Ambridge Area School District

901 Duss Avenue, Ambridge PA 15003 | 724.266.2833

  
  

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District News

The Ambridge Regional Chamber of Commerce is hosting a financial symposium on Sunday, March 11 is extending an invitation to all students, parents, staff and administration. Resources for children centered around obtaining a solid financial foundation will be available.

 

Financial Symposium

On Wednesday, February 21, 2018, President Trump will be speaking in the Ambridge Area School District’s Wright Field House, located on the corner of Duss Avenue and 8th Street. The event is slated to begin at 7 p.m. More details are available on the Donald Trump for President, Inc. website here.

Since this is an evening event, the Ambridge Area School District will operate on a normal schedule for the day. Students will be dismissed with the assistance of the police and District Administration.

As with all other rental groups, Donald Trump for President, Inc. has followed District policy in renting the field house for the visit. The Ambridge Area School District respects the office of the President of the United States; however, the rental of District facilities for this event does not reflect an endorsement of or affiliation with any political party or candidate.

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.

 

 

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Our Ambridge Brrridgers raised over $1,500 for Special Olympics at the Beaver County Polar Plunge held in Bridgerwater on Sunday, January 28.

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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.

 

 

The District will continue to work with Rhodes Transportation to resolve ongoing issues. Corrective action, where necessary, will be taken. Parents who have questions or concerns are encouraged to reach out to Mr. Brian Miller, Director of Transportation, at 724-266-2833, Ext. 2377 or via email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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

 

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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!​

 

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