The Administration and the School Board have been working diligently to manage the funds available to the District. We have reduced spending through measures that more comprehensively manage utilities, and where appropriate, reduce staffing. We changed medical insurance companies which greatly levels out those costs year over year, and anticipate new savings in other insurances and multi-year equipment contracts.
Unfortunately, as salaries increase and ongoing maintenance of our facilities is required, it naturally costs more to operate the District. Most significantly, the District spends over six million dollars per year to fund Ambridge students enrolled at Charter and Cyber schools. Charter and Cyber schools are not free. Every child who attends one of these schools requires Ambridge Area School District to pay between $10,000 and $20,000 per year for their attendance.
Although we remain committed to improving efficiencies and seeking additional cost savings,the District is in a situation where additional tax dollars are needed. The most important thing you can do is write your legislators and encourage them to change the funding structure of these Charter and Cyber schools. This will assist the District in not having to levy tax increases each year.
A sample letter can be downloaded here for your convenience. Please contact your legislators.
Thank you for your ongoing support.
L. Jo Welter, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
PHYSICAL EDUCATION STAR STUDENTS OF THE MONTH FOR APRIL, 2019 ECONOMY ELEMENTARY
Students in Kindergarten through Fifth Grade were awarded a certificate for being chosen as April 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, being a good role model in class, extra effort, and encouraging fellow classmates to do their best.
Along with Mrs. Parisi in the picture are: NIJHAYA COLLINS, NICHOLAS LANCY, MACKENZIE MEYER , BRINLEY RAYMER, KELSEY KROKONKO, ELIZABETH YURASKO, MCKENZIE WATERS, GAVIN HISIRO, OLIVIA FISHER, BELLA YURKOVAC, JACOB TURKO, COLTEN WETZEL, BAILEY PROTULIPAC, AARON SCHEIB, PARKER EISEL, BRODY YURKOVAC, CAMERON RAYNAK, & SAMSNTHA WASCHAK.
Congratulations to all!
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.
On October 16th, a team of students from the high school entered into a design challenge at the Energy Innovation Center in Pittsburgh. The challenge was sponsored by Adventure Capital, United Healthcare, and Genyouth. The students competed against 19 other teams and the AAHS winning team won a $1,000 grant to implement the design idea they pitched to the panel of judges.
The winning presentation included ways to promote mental, nutritional, and physical health for the students and members of the community through informative and physical-based activities defined as Step One.
The students presented their ideas in front of a panel of judges and 68 other competing students in a “Shark Tank”-like scenario. One of the judges being former Pittsburgh Steeler, Charlie Batch. There were 10 grants given out in total at the Innovation Challenge. The student team from Ambridge included Lydia Ciani, Kyla Fitzgibbons, and Riley Sas. The group received one of the $1,000 grants as winners.
John Jones and Jake Dunlap also competed and presented their ideas for generating a phone app to help set up after school activities in order to promote physical activity.
Thank you to Mr. Jason Roos and Mrs. Pam Green for sponsoring and chaperoning the students to take part in the challenge.
Growing up, Samantha Giordani was an active child, playing soccer. After a cancer diagnosis sidelined her a few years ago, Giordani turned to track, where she's found success as a sophomore at Ambridge. Click the link below to read the full article on The Times Online
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
The American Heart Association, the world’s leading voluntary organization focused on heart and brain health, is celebrating final passage of Senate Bill 115 (Tom Killion, R-Delaware), legislation which will ensure all Pennsylvania high school students are trained in Hands-Only CPR. The bill will be headed to the governor for his signature.
Senate Bill 115 brings Pennsylvania’s CPR training standards in line with that of thirty-eight other states, including all states surrounding Pennsylvania. “Passing this bill was critical and a primary focus for our volunteers and staff at the American Heart Association,” said Deb Banks, executive director of the American Heart Association, Greater Pittsburgh. “The survival rate for sudden cardiac arrest drops by 10 percent every second bystander CPR is not performed. Teaching Hands-Only CPR to young adults will ensure a way to bring thousands of confident and trained rescuers into our community each year.”
In step with this bill and to celebrate National CPR and AED Awareness Week (June 1-7), Ambridge Area High School students ended the year on Thursday with an important assembly to announce the Hands Only CPR in Schools training program that will be part of the curriculum in the fall. Thanks to the generous funding from FedEx Ground, more than 800 students will learn this lifesaving skill.
“The American Heart Association appreciates the community of supporters who were incredibly helpful in providing feedback, which led to a strong bill that earned unanimous support in the House and Senate. This is the perfect example of how a diverse group of organizations can come together around a common goal and impact our communities,” Banks added.
Over 350,000 people suffer from sudden cardiac arrest in the United States each year, and four out of five cardiac arrests occur in the home. Often, bystanders do not know how to start CPR or are afraid to perform it incorrectly. However, anyone can perform Hands-Only CPR by remembering just two easy steps.
Call 9-1-1 if you see a teen or adult suddenly collapse.
Push hard and fast in the center of the chest until professional help arrives.
State Street Elementary was treated to Ms. Marissa from Children's Hospital Injury Prevention Department. Ms. Marissa shared first hand with our students the importance of safety first no matter what they are doing. She reviewed the rules of "Bicycle Safety," the importance of wearing a helmet and how to do so correctly. She taught the students the ways to signal when riding their bikes. Swimming rules and diving rules were addressed as well as other important safety issues for the summer.
More Science Olympiad fun! For this exercise, students had to work as a team to solve this engineering challenge. They had to make a structure that had one part at least 122 cm tall, one wall that was at least 122 cm long or wide, some sort of roof, an opening, at least three walls, and a student had to be able to sit under the roof.
Click here for information regarding Haley Racioppo's senior project Summer Tennis Camp!!
2019 Summer Tennis Camp Registration
For Who: Entering Grades 4-6 from 9:00-10:30am
Entering Grades 7-9 from 11:00-12:30pm
When: Monday, June 17 through Friday, June 21
Where: Economy Park Tennis Courts
Costs: $30 per child (cash or check)
- If paying with check, please make it out to “Smile Train.”
- All proceeds and additional donations will be given to “The Smile Train,” an international children’s charity who provides free surgeries to children with a cleft palate and lip.
Supplies: Please come with a water bottle, tennis racket, athletic clothing, and good athletic shoes
I give my child,_____________________________ permission to participate in the 2019 summer tennis camp for Haley Racioppo’s senior project. By signing this form, I verify that my child/children are physically able to participate and release all parties of liabilities. I also grant permission for my child/children to be photographed and allow these photos to be used in Haley Racioppo’s senior project presentation.
Parent/Guardian Emergency Contact Number:___________________________
Parent/Guardian Email: _____________________________________________
Grade Entering in the Fall:_______
T-shirt Size: YS YM YL YXL AS AM AL AXL
Please return the registration form and money to their school’s office by June 3, 2019 in order to receive a T-shirt.
The Ambridge Area School District is pleased to announce the appointment of Donald Phillips to the position of head coach of the Ambridge Area Varsity Football Team for the 2019-2020 season.
Mr. Phillips brings with him to Ambridge over three decades of coaching experience. He most recently served as the Quarterback Coach at Geneva College, a position he has held since 2017. Prior to his position at Geneva College, he was the head football coach for the Ellwood City School District for eight years. He also has coached for Center Area School District, South Side School District, West Allegheny School District, Rochester School District and Monaca School District.
“I consider football to be an extension of the academic program,” said Mr. Phillips. “I am excited to work with the team and to help enhance their athletic experience.”
Mr. Phillips brings with him to Ambridge an impressive record, with several WPIAL championships under his belt at Ellwood City, Center and Rochester. He also was named Section III – AA Coach of the Year five times: in 1988, 1992, 1997, 1998 and 2016.
“I will bring to this position an intense commitment and a relentless dedication to developing a successful football program that reflects the pride, the enthusiasm, and the extreme level of excellence expected and demanded by the Ambridge Area School District,” said Mr. Phillips.
In addition to his coaching experience, Mr. Phillips earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration from Geneva College and holds a Master of Education degree from Westminster College in Secondary Guidance. He is a native of Beaver.
“We are excited about the opportunity that Don brings to our football program,” said Ambridge Athletic Director Brian Miller. “We are looking forward to helping him build our program and generating more interest among our students in playing.”