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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.
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    NEW OFFICES—Fayette village administrator Steve Blue speaks with tax administrator Genna Biddix at the new front desk of the village office. Village council members voted to use budgeted renovation funds targeted for the old office and instead buy the vacant bank building on the corner of Main and Fayette streets. The old office was sold to Sherwood State Bank. When everything is put into place in the spacious new village office, an open house will be scheduled. Council member David Wheeler donated all of his time needed to make changes in the bank interior to fit the Village’s needs.

Fayette's 21 Century Learning Center 2010.11.10

Written by David Green.

21.computers.jpgBy DAVID GREEN

In one classroom, Fayette teacher Amy Herman is leading students on a project to create three-dimensional pumpkins—each is a dodecagon, with 12 sides. The next day the students were to clean out real pumpkins and cook the flesh.

Down the hall in the elementary school computer lab, teacher Jason Ohlemacher is guiding students through a session with Success Maker software. The interactive program pinpoints a student’s grade level in reading and mathematics skills and provides activities and assessment.

The third group of students is out on the playground with Rachel Kinsman from the Fulton County Health Department. Activities are often unstructured, and as long as students are engaged in some form of physical activity, they have their teacher’s blessing.

After 25 minutes, the students switch activities until they’ve had a turn with each of the three segments.

It’s all part of the 21st Century Community Learning Center program funded through the U.S. Department of Education.

This marks the second year of the five-year program for Fayette, and this is the second time the district was chosen to participate.

Elementary principal Dr. Luann Boyer shortened the name of the program to FAST (Fayette After School Time). After school is the main focus of FAST, but there are three related segments.

The Morning Program is scheduled every day from 6:45 to 8 a.m., when Mr. Ohlemacher is available to help with homework and offer some tutoring. Breakfast is available for the early risers.

The Saturday Program is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon most Saturdays through March 5 at Normal Memorial Library. Programs are scheduled for children from kindergarten through grade six, but the grant has allowed the library to open for all patrons during those Saturday hours. State funding cuts resulted in reduced hours for the library in September 2009, including the end of Saturday hours.21.four.tilt.jpg

There was also a Summer Session at the school during which children planted a garden and harvested crops.

The after-school program is strictly for students in grades two through five who have been recommended by teachers for participation.

In the first round of the program that started in 2004, the main focus was on remedial education. This time there’s more emphasis on enrichment, Dr. Boyer said, and that’s being bolstered by outside agencies such as the health department.

“It is our goal to enrich students’ lives and at the same time provide academic assistance,” she said.

Each after-school session starts off with a snack, Mr. Ohlemacher said, and then the three sessions begin concurrently. One teacher is in charge of reading and mathematics enrichment and another offers a special activity.

“That provides an opportunity for students to learn and experience things they might not have an opportunity to experience at home or during a normal school day,” Mr. Ohlemacher explained.

Sessions will cover subjects ranging from soybeans to cooking to building bird houses. Entertainment days will include video games, Wii games and an introduction to the Apple iPad. Ten Fayette teachers will lead the various special classes.

The technology session generally incorporates the Success Maker software mentioned earlier to help students prepare for state testing and to push for greater academic growth in their grade level.

“Success Maker has proven to be very effective in the past,” Mr. Ohlemacher said. “If students can get 60 minutes a week working with the program they have a 98 percent chance of passing the Ohio Achievement Assessment.”

In addition to sessions provided by the Fulton County Health Department, FAST will also receive a visit from Sauder Village personnel, and the formation of Scouting groups is on the agenda.

Students are FAST expanding their horizons—both mentally and physically—and having a lot of fun along the way.

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