Mr. Don Ayers won an energy grant from PIOGA for $470.75. PIOGA is Pennsylvania Independent Oil and Gas Association who represents over 950 members, including oil and natural gas producers, drilling contractors, service companies, manufacturers, distributors, professional firms and consultants, royalty owners, and other individuals with an interest in Pennsylvania’s oil and gas industry.
The grant money will be used for the Ambridge Junior High 7th & 8th grade honors science students 2nd annual S.T.E.M. day for the 3rd grade classes at Economy Elementary in spring of 2015. The students will use the kit to light a miniature bulb, sound a buzzer, rotate a fan with one simple device! This photocell testing unit can convert light energy into electric energy to make these experiments easy for students. The unit can also keep students busy applying an experiment such as comparison between a clear day and a cloudy day; observing the variation in the angle at which the sunlight falls on the cell; covering the cell with their hand and applying the reflected sunlight to the cell; or testing the unit’s ability by using an incandescent lamp or a fluorescent lamp.
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!
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.
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!
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.