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MASD Update

While you are all hopefully enjoying your summer break, we’re busy working on elementary teacher assignments and secondary schedules. This information will be available in Skyward in early August. Until then, please disregard any information you may see in Skyward as it is not final!  

We will be back in touch with more information when class assignments and schedules are finalized. Thank you for your patience!  

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Allard PTO Appreciation

Dr. Kazmierczak and the Allard Elementary School students and staff held an appreciation breakfast for the Allard PTO on Wednesday, May 29, 2024. The fourth grade Allard Singing Tigers serenaded the PTO as they ate their breakfast. Throughout the morning, staff and students stopped by to express their appreciation for all that the PTO does at Allard. Thank you again Allard PTO! 

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parade of the past 2024

Moon Area High School seniors participated in the annual Parade of the Past in May.

Students returned to their own elementary school to parade through the halls. It's a great opportunity for graduating seniors to catch up with their old elementary school teachers. The graduating seniors also inspired our younger students as they paraded through the halls.

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Wishing the MAHS Class of 2024 all the best! 

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MASD Homecoming

It’s that time of year again -- when we as a district are looking ahead to Homecoming next year!

The Moon School District Annual Homecoming Carnival will take place on Thursday, October 3, 2024 in the upper parking lot following the parade. 

If you are a local business and you are interested in participating, please fill out the form at the link below. All booths must be approved by Administration and any ideas are not considered “yours” until you receive confirmation back. 

Click here to reserve your booth

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Allard Reading Club

Allard Elementary School recently completed its school-wide reading incentive program, the Reading Club. Each student received a Reading Log and was encouraged to read during their free time. As students read books, they earned points. An impressive 102 students read over 100 books or chapters, qualifying for the prestigious 100 Point Club and celebrating with a pizza party—thanks to the Allard PTO!

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flat stanley

Students in Ms. Kephart's second grade class at Brooks Elementary School recently participated in the Flat Stanley project.  

The Flat Stanley Project is an educational project that was designed to facilitate the improvement of the reading and writing skills of elementary students while also promoting an interest in learning about different people and places across the country and the world. 

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Teacher Appreciation

On May 9, the Moon Area Middle School PTG hosted a teacher appreciation luncheon. This special event was made possible for teachers thanks to the generous support of many local organizations and businesses. 

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MAMS Art Show

The Moon Area Middle School Art Show is this week!

Join us on Tuesday, May 7 from 6-8 pm at MAMS for the Art Show. In addition to all the incredible student artwork on display, there will be hands-on activities such as face painting and printmaking.

We hope to see you there!

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PMEA Orchestra

Moon Area Middle School would like to congratulate Gianna Bucci for participating in PMEA District 1 Junior High Orchestra at Keystone Oaks Middle School on April 26 and 27. Gianna is in grade 8 at Moon Area Middle School.  She had the opportunity to rehearse and perform with orchestra students from over 60 area schools under the direction of Dr. Stephen Benham from Duquesne University. 

Congratulations and job well done!

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Meeting Notice

Pursuant to Article VII, Section 780 of the Pennsylvania Public School Code of 1949, as amended, and the Pennsylvania Sunshine Act of 1986, July 3, P.L. 388, No. 84, as amended, notice is herewith given that the Board of Directors of the Moon Area School District will hold a Public Hearing on Monday, May 13, 2024 at 6:30 p.m. at the Moon Area Middle School Auditorium, 904 Beaver Grade Road, Moon Township, PA  15108 upon the question of whether or not to permanently close the Richard J. Hyde Elementary School located at 110 Wallridge Drive, Moon Township, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania at the end of the 2024-2025 school year.

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Dollar Bank Visits MAHS

Dollar Bank representatives visited Moon Area High School on April 17th to speak with the school's Business Club. The club, which meets monthly, offers students the chance to engage with business professionals and gain insights into various aspects of the field. It also provides opportunities for students to participate in business-related competitions at college campuses.

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Allard Elementary Students Participate in Battle of the Books

Allard Elementary School would like to thank Moe's Southwest Grill for donating this year's Battle of the Books books to our library.

Congratulations to all who competed last week, and a special congratulations to The Reader Leaders for a third-place finish in the third-grade competition.

The books will now remain in the Allard library for all to enjoy for years to come!

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MAHS students participate in RMU event

Moon Area High School's College in High School Accounting and Information Technology students recently participated in the Robert Morris University Academic Immersive Experience on April 16th at RMU.

The event offered MAHS students the chance to engage with RMU students and professors, choose career-specific breakout sessions, and explore career interests.

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Army Career Expo

Moon Area High School hosted an Army Career Expo on Friday, April 12. 

The Career Expo included an Apache helicopter display and the Army Rock Band. In addition, students had the opportunity to talk to specialists in multiple STEM fields and discuss opportunities for post high school and college. 

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Proud BCME District

Moon Area School District has been honored with the Best Communities for Music Education designation from The NAMM Foundation for its outstanding commitment to music education.

Now in its 25th year, the Best Communities for Music Education designation is awarded to districts that demonstrate outstanding achievement for providing music access and education to all students.

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IXL March Madness

Throughout the month of March, MASD students in grades K-6 participated in IXL March Madness, a friendly academic competition that engaged students in a fun and challenging way. This exciting opportunity was made possible through a partnership with our Moon Township McDonald's location.

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Girls Night Out

Moon Area Middle School 8th grade girls recently attended the annual Girls' Night Out (GNO) event. GNO is a student outreach program for eighth grade girls as they prepare to begin High School in the fall. 

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Westminster Professor Visit

Westminster Professor Keith Bittel visited Moon Area High School on Wednesday, March 20th. He teaches collegiate accounting courses, is a certified public accountant (CPA), and operates his own accounting firm. Professor Bittel presented his background, educational experience, and work experience to the Business Club. The Business Club meets once a month and provides opportunities to learn from professionals in many facets of business. Business Club students also have an opportunity to attend a competition at a college campus.

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Students dressed as chicks for concert

Bon Meade Elementary School recently hosted an Art and Music show.

Miss Teeple displayed artwork from the K-4 students, and the first and second grade students performed Barnyard Moosical under the direction of Mrs. Seifarth. 

The Bon Meade PTC provided several food trucks to round out the evening. A good time was had by all!

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Luxury Lunch

To recognize the top 10 winners for the month of February at McCormick Elementary School, students had the opportunity to eat lunch at the luxury lunch table for a few days. Students were able to pick a friend to join them at the table where they enjoyed a special treat and fun coloring activity.

Keep being safe, being kind and owning your actions! 

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Positive Paint Messages

The high school art club recently hosted a Positive Painting Project event. 

The event was held after school for high school art club students as well as 7th and 8th grade art club students. Each student painted a canvas that will be screen printed with a positive message by the organizers of the Positive Painting Project. After the screen printing, the paintings will be displayed in the middle and high school to spread the positive messages to others. 

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Groundhog Day

The 3rd grade at Brooks Elementary School participated in a Zoom meeting with Punxsutawney Phil and the Inner Circle. 

The students learned the history about Groundhog Day and how it ties into Pennsylvania. The students even got the chance to meet the famous Punxsutawney Phil! Third grade social studies is all about Pennsylvania, so it was exciting to have the opportunity to learn about this piece of our state's history. 

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STEAM Presentation

Engineers from Eaton, led by Antonia Wilson, recently spoke with Bon Meade Elementary students about engineering, chemical reactions, and STEAM projects.

Students were excited to watch and engage in their presentation. All students received a STEAM kit that they can build on their own!

Thank you to Ms. Wilson and her colleagues at Eaton for visiting Bon Meade and donating the STEAM kits! 

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Allard January PBIS Student Winners

Allard Elementary students got to see the Josh & Gab Show as their PBIS reward for January.

Josh and Gab draw on personal experiences to create music and comedy exploring tolerance, positive expression, healthy decision making, and above all, the use of creativity as an alternate to negativity. Josh and Gab chose top students from each class to join them as a special dance crew and have a front row seat to the show.

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Hawks Creations

Middle School students on the Hawks Team recently made valentines for the patients at the West Hills Health and Rehabilitation Center, bookmarks for the 3rd graders for PSSAs, thank you cards for people who have helped them and hearts to hang up in the 7th grade hallway.

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Harry Potter Party

Moon Area Middle School sixth grade students recently finished reading Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone. To celebrate, students enjoyed Harry Potter themed foods, projects, and treats!

Thanks to Mrs. Sebastian, Mrs. Bauer, Mrs. Leto, Mr. Smiley and our 6th grade families for making the Harry Potter celebration possible! 

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Kindness Tree

Mrs. Barnhart's class at Bon Meade Elementary School has been busy at work during this holiday season...spreading kindness all around! 

Each student was given the task throughout the month of December to do at least one kind act to make the world a better place. Each student got to share their kind act and hang their hand-made ornament on the tree. 

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Annual Report

The holiday season is a time of joy, reflection, and gratitude. As we approach the end of 2023, I’d like to extend my appreciation to our faculty, staff, school board, parents, and community for your continued support of our school district and commitment to the success of our students.  

I hope you will take a few minutes to read our 2023 annual report. I’m proud of all that we have accomplished together this year and look forward to another great year at Moon Area School District. 

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Peer to Peer for Web

Students in the Peer to Peer Cub at the high school went to the freshman homerooms the day before Thanksgiving break to give their November lesson.

This month, MASD freshmen wrote a letter of thanks to one teacher who made a difference in their lives. A big thanks to all the Moon teachers who make a difference every day!

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Allard Turkey Trot

The Allard Elementary School PTO hosted their annual Turkey Trot and raised $17,200!

The event was sponsored by many local businesses and supported by parent volunteers and Allard staff. The students enjoyed the event, which included many fun activities and, of course, lots of running!

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Veterans Day at Allard

Every year in recognition of Veterans Day, the students at Allard Elementary create a special Hallway of Heroes. 

The project by first grade teachers Mrs. Rudi and Mrs. Stofan is a great way for our students to recognize and show our gratitude for these heroes every time they walk down the hall.  Many faculty members shared pictures of their heroes as well.  We love our Veterans!   

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McCormick Thanksgiving Balloons

McCormick Elementary School first grade students read the book "Balloons Over Broadway" and learned about the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade!

After reading the book, the students picked an animal or cartoon character and created their own parade 'float.' Once their creations were complete, the students paraded around McCormick for everyone to enjoy! 

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Bon Meade Meals on Wheels

The kindergarten and first grade art students at Bon Meade Elementary School recently participated in a community outreach art project that helped the McDonald Meals on Wheels Program. They service 75 participants with daily meals.

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cybersecurity workshop

Students from Mr. Palumbo's Honors Cybersecurity and AP Computer Science Principles courses recently visited Penn State Beaver to take part in a student readiness presentation on Artificial Intelligence. 

Students attended an interactive presentation on Artificial Intelligence by Dr. Justin Aglio and Emma Hance. Following the presentation, students discussed embracing the positives while weighting the negative and darker uses of Artificial Intelligence. 

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MAMS Service Project

Moon Area Middle School is proud to report that their Veterans Day service projects were a success!

The first was the annual candy collection for the troops. Fifth and sixth grade students selflessly donated their extra Halloween candy. All candy was sorted, bagged, and boxed for various military troops stationed overseas. More than 20 boxes of candy were donated this year!

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Mike and Mary's Miles

The first annual Mike and Mary's Miles 5k took place in November. The 5K, which was dedicated to the late Michael Tolliver and Mary Fowler, raised more than $5,000 for two scholarships that will go to Moon Area High School students.

The 1st place (by age group) Middle School and High School students were Morgan Tinlin and Logan Neff. In addition, Evelyn Cienkowski took 1st in her age group and earned overall female 1st place.

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Seussical

The Moon Area High School Theatre Department recently held six shows of their fall production of Seussical, which featured more than 200 students across every single MASD school building. Since August, the cast and crew worked tirelessly to bring the magic of Dr. Seuss’ most beloved characters to life on stage and performed for record-breaking crowds.

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The Gratitude Tree

A very special tree of gratitude has grown at Brooks Elementary School.

Every single student and staff member took the time to write something they're grateful for on a leaf that has been included on the tree. The tree is on display at the entrance to the cafeteria. Students can take their time to find and read their own leaves as well as the leaves of others.

This tree gives a great opportunity for us all to reflect on all of the amazing things we have to be grateful for as we enter the holiday season. 

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Red Ribbon Week

Middle School students celebrated Red Ribbon Week at the end of October. 

The Middle School Counseling Department and Student Council partnered to offer activities to students during Red Ribbon Week, which took place October 23-27. Students participated in special dress days and created healthy selfies depicting how they make healthy choices in their lives. Each morning, student council members read a daily message on the morning announcements encouraging positive choices, and all students signed a banner in a pledge to be healthy and drug-free.

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Child Development Class

Ms. Ludwig's Child Development 1 students just finished a unit on the development of infants.

As an interactive, enrichment activity, students recently had the opportunity to observe and interact with twin sisters Senna and Aurora! The baby girls are the daughters of former MAHS student Emily DeMaiolo (Haslett). The students really enjoyed the opportunity to spend time with the babies and ask Emily questions about their development.

Thank you to Emily, Senna and Aurora for visiting MAHS! 

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Seussical The Musical

The cast of "Seussical The Musical" recently took their show on the road to visit a MASD elementary schools!

It was a great opportunity for high school students to interact with the elementary students and introduce them to the performing arts. The high school students spoke to the younger kids about the importance of hard work and dedication and showed them how much fun it is to be a part of the high school musical. 

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AP Government Senator for a Day

Fourteen students from Moon Area High School's AP US Government and Politics classes participated in the “Senator for a Day” seminar, hosted by PA State Senator, Devlin Robinson’s on Thursday, November 2nd at South Fayette High School.

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Allard PBIS Halloween

The Allard Elementary School PBIS team planned a special assembly as part of their costume day and the end of Red Ribbon Week. 

Staff members dressed as idioms and students had the opportunity to guess each staff member’s costume. The assembly kicked off with Dr. Kazmierczak, Mr. Tkatch, Mrs. Schmidt, and Nurse Quaye leading the students in a “Shake it Off” inspired song and dance to inspire the students to shake off unkind words and unkind behavior. 

The students thoroughly enjoyed the Taylor Swift costumes and characters and were ready to have a day full of kindness and fun. 

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MAMS Club Hope

It's been a busy start to the year for MAMS Club Hope!

Students Kendra McKee and Layla Morrow entered The Highmark Caring Place poster contest as 8th grade students last year. They were the grand prize poster contest winners for the Southwestern region of PA. The Highmark Caring Place awarded them last week by unveiling their poster during their annual Caring Team Summit. Their poster will be distributed to hundreds of schools in the area.  

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McCormick Barbies

The McCormick Elementary School PBIS team planned a staff Barbie themed Halloween costume to cap off Red Ribbon Week. 

Each staff member dressed as a version of Barbie or Ken. School spirit was on full display as all staff members executed their favorite version of the iconic toy. McCormick students were surprised and delighted to see the adults join in on the costume fun!

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Bon Meade kindergarten students stand in front of fire truck.

Bon Meade kindergarten students learned about fire safety and the roles of first responders in the community.  

In an effort to show their appreciation for Moon and Crescent Fire, Police and Emergency Medical departments, the students decided to do a schoolwide collection to benefit these important organizations. 

Thank you to all first responders of Moon and Crescent Township. 

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Anish Shah

Moon Area High School (MAHS) alumnus, Anish Shah, virtually visited MAHS Business Club students on Wednesday, October 18th. The presentation took place via Zoom. 

Mr. Shah is currently a Managing Director in Morgan Stanley’s Global Capital Markets group operating out of New York City. Students had an opportunity to learn about his background, educational experience, and work experience. Mr. Shah stressed the importance of communication and collaboration skills in the professional workplace.

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French and Indian War

The 8th grade social studies classes at the Middle School had Matt Gault, director of education at Fort Ligonier, present a lesson on the importance of the French and Indian War in our area.

Mr. Gault brought both hands-on activities and French and Indian War artifacts to engage the students. The presentation was informative and really helped the students understand the significance of the French and Indian War. 

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PMEA Wind Ensemble

We are thrilled to announce that the Moon Area Middle School Wind Ensemble has been selected to perform at the Annual Pennsylvania Music Educator Association (PMEA) Conference in April 2024, in Erie, PA. This coveted opportunity, a testament to their talent and hard work, comes after the ensemble was chosen from among more than 75 competing audition submissions. The students and directors are deeply honored by this recognition, which highlights their outstanding musical achievements. 

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ELA Lab

The Moon Area Middle School will open our ELA Lab for students in grades 5 – 8 beginning on October 18th to provide extra help in any middle school ELA course.  The ELA lab will be available Wednesday afternoons in room C205 from 2:50 until 4:00 p.m. and late buses will be available.  Students attending labs will need a note from a parent each time they attend. 

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Brooks students make applesauce

Miss Fatica's and Miss Archer's classes recently worked together to make delicious applesauce.

The students learned about the life cycle of apples from seed to tree and used their five senses to investigate parts of the apples. Then they all had the opportunity to help peel, core, and cut the apple slices. Finally, the students got to taste the applesauce, which was their favorite part!

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Hyde September Token Winners

Congratulations to September Tiger Token winners at Hyde! These students were the recipients of Hyde Elementary School's monthly Tiger Token drawing. 

Every student at Hyde Elementary School has the opportunity to earn unlimited Tiger Tokens for being responsible, being kind and/or being safe. This initiative is part of the school's Positive Behavior Intervention and Support (PBIS) program. 

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accounting students

Moon Area High School (MAHS) accounting students attended a high school accounting conference on Tuesday, October 3 at Robert Morris University (RMU).

The high school accounting conference provided students an opportunity to learn from college students, professors, and accounting professionals. RMU President, Dr. Michelle Patrick, provided a warm welcome to the event. The event initiated with a college student panel discussing college life and professional development. The high school students were transitioned into four smaller breakout sessions.

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Commended Students

Four Moon Area High School students have been selected as 2024 Commended Students in the National Merit Scholarship Program!

Congratulations to Krushna Bhanushali, Ezekiel Brown, Lilly George, and Aarav Surapanen on this outstanding accomplishment!

Commended Students are recognized for the exceptional academic promise demonstrated by their outstanding performance on the qualifying test used for program entry.

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A Message from the Superintendent

On Wednesday, September 27, we presented the findings of several studies to our community at our Town Hall meeting. This meeting was held with the intention of fostering transparency and open dialogue regarding the future of our school district and its educational and athletic facilities. 

As a follow-up to the Town Hall presentation this week, I would like to share this video message with you. Click here to watch.

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A Message from the Superintendent

The district held a Town Hall meeting to discuss the findings of the demographic study and feasibility study on Wednesday, Sept. 27. I would like to thank everybody who attended the meeting.  

If you were not able to attend the meeting, or if you would like to review the information that was shared, the presentation is available on our website. Click to view it. In addition, a recording of the meeting will be posted on MCA-TV.  

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cooking in the classroom

Brooks Elementary students in Miss Archer's class put their cooking skills to the test and made pancakes from a recipe.

The students learned about selecting ingredients for their batter, using measurements, selecting and using kitchen utensils and tools needed for cooking, and of course choosing their toppings! They took turns completing steps throughout the process, and even incorporated vocabulary and language they're learning in the classroom into this important life skill.

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career readiness project

English 11 students are beginning their Junior Career Readiness Project, which begins with a career webquest. In addition, students complete an interest inventory to determine potential careers based on their interests. 

As part of their career exploration unit, Officer Beachy, School Resource Officer, recently spoke to students in Mrs. Scappe and Dr. Michael's English 11 classes about his career path. Officer Beachy spoke to students about their career aspirations and answered their questions about his own career path that led him to being our School Resource Officer. 

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students fly airplanes in the  hall

Students in Mrs. Broderick's 7th grade life sciences class recently participated in an engaging airplane activity. First the students had to apply the prior knowledge of the scientific method to design their airplane with the goal of making it fly as far as possible. Next, students got to put their work to the test when they took their plans for a test flight in the hallway. 

Great job, 7th grade! 

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MASD Update

Moon Area School District has experienced and will continue to experience a significant increase in the number of students enrolled in our schools. As our community grows, it is necessary to make modifications to ensure we are able to meet the needs of all students.  

The Moon Area School District community is invited to an important Town Hall Meeting on Wednesday, September 27, 2023 at 6:00 pm in the Moon Area High School Auditorium.

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Allard on Sept. 11

In remembrance of September 11th, 2001, the Allard Elementary Student Council welcomed School Resource Officer Hale to a Meet and Greet with the fourth grade Student Council members. During the Meet and Greet, the students presented him with a thank you poster that includes special notes from the students and a wooden block of the Allard Elementary building to thank him for keeping it safe.

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masd marching band

The rhythmic sounds of drumbeats have once again filled the air around Moon Area High School as the Moon Area High School Marching Band kicks off their 2023 season. The band began rehearsals on July 18, 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.

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MASD Update

Earlier this year, we shared information about the growth in our community and the potential need to redistrict our K-4 elementary schools. The district has been working closely with Davis Demographics to help us determine the best method to accommodate our growing student population with minimal disruption to our families.

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Moon Area Education Foundation

Walmart recently announced our Million Dollar March Round Up campaign. Between March 1 and March 31, 2023, Walmart is:

  • Matching customer donations 2:1 when they round up their purchases and donate to their favorite charity while shopping on Walmart.com and the Walmart app.
  • Giving up to 2,000 nonprofits that register for Round Up in March a $250 grant.

Walmart has $1 million to give away, and we need your help securing funds for the Moon Area Education Foundation!

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