Ambridge Area School District

901 Duss Avenue, Ambridge PA 15003 | 724.266.2833

  
  

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Academics

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Seventh, eighth, and ninth grade students attended the annual forensics competition at Riverside High School on Tuesday, February 6th.  Six school districts competed, but overall, Ambridge placed in the highest number of categories!  Our students’ results are as follows:

Duo News Broadcast – Junior High

Third Place                  Hazel Bell and Meghan Kinkade

Duo News Broadcast – Senior High

Second Place               Maura Devine and Sammy Farah

Third Place                  Rhiannon Bosh and Kyla Fitzgibbons

Poetry – Junior High

First Place                    Madison Mihalic

Second Place               Leah Fritsch

Third Place                  Lydia Mycyk

Poetry – Senior High

First Place                    Dinah Bailey

Second Place               John Barnhart

Third Place                  Kyla Fitzgibbons

Extemporaneous – Junior High

First Place                    Lanaya Pharr

Extemporaneous – Senior High

Second Place               John Barnhart

Duo Impromptu – Junior High

First Place                    Lydia Mycyk and her Central Valley partner

Second Place (tie)       Madison Mihalic and her Central Valley partner
                                      Lanaya Pharr and Zoe Maurer

Third Place (tie)          Jaina Ilko and Luke Sovich                                       

                                      Leah Fritsch and her partner.

Duo Impromptu – Senior High

First Place (tie)           Maura Devine and her Blackhawk partner

                                     Gabby Milcoff and her Blackhawk partner

Second Place               Dinah Bailey and her Riverside partner

Third Place                  Sammy Farah her Blackhawk partner

Congratulations to all who participated!

 

Yesterday the JH and SH teams competed in the BC Envirothon at Brady's Run Park.  The teams did well.  The SH earned a 6th place our of 23 teams and the JH won a 1st and 4th place.  The girls first place team missed 1st last year by 3 points.

Congratulations to our Ambridge Area School District students who were finalists in the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Oratorical Contest. Our 4th and 5th graders swept their divisions! They were presented their plaques and monetary awards at the Dr. King Banquet in Rochester on Sunday, January 15th. Entertainment for the evening was provided by the Ambridge Steel Drum Band.

In the fourth grade division, the winners were Madelyn Palmer of Economy Elementary in first place and Ja...red Astorino of Highland Elementary in second place.

In the fifth grade division, the winners were Mackenzie Sutton from State Street Elementary in first place and Madison Holcomb, also from State Street, in second place.

We are extremely proud of your knowledge of Dr. King and the oratorical skills you are developing at such a young age!

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We received this notification yesterday from the Science Outreach Center at Saint Francis University!!  Each year the 8th grade regular education science classes complete a statics project and the top projects are entered into the below referenced contest.  Last year Lauren Mawhinney’s class won an Honorable Mention and this year Tomasina Crapis (a long term sub) had two projects earn Honorable Mention!

Congrats Tomasina!!!

A total of 548 posters were received from across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania for the 2016 Pennsylvania Statistics Competition, hosted by Saint Francis University!  The total count included 89 posters from Kindergarten to 3rd grade, 234 from 4th to 6th grade, 131 from 7th to 9th grade, and 94 from 10th to 12th grade.

Read more: Statistics Poster Project

CONGRATULATIONS to Austin Merlina, Naomi Husted, and Cameron Weatherly who qualified in the Academic Games competition on January 21, 2015. They placed in the top 10% of the students in the competition. They have now QUALIFIED in the games to attend the National Competition in Atlanta, at the end of April! Please congratulate them on this superb accomplishment! We are all proud them!

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The Pennsylvania Public School Code requires that all districts in the Commonwealth complete a district strategic plan every six years. The new strategic plan for the Ambridge Area School District was developed by numerous groups including: community members, parents, teachers and administrators. The committee working on the strategic planning process were divided into sub-groups as follows: Professional Development, Technology Education, Teacher Induction, Community and Parental Communication and Facilities Management. The committee composed of community members, administrators, teachers and members of the board of education.


The first task of the Strategic Planning Committee was to adopt a new mission statement that reflected of the needs of the district. The mission statement was developed and approved by all committee members. From the mission statement, the group constructed a list of seven belief statements that the committee determined to fit the personality of the school community. After the belief statements were completed, the committee debated and authored the values, goals and strategies to obtain the district goals.

Information was collected by different committee members dealing with their specific assignment and brought back to the meetings. After the meetings were over, administrators and teachers were assigned to author specific sections of the plan with the information gathered at the meetings.

 

Mission Statement

The mission of the Ambridge Area School District is to be the "Bridge" to leading and learning, preparing students for the future through academic excellence.

Vision Statement

We believe:

  • Our community should encourage and support its youth to succeed by being actively involved in the educational process
  • We must build trust through a positive approach with our students, staff, and community
  • An appreciation and respect for diversity enriches the learning experience
  • Every student should be challenged by a curriculum that maximizes their academic potential
  • The development of a positive self-esteem is necessary for individual growth
  • In the preparation of students to become life long learners in an ever changing global society
  • Accountability is essential for achieving high expectations

Shared Values

All students will:

  • Be academically challenged by current instructional resources, methods, technology and pedagogy
  • Participate in community service
  • Be engaged in a variety of activities that support and enhance academic and personal growth
  • Be prepared for post-graduate opportunities
  • Demonstrate proficiency in core academic subjects 

 

Posted:  10/31/17

Comprehensive Plan 

SECONDARY TESTING

 GRADE

LEVEL

 TEST

 DEFINITION OF TEST

 PURPOSE

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4Sight

Tech Prep Career Survey

Keys 2 Work

Reading, Vocabulary, Writing, and Math

Career Survey

Assess student growth

Compare interests and abilities with available options and training programs

10

4Sight

PSAT

SAT I

Reading, Vocabulary, Writing, and Math

Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test

Scholastic Aptitude Test

Assess student growth

Acquaint students with SAT material

College admission evaluation

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State Assessment (PSSA)

ASVAB

PSAT/NMSQT

SAT I

SAT II

ACT

Reading, Math & Writing

Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery

Preliminary Scholastic Aptitude Test/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test

Scholastic Aptitude Test

Scholastic Aptitude Test

Assesses educational development

State & District Mandated

Assess student aptitude

Acquaint students with SAT material

College admission evaluation

College admission evaluation

College admission evaluation

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SAT I

SAT II

AP Testing

ASVAB

ACT

Scholastic Aptitude Test

Scholastic Aptitude Test

Advanced Placement Testing

Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery

Assesses educational development

College admission evaluation

College admission evaluation

College placement evaluation

Assess student aptitude

College Admission evaluation

ELEMENTARY TESTING

In accordance with the recommendation of the Superintendent of Schools, the Board of Education has approved a testing program designed to provide information concerning the proficiency of children in the district on standardized tests of academic achievement and aptitude.

The results of these tests provide a continuing record of each child's academic progress in comparison with national norms.  They are also an invaluable aid to your child's teacher and counselor in diagnosing individual strengths and weaknesses in order to provide more effective individualized instruction.  During the coming school year, the following tests may be administered to your child as part of this program.

 

KINDERGARTEN

Local Common Assessments/AIMSWeb progress monitoring

FIRST GRADE

Local Common Assessments/AIMSWeb progress monitoring

SECOND GRADE

Terra Nova Tests

Local Common Assessments/AIMSWeb progress monitoring

THIRD GRADE

PA Assessments Tests (Reading & Math) ~ Spring

4Sight Benchmark Exam- Fall, Winter&  Spring

FOURTH GRADE

PA Assessments Tests (Reading, Math & Science) ~ Spring

4Sight Benchmark Exam- Fall, Winter &  Spring

 FIFTH GRADE

Group Ability Test ~ PA Assessments Tests (Reading, Writing & Math) ~ Spring

4Sight Benchmark Exam- Fall, Winter &  Spring

SIXTH GRADE

PA Assessments Tests (Reading & Math) ~ Spring

4Sight Benchmark Exam- Fall, Winter &  Spring

 

Students in Grades 3-6 will be assessed using the 4 Sight Benchmark in preparation for the PSSA testing in the spring.

Your child’s scores on these tests will be checked carefully and maintained in the school record as long as your child attends school in this system.  Should your child transfer to another school system, you will be notified of the transfer of his or her permanent record to the new school system.  No individual or agency outside of the school system will be permitted to inspect your child’s record without your written permission.  Should you wish to examine your child’s record file at any time, you may arrange to do so by making an appointment with the principal’s office.