John Chalupiak, a fifth grader at State Street Elementary School, and Elias Shingleton, a senior at Ambridge High School, visited the Beaver County Courthouse today as part of Law Day. John won the honor of attending the event after placing secon in the bookmark contest for grades 4 and 5. The theme of the contest was "The Three Branches of Government." He received a $30 gift card, a medal and certificate. Elias received a $500 scholarship award for his accomplishments in the Mock Trial. Both were recognized at the courthouse and treated to a luncheon sponsored by the Beaver County Bar Association.
Congratulations John and Elias!
State Street Elementary hosted the Ambridge Area School District 6th Grade Spelling Bee, March 16, 2018. Students from all three elementary buildings participated. The Economy representatives were: Jordan Garrison, Emma Lockhart, and Shawn McIntyre. Representatives from Highland were: Roma Hendricks, Christopher Palmeri, and Amariona Williams. Finally, State Street was represented by Andrew Crowfoot and Aiden Sheffield. The children diligently worked at spelling the words asked of them.
The runner-up was Jordan Garrison form Economy. This year’s 2018 Ambridge Area School District 6th Grade Champion was Roma Hendricks from Highland. Roma will advance to The Beaver County Spelling Bee in May at Hopewell High School. Congratulations, Roma! Bring home the win!!!!
Thank you to Dr. L. Jo Welter, Mrs. Aphrodite Galitsis, Mr. Tom McKelvey, and Mrs. Jo Ann Hoover for attending and supporting our participants.
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.”
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.
Halloween at the High School!!!
Sponsored by The Interact Club
WHEN: October 25, 2016
WHERE: Ambridge Area High School
TIME: 6 pm-8pm...
FOR ALL STUDENTS IN GRADE 6 AND UNDER.
Hope to see you there!
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 Science Outreach Center at Saint Francis University is pleased to announce the winners of the
2018 Pennsylvania Statistics Poster Competition. The annual state competition is in its twenty-second
year overall, and is coordinated for the tenth year by Saint Francis University. Cash awards of $96 for
first place, $72 for second, $48 for third, and $24 for fourth in each of four grade levels are awarded to
the students who submitted winning posters.
External financial support is provided by several regional and state professional organizations, including the Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Association of Teachers of Mathematics of Philadelphia and Vicinity, Laurel Highlands Mathematics Alliance, Mathematics Council of Western Pennsylvania, and the Harrisburg, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh Chapters of the American Statistical Association (ASA).
A statistics poster is a display containing two or more related graphics that summarize a set of data, look at the data from different points of view, and answer specific questions about the data.
The 474 posters submitted included 123 in the K-3 grade category, 209 from grades 4-6, 44 from grades 7-9, and 98 from grades 10-12. These 474 posters were submitted from a total of 778 students! Judging for the state competition was held on Saturday, March 17, 2018.
Winning posters were then submitted to the National Statistics Poster Competition, which is coordinated by the American Statistical Association. Congratulations to all the students who created and submitted the winning and honorable mention posters, and to the teachers who guided the students.
Grades 7-9 Winning Posters 2018
Marissa Saturley and Emma Diakiwsky
Ambridge Junior High School
Taught by Donald Ayers
Students in Kindergarten through Sixth Grade were awarded a certificate for being chosen as February 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: EMILY KINKADE, JENNA KERR, AOWYN COGLEY, RULON ANDREWS, KATELYN MCPHERSON, TRISTAN WALKER, MYLES RICHARDS, KATIE GUNTHER, AARON SCHEIB, ALEXA BEST, MARN UVODICH, BRODY YURKOVAC, COOPER SCHEIDEMANTLE, HANNAH HOKE, JUSTIN LAUFFER, KAILYN TURKO, JOSHUA KUNY, SAM MILLER, ETHAN CAREY & NICK THOMAS.
Missing from the picture is COOPER RICE.
Congratulations to all!
As the community already is aware, there was a water main break discovered in a 12-inch line off of 19th Street in Ambridge Sunday. Crews from the Ambridge Water Authority were able to restore access to water through a temporary patch by 8 p.m., but repairs to the main line are ongoing.
Highland and State Street elementary schools, and Ambridge Area High School, were affected by the water main break. Classes were held at State Street and the High School today; however, classes at Highland had to be cancelled. The water main break caused the school’s water tank to lose pressure, making it unable to provide water to the building. The Water Authority continues to work on the issue at Highland, with the hopes that school will be able to be reopened tomorrow. Parents will be notified as soon as possible about the status of Highland, but should be prepared for the possibility that classes may once again be cancelled tomorrow.
Classes will continue as scheduled at State Street and the High School tomorrow. The Ambridge Water Authority issued a boil water advisory for Ambridge Borough and Harmony Township at 1:30 p.m. Monday. Due to this advisory, access to all water fountains and ice machines at the High School and State Street Elementary will be restricted. A pallet of water has been donated for each building, and students and faculty will have access to it throughout the day. Additionally, no fresh fruit or vegetables will be served during lunches. Only hot items will be available for the duration of the boil water advisory. All lunches will be served on paper products.
Activities at the High School will continue as planned this evening; however, there will be no access to drinking water on site, so residents are advised to bring their own if attending any evening practices or events in the building.
The water authority has not provided an estimate on when the water main break will be fully repaired. Even once the break is fixed, the boil water advisory will remain in effect for 48 hours as required by the Department of Environmental Protection. During that time, the water will be repeatedly tested for quality to ensure its safety for consumption.
The District will provide updates as they become available.