Students in the Life Skills/Autistic Support classroom at the Middle School took advantage of the nice weather and cleaned the Middle School courtyard as a Community-Based Instruction activity. Students worked together to clear the flower beds and patio area of leaves, weeded flower beds and cleaned off the picnic tables. Thank you for helping to beautify the courtyard!
Students in the 8th Grade Advanced Science classes fielded the annual Bradys Run Stream Study on May 22. Standard categories were Environment and Ecology, Mathematics, Science and Technology.
In each category, students were required to do the following:
4.1.10B-Explain the relationship among landforms, vegetation and the amount and speed of water.
4.1.10A-Describe changes that occur from a stream’s origin to its final outflow.
4.1.10C-Describe the physical characteristics of a stream and determine the types of organisms found in aquatic environments.
4.1.10E-Identify and describe natural and human events on watersheds and wetlands.
4.3.10B-Explain how multiple variables determine the effects of pollution on environmental health, natural processes and human practices.
4.3.10C-Explain biological diversity as an indicator of a healthy environment.
4.6.10A-Explain the biotic & abiotic components of an ecosystem & their interaction.
4.7.10C-Identify and explain why adaptations can lead to specialization.
4.8.10C-Analyze how human activities may cause changes in an ecosystem.
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.
Congratulations to SRO Jason Woods for being awarded the Guy Tyler award for his efforts in Juvenile Justice Enforcement and Education. Officer Woods was recognized on Friday, May 17, in front of fellow officers, family, friends and students at the Beaver County Courthouse. Officer Woods has been a staple in the Ambridge Area Middle School for the past six years. Not only has he served as our resource officer, but also as a mentor, teacher and friend. We are proud to have Officer Woods as an integral part of our team at the Middle School. Congratulations, Officer Woods! Thank you for your service.
Middle School students participated in a Science Olympiad this week. In one of the exercises, students had to rely on teamwork to use an engeering process while building a Tower of Cups with three stings and a rubber band. In another exercise, students were required to incorporate engineering technology in building marshmallow bridges.