Roma Hendricks shown on the right of the above picture
The AASD Winner of the 6th grade spelling bee is Roma Hendricks from Highland Elementary School! Roma will continue on to compete at Counties. Thank you to all that participated. Congratulations to Roma, and good luck at Counties!
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.
Join Us This Summer for Showstoppers – Musical Theater Workshop and Performance
Middle School and Senior High School
Senior Project for Kamryn Rudolph and Joshua Peters
Brenda’s Notes presents Showstoppers - a musical theater workshop filled with song selections from Broadway musicals. This year’s selections include Hamilton, Waitress, Matilda, School of Rock and more. Give your children the opportunity to learn to sing, dance, and act on stage. Led by Brenda Harsch-Menjivar (vocal director of Ambridge Area High School’s spring musical production), rehearsals will be held at Brenda’s Notes with final week rehearsals and performance held on stage at Ambridge Area High School.
Middle School Workshop (125.00)
For Students entering grade 6 through entering grade 8
June 4-26 – Monday-Thursday 4-5:30 and Saturdays (11-12)
Senior High School Workshop (150.00)
For Students entering grade 9 through this year’s graduating seniors
June 4-26 – Monday-Thursday evenings from 6-9 (note for those in pre-summer band, rehearsal will be split between band the Showstoppers the first week) and Saturdays (12-3)
Grades 6-8: June 4-26 - afternoons (4-5:30) and Saturdays (11-12)
Combined performance on June 27th at the High School.
Yesterday the 8thgrade honors students attended a field trip at Moraine State Park as part of a grant for the Kids to Parks contest #kidstoparksday won by Jenna McFarland for $1,000.00. The students and Buddy Bison #buddybison learned about the history of Lake Arthur, Pennsylvania mammals and Pennsylvania tree identification. It was a wonderful learning opportunity and a huge thanks goes out to the NATIONAL PARK TRUST for their generosity.
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, do an excellent job calling out the warm-ups, a good role model in class, extra effort, and encouraging fellow classmates to do their best. Along with Mrs. Parisi in the picture are: AAIDEN DINUNO, KIARA CRAKER, LAKE BRANDENBURG, CARTER MASON, MARENA BAKER, ANDREW PALAVROS & DAKOTA JELLISON.
Congratulations to all!
The Ambridge Area School District is pleased to announce it is the first public school district in Beaver County to be awarded a National Math + Science Initiative grant worth up to $750,000.
The three-year partnership with NMSI will be used to provide professional development opportunities for teachers in grades 3-12 in the subjects of science, math and English. Grant money through the partnership also will be used to dramatically increase the number of Ambridge students enrolled in AP courses and allow the District to provide an additional five AP courses beyond the eight already offered.
“I am incredibly excited about this grant, as it will provide extensive training for up to 34 staff, helping to lay the foundation in grades 3-8 for students to have exposure to more rigorous coursework in alignment with our AP classes,” said Ms. Janice Zupsic, Ambridge Area Senior High School Principal. “This truly is a District-wide opportunity, allowing all of our students to benefit from having access to master teachers and mentors for teachers in all grade levels.”
NMSI’s programs have impacted over 1.5 million students, 50,000 teachers, 1,000 high schools and 44 universities nationwide. In its partnership with Ambridge, NMSI will provide four full days of training each summer for the next three years for 27 regular teachers and seven AP instructors in the District. It also will provide two full days in both the spring and fall for professional development purposes, the assignment of a personal mentor, three Saturday sessions with expert mentors, and additional networking opportunities for teachers.
Dr. Jo Welter, Superintendent, said the partnership is a tremendous advantage to the District, and aligns with upcoming plans for curriculum development. “The development of our curriculum over the next three years is going to be completely different with this training,” she said. “This is a level of professional development to which our teachers otherwise would not have had access.”
AP teachers at the high school also will have access to hundreds of lesson plans, mock tests and materials that can be used to help prepare students to sit for AP exams. Currently, students are not required to sit for an exam upon completion of an AP course at Ambridge. As part of the partnership agreement with NMSI, students will now be expected to sit for the AP exams. NMSI will pay for half of the cost of the exams, with the school district covering the other half.
In addition to the benefits already outlined, the partnership also will provide access to $35,000 worth of course materials and supplies to Ambridge students and staff, and a $100 incentive for every student who earns a 3, 4 or 5 on an AP exam.
Dr. Welter noted that as part of the partnership agreement, the District is required to contribute $25,000 annually for three years to help cover costs. She noted the benefits achieved through the partnership are worth the expenditure.
“We will now have a solid, vertical alignment of curriculum in grades 3-11, with nationally-normed standards and assessment items,” she said. “Our students will be better prepared for college and careers.”
Ms. Zupsic said it is her goal to encourage at least 80 more students to consider enrolling in AP courses at the high school. At present, roughly 140 students are enrolled in one of the existing AP courses offered. “This partnership opportunity makes the ability to take an AP course more accessible to our students, and that’s half the battle.”