legislators.

Thank you for your ongoing support.

 

L. Jo Welter, Ed.D.

Superintendent of Schools

Click here for information regarding Haley Racioppo's senior project Summer Tennis Camp!!

 

2019 Summer Tennis Camp Registration

For Who: Entering Grades 4-6 from 9:00-10:30am

                Entering Grades 7-9 from 11:00-12:30pm

When: Monday, June 17 through Friday, June 21

Where: Economy Park Tennis Courts

Costs: $30 per child (cash or check)

  • If paying with check, please make it out to “Smile Train.”
  • All proceeds and additional donations will be given to “The Smile Train,” an international children’s charity who provides free surgeries to children with a cleft palate and lip.

Supplies: Please come with a water bottle, tennis racket, athletic clothing, and good athletic shoes

Contact: If any questions or concerns, please contact Haley Racioppo at     (724) 462-8822 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

 

I give my child,_____________________________ permission to participate in the 2019 summer tennis camp for Haley Racioppo’s senior project. By signing this form, I verify that my child/children are physically able to participate and release all parties of liabilities. I also grant permission for my child/children to be photographed and allow these photos to be used in Haley Racioppo’s senior project presentation.

Parent/Guardian Signature:______________________________Date:________

Parent/Guardian Emergency Contact Number:___________________________

Parent/Guardian Email: _____________________________________________

Grade Entering in the Fall:_______

T-shirt Size:     YS     YM     YL     YXL     AS     AM     AL     AXL 

Please return the registration form and money to their school’s office by June 3, 2019 in order to receive a T-shirt.

 

Annual Mother’s Day Plant Sale

Sponsored By: The High School Ecology Club

When May 11th 2019

Where: Ambridge Area High School Parking Lot

Time: 9:00am— 3:00pm

Selling: Flowers, Vegetables, and Herbs

This is a courtesy reminder from the Ambridge Area School District. On Thursday, April 18, 2019, the District will have an early dismissal for all students. Dismissal times will be as follows:
• Ambridge Area Middle School/High School – 12:20 p.m.
• All Elementary  Schools – 1:05 p.m.
April 18 originally was scheduled as a snow make-up day, and is being used to make up the 2-hour delay the District previously had scheduled for Jan. 30, but was missed due to a school cancellation due to inclement weather.
 
There also will be no school on Friday, April 19, 2019. Students will return to the classroom on Monday, April 22.

A2igraphic

 

 

A2i is an intuitive software program that is being used to help all students in grades K-3 to read at or above grade level by grade 3. The program, part of the United 2 Read initiative, has been a huge success in the District. Click here, or on the video above, to check out the program in action.

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Due to the recent school cancellations due to inclement weather, the AASD 2018-2019 Academic Calendar has been adjusted. Make-up days are scheduled as follows:

  • February 18th – School will be in session (FULL Day)
  • April 18th – School will be in session (FULL Day)
  • April 22nd – School will be in session (FULL Day)
  • May 28th - School will be in session (FULL Day)

Safe2Say Something

Beginning on Monday, January 14, 2019, every school in Pennsylvania will begin using the Safe2Say Something Anonymous Reporting System.

The Safe2Say Something Anonymous Reporting System allows individuals to submit secure and anonymous safety concerns to help identify and intervene when unsafe and/or harmful behaviors take place.  The tips can be submitted via the app, online, or a dedicated hotline, and each tip is reviewed by the Safe2Say Something call center housed in the Office of Attorney General.  The call center will process and refer tips to the appropriate school teams and law enforcement according to the level of threat.

Safe2Say Something was made possible with help from Sandy Hook Promise, a national nonprofit organization in Newtown, Conn. that was formed after the December 2012 school shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School. The Safe2Say Something system will be overseen and operated by the Office of Attorney General, with the expertise and guidance of Sandy Hook Promise.

This partnership is the first of its kind where Sandy Hook Promise is providing its expertise from its proven Anonymous Reporting System at a state-wide level. While Sandy Hook Promise is partnering with school districts across the country to bring this life-saving program to individual school districts, Pennsylvania represents the first time this will be done for all districts across the entire state, showing a strong commitment to empowering students to report their concerns and intervene before a crisis occurs.

As part of its commitment to the program, Sandy Hook Promise will train students across the state how to recognize at-risk behaviors and take action to help someone else by submitting an anonymous tip. The training is only being provided to students in grades 6-12.

All tips will be processed immediately by the call center and information relayed to the appropriate authorities. Each school in the state has established a Safe2Say Something team that is responsible for receiving notifications from the call center 24/7. Local police departments also are being trained in how to handle the information that may be reported to them via the call center tips. The training is provided at no cost to schools.

The Safe2Say Something program is one more tool at our disposal in keeping our students, staff and schools safe. Additional information about the program, including dates for our student training, will be provided as it becomes available.