Welcome Back Bridgers!
Left to Right: Kim Kuzma, Rachel Marotti, Alex Bupp, Katie Sivewright, Emma Phillips
First Day of School
Borough, Fire Department and School District Join Forces to Ensure School Safety
A unique program to recycle old fire hose is being used to help ensure the safety and security of students and staff in the Ambridge Area School District.
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.
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!
Each year the National Park Trust holds a contest to get kids to parks. They offer a $1,000 grant that must be written mostly by students. This year Jenna McFarland with the help of Mr. Ayers won the $1,000 grant. She is taking the 8th grade honors classes to Moraine State Park on May 8th. The program will include the following: Forest Management with a Dept. Natural Resources Forester, a history & sight-seeing trip on the boat the Nautical Nature, and Tree Identification with the local Park Ranger Mike Shaffer. Great job Jenna!
State Street Elementary hosted the Ambridge Area School District 6th Grade Spelling Bee, March 16, 2018. Students from all three elementary buildings participated. The Economy representatives were: Jordan Garrison, Emma Lockhart, and Shawn McIntyre. Representatives from Highland were: Roma Hendricks, Christopher Palmeri, and Amariona Williams. Finally, State Street was represented by Andrew Crowfoot and Aiden Sheffield. The children diligently worked at spelling the words asked of them.
The runner-up was Jordan Garrison form Economy. This year’s 2018 Ambridge Area School District 6th Grade Champion was Roma Hendricks from Highland. Roma will advance to The Beaver County Spelling Bee in May at Hopewell High School. Congratulations, Roma! Bring home the win!!!!
Thank you to Dr. L. Jo Welter, Mrs. Aphrodite Galitsis, Mr. Tom McKelvey, and Mrs. Jo Ann Hoover for attending and supporting our participants.