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!
Photo Courtesy of Alan Freed
The Ambridge Steel Drum Band will celebrate 30 fabulous years on stage with world-class professional musicians from The River City Brass Band and Liam Teague during an anniversary concert at 3 p.m. on Sunday, May 5 at Ambridge Senior High School, 909 Duss Ave., Ambridge. Doors open at 1:30 p.m.
Tickets for the event are $8 for adults and $5 for children 17 and under when purchased in advance between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays at the High School. Tickets are for general admission only and may be purchased via cash or check. If purchasing via check, please make payable to Ambridge Area Band Boosters. Tickets purchased at the door on the day of the event are $10 for adults and $7 for ages 17 and under.
The River City Brass Band is America’s only full-time brass band. It was founded in Pittsburgh in 1981 by Robert Bernat, with a mission of entertaining, educating and engaging citizens locally and globally.
Liam Teague is a professor of music and head of steelpan studies at Northern Illinois University, where he also directs the prominent NIU Steelband. He is hailed as the “Paganini of the Steelpan” and is world renowned for his musical acumen. Mr. Teague is the recipient of an NIU Presidential Research, Scholarship and Artistry Professor Award, and has received many awards from his homeland of Trinidad and Tobago, including the Humming Bird National Award and the Ansa McAl Caribbean Award for Excellence. Among his many accomplishments, he has appeared in concert with Grammy Award-winning musicians Paquito D’Rivera, Dave Samuels, Zakir Hussain and Dame Evelyn Glennie.
The 30th anniversary celebration culminates a year of special events for the Ambridge Steel Band. In November, the band appeared for the first time in the WPXI Holiday Parade, and performed two nights at Heinz Hall with the revitalized B.E. Taylor Christmas Show in December. The Ambridge Steel Band also was honored to be one of 35 ensembles from 13 states to be selected by audition to perform at the 2019 NAfME/PMEA Eastern Division Conference on April 4 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center.
For more information about the concert, or for ticketing questions, call 724-266-2833, Ext 2520.
The Technology Education department is pleased to announce the results from the Technology Student Association (TSA) States Leadership Conference. Twenty-eight members of the local Ambridge Area Chapter of the Technology Student Association (TSA) captured six individual and team awards. The conference was held at Seven Springs Resort April 10-13, 2019. Over 1,600 members from schools across the Commonwealth participated.
Please congratulate the following members for their accomplishments:
Board Game Design
5th Kyla Fitzgibbons, Natalie Garrison, Fiona Ozenich & Jacob Shoup
8th Xavier Albring, Dinah Bailey, Jordan DeWeese, Rocco Niven, Jacob Shoup & Madeline Smith
9th Jordan DeWeese, Samantha Freed, Kaytlyn McKissic, Riley Sas & Madeline Smith
Computer Integrated Manufacturing (CIM)
7th Dinah Bailey & Kyla Fitzgibbons
Essays on Technology
7th Kyla Fitzgibbons
9th Xander Dowlin, Matthew Kawalsky & Tyler Stickles
Jordan DeWeese and John Barnhart served as Voting Delegates, representing our local Ambridge Area Chapter at the annual business meeting and throughout the conference. Mr. Jason Roos and Mr. Benjamin Holmes served as Co-advisors for the Ambridge Area High School Chapter of TSA at the conference along with Mrs. Pamela Green filling in for Mrs. Kristin Holmes.
Five students, Jordan DeWeese, Madeline Smith, Kyla Fitzgibbons, Dinah Bailey & Natalie Garrison, plan to attend the National TSA conference in late June. The National conference will be at National Harbor, MD.
For more information on TSA and the many STEM opportunities for students 5-12, please visit the national website at tsaweb.org or the PA site at patsa.web. Thank you for supporting our program and the interests of the students!
These 471 posters were submitted from a total of 721 students. Judging for the state competition was held on Saturday, March 23, 2019. Two Ambridge Middle School students were among the winners:
Addison Shaffer and Emily Hood
Ambridge Middle School
Taught by Donald Ayers
Emily Layne and Jordan Jones
Ambridge Middle School
Taught by Donald Ayers
Congratulations to our students!
Huge congrats to the Girls Softball team on being named Trib Team of the Week! (Click here to go to article)
Also congrats to Senior, Alex Bupp, for receiving Honorable Mention for the Player of the Week for the Trib HSSN's Team!
The Ambridge Area School District is pleased to announce the appointment of Drew Karpen as the interim District Athletic Director. Mr. Karpen is replacing Mr. Brian Miller, who resigned from the position earlier this month. Mr. Miller’s last day with the District is May 1.
Mr. Karpen previously served as the Athletic Event Coordinator at North Allegheny School District, a position he held for three years. As part of his duties at North Allegheny, he assisted in fundraising efforts for athletic facilities, equipment and coaching staff. He also was responsible for scheduling staff for game-day events, and serving as site manager for regular season and state playoff games.
Prior to his position with North Allegheny, Mr. Karpen worked as a webmaster for the Big 56 Conference, which is the highest classification conference in the WPIAL and includes 44 teams covering athletes from Division 1 to NAIA level. He also previously served as a producer, color commentator and camera operator for the Presidents Athletic Conference men’s and women’s basketball games, and worked as a sports journalist with the Tribune Review, Post-Gazette and the Associated Press.
In addition to his previous experience, Mr. Karpen also holds a master’s degree in Sports Management from California (Pa.) University and a bachelor’s degree in Mass Media Arts and Journalism/Communications Studies from Clarion University.
“We welcome Mr. Karpen to the District, and look forward to working with him to support our student athletes and to build a positive team culture here at Ambridge,” said Dr. Jo Welter, Superintendent.
Mr. Karpen’s starting date is Monday, April 29.
Ten 6th, 7th, and 8th graders were able to go to the Beaver County Conservation District and take part in the wetlands field trip. During this trip, they were taught about the importance of wetlands and were able to catch and identify benthic organisms. They discovered that the types of organism found indicates the water quality of a stream.
Four AAHS band students had the honor of being chosen to participate in Beaver County Band on April 10 and 11. Kylee Bobak, Hunter Hogue, Jaina Ilko, and Marjorie Jarsulic rehearsed at New Brighton HS with students from all over Beaver County, concluding the festival with a public concert featuring the ensemble.