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.
For the past 2 weeks, my classes have been doing a real-life "text-dependent-analysis" as they have been studying Titanic's Final Mystery, a documentary about the tragedy. They have examined the evidence, analyzed their findings, and determined that the actual cause of the Titanic's sinking in 1912 was a cold-water mirage that made the iceberg virtually invisible to the naked eye. Each student was also given an RMS Titanic ticket with a real passenger's name and information. At the end of the unit, they got to find out if their passenger lived or perished. This is a cross-curricular study that the kids have really enjoyed!
The Junior High Bridgers are sending two boys to Junior High States!
Tyler Holman qualified at 87lbs, placing third!
Jacob Traupman qualified at 187lbs as the Area IV runner up!
They will compete at the Pennsylvania Junior Wrestling State Championship in Johnstown next weekend! Great work, Bridgers!
After some tough wrestling by the Varsity Bridgers today at sections, three of our boys qualified for WPIALS!
113, 3rd place, Daniel Yetsick
126, 3rd place, Jacob Dunlap
160, 5th place, Justin Hassick
The boys will compete in the WPIAL finals next weekend at Canon Mac High School.
State Street Elementary hosted the District Sixth Grade Spelling Bee on Friday, February 24, 2017. One student from each homeroom represented their school. Economy Elementary representatives were Julia Bennett, Bobby Godfrey, Molly Green, and Collin Kloos. Highland Elementary representatives were Tyler McKnight, Haley Johnson, Carmen Sylvester, and Hunter Morrison. State Street Elementary representatives were Lily Park and Naomi Pedigo.
The runner-ups were Nathan Bosh, Josh Hohman, Caison Holland, Brendan Jones, Madison Mahalic, Trusten Carter, Jason Harvey, Tessah Cheran, Sarah Firich, and Harley Turner.
Congratulations to all of our participants. The first place winner for the district was Lily Park of State Street Elementary. The second place winner was Julia Bennett from Economy Elementary and the third place winner was Naomi Pedigo from State Street Elementary. Lily will advance to the county bee in May 2017 at Western Beaver.
Great Job Sixth Grade!
Dmytri Rakovan was one of approximately 60 college and high school students that had the opportunity to sing with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra Student Chorale with guest conductor Jack Everly in the presentation of Broadway Standing Ovations. The stage tunes from musicals included Oklahoma!, Camelot, South Pacific, West Side Story, Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera. Dmytri was excited to be given such a wonderful opportunity to perform with the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra and Student Chorale Director, Christine Hestwood.
Independent Swimmers Tony Kraus, Senior & Sarah Doncevic, Freshmen will be representing Ambridge School district in Mid Western Athletic Conference Swim Championships ( M.A.C) at Moon High School on Saturday, Feb. 11 at 10 am.
The M.A.C. swimming and diving championship include schools/ teams from the Western Pa that are just west and northwest of Pittsburgh. Kraus will be competing in the boys 200 Yard IM ( seed time 2:07.35) and boys 100 yard breaststroke ( seed time 1:05.73). Doncevic will be competing in the girls 100 yard backstroke ( seed time 1:04.49.)
Both swimmers qualified WPIAL Swimming Championship at that will University of Pittsburgh Trees Pool on Thursday, March 2, 2017 and Friday, March 3, 2017.
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Congratulations to the January Student of the Month and Extra Effort award winners!
Student of the month:
9th Haley Racioppo
10th Leuca Hanish
11th Dimitri Niaros
12th Lizzy Sterling
9th Grant Scheidemantle
10th Tommy Holcomb
11th Michael Mellor
12th Julianna Detrick
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 in the picture are: GAVIN HISIRO, CADEN ILICKI, HAYDEN SHUPE, COURTNEY THOMPSON, CLAIRE MARCHIONDA, MILEENA UNSWORTH, EMMIT OLENIC, AURORA KELM, ELI HARTMAN, TAYLOR THOMPSON, COLTON HISIRO, PRESTON HARPER, KARSON MERLINA, JUSTIN LAUFFER, ALAYNA KAST, LUCAS GUNTHER, BRIANNA SMITH & BRENDAN JONES. Missing from the picture are: MAKAYLA SHUPE & NATE THOMAS.
Congratulations to all!
Students in Kindergarten through Sixth Grade were awarded a certificate for being chosen as Jan. 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 in picture are the following students: MEADOW HERNANDEZ, ROBERT JAMEN, EMILY WISSNER, BRANDON KEENAN, LUCAS HOPKINS, TREVOR GRABSKI & SARAH FIRICH.
Congratulations to all!
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