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Fourth grader’s art graces local magazine cover

11/24/2015. Filed under Press Releases.

A drawing created by a McCormick Intermediate fourth-grader was recently selected from among nearly 300 submissions in the Moon Area School District/Allegheny West Magazine holiday artwork contest.

Fourth-grader Ria Khazanchi’s image of a cardinal with a scenic pencil drawing background was selected for the cover of the Moon holiday November issue of Allegheny West Magazine. Ria is a student in Caryn Glassbrenner’s class at McCormick Elementary. Her art teacher is Stephen Izzo.

“The artwork contest provided Allegheny West with a great opportunity to feature some of our youngest residents,” Doug Hughey, the magazine’s publisher and editor, said. “Sorting through the dozens of drawings was enormously fun and we hope the artwork we’ve selected brightens the day for our readers as well.”  

The holiday artwork contest was open to all Moon Area students in kindergarten through grade 4. This is the first year for the Moon Area School District/Allegheny West Magazine initiative.

District releases first Balanced Scorecard

11/24/2015. Filed under Press Releases.


The Moon Area School District’s Strategic Plan calls for the development of a Balanced Scorecard built around five content areas:

  • Academic Achievement
  • Effective Teaching & Learning
  • Community Engagement
  • Stewardship of Public Resources
  • Achieving our Strategic Intent
Central to the success of any Balanced Scorecard is the avoidance of “information overload.” Like the dashboard on a car, only a few critical, “timeless” measures can be used. There cannot be a proliferation of new measures whenever a worthwhile new suggestion is advanced.

The initial Moon Area Balanced Scorecard, which is fully aligned with the district’s strategic plan, was presented at the Nov. 23, 2015, school board meeting. An updated Balanced Scorecard will be presented each November.

The Balanced Scorecard:
A Strategic Measurement System

The Balanced Scorecard concept was introduced in a 1992 Harvard Business Review article written by Robert S. Kaplan, a Harvard Business School professor, and David P. Norton, a principal with the consulting firm Nolan, Norton & Company. The idea was to give senior business managers and boards of directors a “balanced” look at their organization, taking into account the following four questions:

  • How do customers see us? (customer perspective)
  • What must we excel at? (internal perspective)
  • Can we continue to improve and create value? (innovation and learning perspective)
  • How do we look to shareholders? (financial perspective)
Kaplan and Norton concluded the following: 

Traditional performance measurement systems specify the particular actions they want employees to take and then measure to see whether the employees have in fact taken those actions. In that way, the systems try to control behavior.

The Balanced Scorecard puts strategy and vision, not control, at the center. The measures are designed to pull people toward the overall vision. The Balanced Scorecard helps managers understand, at least implicitly, many inter-relationships …and ultimately leads to improved decision making and problem solving.

After many years of successful implementation in the private sector, there is growing interest in adapting and applying the Balanced Scorecard methodology to public education.


SAT prep class – register by Dec. 9

11/23/2015. Filed under Press Releases.
Moon Area High School is offering a review course for the new redesigned SAT that will begin in March of 2016.

The SAT measures verbal and mathematical abilities. Colleges use the scores from this test to assist in the selection of applicants and the awarding of scholarships. Test review courses such as the one offered by MAHS frequently help to increase scores by teaching test taking strategies and helping diminish test anxiety.  While enrolling in such a course does not ensure higher test results, attention to certain details such as reading comprehension, math skills, and effective test-taking strategies will often boost student confidence and scores. 

Listed below are the dates and times the class will be offered.  All sessions will be in room 140 of Moon Area High School, and students will attend all sessions.

  • January 9, Pre-Test:  9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
  • January 16, Math:  9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • January 23, Math:  9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • January 30, Math:  9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • February 6, English:  9 a.m. – 12 p.m. 
  • February 13, English:  9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • February 20, English:  9 a.m. – 12 p.m. 
  • February 27, Post-Test:  9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
(Times, dates and room numbers are subject to change in emergency situations)

The cost of the course is $210 and checks should be made payable to Moon Area High School. Space may be limited and can only be reserved with full payment. Please register by Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015.  Students can sign up with Mrs. Wilhelm in room 140. For additional information, please email

2015-16 College Testing Dates

Moon students sweep top honors at accounting competition

11/23/2015. Filed under Press Releases.

Moon Area High School students recently finished first and second in a financial statement analysis contest, part of the Pennsylvania Institute of Certified Public Accountants conference at Duquesne University. Third place honors went to North Allegheny Senior High School.

The first place team included: Kristi Kania, Emma Thomas, Bob Vitale, Nick Angelo, Peter Piccirilli, Evan Briant, Zane Barker, Michael Davignon and Andrew Bechek. 

Placing second was the team of Gwen Kachmar, Kate Turner, Caroline Baselj, Darcie Firth, Patrick Crago, Jason Ruffing, Nick Nelson, Sal Pollastro and Steve Ellis. 

Four teams of Moon students, enrolled in the Accounting 1 or College in High School Accounting course, were among approximately 25 teams representing 13 schools from throughout the region. More than 230 students attended the event.

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 trophy, gift card, back pack or shirt.

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 Edward Wirth, Internal Revenue Service; Andrew McCreery, Mt. Lebanon Municipality; Beth Moretti, Alcoa; and John Greenling, CliftonLarsonAllen.

Board of Education Meeting: Monday, Nov. 23 | Agenda


Click here to view the School Board meeting agenda for Monday, Nov. 23, 2015.

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Board Room, located within the central administrative offices.
Next meeting:
Monday, Dec. 7, 2015

Third graders receive dictionaries from Rotary Club

11/19/2015. Filed under Press Releases.

The Rotary Club of Moon Township provided every Moon Area third grader with his/her own personal dictionary. In addition, students received pens, pencils and rulers from the service club.

“We are so grateful to our community partners at the Rotary Club,” Superintendent Curt Baker said. “In addition to providing a valuable resource our third graders, the Dictionary Project demonstrates to our students that our community leaders care about them and their education.”

In total, Moon Area has 14 third grade classes totaling nearly 300 students. The dictionaries are made possible through the Rotary’s sponsorship of The Dictionary Project, a nonprofit organization with the goal to assist all students in becoming good writers, active readers, creative thinkers and resourceful learners by providing them with their own personal dictionary.

Each fall the Rotary Club distributes dictionaries to every third grade student in the Moon Area and Cornell school districts. Although there are a multitude of online resources, the annual dictionary distribution continues to elicit enthusiastic reactions from the 8 and 9-year-olds as well as their teachers.

“Third grade students love receiving their dictionaries from the Rotary Club! The students are thrilled to be able to have a dictionary that is theirs to keep,” Suzi Durham, third grade teacher, said. “For the last two years we have referred to it as the ‘Spelling Bee Bible’, as we use it to help prepare for the Rotary sponsored Spelling Bee.”  

According to The Dictionary Project’s website, today’s technology has not replaced the value and benefits that a printed dictionary provides.

“Even for children with computer access, a dictionary provides benefits a computer cannot. Dictionaries are portable and can be used anywhere. A child has a sense of ownership of a book that encourages exploration. And only a dictionary can provide that delightful experience of looking up a word and getting sidetracked by all the other fascinating words on the same page.”

The Rotary Club of Moon Township is a longtime sponsor of The Dictionary Project as it supports the organization’s commitment to education and literacy.

According to the Rotary’s website, “We are 1.2 million neighbors, friends, and community leaders who come together to create positive, lasting change in our communities and around the world.” Rotary Club members are volunteers who work locally, regionally, and internationally to combat hunger, improve health and sanitation, provide education and job training, promote peace, and eradicate polio under the motto “Service Above Self.”

The Rotary Club of Moon Township hosts an annual corn roast each August in order to raise funds for local initiatives – including the annual dictionary distribution as well as its ongoing support of the West Hills Food Pantry.

The Rotary Club of Moon Township meets at noon every Tuesday at the Sheraton Hotel on Thorn Run Road in Moon.  New members are welcome. Contact Brenda Batchelor at for information.

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Middle school seeks volunteers for lunchtime career exploration

11/18/2015. Filed under Press Releases.

Volunteers are needed to talk with small groups of eighth grade students about potential careers as part of the Moon Area Middle School’s Career Café initiative. The Career Café will take place over the eighth grade lunch period – from 12:40 until 1:15 p.m. – throughout December and January.

click here to complete the online Career Café Volunteer Form

“The eighth grade language arts teachers are working in conjunction with the middle school counseling staff to provide a comprehensive career unit,” Valerie Valdiserri, middle school counselor, said. “As an important component, we are looking for adult speakers to attend a Career Café during 8th grade lunch periods to talk about their specific career and answer questions to small groups of eighth grade students.”

Dates in the months of December and January are flexible to accommodate work schedules; however, the time must remain the same – 12:40 to 1:15 p.m. All groups will meet in the school’s library classroom.

Students are completing career and personality-type assessments and will have the opportunity to identify two or three careers of interest. Based on their selections, students will be invited to attend one or more Career Café events that match their career cluster.

“Our goal is that every student has the opportunity to attend at least one Career Café identified within his or her career cluster,” Mrs. Valdiserri said.

Anyone interested in serving as a Career Café speaker is asked to complete the online Career Café Volunteer Form. For more information, please contact Mrs. Valdiserri at or at 412-264-9440 ext. 3913.

Support the Tiger mascot this Saturday

11/18/2015. Filed under Press Releases.

A community fundraiser will be held this Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015, at the Bob Evans on University Boulevard in Moon Township. Fifteen percent of all sales between 6 a.m. and 9 p.m. will be used to purchase a new Tiger mascot costume. (The accompanying flyer must be presented at the time of check-out.)

The Moon Tiger will be on-hand for photos and autographs at the following times throughout
the day:

  • 8 – 10 a.m.
  • Noon – 2 p.m.
  • 6 – 8 p.m.

Several events have been held throughout the fall in an effort to raise $2,000 to upgrade the Tiger mascot costume.

Download the Bob Evans flier - must be presented at check-out

Moon students honor veterans

11/17/2015. Filed under Press Releases.

Throughout the month of November, Moon Area School District students engaged in various activities to show their respect for the service of our nation’s veterans and the sacrifice that veterans and their families have made for our country. The following is just a sampling of some of the activities and events that have taken place:

Allard Intermediate
Allard Intermediate held a Supplies for Soldiers drive to collect items as well as notes and cards to send to U.S. military troops through Boucek's Battalion, a Pittsburgh-based nonprofit organization that collects items, which are then packed up and shipped to troops overseas.   View photos

Bon Meade Elementary
Bon Meade students read a poem on the morning announcements in honor of veterans. Students discussed the importance of Veterans Day and second graders sang the Armed Forces Salute as well as America the Beautiful. 

Mrs. Logelin's kindergarten class learned about the role women have played in U.S. Armed Forces and created artwork that was presented to their very own Bon Meade veteran, School Nurse Joan Rodriguez who served as a nurse in the U.S. Army. “I had the honor of being presented with each student's craft and a big hug from each student!” Mrs. Rodriguez said. “There is nothing better than recognition from such adorable children!”  view photos 

Brooks Elementary
In honor of Veterans Day, special teachers (art, music, library, computer and physical education) created an interactive assembly for students. Students learned the meaning of Veterans Day as they viewed a slideshow, sang songs, listen to two stories about Veterans, and exercised to the theme songs from the branches of the U.S. Armed Forces. Posters thanking veterans were posted throughout the school and students wore their patriotic hats that were created in art class.  View photos

McCormick Intermediate
The McCormick Intermediate Choir gave its first performance of the year at the Masonic Village in Sewickley’s Annual Veterans Day program. Students performed “America (My Country Tis of Thee)” and “America the Beautiful” for local Veterans and their spouses. During the program, students watched Veterans stand as they listened to different military anthems. They also heard a poem called “I am a Veteran” read by one of the Veterans, and heard a women speak of her experience entertaining military troops during World War II. They also watched the Silent Drill Team from Ambridge High School perform. Moon Area High School senior Jeffrey Yoho played trumpet during “America the Beautiful” and also played Taps at the end of the program. Members of McCormick Intermediate Student Council made individual hand painted cards for all of the Veterans and handed them out at the end of the program.   View photos

Moon Area Middle School
Fifth grade students read the story, “The Wall,” by Eve Bunting and made posters for friends and/or family members who are veterans.  Sixth graders created pictures that comprised a montage that aired along with a patriotic song during the announcements. Veterans Day Stars were completed by eighth graders and were posted outside the large group instruction room. 

Moon Area High School
Senior Elizabeth Eberts hosted a photography exhibit titled, “The Art of Service,” Nov. 6 – 11, 2015, at the Robin Hill Center. The exhibit honored heroes and those in military service. Proceeds from the event benefited the Pittsburgh Chapter of Defenders of Freedom, a non-profit organization dedicated to serving U.S. troops by sending care packages, supporting the families of wounded soldiers and wounded soldiers themselves with emergency financial assistance and more.   Learn more

Air Quality / Leetdale Industrial Park Fire


As you may know, there was a fire in the Leetsdale Industrial Park early this afternoon. Emergency responders from Crescent Township advised that Bon Meade Elementary students remain indoors for the afternoon due to air quality concerns. As a precaution, all Moon Area students remained inside during the early afternoon. 

The district has been in touch with Moon Police Chief Leo McCarthy. He has indicated that it is safe for students to be dismissed. After school activities will continue as scheduled. You may wish to monitor news reports to ensure there are no further issues in regard to air quality in your specific area as the evening progresses.

We appreciate the cooperation of our emergency responders in keeping us informed throughout the incident.

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