The State Street walk held Wednesday evening was greatly enjoyed by all families that attended. They were treated to spring activities such as fishing, camping, insect hunting, painting, and planting. We had some brave souls who, besides eating cookies and s'mores, ate edible bugs!
On April 12th MCJROTC had two guest speakers discussing the importance of American Citizenship. Mr. Les Szell, an immigrant and political refugee from Hungary, came to USA in 1957, at age 11, when his family escaped the communist Russian regime. He talked about freedom, opportunity and hope for the future by living in the United States. Mrs. Floriana Jones immigrated from Italy when she got married in 1977. Her mother was hidden in a wall when the German Soldiers went house to house looking for young girls when Nazi Germany invaded her country during WW II. She said to always stand up for your country and your freedom and that she owes the United States for a wonderful life! She quoted, “my freedom was bought by the blood of the American Armed Forces who liberated Europe.”
Our Ambridge Brrridgers raised over $1,500 for Special Olympics at the Beaver County Polar Plunge held in Bridgerwater on Sunday, January 28.
National Junior Honor Society Members
Current 8th Graders
Newly inducted 7th Graders
Students in Kindergarten through Sixth Grade were awarded a certificate for being chosen as Sept. Physical Education Star Students of the month. Mrs. Parisi has dedicated a bulletin board in the gym to honor her students. Mrs. Parisi has established the following criteria for the award. Not absent on a Gym Day, a good role model in class, extra effort, and encouraging fellow classmates to do their best. Along with Mrs. Parisi in the picture are: ANTHONY MANGANELLO, BENTLEY LUCCI, RAEGAN KEBER, JACOB TURKO, KENNEDY HUMMERT, OLLIVER POWELL, ALYSSA KINKADE, HANNAH HOHMAN, SYDNEY SMITH, ADDISON CREESE, MIKALAH WETZEL, COOPER SCHEIDEMANTLE, LAUREN MEALIE, BENJAMIN WEIGAND, HARRISON HILL, RONALD NOULLET, SAMUEL MILLER, JOSEPHINE REDDICK, ANNABELLE HRINKO, SYDNEY KLASS, JULIA BENNETT & NOAH GALAZKA.
Missing from the picture is: JOSHUA KUNY
Congratulations to all!
State Street Elementary hosted the District Sixth Grade Spelling Bee on Friday, February 24, 2017. One student from each homeroom represented their school. Economy Elementary representatives were Julia Bennett, Bobby Godfrey, Molly Green, and Collin Kloos. Highland Elementary representatives were Tyler McKnight, Haley Johnson, Carmen Sylvester, and Hunter Morrison. State Street Elementary representatives were Lily Park and Naomi Pedigo.
The runner-ups were Nathan Bosh, Josh Hohman, Caison Holland, Brendan Jones, Madison Mahalic, Trusten Carter, Jason Harvey, Tessah Cheran, Sarah Firich, and Harley Turner.
Congratulations to all of our participants. The first place winner for the district was Lily Park of State Street Elementary. The second place winner was Julia Bennett from Economy Elementary and the third place winner was Naomi Pedigo from State Street Elementary. Lily will advance to the county bee in May 2017 at Western Beaver.
Great Job Sixth Grade!
The Martin Luther King Celebration Committee held their annual banquet in Rochester on Sunday, January 14, 2018 in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Under the theme of “Together Achieving Love, Hope, and Peace,” they recognized several Beaver County community members and winners of the Martin Luther King Jr. Oratorical Contest.
Ambridge Area School District proudly had three students who received awards in the oratorical competition. In the 4th grade division, Lila Gerle, a student at Highland Elementary, earned 2nd place. In the 5th grade division, Julien Hubbard, won 1st place, and Kaia Fubio received 2nd place. Julien and Kaia both go to State Street Elementary.
All students spoke on the topic, “Who is Dr. King and why do you feel we continue to celebrate his birthday?” Each student was honored with a beautiful plaque and monetary award. State Senator Elder Vogel and State Representative Rob Matzie, an Ambridge alum himself, also presented the students with certificates of recognition from the State House and Senate.
We are very proud that the students of the Ambridge Area School District continue to keep Dr. King’s Dream alive by participating in this annual event.
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!