It is with pleasure that we announce the Technology Student Associations (TSA) State conference results.
Twenty-seven high school TSA members attended the 40th annual TSA State conference. The conference took place on April 18-21, 2018 and was held at Seven Springs Mountain Resort. Each student member competed in several individual and team events. There are over 80 different events to compete in, many of them involving public speaking, problem solving or STEM concepts. Ambridge took two 3rd place spots, one 9th, two 10th and several finalists (top 12).
Semi-finalists are listed below with their events:
Systems Control: 3rd Dinah Bailey, Kyla Fitzgibbons, Fiona Ozenich; PA LOGO Design: 3rd Rocco Niven,Finalist: Gabriella Milcoff; Structural Engineering & Design: 9th Dimitrios Nairos & Riley Sas, Finalist: David Brock & Tom Swaney; Chapter Team: 10th-Dimitrios Nairos, Madeline Smith, Jacob Shoup, Jordan DeWeese, Samantha Freed, Fiona Ozenich; Prepared Presentation: 10th Dinah Bailey; Sci-Viz: 10th Xavier Albring, Jethro Bell, Alex Elwell, Samantha Freed & Riley Sas; Digital Video: Finalists: Kyla Fitzgibbons, Dinah Bailey, Amelia Freed; Debating Tech Issues: Finalists: Josh Peters & Madeline Smith.
Please congratulate these members of the high school TSA chapter on their accomplishments. There were over 1800 competing students from across the state in attendance at the conference. High School Advisors, Mr. Ben Holmes, Mr. Jason Roos and Mrs. Kristin Holmes accompanied the students over the 3 days and extend congrats on their accomplishments. We look forward to another successful year in 2019. Thank you!
For more information on TSA, check out the national website: www.tsaweb.org.
On April 12th MCJROTC had two guest speakers discussing the importance of American Citizenship. Mr. Les Szell, an immigrant and political refugee from Hungary, came to USA in 1957, at age 11, when his family escaped the communist Russian regime. He talked about freedom, opportunity and hope for the future by living in the United States. Mrs. Floriana Jones immigrated from Italy when she got married in 1977. Her mother was hidden in a wall when the German Soldiers went house to house looking for young girls when Nazi Germany invaded her country during WW II. She said to always stand up for your country and your freedom and that she owes the United States for a wonderful life! She quoted, “my freedom was bought by the blood of the American Armed Forces who liberated Europe.”
Mrs. Jamie Connelly of the Beaver County Educational Trust (BCET) visited Highland’s STEAM classroom on April 15. The BCET awarded the Highland Elementary STEAM program a grant for $500. The grant entitled "Immersive Learning through Collaboration" was written by Mrs. Nicole Darroch. Grant monies were used to purchase four Breakout EDU kits. Breakout EDU kits turn the classroom into an academically-focused escape room. Students use teamwork and critical thinking to solve puzzles in order to open the locked box. Games are used for all age levels and content areas. The Breakout kits have been a welcome addition to our STEAM classroom. We are grateful to the BCET and Mrs. Connelly for their support of our elementary STEAM program."
* Art shows begin at 6pm and band/choral concerts begin at 7pm
Tuesday, April 24 – HS Chorus Concert
Tuesday, May 1 - Jr. High Art Show and Band Concert
Wednesday, May 2 – HS Art Show and Band Concert
Thursday, May 3 – Jr. High Art Show and Chorus Concert
Tuesday, May 8 – HS Steel Band Concert
Thursday, May 10 – State St. Elementary Chorus & Recorder Concert
Monday, May 14 – Highland Elementary Art Show and Band Concert
Thursday, May 17 – Highland Elementary Chorus & Recorder Concert @ HS Auditorium
Tuesday, May 22 – Economy Elementary Band Concert
Wednesday, May 23 – State St. Elementary Art Show and Band Concert
Thursday, May 24 – Economy Elementary Art Show and Chorus & Recorder Concert
Monday, May 28 – Jr. High Band in Baden Memorial Day Parade
Monday, May 28 – HS Band and Chorus at Ambridge Memorial Day Service
Students in Kindergarten through Sixth Grade were awarded a certificate for being chosen as February 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: EMILY KINKADE, JENNA KERR, AOWYN COGLEY, RULON ANDREWS, KATELYN MCPHERSON, TRISTAN WALKER, MYLES RICHARDS, KATIE GUNTHER, AARON SCHEIB, ALEXA BEST, MARN UVODICH, BRODY YURKOVAC, COOPER SCHEIDEMANTLE, HANNAH HOKE, JUSTIN LAUFFER, KAILYN TURKO, JOSHUA KUNY, SAM MILLER, ETHAN CAREY & NICK THOMAS.
Missing from the picture is COOPER RICE.
Congratulations to all!
Ambridge Area High School students embraced the #ChooseKind movement with an activity designed to get them thinking about the value of being kind to classmates and standing up against bullying.
The event, which took place on Thursday afternoon on the "bridge" into the High School, was organized by student Marissa Hooks, who said she wanted to emphasize the power just a few kind words can have on others. Students who participated wrote messages of kindness on balloons and sent them to classmates. Anyone who received a balloon was then encouraged to include another message of kindness and launch the balloon in the community to help brighten someone else's day.
Each balloon cost $1, and a total of 80 balloons were sold for the event.
High School Principal Ms. Janice Zupsic said she was extremely proud of the students for spreading a message of positivity. " Marissa brings a very positive message to the forefront with this activity. It is a great reminder to all of us that we should be helping to raise each other up rather than tearing each other down."
All proceeds from the event will benefit the Big Brother, Big Sister Organization.
Students were greeted this morning by encouraging and positive messages from staff members for the start of the PSSA testing. Staff arrived to school early today to create the messages, and also placed supportive messages in the hallways for students near their assigned testing areas.
Students in Kindergarten through Sixth Grade were awarded a certificate for being chosen as Sept. 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: AAIDEN DINUNO, KIARA CRAKER, LAKE BRANDENBURG, CARTER MASON, MARENA BAKER, ANDREW PALAVROS & DAKOTA JELLISON.
Congratulations to all!
The safety and security of students and staff is a top priority in the Ambridge Area School District. The District frequently reviews security practices and crisis response protocols, adjusting when deemed necessary. This document outlines the policies and procedures in place as part of the AASD security plan.
Mrs. Bogati submitted essays to the Legion written by students in her class. They were titled "What A Patriot Means To Me". Samantha Freed was awarded 1st place by the Baden American Legion Post 641. Sarah Sipes was awarded 2nd place from the Ambridge Post. Both girls were invited to the monthly meeting held at the Baden Legion where each of them read their essay to members who were in attendance. Afterwards, they were presented with a check from the President of the Baden Post.
Congratulations to Bethany Sweigart for placing 1st at the 2018 19th annual Pittsburgh Monster Meet. This is Bethany's 1st weightlifting competition and she did an amazing job deadlifting 300lbs!