As the school year progresses, the MJROTC program has been working diligently in the areas of community service and community connections throughout Beaver County. On behalf of the MJROTC program and Ambridge Area School District, please join us in the recognition of our student’s community events and promotions with the following pictures and articles.
Mistletoe Court 2017
December 7th at the Junior High School
December 12th at State Street Elementary School
December 13th at Economy Elementary School
December 14th - Highland Elementary
(Highland concert held in the High School Auditorium)
December 19th at the High School (Band & Chorus)
All concerts begin at 7:00 PM
Holiday Music Schedule
Bridger Spirit Day at Highland Elementary
Caring Place Poster Contest Winner Olivia Huellen
For the second year in a row, one of our State Street Elementary students won the Grief Awareness Poster Contest sponsored by the Caring Place. Olivia Huellen, 5th grader at State Street Elementary won the elementary division of the contest. Her poster will be displayed in elementary schools across the state of Pennsylvania for Grief Awareness Day on November 16th. We are so proud of Olivia and her accomplishment!
The 2017 Homecoming Court included (from left to right): Jon Ciani, Mona Indovina, Baran Witowich, Jaida Syrek, Connor Rabold, Sophia Spiridonakos, Sara Sipes, Jay McCullough, Haley Obrien, TJ Kotula, Trinity Miller, Alex Fetkovich, Riley Sas, and David Brock
On October 2nd the girls and boys soccer team had their Senior Night!
Boys (Top left to right)- Erick Villalta, Jason Lambert, Aj Fustich, Michael Manos, Christian Fisher, Ameer Caprini, Connor Rabold, and Tyler Holland
(Bottom left to right)- Domenic Lamberto, Dimitri Niaros, and Monterey Carpenter
Girls (Bottom left to right)- Megan Guthrie, Jaida Syrek, Haley Obrien, and Abbey Sutton
On Friday, September 22 JROTC and the Physical Education Department joined forces to promote physical fitness, mental toughness and team work in order to live a more healthy life style. The events the students participated in were the inflatable obstacle course, log drills, tire flip, tire pull and stretcher relay. This event also created a bridge that bonded all Bridger’s who participated in the event. A special shout out to 6th period for the being the most motivated class!!!!
“USE OF TRACK BY PUBLIC: The public is welcome to utilize the track during daylight hours Monday through Friday when school is not in session or when students are not using the field for games, practices, events or competitions. These restrictions are in place for the safety and protection of our students as well as any public using the facility.”
The public is welcome to walk the sidewalks outside the stadium and in front of the High School during non-school hours. This area is lit and distance markers will be placed around the loop as a courtesy to the public. We hope this will provide a good alternative for the public when the stadium track is unavailable.
Highland's Open House was a huge success! Thank you to all the family and friends who attended this event.
Economy Elementary students attended a Welcome Assembly on their first day of school. Students were introduced to our new superintendent, Dr. Welter, as well as to all of the teachers and staff.
During the assembly, the students were excited that they would have an opportunity to watch the Solar Eclipse using the safety sunglasses as outlined in the special power point presentation prepared by Mr. Steigerwald.
Later that day, Mrs. Kovach's first grade class took a "Brain Break" by doing the "Go Noodle Dance" in their classroom.
This first week at Ambridge Junior High has been off to an exciting and promising start! We have several initiatives this year that will enhance the climate of the school and strengthen relationships among our staff and student body. Our theme this year at the Junior High is GRIT. GRIT stands for Gratitude, Respect, Integrity and Teamwork. Our staff and students have identified behaviors that demonstrate these four pillars of character. We are focusing on showing GRIT in the hallways and cafeteria this year. It has been wonderful hearing students talking about and showing enthusiasm for GRIT amongst themselves. Their introduction to GRIT kicked off with grade level assemblies where they got their first taste at brainstorming about GRIT – what the words mean and how it might look in the school. They learned that through the demonstration of GRIT, they can earn spots on the Principal’s 100 Club and that they’ll be recognized for their positive behaviors and given the chance to win mystery motivators.
This School-Wide Positive Behavior Support Program is an extension of the program they participated in at the elementary schools. In addition to our focus on increasing positive behavior and a sense of community in our school, we introduced a new academic initiative, iStation. This program will help our staff identify academic strengths and weaknesses of each student and customize online instruction to their individual needs. Students will work within this program consistently throughout the year. The program is highly engaging and interactive and we predict the students will enjoy their time working in it. Quarterly assessments will allow our staff to appropriately program for our students during the Intervention/Enrichment period. Junior High is a special time for our children. They are starting to increase their independence and sense of identity while still needing structure and our support. We believe that our School-wide Positive Behavior Support Program, that includes our theme of GRIT, will help our students make the connection between independence and responsibility. Working together, respecting differences, taking responsibility for our actions and words, and showing appreciation for our school, teachers and community, will improve the daily climate at the Junior High and continue to show that this is a great place to be!
State Street was an exciting place to be on Monday, August 21st as the kids headed into school for the 2017-2018 school year! Students attended an assembly on the STAR behavior reward program and had the opportunity to view the solar eclipse.
Andrew Crofoot and Madison Holcomb were awarded prizes for completing the summer activity packet and returning it to Mr. McKelvey (photo below).
Mackenzie Sutton, Colin Sutton, Braden Vukovcan, and Ben Vukovcan (not pictured Candise Russin) completed the summer reading challenge sponsored by the Ambridge Area Federal Credit Union (photo below).
Welcome back to all the students!
For additional photos from the Beaver County Times, click here:
The Ambridge Area School District is pleased to announce that teachers have voted to accept a decision issued by the Act 88 arbitration panel on Aug. 11.
During a special vote late this afternoon, the teachers voted on and approved the arbitrators’ ruling. The Ambridge School Board approved the decision at its Aug. 16 voting meeting.
The agreement, which is retroactive to the start of the 2015-2016 school year, includes a fair salary and health insurance package. Savings achieved through the healthcare plan will be used to support well-deserved teacher salary increases without an impact to taxpayers. Details of the deal are available on the District website here.
Following the vote, Dr. Jo Welter, Superintendent, expressed her appreciation to both sides of the negotiating table for their diligence and dedication to working out a deal that was fair to all parties involved.
“We are pleased the teachers have voted to accept the arbitrators’ ruling, and thank them for their willingness to thoroughly review the offer before casting their votes,” she said. “We know our teachers truly care about the education of our students, and we are thrilled to be able to announce the start of the new school year without the threat of a strike looming.”
Mr. Scott Angus, School Board President, thanked both sides of the aisle for their steadfast determination to reach a deal. “We are appreciative that we were able to reach a fair agreement that addresses the needs of the District, the teachers, the students and the community as a whole,” said Angus.
Students return to the classroom on Monday, Aug. 21.
The Ambridge Area School District is pleased to announce the Act 88 arbitration panel has returned a majority decision in favor of the District’s final, best offer to the Ambridge Area Education Association (AAEA). The decision, issued Aug. 11, determined the District’s offer is the most reasonable and feasible option for all parties involved.
The arbitration team consists of the District’s appointed representative, a Pennsylvania State Education Association (PSEA) representative and a neutral third-party representative selected by the District and PSEA arbitrators. All three arbitrators possess extensive experience in labor negotiations.
“In a good faith effort, the District worked diligently and met frequently to develop an offer that the neutral arbitrator would find acceptable and fair, considering the state of the District and the restraints of the budget,” said Dr. Jo Welter, Superintendent. “The District is satisfied with the decision and is hopeful that the teachers will have faith in the arbitrators making the decision.”