Highland hosted a Family STEAM night on February 22. Students and their families participated in an evening of fun, hands-on activities and challenges. The evening included cookies provided by Highland’s PTO and door prizes.
There were nine interactive stations:
Station #1 – Little Bits Little Bits are a platform of electronic building blocks. The bits snap together with magnets. Families invented something using Little Bits.
Station #2 - Legos and Blocks Families were challenged to build a replica of the Washington Monument.
Station # 3 – Art Bot Using a cup, marker, toothbrush, and tape, families worked to invent an Art Bot that created art autonomously.
Station #4 – Gears, Gears, Gears Families engaged critical thinking skills as they engineered with colorful gears.
Station #5 – Bee Bot Families programed our Bee Bots to follow commands.
Station #6 – Famous Failures – Families read through examples of famous people who turned failure into success.
Station #7 – Puzzlets This award winning tech-ed platform combines hands on play with interactive gaming. Station #8 – Squishy Circuits Families built circuit together and explored electricity.
Station #9 – Used Book Sale Thank you to the Interact clubs at the Jr. High and High School for collecting used books for the sale.
The evening was made possible through a grant from Highmark, Shell, and the Beaver County Educational Trust.
Special thanks are extended to Mrs. Hoover, the Highland PTO, and the volunteers for the evening - Mrs. Fisher, Mrs. Fedora, Caylin Fedora, Mrs. Kuhel, Ms. J. Kuhel, Mrs. Bupp, Mrs. Bell, Savannah Bell, Talan Bell, Sami Freed, Riley Sas, and Mr. and Mrs. Webb. Thank you also to Mrs. Henry, Mrs. Carpenter, Mrs. McCoy, Goldie and Jane.
The Ambridge Area High School Marching Band, under the direction of Marie Dewar, has accepted the invitation to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor and represent Ambridge, PA in the Waikiki Holiday Parade.
Each year the Waikiki Holiday Parade is held on the Friday after Thanksgiving in Honolulu, Hawaii, honoring Pearl Harbor Survivors and American military. To date, hundreds of mainland and Hawaiian bands have marched the parade since its inaugural year in 1998. Thousands of spectators, residents and visitors gather to watch this parade which hosts marching bands, Pearl Harbor Survivors, service bands, military units, local officials, dignitaries and entertainers. The parade begins at 7:00pm at Fort DeRussy and ends at Kapiolani Park. The scenic parade route travels approximately 1.5 miles through Waikiki along the oceanfront of beautiful, torch-lit Kalakaua Avenue. Bands who participate in the parade also provide a wreath laying ceremony at the USS Arizona Memorial and a commemorative performance at the USS Battleship Missouri in Pearl Harbor.
While in Hawaii, the group will tour the island of Oahu, and include a visit to the Dole Pineapple Plantation and Polynesian Cultural Center on the North Shore and hike the Diamond Head crater. In preparation for the trip, the band has been practicing several patriotic songs and has been discussing the history of Pearl Harbor in class.
“We are thrilled to be working with Marie Dewar and the Ambridge band on their trip,” said Parade Founder Jake Peppers. The student’s experiences at Pearl Harbor and meeting survivors will be something they will remember for a lifetime. We are honored to help create this memory.”
The Department of Health is currently holding immunization clinics across the commonwealth to provide vaccines at little or No cost for children through 18 years of age who are Medicaid eligible, uninsured, underinsured, or American Indian or Alaska Native.
The cost is $5 per child (payable by check or money order) for families above income guidelines. No child will be turned away Because of an inability to pay.
Specific clinic information is available by clicking on the student’s county of residence at http://www.health.pa.gov/Your-Department-of-Health/Offices%20and%20Bureaus/Bureaus/Pages/Back-to-School-Immunization-Clinics.aspx
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, a good role model in class, extra effort, and encouraging fellow classmates to do their best. Along with Mrs. Parisi and the Principal Mrs. Galitsis in the picture are: JACOB TURKO, SANTINI ERNST, WYATT GRAF, CHARLOTTE HILL, COLE BOGATI, SEBASTIAN KELM, ALEIGHA REVELANT, ASHLEY MCFEE, LOGAN SZYMONIAK, MIKALAH WETZEL, SHERIDAN OLENIC, THOMAS SHORT, JUSTIN LAUFFER, PIETRO PUCCI, GIANNA PETALINO, ABIGAL WITTMANN, JOSHUA ZEMKIEWICZ, NATHAN MCCULLOUGH, CHRISTOPHER LEWIS, HEATHER MELLISH, AMANDA PALMER, MORGAN SHINNAMON, AUSTIN MERLINA, HANNAH MILLER & NATHAN NORTON. Congratulations to all!
Article from the Beaver County times 12/3/15 - Written by Scott Tady: http://www.timesonline.com/entertainment/local_entertainment/the-nutcracker-ready-to-delight-in-ambridge-midland-and-pittsburgh/article_b058b46c-91f3-11e5-aee6-8b065f3bffe1.html
Written almost 200 years ago, the original story was a scary fairy-tale intended only for adults.
A few storyline tweaks turned "The Nutcracker" into a family favorite and cherished holiday tradition.
Two local "Nutcracker" productions open this weekend -- at Ambridge Area High School and the Benedum Center in Pittsburgh -- with another "Nutcracker" stepping forward later this month at the Lincoln Park Performing Arts Center in Midland.
Each show uniquely presents the dreamlike, coming-of-age tale, complete with Mouse King, Sugar Plum Fairy and toy soldiers, told with whimsy, beauty and rousing choreography.
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 $100 or more 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.
DECLAN GEISER, ROBERT SEDLMYER, BRETT HINDS, HAVANNA HAZELWOOD, STELLA HOMICH, COOPER WAGNER, AUSTIN HINDS, KENNEDY HUMMERT, ZACHARY THEAR, BELLA YURKOVAC, MICHAEL BRIOLA, HANNAH THEAR & BRODY YURKOVAC.
The Ambridge Area School Board recogized retirees at the May 16 meeting. Congratulations and best wishes for a happy retirement!
Mrs. Jamie Connelly of the Beaver County Educational Trust (BCET) visited Highland’s STEAM classroom on April 15. The BCET awarded the Highland Elementary STEAM program a grant for $500. The grant entitled "Immersive Learning through Collaboration" was written by Mrs. Nicole Darroch. Grant monies were used to purchase four Breakout EDU kits. Breakout EDU kits turn the classroom into an academically-focused escape room. Students use teamwork and critical thinking to solve puzzles in order to open the locked box. Games are used for all age levels and content areas. The Breakout kits have been a welcome addition to our STEAM classroom. We are grateful to the BCET and Mrs. Connelly for their support of our elementary STEAM program."
Congratulations to the Lady Bridgers Basketball Team on a great season!
They ended their season 14-10. They won the 1stround of the WPIAL playoffs against South Park 48-39, qualified for the quarterfinals of the WPIAL playoffs and lost to North Catholic 49-42, qualified for the PIAA State Playoffs and won the 1stround against Punxsutawany 36-21, and then lost in the 2ndround of the PIAA State Playoffs to North Catholic.