Morenci school board 12.5

Written by David Green.

Morenci Area High School met the requirements for the annual Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) rating.

Ratings were announced last week by the Michigan Department of Education, in conjunction with federal No Child Left Behind legislation.

The rating isn’t generally celebrated—most schools make the grade—but there is great concern when a district fails to achieve AYP, said Morenci school superintendent Kyle Griffith.

On the other hand, he told school board members Monday, a lot of work goes into making sure the AYP rating is achieved.

In 2006, Michigan began basing its high school assessment on the ACT college aptitude test. Goals are set for success in mathematics and language art—goals that increase each year until 100 percent of those tested earn “proficient” results.

READINESS—Board members accepted a resolution to participate in the Michigan School Readiness Program again this year. The program is administered by Little People’s Place.

Fourteen students are involved and $47,600 in state aid is received.

DRUG DOG—Griffith said he was pleased that nothing was found in a recent search of the school by a drug dog. Searches are conducted in schools throughout the county.

BAND PROGRAM—After an announcement about the high school and middle school band concert scheduled Dec. 12, Griffith praised director James DeVoe.

“It’s just amazing what strides the band has made,” he said.

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    THE DERBY—Tyler “Smallpox” Flakne of Minnesota’s Home Run League All-Stars goes for the fence Friday night during the National Wiffle League Association’s home run derby in Morenci. This year the wiffleball national tournament moved from Dublin, Ohio, to Morenci’s Wakefield Park. During the derby, competitors had two minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. The winner this year finished with 21. See page 6 and 7 for additional photos.
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    OUT OF THIS WORLD—Elizabeth McFadden and Elise Christle pose in front of the green screen as VolunTeen Noah Gilson makes them appear as though they are standing on the Moon. More photos from the Stair District Library’s NASA @ My Library program are on page 12.
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    Lannis Smith of the Leslie Science and Nature Center in Ann Arbor shows off a python last week at Stair District Library's Summer Reading Program.
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    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
  • Pipeline Spread
    LINED UP—Lengths of pipe were put in place last week along the route of the Rover natural gas pipeline that will stretch from Defiance, Ohio, to Ontario, Canada. Topsoil was removed before the pipes were laid out. The 42-inch diameter pipeline is scheduled for completion in November.
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    PROGRESS continues on the agriculture classroom addition at Fayette High School. The project will add 2,900 square feet of space and include an overhead door that would allow equipment to be driven inside. The building should be ready for the start of school in August. Work on ball fields and a running track is also underway.
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    ROCKHOUNDS—From the left, Joseph McCullough, Sean Pagett and Jonathan McCullough peer through hand lenses to study rocks. The project is part of Morenci Elementary School’s summer camp that continues into August.

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