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The MASD September 2022 Newsletter is here!

Sept. 2022 Newsletter

The MASD September 2022 Newsletter is here! Read the Sept. 2022 Newsletter

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Dear MASD Families,  

I hope the school year is off to a great start for you and your family!

The administration and staff of the Moon Area School District spent countless hours upgrading our technology, preparing our curriculum, and getting ready to welcome our students back to school, only to be faced with a cyber ransomware attack four days before the start of school.  I'd like to begin by thanking everyone for their patience and flexibility as we navigated this issue. At this point, I’m pleased to share that most of our systems have been restored. I'd like to thank everyone who helped us navigate the attack, minimize the damage, and ultimately restore/ rebuild our technology infrastructure.  

I’d also like to thank everyone for their patience as we deal with staffing shortages, particularly with transportation and support staff.  The bus driver shortage has been especially tough. We are working closely with Student Transportation of America to recruit drivers. If you or someone you know is interested in becoming a driver, please visit https://stacareers.com/ to apply. From there, click on the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania in the map. Then scroll down to “Coraopolis” and click the “Apply Now” box.

Although we have faced challenges this year, our faculty and staff members remain committed to helping our students learn and grow. When I walk through the halls of our schools, I see classrooms full of engaged and excited learners. It’s fantastic.  

Thank you to all of our students for their hard work. And thank you to our MASD parents for their continued support.  

Let’s make this a great year!  
 

Sincerely,  

Barry Balaski
Superintendent
Moon Area School District

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Free breakfast at MASD
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Moon Area School District

On Friday, September 9, 2022, Governor Tom Wolf announced that Pennsylvania will make it possible for all schools participating in the School Breakfast Program (SBP) to provide free breakfasts for all enrolled students during the 2022-2023 school year. This program will begin with breakfast meals served on October 1, 2022 and run through the end of the 2022-2023 school year.

Dear MASD Families,

On Friday, September 9, 2022, Governor Tom Wolf announced that Pennsylvania will make it possible for all schools participating in the School Breakfast Program (SBP) to provide free breakfasts for all enrolled students during the 2022-2023 school year. This program will begin with breakfast meals served on October 1, 2022 and run through the end of the 2022-2023 school year.

The Universal Free Breakfast Program is available to ALL Moon Area School District students, regardless of whether or not they qualify for free or reduced meals.  No further action is needed to receive free breakfast.

Please note that nothing will change regarding how we serve breakfast to our students.  They can continue to go through the serving line as they do now and enter their student ID number. To accommodate the large increase in breakfasts we anticipate, please make sure your child knows their student ID number to keep lines moving.  Any meals that they take will be recorded on their account at no charge. Only full meals qualify for the free breakfast program.

The Moon Area School District is grateful for the opportunity to help ensure that every student starts their day with a healthy, nutritious meal.  We know that research supports that a child who starts the day with breakfast is more likely to be at school, has improved concentration, and is more willing to participate in the classroom.

If you have any questions, please contact our Food Services Department at 412-264-9440 x 1129.

Sincerely,

Christie Leininger
Director of Food Services
cleininger@moonarea.net

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National Merit Semifinalists
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Moon Area SChool District

Moon Area High School seniors Kaveri Gudura and William Marasco are semifinalists in the 68th annual National Merit Scholarship Program! Kaveri and William will have the opportunity to continue in the competition for 7,250 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $28 million that will be offered in the spring of 2023.  

Moon Area High School seniors Kaveri Guduru and William Marasco are semifinalists in the 68th annual National Merit Scholarship Program! Kaveri and William will have the opportunity to continue in the competition for 7,250 National Merit Scholarships worth nearly $28 million that will be offered in the spring of 2023.  

The purpose of the National Merit Scholarship Program is to honor the nation’s scholastic champions and encourage the pursuit of academic excellence.

To qualify as semifinalists, students earned top scores on the 2021 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test. Several million students across the country take the exam each year. The nationwide pool of semifinalists, representing less than 1 percent of U.S. high school seniors, includes the highest-scoring entrants in each state.

To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. About 95 percent of the semifinalists are expected to attain finalist standing. Approximately half of the finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship and earn the Merit Scholar title.  

Kaveri Guduru

Kaveri is the Vice President of the National Honor Society and the treasurer of Future Medical Professionals Club. In addition, she is on the Speech and Debate team and a part of the HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America) Club.

Kaveri is also on the girls' tennis team and a member of the honors orchestra.

After graduation, Kaveri plans to attend a four year college where she hopes to study biochemistry or computational biology on a pre-med track. Her goal is to become a physician in the future.  

William Marasco

Will is the class president and involved in many clubs and activities, including Students Against Destructive Decisions (SADD) (co-president) and mock crash participant), Peer to Peer, MAHS Academic League Team (featured on KDKA's Hometown High Q), and MAHS Youth For Christ. He is a certified intake specialist with the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) program through the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus Parish.

In addition, Will is a member of the National Honor Society and a scholar athlete. He was recently named an AP Scholar with Distinction and represented Moon Area High School at the WPIAL Sportsmanship Summit. He has lettered as a member of the Varsity Baseball and Cross Country teams.

After graduation, Will plans to attend a four-year university and major in pre-med.

Kaveri and Will would like to thank all for their teachers and staff at McCormick Elementary, Moon Area Middle and High Schools for their support and guidance throughout their time at Moon.

Congratulations and good luck to Kaveri and Will!  

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Distinguished Alumni
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Moon Area School District

Moon Area School District is pleased to present the recipients of the first annual Distinguished Alumni Award! The 2022 MASD Distinguished Alumni Award recipients are the late SPC Matthew Cory Bowe (Class of 2005), Mr. David Bundy (Class of 1969), and Dr. Elizabeth Zona (Class of 1998)!

Moon Area School District is pleased to present the recipients of the first annual Distinguished Alumni Award! The 2022 MASD Distinguished Alumni Award recipients are the late SPC Matthew Cory Bowe (Class of 2005), Mr. David Bundy (Class of 1969), and Dr. Elizabeth Zona (Class of 1998)!

Each recipient was selected because of the significant contributions they made to our school district, community and beyond in one or more of the following three areas: Career Achievement or Military Service Distinction, Service to Society, and Service and Support to the Moon Area School District. Their accomplishments, affiliations, and careers honor a legacy of excellence.

 

SPC Matthew Cory Bowe

Matthew Bowe

Specialist Matthew Cory Bowe was a caring, loving, and outgoing person. He was a son, a brother, and a friend to many. He loved his family and friends with his whole heart and would do anything to make sure that they were taken care of.

SPC Bowe had many interests growing up, some of which included: sports, music, drawing, and being outdoors. He loved playing sports at a very young age and throughout the years he played baseball and football. He was very proud to be a Moon Tiger!

SPC Bowe also enjoyed being outdoors and was very proud to be a part of the Boy Scouts Troop in school. Just like everything else he had a passion for, he took Boy Scouts very seriously and was often out with his family selling candy bars from sun-up to sun-down.

In addition, SPC Bowe had passion for music. He wrote and sang all his music and even did his senior project about his music. He had hoped that one day he would be able to share his music with the world.

After graduating Moon Area High School in 2005, SPC Bowe joined the military and became a combat medic because he cared deeply for other people and wanted to help them in any way that he could. He had dreams of becoming a doctor so he could help people. SPC Bowe made the ultimate sacrifice while helping people and fighting for our country’s freedom. SPC Bowe was killed in action on February 19, 2007 in Baghdad, Iraq at just 19 years old.

SPC Bowe touched the lives of many and will be forever remembered as a hero.

 

Mr. David Bundy

David Bundy

Mr. David Bundy graduated from Moon Area Schools in 1969 and has been a township resident since 1963. As a sophomore, he met his high school sweetheart Nancy. They eventually married and had four children and ten grandchildren. Their four children are Moon Area alumni, and they have several grandchildren who have attended or are currently attending Moon Area School District. Many members of his large extended family call Moon High School their alma mater.

Through the years, Mr. Bundy has volunteered his services in Moon youth sports, which include basketball, football, and soccer. As an adult, Mr. Bundy operates a family business in the community. Giving back to his school and community are of enormous importance, and he treasures the ability to do so. One of his favorite pastimes is gathering with high school friends and reminiscing over their enjoyable experiences with fellow classmates and teachers while attending Moon Area High School.

 

Dr. Elizabeth Zona

Elizabeth Zona

Dr. Elizabeth Zona is a Moon Township native and a 1998 graduate of Moon Area School District.  She is a physician who is double board-certified in Anesthesiology and Addiction Medicine. 

Dr. Zona is passionate about treating addiction and preventing it by raising awareness amongst our youth and the community. Over the past six years, Dr. Zona has visited Moon High School annually with the goal of educating students about the risks of drugs and alcohol on their developing brains and bodies. In addition, she offers an annual scholarship contest to the Moon Area High School senior class. The scholarship, known as the IMPACT scholarship, is in memory of Teah Robinson.

Dr. Zona is the Medical Director for Anesthesia Services at Three Rivers Endoscopy Center in Moon Township, and the Medical Director for Addiction Services at Laurel Care Treatment Center in Coraopolis. She resides in Moon with her husband and two sons.  You can also find her addiction and awareness education on TikTok: @addictiontokdok.

 

Congratulations to the 2022 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients. We’re proud to call you all Moon Tigers!

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Voluntary Student Accident Insurance
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Moon Area School District

Moon Area School District provides K-12 students the option to take advantage of voluntary student accident insurance up to $250,000. This supplemental insurance plan is available for families to purchase and could help deflect costs should an unexpected event or accident occur. 

Moon Area School District provides K-12 students the option to take advantage of voluntary student accident insurance up to $250,000. This supplemental insurance plan is available for families to purchase and could help deflect costs should an unexpected event or accident occur. 

Families can choose between a 24-Hour Coverage plan or a School Time Coverage plan. Both plans exclude senior high football coverage. Parents may request a printed copy of information and forms from any school office. 

For more information, read the brochure below for insurance details and forms. 

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