I believe that STEAM is an educational powerhouse. STEAM places 21st century skills in the hands of students. I am privileged to be teaching these skills to students at Highland and State Street Elementary Schools.
Highland: A, C, D, E days State Street: B day
STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics. In the STEAM lab, students will connect their learning from all subject areas through cross-curricular projects. Our projects will be aligned to the PA Core Standards and will draw on inspiration from our reading and math series. We will strive to make real-world connections and provide authentic learning experiences for students.
The STEAM lab will be a place where students are encouraged to make mistakes so they can learn and grow.
Full STEAM Ahead!
Below is an overview of our first nine weeks projects!
Kindergarten: Students are completing nursery rhyme STEAM challenges. We have completed challenges from Little Red Riding Hood, Henny Penny, and Hey Diddle, Diddle.
These kindergarten students created a zip line. The students were given the task of transporting a basket of goodies safely from Little Red Riding Hood’s house to grandma’s house.
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. In our experiments, we used a blow dryer to imitate the Big Bad Wolf.
These first grade boys constructed a house out of bricks to keep their pigs safe from the Big Bad Wolf.
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.
These second graders are designing a jungle gym for their pet rocks.
3rd Grade: Students are learning about aerodynamics. The students will use this knowledge to fly their airplane using Power Up 3.0. Power Up 3.0 is an app controlled paper airplane.
These third grade students are learning about aerodynamics.
4th Grade: Students are learning about forces and motion through the Hot Wheels Speedometry curriculum.
These fourth grade students are using Hot Wheels to study kinetic and potential energy.
5th Grade: Students are researching Native Americans. They are engineering models of Native American dwellings.
These fifth graders worked as a team to complete the Native American dwelling challenge.
6th Grade: Students are completing a water rocket unit. Students are using water and air pressure to propel a rocket. Students are learning how to calculate the height of something using a clinometer.
These sixth grade students are using a clinometer to measure the height of the flag pole.
"Love in a Backpack"
Two Ambridge Area School District graduates gave back to the community by donating backpacks and supplies to Highland Elementary.
Students in Kindergarten through Sixth Grade were awarded a certificate for
being chosen as Sept. 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, do an excellent job calling out the warm-ups, a good role model in class, extra effort, and encouraging fellow classmates to do
their best. Along with Mrs. Parisi in the picture are: CELIA MEUNIER, MCKENZIE BROOKS, BROOKE BORONSKI, VERA MEIDER, CONNOR PLOHR, ADRIEN ROTONDO, AND JOSEPH BELLINGER.
Congratulations to all!
The 2017 Homecoming Court included (from left to right): Jon Ciani, Mona Indovina, Baran Witowich, Jaida Syrek, Connor Rabold, Sophia Spiridonakos, Sara Sipes, Jay McCullough, Haley Obrien, TJ Kotula, Trinity Miller, Alex Fetkovich, Riley Sas, and David Brock
National Junior Honor Society Members
Current 8th Graders
Newly inducted 7th Graders
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.
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.
BOARD REORGANIZATION MEETING NOTICE: The Ambridge Area School District Board of Directors will hold their Reorganization Meeting on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 6:30 pm in the auditorium of the Ambridge Area High School, 909 Duss Avenue, Ambridge, PA.