“11-12th Grade Reading: Speed Dating-A Book”
Mrs. Neel and Mrs. Phillips’ 11-12 grade reading class participated in “Speed Dating: A Book” on October 18, 2017. Six novels were candidates as well as six different flavors of popcorn. Students broke into groups and had 4 minutes to “interview” each novel. They answered questions such as “Tell me about yourself (the book).” “Where are you from?” “Though you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, the truth is that looks are important. What makes this book attractive and interesting to look at?”
After they were done analyzing the book they sampled the popcorn at the desk. If they liked the popcorn, they placed some into a bag and rotated stations.
At the end of the rotations, the students voted on the next novel they would like to read in class as well as their favorite flavored popcorn.
The results are in! The students selected “Maus I: My Father Bleeds History” By: Art Spigelman. This is a graphic novel about The Holocaust. They also chose cheddar popcorn as their favorite.
“USE OF TRACK BY PUBLIC: The public is welcome to utilize the track during daylight hours Monday through Friday when school is not in session or when students are not using the field for games, practices, events or competitions. These restrictions are in place for the safety and protection of our students as well as any public using the facility.”
The public is welcome to walk the sidewalks outside the stadium and in front of the High School during non-school hours. This area is lit and distance markers will be placed around the loop as a courtesy to the public. We hope this will provide a good alternative for the public when the stadium track is unavailable.
Economy Elementary students attended a Welcome Assembly on their first day of school. Students were introduced to our new superintendent, Dr. Welter, as well as to all of the teachers and staff.
During the assembly, the students were excited that they would have an opportunity to watch the Solar Eclipse using the safety sunglasses as outlined in the special power point presentation prepared by Mr. Steigerwald.
Later that day, Mrs. Kovach's first grade class took a "Brain Break" by doing the "Go Noodle Dance" in their classroom.
This first week at Ambridge Junior High has been off to an exciting and promising start! We have several initiatives this year that will enhance the climate of the school and strengthen relationships among our staff and student body. Our theme this year at the Junior High is GRIT. GRIT stands for Gratitude, Respect, Integrity and Teamwork. Our staff and students have identified behaviors that demonstrate these four pillars of character. We are focusing on showing GRIT in the hallways and cafeteria this year. It has been wonderful hearing students talking about and showing enthusiasm for GRIT amongst themselves. Their introduction to GRIT kicked off with grade level assemblies where they got their first taste at brainstorming about GRIT – what the words mean and how it might look in the school. They learned that through the demonstration of GRIT, they can earn spots on the Principal’s 100 Club and that they’ll be recognized for their positive behaviors and given the chance to win mystery motivators.
This School-Wide Positive Behavior Support Program is an extension of the program they participated in at the elementary schools. In addition to our focus on increasing positive behavior and a sense of community in our school, we introduced a new academic initiative, iStation. This program will help our staff identify academic strengths and weaknesses of each student and customize online instruction to their individual needs. Students will work within this program consistently throughout the year. The program is highly engaging and interactive and we predict the students will enjoy their time working in it. Quarterly assessments will allow our staff to appropriately program for our students during the Intervention/Enrichment period. Junior High is a special time for our children. They are starting to increase their independence and sense of identity while still needing structure and our support. We believe that our School-wide Positive Behavior Support Program, that includes our theme of GRIT, will help our students make the connection between independence and responsibility. Working together, respecting differences, taking responsibility for our actions and words, and showing appreciation for our school, teachers and community, will improve the daily climate at the Junior High and continue to show that this is a great place to be!
The Junior High Bridgers are sending two boys to Junior High States!
Tyler Holman qualified at 87lbs, placing third!
Jacob Traupman qualified at 187lbs as the Area IV runner up!
They will compete at the Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling State Championship in Johnstown next weekend! Great work, Bridgers!
After some tough wrestling by the Varsity Bridgers today at sections, three of our boys qualified for WPIALS!
113, 3rd place, Daniel Yetsick
126, 3rd place, Jacob Dunlap
160, 5th place, Justin Hassick
The boys will compete in the WPIAL finals next weekend at Canon Mac High School.
In STEAM, students in 3rd Grade have been using Little Bits, electronic building blocks that snap together with magnets, to learn about creating circuits! The power source blocks, input blocks and output blocks are all color coded, and they have been learning about how the input affects the output by tying in the Reading skill, "cause and effect!"
To celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month, Ambridge’s high school jazz department recently hosted the Beaver County Arts Education Consortium’s Jazz Workshop. The workshop took place on Wednesday April 6th in the High School music suite and included students from all over Beaver County. Kevin McManus, adjunct professor at five different universities and freelance musician, was the artist in residence and Ambridge’s own elementary music educators Samantha Rappolt and Samuel Eisenreich served as clinicians. Participating students from Mrs. Baney’s and Mr. Hartman’s jazz bands included Jacob Best, Tim Bruce, Faith Holcomb, Margie Jarsulic, Matt Kowalski, Josh Lockhart, Claire Matzie, Ryan Mikush, Carlina Powell, Kevan Rotthoff, Pearl Swann, and Hayden Wesche.
Anna Galiardi and Skye Galiardi both won first place in the Women’s Club District Competition. Their photos will now move on to compete at the state level. Click here to vote for the Kieth Rothfus Congressional Art Contest. Voting is available through April 4th.
The Benefits of Mindfulness in the Classroom
Mindfulness is often described as the awareness that arises through intentionally attending to one’s moment-to-moment experience in a nonjudgmental and accepting way. It brings awareness to a person’s relationship to their experiences: thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Derived from the Buddhist contemplative tradition, mindfulness has gained popularity throughout the United States in recent years. Mindfulness has successfully been used within clinical settings to treat patients with Anxiety and Depression, as well as other mental health and psychological disorders. Studies have shown it to be effective in reducing stress hormones. Participants are asked to attend to the present moment in an intentional, nonjudgmental matter. Mindfulness encourages one to embrace the present moment with curiousness, openness and acceptance. It is important to avoid multi-tasking and focus on one experience in a non-reactive manner. Mindful thinking is not about being right, but instead encourages the participant to respond in an appropriate, deliberate way based upon the situation.