On Saturday, February 1st 2020, ten students from Ambridge Area Middle School attended the Beaver County MathCounts Competition at PennState Beaver sponsored by the Beaver Chapter of the Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers. Coached by teachers Ashley Simpson and Glenn Freed, attending students were Camden Mawhinney, Brayden Reeves, Aidyn Iorfido, Kylie Dreyer, Chloe Castro, Carter Catalano, Andrew Crofoot, Joseph Pugh, Cody Roper, and Anthony Speicher. The event featured over 50 students from 6 schools in Beaver County. Students competed in Sprint, Target, and Team rounds during the morning and then a head to head Countdown round after lunch to determine the top 10 individuals. After the countdown round, the top 10 students were ranked and the Bridgers earned 5 of those spots. Ambridge 8th grader Brayden Reeves placed at 10th overall, 7th grader Anthony Speicher placed at 9th overall, 8th grader Chloe Castro placed 8th, 7th grader Cody Roper placed 3rd, and 8th grader Camden Mawhinney earned 1st place. Thus Cody and Camden both earned their way to the state competition in Harrisburg on March 13th and 14th. At the end of the awards ceremony, Ambridge found out that the team placed 2nd overall. The team consisted of Brayden Reeves, Camden Mawhinney, Aidyn Iordido, and Kylie Dreyer. Congratulations and best of luck to Camden and Cody in Harrisburg!
The AASD Board of Directors would like to thank those community members that responded to the survey. You will find the data and analysis for the survey in the attached link. Your input and feedback has been very valuable as we move forward with the Superintendent search.
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On January 17, 2020, Governor Tom Wolf announced $5.7 million in PAsmart Targeted Grants will be distributed to schools across Pennsylvania to expand computer science classes and teacher training. Ambridge Area School District.was awarded $35,000 for computer science classes and teacher trainings in the elementary schools. The grant, written and submitted by Dr. Welter, will focus on Apple’s primary computer science curriculum Everyone Can Code. Each elementary school will receive a new cart of iPads. Several staff members are involved in the extensive 6-day training sessions provided by PA Department of Education. We look forward to this new opportunity to enrich the curriculum for our students.
The Ambridge Area Board of School Directors is accepting letters of interest to fill a vacancy on the Board.
The vacancy was created when Board member Roger Kowal resigned as of January 5, 2020. Kowal, provided a resignation letter to Board President Cathy Fischer.
The Pennsylvania School Code outlines the following requirements for candidates wishing to fill school board vacancies:
- Must be a citizen;
- Must be at least 18 years old;
- Must be of good moral character; and
- Must be a resident of school district for at least one year prior to the date of election or appointment.
Mrs. Fischer said the School Board will review all and conduct interviews at the January 15, 2020 meeting. A final candidate will be selected at the January 15, 2020 meeting. The new Board member will serve the remainder of Mr. Kowal’s term, which expires in November 2021.
School Board Recognition Month
January is School Board Recognition Month—a time to salute the work of our volunteer school board members and to celebrate public education. This special recognition of School Board members reflects our combined commitment to leadership and accountability assuring that ALL children succeed. It’s an exciting and challenging time in public education. They are citizens whose decisions affect our children and build our communities. Showing appreciation for the important work of school boards should be a year-round process, but too often we neglect to recognize the dedication and hard work of these men and women who represent us. This January, the staff and students of our district are asking all members of the community to take a moment and thank a school board member. Thank you to the men and women who dedicate countless personal hours to ensure the needs of our community are met by our public schools. We salute the public servants of the Ambridge Area School District whose dedication and civic responsibility make local control of public schools in our community possible. We applaud them for their vision and voice to prepare today’s students to be tomorrow’s leaders.
The 14th Annual Winter Olympics were held Friday December 20th at the high school. Competition among the grades in grueling events like the Obstacle Course, Soccer and Hockey. The exhilaration of victory and the pain of defeat as the students cheered for their classmates.
Dash and Beebot Robots paraded down the State Street hallway today. After reading Balloons over Broadway by Melissa Sweet, 2nd grade STEAM students decorated robots for a State Street parade. Students decorated and drove Beebots or Dash in the parade. Dash was equipped with a xylophone attachment. Students used the xylophone to program Dash to play music during the parade.
See the video here: State Street Holiday STEAM Parade
The Ambridge Area High School Music Department held their annual Holiday Concert on Wednesday December 18th. These young student-musicians displayed their hard work and talents for the community to enjoy. Traditional holiday favorites and swing versions of holiday music were performed. Happy Holidays from Ambridge Area High School!
Congratulations to the winners of the Holiday Card Contest! Students were asked to create a seasonal card for the Ambridge Area School District. The selected winners were printed on the district's holiday greeting card. Dr. Welter and the School Board will recognize the winners at the January 15th School Board Meeting.
Alice Smedley, 2nd Grade, State Street Elementary
Morgan Hartman, 4th Grade, Economy Elementary
Runner Up – Alena Strong, 3rd Grade, Highland Elementary