By Dinah Bailey
Five Ambridge High School students, along with Mr. Roos and Mrs. Green, attended the “Seeds of Change” event, held at the Chatham University Eden Hall Campus, on Monday, March 4th, 2019.
The focus of this conference expressed ideas of sustainability, and similar environmental issues. For the first part of the conference, the students observed other Pittsburgh area school’s projects. The projects all focused on how their school was introducing the practice of sustainability. One group discussed the benefits of using metal utensils in the cafeteria, rather than plastic and another school discussed how their garden is impacting their school and community. All of these projects allowed the Ambridge attendees to grow in their knowledge about the environment at a community level and to see the contribution to reducing environmental impact that other schools are promoting.
In the second part of the conference, the students had the opportunity to take part in circle discussions led by adult guests. Guests consisted of state legislators, council members, leaders of non-profit environmental groups, and more. This allowed discussions to be diverse and individualized. The youth in attendance were encouraged to express their opinions and ideas, while the adults took time to listen. Overall, at this conference, the students gained useful knowledge that can help them to explore career opportunities, as well as to allow them to add perspective to the current aquaponics project they are working on as this year's Ecology Club initiative.
Photos Courtesy of Alan Freed
On Thursday morning, the Ambridge High School Steel Band had a unique and prestigious opportunity to share its talents with music educators from all over Pennsylvania!
The steel drummers performed a well-received set, showcasing a variety of musical styles for attendees at the PMEA (Pennsylvania Music Educators Association) Annual Conference at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Downtown Pittsburgh.
The High School Ecology Club will hold its annual Mother's Day Plant Sale from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on May 11 in the High School parking lot. Flowers, vegetables and herbs will be available for purchase.
A2i is an intuitive software program that is being used to help all students in grades K-3 to read at or above grade level by grade 3. The program, part of the United 2 Read initiative, has been a huge success in the District. Click here, or on the video above, to check out the program in action.
On Thursday, March 28, 2019 the Ambridge High School Students were given to the opportunity to listen and participate in the formation of the ACT-SO program at Ambridge Senior High School by Mr. Carter Spruill, NAACP Chairman of the ACT-SO Program.
Founded in 1978 by renowned author and journalist Vernon Jarrett, ACT-SO (an acronym for “Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological & Scientific Olympics”) is an Olympic mentoring program whereby students demonstrate academic, artistic and scientific expertise. ACT-SO stimulates and encourages high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students.
The ACT-SO program spans an entire academic year beginning in the fall, followed by planning, mentoring and coaching of students through winter months, culminating in local competitions in April and a national competition in July. ACT-SO is based on the dedication and commitment of community volunteers and business leaders that serve as mentors and coaches.
Students who participate in ACT-SO work with mentors to help develop projects in preparation to compete with other students in categories including but not limited to S.T.E.M., Humanities, Performing Arts, Visual Arts and Business. Students receive medals and prizes provided by the local and regional sponsors and contributors for their achievements.
ACT-SO, often referred to as the “Olympics of the Mind,” seeks to promote the following: Positive self-esteem; Positive interaction between our youth and the adult professional community; Positive academic and artistic excellence and high academic and cultural achievement.
Students in the Ambridge Area School District were granted the opportunity to sign-up and be part of the great program Mr. Spruill has to offer, and listen to the vast array of opportunities for making a difference in their community. If you would like further information, or for your student to be involved in the program, please visit: https://www.beavercountynaacp.org/act-so-1
Mr. Spruill also requested any parents/guardians that are also interested in helping with the program at Ambridge High School to please reach out via e-mail or phone to the number listed above at this time. Mr. Spruill welcomes community and members of the district to help assist in helping the program at the district grow in all facets.
You may also reach out to Ms. Benedict in the guidance office 724-266-2833, ext. 2482 with any questions.
On March 29, 2019 the Ambridge Area School District was pleased to announce the participation of 30 students in the “Build on Careers in Construction and Allied Industries” at the David l. Lawrence Convention Center presented by the Builders Guild of Western Pennsylvania. Alongside the Builders Guild, sponsors included Peoples and CNX, US Steel, Duquesne Light Company and Shell Chemicals of Pennsylvania. During this time, students were given the opportunity to make valuable connections to, not only community and local employers, but also the Trades and Unions including but not limited: Carpenters, Bricklayers and Allied Crafts, Ironworkers, International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers, Boilermakers, Insulators, Plumbers, Electricians and the Laborers Union.
During their time at the trades fair, students participated in interactive activities with the regional building trade unions, industry partners, tool and product suppliers, and experienced a host of games and virtual trainings. Students also spoke first hand with apprentices, training directors, recruiters and others who provided greater insight into well-paying, sustainable careers and career avenues from apprenticeships to journeyman in Western Pennsylvania. The students also learned about educational pathways through no-cost apprenticeship programs, two and four year degree programs offered by area colleges and universities, and endorsed pre-apprenticeship programs for after high school.
All senior members were encouraged to bring copies of their resumes to hand to potential employers and for discussing career pathways with members of the industries at this time.
Mrs. Debona, Ms. Benedict and Mr. Groom with the assistance of Mrs. Brewer accompanied the students on the trades fair and received first hand instruction on the jobs the Shell plant and local unions are endorsing for future employment, and had the opportunity to hear Governor Wolf’s future plans for Western Pennsylvania. The direction for employment is high in the labor field and continues to branch out to not only college pathways but to careers in the unions and the trades for future success after high school. The educators encouraged the students to also consider pathways in the trades and to speak to recruiters, and were able to bring back a vast array of knowledge to the student body as a whole. As one of the representatives from IBEW had stated, “Four year colleges are no longer the only route…we will continue to educate the need for the unions and the trades at this time for a sustainable career."
The Community College of Beaver County is also holding an “Apprenticeship Readiness Program” where students can interact with 16 building and construction trade unions and tour several trades and unions tour sites during this time. For enrollment, students are encouraged to call CCBC at 724-480-3448 and ask to speak to an admissions counselor for the “Apprenticeship Readiness Program.” Any students wishing to pursue the trades or unions are encouraged to speak with members of the guidance team at any time for information. Please feel free to call 724-266-2833, ext. 2377 with any questions you may have.
On Tuesday, April 2, K’nex pieces “showered” the gym at PSU, Beaver.
Beaver County school districts were invited to use their amazing brain power and give power to a working crane, yes, built from K’nex. There were some amazing displays of their idea of a crane lifting 3 objects and moving them 6 inches.
Ambridge had four participating teams that worked diligently to create, analyze, engineer, and finally…….have a crane that does just that. They had to have a blueprint, as well as a journal and cost sheet. It took so much thinking and energy, but they completed the project and met the goal.
Congratulations to our K’nex crews who were part of the K’nex explosion. It was a great day! Participants were from State Street; Middle School, and Economy. Kudos to them for braving the storm and letting their creativity shine. Teacher sponsors were Mr. Price and Mrs. Petukauskas.
- State Street: Gideon Harmon, Noah Fabrizio, Emily Wissner, Fauth Aguirre, Gianna Georgakis, Lana Holcomb, Janna Rusnak, Alyssa Fodor
Middle School: Joshua Ziemkiewicz, Mark Rauenswinter, Lucas Gunther, Brayden Reeves
- Economy: Halle Pruszenski, Bailey Braund, Talmage Bell, Max Modrovich
- The students are already looking forward to next year for more K’nex designs.
Congratulations to Gianna Rock and Harley Turner for placing as Honorable Mentions in the recent MS/HS Essay Contest. Both students will receive a $50 prize.
The topic for the essay was: Exclusing the Smartphone, what is the greatest invention or discovery from the past 10 years? How has this invention or discovery affected you, your friends and family? Please cite all references in MLA format.
The students' essays follow.
In the past ten years, there have been many beneficial inventions and discoveries. I think that the most beneficial discovery today is genetic engineering. Genetic engineering is the process of altering or adding DNA in an organism to make a transformation. The discovery of genetic engineering is beneficial because with it we can help get rid of all illnesses in young and unborn children, defeat diseases, and produce new foods.
One-way genetic engineering is beneficial is because we can prevent illnesses in young and unborn children. We can prevent the passing of degenerative diseases from a parent to their children. If you have a disease, your children could inherit the disease or become a carrier, but with genetic engineering, we can help make sure that their children can live longer and healthier lives.
Genetic engineering is also beneficial because it can defeat deadly diseases. Humans suffer from a number of genetic mutations that might never go away unless we intervene and genetically change the next generation to avoid these problems. A disease like Cystic Fibrosis is dangerous and processing with no known cure. This disease could be cured with the help of genetic engineering. This could help many people suffering with these types of severe diseases.
Genetic engineering could also produce new food that could be beneficial. We could design foods that can survive harsh temperatures with genetic engineering, and make sure that foods have all of the right nutrients that animals and humans need. In addition, with genetic engineering, we may be able to make our foods have an improved medicinal value, this could help create edible vaccines readily available to people all over the world.
People all over the world along with yourself, your family and friends could benefit from this amazing discovery. I want to work in the medical field, and maybe I could help benefit the world by using genetic engineering.
The greatest invention of the past ten years is the Tesla Powerwall, a stationary battery pack made for homes. This is due to the fact it takes energy from solar panels on a house and generates electricity, creating a cleaner and safer environment, as well as place to live.
The Tesla Powerwall is full of benefits, the first being it is environmentally friendly. When you have the Powerwall set up in your home, the solar panels it is connected to absorb the sun’s energy and generate electricity, as opposed to fossil fuels being burned to power homes, which emits toxic gases that harm the atmosphere and nature. Using this is especially advantageous for those that are environmentally conscious. The Powerwall is not only compact and simple; it is touch safe, which means that there is zero exposed wires and hot vents that someone could potentially hurt themselves. Not to mention, it is extremely secure and practical during bad weather. If an outage were to occur, the Powerwall allows seven plus days of continuous power.
It is also completely weatherproof, as well as one hundred percent self-powered. To add onto the advantages, it causes your bill to be cheaper in the long run. This is because it uses natural energy from the sun, instead of nonrenewable resources from the ground. The Powerwall further allows up to nine batteries to be stacked, supplying you with maximum electricity available at all times. All of this affects you, your friends, and family by keeping them safe, protected, and saving money. It allows those people to make a difference in environmental conservation, no matter how little.
In conclusion, the Tesla Powerwall is the best invention from the past decade because it saves anyone more money on electricity bills, is fantastic for the environment, and is safe for family and pets. No matter the age, any person could benefit from owning a Powerwall.
Ambridge Middle School took part in the What's So Cool About Manufacturing competition, partnering with Nova Chemicals in Monaca. Throughout the winter, students met with manufacturers and engineers at Nova Chemicals to discover what is so cool about manufacturing and how the processes are done to impact their day-to-day lives. Students conducted interviews, took two site tours, and created this video project.
"I couldn't be more proud of their hard work and am hoping the community will take some time to vote for their video," said Ms. Abigail Koper, Middle School teacher.
The video created by Ambridge Middle School students is eligible for six award categories, including Viewers Choice. Please like and share this video using the following instructions to ensure your views and shares count: Visit this website and then click on 2019 competitions-Pittsburgh North-Ambridge. Then click the "vote" button.
The Ambridge Gifted and Enrichment department hosted a Scrabble Tournament on March 14 at State Street School.
Students from school districts across Beaver County gathered to expand their vocabulary, while meeting new friends. They challenged their opponents, while creating words that would give them high points!
These 80 students were posing good questions that even challenged some of our teachers! Is ‘putted’ really a word?!
It was an enjoyable day to have lots of fun while learning!
We challenge YOU to play against any of these students and with their excellent skills, they just may win!