State Street Elementary hosted the Ambridge Area School District 6th Grade Spelling Bee, February 21, 2014. Students from all three elementary buildings participated. The Economy representatives were: Ashli Anzio, Aracely Chase, Emily Gruca, Mason Kovach, and Emily Russo. Representatives from Highland were: Marek Gamble, Jack Pumphrey, and Braeden Young. Finally, State Street was represented by Dylan Castro and Alexandra Peters.
The children diligently worked at spelling the words asked of them. The third place winner was Dylan Castro of State Street. The runner-up was Braeden Young from Highland. This year’s 2014 Ambridge Area School District Champion was Jack Pumphrey from Highland. Jack will advance to The Beaver County Spelling Bee in April. Congratulations, Jack! Bring home a winner!!!!
Thank you to Dr. Cynthia Zurchin, Mrs. Megan Mealie, Mrs. Aphrodite Galitsis, Mr. Tom McKelvey, and Mr. Nick Tisak for attending and supporting our participants.
The Autistic Support classroom at Economy E.S. is selling shirts for Autism Awareness month in April. The shirts come in black with a rainbow of puzzle pieces on the butterfly. The back of the shirts will say, “Ambridge Area School District”. The shirts are $12.00. If you would like to order a shirt, please contact Mrs. Smithhammer at extension 6216. The last day to order and have money in by is, February 26th, 2014. Thank you for your support!
The shirts will be in by April so that we can wear them for Autism Awareness Month.
For the first time at Economy Elementary an after school Science Club was created. The students who signed up stayed after school and worked on a science fair project. Each student went through the process of picking a topic all the way to writing a research paper. They all worked very hard and came up with some great sciencfitic ideas.
The following students were all members of the 2013-14 Economy Elementary Science Club:
Third grade students in Mrs. Antoline’s class explored solid figures in an exciting and tasty way! Students had to build a cube, rectangular prism, and pyramid using a specified amount of toothpicks and marshmallows. Students were given the toothpicks, marshmallows, and the names of the three solid figures they must construct. Creativity and higher-order thinking really kicked in when challenged with creating the rectangular prism. Students had to problem-solve and create different sizes of toothpicks in order for their rectangular prism to differ from their cube. As the activity was in motion, the vocabulary and concept was reinforced. The marshmallows represented the vertices and were only allowed to be placed in the corners of each solid figure. The toothpicks symbolized the edges which helped to create the faces as well. Once each solid figure was created, students were then asked to analyze and record the amount of vertices, edges, and faces of each figure. I am pretty sure this skill will “stick” in their memories for life. So the next time you are roasting marshmallows over a toasty fire think about the solid figures you could be creating!
We are looking for adventurous souls to participate in the 2nd Annual Beaver County Polar Plunge for Special Olympics! Our goal is a team of 10 plungers! All you need to do is run in and run out! Come and participate to support the Special Olympics! Other Beaver County schools are participating, so let’s join together and compete to make AASD the highest fundraising district! There are going to be fun festivities at local Bridgewater businesses post plunge, so come and join the fun!
The Mobile Ag Ed Science Lab came to Economy on Monday, October 21st. Students experimented and learned a great deal about the scientific method and made decisions on what materials to use to create the best product. The 3rd Grade experimented with making glue from milk. They put their product to the test by comparing it to Elmer's Glue and deciding if glue made from milk had the same type of holding power as the commercial glue. We were surprised by our conclusion!