Ambridge Area School District

901 Duss Avenue, Ambridge PA 15003 | 724.266.2833


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Junior High School

401 First Street, Freedom, PA 15042 | 724.266.2833 | f. 724-869-5321
Principal, Mr. Shaun Cooke x3245


On Saturday, February 3rd, ten students from Ambridge Area Junior High competed at Penn State Beaver for the annual Beaver County MathCounts Competition. MathCounts is a nationwide junior high school math program. Its purpose is to administer math enrichment, coaching, and competition programs, while increasing enthusiasm and enhancing achievement in middle school mathematics. Each year, 500+ local competitions and 57 state competitions are conducted through the United States.​



Competitors from Ambridge were: Rudy Erickson, Leah Fritsch, Will Gruca, Josh Hovan, Camden Mawhinney, Elliott Powell, Dalton Prevost, Ivan You, Evan Waschak, and Nicholas Waschak​. 

After 3 rounds of competition, our four person team of Rudy Erickson, Josh Hovan, Elliott Powell, and Ivan You won the 2nd place team trophy. After the final countdown round, where each student in the top ten came to the stage for a head to head contest, three of our students placed in the top ten. Ivan You earned the 8th place spot, Elliott Powell the 5th place award, and Rudy Erickson earned 3rd place. 


As part of the top 4 individuals in Beaver County, Rudy Erickson will be representing Ambridge and Beaver County at the state MathCounts competition in Harrisburg on March 23-24, 2018. Please join us in supporting Rudy as he travels to Harrisburg to compete against students across Pennsylvania!


Congratulations to the Ambridge Junior High for their outstanding fundraising efforts made in the support of the American Heart Association.  Over the course of a week, the Interact Club held various fundraising activities including face painting and selling wrist bands.  The week ended in a dodge ball tournament for which students bought American Heart Association t-shirts as their ticket to play in the game.  Because of the generosity and involvement of the students and staff, the Junior High raised approximately $1,300 in support of the American Heart Association!  A huge thanks goes out to all of the students and staff of the Ambridge Junior High, as well as the administration for their ongoing support to these charitable endeavors. 

Junior High School students in Jamie Zbrzezny's art classes are currently working on an art installation in conjunction with artist Lindsay Huff and Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. 
The students are creating an aluminum collage or mosaic by upcycling aluminum pop cans.  The mural will be an interactive exhibition for many years as it will become the center piece for Children’s Grief Awareness Week’s Hope butterflies.  


Starting on Monday, the Junior High Interact Club will be hosting a "Penny War" to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society.  The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, and Hodgkin’s disease and to improve the quality of life for patients and their families.  This fundraiser will run the recommended three week time frame from Monday, March 5th until Friday, March 23rd.

What is a Penny War you may ask?  It's pretty simple.  Students bring in all the pennies they can and put them in their homeroom's donation box.  Easy enough?  There's just one catch...they can also bring in any other money, like nickels, dimes, quarters, and even dollar bills to sabotage other homerooms!  Anything other than pennies will subtract from the money earned.  General rule...pennies will add to your total, and all other money will take away.  The homeroom with the highest balance (taking into account the sabotages) will win! So, we are asking students to bring in their money starting Monday!  As long as the school raises $750, the Leukemia and Lymphoma society will pay for a pizza party for the winning homeroom.

The best part is that regardless of the highest or lowest balances collected by homerooms, all of the money collected will benefit a person in need.  The Interact Club thanks you for your generosity!

The 8th grade science students watched a video on the "Finches of the Galapagos Islands , the students were challenge in an adaptations lab to mimic various bird beaks of the 13 finch species on the islands.  Their task was to get as many Skittles and/or M7M's as possible which represented their food source.  The students soon found out if the birds did not have the right tool for the right job they could be come extinct rather easily.

As part of the 8th grade Accelerated Science class, the students began work on a Science Fair project in early September and work diligently through the end of January culminating in the Junior High Science Fair.  This year was the 21st annual competition.  We bring in judges from various walks of science related life as our experts to interview the students.  We award the top four projects with certificates and checks.  The top 20 will then attend the annual Pittsburgh Regional Science Fair at Heinz Field just after Spring break.

On November 17th, Ambridge Junior High welcomed Special Agent Jeff James from the United States Secret Service ,as a guest speaker for the 8th grade history classes.  As a member of the Secret Service for the past 22 years , Agent James has many roles, which include presidential and dignitary protection and security , Presidential threat investigations and counterfeit money investigations. During his presentation , Agent James spoke about the history and duties of the Secret Service.  In addition, students learned and some participated in demonstrating the formations and procedure used to protect the president in large crowds. Everyone enjoyed listening to Agent James’s personal stories and having their questions answered.

Parents of Junior High Students, Your child attended an assembly on October 31st during their Interventions periods. We presented a program about CYBERBULLYING.  The informative program was facilitated by Officer Woods, our School Resource Officer. The program is attached. Click on or copy and paste the link provided.   If you have any questions, please contact Officer Woods at: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  

Bridger Blast:

This morning, November 6, 2017, students at the Ambridge Area Junior High School participated in a safety precaution. As students arrived from their buses, our administrators inspected bookbags to ensure the safety of our school.


As a result of the weekend events a thorough search of book bags was conducted. No illegal items were found. A similar search will be conducted on Tuesday as well. As always, safety of our students is a number one concern.

 As part of the Ambridge Area Junior High School career initiative, approximately 200 8th grade students experienced a college or university visit at one of two local campuses. This initiative was supported by the Junior High Career Team. 
On October 12th, students were given the opportunity to visit Penn State Beaver or Geneva College.  On both field trips, the 8th graders were able to tour the campus, take part in informative discussions, and get a first-hand experience of college life.  While college may not be the plan for all of our students, this was a great opportunity for our young adults to get more informed about just one of options they will have after their graduation in 2022!  Ultimately, both of our visits and presentations strongly encouraged the importance of taking challenging classes throughout junior high and high school, attending school regularly, and thinking critically about the options offered in the coming years.  
We are so pleased we could provide this opportunity to 8th graders, and we look forward to the bright futures they will be carving for themselves during their time at the Ambridge Area School District.

Students in Ms. Wandel's Honors English 7 class recently finished reading Tangerine, a young adult fiction novel written by Edward Bloor.  At the conclusion of the unit, students had the option to create either an artistic or a written project.  Nearly all students not only selected the artistic option, but also chose the same artistic project:  a shadow box depicting a scene from the novel.  This year the projects were phenomenal!  Students dedicated a lot of time and effort into creating beautiful and skillful works of art!