The Ambridge Area Middle School would like to thank all of the sponsors who have helped to make the launching of its school-wide Positive Behavior Program - P.R.I.D.E. - a huge success!
"We are thrilled to have your support," said Mr. Tom McKelvey, Middle School Principal. "Through your donation, we will be able to provide both weekly and quarterly goal incentives for our students who demonstrate productivity, respect, integrity, determination and excellence."
A special thank you to:
• Ambridge Area Federal Credit Union
• Ambridge Class of 2011
• Ambridge Italian Villa
• Ambridge Do It Best
• Arby’s – Northern Lights
• Burger King- Northern Lights
• Don Ayers
• Eat N’ Park – Wexford
• Fun Fore All
• Fun Skates Park
• Giant Eagle – Northern Lights
• Koper Masonry
• Living Treasures
• Mad Max Restaurant
• McDonalds - Baden
• Monte Cello’s Cranberry
• Rhodes Transit
• Subway - Baden
• Sheetz – Baden
• Stuvach Printing & Graphics
• Taco Bell – Northern Lights
• Washington Wild Things
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.
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.
The Ambridge Area School District will have a scheduled two-hour delay for all schools on Wednesday, Oct. 16. A full breakfast will still be served at all District schools on Wednesday. Students are encouraged to stop by the cafeteria upon arrival to enjoy breakfast before classes begin.
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.
Ambridge Area High School is pleased to host the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) training Friday, Oct. 11 and Saturday, Oct. 12. AAHS welcomed teaching staff from: Washington, California, Florida, Missouri, Montana, Texas, Virginia, Ohio and throughout Pennsylvania. Learn more about NMSI, and the three-year grant the Ambridge Area School District received, through the initiative here.
The Ambridge Area School District is offering a free Pre-K Counts class for children ages 3 and 4 for the 2019-2020 School Year. The program is open to students across Beaver County. Children living within the Ambridge Area School District are eligible for free transportation to the program.
Pre-K Counts is designed to prepare children for reading and math, improving attention , following directions and getting along with others in preparation for Kindergarten enrollment in their home school districts.
All Pre-K Counts classrooms:
Have teachers who possess the education and expertise to instruct young children;
Use a curriculum designed to help children grow academically and socially;
Regularly review children’s progress and choose teaching and learning activities that are tailored to each child’s individual needs;
Offer small class sizes so children receive plenty of 1:1 time with teachers.
Children between the ages of 3 and 4 who live in families earning up to 300 percent of the federal poverty level are eligible to enroll in this free program. Breakfast and lunch are served to all children enrolled in the program.
Ambridge Area School District offers two PreK classrooms at Highland Elementary School and one at both State Street and Economy elementary schools for a total of four Pre-K classrooms.
AAHS students participated in a Reality Fair on Thursday, Oct. 3. The fair was sponsored by the Ambridge Area Federal Credit Union (AAFCU). During the fair, students had the opportunity to select careers, receive a prepared profile of earings and visit a number of booths focused on budgeting for transportation, insurance, food cost, housing, entertainment, clothing, saving, Internet and TV and a part-time supplement. Students also had the chance to spin the reality wheel to impose life conditions that may arise to see how it would affect their overall budgets. The experience closed with students being afforded the opportunity to meet with a financial planner to access how they might make positive changes and adjustments.
Ambridge Area School Board of Directors approved the transfer of Mr. David Turk to the newly-created 10-month position of Middle School Assistant Principal at the July 17 meeting. Mr. Turk previously served as a health and physical education teacher at Ambridge Area High School since 2011. He will begin his duties immediately at an annual salary of $70,000.
Mr. Turk holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Physical Education from Slippery Rock University (Pa.) and earned his Pennsylvania Teaching Certification in Health and Physical Education. He also holds a Master of Education degree in School Administration (Principal K-12) from California University (Pa.).
He began his professional career in the Pittsburgh Public Schools in January 2010, where he served as a substitute teacher at Perry High School. He later became a building substitute with Pittsburgh Public Schools, serving in a variety of roles including Assistant to the Administration and Assistant Technology Technician. He was hired by Ambridge Area School District to work as a health and physical education teacher, a position he held from 2011 to present.
Mr. Turk said he is looking forward to serving in his new role at the Middle School, and thanked the School Board for providing him with the opportunity. “I appreciate the opportunity that I’ve been given, and I look forward to working with all of the Middle School staff and most important of all, I look forward to working with the students,” he said.
Superintendent Dr. Jo Welter said Mr. Turk will be an incredible asset to the Middle School. “His focus is on a mentorship program for the Middle School students so that our students have guidance and mentorship from the minute they enter the school until the time they leave, and so parents have a dedicated liaison. I’m very excited to have him working with us.”
The Ambridge Area School District is accepting applications for the 2019 Hall of Honor. Nominees for the honor will be inducted into the Hall of Honor during the 2019 Graduation Ceremony, scheduled for 6 p.m. on June 6, 2019 in the High School Gymnasium.
The Hall of Honor was established to commend outstanding Ambridge Area School District alumni for their accomplishments, successes, service to others and state or national awards.
In order to be eligible for nomination, alumni must meet the following criteria:
Nominees for the Hall of Honor must have made significant community contributing and/or career-related accomplishments. One-time distinctions or awards may be appropriate if they were given at a state or national level.
Nominees also must have graduated from Ambridge Area School District at least 10 years prior.
“The primary goal of the Hall of Honor is to have our current students aspire to the greatness that other Ambridge Area graduates have achieved,” said Dr. Jo Welter, Superintendent of Schools. “Those successful graduates add to our greatness and allow us to encourage and motivate current students toward future aspirations.”
The 2019 Hall of Honor winner will be selected by a committee consisting of School Board members, District Administrators, teachers, students and community members. If available to participate in the ceremony, the 2019 Hall of Honor designee will be recognized during the 2019 Commencement Ceremony on June 6.
Applications will be accepted until March 15, 2019 and are available on the District website and the Ambridge Area Senior High School office.