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 school enrollment increases 12.04.08

Written by David Green.

There were no big changes in Fayette’s student enrollment numbers from the previous school year, but a lot of minor variations led to an overall increase of 17 students.

That translates into a growth of about $100,000 in state funding, wiping out a similar decrease the district experienced last year.

The biggest change occurred in the eighth grade—an increase of five students from a year ago when that group of students was in seventh grade.

On the other hand, the seventh grade class lost four students over the summer.

The fourth grade class is the largest at 42, while the junior and senior classes have only 28 students.

The total count stands at 480 which is still below the state projections used for construction of the new school. Estimates placed the enrollment at 512 last year, when it was actually at 463, and officials project a head count of 544 in the 2014-15 school year.

About nine percent of the student body takes part in open enrollment by enrolling in a district other than where they reside.

Twenty-eight Fayette students are enrolled in other districts and 17 students from outside the district attend Fayette. Last year, 36 Fayette students took classes elsewhere.


Fayette School
2008-09 Enrollment

Preschool    29
Kindergarten 34
1st grade    32
2nd grade    38
3rd grade    32
4th grade    42
5th grade    36
6th grade    36
7th grade    35
8th grade    36
9th grade    33
10th grade    41
11th grade    28
12th grade    28
Total        480

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