Junior High School
This year the Ambridge Area Junior High principal Mr. Shaun Cooke appointed a group of six staff members to form a committee dedicated to forming a chapter of the National Junior Honor Society. Ambridge Area School District has never in the past had the society at this level. The goal of starting this society with seventh and eighth graders is to not only recognize students dedicated to citizenship, service, leadership, scholarship, and character, but also provide students with a bridge that will guide them into future successes with the National Honor Society at the high school level.
This past Thursday, May 12th marked the first annual National Junior Honor Society Induction Ceremony. Twenty-six students were inducted at this time; notable speakers included Mr. Joseph Dimperio, Mr. Shaun Cooke, Mrs. Gen Scaletta, Ms. Brenna Wandel, Mrs. Chris Ceratti, and Captain Rudy Mistovich.
In addition to being inducted, reciting the NJHS pledge, and receiving their pins and certificates, the students also learned who among them had been elected as the society officers. Officer positions were determined by inductee votes. Congratulations go out to the following students:
Dinah Bailey, President
Elisabetta Pucci, Vice President
Kyla Fitzgibbons, Secretary
Samantha Farah, Treasurer
Congratulations also go out to all of the new inductees!
Dinah Bailey John Barnhart
Additional thanks go out to Mr. Glen Freed, Mr. Brad Olenic, and Mr. Ken Grafton for being a part of the NJHS Committes, Ms. Piontek for helping with rehearsals, Mrs. Peters for the lovely stage decorations, Mrs. Gladman for all of her behind-the-scenes help, and the PTG for the snacks and refreshments.
Today at the Beaver County Envirothon the High school team scored a 4th place and the JH teams got a 2nd place. Great job students Mrs. Green and Mr. Orend! Ambridge Proud Baby! Some photos are shots of what an Emerald Ash Borer does to a tree...one simple hole and the tree is gone. Talking to the forestry expert he said the woodpeckers population will grow due to the Ash Borer and they have taken seeds and put them in freeze drying so when all the trees are gone and the Ash Borer is gone they can replant Ash trees across the state!
April 13-16 fourteen Ambridge JH students competed at the PA-TSA state conference. There were over 2100 middle and high school students who attended. Ambridge JH students did extremely well placing top 10 in 4 events. They include:
Mrs. Baney's Jr. High School keyboard classes learned about duets. After listening and responding to duets by Anderson and Roe (andersonroe.com), students were given partners and duets to learn. Some of the duets included All the Pretty Little Horses, Alouette, Chopsticks, and Farmer in the Dell Boogie. Elisabetta Pucci and Faith Holcomb practiced The Entertainer by Scott Joplin. I hope you enjoy their performance of The Entertainer!
If you are unable to play the video from the website, please click the link to watch the video on YouTube.
Several students participated in their first forensics competition at Riverside High School on Wednesday. Five schools competed, and Ambridge swept the competition! The results are as follows:
In the Poetry Division, tied for FIRST place is John Barnhart and Natalie Ruprecht, SECOND place goes to Dinah Bailey, and THIRD place goes to Jethro Bell.
In the Extemporaneous Division, FIRST place goes to Jacob Beaudway, SECOND place goes to John Barnhart, and THIRD place goes to Cade Grable.
In the Duo Impromptu Division, FIRST place goes to Elisabetta Pucci and her Ellwood City partner, SECOND place goes to Natalie Ruprecht and Dinah Bailey, and tied for THIRD place are Sam Farah and Zoe Setzenfand and their Ellwood City partners.
Finally, in the Duo News Broadcast, FIRST place goes to Dinah Bailey and Zoe Setzenfand, SECOND place goes to Kyla Fitzgibbons and Rhiannon Bosh, and THIRD place goes to Jacob Beaudway and Cade Grable.
Congratulations to all who participated!
Students will create take-home key chains (or pendants if preferred) utilizing sheet roofing copper and fused glass enamel.
This will serve as a general introduction to the process, and I've found that a take-home first project can help to build engagement and enthusiasm.
Ten students represented the Junior High on February 13th at the MathCounts competition at Penn State University – Beaver. This was the 30th year of MathCounts being sponsored by the Beaver Valley Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers and Auxiliary. The mission of MathCounts is to increase enthusiasm for and enhance achievement in middle school mathematics throughout the United States. Across the United States, 500-plus local competitions and 57 state competitions are conducted each year. MathCounts problems challenge and inspire students to further develop their problem-solving and critical thinking skills.
This competition was for Beaver County students to qualify for the state competition in March. Over 70 students competed and only the top 4 individuals and the top team advanced to the state competition.
The junior high “mathletes” consisted of Jacob Beaudway, Jonathan Ciani, Connor Finnegan, Natalie Ruprecht, Ezra Hanna, Zach Astorino, Noah Weedon, Jeremiah Giordani, Frank Grabski, and Gregory Constantine.
The team earned 2nd place and it was comprised of Jacob, Jonathan, Connor, and Natalie.
Overall, four of the Junior High students finished in the Top 10. Noah finished in 9th place; Gregory finished in 6th place; and two students earned a spot in the state competition in Harrisburg on March 18-19. They were Jonathan Ciani, who finished 4th, and Jacob Beaudway, who finished in 3rd place.
Congratulations to all of the mathletes!
On January 29, 2016 twenty Ambridge Jr. High Technology Education Students competed in the Regional Technology Student Association (TSA) Competition at California University of Pennsylvania. TSA fosters personal growth, leadership, and opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM); members apply and integrate these concepts through co-curricular activities, competitions, and related programs.
The Chapter did very well placing in many events. The events the children placed in include CAD Foundations, Children's Stories, Electrical Applications, Flight, Leadership Strategies, Problem Solving, STEM Animation, System Control Technology, Tech Bowl, Bio-Medical Essay, and Logo Design. The Chapter earned 1st place in Tech Bowl, Stem Animation, and Leadership Strategies.
Fifteen Students have earned the right to compete at the state conference held at Seven Springs resort in mid-April. At this conference there are over 1500 competitors from across the state. Good luck to all that are competing.
In an effort to get public schools in the greater Pittsburgh area to become more closely knitted with the arts, Pittsburgh Center for the Art with the help of the Grable foundation are supplying select schools with multiple artist residencies. Thus, together we are encouraging an arts integration model for entire schools or districts.
Ambridge Junior High was selected as one of the sites because of the past work I have done in conjunction with PCA. During the 2013-2014 and 2014-15 school years my students and I created two mosaic murals with Pittsburgh artist Laura Jean McLaughlin through the PCA artist residency program. I developed a great working relationship with Mary Brenholts who is the director of arts in schools and communities at PCA. She thought of us and offered 3 artist residencies for this school year. I was charged with finding two teachers other that myself who would be willing to host and facilitate for an artist. 8th grade Science teacher Don Ayers will be hosting enameling artist Linsdsay Huff. 7th grade English teacher Nancy George is hosting fibers artist LaVerne Kemp. I am hosting Batik and fibers artist Saihou Njie. Each of these artist bring a unique and exciting art process as well as perspective to our classrooms and our students. All funding is provided by arts integration grants from the Grable foundation.
The art students are working now until Feb 12 on our fabric mural, we are batiking, completing various surface designs, learning to stitch, etc. In the end each student will have designed 2 separate 8x8” tiles, they will donate one to our mural and make a satchel out of the other one.
The science students will be enameling copper and designing unique pieces based on organelles. They will be making a cumulative project as well.
The English students are weaving story boards starting Feb 9th Tuesday and Thursday for 5 weeks.
|#||JUNIOR HIGH STUDENTS||PROJECT TITLE|
|Do Concussion Guards Work?|
|2||ALEXANDRA PETERS||The Science of Growing Tomatoes|
LYDIA KOVACH, MASON KOVACH,
|I Scream, You Scream, We all Scream For Ice Cream|
|4||RENA CHICKOS, ASHLYN LIVELY||How Deep Does Your Knee Bend?”|
|5||ADAM & NOAH SMOKOVICH||Lift Those Weights!|
|6||MARJORIE JARSULIC, CARLINA POWELL||H2sOlar!|
|7||RYAN RACIOPPO, HALEY RACIOPPO||Feel the Burn: The Potency of Heartburn Relievers|
|8||MADISON LEHN||Iodine Contents In Common Salts|
|9||WILL GOLGOSKY||Flammable Fabrics: How Fast Do Clothes Burn?|
|10||SAMANTHA FARRAH||Ice Is Not Nice|
|11||DYLAN DEVINE||.22 LR Ballistics|
|12||EMILY GRUCA||Got Soil?|
|13||JACOB BEAUDWAY||Maximizing Efficiency in Personal Water Desalination|
|14||JETHRO BELL||Super Capacitors vs. Lithium Ion Batteries|
|15||LOGAN MURGENOVICH, GRETCHEN OSLICK||Eating Away Enamel|
|16||OLIVIA CYBULSKI, ALYSSA BAUMBACH||Can Adults Pass Eighth Grade Science Test?|
|17||BROOKE LIVELY, CARLY MCPHERSON||Soccer: The Angles of Shooting|
|18||BREANNA THOMAS||Stress Relief|
|19||NICK WEAVER||Solar Parabolas|
|20||BAYLEE PADGETT||Selecting Superior Seeds|
6TH GRADE ECONONMY
|1||HUNTER FRITZ #48||Along Came A Spider|
|2||AUSTIN MERLINA, NATHAN LAMBERT #49||Don’t Got Water? The Effect On Plant Growth|
|3||HANNAH MILLER, CELESTE VARGO #44||Do You Need Help? Here’s a Helping Hand|
For photos from the event, please visit The ambridge connection site: http://www.ambridgeconnection.com/local-news/in-photos-9th-annual-ambridge-area-junior-high-science-fair-awards-ceremony