On Thursday, November 19, the district participated in Grief Awareness Day. Most buildings participated in a "blue out" to acknowledge grieving children. Donations were collected and will be given to the Caring Place. The photos below were taken at the High School and Highland Elementary. Thanks to all of the buildings that participated. Photos by Karen Moser. For more about the Caring Place, please visit their website: https://www.highmarkcaringplace.com/cp2/index.shtml. For more about Grief Awareness Day, please visit their website: http://www.childrensgriefawarenessday.org/cgad2/index.shtml
The Ambridge Area School District is pleased to announce the Act 88 arbitration panel has returned a majority decision in favor of the District’s final, best offer to the Ambridge Area Education Association (AAEA). The decision, issued Aug. 11, determined the District’s offer is the most reasonable and feasible option for all parties involved.
The arbitration team consists of the District’s appointed representative, a Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA) representative and a neutral third-party representative selected by the District and PSEA arbitrators. All three arbitrators possess extensive experience in labor negotiations.
“In a good faith effort, the District worked diligently and met frequently to develop an offer that the neutral arbitrator would find acceptable and fair, considering the state of the District and the restraints of the budget,” said Dr. Jo Welter, Superintendent. “The District is satisfied with the decision and is hopeful that the teachers will have faith in the arbitrators making the decision.”
Along with Mrs. Parisi, the Economy Elementary Physical Education Teacher, and Bradley Cavanagh, the Youth Market Director for the American Heart Association, are the following students from Economy Elementary School who collected $50.00 to $99.00 for the American Heart Association when they participated in the Jump Rope for Heart/Hoops for Heart Fund Raiser in their gym class. We are proud to announce that we raised $4,350 for the American Heart Association. In doing so, we also received $200 in much needed physical education equipment.
RULON ANDREWS, BRAIDEN STACY, BENTLEY LUCCI, ALYSSA WALKER, JACOB TURKO, AUSTIN HINDS, ELI DEIHL, SYDNEY SMITH, JOSLYN DESANTIS, ZACHARY KUNY, ABBY SMITH,CHARLES STEFANIK, KEEGAN DEIHL, JAYLYNN CAMPBELL, JOSHUA KUNY, KAILYN TURKO, BEN WEIGAND, JASON DESANTIS, & EMILY SMITH.
MISSING FROM THE PICTURE IS: COOPER WAGNER
The following students fundraised over $100. KYLIE O’LARE, TRISTAN WALKER, MADISON CURRY, KENNEDY HUMMERT, MYLES RICHARDS, BELLA YURKOVAC, MAX REDINGER, ADDISON CREESE, ELI HARTMAN, MICHAEL BRIOLA, BRODY YURKOVAC, JUSTIN LAUFFER, MARA ILKO, NATHAN BOSH, & SAMANTHA ASTORINO.
MISSING FROM THE PICTURE IS: MILEY DEVINNEY
The following students were the top two fundraisers. KENNEDY HUMMERT and MADISON CURRY
A BIG THANK YOU FOR ALL YOUR SUPPORT!!!!
These AASD students brought immense pride to our district in Oglebay, West Virginia!
They qualified at the county level to attend the NATIONAL ACADEMIC GAMES!
Joshua Guenther 5th grade
Naomi Husted 6th grade
Micah Kwolek 6th grade
They are all State Street students who know how to 'think' and play these higher-level games of intense strategy.
Naomi competed in Linquishtik, Equations, and Current Events. She had to have her game face on to do her best in grammar, math problems, and the latest news from 2016!
Micah and Josh competed in Current Events and Presidents. They could probably tell you what color dresses the First Ladies wore at the Innaugaration!
These students are to be commended for making it this far and competing with 1,000 players from across the nation!
Only the top 15% qualify from the county to play at the national level!
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL OF THESE STUDENTS WHO KNOW HOW TO 'PLAY' TO WIN!!!!!!
We are truly proud of your accomplishments!
This past week 14 Ambridge Junior High students competed against 2300 students from across Pennsylvania at the Technology Student Association(TSA) state conference. The Ambridge Junior High chapter did extremely well. Over all the Chapter walked away with awards from 11 Different competitions. We even had one of our very own students, Tyler Stickles, run for the State Treasurer position. Unfortunatley Tyler did not earn his goal but made us all proud in his campaign and showed the state how great Ambridge Students are. The events the Students earned awards in are as follows; Prepared Speech- Dinah Bailey, Environmental Engineering-Emma Sovich, & Kyla Fitzgibbons, PA Materials Processing- Zach Massimiani, Construction Challenge- Tyler Stickles, Xander Dowlin, Matt Kolwalsky, & Amelia Freed, Froensics- John Barnhart, & Fiona Ozenich, Forensics- Diniah Bailey, & Emma Sovich, Challenging Technology Issues- John Barnhart, & Dinah Bailey, Tech Bowl- Xander Dowlin, Natalie Garrison, & Kyla Fitzgibbons, Tech Bowl test-Kyla Fitzgibbons, System Control- Xander Dowlin, Matt Kowalsky, Tyler Simms, Chapter Team(Parliamentary Procedure)- Fiona Ozenich, Josh Hovan, John Barnhart, Dinah Bailey, Tyler Stickles, & Emma Sovich. Every one of these events were in the top 12 in the state which Pennsylvania is one of the most competitive states in the country.
Tony Kraus, Sr placed 6th in the 200y IM & got his best time ever placing 10th in the 100y breast stroke.
Sarah Doncevic, Fr placed 8th in the 100y back stroke and 11th in the 50y freestyle.
Highland students learned about honoring our Veterans through an assembly on November 9. Highland was honored to host Chief Master Sergeant Charles Wiley and Sergeant Jeffrey Harper of the 171st Air Refueling Wing Air National Guard. These men outlined the history of our flag and our country for our students. They explained how to show respect and honor to our country's Veterans. This interactive assembly included a lesson in how to salute and a lesson in basic marching steps and facing. Chief Master Sergeant Wiley and Sergeant Harper’s love and devotion to the USA was inspiring! We thank them for their time at Highland and their service to our country. Thank you also to Mrs. Croach, Highland music teacher, who opened the assembly with the playing of the National Anthem on the trumpet.
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 will operate two additional PA Pre-K Counts Classrooms servicing three and four-year old students. The School District is accepting applications for the two new Pre-K classroom. Our program will service twenty students per classroom. If you are interested in the program and meet the requirements, applications are located in the elementary offices and the Attendance Office at the Senior High School. When completing the application, please bring the required documentation. The Pre-K Counts Program serves both breakfast and lunch. Transportation is provided for all students who live within the Ambridge Area School District. The new classrooms are located at highland Elementary School and Economy Elementary School.