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Hyde Students Have an Egg-cellent Time Collaborating


It all started with a bagful of colorful, plastic eggs and it hatched into a mutually beneficial learning opportunity between teams of Kindergartners and 4th graders at Hyde Elementary School.  The fourth graders in Miss Guzek’s class were asked to fill empty eggs with items and brainstorm three clever clues utilizing the beginning sound for each hidden item.  The older students were then “buddied up” with the kindergartners to “crack open” the eggs and work on specific letter sounds.  That first activity developed into a series of planned activities that aided the fourth graders in honing their communication, teamwork and leadership skills.  They selected Read Aloud Books based on each kindergartner’s interest inventory, engaged kindergartners in activities that strengthened computational skills and designed original bunny masks with the kindergartners for a culminating performance that had every child participating in song and dance.  Kindergartners in Miss Peglow’s and Miss Pugrant’s class delighted in working with the “big kids” with fun activities that helped with fine motor skills, sight vocabulary, number sense, and communication skills.  The teachers in both grade levels also worked collaboratively in creating the learning tasks for this project so that they included a lot of diversity, were individualized for each learner, and aimed at high standards of performance for all students.

MAHS Team Qualifies for Odyssey of the Mind World Finals

A team of Moon Area High School (MAHS) students has advanced to the Odyssey of the Mind World Finals after placing second at the Odyssey of the Mind State Tournament on April 12, 2014 in Berwick, PA.

Eighth grader Leah Eberts and sophomores Ally Bardusch, Elizabeth Eberts, Morgan Marince, Courtney Phipps, Michelle Rossignoli, and Ian Tilton will travel to Iowa State University at the end of May to compete in the 2014 Odyssey of the Mind World Finals against hundreds of other teams.  Not only did the team place second in “The Stackable Structure” competition, but they also won a Ranatra Fusca award for creativity.
Two other Moon Area teams also placed at the State Tournament. The MAHS team of Trenton Brown, Kaelan Kreger, Natalie Melton, Rachel Melton, Dalton Pritt, Allison Ulven, and Lexie Ulven placed third, and the Moon Area Middle School team of Sarah Ellis, Zach Gribben, Shannon Melton, Julia Murphy, Julia Puhalla, Matt Spangler, and Nick Ulven also placed third.

Odyssey of the Mind is an international competition that fosters creative thinking and problem-solving skills in competitors from kindergarten through college. Students, working together as a team, evaluate and solve problems using cooperation, creativity, and out-of-the box thinking. For more information about Odyssey of the Mind, please visit

MAHS Hosts Game to Teach Students about Financial Literacy

Moon Area High School (MAHS), in conjunction with Clearview FCU and West AirComm FCU, hosted “The Reality Game” on Wednesday, April 16, 2014.  Students in grades 11 and 12 were invited to play while learning financial literacy and life skills lessons and also improving personal financial skills while increasing individual responsibility.

Students were given a mock career, FICO score, salary, and checking and savings account. They had to travel from table to table drawing cards, rolling dice, or spinning a wheel that would put them in both good and bad financial situations that they had to resolve in their checking and savings account. Housing, transportation, food, utilities, cable, phone, internet options, cell phones, clothing, savings, furniture, and nightlife were some financial situations that simulated at “The Reality Game.”  At the end, students were given the opportunity to go shopping for electronics, sporting events, concerts, even taking out loans. Then they were able to meet with a real financial counselor to review and discuss the decisions they made.

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!
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