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Moon Area School District Recognized Nationally for Music Education Efforts

The NAMM Foundation recognizes Moon Area School District (MASD) for its outstanding
commitment to music education with a Best Communities for Music Education designation. MASD joins 376 districts across the country to receive the prestigious distinction in 2014. Learn more about the designation here.

The MASD music staff, which includes Nick Barthen, Janice Barthen, Alan Fear, Mick Minamyer, Lara Seifarth, Lisa Jaworowski, Jaime Rea, Amanda Neville, Megan Taylor, Lori Cole, DJ Kobaly, and Lino Calvarese (missing from above photo), were recognized at the Board of Education meeting on Monday, April 14
. At the meeting, MAHS music students from the high school chorus, band, and orchestra also performed.

To watch a video highlighting the MASD music program, click here.

Moon Area School District Rankings - Guide to Western PA Schools


In the 10th edition of the Guide to Western Pennsylvania Schools:

Moon Area School District moved up two spots to #51 in 2014 (out of 496 districts).

Pittsburgh region top scoring 11th grades:
Moon Area High School moved up five spots to #12 in 2014.

Pittsburgh region honor roll rank:
Moon Area School District moved up three spots from last year to #13.

For more information about the Guide, please click here.

Moon Area Board of Education Meeting Minutes - April 14, 2014

The Moon Area Board of Education meeting minutes from April 14, 2014, are now available.

Moon Area High School Students Receive Tiger Spirit Award

4/16/2014. Filed under Press Releases.
Moon Area High School (MAHS) students Deepshika (Dolphin) Sharma and Kyle Bondi received the Moon Area School District’s Tiger Spirit Award at the Board of Education meeting on Monday, April 14. Learn more...

Olympic Goaltender Visits McCormick


McCormick Elementary welcomed a special guest on Tuesday, April 15, 2014.  Olympian and former Robert Morris University (RMU) goaltender Brianne McLaughlin visited McCormick Elementary students to discuss her Olympic experiences and career. McLaughlin is a two-time USA Hockey Women’s National Festival participant.  She recently received a silver medal in 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi.  McLaughlin played hockey for four years at RMU, and set an NCAA record with 3,809 career saves.

Check out more pictures in our Facebook album!

MAHS Sophomore Awarded Scholarship to Art and Design Summer Seminar

Moon Area High School (MAHS) sophomore Vanessa Wall received an Honorable Mention Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) Summer Seminars Scholarship.  Vanessa was awarded this scholarship because of her grades, artwork, recommendations, and interest in the SCAD summer program.

Vanessa will be in Savannah, Georgia for the week long program.  She has the opportunity to attend Wearable Art and Fashion workshops.  Vanessa hopes to study fashion design at SCAD once she graduates high school.

SCAD summer seminars give high school students the opportunity to “gain a valuable educational experience while developing their creative vision through exciting art and design assignments and projects.”  For more information on SCAD’s Summer Seminars, please visit

Brooks Staff Writes Motivational Messages to Students

As students at Brooks Elementary arrived to school during the week of PSSA testing, they were greeted by motivational messages written by Brooks Staff!

MASD Opens High School Baseball Field

The Moon Area Varsity Baseball field (secondary campus) was played on for the first time on Wednesday, April 9 at 4 p.m. vs. Pine Richland. A pre-game ceremony was held prior to the game.

The ceremony featured a ribbon-cutting with MAHS senior baseball players; Board members Jerry Testa, Michael Hauser, and A. Michael Olszewski (President); Superintendent Curt Baker and MAHS Principal Barry Balaski. The first pitch was thrown by Joe Marek, who has been involved with Moon Tiger Baseball for 41 years as a manager, statistician, coach, webmaster and historian. The first pitch was  caught by Austin Hoffman, a sophomore on the Varsity baseball team. When Austin was in 5th grade, he also threw the first pitch to open the McCormick Baseball Field, which was caught by his brother Brett. Also in attendance was MAHS alum
Brian Flannery (captain/pitcher on the Moon 2009/2010 WPIAL team).

To see more pictures from the event, please visit our Facebook page.

MAHS Holds 2014 Spring Cake Decorating Competition

As voted on by MASD staff, the winning cake was "Easter Chic Cake" by Meghan Schoeneweis, Gabby Mills & Michaela Belksy. Not pictured, Alle Veres.

Brooks Holds Penny Challenge to Raise Money for Families and Animals in Need

Brooks Student Council is sponsoring a Penny Challenge from now until April 15, 2014.  Classes compete against each other to see who can get the most points during the seven day contest.

Containers with each homeroom teacher’s name on it will be placed outside of the library from 8:15 to 8:35 a.m.  Students will put pennies into their own homeroom’s container; however, they can put silver coins and/or dollars into the other classrooms’ containers.  Scoring is as follows: 
  • Each penny is worth one point.
  • Each silver coin or bill deducts points from the container by amount of the coin (a nickel reduces five points; a dime reduces ten, etc.).
  • Containers will be emptied daily and an announcement of progress will be made every other day.
  • The winner is determined by points at the end of the seven days; however, the class room with the most money will receive an award.
The money raised during the Penny Challenge will be donated to Animal Friends and the Pennies from Heaven Fund.  Animal Friends is an organization that helps animals in need.  A Kind Kids donation will allow Brooks to name a pet and have the group’s name on its kennel cage.  The donations will assist in providing vaccinations, flea preventative, microchip, spay/neuter surgery and/or daily care that an animal needs to be ready to go to its forever home.

The Pennies from Heaven Fund is through Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh and it helps to ease financial hardships for parents so that they are able to stay with their children in the hospital.  The donations will assist in transportation, food, sibling care, or other expenses.
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