The Ambridge Area School District is pleased to announce that one of its teachers has been nominated for Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year recognition.
Mrs. Nicole Darroch, a K-5 STEAM Educator and Technology Integrator for Highland and State Street elementary schools, was nominated for PA Teacher of the Year by the Beaver County Educational Trust (BCET). BCET announced its nomination of Mrs. Darroch on Friday, Sept. 27.
“We are so excited to nominate Nicole for this honor,” said Mrs. Jamie Connelly, BCET Executive Director. “Nicole was honored at the BCET Coming Together for Education event in May as one of the BCET Teachers of the Year. In 2018, Nicole’s award-winning grant was focused on Storytime STEAM packs. BCET is proud to support enthusiastic teachers like Nicole for their creativity, ingenuity and dedication.”
The PA Teacher of the Year Program is co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National State Teacher of the Year. The program recognizes excellence in teaching by honoring K-12 educators in public education who have made outstanding academic contributions to school-aged children in Pennsylvania. The nomination process for teachers for the 2021 program is underway. Educators, parents, students and community members are encouraged to acknowledge the efforts of teachers in their community through the nominations process. Twelve finalists will be selected from the applications received.
“I am honored by the nomination,” said Mrs. Darroch. “The Beaver County Educational Trust supports great educational efforts throughout Beaver County. I appreciate their recognition of the work I have done in the elementary STEAM programs at Highland and State Street.”
In addition to her latest nomination, Mrs. Darroch also has received the following recognition:
Beaver County Teacher of the Year 2019;
STEAM Catalyst Grant Recipient – Allegheny Intermediate Unit ($7,500 grant in September 2018);
Target Field Trip Grant Recipient (December 2018);
Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation Teacher of the Month (March 2017);
Beaver County Educational Trust Grant Recipient (2015, 2017, 2018 & 2019); and
Society of Analytical Chemists Equipment Grant Recipient (2016 & 2018).
The first annual Bridger Back-to-School Kick-Off event was held on Monday, Aug. 19 at Wright Field House. The event featured food, fun and games for the entire family. A special thank you to our sponsors for helping to make the day extra special for our students and their families. Welcome back Bridgers! The first day of school for the 2019-2020 School Year is Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. A highlight reel of yesterday's event is available here or by clicking on the photo above.
2019-2020 AAHS NMSI AP staff at the training session taking place this week in Dallas, TX. Teachers from front to back and left to right. Eric Harbison, Pam Green, Christina Briola, Michelle Hapich, Teri Moon-Kutzavitch
6th grade: Students are researching earthquakes. They are designing an earthquake-proof structure. Students will work in teams and assume the role of architect, treasurer, or project manager.
5th Grade: Students are researching Native Americans and they are engineering models of Native American dwellings.
These girls are constructing a Native American dwelling called a Chickee.
4th Grade: Students are learning about Forces and Motion through the Hotwheels Speedometry curriculum.
These fourth grade boys are using Hot Wheels cars and tracks to learn about potential and kinetic energy.
3rd Grade: Students are learning about circuitry using Little Bits. Little Bits are electronic building blocks.
These third grade boys collaborate as they work with Little Bits.
LOCAL SCHOOL DIRECTOR HONORED
Long-term school directors are being honored across the state by the Pennsylvania School Board Association at local board meetings. School directors are recognized for years of service from 8 to 36 years.
Mary Jo Kehoe, a member of the Ambridge Area School Board, received recognition for 12 years of service. She was presented with a certificate adding her to the PSBA “Honor Roll of School Board Service.”
School directors continually are spending more of their personal time on school-related activities. Fifty-four percent of them devote 16 hours or more a month to school board business. That shows a real commitment on their part.
They exemplify leadership and dedication, giving unselfishly to their communities, students and the public schools. Their efforts, along with those of their fellow board members, reflect their dedication to giving our children the opportunity to gain knowledge through the best education system possible.
Thank you Mary Jo for you commitment to the Ambridge Area School District!
During a special signing ceremony this afternoon, five Ambridge Area High School student athletes signed commitment letters to their respective colleges. Congratulations to the following student athletes:
- Liam Buck, Volleyball, Lewis University
- Daniel Yetsick, Wrestling, Davidson College
- Brooke Lively, Girls Soccer, Slippery Rock University
- Brandie Nauman, Girls Soccer, Slippery Rock University
- Gretchen Oslick, Girls Soccer, Gannon University
Ambridge Area Middle School students crafted entries for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture's 2020 Calendar Contest. This year's calendar features the Spotted Laternfly.
The purpose of the contest is to educate students and their families about the importance of inspecting items prior to leaving a quarantine area. Students are required to learn details about the spotted lanternfly here, and then craft artwork that includes at least one fact about the invasive insect. Complete guidelines for submission can be found here.
Entries will be judged in four divisions: first and second grade, third and fourth grade, fifth and sixth grade, and seventh and eighth grade. First, second and third place winners will be named in each division, with a grand prize winner selected from the first place division winners. Each division winner will have their artowrk appear on a page in the 2020 Spotted Lanternfly Awareness Calendar.
Winners will be notified December 16-20, 2019 and announced at the 2020 Pennsylvania Farm Show.
The Ambridge Area School District is pleased to announce it will make financial contributions to community libraries within the District’s coverage area for the 2019-2020 School Year.
For the 2019-2020 fiscal year, the District plans to donate $5,250 to Laughlin Memorial Library and $4,250 to Baden Memorial Library for a total of $9,500.
“This is an annual tradition in the District to offer financial support to our two community libraries,” said Superintendent Dr. Jo Welter. “Community libraries are a valuable tool for our families. They provide access to services, programs and materials that encourage a love for reading and literacy, which mirror our own goals in the Ambridge Area School District.”
In the 2018-2019 fiscal year, the District donated a total of $13,500 to the two community libraries - $7,250 to Laughlin Memorial and $6,250 to Baden Memorial. The amount dedicated in annual support to the two libraries is dependent on the budgeted needs of the District from year to year, said Mr. Doug McCausland, AASD Director of District Operations. “Our budget was a bit tighter this year than in previous years, so we unfortunately were not able to make as large of a contribution as we have in the past.”
Laughlin Memorial Library is located at 99 Eleventh Street in Ambridge. It first opened its doors to the community on July 6, 1929. Baden Memorial Library is located at 385 State Street in Baden. It has been serving the Baden community since 1941. Information about programming for both locations, including hours of operation, is available here.