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Middle school art show highlights student work

4/17/2015. Filed under Press Releases.

The Moon Area Middle School Art Department will host “Art Around the World” from 6 – 8 p.m. on Thursday, April 23, 2015. The annual art show features artwork from students in grades 5-8.

“This is a valuable opportunity for parents and the community to demonstrate their support for the arts in our school; and to recognize the creative efforts put forth by the students in order make this show possible,” Elizabeth Blair, art teacher, said.

The first floor gallery will showcase creative and original student artwork. In addition, there will be large installments reflecting the students’ interpretation of global culture. 

“Come have your caricature drawn and participate in other fun art activities,” Lisa Griffin, art instructor and district visual arts coordinator, said. “We look forward to seeing you there!”

Moon seniors sweep science challenge

4/17/2015. Filed under Press Releases.

Moon Area High School seniors took top honors in the 20th Annual Penn State Beaver Science Challenge on April 10, 2015. The team of Rocco Maue and John Bal, defending champions, earned first place and the team of Kushi Mallikarjun and Aashka Shah finished second.

Thirty-two students from eight area high schools participated in the event, which is a test of laboratory skills. Working in pairs, the 16 teams were tasked with completing two physics, two biology and two chemistry lab experiments each with a 30-minute time limit.

Both teams were awarded a Penn State plaque, certificates and prizes that included Penn State gym bags and beach blankets. In addition, the teams earned two scholarships – worth $2,000 and $1,500 – to be awarded to Moon students planning to attend Penn State Beaver.


Spring concerts on tap for April and May

4/14/2015. Filed under Press Releases.

Students in the Moon Area School District will perform several concerts throughout the months of April and May.  Concerts begin at 7 p.m. and will be held at the respective school unless otherwise noted.

  • Monday, April 27: MAHS Small Ensemble Concert
  • Tuesday, April 28: 7th Grade Spring Instrumental Concert
  • Thursday, April 30:  6th Grade Spring Concert
  • Monday, May 4:  MAHS & 8th Grade Band Concert @ MAHS
  • Tuesday, May 5:  5th Grade Spring Concert
  • Wednesday, May 6:  Brooks Elementary Spring Concert
  • Thursday, May 7:  7th Grade Spring Choral Concert
  • Monday, May 11:  MAHS Spring Choral Concert
  • Tuesday, May 12:  8th Grade Spring Choral Concert
  • Thursday, May 14:  Allard Elementary Spring Concert, 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 14: McCormick Elementary Spring Concert
  • Monday, May 18:  MAHS, 8th Grade & MAYO Spring Orchestra Concert @ MAHS
  • Thursday, May 21:  Bon Meade Elementary Spring Concert, 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 21:  Hyde Elementary Spring Concert

Students earn scholarships to attend summer program at Georgia university

4/14/2015. Filed under Press Releases.

Two Moon Area High School students earned scholarships to attend the Savannah College of Art and Design Summer Seminar, which will be held June 21-27, 2015, in Savannah, Ga. Junior Vanessa Wall and sophomore Alyssa Shorak will each attend two workshops on the university’s campus.

In addition to Vanessa and Alyssa, sophomore Stephanie Tomko will also attend the SCAD Summer Seminar. All three students participate in art classes at Moon Area High School with Mark Chevalier, art teacher.

This is the second year that Vanessa has attended the program on scholarship. She will be participating in workshops for accessory design and furniture design and plans to attend SCAD after graduation to pursue a degree in fashion and jewelry design.

Alyssa and Stephanie are enrolled in computer animation and design workshops.

SCAD Summer Seminars offer workshops for high school students who have completed their freshman, sophomore or junior years. Students attend two workshops and have access to the university’s extensive facilities, resources and libraries.

Approximately 30 different workshops are offered from the School of Fashion, School of Fine Arts, School of Communication Arts, School of Design, School of Entertainment Arts, School of Liberal Arts, School of Building Arts, School of Digital Media and the School of Foundation Studies.

Dance team wins honors at national competition

4/14/2015. Filed under Press Releases.

The Moon Area Dance Team earned several awards – including two first place finishes – at the Heartland Dance Nationals on March 28, 2015, in Indianapolis.

The high school team placed second in both hip hop and jazz as well as fourth in pom. Carly Rusciolelli, Taylor Bender and Lena Wilhelm placed first in the trio competition while the performance by Amanda Shaffer and Carolyn Daniocek earned a second place finish in the duet competition. Hailey Gelzheiser placed fifth in solo competition.

The Moon Area Middle School team took top honors in hip hop and placed second in pom.

Junior Prom & After Prom events - May 15

4/14/2015. Filed under Press Releases.

Spring has finally arrived bringing April showers, daffodils, tulips and, more importantly, for our Moon Area High School students prom season!

The Moon Area High School Junior Prom will be held from 7:30 p.m. – midnight on Friday, May 15, 2015, at the Hyatt Regency Pittsburgh International Airport. All students must be registered at the Hyatt by 7:30 p.m. as no one will be admitted after that time. The After Prom event will continue from midnight until 4 a.m.

Prom tickets are $40 per person and After Prom tickets are $60 person. Tickets for both events can be purchased Tuesday, April 21 – Friday, April 24 outside the school cafeteria during all lunch periods. Students can purchase both tickets with one check made payable to Class of 2016. All previous obligations from fundraisers must be paid before buying prom ticket. 

Click here for detailed information

Schedule for Junior Prom:

  • 4:45 p.m.                  Be at school for Promenade. Enter through student entrance
  • 5:30-6:45 p.m.          Promenade – High School Auditorium, doors open at 5 p.m.
  • 6:45-7:30 p.m.          Registration at the Hyatt
  • 7:45-9 p.m.                Dinner
  • 9-11:45 p.m.              Dancing
  • 11:30p.m.-midnight   Crowning of the Prom King and Queen; Prom ends at midnight
  • Midnight-4a.m.           After-Prom, sponsored by MAHS parents

Food will be available throughout the night and the DJ will continue to play until 4 a.m.

For more information contact:

Junior Prom, Class Sponsors
Ms. Wilhelm:  and Mrs. Fogarty:

After Prom, Chairwomen
 Mrs. Heller  and Mrs. Bolen

Moon Kennywood Day – June 15

4/13/2015. Filed under Press Releases.

The annual Moon Area School District Kennywood Picnic Day is scheduled for Monday, June 15, 2015. Discounted Ride-All-Day FunDay tickets may be purchased for $26 at all Moon Area schools on Tuesday, May 5, 2015, as follows:

  • Allard Elementary:  9:30 – 9:50 a.m.
  • Bon Meade Elementary:  8:40 – 9:15 a.m.
  • Brooks Elementary:  1:30 – 2 p.m.
  • Hyde Elementary:  9:15 – 9:45 a.m.
  • McCormick Elementary:  8:30 – 9 a.m.
  • Moon Area Middle School:  10:15 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.
  • Moon Area High School:  10 a.m. – 1:15 p.m.

Tickets purchased at the schools must be paid for with cash or money orders – no personal checks. There is no limit on the number of tickets that can be purchased. The regular gate price for a FunDay ticket at Kennywood is $41.99.

Tickets may also be purchased online at Please note that an online processing fee of $1.25 per ticket is charged for online orders.

Tickets are valid every operating day in May, June and through July 3 and September. Tickets may also be used any weekday in July or August.

Kennywood 2015 School Picnic Flier

School Board Meeting: Monday, April 13, 2015 | Agenda


Click here to view the School Board agenda for Monday, April 13, 2015. 

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

Complete list of 2015 meeting dates

Board meeting minutes

McCormick student wins district spelling bee

4/8/2015. Filed under Press Releases.

A McCormick Elementary student is this year’s winner of the second annual Moon Area School District Third Grade Spelling Bee, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Moon Township. Aarav Surapaneni, a student in Miss Suzi Durham’s class, was awarded a trophy and a $75 Barnes & Noble gift card.

Aarav now has the opportunity to travel to Seven Springs Mountain Resort to compete in the Rotary’s District Spelling Bee and the chance to win a $1,000 U.S. savings bond. The event will be held during the Rotary District 7300 Conference on May 9, 2015.

Winning second place is Savannah Ellis, a student in Mrs. Karen Bell’s class at Bon Meade Elementary. She received a trophy and a $50 Barnes & Noble gift card.

Third place honors were earned by Seanna Rodriguez, a student in Mrs. Beth Carter’s class at Brooks Elementary School. Seanna received a trophy along with a $25 gift card to Barnes & Noble.

"We would like to congratulate the entire third grade on their excellent behavior and participation in today's Spelling Bee,” Sharon Gaitens, elementary gifted education teacher, said.  “The contestants went a full 15 rounds!” 

Winter Color Guard earns third place at championships

4/8/2015. Filed under Press Releases.

The Moon Area High School Winter Color Guard recently earned a bronze medal for its third place finish in the Three Rivers Winter Education Association 2015 Championships at California University of Pennsylvania. Moon competed among a field of eight in the Regional A classification.

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

The top three in the Regional A classification included Norwin High School, first; Kiski Area High School, second; and Moon Area High School, third. This marks the sixth year Moon Area has fielded a winter color guard and competed in TRWEA, and only the fourth time the group has participated in the championship show. 

The Moon Area High School Winter Color Guard is under the direction of Jen Minamyer and Nick Barthen, with instructors Ellen Martin and Alyssa Marich.

“MAHS Guard 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 winter indoor season,” Mr. Barthen said.

Below is a listing of the results of this year’s Moon Area High School Winter Color Guard shows. Moon competes in the Regional A classification. 

  • Jan. 24: Kiski Area H.S. – Second place
  • Feb. 7: Penn-Trafford H.S. – Fourth place
  • March 7: East Allegheny H.S. – Third place
  • March 21: Hempfield High School – First place

Regular season winter guard shows are held at local high schools across the region. The regular season shows and championship are sponsored by the Three Rivers Winter Education Association. For more information about TRWEA or winter color guard, visit


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