Morenci board of education 4.08.09

Written by David Green.

Morenci’s board of education met for a short meeting Thursday to cover a light agenda.

Board members passed a resolution to apply for state aid through the Michigan School Readiness Program. The program addresses the early education needs of four-year-old children and is operated through Little People’s Place child care center.

A maternity leave was granted for middle school teacher Natalie Zuvers.

Board members heard a variety of reports from building administrators. Elementary Dean of Students Mary Fisher reported that more than 80 people attended the school’s movie night last month.

Reading Night involved many people to help create the successful event, ranging from teachers to secretaries to kitchen staff. The program also incorporated the school’s music department.

Middle school principal Kay Johnson said about 25 million words were read in March during a Reading Month project. The school band earned a Div. I grade in sight reading and an overall Div. II at the district music festival.

High school principal Nate Parker praised the efforts of teachers Kym Ries and Heather Walker for their work with the library’s Living Library project.

“The library gets our kids involved in a lot of activities out in the community,” he said.

Superintendent Kyle Griffith noted that the teacher staff is “rock solid” despite the district’s funding challenges.

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    GAMES DAY—Finn Molitierno (right) celebrates a goal during a game of Nok Hockey with his sister, Kyla. The two tried out a variety of games Saturday at Stair District Library’s annual International Games Day event. One of the activities featured a sort of scavenger hunt in which participants had to locate facts presented in the Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit. The traveling show left Morenci’s library Tuesday, wrapping up a series of programs that began Oct. 2. Additional photos are on page 7.
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    STRANGE STUFF—Morenci Elementary School students learn that blue isn’t really blue when seen through the right color of lens. Volunteer April Pike presents the lesson to students at one of the many stations brought to the school by the COSI science center. The theme of this year’s visit was the solar system.
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    MAPLE leaves show their fall colors in a puddle at Morenci’s Riverside Natural Area. “This was a great year for colors,” said local weather watcher George Isobar. Chilly mornings will give way to seasonable fall temperatures for the next two weeks.
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    MORENCI Marching Band member Brittany Dennis keeps the beat Friday during the half-time show of the Morenci/Pittsford football game. Color guard member Jordan Cordts is at the left. The band performed this season under the direction of Doyle Rodenbeck who served as Morenci’s band director in the 1970s. He’s serving as a substitute during a family leave.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.
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    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.

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