Making History: The First MASD Girls Golf Team
8/23/2016. Filed under Press Releases.
On Friday, August 19, 2016, the inaugural girls golf team of Moon Area School District (MASD) made history as they started their season with a match against North Allegheny at the Moon Golf Club, the team's home course.
The team is led by coach Ken Firmstone, who also teaches science at the high school, along with volunteer assistant coach, Jill Scally. Members of the team include Margaux Berman, Tess Smith, Emma Bryan, Leah Eberts, Jordyn Lampich, Hayley Firth, Maggie Risher, and Katie Luca.
"I want the girls to have fun and at the same time understand that this is a competitive sport and do everything we can to win our matches," Firmstone said. "As our program grows in the next few years, we would like to win our WPIAL section and also be a perennial team that the area has to contend with."
Firmstone said five of the eight girls shot their best score thus far at Friday's match.
Members of the school board were in attendance to support the girls' first match, as well as athletic director Ron Ledbetter, high school principal Barry Balaski, and assistant high school principal David Gallup.
"We are thrilled to expand MASD athletics to include a girls golf team," said board president, Jerry Testa. "We look forward to seeing the progression and success of this team."
"It was very exciting to watch our Lady Tiger Golfers tee it up for the first time representing Moon Area as a team," athletic director, Ron Ledbetter said. "We look for big things from coach Firmstone and his team in the years to come."
The next home match for the girls will be on Thursday, August 25 at 2:30 p.m. against Mt. Lebanon High School.
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Moon Area School District and the Moon Education Association Reach an Agreement
8/22/2016. Filed under Press Releases.
Board Meeting Agenda: Monday, August 22, 2016
Board Meeting agenda for Monday, August 22, 2016. (Agenda)
MAHS Freshman Places First at National Karate Championships, Will Compete in Ecuador
8/12/2016. Filed under Press Releases.
Moon Area High School freshman, Ziah Baldis, came in first place at the USA National Karate Championships, which is recognized by the US Olympic Committee. The competition was held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center in Pittsburgh July 14-17.
Ziah battled four rounds to earn his title in the event, which brought in 2,000 competitors from 42 states.
Baldis' accomplishment earned him a spot on the USA Junior National Team to compete in Guayaquil, Ecuador August 22-28 for the 2016 Junior Pan American Karate Championships, which is an international competition sanctioned by the World Karate Federation.
Being part of the USA Junior National Team until next July, he will also have the opportunity to compete in the North American Cup next spring in Mexico. The USA Junior National Team trials are in conjunction with USA National Championships.
"The National Championship atmosphere felt as if I was at a major sporting event," Ziah said of the competition. "Being able to have it in my hometown of Pittsburgh was a huge honor and was great for the city."
Ziah's father, Dustin Baldis, is his coach and owner of the Pennsylvania Shotokan Karate Club located in Leetsdale. The karate club trained 44 athletes ranging in age from 5 to 65 to compete in this event.
Dustin Baldis has coached his son since he was three years old. "He was able to do karate probably before he was able to read," he said.
Dustin Baldis was also a member of the USA National Team from 1989-2000 and is currently one of six senior national coaches.
"As a father and, specifically, a USA National Team coach, it was a great honor to have Ziah achieve the level of something that I've been part of my whole life," his father said.
Karate is gaining more attention as it was announced that it would be added to the 2020 Olympic games in Tokyo.
Photo Credit: Shelley Lipton
Board Meeting Agenda: August 8, 2016
Board Meeting agenda for Monday, August 8, 2016. (Agenda)
2016-17 School Year Information
Parents and Guardians,
Student schedules and transportation information for the 2016-2017 school year will be available beginning Monday, August 15, 2016. The first day of school will be on Wednesday, August 31, 2016.
Please know that we do not make transportation information open to the public for safety reasons. Bus schedules will be posted in Edline once the rollover process has been completed.
In the meantime, we welcome you to prepare for the 2016-2017 school year by completing the Emergency Form below, which is collected at the beginning of each school year. This form contains critical contact, health, custodial, and emergency information that the building and/or District will need to have should a serious event occur. The Emergency Form must be completed and submitted even if your information has not changed.
- Emergency Form (Interactive form to be printed and signed in ink.)
If you have questions about Edline or transportation, please click on the resource links below:
We look forward to the start of another successful school year!
2016 Orientation Dates & Times
MASD Hires New Athletic Director, Ron Ledbetter
7/18/2016. Filed under Press Releases.
On Monday, July 18, 2016, the Moon Area School District (MASD) Board of Education selected Ron Ledbetter to be the new Athletic Director for the District.
"On behalf of the Moon Area School District, I would like to welcome Mr. Ledbetter to our District," said Board President, Jerry Testa. "Ron is not only an experienced Athletic Director, but an experienced educator, as well. We are happy to have a person with the integrity and character of Mr. Ledbetter join the Moon Area School District."
Ledbetter is a graduate of Allegheny College, where he received his bachelor's degree in physics and a Master of Education. He is also a Certified Athletic Administrator by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association.
He comes to Moon from South Side Area School District, where he was the Athletic Director and also taught mathematics and physics. "I'd like to thank the South Side Area School District and community for 26 fantastic years and for supporting my initiatives and endeavors," Ledbetter said.
Mr. Ledbetter has a history of creating opportunities for more students to be involved in athletics. He increased South Side's middle and junior high athletics by six teams and varsity by five teams. The success of the expansion of athletic teams was proven by competitive performances.
Ledbetter believes in maintaining an uplifting morale. During his time at South Side, he established the Rams Award, which highlights two, coach-selected athletes that exemplify good sportsmanship. The school was also dubbed "Positive High School of the Year" by Positive Athlete Pittsburgh multiple years during Ledbetter's time at South Side.
Ledbetter continues to be involved in state and regional athletic organizations. He is actively involved in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Directors Association, formerly a member of the executive committee, and he is also involved with the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL).
"Ron is well-known and well though of in not only the WPIAL but the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA), where he has served on numerous executive committees in addition to serving as chairman of MAC," Testa said.
Athletics has long been a part of Ledbetter's life as he played multiple sports in high school and wrestled in college. Ledbetter has also coached wrestling for over twenty years.
His history with sports led him to athletic administration. "I developed a passion for athletics as a vehicle to transform boys and girls into men and women," Ledbetter said.
"I am excited and humbled by the opportunity to work at such an outstanding District with incredible facilities," Ledbetter said. "I have heard nothing but good things about the Moon Area School District and the people that work here."
Ledbetter will start with the District on Monday, July 25, 2016.
At the June 13th Board Meeting, the Board voted to approve the return of elementary students who live on the following streets back to Bon Meade Elementary for the 2016-2017 school year:
- Bocktown Road
- Harper Road
- Primrose Lane
- Crest Drive
- Starr Road
- Old Harper Road
- Reynard Drive
- Chanticleer Drive
- Glenhayes Drive
- Daisy Lane
Board Meeting Agenda: Monday, July 18, 2016
Board Meeting agenda for Monday, July 18, 2016. (Agenda)