On October 29, the Ambridge Area School District held its 3rd annual Technical Trade Expo. This event is designed to promote industry and trade related prospects to students in the 11th and 12th grade. Many opportunities are currently available to those choosing the non-traditional, four-year collegiate route; it is here where students were able to partner with local organizations including Almatis, Impact Guard, Pennaflame, O'neal Manufacturing, American Subcontractors Association and Sukup Structures allowing them the ability to train and start careers directly from high school making a substantial salary.
In addition, Judge Ross, a pioneer for unions in the Beaver County area, came to speak with representatives to alert students of the countless jobs becoming available in their industries. Thank you to all who made this day a great success. We look forward to next year and building community partnerships for our students! If you have any questions regarding this event please contact Mrs. Santini or Mrs. Brewer.
Our fifth graders worked in teams to make , market, and sell products. They had to pick a theme and follow the theme for all of the items on their table. They worked together for a team goal to make the most money, but for a bigger goal to raise money for Children’s Hospital and the Caring Place. The children learned to work together and make compromises for the good of the group. This was a wonderful learning experience for everyone.
Ambridge Area Middle School students crafted entries for the Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture's 2020 Calendar Contest. This year's calendar features the Spotted Laternfly.
The purpose of the contest is to educate students and their families about the importance of inspecting items prior to leaving a quarantine area. Students are required to learn details about the spotted lanternfly here, and then craft artwork that includes at least one fact about the invasive insect. Complete guidelines for submission can be found here.
Entries will be judged in four divisions: first and second grade, third and fourth grade, fifth and sixth grade, and seventh and eighth grade. First, second and third place winners will be named in each division, with a grand prize winner selected from the first place division winners. Each division winner will have their artowrk appear on a page in the 2020 Spotted Lanternfly Awareness Calendar.
Winners will be notified December 16-20, 2019 and announced at the 2020 Pennsylvania Farm Show.
Our annual Harvest Fest Art Show was a great success. Congratulations to all of our talented winners:
9th grade 1st & People’s Choice Award- Erin Finnegan
2nd - Naomi Husted
3rd - Jaida Kinter
10th grade 1st- Haley Hogue
2nd- Danielle Carpenter
3rd – Brionna Lee
11th grade 1st – Breonna Sea
2nd Khloe Terry
3rd Kyra Ogbara
12th grade 1st Quinn Kelly
2nd Hannah Suckfiel
3rd Bianca Castille
Students in Mrs. Weale's Life Skills classes at the middle school are making friends the old fashioned way - by being pen pals!
Mrs. Weale's students have teamed up with the Life Skills class at Mars High School to do a Pen Pal project. By writing their letters, students are able to work on their grammar, spelling, penmanship and computer skills with the added bonus of making new friends.
The students will correspond several times during the school year. The best part will come at the end of the school year when the pen pals will have the opportunity to meet each other.
The Ambridge Area School District will have a scheduled two-hour delay for all schools on Wednesday, Oct. 16. A full breakfast will still be served at all District schools on Wednesday. Students are encouraged to stop by the cafeteria upon arrival to enjoy breakfast before classes begin.
Ambridge Area High School is pleased to host the National Math and Science Initiative (NMSI) training Friday, Oct. 11 and Saturday, Oct. 12. AAHS welcomed teaching staff from: Washington, California, Florida, Missouri, Montana, Texas, Virginia, Ohio and throughout Pennsylvania. Learn more about NMSI, and the three-year grant the Ambridge Area School District received, through the initiative here.
AAHS students participated in a Reality Fair on Thursday, Oct. 3. The fair was sponsored by the Ambridge Area Federal Credit Union (AAFCU). During the fair, students had the opportunity to select careers, receive a prepared profile of earings and visit a number of booths focused on budgeting for transportation, insurance, food cost, housing, entertainment, clothing, saving, Internet and TV and a part-time supplement. Students also had the chance to spin the reality wheel to impose life conditions that may arise to see how it would affect their overall budgets. The experience closed with students being afforded the opportunity to meet with a financial planner to access how they might make positive changes and adjustments.
The Ambridge Area School District is pleased to announce that one of its teachers has been nominated for Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year recognition.
Mrs. Nicole Darroch, a K-5 STEAM Educator and Technology Integrator for Highland and State Street elementary schools, was nominated for PA Teacher of the Year by the Beaver County Educational Trust (BCET). BCET announced its nomination of Mrs. Darroch on Friday, Sept. 27.
“We are so excited to nominate Nicole for this honor,” said Mrs. Jamie Connelly, BCET Executive Director. “Nicole was honored at the BCET Coming Together for Education event in May as one of the BCET Teachers of the Year. In 2018, Nicole’s award-winning grant was focused on Storytime STEAM packs. BCET is proud to support enthusiastic teachers like Nicole for their creativity, ingenuity and dedication.”
The PA Teacher of the Year Program is co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National State Teacher of the Year. The program recognizes excellence in teaching by honoring K-12 educators in public education who have made outstanding academic contributions to school-aged children in Pennsylvania. The nomination process for teachers for the 2021 program is underway. Educators, parents, students and community members are encouraged to acknowledge the efforts of teachers in their community through the nominations process. Twelve finalists will be selected from the applications received.
“I am honored by the nomination,” said Mrs. Darroch. “The Beaver County Educational Trust supports great educational efforts throughout Beaver County. I appreciate their recognition of the work I have done in the elementary STEAM programs at Highland and State Street.”
In addition to her latest nomination, Mrs. Darroch also has received the following recognition:
Beaver County Teacher of the Year 2019;
STEAM Catalyst Grant Recipient – Allegheny Intermediate Unit ($7,500 grant in September 2018);
Target Field Trip Grant Recipient (December 2018);
Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation Teacher of the Month (March 2017);
Beaver County Educational Trust Grant Recipient (2015, 2017, 2018 & 2019); and
Society of Analytical Chemists Equipment Grant Recipient (2016 & 2018).