District News

MASD Meals to Go -- Order by Dec. 3 meals to go

Please support MASD Food Services and participate in the Free Meals to Go Program.  You are not taking the meals away from someone who needs it more – they are for all children!  You’re helping the District’s Food Service program stay financially afloat.  The USDA is covering the cost of meals through June 2, 2021. 

During virtual learning, the Moon Area School District Food Service Department is providing a drive-thru meal service for all child(ren) 18 and under from Moon Township or Crescent Township who resides in the Moon Area School District.   

MAEF Continues to Partner with AmazonSmile amazon smile

MAEF is continuing their partnership with AmazonSmile to increase the ways in which you can support their cause. MAEF, a 501(c)(3) public charity, was founded in April 2018 to promote, innovate, partner and enhance innovative educational programs, activities and projects that benefit the students of Moon Area School District (MASD) and the communities it serves.

Inclement Weather Delay/Closing Notification Procedure delay_closing

Dear Families:  

While Moon Area School District students are learning virtually, we may still have to delay or cancel our transportation services to private schools due to inclement weather. If this happens, we will post an alert on our website. We will also post the information to our local news stations (WPXI, WTAE, KDKA). We will NOT send a call or an email to families. In addition, we will NOT post this information to social media.  

When we are operating in our virtual model, we will not cancel virtual classes for MASD students who are learning remotely. 

When Moon Area School District students are learning in our hybrid model or learning in person five days a week, we will share delay/closing messages in the following ways:  

Post an alert to our website.  

Post to the local news stations (WPXI, WTAE, KDKA) 

Post to social media.  

Send a call and an email.  

Thank you for your attention to this matter.  


Barry J. Balaski 
Moon Area School District 

PDE Shares COVID Resources for Families sap

The Student Assistance Program (SAP) shared the following resources from PDE in their December newsletter. 

"PA Department of Education COVID-19 mitigation efforts continue to require school communities, families, and students to work within changing, complex circumstances and unprecedented situations. The Pennsylvania Department of Education (PDE) continues to develop resources to help schools and families during this pandemic. With higher levels of stress and demonstrated needs related to mental health across PA, PDE would like highlight updated Mental Health and Well-Being ResourcesSelf-Care Resources, and Social and Emotional Wellness Resources for Families." 

MASD Plan Beginning November 23 update

We have now been in the “substantial” range for two weeks in row. Therefore, we are going to move forward with the plan that I shared on Wednesday, November 18. This means our schedule for the next few weeks will be as follows.  

  • On Monday, November 23 and Tuesday, November 24, all Hybrid Model students in grades K-12 will report to school in person. 

  • On Wednesday, November 25, all students will be virtual as previously scheduled.    

  • Thursday, November 26 through Monday, November 30, students will be on break. 

  • On Tuesday, December 1, we will initiate our Virtual Mode of Operation. This means all students K-12 will learn virtually beginning on December 1, 2020, unless notified otherwise. 

Bon Meade Book Fair book fair

Bon Meade library is hosting a Scholastic Book Fair from November 23 - December 6. All families are welcome to participate, even if they do not attend school at Bon Meade Elementary. Shop from the comfort of your own home and ensure your children have some exciting new reading material for winter break! 

Click here to shop | Click here to view the flyer

MASD Tentative Plan Beginning November 23 update

On Monday, November 16, 2020 school districts in Allegheny County were called to a meeting with the Pennsylvania Department of Education.  In addition, I have been in continuous contact with the Allegheny County Health Department.  

As of this week, our county has been placed in the “substantial” range for COVID-19 community spread. On Friday, November 20, data will be released again. If the county is in the substantial range for the second week in a row, the Pennsylvania Department of Education will recommend that the district move to a full virtual operation.  The district has consistently followed the metrics and guidance of PDE in making decisions regarding in-person instruction. 

MAHS Athlete Wins 2020 Cross Country WPIAL and PIAA Championships Mia Cochran

Mia Cochran, a junior at Moon Area High School, was the 2020 cross country WPIAL and PIAA AAA champion. She also won the WPIAL and PIAA cross country championship in 2019. 

“It has been exciting to see Mia mature as a runner over the past few years,” said Coach Timothy Hrivnak. “After finishing 7th in the state as a freshman, and now going back-to-back years as the state champion, Mia will look to drop a huge exclamation point on her high school career next season while trying to become the first consecutive 3-peat champion in AAA in state history.”

Moon Area Middle School -- Virtual Nov. 19-20 MAMS Virtual

We are experiencing a staffing shortage at the Middle School that makes it impossible for us to return to our Hybrid Model this week. Therefore, our Middle School will remain fully virtual on Thursday, November 19 and Friday, November 20 with the goal of returning to school for in person instruction on Monday, November 23.   

You can view more information on our COVID-19 dashboard. Click to view the dashboard.  

We're Hiring! we're hiring

We are hiring for school jobs, including paraprofessionals, custodians, cafeteria workers and secretaries. Call 1-888-416-4338t to learn more and apply. View the flyer

We are also looking for substitute teachers for all grade levels. Don't miss this chance to get involved and make a difference in our school district. For more information and to apply, email Marissa Knox at mark385@kellyservices.com. View the flyer

Seniors Sign Letters of Intent AJ and Inde

Congratulations to Ann Thompson and Innocende Patterson on signing their letters of intent. AJ Thompson signed her Volleyball NLI with Frostburg State and Inde Patterson signed her swimming NLI with St. Francis!

Travel Guidelines update

It’s been a few weeks since we welcomed our students back to school for in-person learning. It’s been great to have students in our schools once again. Thank you to the families who are attending school in person for helping your children adhere to our health and safety protocols. We sincerely appreciate everyone’s efforts.  

It’s hard to believe the holidays are just around the corner. The holiday season has traditionally been a time when many of us travel. With that in mind, we want to take a minute to ensure all parents/guardians, students, faculty and staff members are aware of the latest health and safety recommendations.  

So, You Want to Be a Music Major? music seminar

Moon Area Music Department presents "So, You Want to Be a Music Major?" 

This is a virtual presentation with professional musicians and music educators. All students in grades 7-12 who are interested in becoming a music major are invited to this annual seminar. The discussion will include a mixture of topics geared toward students who wish to obtain information about studying music in college. Parents are also welcome to join the event. 

Click for more information. | Click to register.

MAHS Marching Band Poinsettia Sale Poinsettia

The Moon Area High School Marching Band is taking poinsettia orders through November 19. Choice of red, pink or white 6 inch poinsettia plants. The cost is $11 per plant. 

Drive through pick up will be available at Moon Area High School on December 4 from 5-7 pm. 

Click to order online. Prepayment is required.

MAMS Moving to Virtual Model on Friday, November 13 MAMS Virtual

We have had several individuals from our Middle School community test positive for COVID-19. Out of an abundance of caution, we will move to our Virtual Model for all Middle School students beginning on Friday, November 13, 2020.  Although none of these cases are related to in school transmission, we still ask that all Middle School families and staff take precautions to ensure we can get our students back to school.  

At this time, our plan is for our Middle School students to return to our current Hybrid Model (in person four days a week) on Thursday, November 19. In addition, all Middle School athletics and activities are canceled until Thursday, November 19. We will reevaluate the data on November 17 and decide if we will be able to proceed as planned. More information will be shared on November 17.  

Happy Veterans Day from McCormick Elementary McCormick

Happy Veterans Day from McCormick Elementary School! Thank you to all of the men and women who have served our country. 

Watch McCormick Elementary's video message>

Update for MASD Families -- November 11 update

You are probably aware of the increase in COVID-19 infections in the area.  want to assure you that I am in constant contact with the Allegheny County Health Department to ensure we are following their recommendations.  

Handcrafted Fresh Evergreen Decorations!  Evergreen gifts to mail

Decorate with fresh greenery and have your home filled with the scent of evergreens over the holiday season!

Moon Drama Club is working with Teufel Holly Farms — a family-owned business located in Portland, Oregon. Teufel has been standing strong through riots and wildfires and are providing gorgeous evergreens for our fundraiser! Handmade wreaths, swags, and centerpieces are available for purchase for a limited time. Support Moon Drama Club, help this family-owned business, and get amazing, fresh, hand-made decorations for family, friends, coworkers, and yourself!

MASD Golfer Wins WPIAL Championship! golf

Congratulations to senior boys golfer Justin Scally for winning the 2020 WPIAL Boys AAA Golf Championship! Justin shot a 2 under 69 to capture the title. Way to go Justin and Coach Persing! 

Drama Club Students Meet with Professional Actors bright star

Students in the Drama Club recently had a fun surprise at the spring musical information session.

Mr. Rob Michael, English Teacher and Theatre Director, arranged a special opportunity for the students who are interested in auditioning for the spring musical, BRIGHT STAR. Two professional actors from the Original Broadway Cast of BRIGHT STAR joined students on the virtual meeting to talk about their experiences with the show that they created from scratch!

Two Moon Area High School Students Named National Merit Scholarship Program Semifinalists  Merit Scholarship Program

Two Moon Area High School seniors are semifinalists in the 66th annual National Merit Scholarship Program! MAHS students Chancharik Mitra and Thomas Molnar will have the opportunity to continue in the competition for 7,600 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $30 million that will be offered in the spring of 2021.  

MAMS & MAHS Return to Hybrid on Nov. 5 Return to Hybrid

Our Middle School and High School students will return to our Hybrid Model on Thursday, November 5. This means they will be at school for in-person instruction on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday with a virtual learning day on Wednesday.

Students who are enrolled in the Virtual Model full time will continue to learn remotely.

As a reminder, you can view more information on our COVID-19 dashboard.


What to do if district emails are landing in your spam/junk mail folder spam

It has been brought to our attention that emails from the Moon Area School District are sometimes going to spam/junk folders. If you are not receiving messages from the district, please check your spam folder. If you find district messages in your spam/junk folder, you can take steps to whitelist the district. 

Moon Area School District emails are always sent from email addresses that include @moonarea.net. 

Click for a step-by-step guide to whitelisting an email address. This guide covers gmail, yahoo, AOL and outlook. 

Comcast also has a step-by-step guide. Click to view Comcast's guide. The MASD technology department also created a Comcast guide specific to whitelisting our district email addresses. Click to view the guide

Welcome Mr. Hamilton-Archer!  school board

Moon Area School District welcomes Mr. Nicholas Hamilton-Archer to the Moon Area Board of School Directors. Mr. Hamilton-Archer took the oath of office on Monday, October 12, 2020 with the Hon. Michele Santicola presiding.  

Welcome Mr. Hamilton-Archer! 

Are you missing your Moon Area High School class ring? class ring

Are you missing your Moon Area High School class ring? A ring from the Class of 1975 was recently found in Minnesota. We'd love to reunite it with its rightful owner. If you think it might be yours, please call Carol Wingard at 412-264-9440, ext. 1106 and be prepared to describe the color of the ring's stones as well as the initials on the ring. 

MAEF Fall Fundraiser -- Now Extended thru October 31! MAEF Fundraiser

Moon Area Education Foundation (MAEF) has partnered with AR Workshop in Robinson for a hands on fundraiser! We think you’ll really FALL for any of these great DIY-To-Go Kits!

Pennies for Patients Hero

For the past three years, McCormick Elementary has been involved with the Pennies for Patients Program benefiting the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. In 2020, our McCormick families raised a total of $5,726 to benefit this amazing program. Because of everyone's generosity, McCormick​ Elementary received an award for ranking 3rd out of the 232 schools participating in the Western PA & WV areas.  

Moon Area Drama Club's production of CLUE: ON STAGE! clue on stage

It's time to get your tickets to Moon Area Drama Club's production of CLUE: ON STAGE! Over the last six weeks, we had two different casts working toward producing a socially distanced version of CLUE that was set to film at the Moon Park Amphitheater. Both casts rose to the challenge and performed the show with plenty of heart, passion, and honesty. We filmed the show and both performances will be streamed on Broadway On Demand!

Welcome Dr. Beltz! beltz oath

Moon Area School District welcomes Dr. Jeffrey Beltz as the new Assistant Superintendent. Dr. Beltz took the oath of office on Monday, October 12, 2020 with the Hon. Michele Santicola presiding.  

Prior to coming to MASD, Dr. Beltz spent more than 20 years working in the Beaver Area School District where he served in various administrative roles, including 10 years as the Middle School principal.  

MASD Virtual Open House MASD Open House

Dear MASD Parents/Guardians: 

We are excited to invite you to the Moon Area School District Virtual Open House! Our teachers have worked hard to prepare short videos for families to view at their convenience. Each teacher has posted their video to their Skyward page. We hope you’ll take the time to tune in! 

Click to login to Skyward | Click for more information about Skyward 


Barry J. Balaski 
Moon Area School District 

Donation to Hyde Library for STEAM Supplies thank you

Thanks to a donation from Wipro Technologies, Mrs. Carolyn Andrews, Hyde Elementary Library Media Specialist, was awarded a gift certificate for use on the First Book Marketplace.  The certificate will be used to purchase STEAM supplies and books for the Hyde library. A special thank you to Wipro Technologies for making this possible! 

Bobby Rees Named Artist of the Week Bobby's Art

Bobby Rees, a student at Bon Meade Elementary School, has been selected as Artsonia's PreK-3rd "Artist of the Week" for October 11 - October 17.  During the contest, Bobby received 727 votes from website visitors!  Be sure to check the Artsonia website at www.artsonia.com where you will see Bobby's artwork featured for the next few days.

In addition, Blick Art Materials has generously donated a $100 gift certificate to Ms. Kristin Teeple, art educator at Bon Meade, and a $50 gift certificate to Bobby.  

Congratulations on this outstanding accomplishment, Bobby!

Food Service Updates food service update

All Moon Area School District students will have access to one free breakfast and one free lunch for each instructional day at school or while learning virtually. Students who pack a lunch may order a FREE “Tiger Snack” containing white or chocolate milk, a fruit and whole grain graham crackers. Please note: students may order one free lunch OR one free Tiger Snack per day. They may not order both. 

We will continue to offer individually wrapped utensils and condiments. Keypads will not be used. Students will only need to “check out” with a cashier if they are purchasing ala carte snacks or beverages. Students will tell the cashier their lunch account number.

Meals are only available when school is in session. Typically this is Monday-Friday. However, if students do not have school, meals for that day will not be provided. For example, Monday, October 12 is an in-service day and students do not have school. Therefore, students will have the opportunity to receive four breakfasts and four lunches the week of October 12. 

For menus and ordering please visit the Food Services Webpage at: www.moonarea.net/administration/20.

Reopening Plan Updates -- October 2020 Updated Plan Cover

Moon Area School District's Reopening Plan has been updated from the original version that was first shared on September 26. The changes reflect the return of secondary students (grades 7-12) to school for in-person instruction four days a week. The changes do not impact the schedule for students in grades K-6.  Click to view the plan

Thank you!

Important Update for MASD Families reopening plans

Dear Moon Area School District Parents/Guardians:  

We are looking forward to welcoming our students back to school the week of October 5! Please take a moment to review our Reopening Plan if you have not already done so. View our Reopening Plan: https://www.moonarea.net/Content2/728 

Hyde Elementary Selected for a 2020 Youth Literacy Grant dollar general

Dollar General Literacy Foundation recently awarded Hyde Elementary School a $3,000 grant to support youth literacy initiatives. This local grant award is part of more than $4 million in grants awarded this fall to nearly 850 nonprofit organizations, libraries and schools across the 46 states that Dollar General serves.

At Hyde Elementary, the funds will be used to purchase e-books for the 2020-2201 school year. 

Celebrating the 2020 Homecoming Court! Homecoming Court

Congratulations to Thea Woolslare and Dawson Snyder -- our 2020 Homecoming Queen and King!

Since we were unable to honor these students at a football game, we created a video to celebrate our 2020 Homecoming Court!  Watch the 2020 Homecoming Court video.

Congratulations to the entire 2020 Homecoming Court! 

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
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

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/

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. 

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!   


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

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:

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.

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.

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! 

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. 

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.