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December 5, 2019
MASD: News & Information 
MAMS 5th Graders Welcome WWII Survivor, Bernice Kelley

Moon Area 5th graders welcomed a very special guest on Monday, November 25, 2019 - Mrs. Bernice Kelley. 

Kelley spent her childhood in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia (present-day Slovakia), from 1938-1946 and experienced the Nazi occupation in her hometown. During World War II, her father fought for the US but sent for his family in Czechoslovakia in July 1946 to be reunited in America. 

Kelley spoke to students about living during a World War and immigrating to the McKees Rocks, PA, via boat with her family after the war. 

Mrs. Kelley also engaged in a question and answer session with students as they asked about her difficulty learning a new language, her favorite part about America, and what her everyday life was like in Bratislava. 

In addition to speaking with the students, Mrs. Kelley shared pictures of her family members to accompany her memorable stories.

This topic coincides with students beginning their book study of Number in the Stars by Lois Lowry, a story about a Danish family's impact in hiding and saving a young Jewish girl during the war. 

Thank you for visiting, Mrs. Kelley!

MAHS to Host Parents Night Out 12/8/19 for Students K-5

Moon Area High School staff and student volunteers will be hosting a Parents Night Out on Sunday, December 8, 2019, at the high school.

Need a babysitter this holiday season? Sign your MASD K-5 students up for a night of pizza, drinks, snacks, games, and more!

Students must be pre-registered for the event and the cost is $25 per child with a discount available for families of 3 or more.

Sign up using the link below:

Mark your calendar for 2020 dates: February 8, 2020 and April 3, 2020!

Five MASD School Board Members Sworn in for 2019-2023 Term

At the School Board Reorganization Meeting held on Monday, December 2, 2019, Judge Michael Marmo swore in the reelected/newly elected MASD Board members for a four-year term (2019-2023). Welcome James Bogatay, Robert Harper, Jen Partica, Mark Scappe, and Danielle Zieger!

During the Reorganization Meeting, which is held yearly during the first week of December, the Board also nominated and elected officers for the next year as follows:
  • Danielle L. Zieger - President
  • Robert E. Harper - Vice President
  • James Bogatay - Secretary
  • Matthew Dugan - Treasurer
Thank you all for your service to our District!
Inclement Weather/Emergency Communications Reminder

The season for inclement weather is right around the corner! Here are a few ways to be sure you receive notifications on school delays and cancellations:
  • Be sure your contact information is current for phone numbers and email addresses in Skyward to receive rapid alert notifications.
  • Check the website: Alerts will be posted at the top of the website whenever there is a delay or cancellation.
  • Check social media: Delays or cancelations will be announced on Facebook and Twitter.
  • Check the app: MASD has an app on the iOS and Android App stores. Allow push notifications to receive a notification on your phone for District alerts. 
  • Check news outlets: Inclement weather announcements will be posted on the following news outlets: 
    • Local TV (KDKA, WTAE, and WPXI) 
**(Please note that the District does not control how quickly radio and TV stations update their information on-air.)**

MASD Recognizes Mark Scappe for 16 Years of Service on the Board of Education

The Pennsylvania School Boards Association (PSBA) and Moon Area School District recognized Mark Scappe on Monday, December 2, 2019, for his 16 years of service.

Scappe is a member of the MASD School Board and was presented a certificate to commemorate his dedication to serving students, faculty, and the community.

Thank you for your dedication to Moon Area School District, Mr. Scappe!

December 5: 8th Grade Choral Concert 7 p.m., MAMS
December 6: MAHS Winter Choral Concert 7 p.m., MAHS
December 10: 8th Grade Instrumental Concert 7 p.m., MAMS
December 11: McCormick/Brooks Concert 6:30 p.m., MAHS
December 12: 6th Grade Instrumental Concert 7 p.m., MAMS
December 16: Winter Orchestra Concert 7 p.m., MAHS
December 17: MAHS Band Concert 7:30 p.m., MAHS
December 18: Bon Meade/Allard/Hyde Concert 6:30 p.m., MAHS
Hyde 3rd Graders Celebrate 'Friendsgiving'

Third grade students at Hyde Elementary celebrated Friendsgiving last week in anticipation of Thanksgiving!

Students spread kindness by writing poems and letters about friendship, reading about how to be a good friend, making friendship pie, and giving friendship pins.

Students shared their letters and pins with their friends at a Friendsgiving Feast prepared by teachers and parent volunteers.

5th Grade Grizzlies Give Back

The 5th grade Grizzlies Team at Moon Area Middle School completed a service project this holiday season!

Inspired by the book Wonder by R.J. Palacio, students assembled blankets that will soon be donated to a children's hospital for those who can't make it home for the holidays.

Thanks for setting a great example, Grizzlies!

MAHS Music Department to Play/Sing Holiday Songs at Four Twelve Project

Who's ready for some holiday music?! Five MAHS ensembles will be playing holiday music at Four Twelve Project on Friday, December 13, 2019, from 6-9 p.m.

Enjoy the holiday season with MAHS music!

MAHS Holiday Ball Tickets Now on Sale

This year's dance will be held on Saturday, December 14 from 6-10 p.m. at the Double Tree in GreenTree.

Cost for the ticket is $45 and will be sold during lunches. Tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable. 

All student obligations must be cleared before a student can purchase a ticket. 

MAHS Welcomed Broadway Star, Adam Pascal, for Masterclass Session

Moon Area students were given a unique opportunity to learn from Broadway  and film star, Adam Pascal, during a masterclass session on Friday, November 22, 2019.

Moon Area High School Drama Club sponsor, Mr. Robert Michael, organized the event for any student looking to hear about Pascal's career in acting and to receive professional coaching.

During the question and answer session, Pascal explained that he didn't have any formal training prior to joining the cast of  RENT and was in a rock band at that time. However, his childhood friend Idina Menzel (Elsa from Frozen) convinced him to try out for a new off-Broadway show,  RENT, which launched his career in 2005.

Students inquired whether actors have influence during the production of movi es and Broadway shows to which Pascal said the director of  RENT , Chris Columbus, allowed the original Broadway cast to have as much input into the film as possible.

As students prepare to audition for the spring musical, Pascal heard vocal performances from participating students and offered his professional feedback and tips for auditioning and performing.

Pascal's breakthrough role as Roger in the film and Broadway versions of  RENT earned him a Tony Award nomination. As he advanced in his career, he worked with Elton John while taking on the role of Radames in  Aida and he has also been in movies such as  School of Rock, Stepbrothers, Temptation, and  Cold Case.

Layer Up this Winter with

As the temperatures drop, layer up with Moon Area sweatshirts, long sleeve shirts, hats, and more! 

Shop our Moon Area Tiger Apparel store here:

MAMS Student Wins Regional 2019 National Chemistry Week Illustrated Poem Contest
Moon Area Middle School 7 th grade student, Nithya Kaarthi, won first place for grades 6-8 in the 2019 National Chemistry Week Illustrated Poem Contest.

The contest is hosted by the Pittsburgh Section of the American Chemical Society. Participants in the contest wrote a poem that parallels this year's theme of "Marvelous Metals." The regional competition included submissions from 17 area schools and 76 participants. 

Kaarthi's winning submission will advance to the national competition.
Good luck, Nithya!
MAEF Continues to Partner with AmazonSmile
MAEF is continuing their partnership with AmazonSmile to increase the ways in which you can support their cause. MAEF, a 501(c)(3) public charity, was founded in April 2018 to promote, innovate, partner and enhance innovative educational programs, activities and projects that benefit the students of Moon Area School District (MASD) and the communities it serves.

MAEF receives 0.5% of your purchase price when you shop through AmazonSmile. You receive the same benefits, prices, and services as the traditional Amazon site, but now with the benefit of assisting a non-profit organization!

How to shop AmazonSmile for MAEF:
  • Use this link:
  • Select the "Start Shopping" button to the right 
  • Save this link as a bookmark on your mobile device or web browser to be sure you are always shopping with a smile!
Thank you for considering shopping AmazonSmile with MAEF both in this holiday season and in the new year!

MASD Athletic Opportunities/News

MAHS Football Coach Named Coach of the Year

Congratulations to Moon Area High School football coach, Ryan Linn, for being named 2019 Skylights 5A Coach of the Year!

MAHS Baseball Hosts Saturday Clinics
Boys and girls ages 4-12 at the high school gym and indoor batting cages on January 18, January 25, February 29, and March 7, 2020. 
Upcoming Events

5: 8th Grade Choral Concert 7 p.m., MAMS
6: Bon Meade Spirit Day
6: MAHS Choral Concert 7 p.m., MAHS
7: SAT Reasoning and Subject Exam
10: Winter Keystone Algebra Exam (Module 1 in AM Module 2 in PM)
10: MCCormick PTC Meeting 9:30 a.m.
10: 8th Grade Instrumental Concert 7 p.m., MAMS
11: Keystone Literature Exam
11: McCormick/Brooks Concert 6:30 p.m., MAHS
12: Winter Keystone Biology Exam
12: 6th Grade Instrumental Concert 7 p.m., MAMS
13: Bon Meade Choose Kind Friday
13: Brooks PTC Meeting 9:30 a.m.
14: MAHS Holiday Ball 
15: MAHS Band Pancake Breakfast 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., MAHS Cafe
16-20: Bon Meade Holiday Shop & Spirit Week
16: Winter Orchestra Concert 7 p.m., MAHS
16: Board of Education Special Meeting 7 p.m., Central Admin.
17: MAHS Band Concert 7:30 p.m., MAHS
18: Bon Meade/Allard/Hyde Concert 6:30 p.m., MAHS
20: Elementary Winter Classroom Parties
23-Jan. 1: Winter Break - NO SCHOOL
31: New Years Eve

1: New Years Day - NO SCHOOL
2: Bon Meade PTC Meeting 9:30 a.m.
3: Bon Meade Spirit Day
9: Hyde PTO Meeting 6:30 p.m.

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