On April 16 and 17, the high school's Moon Assistance Program for Students (MAPS) team, administrators, faculty members, and school counselors met virtually with each grade (9-12) to provide tips and guidance in adapting to our new social and academic way of life.
The meetings were guided by Mr. Martonik, MAPS Coordinator; Mr. Gallup, Principal; Mr. Hathaway, Assistant Principal; Mr. Ledbetter, Athletic Director; Mr. David Suda, school-based therapist; and Mrs. Liz Lepore, student assistance liaison from Holy Family Institute. Additional representatives from MAHS include high school counselors Mrs. Smith, Ms. Hinerman, Ms. Sitko, and Ms. Johnson along with teachers on the MAPS team Mrs. Baldigowski, Mr. O'Toole, and Mr. Cook. Interim superintendent, Mr. Balaski, also addressed the senior class.
Over 400 students participated in these meetings with topics covering mental health and wellbeing, issues related to remote learning, and supports that are available for students and families. Students had the opportunity to submit questions and concerns through a survey on TEAMS, which the staff addressed throughout the meetings.
The staff was grateful for the opportunity to make a personal connection with the students during these unprecedented times. The high school will continue these meetings in the future with dates and times to be determined.
The Moon Area High School administration and staff would like to thank the students, families, and community of Moon Area for their compassion, dedication, and hard work that they have displayed throughout this pandemic!