Congratulations to SRO Jason Woods for being awarded the Guy Tyler award for his efforts in Juvenile Justice Enforcement and Education. Officer Woods was recognized on Friday, May 17, in front of fellow officers, family, friends and students at the Beaver County Courthouse. Officer Woods has been a staple in the Ambridge Area Middle School for the past six years. Not only has he served as our resource officer, but also as a mentor, teacher and friend. We are proud to have Officer Woods as an integral part of our team at the Middle School. Congratulations, Officer Woods! Thank you for your service.
Big shout out to this little guy Zaiden who raised over $160 during for the “Pennies for Patients” fundraiser for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society! We are so proud of you! He earned some cool prizes and helped his class earn a donut party and a pizza party. Thank you to everyone who donated. Highland Elementary raised $1,010.
Middle School students participated in a Science Olympiad this week. In one of the exercises, students had to rely on teamwork to use an engeering process while building a Tower of Cups with three stings and a rubber band. In another exercise, students were required to incorporate engineering technology in building marshmallow bridges.
The Administration and the School Board have been working diligently to manage the funds available to the District. We have reduced spending through measures that more comprehensively manage utilities, and where appropriate, reduce staffing. We changed medical insurance companies which greatly levels out those costs year over year, and anticipate new savings in other insurances and multi-year equipment contracts.
Unfortunately, as salaries increase and ongoing maintenance of our facilities is required, it naturally costs more to operate the District. Most significantly, the District spends over six million dollars per year to fund Ambridge students enrolled at Charter and Cyber schools. Charter and Cyber schools are not free. Every child who attends one of these schools requires Ambridge Area School District to pay between $10,000 and $20,000 per year for their attendance.
Although we remain committed to improving efficiencies and seeking additional cost savings,the District is in a situation where additional tax dollars are needed. The most important thing you can do is write your legislators and encourage them to change the funding structure of these Charter and Cyber schools. This will assist the District in not having to levy tax increases each year.
A sample letter can be downloaded here for your convenience. Please contact your legislators.
Thank you for your ongoing support.
L. Jo Welter, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Signing Day for Senior Athletes was held on Friday, May 10, 2019. Four seniors committed to continue their basketball careers. Congratulations to Dasha Jackson (La Roche University), Jordan Swartz (Penn State Behrend), Aniya Walker (Western Michigan University) and Aaron Hilzendeger (Clarion University).
The Ambridge Area High School National Honor Society participated in the pregame salute for the May 8th Pirates vs. Rangers game. Congratulations to our Senior NHS students for all of their amazing accomplishments and good luck in the future!
PHYSICAL EDUCATION STAR STUDENTS OF THE MONTH FOR APRIL, 2019 ECONOMY ELEMENTARY
Students in Kindergarten through Fifth Grade were awarded a certificate for being chosen as April 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, do an excellent job calling out the warm-ups, being a good role model in class, extra effort, and encouraging fellow classmates to do their best.
Along with Mrs. Parisi in the picture are: NIJHAYA COLLINS, NICHOLAS LANCY, MACKENZIE MEYER , BRINLEY RAYMER, KELSEY KROKONKO, ELIZABETH YURASKO, MCKENZIE WATERS, GAVIN HISIRO, OLIVIA FISHER, BELLA YURKOVAC, JACOB TURKO, COLTEN WETZEL, BAILEY PROTULIPAC, AARON SCHEIB, PARKER EISEL, BRODY YURKOVAC, CAMERON RAYNAK, & SAMSNTHA WASCHAK.
Congratulations to all!
PHYSICAL EDUCATION STAR STUDENTS OF THE MONTH FOR APRIL, 2019
STATE STREET ELEMENTARY
Students in Kindergarten through Fifth Grade were awarded a certificate for
being chosen as April Physical Education Star Students of the month. Mrs. Parisi has dedicated a bulletin board in the gym to honor her students and has established the following criteria for the award: Not absent on a Gym Day, do an excellent job calling out the warm-ups, be a good role model in class, extra effort, and encouraging fellow classmates to do their best. Along with Mrs. Parisi and the State Street Principal Mrs. Hoover in the picture are: MILAYNA POTTS, DEZMOND MOTTON, MILA CHEHOVITS, NOAH TUSICK, KALINA HERNANDEZ, LAYLA HOO, OMARA KROLL, MAXWELL HOWELL, DEVLIN MARTIN, JANNA RUSNAK & MARENA BAKER.
Missing from the picture is: KADALAYA KURCH
Congratulations to all!