Caring Place Poster Contest Winner Olivia Huellen
For the second year in a row, one of our State Street Elementary students won the Grief Awareness Poster Contest sponsored by the Caring Place. Olivia Huellen, 5th grader at State Street Elementary won the elementary division of the contest. Her poster will be displayed in elementary schools across the state of Pennsylvania for Grief Awareness Day on November 16th. We are so proud of Olivia and her accomplishment!
Bridger Spirit Day at Highland Elementary
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.
BOARD REORGANIZATION MEETING NOTICE: The Ambridge Area School District Board of Directors will hold their Reorganization Meeting on Wednesday, December 9, 2015 at 6:30 pm in the auditorium of the Ambridge Area High School, 909 Duss Avenue, Ambridge, PA.
On Thursday, November 19, the district participated in Grief Awareness Day. Most buildings participated in a "blue out" to acknowledge grieving children. Donations were collected and will be given to the Caring Place. The photos below were taken at the High School and Highland Elementary. Thanks to all of the buildings that participated. Photos by Karen Moser. For more about the Caring Place, please visit their website: https://www.highmarkcaringplace.com/cp2/index.shtml. For more about Grief Awareness Day, please visit their website: http://www.childrensgriefawarenessday.org/cgad2/index.shtml
The Benefits of Mindfulness in the Classroom
Mindfulness is often described as the awareness that arises through intentionally attending to one’s moment-to-moment experience in a nonjudgmental and accepting way. It brings awareness to a person’s relationship to their experiences: thoughts, emotions, and behaviors. Derived from the Buddhist contemplative tradition, mindfulness has gained popularity throughout the United States in recent years. Mindfulness has successfully been used within clinical settings to treat patients with Anxiety and Depression, as well as other mental health and psychological disorders. Studies have shown it to be effective in reducing stress hormones. Participants are asked to attend to the present moment in an intentional, nonjudgmental matter. Mindfulness encourages one to embrace the present moment with curiousness, openness and acceptance. It is important to avoid multi-tasking and focus on one experience in a non-reactive manner. Mindful thinking is not about being right, but instead encourages the participant to respond in an appropriate, deliberate way based upon the situation.