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Coffee with Curt - March 11

2/28/2015. Filed under Press Releases.

Moon Area School District will host “Coffee with Curt” at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, March 11, 2015, in the central office board room.

Throughout the school year, Superintendent of Schools Curt Baker holds monthly chat sessions with parents, students and other community members.  Attendees are welcome and encouraged to discuss any questions or concerns they may have regarding the school district.

Coffee and light refreshments will be served. Please RSVP to Carol Wingard at 412-264-9440 ext. 1106 or via email cwingard@moonarea.net.
 


Upcoming Coffee with Curt dates:

  • Tuesday, April 7 – 7 p.m.
  • Thursday, May 7 – 1 p.m.

Moon fourth graders sweep Battle of the Books

2/27/2015. Filed under Press Releases.

Three Moon elementary school teams earned the top spots in the 2015 Fourth Grade Battle of the Books, sponsored by the Moon Township Public Library. Thirty-two teams from the Moon Area and Cornell school districts as well as Propel-Montour competed in the annual event on Feb. 26, 2015, at Moon Area Middle School.

Earning first place were the Toxic Turtles from McCormick Elementary School.  The team is comprised of Adi Anand, Connor Lindsey, Jake Lunz, Nishu Mallikarjun and Will Marasco.

The Little Red Reading Hoods from Hyde Elementary School captured second place. Team members include Ashley Hudzinski, Zara Mills, Lucia Palmer, Rachel Perry and Carly Yanek.

Third place honors were earned by the Royal Readers from Brooks Elementary School. The team includes Kieran Kelly, Samantha Ray, Sanai Reeves, Zein Sallah and Lauren Ventura.

Fourth graders read and were quizzed on the following books:  “P.I.C.K.L.E.” by Kim Baker; “Doll Bones” by Holly Black; “Magic Marks the Spot” by Caroline Carlson; “The Illuminated Adventures of Flora and Ulysses” by Kate DiCamillo; “Absolutely Almost” by Lisa Graff; “Pi in the Sky” by Wendy Mass; “Fablehaven” by Bandon Mull; “The Sasquatch Escape” by Suzanne Selfors; and “Sisters” by Raina Telgemeier.

Each student was expected to read at least two books – many read all, some more than once!
 

Elementary scientists participate in science fair

2/27/2015. Filed under Press Releases.

More than 90 third and fourth graders from Bon Meade Elementary School participated in the school’s annual science fair in early February. Students shared their experiments and findings with their classmates, families and community members. 

In preparation for the science fair, Lucinette Alvarado Rivera, an industrial hygienist at BayerMaterial Science LLC, visited Bon Meade in mid-December. Ms. Rivera conducted an experiment with the third graders to demonstrate the scientific method in practice. 

Winners of the science fair included the following:

Most Useful
Disappearing Water by Larissa McGowan and Sydney Zubryd

Most Advanced 
The Science of DNA by Sawyer Herman
Potato and Lemon Electricity by Kiley O’Donnell

Best Use of a Household Product      
A Fizzy Situation by Kelly Anderson and Bailee Elchert
Hand Sanitizer by Cassidy Dady

Best Use of the Scientific Method   
Melting Marshmallow by Charlie Basil and Aiden Reesman
Controlling Blood Sugar with Type 1 Diabetes by Zach Gariti

Most Knowledgeable
ph Balance and Our Bodies by Hannah Ham
Look Out Below by Tyler Greggs and Johnny Prose

Best Display
Does Air Pressure and Surface Effect Performance by Lance Zabela and Ethan Konieczka

Most Unique
Model Your Eardrum by Angelina Beatty
Puppy Love by Dannie Holmes

Science Technology and Engineering Award
Roboman by Donovan Turner, Zack Ross, and Krushna Bhanushali
 

Six students earn PMEA honors

2/27/2015. Filed under Press Releases.

Six Moon Area High School students were selected through competitive audition to participate in the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association Region I band and chorus.

Vocalists Ekeni Abakah, Bass 2; Ryan Becker, Bass 1; Dana Murray, Alto 1; Noah Pinter, Tenor 2; and Phoebe Schoeneweis, Alto 2, travel to Trinity High School this week to participate in the PMEA Region I Chorus.

Ryan Beeken, director of choral studies at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, serves as guest conductor. The culminating Region I Chorus concert will be held at 7 p.m. on Friday, Feb. 27, in the Trinity High School auditorium.

Senior bassoonist Nick Capp placed second chair in the PMEA District I Band Festival. This was his second year reaching the regional level.

The band festival, comprised of 150 high school students, was held at Hickory High School under the direction of Dr. R. Tad Greig, director of bands and assistant professor of music at Westminster College.

“The festival and concert were outstanding, and to hear the best players in western Pennsylvania performing collegiate level music at a high level of musicianship was a great experience for all,” Nick Barthen, Moon’s director of bands, said.

PMEA Region I is comprised of schools in Allegheny, Fayette, Greene, Washington and Westmoreland counties. 

PMEA is a statewide nonprofit organization of more than 4,500 members, dedicated to promoting the musical development of all Pennsylvanians. The organization promotes and supports quality music education, learning and performance as well as promoting and supporting music education in schools and communities. PMEA is affiliated with The National Association for Music Education.
 

Moon announces PSSA testing schedules

2/27/2015. Filed under Press Releases.

The annual PSSA testing for Moon Area School District students in grades 3 – 8 is set to begin in mid-April. As required by the Pennsylvania Education Department, English language arts and mathematics exams will be administered to students in grades 3 – 8. In addition, science exams will be given in grades 4 and 8.

It is state-mandated that tests are administered during the designated testing windows:

  • English language arts: April 13-17
  • Mathematics: April 20-24
  • Science: April 27-May 1
  • Make-up tests: May 4-8

National Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day – Thursday, April 23 – falls within the mathematics testing window. In order to support students and their families who participate in this career education opportunity, Moon schools will not be testing on this day.

Click here for the testing schedule

Keystone Exams for secondary students enrolled in Algebra I, biology and literature will be administered during the May 13-27 testing window.
 



How can parents support children who will take high-stakes tests like the PSSA and Keystone Exams?
  • Make sure to know the school's testing calendar and schedule.
  • Avoid scheduling trips and appointments that would result in a student missing a testing session. All students must take the tests, so any absent students will be required to make up tests during a make-up session, possibly when other students are in class.
  • Make sure test-takers are aware that the tests will include some easy questions and some hard questions.
  • Arrive on time to school on testing days.
  • Make sure students get a good night's sleep and eat a healthy breakfast. Rest and healthy foods increase stamina during testing periods.
  • Ask your child if he/she has any concerns about taking standardized tests and try to alleviate these concerns by encouraging your child to do the best he/she can.
  • Remind students to listen carefully to the directions and ask questions if they are not certain what to do.
  • Encourage your child to take his/her time answering the questions. The testing procedures allow any student to have extended time to finish the test.
  • Help children keep the testing in perspective and be aware that these tests are a snapshot of a student's performance at a point in time. Other measures that show student learning might include: classroom assessments, projects, research reports, writing, benchmark assessments, and portfolio.


Taken from Partners for Public Education | www.partnersforpubliced.org
 

Calendar change announced for March 16

2/27/2015. Filed under Press Releases.

Moon Area School District will be in session on Monday, March 16, 2015. Originally scheduled as a parent conference day, it will now be used as a snow make-up day.

School was canceled on Feb. 19 and Feb. 20 due to severe wind chill factors both days. Information regarding the second make-up day will be announced as soon as a decision has been reached.

Parents who have specific questions or concerns regarding their child are encouraged to contact their child’s teacher. Conferences can be conducted over the phone or in-person to meet the respective needs of each student and family. 



2014-15 Calendar - Revised

Board President's Letter to the Community

2/26/2015. Filed under Press Releases.

 

Letter to the Community

From A. Michael Olszewski, President
Moon Area School District Board of Education



February 26, 2015


The Moon Area community has the right to expect its School Board to be a model of how a representative government operates. Like nearly all governmental entities, our School Board operates its meetings according to Robert’s Rules of Order, a set of rules for conduct at meetings that allows all nine School Board members to be heard and to make decisions. The purpose of Robert’s Rules is to ensure majority rule; protect the rights of the minority; provide order, fairness, and decorum; and facilitate the transaction of business.

I would like to take this opportunity to apologize for the disruptive behavior of one of our School Board members. This individual has consistently challenged Robert’s Rules of Order and has knowingly encouraged actions at Board meetings by community members that conflict with established meeting protocols in order to incite and orchestrate outrage. 

This type of behavior reflects poorly on the school district, its leadership, and the community – and intentionally creates the perception of chaos and instability, which is not the case. While debate and disagreement are welcome components of democracy, both can be accomplished with a level of civility that has been severely lacking.  I assure you this behavior will no longer be tolerated.

read the entire letter
 


 

2015-16 high school scheduling meetings planned for parents

2/26/2015. Filed under Press Releases.

The Moon Area High School Counseling Center is hosting two parent scheduling meetings for the 2015-16 school year.  Parents of students currently in grades 8 – 11 are invited to attend one of the following events:

6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 10
Grade 8 parents report to the middle school LGI room.
Grade 9, 10, 11 parents report to the high school LGI room.

8 a.m., Friday, March 13
All parents report to the high school LGI room.
Breakfast will be provided.

Topics to be discussed include a review of the 2015-16 Program of Studies, the course selection process and graduation requirements.

For more information, please contact a school counselor:

Last Names A-G: Amanda Spirnak | aspirnak@moonarea.net  | ext. 2010
Last Names H-N:  Emily Wagner-Smith  |  esmith@moonarea.net  |  ext. 2011
Last Names O-Z:  Nora Minahan  |  nminahan@moonarea.net  | ext. 2012
 


Download the 2015-16 MAHS Program of Studies

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

2/20/2015.

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

The meeting begins at 7 p.m. in the Board Room located within the central administrative offices and is open to the public.

Moon presents all-district concert – March 3

2/17/2015. Filed under Press Releases.

The Moon Area School District Music Department will host its sixth annual all-district music concert at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, March 3, 2015, in the Moon Area High School auditorium. The theme for this year’s concert is “A World of Music.”

Ensembles from grades 4-12 representing all school buildings will perform in a continuous musical extravaganza.  This concert coincides with the National Association for Music Education hailing March as Music In Our Schools Month.

Doors will open and ticket distribution will begin at 6 p.m. on a first come, first serve basis. Admission is to the concert is free; however, due to the expected large crowd, seats will be assigned via tickets to ensure that all seats with the auditorium are utilized.

Attendees should enter through the student entrance doors (Entry C) and main office doors (Entry A).   Tickets will be distributed at the doors of the respective sections: center doors, center section; left doors, left section; right doors, right section; and the balcony section will distributed at the top of the steps in front of the balcony doors. 

Parking for the event is available at the high school as well as the middle school. Those parking on-campus are reminder to follow all parking regulations. Vehicles that are found in violation will be towed.

  • All vehicles must be parked in a properly marked and designated parking spot.
  • Handicapped parking can be found throughout campus at the appropriate signed areas.
  • Parking is not permitted along the curb and/or fire lanes anywhere on campus.
  • Parking is not permitted on the side of the roads.
  • Parking is not permitted at any entrance, exit or on any sidewalk.
  • Parking is not permitted in front of, or in close proximity to fire hydrants.

Music in Our Schools Month (MIOSM) is a nationwide movement in music education dedicated to advocating and recognizing the profound significance that music education plays in the lives of all children.

According to the National Association for Music Education’s website, “MIOSM began as a single statewide celebration in 1973, and has grown over the decades to encompass a day, then a week, and then in 1985 to become a month-long celebration of school music. The purpose of MIOSM is to raise awareness of the importance of music education for all children – and to remind citizens that school is where all children should have access to music.”
 

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