Art III students, along with Mr. Ivanisin, braved the cold to paint windows at the Ambridge Borough building on Dec. 5 to make them festive for the winter holiday season. Great job students!
Photo Courtesy of Alan Freed
It’s shaping up to be a busy – and exciting – year for the Ambridge Steel Band.
Now in its 30th year at Ambridge, the band is celebrating the milestone with a few unique opportunities to shine this year. First on the agenda was the band’s performance in the 38th Annual WPXI Holiday Parade. The steel band was invited to march in this prestigious local parade, which was held on Saturday, Nov. 24. The theme for this year’s parade was “Neighborhoods,” and celebrated the 50th anniversary of Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood.
“Much like the heartbeat of the once-booming steel town, the Ambridge Steel Drum Band has established a culture of excellence, hard work and pride for our students and the Ambridge community,” said Steel Band director Mr. Todd Hartman.
The band also will be performing at the revival of the B.E. Taylor Christmas Show at Heinz Hall on Dec. 17 and 18. Taylor’s family is reviving the concert series, and using it as a platform to feature some very talented musicians in the area. Learn more about the performance here.
The band also will be a featured ensemble performance at the 2019 Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA)/National Association for Music Education (NAFME) Eastern Division Conference at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh in April 2019. The appearance as a featured performer at the conference will be a first for any band at Ambridge. “This is an incredible opportunity for our students to be showcased in this way,” said Hartman.
Another thrilling opportunity is in the works for May 2019, when the band is hoping to host a collaborative performance with the River City Brass Band. World renowned steel percussionist Liam Teague is expected to participate in the event. Details still are being worked out for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, said Hartman.
“I think it’s safe to say this year is shaping up to be a big year for our Steel Band,” he said.
From left to right:
Kamryn Rudolph, Zachary Hohman, Alexandrea Bupp, Lance Bordeaux, Lydia Ciani (Queen), David Brock (King), Emma Phillips, Anthony DeMarco, Hannah Steck, Loxley Johns
Students explore programming and engineering in STEAM class - building and programming helicopters, dragsters, earthquake simulators, space shuttles, and more. #LegoWeDo #STEAMcatalyst
Best Eyes Dorien Priddy Haily Clouse
Best Smile Omarri Flannigan Hannah and Marissa Steck
Best Hair Devin Foltz Lydia Ciani
Most Athletic Navon Locust Alexandrea Bupp
Class Flirt Jake Gorman Katie Sivewright
Worst Driver Tom Swaney Nevaeh Bullie
Best Bridger Supporter George Kontoulis Sydni Orlowski
Friendliest Dalton Brandt Riley Sas
Teacher's Pet Nathan Erickson Samantha Freed
Best Sense of Style Adam Gradek Jordan Swartz
Most Likely to Never Grow Up John Elliot Caitlin Kilany
Most Talented Corey Shaffer Kamryn Rudolph
Most Likely to Succeed Jacob Dunlap Leuca Hanish
Most Likely to do Stand-Up Loxley Johns Syanna Stevenson
Most Likely to be Friends Forever (Male) Tom Holcomb and Josh Peters
(Female) Hailey Swaney and Haley Tesner
Cutest Couple Sydney Hopkins and Ryan Mikush
We would like to communicate the following information via Guidance from the Ambridge Area Senior High School for the month of December 2018:
We would like to congratulate the student of the month and extra effort award winners for November 2018:
Student of the Month Winners: 9th grade: Elliot Powell 10th grade: Hunter Hogue 11th grade: Alyssa McCoy 12th grade: Lydia Ciani
Extra Effort Award Winners: 9th grade: Mikayla Cabaong 10th grade: Sarah Haymond 11th grade: Connor Dugan 12th grade: Ethan Young
Robert Morris University Signing Day: Thursday, November 29, 2018 – 8:00 AM: Any 12th grade student applying for admissions Fall 2019: Students interested in applying to Robert Morris University have the opportunity to apply for an on-the-spot decision in the guidance office on Thursday, November 29, 2018. There will be no application fee for students applying, and acceptance letters will be granted on the spot for students with RMU admissions representative Amanda Beal. Students are encouraged to sign-up in guidance to come down and apply for admissions and acceptance for the Fall 2019.
Carlow University – December 4, 2018 7:30 – 8:05 AM in Guidance: Grades 9 -12: Carlow University representative Ashley Cassano will be here Tuesday, December 4, 2018 at AAHS from 7:30 – 8:02 AM in guidance for any interested senior. Students are encouraged to sign up at Mrs. Misencik desk in guidance if interested.
Laurel Technical Institute – December 13, 2018 – 1:54 – 2:26 PM in Guidance: Grades 9 -12: Laurel Technical Institute representative Michelle will be here Thursday, December 13, 2018 at AAHS from 1:54 – 2:26 PM in guidance for any interested students that are looking to go into a technical field. Technical field of studies can also be discussed at this time. Students are encouraged to sign-up at Mrs. Misencik desk in guidance if interested.
Duquesne University: Duquesne University is waiving the admission application fee for any senior enrolling for the fall 2019 if enrolled by December 15, 2018. Any interested senior is encouraged to apply to waive the admission fee at this time.
Keystone Re-Test Exams: Literature, December 4, 2018 / Biology, December 11, 2018 / Algebra, January 15, 2018. Students that are required to test will be receiving letters specifying what exam and date for your student. Any student that was not proficient or advanced will be scheduled to re-take the keystone exams at the following times: ELA (Literature) December 4, 2018; Biology December 11, 2018 and Algebra, January 15, 2018. Make-ups for exams will be the following day. Please make every effort to ensure that your student is in attendance on these dates. Passing the keystones assists students receiving keystone rewards or being excused from completing remediation their senior year in the content area.
ACT – The Ambridge Area School District confirmed they will be offering the ACT here at AAHS during the school day on Tuesday, April 2rd 2018 to all interested junior students. More information to follow in the upcoming months, but please mark your calendars for when this is exam will be offered here at the school district. Any questions, please contact guidance at 724-266-2833, ext. 2377.
SAT –The Ambridge Area School District confirmed they will be offering the SAT here at AAHS on Saturday, March 9, 2018 to all interested students. Please mark your calendars. More information to follow in the upcoming months. Students must register for the exam at: www.collegeboard.org
PSAT/NMSQT – Students participated in the PSAT/NMSQT on October 10, 2018. Scores for the PSAT/NMSQT will be released December 10, 2018. Please have your student speak with their counselor for any questions for score reporting. Any questions, please contact guidance at 724-266-2833, ext. 2377.
Senior Keystone Edgenuity Remediation: Letters were sent out October 1, 2018 for Seniors who were not proficient or advanced on the literature or algebra keystone exams. Seniors who received the letter are requested to complete 25 hours or 50% overall passing on remediation. Seniors required to complete edgenuity remediation for the keystones are required to be working on their specific subject area for completion by May 2019. Any questions, please contact guidance at 724-266-2833, ext. 2377.
Scholarship Information: All scholarship information received through the AAHS Guidance department is posted to the website at the below link. Please be sure to check the website regularly for updates.
Scholarship Search: www.fastweb.com – Includes free scholarship search
Tutoring Information: As a reminder, Peer Tutoring provided by NHS is offered every Wednesday in the media center from 2:30 – 3:30 PM. In addition, students can arrange to stay after school with their teacher of record from 2:30 – 3:00 PM for additional help in each subject area.
SAT Prep Course Classes: Penn State Beaver January 19, 2019: PSU Beaver is offering an SAT Prep Course to help increase students access to and success in college and career, and the new redesigned SAT. Penn State Beaver SAT prep course can teach you the techniques and strategies to help you do your best on the exam. Courses start January 19, 2019 at PSU Beaver. For more information, please review: http://beaver.psu.edu/sat or call directly: : 724-773-3700
3RPREP: Students are welcome to contact 3RPREP to discuss ACT / SAT tutoring in the Ambridge Community. Representatives can be contacted (412) 855-5535 or at 1400 Church St., Ambridge, PA 15003 to discuss assistance with SAT and ACT preparation. More information can be found on their website at: https://www.3rprep.com/
3RPREP ACT Practice: Please Mark Your Calendars: 3RPREP will be coming in to AAHS on Tuesday, March 26 and Thursday March 28, 2019 from 3-5 PM for ACT Prep Course. This is free to all AAHS students. Mrs. Schmidt will also be going into the Junior level classrooms to speak more about the exam to your student. More information can be found on their website at: https://www.3rprep.com/
Guidance Information: Counseling:
Western Pennsylvania Psychological Services: WPPC Counseling Services are offered via the positive steps program for any student interested in counseling services at Ambridge Senior High School. Students may enroll with parent/guardian permission for individual therapy during the course of the school day. Any questions of enrollment can be directed to Jennifer Cuspard at 724-266-2833, ext. 4274.
Community College of Beaver County Dual Enrollment Academies: The following academies are offered to Ambridge High School Juniors or seniors that meet the academic criteria for dual enrollment: Aviation Academy / Health Academy / STEM Academy / Criminal Justice Academy. Questions can also be directed to Joyce Cirelli, Dean of High School Academies and Dual Enrollment at 724-480-3474. Further information is listed at: http://pub.ccbc.edu/HS_Academy/index.html
ACT - All 11th grade students qualify to take this exam.
When: – April 2, 2019
Where: Ambridge Area High School – during the school day
Cost: $58 per student – The district will cover the cost of this exam
Sign up: Begin in February, more information to follow
SAT – Any interested student – recommended end of Junior and beginning of Senior Year
When: Saturday, March 2, 2019
Where: Ambridge Senior High School – Please arrive at 7:30 AM with identification information
The PSAT 8/9: All 9th grade students qualify to take the exams.
When: Spring 2019 - All 9th grade students will be eligible to sign-up and take the exam in the spring 2019 of their ninth grade year. Information will be sent out at that time.
Where: Ambridge Area High School (LGI) during the school day
Cost: $11 per student (Checks can be made to Ambridge Area School District)
The PSAT 10: All 10th grade students qualify to take the exams.
When: Spring 2019 – All 10th grade students will be eligible to take the exam in the spring 2019 of their tenth grade year. Information will be sent out at that time.
Where: Ambridge Area High School – Classrooms
Cost: $16 per student – The district will cover the cost of this exam
Sign-Ups: All students will be directed to sign-up with Mrs. Misencik in guidance
The Pre-ACT: All 10th Grade Students qualify to take the exams.
When: Spring 2019
Where: Ambridge Area High School LGI
Cost: $12 Per Student – Checks can be made available to the Ambridge Area School District
ASVAB: All 10-12th grade students qualify to take the exams. All 10th grade students will be asked to sit for the exam for Career Exploration*.
When: January 24, 2019 8:00 AM – All 10-12th grade students will be eligible to take the exam in the spring of their 10-12th grade year.
ASVAB Interpretation Date: February 27, 2019 – February 28, 2019 at AAHS – Discuss Test Scores and Career Results
Where: Ambridge Area High School LGI
Cost: Free to the student
Sign-Ups: All students will be directed to sign-up with Mrs. Misencik in guidance. All 10th grade students will be enrolled for career exploration.
What is the ASVAB: The ASVAB is a multiple-aptitude battery test that measures developed abilities and helps predict future academic and occupational success, as well as career measures and military career pathways. Areas of testing include General Science, Arithmetic Reasoning, Word Knowledge, Paragraph Comprehension, Mathematic Knowledge, Electronic Information, Auto and Shop Information, and Mechanical Comprehension. All testing areas are listed at http://www.official-asvab.com/subtests_coun.htm.
Educational Outside Events for Parents/Guardians:
Rochester Area: Beaver County workshop for students 14-21 with transition challenges (a 504 plan or IEP, autism diagnosis, chronic illness, disability, emotional / learning support, medical issue, mental health diagnosis, etc.) together with their parents/families/supports.
“PA Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) Services Overview"
When: Thursday, November 29th, 2018 from 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Where: Hope Works-PA, LLC—205 Brighton Avenue, Rochester, PA
•The PA Office of Vocational Rehabilitation, or OVR, provides vocational rehabilitation services to help persons with disabilities prepare for, obtain, or maintain employment.
•OVR provides services to eligible individuals with disabilities, both directly and through a network of approved vendors.
•Services are provided on an individualized basis.
•Drue Flora, an OVR Vocational Rehabilitation Supervisor, will discuss the wide range of OVR services potentially available to eligible applicants
Complimentary pizza provided. Child care available. Please RSVP if possible to 724-841-9711 or via Facebook; walk-ins welcome!
Websites for College and Career Readiness:
www.onetonline.org – Links to My Next Move and Bright Outlook Occupations: Targets careers where new job opportunities should be in the future. In addition, browse by industry searches within the O*Net site to reflect more current employment.
www.myfuture.com – College and Career Information
https://bigfuture.collegeboard.org - College Board College and Career Search
https://www.pacareercoach.org – Designed to help participants find a good career and exploration
www.careertech.org – Nationwide, Career Technical Education Programs
www.getfocuedstayfocused.org – Videos on the workforce and post-secondary planning
www.myplan.com – Find and explore your Major and Minor in College
www.educationplanner.org – Free website from PHEAA. Outstanding PA site for college and career information.
www.mymajors.com – Major exploration website for colleges/universities
www.fasfa.gov – Free Application for Federal Student Aid
www.federalstudentaid.ed.gov – General Financial Aid Information
www.youcandealwithit.com – How to plan and pay back your student loan / budgeting and saving tips for college.
Xello – Career Cruising: K-12 Development site via AAHS: All students will also be connected with a xello account via Ambridge Area School District in their social studies classrooms.
Thank you, and have a wonderful December from all of us at Ambridge Area School District!
AAHS School Counseling Department
KDKA Drug Symposium and Summit 2018: On November 14, 2018, eleven Ambridge Senior High school students joined in the fight against Opioid Abuse and Drug Addiction at the High School Coalition via KDKA programming to discuss healthy choices in and out of the community. Students had the opportunity to share their input and provide valuable information on the fight against drug use and how it impacts their generation academically, socially and emotionally. Experts from the Pittsburgh Drug and Coalition task force to UPMC doctors and Addiction Specialists spoke with students on how to continue to support healthy choices and their peers in and out of the classroom. Any student that has drug/alcohol concerns are encouraged to reach out to their counselor in guidance to be provided with the necessary supports for all levels. Any questions may be directed to guidance at 724-266-2833, ext. 2377.
Community College of Beaver County Dual Enrollment Academies: On Friday, October 19, 2018 the Ambridge Area School District offered the opportunity for any interested high school student to tour the dual enrollment academies offered at the Community College of Beaver County during a student’s high school years. The following academies are offered to Ambridge High School Juniors or Seniors that meet the academic criteria for dual enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year in partnership with CCBC: Aviation Academy / Health Academy / STEM Academy / Criminal Justice Academy and the up-and-coming Construction Academy.
During their visit, students were granted access to the professors and staff to learn about each academic program and gain hands on experience at the collegiate level of what all the curriculum entails. Students were also provided the opportunity to explore real-world situations and problem solving in each of the academies specific areas.