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.
Congratulations to our Ambridge Area School District students who were finalists in the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Oratorical Contest. Our 4th and 5th graders swept their divisions! They were presented their plaques and monetary awards at the Dr. King Banquet in Rochester on Sunday, January 15th. Entertainment for the evening was provided by the Ambridge Steel Drum Band.
In the fourth grade division, the winners were Madelyn Palmer of Economy Elementary in first place and Ja...red Astorino of Highland Elementary in second place.
In the fifth grade division, the winners were Mackenzie Sutton from State Street Elementary in first place and Madison Holcomb, also from State Street, in second place.
We are extremely proud of your knowledge of Dr. King and the oratorical skills you are developing at such a young age!
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!"
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
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
Looking for a fun summer camp opportunity? A basketball camp for girls and boys in grades K-7 will be offered June 10-14 at the High School. Click here, or on the image above, to print the registration form.
Congratulations to Ambridge STEAM Educator/Technology Integrator Nicole Darroch for being selected as a 2019 Beaver County Educational Trust Teacher of the Year!
Mrs. Darroch was recognized for her contributions to education in Beaver County during a special awards ceremony, held May 20 at The Willows. Mr. Scott Stump, Assistant Secretary of the U.S. Department of Education, served as the Keynote Speaker for the event.
The Ambridge Area School District is pleased to announce the appointment of Drew Karpen as the interim District Athletic Director. Mr. Karpen is replacing Mr. Brian Miller, who resigned from the position earlier this month. Mr. Miller’s last day with the District is May 1.
Mr. Karpen previously served as the Athletic Event Coordinator at North Allegheny School District, a position he held for three years. As part of his duties at North Allegheny, he assisted in fundraising efforts for athletic facilities, equipment and coaching staff. He also was responsible for scheduling staff for game-day events, and serving as site manager for regular season and state playoff games.
Prior to his position with North Allegheny, Mr. Karpen worked as a webmaster for the Big 56 Conference, which is the highest classification conference in the WPIAL and includes 44 teams covering athletes from Division 1 to NAIA level. He also previously served as a producer, color commentator and camera operator for the Presidents Athletic Conference men’s and women’s basketball games, and worked as a sports journalist with the Tribune Review, Post-Gazette and the Associated Press.
In addition to his previous experience, Mr. Karpen also holds a master’s degree in Sports Management from California (Pa.) University and a bachelor’s degree in Mass Media Arts and Journalism/Communications Studies from Clarion University.
“We welcome Mr. Karpen to the District, and look forward to working with him to support our student athletes and to build a positive team culture here at Ambridge,” said Dr. Jo Welter, Superintendent.
Mr. Karpen’s starting date is Monday, April 29.
On Tuesday November 27, 2018, twenty students from the AP Biology classes and Science Club at Ambridge Area High School attended a local genetics conference at North Allegheny Senior High School with Mr. Eric Harbison, AP Biology Teacher and Science Club Sponsor.
The Genetics Update Conference is held yearly by Sam Rhine. Sam Rhine is a medical geneticist and received his education from Indiana University in Indiana, as well as spending some time at Harvard Medical School. His conferences provide updates on the newest discoveries in genetics and medicine. Some highlights include the discovery of DNA segments that are correlated to common diseases and traits, the ability to use pig organs for transplants into humans to eliminate the waiting list predicament, and the ability to use a medical process known as CRISPR to perform genome editing to remove detrimental mutations from a person’s DNA. With the discovery of the DNA segments that are common in everyday diseases and traits, CRISPR can be used to edit those sequences with the hopes of one day curing ailments such as Autism, Schizophrenia, Type 2 Diabetes, and many more.
The biggest discovery Mr. Rhine shared with our students is that scientists have successfully used CRISPR to remove a harmful mutation from a developing embryo. This success was confirmed and published, as the embryo developed into a perfectly healthy baby that was born ONE DAY before our students attended the conference. It certainly is an exciting time in the world of Science!
On Thursday, June 28, 2018, The President of the Republic of Croatia, Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović held a reception entitled Open Door Day. The invitation was open to individuals and organizations from the Croatian diaspora as well as those from the Croatian minorities from neighboring countries. Also, due to the events of the 52nd Croatian Fraternal Union’s Tamburitza Festival taking place in Zagreb, Croatia, participants of the Festival and their family and friends from the United States were also invited.
Two Ambridge Area School District students, 6th Grader Mackenzie Keber and 7th Grader, Gianna Petalino were in attendance at this Open Door Day Reception. Mackenzie and Gianna are members of the Jadran Beaver Valley Junior Tamburitzans that traveled to Croatia this past June to perform in the 52nd annual Croatian Fraternal Union’s Tamburitza Festival. They spent 12 days touring the country and learning many historical facts about the country and its heritage.
One of the many highlights of this tour was being able to be in attendance at the Presidental Palace for this Open Door Day Reception. The first floor of the Presidential Palace was open to the guests for their viewing. After listening to remarks by President Kolinda Grabar-Kitarović and a musical and dance performance from local groups dressed in traditional costumes, our students got a chance to meet the president and take pictures with her.