On Thursday, March 28, 2019 the Ambridge High School Students were given to the opportunity to listen and participate in the formation of the ACT-SO program at Ambridge Senior High School by Mr. Carter Spruill, NAACP Chairman of the ACT-SO Program.
Founded in 1978 by renowned author and journalist Vernon Jarrett, ACT-SO (an acronym for “Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological & Scientific Olympics”) is an Olympic mentoring program whereby students demonstrate academic, artistic and scientific expertise. ACT-SO stimulates and encourages high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students.
The ACT-SO program spans an entire academic year beginning in the fall, followed by planning, mentoring and coaching of students through winter months, culminating in local competitions in April and a national competition in July. ACT-SO is based on the dedication and commitment of community volunteers and business leaders that serve as mentors and coaches.
Students who participate in ACT-SO work with mentors to help develop projects in preparation to compete with other students in categories including but not limited to S.T.E.M., Humanities, Performing Arts, Visual Arts and Business. Students receive medals and prizes provided by the local and regional sponsors and contributors for their achievements.
ACT-SO, often referred to as the “Olympics of the Mind,” seeks to promote the following: Positive self-esteem; Positive interaction between our youth and the adult professional community; Positive academic and artistic excellence and high academic and cultural achievement.
Students in the Ambridge Area School District were granted the opportunity to sign-up and be part of the great program Mr. Spruill has to offer, and listen to the vast array of opportunities for making a difference in their community. If you would like further information, or for your student to be involved in the program, please visit: https://www.beavercountynaacp.org/act-so-1
Mr. Spruill also requested any parents/guardians that are also interested in helping with the program at Ambridge High School to please reach out via e-mail or phone to the number listed above at this time. Mr. Spruill welcomes community and members of the district to help assist in helping the program at the district grow in all facets.
You may also reach out to Ms. Benedict in the guidance office 724-266-2833, ext. 2482 with any questions.
On Tuesday, April 2, K’nex pieces “showered” the gym at PSU, Beaver.
Beaver County school districts were invited to use their amazing brain power and give power to a working crane, yes, built from K’nex. There were some amazing displays of their idea of a crane lifting 3 objects and moving them 6 inches.
Ambridge had four participating teams that worked diligently to create, analyze, engineer, and finally…….have a crane that does just that. They had to have a blueprint, as well as a journal and cost sheet. It took so much thinking and energy, but they completed the project and met the goal.
Congratulations to our K’nex crews who were part of the K’nex explosion. It was a great day! Participants were from State Street; Middle School, and Economy. Kudos to them for braving the storm and letting their creativity shine. Teacher sponsors were Mr. Price and Mrs. Petukauskas.
- State Street: Gideon Harmon, Noah Fabrizio, Emily Wissner, Fauth Aguirre, Gianna Georgakis, Lana Holcomb, Janna Rusnak, Alyssa Fodor
Middle School: Joshua Ziemkiewicz, Mark Rauenswinter, Lucas Gunther, Brayden Reeves
- Economy: Halle Pruszenski, Bailey Braund, Talmage Bell, Max Modrovich
- The students are already looking forward to next year for more K’nex designs.
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!
Auditor General Eugene DePasquale released a statement on Wednesday that includes one finding and one recommendation for improvement for the Ambridge Area School District for an audit covering fiscal years July 2012 through June 2016.
The finding involved retirement benefits for previous superintendents which included the superintendent and their immediate family members. DePasquale determined the practice posed a significant financial impact on the District and recommended the District include a minimum years of service provision in all future employment contracts.
“The Ambridge Area School District appreciates the recommendations provided by the Auditor General’s Office following its review of District finances and operations,” said Doug McCausland, Director of Operations for the Ambridge Area School District. “The District takes all recommendations seriously and already has begun the process of implementing corrective action for the finding contained within the report.”
Starting with the three-year contract for its new superintendent, which is effective July 27, 2017 through July 30, 2020, post-employment benefits are extended only to Dr. Jo Welter. Should she elect to cover her spouse, she will be responsible for paying the difference in premium cost. Benefits for Dr. Welter continue only until she reaches age 65. Due to her decades-long career in public education, a minimum years of employment provision was not included in her current contract.
“Retirement insurance provisions are common features of superintendents’ contracts in the Commonwealth with many being more generous than what the Ambridge Area School District agreed to provide its current Superintendent,” said Mr. McCausland. “We believe the contract with our current superintendent is not only fair to her, but also fiscally responsible and in alignment with the auditor’s recommendations.”
The full auditor’s report is available here.
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.
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.
In March, high school students Nadia and Bree Mycyk, Emma Van Dyke, and Alois Watkins, along with Highland 6th grader Allison Wintersgill, volunteered to face paint at the State Street indoor carnival. The face paint booth was a hit. I was filled with elementary students from start till finish. The painters worked hard putting smiles on many colorful faces.
The Ambridge Area School District Board of School Directors have changed the date of the December Board meeting. The Board meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 immediately following the Reorganization meeting and Meeting and Discuss meeting scheduled for 7:00 PM in the High School Media Center.
Meet and Discuss Regular Meeting
Band Camp is in full swing at the high school! This year’s theme is all about Billy Joel, and the band is well on their way to learning their field positions. While we’re under “Pressure” to finish the show and it’s hot outside, the senior drum majors want everyone to know that “We Didn’t Start the Fire,” and “working too hard can give you a heart attack-ack-ack-ack-ack.” The band’s performance calendar can be found at bridgerband.com.