After spending most of her career in inter-collegiate athletics, Addie Lucatorto decided it was time to make a change to a setting that was more student-focused.
On June 20, the Ambridge Area School District offered Ms. Lucatorto the opportunity she was seeking, hiring her as the District’s new Athletic Director. Ms. Lucatorto replaces Mr. Brian Miller, who resigned from the position in March.
“I am excited to have the opportunity to work with younger student athletes,” Ms. Lucatorto said. “I have missed being in a position where the welfare of the student athlete is a primary mission of the institution. At this level, adults can truly make a positive impact on young people’s lives.”
Ms. Lucatorto said some of her best memories of growing up were when she was busy in high school with sports, drama, choir and numerous clubs. “Those opportunities set me on my path. People never told me that I couldn’t achieve my goals. They helped me to find the way to achievement. I have worked to mentor in the same way that I was blessed to be mentored.”
She began her career as an athletic trainer and spent time working daily with student athletes. She then moved into a more administrative role as a Senior Woman Administrator with Robert Morris University. Ms. Lucatorto served in her most recent position of Associate Athletic Director with Robert Morris University from 2006 through 2019.
Ms. Lucatorto prides herself on being a critical thinker who will ask the tough questions so that solutions can be found to any situation. With only a month on the job, Ms. Lucatorto jumped right into the planning for Homecoming Weekend, which includes a community pep rally on Thursday, Sept. 19 and the big parade and game, scheduled for Friday, September 20. The full schedule of events for Homecoming weekend will be announced soon. She also has had a hand in planning and organizing the first annual Bridger Back-to-School Kick-Off celebration, planned for noon to 2 p.m. on Monday, Aug. 19 at Wright Field House.
Something the AASD community can expect from Ms. Lucatorto is a growing presence for AASD athletics on the athletics website and social media. She plans to provide snapshots about athletic events, AASD athletes and other important information on the Twitter and Facebook accounts. She has also made it a priority to launch an AASD Athletics Instagram account for the purpose of sharing photos of our athletes and athletic events and accomplishments.
“We are extremely fortunate to have someone with Addie’s skill set and experience in this position,” said Superintendent Dr. Jo Welter. “She truly cares about the well-being and overall success of our student athletes, not just on the field, but off the field as well.”
Ms. Lucatorto said she has felt very comfortable transitioning into her new role, and credits the Ambridge community for the ease in which she has been able to make the change. “The Ambridge community has been incredibly welcoming. I have met a lot of wonderful people that are committed to giving the students in AASD a positive athletic experience.”
Follow the Ambridge Bridgers Athletic website for the most up-to-date news on all AASD athletics and athletes.
The Technology Education department is pleased to announce, at the 41st National Technology Student Association Conference held at the Gaylord National Resort and Conference Center in National Harbor, Maryland five High School students stood on stage in front of over 8,500 conference attendees. Our local Ambridge Area Chapter of the Technology Student Association (TSA) captured 7th place in the Board Game Design event, beating out over 100 entries from all around the world. Dinah Bailey, Jordan DeWeese, Kyla Fitzgibbons, Natalie Garrison and Madeline Smith attended this 5-day event and had the opportunity to attend leadership secession and network with TSA and industry leaders from all around the globe.
Please congratulate them for their accomplishments!
Jordan DeWeese and Madeline Smith also served as Voting Delegates, representing our local Ambridge Area Chapter at the annual business meeting and throughout the conference.
For more information on TSA and the many STEM opportunities for students 5th-12th grade, please visit the national website at tsaweb.org or the PA site at patsa.web. Thank you for supporting our program and the interests of the students! Benjamin Holmes, Dept. Head Applied Science & Technology Education Department
Community Service Announcement
Below are two community resources that can provide support to those in need:
Center for Hope 740 Park Road Ambridge, PA 15003 724.251.4899
Monday-Thursday at noon, free hot lunch
The Ladle’s website notes they serve hot meals every Monday, 5:30-6:30pm
9th and Maplewood
Ambridge, PA 15003
2nd Grade: Students are creating pet rocks and designing playground equipment that can hold their pet rocks. Students will work as a team to design and create a twisty slide, jungle gym, and other playground equipment.
1st Grade: Students are designing and building houses for the 3 Little Pigs. The structures should be strong enough to withstand a puff of air from Big Bad Wolf (a blowdryer)!
These first grade girls constructed a house out of bricks to keep their pigs safe from the Big Bad Wolf.
Kindergarten: Students will be completing nursery rhyme STEAM challenges! We have completed challenges from Humpty Dumpty and Hey Diddle, Diddle.
These kindergarten students created an egg protector for their Humpty Dumpty egg drop.
Six Ambridge Area High School student athletes attended the 2019 WPIAL Sportsmanship Summit on Thursday, Nov. 14 at the Heinz History Center & Sports Museum in Pittsburgh. It's the 11th year in a row the WPIAL has hosted the summit, which is designed to present and discuss topics relating to sportsmanship.
About 600 student athletes from Western Pennsylvania attended the event. Keynote speakers included Bernie Colbert, Lead Educator for Coaching Boys into Men and Karen Hall, a former WPIAL athlete and current ESPN3 color analyst for women's college basketball.
WTAE's Action 4 Weather teamed up with the Carnegie Science Center today to teach students at State Street Elementary School about the weather. The presentation included information - and hands-on demonstrations - about severe weather, natural disasters, Western Pennsylvania weather and weather safety tips.
A special thank you to WTAE and Carnegie Science Center for the fun presentation today!
Students in Mrs. Weale's Life Skills classes at the middle school are making friends the old fashioned way - by being pen pals!
Mrs. Weale's students have teamed up with the Life Skills class at Mars High School to do a Pen Pal project. By writing their letters, students are able to work on their grammar, spelling, penmanship and computer skills with the added bonus of making new friends.
The students will correspond several times during the school year. The best part will come at the end of the school year when the pen pals will have the opportunity to meet each other.
The Ambridge Area School District is pleased to announce its participation in the Community Eligibility Provision program for the 2019-2020 School Year.
“Effective Aug. 27, 2019, all students enrolled in the Ambridge Area School District are eligible to receive a nutritious breakfast and lunch every day at the school at no charge to families,” said Mrs. Janet Gaffney, AASD Food Services Director. “This is wonderful news for AASD families.”
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Community Eligibility Provision is a non-pricing meal service option for school districts in low-income areas. By meeting certain eligibility requirements of the provision, AASD students will now automatically receive free breakfast and lunch daily. Previously, the District was required to collect applications from families for the Free-and-Reduced Breakfast/Lunch Program before students were eligible for the benefit.
The provision only covers the cost of breakfast and lunch meals. A la carte items such as milk and snack bar items are not included and will continue to be sold a la carte.
Sports Physicals will now only be held on July 27th at 12pm (all Junior high and High school student athletes). Phycials are $20 and athletes must have their physical packet and money (cash) on the day of the physical.
To view a printable version of the Physical Form plese Click Here.
For more information about physicals please visit the Ambridge Athletcs Webpage by Clicking Here.
Registration Procedures for New or Returning Students
Welcome to the Ambridge Area School District. All new students in grades K-12 are required to complete the registration process at the Central Administration Office before attendance in the District can begin. Additional kindergarten registration dates are held each spring.
Who determines the requirements for enrollment?
Requirements to register for enrollment in any Pennsylvania school district are determined by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and not the individual school district of application. Proof of residency is among the required documents, as funding and taxation are directly tied to school residency in the Commonwealth. Ambridge Area School District is required to adhere to all aspects of the registration process.
Can my child attend the Ambridge Area School District?
Children who reside in Ambridge Borough, Baden Borough, Economy Borough, Harmony Township and South Heights are eligible to attend the Ambridge Area School District. Children are eligible for registration for kindergarten if they have attained the age of 5 years on or before September 1 of the school year. New residents or returning students can apply for registration throughout the year.
How do I begin the registration process?
To begin the registration process, please visit the AASD website’s registration information page, which includes instructions and forms required to register children in the District. Enrollment is available by appointment only. Information on how to schedule an appointment is included in this FAQ.
What documents are required for the enrollment process?
We understand that everyone is busy; however, to save time during the enrollment process, please have the following documents available at the time of your enrollment appointment:
What documents are required for the enrollment process?
- Birth Certificate
- Two proofs of residency which can be: driver’s license, utility bill, deed or mortgage, rental or lease, tax bill, or insurance bill.
- Immunization records that include dates from your child’s doctor’s office or former school, or an international healthy certificate.
- Discipline records from the most previous school of attendance is required for students enrolling at the High School level.
Which immunizations are required for attendance?
The Pennsylvania Department of Health requires each child entering school for the first time to have the following immunizations before school begins:
Four (4) doses of tetanus (usually given as DTP or DTaP or DT or Td) (1dose on or after the 4th birthday);
Four (4) doses of diphtheria (usually given as DTP or DTaP or DT or Td) (1 dose on or after the 4th birthday);
Three (3) doses of polio;
Two (2) doses of measles (Usually given as MMR);
Two (2) doses of mumps (Usually given as MMR);
One (1) dose of rubella (German Measles) (Usually given as MMR);
Three (3) doses of hepatitis B; and
Two (2) doses of varicella (chickenpox) vaccine or history of disease.
Additional immunization requirements, by age, are available through the Pennsylvania Department of Health or from your child’s pediatrician. The immunization requirements are a condition of attendance at any public, private, or parochial school in Pennsylvania. Parents will be expected to produce evidence of the immunizations or their child will be denied entrance to school until the requirements are met.
What additional documentation may be useful at the time of registration?
While these documents are not required as a condition of enrollment, the District requests that all new or returning students also provide copies of the following:
Student records from the child’s previous school;
Health/Physical exam records; and
Academic, attendance and special education records (such as IEPs and 504s).
What happens if I don’t have the required documents at the time of registration?
Failure to provide the required documentation at the time of registration will delay the registration process. The District is not permitted to complete the registration process and allow the child(ren) to begin attending classes until registration is complete.
How soon can my child begin attending classes following registration?
There is typically a 3-to-5 day waiting period from the time enrollment is completed and registration of the student(s) is finalized. Children will be unable to attend until the registration process is completed. The District will notify the parent/legal guardian of the child’s start date, transportation assignment and schedule once the process is finalized.
What are the hours for the enrollment office?