Highland Elementary is piloting an exciting new volunteer reading program entitled “Bridger Readers.” Volunteers from the community have been coming in to read with our Kindergarten and First grade Title I students. The students read leveled books to the volunteers, who help reinforce fluency, decoding and comprehension skills. The volunteers have also been helping our first graders practice their lines and readings for their spring show!
The Title 1 staff of teachers at Highland is coordinating this program. The response from both the students and volunteers has been very positive!
Valeria Young, a fourth grade student in Mrs. Iorfido’s class, participated in the Beaver County Fourth Grade “Equations” Tournament on March 5th. The game consists of strategy and fast facts to prove equations can be solved when the goal and the solution match. She sure knows her Math facts because Valeria tied for 1st place among 80 participants who are also sharp in Mathematics!
Highland students are participating in the STEM STARS after-school program at the Laughlin Memorial Library in Ambridge. The grant funded program is a partnership with Highland Elementary, Aliquippa Elementary, the Franklin Center, the Laughlin Memorial Library and Asset Incorporated.
The 12 week spring after-school program provides Highland students in the third and fourth grades an opportunity to explore ASSET, Inc.'s "hands-on, minds-on" elementary curriculum in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. ASSET, Inc.'s lessons present topics in a fun and creative manner to create a positive experiential learning environment for students. The curriculum includes hands on activities, experiments and field trips. A few topics covered during the program include polymer science, the circulatory system, and engineering.
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.