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 February 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: EMILY KINKADE, JENNA KERR, AOWYN COGLEY, RULON ANDREWS, KATELYN MCPHERSON, TRISTAN WALKER, MYLES RICHARDS, KATIE GUNTHER, AARON SCHEIB, ALEXA BEST, MARN UVODICH, BRODY YURKOVAC, COOPER SCHEIDEMANTLE, HANNAH HOKE, JUSTIN LAUFFER, KAILYN TURKO, JOSHUA KUNY, SAM MILLER, ETHAN CAREY & NICK THOMAS.
Missing from the picture is COOPER RICE.
Congratulations to all!
Ambridge Area High School students embraced the #ChooseKind movement with an activity designed to get them thinking about the value of being kind to classmates and standing up against bullying.
The event, which took place on Thursday afternoon on the "bridge" into the High School, was organized by student Marissa Hooks, who said she wanted to emphasize the power just a few kind words can have on others. Students who participated wrote messages of kindness on balloons and sent them to classmates. Anyone who received a balloon was then encouraged to include another message of kindness and launch the balloon in the community to help brighten someone else's day.
Each balloon cost $1, and a total of 80 balloons were sold for the event.
High School Principal Ms. Janice Zupsic said she was extremely proud of the students for spreading a message of positivity. " Marissa brings a very positive message to the forefront with this activity. It is a great reminder to all of us that we should be helping to raise each other up rather than tearing each other down."
All proceeds from the event will benefit the Big Brother, Big Sister Organization.
Students were greeted this morning by encouraging and positive messages from staff members for the start of the PSSA testing. Staff arrived to school early today to create the messages, and also placed supportive messages in the hallways for students near their assigned testing areas.
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: AAIDEN DINUNO, KIARA CRAKER, LAKE BRANDENBURG, CARTER MASON, MARENA BAKER, ANDREW PALAVROS & DAKOTA JELLISON.
Congratulations to all!
The safety and security of students and staff is a top priority in the Ambridge Area School District. The District frequently reviews security practices and crisis response protocols, adjusting when deemed necessary. This document outlines the policies and procedures in place as part of the AASD security plan.
Congratulations to Bethany Sweigart for placing 1st at the 2018 19th annual Pittsburgh Monster Meet. This is Bethany's 1st weightlifting competition and she did an amazing job deadlifting 300lbs!
Each year the National Park Trust holds a contest to get kids to parks. They offer a $1,000 grant that must be written mostly by students. This year Jenna McFarland with the help of Mr. Ayers won the $1,000 grant. She is taking the 8th grade honors classes to Moraine State Park on May 8th. The program will include the following: Forest Management with a Dept. Natural Resources Forester, a history & sight-seeing trip on the boat the Nautical Nature, and Tree Identification with the local Park Ranger Mike Shaffer. Great job Jenna!
State Street Elementary hosted the Ambridge Area School District 6th Grade Spelling Bee, March 16, 2018. Students from all three elementary buildings participated. The Economy representatives were: Jordan Garrison, Emma Lockhart, and Shawn McIntyre. Representatives from Highland were: Roma Hendricks, Christopher Palmeri, and Amariona Williams. Finally, State Street was represented by Andrew Crowfoot and Aiden Sheffield. The children diligently worked at spelling the words asked of them.
The runner-up was Jordan Garrison form Economy. This year’s 2018 Ambridge Area School District 6th Grade Champion was Roma Hendricks from Highland. Roma will advance to The Beaver County Spelling Bee in May at Hopewell High School. Congratulations, Roma! Bring home the win!!!!
Thank you to Dr. L. Jo Welter, Mrs. Aphrodite Galitsis, Mr. Tom McKelvey, and Mrs. Jo Ann Hoover for attending and supporting our participants.
Roma Hendricks shown on the right of the above picture
The AASD Winner of the 6th grade spelling bee is Roma Hendricks from Highland Elementary School! Roma will continue on to compete at Counties. Thank you to all that participated. Congratulations to Roma, and good luck at Counties!
Congratulations to the Lady Bridgers Basketball Team on a great season!
They ended their season 14-10. They won the 1stround of the WPIAL playoffs against South Park 48-39, qualified for the quarterfinals of the WPIAL playoffs and lost to North Catholic 49-42, qualified for the PIAA State Playoffs and won the 1stround against Punxsutawany 36-21, and then lost in the 2ndround of the PIAA State Playoffs to North Catholic.
As the community already is aware, there was a water main break discovered in a 12-inch line off of 19th Street in Ambridge Sunday. Crews from the Ambridge Water Authority were able to restore access to water through a temporary patch by 8 p.m., but repairs to the main line are ongoing.
Highland and State Street elementary schools, and Ambridge Area High School, were affected by the water main break. Classes were held at State Street and the High School today; however, classes at Highland had to be cancelled. The water main break caused the school’s water tank to lose pressure, making it unable to provide water to the building. The Water Authority continues to work on the issue at Highland, with the hopes that school will be able to be reopened tomorrow. Parents will be notified as soon as possible about the status of Highland, but should be prepared for the possibility that classes may once again be cancelled tomorrow.
Classes will continue as scheduled at State Street and the High School tomorrow. The Ambridge Water Authority issued a boil water advisory for Ambridge Borough and Harmony Township at 1:30 p.m. Monday. Due to this advisory, access to all water fountains and ice machines at the High School and State Street Elementary will be restricted. A pallet of water has been donated for each building, and students and faculty will have access to it throughout the day. Additionally, no fresh fruit or vegetables will be served during lunches. Only hot items will be available for the duration of the boil water advisory. All lunches will be served on paper products.
Activities at the High School will continue as planned this evening; however, there will be no access to drinking water on site, so residents are advised to bring their own if attending any evening practices or events in the building.
The water authority has not provided an estimate on when the water main break will be fully repaired. Even once the break is fixed, the boil water advisory will remain in effect for 48 hours as required by the Department of Environmental Protection. During that time, the water will be repeatedly tested for quality to ensure its safety for consumption.
The District will provide updates as they become available.