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

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.”



The Ambridge Area School District hosted Homecoming festivities on Sept. 28 & 29. On Friday, Homecoming weekend kicked off with a parade that included representation from each of the schools, featuring the Homecoming Court, the High School Marching Band and the Middle School Band. The Homecoming football game against Highlands was held following the parade and crowning of the King and Queen. The Homecoming dance was held on Saturday.




The picture you submit for publication in the yearbook must meet certain criteria that are listed below. Please feel free to share this paper with your photographer so that he/she is certain to take at least one photograph that meets this list of criteria. Talk to your photographer and make sure they can comply before you have pictures taken.

If you have any questions, please see Mrs. Musser in Room 212. Please see appropriate examples at the bottom of the page.

Also, the submission date of December 21st 2018 is very firm; please submit your photo in accordance.

Size –Your picture must be color photo and submitted digitally on a compact disc or emailed to Mrs. Musser. Ask your photographer to be certain the image is saved as a .jpg and at a resolution of 300 DPI. 640 x 800 pixel resolution. Non-digitally submitted (hard copies) pictures cannot be accepted.

No photographer effects (i.e. Diffusion, shadowing, black/white, embossing)

Background colors We suggest blue, gray, or brown and shades thereof.

Dress – Men must be in collar shirts, preferably wearing a tie. Women must be in a blouse or sweater that is not low cut

Not appropriate items:

  • tank or tube tops                                  - stained or torn clothing                   - writing on clothing

  • t-shirts and sweatshirts                       - provocative clothing                        - hats

    Poses - Picture should be a shot of the head and shoulders. There should be some space between the top of the subject’s head and the top of the picture. Subject must be facing forward, no angle poses; you may not rest your head on your hand or elbow, lay down or lean. No hands in photo.

    Photography props and other decorations - No prop use please. (This includes large graduation numbers, vehicles or pets, etc)

    Submission dateDecember 21st, 2018

    Students may also use their high school photo taken on

    School Picture day or make-up day.

    These pictures are automatically sent to the yearbook


 Superintendent Coffee Dates 2018


Ambridge Area School District families are invited to enjoy coffee and conversation with Superintendent Dr. Jo Welter at special sessions designed to share information about AASD. Sessions are scheduled as follows:

  • Highland Elementary School – 7 p.m. Oct. 2

  • State Street Elementary School – 8 a.m. Oct. 5

  • Economy Elementary School – 8 a.m. Oct. 9

  • Ambridge Area Middle School – 7 p.m. Oct. 24

  • Ambridge Area High School – 6 p.m. Nov. 15

Dr. Welter will provide an overview of what is happening in the District, as well as field questions from those in attendance about District matters. Hope to see you there!