Important Upcoming Dates
The Ambridge Area School District Board of School Directors have changed the date of the December Board meeting. The Board meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 5, 2018 immediately following the Reorganization meeting and Meeting and Discuss meeting scheduled for 7:00 PM in the High School Media Center.
Friday, December 21, 2018
HALF Day – Early Dismissal for students
Elementary – 12:00 P.M. Dismissal
Secondary – 11:00 A.M. Dismissal
On behalf of the Board of School Directors and Superintendent, Dr. Jo Welter, We wish you all a safe and enjoyable Holiday Season!
Read how the A2i Initiative has enhanced our Kindergarten and First Grade Classrooms at Highland and State Street!
Students in Kindergarten through Sixth Grade were awarded a certificate for being chosen as April’s 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, a good role model in class, extra effort, and encouraging fellow classmates to do their best. Along with Mrs. Parisi in the picture are: LILY BUCHANAN, KHOLE SMITH, KEIRA RICHARDS, HAYDEN SHUPE, MCKENZIE WATERS, AIDEN PODOLAK, BELLA YURKOVAC, MAKAYLA SHUPE, COLTEN WETZEL, COLE BOGATI, ZACHARY KUNY, ELIZABETH TRAUPMAN, CAMERON RAYNAK, RYAN LAMBERT, MACKENZIE REEVES, THOMAS SHORT, KARISSA SCHEIDER, LAUREN MEALIE, EMILY SMITH, GRANT UVODICH, and JAVIAN HARPER.
Congratulations to all!
The Science Outreach Center at Saint Francis University is pleased to announce the winners of the
2018 Pennsylvania Statistics Poster Competition. The annual state competition is in its twenty-second
year overall, and is coordinated for the tenth year by Saint Francis University. Cash awards of $96 for
first place, $72 for second, $48 for third, and $24 for fourth in each of four grade levels are awarded to
the students who submitted winning posters.
External financial support is provided by several regional and state professional organizations, including the Pennsylvania Council of Teachers of Mathematics, Association of Teachers of Mathematics of Philadelphia and Vicinity, Laurel Highlands Mathematics Alliance, Mathematics Council of Western Pennsylvania, and the Harrisburg, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh Chapters of the American Statistical Association (ASA).
A statistics poster is a display containing two or more related graphics that summarize a set of data, look at the data from different points of view, and answer specific questions about the data.
The 474 posters submitted included 123 in the K-3 grade category, 209 from grades 4-6, 44 from grades 7-9, and 98 from grades 10-12. These 474 posters were submitted from a total of 778 students! Judging for the state competition was held on Saturday, March 17, 2018.
Winning posters were then submitted to the National Statistics Poster Competition, which is coordinated by the American Statistical Association. Congratulations to all the students who created and submitted the winning and honorable mention posters, and to the teachers who guided the students.
Grades 7-9 Winning Posters 2018
Marissa Saturley and Emma Diakiwsky
Ambridge Junior High School
Taught by Donald Ayers
This work of art was created by the 2017-18 art students in conjunction with artist Lindsay Huff and art teacher Ms. Zbrzezny. Each year, our Interact club helps to recognize Children’s Grief Awareness week with several activities. During lunch periods, students write messages to loved ones who have passed away on Hope butterflies and hang them on a tree fabricated by student artists. The tree represents changes or seasons of life as well as growth and rebirth.
This upcycled artwork will serve as an interactive mural that will be used to house Hope butterflies year after year at our middle school. It took around 190 students 2 months to create from scratch. The boards were first measured and laid out to draw and color code the initial sketch idea. Next, cans of all colors donated by students and the community were cut down to size and the mural was filled in like a mosaic. It was a labor of love and a true test in GRIT.
This Artist Residency Project was supported in part by the Arts in Education Partnership of the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency. The Arts in Education Partner serving Allegheny, Beaver, Greene, and Washington counties is Pittsburgh Filmmakers/Pittsburgh Center for the Arts.
Congratulations to the following students who have been voted by their peers to have given the best combined informative and persuasive charity speeches in Ms. Wandel’s 8th grade English classes. These students will have donations made in their names to the charities on which they presented.
The winners are:
Lanaya Pharr and the charity He for She
Austin Merlina and the charity Easter Seals
Elliott Powell and The Fisher House charity
Brandon Streb and the ALS Foundation
Jenna McFarland and the Breast Cancer Foundation
Congratulations to all students on a job well done, and thank you to everyone who donated!
Please return the following from this packet –
- Future Plans
- Permission Slip - if you plan on going on the Senior Walk
Return to office by Wednesday, May 3, 2018.
John Chalupiak, a fifth grader at State Street Elementary School, and Elias Shingleton, a senior at Ambridge High School, visited the Beaver County Courthouse today as part of Law Day. John won the honor of attending the event after placing secon in the bookmark contest for grades 4 and 5. The theme of the contest was "The Three Branches of Government." He received a $30 gift card, a medal and certificate. Elias received a $500 scholarship award for his accomplishments in the Mock Trial. Both were recognized at the courthouse and treated to a luncheon sponsored by the Beaver County Bar Association.
Congratulations John and Elias!
It is with pleasure that we announce the Technology Student Associations (TSA) State conference results.
Twenty-seven high school TSA members attended the 40th annual TSA State conference. The conference took place on April 18-21, 2018 and was held at Seven Springs Mountain Resort. Each student member competed in several individual and team events. There are over 80 different events to compete in, many of them involving public speaking, problem solving or STEM concepts. Ambridge took two 3rd place spots, one 9th, two 10th and several finalists (top 12).
Semi-finalists are listed below with their events:
Systems Control: 3rd Dinah Bailey, Kyla Fitzgibbons, Fiona Ozenich; PA LOGO Design: 3rd Rocco Niven,Finalist: Gabriella Milcoff; Structural Engineering & Design: 9th Dimitrios Nairos & Riley Sas, Finalist: David Brock & Tom Swaney; Chapter Team: 10th-Dimitrios Nairos, Madeline Smith, Jacob Shoup, Jordan DeWeese, Samantha Freed, Fiona Ozenich; Prepared Presentation: 10th Dinah Bailey; Sci-Viz: 10th Xavier Albring, Jethro Bell, Alex Elwell, Samantha Freed & Riley Sas; Digital Video: Finalists: Kyla Fitzgibbons, Dinah Bailey, Amelia Freed; Debating Tech Issues: Finalists: Josh Peters & Madeline Smith.
Please congratulate these members of the high school TSA chapter on their accomplishments. There were over 1800 competing students from across the state in attendance at the conference. High School Advisors, Mr. Ben Holmes, Mr. Jason Roos and Mrs. Kristin Holmes accompanied the students over the 3 days and extend congrats on their accomplishments. We look forward to another successful year in 2019. Thank you!
For more information on TSA, check out the national website: www.tsaweb.org.
On April 12th MCJROTC had two guest speakers discussing the importance of American Citizenship. Mr. Les Szell, an immigrant and political refugee from Hungary, came to USA in 1957, at age 11, when his family escaped the communist Russian regime. He talked about freedom, opportunity and hope for the future by living in the United States. Mrs. Floriana Jones immigrated from Italy when she got married in 1977. Her mother was hidden in a wall when the German Soldiers went house to house looking for young girls when Nazi Germany invaded her country during WW II. She said to always stand up for your country and your freedom and that she owes the United States for a wonderful life! She quoted, “my freedom was bought by the blood of the American Armed Forces who liberated Europe.”
Mrs. Jamie Connelly of the Beaver County Educational Trust (BCET) visited Highland’s STEAM classroom on April 15. The BCET awarded the Highland Elementary STEAM program a grant for $500. The grant entitled "Immersive Learning through Collaboration" was written by Mrs. Nicole Darroch. Grant monies were used to purchase four Breakout EDU kits. Breakout EDU kits turn the classroom into an academically-focused escape room. Students use teamwork and critical thinking to solve puzzles in order to open the locked box. Games are used for all age levels and content areas. The Breakout kits have been a welcome addition to our STEAM classroom. We are grateful to the BCET and Mrs. Connelly for their support of our elementary STEAM program."
* Art shows begin at 6pm and band/choral concerts begin at 7pm
Tuesday, April 24 – HS Chorus Concert
Tuesday, May 1 - Jr. High Art Show and Band Concert
Wednesday, May 2 – HS Art Show and Band Concert
Thursday, May 3 – Jr. High Art Show and Chorus Concert
Tuesday, May 8 – HS Steel Band Concert
Thursday, May 10 – State St. Elementary Chorus & Recorder Concert
Monday, May 14 – Highland Elementary Art Show and Band Concert
Thursday, May 17 – Highland Elementary Chorus & Recorder Concert @ HS Auditorium
Tuesday, May 22 – Economy Elementary Band Concert
Wednesday, May 23 – State St. Elementary Art Show and Band Concert
Thursday, May 24 – Economy Elementary Art Show and Chorus & Recorder Concert
Monday, May 28 – Jr. High Band in Baden Memorial Day Parade
Monday, May 28 – HS Band and Chorus at Ambridge Memorial Day Service