As the community already is aware, there was a water main break discovered in a 12-inch line off of 19th Street in Ambridge Sunday. Crews from the Ambridge Water Authority were able to restore access to water through a temporary patch by 8 p.m., but repairs to the main line are ongoing.
Highland and State Street elementary schools, and Ambridge Area High School, were affected by the water main break. Classes were held at State Street and the High School today; however, classes at Highland had to be cancelled. The water main break caused the school’s water tank to lose pressure, making it unable to provide water to the building. The Water Authority continues to work on the issue at Highland, with the hopes that school will be able to be reopened tomorrow. Parents will be notified as soon as possible about the status of Highland, but should be prepared for the possibility that classes may once again be cancelled tomorrow.
Classes will continue as scheduled at State Street and the High School tomorrow. The Ambridge Water Authority issued a boil water advisory for Ambridge Borough and Harmony Township at 1:30 p.m. Monday. Due to this advisory, access to all water fountains and ice machines at the High School and State Street Elementary will be restricted. A pallet of water has been donated for each building, and students and faculty will have access to it throughout the day. Additionally, no fresh fruit or vegetables will be served during lunches. Only hot items will be available for the duration of the boil water advisory. All lunches will be served on paper products.
Activities at the High School will continue as planned this evening; however, there will be no access to drinking water on site, so residents are advised to bring their own if attending any evening practices or events in the building.
The water authority has not provided an estimate on when the water main break will be fully repaired. Even once the break is fixed, the boil water advisory will remain in effect for 48 hours as required by the Department of Environmental Protection. During that time, the water will be repeatedly tested for quality to ensure its safety for consumption.
The District will provide updates as they become available.
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: DECLAN GEISER, KAYLEE BISHOP, BRETT HINDS, HAVANNA HAZELWOOD, RYAN SWEITZER, RAEGAN KEBER, WYATT GRAF, DANIELA MILLER, BRYCE MCKINNEY, HANNAH HOHMAN, BAILEY PROTULIPAC, ISAAC GUIDOTTI, ADDISON CREESE, MAX MODROVICH, NORAH MARCHIONDA, MADISON KOZAK, MADELYN PALMER, KARSON MERLINA, NATE THOMAS, EDWARD JOHNSTON AND TROY ARLOF.
Congratulations to all!
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: DECLAN GEISER, KAYLEE BISHOP, BRETT HINDS, HAVANNA HAZELWOOD, RYAN SWEITZER, RAEGAN KEBER, WYATT GRAF, DANIELA MILLER, BRYCE MCKINNEY, HANNAH HOHMAN, BAILEY PROTULIPAC, ISAAC GUIDOTTI, ADDISON CREESE, MAX MODROVICH, NORAH MARCHIONDA, MADISON KOZAK, MADELYN PALMER, KARSON MERLINA, NATE THOMAS, EDWARD JOHNSTON AND TROY ARLOF.
Congratulations to all!
Seventh, eighth, and ninth grade students attended the annual forensics competition at Riverside High School on Tuesday, February 6th. Six school districts competed, but overall, Ambridge placed in the highest number of categories! Our students’ results are as follows:
Duo News Broadcast – Junior High
Third Place Hazel Bell and Meghan Kinkade
Duo News Broadcast – Senior High
Second Place Maura Devine and Sammy Farah
Third Place Rhiannon Bosh and Kyla Fitzgibbons
Poetry – Junior High
First Place Madison Mihalic
Second Place Leah Fritsch
Third Place Lydia Mycyk
Poetry – Senior High
First Place Dinah Bailey
Second Place John Barnhart
Third Place Kyla Fitzgibbons
Extemporaneous – Junior High
First Place Lanaya Pharr
Extemporaneous – Senior High
Second Place John Barnhart
Duo Impromptu – Junior High
First Place Lydia Mycyk and her Central Valley partner
Second Place (tie) Madison Mihalic and her Central Valley partner
Lanaya Pharr and Zoe Maurer
Third Place (tie) Jaina Ilko and Luke Sovich
Leah Fritsch and her partner.
Duo Impromptu – Senior High
First Place (tie) Maura Devine and her Blackhawk partner
Gabby Milcoff and her Blackhawk partner
Second Place Dinah Bailey and her Riverside partner
Third Place Sammy Farah her Blackhawk partner
Congratulations to all who participated!
Sports Physicals will now only be held on July 27th at 12pm (all Junior high and High school student athletes). Phycials are $20 and athletes must have their physical packet and money (cash) on the day of the physical.
To view a printable version of the Physical Form plese Click Here.
For more information about physicals please visit the Ambridge Athletcs Webpage by Clicking Here.
Highland hosted a Family STEAM night on February 22. Students and their families participated in an evening of fun, hands-on activities and challenges. The evening included cookies provided by Highland’s PTO and door prizes.
There were nine interactive stations:
Station #1 – Little Bits Little Bits are a platform of electronic building blocks. The bits snap together with magnets. Families invented something using Little Bits.
Station #2 - Legos and Blocks Families were challenged to build a replica of the Washington Monument.
Station # 3 – Art Bot Using a cup, marker, toothbrush, and tape, families worked to invent an Art Bot that created art autonomously.
Station #4 – Gears, Gears, Gears Families engaged critical thinking skills as they engineered with colorful gears.
Station #5 – Bee Bot Families programed our Bee Bots to follow commands.
Station #6 – Famous Failures – Families read through examples of famous people who turned failure into success.
Station #7 – Puzzlets This award winning tech-ed platform combines hands on play with interactive gaming. Station #8 – Squishy Circuits Families built circuit together and explored electricity.
Station #9 – Used Book Sale Thank you to the Interact clubs at the Jr. High and High School for collecting used books for the sale.
The evening was made possible through a grant from Highmark, Shell, and the Beaver County Educational Trust.
Special thanks are extended to Mrs. Hoover, the Highland PTO, and the volunteers for the evening - Mrs. Fisher, Mrs. Fedora, Caylin Fedora, Mrs. Kuhel, Ms. J. Kuhel, Mrs. Bupp, Mrs. Bell, Savannah Bell, Talan Bell, Sami Freed, Riley Sas, and Mr. and Mrs. Webb. Thank you also to Mrs. Henry, Mrs. Carpenter, Mrs. McCoy, Goldie and Jane.
Community Service Announcement
Below are two community resources that can provide support to those in need:
Center for Hope 740 Park Road Ambridge, PA 15003 724.251.4899
Monday-Thursday at noon, free hot lunch
The Ladle’s website notes they serve hot meals every Monday, 5:30-6:30pm
9th and Maplewood
Ambridge, PA 15003
The Ambridge Area High School Marching Band, under the direction of Marie Dewar, has accepted the invitation to commemorate the 75th Anniversary of the attack on Pearl Harbor and represent Ambridge, PA in the Waikiki Holiday Parade.
Each year the Waikiki Holiday Parade is held on the Friday after Thanksgiving in Honolulu, Hawaii, honoring Pearl Harbor Survivors and American military. To date, hundreds of mainland and Hawaiian bands have marched the parade since its inaugural year in 1998. Thousands of spectators, residents and visitors gather to watch this parade which hosts marching bands, Pearl Harbor Survivors, service bands, military units, local officials, dignitaries and entertainers. The parade begins at 7:00pm at Fort DeRussy and ends at Kapiolani Park. The scenic parade route travels approximately 1.5 miles through Waikiki along the oceanfront of beautiful, torch-lit Kalakaua Avenue. Bands who participate in the parade also provide a wreath laying ceremony at the USS Arizona Memorial and a commemorative performance at the USS Battleship Missouri in Pearl Harbor.
While in Hawaii, the group will tour the island of Oahu, and include a visit to the Dole Pineapple Plantation and Polynesian Cultural Center on the North Shore and hike the Diamond Head crater. In preparation for the trip, the band has been practicing several patriotic songs and has been discussing the history of Pearl Harbor in class.
“We are thrilled to be working with Marie Dewar and the Ambridge band on their trip,” said Parade Founder Jake Peppers. The student’s experiences at Pearl Harbor and meeting survivors will be something they will remember for a lifetime. We are honored to help create this memory.”
The Department of Health is currently holding immunization clinics across the commonwealth to provide vaccines at little or No cost for children through 18 years of age who are Medicaid eligible, uninsured, underinsured, or American Indian or Alaska Native.
The cost is $5 per child (payable by check or money order) for families above income guidelines. No child will be turned away Because of an inability to pay.
Specific clinic information is available by clicking on the student’s county of residence at http://www.health.pa.gov/Your-Department-of-Health/Offices%20and%20Bureaus/Bureaus/Pages/Back-to-School-Immunization-Clinics.aspx