Bridger Spirit Day at Highland Elementary
A free 30-minute Power of Parents program presented by Mothers Against Drunk Driving
April 20, 2017
American Legion Post 641
271 State Street
Baden, PA 15005
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Power of Parents is a program which prepares parents to talk with teens about alcohol.
** Research shows parents should talk early, talk often with children about underage drinking
** Parents – not peers remain the biggest influence on the children when it comes to alcohol
** Positive parenting strategies can help empower kids to avoid underage drinking
** Parents – you have the power: USE IT!
Natalie Parkinson’s daughter, Renee Parkinson, was killed on Interstate 79 in 2007 by a first-time DUI offender
Pam Ondash’s son David Cook, a resident of Baden, was killed on Route 989 in 2011 by a first-time DUI offender
Natalie and Pam work together through MADD to educate communities.
Impaired driving is 100% preventable.
Mayor Gagliardi will be signing a proclamation in support of MADD’s Power Talk 21, the National Day for parents and caregivers to talk to their kids about alcohol.
JUNIOR HIGH STUDENTS VISIT 3 BEAVER COUNTY COLLEGE CAMPUSES
As part of the Ambridge Area Junior High School career initiative, approximately 200 8th grade students experienced a college or university visit at one of three local campuses. This initiative was supported by Junior High School Principal, Mr. Cooke, and the Junior High Career Team. The Career Team includes Mrs. Bober, Mrs. Crawford, Mrs. Hamiliton, and Ms. Scaletta.
Throughout the months of January and February, students were given the opportunity to visit the Community College of Beaver County, Penn State Beaver, or Geneva College. On all three field trips, the 8th graders were able to tour the campus, take part in informative discussions, and get a first-hand experience of college life. While not all students are planning to go to college, this was a great opportunity for our young adults to get more informed about the many options they will have after their graduation in 2021! Ultimately, all of our visits and presentations strongly encouraged the importance of taking challenging classes throughout junior high and high school, attending school regularly, and thinking critically about the future.
We are so pleased we could provide this opportunity to our 8th graders, and we look forward to the bright futures they will be carving for themselves during their time in the Ambridge Area School District and beyond!
On Thursday, March 9, 2017 Ambridge Area Junior High School held its third annual Career Day. The seventh and eighth grade students were given the opportunity to gain information about six different careers.
The JH was fortunate to have approximately 40 presenters from a wide variety of careers. Participants included representatives from post-secondary schools, such as CCBC, Robert Morris University, Bradford, Pittsburgh Technical College, and the Beaver County Career & Technology Center. We also had individuals from the health care field, law enforcement, EMS, as well as a social media specialist, a Google employee, and a geologist. Also included in our group of presenters, were individuals employed Cana film and video, photography, individuals from Haemonetics, First National Bank, CYS, Entrepreneurship (Ambridge Connection), Grandpa Joes Candy Store, K-9 officer, AASD UMPC Athletic Trainer, SWAT Team Vehicle.
The Career Team would like to thank the AASD Administrative team for attending our Career Day.
Career Day- ‘Very impressive! I thank all those staff members who organized the Career Day at the Junior High School and the professionals who gave of their time to participate in this event. I spoke to several students who both appreciated and learned a great deal from this valuable educational experience. Again, thank you to all who participated.’
Dr. Joseph C. Dimperio
Acting Superintendent of Schools
Finally, a thank you to our principal, Mr. Shaun Cooke, for his unwavering support, our entire junior high staff for all the help and support given to us, and to our students, who were active participants in Career Day. Thank you to Officer Woods for arranging the Emergency Vehicles to attend.
Congratulations to the following students!
9th Grade Student of the Month
10th Grade Student of the Month
11th Grade Student of the Month
12th Grade Student of the Month
9th Grade Extra Effort
10th Grade Extra Effort
11th Grade Extra Effort
12th Grade Extra Effort
The musical Beauty and the Beast was performed at the Ambridge Area Highschool from Thursday, March 9 to Sunday, March 12. Main roles in the musical were played by Megan Huey, Dmytri Rakovan, and Ryan Mikush, as well as many others. View the rest of the article to see the entire cast list, as well as some additional pictures from the play taken by Alan Freed from the Ambridge Connection.
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, a good role model in class, extra effort, and encouraging fellow classmates to do their best. Along with Mrs. Parisi in the picture are: ANTHONY MANGANELLO, BENTLEY LUCCI, RAEGAN KEBER, JACOB TURKO, KENNEDY HUMMERT, OLLIVER POWELL, ALYSSA KINKADE, HANNAH HOHMAN, SYDNEY SMITH, ADDISON CREESE, MIKALAH WETZEL, COOPER SCHEIDEMANTLE, LAUREN MEALIE, BENJAMIN WEIGAND, HARRISON HILL, RONALD NOULLET, SAMUEL MILLER, JOSEPHINE REDDICK, ANNABELLE HRINKO, SYDNEY KLASS, JULIA BENNETT & NOAH GALAZKA.
Missing from the picture is: JOSHUA KUNY
Congratulations to all!
Congratulations to the February Student of the Month and Extra Effort Award Winners!
Student of the month
9th Cade Grable
10th Riley Sas
11th Miranda D'Antoni
12th Tom Caton
9th Charish Jones
10th Jenna head
11th Daniel Elliott
12th Sanatha Yorke
Tony Kraus, Sr placed 6th in the 200y IM & got his best time ever placing 10th in the 100y breast stroke.
Sarah Doncevic, Fr placed 8th in the 100y back stroke and 11th in the 50y freestyle.
Congratulations to the winners of the Highland Random Acts of Kindness month!
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.