Ambridge Area School District

901 Duss Avenue, Ambridge PA 15003 | 724.266.2833


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Middle School

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

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Students in the 8th Grade Advanced Science classes fielded the annual Bradys Run Stream Study on May 22. Standard categories were Environment and Ecology, Mathematics, Science and Technology.


In each category, students were required to do the following:


4.1.10B-Explain the relationship among landforms, vegetation and the amount and speed of water.

4.1.10A-Describe changes that occur from a stream’s origin to its final outflow.

4.1.10C-Describe the physical characteristics of a stream and determine the types of organisms found in aquatic environments.

4.1.10E-Identify and describe natural and human events on watersheds and wetlands.

4.3.10B-Explain how multiple variables determine the effects of pollution on environmental health, natural processes and human practices.

4.3.10C-Explain biological diversity as an indicator of a healthy environment.

4.6.10A-Explain the biotic & abiotic components of an ecosystem & their interaction.

4.7.10C-Identify and explain why adaptations can lead to specialization.

4.8.10C-Analyze how human activities may cause changes in an ecosystem.

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More Science Olympiad fun! For this exercise, students had to work as a team to solve this engineering challenge.  They had to make a structure that had one part at least 122 cm tall, one wall that was at least 122 cm long or wide, some sort of roof, an opening, at least three walls, and a student had to be able to sit under the roof.


Congratulations to SRO Jason Woods for being awarded the Guy Tyler award for his efforts in Juvenile Justice Enforcement and Education.  Officer Woods was recognized on Friday, May 17, in front of fellow officers, family, friends and students at the Beaver County Courthouse.  Officer Woods has been a staple in the Ambridge Area Middle School for the past six years.  Not only has he served as our resource officer, but also as a mentor, teacher and friend.  We are proud to have Officer Woods as an integral part of our team at the Middle School.  Congratulations, Officer Woods!  Thank you for your service.




Middle School students participated in a Science Olympiad this week. In one of the exercises, students had to rely on teamwork to use an engeering process while building a Tower of Cups with three stings and a rubber band. In another exercise, students were required to incorporate engineering technology in building marshmallow bridges.

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The Science Outreach Center at Saint Francis University recently announced the winners of the 2019 Pennsylvania Statistics Poster Competition. The annual state competition is in its 23rd year overall, and is coordinated for the 11th year by Saint Francis University. 

These 471 posters were submitted from a total of 721 students. Judging for the state competition was held on Saturday, March 23, 2019. Two Ambridge Middle School students were among the winners:


8th graders

Second Place-$72.00

Addison Shaffer and Emily Hood

Dragons Breath

Ambridge Middle School

Taught by Donald Ayers


Fourth Place-$24.00

Emily Layne and Jordan Jones


Ambridge Middle School

Taught by Donald Ayers


Congratulations to our students!


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Ten 6th, 7th, and 8th graders were able to go to the Beaver County Conservation District and take part in the wetlands field trip.  During this trip, they were taught about the importance of wetlands and were able to catch and identify benthic organisms.  They discovered that the types of organism found indicates the water quality of a stream.

Congratulations to Gianna Rock and Harley Turner for placing as Honorable Mentions in the recent MS/HS Essay Contest. Both students will receive a $50 prize.


The topic for the essay was: Exclusing the Smartphone, what is the greatest invention or discovery from the past 10 years? How has this invention or discovery affected you, your friends and family? Please cite all references in MLA format.


The students' essays follow.




Genetic Engineering

                In the past ten years, there have been many beneficial inventions and discoveries. I think that the most beneficial discovery today is genetic engineering. Genetic engineering is the process of altering or adding DNA in an organism to make a transformation. The discovery of genetic engineering is beneficial because with it we can help get rid of all illnesses in young and unborn children, defeat diseases, and produce new foods.

                One-way genetic engineering is beneficial is because we can prevent illnesses in young and unborn children. We can prevent the passing of degenerative diseases from a parent to their children. If you have a disease, your children could inherit the disease or become a carrier, but with genetic engineering, we can help make sure that their children can live longer and healthier lives.

                Genetic engineering is also beneficial because it can defeat deadly diseases. Humans suffer from a number of genetic mutations that might never go away unless we intervene and genetically change the next generation to avoid these problems. A disease like Cystic Fibrosis is dangerous and processing with no known cure. This disease could be cured with the help of genetic engineering. This could help many people suffering with these types of severe diseases.

                Genetic engineering could also produce new food that could be beneficial. We could design foods that can survive harsh temperatures with genetic engineering, and make sure that foods have all of the right nutrients that animals and humans need. In addition, with genetic engineering, we may be able to make our foods have an improved medicinal value, this could help create edible vaccines readily available to people all over the world.

                People all over the world along with yourself, your family and friends could benefit from this amazing discovery. I want to work in the medical field, and maybe I could help benefit the world by using genetic engineering.


Tesla Powerwall

The greatest invention of the past ten years is the Tesla Powerwall, a stationary battery pack made for homes. This is due to the fact it takes energy from solar panels on a house and generates electricity, creating a cleaner and safer environment, as well as place to live.

The Tesla Powerwall is full of benefits, the first being it is environmentally friendly. When you have the Powerwall set up in your home, the solar panels it is connected to absorb the sun’s energy and generate electricity, as opposed to fossil fuels being burned to power homes, which emits toxic gases that harm the atmosphere and nature. Using this is especially advantageous for those that are environmentally conscious. The Powerwall is not only compact and simple; it is touch safe, which means that there is zero exposed wires and hot vents that someone could potentially hurt themselves. Not to mention, it is extremely secure and practical during bad weather. If an outage were to occur, the Powerwall allows seven plus days of continuous power.

It is also completely weatherproof, as well as one hundred percent self-powered. To add onto the advantages, it causes your bill to be cheaper in the long run. This is because it uses natural energy from the sun, instead of nonrenewable resources from the ground. The Powerwall further allows up to nine batteries to be stacked, supplying you with maximum electricity available at all times. All of this affects you, your friends, and family by keeping them safe, protected, and saving money. It allows those people to make a difference in environmental conservation, no matter how little.

In conclusion, the Tesla Powerwall is the best invention from the past decade because it saves anyone more money on electricity bills, is fantastic for the environment, and is safe for family and pets. No matter the age, any person could benefit from owning a Powerwall.



Ambridge Middle School took part in the What's So Cool About Manufacturing competition, partnering with Nova Chemicals in Monaca. Throughout the winter,  students met with manufacturers and engineers at Nova Chemicals to discover what is so cool about manufacturing and how the processes are done to impact their day-to-day lives. Students conducted interviews, took two site tours, and created this video project.


"I couldn't be more proud of their hard work and am hoping the community will take some time to vote for their video," said Ms. Abigail Koper, Middle School teacher. 


The video created by Ambridge Middle School students is eligible for six award categories, including Viewers Choice. Please like and share this video using the following instructions to ensure your views and shares count: Visit this website and then click on 2019 competitions-Pittsburgh North-Ambridge. Then click the "vote" button.