School Board Recognition Month
January is School Board Recognition Month—a time to salute the work of our volunteer school board members and to celebrate public education. This special recognition of School Board members reflects our combined commitment to leadership and accountability assuring that ALL children succeed. It’s an exciting and challenging time in public education. They are citizens whose decisions affect our children and build our communities. Showing appreciation for the important work of school boards should be a year-round process, but too often we neglect to recognize the dedication and hard work of these men and women who represent us. This January, the staff and students of our district are asking all members of the community to take a moment and thank a school board member. Thank you to the men and women who dedicate countless personal hours to ensure the needs of our community are met by our public schools. We salute the public servants of the Ambridge Area School District whose dedication and civic responsibility make local control of public schools in our community possible. We applaud them for their vision and voice to prepare today’s students to be tomorrow’s leaders.
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
The Superintendent's Office has issued the following documentation concerning the Coronavirus. Please take a moment to read the letter and review the additional links at the bottom of the page
Additional information concerning the Coronavirus can be viewed using the following links:
The Pennsylvania School Code outlines the following requirements for candidates wishing to fill school board vacancies:
The School Board will review all applications and conduct interviews at the January 8, 2020 meeting. A final candidate will be selected at the January 8, 2020 meeting.
Our fifth graders worked in teams to make , market, and sell products. They had to pick a theme and follow the theme for all of the items on their table. They worked together for a team goal to make the most money, but for a bigger goal to raise money for Children’s Hospital and the Caring Place. The children learned to work together and make compromises for the good of the group. This was a wonderful learning experience for everyone.
TO ALL PARENTS IN AASD! GREAT NEWS! COMMUNITY ELIGIBILITY PROVISION
Dear Parents or Guardians:
We are pleased to inform you that the entire AMBRIDGE AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT will now take part in the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP) for the 2019-20 School Year. This provision is available by our meeting certain criteria in our participation in the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs.
This new and exciting provision is wonderful news for you and your student(s)!
Effective August 27, 2019, all enrolled students of AMBRIDGE AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT are eligible to receive a nutritious breakfast and lunch every day at the school at no charge to your household. There is no need to fill out an application for free and reduced meals.
**Please keep in mind that single item purchases, including milk and snack bar items will still be sold a la carte; however—your lunch and breakfast meals will be free of charge!
Janet L. Gaffney, RD, LDN
Food Service Director
Students at the Ambridge Area High School performed Disney’s The Little Mermaid on March 5-8, 2020. Great job to all of the cast, stage crew, and directors! Some of the lead roles were played by Piper Dunlap (Ariel), Reed Fisher (Prince Eric), Noah White (King Triton), Grant Scheidemantle (Grimsby), John Barnhart (Scuttle), Ryan Krokonko (Sebastian), Carlina Powell (Ursula), and Fiona Ozenich (Flounder). The production was directed by Jessica Patterson. Thank you to Joe Indovina for the pictures, Jeff DeSantis for conducting the orchestra, AAHS Stage Crew, and a special thank you to the production staff!
March 12, 2020
Dear Parents and Guardians,
The health, safety and well-being of our students and staff are our top priorities. With the recently elevated discussion regarding the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) in the news, we want to take a moment to reinforce preventive safety measures and reference our process and communications.
First, it is important to remember that at this time, there are no confirmed cases of coronavirus within our region. We are closely monitoring the situation and taking guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The Superintendents and Educational Leaders within Beaver County are maintaining regular contact with our local health professionals to share information, seek guidance, and ask questions to help us in planning for any regional needs.
We encourage our students, staff and families to be mindful of key preventive measures. The CDC recommends the following tips that can be useful in avoiding the spread of this and other illnesses:
- Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use alcohol-based hand sanitizers.
- Avoid touching eyes, mouth and nose with unwashed hands.
- Avoid close contact with individuals who are sick.
- Stay home when you are sick. The CDC recommends that individuals remain home for a minimum of 24 hours after you no longer have a fever.
- Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then immediately discard the tissue in the trash.
- Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.
Additionally, our Districts and Schools are taking the following steps in order to be prepared for the possible entry of the virus into our region.
- School Nurses continue to coordinate with the PA Department of Health for guidance and monitoring of data related to coronavirus.
- Faculty meetings will be held to review proper handwashing techniques. Staff will then provide students with instructions and reminders of the importance of frequent handwashing.
- Students and staff are asked to stay home if they are ill, maintaining the CDC recommendation that individuals remain home for 24 hours after they no longer have a fever.
Buildings & Grounds/Custodial
- Custodial staff will continue to use U.S. Environmental Protection Agency approved products at appropriate dilutions to clean all surfaces.
- Custodial staff are paying particular attention to all hard surfaces and “high touch” areas throughout each building.
- Districts are in communication with their transportation companies/departments to ensure there is a plan in place for buses to be cleaned with an approved cleaner and following an appropriate protocol.
- Signs reminding everyone of the importance of washing their hands frequently are hung throughout the schools.
- Anyone concerned about symptoms or possible exposure should stay home and contact his/her health care provider.
- The Districts request that if students are traveling out of the country, or to an area of the U.S. that is known to have coronavirus, parents/guardians should notify the School Nurse. The School Nurse will assist the family in ensuring all CDC guidelines are followed.
- The Districts request that non-school based organizations, such as booster groups, with travel plans to areas outside of our region contact the Superintendent to review travel plans and protocols.
- Student field trips are being monitored and reviewed on a case by case basis. Our Districts will continue to actively monitor the situation with coronavirus and the recommendations from the CDC. This rapidly evolving health concern will present unique challenges, but we remain focused on prioritizing safety and ensuring quality communication with our communities. We thank you for your continued support in keeping our students, staff, and communities safe.
Dr. Jane Bovalino, Superintendent
Rochester Area School District
Dr. Peter Carbone, Superintendent
Aliquippa School District
Mr. Alan R. Fritz, Jr., Superintendent
South Side Area School District
Dr. Jeffrey A. Fuller, Superintendent
Freedom Area School District
Dr. Joseph A. Guarino, Superintendent
New Brighton Area School District
Mr. Barry King, Substitute Superintendent
Ambridge Area School District
Dr. Michelle Miller, Superintendent
Hopewell Area School District
Dr. Donna Nugent, Superintendent
Big Beaver Falls Area School District
Dr. Nicholas Perry, Superintendent
Central Valley School District
Dr. Robert H. Postupac, Superintendent
Blackhawk Area School District and
Western Beaver County School District
Dr. Eric Rosendale, Executive Director
Beaver Valley Intermediate Unit #27
Dr. Carrie Rowe, Superintendent
Beaver Area School District
Mr. Sean D. Tanner, Superintendent
Midland Borough School District
Mr. Bret Trotta, Superintendent
Riverside Beaver County School District
Mr. David A. Wytiaz, Administrative Director
Beaver County Career & Technology Center
LOCAL SCHOOL DIRECTOR HONORED
Long-term school directors are being honored across the state by the Pennsylvania School Board Association at local board meetings. School directors are recognized for years of service from 8 to 36 years.
Mary Jo Kehoe, a member of the Ambridge Area School Board, received recognition for 12 years of service. She was presented with a certificate adding her to the PSBA “Honor Roll of School Board Service.”
School directors continually are spending more of their personal time on school-related activities. Fifty-four percent of them devote 16 hours or more a month to school board business. That shows a real commitment on their part.
They exemplify leadership and dedication, giving unselfishly to their communities, students and the public schools. Their efforts, along with those of their fellow board members, reflect their dedication to giving our children the opportunity to gain knowledge through the best education system possible.
Thank you Mary Jo for you commitment to the Ambridge Area School District!
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.”