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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.


Moon Area Girls Youth Basketball Clinic Information



MAHS Concert Choir to be Feature Ensemble at Disney Candlelight Procession this December

5/24/2016. Filed under Press Releases.

Moon Area School District is pleased to announce that the high school concert choir has been selected to perform at the 5:00 PM Disney Candlelight Processional Wednesday, December 28, 2016. 

Choral ensembles representing a variety of age groups and types (i.e. public and private schools, church and community ensembles) audition for the unique opportunity to perform with professional Disney singers and orchestra, the Voices of Liberty, and a celebrity that narrates The Christmas Story. Past celebrity narrators include actors Gary Sinise, Neil Patrick Harris, and Whoopi Goldberg, as well as singer Amy Grant and former NBC Morning News anchor, Meredith Vieira.

Members of the Moon Area High School (MAHS) concert choir will begin intensive preparation in late August for the participation in the processional by learning and memorizing 14 pieces of music. 

In order to secure funds for the trip, the MAHS Choral Program will sponsor events such as car washes along with Jenny Lee Gourmet Bread, hoagie, and Yankee Candle sales.

This performance will mark the tenth time that choral ensembles from MAHS have been chosen to perform at Walt Disney World.

Miss Lori Cole serves as the Director of Choral Activities at Moon Area High School.

Secondary Campus Security Incident: Moon Township Police Department

5/23/2016. Filed under Press Releases.


Secondary Campus Security Incident: A Message from the Interim Superintendent

5/23/2016. Filed under Press Releases.


School Board Meeting Agenda: May 23, 2016

5/20/2016. Filed under Press Releases.

 School Board Meeting Agenda for Monday, May 23, 2016. (Agenda)

Summer Keystone Exam Test Dates Announced


Moon Area School District will administer summer Keystone Exams on the following dates:

  • Algebra I on Tuesday, August 2, 2016
  • Biology on Wednesday, August 3, 2016
  • Literature on Thursday, August 4, 2016

Any student who has taken a Keystone Exam and did not earn the minimum proficiency score may participate in this summer test administration.

Parents will be notified about their child's Spring 2016 Keystone Exam results by U.S. Mail on or before July 20, 2016. Students who are eligible to participate in the summer test opportunity will be provided with additional details about test registration. 

MAHS Senior Awarded Prestigious NROTC Scholarship

5/18/2016. Filed under Press Releases.


Moon Area High School senior, Gabriela Marsh, was awarded a full scholarship from the Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps (NROTC) during Honors Night on Wednesday, May 11, 2016.

The U.S. Marine Corps presented the check to Marsh at Honors Night.

The scholarship is valued up to $180,000 and Marsh will be applying the scholarship toward the Penn State University NROTC marine option program. This will give her an option of going to the military as an officer in the future. 

Only 13 seniors in Pennsylvania were awarded a full scholarship from the NROTC. "The application process was quite extensive," Marsh said, "over 14 essays, two interviews, recommendations, and a physical test."

The Marsh family has a history with serving the country. Her father, Joe Marsh, retired after 33 years in the Air Force and her sister, Isabelle, is a freshman at Duquesne University and participating in the Army ROTC there. 

"I've always known I wanted to serve my country and the Marine Corps appealed to me because they adhere to a higher standard and I want to be the best version of myself," Marsh said.

Marsh is a Key Club officer, member of the National Honor Society, and captain of the girls swim team.

Marsh plans on majoring in early childhood education at Penn State. 

MAHS Student Wins Pittsburgh Playwright Competition

5/18/2016. Filed under Press Releases.

Moon Area High School senior, Kat Kudla, won the 2016 Pittsburgh City Theatre's Playwriting Contest.

Competing against over 400 submissions, Kudla's winning play is titled "The Sunflower." Kudla is the second MAHS student to win in the past three years. 

Kudla is a student in Laura Mitchell McDougall's high school playwriting class and a member of the Moon Area Drama Club.

Kudla will work directly with professional theater artists - a director, Yale dramaturges, and equity actors - over the course of the summer to streamline her play.

The play will be produced in the City Theatre's Hamburg Studio Theatre, where it will run for about a month. The production will also be paid for by the City Theatre.

The contest was open to Western PA and Northern WV students in grades 7-12. Three winners each were chosen from middle and high school levels. Only original, one-act plays were accepted for submission and all scripts were written in Standard American Format Style.

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