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School Board Meeting Agenda: Monday, June 27, 2016


 School Board Meeting agenda for Monday, June 27, 2016. (Agenda)

MAHS Team Places Second at Odyssey of the Mind World Finals

6/22/2016. Filed under Press Releases.

The Moon Area High School (MAHS) Problem 5 Division III team, The Fault in Our Products, placed second amongst 50 teams at the Odyssey of the Mind (OM) World Finals at Iowa State University May 25-28, 2016. 

OM is an international problem-solving competition where students use creativity and logic to answer a variety of long-term and spontaneous problems. 

The Problem 5 team consisted of Natalie Melton, Rachael Melton, Allison Ulven, Nicholas Ulven, Amber Wesoloski, Kyle Wesoloski, and Julia Olson. The team's comedic performance focused on raising awareness of the harm in animal testing. 

Natalie Melton of the Problem 5 team received a scholarship from Creative Opportunities Unlimited, a non-profit organization in association with OM that encourages creative thinking for years to come. This is Melton's second OM scholarship this year. 

The Problem 4 Division III team, Made in OMER-ica, placed 15th overall. The team built a balsa wood structure that held over 1,000 lbs. The team consisted of Beth Eberts, Ally Bardusch, Jim Knepper, Courtney Phipps, Joe Steffes, Michelle Rossignoli, and Morgan Marince. 

Made in OMER-ica received a Ranatra Fusca Award for the fourth consecutive year, which is granted based on highest creativity, at the state competition. The team's solution involved a tribute to veterans and their families. 

During the weekend competition, seniors attended an OM graduation ceremony. MAHS seniors included Natalie Melton, Allison Ulven, Amber Wesoloski, Julia Olson, Beth Eberts, Ally Bardusch, Morgan Marince, Courtney Phipps, Michelle Rossignoli, and Joe Steffes. 


School Board Budget Meeting Agenda: June 23, 2016


 School Board Budget Meeting agenda for Thursday, June 23, 2016, 6 p.m. (Agenda)

MAHS Business Students Attend Entrepreneurship Summer Camp

6/17/2016. Filed under Press Releases.


Moon Area High School (MAHS) students attended the First Annual Massey Entrepreneurship Summer Camp at Robert Morris University (RMU) June 6-9, 2016.

R.J. Kanith, Peter Piccirilli, and Bob Vitale represented the Moon Area School District at the camp. 

The entrepreneurship summer camp allowed students to learn more about topics including opportunity recognition, business plan development, market analysis, budgeting, organization, and management.

RMU professors and business owners enhanced the curriculum as guest speakers. R.J. Kanith stated, "The reason I loved this camp so much was not only because I learned to communicate with new and different people, but also because all of us were put up to a challenge to solve an existing situation and to save a business."

Students participated in business plan and advertising competitions at the conclusion of the camp, where they presented to a panel of judges. Business plan presentations were about ten minutes long and provided the entrepreneur practical suggestions to improve their business. Peter Piccirilli earned first place in the business plan competition.

The advertising presentations were about two minutes and modeled a commercial/infomercial. R.J. Kanith earned first place in the advertising competition, while Bob Vitale finished in second. Prizes for winners included Amazon gift cards.

Camp attendees received textbooks, RMU gym bags, water bottles, and blankets. 

MAMS 7th Grader to Compete in International Math Competition


Moon Area Middle School (MAMS) student, Chancharik Mitra, will advance to the Third Annual Sino-American International Mathematics Competition at the State University of New York this July. Mitra qualified after placing first in Allegheny County at the seventh grade Math League Competition last November.

Mitra also ranked fourth in the state and qualified for the Math League finals for the second year. The Math League Competition is composed of four rounds of timed problem solving, two of which allow the use of calculators.

Mitra additionally showed success in the American Mathematics Competitions (AMC) 8 and 10. The competition is composed of 25 multiple-choice questions under a 40-minute time constraint. The purpose of the competitions are to challenge students using advanced mathematic concepts and to "promote excitement, enthusiasm, and positive attitudes towards mathematics," according to the Mathematical Association of America.

In the AMC 8, which is an eighth grade competition, Mitra scored in the top 5% out of 150,000 participants internationally. As a result, he was named in the High Honors for the AMC 8.

Mitra also participated in the AMC 10, which is a tenth grade competition, and scored within the top 10% among competing students in eighth grade or below.

School Board Meeting Agenda: Monday, June 13, 2016

6/10/2016. Filed under Press Releases.

 School Board Meeting agenda for Monday, June 13, 2016. (Agenda)

MAHS STEM Team Places Second in State Competition

6/10/2016. Filed under Press Releases.


The Moon Area High School (MAHS) STEM team placed second in the state competition held at Thaddeus Stevens College of Technology in Lancaster, PA, on Friday, May 27, 2016.

Members of the STEM team include sophomores Leah Eberts, Olivia Fernau, Kate Naugle, Nick Ulven, and junior Ryan Finnegan.

The competition is sponsored by Governor Tom Wolf and the Pennsylvania Department of Education. This year's theme was "Improving Pennsylvania Through STEM."

Each team was given an initial budget of $500 to design and build a device that solved a real world challenge facing Pennsylvanians. During the state competition, teams received an additional $750 to make modifications and improvements to their device. Student teams then presented their project to a panel of judges that evaluated the functionality, practicality, and modifications of the device. 

The MAHS team designed the SlipSaver, a device that will help prevent injuries in a residential setting by spraying antifreeze when icy conditions are detected. The device will spray for 10 seconds, pause, and spray again. The cycle continues until temperatures are warm enough to eliminate the risk of ice formation.

Twenty-four teams from high schools across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania competed in the state competition.

The MAHS STEM team advanced to states after placing first in the regional competition held at the Allegheny Intermediate Unit (AIU) in late February.

According to the PA STEM competition website, the MAHS STEM team will receive a plaque, award certificates, and scholarships. 

Three MASD Teachers Selected to Participate in Smithsonian Learning Lab Workshops

6/10/2016. Filed under Press Releases.

Three Moon Area School District (MASD) teachers have been selected to participate in Smithsonian Learning Lab workshops sponsored by a Grable Foundation grant, the Allegheny Intermediate Unit (AIU), and the Senator John Heinz History Center. 

High school social studies teachers, Ryan O'Toole and Edward Elbel, along with middle school language arts and mathematics teacher, Melissa Mayo, will become some of the first educators to participate in the workshops. 

Teachers will enhance lessons by creating their own resource materials and incorporating digital Smithsonian collections. Teachers will also have access to online training and support.

The workshops will consist of four full-days where teachers will engage in three webinars, collaborate with a Smithsonian coach to develop lessons, and generate collections of Smithsonian materials that apply to state teaching standards.

The program will also assist in giving students access to Smithsonian resources, materials, and collections.

The participating teachers will receive five ACT 48 credits per workshop; they will be highlighted in the Smithsonian Learning Lab; and will be awarded a Smithsonian certificate and $500. 

Allard & McCormick: Elementary Fitness Clubs Recap



McCormick Morning Milers

220 McCormick Elementary third and fourth grade students participated in an incentive-based running group called the McCormick Morning Milers Club.

McCormick and Allard physical education teacher, Derek Blyzwick, developed the club three years ago. "The goal of the club is to encourage physical activity and have a positive mindset when it comes to running, which promotes a healthy and active lifestyle," Blyzwick said. 

Technology plays a large role in the club as each student is given an ID tag with a unique barcode to keep track of mileage.

Students pick up their ID tag each morning and run around the blacktop area located behind the building. Each time the students complete a lap, a portable barcode scanner records the number of laps completed. After the running session is over, Mr. Blyzwick uploads the data onto an Excel spreadsheet and the laps are converted to miles. Students are rewarded with a charm for achieving certain MILEstones (2 miles, 5k, 5 miles, etc.).

Students who arrive earlier than 8:30 a.m. usually wait indoors for school to start. Blyzwick decided to use the spare 20 minutes in the morning to give students the opportunity to be active. "I thought it would be more productive to give them the option to exercise and get outside rather than sitting in the cafeteria," Blyzwick said.

Over the course of the school year, the McCormick Morning Milers completed a total of 29,678 laps, which converts to 3,004 miles!

Allard Fit Club

This year, Blyzwick also created the Allard Fit Club, which promotes active movers through a variety of physical activities and skills. 

Allard had 210 third and fourth graders participate in its 2015-2016 inaugural year. 

"Variety is the spice of life when it comes to fitness and this was the mindset going into the development of this club," Blyzwick said.

Club members meet Mr. Blyzwick in the gym and go through 18 one-minute fitness stations. Stations include push-ups, yoga, gymnastics, climbing wall, ladder agility, and high-knee running. 

"My goal for the club is to develop lifelong movers," Blyzwick said.


Update from Moon Township Police Dept. on Secondary Campus Security Incident

5/25/2016. Filed under Press Releases.

Below is the most recent press release from the Moon Township Police Department regarding the secondary campus security incident that took place on Monday, May 23, 2016.


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