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High school art show set for May 7-8

4/29/2015. Filed under Press Releases.

Moon Area High School is hosting its annual art show from 6-9 p.m. on Thursday, May 7 and from 6-8 p.m. on Friday, May 8, 2015. Works of art will be exhibited in the school’s auxiliary gymnasium. The art show features original artwork by students in grades 9-12.

“The artwork in the show is a mix of traditional art and digital art,” Barbara Inskipt, high school art teacher, said. “Students in the visual electives also participate in the show, so it will be not only art students but technology education, TV production as well as preschoolers.”

Traditional artwork includes pieces made from ceramic, metal enameling, sculpture, painting and drawing. Digital artwork includes digital photography and images created using software programs such as Photoshop, Illustrator, Bryce, Painter and Lightwave.

Those interested in purchasing student artwork are encouraged to contact the art teachers. For more information, contact high school art teachers Ms. Barbara Inskipt at or Mr. Mark Chevalier at

Congrats to Dr. Julie Moore, McCormick principal

4/29/2015. Filed under Press Releases.

Julie Moore, principal of McCormick Elementary, donned a traditional cap and gown once again as she received a doctorate of education from the University of Pittsburgh in Oakland on Sunday, April 26, 2015. Dr. Moore completed her studies in Administrative and Policy Studies in the university’s School of Education.

A graduate of Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Dr. Moore earned a bachelor’s degree in English education. She completed her graduate studies at Slippery Rock University of Pennsylvania – earning a master’s degree in reading education. She also holds certificates as a secondary principal and reading specialist as well as her superintendent’s letter of eligibility.

A resident of Moon Township, Dr. Moore was among more than 7,700 students receiving undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Pittsburgh’s campus in Oakland.

Dr. Moore first joined the Moon Area School District administrative staff in 2000 and has served as an assistant principal at the high school and principal at the middle school before being tapped to lead the staff at McCormick Elementary. She previously served as a reading specialist in the Bethel Park and Fort Cherry school districts.

Moon 7th grader takes Silver at USA Open

4/29/2015. Filed under Press Releases.

A Moon Area Middle School student recently earned a silver medal in the USA Open & Junior International Cup. Seventh grader Ziah Baldis competed in the international karate event April 2-5, 2015, in Las Vegas.

More than 2,300 athletes from 39 countries competed in the event. Ziah won his silver medal in the 12-13 year old advanced Kumite (fighting) division.  He competed and won matches against Mexico, Venezuela and Cuba before losing in the finals. 

“This is the highest level of karate competition in the world,” Dustin Baldis, chief instructor of the Pennsylvania Shotokan Karate Club, said. “The USA Open draws athletes from all over the world.” 

The USA Open & Junior International Cup is sanctioned by the USA National Karate Federation, the only national governing body for karate as recognized by the U.S. Olympic Committee.

Moon students recognized at National Technical Honor Society Induction

4/29/2015. Filed under Press Releases.

Parkway West Career and Technology Center honored several Moon Area High School s
tudents for their outstanding leadership, academics, and school/community achievements during its National Technical Honor Society induction on April 15, 2015, at South Fayette High School.

Andrew Spellman, who is enrolled in the veterinary technology program, was inducted as an officer. He will serve as the honor society’s treasurer for the 2015-16 school year.

In addition, the following four students, all enrolled in the cosmetology program, were recognized as new inductees to the National Technical Honor Society: Madyson Ellsworth, RoseMarie Gutierrez, Faith Limbruner and Kylie Peterson.

Other Moon Area High School students who are members of the National Technical Honor Society include: Hanna Doerr, cosmetology; Angela Favarella, culinary arts; James Little, welding technology; Jacob Seanor, veterinary technology; and Gabrielle Stone, veterinary technology.

Superintendent of Schools Curt Baker and Moon Area High School Principal Barry Balaski attended the event in support of Moon Area High School students.

According to the organization’s website, “National Technical Honor Society honors the achievements of top career and technical education students, provides scholarships to encourage the pursuit of higher education, and cultivates excellence in today’s highly competitive, skilled workforce.”

Click here to view photos from the event

Senior Semi tickets on sale through May 1

4/28/2015. Filed under Press Releases.

Tickets to the Moon Area High School Senior Semi are on sale now through Friday, May 1, 2015. Tickets are $30 per person. Checks should be made payable to MAHS Class of 2015.

The Senior Semi will be held from 6:30 – 11 p.m. on Friday, May 22 at Heinz Field West Club Lounge. The schedule for the evening is as follows:

  • 6:15–7:30 p.m.  Student arrival, security check in, and registration Heinz Field West Club Lounge
  • 6:30–7:30 p.m.  Pictures & Hors d’oeuvres
  • 7:30–9:00 p.m.  Dinner – Pasta & Fajitas Stations & Salad
  • 8:30–9:30 p.m.  Sundae Station
  • 8:30– 11:00 p.m.  Dancing & Socializing

Click here for details information for seniors and their dates.

For more information, please contact Mr. Christopher D’Eramo, class sponsor, in room 246 or

Board of Education Meeting: Monday, April 27 | Agenda


Click here to view the School Board agenda for Monday, April 27, 2015. 

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Board Room located within the central administrative offices.

Complete list of 2015 meeting dates

Board meeting minutes

Latest Elementary Capital Improvement Program updates

4/24/2015. Filed under Press Releases.


  • Preparation work will begin during non-school hours starting this Saturday, April 25 at Brooks and this coming Monday, April 27 at Allard. read the letter to parents
  • Due to the upcoming renovations, changes will be made to arrival and dismissal procedures at Allard Elementary School starting on Monday, April 27, 2015. read the letter from Principal Beeson
  • Weekly briefings will be held at 4 p.m. each Monday beginning this coming Monday, April 27 through the end of the school year. The meetings will be held in the district administration center board room. The briefings are open to parents, staff and community members and there will be an opportunity for questions. A written report of the information will also be posted on the district’s website. read the letter to parents
  • The kitchens at Allard and Brooks will be closed during the final two weeks of school. Click here to learn about the meal options that will be available to students and staff.

Moon 6th graders take the gold in battery car race

4/24/2015. Filed under Press Releases.

A team of Moon Area Middle School students earned the first place overall trophy in the sixth grade battery car races that were recently held on the campus of Duquesne University.

The car created by the team of Ethan Bloom, Robby Martin and Chancharik Mitra – which placed second for fastest time – took the overall top award for high scores on performance and their design documents. In total, Moon Area Middle School held four of the 16 semifinal spots.

Students were tasked with designing and building a car – powered by two AA batteries – that will race approximately 20 meters. In addition, each team was required to enter a complete design document that included specific elements including a sketch of the car design and a materials list, assembly procedures, a description of one performance related creative feature of the car, description of one obstacle or problem encountered and how it was solved and a short description of the bottle holder, including the rationale for its design.

The Battery Car Race is a STEM-based design and race competition for student- built battery powered model cars. The event was sponsored by the Northern Area Gifted Consortium.

Four musicians selected for PMEA orchestra festival

4/24/2015. Filed under Press Releases.

Four Moon Area School District students were recently selected to participate in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 1 Junior High School District Orchestra Festival.

Ninth graders Reetwan Bandyopadhyay and Braden Stesiak along with eighth graders Ethan Radeschi and Zachary Tomasic practiced and prepared with more than 140 junior high students from throughout the region.

The festival was held April 17-18, 2015, at Pine-Richland High School.  

“Congratulations to Ethan, Zachary, Reetwan and Branden for this prestigious honor and on a successful performance,” Amanda Neville, middle school orchestra director, said.

PMEA District I is comprised of schools in Allegheny, Fayette, Greene, Washington and Westmoreland counties.

PMEA is a statewide nonprofit organization of more than 4,500 members, dedicated to promoting the musical development of all Pennsylvanians. The organization promotes and supports quality music education, learning and performance as well as promoting and supporting music education in schools and communities. PMEA is affiliated with The National Association for Music Education.

Moon sixth grader tops PA Math League contest

4/24/2015. Filed under Press Releases.

A Moon Area Middle School student finished first in the 2014-15 Allegheny County and Pennsylvania Mathematics League competitions. Sixth grader Chancharik Mitra now advances to the Fourth Annual Stanford-Math League Tournament set for Aug. 11 – 16, 2015, at Stanford University.

In the state-level competition, Chancharik tied with two other students with a perfect score of 35. The other students are from Valley Forge Middle School, located in a Philadelphia suburb, and Mount Nittany Middle School, in State College. All three students will be awarded engraved plaques for their achievement.

The Pennsylvania Mathematics League is part of The Math League national organization that provides annual math contests for students in grades 4-12.

“Math contests give students an educationally enriching opportunity to participate in an academically-oriented activity and to gain recognition for mathematical achievement,” the Mathematics League website states. “The key is to encourage students to enjoy a challenge and to learn from it to find problem-solving discussions stimulating.”

The Stanford-Math League Tournament is open to the top scoring students on the state and regional math competitions. Students from all over the world will attend the tournament in California to compete by solving math questions in teams, relays, and individually.

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