Ambridge Area School District

901 Duss Avenue, Ambridge PA 15003 | 724.266.2833


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Senior High School

909 Duss Avenue, Ambridge, PA 15003 | 724.266.2833 | f. 724-266-5056
Principal, Ms. Janice Zupsic x2287 | Assistant Principal, Mr. John Booher x2479



Ambridge Area High School will send two students to the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association’s District 5 Honors Band and Honors Chorus this month.


Kamryn Rudolph was selected by audition to participate in PMEA District 5 Honors Chorus held at Westminster College on November 1-3. Guest Conducting at the festival was Dr. Christopher Kiver, music professor and choral director at the Pennsylvania State University. Marjorie Jarsulic was selected by audition to participate in PMEA district 5 Honors Band to be held at Westminster College November 29-December 1. The guest conductor for this ensemble will be Mr. Patrick Burns, adjunct professor of music at Montclair State University.


PMEA District 5 is comprised of school districts from Beaver, Butler, Lawrence and Mercer Counties.  Students are selected to the Honors Band and Chorus based on their scores in a live audition, performing a prepared solo piece selected by PMEA.



Ryan Racioppo and his twin sister, Haley take part in the Westinghouse educational program on Saturdays that are offered here in the Pittsburgh area.  Both also participate in the NMSI AP program in the AASD. 


Ryan was so impressed and engaged with one of the recent Westinghouse presenters he took the initiative to approach him to learn more about his area of specialization. Dr. L. Alberto Cangahuala is the Europa Clipper Mission System Manager with the Jet Propulsion Laboratory at the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, California.  The laboratory works in affiliation with NASA on space exploration missions and projects.


Dr. Cangahuala was so impressed during his interactions with Ryan that he offered to visit his school.  Ryan, along with his Physics teacher Mr. Paul Hladio, corresponding with Dr. Cangahuala, collaborated with AAHS  administration to have the distinguished professional visit Ambridge Area School District November 10, 2018. Dr. Cangahuala's afternoon visit included an awe-inspiring presentation on the Europa Project.   It was truly an event filled with insight and details on how this project will be executed by 2030, including the rational for selecting the Europa moon of Jupiter for exploration, what and how exploration data will be selected to make the trip, why the team believed water exist on the moon and insight how the professional from Baldwin Wallace went on to attend MIT to lead the team for JPL.   We only regret that we actually ran out of time at the end of the school day.


Dr. Cangahuala’s family still resides in the Western PA area and he has agreed to visit AAHS again in the future. We look forward to the time that visit can be realized.


The following was Dr. Cangahuala’s note to Ryan Racioppo as a follow up to his time at AAHS:


“Thanks to you and the staff for making yesterday’s meeting possible, and for the pictures.  You showed great initiative in reaching out in the first place; whileI hope I helped with your queries, I must thank you, Mr. Booher, and your classmates for your contagious enthusiasm.  I look forward to keeping in touch; in the mean time I wish you, your class and faculty all the best in your studies in the year ahead.”


On Wednesday, Oct. 24, a group of students from the Senior High traveled to the Pittsburgh Zoo. A heartfelt thank you to the Job Training Center for Beaver County for providing students the opportunity to have an exciting, educational, fun-filled day!

On Saturday, October 20, 2018 students and staff from the AP math and computer science classes were given the opportunity to attend a Saturday Study Session in Keystone Oaks. Teachers from across the country who have been teaching the AP standards for many years were able to work with our students and staff to give insight into each subject area. Many of these master teachers also design test questions or score exams for AP. The 4-hour session provided a sharp focus on 4 major concepts in each subject area. This provided our students with the equivalent of 6 additional class periods of instruction.  A total of three sessions are offered, allowing for 2.5 days of school or 18 class periods   Attendance and transportation was provided at no cost to the students or district. Ambridge will be hosting the AP ELA session in November for AP students in our region.






AAHS Challenge Science Winners


On October 16th, a team of students from the high school entered into a design challenge at the Energy Innovation Center in Pittsburgh. The challenge was sponsored by Adventure Capital, United Healthcare, and Genyouth. The students competed against 19 other teams and the AAHS winning team won a $1,000 grant to implement the design idea they pitched to the panel of judges.

The winning presentation included ways to promote mental, nutritional, and physical health for the students and members of the community through informative and physical-based activities defined as Step One.

The students presented their ideas in front of a panel of judges and 68 other competing students in a “Shark Tank”-like scenario. One of the judges being former Pittsburgh Steeler, Charlie Batch. There were 10 grants given out in total at the Innovation Challenge. The student team from Ambridge included Lydia Ciani, Kyla Fitzgibbons, and Riley Sas. The group received one of the $1,000 grants as winners.

John Jones and Jake Dunlap also competed and presented their ideas for generating a phone app to help set up after school activities in order to promote physical activity.

Thank you to Mr. Jason Roos and Mrs. Pam Green for sponsoring and chaperoning the students to take part in the challenge.



The National Honors Society (NHS) is offering TUTORING

Where: Media Center

When: EVERY WEDNESDAY 2:30-3 (After school)

Different members of NHS will be in the media center every Wednesday to help the students of Ambridge. Please come and get help! All grades and subjects are welcomed!

- Senior Pictures from your photographer due by December 21st

- Senior Baby Picutres due to Mrs. Musser in Room 212 by December 15th

- Don't forget to order your yearbook



Tuesday afternoon, Ambridge High School students and their guests celebrated the grand opening of the “lab,” a dedicated space at the school for providing students with hands-on work experience.

Guests also had the opportunity to visit the co-op room to learn more about the school’s recent partnership with PittMoss, an Ambridge-based company that manufactures an organic, recycled, natural cellulosic fiber replacement for peat moss. PittMoss is partnering with the high school to provide workforce training opportunities to students in the Life Skills program.

Special Education teacher Mrs. Teresa Brewer said three Ambridge students participate in a school-to-work program, spending their afternoons at PittMoss learning valuable employment skills from the production line. Additionally, students are able to work in the lab at the High School, building boxes, placing labels and thank you cards and packaging the PittMoss product in the boxes, and then sealing and labeling the boxes for shipping. Students also learn how to inventory supplies needed for each delivery of product, as well as the products they are exporting. To date, students have packaged 200, 10-quart bags of PittMoss.

Special Education teacher Mr. David Bobak said 15 students are participating in the co-op on site at the new lab. Students have the option of selecting from one of five tasks when in the lab:

  • Consumer/Service

  • Construction/Industrial

  • Computer Technology

  • Processing/Production

  • Business/Marketing

Students will rotate in groups of five in the lab throughout the day. When in the lab, they will practice the procedures involves with their selected task. Each student has a work record that will be used to clock them in and out and keep track of which tasks they performed in the lab.

Following the grand opening of the lab, PittMoss General Manager, Mr. BJ Rankin, said he was pleased to be working with the school as part of the co-op program. He said the students who are participating on site have a great work ethic and he is pleased to be helping them to learn the skills needed to enter the workforce. Students who participate in a co-op with PittMoss or any other businesses in the region are paid by the Beaver County Job Training Center for their work. Representatives from the center were present at the event today.

Mr. Rankin presented the school with a check for $1,605. The money was raised through the generosity of local business and industry. He said he received a huge response from the community when he put out the call to donate to the co-op program. “The community really came together on this one. I had set a goal of raising $1,000 and was able to exceed it. We look forward to continuing our partnership with the school and we’re hoping to develop something even bigger in the future.”