To celebrate Jazz Appreciation Month, Ambridge’s high school jazz department recently hosted the Beaver County Arts Education Consortium’s Jazz Workshop. The workshop took place on Wednesday April 6th in the High School music suite and included students from all over Beaver County. Kevin McManus, adjunct professor at five different universities and freelance musician, was the artist in residence and Ambridge’s own elementary music educators Samantha Rappolt and Samuel Eisenreich served as clinicians. Participating students from Mrs. Baney’s and Mr. Hartman’s jazz bands included Jacob Best, Tim Bruce, Faith Holcomb, Margie Jarsulic, Matt Kowalski, Josh Lockhart, Claire Matzie, Ryan Mikush, Carlina Powell, Kevan Rotthoff, Pearl Swann, and Hayden Wesche.
A special thank you to Ms. Val McElvy of the Franklin Center of Beaver County for her powerful first-person portrayal of Harriet Tubman this morning. The presentation is the culmination of the 8th grade students' study on Tubman and the Underground Railroad.
Along with Mrs. Parisi the Economy Elementary Physical Education Teacher and Bradley Cavanagh the Youth Market Director for the American Heart Association are the following students from Economy Elementary School who collected $50.00 to $99.00 for the American Heart Association, when they participated in the Jump Rope for Heart/Hoops for Heart Fund Raiser in their gym class. We are proud to announce that we raised $ 4,773.00 for the American Heart Association. In doing so, we also received $200.00 in much needed physical education equipment.
TY HARTMAN, KELSEY KROKONKO, LILY LAUFFER, HENRY BUGLAK, HAYDEN SHUPE, ALYSSA WALKER, RULON ANDREWS, CHRISTOPHER WITHROW, KYLIE O’LARE, AJ MANGANELLO, JACOB TURKO, MAKAYLA SHUPE, LEXEE HEROLD, TRISTAN WALKER, JOSLYN DESANTIS, ZACHARY KUNY, MAX REDINGER, ABBY SMITH, HAYDEN GRANT, ELLI HARTMAN, LOGAN SZYMOUIAK, JOSHUA KUNY, KAILYN TURKO & JASON DESANTIS.
MISSING FROM THE PICTURE IS: EMILY SMITH
The Ambridge Area School Board recogized retirees at the May 16 meeting. Congratulations and best wishes for a happy retirement!
Along with Mrs. Parisi the State Street Elementary P.E. Teacher and Bradley Cavanagh the Youth Market Director for the American Heart Association are the following students who collected $100 or more. JAYLA KROLL, BRAYDEN LIZAK & ZACHARY BUCKA. We are proud to announce that State Street raised $827 for the American Heart Association. The top fundraiser for the school was ZACHARY BUCKA who raised $255.00.
Congratulations and a big Thank You to all that participated!
Two Ambridge residents are spreading the holiday cheer this season by paying it forward to students in the Ambridge Area School District.
On Wednesday morning, two residents stopped by the District Food Services offices to pay off lunch balances for all elementary schools and the junior high school. While both men originally requested anonymity, Yurkovac agreed to speak about his donation in the hopes that others in the community would be inspired to step forward and consider doing the same to help those closest to home. The other donor has released information on his social media accounts, but did not authorize the District to release his name at this time.
Yurkovac said he had the idea to pay off lunch balances after he read a story about someone paying off overdue library fines for a student at one of the local libraries. His wife, Tina, agreed it was a great idea, so he contacted the District to make the offer. “Both my wife and I were on the free and reduced lunch program at one time during our time at Ambridge, so we know what that’s like,” he said. “It got me to thinking that at this time of year, everyone is focused on helping as many people as possible, so they think about the big charities in an effort to help as many as they can. But when we do that, sometimes our own neighborhood can sometimes get lost in the shuffle. We wanted to make our donation a little closer to home.”
At the Junior High, 90 students were helped, for a total of $500 in negative lunch balances, according to District Food Services Director Janet Gaffney. At the elementary schools, a total of 215 students were helped for a total of $796 in negative lunch balances. While the negative lunch balances have been paid off at the elementary and junior high schools, Gaffney noted that the Senior High School still carries a negative lunch balance of $1,320.38.
Gaffney said this is the first time in her 25 years as the food services director for the District that anyone has come forward to pay off lunch balances. “I am so moved and grateful to have been a part of this experience of having two of our parents come forward in this giving act of generosity; to see firsthand the spirit of giving is still alive and well in the AASD,” she said.
Sarah Fischer is a senior on the Ambridge basketball team. With her first basket of the game, Fischer registered her 1,000th career point in a 20-point effort over Franklin Regional in the North Allegheny tournament on Thursday. Ambridge is 5-5 overall and 2-1 in Section 2-4A. Click on the link below for more information and Fischer's answers during an interview.