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


This past week 14 Ambridge Junior High students competed against 2300 students from across Pennsylvania at the Tech​nology 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.


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 three local campuses. This initiative was supported by Junior High School Principal, Mr. Cooke, and the Junior High Career Team.  The Career Team includes Mrs. Bober, Mrs. Crawford, Mrs. Hamiliton, and Ms. Scaletta.

Throughout the months of January and February, students were given the opportunity to visit the Community College of Beaver County, Penn State Beaver, or Geneva College.  On all three 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 not all students are planning to go to college, this was a great opportunity for our young adults to get more informed about the many options they will have after their graduation in 2021!  Ultimately, all 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 future.

We are so pleased we could provide this opportunity to our 8th graders, and we look forward to the bright futures they will be carving for themselves during their time in the Ambridge Area School District and beyond!


On Thursday, March 9, 2017 Ambridge Area Junior High School held its third annual Career Day.  The seventh and eighth grade students were given the opportunity to gain information about six different careers.

The JH was fortunate to have approximately 40 presenters from a wide variety of careers.  Participants included representatives from post-secondary schools, such as CCBC, Robert Morris University, Bradford, Pittsburgh Technical College, and the Beaver County Career & Technology Center.  We also had individuals from the health care field, law enforcement, EMS, as well as a social media specialist, a Google employee, and a geologist.  Also included in our group of presenters, were individuals employed Cana film and video, photography, individuals from Haemonetics, First National Bank, CYS, Entrepreneurship (Ambridge Connection), Grandpa Joes Candy Store, K-9 officer, AASD UMPC Athletic Trainer, SWAT Team Vehicle.

The Career Team would like to thank the AASD Administrative team for attending our Career Day. 

Career Day- ‘Very impressive!  I thank all those staff members who organized the Career Day at the Junior High School and the professionals who gave of their time to participate in this event. I spoke to several students who both appreciated and learned a great deal from this valuable educational experience. Again, thank you to all who participated.’

Dr. Joseph C. Dimperio

Acting Superintendent of Schools

Finally, a thank you to our principal, Mr. Shaun Cooke, for his unwavering support, our entire junior high staff for all the help and support given to us, and to our students, who were active participants in Career Day. Thank you to Officer Woods for arranging the Emergency Vehicles to attend.

On Saturday, February 4th, ten students from the Junior High School participated in the MathCounts competition at Penn State - Beaver.  Rhiannon Bosh, Jonathan Ciani, Xander Dowlin, Connor Finnegan, Kyla Fitzgibbons, Jeremiah Giordani, Ezra Hanna, Joshua Hovan, Marissa Kennedy, and Elliott Powell competed against students from 8 other Beaver County schools. Four of our students placed in the TOP 10 after 3 rounds of competition.  Connor Finnegan came in 10th, Xander Dowlin in 7th, JeremiahYou Giordani in 6th, and Jonathan Ciani 2nd.  This qualified Jonathan to compete at the state level MathCounts competition in Harrisburg on March 11th.  In addition, each school selects a 4 person group for the team round.  The teams compete for a spot in the state competition with only the 1st place team qualifying.  The Ambridge team earned 1st place!  Congratulations to Jonathan, Xander, Kyla, and Elliott for being able to represent the Junior High and Beaver County in Harrisburg.  Please join us in congratulating all of the students and wishing our state competitors good luck!


Jr High Science Fair Winners January 19, 2017


1st Place - Dinah Bailey

2nd Place - Matt Kowalsky/Brady Eisel

3rd Place - Jacob Ernst

4th Place - Dominic Santia

HM - Jacob Kotula/Will Hrinko

HM - Maura Devine

Hello Ambridge Junior High Families,

In accordance to the Act 71 guidelines of the Pennsylvania Department of Education we will be hosting our yearly Signs of Suicide Program.  This program is tailored to educate students on the signs of suicide and help them report their concerns to a responsible adult.  The 8th grade program will be held the morning of November 10th and the 7th grade program will be held on the morning of November 14th.  Please see the attached document for more details.  I have also included a link to more information on Act 71 if you would like more details. Thank you and Have a great day. 


SOS Parent Letter 2016


Todd Courson (Renick Bros) and Jody Petti (Oz Controls) start up the High Efficiency Lochinvar Boilers installed at Economy Junior High School for Constellation/Ambridge Area Schools Energy Conservation Project.

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Top Left: Conference of Administration Area

Top Right: New Split System Installed in the Testing

Bottom: Mechanical Room Nearing 90% Completion

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- New Unit Ventilator, Book Cases and piping covers installed.
- New High Efficiency Hot water Heating system is online today for start of school.
- 3000 Amp Load Center 95% Installed and operational.


Installations under way
• The Piping mains in the hallways are about 98 percent installed and have been pressure tested. Ceiling tiles are being reinstalled.
• All of the classroom and Hallway Unit Ventilators and Shelving Units are received and are being Installed in their intended locations.
• The pads have been poured in the mechanical Room and the Major equipment and pumps have been set on them.
• The Chiller Pad is constructed.
• The two Air Handling Units in that supply the locker rooms are demolished and the replacements are hung in place.
• Ductwork and Piping is being installed on the ceiling mounted Unit Ventilators .
• Hydronic Final Connections are being installed on the RTUs
• The Roofing is finished and the RTUs are set in place.
• Piping run outs have been started and are 95% Complete- Insulation is following very closely to piping completions.
• Electrical circuits are being installed.
• Mini Cassette Evaporator hung in Shop and Faculty area.
• DLC has been on site for first shutdown and is sending an engineer to access the vault condition (Pending).
• Switch Gear is in schedule and will arrive by Monday 8/15/16 (Did not arrive and is being investigated)
• Installation of Boilers, HW Heaters, Pumps and other Hydronic have continue and are around 45 % installed.
• OZ Enterprises continues with their wiring trunk installation

Read more: Ambridge Area Junior High School HVAC Update 8/26/16