LOCAL SCHOOL DIRECTOR HONORED
Long-term school directors are being honored across the state by the Pennsylvania School Board Association at local board meetings. School directors are recognized for years of service from 8 to 36 years.
Mary Jo Kehoe, a member of the Ambridge Area School Board, received recognition for 12 years of service. She was presented with a certificate adding her to the PSBA “Honor Roll of School Board Service.”
School directors continually are spending more of their personal time on school-related activities. Fifty-four percent of them devote 16 hours or more a month to school board business. That shows a real commitment on their part.
They exemplify leadership and dedication, giving unselfishly to their communities, students and the public schools. Their efforts, along with those of their fellow board members, reflect their dedication to giving our children the opportunity to gain knowledge through the best education system possible.
Thank you Mary Jo for you commitment to the Ambridge Area School District!
The Pennsylvania School Code outlines the following requirements for candidates wishing to fill school board vacancies:
The School Board will review all applications and conduct interviews at the January 8, 2020 meeting. A final candidate will be selected at the January 8, 2020 meeting.
Congratulations to Ambridge Area Middle School Eighth Grade student, and Riverhounds Soccer Academy star, Jason Simms! Jason was selected to participate in the id2 Training Camp in Chula Vista, CA - December 5th-8th. The US Club Soccer’s id2 National Identification and Development Program provides an opportunity for the country’s top youth soccer players to be identified and developed in an elite training camp with top players from throughout the country, while also being scouted for possible inclusion in U.S. Soccer’s National Team programs. For more about the id2 Program, please visit http://www.usclubsoccer.org/id2.
Eight AAHS students have distinguished themselves by their induction into the Tri-M Honor Society, chapter 3967 at Ambridge Area High School. John Barnhart, Rhiannon Bosh, Amelia Freed, Natalie Garrison, Marjorie Jarsulic, Fiona Ozenich, Elisabetta Pucci, and Zoe Setzenfand were inducted on December 3, after meeting all of the required criteria for membership. This criteria includes: maintaining an “A” average in all music classes and a “B” average in all other classes, participation in at least two music ensembles, teacher recommendations, and a public performance in either a solo capacity, or a small group.
The Tri-M Music Honor Society is an international music honor society for middle/junior high and high school students. It is designed to recognize students for their academic and musical achievements, reward them for their accomplishments and service activities, and to inspire other students to excel at music and leadership. Through more than 4,500 chartered chapters, Tri-M has helped thousands of young people provide years of service through music in schools throughout the world. Tri-M was founded in 1936 by Alexander and Frances Harley, incorporated and renamed Modern Music Masters in 1952, and in 1983 recognized as the Tri-M Music Honor Society, a program of the National Association for Music Education (NAfME).
Coach Mark Jula submitted an official letter of resignation due to retirement on Tuesday, December 3, 2019. Coach Jula is retiring after a long and successful career. We wish him the best in retirement.
Sixteen AAHS band and choir students, and five MS band students had the honor of being chosen to participate in the Beaver County Band and Chorus festival on November 20 and 21. Hunter Hogue, Joshua Hohman, Leah Fritsch, Claire Matzie, Elisabetta Pucci, Naomi Husted, Kylee Bobak, and Jai West represented the HS Band. Mackenzie Morrell, Emma Diakiwsky, Noah White, John Barnhart, Grant Scheidemantle, Marc Ross, Kayla Raynak, and Lily Vignere represented the HS Choir. Anthony Scott, Emma Wenum, Anthony Speicher, Pietro Pucci, and Chase Fetterman represented the MS band. The nearly 300 students rehearsed at Beaver HS with students from all over Beaver County, concluding the festival with a public concert featuring the ensembles performing a variety of patriotic music, concluding with the combined high school band and chorus performing “Armed Forces -- The Pride of America.”
During a special signing ceremony this afternoon, five Ambridge Area High School student athletes signed commitment letters to their respective colleges. Congratulations to the following student athletes:
- Liam Buck, Volleyball, Lewis University
- Daniel Yetsick, Wrestling, Davidson College
- Brooke Lively, Girls Soccer, Slippery Rock University
- Brandie Nauman, Girls Soccer, Slippery Rock University
- Gretchen Oslick, Girls Soccer, Gannon University
The Ambridge Area School Counseling Department's Advisory Council K-12 held its inaugural meeting on Friday, Nov. 15 at Ambridge Area High School. The council is designed to provide a partnership with members of the local community to increase meaningful opportunities for K-12 students in career exploration and development.
During the meeting, a team of school administrators and school counselors strived to showcase how the K-12 career activities at Ambridge Area School District provide a comprehensive process for student development in career awareness, exploration and pllanning. Participation and feedback from the community was solicited and included representatives from local businesses, nonproft organizations, associations and postsecondary institutions, pertaining to activities and experiences that will enhance the job-readiness skills and post-graduate opportunities for students.
The Advisory Committee plans to meet three times annually. The committee will reconvene in Spring 2020 to review goal progress, and again in the Fall of 2020.
Six Ambridge Area High School student athletes attended the 2019 WPIAL Sportsmanship Summit on Thursday, Nov. 14 at the Heinz History Center & Sports Museum in Pittsburgh. It's the 11th year in a row the WPIAL has hosted the summit, which is designed to present and discuss topics relating to sportsmanship.
About 600 student athletes from Western Pennsylvania attended the event. Keynote speakers included Bernie Colbert, Lead Educator for Coaching Boys into Men and Karen Hall, a former WPIAL athlete and current ESPN3 color analyst for women's college basketball.
State Street Elementary School students and staff spent the morning honoring and celebrating local veterans for their service to their community and their country. Breakfast was served to the 20 veterans who attended, followed by a special presentation of "thank you" cards from the preschool class. Entertainment was provided by the Ambridge High School Steel Drum Band.