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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 school district earns "excellent" rating 9.4

Written by David Green.

By DAVID GREEN

Academic success in the Fayette school district reached a new level in the past year as students and teachers earned an “excellent” rating from the Ohio Department of Education.

It’s not a shortcut to call it the Fayette Local School District. Board of education members voted unanimously Aug. 26 to drop the word “Gorham” from the title.

The number of state standards met in last year’s testing was the greatest number ever recorded for Fayette. Twenty-seven of 30 grade/subject criteria were met. Only the fifth grade reading, mathematics and social studies scores fell below the required 75 percent level required for proficiency. However, 88  percent of the fifth graders were proficient in science.

In many areas, proficiency levels were in the 90 percent range, and in the 11th grade, all students tested were proficient in all five areas.

Fayette fell just out of the “excellent” range in state indicators met (90 percent out of the required 94), but the district received a boost through the new “value-added rating.” This analysis determines whether “above expected growth” occurred in two consecutive years. Since Fayette exceeded expected growth, the overall rating improved to “excellent.”

The value-added rating looks to see if higher achieving students are continuing to grow, said school superintendent Russell Griggs, and if lower achieving students are making progress even if they aren’t meeting proficiency standards.

“The students and staff have worked hard to make the required annual yearly progress growth and value-added requirements,” Griggs said. “In addition, the students achieved more of the state standards than ever before in district history.

“The alignment of the curriculum and identification of individual needs of students, combined with the excellent instruction and support of intervention staff have resulted in these gains. We are proud of the students, staff and parents in supporting the goal of higher academic achievement at Fayette Local Schools.”

An attendance rate of 95.8 percent exceeded the state standard of 93 percent. The graduation rate of 95.3 percent exceeded the state standard of 90 percent.

Statewide, the number of schools achieving “excellent” status reached an all-time high as districts continue to work toward to meet the federal No Child Left Behind requirements.

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