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MASD Hires New Athletic Director, Ron Ledbetter

7/18/2016. Filed under Press Releases.


On Monday, July 18, 2016, the Moon Area School District (MASD) Board of Education selected Ron Ledbetter to be the new Athletic Director for the District. 

"On behalf of the Moon Area School District, I would like to welcome Mr. Ledbetter to our District," said Board President, Jerry Testa. "Ron is not only an experienced Athletic Director, but an experienced educator, as well. We are happy to have a person with the integrity and character of Mr. Ledbetter join the Moon Area School District."

Ledbetter is a graduate of Allegheny College, where he received his bachelor's degree in physics and a Master of Education. He is also a Certified Athletic Administrator by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association.

He comes to Moon from South Side Area School District, where he was the Athletic Director and also taught mathematics and physics. "I'd like to thank the South Side Area School District and community for 26 fantastic years and for supporting my initiatives and endeavors," Ledbetter said. 

Mr. Ledbetter has a history of creating opportunities for more students to be involved in athletics. He increased South Side's middle and junior high athletics by six teams and varsity by five teams. The success of the expansion of athletic teams was proven by competitive performances.

Ledbetter believes in maintaining an uplifting morale. During his time at South Side, he established the Rams Award, which highlights two, coach-selected athletes that exemplify good sportsmanship. The school was also dubbed "Positive High School of the Year" by Positive Athlete Pittsburgh multiple years during Ledbetter's time at South Side.

Ledbetter continues to be involved in state and regional athletic organizations. He is actively involved in the Pennsylvania State Athletic Directors Association, formerly a member of the executive committee, and he is also involved with the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL). 

"Ron is well-known and well though of in not only the WPIAL but the Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA), where he has served on numerous executive committees in addition to serving as chairman of MAC," Testa said. 

Athletics has long been a part of Ledbetter's life as he played multiple sports in high school and wrestled in college. Ledbetter has also coached wrestling for over twenty years. 

His history with sports led him to athletic administration. "I developed a passion for athletics as a vehicle to transform boys and girls into men and women," Ledbetter said. 

"I am excited and humbled by the opportunity to work at such an outstanding District with incredible facilities," Ledbetter said. "I have heard nothing but good things about the Moon Area School District and the people that work here."

Ledbetter will start with the District on Monday, July 25, 2016.

Redistricting Addendum


At the June 13th Board Meeting, the Board voted to approve the return of elementary students who live on the following streets back to Bon Meade Elementary for the 2016-2017 school year:

  • Bocktown Road
  • Harper Road
  • Primrose Lane
  • Crest Drive
  • Starr Road 
  • Old Harper Road
  • Reynard Drive
  • Chanticleer Drive
  • Glenhayes Drive
  • Daisy Lane

Board Meeting Agenda: Monday, July 18, 2016


 Board Meeting agenda for Monday, July 18, 2016. (Agenda)

Moon Cyber Education Program to Launch for 2016-17 School Year

7/15/2016. Filed under Press Releases.


Moon Area School District will launch the Moon Cyber Education Program (MCEP) for the 2016-2017 school year. The program will be housed in the high school and provide students the flexibility, curriculum, and classroom support they need in order to succeed.


Moon Area School District (MASD) faculty will teach the online courses. Students will receive feedback, assistance, and clarification on coursework. Teachers are trained not only in their subject areas, but also in the cyber software, PLATO. MASD currently has access to approximately 105 courses from the software provider. 

Students enrolled in MCEP will be provided a laptop to complete their coursework. Students who complete their studies through MCEP will also have the benefit of receiving a Moon Area School District diploma upon graduation. 

In addition, a full-time MCEP coordinator will oversee the program and act as a useful resource for cyber students. 


Each Student is different. With MCEP, students can find an instruction plan that best suits their needs. MCEP provides the following options to accommodate the modern student:

Full-Time Cyber: In full-time cyber, students have the ability to learn, work, and test from home.

Full-Time Attending: For those who wish to pursue a cyber education method but find themselves more productive attending school regularly, students can participate in the full-time attending option. In this option, students will complete all online coursework in the high school each day. 

Blended Learning: Students that prefer cyber education for core classes but also wish to attend the high school regularly can elect the blended learning option. 


MCEP provides exceptional instruction to students in the core academic disciplines such as mathematics, science, English/language arts, and social studies. Elective courses are available to students through participation in the mainstream classrooms in the high school. 


For anyone interested in attending MCEP or would like to know more about the differences between online charter schools and Moon's program, please contact the high school office at 412-264-9440 x2000.

MAHS Students Compete in National Technology Competition

7/14/2016. Filed under Press Releases.

Several Moon Area High School students attended the National Technology Student Association (TSA) Conference in Nashville, TN, from June 28 through July 2, 2016.

Two MASD teams competed at the state level at Upper Saint Clair in March, where they secured their spot in the national conference. The national competition consisted of three parts: written essay; prepared presentation; and problem-solving. In the weeks leading up to the conference, students from both teams met often and also communicated virtually.

The MASD team of students that competed from grades nine and ten consisted of Nick Acuna, Reetwan Bandyopadhyay, Matt Danner, Jack Iannamorelli, Max Keppel, Rushmin Khazanchi, Jacob Palmer, and Zach Tomasi. The team finished fourth in the state and 14th nationally between the two competitions. 

Sophomore Rushmin Khazanchi took charge of his team's essay submission with research input from Matt Danner and others. Sophomore Nick Acuna tackled the presentation by creating the team's poster and model of the rocket boosters he designed and created on a 3D printer with the help of Robert Morris University (RMU) professor of engineering, Arif Sirinterlikci.

Tomasi, Keppel, Iannamorelli, Danner and Palmer of the 9/10 team contributed at the competition by presenting their research on the colonization of other planets and answering questions from the panel of judges afterward. 

The 9/10 team also earned a top 10 finish for the problem-solving/design task. TSA recognizes the top 10 in each of the three categories as well as the top 10 with combined scores as Best in Nation awardees. 

Eleventh and 12th grade students that competed consisted of Kyle Buzza, Sean Kennedy, Abby Keppel, James Knepper, Nikhil Maheshwari, Isabella Montanaro, Alex Stewart, and Austin Welsh. The team finished fourth in the state and 13th nationally.

Junior Kyle Buzza completed the team's essay with help of his teammates' research of the topic and junior Sean Kennedy created the team's eye-catching poster. 

Students were accompanied on the trip by gifted support coordinator, Tracey Spinelli.

"All four members (Kennedy, Buzza, Knepper, and Stewart) did a wonderful job presenting their plan to colonize other planets and handled the peppering of questions by the judging panel with ease," Spinelli said. "All of the members on both teams worked collaboratively to complete the on-site design challenge."

Both teams were recognized as the Best in Nation Top 10 in Nashville - the only high school team from Pennsylvania to do so.

2016-2017 Final Budget Press Release

7/7/2016. Filed under Press Releases.

The 2016-2017 Final Budget can be found here.


Message from the Board President: Superintendent Search to Begin

6/27/2016. Filed under Press Releases.


School Board Meeting Agenda: Monday, June 27, 2016


 School Board Meeting agenda for Monday, June 27, 2016. (Agenda)

MAHS Team Places Second at Odyssey of the Mind World Finals

6/22/2016. Filed under Press Releases.

The Moon Area High School (MAHS) Problem 5 Division III team, The Fault in Our Products, placed second amongst 50 teams at the Odyssey of the Mind (OM) World Finals at Iowa State University May 25-28, 2016. 

OM is an international problem-solving competition where students use creativity and logic to answer a variety of long-term and spontaneous problems. 

The Problem 5 team consisted of Natalie Melton, Rachael Melton, Allison Ulven, Nicholas Ulven, Amber Wesoloski, Kyle Wesoloski, and Julia Olson. The team's comedic performance focused on raising awareness of the harm in animal testing. 

Natalie Melton of the Problem 5 team received a scholarship from Creative Opportunities Unlimited, a non-profit organization in association with OM that encourages creative thinking for years to come. This is Melton's second OM scholarship this year. 

The Problem 4 Division III team, Made in OMER-ica, placed 15th overall. The team built a balsa wood structure that held over 1,000 lbs. The team consisted of Beth Eberts, Ally Bardusch, Jim Knepper, Courtney Phipps, Joe Steffes, Michelle Rossignoli, and Morgan Marince. 

Made in OMER-ica received a Ranatra Fusca Award for the fourth consecutive year, which is granted based on highest creativity, at the state competition. The team's solution involved a tribute to veterans and their families. 

During the weekend competition, seniors attended an OM graduation ceremony. MAHS seniors included Natalie Melton, Allison Ulven, Amber Wesoloski, Julia Olson, Beth Eberts, Ally Bardusch, Morgan Marince, Courtney Phipps, Michelle Rossignoli, and Joe Steffes. 


School Board Budget Meeting Agenda: June 23, 2016


 School Board Budget Meeting agenda for Thursday, June 23, 2016, 6 p.m. (Agenda)

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