Photo Courtesy of Alan Freed
It’s shaping up to be a busy – and exciting – year for the Ambridge Steel Band.
Now in its 30th year at Ambridge, the band is celebrating the milestone with a few unique opportunities to shine this year. First on the agenda was the band’s performance in the 38th Annual WPXI Holiday Parade. The steel band was invited to march in this prestigious local parade, which was held on Saturday, Nov. 24. The theme for this year’s parade was “Neighborhoods,” and celebrated the 50th anniversary of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.
“Much like the heartbeat of the once-booming steel town, the Ambridge Steel Drum Band has established a culture of excellence, hard work and pride for our students and the Ambridge community,” said Steel Band director Mr. Todd Hartman.
The band also will be performing at the revival of the B.E. Taylor Christmas Show at Heinz Hall on Dec. 17 and 18. Taylor’s family is reviving the concert series, and using it as a platform to feature some very talented musicians in the area. Learn more about the performance here.
The band also will be a featured ensemble performance at the 2019 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA)/National Association for Music Education (NAFME) Eastern Division Conference at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh in April 2019. The appearance as a featured performer at the conference will be a first for any band at Ambridge. “This is an incredible opportunity for our students to be showcased in this way,” said Hartman.
Another thrilling opportunity is in the works for May 2019, when the band is hoping to host a collaborative performance with the River City Brass Band. World renowned steel percussionist Liam Teague is expected to participate in the event. Details still are being worked out for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, said Hartman.
“I think it’s safe to say this year is shaping up to be a big year for our Steel Band,” he said.
Yesterday the JH and SH teams competed in the BC Envirothon at Brady's Run Park. The teams did well. The SH earned a 6th place our of 23 teams and the JH won a 1st and 4th place. The girls first place team missed 1st last year by 3 points.
This season in track & field, Isaac Elliott plans to win a WPIAL title in his sprinting event. In previous years, Elliott has unfortunately pulled his hamstring and been unable to compete. This year he has been doing very well so far with no injuries, so he hopes to be able to compete and qualify for states. Congratulations to him so far, and good luck for the rest of the season!
To read the article on the Times Online, click on the link below.
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.
Registration Procedures for New or Returning Students
Welcome to the Ambridge Area School District. All new students in grades K-12 are required to complete the registration process at the Central Administration Office before attendance in the District can begin. Additional kindergarten registration dates are held each spring.
Who determines the requirements for enrollment?
Requirements to register for enrollment in any Pennsylvania school district are determined by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and not the individual school district of application. Proof of residency is among the required documents, as funding and taxation are directly tied to school residency in the Commonwealth. Ambridge Area School District is required to adhere to all aspects of the registration process.
Can my child attend the Ambridge Area School District?
Children who reside in Ambridge Borough, Baden Borough, Economy Borough, Harmony Township and South Heights are eligible to attend the Ambridge Area School District. Children are eligible for registration for kindergarten if they have attained the age of 5 years on or before September 1 of the school year. New residents or returning students can apply for registration throughout the year.
How do I begin the registration process?
To begin the registration process, please visit the AASD website’s registration information page, which includes instructions and forms required to register children in the District. Enrollment is available by appointment only. Information on how to schedule an appointment is included in this FAQ.
What documents are required for the enrollment process?
We understand that everyone is busy; however, to save time during the enrollment process, please have the following documents available at the time of your enrollment appointment:
Evidence of the child’s age. This must be presented in the form of a legal document such as a birth certificate or passport. Parents or legal guardians who need to obtain a copy of their child’s passport can find instructions on how to do so here.
Two current proofs of residency. The first proof must be the rental/lease or deed/mortgage agreement or a copy of the tax bill from the municipality in which they reside. The second proof can consist of a driver’s license, current insurance policy or utility bill. Residents who do not have lease or utility agreements in their name are required to complete and notarize this form.
Immunization records that include dates from your child’s doctor’s office or former school, or an international health certificate.
Discipline records from the most previous school of attendance is required for students enrolling at the High School level.
Which immunizations are required for attendance?
The Pennsylvania Department of Health requires each child entering school for the first time to have the following immunizations before school begins:
Four (4) doses of tetanus (usually given as DTP or DTaP or DT or Td) (1dose on or after the 4th birthday);
Four (4) doses of diphtheria (usually given as DTP or DTaP or DT or Td) (1 dose on or after the 4th birthday);
Three (3) doses of polio;
Two (2) doses of measles (Usually given as MMR);
Two (2) doses of mumps (Usually given as MMR);
One (1) dose of rubella (German Measles) (Usually given as MMR);
Three (3) doses of hepatitis B; and
Two (2) doses of varicella (chickenpox) vaccine or history of disease.
Additional immunization requirements, by age, are available through the Pennsylvania Department of Health or from your child’s pediatrician. The immunization requirements are a condition of attendance at any public, private, or parochial school in Pennsylvania. Parents will be expected to produce evidence of the immunizations or their child will be denied entrance to school until the requirements are met.
What additional documentation may be useful at the time of registration?
While these documents are not required as a condition of enrollment, the District requests that all new or returning students also provide copies of the following:
Student records from the child’s previous school;
Health/Physical exam records; and
Academic, attendance and special education records (such as IEPs and 504s).
What happens if I don’t have the required documents at the time of registration?
Failure to provide the required documentation at the time of registration will delay the registration process. The District is not permitted to complete the registration process and allow the child(ren) to begin attending classes until registration is complete.
How soon can my child begin attending classes following registration?
There is typically a 3-to-5 day waiting period from the time enrollment is completed and registration of the student(s) is finalized. Children will be unable to attend until the registration process is completed. The District will notify the parent/legal guardian of the child’s start date, transportation assignment and schedule once the process is finalized.
What are the hours for the enrollment office?
Kindergarten Registration Information
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
Middle School students participated in a Science Olympiad this week. In one of the exercises, students had to rely on teamwork to use an engeering process while building a Tower of Cups with three stings and a rubber band. In another exercise, students were required to incorporate engineering technology in building marshmallow bridges.
Annual Mother’s Day Plant Sale
Sponsored By: The High School Ecology Club
When May 11th 2019
Where: Ambridge Area High School Parking Lot
Time: 9:00am— 3:00pm
Selling: Flowers, Vegetables, and Herbs