Highland hosted a Family STEAM night on February 22. Students and their families participated in an evening of fun, hands-on activities and challenges. The evening included cookies provided by Highland’s PTO and door prizes.
There were nine interactive stations:
Station #1 – Little Bits Little Bits are a platform of electronic building blocks. The bits snap together with magnets. Families invented something using Little Bits.
Station #2 - Legos and Blocks Families were challenged to build a replica of the Washington Monument.
Station # 3 – Art Bot Using a cup, marker, toothbrush, and tape, families worked to invent an Art Bot that created art autonomously.
Station #4 – Gears, Gears, Gears Families engaged critical thinking skills as they engineered with colorful gears.
Station #5 – Bee Bot Families programed our Bee Bots to follow commands.
Station #6 – Famous Failures – Families read through examples of famous people who turned failure into success.
Station #7 – Puzzlets This award winning tech-ed platform combines hands on play with interactive gaming. Station #8 – Squishy Circuits Families built circuit together and explored electricity.
Station #9 – Used Book Sale Thank you to the Interact clubs at the Jr. High and High School for collecting used books for the sale.
The evening was made possible through a grant from Highmark, Shell, and the Beaver County Educational Trust.
Special thanks are extended to Mrs. Hoover, the Highland PTO, and the volunteers for the evening - Mrs. Fisher, Mrs. Fedora, Caylin Fedora, Mrs. Kuhel, Ms. J. Kuhel, Mrs. Bupp, Mrs. Bell, Savannah Bell, Talan Bell, Sami Freed, Riley Sas, and Mr. and Mrs. Webb. Thank you also to Mrs. Henry, Mrs. Carpenter, Mrs. McCoy, Goldie and Jane.
6th grade: Students are researching earthquakes. They are designing an earthquake-proof structure. Students will work in teams and assume the role of architect, treasurer, or project manager.
5th Grade: Students are researching Native Americans and they are engineering models of Native American dwellings.
These girls are constructing a Native American dwelling called a Chickee.
4th Grade: Students are learning about Forces and Motion through the Hotwheels Speedometry curriculum.
These fourth grade boys are using Hot Wheels cars and tracks to learn about potential and kinetic energy.
3rd Grade: Students are learning about circuitry using Little Bits. Little Bits are electronic building blocks.
These third grade boys collaborate as they work with Little Bits.
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.
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 (a blowdryer)!
These first grade girls constructed a house out of bricks to keep their pigs safe from the Big Bad Wolf.
Kindergarten: Students will be completing nursery rhyme STEAM challenges! We have completed challenges from Humpty Dumpty and Hey Diddle, Diddle.
These kindergarten students created an egg protector for their Humpty Dumpty egg drop.
In STEAM, students in 3rd Grade have been using Little Bits, electronic building blocks that snap together with magnets, to learn about creating circuits! The power source blocks, input blocks and output blocks are all color coded, and they have been learning about how the input affects the output by tying in the Reading skill, "cause and effect!"
The Ambridge Area High School Marching Band, under the direction of Marie Dewar, has accepted the invitation to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor and represent Ambridge, PA in the Waikiki Holiday Parade.
Each year the Waikiki Holiday Parade is held on the Friday after Thanksgiving in Honolulu, Hawaii, honoring Pearl Harbor Survivors and American military. To date, hundreds of mainland and Hawaiian bands have marched the parade since its inaugural year in 1998. Thousands of spectators, residents and visitors gather to watch this parade which hosts marching bands, Pearl Harbor Survivors, service bands, military units, local officials, dignitaries and entertainers. The parade begins at 7:00pm at Fort DeRussy and ends at Kapiolani Park. The scenic parade route travels approximately 1.5 miles through Waikiki along the oceanfront of beautiful, torch-lit Kalakaua Avenue. Bands who participate in the parade also provide a wreath laying ceremony at the USS Arizona Memorial and a commemorative performance at the USS Battleship Missouri in Pearl Harbor.
While in Hawaii, the group will tour the island of Oahu, and include a visit to the Dole Pineapple Plantation and Polynesian Cultural Center on the North Shore and hike the Diamond Head crater. In preparation for the trip, the band has been practicing several patriotic songs and has been discussing the history of Pearl Harbor in class.
“We are thrilled to be working with Marie Dewar and the Ambridge band on their trip,” said Parade Founder Jake Peppers. The student’s experiences at Pearl Harbor and meeting survivors will be something they will remember for a lifetime. We are honored to help create this memory.”
Spring Fine Arts Programs:
4/21 – HS Steel Bands
4/26 – HS Choirs
5/3 – JH Band / Art
5/4 – HS Jazz & Concert Bands / Art
5/5 – JH Choir
5/9 – State St. Band
5/10 – Economy Band
5/11 – Highland Band / Art
5/17 – State St. Chorus / Art
5/19 – Economy Chorus / Art
5/26 – Highland Chorus
In March, high school students Nadia and Bree Mycyk, Emma Van Dyke, and Alois Watkins, along with Highland 6th grader Allison Wintersgill, volunteered to face paint at the State Street indoor carnival. The face paint booth was a hit. I was filled with elementary students from start till finish. The painters worked hard putting smiles on many colorful faces.
Anna Galiardi and Skye Galiardi both won first place in the Women’s Club District Competition. Their photos will now move on to compete at the state level. Click here to vote for the Kieth Rothfus Congressional Art Contest. Voting is available through April 4th.
GFWC Woman’s Club of Baden
Student Art and Photography Winners for 2016
Division 1 Grades 1-2
1stAva Draganjac State Street Gr. 2
2nd Phoenix Hale Highland Gr. 2
3rd Marena Baker State Street Gr. 2
4th Marissa Glasser Highland Gr. 2
5th Myah Sherrill Highland Gr. 2
6th Brianna Cermak State Street Gr .2
Division 2 Grades 3-5
1st Makenzie Majercik Highland Gr. 4
2nd Amara Platz Highland Gr. 5
3rd Lydia Mycyk Highland Gr. 5
4th Delaney Moore State Street Gr. 5
5th Gianna R. Roak Highland Gr. 5
6th Mykenzie Carter Highland Gr. 4
Article from the Beaver County times 12/3/15 - Written by Scott Tady: http://www.timesonline.com/entertainment/local_entertainment/the-nutcracker-ready-to-delight-in-ambridge-midland-and-pittsburgh/article_b058b46c-91f3-11e5-aee6-8b065f3bffe1.html
Written almost 200 years ago, the original story was a scary fairy-tale intended only for adults.
A few storyline tweaks turned "The Nutcracker" into a family favorite and cherished holiday tradition.
Two local "Nutcracker" productions open this weekend -- at Ambridge Area High School and the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh -- with another "Nutcracker" stepping forward later this month at the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center in Midland.
Each show uniquely presents the dreamlike, coming-of-age tale, complete with Mouse King, Sugar Plum Fairy and toy soldiers, told with whimsy, beauty and rousing choreography.