District News

There's a lot happening in our vibrant school district! From events taking place at school to public information notices, we’ve included all the latest events here on one page. Make it your first stop when you visit our website to ensure you are always aware of what’s happening at Moniteau.

Moniteau's Academic Decathlon Team is Headed to Texas!

The nine members of Moniteau's Academic Decathlon States team will head to Frisco, Texas, to compete with students from around the country. This team went to Thiel College on March 3 and 4 to compete against the top 13 schools–and the top students–from across the state of Pennsylvania. Moniteau managed to bring home 36 medals and finish as the #1 small school in the state! Along with topping the small schools, they also scored higher than any medium schools and earned the spot at the USAD National Competition.

These students have been preparing for the season since last March. The team studies together after school, through the summer, on the weekends, over holiday breaks, and even on snow days. Decathletes test in seven written subjects: science, social science, art, music, literature, math, and economics. The other three events are: completing a timed essay, being interviewed and scored on their skills, and giving a prepared speech (3.5-4 minutes) and an impromptu speech (1.5-2 minutes). This year's theme is The American Revolution and the New Nation, and most information centers around that topic. The year's topic was an instant hit with this group, as many of them truly enjoy history.

Over the next month, these students will be working harder than ever, and they will all represent Moniteau– and the state of Pennsylvania–well. If you see any of these hard-working students, wish them luck!

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Academic Games

This year, many Moniteau students were able to participate in Academic Games competitions. These competitions are organized by Midwestern Intermediate Unit IV and held at Slippery Rock University. Our school competed in Propaganda, LinguiSCHTIK, Presidents, and Equations.

Over 20 Dassa students competed in the different games. Many of these students also participated in the early enrichment program and came to school early two days a week in order to prepare. They reviewed grammar, vocabulary, and spelling for the LinguiSHTIK game, studied presidents one through seventeen and the unique facts about each for the presidents competition, and worked on higher-level math skills for the equations game.

High school students also compete in the games, and they are able to study and practice during their AI (Activity/Intervention) period each afternoon. The competitions at SRU are local competitions, and qualifying students move on to the state level of competition, which is at Grove City College. Kenna Claypoole, a sixth grader, was undefeated at the LinguiSHTIK competition in December and was the sole representative from Dassa at Tri-Bowl in March. She represented Moniteau well and is looking forward to next year’s games!

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Moniteau Decathlon Team Wins

The Moniteau Decathlon Team took first place in the Northwest Region of the state Decathlon competition that was held this year at Moniteau Junior-Senior High School. The team will now travel to Thiel College on March 3 and March 4, 2023, to compete in the State Decathlon Finals. The team will go into the state competition as one of the favorites to win first place. Way to go Warriors

Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSA)

In April of 2023, students in the Moniteau School District will once again participate in the Pennsylvania System of School Assessment (PSSAs).

These annual exams are standards-based assessments which provide parents, students, and educators with an understanding of student achievement and overall school performance. Each test measures the attainment of proficiency in English Language Arts, mathematics, and science/technology.

The standards in all of these areas identify knowledge or skills that every student should learn and be able to do at different grade levels. School districts throughout the Commonwealth design curriculum and instruction to support students in meeting these standards.

For more information, please see page three of the district newsletter.