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.
Dear Residents of the Ambridge Area School District,
As a 20 year resident of the community and a parent of two children who were educated in this District, I am honored to be the Superintendent of the Ambridge Area School District. From first- hand experience, I assure you that your children will be engaged in a variety of educational and extracurricular opportunities that will successfully prepare them for their future. This school community is filled with caring adults who work hard every day to support our students and create an environment that is conducive to learning and growing. As parents, we too must be committed to helping our children learn and grow.
Upon visiting any of our schools you will find that they were all built or renovated in the past few years. They are clean, updated and functional for the needs of our students. Teachers make our schools welcoming and I have personally witnessed the support by many professional educators going above and beyond to create a positive experience for students. A recently added STEAM initiative provides integrated technology experiences for all students and all ninth graders will have the opportunity to complete a coding class for the first time this year. The professional staff is proud of what they do and work hard to help students be successful every day.
Students have a wide variety of extracurricular opportunities from which to choose. Athletics, the arts, and technology challenges all await them in our schools. The District’s High School Steel Drum Band tours the local area to entertain and perform at numerous venues. Most of their time is spent outside school hours. This is a testimony of how great our students really are. The District provides opportunities for athletic competition and a large number of students take advantage of these challenges as well. You will quickly find that when your child is involved in any of these activities, parent involvement also becomes a huge aspect of the experience. This is a tribute to our entire school community.
Our schools pull our community together. My closest acquaintances and friendships have been made through the school environment. As it should be, Ambridge Area School District remains a strong catalyst for bringing our community together. I invite you to engage and stay involved with our schools. It is a great place!
Jo Welter, Ed. D.
On Thursday, May 18, the track team competed at WPIAL Championships. The top four athletes in each event qualified to compete at states. Only the top 24 athletes in each event in the region were allowed to compete at WPIALs. The athletes on the team who competed were Isaac Elliott, Samantha Giordani, Mica Hanish, Leuca Hanish, Ethan Trehar, and Harley Steubgen. Isaac placed first in both the 100 meter dash and the 400 meter dash. Mica placed third in the 3200 meter run. Ethan placed fourth in the javelin. Congratulations to those who competed and good luck to those who will move on to compete at states!
Students in Kindergarten through Sixth Grade were awarded a certificate for being chosen as April’s 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: SIDNEY KRATOCHVIL, ABIGAIL PAGANO, MILENA MODUGNO, AIDEN ELDER, CARSEN HAMMOND, RILEY PODOLAK, DENO CASTELLANO, ELI DEIHL, ALEXANDER LUSTY, CAMERON RAYNAK,JAYLYNN CAMPBELL, MALLORY MCKINNEY, HANNAH LARIMORE, OWEN BUCHANAN, ETHNE BELL, ETHAN CAREY, MILEY DEVINNEY, LILY GEWETH, SOPHIE BEADUDWAY, ASHLEY DERIGGI, CARTER DUNLAP, EVAN SCHEIB & RICARDO VALLADARES.
Congratulations to all!
Congratulations to Kyla Fitzgibbons and Natalie Garrison for winning their awards at the Girls' Recognition Night! Kyla was nominated for the Excellence in Mathematics award by Alan Freed, and Natalie was nominated for the Excellence in Science award by Don Ayers.
The State Street walk held Wednesday evening was greatly enjoyed by all families that attended. They were treated to spring activities such as fishing, camping, insect hunting, painting, and planting. We had some brave souls who, besides eating cookies and s'mores, ate edible bugs!
Growing up, Samantha Giordani was an active child, playing soccer. After a cancer diagnosis sidelined her a few years ago, Giordani turned to track, where she's found success as a sophomore at Ambridge. Click the link below to read the full article on The Times Online
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