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“Mummy” Litzinger visits the JH on Halloween PDF Print E-mail
Written by Carolyn Crawford   
Tuesday, 04 November 2014 12:12

Periods one and two,

he’ll be coming for you.

He will walk the halls,

perhaps running into walls.

He is wrapped in T.P.,

and brings all of us glee.

He is no dummy,

but he is our mummy!

If the description fits,

it must be Mr. Litz!


The Junior High Interact Club sponsored the “Mummify-a-Teacher” fundraiser, once again this Halloween.  This has become a fun and popular event for the school, and the students look forward to seeing a teacher dressed up like a mummy.

            The students at the junior high donated their spare change to see their teacher of choice wrapped in toilet paper and paraded around the school. The student body was able to collect a generous amount to donate during two weeks before Halloween. It became a tight race between Mr. Litzinger and Officer Woods.  All teachers and staff made this event fun for our students, and Mr. Amadio even campaigned against Mr. Litzinger as a last stitch effort to sway votes.  It definitely paid off, because Mr. Litzinger was chosen by the students to be this year’s mummy.

            Mr. Litzinger was a great sport and allowed a few Interact students to cover him completely in toilet paper like a mummy.  He walked around the junior high and stopped into all classrooms to say, “Happy Halloween!” Mr. Litzinger even “scared” our students in the hallways. Everyone had a laugh, even Mr. Litz!

            The Junior High Interact Club would like to thank all students, staff, and teachers (especially Mr. Litzinger) for participating in the event and adding to our Halloween fun!  We cannot wait to see who our mummy will be next year!

Mrs. Mealie appointed JH Interim Principal PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Friday, 24 October 2014 08:38

Current Assistant to the Superintendent, Mrs. Megan Mealie, has been assigned as the interim Junior High School principal.   The administration and school board hope to hire a permanent junior high principal soon.  Attached is a letter that was sent home to the parents and students fromn Mrs. Mealie.

icon JH Interim Principal Letter


JH Artist Residency Project PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Tuesday, 14 October 2014 11:35

Ambridge Junior High School is searching for awesome community members that believe in the arts, education, and the youth of the community to help us raise funds to create a ceramic mosaic mural with Pittsburgh Center for the Arts’ Teaching Artist Laura Jean McLaughlin partnering with Art Teacher Jamie Zbrzezny and her students for a 20-day Artist Residency Project.

What’s an Artist Residency Project, you ask? Well, the best way to find out is to check out the video above created by last year’s participating students. See how the students incorporated their own designs into the amazing mural that is now on display at the school!




This video, created by Logan and Nathan Erickson, was created for our indiegogo campaign.





Snakes in Junior High Science PDF Print E-mail
Written by Don Ayers   
Friday, 12 September 2014 12:22

On Wednesday, September 9th, in science class at the Junior High School, we had some local professionals who work as a police dispatcher and E.M.T. but also have a great love of snakes.  They taught the students about snakes and they were allowed to pet and hold them.  One thing that people always mix up is by calling snake poisonous which they are not.  


The snakes brought in were called constrictors.  Bald Python, Red tailed Boa, Albino Boa were some of the snakes brought in.  Constriction is a method used by various snake species to kill their prey. Although some species of venomous and mildly venomous snakes do use constriction to subdue their prey, most snakes which use constriction lack venom. The snake initially strikes at its prey and holds on, pulling the prey into its coils or, in the case of very large prey, pulling itself onto the prey. The snake will then wrap one or two coils around the prey. The snakes then monitor the prey's heart beart to ascertain when it's dead.  Contrary to myth, the snake does not crush the prey, or even break its bones. It is generally accepted that snakes hold tightly enough to prevent the prey from drawing air into its lungs, resulting in death from asphyxia. It has also been suggested that the pressure of constriction causes a rise in the pressure in the prey's body cavity greater than the heart can counter, resulting in immediate cardiac arrest. This new hypothesis has yet to be confirmed, but data indicates that snakes can exert enough pressure for this mechanism to be plausible.


Did you know that most so-called poisonous snakes aren't poisonous at all, but actually venomous?

"Poisonous" describes a plant, animal, or anything else that is toxic or harmful if you eat it or touch it. "Venomous," on the other hand, refers to animals that inject a toxin directly into their prey to subdue them, or in self-defense against a predator.  Venoms, produced by some animals in specialized glands, are injected into prey by biting, stabbing, or stinging. For example, a rattlesnake bite is venomous and sometimes lethal, but you can touch, and even eat rattlesnakes without ill-effects because they are not poisonous.


The Dart Poison Frogs in Central and South America are a good example of a poisonous animal. They are toxic if you ingest even a tiny bit of the secretions from their skin. In fact most amphibians have poison-secreting glands in their skin that make them unpalatable or even deadly to predators.  The Dart Poison Frogs and some salamanders are among the most poisonous animals in the world. Many animals don't produce their own poisons, but have evolved the capacity to ingest toxic plants or animals and store those toxins in their own bodies, which makes them poisonous to other predators.

Sensational Science at the Junior High PDF Print E-mail
Written by Don Ayers   
Friday, 30 May 2014 14:03

Bacteria Wanted

The following pictures show some of the many of the Ambridge Junior High 8th grade honors science “Bacteria Wanted posters during their section on viruses. Their mission was to investigate a bacterial pathogens for the  “Bacterial Pathogen Unit” of the AASD.  During this project, they were to investigate one harmful bacterial pathogen and produce a "Wanted Poster" to educate the Ambridge Area community. 


Density Scale

The following pictures show the Ambridge Junior High 7th grade honors science students using their new digital scales purchased with grant money won by Mr. Olenic and Mr. Ayers from Society for Analytical Chemists of Pittsburgh www.sacp.org.


Cell Projects

The following pictures show the Ambridge Junior High 8th grade science students with many of the cell projects, some which are edible during their chapter on cells in preparation for Keystone Biology in 9th grade next year.


S.T.E.M. Day

The following pictures show the Ambridge Junior High 7th & 8th grade honors science students during their S.T.E.M. day at Economy Elementary.  Junior High students will the aid of the Junior high science department of Mrs. Mawhinney, Mr. Olenic and Mr. Ayers.  will research and develop STEM lessons aligned with AASD curriculum and STEM Standards of Practice across disciplines to provide STEM Education for all third grade Economy Elementary students and students that participate in the program from the Junior High.  A huge thanks go out to the 3rd grade teachers, Mrs. Anoline, Mrs. Marvin, Mrs. Burgoyne and Mrs. Jacquel.  Also the Economy and Junior Principals, Mrs. Galitsis, Mr. Amadio, and Ms. Zupsic.



The following pictures show the Ambridge Junior High 7th grade honors science students during their K-NEX competition preparation and competition day at Penn State Beaver.  The  STEM Design  Challenge  encourages students to work as a 4 person  team  to  answer  a  challenge. Teams had from November  until may to  create  a  project using  K’NEX,  answer  narrative questions, create a blueprint and produce a short presentation.  Mr. Olenic, Mr. Roos, and Mr. Ayers were the sponsors for this competition.



Junior High Mosaic Mural PDF Print E-mail
Written by Administrator   
Monday, 19 May 2014 13:38

Ambridge Junior High creates a Mosaic Mural



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