Bridger Spirit Day at Highland Elementary
Lehn Wins Silver
Maddie Lehn competed in the WPIAL Individual Event Competition on Saturday, February 17th at Moon High School. She finished her Floor Routine with a score of 8.6 to win the Silver medal. Congratulations Maddie!
Junior High 8th Grade Science Fair
As part of the 8th grade Accelerated Science class, the students began work on a Science Fair project in early September and work diligently through the end of January culminating in the Junior High Science Fair. The top 20 will then attend the annual Pittsburgh Regional Science Fair at Heinz Field just after Spring break.
On February 17th, MCJROTC competed against five other JROTCs in a Tri-State Drill Competition. There were teams from Pennsylvania, Ohio and West Virginia participating in the event. Ambridge MCJROTC tied for first place overall and earned the Co-Champion trophy. Their performance and conduct was top notch.
The MCJROTC team competed in the following events:
1st Place-Varsity Armed Platoon
1st Place- Varsity Armed Squad
1st Place- 1st Year Unarmed Squad
2nd Place- Varsity Unarmed Platoon
2nd Place- Color Guard
(2) individual drill medals; Elia Shingleton and Tyler Czopher
Congratulations on an outstanding job!
FAMILY S.T.E.A.M NIGHT @ AMBRIDGE JUNIOR HIGH
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Ambridge Junior High School
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The Ambridge Area School District was saddened to learn of the school shooting that occurred on Feb. 14, 2018 in Parkland, Fla. Our condolences are with the families affected by this tragedy.
When a tragedy of this nature occurs, it is natural for the community to question the safety and security of its schools. The District takes the safety and security of its students and staff seriously, frequently reviewing security practices and crisis response protocols, and adjusting when necessary.
The District already has a number of security measures in place. They include:
An Economy Borough Police Officer is stationed at Ambridge Junior High School throughout the school day and is available for District-wide use.
Exterior doors for all buildings are locked during the school day; all visitors must enter and exit through main entrances.
The District uses the Raptor Visitor Management System in all buildings. The system uses state-issued ID to run a brief background check before visitors may enter the building.
High School students are scanned by metal detectors and bags are searched prior to entry into the building.
Additional security cameras have been placed in the District.
All employees are required to wear District-issued photo identification badges.
Additionally, District administrators held a planning session with the police chiefs from our school communities in August 2017 to review security measures and crisis response protocol. A follow-up meeting is planned.
Teachers also are receiving active shooter response training through the ALICE program. The training is closely aligned with U.S. Department of Education recommendations for handling an active shooter situation.
The District also is considering the use of metal detectors at evening events and locking gates to further secure areas of buildings not in use for evening activities.
We take our responsibility to provide a safe and secure environment for our students and staff seriously. The District is willing to invest funds into upgrading and enhancing its security. School safety is the responsibility of the entire community. We encourage the community to remain vigilant, reporting any incidents or perceived threats to either law enforcement or a school official.
Students in Kindergarten through Sixth Grade were awarded a certificate for being chosen as Jan. 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: JONAH SABOL, DAVID WALLS, AUSTIN BYARS, DONOVAN PRICE, AVA DRAGANJAC, LIAM BAKER, & ZACHARY BUCKA.
Congratulations to all!
Seventh, eighth, and ninth grade students attended the annual forensics competition at Riverside High School on Tuesday, February 6th. Six school districts competed, but overall, Ambridge placed in the highest number of categories! Our students’ results are as follows:
Duo News Broadcast – Junior High
Third Place Hazel Bell and Meghan Kinkade
Duo News Broadcast – Senior High
Second Place Maura Devine and Sammy Farah
Third Place Rhiannon Bosh and Kyla Fitzgibbons
Poetry – Junior High
First Place Madison Mihalic
Second Place Leah Fritsch
Third Place Lydia Mycyk
Poetry – Senior High
First Place Dinah Bailey
Second Place John Barnhart
Third Place Kyla Fitzgibbons
Extemporaneous – Junior High
First Place Lanaya Pharr
Extemporaneous – Senior High
Second Place John Barnhart
Duo Impromptu – Junior High
First Place Lydia Mycyk and her Central Valley partner
Second Place (tie) Madison Mihalic and her Central Valley partner
Lanaya Pharr and Zoe Maurer
Third Place (tie) Jaina Ilko and Luke Sovich
Leah Fritsch and her partner.
Duo Impromptu – Senior High
First Place (tie) Maura Devine and her Blackhawk partner
Gabby Milcoff and her Blackhawk partner
Second Place Dinah Bailey and her Riverside partner
Third Place Sammy Farah her Blackhawk partner
Congratulations to all who participated!
On Wednesday, February 21, 2018, President Trump will be speaking in the Ambridge Area School District’s Wright Field House, located on the corner of Duss Avenue and 8th Street. The event is slated to begin at 7 p.m. More details are available on the Donald Trump for President, Inc. website here.
Since this is an evening event, the Ambridge Area School District will operate on a normal schedule for the day. Students will be dismissed with the assistance of the police and District Administration.
As with all other rental groups, Donald Trump for President, Inc. has followed District policy in renting the field house for the visit. The Ambridge Area School District respects the office of the President of the United States; however, the rental of District facilities for this event does not reflect an endorsement of or affiliation with any political party or candidate.
On Saturday, February 3rd, ten students from Ambridge Area Junior High competed at Penn State Beaver for the annual Beaver County MathCounts Competition. MathCounts is a nationwide junior high school math program. Its purpose is to administer math enrichment, coaching, and competition programs, while increasing enthusiasm and enhancing achievement in middle school mathematics. Each year, 500+ local competitions and 57 state competitions are conducted through the United States.
Competitors from Ambridge were: Rudy Erickson, Leah Fritsch, Will Gruca, Josh Hovan, Camden Mawhinney, Elliott Powell, Dalton Prevost, Ivan You, Evan Waschak, and Nicholas Waschak.
After 3 rounds of competition, our four person team of Rudy Erickson, Josh Hovan, Elliott Powell, and Ivan You won the 2nd place team trophy. After the final countdown round, where each student in the top ten came to the stage for a head to head contest, three of our students placed in the top ten. Ivan You earned the 8th place spot, Elliott Powell the 5th place award, and Rudy Erickson earned 3rd place.
As part of the top 4 individuals in Beaver County, Rudy Erickson will be representing Ambridge and Beaver County at the state MathCounts competition in Harrisburg on March 23-24, 2018. Please join us in supporting Rudy as he travels to Harrisburg to compete against students across Pennsylvania!
The flu season is upon us, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has provided valuable information for the identification and treatment of flu symptoms in children.
The flu is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses and affects the nose, throat and lungs. The flu differs from the common cold in that it comes on suddenly and includes symptoms such as fever, runny/stuffy nose, cough, sore throat, body aches, headache, chills and fatigue. Sometimes diarrhea and vomiting can accompany the flu, but is more common in children than adults.
While the flu can be active year-round, the height of the season is projected to begin in early October and last through May. The Pennsylvania Department of Health and Human Services lists the cases of flu for Beaver County so far this flu season at 877.
A CDC tip sheet for the flu season is available here.
Special thanks to Sandy Kowal and the Ambridge Area Federal Credit Union for providing breakfast this morning for October – January Student of the Month and Extra Effort Award Winners! Great job everyone and thank you for going above and beyond!!!
Student of the Month –January
9th Brandon Lewis
10th Haley Racioppo
11th Marissa Hooks
12th Dmitri Niarios
December Extra Effort – January
9th Mallory Barkley
10th Caleb Terrick
11th Leuca Hanish
12th Rachel Pawlawski
Student of the Month - December
9th Kyla Fitzgibbons
10th Nathan Ritchey
11th Riley Sas
12th Sarah Gazda
December Extra Effort - December
9th Zach Massimani
10th Brooke Lively
11th Dalton Brandt
12th Coltin Barker
Student of the Month – November
9th Jeremiah Giordani
10th Gabriella Miller
11th Dasha Jackson
12th Logan Dobson
Extra Effort - November
9th Kierron Kelly
10th Ryan Racioppo
11th Hannah Minnitte
12th Elias Shingleton
Student of the Month – October
9th Elizabeta Pucci
10th Kyla Shingleton
11th Jacob Dunlap
12th Joshua Schmitt
Extra Effort – October
9th Logan Sullivan
10th Logan Erickson
11th Sydni Orlowski
12th Priya Runner