Special thanks to Penn State for allowing us to participate in the annual PSU Beaver senior pride day! The students were able to tour the campus, eat lunch and participate in a pride challenge with neighboring beaver county districts. In addition students were waved the application fee for all campuses. Great job Ambridge!
I believe that STEAM is an educational powerhouse. STEAM places 21st century skills in the hands of students. I am privileged to be teaching these skills to students at Highland and State Street Elementary Schools.
Highland: A, C, D, E days State Street: B day
STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics. In the STEAM lab, students will connect their learning from all subject areas through cross-curricular projects. Our projects will be aligned to the PA Core Standards and will draw on inspiration from our reading and math series. We will strive to make real-world connections and provide authentic learning experiences for students.
The STEAM lab will be a place where students are encouraged to make mistakes so they can learn and grow.
Full STEAM Ahead!
Below is an overview of our first nine weeks projects!
Kindergarten: Students are completing nursery rhyme STEAM challenges. We have completed challenges from Little Red Riding Hood, Henny Penny, and Hey Diddle, Diddle.
These kindergarten students created a zip line. The students were given the task of transporting a basket of goodies safely from Little Red Riding Hood’s house to grandma’s house.
1st Grade: Students are designing and building houses for the 3 Little Pigs. The structures should be strong enough to withstand a puff of air from Big Bad Wolf. In our experiments, we used a blow dryer to imitate the Big Bad Wolf.
These first grade boys constructed a house out of bricks to keep their pigs safe from the Big Bad Wolf.
2nd Grade: Students are creating pet rocks and designing playground equipment that can hold their pet rocks. Students will work as a team to design and create a twisty slide, jungle gym, and other playground equipment.
These second graders are designing a jungle gym for their pet rocks.
3rd Grade: Students are learning about aerodynamics. The students will use this knowledge to fly their airplane using Power Up 3.0. Power Up 3.0 is an app controlled paper airplane.
These third grade students are learning about aerodynamics.
4th Grade: Students are learning about forces and motion through the Hot Wheels Speedometry curriculum.
These fourth grade students are using Hot Wheels to study kinetic and potential energy.
5th Grade: Students are researching Native Americans. They are engineering models of Native American dwellings.
These fifth graders worked as a team to complete the Native American dwelling challenge.
6th Grade: Students are completing a water rocket unit. Students are using water and air pressure to propel a rocket. Students are learning how to calculate the height of something using a clinometer.
These sixth grade students are using a clinometer to measure the height of the flag pole.
“11-12th Grade Reading: Speed Dating-A Book”
Mrs. Neel and Mrs. Phillips’ 11-12 grade reading class participated in “Speed Dating: A Book” on October 18, 2017. Six novels were candidates as well as six different flavors of popcorn. Students broke into groups and had 4 minutes to “interview” each novel. They answered questions such as “Tell me about yourself (the book).” “Where are you from?” “Though you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover, the truth is that looks are important. What makes this book attractive and interesting to look at?”
After they were done analyzing the book they sampled the popcorn at the desk. If they liked the popcorn, they placed some into a bag and rotated stations.
At the end of the rotations, the students voted on the next novel they would like to read in class as well as their favorite flavored popcorn.
The results are in! The students selected “Maus I: My Father Bleeds History” By: Art Spigelman. This is a graphic novel about The Holocaust. They also chose cheddar popcorn as their favorite.
AAHS INTERACT TRICK OR TREAT EVENT
FOR: AMBRIDGE AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT STUDENTS IN GRADES 6 AND UNDER.
WHEN: MONDAY, OCTOBER 30, 2017
WHERE: HIGH SCHOOL LOBBY
TIME: 6-8 P.M.
WEAR A COSTUME AND HAVE FUN!
2017 Baden Applefest winners
1st – Ivan Yuu
2nd – Trinity Hines
3rd – Levi Westfall
1st - Brooklyn Wongg
2nd – Hannah Miller
3rd – Zoey Bedallian
1st – Emily Lyon “Owl”
2nd – Darnasia Raines “Blue Moon”
3rd – Sarah Gray “Random Town”
1st – Karlee Washington “Gym”
2nd – Lucas Antkiewicz “Recycle Taco Truck”
3rd – Jacob Schmidt “Eye”
1st – Navon Locust “Colored Eye”
2nd - Allison Dugan “Doberman”
3rd - Cheyenne Bennett “Bear/Girl”
1st – Kia Millie “Brown Peace”
2nd – Dante Torhan “
3rd – Anthony Montagna “Rainy day”
People’s Choice award
Olivia Huellen, a 6th grade student at State Street Elementary was recently recognized as the first place winner of the Caring Place poster contest. The Caring Place, developed in Pittsburgh in 1997 provides support for grieving children, adolescents and their families. The organization also provides partnerships with schools and training for school professionals across the state. Olivia’s poster will be displayed in all 501 school districts and other public venues throughout the state. We are very proud of Olivia for her accomplishment! This is the second year in a row that a student from State Street has won the contest.
Congratulations to the doubles team of Haley Racioppo and Hilarie Walsh. They competed in the section doubles tournament and qualified for the WPIAL tournament by making it to the semi-finals. The WPIAL doubles tournament will be held on Thursday October 19th, at a time and location TBD. This is following the team’s first ever WPIAL playoff berth. Congratulations Lady Bridgers on a fantastic season!
Here are some photos from Highland Parental Engagement Event!
"Love in a Backpack"
Two Ambridge Area School District graduates gave back to the community by donating backpacks and supplies to Highland Elementary.
Students in Kindergarten through Sixth Grade were awarded a certificate for
being chosen as Sept. 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: CELIA MEUNIER, MCKENZIE BROOKS, BROOKE BORONSKI, VERA MEIDER, CONNOR PLOHR, ADRIEN ROTONDO, AND JOSEPH BELLINGER.
Congratulations to all!