The flu season is upon us, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has provided valuable information for the identification and treatment of flu symptoms in children.
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses and affects the nose, throat and lungs. The flu differs from the common cold in that it comes on suddenly and includes symptoms such as fever, runny/stuffy nose, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Sometimes diarrhea and vomiting can accompany the flu, but is more common in children than adults.
While the flu can be active year-round, the height of the season is projected to begin in early October and last through May. The Pennsylvania Department of Health and Human Services lists the cases of flu for Beaver County so far this flu season at 877.
A CDC tip sheet for the flu season is available here.
Our Ambridge Brrridgers raised over $1,500 for Special Olympics at the Beaver County Polar Plunge held in Bridgerwater on Sunday, January 28.
The Martin Luther King Celebration Committee held their annual banquet in Rochester on Sunday, January 14, 2018 in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Under the theme of “Together Achieving Love, Hope, and Peace,” they recognized several Beaver County community members and winners of the Martin Luther King Jr. Oratorical Contest.
Ambridge Area School District proudly had three students who received awards in the oratorical competition. In the 4th grade division, Lila Gerle, a student at Highland Elementary, earned 2nd place. In the 5th grade division, Julien Hubbard, won 1st place, and Kaia Fubio received 2nd place. Julien and Kaia both go to State Street Elementary.
All students spoke on the topic, “Who is Dr. King and why do you feel we continue to celebrate his birthday?” Each student was honored with a beautiful plaque and monetary award. State Senator Elder Vogel and State Representative Rob Matzie, an Ambridge alum himself, also presented the students with certificates of recognition from the State House and Senate.
We are very proud that the students of the Ambridge Area School District continue to keep Dr. King’s Dream alive by participating in this annual event.
Due to a maintenance issue at State Street Elementary School today, the middle school concept presentation scheduled for this evening at State Street has been moved to Ambridge Senior High School. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the High School library on the second floor. We apologize for this inconvenience and look forward to seeing you at the High School this evening.
After professional inspection and evaluation, it has come to the administration and board’s attention that the bleachers at the fieldhouse are experiencing structural issues which require further evaluation of possible solutions.
While administration continues to look into possible solutions, it is necessary to move all junior varsity and varsity boys’ basketball games to the high school gymnasium instead of the fieldhouse. While we recognize the popularity of the fieldhouse and the preference of our teams and fans to host games there, this measure is necessary to ensure the safety of our fans and players.
We have not taken this decision lightly and understand the importance of the history of the fieldhouse venue. Replacement of the bleachers is estimated at approximately $400,000. Until the preliminary and final budgets have been approved, the board cannot determine final solutions to this issue. We thank the public for their understanding as the board works toward managing finances while still providing appropriate and safe venues for student activities.
The Ambridge Area School District Administration recently has been made aware of several issues concerning R.J. Rhodes Transit, Inc., which provides contracted transportation services to the District.
First and foremost, we appreciate parents sharing their concerns, and would like to provide reassurance that each and every complaint is being investigated by the appropriate District personnel. The safety and security of our students is a top priority in the District, and we recognize that reliable transportation to and from school each day is a crucial component of a successful learning environment.
For more than 20 years, the Beaver County Educational Trust has awarded mini-grants to area teachers to launch innovative classroom projects or expand curriculum that otherwise might not develop because of limited school budgets.
This year, however, is the first for its Teacher of the Year award honoring a teacher whose project grant application scored highest in judging rubrics and is deemed “exemplary.”
Caitlin Bajgier, STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics) coach in the Ambridge Area School District, helps kindergarten pupil Ty Hartman as he works on a computational thinking problem at Economy Elementary School. Bajgier is one of two teacher's named Teachers of the Year by the Beaver County Educational Trust.
“I see what the kids are learning in math, reading and science and pull them together,” Bajgier said.
For the full article go to: http://www.timesonline.com/entertainmentlife/20171217/beaver-county-educational-trust-awards-teacher-of-year
Congratulations to all of the 4th and 5th grade students from Economy, Highland, and State Street who were semi-finalists in the Martin Luther King Oratorical Competition held in Rochester this Saturday. The students wrote essays on the topic "Who is Dr. King and why do we continue to celebrate his birthday?" The semifinalists were chosen from essays submitted, and they presented these essays in front of an audience and panel of judges.
In the 4th grade division, Lila Gerle, from Highland, earned second place, and in the 5th grade division both winners were from State Street. Julien Hubbard won 1st place, and Kaia Fubio received 2nd place.
The finalists will receive their trophies and monetary awards at the Dr. King Banquet that will be held in January. There, the students will again present their essays in honor of Dr. King's birthday.
Congratulations again to all of the students who entered this competition. They put a lot of hard work into their essays and should be very proud of themselves!
Pursuant to the Open Public Meetings Act, notice is hereby given that the Ambridge Area School District Board of Education has changed its regular Meet and Discuss session location for Wednesday, November 8, 2017. The meeting will be held at 7:00 p.m. in the Junior High School Media Center located at 401 First Street, Freedom, PA 15042. The Board may take legislative action on matters that come before the Board at the Meet and Discuss Board Meeting.
BY ORDER OF THE BOARD OF EDUCATION
I believe that STEAM is an educational powerhouse. STEAM places 21st century skills in the hands of students. I am privileged to be teaching these skills to students at Highland and State Street Elementary Schools.
Highland: A, C, D, E days State Street: B day
STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics. In the STEAM lab, students will connect their learning from all subject areas through cross-curricular projects. Our projects will be aligned to the PA Core Standards and will draw on inspiration from our reading and math series. We will strive to make real-world connections and provide authentic learning experiences for students.
The STEAM lab will be a place where students are encouraged to make mistakes so they can learn and grow.
Full STEAM Ahead!
Below is an overview of our first nine weeks projects!
Kindergarten: Students are completing nursery rhyme STEAM challenges. We have completed challenges from Little Red Riding Hood, Henny Penny, and Hey Diddle, Diddle.
These kindergarten students created a zip line. The students were given the task of transporting a basket of goodies safely from Little Red Riding Hood’s house to grandma’s house.
1st Grade: Students are designing and building houses for the 3 Little Pigs. The structures should be strong enough to withstand a puff of air from Big Bad Wolf. In our experiments, we used a blow dryer to imitate the Big Bad Wolf.
These first grade boys constructed a house out of bricks to keep their pigs safe from the Big Bad Wolf.
2nd Grade: Students are creating pet rocks and designing playground equipment that can hold their pet rocks. Students will work as a team to design and create a twisty slide, jungle gym, and other playground equipment.
These second graders are designing a jungle gym for their pet rocks.
3rd Grade: Students are learning about aerodynamics. The students will use this knowledge to fly their airplane using Power Up 3.0. Power Up 3.0 is an app controlled paper airplane.
These third grade students are learning about aerodynamics.
4th Grade: Students are learning about forces and motion through the Hot Wheels Speedometry curriculum.
These fourth grade students are using Hot Wheels to study kinetic and potential energy.
5th Grade: Students are researching Native Americans. They are engineering models of Native American dwellings.
These fifth graders worked as a team to complete the Native American dwelling challenge.
6th Grade: Students are completing a water rocket unit. Students are using water and air pressure to propel a rocket. Students are learning how to calculate the height of something using a clinometer.
These sixth grade students are using a clinometer to measure the height of the flag pole.
“USE OF TRACK BY PUBLIC: The public is welcome to utilize the track during daylight hours Monday through Friday when school is not in session or when students are not using the field for games, practices, events or competitions. These restrictions are in place for the safety and protection of our students as well as any public using the facility.”
The public is welcome to walk the sidewalks outside the stadium and in front of the High School during non-school hours. This area is lit and distance markers will be placed around the loop as a courtesy to the public. We hope this will provide a good alternative for the public when the stadium track is unavailable.