Starting on Monday, the Junior High Interact Club will be hosting a "Penny War" to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society. The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s mission is to cure leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma, and Hodgkin’s disease and to improve the quality of life for patients and their families. This fundraiser will run the recommended three week time frame from Monday, March 5th until Friday, March 23rd.
What is a Penny War you may ask? It's pretty simple. Students bring in all the pennies they can and put them in their homeroom's donation box. Easy enough? There's just one catch...they can also bring in any other money, like nickels, dimes, quarters, and even dollar bills to sabotage other homerooms! Anything other than pennies will subtract from the money earned. General rule...pennies will add to your total, and all other money will take away. The homeroom with the highest balance (taking into account the sabotages) will win! So, we are asking students to bring in their money starting Monday! As long as the school raises $750, the Leukemia and Lymphoma society will pay for a pizza party for the winning homeroom.
The best part is that regardless of the highest or lowest balances collected by homerooms, all of the money collected will benefit a person in need. The Interact Club thanks you for your generosity!
20 Meter Pacer Test Record breakers
Fourth Grader – Lauren Mealie
Sixth Grader – William Gruca
We would like to communicate the following information via Guidance from the Ambridge Area Senior High School for the month of December 2018:
We would like to congratulate the student of the month and extra effort award winners for November 2018:
Student of the Month Winners: 9th grade: Elliot Powell 10th grade: Hunter Hogue 11th grade: Alyssa McCoy 12th grade: Lydia Ciani
Extra Effort Award Winners: 9th grade: Mikayla Cabaong 10th grade: Sarah Haymond 11th grade: Connor Dugan 12th grade: Ethan Young
Robert Morris University Signing Day: Thursday, November 29, 2018 – 8:00 AM: Any 12th grade student applying for admissions Fall 2019: Students interested in applying to Robert Morris University have the opportunity to apply for an on-the-spot decision in the guidance office on Thursday, November 29, 2018. There will be no application fee for students applying, and acceptance letters will be granted on the spot for students with RMU admissions representative Amanda Beal. Students are encouraged to sign-up in guidance to come down and apply for admissions and acceptance for the Fall 2019.
Carlow University – December 4, 2018 7:30 – 8:05 AM in Guidance: Grades 9 -12: Carlow University representative Ashley Cassano will be here Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at AAHS from 7:30 – 8:02 AM in guidance for any interested senior. Students are encouraged to sign up at Mrs. Misencik desk in guidance if interested.
Laurel Technical Institute – December 13, 2018 – 1:54 – 2:26 PM in Guidance: Grades 9 -12: Laurel Technical Institute representative Michelle will be here Thursday, December 13, 2018 at AAHS from 1:54 – 2:26 PM in guidance for any interested students that are looking to go into a technical field. Technical field of studies can also be discussed at this time. Students are encouraged to sign-up at Mrs. Misencik desk in guidance if interested.
Duquesne University: Duquesne University is waiving the admission application fee for any senior enrolling for the fall 2019 if enrolled by December 15, 2018. Any interested senior is encouraged to apply to waive the admission fee at this time.
Keystone Re-Test Exams: Literature, December 4, 2018 / Biology, December 11, 2018 / Algebra, January 15, 2018. Students that are required to test will be receiving letters specifying what exam and date for your student. Any student that was not proficient or advanced will be scheduled to re-take the keystone exams at the following times: ELA (Literature) December 4, 2018; Biology December 11, 2018 and Algebra, January 15, 2018. Make-ups for exams will be the following day. Please make every effort to ensure that your student is in attendance on these dates. Passing the keystones assists students receiving keystone rewards or being excused from completing remediation their senior year in the content area.
ACT – The Ambridge Area School District confirmed they will be offering the ACT here at AAHS during the school day on Tuesday, April 2rd 2018 to all interested junior students. More information to follow in the upcoming months, but please mark your calendars for when this is exam will be offered here at the school district. Any questions, please contact guidance at 724-266-2833, ext. 2377.
SAT –The Ambridge Area School District confirmed they will be offering the SAT here at AAHS on Saturday, March 9, 2018 to all interested students. Please mark your calendars. More information to follow in the upcoming months. Students must register for the exam at: www.collegeboard.org
PSAT/NMSQT – Students participated in the PSAT/NMSQT on October 10, 2018. Scores for the PSAT/NMSQT will be released December 10, 2018. Please have your student speak with their counselor for any questions for score reporting. Any questions, please contact guidance at 724-266-2833, ext. 2377.
Senior Keystone Edgenuity Remediation: Letters were sent out October 1, 2018 for Seniors who were not proficient or advanced on the literature or algebra keystone exams. Seniors who received the letter are requested to complete 25 hours or 50% overall passing on remediation. Seniors required to complete edgenuity remediation for the keystones are required to be working on their specific subject area for completion by May 2019. Any questions, please contact guidance at 724-266-2833, ext. 2377.
Scholarship Information: All scholarship information received through the AAHS Guidance department is posted to the website at the below link. Please be sure to check the website regularly for updates.
Scholarship Search: www.fastweb.com – Includes free scholarship search
Tutoring Information: As a reminder, Peer Tutoring provided by NHS is offered every Wednesday in the media center from 2:30 – 3:30 PM. In addition, students can arrange to stay after school with their teacher of record from 2:30 – 3:00 PM for additional help in each subject area.
SAT Prep Course Classes: Penn State Beaver January 19, 2019: PSU Beaver is offering an SAT Prep Course to help increase students access to and success in college and career, and the new redesigned SAT. Penn State Beaver SAT prep course can teach you the techniques and strategies to help you do your best on the exam. Courses start January 19, 2019 at PSU Beaver. For more information, please review: http://beaver.psu.edu/sat or call directly: : 724-773-3700
3RPREP: Students are welcome to contact 3RPREP to discuss ACT / SAT tutoring in the Ambridge Community. Representatives can be contacted (412) 855-5535 or at 1400 Church St., Ambridge, PA 15003 to discuss assistance with SAT and ACT preparation. More information can be found on their website at: https://www.3rprep.com/
3RPREP ACT Practice: Please Mark Your Calendars: 3RPREP will be coming in to AAHS on Tuesday, March 26 and Thursday March 28, 2019 from 3-5 PM for ACT Prep Course. This is free to all AAHS students. Mrs. Schmidt will also be going into the Junior level classrooms to speak more about the exam to your student. More information can be found on their website at: https://www.3rprep.com/
Guidance Information: Counseling:
Western Pennsylvania Psychological Services: WPPC Counseling Services are offered via the positive steps program for any student interested in counseling services at Ambridge Senior High School. Students may enroll with parent/guardian permission for individual therapy during the course of the school day. Any questions of enrollment can be directed to Jennifer Cuspard at 724-266-2833, ext. 4274.
Community College of Beaver County Dual Enrollment Academies: The following academies are offered to Ambridge High School Juniors or seniors that meet the academic criteria for dual enrollment: Aviation Academy / Health Academy / STEM Academy / Criminal Justice Academy. Questions can also be directed to Joyce Cirelli, Dean of High School Academies and Dual Enrollment at 724-480-3474. Further information is listed at: http://pub.ccbc.edu/HS_Academy/index.html
ACT - All 11th grade students qualify to take this exam.
When: – April 2, 2019
Where: Ambridge Area High School – during the school day
Cost: $58 per student – The district will cover the cost of this exam
Sign up: Begin in February, more information to follow
SAT – Any interested student – recommended end of Junior and beginning of Senior Year
When: Saturday, March 2, 2019
Where: Ambridge Senior High School – Please arrive at 7:30 AM with identification information
The PSAT 8/9: All 9th grade students qualify to take the exams.
When: Spring 2019 - All 9th grade students will be eligible to sign-up and take the exam in the spring 2019 of their ninth grade year. Information will be sent out at that time.
Where: Ambridge Area High School (LGI) during the school day
Cost: $11 per student (Checks can be made to Ambridge Area School District)
The PSAT 10: All 10th grade students qualify to take the exams.
When: Spring 2019 – All 10th grade students will be eligible to take the exam in the spring 2019 of their tenth grade year. Information will be sent out at that time.
Where: Ambridge Area High School – Classrooms
Cost: $16 per student – The district will cover the cost of this exam
Sign-Ups: All students will be directed to sign-up with Mrs. Misencik in guidance
The Pre-ACT: All 10th Grade Students qualify to take the exams.
When: Spring 2019
Where: Ambridge Area High School LGI
Cost: $12 Per Student – Checks can be made available to the Ambridge Area School District
ASVAB: All 10-12th grade students qualify to take the exams. All 10th grade students will be asked to sit for the exam for Career Exploration*.
When: January 24, 2019 8:00 AM – All 10-12th grade students will be eligible to take the exam in the spring of their 10-12th grade year.
ASVAB Interpretation Date: February 27, 2019 – February 28, 2019 at AAHS – Discuss Test Scores and Career Results
Where: Ambridge Area High School LGI
Cost: Free to the student
Sign-Ups: All students will be directed to sign-up with Mrs. Misencik in guidance. All 10th grade students will be enrolled for career exploration.
What is the ASVAB: The ASVAB is a multiple-aptitude battery test that measures developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success, as well as career measures and military career pathways. Areas of testing include General Science, Arithmetic Reasoning, Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension, Mathematic Knowledge, Electronic Information, Auto and Shop Information, and Mechanical Comprehension. All testing areas are listed at http://www.official-asvab.com/subtests_coun.htm.
Educational Outside Events for Parents/Guardians:
Rochester Area: Beaver County workshop for students 14-21 with transition challenges (a 504 plan or IEP, autism diagnosis, chronic illness, disability, emotional / learning support, medical issue, mental health diagnosis, etc.) together with their parents/families/supports.
“PA Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) Services Overview"
When: Thursday, November 29th, 2018 from 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Where: Hope Works-PA, LLC—205 Brighton Avenue, Rochester, PA
•The PA Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, or OVR, provides vocational rehabilitation services to help persons with disabilities prepare for, obtain, or maintain employment.
•OVR provides services to eligible individuals with disabilities, both directly and through a network of approved vendors.
•Services are provided on an individualized basis.
•Drue Flora, an OVR Vocational Rehabilitation Supervisor, will discuss the wide range of OVR services potentially available to eligible applicants
Complimentary pizza provided. Child care available. Please RSVP if possible to 724-841-9711 or via Facebook; walk-ins welcome!
Websites for College and Career Readiness:
www.onetonline.org – Links to My Next Move and Bright Outlook Occupations: Targets careers where new job opportunities should be in the future. In addition, browse by industry searches within the O*Net site to reflect more current employment.
www.myfuture.com – College and Career Information
https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org - College Board College and Career Search
https://www.pacareercoach.org – Designed to help participants find a good career and exploration
www.careertech.org – Nationwide, Career Technical Education Programs
www.getfocuedstayfocused.org – Videos on the workforce and post-secondary planning
www.myplan.com – Find and explore your Major and Minor in College
www.educationplanner.org – Free website from PHEAA. Outstanding PA site for college and career information.
www.mymajors.com – Major exploration website for colleges/universities
www.fasfa.gov – Free Application for Federal Student Aid
www.federalstudentaid.ed.gov – General Financial Aid Information
www.youcandealwithit.com – How to plan and pay back your student loan / budgeting and saving tips for college.
Xello – Career Cruising: K-12 Development site via AAHS: All students will also be connected with a xello account via Ambridge Area School District in their social studies classrooms.
Thank you, and have a wonderful December from all of us at Ambridge Area School District!
AAHS School Counseling Department
Congratulations to the Ambridge Junior High for their outstanding fundraising efforts made in the support of the American Heart Association. Over the course of a week, the Interact Club held various fundraising activities including face painting and selling wrist bands. The week ended in a dodge ball tournament for which students bought American Heart Association t-shirts as their ticket to play in the game. Because of the generosity and involvement of the students and staff, the Junior High raised approximately $1,300 in support of the American Heart Association! A huge thanks goes out to all of the students and staff of the Ambridge Junior High, as well as the administration for their ongoing support to these charitable endeavors.
State Street was an exciting place to be on Monday, August 21st as the kids headed into school for the 2017-2018 school year! Students attended an assembly on the STAR behavior reward program and had the opportunity to view the solar eclipse.
Andrew Crofoot and Madison Holcomb were awarded prizes for completing the summer activity packet and returning it to Mr. McKelvey (photo below).
Mackenzie Sutton, Colin Sutton, Braden Vukovcan, and Ben Vukovcan (not pictured Candise Russin) completed the summer reading challenge sponsored by the Ambridge Area Federal Credit Union (photo below).
Welcome back to all the students!
For additional photos from the Beaver County Times, click here:
Students in Kindergarten through Sixth Grade were awarded a certificate for being chosen as April’s 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: SIDNEY KRATOCHVIL, ABIGAIL PAGANO, MILENA MODUGNO, AIDEN ELDER, CARSEN HAMMOND, RILEY PODOLAK, DENO CASTELLANO, ELI DEIHL, ALEXANDER LUSTY, CAMERON RAYNAK,JAYLYNN CAMPBELL, MALLORY MCKINNEY, HANNAH LARIMORE, OWEN BUCHANAN, ETHNE BELL, ETHAN CAREY, MILEY DEVINNEY, LILY GEWETH, SOPHIE BEADUDWAY, ASHLEY DERIGGI, CARTER DUNLAP, EVAN SCHEIB & RICARDO VALLADARES.
Congratulations to all!
KDKA Drug Symposium and Summit 2018: On November 14, 2018, eleven Ambridge Senior High school students joined in the fight against Opioid Abuse and Drug Addiction at the High School Coalition via KDKA programming to discuss healthy choices in and out of the community. Students had the opportunity to share their input and provide valuable information on the fight against drug use and how it impacts their generation academically, socially and emotionally. Experts from the Pittsburgh Drug and Coalition task force to UPMC doctors and Addiction Specialists spoke with students on how to continue to support healthy choices and their peers in and out of the classroom. Any student that has drug/alcohol concerns are encouraged to reach out to their counselor in guidance to be provided with the necessary supports for all levels. Any questions may be directed to guidance at 724-266-2833, ext. 2377.
On Wednesday, February 21, 2018, President Trump will be speaking in the Ambridge Area School District’s Wright Field House, located on the corner of Duss Avenue and 8th Street. The event is slated to begin at 7 p.m. More details are available on the Donald Trump for President, Inc. website here.
Since this is an evening event, the Ambridge Area School District will operate on a normal schedule for the day. Students will be dismissed with the assistance of the police and District Administration.
As with all other rental groups, Donald Trump for President, Inc. has followed District policy in renting the field house for the visit. The Ambridge Area School District respects the office of the President of the United States; however, the rental of District facilities for this event does not reflect an endorsement of or affiliation with any political party or candidate.
On Saturday, February 3rd, ten students from Ambridge Area Junior High competed at Penn State Beaver for the annual Beaver County MathCounts Competition. MathCounts is a nationwide junior high school math program. Its purpose is to administer math enrichment, coaching, and competition programs, while increasing enthusiasm and enhancing achievement in middle school mathematics. Each year, 500+ local competitions and 57 state competitions are conducted through the United States.
Competitors from Ambridge were: Rudy Erickson, Leah Fritsch, Will Gruca, Josh Hovan, Camden Mawhinney, Elliott Powell, Dalton Prevost, Ivan You, Evan Waschak, and Nicholas Waschak.
After 3 rounds of competition, our four person team of Rudy Erickson, Josh Hovan, Elliott Powell, and Ivan You won the 2nd place team trophy. After the final countdown round, where each student in the top ten came to the stage for a head to head contest, three of our students placed in the top ten. Ivan You earned the 8th place spot, Elliott Powell the 5th place award, and Rudy Erickson earned 3rd place.
As part of the top 4 individuals in Beaver County, Rudy Erickson will be representing Ambridge and Beaver County at the state MathCounts competition in Harrisburg on March 23-24, 2018. Please join us in supporting Rudy as he travels to Harrisburg to compete against students across Pennsylvania!