Junior High School
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!
The 8th grade honors students took part in a free Carnegie Science Center Fab Lab workshop where they were challenged to make a design of a vehicle on the computer, send it to be cut out on the Laser Cutter, then drive a course using IPADs.
Wetlands Field Trip to the Beaver County Conservation District. The 7th & 8th grade students studied Benthic Organisms and learned about the history of the Wetlands during a Nature Walk.
8th grade students used the paper towel lab to reinforce the steps of the scientific method.
This first week at Ambridge Junior High has been off to an exciting and promising start! We have several initiatives this year that will enhance the climate of the school and strengthen relationships among our staff and student body. Our theme this year at the Junior High is GRIT. GRIT stands for Gratitude, Respect, Integrity and Teamwork. Our staff and students have identified behaviors that demonstrate these four pillars of character. We are focusing on showing GRIT in the hallways and cafeteria this year. It has been wonderful hearing students talking about and showing enthusiasm for GRIT amongst themselves. Their introduction to GRIT kicked off with grade level assemblies where they got their first taste at brainstorming about GRIT – what the words mean and how it might look in the school. They learned that through the demonstration of GRIT, they can earn spots on the Principal’s 100 Club and that they’ll be recognized for their positive behaviors and given the chance to win mystery motivators.
This School-Wide Positive Behavior Support Program is an extension of the program they participated in at the elementary schools. In addition to our focus on increasing positive behavior and a sense of community in our school, we introduced a new academic initiative, iStation. This program will help our staff identify academic strengths and weaknesses of each student and customize online instruction to their individual needs. Students will work within this program consistently throughout the year. The program is highly engaging and interactive and we predict the students will enjoy their time working in it. Quarterly assessments will allow our staff to appropriately program for our students during the Intervention/Enrichment period. Junior High is a special time for our children. They are starting to increase their independence and sense of identity while still needing structure and our support. We believe that our School-wide Positive Behavior Support Program, that includes our theme of GRIT, will help our students make the connection between independence and responsibility. Working together, respecting differences, taking responsibility for our actions and words, and showing appreciation for our school, teachers and community, will improve the daily climate at the Junior High and continue to show that this is a great place to be!
National Junior Honor Society Members
Current 8th Graders
Newly inducted 7th Graders
Sports Physicals will now only be held on July 27th at 12pm (all Junior high and High school student athletes). Phycials are $20 and athletes must have their physical packet and money (cash) on the day of the physical.
To view a printable version of the Physical Form plese Click Here.
For more information about physicals please visit the Ambridge Athletcs Webpage by Clicking Here.
During our Chapter on Stars and Galaxies I gave the students an assignment to research a galaxy or nebula, find certain information and using cross curricular teaching with the help of Jamie Jo our JH art teacher. The students used chalk and pastels to draw a picture of their galaxy/nebula. Although all the kids did a great job I always like to have a competition (short mans syndrome) and offer a small prize for the best in each class. Here are the winners!
pic 004 = Jacob Ernst
pic 005 -- Zac Dewitt
pic 006 = Parker Gazda
pic 007 = Emma Sovich
pic 008 = Kiki Chambers
pic 009 = Tory Hooper
This past week 14 Ambridge Junior High students competed against 2300 students from across Pennsylvania at the Technology Student Association(TSA) state conference. The Ambridge Junior High chapter did extremely well. Over all the Chapter walked away with awards from 11 Different competitions. We even had one of our very own students, Tyler Stickles, run for the State Treasurer position. Unfortunatley Tyler did not earn his goal but made us all proud in his campaign and showed the state how great Ambridge Students are. The events the Students earned awards in are as follows; Prepared Speech- Dinah Bailey, Environmental Engineering-Emma Sovich, & Kyla Fitzgibbons, PA Materials Processing- Zach Massimiani, Construction Challenge- Tyler Stickles, Xander Dowlin, Matt Kolwalsky, & Amelia Freed, Froensics- John Barnhart, & Fiona Ozenich, Forensics- Diniah Bailey, & Emma Sovich, Challenging Technology Issues- John Barnhart, & Dinah Bailey, Tech Bowl- Xander Dowlin, Natalie Garrison, & Kyla Fitzgibbons, Tech Bowl test-Kyla Fitzgibbons, System Control- Xander Dowlin, Matt Kowalsky, Tyler Simms, Chapter Team(Parliamentary Procedure)- Fiona Ozenich, Josh Hovan, John Barnhart, Dinah Bailey, Tyler Stickles, & Emma Sovich. Every one of these events were in the top 12 in the state which Pennsylvania is one of the most competitive states in the country.
Congratulations to Madeline Swartz for Honorable Mention for her Evaporating Liquids poster!