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MASD Boys Lacrosse Summer Clinic (Incoming Grades 1-8) lacrosse for grades 1-8

Looking to try lacrosse and see what it is all about? Join us for a five week clinic run by our middle school coaches, Alex Hench and TJ Reisdorf. In addition, our high school girls coach, Taylor Hopkins, will be assisting. This is an opportunity to learn more about the game of lacrosse in a fun and engaging way!

Click to view the flyer.

MASD Girls Lacrosse Summer Clinic (Incoming Grades 1-8) lacrosse

Looking to try lacrosse and see what it is all about? Join us for a six week clinic run by our middle school coaches, Katie Kowalewski and Nikki Wiefling. In addition, our high school girls coach, Taylor Hopkins, will be assisting. This is an opportunity to learn more about the game of lacrosse in a fun and engaging way!

Students Earn School-wide Dunk Tank Celebration dunk tank

Brooks Elementary students celebrated their school-wide behavior success with a staff dunk tank assembly! 

Led by Mr. Lucas Furlow (principal) and Mrs. Kelsey Currie (kindergarten), students were selected from raffle tickets earned throughout the year for being safe, being kind and owning their actions. 

What a fun way to reward students for an amazing school year!

Save the Date: Fall Homecoming Carnival Carnival

It's not too soon to start thinking about the MASD Homecoming Carnival! Community members are welcome to set up a booth at our 5th annual Homecoming Carnival on Sept. 15. Email bklisavage@moonarea.net for more information.

Moon Area High School Girls Golf Meeting Girls Gold

Moon Area High School Girls Golf:
Parent/Player Meeting Tuesday, May 31 at 6:00 p.m.

There will be a meeting on Tuesday, May 31 at 6:00 p.m. in the high school LGI for parents of any student who is interested in trying out for the Moon Area Girls Golf Team. Interested girls should attend with their parents. General information and important upcoming dates will be shared at the meeting. Please enter the building through the main entrance.

Moon Rotary Third Grade Spelling Bee Spelling Bee

There is a buzz in the air about the annual Moon Rotary/ Moon Area School District Third Grade Spelling Bee!

Congratulations to the following students who earned the role of Spelling Bee Homeroom Representatives for the huge event held at Moon Area Middle School. 

Brooks Parade of the Past Brooks Parade

Brooks Elementary had their Parade of the Past in May.

Sixty-five Moon Area High School seniors visited Brooks Elementary School in May for their "Parade of the Past."

The seniors had a chance to visit each homeroom and get to know the Brooks students as they shared their future post-secondary plans and all about their high school career. 

MAEF Partners with Four Twelve Project Foundation Partnership

Moon Area Education Foundation and Four Twelve Project are excited to announce a new year round partnership! $1.00 will be donated to Moon Area Education Foundation for every kid's meal that is purchased. This includes dine in and carry out!

Thanks in advance for your support!

MASD K-4 Summer Virtual Remediation Program Enrollment Survey 2022 Summer Learning
The Moon Area School District will offer currently enrolled K-4 students a virtual remediation opportunity this summer. Students will be assigned to a MASD teacher where live, virtual remediation will take place using online IXL curriculum in English/Language Arts and Math. All district students currently have access to IXL, and IXL's "Summer Boost" ELA and math skill plans will be used as an outline for summer remediation efforts.
 
MASD will accept enrollment requests through Monday, May 23, 2022.
Click here to submit an enrollment request for your child.
Students Learn About Middle School Music Music

Moon Area fourth grade students recently had the exciting experience to learn about their music options for the middle school. Students all had the opportunity to participate in a demonstration of instruments in the band and orchestra as well as chorus.  

Incoming Kindergarten Information welcome to MASD kindergarten

Welcome to Kindergarten! Incoming kindergarten parents and guardians attended a kindergarten information night in April. If you were unable to attend or if you would like to review the information, click view the presentation.

 

MASD Presents the Distinguished Alumni Award! Distinguished Alum

Moon Area School District is proud of the impact and positive influence our graduates have on people around the world. A vast number of Moon Area’s alumni have gained unique distinction through success in their professions, service to the nation, and contribution to their communities. The district administration and faculty have established the Distinguished Alumni Award to honor outstanding MASD graduates and to celebrate their achievements.

Textbook Review books
The following textbooks are currently under review for future adoption by Moon Area School District. The materials will be under review until May 25, 2022.
 
The public is welcome to review the materials by visiting the Central Office. The public is also welcome to make an appointment with Director of Curriculum and Instruction, Dr. Lauren Morgan  regarding any questions between now and May 25.
PSSA Encouragement PSSA

Brooks Elementary faculty and staff chalked words of encouragement for students during the PSSAs.

Flat Stanley Adventure Flat Stanley

A student in Miss Evans's 2nd grade classroom sent her Flat Stanley to Disney World! They were kind enough to send back a letter including all Flat Stanley's adventures at the parks and on the rides! They even sent back postcards for her whole class! 

Battle of the Books! battle of the books

Third, fourth and fifth grade students had a ton of fun at Moon Township Public Library's Battle of the Books!  Thank you to Moon Township Public Library for making this possible!

Dance Team Event for K-8 dance flyer

Join the Moon Area Dance team as we teach a fun dance routine!

April 8 at noon
Moon area High School Main Gym

This is for anyone in K-8th grade. Please wear comfortable clothing and athletic shoes, pull your hair back off of your face and bring a water bottle with your name on it. A light snack will be provided.

To register, email plang57@comcast.net.

Brooks Staff Celebrate All Students! National Autism Acceptance Month

April is National Autism Acceptance Month where we celebrate autism and neurodiversity by spreading awareness and promoting acceptance. The staff at Brooks Elementary are celebrating all those individuals in our Moon Area School District community by wearing “Neurodiversity is Beautiful” shirts throughout the month of April. They premiered the shirts on April 4th as World Autism Awareness Day fell on a Saturday this year.

MASD Newsletter -- March 2022 MASD newsletter

The MASD March 2022 Newsletter is here! Click here to view it

Brooks Students Earn PBIS Reward PBIS

Brooks Elementary students reached their school-wide behavior goal to be safe, kind and own their actions! The children were rewarded with a "Pie a Teacher in the Face Assembly." Mr. Furlow even joined in on the fun!

Let's Play Ball Let's Play Ball

Join us for Moon Tigers baseball, softball and miracle league youth day!

Saturday, April 23 at 1 pm
Moon High School

World Down Syndrome Day socks

Brooks Elementary School students recently participated in World Down Syndrome Day to help promote awareness, create a more inclusive environment and develop positive relationships.

"Our students are learning to love one another for the things that make them special and that it's okay not to be the same in every way," explained Ms. Kelsey Fatica, K-4 Life Skills Support Teacher at Brooks Elementary.

We're Hiring! we're hiring
Moon Area School District is hiring cafeteria workers, support personnel and full time custodians. Visit our website to see open positions and apply today!
 
MAEF's 3rd Annual Moonlit 5K moonlit 5K

UPDATE: There is still time to register for the annual Moonlit 5K!

Although the t-shirt guarantee is over, registration is open through May 13. Click here to register

The Moon Area Education Foundation will have a limited number of shirts available at the event. They will be available on a first come, first serve basis at the entrance near the home side beginning at 4:30 pm.

We hope to see you there!

2022 All-District Music Concert magic of motown

2022 All-District Music Concert
Tuesday, March 22, 2022 – 6:00 and 7:30 PM
Moon Area High School Auditorium

The MASD Music Department will be holding the 14th Annual All-District Music Concert. This  concert represents all school buildings, with students ranging in grades fourth through twelfth performing in a continuous musical extravaganza. The concert coincides with the National Association for Music Education declaring March as "Music In Our Schools Month." This month-long celebration is a nationwide movement in music education dedicated to advocating and recognizing the profound impact that music education plays in the lives of all children.

Kennywood Ticket Sale Kennywood

Join Moon Area School District Community at Kennywood!

School Picnic Date: Monday, June 20, 2022

School District Promo Code: MOON

Save the Date for the Moonlit 5K Moonlit 5K

Moon Area Education Foundation presents the 3rd Annual Moonlit 5K!

Friday, May 13, 2022 from 5-9 pm

MAHS Presents... The Addams Family: A New Musical Comedy The Addams Family

Moon Area High School proudly presents... The Addams Family: A New Musical Comedy!

The show will run March 17-19 at 7:00 pm and March 20 at 2:00 pm. Tickets are on sale now. Click to purchase tickets. Please note that the show is rated PG-13.

 

Mini Tigerettes Cheer Clinic cheer clinic

MASD students in grades K-6 are invited to the Mini Tigerettes Cheer Clinic on Wednesday, Feb 16, 2022! Click for more information.

Odyssey of the Mind 2022 OOTM

If your child is interested in participating in Odyssey of the Mind 2022, please email lpuhalla@moonarea.net, sign-up in your school's main office or complete this form. The deadline to sign up is Thursday, Jan. 20.

Odyssey of the Mind is a creative problem-solving competition that will be held on March 5, 2022. Moon Area School District students in all grade levels (K-12) are invited to participate.

MASD Update -- January 14, 2022 MASD update

On January 10, the Moon Area School District Board of School Directors updated the district’s Health and Safety Plan once again. Click to view the updated plan. According to the updated plan, masks are recommended, but no longer required in our schools as of Monday, January 17, 2022.  

MASD Update -- January 7, 2022 update

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, maintaining transparency with families about the impact of covid on our schools has been a priority.  

As you know, we launched a covid dashboard prior to the 2020-2021 school year. Until now, the dashboard has tracked active covid cases over a 10 day period. However, with the changing guidance from the Allegheny Department of Health, Pennsylvania Department of Health and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), we have updated our dashboard to reflect active cases over a 5 day period.  

Welcome Dr. Morgan! Lauren Morgan

Moon Area School District welcomes Dr. Lauren Morgan as the new Director of Curriculum and Instruction. 

Dr. Morgan is currently in her 14th year of working in education. She previously served as an elementary classroom and gifted and enrichment teacher. Most recently, she served as the PreK-12 Director of Curriculum and Assessment at South Side Area School District.

MASD Launches New Online Payment Tool My School Bucks

Moon Area School District families can now make payments online. The district's new online payment portal is called My School Bucks. Families may access My School Bucks via their Skyward account.

Kindergarten Registration Begins on February 1, 2022! K Registration

It's almost time to register for kindergarten! If you are a resident of Moon Township or Crescent Township and your child will be 5 years old on or before September 1, 2022, kindergarten registration is just around the corner!

Moon Area Education Foundation Event Over the Moon

Don't miss the Moon Area Education Foundation's upcoming event! Space is limited, so visit the MAEF website to RSVP today!

Over the Moon Event
Sunday, January 16, 2022
7:00 - 9:30 pm
Four Twelve Project

www.moonaef.org

MASD Update -- January 3, 2022 MASD update

Dear MASD Families,  

Today we received an update from the Allegheny County Health Department and the Pennsylvania Department of Health regarding guidance for quarantine/isolation related to COVID-19. Effective immediately, the following changes will be implemented in our schools.  

Please note: Masking is required for all during school hours until January 17. 

 
MASD Update -- January 2, 2022 MASD update

Happy New Year! I hope you all had a wonderful winter break. As we prepare to return to school tomorrow, we have received some questions regarding the CDC's updates to their COVID-19 quarantine guidelines.

Moon Area School District is currently operating under our existing Health and Safety Plan. We must follow our plan until if or when there are approved changes. As you probably recall, the school board approved an updated Health and Safety Plan prior to our winter break. However, that plan does not take effect until January 17.

I have outlined a few details from our current Health and Safety Plan that may help answer some questions as we prepare to return to school.

MASD December Newsletter newsletter

The MASD December 2021 Newsletter is here! Click here to view

Updated Health and Safety Plan update

The district's revised Health and Safety Plan has been posted to our website. Click to view the updated plan.

Brooks Elementary Supports West Hills Food Pantry Brooks Winter Donations

The Brooks Elementary School's Student Council partnered with the West Hills Food Pantry this holiday season to contribute to their mitten, scarf, and hat drive. 

Brooks families brought in hundreds of donations that included the warm weather clothing and stocking stuffers. The Executive Council members helped to pack up the donations on Monday, Dec 13th, and the donations were delivered for the Pantry's drive on Tuesday, Dec 14th. 

Executive Council members pictured are Estelle Hazen, Student Council Sponsor Ms. Jessica Huzzard, Addison McKinnon, Lorenzo Conti, Teagan Wiefling, Mark Suehr, and Grady DiDesiderio. 

Thank you Brooks Elementary families for your generosity and support! 

Brooks Fourth Grade Spreads Holiday Cheer Students at Kips

Brooks Elementary 4th grade students in Ms. Bracken's class filled Operation Christmas Child boxes for children all around the world. 

This project took place inside and outside the classroom. Inside the classroom, students discussed the gift of giving and what this box would mean to a child in need around the world. The class watched some videos online about the boxes and their journey to each recipient. They also discussed what essential items might need to go inside.

Welcome New School Board Members! New Board Members

Five new members joined the Moon Area School District Board of School Directors on Monday, December 6. Welcome Crystal Barr, Patrick Callahan, William Kammerer, Amy Stuart and Kate Wise!

For more information about the Moon Area School District's Board of School Directors, please visit our website

(Pictured from left to right) William Kammerer, Amy Stuart, Kate Wise, Patrick Callahan, Crystal Barr

2021 Annual Report 2021 Annual Report

Dear Moon Area School District Community: 

As another calendar year comes to a close, I think it’s important that we take some time to reflect on 2021 and look ahead to 2022. In the 2021 MASD Annual Report, you’ll find a snapshot of data and narratives that summarize what we’ve accomplished, the challenges we’ve faced, and our plans for moving forward together. 

Please click to read the 2021 Moon Area School District Annual Report

Sincerely, 

Barry J. Balaski
Superintendent
Moon Area School District

Brooks First Graders Put Their Investigation Skills to Work rocks and soil

Students at Brooks Elementary used their observation skills to investigate rocks in their National Geographic Unit on Land and Water.   

MASD Winter Weather Plan delay/closing procedure

Winter weather is here! As we prepare for the possibility of weather-related delays and closings, we want to make sure families are as prepared as possible.  

If we need to physically close our schools due to weather, we will have a traditional snow day (no school/ no virtual instruction). The day will be made up according to the district calendar.  

MASD Travel Update -- November 17, 2021 update

With the holiday season fast approaching, please take a minute to familiarize yourself with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) current travel guidelines.  

CDC Travel Recommendations By Destination

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic Announcement UPMC

UPMC Children’s Hospital and Children’s Community Pediatrics will be hosting a COVID-19 Pfizer Vaccine Clinic for Children ages 5 to 11 years old. The clinic will be pediatric focused with a child friendly environment including distraction rooms, art therapy station, treasure chest giveaways and much more.

MASD Update -- November 10, 20201 MASD

We are aware that the Commonwealth Court of Pennsylvania issued a ruling that voids the Face Covering Order for schools in Pennsylvania.  

This means the decision to require face masks is once again up to each individual school district. Given this update, we will operate following our school board approved Health and Safety Plan. As a reminder, our district’s Health and Safety Plan requires that all students and staff wear face masks while inside our schools, unless a previous exemption has been approved. 

COVID-19 Vaccine Clinic for Ages 5-11 COVID-19 vaccination for 5-11

Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh, in partnership with the Moon Area School District, is offering the Pfizer Covid-19 vaccine to students 5 to 11 years of age. In order to plan the clinic, we must provide an approximate number of students who would like to be vaccinated.  If interested, please complete this form.  The form can be accessed using this link.  https://forms.office.com/r/Zr06fWxMSD

PBIS at Brooks Elementary pbis

Brooks students participate in a school wide positive behavior program. Students can earn rewards by demonstrating actions that are Safe, Kind, and Responsible (Own their Actions).

Students and staff were able to celebrate their hard work by exchanging their "Brooks Bucs" for tokens that are proudly displayed by the music room. 

Kindergarten Acts of Kindness kindergarten kindness

Kindergarten students at J.H. Brooks Elementary School displayed kindness to a young boy from a neighboring school district who was in need of a little cheer.

Brooks Faculty and Staff as the Grammar Police! Brooks Grammar Police

Call the grammar police! When is the last time you learned the difference between their, there, and they're? The common core grammar standards were top priority on Friday at Brooks Elementary School as the teachers and staff dressed as grammar police and patrolled the hallways.

WPIAL Food Drive food drive

The Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) recently held a food drive that included a friendly competition to raise funds and collect food for local food pantries.  The Moon Area School District and community fully bought into the drive and the district contributed $3,789 to the food bank as well as 500 pounds of food! 

Calling all MASD Veterans! veterans day

We're working on a slide show in honor of Veterans Day. If you are an MASD graduate or staff member who has served our country, please let us know!

Please provide a picture from your branch and time of service, military MOS, rank, and any other information you feel important. Please send all info and correspondence to DKaminski@moonarea.net.

You may also submit this information on behalf of an MASD graduate who has served our country.

https://youtu.be/J998h4Rh9vI

A special thank you to all those who have served.

MAHS Proudly Presents... High School Musical! High School Musical

High School Musical Show Dates:

  • November 11 at 7 pm
  • November 12 at 5 pm
  • November 13 at 7 pm
  • November 14 at 2 pm 

Tickets can be purchased online at moonarea.ludus.net. Tickets are $12 for adults and $10 for students. 

Homecoming Photos homecoming
Thanks to everyone who participated in this year's Homecoming events! We love seeing so much #TigerPride!
MASD September Newsletter newsletter header

The MASD September 2021 Newsletter is here! Click here to view

Food Service Update - September 2021 food service update

School meal programs nationwide are experiencing many of the same supply chain issues that have impacted restaurants and grocery stores throughout the pandemic.  

Brooks Elementary Book Fair Brooks Book Fair

All students in grades K-4 recently visited the Brooks Elementary Book Fair during library class.  Books, posters, and activity pads were among some of the treasures that students were able to enjoy. 

MASD: Please bring your own mask for the bus MASD update

Per the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) federal mandate, everyone must be wearing a mask while riding the school bus. Beginning on Monday, September 27, 2021, our bus drivers will no longer have masks available for students. Students must bring and wear their own mask on the bus. If a student does not have a mask on, they will not be allowed onto the bus. At that point, parents/guardians will be responsible for transporting their child to school. 

MASD Media Opt Out Form media opt out

As part of our effort to highlight more positive stories, MASD students may be photographed or video recorded when they have an academic, athletic or extra-curricular accomplishment.

If you do not grant permission for your student to be photographed or video recorded, you must complete the Media Opt Out Form in Skyward by September 30, 2021.  

If you grant permission for your child to be photographed or video recorded, no further action is needed. Your child will be automatically opted in, unless you complete the Media Opt Out Form.  

MASD Update for Families -- September 1 MASD update

On Tuesday August 31, 2021, Governor Wolf announced that masks will be required in all Pennsylvania schools. Since masks were already required for our students, staff and school visitors, this mandate changes very little for our district. The purpose of this message is to make you aware that masking in schools is now mandated by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  

MASD Open House Information Open House

We are excited to welcome families to an in person Open House this year! Additional details for each school can be found below.  

As a reminder, all students, staff and visitors are required to wear a mask while in our schools. This includes Open House. In order to limit the number of people at each event, we ask that families limit their attendance to parents/guardians of the student. Students are welcome to attend their Open House with their parents/guardians. We are asking for you to keep siblings at home, however we understand that there may be situations where siblings must attend with the family.  

Moon Area Homecoming Carnival carnival

Attention all clubs, teams, groups and PTOs: 

You are warmly invited to set up a booth at our fourth annual Homecoming Carnival, which will take place in the upper parking lot at the High School on Thursday, September 30 from 5:30-8:00 pm (following the Homecoming Parade). 

Any and all funds you make from the event go directly to your club or organization. The deadline to sign up is Friday, September 24th. Please email bklisavage@moonarea.net to sign up. Click to view the flyer for additional details.  

We hope to see you there! 

Welcome Back, Students! MAHS first day

Welcome back, MASD students! We're looking forward to a great year! 

Welcome Back Brooks Elementary Students! Brooks Staff

We are excited to welcome our students back for the 2021-2022 school year!

First Day of School Reminders update

We are excited to welcome your children to school tomorrow (Tuesday, August 24)! I'd like to share a few reminders to help the first day of school go smoothly for everyone. 

Free Meals for the 2021-2022 School Year food service update

We are pleased to inform you that Moon Area School District will provide free meals for the 2021-2022 school year.  This program is available to schools and districts as part of the waivers issued by the United States Department of Agriculture. 

All students who are enrolled at Moon Area School District are eligible to receive a nutritional breakfast and lunch each school day at no charge to your household. No further action is needed for your family to receive free meals. “Extras” such as snacks and bottled water are not included in the free meal program and may only be purchased when your cafeteria account is funded. 

Welcome Back! Welcome Back

Dear MASD Families, 

I am very excited to welcome our students and staff back to school in person five days a week! As we prepare for our first day of school, I would like to share a few important updates with all of you.  

Click to read the MASD Welcome Back letter

Sincerely, 

Barry J. Balaski
Superintendent
Moon Area School District

MASD Student Forms MASD Student Forms

Student schedules for the 2021-2022 school year can be found on Skyward. To view your student’s schedule for this year, please first complete a series of forms that will help keep our records up to date. In addition, the forms must be completed before your child will receive their iPad or laptop

Student Laptop & iPad Distribution laptop distribution

The Moon Area Technology Department will be issuing student laptops at the High School in August. The pick up times will be between 8:00-11:00 am and 12:00-3:00 pm on the dates listed below.

August 12 -- 10th and 12th grades

August 13 -- 9th and 11th grades

August 16 -- 10th and 12th grades

August 17 -- 9th and 11th grades

 

All students in grades K-8 will receive their iPad or laptop during the first week of school.

MASD Health and Safety Plan Summary masd logo

The MASD School Board approved the 2021-2022 Health and Safety Plan Summary at the School Board meeting on Monday, July 19, 2021. Modifications were made to the plan at the August 9, 2021 meeting. The most up-to-date version is available on our website. Click to view the plan