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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    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.
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    MACK DICKSON takes a book off the “blind date” cart at the Fayette library. Patrons can choose a book without knowing what’s inside other than a general category. The books are among those designated for removal so patrons can consider them gifts. In Morenci, new books and staff favorites were chosen from the stacks and must be returned. Patrons get a piece of chocolate, too, to take on their date, but no clue about their “date.” One reader said she really enjoyed her book for a few pages, but then lost interest—so typical for a blind date.

Fayette school board 1.7.09

Written by David Green.

(remainder of December meeting)


MEALS PLUS—The Meals Plus feature of the new point-of-sale cafeteria system will not be used at this time. The program would allow parents and students to access their cafeteria account at home via the internet.

Griggs told board members in December that the program costs $1,590 to put into operation and each family must pay a one-time $10 access fee.

The school will continue to use a method in which a note is sent home with a child when their cafeteria account gets low.

LEAVE—Maternity leave was granted to Stacy Wyse until approximately April 15.

COMPUTERS—Forty-one computers were purchased for $299 each. Griggs described the move as a good investment that should serve the district for several years.

DAIRY—Two donations were used to aid in the purchase of a machine to disburse dairy products, including yogurt. The Fulton County Dairy Association donated $2,950 and the American Dairy Association donated $1,000.

ZONE—An underground fuel oil tank was removed from the Zone school property. There was no indication of leakage, Griggs said, and no soil testing is required for fuel oil.

AWARD—Fayette High School was among 46 in the state named a Bronze Medal winner in the U.S. New & World Report’s America’s Best High Schools. Eighty-seven Ohio schools were awarded.

An educational data research business analyzed data from the 2006-07 school year to determine how well a school served all students—not just college prep pupils—and how successful it was in educating students across a range of performance indicators.

The analysis included a look at whether economically disadvantaged students performed better than statistical expectations.

College readiness was also examined in regard to Advanced Placement courses.

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