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Board of Education Meeting: Dec. 1 Agenda


Click here to view the School Board agenda for Monday, Dec. 1, 2014.  The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Board Room located within the central administrative offices.

Moon students compete on KDKA's Hometown High Q

11/25/2014. Filed under Press Releases.

Tune-in to KDKA at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 29, 2014, to watch Moon Area High School students compete in KDKA’s Hometown High Q, an academic challenge hosted by KDKA morning anchor Rick Dayton.

The Moon Area High School team is comprised of seniors Kushi Mallikarjun, Dana Murray and Jessica Peng. The following seniors served as alternates Aashka Shah, John Bal and Rocco Maue. Coached by gifted coordinator Steve Palumbo, the team will compete against teams from Fraiser High School and Connellsville Area Senior High School.

Hometown High Q is a 30-minute academic quiz show where three school teams, comprised of three students each, vie against one another. Students must buzz-in to correctly answer questions from a variety of general high school curriculum subject areas. The top nine schools in the competition are awarded a total of $32,000 in educational grants.

High Q, which premiered during the 1999-2000 school year, was inspired by similar programs in other cities including the long-running “It’s Academic” in Washington, D.C.

Board of Education Meeting: Monday, Nov. 24 - Agenda


Click here to view the School Board agenda for Monday, Nov. 24, 2014.  The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Board Room located within the central administrative offices.

Moon accounting students place first and third

11/18/2014. Filed under Press Releases.

Moon Area High School students finished first and third in a financial analysis contest, part of a Pennsylvania Institute of Public Accountants conference on Friday, Nov. 14, at Duquesne University.

Three teams of Moon students, who are enrolled in the College in High School Accounting course, were among 30 teams representing 18 schools from throughout the region. More than 350 students attended the event.

The first place team included: Jarret Czartoryski, Jen Ferrone, Hailey Gelzheiser, Sabrina Perilli, Maddie Polster, Tanner Ringeisen, Shannon Schultz, Amanda Shaffer and Luke VanKeuren.

Placing third was the team of Giovanni Dinardo, Colton Hower, Alex Kennedy, Matt Kotvas, Matt Montanaro, Nick Rozzo, Ryan Shields and Troy Volek.

The competition asked teams of students to analyze the financial reports of Dick’s Sporting Goods’ annual report, which was submitted to the Securities and Exchange Commission. Members of the first, second and third place teams received a gift card or hat.

The conference, referred to as the Accounting Career Day, is an opportunity to enhance the curriculum. Students had the opportunity to learn from professionals representing a variety of accounting disciplines. Speakers included Thomas Czerski, Internal Revenue Service; John Maher, Pennsylvania House of Representatives; Ian Finney, Maher Duessel; and Jim Fellin, The Nottingham Group LLC.

MASD music department gears-up for winter performances

11/17/2014. Filed under Press Releases.

The Moon Area School District music department is putting the final touches on its winter concert repertoire.  More than 1,500 students, representing all seven district schools, will be presenting a combined 15 plus band, choir and orchestra performances over the next two months.

A highlight to this year’s concert schedule includes the MAHS Band and Choir performing with the nationally renowned River City Brass Band at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, in the Moon Area High School auditorium. Tickets, which can be purchased from an ensemble member or at the door, are $15 for adults and $10 for students/senior citizens.

The MAHS Choirs will hold their Winter Concert on Monday, Dec. 15. The MAHS Concert Band, Symphonic Band, Percussion Ensemble, Honors Chamber Orchestra and Concert Orchestra will perform their Winter Concert on Thursday, Dec.  18. Both concerts begin at 7 p.m. in the High School auditorium.

It is a busy time of year in the middle school music department, MAMS will present six concerts beginning on Tuesday, Nov. 18 with the Fifth Grade Winter Concert. Then on Thursday, Nov. 20, the Seventh Grade Band and Orchestra Winter Concert will be held, followed by the Seventh Grade Winter Choral Concert on Thursday, Dec. 4. On Monday, Dec. 8, eighth grade choral students will present their winter concert followed by the Eighth Grade Instrumental Concert on Wednesday, Dec. 10. The Sixth Grade will finish out the winter concert season on Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015. All MAMS concerts begin at 7 p.m. in the middle school auditorium.

Elementary students will shine in their building performances beginning with Brooks Elementary Winter Concert at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 3. Hyde and McCormick Elementary Winter Concerts are on Tuesday, Dec. 9, beginning at 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. respectively. The Allard Elementary Winter Concert will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 11 and the Bon Meade Elementary Winter Concert will be held at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 16. Each elementary concert will feature the choirs, bands and orchestra of each school. Elementary concerts are held in their respective buildings.

A $3 donation will be accepted at the door for the middle and high school concerts. This donation assists in defraying the cost for the end of year awards, special trips, transportation needs, treats and other items to benefit Moon music students. For more information about any music programs, please contact the building music teacher or Mr. Nicholas Barthen, K-12 music coordinator, at, or 412-264-9440 ext. 2154.

Winter concert listing

Moon marching band places third at PIMBA

11/17/2014. Filed under Press Releases.

The Moon Area High School Marching Band concluded its 2014 competition season with a third place finish at the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Marching Band Association Championships. The competition was held on Saturday, Nov. 1, at Penn-Trafford High School. 

“The band represented the Moon Area School District in an outstanding manner to which people in the community as well as the Tri-state area have come to expect,” Nicholas Barthen, K-12 music coordinator and marching band director, said.

The MAHS band scored an 89.45, its second highest score in school history, placing third in class 4A. Other top bands included Norwin High School and Kiski Area High School, earning first and second place respectively. Moon also earned the third highest score in the show regardless of class among the 15 bands performing. 

This marks the eighth year Moon Area has been competing in PIMBA, placing second in 2007, 2008, 2009, 2012, third in 2013 and 2014, and winning the 4A title in 2010 and 2011.

The Moon Area High School Marching Band had a successful competition season. The following are a few highlights:

  • The first show of the season took the band to Gateway High School on Sept. 13. The band placed first in class 4A and earned the highest overall score of the show.  The band also received awards for earning the highest overall scores for music caption and visual caption. 
  • Moon hosted a band competition that highlighted 10 bands from throughout the region at Tiger Stadium on Oct. 4. The host band does not compete in the show, only performing as an exhibition band. 
  • The third and final regular season show took the band to Deer Lakes High School. In Class 4A, Norwin placed first with Kiski Area and Moon Area placing second and third, respectively.

The band’s 2014 competitive show was entitled, “LocoMotif,” which incorporated the sights and sounds of an iconic train. Selections included “I’ve Been Working on the Railroad,” “Casey Junior,” Billy Strayhorn’s “Take the A Train,” Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train,” and Pittsburgh composer Sam Hazo’s “Ride.”
Student leaders include Field Commanders Amanda Gilmore, Amanda Kunkle and Erin Orlovsky; Color Guard Captains Sydney Diehl, Beth Eberts and Kate Willette; Majorette Captain Kaylee Priddy; and Percussion Captain Joe Leibowitz.

The band is under the direction of Director Nicholas Barthen, Assistant Director Bill Redd, Associate Director Alan Fear, and Color Guard Instructor Ellen Martin.

“The Moon Area High School Marching Band would like to thank the numerous band parents, fans, administrators, teachers, school board members, and, especially, the community members for their support on this successful marching band season,” Mr. Barthen said.

Moon to host two elementary renovation meetings

11/17/2014. Filed under Press Releases.

This week the Moon Area School District and MM Architects will host two meetings to discuss the upcoming elementary renovation projects. Meetings will be held this Wednesday, Nov. 19, at Allard Elementary School and Thursday, Nov. 20, at Brooks Elementary School. Both meetings begin at 6:30 p.m.

PTOs and elementary parents from throughout the district are encouraged to attend in order to review the current building plans and provide feedback to the district and architects.

“Community feedback is an essential component of our Elementary Capital Improvement Program,” Superintendent Curt Baker, said. “We hope parents from all five elementary schools are able to join us to learn more about the proposed plans and provide their input.”

Letter to elementary parents
Learn more about the Elementary Capital Improvement Program

Moon honored with WPIAL Sportsmanship Award

11/13/2014. Filed under Press Releases.

Moon Area High School was recently named one of five 2013-14 PIAA Sportsmanship Award winners. Moon athletes were presented a banner during the 2014 WPIAL Sportsmanship Summit on Nov. 12, 2014, at the Senator John Heinz History Center.

The Sportsmanship Award recognizes high schools throughout the commonwealth of Pennsylvania that best exemplify and promote the principles of good sportsmanship.

“The WPIAL Sportsmanship Award is the most significant non-academic award that we can receive as a school,” Principal Barry Balaski said. “This is an award that is won by our athletes, students, faculty, administrators and fans as they are all scored in the selection process by the WPIAL Sportsmanship Committee. This award signifies that our school wins with humility, loses with dignity, and above all, always respects our opponent.”

Other area schools receiving this award include Bethel Park High School, South Fayette High School, South Park High School and St. Joseph High School.

According to WPIAL officials, “each of the schools promoted and demonstrated the elements of good sportsmanship during the 2013-14 school year during the fall, winter and spring sports seasons.”  Since the launch of the recognition program, 59 schools have been selected for WPIAL Sportsmanship Awards.

PlanCon documents approved for elementary renovations

11/11/2014. Filed under Press Releases.

The Moon Area School Board approved PlanCon A and PlanCon B documents for the renovation of Allard and Brooks elementary schools during its meeting on Monday, Nov. 10, 2014.

PlanCon Part A is the justification/case statement that articulates why the projects are needed. PlanCon Part B provides a conceptual design that describes what the district intends to build.

According to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, “when a school district undertakes a major construction project and seeks reimbursement from the commonwealth, a process known as PlanCon is initiated. PlanCon, an acronym for Planning and Construction Workbook, is a set of forms and procedures used to apply for Commonwealth reimbursement.”

The PlanCon documents include recommendations and suggestions that have been shared by parents, community members as well as faculty and staff during a variety of informational sessions including two charettes, PTA meetings, faculty meetings and other events throughout the fall. Additional input is still being gathered to formulate the final renovation plans.

“The elementary capital improvement plan has been a collaborate effort between the district and the entire Moon Area community,” Superintendent Curt Baker said. “To best meet the needs of our students, it is essential that our parents, staff members and community continue to work together to do what’s best for children.”

PlanCon Documents A and B

Allard Elementary

Brooks Elementary

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to learn more about the PlanCon process.

Newsweek names MAHS one of America’s Top High Schools

11/11/2014. Filed under Press Releases.

Moon Area High School has been named one of America’s Top High Schools by Newsweek magazine – ranking 364th in the nation. Moon is one of only 42 high schools in Pennsylvania and seven in Allegheny County to earn this distinction in 2014.

According to its website, “Newsweek’s 2014 rankings highlights schools that do the absolute best job of preparing students for college. This year, our methodology is more stringent than ever with new measures of quality and a higher standard for data.”

Newsweek ranks the nation’s top 500 high schools based on proficiency rates on state standardized assessments, college enrollment rate, graduation rate, Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate scores, SAT and ACT scores, counselor/student ratio, and student enrollment retention from grade nine through 12.

“The staff at the High School is very proud to receive this designation,” Principal Barry Balaski, said. “Being named as one of the top high schools in America is a badge of honor that can be worn by every student, teacher, staff member, administrator, parent and community member in the district. Students at the high school cannot achieve at this level without the support of everyone.”

Allegheny County schools on the list of top high schools include Upper St. Clair, North Allegheny, South Park, Avonworth, Moon, Pine-Richland and South Fayette.

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