Congratulations to Ambridge Area Middle School Eighth Grade student, and Riverhounds Soccer Academy star, Jason Simms! Jason was selected to participate in the id2 Training Camp in Chula Vista, CA - December 5th-8th. The US Club Soccer’s id2 National Identification and Development Program provides an opportunity for the country’s top youth soccer players to be identified and developed in an elite training camp with top players from throughout the country, while also being scouted for possible inclusion in U.S. Soccer’s National Team programs. For more about the id2 Program, please visit http://www.usclubsoccer.org/id2.
Ambridge Area Middle School students crafted entries for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture's 2020 Calendar Contest. This year's calendar features the Spotted Laternfly.
The purpose of the contest is to educate students and their families about the importance of inspecting items prior to leaving a quarantine area. Students are required to learn details about the spotted lanternfly here, and then craft artwork that includes at least one fact about the invasive insect. Complete guidelines for submission can be found here.
Entries will be judged in four divisions: first and second grade, third and fourth grade, fifth and sixth grade, and seventh and eighth grade. First, second and third place winners will be named in each division, with a grand prize winner selected from the first place division winners. Each division winner will have their artowrk appear on a page in the 2020 Spotted Lanternfly Awareness Calendar.
Winners will be notified December 16-20, 2019 and announced at the 2020 Pennsylvania Farm Show.
Students in Mrs. Weale's Life Skills classes at the middle school are making friends the old fashioned way - by being pen pals!
Mrs. Weale's students have teamed up with the Life Skills class at Mars High School to do a Pen Pal project. By writing their letters, students are able to work on their grammar, spelling, penmanship and computer skills with the added bonus of making new friends.
The students will correspond several times during the school year. The best part will come at the end of the school year when the pen pals will have the opportunity to meet each other.
The Ambridge Area School District will have a scheduled two-hour delay for all schools on Wednesday, Oct. 16. A full breakfast will still be served at all District schools on Wednesday. Students are encouraged to stop by the cafeteria upon arrival to enjoy breakfast before classes begin.
The Ambridge Area Middle School would like to thank all of the sponsors who have helped to make the launching of its school-wide Positive Behavior Program - P.R.I.D.E. - a huge success!
"We are thrilled to have your support," said Mr. Tom McKelvey, Middle School Principal. "Through your donation, we will be able to provide both weekly and quarterly goal incentives for our students who demonstrate productivity, respect, integrity, determination and excellence."
A special thank you to:
• Ambridge Area Federal Credit Union
• Ambridge Class of 2011
• Ambridge Italian Villa
• Ambridge Do It Best
• Arby’s – Northern Lights
• Burger King- Northern Lights
• Don Ayers
• Eat N’ Park – Wexford
• Fun Fore All
• Fun Skates Park
• Giant Eagle – Northern Lights
• Koper Masonry
• Living Treasures
• Mad Max Restaurant
• McDonalds - Baden
• Monte Cello’s Cranberry
• Rhodes Transit
• Subway - Baden
• Sheetz – Baden
• Stuvach Printing & Graphics
• Taco Bell – Northern Lights
• Washington Wild Things
School is almost back in session and the big Homecoming Game is just around the corner! The parade and the game will be held on September 20 as our Bridgers take on the Knoch Knights. T-shirts are now on sale. Deadline for orders is Tuesday, September 3rd.T-shirts can be ordered via this link. Proceeds benefit Chloe Kamzelski’s senior project.
Ambridge Area School Board of Directors approved the transfer of Mr. David Turk to the newly-created 10-month position of Middle School Assistant Principal at the July 17 meeting. Mr. Turk previously served as a health and physical education teacher at Ambridge Area High School since 2011. He will begin his duties immediately at an annual salary of $70,000.
Mr. Turk holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education from Slippery Rock University (Pa.) and earned his Pennsylvania Teaching Certification in Health and Physical Education. He also holds a Master of Education degree in School Administration (Principal K-12) from California University (Pa.).
He began his professional career in the Pittsburgh Public Schools in January 2010, where he served as a substitute teacher at Perry High School. He later became a building substitute with Pittsburgh Public Schools, serving in a variety of roles including Assistant to the Administration and Assistant Technology Technician. He was hired by Ambridge Area School District to work as a health and physical education teacher, a position he held from 2011 to present.
Mr. Turk said he is looking forward to serving in his new role at the Middle School, and thanked the School Board for providing him with the opportunity. “I appreciate the opportunity that I’ve been given, and I look forward to working with all of the Middle School staff and most important of all, I look forward to working with the students,” he said.
Superintendent Dr. Jo Welter said Mr. Turk will be an incredible asset to the Middle School. “His focus is on a mentorship program for the Middle School students so that our students have guidance and mentorship from the minute they enter the school until the time they leave, and so parents have a dedicated liaison. I’m very excited to have him working with us.”
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.