District News

MASD Reopening Plan (Sept. 26) Reopening Plan

Dear Moon Area School District Families,

As we prepare for our Hybrid Model, which will begin the week of October 5, we want to share many important details with you. Please take a moment to review our Reopening Plan. You can view it on our website: www.moonarea.net/Content2/728

Thank you!

Barry Balaski
Superintendent
Moon Area School District

MASD Hybrid Model (Sept. 18) Hybrid Model

Each principal sent information about Moon Area School District's Hybrid Model to families on September 18, 2020. Click the links to read the letters below. More information

Principal Letters

Moon Area High School

Moon Area Middle School

J. A. Allard Elementary School

Bon Meade Elementary School

J. H. Brooks Elementary School

Richard J. Hyde Elementary School

McCormick Elementary School

Operation Status Update -- Sept. 17, 2020 reopening plans

I am excited to announce that we have a plan to bring our students back to school! It’s been far too long since our schools were occupied by our young learners.  

The COVID-19 infection data from the Allegheny County Health Department, The Pennsylvania Department of Education, and the Moon Area School District has remained consistently low.  Because of this, our district has begun the process of safely reopening our schools for in person instruction. 

As long as the number of COVID-19 cases in our area remains steady or declines, our plan is to begin bringing students back to school for in-person instruction on October 5, 2020. 

MASD Receives EVERFI Champion Seal EVERFI

Moon Area School District has earned the EVERFI Champion Seal, awarded annually to North American school districts who’ve made an exemplary commitment to whole-child education.

This recognition acknowledges our dedication to transformational change in the interest of equity and the well-being of all students. This honor is provided by EVERFI, a digital education organization focused on helping educators address the most challenging issues affecting society, including financial literacy, social-emotional learning, health and wellness, inclusion, and college and career readiness.

To learn more about the EVERFI Champion Seal, visit https://everfi.com/k-12/champion-seal/

The Class of 1968 and MAEF Create RMU Scholarship Opportunities Foundation Logo

When the Moon High School Class of 1968 graduated, they couldn’t have imagined that their plans for a class reunion in August of 2020 would be undermined by a worldwide pandemic. Thanks to quick thinking and a new partnership between the Class of 1968 and the Moon Area Education Foundation, the class reunion funds will be put to good use. Those funds will now provide eight scholarships to Robert Morris University for Moon Area High School seniors over the coming years.

Athletic Event Live Stream live stream

When we are able to live stream an event, the link will be posted here: http://www.moonarea.net/Content/716. You can also find this information on our Athletic website.

Thanks to the Moon Area Education Foundation and Ampco-Pittsburgh Charitable Foundation thank you foundation

Thanks to a generous $5,000 donation from Ampco-Pittsburgh Charitable Foundation, Moon Area Education Foundation partnered with Moon Area School District to supply 20 hotspots to the Mooncrest Neighborhood.   

The hotspots, which were provided by T-Mobile at a reduced rate, will boost those students’ connectivity, speed and reliability during this time of remote learning. Mr. Barry Balaski, MASD Superintendent, and Mr. Joe Johnson, Hyde Principal, visited Mooncrest to handout the hotspots to that community.  

A special thank you to Ampco-Pittsburgh Charitable Foundation for making this possible!   
 

   

True Value Foundation Donates Health and Safety Supplies True Foundation

The True Value Foundation generously donated hand soap, hand sanitizer, all-purpose cleaner, neutral cleaner, and face masks to the Moon Area School District! 

This donation is part of the True Value Foundation's Educational Heroes Safety Campaign. Over 700 schools across the country will be awarded health and safety kits. Moon Area School District was selected thanks to the support of Diana Stewart, one of our Middle School cafeteria employees who recommended our district. 

Thank you very much to the True Value Foundation for their generous donation. And, thank you to Ms. Stewart for her nomination of the Moon Area School District!

Athletic Update athletic update

Unfortunately, with the 250 facility cap on events at the stadium, we will not be able to have fans at home varsity football games. In addition, with the 25 indoor facility cap, we will not be able to have spectators at home or away middle school or varsity volleyball games.  We will be able to have parents/guardians only attend the following home events:

Technology Support (in person and virtual) Tech Help

The Moon Area School District technology department will be offering in-person tech support on Wednesdays from 2-5 pm by the high school lower cafeteria. Come to the District Administration Office entrance. We will also be hosting a one-hour virtual tech support meetings most Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-2 pm. Details are posted to the technology page.  https://www.moonarea.net/technology

Mr. Balaski Takes Oath of Office Balaski Oath of Office

On August 24, 2020, Barry J. Balaski took the Oath of Office of Superintendent of the Moon Area School District. The Honorable Michele Santicola presided.

ABM Solutions, Inc. Contributes to Hyde Elementary Playground Playground photo

ABM Solutions, Inc. recently donated $30,000 that will be used to build Hyde Elementary a fantastic playground. A special thank you to ABM Solutions, Inc. for their generous donation! 

2020-2021 One-to-One Device Distribution & Information one-to-one initiative

Information regarding our one-to-one device distribution for the 2020-2021 school year. 

2020-21 Virtual Learning/Reopening Plan MASD Logo

The Virtual Learning/Reopening Plan for MASD's 2020-21 school year as of 8/13/2020.

Technology Help Tech Help

The MASD IT Department will now be posting documents, guides, and videos on the Moon Area website so that users have access to the their knowledge around the clock. There will also be weekly Live Question/Answer Meetings and a small number of scheduled walk-in device Maintenance/Pickup days.

2020-2021 MASD Phased Reopening Health & Safety Plan Phased Reopening Plan

On Monday, July 20, 2020, the Moon Area Board of Education approved the 2020-2021 MASD Phased Reopening Health & Safety Plan to submit to the Pennsylvania Department of Education. 

MASD Facilities Limited Reopening Notice 6/25/2020 Campus

To help mitigate the spread of COVID-19 throughout our community this spring, Moon Area School District closed its facilities for public use. With the advancement to Governor Wolf’s Green Phase, many of our community members are excited to use our facilities once again and we are happy to announce limited access to our exterior amenities. 

COVID-19 Information Updates COVID 19 Update

Information regarding MASD and COVID-19.

MASD Announces New Digital Learning Resource: 'Clever' Clever

We are pleased to announce that we will be using Clever as our digital learning portal! Clever gives students, teachers, and staff one login to access all of their digital resources. 

New Attendance Regulations (Beginning August 2020) Calendar

In 2019, the Pennsylvania Department of Education released the Omnibus School Code of 2019 - Act 16 of 2019. This revised Public School Code will become effective in the 2020-2021 school year for both public school and home school children. 

MASD Future Ready PA Index FAQ PA Future Ready Index FAQ

Launched in November 2018, the Future Ready PA Index is Pennsylvania's public website that provides comprehensive information about state assessment measures, on-track measures, and college and career measures for all schools across the Commonwealth. 

FAFSA: The Benefits for All Post-Secondary Bound Students FAFSA

The FAFSA is available for students to complete after October 1 of the senior year. Some families may not qualify to receive aid, but there are several advantages to filing the FAFSA, anyway.