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.
Congratulations to the 2017-2018 Ambridge Area High School National Honor Society Members!
JUNIOR HIGH STUDENTS VISIT 3 BEAVER COUNTY COLLEGE CAMPUSES
As part of the Ambridge Area Junior High School career initiative, approximately 200 8th grade students experienced a college or university visit at one of three local campuses. This initiative was supported by Junior High School Principal, Mr. Cooke, and the Junior High Career Team. The Career Team includes Mrs. Bober, Mrs. Crawford, Mrs. Hamiliton, and Ms. Scaletta.
Throughout the months of January and February, students were given the opportunity to visit the Community College of Beaver County, Penn State Beaver, or Geneva College. On all three field trips, the 8th graders were able to tour the campus, take part in informative discussions, and get a first-hand experience of college life. While not all students are planning to go to college, this was a great opportunity for our young adults to get more informed about the many options they will have after their graduation in 2021! Ultimately, all of our visits and presentations strongly encouraged the importance of taking challenging classes throughout junior high and high school, attending school regularly, and thinking critically about the future.
We are so pleased we could provide this opportunity to our 8th graders, and we look forward to the bright futures they will be carving for themselves during their time in the Ambridge Area School District and beyond!
On Thursday, March 9, 2017 Ambridge Area Junior High School held its third annual Career Day. The seventh and eighth grade students were given the opportunity to gain information about six different careers.
The JH was fortunate to have approximately 40 presenters from a wide variety of careers. Participants included representatives from post-secondary schools, such as CCBC, Robert Morris University, Bradford, Pittsburgh Technical College, and the Beaver County Career & Technology Center. We also had individuals from the health care field, law enforcement, EMS, as well as a social media specialist, a Google employee, and a geologist. Also included in our group of presenters, were individuals employed Cana film and video, photography, individuals from Haemonetics, First National Bank, CYS, Entrepreneurship (Ambridge Connection), Grandpa Joes Candy Store, K-9 officer, AASD UMPC Athletic Trainer, SWAT Team Vehicle.
The Career Team would like to thank the AASD Administrative team for attending our Career Day.
Career Day- ‘Very impressive! I thank all those staff members who organized the Career Day at the Junior High School and the professionals who gave of their time to participate in this event. I spoke to several students who both appreciated and learned a great deal from this valuable educational experience. Again, thank you to all who participated.’
Dr. Joseph C. Dimperio
Acting Superintendent of Schools
Finally, a thank you to our principal, Mr. Shaun Cooke, for his unwavering support, our entire junior high staff for all the help and support given to us, and to our students, who were active participants in Career Day. Thank you to Officer Woods for arranging the Emergency Vehicles to attend.
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, a good role model in class, extra effort, and encouraging fellow classmates to do their best. Along with Mrs. Parisi in the picture are: ANTHONY MANGANELLO, BENTLEY LUCCI, RAEGAN KEBER, JACOB TURKO, KENNEDY HUMMERT, OLLIVER POWELL, ALYSSA KINKADE, HANNAH HOHMAN, SYDNEY SMITH, ADDISON CREESE, MIKALAH WETZEL, COOPER SCHEIDEMANTLE, LAUREN MEALIE, BENJAMIN WEIGAND, HARRISON HILL, RONALD NOULLET, SAMUEL MILLER, JOSEPHINE REDDICK, ANNABELLE HRINKO, SYDNEY KLASS, JULIA BENNETT & NOAH GALAZKA.
Missing from the picture is: JOSHUA KUNY
Congratulations to all!
State Street Elementary hosted the District Sixth Grade Spelling Bee on Friday, February 24, 2017. One student from each homeroom represented their school. Economy Elementary representatives were Julia Bennett, Bobby Godfrey, Molly Green, and Collin Kloos. Highland Elementary representatives were Tyler McKnight, Haley Johnson, Carmen Sylvester, and Hunter Morrison. State Street Elementary representatives were Lily Park and Naomi Pedigo.
The runner-ups were Nathan Bosh, Josh Hohman, Caison Holland, Brendan Jones, Madison Mahalic, Trusten Carter, Jason Harvey, Tessah Cheran, Sarah Firich, and Harley Turner.
Congratulations to all of our participants. The first place winner for the district was Lily Park of State Street Elementary. The second place winner was Julia Bennett from Economy Elementary and the third place winner was Naomi Pedigo from State Street Elementary. Lily will advance to the county bee in May 2017 at Western Beaver.
Great Job Sixth Grade!
Photo taken by Joe Sabella
After functioning as more of a role player for Ambridge basketball as a freshman, Kara Haslett's sophomore season looked like it was going to be her breakout year. Instead, Haslett spent the year watching her teammates from the sideline.
Playing in an off-season shootout tournament in November 2015 at Seneca Valley, Haslett drove to the hoop, jump stopped and felt her knee pop. The diagnosis was severe: a torn ACL.
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GFWC Woman’s Club of Baden
Student Art and Photography Winners for 2016
Division 1 Grades 1-2
1stAva Draganjac State Street Gr. 2
2nd Phoenix Hale Highland Gr. 2
3rd Marena Baker State Street Gr. 2
4th Marissa Glasser Highland Gr. 2
5th Myah Sherrill Highland Gr. 2
6th Brianna Cermak State Street Gr .2
Division 2 Grades 3-5
1st Makenzie Majercik Highland Gr. 4
2nd Amara Platz Highland Gr. 5
3rd Lydia Mycyk Highland Gr. 5
4th Delaney Moore State Street Gr. 5
5th Gianna R. Roak Highland Gr. 5
6th Mykenzie Carter Highland Gr. 4
Congratulations to the cast, crew, and directors for the 14 nominations for the AAHS musical, Beauty and the Beast.
The awards ceremony will take place on May 20, 2017 at 7 p.m. at the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center.
The crew won the following nominations:
Best of Show
Dmytri Rakovan, Ryan Mikush
Best Supporting Actress:
Best Supporting Actor:
Zak Ernst, Tommy Holcomb, Josh Peters
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