AAHS students participated in a Reality Fair on Thursday, Oct. 3. The fair was sponsored by the Ambridge Area Federal Credit Union (AAFCU). During the fair, students had the opportunity to select careers, receive a prepared profile of earings and visit a number of booths focused on budgeting for transportation, insurance, food cost, housing, entertainment, clothing, saving, Internet and TV and a part-time supplement. Students also had the chance to spin the reality wheel to impose life conditions that may arise to see how it would affect their overall budgets. The experience closed with students being afforded the opportunity to meet with a financial planner to access how they might make positive changes and adjustments.
The Ambridge Area School District is pleased to announce that one of its teachers has been nominated for Pennsylvania Teacher of the Year recognition.
Mrs. Nicole Darroch, a K-5 STEAM Educator and Technology Integrator for Highland and State Street elementary schools, was nominated for PA Teacher of the Year by the Beaver County Educational Trust (BCET). BCET announced its nomination of Mrs. Darroch on Friday, Sept. 27.
“We are so excited to nominate Nicole for this honor,” said Mrs. Jamie Connelly, BCET Executive Director. “Nicole was honored at the BCET Coming Together for Education event in May as one of the BCET Teachers of the Year. In 2018, Nicole’s award-winning grant was focused on Storytime STEAM packs. BCET is proud to support enthusiastic teachers like Nicole for their creativity, ingenuity and dedication.”
The PA Teacher of the Year Program is co-sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Pennsylvania Chapter of the National State Teacher of the Year. The program recognizes excellence in teaching by honoring K-12 educators in public education who have made outstanding academic contributions to school-aged children in Pennsylvania. The nomination process for teachers for the 2021 program is underway. Educators, parents, students and community members are encouraged to acknowledge the efforts of teachers in their community through the nominations process. Twelve finalists will be selected from the applications received.
“I am honored by the nomination,” said Mrs. Darroch. “The Beaver County Educational Trust supports great educational efforts throughout Beaver County. I appreciate their recognition of the work I have done in the elementary STEAM programs at Highland and State Street.”
In addition to her latest nomination, Mrs. Darroch also has received the following recognition:
Beaver County Teacher of the Year 2019;
STEAM Catalyst Grant Recipient – Allegheny Intermediate Unit ($7,500 grant in September 2018);
Target Field Trip Grant Recipient (December 2018);
Pittsburgh Penguins Foundation Teacher of the Month (March 2017);
Beaver County Educational Trust Grant Recipient (2015, 2017, 2018 & 2019); and
Society of Analytical Chemists Equipment Grant Recipient (2016 & 2018).
Want to get psyched for the big Homecoming game against the Knoch Knights on Friday, Sept. 20? Join us for the Bridgers Homecoming Pep Rally on Thursday, Sept. 19 to help kick off Homecoming weekend. Festivities will be held from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Moe Rubenstein Stadium.
The Homecoming Rally will feature a number of fun-filled events, including food trucks, baked goods, raffles, face painting and games for the whole family. The Homecoming Court, High School Band and Cheerleaders and Varsity Football players will be featured during the pep rally. All Lil’Bridger athletes are encouraged to wear their football and cheer uniforms to the event.
Donations are being accepted for the event. Individuals or community businesses interested in donating items to the snack/bake sale should sign up here.
The pep rally will be followed by the big Homecoming game, scheduled for 7 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 20. Immediately preceding the game will be a Homecoming Parade and Celebration, starting at 5:45 p.m. The parade route begins at the Ambridge 911 Center and ends at the stadium. The parade will feature high school, middle school and elementary school students and school organizations, who will join the Homecoming Court as it makes it way through town to the stadium. Clubs and athletic programs that would like to register to participate in the parade may do so here. The deadline to register is Thursday, Sept. 12. All parade participants are required to be at the 911 Center no later than 5 p.m.
The safety and security of our students is a top priority at these events. As such, Elementary-aged students attending Homecoming events on Thursday and Friday must be accompanied by an adult. Elementary students are required to be seated with their parents or adult guardians during the football game. No running through the stands is permitted. Middle School students are required to sit in the Middle School Cheer Section, located behind the High School Student Section and the Marching Band. Concession stands will be open during the game, featuring a variety of food options.
Homecoming weekend will conclude with the Homecoming Dance, from 7 to 10 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 21. Tickets will be sold from Sept. 16-18 during lunches. Cost is $8 in advance and $10 at the door. The Homecoming Dance is open to students in grades 9-12 only. AASD students are not permitted to bring gusts from another school. All students attending the event must be in good academic and behavioral standing.
Come out and support the AASD Marching Band on Saturday, Sept. 7 at the Mattress Fundraiser. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the High School.
The Ambridge Area Middle School would like to thank all of the sponsors who have helped to make the launching of its school-wide Positive Behavior Program - P.R.I.D.E. - a huge success!
"We are thrilled to have your support," said Mr. Tom McKelvey, Middle School Principal. "Through your donation, we will be able to provide both weekly and quarterly goal incentives for our students who demonstrate productivity, respect, integrity, determination and excellence."
A special thank you to:
• Ambridge Area Federal Credit Union
• Ambridge Class of 2011
• Ambridge Italian Villa
• Ambridge Do It Best
• Arby’s – Northern Lights
• Burger King- Northern Lights
• Don Ayers
• Eat N’ Park – Wexford
• Fun Fore All
• Fun Skates Park
• Giant Eagle – Northern Lights
• Koper Masonry
• Living Treasures
• Mad Max Restaurant
• McDonalds - Baden
• Monte Cello’s Cranberry
• Rhodes Transit
• Subway - Baden
• Sheetz – Baden
• Stuvach Printing & Graphics
• Taco Bell – Northern Lights
• Washington Wild Things
The Ambridge Area School District will celebrate a century of Bridger football during the September 13, 2019 home game against Blackhawk. Kick-off is scheduled for 7 p.m. The community is invited to mark this milestone at the Moe Rubenstein Stadium, with a number of special events planned for the evening.
Bridger football alumni are invited to join us for the special commemoration. Register in advance of game night to receive two complimentary tickets to the game. Registered guests also will enjoy a pre-game reception and receive preferential field seating.
Additionally, honorary captains will be selected for the evening. They will join the current team captains at mid field for the game’s coin toss.
“Football has been an important part of the Bridger school community for a century, and we are excited to celebrate this milestone with our Bridger football family, both past and present,” said Addie Lucatorto, Ambridge Area School District Athletic Director.
The first annual Bridger Back-to-School Kick-Off event was held on Monday, Aug. 19 at Wright Field House. The event featured food, fun and games for the entire family. A special thank you to our sponsors for helping to make the day extra special for our students and their families. Welcome back Bridgers! The first day of school for the 2019-2020 School Year is Tuesday, Aug. 27, 2019. A highlight reel of yesterday's event is available here or by clicking on the photo above.
The Ambridge Area School District is pleased to announce it will make financial contributions to community libraries within the District’s coverage area for the 2019-2020 School Year.
For the 2019-2020 fiscal year, the District plans to donate $5,250 to Laughlin Memorial Library and $4,250 to Baden Memorial Library for a total of $9,500.
“This is an annual tradition in the District to offer financial support to our two community libraries,” said Superintendent Dr. Jo Welter. “Community libraries are a valuable tool for our families. They provide access to services, programs and materials that encourage a love for reading and literacy, which mirror our own goals in the Ambridge Area School District.”
In the 2018-2019 fiscal year, the District donated a total of $13,500 to the two community libraries - $7,250 to Laughlin Memorial and $6,250 to Baden Memorial. The amount dedicated in annual support to the two libraries is dependent on the budgeted needs of the District from year to year, said Mr. Doug McCausland, AASD Director of District Operations. “Our budget was a bit tighter this year than in previous years, so we unfortunately were not able to make as large of a contribution as we have in the past.”
Laughlin Memorial Library is located at 99 Eleventh Street in Ambridge. It first opened its doors to the community on July 6, 1929. Baden Memorial Library is located at 385 State Street in Baden. It has been serving the Baden community since 1941. Information about programming for both locations, including hours of operation, is available here.
School is almost back in session and the big Homecoming Game is just around the corner! The parade and the game will be held on September 20 as our Bridgers take on the Knoch Knights. T-shirts are now on sale. Deadline for orders is Tuesday, September 3rd.T-shirts can be ordered via this link. Proceeds benefit Chloe Kamzelski’s senior project.