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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    Water Fun—Carter Seitz and Colson Walter take a fast trip along a plastic sliding strip while water from a sprinkler provides the lubrication. The boys took a break from tie-dyeing last week at Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program to cool off in the water.
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    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
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    on your mark, get set, drum!—Drew Joughin (black shirt), Maddox Joughin and Kaleea Braun took the front row last week when Angela Rettle and assistants led the Stair District Library Summer Reading Program kids in a session of cardio drumming. The sports and healthy living theme continued yesterday with a Mini Jamboree at Lake Hudson State Park arranged by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Next week’s program features the Flying Aces Frisbee show.
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    ART PARK—A design created by Poggemeyer Design Group shows a “pocket art park” in the green space south of the State Line Observer building. The proposal includes a 12-foot sculpture based on a design created by Morenci sixth grade student Klara Wesley through a school and library collaboration. A wooden band shell is located at the back of the lot. The Observer wall would be covered with a synthetic stucco material. City council members are considering ways to fund the estimated $125,000 project and perhaps tackling construction one step at a time.
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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks

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