The Weekly Newspaper serving the citizens of Morenci, Mich., Fayette, Ohio, and surrounding areas.

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    MACEE BEERS joins other Fayette Elementary School students for the annual Mini-Cheer performance during the half-time break at the basketball game.
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    CHILDREN at Stair District Library’s Family Story Time toss scarves into the air during an activity. The evening program provided a mix of stories, songs, dancing, crafts and snacks Monday evening. The program is offered at 5:30 p.m. every Monday for five more weeks. The program is designed for three to five year olds and their family.
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    THE INTERVIEW—Evelyn Joughin (right) records the interaction with an iPad while Jack Varga, next to her, asks questions of Morenci Elementary School principal Gail Frey. Morenci senior Sam Cool (standing) listens. Cool serves as the editor for the newspaper written by members of Mrs. Barrett’s second grade class.
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    WRITING CODE—Brock Christle (left), a Morenci fifth grade student, takes a look at the progress being made by fourth grader Anthony Lewis. Libby Rorick, a sixth grade student, is next in a line of girls trying out the coding tutorials. This year marked Morenci’s second year of participation in the Hour of Code project.
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    MORENCI’S three Skelton brothers were remembered with both tears and laughter last week during a candlelight vigil at Wakefield Park. Several people came out of the crowd to give their recollection of the boys who have now been missing for five years.
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    REMIE RYAN (left) tries to dodge the foam wand held by Hayden Bays during physical education class at Morenci Elementary School. In the background, Lauryn Dominique and Brooklyn Williams stay clear of the tag. Second grade students were working on cardiovascular health on the first day back from vacation. For the record, Safety Tag is a very difficult sport to photograph.
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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.

Fayette elementary going to trimesters 2.27

Written by David Green.

With the move into the new school building, Fayette’s elementary school students will need to align their schedules.

Classes at the Franklin building follow a trimester grading period while grades four and five are still on a nine-week schedule.

School board members will vote at the March meeting on a request from principal Dr. LuAnn Boyer to have all students follow the trimester plan.

The trimester schedule has worked out well for the lower grades, she said, and she has several reasons for favoring that plan.

• Additional days in the trimesters allow students more time to raise a “failing” grade at midterm.

• The longer trimester supports students who may be struggling by giving them more opportunities to receive help.

• Parent-teacher conferences coincide with the end of the first trimester, giving teachers the opportunity to share more with parents.

After discussing the issue with fourth and fifth grade teachers, those staff members also agreed to switch to trimesters.

 ENROLLMENT—Dr. Boyer told the board that 32 kindergarten students are expected for the next school year as of now, with the annual registration date yet to come.

That marks a gain of five students more than the kindergarten enrollment from last fall.

The current elementary school enrollment of 248 is the lowest in her eight years with the district.

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