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Board of Education Meeting: Monday, Oct. 5 | Agenda


View the School Board meeting agendas for Monday, Oct. 5, 2015.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Board Room, located within the central administrative offices.


Next meeting:

  • Monday, Oct. 12, 2015


Complete list of 2015 meeting dates

Meeting minutes

Kick for the Cure – Oct. 7

10/2/2015. Filed under Press Releases.

The Moon Area High School girls’ soccer team will host its Kick for the Cure, Breast Cancer Awareness game on Oct. 7, 2015. The Lady Tigers face the West Allegheny Indians. Junior varsity takes the field at 6 p.m. and varsity follows at 7:30 p.m. at Tiger Stadium.

There will be a Chinese auction, bake sale, caricature drawings, face painting, tattoos, shopping and giveaways. A balloon release will also take place – paying tribute to breast cancer survivors, fighters and loved ones who have been lost. 

Kick for the Cure was organized by Moon seniors Gabrielle Diamond and Natalie Spangler as their senior project. All proceeds will benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

Marching band to compete at regional championships

10/2/2015. Filed under Press Releases.

The Moon Area High School marching band will perform at the Music for All’s Bands of America Regional Championship on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015, at Welcome Stadium in Dayton, Ohio.

The event features 28 high school marching bands from Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio. Moon Area is the only Pennsylvania school competing in the competition. During the preliminary competition, all will be evaluated by a panel of nationally recognized music educators and marching band experts. The top 10 bands will advance to the evening finals competition, which will ultimately name the Regional Champion.

The Moon Area High School marching band is set to perform at 11 a.m. Its 2015 show, entitled “The Collar Blue,” is an evolution of the working class “Blue Collar” worker. The show features selections from John Mackey’s “Foundry”; Frank Tichelli’s “Blue Shades” and George Gershwin’s “Rhapsody in Blue.”

The preliminary competition begins at 8 a.m. and will conclude at approximately 4:45 p.m. Gates will open for the finals at 7 p.m. with performances beginning at 8 p.m. Ticketing and schedule information is available online at or by calling 800.828.2263. Tickets will also be available at the gate.

Standard general admission is $17 for preliminaries or finals, or $26 for a day pass to both. Children ages 10 and under are free for general admission seats. A $5 off any general admission ticket discount will be available at the gate for students, military members and spouses as well as spectators age 62 and over.

Bands of America holds 15 regional marching band competitions across the country beginning in mid-September. The Grand National Championships will be held Nov. 11-14, 2015, in Lucas Oil Stadium, home of the Indianapolis Colts. This four day, 100-band event culminates with the crowning of the number one marching band in the nation.

“Bands of America Championships are a program of Music for All, which has a mission to create, provide and expand positively life-changing experiences through music for all,” according to Eric L. Martin, President and CEO of Music for All. “Active participation in music and arts is a vital part of a meaningful educational experience. The thousands of students who will perform at this championship showcase the dedication, teamwork and mastery required and fostered through music and arts education.”

Celebrating its 40th anniversary in 2015, Music for All’s vision is to be a catalyst to ensure that every child in America has access and opportunity for active music-making in their scholastic environment. MFA’s programs include 20+ annual events, including the Bands of America Grand National Championships and Regional Championships for marching band, the Music for All Summer Symposium camp for students and teachers, the Music for All National Festival for concert bands, orchestra, jazz and percussion ensembles and national honor bands and orchestras.

Moon student presents to Chamber of Commerce

10/1/2015. Filed under Press Releases.

Moon Area High School junior Peter Piccirilli presented information regarding his experience at the Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week to the Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber of Commerce on Sept. 30, 2015. Sponsored by the Chamber of the Commerce, Peter participated in the PFEW event July 26-Aug. 1, 2015, at Lycoming College in Williamsport, Pa.

Accompanying Peter at the Chamber of Commerce event was Karen Musante, vice president of PFEW, who expressed her gratitude for the Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber of Commerce for its sponsorship and support of the program.

Peter shared information regarding his experience at the week-long program. He participated in many competitive business simulations against various teams comprising other Pennsylvania students. In addition, he had the opportunity to learn first-hand from business professionals and other motivational speakers who presented throughout the week.

“Students gain valuable networking experience on a college campus while solving real-world challenges,” Bill Bacu, business education teacher, said. “This opportunity provides an enhancement of the curriculum that is tremendously important for future success.”

In addition to Peter, Moon Area junior Bob Vitale participated in the PFEW. He was sponsored by BNY Mellon. Local businesses have the opportunity to sponsor one or more high school students by making a contribution to the Foundation for Free Enterprise Education. To learn more, visit

Pictured (left to right): Karen Musante, vice president of Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week;
Bernadette Puzzuole, president of Pittsburgh Airport Area Chamber of Commerce; and Peter Piccirilli, Moon Area High School junior

McCormick earns national Blue Ribbon status

9/29/2015. Filed under Press Releases.

McCormick Intermediate School in the Moon Area School District is one of 335 nationwide to be named a National Blue Ribbon School for 2015. The announcement was made on Sept. 29, 2015, by the nation’s top educator, U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan.

“This honor recognizes your students’ accomplishments and the hard work and dedication that went into their success,” Duncan said in a video message to the awardees. “Your journey has taught you collaboration, intentional instruction, and strong relationships in school and with your community. You represent excellence—in vision, in implementation, and in results—and we want to learn as much as we can from you.”  (
Watch the 2015 National Blue Ribbon Schools video announcement)

The National Blue Ribbon Schools Program recognizes elementary, middle and high schools based on overall academic excellence or progress in closing achievement gaps among student subgroups. Each year the U. S. Department of Education seeks out and celebrates great American schools that demonstrate that all students can achieve at a high level.

“This is an extraordinary accomplishment for the McCormick school community and the entire Moon Area School District,” Superintendent Curt Baker said. “McCormick is the first Moon Area school to achieve National Blue Ribbon distinction. Principal Julie Moore, her faculty and staff, and, most importantly, our students and their families are to be congratulated for their commitment to academic excellence.”

McCormick Intermediate – along with other 2015 Blue Ribbon School awardees – will be honored at a recognition ceremony on Nov. 9-10, 2015, Washington, D.C.

“Our teachers and staff work diligently to ensure that every student reaches his/her potential,” Dr. Julie Moore, McCormick principal, said. “The National Blue Ribbon School designation validates the amazing work that happens in every classroom, every day and can be celebrated by each student, family and teacher that has been a part of our school community.”

More than 8,000 schools throughout the nation have earned Blue Ribbon status since the program was established in 1982. McCormick Intermediate is one of only 13 public schools in Pennsylvania and one of two in Allegheny County to earn this distinction in 2015.

According to the program’s website, “The National Blue Ribbon School award affirms the hard work of students, educators, families, and communities in creating safe and welcoming schools where students master challenging content. The National Blue Ribbon School flag gracing an entry or flying overhead is a widely recognized symbol of exemplary teaching and learning.”

The U.S. Department of Education invites National Blue Ribbon School nominations from the top education official in every state, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands, the Department of Defense Education Activity and the Bureau of Indian Education. The Council for American Private Education nominates private schools. A total of 420 schools nationwide may be nominated, with allocations determined by the numbers of K-12 students and schools in each jurisdiction. The U.S. Secretary of Education invites nominated schools to submit an application for possible recognition as a National Blue Ribbon School.

Watch the 2015 National Blue Ribbon Schools video announcement

PINK OUT this Friday, Oct. 2

9/29/2015. Filed under Press Releases.

Support the annual Pink Out football game to support Breast Cancer Awareness this Friday, Oct, 2. The Moon Tigers face the New Castle Hurricanes at Tiger Stadium. Kick-off is at 7 p.m.

Those battling breast cancer as well as survivors will receive free admission and will be honored on the field prior to the game. Registration will begin at 6 p.m. near the concession stand.

Please join us for a great night of Tiger Football while supporting a local charity, Magee-Womens Research Institute & Foundation.

Odyssey of the Mind parent meeting - Oct. 20

9/29/2015. Filed under Press Releases.

Join us for an Odyssey of the Mind (Kindergarten - 8th Grade) parent informational meeting at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 20 in Moon Area Middle School, room G202. Contact (grades K-5) or (grades 6-8) with questions.

Elementary Odyssey of the Mind teams are forming now. Students in kindergarten through grade five who are interested should contact Mrs. Gariti at
Odyssey of the Mind is an international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students. Problems range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics.
Students work on teams of up to seven members and a parent coach. The team works together to develop their solution and competes at the regional level at Moon Area Middle School. Some teams can even qualify for the state and world level. For more information or if you would like your child to participate, contact Heidi Gariti at

Homecoming festivities set for Oct. 9-10

9/25/2015. Filed under Press Releases.

Moon Area School District will kick-off its 2015 Homecoming celebration on Friday Oct. 9, 2015, with a parade and bonfire. Festivities will continue on Saturday, Oct. 10 with building tours, a football game and student dance.

The parade – celebrating Moon athletics and band – will begin at 6 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 9. The exact parade route will be announced as the event nears. Immediately following the parade, students, alumni, staff and community members are encouraged to cheer the Tigers on to victory at the bonfire. 

Festivities will continue on Saturday, Oct. 10. Alumni and community members are invited to tour the campus from noon – 1:30 p.m. The Homecoming football game gets underway at 2 p.m. at Tiger Stadium with the Moon Area Tigers facing the Chartiers Valley Colts. All alumni are eligible to receive a free ticket to the game – visit the “Welcome Alumni” table outside of the ticket booth. All alumni classes will be acknowledged during halftime. 

“Homecoming is such a great opportunity to connect with alumni and community members,” Superintendent Curt Baker said. “We look forward to sharing the weekend and cheering on our Moon Tigers with students, alumni and the entire community.”

Details regarding the Moon Area High School Homecoming Court will be shared as they become available.

The student Homecoming dance, an 80s theme, is scheduled from 7 – 10 p.m. at the high school. Admission is $3 and includes drinks and cookies.

click here to view photos from Homecoming 2014

McTeacher’s Night set for Oct. 15

9/24/2015. Filed under Press Releases.

Stop by the McDonald’s on University Boulevard from 4:30 – 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015, for McTeacher’s Night. Twenty percent of all sales will benefit Brooks Elementary and McCormick Intermediate School.

The event, sponsored by the Brooks and McCormick PTC, will feature teachers and school staff serving up hamburgers, fries and shakes. In addition, participants will enjoy special guest appearances from Ronald McDonald, the Hamburglar and the Moon Tiger.

Brooks teachers will be working from 4:30-6 p.m. and McCormick staff will take over from 6-7:30 p.m.

McTeacher's Night is a fundraising program that takes place in McDonald's restaurants throughout the country. Educators, students, parents, and friends are invited to their local McDonald's to “work” and raise money for a designated school related cause.

Elementary Open Houses: Sept. 29 and 30

9/22/2015. Filed under Press Releases.

Elementary Open Houses have been set for Tuesday, Sept. 29 for Brooks and Bon Meade primary schools and Wednesday, Sept. 30 for Allard and McCormick intermediate schools. Families are encouraged to visit the schools between 6-8 p.m.

In addition to touring the schools; viewing student work; and talking with teachers, staff and other families, attendees can look forward to other building-specific events including:

  • Allard: Raffle and bake sale/snack bar
  • Bon Meade:  PTC bake sale and basket raffle; Library Birthday Books
  • Brooks: Brooks clothing sale, Library Birthday Books, Lego Drive and bake sale
  • McCormick: McCormick clothing sale and bake sale

All four elementary schools are participating in a food drive to benefit the West Hills Food Pantry. Canned goods and boxed food items will be collected during each open house.

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