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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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6th Garde Social Studies

Students in Mrs. Pro's 6th grade social studies class practiced their map skills as well as their knowledge of the continents and oceans by creating a large world map. 

Once the students completed their map, they had the opportunity to add a kinesthetic component by playing Earth Twister! Right hand Atlantic Ocean, left foot Australia!  

  • Moon Area Middle School
  • Moon Area School District
Free breakfast at MASD
  • Allard Elementary
  • Bon Meade Elementary
  • Brooks Elementary
  • Hyde Elementary
  • McCormick Elementary
  • Moon Area High School
  • Moon Area Middle School
  • Moon Area School District

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

  • Allard Elementary
  • All MASD Schools
  • Bon Meade Elementary
  • Brooks Elementary
  • Hyde Elementary
  • McCormick Elementary
  • Moon Area High School
  • Moon Area Middle School
  • Moon Area School District
Corey the Dribbler

The PTC brought Corey the Dribbler to Bon Meade Elementary for their Schoolwide Positive Behavior kickoff! 

Corey the Dribbler is a former Harlem Globetrotter and 8-time Guiness World Record holder.  He travels throughout the country inspiring students in grades K-12 to reach their goals while teaching them to treat each other with respect.  

Thanks to the PTC for making this event possible. What a fun way to start year!

  • Bon Meade Elementary
  • Moon Area School District
Accounting Students

Moon Area High School (MAHS) accounting students attended a high school accounting conference on Wednesday, September 14 at Robert Morris University.

The high school accounting conference provided students an opportunity to learn from college students, professors, and accounting professionals. Student breakout sessions included college professors discussing personal branding, college students discussing college life and professional careers, and accounting professionals discussing their careers.

At the conclusion of the breakout sessions, two professionals in the field of accounting provided valuable information about their career and the benefits of the profession. Jennifer Cryder, CEO of the Pennsylvania Institute of CPAs, and Rich Archer, Partner at KPMG Pittsburgh, presented executive dialogue.

Jerry Maginnis, book author, was the keynote speaker and introduced his book “Advice for a Successful Career in the Accounting Profession.” Each attendee received a copy of his book.

The attendees included: Vivian Funkhouser, Matt Durr, Josh Koepfer, Max Depner, Lance Zabela, Tyler Greggs, Michael Walenchok, Ethan Konieczka, Sydney Blewitt, and Isabella Olsen.

The event at Robert Morris University is an opportunity to enhance the curriculum. Accounting 1 and College in High School (CHS) Accounting students attended the event. The CHS Accounting course provides students an opportunity to earn college credit at Moon High School.
 

  • Moon Area High School
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ACT

Due to low registration, the students that were registered for the ACT on October 22 were reassigned to another test center and will be notified by mail.

  • Moon Area High School
National Merit Semifinalists
  • Moon Area High School

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!  

  • Moon Area High School
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Distinguished Alumni
  • Allard Elementary
  • Bon Meade Elementary
  • Brooks Elementary
  • Hyde Elementary
  • McCormick Elementary
  • Moon Area High School
  • Moon Area Middle School

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!

  • Allard Elementary
  • All MASD Schools
  • Bon Meade Elementary
  • Brooks Elementary
  • Hyde Elementary
  • McCormick Elementary
  • Moon Area High School
  • Moon Area Middle School
  • Moon Area School District
School Spirit Week

Homecoming Week Dress Up Days
September 12-16


Monday- Black and GOLD Day   

Tuesday- Camo Day

Wednesday- Hat Day

Thursday- Favorite “Sports Team” jersey

Friday- “Extreme” Red and White Day- Prizes will be awarded for the best school spirit! No face paint!

 

  • Moon Area Middle School
Voluntary Student Accident Insurance
  • Allard Elementary
  • Bon Meade Elementary
  • Brooks Elementary
  • Hyde Elementary
  • McCormick Elementary
  • Moon Area High School
  • Moon Area Middle School

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. 

Download more information.

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  • All MASD Schools
  • Bon Meade Elementary
  • Brooks Elementary
  • Hyde Elementary
  • McCormick Elementary
  • Moon Area High School
  • Moon Area Middle School
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bus drivers needed
  • Allard Elementary
  • Bon Meade Elementary
  • Brooks Elementary
  • Hyde Elementary
  • McCormick Elementary
  • Moon Area High School
  • Moon Area Middle School

Dear MASD Families,  

We are currently experiencing a shortage of bus drivers. We thank you in advance for your patience as we work to get our students to and from school safely.  Currently, we have just enough drivers to staff our routes, however if somebody needs to call off sick or is absent, drivers must double up on runs, which may cause significant delays.  

If you are interested in being a driver or if you know somebody who is interested, please consider applying to Student Transportation of America (STA). There are opportunities for drivers who do not have a CDL. STA can also help train drivers who need to obtain a CDL.  

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.  

Sincerely,  

Barry J. Balaski Superintendent Moon Area School District

  • Allard Elementary
  • All MASD Schools
  • Bon Meade Elementary
  • Brooks Elementary
  • Hyde Elementary
  • McCormick Elementary
  • Moon Area High School
  • Moon Area Middle School
  • Moon Area School District
Friendly reminder
  • Allard Elementary
  • Bon Meade Elementary
  • Brooks Elementary
  • Hyde Elementary
  • McCormick Elementary
  • Moon Area High School
  • Moon Area Middle School

We are excited to welcome our students back to school on Wednesday, August 24, 2022. As a friendly reminder, when school is in session, our campus is closed to the public. Unless you have official school related business, please refrain from using our track, field and other facilities during school hours.

  • Allard Elementary
  • All MASD Schools
  • Bon Meade Elementary
  • Brooks Elementary
  • Hyde Elementary
  • McCormick Elementary
  • Moon Area High School
  • Moon Area Middle School
  • Moon Area School District
band camp

The Moon Area High School Marching Band has ramped up its rehearsals for the start of the 2022 Marching Band Season.

The band began rehearsals on July 19, with mini-camps for each section held at Moon Area High School. These camps began with the introduction of the musical selections for the two performance productions, as well as an overview of the marching skills used for each of the productions.

The band then moved on to their first week of band camp at MAHS. During these rehearsals, students honed their skills in our two performance productions' musical and visual aspects.

On July 31, the band traveled to Washington and Jefferson College for a week of Away Band Camp. This marks the fifteenth year the band has traveled to W&J for camp. The MAHS Band students not only rehearsed, but also continued to form bonds and friendships with students in the entire band. Many team bonding activities took place each evening leading up to the scavenger hunt. The culmination of the Away Band Camp week was the Parent Show, which was held on Friday, August 5.

Come out to see the MAHS Marching Band Perform!
The MAHS Marching Band will perform at Kennywood Park on August 10 as part of the park's Fall Fantasy Parades.

The MAHS Marching Band will participate in the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Marching Band (PIMBA) Competition circuit this season in Class AAA (3A). The band will travel and compete at Yough High School on September 24 and Gateway High School on October 15.

The band will also defend their 2021 Class 3A title in the PIMBA Championships on October 22 at Norwin High School.

The Moon Area High School Band Parents Organization will also host a PIMBA show at Tiger Stadium on October 1, beginning at 6:00 pm.

And, of course, you can catch the MAHS Marching Band at all home and away MAHS Varsity Football Games.
 

The band is under the direction of Nick Barthen, Assistant Director Abby Finkelstein, and Associate Director/Percussion Coordinator Alan Fear. The color guard instructors are Jen Minamyer and Sydney Diehl.

We would like to thank the MASD and the communities of Moon and Crescent Townships for their continued support. Additional information regarding the Band and Orchestra programs at Moon Area High School can be obtained at www.moonband.org.

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welcome back to school
  • Allard Elementary
  • Bon Meade Elementary
  • Brooks Elementary
  • Hyde Elementary
  • McCormick Elementary
  • Moon Area High School
  • Moon Area Middle School

Dear MASD Families:

I hope you are all having a wonderful summer. While you still have a few weeks to enjoy your summer break, we’re busy preparing for the upcoming school year. I have included some information below that I hope you will find helpful. 

 

First Day of School 

We’re excited to welcome our students back to school! The first day of school for students is August 24.

Teacher Assignments and Schedules 

Teacher assignments and schedules are now available in Skyward!  

Click here to login to Skyward.  

Click here for more information about Skyward

Save the Date for Open House 

Open House is planned for September. Please save the date.  

  • High School – September 7 from 6-8 pm 
  • Middle School – September 13 from 6-8 pm 
  • All Elementary Schools – September 8 from 6-8 pm 

Free/Reduced Meals 

Federal funding for student meals at school is no longer available. Students who would like to eat breakfast and/or lunch at school will purchase meals for the 2022-2023 school year unless they qualify for free/reduced meals.  

If you intend to apply for free/reduced meals, please do so as soon as possible. It can take time for your family’s application to be processed. Click here for more information.

Technology Fee & Device Distribution 

High school students who qualify for free/reduced meals will have their technology fee waived. Only HS (grades 9-12) students have a technology fee ($50). Middle school and elementary students do not have a fee, but those families can purchase optional $30 device protection through the Skyward parent portal.  

Devices will be issued to all students K-12 in homeroom after the start of the school year.

Click here for more information

Transportation 

We are working hard to finalize our bus routes. Families should have access to that information in Skyward by August 18. Please be patient the first week or two of school while our drivers and families familiarize themselves with the routes and make any necessary adjustments. Buses may run a bit behind schedule; however, please be at your bus stop 10 minutes prior to your child’s noted pick up time.

Health Forms 

Physical Exams - Pennsylvania Public School Code, Section 14-1402(e), requires physical examinations for students upon original entry into school (kindergarten or new first grader), sixth and eleventh grades. 

Dental Exams - Pennsylvania Public School Code, Section 14-1403(a), requires dental examinations for students upon original entry into school (kindergarten or new first grader), third and seventh grades.  

Health Forms can be found on our website. Click here to view

Supply Lists 

The supply lists for grades K-6 can be found on our website. Click here to view

Cyber Education 

This year the district is once again offering a K-12 cyber education program for students who are already enrolled in the Moon Cyber Program. However, the district will be phasing the K-6 online program out at the end of this school year.  

The goal is to have the majority of our youngest learners back in our classrooms where they can thrive. However, if your child has a document need, the district always considers accommodations to support our students. 

Cyber students and potential cyber students in grades 7-12 will return to pre-pandemic guidelines. They will need to obtain annual principal permission to remain in the Moon Cyber education program. The principal will review the student’s academic performance, individual needs, and the ability to complete assignments on time before approving any student participation in the cyber education program.  

 

Enjoy the rest of your summer and we’ll see you soon! 

Sincerely,  

Barry J. Balaski 
Superintendent 
Moon Area School District 

 

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  • All MASD Schools
  • Bon Meade Elementary
  • Brooks Elementary
  • Hyde Elementary
  • McCormick Elementary
  • Moon Area High School
  • Moon Area Middle School
arrival and dismissal

Dear Parents/Guardians:

The safety of our students and staff is our #1 priority.  We appreciate your attentiveness in following our new arrival procedures and recommended safety guidelines for orderly arrival and dismissal.  We worked with the Moon Township Police Department on these procedures to help eliminate the congestion on our campus in the morning. Our dismissal procedures have remained the same.

ARRIVAL:   

ALL students riding the bus will be dropped off at the GYM/STUDENT entrance.

Students being driven to school will be dropped off at the AUDITORIUM entrance.  The NEW procedures are as follows: Please see the attached map which highlights our new traffic patterns 

  • The DROP OFF line begins on the road between the stadium and ball fields (POINT A on map) 
  • Follow around to the back of the building (Blue line on map) to the AUDITORIUM entrance (POINT B on map) 
  • Cars should move up in the line as far as the sidewalk permits.  This allows a maximum number of cars to enter the queue.  Parents are not permitted to park or get out of their car in the drop off line. 
  • All students must exit their car via the PASSENGER side.  Please have your child ready to exit the car as you pull alongside the curb. 
  • Cars then exit to Tiger Trail.  ALL traffic MUST turn RIGHT (POINT C on map) and proceed to University Blvd. 

Please drive safely in all areas and roads; refrain from cell phone usage; and follow the direction of staff members at all times. 

 

Doors open at 7:40 am. You may drop your child off beforehand, but they will remain outside (same as in years past) with teacher supervision beginning at 7:20 am.  The Tardy Bell is 7:55 am and all doors will be locked.  If you drop your child off after 7:55 am, please proceed to the main parking/horseshoe area.  All students arriving late should report to the main office/entrance for a late pass to AB. 

 

DISMISSAL:   

Dismissal is at 2:40 pm. Procedures remain the same.

Buses will be located at Gym and Auditorium entrances.  The bus line up will be posted in all rooms.  Buses are not released until 2:50 pm.

Parent pick up is at the MAIN ENTRANCE:  

  • Park in the main entrance parking lot 
  • Use the crosswalk and pick up your child at the designated grade level sign 
  • NO student is permitted in the parking lot UNATTENDED by an adult 

 

Thank you in advance for your cooperation in keeping our students safe!  We look forward to our new school year. 😊  

Middle School Administration

  • Moon Area Middle School
Device Distribution
  • Moon Area High School

Moon High School Families,

As the 2022-2023 school year approaches, we would like to provide information and procedures regarding laptop distribution. A $50 maintenance fee is required upon receiving your laptop. This fee can be paid by check on distribution day or paid in advance online through Skyward student information system via the MySchoolBucks payment system. 

Devices will be issued to students in homeroom after the start of the school year.

We thank you for your cooperation and look forward to the start of the 2022-2023 school year!

About the maintenance fee.

Skyward/MySchoolBucks Payment Instructions.

 

Sincerely,

The Moon Area Technology Department and High School Administration

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