School begins Tuesday for Morenci students 8.27

Written by David Green.

With the Labor Day holiday coming up this weekend, all Michigan school districts will welcome students back to the classroom next week.

Morenci classes will begin at 7:50 a.m. Tuesday, Sept. 2.

HIGH SCHOOL—The biggest changes are the at high school with three new teachers.

Two years ago the high school switched to a trimester system, said principal Nate Parker, and last year brought curriculum changes due to new state graduation requirements. This year, he said, new teachers mark the change, with veterans Char-Lene Wilkins and Amy Philp retiring and Kim Mohr moving to the middle school.

Brandi Boswell will teach tenth and twelfth grade English classes. Twelfth grade English is a new class offered to meet state standards and will replace electives such as mythology.

Barb Bernath is serving as a part-time teacher, with classes in ninth and eleventh grade English and a new social studies class, global issues.

Jason Austgen joins the school district to teach science classes and algebra II.

Agriculture classes are not on the schedule this year, Parker said, after one class was scheduled each trimester last year.

That doesn’t mean students won’t have the opportunity to take part in FFA activities. Although LISD Tech Center classes are offered only to juniors and seniors, any high school student can enroll in an ag science course taught one night a week at the center and this will allow participation in the Tech Center’s FFA chapter.

For more information, call the high school office at 458-7502.

Morenci started using the Honeywell Instant Alert system during the last school year, but a new feature will be added for the coming school year.

If requested, parents can be alerted any time their student is not in school.

To take advantage of the alert, Parker said, a parent must make the request on-line at the Honeywell Instant Alert website.

Notification of an absence, or other messages such as school delays and sports event cancelations, can be sent to a parent’s telephone or computer.

High school students are encouraged to pick up their schedules at the school office before Sept. 2.

MIDDLE SCHOOL—Middle school class schedules are also available before the start of school, between 8 a.m. and 3:30 p.m.

Orientation for fifth graders and other students new to Morenci Middle School is scheduled at 6 p.m. Thursday.

Principal Kay Johnson has given a lot of building tours in recent days. So far, there are 22 children enrolled who are new to Morenci schools. An average year is closer to 15, she said.

Morenci’s sixth and eighth grade students will have mathematics classes with Kim Mohr who formerly worked at the high school. Mike McDowell, who retired last June, has agreed to come back to teach seventh grade mathematics on a part-time basis.

Before too long into the new school year, Morenci’s fifth grade class will travel to Camp Mich-Ind-Oh for the annual camping experience. This year’s camp is scheduled Sept. 9-12.

ELEMENTARY SCHOOL—At the elementary school, students will soon meet a new music teacher, Keith Filipek, who replaces the retiring KC Carter.

School information packets are available at the elementary office, but they must be picked up by a parent or an adult representative.

Information forms should be returned to the school no later than the first day of classes.

An open house is planned at 10 a.m. Thursday for developmental kindergarten and kindergarten students. Completed documents for enrollment should be returned at the open house.

All other students and parents are invited to an open house from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. Thursday. It’s also a chance for students to bring in school supplies and turn in registration information.

HEAD START—For information about the Head Start classroom at Morenci Elementary School, call 517/263-1118.

The federal program is free for families who meet income eligibility. Students must be at least three years old by Dec. 1.

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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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